Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Groot Times

To say it's rare to see rain in August is a bit of an understatement.

And yet, there it is. Yup, actual droplets of water coming out of the sky.

Oh, it's probably an exaggeration to call it "rain". It's more spitting-drizzle, but it's still unusual.

Good times.

I think my neighbors are getting tired of me playing "Hooked on a Feeling", but I do like the "Ooga-chakka".

Saw the first seven minutes of "Star Wars: Rebels". You can see it here if your Google-fu is weak. io9 pegs it. It's very Aladdin in feel. The Disney influence is certainly clear. I'm ambivalent about it one way or the other. "Clone Wars" was okay as a series, but I'm kinda done with prequel story material. Especially prequel material that more-or-less retcons the original series. Or if it doesn't, then "Rebels" is going to have one hell of a depressing ending...

Snipped from io9:

Speaking at London Film and Comic Con, Steven Moffat gave a few more details about how the previous Who appearance by Peter Capaldi will be explained. He said, again, that Russell T. Davies' previous idea would provide the basis, but added:

Truthfully I don't think it's something you have to resolve because audiences do understand that the same actor can play different parts.
When Peter Capaldi turned up in Torchwood, Russell said he had a plan in his head on why he looked like the guy in The Fires of Pompeii. So I emailed him and said what was the explanation and does it fit with the new Doctor? And it sort of does.
So in a very low-key way we'll address it. It won't be a major deal because in the end people know the real reason is he's played by the same actor.
What's really worrying me is Karen Gillan in The Fires of Pompeii. That's just inexplicable – I'm going to get to that eventually.

Okay, seriously? THIS is the sort of continuity stuff that keeps Moffat awake? Having actors play different roles across a series? Seriously?

Dude, Steven, I gotta say something to you: THIS IS NOT IMPORTANT! What is important is writing stories that explain plot points instead of doing timey-whimey hand-waving. Examples:

  • Bad guys blow up the TARDIS, causing a rift in time-and-space. How? Never explained. (see the Pandorica storyline)
  • Bad guys existing in a timeline in which they shouldn't (Cybermen shouldn't exist during the Roman era on Earth. Mondas wasn't there yet... again: Pandorica storyline)
  • Everything about River Song and her timey-whimey past. All of it. How she syncs with the Doctor (hint: not as advertised) and the rationale behind making her an assassin to kill the Doctor (if the bad guys could time travel and use memory-wiping, lightning-throwing monsters, why bother with River at all?).
  • The Name of the Doctor. Just... what?
  • The hand-regeneration. Seriously?
  • The entire plot of "The Time of the Doctor". All of it. I look at it and get too wound-up to even start to take the plot apart.
Dude, stop worrying about casting minutiae. Focus on sane stories with logical narratives. The rest will attend to itself.

The post title means nothing save that my brain is still on Guardians of the Galaxy.

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