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General / Re: The 2000AD Advent Calendar 2017 COMMENTS THREAD!
« Last post by Jim_Campbell on Today at 12:03:50 pm »
Fantastic stuff from everyone so far, but Colin’s offering today actually made me laugh out loud, which was much needed — thanks, Colin! Still hoping to get my second effort finished in time…
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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« Last post by Mattofthespurs on Today at 11:42:55 am »
I shall keep that in mind for future reference  :lol:
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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« Last post by TordelBack on Today at 11:38:18 am »
Still on the phone, so I'll keep it to a few observations.

Can't quite get over how many twists and surprises TLJ managed to deliver without resorting to annoying cameos (Maz is always welcome). Most of the callbacks to the OT were with a deliberate view to subverting expectations, and a great deal of time was spent building up to shocking reversals - which makes me wonder how re-watchable this will be now I know the outcomes.

OTOH I've been demanding new stuff, and complaining that TFA was just too spare in terms of plot, and this film delivered buckets of new, while blasting trough what felt like several films worth of story.

I'd definitely have had the original slicer/gambler be Lando, just for giggles, but I thought Beinicio's DJ was terrific, and important. Howevery I could make no sense of Vice Admiral Holdo or indeed Dern's acting, and wish that Ackbar had done the final deed.

I did think the way Luke's power was handled was superb, a very neat solution.

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Yeah actually reflecting on it you are probably right Greg. It would seem an odd place to fit a new introduction to a new status quo. Much more sensible for it to be a wrapping up thing in the annual...

... still doesn't stop me wanting to see the very story you describe. After all it could have been a redemption after the bloody awful Dopplegarp years!
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General / Re: The 2000AD Advent Calendar 2017!
« Last post by Colin YNWA on Today at 09:51:10 am »
Well following on from last years Joseph and Horse I proudly* present



*Well not that proudly but its the best ya goin' ta get from me I'm afraid!
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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« Last post by Krakajac on Today at 08:05:07 am »
A couple of my issues with TLJ...

Yoda's appearance. Wow - this was monumentally stuffed up. Remember when Yoda first meets Luke in ESB? He takes on the character of a simple 'denizen of the swamp', cracking jokes and trying to steal Luke's food. All a cunning ruse. You then get that beautiful moment when Luke gets angry and impatient - and immediately Yoda's character becomes serious/gruff. He sighs and says something along the lines of, "I cannot train him". Luke joins the dots and suddenly realises he's in the presence of the great master. Great stuff.

So why...in sweet Jesus' name, does Yoda fall back into this character in TLJ? There's absolutely no need for it. Yoda spends the majority of TPM, AOTC, ROTS, ESB and ROTJ - as a serious character - with the exception of the small part in ESB where he is trying to deceive Luke. Why on earth would he fall back into this character in TLJ? Arrgh. It does my head in. Yoda's reappearance as a force ghost should have been a majestic, ethereal moment. Nup, the writers just weren't interested.

I loved the introduction of the black BB-8 unit (or whatever his/her designation was). Surely what would follow would be a nifty showdown between the two droids - a la 'The Black Hole'? Nup, they don't even meet face-to-face. I know it wasn't feasible plot-wise - but imagine these two droids battling against each other, with the black BB-8 unit getting the upper hand - only for R2 to show up and save the day - or something along those lines (yes, I know R2 was elsewhere in TLJ).

Sigh...Chewbacca, Threepio and R2 - much loved original-trilogy characters with great backstories - all brushed aside and given bit parts.

Luke. Oh man. If I was Mark Hamill, I'd be miffed with how my character was developed in TLJ. At the end of TFA, we have the greatest of reveals - the legendary LUKE SKYWALKER, standing there, in the flesh. There's a reason the writers did this - he's an epic, respected character within the canon. And then the writers of TLJ, in their wisdom, decide to dismantle all of that. Again, just lazy. And I'm calling shoddy writing on the whole 'force projection' thing that Luke pulls at the end.

By my understanding, Admiral Ackbar dies in TLJ. He wasn't given any kind of honourable death - just a vague reference to his passing by another character. But Laura Dern's purple-haired under-developed character - whom we have NEVER met before - gets to go out with a bang. Do any of us really care about her demise? I didn't. However, if it had been Ackbar at the controls of that ship when it went to light-speed. Epic...

Same goes for Benicio Del Toro's character - a fantastic actor - absolutely wasted in TLJ. More slopping writing - Finn and Rose travel to the casino planet, trying to track down the 'code-breaker'. They get arrested and thrown into a cell - where they just happen to meet another 'code-breaker' - who then deceives them any way. As someone pointed out on another forum - this would have provided the perfect reintroduction of Lando - casinos, gambling, etc. And after all of that - Rose and Finn's efforts still don't pay off.

I could go on...

Leia's 'force-pull' in the vacuum of space.

Rebellion soldiers falling into trenches to battle walkers. Oh gawd...

The strange premise of the 'race in space' at sub-light speeds.

Snoke...who was he? How does (did) he fit into the whole story?

The First Order - a laughably, inept enemy - who were completely smashed in TFA - only to 'reign' by the start of TLJ - remembering that TLJ follows directly on from TFA. After their Starkiller Base was destroyed in TFA - the First Order should have been in complete disarray. Nup - apparently they 'reign'. The Empire would be rolling in it's grave.


That'll do me before my brain implodes.

I loved Rogue One - and greatly enjoyed TFA. So I'm not 'hating' on TLJ simply because it's the trendy thing to do. And I always try to find the good in a movie I desperately want to enjoy. No such luck with TLJ.

I'll be very surprised if Rian Johnson gets the new SW trilogy that Disney have offered him.

And yes - all of the above is from the perspective of a card-carrying SW geek who expects these movies to be GREAT and EPIC. They don't need to be perfect - but they need to be memorable for the right reasons.
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Help! / Re: Name that Shock!
« Last post by TordelBack on Today at 06:47:10 am »
That strip gave me one of my stock phrases, deployed when someone makes some overly dire prediction: "it's a chilling story, class".
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