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Book 1 of the Brutania Chronicles

Though they have said they wouldnt be donig that, which is a shame

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 02 May, 2022, 07:55:19 PM »
Do we know when the next Stront Dogs books is due?

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General / Re: Dredd strip in UKCAC 1987 brochure
« on: 01 May, 2022, 07:15:26 PM »
When I saw the thread title, I was thinking this was the Maggie Thatcher one - forgot about this one!

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 24 April, 2022, 09:30:28 PM »
Ihave to say I find the use of band or song names in literature a bit of an off putting choice - it feels like the writer is either trying to get you on board because you like the same music / get the reference, or just an exercise in muso - like naming your child after an obscure musician so other parents who "get it" will nod approvingly

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Film & TV / Re: Dr Who: Legend of the Sea Devils
« on: 21 April, 2022, 09:05:31 AM »
Apologies, didnt make myself clear - I mean theres no reason plot wise for the pirate ship to not be able to navigate, so having the stars shuffle about was completely unnecessary.

I caught some garbled and possibly (probably?) ADR'd diaogue that attempted t explain it, but as the Sea Devils didnt have the gem they are searching to be able to do that kind of stuff at that point, then it was an explanation that  really only made matters worse.




They cant navigate by instruments, so have to use the stars, but the stars then just start swimming about randomly for no plot reason (I think this might ahve been a Flux lot point rewritten when this was bumped from the Flux series?  Even that doesnt make sense as the Flux event occurred in the 21st C and wouldnt have affected the past)

This but they explained. It was poorly and quickly explained and the reason was shit. But it was explained. Not the Flux but it was whatever geomagnetic thing the baddie was doing. Some non science babble about changing the directions of the poles hence it looked like the constellations were moving.

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Film & TV / Re: Dr Who: Legend of the Sea Devils
« on: 20 April, 2022, 12:47:37 PM »
Did I read somewhere that this was the directors first go at directing for TV?

I can see that perhaps if it was intended to be a 2 parter and the end result was even more incoherent or unfinished, they pulled it cobbled together this from the remains? It would explain why plot threads such as the sea monster just fizzle out and others feel like they are missing big chunks that explain them?

Wasnt it filmed at the same time as lux and under the same restrictions? Certainly felt like it

And wasnt Flux initially revealed to be a part or two longer but was then closer to the release date reported to be only 6 episodes?

"Chaos in Cardiff" is a phrase I have heard associated with this production team, but not cared eough to bother to see if what that entailed or if there was any truth to it - I am more concerned by Chaos on the actual end product



Rumour has it, this was cut down from an hour long to its present running time. I've a feeling that restoring the missing footage wouldn't fix all the problems with this, but it might fix some of them, making it less rushed and more coherent.

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Film & TV / Re: Dr Who: Legend of the Sea Devils
« on: 20 April, 2022, 12:43:09 PM »
To be fair, this feels jusst an extension of how we were constantly told rather than shown how amazing the Doctor was during the RTD/Moffatt years.

I agree with IP, but I have since series 2 - a  decent script editor would spot the most  glaring problems and at least give teh show a fighting chance of telling coherent and plot driven stories


Doctor:  "Yaz, you're the most amazing person I've ever met!"

When did this happen? Was there an entire series or two we missed when Yaz became not just interesting, but the most amazing person a 2000 year-old time traveller has ever met?

You can't just have one character tell us how amazing someone is. You have to have invested in actually showing it.

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Film & TV / Re: Dr Who: Legend of the Sea Devils
« on: 19 April, 2022, 10:31:26 PM »
As Alan Moore would tell you, watching this is now part of our 4th Dimensional Solid experience, so exists infinitely, not just for 45 minutes

On the plus side, Alan Moore is also recommending reading terrible  books (and by extension I would say watching terrible TV) as a way of improving our story telling skills, so swings and roundabouts!

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Film & TV / Re: Dr Who: Legend of the Sea Devils
« on: 19 April, 2022, 07:19:24 PM »
Yeah, it is shocking to think an award winning professional screen writer signed off on that script

To say the story trlling followed Dream Logic would be an insult to dreams.

The sea monster is bearing down on the pirate Queens ship, so they fire cannons at it which fall into the sea  then are somehow spat back out and explode(?!).  The monster then disappears and is never mentioned again.

A Sea Devil has turned into a  statue because of a magic gem, but then they arent because a bit is chipped off that isnt the gem - this lone Sea Devil being released somehow summons a boat load of them, who had been doing what exactly in the last 3 hundred years?

They cant navigate by instruments, so have to use the stars, but the stars then just start swimming about randomly for no plot reason (I think this might ahve been a Flux lot point rewritten when this was bumped from the Flux series?  Even that doesnt make sense as the Flux event occurred in the 21st C and wouldnt have affected the past)

Agree totally on the direction too, which really did nothing to hide and everything to highlight the shonkiness of the script.

It was also a feat to make the Doctor's reasoning for  not having sexy time relationships with humans sound so feeble.  "I'll get hurt".  hmm, you'll get hurt not doing it if thats your only objection!

Beyond incompetent and I would still argue the inevitable end result of all the apologists over the years who said any complaints about plotting in Nu Who were kill joy nit pickers

 

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 18 April, 2022, 08:12:11 PM »
On the Third Day the Podcast rose!


Loved this one - I can get both Fox's frustration at having to read Big Dave and his desire to distance himself from the toxicity of it as well as Conrad's frustration at wanting to put the thing into the context of the time (as he mentions, Viz etc, but I recall proto Edgelords were sprouting up elsewhere, and Millar was just an early adopter rather than an originator of that kind of "humour")

Hopefully the next one will be along like buses!

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Games / Re: Judge Dredd Miniatures Game Youtube Series
« on: 15 April, 2022, 08:15:26 PM »
Need to catch up on all these!

Will you be doing some videos on the Slaine game - got my order yesterday and I have to say I am impressed by the minis - the resiny material seems a bit better than the Dredd ones, but that might be my imagination!

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General / Re: Prog drought!
« on: 30 March, 2022, 08:02:00 PM »
No prog still

I;d think it was local, but my bills are all turning up like clockwork!

Possibly its not local but somewhere in the chain that all my other post doesnt encounter? 

As I say, a more paranoid person would link the fact this all started after I slagged Tharg's recent output (the next prog I received as actually absolutely ground into pieces - wasnt even in a "sorry we have destroyed this post" bag! ) 

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News / Re: Kevin O'Neill's Mek Memories
« on: 29 March, 2022, 09:29:30 PM »
My understanding is that the original was staple free, so this was done for verisimilitude?


Just got my copy today, it comes in a envelope with the front cover on with a free print inside.
This is well printed, has a new front cover and and an comes unstapled (at Kevin's request)
Inside there are some great unseen images by Kevin O'Neill from the early 70's with an introduction on how this and Just Imagine (a special effects fanzine) helped get him his job with 2000AD and a disagreement about Robot Archie along with Pat Mills original idea not to have robots in the comic

That's odd - any explanation why he requested that?

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General / Re: Prog drought!
« on: 29 March, 2022, 06:46:41 PM »
No prog again

I'm not sure any other of my post is being affected - stuff seems to be landing as quickly as normal.

In the old days you could ring up but thats not an option any more - any way of getting a formal statment as to any knoww issues at Thargs end, Molch-er?

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News / Re: Garry Leach, 1954-2022
« on: 29 March, 2022, 06:33:10 PM »
Terrible news

Garrys art was in the first prog I have strong memories of  - the episode of the VCs where Hen Sho makes sure Smith and Loon escape i the two remaining lifepods was powerful affecting stuff, even when I had no idea who these characters were

For me Garry Leach was as slick as Gibbons and Bolland, but actually outdid them from a design point of view, so I was always sad that Tharg wasnt able to maximise his use in the prog back in the day -  guess he was in even greater demand than those two, but never seemed to earn the same acclaim, which he more than deserved.

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