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  1. Doctor Who Story Shada Getting The Animated Treatment

    I rather liked the animated look of both Reign of Terror, Moonbase, and Tenth Planet (all done by Planet 55). I didn't much care for the animation used for the Ice Warriors, not sure why. I could be wrong, but I think the return they probably get for one animated story a year probably makes it worthwhile to continue. I would guess that any story with a Dalek has a good chance to get animated though, even if they decide to not animate all the missing stuff, I have a feeling they won't neglect to animate anything they can put a big Dalek on the cover...Daleks sell. And I would expect that if they planned to animate all of the missing stuff, they are going to hold off an doll out the Dalek stuff a bit...release a few animated stories that don't have them, so they can make a bigger event of an animated Dalek release, thus drum up bigger sales, thus making it easier to greenlight animating lesser stories (like...the Smugglers...I don't even remember what that one is about, and I barely care...but I want the whole show to survive in some visual format beyond telesnap reconstructions). If they think in the smallest of terms, they only have to animated 16 episodes for Daleks...and 4 more if they were to do the last incomplete (yet to be animated) Cybermen story. But I'd love to see Abominable Snowmen animated as is a great story, and comes alive in the telesnap version I saw...I think an animated version would do well. And animated the one episode of the Web of Fear while your at it! I felt they'd animate it all someday, and I could still be wrong, but I think that they may have found a format and a company that gels with them to do the job, and having both Power of the Daleks and Shada released in back to back years? Makes me think that they have found a footing on the project in some way, moreso than they had with the Invasion (as Cosgrove Hall, who produced it, kind of fell apart after the release), and they spent a few years trying stuff out with Planet 55 and Qurios, and now they've set up something sort of in house with BBC Studios producing them...and it really gives me some hope for the future of the missing stuff.
  2. Doctor Who Story Shada Getting The Animated Treatment

    I am down for this. Hopefully, with Power of the Daleks and this, it means the BBC plans to slowly but surely continue to roll out animated versions of lost episodes. Hell animating more Troughton or Hartnell episodes can't cost nearly as much as recreating lost episodes of don't need to hire a voice cast and pay for studio time for any of the audio! That said, while I have seen the linking material version of Shada, I can't remember how many episodes were complete, and how many were left uncomplete. So maybe it didn't require too much re-animating. I am hopeful though that the BBC has intentions of animating Doctor Who on a regular basis, like one story a keeps the home video end of classic Doctor Who in business for a while longer, and keeps interest inthe classic end of the property, which is certainly valuable to them. Then someday...someday...big giant boxset they can hike the price way up for, and little complete Doctor boxsets....oh the money I am sure they will hope to make off us fans.
  3. I've been keeping up with Discovery, so the latest Trek I've watched has been the new episodes. I also just watched the donor preview for Star Trek Continues episode 10, "To Boldly GO, Part I" which is the first half of their two part finale of their run...and their own take on how the Five Year Mission wrapped up. I won't say anything yet...but I like the start of the story and can't wait to see how it all wraps up in a month! They do an exceptional job of recapturing every way!
  4. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    Watched Maximum Overdrive for a bit of dumb horror movie fun. Movie is not well made, but there is a hint of charm to it.
  5. CBS All Access

    So I was browsing what is available beyond Trek on the "All Access" site. Trying to see if it is worth the money they would want out of me. They do have all Trek series, which is a nice thing (as I suspect the Netflix deal is going to come to an end and my access to DS9 will be lost). It does have all 5 seasons of the Twilight Zone, which even Netflix doesn't have the 45 minute episodes of the fourth season. It also has the original Mission: Impossible which is no longer available on Netflix. It also has Twin Peaks which is great, but... I honestly don't know if I'd utilize this service enough to warrant the money. My wife watches the Good Wife on CBS. That is it for her, as she isn't interested in too many classic shows or anything else on CBS. And since the newest episodes of the Good Wife are always available for free for at least a few weeks...I'm finding it hard to believe I can justify the extra fee each month to my wife. Does anyone else wonder if they will be actually getting this service for one show? Or do you find you'd actually utilize it enough to warrant an extra $6 fee? I know it isn't a lot...but these things all add up don't they?
  6. DSC Uniforms Explained

    I am down with both the explanation and the introduction of the Cage era (albiet with more expense spent in producing them) being introduced. I was watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and I thought how acceptable a bold and colorful sci-fi can currently be. They successfully brought back the tri-colored classic uniforms in the 2009 movie, and I think they made em work well in Beyond's revamp even better. You could take the more subtle colors used in "The Cage" and easily update them and make them look good for HD. I wouldn't mind it at all.
  7. Bootleged DISCOVERY ???

    It nearly cracks the top 10? Nearly? Shock and horror. Pack it up CBS! Your record sign ups and big ratings for the premiere now mean very little, because if the high illegal downloads of Doctor Who and Game of Thrones has proved anything, your not gonna make money off this thing. I am not surprised, but I also don't think it means that All Access was a mistake or anything. Because major shows are in that Top 10 every month, whether they be from HBO or premium cable...or broadcast TV...even Netflix. People are gonna pirate, big properties are going to be pirated more. CBS knows that, as do all studios and networks. I doubt CBS will be too concerned with it right now, as I am sure they are focusing in on the big sign ups for their service instead.
  8. Fun that this thread can now feature things like this, but I last Trek I watched was the first two episodes of the brand new show!
  9. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Really fun! I think it was better than the first film, because it didn't have a tired MacGuffin, and it's entire story flowed better from beginning to end. The stakes were high, but the conflict was actually smaller and more personal really...and somehow every character has something to do without it feeling bloated or frustrating **cough cough**everyavengersmovie**cough cough**. I would say that after the big success of the first movie, Gunn was given even more creative freedom to do what he wants with the franchise, which is rare and strange, but I think it paid off in spades. It's a fun movie all around.
  10. Linda Hamilton back as Sarah Connor

    I'm so tired you guys...
  11. I really enjoyed both episodes. Solid opener to a new Trek. I do think that the Klingons look a little too "Generic Alien" to me. Look about as generic alien as Idris Elba in Beyond. But I like what they did with em story wise, so I won't complain too much. Same kinda goes for the new uniforms...I think they are bland and ugly in the end...but that is nitpicky, because I rather like the people in the suits so far. I am in for the show. It feels like Star Trek, feels like it wants to explore characters and the human condition, in new modern ways. Right on.
  12. Star Wars: Han Solo Movie

    Star Wars is just a haven for "get excited fans, here is a thing from the original trilgoy that you've heard of!" Oh I miss Star Wars being fresh and new amd full of ideas and possibilities. Seems very narrow nowadays.
  13. Do You Wanna More TOMB RAIDER ???

    Video games as movies have almost never worked. I dunno why they keep trying.
  14. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    Yea "It" was good, just stinks that sound design could be an actual detriment at times.
  15. The Orville

    I work for a Fox affiliate, and I think they want this show to succeed, because of their ties to MacFarlane and because it probably was a bit more expensive for a comedy than they are used to. My main reason is that usually on Sunday nights with Football, they cut into whatever show they've got on. Rarely do we have to worry about them pushing shows back, and thus pushing back our news. But they pushed it back because it was "new." Where was that mentality when Futurama was on? So I think Fox is definitely trying to help it along. But I don't think the audience rarely is gonna care. It's aiming at such a niche audience, as it seemed to be trying to grab those offended by the "not your father's Star Trek" campaign of 2009...saying "oh but we kinda look like your fathers Star Trek!" And ultimately that's only a sliver of loud Trekkies. MacFarlane, maybe counting himself among them (who knows really), is overemphasizing the size of such a group...and then filling his TNG fantasy with nothing but predictable humor. And Sci-fi or anything off kilter and weird never lasts long on Fox. I joke each year at work that they should just title some shows "Soon to be Cancelled!" This fits the bill of that kind of show. I think it is being given a chance because of the guy behind it...but I think it is more of a "throw him a bone Family Guy makes money" kind of deal. Unfortunately MacFarlane hasn't constructed an actual joke in years.
  16. Do You Wanna More TOMB RAIDER ???

    Not particularly, but thanks for asking!
  17. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    Brother and I went and saw "It" last night. Stephen King's novel is given a new life on the big screen (originally adapted in 1990 as a TV mini-series), and for the most part it is a solid movie. This is essentially only part of the book, focusing in entirely on the kids portion of the novel, though updated from the 50s/60s of the source material to the 80s (so when they make the second part featuring the Losers Club grown up, they can set it in modern times). This is not an issue, as the key idea behind the story seems to be there. I've yet to read the giant novel that is "It" but I gather this doesn't stray too far from the point to garner much criticism. The young cast is solid, the direction is great, it visually is a winner...the biggest problem lies with something simple and seems like it should be minor, but ends up being a detriment to the whole experience...and that is Sound Design. It is riddled with the problem so many modern horror films have, which is loud noises to emphasize when something scary is happening. The moment Pennywise first appears in the sewer to Georgie should've been totally frightening, but it is undercut by a loud musical sting that lets us morons immediately know that the clown is evil. It totally takes the scare out of it for me, makes it all less scary, and is unfortunate because the obnoxious sound design upends what is otherwise a totally solid horror picture. I still liked it, but that little thing hurt the movie more than it needed to. Then tonight, against my better judgement, I watched Alien: Covenant. I am so bored with this franchise. I love the original "Alien," I liked "Aliens," and I can forgive a lot of the flaws of "Alien 3." But after that it just feels like a constant retread of ideas, never feeling fresh or new. I felt "Prometheus" was flawed, but I liked that it felt like it had some ideas...even if they were all muddled in the end. This film sort of expands on those ideas, but not really enough, and then it is just a generic Alien movie. And it was tedious to sit through. I liked some of the David stuff, but it wasn't enough to get me through the dull action and scares, and it still didn't feel like it had a solid enough philosophical statement to warrant a 2 hour movie. The franchise needs to has just become too boring to bother with for me.
  18. The Orville

    I watched the second episode last night...or at least part of it. I thought it was lame. The humor felt obvious and derivative. And all the Trek stuff just made me wanna watch TNG.
  19. Wow...kinda weird that someone who is such an original filmmaker and his best idea is to adapt old episodes. Lame.
  20. Doctor Who - General Discussion Kinda neat news. Could be fun to get a full on solo First Doctor adventure with the Adventures in Space and Time cast. I'm interested to see them playing the parts...and from the sounds of it, they are attempting a sort of Star Trek Continues style...the parts are recast, but they are trying to faithfully replicate an era, without getting into parody in the performances. I'm down for that, particularly since Bradley captures that gruffness and warmth of Hartnell (in his own way) rather well. Much like Mignogna captures the spirit of Kirk without mimicking Shatner. I definitely prefer Bradley's recasting of the First Doctor to the Richard Hurndall of the Five Doctors (which wasn't awful but only got the grumpy side of the character, missed all the humor and warmth).
  21. I know few will care, but my favorite baseball team just set an all time MLB record for longest winning streak (without a tie)...and man what a team they currently are!

    1. Tupperfan


      I do care, and if that 1916 Giants tie* is a weird one - and the Indians couldn't actually break the official record - it doesn't take away anything as it is an impressive feat and they are quite the team indeed!

      Now if my Expos could come back...

    2. kenman


      It was a fun ride to watch! And even though the streak ended...the have (so far) not lost again since. They are just playing great baseball. And a good chunk of the core players are homegrown through our farm system. That is harder to do than buying up the best talent like Some teams can afford to do. Now if they could just win a World Series in my lifetime...I have been waiting since 1995 for them to seal the deal. 

  22. What non-trek movies have you watched lately?

    Had a movie night outside with the projector the other night (sort of a birthday celebration deal for me), and my buddies and I watched two bad movies, the Roger Corman Fantastic Four, and then Megaforce. Then following up on my own I watched "Doomed" the documentary about that Fantastic Four movie.
  23. Doctor Who Spinoff Class news As expected...Class is officially cancelled. I grew to like the show over the course of its short season, and while i thought it ended on an intriguing note, I can't say I am too bothered that there will be no more.
  24. What was the last non-Trek tv show you watched?

    I recently rewatched those Seventh Doctor stories myself (though I think I only rewatched episode one of Delta). And funnily enough recently my daughter told me that when she is bigger she'd watch Who with me as well! She also has a plush Dalek. Makes me listen to the theme a lot in the car.
  25. What was the last non-Trek tv show you watched?

    Oddly enough I feel exactly the opposite about those particular Sixth Doctor stories. I rather enjoy Mindwarp, and found Terror of the Vervoids to be a bit tedious. Both would have been better served without the Trial stuff....the Trial had intriguing stuff early on but then fell apart pretty quickly. The last non Trek show I watched was the end to Twin Peaks. What a great revival. Loved it.