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Cacique Caribe23 Dec 2017 6:28 p.m. PST

Except with magic instead of science?

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Alien Nation (1988)
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Alien Nation Series
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Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian23 Dec 2017 7:02 p.m. PST

no, partly due to 2000 years of men, orcs, elves and others living together

Dentatus Fezian23 Dec 2017 7:15 p.m. PST

hunh… You could find similarities I suppose but I thought it was more Shadowrun than anything else.

Cacique Caribe23 Dec 2017 8:11 p.m. PST

What's Shadowrun?

I guess I had already stopped playing RPGs by the time Shadowrun came about in 1989.
Alien Nation predates Shadowrun then:

goragrad23 Dec 2017 8:58 p.m. PST

That's what the reviews seem to think.

It does have favorable reviews.

MA has it on the 'when the kids aren't around' watch list.

Cacique Caribe23 Dec 2017 9:17 p.m. PST

I guess I should have read this before starting the thread:

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Grimmnar Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2017 10:19 p.m. PST

CC for shame. Not knowing what Shadowrun is. Even if you dont play RPG's any more. A second for shame BTW.
We must bring you back into the light. :-)
Shadowrun. Loved playing that game. Only ever played 1st edition.
Company man has survived the years of play.
Though, the Troll Mage didn't survive the elevator ride.


Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2017 10:57 p.m. PST

Shadowrun was the first thing that came to mind! It wasn't half bad, even if some of the racial tropes are time-worn (orks are dumb, elves are all lithe and svelte, etc.).

Cacique Caribe23 Dec 2017 11:25 p.m. PST

I know, I know. Shame.

But I wouldn't even know how to start again. I know I used to enjoy it, but can't remember much of the mechanics of it.


Cacique Caribe24 Dec 2017 4:08 a.m. PST

I did like Sam Francisco (Mandy Patinkin) in Alien Nation (1988).



Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2017 5:16 a.m. PST

It's 48 hours, Alien Nation, Holmes and Yoyo, Lethal Weapon, Tango and Cash, Red Heat, Theodore Rex, The Sweeney, Moonlighting, Dragnet, Men in Black, Seven, K-9 and about a few hundred others …

Cacique Caribe24 Dec 2017 10:17 a.m. PST

Patrick R

Except for Alien Nation, they all portrayed humans police officers. :)


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse24 Dec 2017 2:58 p.m. PST

I have seen it…. and I like it so much!! (smile)

Specially the guy who played the Pólice Orc.


mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2017 3:51 p.m. PST

It shows promise as a series pilot, but it was pretty mediocre.

Major B24 Dec 2017 9:04 p.m. PST

I read several negative reviews so was surprised to find I really enjoyed the show.

stroezie25 Dec 2017 5:08 a.m. PST

Except for Alien Nation, they all portrayed humans police officers. :)


Solid proof you are a dog lover! ;)

Cacique Caribe25 Dec 2017 3:22 p.m. PST

Lol, which I am indeed!!!


rxpjks125 Dec 2017 3:24 p.m. PST

I enjoyed the movie. I loved the Evil female elf. Fun movie.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2017 6:10 a.m. PST

Great fun. It followed the plot of every other serious cop buddy movie with partners who can't stand each other.

Is it just me, or did the Evil Elf look like Ivanka?

Btw, I predicted that Will Smith would have Bright powers. That makes up for the hundreds of bogus predictions I have made in the past. grin

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse27 Dec 2017 10:15 a.m. PST

"….Is it just me, or did the Evil Elf look like Ivanka?…."



gisbygeo28 Dec 2017 9:20 a.m. PST

To me, it felt like Alien Nation, and the Orc Cop even reminded me of George (Sam) Francisco. The Orc gangsters reminded me of Tenctonese gangsters.

On the other hand, Alien Nation showed the Tenctonese trying to live among us. Bright just had the Orcs there as a heavy-handed symbol.

I miss Alien Nation. I liked Bright, but it was not as good as Alien Nation.

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2017 5:59 p.m. PST

No but it proves that Elves can be very bad individuals.

Cacique Caribe31 Dec 2017 6:46 a.m. PST

Mithmee: "No but it proves that Elves can be very bad individuals."

Hey, that could be taken by some as racist talk, and going against the whole story of the movie! :)

PS. Gisbygeo, I miss Alien Nation too. If/when Re-Hollywood decides to do a remake (or was this it?), they should try to make it dark and gritty like the original movie. It's probably why, despite all its faults, I personally enjoyed District 9 (and Alive In Joburg).

Double W31 Dec 2017 12:28 p.m. PST

I found it pretty boring and frustrating. Such lazy worldbuilding. So you have an Earth where fantasy races all live together with a Lord of the Rings-type war 2,000 years ago, and absolutely nothing is different? Hollywood is so unimaginative.

chromedog31 Dec 2017 2:53 p.m. PST

It's just humanity shifting the racism to another colour.

Like District 9 – only instead of against alien bug people, it's a fantasy trope race.

Are we going to see a sequel "Orc like me?" (AN did a similar one, "Slag like me" – human poses as a tenctonese to get an insight into how they are treated).

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