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Film & TV / Re: Patrick Stewart back as Picard in new series
« on: Today at 02:39:47 am »
Listen very carefully. I shall zay zis aunly wonce.

Funny accents aside I did enjoy the episode, for the most part, especially Jeri Ryan's updated Seven. And Dr. Juarti just became very interesting.

Can't we have a series where Picard and Seven team up solving the Federation's problems? Add Worf and Quark and we can have a new A-Team.
Okay so that makes Picard Hannibal, Worf BA, Quark Face, and Seven Murdoch?

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 26 January, 2020, 06:12:22 am »
Did everyone hear about The Great Orange One claiming that America invented the wheel :lol:
Are you telling me he isn't completely senile!?

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 December, 2019, 11:54:26 pm »
Air ambulance is even worse: there's a flood of air ambulance private companies: too many copters and not enough patients.  The upshot of this is that if you take a ride in an air ambulance they're going to try and extract the cost of running the entire business from you. Because it's the land of the free (*cough* *drool*), there's no regulation on what they charge you.

Air ambulance == bankruptcy.

(Of course, if you need one, then you have no choice but to take it. Or, I dunno, attempt to crawl to hospital. You'll die, but at least you'll still have money in the bank.)

If you want to feel really bad my local Air Ambulance is a Registered Charity.

Film & TV / Re: His Dark Materials - BBC series
« on: 19 November, 2019, 11:40:04 pm »
Next week we are meeting Iorek Byrnison and Lee Scoresby, and they have to get them right!
(Scoresby is being played by the guy from Hamilton.)

Film & TV / Re: Alien Franchise Reboot
« on: 24 August, 2019, 12:37:57 am »
Cos that'll work...

... well okay lets wait and see, but I'm going to be childishly cynical about this one to say the least.

I'm waiting for the first 'Ripley is a Disney princess now' meme.  Or the alien queen for that matter...
Your not thinking Disney enough, they'll centre the story on Newt.
Or possibly Jones.

Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series
« on: 20 April, 2019, 02:43:04 am »
Yep, I love that aspect to it too, and wonder if US viewers manage to distinguish a gentile southern accent from a down-to-earth Northern one.

I live in the US and can tell you for a fact that the majority of Americans do not distinguish between the Northern/Southern accents on the show, no.

Which is odd since everyone in Britain sort of notices that the writers appear to have actually grasped the North/ South divide ...

... you are missing out on a lot if you didn't understand the North's reaction to Dany essentially being "Who does this posh southern bird with her fancy dragons think she is!?"

I could call it subtle and nuanced, only it isn't at all, its about a subtle as a lead pipe.
(D&D and GRRM are to be commended for their understanding of the concept, probably since much of GoT is drawn from the Wars of the Roses)

Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series
« on: 19 April, 2019, 12:05:06 am »
Probably the best thing about episode one was that the writers appear to have grasped the North/ South British Divide.

Summed up with the "Who does this posh southern bird with her fancy dragons think she is!?" attitude the North had to Dany.

« on: 03 February, 2019, 03:47:00 am »

She seems too old to be the youngest command trainee. The youngest real life naval captain I ever heard of was David Farragut (who shares my birthday, July 5, but in 1801), who took command of a captured trophy ship at age 12. He rose to the rank of admiral in the US Navy.

Even Wesley Crusher wasn't that good!

There's nothing really unusual about a Midshipman commanding a prize, however its not a permanent position.

The youngest man to hold the Rank of Captain in the history in the history of the US Navy was Stephen Decatur, at 25. However, Horatio Nelson was a Captain at 21, and Master and Commander of a ship at 20.

Probably the record is Josiah Nisbet at 17, which might have had something to do with his being Nelson's Stepson.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 06 November, 2018, 09:49:59 pm »
StarCrash is bad but it has best space-helmet ever (which I believe is a water-tank of some sort).

And don't forget David Hasselhoff's Man-Perm!

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 21 August, 2018, 08:04:59 pm »
Make Room!  Make Room! which is uhhh... the best Harry Harrison novel I've read, I guess?  It says something about the tone that the movie's inclusion of a cannibalism subplot actually lightened the adaptation's mood, but it's an interesting spin on the noir detective thriller, clearly influenced by postwar austerity and cultural memories of the Depression-era shanty towns.  There's still a level of relevance despite - or perhaps because of - the relatively primitive technology, but the idea that migrants would flock to the US from China rather than the other way around in the wake of global resource and housing shortages probably dates it more than anything else.
Harrison's writing and the world it describes are more interesting than any of the central plot arcs, particularly the hunt for a murderer that goes nowhere by design, and I enjoyed this to the point I wonder why it doesn't appear in my list of the 100 best sci-fi novels (created by stripmining arbitrary "100 best" lists off the web), as I'd certainly rate it above the rather dull Starship Troopers.
Do yourself a favour and get stuck into Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat series. It is by far my favourite Harry Harrison works.

I'll overlook the Starship Troopers comment. This time. ;)

However, for the love of god, avoid Harrison's Stars and Stripes Trilogy!

General / Re: So what ever happened to Stickleback???
« on: 26 June, 2018, 09:26:10 pm »
If you want weird and obscure "Whatever happened to Vanguard?"

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 March, 2018, 11:22:24 pm »
Jason Statham went to my High School (a few years before me - I think it was probably still the Grammar School then).
His dad is a singer and still performs in pubs around town as Barry Wild (Yarmouth's own Tom Jones).
And I went to the same University as Liam Neeson, which is not a specific reason to watch any film he is in.

But works as an excuse since he's good in anything.

Film & TV / Re: Black Panther - Please add your review
« on: 20 February, 2018, 02:02:27 am »
I haven't seen it but I have heard it has a predominantly black cast, apart from Martin Friedman (Bilbo Baggins) and Andy Sirkis (Gollum) as the Tolkien white guys
Would you believe that Andy Serkis actually made that joke in an interview!?

Suggestions / Re: Dredd compared to The Punisher on Netflix
« on: 10 January, 2018, 05:40:03 pm »
You seemed to have missed the one big difference between the characters.

One is a vigilante and the other ... do I have to say it!!!

In audience terms this is the fundamental difference between the two.

Vigilantes are a staple of US culture: Batman and almost all superheroes and cowboys; Death Wish, Falling Down, Gran Torino, The Equaliser, Man on Fire, John Wick, to a certain degree Dirty Harry – and Liam Neeson.

US audiences especially have liked the heavy-handed lone crusader fighting socety's perceived ills but not always the man of authority wearing the badge and waving the big stick.

I think that could be overstated. American audiences do have an affinity for "maverick" types, but authority figures can also be popular characters. Dredd (the character) is not dissimilar to the sheriff in a Western, for example.
And its not as if Dredd has not stood up to those in overall power.
He led the revolt against Judge Cal. He defied the Council of 5 over the Judge Child. He has resigned in protest and forced a Chief Judge to step down. It was virtually him versus the entire department over the Mutant issue.
In many ways he's the authority figure as they should be. More of a John Wayne than a Dark Knight?

Suggestions / Re: Dredd compared to The Punisher on Netflix
« on: 09 January, 2018, 11:03:54 pm »
You seemed to have missed the one big difference between the characters.

One is a vigilante and the other ... do I have to say it!!!

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