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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Prog 1106 05/08/98

I’m six parts into the second Mazeworld story The Dark Man and I’m still feeling that it’s not as good as it could be. I love Arthur Ranson’s artwork, obviously, and I remain intrigued by the idea of the Hooded Man seeking redemption in a possible fantasy world but that’s pretty much where it stops. The world itself and its characters remain insubstantial to me. Furthermore, the internal logic of the thrill seemed compromised recently by a scene where doctors tending to Adam Cadman’s comatose body in the real world saw a maze appear on the monitor recording his brain activity. It just seemed stupid to me.

In Sinister Dexter Slay Per View, Dexter had convinced himself that he is Downlode’s serial killer because he’s been having dreams that mirror the real life murders. It was Sinister who worked out that the TV implanted into Dexter’s brain has been picking up signals from the real killer just in time before he shot himself. There’s a part of me that wishes he hadn’t.

I’m surprised that more isn’t made of Dexter’s implant. It’s become like Maggie on the Simpsons; it seemed like a good idea at the time but, actually, exploiting it story wise is really difficult and sometimes it’s better to forget that it’s there. Anyway, the two guns for hire are now helping the police to track down the real killer as if they have some sort of moral high ground because they only kill people for money. Personally, I think the serial killer is the good guy here. At least he (or she) isn’t doing it for commercial gain.

Finally, yesterday I expressed surprise at the height of Slaine’s son, Kai, given that he’s spent twenty years in druid school. Actually, he’s only spent seven of his twenty course years there, so there you go.

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  • Imagine how much more life you will have when the slog is over!

    How do the current run of progs compare to prior periods? I think the main periods in the prog are:

    1 - 200 the early years.
    200 - 600 the classic years
    600 - 700 the teenage years
    700 - 900 the action flick years
    900 - 1200 the titty years.

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 10:33 pm  

  • If I may wade in, I've sometimes attempted to break up the years thus:

    1-75 the early years
    76-329 the fun classic years
    330-519 the intelligent classic years
    520-711 the teen intellectual years
    712-841 the action flick years (I'm stealing your term, Victor - it's very appropriate!)
    842-955 the student knowingly stupid hyper-violent years
    956-1061 the unemployed gap-year treading water years
    1062-1148 the yuppie media whore years

    (looking ahead, 1149-1299 are the angry young man rocket-fuel years; 1300-today are the turn-into-your-parents return to classic form years)

    By Blogger alexf, at 9:55 am  

  • Ha ha. I like the term 'the titty years'. I'll have to think about it, Victor.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:46 pm  

  • don't think about it too long, it can make you go blind!

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 5:51 pm  

  • Alex, you waded in pretty quick.

    Off the top of my head -

    1 - 76, the todler years

    77 - 520, the classic years

    521 - 700s, Diffcult puberty

    700s - 900s, Young, dumb and sometimes fun.

    900s - 1057, the difficult break up.

    1080 - 1108, better than expected.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:53 pm  

  • Too late, Victor.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:53 pm  

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