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Prog / Re: Prog 2100 - Anderson's Darkest Hour
« on: 22 September, 2018, 03:43:17 pm »
the combo of Rob Williams and Henry Flint is much more successful than Wagner/Flint in the Meg400 which felt a bit like a throwaway gag to me (sorry, John).

TBH the Meg Dredd felt a little like old school Dredd.  As about as subtle as a well aimed brick and simple fun.  Williams' Dredd is far more serious and very much in keeping with his current approach.  The final denouement was telegraphed in the first page and the return of Dirty Frank was definitely a welcome addition.  I'm not sure I'd go with 'more successful' since the two are both very different beasts.

As for the prog as a whole; aside from the cover, a veritable feast.

Film & TV / Re: New Dr Who Trailer
« on: 21 September, 2018, 09:32:02 pm »
decision to shoe-horn in three companions, thereby presumably reducing the Doctor's screen time somewhat. (As for the earlier comment about approach, that always changes. But also I get the sense many people are sick of the Doctor's overly authoritarian approach over the past two generations, and so could do with that being toned down a bit.)

TBH this was the bit that got me most, the relationship between the companions and the Doctor.  I can appreciate the point about the authoritarianism of the last few regenerations, Capaldi in particular, but at the same time I do wonder if this is a bit of a setup for Whittaker.

Would a transition from domineering to relational be such an issue if this was between two male regenerations?  Would a Doctor that was so willing to engage with companions as equals be such an issue if it is a male doctor? 

For me this is the most powerful aspect of this decision.  It foregrounds assumptions about control and authority and how they relate to authority, how we respond to direction from certain individuals depending on their gender.  Ultimately it throws up perceptions of control and authority. How do we define 'authoritarian' and how is our understanding affected by the gender of the individual in control.

I wonder if this is worth reflecting on in terms of the characters that inhabit the worlds of the publication we support.  How do we receive the portrayal of Hershey for instance as opposed to Dredd?  How does her performance compare to the Chief Judges that have gone before her?  What about Durham Red, Naimh, Anderson?  Let's face it, Halo Jones stood out because of her gender.  Was Sam Slade's failure because she looked too much like her forebears ?

Film & TV / Re: New Dr Who Trailer
« on: 21 September, 2018, 06:16:04 am »
[ ... ] Which should be proof, not that anyone around here needs it I'm sure, that the Doctor's gender makes zero difference to the essential character.

You know what, I'm not sure that I'd completely agree with that.  I mean, I know what you're saying but at the same time I don't know if we should be ignoring this dimension.  Let's face it, at present gender identity is a significant issue.  The right to identify your own gender but also how that gendered identity is constructed and how it influences us as individuals.  How we are treated and what opportunities are available.  These are important topics that I would argue apply to all of us.

That being the case then, I'm all for the idea of this dimension of identity being explored.  At the same time, I'd hate to see it descend into cliches.  That to me would be the worst possible outcome.

Film & TV / New Dr Who Trailer
« on: 20 September, 2018, 09:12:29 pm »
Maybe it's the fact that I've just finished binge watching Capaldi's last season and been pleasantly surprised but I find myself incredibly ambivalent about the trailer BBC have just released.  I know it's just a teaser and it's hard to take it too seriously with Whittaker constantly waving the sonic screwdriver at the camera but there's something 'off' about it for me that I can't quite put my finger on ....

The worst thing about this is that with all of the fan boy rage over the casting, it's going to be hard to be appropriately critical about the finished product.  Even in the short segments we see in the trailer Whittaker's Dr appears nowhere near as commanding as Capaldi's.  Is that a conscious decision to go with a differently gendered approach to 'crisis management' that ignores standard cliches about women in authority?  Is it a mistake on the part of writers who have fallen into cultural stereotypes? 

I know that early days with a new regeneration are always 'peculiar'.  Colin Baker's first few episodes had him as a complete twonk.  Capaldi was a dithering idiot to start with.  Could it be the 'regeneration reset'?

I do hope that I'm over reading / interpreting what they've released.  Certainly will give it a shot and see what it is like.  Let's face it, whoever the actor in the hot seat there have always been quality episodes and ropey ones.  Even Tom Baker had his share of clunkers.

Welcome to the board / Re: New Readers Start Here!
« on: 19 September, 2018, 07:24:26 pm »
Hey All,

I'm wanting to post in the prog forum and edit my profile.  Do I need to get further permissions for that?

I may be wrong but I think the correct protocol is to commit to sacrificing your first born child, donating 90% of your worldly goods and pledging to being Molcher's indentured servant for the next millennium.

Although I hear that if you offer him a nice pack of choccy biccies he may give you a pass on the first born child and settle for the third offspring instead.

Megazine / Re: Meg 400 - 400th Issue!
« on: 17 September, 2018, 08:32:18 pm »
I think that he mentioned at Lawgiver that his hands weren't in great shape at present.  His signings were more his initials than full signature.  Of course this is a somewhat hazy recollection of a rather awestruck conversation so could be completely wrong.

Prog / Re: Prog 2099 - Unleash Hell!
« on: 16 September, 2018, 06:04:40 pm »
The Future Shock has to be the best one we've seen in a long time.  A truly disturbing and twisty take on a couple of standard Sci Fi tropes.  I know it's hard to write a good FS and a lot of the time it's less about shocking and more about delivering a gruesome pun but this one definitely deserves a couple of reads.

As for next week's line up.  If the postie has trouble delivering it then I think I might end up seriously throwing teddies out of the pram!   :o

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 15 September, 2018, 09:31:33 pm »
Aye, congrats.  Not a small achievement at all.

Don't beat yourself up about how things are affecting you.  I think it's fair to say that we all know how easy it is to be tripped by the most innocuous event, sometimes without us even realising it has happened.  It's easy to feel guilty for feeling down when actually there are perfectly valid reasons for it.

The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster for me too.  Finally back in work after six months, it's been quite an emotional experience.  It's hard to let go of the experiences of the last two years and simply see this as a fresh start.  Keeping things in perspective and remembering that whatever the validity of the criticisms I faced, the methods employed were unjustified at best ... Still, it does shape my perception at present.  Then I remember that this is a different situation and feel guilty / annoyed at myself.  Then I remember: "Small moves."

To all who are still moving forward with this baggage, stay strong guys.  To all who have provided supportive voices, thanks.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 11 September, 2018, 07:58:08 pm »
Reading medical supply companies and health professionals working through their Brexit projections and preparations on Twitter is a lot like the end of the first third of a Stephen Baxter novel: ...

I'm not sure that using a Baxter Novel as an analogy for Brexit is the best choice.  Especially when you consider how many of them end up with the death of every character.

General / Re: No Prog?
« on: 06 September, 2018, 06:47:55 pm »
Zip cartridge ....

General / Re: No Prog?
« on: 06 September, 2018, 05:36:22 am »
Mine just showed up with a free covermount CD of sheridan laughing maniacally.

CD?  Mine had one of those old eighties 7 inch rubber single thingamabobs that used to come with computer games on!

Luxury! Mine came with a dictated transcript inside a rolled up newspaper...

Wot no Betamax?

General / Re: No Prog?
« on: 05 September, 2018, 06:53:10 pm »
Mine just showed up with a free covermount CD of sheridan laughing maniacally.

CD?  Mine had one of those old eighties 7 inch rubber single thingamabobs that used to come with computer games on!

General / Re: No Prog?
« on: 04 September, 2018, 07:53:28 pm »
Never mind digital, at my age I've no choice but to embrace the change!

General / Re: No Prog?
« on: 04 September, 2018, 07:00:18 pm »

And will they remember to name the thread properly?

Good point.  I think I might have buggered that in the past with a colon instead of a dash.   :-[

General / Re: No Prog?
« on: 04 September, 2018, 06:29:29 am »
Go digital it is always on time

There is something very satisfying though about having a solid, physical object in one's hand though.   ::)

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