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Newsday / Re: Obit Lineup
« Last post by nacho on November 12, 2018, 04:28:22 PM »
Stan Lee. I'm waiting for RC to check in...
TV / Re: Doctor Who: NuWho Thread
« Last post by nacho on November 12, 2018, 09:55:58 AM »
Demons of the Punjab was a fascinating episode.

Once again, this season's new attitude subverts the aliens. We've had aliens and monsters in every episode, but they're not the usual monsters. They're not out for world domination, or to kill the Doctor. In Punjab, they turn out to be reformed aliens on a benevolent mission. In the last episode, the alien was just hungry. The episode before that, the monsters were mutated spiders, non-sentient and scared animals. We got a baddie in Rosa Parks, but he was human. And even the baddie in the pilot episode, who racked up the biggest body count of the season so far, was basically just a Predator ripoff who had a weird honorable streak that prevented him from killing non-approved targets.

Instead, in the last three episodes, the real enemy is Mankind. Our own inner demons are what we must face, win or lose. Is Tsuranga, it was fear of failure and self doubt that was the enemy. In Arachnids, it was greed and lust that was the enemy. In Punjab, set during the partition of India, prejudice was the enemy.

The Doctor and Co., in maintaining their Hartnell-era style, are pretty much forced to simply stand by. They want to intervene. They try to do so. They behave as NuWho characters should and try to save the world... But, in what feels like a wave of brilliance in the tarnished NuWho era, they can't. They're forced to become observers. They're forced to walk away as the main guest star is brutally executed. Even when they try to NuWho the timeline, it's impossible.

The Doctor has lost this season. Not in a dramatic, rain-tower, moody stare into the middle distance way. The Doctor's known that it's coming each time. Her priority, as with Classic Who, is just to get out of the situation she's in. That occasionally involves changing things and saving the day (the Tsuranga would have surely been destroyed without her interference, and Rosa Parks was in danger, though she didn't ever know it), but, for the most part, she's had to walk away (Arachnids and Punjab).

Best of all: The companions remain normal and human. There's no angst-filled "The Doctor has ruined my life" stuff. No "You're forever changed when you travel with the lonely god" bullshit. The companions understand the stakes, and they adapt and roll with them. In their ordinary-ness, they're the bets companions I've seen in NuWho. They enjoy the adventure, and the outcome of this latest episode was heavy and sad, but... It's history. They were familiar with it already. It happened. By seeing it actually happening, they're given a slightly deeper layer when it comes to their lives back home. These companions, instead of being ruined by the "lonely god," are instead becoming better because of her. A very, very welcome change (as is the lack of romance).

In the field, the companions are the voice of reason for the Doctor. Ryan remains the avatar for the audience, but Bradley Walsh behaves more like the old Doctor than the Doctor herself. He's the calming voice, the defuser of bad situations, and the heart and soul that the Doctor, perhaps, is lacking (or, at least, forgets about when she gets wrapped up in an adventure).

So far, these have been some of the best episodes of Doctor Who in the entire series, old and new. This season is what I've always wanted the reboot to be.
TV / Re: Doctor Who: NuWho Thread
« Last post by nacho on November 05, 2018, 11:12:55 AM »
This show is so good now. Jodie is so good now.

Episode five was pure classic WHo on a huge budget. We're even down to shit like the Doctor and Co. get separated from the TARDIS somehow in each episode. In fact, we've only had one episode in this season so far where they did have the option to run back to the TARDIS if they wanted to but didn't because they had to save the Earth. But all the other episodes has taken the TARDIS away, which is perfect.

Jodie remains mesmerizing. There is a companion problem -- we have one too many. So we have Ryan, who's the heart. We have Bradley Walsh, who's the voice of the audience and a foil for the Doctor... And then there's poor Yaz. She gets her own episode next week but, so far, she's woefully underused and generally fading into the background. This looks to be a writing flaw. There's a lot going on, and Whittaker's manic Doctor fills the screen. By the time Ryan is done being the emotional anchor, and Walsh is done questioning the Doctor and bringing the audience into the action, there's just nothing for Yaz to do but watch.

But that's the only complaint so far...
TV / Re: Walking Dead
« Last post by nacho on November 05, 2018, 11:08:02 AM »
So... Rick Grimes leaves the show.

Let's recap! He gets impaled on rebar after his horse freaks out because two massive herds of the dead are approaching. He pulls himself free and gets back on the horse (which stood by instead of running away even though it was panicked). Then he spends the entire episode trying to get away from the herd of the dead and having flashbacks to the first two seasons, with a special selection of guest stars telling him important stuff.

For what must be, in-universe, about 4-6 hours, Rick is literally GUSHING blood from his wound NONSTOP. Like, he and the horse and evertything is covered in blood. He's leaving a long snail trail of pooled blood.

But...he survives to get to the magic bridge where, for some reason, they're storing a full crate of dynamite on the teetering construction platform. We see about 12 bundles of six sticks each. Rick shoots the dynamite from roughly 12 feet away and there's a tremendous explosion and....

He survives to be whisked away in the mystery helicopter we've been seeing for three seasons.

The end.

TV / Re: TV 2.0 (Netflix vs. Amazon vs The Old Gods)
« Last post by nacho on October 24, 2018, 12:09:04 PM »
Haunting of Hill House is insanely complicated and weirdly good... Worth the effort of binging.

Also, RC, you and Mrs. RC need to get The Curious Creations of Karen McConnell in you stat.
Intensive Porpoises / Re: Youtubin
« Last post by RottingCorpse on October 24, 2018, 01:29:10 AM »
I am in utter disbelief at how hard this made me laugh. The title is "When you're overqualified for the job."

TV / Re: Doctor Who: NuWho Thread
« Last post by nacho on October 23, 2018, 10:31:01 AM »
Whew...okay, so episode three was a little tough to handle. At first glance, it looked like a straight up historical. The Doctor & Co. have to go back to 1955 Montgomery, AL and make sure Rosa Parks fulfills her role in history. There's something wrong with the timeline and can they now make it right. Added layer: The Doctor's diverse companions in the 1950s American South mean that they have a major complication -- the black kid is screwed, and Pakistani Yaz is called a Mexican and also somewhat harshly treated. So, the pros:

It's daring to do a historical episode this early on, and it further reinforced that we're getting a series roughly modeled on the very first season of Who.

Acting is solid across the board this time, even poor Yaz, who remains a third wheel with little to do. Rosa Parks was excellent. Companions meeting their role models also excellent. Whittaker remains mesmerizing.

The first problem is that...they can't just do a historical. There's a bad guy, from the 79th Century, who has escaped prison. He has a chip in his head that prevents him from hurting anyone so, from the get-go, they remove his fangs and everyone runs circles around him, with one of the companions actually just casually shooting him with a time gun and pretty much shrugging off this whole, pointless, distracting big bad.

The bad guy has come back in time to stop Parks because Rosa Parks not standing up on a bus at just the right moment is the ONE THING that impacts ALL OF human history? And...without Parks, black people are never free, and this bad guy from 8000 years in the future wants to black people in their place? I feel like people from the 79th century would be more worried about eliminating Daleks or whatever instead of black folk.

And that leads into the main problem with this episode -- it is heavy handed. It is so proud of its diversity it's almost meta. Every single scene is steeped in racist cops and people standing up against prejudice. It's very #sorightnow, sure, but it feels a bit off putting when Brits are waving their fingers at American racism.

I don't know... "Blunt" is the term that comes to mind. 
Intensive Porpoises / Re: Youtubin
« Last post by nacho on October 19, 2018, 01:58:11 PM »
Um...a warning please that this is also a serious Youtube hole! All their stuff is awesome.
Movies & Entertainment / Re: Horror Movie Round-Up
« Last post by nacho on October 19, 2018, 01:54:14 PM »
Oh, yes! I just watched it for the second time after the Everything Trying to Kill You podcast ranted wildly about it for a half hour. It's even better on the second viewing!
Movies & Entertainment / Re: Horror Movie Round-Up
« Last post by RottingCorpse on October 19, 2018, 12:18:00 PM »
Um...shall we organize a movie date guys?

The VVitch was really good. Jacob's Ladder meets The Crucible meets, er, the 1740s. Directed by a former production designer, the film just completely immerses you in what's it's like to be on the Massachusetts frontier in that era. It's a slow burn, but never boring... with a payoff that's extremely satisfying.
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