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  1. Darren

    Doctor Who

    Now that's some cosmic level coincidence.
  2. Darren

    Doctor Who

    All this reaction to her accent just makes me think Rose's reaction to 9's in their first episode was actually a brilliant bit of characterisation, rather than as I hitherto thought merely the setup to a nice little throwaway gag. I wonder if people have the same reaction to me when I go to a meeting in London? I think I'm being clever and erudite and all they're hearing is
  3. Darren

    Doctor Who

    From that tiny little clip it looks like we're heading back towards a more RTD-era vibe, which is no bad thing after everyone and their dog complained about Moffat being over-complicated and inconsistent after his first series. For my teenage kids the 9th Doctor is the golden age of Doctor Who, farting slitheens and all. FWIW I'd take inconsistent Moffat over RTD any day, but then I'm the kind of mentalist that thinks The Last Jedi is the third best Star Wars film so what do I know!
  4. Darren

    Doctor Who

    Lots of planets have a north! It's a throwback to the last time we had one male and two female companions. Bradley Walsh is Dadric.
  5. Darren

    Legion - X-Men TV spin-off

    I finally caught up with the end of series 2 tonight. What a brilliant finale. The Behind Blue Eyes scene was fantastic and the rest of the episode kept up the quality. I was particularly pleased that after being utterly baffled by most of the series it all made a kind of sense in the end. And closing with that version of Cornflake Girl was inspired: this is not real/this is not really happening/you bet your life it is! We're obviously meant to superficially read it as a big twist, with the gang being right about who the real bad guy is, but I think there were enough clues (if not full on signposts) that they're all being decieved by the actual real bad guy who is who we all thought it was in the first place. So next series will be a battle between two sets of good guys, one being manipulated by the real baddie and the other struggling with his own demons and torn between reconciliation and revenge. I can take or leave the MCU but this is on another level for me.
  6. Darren

    Rogue Trooper

    I hope they explain why the blokes who ended up in the gun, helmet and bag were called Gunnar, Helm and Bagman respectively. That's some scrotnig level nominative determinism.
  7. Darren

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi - December 2017

    No it's not! The milk scene is a nice little character moment between Luke and Rey. It's nothing like the prequel slapstick of "creature farts" or "Jar Jar steps in camel poo."
  8. Darren

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi - December 2017

    I get that it's a challenge but I don't think TLJ skips the journey, except it's shown in flashback after we've already seen the end result. But I don't know how they get around that 35-year gap unless they replaced the opening crawl with a trigger warning that Luke has gone a bit off the rails since Endor. I think it does come down the way each person reacted to him from the start. When he threw away the lightsaber and went marching off I was surprised but intrigued and keen to find out why. But I can also see how anyone who instantly and viscerally objected to that might have already made up their mind that the film was "wrong" and then, far from seeing the flashbacks as filling in some of the blanks (and hinting at others as I've laboriously pointed out) just saw them as yet more evidence of the film being wrong and showing Luke doing things he would never really do. I wonder if that lightsaber-throwing moment is the precise instant the fanbase split as it apparently has? Edit: But I totally get your point about Rey, although I like where they've gone with her so far I agree they could have done more, and I hope (and fully expect) it will come in her final episode.
  9. Darren

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi - December 2017

    Incidentally I wonder if this is part of the reason for all the "Luke would never do that" objections. Perhaps a lot of people* thought that post-ROTJ Luke WAS infallible, and so were disappointed and even offended by the idea that he wasn't. *I mean in general, this is not meant to refer to anyone here
  10. Darren

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi - December 2017

    I agree but I think that temptation is still to come for Rey. She's still very wet behind the ears and now (unless Ghost Luke shows up) she has no-one to teach her about how to avoid it. Snoke was never going to tempt her over as he's so obviously bad. Kylo is the one who can do it, she has conflicted feelings about him (she wants to bring him back over to the light) just as Luke had towards Vader. I suspect EPIX is going to have an echo of the throne room scene where Rey does give in but ultimately pulls back and gives Kylo a chance to redeem himself in the process. It's going to be like poetry!
  11. Darren

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi - December 2017

    I like that and I think it adds some depth to the portrayal of the Force in these films. It isn't an RPG where you grind to a certain level then unlock Jedi Master and from then on you're infallible. Instead the dark side is always there, niggling away, tempting you with the quick and easy path. We saw that in the ROTJ duel when Vader says "then perhaps she will" and Luke gets the red mist and through that (he's absolutely channeling the dark side in the last part of the battle) he gets the upper hand (no pun intended!) and only then realises the folly of the path he's now on, and rejects it again. But the crucial thing is he's not rejected it once and for all. The sleeping Ben scene shows that the temptation of the dark side never goes away. And it proved to Luke that he was still not (and would never be) above giving in to that temptation. All of which contributes to his decision to cut himself off from the force altogether. He convinces himself that even trying to train new Jedi was a mistake - he may think that even that was unwittingly doing the dark side's work - because he's just unleashed more dangerous people on the galaxy who are just as susceptible to the dark side as him. If even he can't resist it, what chance have they got? And so in a desperate attempt to prevent himself unwittingly making things even worse he turns away from the force altogether.
  12. Darren

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi - December 2017

    And it's worth every penny for the look Luke gives Rey, and her reaction.
  13. Darren

    The Leftovers. (HBO show)

    Nngh! It says something about this show that I know exactly where you are with two episodes to go, and I'm desperate to say more about what you're about to see but I won't. Check back in when you're done!
  14. Darren

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi - December 2017

    This is the crux of it for me. I didn't just like it, I loved it, I loved the Luke-Rey-Ben triangle at the heart of it all and I liked the way the other characters from TFA developed. And so at no point when watching it did I start thinking "why don't the baddies just do X?" Star Wars films are all about the emotional journey as far as I'm concerned - there's a reason George was at pains to say they were Space Fantasy not Science Fiction right from the start. And I think TLJ nails that emotional journey. I fully accept this may be because, as a middle aged man who's had my own mental health fun and games in recent years, Luke resonated with me in a way he wouldn't have done if he'd been the older but essentially unchanged version of his younger self that lots of people seem to want (not necessarily you Smitty, I can't remember what your view on Old Man Skywalker is). So TLJ has chimed with me more than any other Star Wars film, and I can't help forgiving a lot of its flaws because they pale into insignificance next to its heart, which is in exactly the right place.
  15. Darren

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi - December 2017

    I took that as another sign of Hux's overconfidence and hubris. He's like a cat with a cornered mouse - he could go in for the quick kill but he'd rather have some fun and prolong his victims' agony. He even says something like "we have them on the end of a string" which I read as him taking sadistic pleasure in the slow chase to what he thinks is their inevitable doom. And of course in doing so he gives them (a few of them, at least) the opportunity to escape.

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