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  1. I've not read the books but didn't find any trouble following what was going on in the show, Well, sort of. I was slightly confused at first, but it seemed intentional, as many of the things I didn't understand were answered or revealed in detail later in the season.
  2. Taboo: Tom Hardy's historical drama (BBC1/FX) [spoilers]

    Ha, boots on the other foot now! Usually the UK is the one getting the show later. The lack of advert breaks is really great too, I feel brraks just make the show feel too disconnected @Jon's Queen Consort (various points from this weeks episode under the spoiler tag)
  3. Upcoming Cover Art VII

    I've had a look myself but couldn't see anything, so wondered if anyone here who is more up to date with these things knows. Has there been any news on U.K. Cover art for Robin Hobb's Assassin's Fate? And this one wasn't posted yet I don't think. The Stone Sky cover reveal (Broken Earth #3)
  4. Taboo: Tom Hardy's historical drama (BBC1/FX) [spoilers]

    Re: the title, I'm not sure if you have seen tonight's episode yet, but something jumped out at me
  5. Taboo: Tom Hardy's historical drama (BBC1/FX) [spoilers]

    Enjoyed tonight's episode. It's a dialogue heavy show but I don't feel it's moving too slowly. And once again the atmosphere was brilliant throughout. I do have minor quibbles but nothing that ruins the show for me. And I watched for the first time without subtitles this week. Still no trouble understanding Hardy. *shrug* Don't have too much to comment on at the moment, I want to save that for when I rewatch later in the week. One quick comment:
  6. Taboo: Tom Hardy's historical drama (BBC1/FX) [spoilers]

    Not that strange. The man wasn't long dead, and they we're only just reading the will. Little reason for her to show up before that really, save to attend the funeral (and, who is to say she didn't?) Anyone who claims to benefit from the estate is an asset to the EIC, and such people can only make an appearance once the will has been read
  7. Taboo: Tom Hardy's historical drama (BBC1/FX) [spoilers]

    I disagree with this. Certainly the EIC intends to use her. But she isn't in on that, IMO. They are merely taking advantage of an unexpected opportunity. Her existence is news to the EIC, or they wouldn't have bargained so fiercely with Zilpha and her husband. Nothing really points to her not having married Delaney Sr. Her mention of Helga and German brothels merely means that she is either having James followed, or did a bit of digging around to learn about him. Makes sense really if she is going to contest the will.
  8. Trailer Thread III

    It wasn't Poldark, it was footage from War and Peace last year. They also used Peaky Blinders footage which got my hopes up, even though I know not to expect it this year. Monsters.
  9. Pictionay 2017

    "Buckwheat found herself Totally without inspiration for a clever starting sentence."
  10. Tolkien 2.0

    I have yes, thought it was pretty good really. There is another I think concerning Aragorn's parents. I seem to recall that wasn't as good though
  11. Same, although I seem to be a minority of one that hates the third movie. Maybe it's just because of the complete change from the second film (style, Dumbledore, tone, etc...I love the third book though). Fourth was ok but I had issues, and then from the fifth onwards it was downhill. Especially the lazy way Magic was shown in the later films. The Philosopher's Stone is a very good adaptation IMO. There are still changes but it so brilliantly portrays that sense of Magic and wonder I felt first reading the book. The books do change in tone as the characters mature though, so the first film is notably different from the later ones. See I find the sixth movie almost unwatchable (though to be fair it's the weakest book) with all the stuff it cuts out and replaces with stupid filler and the stupid focus on the badly written teenage romance plots (again though this is something Rowling isn't great at either). It seems such a long film considering all the things not included from the book, and for all it's length it's really quite dull, and very little happens Order of the Phoenix isn't great but gets some brownie points for Imelda Staunton as Umbridge though.
  12. Pictionay 2017

    Boooo! And also, bump. Sign up people
  13. TTTNE v.467 - Lets do the Spamsmoot again! [Spamsmoot 2017]

    Wait, you didn't know beforehand? After all the time warping I posted? Shame on you Buck You're going about this wrong. Oi, @The BlackBear come ring our bells and be our king. Don't worry about inexperience or inability to stand up to this challenge, I'm sure First will show you the ropes.