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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Spartacus Season 3 First Look on: April 17, 2013, 12:19:37 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on August 08, 2012, 05:18:35 AM

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Starz president Chris Albrecht has defended the decision to axe Spartacus.

It was announced in June that the popular drama's third season - subtitled War of the Damned - will be its last.

Speaking at the TCA press tour, Albrecht said: "The show has been remarkably successful and, ultimately, what all of the producers felt, along with us, was that, rather than trying to string out a story and have one more battle, or one more argument between the rebels, or one more villain show up, we would follow the trajectory of the history and bring the Spartacus story to fruition.

"It was better to leave people wanting more than to risk repeating ourselves and diminishing the overall impact of the franchise."

http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/news/a397643/spartacus-axe-defended-by-starz-boss-we-risk-repeating-ourselves.html

As someone who enjoyed the Roman politics and back stabbing side of it, I really wish they would have slowed it down and added a few extra seasons by focusing more on politics backed up by just enough action to keep viewers glued.

Spartacus just might be my favorite TV series of all time.  icon_frown


I hope you have seen "I, Claudius"
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 03, 2013, 10:50:46 PM
CeeKay's lawyer.
83  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wizard101 anyone? on: March 24, 2013, 03:42:49 PM
Any one hear of new worlds past Azteca?
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/22/13 on: March 23, 2013, 03:46:01 PM
Finally installed WarCraft III. After that, idk, maybe Sam and Max?
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's a fun toy I don't own? on: March 19, 2013, 12:51:22 PM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=happy%20fun%20ball&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CDoQtwIwAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D7gzDC-2ZO8I&ei=g15IUbDoCcXGygHqw4GoBg&usg=AFQjCNEB2ukvIO2JiCABH7LcIMWRBZboQA&sig2=w90ISHSl8c1nZpeFSJtw0Q&bvm=bv.43828540,d.aWc


A Happy Fun Ball?
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: February 21, 2013, 11:35:43 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 21, 2013, 02:13:43 PM

Almost through the entire season of House of Cards and I've decided I don't like it- with two eps left.

Spacey is his typical great self (but there's just too much of him).

All of the characters are grade A scumbags and I pretty much don't like any of them. Thus there's no one to root for and I wish the whole lot of them ill- so it's an accurate portrayal of the Hill I'd say.

That said, I could get through that, but I just finished episode 11 and it has totally stretched the bounds of plausibility.

Major Spoiler late season spoiler

Spoiler for Hiden:
The fact that he murdered Pete Russo is just poor writing and I don't buy that Underwood would go that far.  Also, it was totally unnecessary. The show is fun when Frank is responding to situations outside of his control and spin doctoring his way back through the minefields.  Committing murder is just sloppy sloppy and knocks the whole season down quite a few pegs.

Overall, I'm giving it 3 stars.  That's in the I'll give season two a try, but probably won't make it the whole way category.

I felt the same way about Sopranos. All thugs, and the world would be better off without them if the vacuum was filled.

About that spoiler:
Spoiler for Hiden:
seems to me that was right in line with the very first scene commenting on the two types of pain and what happened to the dog.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: <Brag> What's your Life's Greatest Achievement? </Brag> on: February 09, 2013, 06:51:03 PM
My quest for immortality is going well.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: February 09, 2013, 06:44:30 PM
I've been (stupidly) thinking about this. My operating assumption is that Nero and Crew, then (older) Spock id a time jump that splintered into a parallel uniververse. My problem is that I can't seem to make this fit with Starfleet before Kirk was born, things like the first war with the Romulans. And why would Vulcan culture allow (young) Spock to exhibit the emotions he does as a Starfleet instructor.

So my mind wonders: what if Nero/(older) Spock never traveled in linear time. They, instead, traveled into a closely parallel universe. One which had several differences before the major shift of Nero's arrival? Much like the Mirror Universe, that would allow for the same people, but different characters. (old) Spock couldn't know the future events with real certainty, and characters like Khan could be different enough to allow a new story, but still be recognizable. (old)Spock and (young) Spock could have a mentor relationship that would be based on (old) Spock's experience, not knowledge of the future.

Anyway, I think that explanation would free the writers up more. Anything that didn't fit is easily explained.

Aside: I'd love to see a movie/short based on the old short story of Shatner, Nimoy, and (I think) Kelly, being beamed up to the real Enterprise in an accident that had Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beamed to the set at Desilu productions. It's an old story, written before NextGen even was announced, probably before anyone thought of Phase II. I'd have to check on it.  I think the name was Strange Planet Revisited in the first Short Story collection. New Voyages,maybe?
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: February 06, 2013, 01:12:18 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 05, 2013, 06:48:50 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on February 05, 2013, 06:16:17 PM

That would imply that not only is the future of the timeline re-written, but also what we know about the past.

it looks like other things in the timeline were changed too for this version before Vulcan.  the original Kirk started Starfleet in 2250, while the new Kirk starts in 2255.  plus the Enterprise is only just being launched at the time of Nero's attack on Vulcan, so it never had Pike as captain for 11 years nor did Robert April act as the ships first captain.

looking at the history from Memory Alpha about Gary Mitchell:

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Mitchell was an Academy friend of James T. Kirk, stemming back to the time then-lieutenant Kirk was serving as an instructor and Mitchell was a first-year cadet. That year, Mitchell aimed a "little blonde lab technician" towards Kirk as a means to distract his rigid instructor and, in turn, Kirk almost married her.

in the new Star Trek I don't believe Kirk ever reached LT before the Vulcan incident as they keep calling him a cadet instead of a LT while Spock is referred to as Commander.

tl:dr - it's a whole new world so don't rely on what happened before as a guideline.

***********

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If that's the case, why bother with the Nimoy/Spock tie-in?

to bring in the old geeks biggrin



Things had to start changing before Vulcan was destroyed. From the time Nero first appears during Kirk's birth. No Sam, no father, no progression up the ranks like a normal person smile  Kirk, Sulu, McCoy, Uhura, Checkov all in school at the same time.....  It goes on and on.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are You Stepping Into the Next Gen? on: February 02, 2013, 04:52:09 PM
I just finished Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions for the Wii and may start up Arkham City soon. In other words, I won't be interested in a next gen until I am done with my backlog. (I still intend to play my unopened copy of Deus Ex for the pc someday)
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: December 28, 2012, 11:59:29 PM
Thinking of heading up to Huntsville, AL to catch the Hobbit at the Monaco.  Any of the Locals tried that theater yet? Is it worth the trip from B-ham for the HFR?
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Introducing The Order of the Stick on: December 22, 2012, 10:55:13 PM
No, new ones are not up AFAIK.

My daughter in law is a member of the SCA and loves Dragon*Con, Song of Fire and Ice, and will debate the type of Batman interpretation used in Brave and the Bold (she's wrong BTW).  Turns out, she does not read OOTS. 

My question: should I just insist that she reads the web comic, or should I send out my copies of Start of Darkness and Origin of PCs to start her out?

Opinions solicited.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If you could have any car $100,000 USD or less, what would it be? on: December 20, 2012, 12:53:31 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on December 19, 2012, 06:01:12 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 19, 2012, 12:20:37 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on December 18, 2012, 11:23:10 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 18, 2012, 10:18:04 PM



Tesla Model S Performance.  Though I don't really need that... I'd be perfectly happy with a Model S 85kWH.

This. Absolutely this.

Yeah, I watched this Tested test drive and it helped me start to see I needed one as well.  biggrin

Yep.

This too
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: December 09, 2012, 04:15:10 PM
This seems to be the most approprate place to ask/post:

There is a persistant rumor about Netflix streaming 3d,  Since I am cheap, I have been trying to keep up and ran across this little tidbit:  Netflix 3D streaming is available through the PS3.  http://forums.audioholics.com/forums/movies-blu-ray-discs-dvds-theatricks/83005-netflix-streaming-3d.html

So with great excitment, I updated the PS3 and Netflix.  No 3d category.  Anyone else check this out?
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men:Days Of Future Past on: December 02, 2012, 02:50:17 PM
Days of Future Past as a 2 hr film.  I am expecting  "loosely adapted from".  But I still wish that the DC Animated films would be given more film time to flesh out some of the character parts when doing adaptations (like All Star Superman and Justice League : New Frontier)   So what do I know?
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looks like we need a new PS3 on: November 25, 2012, 04:45:21 PM
Now I am curious.  I haven't used my ps3 for game sin a while so the data back up is not that important, BUT, if I had to get a new machine, how would I restore all the rock and dlc and exported songs?

My ps3 is fine, now I am just curious as to how that would work.
97  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wizard101 anyone? on: November 14, 2012, 05:17:09 AM
ARISE!  No one else checking out the Dinosaurs in Azteca?
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DISNEY buying LUCASFILM....More Star Wars coming... on: October 30, 2012, 11:12:51 PM
I liked John Carter. The movie, not the mismanaged marketing. I am sorry that sequels are not in the cards.  A TV series would work though with those priest guys as the antagonists.

I like several of the others also, but like any studio hit and miss. Surely Disney having Star Wars can't be any worse than what has happened to the movie franchise since (and including) Return of the Jedi
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel Animated Shows on: October 26, 2012, 02:15:29 AM
Re:DC animated  - the end of the Justic League series that tied up Batman Beyond was good too.

"You know, Bruce, you're not always RIGHT!"

The Marvel Animated I've seen are good, even going back to the X-Men series in the (80s? 90s?), the Dini-Timverse of the DC animated stuff (B:TAS, S:TAS, BBeyond, JLA/JL-Unlimited) was just so good.  Even the newer Direct to DVD movies.  That's why I shake my head in disbelief at the Live Action DC stuff.

Edited to say: Now I want to go get a DVD of Mask of the Phantasm!
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Warner Developing Justice League Movie? on: October 22, 2012, 04:17:45 AM
I think DCs deal is to only count the new Superman movie as a character that will be in the Justice League, then spin off other movies from that instead of going the Marvel/Disney route
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Warner Developing Justice League Movie? on: October 21, 2012, 11:14:26 PM
Having rewatched Mask of the Phantasm and Batman:Year One. Then thinking about Green Lantern : First Flight vs Green Lantern, I am not particularly looking forward to a new live action DC heroes movie. FWIW, I find the animated Batman much more enjoyable than the live action, even the Nolan stuff.
102  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Pirate101 closed Beta is here. Not just for kids! Turn based MMO combat *sign-up on: October 16, 2012, 01:11:05 PM
I see that Pirates 101 is now open.  Impressions?
103  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Pirate101 closed Beta is here. Not just for kids! Turn based MMO combat *sign-up on: October 05, 2012, 12:14:54 PM
Still Wizarding with my Death School. (lvl 80 in Avalon)  So I am not sure I will take the Pirate Plunge.  Did sign up for the Beta though.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Animated]Batman:The Dark Knight Returns on: September 22, 2012, 04:12:31 PM
Reviews are coming in now, lots of praise
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wings: Directors Cut (Kickstarter) WWI Sim/RPG/Arcade on: August 29, 2012, 11:57:08 AM
Since I am one of the few who bought the latest version of Defender of the Crown, I hope this works out.  I'd really love a motion controlled version of Rocket Ranger though. With all the resurgence of The Rocketeer lately, the time may be ripe for that.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DareDevil and Fantastic Four Movies(and HULK) on: August 07, 2012, 01:58:58 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 01, 2012, 02:41:22 PM

I'm that odd guy that liked Daredevil (and I dislike Ben very much)



I liked most of it as well, especially the director's cut. Now if they had just cut the part in the playground....
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympics 2012 - London on: July 29, 2012, 01:40:06 AM
Just saw the opening ceremonies.  Enjoyed it, but I thought it went on too long.  either that or the rebroadcast had way too many commertial breaks.  The neat thing for me was that i got to watch it in 3d on the olympic 3d session.  The depth was very good, and the confetti with GB was floating out there.  Yes, I like my LG.  smile


Looking most forward to Gymnastics now.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Superman: Man of Steel on: July 22, 2012, 05:59:50 PM
Watched the Man of Steel trailer. Meh. I'll still catch the film, but I still say that the teaser for the 1978 movie had me more excited. Of course I was 18 back then and superheroes on the screen hadn't happened yet, but all it has was names and clouds. The logo coming up was all you needed.
109  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wizardry Online on: June 30, 2012, 08:50:46 PM
http://www.tk421.net/wizardry/wiz15spells.shtml
110  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wizardry Online on: June 29, 2012, 12:24:26 AM
Can I "tiltowait" or "forfic"?   icon_cool
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood on: June 11, 2012, 12:32:06 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 11, 2012, 12:29:04 AM

alright, only a half hour to go.  c'mon Tara, be a good girl and die.

Spoiler for Hiden:
You got your wish!  icon_twisted
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: May 19, 2012, 03:16:22 PM
So this has been picked up and is now being promoed.  Looks ok from the trailer, certainly better than Green Lantern (movie, not animated which, by the way, is much better, has other color lanterns, and does not take place in the Young Justice universe)

Any interest so far?
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Put on your skirt, let's discuss The Secret Circle on: May 12, 2012, 07:17:32 PM
I saw the finale, it seems like a good ending to the series while leaving openings for the future.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedon to direct 'The Avengers' on: May 10, 2012, 12:36:08 PM
Iwas thinking about necessary movies to see before the Avengers and I decided that none of them were necessary if you are comfortable with the whole Marvel thing.

(in reverse order)
Captain America - if you don't care about how SHIELD winds up with the mysterious power source, it's a Captain America origin story - a good one
Thor - despite it's flaws, the most necessary to see where this take on Loki comes from.
Iron Man 1,2 - origin and decent Iron Man story, but if you know the character, not much Avengers stuff

I left the Hulk movies for last because they require a statement about Ang Lee's Hulk (I am not a fan). The second Hulk movie by passes the origin. I liked it, also a decent Hulk story, but if you are not familiar with the character, the origin is dealt with in the first movie. If you are familiar, neither is a necessity to watch.

The "Avengers Initiative" is dealt with in exposition well enough in the Avengers film to get a handle on it.

Agent Coulson - here is the reason to watch the other films. I do believe that the shorts "The Consultant" and "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Hammer" are necessary for,his character. Especially "The Consultant" to answer the "why Hulk?" question.

Have I gone against the greater wisdom here?
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Avengers - 3D or not? on: May 07, 2012, 09:38:59 PM
The 3d version is the way to go IF you have a passive 3d television like an LG. sometimes the glasses wind up stuck in my pocket  ninja
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you love that everyone else hates... on: May 02, 2012, 12:48:11 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on May 02, 2012, 12:45:51 PM

I don't think anybody hates Tremors.   

And if they do they should be fed to the Graboids.




Must be the crowd I hang with. Even people I've recommended see Tremors have yet to forgive me.
 icon_biggrin
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Immortals coming out 11-11-11 on: May 02, 2012, 12:45:02 PM
Not the worst film I've seen,  low end of mediocre for me.  I did enjoy the use of 3D though.  PRobably would have enjoyed it less if I had paid to see it at a theater instread of a rental.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you love that everyone else hates... on: May 02, 2012, 12:41:11 PM
Tremors.
119  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wizard101 anyone? on: April 27, 2012, 01:52:32 AM
Yeah, I sort of retired my Ice Wizard partly through the African world, so I need to push my Death guy through Celestial and Grizzleheim.

(Both around level 67 now)
120  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: KingsIsle Entertainment announces Pirate101 (creators of Wizard101) on: April 27, 2012, 01:50:08 AM
Still playing Wizard101, so I am enjoying the previews for this one.
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