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Title: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: pixote on August 05, 2012, 01:51:10 AM
Revisited the South Park's "Imaginationland" trilogy from 2007. Still pretty good, but no episode from it is going to contend for my Top 20 tv episodes of all time. I'd forgotten that the basis of the whole thing was fearmongering about terrorism. Added a nice-ish edge, I guess, but the whole thing wasn't as epic and cinematic as I remembered. Still a lot of fun to spot the various imaginary references. Very good but not great.

The Office (US): 2.1 “The Dundies” (2005)
”I feel God in this Chili's tonight.”
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I’m not a season 1 hater. With the exception of the very first episode, in general I think it’s pretty strong, but 2.1 is a huge leap forward in establishing its own tone and rhythm. There are many other episodes from season 2 and 3 that I like as much, but for me there is just something so re-watchable about “The Dundies”. I think this one establishes Michael’s thing for Ryan, so it's got that going for it. The one strike against "The Dundies" is that the true Kelly persona was not yet there. Pam’s acceptance speech is oddly affecting. 

I also revisited the first three episodes of the second season of The Office (US). "The Dundies" has some nice moments (Pam's acceptance speech being the highlight) but also a lot of jokes that miss. A few of the problems from season one definitely remain. "Sexual Harassment" (2.2) is a slight step backwards. It's not until the end of "Office Olympics" (2.3) that the show begins to make a bid for greatness. Case in point:

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"What the hell is that?"  "Those are the doves."

Curious to keep watching and try to pinpoint what my favorite episode is.

pixote
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: mañana on August 15, 2012, 02:38:26 PM
Men of a Certain Age: 1.1 - 1.7
Now through seven episodes, I can safely say that this show rarely rises above decent. The producers are smart enough to not frame the trials and tribulations of the middle-class man as too self-pitying, moreover I can certainly relate to the central theme that life is one humiliation after another. When it obviously reaches too far for existential meaning (“you’re always late because you don’t want the spare time to think about where your life is going, man”), it definitely falls flat but the cast chemistry smoothes some of that over. Surprisingly it’s not Andre Braugher that I keep coming back for, oddly Ray Romano feels like the stand out to me. Weird, eh?

Terriers: 1.1
I totally get the Rockford Files comparisons, but Donal Logue is most definitely no James Garner. The pilot was fine but the mystery of the week was pretty perfunctory. Based on all the acclaim I assume it gets better.   

Lonestar: 1.1
I’m not saying there’s a literal fantasy element to this or anything, but with all the daddy issues and confidence games the tone of this felt like one long season 1 or 2 Lost flashback. I kept expecting to cut back to the island. More importantly, Tyra Collette remains exquisite.

The Shield:  1.1
Took me by surprise how much this looks and feels like NYPD Blue or something.  Its post-Sopranos, so the anti-hero lead is a murderer  rather than just a drunk, but the structure of the episode just felt very old-fashioned in a way. The surprise ending  and Chiklis and Pounder’s performances are more than enough to bring me back, though I’m not really in any hurry for some reason.

Friends: Season 3 - Season 7
The wardrobe designer must have absolutely hated Courtney Cox. Rachel is dressed as sophisticated and for Phoebe they go quirky, but for some reason Monica is in dowdy prints and sexless pants. I guess maybe the wardrobe people were picking up on the competitive, “one of the guys” aspects of her character and translated that into late 70s lesbian. Very confusing. The other main takeaway here is that in numerous episodes Joey eats sandwiches, and it’s funnier than you expect it to be. My sister should get better DVDs.   

Taxi: not sure
Gritty, 70s New Hollywood bleeds into television; essential to the show is an inescapable sense of failure. Cheers did a similar, though less bleak tribute to the underdog in its early days, something I think was eventually lost. Anyway, the Taxi epis I saw weren’t particularly funny. I need to find out which are considered the classics and try those. Marilu Henner in 1979 was a force of sexiness to reckon with.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: smirnoff on August 15, 2012, 06:13:04 PM
Curious to keep watching and try to pinpoint what my favorite episode is.

That would be tough :)


Friends: Season 3 - Season 7
The wardrobe designer must have absolutely hated Courtney Cox. Rachel is dressed as sophisticated and for Phoebe they go quirky, but for some reason Monica is in dowdy prints and sexless pants. I guess maybe the wardrobe people were picking up on the competitive, “one of the guys” aspects of her character and translated that into late 70s lesbian. Very confusing. The other main takeaway here is that in numerous episodes Joey eats sandwiches, and it’s funnier than you expect it to be. My sister should get better DVDs.   

:)) I can picture those pants now!
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: mañana on August 15, 2012, 07:20:09 PM
:)) I can picture those pants now!
Heh, I don't remember which ones, but certain seasons she was certainly not made to look her best.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: roujin on August 15, 2012, 09:07:58 PM
these big bang theory episodes aren't gonna watch themselves...
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: mañana on August 16, 2012, 08:15:51 AM
 :-*
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Junior on August 16, 2012, 01:32:27 PM
Sports Night is awesome.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: pixote on August 21, 2012, 04:21:39 PM
I love when mañana talks tv.

Men of a Certain Age: 1.1 - 1.7
Now through seven episodes, I can safely say that this show rarely rises above decent. The producers are smart enough to not frame the trials and tribulations of the middle-class man as too self-pitying, moreover I can certainly relate to the central theme that life is one humiliation after another. When it obviously reaches too far for existential meaning (“you’re always late because you don’t want the spare time to think about where your life is going, man”), it definitely falls flat but the cast chemistry smoothes some of that over. Surprisingly it’s not Andre Braugher that I keep coming back for, oddly Ray Romano feels like the stand out to me. Weird, eh?

When I first saw the previews for this show, I assumed I would probably end up watching it some day as part of my in-flight entertainment. Still waiting.

Terriers: 1.1
I totally get the Rockford Files comparisons, but Donal Logue is most definitely no James Garner. The pilot was fine but the mystery of the week was pretty perfunctory. Based on all the acclaim I assume it gets better.   

I haven't heard of this show, but I'm intrigued by these alleged Rockford Files comparisons and the alleged acclaim and the idea of Donal Logue as a private eye (unless it's from the creators of Psych or some show like that).

Lonestar: 1.1
I’m not saying there’s a literal fantasy element to this or anything, but with all the daddy issues and confidence games the tone of this felt like one long season 1 or 2 Lost flashback. I kept expecting to cut back to the island. More importantly, Tyra Collette remains exquisite.

That's a pretty damning review!

The Shield:  1.1
Took me by surprise how much this looks and feels like NYPD Blue or something.  Its post-Sopranos, so the anti-hero lead is a murderer  rather than just a drunk, but the structure of the episode just felt very old-fashioned in a way. The surprise ending  and Chiklis and Pounder’s performances are more than enough to bring me back, though I’m not really in any hurry for some reason.

I've only ever seen one episode of The Shield. The writing swerved sharply from pleasantly smart to inexplicably stupid almost from line-to-line.

Friends: Season 3 - Season 7
The wardrobe designer must have absolutely hated Courtney Cox. Rachel is dressed as sophisticated and for Phoebe they go quirky, but for some reason Monica is in dowdy prints and sexless pants. I guess maybe the wardrobe people were picking up on the competitive, “one of the guys” aspects of her character and translated that into late 70s lesbian. Very confusing. The other main takeaway here is that in numerous episodes Joey eats sandwiches, and it’s funnier than you expect it to be. My sister should get better DVDs.   

LOLawesome.

Taxi: not sure
Gritty, 70s New Hollywood bleeds into television; essential to the show is an inescapable sense of failure. Cheers did a similar, though less bleak tribute to the underdog in its early days, something I think was eventually lost. Anyway, the Taxi epis I saw weren’t particularly funny. I need to find out which are considered the classics and try those. Marilu Henner in 1979 was a force of sexiness to reckon with.

If Taxi comes to Instant Netflix, I'll probably dive into it. Then again, that's true of a lot of shows, I suppose.

pixote
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: roujin on October 08, 2012, 10:13:25 AM
these happy endings episodes aren't gonna watch themselves.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: pixote on October 08, 2012, 11:33:54 AM
Definitely enjoyed the first two episodes of Last Resort. Much much better than Revolutions (or whatever it's called), which I've found to be unwatchable; and better than I remember the first two episodes of Jericho to be. It feels like a show that will crumple under the weight of its own epic vision in short order, but I'm enjoying the ride for now. I'd have more faith in it if the producers committed ahead of time to telling the whole story in a single season or maybe two. Open-ended end dates seem to be killing these kinds of shows nowadays, as writers struggle to draw out stories that demand instead to be told more succinctly.

pixote
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: saltine on October 10, 2012, 01:32:58 PM
"Nashville" premieres tonight.  I watched the pilot online.  If they follow through on all the plot lines and the good music from the pilot, it'll be a good series to follow.  There are some really nice performances by Britton and her supporting cast too.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Verite on October 10, 2012, 04:55:46 PM
"Nashville" premieres tonight.  I watched the pilot online.  If they follow through on all the plot lines and the good music from the pilot, it'll be a good series to follow.  There are some really nice performances by Britton and her supporting cast too.

Definitely gonna give it a chance solely because of Britton and Powers Boothe.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: AAAutin on October 11, 2012, 12:01:13 AM
(http://www.sherlockseason3.com/wp-content/themes/isotherm/thumb.php?src=http://www.sherlockseason3.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Sherlock0956.jpg&h=150&w=265&zc=1&q=80) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1942612/)

Eighty-eight minutes of the finest television I have ever seen...capped off by a minute's worth of Nickelodeon slime.

(But I'm just grateful for--and still reeling from--those initial 88.)
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Junior on October 11, 2012, 12:12:19 AM
Better than the next one! But that last ep, hoo boy.

I'm currently getting towards the end of season 1 of Fringe. Don't know why I stopped watching this program when it aired. This show is so good!
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: 1SO on October 11, 2012, 12:41:28 AM
Scandal is my favorite of the 6 so far. Dense enough for numerous rewatches.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: AAAutin on October 11, 2012, 01:20:12 AM
Dense enough for numerous rewatches.

Absolutely. And with masterful pacing that ensures those rewatches will never stagnate nor slack.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: mañana on October 11, 2012, 03:48:55 PM
"Nashville" premieres tonight.  I watched the pilot online.  If they follow through on all the plot lines and the good music from the pilot, it'll be a good series to follow.  There are some really nice performances by Britton and her supporting cast too.
Definitely gonna give it a chance solely because of Britton and Powers Boothe.
Assuming Britton says "y'all" with some regularity, I will be tuning in.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: saltine on October 11, 2012, 05:16:10 PM
"Nashville" premieres tonight.  I watched the pilot online.  If they follow through on all the plot lines and the good music from the pilot, it'll be a good series to follow.  There are some really nice performances by Britton and her supporting cast too.
Definitely gonna give it a chance solely because of Britton and Powers Boothe.
Assuming Britton says "y'all" with some regularity, I will be tuning in.

Oh, she does.  No shimmy yet, but it's only the first episode.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: smirnoff on October 11, 2012, 06:19:50 PM
Dense enough for numerous rewatches.

Absolutely. And with masterful pacing that ensures those rewatches will never stagnate nor slack.

After I figured out what you guys were talking about I decided I need to see it for myself. :)
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Tequila on October 11, 2012, 06:26:27 PM
Speaking of which, any opinions on 'Elementary'?
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: smirnoff on October 11, 2012, 06:38:48 PM
Speaking of which, any opinions on 'Elementary'?

Made me want to watch Lucky Number Slevin again. Lucy Liu is charming.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: 1SO on October 11, 2012, 10:03:41 PM
Dense enough for numerous rewatches.

Absolutely. And with masterful pacing that ensures those rewatches will never stagnate nor slack.

After I figured out what you guys were talking about I decided I need to see it for myself. :)

This makes up for selling jdc on Beyond the Black Rainbow by bashing the ending (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=4308.msg702285#msg702285). (That was also sparked by AAAutin.  ??? )
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: AAAutin on October 11, 2012, 11:36:57 PM
(That was also sparked by AAAutin.  ??? )

What can I say? I'm a firecracker.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: verbALs on October 13, 2012, 07:01:29 AM
The Thick Of It; Episode 4-4

aka The assisted suicide of Nicola Murray. The Litmus pH paper is a deep red, the acid is bubbling over the edge of the cauldron, as Malcolm Tucker, supported by a post-op Oliver, goes on a decapitation jaunt. The beauty of this series is the jack-in-a-box appearance of minor characters; bouncing up to spout some hip textspeak, as if they were pearls of wisdom, and then disappear again. Ambition makes people stupid. I think that's the moral. Or don't f...with the Scots. One or the other. At the end of the episode, Oliver receives a hospital bedside gift; labelled congratulations on your first kill. When he opens it a party balloon floats out with a picture of Nicola and the words "Good Riddance" on it. Lovely.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 13, 2012, 08:39:11 AM
I haven't been keeping up  after the first episode because, for some reason, Hulu won't let me tell it that my computer is shitty and it won't run HD or really any higher quality video settings they have below HD without constantly freezing or leaving characters's mouths out of sync with the dialogue.

So I'm just waiting for it to end, activate my free week of HuluPlus on the 360, and binge on that and the P4 anime.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: mañana on October 15, 2012, 10:57:23 PM
"Nashville" premieres tonight.  I watched the pilot online.  If they follow through on all the plot lines and the good music from the pilot, it'll be a good series to follow.  There are some really nice performances by Britton and her supporting cast too.
Definitely gonna give it a chance solely because of Britton and Powers Boothe.
Assuming Britton says "y'all" with some regularity, I will be tuning in.
Oh, she does.  No shimmy yet, but it's only the first episode.
The premier was predictable around every turn, but also a ton of fun. I'll be back next week.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: saltine on October 16, 2012, 08:00:42 AM
"Nashville" premieres tonight.  I watched the pilot online.  If they follow through on all the plot lines and the good music from the pilot, it'll be a good series to follow.  There are some really nice performances by Britton and her supporting cast too.
Definitely gonna give it a chance solely because of Britton and Powers Boothe.
Assuming Britton says "y'all" with some regularity, I will be tuning in.
Oh, she does.  No shimmy yet, but it's only the first episode.
The premier was predictable around every turn, but also a ton of fun. I'll be back next week.

You can watch the pilot here (http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/nashville) and lots of other places as well.  Ep 2 is Wed night.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Corndog on October 16, 2012, 10:21:58 AM
I've been watching Freaks and Geeks for the first time. Enjoying it a lot so far, but will probably write something up when I finish it I suppose. Then I'll probably move on to Undeclared. Thanks for the heads up pixote!
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: goodguy on October 16, 2012, 11:37:40 AM
re: Nashville
The last song (especially the Clare Bowen part) was stunning, otherwise meh to both music and Dallas-style plotting. I guess Panettiere is supposed to be bad, but Britton's brand of country music didn't do anything for me either.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: mañana on October 19, 2012, 09:30:15 PM
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Cheers: 2.13

!
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Emiliana on October 20, 2012, 03:25:58 AM
Five episodes into season 3 of Downton Abbey, I have to say that I am still completely addicted, but very exasperated at the same time. There is just so much high drama with life-changing events, stuff that would usually be reserved for season finales in other shows - but here they occur in every. single. episode. It's exhausting.

Mary and Matthew have no chemistry whatsoever, and the cast is still too huge for everyone to have a decent storyline (you can see, though, that the writers have been trying desperately - unfortunately that's not a good thing in this case). Well, I'll keep watching, if only to find out what's still to come in their attempts to top themselves week after week.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: george96 on October 20, 2012, 03:43:17 PM
RuPaul's Drag Race, Season 2 (Netflix Instant)

I'm not sashaying away from this one.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: mañana on November 25, 2012, 05:22:50 PM
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The Sopranos: 3.4 Employee of the Month

I WANT VENGEANCE
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: mañana on November 29, 2012, 10:47:40 AM
SPOILERS AHEAD

The Sopranos: 3.6 University

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I knew this one had the reputation for being a flashpoint episode, but it had been so long that I’d forgotten how severe the cruelty on display actually is. Some folks have a hard time with the series in general because of its nastiness. I always wonder how the wicked humour and incredible charisma of the cast is lost on them, but episodes like this force me to do some soul searching for certain. I can’t help but think Chase knows I was getting too complacent; too quick to embrace these monsters as cartoon characters. I must take my medicine.   

Certainly Ralphie’s sociopathy is most prominently featured, but there really is enough ugliness to go around. I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but with the exception of “Long Term Parking”, I can’t recall an instance when Silvio is used in this way. A limited actor with a great face, he’s generally reserved for comedic takes, which I suppose makes it all the more powerful when his venom surfaces. Ralphie laughs as Silvio demeans and assaults Tracee, possibly the ugliest instance in an intensely ugly hour of TV.

In the viewer’s mind, Tony is somewhat, at least to a degree, insulated from the worst of it. I’m not sure if this is a cheat in the writing, the brilliance of the writing, a testament to Gandolfini’s remarkable skill, or some combination of all three. Though he really offers her no help, Tracee’s attempts to reach out to Tony, in a small way redeems him. Clearly she’s drawn to him because of his power, but implicitly, I think, she also senses a benevolence not present in the others. Maybe I’m over stating that, but I think their interactions grant him some level of forgiveness in my mind. Oh, and be sure, that’s an emotional reaction on my part, not a rationale one. Ralphie’s brutality is most pronounced, but as boss Tony truly merits the most fault for this hideous system; ministerial responsibility, we call that. But again, after Tracee’s murder, Tony is the only one to exhibit any humanity. The capos and soldiers are shocked for sure, but are mostly concerned with the hassle of it all - whereas when Tony chides Ralphie for disrespecting the Bing, his anger implies a deeper reaction. And we know Tracee’s murder resonates with Tony, it’s referenced next season when Ralphie meets his end. This is what I mean by wondering if it’s a cheat in the writing. Tony’s actions do not justify a pardon, but I can’t help but give him one, at least in the sense that I still like him. Part of me thinks it’s a hideous manipulation and another part of me is in awe of the achievement.       

The episode contrasts Meadow’s new, semi-grownup life at college, with Tracee’s grim last days. Meadow enjoys an expensive education, art films, and dabbles in adulthood with new sexual experiences. Even when a setback like a break-up or a depressed roommate hits, she still has the safety of her mother’s kitchen. Tracee’s sexuality on the other hand is entirely commodified. We know very little about her backstory, other than the state employed social worker thinks her anger is related to her mother burning her hand on the stove as a child. Structuring the episode around this comparison would be a little too on the nose on a lesser show, but these guys know what they’re doing.

An absolutely punishing episode. And I deserved it. Nonetheless, Ralphie’s really funny.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Verite on November 29, 2012, 03:50:56 PM
Superlative work, manana  8)
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: mañana on November 29, 2012, 07:01:26 PM
It's all for you, Schmerite.  :)
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 29, 2012, 08:58:39 PM
Moral Orel Season 3. Still the greatest single season of television. People should watch this show.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: AAAutin on November 29, 2012, 09:11:39 PM
Moral Orel Season 3. Still the greatest single season of television. People should watch this show.

I wish Adult Swim would set up a streaming contract somewhere; I feel like I've missed out on a ton of great television.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Junior on November 29, 2012, 09:53:39 PM
I know Cartoon Network has an app that does stuff like Adventure Time streaming.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 29, 2012, 10:09:50 PM
Moral Orel Season 3. Still the greatest single season of television. People should watch this show.

I wish Adult Swim would set up a streaming contract somewhere; I feel like I've missed out on a ton of great television.

Yeah, their site is spotty at best. I'm not sure if all of Moral Orel is on iTunes or not, I never checked. I know only the first volume is out on DVD, which is pretty CINECAST!ing weak.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: AAAutin on November 29, 2012, 10:48:40 PM
I know Cartoon Network has an app that does stuff like Adventure Time streaming.

But first I would require one of those futuristic communication contraptions to access such a feature.

I'm not sure if all of Moral Orel is on iTunes or not

Seasons 1-3 are, at $15 a pop.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 30, 2012, 08:41:29 AM
Damn, that's pretty pricey. There are other more illicit ways in which the show can be found.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: ses on November 30, 2012, 10:25:32 PM
The Newsroom Season 1, Ep 1

Wow.  I don't think I've seen this good of a first episode of a new series in a very long time.  It was fantastic, right down until the end.  It's pretty amazing that news about something that happened 2 1/2 years ago could be so tense and dramatic.  The acting was top notch, especially Jeff Daniels.  The interaction between him and Sam Waterson is great.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Junior on November 30, 2012, 10:32:31 PM
Yeah, don't expect it to be that good all the time. I still liked it throughout, but it's never as good as that opening episode.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: JokerXgg on December 01, 2012, 12:49:06 AM
Started watching Raising Hope

The show is entertaining to eat to and it has various actors that one might recognize once in a while.

it's fun if you have nothing else to watch and just want to kill time.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Verite on December 02, 2012, 01:27:16 AM


GTO
Lesson 1: GTO - The Legend Begins

(http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/gto/1-1.jpg) (http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/gto/2-1.jpg) (http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/gto/3-1.jpg)

Lots of lulz.  Brilliant juxtaposition of sentimentality and vulgarity at the end of the epi.  Hooked. 
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: JokerXgg on December 02, 2012, 02:35:01 AM
Great Teacher Onizuka is so fun!
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Verite on December 04, 2012, 04:49:58 PM
GTO
Lesson 2: Enter Uchiyamada

(http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/gto/2-1-1.jpg) (http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/gto/2-2.jpg)

Not as strong epi as the first one although hilarity is present: Uchiyamada on the bus, Mrs. Sakurai sitting on Onizuka, etc.  A successful setup epi, still.


GTO
Lesson 3: Late Night Roof Diving

(http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/gto/3-1-1.jpg)

Back to the level of Lesson 1.  Onizuka's perverted soliloquies and the accompanying images are prime material  ;D  Didn't expect the turn towards darker territory.  The varying tones within the epis that don't come across as incongruous is hard to pull off and GTO is successful so far.  What a final shot.


GTO
Lesson 4: The Secret Life of Onizuka

(http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/gto/4-1.jpg) (http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/gto/4-2.jpg)

More dark material.  More hilarity.  My unimaginative mind is sort of at a loss to see what Onizuka has in mind but I'm intrigued.  This is great.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: roujin on December 04, 2012, 04:52:29 PM
Onizuka's facial reactions are a thing of beauty.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Verite on December 04, 2012, 04:54:31 PM
Oh, indeed.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Verite on December 12, 2012, 08:36:05 PM
GTO

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Lesson 5: An Eye for an Eye, a Butt for a Butt
The camera pan of Uchiyamada's daughter: the series has adopted Onizuka's visual POV smh-lol.  Huh, unless I'm missing something, Onizuka's request of pics from Kikuchi is a genuine one?  I thought it was part of a revenge/teach-them-a-lesson scheme.

Lesson 6: Conspiracies All Around
Anko's (or Miyabi's?) line about the minds of middle-aged men is Ozu-esque  ;D

Lesson 7: The Mother of all Crushes
This epi cracked me the hell up.  Based on how many times I laughed hard, this is probably a top 50 episode.  Gems: Onizuka's excitement after Yoshikawa's description of Miss Murai; "That line makes me melt."; another camera pan starting from the legs (smh-lol); the perfume.  Despite all the awesome silliness, some poignancy is achieved with the Murais' backstory.

Lesson 8: Bungee Jumping Made Easy
The Doraemon and Kenshiro references went over my head.  One of the bottom-tier epis in my book.  I'm hoping we delve into Uchiyamada's family life. 

Lesson 9: Onizuka and the Art of War
What's in store for Toroko?  The swimming sequence is great.  Was the Inugami Family a reference to the Nekogami manga?  I saw the Ichikawa movie but I don't get why Onizuka yelled it out in the pool.

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Post by: roujin on December 12, 2012, 09:35:11 PM
The Kenshiro and Doraemon jokes are what put it over the top! One of the great episodes!
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Verite on December 12, 2012, 09:57:31 PM
School me on the references, Great Teacher Roujin.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: AAAutin on December 12, 2012, 10:31:25 PM
School me on the references, Great Teacher Roujin.

Don't encourage him!
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 14, 2012, 09:18:39 PM
FLY is also a fan of GTO. Been forever since I have watched it though.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on December 16, 2012, 07:35:38 PM
Figured I'd jot down my thoughts as I revisit ST:TNG season 2.

STTNG S201 "The Child" - What a dud season opener.  The story has no zing to it... no mystery, no surprise.  The introduction of the lame Dr. Pulaski.  On the plus side: bearded Riker, first Guinan episode (screw the haters, I dig Guinan) and it's a Troi-centric episode in which she's not completely useless.  But otherwise... blah.  4/10

STTNG S202 "Where Silence Has Lease" - All-around good ep.  Solid sci-fi premise, maybe a little too close to Q but very satisfying.  Love how somber it gets towards the end ("Gymnopedie"!).  8/10

STTNG S203 "Elementary, Dear Data" - I know this is a fan favorite, but I'm not big on holodeck episodes.  Too often it's just a chance for the actors to dress up and make pat observations about current society.  As far as holodeck eps go, however, this is one of the better ones.  7/10

STTNG S204 "The Outrageous Okona" - A mess.  TNG's attempt to come up with a suave, Han Solo/Don Juan character is laughable.  His story goes nowhere special and the resolution is predictable as hell.  The subplot with Data trying to learn humor has potential, but is squandered.  Points deducted for suggesting that Joe Piscopo was ever funny.  2/10

STTNG S205 "Loud as a Whisper" - A decent premise, and again we have Troi's abilities actually coming in handy for something besides just stating the obvious.  But Riva (Howie Seago) is super creepy looking.  6/10
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sandy on December 16, 2012, 08:21:03 PM
Yay! I'll happily follow along with your ST:TNG seaon 2 thoughts!


first Guinan episode (screw the haters, I dig Guinan)

Me too. :)

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STTNG S202 "Where Silence Has Lease" - All-around good ep.  Solid sci-fi premise, maybe a little too close to Q but very satisfying.  Love how somber it gets towards the end ("Gymnopedie"!).  8/10

Side note of no importance. Richard Mulligan (Soap) was possibly going to play the alien Nagilum named for him--which is Mulligan backwards without one l.

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STTNG S203 "Elementary, Dear Data" - I know this is a fan favorite, but I'm not big on holodeck episodes.  Too often it's just a chance for the actors to dress up and make pat observations about current society.  As far as holodeck eps go, however, this is one of the better ones.  7/10

I'm not a huge fan of the holodeck episodes either unless Broccoli is involved.

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STTNG S205 "Loud as a Whisper" - A decent premise, and again we have Troi's abilities actually coming in handy for something besides just stating the obvious.  But Riva (Howie Seago) is super creepy looking.  6/10

Interesting to think about this episode following after my time with Sound and Fury (Thanks for the recommendation btw :) ) Your Troi comment goes right to my well worn pathways to one of my favorite quotes, "Look! I have one job on this lousy ship, it's stupid, but I'm gonna do it! Okay?" (Galaxy Quest)


Can't wait til you get to season 3!
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on December 16, 2012, 10:56:44 PM
Sandy!  Great to have your input!

I'll be doing season 3 when the Blu-Ray comes out, which I think is scheduled for June.  I'll probably get to disc 2 of season 2 later this week.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on December 19, 2012, 11:26:26 PM
STTNG S206 "The Schizoid Man" - a "Data's not acting like himself" episode.  Seems like they did a lot of these, but they're usually fun/good thanks to Spiner's talent.  This is one of the lesser ones, though.  It takes everyone way too long to figure out what happened to him.  6/10

STTNG S207 "Unnatural Selection" - Pulaski-centric ep that's really slow.  Blah.  4/10

STTNG S208 "A Matter of Honor" - I like Riker in this mode, curious and ballsy.  Normally I wouldn't be too interested in a Klingon-heavy ep, but this one works nicely.  Decent subplot with the Benzite, too.  8/10 
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: verbALs on December 20, 2012, 12:20:46 AM
I liked the Worf's kid epsiodes. All that kid living by a warrior code stuff is potential-full (even *gulp* in 300). TNG is DNA level stuff, wouldn't know how to properly critique it.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on December 20, 2012, 01:04:27 AM
I liked the Worf's kid epsiodes.

Oh god, I forgot about Alexander.  I really really hate Alexander, or at least I used to.  We'll see how I feel whenever those Blu-Rays come out.  I think he shows up season 4 or 5.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: verbALs on December 20, 2012, 01:12:06 AM
 :D Go Team Ridged-head Kid!
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on December 21, 2012, 12:03:57 AM
Didn't have time to finish disc 2 last night....

STTNG S209 "The Measure of a Man" - Easily one of the best of season 2.  Almost on the level of Asimov, really.  The only thing that sticks out as a flaw is that Ryker's arguments are not nearly as "devastating" as they're made out to be.  9.5/10
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Post by: MartinTeller on December 24, 2012, 03:10:03 PM
STTNG S210 "The Dauphin" - Tedious and stupid episode that doesn't make much sense.  There are decent Wesley eps, but this isn't one of them.  Features pouty Wesley, which is the worst Wesley.  The girl is cute (plus bonus appearance by smoking hot Madchen Amick) and there are good Guinan moments, but otherwise a dud.  3/10

STTNG S211 "Contagion" - Pleasing, exciting technology-based ep, about a computer virus at a time when most viewers wouldn't know what that was.  Could've been a neat two-parter where Picard goes through the portal to some unknown world.  7/10

STTNG S212 "The Royale" - with cheese.  Sorry, couldn't resist.  But this is pretty cheesy.  Plays like a bad holodeck ep.  I usually hate when ST is placed in a 20th century setting (it's why I dislike the fourth movie).  Also, it includes the unfortunate assertion that no one had proven Fermat's Last Theorem, but it was proven a few years after this episode aired.  A few somewhat funny bits can't save this one.  3/10

STTNG S213 "Time Squared" - Sampled on the second Orbital album.  A little too much Dr. Pulaski for my tastes, but otherwise some good ol' time travel sci-fi.  Stewart gets to do some nice capital-A Acting.  8/10

STTNG S214 "The Icarus Factor" - I like the Worf subplot a lot and seeing more of O'Brien, but Riker dealing with his daddy issues is pretty boring.  6/10
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on December 26, 2012, 10:38:26 PM
STTNG S215 "Pen Pals" - I'm very fond of plots that concern the Prime Directive.  It's one of the most interesting facets of the ST universe.  Data-centric stories are usually good too.  The B-plot could use more fleshing out, but for a Wesley story it's not bad.  8/10

STTNG S216 "Q Who?" - Q, Guinan, Borg!  10/10

STTNG S217 "Samaritan Snare" - What a lousy title.  And what a lousy ep.  The characterization of the Pakleds is uncomfortable, to say the least.  A couple nice moments between Wesley and Picard, but the surgery subplot is a complete non-starter.  2/10

STTNG S218 "Up the Long Ladder" - Obnoxious Irish stereotypes, lame comedy, evil clones, and sexism.  A low point to be sure.  1/10

STTNG S219 "Manhunt" - Oh lordy, not a Lwaxana episode.  This is such a bad run of TNG.  Pointless Dixon Hill diversion out of nowhere is nothing but filler.  Nice little twist at the end, but otherwise pretty dumb.  Fun trivia: Mick Fleetwood is in one of those fish people costumes.  2/10
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on December 28, 2012, 03:23:40 PM
STTNG S220 "The Emissary" - I don't remember ever seeing this ep before, although I know I must have since I owned the DVDs.  That doesn't mean it's bad, just forgettable.  Still, at least it's an improvement over the last three.  Most of it is character-building for Worf (including what might be the loss of his virginity), the actual plot only takes a few minutes.  Why is a Klingon ship with 75-year-old technology such a big threat?  I'm not too crazy about this K'Ehleyr character, either, especially since she's the mother of the awful Alexander.  5/10

STTNG S221 "Peak Performance" - Enjoyable ep with a number of fun little moments.  Normally I can't stand Ferengi, but in small doses like this, they're fine.  I wish they had made the margin of error on a crucial tactical maneuver greater than ONE MILLISECOND, though.  It strains credibility, and we don't need to see the Enterprise crew be so gosh-darned perfectly brilliant at their jobs all the time.  7.5/10

STTNG S222 "Shades of Gray" - A "Riker's greatest hits" clip show with a mediocre medical drama framing device.  This episode exemplifies the problems that plagued season 2: a writer's strike and the introduction of an unsatisfactory Beverly Crusher replacement.  The season ends as it began: poorly.  2/10


Well, I'm glad I took the time to do this.  When I eventually revisit the season again, I'll know which eps are worth sitting through.  Unfortunately, it's less than half of them.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sandy on January 12, 2013, 05:58:52 PM
STTNG S206 "The Schizoid Man" - a "Data's not acting like himself" episode.  Seems like they did a lot of these, but they're usually fun/good thanks to Spiner's talent.  This is one of the lesser ones, though.  It takes everyone way too long to figure out what happened to him.  6/10

The catchphrase at my house is, "Data's more trouble than he's worth." But it's said lovingly, because he really is a favorite character. An emotional data episode is always worth something and his half hearted, back handed slap that sends Picard reeling; he's not just smart, but not to be messed with.

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STTNG S207 "Unnatural Selection" - Pulaski-centric ep that's really slow.  Blah.  4/10

double blah :P

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STTNG S208 "A Matter of Honor" - I like Riker in this mode, curious and ballsy.  Normally I wouldn't be too interested in a Klingon-heavy ep, but this one works nicely.  Decent subplot with the Benzite, too.  8/10

I tend to get impatient with Klingon episodes as well, but I agree with you here. If I remember, I'll add little Worf quips, because they're always a highlight.

Lieutenant Worf: "Ensign Mendon - you may impress me!"
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sandy on January 12, 2013, 07:07:01 PM
 :))

No reviews, but I'm gonna throw in quotes that make me laugh.

BSG Season 2 Valley of Darkness

"Okay, If you’re going to keep it in your trousers like that, you might want to turn the safety on."
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sandy on January 13, 2013, 05:24:02 PM
Didn't have time to finish disc 2 last night....

STTNG S209 "The Measure of a Man" - Easily one of the best of season 2.  Almost on the level of Asimov, really.  The only thing that sticks out as a flaw is that Ryker's arguments are not nearly as "devastating" as they're made out to be.  9.5/10

Poor Riker. Makes for a great episode though. I thought this was interesting: On Data's computer file it says NFN NMI Data (No First Name, No Middle Initial). Okay, for those that know such things, if Data's storage capacity is 800 quadrillion bits, with a rating of 16 trillion operations per second, what would the equivalent of 800 quadrillion bits be?
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on January 13, 2013, 05:37:20 PM
100,000,000 gigabytes.  Roughly a billion albums in his iTunes.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sandy on January 13, 2013, 07:19:49 PM
 :))

Wow.

But I know where his off switch is.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: verbALs on January 22, 2013, 03:35:28 PM
Mad Men Series 5- The Joan/Jaguar episode.

One of the defining through-lines of thought in Mad Men has been this passage of the sexual revolution from Barbie doll Betty Draper onwards. This episode is the payload delivery for 60-odd hours of television. A movie cannot do this. An absolutely devastating and quite horrible series of events leading to Joan being "paid" for an act of prostitution, which Pete Campbell and the chaps manage to manipulate into being "her idea". The ubermensch Draper is the only man amongst the lot of them.

The Peggy subtext; allowing herself to be bought, but for her talent, plus the more run-of-the-mill scenario of the actress being asked to turn around. We go from the 40s to the 90s in terms of attitudes towards women. The sort of latent sexual profferment that has been a constant of the male dominated business world; that you would hit any man for suggesting to your mother, sister or daughter. In this case we have spent days watching these women swim with the tide; getting to know them. Then to have them treated this way. Horrible. Brilliant television.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sandy on January 22, 2013, 05:42:02 PM
Oh verbALs, a two hour movie is one thing, but to be immersed in their stories for that length of time? What you've written tells me it could almost be too much for me to bear.





STTNG S210 "The Dauphin" - Tedious and stupid episode that doesn't make much sense.  There are decent Wesley eps, but this isn't one of them.  Features pouty Wesley, which is the worst Wesley.  The girl is cute (plus bonus appearance by smoking hot Madchen Amick) and there are good Guinan moments, but otherwise a dud.  3/10

hee-hee, the episode is worth watching for this scene :): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiEjGtM6rnE

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STTNG S211 "Contagion" - Pleasing, exciting technology-based ep, about a computer virus at a time when most viewers wouldn't know what that was.  Could've been a neat two-parter where Picard goes through the portal to some unknown world.  7/10

minutia: The gateway has animé titles inscribed on it and it's Picard's first ever verbal food replicator order, "Tea Earl Grey--hot."

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STTNG S212 "The Royale" - with cheese.  Sorry, couldn't resist.  But this is pretty cheesy.  Plays like a bad holodeck ep.  I usually hate when ST is placed in a 20th century setting (it's why I dislike the fourth movie).  Also, it includes the unfortunate assertion that no one had proven Fermat's Last Theorem, but it was proven a few years after this episode aired.  A few somewhat funny bits can't save this one.  3/10

Yuck on this one too. I've only sat through it once.

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STTNG S213 "Time Squared" - Sampled on the second Orbital album.  A little too much Dr. Pulaski for my tastes, but otherwise some good ol' time travel sci-fi.  Stewart gets to do some nice capital-A Acting.  8/10

Oh yeah, I liked this one. :)

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STTNG S214 "The Icarus Factor" - I like the Worf subplot a lot and seeing more of O'Brien, but Riker dealing with his daddy issues is pretty boring.  6/10

Some of the lines in this episode- :P

Example: "I came here to bury the hatchet with my son, only to find out that the ground was frozen solid."
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on January 22, 2013, 06:28:00 PM
minutia: The gateway has animé titles inscribed on it

Wow, that's double-geeky.  Inscribed in kanji, I presume?
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: FLYmeatwad on January 23, 2013, 02:46:24 PM
Finished Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared in the past month and a half. Apparently I had seen more of these shows than I had originally thought (one episode of each at some point in my youth, since I distinctly remembered scenes from each), but didn't realize the full greatness of either until watched entirely. I guess it's easy to say that F&G is 'better' because it tends to reach are heavier concepts, but maybe Undeclared is funnier, which is surprising because one has Martin Starr a lot and the other only a very little, while one has no Jay Baruchel and the other stars Jay Baruchel. I don't know, both of are great. The girl who plays Lindsey in F&G does the voice for Wendy on Disney's Channel's current best show Gravity Falls. Jason Segel, a guy I have a rocky history with, is CINECAST!ing great in both though, as is Seth Rogen, though that's a bit less surprising. It's odd, though, to see a time before the patented Seth Rogen laugh had developed. Ughhughhughhuhhuhhughhuhhuh. I like Apatow's films more than I like literally anything about Bridesmaids, but maybe the TV shows are reversed. I don't know, it's pretty close. These are both great shows. FLY is a CINECAST!ing sucker for nostalgia fueled coming of age story things.

I'm going to maybe watch a drama series next, but who knows. Probably not. The Wire and Twin Peaks continue to intimidate me. I was thinking of just jumping into this Clannad After Story anime since Netflix says I'll love it, but apparently it's a followup to another series that isn't on Netflix. I don't know. I might also start Hulu+ again next month, so I could potentially get back to Persona 4: The Animation, which is pretty great given what I've seen. Certainly it's gotten way better with each passing episode. I don't know. Are there any good, quick, anime series or TV shows to watch on Netflix? I should finish My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic at some point too, I guess.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sandy on January 23, 2013, 06:00:43 PM
FLY, you crack me up. :D


minutia: The gateway has animé titles inscribed on it

Wow, that's double-geeky.  Inscribed in kanji, I presume?

Yeah, kanji, Iconian style. ???
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: george96 on January 23, 2013, 06:54:41 PM
RIP The B---- in Apt. 23. I will always trust you.

Incomplete season 2 grade: B. Because I know you would have wanted it that way.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sandy on January 25, 2013, 05:14:32 PM
STTNG S215 "Pen Pals" - I'm very fond of plots that concern the Prime Directive.  It's one of the most interesting facets of the ST universe.  Data-centric stories are usually good too.  The B-plot could use more fleshing out, but for a Wesley story it's not bad.  8/10

Memory wipes are very useful. :) The horseback riding scene is in Thousand Oaks CA, where I was born.

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STTNG S216 "Q Who?" - Q, Guinan, Borg!  10/10

The beginning... thinking of all the great Borg stuff that evolved from this episode. Can't wait til you get to Deja Q, one of my favorites.

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STTNG S217 "Samaritan Snare" - What a lousy title.  And what a lousy ep.  The characterization of the Pakleds is uncomfortable, to say the least.  A couple nice moments between Wesley and Picard, but the surgery subplot is a complete non-starter.  2/10

We've gotten a lot of traction from this episode around here. Packled quotes come in handy in all sorts of situations. At least something good came out of the episode.

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STTNG S218 "Up the Long Ladder" - Obnoxious Irish stereotypes, lame comedy, evil clones, and sexism.  A low point to be sure.  1/10

"Sometimes, Number One... you just have to... bow to the absurd."  :P

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STTNG S219 "Manhunt" - Oh lordy, not a Lwaxana episode.  This is such a bad run of TNG.  Pointless Dixon Hill diversion out of nowhere is nothing but filler.  Nice little twist at the end, but otherwise pretty dumb.  Fun trivia: Mick Fleetwood is in one of those fish people costumes.  2/10

Not much of a fan of the Dixon Hill episodes and less so of Lwaxana...
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Post by: smirnoff on January 25, 2013, 06:26:43 PM
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STTNG S219 "Manhunt" - Oh lordy, not a Lwaxana episode.  This is such a bad run of TNG.  Pointless Dixon Hill diversion out of nowhere is nothing but filler.  Nice little twist at the end, but otherwise pretty dumb.  Fun trivia: Mick Fleetwood is in one of those fish people costumes.  2/10

Not much of a fan of the Dixon Hill episodes and less so of Lwaxana...

Heh, I always enjoyed Lwaxana because she made the crew so uncomfortable. :)

The star trek mom who drives me crazy is Quark's! And then there's that Episode where she gets married to the Grand Naggus (or whateveryoucallit)... omg it was the most annoying duo ever. But I find the Ferengi pretty annoying in general. :))
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on January 25, 2013, 06:41:12 PM
But I find the Ferengi pretty annoying in general. :))

It's why I can never bring myself to watch DS9.  I know a lot of folks love it, but I couldn't bear watching Ferengi that much (unless I've been misled and there aren't actually that many appearances of Ferengi in it).

Loving your feedback, Sandy!  Although I think if someone was quoting Pakled at me all the time, I'd go bonkers.

Dixon Hill doesn't bother me so much -- at least, no more than any other holodeck construct -- but the way he's crammed into "Manhunt" is so obviously just to kill time.

I read a rumor that the season 3 Blu-Ray would be out in April, but so far there's no official sign of it.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sandy on January 25, 2013, 08:06:30 PM
Heh, I always enjoyed Lwaxana because she made the crew so uncomfortable. :)

Oh boy, did she! Small doses or fragmented memories are the best way to handle that character. :)

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The star trek mom who drives me crazy is Quark's! And then there's that Episode where she gets married to the Grand Naggus (or whateveryoucallit)... omg it was the most annoying duo ever. But I find the Ferengi pretty annoying in general. :))

Eww, I forgot about her. Struck from my memory. Thanks for bringing her back. :)) The Ferengi are so much so--same issues as Martin, but I still watched DS9.

It's why I can never bring myself to watch DS9.  I know a lot of folks love it, but I couldn't bear watching Ferengi that much (unless I've been misled and there aren't actually that many appearances of Ferengi in it).

Loving your feedback, Sandy!  Although I think if someone was quoting Pakled at me all the time, I'd go bonkers.

So true! Luckily, they come few and far between. Mostly, they're very loose readjusted quotes  like, You're smart. You make things go or I want what I want.

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Dixon Hill doesn't bother me so much -- at least, no more than any other holodeck construct -- but the way he's crammed into "Manhunt" is so obviously just to kill time.

Yeah, not super interesting and then made less so with that episode.

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I read a rumor that the season 3 Blu-Ray would be out in April, but so far there's no official sign of it.

 :D Now you're talking! I've enjoyed your synopses as they give me a chance to look back.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: goodguy on January 26, 2013, 05:03:16 AM
(http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u317/someguy381/misc/Utopia1_zps746b4e2e.jpg)

Utopia (Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopia_(TV_series)))

The UK Channel 4 is currently airing a new six-part conspiracy thriller about a group of nerds targeted by some secret organization for their possession of a prophetic comic book. To be honest, I don't really give much of a damn about the story and its twists, but the two episodes I've seen are so weird, macabre, and delightfully CINECAST!ed-up, it's a joy to watch. Shot in 2.40:1 (first time for a TV series?), with an eye-popping color palette you don't normally associate with British thrillers, and a strong sense for striking visual compositions, this is probably as far as you can get from "normal" TV while still pretending to do a genre show.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sandy on January 26, 2013, 07:05:22 PM
STTNG S220 "The Emissary" - I don't remember ever seeing this ep before, although I know I must have since I owned the DVDs.  That doesn't mean it's bad, just forgettable.  Still, at least it's an improvement over the last three.  Most of it is character-building for Worf (including what might be the loss of his virginity), the actual plot only takes a few minutes.  Why is a Klingon ship with 75-year-old technology such a big threat?  I'm not too crazy about this K'Ehleyr character, either, especially since she's the mother of the awful Alexander.  5/10

You mean the fact that K"Ehleyr is yelling throughout the episode? :D She's a bit much, but she does have that great line:

K'Ehleyr: Wait. You can't mean...
Lieutenant Worf: We are mated.
K'Ehleyr: Yes, I know! I was there!

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STTNG S221 "Peak Performance" - Enjoyable ep with a number of fun little moments.  Normally I can't stand Ferengi, but in small doses like this, they're fine.  I wish they had made the margin of error on a crucial tactical maneuver greater than ONE MILLISECOND, though.  It strains credibility, and we don't need to see the Enterprise crew be so gosh-darned perfectly brilliant at their jobs all the time.  7.5/10

"I busted him up." There's a lesson in there somewhere. I hadn't thought about the millisecond concept. :) Wouldn't a second be just as suspenseful?

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STTNG S222 "Shades of Gray" - A "Riker's greatest hits" clip show with a mediocre medical drama framing device.  This episode exemplifies the problems that plagued season 2: a writer's strike and the introduction of an unsatisfactory Beverly Crusher replacement.  The season ends as it began: poorly.  2/10

This was the last one of the season? It's a wonder they got picked up for anther one. When the budget runs out, make a "clip show." :P

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Well, I'm glad I took the time to do this.  When I eventually revisit the season again, I'll know which eps are worth sitting through.  Unfortunately, it's less than half of them.

Thanks Martin! Looking forward to a better season.
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Post by: smirnoff on January 26, 2013, 07:23:40 PM
Heeeeheee, Worf episodes! He's so good with the ladies isn't he. :) I think that's one of the aspects of DS9 I really enjoyed, that Worf meets his match a bit.

That is a great line you quoted Sandy. :))

I'm really surprised it's only season 2 that Dr. Crusher disappears. If I had to guess I would've said it was season 3 at the earliest... more likely season 4.

I didn't mind the replacement (can't remember her characters name! for shame). She had some spunk, which I enjoyed. I always got the impression her medical background was more military than hospital, unlike Crusher. Like she'd really seen some shit. Sadly, she wasn't around long enough to really confirm or deny my suspicions.

Course, she was never hot like Crusher.

Ah to be 14 again. :)
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: verbALs on January 27, 2013, 07:40:24 AM
Pity is you have to do all of series 3 before you get to the best stretch of TNG; the two parts of Best of Both Worlds and the episodes that followed. Have you gotten to the Q episode where he transports the ship to Borg space, making them aware of human space? The git. That must be series 3 as well.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Junior on January 27, 2013, 11:24:45 AM
The West Wing: Let Bartlet Be Bartlet.

This Sorkin guy's pretty good at making schmaltzy dilogue scenes work amazingly. Love the showdown between Leo and Pres. That's TV, everybody.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MgucbxEiSA
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Post by: Sandy on January 27, 2013, 11:37:01 AM
"Prudent or not prudent, this twenty one year old at six hundred dollars a week, said, I'm going where I want to, because a man stands up." 8)
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Post by: Junior on January 27, 2013, 11:41:24 AM
Yeah, it's so freaking good. I've been watching the whole thing for the first time and even though I watched this episode at 2 last night I was so energized by that conversation that I didn't go to sleep until 4. Crazy talk.
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Post by: Sandy on January 27, 2013, 11:44:10 AM
 :)

I've never watched the series, but could see getting hooked on it very easily. words, wonderful words
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Post by: mañana on January 27, 2013, 11:52:13 AM
There's no way the president's personal aide would make so little.
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Post by: Junior on January 27, 2013, 11:58:17 AM
This was the nineties! Think of the stagflation we've incurred since then!
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on January 27, 2013, 12:34:29 PM
Have you gotten to the Q episode where he transports the ship to Borg space, making them aware of human space?

Yeah, that's "Q Who?"
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: 1SO on January 27, 2013, 12:49:03 PM
Junior, Mrs. 1SO is sick this weekend so we've been watching Season 4. #AmyAdamsAlert
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Post by: george96 on January 27, 2013, 02:54:58 PM
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Grey's Anatomy, Season 4

I would NOT want these horny, whiny doctors treating me.

But seriously, so far, the fourth season has been the soapiest. Don't get me wrong, I like soap, but only when it's done correctly and payoffs actually exist. Everything just feels lackluster. I miss the freshness and honesty of the first two seasons.
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Post by: verbALs on January 27, 2013, 03:21:35 PM
Horny people are generally whiny. (First person to complain about that comment gets a prize. A horny prize).
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Post by: Verite on February 03, 2013, 06:46:11 AM
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GTO

Lesson 10: Outside Looking In
Onizuka is a great man.  Seeing the students with their parents/families is one of the best things about the series. SMH-LOL @ Tomoko's conclusion of what Onizuka has planned for her.  But  :'( at how she sees herself.

Lesson 11: To Be Idolized By a Nation
The Miyabi-Tomoko story didn't hit me as hard as the Murais in Lesson 7 and Nanako and her parents in Lesson 1.  The flashbacks did, though.  ( "Friends:  How many of us have them?" /Whodini ) LOL @ Kikuchi's recommendation to Tomoko about how to thank Onizuka.

Lesson 12: The Formula for Treachery
One of the very best epis of the series so far.  I want more of the school chair; she's great.  LOL @ Teshigawara's trench coat analogy and Onizuka needling him about the string.  I'm impressed by how this dark material (like the earlier fake photos of Onizuka) fits in with the other stuff.  Teshigawara is evil, yo.

(http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/gto/12-4_zpsa7b22368.jpg)

Lesson 13: Only the Best Will Do
Damn you, GTO, for making me laugh at a creepy stalker's fantasy (the butterfly pic).  I have no words for Onizuka's elephant costume.  Hidemi is evil, yo.

Lesson 14: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Ah, I missed Onizuka's enthusiasm (and fantasies) in regards to the possibility of hooking up.  LMAOOOOO @ the geography lesson; maybe the funniest segment so far.

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Some really great images of faces that brought up very strong emotional responses in me:
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pic 2 (http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Schmerite/gto/11-2_zps9eb94fc9.jpg)
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: roujin on February 03, 2013, 07:51:35 AM
The test episode is the bestest. So good.
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Post by: Sandy on February 15, 2013, 02:06:37 PM
(http://i49.tinypic.com/106af4n.jpg)

One disc into the first season and I'm struggling. I can't quite figure out if the dialogue or the camera work is causing more hindrance. Nothing is left for me to make out. It’s not just hand holding but taking my face in their hands and moving it this way then that, saying did you catch it? Here it is again. And then proceed to linger on a reactive expression so it can sink in. exasperation! Every class distinction, slight and plot point is spelled out in slow drawn out vowels and consonants. Am I not considered capable of more work on my end?

I'll finish out the season because of Brendan Coyle (really liked him in Lark Rise to Candleford) and Penelope Wilton. Does the show settle in and since I'm not much into posturing and wealth/property preservation, are there story lines down the road that I may find of interest?
 


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Post by: goodguy on February 15, 2013, 02:16:03 PM
I admit I never even bothered with Downtown Abbey, but I would strongly recommend watching Parade's End instead.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sandy on February 15, 2013, 02:23:12 PM
Thanks! It does look very interesting. Funny, I just asked you something on another thread.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: saltine on February 15, 2013, 06:07:56 PM
Unfortunately, Sandra, the schmaltz rises as the series continues.  Basically, it's a soap opera set in amazingly lovely surrounds with great costumes. If you can accept that, you're good.  If you can't, you can quit now and use your time for other TV.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sandy on February 15, 2013, 06:13:56 PM
Oh, that's what I was worried about. You're right, the costumes are wonderful. Thanks saltine--something to consider.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: don s. on February 15, 2013, 09:37:19 PM
If you can hang in there until the finale of the third series (airing in the USA on Sunday), the humpy chauffeur takes his shirt off. I hope that's not too big of a spoiler.
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Post by: don s. on February 15, 2013, 09:38:10 PM
IN OTHER NEWS,

I'll apparently type anything to get my pathetic post count up.
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Post by: george96 on February 15, 2013, 09:46:21 PM
If you can hang in there until the finale of the third series (airing in the USA on Sunday), the humpy chauffeur takes his shirt off. I hope that's not too big of a spoiler.

Hahahahahaha.

Let us know how it turns out, Sandy. I tried watching the first episode, but it was a bit too dry for me. I figure I'm not ready to enjoy it just yet. I'll keep saving it.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sandy on February 16, 2013, 02:51:55 AM
 :) Haven't met the chauffeur yet.

I'll let you know how the rest of the season fares george96.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sandy on February 21, 2013, 10:27:42 PM
Downton Abbey Season 1

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saltine's description of the show is unfortunately accurate. I trusted you saltine, just echoing your words. :) There's also a family TV series aspect to it that feels very tired. The flower show is a good example. Who always wins? Who should win? Will the reigning champ do the right thing? Then it gets drawn out as if it's a monumentally important dramatic event. That's the problem with the show, in many ways. Everything sustains itself at critical mass, from the start of war, to a choice in fashions. I want to scream SUBTLETY PLEASE! And then I realize I'd be sustained along with them, so I whisper it instead. One more thing before I say something nice. The plot points of withheld information, misinterpretation and throwing a character's character out the window to serve them is frustrating and lazy writing imo.

Brendan Coyle. (That's my something nice. :) He's there up above.) I very much enjoy this actor's work. He takes any material given him and adds so much to it, it's like he's in a different show. Every scene he's in is such a pleasure to watch. I almost see a wink in his eye as if to say, I'm going to play this real and honest and if the words that come out of my mouth don't quite sync, just watch my face instead.

There are other fine actors as well. Wilton doesn't have much to do, but a little of her goes along way, so that works. Two understated oasises are Jim Carter, the butler, who has an intriguing voice and demeanor and Joanne Froggatt, the maid, who plays everything two notches below the frenzy. Very nice indeed.

I'm not sure if I'll get to season 2. If I do, it will be for those few reasons I mentioned.


Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: saltine on February 21, 2013, 11:29:45 PM
Sad to say, Sandy, they manage to ruin Brendan Coyle's character as well.   (I am still watching, but only because my mom loves it and always wants to discuss it with me when I call her.  Gotta humour her, bless her heart.)

If you or anyone here likes the period drama of great houses and evening dress, The Way We Live Now is available on youtube, in parts of course, but that makes for easy watching.  I started it recently and it's a cracker!
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Post by: oneaprilday on February 22, 2013, 03:33:03 AM
If you or anyone here likes the period drama of great houses and evening dress, The Way We Live Now is available on youtube, in parts of course, but that makes for easy watching.  I started it recently and it's a cracker!
Oo, will be curious to hear what you think when you've finished. I loved it at first but then didn't quite like some of the choices near the end. Totally worth watching though, imo - particularly love David Suchet and Shirley Henderson. (The book is great, btw! One of my favorite Trollopes.)
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: saltine on February 22, 2013, 03:37:57 AM
Listening to the book now!  Yes, very rich in detail and the characters are drawn to a tee.  I'll let you know how I feel the series stacks up.  I'm a fool for Matthew MacFadyen. (sure you don't share my infatuation) 
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Post by: Sandy on February 22, 2013, 01:20:41 PM
I'm a fool for Matthew MacFadyen too. :D That's awful about Brendan Coyle's character, saltine. I think I'll quit while I'm ahead. The good news is I've got The Way We Live Now right here on my shelf, so will go there next. Thanks for the recommendation and you too oneaprilday. :)
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Post by: oneaprilday on February 22, 2013, 02:00:46 PM
Listening to the book now!  Yes, very rich in detail and the characters are drawn to a tee.  I'll let you know how I feel the series stacks up.  I'm a fool for Matthew MacFadyen. (sure you don't share my infatuation)
Oh, yes, the book is deliciously Victorian, with detail galore - looking forward to hearing how you'd compare book/series when you finish both.  I do like MacFadyen, not to the point of infatuation though. ;)


I'm a fool for Matthew MacFadyen too. :D That's awful about Brendan Coyle's character, saltine. I think I'll quit while I'm ahead. The good news is I've got The Way We Live Now right here on my shelf, so will go there next. Thanks for the recommendation and you too oneaprilday. :)
Yes, Sandy, I think it's wise to quit with Downton after season 1 - if you don't like it much, you'll definitely not like seasons 2 or 3, which are sadly lacking on so many levels. I don't know why I still watch, honestly.

And glad to hear you're going to check out TWWLN! Looking forward to hearing what you think, too.
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Post by: pixote on February 25, 2013, 11:14:13 PM
STTNG S202 "Where Silence Has Lease" - All-around good ep.  Solid sci-fi premise, maybe a little too close to Q but very satisfying.  Love how somber it gets towards the end ("Gymnopedie"!).  8/10

STTNG S208 "A Matter of Honor" - I like Riker in this mode, curious and ballsy.  Normally I wouldn't be too interested in a Klingon-heavy ep, but this one works nicely.  Decent subplot with the Benzite, too.  8/10

STTNG S213 "Time Squared" - Sampled on the second Orbital album.  A little too much Dr. Pulaski for my tastes, but otherwise some good ol' time travel sci-fi.  Stewart gets to do some nice capital-A Acting.  8/10

STTNG S215 "Pen Pals" - I'm very fond of plots that concern the Prime Directive.  It's one of the most interesting facets of the ST universe.  Data-centric stories are usually good too.  The B-plot could use more fleshing out, but for a Wesley story it's not bad.  8/10

Perfect, you've given me my bedtime viewing schedule for the week. (I've already watched "Q Who" this month.)

pixote
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on February 25, 2013, 11:25:52 PM
w00t!


Season 3 comes out in two months.  I need to start saving my pennies.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MP on March 07, 2013, 05:31:05 AM
I watched the first episode of Broadchurch on UK television the other night and hated it (http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/tv/broadchurch-episode-one-review/21396).
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on May 17, 2013, 01:04:48 AM
Star Trek: The Next Generation, season 3, disc 1:

"Evolution" - So-so episode.  Glad Dr. Crusher is back.  Nothing very special here, but surprisingly palatable for a Wesley-heavy ep.  7

"The Ensigns of Command" - Lots of good Data stuff.  Not the most memorable episode but everything about it works.  Those Sheliak are real dicks.  Mark L. Taylor is in everything.  8

"The Survivors" - It's weird how much this ep has in common with the preceding one.  Enterprise rescuing a colony that doesn't want to leave the planet despite threats from a powerful hostile alien (and John Anderson and Anne Haney have also been in everything).  But it goes in a completely different direction.  Really fantastic mystery with a genuinely moving ending.  9

"Who Watches the Watchers" - Ray Wise!  And Pamela Adlon!  Really solid prime directive story.  Good music, too.  But does anyone else feel really gross when Riker utters any sexual innuendo?  8.5

"The Bonding" - This is a weird one.  It's nice that they make the death of a minor character (really a non-character) so important.  And it's good to see Troi be useful for something.  But I dunno, it tries too hard to be touching, and the kid's outburst at Worf at the end feels very forced.  Minor nitpick: the cat "Patches" is identified as a he but male calicos are extraordinarily rare.  I guess you could explain that away as "the future" though.  7


What's strange is I don't remember seeing any of these episodes before, though I know for a fact I've seen all of them.
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Post by: Sandy on May 17, 2013, 01:11:05 AM
Yay Martin! Season 3! Can I follow along again?
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Post by: MartinTeller on May 17, 2013, 01:17:26 AM
I was very much hoping you would :)  I just finished re-reading all your comments on season 2!
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Post by: Sandy on May 17, 2013, 02:06:05 AM
 :D Wonderful. Things are getting pretty busy around here, so if I get behind, I promise to catch up. :)
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Post by: Sandy on May 17, 2013, 03:10:29 PM
Star Trek: The Next Generation, season 3, disc 1:

"Evolution" - So-so episode.  Glad Dr. Crusher is back.  Nothing very special here, but surprisingly palatable for a Wesley-heavy ep.  7

How many actors can put nanite on their resume? :)

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"The Ensigns of Command" - Lots of good Data stuff.  Not the most memorable episode but everything about it works.  Those Sheliak are real dicks.  Mark L. Taylor is in everything.  8

This is the episode where the Dalai Lama visited the set--big Star Trek fan!

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"The Survivors" - It's weird how much this ep has in common with the preceding one.  Enterprise rescuing a colony that doesn't want to leave the planet despite threats from a powerful hostile alien (and John Anderson and Anne Haney have also been in everything).  But it goes in a completely different direction.  Really fantastic mystery with a genuinely moving ending.  9

John Anderson almost didn't take the role of Kevin, because his own wife died a year earlier. Some of his wonderful acting, wasn't acting.

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"Who Watches the Watchers" - Ray Wise!  And Pamela Adlon!  Really solid prime directive story.  Good music, too.  But does anyone else feel really gross when Riker utters any sexual innuendo?  8.5

I do. :D  I remember really liking the scene where Nuria goes to the Enterprise and her reactions to Picard and the ship.

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"The Bonding" - This is a weird one.  It's nice that they make the death of a minor character (really a non-character) so important.  And it's good to see Troi be useful for something.  But I dunno, it tries too hard to be touching, and the kid's outburst at Worf at the end feels very forced.  Minor nitpick: the cat "Patches" is identified as a he but male calicos are extraordinarily rare.  I guess you could explain that away as "the future" though.  7

It does feel a little forced, but it's one episode that has a strong staying power. "It is the heart of our nature to feel pain, and joy. It is an essential part of what makes us what we are." Oh wise Picard.

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What's strange is I don't remember seeing any of these episodes before, though I know for a fact I've seen all of them.

I had that happen with me two nights ago. A Voyager episode was on and it was as if I'd never seen it before. Disconcerting.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on May 17, 2013, 03:30:08 PM
You are a true Trekkie/Trekker!

About to dive into disc 2, thoughts later tonight.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on May 17, 2013, 11:02:48 PM
"Booby Trap" - Eh, it's an okay ep but I'm just not that intrigued by the story, and Geordi's romantic difficulties are just kinda sad.  6

"The Enemy" - Two Geordi eps in a row, but this one is much better.  Reminiscent of Enemy Mine.  Also, Worf's decision is not the predictable feelgood one you would expect from RNG, an interesting surprise.  8.5

"The Price" - Troi has bad taste in men.  She puts out for smirky creep Matt McCoy without a moment's hesitation.  And season 3 has great writing, but they can't write romantic dialogue to save their lives.  Also, Ferengi.  Ugh.  On the other hand, Beverly and Deanna in leotards.  Yum.  (too bad Beverly's is a repulsive shade of green, though)  6

"The Vengeance Factor" - Oh, now it's Riker's turn to fall for the wrong person.  At least he has the sense not to immediately jump in the sack with her.  Pretty good ep, but hampered by a nonsensical climax for the sake of high drama.  7

"The Defector" - Not crazy about Romulan stories (their world is rocky and fiery because they are eeeeeeevil!) but one every once in a while is good for big picture stuff.  Some nice intrigue here, I like where it ends up.  But how come when Picard freezes the holodeck program, we still hear crickets?  I'm sure the nerds have an answer.  8


The only one of these that rang any bells was "The Price".  I guess it's been too long since I watched this season.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on May 20, 2013, 01:22:24 AM
Star Trek: The Next Generation, season 3, disc 3

"The Hunted" - Funny, I was thinking of Babe five minutes before starting this, and now here's James Cromwell.  The Clockwork Orangey aspects of this ep are merely okay, but the action is more fun.  7.5

"The High Ground" - Heavy-handed terrorism message.  So this guy from a non-Federation planet has read Earth history books, can recognize someone with American roots, and can make analogies to George Washington?  6

"Deja Q" - Q + Data = :)   8.5

"A Matter of Perspective" - Weak Rashomon ripoff with Rapey Riker and a lot of technobabble.  4

"Yesterday's Enterprise" - Boy, how hard did Denise Crosby kick herself for quitting this show?  Not that anyone else from the cast went on to stellar careers or anything, but still.  Nice to see Guinan play such a key role, I really love her character.  Good production value in making this alternate timeline come to life.  9
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Post by: Sandy on May 23, 2013, 01:50:47 AM
Martin, I haven't forgotten about these, but have not been home much the past few days. I'll be catching up bye and bye. :)
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on May 23, 2013, 08:39:20 PM
Martin, I haven't forgotten about these, but have not been home much the past few days. I'll be catching up bye and bye. :)

No worries.  Are you actually rewatching them too?  I thought you were just commenting from memory.


Disc 4:

"The Offspring" - Thankfully, has nothing to do with the terrible band.  Top 5 of all time?  I'd say so.  I'd be lying if I said my eyes were dry at the end.  I want to punch that Admiral in the teeth.  "He's biting that female!" is the best line.  10

"Sins of the Father" - Oh shit, it's Candyman!  This seems to be a fan favorite, but to me it's too much blah Klingon stuff.  But I like that everything isn't neatly tied up at the end.  7

"Allegiance" - Kind of the ST version of "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street".  Does it mean anything when "Picard" says "ales for everyone!" in Ten Forward?  I was under the impression that everything is free.  Anyway, pretty good ep with fun stuff involving Doppelpicard.  7.5

"Captain's Holiday" - Weak attempt to shoehorn Picard into an Indiana Jones-esque role.  Dumb Ferengi crap too.  Vash is a good character, though the actress playing her isn't that great.  5
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sandy on May 24, 2013, 12:10:40 AM
No worries.  Are you actually rewatching them too?  I thought you were just commenting from memory.

Sometimes I watch the trailer to refresh my memory, but mostly I write down things that have stayed with me. I also have some trivia at my disposal, so I'll add stuff I think you might like. :)


Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sandy on May 24, 2013, 01:46:41 PM
"Booby Trap" - Eh, it's an okay ep but I'm just not that intrigued by the story, and Geordi's romantic difficulties are just kinda sad.  6

Fun stuff with this one. This is the first episode ever to be directed by a woman--Gabrielle Beaumont. Too bad it only gets a "6." Also Picard was originally going to be attracted to Leah, but felt it was more practical for it to be Geordi. They likened him to "the guy who fumbles around women but is 'in Love with his '57 Chevy.'" I like the indication that Picard had been a great help to Guinan in the past, "attracted to bald men."

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"The Enemy" - Two Geordi eps in a row, but this one is much better.  Reminiscent of Enemy Mine.  Also, Worf's decision is not the predictable feelgood one you would expect from RNG, an interesting surprise.  8.5

Michael Dorn wasn't for that decision, at least at first. It does show another way Klingons differ from humans, but you're right. I was surprised too.

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"The Price" - Troi has bad taste in men.  She puts out for smirky creep Matt McCoy without a moment's hesitation.  And season 3 has great writing, but they can't write romantic dialogue to save their lives.  Also, Ferengi.  Ugh.  On the other hand, Beverly and Deanna in leotards.  Yum.  (too bad Beverly's is a repulsive shade of green, though)  6

Foot rubs block out the logical thinking in women. :D I like your terms smirky creep. Who's cuter Beverly or Deanna? This should be a poll question. I truly don't know what people would answer.

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"The Vengeance Factor" - Oh, now it's Riker's turn to fall for the wrong person.  At least he has the sense not to immediately jump in the sack with her.  Pretty good ep, but hampered by a nonsensical climax for the sake of high drama.  7

Don't remember much about this one, except for Yuta, phaser fire and and peace talks--that's about it.

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"The Defector" - Not crazy about Romulan stories (their world is rocky and fiery because they are eeeeeeevil!) but one every once in a while is good for big picture stuff.  Some nice intrigue here, I like where it ends up.  But how come when Picard freezes the holodeck program, we still hear crickets?  I'm sure the nerds have an answer.  8

The only one of these that rang any bells was "The Price".  I guess it's been too long since I watched this season.

Maybe verbALs is right, season 3 isn't all noteworthy. There are some moments though. I like the actor here, but not much of a Romulan fan either.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on May 24, 2013, 06:25:54 PM
Who's cuter Beverly or Deanna? This should be a poll question. I truly don't know what people would answer.

As a redhead, Beverly would normally have the edge, but I gotta go with Deanna.  The British accent helps.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on May 26, 2013, 12:40:44 AM
"Tin Man" - Interesting episode, not great, but interesting.  Riker is really annoying when he gets all huffy and self-righteous.  7

"Hollow Pursuits" - Barclay!  I used to hate him, but now I really love that there's at least one character on the Enterprise who isn't the most competent, talented, wonderful person ever.  8

"The Most Toys" - Good Data-centric ep with an intriguing villain character by Saul Rubinek... all the greed and twice the cunning of a Ferengi, without all the annoying bits.  Sadly, Rubinek is in the role only because the original actor, David Rappaport, attempted suicide during production.  He was successful at it two months later :(  8

"Sarek" - If I were a bigger fan of TOS, I might be more excited to see a Sarek appearance.  As it is, I have no special attachment to the character.  But it's still a fine ep, with fun aggression breaking out among the crew and Stewart letting it all loose at the climax.  8

"Menage a Troi" - No.  No no no no no.  Lwaxana AND Ferengi?  Kill me now.  Thanks to a particularly funny bit by Stewart at the end, it manages to not be completely awful.  But it's pretty close.  One of the Ferengi looked/sounded familiar, I looked him up and it turned out to be Neelix.  2

"Transfigurations" - Pleasant but very slight and forgettable episode.  Lame amnesia device is too convenient.  5

"Best of Both Worlds" - I bought the standalone Blu-Ray with both parts edited together.  As sdb just noted in his First Contact review, the Borg are the most interesting enemy in the ST universe.  Who else could even compete?  And the Riker/Shelby tension is very compelling too.  My only complaint about this two-parter is that there's so much plot development crammed into it that I think it should have been a three-parter.  9.5


Well, that was a fun binge but I'm glad to have gotten Star Trek out of the way until season 4 comes out.  This was the first day in almost 8 weeks that I didn't watch at least one movie (and I've got 12 waiting to be watched).  The new special features on the Blu-Ray are good, especially the "Writer's Room" piece.  It's really nice to hear people acknowledge the flaws of the show.
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Post by: Sandy on May 26, 2013, 02:43:15 AM
Who's cuter Beverly or Deanna? This should be a poll question. I truly don't know what people would answer.

As a redhead, Beverly would normally have the edge, but I gotta go with Deanna.  The British accent helps.

:) There's an affinity for red heads on this forum. Thanks for answering, I was genuinely curious--it's not really in my DNA to be able to form an opinion on the matter. They seem pretty equal as far as I can tell.





Star Trek: The Next Generation, season 3, disc 3

"The Hunted" - Funny, I was thinking of Babe five minutes before starting this, and now here's James Cromwell.  The Clockwork Orangey aspects of this ep are merely okay, but the action is more fun.  7.5

I'd like to see Roga Danar and Khan go a few rounds. Biochemical or genetic manipulation? I'd put my money on Khan. I remember the episode has a funny truncated ending.

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"The High Ground" - Heavy-handed terrorism message.  So this guy from a non-Federation planet has read Earth history books, can recognize someone with American roots, and can make analogies to George Washington?  6

:D I for sure didn't pick that up when I saw it. Truthfully, I can barely remember any of this episode.

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"Deja Q" - Q + Data = :)   8.5

Love that equation and love this episode--possibly in my top 5. I've never put any effort into ranking them though. "Data, I've decided to give you something very, very special." :))

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"A Matter of Perspective" - Weak Rashomon ripoff with Rapey Riker and a lot of technobabble.  4

Ho, hum on this one as well. But, did you see Deanna squeeze Riker's hand when he was cleared? Is something afoot? :D
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"Yesterday's Enterprise" - Boy, how hard did Denise Crosby kick herself for quitting this show?  Not that anyone else from the cast went on to stellar careers or anything, but still.  Nice to see Guinan play such a key role, I really love her character.  Good production value in making this alternate timeline come to life.  9

Yeah, Guinan's the greatest! This is one I'd like to see again soon. It's so chock full of great stuff. This reminds me a little of Casablanca, numerous writers, patched together ideas, nobody thought it would be any good, and voilà! One of the best episodes!
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Post by: Sandy on May 27, 2013, 10:22:10 AM
Disc 4:

"The Offspring" - Thankfully, has nothing to do with the terrible band.  Top 5 of all time?  I'd say so.  I'd be lying if I said my eyes were dry at the end.  I want to punch that Admiral in the teeth.  "He's biting that female!" is the best line.  10

That is the best line! It makes me laugh just reading it and I haven't seen the episode in about 10 years. Now I'm looking over some clips: I love it as she discovers things, "Smell! Show me more father." And the little montage with the dribbling while drinking and late reaction to catching a ball--fun moments. The actress really shows her talents when she's talking about the kids laughing at her remarks and with a tip of her chins says, "So without understanding humor, (pause) I have somehow mastered it." :D   Oh, and the  rest... as she hits her diaphragm repeatedly, "This is what it means to feel?" Poignant. The episode deserves your 10. This was Jonathan Frakes directorial debut. Not bad, eh?

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"Sins of the Father" - Oh shit, it's Candyman!  This seems to be a fan favorite, but to me it's too much blah Klingon stuff.  But I like that everything isn't neatly tied up at the end.  7

Yawn. But, so proud of Worf!!

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"Allegiance" - Kind of the ST version of "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street".  Does it mean anything when "Picard" says "ales for everyone!" in Ten Forward?  I was under the impression that everything is free.  Anyway, pretty good ep with fun stuff involving Doppelpicard.  7.5

"And the pity of it is...that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.” :o Reading about it makes me want to see that Twilight Zone episode. "Doppelpicard" :D It was great to see some Picard detours in this and the Captain's Holiday episode.

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"Captain's Holiday" - Weak attempt to shoehorn Picard into an Indiana Jones-esque role.  Dumb Ferengi crap too.  Vash is a good character, though the actress playing her isn't that great.  5

Captain Picard camping? Sharing a sleeping bag? :)) That's worth something.
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Post by: Sandy on June 09, 2013, 11:00:45 PM
"Tin Man" - Interesting episode, not great, but interesting.  Riker is really annoying when he gets all huffy and self-righteous.  7

This one is relatable; the feeling of being overwhelmed by others pressing in on you. It also shows the other end of the spectrum, where complete solitude is also oppressive. What to do? Find an entity to bond with that can mold you a very comfortable chair.

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"Hollow Pursuits" - Barclay!  I used to hate him, but now I really love that there's at least one character on the Enterprise who isn't the most competent, talented, wonderful person ever.  8

So true!

Oh gee, I really like Barclay and this episode. I would be mortified if my holo deck programs were on display. :D Another relatable episode!

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"The Most Toys" - Good Data-centric ep with an intriguing villain character by Saul Rubinek... all the greed and twice the cunning of a Ferengi, without all the annoying bits.  Sadly, Rubinek is in the role only because the original actor, David Rappaport, attempted suicide during production.  He was successful at it two months later :(  8

Very sad. Rubinek did a great job on such short notice. The concept of the cost of exerting control on another is a particularly interesting subject to me. As for the phaser fire, yeah, Data's a renegade.

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"Sarek" - If I were a bigger fan of TOS, I might be more excited to see a Sarek appearance.  As it is, I have no special attachment to the character.  But it's still a fine ep, with fun aggression breaking out among the crew and Stewart letting it all loose at the climax.  8

I also haven't invested much effort into the original series (haven't seen all the episodes :-[). I agree with the things you mention that make the episode great, especially the telepathic "bleeding." No, I take that back. it's got to be Picard's meltdown.

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"Menage a Troi" - No.  No no no no no.  Lwaxana AND Ferengi?  Kill me now.  Thanks to a particularly funny bit by Stewart at the end, it manages to not be completely awful.  But it's pretty close.  One of the Ferengi looked/sounded familiar, I looked him up and it turned out to be Neelix.  2

Have I voted for a favorite review yet? This one is perfect and makes me laugh!

[Picard has rescued Lwaxana from DaiMon Tog]
Lwaxana Troi: Thank you, Jean-Luc. You were most convincing. You certainly convinced me.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I am truly grateful, Mrs. Troi, that you risked your life to save my people. I'll have you home in a few hours.
Lwaxana Troi: Oh, no, no, no, no, that won't be necessary. I'd just love to hear more of your poetry.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [disentangling himself from Lwaxana] Uhh... Perhaps another time. Please.
[offers her his chair, then walks up to Wesley at the helm]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Mr. Crusher, set course for Betazed.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [low voice] Warp nine. :))


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"Transfigurations" - Pleasant but very slight and forgettable episode.  Lame amnesia device is too convenient.  5

At first I thought this was Crusher's romance episode, but I was thinking about "The Host." Then I read that this was going to be a romance, but they postponed it to the next year. I must be remembering some residual chemistry between the two. :D

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"Best of Both Worlds" - I bought the standalone Blu-Ray with both parts edited together.  As sdb just noted in his First Contact review, the Borg are the most interesting enemy in the ST universe.  Who else could even compete?  And the Riker/Shelby tension is very compelling too.  My only complaint about this two-parter is that there's so much plot development crammed into it that I think it should have been a three-parter.  9.5

You didn't have to wait three months for part 2! Painful cliffhanger and one of the best.

A single tear. Martin, you're a good person to ask where else that has been used well. Here, it speaks volumes about the man and his transformation. That particular ending was only solidified 2 days before shooting. :o

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Well, that was a fun binge but I'm glad to have gotten Star Trek out of the way until season 4 comes out.  This was the first day in almost 8 weeks that I didn't watch at least one movie (and I've got 12 waiting to be watched).  The new special features on the Blu-Ray are good, especially the "Writer's Room" piece.  It's really nice to hear people acknowledge the flaws of the show.

Thanks for letting me tag along. :)
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Post by: pixote on July 24, 2013, 03:38:03 PM
The two-part fifth season premiere of Grey's Anatomy might contain the most jump-the-shark moments in any season premiere ever. Can I look away from this train wreck? Probably not.

pixote
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Post by: 1SO on July 30, 2013, 02:34:58 AM
The Pilot of Luther is full of more problems than I care for if I plan to follow the series. Having watched 2 episodes, the worst of it is the opening. There's a jumpy editing style used where they smash cut in facial expressions. Like Idris is giving dialogue but there's a 1/2 second of his face growling angry so we know how upset he is. His inner feelings flash to the surface. I hated it, and after that opening I never saw it used again.

In the first episode, Elba's "cop on the edge" isn't half as interesting as Ruth Wilson's sociopath on the loose. That's kind of a Spoiler, but I had this murder solved almost immediately and it only takes Luther an additional 10 minutes. It's (disappointingly) not about solving the crime, but making the case stick. How he pins the murderer is ridiculous. A far-fetched bit of behavioral observation.

Luther takes out his anger on a door. He doesn't just punch it, he turns it into toothpicks. Somebody should have dialed it back. It's unintentionally funny and the Adam Sandler turn into casual violence makes it hard to take Luther's psychology seriously.

This extends further into Episode 2 when we open with Luther literally on the edge (of a tall building). What turned me around was watching Luther go through a tough case as the bodies quickly piled up. There's a very interesting relationship between Luther and his department. They know he's the top man for getting things solved, but agreeing to him means agreeing to all his social problems and the destruction they cause. They're caught trying to curb his behavior so they don't have to suspend him, but knowing this will probably end with him accidentally killing someone or dead himself.

Nobody dominates Elba in Ep. 2, so he can finally bring Luther into the center. He has some excellent scenes with a convict played by Sean Pertwee.
EPISODE 1: * * 1/2
EPISODE 2: * * *


Watching this after seeing Sherlock is like watching a Spaghetti Western once you've seen Sergio Leone's stuff. Tomorrow will be more Luther, but I'll be back to Mad Men before the week is over.
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Post by: Bondo on July 30, 2013, 10:08:30 AM
I watched the first half of the first season of Veep...second half coming tomorrow. The show is almost a perfect clone of the Thick of It style but moved to the US. I could get into the differences in political systems that make that slightly problematic, but at least within the US system, the office of the Vice President is about the best place to set the show since it is an utterly powerless office.

Still, going from Peter Capaldi's sweary Scotsman to the creepy Jonah is a big switch down in entertainment value. The other factor that is kind of hurt so far is that it is a single-party story. Thick of It brought in both sides of the political debate for its bolloxing. Still, amusing and brief enough to be worth watching but probably won't make my list.
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Post by: 1SO on July 31, 2013, 01:45:44 AM
Watched the next 2 episodes of Luther. Still fine, but not exceptional except for Ruth Wilson. The more time I spend with Luther the less interesting I find him. When he makes a discovery it seems to be a wild guess from out of nowhere. I don't feel like I'm in on the case with him, and it's not as much fun being an outsider. (Elba's crossed-arms and hunched posture enhance the "keep away" attitude.)

By contrast, I rewatched Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia and was more entertained in the first 10 minutes than any show or film all year It's unfair to compare, like saying High School Musical isn't as good as Singin' in the Rain. However, watching Sherlock I feel like the silent man in the room. When he gets an idea, there's a visual component of where this is coming from. It's great fun to be inside the head of a great detective or to have frustrated thoughts expressed by Watson. (The other cops in Luther seem mixed on how to deal with this 'loaded gun with the safety off' detective.) Not nearly as fun to watch some guy who can pull things seeming out of the air to ensure the case is solved in an hour of time.
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Post by: 1SO on August 02, 2013, 02:07:17 AM
Luther: Season 1, Episode 5
This may have been the turning point for me. The first third has a great ticking clock. Very fast-paced action involved with the stolen diamonds. Things bog down in the middle and then comes the ending. Wow! From a story I wasn't digging and a supporting character I barely noticed comes a turn of events that greatly increases my interest in the show. Finally, I am anxious to see what happens next.
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Post by: george96 on August 03, 2013, 08:24:41 PM
The two-part fifth season premiere of Grey's Anatomy might contain the most jump-the-shark moments in any season premiere ever. Can I look away from this train wreck? Probably not.

pixote

Which moment? There are a few that you could be referring to.
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Post by: 1SO on August 04, 2013, 10:04:24 AM
Luther 1:6
Luther's Season 1 finale does what all the great Buffy finales do. After the startling end of the previous episode, it's a full throttle battle between good and evil. Every character suddenly takes on extra importance as both sides maneuver into a non-stop series of tense encounters and face-offs. I can forgive a lot of the set-up because this payoff episode is so memorable.

Interesting side note, my friends who recommended the series praised the acting for not doing American actor 'big' acting. It has a more British nuance. I find that to be completely untrue. Numerous characters in this finale scream - not just at each other but to the heavens - and do variations of Brad Pitt's "What's In The Box!?!" type acting.
RATING: * * * 1/2



Luther 2:1
Now that I'm onboard with the show, I'm curious why this killer is extending beyond the first episode. (Is he the sole big bad of the brief 4-episode season?) His showboating way hardly leads me to believe he'll last too long. Nothing about him seems extra clever, just lucky. The mask is very creepy, and I think creator Neil Cross has learned the value of making all the heroes expendable. (I know see them as future victims and not just this year's supporting cast.) Ruth Wilson remains the best part of the show.
RATING: * * *
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Post by: don s. on August 05, 2013, 08:43:43 PM
Luther 2:1
Now that I'm onboard with the show, I'm curious why this killer is extending beyond the first episode. ... Ruth Wilson remains the best part of the show.

According to Wikipedia, the second series was originally intended to be broadcast as two two-hour episodes, which might explain it. (Though the first-hour cliffhanger is so perfect, it would've been a waste not to cut the episode there.) (This is also as far as I've watched.)

I started watching this on Netflix because you (1SO) piqued my interest. I have to say I find the premise risible (unstable detective bonds with psycho redhead). And I find the Ruth Wilson character to be a one-dimensional screenwritery contrivance. If I didn't enjoy gazing at Idris Elba so much, I would've bailed long ago.
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Post by: 1SO on August 05, 2013, 11:36:18 PM
Reading your post, I was starting to wonder how you've stuck with it so long. The scenes between Elba and Wilson are my favorite because they bring out Luther's Dexter tendencies. It's what I think Neil Cross is going for. A cop driven so dark he has serial killer qualities. Even though Cross builds in a lot of latitude by not explaining what got Luther into such deep trouble before Season 1, he crosses into unbelievable territory many a time.

The scene that I think is the biggest betrayal of staying true to Luther's character is during 1:2 when Luther is forced into Russian Roulette. He turns all soft and beggy. I think it's meant to show Luther's limit, but it reminded me of early James Woods characters who, when in a similar situation, say "f' it" and encourage the shooter to bring on the bullet. The Luther we meet during the rest of the show would do the same.

I don't know what your problem is with Ruth Wilson (and this isn't just my love of redheads). She's sometimes a bit of the cartoon Hannibal Lecter became, but more often a nice blend of Dexter and Moriarty with a large helping of Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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Post by: don s. on August 05, 2013, 11:59:15 PM
I don't know what your problem is with Ruth Wilson (and this isn't just my love of redheads). She's sometimes a bit of the cartoon Hannibal Lecter became, but more often a nice blend of Dexter and Moriarty with a large helping of Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Well, that was your second reference to Dexter, which I think is a pretty silly show and character. Moriarty is a great character, but also not particularly believable in a modern context. And Angel is a vampire with a soul: if he showed up in a gritty contemporary police procedural, you'd roll your eyes. However, as I've already confessed my affection for Elba, it's only fair that I honor your love of redheads.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Melvil on August 06, 2013, 12:03:37 AM
Luther is not the cleverest show of it's type, but I find the characters so enjoyable and the writing (despite it's flaws) so entertaining that I was able to fully embrace the contrivances and just enjoy the ride. It definitely prioritizes flashy concepts and larger-than-life characters over strict realism, but that's part of the charm for me, and I find the execution to make it all work.

I'm glad you're finding at least some enjoyment in it. I'll be interested in hearing your opinion of the second story in season two, which has at the very least my favorite opening scene of the series.
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Post by: saltine on August 07, 2013, 07:48:15 PM
"Orange Is the New Black"

Thank you, Junior!
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Post by: don s. on August 07, 2013, 08:51:30 PM
So I've been watching a marathon of "Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles" this afternoon, and one of the real estate agents was faintly mocking a buyer for paying what he thought was a slightly inflated price for a house on Rodeo Drive. "People will pay more for the fancy label," he tells us. At this moment we are treated to a view of what appears to be a Louis Vuitton humidor on his desk.
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Post by: Junior on August 08, 2013, 12:06:21 AM
"Orange Is the New Black"

Thank you, Junior!

You're welcome! It's pretty fantastic. Gonna make my top 50.
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Post by: exskiman on August 08, 2013, 11:54:07 AM
"Orange Is the New Black"

Thank you, Junior!

You're welcome! It's pretty fantastic. Gonna make my top 50.

Just finished watching the season as well and was surprised by just how much I loved it. I've already submitted my list but I only put in 30 so I might as well add it as I feel it definitely deserves a spot.

Granted no matter how much I like or love the show I will always have a tinge of dread that it may all fall apart at any moment simply because of who created the show. I can't say I ever particularly loved Weeds but the first 3 seasons were a fun, well made guilty-pleasure. The change in quality from very solid fun to just plain awful (between season 3 and 4) is unlike anything I have ever seen in my life.
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Post by: mañana on August 10, 2013, 12:25:06 AM
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Enlightened - "The Weekend", 1.4

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Post by: oneaprilday on August 10, 2013, 12:50:35 AM
So good.
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Post by: exskiman on August 10, 2013, 01:33:06 PM
What a great show. Such a shame it got cancelled after two seasons though with the ratings it had I suppose we should be thankful it even got 2. The second season is one of the strongest seasons of any tv show I have watched in a good long while.
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Post by: oneaprilday on August 10, 2013, 01:36:58 PM
Agreed!
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Post by: saltine on August 10, 2013, 09:23:06 PM
Enlightened.  What more could you ask from a TV series?
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Post by: don s. on August 10, 2013, 10:14:19 PM
A matching lunchbox?
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Post by: saltine on August 10, 2013, 10:57:11 PM
Well, OK, there's that.
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Post by: george96 on August 10, 2013, 11:33:48 PM
I've been watching United States of Tara recently, and I highly recommend it. Diablo Cody and her writers sure do know how to inflict pain.
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Post by: exskiman on August 11, 2013, 12:54:47 PM
I'm 3 episodes in and I have to say I'm really, really enjoying the Danish political series Borgen.
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Post by: mañana on August 11, 2013, 01:48:48 PM
So good.
Yep, really good episode. Problem is it took a lot out of me so I'm hesitant to hit play on the next episode.
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Post by: saltine on August 11, 2013, 03:41:22 PM
Agreed.  Enlightened is almost painful to watch.  I wonder why that is.
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Post by: MartinTeller on August 21, 2013, 01:15:14 AM
Been slowing working through season 4 of ST:TNG with my gf:

S4E2 "Family" - Basically a breather after the huge drama of "Best of Both Worlds".  No action at all in this one, and nothing resembling sci-fi.  Some nice Picard character moments, but Worf's Earth parents have ridiculous Russian accents.  6

S4E3 "Brothers" - Spiner-riffic ep with Brent doing triple duty as Data, Lore and Soong.  A little slow to start, but there's some nice business with Data taking control of the Enterprise (you gotta wonder if they implemented tighter security measures after this).  7
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Post by: ses on September 27, 2013, 02:21:13 PM
Has anyone been watching The Bridge?  The first two episodes I've seen seem promising. 
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Post by: MartinTeller on September 27, 2013, 02:46:55 PM
Been falling behind with these, memories are now fuzzy on some:

S4E4 "Suddenly Human" - I've forgotten most of this one already, so it can't have been that great.  I'll give it a non-committal... 6/10

S4E5 "Remember Me" - Pretty neat premise with a somewhat unsatisfying conclusion.  A bit repetitive too, but overall it's a good ep.  7/10

S4E6 "Legacy" - Another forgettable ep, with an uninteresting conflict and uninteresting Tasha Yar backstory.  5/10

S4E7 "Reunion" - Oof.  Heavy on Klingon blah blah blah, AND the introduction of the annoying Alexander.  No thank you.  3/10

S4E8 "Future Imperfect" - This was a lot of fun to revisit.  I couldn't remember how it resolved, so my gf and I each had a theory on what was going on.  Turns out we were both right, in a way.  9/10
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Post by: AAAutin on September 27, 2013, 05:54:13 PM
Has anyone been watching The Bridge?

I've stuck with it, mostly for Demián Bichir.
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Post by: saltine on September 27, 2013, 07:20:53 PM
I plan to watch as soon as husband is free to watch with me.  I've heard good things from friends.
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Post by: verbALs on September 28, 2013, 10:31:42 AM
Last ever "IT Crowd". Starring Coffee Toss Tramp Bitch and Small Person Racist. Moss discovers confidence by wearing ladies' slacks. Redemption is sought in the form of a new fragrance named "Blind". Noel Fielding floats in as Richmond the Vampire voice artist. I don't drink that much any more. This was genuinely freaky.
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Post by: ses on September 29, 2013, 05:53:45 PM
Has anyone been watching The Bridge?

I've stuck with it, mostly for Demián Bichir.

He's the best thing about it, I've found so far, I'm about 6 episodes in, and it keeps you interested.  The dang cliffhangers make me want to start a new episode each time.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 30, 2013, 07:36:03 PM
Cowboy Bebop

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1-Asteroid Blues

Wonderful. In a little over 20 minutes, this show doesn't have a lot of space to get into the details, but the story it tells in broad strokes hits all the right beats and the playful, understated romance leads to that final minute which has to be one of the best scenes of anime ever made.

I gather that the show is mostly about Spike, and it's funny how little screentime he gets in the show. But each scene just seems to convey a ton about his character in these really smart, playful ways which makes him instantly endearing. 

2-Stray Dog Strut

I had a dumb grin on my face through this entire episode. It's pretty much a series of comedic pratfalls, but along the way we get to learn more about Spike and the fact that he's still a bit of a softie despite his aloof exterior. I wonder how he's even staying afloat since he has a knack for having bounties fall right through his fingers.
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Post by: 1SO on September 30, 2013, 07:46:38 PM
So far we agree. I wonder when that will end.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 01, 2013, 12:36:31 PM
Cowboy Bebop 1.3 Honky Tonk Woman

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There are two moments in this episode that are awesome and almost entirely because of the editing. The first is when Valentine has this mental interlude where she thinks about how the swap is going to happen. Instead of just being a flashback, it's this sort of idyllic daydream that drifts by. It could have been much shorter, but the show gives the moment some time to breathe and it's all the better for it.

The next fantastic moment is when the casino boss kills the man who was supposed to be the mark but lost the chip. This moment has more to do with sound. It takes the dissonant echo of the gunshot and uses it to accentuate each cut that leads into a commercial break.

I guess this episode is also a good time to talk about the stereotypical creepy anime factor. Valentine is introduced as a bunch of sleek, juicy body parts and later on she gets locked up in the bathroom. It's not as creepy as I expected, but it's certainly a bit of a black mark on the show so far. I hope there's a strong, recurring female role at some point.

In terms of the rest of the episode, it's got that great cavalier attitude which has made the show so fun to watch so far. As the closing title says "easy come, easy go," which may as well be the theme of the show so far. I also love how the episode ends. Seems fitting that in the end they leave their fortune up to chance instead of trying to cash in on what they have.
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Post by: roujin on October 01, 2013, 12:40:07 PM
Faye Valentine is bouncy. That's about it. I don't think anything in Cowboy Bebop is creepy. There's so much worse.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 01, 2013, 12:48:34 PM
Faye Valentine is bouncy. That's about it. I don't think anything in Cowboy Bebop is creepy. There's so much worse.
You're probably right.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 02, 2013, 02:11:12 PM
Cowboy Bebop 1.4 Gateway Shuffle

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While I've got qualms with the plot of this episode, it seems like this is where the show takes the first step to evolving. Valentine's story drifting in space serves as a b-plot that gets woven into the larger story. I wasn't immediately won over by her character in the first episode, but her whole bit every time a ship comes by makes her endearing because she's playful with a nice dose of spunk. My biggest laugh of the show so far is when Spike and Jet find Valentine.

But the actual plot of this episode feels like the weakest one of the show so far. Eco-terrorism almost always makes for poorly motivated, boring villains and while Mom is certainly a chilling presence, as an actual character she's really dumb. It's such a lazy and bad way to build conflict. Still, there are some great scenes here, like when Spike is trying to break open the device Valentine finds.


Cowboy Bebop 1.5 Ballad of Fallen Angels

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So far, the show's happy-go-lucky spirit has been one of its most endearing qualities, so for the show to switch gears into something this dark and dramatic should be a turnoff, but in some ways it makes it work even better. There's a time for the fun action romps, but this isn't one of those times. Spike even knows it. When Jet tells him to walk away from this one, he agrees, but he knows he has to see it through.

There are two scenes in this episode that are breathtaking. The first is Spike entering the chapel. The lighting and use of color is astounding. The detail of animation for a TV show feels almost gratuitous for backgrounds that last mere seconds. And the song Rain is just perfect for the moment and adds that final bit of mood which makes the scene haunting and beautiful.

The second scene is Spike falling out the window. It's long, almost too long, but it gives us enough taste of Spike's past to give us a suggestion of what might be going on, but without just coming out and telling us. Maybe the show will fill in the blanks, but I kinda hope it doesn't. I think this might be the best episode of the show so far. Also, the last bit between Spike and Valentine is a great way to lighten the dark mood of the episode.
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Post by: 1SO on October 02, 2013, 02:16:50 PM
So far we agree. I wonder when that will end.

Sure seems to be taking longer than usual for me to disagree with you.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Monty on October 05, 2013, 02:55:59 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMtaEASd2LI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMtaEASd2LI)

It was TV a week or so ago and I thought it was a great episode. I think it was primarily done with the Northern Soul (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1837613/?ref_=sr_2) film due to be released later on this year.
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Post by: ses on October 07, 2013, 07:36:00 PM
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 3, Episode 20  "Prom"
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I've slowly been watching Buffy over the past couple of years, I watch it in streaks.  I think that there can be a lot of throwaway episodes having to do with a weird teacher or a possessed student, etc., but then you have the main episodes, the ones that push Buffy's story forward.  I find these the most interesting.  I don't think I really embraced the show until episode 7 "Angel".  The Angel episodes have always been my favorite. 

*mild spoilers ahead*

So Prom, I really loved this episode.  Buffy finally gets the recognition she deserves from her peers, she gets her dance with Angel, finally Buffy gets a small moment of happiness.  I liked that her and Giles got to share a few father-daughter moments as well.  You could really see the pride in his face when they were giving Buffy her due credit. I think this show really has some great moments, and this one was one of my favorites I've seen so far.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Junior on October 07, 2013, 07:43:37 PM
Yup, that one sticks out in my memory as being really great.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: ses on October 07, 2013, 08:38:29 PM
Did anyone ever watch Angel?  Is it worth watching?
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Junior on October 07, 2013, 08:52:49 PM
It's got a following, I think. I've watched only the first episode but plan on returning to it at some point.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: 1SO on October 07, 2013, 09:12:38 PM
Did anyone ever watch Angel?  Is it worth watching?

Hell yes. It started pretty good and got to be great. Season 4 is a big deal because it's one long story about Angel and his group fighting the Apocalypse. Also, many believe the greatest Buffy/Angel story was told on Angel. Overall there are less bad episodes in 5 years of Angel than in Buffy Seasons 2-4.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 07, 2013, 09:16:59 PM
I'm really not crazy about the first season of Angel, but it progressively gets better and the last season of Angel might be the best season of any Whedon thing.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: don s. on October 07, 2013, 09:31:44 PM
Did anyone ever watch Angel?  Is it worth watching?

...Overall there are less bad episodes in 5 years of Angel than in Buffy Seasons 2-4.

I would agree, but would add there are also fewer transcendent ones.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Melvil on October 07, 2013, 09:42:43 PM
Both shows are fantastic with their bumps along the road. If you enjoy Buffy there's a very good chance Angel is worth watching.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on October 08, 2013, 12:30:33 AM
Yeah in a lot of ways I prefer Angel to Buffy.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on October 14, 2013, 10:14:58 AM
A whole lot more TNG since my last post...

S4E09 "Final Mission" - Bye bye Wesley, can't say I'll miss you that much.  This one is annoying because of course the non-Starfleet guy is an unprofessional weasel.  6/10

S4E10 "The Loss" - I almost like this one because it really highlights how useless Troi is, and how smug she is.  Riker putting her in her place is awesome.  But it's pretty blah overall.  6/10

S4E11 "Data's Day" - Yay, Data episode!  And the introduction of Keiko.  My gf and I both noted that O'Brien is kind of a dick, and then kept noticing it in later episodes.  Also, first appearance of Spot!  Data is the best.  8/10

S4E12 "The Wounded" - First look at the Cardassians (which I cannot hear now without thinking of the Kardashians).  I dunno, I guess this is a solid episode but a lot of it feels familiar and cliché (two old war buddies sing a song from the good old days, prompting one to have an emotional revelation).  The end is something of an interesting twist.  7/10

S4E13 "Devil's Due" - Utterly predictable, and unsatisfying as far as plotting goes, but a lot of fun little moments.  6/10

S4E14 "Clues" - You could pick apart the story in a million places, but this is just such a fun episode with a fine mystery.  9/10

S4E15 "First Contact" - Best part of this is Bebe Neuwirth getting horny for Riker... and presumably getting lucky with him too!  7/10

S4E16 "Galaxy's Child" - Oh Geordi, you are so CINECAST!ing creepy.  5/10

S4E17 "Night Terrors" - Very fun and unusual, marred only by Troi's annoying "Where aaaaare youuuuuu?" and some rather implausible leaps in logic.  9/10

S4E18 "Identity Crisis" - Some enjoyable mystery-solving, but too soon for another Geordi-centric episode.  7/10

S4E19 "The Nth Degree" - Hell yes, Barclay!  This one is great for witnessing what a bunch of assholes the Enterprise officers can be.  Heaven forbid they're not the center of attention of at all times.  Really gross moment at the end where Riker and Troi go back to being condescending to poor Barclay.  9/10

S4E20 "Qpid" - One of the most fun Q episodes, with a lot of goofy comedy.  But, I don't think Vash makes a particularly good love interest for Picard.  7/10

S4E21 "The Drumhead" - Heavy-handed and repetitive.  6/10

S4E22 "Half a Life" - The best Lwaxana episode?  Here she's not just there to annoy the hell out of everyone but actually shows some really admirable character traits.  Ending is quite touching and bittersweet.  8/10

S4E23 "The Host" - Gf tells me the Trill return in DS9 (I've never watched that series).  This would be a better episode if Crusher gave the female host a try.  I guess the world wasn't ready for that in 1991.  6/10

only 3 eps left in the season
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Post by: 1SO on October 16, 2013, 10:45:04 PM
Toy Story of Terror (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=12452.msg750665#msg750665)
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on October 21, 2013, 11:27:22 AM
Finishing off S4 of TNG...


S4E24 "The Mind's Eye" - Really, another Geordi-centric episode?  Someone watched a lot of Kubrick before writing/directing this episode... the brainwashing is straight out of Clockwork Orange and one or two shots feel very Kubrickian.  Decent ep, I guess, but nothing special.  6

S4E25 "In Theory" - So uncomfortable and awkward, but plays out about as well as you could hope for.  The subplot is a total snooze, but Spiner excels.  7

S4E26 "Redemption, Part 1" - This has a pretty high score on IMDb, but I get bored to tears by Klingon politics.  The Klingon/Romulan alliance thread running through this season 4 is of zero interest to me.  And oh look, Denise Crosby managed to weasel her way back onto the show again.  What a dud of a season closer.  5


And the gf wanted to start from the beginning, so I'll be reviewing season 1 too.

S1E01 "Encounter at Farpoint" - So much of this feels incredibly goofy and wrong now.  The onesie uniforms, Troi's poodle hair, O'Brien on the bridge, what the hell is Worf doing?  And many elements introduced that were never used again, like the fact that there are apparently cameras recording everything that happened on the Enterprise, or Troi and Riker's supposed psychic connection.  As laughable and odd as this episode feels (and what the f, is Q testing their savagery, or their puzzle-solving skills?), it's got a lot of nostalgia value.  7
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Post by: pixote on October 21, 2013, 01:10:17 PM
Did anyone ever watch Angel?  Is it worth watching?

Yes, all of it. And no, not really.

pixote
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 24, 2013, 09:28:30 AM
The new show on Disney Channel called Liv and Maddie is way better than I thought it was going to be especially considering (Gravity Falls aside, since it's the best show on TV) the incredible drop off in DC's original programming. Like even ANT Farm, which still has a great cast, got not so great when the writers started losing focus in the second season. But this show is really touching and emotionally resonant in ways that are I guess trite and obvious but him me harder than they have any right to.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 26, 2013, 06:13:25 PM
More words on Cowboy Bebop.

1.6 Sympathy for the Devil

This is some of the roughest patches of storytelling in the show so far. There are a lot of lazy clichés; A man’s dying words being cryptic and misleading and a villain monologuing his origins being the two greatest offenders. And yet the episode still manages to be better than it should be.

First off, there are some great scenes. The opening and closing sequences are fantastic mood pieces and contain some great visuals. Most of the moments with Valentine are great moments of levity in yet another dark episode. And that moment where Spike devises the plan is a great moment between the three main characters. For every moment that I found poor or cliché, there were three superb moments, so overall still solid despite my reservations.

1.7 Heavy Metal Queen

I guess it makes sense for there to be a space trucker episode. I like the idea of this episode a lot more than the execution. The pieces are all there, it just never quite fully emerges for me. I like the idea of Spike and Valentine competing for a bounty, but then they end up spending most of the rest of the episode working together. I like the idea of space truckers, but it seems more like a footnote than anything else. V.T. is a cool idea for a character, but, in action, she comes across as rather bland. Also, the antagonist of the episode feels like yet another footnote. It’s an okay episode, probably the weakest one so far, a lot of ideas that the episode flings out without doing justice to any of them.

1.8 Waltz for Venus

So they finally got a bounty. I love Spike’s little fight at the beginning. It’s one of the best demonstrations of how casual and aloof his fighting style is. I also like how the episode delves into the fighting style and explains it a bit. In contrast to the last couple of episodes, it’s neat to have an antagonist with this degree of complexity, one you can sympathize with. You might even argue he’s not the antagonist.

The scene in the abandoned ship and the hospital are two more astounding sequences from this show. The show gets a lot out of so little. There’s a point where you think the show is going to go the cliché route, but somehow it stays true to the Spike character while continuing to give us some interesting insights into him.

1.9 Jamming with Edward

I don’t hate Ed. I guess that’s the best compliment I can give her. This episode gets into heady sci-fi territory but so far it’s not the show’s strength. I like that it mixes up the bounty formula, but the idea feels a bit underdeveloped. The Spike/Fay/Jet dynamic is a lot of fun in this episode; I love how Spike just chills most of the episode. It’s an okay episode. There are better ones, there are worse ones. We’ll see how this Ed character works.

1.10 Ganymede Elegy

In contrast to Spike’s background episode, Jet’s episode is given a bit more definition. The story is beautiful, but it’s the images that just make it a breathtaking episode. The bird in the bar and the last few minutes are full of some breathtaking images that sell a lot of the emotional gravitas of the episode. Yet the one that sticks with me the most is the stopped clock. It’s such a perfect visual expression of Jet being stuck in the past and not letting go of those memories that cling in his mind. Women, man, women.


FYI, It might be a while before the next set. Life is crazy and stuff.
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Post by: MartinTeller on October 27, 2013, 06:43:01 PM
S1E02 "The Naked Now" - Waaaaaay too early in a new series to have an episode where everyone is acting is weird!  I understand the impulse to attract old Trek fans by having an homage to an original series ep, but let us get to know the characters first.  Lots of bad "drunk acting" in this one, although some of Picard's stuff is priceless.  This episode really makes me want to murder Wesley.  5/10

S1E03 "Code of Honor" - Dull, Tasha-heavy ep.  5/10

S1E04 "The Last Outpost" - First look at the Ferengi, my least favorite ST race.  Not much to love in the early part of season 1, is there? 4/10

S1E05 "Where No One Has Gone Before" - Uh oh, I spoke too soon!  The Traveler!  And Stanley Kamel's gloriously slimy turn as Kosinski.  Great ep.  8/10

S1E06 "Lonely Among Us" - Kind of a nothing of a story, but Stewart does some terrific acting in it.  6/10

S1E07 "Justice" - Sexy planet gives Frakes too many opportunities to be creepy, innuendo-filled Riker, but otherwise I dig this ep and its exploration of the Prime Directive.  7/10
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 28, 2013, 09:31:42 AM
Yea, the Naked Now is such a dumb episode and feels really out of place so early in the show when we should still be getting to know these characters.
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Post by: MartinTeller on November 11, 2013, 01:47:01 PM
Been falling way behind on my TNG writeups... some of these are fuzzy memories already

S1E08 "The Battle" - Oh boy, Ferengi again.  Someone really should have discovered that giant glowing orb in Picard's room sooner.  Considering the frequency with which it happens on the Enterprise, people need to be waaaay more vigilant when someone starts acting weird.  4/10

S1E09 "Hide and Q" - It's kind of interesting to watch power go to Riker's head, but there's way too much buildup.  One of the weaker Q episodes.  6/10

S1E10 "Haven" - Lwaxana... no.  4/10

S1E11 "The Big Goodbye" - Given my love for noir, I ought to be fond of the "Dixon Hill" thing.  But it's such a layman's concept of noir that it kinda bugs me.  Still, pretty fun for a holodeck ep, plus Lawrence Tierney!  7/10

S1E12 "Datalore" - Data-centric episodes are usually a safe bet.  It is dumb that everyone keeps telling Wesley to shut up, though.  He may be annoying, but he's figured stuff out before.  Might be smart to give him a chance to speak his mind.  8/10

S1E13 "Angel One" - Oh lordy, creepy Riker in all his chest hair glory.  Terrible acting from the supporting cast in this one.  Heavy-handed PC-ness, and a blah B story.  3/10

S1E14 "11001001" - Aaaaand here's creepy Riker once again, pretending to be a hip jazz cat and making sleazy passes at Minuet.  Fortunately, the Binars are quite neat.  7/10

S1E15 "Too Short a Season" - Hey, it's that horrible actor from Just One of the Guys!  You can't hide under all that awful makeup and that weird "old guy" thing you're doing by jutting out your chin.  I'd forgotten how meh season 1 is.  6/10

S1E16 "When the Bough Breaks" - Wesley-centric ep with the added torment of even more precocious children.  The guys on this planet are real dicks, and it doesn't make sense that they wouldn't ask for help solving their fertility problem first (I guess it kind of does when you consider how much they trust their computer, but it still seems like a convenient plot device).  It is rather cute to see Picard interact with Alexandra, though.  5/10

S1E17 "Home Soil" - 20 years ago, I named one of my albums Ugly Bags of Mostly Water, a phrase from this episode.  This is a really neat one.  But as in the previous ep, it's annoying how quickly the supporting characters can do a complete 180 and instantly regret the dickish behavior they were defending seconds earlier.  8/10

S1E18 "Coming of Age" - For some reason I enjoy the Wesley half of this one.  And the bit with Picard being investigated isn't bad, but it goes nowhere special... just laying the foundation for "Conspiracy" later on.  7/10

S1E19 "Heart of Glory" - Blah blah Klingons.  5/10

S1E20 "The Arsenal of Freedom" - I don't know why I like this one so much, maybe it's Vincent Schiavelli or maybe it's seeing Geordi struggle with command or maybe it's just the idea of an automated weapons system that learns from its enemies.  8/10
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 15, 2013, 12:11:22 PM
1.11 Toys in the Attic

A fun throwback to some sci-fi staples. The obvious influence is Alien. It pretty much follows the film’s plotline. I wished the story diverged a little more. Still, the comedic tone does make it enjoyable. Spike lighting the cigarette and the 2001: A Space Odyssey montage are two of the funniest scenes in the show so far. I love the resolution, especially Spike’s little pontification punctuated by Ed’s fitful sleep. Not a grand episode, but good enough.

1.12 & 1.13 Jupiter Jazz

I love how the show is taking its time to fill in the backstory. We’re getting more of Spike’s past, but in an elusive way. The flashbacks are fragments, the characters don’t monologue about what happened, but talk how they would about events both would know about as an integral turning point. It feels a lot more organic and less fabricated. It never smacks of exposition.

I don’t think it’s a surprise that Vicious is back. He’s too essential to Spike’s past to be swept away so quickly. And yet, the episode is more defined by Vicious and what he has done. Once again, main cast just happen to be around in a larger world with a bigger story constantly unfolding around them. They’re certainly players, but they’d be supporting cast.

This two-part episode also finds a way to give Faye some good moments. At first, I worried the story would try to cram her into a narrative that should really focus on Spike, but somehow the episode seems more about Faye’s growth as a character than getting more glimpse of Spike’s past. Also, how about that twist? You so cray, anime.

1.14 Bohemian Rhapsody

This is a good episode. There’s some great storytelling and sci-fi going on in its runtime, but this is probably the most forgettable episode since the ecoterrorist one. It’s not bad, but it lacks the goofy fun or the serious artfulness of most of the other episodes. It’s middle of the road, tonally. In a more straightforward show, it would be a good filler episode. Here, it feels a bit bland. I did like the crazy chess games that went on and the conclusion was quite fun.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Alan Smithee on November 18, 2013, 09:55:17 AM
Did anybody watch the series finale of East Bound and Down ?
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 18, 2013, 09:59:19 AM
Wasn't as great as this season as a whole has been, but it was still pretty great.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Alan Smithee on November 18, 2013, 10:08:05 AM
Wasn't as great as this season as a whole has been, but it was still pretty great.


Yeah i agree, i have been in and out since the end of the first season,  but i came back for this season and i was glad it was still just as good, if not better than i remembered it.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 18, 2013, 10:12:15 AM
DGG's episodes this season saw him returning to form, he was really firing on all cylinders behind the camera this time out.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 23, 2013, 05:12:35 PM
Cowboy Bebop

1.15 My Funny Valentine

Faye is one of those characters that I warm up to more and more as the show develops. Layer by layer, the show pulls back another bit of who she is as a character. Now the show dives deep into her backstory and it’s tragic. I love that the sci-fi bits are somewhat incidental, the episode is basically a fairy tale gone bad, or maybe what happens after the fairy tale.

The episode packs in a lot of story. This could easily be a film, but the show cuts just the right corners. It hits all the emotional beats. You could fault it for not developing the plot enough to justify those points, but I think the previous episodes have set up enough about Valentine that we can fill in the gaps. It’s also interesting to see how this past Faye isn’t so far removed from the current one, it’s just the current one has a tough exterior she puts out there.

1.16 Black Dog Serenade

It’s more backstory time! Jet gets caught up in more of his past life as a cop. This is basically a noir episode, which is kinda strange in a space Western, but it works. For a villain, Udai is the right level of creepy without being over the top. The last few minutes might be a bit too twisty, but I think it’s all in the name of getting the character to the right place emotionally, so I buy it even if the storytelling feels a bit sloppier than it should be.

1.17 Mushroom Samba

Ed is one of those characters so far that I’ve found best in small bursts, so I was trepidations about the show building an episode around her, but if she’s going to stick around, the show needed to do something with her. And what it does is make the funniest episode of the show so far.

It’s a delight to watch Ed goof around. She’s the right blend of inquisitive and insane. The fact that she’s a kid means that she can get away with it and part of me think she’s just smart enough to know this. Watching Ed experiment on the rest of the crew is a lot of fun.

The episode is filled with great moments. The montage of food early on is another magnificent piece of editing and later in the episode we get a wonderful montage of Ed searching for food, which is also a delightful piece of animation. The way Ed moves is enthralling to watch. It’s another reminder of how superb the animation is in the show. And speaking of animation, the conceit of the episode allows for some crazy, dream state animated sequences.

Also, the coffin gag is easily the biggest laugh I’ve had watching the show. Perfectly set up, perfectly executed, great payoff.

1.18 Speak Like a Child

Another Faye backstory episode already? Actually, much like the Spike backstory episodes, this one builds nicely around the past one. I love the headspace Faye is in throughout the episode. She’s always been aloof, and prone to run, but this episode shows that it’s getting to her on an even deeper lever as she starts to fear her past.

Oddly, this episode feels almost more about Spike and Jet. Their mercenary attempts to discover the contents a Betamax tape that arrives for Faye is a great expression of how these characters do care for each other, but go on the journey of expressing it in unspoken ways. The whole montage of Spike and Jet going through the museum is a great little sequence, but also shows the absurd lengths these characters will go through for each other.

And the ending of this episode is astounding. It’s an emotional sucker-punch. The show has always had this cool demeanor, but here it displays an uncharacteristic amount of sentimentality and sincerity. It strikes just the right balance and the result is beautiful. It might be one of my favorite sequences of the show so far.


Was gonna go see CATCHING FIRE tonight, but I think I'm just gonna finish this show instead.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 26, 2013, 05:56:53 PM
1.19 Wild Horses

What a cool episode. Spike is a super laid-back character, but this one takes that to a whole other level. It’s an episode more about tone and mood, at least the Spike part of it. He’s along for the ride, and just kicks back his legs. The blend of sci-fi and western is one of the staples of the show, but here it more direct than the rest of the show.

It has both the thematic textures and aesthetic trappings of a Western. I like the idea of our most advanced space equipment (at the time) being archaic in this episode and yet somehow it’s this outdated tech that ends up saving the day, much like the seemingly archaic code of the Western hero that often makes him the one to resolve conflict in the midst of a world where civilization has not been established. But here, these themes are mixed with some chill fatalism. I love Spike’s response when it all goes bad: “whatever happens happens.”

1.20 Pierrot Le Fou

On paper, this is an episode that should be terrible, but, in execution, it’s superb. Unlike Sympathy for the Devil, this episode doesn’t fall into cliche storytelling techniques, in fact, it subverts a couple of them. The actual story is silly and there’s a lot of stuff that shouldn’t exist in this episode, but it’s an episode that revels in the audio/visual experience.

The animation here is astounding, some of the best of the show. Magnificent use of lighting, great execution of animating movement and form. Mad Pierrot animates in a way that makes what should be a silly looking guy become quite unnerving. There’s also a lot of great editing. The opening scene and the scene where Pierrot hunts down the man in the subway are two brilliantly paced sequences.

In that opening scene Spike happens to stumble across the path of Pierrot, which puts everything into motion. The conflict between the two of them is simply that they cross paths. There’s nothing more to it than that. I also love the bit at the end where Jet is gonna tell Spike how to defeat Pierrot, but Pierrot has already been defeated. The show is indifferent to typical TV structure, it’s more about images, mood, and sound and this episode is a great example of how astounding the show can be when it throws structure out the window and goes for an audio/visual experience.

1.21 Boogie-Woogie Feng-Shui

One of the weakest episodes in the series. The story tries to further the Jet character, but the dimension it tries to explore with him doesn’t work at all. Unlike a lot of episodes in the show, this episode tries to hijack someone else’s story to be tone of the main character’s story and it comes off as forced. Also, the story itself is filled with a lot of backstory and mythos that gets rushed and leads to a final act which doesn’t make complete sense. It even has voiceover narration, which is hamfisted.  However, there is one notable scene of animation where silhouettes are used to achieve a striking effect.

1.22 Cowboy Funk

Mushroom Mamba was a ton of fun, but this is easily the funniest episode of the show. For one, it’s funny to see someone get underneath Spike’s skin. There are certainly things that annoy him, but watching him get this irritated is hilarious. Also, the character of Andy is visually absurd in how literal he is as a space cowboy. He’s also such a bad bounty hunter that he keeps mistaking other people for the Mad Bomber. This recurring mishap leads to what is probably the funniest scene in the show where Andy and Spike argue while the Mad Bomber stands stunned that his threat of killing both of them is being ignored.

It culminates in one of best showdowns in the series. It’s played a bit broader than most fights, but the choreography, animation, and set design are all top-notch. It’s a legitimately good fight in spite of the physical comedy pratfalls. The episode is a smart jab at Spike in good fun. Yes, he’s cool but no one is THAT cool. He needs to be taken down just a bit and this episode does just that.
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Post by: AAAutin on November 26, 2013, 08:06:14 PM
1.20 Pierrot Le Fou

Favorite episode of the series, and one of my favorite pieces of anime ever.

"Hello...boy!"
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 27, 2013, 07:15:44 PM
Cowboy Bebop (Bringin' it Home)

1.23 Brain Scratch

Cowboy Bebop has always been loosely structured, but this episode is a doozie in that regard. At first, it seems like it might be trying a unique storytelling technique, but instead it uses the unusual opening to delve into some interesting ideas about transhumanism and media. This is the best bit of science fiction from the whole series. The show has typically avoided taking on ideas, but when it does, the result is always interesting. I really dug this episode. It comes together nicely and concludes with some interesting ideas.
 
1.24 Hard Luck Woman

So beautiful. The montages, the flashes of images, sensations results in some of the best stuff in the show so far. I think it was this moment that finally made me realize one of the recurring themes of the show: memory and the past. It’s common in good writing to have characters defined by their past, but Cowboy Bebop does even more than that by having how character’s relate to their past define them as characters. Jet reminisces over it, Spike is haunted by it, Faye can’t remember it, Ed is oblivious to it.

This episode brings closure to the pasts of Ed and Faye. After spending so much time running from it, Faye finally turns to face her past and the results are heartbreaking. Ed, on the other hand, stumbles onto her past and seems to find an opportunity for a new path in life. I think it’s smart of the show to resolve these character arcs before heading into the finale, otherwise it would have been far too much.

1.25 & 1.26 The Real Folk Blues

We come to it at last. As soon as Vicious was introduced, I knew it would come to this. He was too well-conceived of as a villain to not be the final foe of Spike. Getting to that point is the interesting part. The syndicate stuff has run in the background for a while and I like that it doesn’t take over the show. It could have become an elaborate part of exploring Spike’s past, but instead it only gets directly dealt with at the end, which I think is fitting.

We also finally meet Julia. I was dreading this moment because I liked the idea of her being loosely defined, however, finally meeting her leads to some great stuff. First, the scene where Julia and Faye meet is a great little bit. Second, we see a glimmer of what would have made Spike so enthralled with Julia. She’s in the same tempo with him and the way she deals with Faye is very similar to how Spike has dealt with her in the past.

The dialogue in this episode is astounding. The episode is able to pull off two extremes with the dialogue. One is very minimalist, but impactful dialogue, exchanges that are maybe 10-15 words total. The other extreme is when Jet and Spike tell each other lengthy stories. In both cases, the dialogue hints at other things beyond what is being said and the results are always beautiful.

Both the first and second part of this two-part episode end with great sequences. The intercutting of the dogfight with the syndicate fight once again demonstrates the masterful editing at work. It also is a great way to demonstrate how different Spike and Vicious are in the moment. With Vicious, everything is coolly calculated, but in the heat of the moment, Spike is given to a controlled rage built out of strong emotions that are brought to the forefront.

The final sequence of the show is a great finale. First of all, the music does a great job at setting the tone. We’re familiar with it by this point, but the slight changes let us know that this time it’s different. The pacing and tempo of the sequence is just frantic enough to suggest unease. We know what the sequence is building towards and when we get there, it’s built more around the characters than the action. The show could have blown it out of proportion with a bit set piece, but instead, it reigns things back a bit and lets the character conflict take center stage. Then it ends with a bang.


I'll have rankings/some other fun stuff up at some point over the weekend.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 29, 2013, 10:12:04 PM
Cowboy Bebop Ranked

1.5 Ballad of Fallen Angles
1.25 & 1.26 The Real Folk Blues
1.1 Asteroid Blues
1.19 Wild Horses
1.24 Hard Luck Woman
1.22 Cowboy Funk
1.8 Waltz for Venus
1.15 My Funny Valentine
1.17 Mushroom Samba
1.10 Ganymede Elegy
1.18 Speak Like a Child
1.23 Brain Scratch
1.12 & 1.13 Jupiter Jazz
1.20 Pierrot Le Fou
1.2 Stray Dog Strut
1.3 Honky Tonk Woman
1.11 Toys in the Attic
1.16 Black Dog Serenade
1.9 Jamming with Edward
1.14 Bohemian Rhapsody
1.7 Heavy Metal Queen
1.4 Gateway Shuffle
1.6 Sympathy for the Devil
1.21 Boogie-Woogie Feng-Shui


Favorite Character: Faye Valentine
This one was close. For a while it was a tossup between Spike and Faye, but what ultimate put Faye over the top is that I think she goes through a more interesting character arc. The tension between wanting to know her past and the fear of what she might discover makes her journey much more compelling to watch, even if I tend to think the Spike episodes are slightly better written and executed.

Best Song: Words that We Couldn’t Say (Steve Conte)
This show has a lot of great songs, and a lot of them get that extra little bit of magic in the context of the show. However, of all the songs written for the show, this is the one that works just as much, if not more, outside the show as it does within the context of the episode. Tank, Rain, and See You Space Cowboy were all strong contenders, but each is elevated because of the moments they’re in. Words that We Couldn’t Say is just as damn good on its own.

Best Score: Piano Black
This one could change from day to day. There are so many great bits of score from this show. From the sci-fi infused Vangelis like tracks to the harmonica tinged folksy tunes and the many, many jazz pieces, you could pick at random and get something wonderful. However, this one brings all those different bits of influences together into a nice little jam and is a wonderful cross-section of the show’s score. Hence why it’s my favorite…at least for today.

Best Fight: Waltz for Venus opening fight.
In terms of choreography and action, there are better fights, but what I love about this scene is how chill it is. Spike casually brings down a group of hijackers as if he’s just a clumsy guy. It fits his character so perfectly and the way it’s paced and put together makes it all seem effortless. It fits the mood of the show perfectly.

Best Scene: Walk in the Rain (Ballad of Fallen Angels)
A lot of the show is built around music and mood, and, for me, this is the pinnacle of that union. Rain is a haunting tune and the fact that it plays in the scene without actual rain goes a long way to making it not feel on the nose. Add in the amazing detail put into the backdrops and the striking use of color and it’s a magnificent mood piece. This sequence is a major reason why Ballad of Fallen Angels is my favorite episode of the show.
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Post by: 1SO on November 29, 2013, 10:49:01 PM
So glad the series went out on such a high note for you with Eps. 22-26.
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Post by: philip918 on December 06, 2013, 02:46:03 PM
Just watched the first four episodes of The Returned. This show is phenomenal. Great characters, incredible tone, and unpredictable story lines. Easily one of the best series of the year if the last half is close to as good as the first.
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Post by: Alan Smithee on December 09, 2013, 03:11:45 AM
Has anybody been watching the last five episodes of Treme, man they are really killing it with the final season.
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Post by: MartinTeller on December 09, 2013, 10:38:17 AM
Finished up season one of TNG....

S1E21 "Symbiosis" - super heavy-handed on the addiction thing, about as subtle and nuanced as an ABC Afterschool Special.  Still, I rather like how this one plays out, and Picard's wise resolution.  7/10

S1E22 "Skin of Evil" - what an awesome villain, and goodbye to a shitty character.  The only thing that sours this episode is the saccharine ending where Tasha tells everyone (everyone in the main titles, that is... apparently she made NO other friends on the ship) how awesome they are.  The whole ending sequence is a groaner, but I quite like Picard's final exchange with Data.  8/10

S1E23 "We'll Always Have Paris" - very forgettable episode which serves only to provide some uninteresting backstory for Picard.  And OF COURSE you can see the Eiffel Tower in Picard's holodeck Paris café.  4/10

S1E24 "Conspiracy" - I believe this was the first episode of TNG I ever saw, although it must have been a rerun because it wouldn't have been until many months later according to the IMDb release date.  In contrast to the previous episode, this is one of the more memorable of the first season, or even the entire series.  Lots of fun.  Love the Claymation effects.  8/10

S1E25 "The Neutral Zone" - Romulans ho hum, what's interesting about this one is the three cryogenically frozen people revived in the future.  I kind of wish the one greedy guy had continued to be a dick, but this is TNG and in the end everyone has to learn their lesson and reform.  7/10


...and started season five!

S5E01 "Redemption II" - oh right, that boring Klingon/Romulan thing was happening.  This episode has a whopping 8.3 rating on IMDb, but I guess Trekkies really love Klingons or something.  Oh and look, Denise Crosby is back... again.  How'd that career work out after you left the show, Denise?  zzzzzz 4/10

S5E02 "Darmok" - Hell yeah, this is where we start to see how awesome season 5 is.  Even though it would be horribly inefficient when actually trying to get anything practical done, I love the concept of a race that speaks in metaphor.  I love Paul Winfield, too.  This is one of the greats.  9/10

S5E03 "Ensign Ro" - Yay, Ensign Ro!  Fine introduction of an intriguing new character.  8/10

S5E04 "Silicon Avatar" - return of the Crystalline Entity.  Solid though not great episode.  7/10

S5E05 "Disaster" - I really enjoy this one.  The multiple plot threads are handled really well, and there is a palpable feeling of crisis.  Worf being midwife to Keiko is hilarious.  9/10

S5E06 "The Game" - Another absolute classic!  If you're gonna bring Wesley back, this is the way to do it.  Kind of sad that no one ever apologizes to him or thanks him, though.  9/10

S5E07 "Unification I" - Aaaaaand back to boring politics.  Damn.  What's extra annoying is that this episode ends exactly the same way "Redemption I" does, with the big guest star stepping out of the shadows and delivering an ominous line.  Again, it appears the hardcore Trekkies love this kind of political stuff (or maybe just the return of old characters), this has an 8.2 on IMDb.  For me, this was a real chore to sit through.  3/10
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Post by: Sandy on December 09, 2013, 10:42:49 AM
How fun Martin! I'm getting bogged down in Christmas prep., so won't be able to watch or write about the episodes along with you, but know that I'm reading and enjoying your commentary!
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Post by: pixote on December 09, 2013, 11:12:19 AM
S5E07 "Unification I" - Aaaaaand back to boring politics.  Damn.  What's extra annoying is that this episode ends exactly the same way "Redemption I" does, with the big guest star stepping out of the shadows and delivering an ominous line.  Again, it appears the hardcore Trekkies love this kind of political stuff (or maybe just the return of old characters), this has an 8.2 on IMDb.  For me, this was a real chore to sit through.  3/10

Aww, I really like the "Unification" two-parter.

But at least we agree on "Darmok", the most quotable episode ever.

pixote
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Post by: mañana on December 11, 2013, 08:16:42 AM
Has anybody been watching the last five episodes of Treme, man they are really killing it with the final season.
No, I'm way behind on it. Good to hear this last season is strong.
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Post by: saltine on December 14, 2013, 01:52:53 AM
Watching The Returned...awesome so far.
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Post by: oneaprilday on December 14, 2013, 06:19:17 PM
Season finale next week -  can't wait! The show's been consistently good all the way through.
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Post by: 1SO on December 17, 2013, 02:24:02 PM
My Annual Reminder about the greatest Christmas Special of All Time!

(http://i.imgur.com/uPmhR.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/yK36e.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/mTxyF.jpg)

The original Prep & Landing from 2009 is perfect. I've watched it a lot, own the DVD and like a great ride, the thrills and entertainment feel endless. I'm always catching new details while enjoying the many great jokes and bits all over again. I've watched the DVD 3 times since purchasing it around Thanksgiving, and I can't recommend it enough. From the endlessly quotable dialogue ("That's right. I'm being naughty.") to the perfect voice work and the brilliant score by Michael Giacchino which mixes "Alias" synth with the sounds of Christmas. (When the score breaks into a panicked version of "Sing Silver Bells" I get chills.) I can't recommend the original Prep & Landing enough. It's the greatest TV holiday special ever. (Though Muppet Family Christmas comes damn close.)

All my good cheer was destroyed the following year when the 7-minute Operation: Secret Santa was released. The idea is solid - our two elves must help Mrs. Claus by breaking into Santa's office - but the entire thing was just a bunch of lame puns and callbacks to the first adventure. It's so terrible, I never wanted to watch Wayne and Lanny on another Prep & Landing adventure.

Time heals all wounds I watched Naughty vs. Nice, a full and proper follow up. Overall it's pretty good. The story expands the fun world quite nicely there are a handful of solid laughs and no repeating jokes from the first special. That being said, I had a real problem with the way the short pushes Lanny deep into the background to give Wayne buddy time with Noel, the hotshot Coal elf. For about half of this Lanny acts like a stoner, ultimately just yammering on about his wanting a pizza. While the original was fast-paced, this one feels rushed, like it was originally planned as a feature but then carved down to this new episode. Overall a worthy follow-up and I'll definitely watch it again, but it had little hope of matching the original.

Prep & Landing: * * * * *
Operation: Secret Santa: 1/2
Naughty vs. Nice: * * *


You can watch the original Prep & Landing and Naughty vs. Nice on Hulu (http://www.hulu.com/disney-prep-and-landing).
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Post by: pixote on December 17, 2013, 03:36:39 PM
I can't remember ... is your Top 100 just feature films? Or is Prep & Landing in contention (along with All the Cats Join In)?

pixote
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Post by: 1SO on December 17, 2013, 04:20:25 PM
Just feature films. The closest thing I have to an exception is A Scandal in Belgravia (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=8652.msg742899#msg742899), an episode of Sherlock which never played in theaters but is feature length.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on December 19, 2013, 11:04:51 AM
Yo.

First half of this season of Awkward. was pretty good, but also problematic; however, it finished up Tuesday night and was CINECAST!ing marvelous. The back half was so insanely strong that I must imagine it will make noise in a couple of weeks when lists start hitting. I imagine no one else still watches this, but when it does make its way to a streaming service (I actually think MTV.com is streaming the entire series), everyone should catch up with it. The creator/showrunner is leaving the show, and this episode had that Community-kind-of-series-finale feel to it, but there's going to be another season and I'll definitely check it out for sure. The note on which this episode concluded was pretty much perfect though, especially for a show that could easily (and has at points) just get lost in love triangles and high school relationship stuff, and went out with this self-confident statement of liberation. Not going to exactly say what happened, but it was a powerful scene in what was an emotionally charged episode. Fantastic television.
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Post by: saltine on December 31, 2013, 12:34:14 AM
We're watching and enjoying The Bridge.  Maybe that's because I'm so familiar with that part of Texas, maybe not. 

We plan to watch the Danish series from which the US series was taken after we finish.
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Post by: MartinTeller on January 06, 2014, 11:30:31 AM
More TNG...


S5E08 "Unification II" - Oh yeah, more of this boring story.  Slightly more exciting than Part I, but I could really do without these "political" episodes altogether. 4/10

S5E09 "A Matter of Time" - Full of holes, but a lot of fun with Max Headroom. 8/10

S5E10 "New Ground" - Oh no.  An Alexander episode.  I'd rather watch four Lwaxana eps in a row.  Brian Bonsall is sooooo annoying.  And he looks ridiculous in blackface.  They really couldn't find an African-American kid with better acting chops that this little jackass?  Uninteresting B-story only exists to put Alexander in peril... from which he is rescued at the last possible second, of course.  That's one thing I hate about TNG.  It's always these skin-of-their-teeth scenarios.  2/10

S5E11 "Hero Worship" - See, this kid isn't so bad.  There are good child actors out there.  Data episodes are almost always a treat.  This isn't one of his best, but has a couple of interesting insights, and funny bits.  7/10

S5E12 "Violations" - Creepy and rapey!  This is really intense and disturbing for TNG.  Some plotting issues make the "mystery" entirely too obvious to the viewer while making the Enterprise crew look really stupid, but the handling of the subject matter is intriguing and genuinely unsettling.  7/10

S5E13 "The Masterpiece Society" - So, just after being mind-raped, Deanna is apparently well enough to start striking up a new romance.  I know TNG eps are generally self-contained, but come on, give her an episode or two to recover.  This episode fails because it never convinced me that the colony would completely fall apart if a few people left.  There are so many alternate solutions.  There's also an annoying misunderstanding of how evolution works.  Otherwise it's not really a bad episode.  6/10

S5E14 "Conundrum" - Again, full of nagging plot holes, but a very fun premise.  I love Worf's disappointment when he discovers he's not in charge.  8/10

S5E15 "Power Play" - It's crazy how easily the Enterprise crew is taken over/manipulated by alien races (how do they ever trust each other??), but Data and Deanna acting like tough guys is a real hoot.  Enjoyable ep although the ending feels unsatisfying.  7/10

S5E16 "Ethics" - And yay, Alexander is back.  Again, the writers do not grasp evolution.  You don't evolve body parts that are beneficial "in theory" but detrimental in practice.  I also find this Dr. Russell character to be a bit of a straw man.  But, it's nice to see them acknowledging that Klingon concepts of "honor" are often a lot of bullshit posturing.  5/10

S5E17 "The Outcast" - Ham-fisted social issues ep.  This would be way more interesting -- and effective as an anti-homophobia statement -- if some of the J'naii both identified and were attracted to the same gender.  Also, Riker in "love" is off-putting in general.  I really don't need to know about this dude's romantic exploits.  5/10

S5E18 "Cause and Effect" - One of the true greats.  So memorable.  It just fits together really, really nicely.  9.5/10

S5E19 "The First Duty" - Meh.  We all know what Wesley's gonna do.  6/10
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Post by: Bill Thompson on January 06, 2014, 12:46:24 PM
Started watching Veronica Mars again, this time with the wife. We're only four episodes in, but she's hooked already. She's big into the various mysteries they are setting up, loves Wallace, and does not understand why I like Logan so much.
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Post by: don s. on January 06, 2014, 01:54:29 PM
S5E18 "Cause and Effect" - One of the true greats.  So memorable.  It just fits together really, really nicely.  9.5/10

"Cause and Effect" is one of those ST:TNG episodes I'll always remember for how exciting and baffling it was watching it when it premiered. Having the ship explode at every act break, each repetition of events with a slight variation, the slow unravelling of the mystery ... all of the elements of my favorite type of TNG episode. Also: it was amusing having a semi-big-name guest star who basically shows up only at the very end, never gets up from his chair and has maybe two lines. Heh.

I'm also with you on the boringness of ST politics, or anything about Klingon psychology. Klingons exhaust me. Blah.
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Post by: 1SO on January 06, 2014, 04:03:51 PM
"Cause and Effect" is in my Top 5 ST:TNG episodes. It may even be my #1.
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Post by: smirnoff on January 08, 2014, 05:24:10 PM
S5E10 "New Ground" - Oh no.  An Alexander episode.

(http://i.imgur.com/JbSFRhZ.jpg)

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Post by: MartinTeller on January 19, 2014, 11:00:02 AM
Wrapping up the season...

S5E20 "Cost of Living" - Alexander, Lwaxana AND that holodeck with all the annoying people.  The only saving grace is that there aren't any Ferengi in this episode.  It is amusing that Lwaxana calls Worf "Mr. Woof", though.  2/10

S5E21 "The Perfect Mate" - Interesting concept that explores some complicated issues.  Too much of sleazy, horny Riker (and Ferengi) but otherwise pretty good.  7/10

S5E22 "Imaginary Friend" - Man, that Isabella is creepy.  This one is okay but sort of annoying that it takes everyone else so long to catch on.  6/10

S5E23 "I Borg" - Hugh!!  This is probably LeVar Burton at his best.  I was going to give this a 9 but honestly I can't think of anything wrong with this episode 10/10

S5E24 "The Next Phase" - And another good LaForge episode!  Fun with life after "death", and some welcome screen time for Ro.  Point deducted for Riker and his stupid trombone.  9/10

S5E25 "The Inner Light" - The best episode.  10/10

S5E26 "Time's Arrow: Part 1" - I'm usually mildly annoyed when they have Trek characters interacting with the past.  It leads to a lot of dumb "fish out of water" or "look how backwards we were/are" comedy.  In general, this one isn't too bad, but Mark Twain is super irritating.  7/10
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Post by: don s. on January 19, 2014, 05:10:43 PM
I've always liked "Time's Arrow." It starts off with an intriguing mystery, and those out-of-phase aliens are creepy. Plus, Jack London has a cute little butt.

I'm not made of stone, people!
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Post by: smirnoff on January 23, 2014, 06:27:58 PM
Love these mini-reviews.

S5E20 "Cost of Living" - Alexander, Lwaxana AND that holodeck with all the annoying people.  The only saving grace is that there aren't any Ferengi in this episode.  It is amusing that Lwaxana calls Worf "Mr. Woof", though.  2/10

So relatable. You named all the elements I didn't look forward to watching TNG. I'm always up for Worf as comedy relief though. :)

How do you feel about the Blu-rays thus far? A pretty sweet upgrade?
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Post by: verbALs on January 23, 2014, 06:30:37 PM
I cherished all of this series, you'll be complaining about Wesly next...oh hang on. 2/10 screams just stop to me. To be positive completism is an admirable quality. 2/10 equates to throwing things out the window for me.
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Post by: smirnoff on January 23, 2014, 06:59:27 PM
In TNG world, at least for me, there is no bad... only so bad it's good again. :)

Sometimes it's so bad it's good, AND genuinely good within the same episode! Even the same scene!
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Post by: MartinTeller on January 23, 2014, 07:27:45 PM
How do you feel about the Blu-rays thus far? A pretty sweet upgrade?

Oh yeah, they're great.  One time I left them at my place and the gf were hankering for some TNG so we watched an ep on Netflix Instant.  It was a shocking difference.  They're must-haves for a fan.

I cherished all of this series, you'll be complaining about Wesly next...oh hang on. 2/10 screams just stop to me. To be positive completism is an admirable quality. 2/10 equates to throwing things out the window for me.

Well, rating them all like this gives me a record of which ones I can skip the next time I feel like rewatching them.

I don't hate Wesley as much as a lot of people too.  He's got some good moments, especially as he matures.
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on January 24, 2014, 04:04:54 AM
Started watching Veronica Mars again, this time with the wife. We're only four episodes in, but she's hooked already. She's big into the various mysteries they are setting up, loves Wallace, and does not understand why I like Logan so much.

It is a great show, my wife also appreciated that I introduced her to it.
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on January 24, 2014, 04:28:15 AM
Watched the first 16 minutes of the Rake (US version), it was available on Hulu. So far it is not as good as the original Rake (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1587000/?ref_=nv_sr_2). Kinnear is just not as good as Richard Roxburgh in the same role. However that was only 16 minutes of the pilot, and it was good. So now I just have to wait until a chance to see the rest of the pilot episode. It would be good if it could match the original, as that one is a great show.

I have also finished all 4 series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, a spin off show from Doctor Who. It was ok, a kids show with some poor scripts and acting at times. By the fourth series things had improved quite a bit, but no 5th series was made as Elizabeth Sladen died. It 2 stories where the Doctor showed up were fun to see, it also meant that the character Sarah Jane Smith had appeared in stories with Doctors 1-5, 10 and 11, I think a record for any companion.
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Post by: verbALs on March 18, 2014, 01:56:09 PM
Completely accidentally I tuned into a drama late Saturday night called Page Eight. Starring;

Bill Nighy
Michael Gambon
Rachel Weisz
Judy Davis
Ralph Fiennes

Just chucked on late night without fanfare. Nighy and Gambon as two ageing spies. Tinker Tailor...but with some of the style put back in. Fiennes as a rather naughty Prime Minister. TV heaven. Catch it if/when you can.
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Post by: oneaprilday on March 18, 2014, 04:45:26 PM
Sounds great! And it's on Netflix Instant. Perfect.
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Post by: ses on March 18, 2014, 04:56:35 PM
That does sound good, I may have to check it out.
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Post by: verbALs on March 18, 2014, 05:23:06 PM
And this is the next episode!

Turks & Caicos stars Bill Nighy, Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Rupert Graves, Ewen Bremner, James Naughton, Dylan Baker and Zach Grenier. It was filmed in London and Turks & Caicos.

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Post by: Junior on March 26, 2014, 10:49:58 PM
Brooklyn Nine-Nine just ended one of the best first seasons of a sitcom in recent history with a super fantastic episode. The cast has come together really well and the show, which started good, found its feet so quickly that it already seems like an old pro and is doing some interesting storytelling that most sitcoms wait a few years (I'm looking at you, New Girl) to try.
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Post by: Tequila on March 27, 2014, 03:46:36 AM
And FOX didn't even cancel it.
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Post by: pixote on March 27, 2014, 04:37:56 AM
I picked the right week to watch The Good Wife live. Really lucked out there, as the subsequent spoilers are impossible to avoid. Pretty sure it's still the best drama on network television and maybe the best drama on tv, period. Hope it comes to Netflix eventually so more people can enjoy it.

pixote
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on March 27, 2014, 06:13:10 AM
Just watched the first 2 episodes of The 100. It is ok, good range of characters, but they have shown a reluctance to kill them off. Still it has potential.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on March 28, 2014, 01:01:50 PM
And this is the next episode!

Turks & Caicos stars Bill Nighy, Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Rupert Graves, Ewen Bremner, James Naughton, Dylan Baker and Zach Grenier. It was filmed in London and Turks & Caicos.

They apparently filmed a second and third episode back-to-back. The third is called "Salting the Battlefield."
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Post by: verbALs on March 28, 2014, 02:02:33 PM
It went out the other night, still trying to catch up on ep 2. Nighy seems to be getting angrier each episode, which I need to see.
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Post by: oldkid on March 31, 2014, 12:48:36 PM
Dollhouse

Dollhouse is a two season science fiction thriller by Joss Whedon.  Here's the setup: in LA there is a house set up for those who no longer want to live their lives, but need a "break".  A neuroscience genius named Topher saves their personality digitally and then wipes their brain, giving only the bare bones of functionality, without personality.  Their bodies, meanwhile, can be loaded up with a different personality and sent out on "assignments", usually prostitution fantasies, but sometimes quite dangerous.  The story focuses on Echo, the most requested "doll" who, of course, has a mysterious past, and strange abilities.

At first the series only real interest is setting up the situation.  It is a fascinating SF world, one that doesn't seem very removed from the present.  But after a time Echo's adventures on her assignments are repetitive and we seem to be in a stasis.  There isn't much of the tell-tale Whedon humor, and it's clever and all, and there's some progression... until the final episode of the first season.

At this point, and for the rest of the show, the 13 episodes of the second season, we are in high gear and this is some of the most remarkable television ever.  The plot very much intensifies and speeds up, and there isn't room to breathe.   Secrets are revealed as well as a crazy alternative future.  We are quickly caught up with the changes in characters.  I wish I could tell you just a bit about what happens, but I shouldn't.

What I will say is that Dollhouse is an underwatched series, and the second season is some of the best speculative fiction on television.  I'm glad they decided to shut it down early because stretching this out for another two seasons would have been unbearable.  As it is, the second season is taut, strong, character- as well as  plot-driven and worth going through the slow first season to set up for the glory that is to come.

4/5
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Post by: verbALs on March 31, 2014, 12:53:26 PM
Yeah I've got those seasons. I like it despite the tendency to put her in lingerie all the time (or maybe that's why I liked it, not sure  :o). Liked the twists it went into in the second season. Really blew itself out, like they knew they weren't getting another season. Nice not great, but nice is good (huh?).
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on March 31, 2014, 01:04:48 PM
I really love this show. It has some rough edges, but there are lots of really interesting philosophical ideas and implications underpinning a lot of the happenings. Easily my favorite Whedon thing.
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Post by: oldkid on March 31, 2014, 01:06:04 PM
Yeah I've got those seasons. I like it despite the tendency to put her in lingerie all the time (or maybe that's why I liked it, not sure  :o). Liked the twists it went into in the second season. Really blew itself out, like they knew they weren't getting another season. Nice not great, but nice is good (huh?).

To compare it to other Joss Whedon projects: At times it gets as good as Buffy at it's best.  But it's never as good as Firefly.
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Post by: Melvil on March 31, 2014, 04:56:57 PM
Thanks oldkid, this should be the motivation I need to actually watch the second season. I enjoyed parts of the first well enough, but somehow never got around to the second season, even after the game-changing "Epitaph One".
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Post by: oldkid on March 31, 2014, 05:21:29 PM
That's great, it's worth it.

It took my daughter and I two months to get through season 1.  We finished season 2 in a few days because we were highly motivated by the action in the show.
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Post by: ses on March 31, 2014, 11:43:36 PM
Breaking Bad S1 Ep1

I know, I know, I KNOW, I'm late to the party with this one, but I've been waiting for my fiancee to watch this one with me, and he is always so reluctant (we did just watch the entire season of True Detective together, so that was a success).  However, we finally got around to watching the first episode, and I don't know how much it grabbed him.  It starts off with a bang, but like most pilots, it's a lot of background and leaves a lot to be developed.  Now I'm one to stick out shows I start watching, sometimes even for a couple of seasons before I abandon them, so I'm going nowhere, especially with a show as celebrated as Breaking Bad.  I think there is a lot to go on here, and I hope they clean some stuff up like the overbearing music and Jesse's character.  We'll see how long it takes for me to get him to watch Episode 2.


Sherlock S3 Ep1 "The Empty Hearse"

This one was pretty disappointing.  Sure, we were going to try and get the story as to where Sherlock has been these past two years, and how Watson would react, but it almost seemed to be a hyper almost parodied version of the show itself.  Sherlock's powers of observation have seemed to improve exponentially since he was gone, and it's almost cartoonish.  I hope the other two episodes are better.
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Post by: oldkid on March 31, 2014, 11:46:08 PM
I haven't seen Breaking Bad at all, yet, so don't feel bad ses.  I haven't decided to commit to it yet.
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Post by: Junior on March 31, 2014, 11:47:29 PM
I've seen a season and a half of Breaking Bad and it still hasn't grabbed me.

Please don't kill me.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on April 01, 2014, 12:09:06 AM
Breaking Bad took me 2 and a half seasons before i really loved it.
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Post by: Melvil on April 01, 2014, 12:19:18 AM
Breaking Bad took me 2 and a half seasons before i really loved it.

Same.

Gosh, I need to catch up on Sherlock Season 3 yet too!
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Post by: 1SO on April 01, 2014, 01:02:23 AM
Sherlock S3 Ep1 "The Empty Hearse"

This one was pretty disappointing.  Sure, we were going to try and get the story as to where Sherlock has been these past two years, and how Watson would react, but it almost seemed to be a hyper almost parodied version of the show itself.  Sherlock's powers of observation have seemed to improve exponentially since he was gone, and it's almost cartoonish.  I hope the other two episodes are better.

They are. Of the 9 Sherlocks, "The Empty Hearse" is the worst. It's a troublingly uneven season, but each episode is hugely better than the one before it.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 01, 2014, 08:22:12 AM
I've seen a season and a half of Breaking Bad and it still hasn't grabbed me.

Please don't kill me.

#TeamFLY
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Post by: pixote on April 03, 2014, 01:47:28 AM
"Is that rhetorical?"
"No. It just seems that way because you can't think of an answer."


The pilot of House isn't anything special, but I do really like this exchange.

pixote
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Post by: philip918 on May 11, 2014, 08:02:32 PM
The X-Files: Jose Chung's From Outer Space (ep 320)

Over the last couple months I've been watching the X-Files since I'd only seen an odd assortment of episodes when I was younger. I've thoroughly enjoyed it, to say the least, and I just got to this episode last night and it blew me away. One of the smartest, funniest episodes of television I've ever seen. It plays with perception, memory, and the idea that the Truth is a very subjective thing, while also being laugh-out-loud hilarious. Highlight of the season, and maybe even the series so far.

I can't believe Community never tried to riff on this.
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Post by: heisenbergman on May 11, 2014, 09:09:07 PM
Just went through the first episodes of Fargo. Incredibly solid. Maybe my joint-favorite show currently airing along with Game of Thrones.

Also caught up with Orphan Black. Tatiana Maslany seriously deserves an award for her work on that show.
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Post by: george96 on May 11, 2014, 10:16:00 PM
The season finale of Revenge let me down. It pulled the most obvious soap twist. I could read into it and saw it's playing into the theme of how futile revenge is, but that would be giving it way too much credit.
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Post by: 1SO on May 11, 2014, 11:14:11 PM
The X-Files: Jose Chung's From Outer Space (ep 320)

One of the smartest, funniest episodes of television I've ever seen.

Darin Morgan is an amazing writer with too small a body of work. He wrote 5 episodes of The X-Files, culminating in Jose Chung and went on to script 2 episodes of Millennium which are every bit as good. ("Jose Chung's 'Doomsday Defense'" and "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me") Worth seeking those two episodes out, and I wouldn't worry about having to watch the rest of the series to understand them.
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Post by: philip918 on May 12, 2014, 10:26:28 AM
I looked up Darin Morgan after this and was shocked at how short his list of writing credits is. Season 2's "Humbug" and early Season 3's "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" are also very high on my list of favorite X-Files episodes so far.

I'll check out those Millenium episodes.
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Post by: 1SO on May 12, 2014, 10:32:53 AM
Darin had a reputation for being their genius in residence. He would take forever on a script but when it was done, that was it. No revisions. No rewrites. They never knew when he would hand something in, which is why his scripts are stand-alone adventures.
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Post by: philip918 on May 16, 2014, 05:36:08 PM
Watching some really good TV, but don't have the time to write much, so just using grades for now. Maybe I'll do some write-ups along the way.

Game of Thrones 406: B (A bunch of ho-hum before the big finish. That is not a euphemism.)

Mad Men 705: B (Finally picking up the pace)

Orphan Black 204: A (Best show on TV right now)

Silicon Valley 106: C+ (I really miss Christopher Evan Welch)

The X-Files 401: B+ (Maybe the worst cold open of the series so far, but a strong episode followed)
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Post by: philip918 on May 19, 2014, 03:07:25 PM
Mad Men 706: B (Scatter-shot with many moments that didn't land as heavily as I would have hoped)

Silicon Valley: C+ (Really, really miss Christopher Evan Welch)

The X-Files 402 "Home": B (Surprisingly twisted for network TV but some tonal disconnects kept me from loving it)
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Post by: Totoro on May 19, 2014, 08:22:02 PM
Season 1s...


Broad City > Girls in just about every way. Finished the first season. In love. These girls need Emmys and fast.

Rick & Morty is equally fascinating. This duo is making the pain of losing Community going away quite well.
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Post by: philip918 on May 20, 2014, 01:29:45 AM
Game of Thrones 407: B (another solid outing with a rousing finish)

Orphan Black 205: A (mystery, suspense, action, potential telepathy, lube)
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Post by: StudentOFilm on May 25, 2014, 06:37:10 PM
I tried out FOX's Sleepy Hollow on demand and although it's certainly better then I expected, it just doesn't have the complexity or intelligence of say Kurtzman/Orci's Fringe or FOX's The X-Files. Didn't dig it, although the finale twist involving John Noble was an impressively handled misdirection.
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Post by: philip918 on May 26, 2014, 07:24:41 PM
Orphan Black 206: A-

Mad Men 707: A-

The X-Files 403 "Teliko": C

The X-Files 404 "Unruhe": B

The X-Files 405 "The Field Where I Died": C+

Fargo 101: B+

Fargo 102: B
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Post by: heisenbergman on May 26, 2014, 08:40:34 PM
Decided to watch Orange is the New Black and just finished the pilot, which was just okay, but that last scene was an awesome twist. - 7/10
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Post by: Tequila on May 28, 2014, 04:39:00 PM
Attack on Titan

Pretty good. Love the setting, the Spiderman-like action and really dug the design of the titans. The story is fun too, both on a larger level as well as with plot twists and intrigue and the show does a really good job at keeping a pretty complex world and large cast manageable for the viewer. I just really wish the lead character had been more interesting.
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Post by: roujin on May 28, 2014, 04:43:29 PM
Yes to all those things.
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on May 29, 2014, 06:10:05 AM
Just watched episode 1 of Attack on Titan, pretty good.
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Post by: mañana on May 29, 2014, 04:06:41 PM
Mad Men (Season 2 – Season 6)
After countless stops and starts, I finally powered through enough to get hooked. Hamm Shmamm, where’s Vincent Kartheiser’s Emmy? Hamm is solid but I’m never particularly excited by his performance. He’s like the Tim Duncan of TV anti heroes.
 
Comedy Bang Bang (Seasons 1 and 2)
I’m glad l lasted through the bumpy first season because it really finds a groove in the second.

Silicon Valley (1.1 – 1.6)
They need to re-tool the lead because his whininess quickly devolved from endearing to unappealing.

The Shield (Season 1)
This show is absurdly manly. Very watchable but pretty corny and dumb too. Possibly the worst theme in the history of TV.

Inside Amy Schumer (Seasons 1 and 2)
It started solid, but it’s been on fire lately. And whale fracking is the worst kind of fracking.

Broad City (Season 1)
Love it.

True Detective (1.1)
Pass.
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Post by: JakeIsntFake on May 29, 2014, 04:39:59 PM
Half way through Axe Cop. It's pretty great, but I feel it might start getting annoying...
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Post by: philip918 on May 30, 2014, 11:49:40 AM
The X-Files 406 "Sanguinarium": B
Not the best story but they go for broke on the gore. Really fun.

The X-Files 407 "Musings of a Cigarette-smoking Man": D
Wow. They just eviscerate a pretty great villain in this silly episode. Talk about character assassination. X-Files isn't afraid to get a bit meta and silly, but I felt like they were playing this episode fairly straight and it really didn't work for me.
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Post by: 1SO on May 30, 2014, 12:12:20 PM
'Musings' flip on Forrest Gump's "box of chocolates" philosophy is one of my favorite moments in the series.
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Post by: pixote on May 30, 2014, 01:31:28 PM
Mad Men (Season 2 – Season 6)
After countless stops and starts, I finally powered through enough to get hooked. Hamm Shmamm, where’s Vincent Kartheiser’s Emmy? Hamm is solid but I’m never particularly excited by his performance. He’s like the Tim Duncan of TV anti heroes.

lol @ the Tim Duncan comparison.

I've had a similar run of starts and stops, but I've finally reached season three and think I'll stick with it through the finale.

pixote
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Post by: Bondo on May 30, 2014, 02:39:13 PM
I took advantage of a day spent at my cousin's place to get through the first six episodes of the second season of Orphan Black on demand. Love that show so much.
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Post by: philip918 on May 30, 2014, 03:14:41 PM
'Musings' flip on Forrest Gump's "box of chocolates" philosophy is one of my favorite moments in the series.

I think that scene could have worked given an entirely different context in an entirely different episode. I never found the Cancer Man especially intimidating, but this episode erased the little bit of menace he held.
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Post by: heisenbergman on June 02, 2014, 12:39:33 AM
I just finished the first season of Orange is the New Black and it was pretty good (8/10). Not great on the level of my favorite shows, but I can see the potential for it to really take off in the succeeding seasons.

Season 2, coincidentally, is starting at the end of this week. The season premiere is directed by Jodie Foster.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on June 02, 2014, 12:59:46 AM
Loved the finale to Silicon Valley. The scene in the hotel room was hilarious and the first season certainly deserves an Emmy nomination in the comedy category but alas like It's Always Sunny and Eastbound, I doubt that'll happen.

It was dedicated in the memory of Christopher Evan Welch.
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Post by: Bondo on June 02, 2014, 01:22:43 AM
Season 2, coincidentally, is starting at the end of this week. The season premiere is directed by Jodie Foster.

I'm just in the process of catching up on Doctor Who and by the time I finish that OitnB's new season will land and continue to keep me from watching movies.
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Post by: philip918 on June 02, 2014, 12:37:28 PM
Orphan Black 207: A-
Fun, fun, fun.

Game of Thrones 408: A-
This season is topping its stellar predecessors. Sansa's big moment. Arya's laughter. Tyrion's beetles. I'm even intrigued by Theon's storyline. And of course that ending.
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Post by: mañana on June 02, 2014, 01:11:01 PM
lol @ the Tim Duncan comparison.
:)
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Post by: ses on June 02, 2014, 03:37:28 PM
Breaking Bad: Season 1, Ep. 2

So, I watched the first episode a few months ago, and it didn't necessarily hook me.  I thought it was too frenetic because of the overbearing score, and I wasn't a big fan of Jessie.  Therefore, I didn't get back to it right away.  We finally watched the second episode last night, and it was much better than the first episode.  There was some good humor, such as when Walter and his wife are getting the ultrasound, and Walter has to lie about why he is in contact with Jessie.  He tells his wife to basically get off his back, and the dialogue and Cranston's delivery is great.  I hope this upswing continues. 
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Post by: Tequila on June 02, 2014, 03:56:20 PM
I had much the same reaction to the Breaking Bad pilot when I first watched it a few month after it aired. I actually didn't go back until last summer, where I pretty much binged the entire show in preparation for the final season. I'm not sure what it is about that episode but I never felt like it set me up for what the show was about or turned into.
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Post by: MartinTeller on June 02, 2014, 03:59:38 PM
Never judge a show by the first episode.
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Post by: ses on June 02, 2014, 04:01:27 PM
I try to give every show I start several episodes before I decide how I feel about them.  A show needs to get its footing, establish character and tone.  I had always planned on coming back to Breaking Bad, it just takes longer when the first episode or episodes aren't compelling.
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Post by: heisenbergman on June 02, 2014, 08:50:12 PM
re: Breaking Bad. I tried watching it for the first time and gave up after several episodes.

I tried it again after a year or two and again wasn't exactly enamored by the first several episodes, but I decided to push through and soldier on. After around the first 6 or 7 episodes, I realized that I was very very slowly liking it more and more.

At the end of it all, Breaking Bad is now arguably my favorite TV show I've ever seen. Either that or Battlestar Galactica, but definitely Top 2 all-time.

Amazing show.
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Post by: sdb_1970 on June 02, 2014, 09:07:41 PM
At the end of it all, Breaking Bad is now arguably my favorite TV show I've ever seen. Either that or Battlestar Galactica, but definitely Top 2 all-time.

Amazing show.

Testify!
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Post by: Totoro on June 02, 2014, 11:36:03 PM
Archer Season 5 kind of sucks. Mostly because they made Lana such a jerk and the pregnancy is sooooooo out of nowhere and added nothing to the series.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on June 03, 2014, 10:22:18 AM
Is that the one that just happened? I felt like Archer: Vice reinvigorated a series that, while still really funny, had been growing noticeably stagnant in its previous two seasons.
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Post by: pixote on June 03, 2014, 01:35:36 PM
Orange Is the New Black - 1.1
I didn't realize just how similar this would be to Weeds, echoing the path of the middle class white girl falling into a criminal milieu, which by the laws of this fictional world puts her into comical contact with a smorgasbord of non-white characters, who are colorful in every exaggerated sense of the word. It's a little like the NPR version of "white people drive like this, but black people drive like this," and it makes me uneasy.

pixote
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Post by: Junior on June 03, 2014, 01:39:13 PM
It gets better at being un-queasy later on.
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Post by: pixote on June 03, 2014, 01:43:28 PM
It gets better at being un-queasy later on.

I assume the white girl finally shivs someone, obliterating the comical focus on racial and class differences, and forcing the writers to find a new joke.

(FYI - I didn't hate the pilot. I'm just having fun pretending I did.)

pixote
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Post by: Junior on June 03, 2014, 01:46:09 PM
But the lady she shivs is white! (Note, not actually what happens, also just playing along).
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Post by: jdc on June 03, 2014, 06:40:25 PM
Never judge a show by the first episode.

Or first season.. sometimes it just needs to be good enough to hold interest and just gets better..
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Post by: goodguy on June 03, 2014, 07:57:33 PM
I dunno. Every show that I consider truly great had me convinced right from the start.
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Post by: mañana on June 03, 2014, 08:59:39 PM
I can think of plenty examples either way.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 03, 2014, 09:53:35 PM
First couple of episodes of Community were blah. Angel was also kinda weak for about half of the first season. I didn't think much of Futurama, just had it on as background for meals, but I grew to love it after a couple of seasons.

So yea, some shows took a while to draw me in.
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Post by: mañana on June 03, 2014, 10:39:51 PM
Orange Is the New Black - 1.1
I didn't realize just how similar this would be to Weeds, echoing the path of the middle class white girl falling into a criminal milieu, which by the laws of this fictional world puts her into comical contact with a smorgasbord of non-white characters, who are colorful in every exaggerated sense of the word. It's a little like the NPR version of "white people drive like this, but black people drive like this," and it makes me uneasy.

pixote
A lot of the buzz was about how great it was that these stories about marginalized women were being told, I thought a lot of that was kinda baloney because too many stories were drawn so broadly or simplistically. Generally though, I do remember liking the show.
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Post by: 1SO on June 04, 2014, 11:13:34 AM
2 things to remember going into an acclaimed series.

1. There's a creative growing process within the direction. The writers didn't necessarily have THIS cast in mind when they wrote the pilot. Unlike movies, as a show goes on the writing aims to play to an actor's strengths rather than find ways to continually challenge them to do things they may not be good at. If you learn during production that Rainn Wilson can juggle or Nick Offerman speaks perfect Latin or Noah Wyle knows sign language and does a marvelous George Clooney impression, these will find their way into future scripts.

2. When you hear about an acclaimed series, people often lean their opinions towards the Great episodes. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the greatest shows ever, but every Season was at least 1 horrible episode. I'm not weighing that into my overall opinion. Take the Top 10 episodes of Breaking Bad and put them up against the First 10 episodes of Breaking Bad. Hardly a contest. Yet when I talk about Breaking Bad being great, which group of 10 am I more likely referring to?
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Post by: jswysin on June 04, 2014, 12:20:12 PM
Watched the complete series of Enlightened in two days, loved it.  Possibly the best series finale for a show that wasn't meant to be a series finale.  I think they knew there was a possibility they'd be cancelled, but still, really fantastic. 

Not enough love around here for The Americans so I'll just say it's easily become a top three show for me (or top five, there are a lot of good shows on right now), despite not being very visually impressive, it's all in the characters and performances and smart writing.

Also, after getting so much acclaim I finally watched Rick and Morty and after a few episodes I was completely hooked.  Some genuinely dark and thought-provoking ideas. And funny.   


 

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Post by: oneaprilday on June 04, 2014, 07:06:23 PM
Watched the complete series of Enlightened in two days, loved it.  Possibly the best series finale for a show that wasn't meant to be a series finale.  I think they knew there was a possibility they'd be cancelled, but still, really fantastic
Agreed!


Not enough love around here for The Americans so I'll just say it's easily become a top three show for me (or top five, there are a lot of good shows on right now), despite not being very visually impressive, it's all in the characters and performances and smart writing.
It's a great show - and the new plot development at the end of this season felt nicely organic while also making me eager for next season.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 04, 2014, 07:08:37 PM
I watched the pilot for The Americans, and I do want to see more, but right now I'd rather watch shows with a definite ending point than pick up something ongoing.
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Post by: oneaprilday on June 04, 2014, 07:11:23 PM
Go with Enlightened! :)
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 04, 2014, 07:59:29 PM
Watching The Sopranos right now. Enlightened will probably be my next HBO.
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Post by: oneaprilday on June 04, 2014, 08:13:51 PM
Cool.
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Post by: heisenbergman on June 07, 2014, 08:28:02 PM
Orange Is The New Black 2.1 - 2.4 = 9/10

Incredible start to the season.
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Post by: oldkid on June 07, 2014, 11:57:30 PM
I watched Sherlock season 3 in one evening last night.

Although it doesn't have the high moments found in the first two season, it was wonderful to see the season as one full story, wonderfully told.  It begins slowly, but there are many short tales, tied in the end.  Wonderful plotting, wonderful acting.  A joy to behold.

4/5
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Post by: 1SO on June 08, 2014, 12:14:56 AM
That practically counts as an unpopular opinion at this point. I hated the first episode, but it picked up rapidly from there. So I'm closer to agreeing with you than most.
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Post by: oldkid on June 08, 2014, 02:53:49 PM
I didn't hate the first episode, but it is among my least favorite of the series... which still makes it better than most television out there.  But watching the season in one night, I feel that the first episode was an introduction to the full story they wanted to tell, and that was wonderful.

I do agree with you about my favorite episode of the series, though.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 08, 2014, 03:29:13 PM
I liked character moments in the first two episodes, but the plots were colossally dumb.
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Post by: smirnoff on June 08, 2014, 03:54:10 PM
All of the criticisms I've heard about Sherlock are beyond my understanding. I find it to be one of the most consistently high quality series I've ever come across. I've experienced no lulls, only higher highs.
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Post by: ses on June 08, 2014, 05:45:30 PM
You are lucky then because the first two episodes of Season 3 were close to unwatchable for me.  I've heard the third episode is much better.  I want them to get back to the traditional solving of cases, that's where the show shines in my opinion.
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Post by: oldkid on June 08, 2014, 11:12:16 PM
Please finish it up.  The third episode is fantastic.
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Post by: MartinTeller on June 09, 2014, 01:10:44 AM
I couldn't get past episode 1 of Season 3, it was so terrible.  I'm sure I'll watch the other two at some point, but it's very low priority.
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Post by: ses on June 09, 2014, 04:42:47 PM
Please finish it up.  The third episode is fantastic.

I plan to.
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Post by: smirnoff on June 09, 2014, 06:20:49 PM
You are lucky then because the first two episodes of Season 3 were close to unwatchable for me.

I couldn't get past episode 1 of Season 3, it was so terrible.

I think it goes without saying we all enjoy these characters... so was episode 1 too much of a good thing for you guys?
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Post by: 1SO on June 09, 2014, 06:35:28 PM
The Long Answer (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=9582.msg757346#msg757346).

I enjoy the characters, but saying I watch Sherlock for the characters is like when Soderbergh said people would like Ocean's 12 because they don't care about the heist. The Mystery of episode 1 is vague, poor and undeveloped. You could argue the mystery is how Sherlock survived the fall, but again that's only vaguely handled. That I can't tell you about the main mystery - something involving a bomb - is a major weakness of the show, existing solely in THIS episode.

The visual style is also a poor copy of the first 2 Seasons, with a scene in the train station that contains the worst shots of the series.


Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia is my new #62 film of All Time.

For some this particular Sherlock is too much of a good thing. The multiple narratives use some very clever technical tricks. (Too clever?) One of my favorites is the case Holmes solves while unconscious. As he reaches the solution in the middle of a grassy field, a bed rises into frame to catch him. There's a lot of text on screen, Watson's blog posts, a strong hint that Holmes may be a recovering addict, and lots more than make this a ride I want to take again and again.
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Post by: smirnoff on June 09, 2014, 09:43:19 PM
I'm just surprised it could go from that good to that bad. That's the difference between a good episode of TNG and a holodeck episode.
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Post by: pixote on June 09, 2014, 10:39:13 PM
I'm just surprised it could go from that good to that bad. That's the difference between a good episode of TNG and a holodeck episode.

My appreciation for Moriarty on TNG makes this comparison extra ironic.

pixote
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Post by: Lobby on June 10, 2014, 03:03:05 PM
I just bingewatched the first season of Orphan Black after beeing recommended to see it by someone at the monthly sci-fi geek pub meetings in my city.
I was lovely. Now I'm patiently waiting for season 2 to turn up at Netflix of Sweden. I suppose it will take some time before that happens.
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Post by: heisenbergman on June 10, 2014, 08:50:13 PM
Finally finished Orange Is The New Black Season 2.

What a season of TV. A solid 9/10.
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Post by: Bondo on June 11, 2014, 12:12:09 AM
I just bingewatched the first season of Orphan Black after beeing recommended to see it by someone at the monthly sci-fi geek pub meetings in my city.
I was lovely. Now I'm patiently waiting for season 2 to turn up at Netflix of Sweden. I suppose it will take some time before that happens.

Yes! I binged S1 and then snuck the first six episodes of S2 during a day when I had access to someone's cable on demand. So much fun.

Getting close to finished with S2 of OITNB. I continues to be so wonderfully humanizing. It doesn't act like its criminals are innocents that are in jail wrongly. It is all the better that they deserve to be in jail but are still made to be relatable humans, which makes the problematic conditions/treatment more resonant. I like that Piper as a character is no longer the fish out of water because that was kind of a weakness to her character. Now she gets to be really rounded and interesting.
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Post by: philip918 on June 11, 2014, 10:28:19 AM
Game of Thrones 409: B-

Orphan Black 208: B (odd ep for this late in the game, but lots of big laughs)

Silicon Valley 108: A- (a dick joke for the ages)
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on June 13, 2014, 04:01:27 AM
Hannibal 1.1: Not sure what to make of this yet. Definitely needs more time. I like the lead actors and their performances so far. The stylized visuals are good. I may need subtitles for Mads sometimes though.
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Post by: Junior on June 13, 2014, 04:39:22 PM
Orange Is The New Black S2.

Does a great job of building the characters even more than we already got in S1. Like, almost everybody has some kind of detail or storyline that, as Bondo says, humanizes them in ways that one wouldn't expect by just reading a plot description. Taystee remained MVP of the season, loved her arc. Piper continued to develop into a less annoying version of herself, and the conflict between Vee and Red was phenomenal. Maybe the most impressive aspect is just how many great actors are matched with supremely well written characters. The ending is a little on the trite side, but I still kinda loved it.
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Post by: Bondo on June 13, 2014, 04:59:07 PM
I still have two episodes left so this could still change.

I think Poussey has been great this season. I think Laverne Cox has been under utilized.
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Post by: Junior on June 13, 2014, 05:00:51 PM
Totally agreed on Poussey. She's also wonderful. I think there was maybe some angling to get Laverne Cox into a guest star Emmy position, but I don't really see that happening.
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Post by: pixote on June 15, 2014, 01:26:28 AM
I'm halfway through season two. If Poussey and Janae ever get together, I'll be so happy.

pixote
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Post by: philip918 on June 16, 2014, 10:02:50 AM
The X-Files 410 "Paper Hearts": A-
the inspiration for Mysterious Skin?

The X-Files 411 "El Mundo Gira": B-
fairly entertaining MOW

The X-Files 412 "Leonard Betts": B+
Literal cancer man.

Orphan Black 209: A
Psycho Helena's revenge. Donnie: "There's eleven, esé!" Rachel and Sarah.

Fargo 104: B+
This show is scary good.

Game of Thrones 410: B
Solid season finale, but for some reason most of the scenes didn't pack as much punch as I thought they would.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on June 17, 2014, 01:24:10 AM
Watched the pilot of The Americans last night. Been wanting to start it for a while. I really enjoyed it. I loved the opening.
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Post by: oldkid on June 17, 2014, 09:17:00 AM
30 Rock is even more refreshing in the middle of a Breaking Bad marathon.
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Post by: smirnoff on July 09, 2014, 07:37:36 PM
Anyone else watch Suits? Anyone else like Suits?

I'm up to season 3 and have found it to be pretty enjoyable... it keeps me going, even if it isn't the greatest. I've become attached to the characters.
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Post by: jbissell on July 10, 2014, 08:31:34 AM
Ep 2 of Nathan For You's second season delivers top notch laughs.

Comedy Central's current winning streak is pretty remarkable.
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Post by: MartinTeller on July 10, 2014, 09:27:03 AM
TNG season 6!

S06E01 "Time's Arrow: Part 2" - So-so conclusion to a so-so part 1.  Mark Twain gets even more annoying, otherwise it's an okay story but not that special.  I think some fans just go ga-ga whenever ST visits Earth, but those episodes usually kinda annoy me.  Not a big fan of The Voyage Home either.  6/10

S06E02 "Realm of Fear" - Barclay!!  Yay!  This one could have been really irritating if Barclay had waited forever before telling anyone what he saw.  I hate episodes (or any story, really) where everything would be solved if someone wasn't holding back some vital piece of information.  Fortunately, they didn't go that way.  8/10

S06E03 "Man of the People" - How come whenever someone acts out of character on the Enterprise, everyone doesn't immediately suspect there's something wrong?  Dumb episode.  Most interesting thing here is that there's a minor character named Janeway.  5/10

S06E04 "Relics" - Another fan favorite, because nothing excites fans more than new ST referencing old ST.  This is maybe the best crossover, though, with a great appearance by Doohan.  8/10

S06E05 "Schisms" - Creepy!  Episode doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but I love it when Trek gets creepy.  "Ode to Spot" is fantastic too.  8/10

S06E06 "True Q" - Oh hi, Olivia d'Abo!  Interesting that this was in the middle of "The Wonder Years" run.  Anyway, pretty good Q episode.  I don't have much to say about it.  8/10
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Post by: Junior on July 10, 2014, 02:23:25 PM
Penny Dreadful did quite a turn around for me. I really didn't like the opening episode, I felt like it played all the right things in all the wrong way. Once the (very short) first season ended and got generally positive reviews, I decided to give it another go. I'm not sure what it was that got knocked around in my head, but the second episode grabbed me and I was totally into it. It still plays some things for revelations that should just be kinda obvious, and there are a few characters that don't seem to exist for reasons beyond the plot so far (hello Dorian Gray!). Still, get Eva Green and Timothy Dalton in a room and you've got yourself a good time. Make one of them possessed and do a Victorian version of The Exorcist for an episode and you've got one of the only genuinely scary TV shows. I love the little details, Egyptian obsessions and Pinkerton agents, that flesh out the time and place. Rory Kinnear is super awesome. That guy should be in more things. And his entrance to the show is stunning. I am all aboard for season 2.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 10, 2014, 03:55:34 PM
Doing my halfway TV list right now. That's one of the three shows I really need to catch up with, and is called out as such.
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Post by: smirnoff on July 10, 2014, 04:51:42 PM
This one could have been really irritating if Barclay had waited forever before telling anyone what he saw.  I hate episodes (or any story, really) where everything would be solved if someone wasn't holding back some vital piece of information.
This times a billion.

Quote
S06E05 "Schisms" - Creepy!  Episode doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but I love it when Trek gets creepy.  "Ode to Spot" is fantastic too.  8/10

A good a time as any to post this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiRjywbypLA#no) for anyone who hasn't had the pleasure yet. :))

I'm enjoying these mini-reviews. It's nice being reminded of these episodes.
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Post by: Sandy on July 10, 2014, 05:11:35 PM
 :D

Data is good, but Picard would win in a Rap off (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rYhRqf757I#no).

I'm enjoying these mini-reviews. It's nice being reminded of these episodes.

This  :)
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Post by: smirnoff on July 10, 2014, 05:25:34 PM
+1 for Humans. :)
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Post by: Monty on July 10, 2014, 05:36:04 PM
The Johnny Worricker Trilogy

(http://i.imgur.com/ecxihQT.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/ahTOSLA.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/u27RCJT.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/5OZz10W.jpg)

Even though it was on TV a few months ago, it's probably the most fun I've had watching a mini series in a long time. Bill Nighy plays Worricker a MI5 officer on the run, trying to piece together the events which have led him to his current situation and clear his name. Very much in the vein of Le Carré and Tinker Tailor.
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Post by: smirnoff on July 10, 2014, 05:40:35 PM
The Johnny Worricker Trilogy

Wow. I am going to find this and watch this as soon as I can. I had no idea it existed until now but it sounds great. :)
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Post by: don s. on July 10, 2014, 05:43:06 PM
The Johnny Worricker Trilogy

Wow. I am going to find this and watch this as soon as I can. I had no idea it existed until now but it sounds great. :)

I just watched "Page Eight" on Netflix Instant, but it doesn't appear to be there anymore, nor does either of the other two.
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Post by: saltine on July 10, 2014, 08:40:53 PM
Anyone else watch Suits? Anyone else like Suits?

I'm up to season 3 and have found it to be pretty enjoyable... it keeps me going, even if it isn't the greatest. I've become attached to the characters.

I watch Suits. I am current with the series. The best part?  It's a lawyer show with NO courtroom! It's inside the firm and I find that more fascinating than inside the courtroom.
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Post by: jdc on July 11, 2014, 10:55:01 PM
Anyone else watch Suits? Anyone else like Suits?

I'm up to season 3 and have found it to be pretty enjoyable... it keeps me going, even if it isn't the greatest. I've become attached to the characters.

I watch Suits. I am current with the series. The best part?  It's a lawyer show with NO courtroom! It's inside the firm and I find that more fascinating than inside the courtroom.

Probably a lot more realistic.. I don't think most lawyers ever go into a courtroom.  At least those that I know.  Is this streaming?
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Post by: saltine on July 12, 2014, 04:33:22 PM
Season 4 is streaming from Amazon, but it's pay per episode.  Seasons 1,2,3 are free to Prime members
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on July 13, 2014, 07:41:23 PM
Not exactly a review, but I wrote briefly about my 10 favorite shows of 2014 so far (http://processedgrass.blogspot.com/2014/07/best-tv-shows-2014-q2.html).
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Post by: smirnoff on July 20, 2014, 07:49:13 PM
Anyone else watch Suits? Anyone else like Suits?

I'm up to season 3 and have found it to be pretty enjoyable... it keeps me going, even if it isn't the greatest. I've become attached to the characters.

I watch Suits. I am current with the series. The best part?  It's a lawyer show with NO courtroom! It's inside the firm and I find that more fascinating than inside the courtroom.

Probably a lot more realistic.. I don't think most lawyers ever go into a courtroom.

I agree with both of you. They don't have any qualms about showing it to be a game of settlements and pleas.
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Post by: Junior on July 21, 2014, 12:15:08 AM
I'm towards the end of S2 of The X-Files. Some really intense stuff here. The fast-aging water thing, the boy with the evil twin ghost thing, and the prison break/disease thing. Plus, Dean Norris as a US Marshal in the prison break ep and Tony Shalhoub as a guy with a murderous shadow.
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Post by: MartinTeller on July 21, 2014, 12:27:31 AM
TNG continued:

S06E07 "Rascals" - A classic.  Who can resist pre-teen Picard throwing a temper tantrum?  This is a rare episode that manages to be pretty good despite having a bunch of Ferengi in it.  8/10

S06E08 "A Fistful of Datas" - Oh dear.  Another shitty Holodeck ep.  This time they trot out a bunch of hacky Western clichés.  If that wasn't bad enough, we have to deal with LOADS of Alexander.  There's some decent Data-related humor, but mostly this was painful.  3/10

S06E09 "The Quality of Life" - Pretty straightforward episode that covers some familiar ground, but nothing too egregious about it.  7/10
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Post by: MartinTeller on July 21, 2014, 12:33:42 AM
Silicon Valley 108: A- (a dick joke for the ages)

The fiancée and I just watched the first episode of this.  Really great stuff.
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Post by: Junior on July 21, 2014, 12:38:17 AM
I really enjoyed it. A fun time, am looking forward to the second season.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 22, 2014, 11:33:28 AM
Collective though-piece on the first 3 seasons of The Sopranos (no spoilers):

The Sopranos and Psychological Abuse

After finishing the third season of The Sopranos, I realized what makes the show special. There are a lot of things The Sopranos does magnificently: it humanized a morally complex cast of characters that are brought to life by an excellent cast and presented through excellent visual storytelling. However, what makes the show special for me is that it legitimizes the idea of psychological abuse.

The brilliance of the show is that it presents this concept in the tough-guy world of mobsters. Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) ostensibly leads the Mafia in all but name in the New Jersey area. While he’s a physically intimidating force, he suffers from depression and anxiety attacks. Here’s a man that turns other men into frightening, blubbering boys, and he’s mentally and emotionally damaged to the point of breaking.

Tony starts seeing therapist Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) concerning his depression and anxiety attacks. Throughout the seasons, Jennifer pulls back the layers of what is truly going on behind this. In the process, the show gives serious credence and weight to the importance of mental health and how psychological abuse can degrade and destroy the mental well-being of even a powerful, intimidating man such as Tony Soprano.

This allows the show to subvert the typical tough-guy image by exposing the vulnerability and weakness of a man who would be portrayed as powerful and dominating in the typical mobster film. Tony spends more time getting berated by his mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand), or dealing with his kids acting out than being the tough mobster in the fictional fantasies.

Livia is a controlling negative force in Tony’s live, a demanding mother that Tony can never do right by. Her relentless guilt-tripping and condemnation has built a life-long cycle of psychological abuse that has built up inside of Tony. By spending time reflecting upon and exploring the dynamics of this relationship, The Sopranos explores psychological abuse as a legitimate form of violence.

And the show goes somewhere truly bold by suggesting that this is a form of violence particularly deadly and masterfully wielded by the female sex. Before flinging accusations that this is a sexist charged, the show also explores how men can often commit psychological violence on others (in the same way that some women commit physical violence during the course of the show). Tony can often verbally abuse members of his crew, but the show often divides primary figures of physical and psychological violence between men and women respectively. To men, psychological violence is a secondary form of violence. Tony is more likely to use physical violence while women often retaliate with forms of emotional or verbal abuse that can be just as damaging and harmful.

For instance, Tony’s sister, Janice, is another figure of psychological abuse throughout the film. In one arc of the story, she tries to extort her mother’s caretaker by stealing her prosthetic leg. She’s also quick to turn every event where she’s done wrong into a guilt-trip for Tony who failed to protect her from whatever terrible thing she’s done. It’s always someone else’s fault, she’s never in the wrong, and in order to do this, she commits physiological violence on others by placing them in the role of the villain.

It’s worth explicitly stating that the show is not condoning either form of violence. There are some horrific scenes of misogynistic violence against women as well as some grueling emotional scenes of these same women verbally and emotionally abusing men. In a show that treats mental and psychological health as something as valuable and precious as physical health. These acts can be just as damaging as the horrible acts of violence.

Some people won’t like such an even playing field, some will accuse it of being an imbalanced and sexist portrayal, I’d argue instead it’s a well-rounded portrait that demonstrates that women are just as capable of violence as men. It may not take the same form, but it’s effects can be just as traumatic. The show certainly does not neglect sexism. It’s a thread that runs through the show as we see expectations of who women are and how they function in the world being usurped and overturned, such as when Tony goes to Italy to discover that the Mafia there is run by a woman and how men respond in sexist manners and attempt to challenge such behaviors.

In our society, mental health and psychological abuse are not taking nearly as seriously as they should be. Especially in male subcultures, psychological and verbal abuse are something that is simply supposed to roll off of people, but The Sopranos shows that words have real power and can leave deep scars. It’s a reminder that even the toughest man can be a victim of psychological abuse.
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Post by: JakeIsntFake on July 22, 2014, 03:40:11 PM
Revisiting/watching The Twilight Zone on netflix.

Current top 5 episodes (in no order)
Time Enough at Last (S1E8)
The Silence (S2E25)
Judgement Night (S1E10)
Living Doll (S5E6)
The Dummy (S3E33)

Right now, I'm kind of just jumping around, watching the one's with the most interesting plot sums. The anthology style doesn't really encourage a properly ordered viewing of the series anyway. Love it, though
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Post by: Tequila on July 24, 2014, 06:28:59 PM
Been watching a lot of TV this past week.

I'm not sure why but I caught with season 3 of Homeland and somehow ended up liking it quite a bit. A lof that ot has to do with Patinkin along with F. Murray Abraham being given bigger parts (I even started wondering if Carrie works better as a less powerful, all-consuming character than she was in S1+2). The main plot line is much more streamlined and less cat&mouse too which I appreciated. The downside is Brody and in particular his family, which pretty much get shoved out of the way in the second part of the season. Just why we spend so much time with them in the first half I'm not sure. Brody basically gets a a few episodes of drug addiction/detox, followed by a Rocky training montage with the Marines. He's really only there to tie up all the lose ends they could find.

I also finally started watching The Americans. I'm only two episodes in but pretty much loving it. Unlike The Assets (and most espionage thrillers, really), another show I've been watching, this really isn't all that concerned with setting up story lines and goals and more about the players. So far I'm particularly enjoying the relationship between Stan Beeman (the friendly FBI neighbor, played by Noah Emmerich) and Phillip and I also like the different attitudes the spouses have to their job. I may have even been won over by the more subtle elegance of the show's visuals.
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Post by: Junior on July 30, 2014, 12:17:14 AM
Friday Night Lights: Pilot.

Why did none of you tell me how good this is? I kid, I kid, you all told me. And it's quite good.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 30, 2014, 11:01:44 AM
Edgar and I take a look a b-list Batman villains in this round of Batman: The Animated Series episodes (http://batcavedebriefs.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/debriefing-27-batman-the-animated-series-vol-1-disk-4/).
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Post by: JakeIsntFake on July 30, 2014, 11:54:52 AM
Gonna have to bookmark those, Sam. I've been meaning to start that show for a while.
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Post by: JakeIsntFake on July 31, 2014, 04:47:39 PM
Started Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and I'm four episodes in. I'm enjoying it so far, even though they don't know their Godard or Truffaut.
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Post by: mañana on August 01, 2014, 12:50:09 PM
Masters of Sex (1.1 - 1.6)
The expansion of Allison Janney's character in 1.6 finally gave me something to hang on to. Lizzy Caplan is really appealing, but I've generally found this series pretty aimless and dull.

Fargo (Season 1)
Turns out Coen Brother fan fiction is considerably better than one might expect.

Orange Is the New Black (2.1 - 2.8ish, I think)
Really struggling to finish this out.

The Shield (Seasons 2 & 3)
It's like NYPD Blue infused through the sensibility of a Nickelback video. It's wearing me out, but I do want to see the finale I heard so much about.

Game of Thrones (1.1-1.3)
Pretty good so far.
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Post by: Junior on August 01, 2014, 12:51:39 PM
Fargo (Season 1)
Turns out Coen Brother fan fiction is considerably better than one might expect.

So much yes.
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Post by: tinyholidays on August 01, 2014, 12:53:50 PM
Masters of Sex (1.1 - 1.6)
The expansion of Allison Janney's character in 1.6 finally gave me something to hang on to. Lizzy Caplan is really appealing, but I've generally found this series pretty aimless and dull.

I quit after 1.4 because I was so bored. It would take a lot to get me back in again. Warily looking forward to watching Fargo.
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Post by: philip918 on August 01, 2014, 02:19:20 PM
Manhattan ep 101

Really strong pilot. I'd read the script and found they pulled back on some of the more outlandish moments. John Benjamin Hickey creates a compelling central character and the setting and period details are great. Not sure how long they can sustain the series in this claustrophobic setting, but I'm willing to see them try.

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Post by: Corndog on August 01, 2014, 03:39:04 PM
Alias Season 2

After watching Season 1 and being hooked, season two kept up much the same heightened excitement from the first. More twists and turns and changes came than season 1, so I feel I am still processes those, as I come to grips of how this one ended and the implications to many of the story lines, it seems like season 3 will have plenty of change as well. In many ways that is a good thing because it means new opportunities at plot, but at the same time it feels less well thought out from a script perspective. Almost like they're making it up as they go along. But in any case, so long as Sydney Bristow and company continuing kicking ass, I'll stay tuned in to finish the series.
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Post by: 1SO on August 01, 2014, 04:49:55 PM
Season 1 is pretty strong with minimal leaps into the fantastic. Those leaps grow larger as the series continues, but Sydney and company anchor it solidly to the point where you feel they kind of deserved better material. Great things still lie ahead and weaknesses as well, but I don't want to point them out and spoil.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on August 01, 2014, 07:37:28 PM
I love Alias. With all the talk around the place now about Lucy and female leads i don't think Jennifer Garner gets enough credit or recognition for what she did on that show. She was badass all the way through.
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Post by: philip918 on August 04, 2014, 11:52:07 AM
Manhattan ep 102

A solid second episode that suggests this show knows what it's doing and where it's going. The interrogation/torture parallels to contemporary times was the only thing that really seemed forced.
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on August 04, 2014, 03:49:53 PM
The Almighty Johnsons S3E01-04

Still loads of fun. This is likely to be the last season and it looks like it is going to finish strongly. I have enjoyed this New Zealand series lots and would happily recommend it to people. It should be watched from the beginning as there is an overarching story. Oh, what is it about. A family of 4 brothers who are all Norse gods in human form.
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Post by: SmashTheTV on August 11, 2014, 03:28:17 AM
The Almighty Johnsons

WOW I didn't think this would have an audience outside NZ.

I am watching The Returned. A French mystery. Just finished episode 3. Loving it! Fantastic music and scenery. If you guys enjoyed Top of The Lake (or even Twin Peaks) you should definitely give this a go.
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on August 11, 2014, 07:10:13 AM
I heard about it from the Boxcutters podcast and thought it sounded good, so bought the first season. Watched that and bought the next 2 as they came available. Did you enjoy it SmashTheTV?
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Post by: saltine on August 11, 2014, 07:59:35 AM
Some of us here watched The Returned, season 1.  I loved it.

The Almighty Johnsons looks interesting.  I'll have to check it out !
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on August 14, 2014, 09:29:31 AM
Farewell, Wilfred  :'(

(http://www.impactist.com/projectpages/wilfred/Impactist_Wilfred_still16.jpg)

Of the two final episodes I preferred the first, and honestly feel like that could have been an ending point of its own (and one that I would have been fine with) though the real ending was also pretty great. The montage in that one was fantastic, though once things started to bottom out there, it felt like the show could use a little more time. Mostly it kind of breaks a lot of the show's internal logic, which is a bit of a bummer, but this was such a unique and occasionally beautiful show that I can't help but love it. I wrote on my flog last night that throughout its run Wilfred was never the exact show I wanted it to be, especially given its premise and the questions it concerned itself with, and the finale echoed that, but despite that it was incredible and refreshing for what it was, and TV is a worse place now that it's finished.
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Post by: SmashTheTV on August 14, 2014, 02:45:42 PM
I heard about it from the Boxcutters podcast and thought it sounded good, so bought the first season. Watched that and bought the next 2 as they came available. Did you enjoy it SmashTheTV?

Hah na I was like 'that looks like another crappy NZ TV show.'
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Post by: MartinTeller on August 14, 2014, 03:31:09 PM
TNG continued:

S06E10 "Chain of Command: Part 1" - This is a solid episode, with everyone (especially Riker) being all whiny about Ronny Cox taking over the Enterprise, while Picard, Crusher and Worf do secret agent stuff.  8/10

S06E11 "Chain of Command: Part 2" - THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!  This episode has always stuck with me, but I had totally forgotten it was half of a two-parter.  One of my favorites, with really David Warner being a cruel sonofabitch and Patrick Stewart pulling off some intense acting.  9.5/10

S06E12 "Ship in a Bottle" - Pretty good for a holodeck episode, partly because it's also (in part) a Barclay episode.  The big twist is less fun when you know it's coming.  7/10

S06E13 "Aquiel" - A piss-poor twist on the Laura story.  There's a lot of stupid stuff in this one.  Dumb mystery with a predictable solution, plus Geordi trying to be romantic.  Sexy Geordi is even creepier than sexy Riker.  3/10

S06E14 "Face of the Enemy" - Surprisingly good for an episode that's both Troi-centric and heavy on politics.  Nice to see Troi act like a competent officer for once.  8/10
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on August 15, 2014, 03:59:53 AM
I heard about it from the Boxcutters podcast and thought it sounded good, so bought the first season. Watched that and bought the next 2 as they came available. Did you enjoy it SmashTheTV?

Hah na I was like 'that looks like another crappy NZ TV show.'

Give it a try for 2 episodes, to see if you like it.
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Post by: don s. on August 15, 2014, 06:47:09 PM
...There's a lot of stupid stuff in this one.  Dumb mystery with a predictable solution, plus Geordi trying to be romantic.  Sexy Geordi is even creepier than sexy Riker.  3/10 ....

The default characteristic of most of these Star Fleet types is a kind of extreme earnestness, and, yeah, when they try turn up the heat, it's kind of like watching Mister Rogers make time in a singles bar.
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Post by: jbissell on August 20, 2014, 10:23:57 AM
Sad that S2 of Nathan For You is over. While nothing reached the incredible heights of Claw of Shame from S1, overall it was a terrific season and remains one of the funniest shows on TV.
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Post by: FLYmeatwad on August 20, 2014, 10:25:31 AM
This was a fantastic season, though I have noticed from the comments on the AVC reviews and yours here that I should watch that Claw Of Shame one again. It was a good episode, but I felt like it went on too long for what it was and ended up being one of the show's weaker episodes.
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Post by: philip918 on August 25, 2014, 12:58:13 PM
Hell on Wheels 404

My wife and I are probably the last people watching this show. It was never great and this season might be the weakest, but it's still remarkably watchable. Anton Mount really owns the central character and Colm Meaney is great. I've always loved Christopher Heyerdahl as The Sweded, but as my wife said last night, I really liked the old crazy Swede better than the new crazy Swede. They've killed off most of the interesting female characters and the few remaining are really floundering with bad material this season.

Manhattan 105

This show is still going strong, but I was really disappointed with the big reveal at the end of this episode. It was in the original pilot script, so I'd thought they'd (rightly) done away with it when it didn't show up in episode 101, but turns out they were saving it for later. A solid series, but could be veering into serious melodrama.

Rectify 210

One of the best shows on television goes out strong. Everyone is so good in this. Hopefully they get some awards recognition next year. One of the best ensembles there is at the moment.

Penny Dreadful 105

This series should be right up my dark and twisted alley, but it's been remarkably bloodless. A story full of intrigue and horror seems to go at a crawl. The characters are mostly inscrutable - dreary folks with dreary secrets. Which, is unfortunate given the great cast they've assembled. I've kept watching, but despite the rich cinematography and swelling score, there isn't much capturing my imagination.

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Post by: Junior on August 25, 2014, 01:04:49 PM
I hated the pilot for Penny Dreadful but loved the rest of it when I marathoned it one week. It's not perfect, by any means, but the good parts are so good that I didn't care so much when it was kinda boring. It gets better as it goes along, too, which helps.
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Post by: oneaprilday on August 25, 2014, 02:32:02 PM
Rectify 210

One of the best shows on television goes out strong. Everyone is so good in this. Hopefully they get some awards recognition next year. One of the best ensembles there is at the moment.
Yep.
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Post by: SmashTheTV on August 25, 2014, 03:28:54 PM
I got halfway through Fargo and then just stopped. This is such a disappointment because the first episode was so good. I think the show went in to many different directions and I didn't care where they ended up.
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Post by: Junior on August 25, 2014, 03:30:04 PM
Oh, that's sad. I loved it all the way through. It's better than True Detective, I think.
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Post by: jbissell on August 25, 2014, 04:02:01 PM
Oh, that's sad. I loved it all the way through. It's better than True Detective, I think.

Agreed. It's the best hour-long series I've seen this year.
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Post by: roujin on August 25, 2014, 04:04:26 PM
oh did you guys watch Shitsuren Chocolatier?
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Post by: jbissell on August 25, 2014, 04:11:09 PM
gross
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on August 25, 2014, 04:23:44 PM
Hell on Wheels 404

My wife and I are probably the last people watching this show. It was never great and this season might be the weakest, but it's still remarkably watchable. Anton Mount really owns the central character and Colm Meaney is great. I've always loved Christopher Heyerdahl as The Sweded, but as my wife said last night, I really liked the old crazy Swede better than the new crazy Swede. They've killed off most of the interesting female characters and the few remaining are really floundering with bad material this season.

I still watch it. I haven't started the new season yet though. I'm still not that into it so it's kind of an effort to watch it.
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Post by: roujin on August 25, 2014, 05:47:40 PM
gross

*drinks your tears*
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Post by: philip918 on August 27, 2014, 10:46:40 AM
Penny Dreadful 106

Talk about deja vu. A vampire hunt that plays very much like the hunt in the pilot. Frankenstein's monster unexpectedly kills someone close to the Doctor just like in episode two, and makes the same demand he has every episode since. The cast keeps this show watchable, but it really feels like it spins its wheels an awful lot for an 8-episode season.
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Post by: philip918 on August 29, 2014, 11:01:09 AM
The Cosmopolitans 101

Whit Stillman on TV! Well, not quite TV, but what counts for TV these days. The Amazon pilot follows a group of American ex-pats in Paris. It's classic Stillman and a lot of fun.

Red Oaks 101

Another Amazon pilot that's mostly successful. It often pulls off the 80's comedy tone and has a cast that seems like they'll really grow into their roles. It's also just fun seeing Paul Reiser in something again.

Penny Dreadful 107

This show is all over the place. Only one episode left so I'm going to finish it, but the storytelling has been extremely lacking and it coasts on a great cast.

The Honourable Woman 101

Now this is off to a really promising start. Establishes a great tone and sense of urgency. Maggie Gyllenhaal really brings it in the lead role. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.
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Post by: Totoro on August 31, 2014, 04:18:46 PM
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Season 1) is soooooooooooooooo good.
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Post by: mañana on August 31, 2014, 10:55:56 PM
I also finally started watching The Americans. I'm only two episodes in but pretty much loving it. Unlike The Assets (and most espionage thrillers, really), another show I've been watching, this really isn't all that concerned with setting up story lines and goals and more about the players. So far I'm particularly enjoying the relationship between Stan Beeman (the friendly FBI neighbor, played by Noah Emmerich) and Phillip and I also like the different attitudes the spouses have to their job. I may have even been won over by the more subtle elegance of the show's visuals.
Just started season 2. I'm totally in to it.
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Post by: oneaprilday on August 31, 2014, 11:15:41 PM
Just started season 2. I'm totally in to it.
Woo!
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Post by: Tequila on September 01, 2014, 04:05:24 AM
Oh yeah, I finished season 2 over a couple of days. It's fantastic.
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Post by: jswysin on September 01, 2014, 10:36:22 AM
Oh yeah, I finished season 2 over a couple of days. It's fantastic.

Possibly my favorite season of television this year and this year has been fantastic for television. 
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Post by: Tequila on September 01, 2014, 12:57:13 PM
I remember that the flashbacks were one of the few things that really irked me about season 1 because they felt a little clumsy and the difference in age was never really visible. Pretty glad they got rid of them for S2.
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Post by: Tequila on September 01, 2014, 03:18:58 PM
The Booth at the End Season 1 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1554369/combined)
(http://i.imgur.com/g3earVZ.jpg)
I love Xander Berkeley and I don't think I've ever seen him be the star of anything so this was kind of a no-brainer for me. In this, he plays 'the man' who spends his days sitting in the booth of a dinner where he sees a recurring cast of five or six different characters that come to him with their various problems. He offers them deals, gives them (mostly strange or disturbing) tasks in return for which their wishes will be fulfilled. The deals range from straight-forward to the beyond but he treats them all the same and asks his clients to return to him regularly for updates on the situation. Of course before long you'll figure out that they're all connected and sometimes conflicting, so the fun of show is just to follow how they all play out. I've seen this show described as reminiscent of David Lynch's work and Carnivàle (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0319969/combined) but in terms of structure, I feel it's much more similar to something like In Treatment (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0835434/combined). The little sessions contain as much soul-searching as they do plotting and Berkeley is pretty fantastic as the guy that let's the dialogue just bounce off him without giving anything away. I had a lot of fun with it but I'm not sure how much farther it could've gone (the five episodes amount to a total running time of just about 110 min). There is a second season and, apparently, plans for a third one too and I'm curious to see if they can keep this interesting.
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Post by: jbissell on September 01, 2014, 03:34:43 PM

Red Oaks 101

It's also just fun seeing Paul Reiser in something again.

He's been on Married a few times as Jenny Slate's lost-his-fortune sugar daddy.
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Post by: JakeIsntFake on September 02, 2014, 09:26:20 AM
Probably won't end up rating or reviewing the whole series, but:

Flight of the Conchords Ep. 1: A, hilarious throughout.
Flight of the Conchords Ep. 2: B, less funny and no one likes a dispute between main characters.
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Post by: 1SO on September 02, 2014, 01:08:26 PM
(http://imgur.com/MSZ9Eb6.jpg)
Sherlock Hound (1984)

Between The Castle of Cagliostro and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Hayao Miyazaki worked on this anime television series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series where almost all the characters are anthropomorphic dogs. The kids cartoon version of the famous mythology features steampunk technology, adding fantasy and action to the series.

A Playlist of the entire series is easy to find on YouTube, and they changed the broadcast order around to put the 6 episodes directed by Miyazaki up front. If you haven't seen any other version of Sherlock Holmes or don't know the characters then you may want to start at the beginning. (YouTube #11 "He's the Famous Detective" and #10 "The Evil Genius, Professor Moriarty") but they are weaker than the Miyazaki episodes which I would rank as such.

"The Sovereign Gold Coins" (YouTube #4): The series tends to go light on actual clue-solving detective work but this is a definite exception. Plus the town looks a lot like the one from Castle in the Sky.
"The Air Battle Over Dover!" (YouTube #6): The best use of Mrs. Hudson by anybody ever. You wonder why nobody else thought of this portrayal. Plus, Miyazaki's love of aircraft is all over this.
"The Mrs. Hudson Kidnapping Case" (YouTube #5): Bends the formula just enough and deepens the emotional content by making the crime something personal to Holmes and Watson.
"The Blue Ruby" (YouTube #2)
"Little Martha's Big Mystery!?" (YouTube #1)
"Treasures of the Seabed" (YouTube #3)

Those last 3 are more typical of a Saturday morning cartoon series, with Moriarty cast as the perpetually thwarted villain who begins by saying how his plan is perfect and ends up stomping his feet at Holmes for foiling his scheme. Assisting Moriarty are the typical comic-relief thugs who behave a lot like Pintel and Ragetti from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 02, 2014, 03:21:37 PM
Doesn't sound like something I should prioritize, but I might get around to at least watching the Miyazaki episodes at some point.
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Post by: JakeIsntFake on September 03, 2014, 07:05:45 PM
Flight of the Conchords Ep. 3: B+
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Post by: philip918 on September 04, 2014, 02:53:19 PM
The Honourable Woman

This will certainly be a contender for best miniseries this year. It features a gripping plot and fantastic performances. The standout is Stephen Rea as an older intelligence operative. He's hilarious, but grounded. A man who's personal life is in a tailspin, but who still sees all the strings being pulled and all the sharks gunning for his job. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Lubna Azabal give excellent central performances, and I really, really loved Igal Naor as Shlomo Zahary. One of the best things on TV this summer.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on September 08, 2014, 12:26:07 AM
Only just got on The Americans train. Finished it over the weekend. Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to starting season 2.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on September 08, 2014, 09:48:01 PM
Only just got on The Americans train. Finished it over the weekend. Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to starting season 2.

It keeps getting better. The performances in season 2 (in particular Matthew Rhys in episode 8 or maybe it was 9 IIRC, its an episode where he flips out on his daughter) are incredible.
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Post by: philip918 on September 16, 2014, 12:22:05 PM
Penny Dreadful 108

I have to say, the storytelling in this series is just plain awful. Character motivations are established and then their actions change on a whim. The central mystery was never compelling so this conclusion really didn't have any emotional resonance. Blah.

The Americans 203

Finally catching up on the second season and it's as fantastic as ever.

Hell on Wheels 405 and 406

This has never been outstanding television, but it had a certain verve. At its best (probably end of season 1 and most of season 2) Anson Mount and Common formed a great duo. Now the show just seems to be flailing.

Manhattan 107

This show is getting better and better. A really enjoyable cast, impressive pacing, and a compelling world to live in.

The Knick 105

This was probably the best episode so far. Interesting, it's the first written by a different writer. Many of the characters are just cartoonish, but the setting and filmmaking have kept me hooked.

You're the Worst 101-105

This is a fun, raunchy, and sweet little surprise. Heard glowing reviews everywhere and finally checked it out. It pretty much lives up to the hype. The main duo has great chemistry, the dialogue crackles, and the laughs are big.
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on September 17, 2014, 06:47:26 AM
The Supersizers Go...
Victorian, Seventies and Elizabethan

Such a fun series, the 2 hosts have a wonderful presentation style and the food they are willing to eat, well lets just say I would have to pass on parts. A really interesting look into the food habits of various eras. Highly Recommend
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Post by: mañana on September 17, 2014, 10:59:17 AM
Masters of Sex (1.1 - 1.6)
The expansion of Allison Janney's character in 1.6 finally gave me something to hang on to. Lizzy Caplan is really appealing, but I've generally found this series pretty aimless and dull.
I quit after 1.4 because I was so bored.
Dropped it too, didn’t even get the season finished.
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Post by: Bondo on September 17, 2014, 11:00:50 AM
I found Masters of Sex super interesting because feminism.
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Post by: MartinTeller on September 17, 2014, 11:21:21 AM
TNG continued:

S06E15 "Tapestry" - Yay, Q!  It's fun to see Picard in some new situations, but he's awfully bad at not acting like a weirdo when interacting with the past.  He does it on the holodeck too, he can't hold back his sense of wonder.  I think the writers just love those "What are you talking about?" scenes.  8/10

S06E16 "Birthright: Part 1" - I never watched DS9.  It just didn't interest me, and still doesn't.  So I didn't really care about the crossover.  Nor do I care much about Worf's father or his stupid honor.  Data's subplot is pretty neat, though.  6/10

S06E17 "Birthright: Part 2" - ...and then Data's subplot was totally forgotten so they could concentrate entirely on Worf. Honor, honor, honor, blah blah blah.  Worf can be a great character, but when he gets all into his Klingon shit he's boring.  6/10

S06E18 "Starship Mine" - A fun action-y episode, Die Hard on a starship.  They're awfully harsh on Commander Hutchison though.  So the guy has interests and likes to talk about them.  He seems like pretty good company to me.  Sorry all you Enterprise dudes are so damn busy and serious that small talk is apparently beneath you or something.  At least it gives Data some priceless comedy.  And whoa, there's Tuvok!  8/10

S06E19 "Lessons" - A really dull romantic interest pops up for Picard, and of course we already know it's not going to last.  Basically Picard can never find love, because he can't risk the life of someone he loves (does this mean he doesn't love any of his crew?) and just being on the Enterprise is a risk.  Dumb.  And Wendy Hughes is really blah.  This is one of the few episodes to not have any sci-fi elements at all, it's pretty much all just character stuff.  Too bad it's such unsatisfying character stuff.  But it's nice to have some tie-in to "The Inner Light".  5/10
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Post by: oldkid on September 17, 2014, 11:37:43 AM
I found that DS9 needed about a season for me to be involved in it, but once I did, I was hooked.
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Post by: Sandy on September 17, 2014, 04:43:26 PM
concentrate entirely on Worf. Honor, honor, honor, blah blah blah. 

 :D

These rundowns are so fun to read!
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Post by: smirnoff on September 18, 2014, 04:00:16 PM
Nor do I care much about Worf's father or his stupid honor.

:)) I know the feeling.
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Post by: pixote on September 20, 2014, 10:38:42 AM
If Klingons were a real race, I'd be racist.

Mission accomplished, Mr. Roddenberry.

pixote
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Post by: oldkid on September 20, 2014, 12:37:22 PM
The Guild-- Seasons 1-6

A clever idea for a series, one which inspired Joss Whedon to do Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog.   Si is deeply involved in The Game, an MMORPG, which she participates with her local guild, The Good Knights.  The context isn't as clever as the format, in which each episode lasts less than ten minutes each.  So a season of 12 episodes is seen in the length of a feature film.  This makes for a fast-paced character-driven sitcom, suited especially for video game nerds, but us friends (or parents) of video game nerds can really enjoy it too.

I spent the last few nights watching it all, and it was a lot of fun, occasionally satiric, and certainly many laugh out loud moments.  Nothing deep, but a good time was had by all.

4/5
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Post by: smirnoff on September 20, 2014, 06:26:46 PM
If Klingons were a real race, I'd be racist.

Mission accomplished, Mr. Roddenberry.

:))
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Post by: SmashTheTV on September 23, 2014, 03:35:19 PM
I have just begun watching Star Trek from episode 1.

So far the first 3 episodes have been stupidly similar. Someone on the crew either gets possessed or isn't who they seem to be.

Also people die in every episode. On episode 3 Kirk has to kill a friend he had known for 15 years. Damn this ship is dangerous.
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on September 24, 2014, 06:29:41 AM
Don't wear a red shirt on an away mission :)
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Post by: Bondo on September 24, 2014, 09:11:19 AM
I've watched the first three (of six) episodes of the BBC show Happy Valley on Netflix Instant. It is a really good show.
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Post by: mañana on September 24, 2014, 11:43:48 AM
I have just begun watching Star Trek from episode 1.
Kind of had this same idea too. Unfortunately I've started and fallen asleep 3 times in the first episode, which has pretty much derailed the project.
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Post by: smirnoff on September 24, 2014, 04:15:10 PM
So far the first 3 episodes have been stupidly similar. Someone on the crew either gets possessed or isn't who they seem to be.

:))
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Post by: Tequila on September 24, 2014, 04:30:44 PM
I made it til season 3, where the budget gets really low. Some things are better left to be watched as highlight reels on Youtube.
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Post by: Monty on September 24, 2014, 05:23:23 PM
Peaky Blinders BBC TV

A gangster family epic set in Birmingham just after World War I, based on the historic Peaky Blinders gang. The story centres on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps (hence the title), and their ambitious and highly dangerous boss Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy). The gang come to the attention of Chief Inspector Chester Campbell (Sam Neill), a detective in the Royal Irish Constabulary who is sent over from Belfast to Birmingham to clean up the city and purge it of the gangs. [Wiki]

It was first shown on TV last year. I missed it then, but I've watched the repeat's this week in preparation for the new series, which starts next week. Cillian Murphy is really good in his role at the head of the organisation, Annabelle Wallis is also good in her role as the barmaid, gangster's moll and police informant in such a duplicitous role. I think if you were going to compare it to another show, it would be Boardwalk Empire. I would also probably mention the Sherlock Holmes and Lawless films of the past few years, either in terms of it's narrative and it's cinematography

The second series starts in the next week with Tom Hardy added to the cast.

Rating 4.0/5

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Post by: SmashTheTV on September 24, 2014, 05:56:13 PM
I have just begun watching Star Trek from episode 1.
Kind of had this same idea too. Unfortunately I've started and fallen asleep 3 times in the first episode, which has pretty much derailed the project.

Was this the pilot? Cause I had to turn that one off.

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Post by: philip918 on September 24, 2014, 08:15:17 PM
Gotham 101

Impressive visuals. Logue is good. Jada Pinkett is fun. The dialogue... oof. Just not good. At all. Still, excited about the much less somber tone set by the Nolan Bat films. Could be a lot of fun.

The Black List 201

I gave up on Season 1. Spader was the only good thing about the show. They obviously realize that and this episode he probably gets 70% of the screen time. The show revels in its ridiculousness and if Spader remains front and center I'll probably stick this on out.

Sleepy Hollow 201

Last years biggest surprise returns in fine form. It will be interesting to see how they sustain a longer season.
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Post by: smirnoff on September 24, 2014, 09:01:22 PM
Peaky Blinders BBC,

Wow that looks amazing.
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Post by: Monty on September 25, 2014, 02:11:37 PM
Twin Peaks Season Two Episodes 1 - 4

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There's nothing I can add, that Sam the Cinema Snob hasn't already covered in the Twin Peaks thread. That scene of 'Bob' climbing over the sofa, one of the scariest, spookiest scenes ever. I can guarantee I won't sleep tonight :o
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Post by: Monty on September 26, 2014, 03:50:31 PM
Twin Peaks Season Two Episodes 5 - 8

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"It is happening again" say's the giant. I've probably forgotten how great this show really is!
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Post by: saltine on September 26, 2014, 08:56:28 PM
Peaky Blinders streaming on Netflix, starting Sept 30 when all 6 eps of the first season will be posted.

from SlashFilm:

Season two will hit Netflix in November. At this point we don’t know if it will arrive all at once, or in weekly installments. The season two UK premiere is set for October 2, so it’s possible that Netflix will wait until that UK run has ended in mid-November, and then make all episodes available at once in the US.
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Post by: Bondo on September 28, 2014, 12:17:20 PM
Transparent: Season One

Just finished the first season of Amazon's new series, which is highly bingeable at five hours over ten episodes. I had really high hopes for this coming out of pilot season last year. If the show doesn't quite hit my high aspirations, it manages to be a very strong season of television all the same. The show is centered, in large part, around Jeffrey Tambor's Mort/Maura, being the titular trans parent. While there are some interesting things to do with the coming out/starting a transition process involved in his story, I didn't find it that moving. Really, none of the main cast had a strong effect on me with the exception of Gaby Hoffmann's Ali. Her arc was a bit Girls, both being a slightly entitled but not very accomplished young adult, and in her sexual exploration, she being involved in the more awkward moments. Some of the supporting characters seemed more interesting to me, such as Melora Hardin as Tammy, the lesbian interest of the Maura's elder daughter, or Carrie Brownstein's Syd, Ali's friend.

I guess my overall concern is one of tone. The show feels at its best as comedy of disfunction (though importantly with the happy aspect of the family ultimately providing the support and reforming), and when it shows a lighter touch it was more enjoyable. Too often it let itself become too heavy in its treatment and here it felt like it just didn't have what it needed to earn it.

B
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Post by: Monty on September 29, 2014, 12:53:04 PM
Twin Peaks Season Two Episodes 9 - 12

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A Man lays dying on the floor of a jail cell between two mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Not even two weeks ago, despite his middle-age, he'd had a head of youthfully dark hair; now, it is completely, shockingly, all-white. The sprinkler system of the sheriff's department that holds him has been set off, creating the effect of a tumultuous indoor downpour that rains down upon the white-haired man and his captors.

One of his captors -- the very one who has most doggedly pursued him -- is kneeling down. The white-haired man has committed the kind of unthinkable crimes that would disgust and shake most of us to the core, but Special Agent Dale Cooper instead remains very much with the moment. He holds the white-haired man, stroking his hair, comforting him even as the horrors of his crimes are finally admitted between last gasps. Then, Cooper speaks. The words come to him naturally:

"Leland," he says, "the time has come for you to seek the path. Your soul has set you face to face with the clear light and you are now about to experience it in all its reality, wherein all things are like the void and cloudless sky, and the naked, spotless intellect is like a transparent vacuum, without circumference or center. Leland, in this moment, know yourself, and abide in that state. . . Look to the light, Leland. Find the light."

Leland, though in his final moment, is surprised, almost smiling, in response to Coop's urging that he find the light: "I see it!"

"Into the light, Leland. . . Don't be afraid.

And with that, Leland Palmer is dead.


That whole sequence is just wonderful. Reminded me of Blade Runner and Batty's closing speech.
Brilliant TV Show :)
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Post by: Monty on October 06, 2014, 04:46:32 PM
Twin Peaks Season Two Episodes 13 - 16

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"Coop, *what happened to Josie?*"

Probably not the strongest episodes in the second series, but getting on track with 2.16 The Condemned Woman, especially the ending and the capture or transference of the soul of Josie.
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Post by: philip918 on October 09, 2014, 06:46:22 PM
Peaky Blinders

Watched the first ep and will definitely come back for more. Gorgeous. Great cast. Great hair cuts.

Manhattan

As I wrote in a separate thread this is my favorite series currently airing.

The Knick

After a shaky start (eps 1-5), the series has really gathered steam over the last few episodes, especially the riots in episode 7. Clive Owen is excellent.

American Horror Story: Freak Show

Haven't watch AHS before, but I'm a sucker for carnivals and horror. First ep of the new series was really fun overall. Seems like it will be a campy, bloody good time.

Gotham

Show looks great, but boy is the dialogue bad. And so far every episode has been really anticlimactic. They track down the villains and there's a very perfunctory take down. Especially in episode 2 when Frank Whaley and Lily Taylor were such fun villains. It's fairly entertaining.

Downton Abbey season 5

DA peaked in season 1. There have definitely been excellent episodes and great moments since, but season 1 told the most compelling story and had the greatest romance. Now they seem to be spinning their wheels, but the cast is so great it's very, very easy to watch.
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Post by: MartinTeller on October 16, 2014, 11:42:31 AM
more TNG...


S06E20 "The Chase" - My lady really hated this one.  It's been a few weeks since we watched it so now I'm struggling to remember why.  I think she thought it was really boring and the ending was unsatisfying.  I didn't think it was that bad, though it does feel a bit "so what?"  7/10

S06E21 "Frame of Mind" - Riker's going cra-a-a-azy!  Is this the best Riker-centric ep?  I'm gonna say it is.  Really good gaslighting story with creepy touches.  9/10

S06E22 "Suspicions" - Rather snoozy Crusher ep with a predictable mystery.  Last episode with Guinan.  5/10

S06E23 "Rightful Heir" - Oh hell, it's more Klingon bullshit.  I counted 11 utterances of "honor" and its variants (not counting non-Klingony uses like "our honored guest") and 7 uses of "warrior".  Maybe I'll start revisiting "Voyager" after this, there's no Klingons in that.  4/10

S06E24 "Second Chances" - Double the Riker for double the cheesy, pouty, wannabe jazz cat fun.  Not a bad ep, except it can be annoying to watch the two Rikers get all testy with each other.  He's kind of like a petulant teenager sometimes.  And I enjoy TNG poker scenes, but it's weird that sometimes they get all intense about it.  Poker is a totally different game when there's nothing actually at stake.  6/10


Only two left in the season!
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Post by: smirnoff on October 16, 2014, 11:59:05 AM
S06E23 "Rightful Heir" - Oh hell, it's more Klingon bullshit.  I counted 11 utterances of "honor" and its variants (not counting non-Klingony uses like "our honored guest") and 7 uses of "warrior".  Maybe I'll start revisiting "Voyager" after this, there's no Klingons in that.  4/10

I'm curious, do you ever have a similar reaction watching Samurai movies?
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Post by: MartinTeller on October 16, 2014, 12:38:50 PM
Not exactly, but I do prefer samurai movies that question these (generally misguided) concepts of "honor".
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Post by: Sandy on October 17, 2014, 12:03:40 AM
Maybe I'll start revisiting "Voyager" after this, there's no Klingons in that.  4/10

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but just today, I walked into the TV room and not only was a Voyager episode playing, but it was all Klingon--Season 6, Barge of the Dead! What's the chance of that happening? :)

The good news is, that except for B'Elanna Torres' conflicted feelings towards her Klingon side, you should be free, for the most part, from Klingon honor.
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Post by: Junior on October 25, 2014, 10:30:49 PM
I kind of liked the premiere of Constantine. The guy playing him is pretty good and the premise is obviously a good one. We'll see if it goes more Grimm or more Hannibal, I'm hoping for the latter. At the very least, it could probably use a bigger CGI budget. Neil Marshall directed this episode and he does it well, though mostly unspectacularly.
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Post by: Monty on October 27, 2014, 05:06:27 PM
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Anarchy In Manchester. This is a highlights program of 70's show So It Goes, which was hosted by Anthony 'Tony' Wilson, you might have heard of him...24 Hour Party People if your struggling. Anyway back to the show, so far it has shown studio and concert performance form the likes of the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Buzzcocks, The Jam, Iggy Pop and Elvis Costello amongst others. I think it's a great show and it's quite sad there doesn't seem to be any shows like this today. In the 80's we had The Tube, which was similar.
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Post by: Sandy on October 27, 2014, 08:55:07 PM
That's quite a line up Monty.
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Post by: mañana on October 27, 2014, 09:27:41 PM
I will look for that.
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Post by: Bondo on October 28, 2014, 01:36:28 AM
Alpha House, Season 2

This show is very comforting. It feels way too optimistic to feel realistic. It focuses almost exclusively on making fun of Republicans, yet its four main characters are Republican Senators that are incredibly likable, though highly flawed in their individual ways. So while some may want to knock it for not being an equal opportunity offender, it can hardly be written off as a partisan hit job. Indeed, it has almost more to say about intraparty positioning than about Republicans vs. Democrats.

While the groundwork of much of this was certainly laid out in the first season, this season felt like a step up in part because the characters were already established and now they could breath, but even more because the show felt less intensely focused around the central four, giving a little more room to the supporting cast of aides and colleagues (and plenty of real Washington cameos). This show is pretty feminist. Three of the four Senators' offices are run by women. The wives/girlfriends are important players in their political stories. The females Senators, namely Senator DuPeche (Wanda Sykes) and Senator Stanchion (Janel Maloney, who if she really represented North Dakota I'd vote for even though she's a tea-bagger because Janel Maloney!...spoiler, she has banter with a character played by Bradley Whitford, just like old times), are also important figures, moreso than pretty much any other outside our top four.

So yeah, this might not be an incisive portrait of real Washington, but if we can see it as an idealized version of Washington, with cooperation and civility possible, with personal tolerance, if not always political tolerance, and diversity as a normal state, I'll take it. That it is fun (if not uproarious) and a quick watch makes it all the better.
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Post by: saltine on October 28, 2014, 07:13:17 PM
Peaky Blinders:  We are loving it.  Best tv suggestion I've gotten from the forum in awhile.  Streaming on Netflix, season 1, 6 eps.
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Post by: 1SO on October 28, 2014, 09:52:55 PM
The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 3
"Mr. Denton on Doomsday"
* * *


Dan Duryea stars in this western episode as a drunk who meets up with an unusual salesman that helps change his life. This would make an excellent warm-up program for Needful Things. Similar in some ways but completely different overall. Of course, I watched for Duryea who was in peak shape. Charismatic without the ham. He gets to play pathetic and confident. The story includes one of those patented Twilight Zone curve balls that did the trick. (The one where my mouth went agape.) Very happy to find this on Netflix.
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Post by: ses on October 30, 2014, 01:53:13 PM
Peaky Blinders:  We are loving it.  Best tv suggestion I've gotten from the forum in awhile.  Streaming on Netflix, season 1, 6 eps.

Excellent, I want to check this out.
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Post by: saltine on October 30, 2014, 05:04:49 PM
Peaky Blinders:  We are loving it.  Best tv suggestion I've gotten from the forum in awhile.  Streaming on Netflix, season 1, 6 eps.

Excellent, I want to check this out.

Finished it last night.  It was greatness throughout.  Sam Neill was the best I've ever seen him, totally conflicted.  Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory were perfect in their parts.

Wish we could see Season 2 now!  It's got Tom Hardy.
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Post by: Bondo on October 30, 2014, 11:30:19 PM
I didn't get right into Peaky Blinders (watched the first ep). It's short enough I should just power on (I can't exactly wait to finish all of Gilmore Girls).
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Post by: saltine on November 02, 2014, 04:24:12 PM
Best tv I'm watching now is Showtime's The Affair.  It gets better and better as the mystery deepens.
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Post by: don s. on November 10, 2014, 11:25:38 PM
Finally caught up with last night's premiere of the belated second season of "The Comeback." Lisa Kudrow is a marvel. And I'm so happy about how many of the principals they have back, especially Mickey the hairdresser. Nice twist at the end. I'm psyched.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 11, 2014, 08:51:58 AM
Watching some early episodes of Gotham. This might be some of the worst TV I've ever seen (I don't watch a lot of TV).
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Post by: philip918 on November 11, 2014, 04:12:43 PM
Yeah, Gotham is rough. I bailed after the third episode.
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Post by: oneaprilday on November 11, 2014, 04:20:19 PM
Peaky Blinders:  We are loving it.  Best tv suggestion I've gotten from the forum in awhile.  Streaming on Netflix, season 1, 6 eps.
Excellent, I want to check this out.
Finished it last night.  It was greatness throughout.  Sam Neill was the best I've ever seen him, totally conflicted.  Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory were perfect in their parts.

Wish we could see Season 2 now!  It's got Tom Hardy.
Watched the first two eps last night. Hooked!
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Post by: Monty on November 11, 2014, 05:08:20 PM
Peaky Blinders:  We are loving it.  Best tv suggestion I've gotten from the forum in awhile.  Streaming on Netflix, season 1, 6 eps.
Excellent, I want to check this out.
Finished it last night.  It was greatness throughout.  Sam Neill was the best I've ever seen him, totally conflicted.  Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory were perfect in their parts.

Wish we could see Season 2 now!  It's got Tom Hardy.
Watched the first two eps last night. Hooked!

Hehe! and another one ;D, I've just got the final two episodes of season two to watch. It's been renewed for a third series.
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Post by: MartinTeller on November 13, 2014, 10:18:54 AM
Finally got around to finishing off season 6 of TNG

S06E25 "Timescape" - There's a lot of scientific gobbledy-gook in this episode and parts of it don't make sense (exactly why can't they turn off the power transfer? "full saturation" or some nonsense?) but it's still a fun episode with some great moments.  Including one of my favorite images in all of TNG.  8/10

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S06E26 "Descent Part 1" - I didn't remember this episode at all.  Borg episodes are always cool, though.  Data's struggles are quite compelling here.  But, this ep features some ridiculous contrivances.  There's no reason for Picard to go down to the planet along with most of the senior officers (leaving Crusher in charge) for a search party.  And if they've got all these people down there, why would they configure one of the search parties to be Picard, LaForge, Troi and no-name guy?  For plot convenience of course, but come on.  You're not going to put 3 of your top 7 officers in one party if you've got a bunch of other groups.  7/10
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Post by: Monty on November 29, 2014, 03:09:42 PM
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Not really sure where to put this, so I'll put it here. I don't really watch much TV, if so it's usually live sports.
That said I've been watching these shows in the past month or so.

Elementary (season 3 ongoing) -  I need my Sherlock fix.  Really like Miller and Liu. 7.5/10.0
Gomorra (season 1 completed) - Excellent modern take on the Italian crime/mafia drama. Hope there's a second series. 9.0/10.0
Peaky Blinders (season 2 completed) - I think season two is better than the first. Brilliant Show. The women are great in this show. 9.0/10.0
Stalker (season one ongoing) - Really liked the first episode, a little disappointed since then. 7.0/10.0
The Knick (season one ongoing) - This is House, but in another century right!! 7.5/10.0
The Leftovers (season one completed) - A show I was hit and miss about. Really liked the last two episodes though! 7.0/10.0
Arvingerne (The Legacy) (season one ongoing) - Danish drama. similar to Summer Hours, has potential. 8.0/10.0
The Newsroom (season three ongoing) - I love Sorkin's witty dialogue...I wish I was that smart at work! 8.5/10.0
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Post by: Tequila on November 29, 2014, 04:31:03 PM
Elementary is secretly fantastic.
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Post by: Monty on November 29, 2014, 04:39:52 PM
Elementary is secretly fantastic.

Yes it is! The new series also has the lovely Ophelia Lovibond (Porn star name no doubt :o). She's also in Mr. Sloane which is also well worth a watch.

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Post by: 1SO on December 02, 2014, 10:01:05 PM
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Toy Story That Time Forgot

This is being sold as a Holiday Special, but the Christmas setting is tacked on and easily removed from the main story, just like most of the cast. I dunno, Toy Story of Terror (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=12452.msg750665#msg750665) was a worthy addition to the franchise which fit nicely within the Toy Story universe. This is more like an expanded short film, with Buzz and Woody squeezed into Trixie's story because people expect Buzz and Woody. Many other regulars are not around, and it sticks out in a way that it didn't for TSOT.

Also, and more importantly, it's just not as funny. I would call it 'amusing', but that's deep below Toy Story's base level. It's not even as good as most of Pixar's short films. The Battlesaurs are largely uninteresting and the Christmas ornament Angel Kitty is the first Toy Story character I would call poor. There's a lot of energy, I like Kristen Schaal as Trixie getting the spotlight, much like Jessie in TSOT. The idea of focusing on dino-toys is just so limiting. It should've been a short film.
RATING: * * *
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Post by: smirnoff on December 06, 2014, 02:56:21 PM
Attack on Titan

Pretty good. Love the setting, the Spiderman-like action and really dug the design of the titans. The story is fun too, both on a larger level as well as with plot twists and intrigue and the show does a really good job at keeping a pretty complex world and large cast manageable for the viewer. I just really wish the lead character had been more interesting.

I just started on this myself. I was pretty meh at first. It took me two weeks to watch the first two episodes. But then everything changed. This morning I watched 4 in a row and I'm totally into it. I love it.
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Post by: Monty on December 06, 2014, 03:16:07 PM
The Daily Show has been pretty good recently. Some really good guests Springsteen (giggling like a little girl ;D), Grohl and Jolie.
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Post by: jdc on December 09, 2014, 07:22:32 AM
Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown

Season 2 Punjab, India...

Makes me want to go there just to eat all the street food... except I don't have good luck eating street food in India...

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Post by: Bondo on December 15, 2014, 09:35:06 AM
Black Mirror S2E1
Pretty strong. Explores some of the emotional difficulties of the scenario without being too pessimistic.

Black Mirror S2E2
I was too harsh on S1E1. It was a bit tough, but held together pretty well on performance. This one I'm much less fond of in part because the lead actress is very annoying (she's written as too confused/weepy so it isn't really her fault).
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Post by: oldkid on December 16, 2014, 10:44:22 PM
Lately, I've been watching a lot of TV shows I've already seen but love.  It's what I do when I'm tired.

Gilmore Girls, season 1-- I've decided that Gilmore Girls is my guilty pleasure.  I laugh so long and hard at this show, and the first four seasons are my soap opera.  The first season especially, before any "bad boys" show up.  There is an innocence, a successful naivete, that joyfully surrounds this season.  There is so much gleeful eccentricity, grumpy people we love to laugh at and Lorolai and Rory just dancing around them all with snappy comebacks that makes all of New England their playground.  I snapped out of my funk in the duration of watching this season.  I'm back in it, but still.  Great entertainment, great television.

I've started Firefly again.  I'll review that when I've finished it.
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Post by: Bondo on December 16, 2014, 11:34:38 PM
Yeah, Gilmore Girls has become my go-to when I need an emotional pick-up.
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on December 17, 2014, 01:04:51 AM
I would not consider Gilmore Girls a guilty pleasure.  :)
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Post by: Tequila on December 17, 2014, 05:27:05 PM
Watched two episodes of Netflix's Marco Polo series. It's so all over the place it's almost funny.
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Post by: saltine on December 18, 2014, 09:19:32 PM
Finished Season 2 of Peaky Blinders...loved it a lot.  The acting, the writing, the set decoration are all top quality.  Plus some surprises in Season 2 and of course Tom Hardy.
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Post by: pixote on December 19, 2014, 04:13:40 AM
The Colbert Report. Nine amazing seasons. Grade: A+

edit: Should've added an extra plus, just for closing out with Neutral Milk Hotel's "Holland, 1945" ...

pixote
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Post by: Melvil on December 19, 2014, 01:37:53 PM
The Legend of Korra is over.

P.S. It was fantastic.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 19, 2014, 03:49:33 PM
I watched the first season and a half and I just could never bring myself to care about any of the characters so I quit watching.  :-\
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Post by: Monty on December 19, 2014, 05:12:54 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYAb691FGA4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYAb691FGA4)

Richard E Grant's Hotel Secrets

Just completed it's second series here in the UK. Richard E Grant looks into the best hotels in the world, in his own campy and ribald manner. It's a lot of fun ;D The Shelbourne - you might recognize it from the movie Haywire.
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Post by: verbALs on December 20, 2014, 03:39:14 AM
BBC Radio 4 ran a series of programmes this week on gender dysphoria; including a drama about a teenager called Ben who wants to be called Amy; and some documentaries about the issue.

Superb way to deal with an issue that bubbles under the conciousness. The idea of a child entering puberty convinced that they are the wrong gender is distressing. It leads to a lot of teenage suicide. A girl who cannot deal with the masculine changes in their body is going to feel alien and alienated. The programmes highlighted that in the US a parent can give permission for beta blockers to be administered, whereas in the UK its a matter to be decided by the NHS. Hence a lot of UK families have gone to the States to get the treatment the kid needs.

Radio 4 always treat subjects soberly, and adding the dimension of drama to communicate the emotional issues is a masterstroke. Bondo, I think you would love any of these, if you can get hold of them.

This is the week before Christmas. The timing is brave. Normally a subject this serious would be tucked away somewhere. These programmes went out all morning and afternoon.

Bravo. I have been educated. I approve of helping to pay for this to be produced.
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Post by: Bondo on December 20, 2014, 08:24:21 AM
Sounds great, will have to see if they made podcasts of them since I can't use iPlayer stateside. Feel like awareness and options have changed significantly even in 2 decades since I was at the critical age.
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Post by: oldkid on December 20, 2014, 12:43:24 PM
The Legend of Korra is over.

P.S. It was fantastic.

Cool.  Now I can watch it.
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Post by: Melvil on December 20, 2014, 12:46:55 PM
I watched the first season and a half and I just could never bring myself to care about any of the characters so I quit watching.  :-\

The second season is the weakest link in the series, but I still enjoyed the characters. I think as the show goes on the best characters kinda emerge into the spotlight more (Less Mako, more Bolin!).

The Legend of Korra is over.

P.S. It was fantastic.

Cool.  Now I can watch it.

Please report back! :)
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Post by: verbALs on December 28, 2014, 01:27:31 PM
True Detective

Josh Larsen, referring to Inherent Vice uses the phrase "the plot is a joke". True Detective is a good example. Do you care who the killer is? Why he is killing? The plot performs the role of a cattle prod to zap the character out of the two main players. Events occur that force an emotional reaction. It gets them talking. It provides them with an excuse to talk about themselves and each other. It's McConaughey and Harrelson doing the talking. It's also M & H playing different ages of men. Any series, which puts Harrelson in the conservative of the two roles is probably going to extreme places. The McConaughey back story is awesomely extreme. It's an extremely bad idea for this man to be anywhere near this case or any murder. Harrelson is an anchor, but, being Woody, a consummate noir player; he gets to explain how he remains grounded- family, mistress, drink. Like  a cop's holy trinity. The cop in a noir anyway. In a typical duality, he understands the madness in his partner, whilst despising his intellectual aloofness, his snobbish attitude to "down-home". The third major character is Louisiana. Harrelson respects it. McC disdains it. Dave Robidoux's Louisiana but a taste of Angel Heart's Louisiana also. The other reality that leads to madness and murder- the reality of supernatural religion. Louisiana's touch of madness and an unhinged Texas cop seeing things as he comes down from narcotics overload. A good old boy cop stuck in the middle. The beautiful extremities of character.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on January 05, 2015, 08:56:10 PM
Rewatching Justified with the girlfriend (she hasn't seen it) in preparation for the final season in a few weeks. I haven't seen the first season since it aired or at least close to back then. I'm surprised at how smooth it has been from the get go. I remember it taking a little while to get really good but it has been awesome since the first scene.
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Post by: philip918 on January 06, 2015, 04:52:32 PM
Finally got around to watching Hannibal and knocked out season one in less than a week. I remember when it first came out I gave the pilot about 15 minutes before turning it off (when Hettienne Park came on spouting really bad exposition). To me it seemed like NBC was trying to make CSI with Thomas Harris's characters. Boy, was I wrong.

The visuals, characterization, and dialogue are in league with the very best shows on TV. It's one of the most sophisticated shows I've ever seen. And it is astoundingly dark in a very compelling way.

I finished season 1 and immediately watched the first episode of season 2, which looks like it's going to be just as good.
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Post by: philip918 on January 06, 2015, 04:54:25 PM
Rewatching Justified with the girlfriend (she hasn't seen it) in preparation for the final season in a few weeks. I haven't seen the first season since it aired or at least close to back then. I'm surprised at how smooth it has been from the get go. I remember it taking a little while to get really good but it has been awesome since the first scene.

For me, Justified peaked with Season 2 and then totally lost me in Season 5. My wife and I watched 8 episodes and gave up. Thought it was just a mess. I'd love to see them course-correct in the final season.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on January 06, 2015, 08:26:53 PM
I finished season 1 and immediately watched the first episode of season 2, which looks like it's going to be just as good.

Glad to hear it has another fan around these parts! I think it's fair to say there's nothing like it on TV (or has ever been), at least not for a show that airs on NBC on Fridays at 10.

If you liked season 1, can only imagine what you'll think of season 2. The season finale of 2 is easily one of my favorite episodes of the year. The visuals, the performances (Dancy, Mikkelsen, Fishburne and Dhavernas deserve the most acclaim, holy crap are they incredible)... It's grade A for me.
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Post by: saltine on January 07, 2015, 04:54:37 PM
Hannibal is fantastic!

Also, watching Happy Valley, excellent in every way.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on January 07, 2015, 09:29:40 PM
I watched the first few episodes of Hannibal. I liked it but so far I just haven't really wanted to go back to it.
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Post by: Bondo on January 08, 2015, 01:25:44 AM
Girls: Season 3 (Episodes 1-4)

The beginning of season 1 seems so long ago. It had dramatic goings-on but ultimately was really funny. Even by the end of the first season that was fading but I remember season 2 at some point seeming to pull things together at least dramatically. In the first half of S3 I'm just not finding much to connect to either as comedy or as drama. I mean, this show kind of wastes Gaby Hoffman. After Transparent I didn't realize that was possible.
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Post by: verbALs on January 09, 2015, 11:22:26 AM
Broadchurch

So in the end there was a bit too much suspicion tag going on. One person after another and the final total was three child abuse related people in one small town! A high quotient!. It outdid itself as bad Christie when the one guy who hadn't been looked at turns out to be the killer. Yuck.

However if you ignore the clumsy prosaic murder mystery stuff it had masterful moments. The two mums meeting to talk about their dead kids was astounding and Tenant's shattered man schtick was gorgeous. Colman is a goddess. Great ensemble cast. Series two just started. Of course I want to know where it goes!
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Post by: Junior on January 09, 2015, 11:39:37 AM
I watched the first episode of season 2 and it certainly is intriguing. It builds on stuff in an interesting way and the chemistry between Colman and Tenant remains strong. There's a scene that shouldn't be funny but has several laugh out loud moments.

I liked the mystery and its conclusion a bit more than you, but you're right to call out Colman as the best thing in the series. She's absolutely wonderful. Needs to be in everything.
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Post by: Bondo on January 13, 2015, 01:23:31 PM
Girls, Season 3

I really couldn't hate this show more right now. They are persisting in calling it a comedy for awards purposes, perhaps partly because it is a half hour format. But I haven't really laughed in about a season and a half. It really has become a brutal slog of compounding misery. Reckon I should watch some Inarritu to cheer me up. This season in particular felt like it was spinning its wheels in the muck. I'm not sure I could sense any growth in any of the characters, least of all Hannah for whom my patience has worn so thin.
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Post by: philip918 on January 13, 2015, 05:05:34 PM
Banshee 301

One of my favorite shows from last year returns and is a bit of a let-down. I don't think that much has changed. I just think 2014 was such an incredible year for television that the bar has been set higher than ever. I'll definitely stick with it to see if the pulpy action spins off in even crazier directions, but this season starts with a whimper.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on January 14, 2015, 05:05:28 AM
Justified Season 2 - There was a noticeable jump in quality right from the first episode for this season. Great season. Could be it's best. Kaitlyn Dever might just be the best child actress (if she's young enough to be called that) I've seen on tv in a long while. She is amazing in that final scene.
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Post by: jdc on January 14, 2015, 07:14:36 AM
Justified Season 2 - There was a noticeable jump in quality right from the first episode for this season. Great season. Could be it's best. Kaitlyn Dever might just be the best child actress (if she's young enough to be called that) I've seen on tv in a long while. She is amazing in that final scene.

I really though Season 2 just got better as it went along.  I never watched it after the second season but intend to go back and re-watch and continue to the current season
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Post by: philip918 on January 14, 2015, 10:46:14 AM
Justified Season 2 - There was a noticeable jump in quality right from the first episode for this season. Great season. Could be it's best. Kaitlyn Dever might just be the best child actress (if she's young enough to be called that) I've seen on tv in a long while. She is amazing in that final scene.

I really though Season 2 just got better as it went along.  I never watched it after the second season but intend to go back and re-watch and continue to the current season

Season 2 is by far my favorite season of Justified. Kaitlyn Dever's break-out role and a monumental performance from Margo Martindale.
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Post by: philip918 on January 14, 2015, 11:27:39 AM
Parks and Recreation 701

I hate to say it, but I found this painfully unfunny. Everything that wasn't Werner Herzog that is.

New Girl 413

Thankfully, this brought the funny and the big laughs. Damon Wayans Jr just keeps bringing it. I never thought anyone would take the Funny Crown from Schmidt, but Coach is my favorite character at this point.
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Post by: Junior on January 14, 2015, 12:05:28 PM
I liked both PnRs last night. Not among the best of the series, but an interesting new version of the landscape. Werner Herzog was, however, the best thing of all time.

And yeah, Coach is great on New Girl. That show is a cartoon and I love it. Really good night for the teacher cast, too.
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Post by: karlwinslow on January 14, 2015, 03:43:29 PM
Hannibal is fantastic!

so soo good.
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Post by: verbALs on January 17, 2015, 07:37:49 AM
The Man In The High Castle, episode 1

A premise with promise.

........What, more? Dick might be the author you use as a jumping off point. America run by the Nazis and the Japanese Empire destabilised by the imminent death of a Parkinson's afflicted Hitler. That would be extracting the goodness from the original. Dick writes flaky but it's world class flakiness. The beauty of TV being that you can explore the cultural richness of an idea at your leisure as long as the last five minutes keeps the plot on point. That's what you get here. It needs to go its own way from here on.

A promising premising.
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Post by: Bondo on January 17, 2015, 10:13:01 AM
Looking: S1E1-4

I was a big fan of Weekend but something about the first four episodes here, about the length of a feature film, didn't hook me. I just didn't really find the lead trio interesting/charming enough to want to go along with the minutiae of their lives. I found Russell Tovey and Scott Bakula in supporting parts a little more engaging.
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Post by: saltine on January 17, 2015, 10:31:46 PM
The Fall, Season 2

If you're looking for closure in the Belfast Strangler case, you'll be disappointed (as was I).

There's a big spoiler under that tag.
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Post by: MattDrufke on January 21, 2015, 09:28:07 AM
The Newsroom, Season 3

I didn't think there was going to be a way for this show to get me to feel the way I did about it in season 1. Sadly, I was right. What bothered me about the show was how the main plot arcs worked: season 1 revolved mostly around real stories that actually happened, season 2 was mostly about a story the writers had to create in order to give Will McAvoy and his news team a giant problem they were unable to deal with, and season 3 split it's drama behind a fake story and internal network problems.

Still, Sorkin knows how to keep be binge-watching. I knew from the moment I started season 3 that I'd be finishing it (the fact it's only 6 episodes didn't hurt, either). And I found the finale fulfilling (and the performance of "That's How I Got To Memphis" at Sam Waterson's funeral really heartwarming).

Season 1: 8.5/10
Season 2: 6/10
Season 3: 7/10
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Post by: mañana on January 21, 2015, 09:57:07 AM
The show got a lot of criticism for how it handled real stories in season 1. I'm not surprised they started focusing more on fictional news.
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Post by: oldkid on January 21, 2015, 10:59:07 AM
Once Upon a Time, Season 1

My daughter and I have been caught by this one.  There's no real character development, but there is a fun, intricate plot, and some excellent twists on well-known fairy tales/Disney movies.  You are certainly meant to be familiar with the Disney canon, but that's only so the twists of the tales are that much more fun.

It's Disney-meets-Fables (the graphic novel series), with Snow White and her wicked stepmother queen at the center.  It doesn't all make sense, but it's a fun ride.   For the most part, the first season is a complete story. 3.5/5

Black Mirror, Seasons 1 and 2
It seems that the golden years of television has transferred from U.S. cable series (The Wire, The Sopranos, etc) to the UK (Sherlock, Black Mirror).  I'm not saying that Black Mirror is on the same level as Sherlock, but each episode has interesting ideas, a fascinating perspective and good characters.  Even though the longest episodes are an hour (except for the Christmas special?), each one feels full, like a feature length film.  It is an anthology series, but of the highest quality, and each episode is surprisingly consistent in quality.

My favorite is White Bear, which increases the tension with every scene, and the reveal is complex and thoughtful.  The final episode of season 2, The Waldo Effect, also has some great insight about political dissatisfaction and the persistence of political mediocrity in modern governments.  Over all, I can't wait to watch more.  I will certainly re-watch some of these.
4/5
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Post by: oneaprilday on January 21, 2015, 11:54:28 AM
The Fall, Season 2

If you're looking for closure in the Belfast Strangler case, you'll be disappointed (as was I).

There's a big spoiler under that tag.
I don't mind a lack of closure in theory. The whole show, though, esp this season, seems to be reaching for a kind of gravitas tonally (via an extremely languid pace) and thematically, but I can't get a handle on what it's trying to say - seems to want to offer a critique of serial killer type shows by pointing out the inherently icky voyeurism ("why are you watching this?!"), also by using a feminist/Freudian lens (Daddy issues, dream journals, etc.) - all while still being titillating. It's pretty muddled and ultimately dissatisfying. The actors are all great though.
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Post by: MartinTeller on January 21, 2015, 12:04:37 PM
Final season of TNG!!

S07E01 "Descent, Part 2" -  Not as many plot contrivances as part 1.  Gets into some disturbing (by TNG standards) territory with Data tormenting Geordi.  Spiner does good work here, but the ep as a whole feels a bit sluggish.  7/10

S07E02 "Liaisons" - What annoys me about this ep is that allegedly the Iyaarans have never experienced pleasure before... and all it takes is for one of them to eat chocolate?  He doesn't even really need it explained to him.  He just eats one bite and instantly understands pleasure for the first time.  Are you telling me in all their travels the entire race has never encountered any kind of yummy food before?  The best part of this ep is Worf getting all pissed off.  Everything else is meh and super predictable.  4/10

S07E03 "Interface" - Oh Geordi, you're such a petulant little brat sometimes.  AGAIN, our chief engineer is getting emotionally attached to a non-corporeal woman (hologram, video diary, "subspace projection" or some shit).  It kind of makes sense that Data is his best friend, he doesn't do nearly as well with actual human beings.  Like you'd expect from a techie nerd.  Wasted cameo by Ben Vereen.  Geordi's mom is played by Madge Sinclair, who played Eddie Murphy's mom in Coming to America.  I learned that Carrie has never seen that movie.  We may have to correct that.  Anyway, this isn't a terrible episode (especially for a Geordie-centric one) but it does get somewhat lost in the technical gobbledy-gook.  6/10
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Post by: MattDrufke on January 21, 2015, 12:46:01 PM
The show got a lot of criticism for how it handled real stories in season 1. I'm not surprised they started focusing more on fictional news.

To me, personally, I preferred when they were covering actual stories. I hadn't been aware of any of the criticism they were taking, but I found that first season interesting, in part, because of those stories.
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Post by: saltine on January 21, 2015, 04:53:38 PM
The show got a lot of criticism for how it handled real stories in season 1. I'm not surprised they started focusing more on fictional news.

To me, personally, I preferred when they were covering actual stories. I hadn't been aware of any of the criticism they were taking, but I found that first season interesting, in part, because of those stories.

The criticism was in part because it seemed that Sorkin was schooling the press in how a true incident could have/should have been handled. In other words, Sorkin knows best.  But, his insights were really hindsights.  It didn't endear him to the press or to critics.
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Post by: smirnoff on January 21, 2015, 04:59:17 PM
Boo hoo for the press, that's how I feel. They need a schooling.
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Post by: smirnoff on January 21, 2015, 05:00:05 PM
Anyone in Canada trying Schitt's Creek?
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Post by: saltine on January 21, 2015, 05:01:52 PM
The Fall, Season 2

If you're looking for closure in the Belfast Strangler case, you'll be disappointed (as was I).

There's a big spoiler under that tag.
I don't mind a lack of closure in theory. The whole show, though, esp this season, seems to be reaching for a kind of gravitas tonally (via an extremely languid pace) and thematically, but I can't get a handle on what it's trying to say - seems to want to offer a critique of serial killer type shows by pointing out the inherently icky voyeurism ("why are you watching this?!"), also by using a feminist/Freudian lens (Daddy issues, dream journals, etc.) - all while still being titillating. It's pretty muddled and ultimately dissatisfying. The actors are all great though.

There was an element missing from S2, I agree.  I didn't think it was as powerful as S1 and it was a bit overwritten.  I did love the scene with the superior Jim when Stella pointed out how similar his attack on her was (in theory) to the strangler's attacks.  All in all, it was worth watching, great acting like you said goes a long way with me and this show has that in spades. There is not a weak actor in the whole ensemble.  Even Olivia is very good as the daughter, and the wife is devastating. 
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Post by: jbissell on January 21, 2015, 08:15:10 PM
Anyone in Canada trying Schitt's Creek?

Canadian Dawson's Creek?
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Post by: 1SO on January 21, 2015, 11:23:08 PM
Black Mirror, Seasons 1 and 2

My favorite is White Bear, which increases the tension with every scene, and the reveal is complex and thoughtful. 

While people don't dislike White Bear, it rarely gets picked as the best of the bunch. I think I leaned towards it because of the horror angle, but you picked it too. I think the last half it what makes it such a powerful shocker. A surprising rollercoaster ride after a couple of thoughtful, inert, chamber drama episodes. White Bear is the one that I am most likely to watch again.
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Post by: Bondo on January 21, 2015, 11:53:14 PM
Anyone in Canada trying Schitt's Creek?

Where ther are no paddles.
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Post by: oldkid on January 22, 2015, 08:45:03 PM
Black Mirror, Seasons 1 and 2

My favorite is White Bear, which increases the tension with every scene, and the reveal is complex and thoughtful. 

While people don't dislike White Bear, it rarely gets picked as the best of the bunch. I think I leaned towards it because of the horror angle, but you picked it too. I think the last half it what makes it such a powerful shocker. A surprising rollercoaster ride after a couple of thoughtful, inert, chamber drama episodes. White Bear is the one that I am most likely to watch again.

To me, it was most intense, and the implications of the climax were broad, and rarely considered.  The three I loved-- 15 million mark, White Bear, Waldo-- all had ideas I'd never seen in popular media before, or at least in that way.  They all hit home for me, conceptually.  White Bear had the additional pluses of high stakes and surprise.
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Post by: oneaprilday on January 23, 2015, 12:08:14 AM
I did love the scene with the superior Jim when Stella pointed out how similar his attack on her was (in theory) to the strangler's attacks.  All in all, it was worth watching, great acting like you said goes a long way with me and this show has that in spades. There is not a weak actor in the whole ensemble.  Even Olivia is very good as the daughter, and the wife is devastating.
Yes! That was a great scene, and like you, I'd also say it's worth watching, if only for the acting, which is fantastic.
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on January 23, 2015, 12:34:41 AM
The Flash S01 Ep10

Continues to be an interesting fluff show. Perfect to watch when doing the dishes or something else where I only have part of my attention on the show.
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Post by: Melvil on January 23, 2015, 09:00:06 PM
Black Mirror
Season 1

There's so much potential in the idea of a modern sci-fi anthology series. Television is in a better position than ever to bring sci-fi short stories to life, and there's so much interesting ground to be covered. Black Mirror fulfills this promise on at least a technical level, but I can't help but feel like the cynical, technophobic approach that it takes with it's stories is just downright lazy.

The first episode, The National Anthem, is the big modern-day critique of technologies influence on culture and is just kinda obnoxious. It feels kinda toothless, like it was written by someone who didn't really know or care what they were talking about but did so anyways. At the end of the episode one character expresses exacerbation upon learning that the whole thing was just "a statement", and I know exactly what that feels like.

Fifteen Million Merits, is a big step up if only because of how far it distances itself from reality. The more problematic aspects of the premise are easy to gloss over as it's very character-centric. Luckily, it features the most likable characters in the season so it works pretty well, though the cynical twist at the end was still a disappointment.

The Entire History of You is easily the most compelling idea tackled in the show so far, but also the most frustratingly written. A premise like this has such interesting implications on every-day life, I'm not sure why you would obscure them behind such unlikable and unnecessarily dramatic characters. The episode starts off alright, where we do get a few brief looks at how the technology can change interaction and relationships, but by the half-way point it seems to have given up on the idea.
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Post by: 1SO on January 23, 2015, 09:53:41 PM
Robert Downey Jr. bought the rights to The Entire History of You for feature development. It already felt a little too long, though I think the extra time may help your problems with the episode, maintaining the lasting effect of such a technology. I like Alison Willmore and Matt Singer had an interesting debate around this one that I'd like to hear your take on. Does the technology corrupt their relationship or are these two corrupt people whose worst qualities are brought to the surface by this technology?
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Post by: oldkid on January 23, 2015, 10:12:23 PM
I'm definitely with Team Alison on this one.  I saw the relationship as fundamentally broken and the technology simply magnifies it.  He's already a jealous husband and she's a cheating wife with no reference to technology.  The technology just sped up what was already there.  In the end, that's what made it dull for me.  It is a bad relationship-- nothing really interesting said about the technology and humanity's relationship with it.
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Post by: Melvil on January 23, 2015, 10:36:23 PM
I haven't listened to that episode yet, but I'm looking forward to it!

I agree that at most the technology only sped up an inevitable outcome. By the end having that particular means to show concrete proof of the details seemed like just going through the motions - it was already unnecessary from a dramatic standpoint and any number of other methods could have been substituted as evidence.

The ability to over-analyze interactions, being able to perfectly re-live past experiences (private or otherwise), overcoming the fallibility of memory, being acountable via concrete record for everything you do in your life...these are all really interesting ideas that they barely touched on in favor of a much less interesting story, IMO.
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Post by: Junior on January 24, 2015, 01:12:17 AM
The ability to over-analyze interactions, being able to perfectly re-live past experiences (private or otherwise), overcoming the fallibility of memory, being acountable via concrete record for everything you do in your life...these are all really interesting ideas that they barely touched on in favor of a much less interesting story, IMO.

Very much agreed. That was my major issue with that episode. So many interesting stories to tell and they did that one.
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Post by: Bondo on January 24, 2015, 02:45:29 AM
I'm such a boring polyamorous type now that yawns at jealousy as dramatic motivation. That said, I like the idea that perfect recall means that things that might be shaken off linger in newer, profound ways. Actually, it'd be more interesting if she wasn't cheating and he was reading too much into it. On the other hand, my honest treatment of the tech would just be single me with a constant loop of past relationship intimate moments. Who needs cheating when you've got memories of the untroubled moments when a relationship is going well perfectly captured to memory. Cheating seems like so much trouble in that circumstance.

I feel my response to The Entire History of You is like my response to The Purge. I take the baseline premise and run with all the plots in my head that would be so much better than those that have been featured.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Melvil on January 24, 2015, 01:56:25 PM
Yay, I'm glad I have company on this particular disappointment. :)

Knowing my criticisms of this season, is there a chance I'll be more impressed by any of the remaining episodes if I keep watching?
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: oldkid on January 26, 2015, 11:22:57 PM

Knowing my criticisms of this season, is there a chance I'll be more impressed by any of the remaining episodes if I keep watching?

I think the second season is much stronger.  I encourage you to keep going.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Melvil on January 26, 2015, 11:45:19 PM
I think the second season is much stronger.  I encourage you to keep going.

Thanks, that's good to hear. I'll report back!
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: The Deer Hunter on January 27, 2015, 12:07:36 AM
Finished season 3 of Justified. Neal McDonough made for a great villain. I would rank this season second best behind season 2 but ahead of 1.

Was talking to the mrs the other day about how much we both likes war movies/tv shows and i asked her about Band Of Brothers. She said she's never seen it. So as soon as we're done with Justified we're going to watch that. I've been dying to rewatch it. It just might be my favourite 10 hours of anything.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on January 27, 2015, 12:31:44 AM
more ST:TNG...

S07E04-5 "Gambit" (parts 1 & 2) - Boy, this one has a lot of ACTING in the beginning.  First, Riker, Crusher and Troi get to be pretend to be rough, underworld, "streetwise" (spacewise?) characters, which is hilarious.  Then Riker and Troi have an Intense Scene about Picard's death, which has zero impact because we know he's not dead, and anyone watching this episode for the first time knows he's not dead... probably even if they've never seen another episode of Star Trek.  Oh hey, it's Sabrina Le Beauf, a.k.a. Sondra from "The Cosby Show".  Funny how you can go from being a semi-regular on the biggest show in the world to a bit part as an ensign in Star Trek.  Anyway, this is a mildly entertaining two-parter that feels like it has no business being a two-parter.  Best part is Data confronting Worf about undermining his authority.  Rating: 6/10 for both parts.  (could be 7 or even 8 if they trimmed the fat and made it a single ep)

S07E06 "Phantasms" - This is the most messed up episode of Star Trek ever, right?  It feels like a David Lynch movie, but Patrick Stewart directed it.  Good job, Patrick.  One of the most memorable -- and creepy -- eps, with the "cellular peptide cake" and Crusher drinking from Riker's head-straw and those invisible creepy crawlies all over them.  Fantastic bit with Data and Worf and Spot ("Tell him he is a pretty cat").  Rating: 9/10

S07E07 "Dark Page" - The best Lwaxana Troi episode, because she hardly talks in it and when she does, she's not just being a pain in someone's ass.  The episode kind of drags and it's pretty hacky in some ways and the aliens are a bit silly, but I was genuinely moved by it.  That doesn't happen often with TNG, so I gotta give this ep some props, even though it appears to be largely disliked.  I'm glad it's the last appearance by Lwaxana, but it's a shame it has to be just when they're finally making the character tolerable.  Rating: 8/10

S07E08 "Attached" - Another memorable one, at least the bit about Picard and Crusher being able to hear each other's thoughts.  They should have hooked up at the end.  Isn't it established in one of the movies that they did eventually get together?  I don't remember, but we're planning to revisit all the movies after we're done with the series.  The overarching plot about the two paranoid species feels like an outdated (even at the time) Cold War allegory.  Some sloppy writing in this ep (how long does it take to walk two goddamn kilometers??) but overall it's okay.  Rating: 7/10

S07E09 "Force of Nature" - There's an inordinate amount of time spent on Data & Spot, but I don't mind because I love Data & Spot (who is now, apparently, female).  Also a lot of stuff about Geordi's rivalry with an old classmate.  You can tell they needed a lot of filler in this one.  But the filler is the best part, because the main story is an unbelievably ham-fisted global warming allegory.  Preachy and boring.  And they never go back to resolve the thing with Spot!!  It's episodes like this that give season 7 the reputation it has.  Rating: 2/10
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: philip918 on January 27, 2015, 03:09:21 PM
The Americans 206-208
Finally getting back into this excellent series. Easily one of the best of 2014. Such a great, deep cast adding emotional depth to the intrigue and suspense.

Togetherness 101-102
This has its moments, but hasn't quite set the hook for me yet. It is genuinely good-natured and unironic, which is relatively rare these days.

Girls 401-403
Why is it the guys in this show always seem to be giving the girls big pep talks and dropping knowledge? Either way, episode 3 really hit its stride with Shoshanna's hilarious practice interview (more Shosh, please), Marnie finally standing up for herself (after a big pep talk from Ray), Jessa having her first moment in ages where she felt like a real human being and not a sociopath, and Hannah taking on her writers group. Not to mention Elijah stealing ever scene he's in.

Banshee 301-303
People need to be watching this awesome series. Pure pulpy fun. First ep of the new season didn't wow me, but 302 was a step up, and then 303 hit like a tornado. One of the most epic fight scenes ever on the small screen is just the start to a bonkers episode. Despite all the mayhem, there's heart to Banshee and hopefully it keeps finding a wider audience.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: smirnoff on January 27, 2015, 04:20:54 PM
:)) Martin, I would love to hear the plot description for the worst ST:TNG episode you could come up with.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on January 27, 2015, 04:30:31 PM
Riker seduces Lwaxana while Geordi designs a holodeck girlfriend for Alexander.  Plus, a lot of Ferengi do a thing.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sandy on January 27, 2015, 04:51:47 PM
 :))

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Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: pixote on January 27, 2015, 05:09:05 PM
:)) Martin, I would love to hear the plot description for the worst ST:TNG episode you could come up with.

"With Picard, Riker, and Data all absent on an away mission, Worf must ... "

That's all you need.

pixote
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: smirnoff on January 27, 2015, 05:20:17 PM
That about does it Martin.  ;)

"With Picard, Riker, and Data all absent on an away mission, Worf must ... "

That's all you need.

Worf gets to be captain. Picard comes back and everything has been Worferized: red alerts all the time, shields always on full, security at every door and everyone has to carry a bat'leth. :))
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: pixote on January 27, 2015, 05:39:47 PM
As for the best episode (and, no doubt, some horrible fan fiction):

"Wesley's holodeck sexcapades lead to a self-awakening..."

pixote
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Corndog on January 27, 2015, 09:27:27 PM
Anyone else watch Sons of Liberty on the History Channel? Not that great, but I oddly loved Rafe Spall as John Hancock. He was very Tom Hulce a la Amadeus.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: verbALs on January 28, 2015, 02:02:23 AM
Finished David Hare's Page Eight Trilogy. The combined cast list says it all;

Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Ewan Bremner, Judy Davis, Felicity Jones, Olivia Williams, Christopher Walken, Michael Gambon, Winona Ryder, Rachel Weisz
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: oldkid on January 28, 2015, 02:08:43 AM
Finished David Hare's Page Eight Trilogy. The combined cast list says it all;

Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Ewan Bremner, Judy Davis, Felicity Jones, Olivia Williams, Christopher Walken, Michael Gambon, Winona Ryder, Rachel Weisz

Wow!
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Alan Smithee on January 28, 2015, 05:53:16 PM
The Americans 206-208
Finally getting back into this excellent series. Easily one of the best of 2014. Such a great, deep cast adding emotional depth to the intrigue and suspense.

Togetherness 101-102
This has its moments, but hasn't quite set the hook for me yet. It is genuinely good-natured and unironic, which is relatively rare these days.

Girls 401-403
Why is it the guys in this show always seem to be giving the girls big pep talks and dropping knowledge? Either way, episode 3 really hit its stride with Shoshanna's hilarious practice interview (more Shosh, please), Marnie finally standing up for herself (after a big pep talk from Ray), Jessa having her first moment in ages where she felt like a real human being and not a sociopath, and Hannah taking on her writers group. Not to mention Elijah stealing ever scene he's in.

Banshee 301-303
People need to be watching this awesome series. Pure pulpy fun. First ep of the new season didn't wow me, but 302 was a step up, and then 303 hit like a tornado. One of the most epic fight scenes ever on the small screen is just the start to a bonkers episode. Despite all the mayhem, there's heart to Banshee and hopefully it keeps finding a wider audience.

Ha, they do always give the women in Girls pep talks don't they.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: verbALs on January 29, 2015, 04:55:51 PM
Wolf Hall

2 episodes in; having adjusted to what feels like a lot of modern idiom coming from the book, perhaps. This is fine drama, rehabilitating Thomas Cromwell's name. It seems Thomas More wrote himself a starring role in Tudor life, at a time when the power of self-marketing through writing probably hadn't been fully appreciated. Cromwell is portrayed as both a student of Machiavelli and a loyal man, caught on the wrong side, in the crossfire of a struggle for supremacy between Church and Royalty. The insight is in Henry VIII's foibles and his wandering eye being recast as a constitutional battle, where sedition comes in the form of new translations of the Bible.

This should see Mark Rylance as Cromwell jumping off the Shakespearean stage. Fine actor. Uniformly great acting with Damien Lewis inferring intelligence upon the standard raging hard-on that is Henry. Hooked.

Broadchurch Series 2

Four eps in. This works much better as a courtroom drama than it did as a detective story. The former murder case is now mixed with the past failed investigation which haunts Tenant's cop. A heady brew of bubbling passions. Oh yes and Charlotte Rampling as the prosecuting attorney. Just great. This series always has a tabloid sensationalist feel to it but it never seems to boil over. But it is a classic potboiler.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Melvil on January 29, 2015, 11:33:05 PM
Black Mirror
Season 2

Be Right Back - This one is just okay. Other than some rather unlikely character behavior it doesn't commit a lot of sins. The performances are very good and the story treads some very emotional territory, but mostly it just fails to go anywhere all that interesting. I think other stories (Her coming to mind as a recent one) have addressed similar ideas more thouroughly. This episode takes a big jump forward at one point from plausible technological evolution into complete fantasy, but even then the things we learn from it are pretty much, "well, duh."

White Bear - I'm wrestling with how much credit to give this episode. On the one hand, if there hadn't been a late-act twist, the story it was telling would've been completely ridiculous. On the other hand, the story it tells after the twist is still pretty ridiculous. It captures that Twlight Zone "what if" feeling better than any other episode so far though, so I think I liked it. Certainly the most entertaining episode yet (and the best use of the during-credit footage). Also Michael Smiley!

The Waldo Moment - A lot of the things that I've brought up as criticisms in previous episodes are present in this episode, yet I actually liked this one quite a bit. Makes me realize that perhaps the bigger problems with those episodes was not what was in them, but what was not. Namely, a grounded, likable character to be the audience proxy, and a sense of humor to take the edge off the absurdities. Apparently that can do a lot to win me over. Unfortunately they drop the ball a little with the ending which seems rather abrupt and anti-climactic, as if they just didn't know where to go with the idea.

This is definitely a strong improvement over the first season. It's still a pretty cynical show, but at least the cynicism doesn't seem to be the point anymore. It serves the bizzaro-world stories, or is at least softened by some actual humanity/humor.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: oldkid on January 29, 2015, 11:53:43 PM
You're absolutely right about Be Right Back.  It was just meh, and we've seen it all before.

For White Bear, it's all about the twist, and either the twist works for you or it doesn't.  It really did for me.  Also, I think it brings up a lot of questions about punishments worse than death, if a punishment suits the crime, as well as theological questions about the traditional idea of hell.  Lots of thoughts on this one for me.

The Waldo Moment also really worked for me, especially the questions it brings up with a completely negative spin on politics.  I agree that the end was pretty flat.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Alan Smithee on January 29, 2015, 11:57:13 PM
You're absolutely right about Be Right Back.  It was just meh, and we've seen it all before.

For White Bear, it's all about the twist, and either the twist works for you or it doesn't.  It really did for me.  Also, I think it brings up a lot of questions about punishments worse than death, if a punishment suits the crime, as well as theological questions about the traditional idea of hell.  Lots of thoughts on this one for me.

The Waldo Moment also really worked for me, especially the questions it brings up with a completely negative spin on politics.  I agree that the end was pretty flat.

We've seen it before?
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: oldkid on January 30, 2015, 02:25:58 AM
It's really similar to Her.  Add The Bicentennial Man and any other film that has a loved one coming back from the dead.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Alan Smithee on January 30, 2015, 02:30:50 AM
It's really similar to Her.  Add The Bicentennial Man and any other film that has a loved one coming back from the dead.

I haven't seen Bicentennial Man, but Black Mirror came out before Her was released.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on February 03, 2015, 11:07:58 AM
TNG...

S07E10 "Inheritance" - A nice Data episode, even if you can see the twist coming a mile away.  Not a lot is done with the premise, but I just like Data eps in general.  7/10

S07E11 "Parallels" - Yay, a Worf-centric ep that isn't all about honor and dumb Klingon shit!!  Lot of neat stuff going on here.  I always thought the Worf-Troi pairing was a desperate ploy to "shake up" the show, but it's interesting to see the seeds of it here.  Oh hi Wesley.  9/10

S07E12 "The Pegasus" - A fan favorite.  I find it a tad annoying that they hold back Riker and Pressman's secret for so long and then it turns out to be such a nothing (to the audience at least).  But otherwise a solid, well-written story.  8/10

S07E13 "Homeward" - Paul Sorvino!  Isn't he great?  This is an okay ep, but too much blah blah blah about the Prime Directive.  Also, this dude Vorin is all freaked out and clearly traumatized... why does no one think to send Troi to talk to him?  Let her be useful for once!  6/10
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: oldkid on February 03, 2015, 06:31:09 PM
My wife and I will be watching Star Trek: The Next Generation together for a bit.  I won't review every episode, as Martin has been, but if there's an episode that strikes me I'll put some words down.

Season 1: Encounter at Farpoint
Much of this felt like Star Trek The Original Series, or a pale copy of it.  Data is trying to be Spock, Picard is commanding like Kirk (but with self-restraint), Tasha is angry like Kirk, Wesley is irritating, and most of the rest of crew are still trying to figure out who their characters really are.  The story is classic Star Trek-- The ship meets a god-like person who judges them and tests them.  Meantime, there is an alien being that we wouldn't necessarily see as sentient, but the crew has to figure it out.  Like the old series, it was a little bit long, and the conversations were pretty dull, especially with the characters undeveloped.

The joy of the old series was the relationship between the three main characters, and that is part of what makes TNG great... eventually.  It will be a drag watching this first season again, which was my least favorite.  With Riker being a wet blanket, Dianna being an emoting machine (as if saying the word conveys the emotion), and Beverly being... nothing.  Only Michael Dorn and Patrick Stewart really got their characters down right from the beginning.  Q, by the end of this episode, is the cleverly insulting villain that reoccurs throughout the show, providing much needed humor.

In general, I feel that this episode purposefully reflects some of the old series so that they can show  how this show is different.  There are families!  The Captain has some self-control!  The ship can split in two!  Starfleet is less militaristic!  But given the fact that I already know how great the series will turn out, I am pretty disappointed with this introduction. 
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on February 03, 2015, 06:54:40 PM
Yeah, season 1 is pretty weak.  Farpoint is better than most of the other eps that season, sadly.  Looking back at my ratings, my favorites were:

1.5 "Where No One Has Gone Before"
1.12 "Datalore"
1.17 "Home Soil"
1.20 "The Arsenal of Freedom"
1.22 "Skin of Evil"
1.24 "Conspiracy"

All of which I rated 8/10... nothing in S1 got above that.  Even S7 has two 9's so far, and I'm only halfway through it.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on February 04, 2015, 04:01:57 PM
Never been a Trekkie and I am curious what I am missing here. I used to listen to a podcast where one of the hosts blogged every episode of ST:TNG when it was reissued on Blu-ray. I've fought my way through S01 and I can't figure out the greatness. Or are people ironic and I am missing the point?!

Have you covered it from S01 here on the forum, Martin?
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on February 04, 2015, 04:47:17 PM
Starting here (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=11485.msg751033;topicseen#msg751033) and then in scattered posts over the next couple of months.

As for what you're missing, that's honestly hard to say.  TNG has a lot of issues, namely Roddenberry's vision that in the future the human race is all perfect and has worked out all their crap, so there's a striking lack of tension among the crew.  Everyone is so goody-goody and goshdarned perfect at everything that it takes some getting used to.  Dramatic conflict usually comes in the form of "oh no everyone's gonna die" and of course they're not.  It takes a really good sci-fi premise or a really good outside antagonist to make a memorable TNG ep, since it generally does not come from the dynamics among the main cast.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on February 05, 2015, 01:15:10 PM
The pompous introduction reminds me a bit of a western and that maybe travel less well back over the Atlantic?

All I see and hear is corky dialouge, sloppy acting and silly set pieces but all this in it's way make it entertaining to watch.I think I'll continue to watch on an on and off basis while reading your notes in parallel. :)
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: smirnoff on February 05, 2015, 04:21:11 PM
I think it's going to be nearly impossible to enjoy TNG if you can't find a way to buy in. You find the introduction pompous... but you need to get to the point where hearing that theme brings tears to your eyes. Not that you're wrong to get ironic enjoyment out of some of the show's aspects, I do as well, but I think you've gotta find a way to love it before finding a way to laugh at it.

I saw something recently that comes to mind now. It's someone's reaction (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z07MMlFqGvQ&t=4m41s#no) to the series finale of the show Smallville. At first I thought, wow, that's reaction is kind of over the top. I'd never watched the series and couldn't understand what was so great. A part of me thought "what a weirdo this guy is"... but really, who am I to mock him? There were all kinds of comments from people who related perfectly to how he felt. And I realized, hey, it's not as if you haven't reacted just as powerfully to shows that probably look dumb to a lot of people. This kind of reaction should be the goal, or hope. And it is silly, but it's great too.

I don't know if it helps or not, but I'm just saying that kind of reaction is possible. :)

Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Alan Smithee on February 05, 2015, 06:46:39 PM
The last episode of Broad City was one for the ages, one of the funniest 30 minutes of TV so far this decade.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on February 07, 2015, 08:10:23 PM
Small batch today, but I want to write these up before I forget them:

S07E14 "Sub Rosa" - Oof.  Really bad episode with dumb Scottish stereotypes (recalling the dumb Irish stereotypes of "Up the Long Ladder") and Crusher being a complete idiot and a rapey ghost.  And then they try to say "Well of course ghosts are ridiculous, he's actually [insert technical babble that sounds just as ridiculous as a ghost]".  There's a lot of stuff in here that just doesn't add up at all, and it's boring as hell to boot.  The icing on this very cheesy cake is gravestones marked "Vader" and "McFly".  1/10

S07E15 "Lower Decks" - Wow, what a turnaround from the previous ep.  Fantastic story focusing on the ambitions of four wannabe officers, including Sito from way back in "The First Duty".  I didn't remember this one very well and expected it to end with an unrealistic "everybody gets a promotion!" but the actual ending is very somber, even heartbreaking.  Carrie and I both teared up at this one.  A damn near flawless episode, they should have done this more often.  It makes you fantasize about a ST series that focuses on the "lesser" crew members instead of all the bridge officers.  Rating: 10/10

S07E16 "Thine Own Self" - Decent Data ep where our android friend gets stranded with amnesia on a less advanced planet.  Like all amnesia plots, there's some stuff that's really hard to swallow (Data can spew all this complex technical jargon but he doesn't remember what "radioactive" means?) but it's got some interesting observations.  Subplot about Troi testing for a command position isn't bad either.  7/10
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on February 08, 2015, 12:32:46 AM
S07E17 "Masks" - Oh my god, I have never been so bored watching an episode of ST in my life.  Data is one of my favorite characters and Spiner is so great at playing him, but I really really hate when they give Spiner other personas to try out.  He can be so, so horribly hammy.  So much capital-A Acting and it's awful.  And this story is just dull as dirt, not to mention kind of retread of the premise from "The Inner Light".  Another low point for the series.  1/10

S07E18 "Eye of the Beholder" - So, Troi and Worf actually do get together at some point, don't they?  Or is my memory playing tricks on me?  I would have sworn they did, but so far it's only materialized in alternate timelines (in "Parallels") and here in what amounts to an extended dream sequence.  Anyway, there's a decent mystery at the heart of this one (but I think someone was reading Poe before they wrote it).  Even though most of the episode is "it was all just a dream", it's one of the more novel and satisfying applications of that trope.  7/10
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on February 11, 2015, 01:05:39 AM
A long trek comes to an end...

S07E19 "Genesis" - Some creepy and even disturbing stuff here.  It's weird that everything just goes back to normal and there's no emotional consequences for, say, Worf biting Troi's face and killing a guy.  Even if he wasn't "himself" and had no control, that ought to have some kind of resonance.  Always good to see Barclay... but is Dwight Schultz wearing a hairpiece? Despite a lot of ludicrous science, a somewhat fun episode.  7/10

S07E20 "Journey's End" - In which we tidy things up for young Wesley Crusher.  Who cares?  Wes is a real dick at the start of this, and only barely tolerable by the end of it.  Also, some rather stereotypical portrayals of Native Americans are a little uncomfortable.  5/10

S07E21 "Firstborn" - He had to come back.  Alexander.  Ugh ugh ugh ugh.  AND a whole truckload of Klingon blah blah blah AND an appearance by Ferengi (Quark, in a feeble crossover).  The one nice thing about this ep is that it sort of acknowledges that all the Klingon stuff about honor and being a warrior is kinda sorta bullshit.  It's weird for me to be on Alexander's side.  I still hate him, though.  2/10

S07E22 "Bloodlines" - Ferengi again (the return of Bok), plus Picard's boring "son".  This tedious story really does nothing to advance or illuminate Picard's character.  And I don't buy that this lone Ferengi is able to penetrate the Enterprise's defenses.  They explain it, but it feels pretty forced.  Blah.  3/10

S07E23 "Emergence" - The crew seems really slow on the uptake in this one.  It takes them forever to figure out what seems obvious, but maybe that's because I'd seen the episode before.  I'm not a fan of holodeck-centric episodes in general, and this is no exception.  The characters on the holodeck are really annoying.  Man, this is a bad run of Trek.  4/10

S07E24 "Preemptive Strike" - Finally, another good one.  Ro is back and this ep gives her character a great arc.  For once, the moral dilemmas actually have some depth and complexity.  Light on silly technobabble, heavy on solid human (or Bejoran) drama.  9/10

S07E25 "All Good Things..." - This has a whopping 8.4 on IMDb, but I think that's mostly sentimentality talking.  This one has a lot of ho-hum fanservice.  More importantly, it has the same problem that the very first episode had: Q's test only tests humanity's ability to figure out a puzzle.  It does nothing to reveal their character, or teach them to advance as a species.  It's just: "hey, bet you can't figure this one out!"  It's also a blatant Vonnegut ripoff, and the time paradox doesn't make sense, even as far as time paradoxes go.  It isn't satisfying.  Okay, sentimentality isn't nothing and there are some nice character moments, but I maintain this is a relatively weak ending for the series.  7/10


Next up: Star Trek: Generations.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: pixote on February 11, 2015, 05:55:30 PM
I lack sentiment. "All Good Things..." is just really good. Better than the subsequent movies.

pixote
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: The Deer Hunter on February 18, 2015, 03:20:41 PM
Finished season 3 of Justified. Neal McDonough made for a great villain. I would rank this season second best behind season 2 but ahead of 1.

Halfway through 5 now. 4 is a good season but loses major points for the overlong Ellen May storyline. It had a strong last few episodes though. I'm going to rank it my least favourite of the 4.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on February 19, 2015, 12:08:34 AM
Just watched the first 2 episodes of Misfits (UK), great stuff.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: ses on February 25, 2015, 11:36:03 AM
I've watched the first 3 episodes of The Affair.  I find it compelling enough to keep watching, but I'm not blown away yet.  I do like how the story is told in the first half of the ep by Noah's point of view and the second half by Alison's point of view, it adds nuance to the storytelling.  They haven't revealed everything about the story yet, so I like how it is peeling away the layers.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: saltine on February 25, 2015, 04:14:50 PM
In my view, The Affair gets better as it goes along.  Really great acting drove my appreciation for it in the first half, and plot development kept me watching until the end.
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Post by: Bondo on February 25, 2015, 11:15:57 PM
Was excited that Orphan Black S2 became available on Amazon Prime. Disappointed when I realized I had binged six episodes on demand when I stayed at my cousin's last May so I only had four new episodes to watch and now have to wait again.

#clonedanceparty is my everything.
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Post by: pixote on February 26, 2015, 01:12:21 AM
How to Get Away with Murder is a crap show that I generally watch against my will, but it's suddenly all worth it, with Cicely Tyson dominating the most recent episode.

pixote
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Post by: philip918 on February 26, 2015, 05:27:35 PM
#clonedanceparty is my everything.

Maybe you already know this, but the dancing is actually part of Maslany's prep before doing a scene. Each clone has her own dance to help her get in character.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on February 26, 2015, 08:13:55 PM
Re- The Affair.

Not the best show, but it's pretty good. There's a scene with Ruth Wilson's character and her therapist in episode 9 that is incredible. It made me think she's worthy of awards consideration at the very least.
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Post by: saltine on February 26, 2015, 10:37:57 PM
She won the Golden Globe for her performance in The Affair.

She's a terrific actress.
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Post by: Bondo on March 04, 2015, 12:25:54 AM
House of Cards S3

The almost sheer melodrama of season 2 was fun and all, but I kind of like that season 3 is more grounded. Heck, Frank Underwood almost seems admirable. It is hardball, cynical politics, but it no longer goes beyond the pale. It has a stronger shade of realism. And his hardball here has an real relevance to current events. His initial effort with America Works hits on extraconstitutional issues much as Obama's immigration actions have, with similar response from Congress. And that signature policy may be insane in real policy terms, but I appreciate the populism in action involved. So in this way, the season feels the most settled and accomplished.

But it also feels perhaps like half a season. The first two seasons had very clear markers of progress, Underwood having fought hard and leveled up as a result. Season 3 represents a character arc, but not really a plot one, and that character arc didn't have the elegance of the political one. I really was done with Doug Stamper and his arc here feels like that foot stuck in the worst parts of S2. So while the show hits some of the highest points, it seems unwilling to commit that transition which holds it back.
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Post by: Melvil on March 04, 2015, 01:23:12 PM
I'm kinda bummed to hear Season 3 goes more grounded. The show has always been the most enjoyable the less it tries to adhere to reality. I'm sure I'll still give it a look eventually though.
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Post by: Bondo on March 07, 2015, 01:56:49 AM
Just absolutely loving Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Just as recently as last night watching Laggies I wasn't sold on Ellie Kemper but she's just fantastic here. I kind of like that Jane Krakowski has made a career out of being basically the same vain, oblivious character from Ally McBeal through 50 Rock and now in this.

The show does seem maybe a bit problematic on race though. Hmm.
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Post by: roujin on March 07, 2015, 11:55:04 AM
Tina Fey loves Asian jokes.
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Post by: don s. on March 07, 2015, 05:48:45 PM
...I kind of like that Jane Krakowski has made a career out of being basically the same vain, oblivious character from Ally McBeal through 50 Rock and now in this.

There was a show about Del Frisco's Grille (http://delfriscosgrille.com/new-york) and nobody told me?
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Post by: Junior on March 08, 2015, 12:54:24 AM
#HashbrownNoFilter
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Post by: jbissell on March 08, 2015, 11:03:32 PM
Loving Last Man on Earth. Forte and Schaal are perfect.
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Post by: mañana on March 09, 2015, 08:57:47 AM
#HashbrownNoFilter
Loving Last Man on Earth. Forte and Schaal are perfect.
Looking forward to both of these.
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Post by: 1SO on March 09, 2015, 10:27:29 PM
Glad you're enjoying LMOE. (In production we pronounced it "el-mo"). It's one of the most unique projects I worked on, with such a small cast and no need for lots of people to populate a scene. Also helps that Will Forte is one of the nicest people I've met in the business. Curious how the show plays out for you. The story develops in a way that I'm uncertain people will stick with, though the finale was shaping up to be one of the best parts of the series.
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Post by: jbissell on March 10, 2015, 07:45:51 AM
Oh wow, didn't realize you worked on it!

Forte and Schaal have been among my favorite comedic performers for years so it has been awesome to watch them play off one another without any side characters. I was sold in the first few minutes of ep. 1 because some of the stuff Forte does is so well observed (salting the margarita pool rim being one brilliant example). I'm definitely curious how the dynamic changes next week.

Between LMOE and Man Seeking Woman, I'm glad there are some non-Adult Swim comedies that are not only trying something different, but totally nailing it.
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Post by: wuatenigenu1 on March 10, 2015, 08:42:49 AM
Just watched S01E06 of Better Call Saul. First episode that I thought was genuinely good.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: philip918 on March 11, 2015, 07:27:04 PM
Empire

This show is just a ridiculous amount of fun. I mean, so much fun. They blow through huge plot points some shows would spend an entire season on in five minutes. The cast is great. Taraji P. Henson should get all the awards. All of them. Cookie for life.
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Post by: jdc on March 11, 2015, 07:57:05 PM
Is this streaming?
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Post by: oldkid on March 11, 2015, 08:18:03 PM
I just finished bingeing Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  It is really funny and it has great development of almost every character by the end of the show.  I really enjoyed it.  I still have the theme song continuously running through my head.

But racially, it's really problematic.  I loved the episode where Titus discovered that a black man is treated better if he's dressed as a werewolf.  "It's funny cause it's true".  But as was mentioned before, the Vietnamese character is racially poked at continuously.  But what about American Indians?  What does it mean that the blonde hair/blue eyed white character is actually Native American?  What does it mean that she came to a realization of her racial background while howling?  At best, it's a mixed bag for them.  I like some of the points-- that "indian giving" is more reflective of whites than "indians" and how some of the assumptions about Native Americans is simply silly  But is the role positive or negative?  I'm not sure.
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Post by: 1SO on March 11, 2015, 11:02:46 PM
Empire

This show is just a ridiculous amount of fun. I mean, so much fun. They blow through huge plot points some shows would spend an entire season on in five minutes. The cast is great. Taraji P. Henson should get all the awards. All of them. Cookie for life.

If I wanted to, could I imagine this is the follow-up to Hustle & Flow? Because then I would definitely watch.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Bondo on March 11, 2015, 11:23:29 PM
There is a reveal right at the end where Jacqueline takes out contacts to reveal dark eyes. But yeah, I had a difficult time with how it include racial diversity outside of Titus. His character is more effective in part because LGBT characters are so often portrayed as upper class and/or white and/or coastal. He's from the deep south in addition to being black and it speaks to a very different experience.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: pixote on March 12, 2015, 12:17:52 AM
I've been binge-watching The Following recently. Not sure how that started or why it continues. I'm just fascinated at the use of black males as red shirts, I guess.

pixote
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Post by: Bondo on March 12, 2015, 12:24:25 AM
Remember the day when as a TV show you could get away with that sort of thing without a lot of comment?

I just finished season 3 of Gilmore Girls. Gotta say the thing that annoys me most is Lorelei's continued beef with her parents. She is constantly ready to make her life much worse if it allows her to stick it to them. That worked season 1 but now I'd like to see some growth.
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on March 12, 2015, 03:15:25 AM
Empire

This show is just a ridiculous amount of fun. I mean, so much fun. They blow through huge plot points some shows would spend an entire season on in five minutes. The cast is great. Taraji P. Henson should get all the awards. All of them. Cookie for life.
Is this streaming?

Season 1 eps 1-10 are currently on HuluPlus with 5 available on the free version Hulu (my guess is that it is episodes 6-10 that are available on Hulu)
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: philip918 on March 12, 2015, 02:39:03 PM
Empire

This show is just a ridiculous amount of fun. I mean, so much fun. They blow through huge plot points some shows would spend an entire season on in five minutes. The cast is great. Taraji P. Henson should get all the awards. All of them. Cookie for life.

If I wanted to, could I imagine this is the follow-up to Hustle & Flow? Because then I would definitely watch.

Yes.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on March 12, 2015, 07:07:44 PM
I've been binge-watching The Following recently. Not sure how that started or why it continues. I'm just fascinated at the use of black males as red shirts, I guess.

pixote

It's a troublesome show and I honestly can't put my finger on why it irks me so much. I just don't like its depiction of senseless violence. I'm not saying this is required, but there is nothing redeeming or emotive or resonant about anything that happens in regards to that violence. It's almost as if it's saying "You are an audience member and audience members like blood, let's give you blood." I don't even find it thrilling on a basic level like your average episode of say "24".
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on March 13, 2015, 04:28:36 AM
I watched the first season of The Following and enjoyed it. I thought James Purefoy made for a great villain. I did find it a little laughable at just how many people turned out to be part of the cult in the first season. I haven't gotten around to season 2 yet.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on March 13, 2015, 09:46:40 PM
I watched the first season of The Following and enjoyed it. I thought James Purefoy made for a great villain. I did find it a little laughable at just how many people turned out to be part of the cult in the first season. I haven't gotten around to season 2 yet.

I remember that. The "surprise" of each episode was like 'Hey you're in the cult too? Whodathunk?'
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Post by: pixote on March 13, 2015, 11:23:32 PM
Yeah, it's a really problematic show, reveling way too much in the sound of a knife entering someone's abdomen. Definitely made me feel icky, without any resonance from that feeling.

Still, I admire the writers' ability to paint their characters into corners over and over again, and find ways to get them out, without breaking the internal logic of the show too much. (That logic is pretty senseless, but still.)

pixote
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Junior on March 21, 2015, 12:08:08 AM
Pilot of iZombie was quite good. Not quite Buffy yet, but Buff-ish.
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Post by: 1SO on April 07, 2015, 10:59:43 AM
Finished Poirot yesterday by watching the finale, which was excellent. Even aside from the sentiment, it's probably one of the Top 10 episodes of the series, with one of the series most diabolical murderers. Overall, the show was time well spent and all you may have heard about David Suchet in the title role is absolutely true. I also prefer his supporting cast of companions from the first half of the series - Hastings, Japp and Lemon - to the later episodes. Zoë Wanamaker is good in her half-dozen episodes, but hardly an acceptable substitute.

Looking for a new mystery series, the BBC and Netflix are full of options. Have been considering Midsomer Murders, but decided to roll the dice on Death in Paradise, and the Pilot gets everything right. A sort of Hot Fuzz situation where a Scotland Yard detective is sent to the Caribbean. He hates sun, sand, the ocean and doesn't know how the police are expected to function without modern crime lab equipment. To the series credit, Inspector Poole (Ben Miller) isn't boorish towards the local cops, who mostly have a good laugh at his restrictive, big city manner. There's always a hesitation with a new mystery series because the writing can make great characters to get by on simple mysteries. That's where this looked like it was going to break, but the mystery turns out to be very good as well.
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Post by: philip918 on April 07, 2015, 12:31:55 PM
Finished up Empire, which is simply the most fun I've had watching TV in quite some time. It's bonkers.

The Americans keeps getting better and better. It's in all-time great territory.

I keep watching New Girl and it keeps delivering three or four big laughs every week. Bummed Marlon Wayans Jr is leaving.

The iZombie pilot was fun and quick-witted. Going to stick with it.

Mad Men is back and in fine form. The actors and the writing make up for the feeling that nothing ever really changes (a point I think the show is trying to make).

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Post by: The Deer Hunter on April 08, 2015, 04:52:51 AM
I keep watching New Girl and it keeps delivering three or four big laughs every week. Bummed Marlon Wayans Jr is leaving.

He was better on Happy Endings (still annoyed it was cancelled!) but it sucks he's leaving New Girl because he's great there too.
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Post by: oneaprilday on April 08, 2015, 12:08:06 PM
Finished Poirot yesterday by watching the finale, which was excellent. Even aside from the sentiment, it's probably one of the Top 10 episodes of the series, with one of the series most diabolical murderers. Overall, the show was time well spent and all you may have heard about David Suchet in the title role is absolutely true. I also prefer his supporting cast of companions from the first half of the series - Hastings, Japp and Lemon - to the later episodes. Zoë Wanamaker is good in her half-dozen episodes, but hardly an acceptable substitute.

Looking for a new mystery series, the BBC and Netflix are full of options. Have been considering Midsomer Murders, but decided to roll the dice on Death in Paradise, and the Pilot gets everything right. A sort of Hot Fuzz situation where a Scotland Yard detective is sent to the Caribbean. He hates sun, sand, the ocean and doesn't know how the police are expected to function without modern crime lab equipment. To the series credit, Inspector Poole (Ben Miller) isn't boorish towards the local cops, who mostly have a good laugh at his restrictive, big city manner. There's always a hesitation with a new mystery series because the writing can make great characters to get by on simple mysteries. That's where this looked like it was going to break, but the mystery turns out to be very good as well.
I haven't been keeping up on Poirot, but I always enjoy the episodes I watch. David Suchet is so good.

I always love a good BBC mystery series - thanks for the rec of Death in Paradise. I'll check it out!
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on April 08, 2015, 03:16:38 PM
Yes Death in Paradise is lots of fun with a real Agatha Christie style to the mystery solving. I just recently watched series 4, but need to go back to the other series to catch up on the episodes I missed. If you like mystery stories check out Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, set in 1920's Melbourne and staring Essie Davis (the mother from The Babadook)
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Post by: 1SO on April 08, 2015, 07:07:54 PM
Miss Fisher is on my radar. Netflix keeps suggesting it and Matt Singer recommended it on F:SVU.

As for Death in Paradise I've watched Episodes 2 and 3 and I see them pulling away from the mysteries and focusing more on the characters. This is fine because I like the characters a lot, but I hate to see them getting lazy with the mysteries.

Probably should be ashamed to admit, but I love when the detective in both Agatha Christie and here says to gather everyone together because they've solved the crime.
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Post by: oneaprilday on April 08, 2015, 07:10:08 PM
If you like mystery stories check out Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, set in 1920's Melbourne and staring Essie Davis (the mother from The Babadook)
Oh, that's right! I heard about it on Filmspotting SVU, too, and wanted to check it out.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: pixote on April 09, 2015, 04:01:18 PM
"Yesterday's Enterprise" - Boy, how hard did Denise Crosby kick herself for quitting this show?  Not that anyone else from the cast went on to stellar careers or anything, but still.  Nice to see Guinan play such a key role, I really love her character.  Good production value in making this alternate timeline come to life.  9

Yeah, Guinan's the greatest! This is one I'd like to see again soon. It's so chock full of great stuff. This reminds me a little of Casablanca, numerous writers, patched together ideas, nobody thought it would be any good, and voilà! One of the best episodes!

Put this episode on randomly the other night, for therapeutic purposes, in the wake of the Badgers' loss to Duke. Still a very good episodes. The transitions in and out of the alternative timeline are both a little clumsy — missed opportunities on both ends — but still a lot of good stuff. Love the Casablanca comparison, Sandy!

pixote
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: The Deer Hunter on April 10, 2015, 04:29:56 AM
Star Trek: The Man Trap - I wanted to watch the first episode of Star Trek out of curiosity. I know Where No Man Has Gone Before is sorted considered the first episode but i went with this one. No where near as bad as i was expecting. It was pretty watchable for a 60's sci fi tv show.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: don s. on April 11, 2015, 09:56:43 PM
Silicon Valley 108: A- (a dick joke for the ages)

It was inspired.

Just watched the entire first season during a free HBO weekend. Good stuff.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MattDrufke on April 13, 2015, 10:47:34 AM
Doing a little binge-watching today of "Daredevil". I really liked episode one a lot. Enough backstory to be interesting, but not too much to dominate the story. (I don't need to see a whole lot of "Where did he come from?"; I'm excited to see Murdoch in there kicking ass and taking names.) Great opening action sequence. I'm eager to see where this show is going.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MattDrufke on April 13, 2015, 11:56:46 AM
Daredevil: S1 E02: The Cut Man


You know how for the premiere, I talked about how I liked how Marvel chose not to go all backstory? Well, we got our Uncle Ben moment here. And it's not bad, though I feel like the actor they got to play Jack Murdock is just doing a poor man's Jason Clarke, but I didn't need it. The criminals don't know why Daredevil is running around kicking ass. Cute doctor lady doesn't know. Why do we? Spend more time with some of the B-characters (Foggy & Karen, who actually do have a really fun story line in the episode).

The ending hallway fight scene is amazing, and worth watching even if you're not going to check out the whole series. Beautifully choreographed and shot.

B
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Post by: Junior on April 13, 2015, 12:21:34 PM
That reflects my experience with the first two episodes as well. I'm into it and I hope this will basically be the end of the origin story thing. He's smart and can hear things, we know. Get to more case of the week stuff. I'm not looking forward to a season-long origin story if that's what this will be. He needs to be in the full getup at about episode 5.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: 1SO on April 13, 2015, 12:40:34 PM
My reaction too. His look may be true to the comic, but it's distractingly Princess Bride.

(http://i.imgur.com/bcQuRL9.png)


Really curious to see D'onofrio as Kingpin.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MattDrufke on April 13, 2015, 12:47:39 PM
Daredevil: S01 E03: Rabbit In A Snowstorm

With 2 episodes down, I'm happy to say that episode 3 has no backstory at all. In fact, this is an episode which has the feel of a police or courtroom procedural (granted, one that starts with a pretty impressive action sequence and ends with a dude committing suicide by headbutting a spike on a fence.

Loving the dialogue on this show: crisp and clean. The action sequences are very graphic and bloody, definitely trying to make you feel like you're taking every punch Murdock does. Start to finish, this is my favorite episode so far.

A-
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Post by: philip918 on April 14, 2015, 02:06:26 PM
Mad Men 709
I don't know any other character that can make me laugh out loud as regularly as Pete Campbell. His, "They probably would." Was just the best last night. Story-wise Mad Men is certainly going out on its own terms. There's no big client to land or corporate takeover to avoid. They're just living with these characters, who are some of the best ever on TV, which is good enough for me.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Jared on April 16, 2015, 01:12:13 PM
I was rather suprised by Matt and Alison's negative review on Daredevil. 5 episodes in I'm finding it pretty fun and nicely balanced. Perhaps my favorite thing in the MCU, although admittedly I've been lukewarm at best on the majority of the movies. Haven't watched either shows on ABC. Agents of Shield just looks baaaaaadddd.

Watching an episode every day or two, while they seemed to marathon...something I cant imagine the show is too conducive to.

The action scenes are certainly the highlight. They really take care with the staging and they don't hyper-edit and really just let people beat the crap out of each other.

Hopefully the season can finish up on this relative pace. I'm concerned it will really start to suck once they start front-loading it with all kinds of franchise care and in-joke and wink wink kind of stuff for the upcoming MCU and Netflix movies/shows. Maybe its there, but not enough for me to notice yet. It's something that's really tried my patience in some of the movies.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: jswysin on April 16, 2015, 05:14:11 PM
Quite enjoying Daredevil.  Scott Glenn as Robert Durst is really great. 
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Post by: 1SO on April 16, 2015, 06:58:23 PM
I agree with them that Charlie Cox isn't interesting.
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Post by: ses on April 16, 2015, 09:03:11 PM
Firefly Ep 6: Our Mrs. Reynolds

I've been put putting along watching an episode here or there of Firefly, I've enjoyed it, but it hasn't blown me away.  This I think is the best episode so far.  Christina Hendricks is good as Saffron and you get a deeper connection between Reynolds and Inara. I just wished the resolution wasn't so quick and that you felt like the crew was in more peril. Good stuff.  I think I'm finally settling into the series.
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Post by: Melvil on April 16, 2015, 09:06:18 PM
I enjoy the earlier half of the season as well, but I do think Our Mrs. Reynolds is probably where the series really hits it's stride. With maybe one exception I think the rest are all pretty great.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on April 16, 2015, 09:09:25 PM
Heart of Gold?  :P

Our Mrs. Reynolds and Shindig are the two best episodes of the show. Janestown is also good. The rest don't do much for me.

Firefly is one of those shows that has some great characters and ideas, but the plots are pretty consistently meh. Know that's a heretical statement around these parts.
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Post by: ses on April 16, 2015, 09:13:23 PM
Shindig was pretty good too.
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Post by: Melvil on April 16, 2015, 09:27:22 PM
Heart of Gold?  :P

Yup.

The last episode is my personal favorite, but I think they're all at least good, and many of them are great. The crew dynamics are so fantastic that no episode is un-enjoyable for me.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on April 17, 2015, 10:31:33 PM
Very much looking forward to hearing what everyone's thoughts on Daredevil are (it's one of my favorite comic book characters). I'm about to start binging right now.

I've heard that it follows the Netflix model seen in House of Cards/Bloodline where it's not so much episodes, but where the first season is like a thirteen hour movie with a beginning, middle and end. I've also heard D'Onofrio steals the show.
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Post by: oldkid on April 19, 2015, 07:00:25 PM
I've only watched the first three episodes, but while there is consistency between shows, I think each episode does work as it's own story with its own theme.  The storytelling is different, and it is really violent and dark.  It does feel like it is somewhere between Marvel and House of Cards.  I'm hoping it gets more Marvel and less HoC as the series goes on.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MattDrufke on April 20, 2015, 09:39:10 AM
It was only 8 episodes, so I smoked through the first season of Garfunkel & Oates on Netflix. Really funny and silly.
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Post by: Bondo on April 20, 2015, 11:20:22 AM
Totally. Plus, Riki Lindhome sighting in the episode of Gilmore Girls I watched last night. Apparently she turned up as some bit part a few seasons prior to this (don't remember if I noticed at that point) and they decided enough time had passed to bring her back as an entirely different character. This one apparently gets a few episodes.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MattDrufke on April 21, 2015, 07:16:25 AM
Binged a lot of Daredevil yesterday (eps. 6-10). Loved Scott Glenn as The Stick (in an episode that made me re-think my utter disdain for superhero backstory). And I thought the dialogue between Matt & Foggy when Foggy finds out that Matt is Daredevil was really fantastic the whole episode through. It turned the Foggy character into a real guy instead of just constant comic relief.
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Post by: Beavermoose on April 22, 2015, 06:26:04 AM
Is Daredevil worth watching? I'm a bit skeptic after the Matt & Allison SVU review of the show.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MattDrufke on April 22, 2015, 07:22:34 AM
Is Daredevil worth watching? I'm a bit skeptic after the Matt & Allison SVU review of the show.

I know people who think it's the best thing Marvel has put out and people who find it meh, so it's hard to say. I love it, so that's where I stand. I'd say give it 2 episodes to see how it fits you, if for no other reason then the action sequence at the end of episode 2 is must-watch.
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Post by: 1SO on April 22, 2015, 08:31:46 AM
I'm in the meh camp, but I agree that the first two episodes makes an excellent sampler to see which way you go.
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Post by: oldkid on April 22, 2015, 08:43:54 AM
Daredevil feels much more like a comic book than most Marvel outings. (I've watched the first five episodes)  The focus in on the violence/fight scenes instead of character development, and the stories are obvious.  The cinematography is great, and the violence is pretty extreme.  I wouldn't go so far as to say that it is boring, like Matt and Alison, but unless there is more character development, I'm going to lose interest.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: philip918 on April 22, 2015, 12:32:33 PM
Watched the first two episodes of Daredevil and it didn't do much for me. Banshee scratches the intense fight scenes and crazy violence itch for me.

Mad Men continues to be stellar. Some viewers seem upset that the show doesn't seem to be barreling toward some big finale, but I've come to just enjoy spending time with these phenomenal characters.

Americans season finale tonight!
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Post by: oneaprilday on April 22, 2015, 12:39:11 PM
Americans season finale tonight!
Eeep!!  Can't wait!
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Post by: Jared on April 22, 2015, 12:43:04 PM
Mad Men continues to be stellar. Some viewers seem upset that the show doesn't seem to be barreling toward some big finale, but I've come to just enjoy spending time with these phenomenal characters.

I'm in the same boat as you. I have to say my least favorite bits on the show have been the quick season finale wrap ups to answer the "how will the company survive" questions lingering through many of the seasons. I have so much more fun with the journey than the destination when it comes to this show.

The Sally episodes are always my favorite. Hope we get at least one more in these last 4.

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Post by: mañana on April 22, 2015, 08:09:18 PM
Americans season finale tonight!
Eeep!!  Can't wait!
Looking forward to this binge.
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Post by: Jared on April 23, 2015, 11:53:36 AM
Finished Daredevil last night, and I must say that season was the best bit of Marvel I've seen on screen. Really captured the spirit of the Frank Miller stories from awhile back, before he went kind of nuts. Vincent D'Onfrio was a lot of fun, especially as the season was winding down and the rage had to break free from the cold and calculating character he is most of the season.

Admittedly, this has my favorite Marvel character. Hope the other TV shows can be as good...I haven't read anything with any of them appearing as more than a side character.
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Post by: philip918 on April 23, 2015, 01:38:04 PM
Orphan Black 301

Third season is off to a strong start. Very happy to see they don't take the focus away from the core characters with the introduction of a new series of clones. This series is just so much fun.
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Post by: Bondo on May 03, 2015, 12:31:54 AM
The Jinx (Ep. 1-3)

Perhaps I'm overly influenced by the much spoiled end reveal from this series, but I'm still waiting for any argument that makes even the slightest movement toward Durst not being totally guilty seeming. That maybe I could have reasonable doubt I think has more to say about how the series is edited than the actual facts. Generally not impressed.
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Post by: Bondo on May 03, 2015, 01:52:30 PM
The Jinx (Ep. 4-6)

As a viewing experience, the second half was improved. However, from a standpoint of journalistic ethics (and documentarians I feel are bound in some manner by such a code of ethics), it is highly troublesome. Jarecki feels more central here and it becomes a bit about him becoming junior detective. It's hard to know what is happening off camera in terms of their interactions with police detectives on the cases, but the way it is played on screen makes it seem like they are more intent on getting the scoop for their show than making sure things are handled properly from a legal standpoint. I suppose I don't object to the ends, and it is good practice to always assume a mic is hot, but the audio thing at the end feels like just an immense ethical breach.

I guess the show is producing likely a positive outcome, but as a work I'm just not really on board. Serial as a podcast dealt with similar issues, but never felt quite as jazzed up.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on May 04, 2015, 11:19:57 AM
Band of Brothers (http://creativecriticism.net/?p=14962)

World War II might be the most overused period when it comes to war stories. From the grand scale to the morally reprehensible antagonist, there’s a lot that makes World War II an easy setting for telling a war story. It also results in a lot of lazy stories that prey on cheap emotional manipulation. To tell a truly compelling and fresh World War II story is a rare feat, but it something Band of Brothers manages by following the entire war for one group in the war: Easy Company in the 101st Airborne Infantry.

Therefore, starting off Band of Brothers with a training sequence feels like falling quickly into cliché territory. It might have been a more compelling episode if it did a better job of setting up characters, but instead it spends a lot of the episode mocking the incompetence of their commanding officer who falls into the background for the rest of the season.

Once the show drops the soldiers into the war, the series becomes a lot more compelling. One of the most compelling episodes is the show’s depiction of violence. In Day of Days, the first combat encounter is a quick flash in the darkness when a group of Germans stumble in the middle of some American troops. Much like the Omaha beach scene in Saving Private Ryan, the acts of violence seek to capture the chaotic disorientation of war.

In Carentan, Dick Winters (Damian Lewis) leads the squad on an attack against the enemy and what is accentuated most about the charge is how his first shot is against a shocked, unarmed soldier who has just finished relieving himself. Likewise, in Replacements, when a soldier finds himself surrounded by the enemy, he hides in the shed. When discovered by a lone soldier, he kills him with a bayonet. Instead of focusing on the killing, the camera focuses on the look of horror from the Dutch woman who witnesses the fight.

This presentation highlights war-making as something that is in and of itself often disorienting, horrific and appalling. It also does it without getting into the heavy-handed anti-war politicking of films like Platoon and Full-Metal Jacket. It downplays the political realm while accentuating the distasteful nature of the violence.

Following one group through the war also adds another dimension to this look at war. In Replacements, the attempt to seize the objective actually fails. Operation Market Garden is a supreme failure and looking at the heroes of a story actually lose is not something that is often portrayed in war stories. But by tracing events through the course of history, the audience sees both the victories and the failures.

Most of the best moments of the show are when it finds sympathy for the Germans. Perhaps the best scene in the whole show is in Day of Days when one of the soldiers talks with a German prisoner who happens to be from the same town in America as he is from. When the war started, he returned to his ancestor’s country to fight for Germany, but he was born in America. As the American soldier walks off, he hears a shot of the German soldier’s execution. 

The decision to open each episode with documentary footage of interviews with the real-life veterans of Easy Company isn’t the best device. Sometimes it simply tells the audience what they’ll witness for the next hour. Other times, there’s an intriguing idea expressed but it might not actually emerge within the episode. It’s an uneven device and it doesn’t flow particularly well with the show. It feels like something that would have played better as a special about the show after one has watched the entire series.

In addition, some of the episodes try to use time jumps to create an interesting hook for the first scene of the episode. The problem is that this is almost always a poor choice. Playing the events out of order never adds to the intrigue or suspense of an episode. Currahee and Crossroads in particular would have worked far better if told in order.

Luckily, the back half of the show gets away from playing with the structure and tells lesser-depicted and more compelling stories from World War II’s history. Bastogne follows one of the medics as he tries to scrounge supplies to keep his soldiers alive during the cold winter during the events leading up to The Battle of Bastogne. It’s a simple tale of survival and a look at a time when the war was on the edge of a knife and most of the soldiers on the ground had no idea what was going on.

Why We Fight is the sucker-punch episode of the series. Stories of World War II often exist either in the world of war-making or the horrors of the holocaust. In this episode, these two worlds collide when soldiers are baffled and confused when they come across a concentration camp. The episode slowly eases the audience into this sense of disorientation alongside the soldiers, which makes it all the more gut-wrenching.

Band of Brothers finds and intriguing perspective on a well-tread period of history that makes for compelling and thought-proving experience. It occasionally tries to be too clever for its own good, but when the show works, it excels.  Not every episode is great, the bookends of the show are particularly poor, but there’s enough intriguing and compelling material in the middle to make it one of the best pieces of audio-visual media on World War II.

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Post by: 1SO on May 04, 2015, 11:30:43 AM
Not every episode is great, the bookends of the show are particularly poor, but there’s enough intriguing and compelling material in the middle to make it one of the best pieces of audio-visual media on World War II.
Yes. The first episode is the worst one, enough so that I didn't continue with the series when it first premiered, but had to get through it again years later when I committed to watching the full series. It's partly the disastrous casting of David Schwimmer, but also the different tone that episode strikes. Until the end it's very typical TV Drama, and hardly sets you up for the unique cinematic experience to follow.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on May 04, 2015, 01:44:42 PM
Yea, the first episode made me worry that I was going to hate the series, but it got better fast.
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Post by: Bondo on May 05, 2015, 02:22:55 AM
So HBO's Silicon Valley is just a remake of Amazon Prime's Betas, right?
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Post by: MattDrufke on May 06, 2015, 07:39:32 AM
Did anyone watch the primetime Letterman tribute on Monday? Just an amazing reminder to me of how completely inferior Jay Leno was in comparison.
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Post by: ses on May 07, 2015, 07:05:39 PM
Did anyone watch the primetime Letterman tribute on Monday? Just an amazing reminder to me of how completely inferior Jay Leno was in comparison.

I watched it, and I agree.
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Post by: Bondo on May 07, 2015, 11:28:15 PM
Not to take anything away from Letterman, but Leno would look inferior in comparison to many people.
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Post by: MattDrufke on May 08, 2015, 09:30:15 AM
Not to take anything away from Letterman, but Leno would look inferior in comparison to many people.

True, but it really does go to show what a fundamental problem (to me, anyway) that Jay Leno always had. While he's clearly a monologue master, and that may create good moments within the show, his inability to really excel at anything else is what (in my opinion) will stop him from being known as one of the great talk show hosts. When you think of some other hosts- Letterman, Ferguson, Kimmel, & Fallon- the one thing that they're trying to do is create moments. They're trying to give people things to talk about, and that's the kind of stuff people remember the next day. Leno will always just be known for doing monologues well, which is great but not memorable. It's kind of like if "Weekend Update" is the best part of SNL, you know it was a crappy episode.
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Post by: jbissell on May 08, 2015, 05:44:42 PM
12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer.

Excellent.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on May 08, 2015, 06:42:25 PM
12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer.
Already seen it. The plot was so good.
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Post by: oneaprilday on May 09, 2015, 12:17:01 PM
12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer.

Excellent.
Yes. Good stuff.
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Post by: Bondo on May 09, 2015, 09:00:07 PM
Two episodes into Silicon Valley. It's very similar to Betas (the Amazon Prime original), but not as good.
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Post by: MartinTeller on May 10, 2015, 01:40:30 AM
I haven't seen Betas but Silicon Valley is pretty great.
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Post by: Bondo on May 10, 2015, 01:59:48 AM
Well, I'll give it a couple more episodes, but so far it is pretty not great. I get the whole engineers are socially awkward aspies, I REALLY do, but at some point I need more than just all the characters standing around frozen and incompetent.
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Post by: MattDrufke on May 12, 2015, 06:45:13 AM
Had "Empire" on Hulu while I was doing work and, when it was all said and done, I watched 8 episodes yesterday. Love what Terrence Howard is doing, but all of the female characters are paper-thin. (Even Taraji P. Henson's Cookie doesn't have a lot of depth to her). Also, watching the show try to do a hip-hop remake of Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing" was the most unintentionally funny moment television has produced in a while.
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Post by: Monty on May 15, 2015, 09:00:08 AM
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

Potential Spoilers http://i.imgur.com/ZIZt6dz.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/ZIZt6dz.jpg)  :o :o

I think my enjoyment of the series has been helped by avoiding all potential spoilers.
The only insight I had was watching All Good Things in the past year or so.

Silicon Valley is great by the way, Erlich is hilarious.
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Post by: oneaprilday on May 15, 2015, 10:59:00 AM
Silicon Valley is great by the way, Erlich is hilarious.
I got a bit fed up with TJ Miller after his appearances on the Doug Loves Movies podcast, but his contributions to Silicon Valley have made me forgive him. He really is great in the role.

Incidentally, he's also in Extract, which I just caught up with, sort of unrecognizable at first (Mike Judge to the right):
(http://i57.tinypic.com/ibax5t.jpg)
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Post by: verbALs on May 17, 2015, 06:15:13 AM
Two choice quotes from my current binge on Justified;

Raylan- If you wake up in the morning and meet an asshole; chances are you just met an asshole. If you find yourself meeting assholes all day; chances are you're the asshole.

Ava Crowder (confronted by a vertically- challenged prison guard)- Little short for a stormtrooper, aren'tcha?
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Post by: Monty on May 17, 2015, 06:20:10 AM
Two choice quotes from my current binge on Justified;

Raylan- If you wake up in the morning and meet an asshole; chances are you just met an asshole. If you find yourself meeting assholes all day; chances are you're the asshole.

Ava Crowder (confronted by a vertically- challenged prison guard)- Little short for a stormtrooper, aren'tcha?

 ;D ;D
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 17, 2015, 09:00:37 AM
Finished the last two episodes of New Girl season 4. It was a sweet sendoff for the season.
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Post by: ses on May 18, 2015, 11:08:17 AM
Finished the last two episodes of New Girl season 4. It was a sweet sendoff for the season.

It got a little dusty in the room.
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Post by: Junior on May 18, 2015, 12:15:43 PM
For sure. Was a bit bumpy this season but it ended strongly. I have high hopes for the show going forwards.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 18, 2015, 04:23:40 PM
I feel like there's only 1 season maybe 2 left. Their ratings are dropping off every season.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 19, 2015, 09:46:34 AM
The last couple episodes of Community have been top notch. "Basic RV Repair And Palmistry" was fantastic. One of the best of the series, not just the season.
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on May 20, 2015, 05:44:22 AM
Well after more than 30 years I have finally seen the first 15 minutes of the pilot episode of The Greatest American Hero. I then watched the rest of pilot, a most enjoyable experience.

The Flash S0122 - Rogue Air

Spoilers ahead!!!!

The show has always been just ok, but this episode was rubbish. The Flash and friends have to transport 4 baddies, so they get 2 other baddies to help, because supposedly it is the only way they can do it. However all that seems to entail is one baddie riding a motorbike and the other driving the truck. Then baddie number one apparently has had time to sabotage the containment unit and the 4 escape. What rubbish. Just a really really lousy excuse to put more enemies in the field against the Flash. lazy writing.
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Post by: Bondo on May 20, 2015, 12:39:27 PM
The Casual Vacancy Ep. 1-2

J.K. Rowling's follow-up to the Harry Potter series has been on my to read list for ages and recently I started the audiobook in part to get it done before watching the current BBC/HBO mini-series. I'm about three hours into the audiobook and have found it rough going. Failing at that I opted to start the mini-series and find it much more accessible. It does a better job of putting the thematic point in focus. There is an active debate about what to do with a property presently used as a center for services provided mostly to those in an estate called The Fields (estates being public housing). Howard Mollison (Michael Gambon) is the leader of a part of the town council that wants to replace it with a luxuriant spa, basically to complete the process of gentrifying to perfect his village by excluding those he finds undesirable. It's basically Hot Fuzz, but not as parody. Leading the charge to keep the facility open and generally advocate for those in need is Barry Fairbrother (Rory Kinnear). Considering Rowling's own meager beginnings and vocal advocacy for the poor, this makes sense and is interesting, though she manages to bury the lede in her own writing.

The plot is set in motion via Barry's death, creating the titular casual vacancy, which is to say an open seat on council that will determine the fate of the poor. His death is basically the first thing in the book, but in the show they push it to the end of the first episode, once the stakes and character have been built up a bit more. However, we find Barry's presence lingering in the form of someone posting online representing as his ghost, someone to disrupt the town's suburban hypocrisy. After two episodes I wouldn't say the show is great exactly, but it at least suggests value, which I haven't yet found in the book. Having loved Harry Potter and enjoyed The Cuckoo's Calling, it is weird to feel like Rowling has so mismanaged a story but if the show can spruce up the ideas, Rowling still deserves some credit.

So far I have to say the standout for me is Abigail Lawrie as Krystal, reminiscent of Mia in Fish Tank, a behavioral mess born of poverty, her mother largely absent (emotionally) due to drug abuse, tasked with care for her younger brother. Again, the show does her more credit early on than the book, painting her less as a trollop and more as a strong but uncertain girl.
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Post by: ses on May 20, 2015, 12:53:34 PM
I couldn't get into the audio book, there were so many characters and I didn't find it too compelling, I'm glad the series seems to be more accessible.
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Post by: oneaprilday on May 20, 2015, 06:28:39 PM
I felt, ultimately, the story line took some rather cheap/sensationalistic plot turns, but still, I'd say the show is well worth watching - great performances and a nicely cohesive, compelling construction of a community. 

(I haven't read the book and don't have any interest.)
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Post by: Bondo on May 20, 2015, 11:27:09 PM
Oh, didn't realize it was JUST the three episodes. No wonder it feels more pacey than an 18 hour audiobook. Probably could have waited until I watched the last one to write it up in that case.

ETA: Ugh, eff this show so hard. I should have stopped with two episodes. If I wanted to just feel horrible about everything, I'd rewatch episodes of Game of Thrones. With the political machinations here it actually does feel like a bloodless version of it.
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Post by: smirnoff on May 21, 2015, 01:42:16 PM
Band of Brothers (http://creativecriticism.net/?p=14962)

The decision to open each episode with documentary footage of interviews with the real-life veterans of Easy Company isn’t the best device. Sometimes it simply tells the audience what they’ll witness for the next hour. Other times, there’s an intriguing idea expressed but it might not actually emerge within the episode. It’s an uneven device and it doesn’t flow particularly well with the show. It feels like something that would have played better as a special about the show after one has watched the entire series.

Aw man, those are like one of my favourite elements of the series! I love being reminded that these aren't just characters. And it's so damn emotional! I'm like tearing up before the opening credits have even rolled! And I thought waiting until the very end of the last episode to reveal the names of each person (if you hadn't already worked it out) was a particularly nice touch.

Not every episode is great, the bookends of the show are particularly poor, but there’s enough intriguing and compelling material in the middle to make it one of the best pieces of audio-visual media on World War II.
Yes. The first episode is the worst one, enough so that I didn't continue with the series when it first premiered, but had to get through it again years later when I committed to watching the full series. It's partly the disastrous casting of David Schwimmer, but also the different tone that episode strikes. Until the end it's very typical TV Drama, and hardly sets you up for the unique cinematic experience to follow.
More differences. When I rewatch the series I always look forward to that first episode! I like the casting of Schwimmer.

The series is very consistent in showing what a mixed bag it was in terms of who your commanding officer was. There were good CO's (Spears) and disasterous CO's (Colin Hanks, and that other guy who freezes). I think the first episode establishes that, and the rest of the series carries it on as a persistent issue which really must've been a problem for these guys. Deep into the series you really get a sense of exactly how massive a difference having quality leadership could make in a given moment, because you see just how bad it is NOT to have it.
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Post by: Monty on May 21, 2015, 04:34:42 PM
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

Just watched the final episode. Excellent, probably my favourite TV show of the year so far.

Scatterbrained Initial thoughts ???

I think I said earlier, I think he's definitely got this bi-polar/multiple personality thing going on and the open mic finale just confirmed it for me, like he's was having a conversation with himself/selves. I think there's a tortured man in there, that hasn't got over seeing his mother kill herself, before his eyes. Therefore I think he's created these worlds where he can live without the pain of his mother's passing. It did remind me of The Minds of Billy Milligan, which I read at University.

I probably need to think about this awhile and watch the final show again.
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Post by: jdc on May 25, 2015, 08:32:41 PM
Just finished Bloodline on Netflix which centers around an older couple that that run a small Inn down in the Florida keys and the conflict of their siblings when their entranged son returns one day and wants to be part of the family business. 

Starts as a slow build but gets very good as you go deeper into their pasts and issues within the family.  Only small complaint is the occasional use of flash forwards scenes that really weren't needed if you held in there to completion.

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Post by: saltine on May 25, 2015, 10:10:26 PM
Glad to hear you think it gets better as I'm only 4 Eps in and wanted to give up on it except the feeling that that cast must deliver something eventually.  I'll stick with it on your rec.
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Post by: jdc on May 25, 2015, 10:27:11 PM
I think it is around there where it starts to get more interesting.  I didn't hear any buzz on it at first, it appeared on my Netflix screen and I ignored it.  I think it got praised on /Film or some podcast so decided to look it up and saw it got a lot of high ratings.

I am having an easier time watching TV series at the moment and maybe just saving the weekend to watch a film or two 

Deciding what to watch next:

Never seen any:
Rectify - not watched any but seem to remember hearing good things
The Good Wife - also seem to remember hearing good things but not sure
The Americans (Amazon Prime)

Have watched some seasons and have interest:
Justified.  I watched first 2 seasons long time ago.  Didn't really like the start, thought it was going for some kind of hook like Dexter but it really got pretty good by the end of season 2.  Just never got around to picking it up again.
Boardwalk Empire - watched the 1st season a while ago... a friend loves this but he thinks of himself as a Godfather type
Mad Men - have watched 5 seasons, I think there are a couple more on Netflix


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Post by: saltine on May 25, 2015, 10:37:25 PM
Broadway Empire is still on my radar. .. tbc.

I have seen the others...suggestions...finish Mad Men. Watch The Americans with your wife.  She will be intrigued.  Tuck The Good Wife away for a long illness or rainy day , oops they're all rainy...oh well.

Give Rectify a chance.  It is slow and meditative, but can't be beat for thoughtful commentary on lots of things, religion, criminal justice system, familial relations, and the inner life.  It's terrific, if you can accept it for what it brings to you.
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Post by: pixote on May 25, 2015, 11:13:10 PM
The Good Wife is terrific and great for binging.

pixote
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on May 26, 2015, 01:24:57 AM
Broadway Empire is still on my radar. .. tbc.

What show is that?
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Post by: saltine on May 26, 2015, 01:31:29 AM
Ah, vodka tonic helped me type that .  Of course it's Boardwalk Empire.  Thanks !

And I too love The Good Wife.
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Post by: jdc on May 26, 2015, 02:29:32 AM
thanks all.. will finish the season left of Man Men that are netflix first and then think start with The Good Wife
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on May 26, 2015, 11:49:37 AM
I just finished the last season of House of Cards, a personal favourite, and I am hugely disappointed. The entire third season was bland and unthrilling and the ending was especially anticlimactic.

I hope Hannibal (S3) won't disappoint at least.
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Post by: St. Martin the Bald on May 26, 2015, 05:34:06 PM
Trying to watch Black Mirror but every episode leaves me feeling as though I need to take a shower....
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Post by: jdc on May 31, 2015, 12:21:39 PM
Watched The Jinx over the weekend... don't even know what to say other than just amazing.  I really managed to know almost nothing about the series or the case other than I could tell it was getting a lot of love so would be worth the watch.

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Post by: The Deer Hunter on June 01, 2015, 03:46:26 AM
The last episode was as exhilarating as any fiction tv show I've seen in a while.
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Post by: jdc on June 01, 2015, 04:42:47 AM
The last episode was as exhilarating as any fiction tv show I've seen in a while.

for sure, so was the first episode for me since I wasn't familiar with the case
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Post by: verbALs on June 04, 2015, 08:57:59 AM
I heard one of Dunphyisms this morning;

Always catch a sunrise at least once a day.

We just finished a binge of Modern Family, start to finish. Some parts of the show were immediate like the expressions pulled by Cam or his shrieks of delight or shock. I started being really irritated by Phil Dunphy but over years of programmes he turns into a great representation of a man trying to be a good dad.

Great series but you already know that probably. Favourite moment Cam and Gloria trying to cook together. Divas. My missus favourite Cam and Mitch's White couch. Cam is our favourite character. Coach Cam.
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Post by: oldkid on June 06, 2015, 10:14:13 AM
Just watched the first episode of the new Netflix series Sense8. Wow. Just wow. Amazing visual, and a fantastic introduction to too many characters. This reminds me a bit of the first season of Lost with Cloud Atlas thrown in and a bit of Dollhouse. Can't wait to see where it goes.
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Post by: Bondo on June 06, 2015, 11:57:23 AM
Yeah, I like how it is unfolding...4-5 episodes in now. Nice to see Tom Tykwer involved as well. Getting the whole Cloud Atlas gang back together.

As could have been predicted by everyone, I'm in love with Nomi/Jamie Clayton.
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Post by: Bondo on June 10, 2015, 09:21:57 AM
Finished watching Sense8. I basically love it. I think they do a good job, ultimately, building all eight of the characters and given the nature of the sort of spiritual concept of the film and the connection, it speaks with such a warm empathy. Ultimately, as if I was a member of the group, I felt an investment in each of the stories, and it is pretty brilliant how they weave each character's talents into each other's stories. Because I'm me, my very favorite moment of the show was the transcendental orgy. My favorite individual storyline was the closeted Mexican actor, though my favorite character was, obviously, Nomi.

The one thing that doesn't really add up is the conspiracy thriller that ultimately drives the main action. I wasn't really clear on the motivations for the relevant character to pursue the sensate. It's as if the show felt compelled to build in this threat for dramatic reasons, but couldn't commit fully to it because they wanted to do all this other stuff (the stuff I loved) to play with the idea. The Pop Culture Happy Hour small batch on the show talked about it being slowly paced, but I feel like it could have used a handful more episodes in the season to allow it to build up this element without sacrificing the others. But the broader message of the show, the need to rediscover some kind of natural, universal empathy, that has become lost to mankind, has an appeal, even if it doesn't represent history in any real sense. I mean, it's like how people think of Native American religion, or some of the ancient Asian religions, as some better, more wholesome philosophy, yet these traditions (not to mention the horrors of nature in a broader sense, see every wildlife documentary) have plenty of violence as well. But empathy still seems to be the answer.
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Post by: Paul Phoenix on June 10, 2015, 04:27:27 PM
Bakemonogatari
Not just another harem anime

Bakemonogatari is one of those anime that didn't leave me a good first impression. While not nearly as bad as Naruto or Pokemon, I wouldn't recommend this to someone who's already had cynical views about the anime medium. The first episode is hardly the most interesting one of the series. It features a stoic, emotionless girl who's super-badass and wields a killer-stapler around. Not a good start for people who thinks anime is about ridiculous, over-the-top characters that make no sense. Worst of all, it has these flashing words that pop up every 10 minutes or so. Very pretentious, and certainly another bad thing for newcomers, especially when you consider that some of these flashing words actually add context to the story, thus requiring the audience to pause every so often.

However, if one has enough patience to stay for another episode, episode 2 gives a little surprise to the audience. It has a nice mix of Japanese mythologies the likes of Mushishi and some good ol' fashion action and suspense. The blood is not gory, the action is not over-the-top, and the drama is not hammy. It has a well-balanced enough script to entertain most demographics, and it even goes into dark territories sometimes that are unlike your average light-hearted harem. Best of all, its characters are fairly interesting. At the very least, the avoidance from exaggerating their personality leaves a kind of charm in them. They are very relatable, and even the pacifist of the story is not unrealistically naive.

I also like how the anime subverts certain anime tropes. While it's not an outright deconstruction like Bokurano, and it does have certain predictable moments, I enjoy how it plays certain stereotypes a little bit differently, just applying subtle differences to them. The stoic's unrealistic lack of emotions was explained away with a story element, the existence of a harem became a self-aware topic, and certain famous lore like the monkey's paw are given a twist. Much of the story is played around with a self-aware, tongue-in-cheek comedy, but this doesn't distract me too much from the tension and the drama.

And speaking of tension, this isn't an action anime. It's a slow-crawl drama comedy with moments of suspense and well-written characters in it. The little quirks each character has are interesting enough that when the disturbing backstory is revealed, you'll forget that this is a comedy. While it usually has a relaxing pace in a slice-of-life fashion, but it's way too dark to be considered a realistic slice-of-life, and that works in its favor to keep things from becoming too dull.

The series also becomes better with each story arc, with the final climatic arc being my personal favorite. The vicious twist at the last episode was so good. Even though you might be reminded of School Days, the twist wasn't anything clumsy like that, and it made me excited about the next season of the series.

I give Bakemonogatari
7.2/10
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on June 11, 2015, 09:15:23 AM
Bakemonogatari is one of those anime that didn't leave me a good first impression. While not nearly as bad as Naruto or Pokemon, I wouldn't recommend this to someone who's already had cynical views about the anime medium. The first episode is hardly the most interesting one of the series. It features a stoic, emotionless girl who's super-badass and wields a killer-stapler around. Not a good start for people who thinks anime is about ridiculous, over-the-top characters that make no sense. Worst of all, it has these flashing words that pop up every 10 minutes or so. Very pretentious, and certainly another bad thing for newcomers, especially when you consider that some of these flashing words actually add context to the story, thus requiring the audience to pause every so often.

This makes me wonder how you would react to Kill la Kill.
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Post by: Paul Phoenix on June 11, 2015, 03:22:34 PM
This makes me wonder how you would react to Kill la Kill.
See, you would be surprised. I loved Gurren Lagann, of which its over-the-top style of humor I felt Kill la Kill tried to imitate. When a show knowingly goes over-the-top, when the writers of that show unapologetically use such humor because they know exactly what kind of show it is (like Mad Max and Skyfall), I'll never dislike about the humor because I love that kind of ridiculous humor. The only thing I would complain about is when it doesn't go far enough to make it more unique, creative, or fun. Kill la Kill is one such example. I think it tried too hard to remain 'serious' when it could have gone the Gurren Lagann way and just make it outrageous, epic, and totally badass. I dropped it in episode 21 out of boredom, not because I disliked its humor. Even Nichijou was a lot more fun than Kill la Kill.

Oh, and before you say anything, no, the writers of MCU don't know what kind of story Avengers is. While the comics can be more over-the-top than the movies sometimes, they often had a bigger focus on relatable human drama or real world politics; the movies replaced those with jokes, one-liners, and a campy human genocide (and in Iron Man 3's case, a buddy cop comedy). They think capes and superheroes are silly with a kind of self-awareness humor while the best stories in Marvel comic books had little of such self-awareness (Kraven's Last Hunt, Demon in the Bottle, Siege, Fallen Son, Days of Future Past, Daredevil: Born Again). Winter Soldier being the exception, I think they went a little too far with the non-seriousness. The Netflix Daredevil series, on the other hand, is the right step back to what Marvel stories were all about.

Sorry for the digression from the topic. Just had to set the record straight for my views on 'over-the-top' humor. :)
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Post by: MattDrufke on June 11, 2015, 03:44:17 PM
Just watched the first two episodes of Game Of Thrones. Well... now I know why I won't be leaving the house this summer.
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on June 11, 2015, 05:34:15 PM
Just watched the first two episodes of Game Of Thrones. Well... now I know why I won't be leaving the house this summer.

You think you'll be leaving it afterwards ? Don't you know ?

Winter is coming.
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Post by: MartinTeller on June 11, 2015, 06:24:35 PM
I've resisted the GoT hype machine for so long, but we just got season 1 as a wedding gift. 
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Post by: Junior on June 11, 2015, 06:28:28 PM
Do not resist. The night is dark and full of terrors.
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on June 11, 2015, 06:31:32 PM
Not for the Many-faced-God.
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Post by: smirnoff on June 12, 2015, 06:00:21 PM
I've resisted the GoT hype machine for so long, but we just got season 1 as a wedding gift. 

Episode 1 sooiler

"The things we.do for love" :)
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Post by: Paul Phoenix on June 13, 2015, 06:07:47 AM
Just finished the mid-season finale of Mushishi season 2. Figured I might as well talk a bit about the show before moving on to the next half of the season.

What Is Mushishi
A better question is, "What isn't Mushishi?" The first thing any average viewer might notice is its distinct lack of typical anime stereotypes - your big boobs, bug-eyes, and ridiculous superpowers. Mushishi is one of the rare gems out there that prove anime can be about anything, especially when you consider the definition of the term being: "Japanese animation".

The story is about a man named Ginko who could see these creatures of the world called "Mushi" (hence the title, "Mushi-Master" or "Mushi-shi"). These mushi can become a plague to people due to their capabilities, which is why mushishi like Ginko exist to help people with these problems.

Neutrality and the Respect of Nature
The greatest part about the story lies in its neutrality towards these 'mushi'. These natural phenomenon were never treated as enemies by the mushishi who know better. There are no edgy action scenes or melodramatic tragedies, just a relaxing journey with Ginko as we see nature takes its course and people doing their best not to get in the way. I would compare watching Mushishi to drinking fine sake under a moonlit sky; you would gain a greater appreciation for life and all its wonders.

I would recommend this to anyone bothered by the outrageous style of typical anime. If you like what I've described, I would also recommend you to check out Kino's Journey, another anime that breaks the mold, is almost as relaxing, and features equally profound short stories.
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Post by: Bondo on June 13, 2015, 11:39:08 PM
I'm through the first six episodes of S3 of Orange is the New Black and the best thing I can say is that it thus far is leaving behind S2's venture into big drama. S2 had plenty of really great moments in flashback and the like, but the overall arc got way off track by needing to escalate conflict to unrealistic levels (judging by the source material). I'm not sure S3 has had anything to match the better moments of S2, but so far I really liked Flaca's backstory.
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on June 14, 2015, 06:30:30 AM
I'm through the first six episodes of S3 of Orange is the New Black and the best thing I can say is that it thus far is leaving behind S2's venture into big drama. S2 had plenty of really great moments in flashback and the like, but the overall arc got way off track by needing to escalate conflict to unrealistic levels (judging by the source material). I'm not sure S3 has had anything to match the better moments of S2, but so far I really liked Flaca's backstory.

I had no idea that had even been released already. I'm just about to finish S2.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on June 14, 2015, 06:49:16 AM
Just watched season 4 of The Guild (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1138475/). This show is still funny and fun, and each episode is only 6 minutes long.
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Post by: Junior on June 14, 2015, 05:48:15 PM
Wayward Pines is the nuttiest show I've seen in a long while. Builds a mystery for four episodes, has a massive infodump in ep 5, is insane. Enjoyable because it's filled with good actors and fun characters. But, like, it's super crazy.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Monty on June 15, 2015, 06:28:20 AM
Wayward Pines is the nuttiest show I've seen in a long while. Builds a mystery for four episodes, has a massive infodump in ep 5, is insane. Enjoyable because it's filled with good actors and fun characters. But, like, it's super crazy.

I'm watching and it's a lot of fun. At first I thought It was gonna be a mash-up between something like Shutter Island & The Truman Show. Then it goes a bit Fortitude, then episode five happens and it goes completely mental ;D

Brilliant!
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Post by: oldkid on June 16, 2015, 11:55:42 PM
Mushi shi is quite good.  I've only finished about half the episodes, but I love the creepy-but-not-scary feel to it.  An otherworldly presence, but also realism.

The Guild is so much fun.  It's not much in commitment and it's good comedy.

Sense8

I finished it in about four days.  It was captivating, and it was better than I thought it would be.  It would be easy for it to get lost, or to focus on some stories and not others.  Instead, it kept a precise balance of stories and interweaving.  And it didn't hurt that the cinematography and locations were always stunning.

It seems though, that more than just plot, this series is about the human experience.  Radically different cultures, moral codes, religions, and experiences still have, behind them all, a common human experience.  This comes out most clearly in the montages-- all eight characters share in sexual pleasure, in birth, in music, in love.  They struggle together through their differences and the discussions are some of the best cross-cultural interactions I've seen on screen. 

It is fun, and it isn't really deep, but what is displays is quite unique. 
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on June 22, 2015, 09:25:50 AM
I watched a Modern Family episode yesterday, which I would normally not talk about but for the fact that this one was interesting. It took place entirely on a computer screen, with the "camera" focusing on the particular corner of the screen being used at that moment by the character. I thought the gimmick would become tiresome pretty soon and hoped it would be used only for the beginning of the episode ; but it turns out it worked quite well. The quality of the episode was on par with the rest of the series. It turned out to be quite a bit of interesting directing. 
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Post by: Monty on June 22, 2015, 05:22:14 PM
Silicon Valley: Binding Arbitration

(http://i.imgur.com/hejb9jU.jpg)

Pete: "Well, it all depends on whether or not the attorneys at Hooli figure out that your girlfriend is your laptop."

Gilfoyle: "Are you telling us that this entire case hinges on people believing Richard had a girlfriend."

Dinesh: "We are CINECASTED!!!"

[Then later on at the Arbitration hearing, when Hooli have discovered that Richard's laptop is his girlfriend, Elrich tries to save the situation]

Erlich: "It’s okay, Richard. You don’t have to protect me anymore. I’m his girlfriend. I was the one who was in the shop for three days ‘cause he hit it so hard I needed a doctor."

 ;D I CINECASTING love this show, if only for the swearing. Erlich and Dinesh are such great characters.
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Post by: MartinTeller on June 22, 2015, 05:50:29 PM
The next episode is such a rollercoaster.  I was genuinely stressed out by it.
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Post by: MartinTeller on June 22, 2015, 05:53:36 PM
Oh, I binged through the first five episodes of Wayward Pines last night.  It's kind of trope-y and familiar (think The Prisoner meets Lost) but it takes some bold steps and is pretty engaging. 
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Post by: oneaprilday on June 22, 2015, 11:43:15 PM
;D I CINECASTING love this show, if only for the swearing. Erlich and Dinesh are such great characters.
It's such a great show.
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Post by: Junior on June 23, 2015, 01:27:21 AM
While I have been greatly enjoying the BBC adaptation of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell as it has been airing in Britain, it's not entirely perfect. One of the best things about that book was the epic scale of it even though it was also mostly a character study of the two titular magicians. Years and years pass, wars are fought and ended and fought again. The tv show, squeezed as it is into 7 episodes, loses the passage of time to achieve a much quicker pace. Additionally, the sound mix is often off to me. Maybe it's just my computer, but the voices are mixed much quieter than they should be for my liking.

With all of that said, man, this show gets almost everything else right. Casting is perfect (though there are three brunettes who all look quite similar and it can be slightly confusing), the art direction is astounding, and the regular direction is just delightful. It captures much of the source's dry sense of humor and ironic wit without the help of the footnotes which really helped expand the world of the novel outside its main story. Pretty remarkable stuff. The effect work is also top notch. Loved the ships in the opening of the second episode. I hope those on this side of the Atlantic catch up, there's only two episodes so far that have aired on BBC America. It's delightful.
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Post by: jdc on June 23, 2015, 08:12:14 AM
Really enjoying Orange is the New Black this season.  It has progressively gotten better it seems.  I find some of the Subs that Netflix adds quite funny... around 48mins+ in the Don't Make me Come Back there episode, it says "[Black Cindy] you so gansta"

Is there a white Cindy?
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Post by: ses on June 23, 2015, 02:09:34 PM
;D I CINECASTING love this show, if only for the swearing. Erlich and Dinesh are such great characters.
It's such a great show.

I need to give it another shot.  I watched the first few episodes and it did nothing for me.
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Post by: MattDrufke on June 23, 2015, 02:30:44 PM
;D I CINECASTING love this show, if only for the swearing. Erlich and Dinesh are such great characters.
It's such a great show.

I need to give it another shot.  I watched the first few episodes and it did nothing for me.

I found you need to give it the full first season. I feel like the first 3 episodes specifically are setting up the storyline and what they want to do so Mike Judge can come in and start putting in (what feels to me) his own personal touches in the episodes. I feel like in the second half of the first season, the show finds the perfect balance between caring about the characters (and letting them have their jokes) and moving the storyline forward.
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on June 24, 2015, 03:20:53 AM
While I have been greatly enjoying the BBC adaptation of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell as it has been airing in Britain, it's not entirely perfect. One of the best things about that book was the epic scale of it even though it was also mostly a character study of the two titular magicians. Years and years pass, wars are fought and ended and fought again.

I just found out, by pure happenstance, that I have this book at home. Would you recommend it ? I was thinking of giving it a shot and try the series afterwards.
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Post by: Junior on June 24, 2015, 09:19:17 AM
Definitely. It's a slow book but also one of the best of the new millennium.
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on June 24, 2015, 09:41:15 AM
Definitely. It's a slow book but also one of the best of the new millennium.

That's a bold endorsement. You realize that if I read it and it turn out to be less than good you will be deemed responsible.
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Post by: Junior on June 24, 2015, 11:04:31 AM
It's not for everyone. Those who love it, though, really love it. The show is much more accessible if you find the pace too glacial.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on June 24, 2015, 02:21:00 PM
I second Junior's recommendation. It's one of the finest pieces of fantasy fiction I've ever read.
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Post by: oldkid on June 26, 2015, 12:03:24 AM
I started it  before and it was too slow for me to get into it, but it still fascinates me.

Given your two very strong recommendations, I will try again.

Should I be sure to read it before the BBC adaption?
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Post by: Junior on June 26, 2015, 12:39:03 AM
I'm actually doing an audiobook re-read simultaneous with the show and they work quite well together. Probably would work starting with either one. The series really hits all the high notes but leaves out a good deal of worldbuilding, though some of that is touched on in ways that I think would only work for those who have read the book. You know, reference a character who was super minor but do nothing with it other than a shout out.

Basically, I don't know. Sorry to be so unhelpful. If it does help anything, know that it took like three tries for me to finally get more than a hundred pages or so into the book.
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Post by: Paul Phoenix on June 28, 2015, 03:59:07 AM
The Twelve Kingdoms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv4dxhQ6SqU

A wonderful story featuring profound lessons, The Twelve Kingdom began with a tale of an average high school girl named Nakajima Youko who finds her true self in another world. While that premise does sound like your typical teenage drama nowadays, it's anything but; Youko's story is merely one of the four story arcs you'd find in this anime. And there are no cheesy romance moments the likes of Twilight here; instead, you have some very thorough character-development placed not just on Youko, but also on the rest of the fantastic cast that you'll meet in the later story arcs.

Personally, I find the third story arc - "Skies of Dawn" - to be the best. It tells the tale of three girls - Youko included - and the parallel lives they share. The characters are terribly flawed here, but I think with their eventual growth in later episodes, the flaws merely made them better characters. You could really see the humanity in these people and greatly relate to them. Overall, I think the show's strongest aspect is the character-writing.

Unfortunately, the show was... cancelled. Sigh. I'm not sure why exactly, but the discontinuation really hurts the story badly, because you won't get to see how one of the more prominent characters in the cast get developed in the novels the anime was adapted from. That said, I would still recommend a viewing if only for the enjoyment of the show. It's got a great atmosphere, the visuals and music are great, and like I said, the characters are excellent, comparable to Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Just don't be too bothered by the fairly weak fourth story arc (it only lasts 5 episodes and a recap episode).
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Post by: roujin on June 28, 2015, 12:13:19 PM
Remember really loving that one. There's a really great, triumphant ending at ep 39 or so. But then it continues on this little mini-story that's cool, but not as good.
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Post by: MattDrufke on June 30, 2015, 09:59:01 AM
Currently re-watching the US version of "The Office" sporadically. I'm on season 3 now, which is where I think this show really steps out of the shadow of it's UK predecessor and becomes it's own show. I think it skillfully manages handling 2 storylines (Jim moving to a different branch in Stamford and what is happening in Scranton).

One of my favorite things about what the US version of this show does is that it shows you that these people actually do belong at their jobs. Michael Scott may be the absolute nutjob that he is and a terrible boss, but there are moments when you realize, "Oh... I see the worth he adds to the company. He was a fantastic salesman. He just kind of kept failing upwards."
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on June 30, 2015, 10:04:16 AM
I just finished Season 2. That makes me want to get my hands on the next one as soon as possible.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on June 30, 2015, 04:16:37 PM
Season 5 of The Office is one of my all-time favourite seasons for a comedy.
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Post by: smirnoff on June 30, 2015, 05:11:28 PM
Word matt. Watching Dwight and Jim double-team a sales pitch that one episode is one of .h fondest memories of the show.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MattDrufke on July 01, 2015, 10:24:18 AM
Word matt. Watching Dwight and Jim double-team a sales pitch that one episode is one of .h fondest memories of the show.

So agreed. One of the all-time great scenes in a show full of great scenes.

I have a fondness for one scene with Dwight & Pam- and I'm doing this all from memory here, so I may be a touch off. Pam is crying and Dwight takes off his jacket. We think he's going to put it around her, but he ties it around his waist. That's fantastic enough, but what happens next is even better. Pam tells Dwight he doesn't have to stay, and Dwight's voice cracks and he says, "I know." You think it's going to be this beautiful moment and a real shift and maybe even character insight... until Dwight asks Pam if she's on her period.

Rainn Wilson kills that scene and it's sad he never won an emmy for the work on the show.
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Post by: smirnoff on July 01, 2015, 02:11:26 PM
Man... you're making me want to begin rewatching the series. :)

So many solid laughs. I'd say on a laughs per show basis it's second only to Gavin & Stacy.
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on July 02, 2015, 06:24:16 AM
Just watched the final episode of Game of Thrones. So I have now watched season 1 episode 1 and season 5 episode 10, and nothing in the middle. I have read the books, so watching this final episode was a case of being amazed at how different it is. Characters have moved all over the place.
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Post by: saltine on July 06, 2015, 06:07:47 PM
After hearing/reading that this is very good (and finding out that I can stream for free), I'm going to try Lifetime's UnReal tonight.  Have any of you heard about it?  Any interest?  I'm not a reality TV watcher, but I can't resist the good reviews.

Still waiting for John to have time to watch True Detective with me ...
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Post by: MattDrufke on July 07, 2015, 09:01:29 AM
Season 2 of Game Of Thrones... wrapped up.

I'm obviously hooked, and I'm definitely with this show wherever it takes me, but with so many storylines, I always feel disappointed when an episode is done. I'm always wishing more time was spent with Jon Snow or Tyrion. Daenerys' storyline this whole season has been small and forgettable and could be summed up with the whine, "I want my throne!" Also, I don't care about this zombie army at all. Stop spending time on them. Cut to a war between two sides where I actually enjoy watching both sides.

Obviously, this is just whining. I'm hooked. Starting season 3 tomorrow.
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Post by: MattDrufke on July 08, 2015, 02:47:35 PM
Now catching up on season 2 of Silicon Valley. Just finished 206 & 207, which I think are not only the two best eps in the season, but maybe the whole series. This is some fantastic comedy writing. Not just in the big picture, but in the little jokes that you're not even looking for. The SWOT board for letting the stuntman die or not had me genuinely laughing out loud and the names of all of the different porn companies was a fantastic touch as well. What a great show.
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Post by: pixote on July 08, 2015, 11:12:30 PM
I've been forced to watch Charmed as of late. Random episodes from seasons 1 and 2. I'm generally annoyed by it. Is this the appropriate response? Does it get better?

It seems like a shell of Buffy, without the wit or the appealing characters. Then again, the first two seasons of Buffy were pretty  bad, too (though in different ways).

pixote
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Post by: saltine on July 12, 2015, 09:58:51 AM
Watching Deutschland 83.  I like it a lot, even if I have to pay strict attention to the subtitles.  In ep 4, there was a totally improbable event, but the rest is quite well-plotted and the characters are complicated enough to hold my interest.  Worth a watch, imo.
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Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on July 15, 2015, 06:08:17 AM
I have breezed through season 3 of The House Of Cards in four sittings, which in a way is indicative of how relatively lightweight the material is. We saw the first two seasons earlier this year and while season 1 was painted with rather broad strokes, season 2 filled the picture with finer lines. In season 3 things get thicker, like when you do a reduction sauce when you cook. It works good on the domestic level but when international relations are on the agenda (Russia this season) the taste feels a bit untrue. It was the same with the Chinese angle in season 2. The last episode's cliffhanger was the cheapest ever but I will watch season 4 without hesitation, I guess.

Kevin Spacey is incredible as Francis Underwood. He has the coolest cuff links ever and a very frosty wife in Claire (Robin Wright). Not that fond of her.

(http://i.imgur.com/vC3WatJ.jpg?1)
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Post by: MattDrufke on July 16, 2015, 11:15:34 AM
8 eps into season 3 of Game Of Thrones and this is, by far, the best season so far. You're finally starting to see why people would follow Daneyrs. That one chick fought a bear. Jaime lost a hand.

I just got done with the marriage of Tyrion & Sansa. Peter Dinklage is a damn champ actor, and doing better work on this show than most actors on most anything. His sad eyes through the entire plotline just destroy me, which is amazing considering some of the horrible stuff he was doing earlier in the season.
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on July 16, 2015, 11:20:07 AM
* Obligatory The Books Are So Much Better comment *
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Post by: Totoro on July 18, 2015, 02:25:19 PM
* Obligatory 'Still no one cares about your damn books" comment *
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Post by: pixote on July 18, 2015, 02:39:04 PM
SeinfeldGood News, Bad News (#1.1)
By my count, the pilot episode of "The Seinfeld Chronicles" contains three amusing moments. First, George says to Claire (the waitress), "You're a woman, right?" and Claire drones back, "What gave it away?" It's a line that feels very indebted to Roseanne and thus maybe a little out of place on Seinfeld. It's fascinating to imagine what the series would had looked like had Lee Garlington remained the fourth lead, rather than giving way to Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. I think, tonally, I might have preferred it; but who knows. Anyway, humorous moment two: George, flummoxed that Jerry has brought in a guest bed for the woman coming to stay with him, asks, "Why not bring in another guy, too?" Or something to that effect. And then, third and best is when Jerry's visitor greets him at the airport in a fashion that's not in the greeting manual. If the pilot shows any promise of the series to come, it's in that moment. Most everything else is pretty disposable. The chemistry isn't there yet between the castmembers, and the standup routines just interrupt both the narrative and the comedic momentum (with no value added). I wonder if, as the show continues, I'll ever feel like Jerry the character (in the sitcom scenes) and Seinfeld the standup (in the nightclub act) are the same person. I suspect I won't.
Grade: C

Curb Your EnthusiasmThe Pants Tent (#1.1)
Finally getting around to giving this show a chance. It gets off to a decent start, with some solid comedy of the awkward situation. I had thought Larry David's was going to be a pure curmudgeon, so it was something of a relief to see that the character has a silly, joyous side. His mocking of Richard Lewis' "sundown" deadline was definitely a highlight, especially with Lewis acknowledging his character break in that moment. The technical aspects of the production leave a lot to be desired, however, and a good ten minutes of the half hour running time was more enervating than entertaining.
Grade: B-

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Post by: St. Martin the Bald on July 18, 2015, 03:17:53 PM
* Obligatory The Books Are So Much Better comment *

It's almost always this but I am actually on board with the deviations from the books.
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on July 20, 2015, 01:15:04 AM
* Obligatory The Books Are So Much Better comment *

It's almost always this but I am actually on board with the deviations from the books.

Me too mostly, but sometimes they change something about  character and I am «Huh...why ?» like how they made Circei so much less crueler or how they made Littlefinger's ability with coin to be nothing more than money borrowing.
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Post by: pixote on July 20, 2015, 03:13:20 PM
Game of ThronesWinter is Coming (#1.1)
Not the most riveting start to a series, but it lays a lot of groundwork and succeeds in showing potential for the future. I wasn't expecting a supernatural element (the white walkers), so that's intriguing, but overall the show just made me want to return to my abandoned marathon of Robin of Sherwood.
Grade: C+

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Post by: Junior on July 20, 2015, 03:16:12 PM
It's not until the fifth episode that things start to get really great.
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Post by: pixote on July 20, 2015, 03:16:50 PM
Ha, someone else told me it wasn't until the ninth.

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Post by: Junior on July 20, 2015, 03:31:47 PM
Well, it depends I guess. Make it to at least the fifth and then we'll talk.
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on July 20, 2015, 03:58:37 PM
I view the first book/season as grounwork for the rest of the series. It's not bad by any means but it's not up to the standard either.
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Post by: pixote on July 20, 2015, 11:39:40 PM
TransparentPilot (#1.1)
Despite a disappointing last couple of minutes, this is a decently strong pilot. The core family dynamic appeals to me, and the episode cuts between the various characters at a nice pace. I laughed a couple of times, but it actually played more as a somewhat light-hearted drama than as a semi-dramatic comedy. But I hated the ending for a couple of reasons. First, it seemed like overkill for one of the daughters to initiate a lesbian affair (in her dad's bedroom, of all places). All narrative nuance went out the window in that moment. And then for Jeffrey Tambor's character to see their car but walk in on them anyway — despite having just reminded us that he wasn't yet ready to reveal his secret — that made things silly. I don't mind either one of those plot points on their own, but I would have preferred more buildup, more development. Instead, they feel unnaturally shoehorned into the end of the pilot to end it with a "stay tuned!" bang — but it had the opposite effect on me.
Grade: B-

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Post by: pixote on July 21, 2015, 05:03:17 PM
The Walking Dead — Season One
I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting from this series, but the first six episodes really only delivered the bare minimum. Everything is all pretty standard so far. The post-apocalyptic landscape doesn't seem that far removed from a show like Jericho, and the zombies don't stretch very far beyond the generic either. I was hoping for richer characterizations, but the show certainly isn't there yet. It's frustrating to me that, in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, so many petty, personal dramas dominate the story. I lost track of how many times a character made a loud noise (yelling, firing a gun, etc.) with no regard for the fact that doing so would attract zombies — but it was definitely too many times. And there's a surprising absence of any sort of edge to the tone — whether it be humor or fright or cynicism or whatever. It's fairly bland and safe. As such, it makes for innocuous viewing — neither addictive nor off-putting — with a lot of potential for growth. I couldn't say exactly where I want the show to go from here; I just hope it finds a stronger core.
Grade: B-

VeepFundraiser (#1.1)
I wasn't the biggest fan (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=1028.msg293181#msg293181) of Armando Iannucci's In the Loop, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised by my initial disinterest in Veep. The comedy of irritation — where the primary source of humor is the way every character annoys the hell out of every other character — rarely works for me. And that's the main vibe I got from this initial episode, especially the first half. I was completely disinterested in the show at that point. The second half, though, provided a few moments that were sort of irresistibly funny — e.g., Tony Hale walking down the hallway in the red coat he borrowed from his coworker — and those moments give me some hope. Still, of all the shows I've started watching over the past week or so, this is the one I'm least enthusiastic about.
Grade: C+

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Post by: Junior on July 21, 2015, 05:34:59 PM
How would you feel if I told you to wait until season 5 for The Walking Dead to get really good?

And I can understand your concerns with Veep. It feels like ineptitude covered by viciousness to me, but not everybody is going to be into that.
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Post by: pixote on July 21, 2015, 05:39:54 PM
How would you feel if I told you to wait until season 5 for The Walking Dead to get really good?

I'd start having flashbacks to Angel.

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Post by: pixote on July 23, 2015, 12:22:50 PM
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert DurstPoor Little Rich Boy (#1.2)
I was disappointed in the first episode of this mini-series, but the subsequent episode is a step up, largely because Durst himself is a strong interview subject. Jarecki's strength here is more as a screenwriter than a director, especially in the very gradual reveals of key bits of information. But I'm not at all a fan of his interview style nor his use of semi-impressionistic reenactments. I'm very curious now to go back and watch Capturing the Friedmans for comparison.
Grade: B-

True DetectiveThe Long Bright Dark (#1.1)
A very strong initial episode makes this the show I'm most excited to keep watching. Having the mystery unfold in two timelines is a great concept, and there's a very strong sense of mood and generally a nice ear for Chandleresque dialogue ("This place is like somebody's memory of a town, and the memory is fading."). I'm having a little trouble accepting McConaughey character as something more than a screenwriter's creation; he just feels very 'written' to me, and I'm not confident the series will be able to bridge the 1995 version of him with the 2012 version. The dynamic between Harrelson and McConaughey feels a little forced as well, but I suspect that'll improve as the series continues.
Grade: B

SeinfeldThe Stakeout (#1.2)
The opening scene did such a good job of integrating Elaine into the ensemble that I almost forgot this was the debut of her character. A little unfortunate, then, that the rest of the episode was so much about her and Jerry, with George and Kramer a little too much on the sidelines. A couple of amusing moments here and there but no real great laughs.
Grade: C

Curb Your EnthusiasmTed and Mary (#1.2)
A step down from the pilot. I really wish the filmmaking didn't feel so amateurish. I guess the one-take, improv style is supposed to be part of the appeal but it's making for some ugly cinematography and inconsistent acting. Mary Steenburgen is pretty perfect here, though.
Grade: C+

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Post by: Junior on July 23, 2015, 12:24:55 PM
Do you have Fargo on your schedule at all? It got a little overlooked during all the True Detective hype last year but it's a much better show, I think. And unlike that show it has at least one super-great female character.
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Post by: pixote on July 23, 2015, 12:27:16 PM
Do you have Fargo on your schedule at all? It got a little overlooked during all the True Detective hype last year but it's a much better show, I think. And unlike that show it has at least one super-great female character.

I would definitely add it to the schedule, if it's available to stream somewhere. I really want to see it, based on what I've read about it here.

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Post by: Junior on July 23, 2015, 12:34:51 PM
Looks like it is only available to buy on Amazon right now. That's unfortunate.
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Post by: pixote on July 23, 2015, 12:36:38 PM
Looks like it is only available to buy on Amazon right now. That's unfortunate.

I added the Blu-Ray of the first three episodes to my Netflix queue.

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Post by: DarkeningHumour on July 23, 2015, 12:39:10 PM
And unlike that show it has at least one super-great female character.

The addition of all the super great female cadavers makes up for the lack a great female lead, surely ?
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Post by: Junior on July 23, 2015, 12:43:00 PM
Nice! Good luck!

I think you're right about Rust Cohle in that he feels super written. I still kinda loved it. The show operates on a slightly elevated plane and I think he kinda fits that. His ramblings were more engaging than almost anything on TV because they were so out there and loquacious.
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Post by: pixote on July 23, 2015, 12:50:42 PM
I think you're right about Rust Cohle in that he feels super written. I still kinda loved it. The show operates on a slightly elevated plane and I think he kinda fits that. His ramblings were more engaging than almost anything on TV because they were so out there and loquacious.

Yeah, I still like his character and find him very engaging. And I love how different he looks in the two periods. They almost could've used two different actors. (Incidentally, the mere fact that his name is Rust Cohle suggests a very written character, lol.)

One thing I forgot to mention: It's not clear to me why, in 2012, Marty and Rust are so patient with the detectives interviewing them and not calling them more on their disingenuous tone and questions. Marty gets baffled at one point, "Why are we talking about dinner?" But he seems smarter than that (and certainly experienced enough, by 2012, to recognize this interrogation style), so I'm not sure what's going on.

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Post by: philip918 on July 23, 2015, 01:54:23 PM
Mr. Robot has one of the most entertaining and engaging pilots I've seen in a long time. It's a rare accomplishment to establish such a vivid and rich world, kick off a twisty plot, and get deep inside the head of an intriguing character.
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Post by: saltine on July 23, 2015, 03:44:02 PM
If y'all aren't watching unReal, you should be. 
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Post by: smirnoff on July 23, 2015, 04:06:23 PM
You've officially put it on my radar.
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Post by: philip918 on July 23, 2015, 06:41:59 PM
If y'all aren't watching unReal, you should be.

First episode didn't hook me, but reviews have been great.
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Post by: saltine on July 23, 2015, 06:56:56 PM
It gets dark and the performances are very good.  Try the second ep, then quit it.
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Post by: pixote on July 24, 2015, 01:46:25 PM
FriendsThe One With All the Candy (#7.9)
I wish I'd taken the time to review the previous 154 episode of Friends. A quick recap: It's a very strong, consistently funny sitcom — that probably peaked in season five. That season definitely has the show's best episode ("The One Where Everybody Finds Out") but it also had what's probably the show's jump-the-shark moment (the Vegas wedding chapel). There's a sharp drop in quality in season six (which was also How I Met Your Mother's worst season), a season marred by an 'anything goes' approach to narrative logic and character consistency. But even that season rebounded towards the end (partly thanks to appealing guest work by Bruce Willis). In season seven, the show has stablized. The writers and the ensemble are extremely comfortable with these characters, and the result is like watching a stage company put on variations of the same play every night — a general good time. This particular episode begins on a dual sour note — Ross being resentful that his ex-wife is a lesbian, Chandler being resentful that his dad is gay — but I'll get into my Gay Panic Drinking Game another time. There are some good moments after that, specifically Phoebe's learning to ride a bike and Joey's joining the candy mob, but this is a pretty so-so episode overall.
Grade: C+

FriendsThe One With the Holiday Armadillo (#7.10)
I believe "The One With All the Candy" represents Cole Sprouse's debut as Ross' son Ben, but he makes much more of an impact in this subsequent episode. He has the child actor's typical lack of comedic rhythm, but his exuberance in the role really offsets that. His singing out Christmas carols in protest is definitely charming. But the best (and most memorable) part of this episode is definitely the appearance of the Holiday Armadillo, who is followed by Santa Claus, who in turn is followed by Superman. It's a great comedic progression, well performed by the three male leads. The subplot — Phoebe's being worried that Rachel won't want to be her roommate again since she's having so much fun living with Joey — doesn't add much to the episode.
Grade: B-

Big BrotherLive Eviction #4 & HoH Comp #5 - Day #36 (#17.14)
I was originally just going to review this show as a cathartic bit of self-shaming, but last night's episode was actually worth talking about, as it featured the eviction of the first transgender player in the show's history. Her run on the show was initially quite positive, as she came out to the other houseguests right away and was greeted with support and enthusiasm and even a bit of pride (together with the usual confusion and uncertainty). But, given the (horrible) nature of the show, the next thirty-five days were tarnished by mutual mistrust. When Audrey's gender identity was an issue at all, the concern was whether it gave her an advantage in the game: Were people afraid to vote her out because they'd look bad? Et cetera. There seemed to be the potential early on for Audrey to be just another player, but by the end she was definitely a transgender player. She was viewed as the representative of a cause more than as a person. Audrey seemed to feel this burden herself, based on the horrible, self-destructive way she played the game. The producers were no help here. If there were any insightful or intelligent discussions in the house about this dynamic, they didn't make the prime-time show. That changed slightly last night, as there was a good clip of ever-awkward Steve talking to Audrey about her identity (she doesn't think of herself of transgender anymore, just as female), together with a segment showing Audrey's family and friends watching the show. Definitely a 'too little, too late' quality to all this, punctuated by Julie Chen's typically horrible exit interview. It's hard to imagine there being a worse host on television than Julie Chen — or someone less suited to host a live show with so many unknown variables. The production team is no help, as demonstrated by the total failure of the idea to have the Wackstreet Boys perform live. Their joy at seeing that the real Backstreet Boys tweeted about them was another highlight of this episode — but, really, anything involving Johnny Mac (the 'rock star dentist') is a highlight. He's the only consistently entertaining part of the show this season, and it's definitely a relief that Audrey was voted out over him. All told, there were about twenty minutes of good tv in this live episode, and that's about as good as you can ever expect from Big Brother.
Grade: C+

Mr. Roboteps1.0_hellofriend.mov (#1.1)
I'm going to look like a total asshole now, grading this much-hyped pilot below the latest dreck from Julie Chen and company, but Mr. Robot just sort of enervated me. I like the idea of the whole thing — I was totally on board after the coffee shop hook scene — but, by the end, all the voiceover and the silly appearances by Christian Slater and the primary characterization wore me down. And, surprisingly, the unreliability of the narrator actually lessened my interest in things, as it opened up the possibility that all of this was in his head and therefore entirely meaningless. Still, it's good to see the kid from St. Elsewhere all growed up.
Grade: C

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Post by: roujin on July 24, 2015, 02:37:13 PM
i just finished rewatching all seasons of friends. it's good.
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Post by: philip918 on July 24, 2015, 03:25:03 PM
Mr. Robot — eps1.0_hellofriend.mov (#1.1)
And, surprisingly, the unreliability of the narrator actually lessened my interest in things, as it opened up the possibility that all of this was in his head and therefore entirely meaningless. Still, it's good to see the kid from St. Elsewhere all growed up.
Grade: C

I don't know why this "C" makes me angry. C'est la vie, I guess.
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Post by: pixote on July 24, 2015, 03:35:59 PM
If it's any consolation, I'll probably give it another couple episodes to win me over. Before I turn my attention to UnReal.

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Post by: philip918 on July 24, 2015, 03:41:03 PM
Anger reduced to mild disappointment. I'm three episodes in. If you didn't like the pilot I don't see the series working for you, but maybe something will click.

I'd recommend Rectify and Deutschland 83 if you're looking for more summer TV (and aren't already watching them).
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Post by: Beavermoose on August 05, 2015, 09:54:09 PM
Just binged the Wet Hot American Summer show.

So good.
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Post by: Bondo on August 05, 2015, 11:33:40 PM
Watched the first half of the Wet Hot American Summer show.

So bad.
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Post by: oneaprilday on August 05, 2015, 11:53:14 PM
Watched 20 minutes of the first episode of the Wet Hot American show.

I don't get it. Is it funny?
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Post by: Bondo on August 06, 2015, 12:30:36 AM
I wasn't over the moon about the film, but I remember finding a decent amount of enjoyment. The show though seems to be going for anti-comedy. Like, isn't it funny how unfunny we are being.

Also, I can't forgive them for bringing Cure Girl back for a totally thankless cameo. She was my favorite part of the movie.
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Post by: pixote on August 06, 2015, 03:52:03 PM
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert DurstThe Gangster's Daughter (#1.3)
I'm coming into this mini-series with very little foreknowledge of the events, so it's pretty astonishing that it's maintaining the pace of one new dead body per episode. I'm guessing this is the last one, but we'll see. Lots of interesting material here, but the presentation remains a little blah. I hate Jarecki's news show-style interviews with Durst — unique among all the interviews in the show — and I kind of love how Durst calls him out on his many dumb questions. Jarecki reminds me of a journalistic undergrad trying who has a big 'get' land in his lap but doesn't have the experience to make the most of it. The episode ends on a very weird moment (how do you shave your eyebrows by accident?), but the air of surrealism to the show is one of its virtues — like how the possibility of Durst having killed three people makes way more sense than his shoplifting a sandwich.
Grade: B-

True DetectiveSeeing Things (#1.2)
More character-driven and less story-driven than the first episode (the inverse ratio) but nearly as compelling. Taken together, this might be my favorite two hours' worth of McConaughey to date; he's really owning this character and dominating the screen. I love the little touches, like his checking his pulse after the locker room confrontation with Harrelson — along with the great line, "It you got some self-loathing to do this morning, that's fine, but it's not worth losing your hands over." Very nice direction and great production design. Hypnotically engaging television.
Grade: B

Big BrotherNominations #6 - Day #46 (#17.18)
This has been a surprisingly good week for this awful show. But before I get into the positives, here's an example of how horribly produced this show generally is. The theme of this season is "BB Takeover" (with BB standing for Big Brother). The idea was that a different person (a celebrity of some sort) would take over the show every week, giving the competitions a theme and adding an extra twist to the rules. The first three weeks saw takeovers from Phil Keoghan (the host of The Amazing Race), Kathy Griffin, and New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski. And then the takeovers just stopped, with no explanation or even acknowledgement from (worst host ever) Julie Chen. That's somewhat typical of this production. This week also saw the end of the "Battle of the Block" twist, but at least that was acknowledged — and very welcomed. Without going into details, the end result is that, at last, there's just a single "Head of Household " (HoH) each week, and he or she nominates just two people for eviction. This setup generally makes for more interesting strategizing and game play, so long as the right people (usually, the underdogs or the backstabbers) win HoH. That's what happened this week, with James winning and making some decisive choices that sent the house into a little bit of chaos. There was actually so much 'content' in this episode that, for the first time I can remember (and I'm no expert on this show), the editors didn't bother to include the traditional "reveal of the HoH room" — which is generally a filler bit, wherein the master bedroom is littered with a few scraps from the HoH's home life.
Grade: B-

VeepFrozen Yoghurt (#1.2)
I mined two smalls laughs from this episode — one from a fisting metaphor, and one from some sudden-onset diarrhea. Low brow but effective, I guess. Most everything else was boring and marred by more general nastiness than I really care to swim in. Some moments — like the VP sitting in the command center, soaking in the Presidential power she thinks is about to be hers — play better in my head than on the screen. I think the comedic rhythm of the show might be too at odds with my own. Or maybe it's the rare show that would actually benefit from a laugh track.
Grade: C

TransparentRollin' (#1.3)
I'm really impressed with the cinematic look and feel of this show. There's something oddly pleasant and appealing about the production design; hopefully future episodes help me pinpoint exactly what it is. I'm not that excited about the initial story arcs of these characters and at times find myself wanting to jump ahead to season two. The highlight of this episode was definitely the childlike glee in Gaby Hoffmann's performance while her character is sky high.
Grade: B-

FriendsThe One Where They All Turn Thirty (#7.14)
Phoebe has a couple of great moments here, as per usual. The one priceless one is when she exuberantly exclaims, "Who's next?" after her ride in Ross' new car (which he fails to maneuver out of its parking space). This episode was a little underwhelming on the whole, though. Despite presenting all new material, it has the rhythm of a clip show, and the result is nearly the same.
Grade: C+

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Post by: saltine on August 06, 2015, 04:19:53 PM
Finished unReal ... I'm not the harsh critic some are so I had a good time with it.  I hope some of you give it a chance.
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Post by: philip918 on August 06, 2015, 04:36:40 PM
Watched 20 minutes of the first episode of the Wet Hot American show.

I don't get it. Is it funny?

Yes.
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Post by: oneaprilday on August 06, 2015, 05:44:42 PM
Huh.
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Post by: philip918 on August 06, 2015, 06:19:02 PM
Did you like the movie?
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Post by: oneaprilday on August 06, 2015, 07:10:41 PM
It was okay.
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Post by: Beavermoose on August 06, 2015, 09:30:50 PM
Humour. Subjective.
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Had me in tears.
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Post by: oldkid on August 07, 2015, 01:53:11 AM
Bloodline 1.1-1.3

Good, but not compelling or addictive.  Still in the character development phase, and there's a lot of good characterization.  I look forward to continuing the first season, but I'm hoping there will be something more exciting than teasing an event that will certainly happen at the end of the first season, another ten hours away.
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Post by: philip918 on August 07, 2015, 03:00:13 PM
It was okay.

Well, here's the TL;DW (Too Long; Didn't Watch) for the series:

Coop: "I had to break up with Donna after Yaron tried to make us have a threesome. And then Tigerclaw showed up because Andy stole Katie away from Blake, and they tried to destroy the camp. And then, well, right after that President Reagan and the U.S. military also tried to destroy the camp. But that was after they also shot Eric, the hermit who lived at camp and turned out to be a musical legend. And then that new counselor Lindsay? Well, she saved us all because she was secretly a rock-magazine journalist. And then Gail blew off Jonas at their wedding, and his name is actually Gene and he fought in Vietnam, and Gene also got beaten up by an assassin named the Falcon, who tried to kill Beth and did kill Greg and this guy Jim Stansel. But then he turned out to be good the whole time — which I acknowledge doesn’t really make any sense — but he was only here to protect Mitch, who was turned into a can of vegetables. And then also Ben and McKinley are dating, Susie hooked up with Claude, Neil got laid, Victor didn’t get laid, and Abby had her period. So, it was a hard day."

Show just got better and better as it went.
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Post by: Jared on August 07, 2015, 03:18:42 PM
I didn't hold up Arrested Development as highly as some (most), but I really didn't like the Netflix thing. Maybe I'm being too biased, but I had just heard a lot of the same stuff about all these people being so much bigger stars now, and how some people had to just come in and work for 2 days or something. While I think the original movie is just all right, I just haven't been very interested in watching this new series at all.

Perhaps with the upcoming Fuller House, considering everyone's star power except maybe Stamos' has shrunk, we will get something truly amazing.  ;)
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Post by: Bondo on August 07, 2015, 04:05:50 PM
Yeah, the Netflix season of AD was pretty not good.
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Post by: Totoro on August 11, 2015, 05:07:06 PM
Bojack Horseman is masterful. The best show on TV. First season takes a few episodes to get into, but after episode 4 or so, you will most likely be hooked. The character writing in Season 2 is the best since Breaking Bad or Community and the satire on Hollywood is the most biting since Sunset Blvd.
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Post by: Bondo on August 11, 2015, 06:40:48 PM
Naomi Watts cameo in S1 is my favorite thing the show has done.
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Post by: Bondo on August 11, 2015, 11:58:34 PM
With S8 of Doctor Who hitting Netflix finally, I have to say after two episodes I'm quite disappointed. Just not feeling Peter Capaldi in the role, though that is more not seeing the big arc yet and not finding the two episodes individual arcs particularly interesting.
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Post by: MattDrufke on August 13, 2015, 12:21:36 PM
Bojack Horseman is masterful. The best show on TV. First season takes a few episodes to get into, but after episode 4 or so, you will most likely be hooked. The character writing in Season 2 is the best since Breaking Bad or Community and the satire on Hollywood is the most biting since Sunset Blvd.

Could not agree with this more. Just getting started with season 2 and loving it so hard. Paul F. Tompkins is hilarious with every line.
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Post by: pixote on August 13, 2015, 05:14:18 PM
Top of the LakePart II (#1.2)
The second episode of this mini-series ends with a whimper, and the story didn't progress as much as I would have hoped, but it still succeeds on account of the weird, unsettling vibe of this location and its inhabitants. The culture of the town is honestly a little frightening — full of primitive, might-makes-right machismo and emotionally disconnected souls — but still mostly realistic. I remain very excited to see where the story goes.
Grade: B-

SeinfeldMale Unbonding (#1.4)
The heart of this episode is a very good comic conceit about how friendships lack the mechanism for ending that you find in romantic relationships: the breakup. The writing doesn't go anywhere all that interesting with the idea, unfortunately. Kramer's make-your-own-pizza enterprise provides a laugh or two, but there's still not enough rhythm to the comedy and the writing — something underscored by the fact that Elaine doesn't even show up (in person or in dialogue) until the last scene.
Grade: C

Orange Is the New BlackChing Chong Chang (#3.6)
Some nice moments, but this season remains rather directionless and just moderately engaging. The cast remains very appeals, but the writing isn't giving them enough substance. It's almost as if the show is too attached to the ensemble and too concerned with giving each character a moment, at the expense of the episode as a whole. The most notable story arc this season concerns the privatization of the prison, but that puts the focus on the less interesting characters. I don't think this show needs high drama in order to succeed; just more shape. Still, it's nice to see another periphery character (Chong) take center stage. And I remain, as even, ready for Poussey to be paroled and get her own spinoff.
Grade: C+

pixote
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: oneaprilday on August 13, 2015, 11:32:54 PM
Top of the LakePart II (#1.2)
The second episode of this mini-series ends with a whimper, and the story didn't progress as much as I would have hoped, but it still succeeds on account of the weird, unsettling vibe of this location and its inhabitants. The culture of the town is honestly a little frightening — full of primitive, might-makes-right machismo and emotionally disconnected souls — but still mostly realistic. I remain very excited to see where the story goes.
Grade: B-


pixote
A cautiously positive review! Looking forward to seeing what you think of the remaining episodes. Love this description, btw: "the weird, unsettling vibe of this location and its inhabitants. The culture of the town is honestly a little frightening — full of primitive, might-makes-right machismo and emotionally disconnected souls"
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: philip918 on August 14, 2015, 12:28:28 PM
Mr Robot s01e08
This is hands down the best show on television right now. Even with Hannibal in its end run and Rectify finishing another amazing season. Mr Robot has simply been astonishing. There's no other show that engages the viewer so directly. It's daring and thrilling stuff.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: oldkid on August 14, 2015, 11:31:46 PM
Mr Robot s01e08
This is hands down the best show on television right now.

You're the second person I know to say this, from completely different quarters.  Well, I guess I should give it a chance.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: mañana on August 18, 2015, 07:38:02 AM
It was okay.
If you were lukewarm on the movie, I don't think the Netflix series will do much more for you.
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Post by: St. Martin the Bald on August 21, 2015, 08:08:07 PM
Dominion S2.3 - I have very low expectations for this end of times apocalyptic SyFy series and it delivers solidly used tropes and decent action. Plus I like the subject matter. It's not top tier TV but it keeps me entertained.
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Post by: philip918 on August 21, 2015, 11:10:10 PM
Hannibal s03e12
Mads effing Mikkelsen. The delight on his face in a scene in this episode... So amazingly good. I can't say I've found this season quite as compelling as the last, but Mikkelsen might be at his very best as Hannibal. God, I'm going to miss this show.
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Post by: jdc on August 22, 2015, 04:26:33 AM
I started to watch Game of Thrones maybe 5 years back but never got past half way through season 1.  But rewatched season 1 and half of season 2 over the last 2 weeks and now am going to finish it
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Monty on August 22, 2015, 02:23:23 PM
Has anyone been watching Show Me A Hero. The first episode was soon in the UK in the past few days.
It seems to have a lot of promise, Paul Haggis directing, co-written by David Simon and Oscar Issac in the lead role.

(http://i.imgur.com/PQbXW9B.jpg)

Hannibal s03e12
Mads effing Mikkelsen. The delight on his face in a scene in this episode... So amazingly good. I can't say I've found this season quite as compelling as the last, but Mikkelsen might be at his very best as Hannibal. God, I'm going to miss this show.

Yep I agree. I don't think the third series has been as good as the first two, but it's still a gripping/enthralling watch.
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Post by: Junior on August 26, 2015, 02:22:12 PM
Watched the first episode of Show Me a Hero last night. Loved it. Great lead by Issac, great supporting cast, great Springsteen.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: mañana on August 26, 2015, 09:29:49 PM
Haven't yet but looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: oldkid on August 29, 2015, 07:52:57 PM
A webseries, Ask a Slave is fresh, hilarious and a unique take on history.  Our hostess, Lizzy Mae, is the slave help to Martha Washington at Mt. Vernon, and she answers questions given her from visitors to the plantation.  The actress actually played this role at Mt. Vernon, and many of the questions were given to her on tours.  The level of ignorance displayed by the questions and her sassy answers are highly entertaining. Each episode is thematically based and is clever as all get out.

The first two seasons can be seen here:
http://www.askaslave.com/season-one.html (http://www.askaslave.com/season-one.html)

I saw them all in about an hour.  I can't wait for more.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on August 29, 2015, 08:13:40 PM
Watched The Avengers (S4.3), this has nothing to do with the Marvel stuff. As usual a delightful episode with Stead and Peel dealing with a killer robot. The episode has a great example of using just music to create tension. This show is so spare with its explanations it is wonderful to watch.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: philip918 on September 02, 2015, 01:45:08 PM
Miami Vice s01e01
Had the urge to watch this after reading a great Matt Zoller Seitz write up on Hannibal where he linked to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1o-NWNmQLM

And I was blown away. Awesome show from top to bottom. Full on 80's Michael Mann style. Great music. Lead actors who just have that thing, that confidence, that they're diving headlong into a great role. The dialogue is probably the worst best thing about the pilot. It is often really corny and cliche. But, it's delivered with such conviction and intensity I couldn't help but grin.

I'd put this pilot up there with some of my favorite Mann films. Going to try and make time for the first season.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: 1SO on September 02, 2015, 01:49:13 PM
There are some fascinating episodes of Miami Vice in the first two seasons and beyond, especially in regards to Michael Mann's career. I'm not going to spoil anything right now, but I might drop some if you feel your interest waining.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: philip918 on September 02, 2015, 03:23:05 PM
There are some fascinating episodes of Miami Vice in the first two seasons and beyond, especially in regards to Michael Mann's career. I'm not going to spoil anything right now, but I might drop some if you feel your interest waining.

Might take you up on that. We'll see how it goes. I also use graphtv when I'm looking for good episodes of older shows: http://graphtv.kevinformatics.com/
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on September 03, 2015, 04:28:23 AM
Happy 40th Birthday Faulty Towers, considered by some the best sitcom ever.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: mañana on September 03, 2015, 08:13:34 AM
Happy 40th Birthday Faulty Towers, considered by some the best sitcom ever.
Heh, you've made the word play literal.  :)
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Post by: oneaprilday on September 03, 2015, 10:39:30 AM
Happy 40th Birthday Faulty Towers, considered by some the best sitcom ever.
Heh, you've made the word play literal.  :)
I believe he means Farty Towels.
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Post by: Monty on September 03, 2015, 11:00:17 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/eyPDLkn.jpg)

 ;D ;D
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Post by: oneaprilday on September 03, 2015, 11:37:27 AM
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on September 03, 2015, 04:23:25 PM
Happy 40th Birthday Faulty Towers, considered by some the best sitcom ever.
Heh, you've made the word play literal.  :)

Spelling never my strong point.  ;D
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: saltine on September 12, 2015, 09:27:30 AM
Watching Season 1 of The Knick on HBO.  It's very good, not great, but engaging enough to keep me watching. 

The bit with the xray machine was so appalling I could have cried.
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Post by: philip918 on September 12, 2015, 10:53:53 AM
Watching Season 1 of The Knick on HBO.  It's very good, not great, but engaging enough to keep me watching. 

The bit with the xray machine was so appalling I could have cried.

I just re-watched episode 7 "Get the Rope" the other night. One of the best hours of television all year.
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Post by: saltine on September 12, 2015, 10:58:09 AM
Yes, I watched that one last night.  It was the best ep so far.  Also interesting how the true story of Typhoid Mary was worked into the script.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on September 12, 2015, 08:29:58 PM
Binge watching Person of Interest with the girlfriend (it's her first time) - for a major network show, I forget how good the first season was.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: 1SO on September 22, 2015, 07:40:43 PM
The Muppets S01E01
Can The Muppets ever be relevant again? That's not a question asked by the show, but I was wondering it while watching. I remember when the film The Muppets opened to a bit of success, it was a love letter to the fans, but failed to win many new ones, who seemed to not get what makes The Muppets funny.

Now comes the TV Series filmed in the style of "The Office", and I loved it. It's everything that's been at the core of the Muppets' success while finding a new fresh pipeline for their humor. But I'm already a fan. I grew up with "The Muppet Show" and I have a VHS with every episode of "Muppets Tonight". (It's remarkable how the new series follows a similar format of how and where the Guest Star and Musical Act are incorporated.) There's also a healthy amount of behind the scenes showbiz humor, which is also going to appeal to me more than most.

I just don't see non-fans tuning in. The jokes are funny, but wouldn't they be just as funny with people instead of Muppets? If you're a fan of The Muppets, I say enjoy it while it lasts. I'll probably buy the DVD with the never aired episodes a few months after the show gets cancelled.
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Post by: MattDrufke on September 23, 2015, 01:54:01 PM
Hey 1S0, quick question: Would you call the Muppets an "all-ages" show? My sister wants to know if all of her kids (ages 3-7) can watch, and I won't be able to watch the premiere until Friday at the earliest.
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Post by: 1SO on September 23, 2015, 02:08:09 PM
It's as family friendly as The Muppets movie. There's a joke about Fozzie looking on dating sites and saying he's a bear, which got him unwanted responses. How do you think your sister's kids will react to that?
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Post by: MattDrufke on September 23, 2015, 02:28:08 PM
I think it'll go over their heads, which is fine with her.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on September 23, 2015, 06:52:25 PM
The Muppets S01E01

I just don't see non-fans tuning in. The jokes are funny, but wouldn't they be just as funny with people instead of Muppets? If you're a fan of The Muppets, I say enjoy it while it lasts. I'll probably buy the DVD with the never aired episodes a few months after the show gets cancelled.
Yea, I adored it, but I'm not sure it's going to win over non-fans. I feel like the form needs to decide if it's a 30 Rock spoof or a The Office spoof. I think it tries a bit too much by being a bit of both. Still, it captures so much of what I love about The Muppets.
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on September 24, 2015, 04:42:42 AM
Are The Muppets watchable for adults ?
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Post by: philip918 on September 25, 2015, 02:46:09 PM
Empire 201

Man, I love this show. It's fast, fun, and vibrant, but also incredibly political at times. They burn through more story in single episodes than many series do in a year. Henson's Cookie deserves all the attention and accolades. An all-time great performance. I'm sure she'll be on stage at the Emmy's next year. Tomei was the weak link for me. I love she's named Mrs. Whiteman, but even though she seemed game for the ultra-high melodrama, but her performance just didn't click for me.
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Post by: MattDrufke on September 29, 2015, 09:02:02 AM
Agreed on Tomei. I though Chris Rock was fantastic and I hope he stays around all season.
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Post by: MattDrufke on September 29, 2015, 09:04:49 AM
Nashville: Season 4, Episode 1

This show has always been something I really liked. I binge-watched the first two wonderful seasons before being let down by season 3. The key, to me, was always the music. The more music an episode has, the better it is for me.

Sadly, this episode doesn't have a whole lot of music and a whole lot of whining. I'm waiting for characters to take action and start making music they love again.
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Post by: philip918 on September 29, 2015, 12:16:37 PM
Agreed on Tomei. I though Chris Rock was fantastic and I hope he stays around all season.

Um... pretty sure he's already dead.
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Post by: MattDrufke on September 29, 2015, 01:44:48 PM
Hehe....

You know how sometimes you're writing while watching an episode and then something like that happens and it makes your whole post seem ridiculous?
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: 1SO on October 02, 2015, 10:17:06 PM
The Muppets S01E02
I was worried after so much scathing press about what a bad idea this is and how much the show is not in tune with the Muppets. Guess I have a different idea of what the Muppets can and can't do because I'm enjoying this less idealistic take. It's good to see Kermit with a little sass and Piggy be all-out Piggy. An improvement over the first episode, the characters bring their animal sides into play with Bobo the Bear getting a laugh just from growling, Pepe the Prawn demonstrating the benefits of 6 arms and a really funny moment where Kermit tries to hop over Josh Groban. I'm still on board.
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Post by: ses on October 02, 2015, 10:38:30 PM
I loved the first two episodes, and I feel like it's right in tune with the Muppets humor, just a little more risque.  I'm in for sure.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 03, 2015, 10:20:47 AM
Yea, I'm still enjoying it. It's about as risqué as the old Muppets Show was, FWIW.
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Post by: philip918 on October 04, 2015, 02:59:33 PM
Miami Vice 102: Heart of Darkness
The one where Ed O'Neill gets in too deep. Awesome.

Miami Vice 103: Cool Runnin'
The one with the second best slo-mo sequence ever. Also the one with the best slo-mo sequence ever. Great guest performance by Charlie Barnett as Noogie.

Miami Vice 104: Calderone's Return: The Hit List
The one with the Manhunter ending. Also, getting extra existential up in here. Last lines before "To be continued..."
Crockett, "That's only 60 miles from here. How long will it take you to get ready?"
Tubbs, "I'm always ready."
Pure awesomeness.
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Post by: 1SO on October 04, 2015, 04:50:42 PM
Noogie Lamont is one of my favorite recurring characters.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: philip918 on October 04, 2015, 08:31:54 PM
Noogie Lamont is one of my favorite recurring characters.

Love hearing he's recurring! Dude was amazing. So funny seeing how much pacing has changed over the years. The episode ends with him rapping for like two minutes while Tubbs and Crockett watch. Simpler, slower times.
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Post by: 1SO on October 04, 2015, 08:37:55 PM
Yeah, there's him and Izzy Moreno (Martin Ferrero).

(http://cdn.chud.com/e/ea/512x384px-eaef0c78_izzy-noogie-001.jpg)
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on October 05, 2015, 05:16:26 AM
Finished Planet Earth recently. Loved every minute of it.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: 1SO on October 08, 2015, 02:18:34 AM
Agatha Christie: Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express
I've almost watched every episode of "Agatha Christie's Poirot" starring David Suchet. A box set of all 70 episodes has recently been released and I know it will be in my house before the year is out. As someone who's watched this much of the series, I am compelled to speak about the show's adaptation of Poirot's most famous case.

If you've never seen an episode of Poirot before, this makes a fine standalone. The mystery is excellent and Suchet gets some of his best personal conflict to play with. His final scene may be one of my favorite Poirot moments even though compared to the rest of the series it's out of character. For someone who's followed the series, Orient Express is like watching The Poirot Movie. It's easily the most expensive-looking episode, with lots of fancy art direction and shots of the train traveling and trapped in the snow. The camerawork is flashier and glossier, and the cast includes Jessica Chastain, Hugh Bonneville, Barbara Hershey, Toby Jones and David Morrissey. (If you want to see what the show is like most of the time, watch The ABC Murders.)

It's a strangely religious episode. Poirot was always too intellectual to believe any religion, but the opening shows his latest case taking a dramatic turn, and soon after he witnesses the stoning of a female adulterer. Poirot turns to God, which is wildly out of place, but it does come back in an interesting way after the case is solved. On one hand, I know this came from Suchet and not the source material, but I do like seeing the character having to deal with moral conflicts. This comes up again in Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (which I watched already), and in that episode I have no doubt that Poirot finding religion benefits the impact of the story.
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on October 08, 2015, 03:12:59 AM
I have always felt that anglosaxons have a very different relationship with Poirot than continentals.
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Post by: MattDrufke on October 08, 2015, 06:52:53 AM
I'm 2 eps into season 1 of Fargo (it's on Hulu Plus) and I'm in. Every scene Billy Bob Thorton is in just makes me tense up and get all squeamish.
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Post by: 1SO on October 08, 2015, 09:27:37 AM
I have always felt that anglosaxons have a very different relationship with Poirot than continentals.
What is that difference? I would love to hear more.
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on October 08, 2015, 10:42:00 AM
You have a higher tendency to watch the TV show. It leads to Poirot being closely associated with the actor. Also, television makes it a more popular and recognizable figure whereas in other countries it is mostly detective story aficionados and frequent readers who are familiar with him.
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Post by: 1SO on October 08, 2015, 02:51:12 PM
I've seen Albert Finney in Murder on the Orient Express and three films with Peter Ustinov as Poirot. (Two of them are the Suchet I have yet to watch.) It's been fun watching Suchet grow and develop with the role, but like James Bond, all are good in their own style. I read a lot of the uproar about Orient Express being different from the source material. Why would they change Poirot's greatest adventure? I think the change is BECAUSE it's the most famous, with a solution that you're not likely to forget. So the show's producers decided to do something different. They took the plot, but made it more focused on Poirot than the mystery. As for the heavy religious angle, it does set the table for the finale's extra layer that the book could not throw in out of the blue. A controversial choice, but it works much like how the TV show Hannibal remixed the Thomas Harris novels.
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Post by: jbissell on October 09, 2015, 10:41:03 AM
Season 2 of Review is one of my favorite seasons of any show ever.

Also, season 2 of Married was a big step up in consistency from season 1.
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Post by: ses on October 09, 2015, 11:56:15 AM
We need a "Caught 10 minutes of TV edition".  I turned off the DVR the other day, and it was on TBS or something and reruns of 2 Broke Girls was playing.  I was doing something else so I didn't change the channel, and this show is just awful.  How has this show been on so long?  It's like it tries to be funny by being crass, which I don't mind, but it's just not funny, at all.  I mean, it was kind of repulsive.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Beavermoose on October 11, 2015, 01:01:50 PM
Undateable is doing live episodes all season and it makes for some really funny moments.
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Post by: jbissell on October 12, 2015, 10:12:30 AM
Undateable is doing live episodes all season and it makes for some really funny moments.

I love Ron Funches as a comedian but every time I see an ad for that show with Chris D'elia's smug creep face, I get upset.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Beavermoose on October 12, 2015, 07:45:04 PM
Undateable is doing live episodes all season and it makes for some really funny moments.

I love Ron Funches as a comedian but every time I see an ad for that show with Chris D'elia's smug creep face, I get upset.
I think Chris D'Elia is the least funny person on that show. His humour is just so basic. The rest of the cast almost make up for it though. I don't know of any other sitcoms that perform the show live and I really like it. But I can see it becoming a bit gimmicky after a few more episodes.
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Post by: 1SO on October 14, 2015, 12:27:38 AM
Swedish Chef.
"Rappers Delight".
Must See TV
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: philip918 on October 18, 2015, 09:52:33 PM
Red Oaks s01

This turned out to be a gem. An homage to 80's coming of age films it's very funny, very sweet, very melancholy. Great performances all around. Craig Roberts gives some of the best reactions on television. I'm thoroughly enjoying Paul Reiser's return to the screen between this and his stint on You're the Worst. Alexandra Socha is a 90's Whit Stillman vision come to life.

The Knick s02e01

Back in fine form. The most cinematic show on television continues to be visceral and exciting viewing. There's a scene with a nose that is just horrifying. It's probably the show I most look forward to right now.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend s01e01

If this had been a half hour I would have left singing its praises, but the hour-long format was just too long. It really dragged and the musical numbers (save The Getting Ready song) were uninspired. Rachel Bloom has a unique comedy style that really sold me at the beginning. But, unfortunately, the show didn't hook me. Won't be coming back for more.

Fargo s02e01

A strong start to the new season. The new cast is really strong. Jesse Plemons really anchors things and Kirsten Dunst seems to be having more fun than she's had in years. Really looking forward to seeing where this story goes.

Manhattan s02e01

Another historical drama that's back running on all cylinders. This show deserves an audience and some recognition. Great characters, great writing, and a fascinating look at the race to build the bomb.

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Post by: Bondo on October 18, 2015, 11:59:33 PM
Red Oaks s01

This turned out to be a gem. An homage to 80's coming of age films it's very funny, very sweet, very melancholy. Great performances all around. Craig Roberts gives some of the best reactions on television. I'm thoroughly enjoying Paul Reiser's return to the screen between this and his stint on You're the Worst. Alexandra Socha is a 90's Whit Stillman vision come to life.

It seemed all a bit male fantasy come to life, but then that's what distances me from a lot of the 80's coming of age films. Doesn't seem excusable now.
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Post by: philip918 on October 19, 2015, 12:02:06 PM
Red Oaks s01

This turned out to be a gem. An homage to 80's coming of age films it's very funny, very sweet, very melancholy. Great performances all around. Craig Roberts gives some of the best reactions on television. I'm thoroughly enjoying Paul Reiser's return to the screen between this and his stint on You're the Worst. Alexandra Socha is a 90's Whit Stillman vision come to life.

It seemed all a bit male fantasy come to life, but then that's what distances me from a lot of the 80's coming of age films. Doesn't seem excusable now.

Can't say I agree with that. The female characters all have some depth, and are given even more shades as the series progressed. The male characters are usually the ones making fools of themselves. Even the nudity was predominantly male.
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Post by: Bondo on October 19, 2015, 01:34:15 PM
Admittedly I've only seen the pilot at this point.
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Post by: philip918 on October 19, 2015, 01:50:54 PM
Admittedly I've only seen the pilot at this point.

That's what I thought, and you wouldn't be wrong with that assessment of the pilot.
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Post by: philip918 on October 21, 2015, 01:10:33 PM
Fargo 202
Wooooo, this show is off to an excellent start. Loving the cast. The storytelling. Everything's clicking. Jean Smart is already getting my Emmy vote. And Bokeem Woodbine is on his way there too.

Manhattan 202
Thought this episode was a big misstep. The problem with a historical drama is knowing what happens, so big detours with a major character can just feel like dragging your feet. Not the feeling you want at the start of a season. Still, it's a strong series and I wouldn't be surprised if things really get cooking in the next couple episodes.
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Post by: Junior on October 21, 2015, 01:56:57 PM
Fargo 202
Wooooo, this show is off to an excellent start. Loving the cast. The storytelling. Everything's clicking. Jean Smart is already getting my Emmy vote. And Bokeem Woodbine is on his way there too.

Word. And Ted Danson. And whoever does the music (finding old songs and making new score). And the aliens!
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Post by: jbissell on October 22, 2015, 04:50:12 PM
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend s01e01

If this had been a half hour I would have left singing its praises, but the hour-long format was just too long. It really dragged and the musical numbers (save The Getting Ready song) were uninspired. Rachel Bloom has a unique comedy style that really sold me at the beginning. But, unfortunately, the show didn't hook me. Won't be coming back for more.

Despite its awful title, I actually liked the pilot quite a bit. I do agree that it dragged at times but it was unique enough that I'll definitely give it a few more episodes. Plus Doc Shades from Eagleheart is her boss!
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Post by: philip918 on October 28, 2015, 12:22:44 PM
Catastrophe s02e01
Probably the funniest half-hour of the year. Just laugh on top of laugh. These two are so great. So dirty, hilarious, and real.

Manhattan s02e03
A much better episode after last weeks detour. I'm still anxious for the science to become the focal point again, but everyone is in top form and the pieces are really coming together for an exciting season.

Fargo s02e03
Fargo is the best drama on television right now. It is just roaring out of the gate with a phenomenal cast and story. Patrick Wilson really shines in this episode.

Miami Vice s01e05 and e06
Oh Miami Vice. You're like a sandwich with ten layers of cheese. So simple. So tasty. So caloric. Episode 6 introduces Edward James Olmos who commands the screen from the minute he walks in. Really looking forward to seeing more of him. And Dennis Farina shows up as a mobster. Possibly more entertaining than the episode is the IMBD bio for Joe Dallesandro, who plays Farina's right-hand man: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0198072/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
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Post by: Sandy on October 28, 2015, 01:20:58 PM
Oh Miami Vice. You're like a sandwich with ten layers of cheese. So simple. So tasty. So caloric.

haha! :)
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Post by: Bondo on October 28, 2015, 01:30:07 PM
Started watching Jane the Virgin and it is basically my everything.
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Post by: jswysin on October 28, 2015, 06:22:21 PM
FX continues to be the best network on TV with Fargo's second (and already better) season and the supremely underrated You're the Worst (though relegated to the network's bastard stepchild, FXX) continuing to impress comedically and dramatically.  The show deserves more attention, especially since Aya Cash just delivered an award-worthy performance, surrounded by other great performances, in last week's episode. 

Also, Nathan For You is back and the first episode is incredible.   
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Post by: jbissell on October 29, 2015, 03:57:00 PM
FX continues to be the best network on TV with Fargo's second (and already better) season and the supremely underrated You're the Worst (though relegated to the network's bastard stepchild, FXX) continuing to impress comedically and dramatically.  The show deserves more attention, especially since Aya Cash just delivered an award-worthy performance, surrounded by other great performances, in last week's episode. 

Also, Nathan For You is back and the first episode is incredible.   

I was disappointed they cancelled Married, the 2nd season was really strong and it was great to see Judy Greer's talent fully utilized.

Agree with you on You're the Worst. Last week's episode was one of the better episodes of anything I've seen this year.
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Post by: 1SO on November 02, 2015, 01:35:45 AM
Ash vs. The Evil Dead
* * * - Good
So many years later and Sam Raimi picks up like Spider-Man never happened. Though it's missing some of the outrageous verbal humor, the Evil Dead visual style is front and center and Raimi delivers some genuine scary tension in the first half. Also, now that Hannibal is gone this easily takes the title of most violent show on TV. Bruce Campbell remains the star, and while he's a bit wobbly with some scenes (like a bar hook up), there's still plenty of Ash in the tank. The last line of the episode puts a definite point on it. Ash, Raimi and the Evil Dead are back.
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Post by: jbissell on November 05, 2015, 11:19:03 AM
Another stunning episode of Fargo this week.
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Post by: Junior on November 05, 2015, 01:31:07 PM
The show is amazing.
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Post by: jswysin on November 05, 2015, 07:53:54 PM
Another stunning episode of You're the Worst.
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Post by: jdc on November 05, 2015, 07:57:31 PM
Another stunning episode of Fargo this week.

You guys are going to make me start buying episodes on Amazon Prime... I should wait as I think it will come on Hulu when done
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Post by: philip918 on November 06, 2015, 05:55:42 PM
Fargo is even better this season than last. Way better. Absolutely loving it.

The Knick is going strong as ever.

Manhattan is really getting into the swing of things.

You're the Worst is the best US comedy on television.

Catastrophe is the best comedy on television period.

Sophomore seasons are just killing it.
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Post by: Osprey on November 07, 2015, 08:37:16 PM
Never saw the first season of Fargo, but this season is fabulous. 

Also catching up with Mr. Robot- at episode 7, which I am really enjoying, it has a lot to say and is not conventional.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on November 07, 2015, 08:42:01 PM
I watched season 1 of Fargo and loved it. I haven't seen season 2 yet but I've heard nothing but amazing things so I'm looking forward to it.
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Post by: philip918 on November 09, 2015, 04:02:37 PM
The Knick 204 - Holy moly. So, so, so good.

Downton Abbey 608 - I haven't really watched the last two or three seasons, but watched the last couple episodes with my wife. It's never been as great as its first season, but there's still a lot to love about it.

Master of None 101 - First episode didn't hook me. A lot of it felt really stilted. Didn't care for his big oafish friend at all. Reviews are so good I'll give it another episode or two, but there's only so much of his voice I can really take.

The Last Kingdom 105 - This isn't a great show. It's barely a good show. But it is entertaining. The opening voice over setting up each episode is hilarious.
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Post by: Monty on November 09, 2015, 04:46:53 PM
The Leftovers (S02E05 No Room At The Inn)

This season has been great from the very first episode. That opening segment with the Cave woman has set the whole tone for this series. The just encapsulated the whole human condition, the need for shelter, food and water, the human spirit, perseverance and compassion. All these elements were in this latest episode in which Christopher Eccleston was great. 

Fargo (S02E03 The Myth of Sisyphus)

I think season is better than the first. I like the look of the series , the split screens, the grindhouse feel to the diner scene in the first episode. There's so many strands to this season, it makes you wonder how they are going to pull it all together. I'm having a blast with Kirsten Dunst's 'Peggy' character ;D

London Spy (S01E01 Lullaby)

The first episode has just first in the past half hour, so might thoughts are fairly scrambled trying to digest it all...Oh sod it ::) I need to come back to this! It's well worth watching though!

London Spy (http://www.bbcamerica.com/london-spy/)
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Post by: Bondo on November 09, 2015, 06:38:24 PM
Master of None 101 - but there's only so much of his voice I can really take.

I'm planning to get started on this soon and just today got through half of the audiobook of Modern Romance, so maybe I should pace myself.
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Post by: philip918 on November 10, 2015, 07:30:17 PM
Master of None 102-103

Like the subject matter the show is covering, but I'm still finding most scenes and many of the performances to feel really stilted.

Fargo 205

Just keeps getting better and better.
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Post by: mañana on November 10, 2015, 08:00:55 PM
Also, Nathan For You is back 
The outerwear company that does not deny the Holocaust was amazing.
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Post by: Alan Smithee on November 10, 2015, 08:26:14 PM
Also, Nathan For You is back 
The outerwear company that does not deny the Holocaust was amazing.

I second Nathan for You, also Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories first episode was great.
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Post by: oldkid on November 10, 2015, 10:09:14 PM
I'm on episode 11 of Attack on Titan.

Honestly, I'm not sure whether to post this in this TV thread, the anime thread or the Netflix thread.

Most anime are frankly too annoying for me.  So much repetition, so little plot.  Each episode (usually) takes us one tiny step forward in plot, and the plot point is repeated at the beginning of the next five episodes in case you forgot.   Compared to other anime, Attack on Titan speeds past, giving one plot point after another, forcing us to pay attention.  And we want to.  The animation is fantastic, especially the focus on eyes. 

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/e4/6a/6d/e46a6d8e617193fcdb3e49807276ecbe.jpg)

There is intense anger, sorrow, pity in those eyes and we really don't need the overly emotive voices.  At first our hero's voice, Eryn, is much too shouty, but he mellows out and it turns into a first class anime.

We are dealing with a medieval  dystopia, where all of humanity lives behind walls to prevent them from being attacked from these zombie-like giants called Titans.  After a hundred years, a colossal Titan breaks through the walls, and humanity's fight for survival begins.  The stakes are tremendously high, not only in the big picture, but in the everyday danger our set of characters live in. 

The Titans themselves also are very creative, each having their own personality and danger:

(http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/villains/images/2/2e/Titans.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20130618180457)

All in all, it is the best series I've seen in a while.  A bit gory and quite intense, but I would recommend it to those who only appreciate the occasional anime.

And then I caught the first episode of Netflix' new original anime show: The Seven Deadly Sins.  Forget that.  Crude and stupid.
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Post by: jbissell on November 11, 2015, 10:08:25 AM
Master of None 102-103

Like the subject matter the show is covering, but I'm still finding most scenes and many of the performances to feel really stilted.


I thought the 2nd episode was stronger. I definitely got the stilted feeling from his parents, but that's obviously because they're his actual non-actor parents. They were charming enough that I didn't have an issue with it.
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Post by: philip918 on November 11, 2015, 11:13:42 AM
Master of None 102-103

Like the subject matter the show is covering, but I'm still finding most scenes and many of the performances to feel really stilted.


I thought the 2nd episode was stronger. I definitely got the stilted feeling from his parents, but that's obviously because they're his actual non-actor parents. They were charming enough that I didn't have an issue with it.

His father is actually my favorite character. His mother is a deer in the headlights though. The scenes that really haven't worked for me are pretty much anything with his friends. The walk and talks don't sound like natural conversation. The chats at bars/coffee shops too. There's too much air in the conversation.
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Post by: Bondo on November 11, 2015, 12:24:23 PM
I just finished ep. 2. It's fine. I'm not getting an "instantly one of the best shows on TV" feeling like some of the reviews have made it seem. As Netflix comedy goes, it's no Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It's also no Bojack Horseman. And of the things I'm in the middle of, I think I'd rather watch Jane the Virgin.
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Post by: 1SO on November 11, 2015, 08:47:58 PM
The Muppets S01E07
"I don't like those new-age places. They tell you to relax, and then they stick you outside with a million squirrels who won't mind their own damn business." - Rowlf

That's just one of the gems from this episode, which may be the funniest episode of the series to date. However, I have very mixed feelings about the bittersweet ending. Not while watching it. In the moment I was full of feeling, but afterwards I wondered if this was a sign of the behind-the-scenes drama. If the show was grabbing at any trick for audience approval.

Also, Uncle Deadly is rivaling Bobo the Bear for dependable laughs.
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Post by: Bondo on November 12, 2015, 11:37:00 PM
Third episode of Master of None just nailed it. After all his work on the book, the relationships stuff feels just more on point. His character is marginal enough as an actor that I can see him facing these same struggles that I see.
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Post by: Jeff Schroeck on November 13, 2015, 06:43:09 AM
The first episode is so deceptive. It feels like they were trying to court the Curb/Louie crowd by putting the most contrived awkward scenario up front. The rest of the series is not like that at all.
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Post by: jswysin on November 17, 2015, 05:07:49 PM
There's just too much good tv, I'm finding less and less time to watch movies.  Still haven't finished season 1 of Jane the Virgin and now there's a new Bob and David sketch show.  Come on!

The Leftovers season 1- Took a little to get in to but once Nora becomes more prominent I was hooked.  And season 2 has been even better. 

Master of None season 1- Aziz was one of my least favorite on Parks and his standup has underwhelmed (especially his Madison Square Garden special from this year) but this show is pretty special, even if it's a bit inconsistent.  It's unfortunate the show begins with what I find to be the least successful episode, because there are a lot of standouts down the line.  I wish it were a bit funnier but episode 9, titled "Mornings", is one of the best episodes from anything this year. 
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Post by: Alan Smithee on November 17, 2015, 05:23:49 PM
Third episode of Master of None just nailed it. After all his work on the book, the relationships stuff feels just more on point. His character is marginal enough as an actor that I can see him facing these same struggles that I see.

For me that was the weakest episode and somewhat formulaic.
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Post by: Alan Smithee on November 17, 2015, 05:25:15 PM
Master of None 102-103

Like the subject matter the show is covering, but I'm still finding most scenes and many of the performances to feel really stilted.



Same here,  the acting was a little off in the stereotype episode and I'm not sure if it was on purpose or not, but his agent was a little bit of a stereotype herself.
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Post by: Bondo on November 18, 2015, 11:19:16 AM
Really liked the Netflix-original John Mulaney stand-up special "The Comeback Kid." Sometimes forget how nice it is when people are funny by being genuinely charming and relatable rather than trying to be edgy or shocking.
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Post by: Junior on November 18, 2015, 11:27:34 AM
Word. I've always liked him but this was really great. Last story was hilarious.
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Post by: philip918 on November 18, 2015, 11:36:56 AM
The Dick Cavett Show 307
An outstanding interview with Altman, Bogdonovich, Capra, and an absolutely hilarious Mel Brooks. Funny to see them having the same debate (is Hollywood dying?) 40 years ago.

The Dick Cavett Show 213
Robin Williams electrifies a special two-part interview. Just amazing to watch.

Fargo 206
Better and better. If it keeps this up it will go down as one of my all-time favorite seasons of television.

Manhattan 206
The subject matter is so compelling and the actors are so good it remains a solid viewing experience, but this season's episode feel incredibly disjointed. Stakes established in a previous episode are completely swept aside in the next. It's pretty sloppy.
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Post by: MartinTeller on November 18, 2015, 02:37:37 PM
Really liked the Netflix-original John Mulaney stand-up special "The Comeback Kid." Sometimes forget how nice it is when people are funny by being genuinely charming and relatable rather than trying to be edgy or shocking.

It was top-notch. Mulaney always delivers the goods (although I have yet to see his sitcom, but from what I hear it wasn't good)
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Post by: jbissell on November 18, 2015, 03:46:08 PM
Really liked the Netflix-original John Mulaney stand-up special "The Comeback Kid." Sometimes forget how nice it is when people are funny by being genuinely charming and relatable rather than trying to be edgy or shocking.

It was top-notch. Mulaney always delivers the goods (although I have yet to see his sitcom, but from what I hear it wasn't good)

Mulaney is one of my favorite standups (I was at the recording of the newest special and its one of the best I've seen in person), the show had a great group of writers, and some talent that I love (especially Martin Short and Elliott Gould), which made it even more of a disappointment. Sadly, not worth your time.

I really want to see the Oh, Hello stage show.
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Post by: mañana on November 18, 2015, 06:27:29 PM
The new special is a step down from New in Town, I thought, but he's so great.
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Post by: St. Martin the Bald on November 18, 2015, 10:59:38 PM
Just watched the first 4 episodes of Penny Dreadful...interesting.
Also finished the first season of Gotham...wow...was not expecting it to be that entertaining. I really enjoyed.
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Post by: saltine on November 19, 2015, 12:37:12 AM
Is anyone watching My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.  It's weird and wonderful.  I kinda love it.
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Post by: mañana on November 19, 2015, 10:47:24 AM
There weren't a lot of sketches on W/ Bob and David that I thought were especially great, but generally it was pretty enjoyable and I'd have gladly watched more.
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Post by: jbissell on November 19, 2015, 01:53:58 PM
Is anyone watching My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.  It's weird and wonderful.  I kinda love it.

The pilot was much better than I expected but I haven't had time to keep up with it. I assume it has kept the same tone (and the musical numbers)?
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Post by: saltine on November 19, 2015, 03:50:52 PM
Is anyone watching My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.  It's weird and wonderful.  I kinda love it.

The pilot was much better than I expected but I haven't had time to keep up with it. I assume it has kept the same tone (and the musical numbers)?

Yes, same tone and musical numbers.  It seems that most if not all of the supporting cast sing and dance as well.  The each have their spotlight in episodes after the pilot.  Rachel Bloom is a very talented lady.  It's free to watch on the CW. 
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Post by: philip918 on November 19, 2015, 05:18:51 PM
Is anyone watching My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.  It's weird and wonderful.  I kinda love it.

The pilot was much better than I expected but I haven't had time to keep up with it. I assume it has kept the same tone (and the musical numbers)?

I loved the pilot for about twenty minutes, but then it seemed to just keep going and going, and Rachel Bloom's unique comic style wore thin. Would have been better as a half-hour.

I also didn't care for the music, especially the endlessly reprised West Covina song. I feel like a super-cheerful-song-about-a-sh**ty-place has been done to death.
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Post by: Jeff Schroeck on November 19, 2015, 05:34:37 PM
There weren't a lot of sketches on W/ Bob and David that I thought were especially great, but generally it was pretty enjoyable and I'd have gladly watched more.

My friend and I were talking about how the reason there are only four episodes could be that they were really strict with themselves to only include the best material, instead of padding out six more episodes with filler. There aren't any actual bad sketches. The worst that any sketch gets is just kind of ok, and maybe a little too long in the case of that skiing one.
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Post by: Monty on November 19, 2015, 06:08:07 PM
The Leftovers (S02E07 A Most Powerful Adversary)

I think this maybe the best episode in the new series so far. Justin Theroux is pretty great in this episode, as was Christopher Eccleston (In his Episode) a few weeks earlier. That final scene! brilliant TV :)

Fargo (S02E05 The Gift of the Magi)

Another great episode. There's a couple of scences in this show which are fantastic. The opening shoot-out scene, the guy with the bow & arrow and the scene in the butchers, again brilliant TV. I think 'The Blumquist's' maybe my favourite on-screen couple at the moment. Also Bruce Campbell as RR, brilliant casting, maybe a little more blue dye in the hair is needed, but all good stuff.

London Spy (S01E02 Strangers)

Maybe a bit more exposition and plot building, than the balls-out excitement of the first episode. Jim Broadbent and Ben Whishaw are great actors. Charlotte Rampling and some dude from The Wire also appear in this episode.

The West Wing (Season One - ongoing)

I think I've forget how great this show was/is. Allison Janney is awesome!
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Post by: Alan Smithee on November 19, 2015, 06:51:27 PM
Whats going on with Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories? They played one new episode of the season and have played reruns ever since.
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Post by: philip918 on November 30, 2015, 05:42:59 PM
Fargo 207
Still so, so good. So many nods to Coen films in this one. Plus, some truly beautiful moments. My theory for the season: The season will end in a way where it will be possible to interpret Betsy's death from cancer as an alien abduction... somehow.

The Knick 207
Not quite as compelling as the last episode, which is the season highlight so far, but remains one of the most visceral and compelling shows on right now.

The Last Kingdom 108
A big finale to an enjoyable season. The series strikes a weird balance between Game of Thrones and Xena: Warrior Princess that makes it highly entertaining.

Jessica Jones 101-106
About halfway through and liking the series quite a bit. Mostly for the characters. The plot seems spread a bit thin.

Catastrophe 205
Superbly funny. Love it.
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Post by: oldkid on November 30, 2015, 06:00:59 PM
Master of None: Plan B
Some solid laughs.  I love the kind of humor when pre-parents try to figure out parenthood.  Not top notch, but enough to keep me interested.

Master of None: Parents
Not really funny, but good, solid stuff.  Reflections not just on immigrant parents and their first generation kids, and how different they are, but it reflects all adult kid/parent relationships to a degree.  Am I grateful enough?  Can I ever be grateful enough?  Do they really understand the world we live in?

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Post by: goodguy on November 30, 2015, 07:23:10 PM
Jessica Jones 101-106
About halfway through and liking the series quite a bit. Mostly for the characters. The plot seems spread a bit thin.

I wouldn't really call it great by any means, but up to and including episode 8, it's IMHO the best thing that has been done with the Marvel franchise in film and TV in recent years. After 1x08, it pretty much goes to sh*t. Also, after the introduction of the villain's powers, I always had to fight off an imagined trailer voice starting each episode with "In a world without ear plugs..."
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Post by: pixote on November 30, 2015, 08:54:07 PM
I didn't like Jessica Jones nearly as much as Daredevil, which for me holds the title of "the best thing that has been done with the Marvel franchise in film and TV in recent years."

pixote
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Post by: philip918 on November 30, 2015, 09:42:07 PM
Jessica Jones 101-106
About halfway through and liking the series quite a bit. Mostly for the characters. The plot seems spread a bit thin.

I wouldn't really call it great by any means, but up to and including episode 8, it's IMHO the best thing that has been done with the Marvel franchise in film and TV in recent years. After 1x08, it pretty much goes to sh*t. Also, after the introduction of the villain's powers, I always had to fight off an imagined trailer voice starting each episode with "In a world without ear plugs..."

Just watched episode 7 and was surprised that Kilgrave stood within arms reach of Jessica a few times. She's not superman, but she has the speed and strength to cave his head in with a good punch faster than he could say, "Stop," right?

And yeah, ear plugs, man.
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Post by: ses on November 30, 2015, 11:11:30 PM
I've been watching Twin Peaks and The West Wing.  Those are some shows. 
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Post by: oldkid on December 01, 2015, 01:39:58 AM
Finished Master of None.

I think Nashville is the most enjoyable half hour of television I've seen in a long time.  Just smiling happy joy stuff.

The rest of it is spotty.  Mornings was nostalgic stuff about my early marriage-- a lot of it connected.  Finale wasn't a great ending.  Old People was fantastic, introducing a really enjoyable character, and then dropping her.   The racial perspective was mixed at best in Indian Television, especially reading Black Girl Dangerous' comment on it: http://www.blackgirldangerous.org/2015/11/open-letter-to-aziz-ansari-and-other-anti-black-people-of-color/ (http://www.blackgirldangerous.org/2015/11/open-letter-to-aziz-ansari-and-other-anti-black-people-of-color/)  But Ladies and Gentlemen was a wonderful snippet of conversations about patriarchy.

One thing for certain: my favorite actor was Noel Wells and her rapport with Aziz was almost perfect.  If she returns for a second season, I'm there.
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Post by: Bondo on December 01, 2015, 08:51:13 AM
especially reading Black Girl Dangerous' comment on it: http://www.blackgirldangerous.org/2015/11/open-letter-to-aziz-ansari-and-other-anti-black-people-of-color/ (http://www.blackgirldangerous.org/2015/11/open-letter-to-aziz-ansari-and-other-anti-black-people-of-color/)

Oof, I have a ton of issues with this essay, which I'm sure she would preemptively say makes me anti-black for daring to question the argument in the slightest as a non-black presumptive ally.
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Post by: Jeff Schroeck on December 01, 2015, 09:15:22 AM
especially reading Black Girl Dangerous' comment on it: http://www.blackgirldangerous.org/2015/11/open-letter-to-aziz-ansari-and-other-anti-black-people-of-color/ (http://www.blackgirldangerous.org/2015/11/open-letter-to-aziz-ansari-and-other-anti-black-people-of-color/)

Oof, I have a ton of issues with this essay, which I'm sure she would preemptively say makes me anti-black for daring to question the argument in the slightest as a non-black presumptive ally.

She's arguing against a different version of what Aziz is trying to say with that joke, reading it as competitive when it's a statement about how white America deals with its minority groups in waves. He's saying that the Asian voice hasn't gotten loud enough to reach the people in between the progressives and the flat out racists, the ones who learn through repetition, rather than through understanding, that it's not okay to say bad stuff about races or genders or orientations.
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Post by: Bondo on December 01, 2015, 09:51:35 AM
Or to paraphrase from another movement, Ansari saying #IndianRolesMatter isn't saying that Black roles don't matter or diminishing the real struggle they face. I think Ansari would be the first to say that in objective measures, Indian-Americans are better treated by society than African-Americans. His point is simply that to the degree they do face discrimination, they don't have a visible movement. I don't feel like any discussion of these topics by non-black PoC needs to have the vocalized asterisk of "but Black people have it worse" to avoid being anti-black. If anything, his comments are pro-Black because he is admiring how well they've organized.
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Post by: philip918 on December 01, 2015, 10:19:04 AM
Jessica Jones 107-108

Oof, and the show hits the skids. Seven was shaky, but episode eight was terrible. Filled with people making really dumb choices for dumb reasons. Think this is where we bail.
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Post by: Teproc on December 01, 2015, 10:27:16 AM
Jessica Jones 107-108

Oof, and the show hits the skids. Seven was shaky, but episode eight was terrible. Filled with people making really dumb choices for dumb reasons. Think this is where we bail.

Yep. Should have been a 8 or maybe 10 episode season (it does not get better). A shame too, it started off pretty well.
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Post by: goodguy on December 01, 2015, 10:35:57 AM
Wait, was 1x08 the "playing house" episode? If so, then I have to admit that I still liked it. For me, it's afterwards where things really went wrong.
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Post by: Teproc on December 01, 2015, 10:52:52 AM
Wait, was 1x08 the "playing house" episode? If so, then I have to admit that I still liked it. For me, it's afterwards where things really went wrong.

I think that's 1x06 ? Or 1x07 ? I also liked that one. I think 1x08 is where it gets very bloody and very dumb.
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Post by: philip918 on December 01, 2015, 01:24:48 PM
Wait, was 1x08 the "playing house" episode? If so, then I have to admit that I still liked it. For me, it's afterwards where things really went wrong.

I think that's 1x06 ? Or 1x07 ? I also liked that one. I think 1x08 is where it gets very bloody and very dumb.

Yes. 7 is playing house. 8 is the glass box.
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Post by: oldkid on December 01, 2015, 08:51:05 PM
Or to paraphrase from another movement, Ansari saying #IndianRolesMatter isn't saying that Black roles don't matter or diminishing the real struggle they face. I think Ansari would be the first to say that in objective measures, Indian-Americans are better treated by society than African-Americans. His point is simply that to the degree they do face discrimination, they don't have a visible movement. I don't feel like any discussion of these topics by non-black PoC needs to have the vocalized asterisk of "but Black people have it worse" to avoid being anti-black. If anything, his comments are pro-Black because he is admiring how well they've organized.

Thanks guys.  It seemed to be a knee-jerk reaction on her part, but on the other hand, I think the most important aspect of Black Lives Matter, apart from changing police profiling, is listening to black voices saying what they need to say.  But part of that is letting Aziz say what he needs to say from his unique perspective. 

It's complicated to be white, male and liberal.
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Post by: Junior on December 01, 2015, 08:59:13 PM
That letter read to me like a mixture of confusing the character for the actor/writer and taking a joke too seriously, both of which read to me like cardinal sins of art interpretation but which also stand as pillars of actual reform movements. I don't think that Master of None is going to set anybody back or anything, but I also understand why she wanted to get her point of view out there. It's tough spot to be in.
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Post by: MattDrufke on December 02, 2015, 07:17:39 AM
Just watched the newest episode of "Fargo". This is, by far, the most compelling show on television for me right now, and Monday's episode is just pure magic. Watching any of the Ed/Peggy/Dodd exchanges is the most fun I've had watching television all year, and I watched all of "Game Of Thrones" this summer.

This show is so good in such a very specific and actualized setting and I can't wait to see how it's going to end.
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Post by: philip918 on December 02, 2015, 01:03:19 PM
Just watched the newest episode of "Fargo". This is, by far, the most compelling show on television for me right now, and Monday's episode is just pure magic. Watching any of the Ed/Peggy/Dodd exchanges is the most fun I've had watching television all year, and I watched all of "Game Of Thrones" this summer.

This show is so good in such a very specific and actualized setting and I can't wait to see how it's going to end.

Great episode in a great season. There hasn't been a single scene, in eight episodes, that I haven't been engaged in or entertained by. It's heading into all-time great territory.
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Post by: MattDrufke on December 02, 2015, 02:39:02 PM
I have always loved Jeffrey Donovan as an actor. But what he did in this last ep, to be so funny and chilling and scared and threatening at the same time, was just amazing to watch. I hope he gets looked at with an emmy nomination.
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Post by: Junior on December 02, 2015, 02:45:46 PM
If The Leftovers wasn't a thing, I'd say that Dunst has any possible awards on lock, but there are some really great women on that show and she might get the shaft, which is unfortunate. She's amazing in this episode (and show), as is everybody else.
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Post by: philip918 on December 03, 2015, 11:12:22 AM
You're the Worst 212

Wow wow wow. This season has been especially dark and daring in tackling Gretchen's struggle with depression. It's also managed to be hilarious. Now, just when I thought the Gretchen story line was getting too heavy they hit us with this ending. Aya Cash for all the Emmy's. Her, "You stayed," absolutely broke my heart.

Also, Jimmy's, "New phone, who dis?" text was a perfect pay off. Biggest laugh I've had in awhile... at least since last week's Catastrophe.
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Post by: karlwinslow on December 04, 2015, 10:00:33 AM
Jessica Jones-

Started out really intriguing. Tenant was a terrifying, and some of his fail-safes were really jarring and disturbing. Then the show casts way to broad of a net, tries to set up too much stuff for the future, is over written, and ends pretty uninterestingly.

It seemd like the same story happened over and over again. We need to catch Killgrave-We caught Killgrave-Killgrave escaped!-We need to catch Killgrave

Overall a pretty average show. Didn't feel very revolutionary or world-changing. Just kind of a poorly written show.  I also didn't really love Ritter. She just felt very very one-note.
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Post by: jswysin on December 04, 2015, 11:18:26 AM
You're the Worst 212

Wow wow wow. This season has been especially dark and daring in tackling Gretchen's struggle with depression. It's also managed to be hilarious. Now, just when I thought the Gretchen story line was getting too heavy they hit us with this ending. Aya Cash for all the Emmy's. Her, "You stayed," absolutely broke my heart.

Also, Jimmy's, "New phone, who dis?" text was a perfect pay off. Biggest laugh I've had in awhile... at least since last week's Catastrophe.

Even as I think this show is sometimes a bit of a mess, a wonderfully entertaining mess, it's the emotional beats that continue to knock me out.  This is the most tear-inducing comedy I can think of, be it the heartbreaking tears pulled from me at the end of LCD Soundsystem or the more optimistic tears at the end of this week's episode.  So, so good and yes, Aya Cash deserves some sort of reward.  Whether it's an emmy or more visibility through substantial film roles, I don't care. 
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Post by: Junior on December 04, 2015, 06:35:06 PM
The Wiz! Live! !

This was quite good. Only really brought down by the large number of ads which really broke up the pacing in a very bad way. The structure is weird, too, but whatever, because the songs are really great and the actors comport themselves well. A pleasant surprise.

A-.
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Post by: Sandy on December 04, 2015, 07:07:26 PM
What is this?!

Not having TV made me miss The Wiz. :(  Maybe it will come out on DVD.
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Post by: Junior on December 04, 2015, 07:08:31 PM
It's on Hulu if you have that. Not sure if it's Hulu Plus only, though.
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Post by: jdc on December 05, 2015, 07:48:43 PM
is there Hulu and Hulu Plus still?  I thought it is now all just Hulu
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Post by: Junior on December 05, 2015, 08:14:27 PM
I have no idea.
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Post by: saltine on December 06, 2015, 05:00:10 PM
is there Hulu and Hulu Plus still?  I thought it is now all just Hulu

I pay for Hulu Plus every month, but I swear I have no idea what I'm paying for.  The shows aren't identified as on one or the other channel.  There is also another channel that is higher cost and supposedly has no ads, but it has long ads at the beginning and end of some shows so I've never upped my monthly charge for that.
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Post by: philip918 on December 06, 2015, 05:54:40 PM
is there Hulu and Hulu Plus still?  I thought it is now all just Hulu

I pay for Hulu Plus every month, but I swear I have no idea what I'm paying for.  The shows aren't identified as on one or the other channel.  There is also another channel that is higher cost and supposedly has no ads, but it has long ads at the beginning and end of some shows so I've never upped my monthly charge for that.

I pay for Hulu Plus ad-free (ish). It's been worth it in my opinion. Nothing kills a binge faster than ads every ten minutes.
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Post by: jdc on December 06, 2015, 06:26:58 PM
is there Hulu and Hulu Plus still?  I thought it is now all just Hulu

I pay for Hulu Plus every month, but I swear I have no idea what I'm paying for.  The shows aren't identified as on one or the other channel.  There is also another channel that is higher cost and supposedly has no ads, but it has long ads at the beginning and end of some shows so I've never upped my monthly charge for that.
they are just confusing..

I remember hearing there is not more "Hulu +"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulu

On April 29, 2015, Hulu announced to the press that they would do away with the "Plus" brand name to reduce confusion between the paid and free plans.


You can't find it anymore on their Website but I guess the different level of services are still there.  I signed up for the paid service originally thinking it would mean no ads but that wasn't the case.  So I wasn't sure what was different from Plus and Free either.  Now I pay for the Ad free version.  I mostly watch it for the TV content but do occasionally watch a few films there
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Post by: saltine on December 06, 2015, 06:37:00 PM
I looked at this content page (http://www.hulu.com/start/content) for the Hulu subscription service. I watch several of these shows available only with the subscription, so I guess I am getting my money's worth after all.
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Post by: jswysin on December 08, 2015, 07:43:45 PM
Fargo- It's just a flying saucer, Ed.  We gotta go!

Love this show. 
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on December 08, 2015, 11:31:57 PM
The latest episode of Fargo was crazy. I'm loving the show too.
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Post by: philip918 on December 09, 2015, 02:07:01 PM
The latest episode of Fargo was crazy. I'm loving the show too.

If I had to pick the "best" series of the year, I'd have to go with Fargo. It's been a wild ride that is an absolute blast. I've loved every single episode and last night's manages to stand above everything that came before it. Can't believe there's only one episode left.
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Post by: goodguy on December 09, 2015, 04:43:55 PM
I started with S1 again (dropped it after the pilot before) and I'm still not getting it.
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Post by: philip918 on December 09, 2015, 04:45:48 PM
I started with S1 again (dropped it after the pilot before) and I'm still not getting it.

You can start with S2 and really not miss anything crucial. I like it a lot more than season one.
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Post by: goodguy on December 09, 2015, 05:45:23 PM
I like it a lot more than season one.

That's what people said about The Leftovers.  :-\
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Post by: Junior on December 09, 2015, 05:49:25 PM
It's more true for Fargo. There are two characters who overlap but S2 occurs earlier in their lives so there's nothing but dramatic irony to be had from knowing what their actions in S1 are. That being said, I think it can be assumed that when people say you can start with a later season there is an inherent acknowledgment that there will be some information/emotion lost when you don't experience the entire run.
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Post by: goodguy on December 09, 2015, 06:14:10 PM
No, I get the skippable (or not) part, I was only referring to the being better part, which has been claimed for the second seasons of both shows. And in the case of The Leftovers, I have now seen both seasons, and I don't really agree.
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Post by: Junior on December 09, 2015, 06:16:27 PM
Oh, well. You can't please everybody! I loved both second seasons and thought both were a pretty large improvement upon first seasons that I already liked a great deal.
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Post by: saltine on December 09, 2015, 08:29:32 PM
Oh, well. You can't please everybody! I loved both second seasons and thought both were a pretty large improvement upon first seasons that I already liked a great deal.

Me, too.  Happy with S2 of both shows. 
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Post by: goodguy on December 09, 2015, 08:33:00 PM
Fargo 1x05 - The Six Ungraspables. Now that's a bit more promising. The show finally dials down the all-efforts-thwarted-by-incompetent-superiors shtick and even has some character interactions that feel genuine.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on December 10, 2015, 12:07:27 AM
It's more true for Fargo. There are two characters who overlap but S2 occurs earlier in their lives so there's nothing but dramatic irony to be had from knowing what their actions in S1 are. That being said, I think it can be assumed that when people say you can start with a later season there is an inherent acknowledgment that there will be some information/emotion lost when you don't experience the entire run.

I didn't even realize there was overlap but now i do!
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Post by: philip918 on December 10, 2015, 01:07:46 AM
You're the Worst

Just ended its second season with an all-time great episode. Wow.
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Post by: jswysin on December 10, 2015, 10:35:51 AM
You're the Worst

Just ended its second season with an all-time great episode. Wow.

Set a record for most times I've teared up in a season of television.  The show earned that ending and damn was it perfect.  Still probably not the best episode for me but really that just speaks to how great this season has been.   
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Post by: goodguy on December 12, 2015, 12:29:30 AM
Two episodes into Fargo S2 and I'm happy to report that I've given up my contrarian ways for the time being. Very impressed.
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Post by: Junior on December 12, 2015, 12:43:05 AM
Cool, it only gets better from there.
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Post by: philip918 on December 12, 2015, 02:08:01 PM
Halfway through and Transparent's second season is shaping up to be even better than the first. 2015 has been the year of the sophomore season.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on December 12, 2015, 07:54:45 PM
This season of South Park has been great.
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Post by: goodguy on December 13, 2015, 03:27:10 AM
Fargo 2x06 Rhinozeros. Starting to wonder if by the end of the season, Peggy will have taken out all three Gerhardt boys.
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Post by: jdc on December 13, 2015, 12:08:12 PM
This season of South Park has been great.

That sounds like an ad...
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on December 14, 2015, 01:45:59 AM
Just finished the first season of The Man In The Castle. After seeing the last film are we to believe there are supernatural elements in the show?
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Post by: philip918 on December 14, 2015, 05:57:27 PM
I'm hoping to write more about it, but Transparent had a phenomenal second season. Breathtaking and heartbreaking. Can't recommend it enough.
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Post by: Bondo on December 14, 2015, 06:12:46 PM
Hmm, I'm three episodes in and I'm not feeling it much at all. I guess I don't actually like many of the characters.
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Post by: MattDrufke on December 14, 2015, 07:25:47 PM
Just getting psyched for the Fargo season finale. T-minus 90 minutes.
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Post by: Alan Smithee on December 14, 2015, 08:03:37 PM
Great ending to Getting On last night.
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Post by: philip918 on December 14, 2015, 08:43:45 PM
Hmm, I'm three episodes in and I'm not feeling it much at all. I guess I don't actually like many of the characters.

Into season 1 or 2?
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Post by: Bondo on December 14, 2015, 10:07:55 PM
Season 2, I liked S1 fairly well, but was probably not as enthusiastic as some...probably for the same reason as I'm a bit off here. Kinda just want to spend all my time with Gaby Hoffman.
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Post by: philip918 on December 14, 2015, 10:23:54 PM
Season 2, I liked S1 fairly well, but was probably not as enthusiastic as some...probably for the same reason as I'm a bit off here. Kinda just want to spend all my time with Gaby Hoffman.

That's funny. She might be my least favorite character. At least in certain ways.
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Post by: MattDrufke on December 15, 2015, 06:53:39 AM
What were our thoughts on the Fargo finale?

I liked it, but didn't love it. Not the best end to this season, which has been crazy filled with incredible moments. In a lot of ways, to tie it in with the Coens, it kind of reminded me of the ending of No Country For Old Men, a slower, more introspective ending after a roller coaster of action.
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Post by: philip918 on December 15, 2015, 11:03:44 AM
I really liked it, although I'd be lying if part of me felt it was a little anti-climactic after the last episode. But, there's a lot that's stuck with me, and that I'm sure I'll be thinking about for awhile. I mean, the opening voice-over, Betsy's dream, Lou's phone call, Hank's symbols, Peggy's crying. Great stuff.

Also, this: http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/how-the-fargo-finale-revealed-a-hidden-secret-from-season-1
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Post by: MattDrufke on December 15, 2015, 03:04:14 PM
That's friggin' awesome. I assumed that with all of the surgery, Hanzee was going to become Billy Bob Thorton- they both seemed to have the same demeanor of just a pure force of destructive nature.
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Post by: philip918 on December 15, 2015, 04:38:48 PM
That's friggin' awesome. I assumed that with all of the surgery, Hanzee was going to become Billy Bob Thorton- they both seemed to have the same demeanor of just a pure force of destructive nature.

Hanzee wasn't much of a talker though. Loved the "friend-o" line.
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Post by: Bondo on December 18, 2015, 12:35:48 PM
Finished S2 of Transparent. Probably a step down from S1 for me and I can't quite love the show like I want to compared to some of the other things I've seen recently. Favorite episode was probably ep. 9 at the wimmin's retreat. Captures the fractured nature of feminism pretty well.

One thing that confuses me is the whole subplot that takes place in Germany at the rise of the Nazi party. Not sure how it relates to the main story...and "Young Rose" is played by the same person who plays Ali as a tween. Also, I'm not sure who Rose is.
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Post by: philip918 on December 18, 2015, 05:16:58 PM
Finished S2 of Transparent. Probably a step down from S1 for me and I can't quite love the show like I want to compared to some of the other things I've seen recently. Favorite episode was probably ep. 9 at the wimmin's retreat. Captures the fractured nature of feminism pretty well.

One thing that confuses me is the whole subplot that takes place in Germany at the rise of the Nazi party. Not sure how it relates to the main story...and "Young Rose" is played by the same person who plays Ali as a tween. Also, I'm not sure who Rose is.

Young Rose is Maura's mother. The woman he'd been afraid to speak to for three years, and we find out that she had a beloved brother who was trans, but now can't communicate that history to Maura. It's her "holocaust ring" that has been passed down through the family - the ring given to her by her trans brother (I should say sister, but, to be clear), the one Josh gives Raquel - and ends up being worn on a chain by Ali, much like Young Rose wore it.

This is a good read: http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/transparent-creator-streaming-shows-are-inventing-a-new-art-form
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Post by: ses on December 20, 2015, 10:51:25 PM
This season of South Park has been great.

It's been pretty remarkable that they can be so on the money after 19 seasons.  I liked how all the episodes connected into one story.  I still watch this show because my husband watches it, and it had been hit and miss for a long time, but they did something pretty great this season.
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Post by: jdc on December 20, 2015, 11:11:26 PM
More Ads;)  I haven't really kept up with SP over the years but have been watching this one on Hulu and should probably go back and watch some of the previous seasons.
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Post by: St. Martin the Bald on December 23, 2015, 11:14:04 PM
The Americans S1:E8

Kerri Russell is so good in this show and *Matthew Rhys is like a dangerous John Ritter.

*corrected.  :P
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Post by: philip918 on December 24, 2015, 11:28:31 AM
The Americans S1:E8

Kerri Russell is so good in this show and Michael Rhys is like a dangerous John Ritter.

Matthew Rhys, but yes, that is a perfect description of him :)
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Post by: St. Martin the Bald on December 24, 2015, 12:49:26 PM
damn I really need to proofread my own posts... :o
I knew it was Matthew. Had been on IMDB and Wikipedia reading up on him.
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Post by: Bondo on December 25, 2015, 06:50:48 PM
Black Mirror: White Christmas

Merry Christmas, that was horrific and awesome.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on December 30, 2015, 05:11:49 AM
Finally watched the last episode of Fargo season 2. Rather underwhelmed. It was a nothing ending.
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Post by: Sandy on December 30, 2015, 09:43:17 PM
The Wiz! Live! !

This was quite good. Only really brought down by the large number of ads which really broke up the pacing in a very bad way. The structure is weird, too, but whatever, because the songs are really great and the actors comport themselves well. A pleasant surprise.

A-.

Even though I missed this, I got the soundtrack for Christmas and I'm thrilled with it! I don't even need the show to see it all in my mind's eye. That being said, next time I run to the store, I'm picking up the DVD, so I can check out the costumes and spectacle and of course, the acting parts. :)

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Post by: Junior on December 30, 2015, 11:06:02 PM
The costumes are pretty cray, but I'm glad you got the soundtrack. It's pretty fun.
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Post by: Sandy on December 30, 2015, 11:23:46 PM
Eveline's costume look like it's from Tetsuo: The Iron Man. :D
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Post by: ses on January 01, 2016, 09:16:51 AM
The Americans S1:E8

Kerri Russell is so good in this show and *Matthew Rhys is like a dangerous John Ritter.

*corrected.  :P

Ha! Such a good description.  I'm about halfway through Season 2. It's so good.
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Post by: St. Martin the Bald on January 02, 2016, 01:01:50 AM
Halfway through season 3 - am slowing it down a bit to just savor the character development. There isn't one storyline that is weak in this show.
I have never cheered for the KGB so much.
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Post by: jdc on January 02, 2016, 01:05:09 AM
Finished S2 of Fargo last night.  Overall it was very good though I don't really like the turn it takes in E9.  That doesn't seem to need to be in anypart of the story that I could think of
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Post by: philip918 on January 02, 2016, 11:35:21 AM
Finished S2 of Fargo last night.  Overall it was very good though I don't really like the turn it takes in E9.  That doesn't seem to need to be in anypart of the story that I could think of

It did start the entire story...
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Post by: jswysin on January 02, 2016, 01:41:55 PM

I'm about halfway through Season 2. It's so good.

Halfway through season 3

Makes me so happy to see people catching up on this show. 

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Post by: jdc on January 02, 2016, 06:59:39 PM
Finished S2 of Fargo last night.  Overall it was very good though I don't really like the turn it takes in E9.  That doesn't seem to need to be in anypart of the story that I could think of

It did start the entire story...

I know but didn't seem to either. I figured it would come back at some point but I am sort of at a loss to understand why it has to be in the story at all. 
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Post by: oneaprilday on January 02, 2016, 10:02:43 PM

I'm about halfway through Season 2. It's so good.

Halfway through season 3

Makes me so happy to see people catching up on this show.
Me, too!
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on January 04, 2016, 05:34:26 AM
Just finished watching Season 2 episode 1 and 2 of Galavant, just as much fun as the first season. Highly recommended
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Post by: karlwinslow on January 04, 2016, 02:05:35 PM
the grinder is pretty fun y'all
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Post by: saltine on January 04, 2016, 03:05:05 PM
The Grinder, yes!
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Post by: St. Martin the Bald on January 04, 2016, 04:47:24 PM

I'm about halfway through Season 2. It's so good.

Halfway through season 3

Makes me so happy to see people catching up on this show.
Me, too!

I am all caught up.
Loved the approach they took with the S3 finale. Very understated but full of tension.
Paige and her teenage angst has been totally and happily infuriating.
I feel for poor lonely Henry right now.
Can't wait for S4!
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Post by: saltine on January 04, 2016, 04:58:49 PM
S4 when Pastor Tim dies?
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Post by: jswysin on January 04, 2016, 05:56:26 PM
Loved the approach they took with the S3 finale. Very understated but full of tension.
Paige and her teenage angst has been totally and happily infuriating.

These have been big points of contention but I also loved the somewhat anti-finale approach and have been a big defender of Paige, the character.  Yes, her decisions are frustrating but I still understand and empathize with her.  The show and Holly Taylor have done a terrific job creating a teenager whose presence doesn't completely derail the show and in fact strengthens it.  Pretty remarkable. 
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Post by: philip918 on January 04, 2016, 06:39:50 PM
Loved the approach they took with the S3 finale. Very understated but full of tension.
Paige and her teenage angst has been totally and happily infuriating.

These have been big points of contention but I also loved the somewhat anti-finale approach and have been a big defender of Paige, the character.  Yes, her decisions are frustrating but I still understand and empathize with her.  The show and Holly Taylor have done a terrific job creating a teenager whose presence doesn't completely derail the show and in fact strengthens it.  Pretty remarkable.

I'm totally with you on this.
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Post by: St. Martin the Bald on January 06, 2016, 01:51:16 PM
S4 when Pastor Tim dies?

Seems inevitable.
GoT has nothing on the body count generated by my favorite tv married couple...
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Post by: oldkid on January 06, 2016, 06:17:45 PM
I've watched the first four episodes of Dark Matter.  I like the amnesia twist, which puts the whole background as a blank slate, something that the characters must discover.  In the end, it is really Firefly light, constantly reminding me of that series but not as funny, not as compelling, not as intense.  I can't remember the "names" of all the characters, so I began thinking of the characters with their Firefly identities ('Jayne-guy'; 'Wash-guy'; 'River-kid').  It passes the time, but soon I'll just re-watch Firefly.
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Post by: goodguy on January 07, 2016, 06:53:33 AM
For more Firefly-light, there's also Killjoys.
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Post by: St. Martin the Bald on January 08, 2016, 01:20:47 PM
Diving into Ash vs Evil Dead.
S1:E1
Loads of gory fun.
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Post by: ses on January 08, 2016, 03:21:35 PM
Master of None S1:E1

I've only seen Ansari in Parks and Rec and as himself essentially (I've seen some of his standup as well).  He seems to be playing a version of himself in Master of None, and from what I've heard his actual parents play his parents on the show in later episodes.  I've always enjoyed Ansari, where my husband finds him generally annoying, I like the silly way he delivers certain lines, and his slightly delusional take on the world (more so with Tom Haverford than this character).  I'm definitely interested in seeing the other episodes.  Seems like a breezy watch, and that's what I want sometime.
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Post by: Bondo on January 08, 2016, 03:30:36 PM
Final season of Parks and Rec hits Netflix next week to fulfill my breezy watch quotient for the next month or two.

I also started watching Star Trek: TNG. I tried for original series but it is not particularly good (the movies on the other hand are mostly decent). I actually watched a fair bit of TNG when it was originally airing. First two episodes are really good anyway.
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Post by: saltine on January 08, 2016, 03:52:33 PM
I watched Master of None for the breezy watch element to it also.  It was a fine watch, but would never end up on a Top 10 TV list of mine.
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Post by: ses on January 12, 2016, 09:38:23 PM
I watched the first two episodes of Catastrophe on Amazon.  Really fun and funny!  The two leads have great chemistry, and there were some genuine laugh out loud moments, and a few surprises.  I'll definitely watch the other four episodes of the first season.
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Post by: 1SO on February 03, 2016, 09:32:41 PM
The Muppets S01E11 aka. The Reboot
* * 1/2
Like Donkey Kong or Blockbuster Video, The Muppets will probably never be relevant again. The characters aren't just a bunch of talking puppets with a long history, their humor has its own unique sound. Their way of making fun of things that make us nostalgic while shamelessly embracing the same is as unmistakable as Mamet dialogue. Take that away, reduce the Muppets to just their character traits, and you have a very vanilla show starring a bunch of talking puppets.

Tonight's episode was easily the worst of the season, with a lot of jokes that just drove by silently. In particular, the new writers don't know what to do about Miss Piggy, so her self-centered comments are as inspired as a Jay Leno monologue. There were still a few laughs, but the funniest scene was Key and Peele playing off each other, unconnected from the characters.

For the first third, I thought this might be my last episode of The Muppets. Making the plot about The Muppets need to appeal to a new, younger audience was the last thing they should be doing. It's the quickest way to alienate everyone. But, there's a wonderful little scene in the center that shows some people on the staff over there still get it. A brainstorm session in the writer's room that turns into a Stomp! style improv jam of The Muppet Show theme. Through all the new instrumentation, there's still some voices asking for you to stick with it.
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Post by: Junior on February 03, 2016, 11:45:38 PM
The People vs. OJ Simpson is a really good show. It's surprising, since I'm the horror guy who has given up on American Horror Story, but here we are. I think what I like most about the first episode is the way it centers the action in a world of racial tension, something which I'm sure will only increase as the story unfolds. It also treats its characters as people rather than the out-sized stereotypes they became throughout this crazy process. Well, mostly. Travolta's Robert Shapiro isn't all that hot, but everybody else does a standout job. It'll be interesting to watch this unfold, as I only knew about it very vaguely when it was happening since I was five or six years old at the time.
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Post by: Bondo on February 05, 2016, 03:04:29 AM
Show Me A Hero

Two episodes into this one. Good but maybe not great. It also feeds my natural elitism when it comes to politics. I'm like, ugh, voters and public meetings.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on February 07, 2016, 04:18:36 AM
Finished Cosmos today. Great series. A bit boring in some parts but fascinating in others. I really loved the animation style they used and the stories they told.
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Post by: Bondo on February 07, 2016, 09:28:46 AM
Ultimately I found Show Me A Hero to be rather unfocused. Bit of a disappointment.
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Post by: 1SO on February 16, 2016, 12:48:21 AM
I put off watching the latest episode of The Muppets until now because I was sure it would be my last. It was better, actually not much different from the first half of the series except the guest star cast has quickly downgraded. I'll be returning.

The ratings for the relaunch have dropped sharply proving that the Studio has no idea what makes the Muppets work, and either way there just isn't much of an audience for them anymore.
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Post by: philip918 on February 16, 2016, 12:51:32 AM
London Spy - 101

Really wanted to like it. I didn't like it. Will give it another episode based on some reviews and a couple of the actors, but not in a hurry to get to it.
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Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 16, 2016, 11:47:25 AM
I put off watching the latest episode of The Muppets until now because I was sure it would be my last. It was better, actually not much different from the first half of the series except the guest star cast has quickly downgraded. I'll be returning.

The ratings for the relaunch have dropped sharply proving that the Studio has no idea what makes the Muppets work, and either way there just isn't much of an audience for them anymore.
Sad to hear this. I was enjoying it well enough but haven't caught up since the holiday break.
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Post by: 1SO on February 19, 2016, 09:46:32 PM
The Muppets S01E13
The Season's worst episode features too much of the new annoying character Pache (Utkarsh Ambudkar) and a story that's right off the sample page of "How to Write a Sit-Com". You can see the Muppets eyes glazing over as they sleepwalk through the scenes. More truthful, this is the first time ever I feel like I'm just watching a bunch of puppets who can't move their eyes.

There is no bigger sign that this new direction is worse than the old one then by taking a look at the guest cast. The original version of the series has featured Jason Bateman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ed Helms and Reese Witherspoon. Guest cast for the last 2 episodes have been Ian Ziering and RuPaul.
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Post by: saltine on February 19, 2016, 09:52:01 PM
The People vs OJ is entertaining.  It's the insider's view of what's happening on both sides that I like.  Travolta annoys me no end.  Cuba Gooding Jr is very good at showing the emotional side of OJ but his lack of muscular physicality is a distraction for me. He's the least like the person he's representing but that is OK.  His performance is holding up.  The rest of the cast is fine. 
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Post by: Junior on February 19, 2016, 09:58:57 PM
Agreed on all fronts!
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Post by: Corndog on February 20, 2016, 07:58:53 AM
Yea, I have a couple Muppets on the DVR. If I'm not impressed by them, I may stop watching altogether. I wanted to love it so bad.
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Post by: The Deer Hunter on February 20, 2016, 02:59:55 PM
My girlfriend has just been watching House from start to finish. I watched a bunch of episodes here and there up until season 8 when i watched the entire season. I actually really enjoyed the series. It's smartly written and Hugh Laurie is fantastic. The finale however. The first half of the episode was Dexter level bad for me. The second half turned it around but not enough to erase the first half.
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Post by: oldkid on February 21, 2016, 12:19:08 AM
By the final season, House lost it's luster.  I love how smart, fast paced and funny, but after seven seasons of the iconic character, there wasn't anything he could do that wasn't just plain irritating.  I mean, he was always irritating, but he was entertaining as well until I just got tired of watching him. 
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on February 21, 2016, 09:24:53 PM
I always liked House MD and appreciated how they focused less on the medicine and more on the characters as the show went on and case-fatigue settled. For a series with such a number of episodes I agree that the writing was brilliant, and Hugh Laurie deserved to get an Emmy at some point.
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Post by: philip918 on February 23, 2016, 10:53:48 AM
The re-booted X-Files has been a disaster (though not in the ratings). Even the lauded Darin Morgan written and directed episode felt off. But the episode about suicide bombers with an extended honky tonk mushroom trip is one of the worst hours of television I've ever seen. For the first half of the episode I thought they were going to do something interesting with the bombers. Like these Muslim guys weren't even the attackers or they were fighting some supernatural foe. But no, just super lazy and offensive Islamic terrorist stereotypes on full blast.
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Post by: Monty on February 23, 2016, 04:32:52 PM
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"I wanna make you say cheese" Absolutely bonkers episode.  ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Totoro on February 26, 2016, 10:15:47 PM
The pilot for FULLER HOUSE is so bad it's good.
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Post by: ses on February 29, 2016, 07:23:14 PM
Hannibal S2Ep1

Holy heck, what a fight between Hannibal and Jack Crawford!  How was this show on network television?
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Post by: Junior on February 29, 2016, 08:05:36 PM
Yeah, and it only gets crazier. That was when they really started to go for broke. They never let up.
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on February 29, 2016, 08:08:32 PM
Not to kick a dead horse, but have I mentioned how much I love that series ?
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Post by: Junior on February 29, 2016, 08:09:24 PM
You have, it's why we keep you around.  8)
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Post by: philip918 on February 29, 2016, 11:23:04 PM
Hannibal S2Ep1

Holy heck, what a fight between Hannibal and Jack Crawford!  How was this show on network television?

Just wait until S2Ep13.
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on March 01, 2016, 12:45:38 AM
Hannibal S2Ep1

Holy heck, what a fight between Hannibal and Jack Crawford!  How was this show on network television?

Just wait until S2Ep13.

 :)
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Post by: verbALs on March 01, 2016, 04:45:49 AM
The Night Manager

The first two episodes play as a modernisation of "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold". The story is warmed from the cold steel of the Cold War classic so that its espionage moves towards the location hopping of glam-Bond. I think the cast make this interesting but Susanne Bier directs, at least, ep1, which makes it essential viewing (and reminded me to renew my search for "After the Wedding"). She represents the chaos of Cairo during the Arab Spring. She has Tom Hiddlestone comporting himself gracefully (spellcheck wanted "composting") even through the streets of a revolution, and his calm reassurance is what gets him in so much trouble. Ep2 goes about breaking him down Burton- style; so you go from the Hidd in full Shere Khan to some real acting. Again, this is worth watching on its own but the combination of Lawrie and Hollander as the force of evil pulling strings at MI6 is delightful. Olivia Colman as the hard face of Control? Sells itself.

Like a long Le Carré the story is in no hurry. It can take all year as far as I'm concerned.

Happy Valley

More Coronation St invaders across the border into Yorkshire dales. Like English actors adopting American accents in every other film. Appropriately because James Norton as the devilish Tommy Lee shows again why he is probably the next posh bloke good with accents to get the movie call. This though is Sarah Lancashire's (the name another 2 fingers to the old enemy?) tour de force. She asks the psych evaluater "are you scared of me". A cop on the edge is in the best place to be. In these days; calling her "a right evil bitch" every ten minutes might break a PC counting sensitive chap's abacus but she really earns the title; which is my idea of equalising. Lancashire enjoys and inhabits the role; staring down her nemesis as he buries his mother. Equals instant melt down in Tommy Lee but she doesn't blink. Her press sensitive bosses faint and she holds the phone away, bored at the chewing out they want to give her. A great performance. Shirley Henderson(!) appearing as Tommy Lee's right hand of vengeance is only going to twist the gut like series1.

Really good tv is hard for films or books to match.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on March 03, 2016, 10:05:36 PM
That's great to hear about The Night Manager. I know it's not the first Le Carre adaptation as a TV miniseries and I think his work is better suited to long form unless you can really find a unique way to crack it like the Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy screenwriters did.
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Post by: MartinTeller on March 03, 2016, 11:46:40 PM
We watched the first four episodes of Hannibal. I thought this show was supposed to be good? Does it get better later? The writing is simply laughable.
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Post by: Junior on March 03, 2016, 11:58:20 PM
It's not good, it's great. It gets better, yes, but it is always good, so you're probably just not going to be into it.
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Post by: ses on March 04, 2016, 12:19:49 AM
We watched the first four episodes of Hannibal. I thought this show was supposed to be good? Does it get better later? The writing is simply laughable.

http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=12178.msg806299#msg806299

I had some issues with it at the beginning, but it's really picking up in season two.
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Post by: 1SO the 2nd on March 04, 2016, 12:31:27 AM
I thought the Pilot was stunning, and that includes the writing. After that I had serious problems for a while, but I'm very glad that I stuck with it. In the end, the bad parts of Season 1 weren't as bad as the first couple of pretentious episodes of Season 3.
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Post by: FifthCityMuse on March 04, 2016, 04:21:36 AM
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Gaycation - S01E01 - Japan

Guys, this was really good!

It starts pretty rote in a lot of ways. Ellen Page and her friend Ian Daniel are in Tokyo, checking out the bars in the gay district. It's a little quirky, but in a lot of ways, the bars don't feel that different to the ones here in Melbourne. Well, except for the last one, where they cater for men who want to dress as women. (There's a whole changing area and everything.) If the show is a let down in any way, it is in the lack of reference to the trans experience in Japan, but it is at least touched on in that scene.

They look into yaoi, and meet some of the "Rotten Women" who love it. Page rightly calls them out for in some ways exploiting gay people, in this way where they kinda get off on the taboo of it, which is this interesting aspect that isn't always touched on when talking about yaoi.

Then it starts to get more interesting. Page and Daniel go to a Buddhist temple in Kyoto where they perform non-binding "gay weddings" and go through the experience themselves. There is this opening up of the friendship they share, which is really touching. Page meets the first openly gay elected official in Japan, and talks about her goals, including passing anti-discrimination laws.

Finally, in the sequence I had heard the most about before seeing the episode, Page and Daniel are present as a young man comes out to his mother. The sequence is incredibly emotional, and Page and Daniel are both aware that their presence is making it difficult in some ways and easier in others. It's awkward and it's kinda beautiful, in the end. It was heartbreaking to see this young man thank his mother for raising him before finally admitting in the most timid way possible his homosexuality, and it was hopeful by the end that they will be able to reach a new understanding.

I've skipped over some stuff, but what I found interesting, and beautiful, is that by the end of the episode they have created this incredible portrait of what it means to be gay and Japanese, and what it might mean in the future. If the rest of the series is made with the same sensitivity that this episode is, I'm definitely keen to see where it goes.

Oh, and Ellen Page just has the best fashion. I want all her clothes.
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Post by: Bondo on March 04, 2016, 08:29:24 AM
Oh, and Ellen Page just has the best fashion. I want all her clothes.

I just want to be her. I hadn't heard of this so I'll have to track it down if it has a US. I guess the first episode is on YouTube...not sure if this Viceland thing is YouTube only or what.

Speaking of the bar catering to men who want to dress as women, I think I'd need a place that offers all the services to make that practicable...providing wardrobe and grooming. There's an intimidatingly large amount of stuff (and accordant cost) to the effort and hard to know whether to make the investment.
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Post by: FifthCityMuse on March 04, 2016, 03:51:15 PM
I just want to be her. I hadn't heard of this so I'll have to track it down if it has a US. I guess the first episode is on YouTube...not sure if this Viceland thing is YouTube only or what.

Speaking of the bar catering to men who want to dress as women, I think I'd need a place that offers all the services to make that practicable...providing wardrobe and grooming. There's an intimidatingly large amount of stuff (and accordant cost) to the effort and hard to know whether to make the investment.

I got the impression that Viceland was on actual broadcast television, but I could be wrong.

They did provide wardrobe and wigs. They also seemed to supply cosmetics, but I am choosing not to think about that or the resulting infections.
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on March 04, 2016, 09:28:12 PM
It's not good, it's great. It gets better, yes, but it is always good, so you're probably just not going to be into it.

Amen
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Post by: JakeIsntFake on March 04, 2016, 10:05:55 PM
While we're talking recs, I haven't been very impressed with the first two episodes of Fargo. Should I press on? I've heard good things on Season 2.
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Post by: verbALs on March 05, 2016, 03:17:44 AM
Stewart Lee
Stand-up, on the fringe, now acknowledging that 4 series commissioned by the BBC means he's really not pissing into the tent from the outside anymore. So, he berates his audience for not laughing enough or at the wrong thing; basically trying to alienate himself from the audience. He thinks the audience a tv show draws isn't up to getting his humour, and then attempts to prove it by attacking them....and then escapiing, from this awkward position. It's fascinating watching a man trying to hang himself.

He hears that James Corden, late of this parish, thinks Lee is "brilliant". Lee decides Corden isn't capable of understanding his jokes. He says "its like a dog listening to classical music". Outside of the show, he explained that when he heard Corden thought he was great, the funniest thing he could do was to attack him for liking Lee. He then had to avoid Corden at his own shows, so that he didn't spoil his attitude by meeting and finding he liked him back. So there's a secondary skit about running past Corden when he wasn't looking to avoid contact.

So he ends the show with an attack on a BAFTA comedy award being a "comedy and entertainment" award (that he lost to Graham Norton). Away from the stand up recording he is interviewed by Chris Morris (!). Morris says his attitude seems to be that entertainment has nothing to do with comedy; that comedy doesn't have to be entertaining at all. Lee looks at him like that's obvious.

Lee isn't trying to be liked. He's had 4 series on the BBC after all.

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Post by: verbALs on March 07, 2016, 03:02:23 AM
The Night Manager 3

With Susanne Bier still in charge (producer/director) this is the satisfyingly warm side of Le Carré. Up to date on tech- which app would you communicate through to send secret messages? The tight group surrounding the imminence of Laurie's "worst man"become the focus as the web of relationships in any tight group are explored and twisted. Either Bier is moulding the material or LC got sentimental in his old age. Human interdependence is a horrible substance to compromise by espionage. It's why it feels so epically tragic to see it distorted and corrupted in his other stories; love and friendship turned to bitter betrayal. This is an altogether more modern, post-cold (war) view and my slim reading of Bier has me feeling she is the source. So what a brilliant choice to run this show. Tom Hollander is appearing out of the pack, as you might suspect, to lead this field of beautiful performers. Such a nasty little man (acting darling acting).
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Post by: philip918 on March 08, 2016, 12:21:38 AM
Girls 501-503
Girls is having a strong season. The last episode with Shosh in Japan was excellent. Loved seeing my favorite character get the spotlight.

Togetherness 201-203
This season is dark. In the so dark it's not really fun way. There's some really good moments scattered throughout and the occasional funny gag, but it's not a show I'm dying to watch every week.

Idiotsitter 101
Painfully unfunny. I stopped with three minutes left and just couldn't go on. I really liked Jillian Bell in Workaholics and 22 Jump Street, but this first episode was a bore.

Silicon Valley second season
I don't know why I waited so long to catch up with this show, but I'm glad I did. Great characters that have grown into their roles and the writers are playing to their strengths. One of the funniest shows on TV right now.
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Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 16, 2016, 01:58:02 PM
Once Upon A Time Season 1
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God, I hate it when TV shows leave season finales without closure. Now I have to watch season 2 immediately to find out what happens...

Well, that was quite the journey to Storybrooke. It certainly tops my expectations, that's for sure. When I first heard of the series, the only thing I heard about was its sappiness, how it's a romantic soap opera with pretty people in it. And while the rumors weren't quite wrong in their entirety, this show does bear enough merit for me not to drop it.

The spin on fairy tale characters into modern day counterparts isn't new, and it's definitely done better than this (*cough*FABLES*cough*gotcancelledbecauseofonce*cough*). But for what it's worth, Once offers a decent amount of realism, deconstructing certain sillier and archaic aspects of fairy tales (like expecting a woman held captive to kiss her kidnapper). However, the stray from the Disney versions of the stories aren't far enough to be satisfying. Kissing a dead person is still not considered creepy, necrophilia, or an allegory for date-rape, the beauty still fell in love with a monstrous beast (as could be seen from the season 2 trailer), and the aspect of child slavery in Pinocchio was never touched upon (god, I'm never going to see a decent Pinocchio horror/thriller movie - till del Toro's adaptation is released, that is). Many modern day values about feminism, persecution, witch trials, Stockholm syndrome, insanity, and not to mention criminal minds that could have been explored by a Fables TV show were never did because ABC wanted a sentimental love story so that the Internet could ship Emma Swan and the Evil Queen together. How quaint. I mean, the Mad Hatter wasn't even mad! What a wasted opportunity to explore themes of human sanity.

Yes, I know there's always Grimm if I want a fairy tale series that delves into the darker original tone of Grimm's fairy tales, but let's face it, Grimm isn't exactly a better show than OUAT, now is it? :( I mean, it's a cop procedural show with a 'monster of the week' formula; not exactly the forum for discussing how classic fairy tales reflect the darkness of modern day society. But that's another TV series for another day.

My gripes with the more lovey-dovey side of the show aside, I don't actually hate the show as much as I had come to expect. Both Regina and Rumpelstiltskin were fantastic villains that got little ol' me cheering a little bit on the inside for the good guys to win. The attempt to deconstruct the original fairy tales, while half-measured, is much appreciated (I'll take what I can get for now). The show is also surprisingly dark for an ABC series. There's no gore, of course, but it doesn't shy away from concepts of death and savagery, like in the episode, "Red-Handed". And I must also mention... Ginnifer Goodwin is soooo cute. It's no wonder she's the fairest of'em all. God, look at those puffy cheeks of hers.

So yes, while I didn't get what I would like from a fairy tales TV show, this isn't half-bad either, I must admit. I suppose this first season is a hell a lot better than their Disney product placements in season 4, ugh. Can't wait to get around that one.

3.5/5 (Frustrating at times, but thrilling enough to keep me watching)
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Post by: MartinTeller on March 16, 2016, 02:49:02 PM
Three episodes into season 3 of Hannibal. While it's been serving as "the show we love to hate" for me and my wife, it was starting to earn some goodwill by the end of season 2. Now it's pissing that away. I didn't realize how much this show desperately needs grounded characters like Freddie, Chilton, and The Only Three Guys Who Work At The FBI. All these absurdly overwritten conversations with Will and Hannibal and Gillian Anderson (and now this Italian detective, who despite claiming to have followed Will Graham's story, never once thought to call the FBI with the information he knew about Hannibal), completely drenched in labored metaphors and always conducted with dreadful seriousness, are soooo boring. I can't decide if Hugh Dancy is the worst actor or if Will Graham is the worst character, or both. I just I'm beyond tired of him being super intense and ultra haunted all the damn time.

A remarkably terrible show... that I can't stop watching.
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Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 16, 2016, 02:58:00 PM
I had wanted to watch Hannibal at one point, hoping it would be a nice psychological thriller, but then I heard it got cancelled so I didn't bother (because I don't like unfinished stories). Hearing how terrible a show it is now though, I guess I didn't miss much. But surely it couldn't have been worse than Dexter after season 5.
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Post by: Junior on March 16, 2016, 02:59:33 PM
I held off commenting on your Look of Silence review, but here we go. This is one of those things where I don't really have a problem with anything that you said, I can't argue against them, except to say that the over-the-top-ness is a super positive aspect instead of a super negative one for me. It's the reason to watch the show, in addition to the delightful weirdness of the visuals. It's an opera without all the music (but also with a lot of music!) and if you told me that's a thing I would love I would tell you to get the heck out. And while much of the show doesn't make sense if you take a step out of it, the atmosphere and dreamy nature of the show really envelop me and plot concerns become... less concerning.

And The Kid! Pay no attention to the man behind the bad Hannibal review. There are many, many people here who love the show, and don't let the cancellation scare you off, either. It ends in a very definitive way.
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Post by: philip918 on March 16, 2016, 04:38:27 PM
I had wanted to watch Hannibal at one point, hoping it would be a nice psychological thriller, but then I heard it got cancelled so I didn't bother (because I don't like unfinished stories). Hearing how terrible a show it is now though, I guess I didn't miss much. But surely it couldn't have been worse than Dexter after season 5.

Hannibal is probably my favorite recent TV series (at least up there with Mad Men, The Americans, and Rectify). It was cancelled, but had a very satisfying ending to the third season. The first season takes a little while to hit its stride, mostly because you can see it struggling to break out from the CSI: Hannibal Lecter mold the network wanted. Season Two is up there with my all-time favorite dramatic television seasons.
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Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 16, 2016, 05:15:33 PM
Sounds good. I could use another psychological thriller about a serial killer. Couldn't get my fill from Dexter. :P
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on March 16, 2016, 08:32:14 PM
I held off commenting on your Look of Silence review, but here we go. This is one of those things where I don't really have a problem with anything that you said, I can't argue against them, except to say that the over-the-top-ness is a super positive aspect instead of a super negative one for me. It's the reason to watch the show, in addition to the delightful weirdness of the visuals. It's an opera without all the music (but also with a lot of music!) and if you told me that's a thing I would love I would tell you to get the heck out. And while much of the show doesn't make sense if you take a step out of it, the atmosphere and dreamy nature of the show really envelop me and plot concerns become... less concerning.

Most of this is spot-on. You can always trust Junior to defend Hannibal.
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Post by: 1SO on March 16, 2016, 11:06:23 PM
We've been binging on the show "Hannibal" lately. More like hate-watching, for a bunch of reasons I won't get into. But one of the reasons is that the show came out of the gate with absurd levels of gore (although apparently Botticelli's naked ladies have to be blurred out because painted depictions of nipples and vaginas are disgusting, right?) and has to keep upping the ante in order to keep being "disturbing".

I saw the problem when Martin wrote this. It's like complaining that a DePalma film isn't realistic. Hannibal fails in the department of realism, because it's aiming for a rich, velvety heightened reality, and shouldn't even be used as a point of comparison for a documentary about murder. Hannibal is as absurdly gory as a Tarantino film, and as disturbing (meaning not at all so.) ...and as realistic as his recent ones.
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Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 18, 2016, 02:11:06 AM
Once Upon A Time in Wonderland - Episode 1: Down the Rabbit Hole
Coincidentally, I read four issues of a comic book series called "Down the Rabbit Hole" while watching this. lol It's by Zenescope though, so it's much darker and, well, more well-written (though not by much).

So it looks like ABC took some notes from both American McGee and Zenescope while creating this spin-off. We have Alice in an asylum, just like American McGee's Alice, and the Cheshire Cat here is a monstrous, carnivorous creature, just like Zenescope's Cheshire Cat, except, well, less bestial and has red eyes instead of yellow:
(http://static1.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_super/12/129811/2496152-he_sbaaack__.jpg)

The acting is also pretty mediocre. Sophie Lowe as Alice and Michael Socha as the Knave of Hearts (who's also Will Scarlet for some bizarre reason) were okay, so is Naveen Andrews as Jafar, but the really standout performance (stands out because it's so terrible) is Emma Rigby as the Red Queen. The Red Queen I know from Zenescope is badass and vicious.
(http://i.imgur.com/4d5WcbZ.jpg?1)

OUAT's version? Eh. She looks like a damsel in distress. Typical of ABC to tone down everything to make it more family-friendly. And the acting really didn't help. Emma's attempt at acting like a villain makes her look goofy instead. I can't take her seriously.

The love story plot-line isn't as annoying to me as it is to others. Yes, it does seem a lot more mawkish than the main series. ("If you really, really love someone, you don't need proof; you can feel it." Really, lady? I can just feel where a kidnapper has taken my family? Wow. Didn't know I have super powers.) But it doesn't really affect the plot as much as the other aspects of the show (the acting, the bad writing that isn't affected by the romance, which is a lot). The thing I'm bothered by is that the asylum aspect of Wonderland is SO interesting that I wish they could have explored more of the 'madness' of Alice, how she seems crazy to normal people. This love story shtick, while it isn't terrible by any means, does get in the way of a more interesting story. At the least, I would have liked to see some traditional good vs. evil story rather than a love story.

All said and done, it's not a bad pilot, but I heard it will only get worse down the rabbit hole (ha!).

2.5/5
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Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 18, 2016, 04:48:49 AM
Grimm Season 2 - Episode 1: Bad Teeth
"The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alvBfPMT1kI

That quote's from Yeats' The Second Coming, by the way. Christ, we're dealing with the anti-Christ now? Whatever happened to Grimm's fairy tales?

That minor complaint aside, Grimm has returned with a bite. This is a very welcoming return for me after OUAT. Deconstructing ancient folklore with scientific explanations might dilute the traditional fairy tales into humdrum grittiness, but it works for me. I like how it tries to explain the original tales in science, kinda like how Grimm's fairy tales were used to explain the mysteries of our world (except in reverse).

The first episode of season 2 starts off immediately where season 1 ended, where Nick discovers that his mother is alive. I hate it when TV shows 'starts off immediately where last season ends' because there's no gap in timeline, forcing me to watch one season consecutively after another so as not to feel that gap in between the two seasons and throwing me off. But it's a minor complaint, and it's nice to see that Nick gets some back-up when great forces are working against him.

Not really liking the whole 'dark organization with conspiracy' plot going on here, but I'll put up with it for now. The dark fairy tales element of the show is worth watching.

The episode ends with a cliffhanger, one that's so obviously not going to end in a bad way in the next episode. I mean, c'mon. Nick's the main character. He's not just going to die. If you're going to do a cliffhanger, at least use one with a less predictable outcome.

Overall, an okay episode. Not liking the anti-Christ reference since it's got nothing to do with Grimm's fairy tales, and neither does Yeats.

2.5/5
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Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 18, 2016, 06:27:20 AM
Once Upon A Time Season 2 - Episode 1: Broken
(http://i.imgur.com/NCJuRwU.png?1)

Surprise, surprise, OUAT has proven to be better than Grimm for the first time, as much as I hate to admit it. While Grimm lingers on with its cop procedural/big bad shadow organization formula, OUAT began the new season with the reunion we've been waiting for. Granted, it's a bit cheap for them to hold it off till the second season, but I still couldn't help tearing up a bit as Emma finally gets back with Snow and Charming.

And that's not all - Regina finally gets her just desserts... sort of. It was very satisfying to see everyone turning on the Evil Queen, and more cathartic was the fact that she had no control over our heroes anymore... Had. Past tense. Till the end of the episode. Well, at least Henry will hate her if she ever gets too out of line, so the Queen can't flaunt her powers too much.

There is a very stupid scene in this episode when Mulan and Aurora arrive to 'save' Prince Phillip only to stand around and watch as he gets 'killed' by the Wraith. The stupid thing was that Mulan specifically said that she was going to risk her life to rescue him (and Aurora said she wanted to come along), yet Emma, Snow, and Charming did more against the Wraith than Mulan and Aurora ever did. That's just bad writing not uncommon in this series (or ABC series in general).

But in the end, it's still a great start to the series, bringing with it satisfying closures and also a surprising twist at the end that keeps audience watching.

3.5/5
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Post by: MartinTeller on March 18, 2016, 10:26:33 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/4d5WcbZ.jpg?1)
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/S/cmx-images-prod/Item/95899/DIG020561_1._SX312_QL80_TTD_.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/UnSkXkP.jpg?1)
(http://comicsgeek.ru/_pu/24/65407651.jpg)

Looks like comics haven't changed much since I was a kid, in terms of their depictions of women. Large, perfectly shaped breasts, lots of leg and cleavage, long luxurious hair, pouty red lips. The outfit in that top picture looks highly impractical for battle.
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Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 18, 2016, 10:33:05 AM
Looks like comics haven't changed much since I was a kid, in terms of their depictions of women. Large, perfectly shaped breasts, lots of leg and cleavage, long luxurious hair, pouty red lips. The outfit in that top picture looks highly impractical for battle.

You'd be surprised. Never judge a book by its cover, and it's especially true here. This isn't the first time Zenescope's been called out on their suggestive cover-art, and it certainly wouldn't be the last. Their response was that those were confident women comfortable dressing in sexy outfits without fear of prejudice. The content of the stories, on the other hand, is anything but misogynistic or sexist. The promiscuity, I believe, is more to draw out the the act of slut-shaming than anything else. Pretty clever technique, I think.

That being said, I do agree about the impracticality though. You should see Alice's battle outfit, totally ridiculous. But I've learned to accept it as a kind of art style and not nitpick on it.
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Post by: Sandy on March 18, 2016, 11:11:44 AM
It would all be so depressing, except when I think of the über ideal image men have to be subjected to,

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2qir9s6.jpg)

which puts it all into perspective, because it's equally unfair. :)
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 18, 2016, 11:23:12 AM
It would all be so depressing, except when I think of the über ideal image men have to be subjected to,

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2qir9s6.jpg)

which puts it all into perspective, because it's equally unfair. :)

While I agree, that's really a whole other yarn altogether. Scrawniness on men has rarely been an image comics were uncomfortable with. Just look at Peter Parker.
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Post by: St. Martin the Bald on March 18, 2016, 03:13:21 PM
But yet Spider-Man is depicted as lean and muscular - hardly scrawny.
If anything PP's physicality was an intentional contrast with the hero's muscularity. PP scrawny/bad, Spider-Man muscular/good.
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Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 18, 2016, 03:33:14 PM
But yet Spider-Man is depicted as lean and muscular - hardly scrawny.
If anything PP's physicality was an intentional contrast with the hero's muscularity. PP scrawny/bad, Spider-Man muscular/good.

Yeah, that does become a frequent art style, I agree. To be fair though, it's not always the case. A lot of Spidey comics emphasize how little he is compared to bigger guys like Juggernaut and The Hulk. Often, his character is depicted as going against those bigger guys despite their contrast in size. There are also a number of Spidey comics out there that don't have excessive muscularity, like Spider-Man Noir and most of Ultimate Spider-Man. Spidey's 'smallness' is often emphasized more than his muscles. The '90s doesn't exactly count because back then, everything was hyperbole in comics anyway.

I think when it does appear, artists just have trouble drawing men's limbs, not knowing how to make the drawings interesting without those 'curves'. It's a shame, since the Japanese have done it so well with their seinen manga (Akira, Monster, Mushishi).

In the end, I think it really depends on the artist and his style. There are artists out there that I know of that don't adhere to the stereotype.
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on March 19, 2016, 02:10:42 AM
Mr Robot was surprisingly good in almost all aspects. The style and aesthetic of the movie are pretty stellar and there is exceptional use of music in most episodes. There are a few things I am not crazy about though. I could do without Blondie's arc and although I like Tyrel as a character, his outbursts just don't work. I could see the big twist coming from the first episode even though I also thought Evil Corp would turn out to be a boogeyman invented by the Eliot. The last episode is unfortunately the worst one in the series.

Season 5 of Game of Thrones is the best one in ages, possibly the very best one. I love the changes they make from the books, it's like a completely different version of the story and that keeps it fresh and not totally predictable. And is it just me, or are there like 50% more fight scenes ?
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Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 20, 2016, 10:30:17 AM
Returning to Oz: A Wizard of Oz Marathon
Part 2

(http://i.imgur.com/aZJSDM6.gif)
Episode 1: Into The Storm

A decent enough reimagining of the classic tale that will amuse you with its sci-fi elements. Zooey Deschanel's acting is wooden, however, that the entire show becomes a practice in tolerance as I sat through her performance throughout the one and a half hour episode.

I enjoyed enough watching the present unwrap itself, revealing what they had changed to the world of Oz. The result, while devoid of novel ideas, works well enough as an action adventure to pass the time along. Kathleen Robertson plays a good villain, Neal McDonough plays a sympathetic enough of a character, and Alan Cumming throws in his charm for the ensemble cast. Oh, and there's a 'Cowardly Lion' named Raw played by Raoul Trujillo; he doesn't do much for this episode.

Altogether, not a bad start, but nothing impressive either. The whole 'Chosen One' storyline might have been too overused for my taste. Wish it could have at least retained the magic of the '39 movie rather than have a "Band of misfits goes on an adventure" type of story reminiscent of the equally mediocre Stephen Sommers Mummy remake. The darker take didn't add anything meaningful to the story either other than paint a superficial veneer of edginess that modernizes the original story, a modernization as pointless as many remakes of the '39 superior version of Oz. Could everyone PLEASE do it right if you're gonna remake or reboot an Oz movie? You've tried it for over, what, 70 years now? And there still isn't a better version of Oz than the '39 black and white version. It's pitiful.

Ah boy, I've still got two more episodes to go, each lasting an hour and a half, yeesh. Maybe I'll take a nap first; the banal writing of this show is sure to put me to sleep anyway.

3/5
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Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 20, 2016, 04:43:42 PM
Returning to Oz: A Wizard of Oz Marathon
Part 2

(http://i.imgur.com/aZJSDM6.gif)
Episode 2: Search For the Emerald

Well, perhaps I might have spoken a bit too soon. It's usually expected for the first arc of a story to be lackluster till it gets to the more meaty character developments in the second arc. It's no excuse for poor writing, but it's understandable.

That said, the improvement isn't by much. The writing is definitely better here, as we delve deeper into each character's psych, but I still feel that the whole reimagining of the classic characters here is bromidic, a practice in hackneyed tropes about brooding anti-heroes with a tragic past, about seemingly weak characters who are the strongest (or in the Scarecrow/Glitch's case, the smartest) of'em all. It's all a bit contrived, like the writers are trying too hard to have a different telling of the classic Oz tale. Raw the Cowardly Lion's character doesn't make much sense. His powers to empathize (literally knowing what others are feeling) is better suited for Cain the Tin Man, not him. Don't know what his character means in the metaphorical sense of things.

I do have to compliment the cool plot-twist at the end of the episode though, giving the cliche 'Chosen One' storyline a rather cruel twist. I certainly wasn't expecting that. And the humor here generated between Cain and Glitch, while commonplace among such adventures, is still appreciated somewhat to help me tolerate this series a little better.

Shame about the special effects though. You could clearly tell that this is a made-for-TV adaptation, with its budgeted production. Then again, most Syfy productions are budgeted, if not all. It's a godsend for them to even have such decent writing.

3.5/5
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Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 20, 2016, 07:53:52 PM
Returning to Oz: A Wizard of Oz Marathon
Part 2

(http://i.imgur.com/aZJSDM6.gif)
Episode 3: Tin Man

Thank god it's over.

Welp, it's not too terrible of an experience. There's enough humor and drama here to keep you watching. Unfortunately, everything wraps up in a very heavy-handed and contrived manner, ruining what good writing there was in Part 2.

Also, strange title for a mini series of which its central character was hardly the Tin Man himself, or about the Tin Men police force.

3/5
Recommendation: Edited For TV (Watch it on TV and forget about it)
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Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 21, 2016, 03:46:10 PM
Daredevil Season 2 - Episode 3: New York's Finest
(http://i.imgur.com/ydNdgA2.jpg?1)

When I first started watching Jessica Jones, I noticed a problem with Daredevil - there were a lot of fillers.

Or rather, it's more accurate to call them "build-ups". Daredevil is a show that relies heavily on mood and atmosphere, after all, much like Jessica Jones. But unlike Jessica Jones, which used those moments of "build-ups" to emphasize character development, there's a lot of repetition of the characters' anxieties and troubles - not expressed in an organic manner either, but expressed through contrived reminders for the attention-deficit crowd.

It took Daredevil Season 2 three episodes to finally get somewhere meaty. The first two had subtly hinted at the Punisher's presence like a specter in the mist. Not that that's a bad thing - on paper. For newcomers unaware of whom this 'Punisher' is, I'm sure it's all very refreshing and even thrilling. My problem with it is that it just lacks the philosophical impact that I had come to unrealistically expect, a result from watching Jessica Jones. You understand. I can't help it.

So yes, the real reason, I now realize, that I couldn't write a review for the first two episodes of the series wasn't that the writers intentionally paced it out. It's merely one of those writing techniques TV show creators use to even out the story over 13 episodes. Oh well. No golden eggs from this goose anymore, it seems.

The third episode itself finally packs the punch I've been waiting for, with all its morality-questioning goodness often present in both Daredevil and Punisher stories. Matt and Frank have a heart-to-heart talk in this episode about their way of controlling the scums of the city. I wish their talk were provided (in previous episodes) with the context we needed to better understand Frank's point of view, how Daredevil's ways are ineffective. What we have here instead makes for quite the build-up to the upcoming Civil War movie, a deconstruction on the classic anti-hero vigilante story. It seems appropriate that it was three years ago that I complained about a lack of address towards superhero collateral damage in Man of Steel. Now everyone's jumping all over the issue from Marvel to Netflix to DC.

One great thing about the atmospheric build-up of this show is shown in this episode through Matt's (almost literal) spiral into darkness. You could see the his psych is beginning to fall apart as he brutally beats down the bikers in a fashion that, unfortunately, reminded me a little too much of the dark knight himself. I am interested to see how Elektra and The Hand will play into this, and whether if there will also be a happy ending with a bow on the top at the end of this season.

3.5/5
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Post by: philip918 on March 21, 2016, 10:15:40 PM
I just watched Daredevil 203 as well. Man, is this show dark. As in literally very, very dimly lit. It's obviously intentional, but I got more and more frustrated with how difficult it was to make out what was even happening on screen half the time.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on March 22, 2016, 07:56:13 AM
I just watched Daredevil 203 as well. Man, is this show dark. As in literally very, very dimly lit. It's obviously intentional, but I got more and more frustrated with how difficult it was to make out what was even happening on screen half the time.

I'd have to agree. I's cinematography and lighting is daring to say the least and sometimes it works. Although maybe it's also my screen but I was genuinely curious as to why the decision was made to keep things so barely visible. I thought S2 of The Leftovers did a much better job with nighttime/dark photography and playing with what we can and can't see.

Call me crazy, but I'm seeing a trend.
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Post by: philip918 on March 22, 2016, 10:48:36 AM
I just watched Daredevil 203 as well. Man, is this show dark. As in literally very, very dimly lit. It's obviously intentional, but I got more and more frustrated with how difficult it was to make out what was even happening on screen half the time.

I'd have to agree. I's cinematography and lighting is daring to say the least and sometimes it works. Although maybe it's also my screen but I was genuinely curious as to why the decision was made to keep things so barely visible. I thought S2 of The Leftovers did a much better job with nighttime/dark photography and playing with what we can and can't see.

Call me crazy, but I'm seeing a trend.

That trend: radio plays
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Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 24, 2016, 04:07:00 PM
Watching Daredevil 204 and I could barely see his new helmet because of the low lighting.  :-\ Really ruins the whole surprise element of seeing a new costume.
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Post by: goodguy on March 24, 2016, 09:36:11 PM
Speaking of Daredevil, I really would love to see Deborah Ann Woll in something good for a change.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 24, 2016, 09:53:20 PM
Speaking of Daredevil, I really would love to see Deborah Ann Woll in something good for a change.

Ouch. lol I felt she wasn't half-bad in Daredevil. A bit wasted for sure, seeing as she didn't do much. She should be recast in the next season of Jessica Jones, where female characters tend to have more room for development there.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: mañana on March 24, 2016, 09:55:56 PM
Someday I hope to get through this first episode of Vinyl.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: philip918 on March 25, 2016, 01:16:24 PM
Someday I hope to get through this first episode of Vinyl.

This actually made me laugh out loud.

We got HBO Now recently, but still haven't tried to watch Vinyl, partly because of poor reviews, but mostly because the first episode is two hours long.
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Post by: Bondo on March 25, 2016, 08:37:05 PM
About halfway into S3 of Orphan Black. Gonna get caught up real quick and probably pay for S4 instant access. It's become the show to watch with gf. So very good.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: philip918 on March 26, 2016, 07:20:09 PM
About halfway into S3 of Orphan Black. Gonna get caught up real quick and probably pay for S4 instant access. It's become the show to watch with gf. So very good.

So good. Season 3 had some pretty big swings in storytelling quality, in my opinion (Mrs. S's reunion with her band... ahem). Overall though, it's a blast. And there aren't too many shows right now that tackle really heady and dark subjects while still maintaining a sense of fun.
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Post by: Bondo on March 26, 2016, 08:01:00 PM
The last episode we hit (Mrs. S and H in the bar, the school election speeches) was a tough one to get through because it seemed like a mirage in the first and a bundle of unlikely coincidences in the latter.

We were saying we'd watch a full show dedicated to Alison as the suburban mom/drug dealer. I guess that's kind of Weeds, but I do find I enjoy my time with Alison the most. Rewatching older episodes as my gf was catching up, one of my very favorite moment (after the clone dance party natch) was when they are trying to grab Alison thinking she's Sarah and she's spraying them with mace and blowing her whistle.
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Post by: philip918 on March 26, 2016, 08:42:38 PM
Alison and now, Helena, are definitely my favorites. Really the more of those two together, the better.

And, I agree, I think the first and second season were at their best when the clones were forced to imitate other clones. There's quite a bit less of that in the third season.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: MartinTeller on March 27, 2016, 12:21:21 AM
Halfway through season 2 of Bosch. Really good so far, and I like how different the storyline is from the first season.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: saltine on March 27, 2016, 01:34:18 AM
Those gloves didn't fit.  Again.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: goodguy on March 27, 2016, 01:41:35 AM
Just watched the season 3 finale of Black Sails. This has been the most constantly good to great series of recent years. Didn't think I would ever say that about a pirate adventure. But then I never cared much about westerns until Deadwood. Black Sails was labeled early on as 'Deadwood with pirates', and it pretty much has earned that moniker, even if the writing can't quite reach the heights of David Milch's lunatic sermons.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 27, 2016, 01:14:37 PM
Daredevil Season 2 - Episode 5: Kinbaku
(http://ap2hyc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/fi6-590x344.jpg)

If you're a fan of comic books, you should be familiar with this storyline by now. Whenever our hero has a morally ambiguous side, when he's tempted by the dark side, writers would insert that one push to the edge: the draw of a sexy and exciting life granted by a femme fatale, be it Catwoman, Black Cat, or in this case, Elektra.

Initially, I was quite perturbed by this turn of events. The new season didn't feel like a consistent crescendo that builds up to a breathtaking chorus, but rather felt like a subito, a sudden dissonance with the unsatisfying ending of the Punisher arc without closure.

Of course, as I often do, I spoke too soon.

Yes, the whole "Dating Catwoman" trope is way overplayed in comic books (aside from Elektra, Daredevil also had Typhoid Mary and Black Widow as love interests), but as they say, tropes are not cliches, and a trope can be put to good use. In this case, it's wonderfully displayed here with Matt's courtship with Karen here. Remember when I agreed that Deborah Ann Woll should be recast into another show? Well, I take it back - her performance is emotionally-engaging here and that's saying a lot because I don't usually like romance that much in my shows. The way Matt and Karen strolls through New York as they discussed the easily missed beauty of the city amidst all this darkness and grimness, it shows a certain serenity, a certain calmness to this exchange, and it's a firm reminder that Netflix superheroes can be more than just one-liners and beating up bad guys. It reminds me of the melancholy in other love stories like Lost in Translation and Her, a sweet and sour mix of happiness amidst our daily tragedies.

And by the end of the episode, it reveals itself as more than just a play on the "hero dates antihero" cliche, but a spiritual character-study the likes of Batman Begins and The Machinist. I had thought that the show was trying to tell two separate stories, with the Punisher arc ending awkwardly and suddenly, but it now shows that they both tie together into an insightful examination of a hero trapped in darkness we've rarely seen on the Marvel side. Yes, there was Jessica Jones, but that was a different creature, more of a fallen hero seeking redemption rather than a genuinely idealistic hero struggling against the tides of temptations and vengeance.

Needless to say, Daredevil isn't quite finished yet with its surprises. I still feel like it's trying to stay afloat against an awkward script, but this episode at least promises that there's more to come than meets the eye.

4/5
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Junior on March 27, 2016, 01:19:30 PM
Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised with how well they handled the transition from the Punisher stuff to the Elektra stuff. Both of those are way more interesting characters in this show than the sometimes dull Wilson Fisk.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: StudentOFilm on March 27, 2016, 02:27:47 PM
Speaking of Daredevil, I really would love to see Deborah Ann Woll in something good for a change.

I know Bryan Fuller said the character wouldn't appear in Hannibal, but I thought of her as a choice for that show's Clarice Starling
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: oldkid on March 27, 2016, 03:17:12 PM
Attack on Titan (season 1)

Being a Miyazaki fan, television anime almost always disappoints me  (but not Speed Racer, never Speed Racer.).   The comedy is stupid, the animation is slap-dash, the story lines often begin with interesting ideas, but become repetitive and never go anywhere. Often each episode is so full of previous story that there's only fifteen minutes left of actual story.  I like Full Metal Alchemist for the characters, but it fizzled in the end.  I like Mushi-shi for it's playful creepiness, and the spirit-detective concept, but it too is often too repetitive, and the main character never grows.  I've just started Death Note and it holds promise.  But none are as powerful as Attack on Titan.

On an alternative earth, almost all of humanity were destroyed by these giant-shaped man-eating animals named Titans.  The remnant of humanity gathers and builds these massive walls to keep the Titans out and lives in peace for a hundred years.  Until an even larger Titan appears and breaks through the outer wall...

There are military groups and politics and social commentary and all which is all good.  But what surprises me is just how cinematic this show is.  The "lighting" and perspective is fantastic, the progress is steadily more thrilling and while it is a sci-fi action, the makers of this show know how to do horror, all kinds.  It's light compared to some films, but it is enough to offer me thrills and chills.  There are episodes of just talking, but the states are so very, very high that we are deeply involved by the time they come up.

Not only is this possibly the best anime I've seen, but it is one of the best action shows I've seen as well. 

Season two was supposed to be released later this year, but with a delay in the making of the original manga, that might not happen. It's still worth watching the first season.

4.5/5
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 27, 2016, 03:27:57 PM
Yeah, Attack on Titan is one of my least favorite series among sophisticated anime without stupid comedy or 'slap-dash' animation. There are far better entries out there like Monster and Mushishi and Tokyo Godfathers and Bartender and Steins;Gate and Hajime no Ippo and Shinsekai Yori that Titan pales in comparison. Hell, even Fate/Zero is a far better series than Titan, and that was incredibly flawed.

It saddens me that people feel Titan is the height of anime when it merely scratches the surface of the truly greats like Ghost in the Shell, Evangelion, Serial Experiments Lain, Paranoia Agent, Kara no Kyoukai, Cowboy Bebop, etc, etc, etc. Ironically, Attack on Titan is exactly what you described when you mentioned series that begin with interesting ideas (the deconstruction of shounen cliches) but fizzle out with a generic, muddled plot. It lacks the focus of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and feels more edgy than it is a gripping story. In terms of politics, its flashy action muddles any insight into political decay. If you want a good political anime, watch Legend of the Galactic Heroes.

On the note of Mushishi, the character is not meant to grow. It's not meant to be a normal narrative. Much like a novel, you're meant to absorb the world and all its philosophies. It's a masterpiece in what it does, not in what people expect.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 27, 2016, 04:02:07 PM
House Season 7 - Episode 2: Selfish
(http://i.imgur.com/KGyLubd.jpg?1)

There's a persistent question among producers of medical drama - how to make people care about something as boring as treating patients? This episode exemplifies all the schmaltzy and manipulative ways shows like E.R. and Grey's Anatomy try to make the mundane more intense. It is a drama, after all.

I remember watching Sophie's Choice. I'm quite surprised today that I had enjoyed it and gave it 4 out 5, probably something to do with that powerful ending. This episode tries to replicate the resonance that comes with such a difficult choice, but unfortunately, the way it clumsily slaps on Solomon's dilemma was very unnatural that it produced in me cringes, not tears. There was even a hugging scene at the end when the whole family cry together about this unnaturally cruel dilemma. Seriously, it's a sadistic choice on the writers' part, considering they don't happen in real life as often as medical drama hope.

At the end of season 6, House and Cuddy are finally together. Like any TV series, resolution means a lack of conflict, meaning nothing interesting to write about, meaning a drop in ratings. So they had to come up with something, as contrived as it is, to keep the audience sated for the new coming season. The struggle to explore the 'Huddy' relationship, while understandably challenging, was done here with the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Had they not insert this ridiculous cliche in a medical drama of all places, the development between them in this episode would have been fine. Mundane, uninteresting, but nonetheless fine. Talk about blowing your load.

2/5
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: oldkid on March 27, 2016, 06:16:23 PM
Ghost in the Shell was good, but not as good as Titan-- actually not even close.    I understand the main character wasn't supposed to grow.  That doesn't stop it from disappointing me, or making me bored in the long run.

Perhaps people like Titan more than you do Hermit (or Kid?  Or Paul?).  I wouldn't claim that Titan is better than Brotherhood, but it certainly ranks next to it.  Have to wait for the second season to be sure.  In the end, I like what I like, just as you like what you like, and I have no problem with what you like.  But I don't care for the implication that I'm wrong because I see these shows different than you.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: oldkid on March 27, 2016, 06:18:27 PM
Yeah, House season 7 was when I stopped enjoying House.   I went ahead and watched season 8, but I was bored of the format.  In time, I'll go back and watch the first five seasons again.  After a decade, or something.  There was a spark that's really great.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 27, 2016, 07:25:31 PM
Ghost in the Shell was good, but not as good as Titan-- actually not even close.
It's almost like saying 300 is better than Lord of the Rings. Fellowship, not Return, if you're wondering.

The original Ghost in the Shell movie was a science fiction achievement, almost as much as Akira. Attack on Titan, on the other hand, was a trivial action piece that barely triumphs anything with its many borrowed tropes. And besides, I wasn't referring to the Ghost in the Shell film, but rather the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex TV series. Why would I compare a film with a TV series? SAC proves that anime could achieve far more than petty teenage angst as it delves into societal perspectives and cyber-culture. It discusses philosophies on political machinations that would make The Godfather pale in comparison.

And even the original 1995 film was plenty of awesome compared to Attack on Titan. In an article aptly titled "For Years I Hated Ghost in the Shell, Then I Grew Up", the author wrote:
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Since childhood I had been viewing Ghost in the Shell as a plot-driven film—as kids tend to do with everything they watch. But Ghost in the Shell is not a plot-driven film, it is a concept-driven film. The Puppet Master plot is just a vehicle to look at the deep questions of a cyberpunk society—especially those relating to humanity and gender: if the only thing that remains of your original body is a small piece of your brain, are you still human? What exactly is a soul? When anyone can have any body they choose, what exactly does gender mean anymore? Why is the most masculine character of the film (the Major) the only one with a woman's body?

For the record, a "concept-driven" film rather than a "plot-driven" one is a description perfectly appropriate for Mushishi as well. Like I said, it's more than just a straightforward narrative.

Talking about how Ghost in the Shell being "not even close" to Attack on Titan, clearly you don't understand its important place in anime. It's a ludicrous notion to even consider among many anime fans. It's like saying Led Zeppelin or Bob Dylan are not even close to Linkin Park. Attack on Titan might have garnered much popularity among mainstream audiences, but among the many anime forums I browsed, it's rarely hailed as "not even close" in terms of quality to Ghost in the Shell.

I understand the main character wasn't supposed to grow.  That doesn't stop it from disappointing me, or making me bored in the long run.
Then maybe you're the problem, not the writing. Many slow-paced movies (like The Godfather) bored me and others too. That doesn't make them terrible. Mushishi is kinda like Tolkien's books; they explore the world in vivid details, taking time to enjoy the scenery while it contemplates the neutrality of mother nature, how some bad things in life are meant to be, and not necessarily as simple as man's foolish notion of "good" and "evil".

Perhaps people like Titan more than you do Hermit (or Kid?  Or Paul?).  I wouldn't claim that Titan is better than Brotherhood, but it certainly ranks next to it.  Have to wait for the second season to be sure.  In the end, I like what I like, just as you like what you like, and I have no problem with what you like.  But I don't care for the implication that I'm wrong because I see these shows different than you.
Well, sorry but it's as if someone just told me that Watchmen was the greatest movie of all time. It felt like waking up with fart gas blown up all over my face and I was forced to swallow down the vomited remains of the toxicity. I liked Watchmen, but c'mon, such a ridiculous notion had to be challenged, regardless of what you like.

Attack on Titan is quickly gaining grounds as the "Dragon Ball" of the modern day anime culture. Many casual viewers of anime used to think that all anime is like Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon due to the American licensing of those shows. Nowadays, they think Attack on Titan represents the best of anime, when they're missing out on so much more that the medium has to offer, Mushishi being one of the more insignificant examples.

The truly ironic notion is that calling Attack on Titan "the best of anime" has the equivalent perspective of a frog in a well. You merely see one small part of the world.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: oldkid on March 27, 2016, 08:07:01 PM
I didn't say that Titan was the best.  I said it was the best "I've seen", meaning,  among my favorite.  You're mixing those up.  Many of the series you mention (including the series Ghost in the Shell) I haven't seen.  No reason to argue with me.  Lots of reason to suggest I watch other you like better.  Not that I will like them better, of course.

There is no such thing as objectively "good" or "bad" in art, only what we understand to be good or bad for ourselves.  My opinion will always differ from yours.  Some films are more objectively influential or important.  But that isn't the same as "good" or "bad".

I suggest that you glance over this thread:  The Dead Horse (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=11105.10)
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: DarkeningHumour on March 27, 2016, 09:14:17 PM
Yeah, Attack on Titan is one of my least favorite series among sophisticated anime without stupid comedy or 'slap-dash' animation. There are far better entries out there like Monster and Mushishi and Tokyo Godfathers and Bartender and Steins;Gate and Hajime no Ippo and Shinsekai Yori that Titan pales in comparison. Hell, even Fate/Zero is a far better series than Titan, and that was incredibly flawed.

First of all, let's set a couple of things straight. Steins;Gate's plot doesn't even really start until halfway through the series and Evangelion has the single most infuriating main character in all of fiction - not to mention that half of its supposedly treated themes are there only as window dressing. So if you're raising those up as gold standards, then according to your own logic I should be baffled and explain to you how terribly wrong you are and how there must be something going wrong with your taste.

Second of all,

Well, sorry but it's as if someone just told me that Watchmen was the greatest movie of all time. It felt like waking up with fart gas blown up all over my face and I was forced to swallow down the vomited remains of the toxicity. I liked Watchmen, but c'mon, such a ridiculous notion had to be challenged, regardless of what you like.

Well, some people really like Watchmen. Like, really like. Just in this forum, though I am pretty sure no one ranks it number one - which is unfortunate for the point I am making - it appears in many Top 100 lists. So although it does not hold the foremost position for those people, it still takes precedence over hundreds of classic movies typically hailed as « best of all time ».

Now you're free to explore what my major malfunction is that makes me put Age of Ultron in my personal Top 10, but take a breath first.

There is no such thing as objectively "good" or "bad" in art, only what we understand to be good or bad for ourselves.  My opinion will always differ from yours.  Some films are more objectively influential or important.  But that isn't the same as "good" or "bad".

On this forum we recognize that everyone does not have the same taste and that different things matter differently to different people. You might choose to focus on how historically important some anime were for the medium, but that does not mean any of us have to care. Frankly, as far as I am concerned Ghost in the Shell and Akira were both average science-fiction action movies with little insight to share about whatever themes they  were supposed to be about. But you like them, and that's fine.

I suggest that you glance over this thread:  The Dead Horse (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=11105.10)

Now this is not the first time you've gotten into this sort of discussion. You have a tendency to focus on what you think you're meant to like, which again, is fine ; but then you want everyone else to also appreciate movies and other media the way you do, like there is a right answer. Again, we've been over this before more than once, so tldr version: there isn't.

I suggest you take oldkid's advice and make recommendations for the things you like. Go ahead and urge more people to watch Brotherhood, by all means. But telling people they've just farted in your face, with so many and more graphic details, is just insulting ; and it is insulting in a way that is very much not welcome here. We've just had a discussion about how this forum is a safe place for all and how we want to safeguard that. The kind of rhetoric you're resorting to is the kind that would make this not a safe place. In fact, I would expect to see it in those other websites you sometimes complain about.

When it comes to certain movies, I happen to be one of the more argumentative members around. I will argue to death to explain why I detest something or love some other or how I disagree with a reading of a movie. I just naturally like to. But just because you disagree with someone, no matter how much, that doesn't mean you get to be disrespectful or to dismiss their opinions because they use a different referential than you (unless you are being facetious in a gauche way, but I don't think that is what you were going for here). Otherwise, you are the one who only sees one part of the world and you will turn out to be the one who brings a windy stench to the conversation.

And for the record, very little trumps The Godfather, and certainly not Ghost.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 28, 2016, 10:42:18 PM
Let's take this from the top.

First of all, I believe I owe oldkid an apology. Indeed, my words were unfair to him, and it should be known that I meant him no ill feelings, that any maliciousness I had displayed towards him was more out of compulsiveness than any honesty. This isn't the first time my passion got the better of me, and you should know that it won't be the last. Saying "I can't help it" does seem like a poor excuse, but the fact is, I truly couldn't.

More than ten forums over the course of a decade, I've tried repetitively to keep my attitude under control with each fresh start in a new forum. The results could speak for themselves. I've lost many friends over the years because I said something I shouldn't, something I couldn't take back after hitting the "Post" button (or "Submit" in some forums). It might seem easy to think about what you're about to post in a forum, but from what I could see, it really wasn't. Much easier is hitting that one little button without thinking, as easy as it is to open your mouth to speak.

But I'm tired. I'm really tired. I'm running out of forums to hide, so instead of "having a fresh start" at another forum, I think I'm going to just give up and stay here till I'm banned and put down for good. I've mentioned seeing a therapist on early April, but seeing as it's my first therapy session, I'm not sure what good it would do. Unfortunately for you, that means you'll have to put up with me a while longer. Cue groans.

I'm gonna be brutally honest here, I know a lot of you don't like me very much, least of all you, DarkeningHumor (I'll get to you in the final paragraphs of my post). I've seen how many of you alienate me. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm not feeling angry. It's perfectly natural for people, every people, to react that way to someone negative like myself. I'm used to even the holiest of saints acting treating me differently. After all, you're only human. Now, all these might just be my paranoia talking, and I could be wrong about you, but it doesn't matter either way, because I think it's time I'm honest about how I truly feel about this forum, none of that positive-thinking "I feel safer in this forum than others" platitude.

Now, there are a few reasons I've stayed instead of running away again; one of which I've mentioned, that I'm tired of having another fresh start when it seems like a futile attempt at taming the untameable. The other reason is that I like having a forum around where I could express my views towards movies. I've decided a short while after my return here that that was more important to me than interacting with the indifferent members of this board, which is why I picked out a new nickname, hoping to keep to myself. Obviously, that didn't work out so well.

Another reason is I could see that there are genuinely caring members who are making an attempt at making me feel safe and a part of the family, namely Sandy and Junior. Those are the people that kept me around, reminding me that there are a few good people out there that I should stay for. They are the few people that I genuinely trust at this point of time.

Now, DarkeningHumor. I'll be frank here: out of all the members, I don't particularly like you very much, and the reason for that is quite clear in your last post:

So if you're raising those up as gold standards, then according to your own logic I should be baffled and explain to you how terribly wrong you are and how there must be something going wrong with your taste.
And for the record, very little trumps The Godfather, and certainly not Ghost.

You bait and agitate the other party into an argument. Instead of resolving a conflict, you would often add fuel to the fire, so I find your proclamation of how this is supposed to be a safe haven a little hypocritical and self-righteous at best. oldkid certainly handled the situation better than you did, and he's the ideal example of how one should make the place a safe haven. And it's not the first time you've displayed such an argumentative behavior either, a behavior that contradicts the very 'safeness' you're preaching here.

Now this reminds me of the reason I left movieforums.com. There was this guy who repetitively challenged my viewpoint towards a movie, justifying said challenge, and claiming that if I can't get used to such an attitude, I was going to have a hard time around there. There's a special quality to the Filmspotting forum, it's devoid of such hostility, such challenging authority that it makes you and me stand out brilliantly. You and me, DH, we aren't so different, IMO. The only difference is, you know how to mask your aggressiveness through civility, while subtly inserting seemingly innocent attempts to lighten the conversation with a snarky punchline. I have no such control over my volatile emotions and could only miserably flaunt them like an idiot.

Now, I believe we should both stay out of each other's way. Fire doesn't mix well with gasoline. From what little that I know of you, you probably wouldn't consent to that proposal, so I'll just have to do my part alone.

As for the rest of you, I'm sure you would choose to go about your business as you often do around me. We shouldn't have problems that way. Toodles.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Junior on March 28, 2016, 11:23:00 PM
I do hope that you'll stick around, Hermit. I can understand not feeling comfortable in a place, or with a group of people, but you should know that you are a valued member of this community. You bring a curiosity about the things we're all passionate about to the table that really makes this a better place. That isn't to say, though, that you're perfect. I'm not perfect either, and I'm pretty sure nobody else would say that they are.

Conflict will always come up in any relationship (unless you're really the same person as your counterpart, see me and 1SO for an example) and it takes time and experience to learn how to effectively deal with that conflict. People here are happy to engage with you (and I'm using the general you here) when there is a disagreement because that's how conversations work. They can be fruitful if the conversation keeps to the topic itself, the matter at hand rather than the people who are involved in the argument. Have you heard the proposition that you should hate the sin but love the sinner? That works here, too. Try to give the people you disagree with the benefit of the doubt, believe that they're being genuine in their declarations, and use that belief to respond in a cordial, understanding fashion. In this case, you might have responded by asking if oldkid had seen some of the shows that you thought were better  examples of the form rather than assuming that he had and was ignoring them. It's a better foot to start a conversation on when you assume the best in your opposite party.

We're all here because we care about movies, that's undeniable. But the things that you care about in relation to them might not be what I care about and that's why we talk, so that we can understand each other. Bondo and I, for example, seem to look for very different things when it comes to a film so we'll often have very different takes on the same film. But I value what he sees and I hope he values what I see. He acts that way, at least. So a difference of opinion like this one might not be based on somebody misunderstanding a work but rather on them caring about different things. You like to put things in a wider context, but maybe oldkid doesn't care that this stuff has been done before (or better) if he likes the way it was done in Attack on Titan. This is a hard thing to get a handle on, and I'm still working on it myself, but it's necessary to maintaining a respectful environment.

Finally, I won't presume to speak for DH, but I think it's a totally valid strategy to just keep a distance from a group member you don't get along with. You needn't like everybody. I've typed up numerous posts which then just get deleted because I know they won't lead to a discussion I want to have, or because I know I'm too emotionally attached to a certain thing and am being blinded by that emotion. It's therapeutic to write a letter never sent. You can be as mean as you want to be and nobody will ever see it. Although you cite me as somebody who has made you feel welcome here (and I'm glad about that), I have my own forumites who I don't really enjoy. It happens, but I try to ignore them and move on. It's a pretty small space, so it's easier said than done, but the effort is useful and even necessary, for your own sanity as much as ours.

Now I will presume to speak for others. We get it. You've explained yourself, some of your situation. We'll make a pact with you. If you will be generous in your interactions with us, we will do the same in return. We will assume that your reactions are genuine, and that you are a valuable and important member of the community. I know we can do it, because we've done it with everybody else here. If anything, your responses show exactly that you're a deeply genuine guy to the point where you sometimes can't pull yourself out of a situation to see it fully. That's something you'll get better at if you work at it. Therapy helps, I know. So does being around people who can do it better than you. I learned a lot here, maybe you can, too.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Bondo on March 29, 2016, 12:03:07 AM
Sometimes people just have to learn each other; on one hand you get a better sense how to take things they say, on the other hand they better learn when they should be more sensitive (which is their duty for direct interactions). These things take time so I'd always suggest people try to give it some time, but also feel free to talk to moderators/administrators about concerns so they can help make sure things remain a nurturing as everyone says it is.

I'd just say as an example, Martin and I used to be quite at odds on the forum. Now we are collegial.

Finally, I think most of us can say we aren't always our best selves, and sometimes that affects how we are on the forum. We can only hope that others are generous to us and that we are duly generous to them.

So...just finished Happy Valley series 2. That show is incredible. Worst part is only 6 episodes per year.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: oldkid on March 29, 2016, 01:14:39 AM
I don't have a problem with our conversation, Hermit.  And I truly, really, honestly want your true opinion about film and anime.  It's an important perspective to hear.  I'd just rather hear it without also hearing that my opinion doesn't amount for much. 

Glad you decided to make a run for this forum.  It's probably among the best on the nets, in speaking about film, anyway, and your perspective is a unique and important voice.  So we disagree?  That's part of the fun.  As long as we remain firm in what we think, while giving room for the other to disagree in their own way.

We're all good, at least on this side.
Title: Re: Review the Last TV Episode/Season/Series You Watched
Post by: Paul Phoenix on March 29, 2016, 05:43:35 AM
Thanks for understanding, everyone. Sorry if I might have sounded harsh, but I felt it's high time we're honest with each other. Insincerity has never been my specialty.

Anyway, let's get back to the business of reviewing!

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Season 1

They say that the zombie genre is dead, that nothing fresh could be done with those rotting corpses. I remember various discussions about how the classic Romero zombies of yesterdays are no longer scary today, yet "The Returned" has recaptured that primal fear about the alien concept of death that made the walking dead so terrifying in the first place, a concept that modern writers for the 'athletic zombie' crowd couldn't seem to grasp.

Creator Fabrice Gobert paints death itself in both fascinating and disturbing ways. It seems so simple to embrace a wondrous miracle like this, having your loved ones returning to you. Yet our society has grown more complicated; Lazarus returning to life isn't a simple matter of faith anymore. Most of the characters graciously accepted the gift of resurrection at first, trying to move on with their life as per usual. But soon enough, the secrets and guilt we bury with the dead come surfacing. It gradually becomes apparent that with all the sorrows that come with the passing of loved ones, life would be more peaceful had the dead rested in eternity. There's another kind of nightmare that comes from the dead returning, and this wonderful bloodless series explores that often unaddressed subconscious fear in its entirety.

What really holds this series together isn't exactly the provocative theme, but the excellent characters that reinforce that theme. You have a wide variety of different lives here that allows a thorough experimentation with the concept of death. Camille and Léna are twin sisters separated by time. Adèle is a young mother whose beloved died right before their marriage, and is now fiercely protected in her new relationship with a cop. There's even a serial killer intertwined amidst this twisted web, further complicating the matters of death.

Both seasons last eight episodes. The season one finale ended on a rather strange note. I'm not quite sure what to make of that final scene... or what it represents in the grand scheme of things. There's definitely a lot more powerful symbolism in the last episode that compares the living and the dead - and being on the 'living' side isn't really all it's cut out to be.

Also, one does not simply skip the opening theme of this series. Mogwai's "Hungry Face" gets creepier with each viewing.

5/5 (A rare gem of a TV series that doesn't dispense your predictable Walking Dead despair)
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Post by: Bondo on March 29, 2016, 08:07:47 AM
Love that show. The second season just came on Netflix so that's next up for me now that I finished Happy Valley.
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Post by: goodguy on March 29, 2016, 08:22:54 AM
The season one finale ended on a rather strange note. I'm not quite sure what to make of that final scene...

I kinda wish the series had ended there. The second season isn't bad in any way, but it was a bit of a let down for me, and it wrapped up everything too neatly for my taste.
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Post by: jdc on March 29, 2016, 09:09:05 AM
But I'm tired. I'm really tired. I'm running out of forums to hide, so instead of "having a fresh start" at another forum, I think I'm going to just give up and stay here till I'm banned and put down for good. I've mentioned seeing a therapist on early April, but seeing as it's my first therapy session, I'm not sure what good it would do. Unfortunately for you, that means you'll have to put up with me a while longer. Cue groans.

Hey Hermit... I hardly have time to watch many films lately and only can somewhat keep up with what is happening in the forum.  So it really is probably not my place to get involved too much though I do like reading and interacting here even if I do not contribute that much.  That said...

First.. I do hope you stick around.. you do liven up the discussion as does DH. 

Second.. glad you are taking steps on self improvement.  I don't have personal experience with therapy (though I probably should) what I do understand is that it really is a process so please don't expect much from a session or two.  But I do hope you embrace the process as for those that I know that have it has been a rewarding experience.

Even though I can hardly really keep up with what goes on here, I do find it one of the more enjoyable forums to visit and even a few people that I have met here have all been pretty cool




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Post by: Sandy on March 29, 2016, 09:21:16 AM
Thank you Hermit, for your kind words. Earning your trust means a lot to me. :)

I have butted heads here on occasion, but have learned it's just the nature of the beast. Sincerity is a tricky character trait to work from, but I wouldn't have it any other way either. :)
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Post by: philip918 on March 29, 2016, 05:54:53 PM
The season one finale ended on a rather strange note. I'm not quite sure what to make of that final scene...

I kinda wish the series had ended there. The second season isn't bad in any way, but it was a bit of a let down for me, and it wrapped up everything too neatly for my taste.

Absolutely love the first season, but haven't felt compelled to watch the second. Might just keep it that way.
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Post by: philip918 on March 29, 2016, 06:08:38 PM
Girls 205-206

Girls is having a really strong season. We got a couple amazing episodes of Shosh in Japan. Adam and Jessa are making for a great (and probably troubled) couple. And this last, surprisingly good, episode featured only Marnie, probably my least favorite character on the show.

The only real disappointments this season are a huge lack of Ray and Hannah just being as Hannah as ever.

One thing that's been on my mind this season is the nudity. Particularly Dunham's, who appears naked (or awkwardly scantily clad) at some point in most episodes she's been in. It seems to clearly be a direct response to all the body-shaming critics out there, which is fine, but at the same time her scenes don't come off as positive and self-confident. They're more of an "eff you" to the viewers who don't like it. To me, that's all these scenes are really saying and they aren't being used for story or character purposes, which is a shame. Because there's a place for casual, confident, and even joyful nudity on this show (Jessa and Adam's hilarious role play for example), but it's mostly brandished as a weapon against Dunham's nay-sayers.
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Post by: mañana on March 31, 2016, 09:30:15 PM
Someday I hope to get through this first episode of Vinyl.

This actually made me laugh out loud.


8)
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Post by: verbALs on April 03, 2016, 01:07:26 PM
This is what I wrote for The Night Manager on Letterboxd;

The Night Manager 2016

★★★★½ 

This is a long film isn't it? Didn't know Letterbox did this. It's the height of television what you get at the confluence of le Carre, Bier, and a cast of this immense quality.

If you want to impoverish your life deliberately, then don't watch it. But who would do that to themselves?
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on April 03, 2016, 08:47:47 PM
It took me five episodes of Sense8 to realise Nomi used to be a Michael (those first scenes with the mother were rather confusing). Anyone know if she's gone so far as to have had surgery ?

And yes, I am not always the brightest match in the box.
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Post by: oldkid on April 03, 2016, 09:22:39 PM
Nope, the surgery didn't happen.
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Post by: philip918 on April 06, 2016, 04:34:11 PM
And Then There Were None part 1

Very, very good. A fantastic ensemble, gorgeously filmed, and hugely suspenseful. Can't wait to watch part 2.
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Post by: oneaprilday on April 06, 2016, 09:18:48 PM
Where (channel? streaming?) are you watching this?
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Post by: saltine on April 06, 2016, 09:51:05 PM
I know it's on Amazon and BBC One.
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Post by: philip918 on April 06, 2016, 11:10:08 PM
Where (channel? streaming?) are you watching this?

Purchased it on iTunes.

Part 2 was also very good. They drag things out a bit toward the end, but still a fantastic production.
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Post by: oneaprilday on April 07, 2016, 01:56:56 AM
Thanks for the info! May try to check it out. I love a good Christie adaptation.
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Post by: ses on April 07, 2016, 01:36:34 PM
Is it only 2 parts?  Amazon says season 1, but I assume they can wrap it up in 3 hours, it's not that long of a story.
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Post by: philip918 on April 07, 2016, 02:35:10 PM
Is it only 2 parts?  Amazon says season 1, but I assume they can wrap it up in 3 hours, it's not that long of a story.

It doesn't show up on Amazon for me (in the US). It's a two-part BBC TV movie that Lifetime acquired broadcast rights to in the US. It's three hours that stretched a bit thin toward the end. But still, very, very good overall.
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Post by: saltine on April 07, 2016, 04:23:48 PM
Is it only 2 parts?  Amazon says season 1, but I assume they can wrap it up in 3 hours, it's not that long of a story.

It doesn't show up on Amazon for me (in the US). It's a two-part BBC TV movie that Lifetime acquired broadcast rights to in the US. It's three hours that stretched a bit thin toward the end. But still, very, very good overall.

Are you sure, phillip918, about it not being in Amazon for you? 

That's the default designation Amazon gives all series...Season 1.  It's in two parts.  I found the first part beautifully shot but the story isn't much. Watching part 2 today.
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Post by: saltine on April 10, 2016, 11:12:28 PM
Bondo, I love Happy  Valley.  S1 was great; S2 was even better.
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Post by: Bondo on April 10, 2016, 11:59:07 PM
Watched Catastrophe S2. Was not expecting the time jump to start it. It was a bit more hard-edged than the first season (which is kind of saying something), not quite as fun. Still good.
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Post by: Verite on April 12, 2016, 04:54:54 PM
Better Call Saul season 2 episode 9
Stellar episode.  I've been enjoying the development of the brothers McGill.  Not even considering what we know of Jimmy via Breaking Bad, I felt an almost-The-Sopranos/Mad-Men-level of density (not season 3+ level but seasons 1 to 2 type) being constructed and displayed for Jimmy.  Wasn't psyched for the Better Call Saul series premier but this is now must-see tv for me.  Michael McKean, man.  Michael F*ckin' McKean.

Billions season 1
Maggie F*ckin' Siff!  Not top-tier tv but damnit I looked forward to watching a new ep every Sunday.  Wish it had some genes of The Wire in dramatizing political/chain-of-command games and institutional corruption but the story of someone on the side of the law trying to take down a criminal doing anything to accomplish that is something that if it's done good enough, I'm there.  Malin Akerman is lol horrible.  Good thing she doesn't have that much screen time.  I'm tired of Damian Lewis but he does bring the goods most of the time.  He walks funny.  Made funnier by his tight jeans.  Giamatti is very good but I wish someone else was playing Chuck Rhoades.
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Post by: philip918 on April 12, 2016, 09:04:50 PM
Watched Catastrophe S2. Was not expecting the time jump to start it. It was a bit more hard-edged than the first season (which is kind of saying something), not quite as fun. Still good.

I really loved the time jump and thought that first episode was especially great. Rest of the season was good. One of the few shows that never fails to get at least one really big laugh out of me every time.
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on April 12, 2016, 09:10:58 PM
Started watching the first episode of the new Andrew Dice Clay TV show (Dice), did not finish it and I will not be trying again.

Still enjoying Lucifer, Blindspot, Gotham and other shows.

Found Highlander: The Raven a 1998 single season show which is very cheesy, but I will work my way through its 22 episodes. I was amazed to see a cop smoking at her desk in the first episode, I would have thought smoking inside an office was banned by then.
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on April 12, 2016, 09:12:53 PM
Oh I forgot to mention. Watched season 3 of Jack Irish (starring Guy Pearce). Very good, although the final episode was weak, the story wrap up was a little rushed. Still 6 very good episodes of TV.
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Post by: DarkeningHumour on April 12, 2016, 09:30:24 PM
You're the Worst speaks to me on a spiritual level.
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on April 15, 2016, 07:49:47 AM
Just watched the first 4 episodes of season 2 of The Katering Show. Episode 2 was sooooooooo funny, my face hurt. If you can access ABC iView (likely to be geoblocked to Australia) I highly recommend the show, beware there is lots of swearing. Each episode is only 9 -11 minutes long.
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Post by: MartinTeller on April 15, 2016, 10:04:01 AM
Just watched the first 4 episodes of season 2 of The Katering Show. Episode 2 was sooooooooo funny, my face hurt. If you can access ABC iView (likely to be geoblocked to Australia) I highly recommend the show, beware there is lots of swearing. Each episode is only 9 -11 minutes long.

Ooh, there's a season 2 now? Yay! Loved season 1.
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Post by: StudentOFilm on April 15, 2016, 10:14:40 AM
Better Call Saul season 2 episode 9
Stellar episode.  I've been enjoying the development of the brothers McGill.  Not even considering what we know of Jimmy via Breaking Bad, I felt an almost-The-Sopranos/Mad-Men-level of density (not season 3+ level but seasons 1 to 2 type) being constructed and displayed for Jimmy.  Wasn't psyched for the Better Call Saul series premier but this is now must-see tv for me.  Michael McKean, man.  Michael F*ckin' McKean.

Completely agree. One of the best episodes of the series. Not sure if it or the Mike episode from S1 is my favorite. Very well written and acted with the Kim/Jimmy/Chuck scene being a standout.

With Walter White I was always wondering if we were watching him change or if he was just revealing his true self. With Jimmy/Saul I'm feeling that we are just seeing what he was all along- a bad guy. And it's so tragic to watch. At the end, I remember I was thinking to myself "cross the ****ing street!!!" And then it sort of settled in that he very well might not. I was stunned.
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Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on April 15, 2016, 05:18:26 PM
Just watched the first 4 episodes of season 2 of The Katering Show. Episode 2 was sooooooooo funny, my face hurt. If you can access ABC iView (likely to be geoblocked to Australia) I highly recommend the show, beware there is lots of swearing. Each episode is only 9 -11 minutes long.

Ooh, there's a season 2 now? Yay! Loved season 1.

Someone else who has watched this :).
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Post by: Bondo on April 23, 2016, 08:58:32 PM
Watching Olive Kitteridge. It's quite good.
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Post by: saltine on April 23, 2016, 09:12:15 PM
Watching Olive Kitteridge. It's quite good.

The performances were excellent.  I really didn't care for the story, but I also didn't like the book.  What are you finding worthwhile other than the performances?
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Post by: Bondo on April 23, 2016, 09:34:12 PM
I'm finding the portrayal of mental illness to be nuanced and relatable. Only halfway in though.
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Post by: oneaprilday on April 23, 2016, 09:34:30 PM