Jedi Master DJR

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  1. Jedi Master DJR

    Episode 62

    I just had to add an update to this. I’ve been listening to these earlier episodes again because I’ve been slowly making my way through the classic series itself (though I’ve listened to all the Bigger on the Inside episodes so far to current) and got to Shada. And lo and behold they just did a new version for home video so I didn’t have to watch a reconstruction or listen to Big Finish like the early stories. Having just listened to this episode again, Dan and Mike, get your hands on this. Same for anyone else reading this. I will not bias you with my thoughts in depth, but just watch it. And maybe cover it again, some day. Derrick
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    Episode 64

    To quickly speak to one of your concerns about the new Who, if you were to hypothetically watch the second part in VLC player or another player that can slow it down, the green energy becomes what looks like a sound note and when it hits a member of the Silence, it doesn't really do anything and then River makes the comment. Hypothetically watch it at .50 speed or less. The other point about an alleged genocide needs its own thread. I will simply point out that the Silence are on multiple planets and would not negotiate when it came to Earth or where the fish people in the vampire episode came from, or any of the sort. I do not recall a scene where the Doctor goes to the home world of the Silence to finish them off, unless it was implied somewhere Earth was their home world and I missed it.
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    Waiting for the Trade suggestion thread

    I would suggest Star Wars Legacy Volume 1 Broken because I think its one of the best Star Wars products that have come out in the last few years. Also I must admit as a long time reader of Star Wars multimedia products (novels, comics, etc) I do wonder if it is as new reader friendly as I think it is. And if it is not reader friendly or gets a bad review anyway, that would be entertaining as well.
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    Mike's list of crazy ideas

    That's a level of deconstruction I'm uncomfortable with in my fictional stories. It's like arguing Luke, Leia, and Han are slaveholders because they never mention or offer freedom to 3PO and R2-D2, even though I would contend they're sentient. I have no idea how that relates to what I'm talking about. First I will admit I may have been confusing by using the term reconstruction in the TV tropes sense TV Tropes Deconstruction Second what I mean specifically by that example is your notion isn't wacky at all. What I would contend however is that most of these fictional stories have at least one element that doesn't hold up to scrutiny in a real world setting. Therefore, in my mind, each case must be weighed against what the intent of the story would seem to be, which in this case I do not think Doctor Who is encouraging pedophilia. (Not that I'm saying that's your contention either.) So in conclusion, I do not think it is a wacky notion you are having, but I generally like the romantic aspect to some of the Doctor's companions and I do not think it is sending the wrong message. Hopefully that made more sense Derrick, from one Derrick to another.
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    Mike's list of crazy ideas

    That's a level of deconstruction I'm uncomfortable with in my fictional stories. It's like arguing Luke, Leia, and Han are slaveholders because they never mention or offer freedom to 3PO and R2-D2, even though I would contend they're sentient.
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    Mike's list of crazy ideas

    Certainly I think that the episode and current Who canon can lend itself to either interpretation, but I must admit that if they later say it's Susan I would personally find it weird. I know in the continuity the Doctor, Master, and various Time Lords are hundreds of years old, but as a viewer I still think its important the age of various actors be taken into account. By that I mean, Eccleston or Tennant having a romantic relationship with Billie Pipper or Freema Agyeman works. William Hartnell having a relationship with an actress that young, not so much, even if the Doctor is "younger" at that point. I would also certainly concede that may not be a perfect metaphor, but that is the general idea I'm trying to convey. I also remain open to the possibility that a great scene or episode could be done with Matt Smith or a future Doctor having it be Susan. As with everything in fiction it's mostly about the execution of such an idea. And on a different note, I still find the idea of the Doctor or the Master having a set number of regenerations to be a bad idea. I like the idea of Doctor Who continuing on in perpetuity, it's just such a great storytelling premise.
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    Episode 371

    Having thought about the Buffy portion of this podcast for awhile, I will express three things. First I agree that the issue was not new reader friendly. Secondly I could not disagree more on the comparison between Astonishing X-Men and Buffy being an example of Joss not understanding his own characters. I will admit however that my knowledge of canonical Buffy is large, while my knowledge of X-Men is not. So perhaps I'm simply the other side of the coin in terms of the vantage point Michael is coming from. Lastly, as entertained as I am by First Issue Special's particular paradigm, I generally don't think that any first issue of these large serialized stories or mythologies are reader friendly. Just to cite an example, while I intend to read Brubaker's Captain America run at some point, I'm not a knowledgeable Cap fan. As of right now, I couldn't tell you anything about Bucky other then him being Cap's sidekick in WW2 whom somehow is in the modern day now, currently being Captain America. That's all I know. However instead of trying to jump into the title, expecting it to answer these questions for me, I will at the appropriate time look it up before I begin. I don't think a little research and context is too much to ask of readers whom are becoming more and more likely to have internet access at some point of their day. Within that paradigm however, I would direct you to my first point, that it is not new reader friendly. Other then that, thanks for the show.
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    A Death in the Family vs. Red Son

    These just happened to be the two graphic novels I picked up at the time from the library that I have seen repeatedly considered "classic" stories. I wasn't really concerned whether either was "in" continuity or not considering Marvel and DC's ideas that a story like Batman Year One occurs at most 4 or 5 years before say Batman RIP where Tim is talking about iPods or something is nonsensical. Anyway, I think my thread may have been a little convoluted to spark interest at first, but I suppose that makes sense. I think in general what I am trying to say is that while I consider Red Son to be a classic story for Superman, I just can't say the same about A Death in the Family. I think ADITF was a big "event" before we really had events because of the way the fans voted. But at the same time, I just find the work weak not just because of Ambassador Joker from Iran (which could be forgiven compared to other wacky plots), but because Batman is robbed of making the choice of whether to kill the Joker or not. To me, it is not enough to say Batman could have if he really wanted to. The clear intent, I think, of the last pages of ADITF was to rob Batman of that choice. Otherwise, why have Superman there to stop him? Why make the Joker a diplomat with the immunity that entails? I'm sure other works addressed this choice by Batman later, but again I think it is bad storytelling to not let Batman choose in this comic. To me, it's like using techno-babble to solve a problem in a science fiction story, it doesn't really do anything for me.
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    Episode 365

    For the moment, I just wanted to drop by while I had a moment and say thanks for reviewing Red Son guys. I just read it myself a few weeks ago from the library and really enjoyed it, even starting a non sucessful thread on it, as well as a Death in the Family. So anyway, thanks!
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    Episode 67

    Out of deference to your nightmares about fiction (though that's really a different podcast on this website ) I will not awaken this discussion again then. My point still stands however, continuity keeps people talking. Honestly that seems to be a weakness of all the internet fandom forums though. Focus on continuity at the expense of the other aspects of a given work.
  11. Jedi Master DJR

    Episode 67

    I cannot see why not, it got you to respond. I wouldn't mind starting a new thread and not derailing this one. Otherwise, what's the fear? It's just a show and the guys are going to cover it anyway. Or is that a contentious issue as well, WFP merely covering it? I must admit I would find that odd.
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    A Death in the Family vs. Red Son

    I recently checked out Batman: A Death in the Family and Superman: Red Son. Now while I knew Jason Todd would die in B:ADITF and the basic concept of Superman being a Soviet in S:RS, I had never read these graphic novels before I checked them out. So perhaps my uninitiated thoughts on this material may be of some entertainment to you. Now if I wanted to bore everyone, I could just point out all the things I liked about B:ADITF and why it deserves to be a classic. Not going that route, instead I will point out where this graphic novel JUMPS THE SHARK! Don't think you agree? Read on. There is no way in hell Iran would make the Joker their ambassador to the UN. It does not make any sense for the 1980s or now, it's just silly. Pick an imaginary country or something. Iran's Supreme Leader throughout that time was a horrible leader, with policies I abhor, but he's not Dr. Doom. And the UN is not so stupid and ineffective that they would allow the Joker on the premises, let alone in the UN Chamber. It would make as much sense as Timothy McVeigh or Osama Bin Laden as the ambassador from Iran. Secondly, was I the only one that noticed that Batman was completely robbed of choosing whether he would kill the Joker or making the decision true to him, no matter how personally hard for him, of not killing the Joker? I am not interested in watching how nonsensical diplomatic immunity or Superman can stop Batman from making that choice. It would have been a much stronger story if Batman had told the US government to stuff it and pulled his handy kryptonite shard from his utility belt so that Superman could not stop him. Then, show Batman choosing NOT to kill the Joker, after you build up that he would. That is one of the strongest moral aspects of Batman's character and should shine in the moment when he would be most likely to consider revenge. Moving on to S:RS, I really enjoyed this story as well. I especially loved the manner in which, The Batman, springs up in this story. It felt so right and was thought out very well. I must also say the story didn't feel dated to me, a child born shortly before the fall of the Soviet Union. It struck the right note, not jingoistic for the USA compared to the USSR in practical terms, and it had Luthor pose this amazing question that changed Superman's mind. The idea of a great argument reaching Soviet Superman and changing his mind was wonderful to read. And of course the idea that Lex Luthor could change the world for great good if he wasn't so damn egotistical never gets old nor does the fact that no matter what Superman Does Not Fight Wars. I haven't watched or read Watchmen yet (I know, shocking!), but certaintly Superman: Red Son should be covered in Lit classes in my opinion, it's really wonderful.
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    Episode 67

    I must come clean, I have not been downloading World's Finest lately with the Static Shock, Gotham Girls, etc coverage. I'm a baaad man, I know. I just don't have the time to watch those episodes, but I have seen BTAS, STAS, BB, JL, and JLU already and I just would hate to listen to a bunch of episodes about shows I don't have a big need to see. If it redeems me any though, I do intend to watch Teen Titans as you do that series. Speaking of which, TEEN TITANS IS NOT DCAU CANON. Or IT IS. Or whichever position puts me in the minority. I have no problem generating controversy for the sake of it. It's fiction, not worth getting mad about. Reaganomics on the other hand, but that would be a digression.
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    Anyone like All Star Batman And Robin The Boy Wonder

    In typing this, I do not profess to be a great writer or critic by any stretch of the imagination, but I have two basic problems with this book. The first is that so far, I really don't see where this version of Batman goes as a character. If he starts the book as this grumbling, asocial, womanizing character who makes a young boy tough it out in the Batcave, where do you take that arc? Assuming this is supposed to link up to the Dark Knight Returns, Batman will remain fundamentally unchanged in any significant way years down the road, besides completely alienating Robin. So in other words, he will exacerbate his own worst traits apparently. Certainly I always thought Batman evolving from a Year One type Bat to become the more disillusioned man from Dark Knight Returns at least had an arc and was a reasonable possibility if Batman had lived that high stress lifestyle for so long. Second, I fully realize that Batman and Wolverine are two of the bestselling characters in comics. There are however differences between them, which apparently Miller no longer agrees with. I just don't see even a subtle difference in characterization if you were to compare this Batman to the typical Wolverine characterization. It feels like I'm reading about Wolverine with a different reason to angst and a different costume. That may be unfair, but it is only an opinion. Finally, I thought the art was worth looking at, regardless of the story. Not being made of money however, I simply could not justify such a purchase. When I look at the trade paperbacks and hardcovers on my shelf, thinking about how much money I've spent that could be spent on other things, I need to be impressed by both the story and art. Perhaps Miller may do better as the run continues.
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    Star Wars: Clone Wars

    I would have to concur with James's amusing drawing he has there. I think that this series does most of the things Revenge of the Sith did right, instead of many of the things Attack of the Clones and Phantom Menace did wrong. Certainly there are exceptions like Bombad Jedi, but who knows, if the Phantom Editor could make superior versions of the two prequel films that I watch exclusively over Lucas's edits.....no Bombad Jedi would mostly stink. Otherwise I still find the series enjoyable overall, even with the reshuffling of CW continuity like Ostrander and Duursema's Republic run with Quinlan Vos and the Kenobi/Skywalker Jedi Knight/Padawan duo storytelling dynamic.