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Messages - IndigoPrime

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 18 August, 2019, 11:46:44 am »
I'm still having trouble believing there's a sequel to Donnie Darko.
Well, there isn’t. There’s a director’s cut, but there most definitely totally isn’t a sequel. (Related: please do not go looking for “Donnie Darko sequel” on the internet.)

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 18 August, 2019, 10:59:13 am »
Starship Troopers - The first film is one my all-time favourites and it's been dross all the way down ever since
Fortunately, like Donnie Darko, there is only one Starship Troopers film. It would have been horrible had they shat out a pointless low-budget sequel.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2145 - Body Horror!
« on: 17 August, 2019, 11:10:23 pm »
So has this been Rob Williams removing himself from Dredd, or just finishing a long-running arc?

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 16 August, 2019, 08:01:31 pm »
My wife adores the books. I’ll admit I gave up when I saw book four, and the movies ranged from deeply impressive (Cuarón’s Azkaban) to the borderline unwatchable (Newell’s Goblet of Boredom). As for the films, I’m not a rabid fan, but I enjoyed them (bar Goblet) on a recent rewatch, but can’t imagine ever sitting through either Fantastic Beasts again – nor any further films in that series.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 16 August, 2019, 07:10:10 pm »
Or his third.

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Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 16 August, 2019, 06:48:50 pm »
And therein lies the problem: often you can’t stockpile. How do you stockpile cauliflower?

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 16 August, 2019, 06:47:52 pm »
Rowling’s lost me with Fantastic Beasts. That second movie left so little impression. It was just... dull. The Harry Potter movies are quite pedestrian in direction but at least they have interesting stories and characters. Plus they don’t get all confused about nazis.

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Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 16 August, 2019, 02:46:07 pm »
Love Jamie Smart.
I finally found a Phoenix after weeks of searching locally. I really wanted to like it more than I did. Hopefully, it’ll click when I try another. (I think it also flummoxed the child a bit too much – mini-IP is only five. The Beano seems to go down well, though, as we transition away from Hey Duggee magazine and the like.)

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 16 August, 2019, 02:43:24 pm »
Transformers films should have ended with the 80's animated movie.
Quite possibly, although I enjoyed Transformers (despite some cringeworthy moments), and Bumblebee was actually an objectively solid film – far better than it had any right to be.

As for music, how about The Cure and Disintegration (both the album AND the song on that album).

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 15 August, 2019, 07:21:10 pm »
Only Fools and Horses was long past its best way before the end, but the Christmas trilogy was a decent wrap-up – which they then ruined with the subsequent three specials. Also, Porridge got resurrected. God knows why. I never realised that Goodnight Sweetheart (another show that should have ended long before it became a parody of itself) had a special, too, albeit only as a one-off.

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.)


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Prog / Re: Prog 2144 War Crimes and Retribution
« on: 15 August, 2019, 12:37:31 pm »
And they’re not wearing helmets. Tsk. (Yeah, yeah, psychic abilities blah blah. I rather side with movie Dredd on that score.)

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 15 August, 2019, 11:38:57 am »
Am I missing something?  I thought Jessica Hynes was white in the first place?
Whitewashing in the sense of ignoring her existence and having been instrumental in the original. Spaced in the McG version was presented as something by the two blokes who did Shaun of the Dead.

I look at it this way – is anything from the resurgent RD equal to or better than anything from classic RD (series 1-6)? And the answer is… yes. Episodes like ‘The Beginning’, ‘Mechocracy’ and 'M-Corp' stand tall with the best of them.
To my mind, series 1 and 6 are spottier than the most recent two. Doug Naylor does have a tendency to recycle a bit much, but the series is a lot better now it’s not trying to be a low-budget Blade Runner.

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 15 August, 2019, 10:56:52 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.

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 15 August, 2019, 09:53:15 am »
It doesn't end on a cliffhanger or anything, but nor does it feel like it has a proper ending ending either, and there was definitely plenty of scope for a third season. I believe they always wanted/intended to do one, and were talking about it even as recently as a few years ago, but eventually the iron went cold. I definitely wouldn't want them to bring it back now.
Likewise. Series from the distant past need to stay there – and especially comedies. All this talk about dredging up Blackadder just gives me the heebie-jeebies. 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.

As for series 2, I thought it ended well. Little was left dangling. (Possibly, Brian and Twist, but then that single shot with Twist made you think there was probably hope for some kind of future for them.)

I did like Pegg’s line (from 2013) on revisiting Spaced: "Whenever we get asked about... another series of Spaced... one of the reasons we're not going to do it is because we couldn't possibly write it with any degree of truth now, because that's not where we are or who we are any more. I always find it's better to write from a perspective of truth."

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 15 August, 2019, 08:45:54 am »
I’m going to stand up for the new Pak/McDaid run from BOOM
Ah. Not read those – just the ones mostly by ‘other Whedon’. It feels like ‘main Whedon’ should have done as he did with Buffy and at least plotted from the end of S01 through to Serenity. That could have been great. Instead, what we got was all over the place in tone, and with some dire resolutions. I’ll perhaps check out the Boom stuff.

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