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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 12 August, 2022, 06:05:14 PM »
For you knowledgeable Gamebook-ers, what would you say is the current state of the art in this genre?

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 10 August, 2022, 09:08:56 AM »
The FBI raided Trump's home in Florida to execute a search warrant and opened his safe.

I have a nasty feeling that, short of a prison conviction prior to the 2024 election, this is going to be a massive boost for him, sadly.  He'll play the martyr card successfully as he's always done.
I think/hope that with Murdoch turning on him, he's done for. Of course, with DeSantis in the wings to take up the throne of most despicable Republican/human, I'm in two minds whether this is a good thing.

Other Reviews / Re: Sandman TV Series
« on: 08 August, 2022, 04:37:39 PM »
I love the comic and liked the first episode of the adaptation. The latter didn't blow my socks off. Between styling and performance, the lead actor is spot-on.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 26 July, 2022, 09:15:21 AM »
Seems like Steve Bannon is heading for the slammer, and Alex Jones is about to lose a whole lot of money.  It's not all bad news this week.
I wish there was better news than this to celebrate, but I'll take it. Two of the most detestable humans I've ever seen.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 20 July, 2022, 03:37:37 PM »
Ditto with the enjoying of the play reports. I might have to seek out that Way of the Tiger series, it sounds incredible!

Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 20 July, 2022, 09:17:27 AM »
Congratulations, Pops!

I'm no stranger to post-exam middle-of-the-night panics. Despite the immense anxiety I endured getting my degree, it's the good old maths A-Level that does it for me. In one recurring dream, it's the morning of the exam and I suddenly realise I've not attended any of the classes or done any of the work. What dream-me was actually doing for those two years I have no idea.

Film & TV / Re: Star Trek: Strange new Worlds
« on: 18 July, 2022, 08:19:45 PM »
Bloody great, a Nu Trek for me to love with no obvious flaws to overlook!

Creative Common / Re: PJ Holden's Holiday Comics
« on: 15 July, 2022, 11:27:24 AM »
City of Angles...it was 90 degrees out...


Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 05 July, 2022, 12:27:47 PM »
And they kind of get better and better.

Film & TV / Re: Stranger Things 4 *SPOILERS*
« on: 05 July, 2022, 12:13:30 PM »
I've seen some people saying it's the best series yet but I'd challenge that. For all the above, still the best thing I've seen on TV this year though (I don't watch much tv) and I will watch the next series...
I enjoyed every second and binged Volume 2, but there was definite weirdness around the ending. I didn't want Max to die (great character), but neither did I want her to be in a 'she died just enough for Vecna to win, but is still out there somewhere' purgatory. Kill her off, or don't. It's a cake and eat it situation. Stop at the cake. And Vecna's Jason Vorhees-like disappearance after being shot out that window was a serious eye-roll. It was all kind of a mess.

Neither did the Henry/'001' retro-fit work for me, despite raising the stakes nicely for Eleven. He's a much less interesting villain than the Mind Flayer, which it now looks like he...tamed? Captured?

I'm also a bit confused by the world-building. My assumption is that Eleven created the upside-down as a snap shot of Hawkins when she killed Henry the first time, but what's its relationship with the world that she actually sent Henry to when she defeated him? Is the upside-down the bridge between the two? And which one of them is bleeding into Hawkins, now? Or am I wrong, and they're the same thing, or something I just missed entirely?

Sincerely, confused of UK.

Film & TV / Re: The Boys Season 3
« on: 04 July, 2022, 10:54:38 AM »
Hilarious, bleak, utterly gross, and right at the top of the pile in a summer full of amazing television.

Off Topic / Re: TV Adverts that make you wish for death.
« on: 30 June, 2022, 11:39:44 AM »
We ditched Sky last year but ironically switching to catch-up services means we're exposed to way more adverts than we were on regular telly, where we time-shifted everything and could FF through the advert breaks.

Film & TV / Re: Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ (High Chance of SPOILERS)
« on: 01 June, 2022, 11:22:52 AM »
Heads up! Disney has moved Obi-Wan to Wednesdays, so there's a new episode out now. Possible Ep3 spoilers may occur from this point onwards.

(I haven't watched it yet, but wanted to drop a marker here for people, like me, who weren't expecting to see the next part until Friday.)
That's weird. Is there a replacement for the Friday slot?

Film & TV / Re: Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ (High Chance of SPOILERS)
« on: 31 May, 2022, 09:16:20 AM »
I have a less positive opininion but I'll still be hanging on every episode. The opening scene of Episode 1 took my breath away, I didn't see that coming at all, and it suggests certain things about the plot that are very cool. The first episode on the whole set everything up very nicely. It's awesome seeing Ewan McGregor back in the beard with his faux-Guinness accent, he really looks the part. The whole Jedi-hunting schtick, that they can't help but give themselves away, is an artful explanation for why the Empire so thoroughly obliterated even the ones who escaped Order 66.

But for me Episode 2 was pretty bad. Lots of improbable chasing around and, for a man who's trying to hide the fact that he's a Jedi, he certainly walks, talks, and carries his light sabre like one. As good as that young actress is, I don't buy for one second that she's ten years old; it was giving me flashbacks to the terrible mistake George Lucas made in starting Anakin off so young in TPM. Coupled with what I see as a few missed opportunities for added cool and some slightly dodgy effects, ep2 left me in quite a grumpy mood.

That said I must admit that it never occurred to me that Obi-Wan wouldn't know that Vader was Anakin, or even who Darth Vader was at all. Another cool moment.

I'm excited for the next episode, I hope it rediscovers some form and gives us the story we all hope it should.

Film & TV / Re: Patrick Stewart back as Picard in new series
« on: 09 May, 2022, 11:15:27 AM »
I don't normally post on forums to say I didn't like something, but as a steady fan of most Nu Trek, I have to acknowledge that, apart from a few nice moments, Picard S2 was embarrassingly bad. To have an opportunity for closure on the Q and Picard relationship, to reintroduce the Borg, to have the chance to revisit Locutus and the Queen, to have Stewart, DeLance, and even Whoopie Goldberg all on board, and to come up with this lowest-common-denominator pre-first-draft level turd... Shameful. There will be a S3, but for the love of god, fire the show runner and hire decent writers so we can send Picard off in style.

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