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  • in reply to: Dave ‘denies’ new series #104675
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    I, apparently, am a two-faced double-standards grammar wierdo. I can cope with the Official Site forum thread stating that “Dave deny’s new series” with a wry smile and a shrug. Who is Dave deny and what is his new series?

    But the fact!! That Dave’s own site!! Broke up a single sentence!! With unneccessary punctuation!! Makes me think they were away on the day the brains were being handed out.

    in reply to: Danielle Ward is a disgusting geeky Dwarf fan #102652
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    I am in the category of Big Issue buyer that buys it out of guilt, never reads it, then lines the rabbit’s cage with it. Hence these sort of pointless interviews are absolutely perfect for my particular wedge of the Big Issue market.

    in reply to: Who the hell is Shane G? #101551
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    “Let’s not forget that these were the same guys that had the temerity to rip the shreds out of another fan’s film – a genuine and thoughtful submission to bbc’s ‘Points of View’ in which a fan(who in this case was deserving of the term ‘fan’)requested that the bbc not give up on red dwarf.”

    A tantalising clue to the twat’s identity perhaps?

    Also: no one can compete with Ed Wood. He rocked.

    in reply to: Doctor? I hardly even know her! #101398
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    Yay! Liberty Meadows! Frank Cho, we need closure! Even after all these years.

    I picked up a rumour from a comic shop person that he was coming back to Liberty Meadows but in a different format. Not sure what that might mean though.

    I’ve missed the gang. (Goes to dig out his collection.)

    in reply to: Torchwood Using Their Own Brig… #101159
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    I do like that the “throwaway comment” requires over half a dozen responses to defend.

    You could have gone with “Meh, I know what I’m on about.” As it is, we’ve slipped onto a second page of drivel.

    Whether or not Torchwood specifically represented those characters who lived at the (undisclosed) addresses featured on location, which may or may not have been standing in for completely different areas of Cardiff, it was still damn good TV.

    in reply to: Torchwood Using Their Own Brig… #101125
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    Hey Carl, are you actually saying it wasn’t general ENOUGH in order to accomodate your perception of the area you lived in? It might just be representative of, I don’t know, just that family?

    in reply to: HELP ME IMPROVE MY ENGLISH #101094
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    Chris?s last sentence ?(It really looks?)? doesn?t appear to need the brackets.

    It’s an aside. (Which doesn’t really add to the sentence before but maybe demonstrates an opinion or an alternative, while standing separately.)

    The grammatical equivalent of a stage-whisper?

    in reply to: Torchwood Using Their Own Brig… #101093
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    The main problem for me wasn?t the reason for the aliens? decisions. More the massive leap of logic on Jack and co?s part (death of Clem by signal somehow means the signal is damaging to the 456.), and somehow pulling ?child interface? technology out of nowhere. And all the things I listed in previous posts?

    Yeah, it did feel like they’d run out of time so had to smash in an explanation as quickly as possible. But then if they’d actually set it all out we probably wouldn’t have understood it anyway! Besides, you never build a macguffin when you’ve got two-days to go till your deadline. They always happen in the last two mintues.

    They needed to kill Clem because he posed a threat that no-one until now had even thought of. Then it turns out that killing Clem pointed Jack in the direction required to kill the 456. A little bit Deus Ex Machina, I suppose but it’s not as bad as the murder mystery where the final clue that unfolds everything is something the audience has neither seen or heard until the final scenes (Poirot, I’m looking at you now). I think, had this been a toned-down Doctor Who story, Clem would have deliberately chosen to stand on the dais. The Doctor would have yelled lots of things through the glass and Clem would die, nobly destroying the 456.

    Taking the heroism out of the ending was one of the best ideas they ever had and, for me, was a really satisfyingly bleak ending that had some truth to it: you don’t really get heroes, and sometimes people get caught up in the gears of the world and squished. Everyone else gets on with their lives.

    Edit: Oh yeah, I also totally agree with your assessment of the 456 as basically gangsters running protection rackets. Makes you wonder where the 456 are on the Shadow Proclamation’s lists?

    More importantly: I still can’t decide if the government assassin lady is sexy or not.

    in reply to: Torchwood Using Their Own Brig… #101086
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    I used to really obssess over plot holes and continuity and all that “if it were real they wouldn’t do that…” nonsense. I had to drop it because it was affecting my enjoyment of TV shows. That’s not lowering standards, it’s just being realistic.

    There are major problems like: if the aliens could do all they could with the children, why bother with a government middle-man, why not just round them up?

    Why build a habitation cage for a creature that can’t survive our atmosphere and not include some sort of life-threatening safety device? Like an opening valve?

    Why didn’t John Frobisher hide his children somewhere?

    Why haven’t the 456 heard of Spacesuits? For the non-oxygen breathing alien who fancies getting out and about.

    The thing is, these should be secondary considerations. It’s exactly the same problem Christopher H Bidmead has with writing fiction. So wrapped up in the how, he doesn’t write a decent story about “why”, which is, for me, the real positive side of these new Doctor Who and Torchwood stories. (See if you can find his DWM interview from a couple of months ago. Brilliantly demonstrative of why he shouldn’t write fiction.)

    Everything had a theme, or a point that was being got across. Even the working-class stereotypes of Ianto’s family were there to address why it’s not a good thing to sacrifice even the “failing” parts of society. So what if they don’t “ring true”?

    It’s all about the theme, the emotion. The Macguffin ending was very much: “mumble-mumble-technobabble, but will it work? It might!” But it wasn’t there to be a clever bit of science, it was to ask: could Jack kill his grandson? Could he make himself as bad as the people he’s been fighting?

    Sure they tacked the technical explanation on in the last five minutes, but the theme, the layering of the ideas, building up to that solution wasn’t rushed or tacked on and was executed very well.

    I think it’s awesome that Jack is now definitely a flawed hero. It makes him a lot more human and more believable. Running away is a perfectly understandable, if cowardly, response to what he did.

    in reply to: Torchwood Using Their Own Brig… #100899
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    >>pronouncing the feminine movement

    >Whatting the what?

    You’re right, that’s awful use of English. You my my sincerest apologies. What’s the short phrase that would sum up:

    “She’s wearing a low-slung hip holster and belt arrangement so that every time she stalks around in her army boots, looking like a moody, homicidal Lara Croft, her natural hip motion is accentuated making her body language both scary and feminine.”

    ?

    in reply to: Torchwood Using Their Own Brig… #100890
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    >Sally Slater is probably the worst thing about this, actually. She just wanders around scowling.

    But that’s like… her job. She’s good at it. Her job is to stalk around the locations, slinking her hips with the gun holster pronouncing the feminine movement and scowl at the people she seems incapable of actually killing.

    The joke was good. Andy’s a great character and was very enjoyable in “Asylum”, the Radio 4 play.

    in reply to: Torchwood Using Their Own Brig… #100866
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    I love that RTD deliberately sets these things to be: “Huh? What did he say? OMG! Let’s talk about this on the internet!”

    Half the things he writes like that (the fall of Arcadia, “I’ve been a Dad once”, taking the last room at the first Christmas) are the script equivalent of chucking a firecracker from a passing car. Loud bang and everyone saying: what was that?

    Re: The Little Girl, I imagine she’s something very non-human, maybe even extra-dimensional. What about Luke Smith, Sarah Jane’s son? I am genuinely curious as to whether he was affected and given it happened to kids, I’d be full of fanboy glee if they mention it in the next series of Sarah Jane Adventures.

    in reply to: Who the hell is Shane G? #100850
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    “Meanwhile Ellard’s writing career continues to do a convincing impression of a long dead corpse.”

    Putting that at the end of your first LiveJournal post in six years… that’s kind of funny.

    Did Andrew used to bully Shane? Did you steal his girlfriend? Did you date his Mum once?

    in reply to: What is the movie of the year? #100849
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    Yeah, sorry but Watchmen was superior to Terminator AND Transformers.

    But then I saw The Hangover and that was brilliant too. Not an “of the year” brilliant, but still pretty damn good.

    in reply to: Torchwood Using Their Own Brig… #100848
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    >So with Jack, they only found 2-3 bits right? I guess they fused together and the rest regenerated? Stretching the healing stuff, but I really don?t mind.

    Jack doesn’t “heal”. He’s a fixed point in time so he kind of “reverts” to that fixed point. Although that doesn’t make a lot of sense since he also says he noticed that he IS getting older, only very, very slowly.

    I think that Jack may now have some serious mental issues. Perhaps claustrophobia? Or even agoraphobia?

    in reply to: I had a dream…. #100820
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    Woah, S.O.,
    I’m sorry for your loss.

    J

    in reply to: Just a thought #100810
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    I can’t see how the incident had any impact on the show. Where are you going with this?

    in reply to: Torchwood Using Their Own Brig… #100809
    J_Spaced
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    Absolutely awesome start! This is how Torchwood should have been from the beginning. Excellent.

    in reply to: Torchwood Using Their Own Brig… #100718
    J_Spaced
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    And that’s another bad miss…

    in reply to: Torchwood Using Their Own Brig… #100654
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    >?and God spake ?Let there be colour? and there was colour, and snooker became a much better game?

    No it didn’t. It would take a lot more than colour to do that.

    in reply to: Torchwood Using Their Own Brig… #100644
    J_Spaced
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    Same haircut. Plus they both have eyes and a mouth. No wait, I’ve done that one…

    in reply to: Torchwood Using Their Own Brig… #100595
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    >to andrews comment: Doesn?t make Danny right.
    >never said he was just qouted what he said

    To be fair, and I’m not bashing, just putting how I saw it: your comment seemed to be in support of the earlier thread opinion that the Cassandra in Doctor Who was somehow a rip-off or copy of the one from Red Dwarf. That’s the conclusion I drew and the conclusion Andrew came to. (I assume.)

    If you weren’t posting it to say that you thought Danny was right, then it wasn’t very clear that was the case.

    Back to Torchwood: seriously excited at this epic prospect, although knowing my luck I’ll be watching it all on iPlayer a week after everyone in the office has seen it.

    Trailer looks brilliant and the article in Doctor Who Magazine was absolutely tantalising.

    in reply to: Michael Jackson has died #100587
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    >Traffic here in LA the day he died was absolutely terrible. Everybody was driving towards Jackson?s house.

    >I don?t know what they were expecting to find when they got there.

    Lurleen, git yur lootin’ bags and high-security crowbar. We’re goin’ shoppin’.

    in reply to: Torchwood Using Their Own Brig… #100586
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    >Danny was just joking in the commentary, I still stand by that they look like each other though.

    Yes, they both have eyes and a mouth.

    in reply to: That’s Numberwang! #100572
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    I thought this episode was particularly good and very funny. I think my favourite was Mr. Suave and the casino.

    in reply to: Torchwood Using Their Own Brig… #100559
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    Yep, except that he’d /heard/ they had a Cassandra and he’d misheard “Gelth”. I think the commentaries were either at the time or just before those episodes aired.

    It is the boy’s running gag that everyone copied Red Dwarf, up to, I think, Jane Austen time-travelling in order to steal Red Dwarf’s ideas from “Beyond a Joke”.

    in reply to: Michael Jackson has died #100553
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    >According to Ken Levine: ?Fans flocked to the Michael Jackson star on the Hollywood Walk-of-Fame. But it was talkshow host?s star, not Jacko?s. His star was covered by a red carpet laid down for the premiere of BRUNO.?

    I guess I’m the only one here who finds it funny that Bruno first spoofs Michael Jackson’s “baby dangling” incident, then literally walks all over the star. I really hope they don’t offer an apology for any of it.

    Why are people “flocking” to his star anyway? What do they expect to happen when they get there?

    Sorry for the rampant cynicism but really: why?

    in reply to: Doctor Whoooooooooooo, hey! Doctor Who! #100255
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    I just bought the Trial of a Time Lord for ?11, then realised with a sense of deflation that it represents nearly half of Colin’s appearances.

    Then I caught a bit of Kingdom the other night with Colin playing a mad old Norfolk boy with too many dogs. So things lightened up a bit there.

    in reply to: Teach me English #100254
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    >And yet Daniel is never ?Daz?, thank god.

    That would be Darren.

    in reply to: Doctor Whoooooooooooo, hey! Doctor Who! #100249
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    >Timothy Dalton should be in every TV programme. There should be a law.

    Something we agree on. I’m hoping he’s a future incarnation of the Doctor.

    in reply to: Krod Mandoon #100229
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    >And where the fuck are all the black people in Clangers?

    I think you’ll find Major was a brother.

    J_Spaced
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    What? But I need to know about the Storymakers! Gah!

    in reply to: Ashes to Ashes series 2 #100177
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    Oh I see. That makes more sense. I still think it was a glorious bit of credibility stretching though! I mean it. Not being sarcastic.

    in reply to: Ashes to Ashes series 2 #100162
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    Carl, you old rascal you. Taking the smeg again.

    I adore people who not only deliberately get the wrong end of the stick, but wave it around their heads manically in the hope of attracting more nutters.

    For some Doctor Who fans, that’s a whole hobby on its own.

    It’s firmly established in the show that things changed in the series do not have an impact on the present. Otherwise, Alex would remember being looked after by Gene the day her parents died and Summers would have vanished the instant he shot himself. (I don’t think Chris looks ANYTHING like older Summers.)

    It’s not “the past” it’s a shared hallucination based on “the past”.

    in reply to: Krod Mandoon #100161
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    Ah, see now I’m going to look like a two-faced idiot, but I REALLY like Buffy, Angel and Firefly. I just thought it was funny that throughout Buffy it’s largely white-centric, with a couple of black vampires, that Mr. Trick, was it? Oh look! Black Slayer. Dead. Then there’s the headteacher. Ooh, he’s not a stereotype or a bad guy. Whoops, I was wrong, he’s a bad guy. Then you just have to look at who’s left standing at the finale of Buffy.

    I agree that Angel did a better job representationally. I liked Gunn as a character and I laughed at: “Y’all can cater to the demon, cater to the dead man, but what about the black man?” Lovely bit of parody.

    On reflection race isn’t really a Buffy or Angel “issue” as much as Good v. Evil, so I think my first, overly flippant post overstated things a bit.

    I must’ve missed Mr. Trick (that may or may not be the name but I’m not looking it up) with his “caucasian persuasion” line because that basically underscores the whole point and undermines mine completely.

    I thought it would be obvious to anyone with eyes and/or ears that Jos Whedon is a very cool creator of very cool TV, hence my OTT “hate on the black people” comment.

    Sorry for any perceived offence.

    My other point still stands though: Why isn’t the con artist in Krod Mandoon white? Why is the black guy from Brooklyn or wherever? In short, their playing to a sloppy comedy stereotype and generally being lazy. But then I’ve only sat through episode one.

    in reply to: Back To Earth – Alternate Cover #100158
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    But not as pretty…

    in reply to: Is Wiki Taking The Smeg? #100157
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    I once got a smacked wrist for agreeing with a customer at the shop I worked in that a Doctor Who story would make an excellent DVD release. (This was ages ago when Doctor Who on DVD was an exciting new thing.)

    The customer went home and wrote somewhere on the internet: “them at the shop said this story is coming out on DVD! I’m so excited!”

    We got a phone call from a BBC Enterprises/ Worldwide friend saying: “What the blinking flip (paraphrasing there) do you think you’re doing? That’s supposed to be confidential!”

    I was all: “what? what’d I do? I don’t actually know anything and haven’t claimed to know anything.”

    So all I’m saying is: internet rumour, is about as reliable as the Sun, the Mirror or the Times reporting.

    in reply to: Krod Mandoon #100103
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    I found bits of Krod Mandoon funny but I loathed the American “comedy” method of laying out a joke for you, then labouring heavily on the build up before sticking a funny face on the end of the punchline.

    Anneke likes sex. No kidding? How funny is this going to be throughout a series? Will she contract an alarming STD? Unlikely.

    I did like SuperMac from Ashes to Ashes being “turned” gay after two weeks in prison, but I think Krod Mandoon has some serious stereotyping issues.

    The black guy is a con artist, the attractive woman is a slut and the first openly gay man we see is what… puerto rican? It’s almost as bad as Jos Whedon’s hate on black people. (Seriously, how many series of Buffy and Angel? How many black people feature?)

    Ah hell, now I’ve turned into one of those whiny liberals who gets all cross about nothing much in particular on behalf of groups of people who probably couldn’t care less.

    Sorry.

    Krod Mandoon: mostly dull with the odd funny bit. Might get better. Funniest moment, I thought, was stabbing the wrong lord at the table.

    in reply to: Did you see Red Dwarf? – Spoilers! #99963
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    Carl, you’re like Scotty or something. Just when we think it’s running out of energy, you reroute the energisers or something and pow we’re past warp 10!

    “We need more depravity, Mr. Carl!”

    “I’m giving her all she’s got!”

    J_Spaced
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    Are you going to do another series of Story Makers? Because that show was awesome.

    Oh and do you resent Jelly and Jackson getting spin off series?

    in reply to: Rather Exciting Tweet #99888
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    I think you?re the only person on the planet who likes Sliders.

    There are others. They also like big wooden building blocks, slip-on shoes and their white jackets with sleeves that tie up round the back.

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    On the subject of commentaries, I’m currently listening to Red Dwarf Series 8 with commentary. My God! Talk about overcrowded. Everyone yelling over everyone else and everyone trying to drown out Norman’s moaning. Some of it’s funny, some of its just so whingy!

    in reply to: Doug-less #99844
    J_Spaced
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    Oops, double post. It really wasn’t funny enough to warrant saying once, let alone twice. Erm… Nothing to see here. Move along please.

    Except that maybe Bobby Llew and Neil Gaiman should write Red Dwarf?

    in reply to: Doug-less #99843
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    Wow, did Tony Martin write stuff, before, after, or during the time he served for shooting two young intruders who broke into his home?

    in reply to: Who gets theirs first? #99842
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    Pfft.

    I believe the forum parlance is: “This.”

    I’m a bargain bin trawler so will likely upset any future plans for Red Dwarf by buying it sometime around the Olympics (probably not even the British hosted ones either). (I’ve been buying up previous series DVDs this year.)

    in reply to: Futurama! 26 New Episodes! Not Movies! Resurrected! #99841
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    I’ll take EIGHT!

    in reply to: Did you see Red Dwarf? – Spoilers! #99839
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    Wow, we really have just crashed through the floor when it comes to taste in this thread haven’t we? Do we think we can do more depraved than this? I’m willing to bet we can. When I say we, I mean you.

    J_Spaced
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    Have to say that I thought the Director’s commentary on the Dr Who TV Movie was near wrist-slittingly dull! You need more than one person on commentaries in order to talk about stuff! Still not as boring as the Daredevil commentary:

    “Here this shot is CGI. That’s not Ben. That’s some nice CGI. We put some CGI in there because Ben would have died otherwise, my fault: asking him to act. That’s not Jennifer Garner’s real head. That’s CGI…”

    Best commentary line, or at least one that I can remember is from Spaced where Edgar Wright asks Mark Heap something like:

    “Do you want to talk us through how you approach playing Brian?”

    “No.”

    in reply to: I have a computer virus #99835
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    Almost perfect except you’ve still got the transform handles on the bottom right of your image. Apart from that. Very funny. Sort of.

    in reply to: Ashes to Ashes series 2 #99752
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    Have to say that Martin Summers is/was not Chris. Summer got Chris to replace him, having shot himself for reasons that I’m still not sure of except maybe he hates himself. Understandable really, given that accent. Older Summers isn’t Chris. He is /was an evil git who could think his way through a corkscrew without touching the sides.

    “Hmm, I want to foil a robbery I was involved in… shall I tell the other person here with me? Nah, I’ll stalk her, shoot myself, make her bury me, terrify her and refuse to answer any questions. I’m sure she’ll get what I’m on about. Then I’ll have killed myself for being such a loser and then make someone else into a loser for me so that they fill the role. I’ll be the crime boss, she’ll be the hero… oh it’ll be great fun!”

    In the end it was all about one sad old man, his regrets and a strange desire to write and direct mystery theatre.

    in reply to: New Dwarf DVD update #99641
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    *School IT Engineer hat on*

    Content on Deviantart is both unfiltered and uncontrolled. As such it is not suitable for an institution to be providing access to a potentially offensive/unsuitable material.

    *School IT Engineer hat off*

    Yeah it’s lame but if we could trust people to take responsibility for themselves and/ or their children it wouldn’t be a problem.

    in reply to: Statue of Liberty #99638
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    Liberty, not really a looker is she?

    in reply to: Krod Mandoon #99636
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    Elvenquest just finished on Radio 4 (last chance to catch the last episode on iplayer) and I’d recommend people seek that one out. I’m hoping to get it on CD. Very entertaining take on the swords and sorcery genre.

    I joined the series midway in an episode where the “American-Film-Trailer-Probably-That-Guy-From-Epideme” voiceover guy said:

    “If you enjoyed Lord of the Rings …. Well good for you.”

    Has one Sophie Winkelman, Stephen Marchant from Green Wing and Alistair McGowan and I found it an amusing diversion.

    My current favourite is the anthropomorphised dog, Amis.

    in reply to: Maybe they’ll release it as a TIV… #99612
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    He left the “P” off at 5:45…

    in reply to: Wait a minute….this isn’t my fantasy! #99611
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    *Starts a hypocrite’s club then complains about elitist organisations that have arbitrary rules for signing up to them.*

    I’d like to see a Ben Paddon Red Dwarf script. Have you written any that you’d care to share? (Don’t worry I won’t laugh. No wait… that would be bad. OK. I will laugh. Promise. No that’s bad too…)

    To be honest I’d like to see a J script, but that’s never going to happen. My attention span is to sh- ooh look a butterfly.

    in reply to: Did you see Red Dwarf? – Spoilers! #99567
    J_Spaced
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    Well that was wierd. Who’s idea was it to “uncast” the series? I mean lovely looking at the sets and all, but for fourty-seven minutes with Murray Gold’s reworking of an epic-album-version of the theme and extra lyrics?

    “Oh I love you Dave, don’t you understand how/
    “Much this composer loves you and can tell/
    “You through the medium of this song?

    Still it was nice to see Norman Lovett’s Holly on the CGI monitors complaining constantly throughout. Nice pink mohawk he’d decided to go with too.

    in reply to: Wait a minute….this isn’t my fantasy! #99566
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    Well if Ben says it then clearly all internet speculation must now HALT and we should all start talking sense.

    Or on the other hand: maybe the Cat found it in a tiny stasis tube onboard the SSS Esperanto as a specimen, along with a variety of other fish. His plan was to create an entire larder of little fishies.

    The stasis tube was then placed in Starbug during the events of Prelude and Series VI/ VII, still in their small specimen collecting stasis tube.

    Sometime after the crash but before they are all sentenced to the tank, the Cat upended the contents into the water tank on G-Deck. We’ve seen that he used to explore the cargo decks via the service ducts so there’s no reason he couldn’t slip off Hollister and Holly’s radar and vanish for a bit sometime during Lister and Rimmer’s bunkscenes.

    Being genetically modified they had no problem adapting to the saline free water. Everything in the water thrived by eating everything else. The Joy Squid was eventually the last thing alive.

    in reply to: So…Gladiators is back… #99068
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    Maybe they could bring it back with the proper bread and circuses feel. Take the padding off everything, sharpen up the sports equipment.

    “I’m here with the support of my family! They’re the ones up there, holding the “Daddy please don’t get gutted like a fish” banners.”

    in reply to: Dave’s ALL SPOILERS Star Trek Thread #99060
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    Batman should be deep. Or is that Angsty?

    Yeah, good stuff from Chris Pine. I liked how the story established him as a self-destructive tearaway. It was very big on the concept of the father figure. Which is quite deep in of itself, if you buy into that.

    Also, who else thought the colour coded phaser tips were genius? Blue just hurts. Red means you’re dead.

    in reply to: Dave’s ALL SPOILERS Star Trek Thread #99055
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    I loved that film. I think because I’m not a Star Trek fan, but have seen enough to know the vague history, then I wasn’t too offended by the “etch-a-sketch” retcon. The plot of this film I think was pretty much incidental to the movie but that wasn’t to its detriment. It was flashes, bangs and setting up a new franchise. Do you need depth in a Star Trek film? What Star Trek films had depth?

    I quite liked that Captain Pike was pretty gung-ho about shoving cadets out of an airlock. “You’re doing a space-jump”, without any room for argument.

    I was wondering all through whether at some point they’d push the reset switch. I was fulling expecting Enterprise to slip through the singularity and rescue the Kelvin. I’m so glad they didn’t.

    It’s clear here they’ve decided to do their own Star Trek, much like a fan fic could. A friend of mine at work says they should have just written a completely new franchise and left the Star Trek name alone but I think that would be to miss the point: that the characters are basically the same, no matter the situation or universe they are in.

    Also I was wowed by the explosions, the CGI, the sets, the costumes. Everything said “reverential” without toadying. The film was exciting in a way that no other Star Trek film has been. The opposite end of the scale to Insurrection, for example (best cure for insomnia that I know of.)

    Simon Pegg was brilliant, clinging by his fingertips to his Scottish (Welsh?) accent in some cases, but still managing to play the part well. Karl Urban is clearly a clone of DeForest Kelley (and he’s angry about it). Spock and Kirk were great. Thank goodness he didn’t mimic Shatner!

    My only gripe is the insistence on shaky hand-held cameras and insane closeups. I like to see the sets they spent money on. I like to see actors without being up their left nostril. I like to see what the hell’s going on!

    Definite thumbs up from me.

    in reply to: Just not funny. #99044
    J_Spaced
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    Oh Em Gee. And also Double-you, Tee, Eff?

    Paul Merton? Wearing a baffled expression while other people say things does not qualify you as a wit. Neither does copying Tony Hancock. Hang on, where is Hancock in the list? Peter Sellers? They’ve got Marcus Brigstocke (he’s on the Dave payroll) but not Ross Noble?

    oh but it’s ok, they’re being cultured by including the author of Jeeves and Wooster.

    J_Spaced
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    Hmm, I could only do late evenings (GMT/BST) weekdays at the moment. Might not coincide.

    in reply to: Give me that Star Trek crap #98983
    J_Spaced
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    >With the exception of Episode 1, I?ve never even seen Star Wars.

    “You are so blind! You so do not understand! You weren’t there at the beginning. You don’t know how good it was! How important! This is it for you! This jumped-up firework display of a toy advert! People like you make me sick! What’s wrong with you? Now, I don’t care if you’ve saved up all your fifty ‘p’s, take your pocket money and get out!”
    (Cut to tiny, tearful child who then runs out crying.)
    “What a prick.”

    :D (Hurriedly added quotes to indicate this doesn’t come from me and I’m calling no-one a prick!)

    J_Spaced
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    Any update on this? I’ve not been able to get a book for a price that wouldn’t involve hermetically sealing it for all eternity. I’d love to play though and would happily trust the GM (AI?) on the stats and rolls.

    in reply to: DODGY RED DWARF MERCHANDISE ALERT! #98639
    J_Spaced
    Participant

    Ah, Dark Angel. He’s over on the http://www.doctorwhoforum.com and is extremely good at this stuff.

    I would say his work has improved considerably since this one and he’s moved upscale to 12″.

    Very cool stuff.

    in reply to: DODGY RED DWARF MERCHANDISE ALERT! #98599
    J_Spaced
    Participant

    Have to agree with you about the Torchwood sculpts. Except the Weevils and this new Capt. John. But the rest look like they sculpted the cast’s stand ins.

    A set of 5″ Red Dwarf figures would be super cool. Maybe I should finally take the leap into customising some?

    in reply to: DODGY RED DWARF MERCHANDISE ALERT! #98593
    J_Spaced
    Participant

    I would be all over a set of 5? figures and playsets.

    Yes, but would you buy them? Wouldn’t it make it difficult for other shoppers to get to the shelf?

    I know what you mean though. Sadly I think it’s too niche for the figures market. There are currently stacks upon stacks of Torchwood figures in my local TV and Movie store. Although the James Marsters figure is looking pretty cool. (See, this is why I can’t buy your comic. Blame Scificollector.co.uk!)

    J_Spaced
    Participant

    Erm… from a personal stand point and this is ENTIRELY because I don’t collect comics, but it’s because I can’t afford to buy something I’ve already read for free. I’m a library book reader. And I’m cheap. Sorry. I wish, wish, wish, I had the money to support every artist I come across. But then I’d also be flying my platinum plated helicopter between the east and west wings of my stately home.

    (NB: I’m not saying that your book is overpriced, just that it’s not for me.)

    in reply to: DODGY RED DWARF MERCHANDISE ALERT! #98585
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    Which is a pity because if Grant Naylor fancied taking it seriously, I believe that some toy merchandise would be very well received by fans of Red Dwarf and those brilliant people who just buy action figures.

    Who would buy:

    A playset of the Series III/IV/V bunk room to scale with 5″ figures (made by character options who do the Doctor Who stuff?)

    An interior Series VI Starbug playset.

    Variant crew and monster figures. Each basic figure comes with a piece of the Polymorph or Mutton Vindaloo monster to construct.

    Any other ideas?

    in reply to: Shadow Hare #98583
    J_Spaced
    Participant

    “Allegiance Assemble!”

    “OK, we assembled already. Now what?”

    “Hey look: that bank’s being robbed. Let’s stop them!”

    “Uh, I would, but my Mom locks the door to the basement at five. Bye.”

    “Yeah, and there’s that Star Trek Marathon at six. See ya.”

    “Hey guys! Guys! Dang. Uh… wanna get a latt??”

    “Sure.”

    *BANG BANG* “Arrgh! Stop them!” *SCREECH* *BANG*

    “Man, it’s noise pollution like that we should be fighting against. Good thing you can’t hear it so much down here, huh?”

    “Sure.”

    J_Spaced
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    I’m not partial to gold leaf books. They don’t work well with my soft pink glow desk lamp. (“Improves Concentration! Aids Retention!”)

    Edit: Just spotted the reference to “waste of Baco: the foil”. Nice. Very much enjoying Jump Leads, by the way.

    J_Spaced
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    Just seen the online price of the book! What’s it printed on, gold leaf?

    in reply to: Ashes to Ashes series 2 #98536
    J_Spaced
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    Yeah, getting deeper into the Masons and all that, good story. But surely the point of being undercover in the Masons is to at least pretend occasionally to toe the line?

    “Make it disappear Gene… I note it’s not disappearing… no seriously, make it vanish… is there a reason you’re waving a sign pointing to something I want disappearing Gene?”

    “Who sir? Me Sir? No Sir.”

    I’m much more interested in her stalker. It suggests some permanance to this world she’s in, much as was in the last episode of Life On Mars. That you step in and out of the same world.

    in reply to: DODGY RED DWARF MERCHANDISE ALERT! #98535
    J_Spaced
    Participant

    Wow. I can smell a lawsuit brewing… Or maybe they’ll just say: “Oh can’t be arsed.”

    “I’ll take eight!” Ha! I’d forgotten that. Thank you for making me laugh out loud in the office.

    in reply to: Back To Earth: The Red Dwarf RPG version – any interest? #98365
    J_Spaced
    Participant

    I bet people will be queueing up to play with you now.

    Didn’t really think that approach through did I? Tends to only work for small children of wealthy people, that, doesn’t it?

    :D

    J_Spaced
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    I’d buy the book if a game was going to be run online or something. Presumably you’d take a different storyline to the original one? Plus I’d have to play Kryten or I would simply throw a hissy fit, on the floor, legs and arms pounding, tears – the works.

    in reply to: Buy Lister’s Bike! #98243
    J_Spaced
    Participant

    One can’t help thinking that a couple of cast signatures would push the bidding up a bit?

    in reply to: Nice touches you noticed in Back To Earth #97971
    J_Spaced
    Participant

    Um… er… uh.. Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Chris Barrie and Robert Llewellyn were in most of the other episodes of Red Dwarf? Not really a reference, is it?

    I loved the inclusion of the plastic wheel in Carbug to replicate Cat’s second pilot’s control, allowing them to sit much as they had for years before.

    in reply to: Primeval Got a Movie says site you never heard of #97965
    J_Spaced
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    Sounds like its just ?in development? to me. Can?t imagine it?ll ever get made.

    That’s a pretty optimistic outlook if you ask me. Primeaval is bad but Warner Bros have been known to make worse…

    in reply to: Primeval Got a Movie says site you never heard of #97960
    J_Spaced
    Participant

    Lumbering, unrealistic, destructive creatures in a twenty-first century domestic setting?

    “Whut’s this Lurlene, a new doc-you-men-terry? Hot dang, lookit the dino-saw-ers, git me ma gun!”

    OK, seriously how many people have I just offended?

    :D

    My wife, who loved new Knight Rider with no equivocation or caveats, considered Primeval to be rubbish. That, I think is as good a benchmark as you’re going to get.

    in reply to: I consider that to be a productive hour. #97869
    J_Spaced
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    I’ve been to the Black Books shop. It was really bizarre. Ended up buying an expensive poetry book for a girlfriend… I think…
    What was strange was that the books were SO specific I find it hard to believe they get much passing trade. The bloke in the shop seemed happy to sit and smoke his pipe, in his tweed jacket and read. Like a sober Bernard Black, not concerned with making any money. He did tell me what kind of books they were but I can’t for the life of me remember the term. Typological or something.

    He chatted a bit about the filming and said that everyone was really nice and pleasant. Then I went over the road to the pub outside of which the Millwall fans pounded Bernard until they got tired and went away. It served a nice English breakfast so: recommended (although this was some time ago, many years in fact). The barmaid hadn’t been around when they were filming though.

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