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Doctor Who: The Caretaker Review (Article) - 9/28/2014 8:58:21 PM

 Redshirt:

When he was with UNIT he would mercilessly mock them for "solving problems with shooting."  His friendship with Brigadier is in spite of UNIT, not because of it.

 

 

The Strain: The Third Rail Review (Article) - 9/23/2014 10:11:13 AM

The "I wish Eph would die" feeling is something that continues throughout the entire book series.  He starts out the first book as a moderately competent character, but because more and more useless as the series progresses.  

In the book, Vasily is a much more likeable and competent character, though they seem to have made him into a bit of a psychopath in the show.

Mania Review: The Maze Runner (Article) - 9/20/2014 11:14:53 PM

This movie stuck me as a "Young Adult Cube." And it would have been okay if it had an unresolved ending like Cube does.  However, the info-dump in the last few minutes of the film really derails the film.

The Fall of '84: The Warrior and the Sorceress (Article) - 9/9/2014 5:25:12 AM

 Is everyone else getting the nipple cover-up ads for this article?

Doctor Who: Into the Dalek Review (Article) - 9/1/2014 7:05:32 AM

I am convinced that Missy in Heaven is the TARDIS (as in Gaiman's episode The Doctor's Wife).  The TARDIS would have enough power to save these people, and the "boyfriend" comment from the first episode would fit.

The Summer of '84: Sheena (Article) - 8/19/2014 6:08:58 AM

 This movie proves that Tanya Roberts was typecasted into her role in that 70s Show.

Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Player's Handbook Review (Article) - 8/15/2014 2:33:51 PM

 I can understand complaints about 3.x being rules heavy.  There are strong arguments for a narrative system like 1e.  It is not better than 3.x, just different.

But there are no arguments for 2e.  2e is a rules-heavy system with poor game balance made by the mathematically illiterate.  Every time a game designer makes a new 2e kit, God kills a kitten.

The Summer of '84: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (Article) - 8/11/2014 11:17:29 AM

 Laugh while you can, Monkey Boy.

The Strain: The Box Review (Article) - 7/21/2014 8:17:27 AM

Perhaps the buildup would be more enjoyable if we'd all been kept in the dark about the impending large event. It's almost as though the previews gave us too much of a spoiler.

Exactly.  This is how it is done in the book.  Which is why it works there and not here.  They felt that they had to introduce all the major players in the pilot.

The Strain: The Box Review (Article) - 7/21/2014 8:12:53 AM

I am about to give up on this show.

The book, for all its overwriting (a drinking game based on descriptive metaphores will put you under the table by page 5), had a slow and powerful build-up.  When you finally reached the confrontation with the Master, the tension was incredible.

The show decided to completely throw all of this away. The pilot included scenes from half-way into the first book.  For example, the cabinet theft happens during the eclipse.  Characters were introduced too fast (why is the TV Setrakian an idiot who makes a spectacle during a press conference?).  Surprise betrayals are already revealed (Phelps and Stoneheart).

There is nothing left for this show.  The build-up and investigation is trashed.  All you have left is vampire hunting.  And most of that is during 2nd season.  If the show lasts that long.

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