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  1. red snow

    Captain Marvel Thread 2: Talk to me Goose...

    Have the sequel focusing on the cosmic side of things eg have her in the thick of the kree war or mixing it up with the guardians. I think Rogue will happen put possibly in the form of an avengers vs x-men film - it'd work as an inciting incident and take the avengers most powerful player off the table. I look forward to an announcement on how/if/when the FF and X-men will be incorporated into the MCU. Part of me feels like the FF (and their villains) should be brought in first. I think if the dark Phoenix film sucks they may be better doing a Wolverine solo and possibly a Storm solo (which could be black pantherish with her being worshipped as a god in africa and learning humility. I just feel like whatever they do they need to keep the x-men relatively insular because they work best that way and because I feel part of the reason the MCU is so rich is because they had to develop other properties while spidey and x-men were unavailable. Far too tempting to turn the MCU into the x-verse.
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    Comics XIII

    It can't get any worse than it currently is. I'm really curious about this and will be checking the series out - at least until I discover Marvel is charging $8 an issue at which point I'll wait 3 months and buy the trades. Also odd how the regular series will continue alongside. Maybe they'll hand the main books over to Hickman once they know the reception for his maxi series. Speaking of expensive comics Lazarus starts its new format at $8 for 44 pages of story and 20 pages of other stuff. Lazarus other stuff is usually quite good and logically this format is the equivalent of 2 issues in price and material yet for some reason it just highlights to me that I'll be better buying the trade for $2 more which will have 6 issues of story.
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot in the works

    Whichever season of angel revolved around connor was a pain in the ass. The season where they utterly lost the plot with how to handle cordelia wasn't great either. Possibly the same seasons. Some of the arcs in Angel were awful. But then there was wesley's character arc which was excellent. Luckily season 5 was one of their strongest allowing them to go out on a high
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    Counterpart Starz Series (SPOILERS)

    Lambert was very strange. I was surprised how they dispatched of the character(s) so quickly as there seemed to be a lot to explore with that dynamic. I think we had an episode where we knew the two of them appeared to live the same life (i only realised when two of them shared the screen) and within two episodes they were both dead. I guess there was the older woman from series one who lived with her other and one husband too. I now wonder whether that set up was a bit like yanek's offer eg one of them lost their husband so they decided to share him.
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    The Dark Tower is now an Amazon pilot

    They have deep pockets it seems and clearly desperate to have their own "game of thrones" since the mandate Bezos gave them. There's only conan they appear to have dropped so far. Although very little has been heard regarding "east of west" and "Lazarus" comic adaptations and "the culture" and "snowcrash" series since the initial announcements over a year ago. I guess it took a while to start hearing anything from LOTR so they could be gently simmering in development as opposed to dead. I do get the impression that Netflix seem quicker at getting their shows made to the point where i wonder whether some of Amazon's purchases are more about other streaming networks not getting the shows than Amazon being in a rush to make them.
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    The Dark Tower is now an Amazon pilot

    Unless they did it as flashbacks while covering their ongoing adventure I can't see how a TV show would be able to get away with spending so much time covering a different setting with different cast for what would be several episodes to a season of material. I realise the way TV is consumed is changing but I'm wary of that. Plus they've said they are covering Roland's early years so I can't see how they aren't going to be telling the story chronologically. That said I feel "the passage" seems to be trying to adapt its story chronological and I suspect it will result in it never telling the whole story. It's yet to gain a second season and I suspect season 2 might divide TV viewers.
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    Counterpart Starz Series (SPOILERS)

    good point about having amnesia when you lead a double life is probably an additional problem on top of standard amnesia. Hubris. That's definitely the word to describe the young Yanek. I guess "they/he" did cause the split in the sense he wasn't keeping an eye on the equipment. I was also wondering why the other side didn't respond in retaliation for the virus? Given the assumption one side would consider then both would? Although it was Yanek who had the idea and he had clearly diverged from himself by that point . Anyhow there were freezer boxes in episode 7 so I suspect the counterattack is still in play. It was also very weird how Yanek offered to share his family with the grieving Yanek. I guess it was compassion/empathy but a bit of a minefield as was grieving Yanek sneaking over to hang out with the family anyhow.
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    Anime

    I personally prefer not to as it then turns "anime" into simply being way of saying "animation" but with some suggestion that anime is better and anything not anime is worse. There's no doubting the crossover between audiences of say "Avatar the last airbender" with anime fans though. I'm not going to lose sleep over it either way but I'd accuse someone of being pretentious if they were to call me out on saying "I think you'll find Avatar is anime" in much the same way I'd expect them to tell me to fuck off if were to say "actually, I think you'll find Avatar isn't anime". People just need to keep watching and supporting what the enjoy rather than getting hung up on which # to use when saying they've watched it. That said it's really hard to get a conversation going about non-anime shows on the entertainment thread or I try mentioning other animation shows on the "watching thread" while others post here and it looks like hardly anyone is watching. So I often hijack this thread under the guise of it being the "animation" thread. I actually thought this was where the Love, Death and Robots discussion would have took place but it has its own thread so no angst over where to look.
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    Counterpart Starz Series (SPOILERS)

    Just watched episode 6 and it came at the right time as I have to admit I was getting a bit tired with season 2. I think I prefer the Silks interacting rather than being stuck either side and Quayle is very annoying/pathetic (knowing that he's meant to be portrayed this way helps but doesn't completely stop my frustration). But the origin episode was great and arguably should have come a bit sooner but I can see why it had to be after the Mira and James Cromwell reveal (but maybe said reveal could have come earlier. The idea that management may have been running things as an experiment all along is pretty cool. I did like the cassette tape divergent point even if it was ridiculously egotistical of the pair to assume they alone were the cause of the divergence. Even they should have realised that from the second the two of them met their worlds would diverge and even if they had died in the accident/split then the utterly random events would have still continued to cause a divergence. This episode and others have established that molecular and physical "random" events do not continue on the same path in both worlds so even if they'd never known the other world existed it would be different. But obviously the death of his son via their meeting and experimentation had a huge effect due to his involvement in the experiment. It also works as a great backstory for why Mira is so hellbent and destroying the communication between worlds. I noticed she doesn't want to destroy one she just wants to stop either one destroying the other which is less harsh than I originally thought. I'm not really enjoying Emily's amnesia because I'm not usually a fan of the trope but I'm willing to give it a pass because a) they are showing that people with such amnesia can also lose the ability to read and write and b) there's been moments where I've wondered whether she's actually Emily "prime" and that the real prime is the one in the other world. Although option B is possibly a result of watching this show late at night when i'm tired! The more I think about it the more "errors" she has been describing is possibly more to do with her knowing more about what's happening than the others around her. Episode 6 has definitely galvanised my interest in the remaining episodes though.
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    Popular Book series you’ve tried and failed to get into:

    Oh, I'm sure it's still relatively fresh compared to the majority of stuff out there - especially ten years ago. I guess nowadays there're a lot more authors in Joe's style. As a contribution to books where the first instalment was enough for me, I'll add the "shattered mirror" book by Kameron Hurley. I'm still willing to give her SF a go though. The Obsidian heart series by Mark Norris - one book was more than enough and it was a lesson in not every "daily deal" is necessarily worth a purchase. There the only ones I couldn't get into the rest are more I didn't gel with them as I went further into the series Jasper Kent's vampire series. Started to get a bit too silly by the end of book 2. Shame as I really liked the Russian history aspect. There's a bunch of series where I have the last book but haven't read such as Richard Morgan's fantasy series and Mark Charan Newton's first series. Not sure I ever will now as I don't particularly want to do a re-read.
  11. This could be the weirdest epiphany I've ever had And here was me thinking I was special! Curse you, Werthhead !!!
  12. Maybe northerners aren't very imaginative and need something to hit them over the head before it catches on. Or maybe names are licensed and there was already a bloody in use and they needed an additional qualifier. Say one thing for Logen Ninefingers he respects trademark laws. At the risk of reading a chapter at the end of the book that will change my opinion, I've still to read anything that a tv budget couldn't handle and dagoska has fallen. The siege in the book is even told from the perspective of someone who can't be actively involved and most if the action is described in letters to Sult. Granted this would be incredibly dull on screen but i don't think it costs much to show a catapult in action or to see dome seige engine scenes. Again Vikings has done this with their seige of Paris episodes and I'd hope the first law would land somewhere with a similar budget. The only other "big" scene is the union vs bethod battle - the defining element of which is mist. Perfect for being able to use 4 extras, 2 horses and an inventive sound department into creating the illusion of an epuc battle. So far it still feels TV doable. I know it gets more difficult in book 3.
  13. Same order here. Maybe they are profiling us based on commenting here? That or i don't realise I'm gay and a woman and this thread ends in some weird meta version of "the witness" and our roles reverse. I do have quite a lot of anime in my watch list plus dragon prince, final space, big mouth etc so it's possible Netflix has me in a "likes animation" category but not sure the episode order particularly reflects that. I'm guessing it's merely down to viewing habits on Netflix rather than actual knowledge gender etc. Although I'm sure they can make estimates based on viewing habits. Not sure it's a wise move on Netflix's part as all the assumptions going around clearly show it's bordering on a violation of privacy as people have been commenting on their viewing order not realising it may be revealing things thry wish to keep private. The wild speculation doesn't help. Plus it makes it confusing when i say things like "try the second episode" to people and they see a different episode to me.
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    The Dark Tower is now an Amazon pilot

    I've heard the shield is great but I'm trying to remember if "several episodes focusing on subgroups covering the same time period" was already a feature of the walking dead by season 4? Hopefully not otherwise the "dark tower" msy have found the perfect person to encapsulate the sense that ka is an endless cycle retreading the same path and never getting anywhere. I recall season 2 at least was strong and at least he hasn't been involved with the show throughout.
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    The Voice Inside My Head vs Any Other Voice

    I think being able to read what you like/want and not what you're supposed to is the key to cultivating reading habits. Can always try the classics when and if you feel like it. Podcasts (especially featuring multiple presenters) are a bit more like listening in on s conversation which i guess are brains are primed for.
  16. Thanks for clarifying. I'm thinking I'm going to have to add sharp ends to my reread as well
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    Popular Book series you’ve tried and failed to get into:

    That's the book's main offence in my opinion. The writing is good but it needed a bit more than the rooftop action scene at the end. It's common for first books to do this but i feel the world building or tone has to really stand out to mske up for this. His first book in the shattered seas series is a much better first book by him.
  18. Was West a champion? I thought he was in the same tournament as Glokta? I'm also trying to work out why I've assumed said kid will be a girl? Was it from when we were trying to fit cast descriptions to characters? Or is just me thinking a cocky female character with elements of glokta, jezal and ardee would be more fun?
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    Popular Book series you’ve tried and failed to get into:

    The stand alones are where Abercrombie really hits his stride in terms of creating satisfying reads in of themselves. The first trilogy is excellent when read in a block too. It's worth trying book 2. If you're still not enjoying then give up. When i read it was after ASOIAF so probably suffered from that comparison. I'm a huge Abercrombie fan but i do think the first book is weak in terms of action and things happening and essentially ending with "more might happen in the next book". I actually enjoyed it a lot more on the reread knowing where the series and characters were going.
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    Popular Book series you’ve tried and failed to get into:

    These posts are quite interesting to me as in the reread i was discussing how Abercrombie and his publishers took an insane risk by releasing a book that was essentially a first act with very little going on and essentially set up for book 2. You also make a good point about the characters too as it's the later books that make sense of things basically many of the characters are not exactly aa they seem. I know i almost gave up but the other books really do have the pay-off. Now i know there are at least two people who book 1 killed the series for.
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    Comics XIII

    Finished Mr Miracle, it's not in the same league as Vision but the last two issues definitely made me look back on tbe whole story and has left me thinking about it for a whole lot longer than any "event" comic series has.
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    The Dark Tower is now an Amazon pilot

    Cogman as showrunner is wild speculation on my part. No idea who the actual showrunners are.
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    The Dark Tower is now an Amazon pilot

    I agree but like i said previously they could make an entire show charting Roland's early years and everything leading to the dissolution of his first ka-tet. Then do the dark tower proper as a sequel show. When you think about the books it's actually pretty damn clunky where the wizard and the glass appears. That would be awfully frustrating if the tv show ends season 3 on a cliffhanger then gives you a whole season of flashbacks before getting back to main story. Plus if the actor cast as Roland is good he can age on screen to play older roland. Although the actor would have to love the role to do 10 seasons. They still need to squeeze the earliest chronological material from "the gunslinger" in too. The tale of how young roland earns the title of gunslinger is a good one and essentially sets him on his path for good and bad. Roland's past also makes for a much more stable world to craft a tv show around as it's more akin to a fantasy/western. The dark tower proper is a bit mad and constantly evolves/changes location and style (and if honest, quality) and is probably riskier and harder to adapt. It would be easier to do if they gained a loyal following with Roland's earlier adventures. I just hope this show hasn't put an end to Amazon's option on "east of west" as two genre western shows seem a bit too much for one channel. But then again this is the company planning on airing lotr and wot simultaneously.
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    Comics XIII

    Would that it hadn't taken 2+ years to end unless ellis and cassaday were being inadvertently meta about how schedules have become much more erratic over the years. I loved the first two volumes but honestly lost interest due to the delays. I think stormwatch is better than authority as it's interesting to see Ellis evolve that series into (what became a genre/style) wide-screen comics action.
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    The Dark Tower is now an Amazon pilot

    So that's what bryan cogman is doing! We were just assuming he's doing lord of the rings but the timing here seems more apt. I think it'd make a great tv show. Tricky part will be deciding how long to spend in the past. If they fill in gaps and go all the way to the fall of Gilead that's a show in itself. The dark tower proper could be a spin off
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