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(Deadline)   Tonight on The CW, another role model for young people from a more innocent time is clubbed, beaten, reprogrammed, and repackaged. The voice of LeVar Burton officiates. No Tom Swifties, please (tag is for Subby)   (deadline.com) divider line
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2021-05-12 3:25:03 PM  
But he's over 30, what's he doing on the CW? Except for the Supernatural guys. Oh, they're gone too.
 
2021-05-12 4:26:53 PM  
clubbed, beaten, reprogrammed, and repackaged

That was the original subtitle for Roots, interestingly enough.
 
2021-05-12 4:38:21 PM  

NikolaiFarkoff: clubbed, beaten, reprogrammed, and repackaged That was the original subtitle for Roots, interestingly enough.


But they did give a VISOR. Ironically, there's no way LeVar could have seen through that thing.
 
2021-05-12 5:45:16 PM  
"It's Lavar Burton," the crowd rooted.
 
2021-05-12 5:50:29 PM  
reprogrammed, and repackaged

But that's always been the case. Tom Swift was the subject of several series of books, and in each one he was totally revamped for the times that the books were written in.

The originals from the 1910s and 1920s (which are on Gutenberg) were old school "Boys Adventure" type books, complete with a mustache twirling rich guy rival. BTW: be warned that there was also a horribly racist stereotype as one of Tom's employees.

The ones in the 50's were all gee whiz science with the word "Atomic" being used in every invention, and there was a thinly disguised Soviet Union analogue trying to spy on Tom.

The ones in the 80's had lasers and hacking and spaceships.

In the 90's they started showed inventions as having drawbacks and negative consequences, in keeping with worries about the environment.

So the tldr is that Tom Swift has always changed with the times. I haven't read anything about the series until now, so I don't know if it will be good or terrible. But the fact that a bunch of stuff has been changed is actually in keeping with how Tom Swift has been handled through the years.
 
2021-05-12 5:52:14 PM  
Ah, "Nancy Drew" where our fearless young investigator looks like  a 38-year-old divorcee and treats her friends like shiat.
Seriously I can't even imagine what they're going for in that shiatshow.
 
2021-05-12 6:35:15 PM  
Subby is upset over a Nancy Drew show on CW?
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You mean you're sad for your child or preteen daughter right? Right?
 
2021-05-12 6:42:03 PM  

Spice Must Flow: "It's Lavar Burton," the crowd rooted.


Levar Burton - The Eric Andre Show (S05E05)
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2021-05-12 7:04:52 PM  

Unreasonable: reprogrammed, and repackaged

But that's always been the case. Tom Swift was the subject of several series of books, and in each one he was totally revamped for the times that the books were written in.

The originals from the 1910s and 1920s (which are on Gutenberg) were old school "Boys Adventure" type books, complete with a mustache twirling rich guy rival. BTW: be warned that there was also a horribly racist stereotype as one of Tom's employees.

The ones in the 50's were all gee whiz science with the word "Atomic" being used in every invention, and there was a thinly disguised Soviet Union analogue trying to spy on Tom.

The ones in the 80's had lasers and hacking and spaceships.

In the 90's they started showed inventions as having drawbacks and negative consequences, in keeping with worries about the environment.

So the tldr is that Tom Swift has always changed with the times. I haven't read anything about the series until now, so I don't know if it will be good or terrible. But the fact that a bunch of stuff has been changed is actually in keeping with how Tom Swift has been handled through the years.


Quite true.  Sometimes, they hung a lantern on it by making him 'Tom Swift, Jr.', and having 'Dad' as the previous regeneration.

The ones I started with were 'Tom Swift and His Flying Lab', 'Tom Swift and his Megascope Space Prober' (in which he whipped up a transmitter that sent out a beam not subject to inverse square law), and others of that ilk.  These were the ones with the 'Repelatron' stuff.  'Tom Swift and his Triphibian Atomicar' was a favorite.

Had to admit, back then I admired the fact that Swift Enterprises made Stark Enterprises look like chump change, with the main plant being a square four miles on a side (although sometimes it was a 'four mile square' and sometimes it was 'four square miles').

But if memory serves me right, before Tom Swift, there was Frank Reade.  ('Frank Reade and His Steam Man of the Plains' showed up in 1876, followed by 'Frank Reade and His Steam Horse'.)

Frank Reade - Wikipedia

But when you get back *that* far, you might as well go all the way, and catch up on the Adventures of Nicodemus Legend, and his mad scientist friend Janos Bartok.

Legend (TV series) - Wikipedia
 
2021-05-12 7:08:36 PM  

Bslim: Ah, "Nancy Drew" where our fearless young investigator looks like  a 38-year-old divorcee and treats her friends like shiat.
Seriously I can't even imagine what they're going for in that shiatshow.


Try watching 'Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries'.  From Australia, set in 1928, 3 seasons and a feature film, a *lot* of fun.  The books are even better.

The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher delights in flouting the social mores of her time; the author stated that it was her intent to create a character to be the female equivalent of Leslie Charteris' Simon ('The Saint') Templar.
 
2021-05-12 7:18:03 PM  
LeVar Burton has been tapped to voice Barclay

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2021-05-12 7:19:53 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Bslim: Ah, "Nancy Drew" where our fearless young investigator looks like  a 38-year-old divorcee and treats her friends like shiat.
Seriously I can't even imagine what they're going for in that shiatshow.

Try watching 'Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries'.  From Australia, set in 1928, 3 seasons and a feature film, a *lot* of fun.  The books are even better.

The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher delights in flouting the social mores of her time; the author stated that it was her intent to create a character to be the female equivalent of Leslie Charteris' Simon ('The Saint') Templar.


Yes! I'm in the middle of the first season. Now, that's a fun show.

As far as CW's "nancy drew" goes. The show has miscast the lead in a way that I can only describe as grotesque. It's literally someone who looks middle and ACTS like middle aged woman. While the the rest of the scoobies are looking and acting very much like teens. Then CW has to inject some sex into the mix making it messier.
 
2021-05-12 7:44:33 PM  

Bslim: looks like  a 38-year-old divorcee


Bslim: middle aged woman


Yikes. I haven't seen the show but that seems pretty farking harsh on the 24-year-old actress.
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2021-05-12 9:07:43 PM  

Spice Must Flow: "It's Lavar Burton," the crowd rooted.


"Yeah, the guy from Star Trek," he said, forging ahead.

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2021-05-12 9:34:04 PM  

fluffy_pope: Spice Must Flow: "It's Lavar Burton," the crowd rooted.

"Yeah, the guy from Star Trek," he said, forging ahead.

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"Not only did Alex Haley write 'Roots' but - ironically - he also wrote 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X'," Lavar Burton authorized.
 
2021-05-12 9:44:41 PM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Bslim: looks like  a 38-year-old divorcee

Bslim: middle aged woman

Yikes. I haven't seen the show but that seems pretty farking harsh on the 24-year-old actress.
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Even for Fark, these are some incredibly shallow posts.
 
2021-05-12 9:46:21 PM  
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2021-05-12 9:58:00 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Bslim: looks like  a 38-year-old divorcee

Bslim: middle aged woman

Yikes. I haven't seen the show but that seems pretty farking harsh on the 24-year-old actress.
[Fark user image 850x478]

Even for Fark, these are some incredibly shallow posts.


Wait, what? I'm being shallow for questioning a complaint that an actor looks far too old for the role?
 
2021-05-12 10:38:17 PM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Bith Set Me Up: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Bslim: looks like  a 38-year-old divorcee

Bslim: middle aged woman

Yikes. I haven't seen the show but that seems pretty farking harsh on the 24-year-old actress.
[Fark user image 850x478]

Even for Fark, these are some incredibly shallow posts.

Wait, what? I'm being shallow for questioning a complaint that an actor looks far too old for the role?


I'm sorry you're sounding like an Incel.

/fake redhead aside, she's beautiful
//She could pass for a 20 year old with ease
 
2021-05-12 11:06:04 PM  
I read it as Tom Slick and am now disappointed we won't be seeing a live-action Thunderbolt Grease Slapper 1.
 
2021-05-12 11:52:56 PM  

Kiler: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Bith Set Me Up: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Bslim: looks like  a 38-year-old divorcee

Bslim: middle aged woman

Yikes. I haven't seen the show but that seems pretty farking harsh on the 24-year-old actress.
[Fark user image 850x478]

Even for Fark, these are some incredibly shallow posts.

Wait, what? I'm being shallow for questioning a complaint that an actor looks far too old for the role?

I'm sorry you're sounding like an Incel.

/fake redhead aside, she's beautiful
//She could pass for a 20 year old with ease


THAT'S WHAT I AM SAYING

/what the fark?
 
2021-05-13 12:00:33 AM  
Yet another thread about a female-led show is going down in flames right from the start? It doesn't take Nancy Drew to figure out who the perpetrator is.
 
2021-05-13 9:52:11 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Kiler: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Bith Set Me Up: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Bslim: looks like  a 38-year-old divorcee

Bslim: middle aged woman

Yikes. I haven't seen the show but that seems pretty farking harsh on the 24-year-old actress.
[Fark user image 850x478]

Even for Fark, these are some incredibly shallow posts.

Wait, what? I'm being shallow for questioning a complaint that an actor looks far too old for the role?

I'm sorry you're sounding like an Incel.

/fake redhead aside, she's beautiful
//She could pass for a 20 year old with ease

THAT'S WHAT I AM SAYING

/what the fark?


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