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  1. To be honest, it's been a while since I read them, I might be overstating it. I just remember there being a pretty drastic drop in quality around book two or three, but then picking up a little after that...and then just never followed the series beyond that, as it didn't feel worth it. Aaronovitch started to get on my nerves as a writer, too, when he feels the need to really hammer home that Peter Grant is black - talking about African mothers and all the rest of it, and it's just so obviously a white guy writing a black lead. Part of it my feelings toward them are coloured by own expectations, too; when I read the first book, I was hugely interested in London lore, and planning to write something along those lines myself, and Rivers of London does a really good job of threading genuine London history and myth through its narrative, while after that the series kind of shies away from all that in favour of its internal mythology, which interests me less.
  2. Rivers of London is great, but the series takes a massive nosedive after that. I read the next two or three, but none were as clever as the original, and in places they're utterly dismal.
  3. The pacing of American Gods was just weird, wasn't it? They built to a pretty pivotal point in the story, only to then spend the penultimate episode completely ignoring it and dicking around with irrelevant backstory, not following up on the main story at all, and giving us a scant few minutes of plot, then cramming the finale with revelations, but no real actual development, yet more prolonged backstory for a character we've already met but not seen in 5 or 6 episodes, who ends up having no bearing on the plot of this episode, and ending the series right as the plot proper seems to actually get started! It feels like a halfway point, not an ending. Twin Peaks, though, was just lovely. Really moved up a notch in the last two episodes, feels like we're getting somewhere at last, and it feels far more like Twin Peaks than the first couple of episodes.
  4. Decent list, for the few games on it I've played, though obviously way too skewed in favour of wrasslin' games, which is unsurprising given where we are. Someone should do a best games pre-2000 list, so I can have more to contribute >_>
  5. Loved the last episode. I'll post extended thoughts when I've got more time, but it might be my favourite yet. It was the first time it felt like a hinterland between the original series and Fire Walk With Me, while still pointing to something new. And more of it was set in Twin Peaks! It felt like a step in a few very good directions. Didn't like the last American Gods. It had a plot twist that could go either way, depending what happens next, but 90% of the episode seemed completely superfluous. Odd choice for so close to the end of the series.
  6. I meant to say, as well, that '60s Batman - movie, TV show and comics - is probably the biggest single influence on the presentation of CIWW, from the art style, to the knowingly slightly "off" nature of much of our video production, the general air of silliness and commitment to Fun as our guiding principle, and, more explicitly, in the way the superhero and villain gimmicks within the shows are presented. CIWW would absolutely not exist in its present form without it.
  7. Episode 4 is where it really kicked in for me. It depends what you liked about Twin Peaks - for me, I like the supernatural element, but I mostly love that it's an offbeat goofy soap opera through a David Lynch lens, and there's definitely a lot less of that thus far. It's got far more in common with Fire Walk With Me, and Lynch's wider oeuvre, than it does with the first season of Twin Peaks so far. American Gods episodes 5 & 6;
  8. I love '60s Batman - I think the '66 movie is genuinely decades ahead of its time as an absurdist, surreal comedy, the "Bat Labels" schtick is one of my favourite running jokes of all time, and Adam West is on a par with Lesley Nielsen as far as playing the straight man in a wacky comedy. Beyond that, it's a constant reminder that comic books should be fun. There's a place for Batman as a darker, more realistic character, but I hate the ret-conning that this is how Batman is "supposed" to be or intended to be - he's a man in a Bat suit with a child sidekick fighting evil clowns, don't pretend it's high art, enjoy it for the madcap, very silly, utterly absurd thing that it is. Despite all of that silliness, Adam West played Batman perfectly - he was the calm, collected, unflappable genius in amongst all the insanity. Reminds me of this wonderful page from Neil Gaiman, in tribute to the Batman of old;
  9. X-Box wonx.
  10. Jeff Goldblum. Capaldi being on there is surprising, but excellent - odd that they have Anthony Head down as unsuitable, I think he'd be perfect, though I suppose they wanted a specific "type" for the movie.
  11. I'd fallen behind on American Gods, because the girl I've been watching it with has been working late shifts. Caught up on episodes 3 and 4 lately...I'm still optimistic moving forward, but I'm not keen on episode 4 at all; And then there's Twin Peaks Episode 5...
  12. Also, I've seen it referred to as the first "Multiple Masters" story. It's not necessarily the case that Missy will regenerate to Simm, or vice-versa. They may co-exist.
  13. Ha, true. I just can't come up with any way for it to make the slightest difference to the plot moving forward, but that's never stopped him before. Presumably, yes - either pre or mid-Time War, as it was during the Time War that the Master made himself human as the pre-Simm incarnation.
  14. That's a fair point - I can't think of anything that's come up. You'd have to ask what narrative benefit him being a later regeneration would actually serve ,though...
  15. I don't think that's a plot hole.... I thought it was the weakest part of a three-parter that I actually rather liked. I like the concept of the Monks, and - aside from the Moffat continuity-hopping - how they were introduced was a great sci-fi mystery, made to feel important with all the stuff at the Vatican. My biggest criticism, though, was that the whole swerve of the Doctor potentially working with the Monks was a complete waste of time, blatantly only there to give them some "shocking" material for the trailer, that's immediately irrelevant to the actual narrative. My other is that the gave the Monks a cool "power" - the sort of psychological base fears bad guy power that Moffat is good at, akin to the Weeping Angels and the Silence - that didn't really play into the story nearly enough. More could have been done with the Monks' control over them getting stronger as they got nearer the transmitter. I'll withhold judgement on this one because I'm not sure we've seen the last of them. I liked the idea of Bill being able to overpower the Monks' transmitter thanks to her memories of her Mum - their whole power over humanity is based on them having studied all of human history, so something imagined, something that never happened in that history makes sense in a very Doctor Who-y way as to how to stop them, but the Doctor's speech massively overdid the "power of love" angle on that. I'm thinking that the Monks have to come back. If they don't, that's a massive waste of something that felt like a series Big Bad, and of a villain with way more potential than they've shown. I'm half-expecting a cop-out in the season finale where we think a character's died or something equally tragic, but it turns out that entire scene occurred in one of the Monks' simulations. It's such an easy narrative get-out clause that I can't imagine Moffat just doing away with it. Beyond that...the ultimate villain of the piece has to be the Master, surely? I've been assuming that Missy was behind the Monks, or facilitating them in some way, and that obviously her talk of wanting to turn good is a hoax - she's more manipulative than the Doctor, and the Doctor is more trusting than her, so of course he'd fall for it. But just now, remembering that we still have John Simm to come, I wonder if Missy actually wants to/already has turned over a new leaf, and will get a heroic moment sacrificing herself to save the Doctor, only to regenerate as the most evil, manipulative form The Master has ever known. I'm curious how they go about justifying her regenerating into an older form, though I suppose the Curator already established that it's possible for a Time Lord to return to an "old face".