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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.

Film & TV / Re: Netflix?
« on: 04 May, 2022, 02:13:27 PM »
Netflix still has a ton of content for us and a massive backlog which often gets as run through the telly. Ozark, Russian Doll, Arcane, Witcher, Bridgerton. Plenty of randomly entertaining films passing through, Stranger things on the horizon. We could probably drop in and out every couple of months, if we wanted, but for the cost, we don't.

We're multi-streamers as well, but Apple+ is the one we drop in and out of, and Disney+ could easily join that club in the time between Marvel TV series. By contrast Netflix has a huge diversity of content.

I will say that there seems to be a concerted effort in the press to disparage Netflix since it announced its subscriber drop. I don't quite get it. Perhaps it's irrational for me to feel attached to an entertainment service, but Netflix was such incredible value for so long, and now people seem to be celebrating the fact that it no longer carries the second-party originals as if we should all be overjoyed that we now have to subscriber to two or more other services to get the same content that two or three years ago, we got under one banner.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 April, 2022, 01:02:53 PM »
Out of Sight

Well its very of its time isn't it. The depressing thing is that its time is my time and I wonder if I'd dated as badly. Don't get me wrong it oozes the chemistry its needs to work due to the leads being so damned sexy. It has numerous fantastic supporting cameos.

It is however over directed (if that is a thing), the time jumps feel forced and don't really add anything, except arguably allowing the pacing to work better. The freeze... frames are annoying and overall while a decent caper the whole thing is a little unpleasent.
That's exactly my lingering opinion as well. There's an undercurrent to it that I can do without these days.

Film & TV / Re: Time Teams returns on YouTube
« on: 16 April, 2022, 12:26:00 PM »
Predictably, it feels like there's a Tony Robinson-shaped hole, but it's very enjoyable. :)

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 April, 2022, 01:06:52 PM »
I long ago gave up trying to decide one way or the other. I still think it's incredibly fun.

I had no room in my life for another RPG and so didn't invest in ENP's game. Browsing the books at UKGE, it looked very well produced and I've heard good things from other players.

Unless the OP knows something we don't, I doubt Rebellion seriously thinks it can out-D&D D&D.

Do you know what makes a TTRPG player excited? a game with a lot of optional source material and, to be fair, EN Publishing has exceeded the output of WoTC during the same pandemic restricted period. That fact alone is laudable.
5E D&D is doing so well in part because WotC abandoned the 3e and 4E-era market saturation models. Perhaps ENP spread themselves too thin?

Looking at the most recent developments, I'm not really struck by the new Jenga-based RPG that's on it's way.
Looks like a novelty to me. I expect there are bigger plans afoot.

Games / Re: Dread: Dredd RPG
« on: 28 March, 2022, 09:21:59 AM »
Yeah... a TTRPG based on Jenga... OK, it's innovative, but I'm not sure it's the right move.  It just doesn't grab me like one based on the house system being used in Tartarus Gate might.  Have to say I'm a little disappointed.
It seems an odd choice for a Dredd RPG but don't underestimate the system itself. I've run a few horror scenarios with it over the years, and it works realy well.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 March, 2022, 10:54:10 AM »
But you know the dumbest thing of all. Yep you guessed it. I'm watching Alien Vs Predator Requirm next anyway... now that is dumb!
It's dumb, I agree, and occasionally embarrassing in how hard it's trying to be Aliens. But it definitely has its moments. The queen finale is pretty great IMO!

Welcome to the board / Re: Hi there, fellow Earthlets!
« on: 10 March, 2022, 11:00:59 AM »
Welcome aboard. :)

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2023
« on: 28 February, 2022, 03:53:31 PM »
Splendid. I'll be interested in the page size. I bought the individual colourised editions and everything seemed very small.

Books & Comics / Re: Comixology 4.0 - not sounding good.
« on: 23 February, 2022, 01:24:25 PM »
Everything is on a hair trigger. A friend owns the rights to most C64 music, yet has had copyright strikes from YouTube from other companies erroneously claiming ownership.
How did your friend manage that, do you know?

Film & TV / Re: New Star Trek Movie Proposed.
« on: 21 February, 2022, 09:31:02 AM »
I don't have a notion of One True TrekTM. However both Abrams and Kurtzmann have both stated in televised interviews* that they don't like Star Trek. It's "too philosophical" for them apparently. I have a problem with that.
"'Star Trek' is my favorite show of all time," he admitted. "But for some reason it never clicked with me until I started working on it, and then I fell in love with it."

Film & TV / Re: New Star Trek Movie Proposed.
« on: 17 February, 2022, 04:04:08 PM »
As someone who absolutely enjoyed the hell out of the last three Trek movies -and never understood some of the vitriol that was sent their way - I can't wait to see this new one. Maybe I'm just easily pleased?  :-\
You're not alone! They have a lot going for them. I was gobsmacked by the first of the three reboot movies, absolutely floored. The casting was perfect, the designs eye-popping, the action visceral. The shine has rubbed off a little over time, but I've watched it several times since then.

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