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    Posted: 28 Mar 2020 at 2:10am
Fair enough. I think the changes were probably something to do with the show being cancelled and then revived that anyone not on a main contract probably wasn't available to reprise their roles. Season 4 also saw at least one recast probably for the same reason. 
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^I understand, but since I haven´t read the books, none of that bothers me :-)
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^ season 4 was good but as a book reader I had some gripes with it. Mainly that several characters we already met in previous seasons in the show should have played major roles in this season, yet the roles got passed to other characters. The big one of these being Havelock who was Miller's partner on Ceres in season 1. He is a main character in book 4 and this arc of the story felt really odd as a book reader that his character wasn't included. The same for Basia Merton who we see briefly on Ganymede when Hold and crew are helping Prax. He is also a main character in book 4. Both were established in the show then didn't appear for their main arcs. 
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Finished season 4 of The Expanse and the show grows more and more on me:
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Just finished Season 1 of Watchmen and I found it quite brilliant:
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It wasn't only the sex scenes that were criticised though. The level of violence was as well and I also think that was toned down for season 2. It's more about overall feel than any particular elements from season 1. What I liked about the show that was that with an 18 rating it had a free reign to produce something in the genre that was truly gritty in all respects when a lot of modern sci-fi aims for the teen 12A audience, kinda like what Game of Thrones did for fantasy. 

I still like season 2 a lot and will watch the anime movie that comes out in a few days as well, once I've watched the last two episodes of course. 
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^Although I usually don´t have a problem with sex scenes in movies, I actually thought the explicit nature of some of the scenes in Season 1 were unnecessary. There was no need for them and it felt a Little like the creators had put them there to attract an audience interested in scenes like that. So the scenes themselves didn´t bother me, but the motive behind them being there does.
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Partly yes but my impression is overall that everything has been dialled back somewhat, including the budget. 

They might have been trying to portray Earth as a much more decadent place than a colony world, but it's more likely because they showrunner changed between seasons and the new one had different ideas for how the series was presented, perhaps influenced by criticisms aimed at season 1 for it's most extreme elements. 
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^Well there´s a lot less nudity and sex scenes in season 2 if that´s what you mean...and the Visuals in season 1 were also slightly more spectacular, although I thought Season 2 looked great too.
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^ Season 2 has been pretty good in its own right for me (I still have two episodes to watch). My biggest issue with it is that it seems very toned down compared to season 1, which was much more gritty and adult sci-fi that few seem prepared to make. While this is still not exactly what you'd call Star Wars brand family friendly, it doesn't feel like it deserves the 18 rating it has in the UK anymore. 

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I can also confirm that season 2 does not really follow much of the books. Actually it has more of book 3 than book 2. Kovacs' Anthony Mackie sleeve fits with his book 2 sleeve and the character of Carrera also comes from book 2, but Kovacs served under him on a completely different planet. The whole Quell's return and a younger version of Kovacs also running about is all from book 3. Quell's return is handled very differently in the show than the book, writing out a whole group of characters. 

It's not necessarily a bad thing. When I read book 2 I did get the feeling that it was unfilmable as a workable TV show or even a movie. Lots of slow exploration and minimal action. It's not really a surprise that they went straight in with book 3 plots and just added elements from elsewhere. Actually the character of Trepp should have been in season 1. But season 1 made a lot of changes as well. Poe is actually supposed to resemble Jimi Hendrix for example, but they couldn't get the rights to use his likeness. Also Reileen Kawahara is not Kovacs sister in the books. But overall season 1 is a faithful adaptation. 
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Just finished season 2 of Altered Carbon, and I actually think I liked it a Little better than Season 1. Maybe Season 1 confused me a bit as I haven´t read the books, and I´m just more into the universe now? hmm...WHO knows...I enjoyed Season 2:
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^ And not one of the famous tracks either, though a fitting one for the show. Would have been one of the last songs they released in the TWD timeline. 
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Wasn't expecting Eugene to start singing Iron Maiden on this week's Walking Dead. Clap
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Yep and years down the line if the show is still running they'll blame future showrunners for retconing the things Chibnall put in during his run. 

Just blame it on wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff and move on. 
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I'd much rather the Doctor be some unknown species rather than the half-human storyline of the TV movie! Fans love to rant about Chibnall but forget how the show has a long history to re-writing it's own canon.
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Yeah, I've seen it. It's not as if the seeds of the idea weren't planted back in 1976 or something. Oh wait.

The thing is, I found everything they presented in this episode to be completely plausible within the established lore. Clearly no one over on FB has heard of the saying 'history is written by the winners'. I find it extremely likely that the Time Lord origin as previously presented, with Rassilion and Omega as central figures, came about because after the ability to regenerate creates the Time Lords, they assume power and then paint themselves as some kind of God figures. At some point The Doctor (Ruth or close incarnation) while working for The Division begins to become a 'problem' including running away, which results in the Ruth Clayton identity under the Chameleon Arch being hunted. Eventually they catch up with her (in whatever regeneration) and do the memory wipe and reset them to a child, which is the young Doctor we actually see in Listen, who grows up to be Hartnell and runs away again. They also limit his regeneration's to the number set by Tecteun, essentially making him a 'normal' Time Lord. Maybe The Doctor sought to expose the Time Lord's origins, having become disillusioned with their work with The Division. It's just my personal theory right now, but I'm sure it's one way this doesn't outright contradict established lore. 

I think Trenzalore is also very explainable: they are Time Lords. If they can hide so much history from the living Doctor's mind I'm pretty sure they can also mess with the deceased Doctor's timestream, which doesn't even exist in that place anymore due to timey-whimey stuff. 

Ruth having a police box TARDIS is an issue, but I don't find it unreasonable to believe that The Doctor always liked that design and that the sentient TARDIS made the decision to pick that design. 

Of course the so called fans bitching about the changes to lore would probably also bitch if it had all turned out to be a ploy on The Master's part. You can't please those people. 
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I'm not surprised Ryan is being written out after a few episodes back. And yes a Doctor, Yaz & Jack line-up would be great. 

I see the Facebook crowd has gone into its usual meltdown over the latest revelations, as if Chibnall pulled this idea out of his arse overnight. 
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Originally posted by 666sharon666 666sharon666 wrote:

A great episode, but if anything the Cybermen plot became a distraction. 

Biggest disappointment though? No Captain Jack. I was sure he'd sure up again in part 2. Maybe in the next special. I can picture him as an inmate in that prison the Judoon sent the Doctor to. 

I can see this being very likely. I don't think they would bring him back for that brief part and have no scenes with the Doctor if they didn't have something else already planned.

In other news, two of the three companions have been announced to exit the show after the next special. Only Yaz will continue.

Is it too much to hope for a series 13 line-up of The Doctor, Yaz and Captain Jack?

One thing bugging me about that cliffhanger, how did the Judoon break into the TARDIS like that? It's always been a big deal before about how nothing can get in invited. It seems like a major plot hole. 
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Just finished season 3 of Top Boy. I watched the show with my son and we both found it a great show:
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A great episode, but if anything the Cybermen plot became a distraction. 

Biggest disappointment though? No Captain Jack. I was sure he'd sure up again in part 2. Maybe in the next special. I can picture him as an inmate in that prison the Judoon sent the Doctor to. 
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