I'm not sure I agree about Loki. I don't mind the idea of him playing well with Thor or helping the protagonists out, but I'm not sure he can ever be a wholly straight-laced hero character, by his very nature as the god of trickery and deceit. Nor would I want him to be. » 9/19/14 3:37pm Yesterday 3:37pm

As I said in 99TelepodProblems' thread I'm more or less happy with the results. There's a part of me that thinks the idea of Scottish independence is nifty but I see a lot more gain in the current set-up and I (as Der Spiegel said) that "small nationalism" belongs to the previous century. » 9/19/14 1:17am Friday 1:17am

I'm personally happy with the results - as a Scottish-American I have romantic ideas about Scottish independence but I've long thought the union was more practical - but my sympathies go out to the "yes" side. I know a lot of people really put their hearts into Scottish secession and will be deeply disappointed, if… » 9/19/14 12:43am Friday 12:43am

If only the rest of Torchwood was like Children of Earth. I watched it recently and while the miniseries isn't perfect it seems like it really lived up to the idea of what an "adult" spin-off of Doctor Who could be, where the Doctor isn't there to save humanity all the time. » 9/18/14 3:21pm Thursday 3:21pm

Poor Countries Like Trade, Rich Countries Hate It

In what is sure to baffle and irritate both modernizaton and dependency theorists, a recent survey by PewResearch suggests that poor countries love international trade... and rich countries (frequently) hate it (or are at least skeptical of it). Way to defy stereotypes, world. » 9/17/14 3:40pm Wednesday 3:40pm

1) I think Moffat's a better writer by far ("The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances," "The Empty Child," and "Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead" are easily the best episodes of Seasons 1-4) but RTD's a better showrunner. The show felt more grounded and varied under RTD's run, but Moffat puts out better scripts… » 9/15/14 2:04am Monday 2:04am

I think continuity is good... but only when you actually are thinking things through. I haven't finished X-Files (I was watching it with my brother, who's no longer as immediately available as he once was) but my understanding is that the problem with the later seasons is less that it becomes more continuity focused… » 9/12/14 4:28pm 9/12/14 4:28pm

Lost in the Underdark

Don't you hate it when you're on a big important mission and then suddenly something comes up on and you're forced to go on a detour? Well that, was my experience with Chapter 5 of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, where my quest to reunite with my old party, find Bodhi and Irenicus, and regain my divine spark took… » 9/12/14 4:03pm 9/12/14 4:03pm

I've long thought a real-life gojirasaurus (by which I mean, Godzilla's proto-form, rather than the actual dinosaur named after him) would probably be related to spinosaurus. Not just because both have spines, but because Godzilla's always been portrayed as semi-aquatic, as spinosaurus is hypothesized to have been. He… » 9/11/14 5:27pm 9/11/14 5:27pm

I actually hope they don't tie Prometheus too closely to the Alien movies. One of the things I liked best about Prometheus was how it showed there was a lot more to the universe (and the space jockeys / Engineers) than just the xenos. And one thing I disliked most about Prometheus was the fact that they felt it… » 9/10/14 9:41pm 9/10/14 9:41pm