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Prog / Re: Prog 2078: Agent of Destruction!
« on: 25 April, 2018, 05:25:18 pm »

Off Topic / Re: Where the dust goes to gather - comics variant
« on: 25 April, 2018, 05:01:11 pm »
That man knows how to baffle a vegetable.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 25 April, 2018, 02:43:58 pm »
Really quite enjoying Santa Clarita Diet, and pleased to see that my long-standing crush on Drew Barrymore hasn't abated. Sheriff Bullock rather steals the show with some outstanding gurning and grinning, and the plot zips along in a thoroughly un-modern way.

General / Re: First 3 episodes of 2000ad
« on: 25 April, 2018, 02:25:44 pm »
May have come across that way, but it's also the best possible advice: look at the recent market prices, and make a judgement.

Film & TV / Re: The Last Jedi - Forum Opinion
« on: 24 April, 2018, 09:31:38 pm »
True of the OT, but 3 decades later in TFA the acme of jediliness is exactly how he was reintroduced: the first line of that film is "this will begin to make things right", referring to the mapguffin. Everyone is desperate to find Luke: he will bring balance, he will turn the tide, he is hope personified. So it may not be a shock from the perspective of someone watching him grow from starstruck farm boy to independent thinker, but it's a hell of surprise coming from a living myth.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 24 April, 2018, 01:16:36 pm »
For me, Book of Invasions was a return to form. There are some things I very much disagree with (not least the unnecessary end for Niamh, reportedly suggested by the editor, which felt like a sickening slice of sexist fridging), but for me it broadly worked really well.

I didn't much care for BoI at the time, and the Niamh incident seriously hacked me off too, but re-reading it in the collections it works very well.  As previously noted, The Wanderer sort-of-epilogue collection makes the best of a mixed bag of stories, and even fixes some of the ridiculous sexist dialogue.

I've found something to like in all the eras of Slaine, especially in their collected form (Grail War was a particularly interesting idea), with the possible exception of the very forgettable Braveheart thing. The main issue is often pacing of individual tales, where things ramble along until either Tharg or Pat gets bored, and it all wraps up in a couple of episodes, old-school style.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 24 April, 2018, 01:06:56 pm »
Kraken would've been the obvious choice to me though you'd have to be careful to not go all 90s Neverwhere.

That would have been a serious risk alright.  I'm sure there's a PC Grant/Rivers of London series in pre-production out there somewhere too.

Film & TV / Re: The Last Jedi - Forum Opinion
« on: 24 April, 2018, 06:08:40 am »
I’m not sure hyperspace jumps are as precise as that. I know Han Solo did some fairly precise jumping in the Millenium Falcon in the previous film but that was in a much smaller vessel, and the jumps were still fairly long.

Hard to say how all this works: we see Vader's ship (the Devastator?) make an extremely precise jump to do essentially this in Rogue One, and there a lot of precision arrivals of capital ships in the cartoons.  Plus the FO fleet seems able to jump right on top of the rebels after their first hyperspace jump (but this may be because of their 'active tracking' setup). Length of jump may well be a factor, but with about a dozen Star Destroyers in pursuit you would think they could spare a handful to make an attempt, even just to rattle the resistance.

My take would be that it is a philosophical issue - as with their reliance on cumbersome and inefficient walkers and superweapons, the Empire and Empire-adjacent like to present themselves as relentless, implacable and overwhelming: slowly grinding the last of the Resistance down in a protracted chase that showcases the asymmetric nature of their fleets suits the self-image better than a cat-and-mouse game across the stars, which could potentially play into the more nimble and heroic mien of the rebels.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 24 April, 2018, 05:50:22 am »
Based on some China Meiville book or other, starring David Morrissey and available on iPlayer. It has something to say about how we are conditioned to ignore parts of the world in which we live but other than that the first episode didn't really grab me, everybody speaks in exposition and a couple of the supporting performances really grate  so I doubt I will be watching further.


Of all of Mieville's books, this is the one that did almost nothing for me, although I know it's well-regarded.  I'm not suggesting that Embassytown or Pedidio Street Station would be easy (or cheap) things to film*, but without having seen it, it does seem a pity that this was the one they adapted.

*Although saying that, the BBC did a decent job of tackling The City of Gold & Lead back in 1985....

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 23 April, 2018, 09:52:33 pm »
For me Ron Smith is past his best at this point and again the colours just scream at you... not in a good way.

No artist could make that story readable (well, maybe Cam Kennedy), so I won't blame Ron.   But the colours are indeed vile.

OTOH, I quite like Cassanova's insanely busy art on RoboHunter: it's not entirely successful,  but I can see why Tharg thought he was a natural fit.

Hine's work is definitely pick of that litter.

Megazine / Re: 395 - Surfing the Songlines
« on: 22 April, 2018, 09:40:11 am »
From the second Dolman story, it seems that the legality or otherwise of citizen's arrest stems from the appropriate use of force - Dolman is encubed for hitting a perpetual too hard, not for intervening.

Prog / Re: Prog 2077: New York State of Mind
« on: 21 April, 2018, 04:51:00 pm »
Autocorrelation had its wicked way with that one, apologies.

Prog / Re: Prog 2077: New York State of Mind
« on: 21 April, 2018, 04:50:02 pm »
To my mind the simplest solution to the TG probem in RT was the surprise reveal that 'ol popeye hitself had had a biochip download system implanted in his veiny cranium. Oh the ironing! His tampering with the GI programme secrets could have been revealed as the cause of the flaw that necessitated the Horsted antigen, so as soon as Rogue got back from that one he could have plunged back into the chemical clouds in search of a newly regened Traitor.

Prog / Re: Prog 2077: New York State of Mind
« on: 20 April, 2018, 11:22:54 pm »
I'm not saying that was the writers' original intent, rather that it was my interpretation. 

Oh I'd say you're not far off.  "Nain! Genetik infantryman! Stak!" isn't a million miles from "Nein!  Britisher schweinhund! Achtung!".

I've said it before many times, but Helm off to Rennie, between Jeagir and Hunted he's managed to make Rogue Trooper way more interesting than it was in it's stretched-pun heydey*.  After 30-odd years of others trying (and Rennie himself!) I thought it couldn't be done.

*Each week's plot: take a placename, song/movie title or turn of phrase, modifiy it along the lines of the credits of the Simpson's Halloween Special, and write an episode so that delivers that phrase as a punchline... Next!

Prog / Re: Prog 2077: New York State of Mind
« on: 20 April, 2018, 10:05:03 pm »
Robinson and Collins - what a great team!

Testify brother.

Oooohhh yeah,  that is one fantastic pairing. Two classic artists looking fresh as all get go.  More,  please!

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