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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 90
« on: September 13, 2017, 07:04:27 PM »
A tad late to the party, but just finished the last morsel of listening here at work. Great work on this podcast, guys! You can bet that next time I see someone going on about Guts using the beherit, they'll be getting a link to this thread. :guts:

As a sidenote, I'm really relieved that none of the burning questions included discrepancies about the names of Guts or Casca. Those used to be so much more prevalent, sad to say.

And Aaz, you cracked me up with "take that, Tolkien!" You sure showed him, bud. :ganishka:

Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: September 11, 2017, 06:47:23 PM »
Great work Lith, as usual! The rich green color of the forest floor has just the right amount of yellow, and Serpico's cloak stands out nicely as a result, and yet without clashing. Impressive!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: September 04, 2017, 01:16:46 AM »
So... The Return is over.

I think I'm still in shock, but my main thought at the moment is that I like how Lynch and Frost took the one indisputable"fact" of the show, Laura's death, and turned it on its head. I'm still trying to unpack everything that's happened, including the mind-boggling last half hour of episode 18, because there's no doubt that there are a few easily-missed details that may help explain what we just witnessed. Richard Horne turned out to be a red herring, and Audrey and Coop never had their reunion! I'm really sad about that. I also wish that Coop would have gotten some more time with the rest of the old cast.

What do folks think about a potential fourth season at this point? I feel like it could go either way. There was no doubt from the beginning that Lynch and Frost had no intention of answering every lingering question from the original run, but I feel like a lot of new characters and ideas were introduced without much of an idea of what they were intended to communicate. What was the deal with the drug addicted lady saying "119?" What about Bob's "Mother"? Who was the friend of the Fireman who held Laura's orb and gave it a good luck kiss? And what in the hell ever happened to Billy?! :ganishka:

Ultimately, I enjoyed the ride, but I'm still raring for more. Time to pre-order my copy of the Final Dossier. :casca:

EDIT: Forgot to add that this episode gave me some classic Lynch/Lost Highway vibes. The theme of somebody not being who they think they are, or their identity changing, is a theme you see in a lot of Lynch's work. The inconclusive nature of the last moments of the episode definitely carried that feeling, as well.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Forum nostalgia
« on: August 07, 2017, 04:02:58 PM »
Nice thread idea Mr. Fancypants! :slan: Sometimes it's fun to remember the good ole days, and I have many pleasant recollections regarding this forum. Here are my answers to your questions:

1) How did you get to this forum?
I think I had just been searching around for a Berserk forum after starting the manga waaay back in 2005. Lurked around for a while and eventually joined up. Twelve years later, here we are.

2) Do you have some funny/interesting anecdotes?
  • Following my participation in the Ladies of calendar (which is a fun story in itself), the user Handsome Rakshas PMed me, asking me to send him the Rakshas mask I'd made. I tried to explain to him that the mask was nothing fancy, and just made out of printer paper, but he really seemed adamant about getting one. He did this at least twice, but he never sent me his address. :ganishka:
  • Back in the days of the Flash chat, Walter or Aaz or Griffith would sometimes let loose the chat bot Mecha Xech. It was apparently a reference to a much-hated troll user named Xechnao, but I didn't know that at the time. We would have so much fun trying to run circles around Mecha Xech, who would try to keep up with our conversations with it. When it got confused, it would fall back on its favorite phrase, "Enough about that, let's talk about my dress!" - a saying that I still use to this day.
3) Do you miss another user that is not in the forum anymore?
There are times that I've gone back to old threads and wondered what happened to certain people. There are people who I never had a chance to talk to like theSkyTraveller, or folks that I wish were still around, like CnC, Handsome Rakshas, Serpico, SaiyajinnoOuji... Sarah of Borg, where are you? :judo: :judo: :judo:

4) Do you miss something in particular of the old days regarding forum stuff? (Idk how to express it...Maybe you miss a chatbox or an old forum style)
As glitchy and unpredictable as it was, the old Flash chat was where it was AT back in 2006. The summer of 2006 was really where I think I truly fell in love with the forum and the people here. Discord is nice too, but I haven't been hanging out in there for a while. I guess I should give it another try!

And of course, anyone who knows me from back in the day knows that I was all about the old oekaki. That was a sort of chatroom in itself, and at one point I think I was spending 4-5 hours a week just on Berserk oekakis. Again, it was based on Flash and had its share of glitches, but it was a special place and holds many a fond memory for me. Shoutout to Lith for saving all my old doodlies!

In general, the forum used to feel like a much smaller place. Now, the forum has grown with Berserk's notoriety, and while that isn't a bad thing, it's harder to get to know people unless they post enough to really stand out.

5) Did you make friendships here that go beyond the forum?
You betcha. :badbone: I married one!

I mean, if someday when Berserk ends and this forum closes or you just leave, would you keep in touch with someone you met here?
I would try to stick around here as long as I possibly could. You guys can't get rid of me! That said, I think we'd all somehow end up hanging around in the Berserk subreddit if truly were no more.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Lord Fancypantaloons at your service!
« on: August 05, 2017, 04:55:04 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Mr. Fancypants! I like the cut of your jib. Hope you stick around!

I found the 1997 anime and it kicked my pantaloons.

+1 Karma for giving me my first laugh of the weekend! :ganishka:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: August 04, 2017, 03:22:20 PM »
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the movie, Delta! I don't think I'll ever end up seeing it (barring its inevitable SyFy airing :void: ), but it's sad to hear that it's about what everyone here expected.

I still think making The Gunslinger would have been a better choice. It's short enough, you could pretty much just use the book as the screenplay, and it would make for a fantastic movie, imo, with the option to continue the series if it did well.

I would agree, and it seems like the same pitfall that Berserk has fallen into with regards to adaptations. The most easily digestable, adaptation-friendly part of the series keeps getting left behind! :judo:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 89
« on: July 31, 2017, 08:55:22 PM »
Sorry guys for the poor quality of my audio at the beginning. :judo: I had messed up my microphone settings, but it got fixed by the time of the actual reread portion. As always, lots of fun talkin' Berserk!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: July 31, 2017, 07:27:01 PM »
This latest episode was a real disappointment, particularly Audrey's reveal. Billy Zane hasn't aged well at all!! :troll:

All joking aside, I'm not sure what Lynch and Frost were hoping for us to get out of this episode. I'm actually starting to miss the girl with the creepy rash.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: July 23, 2017, 03:12:40 PM »
This chart has come in handy when revisiting Season 2. That said, I would still recommend suffering through the second season in its entirety, if you can manage it without doing this -->  :mozgus:

I think that, like Walter said, Fire Walk with Me got a bad rap back in the 90s, but among Lynch fans nowadays, it's all good. So go forth and enjoy, once you're done with the rest of Season 2, that is. :carcus:

One piece of advice I would give is that you shouldn't necessarily feel like you need to rush to the "finish line" that is Season 3. Try to enjoy the ride and have a good time before worrying too much about the grand scheme of the Twin Peaks universe. You can only enjoy those big moments once!

Finally, hey guys, I finished the Untold History of Twin Peaks book, and I thought it was truly awful. Ask me anything!

Bummer! I still haven't gotten around to finishing the audiobook version, myself. I found a lot of the initial history to be dreadfully dry, but once I got past some of the more lengthy explanations, it was a lot more enjoyable. One thing I'm confused about (based on what I've heard from others) is how there are some apparent inconsistencies with the show that have lead people to believe that the book's referencing an "alternate" Twin Peaks in which some events involving the cast are slightly different. What's your take on that?

All that aside, I'm excited for the new episode tonight. Lynch has been doing a great job of juggling surreal/metaphysical and more mundane events in the show, and the past few episodes have been a fantastic example. I, too, am relishing every moment we have now with Dougie. Is anybody else bothered by Tammy's distracting wiggle-walk? I wonder if the actress was specifically directed by Lynch to do that. It just doesn't look natural.

Creation Station / Re: The Art of Rapaz!
« on: July 17, 2017, 04:06:51 PM »
Fantastic work, as usual, Rapaz! I love the lighting and color choices. As far as subjects for illustration, this isn't one that you see very often. :slan:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Happy Birthday, Kentarou Miura
« on: July 11, 2017, 02:56:55 PM »
Wow, another year already? A very happy birthday to Mr. Miura, I hope he doesn't spend it working. :ganishka:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 39 release
« on: July 10, 2017, 05:38:36 PM »
Nice catch there, Sareth! Slimming down the neck was a good call.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: June 26, 2017, 04:08:40 PM »
This was definitely one of those episodes that will help you to improve your Lynchian vocabulary. :ganishka: It has a lot in common with Eraserhead, Mulholland Drive, and Lost Highway, but to me, still had a very distinct Twin Peaks feel, probably (to my surprise) I was able to unpack so much of it while it was happening. If anyone hasn't yet started on the History of Twin Peaks, this two week break might be a good time to get into it (I'm still working on it myself, but am already seeing some connections).

Gob and I were discussing the significance of the "birthing" of Laura Palmer's soul (or so it's heavily suggested in this episode). I'm still not sure how I feel about the idea of Laura being produced as an anti-Bob measure. I always liked the idea of Laura just being an ordinary girl faced with unspeakable evil. Anyone else have thoughts on this?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: June 15, 2017, 03:30:56 AM »
Wondering what folks have made of the Arthurian connection yet. The Black Lodge is connected to Glastonbury Grove - Dougie lives on Lancelot Court, and Janey E. arranges to meet those men in a park with a cross-street called Guinevere. There's a chin-rubber!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: June 05, 2017, 05:27:04 PM »
Another fantastic foray into the mysterious world of Twin Peaks! :ubik: I think that this episode did a great job of answering some questions while bringing up even more mysteries. A few observations:

Cooper seems to be taking his time getting back to his old self. The antics and frustrations that come up as a result of Cooper wandering around in Dougie's life feels very reminiscent of a comedic take on Lost Highway. I'm finding myself very curious about the boy and the addict woman living across the street from Dougie's parked car. I also am wondering what's going to connect the threads of the guys trying to kill Dougie, the $50k that Dougie owes, and the casino people.

Dr. Jacoby's side-business seriously cracked me up. The creep at the Bang Bang Bar that grabbed the girl was pretty scary - Gob has informed me that this guy's name is Richard Horne. Could it be Audrey's son?! Becky reminds me very much of Shelly from back in the original show: young, broke, and romantic. Her husband looks like a dope, but at least he's not an abusive dope. I definitely didn't recognize that the guy whose job he interviewed for was Mike(!).

The South Dakota plotline turned out to be my favorite part of this episode. I can't wait for more revelations on that end of things!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 01, 2017, 09:30:35 PM »
The Directors Cut of Kingdom of Heaven is another example in the same way as Prometheus in that it's a massive letdown because all the work that went into the movie can't save it from the few glaringly obvious bad decisions. On the one hand this is a movie I really want to enjoy because it's a historical epic about the crusades that looks fantastic, has a great cast and if you're like me and enjoy long movies like the Godfather or Apocalypse Now, Kingdom of Heaven is four hours long and made in the classic Hollywood tradition containing an overture and an intermission. Scott could have a masterpiece on his hands here, even with the liberties taken with the actual history. But despite how much I want to like this movie I have no desire to ever sit through it again (although I did sit through it many times out of fascination). For the average person, once is enough, like Prometheus.

Man, this takes me back. The tragedy about Kingdom of Heaven is that it had what I felt like every opportunity to be a truly transcendent film: an ensemble cast, beautiful soundtrack, and a pretty unique setting that you don't see getting rehashed often. On top of that, there was some gorgeous cinematography and scenes that hinted at its potential greatness, but in the end it ended up feeling like a bit of a whoopee-cushion-gag-version of the Gladiator. I just don't know what happened with that one.

I think the part that ended up driving me most crazy were the two fellas that die in the very beginning of the movie, the Nordic-looking guy with the pig-tails and the other one who looked like he might have been North-African. Why kill off the two most intriguing-looking guys right at the start?! :ganishka: 12 years later and I'm still not over it, clearly!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 350
« on: May 24, 2017, 06:54:51 PM »
Coming into the discussion a bit late, as usual these days (this is what happens when you wait till after the spoilers, kids! :judo: ). Thanks Puella and Aaz for the helpful summary.

The notion of a Rocky-esque montage was brought up as a possibility in the last episode's discussion, but like others, I didn't realize we'd get through so many memories so quickly. Looking back, I admit that I had anticipated that we'd spend a little more time on the memory of Guts and Casca's lovemaking. It felt like it was there and gone again very quickly. Then again, maybe my expectations were a little unrealistic - visually, it could have been a little awkward if there had been too much focus on this particular memory, given Casca's point-of-view during the whole thing. :ganishka: From a narrative perspective, Miura's always taken a less-is-more approach when it comes to memories of that scene, so I probably shouldn't have been surprised. In either case, I expect that we'll have plenty of time to catch up on the feelings behind these important moments once Casca's back in the saddle.

Little talking sprite-Casca was a definite highlight for me. Miura knows just when to pull out the little surprises that totally mushify your heart. It was so overwhelming to see something that had been kind of unspoken the last few episodes finally bubbling to the surface: "There's somebody I want to meet." I'm getting chills just thinking about it!

In closing, I'll leave it at this: get your hankies ready for 351, people. :badbone:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: May 23, 2017, 04:04:37 PM »
Visually it was a disappointment as well. Even though it's not Inland Empire digital-bad, it still looks cheap and with really bad cgi. It definitely pulls me out of the whole experience, and immersion in this world is key.

I've been wondering about this as well. Maybe this was intentional, as a way to toy with people's expectations. I found it pretty funny, personally.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: May 22, 2017, 03:53:39 PM »
Gob and I were able to watch all of the new episodes of Twin Peaks at once last night (West coast, baybeee!), and it truly a pure "Lynch" experience. Even after four hours of viewing, I felt excited and ready for more. I'm inclined to agree with Oburi that Lynch is setting us up for a very fun adventure!

I want to keep the spoilery talk minimal for those who haven't seen all 4 episodes yet, but I'm curious to know what sort of theories everybody has about the following things: the existence of Dougie and his connection to Cooper and "Booper" (the new nickname for Bob+Cooper that makes me crack up whenever I use it), the whole South Dakota plotline, and of course, the mysterious BAWX in New York! I have to say, I think that I assumed that the new show would jump right back into the cozy "feel" of the original series, where so far it's been dense and at times uncomfortable to watch. Not that it bothers me, mind you, I'm just interested to know where Lynch is taking us. As Gob and I noted while watching last night, lack of music and long, lingering shots seem to be the new norm for the series.

Cannot wait for Twin Peaks. I wonder what it must be like for fans of the show from when it first came out.

Gob and I will be going to a viewing party at a friend's house for it. I'm bringing the donut stacks. :beast:

I think the thing I'm most looking forward to is seeing what secrets have remained secrets, which ones have been brought to light, and even moreso, what new secrets there will be to uncover (or at least speculate about). :griffnotevil: I'm most excited to see what's become of Cooper and BOB!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Milan trip
« on: May 09, 2017, 06:02:10 PM »
Sounds like a lot of fun, man! I hope you have a lovely trip! I don't know much about Milan, but for your time in Florence, I hope you have time to check out the Uffizi Gallery. It really is worth any time you can spend there.

Creation Station / Re: BONESofBURIED's Fanart!
« on: May 07, 2017, 03:43:39 PM »
Welcome Bones! Some very lovely (and topical) illustrations you have there! I think Casca's face stands out the most to me, the coloring is quite delicate!

Also, good to know that if the whole magic thing doesn't work out for Farnese, she'll always have a career in plumbing. :slan:

Looking forward to seeing more work from you, thank you for sharing!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: May 03, 2017, 04:12:34 PM »
I didn't have time to watch the trailer again after work, but wouldn't it would be awesome if Roland had a horn hanging on his belt in this version? :slan: :slan:

Anyways, I'm not going to say that I'm going to miss whatever it is they cut out of most of the series, but book 1 was pretty enjoyable and I would be a little bummed if they "mainstreamed" it into a movie for young teens, which is the impression I got from the trailer. That said, I haven't seen any additional info about the movie's content, so I could be completely off.

But yeah, pumped for Idris Elba. The man's a powerhouse. Looking forward to what he brings to the role. Though, was it just me or did I picture his pistols being bigger in the books?

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