The Obscure Gentlemen http://theobscuregentlemen.com A web comic by 6 friends who hate each other. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:04:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Copyright © The Obscure Gentlemen 2012 obscuregent@gmail.com (The Obscure Gentlemen) obscuregent@gmail.com (The Obscure Gentlemen) 1440 http://theobscuregentlemen.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/podscurehat1.png The Obscure Gentlemen http://theobscuregentlemen.com 144 144 We are six men of distinction who line up at the buffet of popular and not-so-popular culture twice weekly. If it’s debatable, we debate it. If it’s little-known, we reference it. However absurd, inane or trivial, we treat it with the care and precision of surgeons. Hungry surgeons at a buffet (we also mix our metaphors). Feast with us, won’t you? The Obscure Gentlemen The Obscure Gentlemen obscuregent@gmail.com no yes The Dead Itis http://theobscuregentlemen.com/comic/the-dead-itis/ http://theobscuregentlemen.com/comic/the-dead-itis/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 11:00:28 +0000 http://theobscuregentlemen.com/?post_type=comic&p=3017 the dead itis

Today’s comic should have come out a few weeks ago. Unfortunately Aaron’s comp got AIDS. These AIDS probably sprouted from some serious Doctor Who erotica that he was writing but we don’t judge here. If you’re wondering what this comic […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
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Today’s comic should have come out a few weeks ago. Unfortunately Aaron’s comp got AIDS. These AIDS probably sprouted from some serious Doctor Who erotica that he was writing but we don’t judge here. If you’re wondering what this comic is about then you have not heard about the confirmation of Bruce Campbell being in an Evil Dead TV show. Do what you will what that information.

 

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Never Not Funny: Pardcast-a-thon 2014/ Smile Train http://theobscuregentlemen.com/2014/11/25/3010/ http://theobscuregentlemen.com/2014/11/25/3010/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:47:10 +0000 http://theobscuregentlemen.com/?p=3010 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> PCAT2014_logoA

 

I’ve been listening to Never Not Funny since the beginning thanks to Gentleman Yama Rahyar. Every week I anticipated each episode of the podcast helmed by one of my top five favorite comedians Jimmy Pardo with the Producer Matt Belknap and at the time former third basemen Mike Schmidt. In 2009 the Never Not Funny team started to support Smile Train with a telethon that ran all through the wee hours of the night. Past telethons have included legends and heroes of mine from Paul F. Thompkins, John Hamm, Pat Francis, and Conan O’ Brian. This year is the second year I’ll be attending along with my sidekick and Gent Travis Kennedy from the Plain Zero Podcast I couldn’t be more excited. Not only does the Never Not Funny league entertain the masses with this telethon but they also are raising money for a very worthy cause. Smile Train provides free cleft repair surgery and related treatment to children in need. So instead of going out and trying to avoid being trampled by people on Black Friday watch the Pardcast-a-thon and support Smile Train with some donations.

 

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Guest Comic: Nyetoon http://theobscuregentlemen.com/comic/guest-comic-nyetoon/ http://theobscuregentlemen.com/comic/guest-comic-nyetoon/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:44:01 +0000 http://theobscuregentlemen.com/?post_type=comic&p=3005 ObscureGentlemen_01

Nye Warburton is one of my favorite comics people today. During the Obscure Gentlemen hiatus I fell out of the loop with a lot of comics. Nyetoons however was one I would check in on. I love the art and the […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
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Nye Warburton is one of my favorite comics people today. During the Obscure Gentlemen hiatus I fell out of the loop with a lot of comics. Nyetoons however was one I would check in on. I love the art and the humor of his comic and I’m honored that  Nye would take the time to do a guest comic for us.

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DOCTOR WHO: Series 8 (New Doc on the Block) http://theobscuregentlemen.com/2014/11/12/doctor-who-series-8-new-doc-on-the-block/ http://theobscuregentlemen.com/2014/11/12/doctor-who-series-8-new-doc-on-the-block/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:14:04 +0000 http://theobscuregentlemen.com/?p=2999 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> On August 23rd, with much anticipation and excitement, The Doctor made his long-awaited return; the first episode for the newly regenerated Time Lord. The 12th Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, was the topic of much heated debate on the internets during the show’s hiatus. I chose to adopt a “wait and see” attitude and once again put my trust in the show’s casting geniuses, which so far, had done an outstanding job with their selections.

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The series premiere, “Deep Breath” was a fantastical tale woven by Steven Moffat. Set in Victorian London, it features a T-Rex, cyborgs, and the return of the Paternoster Gang. A dear, old friend makes a surprise, emotion-eliciting reappearance as well. The episode’s conclusion introduces the enigmatic, “Missy” (Michelle Gomez), as The Doctor’s nemesis for the series. By the end of this nearly 90 minute rollercoaster ride, I felt confident that everything was going to be alright and all doubters would be subsequently silenced.

And then something happened…

 

 

My week-long “Who-high” was put to the test in the next two episodes. “Into the Dalek”, which introduces soldier-turned-school teacher, Danny “P.E.” Pink (Samuel Anderson) paled in comparison to what preceded it. Episode 3, “Robot of Sherwood” was an even bigger disappointment. I was starting to get a little worried.

“Listen” went a long way to allaying any fears I had about the quality of the stories. This episode had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish, and hit all the right notes that good science fiction should possess, at just the right times. Once again, I was confident that my favorite show would be heading in an upward direction after a couple of anomalies. Once again, I would be proven wrong.

What followed over the next six weeks (half the series) was, what I am at pains to say, were some of the most lack-luster Doctor Who stories since the show’s regeneration in 2005 (and yes, I’ve seen “The Rings of Akhaten”). Were they horrible? Not entirely. There were a few good moments sprinkled in here and there, primarily dialogue-driven. This stretch of episodes really had me shell-shocked and by the conclusion of episode 10, “In the Forest of the Night”, still in disbelief, I found my enthusiasm gone and my disappointment unequivocal. Could the series be salvaged? As it turned out, yes. Yes it could.

The two-part finale, “Dark Water” and “Death in Heaven” reignited the fire that the past six weeks worth of mediocrity had all but extinguished. Part one begins by reminding us of the old adage, “Look both ways before crossing”, and climaxes with the startling, true identity of Missy revealed at last, just as a shiny, old foe reemerges from its watery tomb. Part 2 also delivers the goods. The skillful way in which Steven Moffat integrates certain events from series past into this episode is nothing short of brilliant. Nice job on the opening titles as well! Tributes to the past abound; the heartwarming homage to the late Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart from the classic series) was particularly stirring. By the time the curtain falls on series 8, Earth has once again been saved, but The Doctor and Clara (Jenna Coleman) end up going their separate ways. Whether this is forever remains to be seen. Only Santa knows.

Just what will The Doctor want for Christmas?

The bottom line:

Of the twelve episodes, I thought eight were merely passable; the plots by-and-large weren’t very appealing. It also seemed a bit too frequently for my liking, that superfluous visual effects were emphasized, perhaps in an effort to compensate for these marginal stories. Or maybe it was more noticeable to me because of that. Doctor Who has always been about the story, and the majority of them didn’t stack up to what had come before. Another area the series fell short of expectations was in the ancillary characters. Whether they were one-offs; “Journey Blue” in ep.2 or “Maebh” in ep.10; or recurring roles; Mr. Pink or Coal Hill student, Courtney Woods (Ellis George), I found them flat, lacking in substance, and I simply didn’t care about them.

They can’t all be Madame du Pompadour, Brian Williams, or Wilfred Mott, I guess.

So, what was good? The premiere and finale were extremely well written and inventively executed. The same can be said for “Listen”. The dialogue throughout the series was quite good, with trademark banter throughout. The clever nods to the show’s past were also an enjoyable plus. And as for The Doctor himself? I thought Peter Capaldi’s treatment was spot on. He was far and away the one consistent bright spot from start to finish and I, for one, definitely think he is a “good man”. From his interaction with Clara, to his dealings with various creatures and foes, I feel he did a very commendable job in his debut, and I would be content seeing him in the role for years to come.

 

 

Greg “CyberBrigadier” Randolph

 

 

 

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Famous Monsters http://theobscuregentlemen.com/comic/famous-monsters/ http://theobscuregentlemen.com/comic/famous-monsters/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:41:55 +0000 http://theobscuregentlemen.com/?post_type=comic&p=2994 famous monsters

My daughter said “who’s that” I replied “Frankenstein” I then corrected myself and said actually he’s Frankenstein’s monster. I then wanted to punch myself in the throat since only assholes correct people by saying actually. Now go get candy and […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
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My daughter said “who’s that” I replied “Frankenstein” I then corrected myself and said actually he’s Frankenstein’s monster. I then wanted to punch myself in the throat since only assholes correct people by saying actually. Now go get candy and celebrate dia de los Samhain or actually Halloween.

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