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The Unpopular Film, TV, Music, Art, Books, Comics, Games, & Technology Opinion Thread (for all you contrarians!)

“The silent pictures were the purest form of cinema; the only thing they lacked was the sound of people talking and the noises. But this slight imperfection did not warrant the major changes that sound brought in… In many of the films now being made, there is very little cinema: they are mostly what I call ‘photographs of people talking.’ When we tell a story in cinema, we should resort to dialogue only when it’s impossible to do otherwise.”

— Alfred Hitchcock

All Things Star Trek

JadedSkywalker said:

I like a lot of Star trek but i feel like the TNG films were a lost opportunity.
1 great action flick, 1 mediocre film and 2 awful films.
Even Star Trek V as bad as it is has its moments. The TNG films just never really worked, and i wonder why. Great cast, the potential is there and they had good writers and creatives. Yet nothing ever really gelled.


What are you reading?

Eye in the Sky (Philip K. Dick)

A very good novel, verging on great — then came the final two chapters. 😠

In a lot of ways — and here be some spoilers — Eye in the Sky’s reminiscent of the Star Trek episode “Spectre of the Gun”. It’s bizarre, bewildering, beguiling … benumbing. The stakes are too low. If death in dreams don’t translate to death in reality, why should I feel invested?


The Thread Where You Wax Rhapsodic about Your Book Collection


  • Batman Black and White, Vol. 1 (various)
  • Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories (various)
  • Captain Hero Comics Digest Magazine #1 (published by Archie Comic Publications, Inc.)
  • The Case for God (Karen Armstrong)
  • The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol (translated by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky)
  • The Evil Dead Companion (Bill Warren)
  • Eye in the Sky (Philip K. Dick)
  • Doctor Faustus — Second Edition (Christopher Marlowe)
  • Gilgamesh: A New English Version (Stephen Mitchell)
  • A History of God (Karen Armstrong)
  • Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women (Sarah Bessey)
  • MAD About Star Wars: Thirty Years of Classic Parodies (Jonathan Bresman)
  • Transformation: The Breakthrough (Whitley Strieber)


  • 1984 (George Orwell)
  • 24 Hour Comics (edited by Scott McCloud)
  • Batman: Year 100 (Paul Pope)
  • Ghost World (Daniel Clowes)
The Last Son of Krypton (Season One)


They enter the kitchen. Walking past the succulent roasted turkey which rests cooling on the table, she goes to the counter. Opening a drawer, she collects a large carving knife and fork. Testing the knife along her thumbtip, she then retrieves a knife sharpener. Facing Clark, she takes knife to sharpener, eyes fixed on him as she expertly hones the edge to razor keenness. Replacing the sharpener in the drawer, wiping the blade off on the side of her dress, she takes up the carving fork and strides over to the turkey. She drives the fork straight into the carcass, skewering it.

Blowing a loose lock of hair out of her eyes, Helen holds the knife handle-out to Clark.


Lewis, Sarah, and Lana are seated on one side of the rectangular dining table, Jonathan, Martha, and Luma on the other. Covered/uncovered side dishes and sauces occupy the tabletop; when Luma reaches out to sample one, Martha gently slaps her hand, correcting her.

Helen and Clark enter, the expertly sliced turkey carried by the lady of the house. Flashing her guests a broad grin, she sets the turkey in its place atop the table.

Moments later, Clark and Helen have taken their seats — Clark between his mother and Luma, Helen between her sister and Lana — opposite one another. As her guests serve themselves, passing the dishes across the table, Helen steeples her fingers under her chin, a slight smile across her lips. Luma studies Lewis as he fastidiously measures and arranges the portions on his plate.



Luma’s gaze shifts from Lewis’ plate to Helen.


(cont’d) I can’t place your accent. Where are you from?


I’m French.


(cocks eyebrow) Curious. I’ve spent time in France.


She’s French-Canadian.


Ah. (beat) Oh! I’ve a special treat in the kitchen. Give me but a moment.

Rising from her chair, Helen saunters into the kitchen. Moments later she reappears, a tall glass of red wine in hand.


I’ve been saving this little item. (beat) No objections?

There’re no prohibitionists in this lot. Uncorking the bottle, Helen fills each of the adults’ glasses. She turns to Luma.


French children are no strangers to vin with their meals. (smiles) Voulez-vous une tasse d’écureuils?

A strange expression passes across Sarah’s face.


(slides glass forward) Please.

Smiling tightly, Helen pours Luma a glass, then takes a seat. She exchanges glances with her sister.


(silent mouthing) Would you like a cup of squirrels‽

Taking up her glass, Helen drinks deep.

The Last Son of Krypton (Season One)

Made some further minor revisions.

  • Shifted the timeline from 1914-1931 to 1916-1933. I wanted my timeline to more closely align with the Earth-Two timeline, which places Kal-L’s birthdate in 1916.
  • Changed Luma’s eye colour to aureolin. I did this to further distinguish the character from Kara, as well as to give her a more fierce, otherworldly appearance.
  • Removed most instances of characters using electrical appliances and phones. It was pointed out to me that a rural community like Smallville wouldn’t have had much in the way of electricity or telecommunication in the early '30s.
  • Altered Luma’s early dialogue into pseudo-Elizabethan English. I figured memorizing the King James Bible would have an effect on her speech patterns.
  • Removed the bit about Clark having never left Smallville or been to the movies. I realized even if Smallville was off the beaten path, as soon as his super speed emerged, Clark would’ve started visiting neighbouring towns and cities.