#1091 "Gene Genie"

March 5th, 2013, 7:27 am

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Reply TheCatMolloy, March 5th, 2013, 8:17 am

Sorry for the late update, haven't been sleeping well lately.

Went to see Cloud Atlas over the weekend. I'm pretty sure I didn't 'get' everything in it, but enjoyed it nonetheless. Saw it in 2D and it looked great, the different time periods all look distinctive, and the make-up is incredible. Asian Hugo Weaving is a bit jarring, but Hugo Weaving In Drag more than makes up for it. Everyone else I had trouble recognising.

I don't really believe in reincarnation, but each story carries into the next timeline in the form of, well...a story, so there's musings on the role of art for non-mystically minded viewers. Ideas touching ideas, resonating throughout history, each tale individual, yet indivisible from the sum of all tales. It's good, and the parallel stories all flow into each other well enough that I didn't lose the plot at any point.

Taking the reincarnation theme at face value, it's an epic love story (possibly two) spanning centuries of turmoil, with oppression as persistent a force as love (and vice versa). Paige, who has an enviable capacity for immersion in a story, was in tears at several points.

It also works as a philosophical sci-fi thriller. There's a running slavery/imprisonment theme, which takes on some nice Blade Runner overtones in the 23rd century story. The whole film can be taken apart and put back together again a lot of different ways, so it's a film that gives you lots to talk about in the pub afterwards.


Naming one of the characters 'Soon Mi' in film about reincarnation is a little on the nose, however.

As always, don't forget to vote at Top Web Comics to see today's bonus panel.

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Reply magic_beefy, March 5th, 2013, 10:40 am

You know I've heard of having a green thumb but a green ear?
Love the face Neko is making back there but that green ear thing is just a bit much...

Reply TheCatMolloy, March 5th, 2013, 12:32 pm

Fixed it!

Now you just look crazy.

Reply HwoThumb, March 5th, 2013, 2:28 pm

Oh dear, and while we're nitpicking, Neko's tail stripe isn't colored in on the last panel

Reply Havockitten, March 5th, 2013, 4:19 pm

hey now... I had to laugh really hard at the first panel because my mom makes that joke whenever we talk about things we inherited from grandma, or that I inherited from mom. She'll smile and say "It's generic" in a goofy voice, and it always makes me laugh. I couldn't help thinking of mom saying that when Neko said it.

Reply LastRhapsody (Guest), March 5th, 2013, 4:35 pm

I can't find Bummy!

Reply magic_beefy, March 5th, 2013, 6:46 pm

@TheCatMalloy: I was already crazy so no skin off my nose
Looks a lot better without the green ear though :D

Reply magic_beefy, March 5th, 2013, 6:54 pm

Funny things moms say @havockitty: yea moms do have some weird jokes, my mom would ask her mom in a goofy voice "Duh Mommy, Why am I so Dumb?" and her mom would answer, in the same kind of goofy voice, "Duh, I dunno"

Reply LastRhapsody (Guest), March 6th, 2013, 11:40 am

Wait, what's that vague shape next to neko's ear in the last panel....

Reply nekonian (Guest), March 6th, 2013, 8:23 pm

Keno failed. the X chromosome gets affected by... something! something that happens! ahahaha... *runs away8

Reply Verna268, March 6th, 2013, 11:09 pm

Did you kill off Angus?

Reply TheCatMolloy, March 7th, 2013, 3:50 am

Only character to have officially been Killed Off so far is Attractive Scientist.

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