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I really enjoyed that episode. I thought Mudd was great and I'm quite intrigued by what the Klingon lady is up to. What was the deal with her having the hots for human men?

Actually, in other Star Trek series klingon women are renowned for a bit of... sexual experimentation. Particularly shocking considering its kinda rape in this instance (assuming the guy didn't intentionally attempt to seduce her to find a way of escape, which is possible, I guess).

I wasn't really bothered by the swearing, just a bit disappointed. It's 2 words in about 5 hours worth of TV so far though - no need to over react.

I agree. That language has no place in Star Trek although  it was kinda amusing and cute coming out of her mouth. But I won't get hung up over it, and I enjoyed this episode just fine.

Much as I like the klingon ship designs I'm not keen on them as klingon ships and wish they'd stick with the traditional style. The larger ships, not so much. They're different but mostly fit the overall shapes we know. Those little raider things from this episode look like something from another race entirely, however.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 October, 2017, 04:30:57 am »
Crimson Peak

I found it rather predictable, but it was enjoyable, well acted, looked sumptuous, and the ghosts looked pretty freaky.

What's with Del Toro film ghosts having evaporating blood, though? Not that I dislike the effect, it's just the second film where I've seen this.

Also,why is it that in these films, ghosts who actually care enough to return with a warning for their loved ones,  do it in a scary way? I get that they maybe can't help their corpse-like appearance and gratey voices but can't they just say "Hello dear, don't be scared it's just your old mother. I know I look a bit peaky, and forgive the raspy voice. Dying of the black cholera* will do that for you, and throat lozenges literally go through me. I just wanted to warn you not to go to Crimson Peak."

Instead, old mother ghost wiggles the door handle violently, then when her daughter goes to check, she screeches at her from the end of the hall. When asked what she wants to say, the ghost lunges through the door and grabs her instead of just... you know... telling her. That doesn't even include what she did on her first visit to her ten year old daughter, she was waving her arms about in an eerie way, then grabbing her daughters shoulder suddenly...

Okay, I suppose the real reason is because it's a horror story and supposed to be scary and to add a bit of misdirection. I guess an In-world reason is that the trauma of their death twists their minds and they come back wonky. But even so... 

*or whatever it was

General / Re: Something Rogue Troopery in the offing?
« on: 17 October, 2017, 12:42:17 am »
I did play the original on the ps2, and thoroughly enjoyed it, although I never got beyond the train level.

Strongly tempted to go next gen to get this version*. It's not the only reason, but it's a strong motivator. I use the PS3 at the moment, and while I do like games I don't play them very often. I use it mainly for watching TV via Netflix and the like or watching DVDs/Blu-ray. I got the ps2 mainly for DVD support, and PS3 for blu-ray. * The new consoles have confused my choices as it's the Xbox that comes with the next gen super HD whiz drive... and I'm reticent about Microsoft products.... And the Xbox One X is really expensive! A very impressive machine though.

The Nintendo Switch is a lovely gadget... but I don't find the games appealing for some reason.

* So why didn't I get just a dedicated player of either? Well, back when I bought the first gen ps2 DVD players were much more expensive, and the console was a pretty reasonable alternative. This wasn't so much the case when I got the PS3 as I got it pretty late plumping for the super slim version. I think t here were cheaper blu-ray players by then, but the PS3 was still great value with the added capabilities. And I like the fact I can game when I want to.

Film & TV / Re: Blade Runner 2
« on: 15 October, 2017, 09:15:37 am »
I loved the scenes that were lit by water, they were really beautiful ... maybe a tad overdone  but just gorgeous.

It was too long imo .. they could have cut the fight scene between K and Deckard

While it was long, I wasn't bored.... although I think they could have perhaps shortened that scene a bit.

, also the doesn't it say at the start that newer model replicants now must obey humans so how can they have a rising (?), it might have been better if they had just stuck to the child of Rachel and Deckard stuff in that scene

I believe most (if not all) of them were Nexus 8s, successors of the models hunted by Deckard in the first film in that the shorter life-span rule does not apply to them, but previous models to K and Luv's.

(Incidentally their model is never mentioned, is it? I would guess they are Nexus 9s, if the previous models are Nexus 8s.)

That being said, at least one of them appeared to be quite a young woman, (the girl that acted as surrogate for K's holographic girl-friend in that weird proxy 'love' scene) but I don't think their model was shelved that long ago.

Bear in mind that K never goes with their plan of rebellion. Luv, does kill a human (or was that guy a replicant too? I'm not sure who is or isn't in the police station), but she could have special programming. That being said, nobody states the new model won't kill humans, just that they are obedient, and she is obedient to her own master. In fact she is devout to a fault.

If there are later models among the rebel crowd, the idea that replicants can progress beyond their initial restraints has been a theme since the first film.  The Voigtt Kampff test is supposed to test empathy and emotion, after all, and Roy Batty displays both by the end of the film. Not that they're ever without them,
 but it would appear they are programmed to be slower to react, or something.

Also regarding the child that Rachel and Deckard had, was this alluded to in the first movie?

I don't believe so.

Anyway, I really liked this film, and felt it really explored and expanded on ideas from the previous film in a meaningful way. I read a review (not here) generally suggesting that while the reviewer liked the film they seemed to think it more style over substance. That was definitely not the film I saw. It abounded in both.

My copy has arrived! I've ordered both covers (in fact two copies of the 'original' by mistake).
I look forward to reading it later.

Mine too! Yet to read, but it looks to be a nice quality thing.

I confess I can't compare it to the originals, as I never read any back in the day.* I plan on getting that nice Misty connection at some point, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

* Maybe not a bad thing experiencing this for the first time, albeit I understand the stories will be original anyway.

General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 11 October, 2017, 06:16:51 am »
All the best Cyber. Thinking of you. It will take time but you will get through it. Don't be afraid to talk, as others have said, whether it be A best friend or just talking on here.  It does help.

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 09 October, 2017, 05:33:19 am »
I just started the Expanse season 2 (I gobbled up the first three episodes) and, yes it's very enjoyable.

I'm enjoying Discovery just as much. Two very different stories that work well.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 09 October, 2017, 05:29:27 am »
I'm just 3 episodes into The Expanse, season 2. So far it's enjoyable stuff.

« on: 26 September, 2017, 11:32:21 am »
I caught up on the first episodes yesterday night. I enjoyed that a lot, but then I've always gravitated towards the conflict battle stories than straight exploration. I'm not much into the original series for example, but love the films, particularly the even numbers (and I've a soft spot for The Search for Spock) and I really like Enterprise, but I'm not that keen on the Next Generation. (Borg, Klingon and Romulan episodes aside.)

I'm not opposed to new species and discovery episodes, but I do find them often a bit preachy. This is how we do things in the federation. We're so great, etc. I know that's a but of a sweep, and they're not all like that, mind.

I liked the design of the Aliens at the start of the episode. Kind of humanoid and clam like in one. What looked like a hood could be a shell, etc.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 September, 2017, 03:33:34 pm »
Hmm. It's* curious, that It is largely disliked by viewers here, considering how well it's doing. That being said, I've seen negative views elsewhere too, although overall it seems to have done well.

I'm still looking forward to watchig it next week.

I picked up the earlier 90s adaptation recently, and I've been watching that. I know it has it's detractors, (it is a bit cheesy in places) but I think it holds up pretty well. I remember finding the scene with Beverley in the old lady's flat genuinely creepy. My older hardened self is less affected, but it's still a great scene. And there's the infamous blood sink splatter earlier...

Bill's wife's accent is driving me a bit nuts though. Is that supposed to be English? What with my recent viewing of American Horror Story: Roanoke, I seem to be plagued with dodgy English accents lately.

*No cheap rubbish pun intended.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 19 September, 2017, 04:49:19 pm »
Hateful Eight - taken me a while to get around to this, stumbling across it in a charity shop this week put a end to that, which is a shame (my delay)  as I think its one that would have well served by seeing on the big screen. Loved the supposedly over long beginning, which provided a wonderful panoramic contrast to the tight claustrophic secomd 2/3s.

All the typical Tarintino things are there, but since I love a Tarintino film no great lose there!

I just bought that one for a 2 for a tenner deal at Asda! It was the original film of IT that caught my eye, leading me to search around for another to reap the £10 deal*. I've never seen The Hateful Eight, so took a chance on this, but seeing on the read-up it was a Tarantino film (and largely liking his films) I thought, why not?

Anyway, glad you like it. Seems likely I will too.

*The irony isn't lost on me that these deals actually cause me to spend more than I would usually have done. It's all very psychological, isn't it? £8.00 for one film (not bad deal really) or just £2.00 more to get another film as well that I probably wouldn't buy otherwise.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 September, 2017, 12:23:58 pm »
The Dark Tower was the last film I saw too.

I'm a big fan of the novels, and I'd read a lot of negative posts elsewhere on the film, so I watched the film suitably forewarned.

As an adaptation of the novels, it's pretty poor. I understand that this is a sequel of sorts* but I would have preferred it to be closer to the books. It also needed a slower pacing, I think. Jake's introduction to Mid-World was rushed. That whole stuff with he haunted house should have been much more scary.

That being said, I enjoyed it. As a sci-fi action oriented film dealing with a gunslinger from a parallel world, I thought it was okay. Idris Elba** was pretty good in it, as was the kid who played Jake, and Matthew McConaughey, although he seemed much closer to his hard-case RF persona from The Stand than the more subtle trickster Walter/Marten from the novels.

It needed to slow down and take a bit of a breather though. I hope, if there are future films, they do this.

*I won't explain how, without spoiling things for the novels, but if you have read the last novel to the end, you will get what I mean, and a certain comment by Walter in this film may have a whole new meaning for you.

** I disagree that that those who disliked Elba's casting of Roland was for racist reasons though. I'll admit, I wasn't keen myself, not because I'm racist, but because I wanted someone who fit the description of Roland in the novels. If they had cast a white woman as Odetta/Detta/Sussanah, I would have found that even more offensive. There is also a conflict between Roland and Detta in the second novel which related partly to their different races, although I suspect that plot will just be ditched in future films, in the unlikely event that happens. Suze doesn't turn up in this film though, so I guess that's academic.

I will say though, Idris was pretty good in the role. I accept him now, and wouldn't be against his continuing in the role in future films/series.

Film & TV / Re: Hellboy Reboot
« on: 15 September, 2017, 12:06:29 pm »
That really does look marvelous, although I have mixed feelings about a reboot, due to the others being so good. It would be nice if it were set in the same universe, or could be, i.e. don't include anything that contradicts the previous films. Of course, the fact he had a kid in the last film, might make this problematic, but this could be set earlier than the other films. Not a true prequel, though if it is a stand-alone self-contained movie.

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