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Messages - Robin Low

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Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series [SPOILERS]
« on: 23 May, 2019, 06:29:17 pm »
Each to their own. Personally I found it quite jarring that we go from surveying the wreckage of Hiroshima to lightheartedly joking about brothels so quickly. I think the ending overall was very cynical and bleak, given the context,  though as I mentioned before I did like where Jon's story ended up.


It was the most human response: We still have to get on with the mundanity of running this place, feeding and wiping people's arses, but let's still have a sense of humour amongst ourselves.

I thought there was also something in his tone that suggested it was more a comment on the past, rather than purely a joke. It was something he did before the world became so much less funny, before he had responsibilities to anyone other than himself.

Regards,

Robin

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News / Re: Strontium Dog Without Wagner or Ezquerra
« on: 18 May, 2019, 08:54:17 am »
I don't post much these days, but I've posted a lot about Strontium Dog over the years. I have a lot of favourites in 2000AD, but SD is the only one that I rank alongside Dredd. That said I've been in two minds about posting anything about this.

Quickly, with regard to Ezquerra's family benefiting financially from future stories that sound great to me. But that's a business decision for others. Our opinions may have a subtle influence, but that's all.

I love Strontium Dog. My first exposure to it was in Best of 2000AD Monthly issue 6, The Gronk Affair (I thought I was suffering false memory syndrome, as it's not listed by Barney as reprinted there, but I dug out my copy and there it is). This is perhaps why I'm so fond of the Gronk, even though some consider him out of place.

I'm in a minority, I think, that was content (not happy) with Alpha's death and the way it happened. I love Simon Harrison's art. I also enjoyed Garth Ennis' and Peter Hogan's continuation of the series (although I still consider Dan Abnett's Durham Red follow-up rubbish). I could find some complaints, but overall it just felt right, even though its release schedule did it no favours. Not that he cares what I think, I'll never forgive Dave Bishop for the way he dealt with the series, even though I'll always respect him for turning the comic around after years of decline.

I was very happy to see Wagner's return to SD and his untold stories of Alpha and co. Unlike some, I never had a problem with knowing he wasn't going to die. In countless stories, we know that Dredd isn't going to die, but we still enjoy them. Hell, we didn't think Alpha was going to die, which was why it was such a shock.

The problem for me arrived with the resurrection. There were a lot of things I liked in that story, and in the subsequent ones. But I can't get over Wagner's refusal to engage with the storylines created by Ennis and Hogan. The really frustrating thing is that with a bit of thought Wagner could have done pretty much the same story and tied it into those stories. I can do it, so a writer of Wagner's calibre could have done it.

But it didn't happen, and that's that. Nothing is ruined and my childhood (or rather my teens to be precise) is safe and sound. It's all fine. It's just not for me any more - I enjoy Wagner's SD, but there's always a nagging thought of what might have been. The same goes for the recent Durham Red series. Nothing really wrong with it, it's just not for me. Not anymore.

So, where do I stand on continuing the series?

Hard reboot for a fresh, young audience. Do something like Grumpy Uncle Gordon did with Pa Angel in the Megazine (fuck that was good, even if its links to the original were tenuous.)

The last SD story with Alpha and Kenton was a bittersweet story that makes for an elegantly simple and happy conclusion to the series. I'll miss it, but I don't need anymore.

Thank-you John and Alan, thank-you Carlos, Simon and Colin. Thank-you Garth and Peter, thank-you Steve, Nigel and Mark. Thank-you everyone else who wrote and drew one-offs, spin-offs, fill-ins and covers. I loved what you did. I always will.

Regards,

Robin

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 13 May, 2019, 07:03:00 pm »
Don't know if it will still be available, but there was a Radio Four series that featured Floella a month or two back. I think it was presented by wozzname who does that Only Connect thing.

That was the women-and-their-first-car thing, right? I heard quite a few episodes of that series and they were quite fun, even though I have no interest in cars. The Floella episode was particularly good, as I recall.

Regards,

Robin

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Film & TV / Re: Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Thread
« on: 10 May, 2019, 07:55:22 pm »
However, since Groot disappeared, why didn't 50% of the plants?

I'm guessing Thanos was specifically thinking of sapient lifeforms, since they're the ones that cause all the trouble.

Loved the film, although the time travel shenanigans doesn't hold up to any kind of scrutiny (further viewings might yield some elegant fanwank, though more likely a sprained wrist with little to show for it). Anyone who feels Black Widow was a bit hard done by probably has a fair point, but I did like that she outfought Hawkeye.

Regards,

Robin

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Film & TV / Re: The Joker
« on: 10 April, 2019, 06:51:59 pm »
It must be small, surely?

There's no need to get personal.

Regards,

Robin

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Film & TV / Re: The Joker
« on: 10 April, 2019, 05:39:54 pm »

The number of people who think that Rorschach is the hero of Watchmen...

The older I get...

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...or that Judge Dredd is a good model for law enforcement...

The older I get...

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...suggests to me that one should never underestimate an audience's capacity for missing the point.

Any discussion forum, on any subject, will teach you that.

Regards,

Robin

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Holy shit - this week’s episode. Just - holy shit.

If this week's episode doesn't live up to that, then I shall be having words.

Regards,

Robin

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Any speculation about who the Red Angel actually is? It's got to be someone we're familiar with.

Just for a laugh, my two suggestions are either Archer (since he was involved with that whole temporal cold war shenanigans) or Trip (it turns out the final episode of Enterprise was rubbish was because the official story surrounding Trip's death was just a smokescreen for what really happened).

Yeah, bollocks, I know, but who cares.

Regards,

Robin

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Film & TV / Re: PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY THE NEW STAR TREK: DISCOVERY SERIES
« on: 26 February, 2019, 06:33:40 pm »
I know what you mean about Kirk.
I can kind of see the scene playing in my head if the original crew were in the same position. I think there’d be more to commincate to the audience that the decision was kind of a big deal.

You're probably right about that. I notice there here are times - like the previous episode - when the characters stand around and yack when they should be doing something in a hurry, and times like this when they just get on with it. I'm guessing it's down to different writers, different directors, and what they thing makes for a more dramatic story or scene.

I am surprised by my increasing liking of the series, even though a number of my reservations still stand. I still think it would make a better post-Nemesis series and I'd still like to have seen the Axanar version of the Human/Klingon war, but I feel they're genuinely trying to appeal to long-terms fans as well as a new generation (no pun intended).

Regards,

Robin

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Film & TV / Re: PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY THE NEW STAR TREK: DISCOVERY SERIES
« on: 25 February, 2019, 06:49:56 pm »
Episode 6 was much better than 5. It still doesn't feel very Trek though. I was genuinely surprised by how little thought they gave to forcing a metamorphosis on an entire population, forever changing the culture of two sentient species. At least Tilly wasn't in it much (but her line about galaxy pie still made me want to punch someone).

Funny thing is, I'm finding it more and more Trekky all the time. In this case, it felt a bit like the original series - I think Kirk would have made exactly the same call.

I hope this isn't the end of this particular storyline, though. The problem with most Trek stories is that we don't get to see consequences very often, and it would be nice to see what happens next. Especially as we have some interesting new aliens.

Regards,

Robin

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Film & TV / Re: PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY THE NEW STAR TREK: DISCOVERY SERIES
« on: 18 February, 2019, 06:47:41 pm »
I've found this series growing on me considerably, although there were a number of moments in the latest installment when I was yelling, "Stop yakking and run, you idiots!"

More generally, I've been amused by what amounts to fanwanking in the efforts to explain away some of the apparent contradictions.

Regards,

Robin

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 08 February, 2019, 06:14:03 pm »
A clown, a festive miser, and a werewolf hunter. Finney was a patron saint of the Manchester acting scene and a fabulous screen presence. He'll be missed.

I find it hard to choose a favourite between Finney's Scrooge and Alastair Sim's.

Regards,

Robin

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Film & TV / Re: PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY THE NEW STAR TREK: DISCOVERY SERIES
« on: 04 February, 2019, 07:12:23 pm »
I wonder if, as a child of the 90s, the difference between TOS technology and Discovery isn't so jarring because TOS technology was already really dated beyond the big things. TNG and DS9 still holds up fairly well due to the big light board touchscreens.

The frustrating thing about Discovery is that most of the things that irritate me could have easily been resolved just by setting the story 50 or more years after Nemesis. The technology would have been fine, the Klingons could have credibly had a falling out with the Federation, and they might even have started buggering about with their genetics again, explaining why they look different. Obviously, that would cost them the whole Sarek/Spock/Michael stuff, but I reckon they could have fudged some similar connection to TNG/DS9/V.

Enjoyed episodes 2 and 3 though.

Regards,

Robin

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 31 January, 2019, 06:19:46 pm »
Great US character actor Dick Miller has passed away;

https://variety.com/2019/film/news/dick-miller-dead-dies-gremlins-terminator-1203124265/

Blimey, another one of those guys who I thought had already gone.

He was the star of the Roger Corman film A Bucket of Blood. I've always been childishly proud that this was the first film I watched with my other half.

Regards,

Robin

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