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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

Well, it's the 4th July, which as a Brit I probably shouldn't acknowledge, but I suppose I must... So I reluctantly bid our American members a Happy Traitorous Colony Day!

(Bad losers? Us? Nah)

Still, even I have to commiserate at the current state of the USA administration (And I say that as someone from a country with Boris Johnson as their Foreign Secretary and Michael Gove being trusted with anything more complex than a paper round). You don't need me to highlight it, and I'm not sure where I'd even start this week. So "Happy Independence Day" instead.

In unusual videogame news, apparently a far-Right nutter's plot to assassinate President Macron of France (during a visit from Trump) was stopped due to the actions of a video game forum.

The Doctor Who season finale was quite a trip, perhaps not quite matching up to the magnificent horror buildup of the previous episode, this was a lot more about character interactions, with the Doctor (whose speech about the importance of being kind should be up for ALL the awards), Bill (who had an odd resolution to a characters fate, but let's hear it for the inverse of the "dead lesbians" TV trope, DW gave us "immortal god-tier lesbians IN SPACE"), Nardole (Who actually got a surprisingly depressing exit without it being acknowledged as such), Missy and the Master all having some dynamite interactions with each other (especially those last two.. err.. one.. no.. two... oh, you know what I mean!!!).

(Oh, and there was a little bit of politics when the Doctor described the Cybermen's unstoppable rise on multiple worlds; "Like sewage, smartphones and Donald Trump, some things are just inevitable")

And the end scene, which I won't even describe in case spoilers might be an issue for those who haven't seen the episode yet, is one hell of a lead-in to the Christmas special... and now I just have six months to wait.

Date: 2017-07-04 12:12 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] zachbeacon
I wish America hadn't gotten that set of tools for its birthday.

Date: 2017-07-04 01:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] skjam
Still waiting for the background check to finish so I can relax a bit and finalize my work preparation--money getting reeal tight.

Tiger Mask W's main plotline ends at episode 37; #38 is a GLOW tribute with a supporting character.

The latest episode of Re:Creators is a recap episode, but includes some new material, such as the narrator re-imaging her debut as a Mary Sue character.

And at my blog, I read and reviewed "A Sword of Storms" by George R.R. Martin. http://www.skjam.com/2017/07/03/book-review-a-storm-of-swords/

ETA: and a review of Shigeru Mizuki's "Showa: A History of Japan 1939-1944". http://www.skjam.com/2017/07/04/manga-review-showa-a-history-of-japan-1939-1944/
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Date: 2017-07-04 01:02 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] nightauditguy
Anyone else want a spin off show where magical alien girl Bill meets up with time traveling undead Clara and they have wacky adventures?

Date: 2017-07-04 01:10 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
Well, first off, as always: Doctor Who.
Speaking as someone who's been generally un-whelmed by the last three years of Who, and incredibly underwhelmed by most of this year's produce, I have to say, as someone expecting the finale to be a failure like "Hell Bent."
...
Actually, it was pretty damn good, on the whole.
Okay, there were quibbles and issues and such forth, but on the whole? T'was good.
The last few minutes may have been... well, a little self-indulgent (not meaning the Bill stuff. I mean the stuff after), buuut... since it's Moffat's last, that can probably be forgiven, this once.
And that speech. That speech...
If the writing for the last three series had been on the level of that episode...
Ah, well.

Possibly odd fate of Bill's, but not entirely unexpected.
It's Moffat, after all.


Non-Who stuff...
Replayed Mass Effect Andromeda over the weekend.
Decided to do a different romance this time. Not a shipper by nature, but it still felt... wrong.


Also, I think local Toys'r'Us are getting a teensy wee bit completely fed up of Transformers.
They'd all been shoved into one tiny wee corner. Even the hideously expensive new stuff's been reduced.

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Date: 2017-07-04 02:01 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] owlbrigade1
I thought the DW finale was a true curate's egg. Parts of it were very good indeed. Unfortunately there were all the other parts... I just wish Moffat was already gone and I'm sick of his one note obsession with twists. Apart from the one at the end of which we shall not talk about, every other "twist" was something he had done before and it weren't that good the first time.

It does not fill me with confidence for the Christmas Special and makes me feel that while RTD blew up the TARDIS on his way out the door, Moffat is going to blow up the show. I feel he is going to, in the words of Tvtropes, Torch the Franchise and Run. Even JNT as showrunner did not leave me as depressed as Moffat has done.

Worst of all, despite his name, we never even got an episode set in Moffat either.
https://www.visitmoffat.co.uk/

That ought to have been a gimme.

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Date: 2017-07-04 02:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cygnia
Can any fellow Whovians tell me if Capaldi composed the guitar solos or if that was whoever is the music guy on the show these days (did Gold step down?)?

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Date: 2017-07-04 02:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] captainbellman
Missy, when she returns (or when the next Master comes along): "I survived."

Also - you may miss it on the first viewing, but when Twelve first hears One saying "I will not change!", he's not mocking Twelve but saying it sincerely. He didn't even hear Twelve arrive; like Two, he finds the idea of having to regenerate "ridiculous".

So the TARDIS, as usual, took Twelve exactly where he needed to go - the last time he very seriously strove not to regenerate - so that he could learn the same lesson twice over.

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Date: 2017-07-05 06:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] laughing_tree
Knowing Moffat, I won't be surprised if it turns out to be another timey wimey thing where 12 turns out to have been the one who convinced 1 to go through with the original regeneration. A true full circle.

Date: 2017-07-04 02:19 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
-"I survived"-

Well, let's see... The Master has survived:
Being reduced to a walking corpse, being incinerated, being exterminated, being sucked into the Eye of Harmony, getting shot and dying, and being "vaporised".

So being zapped with a screwdriver and then presumably blown up?
Pfft.
"Come now. Surely, the universe knows I'm indestructible."

Date: 2017-07-04 02:31 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] owlbrigade1
Don't forget being killed in a space/time collapse (Castrovalva), abandoned and mutated on an exploding planet (Survival), and trapped in a crashing TARDIS with an angry T-Rex baby (Mark of the Rani).

I realise those weren't on-screen deaths, but still supposedly equally inescapable. The Master being dead? No sale!

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Date: 2017-07-04 02:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
Thanks for the well-wishes to the Colonies! :)

I'm afraid the Presidency is sinking into a morass of indignity and irrelevancy. The indignity is obvious but the irrelevancy will come when there is very little respect for the office anymore after His Orangecy is finished with it.

Date: 2017-07-04 03:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daningram.insanejournal.com
Brexit 1776, suckas! ;)

First Rucka's WW run.

Date: 2017-07-04 03:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cosmos666
Just finished reading Rucka's first Wonder Woman run (V2 #195-226) and, even though I had read bits and pieces of it, I came to the conclusion that it was saddled with some bad sloppy art, specially the last dozen issues. It seemed like the artists were pushing sketches and layouts instead of finished art. I guess that having to set up the incoming Infinite Crisis crossover really left the artists with little to no time to fix some of it.

It was a great run until it had to deal with the crossover and it is a shame because it is obvious Rucka had plans for the Cheetah, the Circe/Cale alliance and the Gods' new status quo.

Re: First Rucka's WW run.

Date: 2017-07-04 10:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thatnickguy
Yep. I've always said basically the same thing: Rucka's run - like many great runs - contracted a bad case of Crossoveritis towards the end.

Date: 2017-07-04 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] zachbeacon
A little update for those of us in land of the free.

The Trump administration is demanding voter records in an effort to help prove their unfounded voter fraud accusations.

Half the states have already refused outright or only provided the bare minimum. Wisconsin is only providing the publicly available information. ...for the standard 12.5K fee. Mississippi basically told them to jump in a lake.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/trumps-voting-commission-asked-states-to-hand-over-election-data-theyre-pushing-back/2017/06/30/cd8f812a-5dce-11e7-9b7d-14576dc0f39d_story.html?utm_term=.274fbe674851

https://consumerist.com/2017/06/30/mississippi-official-tells-trump-election-integrity-commission-go-jump-in-the-gulf-of-mexico/#more-10282778

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Date: 2017-07-04 03:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cygnia
Also, what I want for the Christmas special.

Give me Susan.

Date: 2017-07-04 04:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] captainbellman
Can I just say: very pleased that they went ahead and cast David Bradley as One, for a quiet life, as opposed to pulling off a Rogue-One-esque CGI-fest.

Especially as it opens him up to potentially appearing in cameos, and establishes a new precedent for casting new actors as old Doctors - Sam Troughton as Two, anyone?

Date: 2017-07-04 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
-As opposed to pulling off a Rogue-One-esque CGI-fest-

Well, that was never gonna be an option on a BBC Budget.

Date: 2017-07-04 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] onsokumaru
Got to watch two movies in theater last saturday, loved both.
"Cherchez la femme", a comedy about islamic radicalization. Pretty fun, sometimes infuriating. I had a smile when the parents of a protagonist called all their iranian secular friends to the rescue, it looked a bit like Matt Tracker calling his M.A.S.K. agents.
"The Girl with all the gifts", translated in french by "The last girl" (you can't see me, but I'm rolling my eyes). Awesome movie from a Mike Carey novel (yes, Lucifer, Unwritten, Mike Carey). It shows that it's still possible to be original with that genre. I especially liked the way they revealed what was up with the "special children", and I wish I had gone to the movie without knowing anything.

Date: 2017-07-04 04:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stubbleupdate
I got 80 pages into The Girl With All The Gifts before essentially putting it in the freezer. IT just pressed too many of my Nope buttons.

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Date: 2017-07-04 04:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stubbleupdate
I finished Rucka's Rebirth Wonder Woman this weekend. My goodness, Bilquis Evely can draw.

Date: 2017-07-05 06:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] laughing_tree
Evely's amazing. Been a fan since her Sugar & Spike work with Giffen (which was great fun!)

Date: 2017-07-04 07:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stubbleupdate
This week I have been mainlining The High Low podcast, where two posh journalists talk about news, culture, feminist issues and use the phrase "absolutely obsessed with" about a dozen times a show.

To that end, I am absolutely obsessed with Hello Saferide's I was Jesus, a song about how different history would have been if key figures (Jesus, Gandhi and MLK) were women. It's bloody brilliant, Hello Saferide is bloody brilliant and I love her, like THIS much.

Date: 2017-07-04 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Anyone going to the Montréal Comic-Con this weekend? I'll be there in my Squirrel Girl cosplay and I'm hoping to get Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle's autographs.

Date: 2017-07-04 09:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lb_lee
Not quite off-topic, but I had to share it with S_D! At my local radical library, there was a free box, FILLED WITH OLD QUEER COMICS. I got my hands on the COMPLETE original runs of both 'Tales of the Closet' by Ivan Velez Jr. and 'Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist' by Diane DiMassa, all in great condition. They just LET ME HAVE THEM. They didn't even seem to realize what a gold mine it was!

Gave Hothead to my lesbian roommate, and she was thrilled, but I kept ToTC for myself. I also sent an email to Mr. Velez and he responded! :D I'm super-duper thrilled! I'd wanted to read ToTC for YEARS, but it's been out of print for ages, AND NOW I OWN THE WHOLE THING!

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