Rihanna was wasted potential with Bubbles the Pleasure Pod, there was so much potential as she touched on illegal immigration, even potential for genderfluidity, and she was a post it note for Valerian to be approachable and vulnerable so Laureline would like him. Go to Comment
I just did not like Dane DeHaan in this at all. Way too boyish, acting was meh, and the love interest in Cara Delevingne was so superficial it broke the immersion completely almost every single time Dane and Cara had a scene together.
Visually it was slightly better than okay. I found the space battle and ship chase in Alpha to be the best bits visually. Rihanna's blue blob shapeshifter thing was meh.
You can download an ether into a droid body, or an organic body with artificial brain components. The former gives you an Expy of the former person, while the latter kickstarts fundamentally a new person but they start with the former persons ether memories and identity. One makes a robot one makes a Frankenstein minus zombie walk and robot arms Go to Comment
I can imagine some crucial piece of information (e.g., emergency shutdown code for an AI) existing only in the mind of such an Ether ghost, and PCs having to enter the dreamscape of such a withdrawn madman to learn it.
Eclipse phase has given extensive thought to the idea of kidnapping 'forks' (software copies of the minds) of people for nefarious purposes, and I like articles that illustrate specific cases like this.
(yet, as I understand, it's not possible to upload these backups into bodies in the Cosmic Era setting, no? so the ether ghosts are really imperfect ghosts of their former selves) Go to Comment
"Ladies and Gentlemen of Worth, please come closer and have a look... " In a little stand with numerous maps, the human Advantos sells land-rights with a shining smile and jovial talk at bargain prices. He sells even squatter rights (first to settle is the owner). About 20% of the lands do not exist or belong to someone else. About 30% do not have even that value, or have other problems attached- swampy, cursed, haunted, Old Indian/Pet Cemetery (tm)... Be assured you will not see this man in the same city twice.