The Obscure Gentlemen http://theobscuregentlemen.com A web comic by 6 friends who hate each other. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:30:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 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 DOCTOR WHO: The Beginning http://theobscuregentlemen.com/2014/08/21/doctor-who-the-beginning/ http://theobscuregentlemen.com/2014/08/21/doctor-who-the-beginning/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:30:20 +0000 http://theobscuregentlemen.com/?p=2975 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> Long before Matt Smith ate fish fingers and custard across from Amelia Pond, before David Tennant uttered, “Allons-y”, and even before Tom Baker offered anyone a Jelly Baby, there was the first incarnation of The Doctor; a cantankerous, cross, and at times argumentative old man, stellarly played by William Hartnell.

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On the 23rd of November, 1963, Doctor Who made its debut.

The universe would never be the same.

 

Originally released in 2006, this 3 DVD set covers the first three Doctor Who stories: An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, and The Edge of Destruction. There are also extras on each disc. Here’s the breakdown:

Disc one contains the four-part “Unearthly Child” story, as well as the unaired pilot episode that was reshot at creator Sidney Newman’s behest. Extras are limited to a 2 ½ minute “music video” (essentially an extended version of the opening theme), a studio recording of the original, rejected pilot, photo gallery, and a series of horrible comedy sketches, which are more embarrassing than funny.

Disc two takes us to the planet Skaro for our first glimpse of The Doctor’s oldest enemy: The Daleks. In addition to the seven-part story, the 17 minute documentary, “Creation of the Daleks” is included, as well as another photo gallery.

The final disc features the third story comprised of two parts, “The Edge of Destruction” and “The Brink of Disaster”. It’s the extras on disc three that alone could justify buying this set. “Over the Edge”, a 30 minute documentary, outlines the making of the two-parter. You also get the 10 minute special, “Inside the Spaceship”, which shows the creation of the TARDIS, the 12 minute, “Masters of Sound”, featuring the creation of the show’s incomparable theme and one-of-a-kind sound effects. A condensed (30 min.) audio track with accompanying stills for the fourth story, Marco Polo is also part of the extras. The real gem here however is the 2005 documentary, “Doctor Who: Origins”, chronicling how the show came to fruition and the early struggles the execs, cast, and crew faced trying to bring the show from conception to reality. When you see the challenges that were presented to all involved, it really is amazing Doctor Who got made at all, let alone the staying power it had, its subsequent regeneration in 2005 and the incredible popularity it now enjoys worldwide.

Negatives in this set are scarce; limited to the aforementioned “comedy” sketches and the mislabeling of discs two and three. So whether you enjoy the show in its current incarnation, you’ve loved it since childhood, or both, I highly recommend Doctor Who: The Beginning.

 

 

Greg “The Ungirthly Child” Randolph

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The Hidden http://theobscuregentlemen.com/comic/the-hidden/ http://theobscuregentlemen.com/comic/the-hidden/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:00:44 +0000 http://theobscuregentlemen.com/?post_type=comic&p=2969 the hidden

Today’s comic was originally a Tweet that I had done a month or so ago. Gent Yama had shown me a news story about Juggalos trying to burn a tattoo off of another Juggalo due to not being a true “ninja”. […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
the hidden

Today’s comic was originally a Tweet that I had done a month or so ago. Gent Yama had shown me a news story about Juggalos trying to burn a tattoo off of another Juggalo due to not being a true “ninja”. The mug shots of these “men” were of old looking meth addicts. I then wondered about how grand kids would react to knowing that their grandparents belonged to this group of people who for the most part don’t understand basic science. Boom, this tweet and then comic was born. Also I need to say that Aaron really made the script come to life. Working with my brother on comics solidifies my love for doing them.

Obscure Gent

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There Can Be Only None http://theobscuregentlemen.com/comic/there-can-be-only-none/ http://theobscuregentlemen.com/comic/there-can-be-only-none/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:00:17 +0000 http://theobscuregentlemen.com/?post_type=comic&p=2961 07-22-2014

So, this comic is relatively straight forward. I heard a Kaiser Permanente ad bragging (yes, I said “bragging”) about how they’ve made great strides and reduced the mortality rates of people. I heard this ad a lot, and when I […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
07-22-2014

So, this comic is relatively straight forward. I heard a Kaiser Permanente ad bragging (yes, I said “bragging”) about how they’ve made great strides and reduced the mortality rates of people. I heard this ad a lot, and when I got finished wishing they’d just get off their high horse, I wondered how different the statement would be if it were the immortality rate they were bragging about. Voila! Instant comic. I floated the idea around the guys whilst eating at a Denny’s and it was suggested that it would be interesting if the concept were done in the style of The Farside. So there’s your breakdown of today’s comic. And Aaron really nailed that Gary Larson style! You’re welcome.

Also, I’ve been busy working with Aaron, Nick, and new gentlemen, Alex, to get our podcast “Plain Zero” off the ground. That is why I’ve been away for so long. I highly recommend you check it out (http://plainzero.libsyn.com/) if you haven’t already. And who else is crazy pumped for Guardian’s Of The Galaxy? Because I cannot wait for August 1st.

Travis “Listen to my podcast” Kennedy

P.S. I know that technically all immortals aren’t called Highlanders, just like all vampires aren’t Draculas.

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Can I Play With Madness http://theobscuregentlemen.com/comic/can-i-play-with-madness/ http://theobscuregentlemen.com/comic/can-i-play-with-madness/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:31:37 +0000 http://theobscuregentlemen.com/?post_type=comic&p=2955 can i play with madness

I hate writing these damn blogs. I’m almost certain nobody reads them so here are the lyrics to a Megadeth song. Welcome to our fortress tallTake some time to show you aroundImpossible to break these wallsFor you see the steel […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
can i play with madness

I hate writing these damn blogs. I’m almost certain nobody reads them so here are the lyrics to a Megadeth song.

Welcome to our fortress tall
Take some time to show you around
Impossible to break these walls
For you see the steel is much too strong
Computer banks to rule the world
Instruments to sight the stars

Possibly I’ve seen to much
Hangar 18 I know too much

Foreign life forms inventory
Suspended state of cryogenics
Selective amnesia’s the story
Believed foretold but who’d suspect?
Military intelligence
Two words combined that can’t make sense

Possibly I’ve seen to much
Hangar 18 I know too much

Obscure Gent

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Ours Is The Fury http://theobscuregentlemen.com/comic/ours-is-the-fury/ http://theobscuregentlemen.com/comic/ours-is-the-fury/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:00:42 +0000 http://theobscuregentlemen.com/?post_type=comic&p=2943 ours is the fury

So this is going to be my first comic on here, and since Game of Thrones just wrapped up its fourth season, I figured it would only be appropriate to honor the one true rightful king of Westeros, the King […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>
ours is the fury

So this is going to be my first comic on here, and since Game of Thrones just wrapped up its fourth season, I figured it would only be appropriate to honor the one true rightful king of Westeros, the King in the Narrow Sea, Stannis Baratheon.

I’ve been a Stannis fan ever since I saw him lead his men into the Blackwater, all while Joffrey stayed behind to cower. He’s a guy that’s always had his morals and principles, and has to deal with breaking some of these principles in order to get what he wants what’s rightfully his. He’s been dealt a shit hand (not Davos) his whole life, but now his time has come, and he’s going to show the world why he’s the god damn rightful king of Westeros. Plus, when push comes to shove, he’s a total badass.

I’m very excited to be a part of The Obscure Gentlemen, and I hope to keep bringing fun stuff for you guys in the future.

-Alex Mitchell

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