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  1. Sorry, I’m afraid the correct answer is Darren.
  2. it it lost it lost has Whats the fourth answer in the sequence?
  3. This has been fine so far. Obviously it looks amazing, and it's clearly setting things up but it hasn't done anything particularly exciting yet. I'm a huge Tolkien fan, and I read the Silmarillion at least once every couple of years, but I'm not particularly precious about them changing things as long as it ends up suiting the story they are trying to tell. That said, I am incredibly disappointed at one change they have made. Galadriel's brother, Finrod, who we seeing dying in the first episode, overwhelmed by soldiers in a doomed battle does not die like that in the books. In the books, he dies like this: As far as I'm concerned, with the amount of money they had to spend on this show, the fact that they show him die, but deny the world the spectacle of an Elf vs Werewolf cage match is a complete and utter fucking disgrace.
  4. Came in here to post the same. Only started watching it because Pablo Schreider is in it. The beginning was very ploddy, but it wasn't bad and over the series it's gone from not bad to ok, to sort of good, to mostly good, to just really damn enjoyable. It's not doing anything special, and it's not particularly clever, but whoever the showrunners are, they clearly understanding plotting, pacing and character development. They've also done the incredibly simple, but often ignored, method of setting rules for the universe and then, you know, actually following them. The characters have believable motives and act in the ways you'd expect when confronted with difficult choices. It's so basic but it means they've somehow managed to make a competent show out of the total mess that is the Halo canon. The most recent episode was just brilliant stupid sci-fi fun the whole way through. I'm definitely in for another season. Never thought I'd be saying that when it was announced.
  5. Maybe they want to see if they can get away with doing black face again?
  6. He’s not really by the book for Starfleet. He does a lot of things he would never get permission for as an officer. He is by the book for Odo though. I think it’s a testament to how well developed a character Odo was that a massive fan like you can consider him to be lawful to a fault because you’ve seen enough of him to know not only that he has a well developed moral code, but you also know what that code is and that he would never ever break it.
  7. Let us not forget that, as well as being a Hirogen, Warf's brother is also Sisko's son.
  8. This thread is a different beast to most threads about games, but that's not the fault of anyone who posts on rllmuk. I don't care about Harry Potter. Read the first book when I was a teenager, never read another. I've never seen a single movie, played a game or had any kind of interaction with the franchise. I hadn't even heard of this game until posts in this thread started getting reported. It literally had not come in to my consciousness. And yet, I am now not only aware of this game, I have had to post in a thread about what is essentially a children's game to explain that I have had to ban someone for making transphobic comments. And that is the fault of one person, and one person only (well, two I guess). Because, if you want to discuss the videogame Hogwarts Legacy, and only the videogame, JK Rowling has made that impossible for you. Her prejudice and bigotry are so pervasive to her existence that anything connected to her IP instantly becomes a political issue. She has made it that way. And now instead of having a nice thread, full of people talking about a game based on a kids books people love, we've got a shitshow that nobody wants but we all have to deal with. Fuck JK Rowling, basically. I also genuinely hope anyone looking forward to this game actually enjoys playing it. Sometimes awful people create things you love. That can't be helped. I still love Roald Dahl even though he's a massive piece of anti-semitic shit.
  9. Associating trans people and their struggle for equality with paedophilia is transphobic and these kinds of comments are completely unwelcome on this forum. I have given kensei a 24 hour ban for this and his other posts in the thread and will consult with the other mods if it should be extended.
  10. If it's not the Helcaraxe then they have got it wrong. And I think you're right that she didn't think it was possible to defeat Morgoth, but they could come up with a bunch of valid reasons why she might end up in the Northern Wastes. But it all depends what era of what age that scene is supposed to be from. And again, you say she's a ruler, but at the beginning of the second age she's just hanging around with Gil-Galad not doing much. She doesn't become the person she is in LotR until after the rings are made. Which I assume is the story we'll be seeing and I also assume that they have a plan for her evolution as a character in to what we know her as now. I'm willing to give the show the benefit of the doubt until I watch it. My main concern with that trailer was how much dodgy looking CGI was in it. I can forgive that if they nail the spirit of the books though. Galadriel in armour scaling an icy cliff just isn't a red flag for me.
  11. The Galadriel scene is clearly going to be part of her crossing the Helcaraxe. In which case, she was going on an adventure (to kill Morgoth) and she would have been pretty stupid not to bring her armour with her given that fact. It's the character before she went through the events that made her Galadriel, in which case, there's nothing we know about her other than she is gullible enough to fall for Feanor's bullshit before he betrays everybody. There are a hundred thousand ways they could fuck this up, and they very likely will, but this is a strange thing to nitpick. They've actually got that part right.
  12. Am I the only one who completely forgot that space Legolas was in this show? This season is going to be worse than the first one isn’t it?
  13. I am honestly not sure what PP is trying to achieve by reacting to you in this way. Being able to admit your own ignorance for the sake of enlightening yourself on a subject is a virtue as far as I'm concerned. Especially, when it comes to issues as complex and important as racism. I have long been a proponent of the idea that the best way for people to end racism is to listen to the victims of it, so I'll try and turn the atmosphere of the conversation by saying thanks for asking, and I hope I can do my best to answer. I find that one of the main barriers to talking productively about racism are, strangely enough, the use of words that most people use to talk about racism. White, black, race. I find all of these terms to be completely reductive and basically useless. They mean so many things to so many people that they don't really mean anything. But that's not why using them is a barrier. We use words like that all the time. They are a barrier because they are words whose meanings and usage were created by racists to describe race and further racism. It is odd that Irish is considered something other than white on forms if you consider racism to be based solely on a persons skin. But Racism is about way more than just skin colour. Just think about how the Irish have been historically perceived by the English for the last 1,000 years. It wasn't that long ago that No Dogs No Blacks No Irish was actually a thing. When you do that, it makes perfect sense for forms you fill out in England to have White Irish as a 'racial' identifier. Racism is about oppression in the name of power. Skin colour is just an incredibly easy way to use racism to further that end. And this is the problem that Whoopie Goldberg is currently facing. Her understanding of racism is based exclusively on her experiences of it. And those experiences are of a black woman in one of the most racist countries to have ever existed, where being black has been the raison d'etre and main tool of racists to oppress. I cannot even imagine what kind of prejudice she has faced because of the colour of her skin in a country like the USA. Especially, given her age. She lived through the Civil Rights movement. I can completely understand why, to her, racism is solely about the colour of someone's skin. She admits this herself. That is the lense that she both experiences and understands racism. It's just that her view is incredibly narrow, and it has tripped her in to revealing her ignorance of a topic she clearly has no place in commenting on, causing her to do an accidental anti-semitism. I genuinely don't think she's anti-semitic, I just think she's just completely ignorant. Arguably dangerously ignorant, given that she thinks identifying Jews is difficult to do, rather than realising that identifying Jews is difficult to do in the present day because of what happened when identifying who was Jewish was as easy as just looking at them. When it comes to Jews being a race, I guess technically we are. But I don't like the term race. Especially because religion, culture and identity play just as important a role in being Jewish as race does. I prefer ethnicity. And there are several Jewish ethnicities. The two most populated ones are Ashkenazi (Eastern European heritage, pale white skin, straight brown/black hair) and Sephardi (North African/Middle Eastern heritage, tanned skin, curly dark black hair). When it comes to things like DNA it depends on how you use DNA to define race. Ashkenazi's are prone to lactose intolerance and are also highly at risk of having children with a genetic disease called Tay Sachs, which cannot be detected in the womb and the sufferers of have a life expectancy of around 5 years. I personally know a couple who can't have children because they are carriers. I'm Ashkenazi and I consider myself to be part of that ethnic grouping. So on that basis, no, I don't consider myself to be 'white'. I have white skin, but I'm Jewish, which is it's own different thing. I don't get persecuted because of the colour of my skin, but I do get persecuted for completely different bullshit arbitrary reasons. I also get almost exclusively persecuted by people who are white, as have most other Jews for most of history. That is probably the main reason I don't consider myself part of that racial grouping. But it also proves my earlier point. Terms like white are reductive, and using it doesn't really get anybody anywhere worth going when it comes to talking about race. If we lived in a world where people actually cared about understanding and accepted that sometimes there is nuance and difficulty involved in these kinds of discussions we'd be talking about the one interesting thing Whoopi Goldberg did talk about. Which is something that never gets discussed. Are the terms racism and anti-semitism distinct in and of themselves, with no overlap, or are they different branches of the same form of prejudice? The current prevailing argument, in Jewish circles at least, is that they are, and they should be, which is why the IHRA was conceived of and then created in the first place. I've always questioned this, and it seems obvious to me, given what Whoopi Goldberg has said, that pursuing this line of argument only serves to further distance groups of people who suffer from discrimination, oppression and prejudice from eachother, rather than helping to bring them together to create a stronger voice in service of justice, equality and fairness for all.
  14. Being top of the rllmuk league is stressful as hell. I almost won it twice, in consecutive seasons, and managed to end up finishing second both times. One time I lost the lead in the last day of the season by 1 point. Still gutted about that one. There are a lot of good managers in here. Good luck staying on top!
  15. Oh yeah, he's awful at free kicks. But he's Ronaldo, the worlds biggest manchild. He probably still gets to take them anyway. Even if Bruno keeps FKs, he scored 18 goals last season, 9 were pens. He's scored 29 goals in the PL, 19 of them were penalties. Take away his penalties from last season, thats 45 points lost already (not factoring in BAPs gained from goals, so maybe another 10-20 points on top of that) and automatically he becomes the worst premium pick in terms of points per million. He could very well end up assisting the hell out of Ronaldo, or end up getting more goals because of the space Ronaldo makes for him, but I think it's way more likely he drops off over the course of the season. He might end up keeping penalties, but I don't see it. I'm definitely looking to get rid. Doing it before a game against Newcastle could bite me in the arse short-term, but long term I think it's the right move. Part of me is considering getting in Lukaku against a Villa defence with probably no Mings, and potentially no Martinez. I'm probably too much of a dullard though and will go for Ronaldo anyway.
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