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Shootin' the Breeze / RED DWARF (British sci-fi/sitcom series)
« on: November 02, 2008, 01:31:09 PM »
Anyone remember this hilarious Sci-Fi comedy series?

It was one of my favorite shows in the '90s, probably my favorite comedy. The last two series weren't as good but the first six were great clever comedy.

Anyway, I just found out that they're filming some new special episodes that continues the series (almost 10 years later!) with the original cast (everyone is supposedly returning), I'm excited about this since I always wanted some closure after the cliffhanger in series 8.

My favorite episode was probably the one with the Polymorph or the planet with the famous historical people wax-dolls.

Video Games / Xenosaga trilogy (and Xenogears)
« on: April 24, 2008, 11:22:32 AM »
I did a search but I didn't find any threads based on these interesting games.

I for one was a huge fan of Xenogears, but they reinvented it as Xenosaga and the first episode was really well-written; full of metaphors and even had characters quoting Shakespeare! Unfortunately the series went downhill from there but I finally managed to comprehend most of the series by reading through fantranslations of several sourcebooks and sidestory games and I'm utterly intrigued by the scope of this series. It's too bad the presentation in the actual games are a complete mess and that Episode II and III are written like ass. Still, I'm curious if there is anyone else here who's into the whole Xeno-series?

I chose to create this thread in the Movies & Books section because, most likely, the best work ever written is going to be either a book or a movie rather than a video game, a comic, or something else. This is a continuation of another thread I created once which was about how BERSERK stack up to the best works of litterature.

So who is the Best writer ever? Is it the historically well-regarded Shakespeare or Dostojevskij? And if so, which of their work is the best one?

Also what constitutes "good" writing? Is something good because it has metaphors? Is it because it is realistic and natural? What about non-fictional or auto-biographical works? How do you write good about your own life?

For example, alot of people (including famous writers like Stephen King) consider "THE WIRE" to be the best written TV series ever because it goes for realism, and this is certainly true. But on one hand, because it's so realistic it's dialogue is focused on mostly "chat" which is hardly sophisticated or full of metaphors. On the other hand, sophisticated writing which might be pleasant to read could come across as unnatural and people generally don't speak that way. So what are your thoughts regarding what's good writing?

Manga Mausoleum / Heretics
« on: January 24, 2007, 02:18:40 PM »
What's the deal with these people?

What type of religion/cult are these Heretics and do they correspond to some real world medieval people (like the Holy See is similair to the vatican) or are they just a bunch of stereotypical satanic "evil" people that Miura made up? what's the deal with the orgies, the nailing of guts to trees, sacrifices and Goat heads? Who are their leaders and how far back in history do their rituals go?

Where do these heretics stand in relation to the Godhand and Idea of Evil? Are they manipulated by the laws of causality to fuel the Idea of evil the same way the Holy See are with their torture? How did this happen?

Manga Mausoleum / The Red Lake (volume 14)
« on: June 28, 2005, 10:50:35 AM »
i checked around the topics in here but i didn't find any topics of this. i've started re-reading the manga and i'm currently on Volume 14, start of Retribution Arc, Lost Children and i'm wondering if the "Red Lake" is the same place as the Eclipse, aka the leftovers of Band of the Hawk?

because the Vatican knights talk about the "fifth use", would this be the same as the "fifth Eclipse"? if so, then this means there is a prophecy in the hands of the Vaticans that has predicted all the God Hand members rise which happens every 216 year, since the prophecy specifically says the fith "use" brings the "Dark Hawk" which would be Femto. (also because the story then jumps forward 2 years to the present.)

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