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Messages - Leigh S

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Announcements / Re: New Judge Dredd action figure line to launch in 2022
« on: 24 November, 2021, 09:16:06 PM »
One thing I find odd about this is the fact there are two scales - why would you not pick one and stick to it?

I suppose 3A also did that, but it still seems a bit odd - I'd rather get Dredd, Anderson, 4 Dark Judges, Mean and Fink, Hershey and a Sov Judge than Dredd and the 4 Dark Judges at two different scales? 

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Announcements / Re: New Judge Dredd action figure line to launch in 2022
« on: 24 November, 2021, 06:01:52 PM »
Ueah, in a shoc twist from Dredd 2012, the helmet is visibly too small - rest looks OK though!


Dredd looks bad to me - not sure if it's the angle of the picture but his whole head seems totally off and I think he has more than a whiff of Cal's fake Dredds about him. Death looks good though.

I like the look of the ED-209 on the site Colin linked!

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Film & TV / Re: What The Flux?
« on: 21 November, 2021, 07:30:48 PM »
That's a fair point, though I do think a big factor is how hard it is to embue human rections to such unnatural dialogue.

As for this weeks, the Maxine Alderton factor failed to materialise... that said, has there been a decent Weeping Angels story outside Blink?

AS originally conceived they just dont work in anything but very very narrow scenarios, so various bells and whistles keep getting added until they are just a playground monster that has random powers to keep the plot moving - place such a monster in a Chris "anything goes if it keeps the plt moving" Chibnall story and we get this mess...

I did laugh when 13 wandered off early on to "investigate" a signal with her sonic - Jay Exci's video 100% accuracy rate maintained

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Film & TV / Re: What The Flux?
« on: 20 November, 2021, 11:12:26 PM »
I think the common factor here is Chibnall.  Imagine being asked to perform the scene where your door i smashed down by an axe wielding figure and your reaction is "whats it with you lot tonight?"

Or your miniaturised house is handed to you and you have to say "How am I meant to fit in that?"

The greatest actors would (and do!) struggle with his insipid, unnatural dialogue and paper thin plotting


Is it just me or is John Bishop appalling - not his character but his acting. It's sort of flat and utterly unconvincing, maybe he's capable of a good performance but they haven't got it from him yet, but just ugh...

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Other Reviews / Re: Spines
« on: 20 November, 2021, 07:15:56 PM »
I trust one of the spines will be printed on a glossy paper to contrast with the others on matt?



Now that is classy typography. Allow the designer to do what he/she wants and the result is beautifully elegant and cohesive.

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AS soneone who collects the RPG stuff but has little hope of ever getting it to the table, it is disappointing, though do we know that it is REbellion pulling the plug and not EN Publishing choosing not to renew?

I know Rebellion are increasingly dipping their toe in the non video game market, so it's possible they might have plans themselves?  Didnt they previously buy up Mongoose but it didnt stick?

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Film Discussion / Spider-Man: No Way Home
« on: 17 November, 2021, 08:57:52 PM »
New trailer has me quite excited despite making this explicitly the near as dammit the same plot as Helter Skelter.

The de-aging of Molina is the first time I've been impressed by the technology

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Film & TV / Re: What The Flux?
« on: 11 November, 2021, 08:27:57 PM »
Chibnall doesn’t appear remotely interested in giving his female characters any actual character at all.

It's not just his women, nobody sounds real. Davies and Moffat wrote many memorable supporting characters with distinct personalities and voices for their 45 minutes' existence. Chibnall's characters just don't behave or sound like real people. That scouse family really got on my tits, and Dan seems to be carved from the same block of wood as Ryan. Bradley Walsh may have been another chirpy regional-sterotype comic sidekick, but at least he could act.

Seems weird that people seem to be slagging off just about everyone who's run the show they've been following for 16 years.

Its a show I was watching for a lot longer than 16 years though and thats the point isnt it?

I spent my childhood with Tom and learned to read with Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee Target books.

I only ended up reading 2000AD due to Mills and Wagner writing those Doctor Who weekly stories.

I thought the Eccleston year was a great if qualified success.

Sadly, my belief that they would iron out the kinks fell on barren soil - I was a m^ng m*ng fo wanting the stories plots to have as much thought put into them as their emotional arcs.

It was no surprise that Moffatt working with RTD got us the best stories of that era, and when Moffatt first took over, we had another pretty great and promising series, followed by diminishing returns until we get to the Clara years where the stories appear to be Moffatt channelling a mid life crisis.  His final series was a good step up (ignoring his treatment of the First Doctor)....

Chibnall, well, Chibnall is just not of the calibre of either of those writers for all their individual faults.  All he can do is parrot stuff he sees in those eras, faults and all.

If I'd taken an "I will stop following this thing I love because it is going through an extended rough patch" then I wouldnt be on a 2000AD forum!







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Film & TV / Re: What The Flux?
« on: 11 November, 2021, 08:17:17 PM »
I read elsewhere that in this book "A/The Writers Tale", RTD said something along the lines of "I have no problem sacking anyone who doesnt work as hard as I do".

Given how I believe RTD himself admits that he worked himself into some form of a breakdown/nervous exhaustion, it's not that difficult to see why Eccleston would have issues.

AS IP said, Chibnall has muddied the waters when it comes to a female Doctor, not because a female Doctor doesnt work, but becasue a Chibnall Doctor doesnt work

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Film & TV / Re: What The Flux?
« on: 11 November, 2021, 05:33:15 PM »
I think New Whos problems are all of its own making, rather tha anyhting inherited from the Classic, outside of a general "they did stories that were rubbish in the 60s and 70s too" justification you can hear whirring in the background of any given modern "The Moon is an Egg" type story.

Mostly they stem from the leeway for poor plotting/resolution if it pushes character/emotional buttons that RTD had.  Sadly, Chibnall is entirely trying to be RTD I think, but without much clue (or ability) to know what RTD was sacrificing for what benefit.  Chibnall throws away the plot sense with a simialr abandon to RTD.  However, the sacrifices arent to aid character or spectacle or whatever RTD would utilise to keep the viewership engaged.  But it's entirely RTD who set the precedent with this "only m*ng m*ngs complain about plot" attitude.

Chibnall is attempting to cook the same pie, because he knows the list of RTDs successful ingredients, but has no clue about the recipe.

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Film & TV / Re: What The Flux?
« on: 10 November, 2021, 05:25:24 PM »
I think it's as much of a mess as ever - if getting less things wrong without getting more things right is an improvement, then possibly it is an improvement, but thats about it

SPOILERS

Karvanista is part of (the only remaining part of) The secret Timelord Organisation and a murderous not to be messed with sort for reasons unclear.

He is also part of a race that is duty bound to help humans in this one specific apocalypse that they have prepared for and have an answer to for reasons unclear

They can stop the Earth being destroyed by covering the Earth with their ship shield (which they didnt plan for, that was just the Doctor's idea!)  Not the moon though, or the Sun presumably.... but somehow we have to assume both survived given that Dan is transported back to Earth a few days after the Flux hits. The Lupari have by this point fecked off to places unclear, depste knowing the Sontarans have landed - what happened to that duty to protect humans?  Doesnt help those executed by the Sontarans.... but that's the reason we are given Karvanista turns back up to save Dan.

"How long have Sontarans been here?" asks the Doctor- TWIST!!! They are all through History in the Crimean Period - Russia is Sontar.  Next scene in 21st C "How long have Sontarans been here?" "2 days"

Sontarans all have a kip at the same time - Strategic Geniuses they may be, but they havent worked out the concept of sentries.

Doctor tells the Sontarans they need to leave now, or they wont leave alive.  Sontarans temporarily inconvenienced, say they will return... General gets shit for blowing up Sontaran ships, Dan is praised for it.


And thats not even mentioning the Swarm...

Chibnall is just writing in his usual fashion - things happen to move the plot on, then something contradictory happens to move it on again.  Similar to his characterisation and the "moral" messages  - its not OK to kill Sontarans, except when you are wiping them out of existence... The Doctor has a very out of sight out of mind approach to this kind of stuff doesnt she?  Lock the threat in a sealed room or a stasis pod, or stop them ever existing - morally fine.   Actually getting your hands dirty?  perish teh thought!

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 05 November, 2021, 07:39:32 PM »
Are you including the Blackpool story in that equation?

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 05 November, 2021, 04:36:52 PM »
Hasn't the cover to Repo-Men already been used for Volume 9?  (Answer, yes it has)

I know that Vol 9 was pretty poorly distributed, but that's no excuse!

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 03 November, 2021, 10:02:05 PM »
Doesnt Starship Traveller have a bad rep for (at least early printings) being impossible due to an error with the numbering/paragraphs?

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