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The devastating effects of Hurricane Irma have been widely covered, though the full scale of the dmaage is still being

At the same time, there has also been catastrophic flooding due to monsoons in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, with over 1200 dead reported and what infrastructure there was in outlying areas.

More news is coming out about the Colin Trevorrow's firing from Star Wars Episode IX, and it seems that the director, whose last two directorial efforts were the less than well received Jurassic World and The Book of Henry may have managed to piss off just about everyone with his... well, they keep saying "confident" but you know they mean "arrogant".

In the UK, the Government won it's first vote for it's EU Repeal Bill, which hands unprecedented powers to Government Ministers to change laws without reference to Parliament, as part of the infinitely expanding snafu which is Brexit. Even Jeremy Corbyn seems to stirring on this one.

In the US, Ted Cruz appears to have "liked" a hardcore porn Twitter post, Back in the day this would have ended a pplitical career, and Ted Cruz would probably have been one of the ones insisting thatit did, let's see what happens (or doesn't) here, shall we?

The iPhone X:10 is apparnetly set to be a major upgrade (Have they really only been around for 10 years?)

The Doctor Who Experience at Cardiff closed it's doors for the last time as their lease is up. It seems likely it will become a touring exhibition, but Peter Capaldi had a farewell for it.

In related news, the BBC has confirmed that it is not renewing "Class" the Doctor Who spinoff that it never seemed that interested in, which is a shame, as whilst it's not perfect, certainly had potential, and some interesting character beats.

The critics reviews for Seth MacFarlane's new not-Star-Trek-spoof "The Orville" have been... pretty much overwhelmingly negative, I'm posting a link to the only positive one I could find out of kindness more than anything., though in fairness that's never stopped McFarlane from flogging a dead horse for waaaaay longer than anyone would ever have predicted (Family Guy is starting season 16 for pities sake and American Dad is on 14)

Date: 2017-09-12 12:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
So, since the Robots in Disguise cartoon is still failing to draw my interest in any way, and the only reason I’m even bothering to keep up with it is that I keep waiting for Starscream and Soundwave to show up again (Wheeljack and Knock Out would be awesome too, but at this point hoping that they’ll be back feels a lot like hoping you’ll meet Santa) I’ve been rewatching a bit of Transformers Prime.

Goddamn I love Airachnid. I love her so much I still liked her even after she killed Breakdown, whom I also loved (killing off Breakdown was SUCH a waste, he was awesome).

She gets some of the best villain lines. And the delivery! The lines wouldn’t be half as good without her shamelessly troll voice acting and her body language. Both the voice actress and the animators did a fantastic job.

Context: the hero Arcee sneaked into Airachnid’s ship and found glass tubes full of heads and other body parts of aliens.

Arcee: I got a look at your souvenir case.

Airachnid: You mean my trophies. I collect endangered species. Of course they aren’t really endangered. Until they meet me.

Context: Arcee is going through PTSD because her beloved partners have been brutally murdered one after the other. Airachnid herself cut up Tailgate to pieces. Cliffjumper was stabbed, turned into a zombie, and his corpse was torn in half.

Airachnid: You sure have trouble hanging on to your partners don’t you? We both know what happened to Tailgate. But I recently picked up some Decepticon radio chatter regarding the passing of Cliffjumper. At some point you really have to ask yourself Arcee, is it them or is it me?

Goddamn she is such an evil bastard and she knows it and basks in it :D

It *kills me* that they turned her into a pathetic joke in the Japanese dub.

In the Japanese dub of Prime, Airachnid’s personality is completely different from her US interpretation. In the dub, she is a bubbly, giggling, high-strung chatterbox that is obsessed with collecting the heads of “handsome boys” as trophies rather than endangered creatures. Played up as something of a female Pepe Le Pew, she constantly swoons over Jack, calling him her “hunk,” her “darling,” her “cutie Jack-chan” and various other lovey-dovey remarks as she amorously pursues him (even going so far as to sing love songs to him, mid-chase). When she finally catches Jack near the end of “Predatory”, she even proposes marriage to him. [] Whenever Airachnid fires her webbing, she shouts “Sticky-Sticky Attack!”


Date: 2017-09-12 01:00 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] astrakhan42
If Hasbro could manage to distribute their toys worth a damn, they might be able to build up an audience for their shows. >has seen TLK Nitro all of ONCE in stores

Date: 2017-09-12 01:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
Do you think there is any chance, any chance at all, she might be back in the RiD cartoon?

Date: 2017-09-12 02:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
Extremely minimal, she does not fit the tone.

Date: 2017-09-13 08:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deh_tommy
I hope so. I think they used her design for an unnamed and unrelated Deception in Season 2, so that would be weird if they went to the effort of constructing a character model that just so happens to look like Airachnid without ever introducing her in the show proper.

Date: 2017-09-12 01:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] spider_man6
Prime is like the BTAS of Transformers tv shows. A good meter mark.
By the way, Soundwave did appear in MTMTE, and I'm pretty sure Starscream bit the dust in Predacons Rising.

Date: 2017-09-12 02:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
Yeah. I know that there are many vocal TF fans who hate Prime, and I can certainly see its many flaws... First and foremost, the sudden random dropping of interesting characters and plot threads (I'm still salty we never got to see what the deal was with Breakdown and the Wreckers). Also Miko and Raf were extremely, extremely bad human characters, and Smokescreen annoyed the hell out of me. And Starscream was played too much as buttmonkey and comic relief, so that people got the impression that he was an ineffectual clown even when he actually had a pretty decent track record of accomplishing things.

But I really think that overall it has way too many merits to dismiss it. Knock Out, Breakdown and Airachnid were fantastic characters. Agent Fowler was an excellent human character, and I actually liked Jack most of the time. The Prime take on Soundwave was my favourite in the entire franchise, and I greatly enjoyed their take on Shockwave and Wheeljack. Silas was an interesting antagonist. The dialogues were, most of the time, really good, and they even managed to turn a recurring joke into a gutpunch ("We needed that"). The animation in the third Season was stunning. And the plot of the episodes ranged from insane in a good way (Starscream unleashes the zombie Apocapypse!) to moving (Arcee has to move on after the death of her partners), with plenty of fresh ideas (while I would have much preferred it if they had kept Breakdown alive, using his corpse as some kind of EVA mech was a great twist). They even brought the franchise in a brand new direction when they came up with a portrayal of Starscream that actually developed past the usual treachery and became loyal to Megatron.

The "Optimus is literally Jesus" thing was immensely, deeply, profoundly idiotic, and pretty much killed my love for the character. But The Covenant of Primus came out after TFP finished its run, so I blame it rather than the cartoon itself.

Thankfully, a semi-recent episode of the new cartoon revealed that Starscream survived the encounter with the Predacons :) *cough*like I'd be saying for years*cough*

Date: 2017-09-12 05:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ozaline
I didn't mind the humans in Prime, honestly, though it's been a while.


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