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  1. Whittaker's fine, I think, though it's kind of hard to tell as she's been given so little to work with. She's been good in other stuff I've seen her in. Here she's not really required to do much more than run from place to place and try to get a word in edgeways as her companions jabber away. Her Doctor is at best undefined (loosely based on Tennant, though, I think) and at worst wildly inconsistent in characterisation (the episode where she bravely saved Space Amazon from its troublesome workers being a particular low point). She's the least distinctive Doctor in terms of personality since the show returned, perhaps since the show began. The problems with the show at the moment are all to do with the writing. I'm dreading whatever the fallout from last season's Timeless Child bollocks is going to be, when the show returns. Chibnall seems obsessed with clarifying minor points of 1970s continuity while gleefully throwing out everything that RTD and Moffat worked to create. In terms of the next Doctor - I hope they don't return immediately to "white male" as it'll make Whittaker's Doctor look like a gimmick (and give the neckbeards something to crow about). I'm sure there are plenty of other women who could do the part justice, or maybe it's time for the first Doctor of Colour.
  2. At this point I'll accept trying anything that's a bit different, because the current iteration of the show isn't working for me at all. Here's hoping for Children of Earth rather than Trial of a Timelord, though.
  3. I've never played a Dark Souls game. Hopefully now you've bought the whole trilogy, they'll all be on Game Pass next month!
  4. Yeah, one of the first things I did was disable Instant Game Response and just set the input into Game mode permanently, that constant popup annoyed me almost immediately. Thinking about it, several of the guides I've followed to setting this thing up recommended changing the input icon of the Xbox to make the TV think it's a PC, apparently it increases the quality of the chroma subsampling or some such bollocks I'd probably not even notice. That would increase the bandwidth requirements, I might try reverting that setting specifically and see if it makes any difference.
  5. Anyone with a Series X and an LG OLED TV had the telly randomly crap out to a black screen and an "Invalid Format" error? Had it this morning in the middle of playing Halo Master Chief Collection. Game started fine but then crapped out about thirty seconds into a level. I can see a few reports on various sites of people experiencing the same thing but no real solutions. I've only had the TV a few days so a bit new to all this. Halo is pretty much the only thing I've tried at 4K/120fps/HDR so I'm wondering if it's an HDMI bandwidth thing. Using the cable that came with the Xbox and apart from this everything has been splendid.
  6. I'd like them to remaster Voyager too, as it's the only one I've never actually watched - every time I think of starting it, I always manage to persuade myself that it'll get redone eventually so there's no point watching it now. I wonder what the viewing figures are for these shows on Netflix, I bet they still pick up plenty of viewers (and I also bet Voyager is more popular than DS9). Surely, surely there's an appetite somehwere to bring these into the modern era.
  7. All we need now is the Steam Dreck to complete the set.
  8. Doom Eternal makes me feel really bloody old, I play it on Easy and it’s still like having Skittles fired at me while I’ve got a hangover. But it is absolutely incredible, so get that one.
  9. I enjoyed the final episode but I did come away with the feeling that I'd missed a lot by not having the slightest idea who that guy was supposed to be.
  10. Spread over four years, though. This is been one cameo per episode almost since the very beginning. (I love the show, but "small universe" is a very valid criticism. Both Clone Wars and Rebels did more to expand the canon even early on than Bad Batch has managed).
  11. Someone in here or one of the other threads quoted some figures that showed that remastering the whole of DS9 would cost about the same as making three episodes of Discovery. Someone with money is making some very bad choices.
  12. I do remember really enjoying Mordant's Need by the same author, which was a quite restrained two-parter rather than a ten-part epic, but again I must have been about 13 when I read it. No idea whether it would stand up today. A lot of Donaldson fans seem to have encountered his work fairly young, he was part of the first wave of post-Tolkien fantasy writing and I guess that stuff appeals at a certain age. Maybe that's what makes the rape scene so incongruous - apart from that, these novels aren't really far off typical YA fare.
  13. Lord Foul's Bane was 99p in the Kindle Daily Deals last week so I've actually been reading it again, for the first time in 35 years or so... Some of what I remembered definitely holds true. It's shamelessly derivative of Tolkien to an almost ridiculous degree. The bad guy lives in a giant mountain. The hero has a magic ring. There's a lot of stuff about horses, and a forest town that's basically Lothlorien. The Giants don't like to be "hasty". Everyone spends their whole time walking from one place to another. Everyone sings songs constantly about stuff that happened a thousand years ago. The writing style is extremely ponderous and self-important. I'm over halfway through the book and I'm still laughing at the fact that the great hero of the whole saga is called Kevin. But - that said - I am enjoying it. More of it had stuck with me than I thought, turns out there are loads of bits I remember or half-remember. (I read a lot of other fantasy drivel like David Eddings and Terry Brooks when I was a teenager and I couldn't even tell you the names of those books, let alone what happened in them, so Donaldson was clearly doing something right). The decision to make Covenant an outsider to the Land works on two levels really - first of all he does very much represent the "what the hell is all this fantasy bollocks" point of view, every time someone starts singing or waffling on about ancient Lords, he's rolling his eyes on the page and I'm rolling my eyes reading the book - maybe not intentional but it definitely works. Secondly it goes a long way to excusing some of the definiencies in Donaldson's writing style: at no point does the Land feel like a real place, it's populated by about a dozen people and there's no agriculture or industry or culture or anything at all apart from people waffling on about ancient history, and the fact that Covenant thinks throughout that it's probably not even real does kind of excuse this a bit. About that rape scene: yes, it's a horrible way to open a saga. It probably wouldn't be written in the way it is, if the book was written these days. (It reminds me of *that scene* near the end of Stephen King's IT, fify percent "this is a product of its time" and fifty percent "what the fuck were you thinking, even back then"). Is it any worse than, say, Jaime Lannister throwing a child out of a window at the start of A Game of Thrones, or the other incredibly horrible things that happen in that saga? I'd say not, and in some ways GRRM is worse because he makes his characters into anti-heroes whereas Covenant is, throughout, an absolute arsehole with no redeeming qualities at all. The rape scene demonstrates that clearly and is significant to understanding his character; it's also important to the plot of the book, and future books; it's also a really unpleasantly real thing in a story that is otherwise wall-to-wall high fantasy nonsense. I don't like it, but I don't think it deserves to dominate discussion of this novel specifically in the way it seems to have done. Just my point of view. Anyway, despite myself I am actually enjoying this rather a lot. I don't know how much of that is nostalgia and how much of it is because actually it's not that bad. I definitely don't know if I've got the appetite for ten of these things (although I do remember the second one being a big improvement on the first - so who knows). Would I recommend it? I have absolutely no idea.
  14. I do like the commitment to taking everything to its logical conclusion. If Loki is a character that can essentially weasel his way out of almost every situation, and if you have a habit of dumping all your multiverse detritus in a single place at the end of time, then logically eventually all that you will end up with in that place is a shitload of Lokis. You could make a whole series out of that concept alone.
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