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  1. Yeah, the Pyramids is slightly more acceptable, and I can understand why the character of Picard might go to Dunkirk....but it still felt incredibly lazy. But also, there's been a solid two centuries or more of intergalactic conflict at this point, the idea that World War 2 would still be the go-to analogy for war-time bravery seems extremely unlikely, even for a history nerd.
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    Doctor Who

    @GhostMachine Much better episode than what came before. I liked the first one, but the second half fell off a cliff faster than any two-parter since the RTD years. The Tesla episode I can barely remember, and just seemed of zero consequence - though not as actively awful as most Historical Romp episodes in New Who. This one was great, and set up a fun mystery. Thoughts;
  3. I mostly loved it. I'm not a big TNG guy - I've only seen a handful of episodes, and mostly know it through pop culture osmosis. I was actually chatting to someone a while back about doing a blog or podcast in which we watched and discussed every episode, with them being the "expert" and me the newbie, but it never got off the ground. So there'll be elements of this that aren't for me - I get the references, but they're not pulling on the heartstrings. Patrick Stewart was magnificent, and I hope this is the pace it stays at - from when it was announced, I loved the idea of Patrick Stewart getting his teeth into an extended character study of Picard in his dotage. I don't want to see it turn into big intergalactic adventures, because to me that misses the point of it being about reckoning with his legacy and age. While the show looks absolutely stunning, my main criticism was that the costuming and a lot of the set dressing doesn't feel like a Star Trek future. When it came to Starfleet uniforms, Roddenbury put so much thought into ideas of what clothing would look like in the future, yet apparently back on Earth in 2399 everyone's wearing American Apparel fleeces, and Picard's doing the tie knot from the Matrix. Similarly, there's a conversation where the two historical frames of reference brought up are the Pyramids and Dunkirk, which irked me. You mean to say that in the subsequent 400 years, and after centuries of space travel, intergalactic warfare and seismic shifts in our understanding of the universe, the historical reference points quickest to come to mind would conveniently be two readily understood by a viewing audience in the early 21st century? It's something that always takes me out of future-set sci-fi, and with the Dunkirk analogy in particular felt like the show didn't have faith in the audience to understand the stakes of what they were talking about without making a real world comparison. I enjoyed it, though, and will definitely keep watching.
  4. on Fireflies, it's actually because of a rights issue around the rights to the short story it's based on, but you may as well be correct. Shares a thematic world, in the same way that Ni No Kuni 1 and 2 do, I suppose. It's about three friends from "our" world crossing over into the other world, and exploring the Ni No Kuni idea of people being linked between worlds more than the games did, by the looks of it. I don't know how much of the content of either of the games has made it into the movie, but if I remember correctly I at least spotted a Ding Dong Dell Cat King statue in some of the art.
  5. The film adaptation of Ni No Kuni has been added to Netflix, for anyone looking for something Ghibli-adjacent before the real stuff drops - based on a game developed with Studio Ghibli, scored by long-time Ghibli musical collaborator Joe Hisaishi, directed by Ghibli animation lifer Yoshiyuki Momose, and written by Akihiro Hino, the writer behind the Ni No Kuni games, as well as Professor Layton and Yo-Kai Watch. The trailer looks fucking awful, but I'll give it a shot.
  6. it's fucking preposterous.
  7. never mind all that nonsense;
  8. it seems to be a rights issue - publishing rights belong to the publisher of the original short story. I already own it on DVD, so no great loss personally, but a shame it's not the full set.
  9. no Grave of the Fireflies for some reason.
  10. This is as good an excuse as any to finally get around to watching Princess Kaguya. By which I mean I will rewatch Porco Rosso roughly twelve more times.
  11. Lord Kitchener! I mentioned London/Trinidad calypso earlier in the thread, and that song is really the source of, and probably best example of, the whole thing. I adore it. The cover used in Paddington is superb too. The Prisonaires have some beautiful songs aside from that one, but it's probably their best, and best known for that reason. "La Gorille" was playing in a restaurant I was in recently, and I was wracking my brain trying to figure out where I knew the song from. When I realised what it was I laughed out loud, and then had to try and explain the song to the people I was with. Jake Thackray covered it in English as "Brother Gorilla", which is worth a listen. He dispenses with most of the satirical edge and just focuses on it as a bawdy song, though.
  12. Gary Rhodes Tag Team Classic

  13. Despite having mentioned my recent interest in Trinidadian calypso earlier in this very thread, I actually had no idea about any of this, and only really knew the Andrews Sisters and subsequent versions! Utterly unsurprising on all fronts, though.
  14. Bit of a tangent, but I was actually hoping we'd start to see some calypso pop up as move into the '50s. I'm getting really into London-based Trinidadian music from the '50s at the moment, and some of it is absolutely wonderful, as it tends to be rich in social commentary, an interesting insight into the time. It feels like, as a genre, it was largely overlooked after reggae became prominent in the subsequent decade and now, listening to it with 60-70 years' remove, that makes it still feel quite fresh and interesting, even though it's unmistakably of its time.
  15. Yeah, the Ink Spots are another one that are really influential in terms of vocal styles, presaging a lot of major developments in popular music in the early '50s, and in bridging the gap between black and white audiences. I'm not sure why that song in particular was chosen, but it's as good a representation of their work as any. My favourite song of theirs is "I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire", which is used frequently in the Fallout series. Gloomy Sunday is an absolute stone-cold classic, and genuinely moving every time I hear it. There's an urban legend of it being something of a cursed song, that so many people who performed or recorded it ended up committing suicide.
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