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Jiskran

aka Alexander

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  • I live in Brno, Czech Republic (have done since 1995)
  • My occupation is English teacher (also since 1995)
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    Arcs, rhythm and serendipity

    February 27, 2016 by Jiskran

    I feel, rather to my amazement, that the three live-action shows (haven't got around to the McCabe misadventures yet :) ) have managed to set and maintain surprisingly consistent 'diverse yet compatible' tones. They don't feel as is they're treading on one another's toes, lifting plots wholesale and running them once through the spin cycle for names, which in my experience can easily occur in linked series.

    However, probably the things I'm enjoying most about each show therefore differ quite extensively. With 'Flash' it is the endless linking, to the comics, to worlds seen and partially experienced, to futures that may or may not have a gravitational attraction of their own - and the clear example is the glacial (speedwise) petrification of…

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    Doing the maths

    February 8, 2016 by Jiskran

    It has just struck me that with 207 incarnations across 4000 years, Khufu and Shayera are averaging only about 20 years per lifetime, so they must find one another when they're very young, generally speaking. I'm presuming that mathematics, and frankly any form of linear logic, is going to struggle in the moebius loop that LoT promises to be, but I can't help speculating.

    Having said that, I'm fascinated what version no. 208 of Khufu will look like, and how they'll be amalgamated, since presumably they'll have to come from some point 2034+ if they're to be an adult when they meet Shayera, 2040+ to be of the same age as her. All of that is predicated on the concept that Khufu's incarnations follow his place in the mainstream timeline, since,…

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    The simple fact of the computer's presence in the present is itself the source of endless fascination, but not where I wish to go right now. Gideon highlights a specific point which I feel will require some thinking through to reach a generally acceptable compromise for users. It is a question of timelines, and when to refer to the single individual identified as the Reverse-Flash as Harrison Wells, and when it is more appropriate to label him Eobard Thawne.

    Gideon herself addresses this entity as "Dr. Wells" within the context of the present and his 'secret chamber', although she must be aware of his 'real identity' (one assumes, unless the computer's memory was somehow tampered with) and there is no one to overhear. Likewise, through the …

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    A couple of stray thoughts

    November 12, 2014 by Jiskran

    I have been (pleasantly) surprised by the number of Firestorm references to date, although I adore the 'Jaws-like' build-up they're giving Gorilla Grodd. Firestorm was always one of my favorite characters, and they've picked, I feel, very compatible villains from his 'repertoire' to pit against Barry. I do wonder, however, what's going to happen when (if?) Ronnie himself makes it into this reality.

    Seeing Wade Eiling this week ("Plastique"), it suddenly struck me that he is, in a way, the DC counterpart of "Thunderbolt" Ross, in his persecution of Captain Atom and creation of Major Force etc.. The fact that he's played by Clancy Brown, who was the Kurrgan in "Highlander" (the original 1985 film), the sadistic prison guard in "The Shawshank …

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    Although not quite old enough to remember the early-70s Neil Adams' run with Green Lantern when Ollie originally became a social crusader and realist, I did buy "The Longbow Hunters" when it was first released (and loved it), so I must admit, I approached Arrow with some trepidation. I also rather liked Justin Hartley's portrayal of the character on Smallville, so I was extremely unsure what to expect.

    So far, I have been highly impressed. Two very different seasons have seen the characters grow, and I like the supporting roles as much as the central one. There have been endless nods to the comics, but enough variations and even reversals of comic book precedent to make the show adequately independent. I for one love the idea of Anatoli Knyaz…

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