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Film & TV / Re: Star Trek: Axanar
« on: 28 November, 2019, 02:15:44 am »
Hmm. Nice wooshy spaceship stuff.

Monologues were a bit cliche and that smug look at the end after staring at a shirt* for ages... not so nice.

*Okay I know it’s actually a star-fleet uniform, and I guess he’s feeling all prideful of what it represents but STOP IT!  :lol:

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General / Re: 2000 AD Advent Calendar SIGN UP thread 2019.
« on: 26 November, 2019, 01:46:41 am »

1st - Pete Wells
2nd - ming
3rd - Eamonn Clarke
4th - The artist known as Frank
5th - Colin.ynwa
6th - abelardsnazz
7th - Rogue Judge
8th - Darren Stephens
9th -   Gail Nedry
10th - RoboMonkey147
11th - Gail Nedry
12th - RoboMonkey147
13th - Gail Nedry
14th - RoboMonkey147
15th - Colin.ynwa
16th - Super Surfer
17th - Jayzus B Christ & Eddie Hitler
18th - Funt Solo
19th - Mardroid
20th - Space Spinner 2000
21st - Andy Lambert
22nd - The Monarch
23rd - REDBAZ!
24th - EVERYONE!

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 26 November, 2019, 01:08:38 am »
I want more Man in the High Castle!!! Binged over the weekend and NEED more....

I just recently watched that series too. I think it ended on a good place, but I liked that a lot. Or could perhaps have used more material before reaching this place. Some stuff felt rather rushed, but it was good.

Rushed? Season one just seemed to take soooo long to advance the story, I couldn't be arsed with season 2. They were clearly in it for the long haul, and I can appreciate the modern appetite for epic box sets, but I just wanted them to bloody get on with it. Everyone's CV must have included "good at thoughtful brooding and meaningful silences". Did it pick up the pace explanation-wise in later seasons?

It’s pretty slow paced through most of the seasons but you get explanations from season 2 onwards. (Actually it starts in 1). I didn’t mind, the slow pace too much but then I binged most of them on Amazon Prime. Much of the explanations concerning what happens is covered in the series in between and they didn’t seem that slow coming, but it’s as much a character drama as a sci fi mystery.

The last season is generally pretty fast-paced. Understandable as I’m sure they were aware that would be the last and they had limited episodes to fit it all in, but I actually feel a bit more time would have been nicer.

Some things are left ambiguous (the last scene itself is a bit of a head-scratcher, subject to interpretation -not in a bad way, in my opinions) but you get answers where the main story is concerned.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 25 November, 2019, 07:25:43 pm »
I want more Man in the High Castle!!! Binged over the weekend and NEED more....

I just recently watched that series too. I think it ended on a good place, but I liked that a lot. Or could perhaps have used more material before reaching this place. Some stuff felt rather rushed, but it was good.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 25 November, 2019, 07:21:55 pm »
El Camino

If you're reluctant to watch this because you feel that the Breaking Bad ending was just fine, and nothing needs be added to the series, your reasoning would be accurate.

But don't let that stop you. It's really good. A very worthwhile watch, I'd say. It was interesting to see a certain actor who died pretty recently too. Since this wasn't filmed all that long ago, I guess this must be one of his last roles. It was his usual type of role (he tends to play similar characters) but he does it so well, and this swan song ended on a high note.

I believe it was that actor's last role, and they died on the day the movie was released.

I didn't know that. Sad, but admirable. Coincidentally, I only watched the last series of Twin Peaks recently.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 25 November, 2019, 02:54:50 pm »
El Camino

If you're reluctant to watch this because you feel that the Breaking Bad ending was just fine, and nothing needs be added to the series, your reasoning would be accurate.

But don't let that stop you. It's really good. A very worthwhile watch, I'd say. It was interesting to see a certain actor who died pretty recently too. Since this wasn't filmed all that long ago, I guess this must be one of his last roles. It was his usual type of role (he tends to play similar characters) but he does it so well, and this swan song ended on a high note.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 21 November, 2019, 03:48:48 pm »
Eaglemoss could be a contender.

To be fair they answer the phone, (eventually) but I'm still waiting for a big refund of over £100 for Discovery Starship collection models that never arrived.

Basically there was a special deal some months back for the discovery version of the Enterprise for £9.99. (A good deal as these are the larger models.) I never received an acknowledgement email for subscribing  but they took my money. Goods never arrived.

I contacted them, and they said it was because I subscribed with a device other than PC. The registration wasn't completed properly. I was told that I'd be refunded back automatically. Instead another payment was taken, this time more money (you know the second discount price these things are). And later more was withdrawn. Then again. 

Between these payments being taken I did contact them again and they informed me they asked me for my account number (which was never sent). They then asked me for bank statements proof of the withdrawals. In my case it was PayPal, but I supplied that. They were very apologetic, and seemed puzzled that the debits were continuing since I want technically set up. They do they'd forward my info to head office. A couple days later another chunk was withdrawn.

I cancelled direct debit at my end and it hasn't occurred anymore, but there's been no refunds and no models sent. I should have done that straight away, I suppose i was hoping they'd rectify things their end.

Thankfully I've been working so it's not made me on debt at all, but it's really annoying.

I requested their head office contact details and our seems I have to send them a physical letter by post.

Haven't gotten round to that yet. Printing is a minor rigmarole for me, but it'll do that very shortly.

I only wanted the Enterprise too! That'll teach me.

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Film & TV / Re: The Mandalorian
« on: 19 November, 2019, 06:24:31 pm »
Heh. Yeah I've already had that spoiled for me, but its not a major deal. There is still a lot I don't know concerning what happens, etc. A bit of a pain to have to wait so long though. Okay I don't have to, but it seems to be the right thing to do aside from utilising a VPN*, but that seems to be so much rigmarole.

I never thought I'd be interested in a Disney film service. With their acquisition of Star Wars and the MCU, things have really changed!

*I don't have a moral issue with that as I'd still be paying for the Disney service. I don't want to pay for it then find the VPN didn't work, and it was all a waste of time and money, though. If they have a trial period like Netflix and other services do, (I haven't checked) that might not be so bad, and the waste would just be time, if it didn't work.

As for going the Captain Mardbeard route, I confess I've done it before on occasion, and salved my conscience by promising myself I'd get the Blu-ray when it came out, but I'd rather not. Whatever I finally do, I'd still be supporting an illegal operation in the meantime, and that doesn't sit too well with me.

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Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2019
« on: 17 November, 2019, 07:05:56 pm »
And Tom Foster kindly customised my Chromebook.


Led to this exchange on Sunday
Tom Foster: This one guy has got me drawing on his laptop
Me: That's cool. Like a Digital commission?
Tom: No. On this laptop (shows me said laptop with immaculate sketch being inked on it)

I was genuinely a bit lost for words...

Heh. That reminds me of that silly penguin sketch from Month Python.

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General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 17 November, 2019, 06:31:07 pm »
Sad to read that Rogue Judge. That's harsh and way too young. All the best to you and his family.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 08 November, 2019, 04:58:16 pm »
I'm not sure I buy what happened to 'Carl' but I suppose there was some pointers to that in T2 when 'Uncle Bob' explains about emulating humans more when around them. He was a good source of comedy, at least.
That whole subplot just wrecked it for me, despite the film's other qualities, of which there were many. It's the terminator, ffs. I'd rather Sarah had tracked it after John's death, decommissioned it, and pulled it out of mothballs when they needed some help. No character arc, sure, but better than taking the T-800 less seriously even than comic relief.


I understand where you’re coming from. It does kind of mess with Arnold’s depiction in T1, as described by Kyle Reese as a “relentless machine that can’t be reasoned with, and won’t stop until you’re dead”. (Not an exact quote.)

You get the impression that Carl can totally be reasoned with.

That being said, I do think this is explainable. I think a terminator’s programmed mission takes precedent, and until it is fulfilled, they won’t stop, and absolutely can’t be reasoned with aside from being captured and reprogrammed. Up until John Connor’s assassination, I think this was true for the T800 who became Carl too.

After that, he’d fulfilled his mission, his very reason for being. The T800* in T2 stated “I can’t self terminate”, so he has to find some new purpose. I guess he could have gone on a human killing spree but he and other such infiltrators aren’t  programmed for that. They kill their target, and anyone who gets in their way without remorse, but they don’t just kill everyone for the sake of it. He didn’t even kill Sarah directly after shooting her son. You even see the Rev-9 endoskeleton walk past a shocked guy and glance at him, but it doesn’t harm him in any way as it sees no need, even despite it’s robot nature being exposed.

And so Carl finds another purpose. The learning computer reaches its full potential and he changes.

I totally get why this depiction of him could be annoying and feel at odds with past characterisations though. And it does seem somewhat of a stretch, although it didn’t bother me that much.

I confess the drapes thing amused me.

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Books & Comics / Re: Orbital to stop selling weekly comics
« on: 08 November, 2019, 04:28:29 pm »
They're turning into Mark Millar!

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2019/11/07/orbital-comics-owner-teases-something-new-for-02-02-2020/

Piranha Comics in Bromley is mentioned in that article! I used to go there quite a bit!

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Classifieds / Re: The Thirteenth Floor - Halloween Freebie
« on: 01 November, 2019, 06:18:42 pm »
Duplicate book is claimed now!

Amusingly when I saw it that second time, I had a sense of familiarity but couldn't quite remember it.

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