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Guvnor

The Guvnor
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Only just started Altered Carbon, liking it but trying to get my head around the big alteration in the main guys background and what purpose it was meant to serve. Is the protagonist now more likeable, more identifiable as the sort of guy you want to be? Is the story potential better? I just don't see it.
I didn't have a problem with it.
He isn't as soft as you may be thinking.
 
I didn't have a problem with it.
He isn't as soft as you may be thinking.
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In the book he a member of a military order (The Envoys), in the TV series he becomes a member of a terrorist group. From what I can tell so far the Envoys which were the military group is now the name of the terrorists/rebels, but he was a member of some sort of government military unit or just a mercenary before he switches to the Envoys.

Presumably we are going to be more immediately hooked by a mercenary/terrorist/rebel than a guy who was in the military? Either that or they think they can get a better story out of it which I have yet to see. The only explanation I have found is that it supposedly "exacerbated the divide between him and the present day world". I can't even see why he needed to feel more out of place than he already did. I am not even going to talk about the fusion of two female characters into one. It is rather jarring.

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All that said watch it, good series.
 
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Don’t judge me:

I’ve just finished bingeing “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” on Netflix. I’d heard they’d done something new with the genre and I was pretty impressed. Starts off sparkly but soon gets dark. There’s some proper background and proper world-building and proper consequences in this one.

It’s written from the female perspective and aimed at teenage girls but would work for younger children - though they won’t get the hidden messages - Teenagers - who will - and us older types - who in our lack of innocence may misread some relationships.

There’s a wonderful running theme about the role and responsibility of science. It’s written from the SJW point of view (I mean that positively). There’s a great “coming out” episode, for example - with an interesting twist in perspective. I’m not sure but I think they’re subtley aging the characters as the series progresses.

There are three series. I’ve watched them all. Series 3 ends with a shocking and totally unpredictable noble sacrifice. I mean something you just don’t DO on a TV cartoon series.

Considering statting this up for a con game but I doubt many people will have watched it.
 

Guvnor

The Guvnor
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Don’t judge me:

I’ve just finished bingeing “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” on Netflix. I’d heard they’d done something new with the genre and I was pretty impressed. Starts off sparkly but soon gets dark. There’s some proper background and proper world-building and proper consequences in this one.

It’s written from the female perspective and aimed at teenage girls but would work for younger children - though they won’t get the hidden messages - Teenagers - who will - and us older types - who in our lack of innocence may misread some relationships.

There’s a wonderful running theme about the role and responsibility of science. It’s written from the SJW point of view (I mean that positively). There’s a great “coming out” episode, for example - with an interesting twist in perspective. I’m not sure but I think they’re subtley aging the characters as the series progresses.

There are three series. I’ve watched them all. Series 3 ends with a shocking and totally unpredictable noble sacrifice. I mean something you just don’t DO on a TV cartoon series.

Considering statting this up for a con game but I doubt many people will have watched it.
That sounds good.
 
Don’t judge me:

I’ve just finished bingeing “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” on Netflix. I’d heard they’d done something new with the genre and I was pretty impressed. Starts off sparkly but soon gets dark. There’s some proper background and proper world-building and proper consequences in this one.

It’s written from the female perspective and aimed at teenage girls but would work for younger children - though they won’t get the hidden messages - Teenagers - who will - and us older types - who in our lack of innocence may misread some relationships.

There’s a wonderful running theme about the role and responsibility of science. It’s written from the SJW point of view (I mean that positively). There’s a great “coming out” episode, for example - with an interesting twist in perspective. I’m not sure but I think they’re subtley aging the characters as the series progresses.

There are three series. I’ve watched them all. Series 3 ends with a shocking and totally unpredictable noble sacrifice. I mean something you just don’t DO on a TV cartoon series.

Considering statting this up for a con game but I doubt many people will have watched it.

If a season 4 comes out I would like to know if the person who died comes back to life, I think I already talked about this on this site. Death is now just a dramatic device and I am not just talking about SF and fantasy shows. We get the drama, the tears, the emotions are wrung out then hey presto they are back again or still with us. I hope that does not happen in She-Ra, it makes a mockery of the idea of noble sacrifice.
 
If a season 4 comes out I would like to know if the person who died comes back to life, I think I already talked about this on this site. Death is now just a dramatic device and I am not just talking about SF and fantasy shows. We get the drama, the tears, the emotions are wrung out then hey presto they are back again.
We they aren’t dead, merely trapped the other side of the portal a la Rose Tyler. (And it IS a kid’s show.)

Actually my money is on a person who died off camera loads before the series started coming back again.
 
We they aren’t dead, merely trapped the other side of the portal a la Rose Tyler. (And it IS a kid’s show.)

Actually my money is on a person who died off camera loads before the series started coming back again.
True enough if it is for kids, if its only a portal I can't see the sacrifice being for very long, maybe a couple of episodes of the new series. :)
It may be that seemingly being lost forever is going to be a dramatic device that is used for the same reason as "temporary death" in adult shows, excessive emotional drama.
 
I felt that Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance was amazing! Brilliantly dark without the need for graphic violence - which seems to be the corner stone of many TV series these days. I've now moved onto Carnival Row. So far I'm not that impressed with it. I'm hoping as the story develops it will get better.
 
Just finished binge-watching Temple over a couple of nights (it's on Sky weekly, but accessible as a boxed set), which is based loosely off of a Norwegian series, Valkyrian.

Surgeon sets up an off-the-books clinic in the nether tunnels of a Tube station that has been set up by a site engineer as a perfect shelter for the Apocalypse. The surgeon is trying to find a way to juggle his overwrought family life, including the death of his wife, with a stack of other problems—not least the presence of an escaped bank robber in the tunnels.

Really quite entertaining and always pushing slightly too far, but satisfying in the use of careful doled out flashbacks. Carnival Row could have done with this approach, rather than the "episode as background"-approach. The flashbacks remain broken up and puzzling; you get disjointed moments that later join up and add additional layers to the interchange between characters.

I enjoyed this just as I enjoyed the reworked Wallander. On the plus side, Temple isn't quite as grey and depressing as the other series. Also on the plus side, I found Mark Strong an extremely effective actor, oddly likable despite his somewhat dour and standoffish persona.
 
I've now moved onto Carnival Row. So far I'm not that impressed with it. I'm hoping as the story develops it will get better.
It sort of does get better and I'd be open to seeing another series, maybe; but, I had a constant vision that it would have been so much better if they'd done away with Bloom's character and replaced him with Detective Inspector Rabbit, from Year of the Rabbit.

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It sort of does get better and I'd be open to seeing another series, maybe; but, I had a constant vision that it would have been so much better if they'd done away with Bloom's character and replaced him with Detective Inspector Rabbit, from Year of the Rabbit.

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Well I’ve got the characters from Rabbit statted up. When I finally get around to watching Carnival Row, there may well be a con game in the offing...
 
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