I feel so cheap. We only have the basic cable for $40 a month and I plan to dump that this summer when I can put up an antenna. The only show we really watch is Sesame Street. The rest we can get from Netflix or other on-line options.
I have shelved this for now to play Dragon Quest 5 but I was wondering if anyone was playing it still. Does the story get more interesting? I played through the first forest disappearing area but that is all the farther I got.
I am the opposite. I would rather have quality animated films instead of real. A big budget movie can do some great stuff - like The Dark Knight, or The Lord of the Rings movies but there wouldn't be as many superhero movies if they were all live action. Even though quality animation can be hard create (judging from the crap that is often produced) but it is always a lot cheaper.
Luckily there is ample room for both in the current market so I hope there is quality in both cases.
I think everyone summed it up pretty well. Singularity, Cold Lazarus, and Thor's Hammer were probably my favorites in season 1. The show only gets better ... until season 5. That is when the switched to the Skiffy channel and the show was good but not as great. Then at season 9 they decided to fuck everything up, screw with the cast, and generally make people wish they just would have ended the show at season 8. However up until then it is a great show.
For some reason I bought one. I was opposed to it. I thought it was a silly upgrade, but I still bought one Sunday.
My impressions are actually pretty favourable. I Think it is lighter than the DSlite, I find the screens a lot bigger, and I love the matte finish. The camera is still silly. It works fine, but it isn't a great camera and who wants to whip out their DSi to take a photo. Overall I think it a great little machine.
The test as to whether is it a worthwhile purchase is what they come out with for downloadable games and what DSi features they come out with in new games. If they can get me a few great downloadable games I will be happy. If it becomes a wasted feature the rest of the package isn't worth the extra bucks.
And if they add the ability to download podcasts I would be in heaven.
I am not feeling the love. The more I play the game the less I am impressed. As others have pointed out the voice acting is terrible. I have had to turn the sound off because it is so bad. What really bugs me though is the little things like upgrading equipment. As far as I can tell there is no way to see on the purchasing screen if a weapon/armor is better than what you have on. To tell you have to exit the shop, go into your inventory look at the items (and write it down or remember it) then go back into the shop and compare. Even an old game like Dragon Quest 5 shows you right on the purchasing screen if a weapon is better or worse. Another annoyance is the lack of a save point at the beginning of dungeons. Some of them don't have them and that is frustrating. Shouldn't that be "RPGs 101"? Finally it is just too easy. There has been no reason to ever use anything but the auto battle feature. I feel like one of those games where you start out uber powerful and at some point lose your all your powers (Metroid Prime is the first one I can think of) except I don't think that is going to happen here. I am just way, way over powered compared to the enemies. It makes the dungeon crawling dull.
I am glad others are liking it and I will keep up a bit more but unless the story gets really interesting soon I think I will shelve this one.
Lucie, who has been missing for over a year, is found hysterical by the side of the road. She leads police to the derelict slaughterhouse where evidence suggests she was held captive. Although there is no evidence of sexual abuse, Lucie bears the signs of repeated injury and neglect. Traumatized and uncommunicative, Lucie is unable to tell the authorities anything further about her time in captivity or the people who kept her there.
Over time, Lucie makes friends with Anna, another girl in the youth home where she lives. Anna looks after Lucie and eventually gains her trust. Lucie appears to be haunted by something or someone - a shadowy, rasping female figure who apparently mutilates Lucie. After one such episode, Lucie makes Anna promise not to tell anyone about the creature haunting Lucie.
At this point, the film moves ahead 15 years, and shifts its attention to the Belfond family. Mom is fixing a sewer line in the yard, Dad is making breakfast, and son Antoine and daughter Marie are wrestling over a love note Antoine received. As everyone sits down to breakfast, the doorbell rings - it's Lucie, who shoots the father to death with a shotgun. The mother follows in short order, and then Lucie hesitates, asking Antoine how old he is and if he knew what his parents have done. When she doesn't get an answer, she kills Antoine. Marie hides upstairs, but Lucie finds her and kills her as well. After killing the family, Lucie's creature reappears and tries to attack Lucie. Lucie explains that she's "killed them", and so the creature can leave her alone now. The creature continues to attack her.
Panicked, Lucie calls Anna to come and help her. Anna, horrified, sees what Lucie's done and asks if she's sure these are the people who kidnapped her. Lucie is sure. Anna starts working on burying the bodies when Lucie has to deal with the creature again. In the process of moving bodies, Anna discovers that the mother is still alive and attempts to smuggle her out of the house. Lucie discovers this and beats the mother to death with a hammer. This is followed by one more attempt to placate the creature, as Lucie shows the creature that the mother is dead.
The creature embraces her gently, and begins to cut into her arms. Anna sees Lucie cutting herself - the creature is something Lucie is hallucinating. Flashbacks reveal that the creature is a woman who was being tortured in the same building as Lucie. When Lucie was able to escape, she had an opportunity to take the woman with her, but did not and has been haunted by it ever since. In a fit of rage and sadness, Lucie cuts her own throat.
Anna brings Lucie's body into the house, cleans it and wraps it in cloth. In cleaning up the house, she notices a hole in the wall behind a cabinet. Anna opens the cabinet and discovers a hidden staircase leading down. Anna discovers an underground complex decorated with pictures of people in extreme suffering. Exploring further, Anna discovers another woman, naked and chained to a wall with a metal blindfold riveted to her head. She frees the woman and takes her upstairs. Anna attempts to bathe the woman and she resists, and after Anna removes the blindfold, the woman runs off, finds a knife and begins to mutilate herself, attempting to cut off her arm.
As Anna tries to stop the woman, the woman is killed by a shotgun blast. A group of people have entered the house, and they take Anna down into the hidden complex. An older woman (referred to only as "Mademoiselle") explains to Anna that they are not interested in victims, but martyrs - the act of martyrdom brings about transcendence and the possibility of seeing into the afterlife. They are, in essence, creating martyrs through systematic abuse in the hopes of learning what lies after death from their accounts as they achieve transcendence. They kidnap young women because young women seem to be especially likely to achieve a transcendent state. Anna is then rendered unconscious.
Anna wakes up chained to a chair similar to the one discovered in the building where Lucie was kept. She is fed some sort of unpleasant gruel and methodically beaten. This goes on for several days until a badly battered Anna loses the will to resist. She hears Lucie's voice in her head, telling her that it is going to be okay, that she won't suffer much longer. Anna is then brought to an operating theater, where she is strapped into a rotating rack and flayed.
A now-skinless Anna is hung by a rack under hot lights. The people attending her remark on her considerable resilience, noting that she is still alive. The woman feeding Anna notices something about her has changed, and she calls Mademoiselle to tell her that Anna is close to transcendence. Mademoiselle hurries over and arrives in time for Anna to give her an account of what she had witnessed.
The next day, a large number of wealthy older people arrive at the house, and Mademoiselle's assistant (Etienne) announces that Anna - only one of four young women to successfully achieve martyrdom - was the first to provide an account of the world beyond life, and Mademoiselle was present to hear her account and would be sharing it with the assembled people shortly.
Mademoiselle appears to be getting ready as Etienne speaks to her through the door, asking if the announcement means that Anna saw something, and Mademoiselle says that she did, and it was clear and precise. Mademoiselle asks Etienne if he could imagine life after death. Etienne says he could not. Inside, Mademoiselle is sitting on the edge of a bathtub, where she takes a gun out of her purse. She calls to Etienne and tells him to continue doubting before shooting herself in the head.
The movie ends with Anna, lying in some sort of medicated bath in the underground complex, looking at something very far away, fading to black, and a definition of "martyr" which indicates the derivation from the Greek word for "witness."
What is Stargate about it? Can they dial out? It seems like they can't since the wiki says they can't go back to earth, that the ship is falling apart and they have to deal with air loss on the ship. Even if you couldn't go back to earth you probably wouldn't stay on a ship losing oxygen so it seems like they can't dial out. What is stargate about a show without a stargate?
If I had said what Victoria said, it would be edited out and I'd be banned outright. He doesn't even get a warning specific to him? WTF, mods?
Last night I received one email of a reported post. It was not from you. I do not come into every thread, I do not check every comment. If you have a problem with something someone said to you, about you, near you, or whatever you need to report it to the moderators. We do our best to be fair and consistent however we cannot do that over comments we don't even know about, or be expected to know a comment offends.
My plan is to restrict myself to lying only about little things like Santa Claus and be truthful about big things like death and sex, though I'd try to restrict the details to the level of maturity my child(ren) show.
Quote from: Destructor on March 18, 2009, 11:27:56 PM
Series 9 and 10 were terrible compared to the first 8. They had to basically 'invent' an entirely new bad guy because they've fully solved everything at the end of 8, and it showed.
But they didn't. They had defeated system lords before and still had other gould to take out. The fact that Baal was around for the last two season shows that they still had gould they could have fought against. I have no idea why they created the Ori but they didn't have to. Hell even Anubis could have been around because they found a clone of him in one of the crappy episodes (I found it - Prototype from season 9).
This is still fresh in my mind since I just finished so I am probably beating a dead horse. We all know that seasons 9 and 10 sucked.
Whatever the reason, I can say after watching seasons 9 and 10 that the show went directly into the crapper. Those seasons were painfully bad. They made me glad I returned the complete series I bought at Christmas from Amazon.
Quote from: Eel Snave on March 18, 2009, 06:41:07 PM
Besides, if you're using an established franchise like McGyver and relaunching it with a movie, you probably don't want a 59-year-old marginally known star who is appearing in a Sci-Fi original movie to be your leading man. Just a thought.
It is confusing to call the McGyver franchise established but the person who played McGyver (in fact the only person to play him) marginally known. If McGyver is established then so is Richard Dean Anderson who is McGyver.
I was going to recommend the same thing. When I got my unit back from "repair" last time it RRoDed I accidentally flipped that switch. I was fuming for a few minutes that they sent me a broken unit! Then I figured out the problem was with the user (like it often is!)
seriously though, Richard Dean Anderson is still in good enough shape to reprise his role, so why not use him?
have you seen him recently? Much like Dan Akroid (think the difference between Blues Brothers and recent stuff) RDA has put on a lot of weight and looks a lot different. I don't think people would connect with his character (and by connect I mean want to screw)