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#1248776
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Doctor Who
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Love the new intro. Really reminds me of decades past. Digging the new theme music, especially the throw-back end title music.

LOVE the new TARDIS interior. So nice to have a dark and organic style again. I’ve really missed that. A similar take to the Eccleston and Tennant coral interior without the turquoise glow, which I thought was unnecessarily cold. This is much warmer.

The story was fine. I’m glad to get back to stand-alones when it isn’t a deal where the fate of the entire universe revolves around some sort of pretzel logic spanning several episodes. This is what I was hoping for under new direction and a new Doctor - weekly adventures.

The production values are top notch. When we meet the first racer, my first thought was it could have been a scene from Solo. I got a chuckle out of the Doctor telling the second racer his ship should be on Antiques Roadshow.

This whole thing so far is a very welcome reset to what has long attracted me to show. I’m an extremely happy fan. It’s been a dark few years for me Who-wise, but this has been well worth the wait.

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#1247809
Topic
Upcoming movies
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Really looking forward to First Man. No, not only because of Claire Foy (swoon). Having grown up in Houston in the late 60s/early 70s, NASA is part of our DNA. Particularly the Apollo and Skylab programs. That was a huge part of our identity as a city, so those stories are very special to me.

I went to Ed White elementary school in the 70s and a large picture of him in his space suit was the first thing I saw as I walked through the doors every day. The trailer looks like they may address his death in this film. Even if it’s just a few moments like it was in Apollo 13, it will still be nice to see him mentioned.

It’s still a big deal to me 45 years later. My desktop picture at work is a picture from the Apollo program and I regularly listen to the audio from the Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab missions while I work. I have several hours from most of them.

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#1247806
Topic
Doctor Who
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I took the line about buying women’s clothes as just something funny to say. We haven’t seen every moment of the Doctors life. Could have been any number of reasons.

I particularly liked the scene where The Doctor is irritated at Tim Shaw for pulling a tooth from someone he just killed, as though that crossed the line for totally disrespecting the victim. She seems genuinely more bothered by that than the killing. For me, that’s the kind of depth of character & scene that’s been missing the past few years.

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#1247167
Topic
Doctor Who
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Puggo - Jar Jar’s Yoda said:
I don’t know if it was the same everywhere, but where I was there were SO many interruptions, ads, interviews, sneak previews, etc., that there were times when I wasn’t entirely sure if I was watching the show or something else.

I don’t know where you are in the world, but here in the States is was a very interrupted affair also. Like you, I wasn’t always sure if it was the show or another piece inserted between the commercials. Plus we didn’t even get the end credit sequence. After the last scene it went right to an interview session with four people I dont know.

Full disclosure, by the time I went to bed late last night, I’d seen it three times. It was the same each time, except for the commercial breaks where they inserted a lot of clips of Jodie at NY Comic Con. Those were interesting, but the show was still a mess of interruptions and no end credits.

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#1246900
Topic
Doctor Who
Time

That piece was penned by a fellow who writes an entertainment column for the BBC website. While not an official statement by the BBC, I agree it was in poor taste.

I’ve watched the premier twice today. LOVE Jodie as the Doctor. I like her more serious take. The production value and writing are at the top of their game. A bit more adult than years past and definitely more realistically cerebral as far as adult interaction goes.

I haven’t been this excited and engaged about The Doctor in years. Side note; I am loving Mandip Gill. I’m mesmerized by her. So glad she’s part of this.

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#1246538
Topic
The Mandalorian - Star Wars Live action TV series
Time

”…a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.”

That’s enough for me to give it a chance. Jon Favreau and Bryce Dallas Howard are icing on the cake. I’ve enjoyed their work in the past and trust them to give this some depth. More than anything, I’m hoping it’s free of Easter eggs, call-backs, or anything Sagagenuflect.

Give me characters like Jyn, Cassian, Bohdi, Lando, Val, and Enfys and I’m a Disney streaming service subscriber.

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#1245065
Topic
Taking a stand against toxic fandom (and other )
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Anchorhead said:

oojason said:

‘An Open Letter to Star Wars Resistance’s Rachel Butera’…

https://www.themarysue.com/star-wars-resistance-rachel-butera-christine-blasey-ford-leia/
 

That’s how we roll in Austin. So proud to call her a fellow citizen. It may take a few years, but I believe we’re witnessing an actual course correction in our culture. The pushback these days is swift, lucid, and heard.

As much as I often see things as the sky is falling, often times in our own fandom here, there are times when I’m genuinely moved and hopeful.

Well said, Ms Swan.

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#1245064
Topic
Taking a stand against toxic fandom (and other )
Time

oojason said:

‘An Open Letter to Star Wars Resistance’s Rachel Butera’…

https://www.themarysue.com/star-wars-resistance-rachel-butera-christine-blasey-ford-leia/
 

That’s how we roll in Austin. So proud to call her a fellow citizen. It may take a few years, but I believe we’re witnessing an actual course correction in our culture. The pushback is swift, lucid, and heard.

As much as I often see things as the sky is falling, often times in our own fandom here, there are times when I’m genuinely moved and hopeful.

Well said, Ms Swan.

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#1243362
Topic
Han - Solo Movie ** Spoilers **
Time

Not cool if that’s what Disney is doing. I’ll have to look and see if this applies to Disney films - but I believe all the physical media I’ve ever purchased through Amazon is available to me on Prime. I see the Batman 66 box set in there as well as any CD or other film DVDs. Hopefully that applies to Disney stuff as well.

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#1243132
Topic
Han - Solo Movie ** Spoilers **
Time

My buddy with the pop culture site had a summer recap discussion recently;
Site; https://popculturerewind.com Episode 94
App; https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-xvxa6-98673b

His partner brought up an interesting thought on the poor reception of Solo. One that hadn’t occurred to me. He pondered the thought that part of the reason people may not have fully embraced Ehrenreich was because we’d just seen the original actor in a very recent film. Prior to the ST, it had been 30 years since we had last seen our hero. Suddenly he was a part of our world again.

We were all, myself included, beyond happy to see Han & Chewie again and catch up on their adventures. To ask us to suddenly accept a new version of one of the most iconic characters in the OT was a big ask on the part of Disney.

In the interest of disclosure: I thought Ehrenreich did a great job but I understand where a great many people did not.

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#1242200
Topic
Doctor Who
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Man, daunting is an understatement. 😉. I’m inclined to agree with oojason on this one. Start with Rose, 2005 and see how you like it.

That said, as it went along and regained its footing after the decade + off, it got better. If I were to pick random episodes, I’d go with these (below). When I get to work Monday I can cut and paste a detailed list with explanations I made for a coworker wanting to jump in the way you are wanting.

Blink. A perfect first episode because it’s told from the point of view of the main character, Sally Sparrow. As a new viewer, you’re at as big a loss of understanding as she is. In fact, the Doctor is hardly in the episode. Bonus: Carey Mulligan. swoon

Vincent And The Doctor. Like Blink, a great stand-alone episode where the story is more important than time travel. One of my favorites.

The Eleventh Hour. A wonderful first episode because it’s the 11th Doctor’s first episode. A great look at how he struggles after the regeneration to adjust to his new body and self. I’d put the first 20 minutes or so - The Doctor and the little girl - up against anything in Hollywood for heartwarming. When it’s just The Doctor and her meeting, cooking, and sitting at the table eating - perfect.

Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS. Another good stand-alone. This is probably the episode where I fell in love with The Impossible Girl.

There are others that I like as much or more, but may not be great first episodes because they’re a little heavy.

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#1242123
Topic
Doctor Who
Time

Warbler said:

LordZerome1080 said:

Warbler said:

ChainsawAsh said:

Warbler said:

ChainsawAsh said:

Warb, are you seriously bothered by the fact that the advertising for the first season with a female Doctor emphasizes the fact that the Doctor is female? What the fuck did you expect? It’s advertising designed to attract an audience,

a pro-feminist audience.

Don’t understand why that’s an issue. Any network will always want to increase their viewership, same as any company will always want to increase their profits (as for television, more viewers = more profit). This is the first woman Doctor, so why wouldn’t they try to target feminists (or pro-feminists, if that’s even a thing) in their advertising?

it’s not necessarily indicative of any stance the episodes may or may not take.

I didn’t say it was indicative of any stance that episodes may or may not take

Then what’s your point?

Warbler said:

It is clear this is marketed to feminists. ugh.

So you are an anti-feminist. I’m glad you’ve admitted it, which is the first step towards solving your problem. The next step is moving out of the sexist 1950s and into the 21st century.

mods, if you want me to give this the response it deserves(which would be against the rules), I suggest you tell him to back off and not call me anti-feminist again.

I suggest you stop telling the mods how we should handle your threats.

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#1241643
Topic
Science Fiction or Space Fantasy - what is Star Wars
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DrDre said:

DominicCobb said:
Absolutely baffles me. Technology is of exactly zero importance in Star Wars. It’s there, that’s it. The films are not about that at all. They are modern myths, and very clearly so. You cannot with a straight face tell me that Star Wars is more similar to Shelly and Verne than to Tolkein and Arthurian legends.

I disagree with this statement. The original Star Wars trilogy was very much about technology. In fact the original Star Wars can be seen as a critique of the modern world, where technology supersedes spirituality punctuated by Motti´s remark “This space station is now the ultimate power in the universe!” This to me is one of the more interesting aspects of the first movie, namely that the Jedi and even Darth Vader himself are seen as relics of the past in a galaxy dominated by technology.

I’m not at all speaking for Dominic, so he should correct me if I’m off. I think he’s noting that technology doesn’t drive the story in-universe. Luke has a speeder because that’s how you get around, vaporators are how you get water, droids are the labor pool, space ships are how you travel from planet to planet, etc.

I had that in my original response as well, before I trimmed it. Technology, far superior to ours, is the world in which they live. The story at its roots is; old man enlists the help of a farm boy to go rescue the princess and fight the bad guys.

That story can be told in just about any timeline or setting.

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#1241640
Topic
Science Fiction or Space Fantasy - what is Star Wars
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SilverWook said:

Anchorhead said:

It’s always felt much more Fantasy to me. It takes place in a world far superior to ours technologically, but it’s still magic, wizards, and a princess. It’s more Tolkien than Asimov.

Science fiction, to me anyway, is where the science and technology play a major part of the story as opposed to just being the setting: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Planet of the Apes, Lost In Space, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek.

As there have been three versions of POTA, three LIS incarnations, and two BSG’s, you’re going to have to be a little more specific. 😉

😉

Swear to God, I had the dates next to each one and removed them for no reason in particular.
Planet Of The Apes - 1968
Lost In Space - 2018
Battlestar Galactica - 2004

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#1241610
Topic
Science Fiction or Space Fantasy - what is Star Wars
Time

It’s always felt much more Fantasy to me. It takes place in a world far superior to ours technologically, but it’s still magic, wizards, and a princess. It’s more Tolkien than Asimov.

Science fiction, to me anyway, is where the science and technology play a major part of the story as opposed to just being the setting: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Planet of the Apes, Lost In Space, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek.

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#1238067
Topic
The music of the Original Trilogy vs the music of the Prequel Trilogy
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If any of you dig listening to deeper discussions of the scores, this guy has a site/series devoted to them. Very interesting stuff.

http://www.rebelforceradio.com/star-wars-oxygen/

To the discussion: I wore out the vinyl copy of the score in 1977. To this day, it still instantly transports me back to that summer. After 1977, nothing came close to that connection for me. Great pieces followed for sure, but they didn’t have that emotional connection. My personal favorite of all of William’s Star Wars pieces; the first 50 seconds of The Desert And The Robot Auction. That passage is like a time machine for me.

I’m not familiar with the prequel scores.