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Peter St John

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  1. My So-Called Life! Given what I remember of the commentaries, the proposed episodes for Clerks: TAS Season 2 would have been enjoyable (I've long felt that ABC enforcing broadcast standards on Smith produced some of his best work).
  2. That’s all true - but Moore’s relationship with DC had died twice (Watchmen & ABC) and it still took ten years after and Levitz leaving before DC went and got the ball rolling with Before Watchmen. My concern is that the deal is totally a gentleman’s agreement and as soon as it becomes financially attractive to whoever owns DC, they'll do what they want with it. (where’s Miracleman, Neil? Where’s Miracleman?) EDIT: And if the rumours about the scuttling of Vertigo were true (that it was partly due to Time Warner rubbing their hands together at all the IP…right up until they saw the creator contracts), then I think we'll see this sooner rather than later. After all, if people were willing to sign up to work on Before Watchmen, they'd jump at the chance of doing Sandman stuff.
  3. Sadly, it'll probably end up like Moore in the end - Watchmen was 'protected' until Paul Levitz left, and I imagine when Marie Javins retires, the edict that protects the Endless will likely be lifted as soon as it becomes economically expedient. (Although it's not like it hasn't happened - Death was in TMK LSH v38 and Daniel appeared during Morrison's JLA run, and a few others through the years already, but those were done with Gaiman's approval)
  4. It's always spoken as the arc where Gaiman feels it all comes together and is often suggested as the first book for new readers instead of Preludes. Plus everybody loves Lucifer.
  5. Surely that's just the 10NES/CIC chip, which wouldn't be part of a dumped ROM anyhow? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIC_(Nintendo)
  6. I do like the audacity of callbacks to 27-year-old shows on primetime BBC1. And the ITV franchise prison talk was great…
  7. Play For Today Volume 2 out next month - apparently Volume 3 is in the works too. (can we get the Potter plays on Blu-ray?)
  8. I think, from his Twitter account, he's waiting for a new production run coming in, possibly next month.
  9. "Yeah, there's no way I'm coming back for S2" *1 minute later* "Dammit."
  10. That's fair! It's definitely not like, say a SNES Mini. But you don't have to know much to get it working either*. (* I actually thought about this the other day, and I will say that I have 25 years' worth of Linux experience, so I may not be the best judge of 'it's easy!'. I am also far too old, but that's another problem altogether )
  11. Yes, it can be a tinkerer's tool. But I also don't think it's that difficult to set up and go. I'm only using HDMI output, and to get things up and running, I didn't do much more than get the Mr. Fusion distro on the SD card using Apple Pi Baker, copy the update_all script to where it needs to be on the card, hook the thing up to an ethernet port and let it go. I only set up the wifi last weekend. Admittedly, trying to get Cannon Fodder (HD installed) on the minimig core still eludes me, but I did get Sensi working!
  12. Used a Mac here as well - no problems, and the update scripts have been painless so far (e.g. pressing a couple of arrow keys). Even setting up wifi was about as painless as it gets with Linux.
  13. Looks like there's a new Spectrum NEXT core in the latest update too…
  14. Bolam is famously really tetchy and seems to hate being a public figure. He didn’t speak to Rodney Bewes from late 1970s right until Bewes’ death due to Bewes talking about fairly innocuous private conversations in an interview. One hell of a grudge. (although from all accounts, Bewes was a bit of a pain)
  15. Plus the original wasn't broadcast for years and years on the BBC, due to BBC execs finding out about the plot at the last minute. (obviously: watch everything Dennis Potter wrote. Even Blackeyes) I'm working my way through The Owl Service right now, which is another late 60s-early 70s children's TV series that's vaguely terrifying. The Beiderbecke Trilogy is oh-so-slight, but so fucking charming. Either this or What Ever Happened To The Likely Lads? is peak James Bolam. But this also has Barbara Flynn. Plays For Today that are readily available and fit into the 70s hauntology theme: Robin Redbreast, Panda's Fen, and A Photograph. For proper old-school political drama, seek out PFTs like Country, Destiny, and All Good Men (which is darkly hilarious as it castigates the 1945 Labour government for being too centrist). You should also look at ITV's Bill Brand - an 11-part serial about a newly-elected Labour MP. Another bit of 70s conspiracy tucked away on the BBC in the 70s: The Donati Conspiracy (I haven't seen its follow up, State of Emergency, yet, but both series are available on youtube if you look).
  16. The Mayfair Set is my favourite of all his work, but I'm biased towards the 'weird things going on in late 60s/70s Britain' angle. The Trap and The Power of Nightmares are a good pair to watch together to explain the neo-conservatives, and I'm also fond of the first part of All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace, which caused a lot of tech Twitter to turn against him when it was first broadcast. That's 2011, so relatively recent! (I also am partial to the Inside Story on the fall of Barings Bank - it's very funny in places)
  17. It's a bit of a repeating theme in Moore's work. Not as bad as Millar, but then, who is?
  18. Obviously, the first thing I got it to do was play Robocop (128K). The most expensive Spectrum emulator I've ever bought…
  19. I’m sticking to my guns on this one - both it and The Killing Joke had terrible lasting influence in the superhero world and we’d be better off with neither of them (All Star Superman forever, though!)
  20. *chalks another entry into 'comic world would be a better place if Miller had never touched Batman'*
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