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Off Topic / Re: Podcasts
« on: 03 June, 2018, 06:15:05 pm »
The Beef and Dairy Network. Deadpan comedy about beef and dairy farming. Quite a lot funnier than it sounds.

Last Podcast on the Left is great as long as you have a very very dark sense of humour and avoid the dull creepy pasta episodes.

How Did This Get Made? is my weekly guaranteed laugh.

Film & TV / Re: Black Mirror Season 4
« on: 21 January, 2018, 12:15:59 pm »
Best: Hang the DJ. Very well handled twist that I didn't see coming.
Favourite: USS Callister. Just good fun throughout.
Least favourite: Arkangel. Good premise, unbelievable characters.

Other Reviews / Re: LETTERSENTERTAINYOU 2015 - The Beast Lives!
« on: 21 January, 2018, 12:12:28 pm »
Paul's letter footprint stretches waaay back to Prog 268 in 1982. He has been awarded the Beast Code MMM, which was stripped from James Mackay who has been stuck on 9 since 2008. Sorry James but it's a tough old world in the letters game.

Bugger. (9? Are you sure they were all me?)

Film & TV / Re: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
« on: 28 November, 2017, 11:11:24 am »
Since when has Scarlet Witch been played by Julianne Moore?

Film & TV / Re: Wonder Woman 2017
« on: 30 July, 2017, 10:24:00 pm »
As soon as someone proves there's a paying audience for action films with female villains, The Rock will be wailing on Meryl Streep's face with a 2x4.

Fast and Furious' most recent outing was with a villainess I think.

Why would Stannis sacrifice his only living heir if his goal is to be king?

Because he was persuaded by Melisandre that destiny and the Red God required him to be king, the better to see off the coming darkness.  His goal was never to establish a dynasty.

Why would the Boltons - an upjumped minor house with a tenuous claim on the North - immediately turn on the Lannisters with little to gain from doing so, and when they have only just forged an alliance?
What the hell is Littlefinger even up to in the North, and why did he think marrying Sansa to the Boltons would be a good idea? Isn't he supposed to be the mastermind behind basically everything that has transpired so far? What is his endgame here exactly? Chaos for the sake of chaos?

All explained in this scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dcs4lnXebY
Roose was persuaded by Baelish that the Iron Throne was weak (which made sense at that point, with Tommen just crowned), that Cersei had lost power to Margaery (who favoured Sansa and would bless the match), and that consolidating his power in the North was most important.  Marrying Ramsay to Sansa legitimised his rule as King in the North, which is the largest and most powerful of the Seven Kingdoms (so not a jumped-up little house any more).  Baelish, meanwhile, explained his strategy quite clearly to Cersei at some point: pit opposing forces against each other and move in to mop up the remains.  Here he wanted to put Stannis against Boltons, then use Lannister forces to move in and become King in the North.  This is consistent with his modus operandi since season one.

Why doesn't Jaime seem to be particularly bothered about the atrocity Cersei just committed?
Give it time.  He's been hopelessly in love with Cersei since he was a kid, he can't just turn on her immediately.

How could Euron build 1000 ships in the space of a few months, on an island that has few trees or natural resources?
Yeah.  Poor scripting there.  They could easily have had him return with a big fleet and just add a few more ship to it.  No way round this one.

Why didn't the Lannisters immediately retaliate against the Martells for killing Myrcella?
What with High Sparrow etc, they had a few other things on.

If Alliser Thorne and his cronies' grievance with Jon was that he allowed the Wildlings through the Wall, wouldn't it have been a better idea to assassinate him before he did that rather than after?
Alliser Thorne spent his entire life defending the rules.  It takes a lot of time and conspiring to overcome that.

What possible reason (other than a contrived way of upping the drama) would Sansa have for not telling Jon about the Knights of the Vale before the Battle of of Winterfell?
She didn't trust Baelish to actually bring them until they arrived.

Why did the Faceless Men have an inexplicable change of heart about Arya, and let her go after she killed the Waif?
I think Jaqen had a serious soft spot for her: it was the Waif who insisted she be allowed to kill Arya.  In that last scene, Arya had a sword to his heart, which also may have helped his decision.

Why does everyone seem to know exactly what everyone else is up to at the moment?
Ravens got faster, and there are things people don't know - nobody knows about the Brotherhood, or who killed the Freys, etc. 

For that matter, why does everyone assume Tommen committed suicide and was not murdered, when no one was there to see it happen?
Nobody else in his heavily guarded apartments, and nobody would dare accuse Cersei of such a thing.

I was confused to see The Twins turn up in the credits, given Arya's opening action, but then I realised hapless ol' Edmure is going to have a very interesting season...

Film & TV / Re: New Doctor
« on: 17 July, 2017, 11:09:23 am »
The Doctor as an identification figure for geeky/spectrum kids like myself shouldn't be underestimated.  It is hard to think of another character in popular fiction who fulfilled that asexual/non aggressive male persona.

There's a lot of talk about just how important representation is for minorities, so if you wanted to be geeky about it, you could say the Doctor was fulfilling just that for atypical boys.

If you had asked me a while back, I'd have been wary just on that basis. but then you realise there are geeky/spectrum females who haven't even had the luxury of one role model - the fact we can share ours with them is rather wonderful, no?

That is really very well put. 

Film & TV / Re: The Trailer Thread
« on: 12 March, 2017, 08:35:57 am »
Wonder Woman trailer.  They've toned down the most irritating Zack Snyder camera work, the better to focus on Snyder's favourite theme of the special one in an unworthy world full of people who don't appreciate their own inferiority.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INLzqh7rZ-U

Film & TV / SPLIT
« on: 24 January, 2017, 06:52:47 pm »
Well, that is a rather good movie.  Shyamalan back on form after what must be the longest losing streak ever enjoyed by a director who still managed to get work.

Do NOT click on spoiler tag if you haven't seen the film.  Seriously.

So, anyone else see this?  What to make of the final diner scene?  Is this going to be a trilogy?

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Christmas Special
« on: 03 January, 2017, 07:58:21 am »
I thought it was great.  Capaldi definitely shaping up to be one of the best Doctors now he's rid of Clara and the "Am I a guid man?" subplot.

Books & Comics / Re: The Zarjaz, Dogbreath & FQP comics thread
« on: 31 October, 2016, 12:41:15 pm »
First up is the quite simply awesome cover for Zarjaz 27 by Neil Roberts.

Possibly Joe Dredd's shiniest-ever buttocks.

Off Topic / Re: Best dinner party ever
« on: 03 October, 2016, 09:08:22 am »

Muhammed Ali for the wit
Angela Carter for the imagination
Dorothy Parker for the cynicism
Geronimo for the strength of will
Jane Austen to lightly rib the others

Prog / Re: Prog 2001 - Hungry for Thrills
« on: 03 October, 2016, 09:04:24 am »
Depends on the scale.  Could be a Copsognathus, but it's probably a diplodocus. 

Prog / Re: Prog 2001 - Hungry for Thrills
« on: 03 October, 2016, 07:14:17 am »
Is that a police tyrannosaurus?

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