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  1. I agree with you about Amazon's show not being quite up to the level of Jackson's 'The Lord of the Rings' or Netflix's 'The Witcher' series. In particular, if we take the first Jackson movie of the LotR trilogy and the first season of 'The Witcher' and compare it to this first WoT season, I still think the other two adaptations come out on top. That's even with the time skips that are part of the first season of 'The Witcher' and which confused some ardent fans. I didn't have any problem following that plot device, myself. The others in your first list? Those are interesting comparisons but I'm not sure I agree that I would consider them high fantasy. IMO, Castlevania is an example of the supernatural genre and it's a video game adaptation that was well received. Hercules and Xena are mythic fantasy adaptations. These too are successful broadcast television series, both sharing well-known mythological tropes and both running for 6 seasons. The D&D cartoon...I'm not sure what you are getting at here. Is this a joke? Sure the 1980s cartoon has a strong cult following from nostalgic fans today (I'm one too), but ultimately it wasn't given a chance and is considered to have hit well before its time. I mean, look at how popular the isekai genre is in Japan nowadays. Anyway, the D&D cartoon was cancelled after a short run. Viewership was down, TSR was in a rut because the game itself was getting attacked in the press, and ultimately the show was a kids show and so it leaned toward age-appropriate silly moments. In the 1980s it was a controversial thing---not so much now. Today, Amazon's WoT is also a controversial thing and everyone has an opinion about it. It will be interesting to see how people look back on it 30-odd years later (since we are bringing up and comparing old cartoons). With regard to how the showrunner is dealing with gender versus sex, that doesn't bother me at all, although I do wish more of what the books discussed had made it into the first season of the show. I don't think these things need to be mutually exclusive. That's all I have to add on that point.
  2. Thanks for taking the time to go over all these points, @levzloi.
  3. For me, JJ Abrams isn't all that either. I mean, there are some shows that he's been connected to that I did enjoy like "Person of Interest" and "Fringe." However, I've never seen 'Felicity' or 'Lost.' Of his movies, I liked "Super 8." The new Star Trek and Star Wars trilogies could have been much better. Alas, they both fell apart with their second films. I guess I don't have enough context to be heavy handed in my own criticisms of Amazon's WoT, but there are some things that stand out to me.
  4. I was happy with the first season. I’ve been reading the Ars Technica episode commentary as well. The writers who put it together are avid WoT book fans (something I can’t claim). I have observed that Amazon’s adaptation is controversial if you are coming from that side of it. I think I lucked out having fewer expectations on this. I was just keen to see more high fantasy on the small screen. It is curious, though, reading about how much was changed.
  5. This short series/OVA is a reimagining of Space Battleship Yamato: The New Voyage, a film from 1979 that takes place after the war with the Comet Empire. There’s no word yet on if we will get an update to Yamato 3 (aka Star Blazers: The Bolar Wars). All that said, I was thinking we were going to jump right into a modern retelling of Yamato 3 too, so getting this side story instead is a nice surprise.
  6. I enjoyed it. The Netflix cameo was a nice surprise and I like that we are now seeing more of those characters again. I agree with everyone above in thinking that it would have been fantastic if this particular character's portrayal was more consistent, though. That's my only critique. Otherwise, Hawkeye ranks as one of the better of the Disney+ Marvel shows for me. As an aside, I did watch Black Widow right before getting into this and watching both in sequence was a treat.
  7. Truly. Thanks for the brilliant build report, @M'Kyuun. I'm also super tempted by the UCS AT-AT, especially since the designer included all that cool interior detail. But I'm going to have to resign myself to adding it to my wish list for now. If my space situation changes down the road, I would love to spend VIP points myself and pick it up. I do have the instructions for a minfig-scale AT-AT MOC. I have a long break scheduled over the holidays this year and I was hoping to get some builds done. Hopefully, it all comes together.
  8. It's so sad losing such a creative voice. May she rest in peace and may her those who were close to her find solace in her memory.
  9. I don't know. I'm a little suspicious whenever Netflix is quick to cancel a show but they are doing it more often these days. Sadly, live action Cowboy Bebop has only been up on US Netflix for three weeks? I guess they are giving certain shows a shorter window to prove that they perform well.
  10. Hm. I guess if you feel strongly about men's health, then I can understand that point of view but the plot isn't a trigger for me. No, I don't see it as an attack on men, but I'm also not reading in that context. Narrowing this discussion down to that one establishing scene, which is pretty shocking, I'll use sqidd's own litmus test to make my point. If the male/female roles were reversed, it wouldn't matter to me. Granted, I'm not naïve and I also understand that the scene would have its critics either way, but my point is that I would still give the show a chance no matter how it was constructed or who was playing the respective roles. So no hypocrisy here. I'm pretty mellow these days and this is just a story that the showrunners are trying to bring to the screen. I'm also open to having stories that challenge the ethics, morals, and traditions of the audience. These stories are the ones that often teach us about ourselves. Anyway, watching the FXX pilot that Thom shared, I'm glad that we started of the new series at a different place (for better or worse). The way the old pilot was set up with the forgotten memory/dreamlike sequence between the other characters was a little confusing.
  11. It looks like this has as much printed detail as the ol' Yamato release. I'm definitely in. I just need to figure out where to buy it. 😅
  12. The rising cost is an ouch to me and Amazon Japan is currently giving international customers only one choice for shipping. Eh, I'm okay with waiting for other options. On a related note, I'm also not a fan of the bulky Yamato/Arcadia style boxes. I wish Arcadia would take a cue from Bandai and redesign their boxes to save on space. Packaging the Valks in bat mode or with the wings folded would be cool, for instance. I wouldn't miss the larger square boxes if they suddenly disappeared.
  13. The price is more or less what I expected, but the shipping from Amazon Japan...ouch.
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