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    Docteur Qui reacted to crocodile in WandaVision SHOW Discussion   
    I'm really surprised at the audience reaction to this show. The majority of my friends either hate it or are not sure about it. I heard the argument it's not very funny. I mean, the artifice of it is sort of the point, isn't it? It's not an actual sitcom. It's different from the movies and the actual narrative emerges slowly which becomes more and more obvious with each episode. I'm fine with deliberate pacing and it is clearly going somewhere. Watched episode 3 today and enjoyed it very much. It looks like it is going in the direction I was hoping for which is to explore Wanda's character and the relationship between her emotional state and bizarre set of powers which are capable of warping reality itself. In the comics she really made quite a mess out of the Marvel universe on her bad days and it looks like Phase 4 might focus on that. I think it's a pretty cool idea if true.
     
    Karol
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    Docteur Qui reacted to KK in What is the last Television series you watched?   
    Did you ever watch Davies' Years and Years? Was that any good?
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    Docteur Qui reacted to crocodile in What is the last Television series you watched?   
    It's a Sin.
     

     
    This could have been really ponderous and didactic... I tend to be put off by emotional manipulation. But, to my genuine surprise, it was really charming and touching. Very good and likeable young cast and very solid production. Russell T. Davies has definitely learned a thing or two since the ancient days of Queer as Folk as this is definitely way more polished. Hope a lot of people see this. I can think of one or two...or dozen... who probably should...
     
    Karol
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Gruesome Son of a Bitch in Star Wars Disenchantment   
    They are movies for kids with adults reading into them too much. I think the prequels were also aimed at younger people of the next generation but immature Gen Xers turned up in droves buying dolls and camping out for them, ruining everything. Disney certainly hasn't helped matters.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to The Illustrious Jerry in Star Wars Disenchantment   
    Chen visits Disenchantment Land. Circa 2021.
     
    Forgive me.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to mstrox in Star Wars Disenchantment   
    I was disillusioned by a Star Wars trilogy once, and the answer was: distancing myself completely  from Star Wars for a few years, and then eventually dipping my toes back in.
     
    Disney hasn’t disillusioned me in that way - for me, they’ve released three excellent movies, one okay movie, and one stinker, in that order - and one excellent TV show.  Their comics via Marvel and IDW are better than what Dark Horse ever put out.  Their animation has been mostly hit (Rebels, TCW s7) and some miss (Resisistance). Overall, that’s a pretty good hit ratio IMO.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Jay in Star Wars Disenchantment   
    Isn't it amazing how much power and attention these guys are giving this guy?
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Knight of Ren in The Matrix Resurrections (Fourth Matrix film)   
    I also wanted Davis to return to this, but I really like some of the music this two have done together, especially Cloud Atlas and Perfume. I love how the choir is used in this last one.
     
    I guess I will give them the benefit of the doubt
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    Docteur Qui reacted to bruce marshall in The Matrix Resurrections (Fourth Matrix film)   
    Their music for BABYLON BERLIN is excellent#
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    Docteur Qui reacted to karelm in The Composer's Thread   
    These instruments have to be worked with quantization, modwheels, shaping the phrases etc.  It's a deep topic and even if you are using good samples, they hardly ever sound good out of the box without quite some work.  I have the BBC Orchestra but don't know how it differs from the free version, is it a single dynamic layer?  I do think you should use more variety in the instrumentation samples.  When I spoke of orchestration, I was referring to music material, not the mockup quality.  The way an orchestrator would work through this is different from what you are doing.  They'll listen to what you intend and flush it out to be more likely to give you what you mean rather than what you did.  It's also about knowing the balance between instruments but also sections and how you need to reinforce the primary idea and back off on the secondary or tertiary ideas.  I like to use this as an example of primary and secondary reinforcements where you have a huge tutti orchestra blasting away:
    Everyone in the very large orchestra (over 100 players here) is playing the same note in octaves...all are on G playing at fff.  At 4:24, at the same fff the low brass plays the big Mars theme.  What I hear in this recording is 3 trombones.  Notice the balance between those three instruments in their tesitura (their big register) blows maybe 100 other players away that are all playing that same dynamic.  The reality is there are alot of other instruments playing that theme with the trombones but they are clobbered by the trombones.  This is an example of balance and reinforcing the primary then secondary idea effectively.  Generally, as music gets louder, the material simplifies down to one or two (maybe three ideas) and every one reinforces one of those.  Sure there are composers who don't do this but in general this applies. 
     
    This is a subject that takes years of study and work so isn't a quick subject suited for an email or two.   For example, in sample libraries dynamics are defined as decibels and the instruments are equalized like a keyboard so if playing the same velocity, they'll be equally loud.  That is not the case in an orchestra.  Strings don't get that loud for example.  A piccolo in low register is hard to hear and in its high register can be heard over anything but will pierce.  Balancing these out to support each other is one of the important aspects of orchestration.  Also what part of the chord do you double?  Lots of composers might double triads but an orchestrator would rethink this.  The root is the primary note and most frequent.  The fifth is the second most frequent, and the 3rd is the least frequently doubled because it can muddy the clarity of the sonics plus a little bit makes the tonality clear.  This is just a rule of thumb but its an example of how working with an orchestrator or teacher can help you get a more professional sound.   I hope that explained it better.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Arpy in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    Please BBC, consider Michael Sheen for the next Doctor - he was great as Aziraphale in Good Omens!
     
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    Docteur Qui got a reaction from Molly Weasley in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    I liked quite a few parts of this one. The Trump villain is pretty hammy and fun, and I like that he keeps getting away with things after failing up so spectacularly. The Daleks as security drones was sooo dumb but the scenes of them starting to take over England reminded me of RTD high stakes episodes which was silly but fun.
     
    Ryan’s goodbye did nothing for me, but I teared up a bit when Graham did his little speech. He was a good companion. Didn’t care much for Angel Grace in the last scene but it was a sweet idea.
     
    Captain Jack was surprisingly good in this! He was a bit jarring in his brief appearance last season but settled in nicely in this ep. A great scene with him and Yaz.

    Something that pisses me off: the squid creatures ARE DALEKS. Not the armour. I wish they’d stop saying silly things like “the creatures that live inside Daleks”. Also why doesn’t earth recognise them again? I know there’s been some retcons but it’s so hard to keep track.
     
    As for the bad... well you guys have already covered it. The show under Chibs doesn’t know what it wants to be. At times it wants to be as broad as RTD’s, but also wants the quiet gravitas of Chib’s own Broadchurch. As a result it frequently ends up in Torchwood territory: hammy as hell but trying to be serious and grown up. Jodie’s still good but after two years her portrayal still feels more like a retread of Tennant than anything new.
     
    Look, I’ll be fine if the show stays like this for a bit longer as long as the ratings are good enough not to kill it off. I’m a lifelong fan, I know how uneven the show can be for years at a time, and I know that I’ll probably love it again at some point in the future. It just has to stay alive for that to happen.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to DarthDementous in The Mandalorian SHOW discussion   
    I’m hesitant to pick up the TLJ debate again because how quickly nowhere that goes, but I will say that the Thrawn Trilogy managed to do all of that whilst still being a natural continuation of ROTJ and faithful to the character. The important distinction here I think is that Luke faces new challenges and experiences, rather than repeating the mistakes of his past to an even more extreme and baffling level.
     
    Basically what I’m trying to get at is that TLJ and The Mandalorian are two extremes, but there is a balance in the middle that was achieved for the OT and honestly in most of the original EU material
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Arpy in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    Doctor Who needs a serious overhaul and a sharp return to the quality of stories that made the reboot successful. Jodie is a fine Doctor, suffocated by abysmally boring writing and a lack of focus on what made the character special. I have a feeling the show is on it's last legs and to be a fan since the 2005 reboot fifteen years ago, it's somewhat depressing to see it nosedive so hard into the ground.
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    Docteur Qui got a reaction from Holko in The Mandalorian SHOW discussion   
    Which is exactly why I’m so glad we got an intriguing, risky and multi-layered interpretation of the character in the sequels. I’ll end my discussion about TLJ here because I think it speaks for itself and doesn’t need defending, but if I had to choose again between a story about Luke in which he continues to grow and learn as a character and approaches conflict in a nonviolent manner, or a montage of him slicing down baddies with his laser sword like a badass I will always choose the former. It’s just so much more satisfying upon reflection, and says so much more about him as a person.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to AC1 in The Mandalorian SHOW discussion   
    Not only Luke's computer face was laughable, but also the over-the-top character reverence, as if he's an angel coming down from the heavens. Fan service at its worst!
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    Docteur Qui reacted to mstrox in The Mandalorian SHOW discussion   
    I saw it coming from the moment Ahsoka mentioned that rock to call other Jedi (who else would work there in the timeline?) and thought the build-up (the X-wing arrival and the darktrooper slaughter) worked great, and plotwise it made sense, but the face CGI was definitely a bit clunky - more mushy Leia than okay Tarkin on the Rogue One scale.
     
    If you pull the strings on it a little bit, it doesn't hold up too well (Grogu called Luke from Planet California Desert, was shuttled away god knows how far via hyperspace, and Luke managed to find him there via ?.  Force Sonar???
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    Docteur Qui got a reaction from blondheim in The Mandalorian SHOW discussion   
    Ironically it’s also shown just how powerful the portrayal of Luke in TLJ really is. He truly was a legend - the fear in Moff Gideon’s eyes when he realised who’d just shown up, and the ease with which he dispatched the dark troopers just goes to show how far Luke had fallen in TLJ and why his sacrifice at the end was such a crucial turning point for the Resistance.

    The problem was never in Luke’s portrayal in TLJ, it was that a lot of people lacked the imagination to understand what he must have achieved - and failed at - to arrive at that point. This episode just helps to fill in those gaps IMO.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to NL197 in Your opinion on Ludwig Goransson?   
    I'm the opposite, in that I love when he uses the electronics and occasionally makes it a kind of "Star Wars goes Gangsta" sound. Love it. 
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    Docteur Qui got a reaction from crumbs in The Mandalorian SHOW discussion   
    Ironically it’s also shown just how powerful the portrayal of Luke in TLJ really is. He truly was a legend - the fear in Moff Gideon’s eyes when he realised who’d just shown up, and the ease with which he dispatched the dark troopers just goes to show how far Luke had fallen in TLJ and why his sacrifice at the end was such a crucial turning point for the Resistance.

    The problem was never in Luke’s portrayal in TLJ, it was that a lot of people lacked the imagination to understand what he must have achieved - and failed at - to arrive at that point. This episode just helps to fill in those gaps IMO.
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    Docteur Qui got a reaction from crumbs in The Mandalorian SHOW discussion   
    We must have very different ideas of what heroism can be. 
     
    In this day and age, I can’t think of anything more heroic than an individual owning up to their mistakes, casting off the shackles of self-loathing and taking action for the good of others. It’s so much more aspirational than the standard, cookie cutter idea of heroism as a flawless virtue and a power fantasy.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Naïve Old Fart in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    Not so long ago, there were rumours of Neil Gaiman taking over. I've no idea who's in the running, now, or when Mr. Chibnall will leave (let's hope that that's very, very soon!).
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Marian Schedenig in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    I like Gaiman as a book writer, and he also seems to be skilled at screen adaptations (see Good Omens), but his (screen) Who hasn't been my favourite.
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    Docteur Qui got a reaction from Edmilson in The Mandalorian SHOW discussion   
    We must have very different ideas of what heroism can be. 
     
    In this day and age, I can’t think of anything more heroic than an individual owning up to their mistakes, casting off the shackles of self-loathing and taking action for the good of others. It’s so much more aspirational than the standard, cookie cutter idea of heroism as a flawless virtue and a power fantasy.
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    Docteur Qui reacted to Arpy in The Mandalorian SHOW discussion   
    Luke isn't invulnerable to letting his emotions cloud his judgement, the fear of losing all that he had come to create - the new Jedi Order - and fearing the power inside Ben is something that humanizes him beyond the 2D character of the OT. 
     
    To say it's not something he would do is to believe that these characters are fundamentally unchangeable across their lifetimes. 
     
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