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  1. To paraphrase the great Red Letter Media guys, "this is all your fault! stop paying to see em!"
  2. So weird.
  3. It seems too unlikely for him to not want some control of pre-production. Coming in and finishing a film just doesn't seem like him. I could see him running a Star Wars flick from beginning to end, but I just think this seems a
  4. Even if it comes to nothing it is nice to have a former employer reach out and ask if you might be interested in returning. Just nice to be remembered and missed. See where this leads...

  5. Just a reminder, this is a long game for CBS. Yes right now there isn't tons of content and a lot of us will subscribe during the time the show is on and end the subscription when the season is up, but the plan is to grow the content available as time goes on, particularly exclusive content. They want this thing to be their long term plan as network television changes and adapts for the future. I know it seems frustrating or annoying now, but jeez, maybe if we all give them a chance to build up their brand, they could end up having a bit more content for fans like us year round.
  6. But Howard has clout, and he probably wouldn't be pushed around by Lucasfilm...and to come in and finish a movie that is already mid-production? He is a filmmaker, and in now way will this be a "Ron Howard" film. Seems more an odd choice for HIM to go for it than it is for them to want his name slapped on it. But he isn't totally outside of the Lucasfilm realm, he did direct Willow. It just seems odd for where he is now.
  7. Weird.
  8. The Last Jedi will be the true test. The Force Awakens did it's job to reinvigorate the franchise, but it was hardly anything too new. It played it safe, and rightly so...but Rogue One to me was nothing but hollow references in a story we didn't need (itself just a big fat reference) and was full of one note characters. If the franchise doesn't actually do anything new in the Last Jedi, I won't feel too confident in the franchise's ability to stay fresh. If it feels like a carbon copy of Empire, I am done.
  9. Lord and Miller literally shot first.
  10. I think of the formatting of the seasons as part of the creative risk, because Moffat did use that to experiment in season storytelling, having a cliffhanger in the middle of the season and waiting for a long time to pick it back up. Series 6 took a different approach to storytelling with that split (major cliffhanger/plot twist in the middle, and shifting the arc towards that in the second half), but Series 7 actually was like two completely different seasons that didn't really gel together. I can't say I ever cared for the split, but it at least tried a new approach. There was a bit of fairy tale to it, but having watched all of Doctor Who in the classic era, it was never terribly hard sci-fi itself. It is a pretty fantasy based sci-fi show, maybe there was an attempt here and there at harder sci-fi (some Hartnell and Pertwee stuff come to mind), but the science never struck me as too accurate and thats why I have always leaned toward it being science the fairy tale angle didn't bother me so much. The split between Sherlock and Who weren't great for Who and the production definitely suffered a bit, but I still think that Moff tried some creative new ideas and ways of formatting the show in all that, and that element is kind of gone now (and again, I like now, but I'm just saying).
  11. I find this not all shocking. Based on the previous two films (one of which I enjoyed and one which I didn't as much), Disney is interested in playing Star Wars safe, and they are going to push around anyone who "directs" these movies. They are looking for these movies to shove in references to things we know from the original trilogy, and hope people will clap when they see things they know (which they will). If filmmakers end up trying to do anything too different and clash with the top brass? I am absolutely certain they will get booted off the project. They are gonna continue to shove out a Star Wars movie a year, make sure it isn't too special anymore, and in the process do everything they can to water down the brand with nothing but references and prequels and whatnot. If Star Wars is such a big expansive universe, then explain to me why the first standalone film was about the Death Star plans we already knew about, and the next is a prequel of a main character of the originals. Because Disney is going to play it as safe as possible with the property to get the most bang for their buck. And if these cats (who are quite creative, based on "The Lego Movie" and the great show "The Last Man on Earth"), tried to do something different, that could even be seen as a minor risk, I bet Disney and Lucasfilm kicked em to the curb quick. Or at least that was becoming evident and they bolted. Everyone excited for the next Star Wars product about to be factory assembled with little creativity and anything new? Of course you are! Lightsabers! Millennium Falcon! Stormtroopers!
  12. I think the Smith era had some great Moffat experimentation in the format, and what you can do with time travel in a series...but it didn't always work out. The era itself benefitted greatly from Tennant's era, which slowly grew a big following outside of the UK and, in particular, in the US, and Smith's entrance came at just the right time for all the new US fans to easily get their friends into the show with a fresh new start...there was a new Doctor, new companion, new style...and since the end of the Tennant era, it was all on BBC America and being heavily advertised. Tennant and Davies laid the groundwork for the show to be a huge international hit, and Moff and Smith got to take advantage of that. And with a new big loyal international following? You could play with the format a bit more because you had big ratings and merch and subscriptions and everything flying off early on so playing around with things like Time Travel and goofiness were easier to pull off. Things didn't always pay off too well, and Series 7 was a bit of a creative mess...but as much as I think I prefer the Capadli/Moff era (and most definitely the RTD/Tennant era), I have to respect what Moff tried to do with the show. He tried new directions, and while they didn't always pan out and sometimes things didn't feel as fulfilling as they maybe should have, it was a tangled web of craziness and it could be fun trying to sort it all out. Capaldi's era is almost defined by a back to basics approach, simplified storytelling and returning to the season format of RTD, as well as story structures that hearken back not just to RTD but to the classic era as well...and while I love that and enjoy it, there is a part of me that just has to admire that there was this stretch in which Moff took the show in crazy new directions and styles of storytelling. He isn't trying those new things anymore really. He has had a few great experimental bits (like "Heaven Sent" which was top notch and Capaldi's finest hour in my opinion), but mostly he is now playing it safe. That said, I think the back-to-basics less experimental and more traditional approach is absolutely right following on from the Smith era.
  13. I think this season has been pretty solid throughout, even though I wasn't as big a champion of Empress I didn't hate it. I've enjoyed most episodes on some level, and I seem to be one of the few that really enjoyed the Monk trilogy. Capaldi's run is, in my view, the most consistent and entertaining since Tennant left. His first year was solid and consistent, his second excellent with only "Sleep No More" as a major clunker and "Hell Bent" as a bit of a letdown of a finale that, to me, wasted the ending Clara got a few episodes earlier and didn't really deliver in the Ashildr arc (though it did have some great moments in spite of that). If the next two episodes deliver on the Missy arc, the return of the classic Cybermen AND the return of Simm as the Master? Well then...we just have Capaldi's exit at Christmas to cap off his excellent run.
  14. Oddly enough I actually rather liked "The Eaters of Light" far more than I had enjoyed "The Empress of Mars." I liked the atmosphere and enjoyed the new monsters. I personally found it more engaging than the previous episode (on that point at least I can see I was in the minority on "Empress"), and I thought it did a good job all around. And the bits with Missy were solid. Overall I am quite geeked up and ready for the two-part finale beginning next week!
  15. Great interview! Here is some neat news from the Big Finish end, they are releasing a Boxset focused in on the all-too-briefly seen Derek Jacobi incarnation of the Master, seeing a glimpse into his life during the Time War, before he disappeared, and hid himself away as Professor Yana. It might be a fun set starring a great actor and another glimpse of the Time War. I have yet to get a chance at the final War Doctor set starring John Hurt, but I enjoyed the first three a lot, so I am down for some of this.