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Postby The Eva Monkey » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:54 pm

The wife and I have been binging on Steven Universe recently. I'm enjoying the periodic homages to Evangelion (among other things). Really great show.
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Postby NemZ » Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:53 pm

Huh... Hadn't noticed much in the way of homages. What are you referring to? Worth adding to the thread on that subject?
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Postby The Eva Monkey » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:10 pm

I'm aware of three very deliberate homages to Eva so far. There's also a bunch of other similarities that you can interpret. I'm taking mental notes at the moment, I'm thinking about making a video once I catch up to where the show is. I'm only halfway through season 2 at the moment.

But, aside from the obvious "Congratulations!" and EoE beach scene homages, there's also an homage to Episode 1 of Eva when Shinji is in the entry plug for the first time and it fills with LCL. In the episode "Road Trip", Steven boards Peridot's escape pod, and at a point, it fills up with liquid in the very same manner.
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Postby Alaska Slim » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:12 am

Watching SciFi Channel's The Expanse.


They spend $16 million per episode on this show, due to their use of 3d printers to create props and set pieces.

And does it look it? At times; there's still awkward CGI moments, but I was actually impressed by how awesome the set for the "space pod" looked in episode 1. I thought for sure that this meant that they were going to set a good part of the show in it, but no, it was gone by episode 3.


"Belter" culture and their "creole" language makes me think of the Afrikaners. Their hairdos are reminiscent of the early 90s... my mind swears that I saw Dominique Tipper on Sesame Street.


The "Lunarian" condition from Planetes is here in full force, and both Martians and Belters wear it as a matter of pride, even though... yeah, they're physically weaker than "Earthers" because of it. It's also a form of torture to put one of them in 1G.


The strange thing is that this is a story set in the 23rd century, the time of Kirk, but it has a human civilization that still hasn't gone outside the Solar System. But that's what makes it fascinating for me; a look at what a near-future for us could be like, with sub-light-propelled spaceships instead of Star trek faire, where isolation and logistic constraints can still throttle us.


However, there is one group looking to go interstellar. I swear they steal the scene whenever they pop-up, almost like they're compensating for being left out of Babylon 5.

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And dear lord, the heroes. It's like in KOTOR, wherever they go, destruction follows them. They literally say to themselves "Yeah, people are going to think we're terrorists". But the genre-savviness cuts both ways, it gets a bit hammy when "Holden" gives his "I'm a big damn hero" speech. Also a bit disingenuous, considering it's really Noami whose leading them 80% of the time.

Regardless, it's an expensive looking sci-fi soap opera, with a noir undercurrent, and set in a time & place I haven't gotten to explore visually since Nexus: The Jupiter Incident. It definitely fills a space for me.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:53 pm

View Original PostAlaska Slim wrote:Watching SciFi Channel's The Expanse.
The books (or at least the first three, the ones that I've read) aren't bad space opera, even if there is one bit near the climax where conservation of angular momentum gets taken out behind the barn. It sounds like the adaptation is being a credible one.
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