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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: Today at 02:12:07 pm »
I wasn't saying that all sides of any particular argument are equally valid, or that we should all just be friends. I just meant that the 'correct' side often loses balance and nuance too, and additionally I think the constant outrage and polarisation on the internet is changing us for the worse, indulging our tribal tendencies constantly and in an addictive way.

Sure, didn't mean to suggest you did, just that I frequently find this argument goes along the '...from a certain point of view' line, whereas I tend to see a significant element of the 'SJW Bitch Kennedy Must Die!  Remake Last Jedi But Without Whores and Asians! Star Wars is about the MOST POWAHFUL MEN EVAH HITTING EACH OTHER WITH GLOWSTICKS!' crowd as being just another facet of the 'enemies of all that is good in the universe' gang, who I am heartily sick of accommodating with silence.   

Disllking current SW, or feeling it's got things wrong (it has), is fine. A quick glance at the TPM trailer I keep on my desktop reminds me that its been that way for 20 years.   I'd rather a whole raft of different choices had been made at the start, but I accept that corporate interests meant that if new films were going to happen it was only going to go the one way: one of the reasons I like TLJ, it felt like a welcome change in direction.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: Today at 07:30:51 am »
often the other side dig in and become even more extreme in their opposite opinion to try counter-act this perceived threat.

Thing is though, if you aren't in the group that constantly uses misogynistic and racist language, attacks actors and filmmakers online relentlessly, asserts their personal version of SW to be the only 'true' one and demands that people be fired, films be scrapped or remade to adhere to that, it can be quite hard to shrug and say "all fans together, eh".

Again, as so often these days, I just don't see the two positions as being equally valid, or equally squalid.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 22 July, 2018, 01:56:52 pm »
Maybe it was for the better, but it seems quite a high ratio of directors being replaced.

This is very true. But also I suspect it's quite a complex set of factors and players there.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 22 July, 2018, 01:47:59 pm »
Anyway, if they'd said "yep, he's Plagius" that would have been the end of it: a Sith already mentioned in canon, who taught the Emperor how to shield himself from other Force users, and has a reason to stay out of sight between episodes 1-6. 

Or better yet, Ezra Bridger.

I'm in two minds about Snoke. Another shadowy Sith emperor in TFA always seemed a mistake to me, so the idea that he was an irrelevance who existed only as a stepping stone, and an excuse for a really nifty surprise, doesn't bother me too much. I also think there's time to fill in his back story yet.

But I do take the point that we are in a different position that we were in the OT, and there is a need to explain how we got from there to here for his character to be remotely satisfying.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 22 July, 2018, 01:21:53 pm »
Kennedy lost them some dosh on Solo, a (good) movie that came out 6 months after the previous billion-dollar sequel on her watch, and 18 months after the billion-dollar spinoff before that. Far from a catalogue of failure!

A considerable proportion of online hatred directed against her is specifically focused on her gender, as it is on the new movies' characters. That alone is enough for me to raise an eyebrow over her supposed shortcomings.

Prog / Re: Prog 2090 - Transit Authority
« on: 21 July, 2018, 11:08:16 pm »

…And not an enormous but grotesquely deformed cock, as I’d previously assumed.

But on the next page...

Help! / Re: Six Year Old Comic Fare
« on: 21 July, 2018, 09:05:04 pm »
My daughter (8) is still a big Lumberjanes fan (who isn't?), and she recently enjoyed the Andy & Lucy Neanderthal books, from the super-productive Jeffrey Brown (as did I).  She also got a kick out of Moonstruck, from Lumberjane's Grace Ellis but it's pitched slightly older than its predecessor, and your kid's interest in lesbian werewolves and barista centaurs may vary.

Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 21 July, 2018, 08:51:00 pm »
Contextually, having one of the characters be President Trump might have been funnier in 2011: reading it today it's mostly just nauseating

This is so painfully true. I re-read all (most?) of Zombo in the Ultimate Collection just recently, and while I loved it at the time it ran, and really enjoyed the rest this time out too, the Trump bits fell totally flat for me - to the point of genuine irritation. Possibly because Ewing's version appears more balanced than the real thing, almost as if this is a gentle puff-piece meant to reassure.  That's drokkin' scary, that is.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 21 July, 2018, 08:42:24 pm »
Glad to be of service! 

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 21 July, 2018, 07:38:02 pm »
Between the Kennedy and Gunn situations you do have to wonder where it will all end when the vilest shits on the internet seem to influence billion-dollar decisions. Imagine a world where Shapiro and Cernovitch (a man who probably belongs on a D Wing somewhere) are kingmakers of pop culture.

News / Re: Warlord Stront game!
« on: 21 July, 2018, 05:36:49 pm »
That's great Leigh, many thanks!  Completely missed that they have integral bases, like proper miniatures should.

Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 21 July, 2018, 04:19:13 pm »
Probably the best idea!  Loving this thread BTW, Funt.  Very good read.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 21 July, 2018, 02:11:23 pm »
As so terrifyingly often, I begin to suspect that the Prof's rumblings about Disney and the Prequels may have been close to the target. In addition to 'new' CW episodes, there are Padme books and comics coming... as the most poorly served of any SW character, I wonder what's afoot.

If it's just an attempt to regroup the fractured 20/30-something fanbase, it's unlikely to work, since i'm already seeing calls for Filoni (formerly arch-Satan SW-ruiner and enabler of SW's first Mary Sue, aka "that mouthy bratty bitch showing her belly like a pedo's whore" and Lucas' most infamous bootlicking cuck, now recast as Fedora-wearing fellow bro coming to kick Kennedy in the cootie-hole) to be installed as Supreme Leader of LFL.

Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 21 July, 2018, 01:04:01 pm »
I remember Flesh, of this period, being a very rare example of a 2000AD strip which I gave up on. I usually read the prog cover to cover, even strips I don't particularly enjoy, but I found Flesh so bad that I couldn't bring myself to read it every week.

Heh, I loved it!  Just accept that everyone in it is on sanity-blocking drugs (Smileez) and just look at the gloriously drawn dinos munching on cowboys.  That's what it says on the tin after all.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 21 July, 2018, 12:56:52 pm »
Delving into Le Foret (The Forest) on Netflix... so far, so Dark.  In fact, the first episode shares so many parallel sequences and elements with that terrifically ambitious series that it's actually a bit weird to watch, but ensures it scores proxy goodwill by association. Maybe there are only so many ways to do small-town possible-supernatural missing-kids-in-the-woods TV? 

However, if the law enforcement efforts in Dark's Winden were... unusual, those in Montfaucon (apparently somewhere in the Ardennes) are straight out of the Inspector Closeau operating manual: urgent, earnest but bafflingly incompetent. In fact there's just a general lack of logic to everything that happens: just because something is in another language doesn't make it intelligent, as similar nonsensical guff in The Rain reminded me.  And if anyone can explain what the two lads were meant to be doing with those metal detectors in the woods I'd like to hear it. 

Still, I'll give it another episode and see if it delivers at all on its initial, borrowed, promise.

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