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An unfortunate trend in many articles on this blog and The Founding Fields is that, beyond Black Library books, many articles about the setting tend to be negative. Looking back, the vast majority of codex reviews have been negative or moderate, with few times when anything has been truly praised with any great enthusiasm. So, in order to correct that somewhat, this article is going to look into why Warhammer 40,000 works as a setting. This will specifically look into just why the universe is so great, and it can ultimately be put down to one thing: The Batman Effect. Something it does even better than the caped crusader himself.


Anyone who has actually looked up Batman, or most superheroes for that matter, will know they've run the gambit in terms of themes, styles and presentation. The character has had such a varied number of artists, authors and creators working on him for so long that he can be molded into just about any story and someone, somewhere will still find a way to make it work. 


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Greetings, folks, and welcome to another installment of “Spinoffs I Wish Would Happen.” Every so once in a while, while watching a movie or a television show, I stumble upon a character, and wish that some focus would be put into their story, instead of the story being told. Now don't get me wrong, these are more likely from movies that I thoroughly enjoy, but I also see some potential spinoff material in the works.

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The series so far has been quite the roller-coaster ride hasn't it? For every serious episode we get it's immediately followed up by a wacky comedy or some massive tonal shift to something entirely different. So, after last week's Robot of Sherwood we now have Listen, apparently set up as a horror story and nightmarish tale of woe. It's certainly a bit jarring to go from one to the next, with each bit only working if you completely separate them out, and that goes for the episode as well.


The Doctor has become obsessed with an idea, thinking of things which hide in the corners of the universe and stay away from all others, of primordial fears and old ideas. His theories are seemingly proven when something is written inside the TARDIS, in his own handwriting, yet he has no memory of ever leaving it there. Clara meanwhile, returning from her disastrous date with Danny, is soon dragged into this event and soon many things are thrown into question...


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interview with Neil Ross

http://www.podcastgarden.com/episode/nerdversity-135-an-interview-with-neil-ross-corrected_25855

i hope you enjoy the podcast episode

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Greetings!  Sodapopcorn here, and I’ve decided to introduce a new segment:  “Spinoffs I Wish Would Happen.”  Ever watch a movie or TV show, and encountered a character (or characters) so intriguing that you kind of wish some focus would be put into their story?  If so, me too.  So much so that I’ll focus on a few.  Some of these might be side characters, villains, detrimental to the plot, or maybe not important at all.

Now there are some spinoffs I like, Joss Whedon's 'Angel', a spinoff to 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' probably being the prime example.  There's also 1998's 'U. S. Marshals', a semi-sequel to 1993's 'The Fugitive', which focused more on Tommy Lee Jones 's character, Samuel Gerard. 

There are spinoffs that also saves dignity from a previous franchise it was spun off from.  For me, at least, 'Daria', a spinoff to 'Beavis and Butthead', introduced humor and social commentary to an otherwise unintelligent franchise based around two slacker idiots.  Yeah, I’m not a huge 'Beavis and Butthead' fan—and no offense to anyone who is, but I love 'Daria' to no end.

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Much like Into the Dalek, this week's episode feel's out of place. It honestly does seem like a tale which should have been reserved for a few stories down the line, but unlike last week's disaster what we have here is outstandingly fun. Avoiding the heavy going themes, depression and attempts to combat the ghosts of the Doctor's past, it instead delivers exactly what the title promises: Robots, Robin Hood and a disbelieving Doctor.


Whilst mapping out certain diagrams on a chalk board, the Doctor stops to ask Clara where she wants to go next, offering her anywhere in time and space. While initially interested when she has an answer, he is just as quickly dismissive when she mentions wanting to go back to the era of Robin Hood. However, after begrudgingly accepting his terms the Doctor is shocked to be greeted by the seemingly mythical figure immediately upon arrival. Something is very wrong in Sherwood Forest and as ever not all is as it seems...


What the episode is ultimately aiming for towards the beginning is putting a playful spin upon an old story idea by adding in a wild card. Robin Hood is introduced as an Errol Flynn type character, the laughter and larger than life elements fully intact right from the very start, the same going for his merry men. It's played up, but in a manner which is less outright cartoonish than it is more like a plot and acting of an older era, allowing the Doctor to make fun of it and occasionally throw a spanner in the works. This is half the enjoyment of watching this episode, seeing just how the Doctor adapts to an earlier era and an old story he has absolutely no confidence in. In many respects it's a style quite familiar to anyone who has watched Pirates of the Carribean, with the other characters doing the heavy narrative work so the fan favourite can be free to mess about with things.

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The creators of Into the Dalek were always going to be facing an uphill battle when it came down to delivering a good episode. Directly post-regeneration stories since the series returned have hardly have a great track record, with The Beast Below and arguably New Earth being counted among them. What's more is it was throwing the daleks into the mix extremely early on into this new regeneration, allowing no time for the crew to really get to grips with Peter Capaldi's new incarnation before having him face off against a classic nemesis. To make matters worse, this was going hand in hand with a dynamically new direction and attempting to handle heavy subjects about the Doctor's new persona at the same time.


Things looked bad for this episode, but the end result? This is almost intentionally bad, so horribly put together, that you would be forgiven for thinking there was a Springtime for Hitler going on behind the scenes.


The story here starts with the TARDIS intervening to assist a Combined Galactic Resistance subfighter about to die fighting daleks. With her co-pilot dead and a massive saucer bearing down upon her, she is barely saved at the last second by the Doctor, coffee in hand. After arguing for a few minutes, he eventually returns her to the human held stronghold Aristotle, hiding within an asteroid belt and desperately attempting to survive. 

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