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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 17 August, 2018, 11:23:18 pm »
... large chunks of Clone wars were quite adult in tone ...

Large chunks certainly, but by no means all, or even most. I'm currently watching the 5th Season with my son, and while there are plenty of complex intense arcs, there's also an 8-episode block in the middle where we follow Younglings playing Treasure Island, then a gang of comedy droids  led by a incompetent bombastic frog.  The (serious) episode where the Jedi Temple is bombed features a Crime Scene Investigation droid called (for no in-story reason) Russo, who keeps taking his robo-shades on and off.  Clearly this Dave Filoni is the natural heir to Vittorio de Sica.

Now I like these silly stories, probably because I'm capable of enjoying material that doesn't include a certain number of decapitations per act, but for that too-vocal section of fandom to suddenly decide that they didn't abhor Ashoka, demanded Lucas stopped interfering, and moaned incessantly about cutesy story arcs on every available forum...

I have zero problem with Star Wars cartoons being made for kids, and I fully expect to watch this. Although I suspect the realisation that - yet again - pretty much all these characters will be dead by the end of Episode VIII is going to be a downer.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 17 August, 2018, 07:38:35 pm »
Well, comment-thread opinions are in on the Resistance trailer, and. Dear. God. Nooo! It's for KIDS!  What are Disney thinking, SW cartoons for kids.  The monsters

My favourite dismissal: "Dave Filoni is barely involved in this".  Because after all he was fully involved in Clone Wars and Rebels, and those were for adults.  Weren't they?  I mean I'm sure I don't remember anyone giving out about the animation style, childish storylines, bratty characters in those...

Star Wars 'fans', at this point I'm almost done with them.

Other Reviews / Re: Red Fang
« on: 17 August, 2018, 05:17:51 pm »
The highlight for me remains the extensive range of polished hardwood textures that Chris Blythe employed, never since equalled (thank Grud!). 

More seriously, Red Fang always seemed like it should work, it just never really did.  An original enough premise (for 2000AD), a intriguingly villainous lead, sharp designs (I can still visualise the characters today, and I'm fairly sure I've not read it in a dozen years)... ah well.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 17 August, 2018, 05:11:37 pm »
Don't worry your post was better constructed than the script for The Last Jedi  :D


Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 17 August, 2018, 05:06:30 pm »
I wouldn't bet on that, despite the Divine Minchin* being involved. 

Didn't cop that this was a new release of RoS - hopefully they include the DVD commentaries (and extras).  The missus and I both loved that series at the time of broadcast, and we regularly re-watch it the DVDs.  It's sometimes hard to remember, aside from the 6th Doctor, The Tripods and V this was it for broadcast TV SF/fantasy in 1984.

We still play Dragon Warriors with my kids, the British RPG not-remotely-loosely inspired by it (it has an Assassin character class which is basically Nasir, right down to the white-washing and the fact that the example character in the book is called, errr, Nasir) simply because the spooky, grimy atmosphere still works so well.

*Daughter was in cut-down production of his Matilda musical last week, and despite by belted out by 50 Tallaght tweens, it was still lyrically mesmerising.  The man is a bonafide genius. But Friar Tuck...?  I dunno.

Other Reviews / Re: The Vigilant
« on: 17 August, 2018, 01:18:45 pm »
Haven't been near a comic shop this week, but I must say I'm hankering after this. When folk say 'dense' and 'had to read it a few times', I think: 'ace, value for money!'. See also: the current "Better Class of Criminal" McConville Dredd story, lovely long read, nicely situated in a futuristic, crazy and suitably jam-packed MC-1.
Nothing annoys me more than shelling out for a comic and having it read while I'm queuing at the till.

Hope there's still some in Big Bang (I know there will be, those boys haven't let me down yet).

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 17 August, 2018, 12:54:06 pm »
Well I loved The Last Jedi, controversial I know.

And if it works for the quality-conscious unpronouncable Japanese robot-suit crowd,  you know it's good!  ;)

Other Reviews / Re: The Vigilant
« on: 16 August, 2018, 03:39:00 pm »
I am the opposite where his earlier work did not work for me.

Define "earlier"!  Early Coleby may as well be an entirely different artist.  Contrast his work in the Rogueverse on Jaegir with these:

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

And let's not even talk about his Dredd:

One artist whose development has been simply phenomenal.  From Low Life on he can do no wrong.

Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 16 August, 2018, 01:33:55 pm »
Just realised that when we meet Hammerstein 'again' in Nemesis Book IV he's being used by Torquemada to do much the same thing as the UN has him do in Return to Earth - to assassinate the Gothic versions of Vicky & Bert. Interesting.

Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 16 August, 2018, 01:27:35 pm »
The body of assassinated POTUS Dick Quartz.

Books & Comics / Re: Scream & Misty Special 2018
« on: 16 August, 2018, 12:17:10 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?

Speaking for myself, I was too distracted by Ghastly fingering that bird.

Really excellent cover, BTW.  Was a bit unsure about buying the previous Misty/Scream special, but it was solid stuff and I'm definitely on for this one.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 16 August, 2018, 10:44:09 am »
New run of Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome was off to a decent start last week. New artist but not too jarring a change and no surprise that the sexy gladiatrix from the last series is press-ganged into the team.

Prefer the new art so far. Quite like the direction the current investigation starts off in too.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 August, 2018, 03:02:49 pm »
Putting words in the mouth of the Shark (sounds risky, I'll use a pole...(but not a poll)), I presume it refers to the idea of not giving people power in the first place: the only power should be that vested innately in the individual person.  I also presume he's not thinking that that person is likely to be the Lord Humungous or Immortan Joe, whereas I'd rather assume it would be.  Aunty Entity at best.

EDIT: Bah, gazumped.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 15 August, 2018, 01:56:33 pm »
So while out for a walk with the Terrible Hound yesterday evening, I came across (fnarr fnarr) an actual bramble mag!  Prior to this I would gave believed that in our age of smart-phone access for the under-10s the classic medium of hedge porn had long since ceased to exist, but there it was, a pristine copy of British Bondage Boys, staring out of a low-growth of Rosa pimpinellifolia right beside the beside the path, a traditionally thorny habitat if ever there was one.  Not being 13, and not of a sexual persuasion that found the prospect of further images of the handsome-if-rather-unhappy young men on the cover particularly tempting, I left it for a more appreciative walker to find.

Anonymous philanthropic evangelist of anglocentric homosexual BDSM in printed form, I salute you!  Anyone seen Gavin Leahy lately, BTW?   :angel:

NB: If anyone here is collecting a full run of BBB, I'm afraid I didn't catch the issue number, but one of the two blond lads on the cover had a collar with really giant spikes, if that helps narrow it down.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 August, 2018, 12:49:46 pm »
No-one should be allowed to continue to serve as figurehead - and executive - for a nation after publicly writing this:

"When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn't work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!"

Sharkie, I appreciate that you don't believe in the electoral system, or indeed the idea of 'leaders', but leaving aside that and all of Trump's other actions, that people in power should be allowed to say these kinds of things with impunity... It's appalling to me.  They're the words of a spiteful vindictive spoilt child, in the mouth of a person with unimaginable power.  In my head, that single tweet should be enough to start the process for anyone's removal from office. 

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