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Off Topic / Re: Life's so drokking fantastic because (the rebirth)
« on: 13 January, 2020, 04:20:15 pm »
It has been so long since I've been in the company of someone who would actually get that joke, that all I could do was smile inside.
Brilliant. Discovering a compatible roleplaying group can be life changing. Have fun!

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who (13th Doctor)
« on: 13 January, 2020, 09:47:49 am »
Awful.

Awful awful awful. Writing. Direction. Editing. Terrible. And while I agree with the writers that the time for subtlety on climate change is long gone, sci-fi is the province of metaphor; if you want to do it with a sledgehammer, just have the f**king Doctor speak directly into camera and be done with it.

And next week yet *another* 'famous face from history' episode..

Do better, Chibnall. You have it in you.

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So I tried to fix this by uninstalling and reinstalling the app and it's just made it worse.

It fails to connect the the server so the app just freezes on that opening page where it is "trying to download data from the 2000ad shop". Then I get the socketconnectiontimeout error and it's frozen. So I can't read my comics.

So can we have a look at fixing this please? I can't read the Prog at all now. Or the Meg.

I'm on an ACER CHROMEBOOK.
Yup that is unfortunately where I am as well. The app is essentially not working at the moment -- it can authenticate me, but completely fails to update my library.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who (13th Doctor)
« on: 07 January, 2020, 10:22:14 am »
Too many ideas, distractions, and contradictions for the plot to be very successful. Keeping the Doctor confused meant that the evil master plan was revealed way too late. I liked the idea that the aliens were themselves portals into their own realm. Very cool. However what they actually wanted, and whether they were all in on it, is muddy.

I think the blueprint for modern Who has been well established here, with big set pieces and zany zippidy-doo-dah skips through time. I am okay with it, mostly because JW's Doctor is so watchable. I enjoyed her first serious intersections with Whovian lore -- a  good payoff for keeping that on the periphery in her first year. And having the Doctor actually visit Gallifrey to confirm the Master's story rather than doing it off-screen or pushing it back to the series finale was a welcome change (also a good take on the Master, IMO).

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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 06 January, 2020, 04:10:19 pm »
By the mid-point, I was surprised to find I was loving it, but it went a bit off the rails after Rey and Kylo's encounter near the Death Star wreckage. Their connection and how it played cinematically was the film's highlight. More than that, I can't be arsed, which says a lot. After TFA and Rogue One I felt like the Star Wars universe was firing on all cylinders, then TLJ left me cold, Solo felt paint-by-numbers, and ROS, while a perfectly enjoyable slice of meh, was nonetheless meh.

Launching into a new Skywalker trilogy without a planned three-film arc was nuts. Giving the middle-chapter director carte-blanche with the story was bordering on insane. I guess we'll have to hope that the franchise finds its next lease of life on TV.

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Website and Forum / Re: Shiny New Website?
« on: 12 December, 2019, 06:32:24 pm »
Loving the WebDroid comms. :)

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General / Re: Mini-rant about going digital
« on: 06 December, 2019, 01:39:14 pm »
Probably also worth noting that when I subscribed to the Prog, I didn’t get three free months of back issues sent to my door, but digital subscribers do get that bonus.

True - that's one advantage, I guess, of a digital sub. Although you don't get the benefit if you move from print to digital as you already have those progs. Unless you unsub for 3 months, which would be a bit of a dick move.

Not directly related, but I notice I'm getting emails with re-sub offers, which means Marketing probably regard me as a lapsed subscriber, rather than someone who's just moved over to digital. The reason I mention this, is that if they're not tracking this, then they may have a false picture on subscriber retention, and therefore focusing on enticing back print subscribers (with things like the poster prog) when maybe many of them have actually just switched to digital.
This happened with me as well. I'm sure I'm accounted for somewhere, but it still seemed strange. I don't consider myself any less of a subscriber because I've gone digital.

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Film & TV / Re: 007: No time to die
« on: 05 December, 2019, 09:20:43 am »
General agreement. I love Casino Royale, it's probably my favourite Bond film. Quantum was okay, albeit a disappointment after the previous. Everything since then has disagreed with me, although I've never stopped loving Daniel Craig's take on the character. As long as the new one gets better-than-average reviews, I'll be there.

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Excellent, thanks for your reply. :)

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Film & TV / Re: HBO Watchmen
« on: 04 December, 2019, 09:40:47 am »
Another barn-stormer. In a decade of brilliant television this is right up there and if it sticks the landing, will go down as one of the greats. As you can tell, I'm quite the fan.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 03 December, 2019, 10:37:51 am »
I have little to add except to say that, at age 15, "The Fly II" was the first time I got into an 18 film! The ticket people at my local Odeon were sticklers for that.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 28 November, 2019, 05:21:54 pm »
Reserving judgement. The last one was mostly okay. How many jump-on progs do we normally have a year?

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Film & TV / Re: His Dark Materials - BBC series
« on: 28 November, 2019, 11:33:39 am »
I thought the opening episode was a master class in how to set up a world. I didn’t mind the very brief expositional text at the start; it was certainly better than having some clunky dialogue explaining the daemons and hey texted based explanation are what Star Wars does and no-one seems to mind them.
Can't say I agree. By the end of the first episode it would have been obvious what daemons were, that they're attached to these people, that they're intelligent, that they're shapeshifters until they come of age, etc. All of that was handled just fine by the script.

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Games / Re: Rebellion now own the Bitmap Brothers IP
« on: 26 November, 2019, 09:11:08 am »
Codemasters owns Sensisoft I think.

<wikipedia hum>

Yup.

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Film & TV / Re: His Dark Materials - BBC series
« on: 20 November, 2019, 09:14:21 am »
I keep wondering where all the animals are

In interviews, the writer, Jack Thorne, said he had to think very carefully about putting animals in a scene or giving them a line of dialogue, since that cost so much money. HBO money isn't Netflix money, apparently.
Not to mention the violence done to them in the first three episodes already. I've assumed they haven't focused on them too much because it's a hard sell to draw the kiddy-winks in with cute animal best friends only to see them throttled by a monkey or squished in someone's hand. And with more to come.

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