Nov. 13th, 2018

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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.

The loss of Stan Lee at the age of 95 (What's 95 years to an Eternal in waiting) has already been reported here, and is more of an on topic matter, but is such a loss to pop culture I think it's worth repeating. How many people make such a profound impact on not just one medium but, through constant embracing of new technology and willingness to reinvent concepts, so many different media? He was one of a kind, and the world will be a little dimmer and a little less interesting without his presence.

Back in that dimmer and less interesting plane, ceremonies were held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice that brought World War I to an end. World leaders gathered from all over the world in France though, understandably, it was Chancellor Merkel of Germany and President Macron of France whose standing joint tribute garnered most attention. And their separate messages denouncing Nationalism and anti-Semitism were timely and powerful.

In the UK, Queen Elizabeth, who served in WWII as a driver, and is now 93, attended the annual ceremony at the London Cenotaph as she does every year. Prince Phillip, at 97, missed it for the first time in 20 years.

POTUS 45, who notably DIDN'T serve anywhere, and is only 72, didn't attend a ceremony at a nearby US military cemetery in France because of "bad weather" grounding his helicopter which, given how many other world leaders in France were able to attend events, in the same weather, says either something very worrying about the durability of US helicopters, or something very obvious about POTUS 45. Social media has NOT been kind, to which I can only say, on this occasion, "Good for social media!" (Hell, he managed to piss off Tony Robinson. Warning for language on that link.)

On the plus side, congratulations to Democrats in the US for re-taking the House of Representatives, and making it a good deal more representative than it was before! Voting works, never forget that!

The wildfires in California are horrifying with the death toll now reaching 42 and many more missing. Any members in the vicinity, stay safe!

Doctor Who was another unusual episode this week, and it being the episode broadcast on Armistice Day was very deliberate I feel. Set during the Partition of India which split India and Pakistan in 1947 it could probably have been a true historical if they'd wanted, and the aliens seemed more of a diversionary tactic than anything. But it was still a very powerful and emotional story about how the Partition affected one (Yaz;s) family as a microcosm. Like "Rosa" it also replaced the usual end theme, this time with a vocal version of the theme, performed by Shahid Abbas Khan.

I am wishing they'd showcase the TARDIS console room better because until this episode I could not have told you the large crystal arms around the console move up and down in synch with the Time Rotor.

"Duck Tales" was not one of it's strongest this week which, given it was the introduction of The Three Caballeros into the series, is a bit of a shame. I liked that "The Three Caballeros" was actually the name of the band Donald, José Cariaca and Pancho Pistoles formed during their college days, but the whole was not quite the sum of it's part (Luckily we have the entire "Legend of the Three Caballeros" series to compensate)

The last two episodes of Season 2 of Miraculous Ladybug have aired, not in English yet though, only French AFAIK, and look very impressive, including that hero shot we've been waiting for!

I've just had an e-mail saying that Season 1 of the new She-Ra is now available on Netflix. I didn't think that was until later in the month... cool!)

The trailer for the Detective Pikachu movie has dropped and I am finding myself slightly stunned by just how good it looks.

To end on a positive note, November the 13th is World Kindness Day.


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