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  1. GRRM has stated IIRC already that neither Robert's Rebellion nor Dunk+Egg are going to be among the 4 ideas competing. I'm good with anything really, PATQ would be great, but expensive for Dragon CGI unless they find a way to lower that cost somehow. Aegon's conquest would be cool as well. I hope they entertain the idea of doing an adult animated show in the IAF universe someday as well, you could have battles of great scale in animation that you never can with real life actors and extras.
  2. Speaking of Ruth, she is probably my favorite character in the show.
  3. That's a great description the "show hasn't found its footing". I too was hooked early, the night it aired on NF, at 12:05, I was up, and binged it in a 10 hour marathon. I'm reasonably impressed with this show, it slowly grew on me, and so far as its footing - I remember a similar opinion many had of the already mentioned "Breaking Bad". The first season of BB was certainly no better than Ozark IMO. There has been a lot of building blocks established in this first season which I'm hopeful has a similar effect on future seasons, similar to Breaking Bad, and how it really took from season 2 forward. "Finding its feet" so to say. They have the potential to do the same, if they do or not is up to the writing IMO, as the actors are more than up to it, in particular Laura Linney, who is one of the best actresses of her generation.
  4. This x 10. Absolutely agreed. Going from units with old 4x scopes mounted on Mp5s, to starting to use alien tech sidearms and other weapons was just the start. Once they reverse engineered the death glider into the F302 prototype and later production fighter, it got very interesting in terms of the tech Earth created. The cruisers in particular, and they really dipped into various space tech/issues, such as limited life support, and various other things, so far as the writing regarding the tech goes. I really miss SG, and think we all got ripped off with the early cancellation of both SGA and SGU. I just read last month a blurb from Joe Flannigan, who had a deal basically done he said to lease the remainder of the SGA assets and had the $ and backing in place to continue on for at least 2 more seasons, but the MGM bankrupcy caused a lot of changes in personnel, and he lost the deal due to nobody knowing what the deal entailed with all the layoffs/etc in staff. Damn SHAME, IMO. I wonder what goes through these execs heads, when pitched something like a pre WW1 era "prequel" for SG/SG1? How can THAT be a good idea, with SO many other, better, options out there. Hell, even an amalgamation of SG1, SGA, and SGU characters and stories into a single cohesive show would IMO be a much better seller than this new idea.
  5. Heh, my Youtube feed had Children of the Gods show up in it, the 1st SG1 episode, this morning, and I watched it, thinking about how it must be 20 years now since SG1 first aired. Heh. I wonder what this new 10 part series will bring. I too wish they would just follow on with the current SG universe with a new show, god knows it'd get viewers. I'm surprised Netflx didn't pick up Universe tbh, or at least reboot SG in some manner.
  6. I thought the Sand Snakes fight scenes were much improved from their horrible ones in season 5. Heh, too bad it's their last, haha. Go Euron!
  7. Deathwalker was great, I loved Londo's line "Well, all's well that ends well" - such great delivery and timing, and was perfect in every other way so far as the character goes. I wish the series had shown us more about the war with the Dilgar, perfect opportunity for some flash back episodes or scenes that never ended up happening. I've always hoped that a reboot would focus on that war and time period, or at least, again, have some flash back eps/scenes.
  8. What pisses me off is that the quality is just meh, yet the length of the episode is still quite short - we waited an extra 3 months for this, and now 3 fewer episodes, and 4 next year? D+D = bring me a block.
  9. Hah, I remember hearing JMS talk about swallowing a mitful of Percocet (PercoDan back then) due to a dental emergency right before his pitch, and that the words just spilled out of him in such a positive manner from being out of pain, that he swept their doubts away. Funny how the world turns on such small things, no broken tooth = probably no B5 in the universe. Deep. I'm looking forward to your opinions on a first viewing on a few of those B5 films Werthead.
  10. Werthead, will you include the B5 TV films in your review, after season 5 perhaps? I'm interested to read you opinion on them, including the terrible Legend/Rangers and the 2007 dual episode Lost Tales disc. IIRC there were 5 or 6 TV films as well prior to the Rangers and Lost Tales, I hope you cover these as well. The Lost Tales CGI was much improved IMO, imagine what a re-boot or B5 feature film could look like now...there was one 30 second clip of Centauri ships fighting near earth vs EF cap ships and fighters that really impressed me. Now 10 years later, I imagine it could be even better, not that this is what made/makes B5 great, but it certainly contributes to the great stories and characters.
  11. Based on both of your posts I gave this a shot today. Very impressed, I've been waiting for a new TV program, and this series holds a lot of promise. Can't recommend it enough, excellent in so many ways so far. There were many subtle things that reminded me a lot of Boyz in the Hood, a film that was very popular with my crowd when I was in high school when it came out - low and behold I read and find out John Singleton is behind Snowfall.
  12. Really enjoying your work so far Wert, looking forward to the next installment.
  13. Hopefully Alberta will forget to send it's equalization payment to Ottawa this year. And forever after. No other Province comes close to funding Canada - Ontario with 3x the population is among the Provinces that has taken over 200 billion dollars in the last 15 years from Alberta, and given absolutely nothing back. Going to be interesting to see what JT and Ottawa does next year when there is no $ from Alberta thanks to the energy sector plummeting and 10s, no 100s of thousands of Albertans having lost their jobs since the price of oil fell. The more people I talk to from Alberta, SK, and MN, the more talk I hear about wanting to leave Canada - or at least Ottawa. It's frightening frankly, I never thought in my lifetime I would hear so much talk about it, even after Meech Lake/Quebec and the referendums. If that ever brews up again, along with Western Canadians pushing for the same, Canada could be in big trouble. It's already heading for huge fiscal trouble with that 20 billion a year that Ottawa falsely thinks it's still going to be getting from Alberta not going into the coffers any longer.
  14. Well JMS's Sense8 project has been cancelled, maybe he'll consider pushing a new B5 story of some kind with Netflix. I agree though that it would be in his best interest to get B5 on Netflix/streaming, rights or no rights. DS9 and Star Trek/etc have HUGE ratings on Netflix, I remember a couple years ago when I was campaigning to get the Star Trek 4 TV series added to the Canadian Netflix library (back during the big VPN crackdown, US Netflix had the 4 TV series, but not Canada), Netflix told me themselves that TNG and DS9 were 2 of the higher used programs in their catalogue. B5 would be similar I'll wager. It would show Netflix that there is interest in the stories, characters, and creators still.
  15. I just rewatched "The Gathering" last week. I remember reading that Stephen Furst nearly lost a foot to diabetes complications, and lost a lot of weight and changed his eating/exercise habits during the filming of the TV series, you can see in later seasons he really trimmed down. A shame the disease never left him, another great actor and person gone. So many have gone early from this great series. I think I'm going to do a re watch too, Wert are you planning a thread for a B5 re re watch? Such great information in the OP, I loved the ship designs in B5, even some at NASA thought so much of them that they became interested in that "workhorse" Star Fury type ship, I'm sure Werthead knows the name of what I'm talking about, it was featured in one of the TV movies IIRC. Other ships as well though, particularly the Earth vessels that didn't have artificial gravity, very interesting designs. Early CGI work was great IMO back when B5 came out. It was the 2nd sci fi series I discovered, the first being DS9, and having B5 recommended to me by a co worker, and fell in love with it. I really like "The Gathering", found it better than most Season 1 episodes in fact. Delenn's make up and character were very interesting in this pilot or whatever you want to call it - I wish they'd kept some of her traits and look the same for the first season until she "changed". I read Claudia's autobiography last year, I wish Jerry Doyle had been able to apply the success she had with The Sinclair method to get a hold of his own demons with drinking. Such a shame. Doyle's stories about living with Katsulas are hilarious, especially the "free ham" story he's told a few times at conventions. I remember when Doyle passed JMS said "it isn't fair, how much more are we expected to take". Now Stephen.
  16. I'm still hoping for an adult oriented animated ASOAIF series. So many great voice actors out there, and animation fixes a lot of the CGI costs for dragons, wolves, and other things in the GoT universe. Also, numbers of troops on the battlefield, while this has improved slightly in recent seasons, it's still a far cry for the battles GRRM describes in his books, the Blackwater Bay battle especially, which looked like about 100 Lannister/KL soldiers vs about 300 Stannis troops. With an animated series, you could put 10s of thousands of troops, cavalry, etc on screen at at time. Also, characters like the Mountain could be made to be actually nearly 8 feet tall and 500lbs of walking muscle, instead of a 6"7 guy who weighs about 300 lbs. Things like that. Of course I want to see live action series first, but I do feel that a secondary or tertiary series would be great as an animated project. Robert's Rebellion or TPAQ, any of the stories that require massive battles and such would work well IMO.
  17. Regarding Michael Mando - watch the first episode of Orphan Black season 1, the premier EP. Mando is so brilliant there, especially reading his letter at the "wake". Truly a gifted actor, when you compare what he shows in Orphan Black to BCS. Easily my favorite character on Saul.
  18. Heh, I wonder how the USA, and with it the rest of the world, would have turned out had JFK not been killed, and spent 2 full terms in office, followed by his brother perhaps. Regarding Jesus and liberals, the Democrat party, etc, I've also always found it curious that Carter spent his Sundays teaching Sunday school at his church. I don't think being a "believer" and being a kind, ethical, and generous person are necessarily at odds. Those were different times perhaps... This I agree with too - back in the 40s, 50s, and even into the 60s, most families could purchase a home, a vehicle, and have several children, and support all of the above on the wages of just one person. Today, even with both partners in the work force, owning a home, much less providing for things like children's future education, is a very tough stretch, a majority surviving month to month and amassing huge debts just to even TRY to do what was easy a generation or two ago. Economics, thanks to not just the Repubs but the Dems too - stupidity from our leaders, bankers, etc, crosses all borders - is what caused the family unit to "break down" as much, or more IMO, than anything else. Wealth inequality is responsible for the change in the family dynamic, not the reverse, again IMO. What I see, hear, and read from the Christian programs/etc out there, is that in virtually every case they hold liberals, progressive politics, and the like, responsible for the family unit breaking down. Ridiculous.
  19. Great launch and landing today. I've been reading about Bigelow Aerospace a lot lately, what with his recent comments about being 100% that ET/UFO/etc are here already. That aside, his company is building a full sized autonomous space station based on their tech that is already an attached room on the ISS, and plan to be ready to loft it in 3 years in 2020. A space station without NASA control and classified clamp down on thing already in earth orbit, be interesting times.
  20. I agree that it's wrong, as does most everyone else here I'd bet, but it still doesn't answer as to why the rest of the planet that has been involved with one another and had our ideals evolve over time, don't act as nearly ALL of the uncontacted tribes still do. I suppose what I'm saying is that I believe that it isn't in human nature to know right from wrong. Are we not just animals, organic machines not all that different than a dolphin or some other intelligent animal - or do you suggest we have some magic spark in our "soul" that tells us right from wrong? Much of what I've seen in the mid east, and in the former Yugoslavia, leads me to believe that once society has broken down, the rules, and that kinder, gentler humanity you mention, flies right out the window. I don't disagree that this is wrong, however "wrong" I believe is based on the social conventions, and rules/laws, we've agreed to as a collective group in civil society. Once that civilized compact is gone, broken down by war or some other reason, mass famine, whatever - why do we as humans then largely ignore the "rules", and do whatever we please?
  21. Falcon 9 launch to the ISS for a resup mission is about 1.5 hours out, it's live on Space's website as well as Youtube.
  22. Fair question, and mostly, yes. Any group of a few or more becoming a "society", as it takes relations with others for rules and laws to matter. Isn't that the entire point of "freedom" and "democracy", that we decide our rules of right and wrong, and agree to act in this manner? And, that over time, these ideas and laws have greatly evolved and changed, mainly for the better? What do you believe then, if not this?
  23. WHAT?! Where did you get that from, from what I asked? My point was that civilized society and its laws didn't just pop into existence from something "self evident" or whatever you were describing in yourself, that it happened over a very long period of time, and as a group many, most, societies decided collectively what was right or wrong. How does that condone anything the Nazis did? IMO the rise of the national socialist workers party in Germany is nothing more than a good example of what happens when you stomp on people who are already down, and simultaneously through fate or bad luck a man or group comes along to stoke that fire - sound familiar? - IE election 2016 (and no, I'm not a Trump supporter). Those who formed the punitive treaty of Versailles are as much to blame for the Nazis as anything else. That still has nothing to do with the fact that undisturbed societies that still exist on this planet still maintain a pretty brutal standard when it comes to bringing harm to other people. How does that square up with other theories as to why the rest of us have an understand of right from wrong, without such things is laws or religion? Or, you can just throw the "you're a nazi" and punch me in the head instead of responding. I really am interested in an actual response, OGE is one of the members here I most enjoy reading, and having worked with many Marines, and having had a best friend that was a US Marine, I respect your opinion as both a Marine Officer and an educated and interesting poster here.
  24. OGM - do you believe that you came to believe these things are wrong without any outside stimulus? That it just happened to be self evident to you? If that 's the case, why do most uncontacted tribes on this planet not subscribe to the same beliefs as you do? The Sentinelese for example - every single person who has had the unfortunate chance to end up stranded on their little island, has been both raped, tortured, and eaten, sometimes while still alive, and not in that order. They have none of the social restraints against these things that developed societies have. This blows a big whole in the whole "self evident" idea IMO, as they are far from the only uncontacted tribe to behave in this manner.
  25. I read the book in anticipation for this series, Gaiman meanders a little too much for my liking, but overall I loved the book. So far I'm digging the show too, especially the last couple episodes. The actor playing Sweeney, Pablo Schreiber played a friend of mine in another film (Benghazi), and he's a complete nut, perfect for this show. Trebla - I came to the same conclusion. Also, if the House on the Rock is going to be season 2's opener, MAN are they plodding along just slow as they please. If that's indeed the case, we could end up with more seasons than GoT at this rate, which I wouldn't complain about if the quality stay high. Is Ian McShane fantastic still or what? I'm an avid WW2 aviation history student, and re watch 1969's Battle of Britain film at least yearly, and every time I see McShane in that film, it blows me away he's still kicking ass. I truly hope the rumors of a Deadwood TV film/reboot are true. Regardless, McShane as Wednesday is something I'm finding myself looking forward to every week.