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As far as I'm concerned, the biggest crime is to put Spock in it and then give him nothing to do.
It's like someone thought adding Spock would be a really cool idea and then they forgot to write a part for him.

There was some good stuff with Pike in the latest episode - he’s the best character in the programme by far.
The rest was a bit of a bore fest. Michael and Spock have zero personality so their scenes just plod along while I become increasingly irritated by the ambient music and lens flare.

For me, the stakes were Spock/Michael and for a brief moment, Michael's mum.

I mean we also knew the Klingons weren't going to win the war.

I thought the episode was ok, I just hated the 'bug' being left on that crate even before Georgiou twigged she'd been played, and Starfleet's stubborn refusal to actually listen to the person trying to help them even when they completely fail to protect them.

Michael’s mum has only just returned from the dead though. An eyeroll inducing development at best. I don’t care about the character. Spock doesn’t seem like Spock to me anyway, but whatever secret history they retcon in for him also doesn’t concern me. So I don’t really care about those stakes. Michael’s the only character I’m really invested in (Pike too actually,  but we already know what happens to him).

I preferred this episode to the last one. It was entertaining and had fewer cringe moments but I still don’t think the story is particularly strong. Does anyone actually care? We all know all sentient life in the universe won’t be destroyed, so why not make the stakes a little less ridiculous.

Prog / Re: Prog 2124 - The New Normal
« on: 28 March, 2019, 12:51:04 pm »
I enjoyed Dredd but mainly because of the artwork if I'm honest.

Survival Geeks is really growing on me. I'm not usually a fan of these comedy strips but this is really well done.

Kingmaker was ace. This is the best thing Edginton has done by a country mile and the artwork is just phenomenal.

Max Normal was really good. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this but I really did.

Grey Area is great as always. I'll be sad if this is the final series, I think this strip could run and run. I found it a little unclear as to what was happening in some panels but I got the gist.

Overall a very strong prog.

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 27 March, 2019, 03:31:35 pm »
That's good advice, thanks. I'm useless at repairing these things so would always rather pay a bit more for a low-use or refurbished unit.

Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 27 March, 2019, 02:25:05 pm »
I never saw a PC Engine in real life, just mysterious ads from mail-order companies in gaming magazines.
I saw plenty of ads for TurboGrafx 16 games in American comics but didn't even realise it was basically the same console. It's a real shame it wasn't released over here. I've had a little play on one recently and really liked it.
I have a fairly decent little retro collection and may invest in a PC Engine at some point (but top of my list is a Vectrex - they've doubled in price in the last couple of years though).

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 27 March, 2019, 08:22:54 am »
"Ranking" Roger Charlery of The Beat.

That's a shame. Ranking Full Stop is awesome.

General / Re: Wagner and Dredd
« on: 25 March, 2019, 05:47:43 pm »
Peter O’Donnell wrote Modesty Blaise all the way through the newspaper run (1963-2001) along with a number of novels and short stories. I’m not sure how the page count would stack up compared to Wagner/Dredd though.

Off Topic / Re: Help with the Woman's Weekly puzzle page.
« on: 24 March, 2019, 05:03:49 pm »
I think it's vapour - it gives us an A which works for the anagram. Thanks all!

Off Topic / Re: Help with the Woman's Weekly puzzle page.
« on: 24 March, 2019, 02:25:50 pm »
I wondered that but not sure water bubble sounds right?

Off Topic / Re: Help with the Woman's Weekly puzzle page.
« on: 24 March, 2019, 01:54:52 pm »
We're looking for a 6 letter word which goes after Water and before Bath.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 March, 2019, 09:14:50 am »
Blade of the Immortal.

An immortal ex-samurai partners a young girl to help her get revenge for her father’s murder and whatever they did to her mum.
Great fun with some outlandish characters and cool fight scenes (some of them go on a bit though). The two leads are both really good and the baddie is quite interesting and sympathetic which is what makes the whole thing work.
It reminded me of both True Grit and Once Upon a Time in the West in parts, though it’s more light hearted than either of those.
Good fun and worth a watch.

This episode was a mess.
The overblown eulogising at the beginning was cringe inducing. And all for a character they’d spent one episode developing (and they’ve cheapened death so much that she’ll probably be back anyway).
It seems to have become a requirement for Tilly to make at least two appearances in which she provides ‘comic relief’, even if she does nothing for the rest of the episode. She literally can’t walk through a door and deliver a quick briefing without acting like a bellend. She’s Godzuki taking a tumble while landing on the deck of the Calico. She should have a little comedy jingle to accompany each appearance.

I didn’t actually mind the plan that much. Even if future Burnham knew she had survived the incident, she may have known she only survived through saving herself. I think it can be made to make sense - just about.
Then it turned out the angel is actually her mum. Another groan inducer.

Also, what was the point of bringing the Doctor back? His whiny sub-plot is annoying - I hope it goes somewhere. And I wish Section 31 bloke would either have a shave or grow a beard. His permanent 3 day stubble looks shit.

News / Re: Button Man coming to Netflix.
« on: 18 March, 2019, 02:26:34 pm »
Jason Statham.
Who doesn't like a Jason Statham action thrilller?

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