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Announcements / Re: The Letters Beast - Online!
« on: 19 May, 2022, 12:38:39 PM »
Oh God, don't get him started on that....

Events / Re: Lawless 2022
« on: 18 May, 2022, 10:02:09 PM »
Looking forward to it. I apologise in advance for forgetting people's names and faces.

Learnt from this article they've tried a bunch of times to reboot already. Is this a cynical effort to keep the rights from reverting to Moore & O'Neill?

Was LOEG creator-owned or would the rights revert to the publisher?

For example, the 1984 Fantastic Four film.

I actually like this - the budget/effects are shit, but it's better than some of the later ones

Film & TV / Re: Patrick Stewart back as Picard in new series
« on: 09 May, 2022, 04:43:17 PM »
I enjoyed it. The new characters were interesting and there was suitable levels of fan-wank in bringing back old stars (although some were a bit of a stretch. Would have been great if Corey had just said "shut up Wesley" and walked away.)

Sir Patrick did look old though - I had to cheer myself up most weeks by following it with a TNG episode to remind myself of young(er) vigorous Picard

Film & TV / Re: Paramount Plus To Launch in UK.
« on: 03 May, 2022, 02:43:10 PM »
The streaming service Paramount Plus is to be made available in the UK. All your Trekkie needs will be available in one place, including the new prequel saga Strange New Worlds, with Captain Pike, Spock and Number One. Would you shell out for new TV service? Blurb line below. 


Good job I'm most of the way through a massive Trek rewatch, as I assume they'll be disappearing from Netflix when this happens.

News / Re: Help Sandra Ezquerra get this piece of artwork back
« on: 28 April, 2022, 07:24:34 PM »
Its telling that I immediately could think of a couple of names about who the likely "owner" is who is unwilling to return the art.

FWIW, I'm told it's most definitely not the most obvious suspect.

cheap shot Jim.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote: The Bearded Wonder
« on: 26 April, 2022, 04:42:20 PM »
... or Swamp Thing - I'm just rereading those at the moment and they're fantastic

General / Re: Sideshow Vote: He is the chosen one (or is he?)
« on: 26 April, 2022, 12:54:33 PM »
It went in one eyeball and out the other. Nothing memorable, just generic SF hardman in a generic dystopia. I ended up skipping it after a while because I just couldn't retain any memory about who was who or what was happening - nothing about it made me care. I reckon it's the weakest strip for a, long time and I can't understand why it keeps coming back.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote: Who are you?
« on: 26 April, 2022, 10:12:50 AM »
It depends on the story being told - as Dredd is not always the protagonist.

In The Apocalypse War, he's the hero.

I'd say Apocalypse War Dredd is one of the more ambiguous examples - he kills his own chief judge who was not in control of his actions, he kills numerous citizens either as a mercy or for collaboration and then he wipes out half a billion innocent civilians. Not really textbook heroism

General / Re: Sideshow Vote: Who are you?
« on: 25 April, 2022, 10:21:50 PM »
If we want to get technical, Wikipedia (I know) defines a hero as:
A hero (heroine in its feminine form) is a real person or a main fictional character who, in the face of danger, combats adversity through feats of ingenuity, courage, or strength...The original hero type of classical epics did such things for the sake of glory and honor. Post-classical and modern heroes, on the other hand, perform great deeds or selfless acts for the common good instead of the classical goal of wealth, pride, and fame.

That fits, if you consider the violent oppression of a police state to be in the common good, which Dredd most sincerely does. He's certainly not a tragic hero in the Aristotelian or Shakespearean sense (a great man doomed to a tragic end by a fatal flaw), nor is he an anti-hero (who may do good but for selfish or evil motives). Wiki did suggest the intriguing "anti-villain" or sympathetic villain:

The sympathetic villain or anti-villain is one with the typical traits of a villainous character but differs in their motivations. Their intentions to cause chaos or commit evil actions is driven by an ambiguous motivation or is not driven by an intent to cause evil. Their intentions may coincide with the ideals of a greater good, or even a desire to make the world a better place, but their actions are inherently evil in nature. An anti-villain is the opposite of an anti-hero. While the anti-hero often fights on the side of good, but with questionable or selfish motives, the anti-villain plays a villain's game, but for a noble cause in a way that the audience or other characters can sympathize with. They may be more noble or heroic than an anti-hero, but the means to achieve their ends are often considered exploitative, immoral, unjust, or simply evil.

(Sadly, none of the suggested examples are much like Dredd - Daenerys Targaryen, Eren Yeager, Itachi Uchiha, Killmonger, Lelouch Vi Britannia, Magneto, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Severus Snape, Thanos. (Again, I know), but they are all anti-villains contrasted against heroes, Dredd's the protagonist, an anti-villain against worse villains)

IMO, he is a hero within the parameters he was bred and programmed for. He is the ideal of how the Judge system was supposed to turn out but sadly 99% of the force are merely human, which is why MC1 isn't an oasis of peace and happiness. If every judge was as dutiful and dedicated as Dredd, maybe it would be, or maybe the entire philosophy is flawed as it misunderstands human nature.

So hell, I don't know. I do know that if some creep was holding a laz-knife to my throat, I'd rather see Dredd riding up than my elected representative.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote: Just an average day in the city
« on: 14 April, 2022, 11:09:38 PM »
I'd say it's had a definite long term impact (as AxelF says, MC1's reduced global power is a constant thread), but it's also an untapped potential. There have been some great stories in the last few years that directly addressed post-chaos effects, and I can get behind the idea of Justice Dept recreating a "normal" mega city, albeit in a much smaller area.

What I want to know, and what I think has been neglected for story ideas, is what's happening in all those abandoned sectors?

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 April, 2022, 10:50:42 PM »
The Ballard of Buster ScruggsThere are some superb performances, after all Tom Waits is in there,

I don't dispute the validity of this observation in the context of a movie I haven't seen, but I will argue the logical fallacy of that argument. Tom has delivered cameos in some right dross.

Film & TV / Re: Kids in the Hall - coming back via Amazon Prime
« on: 14 April, 2022, 10:46:54 PM »
I'll take a look at that - the only one I remember is "I'm pinching your head" (confession - I still do this sometimes)

Welcome to the board / Re: Hi from Scotland
« on: 04 April, 2022, 12:29:54 PM »
Are there any meet ups now and again for fans in Scotland?

There's a well practiced formula:
1. pick a date well in advance, often around a convention
2. several people agree to meet
3. cancel one by one due to other commitments, until all agree to reschedule in a couple of months.

And welcome to the board!

Games / Re: Judge Dredd Miniatures Game Youtube Series
« on: 01 April, 2022, 08:42:16 PM »
I enjoyed these but was a bit lost - is there a vid that explains the basic mechanics? Those dice rolls were baffling! There's so much content on your channel (which I'm about to start browsing) but I haven't found that one yet.

and as Trooper McFad said, your set-up is fabulous, love those cardboard street sets

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