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It's looking quite possible that Kris Marshall has been chosen as the next Doctor, as he's apparently been seen on set recently. I'm not really familiar with him, so I can't offer any real opinion. If it turns out to be true, I suppose we'll just have to see how it works out; TBH, I'm less concerned about the actor than the new showrunner, Chris Chibnall, whom I'd hoped would never darken the doors of Doctor Who again, following DW and Torchwood episodes on the level of the spectacularly awful Cyberwoman, which was to Cybermen what the standalone Catwoman flick was to all the role's predecessors.

Agh, I really wish I could rid myself of search engines' insistence on them "correcting" my meanings.. I just tried looking for an UNKLE track featuring the keywords "looking rain", and YouTube merrily returned results for another track, "Reign". =:P Thankfully, it was easy enough to remove those with "-reign", but you'd've thought the combination of the two words being perfectly matched would outweigh a homonym.

Doctor Who trivia: Knock Knock was filmed sort of in the same house as Blink. =:D

And, of course - I have to ask: who's going to be watching the annual Eurocheese Extravaganza on Saturday night? ^_^ I admit, I haven't been exploring the entries yet - I prefer coming into the contest mostly unfamiliar with the scene that's been set, other than checking who seems favored by the betting. The UK entry's one of those unfortunately perfectly nice ones that won't offend anyone, nor engage anyone. Oddchecker, in any event, suggests the current favorite is Italy at 6/5, followed by Portugal at 3/1, and Bulgaria at 5/1. (SatW offers up a Eurovision 2017 strip, and if you want an additional diversion whilst watching it, a game =:)

On that note, hastka found the original music video for the track used by the famous SamBakZa "There She Is" animation. =:D (If you've forgotten the love-smitten bunny after the cat of her dreams, the music will remind you immediately - or, click here. If you're actually unfamiliar with the work, I'd have to recommend it =:)

I suppose I ought to cough up my sentiments on recent Who and pony. ^_^ (There may be spoilers ahead)

Doctor Who:
- The Pilot: absolutely loved it, with the major exception of the obligatory Tragic Gay Ending™. I can sort of excuse it, given they wanted to reveal Bill isn't het, and having an assistant fall in love would make for an especially awkward form of LDR, but still - it's such a damnable trope. But, that said, they did establish Bill as one of the most engaging assistants in a long, long time, with some particularly enticing explanations from the Doctor. If the intent was to make a good impression for first timers, they succeeded very well.
- Smile: a sound premise and opening, if marred slightly by the rather ephemeral framing of "emoji" as core to the plot, for no explored reason. I'd say the logic in the motivation wasn't very sound, but as we know, thoughtlessness in programming is nothing new, and probably won't be new then either. The complete reset, though, felt rather an easy way out.
- Thin Ice: the motivation as revealed felt rather disappointing, even if not exactly beyond humanity. And why the grand finale? Still, the setup was all very enjoyable. Maybe there'll be elements from here figuring into a future story?
- Knock Knock: ooh, yes. Almost thoroughly loved this one, though the very ending felt a bit out of place - why would only the most recent be saved, not everyone? So, what could've been a chilling tale was rewound to being more "it was all a dream". =:P Still, plenty to recommend it, and David Suchet was excellent.

Pony:
- Celestial Advice: I wasn't all that comfortable with this one - it felt quite lazy from a writing perspective, taking a central theme of "what to do with the protege?" and Twi's unpreparedness, and repeating the conceit for much of the episode.
- All Bottled Up: sadly, much as above. A good enough plot point, but not the entire basis for an episode.
- A Flurry of Emotions: *sigh* as before, unfortunately - regard the hilarity of unsupervised baby with uncontrolled magical powers, in multiple similar situations.
- Rock Solid Friendship: pretty solid. ^_^ It gave Pinkie Pie some very good moments, and helped show off a bit more of Maud, beyond the original rather unidimensional basis.
- Fluttershy Leans In: rather clumsily handled, really. Not a bad idea for an episode, but yet again, taking a single theme and repeating it doesn't make it funnier or more enlightening. Still, it did show off Fluttershy gaining in the rather necessary skill of assertiveness, which absolutely doesn't come naturally to a lot of folk, myself included. So, overall, a decent episode, redeemed by its final act.

And just out of random curiosity..

Poll #2067619 What TV do/did you watch?

Which of these TV productions do/did you follow?

Sense8
1(1.9%)
Orange is the New Black
1(1.9%)
Mr Robot
1(1.9%)
Steven Universe
4(7.4%)
Doctor Who
9(16.7%)
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
10(18.5%)
Max Headroom (Crysalis series: music videos)
2(3.7%)
Max Headroom (Lorimar series: drama)
8(14.8%)
Animal Kwackers
1(1.9%)
Babylon 5
9(16.7%)
Serial Experiments Lain
2(3.7%)
Paranoia Agent
1(1.9%)
Haibane Renmei
4(7.4%)
MasterChef (UK)
1(1.9%)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Please clarify: Max Headroom (Crysalis series: music videos)

When I think about Max Headroom and music videos, I think about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6epzmRZk6UU

Anyway, I did enjoy both "versions" of Max Headroom.

I wonder whatever happened to Matt Frewer. Or like, any of the rest of them.

As to pony, I agree that the first two were okay and amusing but "not great" and frankly Flurry makes me glad to never have cause to be around children.

I liked Rock Solid Friendship quite a bit, but I'm getting a bit tired of them introducing "new" (regular) characters all the time, rather than thinking harder about how to use the ones they've already got.

Am I bitter because gryphons aren't more prominently featured? Yes, I am.

Was that a thinly-veiled reference to Zootopia interview strategy? Yes, it was.
You can see the first half of the final episode of the original Crysalis series over here. ^_^ It was ~30 mins long, with him playing the part of VJ/interviewer, interspersed with music videos. Really rather good fun.

Matt Frewer's been bopping around a fair few shows since, it seems, though he'll pretty much always be Max, just as Tom Baker will always be Doctor Who. =:)

Mm, I'm putting Flurry down to being a deliberate attempt to aim at the intended core audience (I wonder what the proportions of the viewership look like, now? Is the audience mostly young or adult, or maybe even roughly equal?). It's all a bit disappointing, given we know the writing team has come up with far more creative, or simply funny, episodes. (True, the writers do keep changing, with some departing or taking a break - I see Flurry was from two newcomers; but Joanna Lewis and Kristine Songco, of the first two, have been involved for a good while. Hey ho)

I suppose there's always the temptation to add new characters - which can, of course, be a good thing; Steven Universe has seen a few additions along the way, and they've played their own parts in developing the main storyline. On a thematic level, they can be an opportunity for an existing character to, perhaps, discover something new about themselves, or be roped into a situation they'd otherwise have been unlikely to wind up in. (Ah, to see a little more about love in the show, beyond just "couple gets together, marries, has a foal". If SU can be open about such matters, can't MLP as well?)

I definitely hope we see more of Gilda soon. ^_^ The visit to her hometown was a particularly good episode, I felt, managing to explain why she'd turned out as she had, prior to arriving in Ponyville.

And WTH is Disney going to announce a Zootopia sequel and/or TV series? *taps feet*
Gilda, or Gabby, or heck, why not introduce another random occasional character since that's so popular (and profitable, of course).

Obviously the target audience of MLP is a little different from that of SU, so I don't really expect to see ponies tackling the fine points of sexual orientation or coping together in the unyielding vacuum of space.

By the way, you also left out Pickle and Peanut. :)
And don't forget Matt reprising Max in Pixels! The movie was universally booed, but I liked it. Gotta add it to my guilty pleasures list.
Yipe! Well, if you can have Pixels, I'll keep Spice World. (Which I haven't watched in far too long. Though, TBH, maybe Jem and the Holograms now occupies that space)

Where was he in that? I know the roomie's got it on his server, as we watched it a few months back, but he doesn't come to mind in connection with Pixels.

Heh! Checking his IMDb entry shows he's certainly been getting some fun roles! Some of which I know I've seen, but probably never noticed. =:P (And Altered Carbon definitely sounds interesting..)
I think everyone deserves guilty pleasure movies. In Pixels, Max appears when D.C. is being attacked and the Gamers are doing a credible job of defending, Max beams them up to the mothership to fight Donkey Kong.

I showed Pixels to my wife. And while she says she didn't like it, she watched it, smiled occasionally, and didn't leave the room. I'm glad she tolerates me. She laughed at Nacho Libre, though she denies it.
Also while we're talking about obscure British television, why isn't there more of Mongrels? :P
THIS! :)

CYa!
Mako
I admit, it never quite grabbed me, though I can see the appeal. Maybe I'll give it another shot sometime, especially if the roomie might go for it - as I've noted, I don't tend to watch all that much TV by myself, which leaves a good few shows stuck in my queue. Sense8, f'rex, looks amazing, but by myself, I'm usually much more drawn here and SLU. Same with films - it was only because the roomie was up for seeing it again that I finally saw it the other week (and we finally got the AV setup to correctly route the audio; first time, it wasn't being relayed to the main speakers). And yet, I know I could do with a better balance of forums and visual media.
It's animal puppets with dry wit and essentially a TV-MA rating, I'm not sure what's not to like. :)

And musical numbers!!!!
But Labour manifesto pledges to restore Tom Baker as Doctor Who.
*giggle* That probably would win them the election. =:D Ah, Romana.. even back then, my subconscious was trying to give me hints - especially with admiring Servalan's elegance, despite her not being exactly a positive character in Blake's 7.

Hmm.. with Hollywood so fond of reboots and remakes, I wonder what a big budget film version of Blake's 7 might be like.. ^_^
You know you're old when the Only thing you followed on the list was B5 :P

CYa!
Mako
Animal Kwackers isn't too recent, either - but I'd be absolutely amazed if anyone else has even heard of it, let alone seen it. =:) (It wasn't obscure at the time, but it's never been repeated, as far as I know, and certainly - sadly - has never seen any form of video release, so it's fallen into the same furry dungeon as the rather fun "Gophers!", though there are some episodes of the latter to be found)

What a cast they had with B5.. it's unusual to have such fantastic chemistry between everyone. Come to think of it, I wonder who was actually responsible for its casting?
If you're actually unfamiliar with the work, I'd have to recommend it =:)

That's quite sweet... not-so-unrequited love :o) I love these types of animation, like the Let Your Love Flow - Cerberus Animation - Rockoons 3 one that I'm unable to successfully link on this tablet.

"Reign" vs "rain" I wanted to say something snarky about "How British" that is, but I got the identical result...

And heavens, I recognized only a few of those shows listed, and only one, MLP, did I watch and only for 2 1/2 seasons. What attracted me to it was another YouTube mash-up, that MLP / Pinky & The Brain one.

Ah, this version? I'll watch it presently. ^_^ I started off really enjoying their work, but it sort of seemed to drift into cartoony gore and shock. Maybe that was just a phase? Their "Die Oompa Musikwiedergabeklangmaschine" is a quiet delight, after all. ^_^

One could argue the US doesn't currently have a monarch, so much as an emperor.. unfortunately, less Alexander the Great than Caligula.

Hee! I'm quite surprised how few folk seem to be familiar with some of them, especially the first three - I'd sort of thought there'd be more fans here. And quite surprised to find two others who've enjoyed Haibane Renmei, given that wasn't all that high profile a release, and is some fifteen years old to boot. Mind, if I find anyone else familiar with Animal Kwackers, I'll be impressed. =:) (Here's a sample episode - the preceding VTR clock hints at the vintage =:)

I've remained with MLP quite happily, though this season's got off to a bit of a wobbly start - it's very light fare, but I remain enjoying the worlds of Fluttershy (of course!), Rarity, Vinyl, and the rest of them. Still, if you might be tempted by something with greater emotional maturity, I'd certainly recommend Steven Universe, which also happens to sport some very good music along the way, spanning many genres along the way.

Needless to say, I was always a big fan of Pinky. ^_^ (And back in the Animaniacs days, Rita)
You made it to the front page of LJ! :)
Hee! So I have. And with the perfectly descriptive title of "SAUSAGES GALORE" staring out at everybody. =:D

(I really ought to've remembered to add a "none of the above" option in that poll, shouldn't I?)
None of the above: Yes as I almost needed to check that as I only spotted one I've watched in the past from your list. I don't watch much tv. I've got an antenna and basically get PBS regularly on it.
Ah, indeed, PBS does offer up some gems, despite their skeletal funding. (Amazingly, the support in the recent budget to keep CPB's funding in place, with Trump wanting to basically kill it, was bipartisan)

I used to get cable once upon a time - in Medford, that was basically the only way to get anything much. San Diego, I had a really good provider, which kept me fed with Comedy Central and Sci-Fi, so I could keep up with new MST3K. By the time I moved to San Jose, I'd decided not to bother any longer, and simply kept a yagi in the other main room. =:)

These days, the roomie has Freesat (DBS, without any pay channels), but the little TV I go through tends to be mostly off iPlayer, some YouTube/DailyMotion (mostly for current Pony), Yay Steven (for Steven Universe), and the occasional torrent. Oh, and iTunes, though that tends to be more for films, either recent releases I can't miss, like Arrival, or older works on special offer, like Black Swan. And then the occasional 99¢ rental - they seem to change those around now and then, which is how I got to see Long Way North, which I'll happily recommend.


Edited at 2017-05-14 11:52 pm (UTC)
Are you not watching Class? Thus far they've only had one Doctor Who appearance, and that was the first ep. I've been enjoying it, but I've also had to turn on subtitles for it and Doctor Who for pretty much all of Capaldi's run.
Already did! Well, most of it - I think I've still got the last episode or two to watch. It had its debut on BBC 3 a few months ago. It's rather good, ne? It threatened, early on, to become just a sort of Monster of the Week affair, but around the third or fourth episode, you start to see the arc emerging much more clearly. Tragically, it didn't get renewed. =:P

Subs? Heh, you might have fun with some of the original run of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, especially Jimmy Nail's Geordie accent. =:)


Edited at 2017-05-13 04:27 pm (UTC)
That's sad that it didn't get renewed. It was kind of limited in scope, I can see how that could limit its popularity. The last ep that aired here was Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart, I'm looking forward to the next!

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet? Wow, never heard of it. '83 to '04? That's a pretty good run. Allegedly BBC is working on a full app for the Apple TV that will unlock their full programming and maybe their archives. The BBC America app is now available, and word just came that the Amazon Prime app is in development and should be available in a few months. I'm not keen on watching long format via YouTube, but I'll try and check this out this weekend as I can stream it via my Apple TV to my regular TV and Russet is working.
Checking out Sense8 now, just saw the first episode. Is that a new Max Headroom or are you talking original? If so, hell yes and I AM Blank Reg! Also, I'm back!
YAAAAAAY! **hughughug**

Oh, cool beans! Maybe I'll finally resume watching it, too. ^_^ It looked, from the first episode or two, like something I'd be very much into, especially with all the disparate locations, but I always seem to gravitate here or SLU when I have free time, rather than the inherently passive media of TV and film.

Just the originals, I'm afraid. Oh, to have more of him! =:D (ISTR him saying he'd love to get to do more Max.. nowadays, they could even make him genuinely fully CG =:)
ps... I also followed a little of Babylon5, but not enough to put it in the poll... :>

Yeah.. search engine muddling!... Which ones do you use....? Do you give up after trying a very few?

Here's some I've used over the years...:

Naturally Google, Bing, and Yahoo...

But other options are IxQuick, HotBot, MetaCrawler and DuckDuckGo .... good lux!