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Film & TV / Re: Is Sigourney Weaver Back For More Aliens?
« on: 30 November, 2021, 02:48:42 PM »
I don't play computer games so can't comment, but I feel like I've heard there's a very good and scary Alien-based game out there from recent years, written by one Daniel Abnett.

Alien: Isolation. Very atmospheric.
Best game I've played in the last ten years. An absolute corker.

Film & TV / Re: Is Sigourney Weaver Back For More Aliens?
« on: 26 November, 2021, 04:48:36 PM »
I don't play computer games so can't comment, but I feel like I've heard there's a very good and scary Alien-based game out there from recent years, written by one Daniel Abnett.

Also I don't hate Prometheus or Covenant
Despite their obvious flaws, I love both those films. There's definitely an element of, having wished for thirty years for Ridley Scott to make another Alien film, he then goes and makes two, and they're so close to being amazing, that in my mind, they're amazing.

Announcements / Re: New Judge Dredd action figure line to launch in 2022
« on: 24 November, 2021, 02:28:18 PM »
Looks like a very good range judging by that link, and much cheaper than I expected, especially with all that articulation. Put me in the "very interested" column.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 24 November, 2021, 09:01:42 AM »
I'm enjoying my first dip into Peter F. Hamilton's sci-fi, starting with Pandora's Star. It's a long read but stuffed with great ideas. Enjoying it so far.

Film & TV / Re: Wheel Of Time.....
« on: 22 November, 2021, 09:53:02 AM »
It's about as good as I expected based on the trailers, which is to say, solidly middling, and I will look forward to it week on week. I'm mourning the conclusion of Foundation and really need something to look forward to on Friday night TV!

Unlike the esteemed Colin YNWA, I thought the attack on the village was what saved the first episode. The trollocks are pretty scary, and having a geunine battle mage tear them to pieces was pretty damn cool.

Film Discussion / Re: Spider-Man: No Way Home
« on: 18 November, 2021, 09:01:46 AM »
New trailer has me quite excited despite making this explicitly the near as dammit the same plot as Helter Skelter.
Ha! I hadn't thought of that.

The de-aging of Molina is the first time I've been impressed by the technology
I wouldn't go so far as to say it's the first time I've been impressed (I think that was Michael Douglas in the first Ant Man), but it certainly looks to be a great job.

Film & TV / Re: Is Sigourney Weaver Back For More Aliens?
« on: 16 November, 2021, 06:10:12 PM »
Firefly still holds up amazingly well, even in this age of budget-smashing TV mega-sci-fi. It's wonderfully written and performed.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 10 November, 2021, 09:15:22 AM »
I have just finished watching the entirety of Stargate SG-1.

It's got issues, but it's main story arc blunders along nicely to wrap up with a very satisfying conclusion.  And then it carried on for two more seasons and just abruptly ended.  Do I watch the TV movies that finish off the story with the incredibly boring Ori?

I think SG1 is a great test of ones ability to suspend disbelief.  It is so utterly ridiculous.  Almost everything.  Start to finish.  Idiotic.  Not great sci-fi, barely any good ideas done well, a real problem with escalating the stakes, deus ex machinas every other episode etc. etc.  Still, I had a blast watching it.  It is irreverent and silly and mostly fails when it tries to be serious.  It's best when it uses meta humour and there are times it's clear it's self aware enough.

Nevertheless, when they try and go serious they make bad decisions, one of which led to a character being written out for a cheap "we want to show the stakes are real" death.  It's really bad, it's really dumb, it's really unnecessary and I feel sorry for the actress who essentially got fired for it to happen.  They thought they weren't being cheap by doing it and it does make me question how self-aware they were of the show.

They also seem to resent their audience as there are numerous digs at sci-fi fans throughout.

I could go on.  This show has so many terribly quirks.  It's a train wreck.  But it's a fun train wreck.  That metaphor doesn't quite work.  I wouldn't recommend any watch this show and I understand why any given person would hate it.
So you like it? But you hate it? It's crap? But it's good? Got it. :) The show checks off the list of tropes just like any episodic sci-fi of its time (time travel, body swap, virtual reality, etc.), but I disagree that SG-1 has a dearth of good ideas.

I assume you're talking about Janet Fraiser's death? What are your problems with it? Why was it cheap and dumb? It's a well-written two-parter with a few interesting things to say about the media's relationship with the military. It's beautifully played and always seemed to me a fitting end for that character.

With regards to the TV movies, 'Arc of Truth' is awful, but it does wrap that storyline. It's not worth your time. 'Continuum' is much better, with a strong connection to the original Goa'ould arc and a great sense of fun. Highly recommended.

Film & TV / Re: What The Flux?
« on: 08 November, 2021, 02:43:07 PM »
Haven't watched this week's yet, but I thought the first one in this series was good fun. As always, my low expectations for the new companions were rightfully exceeded. John Bishop is excellent.

Film & TV / Re: Is Sigourney Weaver Back For More Aliens?
« on: 06 November, 2021, 04:48:37 PM »
"Sigourney Weaver is currently 72 years old, which is definitely older than she was when she first starred in Alien."

That's some quality insight right there! :)

General / Re: Writers Block
« on: 05 November, 2021, 02:40:42 PM »
I don't tend to miss the OG droids as much as some here (although you can certainly feel their presence when they return, both in the prog and around this place), but I share your concern that the prog is hugely dependent on a couple of talents. Or rather, that when the prog hits a boundary, you can reasonably depend that one or two of them were behind the bat. I also worry about Mr. Abnett and burn out, but I trust he'll put on the brakes if he needs to.

It's a funny old world when we complain that 2000AD has only *just enough* triple-A contributors. They're here, they're healthy, and they're making the prog amazing. For now I'm very happy with that.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 05 November, 2021, 09:11:11 AM »
Dancer, Choreographer and occasional actor Lionel Blair has died.

Not to mention, "Giver of clues".

Film Discussion / Re: Six minutes of Karl Urban’s geek collection
« on: 03 November, 2021, 02:19:43 PM »
I always wince at how hard he puts down the Dredd helmet. :D

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 03 November, 2021, 08:54:06 AM »
Oh - that's really interesting. So, if I play Starship Traveller, I could roleplay like Kirk and be fairly gung-ho and aggressive - throwing away my red shirts casually, despite what my calculator brain is telling me.

(I've started the Starship Traveller node map, because it's one of the books I never managed to solve on a straight play-through.)
I'll be using your map when I get to Starship Traveller. I never completed that mofo.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 01 November, 2021, 08:55:21 AM »
Likewise I haven't quite had the time this weekend, but I'll get it done this week. Great work on that graph Funt! I wonder if there's behind-the-scenes material on-line showing the original design documentation for these books?

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