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January 09 2011

(SPOILER) 'The Cape' premieres tonight on NBC. The show stars Summer Glau and you can read reviews of the two hour premiere at IGN.com, Comic Vine, TV Squad and HitFix.com.

I don't know if this counts as self-promotion, but I also wrote a review at popbunker.net
TV Club also have a good review. I think I'm going to be watching, anyway. The opening credits look great, Ausiello's recent interview with the creator makes it sound like the show has genuine potential. I like me some campy superhero fun - its why I'm still watching SV.

Do hope it rates well at the start, cos I see a big drop-off over the two hours. And tomorrow. Hmm.
I don't know if this counts as self-promotion


You can post links to your own stuff in the comments, just not on the front page.
It's not bad. I agree with the AVClub reviewer to an extent - it's fun, and that's all it tries to be. Sometimes it succeeds, other times it really doesn't.

It's campy, it's humorous, it'll cause you to roll your eyes a few times, but it's fun.
Serious comic book fans might be interested in this piece from EW.

[ edited by brinderwalt on 2011-01-10 00:46 ]
Summer Glau is trending on twitter!
Dr. Horrible goggles (sort of...)
It's pretty bad so far. Definitely has potential, but it's being played so overdramatic. I can enjoy campy if it seems like they're having fun and messing with it. But they're playing it so straight it's just kind of hard to get involved at all.
I feel like it would be better if they slowed it down a bit. I mean, maybe now that most of the characters and relationships have started they'll slow down the pace a bit, but for me that was the only problem.
Yeah - I'd say it's trying to dance a very fine line between straight and tongue-in-cheek which - in the case of what I just saw - sometimes worked and other times... didn't quite. I do think that its success rate improved ever so slightly as the show progressed, and I'm very interested to see where it goes in that regard come next week.
I thought the first hour was a little too fast paced. Second hour was better. I think it has potential. If nothing else, what I saw tonight was better than Smallville and everythig in Heroes after its first season. Not that that is saying much, but I enjoyed it. It's not like there's many super hero shows anyway, so I'm happy to see this
Is it wrong to just want it to be less 60's batman and more Tim Buton Batman? I prefer my heroes flawed and dark and my villains less campy. I can't quite enjoy the mix. Maybe I'm just too picky, hangovers make me grouchy and critical...
Sorry, totally missed it. However, from what I read so far, guess I didn't miss much. Please don't take me wrong, interested in Summer's show, but don't think NBC is totally committed in a serie as of yet.

Forgive me, I'm wording this all wrong!
I had to look up the writer after watching so I never accidentally watch anything they write ever again. The writing is.. i'm speechless that it got made with writing that bad honestly.
Enjoyed Jennifer Ferrin as always and of course Summer and Mr. David but no, just no.
I have mixed feelings about it. I hear everyone's take on both the good and bad. I'll give it another shot but it didn't wow me.
It's bad. If you want my elaboration, go here and read from the bottom up. (My live tweeting of the premiere.)

[ edited by The One True b!X on 2011-01-10 08:04 ]
More like Tim Burton's Batman? I don't think I've ever seen someone want anything more like that series. More like Chris Nolan's Batman, I hear all the time...but not like Burton's.
Actually, I prefer Burton's movies. I really hated the Nolan ones.

I can't wait for The Cape to air here, but it'll probably be a year or more.
I hate Nolan's version. And Bale is awful! I know lots of people who would agree, Nolan is style over substance. If it hadn't been for Ledger TDK would not have reached the heights it did, it won't stand the test of time, neither will films like Inception. To quote Spike(as I never do, but this is Season 2 Spike who was awesome!) "All hat and no cattle".

Walkdogger, I'm sure it'll be on itunes, right? Should be sometime today. I know other shows go online the day after they get aired. Just open a US account.
I find plenty of cattle in TDK and Inception. Certainly more than, y'know, in the subject of this thread.
I was excited for this, but probably won't be tuning in for episode 2. I only knew about this show through the promo commercials on NBC, and didn't know of Summer Glau's involvement until last week. They can cut a good commercial, not make a good show. I agree with the comments of eye-roll-inducing-camp-played-straight. And way too fast paced. I had no idea how some scenes lead to the next.
Tonight's 2-hour episode of The Cape is a repeat of the premiere, so if you didn't catch it last night you can watch it tonight at 9pm. The next new (1-hour) episode is the 17th at 9pm.
More like Tim Burton's Batman? I don't think I've ever seen someone want anything more like that series. More like Chris Nolan's Batman,

I prefer Burton.

The Cape seemed very dated. Seventies' action style. Though the disappearing effect was pretty, and I liked Summer in the dark wig and red lipstick. The plot was too much like the Spawn movie, though thankfully with less clowns. (Not no clowns - the ice-cream truck freaked me out - where's Agent Booth when you need him?) I don't think I'll be making this appointment TV.
I loved it. Punchy and grabbing from the get-go. Summer seemed less crazy than her usual characters (although I have a suspicion that there's a chance that might change)

I am worried that the premise for the show may not stretch out for more than a couple of seasons.
Couple of seasons? Thats presuming that the bad reviews don't kill it in one! imdb(clearly the most reliable news source! :P) said it got some fairly hideous ones, no idea how the ratings will turn out, but going by reviews and replies here I have a feeling there may have been a huge drop in the second hour.
Well, it's a comic book on TV, and characterization is way over the top. Chess is evil; I get it. I found that I was really only truly invested when Summer was on, and I wanted to know more about her character. But I find the hero less compelling. Are we going to cut between him and his family forever more, knowing that he cannot identify himself to them? That will get old very fast. And are these people truly so stupid as to, for example, not have Chess realize his old director of security is right there talking to him, just with a bad face mask on? And what kind of time frames exist here- we cut from the poisoner Caine misxing potions to the Mask looking for antidotes and he finds them so fast that he builds up immunity in what, 6 hours? But I suppose these are not questions to ask if you want to just enjoy the ride. I find the writing sort of bad so far, but will hang in there to see if they can locate the right note- if they play this more seriouslyI think it can be okay; if it remains campy, less so. And really, the circus? Heroes went off the rails when it brought in the carnival, and I find using the circus old beyond belief.
Yep. It's a midseason replacement. Most of them aren't good, with notable exceptions that prove the rule being Buffy, Twin Peaks and All in the Family.

plot spoilers....



OT: can someone tell me how to link to something on these posts? I can't seem to figure it out.
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I did like that part roguerouge, it was quite hilarious! Now if we could limit the cast to Summer and him Keith david we'd be fine. Although I did like the line "do we believe the raccoon was working alone?" or something like that, anyway, it was great! The show fell apart right after that, and possibly before it and in general any scene that didn't have that dialogue, summer or keith david.
Ah, good call-out on the Magical Negro trope; I should have caught that but did not; I just thought, nope, he ain't dead yet since he is listed as a star of the show. Plus, I love Keith David (not to be confused with David Keith).
Seems I'm in the minority here but I kinda liked it, and I'm usually pretty critical. There were timeline issues that bugged me but the writing, directing and acting were better IMO than say, V (no disrespect to Morena intended).
I must have something off-centre in my brain, since I throughly enjoyed both episodes aired last night on NBC.

Were they perfect? Far from it, but I see potential that just needs be nutured; I agree that things were too rushed getting the storyline up and rolling...personally think the first hour could have been expanded to the full 2 hours and more introduction done to Orwell and Vince's opinion of the mysterious figure before getting to the trigger event of the L9 explosives on the train car. Plus the number of logic fails did seem to be fairly large, but I think some explanations are coming in the future as to how long it was between Vince's apparent death at the trainyard and when he went after Scales at the docks (could be months, since Mrs. Faraday and Trip had to move to a stylish apartment with convenient rooftop access for midnight chats ;D).
I find it hilarious that in a conversation comparing Burton's Batman and Nolan's Batman (Batmen?), someone says that Nolan is more style than substance.
From TVByTheNumbers:
The Cape premiered to a 2.6 rating and averaged 8.4 million viewers between 9-11p. which by NBC standards seems decent enough. The bad news is ratings typically erode after heavily promoted premieres. But the good news is The Cape was very stable over the 2 hours with the first half hour getting a 2.5 rating and each of the last three half hours a 2.6.

Got to say I'm pleasantly surprised (particularly about the retention numbers.)

I must have something off-centre in my brain, since I throughly enjoyed both episodes aired last night on NBC.

You're not alone. I may have had issues with it on other levels, but insofar as pure entertainment value is concerned (really the only important factor when all is said and done) I found the show far from lacking (don't know if what I found to be entertaining and what the creators intended to be entertaining matched up that well, but as long as the ball's in the net who cares?)

To quote Ken Tucker:
#TheCape -- unironic, grit-less, not so much dark as it is a lark: so sue me, I liked it: http://bit.ly/gqfuMz


ETA: It occurs to me that Dave Barry may have an interest in this show (especially since it sounds like they've inherited 24's Wooden Dialogue Generator.)

[ edited by brinderwalt on 2011-01-10 19:46 ]
Why? Nolan is more style than substance, Burton is a visual genius and knows a good script when he sees it.
I thought the show was kinda goofy. I'm just not sure if it was a good goofy or a bad goofy.
I liked it. Quite a bit. Sure, it got quite a bit of exposition, and some over-written dialogue. And it got that "this-is-a-comic-book" setup; but all that worked for me. So I'm happy. Looking forward to more.
IMO it needs to lay on the charm for it to work. There were so many mixed signals, I wasn't sure whether they had decided what they wanted it to be. I found it charming at times, though more often overly dramatic and very predictable. I even thought Summer Glau was really not used well. I found her very uninteresting and lifeless, and I like Summer Glau. There's some charm there that they could mine.

Besides all the problems mentioned by roguerouge, did anyone else find the ending really problematic?


I was not a huge fan up until the end, but I was going with it. The thing is, you need to always end strong because that is the impression people leave with and this made me feel like the whole thing was stupid after only feeling that it was overdone before that. I don't know if I will watch again or not.
Good one, newcj.
I think the idea was, ). That said, i'm reluctant to give the show that much credit so it may as well stand as a plot hole.

Not very good really. I think it got better for what that's worth but it was po-faced and clumsy for the most part, almost never avoiding the obvious, and the few times it did it then spoiled it with obviousness (in episode 2, after . Oh so that's why you're only listening off and on ? Thanks, got it now. Similarly stupid was the flash back to 10 minutes previously so that we'd all know who Chess was, as if we didn't already). I started off liking the fact that the comic stuff was front and centre, unashamedly in your face but it became an example of what non-fans think comics are all about and then the close association became embarrassing. Sad (and deeply shallow - which is a thing BTW ;) to say but Summer in the black wig and dress-with-some-slink was probably the best part of it for me. Oh and the disappearing effect was nice.

That said, i'll watch another couple cos as I say, it got better (still not good but better). And it's Summer.

(in other news 'Episodes' got off to a pretty decent start, i'll definitely be watching that again)
Plot holes far too numerous to mention. Character motivations not always clear, and story lurches from set-piece to set-piece with no clue how the characters get there or how they know where to go.

Continuity is utterly ridiculous. Richard Schiff is served poisonous chicken, but hasn't even take a bite when he gets saved from it many, many minutes later? Show is filled with similar implausible continuities.

Have no CLUE what Summer Glau is about, what her skills are or how she shows up on every computer and in every location at just the right time, except that it's not that different than Smallville's reality-stretching Watchtower. (That's not praise - Smallville is a truly terrible show, and I can't imagine anyone watches it except to see the day Clark puts on the tights and flies.) SUmmer isn't very well used, though one does have to admire the effort she has to employ to be frequently rolling on the floor in short mini-skirts.

But: my feeling was that, except maybe for the slanty camera which seems to evoke more modern storytelling, this is trying to do an early-to-mid 1960s comic book. While at the time, Marvel was starting to grow up, DC comics were still juvenile and didn't belabor minor details like how does the lead eat, buy things, and build a lab filled with major electronic equipment when he probably has no money and no credit cards. Details, details! Hah, why quibble over plausibility?

His powers are mostly illusion, especially the disappearing smoke act - but um, no. There is no disappearing illusion that a trained magician can actually pull off in a random setting like this - except of course in an old comic book.

So I can appreciate this show on that level as a 60s comic book with implausibility swept under the carpet.

In terms of casting, I don't love the lead, or the mom, or the kid. But I love a few of the circus-crooks. Even though their heist and his ready participation in it early on makes no sense. Why did they have to be crooks at all? Perhaps that will imply they have breaking-and-entering skills the Cape can draw upon later; otherwise, so far it seems pointless to characterize them as crooks when they are really being used as allies in the fight vs. Flemin.

Frankly 80% of the show makes no sense. Not even sure how the framed death of Chess would help Fleming's cause - seems if the city believes Chess is dead, the city would feel safer and need Fleming's private security company less than before. As I say - little makes sense.

I could see watching, or not watching. Low priority. Chances are the show will not be a hit, and that's always an argument for not bothering to get involved.

See, I can be a tiny bit nostalgic for 60s comics, but can't really read them. I'll read a modern comic over a 60s comic, any day. Because the old comics were clumsy, stupid and nonsensical! So perhaps it's nice to have an homage, but to a genre that is badly written in the first place? Interesting dilemma. If comic books were themselves created in that old style - NO ONE WOULD BUY THEM TODAY. No more than people are hankering to own Model T Fords or ride down streets in horses, or dispense with modern plumbing.

People may like to own a piece of classic 60s comic book art, even to frame. But to read on an ongoing basis? Gotta be a small audience in 2011 that wants to actually read the comic book style of 50 years ago.
It's pretty bad, unfortunately. Very comic-booky, and not in a good way. Moved way too fast with setup. Should have kept Cape and Orwell separate longer. Very cliche. Keith David, in particular, had astonishingly bad dialog. Summer is as wooden and flat as ever. That worked for Terminator, but not here. I'm hoping that it fills out a bit, but I have little hope of that. There's certainly potential market for something a bit more on the campy side, and the show had moments where things clicked, but was off the rails most of the time.
On my local TV lineup last night, The Cape was on opposite the Masterpiece Theatre premiere of Downton Abbey. Between The Cape and the combo of Julian Fellowes, Maggie Smith et al., locations at Highclere Castle, clothes to die for - and no commercials - I chose PBS. I figured I could catch a re-play of The Cape some other time.

Now it sounds like maybe I don't need to. :( Although I prolly will, 'cause... well, it's Summer.

ern: Summer is as wooden and flat as ever.

Really? "As ever"? I didn't, as I say, watch The Cape, but I'd hardly call Summer's fluid, resonant, and appealing depiction of Serenifly's River wooden.

I think, from the sounds of it, wooden dialogue might be hard to play expressively...
River was incredibly wooden in Serenity. The only scenes she's not wooden in are the ones where she's not speaking. She's not a very good actress at all. She's decent at fighting and moving, but not speaking. Every line comes off the same, no matter what the context. But you are right that the dialog doesn't help.

But it's not just the dialog that's the problem with The Cape. I'm still trying to get over the absurdity of a restaurant that is at one moment completely booked, but whose kitchen *is completely devoid of anyone cooking.*
I think most of their menu was ready meals (when you have to feed that many people it's just easier).
ern - not sure if you mean Serenity as distinct from Firefly, but looking just at the movie: if you can watch Summer deliver her "Oh, god, make me a stone" speech on Miranda and still be unmoved and maintain she's wooden, well... I dunno what to say, but I'm sure there's nothing that will change your mind.


ETF: typos

[ edited by QuoterGal on 2011-01-10 23:48 ]
I have no idea what copy of Serenity ern is watching. "I swallowed a bug" vs. "It isn't mine" etc. vs. "They didn't lie down" vs. "You always take care of me"/"My turn" does not equal a wooden actress.
Nah, she's no more wooden than Nolan is all hat and no cattle (far from masking her woodenness for instance, Cameron on 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' allowed her to play some incredibly subtle stuff, really exploring the line that the character walked in both seasons and that's not even mentioning 'Alison from Palmdale') but sometimes you have to pick your battles I reckon.
Let's face it, the Whedonesque topics for Firefly when it first began was mostly people saying it sucked, and moaning about Summer. Part of the human condition - 10 people looking at the same thing and believing completely different things.
Or as I think of it, "9 wrong people and me".

;-)
I haven't seen The Cape either but I never found Summer wooden on Firefly and it was her subtle performance on T:TSCC that kept me watching that show.
And since the scene with Simon is the lockup makes me cry every time I watch Serenity, I can't say I find her wooden there either.

But I know all too well that some actors work for some people and not for others, so I can't say you are wrong ern, just that I'm sorry her acting doesn't work for you.
tonewaugh- I am that perverse fellow who would prefer to read '60s Silver Age DC comics over virtually anything else. I grew up on 'em and love them fondly, especially Justice League. But that's me.
But, y'know, having established that Summer isn't wooden, she's relatively lifeless in The Cape, but that's about the show's use of her, not her capabilities. She's strangely been directed to rush through basically every line she has, stripping them of any meaning, impact, making her performance nearly unwatchable. The most painful part of watching, for me, was the degree to which, in these first two hours at least, they wasted her talent.

[ edited by The One True b!X on 2011-01-11 01:35 ]
Summer has not yet been written a character here - just a cliche wrapped in a riddle. Who is she, what does she want, how did she get all this money and technology, how does she show up everywhere at exactly the right moment to save the day? I'm not sure how any actress could play that role. It's a "wooden" role.

This show may have included a sped-up origin story of The Cape, but didn't give us Orwell's. Nor am I that interested in finding out how someone comes to have magic computers that can block cell phones in a particular section of a city. It's like asking "What's Chloe Sullivan's backstory with Watchtower?" The answer is, who cares? Having a genius computer hacker on board is just a crappy over-used story device.

I didn't watch TSCC, but thought Summer as River had a number of good emotional line readings. There too she had a difficult role to play - a character whose backstory was probably not even fully known in the early stories, let alone revealed to the characters. Was she insane, psychic, or both? Summer had to do a lot of guessing.

As a dancer she is a pleasure to watch when she gets to do graceful movement. Her fight sequences in Serenity were amazing, and the one vs. the Reavers took her months of rehearsal, which is never going to be duplicated for TV and probably never even for film. So far in The Cape her physicality is standard-fare choppy-edited martial arts, not graceful. (And this editing style is NOT 1960s I have to admit - dropping frames during action sequences is a style I think we started to see on film in the 2000s.)

Speaking of comics, the color palette seemed to emphasize lots of bold primary colors, kind of like the comic art of old.

Keith David's role as Malinsky provides the most fun. He just embraces his role in a delightful way.
So who wants to bet that Summer's character is related to Chess? That's how she knows all his stuff, why she hides from the circus and how she has so much money and AWESOME CARS!! not gonna lie, I am shallow enough to keep watching for the cars and Summer...
And she did have that really cool moment when chatting with the head of prison stuff guy in the elevator. She was kinda witty with a triumphant sneer at that point, in a subtle way.
I, too, watched Downton Abbey, and it was time well spent.

Some revisiting of Upstairs, Downstairs territory (which is not a bad thing), plus the clothes, plus upperclass and upper middleclass characters looking down their noses at each other, the American heiress addressing the duke as "Duke", and I aspire to be like Maggie Smith's character if and when I get to that age.
So who wants to bet that Summer's character is related to Chess? That's how she knows all his stuff, why she hides from the circus and how she has so much money and AWESOME CARS!! not gonna lie, I am shallow enough to keep watching for the cars and Summer...

Glad I'm not alone in thinking that, BlueSkies!

I am gonna go and call it right now: "Orwell" is Peter Fleming's daughter...maybe "Erica Blair/Erica Blair Fleming?" (the character has to have SOME reason to choose "Orwell" over a variety of other names to refer to a Big Brother-type all-seeing entity). Maybe throw in some classic literary cliches for supervillians...or make Chess the anti-Batman? You know...wealthy figure loses close loved one - Orwell's mom? - due to violent crime but instead of becoming a Batman-like crusader, decided to go all Palpatine and manipulate things so he's in control of everything?
River was incredibly wooden in Serenity. The only scenes she's not wooden in are the ones where she's not speaking. She's not a very good actress at all. She's decent at fighting and moving, but not speaking. Every line comes off the same, no matter what the context. But you are right that the dialog doesn't help.

this.

Whether or not you happen to like her as an actress 'wooden' just doesn't cut it.


I, too, watched Downton Abbey, and it was time well spent.

Yes, but is it a suitable replacement for this?

[ edited by brinderwalt on 2011-01-11 03:07 ]
janef: I aspire to be like Maggie Smith herself.

[ edited by toast on 2011-01-11 03:00 ]
Whether or not you happen to like her as an actress 'wooden' just doesn't cut it.

That's the thing. It's objectively false that she was wooden. It can nonetheless be subjectively true that she rings falsely or hollowly or whatever to this viewer or that one.
BlueSkies - I don't recall Spike saying the "hat and cattle" line before, but I find it very interesting. I've never actually heard the phrase in general conversation, but Lilah also says the same phrase in the season four episode of Angel, "Calvary".

As to The Cape, I will give it a few episodes to see if I can warm up to it, but honestly, I most likely would never have checked it out if it weren't for the awesomeness of Summer Glau.
The "hat and cattle" phrase goes back, I'm going to guess, pre-1950, as it's a family (my family) usage which will not die.
Deanna_Lynne It was late season 2, I think it was I Only Have Eyes For You when Spike was calling Angel out on not killing Buffy.

BlueEyedBrigadier, it is a very typical way for a story like hers to go. I mean they might pull it out of the bag and make it a Fray story; brother vs sister. But the family connection seems to be very likely in any regard. Although if they completely change that and we're both wrong, then I'll tip my hat(which has no cattle unfortunately) to the writers, as long as it makes sense!
I had to turn this off about 15 minutes in. It was so cringe worthy that I actually felt embarrassed to be watching it. God, it was truly awful. Itíll always amaze me that something so bad can get picked up by a network but something with so much more potential (not to mention positive reviews) like Sarahís The Wonderful Maladys doesnít.
I pretty much enjoyed it overall. It's majorly campy, Summer is underused, and it really just throws all logic and intelligence to the wind. But, it is fun, and as long as you turn your brain off it's good popcorn TV and a nice tribute to old-fashioned, cheesy comics. I do hope that in the future they either make it more concretely serious or embrace the ham entirely - at the moment it's a camp, silly concept that's played all too seriously. Of course, what I really hope is that in the future we get something new that allows Summer to show her talent in the way Firefly, Serenity and Dollhouse did. Fingers crossed.
My wife and I enjoyed it. Very silly, plenty of plot holes, but it was entertaining, Summer was good, and a number of the characters had potential.

We'll be watching again next week.
The "hat and cattle" phrase goes back, I'm going to guess, pre-1950, as it's a family (my family) usage which will not die.

I like it. In the UK we say "all mouth and no trousers" (the original didn't have the 'no') or relatedly "all fur coat and no knickers" (looks good on the surface, vulgar/lower class underneath). The earliest citation the OED has for "all hat and no cattle" is from the Washington Post in March 1980 BTW, so if you can find it (in print) appearing earlier, send it in to them and you'll get an amendment in the next additions. OK, it's not everlasting fame and fortune but it's pretty cool I reckon ;).
Somewhere among these comments, someone mentioned the top notch score, and rightfully so. It's from Bear McCreary, who also composed the music for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, so there's a fun connection. :)

I have to say, the first hour was frustrating. The look and tone reminded me of The Flash series from the early 90s', which would be fine if this wasn't 2011 and I wasn't beyond the age of 11. The show was contrived and derivative. The worst of it? Someone had their finger on the fast forward button. I felt like I was only getting the highlights, like the opening recap to an episode of Buffy or Supernatural. The Cape pilot should have opened with someone saying, "Previously on The Cape".

As a result, I couldn't get invested or emotionally engaged. The second episode played better, but still had tone problems and an issue with the passage of time. Summer was a bit more fun to watch in the second hour. I particularly liked the raven-haired look with the bangs. :)

I'll give it a couple more episodes (Buffy started out kind of lame and campy until The Pack and Angel came out swinging), mainly for Summer and her character is kind of interesting. That's pretty much it, though. I can't invest much else.
Kungfubear, at least the first couple episodes of Buffy were, at their worst, still fairly well-written. The Cape is really a poorly written show, at least so far. I kind of feel bad for the actors (after feeling bad for the viewers) as they are doing the best they can with the material they've been given. For Summer, I'll give it a few more episodes but they really need to improve the writing and fast.
I enjoyed it more than most people here, apparently. It's by no means great TV - or even good, really - but I'm going to give it a chance for a few episodes, for Summer. I think I actually liked the pilot more than the second episode, but that might have just been because I was getting tired.
Off the front page now, but wasn't Eric Blair George Orwell's real name?
It was yep, pretty sure that's what BlueEyedBrigadier was referring to with the Erica Blair Fleming thing above.

(Orwell of course created Big Brother so maybe it's alluding to the idea that - assuming she is his daughter - she helped create Chess' electronic security apparatus then maybe decided to change sides ? Or it could just be alluding to the all-seeing Big Brother but because she's a goodie they didn't want all the negative baggage so named her after the author instead. Time will tell)

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