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@  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.

@  Maximus Ambus : (10 November 2019 - 02:15 PM)

Yowza I just realised Titans Trypticon comes with Necro AKA Censere AKA Mortilus.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

I... think the best equivalent would actually be the British "There is room for improvement".

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

There's always a sense of irony to it, but what the ratio between irony (you really failed) and straightworwardness (at least you achieved something) is depends on the situation and the speaker.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:12 PM)

The meaning can be both literal (you succeed on one level but fail on another), or it can be utterly ironic (you fail in every regard but the most technical; or even worse, "you really gave your best"), and anything in between.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:10 PM)

For example: A singer can hit the notes really well, but clearly isn't a native speaker and what little of the lyrics you can make out sounds nothing like what it's supposed to be.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:06 PM)

The premise seems to be the mixing of technical and aesthetic technical qualities towards the overall success.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:05 PM)

But both "hollow victory" and pyrrhic victory" are referring to having lost as much as you've gained. IE; a battle was won but both armies were destroyed. The town being seiged is victorious, but all the soldiers are still dead. Nevermore's concept is more "You did it, but it's so ugly we don't know if you actually succeeded".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Alternately, one could probably also call it a "hollow victory".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Example: In the Powerpuff Girls episode "Uh Oh Dynamo", the monster-of-the-day was a really tough, giant-size one that required the use of a really destructive mech to defeat it. While the monster was ultimately beaten, the city of Townsville was utterly trashed by the mech's weapons in the process. So, while the city was saved from the monster, it was harmed even worse by the mech that saved it, making the victory bittersweet.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:32 AM)

@Nevermore, sounds to me like what one might call a "bittersweet victory". The goal was met, but at great cost or by disastrous result that call into question if the achieved goal could even be called a success.

@  Arvegtor : (10 November 2019 - 09:40 AM)

Seems to be close enough to "Pyrrhic victory"

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 November 2019 - 09:37 AM)

What do you get from putting the German term through a translator?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 08:57 AM)

That is a ridiculously interesting concept. But I don't think english has a singular term for what you're describing.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 08:28 AM)

Is there an English equivalent for what we Germans call "deductions in the B rating"? Context: Someone did something and suceeded on a technical level (as in, achieved the intended goal), but failed to some degree in the details, i.e. there was some collateral damage, or while a technical success, the end result is an aestetic failure. It can be used highly ironically, as in "barely achieved the intended goal, but failed so much in every aspect that's not purely technical that it might as well be considered an utter failure altogether." The German term is derived from the old judging syste in figure skating, which gave separate ratings for "technical merit" and "presentation", with the latter being the origin of the German term.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (10 November 2019 - 02:32 AM)

Huh. I did not know before today that "medieval" had an alternate spelling "mediaeval". Like "paleontology" and "palaeontology".

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 November 2019 - 04:15 PM)

'Beast Wars in underrated' the comment went. I exploded.

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@  wonko the sane? : (09 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

So... you can look like a cop from the 70's AND a huge nerd at the same time?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 November 2019 - 02:09 PM)

I feel like the best way to carry the Switch would be an under-arm torso holster.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 12:31 PM)

It's not. hell. If the 3DS zelda case just stretched a LITTLE more it would fit.

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 November 2019 - 03:38 AM)

I feel like the Switch Lite is a bit big to have hanging on your belt like that, but I don't take my Switch out with me often anyway.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 01:13 AM)

I must be the only one who wants a switch lite case with a belt loop. o.O

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 November 2019 - 03:03 PM)

I'm gonna have "Chainsaw Buffet" and "Candy For the Cannibal" by Lordi playing in my head all night.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 November 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Trick or treaters can only consent to cannibalism in Germania.

@  Sabrblade : (07 November 2019 - 12:12 PM)

Hey, if the trick or treaters can't take some loving insults, that's their problem.

@  Arazyr : (07 November 2019 - 11:39 AM)

Just make sure to put the leftovers in the fridge, so they don't get spoiled.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 11:10 AM)

I love children... but I can never eat a whole one.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 November 2019 - 09:52 AM)

I can neither confirm nor deny this allegation.

@  Paladin : (07 November 2019 - 09:46 AM)

...you don't roast the trick or treaters, do you....

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 09:38 AM)

A cold beer, a warm fire, some smores and trick or treaters... Man, you got this life thing down.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 09:37 AM)

That actually sounds pretty awesome.

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 08:13 PM

Stranger things 1. A+

Strangers things 2. A- (or b+ if I'm being sour)

Strangers things 3. A+++

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 12:47 AM


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Posted 08 August 2019 - 06:53 AM

Remember that they wanted people to think that Eleven wasn't going to be in season 2 at first.


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Posted 08 August 2019 - 04:08 PM


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Posted 09 August 2019 - 02:39 AM

being in the season doesn't exclude him from being dead, or from being not the guy in russia...


any evidence for or against a thing happening after a cliffhanger is only speculative until it isn't.


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Posted 15 August 2019 - 11:40 PM

Don't feel bad, because there was a lot of discussion about that very possibility on Usenet at the time. If I'm remembering correctly, a lot of the speculation revolved around the fact that, supposedly, Patrick Stewart's contract was up for renewal.
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Posted 09 September 2019 - 12:34 PM

I didn't notice Mike being much of a dick in S1 and 2 honestly, but he absolutely was at points in S3. I mostly chalked it up to him becoming a teen.

-ZacWilliam, I wonder how long they will keep it going with these kids (cause eventually they won't BE teens) and if they'll eventually bring in more new kids at Erica's age...

This. Hopper wasn't perfect, but he was very much in the right. His daughter and her boyfriend weren't following the rules of his house, were lying to him, and blatantly laughed at him. You don't strip power away like that from a man in his own home. It was cathartic when he finally balled up and told Mike how it was gonna be. Nobody should take that much shit from mouthy kids. I liked Mike before, but he was a total asshole until El dumped him.

(And if anyone makes the "They're adolescent so Dad shouldn't get in the way of their carnal pleasures" argument, you're a sick bastard who shouldn't have children.)

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 02:52 PM

Well, I'll give Mike half a break for being an asshole since he was an adolescent. Everyone has there asshole moments when they're adolescences. That's why we were given parents to whap on on the heads and ground us when we got too far out of line.

Mike was just being an adolescent. Hopper was right to reign him in. It's part of life.

It's actually a lot of what I like about this show. No ones 100% good, but few are 100% assholes either.
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Posted 09 September 2019 - 03:31 PM

I feel like I've missed something with the Mike being an asshole stuff. I always thought he was a good kid in seasons 1 and 2, but he seemed like a different character here, just to give Elle a reason plotwise to dump him I guess. I thought hopper was out of line, maybe I need to rewatch.
I too think this season was excellent but it was definitely a bit memberberry.

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 05:38 AM

Yeah, he's much more of an asshole in S3 - to everyone, not just Hop - but sometimes that happens when you become a teenager. Not to say that excuses anything, you still need to treat your friends well, and you still need to obey the hell out of your girlfriend's guardians, because they still have a duty to their daughter, and because it's their house and you should always treat your host with respect. And all of that is before you get into psychic powers and monsters and government coverups. Hop went somewhat overboard in how he reacted, but you can't blame him for reacting.

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 07:43 AM

I like all the sentiments here! 


I honestly don't remember Mike coming off as an asshole at all in the first two seasons, but I am not detail oriented either, so I may have missed it. I couldn't remember if Hopper told Mike to stay away completely or to just reign it in, but I do agree he could have done the scary daddy routine without completely separating them. Nothing wrong with death threats to an assy teen, though. Teenagerism is definitely the excuse, but it still had to be dealt with. I get trying to get away with the door closed and a girl in your room...I pulled that one often enough and got yelled at just as often...but at her house with her dad RIGHT THERE blatantly spelling out rules? Yeah, that's why Hopper went as far as he did. He was having a seriously hard time finding balance between keeping his "daughter" happy and maintaining some order. You can really see him learning to parent here as that's a thing we all struggle with with our kids.

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 08:32 AM

Hopper also had his first kid die and his life fall apart. He's raising Eleven "off the books" in a shitty shack in the woods. Not the sort of man against whom you should blatantly disrespect boundaries and control.

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 09:36 AM

Yep. And I like his "Be careful," in the last episode, basically amounting to, "I let you live, so don't waste it."

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 06:32 AM

I definitely didn't do my math wrong.  Watching Back to the Future in the theater definitely pins the date at July 4, 1985.  So that Ultra Magnus was an error.


I watched the last 2 episodes last night.  At one point, I thought "This music really sounds like the stuff from Back to the Future" and then remembered in a moment that it was because the scene was set in the room where Back to the Future was playing.

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 07:05 AM

Well in season 1 they were playing "I wear my sunglasses at night" and the song hadn't yet been release.


It's one of those things were you can't get too bogged down with the time frame details.  Not to the point of Goldbergs, but still.


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Posted 25 September 2019 - 08:23 AM

Well in season 1 they were playing "I wear my sunglasses at night" and the song hadn't yet been release.


It's one of those things were you can't get too bogged down with the time frame details.  Not to the point of Goldbergs, but still.


It just breaks away the immersion for me.  They went to a lot of trouble to get things right to leave a couple of things there that could be checked in a few seconds.  How many 70s and 80s model cars did they use?  The clothing?  Showing us Back to the Future on its real opening weekend.


I'm not saying they are garbage, but I'm disappointed.  They could have used Omega Supreme there.

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 08:34 AM

While I am not saying that you are wrong, because it sounds like you are not, there is a way to reconcile it. They could have re-released the film the following year. They used to do that all the time back in the 80s. Heck, I saw return of the Jedi in theaters years after it came out.

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 12:47 PM

According to Box Office Mojo, BTTF was in theaters for 37 weeks - until March of '86. Still not the right time, but closer. :D


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Posted 25 September 2019 - 06:02 PM

Who loved that Neverending Story sequence?

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 07:24 PM

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