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Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: Today at 02:13:41 PM »
Perhaps. Feels more like a showrunner making his mark than a feint. If it’s the latter, fair enough. Even then, he’ll have to play the Jo Martin situation very carefully, given that he’s stated multiple times that she is The Doctor. Hand-waving away the first POC to have the role with some timey-wimey piece of half-baked scripting would not be a good thing.
I agree. There's plenty of form from other shows in the last few years to suggest that they have no idea where they're going, but we have a series and three specials to come from this team, and that's a lot of scripts to go into without a plan.

Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: Today at 01:48:13 PM »
As for the new origins bollocks, that surely needs to be unraveled. Mind you, a smart showrunner could deftly deal with that, if they chose do, positioning it as a lie. Or they could just ignore and never speak of it again—or just reference it in passing. In terms of status quo reset, the one thing that would be a pity to remove would be Jo Martin’s Doctor. But then a smart scriptwriter could presumably deal with that too.
We need to entertain the possibility that Chibnall knows *exactly* where this story is going and will himself unravel it in the time remaining.

Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: 03 August, 2021, 04:17:00 PM »
I’d like to see Diane Morgan (of Philomena Cunk fame) play the next doctor
That is a helluva shout. I know her mostly from Motherland and that tired, no-effs-given personality would work perfectly.

Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: 30 July, 2021, 10:58:51 AM »
Straczynski has even indicated he'd be interested, that's how deep the vein runs.

Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: 29 July, 2021, 03:45:25 PM »
Yeah, that's a shame. She's great in the role, and while I generally enjoyed her and Chibnall's run, the whole enterprise felt a little tired. I've had that feeling all the way back to Capaldi, except his Doctor had the necessary standout stories to make up for it.

General / Re: Comic and book storage ideas?
« on: 21 July, 2021, 09:52:20 AM »
My only, only gripe is that lovely Complete Calvin and Hobbes seems a bit set aside up there.
That's because the stupid thing is such a weird size, it doesn't fit anywhere! I have that collection and it's kind of just... projecting from the top of one of my book shelves.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 16 July, 2021, 09:43:07 AM »
Double post.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 16 July, 2021, 09:37:04 AM »
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin. Rather excellent. Endlessly inventive and unafraid. The various protagonists do meld into each-other somewhat, but that could easily be by design, given the nature of the story.

Quantum by Patricia Cornwell. I'm continuously nagged by loved ones to read Patricia Cornwell, and I thought, finally she's writing in a genre I might enjoy. Turns out, I really don't like her style. I struggled to finish this, much to the disappointment of (it seems) everyone I know!

Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey. I'm a voracious fantasy/sci-fi consumer and it was downright strange that I hadn't read any Pern books. I decided to fix that and had a very good time with this first installment. It moves at a frenetic pace, mind you, unlike most modern examples of the genre I can think of, and treats a modern sci-fi staple with a casual disdain which I think will be very significant in the story going forward.

Hail Mary by Andy Weir. It *is* The Martian all over again, but in a new bottle and with a new set of problems for our hero to solve. Also, a protagonist who is more complex than it might seem. If you like this style of sci-fi -- and if you liked any of Weir's previous books -- then you're going to like this. I did.

Prog / Re: Prog 2240 - In with a bullet!
« on: 14 July, 2021, 11:51:12 AM »
We're going to have to start reviewing the Nerve Centre because this week's intro was top-shelf Tharg.

Prog / Re: Prog 2239 - High-Speed Summary Justice!
« on: 12 July, 2021, 10:41:14 AM »
Tagline for the next summer special:

"Summery Justice"

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 06 July, 2021, 09:05:37 AM »
The Tomorrow War. If you're tired enough not to think about what is happening or how it unfolds it's okayish. It helps if you nod off for 10 or 15 minutes here and there. You won't miss anything and sleep fuzz helps you from rolling your eyes too hard. If you've had your requisite eight hours then pass on this one.

Well for me this is one of those movies where you do not want to over think anything just sit back enjoy the over-the-top mindless action will you park your brain in neutral (just for breathing purposes) and wholla two hours gone. Yes, I enjoyed this it was fun
I enjoyed it until the last half-hour. It even made a kind of sense up until then, amazing for a time-travel plot. But that last act was mad, like the producers had accidentally found fifty million under the bed and had to spend it by midnight.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 June, 2021, 02:15:23 PM »
Godzilla King of Monsters.

Don't. It boggles the mind how offal like this gets budgeted in the region of $170m dollars.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 June, 2021, 09:48:00 AM »
Just to buck the trend here, Highlander is total tosh. Awful acting from almost all the leads (Sean Connery in particular totally phones it in: Clancy Brown is pretty excellent though) and a mind-numbingly stupid plot. If you don't like Queen (I don't) then it's got nothing going for it in my opinion other than the fact that it's not as bad as the sequels which are even worse.
If you dislike Queen, I don't think there's *any* way to enjoy Highlander!

Prog / Re: Prog 2234: Plummet of the Ape
« on: 07 June, 2021, 09:46:14 AM »
Quality prog. I especially enjoyed the ramp-up in Department-K from the previous week's Regened prog. Feral & Foe continues to make me snort with laughter. Chimpsky's Law nailed its opener with an intriguing historical backdrop. Mechastopholes looks amazing and seems ready to rock after a laid-back intro episode.  Bloody great!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 June, 2021, 09:33:08 AM »
Yeah, I have a lot of time for Razorback.
Same. Great film, beloved of my dear old dad.

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