- Boy, this was just peak Hugh Grant.
- They're lucky they had Hugh Grant, because the character's actually a pretty terrible person.
- Andie Macdowell. Yeeeeah.
- I started out mentally substituting Amy Adams for her. Then I decided to substitute Haley Atwell, even though it made no sense, with the character being American. Then I decided to substitute no one, because she is also an awful character.
- The movie really shows its age with the Simon Callow/John Hannah relationship. No one ever says the word "gay", they never kiss, and John Hannah is introduced at the funeral as "his closest friend."
- I almost wish for Kirsten Scott Thomas' character to end up with Hugh Grant, except not, because as noted above, terrible.
As has been noted and commented before, this movie will be very different from Forever Knight, to the point of almost wondering why they bother linking their weird crossover fanfic thing into this fandom. I find myself so often shaking my head in shock, my brain rejecting this thing, yet some sort of morbid fascination keeps me checking in periodically to see what will happen next. But at least they have made my least-favorite character more interesting.
So. The first cast photo with the major characters has been released (see below). Vachon will be played by Ralph Piotrowski; he even has a top hat (though not in this image)! LaCroix will be played by Sean Reynolds. Personally, I don't like the fact that they have made Nick and LaCroix appear similar in age. For me, LaCroix needs to have had experienced more mortal years than Nick. This just throws that dynamic completely off. But enough of my personal rant.
If you look at the other posted images of the vampire characters, there is a fuzzy, plastic-like filter they are putting on them. Not quite sure if the intent is to show they physically look very different than mortals, or playing off the 'vampires can't really have their picture taken and if they do they'll be indistinct' idea. I hope that is only for these promo shots, because it will be very distracting if they intend to do that throughout their movie.
For more info about the movie, you can check out the FK Movie facebook page.
The order in the photo from left to right: Schanke, LaCroix, Vachon, Lily, Natalie, Nick
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I will always love Stargate (SG-1 and SGA) and Trek (TNG, DS9, VOY) I have passing interests in other and currently love Dragon Age, MCU, Steven Universe, Brooklyn 99. I don't write as much fanfic as I used to still have a lot of ideas peculating up there. I miss being part of fandom though I've always felt like I was on the fringes.
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I like the new battle pre screen, and the animation of fights.
New battle scoring on the one hand slows things down (you eat away at the defenders will to fight rather than 1000 points per win) on the other hand I like how the "injured" pokemon gets weaker. Also having revive and health available inside the gym interface
Winning a gym = getting a badge, but just claiming a gym slot does not, and nor does spinning a gym picture, which is what the text suggests.
No sign of coins for having pokemon on a gym...
How is everyone else getting on?
In the seventh episode of the first season of Enterprise, THIS IS SO FUCKED UP, HELP ME. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Star Trek.
I WAS NOT READY FOR THIS EPISODE, Y’ALL. I had this entire review that I was plotting out in my head about narratives and the stories we tell ourselves about others and how destructive that can be and JESUS CHRIST, THE ANDORIANS WERE RIGHT. I NEVER ONCE CONSIDERED THAT THEY WERE RIGHT. And that narrative constructed for us is that they can’t be right. They are violent and paranoid; they broke into this monastery, convinced that the Vulcans were spying on them. This is all contrasted with the Vulcans, who are picture perfect opposites of the Andorians.
Thus, a narrative builds: the Vulcans are calm. Logical. Trying to meditate in peace in order to perform kohlinar. They have a history with the aggressive paranoia with the Andorians, who are always certain that the Vulcans are preparing an invasion. Every moment of this episode builds that dichotomy, showing us how rational and reasonable the Vulcans are, while placing the Andorians at the other end of the spectrum. I don’t remember a whole lot of the Andorians from the Original Series aside from them being sort-of-antagonists? This script doesn’t require any knowledge, however, and it works even better if you just assume the worst of them.
So I did it, and lord, it was easy. They are brutal with Captain Archer throughout this episode, who takes these beatings in stride, desperate to find a way to prove to the Andorians that they have the wrong idea about the Vulcans. But that desperation leads him to an interesting place: he wants to use violence in return to defend himself, his crew, and to ultimately get the Andorians out of that monastery. Unsurprisingly, the Vulcans find this option unethical. Barbaric. Illogical. To respond with violence is out of the question… which is an ironic thing to say given the ending of this episode.
I assumed, then, that “The Andorian Incident” was trying to make some big statement about pacifism, to make the case that the Vulcans’ commitment to non-violence had a very obvious flaw in this case. It’s not a bad theme to explore, though it’s complicated by human experience with violence. I tend more towards pacifism on a personal level, but that’s more because I prefer other forms of confrontation. Even then, there are times when violence is an answer, and this “incident” seemed to be a good example of that. The Andorians would never stop tormenting the Vulcans if the Vulcans didn’t stand up for themselves, and sometimes, that might require violence.
Leave it to Archer and his crew to bring the violence. I thought the Reliquary was a really cool idea and I wanted to spend more time there; I also wanted to see more of T’Pol interacting both with the monks and the physical space, since she hadn’t been around Vulcans in over two months. As we were approaching the final scene, I had enjoyed the episode but felt it a tad lacking because it never seemed to commit to any one thing. Was it truly about pacifism? Violence? Vulcan illogic? Archer’s ability to act as a diplomat? “The Andorian Incident” touched on all of these things at some point, so it was dense in that regard.
And then the curtain was pulled back.
It is truly difficult to analyze any of this episode without considering the ending. It changes everything. It changes what the Vulcans say, it changes the reasons why the Andorians broke into that monastery, and it changes T’Pol’s relationship to these holy men. (Seriously, bless Jolene Blalock for being able to convey, within T’Pol’s range, heartbreak. That look on her face was incredible.) In that moment, staring at the massive communications array hidden underneath the monastery, Captain Archer made a decision: the Vulcans were wrong. They violated a treaty. They lied repeatedly: to the Andorians, to T’Pol, to himself. How can Archer possibly support the Vulcans? How can he live with himself knowing that they manipulated him into believing that the Andorians were irrationally interpreting reality?
This is one of the boldest episodes to a Star Trek episode, and I’m gonna be fucked up by it FOREVER. I don’t know if we’ll see fallout from it, but even if we don’t: OH MY GOD THIS EPISODE. Bravo, Enterprise: you’ve already impressed me.
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Senate Republicans have finally released what appears to be the draft text of H.R. 1628, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.”
It’s 142 pages, and to be honest, I’m having a hard time deciphering it all. (Not a lawyer or a legislator.) But here are some things that stood out at me…
Elimination of the individual and employer mandate. (Pages 10-11)
Tax repeals on medications, health insurance, health savings accounts, etc. (Pages 25-29)
This includes the “Repeal of Tanning Tax” on page 29.
The continuing attack on abortion rights.
“Disallowance of small employer health insurance credit for plan which includes coverage for abortion.” (Pages 8-9)
“No Federal funds provided from a program referred to in this subsection that is considered direct spending for any year may be made available to a State for payments to a prohibited entity,” which is then defined as an entity providing abortion services except in cases of rape, incest, or when the woman’s life is in danger. (Page 35)
According to a USA Today analysis, this bill would:
- Reduce or eliminate most subsidies for individuals and families
- “Eliminate the ACA’s requirement that insurers can’t charge older customers more than three times what younger customers pay for the same coverage. Instead, those in their 60s could be charged five times as much, or more.”
- Eliminate penalties to large employers who choose not to offer health insurance. (Elimination of the employer mandate.)
- Make it easier to drop coverage for things like maternity care and mental health issues.
CNN points out that the bill would also:
- Defund Planned Parenthood for a year.
- Require coverage of preexisting conditions. However, it also lets states “waive the federal mandate on what insurers must cover… This would allow insurers to offer less comprehensive policies, so those with pre-existing conditions may not have all of their treatments covered.”
A PBS article says the bill would:
- Cap and reduce Medicaid funding, and allow states to add a work requirement for “able-bodied” recipients of Medicaid.
- Provide $2 billion to help states fight opioid addiction
- It preserves health care for people with preexisting conditions (with the potential exceptions noted in the CNN bullets, above), and allows children to stay on their parents’ insurance plan through age 26.
- It expands health care savings accounts.
- It provides a short-term stabilization fund to help struggling insurance markets.
The Congressional Budget Office is expected to release their report on the senate bill next week. The CBO estimated that the House-passed bill would result in 26 million fewer insured Americans by 2026, and would cut the budget by $119 billion over the same time. (Source)
Nothing here is particularly shocking. I’m glad I and my family can’t be kicked off our insurance for our various preexisting conditions…though some of those conditions might no longer be covered, which sucks. It would hurt the poor, the elderly, women, and the mentally ill, among others. None of my readers will be shocked to hear that I think this is another step backward. The ACA was far from perfect — it’s like a patient with a broken leg, but instead of trying to fix the broken leg, we’ll just throw them through a woodchipper, because hey, it’s cheaper!
It looks like this may be a tight vote, which would make this an excellent time to call your Senator.
Please keep any comments civil. I’m angry about this too, but I don’t have the time or the spoons to moderate fights and nastiness today. (Which probably means I shouldn’t have posted this in the first place, but I never claimed to be that bright…)
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.