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  1. I think it's because the show seemed to be in the can a long time before it aired. We had trailers and photos for months and months before the first season aired, much longer than normal, and then they had the first episode previewed at Comic-Con (IIRC). So it's been a year since the first episode was out in the wild and another six or seven months before we see Season 2. So although the seasons are only airing slightly further apart than normal, I can see where the feeling that this has been unfolding too slowly has come from. Hopefully from now onwards the seasons will go out at more standard intervals. The lack of international sales was a really big mistake by SyFy. HBO and CBS both made their star shows (GoT and now Star Trek Beyond) profitable before shooting a single frame of sales by pre-selling the series. SyFy should have really gone for that angle as well. The fact they haven't and it will now only be available in the UK on Amazon Prime (where very, very few people will watch it) is a mistake.
  2. Star Trek: Beyond the 1st Trailer

    In terms of ranking Beyond, I put it at #7 out of the 13. Better than Star Trek (2009) but slightly behind The Motion Picture. And yeah, Star Trek struggles with individual villains. Apart frm Khan, probably the most effective villains are more supporting, mid-ranking ones like Chang, Lursa & B'Etor and so on, or big faceless entities like the Borg (before the Queen). Probably the finest villains are Team Dominion: Dukat, Damar, Weyoun and the Female Changeling. And I feel fairly confident saying we'll never see them in a film. I'm wondering how long it will before Nu-Trek invokes the Borg as the villains in a film. Has to be very tempting for them.

    Rick was 19 and Lisa was 24. Claudia and Roy were both older (30, I think). The three young bridge crewmembers were all 18 or 19 (there was the whole thing that more experienced personnel couldn't adapt to robotechnology, whilst youngsters could). I remember there being an odd continuity issue where Roy remembered Rick being a great pilot in his dad's air circus, but Rick would have had to have been flying around at 7 or 8 years old, which seemed unlikely. Not a major issue though.
  4. Video Games: France not a WWI Nation

    Via Polygon, you can see some dude playing No Man's Sky (he bought an accidentally-shipped early game off eBay for $1300).
  5. On the Grim Tidings Podcast, Bakker confirms that The Unholy Consult is completed in first draft, already partially edited and rewritten, and he will submit the book in the next month or so. He estimates that it will be out within a year.
  6. The books coming out in 2017

    Paul Kearney has a WH40K novel (his second, but his first published) out in February, Calgar's Siege. I'm hearing it might actually be brought forwards but that's not confirmed right now.
  7. Making the best of the situation, I think, in the hope that Corbyn does become a better and more inclusive leader (and the fact he isn't when that was a central part of his platform would be quite damaging if it was better articulated) over the four years. There's nothing else they can do if they don't want to destroy the party. The Labour Party is in serious trouble and it's not helped that the Tories have resolved their party issues (at least for now) very quickly and rallied around a new leader, whilst also mentioning their championing of the gay marriage bill and now having multiple female leaders (typically policies you'd expect from Labour) whilst rolling back the worst excesses of austerity. In a matter of weeks the Conservatives have almost completely moved into the area - at least in rhetoric - previously occupied by New Labour. It's leaving the Blairite wing of the party with nowhere to go. Things can change rather rapidly so who knows what Labour's fortunes will be in two or four years, but they do seem in danger of making themselves completely irrelevant. Smith was quite right when he said it takes decades for a party to build up but days for it to destroy itself.
  8. F1 2016

    As was prophecised Well, for qualifying anyway. The rest of this season is going to get a bit dull if Hamilton now romps it home, but Rosberg is already looking defeated. If Rosberg can stay in touch, then he might still have a shot when Hamilton gets the now-almost-inevitable penalties from his technical issues later in the season.
  9. Babylon 5: Always listen to Ivanova! Redux

    RIP Jerry Doyle. The Bablyon Curse strikes again
  10. New D&D movie(s) on the way

    Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) is apparently in talks to play the lead role in the movie. He seems to be generic. They also want Vin Diesel, because obviously. I'm still slightly incredulous that they are going for an original (and probably rubbish) story rather than using one of the hundreds of novels or RPG campaigns with proven, massive fanbases.
  11. That will be through the existing Hasbro/Warner Brothers deal, with the first film in the Forgotten Realms setting already in pre-production. This new deal is for Gygax's non-D&D work, and potentially some of his earlier D&D novels where the rights ownership is dubious. They would have to have all D&D-specific elements stripped out of them though.
  12. Bakker: The Great Ordeal SPOILER THREAD pt. II

  13. Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    Why? It's not impossible, if frustrating, there will be a further delay. But the UK publisher is Scott's primary publisher, not the American (and the geographic element is utterly irrelevant: Scott sold the books to Gollancz, not Bantam). The American publisher is riding on their coattails, and if they can't switch schedules fast enough than that is just how it goes, as it was for the first two books in the series.
  14. Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    Hmm. Apparently Bantam hasn't scheduled the book, and when they do it'll appear online and the dates will be confirmed. No further info. That to me suggests that they weren't able to clear a hole in the schedule at that short a notice (Gollancz only confirmed in May) and the US edition will come out a bit later than the British one. How much later is unknown: the US editions of LoLL and RSURS were about 1-2 months later each, IIRC but they were listed a lot earlier, so this might be a larger gap. One of the advantages of the UK market being smaller and more adaptable to change, and Gollancz having first call on publishing (Bantam only have the reprint rights, Gollancz are Scott's primary publishers), but not much help to those who wanted the American edition ASAP.
  15. Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    It's possible that Gollancz committed and Bantam's schedule was too packed and they couldn't adjust. The first two books both came out in the UK some way ahead of the US release, so it might be the same story this time around. I'll have a sniff around and see what info I can find.