Monthly Archives - September 2022

25 Million Views… Oh, R-E-A-L-L-Y

Hello, I'm the Dark Herald and I'm here to look at your books. Have you ever heard the phrase, “numbers don’t lie?” Accountants say that all the time… When they want a good laugh. Amazon is proudly claiming they have 25 million views for Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, on its very first day of streaming.  That is a nice ROUND number, isn’t it?   “25 million people viewed it.”  Always be careful with the exact wording. We can start with I don’t believe it...

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Fools Parade – Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

But now Ilúvatar sat and hearkened, and for a great while it seemed good to him, for in the music there were no flaws. But as the theme progressed, it came into the heart of Melkor to interweave matters of his own imagining that were not in accord with the theme of Ilúvatar; for he sought therein to increase the power and glory of the part assigned to himself. * Some things get a little better when you think about them...

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First Impressions – Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

You would have to have had the hubris of Morgoth himself to take on this project. As a writer, I would have been terrified of it. . If the producers had come to me to finish the Unfinished Tales by Tolkien plus some original pastiche based on the Appendixes,  I wouldn't have touched it. A professional screenwriter said he would have told them.  “Look, I’ll require two years of prep time before I write word one.  I’ll need to completely immerse myself in...

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The 21st Century of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson- Space 1999 (Part 3)

Part 1, and Part 2 Barbara Bain must have loved this DVD cover Space 1999 completed its first season with a good deal of critical praise and a strong following among genre fans. A strong following doesn’t mean a big one.   ITC head, Lew Grade had been very disappointed by the lack of an American network sale and as usual, was seeing very little reason to continue the show.  It was pretty expensive and although it wasn’t losing money, it wasn’t making money either.  Breaking...

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Guest Post by Hollywood Legend Geode

REPOST: I'm not getting Space 1999 part three up tonight. So, I'm bumping a post by Hollywood Legend Geode. The Dark Herald will be back tomorrow, today’s post is by our special guest blogger, Geode. I am going to kill my agent.  It’s going to be long, slow, and intensely excruciating. I am going to quantum project him a thousand years into the past with special instructions to my younger self. How did I, Hollywood legend Geode, end up in something this utterly...

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