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Napoleonic Wars -- of the FUTURE!

laurie_robey and I watched the first episode of Last Exile last night. Like almost all animé first episodes, it was "set-uppy" and somewhat incomprehensible; certainly pretty to look at, tho. I realize that, as a fantasy show, you're supposed to just let go and run with it. But I have a hard time swallowing the idea that these countries have the advanced technology to make gigantic lighter-than-air battleships, yet still think setting up rows and rows of soldiers to shoot at each other with muskets is a good way to wage war. We'll see how it develops, tho.

We also recently watched the first disk of Battle Athletes Victory, a fairly lighthearted show about young women training to be super-soldiers/celebrities in a hazily-sketched future. This one tried a little too hard (IMO) to be "zany wacky hi-jinks", with competitions such as running races while pushing giant concrete cylinders, or riding bicycles around Hot Wheels-track looking courses, with lots of screaming, crying, and chibi-faces. I was pleased that, given that the cast is young adult women running around in leotards most of the time, it was not OTT fanservicey, but at the same time after watching a couple of episodes I found myself wishing it would chill out a little.

I've also been going through the entire run of the original Jonny Quest lately; last night I watched "The Invisible Monster," which was basically the Id Monster from Forbidden Planet moved to a Caribbean island. That episode scared the bejeebus out of me when I was a kid, and still manages at times to be very creepy, particularly after the titular monster has been made visible and wanders around making its strange screamy noise at things. Its alien not-quite-intelligent behavior, seeming to be groping for some kind of sentience, is actually the scariest thing about it. The fact that it slaughtered everyone on the island (which was mighty heady stuff to throw at kids) in a purely instinctual "see food, eat it" way, was another thing that gave me the willies as a kid. What a show!

-The Gneech

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smrgol_t_kirin
Feb. 23rd, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
Last Exile is GOOD!

If you don't feel like building the paper models that come in later DVDs, send them up this way. (*GRIN*)

You also may like Planetes.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planetes
the_gneech
Feb. 23rd, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
Sorry, our discs are coming from Netflix -- no box goodies included!

-TG
satyrblade
Feb. 23rd, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
Man, I loved Jonny Quest as a kid! And yeah - it was genuinely creepy at times. I still recall the "Id-monster-knockoff" you mentioned, as well as the spider-robot thingie. Let's hear it for the meddling parents' groups who got the show yanked in the late '60s. "Eem-sala-beem!" :)

Question: Do either of you know how to get hold of Jen? I lost track of her after I left SF, and she's apparently moved and changed her number. Any ideas?
the_gneech
Feb. 23rd, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
Not off the top of my head, sorry! I haven't seen or spoken to her for many moons.

-TG
satyrblade
Feb. 23rd, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Me neither. We were in touch when I lived in SF, but fell out of contact after I moved. Ah, well...
leoni2
Feb. 23rd, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
The thing is, Jonny Quest wasn't originally aimed at kids. The show was part of ABC's 1964-1965 prime-time schedule, shown on Friday's night at 7:30 (Before 1970-71, prime time started at 7:30, not 8, Monday-Friday). It was cancelled after one season, in spite of good ratings, because it cost too much since it show was drawn uber realistic. It was in the late 60s added to the Saturday Morning lineup. So, it started for adult, but is probably more remembered by us when we saw it as kids.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonny_Quest
kamau_d_lyon
Feb. 23rd, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
Jonny Quest was a regular on my schedule as well. I loved it as a kid and still enjoy seeing episodes today.
hbar98
Feb. 23rd, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
Last Exile. That was pretty good...though bits of it get a bit confusing (or maybe I just can't follow some of their plot devices).

But, yeah, the pneumatic riflemen were a bit trippy at first.
tamahori
Feb. 23rd, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
Pneumatic Riflemen
From what I can tell the pneumatic riflemen are an 'honor' thing. Think of it as the navy vs navy version of a 'first blood' dual, and from their point of view, if they _can_ finish the fight that way (with honor being served and so on) then replacing a ton of rifleman is a lot cheaper then replacing even a single ship.

I note that both sides seem a little unused to the idea of full up 'to the finish' combat, so I think that from the look of it, things had been really static for a very long time, as enforced by the odd observer ships.

The impression I got overall is that it's been a long time since a real war, and for most of that time, disputes between governments have been solved by sending out the equivalents of each side's champion to battle on the field of honor. In this case, in this case parking a line of battleships side by side, and shooting at each other with pop-guns, and counting how may people got killed. Nasty in its own way, especially for the individual gunmen, but to be honest, less destructive then any kind of conventional battle, in this case, especially for civilians.

Heh, in an odd way, a closer comparison may be Battletech, if you're familiar with the game, especially the way the Clans solved everything by sending a bunch of big stomping great mechs out to a jointly agreed on area, and beating each other up for a while, and the winner of that got whatever they were fighting over without having to shoot up the stuff they were really fighting over. (civilians, cities, etc)

Though Battletech itself makes more sense if you treat it as a steampunk game, suddenly the weapon ranges and crappy tech make sense. :)

-- Brett, who probably thinks too much about things like this.
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