Deer Tick

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  1. I'm a bit bummed you guys didn't talk more about Double Impact.  I think it's hilarious... And as far as other actors in it, the great Bolo Yeung, or "Chinese Hercules" is legendary in martial arts films, going back to "Enter the Dragon" almost 20 years earlier.


    After hearing about it, I'm going to have to watch JCVD, but I have to recommend to Bloodsport as his best film... Even VD himself has admitted to it in numerous appearances on talk shows while promoting a new film.... When asked what were the two favorite films that he'd been in, he'd always seem to say "Bloodsport and (whatever the most recent film was)". ;)

  2. It all looked very overtly stereotypical to me, but so does so much of the rest of star cops.  Again, I work with japanese (from Japan, but also japanese American) and they DO mix up the R and L, from time to time, depending on their level of fluency in English.  There is a very real linguistically relevant reason that they do that, just like Germans really do tend to use the V sound in place of a W when they speak English.  Back to the japanese... they actually mix up R and L in writing when they are thinking of things phonetically and just writing them out.  An engineer with whom I work put a bunch of our mess of safety gloves in a cardboard box and labeled it "safety groves", honestly.  I was recently looking at a writing diagram in a technical manual for a flow measuring device, made by a Japanese company, and the English language manual actually labeled the two wires for AC power as "white" and "brack".  It's kind of funny when these things happen, because you don't think that it really happens, but it does.  I pointed out both of the above examples to a japanese American coworker.... he thought it was funny, in what I think is the same way I do, with a sort of sympathetic embarrassment.  

    bowing doesn't happen much to my knowledge among the japanese in my workplace.... but I work for a japanese company in the USA... and when bigwigs come from Japan, I really don't see much of them or how they interact with others.  My assumption is that things are very different in Japan, based on what I've heard, and possibly in more ways than I might expect or would ever be exposed to, not being either japanese American or in anyway japanese myself.  One thing that occurs to me is that when i taught abroad, my japanese and Korean students did often do a quick head bow upon seeing me.

  3. "In warm blood"....Issues I have with the stereotyping:


    Anna Shoun:

    1. I don't think it makes sense to overdo the Stereotyping of a Japanese who has a western name.  Unless japanese giving their kids western names has come into fashion in this sci fi future, Japanese with western names are usually born in the west and/or have one parent who isn't Japanese. 

    2. Shoun?  I have and do work with a lot of japanese.  I knew a kid whose given name was "Shun", but i can't think of a single Japanese surname that I've encountered that is only one syllable.  

    That brings me to "mr ho". There's no way in my limited experience that a "ho" is Japanese.  Look up "don ho", the hawaiian singer.  His surname is Chinese, and (at least in mandarin) would be pronounced more like "huh" . It turns out there is a Vietnamese Don Ho as well.  Now again, what about a Japanese CEO who is of a mixed background, for example one parent Chinese?  Perhaps in some sci fi future, but my impression is that such a thing is going to be really rare in Japan even now.


  4. A belated thanks for discussing The Phantasm series.  I just watched Phantasm V: Ravager and have to say that I'd like to see a spinoff series with that guy "chunk".  It'd be good to see someone who is both a dwarf and now a bit handicapped playing a heroic role.  

  5. it appeared to me that the pool table on board the Ronald Reagan had a bunch of either red or yellow balls.  What on earth is going to happen to good old fashioned american eight ball pool?

    also, I'd be very interested to hear about "galloping galaxies."  according to wiki it was only two seasons, a total of ten episodes, and no commercial release ever occurred.  

  6. I'm glad you guys decided to cover star cops.  I enjoyed the series, with all it's cold-war intrigue and politics between nations.  We've left the age of the giant mainframe computer and entered the age of the Sony Walkman and household PC, so the enormous aquarium that was ORAC is not there, instead we have the handheld personal assistant, "box."  Excellent.

    That danged theme tune.  

    1.Somehow the version in my head has a lot more sort of funky synth-bass line "it won't be easy (bow wa na bop bop) with out you..." making it a bit more fun, a bit more disco or something, and both better and worse somehow.  Either way, I think the theme is potentially a gateway to insanity.

    2. what's with the lyrics... was it written with the events of episode 2 in mind? Is missing his fiancee' a thing that remains as a theme throughout the season? We shall see.  I may try to rewatch.

    3. In that BBC docu "the cult of star cops" you can actually see Kim Newman saying that the theme tune is probably the worst theme tune ever (or something to that effect).

  7. Just finished listening to this. Splendid review as ever. 

    We love this film in our household. We spend time mocking Snoke in various ways. Me because I initially misheard his name and thought he was called Leader Snope which led me to imagine he spent a lot of time debunking myths about the Jedi. Meanwhile Gillian chooses to believe that Snoke is actually tiny. Like the fear demon in that Buffy episode. 

    I have a bit of an issue with Snoke and the emperor before him...  How is it that these ugly, stereotypically evil looking individuals seduce people to joining the dark side?  They have these giant holographic projections that loom threateningly over you, they scowl and bare their teeth.... I'd prefer that they appeared to be less evil, and more nuanced. 

  8. I personally hope Rey isn't related to the Skywalkers.  One thing that I don't like about Star Wars in general is that it seems like a big family reunion show.  The galaxy should be huge, but the time to travel between systems is minimal and everyone important is related to the Skywalkers.

    I like the fact that Kylo Ren is an insecure wannabe... to me that makes him really scary, because it makes sense that people who are insecure and trying to prove themselves can be pretty dangerous.  Do we really expect Ren to have survived?

    Speaking of Ren, we had the Sith before, now we have the "Rens?"  What's next?  In another 30 years we'll have a group of bad guys that start with Q?  The Quagaars, perhaps?

    I don't like Rey being able to swordfight with Kylo Ren without any training.... I think anyone can swing a sword, but being able to swordfight against someone who knows what they are doing seems like a very different thing.  

  9. Quick thought: if paramount were to look at what axanar has done, it sounds like they have put out a work that the fans really like  and are willing to support... The argument that this is the trek that the fans want sounds valid.  At what point might it not be a bad idea for a studio to partner with such a production to make it official?  The sounds like a simple idea, and I'm sure details would be tricky, but a studio could benefit by letting amateurs prove a storyline to be popular with fans, and then they could run with it.   I'm thinking of a way to let fans and fanfic help guide what the networks do with these properties that they already love.



  10.    Yet another Blake's 7 podcast has appeared, for those who can't get enough....

    It's called the "Down and Safe Podcast" and it's hosted by four people who are sci fi writers.  One is "in the Ian position"

    I have to wonder if the supposed reboot hasn't generated interest in the classic series....

  11. Great to have the Orgs so fully on board with this project. Enjoying the show. All hail the year of cheese!

    About the music... its of the brand of overly repetitive pop music that I wish didn't get so much play. Here's the thing, if the lyrics were changed from "I don't know what to say because you take my breath away" to "there's nothing I can say because you take my breath away" at least it would be a bit more clever. If I can figure that out just while listening to the song one time, the darned artist should've figured that out.