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  1. Season 2 was a bit of an anticlimax given the wait - so much so it's taken me a week to bother commenting. It just felt a lot safer on all fronts regarding tone and animation. Season 1 maybe felt like it was aimed at young male gamers but that remit seemed to let them try more things. What frustrated me was that out of the shortened number of episodes they had two episodes covering the same plot (drone trying to kill person in a room) and the cartoony one was much more fun making the second attempt really dull beyond the "is that the real Michael B Jordan" quality of CG. I didn't like the drowned giant because I couldn't buy into the blase reaction of the world to what transpired. That and the narration/landscape reminded me far too much of the dreary walking-sim "dear Esther" I think "Ice" may have been my favourite overall as it had the most distinct animation and I felt they did a lot of world building in a short space. "pop squad" was probably my favourite story in terms of the implications and dark nature. Sort of "blade runner" with population control. "snow in the desert" reminded me most of season 1 in style but it whizzed through things quite fast and felt like a pitch for a longer show. Thinking back on it, it's interesting how my favourite episodes are thematically linked in the sense it revolves around enhanced humans and the effect it would have on society in creating huge divides. There is a season 3 next year and I', guessing Covid screwed up the production resulting in two truncated seasons. It'll be interesting to see if the second batch are a bit more adventurous/diverse.
  2. It's going to be very hard not to think of that new show as a sequel of sorts to "the wire"
  3. I agree - it's why I wound up having to rewatch AOT thanks to the huge gaps between seasons
  4. No problem. As others have mentioned I think the show finishes at the end of the month so you may as well time it so you can finish the whole thing.
  5. I thought season 3 was a lot stronger than season 2. There's two distinct arcs - one is centred around a coup d'etat and has some cool variations on ODM gear and a fair amount of backstory. The second arc is more akin to the battle for trost with big epic confrontation with Titans. I haven't started the final season yet but I'm a bit confused as it seems the manga goes further than the anime so I'm guessing the story must diverge. That said, the orginal creator seems to have a fair amount of say in the show - he apparently asked for specific changes in season 3 to address what he felt were pacing issues in the manga.
  6. I'm working my way through Attack on Titan rewatching the first two seasons. I don't know how but my memory of season 2 was incredibly patchy as if I missed the entire middle third of the season so I'm pleased I went back.
  7. I'd initially agree but then realised the 90s animated wolverine was what got me into the character and that was bizarrely when we only saw him use his claws if he was fighting a sentinel/cyborg, door or cutting guns in half. The version of him in "Wolverine and the X-men" was ok too - although they rather brilliantly made Cyclops into the rebellious loner in that show. So, I think it's perfectly reasonable for them to be able to create a family friendly wolverine for the MCU. With the right casting and stories to feature him in. He tends to be a better "team" character when violence neutered though - probably because they lean in on his character more when he's not all amount being injured and causing injury.
  8. Weird. Especially when they seem to be saving all the DC shows. Guess that's a franchise thing. Maybe cinemax had atrocious ratings and non merchandise friendly programs? It's a shame as the setting in warrior is really interesting and covers an aspect of America that's usually ignored in tv
  9. That would be a shame but wouldn't this be a good fit for hbo max which seems to be consolidating all the WB cable/stream channels? I'm glad it's getting a second season as i was starting to think it had been stealth cancelled
  10. Well they can always make up their own ending... It must be a thing with actors whose names resemble katey sagal? Makes sense with tv shows if you are spending most of your life on set having your family around.
  11. Ha RE Rian Johnson. Is this book series at least finished? Yeah I'm hoping he can capture the atmosphere of the first season again without it being too much of a retread. Pleased they brought some of the cast back for new roles although i guess Flanagan's wife was always likely
  12. There's already been a remake? I thought there was only the channel 4 show and a cancelled before made HBO remake. I just noticed that "the third day" starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris is by Utopia creator Dennis Kelly which has me interested in that show coming out roughly the same time as the utopia remake.
  13. I'm willing to let it slide solely because of Flynn's work on the tv adaptation of "sharp objects" but it does appear to have lost the tone and style of the original which to be fair was very stylish. I hope they have the person who made the original soundtrack as it was really distinct. The timing of the show is impeccable given coro navirus. Although some will object that it's bad taste and won't help with real world conspiracy theories
  14. It's always dicey introducing new lore as it has the potential to diminish rather than enrich previous material. I think korra tread a fine line with some of the spirit stuff but overall felt it added. I'd never thought about korra as live action but now you mention it i agree it would have been the better option. All the characters are older to begin with making it easier to use older cast. It fits that CW demographic (although i guess Netflix may be going for stranger things dynamic with a younger cast). It's also easier to see how story elements could be expanded for tv. The anti bending movement for example would work well in TV. It would have cost more to make though unless they dialed back the steam punk and has it more resemble the 1920-30s
  15. It gets worse when studios remake things and force their original ideas into it so it barely resembles the source. Evil avatar has legs although not sure how protagonists defeat an evil avatar unless it is through tech. I vaguely recall their being avatar twins (or I'm maybe getting mixed up with another legacy superperson) that gives you a light and dark aspect.
  16. Or the increase in tech actually makes new forms of bending possible. Not that the tech allows it but maybe nature itself finds a way of keeping up a bit like electricity seemed to develop with fire nation's tech. I can't think of any obvious examples beyond "tech bending" but maybe forces like gravity, magnetism and time could all be bent in the future? That would also give the Avatar a mission which might be to track down those who can use these new forces and add them to their repertoire. So, in this case such skills are very new and only a handful/one person may have any true mastery over it. Although I dread to think how powerful an avatar would be with all those abilities. Or drop in on some of the earlier avatars, it's all good to me.
  17. Netflix should drop the live-action show completely and just hand the money over for the potential third avatar animated project. They could probably pay for the entire animated series for the cost of one live action season. And if they are only making the live-action show off the heat of the existing animated series surely this is a safer/less risky way to go? I see it as potentially good news. I never really saw the point of the same creators remaking what was a perfect story already. One angle no-one has considered is that maybe netflix are being too faithful to the show and it's beat for beat the same story. That would be incredibly dull for the original creators to take part in as they don't really have anything to contribute other than echoing their previous ideas. eg if dimartino said "we actually wanted to do this in this part of the show but we couldn't because it was deemed older audience" and the production says "no, we'll leave it as is" that would be incredibly frustrating. So it could be that there's nothing new at all in the show as opposed to it being too different.
  18. I haven't heard of that one (I need to reread catch up on criminal since it crossed over to Image) but they are a creator combo that usually guarantees quality I'm somewhat foolishly reading the Knightfall story as part of my mission to read through the big storylines in Batman between then and the Jim Lee Hush storyline (which is when I started reading Batman on a regular basis). I've only read prelude so far and halfway through the Azrael series pre-knightfall. One thing that struck me was just how good Joe Quesade was at that time. His work looked modern back then and compared to the artwork occurring in concurrent Batman titles the difference in quality is stark. The colouring is also much better but I don't know if that's because it's been digitally remastered or because Joe picked his colorist. Anyhow, it reminds me that it's a shame he has relatively little output beyond covers as he was/is a real talent.
  19. I'm wondering if it will maybe feel like the non dan harmon seasons of community, ok but something was missing. They have been very clever returning to the format most people wanted eg the "real world" with a different team leading the show. Giving us something familiar while changing things up. A solid "old" season of archer would probably be quite welcome after 3? Seasons of dreams.
  20. No problem. I've never played the games although I was midly curious. Wasn't the second one supposed to be decent?
  21. Cheers, Wert! Hopefully it's the full amount although I'll be happy with several
  22. Hopefully it won't be too long until games look and play like that as I could see how great that would work in Last of us/red dead style games. The animator seems to enjoy running as his animation of choice! Sadly I can't find any updates regarding when this might come out. I suspect with coronavirus and the multiple animation teams involved there'll be a delay unless they opt for a truncated second season. I imagine some but not all the teams will have been able to complete.
  23. Publication order is the way to go - although I could maybe argue starting with book 2 as that's where the series becomes its own thing and much more reflective of the series as a whole. I still like the first volume as i find it quite quirky how he interacts with DC characters like Batman. People complain about Sandman being incorporated into the DC universe but he was actually there from the start. I read the first volume of "the unwritten" and it seems a good book for fans of Sandman and "fables"
  24. Is that the one that appears to be sort of wild west but not east of west? Coronavirus has almost shifted me entirely over to digital. Between kindle unlimited and some really good offers on comixology, marvel (who gave away about 20 graphic novels away for free between their lock-down and BLM promotions) and Humble bundle Image (which I think might still be on) I've pretty much given up on graphic novels (besides the insane Zavvi DC masterworks offer last month where a hardback was £2.50). It works quite well for me too as I can happily read comics on my phone via the panel per page function which actually makes a lot of the artwork better in the sense it's larger than in print. I read "kraven's last hunt" for the first time today and I can see why it gains so much praise. The artwork is excellent and the fact Kraven wins seems almost unheard of for marvel comics. The only downside for me is that Spidey doesn't ring true for me. He's far too batman like but I guess that was the phase he was going through in the late 80s early 90s. It reminds me how good a job Slott did of bringing the character back to being a bit of a loser but fun and how despite hating "one more day" I can see why they sort of needed it to get back to the character's core and start brand new day. I recall enjoying JMS Spider-man run but thinking back he was "old and serious" there as well.
  25. Silent voice is interesting in that it follows the consequences of being a bully. I also like stories in general that get you to feel empathy for those who have done something shitty as it usually means the writing/acting/directing all have to be top notch. The fuzzed out faces is a great visual technique. You are in for a treat if you've never seen avatar! I once called it "the wire" of animation. You can also go straight into legend of korra. Wonder if we'll ever see other avatar animations? I fear it's unlikely with the live action show turning up. Either the new show is successful and they stick to live action or it's a flop and the franchise is on pause. Weird to hope for a show to be mediocre as then we might get an animated film/show to back it up like with altered carbon
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