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Forum: Sense8 04-10-2018, 03:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 417
Posted By Jonas
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? I always figured...

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?



I always figured he was a bit of a Bester/Byron type. Like those two (who share more in common than they realize), he sees humans and sensates in Us/Them terms. I don't...
Forum: Movies 03-19-2018, 04:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 21,046
Posted By Jonas
Even though I've loved Garland's work at times...

Even though I've loved Garland's work at times (The Beach, Sunshine), I hated this. I thought it mostly played like a mediocre horror movie.

The books are very interesting. I have philosophical...
Forum: Babylon 5 03-14-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 558
Views: 336,743
Posted By Jonas
Given how closely the Watchmen film recreates the...

Given how closely the Watchmen film recreates the comic, it's amazing that Snyder clearly didn't understand anything at all about the original story.



I don't think the concept was particularly...
Forum: Babylon 5 03-14-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 558
Views: 336,743
Posted By Jonas
Given how closely the Watchmen film recreates the...

Given how closely the Watchmen film recreates the comic, it's amazing that Snyder clearly didn't understand anything at all about the original story.



I don't think the concept was particularly...
Forum: Babylon 5 03-12-2018, 06:33 AM
Replies: 558
Views: 336,743
Posted By Jonas
Well, as I said earlier in this thread, the first...

Well, as I said earlier in this thread, the first five minutes of Midnight really are particularly terrible. And the effects just get better as the show goes. The strides that were being made in CGI...
Forum: Babylon 5 03-12-2018, 12:05 AM
Replies: 558
Views: 336,743
Posted By Jonas
Agreed. I think most of the sets actually look...

Agreed. I think most of the sets actually look fantastic. Great design, great colours. I wouldn't want to change any of that. What might be worth changing/enhancing (although it would be a ton of...
Forum: Babylon 5 03-11-2018, 06:06 AM
Replies: 558
Views: 336,743
Posted By Jonas
Everything to do with Ragesh 3, from the hair to...

Everything to do with Ragesh 3, from the hair to the sets to the CGI. It just looks cheap, in a way the rest of the show doesn't.
Forum: Babylon 5 03-10-2018, 12:47 PM
Replies: 558
Views: 336,743
Posted By Jonas
In a restoration (not a reboot): A...

In a restoration (not a reboot):


A better copy of the actual film material, completely rescanned (ideally from the originals) and restored to remove scratches, etc.
All-new CGI, but keeping...
Forum: Babylon 5 03-09-2018, 10:46 PM
Replies: 558
Views: 336,743
Posted By Jonas
Midnight has plenty of good moments. The biggest...

Midnight has plenty of good moments. The biggest problem are just the opening 5 minutes or so. The episode makes a terrible first impression.

Ah, what I wouldn't give for a properly restored...
Forum: Babylon 5 03-09-2018, 07:50 AM
Replies: 558
Views: 336,743
Posted By Jonas
You know, I really do think B5 stands on its own....

You know, I really do think B5 stands on its own. It's not just good compared to TV of the time, it's just plain good. Not flawless, but legitimately good - in ways that most modern TV shows can't...
Forum: Babylon 5 03-04-2018, 04:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,644
Posted By Jonas
I hate to say this, but man, this is kind of...

I hate to say this, but man, this is kind of painful to read. I'm not sure it's possible for someone who looks at non-human characters and just sees freaks to really enjoy the show.

All I'm trying...
Forum: General Discussions 01-23-2018, 02:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 24,086
Posted By Jonas
It's normal. Traditional print publishing is...

It's normal. Traditional print publishing is generally pretty slow, despite print-on-demand technologies and all that.
Forum: Movies 01-11-2018, 04:31 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 11,363
Posted By Jonas
I don't particularly idealize Star Wars, but I...

I don't particularly idealize Star Wars, but I think TLJ is one of the worst-written movies I've ever seen. It feels like the person who wrote it doesn't even understand the basic principles of how...
Forum: Babylon 5 12-16-2017, 01:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,406
Posted By Jonas
Whoops. Changed the original post. He was still...

Whoops. Changed the original post. He was still excellent in Falling Skies!
Forum: Babylon 5 12-16-2017, 02:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,406
Posted By Jonas
Bruce Gray (1936-2017)

Bruce Gray, who played the Interrogator in Intersections in Real Time and Between the Darkness and the Light, died the other day. He was apparently best known for playing the groom's father in My Big...
Forum: Babylon 5 11-30-2017, 01:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,405
Posted By Jonas
I've read about that, and hate it. Because while...

I've read about that, and hate it. Because while the current ending suggests at least some kind of hint of liberation, no matter how faint, the other ending accepts that imprisonment is forever -...
Forum: Babylon 5 11-29-2017, 06:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,405
Posted By Jonas
I think what's brilliant about the ending of The...

I think what's brilliant about the ending of The Prisoner is precisely how it bursts out of its own reality into something much weirder and metaphorical. I don't think every show should do that, but...
Forum: Babylon 5 11-28-2017, 12:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,405
Posted By Jonas
Without wanting to derail the conversation from...

Without wanting to derail the conversation from Sleeping in Light too much, I think the reaction to Lost has far more to do with wrong expectations. Lost and The Leftovers are extremely similar; the...
Forum: Babylon 5 11-27-2017, 09:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,405
Posted By Jonas
I can't wait to see season 3 of The Leftovers;...

I can't wait to see season 3 of The Leftovers; given the emotional power of the first two seasons, it might just reach the level of Sleeping in Light, which I still consider to be one of the finest...
Forum: Babylon 5 11-01-2017, 04:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,654
Posted By Jonas
JMS posted this...

JMS posted this (http://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-5321), uh, 16 years ago:
Forum: TV Series 11-01-2017, 02:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 44,272
Posted By Jonas
I disagree. What defines Trek is a set of...

I disagree. What defines Trek is a set of humanist values, of Enlightenment principles. That's what makes it good - certainly not the worldbuilding or anything else. And that's what's brought people...
Forum: TV Series 10-30-2017, 11:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 44,272
Posted By Jonas
Episode 4 was downright evil. It seems to...

Episode 4 was downright evil. It seems to deliberately do a Star Trek story - hey look, this creature isn't aggressive by nature after all - and then twists the ending so that the characters do that...
Forum: TV Series 10-21-2017, 02:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 44,272
Posted By Jonas
I thought Ep. 3 was hilariously bad. The writing...

I thought Ep. 3 was hilariously bad. The writing was just awful - at one point my wife was joking about how they're telling Burnham so little, they won't even tell her what the research she's working...
Forum: Off Topic Discussion 10-11-2017, 02:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 26,819
Posted By Jonas
It's... eh. I don't like this director, because...

It's... eh. I don't like this director, because he always does the exact same thing: slow takes, monochromatic visuals, extremely intense droney music. This gives the impression of artistic depth...
Forum: TV Series 09-30-2017, 01:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,584
Posted By Jonas
I haven't seen Season 3 yet, but seasons 1 and 2...

I haven't seen Season 3 yet, but seasons 1 and 2 are some of the best storytelling I've ever seen in any medium. Immensely powerful, deeply human.

On a totally different note, you know what's...
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