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@  Nevermore : (17 January 2019 - 08:19 PM)

I'm also only reading the trades. So I'm still missing... two volumes that are currently only available as hardcovers? Three?

@  Trpodeca : (17 January 2019 - 06:22 PM)

Astro City is great. Since I only read the trades, there probably won't be a big change for me.

@  ZakuConvoy : (17 January 2019 - 05:34 PM)

I have. Great series. Hopefully the transition to OGNs will be a smooth one.

@  Nevermore : (17 January 2019 - 07:20 AM)

Anyone here reading Kurt Busiek's Astro City?

@  Verity Carlo : (16 January 2019 - 01:12 PM)

https://sites.google...ations---part-1awwwww shit

@  Benbot : (16 January 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Remember the Noid? He steals pizzas!

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 January 2019 - 10:47 AM)

That said, the old "Nester" character from Nintendo Power IS owned by Nintendo, and I could see a homage in there

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 January 2019 - 10:46 AM)

Because technically DiC created the character, Nintendo does not own him.

@  Paladin : (16 January 2019 - 10:28 AM)

sidebar- why is "Captain N" not in Smash yet? that seems like such an easy option.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 January 2019 - 09:18 AM)

The 90's mario cartoons had exactly three character aspects to work with: fat, italian and plumber. He wasn't exactly wrenching pipes in every episode, so they had to do something...

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 January 2019 - 07:31 AM)

It's in another castle.

@  unluckiness : (16 January 2019 - 06:24 AM)

i HOpE sHe mADe LotSA SPAGHETTI

@  Locoman : (16 January 2019 - 06:17 AM)

Mario, wherever you are, HEEEEEEEELP!

@  unluckiness : (16 January 2019 - 06:07 AM)

That's Mama Luigi to you, Mario *wheeze*

@  Pennpenn : (16 January 2019 - 02:24 AM)

It's too hot here.

@  Echowarrior : (15 January 2019 - 11:03 PM)

I liked the Super Mario Brothers Super Show the best myself.

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 10:35 PM)

There's always the three Mario cartoons DiC made back in the 80s.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 09:48 PM)

So they could make a show that everyone would scream was an adventure time knockoff? I get what you're saying, but I can't see it being well received.

@  Sean Whitmore : (15 January 2019 - 08:47 PM)

The fact that Adventure Time was on the air for 8 years and at no point did Nintendo hand the creators a large sack of money and say, "Please make a Mario thing for us" will forever anger me.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 07:03 PM)

There was so much awesome put into design and conception of the super mario bros. movie, and it didn't even need the branding: but it wouldn't have made it to the screen without the branding.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:56 PM)

Many aspects of it have stuck in my memory, though. The boots, the devolution ray, the aesthetic of the dinosaur city

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:55 PM)

I had no idea there was another Mario Bros. movie coming out, though. Doubt it'll top the first one, it was just so bizarre

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:55 PM)

They already act a bit like minions; they just aren't stupid

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 05:35 PM)

The trouble is: I honestly can't decide if making them minions would be better or worse than the continuously shrill voices they've used for the last 20 years.

@  Paladin : (15 January 2019 - 05:27 PM)

hope everyone's ready for Toads to look, act & sound like the Minions forever...

@  Lancer : (15 January 2019 - 04:54 PM)

I mean, considering Illumination is making the new Mario movie, Super Mario Bros. 1993 won't be the worst Mario movie anymore

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 04:36 PM)

"Sir, your pizza's here." "Not now!"

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 04:28 PM)

Actually, yeah. I think I need to watch it again. Great movie.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 03:44 PM)

It's a fun movie with amazing sets. As long as you don't try to connect it to anything else Mario, it's fine.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 03:38 PM)

Damn, I haven't thought about the Super Mario Bros. feature film in forever. Need to watch it again, soon; I can only imagine it gets better with time.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 January 2019 - 03:21 PM)

Re:Zero is a fantastic series.

@  ▲ndrusi : (15 January 2019 - 03:10 PM)

Yeah it's not a bad concept, it's just that lately the term is associated with "I, a Loser Everyman, Woke Up In a Generic Fantasy Setting Where I'm Super Special So Now Girls Orbit Me"

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 12:59 PM)

So too is the old Super Mario Bros movie

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 12:28 PM)

I went and looked up the term "isekai"... that's not actually as bad as I thought it was going to be.

@  ▲ndrusi : (15 January 2019 - 12:19 PM)

I'm not sure, but the cartoon segments of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show are.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 12:12 PM)

Wait. A. Minute. Is Blaster Master an isekai?

@  MEDdMI : (15 January 2019 - 08:49 AM)

*Dragon Slave*

@  Xellos : (15 January 2019 - 06:22 AM)

I used to use a pic like that as my avatar for years, but that... is a secret.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 02:07 AM)

Is Flatland an isekai?

@  MEDdMI : (14 January 2019 - 11:16 PM)

@Xellos Every time I see you post, I picture Xellos' infuriating smug grin and finger waggling with the "sore wa hi*mi*tsu*desu <3"

@  Waspinator : (14 January 2019 - 09:50 PM)

The Last Starfighter is also one of those

@  Cybersnark : (14 January 2019 - 09:28 PM)

Astronaut gets shot through a wornhole and ends up on a living starship full of escaped alien prisoners.

@  Cybersnark : (14 January 2019 - 09:28 PM)

I realized a few months ago that Farscape is a sci-fi-based Isekai.

@  Sabrblade : (14 January 2019 - 09:03 PM)

The Thor movies and Enchanted, as well.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (14 January 2019 - 08:45 PM)

@xellos We get to many of those in Hollywood movies.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 January 2019 - 08:13 PM)

Re:Creators!

@  Xellos : (14 January 2019 - 07:47 PM)

There is also Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero, where people regularly get summoned to a fantasy world, then eventually sent back with their accumulated powers (and the main character smuggles the demon lord's daugher by his request, which is a no-no)

@  Waspinator : (14 January 2019 - 07:23 PM)

We need more inverse isekais, like The Devil is a Part-Timer

@  ▲ndrusi : (14 January 2019 - 04:11 PM)

I feel like Tron is pushing it but I can't actually come up with an argument to that effect

@  Pennpenn : (14 January 2019 - 03:21 PM)

To Arazyr- I don't see why it wouldn't be.


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#421 Dake

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 09:25 PM

That was a lovely episode. I was sad to hear she was leaving from the start, but they handled it really well. I too was worried she'd get Tasha'd, so at least she might reappear down the road.


 
 
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:03 AM

I'm glad no tasha'd. And my lord was it an emotionally character driven story. I eat that shit up.

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 02:43 AM

1) Gordon shouldn't call his family trash in front of his dad.

 

2) Will that new security chief use a gun or does he prefer a knife?

He'll use his trunk to discharge something gross.

 

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 01:05 PM

Putting Bob Picardo and John Billingsly on screen together might be the best thing the show has done.  It never really occurred to me that Star Trek had two consecutive wacky doctors.

 

Frustrating things in last week's episode:

  • Alara can't get out of her chair at all until she can suddenly stand up and kick ass.  It would have been so much more effective if she had struggled and had to improvise and think her way out of the situation rather than just suddenly be fine.
  • The ship has artificial gravity and hosts numerous species.  You can't just adjust Alara's quarters so she's exposed to high gravity part-time?  Or at least give a plausible reason why that can't be done.
  • I'm very fond of Patrick Warburton, and kudos to the show for being bold with alien prosthetics.  But he has two esophaguses because his species eats so much.  But he only has one mouth, and he's not shoving food into it at a ridiculous rate.  The whole idea is just an unfunny joke that doesn't make sense.  Ahd also, he talks like a bro.  All the wackiest aliens talk like bros.  If he's going to replace Alara permenantly, I hope they find a way to make him interesting.

The Orville is such a mixed bag for me.  It has some genuinely good sci-fi storytelling.  The humor is distracting more often than it's actually funny.  Most damningly, it tries too hard to be Star Trek, going so far as to regularly feature Star Trek regulars.  It's not constrained by the rules of Star Trek, but it just won't reach out and forge its own identity.  It seems perfectly content to be off-brand Star Trek.

 

I did notice that they upgraded the tables in the mess hall this season.  A big improvement over the terrible faux-wood things they had last season.



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Posted 14 January 2019 - 01:10 PM

In its defense, I'm perfectly happy with it being off brand star trek. It gets to homage whatever it wants while being tied to nothing. It's perfect to me. It also doesnt take itself super seriously, until it wants to which I adore.
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 01:20 PM

I'm glad no tasha'd. And my lord was it an emotionally character driven story. I eat that shit up.

I adore this show.

I loved the pickle jar...


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Posted 14 January 2019 - 03:02 PM

Regarding Alara in the chair, I'm thinking the point there was she could get out of it, she struggled because on a subconscious level, she didn't want to as she related more with her spiritual family on the Orville then her biological family on her homeworld. The part where she got up shown she made her choice.

If not, she's as bad as grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka.


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Posted 14 January 2019 - 04:12 PM

In its defense, I'm perfectly happy with it being off brand star trek. It gets to homage whatever it wants while being tied to nothing. It's perfect to me. It also doesnt take itself super seriously, until it wants to which I adore.


Me, too.

But in the credits, where it says "Created By Seth MacFarlane", it should just say "Created By Star Trek".

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 09:58 PM

Hey, whatever allows it to exist. I'm not asking questions.
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Posted 15 January 2019 - 12:25 AM

Well Brannon Braga is producing this show. There's bound to be some 90's Trek DNA injected into this.



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Posted 15 January 2019 - 03:58 PM

 

In its defense, I'm perfectly happy with it being off brand star trek. It gets to homage whatever it wants while being tied to nothing. It's perfect to me. It also doesnt take itself super seriously, until it wants to which I adore.


Me, too.

But in the credits, where it says "Created By Seth MacFarlane", it should just say "Created By Star Trek".

 

I mean, something has to try to be Star Trek while Star Trek is trying to be Star Wars.


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Posted 15 January 2019 - 06:04 PM

Is the double esophagus guy permanent?  I like Patrick Warburton, but it felt like a waste to put him in there.



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Posted 16 January 2019 - 02:17 AM

I think they said he was a temp otherwise he isn't written as a keeper.


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Posted 16 January 2019 - 07:22 AM

Yeah, I read that a permanent replacement is coming later in the season. 

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Posted Yesterday, 12:25 AM

Cute Guardians of the Galaxy reference in tonight's episode.  ("Charlie-27" is part of a code string.)

 

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Posted Yesterday, 11:03 AM

There was an Andromeda reference a few episodes ago too (Kelly's boyfriend was quizzing his class about The Battle of Tarazed).

Someone on this show knows their sci-fi.

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Posted Yesterday, 11:53 AM

Gotta say, I never really expected to have a Billy Joel song used in space opera, much less so effectively.

 

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Posted Yesterday, 12:07 PM

There was an Andromeda reference a few episodes ago too (Kelly's boyfriend was quizzing his class about The Battle of Tarazed).

Someone on this show knows their sci-fi.

I think that's actually most of the writing staff, honestly, considering you've got at least half of Star Trek's old regular writing crew in the mix. 


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Posted Yesterday, 01:18 PM

Mercer was going to have the Krill ask the biggest question ever, "So who exactly can understand the baby talking?".



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Posted Yesterday, 10:16 PM

This week was a pretty solid episode.  A bit of a predictable story, perhaps, of the Krill having sympathy for her target, but executed well.

 

The Rorschach test gag made me laugh.





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