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  1. It's about as true as the constant Star Trek rumours that Alex Kurtzman has been sacked...but is staying on to save face. Or that ST: Discovery/Picard have been cancelled...but will go on to be produced and aired to save face. In other words, a load of nonsense made up out of thin air by disgruntled idiots who can't stand new iterations of something they want to be gatekeepers of because they want everything to always be exactly the same as some imaginary golden era they mostly made up in their heads (because let's face it, no show is ever as perfect as the rosy-tinted glasses of nostalgia make it feel), and who know if they spout enough hateful guff it will be believed and spread by others just like them and cause damage in the process. Doctor Who thrives on change and always has. Chibnall's Who isn't to everyone's taste any more than Moffat's or Davies's were - or John Nathan-Turner's or Robert Holmes's, and so on - but the fact that everyone won't always like the same era of Who only means that taken overall there is something for everyone, because everyone has that special era that is just right for them. More Who is never a bad thing, whether it is exactly to our own personal taste or not. Noddy Holder? Sorry, but no, I don't see it - especially at his age. I was rooting for Paterson Joseph or Andy Buchan myself, but I can live with Whittaker.
  2. Llywela

    S06.E09: Collision Course (Part II)

    Well, it was a trip watching Deke fail to disarm the nuclear bomb in this episode immediately after rewatching the pilot, in which Ward bragged about being the guy you want around if you need a nuclear bomb disarmed!
  3. Llywela

    Favorite and Least Favorite Episodes

    See, while I agree that Ghostlight is an abstract mess, I've never had any trouble following what the plot is supposed to be (aliens messing with a Victorian household while conducting ongoing cataloguing of life on Earth, incorporating surrealist take on evolution theory). It might help that having watched it for the first time when it originally aired, when I'd have been about 10 or 11, I also grew up reading the novelisations and have vivid memories of reading this one. The aired episodes of this serial were chopped to bits but the book gets to keep all the stuff that got edited out, so perhaps helps smooth out the plot a little. (I think the only person in the story who talks about Java is the girl Gwendoline who is brainwashed and deeply traumatised and believes that when people die they go to Java, which would have been a British colony at the time, part of Victoria's empire - the whole story is steeped in Victorian imperialism, critique thereof).
  4. Llywela

    Star Trek: Picard Anticipation

    As of the end of Voyager, the holo-Doc probably has more direct experience of working with Borg than any other medical practitioner in the Federation - not just Seven, but the Borg children who also ended up on the ship. This show is set 20 years later but if, as seems likely, the central storyline revolves around the Borg, then yeah, the Doctor probably is a logical person to show up at some point. Yeah, it is interesting, although I'm not sure how much in the way of Starfleet uniforms we are going to be seeing in this show, since the ship Picard ends up on is independent rather than a Starfleet vessel - in the trailer, the main crew are all in civvies (albeit civvies colour-coded in shades of black and grey).
  5. Llywela

    Scott & Bailey

    LOL I wondered if that might be the case! (Also, yes, can confirm: every British TV show is a never-ending exercise in 'hey, it's that guy') ...maybe if you get really desperate, you could start working through all the shows on this forum, alphabetically... 😄
  6. Llywela

    Scott & Bailey

    Ouch! Get well soon! If you like Suranne Jones as Rachel Bailey and enjoy historical dramas, maybe check out Gentleman Jack? Amelia Bullmore (Godzilla!) is also in it. And if you like female-led cop drama, you could try Happy Valley. What do all these programmes have in common? That's right, writer Sally Wainwright! Who also created Last Tango in Halifax, which is also well worth checking out.
  7. Llywela

    Race & Ethnicity on TV

    Folks in the US, the British buddy cop drama Bulletproof is heading your way - on the CW from Wednesday, August 7 at 8/7c. Developed by and starring two black men, Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters, the show broke ground in many ways over in the UK. Also co-stars Lashana Lynch, who recently appeared in Captain Marvel. It's a modern take on the classic buddy cop show and is loads of fun, as well as making a real effort to be diverse in as many ways as possible.
  8. Llywela

    The Stranger Things Wishlist: What We Want To Happen

    Her entire social life was shown as taking place in her bedroom before that trip to the mall, which had the air of a jailbreak - complete with freakout from Mike about El being seen in public - plus Hopper was advised at the end of last season to keep her hidden for at least another year, just in case, and it has been less than that, so it seems safe to say that she isn't in school, no. Hopefully Joyce will enrol her wherever they move to, though, as it should be long enough and far enough removed from the lab for her to be safe. She would need remedial classes, though, poor kid.
  9. Llywela

    Star Trek: Picard Anticipation

    I don't think it is about ego. I think he explained it a bit better in some of the Comic Con interviews over the weekend, where he said that he likes to keep moving forward, and so wasn't interested in just doing TNG redux because they've already done that, and it would feel like a backward step. But what ultimately sold him on this project was its forward vision. That it builds on the past and the history and the baggage, but allows the character and the universe to move forward. Which is only right and proper, imo, because it is 20-odd years later, naturally all the characters would have moved on with their lives in that time, none of them would still be in the same place, and it would feel really stale and unnatural if they were. I get the sense from the new trailer and the various interviews that returning TNG (and Voyager!) characters will give this show a firm rooting in the history it inherits from the rest of the franchise. But it will also be very much its own thing, as it should be - as every Star Trek show to date has been. And that is a good thing. I'm looking forward to this new adventure and to meeting the new crew and finding out how they all come together and why.
  10. Llywela

    Star Trek: Picard Anticipation

    From the screenshots, Cabrera's character (Cristobal Rios - wouldn't be the first time a more generic character name has been Latinized after he was cast in the role) is in the command chair with Picard sitting off to one side, so it seems Rios could be the captain of the ship Picard ends up on. He says his character is ex-Starfleet and initially reluctant to help. Sounds like a dash of Firefly in the Star Trek universe!
  11. Llywela

    Star Trek: Picard Anticipation

    First full length trailer shown at Comic Con Return appearances for Data, Riker, Troi and Seven-of-Nine, plus Hugh the Borg!
  12. Llywela

    S02.E06: The Bad Mother

    They would look at her age, but it wouldn't necessarily count against her. My parents are 71 and 68 and are raising a boisterous three-year-old grandchild - custody awarded to them, in spite of their age, by a family court. It happens.
  13. Llywela

    Star Trek: Picard Anticipation

    Star Trek: Picard producer reveals 7 new details about series At least, they are calling it '7 new details', but I'm pretty sure we already knew most of this from earlier announcements.
  14. Llywela

    S05.E01: Episode 1

    It is a show-only backstory that was mentioned in passing when Dwight first arrived, way back in season one, and has never been mentioned again, so easy to miss.
  15. Llywela

    S03.E06: Chapter Six: E Pluribus Unum

    I know this show revolves around uninvolved parenting, but have Erica's parents noticed that their 10-year-old has been missing for a good 24 hours at this point? We could make a case for all the other kids having convinced their parents they are having sleepovers with one another, but Erica was expected at a family event - and presumably Lucas as well therefore - and has had no opportunity to call home with an excuse. Her parents should be climbing the walls by now!