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@  CORVUS : (05 April 2020 - 06:41 PM)

CONTAGION is on my current watchlist. I'm kicking it off with OUTBREAK, and I have a whole lineup of pandemic-based films. I treat this stuff as a fear-innoculant.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (05 April 2020 - 03:52 PM)

My point is that of late, Taiwan's government executed lockdown procedures to great success. Vietnam has done similarly.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (05 April 2020 - 03:34 PM)

Didn't SARS just suddenly stop before it got very far?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (05 April 2020 - 03:24 PM)

*raises eyebrows due to familial knowledge of SARS*

@  Steevy Maximus : (05 April 2020 - 01:43 PM)

It was uncomfortably real in 2011, it's downright scary in relation to the current pandemic.

@  Steevy Maximus : (05 April 2020 - 01:42 PM)

It is, almost to an uncomfortable point.The virus portrayed in that film was FAR more aggressive and fatal than Coronavirus, but the sourcing and spread and impact hit REALLY close to home compared to what we're dealing with now

@  Maximus Ambus : (05 April 2020 - 04:50 AM)

Actually on the subject, I've hard a lot of people refer to a 2011 film called Contagion that they think is relevant.

@  Maximus Ambus : (05 April 2020 - 01:11 AM)

Ah well, I'll stick to the classic British sitcoms: One Foot in the Grave, Til Death Do Us Part and They Think It's All Over.

@  TM2-Megatron : (05 April 2020 - 12:53 AM)

There's always the original, cheesy as it is

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (05 April 2020 - 12:10 AM)

Dunno... Tonight one of the major networks showed a movie with plagues.. including that listening to their leader causes the first born to die. ;P So nah.. I think the Stand could work. :D

@  TM2-Megatron : (04 April 2020 - 09:18 PM)

That's probably the last thing anyone needs to see, at the moment. Maybe when we get to the end of June/beginning of July and we can venture back out, it might be possible to find some enjoyment in The Stand.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 April 2020 - 02:08 PM)

I suppose the CBS adaptation of Stephen Kings The Stand will be delayed.

@  Rycochet : (04 April 2020 - 11:26 AM)

We'll always be together. Together in electric dreams.

@  Rycochet : (04 April 2020 - 11:25 AM)

Please remember that in these times of social distancing, we'll always be together however far it seems.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 12:41 PM)

It arrived! Yay!

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 11:25 AM)

Given how the virus lasts about 3-4 days on metals and plastics, it's about the only way to go about getting stuff right now. I ordered a monitor mount for my desk and the delivery has been pushed back twice already.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 April 2020 - 11:04 AM)

He ordered it online, says it was to keep those delivery boys in business. I did the same a week ago with some Transformers Studio Series figures off Kapow. Don't know if it's wise or not considering.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 09:12 AM)

You'd be the first. Everyone else has either been frustrated cause the one they wanted was sold out (like during boxing week.) or rushing to replace something broken.

@  RYNO : (03 April 2020 - 08:53 AM)

I actually walked into a store the other day and just randomly decided to buy at 32inch TV. It was just a Vizio, and grabbed a Mounting Bracket for it. No duress. Just a spur of the moment wanted a TV for my master bedroom.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 07:31 AM)

Conversely: I've never met a person who wasn't buying a TV under duress... so... yeah.

@  wonko the sane? : (03 April 2020 - 07:20 AM)

I think I've met maybe two people other than myself who count cables before buying a TV.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (03 April 2020 - 05:33 AM)

Seriously.. HDMI splitters and switches are so bloody finicky, but most tvs don't have enough inputs.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 April 2020 - 05:09 AM)

Just spent a hour trying to get my brothers new Samsung TV to read his Playstation and Blu Ray player only to find he was using a HDMI splitter.

@  Steevy Maximus : (02 April 2020 - 11:07 AM)

I could never master oral bullshittery. But in my day I was quite adept with the written word.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (01 April 2020 - 11:32 PM)

You have mastered the art of Bulljive. You must use this power only for good, or entertainment.

@  Sabrblade : (01 April 2020 - 08:58 PM)

This morning, for one of my online classes, I had to give a positive oral presentation about a play that I hated having to watch. I went into it completely unprepared and just winged it. My professor LOVED my presentation and thought it was excellent. She believed every word I said and honestly thought that I enjoyed that miserable play. Best April Fools ever!

@  ▲ndrusi : (01 April 2020 - 10:06 AM)

Happy Everyone Thinks They're A Comedian Now Day!

@  Donocropolis : (31 March 2020 - 05:45 AM)

Who, I might add, has never been photographed together with Byteman. Just sayin'.

@  Sabrblade : (30 March 2020 - 10:27 PM)

Bruce Wayne's cyberpunk cousin?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (30 March 2020 - 09:27 PM)

Laser Wayne

@  Sabrblade : (30 March 2020 - 09:08 PM)

Luther Unum

@  PlutoniumBoss : (30 March 2020 - 07:09 PM)

Or Lee Derwon.

@  Steevy Maximus : (30 March 2020 - 06:51 PM)

Not to be confused with Leader I

@  Steevy Maximus : (30 March 2020 - 06:50 PM)

He was Leader Uno

@  Steevy Maximus : (30 March 2020 - 06:50 PM)

He was the OTHER Leader 1

@  TheMightyMol... : (30 March 2020 - 06:29 PM)

Or Sideways.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (30 March 2020 - 05:26 PM)

On the other hand, this is Armada we're talking about. It could have actually been Metroplex.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (28 March 2020 - 11:08 PM)

Oh yeah, that was Fort Max. My bad.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (28 March 2020 - 09:12 PM)

https://tfwiki.net/wiki/Peritus_Maximus

@  LBD "Nyt... : (28 March 2020 - 09:11 PM)

Christmas Maximus?

@  Maximus Ambus : (28 March 2020 - 01:13 PM)

At least the ozone layer is healing. unless this is a 0.0000000001% thing it's sounds like good news.

@  ▲ndrusi : (28 March 2020 - 09:27 AM)

(But only pretty sure, not 100% sure.)

@  ▲ndrusi : (28 March 2020 - 09:26 AM)

Pretty sure y'all were thinking of Fortress Maximus yesterday.

@  Bass X0 : (28 March 2020 - 12:38 AM)

Dare! Dare to believe you can survive 2020!

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 March 2020 - 08:18 PM)

Baja Blast is back at retail!

@  TheMightyMol... : (27 March 2020 - 03:47 PM)

Shame he wasn't around more. He seemed like such a jolly, happy soul.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (27 March 2020 - 02:16 PM)

No, he was definitely Metroplex. You could tell because he was in Metroplex's distinctive red and green coloration.

@  Paladin : (27 March 2020 - 02:11 PM)

that was Leader-1. or possibly Jolt. maybe Grindor...

@  PlutoniumBoss : (27 March 2020 - 01:57 PM)

Metroplex was in Armada, in a flashback. He was the same size as everybody else. I thought that was the joke.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (27 March 2020 - 12:39 PM)

@Rodimus Supreme: Gah! You are right! How'd I get that mixed up? x.x;


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How do we not have a Steven Universe thread?!


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#21 Maruten

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 04:31 PM

How DO we not have a thread already? I was just thinking that a few days ago. Because this show. THIS SHOW.

It's not that uncommon for a "kids' show" to have a vein of deeper complexity or heaviness under the surface, but it's rarely as well executed as it has been here. Nothing is more wonderful than a goofy, hilarious thing that can bust out a tear-jerker or a genuine shock now and then. Sprinkled with the best songwriting of any animated TV series since... what? What's the last show that can top these bizarre, haunting, hilarious, wonderful songs?

I love Adventure Time, and I love it the most when it's delving into past lives or dark history or recurring arm injuries or making me bawl over Simon and Marcy. But it just can't top the world building and the amazing characters of Steven Universe. Steven himself is just such an amazing and beautiful and unique protagonist, and the Gems become more fascinating and intriguing and uh-oh! with every revelation. Initially I loved Amethyst, liked Garnet and wasn't particularly fond of Pearl. But there's plenty to love about all of them (though yeah, let's maybe stamp that "#1" next to Garnet).

Are there other current shows with a similar level of "make you laugh til you cry and then punch you in the gut"? Does Gravity Falls develop that kind of depth? I (gravity) fell behind.

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 04:43 PM

I think it's pretty much on par with how Adventure Time wove it's story.  Yes it doesn't seem to be connected at first glance and everything seems random but there's a thread being woven through every episode.  A thread that when they put it up front and center, you go "OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH!" and realize exactly that each story they told had some element, some feature that the main thread is composed of that you can't help but see exactly the message the creators were going for.

 

As for the characters, each one is pretty well rounded without being annoying.  The thing I love about the Crystal Gems is their utter hopelessness at all the human things that Steven does but at the same time there's this love they have for him that feels different then the love they had for Rose Quartz.  It's pretty obvious they admired and loved Rose for all of her accomplishments but with Steven, you can see just how each Gem reacts to this lovable oaf who tries his damndest to live up to their expectations.  He might not be able to but he tires, oh lord does he try to not disappoint them in any way.  

 

Ironbite-it's just one of those shows that you don't see much nowadays.


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Posted 21 March 2015 - 05:26 PM

I think Universe does a better job at having a unified backstory than Adventure Time. AT I feel introduces things as random, and later they decide to utilize them officially (Ice King's beardflying for instance), whereas Steven Universe has more "a-HA" moments that are obviously deliberate once viewed in retrospect.

 

I too was surprised to not see a thread. Between this and Gravity Falls, last week was a hell of a homerun for US cartoons.



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Posted 21 March 2015 - 11:09 PM

I dug this show from the first time I heard the Cookie Cat song ("He left his family behind!" Why the HELL is that part of a commercial jingle?), but the recent multi-parter really just put it over the top.

I think I still like Adventure Time more, but Garnet's song rivals even the best scenes of that show.

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 01:00 AM

It's not often we get combination song/fight scenes like that, it was a real treat.


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 07:50 AM

The thing that stands out to me most about this show is it's co-run by Ian Jones. I know he quit webcomics to go and work in TV animation, but some part of me still wishes he hadn't called it quits RIGHT when RPG World was starting its big finale.

 

It's sad that never had an ending and yet stuff like MegaTokyo is still going.


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 09:30 AM

I want to like this show, but every time i catch it the characters all seem so obnoxious. its like king of the hill.
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Posted 22 March 2015 - 09:44 AM

I want to like this show, but every time i catch it the characters all seem so obnoxious. its like king of the hill.

Well, that wasn't a comparison I was expecting.

 

Although I guess both shows feature chubby boys with girl friends named Connie


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 01:07 PM

I love this show.  I think the reason it does a better job with the unified back story is that it was planned that way from the start, where I think I read somewhere that Adventure Time just kind of evolved into the story as it went.  Both shows are great, but there are some really awesome elements to this that make it stand out.



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Posted 23 March 2015 - 04:33 AM

This gave me a severe case of the giggles so I thought I'd share:

 


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Posted 23 March 2015 - 04:58 AM

I'm fairly sure we did have a thread, I remember posting in it. maybe it was not titled as such?

I have a friend who is very into this, and I watched a few myself... Buuut it's frankly, not for me. I appreciate the "magical girl" style and the deeper backstory we sometimes see, the animation is nice and the characters endearing. But frankly, the buildup for the revelation on the Gems was atrociously slow, and most episodes deal with mundane everyday stuff in a rather boring manner. I understand why some would like this, but for me, the show is too boring.

Btw, I mentioned this before, but it's a nice nod to Sailor Moon that Lion has the same color scheme as season 2 monster of the day Falion.

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 05:58 AM

Steven actively reads Sailor Moon(Mentioned in the canonical Newsarama Interview and also had a copy on his nightstand in an episode.), so I imagine there's some intention in that.


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Posted 24 March 2015 - 04:14 AM

I do like this show, although Lars needs to get catapulted into the nearest volcano. His only redeeming feature (for want of a better word) is an example of what not to be like.

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 04:31 AM

Steven actively reads Sailor Moon(Mentioned in the canonical Newsarama Interview and also had a copy on his nightstand in an episode.), so I imagine there's some intention in that.

 

Neat, didn't know that! Also, most people theorise Lion is

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 06:54 AM

Steven actively reads Sailor Moon(Mentioned in the canonical Newsarama Interview and also had a copy on his nightstand in an episode.), so I imagine there's some intention in that.

 
Neat, didn't know that! Also, most people theorise Lion is
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Well the fact it's linked to her very significantly is made pretty obvious throughout the series.

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Edit: Also the episode "Rose's Room" is really head-screwy.

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 09:13 PM

I do like this show, although Lars needs to get catapulted into the nearest volcano. His only redeeming feature (for want of a better word) is an example of what not to be like.

 

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 09:48 PM

I'm now like completely hooked on this show in a big way. Trying desperately not skip ahead on episodes.



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Posted 25 March 2015 - 05:43 PM

Good luck. The reveals are very well done. The viewers learn things at the same time as Steven, so skipping ahead loses a lot of impact.

Edited by Sjogre, 25 March 2015 - 06:01 PM.

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 09:57 PM

Anyone make gemsonas/personafications of Marvel's Infinity Gems yet?

A quick tumblr search just turned up some people wondering the same thing, but calling them "Infinity Stones".


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Posted 25 March 2015 - 10:14 PM

No, but that's a pretty rad idea.

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