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Star Trek Continues. Lolani

Posted February 12, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

Think I might actually stream this one thru the Apple teev to the big screen later tonight when I'm done writing and editing. These folk are doing God's work.

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Blarkon asserts...

Posted February 12, 2014

I've watched the Phase II episodes: http://www.startreknewvoyages.com/

The current Star Trek comic (which takes place in the Abramsverse) is running a story where the crew have encountered a mirror universe of gender opposites. Jane T Kirk, Spock (female), Marjorie Scott (Chief Engineer), Hikari Sulu, Pavlovna Checkov (should have been Chevokva), Lea "Bones" McCoy.

Kirk is still all swagger, Spock all Logic and Bones "Dammit Jane, I'm a Doctor not a ..."

Wouldn't mind seeing it as an ongoing series.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted February 12, 2014

Ha! Bought that comic last Friday night. Deadline treat.

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Darth Greybeard ducks in to say...

Posted February 12, 2014

It's pretty good. They're funded by a Kickstarter.

Project Update #53: Episode 2, LOLANI is now online

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In case you were unaware, the latest episode of Star Trek Continues is now online for viewing, free. Visit http://www.startrekcontinues.com and select Episodes. There you will find the link to the second episode.

This is the one with James Doohan's son and Grant Imahara as Scotty and Sulu.

HAVOCK21 puts forth...

Posted February 12, 2014

HEAD like a fkn KICKED IN BICKIE FKN TIN!

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HAVOCK21 has opinions thus...

Posted February 12, 2014

Speaking of dumb shit!, what RETARD let fkn KORBY KERNELL QUEENS FKN MUTT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted February 13, 2014

I am afraid I must take responsibility for that.

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Murphy has opinions thus...

Posted February 13, 2014

The Official Star Trek Continues is run by the folks who had built the sets for Starship Farragut. There is a batch of webisodes, shorts, an animated series and a comic featuring the crew of that show/ship. Set up down Georgia way I get the sense that this crew gets the feel of the original series down pretty well.

Star Trek New Voyages/Phase II is the older of the two fan fic based TOS series and it has always seemed more interested in building what they call Season 4 as well as moving onto elements from the Animated Series plus the cancelled Phase II tv series.

The sets and gear are better in Phase II in my opinion but the acting in Continues is a notch better.

Best part of all, Phase II is putting out a new episode on Valentines Day following a young Dr. Carol Marcus. So between the two groups it is almost as if the show is back on again, producing episodes.

Both also have actors who look more like the original William Shatner Kirk. James Cawley of Phase II apparently lost interest after getting harassed for his portrayal, unfairly I think since there is no real way to clone Shatner or any of the other actors.

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Murph

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HAVOCK21 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 13, 2014

ummmm, I have to say, I've never seen that bloke as Kirk before!.

How many eps did the ugly bastard do and I swear, that green chicky babe looks a lot like Katie Perry IMHO!!!!!!

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted February 13, 2014

This certainly shows what can be produced if you have people making the series who have a great love for the original rather than simply "we can make sacks of $$$$'.

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Barnesm mutters...

Posted February 13, 2014

These voyages show you can still have a utopic future, replicators, infinate space, needs met and still have an interesting story.

I can see how the stories fo the Culture can have grown from the vision of Star Trek: The Original Series which these versions capture so well.

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pi ducks in to say...

Posted February 13, 2014

How the fuck did I miss this?!?!?!!?

Barnesm is gonna tell you...

Posted February 13, 2014

misspent youth?

pi mumbles...

Posted February 13, 2014

More likely early onset dementia.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted February 13, 2014

What an amazing reconstruction of sets and props.

Barnesm mumbles...

Posted February 13, 2014

Thats no way to talk about William Shatner

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Blarkon reckons...

Posted February 13, 2014

It's self funded - there are some rich nerds about.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted February 14, 2014

I am impressed that one of the qualities of nerdosity appears to be a love of detail.

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Darth Greybeard would have you know...

Posted February 14, 2014

Hey! I'm not rich but I helped fund it. Every little bit helps. I may however be slightly nerdy.

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Top Ten Capt Kirk fight scenes

Posted February 7, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

Not because I'm on deadline. Just because you cannae beat a flying double kick to the chest, or a double handed backhand back fist. But you can totally beat a giant space lizard wearing a scarf. If your name is James T. Kirk, motherfuckers.

Arrgh, you didn't floss!

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w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 7, 2014

One of my favourite group fight scenes was in "The Apple" where the Enterprise team was attacked by a group of angry tennis players who must have had their post-game sauna interrupted.
Jim's double use of his bowling ball move clearly perplexed the irate tennis club members. You can see the move at .05 and .12 in this very short clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pighpPCNPU

Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted February 7, 2014

Left Hook.

Works evry time!

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Murphy mumbles...

Posted February 7, 2014

Dayton Ward lives in Kansas City, a Marine (because there is no such thing as, "former Marine") he submitted a short piece of a now defunct Star Treky short story anthology. Now he writes novels. Nice guy, sat on a panel with him once at a local SF convention.

Oh, I'm all about the flying double kick to the chest.

Respects,

Murph

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Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted February 7, 2014

Captain,

May I suggest a computer that doesn't work on toothpaste and can do more than a single calculation?

The new quantum apparati with auxillary input are quite cute.

Just Sayin'

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

Posted February 7, 2014

Captain,

May I suggest a computer that doesn't work on toothpaste and can do more than a single calculation?

The new quantum apparati with auxillary input are quite cute.

Just Sayin'

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted February 8, 2014

Two episodes, both written by Theodore Sturgeon for the original series: Shore Leave, where Kirk fights a nasty Irishman named Finnegan; and Amok Time, where Kirk fights Spock during a Vulcan mating frenzy.

Best Kirk fights of the entire first series.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted February 8, 2014

I see that both fight scenes were included in the official list.

Arena is second to least favorite. The Gorn was a fucking slow moving lizard. It can't catch you. How hard is that fight to win?

My least favorite fight scene is Shatner vs. Montalban in Spaced Seed. The stunt double is so obvious it hurts. I seem to recall he may have had a moustache, but I could be wrong. Its been a long time.

Rhino is gonna tell you...

Posted February 8, 2014

Professor, everyone knows that whenever Kirk boosts his testosterone to engage in fisticuffs the overload causes immediate hair growth. Most of the time said growth takes place on his back and/or testicles. The best explanation for the moustache is that he was so boosted to fight the eugnically superior Khan that the additional hair space was required.

SCIENCE!

w from brisbane ducks in to say...

Posted February 8, 2014

The fight scene in Space Seed may have been poor, but that episode does include Star Trek's possibly most rousing script moment.

SPOCK : Quite correct, Captain. Planet number five there is habitable, although a bit savage, somewhat inhospitable.
KIRK: But no more than Australia's Botany Bay colony was at the beginning. Those men went on to tame a continent.

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Darth Greybeard has opinions thus...

Posted February 8, 2014

Best tribute to the Kirk vs Gorn battle was in "Paul", where they went to the original spot and... if you haven't seen it, you probably should. Even better since Simon Pegg is now Scotty.

Speaking of which, there's a Continuing Voyages of the Starship Enterprise fan series with great (i.e. dodgy) sets, guest appearances by a couple of original actors, Grant Imahara of Mythbusters as Sulu and James Doohan's son as Scotty.

Also "Redshirts" is going to be a TV series.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted February 8, 2014

First JB becomes a character in an Emberverse novel. Now Redshirts is gonna be a TV series.

I'm not sure how much better my life can get.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted February 8, 2014

Upon further reflection, money would definitely make it even better.

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w from brisbane asserts...

Posted February 8, 2014

I think the Gorn vs Kirk fight is so memorable because it is so long.
They fight for minutes, then pause for an ad break, then the fight continues. You don't see that often in TV drama.
Of course, Gorn's 'Brute Barnard' style performance adds to the fun.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted February 8, 2014

Pugilistic longevity doesn't necessarily equate with excellence. As support for this argument, I refer you to The Gamesters of Triskelion. Long fights – truly awful in every possible way something can be awful.

Please - do not mention quatloos and disembodied brains.

Rhino reckons...

Posted February 8, 2014

I bid 4000 quatloos on the swarthy newcomer.

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ShaneAlpha reckons...

Posted February 8, 2014

Flying Leg Kick.

and that's why Kirk is better then Picard.

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Sudragon mutters...

Posted February 8, 2014

Rules of Star Trek Fight Club

1. Do not talk about Star Trek Fight Club. At least, not where the redshirted Ensigns can hear you.

2. If this is your first Episode/Movie, you must fight.

3. Do not talk about Star Trek Fight Club.

4. Do not get Spock angry. You won't like it when he's angry.

5. <i>Do not </i>talk about Star Trek Fight Club.

6. If your shirt sustains even minor damage, it must immediately be removed.

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Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted February 8, 2014

Anti space-lizard bastard. That Gorn was just defending his territory. Even Kirk admitted that he was in the wrong when it came to Cestus III.

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Lulu swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 10, 2014

That picture up there could work for a list of Kirk / space alien love scenes as well.

Lulu swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 10, 2014

with a different caption, of course

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted February 10, 2014

Anyhoo I don't hinkt kids should judge their parents.

Show some respect.

If I was bent over 'taking it for the team' please tell my kids I did it for them.

The moans wre ancicillary...

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At last, that difficult Secret Santa present for Orin is available

Posted December 4, 2013 into Telly by John Birmingham

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Rob would have you know...

Posted December 4, 2013

OMG SET PHASERS TO FUN!

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yankeedog would have you know...

Posted December 4, 2013

Yes! Me want!

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted December 5, 2013

I have one that makes all of the distinctive Space: 1999 sounds.

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Conspiracy Cat asserts...

Posted December 5, 2013

Bugger the door chime. I want her gun. No, I NEED her gun. And a mop.

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Blarkon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 5, 2013

Also been looking at this http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f29d/?srp=2

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Murphy would have you know...

Posted December 5, 2013

Definitely could use a phaser.

A working phaser plus a recharge point.

Respects,

Murph

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RIP Doyle

Posted November 29, 2013 into Telly by John Birmingham

I was saddened to get an email from Guru Bob this morning informing me that Bodie, also known as the actor Lewis Collins, had died overnight. The rougher half of Bodie and Doyle in The Professionals, he always seemed to be running up to his partner and boss with a slightly bovine look on his face to ask, "Wazzup?"

I came late to The Professionals, because my parents didn't watch it when I was a kid. Or maybe they did and I was just in bed by the time it came on. I remember first catching up with it at uni, when I was sharing a house with a couple of blokes who became, respectively, a cop and a spy. How's that for predestination?

It's funny though, I've been thinking about buying the original series and watching it with Thomas. I might do that now. Although I wonder if he would find the pacing a bit dull and the fight scenes a bit stagey.

I don't suppose many of our American burgers would remember the series, or would even have seen it. At any rate they're probably comatose with Turkey poisoning by now. The rest of us can have a quiet moment and raise a glass in their absence to the absence of the rougher half of Bodie and Doyle.

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Surtac swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 29, 2013

D*mn. I hadn't heard that. Vale Doyle.

I remember it well. It was one of a number of Brit drama series I used to watch growing up as a kid in Tassie, along with things like 1990 (with Edward Woodward), The Omega Factor, the Champions and so on.

I can see a dvd-buying binge coming on.

insomniac has opinions thus...

Posted November 29, 2013

Why has Edward Woodward got four 'd's' in his name?

Because otherwise he'd be Ewar Woowar.

Anyhoo, I loved watching the The Professionals. I remember that episode where they took a single shot to shatter a car window at the limit of the rifle and into the wind, just to get some attention.

These days if I want attention I just go for ms insomniac's boobs because even a slapdown is a cherished form of human contact.

Barnesm reckons...

Posted November 29, 2013

Oh yeah The Omega factor I loved that series . Anyone hear anything more about the American Movie based on the TV series that was proposed back in 2011, see here

My favourite scene was when Doyle was being interrogated by some pasty faced bureaucrat in some MI-6 stink hole of an operation where something went wrong....

PFB "Mr Doyle have you ever killed someone?"

Doyle "Yes" look of complete distain

PFB "How many? ten, A dozen..."

Doyle " Well you lob a grenade into a bush when you're ambushed and you don't stick around and count the bodies..."

w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 29, 2013

I read this anecdote, a bloke said he was in a restaurant with Spike Milligan, and Edward Woodward walked in.
Apparently, Spike Milligan leapt to his feet, pointed and yelled.
"There goes Edward Woodwardwardwardwardwardward!"

Yes, Bodie and Doyle were good. They had a freewheeling, dangerous air.

Bodie - the smooth, playboy, hard man.
Doyle - the more intense man, trying to live a conventional life. Though his claims to normality were undercut by his somewhat battered face. In real life, the actor, Martin Shaw, had received some facial reconstruction after some drunken hijinks had gone horribly wrong.

damian puts forth...

Posted November 29, 2013

Since my wife pointed out that Edward Woodward is the sound of a fart in a bath, I haven't been able to think of him quite the same way.

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Barnesm puts forth...

Posted November 29, 2013

Appearently he tried out for Bond in 80s but was his audition was reported to be "too aggressive". How awesome would that have been, instead of Moore and Dalton we could have had DOYLE as Bond.

insomniac puts forth...

Posted November 29, 2013

Boyle?

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Therbs asserts...

Posted November 29, 2013

Our sharehouse at the time called them Dodie and Boyle. There was also Gordon Jackson acting all stern and commanding while B&D took the piss and got into fights. A lot of work was needed by the stunt crew and armourers as I recall. I guess the memories seem more fun because of the distance of time. The mull bowl probably helped as well.

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Jim reckons...

Posted November 29, 2013

I loved this show - none of the cheesiness of Statrsky & Hutch. I think they also drove a Jensen. Tough as nails was those two.

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andy47 reckons...

Posted November 29, 2013

Jim, not a Jensen (you're thinking of the Persuaders) but if memory serves Doyle used to drive a Capri (the European model not the excuse for a car they sold in Oz) and Bodie mainly drove a Ford Granada.

It was a quality show for those of us who were adolescent in the 1970s

ShaneAlpha ducks in to say...

Posted December 1, 2013

The cars they drove depends on which series you watch, in the later series Bodie had a Ford Capri and Doyle drove a Ford Escort. . Cowley had a Ford Granada.(guess which car company product placed in the show)

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Murphy is gonna tell you...

Posted November 29, 2013

Some brave few of us actually restrained our appetites and consumed only one plate of turkey and ham on this day, thank you very much.

On the other hand, I have some very nice Russian Vodkha which will see me off to Sandmanland.

Respects,

Murph

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Brother PorkChop would have you know...

Posted November 29, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Murph.

Murphy is gonna tell you...

Posted November 30, 2013

Thanks!

Respects,

Murph

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MickH mumbles...

Posted November 29, 2013

I might have my facts twisted but did he come THAT close to being the drummer for the beatles?

I also liked him in the SAS movie "Who dares wins" I believe he was an 'Honourary member" of the SAS too. A real rarity

Bondiboy66 has opinions thus...

Posted December 2, 2013

The Authoritive Literature (wikipedia) says he turned down the offer to play drums for the Beatles after Pete Best left/got shoved. Also, he passed selection for the Territorial SAS - but they wouldn't have him because he was too well known.

I always missed this show as a kid (well saw some episodes) because with one tv in the house I had no say in what was on...

w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 2, 2013

Re: the Beatles
Lewis Collins said he was a ladies hairdresser and saw himself as a bit posh and arty. Mike McCartney, a fellow hairdresser who is Paul's McCartney brother, suggested Collins audition to replace Pete Best.
Collins thought to himself, why would I want to leave ladies hairdressing to be in that tatty group. As he explained to Mike,
"Mike, do you realise that in 2 years I could be earning 42 pounds a week?"

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damian mumbles...

Posted November 29, 2013

I loved The Professionals when I was a kid. Loved Starsky and Hutch too, but the vageuly fascistic British stuff always seemed a bit more polished than the gritty cop shows.

Actually that's a complete lie, Columbo and Quincey had it all over both... but anyhoo

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Sparty has opinions thus...

Posted November 29, 2013

The good episodes havn't actually dated.

Also have you strip the Comic Strip pisstakes / hommages (yes both at the same time)?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bullshitters:_Roll_Out_The_Gunbarrel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detectives_on_the_Edge_of_a_Nervous_Breakdown

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted November 30, 2013

Never saw it. Never heard of it or him. But I will check it out now. Anything that engenders enthusism and nostalgia here is worth checking out.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted November 30, 2013

Worth it for the funky 1970s guitar licks alone

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted November 30, 2013

I totally dig funky 1970's guitar licks.

damian is gonna tell you...

Posted November 30, 2013

The theme music was awesome, among the very best. Not just guitar though, more a full stage band with the brass taking the melody. Like proper funk did back in the day.

ShaneAlpha mutters...

Posted December 1, 2013

It's that first explosive cord in the theme music that really grabs you, then you get the funky wah wha guitar.

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Ceartas puts forth...

Posted November 30, 2013

Don't forget he was also the lead in Who Dares Wins, the flick loosely based on the SAS raid on the Iranian Embassy in London.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Dares_Wins_(film)

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Space Jas puts forth...

Posted November 30, 2013

Greetings JB et al.

Thursday nights. I used to watch Hill Street Blues, then The Professionals, then start my Physics and Chemistry pracs that were due on Friday morning. Quality biff is always a good psych up for Physics and Chemistry.

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TeamAmerica asserts...

Posted December 2, 2013

What Paul said. Judging by the video, it was a decent action show. If the Brits sent us both Avengers series in the Sixties and Seventies, and Dr. Who in the Eighties, I'm surprised it was never shown in the US.

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tqft swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 4, 2013

When I get home I might crack the dvd set open along with a few cold ones over Xmas.

Splosions & fisticuffs & beer.

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andrewmagoo mumbles...

Posted December 4, 2013

I guess the modern equivalent is Spooks, although it never really had the testosterone-laced effectiveness of Bodie and Doyle!

I also didn't mind the New Avengers...well, Joanna Lumley anyway!

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Cool fan vid of new Dr Who intro

Posted September 26, 2013 into Telly by John Birmingham

Thanks to Mark Clarkson for this rather awesome little fan vid by Billy Dakiduk.

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Bondiboy66 puts forth...

Posted September 26, 2013

I expected more swearing ala 'In The Thick of It'.

Lulu has opinions thus...

Posted September 26, 2013

"Fuck, I'm the fucking DOCTOR, you fucking moron."

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Dave W mumbles...

Posted September 26, 2013

Dammit, I wanted more.

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CoHD swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 26, 2013

WTF.That seemed to be a Dr Who and Game of Thrones mash up. Thumbs down to the intro. Will enjoy the show though.

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Blarkon would have you know...

Posted September 26, 2013

I like this one more

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkJqRkaq8co

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Anthony mumbles...

Posted September 28, 2013

And ABC iView has now got the very first few series of Doctor Who available - the proper William Hartnell ones...

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Name of the Wind to be the next Game of Thrones

Posted July 22, 2013 into Telly by John Birmingham

Unless they fuck it up, of course. Details are pretty sketchy so far, but Fox has confirmed the option on the whole trilogy.

Interesting to see how they'll do it. Unlike GoT, the Rothfuss novels stretch over decades, not just a few months. It's a first person story too, of course, and although there is a cast of hundreds, the focus remains tightly on Kvothe the narrator.

Not sure how many peeps here have read the books. I could happily spend hours teasing out the various threads that could make any number of hour long episodes, but I'll spare the nonbelievers.

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Legless reckons...

Posted July 22, 2013

Seeing it was you good burgers who introduced me to Name Of The Wind I thought I'd return the favour and point you in the direction of The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. Excellent read and really weird twist on how magic works in that world.

Anyone here read him?

Cheers

Brother PorkChop ducks in to say...

Posted July 23, 2013

Yes, finished them, I think at your recommendation previously.. Enjoyed it a lot. Also read the Name of the Wind books - will be interested to see how it is adapted.

Brother PorkChop is gonna tell you...

Posted July 23, 2013

Have you had a go at the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks? Not a bad read either - different world but similar in some ways.

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murray has opinions thus...

Posted July 22, 2013

A bit torn about the TV adaptation of name of the wind. Kvothe is kind of a smart arse kid for a long time there. It's a great read, but it could be rather annoying on screen...

and ... ERMAGHERD SANDERRRRSOOOOONNNN!!!
The Way of Kings is easily one of the best fantasty novels i've read. So looking foward to the second in the series!

Legless is gonna tell you...

Posted July 22, 2013

I only found him last week. Reading the final book in the Mistborn trilogy as we speak. Then I *have* to ignore books for a week or so and concentrate clearing the decks and finishing two software projects. All the hard, fun, stuff is done. Programs are functional - they do what they say on the tin - but I now have to make them look good, clean up the code and take out most of the debug stuff. It's the boring shit that I hate. Polishing the turd. But it has to be done so I can put them in the finished pile and start on the next two projects. And they're going to be fun.....

Cheers

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John Birmingham mutters...

Posted July 23, 2013

Stop the blog. It's not going to get any better than that.

Barnesm would have you know...

Posted July 23, 2013

I always thought the name of the wind was 'the wind'.

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BigWillieStyle would have you know...

Posted July 23, 2013

Let me know when they make it into a TV show, so's I can torrent it.

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Barnesm puts forth...

Posted July 23, 2013

Its Fox so expect it to struggle in its first season, be moved around and the number of epsiodes changed half way through the season only to be cancelled before the series had finihsed airing.

Drew has opinions thus...

Posted July 23, 2013

So cynical, Barnesm. You sound like a Browncoat from Firefly..... ;)

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 23, 2013

We are all Browncoats here, Drew.

Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 23, 2013

and we aim to misbehave

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dewpoint puts forth...

Posted July 23, 2013

Yay I'm half way thru.

and so far, no twisted micks

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Peter Bradley puts forth...

Posted July 23, 2013

Well we can expect some serious GoT style blood and violence especially with the Chandrian and the nudity and sex with the Felurian sequence. I suppose it really is there to be stuffed up.

Interesting that as an analogy to GoT Rothfuss still hasn't finished the last book just like Martin.

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Spanner reckons...

Posted July 23, 2013

Not sure it's achievable as a TV series. Kvothe is a brat. I love the audiobooks. It does have all the elements of the heroe's journey (thanks Glove & Boots) to make it just that bit cliche'd. I love the story but the tropes keep cropping up and I notice them.

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Surtac would have you know...

Posted July 24, 2013

Coincidentally, I started The Name of the Wind on audiobook just yesterday, having finished World War Z. The reader is excellent.

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