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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 among yourselves.

So POTUS 45 has stated that he will declare a National Emergency to allow him to divert the money for his fershlugging Wall from other Government projects.

Sixteen States have now launched a legal action against him saying it's unconstitutional for him to do this.

There was a rather fun thread on Quora asking "Why do many British people not like Donald Trump?" which came up with some very creative, and very British, replies.

Also in the UK, seven Labour MPs have quit the party over a combination of disagreements with the current leadership over Brexit, and the handling of frequent accusations of anti-Semitism within the party. They will now stand as independents. They may be joined by more, and a few Conservatives too, as dissatisfaction with the Brexit "negotiations" continues to spread.

I'll gloss over the closing of a car plant in Swindon costing 3,500 jobs and the closure of an airline because apparently they were officially NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH BREXIT... though I think it might be more truthful to say that Brexit didn't exactly HELP the situation.

"The Simpsons" has been renewed for Seasons 31 and 32! "Supernatural" renewed for season 15. Make of those what you will.

"The Dragon Prince" season 2 arrived unexpectedly on Netflix last week. Some cracking moments in this, with the introduction of Queen Aanya being a highlight (as was the flashback featuring her parent's, the Queens' Annika and Neha of Duren (Yup, no King and Queen, but two Queens, and yes they were a couple). It might have been nicer if we didn't already know that both mum's were dead (since Aanya was now Queen), and the old "Kill your gays" trope raised it's head again, but it has to be said, if you're going to go down, going down fighting a giant dragon side by side with your wife to save two entire kingdoms, is kinda one of the most awesome options). Also more intriguing world-building and magic (and there MUST be more to Callum and Ezran's mother, since both of them have abilities that humans should NOT be able to have by the established rules)

Multiple episodes of Miraculous Ladybug aired, including a remarkably uninspired clip show episode (which did have a little gem of a scene in it, but boy was it a slog to get there). It's a long time since I saw a cartoon clip show episode.

TWO teams of misfit superheroes showed up on TV, DC's "Doom Patrol" was amazing, and Netflix's "Umbrella Academy" is as close to a live action adaption of a very weird series as we're likely to see, even improving on at least one aspect (Sorry, but the White Violin's costume was visually striking on the comic book page, but never looked like something anyone would actually wear, still less on TV)

Toy Fair happened in New York. Though some interesting things showed up, not sure there's anything particularly surprising (beyond Ectotron - a Transformer based on Ghostbusters Ecto-1) or anything which made me go "Oooh! Gimme!!"

Date: 2019-02-19 11:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] skjam
Training room and/or instructor isn't quite ready, so first day of training was shadowing a current phone rep during their day. May be this again today.

Over at my blog, I review a young adult fantasy novel in which the heroine dies partway through. http://www.skjam.com/2019/02/17/book-review-the-vessel-of-ra/

Upcoming is one of Tanith Lee's less-good works.

Date: 2019-02-19 12:08 pm (UTC)
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I love Supernatural, but I think it's time to close the curtain. Let's see the brother's finally get a happy ending, surrounded by a family of their own making.

Date: 2019-02-19 12:13 pm (UTC)
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Today I have been enjoying somebody maintaining, despite all evidence, that Monica Rambeau was the first Marvel character called Captain Marvel because Mar-Vell's name wasn't Marvel, that was just a mispronunciation.

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Date: 2019-02-19 05:05 pm (UTC)
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Oh, is that the person over on that io9 article? I thought their point was that the movie apparently 'whitewashed' the character (in the same way as Ryan Reynolds'Green Lantern apparently did) because Monica Rambeau was technically the first female Captain Marvel (even though Carol Danvers is the current Captain Marvel, and has more of a connection to Mar-Vell and the whole Kree/Skrull dynamic which the movie is based on)?

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Date: 2019-02-19 12:16 pm (UTC)
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The Simpsons" has been renewed for Seasons 31 and 32!

Could have just renewed it for 31-50 in one go, really.

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Date: 2019-02-19 12:17 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] locuatico
Spoiler free:
It is implied that the rule applying to Callum was simply wrong, since another human may have accomplished the same thing as him.

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Date: 2019-02-19 12:27 pm (UTC)
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Five episodes in on Umbrella Academy. Pretty good so far. Much better in regards to pacing than DD and Jessica Jones which I found a chore to get through.

Speaking of which JJ (along with Punisher) is cancelled, the final casualty of the Disney streaming service...

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Date: 2019-02-19 12:36 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
Watched that Dragon Prince season 2.
Was the frame rate actually better, or is that just wishful thinking?

Anyway, relatively good, if... kind of short at nine episodes.
Queen Aanya was a highlight.
(Though would it sound horribly cynical if I wonder that the only reason we get to see her moms kiss is because they snuff it?)
Also, a really annoying bit toward the end of episode 8 where the series falls into that annoying cliché of "primary male character and primary female character have Feelings for one another (or at least one of them does)".
Urgh.

There was a preview for the second series of Transformers: Cyberverse, which apparently has... Cheetor?
Conflicted about that. I has Opinions about Beast Wars characters interacting with G1 types (let them have their own damn stories for once!) but it's better than refusing to acknowledge Beast Wars ever existed at all.
Slightly.

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Date: 2019-02-19 01:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
Something that keeps baffling me about TDP. This insistence that Dark Magic is unacceptable because you have to kill innocent creatures to use it

I can sorta see that point if we are talking about sentient beings, like dragons.

(Even then, if it's to save 100.000 people from starving to death, it's an objection I just can't take seriously. I'd be incredibly pissed if the ruler of my country chose to doom me and my family and huge numbers of citizens to a horrific death because maybe the creature whose death can save us all has feelings).

But they keep saying that even when it comes to normal animals, and I'm like why?

Why is killing a deer for food okay,but killing it to heal wounds is unacceptable? Callum insists it was wrong of him to use a spell that required the sacrifice of a worm, but they were eating worms by the buckets before. One of the most innocent and sympathetic characters in the series has fur clothes, did those not come from hunted animals?

This entire "killing animals for food and clothes is fine, killing them for magic is an abomination" double standard is really irritating me.

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Date: 2019-02-19 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] zachbeacon
Yesterday was Presidents Day. I miss having a President.

Date: 2019-02-19 03:21 pm (UTC)
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Me, too.

I was reading a book yesterday that printed an excerpt from the speech that JFK would have given at the Dallas Trade Mart if he hadn't been executed in Dealey Plaza. It was a thoughtful, intelligent speech that was starting his education of the American public about his decision to withdraw U.S. advisors from Vietnam, which he had stated in National Security Action Memorandum #263 on October 11, 1963 (which also stated that the bulk of all U.S. personnel would be withdrawn by the end of 1965...NO ground troops introduced at all). It was subtle as he had to be careful about being accused of being 'soft on Communism' as The Dallas Morning News had done that very morning with a 'Wanted For Treason' advert.

The language was clear and concise and well-educated. I doubt that the current occupant of the White House's Twitter postings measure up. *rolls eyes*

Date: 2019-02-19 03:16 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] astrakhan42
In depressing but predictable news, Captain Marvel's audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes is being review-bombed by the alt-right and other related scumbags. This also happened with Black Panther. Once the movie is actually closer to release and real reviews come in, this shouldn't be too much of an issue.

The 2019 Toy Fair was an amazing showcase for Transformers with a lot of great upcoming Siege releases. In particular there's a screen-accurate G1 Skyfire which can be turned into a Macross-esque armored mode using a bunch of weapons and has multi-part engine effects, a flippable Autobot/Decepticon symbol, a cockpit that can fit Titan Masters AND handles on the bottom so other guys can hang on while he swoops into battle. It's literally the toy I've wanted since I was three years old and it may be the one figure that can usurp Masterpiece Soundwave as the best Transformers toy of all time.

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Date: 2019-02-19 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] zachbeacon
I mean, on the one hand I'm worried about the movie being the the second MCU movie (after the Incredible Hulk) that I don't feel the need to own. I've always found Carol unlikable and she's the least interesting Marvel character to use the Captain Marvel name. The story seems to be taking cues from Secret Invasion and - with the exception of the Hercules tie-in - that was a bad event.

On the other hand, I'm curious to see if the Comicsgate (Moviegate?) crowd duplicate their Black Panther idiocy and claim that innocent straight white men are being assaulted by roving bands on feminists.

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Date: 2019-02-19 03:18 pm (UTC)
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So I saw Alita: Battle Angel. Sooooo good. Very cramp with trying to tell a huge chunk of a manga series, but it succeeds more than it feels. Corny and cheesy, but with a lot of heart and respect for the source material. Alita herself is wonderful, but a lot of the characters could or could've used some more development. The action was spectacular from start to finish though.

So worth watching and sadly, I fear it will end up bombing hard. :(

Date: 2019-02-19 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Kind of annoying they couldn't cast Asian actors in significant roles. (I know Lana Condor is in it but I haven't seen her in any promo so who even knows what she does.)

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Date: 2019-02-19 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Anyone interested in seeing Black Hole being posted?

Date: 2019-02-19 05:47 pm (UTC)
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Is this about the old Disney movie from the early 80's or something else?

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Date: 2019-02-19 04:54 pm (UTC)
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It was my birthday yesterday. :)

Date: 2019-02-19 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday to you!

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Date: 2019-02-19 05:02 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mazway_75
And it now appears Jesse Smollett faked that entire "MAGA attack" on himself.

Thanks for making it harder for real victims of real hate crimes, moron.

Date: 2019-02-19 05:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cyberghostface
Yeah whenever there's a hate crime from a Trump supporter this will be brought up.

The White Violin had a costume in the comics?

Date: 2019-02-19 05:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deh_tommy
I disagree with you about the Toy Fair in one aspect, as I thought there was lots of really cool stuff there (I'm excited for the new Overwatch toys and that Lovecraftian-looking LEGO theme).

Whether or not I'll actually be able to find them where I live is another matter, since Smyths and Argos don't usually stock the more geeky or niche stuff (like NECA or McFarlane) or can be a bit slow with second waves (heck, I think Smyths didn't even stock LEGO Overwatch, and they sometmes list things on their website that they never acually stock), the local Gamestop may or may not be closing down and the closest comic shop is an hour away from where I live. #firstworldproblems
Edited Date: 2019-02-19 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] astrakhan42
I wasn't sure if your post title was joking or not--Vanya has a complicated violin-themed costume complete with f-hole decorations over the hips. You can see it on the cover of the Apocalypse Suite TPB. I'm not surprised that it was cut from the show because any real world version of it would look ridiculous, especially on tiny Ellen Page.

Date: 2019-02-19 08:42 pm (UTC)
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The Walking Dead isn't doing so great in the ratings lately, which is unfortunate because it seems to be in it's "being good" phase again. But it was the most successful AMC the week it aired.


Still if this keeps up, The Walking Dead TV Franchise might not last the other ten years the AMC CEO wants.

Apparently season 9, will also be Danai Gurira's last full season, as she will only appear as Michonne for a few episodes in season 10. I think the implication, is that she'll be the main focus of about six episodes, which will be scattered about the season.

Date: 2019-02-19 11:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cyberghostface
The show is getting better since Angela Kang took over but she unfortunately inherited a huge mess after they killed off Carl. It was such a transparent decision too, I have no doubt they killed him off because they didn’t want to deal with a pay raise.

Date: 2019-02-20 12:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] krait
The Quora article had some great responses!

I'm particularly fond of this one:

Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.

For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace - all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.

So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

Date: 2019-02-20 12:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dewinged
Let's see. The Ladybug episodes were mostly pretty good, though Backwarder was the standout. A very creative episode, especially with how Ladybug took down Backwarder. And that ending gag...I feel bad for Marinette, but Adrien spent a weekend in England at a royal wedding, and he took the time to look around to get what was on the paper.

The Dragon Prince's animation did a dramatic step forward, though I am afraid Spider-Verse's popularity is going to make low framerate cartoons the norm/in thing.

I didn't think the Queens' death was the Bury Your Gays trope. It wasn't done for shock or drama; hell, we knew beforehand they were dead.

Still, there is a lot of worldbuilding, and I really keep wanting to see what happens next. Claudia and Soren haven't confronted Viren about the mission he gave Soren.

But all anyone else talks about is Aaravos, in the usual obviously evil=OMG So HAWT way. I'm like 'Hello? Plot? Characterization? Main Cast?"

Doom Patrol was surprisingly good, for me. I skipped Titans because I could see from the previews they were going R-ish-rated just to do it (q.v. almost anything HBO does). DP...it fits this series more.

I watched the first Umbrella Academy episode. I thought it was okay. Not sure if I want to continue.

Date: 2019-02-20 04:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sisterofbloomerjunior
Is there a way legally watch "Miraculous Ladybug"? Our local CW is owned by Sinclair, so I don't want to give the station any Nielsens.

Date: 2019-02-20 03:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crinos
THEY'LL NEVER STOP THE SIMPSOOOOOOONS. NEVER FEAR WE GOT STORIES FOR YEARS.

Honestly I haven't watched Simpsons in years, but its still a source of memes, especially in the current political climate.

Slipping in a winter bummer land.

Date: 2019-02-20 05:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sisterofbloomerjunior
The Twin Cities will break its all-time snowfall record this week, if not tomorrow. :/

< Has two sore thumbs and no functioning snowblowers. Also, I'd be happy to pay the city to deliver sand for me to sprinkle the sidewalks since we haven't been able to drive anywhere for a while.
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