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Binged half of Killjoys Season 4 last night. On a sci-fi kick, since I'm trying to plan a game of Esper Genesis
 

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Watched the new blu of Hammer's Demons of the Mind. Sykes and Wicking rip into the traditional Gothic, revealing its bloody, diseased heart. One of my favourite Hammers with a counterculture sensibility, healthy doses of perverse sexuality and shocking gore with a completely nihilistic 70s ending.

 

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I came across that but haven't downloaded it.

We're on episode 9 or 10 now. There were a couple I intend to swipe for "Star Wars '78": the one where they need to pick up fuel/supplies and there's some abandoned base full of darkness-dwelling monsters was good for gaming, as was the one where they try to infiltrate a prison to rescue a Jedi (who turns out to be dead and the whole scenario was a trap).

My biggest problem with the animation seems to be the faces on human characters looking so weird. I don't get why they chose to do that when everything else looks very good, especially the spaceships.

The only thing about the stories themselves that I don't much like is the kid being yet another precocious Force user. I would've like it better if Canaan (is that his name?) were a surviving Jedi leading his little Rebel cell and the kid were just a normal kid.

Also, just out of curiosity, is there supposed to be some Biblical allusion vis-à-vis the use of the names Canaan, Ezra, and Zeb (Zebediah)? If there is, I missed the significance.
Rebels gets better and better. By the final season, it's possibly the best Star Wars in literally decades. Filoni really gets the source material. And yes, the animation is a bit weird. But it's no weirder than Filmation stuff from the 70s, just more digital.

And that episode with the dead jedi, I found it to be quite chilling. Especially for so called kids tv.
 

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Wrapped up the first season of Star Wars Rebels. It was fun to see Lando Calrissian even though he looked too skinny and rubbery--but almost everyone on this show looks like a skinny Gumby. Sounded like Billy Dee Williams, but I didn't check the credits. Most of the episodes are pretty good. We'll probably start the second season later in the week if we can find the time.

I really think the look they chose for the "inquisitor" bad guy is cheesy as all hell with the yellow eyes and pointy teeth and chalky skin with red marks/tattoos/whatever. I guess he's supposed to be creepy/evil, but to me it's corny as eff. His spinning double-bladed lightsaber is even cornier, though. But at least it's red.
 

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Wrapped up the first season of Star Wars Rebels. It was fun to see Lando Calrissian even though he looked too skinny and rubbery--but almost everyone on this show looks like a skinny Gumby. Sounded like Billy Dee Williams, but I didn't check the credits. Most of the episodes are pretty good. We'll probably start the second season later in the week if we can find the time.

I really think the look they chose for the "inquisitor" bad guy is cheesy as all hell with the yellow eyes and pointy teeth and chalky skin with red marks/tattoos/whatever. I guess he's supposed to be creepy/evil, but to me it's corny as eff. His spinning double-bladed lightsaber is even cornier, though. But at least it's red.
My advice, accept the show for what it is and stop complaining. Or stop watching it. Its no different from watching any TV. You accept the designs and visual style and just get on with it. Or you don't.

There's no point torturing yourself with something that you aren't enjoying.
 
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But it's Star Wars, one of the biggest geek-fan properties that has ever existed.

We're meant to get all caught up in it, debating over pedantic things like Mace Windu's lightsabre colour, the exact measurement of a par sec, and at what stage in the timeline does Han lose his sideburns.

That's what we do :grin:
 

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I knew that the people behind Rebels were gamers once I got to the episode where they stole the Tie Fighter. That was just pure player-character shenanigans there.
 

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Watched B5, Midnight on the Firing Line.

Great stuff, as always. Right there at the very beginning Londo's 'prophecy', hus dream, is mentioned.

It's a rewatch!
While "The Gathering" is a little shaky, I think "Midnight on the Firing Line" stands out as a particularly strong starting episode for a TV series. It's got strong A and B plots that ultimately tie together, those plots do a lot to illuminate the characters, and elements like Londo's dream leave viewers anticipating things to come on the show.

I find that the whole first season is a lot better on a rewatch. The main problem with the first season is that it is a little too coy with its secrets, so the audience doesn't always appreciate what is happening. It's why I recommend that people actually start by watching the prequel movie In the Beginning. It gives away a couple of the shows secrets, but I think that information makes the plots involving the Minbari a lot more interesting.

The prequel gives away that Sinclair is Valen, not that it tells you much about Valen. Some might consider that a spoiler, but I've found when viewers know the reason for all the plots swirling around Sinclair, they become actively excited about how it will turn out, rather than simply puzzled about why Sinclair is important for the whole season.

The tension becomes about what will happen when the secret gets out, not about what secret is.
 

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Watched the uncut Tammy and the T-Rex on Shudder. Usually attempts to make self-consciously ‘bad’ or campy films in the 90s fail utterly but here it works because it captures that Waters/Morrissey-Warhol vibe crossed with a drive-in movie.

Watched this recently at a friend's mini film festival. I didn't write about it in this thread because I couldn't put it into words. That film is amazing.
 

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My advice, accept the show for what it is and stop complaining. Or stop watching it. Its no different from watching any TV. You accept the designs and visual style and just get on with it. Or you don't.

There's no point torturing yourself with something that you aren't enjoying.
Or you could, y'know, work on your reading comprehension:
Most of the episodes are pretty good. We'll probably start the second season later in the week if we can find the time.
 

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Or you could, y'know, work on your reading comprehension:
And you could stop with things like
...even though he looked too skinny and rubbery--but almost everyone on this show looks like a skinny Gumby.
Or
I really think the look they chose for the "inquisitor" bad guy is cheesy as all hell with the yellow eyes and pointy teeth and chalky skin with red marks/tattoos/whatever. I guess he's supposed to be creepy/evil, but to me it's corny as eff. His spinning double-bladed lightsaber is even cornier, though. But at least it's red.
You know, bitching about the visuals and the design. The part of my post that you completely ignored in favour of your usual reaction to me.
 

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Watched Dead in Tombstone, the horror Western where Danny Trejo cuts a deal with the devil to come back to life & slaughter the gang that betrayed & murdered him. If he can get it done in 24 hours, he gets to keep his soul.

As for quality, well... the gore effects were well done (at least in the unrated version; I don't know how it differs from the R-rated version), Mickey Rourke as Lucifer was a treat, and Danny Trejo is Danny Trejo. This concludes the positive statements I can make about this movie.
 

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I just started watching the new season of Sabrina. It looks like things are about to get seriously Lovecraftian.
 

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As I'm finishing up Killjoys Season 4, I jumped into S2 of SWAT and S7 of Elementary for a bit.
 

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Continuing my #Schlocktober in January project (hey, if some folks can have Christmas in July, I can have this!), I watched the movie Zombeavers on Prime. It's about what you would expect from a movie about zombie beavers. Some of the worst special effects I've ever seen, but the cast throws themselves into it, acting utterly terrified of the not-at-all convincing beavers, and even-less-convincing bear.

Bill Burr has a cameo, and the Final Girl ends up being someone I did not expect. Also, there's a pretty hilarious song that plays over the end credits, in that it's done in the mellow, lounge-crooner style, but the lyrics are all about zombeavers.
 

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I loved Dark Matter. If Killjoys is roughly analogous, I'll have to give it a try!
 

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The basic concept makes good sci-fi rpg fodder. I liked Dark Matter more, but Killjoys is still a great show

One of my pitches for the first campaign I ever ran was essentially Killjoys. This was back during Season 1. My players picked something else. Still a little disappointed about that, although the campaign we did have was quite fun.
 

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I loved Dark Matter. If Killjoys is roughly analogous, I'll have to give it a try!
Analogous in that they're both about small spaceship crews who are a bit prickly with each other, both Canadian productions, and aired back-to-back on SyFy on Friday nights. The specifics of what the crews get up to are pretty different though.
 

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Watching through Grimm, on season 5, which is really good.

It's a fun show with its own little scooby gang. It does get a little repetitive with the monster of the week procedurals, but the 'mythos' content is pretty decent. Not very in depth or detailed, but fun. The only criticism is that the titual character is unlikeable :grin:
 

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I watched "ESCAPE PLAN" starring Stallone and Schwarzenegger. The trailer made it look like an utterly terrible, bog-standard action cash-in.

Well, it pretty much was... And I actually really liked it. :trigger: It was exactly as cheesy and cliche as I expected, but it seemed self-aware enough to have fun with it and exploit each cliche to its fullest without going overboard. Felt like watching a 90's movie, in a good way. I'm not even one for cheeseball throwbacks, for instance I didn't like the Expendables, but for some reason this one grabbed me.

Also, quite a few surprisingly recognizable actors as well as appropriately hammy acting from both of the leads (which had better chemistry than I expected).

Of course, the wife hated it and rolled her eyes so often I was afraid they were going to get stuck that way... :worried: Can't win 'em all, I guess.
 

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I liked Escape Plan also. The sequel not as much. Been thinking about seeing the 3rd one, since it's on Prime right now
 

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So I watched Supervized, a low brow comedy about four superheroes dealing with retirement, old age, and possible someone stealing powers from the residents of their retirement home. It's kind of bad, but it did give me some ideas
 

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I just started watching the new season of Sabrina. It looks like things are about to get seriously Lovecraftian.
So, that didn't quite play out as expected.

After foreshadowing the imminent arrival of the "eldritch terrors", who we were assured definitely weren't the "pagan monsters" of old, the whole thing took a detour and the Satanic coven ended up facing off against a bunch of pagan witches. All much more Arthur Machen than Lovecraft. However, it looks like the eldritch terrors are still due to make an appearance at some point.

Also, we took a tour of the various paradigms of witchcraft as the coven apparently decided to go Wiccan and throw their lot in with the Triple Goddess after their falling out with the Dark Lord.
 
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We're watching Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Meidoragon) on Crunchyroll.

 

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So, that didn't quite play out as expected.

After foreshadowing the imminent arrival of the "eldritch terrors", who we were assured definitely weren't the "pagan monsters" of old, the whole thing took a detour and the Satanic coven ended up facing off against a bunch of pagan witches. All much more Arthur Machen than Lovecraft. Still, it looks like the eldritch terrors are still due to make an appearance at some point.

Also, we took a tour of the various paradigms of witchcraft as the coven apparently decided to go Wiccan and throw their lot in with the Triple Goddess after their falling out with the Dark Lord.
Well we could all do with some more Machen-inspired horror these days!

I've just started to watch Scary Movie on TCM Underground, not the Scream parody but a 91' low-budget horror film with a crazily young John Hawkes of Deadwood and indie-film fame. So far it has a nicely surreal vibe.

 

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The prequel gives away that Sinclair is Valen, not that it tells you much about Valen. Some might consider that a spoiler, but I've found when viewers know the reason for all the plots swirling around Sinclair, they become actively excited about how it will turn out, rather than simply puzzled about why Sinclair is important for the whole season.

The tension becomes about what will happen when the secret gets out, not about what secret is.
It didn't used to. When I first heard about it, I was surprised, but found that this was added in when it was reissued.

That particular big reveal still stands out as one of the most surprising/shocking things I have seen in a TV Series.
 

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Well we could all do with some more Machen-inspired horror these days!

I've just started to watch Scary Movie on TCM Underground, not the Scream parody but a 91' low-budget horror film with a crazily young John Hawkes of Deadwood and indie-film fame. So far it has a nicely surreal vibe.

Your post lead me to believe that you were suggesting Scary Movie was Machen-inspired. That meant the trailer was just a little different in tone than I was expecting.
 
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