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  1. I thought the music was pretty good - even better when the lyrics sunk in. Did they get genuine rappers to do the music? If they didn't they didn't a great job.
  2. And a release date! The next 4 weeks should be fun with this and Stranger Things. I've a feeling this should make a nice palette cleanser after Defenders. A marvel show that just focuses on the character and not expanding it with some ninja crossover. Hopefully. Although I'd happily take another Kingpin cameo.
  3. One of my favourites from last year. I felt the length was intentional as it wore you down in much the way the characters in the film were. Garfield still comes off as very samey in his roles but much like Tom Hanks, he has a great earnest likeability surrounding him which suited him so well in the films you mentioned. I think it's a strength he brought to Spider-man too although he did suffer from being a little annoying at times in the spidey films. I've just watched a great BBC documentary called "Chris Packham: asperger's and me". People from the UK will know him as a celebrity nature doc presenter who always seemed quirky but has made this documentary as a "coming out" story. It's absolutely fascinating and it's commendable how brutally honest he is throughout the film. He admits he loves his dogs more than people because they are less complicated and when they are happy he's happy. Lots of other great moments too and it's interesting to see how he used his form of autism to be successful and live a rewarding life - even if it just provides him with enough money to live on his own (with his dogs) in the middle of a forest.
  4. I was trying to find the Deadpool thread for an update on the film but that threads full. Given there is X-men: Supernova, New Mutants and Deadpool 2 on the horizon along with X-force and Gambit in development I thought it might be useful to have a general place for the Fox superhero franchises? If not then it can function as a Deadpool 2 thread.
  5. Well, it's not that far removed from what's been established in DS9 and Enterprise just with some added bullshit about the Enterprise ones still being "humanised" klingons even when there were even more "humanised" ones around? But yeah, it's still BS. It's weak but they are never really going to come up with a good reason other than "our egos insisted we mess with the design". All the while forgetting that, yes, better budgets were the reason we got different klingons in the movies/next gen but it at least was set in the future and didn't really screw with continuity. Tbh it would never have been an issue with next gen until DS9 decided to do the tribble episode.
  6. So far they are lacking in the character department. Weird fin alien is mainly interesting for his appearance and the fact they probably use "Gandalf and the hobbit" effects to highlight but that isn't character. Isaacs character needs to be either full on psycho or more convincing that he thinks this is the greater good or the war is so desperate. To be honest the war as we've seen it doesn't seem desperate and my view is it's the klingons who are losing. The new episode missed a chance by avoiding letting us see what the captain's stance would have been on torturing sentient lifeforms (would have mirrored his situation nicely). They do at least have "Nebula" from GOTG in the show. I just use those two films to inform me on how the character wound up in starfleet. I guess she lives a lot longer than humans.
  7. That's some good detective work and actually would have been a decent twist on an obvious set up. EDIT: Or maybe it's a double bluff and they are payign homage to the multiple roles eg Jeffrey Combs but that's probably wishful thinking. I guess this means
  8. It took me a while to get into it but "Deathless" proved a great dark fantasy with a lot of russian elements in the end. Using World War 2's Leningrad is always welcome when trying to convey desperate too. Currently reading Hurley's "mirror empire". It's quite dense with characters and ideas at the moment but I'm finding it interesting. I can't help but think it's similar to Bakker's fantasy in terms of scope and callousness which is sort of odd given their gender politics are so polarised.
  9. I agree with Wert about The mirror universe hint was fun though and I agree with others that the potty mouth was off for star trek. Firstly it came off like a child discovering a naughty word rather than being natural. The other issue is that with Trek I always happily reconciled their manners with the fact some words had just fallen out of the english language. Not as annoying as episode 4 but a bit traditonal besides the animal torture.
  10. I'd be curious to see what Alonso could do with a semi-competitive car. I suspect he'd be pretty galvanised after the last several seasons. With a weekend off for indy 500 of course.
  11. I was away over the weekend and I knew the result before getting the chance to watch the highlights. There doesn't seem much point now. I'm a bit disappointed. We should have been witnessing a genuine fight between two worldclass drivers and teams battling to win the championship. Instead we've had reliability problems and a crash (which I'd at least say was part of the battle - Vettel maybe wouldn't have risked the accident if not under pressure) which has given Hamilton an almost insurmountable advantage. The only way for it to get back to a nailbiting finish would require Hamilton to have reliability problems. Even if that were the case, we're still being robbed of a man-to-man championship fight. While I'm sure Hamilton will take the wins happily, I'm sure he's also partly missing out on winning a straight fight. Because if it had been that way, the winner could rightly claim to be the best driver. Me too. I'm hoping we can throw McLaren into the mix as well. That would make for an electifying season where Hamilton, Vettel, Verstappen and Ricciardo are battling for points (let's face it, Bottas and Kimi are just there to mop up points). If Alonso and Vandoorne (who could easily be a Verstappen just stuck in a Honda car at the moment) are in there too - I wouldn't want to put my money on anyone. Although Vettel should in theory have the best chance given Ferarri's clear number one driver policy. Fingers crossed there aren't any drastic changes in rules next season to upset things.
  12. Episode 4 was a bit weak for me. I really enjoyed the replicator making Burnham's uniform but that was about it. The amount of stupid things is starting to grate on me now and this episode reminding me of a few things I let slip in episode 3. Mainly the spore thing is utterly riduclous. They may as well have said "there's a network of unicorns connected butt to horn, across the entire Galaxy - therefore instantaneous travel is possible as long as it's via a strand of unicorns". I was going to let it slide but then they had to double down on it by claiming a mutated/alien that acts as a supercomputer for planning spore-based intergalactic travel. They didn't even bother telling us why the tardigrade would do this or what use it would be to it to do so? But then there was the whole scenario of the unguarded dilithium crystal mine that had a third of starfleets fuel reserves. Surely this would be better guarded if it was of such strategic importance? I don't blame the Klingons for trying to grab it - it makes perfect strategic sense. This in turn reminded me of the ridiculous "breath ID" security system. I don't have a problem with "breath ID" - I do have a problem with there only been one level of security though. I work in a hospital environment and I need a pass card AND a keycode. I'd have thought black ops starfleet weapons would require "breath ID" and at least a pin code to get in. Then there was the split narrative with the klingons and already I couldn't care less. Albino Klingon is a bit pathetic - if he can't get his acolytes to stick with him it's probably because they were utterly sick of starving to death for a few months on a crippled ship. I know he's supposed to be some kind of apostle/prophet character but usually these types of persona have a lot of charisma. So far this klingon appears to be clueless, naive and generally a bit pathetic. The female klingon shows more promise with her open plan of using him as a smokescreen for her own machinations. There hasn't been anything too bad in the show yet but if the accumulation of iffy story decisions are anything to go by this is going to be much more in the style of "dumb entertainment" than clever SF. Which is fine, it just means I lower my expectations considerably. EDIT: Oh and I completely forgot about the utterly stupid death of a character in the episode. It was kind of hilarious in its own way. Hopefully it will be a tongue in cheek gag about redshirts where they actually develop them a little before killing them off. Thank god there was no saving that character though after those idiotic choices!
  13. That's a good point. The show isn't as readily merchandise friendly as many other genre shows are. Other than the the sense8 logo there isn't much to go off. Dress up like one of the cast members? They don't even wear the same clothes. Unless you have a diverse set of friends, it's going to be tricky to dress up as a memeber of the sensate cast and be recognised. Whispers is probably the best bet. But there should have been some posters at least. Anyway it is probably another reason why the show isn't profitable - GOT, trek, Marvel etc all have huge amounts of additional revenue from merchandise. This site tries and i quite like the icon tetrahedron T-shirt and the 8 made out of location names but I don't think it's official
  14. what would be even funnier would be if the crew of the discovery get to the mirrorverse and make it "evil". Although I heard "enterprise" had mirror universe episodes so probably not.It's maybe hunky dory until the discovery crew finds a way there. Plus no-one has a goatee here
  15. I haven't read many of the culture books yet but the premise behind them does feel like a better realised federation. I recall in consider phlebas that the protagonists would essentially mirror that of the Klingons in this show. It would make a great TV show which, if faithful to the books, would have to be an anthology series with a different cast per book/season. That's probably what puts people off trying to adapt although we are getting more anthology season shows - the question is how successful they are. Sometimes they feel like an obvious niche in the market. In between a TV show and a film in terms of storytelling. A brave network would give it a shot before Star Wars does it. The interesting and exciting thing for me is that the technology they are playing with does allow them to fully embrace the exploration element of Trek and hopefully the intention behind the new show is to play around with all the ingredients that have made up Trek over the years. So the tribble was just one of many weapons they are developing?
  16. it was far from my favourite episode. The godlike Rick fighting felt a bit of a re-run after the momentous Pickle-Rick. It was still decent though. And what was with the potty mouth. There were more fucks in this episode than the series as a whole so far! It's like the US TV censors have just given up and the creators are going wild.
  17. I got that vibe from him with his conversation with his friend so not surprised the character will be gay. Well, the shit section 31 is supposed to be developing and their status in next gen suggests things don't work out well. Space spores must have something dangerous about them or open this patch of the galaxy to a threat that's not worth the speed. Maybe Salamander Janeway will turn up and Disovery is all "that's it, we're out"?
  18. I'm so pleased they are allowed to use the occasional "fuck" on screen. It was an aspect of the book version I really liked - this intelligent, strong, elderly woman who had no problem with a foul mouth (I think she uses it to purposely throw adversaries off). Also glad they cast her so well - I think the book version was a lot older although it's probably just that the actress looks decidely young for her age and it could also be a case of "people in their 80s look like people in their 50s by year-expanse" I read that non-sweary cable channels now have a quota of strong cuss words they can use. I guess syfy has been taking advantage of this (or the netflix version just has sweary edits?). Avasarala and Negan (walking dead) could have a swear off.
  19. And that was pretty much one of the earliest rumours regarding the shows premise, I think? It does give them license to have characters being a lot more shady/human with one another too. Although I like the idea that the Captain wants Michael present precisely because she's also willing to disobey her captain and mutiny if she feels it's the right thing to do. Maybe she will be his safety net. Also is this a spoiler thread or not?
  20. well that episode threw me for a loop - very different from the opening 2 parter. But in a good way, i think. It's more "lost" - in-space what with the . I'm sort of hoping that the show may be able to have it's cake and eat it in the sense that Anyway, I'm a lot more curious about the show now than I was from the pilot. I like the possibility that the Klingons have been a bit of a red herring with regards to the shows focus. I'm sure the Klingons will be a recurring theme but I do like the potential the new episode has opened up. As for the new characters it felt like they were deliberately aiming to show people with developmental disorders on the "social/emotional" spectrum. That or there's just something "off" about the new characters (I mean that in the sense it's either good writing/acting or bad). The room-mate has some kind of issue with interacting with other people and the science-guy had an attitude that reminds me far more of real-life scientists than TV ones in the sense he's quite focused/obsessed and excited by his job and finds co-workers a distraction (besides those he regards as equals). Which is refreshing from him just being an awkward geek. I recall Fuller saying he wanted to be as inclusive as possible with this show and I think most of us leapt to LGBT but I think it's cool they are potentially including developmental disorders like autism and aspergers in the future as things that simply require embracing/channeling. And they are doing it with actual humans rather than using aliens as proxies.
  21. The Expanse and BSG would have benefitted from the exposure of HBO. I think the expanse fares better via the netflix distribution. I can remember when Starz! was developing a sci-fi show with the creators of "spartacus". It's a shame that never saw the light of day. I think AMC could do a good SF show. They wouldn't be able to hide behind sex scenes and torture so may focus on content. I guess one plus for any cable network and their choice of show is how much merchandise they can sell with it. I'm sure GOT and walking dead make a lot off that.
  22. At this point they could do a legitimate "Farscape - the next generation" with the kid now a young man and probably caught up in some "key to the galaxy" type scenario. It'd be great to see some of the original actors/puppets back as mentors or guest stars. I'd be fascinated to see how Crichton would be after spending as much of his adult life in space as on earth for instance. Also given how GOTG basically took Farscape's approach and made it into a film - I think there'd be an audience for a Farscape like show back on air. I think HBO is wise not to plunge into a space opera just yet. There's been a general hesitance towards the genre for about a decade. The Expanse is great but it's not really setting viewing figures alight and I've yet to hear people at work discussing what happened on last week's episode. Most the people I know are unaware of its existence. I'm sure HBO is keeping a very close eye on how STD(giggle) fares and it it's a hit they might consider. I think shows like "Altered Carbon" and "Lazarus" have more chance of catching on as SF shows though. One is essentially a noir detective show and the other has a lot of the elements that make fantasy work but in a SF setting. HBO has "Westworld" and I get the impression these shows are more buzzworthy than space opera. You pretty much need the brand recognition of star wars or trek to get people on board. Isn't it the same in general with books at the moment where Fantasy massively outsells SF? I'm not that well read in space opera. In terms of HBO trying to get a GOT style hit then Dune would have probably fit. Ian MacDonald's "Luna" isn't space opera (in the sprawling sense) but it has enough sex, violence and warring families to have HBO producers salivating at the opportunity to adapt it. I haven't read the second book yet but I'm surprised the rights haven't been snapped up by one of the cable channels as it screams adaptaion by a show that likes the sex and violence. And Hyperion would have been a great miniseries for HBO. 7 (can't remember how many pilgrims there were) episodic stories and an additional episode or two for the non recollection aspects. It is a shame that Syfy has it and it appears to be stuck in development hell.
  23. Audible is also a factor with Audioboks for me in the sense some releases are cheaper (via their "token" system) than hardback releases in some cases. It's only the collector side in me that would swing for the hardback over the audiobook in terms of cold hard cash. It's odd because the Audiobook clearly must cost more in terms of production.
  24. "Gerald's game" on Netflix was a genuinely good movie in its own right. I often look at netflix films as B-movies and while this is a b-movie it's got a great script, direction and acting. It has as much right on the big screen as the "saw" films or even "it" While "it" has more spectacle, I found the grounded nature of this film to be far more disturbing. I guess people forget that what King's best at are those things that can actually happen rather than the far out crazy shit. And "what if your partner had a heart-attack while you were cuffed to the bed in the middle of nowhere" is a simple yet effective premise. The film is intense for the majority of the film which must be due to strong direction as most of it is set in one room. It also helps that Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood are on excellent form. I think I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed "it". It had similar levels of scares although I don't recall "Gerald's game" resorting to jump-scares. There are some jumpy moments but it's not due to sudden changes in sound effects. More a reveal by a surpise cut or something lingering in the background. Oh and there's a "Dark Tower" reference that made me smile. Still haven't seen that film yet but I'll take it as a reference to the books.
  25. the first 6 episodes of season 2 have been really good SF tv. Season one's loss has been season 2's gain in the sense it has been able to start with the final act of book 1. If season 2 ends with the end of book 2 that'll make a good season. It'll be more disappointing if they don't end with the end of book 2 though. I enjoyed the epstein drive flashback. I think I missed the short story covering this? A dark reveal for how the show's engines were created. I was wary of the guy playing Amos when it was first announced but he absolutely nails it. He's got this weird child-like innocence about him yet you can tell he's on a different wavelength and will kill you if you get in the way of him and those he wishes to protect. I think book Amos is generally more intimidating but I really like the way the actor conveys him on screen.