Wednesday, January 17, 2018

#TimeTravel #GeekOut @Wikia ... mostly inspired by @TRVLRSseries, with @QuantumLeapPod, @bbcDoctorWho, @BackToTheFuture, @Terminator, etc

I was watching the second season of NETFLIX's TRAVELERS and couldn't stop thinking (along with all the plot-points & philosophical implications of 'The Director punishing his employee for interrupting The Grand Plan'-etc.) that there ought to be 'a list of all the "Travelers" (and/or "Faction-members" ... sort of like team-roster) ... because they are each given a 'Traveler ####'-designation—probably so that the program "The Director" can keep track of them.

I'm searching for such a list ... IMDb has a full cast-&-crew list, but doesn't list the characters' TRAVELER-numbers.

Got it! Had to 'dig for it' a little (maybe FANDOM WIKIA needs 'the clicks'), but TRAVELERS' Wiki-site has it all right here ... hmm—with only 90-or-so listed (even though the numbers go into the thousands), I wonder if they'll do a quick explainer on the thousands of TRAVELERS who (even though they must be part of "The Grand Plan") don't merit a listing ...
"Whoa!" "SIXTY-NINE, Dudes!"

Anyway, some of 'the plot-points & philosophical implications of "The Director punishing his employee for interrupting The Grand Plan"-etc.' ... that could be patterning-after 'God punishing his then-highest angel for ...' Did God have a plan that Lucifer made God change, or was Lucifer's Rebellion always part of God's Plan?

And beside that, I'm seeing all kinds of great ways TRAVELERS could weave into The Big Time-Travel Morphoplex ... maybe The Director is Ziggy or who/whatever-else-guided-Sam's-Leaps (TRAVELERS' The Director's emergency time-window is called The Quantum Frame) - 

- the consciousness-transfer makes me think of (after FREEJACK, as I am an `80's kid) THE MATRIX 'trilogy' (or I dunno ... is 'Quelogy' a word?)—all of which (if you want to go by non-technological explanations) stem from stories of Demon-Possession.

Maybe The Director is SkyNet, which may have been invented by The Master (old 'frenemy' of The DOCTOR WHO Doctor) when he was (possibly) Dr. Strangelove.

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Where @mrchristopherll's #DocBrown might've gotten #Jigawatts (or not) #LilAbner's #OhHappyDay @the_moviebob @BacktotheFuture

You remember how Christopher Lloyd's "Doc Brown" infamously coined a new unit of electrical-measurement (possibly by mispronouncing one that already existed) in 1985's (oooo, 1985!) BACK TO THE FUTURE, right?

Well, years ago (about 1993) I performed a bit-part in a musical from 1956, and (just the other day) I 'remembered' the lyrics to one of the songs which–though the 'official' lyrics say the word is "kilowatts"–it's very-possible the performers sang it or -the audience misheard it or -the comic-geniuses imagined it 'jigawatts!'

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whoa ... fan-boy time: ... and check out Back to the Future IV!

Monday, January 1, 2018

The #SummaryLesson of #DoctorWho @bbcdoctorwho @StevieMoffat @DW_Experience @EssentialDrWho

It's this (a monologue delivered by Jenna Coleman's "Clara Oswin Osgood (Pink?)" to a pre-adult "Rupert Dan Pink and/or 'some Gallifreyan name'."
"Listen. This is just a dream. But very clever people can hear dreams. So, please, just listen. 
"I know you're afraid, but being afraid is all right. Because didn't anybody ever tell you? Fear is a superpower. Fear can make you faster and cleverer and stronger. And one day, you're going to come back to this barn. And on that day you're going to be very afraid indeed. 
"But that's okay. Because if you're very wise and very strong, fear doesn't have to make you cruel or cowardly. 
"Fear can make you kind. 
"It doesn't matter if there's nothing under the bed or in the dark, so long as you know it's okay to be afraid of it. 
"I'll show you. So, listen. If you listen to nothing else, listen to this. 
"You're always going to be afraid, even if you learn to hide it. Fear is like a companion. A constant companion, always there. But that's okay, because fear can bring us together. 
"Fear can bring you home. I'm going to leave you something, just so you'll always remember, fear makes companions of us all."
And I'm a little surprised if Stephen Moffat didn't write it to have her finish the monologue with:
So run, you clever boy; and remember ... 
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Thursday, December 28, 2017

#TheLastJedi: An Infection in the #StarWars Franchise, Only Curable with @GraceRandolph's Advice? #Spoilers @IMDb

This'll be my comment on Grace Randolph's ana lysis of 
Lucasfilms's STAR WARS-situation. Let's see her present
her published comic-book writer- and entertainment
-corespondent perspective before I 'correct' it with
 my "just some guy, you know?"-perspective.

Grace reports that The Last Jedi is being 'branded' "Lucasfilm's very own BATMAN V SUPERMAN." (Does that make the upcoming STAR WARS &8552; 'Lucasfilm's very own JUSTICE LEAGUE?')

Hmm ... 5:10—a new era in Hollywood, where fans are more-influential ... true "Democracy" (or 'fan-ocracy')?

5:30—hmm ... I had never thought of the STAR WARS extended-universe as being 'in the same realm as' the DC extended universe. I guess–looking at this through the lens of 'just some guy, you know?' rather than that of 'a highly productive industry-participant'–I see each of the 'extended universes' as just "separate series of stories that separate teams are trying to tell ... separately."

i.e. I don't think the STAR WARS team is "trying to be like DC or MARVEL or anything." I mean: yeah, they all hope to 'make "money" (fame, happiness, prestige ... dark-chocolate is a vegetable, other things that help people stay glad)'; but any 'pattern-following' they're doing is mostly-coincidence.

That pretty-much deals with piece-of-advice #1 (DON'T COPY MARVEL).

#2 (6:10) WAIT 2-3 YEARS BETWEEN MOVIES ... which I'm not understanding. Grace says, "STAR WARS is too one-note to to support a-movie-a-year." It seems she's saying that 'that one note' is "battle-scenes," 'too much of which' is "not good for most people."

I disagree. Maybe Grace is just 'seeking the things she can criticize about it.' If you 'seek the things you can applaud' (as she obviously does when she's wearing her 'just a fan'-hat), you can see how the battle-scenes compare to each other ... plus, can you imagine a war with no battles? I guess that would be nice, but STAR WARS has to 'grab onto' a few tiny bits of "realism" if they want to bring us into the story.

Another 'tiny bit of realism' for STAR WARS to use—the fact that 'war' (the one STAR WARS is talking about—which I could philosophize is 'the war that life has always been fighting') doesn't "take a break for 2-3 years."
6:37 NON-CHOICES ARE WORSE THAN BAD CHOICES. Grace complains about the movie's disappointing lack of "visual evidence of 'who Rey's parents were'" or "Luke Skywalker in action as the greatest Jedi who ever lived," but I ... Luke's warning to Rey–"This isn't going to go the way you think!"–echoes through my memory—almost as a new "lens" on the STAR WARS kaleidoscope (coupled with Luke's reminder that The Force isn't 'something someone has,' but rather it's 'a quality present in all of existence.')

(I suppose the 'non-choices' there feel–to a story-following fan–like 'reaching a Major-Seventh without resolving to a Major-Base' to a musician (DO-RE-MI-FA-SO-LA-TI ... TI-TI-TI ... TI-TI-T-- (c`mon!))—making the fan cry out, "C`mon! End it! Reach the goal! Balance The Force! C`mon!" (-DO!))

7:35 TOO MANY LEAD CHARACTERS ... Funny she should notice this after saying STAR WARS was 'too one-note.' (and now I'm back in music-mode!) You know those orchestral pieces that rely less on melody than on the chords? You realize that 'each note of those chords' has to be played by a separate person (except on piano & guitar & organ & sometimes the string-instruments), yes?

She's right on the urgent demand for an Obi-Wan movie ... even if MacGregor weren't as ready as Grace says 'he says he is.' But that's because I think STAR WARS is trying to get away from being character-driven.

But 'BRING LUCAS BACK AS SOURCE-MATERIAL'? Umm, no. I believe his story-arc ended at STAR WARS Ⅵ (Ⅰ, Ⅱ, & Ⅲ being 'speculation on 'what might've caused Ⅳ, Ⅴ & Ⅵ').

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

#FanTheory or #FanFiction? @BBCDoctorWho @Bing @Ned_Hardy

I have an idea about the upcoming episodes of DOCTOR WHO, but I'm not sure whether to call it "fan fiction" or "fan theory."

The difference between the two? That's something I could make into some 'DOCTOR WHO fan-fiction!' (But–as it is DOCTOR WHO, a series about a space-alien who travels through time—it could've will've had've been 'fan theory!')

See, 'fan fiction' is when a fan has a "totally original idea" based on characters & conditions they've seen in the established fiction-franchise. (I've heard that some fiction-franchises go & use fan-fiction as the basis for future episodes!)

'Fan theory' is like fan-fiction, except it's more like 'speculation as to the story that the fiction-franchise has already planned-out & possibly produced!'

For example: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI—I haven't seen it yet, but I have 'theories' about the kinds of things it may-or-may-not reveal (who's Snoke? who're Rey's parents? who's the last Jedi? I have guesses, but won't 'spoil' the possible surprises! I hope you don't either!)

About DOCTOR WHO ... The fan-theory I link-to in the first line above.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

@MelissaFumero's "Amy Santiago" Makes Us Think "Bureaucracy" is 'the Spice of Life!' @Brooklyn99FOX @FOXTV

I'm sure some credit is due to Dan Goor & Michael Schur et al., but it's Melissa that took the finely-crafted character & performs it like 'Itzhak Perlman operates the Stradivarius Violin!" When she describes The Miracle of Bureaucracy, we're given the same feeling we get when we listen to children tell us about the many-many mysterious spirits (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy) who give them gifts!

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

@Marvel's @AgentsOfSHIELD Lifts 'the World that Veils the Truth' ... #Reality #Actual #Virtual

I'm in the middle of 'season 4 of MARVEL's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' on NETFLIX ... I don't know how it ends yet, but I'll tell you how it has gone so far (below the 'safety space')... but 'the main question' it brings up–which I can ask without any giving-away any SPOILERS of the A.O.S.-story–is

What Makes Reality "Actual" rather than "Virtual"?

The true sense of the word "Reality" is "the Quality of being Real" ... "Matter, Thing" ... "Origin, Source, Mother" (or maybe "Domicile") ... "to Rise" (Lift, Raise, Set in Motion) ... "to Go Up" (Flow, Travel←rise for a Journey) ... "to Release, Let go" (go Away, Reach, Meet with) ... "to Slacken" (Faint, Weary, let Loose, Lenient) ... from a proto-word also at the root of  "Languish, Lax, Lush, Relish, Sleep."
The true sense of the word "Actual" is "a Doing" (to Drive, Draw out or -forth, Move) ... "to Set, Put, Place" ... "to Thrust, Cast a Heavy Stone Overhead" (Scion, Plant, Poke) ... uncertain origin beyond "to Throw" ... "to Rub, Turn" (Twisting).
The true sense of the word "Virtual" is "Manhood" (Virtue, Capable of Producing a Certain Effect, Not Physically Existing but Made to Appear by Software) ... "State of being Human" ... (so all humanity is 'virtual'? ... kind-of, if we take these 'high-minded' roots of the word ...) "Humane, Philanthropic, Kind, Gentle, Polite, Learned, Refined, Civilized" (... rather than Earth, Ground, Earthly, the Hebrew root of the name Adam) ... 
... "Benevolence" ... "Well (Bene-) + to Wish (Will)" ... "to Desire, Strive for" ... "From 'the Stars' (Heavenly Bodies, Constellations)" (Consider) ... a proto-word also at the root of "Asterisk, Astrology, Astronaut, Astronomy, AstroTurf, Disaster, the names Estella (Stella!) & Esther"

So 'the difference' is "cause-&-effect connection (Nichiren Buddhism's Myoho)"—the way 'one person' is "real" to you if their words-&-actions have a noticeable effect-on your words-&-actions. 

I wonder why people (mostly in videos) give you a "SPOILER ALERT" but then -don't give you enough 'time to stop the video before they "SPOIL the plot they're talking-about" ... actually, most of the best videos with SPOILERS do give you time to stop (and Charlie "AwesomEmergency" will usually even give you 'links to click to find non-SPOILERy content!'

—a scientist constructed a virtual universe so that he and his loved-ones could live the ideal life. On the way to constructing it, he created an android who looked just like the person he was trying to save (maybe the android was one possible way of saving the person ... the idea being that he could somehow 'transfer' that person's consciousness into the machine).

But the android was allowed to scan 'a book left by ancient aliens,' and the book–while it did give the android 'the ability to save a couple of the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from being lost in an alternate dimension–convinced the android that it was "enslaved" by the scientist & the S.H.I.E.L.D.-agents he was working-with/using to build his virtual universe.

'The ideal life' he imagined was "one where no one regretted their past." One of the first people he put into "The Framework" was Agent Melinda May, and her biggest regret was 'killing an alien-possessed child early in her career.'

Regrettable, yes; but that child (if she hadn't killed it) would've then 'immediately' (i.e. not "possibly," the illogical justification of killing anybody; but 'the child had the full intention and power to do so at that time') killed thousands of innocents, which then gave power to the rise of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s enemy HYDRA.

By the time the scientist had captured several other agents and put them into The Framework, the world had changed into one where HYDRA made- and enforced all the rules—most-notably that any humans with 'the genetic-sequence susceptible to alien-possession' was to be captured and 'dealt with' (treated-&-cured? maybe after Dr. Fitz developed the antibody; but usually "executed" until then).

But two agents managed to escape from the scientist (Dr. Radcliffe) before he could capture them with the androids he used to replace the first ones. They decided they needed to hack into The Framework to extract the captured agents. They managed to get in, but the first android (who had managed to put its consciousness into The Framework—changing its name to Madam Hydra) found-out they had hacked-in, and blocked them from escaping.

That marks the point where 'the veil is lifted' for me (especially with the two 'hacked-in' agents frequently informing the others that they are there from "the other side")—maybe all 'realities' (except-for 'whichever one you're living in right now,' of-course) are "imaginary." Not to say they're 'unreal' in any way–you 'really' get hurt when "the imaginary world" sees you get hurt, you 'really' feel good when "the imaginary world" sees something good happen to you–but ... (here we go with the main question from above the safety-space)

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