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General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 15 September, 2018, 11:20:19 pm »
He was just resting.

General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 15 September, 2018, 08:49:00 pm »

Indeed, and the flashback stories could've filled that hole easily, but I assume the creators wanted something different to keep them interested.

General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 15 September, 2018, 08:37:02 pm »
Max Bubba and Rage were 30 years ago now. The stories stand irrespective of what happens now.

I have previously been comprehensively schooled by members of the board that new star wars films, for example, have not impacted on my continued enjoyment the originals, so surely a new development in Strontium Dog in the 21st century does not retrospectively ruin or detract from a story from several decades past?

Anyway, I have enjoyed the new storylines and Johnny's return. Just occurs to me that in a story where time travel has featured prominently, that our main character may at least contemplate abusing the power to save the life of the most significant person in his life.

That's conflating personal enjoyment with the development of what happens in-story. It's not only about the importance of stories past but of stories future. Presuming the decision to resurrect Johnny in such a literal fashion means the writer wants the consequences of those past stories to still be extant at the present time then it's all about the character and not just rebooting for the sake of. Otherwise they could've just gone back in time and saved both Johnny and Wulf – but that's kind of a boring story and only re-enforces the idea that death really doesn't matter in that universe.

Resurrecting Johnny was a narrative fudge borne from the desire to undo a consequence. In hindsight, it was said that killing Johnny was a mistake. Apparently the same degree of regret for offing Wulf is not there, so they replaced him with his son instead, which is better for Johnny and the series.

General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 15 September, 2018, 07:18:53 pm »
I was perfectly happy with the apocryphal angle taken with the flashback stories, but if a stricter continuity and character evolution is considered to be what matters, then it's not wise to negate every significant dramatic development that happened in Johnny's life – especially now that Wulf's son is part of Johnny's future story plus it's a far more interesting catalyst for new stories with Johnny as a father figure.

It's a matter of character priority: without Johnny there's simply no story to speak of. That's not the case with Wulf, so resurrecting him can't be considered an equivalent with Johnny's Lazarus moment.

Prog / Re: Prog 2097 - Psychos A-Go-Go!
« on: 07 September, 2018, 11:46:19 pm »
Let's face it, occult investigator is the next big 2000AD trope after future-fascist bully-boy and killer-for-hire.

And to think Judge Dread was originally an occult investigator.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 04 September, 2018, 09:27:20 pm »
and George Miller stepped back from production because of this, only directing some of the vehicle stuff near the end and leaving the rest to another director.
Not sure on the accuracy of the above, but if true it does explain quite a lot!

He had a co-director on the film.

Games / Re: Cyberpunk 2077
« on: 02 September, 2018, 05:55:02 pm »
"Last but not least, it was openly admitted that a lot of inspiration for the game’s ‘megabuildings’ came from Judge Dredd. As they said earlier, these are huge, multilevel skyscrapers inhabited by all sorts of people and filled with content. Nonetheless, most of the action in Cyberpunk 2077 will take place in the ever-bustling streets of Night City."


The article refers to this filmed interview with the developers where they mention the 2012 Dredd film as an influence (turn subtitles on):


Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 29 August, 2018, 09:09:18 pm »

Have I told you how I like to watch this and cry? Somebody stuck her theme under this one, which is a little in the nose.

Oh, oui je t'aime!
Moi non plus

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 29 August, 2018, 08:44:09 pm »
Star Wars continues to be something to feel strongly about instead of all the dull, real-world things about which they should have been feeling strongly but didn't want to deal with. My own reaction to the film was indifference, so I'm guilty of psychological projection, here.

Meanwhile, in the real world, Frank gets real about his Star Wars feels

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 27 August, 2018, 09:01:57 pm »
Ireland will remain a predominantly Catholic country but Church attendance figures have been falling for the last 20 years and the few men joining the priesthood seem to be using it (still) as a closet for the profane rather than the sacred.

September 29, 2017

For the first time in living memory, first-year clerical student numbers are higher in the Protestant Church in Ireland than in the biggest Catholic institution for the priesthood.

The Irish Times reported that just six men have begun training for the Catholic priesthood at St. Patrick’s College Maynooth this autumn. It is believed to be the lowest number since its foundation in 1795.  There are a total 41 men studying for the priesthood in Maynooth.

Twice as many students started training for ministry in the Church of Ireland this month, with 12 admissions, including two women, to the Church of Ireland Theological Institute in Dublin. In total there are 34 students in training at the institute, 10 of them women.

In August last year the college was at the center of controversy when it emerged that the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, said he was no longer going to send seminarians there because of its “poisonous” atmosphere.

He said students were accessing gay dating apps and anonymous letters were being circulated accusing seminarians of misconduct.

The college administration said it shared “the concern” of Archbishop Martin about the “poisonous atmosphere” created by anonymous correspondence and blogs. It added, however, there was “no concrete or credible evidence of the existence of any alleged ‘active gay subculture’” at the seminary.


Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 27 August, 2018, 12:37:02 am »
These 2 charmin', drinkin', smokin', shaggin' boyos were the real face of the 80s Irish Church. We knew them. They were one of us. They could pack churches in every town – and they weren't even paedos.

Music / Re: Upcoming Gigs
« on: 27 August, 2018, 12:21:27 am »
On my way home from a PiL gig. My word, they're actually whole lot better than I'd expected - even the fat, ageing Lydon is an utterly unique singer and performer.

I saw them a few tours ago after a spur of the moment ticket buy. Likewise, not expecting anything, they blew me away. Apart from the great sound and players, the on-stage charisma of that man, decades later, is still something to behold.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 27 August, 2018, 12:03:12 am »
Before the actions of the Church –with the complicity of the State– were revealed to the masses long after 1979, most Irish people hadn't a clue who the Pope really was, or what he really did, other than being a figurehead who rode around in a car that looked like it was in Wacky Races.

Irish people nowadays don't like 'the Church' – doesn't matter who was, or who is, in charge.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 26 August, 2018, 11:30:23 pm »

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