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Sharknado 2, the Sequelator

Posted July 11, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted July 11, 2014
I must be the only person who hasn't seen the first.
I will wait for the box set and watch them in one sitting.

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Blarkon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 11, 2014
Someone is getting paid for writing this stuff. Their life is awesome.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted July 12, 2014
Rumor has it that it is being written by two 12 year old boys in exchange for snacks and video games.

Blarkon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 12, 2014
If they offered Apple Store Vouchers ...

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Vovchara swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 12, 2014
kinda sad, so many good books as a base for good films/tv shows, instead we get this kind of crap...

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Vovchara has opinions thus...

Posted July 12, 2014
kinda sad, so many good books as a base for good films/tv shows, instead we get this kind of crap...

Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted July 12, 2014
The future is filled with low quality high margin stuff.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted July 12, 2014
There were thousands of low quality, high margin "B" motion pictures followed by countless even low quality, high margin television shows followed by even lower quality, higher margin cable shows followed by....

The past is the present is the future.

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Sudragon is gonna tell you...

Posted July 13, 2014
Exactly. We get stuff like Offspring and Wonderland but not Tasmanian Babes Fiasco. Hands up who thinks that Fiasco score well, but have to be on the ABC/SBS due to subject matter?

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Aaron ducks in to say...

Posted July 14, 2014
Sure it's crap but then you will get people like Spielberg and Lucas who grew up on trashy stuff of their day and do their own take. Not that sharknado fills me with confidence for the future

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted July 14, 2014
One day some small child will grow up to make a high budget, mega remake of Sharknado and it will be the Raiders of the Lost Ark for that generation, filled with artistic merit and deep meaning.

One man's trash is another man's treasure.

Dave W puts forth...

Posted July 14, 2014

<EM>Raiders of the Lost Ark </EM>has artistic merit? WTF did I watch?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted July 14, 2014
RoTLA is a fucking dinkum cinematic masterpiece, you munted wanker.

Dave W swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 14, 2014

Oops, for a moment there I thought you were engaging in satire. My bad.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted July 14, 2014
Perhaps I stretched the joke a bit too far.

Dave W mutters...

Posted July 14, 2014


I just wondered if there were themey things I was missing, PNB. It's entirely possible, you see. And mettyfors, can't forget those.


That third (or was it the fourth?) one, though, where he started out by escaping a nucular blast by getting into a fridge, that was complete shite by general consensus, right?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted July 15, 2014
Stepping away from my online ironic opinionated bogan persona, I say with all sincerity that I only enjoyed the first one, and most of the third. The others were - adopting the venacular - shite. Awful.

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luckedoutout asserts...

Posted July 14, 2014
Finally, a reason to live.

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NBlob asserts...

Posted July 14, 2014


Pa, the spamtrolls have got into the solar project agin.


Oh and please may we have a permenant linkage somewhere?

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Brother PorkChop ducks in to say...

Posted July 14, 2014
Damn you again JB. An hour and 23 minutes lost time looking at trailers. Once you see one you can't stop. Machines v Alienz looks kinda interesting. Surely he is leading them away from the RV point, surely...

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Review of Star Trek Continues Ep : Fairest of Them All

Posted June 17, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

By our special guest, Steven Francis Murphy

I am too young to have watched Star Trek: The Original Series during the first run in the late 1960s. The last episode aired in 1969, two years before I was born. It would not be until the late 1970s, at about the same time Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and a host of other science fiction shows filled the marketplace. How many of us remember our first taste of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy standing on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise, without the bloody A, B, C, or D, while sitting in front of a thick, large black and white or rudimentary color television set?

Granted, not every episode was worth spending time on, Spock's Brain being the prime example. Yet when Star Trek hit the mark it made the audience ponder the notion of humanity's role in history throughout the decades. Gene Roddenberry, in the depths of the Cold War, facing nuclear annihilation, a country torn by protests over war, civil rights and the like, saw a future where we did not blow ourselves into atoms are descend into anarchy. Which did not mean that the future was all sunshine and bunny rabbits in an Age of Aquarius, there was plenty of room for fists, torn shirts, and phasers spiced with great discussions about morality.

Three seasons hardly seemed enough and much ink and pixel dust has spent spilled lamenting the loss of a fourth, fully funded season which might have made up for the missteps of the third. There seemed to be so much material available upon which to ask the simple question.

What happened to Khan? How about that Apollo guy? Did he just disappear in a flash of pixie dust? The Gangster Planet, how did they turn out?

We got a movie to deal with Khan, one of the best in the franchise, which every movie since has tried to emulate. Yes, I know that J.J. Abrams did a Khan movie as well. But, well, it just isn't the same.

For decades, if you wanted to know the rest of the story, you could read the novels, go to conventions or play the roleplaying games. Once the new series came online in the late 1980s with Star Trek: The Next Generation, you could from time to time, get a glimpse, a mention, perhaps a taste of what happened during the unseen parts of the original series.

Still not the same? The uniforms were nicer in most cases, save for the spandex of Picard's bunch. The technology was cleaner, neater, supported by the latest in CGI. But the charm of those pullover red shirts poking at Christmas lights on a black board was missing.

Fans, friends, fellow Trekkers, if you have been thirsty for the original vintage you do not have to wait any longer. Advances in technology coupled with decreasing costs of production have placed the means to make new episodes in the hands of every human today. There are a number of Star Trek based fan productions currently crafting new episodes and in many cases, feature length films. For them, they do not do it for profit, it is an act of service, and a labor of love.

Case in point?

Star Trek Continues, based down Georgia Way, using the sets of another fan based production, Starship Farragut, has produced three episodes thus far. They are the newest kids on the block when compared to James Cawley's Star Trek New Voyages/Phase II but they seem to have tapped into something that Cawley's efforts have been missing.

First, for better or worse, they found someone who actually bears a resemblance, in speech, mannerisms, and appearance, to William Shatner. Vic Mignogna can, if you are not quite paying attention to the screen, convince the viewer that you have an original episode on the screen. Is he an exact copy of Shatner? No, that would be impossible. None of the other cast members are able to pull off perfect impressions of the original actors but they are able to capture the essence of their respective characters.

Spock, portrayed by, Todd Haberkorn, does not fall into trying to imitate the The Motion Picture variant of Spock. His delivery and mannerisms reflect the subtle changes in tone and mood that Spock, supposedly an emotionless Vulcan, was capable of displaying throughout the franchise. He doesn't make the mistake of trying to sound like a computer.

Mister Scott, everyone's favorite red shirt who is too tough to be killed, is portrayed by James Doohan's son, Chris. Like Vic, he can almost fool the discerning viewer.

Two different individuals have portrayed Leonard McCoy thus far and it would be unfair to just based on so few performances. Larry Nemecek certainly brings out McCoy's passion, his anger, his plain spoken vernacular. He doesn't look like him, which some purists will be upset about but to this reviewer, whether or not the actor actually looks like their original counterpart should be a non issue.

There is a whole host of original supporting characters, Sulu, Uhura, Chekov, who all seem to be growing into their roles, becoming more relaxed and natural with each passing episode. They are augmented by new characters such as the ship's first counselor.

Star Trek Continues has produced three episodes thus far, all of which are available at their website for free. Naturally, they accept donations and they are able to produce these episodes by virtue of a very successful kickstarter campaign. The first episode, Pilgrim, gives an old Enterprise nemesis, Apollo, an opportunity to redeem himself. The second, Lolani, gives the Original Series an encounter with the Slave Culture of the Orions, raising questions about the Prime Directive, cultural relativism, and in general, when to do the right thing.

The latest takes the Original Series back to the Mirror Universe. With the exception of the tribble episode on Deep Space Nine, no other original series episode has inspired so many follow on episodes. A quick glance at the Star Trek website Memory Alpha shows there are no less than seven follow on episodes, five in Deep Space Nine depicting the aftermath of the fall of the Terran Empire plus a two part prequel in Star Trek Enterprise.

So, what happened after Captain Kirk and the Command Team returned to their original universe in Mirror, Mirror?

Episode Three, Fairest of Them All, answers that for us.

There are spoiler ahead, so be forewarned.

In the Mirror Universe, Captain Kirk returns to find that the Halkan Civilization stands untouched by the phasers of the I.S.S. Enterprise. When he attempts to correct this, Mr. Spock, who has considered the words of the Federation Captain, tries to convince his own Captain of the merits of lesser measures.

The Mirror Kirk nods his head, says Spock has given him much to consider, and orders a planetary barrage. Toss in a photon torpedo spread while you are at it. Excessive, but examples have to be made. Unintended consequences follow on the planet's surface which put the dilithium crystals in jeopardy. The stakes are raised when the rebel Andorians arrive to attack the Enterprise. It turns out that the eventual extermination of the Halkan people from the radiation and fallout of the orbital barrage may serve as a catalyst for the fall of the Terran Empire.

Mirror Spock acts. In short order, he convinces Mr. Scott, who saw the Prime Universe, to aid him in a mutiny. The action is fast paced as Kirk and Spock jockey for control of the ship. Mirror Kirk's own megalomania, speaking a bit too free and honest with regard to his crew, proves to be his undoing. Rather than kill Kirk after another hand to hand combat scene, that would be two for the Mirror Spock in the same day, the Vulcan spares his former Captain.

Killing and violence is the Empire's way. Spock realizes that if he emulates their methods in an effort to free themselves, they will only repeat their errors. Kirk and his followers are given a shuttle while the I.S.S. Enterprise, now under the command of a more benevolent leader, gives the order to Chekov.

"Forward."

Chekov, for his part, looks relieved to be free of the Agony Booth.

As storytelling goes, it is fast paced, entertaining and captures that essence of the original series. In that regard, I'd give this episode a strong thumbs up. Vic clearly relishes his opportunities to get physical in the fight scenes, drawing upon that dark side to torture crewmembers with the Agonizer, or if that doesn't work, Sick Bay can truly become a Sick Bay. Haberkorn's Spock, however, gets the best speech award, repeating a recorded speech in calm, clear, logical tones about the eventual fall of the Empire and the value of Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations.

Turns out most of the crew would prefer not to be the cannon fodder of some pirate inspired, dictator.

I do wonder, however, if Spock would attempt to move in such a rapid fashion. To attempt to save the Halkan People would precipitate a conflict with the Mirror Captain Kirk. Once the lines were drawn, Spock did not waste time going on the offensive. Yet I can't help but think that a Vulcan might move in a much more subtle manner, building over time a revolution as opposed to having a mutiny.

That said, Spock holding teach-ins in the shuttle bay during the third watch does not inspire much in the way of action and adventure. Nor could such a storyline be resolved in forty minutes if we take our starting point from the moment Mirror Kirk returns to his ship. A more plausible approach might have been to set the story a year or two later, but these are quibbles in what is otherwise a perfectly enjoyable story.

I do have one additional thought. When Mirror, Mirror first aired in the 1960s it was notably drawing upon Nazi Germany for inspiration. In a tangential sense, one might wonder if this is the universe Edith Keeler might have created had she not been hit by that truck in The City on the Edge of Forever. American viewers of that time and decades to follow, would never have drawn a comparison between the Mirror Universe's methods of discipline and torture with the conduct of American Foreign Policy.

On the other hand, if you watch that episode, and Fairest of Them All, today, in the year 2014, you might come away with a different impression. We live thirteen years into the War on Terror, in an era which condoned the use of black sites, torture and the like in order to secure ourselves from our enemies. It is a little too easy to swap out Mirror Kirk's sparkles and gold pirate wrap for someone in 5-11 Tactical Gear holding a bucket of water over someone's face, trying to get the information he needs.

Do you see what the episode might have done there? If you watched it with a questioning mind, you might have thought more about how it ties into today's issues. Rather than hammer one over the head with the story's one message, it instead chooses to let the viewer find that message on their own.

The best storytelling always does this and in this sense, I think this episode rises above any minor quibbles I might have about plot.

Go watch it and kick a few bucks their way so they can make more.

It has my recommendation.

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yankeedog swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 17, 2014
The earlier fan films, such as 'Starship Exeter' or 'Of Gods And Men' could rely on 'gee-whiz' CGI to enhance some kind of weak efforts-natural enough, given that most of these people aren't trained actors and they don't have the resources of a major studio behind them.

'Phase II' and 'Star Trek Continues', though, really seem to capture the look of the Original Series. The cinematography and editing are good, the stories are better in some cases than some of the Original Series, and like Murph said, if you didn't know better, you'd think you were watching Season Four.

I like Vic Mignogna's version of Captain Kirk. Mignogna looks a bit like Jack Lord (McGarrett from the original 'Hawaii Five-O'), which is interesting since Lord was considered for the role when Star Trek was being pitched. The rest of the roles I think are played quite well by their respective actors and actresses-no complaints there.

Murphy is gonna tell you...

Posted June 17, 2014
I have to admit, I sometimes wonder about relations between the two main fan efforts on TOS. Cawley made an appearance in one of the Starship Farragut episodes so at one point they must have been in contact with each other. Yet now there are two separate efforts.

Which may not be a bad thing. If each produces three to four a year (ST Continues seems to be on a very aggressive production schedule)then the two projects could produce enough to fill out a season over a year.

Per the matter of looking like the Original Kirk, it is an often mentioned fan criticism of the Cawley effort but I think it is an extremely unfair one. We've had how many folks play James Bond, none of them look exactly alike, each take their own tack at the character yet no one complains much. There are the inevitable comparisons but otherwise folks are fairly mature about it. Cawley, on the other hand, got a fair amount of harassment from what little I have gleaned and he has since stepped back, found a new actor to play Captain Kirk who also, in his own way, resembles William Shatner, and has upgraded their production facilities.

It has been fascinating to watch them both.

There is one thing I should have mentioned. The role of women in the first two episodes, especially with newer characters, was fairly strong. In this episode they are more or less relegated to minor tasks. Uhura has a moment where she stands up to the Captain but it is short lived. I suppose this is in keeping with the Mirror Universe's objectification of women in general though you'd think Empress Hoshi Sato would have put an end to that crap.

One final note. If one goes with the two part Star Trek Enterprise episode as canon, then the U.S.S. Defiant was reverse engineered to create more Constitution Class ships. A sad reality is that there seems to have been little in the way of technological advancement in the intervening years. Surely the Terran Empire would be wary of technological stagnation but then again, they seemed to act as if they can always steal some advanced hardware and get by as they always have.

Makes you wonder if they believe in exceptionalism or, "God's Will."

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Murph
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Lulu mutters...

Posted June 17, 2014
"We've had how many folks play James Bond, none of them look exactly alike,"

With the exception proving why this was a bad idea - Lazenby being picked because of his apparent resemblance to Connery.

Murphy puts forth...

Posted June 17, 2014
You know, I've never managed to finish watching that one.

Not a good thing when your villian (who loves ya, baby?) steals the movie from under your nose, either.

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Murph
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Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted June 17, 2014
This mirror universe is separate from the Enterprise mirror universe.

Murphy puts forth...

Posted June 17, 2014
Oh?

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w from brisbane ducks in to say...

Posted June 17, 2014
I think there is a mirror universe where William Shatner is called Vic Mignogna.
I particularly appreciate Vic's Shatner walk. It's pretty well perfect.
And the way, when in his usual federation uniform, most of his stomach seems to be just under his chest and then he tapers down from there. The detail!

That's what I would have written about if I was doing the review. Thankfully Murph did it. Very good.


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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted June 18, 2014
"I am too young to have watched Star Trek..."

Yeah, well, I watched all of them. First run - with commercials for cigarettes and beer, and everything. And I loved Spock's Brain. It was, like, totally boss.

Steven (may I call you Steven?), I have always considered you a mate, pisan, mischocha - a peer. I realize now you are a young punk, a whippersnapper. Get your dog off my lawn!! Keep your yap shut!
I said zip it. Zip it! I'll call the police! Oh yeah? Who are they going to believe? You? I pay taxes. Do you pay taxes? Not yet, but you will, yes, you will!!!

No good, rotten kid....

Now, if you will excuse me, I think I will access Netflix and watch Charlie X, the Naked Time, Shore Leave, Devil in the Dark and City on the Edge of Forever while drinking a Miller High Life (the champagne of bottled beer).

Murphy puts forth...

Posted June 18, 2014
Lulz!

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted June 18, 2014
Laugh all you like. Just keep your dog off my god damned lawn.

Therbs asserts...

Posted June 18, 2014

Hey Paul, off topic but I found Boylan Lawyers. They're located around Adelaide. Yeah, where where serial killers proliferate. Bodies get dumped in barrels, that sort of thing. Is it a coincidence that Boylan Lawyers have decided to set up shop in Serial Killer Central?


<A href="http://www.boylanlawyers.com.au/">http://www.boylanlawyers.com.au/</A>

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted June 18, 2014
Boylans tend to end up in Adelaide because they tend to be Crow fans. The serial killing is just a profitable coincidence.

Murphy reckons...

Posted June 19, 2014
Boylan, my friend, I'm laughing because my dog pooped on your orange tree.

I'm sure she saw it as a gift. :)

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted June 19, 2014
Have you been drinking?

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Murphy has opinions thus...

Posted June 19, 2014
I saw that earlier today.

Yeah, God forbid you upset anyone with your writing. Especially by failing to chuck in a, "Trigger Warning."

Sad times.

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Murphy asserts...

Posted June 19, 2014
Anyone else get that bit at the end where Mirror Kirk screams before the shuttle's doors are closed?

Love it.

Gotta wonder what happened to Khan in the Mirror Universe.

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The Flash

Posted May 16, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

Of all the superhero powers in all the comics of the world, it's the ability of The Flash to side step peak hour traffic, or to get to lunch before all the good tables are taken, that always appealed to me most. That's why I'll be watching this CW series when it airs, even though it looks more than a little like teen soap. Buffy was teen soap and that worked. Also, The Flash is from the producers of Arrow, which has turned out to be somewhat more awesome than anyone expected.

I'll admit I was also a little nervous when I first watched it because Dave Hooper shares somes of Flashy's mojo, but having seen the whole trailer I'm less bothered by that now, for reasons that'll become obvious when the books are finally released.

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yankeedog is gonna tell you...

Posted May 16, 2014
Flash! (aaahaaaaa) He'll save every one of us!

Oh, wait. Wrong guy.

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Therbs mumbles...

Posted May 16, 2014
<P>So The Flash will set up ensemble cast singing?</P>

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Murphy would have you know...

Posted May 16, 2014
Dave's got other things going for him besides The Flash.

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted May 16, 2014
You know it is a hard realisation that the Person you want to spend the rest of your life with 'doesn't'.
Doesn't.
That's the word.
I will watch the video now.

Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted May 16, 2014
Watching Pulp Fiction now.
John and Samuel.
PMSL.

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Sudragon reckons...

Posted May 16, 2014
Sci-fi, then superheroes. How long to we cycle back to westerns as the theme du jour?

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ShaneAlpha reckons...

Posted May 17, 2014
They tried that with The Lone Ranger recently. It bombed.

It cost 215 million, taken 89 million according to imdb. Rule of thumb is box office needs to be 2.5 x cost to break even. I doubt that even with international sales and home release it will break even. But, it's Disney, so who the hell knows.

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pi asserts...

Posted May 17, 2014
want

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Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted May 17, 2014
Captain,
I have unleashed the Hounds.
I am forever scarred with Humility.
The older hound waited and came to me.
He looked me in the eye.
Five seconds maybe more.
I said, 'Go' and he went.
I cannot describe this adequetely

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Blarkon would have you know...

Posted May 17, 2014
What's the point in going really fast if you can't be arsed getting off the couch?

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Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted May 17, 2014
So I go up to the bottle shop and there is a big line.
I mention I hate grabbing babies by the legs and thrashing them on the tiled floor.
None of the fuckers would talk to me.
I figure I will just do it when it suits me.
At the mall or the shops.
Just pick up a kid, kill them, rape the woman cow up the ass with a torch and shoot the Husband.
He's not Australian is he?
B;ack bastard. 9/11.
Now kids die.
Hide your kids Australia.

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted May 17, 2014
So I go up to the bottle shop and there is a big line.
I mentioned I hate grabbing babies by the legs and thrashing them on the tiled floor.
None of the fuckers would talk to me.
I figure I will just do it when it suits me.
At the mall or the shops.
Just pick up a kid, kill them, rape the woman cow up the ass with a torch and shoot the Husband.

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Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted May 17, 2014
So JB,
Next time I am at the cafe I will ask the parents(up to 7 years old) what do you know about Iraq and Afghanistan?
Then I will will kill their child in front of them.
Then they will know.

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted May 17, 2014
So JB,
Next time I am at the cafe I will ask the parents(up to 7 years old) what do you know about Iraq and Afghanistan?
Then I will will kill their child in front of them.
Then they will know.

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted May 17, 2014
So JB,
Next time I am at the cafe I will ask the parents(up to 7 years old) what do you know about Iraq and Afghanistan?
Then I will will kill their child in front of them.
Then they will know.

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted May 17, 2014
Just pity the young couple JB,
I will hold their child,'I love kids.
When I smash the skull someone will call the Police.
Crazy.
That's me.
But your kid is dead.
Deal with it

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted May 17, 2014
Just pity the young couple JB,
I will hold their child,'I love kids.
When I smash the skull someone will call the Police.
Crazy.
That's me.
But your kid is dead.
Deal with it

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted May 17, 2014
Just pity the young couple JB,
I will hold their child,'I love kids.
When I smash the skull someone will call the Police.
Crazy.
That's me.
But your kid is dead.
Deal with it

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Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted May 17, 2014
Just pity the young couple JB,
I will hold their child,'I love kids.
When I smash the skull someone will call the Police.
Crazy.
That's me.
But your kid is dead.
Deal with it

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Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted May 17, 2014
Just pity the young couple JB,
I will hold their child,'I love kids.
When I smash the skull someone will call the Police.
Crazy.
That's me.
But your kid is dead.
Deal with it

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Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted May 17, 2014
why seven?
I can't pick up an eight year old by the legs and thrash them.
Some can.
I can't.
I just do the lighter ones.
I'll show yiou....

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Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted May 17, 2014
why seven?
I can't pick up an eight year old by the legs and thrash them.
Some can.
I can't.
I just do the lighter ones.
I'll show yiou....

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted May 17, 2014
why seven?
I can't pick up an eight year old by the legs and thrash them.
Some can.
I can't.
I just do the lighter ones.
I'll show yiou....

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted May 17, 2014
why seven?
I can't pick up an eight year old by the legs and thrash them.
Some can.
I can't.
I just do the lighter ones.
I'll show yiou....

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Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted May 17, 2014
why seven?
I can't pick up an eight year old by the legs and thrash them.
Some can.
I can't.
I just do the lighter ones.
I'll show yiou....

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted May 17, 2014
why seven?
I can't pick up an eight year old by the legs and thrash them.
Some can.
I can't.
I just do the lighter ones.
I'll show yiou....

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted May 17, 2014
why seven?
I can't pick up an eight year old by the legs and thrash them.
Some can.
I can't.
I just do the lighter ones.
I'll show yiou....

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted May 17, 2014
why seven?
I can't pick up an eight year old by the legs and thrash them.
Some can.
I can't.
I just do the lighter ones.
I'll show yiou....

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Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted May 17, 2014
The wierd thing JB is no one at the bottle shop thought it was weird that I smashed Baby skulls in Afghanistan or Iraq.
But they will think it weird if I do it here.
Work that one out.

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted May 17, 2014
The wierd thing JB is no one at the bottle shop thought it was weird that I smashed Baby skulls in Afghanistan or Iraq.
But they will think it weird if I do it here.
Work that one out.

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Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted May 17, 2014
The wierd thing JB is no one at the bottle shop thought it was weird that I smashed Baby skulls in Afghanistan or Iraq.
But they will think it weird if I do it here.
Work that one out.

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Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted May 17, 2014
The wierd thing JB is no one at the bottle shop thought it was weird that I smashed Baby skulls in Afghanistan or Iraq.
But they will think it weird if I do it here.
Work that one out.

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Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted May 17, 2014
The wierd thing JB is no one at the bottle shop thought it was weird that I smashed Baby skulls in Afghanistan or Iraq.
But they will think it weird if I do it here.
Work that one out.

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Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted May 17, 2014
The wierd thing JB is no one at the bottle shop thought it was weird that I smashed Baby skulls in Afghanistan or Iraq.
But they will think it weird if I do it here.
Work that one out.

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted May 17, 2014
Hint Hint,
Feel that panic?
Feeds me JB.
Then the blood...

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Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted May 17, 2014
Hint Hint,
Feel that panic?
Feeds me JB.
Then the blood...

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Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted May 17, 2014
Hint Hint,
Feel that panic?
Feeds me JB.
Then the blood...

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Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 17, 2014
Hint Hint,
Feel that panic?
Feeds me JB.
Then the blood...

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yankeedog has opinions thus...

Posted May 18, 2014
Geez! May I suggest tonight's special-the roast aripripazole? Or any of the other free-range antipsychotic drugs? Perhaps a nice Levosulpiride or Droperidol?

I thought Sweet-jane-says was a piece of work...

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BigWillieStyle is gonna tell you...

Posted May 18, 2014
Just wondering whether Dino had any thoughts on the subject?

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Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted May 18, 2014
Yep BWS I do,
I have to get a SYkiartric Report or Assessment and it's not that easy.
Plus I have to pay for it!
Hence I have employed the Cloud.
Results should be in soon.

Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted May 18, 2014
Have Primary ID on ECT.
Systems at 90%.

Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted May 18, 2014
OT but I need to get a Blockheads Album.

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Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 18, 2014
I am not going in there again, under there, where the vibrations, the vibrations alert you, where you are alone, where you are alone.
Surely there is another younger fuckwit than me who is better suited.

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Barnesm asserts...

Posted May 18, 2014
9/45 thats a significantly low signal to noise ratio. When I aw how many comments were posted I thought I was late to the party. Though Yankeedog made the same link I thought of regarding FLASH....

Marvel is winning in the movies but DC is kicking ass on the small screen.

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Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted May 18, 2014
Barnesm,
Have you been there?
In the Trident?
I have.

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted May 18, 2014
Just made the connection with Asimov.
When did he write the trilogy?
Poor fuck if he saw I what i did.
Makeup/Foundation love the little ladies...

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Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 18, 2014
Just read the Asimov entry on Wikipedia.
Complete shit.

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Barnesm is gonna tell you...

Posted May 18, 2014
which is easier than making Whisky taste like bacon.

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Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted May 18, 2014
insomniac,
You can do better than competing with me.
Aim Higher...

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AuntyLou would have you know...

Posted May 18, 2014
Sorry guys... I love this place...but if Dino stays I go. I don't have time for this stream of consciousness shit. If I did I would enroll in a University literature class. I miss book club & interesting conversation with minds in the real world. Dino needs help. Maybe those of you who are his friends could probably point him in that direction rather than letting him rave. Sorry...love you dudes but really can't cope with this shit.

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Bangar puts forth...

Posted May 18, 2014
Well the last bridge resident was talented at her game, the newest just verbose and repetitive.
For small mercies we don't have both.

AuntyLou swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 18, 2014
Eccentricity & a touch of verbosity I can live with. Have never had an issue with Havock as he is an institution & though I rarely agree with him he has a unique style with which to express his opinion. I remember Sweet Jane says from my lurking days. Those posts at least made some sort of sense. Guess I might just be a grumpy old woman tonight but seriously! Does any of this Dino stuff have any point? Or do any of the denizens of this fine blog find these posts illuminating? Happy to be told to shut up and go away if I just am missing the point.

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pi has opinions thus...

Posted May 18, 2014
I'm with AuntyLou. Dino is down on his meds, and that's sad, but regrettably, it's not something I can solve, and not something I really have the time nor inclination to wade through.

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w from brisbane reckons...

Posted May 18, 2014
Dear Dino.

I am a fan. I have greatly enjoyed your contributions over the years. But, you have gone off course.

I have been avoiding the Burger a bit lately because you seem to be using it as your own scribble pad for a type of free form verbal expression that is sometimes quite poisonous. I have been thankful because a lot of it is either incomprehensible or over my head.

On the Burger, we are a friendly bunch enjoying a backyard game, courtesy of our host JB. But you keep nicking the ball just to kick it over the neighbour's fence. I mean really, what's the point? It sure does ruin the game.

As a starting point, on topic, comprehensible, maybe one or two a day. Personally, I like it when you make sense. Then I just about always enjoy reading it.

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Maddoug mumbles...

Posted May 18, 2014
Comment here from a regular lurker, I have to agree. Havock and others give colour. Dino is just too much.

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yankeedog has opinions thus...

Posted May 19, 2014
Dino!

Listen to some of the people here. You need some help, go get it. Or talk to somebody that can help you. I've been around since damn near the beginning of this blog, and trust me, y'all are making absolutely no sense.

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JG ducks in to say...

Posted May 19, 2014
I've been commenting here for almost three years. Something like that, on and off. I think you've been around here - on CBG - for a while, Dino, and I don't remember you posting randomly like this until a couple of months ago. Then again, I took a break from CBG for a few months, so maybe you did.

Anyway, recently, I at first thought you were mucking around, or had had a few too many drinks on occasion. Perhaps I was wrong in that regard. I suspect you may be going through a bad patch and in need of medication. Sorry if I have that wrong, but I hope you are alright. I agree with W that you have interesting and astute points to make at times, when you are in a right state of mind. I wish you all the best in your recovery. Take care.

Joanna/JG

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Halwes puts forth...

Posted May 19, 2014

If I thought Dino was really an ex Afghan war vet then I'd start barracking for the towelheads. I don't reckon he's that sick. Just a sad, half intelligent, angry, lonely, old pisshead. Australia's full of them and they are all full of shit. Eventually the liver cracks under the strain of the piss and the depression medication. Now yankeedog I don't know about "no sense" though. Having just reread your own William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, I can't really see the difference. Gees Dino, When you remind people of a couple of old, drug crazed, poofter junkies then you know it's time to get help.

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted May 19, 2014
Thank You all,
Some comments I have taken to heart.
I note the syclogy and help bullshit.
fashion as Oscar Wide said needs replacing etc.
Not one person,cept smarty pants, mentioned I need a good fuck and some money.
tell that to the Royal Society of fuckwits

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Halwes asserts...

Posted May 19, 2014
There you go. "Tell that to the royal society of fuckwits". Now where else would you get a great line like that.? Dino will need the money first though otherwise he'll have no chance of getting rooted.

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Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 19, 2014
tell it like it is.
But maybe it should have been 'College' not Society.
I would love mentally disturbed patients(females if you please) to pay me to fuck them.
Oh the Joy.
Me, substandard.

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Posted May 19, 2014
What's that Paul?
Your a Father.
Good on you mate.
How's your son?

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Deadwood Retro

Posted March 12, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

Don't blame me for making you realise your mortality, but it's been ten years since Deadwood premiered.

I've got the house to myself tonight and plan on streaming this half hour RogerEbert.com tribute to the Apple TV to watch on the big screen.

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John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted March 12, 2014

Well that was fucking awesome.

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embilbie reckons...

Posted March 12, 2014

Fucking amen, brother.

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Rhino puts forth...

Posted March 12, 2014

You hoople headed cocksuckers should stop with the blasphemin.

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Murphy mutters...

Posted March 13, 2014

Binge watched the whole series during the summer of 2010, the one summer I taught history before realizing that summers were best spent lifeguarding.

I seem to recall that everytime someone in that show took a drink, I did too.

Great show but I don't think I'd sit through the whole series again.

Respects,

Murph

On the Outer Marches

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Babes mutters...

Posted March 13, 2014

I could never get into that show...I think the aesthetics were too bleak for me. Same with M*A*S*H* and mom's beef stew.

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pitpat ducks in to say...

Posted March 13, 2014

It's a favourite in the shed. I look for gold for a living and have lived and worked in the major gold towns in Qld. Charters Towers, Gympie, Selwyn, the Isa, Cooktown, Mareeba, Herberton .

Deadwood gives a slice of what it was like from a human perspetive. The hope that is talked about in the doco is evident in the historical record. For example at Gympie there are some 400 shafts , the Ellen Harkins pulled 40,000 ounces from 40,000 tonnes ( 40-60 million bucks in todays money). Of those 400 shafts only 2 paid their shareholders any divedend. In Gympie it went from 0 people to 30,000 in little over 5 years and a flavour of the town is given by the shaft names. Occidental, Scottish Gympie, West of Scotland, Dead Goat etc. But it is the hope - or prehaps greed/ambition- that drove the people all looking for a better life out of the mud, the blood, and the beer. From my understanding Gympie wasn't too bad in terms of out of control violence but that probably had a lot to do with it's strategic importance -ie pulling Qld out of the grasping claws of NSW.- and probably had a bigger constabulary presence than say Charters and certainly bigger than Cooktown.

Anyhow I could rabbit on for hours about goldming towns and their special brand of lunacy but I've got to go find a gold mine.

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S.M. Stirling has opinions thus...

Posted March 14, 2014

The way to make money out of a gold rush is to sell supplies, booze and pussy to the miners. Actually trying for gold is a mug's game, or a lottery at best.

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S.M. Stirling mumbles...

Posted March 17, 2014

Pet peeve with Westerns (and historical films/TV in general to a slightly lesser extent): TOO MANY OLD PEOPLE!

Dudes, the median age in the US through most of the 19th century was -sixteen-. That's right, half the population was below the age of sixteen. Three-quarters were under 30. Only one or two percent were over 60.

And the frontier had -even fewer- old people than the settled districts. Admittedly fewer women and children, too, especially the cowboy/mining sections of the frontier, but also fewer middle-aged men. It was overwhelmingly a young, unattached male world -- hence the truly pathological levels of violence and drunken hooliganism. Add in that stable people with good prospects generally didn't end up there.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted March 17, 2014

I feel the same way about Argo. The American Embassy take over scenes were populated by old people when, in reality, it was young Iranian college students who made up the mob that stormed the embassy. Ruined the movie for me.

Now Deadwood is ruined for me, too. And for the same reason. Thanks for that.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted March 18, 2014

How is that supposed to make me feel better? I feel worse! That photo proves that Deadwood is a completely unrealistic show. Nothing more than Bonanza with profanity.

w from brisbane reckons...

Posted March 18, 2014

Sorry PNB, wasn't a comment on the show, I just find looking at hats strangely relaxing.

Re: Deadwood. Not Bonanza for me, I think the show was more like Cheers, if Sam hadn't got off the drink.

FormerlyKnownAsSimon reckons...

Posted March 18, 2014

Those guys with beards? 19. Maybe 23 on the outside. It was hard livin ;)

Either that or probably tourists (it does say board of trade). Probably just share holders out on a sunday picnic to see how their investment is coming along.

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S.M. Stirling would have you know...

Posted March 17, 2014

The future will probably make the same mistake about our time a couple of generations from now, when the median world age is 55 and cities are being abandoned every year.

Iranian demographics were very different then.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted March 18, 2014

In the case of Argo, it was a scheduling problem. They knew they needed younger people, but they couldn't find any. The embassy storming scenes were filmed in Turkey. At that time, the Turkish economy was booming and all the young people were either in school or had jobs. The only people available for "extra" work were older folks.

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The TV chef who wasn't.

Posted March 9, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

I dips me lid to Prof Boylan for this video. A local TV spot in the US to promote a book by 'Chef Keith'. Leftovers Right: making a winner of last nights dinner. Or something.

Turns out chef Keith isn't a chef. And he hadn't written a book. About leftovers or anything. I think he may have been taking the piss.

But damn if those mashed potato ice cream cones don't look mighty temptin'.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted March 10, 2014

He did this at, and to, a fair number of different local news television stations before he was discovered to be a hoax.

See it while you can. Nobody can take a joke. Those local television stations are sending cease and deisist letters to Youtube to pull Chef Keith off the net.

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pitpat is gonna tell you...

Posted March 10, 2014

I want to see him do Road Kill recipes. Sqaushed Emu anyone mmm.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon is gonna tell you...

Posted March 10, 2014

He needs to dip that mashed potato in crushed up corn chips.

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Therbs mumbles...

Posted March 10, 2014

In another spot he explains "The average person eats a pound and a half of faeces each year." Gold.

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SweetSisterMorphine would have you know...

Posted March 10, 2014

I have so little faith in the veracity of anything I see in the news these days that I honestly wouldn't be surpised to discover that everything outside of my neighbourhood is really just mutant filled-wasteland.

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Posted March 10, 2014

*scratch scratch, moan*

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The unusual appeal of TWD

Posted February 19, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

Interesting bit in Variety on the unlikely success of The Walking Dead. Have to admit, it's a true addiction for me. Something I hate myself for doing, and don't really enjoy, but cannot stop.

I'm saving this week's ep for the end of my deadline, hopefully in three days.

To simply chalk up the success of “Walking” to the viability of the horror genre is to misunderstand the show. It’s never been some splatterpunk thrill ride like the “Saw” film franchise; there’s actually just as much an arthouse sensibility to “Walking” as there is to other AMC shows like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” And as last night’s episode indicated, the series doesn’t adhere to conventional storytelling. Then there’s the tone of “Walking,” which is so bleak it practically thumbs its nose at mass appeal. Throw in the fact the show hasn’t minted any true breakout stars and attracts zero awards buzz, and these gaudy ratings are even more inexplicable.

What’s truly mystifying is that the show seemed to have reached its audience peak at a time when the storylines couldn’t be less broadly appealing. While the previous season’s faceoff with the character known as the Governor provided a pretty conventional villain character to root against, most of this season was focused on the ensemble fighting an invisible enemy: a virus that decimated their ranks. One of the show’s most difficult but heretofore lesser themes — the plight of children in this war zone — was thrust repeatedly to the forefront of the latest episodes in all its depressing, hair-tearing ethical implications.

And when they did turn their attention to the Governor, they brought him back in most unusual fashion with a morally ambiguous storyline that essentially humanized a character that had engaged in mass murder.

Most amazing of all was “Walking’s” audacious decision to bench the entire cast for two episodes to tell the story of the Governor — name another show that would dare do that. If anything, the sidelining was tacit acknowledgement that its lead actors aren’t exactly featured attractions on this series.

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Propnut puts forth...

Posted February 19, 2014

The character are human, with all the faults that come with that, the voyeuristic aspect of how they survive / cope in an unimaginable world is part of the appeal i think.

But really we all can’t be acclaimed high end authors living in an a Bunny palace in BrisVegas! so maybe if your day job really blows then the prospect of a zombie apocalypse might seem like an enviable alternative, in an extremely escapist sort of way. :-)

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Bondiboy66 ducks in to say...

Posted February 19, 2014

I have yet to go further than Season 2 of TWD...although I have been tainted somewhat by reading the original comics to date. Admittedly the TV show has diverted somewhat from the source material, but it has rubbed some fo the glos off the show for me.

Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 19, 2014

I am so sorry, if you can manage it push on through the interminable dreariness of season two, down on the farm becasue it does improve.

I think you will find sufficent divergence from the comics ( I too am a fan of the comics and the only reason I have held off from reading the latest trade paperback The Walking Dead Vol. 20: All Out War is becuase its the first in a two parter)

The choice of David Morrissey as the Governer in series 3 I think is the beginning of the divergence where you can see the TV series making choices as a Tv series rather than simply seeing it as a visual translation of the comics.

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w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 19, 2014

"A soap opera, or simply a soap, is a serial drama, on television or radio, that features related story lines dealing with the lives of multiple characters. The stories in these series typically focus heavily on emotional relationships to the point of melodrama."

TWD is a soap. Soaps can be addictive, a guilty pleasure, and they also can be bloody good. The hard thing is sustaining the interest over many seasons. They are often highly watched but under-represented in awards shows. In perhaps not unrelated news, in the USA, the 2013-14 season has seen a ratings resurgence in soaps generally.

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted February 19, 2014

What I am most alarmed by is the suggestions embedded in the piece and I am worried the same management at AMC that made the decision to throw Frank Darbot out after season one (confirmed as a poor decision if we look at what happened, or more accurately how little happened in season Two 'down on the farm') they might think these are a good idea

  • “Now if we could just work in a guest arc for (insert brand-name actor here), we could raise the show’s visibility even more!”
  • the cheesy love triangle,
  • the awful catchphrase,
  • the curvaceous or studly character who somehow manages to look sexy in a post-apocalyptic war zone (Daryl fans not withstanding)

shudder

Rob puts forth...

Posted February 19, 2014

Just to tie this into the Robocop responses, did any one notice that Hershel was played by the same actor from Judge Dredd? he played Pa Angel who was planning to eat Judge Dredd and Fergie. Not sure if that improves either show.

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Dave W mutters...

Posted February 19, 2014

I'll be doing the usual TWD full season binge when s4 becomes available. Season 3 was vastly superior to s2. My personal favourite point was the emergence of the son as a complete stone-cold BMF on the side of good, with the moral hazard of his father [Andrew Lincoln] wanting him to have a childhood but knowing that the kid has to be able to fight for himself.

And Merle. Just because.

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Rob mumbles...

Posted February 19, 2014

I thought the first episode of the new season was my favourite so far. Classic. especially the eating icing on the roof , while the zombie wants to eat Carl.

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Lobes mumbles...

Posted February 20, 2014

I really enjoyed season 1 then I also made the mistake of devouring the comic series and now, to use bondiboys phrase, it has really rubbed the gloss off.

It hasn't quite jumped the shark and I'll probably finish season 2 one day but I'm uncertain I'll ever enjoy it as much now I'm so (over)familiar with the survivor dynamics.

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Lobes swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 20, 2014

I really enjoyed season 1 then I also made the mistake of devouring the comic series and now, to use bondiboys phrase, it has really rubbed the gloss off.

It hasn't quite jumped the shark and I'll probably finish season 2 one day but I'm uncertain I'll ever enjoy it as much now I'm so (over)familiar with the survivor dynamics.

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Babes mutters...

Posted February 25, 2014

I think it has to do with the combination of great storytelling/acting and lots of hot chicks, guns and gore. If you'll notice during the promos (at least in the US) they advertise HEAVILY for the dumbest looking show ever, "Game of Arms" (about the intense training and commitment of professional arm wrestlers). I think the show's formula is something like, conoisseurs of fine morality stories + meat-head-hot-chick-zombie-lovers = surprisingly good ratings that do not translate into awards. But we are addicts! (although my hubs and I agree, we wish Andrew Lincoln would do his interviews in Rick's accent.)

Lulu would have you know...

Posted February 25, 2014

"Game of Arms"

OT, but I think this is now my favourite reality show title (following "Rat Bastards").

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Timmo puts forth...

Posted February 26, 2014

That was a brief but interesting read, but I'm left with the question (and TWD brought this up last season too) - if it's death rather than the bite that zombifies you, (since everyone is carrying the virus) why spend so much time avoiding getting bitten? Or is the bite deadly?

Timmo puts forth...

Posted February 26, 2014

By that I meant the George A Romero interview.

w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 27, 2014

According to The Walking Dead Wiki, in TWD, the danger of the zombie bite is due to septic elements in zombie saliva due to their diet and decomposition.
This is separate to the zombie pathogen, which the living already have and will turn everybody into a zombie upon death, as long as the brain is reasonable shape.
Look up the Zombie Bites section on this page.
http://walkingdead.wikia.com/wiki/Zombies

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