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@  Maximus Ambus : (28 October 2020 - 01:52 PM)

50/60's Twilight Zone, the 80's, millennium and recent ones also, all are in The Twilight Zone.

@  wonko the sane? : (28 October 2020 - 08:03 AM)

Twilight zone. Duh.

@  -LittleAutob... : (28 October 2020 - 07:52 AM)

Um.... what did I log in on...

@  Paladin : (28 October 2020 - 06:17 AM)

have they actually gotten worse than the one where Homer gets paralyzed by a spider and has to learn to communicate through his farts?

@  unluckiness : (28 October 2020 - 05:53 AM)

It's only fitting that SImpsons have halloween specials since it's been a shambling corpse of its former self since its teens.

@  Maximus Ambus : (28 October 2020 - 04:12 AM)

No I caught one of the latest one with parodies of Stranger Things which admittedly is horror series but Heaven Can Wait and The Shape of Water are Fantasy films. Plus implications of the characters being sociopaths or twisted has become a norm these days.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (28 October 2020 - 02:58 AM)

Which probably adds to the "reasons they should just stop making more of The Simpsons" pile.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (28 October 2020 - 02:58 AM)

You make it sound like The Simpsons becoming less repetitive is a bad thing.

@  Maximus Ambus : (28 October 2020 - 02:48 AM)

Remember when Simpsons Halloween specials parodied horror movies and would have the characters make off out of character remarks like "we chucked donuts at a old man for kicks."? they don't and can't do that any more.

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 October 2020 - 08:00 PM)

Tired of the same old Halloween stuff? Check out Tubi. The depths of the schlock available is astounding.

@  Donocropolis : (27 October 2020 - 11:51 AM)

Not sure if it's news or not, but I'm at Ross right now and they have Masterpiece Movie Ironhide for $24.99

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 October 2020 - 12:45 AM)

Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s Best Buy exclusive deluxe version is available for $10 as one of today’s daily deals

@  PlutoniumBoss : (26 October 2020 - 08:50 PM)

We can play the "Is it a real headline or an Onion headline" game.

@  Steevy Maximus : (26 October 2020 - 08:22 PM)

It's weird to see how much of Larry Hama's "satire" from the old GI Joe comic has no longer become satire in the past few years.

@  Maximus Ambus : (26 October 2020 - 11:29 AM)

Funny how 2020 gave me new appreciation for Dawn of the Dead 1978.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 07:43 PM)

@Fenix Twilight Sure. Just not a good one.

@  Fenix Twilight : (25 October 2020 - 04:02 PM)

@Sukoshiko Well his clothes left an impression on you didn't they?

@  TheMightyMol... : (25 October 2020 - 06:09 AM)

I just read "Tesla Cybertruck" like AC/DC's "Thunderstruck", now it won't get out of my head, so I inflict it on all of you as well.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 12:25 AM)

Tesla Cybertruck: amazing or just silly looking? I can't decide.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 12:24 AM)

Weird question: I had to deal with a guy today... I'm not exactly up on modern fashions... or even archaic fashions... But this guy... Tuxedo Jacket and shirt, studs in all the button holes except the bottom one, blue jeans, and cowboy boots... Take a moment to imagine that get up. And this was to a business meeting, trying to impress someone. What look is that? Who on earth would dress that way? (I mean on purpose)

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 06:04 PM)

I think the few up here were lost to bad placement, poor weather, and the usual language trap.

@  TM2-Megatron : (24 October 2020 - 04:25 PM)

There are 5 spread around southwestern Ontario, all run by the same company. I've only been to the one in my area, but it seems to do good business even in non-pandemic times. On long weekends, when they do triple features, there's a normally a lineup to get in Friday and Saturday nights

@  Telly : (24 October 2020 - 01:51 PM)

there been one outside of my town for as long as ive been alive at least. its gone through its share of owners and periods of being closed down, but its been open for the past decade at least

@  Otaku : (24 October 2020 - 12:08 PM)

Bias from personal experience, but drive-in theaters are nearly extinct.  I grew up near one but it went out of business in the late 80s, and was torn down and replaced with some other business by the early 90s.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 07:47 AM)

Out here, I mean. Couldn't comment on their popularity in place where they actually exist.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 06:44 AM)

I wouldn't know. They've only come back into vogue with the social distancing from the plague, and while some places have made an effort to shoestring the places together, it's all largely too distant to be accessible.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:46 PM)

I'd hate to see ours replaced by condos. They're a great way to spend an evening, whether with family or on a date. And they've never been as common in Canada as the US, so we cna't afford to lose as many

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 09:45 PM)

Largely they were either poorly placed or bought out and torn down to be replaced by something other than over priced short term parking. Mostly condos.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:14 PM)

I guess your winters are worse, so they have a shorter operating season. Drive-ins in the Toronto area can usually operate until early or mid-December; maybe even into early January if there's no real snowfall, and open up again sometime in March.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:13 PM)

THere's really only 1 left in the entire province?

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 09:03 PM)

Ha! It's probably faster for me to drive to your drive in than to make my way to the only one left in quebec.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Fortunately we still have a drive-in theatre that's exempt from the closures about a 10 minute drive away

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Theatres around here are closed again for at least another couple weeks (wouldn't be surprised if it's extended by another month or so, either), but that's what they've been doing here as well. Playing the old classics

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 October 2020 - 02:36 PM)

I got Earthrise Megatron, he's better then I thought he'd be though Netflix Megatron is still tops.

@  Bass X0 : (23 October 2020 - 10:44 AM)

The original Rocky movie is also showing. May go next weekend. That’s how you get people back in the theatres - show the old classics every adult loves.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 10:35 AM)

They did a limited run showing of it up here too, back when the theaters were open... red zones suck.

@  Bass X0 : (23 October 2020 - 10:13 AM)

The original Back To The Future is showing in the Odeon in the UK now. I think I will go see it tomorrow.

@  Donocropolis : (23 October 2020 - 05:51 AM)

It was either the Bumblebee or Cliffjumper. Can't remember the colors.

@  Kalidor : (22 October 2020 - 06:43 PM)

What did it look like?

@  Donocropolis : (22 October 2020 - 01:34 PM)

I swear I remember getting the Happymeal G1 minibot as a child, but I live 2.5 hours from St. Louis, which is the only place they apparently came out. It's possible that I got it on a family vacation, though, as we went to Six Flags pretty often.

@  ▲ndrusi : (22 October 2020 - 01:07 PM)

Conversely, I had the Gobot helicopter from Wendy's and I was absolutely convinced it was an actual Transformer.

@  Donocropolis : (22 October 2020 - 08:13 AM)

I used to rubber-band Hot-Wheels style construction vehicles together and pretend it was Devestator.

@  Bass X0 : (21 October 2020 - 05:26 PM)

When I was about four years old, my parents bought me Bugbite and tried to tell me it was Bumblebee. I was not yet a fan of Transformers, but I knew that wasn't Bumblebee. I didn't even have the real Bumblebee at that time.

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 October 2020 - 01:39 PM)

It would come with two soundtracks: the eighties classic and one featuring dubstep and the VAs are popular Youtubers.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 12:13 PM)

But yeah, reading it: I came off as a bit of an ass.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 11:52 AM)

I just couldn't think of worse music than disco...

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 11:35 AM)

What were you trying to imply with the mocking sarcasm, though? Nobody suggested that '80s music was any more "of it's time" than '70s music.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 11:18 AM)

I said that disco wouldn't fare much better with the same context: media is property of it's time; biases, culture and limitations are all inherent in that. Some stuff can be brought forward because of an inherently timeless nature or the simplicity with which it was made but lots of media is a time capsule of the period of when it was made.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 08:46 AM)

I'm not sure what you're trying to imply, or what you even think I said.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 08:11 AM)

Yeah, cause disco would make the transition so much better...


Transformers colony worldbuilding - Aquatron

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#1 Broadside



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Posted 21 August 2018 - 07:02 PM



- abridged from the works of Cybertronian historian Lancer
The ancient Titan named Hydrax, a loyal servant of Quintus Prime, once rested atop the Hydrax Plateau on Cybertron; but that changed when the followers of the Primes departed the planet to explore and colonise the galaxy. When Quintus ordered her followers to seek out a deeper understanding of the universe and its mysteries, Hydrax took flight with a crew of theoretical scientists and quantum engineers, pledging to bring knowledge and insight back to Cybertron. What the Titan and its crew didn't know was that their journey would be cut short before they could return to their homeland.
A mere few hundred years after their voyage began, Hydrax's systems - including its engines - were damaged by a quantum flare while investigating a rift in the Benzuli Expanse. Phyophore, the head overseer of the crew, ordered that the Titan set down on an uninhabited nearby world; but the crew was unaware that their scanners had also been damaged. When Hydrax breached the planet's thick cloud cover, rather than setting down on rock and earth as they expected, the Titan's crew found themselves hitting seawater - an endless expanse of ocean. Realizing their mistake too late, and with Hydrax's propulsion systems compromised, the populace was unable to do anything to stop their city-ship from sinking to the ocean floor, falling ever faster as it took on water and was subjected to the crushing pressures of the unfathomable depths.
In the aftermath of the crash, the Hydraxans struggled; huge amounts of the Titan's infrastructure had sustained catastrophic damage, and much of their leadership had been killed in the crash. It was Hydrax itself that provided them with hope: the Titan ignited its own inbuilt hot spot, producing the sparks of new life, and unfurled great metal tentacles to anchor itself into the seafloor. Coming to understand that life, especially for Cybertronians, requires change and adaptation, the Hydraxans worked to rebuild; they began to excavate into the rock and metal beneath their city, and started to modify and upgrade their bodies in order to survive in the inhospitable ocean of the planet, which they named "Aquatron".
In the years since the inadvertent founding of their colony, the Aquatronians' settlements grew; they expanded Hydrax outwards with newly built structures around the Titan, and dug out the caverns and tunnels under the city to create a maze-like warren to house the newborn Cybertronians born from the hot spot. Others set out in immense city-like watercraft, propelled on treads, legs or hoverfans - and some even founded new settlements, such as the Gulf, a city of bridges and hollows in rock faces built across the span of an impossibly deep crevasse. A few would try to "go it alone", but this rarely ended well; the most "successful" of these ventures would evolve over millenia into the Sharkticon tribes that hunted on the seafloor.
In adapting to life in the depths, the Aquatronians' bodies - both those original settlers, and those born from their Titan - diverged significantly from their original Cybertronian frames. Where the majority of Hydraxans had before converted into sleek, advanced spacecraft, they now changed to specialised alternate modes for the purpose of sea exploration, taking forms that blurred the line between vehicle and beast as a matter of necessity. So, too, did their robot forms change, taking on wildly alien appearances compared to the Cybertronian standard; from incredibly squat, dense frames to spindly, skeletal and fragile-looking bodies.
Many had unconventional body-plans; missing or additional limbs were common, as were unusually-articulated ones, including fully prehensile tentacles. Transparent or translucent body-plating and photoluminescent paintwork were frequent sights. Their faces were strange even by Cybertronian standards; additional eyes, lenses that moved around the face, wide and unmoving circular optics, and articulated mandibles are only a small selection of what could be found on an Aquatronian. Some had no apparent facial features at all, and some even lacked head units entirely!
The adaptations were not merely cosmetic. As a result of the immense pressures in the ocean's depths, Aquatronians were extraordinarily resilient, with incredibly strong mechanisms and tough but lightweight armor that made any of them a match for the most powerful Transformers of other worlds. Their optics were adapted to see huge distances through the water with very little light to see by, though a side effect meant they could be stunned or blinded in bright light; on top of that, they had exceptionally high radio- and electro-sensitivity, to the extent that many of them could read surface-level thoughts and emotions.
When Cybertron made contact with Aquatron during the attempt to reunite the colonies, their initial encounter was with the lone above-water civilisation on the planet, the outpost city of Guyot, which perched atop an immense undersea mountain. First contact proved uneasy; the pressure of both air and water at the bottom of the ocean were debilitating to Cybertron's ambassadors, and in turn, the vast majority of Aquatronians lacked experience with existing on the surface. Eventually, through a combination of specially-resilient representatives and selective depressurisation, Cybertronians were able to be introduced to Hydrax; the diplomatic process was enabled by Aquatron's representative, an elderly triple-changer named Agonizer, though he preferred to be known as "the Curator".
Despite this effort, relations between Aquatron and the other Cybertronian worlds have since been rather frosty. Aquatronians are notoriously terse, rarely elaborating on their thoughts; and though they are naturally curious, this makes for a poor combination with their lack of understanding of (or regard for) other cultures' etiquette - many a would-be diplomat has been made uncomfortable or unnerved by Aquatronians staring at them blankly, invading their personal space, or "reading their minds". All this gives Aquatronians a rather poor reputation among other Transformers, and though many Aquatronians would jump at the chance to experience other worlds, they rarely have any interest in getting to know their cousins.
A last, more disturbing element of Aquatronians is a side effect of their electro-sensitivity, which gives them a greater-than-average vulnerability to mental manipulation by outside forces. Though it's rare that any are ever effected by this, it may have something to do with the legends and rumors from the Gulf about the whispers of "the one beneath"...


So it's not exactly a fanfic, but I spent enough time writing this that I decided to give it its own thread. Because.


#2 SoS

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Posted 23 August 2018 - 10:30 PM

This is great stuff. I really enjoyed this, I hope you continue to do more of these.

Also, I think things like these deserve their own threads in Chronicles. :)