Month: Dec 2020

  • More on Steve Trevor and WW84

    Substantial spoilers about Wonder Woman 84 and some discussion about issues of consent. I’m still thinking about this very specific plot point in the Wonder Woman sequel…

  • Straw Puppy’s POTUS Polls: ‘Don’t They Know It’s Christmas?’ Edition

    Straw Puppy’s POTUS Polls: ‘Don’t They Know It’s Christmas?’ Edition

    I thought last week’s might be the last one of these but no. There’s still more legal shenanigans going on over the Christmas holidays. “Vice President Pence was sued Sunday by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and several other Republicans in a far-fetched bid that appeared aimed at overturning President-elect Joe Biden‘s election win. The lawsuit […]

  • Star Trek Discovery: Su’Kal (S3E11)

    While Discovery has had a distinctive visual style from the beginning and some distinct themes (bloodier than other versions of Trek), it hasn’t found its own narrative style. There have been experiments with space opera (particularly Season 1 mirror universe episodes) and advances in CGI have made it possible for Discovery to include exciting, action-filled […]

  • Susan’s Salon: 2020 December 27/28

    Please use the comment section to just chat about whatever you want. Susan’s Salon is posted early Monday (Sydney time which is still Sunday in most countries) . It’s fine to be sad, worried, angry or happy (or all of those things at once). Please feel free to post what you like (either troubling news […]

  • Some more Superhero specs

    That last pair were fine for those of you who want techno-powers but I know many of you would rather unlock the secrets of the magicverse to gain your superhero status. Here are some specs for those with occult powers. If you need a superhero/villain name then “Prince Nez” is right there for the taking […]

  • Superhero glasses

    I asked the Twitter hivemind for superheroe/villain examples of people wearing glasses while in character rather than incognito. There are some good examples (Doc Oc, Blade, Oracle) but overall I still think specs are more often used as a sign of being unpowered or in disguise as somebody unpowered or (Hank McCoy, She Hulk) busy […]

  • Review: Wonder Woman 84

    Patty Jenkins delivers a brightly coloured, enjoyable but thin superhero film. Wonder Woman 84 is not a film that stands up to close examination but then again that is part and parcel of its eighties setting. Some spoilers…

  • Thirteen Notable Video Games of 2020 (maybe?)

    The other week I linked to a few “best of…” lists for 2020. On Twitter, Hampus also suggested another round-up source here I’ve since collated those lists along with the video games already listed on the Hugo Sheet of Doom. I’ll confess that I have taken a scattershot approach to deciding whether games are […]

  • Grey Christmas Morning Over Sydney

    Merry Christmas 🎅🎄🎉. Very quiet out this morning — unsurprisingly but the highways are usually busy on Christmas morning with people travelling to family gatherings. So quieter than usual. On the positive side, the sky isn’t a looming orange haze.

  • Tim’s Last Minute Gift Suggestions

    From the desk of Timothy the Talking Cat. Ho, ho, ho, it is nearly Christmas Eve and you all aren’t as smart as me. I’ve got all my gifts bought and wrapped and ready. My secret? I only buy heavy armaments and I buy them for myself. My gift to you all is to be […]