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Things You Love That Others Hate – Ep241

What’s not to love?

There are things that you really love that it seems that everyone else doesn’t like, or downright hates. We talk about some of ours.

Cast – Dan, Eric, Jayson, Shawn, Brandon, Brandi and Mike
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  1. mrm1138
    mrm1138 November 24, 2015

    There seems to be this strange new(?) consensus that The Phantom Menace is the best of the prequel films. I find this baffling, since Revenge of the Sith is so clearly better than either of the previous entries and, in my opinion, about as good as Return of the Jedi. So that might be one of the best examples of something I love that either people hate.

    Because I’m such a big fan of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, I also really love things that are likewise based on or inspired by pop culture of the ’30s and ’40s. Because of that, I’ve always had a soft spot for the 1996 movie The Phantom. It’s a rollicking adventure that doesn’t care that it’s stuck in another time period, and I don’t just mean that it’s set in the ’30s. (I kind of love that the title character’s costume is goofy and purple.) Treat Williams’s performance is the type of scenery-devouring villainy we just don’t see very often. And it climaxes on a secret island where a group of pirates have set up their hidden lair, the captain of whom keeps a damn pet shark he can feed people to!

    Last, but not least, Babylon 5 was produced by Warner Bros. Television but was syndicated for the first four seasons as part of the Prime Time Entertainment Network. Since series creator/showrunner J. Michael Straczynski knew that PTEN was about to shut down, he wrapped up most of the series’s plot threads at the end of that fourth season. TNT picked up the show for its fifth and final season, however. While this final season wasn’t nearly as… er, let’s say, flawed as the first, it was still obvious that there were several compromises. (Beside the aforementioned premature resolution of plot threads, TNT couldn’t reach an agreement with actor Claudia Christian, so her character was written out of the series between seasons. This was exceptionally unfortunate, as she’d been a very important presence.)

    I didn’t get around to watching Babylon 5 until a few years ago, and once I got past the first season, I found it to be an incredible piece of television storytelling. It’s difficult to say if this series in particular had any impact on today’s modern style of longform narrative TV, but despite the outdated special effects, sets, and costumes, it definitely feels like it belongs right alongside the best of today’s prime time offerings.

  2. Scott
    Scott November 24, 2015

    I give props to Lucas for the story that Phantom Menace tried to tell. Where the vast Galactic Empire has its roots in an insignificant trade war in some back water sector of the Galaxy. So, yeah…I’d have to say that Phantom Menace is my favourite of the prequels. Revenge of the Sith suffered from the fact that it was like the show runners suddenly realized they have 15 minutes of film running time left and Anakin hadn’t done anything to become Vader, yet. So, they had him slaughter a bunch a kids. Which in turn ruined the end of Return of the Jedi for me as there is no redemption for the murder of children.

    Anyway another good ep, folks. Certainly one of the more imaginative ones.

  3. Hopeless
    Hopeless November 25, 2015

    I always felt the story wasn’t what it should be with the phantom menace and thanks to Star Wars Rebels my head canon suggests Anakin didn’t kill the younglings he recruited them for his new Inquisitors School so technically he saved them even if its not better it makes more sense than him killing them!
    I’m okay listening to phantom menace when I’m looking for inspiration because its great for that but recently been put off Doctor Who because the story wasn’t making any sense and given that series history even Fear Me from Tennant’s era doesn’t effect me that badly but Capaldi feels like a great doctor but the story writing makes the Classic era of shaky effects look Oscar quality in comparison!

    I suppose Mass Effect 3 is this to many people oh right someone has to like that ending right?

    Outcasts the BBC sci fi series that sounded great but then they killed off their best actor and the story went downhill…

    Flash Gordon the tv series?

    Now I liked some of that figure everyone else might hate that… how about The Dresden Files on TV?

    Now I caught an episode of that and having read a couple of the books enjoyed the episode enough that I bought the series and consider it very good but I hear others don’t share that opinion…

    • Gamerstable Brandi
      Gamerstable Brandi November 25, 2015

      I love Dresden, but I’ve yet to make it past the first ep of the TV show. Dan let me borrow them, so at some point I’ll have to finish them, but the outlook doesn’t look great! =)

      Thank you all for listening!

      • Scott
        Scott November 28, 2015

        The Dresden TV show was pretty good, IMO. I felt it deserved at least a 2nd season. It was starting to get really interesting at the end. But then I’ve only read the first book. So, I don’t know much about the back ground of the story. I get the impression that the TV eps were different from the books.

        My favourite gaming genre (investigative supernatural/horror) seems to be a bit at odds with the rest of my Table Top group. I’m so tired of bog standard, Tolkien based fantasy settings.

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