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TV / Re: Doctor Who: NuWho Thread
« Last post by nacho on Today at 09:58:40 AM »
Man, this makes me happy:

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TV / Re: Doctor Who: NuWho Thread
« Last post by nacho on December 10, 2018, 01:29:36 PM »
So the finale was a little bit flat, but I think that's because it's really meant as a bookend to the premiere. The finale is really about how the three companions have grown and changed over the course of the series. Problem is: Because they've worked hard to keep the episodes fairly standalone, the companions have to remind us in the finale that they've been on this spiritual journey. Yes, we get a snoot-full of it in each of their "special" episodes, but it's done in a way that's a weird hybrid of "series arc" and "anti-series arc."

That said...the finale was good. Mainly because it avoided front-loading what we expected (resolving the "Timeless Child" question and/or bringing back the familiar monster squad). This season is the best season of NuWho. Period.

The New Year's special very obviously is going to be the familiar monster squad. But that's fine. Just simply having 10 episodes pass without literally throwing a Dalek at the camera has been amazing. It feels like a reboot of Who 20 years from now where they finally got away from the fan service. So having something familiar stomp around in the one-off special might even be welcome.
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TV / Re: MST3K Generation 2
« Last post by nacho on December 07, 2018, 02:55:53 PM »
Here you go, RC! You can build a class around this:

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TV / Re: Doctor Who: NuWho Thread
« Last post by nacho on December 07, 2018, 10:53:23 AM »
So the big finale is this weekend! It's been a wonderful, impressive season. They need to fix a few things, of course, but nothing glaring or terrible. The biggest problem is that they have too many companions. The grandfather-grandson team of Graham and Ryan would be perfect. Yaz needs to go home... Which is sad, because she's a great actress and a great character, but the writers never knew what to do with Yaz (even in Yaz-centric episodes!). I think the main problem with Yaz is that she feels like all of the previous NuWho companions -- the rudderless young woman who lives in the projects and is seeking Something More.

Graham and Ryan are a departure for NuWho, and a bit more like the classic companions. They're involved, but still kowtow to the Doctor. They stumbled across the adventure but, otherwise, have normal lives.

So I still feel that this is the best season of NuWho.
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That's Tudor "history" the same way Iron Sky is World War II "history."

But, yes, it looks fun!
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I've been balls deep in Tudor history this semester, so this is turning all my dials up to 11.

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Reading & Writing / Re: What You're Reading
« Last post by nacho on December 01, 2018, 11:47:53 AM »
So I decided to re-read the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Something I did when I was 12, back when I missed all the details. Now I'm just, like, blah. Fellowship is this weird blend of a children's book and a "I don't know what I want to do" book, with long-winded ecposition scenes largely devoted to ret-conning The Hobbit (which, of course, Tolkien literally did shortly before Fellowship hit the shelves).

Anyway, almost through Fellowship. Reading the copies that have been in my family library since 1961! They smell nice. I'll take a candy break in between Fellowship and Two Towers.

Moving on to The Two Towers!

Jesus, this trilogy is agonizingly bad for adult reading.

Delving into Return of the King. Which is a hot mess for the first hundred pages.
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Newsday / Re: Obit Lineup
« Last post by nacho on December 01, 2018, 11:47:13 AM »
Bush the First!
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Newsday / Re: Obit Lineup
« Last post by nacho on November 28, 2018, 04:07:10 PM »
Spongebob guy died. Not sure why that's such huge news, though!
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Newsday / Re: Obit Lineup
« Last post by RottingCorpse on November 28, 2018, 02:44:09 PM »
I had no idea about the head injury stuff though.
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