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Welcome to the board / Re: Hello everyone!
« Last post by TordelBack on Today at 09:16:28 am »
Welcome, script droid Williamson.  Have you given any thought to your robo-slave-name yet?  Android Williams-1, maybe? 
Prog / Re: Prog 2053 - Leap of Wraith!
« Last post by TordelBack on Today at 09:12:31 am »
Ooops, double post!  I do have one puzzled observation on an otherwise joyous episode of Slaine.  The Archons are the jailers of the Dark Gods, right? There to keep an eye on them, and the doings of their agents, the Cythrons and the Drunes, and by extension their herds of cattle, aka Humanity. So how does this work, if they are vulnerable to weirdstones, the Drunes' main tool,  and Dilluvial horns, one of the Cythrons' patented weapons?
Prog / Re: Prog 2053 - Leap of Wraith!
« Last post by TordelBack on Today at 09:04:29 am »
It never ceases to be interesting, this anthology lark. 

In contrast to m'learned fish, I thought the Slaine was terrific, Mills finally dropping all the dancing about with religion and just tackling Yaweh Himself head-on, and as a comedy character too! And SBD's art, oh there are panels in that episode that take my breath away.   

I also loved the crisp and efficient way Dabnett wrapped up what could have been a tiring and dragged-out 'Book' in other hands, using action, character development and exposition in carefully judged quantities, and gave us a whole new layer to Grey Area at the same time.

Indigo Prime I'm keeping my own counsel on, for now.  We do agree about Dredd and Absolom, however!
Creative Common / Re: Rogue Trooper (and related G.I's) Fanzine
« Last post by amines2058 on Today at 06:55:24 am »
I would happily do a pin up / star scan type pic...not sure if I could commit to a full strip.
Prog / Re: Prog 2053 - Leap of Wraith!
« Last post by Trout on Today at 02:30:37 am »
I rarely post reviews here now but wanted to pop in and say how much I enjoyed this week's Dredd story. Good, solid writing and creative, idiosyncratic art. I mean the drawings, not Art Wyatt. He could be idiosyncratic, too, if you like.

I also enjoyed Absalom and Indigo Prime. I'm afraid Slaine and Grey Area don't tickle my tastebuds but, as the dinosaur suggests, it's a buffet, not a set meal.


- Trout
General / Re: Oct/Nov SHORT STORY COMP! "Bdum... Tish!"
« Last post by The Legendary Shark on Today at 01:42:53 am »
The name's Saturday. Joe Saturday. I used to be a chronocop. But that's all in the future now. My ex-partner, who's going to be my friend, is trying to kill me. His name is Thursday. Ed Thursday. He has a gun. A big gun. He's pointing it at my head.

"'Bye, Joe," he says. He talks in short sentences. We both do. It saves time.

"Don't do it, Ed," I say.

He holds up a calendar. It's marked with crayon. "Already did," he says.

His trigger finger tightens. I sweat.

There's a flash. It goes "FWARP." A man appears. He has weird eyes and an even bigger gun.

"Alpha," he says. "Here to help you. Get you away. Enlist your skills at the Doghouse."

I hide behind him. I'm relieved.

"FWARP." Another flash. Another mutant appears. He has a weird face and a big hat. "Rot you, Alpha," he says. "You got Saturday but I get Thursday. He's coming with me."

"FWARP." He disappears with Ed.

I look at Alpha. "What gives?"

"Time job," he says. "Need your expertise. Styx just made it a race."

I nod. We go.

I guess every day has his dog.

Welcome to the board / Re: Hello everyone!
« Last post by Professor Bear on 19 October, 2017, 11:28:23 pm »
Good evening, new person, and welcome.  I hope you are well.
« Last post by Professor Bear on 19 October, 2017, 11:27:20 pm »
THIS IS A STAR TREK THREAD NOW so Star Trek Continues has just dropped the first part of their two-part series finale, having been forced to curtail their efforts by CBS' fan movie rules, which they introduced to prevent stuff that was detrimental to the Trek brand like (checks CBS fan movie guidelines) spending too much money, using foul language, or portraying excessive violence or gore.

If it was what the trailer said it was going to be and like - 20-minute Macfarlane sharp spoof stuff rather than a carefully crafted 40-minute long lightly comic but largely weirdlyserious tribute to TNG then maybe folk would feel more than they do about it which is faintly bemused.

In the Charlize Theron episode, Mercer finally admits in a moment of pillow talk that his marriage failing was for the exact reasons that his ex-wife suggested, but which he has so far dismissed as an excuse on her part for her infidelity.  This establishes that Mercer has a blindspot in his judgement where his ex-wife is concerned, while the series has established by this point that his ex-wife is a good officer, and reviewers have already established they see similarities in the show to TNG among others and TNG did at least two episodes with a similar premise to this one so they must know there's a twist and heel turn coming in the second or third acts - and despite all this, when the ex-wife questions Mercer's judgement - which, again, we know is compromised both within the context of the story and by our exposure to the "charming rogue turns a main character's head" trope - reviews promptly called the episode misogynistic because the ex-wife is obviously jealous, Because MacFarlane.
Never mind that the story has established the male character is at fault and the female character is motivated by legitimate concerns that all of sci-fi ever has established as going to turn out to be completely correct, the only possible interpretation of the story is that MacFarlane hates women.

When this is the kind of already-written copy and prejudgement you're up against, maybe you should just make the show you want rather than the one people are expecting, though don't get me wrong: I'm as surprised as anyone that this is the format and tone that the show has gone with.  I'm just saying that maybe MacFarlane is better off making TNG fanfic and not giving a fuck.  If nothing else, a 20 minute spoof would almost certainly have stopped being talked about weeks ago.
Prog / Re: Prog 2053 - Leap of Wraith!
« Last post by Tiplodocus on 19 October, 2017, 11:14:43 pm »
Just caught up on about 10 progs worth and, while I'm not suffering from Thrill Power Overload, these have been a lot of fun and packed full of variety in art, script and plot.

There is the odd mis-step bit it never turns into a full fledged fall.

Surely this is what anthology titles are all about?
Prog / Re: Prog 2053 - Leap of Wraith!
« Last post by Frank on 19 October, 2017, 11:09:21 pm »

As is to be expected of a retiree living it up on the Costa at the honest British tax payer's expense*, Mills seems in it mainly for the LOLs, nowadays**

* © Big Dave, 1993.

** He always was. Mills cites David Icke's insane posts in a way that makes clear he genuinely believes that bullshit, yet the man and his conception of the world are played for laughs in Accident Man and Finn, respectively.
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