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Books & Comics / Re: Scream & Misty Special 2018
« on: 15 August, 2018, 10:35:35 pm »
That picture has been up nearly two hours and not a single person - not even Tips - has made a joke about Misty having a ginger pussy.  What the fuck is happening to this forum?

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 07 August, 2018, 07:43:13 pm »
looking for new stuff on Netflix I came across the TV series of From Dusk till Dawn - is this any good or will it just piss on one of my favourite movies?

Little bit from column A, little bit from column B.
It blows its load almost immediately by revealing the vampires in the first episode, introduces a lot of mythology that contradicts the movies - most notably in changing the nature of the vampires and introducing other supernatural elements - and at least one character that popped their clogs in the movie survives into the second season (the first season follows the rough plot of the first movie).  It's pretty much standard tv fantasy fare (like you'd have seen on the Sci-Fi Channel circa 2000-2010 before they got all fancy hifalutin ideas about taking themselves super seriously) apart from the enjoyably OTT delivery which includes the occasional oddball performance.

Film & TV / Re: Patrick Stewart back as Picard in new series
« on: 07 August, 2018, 06:05:41 pm »
I can see the "Why Does CBS/Paramount Hate Straight White Men?" Youtube videos clogging up my recs already.

Film & TV / Re: Patrick Stewart back as Picard in new series
« on: 06 August, 2018, 03:54:18 pm »
Data can be recast - could be time Trek put a trans actress in a lead role.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 05 August, 2018, 10:35:37 pm »
I can only assume those who feel The Last Jedi is a rejection of the main points of The Force Awakens expected other resolutions to what was presented to them

I obviously can't speak for others, but as the person who brought this up on the thread, I personally meant the allusions to historical/heroic cycles, the perpetuation of failed systems, and enabling never ending conflict in which the tropes of Star Wars are central.  TLJ's assertion that the Jedi are stuck in some kind of storytelling Groundhog Day really only works in the context of commentary on TFA, because there were no cycles of failure across two trilogies of movies (OT and PT) as one was simply calling back to the other - where they became unhelpful tropes was when TFA went to the same well unironically, something for which it was both lambasted and praised.  In other words, twice is just coincidence, but three times is a cycle, and that brings the focus back to TFA and how TLJ's characters must reject what it enshrines.
I suppose the best example is Rey's parentage: in the context of the fiction, the revelation that Rey's parents were nobodies is unimportant and what is significant for her emotionally is that they were never coming back for her, but that's not what the fans, the discussion of the film, or even the film itself prioritises - Rey's reaction is to the debunking of the fan theory that she had a famous sire, which I feel compelled to point out technically wasn't even in TFA unless you take a very literal meaning of Maz Kanata's deliberately cryptic comments about laser swords finding their way around.*

Understand, none of this is to suggest that in acknowledging or rejecting elements of its predecessor The Last Jedi is passing judgement on The Force Awakens so much as that Rian Johnson was running with the ball he'd been passed.  TLJ still works if you want it to.

* The assumption being that Anakin's lightsaber found its way to Rey because it was hers by lineage, rather than finding its way to her in order to bring her to Luke.

Film & TV / Re: Patrick Stewart back as Picard in new series
« on: 05 August, 2018, 07:14:50 pm »
Or he's Captain Picard on the Enterprise 16 years later still rollin like he do.  Considering that Discovery has had a bit of a polorising effect on fans, it would seem pointless to colour too far outside the lines on this one.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 05 August, 2018, 02:33:39 pm »
The level of vitriol on the internet in response to tLJ is shocking though. Or maybe not, considering it’s the internet. Not so much here, where discussion is largely civilised.

Movie companies deliberately engineer the visibility of outrageous and vitriolic responses to their movies now because there's no downside: their movie gets promoted and the movie's critics are tarred as unreasonable manbabies - I mean, sure the odd actor gets chased off the internet by racists who want to kill and rape them, but that's not Disney's problem.

Like why is Spock (SPOCK!) trying to cave in Blunderbus Cattletraps face with his bare fists?

Spock wants REVENNNNNNNGE, of course - like everyone else in JJA's Trek movies.  It's so bad that when Kirk wasn't motivated by revenge, his arc was that he didn't know what to do with himself - so he ended up fighting someone who wanted revenge.

My problem with JJA doing Episode 9 is that so much of Episode 8 was a deliberate reaction to and rejection of what JJA did in Episode 7 and I don't think JJA has the creative self-awareness to follow up on it.  I suspect that Episode 9 will be the disappointment of a generation, so I expect Disney to push hard on the idea that its critics are a hive mind of anti-progressives.

Film & TV / Re: Patrick Stewart back as Picard in new series
« on: 05 August, 2018, 02:04:33 pm »
This is terrible news, and to be expected from - wait, sorry, I'm just used to responding to any Star Trek news with a mixture of disappointment and resignation.  This is actually... good news?  Unless Picard is bitter and retired or something as the Star Wars/Star Trek homogenization continues.
Mildly hopeful at this news.

Creative Common / Re: JOURNEYMAN (I need an artist)
« on: 04 August, 2018, 01:07:41 pm »
About 90% of indy comics can't be given away, so don't fall out over the percentage of diddly squat you offer your collaborators - you're going to be doing this for the love.

Also get a decent letterer.  Far and away the thing most indy comics get wrong is thinking no-one will care about the lettering, but it's going to be about 50-70 percent of your storytelling in the final work.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 01 August, 2018, 11:40:02 pm »
Westworld season 2 - apparently there's a season 3 to come, and no spoilers but I foresee some hurdles to that.
I dunno what everyone's complaining about, this was good stuff - fluffed some of the delivery here and there, but there are solid twists to be had and the only confusing timeline is the one this show is set in: it's already the future where robots exist when Ed Harris' character is a young man, but by the time the show catches up with itself, people should be living in space and whatnot.  Maybe they are, I dunno.
Anyway, I liked that this went over the area on the Venn diagram where solipsism and sci-fi meet as I have always been fascinated with the idea of a synthetic mind whose entire life experience is recorded and how it might differentiate between what was a memory and what was its current experience of reality - obviously it would have foreknowledge of events and judge what was past experience, but its still ripe ground for storytelling with a little license taken here and there, which the show does.
I enjoyed this.  Can't ask more of a tv show, really.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 31 July, 2018, 11:07:51 am »
In 1983 he did.

Sorry for the misunderstanding; I was referring to the notion that this was only a thought he had in 1983 but it seems he was for it all the time.

As I understand it, Lucas was the one who wanted to kill off Solo in Jedi, but he "did some tests" (presumably with focus groups or fellow scriptwriters/directors) and the response was hostile so he backtracked on it much as he did with many other ideas for the films, though some snippets of the original plan remain in the Jedi that was shot (Solo commenting "I feel like I'll never see her again" while looking at the Falcon, taking a dive to a gunshot in the Endor attack) and the idea that Solo might have been bumped off then became a fun trivia point about Star Wars in the following years.
How much Ford actually wanted the character to die is debatable because anecdotal evidence from others suggest he was quite happy with his work on Star Wars, and a far more likely scenario given how much JJ Abrams recycled in The Force Awakens from the OT production office bins is that JJ simply wanted to channel some of that pub trivia cache into his movie because JJA's track record in both tv and movies shows that he clearly believes that there's no such thing as "cheap" heat.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 30 July, 2018, 11:30:43 pm »
I'm not sure about that, as though it might seem that way to the over-40s, Western culture is not quite as youth-obsessed as it often appears, otherwise they wouldn't still be casting Ford or the likes of Bruce Willis - the only reason Qui-Gon isn't churning out Taken sequels is because he put his foot down and said he wasn't going to make any more action films.  People would have watched a theoretical Ford/Hamill/Fisher-centric Sequel Trilogy much as they would have gone on watching Shatner shuffle unconvincingly around the galaxy punching 8-titted catwomen if Paramount hadn't replaced him with the young and buff Patrick Stewart.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 30 July, 2018, 11:08:09 pm »
Surely none of that is lost or undermined by TLJ, no matter what your problems with the treatment of Luke's character, or the sidestepping of Rey and Snoke's backgrounds.

If you didn't buy into it in the first place, TB, you are correct in that nothing in TLJ takes away from it.  I have mentioned in the past that I like the Han Solo archetype, but I've never actually liked the Han Solo character, so his death did little for me except making me guffaw when the eclipse happened because of the "as long as there's light there's hope!" setup that's pure on-the-nose Save The Cat.

Not liking anything that they did with the legacy characters is exactly why I don't like new Star wars. They appear to be there to get this middle aged man to buy a ticket......but then they do this with them?  I'm incapable of moving beyond this approach I guess......but why would I want to?

This is actually a time-honored tradition in comic books and tv sci-fi called "bussing" or "put on the bus", where older characters or actors from the genre (or even from previous iterations of a show) turn up to be chucked under the bus to put new characters over with audiences, which is why I'm surprised to see it embraced by so many creators in this day and age considering all it does is get a quick boost or PR for the bussing, and then the creators have to contend with fans who hate them forever for "ruining" their favorite characters.  I don't know who or what a Boom Boom is, but there seems to be consensus on the incel American comic book forums that Warren Ellis is a terrible writer for his work on him/her/it on NextWave, a comic that came out over a decade ago and was a big deal at the time, but you will notice they don't make anymore.
Bussing is a short-term thing, but in the long term tends to do more damage to a property, hence bussings tend to be retconned within a year or two*, which may give some context to those asking for Last Jedi to be retconned - this is what popular culture has taught them is the process for such things.

* unless the bussing is a gay retcon, which is irreversible and sacred.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 30 July, 2018, 09:38:23 pm »
What the hell, I'll throw in my star wars votes, though I'll leave out the ewok films as I don't really count them.

1. Return of the Jedi
2. Empire strikes back
3. New hope
4. Revenge of the Sith
5. Clone wares cartoon (cgi)
5. Attack of the clones
6. Phantom Menace
7. Solo
8. The clone wars movie

9. Rogue One
10. Force awakens
.....which would have been 1 higher, but last jedi robbed it of it of most of its good points.
11.  The last jedi.
12. The dreaded holiday special ....it's almost unbearable.

(theatrically chews cigar) WELL WELL WELL if Mr "Rogue One wasn't as good as The Force Awakens" hasn't changed his tune just like we said he would.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 30 July, 2018, 02:41:34 pm »
Maybe there are only so many ways to do small-town possible-supernatural missing-kids-in-the-woods TV?

Has The Kettering Incident been shown anywhere yet?  It won't win any awards for originality, but it commendably keeps its supernatural elements at arm's length from start to finish, and at the time I found it to be a good take on the genre you describe.

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