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@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 November 2019 - 02:59 AM)

Funny, but everyone knows he bounty hunts for Jabba Hutt to finance his 'Vette.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 November 2019 - 02:54 AM)

Okay.. Not sure why.. but streaming is harder than jsut playing the game.. even though that's pretty much what I was doing.

@  Xellos : (14 November 2019 - 06:47 PM)

What type of vehicle does Boba Fett use for time travel? A Man-DeLorean.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 03:55 PM)

Admittedly, it's been a long time since I've been to a walk-in clinic, as I tend not to get sick (and the one time I do every 4-5 years, I prefer just riding it out at home), but the last time I went I'm pretty sure you could just show up, no appointment. It may be different in Quebec,though

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:36 PM)

One thing to note about health insurance in Germany is that we have a two-class system: mandatory health insurance is basically the economy class, while private health insurance is the business class.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:32 PM)

My local doctor is actually a shared office with several doctors where you will get randomly assigned to one of the doctors available that day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:30 PM)

Also, employers are required by law to cover part of their employees' health insurance fees, so I only have to pay my part.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:28 PM)

Basic examinations and sick notes (known as "work-inability certificates" in Germany) for the employer are covered by our health insurances by default.

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 November 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Around here, we can go to a walk-in clinic whenever, but might have to wait in the queue until there's a doctor available, which can take hours on a busy day. And then hope our insurance will cover anything.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2019 - 07:38 AM)

There actually are a good number of clinics around here: but the walk ins require an appointment (what?) and are only done once a week. IF you can get an appointment, you see a doctor usually within 40 minutes, but good luck getting the appointment.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

Depending on the day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

We have family doctors (called "house doctors") with regular office hours where you may need an hour or two of waiting time.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 12:50 AM)

Two weeks? That seems a little long; are there not a lot of walk-in clinics around you?

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 07:01 PM)

Does germany make it quick and easy to see a doctor too? Cause an emergency doctor visit can take two weeks out here, and an emergency ROOM visit can take 18-24 hours.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:43 PM)

(Good thing is, under German law, if you call in sick during your vacation and see a doctor immediately, you get to keep your vacation days.)

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:42 PM)

Too bad. My plans wee to do two more overtime hours before having my last day of vacation for the year on Friday. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:41 PM)

So I'm currently on medical leave for a particularly stupid reason: Burned my back with a hot-water bag while sleeping last night. Though the doctor said I'm hardly the first person to have this happen to them.

@  Patch : (13 November 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Just a particularly odious example of the 90s era of depicting transgender women as either the subject of crude humor, or "Jerry Springer" material.

@  Ashley : (13 November 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I think Ace Ventura legit contributed to me spending years in self denial. I will never be ok with Jim Carrey.

@  Benbot : (13 November 2019 - 01:22 PM)

I thought he since changed his tune.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 November 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Jim Carry Paladin?

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 November 2019 - 12:22 PM)

Don't doubt what he can do. Sonic the Hedgehog!

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 11:51 AM)

not giving a dime to a transphobic antivaxxer.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 11:25 AM)

It'll be a terrible movie if jim carrey phones it in. Otherwise it should be decent.

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 10:45 AM)

sonics' still gonna be a terrible movie but at least they whined loud enough to make him look passable for a 2-minute trailer. "yay."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:37 AM)

But of course to annoying people there's no such thing as different decisions made for different reasons, there is only "I like it so it's right" and "I don't like it so it's wrong."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:35 AM)

Even if we pretend it's objective truth that they were both bad, then they were bad in very different ways.

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:33 AM)

Sonic's previous movie design looked genuinely bad. The Transformers '07 designs just looked insufficiently like what certain loud and obnoxious parts of the fandom think Transformers are required to always look like.

@  Otaku : (13 November 2019 - 08:50 AM)

Um... Purple Monkey Dishwasher?

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 November 2019 - 08:25 AM)

Do we really need to have Every Movie Transformer Thread Ever in the Squawkbox?

@  Bass X0 : (13 November 2019 - 08:13 AM)

Sure it made money but that doesn’t mean it has appealing character designs. Lot of god awful fugly faces in the Transformers movies.

@  Otaku : (12 November 2019 - 08:25 PM)

@Liege My issue with Transformers (2007) were elements I thought were unnecessary.  I know it was supposed to just be a joke, but I didn't ever need to hear about "Sam's Happy Time". >.> Which, being in awe of the first "live action" TF-film, didn't even register until I'd already purchased and watched it on DVD a few times (after seeing it in theaters 3 times).

@  Liege : (12 November 2019 - 08:22 PM)

For all the Bayisms in the 07 movie, it was tempered by Spielberg as producer. Designs aside it was an enjoyable popcorn blockbuster about a boy and his first car who happens to be an alien from another planet. They sequels are just Bay going unchecked after he proved how much bank he could bring in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 November 2019 - 07:12 PM)

I didn't find the designs in the '07 movie to be that bad, personally. What got really offputting was how Cybertronians in general become such huge a-holes in the later films; the designs were very much secondary to their horrible personalities

@  Sabrblade : (12 November 2019 - 06:59 PM)

And yet, Transformers still broke the bank at the box office, opened up the brand to a whole new generation of fans, shot the brand up to mainstream appeal, and enabled all kinds of new collector-oriented lines and other avenues to come about. Not saying Sonic's movie will do the same for his series, but the 2007 TF movie certainly did more good than harm.

@  Bass X0 : (12 November 2019 - 06:09 PM)

Paramount changed Sonic due to fan backlash but refused to redo Transformers 2007 with new cgi appearances based on their classic forms everyone’s knows and loves, and can relate to. Trailer 1 Sonic is as appealing a design as 2007 Bumblebee...

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

I don't. They're a pain in the ass to repair.

@  Benbot : (12 November 2019 - 12:48 PM)

I wish car companies would bring back flip up headlights

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 09:07 AM)

Wear a hazmat suit. It's Walmart, they're used to weird.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 November 2019 - 07:54 AM)

2 inches of snow on the side of the house, 2 feet of snow on the deck. I hate this winter already.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 November 2019 - 11:33 PM)

But that requires actually going IN walmart. ;P

@  Liege : (11 November 2019 - 11:22 PM)

Pro tip for anyone hunting the for the Walmart 35th exclusives: try the seasonal aisles rather than the toy section. I found the display with all the exclusives and a bunch of the reflector wave practically untouched amongst those novelty arcade machines and a bunch of frozen merch.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Although that does spark an idea for me. In a new continuity, Censere the Necrobot could be the herald Cityspeaker for Quintessa the Necrotitan just to play on their monikers utilizing Greek for dead, nekrós.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:26 PM)

I hate to burst your bubble, Maximus Ambus, but 90% of things said in IDW turned out to be amnesiac half-rememberings courtesy of Adaptus or outright lies courtesy of Shockwave.

@  Jenny : (11 November 2019 - 08:54 AM)

The toy's designed to look like Wipe-Out, anyway.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 08:14 AM)

Didn't they try to retcon that into a figure of speech because that connection went against everybody else's long-term plans?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 November 2019 - 03:53 AM)

There's still some connection given Trypticon was created by Mortilus.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 12:12 AM)

Yeah that toy doesn't exactly look like Necrobot.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 08:24 PM)

But.... it's just "Necro" not "Necrobot".

@  TheMightyMol... : (10 November 2019 - 05:10 PM)

But why does the God of Death need a giant space kaiju? Wait, never mind, answered my own question.


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Posted 07 September 2019 - 10:09 AM

It kinda DID look like earth foliage... but that was supposedly before pink got the earth as a colony. I know there are other green worlds out there, but they actually did a pretty good job of making that world (you know which one.) look alien.


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Posted 07 September 2019 - 11:44 AM

Rose did have a strange power over plants and was able to affect earth plant life. (When Spinel said they were going to Pink's garden, I actually thought it was going to be Rose's garden, with the fountain).

Or perhaps it was Pink's own gem plants that she seeded on earth. It was a war of thousands of years after all and she must have been using all the advantages she had.

Sudden thought but Steven Universe kinda blew my mind about them having an alternate history. Are there other mainstream toons that have an alternate timeline established right from the start?

Most toons with a not-normal setting are set in the future so they can have extra technology but Steven Universe is practically set in the 'now' with no advanced tech visible, so much so that I didn't realize it was an alternate history until later. Even with the weird locales they visited.

Legend of Korra's start freaked me out because we were there to witness their industrial age mere decades from the Legend of Aang.

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Posted 08 September 2019 - 02:08 PM

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Posted 08 September 2019 - 09:29 PM

Okay, after a week, it aired in Canada and I finally got a free couple of hours to watch it.

*Imagining a Tarn version of 'Other Friends'.*

Steven Universe continues to be the best Transformers series we've ever had.

I think part of my issue here is... why? Its such an ungodly terrible thing, and we only see it from Spinel's view.. but still... WHY would Pink just sorta abandon her like that?

Negligence. That's always been the common thread of Pink/Rose's terrible decisions. She doesn't do confrontations, so even when she knows she's done something wrong, she just walks away and hopes things will work out once she's removed herself.

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 08:29 AM

Alright, so I watched last night, and had some time to digest it: Did... the events of the movie really happen? I mean, obvious argument "official product, so it's canon." but...
 
Spinel managed to get a WMD and figure out where earth was AND travel all the way there in about three minutes. After standing, alone, in a forgotten ruin, for millennia. In that same time span, she functionally went from being a living toy, to a sapient being. I don't think it actually happened, and was literally just a vehicle to recap the series.
 
Edit: oh yeah, lemme know if I need to go back and put anything into spoilers, please.

Yeah, that was my main issue w/ the plot, too. I think Spinel was sapient the whole time, but I would've preferred that she had more time to know what had happened, turn from sad to angry, and get to Earth. Maybe if they had shown that previous broadcasts were made. Also I doubt the colony would bother keeping a bio injector to erase a tiny planet that only has a little bit of life on it. Also, I know that Spinel's design and movements are a nod to old cartoons, but why would she even be like that so long before Earth cartoons even existed, to a bunch of gems who barely know how to have any fun? .....unless you want to argue that Rose influenced Disney with stories of Spinel. XD

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 09:40 AM

Also, I know that Spinel's design and movements are a nod to old cartoons, but why would she even be like that so long before Earth cartoons even existed,

For the same reason White Diamond looks like she was designed by Fritz Lang.

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 11:42 AM


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Posted 09 September 2019 - 02:38 PM

Well, yeah, suspension of disbelief is one thing, but sometimes the holes are so big they pull you out of the story. I get Spinel'sanimation style and the old Disney book opener device as homages, but that one plot point really bugs me. You'd think that Spinel would've needed more time to process the broadcast- I get that she was stewing for 6000 years, but it took her just a few minutes after learning about what really happened to Pink to turn bad, decide she was going to wipe their memories, destroy the planet, and travel to Earth. Sometimes I can't turn off the over-analyzation, though. It's why I tend to avoid discussions of series I'm really into. I don't need more fuel for the speculation/analyzation trains already running in my head.


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 08:37 AM

I think we may be taking the time span as presented a little too literally. I think the musical number bridging the message and Spinel showing up may be meant to represent a little bit more time passing than what was shown directly. 


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 11:28 AM

Good point: we have no idea how long the warp pad travel time is from homeworld to earth. But it can't possibly be that long since we know they're whole and conscious in there and steven didn't drop home starving and dehydrated... or dead.


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 11:54 AM

I'm also still of the mind that despite what She claims, she wasn't fully committed to her plan for revenge till after she sure that she'd been forgotten. Even with the doomsday weapon and the threats before hand, she still doesn't actually attack or hurt anyone till after she realizes that Steven doesn't know her. There is a shift in her mood, the way she sings and even the music itself after that moment. While there could be a lot of unseen time between the message and her arrival to try and process all this, it still feels subtly like she's hoping she's wrong at first. It also kinda fits with her regression later on as well. She's got hope things are gonna be better, but she's scared... and then Steven quickly switches from her to helping the others when the immediate threat is ended and to her it seems like she's been used and discarded again. Just rewatching her, I just don't feel like she ever WANTS to be the bad guy, she's not wanting to be the villian... She is mind you, I'm not excusing her actions, she a villian and a major threat; but unlike most of the major antagonists we've gotten in the series Spindel is victim.

 

She's been deeply hurt by someone she loved and trusted and is violently lashing out, but to me there is part of her that wants to just be happy again and not do all this. I think its why she so easily kinda falls back on her silly ways when the other Diamonds show up. She's gonna be constantly reminded of what she did do if she stayed with Steven (even if they never bring it up). We kinda see that quiet a bit with Lapis over the series, with her being another victim, how anything that started to remind her of her traumas made her either lash out or pull away; so Spindel needs to be away from Earth and Steven; even if being with the Diamonds is probably not the most ideal solution, its one that could be beneficial to the healing of both parties.


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 03:04 PM

Yeah, it's definitely gonna need some re-watching when it comes out on DVD/digital. Not like there was ever any question if I would buy it or not. :D



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Posted 10 September 2019 - 03:14 PM

WOW the SU movie is good. Like a perfect summation of everything that is good about the show itself, refined and condensed and polished to a mirror sheen.
 
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Posted 10 September 2019 - 10:35 PM

I read a comment that said that it could have had some more in-between frames. Like, the final eps were more consistent with the animation.
But, yeah, overall still very good. (But still leaving fans wanting more stuff in it.)

Btw, I actually thought Steven would attempt to fuse with the reset gems, to jump start their memories. They do share minds when that happens. But I reasoned that there's no emotional synchronization present to pull off a proper fusion for it to work.

(Er, now I can't explain how Steven was able to fuse with inert gems during the falling scene for Smokey and Rainbow 2.0)

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 08:12 AM

I do think Spinel and the Diamonds will actually be okay together.  Steven did say the Diamonds are way more affectionate now and they have learned from their mistakes too.

 

Spinel just wants to to entertain people and make friends, something she can do in the palace rather easily, and there are more candidates at the palace then just the Diamonds.  The Pebbles, and Pink Pearl if she is still there, would be ideal candidates to befriend her.  Especially Pink Pearl, as we got to see her like watching Pink Diamond perform juggling, so it feels like that would be a good match.

 

One interesting thing about Spinel I noticed.  Pearl mentioned she had a perfect cut.  The only other gem described like that in the show was Jasper, White Diamond just considered herself flat out perfect, her cut was never mentioned.  It can explain a little why Spinel was so powerful, even if she was created to mainly be a jester.

 

I do hope we get to see her again in the future, and hopefully happier too.



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Posted 11 September 2019 - 10:07 AM

Good point: we have no idea how long the warp pad travel time is from homeworld to earth.

We also know from the series that there is no direct warp path from Homeworld to Earth (note that, without the Galaxy Warp, Earth was cut off), so Steven would've had to make stops/transfers along the way (even assuming they built a new Galaxy Warp in the last two years).

It's like someone travelling from Atlantis to Earth in Stargate; they'd have to go from Atlantis to Midway (where the Pegasus network ends and the Milky Way network begins), then dial from Midway to Earth. We just don't see that middle step because it's not plot-relevant.

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 10:43 AM

 

Good point: we have no idea how long the warp pad travel time is from homeworld to earth.

We also know from the series that there is no direct warp path from Homeworld to Earth (note that, without the Galaxy Warp, Earth was cut off), so Steven would've had to make stops/transfers along the way (even assuming they built a new Galaxy Warp in the last two years).

It's like someone travelling from Atlantis to Earth in Stargate; they'd have to go from Atlantis to Midway (where the Pegasus network ends and the Milky Way network begins), then dial from Midway to Earth. We just don't see that middle step because it's not plot-relevant.

 

Till the episode it was relevant. :)

 

Yeah, I think the scene was trying to imply they built a new one. It would make sense: as tough as steven is, long term living on homeworld isn't currently possible for a human. He would need at the very least a reliable supply chain, and a shower and toilet somewhere. Which makes sense in regards to where they put the new pad.


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Posted 04 October 2019 - 12:07 PM

It's not over!


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Posted 04 October 2019 - 12:35 PM

Ian highlights this is an epilogue mini series, not a new season or ongoing continuation.



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