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Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 17 August, 2019, 11:49:48 pm »
Always time for a good diagram!

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 17 August, 2019, 08:37:06 pm »
I think maybe that the merger has disrupted the credits - I'm absolutely certain that isn't Mike White on Mind Wars, but those zombies in the otherwise uncredited Holocaust definately look like his work, even if the colour two page spread appears to be by someone else entirely. And the credit given to TB Grover for the Cursed Earth episodes may just be a way of balancing the books, as Pat Mills was given the writing credit for the first part of Burger Wars even though he didn't write it (Dredd's Last Stand is credited to Pat Mills on every reprint I've got access too, though).

Yeah, Mind Wars is, as ever, drawn by Jesus Redondo.  (As ever apart from that one episode that has a shared credit with Ian Gibson.)  Not entirely convinced by the Mike White theory - next time I come across his work (in my chronological reading) I'll try to remember to dig out this episode, compare and contrast.  As for the balancing - everyone knows Wagner and Grant took turns taking credit, though I've not heard of the same for Wagner and Mills before.  I'm holding off reading Thrill-Power Overload (the old version), The Mighty One and Be Pure, Be Vigilant, Behave until I get to their release dates.

That letter from those two kids at boarding school is absolutely heartbreaking, and the language is probably the most dated thing ever printed in Star Lord. It's look looking at a different planet. What are 'lead joints', anyway...?

No idea - I did some investigating and only found webpages on soldering pipes.  Then I added the 'd' word and only found "lead joint co-ordinators".  I wonder what every day language we use now will be considered pejorative  in another forty years? 

Today's post is 2000AD Prog 85: This Cursed Earth will not break me I am the law I am Dredd… Judge Dredd! Don’t dare miss the thrilling climax to the Cursed Earth in this power packed prog!!! Plus Important news for all readers inside!

The last prog of 2000AD to be published for a year * features:
  • the last episode of Dan Dare, The Doomsday Machine
  • a Future-Shock
  • the last episode of The Cursed Earth
  • the last episode of Ant Wars
  • another Future-Shock (sure sign of clearing the decks for a jumping-on prog!)
Tomorrow - the last Star Lord (not counting a summer special and a few annuals).  The day after tomorrow - is a film about cold weather, but also will see the first 2000AD and Starlord!

* because the next week sees 2000AD and Starlord, which runs for a year, until 2000AD and Tornado takes over, which itself runs for a year until another jumping-on prog.

General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 17 August, 2019, 10:22:14 am »
The Bible, Genesis: a mad opening and then it just drags on and on.  Parable after parable, letter after letter - and that whole New Testament is just flogging a crucified savior.

Revelations had it's moments - it's just there's a few books in betwee that aren't much cop!

General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 17 August, 2019, 10:17:53 am »
I’m wondering how many revivals do work. Would Outnumbered count? Although that’s only had one new episode since they finished the fifth series. (Also, rarely, that to my mind is a show that was consistently solid throughout.)

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?  Though I'm not sure if it counts as a revival - how long was the gap between that and The Likely Lads.

General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 17 August, 2019, 10:16:25 am »
It’s still the best TV sci fi comedy by miles (let’s forget Hyperdrive ever happened).

p.s. hey, I liked Hyperdrive!

General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 17 August, 2019, 10:15:49 am »
I was tempted to say Red Dwarf but couldn’t decide where the cut off point should be. If I was being really harsh I’d say after series 2. I really like those early low budget pre Kryten episodes (Thanks for the Memory is probably my favourite episode). Series 3-5 are still really good throughout, then it hit a bit of a downward slide. I’ve really enjoyed the later series on Dave though. It’s still the best TV sci fi comedy by miles (let’s forget Hyperdrive ever happened).

I remember when the titles to series three aired that it wasn't as good as the first two series - still watcheable, but everything that has come after is just not as good.  Having said that, the last series I watched was better than the ones that had immediatley preceded it.  I'd still watch every episode in a marathon (including Can't Smeg Won't Smeg).

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 August, 2019, 10:12:13 am »
I know what the film's about from a couple of newspaper reviews, and I've read that post a dozen times now and I can't see any spoilers. Certainly hasn't told me anything, but my arithmetic must be bad.

I can only guess it's already been moderated, as I couldn't detect any spoilers either.

Off Topic / Re: Science is Drokking Fantastic Because...
« on: 17 August, 2019, 09:33:43 am »
Canada Geese? Dreadful birds. I don't think anyone would object to reducing their numbers.

Thin out their numbers!

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 17 August, 2019, 09:04:35 am »
Peter Fonda, 79 lung cancer.

Film & TV / Re: The Boys TV series - Karl Urban cast as Butcher
« on: 17 August, 2019, 08:54:20 am »
Can't remember now if The Deep was in the comic.  He does seem very much like an Ennis character: A bit of a perv and a schadenfreude-heavy hard luck case.
The gills bit made me wince.

Not having read the comic, I'm now thinking of this (if you ever go to Hull, this is the best thing to do there*):

Other attractions being the museums and Spiders...

Film & TV / Re: The Boys TV series - Karl Urban cast as Butcher
« on: 17 August, 2019, 08:49:04 am »
You got a Scotch emigre. Something weird happens to us when we leave. We sing about missing the hills and lochs of Brigadoon and use all the money we save in tax to fund political campaigns.

You don't spend it on whiskey then?

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 16 August, 2019, 01:17:01 pm »
2000AD Prog 84: Ant Wars rages on! “For they shall inherit the Earth.” H.G. Wells
Great news, readers!  ...and you know what that means for a British comic!  No sooner does Slade find Smokin' Joe than he takes a break.  Cliffhanger - Dredd, Tweak and Spikes defending against the mek army and one must die!  And then another one will go missing!  Cliffhanger - Villa is in the lair of the ant queens and sees something!

Star Lord No 21: Guardian of the Dark Star!
Cliffhanger - is Ardeni dead?  Cliffhanger - bad guys are in control of Ro-Busters and Miss Marilyn gets threatened!  Cliffhanger - Johnny and Wulf have to defuse the ultimate weapon!  Cliffhanger - Hunter is surrounded by alien zombies!

General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 15 August, 2019, 11:11:33 am »
I dunno. I didn’t much like VII or VIII (it became more sf than comedy), and Back to Earth was atrocious. But I enjoyed X, and thought in many ways XI and XII were a return to form. Arguably, the real problem was the BBC sitting on the show (or ignoring it) for so long, for no obvious reason other than someone senior hated sf.

The usual problem with the BBC, seen time and time again (even when they're producing world class TV SF).

General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 15 August, 2019, 11:10:41 am »
As for Spaced, I’m not sure they ever really seriously thought about doing more, once a little time had passed. I do recall Americans trying to do a version, whitewashing Hynes entirely, and Pegg/Wright then releasing an angry joint statement (and doing interviews) that made their thoughts on that very clear.

Am I missing something?  I thought Jessica Hynes was white in the first place?

General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 15 August, 2019, 09:50:10 am »
Nemesis Book IV

Lose Nemesis Bks V and VI?! You appear to have gone completely insane and should report to Mel-Quake forthwith.


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