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Title: TV Series Thread
Post by: PickelledEggs on August 26, 2014, 06:28:36 PM
I realized we don't really have a dedicated TV series thread and decided to make one.

Post here with your reviews/recommendations/etc. for any TV series you are watching. (put anime in the anime thread)

AND USE THE SPOILER CODE FOR ANYTHING THAT WILL RUIN SURPRISES FOR OTHERS!!!
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: PickelledEggs on August 26, 2014, 06:30:28 PM
I just started watching the second season of Orphan Black. The first season was amazing and the second season is no less awesome. 11/10 would recommend.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: josephpalazzo on August 26, 2014, 06:49:39 PM
There's already a thread for Game of Thrones (http://atheistforums.com/index.php?topic=1063.0). The reason there hasn't been any posting lately is because the season 5 won't start until Spring 2015.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Mr.Obvious on August 26, 2014, 06:50:06 PM
I'm not watching any TV-shows currently. (Waiting for the new season of GOT and I should finish watching the last half of Dexter, but I don't really want to...).
But I'm vowing to start rewatching my collection of X-files episodes; that show is awesome. Though, so far the only show I know in which stand-alone episodes are better than the ones relating to the overarching plot.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: PickelledEggs on August 26, 2014, 07:10:08 PM
lol I don't even watch game of thrones....
It would be silly of me to post other shows in there
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Post by: aitm on August 26, 2014, 08:35:27 PM
i'm a lazy fuck after coming home from work. I play with the dogs for about a half, then I cook dinner for all, then I watch whatever is on that normally produces laughter out of me. Thats my life....yeah.....I know.....yer jealous!  HA!
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Post by: Hydra009 on August 26, 2014, 10:28:30 PM
Games of Thrones, Walking Dead, Doctor Who.  Also, Robot Chicken and Rick & Morty.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: PickelledEggs on August 26, 2014, 10:58:33 PM
oh shit. I forgot that Doctor Who started this past week. WHAT KIND OF WHOVIAN AM I??????
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Post by: GrinningYMIR on August 26, 2014, 11:09:00 PM
I've been watching the simpsons marathon recently, that's about it besides the occasional GoT or Hockey game




2424!
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Post by: Solitary on August 27, 2014, 12:14:17 PM
I've been watching Orphan Black also.  :smile:
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Post by: Youssuf Ramadan on August 27, 2014, 05:53:21 PM
I hardly ever watch TV, but my brother in law gave me season 1 of Banshee a while back.  Fuckaroo, that was pretty epic!  No slow intro here, straight in with the action.  I loved it!  :biggrin:
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Post by: Green Bottle on August 27, 2014, 06:26:47 PM
I just got season 5 and 6 of The Shield off my mate to watch, 2 episodes in an its excellent as usual, the best cop show to come out of the us in my opinion, fkn love it.....
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Solitary on August 27, 2014, 11:09:49 PM
I just finished watching the final episode for the season of Tyrant. I thought there was going to be more, and I can't wait until it starts again. I've also been watching Outlander and Hell On Wheels.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on September 02, 2014, 02:52:13 PM
Gravity Falls:  I actually like it way more than I thought I would.

Plot:  Inquisitive little boy and wacky little girl (fraternal twins) move in with huckster great-uncle and uncover supernatural/paranormal mysteries.  Monster of the week-type stuff.  Nothing amazing but solid popcorn fare.

But it steadily gets better and better.  The jokes get better, supporting characters get fleshed out more, freakier mysteries, plus a couple overarching plots.  Slenderman even makes a cameo in an ostensibly children's cartoon as well as the voice actor for Morty from Rick and Morty.  Plus, dat season 1 finale and season 2 opener.  Now, I can't wait for new episodes.

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Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Notthesun on September 02, 2014, 03:25:06 PM
I watch way too many shows. Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Breaking Bad, Bob's Burgers, Parks and Rec, and so on.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: PickelledEggs on September 02, 2014, 04:11:17 PM
Yeah I just finished season 2 of orphan black. AMAZING.

I recommend it
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Post by: PJS on September 03, 2014, 07:16:15 PM
Over the summer I watched the entire Six Feet Under series. I thoroughly enjoyed most episodes. Currently watching the first year of The Wire and I am getting hooked.
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Post by: Desdinova on September 05, 2014, 04:26:07 PM
been watching a lot of soccer lately.  also louie.  football season is here so i will watch that as well.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: josephpalazzo on September 07, 2014, 01:46:23 PM
Lately, I've been watching, Under the Dome. Even though I missed the entire season 1, it's pretty easy to get into. The negative side: I find no particular character interesting; the positive side: Stephen King has kept the tempo just about right to keep up with the intrigue. So I'll be watching for a little while to see if it builds up nicely.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on September 07, 2014, 02:02:18 PM
Doctor Who's off to a pretty rocky start this season.  I really, really liked David Tennant and Matt Smith.  They were wacky, adventurous Doctors and the actors seemed to have a real yen for the role.  The 12th doctor just seems befuddled and sullen with none of the charm the character is known for.  And the writing has noticeably gone downhill.  I think I'm going to call it quits on the series for a while.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Solitary on September 07, 2014, 02:12:25 PM
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Lately, I've been watching, Under the Dome. Even though I missed the entire season 1, it's pretty easy to get into. The negative side: I find no particular character interesting; the positive side: Stephen King has kept the tempo just about right to keep up with the intrigue. So I'll be watching for a little while to see if it builds up nicely.
It is interesting with intriguing plot twists.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: PickelledEggs on September 08, 2014, 02:13:33 PM
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Doctor Who's off to a pretty rocky start this season.  I really, really liked David Tennant and Matt Smith.  They were wacky, adventurous Doctors and the actors seemed to have a real yen for the role.  The 12th doctor just seems befuddled and sullen with none of the charm the character is known for.  And the writing has noticeably gone downhill.  I think I'm going to call it quits on the series for a while.
I only saw the first episode so far this season. I hope the writing picks up...

I'm not sure how I feel about the new Doctor's character yet, so I won't say anything about that. I was a HUGE fan of Matt Smith's character and also a pretty big fan of Tennant's Doctor. I guess we will see how the rest of the season plays out.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: antediluvian on September 08, 2014, 02:34:44 PM
"The Overlander" STARZ.   Checkitout
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Post by: Jutter on September 08, 2014, 03:59:32 PM
Breaking Bad lives up to the hype. Great series. Best dramady I've seen since St Elsewhere.
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Post by: Shiranu on September 08, 2014, 06:04:16 PM
Seeing Overlander, watching Outlander from Starz. It's pretty good, English woman get's teleported back from 1940s Post-ww2 England into 1740's or so Scotland, right before the Jacobite uprising. It's mostly a culture clash where this strong, independent woman who was a combat medic is now having to blend into this very macho, misogynistic culture that is at war with "her" people.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Mr.Obvious on September 16, 2014, 03:02:27 AM
I started seeing Brooklyn nine nine.
It's hilarious, but for some reason, I can't watch an entire episode in one go. Perhaps sometimes it's just a bit too ridiculous for my taste.
Would recommend though.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on December 21, 2014, 01:52:00 AM
So I binged Doctor Who to see if it got any better.

After some really, really horrible episodes...  (Seriously, if I showed a complete newbie the Robots Of Sherwood or Listen, they would probably never watch the show again.  The TARDIS is essentially an infinite adventure seed - you can write whatever conflict you want literally anywhere/anywhen and have the Doctor get caught up in it - practically limitless potential wasted on really underwhelming episodes featuring Robin Hood then the Boogieman.  And really, evolution makes perfect predators and perfect hiders now?!  *Charles Darwin spinning in his grave*)

...THE SHOW GETS BETTER!

From Flatline to the finale is golden.  I think my main issue was that it's such a dreadfully cantankerous and unlikable Doctor, underwhelming villains, and complete lack of an overarching plot.  There's no real mystery or epicness, there's just stuff not happening then occasionally happening then it's over.  Woo hoo.  But thankfully, that all changed.

In Flatline, the Doctor is indisposed and Clara Oswald is trying to save the world against some actually pretty strange and unnerving alien invaders.  Then there's an okay episode involving lots and lots of trees.  Then there's the two-part finale, the very first episode this season that actually got me excited:

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And what's more, the Cybermen make their grand return.  I've always liked them.  They're very dispassionate and no-nonsense villains.  They destroy and assimilate.  They can curbstomp any army on the world and they're hilariously logical and matter-of-fact.  They're not too bright, but that doesn't matter when they have a good leader.  There's just so much about them that's strangely likeable rather than horrifying.  Sign me up for an upgrade!  *cranks up The Lion Sleeps Tonight and takes his place in the queue, marching in time with the song*
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: trdsf on January 14, 2015, 07:00:44 PM
Doctor Who and QI.

I really like (or at least want to like) Capaldi, but I'm still far more a fan of Classic Who than I am of New Who.  I haven't seen the last several episodes of this season, but things seemed to be (finally) turning around.

Then again, after 'Kill the Moon', they HAD to get better, since that is a serious contender for the title of the single worst episode in the entire 51 year history of the show.


QI remains strong and just gets better year after year (though I dislike this year's bonus topic).


Outside of those two I stick with my DVDs, and BBC Radio 4.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: _Xenu_ on January 14, 2015, 09:14:05 PM
Just finished rewatching Buffy not too long ago. Now watching Sons of Anarchy on Netflix.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: PickelledEggs on January 14, 2015, 09:24:22 PM
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So I binged Doctor Who to see if it got any better.

After some really, really horrible episodes...  (Seriously, if I showed a complete newbie the Robots Of Sherwood or Listen, they would probably never watch the show again.  The TARDIS is essentially an infinite adventure seed - you can write whatever conflict you want literally anywhere/anywhen and have the Doctor get caught up in it - practically limitless potential wasted on really underwhelming episodes featuring Robin Hood then the Boogieman.  And really, evolution makes perfect predators and perfect hiders now?!  *Charles Darwin spinning in his grave*)

...THE SHOW GETS BETTER!

From Flatline to the finale is golden.  I think my main issue was that it's such a dreadfully cantankerous and unlikable Doctor, underwhelming villains, and complete lack of an overarching plot.  There's no real mystery or epicness, there's just stuff not happening then occasionally happening then it's over.  Woo hoo.  But thankfully, that all changed.

In Flatline, the Doctor is indisposed and Clara Oswald is trying to save the world against some actually pretty strange and unnerving alien invaders.  Then there's an okay episode involving lots and lots of trees.  Then there's the two-part finale, the very first episode this season that actually got me excited:

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And what's more, the Cybermen make their grand return.  I've always liked them.  They're very dispassionate and no-nonsense villains.  They destroy and assimilate.  They can curbstomp any army on the world and they're hilariously logical and matter-of-fact.  They're not too bright, but that doesn't matter when they have a good leader.  There's just so much about them that's strangely likeable rather than horrifying.  Sign me up for an upgrade!  *cranks up The Lion Sleeps Tonight and takes his place in the queue, marching in time with the song*

It's something you have to watch and invest in. Once you get in a groove of watching Doctor Who, it really grows on you. Ironically, that is the reason I don't really care about it anymore. They've taken so long to make new episodes. They do one a week for a few weeks and then the show is MIA for a the rest of the year.

I wonder why that is why I don't like Capaldi....


on another note, I just started binge watching 1992's Batman The Animated Series
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: trdsf on January 14, 2015, 09:54:52 PM
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I wonder why that is why I don't like Capaldi....

That's the great thing about the show, there's pretty much a Doctor for everyone.  I think Capaldi has great potential... but he hasn't lived up to it yet.  That's more an issue with the scripts than it is the performer -- the scripting was why I came to dislike the Tennant era, not the actor.

I'd like to see the show return to its old system of having a producer and a separate script editor.  We know Moff and Mark Gatiss work well together (Exhibit A: Sherlock) -- that might be a solution.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: PickelledEggs on January 15, 2015, 12:31:30 AM
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That's the great thing about the show, there's pretty much a Doctor for everyone.  I think Capaldi has great potential... but he hasn't lived up to it yet.  That's more an issue with the scripts than it is the performer -- the scripting was why I came to dislike the Tennant era, not the actor.

I'd like to see the show return to its old system of having a producer and a separate script editor.  We know Moff and Mark Gatiss work well together (Exhibit A: Sherlock) -- that might be a solution.
That is true. Everyone has a different doctor that they have as their favorite. I personally liked Matt Smith's doctor over the popular choice of Tennant's 10th doctor, but hey... lol I do like the new master though. She's pretty nuts as she is supposed to be.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on January 15, 2015, 01:27:57 AM
I liked David Tennant slightly more than Matt Smith.  But Matt Smith really grew on me.  I loved seeing them onscreen together.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: PickelledEggs on January 15, 2015, 01:36:07 AM
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I liked David Tennant slightly more than Matt Smith.  But Matt Smith really grew on me.  I loved seeing them onscreen together.
Matt Smith officially became my favorite with this scene

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUZ50cAk_Lk
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on January 15, 2015, 03:08:56 AM
I just realized that the guy who plays the 12th Doctor was in The Fires of Pompeii episode as a native.  Wow.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: trdsf on January 15, 2015, 04:06:16 AM
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And what's more, the Cybermen make their grand return.  I've always liked them.  They're very dispassionate and no-nonsense villains.  They destroy and assimilate.  They can curbstomp any army on the world and they're hilariously logical and matter-of-fact.  They're not too bright, but that doesn't matter when they have a good leader.  There's just so much about them that's strangely likeable rather than horrifying.  Sign me up for an upgrade!  *cranks up The Lion Sleeps Tonight and takes his place in the queue, marching in time with the song*

I always thought the originalmost Cybermen were the creepiest -- when they spoke, the actor would just drop their mouth open and then they would dub in a slightly frotzed monotone.  Very effective -- they did some very clever things back when they Beeb only gave them an effects budget of 6d... and expected change.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: wolf39us on January 15, 2015, 10:22:44 AM
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Breaking Bad lives up to the hype. Great series. Best dramady I've seen since St Elsewhere.

This show was absolutely amazing.  I would recommend to anyone!
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Post by: Desdinova on January 15, 2015, 10:28:30 AM
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This show was absolutely amazing.  I would recommend to anyone!


Tell me about it.  I binge watched for about a month.  Once I finished it I had withdrawal symptoms.  Funny thing about this show is that it makes you feel so damned uncomfortable at times.  You almost fell like you shouldn't be watching but you HAVE to just to see what happens next.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: SGOS on January 15, 2015, 11:01:52 AM
I'm binge watching Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis for the third time.  That's 15 years of episodes.  SG1 starts slow with some mundane episodes covering political issues that would seem more appropriate when the series started, but the episodes become more creative as the series progresses and keeps gaining strength through the last year.  I love how the false gods of primitive societies in the series so closely reflect the gods of Earth that are in vogue today.  The series constantly slams the ignorance involved in worshiping higher powers and probes the psychology of belief systems.  I'm guessing such insights would be censored by TV executives today.  I'll bet a dollar the writers were atheists. 
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Post by: Hydra009 on January 15, 2015, 12:31:15 PM
I really liked SG-1 and Atlantis, too.  The funny thing is, I snubbed SG-1 for years because it seemed like low-budget crap for its first few seasons.  I think it was season 4 that I finally got into it. 

I also thought the premise was a bit odd.  I mean, millions of people worshiping someone posing as a divine being and turning hostile the moment you speak against their belief?  Where do they come up with this stuff!

Atlantis was much better show, imho.  Less budget problems, a fresh setting, a more regular cast (looking at you, Michael Shanks) and Canadian know-how.  :P
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Shiranu on January 15, 2015, 02:34:53 PM
I'm just going to throw it out that I really did not care for Breaking Bad... it was okay, but way over hyped. To each their own.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: SGOS on January 15, 2015, 02:45:58 PM
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I really liked SG-1 and Atlantis, too.  The funny thing is, I snubbed SG-1 for years because it seemed like low-budget crap for its first few seasons.  I think it was season 4 that I finally got into it. 

I also thought the premise was a bit odd.  I mean, millions of people worshiping someone posing as a divine being and turning hostile the moment you speak against their belief?  Where do they come up with this stuff!

Atlantis was much better show, imho.  Less budget problems, a fresh setting, a more regular cast (looking at you, Michael Shanks) and Canadian know-how.  :P

Yes, around season four they started to hit their stride, and during this last time through, I was paying attention trying to determine the point where it starts to take off.  It's more like a transition.  I could never name a particular episode.  It's just a crew finding their way.

And odd it is for sure.  You've got aliens with advanced technology like space ships and advanced weapons (but no aiming devices), and most of the time, they are living in tents and wearing animals skins and burlap with iron breast plates.  Huh?  I think what makes these incongruities tolerable is that the writing and the cast don't make any pretense at taking the whole thing seriously.  Some of the romantic interludes are loaded with sap to the point where I'll roll my eyes, and some of the episodes that are devoted to humor almost border on slapstick.  But through it all, it's still an engaging series that has a serious side to it in spite of all the "Aw, come on now" liberties it takes.

SG1 ran for 10 years, and while it was on, I never watched it.  I missed SG Atlantis, too.  I think I knew about them, but never bothered watching.  Atlantis has more polish and higher production values.  The Wraith that feed on humans are bit over the top for aliens, but the writers create interesting scenarios with them and thereby do a good job of salvaging something that tests the limits of believability.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: SGOS on January 15, 2015, 02:56:33 PM
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I'm just going to throw it out that I really did not care for Breaking Bad... it was okay, but way over hyped. To each their own.
Yes, nothing is going to be liked by everyone.  But having said that, I thought it was a work of art.  Although, I hated just about every character the writers created, at least at one time or another.  I finally ended up liking Jesse, even though he was a total loser, and I liked Walter White eventually, but I wanted to throttle both of them for never being able to do anything right for the first few episodes.  Oh wait.  I liked the shyster lawyer, Saul.  I always liked him.  Every episode he was in, was better for having him in it.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on January 15, 2015, 03:44:34 PM
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You've got aliens with advanced technology like space ships and advanced weapons (but no aiming devices), and most of the time, they are living in tents and wearing animals skins and burlap with iron breast plates.  Huh?  I think what makes these incongruities tolerable is that the writing and the cast don't make any pretense at taking the whole thing seriously.
What I loved about the Goa'uld was having a bunch of braziers in a space ship perfectly capable of electric lighting.  They had style.

And one thing that irked me is they have Teal'c say that the Christian God couldn't have been a Goa'uld.  Because he most definitely could have been.  "I am your celestial father!  Love me more than even your own family!  You shall have no other god before me!"  Killing off the rival Baal worshippers makes total sense.  Jesus could've been a subservient Goa'uld who broke away from his Father and was captured and executed.  And all the good stuff was from a Tok'ra who impersonated him before he could be revived or "ressurrected".

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SG1 ran for 10 years, and while it was on, I never watched it.  I missed SG Atlantis, too.  I think I knew about them, but never bothered watching.  Atlantis has more polish and higher production values.  The Wraith that feed on humans are bit over the top for aliens, but the writers create interesting scenarios with them and thereby do a good job of salvaging something that tests the limits of believability.
I liked the Wraith because they aren't evil for the hell of it, they have to feed on humans or they will die.  And they don't view what they're doing as wrong any more than we'd view having a steak as wrong.

That and I really liked Ford.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Desdinova on January 15, 2015, 04:50:49 PM
Did anyone ever catch Deadwood on HBO?  I've been watching it on Amazon and really like it.  I don't ever remember it being on back in the mid 2000's.
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Post by: eylul on January 15, 2015, 07:37:57 PM
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Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: PJS on January 19, 2015, 03:10:03 PM
Finished all five seasons of The Wire recently. The show takes on big issues associated with urban America in a realistic and dark way. Somehow it doesn't depress but is incredibly intense and well worth watching. I can't think of a better or more important American drama. The character development and unfolding narratives are masterpieces. Each year takes a different slice of a city (Baltimore) but all themes intertwine.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: PickelledEggs on January 19, 2015, 04:20:38 PM
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I just realized that the guy who plays the 12th Doctor was in The Fires of Pompeii episode as a native.  Wow.
They said that they are going to keep that in mind and somehow work that in to the story. Plus, Karen Gillen, the girl that played Amy Pond is also in that episode.
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Post by: Solitary on January 19, 2015, 04:46:37 PM
I've been watching a BBC series called Father Brown. Worth watching. Solitary
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Post by: Shiranu on January 19, 2015, 05:28:30 PM
Watching "The Tudors"... so, so very good.
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Post by: PickelledEggs on January 19, 2015, 06:04:57 PM
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Watching "The Tudors"... so, so very good.
What channel is that on? I heard it was really good from a few different people.
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Post by: Shiranu on January 19, 2015, 06:11:16 PM
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What channel is that on? I heard it was really good from a few different people.

Eh... the internet? :P

No but I think ShowTime. It's several years old now, but it's been really good... alot of European social-maneuvering and plotting and what not.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: PickelledEggs on January 19, 2015, 06:11:53 PM
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Eh... the internet?

No but I think ShowTime. It's several years old now, but it's been really good... alot of European social-maneuvering and plotting and what not.
I have that channel. Lol

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Post by: Mermaid on January 19, 2015, 08:22:49 PM
Downton Abbey!? Nobody else?

It's fantastic.
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Post by: SGOS on January 20, 2015, 08:17:51 AM
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Downton Abbey!? Nobody else?

I love it.  I don't have TV so I watch it as soon as last season's DVDs are released.  I wait all year for this to happen, and  then I watch the whole season in one day.  Then I re-watch the whole series a week later, and then try to find some way to occupy myself for another year.
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Post by: Shiranu on January 20, 2015, 02:36:53 PM
I hear alot about it, but have never gotten around to watching it. Is it pre- or post- World Wars?
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: PickelledEggs on January 20, 2015, 02:55:00 PM
I actually really enjoyed Downtown Abbey for the first couple episodes I watched... but then I started Orphan Black and immediately forgot about Downtown Abbey
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: SGOS on January 21, 2015, 07:40:12 AM
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I hear alot about it, but have never gotten around to watching it. Is it pre- or post- World Wars?
It starts before WWI, and overlaps the war for a couple of seasons.  The war ends and things at the Abbey go back to normal, which involves saving the Abbey and the aristocratic way of life that is threatened by modern times.

By the way, this is not a scenario that presents the aristocracy as evil.  The Downton Abbey family is actually quite wonderful and well liked by the servants who the owners of the Abbey feel a deep sense of responsibility for.  Of course, everyone is influenced by Victorian ideals that continually create problems with reality, and various social issues of the time period form sub plots throughout the series. 
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Post by: gussy on January 22, 2015, 10:45:09 PM
I'm going to heap a little more praise on The Wire.  I just finished it too and had to watch it again.  It takes place in Baltimore but it could be any city that has been experiencing urban decay.  It follows the police, drug dealers, white working class unions, politicians, schools and newspapers.  It is a window into these organizations that gives you an idea of their true workings.  It isn't pretty and the "good guys" rarely win but there are enough satisfying moments that it doesn't become too depressing.  Sometimes the story lines can get a little confusing but this is done intentionally.  Reading a Wiki recap of the episode afterwards can clear up any confusion.  Definitely worth the investment of time tough. 
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: gussy on January 22, 2015, 10:53:53 PM
New episodes of The Trailer Park Boys on Netflix.  After a long hiatus this show is back. Most of the cast is back too.  The formula is the same, the boys trying to stay out of jail while doing just about everything to get thrown back in.  It's on pay TV and the censorship is pretty much nonexistent this time around.  It can get a little greasy but sometimes life is greasy. 
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: PickelledEggs on January 23, 2015, 01:07:05 AM
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New episodes of The Trailer Park Boys on Netflix.  After a long hiatus this show is back. Most of the cast is back too.  The formula is the same, the boys trying to stay out of jail while doing just about everything to get thrown back in.  It's on pay TV and the censorship is pretty much nonexistent this time around.  It can get a little greasy but sometimes life is greasy. 
YES! I thought I was the only person on the forum that watched TPB. No one gets my references and in fact, the reason I got my self sick (unintentionally) from pickled eggs and thus dubbed myself pickelledeggs is because of Bubble's love for the tasty fuckers.


(http://i.imgur.com/9K7wobN.gif)

BTW. If there are any stand-out details, don't reveal them. I have to download the series still and watch it...
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Post by: Mermaid on January 23, 2015, 07:42:16 AM
We've been watching Weeds. It started out pretty good but appears to be jumping the shark in the 5th season.
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Post by: PickelledEggs on January 23, 2015, 07:20:39 PM
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We've been watching Weeds. It started out pretty good but appears to be jumping the shark in the 5th season.
weeds is a great show. i only saw a few seasons though because i discontinued Netflix...
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Post by: Shiranu on January 23, 2015, 08:58:03 PM
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We've been watching Weeds. It started out pretty good but appears to be jumping the shark in the 5th season.

I really liked Weeds, but yeah I stopped watching around season 4 and never picked it back up so I don't know how well it ends.
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Post by: trdsf on January 24, 2015, 08:01:16 AM
Finally got caught up on the most recent Doctor Who (except for the holiday episode).

Definitely finding its feet again after a rough start.  Capaldi is growing on me.  The final two-parter was good, and I was delighted to have guessed right about the identity of Missy.  Still not as good as the Classic series.  And I don't care what the BBC says, this was Season 35, not Series 8, and Capaldi is the 14th Doctor, not the 12th.


--signed, a grumpy old Whovian who knows how to count.
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Post by: Hydra009 on January 26, 2015, 01:44:45 AM
Archer is back!  Sploosh!

I started rewatching the old episodes.  My favorite is when Archer casually whips out a gun on a plane and a sky marshal draws his pistol thinking that it's a hijacking.  Archer's response?  "It's okay, we're from ISIS"

Hahaha.  Classic Archer.
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Post by: PJS on February 16, 2015, 07:14:41 PM
Other than The Wire, the best show I've seen in the past year or two is probably Six Feet Under. Kind of a dark comedy,  well written and very well acted.
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Post by: Deidre32 on March 26, 2015, 03:47:56 PM
I think this weekend, I'll finally watch Walking Dead. lol I've not seen one episode of this! ^_^
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Post by: Desdinova on March 26, 2015, 04:48:04 PM
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I think this weekend, I'll finally watch Walking Dead. lol I've not seen one episode of this! ^_^

Let me know how you like it! As a reader of the graphic novels, I though I would hate it.  But its a really good show.
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Post by: Desdinova on March 26, 2015, 05:00:28 PM
I started watching Spartacus: Blood and Sand recently.  Its' OK, not really impressed so far.  Lots of bewbs, so that's good I guess.  Lot's of penises too.
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Post by: C172 on April 09, 2015, 01:06:41 PM
I don't watch anything too regularly. Sports (soccer, mainly [MLS and CONCACAF mainly]), news (local or CNN), C-SPAN, Weather Channel.

Don't ever accept an invite to party at my house.
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Post by: antediluvian on April 09, 2015, 11:37:28 PM
True Detective - HBO
Fortitude - Pivot
Better Call Saul - AMC
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Post by: trdsf on April 12, 2015, 03:23:50 AM
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I don't watch anything too regularly. Sports (soccer, mainly [MLS and CONCACAF mainly]), news (local or CNN), C-SPAN, Weather Channel.

Don't ever accept an invite to party at my house.
The Weather Channel is one of the few things I miss about cable.  Haven't had it in ten years (cancelled it shortly after getting an XM satellite radio, which service I still have).  I may get me a Netflix membership, though.  It's a damn sight cheaper than $50/month for cable that I rarely watched, for movies and TV that I can specifically choose.  I miss Mythbusters too, after all.  And I've seen the first episode of "House of Cards" and really want to see the rest.  Much to my surprise, it was actually as good as the original BBC version.
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Post by: Hydra009 on June 03, 2015, 08:36:18 PM
Any of you guys watch Vikings?  The pilot was pretty lackluster, but after a few episodes, I really started to get into it, and I'm glad I did.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZnDBlWNFi0

This one scene made me a fan of this series.  Vikings raid church.  The aptly-named Floki (he's the very image of the trickster god) drinks the communion wine out of curiosity at first, and then just to cheese off the churchgoers after seeing their reactions.  It's funny how they're more horrified over the wine than the butchery.

(https://31.media.tumblr.com/7e39b85e893860ffd7b76eab779fd5c7/tumblr_n2ftyrsZMi1rjn473o1_250.gif)

In short, Floki ftw.
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Post by: Shiranu on June 20, 2015, 11:09:45 PM
Binge watching M*A*S*H*.
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Post by: kilodelta on June 22, 2015, 05:28:08 PM
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Plus "Kyle, my guitar, gently weeps." What?
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Post by: peacewithoutgod on September 15, 2015, 12:51:46 PM
Game of Thrones is the only fantasy-themed show which I have really taken an interest in other than the Star Wars saga, mostly because it deals more with the grim realities of medieval politics, and the influence which religion has on this. The books are excellently written, if a bit long, and although I've read them all at least once, I still look forward to the show when it resumes.

Also I have been tracking The Americans, Homeland, Archer, Better Call Saul, House of Cards, and Real Time.
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Post by: Hydra009 on September 15, 2015, 01:58:18 PM
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Game of Thrones is the only fantasy-themed show which I have really taken an interest in other than the Star Wars saga, mostly because it deals more with the grim realities of medieval politics, and the influence which religion has on this. The books are excellently written, if a bit long, and although I've read them all at least once, I still look forward to the show when it resumes.
I actually don't know of any non-GoT fantasy-themed tv shows at all except for Legend of the Seeker, which was pretty okay.  I guess it depends on how you define fantasy, which I take to mean a medieval setting with swords and sorcery.

While nothing can really match GoT, I've liked Vikings and Rome, two shows that sort of have a similar format.
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Post by: drunkenshoe on September 15, 2015, 02:49:33 PM
Has anyone seen this? The pilot is out.

Our lucifer gives the finger to the upstairs and takes a vacation in LA and after an incident decides to solve crimes with a former actress hot chick dedective. And of course, he speaks with a British accent.  :rotflmao:  Looks like it could be a new dumb soap to watch.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4bF_quwNtw

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Post by: CrucifyCindy on September 17, 2015, 12:49:54 PM
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Has anyone seen this? The pilot is out.

Our lucifer gives the finger to the upstairs and takes a vacation in LA and after an incident decides to solve crimes with a former actress hot chick dedective. And of course, he speaks with a British accent.  :rotflmao:  Looks like it could be a new dumb soap to watch.




It doesn't look very faithful to it's source material.
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Post by: drunkenshoe on September 17, 2015, 01:19:01 PM
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It doesn't look very faithful to it's source material.

So, I have heard. I haven't read the comics (yet).

http://www.cinemablend.com/television/How-Lucifer-Going-Different-From-Comic-Books-73477.html

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If you’re coming to Lucifer to see the comic book, you are not going to see it. Let it go.
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Post by: CrucifyCindy on September 17, 2015, 02:44:49 PM
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So, I have heard. I haven't read the comics (yet).

http://www.cinemablend.com/television/How-Lucifer-Going-Different-From-Comic-Books-73477.html

I will be taking a pass on this one because. Imagine if they made a Sandman tv show where Morpheus is some sort of hipster detective
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Post by: drunkenshoe on September 17, 2015, 03:27:10 PM
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I will be taking a pass on this one because. Imagine if they made a Sandman tv show where Morpheus is some sort of hipster detective

Murder and mayhem would ensue in a global scale! And I would support it. They wouldn't daaaare!

I think they find Lucifer more suitable to play with as it's a spin off. Death and Lucifer feels more like Gaiman's way of keeping the sandman lot happy because it was wanted too much. Could they play Death the same way? Don't think so, she is family.

Yes, it is unfair to the work, but it is Hollywood, so who knows what will they choose fuck over next. Money.


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Post by: peacewithoutgod on September 17, 2015, 04:30:55 PM
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I actually don't know of any non-GoT fantasy-themed tv shows at all except for Legend of the Seeker, which was pretty okay.  I guess it depends on how you define fantasy, which I take to mean a medieval setting with swords and sorcery.

While nothing can really match GoT, I've liked Vikings and Rome, two shows that sort of have a similar format.
On "fantasy", I tend to lump in tales of vampires, zombies, and werewolves because they've been moving more toward fantasy than horror. Another format they now combine is the soap opera...WTFE, take your pick of those themes, the volume of such series are boundless, and I can do without any of them.
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Post by: Hydra009 on September 17, 2015, 04:48:49 PM
I tend to lump all that stuff together under speculative fiction, and then assign subcategories as needed.  True, a lot of series with zombies/vampires/werewolves aren't horror as it is normally understood (intended to frighten)
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Post by: CrucifyCindy on September 18, 2015, 12:40:17 AM
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Murder and mayhem would ensue in a global scale! And I would support it. They wouldn't daaaare!

I think they find Lucifer more suitable to play with as it's a spin off. Death and Lucifer feels more like Gaiman's way of keeping the sandman lot happy because it was wanted too much. Could they play Death the same way? Don't think so, she is family.

Yes, it is unfair to the work, but it is Hollywood, so who knows what will they choose fuck over next. Money.

I am kinda hoping that the DC Cinema Universe does include the Endless in some way. In fact I think they should be included if not that then let the DC Television Universe include them. I would love to see Destiny show up on Arrow (Constantine is coming back on Arrow by the way). But just do it right, it is all I ask...respect the source material.
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Post by: Draconic Aiur on September 18, 2015, 07:18:51 AM
Im at season 8 of supernatural
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Post by: drunkenshoe on September 18, 2015, 07:39:40 AM
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I am kinda hoping that the DC Cinema Universe does include the Endless in some way. In fact I think they should be included if not that then let the DC Television Universe include them. I would love to see Destiny show up on Arrow (Constantine is coming back on Arrow by the way). But just do it right, it is all I ask...respect the source material.

They will. But I don't want to see Endless mixed up with others honestly. They can make spin offs with one by one or include them within some other fantasy I don't care. The should make Sandman first. I also think that is a good way respecting the source material.




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Post by: Shiranu on December 27, 2015, 08:37:27 PM
Binging Stargate Atlantis now... I remembered watching it as a kid and going back... I think it's good in a very nostalgia way.
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Post by: Hydra009 on December 27, 2015, 09:30:17 PM
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Binging Stargate Atlantis now... I remembered watching it as a kid and going back... I think it's good in a very nostalgia way.
Oh man, I must've watched that series three times over, it was that good.  I liked how it had a separate but not completely disconnected existence from SG1 - so it can have its own setting and events but still draw upon Stargate lore (and occasionally, personnel).  I liked its general aesthetic - the sleek and high-tech Atlantis and Vancouver forest was really easy on the eyes.  And unlike SG1, it actually had the budget for great CGI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iMHh9Utm8Y).

The main cast was superb and had great chemistry.  Even the banter between Shepherd and Rodney was enjoyable.  They had some great moments together. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnikmqBJefw)

It had amazing villains.  The Wraith.  The Genii.  The Replicators.  Michael.  Todd (sorta).

Favorite episode by far:  Mortal Coil.  It really humanized the Replicators.  :P

Did it have its flaws?  Totally.  As soon as Teyla got knocked up, her character did a nosedive.  They did this ridiculous "but Teyla, you can't go on the mission! What about the baby?" stuff over and over again.  Most of the romance was fucking horrid, almost soap operaish at times.  I hated Lucious Lavin and was pretty underwhelmed by the Travelers.  The final confrontation with Michael was stupid.  The last season was really off in general, I don't know exactly how to describe it, but it felt off.  And the series finale was a goddamn trainwreck.

Despite its flaws, it was still the best scifi show on television for at least a couple years, imho.
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Post by: gentle_dissident on December 28, 2015, 01:47:56 AM
BattleBots got me to turn the TV on.

Carol Burnett gets my attention. I got the DVD set cheap 2nd hand

I watch Dr Who when the girls are streaming it.

We use an antenna. My GF keeps TV on in the background to deal with her anxiety caused by real life being a dystopia. Thankfully, she watches retro comedy, horror, and ScFi.
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Post by: drunkenshoe on December 28, 2015, 09:31:03 AM
Mom's obssessed with Fargo. I have read that it is really good, but can't look more scared of spoilers. Thinking about starting it, but then may be in vacation time. I haven't even seen Breaking Bad yet. :sad2:
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Post by: stromboli on December 28, 2015, 11:26:23 AM
Currently watching "The Expanse" on Sci Fi channel. Actually pretty good, interesting plots and a fairly realistic future setting of a political/military conflict between Earth, the moon and Mars with the asteroid miners (primarily on Ceres) caught in the middle. Plot devices galore and to me at least, gives a pretty accurate picture of what a near future (post-2300) situation might look like. Doesn't get into laser blasters and other wacky sci fi stuff but concentrates more on the interplay between different groups and a political/police mystery thrown in for good measure. Much better than the average for the sci fi channel.
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Post by: gentle_dissident on December 28, 2015, 12:47:09 PM
I'd like to check out "The Expanse", but SyFy wants me to install the vulnerable Flash. It's also pounding me with pop-unders that say they're my ISP and that I need to call them. It's been a long time since I've had cable, but I remember SciFi being pretty sleazy.
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Post by: stromboli on December 28, 2015, 01:54:29 PM
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I'd like to check out "The Expanse", but SyFy wants me to install the vulnerable Flash. It's also pounding me with pop-unders that say they're my ISP and that I need to call them. It's been a long time since I've had cable, but I remember SciFi being pretty sleazy.

Sci fi channel is 95% BS crap. But some of their stuff occasionally raises the bar a tad. This will no doubt come out on DVD at some point or maybe Netflix, so hopefully you will be able to see it.
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Post by: LoriPinkAngel on December 28, 2015, 04:44:58 PM
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Mom's obssessed with Fargo. I have read that it is really good, but can't look more scared of spoilers. Thinking about starting it, but then may be in vacation time. I haven't even seen Breaking Bad yet. :sad2:

Both are excellent but you can binge watch Fargo a lot faster than Breaking Bad.
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Post by: Munch on January 11, 2016, 03:44:08 PM
I've finally decided to get into Steven Universe on daily motion. Actually really loving the show.

I kind of came to the decision when I started to see gifs, images and videos of when peridot called yellow diamond a clod.

(http://33.media.tumblr.com/8703b7a000aacb436aca7f8e308cc265/tumblr_inline_o0mip6xJCj1s18x0o_500.gif)

I'd never seen steven universe before, but I knew this moment was awesome anyway.
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Post by: PopeyesPappy on January 11, 2016, 03:56:38 PM
Watched the first 4 episodes of The Shannara Chronicles over the weekend. I read The Sword of Shannara back in the 70s and liked it so I thought TV show might be good. Having a hard time keeping interested though.
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Post by: drunkenshoe on January 11, 2016, 04:26:38 PM
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Both are excellent but you can binge watch Fargo a lot faster than Breaking Bad.

Note taken. :)
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Post by: Hijiri Byakuren on January 11, 2016, 11:56:55 PM
RWBY has taken a rather depressing turn these past three episodes. And it looks like it'll only get darker for from here.


Secretly a Warsie.
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Post by: Hydra009 on January 12, 2016, 12:51:07 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awhQVB7SB2o

Heck yes.
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Post by: Shiranu on January 12, 2016, 02:04:41 AM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awhQVB7SB2o

Heck yes.

I really... really need to catch up with that.

Unrelated note... just watched Legend of Korra episodes beginning 1 and 2... oh my god the art direction and mythology in that episode. One of my favourite episodes of any series ever.
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Post by: drunkenshoe on January 12, 2016, 01:19:54 PM
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Watched the first 4 episodes of The Shannara Chronicles over the weekend. I read The Sword of Shannara back in the 70s and liked it so I thought TV show might be good. Having a hard time keeping interested though.

I have just seen this in your post and had no idea what it is. It's not very good, but not very bad either. It is entertaining. It will drag soon though. (I am just watching the first one.)
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Post by: PickelledEggs on January 12, 2016, 01:50:37 PM
I watched Heroes for the first time. It was good. season 1-3 were really good. 4 wasn't as good, but it was ok and still at the least, enjoyable.
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Post by: drunkenshoe on January 12, 2016, 01:54:11 PM
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I watched Heroes for the first time. It was good. season 1-3 were really good. 4 wasn't as good, but it was ok and still at the least, enjoyable.

Aw, Heroes. :)
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Post by: drunkenshoe on January 13, 2016, 03:35:03 AM
First disappointment about The Expanse:

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Post by: LoriPinkAngel on January 13, 2016, 10:50:25 AM
There are so many shows I don't get to see because I only have cable with no extras.
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Post by: stromboli on January 13, 2016, 11:08:01 AM
I started watching the Expanse and liked it, but then I got the books and started reading. Haven't seen the last two episodes and I'm already way ahead in the books, on the second volume. I won't ruin it for you, but the story arc is way different than I thought it would be. Stick around, it will get interesting. I pretty much lost interest in the TV series.

There are a lot of mixed race characters in the book, but still too many white people. By that time in the future we should be a much more blended race than now. The Belters in the books are very much a mixed lot. What is also good about the books is they emphasize the physical differences that would occur from people living on earth and others in low gravity. The Belters speak a patois of mixed languages and they are tall and slender, which they would be in low gravity. Also the authors do a very good job of creating a political and cultural climate that is realistic. And the battles are realistic, not Star Trek zap em' with Phasers kind of stuff.

As far as realism, the Expanse does a better job than most of presenting a realistic near future environment. Some aspects of it I don't like, but I'll keep reading.

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Post by: drunkenshoe on January 13, 2016, 11:14:38 AM
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I started watching the Expanse and liked it, but then I got the books and started reading. Haven't seen the last two episodes and I'm already way ahead in the books, on the second volume. I won't ruin it for you, but the story arc is way different than I thought it would be. Stick around, it will get interesting. I pretty much lost interest in the TV series.

There are a lot of mixed race characters in the book, but still too many white people. By that time in the future we should be a much more blended race than now. The Belters in the books are very much a mixed lot. What is also good about the books is they emphasize the physical differences that would occur from people living on earth and others in low gravity. The Belters speak a patois of mixed languages and they are tall and slender, which they would be in low gravity. Also the authors do a very good job of creating a political and cultural climate that is realistic. And the battles are realistic, not Star Trek zap em' with Phasers kind of stuff.

As far as realism, the Expanse does a better job than most of presenting a realistic near future environment. Some aspects of it I don't like, but I'll keep reading.

OK. I already liked it.

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Post by: Hydra009 on January 22, 2016, 09:29:10 PM
A couple morally questionable moments in TV shows that I thought I'd share:

In Star Wars Rebels, the rebels get captured and taken aboard an imperial ship.  Inevitably, they spring out of jail and take out the guards.  A stormtrooper has Ezra's lightsaber on his belt.  Ezra activates it and the stormtrooper freaks out, which is understandable given that there's a very hot, very sharp object in extremely close proximity to his groin.  Ezra retrieves his lightsaber and chops the terrified stormtrooper's gun in half and says something to the effect of "Calm down, I'm not going to hurt you."  The rebels clear off the ship and subsequently blow it up, certainly killing everyone aboard, including the previously spared stormtrooper.  Our heroes, ladies and gentlemen.  They won't kill you in cold blood, but they will blow you up.  Seems like a trivial difference.

In X-Men, humans who helped save Wolverine's life get arrested by some government anti-mutant agency, which inexplicably jails them alongside mutant prisoners.  Wolverine springs them from jail, and then springs everyone from jail.  And most of the inmates are mutants and we have no idea if they were justly or unjustly jailed.  For all we know, Wolverine just let out Magneto, Apocalypse, and Mister Sinister.  We just don't know.  Once again, pretty questionable heroics.
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Post by: josephpalazzo on January 23, 2016, 04:38:16 AM
I'm watching "Manhattan". Not completely a loyal depiction of the true events, but it does capture the era. The main character is a composite of different scientists working on the bomb. Oppenheimer is depicted as a creep, don't know how realistic that is. The series has its bag of secrecy, lies and betrayals but its main focus is on the moral dilemma that these scientists were facing at the time -creating a bomb that would change forever the political landscape and also making them in the process monsters.
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Post by: trdsf on January 27, 2016, 01:53:09 PM
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There are so many shows I don't get to see because I only have cable with no extras.
I haven't had cable in ten years, and I have yet to see a show come along that makes me miss it.  The only thing at this point that could make me get cable again is if the new MST3K is picked up by a network and isn't easily available to watch online.
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Post by: Munch on February 05, 2016, 02:56:12 PM
Like with Steven Universe, I was late to begin watching Gravity Falls.

Now i'm like -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJI_NIrWnK4
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Post by: drunkenshoe on February 05, 2016, 04:19:17 PM
Does anyone have anything on comedy? Not sitcom, but tv series.
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Post by: Draconic Aiur on February 06, 2016, 03:43:49 AM
Supernatural's cool they have rock n roll and demon chicks hell they even had angel chicks with a sex scene!
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Post by: Draconic Aiur on February 06, 2016, 03:48:31 AM
Merlin was good but it ended
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Post by: drunkenshoe on February 06, 2016, 04:15:21 AM
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Supernatural's cool they have rock n roll and demon chicks hell they even had angel chicks with a sex scene!

I have seen it, except the the last 2 seasons. It was my old soap. I have seen little of Merlin, but didn't get hooked.

I wish we got something really funny and different.

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Post by: Mr.Obvious on February 09, 2016, 06:43:20 AM
Merlin had it's moments, but for some reason it always seemed like I wasn't watching the show itself, but rather a fanfic of the show.
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Post by: SGOS on February 09, 2016, 08:59:55 AM
I'd be interested in Better Call Saul.  He was my favorite Character in Breaking Bad, but I don't have Television.
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Post by: drunkenshoe on February 09, 2016, 09:34:49 AM
I have just started Breaking Bad yesterday for the first time. I am at S2 E3 right now. I love it. 
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Post by: SGOS on February 09, 2016, 09:43:50 AM
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I have just started Breaking Bad yesterday for the first time. I am at S2 E3 right now. I love it. 
Has Saul showed up yet?  He comes in around the second or third season.
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Post by: drunkenshoe on February 09, 2016, 09:59:52 AM
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Has Saul showed up yet?  He comes in around the second or third season.

Not yet.
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Post by: aitm on February 09, 2016, 12:40:15 PM
I only watch stuff that makes me laugh. I get enough drama during the day and in the news. So Big Bang Theory and reruns of an assortment of older comedies.....seriously.
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Post by: drunkenshoe on February 09, 2016, 02:33:27 PM
OK. Saul just arrived.
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Post by: drunkenshoe on February 14, 2016, 05:07:29 PM
I have just finished the first season of Fargo. It's very good. I heard that the second one wasn't that good, but after that it is pretty normal to think that with anything I guess,lol.

10/10
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Post by: Hijiri Byakuren on February 14, 2016, 08:46:08 PM
Finished watching the season 3 finale of RWBY. More questions than answers, as usual. All that angst and character death from the past month was worth it, though, because we finally got to see Ruby wipe that smug grin off of Cinder's face (http://i.imgur.com/wsFTpmn.gifv).
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Post by: kilodelta on February 15, 2016, 01:09:28 AM
Just started "Better Call Saul." Great beginning.
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Post by: drunkenshoe on February 15, 2016, 04:41:24 AM
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Just started "Better Call Saul." Great beginning.

That character scares the hell out of me. Not funny. He is more dangerous than serial killers and gangsters. I will look at the show though.
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Post by: Mr.Obvious on February 15, 2016, 06:23:38 AM
Started watching "Orange is the new black" with my gf this weekend. She absolutely loves it.
And I admit, it's a really good show. It's well written, engaging, has memorable characters and builds a unique atmosphere.
And yet, it's not quite for me... Somehow, it reminds me of work too much. Still, I will probably end up watching all episodes with the gf, because she hates watching these things alone.
But definitely a recommender for others.
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Post by: drunkenshoe on February 21, 2016, 10:26:45 AM
After a decade, "Malcolm in the Middle" is still funny. Thumbs up!
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Post by: Hydra009 on February 22, 2016, 12:28:38 PM
Gravity Falls is over.  /le sad

Oooh, Vikings!
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Post by: Munch on February 24, 2016, 06:48:36 PM
Just saw the final episode of gravity falls.. oooh man, that was a trip, good idea making the final episode a long one.

Just hope that will revisit the series eventually, the ending hinted a possibility, but dunno what else they can do with it now.

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Post by: drunkenshoe on March 21, 2016, 02:00:06 PM
Where is House of Cards? :/ Thought it would arrive in March.
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Post by: AllRight on March 21, 2016, 06:01:49 PM
Love Blacklist and HTGAWM, also binge watching Breaking Bad. On the lighter side Big Bang Theory, Mike and Molly, Broad City, anything on Adult Swim but Rick and Morty is a fave. Oh yeah, and Bob's Burgers. I know, I watch way too much tv.
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Post by: gentle_dissident on April 07, 2016, 05:21:49 PM
My GF showed me Call the Midwife, and I am hooked and transformed. The show has demonstrated love in a way I can feel and understand. The show also led me to Miranda Hart's show, which makes me laugh.

My unfortunate childhood and the semi-adult path it put me on made me a Jekyll and Hyde. Both my personalities were a nuisance to me. I speak of this in past tense, as these shows have brought me to a beautiful place where I feel whole. I've been spending most of my free time catching up.
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Post by: AkiraTheFighter on April 14, 2016, 07:48:29 PM
Here are some shows I watch:

Face Off
Game Of Thrones
Teen Wolf
Young and Hungry
Baby Daddy
The Goldbergs
The Simpsons
Family Guy
Scorpion
Marvel's Agents of Shield
The Vampire Diaries
My Little Pony
Power Rangers Dino Super Charge
The Big Bang Theory
2 Broke Girls
The Young and the Restless.
Super Sentai
Kamen Rider

In terms of classics I've recently completed all 10 seasons and 2 movies of The X-Files. I think it's a really awesome series from S01 - s06. S07 is where it goes down hill fast. None the less I thought season 8's ending would've been the perfect ending for the show. Unfortunately it has two others seasons and a movie after that. Though season 10 was good.

I'm currently watching The Lone Gunmen. A spin off to The X-Files. The ironic thing about The Lone Gunmen is that in the X-Files the FBI gets supernatural cases, but in The Lone Gunman they get normal cases.

Also I'm watching the 80's sitcom Perfect Strangers. It's ok but it has the same formulator in almost every episode.
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Post by: Nonsensei on April 14, 2016, 08:00:30 PM
I've been pretty depressed about the state of space sci-fi tv. There are some good shows that hit the airwaves every now and again, but most of them get prematurely canceled or never see a second season. Still pretty salty about stargate: universe. Can you believe its actually been over a decade since there was a star trek tv series running? That blows my mind.
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Post by: AllPurposeAtheist on April 15, 2016, 03:38:25 AM
I watched the first episode of the Wire.. Having been a heroin addict myself that first episode is pretty close to just the type of places I used to hang out in..The big difference is where I lived the police rode stotgun for the dealers I bought my dope from meaning they took money from the dealers to keep the DEA off them..protection racket.. Cops weren't interested in busting dealers when they could afford lawyers..They went for the low hanging fruit..Street level dealers and addicts who couldn't make bail or afford anything other than the Public Pretender..
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Post by: AkiraTheFighter on April 15, 2016, 07:07:31 PM
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I've been pretty depressed about the state of space sci-fi tv. There are some good shows that hit the airwaves every now and again, but most of them get prematurely canceled or never see a second season. Still pretty salty about stargate: universe. Can you believe its actually been over a decade since there was a star trek tv series running? That blows my mind.

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Oh it's happening. Rumor has it is that it is taking place in the main universe and not the new movies universe. Which is sad in my opinion cuz I like the new movies and hate the TV series and Old movies.

Here is the showrunner: http://www.superherohype.com/news/364975-bryan-fuller-hired-as-showrunner-for-new-star-trek-series
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Post by: Bluewind on April 18, 2016, 02:50:03 AM
I use to have cable at my old house, but now I have antenna. Here are a few shows off the top of my head...

Shows that will cause me to hurt you if you talk during new episodes (nothing to spoil anything past the pilots)
* iZombie: A cool take on zombies where they can function as normal human beings as long as they eat brains regularly. Eating brains will temporarily give them the dominant personality trait of the person they ate and random visions of their lives. Liv works for the medical examiner's office and pretends to be psychic and helps solve murders while hiding what she really is and looking for a cure. It starts out okay, but gets great.
* Lucifer: The devil one day says FUCK THIS SHIT!, travels to the surface with a demon, and opens a club in LA. His brother who's an angel tries to force him to go back. The devil isn't evil and even has a good side. He finds a detective who is immune to his powers. He and the detective (who has no clue he really is the devil and not just mental) solve murders as Lucifer can get people to tell the truth and reveal their desires. I love how it shows that angels can be bad and Satan can be good. He hates how humans blame him for all their wrongdoing when he has nothing to do with their sin.
Big Bang Theory: It's funny, there's nerd and geek culture (with occasional hiccups), it's popular, and it's been on for years, so if you're just now hearing about it you haven't watched tv in a long time and also haven't read the people who posted before me :P The math on their boards is real math created by real scientists with a real meaning with formulas that actually grow, evolve, and change as the seasons go on which is a cool detail few notice. :)

Shows I watch regularly
The Flash
Gotham
Agent Carter
Family Guy
Legends of Tomorrow (only caught a few episodes, but it's kinda like Doctor Who crossed with The Avengers and a soap opera)
Reruns of The Closer and M*A*S*H

Shows that make me miss cable that I will be buying on DVD
Doctor Who
Rick & Morty
Archer
Another Period
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Post by: Hydra009 on April 18, 2016, 03:47:04 AM
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I've been pretty depressed about the state of space sci-fi tv. There are some good shows that hit the airwaves every now and again, but most of them get prematurely canceled or never see a second season. Still pretty salty about stargate: universe. Can you believe its actually been over a decade since there was a star trek tv series running? That blows my mind.
Yeah, there's definitely a dearth lately.  It's feast or famine with scifi shows.  Sometimes, there's a bunch of em.  Sometimes, there's hardly any.  Right now, superheroes and fantasy are waxing and scifi is waning.  It might be a while till we get a slew of scifi shows, but they're coming.
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Post by: AkiraTheFighter on April 19, 2016, 12:16:18 AM
Completed "The Lone Gunmen" today and that was a disappointing series. Even though the show takes place in The X-Files universe, majority of the episodes are your basic CSI Miami type. The Lone Gunmen hardly go out in the field and when they do there is rare any action or thriller in them. Heck most of the action is doe by some one who's not a lone gunman, Ms Eve Adelle Harlet. Though coming up to the final 5 or so eps, they started to include some of the supernatural and mythology of the X-Files in it. And the action started to pic up a bit. But what I really didn't like is that the 12 episode ended on cliffhanger "To Be Continued" included in the end  and then the 13th and final episode is a filler ignoring what happened in the previous ep. And though the show was partly resolved in The X-Files Season 9 episode "Jump The Shark" and even though the 13th episodes is one of my most relatable ep in The Lone Gunmen, they could've used ep 13 to give it a good ending. a 2/5 in my book.
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Post by: drunkenshoe on July 08, 2016, 06:41:46 AM
Has anyone seen the new show "The Night of"? Not available anywhere yet. I am curious.
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Post by: Hydra009 on July 08, 2016, 01:40:02 PM
I've been on a history kick lately, and I was delighted to see that the History Channel still occasionally covers actual history.  They have a program called Barbarians Rising, which covers some of the famous enemies of the Roman empire:  Spartacus, Hannibal, Attila, Boudica, Geiseric, etc.

It's probably best to look at this as a work of historical fiction rather than a completely historically accurate depiction of events.  Historically, the Vandal sack of Rome was relatively bloodless, but the show has Geiseric stepping over tons of fleshly-slain citizens of Rome.  My biggest gripe is that Atilla is played as a bloodthirsty psychopath who leads purely by fear, which doesn't really jive with the historical accounts (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/nice-things-to-say-about-attila-the-hun-87559701/) - "a lover of war, yet restrained in action, mighty in counsel, gracious to suppliants and lenient to those who were once received into his protection."

Also, it's a bit bizarre to see CEOs and civil rights activists give commentary on historical figures.  When you need someone to talk about Hannibal, your first thought isn't to call up Jessie Jackson.

But the great thing about the miniseries is that some of the actors are top notch.  The actor who played Geiseric, Richard Brake, stole the show.  He seemed awfully familiar, so I looked him up.

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Same guy.
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Post by: trdsf on July 28, 2016, 12:15:10 AM
It's official, the revived MST3K has a home, and it's going to be on Netflix!

('Course, I was in on the kickstarter so I'm getting all the eps as free downloads anyway, but still, this is great news that they found a distributor!)
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Post by: JBCuzISaidSo on July 28, 2016, 08:47:21 AM
Wait, there's other TV besides Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead?

I suppose so......

Please also try:
* Preacher (AMC) http://www.amc.com/shows/preacher (http://www.amc.com/shows/preacher)
 -- Excellent, comic book based, dark and fun. I have high hopes for this one.
* Hell On Wheels (AMC) (just ended forever last week so start at 1/1) http://www.amc.com/shows/hell-on-wheels (http://www.amc.com/shows/hell-on-wheels)
-- Western. Outstanding cast, amazing characters, great show. You fucking missed it by days, asshole.
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Post by: Cavebear on October 26, 2016, 01:52:11 AM
What is wrong with Bob's Burgers!
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Post by: Solomon Zorn on November 13, 2016, 07:01:27 AM
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Oh it's happening. Rumor has it is that it is taking place in the main universe and not the new movies universe. Which is sad in my opinion cuz I like the new movies and hate the TV series and Old movies.

Here is the showrunner: http://www.superherohype.com/news/364975-bryan-fuller-hired-as-showrunner-for-new-star-trek-series
Except for the pilot, it's not going to be on TV though. It's supposed to be an online steaming thingy.
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Post by: Solomon Zorn on November 13, 2016, 07:03:57 AM
Just watched the pilot episode of Westworld. Awesome. Anthony Hopkins plays a major role. I plan on watching the second episode today.
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Post by: SGOS on November 13, 2016, 09:05:11 AM
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Just watched the pilot episode of Westworld. Awesome. Anthony Hopkins plays a major role. I plan on watching the second episode today.

I'll have to wait for the DVDs, but the first Westworld (there were two, right?), was a highly entertaining movie.  An absolutely great premise and storyline.
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Post by: Solomon Zorn on November 13, 2016, 09:34:53 AM
It's pretty interesting. Very well done. In one scene near the end, an actor has to sit naked in a chair, facing Anthony Hopkins, and do a really intense act, as a robot who is having a malfunction, possibly becoming sentient.
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Post by: Hydra009 on November 13, 2016, 10:38:17 AM
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Just watched the pilot episode of Westworld. Awesome. Anthony Hopkins plays a major role. I plan on watching the second episode today.
QFT.  Ed Harris is amazing, too.

For anyone who isn't familiar with Westworld, it's a really great show that I unfortunately can't discuss much without spoiling the hell out of it.  My spoiler-free synopsis is that it's like Deadwood mixed with Fallout 4.

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Post by: Solomon Zorn on November 15, 2016, 04:44:22 PM
Watched the second episode of Westworld.
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Post by: Solomon Zorn on November 15, 2016, 05:54:56 PM
Back in 1999, Frank Miller's and Geoff Darrow's Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, became an animated series. I taped it, at the time, on VHS, but they are not very high quality tapes.

They were good enough, though, for me to watch them, and Silver Surfer, another great Fox animated series, years later, with my great nephew. Big Guy and Rusty went for 26 episodes, and Silver Surfer went for 13.

I just discovered that both have been released on DVD this year. My question is...DVD...why? I need a Blu-Ray disc! :blank:
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Post by: Hydra009 on November 15, 2016, 06:18:30 PM
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Watched the second episode of Westworld.
Just caught the latest episode.  I didn't know if I'd really get into it until about episode 5.  Episode 6 cemented it.  It's a keeper.

When you get caught up, check out the theories.  Some of the fan speculations blew my mind.
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Post by: GSOgymrat on November 18, 2016, 01:32:52 AM
I finally got around to binge watching Stranger Things. Very good show.

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Post by: Hydra009 on November 18, 2016, 07:02:17 AM
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I finally got around to binge watching Stranger Things. Very good show.
I watched one episode a day until about halfway through, then I watched it all one night.  It just gets so good.  I'm jonesing for season 2 so bad.
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Post by: Shiranu on November 18, 2016, 07:17:08 AM
Westworld. Oh my god, HBO, calm down with the outstanding series.
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Post by: Hydra009 on November 18, 2016, 09:00:02 AM
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Westworld. Oh my god, HBO, calm down with the outstanding series.
I know, right?

The craziest thing about the series is that aside from a few glimpses of a train station, we have absolutely no idea of what things are like in the world outside the facility.  Or even if there's an outside world.

In fact, the guests for the facility arrive by train in an eeriely similar manner as the Westworld guests arrive by locomotive...
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Post by: SGOS on November 18, 2016, 09:48:59 AM
For what it's worth, and freely admitting it's irrelevant anyway, in the movie, I believe the actual arrival into West World was by stage coach.  The general area, Delos, consisted of three different theme parks separated by what looked a lot like California desert and had underground passageways between them.  I assume it was not a long walk over the barrens between the theme parks.  Presumably, the main characters escaped the sheriff by running outside the West World theme area, although there was no clear boundary around West World.  It just kind of transitioned into no man's land.

I am really looking forward to the HBO version.  The prospect of such a theme park captured my imagination when I first saw that movie.  And Michael Crichten became locked in my mind as some kind of creative genius who expanded the idea of a theme park gone wild into the Jurassic Park phenomenon.  Of the two movies, West World captured my imagination much more.  I don't want to dis Jurassic Park.  It was a wonderful movie.  But Jurassic Park was more like a zoo where you drive around gawking at dinosaurs, and eventually get caught in a park disaster. 

In West World you start out as participants in the park theme, rather than passive observers.  You are much more an integral part of the park itself, relating to other visitors, as well as the robots in one adult version of an imaginary children's game.  Even at my age, I have to ask myself, how much would I be willing to pay to experience such an opportunity to participate in such a grand version of make believe?  I might wipe out my entire savings for such fun.  Although, if things got out of hand, I'd want a refund.
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Post by: Cavebear on December 02, 2016, 06:54:29 AM
I would rather put my money in a garden I can enjoy all year.  I can only envision myself in movies as the "security guard who dies first"...  Any movie, anywhere.
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Post by: GSOgymrat on December 02, 2016, 09:03:57 PM
We are in the middle of watching The Crown on Netflix. Other than touring British landmarks, I have never been very interested in the Monarchy but this series is well written and has excellent acting.
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Post by: Hydra009 on December 03, 2016, 07:33:45 PM
Vikings is back!

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Things are kinda slow since the timeskip forward, but it looks like things will pick up soon.
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Post by: PickelledEggs on December 14, 2016, 06:39:19 PM
Been watching HBO's OZ. Incredible series, almost done with season 2
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Post by: SGOS on December 15, 2016, 05:13:27 AM
While I only watch DVDs a year after a series airs, I'll just add that have watched Better Call Saul with intense interest.  It's only 10 episodes per year, and I just received year 2 last week from Amazon.  Then I limited myself to two episodes per day, and 5 days later I'm finished.  Now I have to wait another year for the next set of DVDs.  But of course I'll rewatch the first 20 episodes a couple of times before then.  The last episode was a cliff hanger, but I'm confident Slippin' Jimmy Saul will slide through it with barely a scratch.  His older brother is the moral epicenter of virtue, but the more I get to know him, he seems like he's the real dick in the family, not Shady Slippin' Jimmy.
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Post by: Hydra009 on January 02, 2017, 02:26:41 AM
I was just channel-surfing youtube and I came across a video talking about undeveloped Star Trek series - TV shows that might have been.

Here's one idea (http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Trek:_Federation) set far in the future (post-TNG), humanity has grown complacent and the Federation is in decline.  Many of its members have either left or only give it nominal support.  There's corruption, discontent, and sectionalism.  Any of that sound familiar?

Things get worse.  A new enemy appears, strikes a couple colonies and leaves without a trace.  A Federation plagued by internal problems and an enigmatic external threat - the show looked like it could have delivered some of that excellent social commentary that Trek is known for.  Sadly, it never came to pass.

Now we're getting Star Trek Discovery, a TOS prequel, in May.  You know, for a show centered around the future, it sure seems stuck in the past.  Don't get me wrong, I want it to do well.  I need it to do well.  If it bombs, we might not get another one.  *raises a mug of warnog*  Here's to hoping that it's an unusually good prequel.
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Post by: PopeyesPappy on January 06, 2017, 12:22:00 AM
History Channel's Vikings

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Post by: Hydra009 on January 06, 2017, 03:07:20 AM
Vikings.

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Post by: Hydra009 on January 13, 2017, 01:21:37 AM
I've been marathoning semi-historical classical/medieval shows lately, and I was wondering why there's such an abundance of Roman/British shows and a paltry amount about other people.

Wouldn't it be great to have a show about the Varangians? (vikings who settled in eastern Europe and modern-day Russia)  They wrecked the Khazars and rubbed elbows with the Byzantine emperor, Basil the Bulgar Slayer.  Now there's a bloody tale that could rival History Channel's the Vikings, which focuses on the vikings who raided England/France.

There are a ton of relatively obscure (at least to American audiences) parts of history that could make for amazing TV shows.  It'd certainly be welcome relief from the millionth Operation Overlord documentary, the latest in a long line of shows centered in England, and whatever reality TV garbage is currently festering on the withered husk of a channel ostensibly about history.
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Post by: _Xenu_ on January 13, 2017, 06:40:26 AM
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I was just channel-surfing youtube and I came across a video talking about undeveloped Star Trek series - TV shows that might have been.

Here's one idea (http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Trek:_Federation) set far in the future (post-TNG), humanity has grown complacent and the Federation is in decline.  Many of its members have either left or only give it nominal support.  There's corruption, discontent, and sectionalism.  Any of that sound familiar?

Things get worse.  A new enemy appears, strikes a couple colonies and leaves without a trace.  A Federation plagued by internal problems and an enigmatic external threat - the show looked like it could have delivered some of that excellent social commentary that Trek is known for.  Sadly, it never came to pass.

Now we're getting Star Trek Discovery, a TOS prequel, in May.  You know, for a show centered around the future, it sure seems stuck in the past.  Don't get me wrong, I want it to do well.  I need it to do well.  If it bombs, we might not get another one.  *raises a mug of warnog*  Here's to hoping that it's an unusually good prequel.
I wish they would make another series centered around a station, like DS9, because that leads to more serialization instead of problem of the week type writing. If you watch DS9 all the way through, they never onced showed central engineering because most of the problems they dealt with were political. Also, I want to see what happens after the 24th century as well, but Star Trek seems to keep revisiting that and earlier times.
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Post by: Hydra009 on January 22, 2017, 10:53:42 PM
My reaction to the latest episode of Vikings:

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They took things just a tad too far, imho.
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Post by: Mr.Obvious on February 14, 2017, 06:33:13 AM
Only just started watching Stranger Things.
I like it, 4 and a half episodes in.
I think I went in with too high expectations though, as the first episode didn't really reel me in.
But from ep 2 on; bam. The kids have a great dynamic, and man; they can act. It's rare to see that  in kids that young.
Very well handled.
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Post by: trdsf on February 14, 2017, 11:49:21 AM
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I wish they would make another series centered around a station, like DS9, because that leads to more serialization instead of problem of the week type writing. If you watch DS9 all the way through, they never onced showed central engineering because most of the problems they dealt with were political. Also, I want to see what happens after the 24th century as well, but Star Trek seems to keep revisiting that and earlier times.
I recommend Babylon 5 for an ongoing story about a space station where the universe is not reset at the end of each episode.  What happens, happens.
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Post by: Shiranu on February 14, 2017, 12:10:35 PM
Speaking of "Vikings" and what we would like to see, I would love to see a series with Western budgets doing something in India or China, either late Mughal in India (so the English could be involved) or in China as well. Their courts were just as insane, if not moreso, than ours in Europe.
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Post by: Notthesun on February 14, 2017, 09:47:11 PM
Anyone here seen The Leftovers? I started it last year. Watched both seasons in a week. Absolutely stunning. I don't think a show has ever impacted my life more than that show. Holy fuck it moved me. My second favorite show of all time.
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Post by: Hydra009 on February 14, 2017, 10:00:36 PM
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Only just started watching Stranger Things.
I like it, 4 and a half episodes in.
I think I went in with too high expectations though, as the first episode didn't really reel me in.
But from ep 2 on; bam. The kids have a great dynamic, and man; they can act. It's rare to see that  in kids that young.
Very well handled.
Great series.  I can't wait for season 2.
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Post by: Mr.Obvious on February 15, 2017, 04:48:53 PM
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Great series.  I can't wait for season 2.

I was trying to find something witty to say.
But I just finished the first season.
And Halloween never seemed so far away.
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Post by: marom1963 on February 20, 2017, 04:36:02 AM
Recently I discovered the series Shameless: I feel like I know those people! I've been reveling in their seedy exploits  :pirate:
family emergency, everybody pulling together in a plot -
younger brother: But I don't have a bicycle!
elder brother: The clippers are in the junk drawer ...
So, naturally, the younger brother uses the clippers to steal a bicycle! There are no excuses for letting the family down!
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Post by: Solomon Zorn on February 27, 2017, 08:17:10 AM
I just finished watching Westworld over the weekend.

Blew my mind, with a six-shooter...literally.

Some fantastic storytelling, and a couple of truly unexpected twists, made for one hell of a ride.

I heard they aren't doing another season, right away. I'm not sure where they would go with it, from here.
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Post by: trdsf on February 27, 2017, 10:27:13 AM
The long national nightmare is over -- on April 14, Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns with an all new season!

Not known yet if Netflix is going to tease them out a week at a time or do a series dump.  Most betting is on 'series dump'.  Don't care.  New MST3K.  Couldn't be happier.  Well, I could be, but that wouldn't involve TV.
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Post by: Hydra009 on February 27, 2017, 12:33:42 PM
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I just finished watching Westworld over the weekend.
Amazing, wasn't it?  I particularly liked the ending speech/scene.

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Blew my mind, with a six-shooter...literally.
Literally? (https://youtu.be/8Gv0H-vPoDc?t=2m44s)

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I heard they aren't doing another season, right away. I'm not sure where they would go with it, from here.
They're working on it, but there won't be a new episode until 2018.
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Post by: Hydra009 on February 27, 2017, 12:39:34 PM
Last night's Walking Dead was pretty good.

Eugene is my spirit animal.

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Post by: Solomon Zorn on February 27, 2017, 02:49:24 PM
If you haven't seen Westworld yet, don't peek:
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They're working on it, but there won't be a new episode until 2018.
This morning, my sister and I were talking about the possibility of, Ford coming back as a robot, next season. Or the possibility, that it was a robot Ford who was shot. But I think either one is a cop-out. I hope they find some more great actors for the next run.[/spoiler]
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on February 27, 2017, 05:08:23 PM
Westworld spoilers:

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Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sorginak on February 28, 2017, 05:33:26 PM
I watch too many shows.   The current list that is airing:

The Simpsons
The Walking Dead
Big Little Lies
Bellevue
The Real O'Neals
Teachers
Workin' Moms
The 100
Criminal Minds
The Magicians
Legion
Riverdale
Powerless
Emerald City

I know, right? How do I find time to do anything other than to watch television?
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sal1981 on February 28, 2017, 06:05:33 PM
Just saw the first episode of Westworld. Quite philosophical.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Cavebear on March 02, 2017, 09:47:51 AM
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I recommend Babylon 5 for an ongoing story about a space station where the universe is not reset at the end of each episode.  What happens, happens.

Forgive me for ressurecting on old post, but I agree completely.  Babylon 5 grew on me as I realized there were "arcs" of the plots.  Too few series of any sort have extended plot lines and I miss those. 

I only came to think of this as a cable channel stated Voyager again and I caught it just when 7 was brought onboard and they showed the episodes in order.  So watching her adjust reminded me of the arcs in Babylon 5. 

So much of all TV is episodic, resetting the characters to a sort of 0 point each time (no previous show having any effect on the next).  Its why I stopped watching scheduled TV.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on March 03, 2017, 09:16:48 PM
Yeah, serial > episodic

Some shows straddle that line.  You don't have to be all caught up on Rick and Morty to understand most of the episodes, but it helps.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sorginak on March 07, 2017, 05:14:55 PM
The latest episode of The Walking Dead scared me near the end.

I fell in love with the first season of Emerald City.  I will watch the second season when it airs.

Riverdale is pretty awesome.  Some haters dislike the fact that it deviates from the comics, but that is the entire point.  It is a dark adaptation of the Archie comics.

I was thinking of removing Legion from my viewing list.  I am losing interest in it.

The Magicians just keeps getting better and better.

I will always stick with Criminal Minds because I just love that show and its characters.

The new season of The 100 seems promising so far.

Those educators on The Teachers are just funny.

The Real O'Neals remains funny as well.

Bellevue is a good show, even though some people were uncertain about the first episode.  I just love Anna Paquin and I will continue to watch it due to her in it.

Big Little Lies has two amazing actresses in it: Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.

And The Simpsons is just one of those animations that I cannot shake.


Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on March 07, 2017, 05:39:03 PM
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The latest episode of The Walking Dead scared me near the end.
Meh, I know a dumpster fakeout when I see one.  Imo, the scariest part of that episode was the accidental gunfire.

The earlier episode with Eugene and Dwight was scarier, especially in the beginning.  And Negan remains a very intimidating character.

The weird thing is a couple critics I watched loved the Rick & Michonne episode and weren't happy with the Eugene & Dwight episode, while I was the complete opposite.  I get the impression that people just rate episodes with their favorite characters well and episodes without their favorite characters poorly.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sorginak on March 07, 2017, 05:43:04 PM
I was not too excited about the relationship between Rick and Michone when it first started, because it seemed they did not fit together, but lately they have been growing on me.

Yeah, that gunfire last episode made me think the golfing truckers had tracked them down, but it was Michone's willingness to abandon all hope that scared me when she thought Rick was dead. 
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on March 07, 2017, 05:59:09 PM
I forgot all about the golfers.  Those poor, poor golfers.  They had it coming, didn't they?  Or did Rick and Michonne get a ton of dark side points?
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sorginak on March 07, 2017, 06:01:08 PM
Did they actually harm the golfers or did they just steal from the back of the truck?
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sorginak on March 07, 2017, 06:06:17 PM
I am more interested in what is going to happen with that all female community with all their guns.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: etienne on March 11, 2017, 09:36:58 AM
In this order:

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Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on March 11, 2017, 10:54:33 AM
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Did they actually harm the golfers or did they just steal from the back of the truck?
Sorry for the late reply

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Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sorginak on March 13, 2017, 04:18:14 PM
Regarding TWD.

Morgan has serious mental issues, and he simply keeps attempting to hide those issues with pacifism until he ends up exploding.

And now it's time for Carol to come back to who she's supposed to be. 
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on March 13, 2017, 06:05:47 PM
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Morgan has serious mental issues, and he simply keeps attempting to hide those issues with pacifism until he ends up exploding.
Yeah, I love it.  The best part was when he flipped out and held a knife to his wrist.  It's only a matter of time until he paints a Khorne symbol on his forehead with blood.

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And now it's time for Carol to come back to who she's supposed to be.
She's awesome as hell.  Laify middle-aged housewife turned badass commando and one-woman army, goes through a Achilles in his tent (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Laconic/AchillesInHisTent) phase, then returns to the fold.  I can't wait till she gets back into the fight.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Notthesun on March 15, 2017, 02:47:48 AM
So no one watches The Leftovers?
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Mr.Obvious on March 18, 2017, 03:41:52 PM
Loved the first episode of the new season of Samurai Jack.

He's back.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sorginak on March 20, 2017, 12:57:09 PM
The Walking Dead:

That was a refreshing revelation from Jesus.

Otherwise, it was a rather slow paced episode where not much happened up until the end. 
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on March 20, 2017, 11:46:08 PM
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The Walking Dead:

That was a refreshing revelation from Jesus.

Otherwise, it was a rather slow paced episode where not much happened up until the end.
Yeah.  It was like driving by a strip club, visiting the DMV for a couple hours, then walking up to the strip club door and getting told by the bouncer that they're closed for the night.  Teasing, tedium, blue balls.  Not my kind of episode.

The crazy thing is that the reviewers I watch loved it.  Apparently, some buildup and a couple heartfelt moments was all it took to win them over.  Maybe it's me, but I really wanted some shit to go down.  Not necessarily a character death, but I definitely wanted to see a big shootout.  Something, anything, to get this slow ass March To War into high gear.

I swear to Paul Monroe's dad, this season is padded to hell.  14 episodes corresponding to ~12 comics issues.  And the comics are only about 25 pages compared to the show's 47 minute runtime.  I guess the last episode had to set some stuff up for later, but damn, it really dragged.

It really bugs me how hot and cold this show is.  Great episode.  Boring episode.  Amazing episode.  Disappointing episode.  It throws my expectations all out of whack.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sorginak on March 22, 2017, 07:10:19 PM
I removed a few shows from my viewing list because I became bored with them, and then I added a few to my viewing list.

My most recent passion is American Crime.  That show is amazing.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sorginak on March 24, 2017, 07:02:27 PM
I just started watching Mr. Robot.  I tend to ignore good shows for a while, but I was hooked only minutes into the first episode even though the show has been running for two seasons with a third season on its way.  Someone made a comment regarding the show, and I shall repeat it here because I find it represents the show quite adequately.  Mr. Robot is "Dexter as a hacker."
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: trdsf on March 25, 2017, 12:39:23 AM
T-minus three weeks to new episodes of MST3K.

I so completely can't fucking wait.

Oh, and we have trailer sign!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ct0Z2bQndM
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sorginak on March 27, 2017, 06:38:56 PM
The only thing I have to state about The Walking Dead is that Sasha is failing epically.

But in less than a month Doctor Who returns.  About damn freaking time!
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on March 28, 2017, 03:09:02 AM
A lot of people liked it and said it was more like a "real" episode of Walking Dead.  I think a big part of that most of the cast got significant screentime for the first time in a long time.

A big problem this season has been a lot of bottle episodes - focusing on a few characters at one location at the expense of the others.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I can see how people who are avid fans of certain characters would get kind of frustrated when their character doesn't make an appearance, especially major characters like Rick and Daryl.

Imo, Game of Thrones does a pretty decent job at handling that problem - they rapidly alternate between 3 or 4 locations per episode.  The downside is they have to remind the audience what the character was up to previously and typically have a small time for something major to go down.  It's always go time - there's not a lot of time to take things in or have a lengthy arc in a single episode.

I'm kinda torn on bottle episodes.  I loved the one where Carol and Maggie were kidnapped and the one where Morgan got his aikido on.  But I also like the big group events, like the Terminus buffet and the Alexandria zombie parade.

I hope that the aftermath of the upcoming war keeps most of the surviving characters together.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on April 01, 2017, 12:51:56 PM
Holy crap guys, there's going to be a bunch of great TV on the air soon!

Walking Dead season 7 finale this weekend
Attack on Titan season 2 premiere this weekend
Archer season 8 premiere next week
Star Trek Discovery series premiere in about a month or two.  Not sure exactly when.

I'm so pumped!  It sucks that Rick and Morty has been delayed again and we won't be seeing season 3 until Jan 2018, but hey, quality takes time.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sorginak on April 02, 2017, 10:35:57 PM
HELL NO!!!!!!

The Walking Dead will not be finishing its season this spring.

Rather, after April 2nd, season 8 will not resume until this fall in October.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1520211/episodes?year=2017&ref_=tt_eps_yr_2017

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFVCK!!!!!!

Do they really expect people to wait that long?

I can understand waiting that long after a season has ended.  Heck, even the Christmas holiday break is never this long.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sorginak on April 02, 2017, 11:33:10 PM
My bad in regard to the imdb link.  It seems that imdb doesn't know how to properly do things.  xD

It was the finale of The Walking Dead tonight.  The new season begins in October.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on April 03, 2017, 01:34:24 AM
TWD season finale

First 30 minutes:

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Last 30 minutes:

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Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sorginak on April 03, 2017, 11:55:26 AM
That was one intense TWD season finale. 
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on April 05, 2017, 12:46:37 PM
Invader Zim is coming back on the air with a new TV movie!

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For those of you who don't know, Invader Zim was a short-lived cartoon show that got screwed over by the network, but became a cult hit.

It's about an alien invader determined to conquer humanity but too inept to actually pull it off, his unreliable and over-emotional robot companion, and the only human in the world committed to stopping zim - a young paranormal investigator whose social pariah status and inability to recover genuine evidence ensures that no one else believes him.

The show is set 20-minutes into the future and it was a brilliant combination of oddball humor and wacky hijinks with cool sci-fi technology (my personal favorite: a battlemech aptly named "Megadoomer") but it also had strong social commentary: a cynical look at most social institutions and a deeply misanthropic outlook.

In short, it was great.  And I'm excited that it's coming back.

Who knows, we might get the TV series back if this TV movie is a big hit.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: trdsf on April 05, 2017, 03:52:37 PM
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Invader Zim is coming back on the air with a new TV movie!
Second best TV news I've heard!

The best, of course, is the return of MST3K next week.  :D
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sorginak on April 07, 2017, 01:21:42 AM
It is sometimes hard to find a good syfy show.

I started so many only to stop watching them because I became bored.

At the end of season one of The Expanse, I told myself that I was not going to watch season two if (because so many shows are cancelled after the first season) or when it aired again.

Today, I was bored and decided to check out season two of The Expanse.

I was pleasantly surprised because it was much better than the first season.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sorginak on April 07, 2017, 06:10:29 PM
TWD:

https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkingDeadMemeBase/videos/1876348949271317/
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: trdsf on April 09, 2017, 11:54:46 PM
Just watched the new MST3K.  Since it's still under embargo, all I will say is:

YYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: Hydra009 on April 10, 2017, 12:34:23 AM
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Just watched the new MST3K.  Since it's still under embargo, all I will say is:

YYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
April 14th must've come early this year.  Gratz on the early access.

My question:  do they still do the door sequence (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_A7XFSfG3E)?
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Post by: trdsf on April 10, 2017, 08:47:12 AM
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April 14th must've come early this year.  Gratz on the early access.

My question:  do they still do the door sequence (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_A7XFSfG3E)?
Kickstarter early access.  And yes.  A much updated door sequence, too.

A couple expected cameos, and two surprise ones.  Jonah, Baron and Hampton have settled into the roles of two 'bots and a meat-puppet just fine.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sorginak on April 10, 2017, 07:55:21 PM
I am a huge nerd so I am very happy about this new show called Cosplay Melee. 
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Post by: Sorginak on April 15, 2017, 04:12:58 PM
Doctor Who is back!

I am watching the pilot of season ten right now.
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Post by: Sorginak on April 15, 2017, 05:31:08 PM
The new companion is a lesbian.

Though I think it might be refreshing to have a male companion instead while the Doctor regenerated into a woman.  Now that would be an interesting twist.

It seems that this new companion's mother was a companion of the Doctor.

Reflection seems to be the focus of this season.

Favorite quote of this episode:
"Hardly anything is evil.  But most things are hungry.  Hunger very much looks live evil from the wrong end of the cutlery.  Or do you think your bacon sandwich loves you back?"

It is an amazing beginning to a new season, overall.



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Post by: trdsf on April 17, 2017, 11:58:24 AM
With regard to the new MST3K on Netflix:

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*ahem*  That is all.  Please proceed with your day.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on April 17, 2017, 12:55:25 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b7GAhnVwhA

If anyone had told me 20 years ago that Star Wars would be awesome again, I would've never believed it.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Sal1981 on April 18, 2017, 04:06:09 AM
Finally watched Westworld, all 10 episodes. Did not disappoint.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Mr.Obvious on April 19, 2017, 12:15:41 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b7GAhnVwhA

If anyone had told me 20 years ago that Star Wars would be awesome again, I would've never believed it.

I'll be honest, I went in kind of wanting to dislike the show.

I couldn't.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on April 19, 2017, 12:33:01 PM
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I'll be honest, I went in kind of wanting to dislike the show.

I couldn't.
I didn't like the first couple episodes.  It seemed too kiddie and disney-ish.  It also had some pretty bad plot holes and characterization issues (Sabine's scant dialogue was particularly noticeable).  But the show steadily improved.  Now, I'd say it's filled the hole left by Clone Wars' abrupt cancellation.
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Post by: trdsf on April 19, 2017, 12:58:31 PM
I really can't think of anything that could make me interested in Star Wars again.  The original trilogy is still two and a half fun movies, but ugh.
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Post by: Shiranu on April 19, 2017, 09:02:11 PM
Rebels is amazing.
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Post by: Mr.Obvious on April 20, 2017, 04:53:04 AM
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I didn't like the first couple episodes.  It seemed too kiddie and disney-ish.  It also had some pretty bad plot holes and characterization issues (Sabine's scant dialogue was particularly noticeable).  But the show steadily improved.  Now, I'd say it's filled the hole left by Clone Wars' abrupt cancellation.

I know what you mean. Though even at the start, it had me hooked.
First episode though, I agree, one of the least well.
From the over-Obvious crush Ezra has on Sabine (luckily downplayed, yet not completely discarded later on as the series progresses), to the unlikely resolve to the initial conflict between the ghost crew for plot's sake, to the obviousness of setting and pitching the story. But this was a pilot and I often feel like pilot's require a more thorough look to give it a chance. If you look at the Community pilot, for example, if the entire show had been that quality, it wouldn't have stood out. But it had the potential for the rest of the show inside it. Same for this pilot: budding with potential, though it was still finding it's own way.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on April 20, 2017, 09:33:30 AM
As it progressed, the writing got a lot better and new villains were brought in.  Maul, Vader, and now Thrawn.  Star Wars lives and dies depending on the strength of its villains.  And the villains of Rebels have gotten much, much better.
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Post by: Mr.Obvious on April 20, 2017, 11:19:32 AM
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As it progressed, the writing got a lot better and new villains were brought in.  Maul, Vader, and now Thrawn.  Star Wars lives and dies depending on the strength of its villains.  And the villains of Rebels have gotten much, much better.

Yes.
So did twin suns piss you off too?
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on April 20, 2017, 11:49:52 AM
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So did twin suns piss you off too?
No.  Actually, I kinda liked it.  I groaned when I saw there'd be yet another Maul episode.  His perpetually lingering presence had grown tiresome.  I laughed a little at the fight scene.  It was an anticlimactic fight, but it seemed appropriate that a waning power would be easily dispatched by a waxing power.  It wouldn't have made much sense to make it a nail-biter.

It's practically expected that every fight scene is going to be a close match to make it as thrilling as possible for the audience.  But that expectation met too often can also make it boringly predictable.  Every once and a while, it's important to subvert that expectation and have a curb stomp battle to either show off just how dangerous a new threat is or to show how much a villain has decayed.
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Post by: Mr.Obvious on April 20, 2017, 12:12:13 PM
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No.  Actually, I kinda liked it.  I groaned when I saw there'd be yet another Maul episode.  His perpetually lingering presence had grown tiresome.  I laughed a little at the fight scene.  It was an anticlimactic fight, but it seemed appropriate that a waning power would be easily dispatched by a waxing power.  It wouldn't have made much sense to make it a nail-biter.

It's practically expected that every fight scene is going to be a close match to make it as thrilling as possible for the audience.  But that expectation met too often can also make it boringly predictable.  Every once and a while, it's important to subvert that expectation and have a curb stomp battle to either show off just how dangerous a new threat is or to show how much a villain has decayed.

We finally find something to disagree on, hydra. :p

I didn't groan, having a feeling this would be maul's finale episode in any case. Unless they did Like a flahback. I guess I was just really banking on that expectation, that pay-off. Don't get me wrong, for example Indiana Jones unceromoniously shooting THE bragging oaf that brought a knife to a gunfight is hilarious. But there had been so much build-up... I feel blue-balled.

Diverting expactancies is fine. But they could have done it another way. Maybe have ben and maul duke it out, only to have ezra be THE one to finish maul off in an effort to save ben, showing off how his physique has dwindled while his mental abilities remained prime. Would've made for better emotional conclusion for both maul and ezra and could have gone to explain Why kenobi hardly moved in his final duel with darth vader.

But hey, that's just me.
Thrawn meeting an anticlimactic fate, as in legends (so I am told), I could see well enough. And it could work.
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Post by: Hydra009 on April 20, 2017, 12:36:27 PM
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We finally find something to disagree on, hydra. :p
It was bound to happen sooner or later.  But otherwise, generally agreed?  That's a very rare thing.  I've been known to court controversy by saying that the sky is blue and grass is green.

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I didn't groan, having a feeling this would be maul's finale episode in any case. Unless they did Like a flahback. I guess I was just really banking on that expectation, that pay-off. Don't get me wrong, for example Indiana Jones unceromoniously shooting THE bragging oaf that brought a knife to a gunfight is hilarious. But there had been so much build-up... I feel blue-balled.
Yeah, I can understand that.  The Indiana Jones scene works in part because the victim is just a mook.  Main characters deserve a more satisfying send-off.  I can sympathize with that idea.

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Diverting expactancies is fine. But they could have done it another way. Maybe have ben and maul duke it out, only to have ezra be THE one to finish maul off in an effort to save ben, showing off how his physique has dwindled while his mental abilities remained prime. Would've made for better emotional conclusion for both maul and ezra and could have gone to explain Why kenobi hardly moved in his final duel with darth vader.
Yeah, I was kinda miffed that Ezra and Kanan didn't play more of a role.

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Thrawn meeting an anticlimactic fate, as in legends (so I am told), I could see well enough. And it could work.
Spoilers!
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Post by: trdsf on April 20, 2017, 01:09:36 PM
The new MST3K just gets better and better.  Watched Avalanche last night, and everyone's settling so well in to their roles.  Great cameo by
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.  Today it will be The Beast of Hollow Mountain.

Life... is good.  :)
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Post by: Sorginak on April 20, 2017, 08:46:55 PM
I am a huge X-Files geek, having seen every episode of every season and every movie.

Season ten,
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the six-episode revival of the FBI conspiracy drama debuted January 24 2016.

The 11th season of The X-Files, this new run will air on Fox’s schedule either later this year or early next.

http://deadline.com/2017/04/x-files-returns-event-series-fox-1202073290/

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Post by: Sorginak on April 21, 2017, 07:37:23 PM
I have decided to watch Red Dwarf.

Thankfully, there are not twenty episodes per season so it will be relatively easy to catch up on it.
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Post by: Sorginak on April 22, 2017, 07:29:24 PM
Season Ten, episode two of Doctor Who

This episode is so my speed in life.

It basically deals with how corporate wants us to smile all the time as though nothing bad is ever happening.

What if I do not want to smile?  False smiles do not equate to happiness, after all.

Personally, I would rather not smile than to smile unnecessarily. 

Quote from the show: The Doctor, "You can't offend a machine."

The newest, though not in reference to post industrial evolution, scariest thing:

(http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Series-10-Trailer-2017-41emoji.jpg)

Oh, there's his screwdriver.

Another quote: The Doctor, "All traps are beautiful, that's how they work."

The conclusion is that corporate does not know how to properly deal with the real concept of grief.  Thus, they recommend burying it beneath false smiles, false happiness.

Another instance shown where guns do not help the situation, but instead make it worse.

Another quote:  The Doctor, "You know why I always win at chess?  I have a secret move.  I kick over the board."

Overall, brilliant freaking episode. 
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: SGOS on April 23, 2017, 07:50:09 AM
Rotten Tomatoes lists Dr Who as the longest running TV series (36 seasons).  I've never watched an episode, and outside of this thread, never knew anyone that has.  Not that I'm never a latecomer, however.  I missed Dexter, Breaking Bad, and all 3 of the Stargate series during their initial airings, and now they are in my Top 5 list.  It never occurred to me to watch Dr Who.  I don't know why.
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Post by: Sorginak on April 23, 2017, 09:16:38 AM
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Rotten Tomatoes lists Dr Who as the longest running TV series (36 seasons).

The original Doctor Who is twenty-six seasons long.  I only watched two seasons of the original before I somewhat lost interest.  Also, when there are forty episodes per season it is harder to find the time to catch up on it.  Not to mention the fact that some of the episodes were lost and one has to watch still pictures that accompany the audio that actually did somehow survive. 

The new Doctor Who is currently on its tenth season and I have seen every episode. 
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Post by: Sorginak on April 24, 2017, 09:26:19 PM
The Leftovers is one of those shows into which an individual is reeled.

I stopped watching after season one, and I found out that the third season will be the final season.  Therefore, I started watching season two, and I am just as much blown away as I was during the first season.

It is one of those shows that delves deeply into the realm of religion to the point of controlling the viewer's emotions.  It is not a religious show, but the connotations are deeply embedded into amazing characters and a superb story-line in reference to how people deal with their lives after a major portion of the world's population suddenly disappears one day.
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Post by: Munch on April 27, 2017, 04:14:35 PM
Never really got into it when it was first on, but seen how the newest series of samurai jack is out now, I've been binge watching older episodes to catch up.

Gonna confess, when it was first out, I thought the jack design was just professor utonium in samurai clothing.

(https://i2.wp.com/media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lq60dpiwfZ1qbm7hy.png)
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Post by: trdsf on April 28, 2017, 12:56:18 PM
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The original Doctor Who is twenty-six seasons long.  I only watched two seasons of the original before I somewhat lost interest.  Also, when there are forty episodes per season it is harder to find the time to catch up on it.  Not to mention the fact that some of the episodes were lost and one has to watch still pictures that accompany the audio that actually did somehow survive.
Well, it depends on the series, how many episodes are in that year.  The early years, yeah, it was a brutal filming schedule and probably contributed to William Hartnell's early departure -- he was already in frail health, despite the fact that he was only 55 when he started the role (I was shocked when I found out he wasn't in his 60s or 70s already).

The earliest seasons had 40-45 half hour episodes; it was dialed back to 25-26 when Jon Pertwee took over in 1970, and then to the modern 13 or so when Colin Baker (whose tenure is much under-rated IMO) took the helm.  So even though Hartnell held the role for just over 3 full seasons, there were 134 individual episodes during that time; Tom Baker's seven years had "just" 172.

Somewhere I have a list of the episodes I think are best suited for getting into the more casual pace of the early episodes.  Some of them have aged like fine wine... a couple have aged more like mayonnaise.  No idea where it is, I'll have to re-create it.  I still consider the classic run superior on average -- since they only had an effects budget of sixpence and Auntie Beeb expected change, they had to get by on great writing and performances and couldn't plaster things over with splashy CGI.
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Post by: Sorginak on April 29, 2017, 10:55:11 PM
Season ten, episode three of Doctor Who called "Thin Ice"

They are in 1814 London.  Bill asks if it will be safe for her since she is black and slavery is still a thing.

As they change their clothes and traverse the city, she takes notice that there are more black people who are not slaves than she had expected.
 
Epic dialogue
Bill: Interesting.
Dr: What is?
Bill: Regency England.  Bit more blackness than they show in the movies.
Dr: So was Jesus.  History's a whitewash.

A bit of advice from the Dr. to Bill:
Always remember that passion fights, but reason wins.

LOL and then the Dr. proceeds to punch a man for insulting Bill for being a black woman.

Another good quote from the Dr:
Human progress isn't measured by industry.  It's measured by the value you place on a life.

Another good dialogue
Bill: You already know the answers.  Why are you even asking?
Dr: I don't know the answers.  Only idiots know the answers.

This show just gets better and better, and that's why I love it more than any other show on television.
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Post by: Cavebear on April 30, 2017, 07:04:20 AM
The Doctor shows the value of inconsistency.  And I'm not joking here.  Unpredictability combined with power and ability is very hard to overcome.
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Post by: mbncan2 on June 18, 2017, 12:36:53 AM
The Americans; Fargo; Animal Kingdom
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Post by: trdsf on July 07, 2017, 03:29:13 PM
Been rediscovering Jacob Bronowski and The Ascent of Man, which is more or less Cosmos with an anthropological/sociological bend, and much of the same creative team, including producer/director Adrian Malone, worked on both, so it's also stylistically very similar.
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Post by: Hydra009 on July 07, 2017, 11:30:52 PM
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The Doctor shows the value of inconsistency.  And I'm not joking here.  Unpredictability combined with power and ability is very hard to overcome.
My favorite Dr Who episode:

(https://amyyen.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/doctor-who-day-of-the-moon.jpg)

I forgot what it was about, though.
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Post by: Cavebear on July 11, 2017, 08:10:38 AM
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My favorite Dr Who episode:

(https://amyyen.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/doctor-who-day-of-the-moon.jpg)

I forgot what it was about, though.

I don't much follow Dr Who anymore.  The actors became too "normal".  MY Dr Whos dressed outrageously and didn't really have any followers or friends.  They came, they went.  I gave up when K9 appeared.
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Post by: trdsf on July 12, 2017, 07:01:41 AM
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I don't much follow Dr Who anymore.  The actors became too "normal".  MY Dr Whos dressed outrageously and didn't really have any followers or friends.  They came, they went.  I gave up when K9 appeared.
Ooo, don't stop there, you'll miss the whole year when Douglas Adams was script editor.

For the record, my preferred Doctor is a wee, devious little shit -- so McCoy and Troughton, thanks.  And a side order of TBaker and CBaker for your minimum recommended daily allowance of vitamins W, T and F.
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Post by: simplyalex on July 13, 2017, 04:09:46 AM
Looking forward to watching 13 Reasons Why Season 2, time to see whether Jess will commit a suicide or not.
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Post by: Cavebear on July 18, 2017, 04:10:53 AM
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The original Doctor Who is twenty-six seasons long.  I only watched two seasons of the original before I somewhat lost interest.  Also, when there are forty episodes per season it is harder to find the time to catch up on it.  Not to mention the fact that some of the episodes were lost and one has to watch still pictures that accompany the audio that actually did somehow survive. 

The new Doctor Who is currently on its tenth season and I have seen every episode.

The Christmas planet was OUTSTANDING!
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Post by: Hydra009 on September 18, 2017, 09:33:53 PM
Orville

Good music, great ship models (even though it's been done before (https://i.pinimg.com/originals/52/c0/9b/52c09be817d56e742c0859b90d7b409d.png)), nice costumes.  The only problem is that it's entirely unfunny.

It plays everything so straight that I can't tell whether or not it's even trying to be funny.  There are jokes, but they're mostly throwaway lines, the sort of jokes you'd see in garfield or peanuts, not something that'll make a normal person laugh or even crack a smile.

It also has this weird vibe where the technology is super futuristic but everyone talks and acts as if it were the late 2000s.  I half expect someone to say "don't taze me, bro".  There's also this strange mix of futuristic and mundane technology - they've achieved FTL and are working on time control, but half their tech is no different from ours.  Weird.

And yet, despite these criticisms, it's still more entertaining than 90% of Enterprise and 50% of Voyager.  Don't ask me why.
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Post by: Cavebear on September 19, 2017, 03:45:24 AM
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Orville

Good music, great ship models (even though it's been done before (https://i.pinimg.com/originals/52/c0/9b/52c09be817d56e742c0859b90d7b409d.png)), nice costumes.  The only problem is that it's entirely unfunny.

It plays everything so straight that I can't tell whether or not it's even trying to be funny.  There are jokes, but they're mostly throwaway lines, the sort of jokes you'd see in garfield or peanuts, not something that'll make a normal person laugh or even crack a smile.

The worst thing about Dr Who is that future tech never seems to actually advance much.  The enemies just get stranger.

It also has this weird vibe where the technology is super futuristic but everyone talks and acts as if it were the late 2000s.  I half expect someone to say "don't taze me, bro".  There's also this strange mix of futuristic and mundane technology - they've achieved FTL and are working on time control, but half their tech is no different from ours.  Weird.

And yet, despite these criticisms, it's still more entertaining than 90% of Enterprise and 50% of Voyager.  Don't ask me why.

Oops, forgot to add my own thoughts... 
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Post by: trdsf on September 19, 2017, 12:20:12 PM
Been rediscovering a couple 'classics' from the 60s on Hulu -- Land of the Giants and Dark Shadows.  Forgot how much fun they were despite their shortcomings.
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Post by: Hydra009 on September 19, 2017, 01:03:22 PM
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Oops, forgot to add my own thoughts...
:eh:
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Post by: Cavebear on September 19, 2017, 06:07:36 PM
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:eh:

LOL, hey sometimes you just read posts and hit the button...
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Post by: Hydra009 on September 19, 2017, 06:11:36 PM
There's modify button, too.  :whip:
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Post by: Cavebear on September 19, 2017, 06:15:30 PM
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There's modify button, too.  :whip:

Well, yeah but if you change a post after a reply it seems kind of unfair.  Confooses peoples.
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Post by: Sorginak on September 24, 2017, 09:25:47 AM
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Well, yeah but if you change a post after a reply it seems kind of unfair.  Confooses peoples.

Not if you modify it before anyone can read it or reply to it.  As slow as this forum is, that doesn't seem to be a problem.
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Post by: Sorginak on September 24, 2017, 09:27:03 AM
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Looking forward to watching 13 Reasons Why Season 2, time to see whether Jess will commit a suicide or not.

I decided against watching it because I was informed by someone I trust that it was a really stupid show. 
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Post by: Sorginak on September 24, 2017, 09:28:01 AM
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Orville

Good music, great ship models (even though it's been done before (https://i.pinimg.com/originals/52/c0/9b/52c09be817d56e742c0859b90d7b409d.png)), nice costumes.  The only problem is that it's entirely unfunny.

It plays everything so straight that I can't tell whether or not it's even trying to be funny.  There are jokes, but they're mostly throwaway lines, the sort of jokes you'd see in garfield or peanuts, not something that'll make a normal person laugh or even crack a smile.

It also has this weird vibe where the technology is super futuristic but everyone talks and acts as if it were the late 2000s.  I half expect someone to say "don't taze me, bro".  There's also this strange mix of futuristic and mundane technology - they've achieved FTL and are working on time control, but half their tech is no different from ours.  Weird.

And yet, despite these criticisms, it's still more entertaining than 90% of Enterprise and 50% of Voyager.  Don't ask me why.

I gave the show a whirl, and I am enjoying it.  I was not a fan of the end of episode three, but that's okay. 
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Post by: Hydra009 on September 25, 2017, 10:30:31 PM
I just saw the premier of Star Trek: Discovery.

It wasn't as horrific as I had heard it to be.  But it's not great, either.  It's...strange.

It feels like someone watched a highlight reel of several star trek series during a multi-day coke binge then decided to reconstruct it years later.

The plot doesn't make much internal or logical sense.  The characters are pretty dull.  But the effects and camera work is great.  Someone obviously put a lot of effort into this, but it wasn't the writers or half the bridge crew.

The show is a hot mess.  A very flashy, adrenaline-filled hot mess.
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Post by: SGOS on September 25, 2017, 10:47:34 PM
Star Trek does seem to be getting a bit stale.  What were fabulous tales for the 1960s with thoughtful nods to the human condition, are no longer in, and with Marvel exploding onto the scene, Star Trek is just one of the lesser franchises, and Gene Rodenberry and his special feel for story telling are not behind it.  So it's just more special effects.  I will see it of course.  Not much to deliberate there. 
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Post by: Hijiri Byakuren on September 25, 2017, 10:55:05 PM
Star Trek: The Next Generation is and will always be the best series. (The movies sucked, though.)
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Post by: Hydra009 on September 25, 2017, 11:12:28 PM
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Star Trek does seem to be getting a bit stale.  What were fabulous tales for the 1960s with thoughtful nods to the human condition, are no longer in, and with Marvel exploding onto the scene, Star Trek is just one of the lesser franchises, and Gene Rodenberry and his special feel for story telling are not behind it.  So it's just more special effects.  I will see it of course.  Not much to deliberate there.
I dunno how much truth to there is to this, but I have a running theory that the success of sci-fi and superhero movies are inversely proportional - when one is waxing, the other is waning and vice versa.

They don't necessarily hurt each other's success directly - it's not like Marvel has it out for Star Trek or vice versa.  It could just be the case that both series are competing for much of the same audiences (and production resources), and one is going to take the lion's share while the other one goes hungry.

Also, superhero moves often have a bunch of scifi elements, so much so that they could probably be considered a sub-genre of sci-fi.  And there can only be so many sci-fi winners in a year.
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Post by: Blackleaf on September 25, 2017, 11:23:39 PM
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Star Trek does seem to be getting a bit stale.  What were fabulous tales for the 1960s with thoughtful nods to the human condition, are no longer in, and with Marvel exploding onto the scene, Star Trek is just one of the lesser franchises, and Gene Rodenberry and his special feel for story telling are not behind it.  So it's just more special effects.  I will see it of course.  Not much to deliberate there.

I understand that the Klingons in the next movie are going to be based off of Trump supporters...
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Post by: Hydra009 on September 26, 2017, 12:09:33 AM
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I understand that the Klingons in the next movie are going to be based off of Trump supporters...
The Klingons slightly annoyed me because they're packed like sardines in that bridge/auditorium and I only see like 3 guys tending to the ship.  Everyone else is just standing their in awed reverence or taking part in Mr. Drama Queen's little play.

They're supposed to be a starfaring people, but they act like cosplayers at a renaissance fair.

Wow, that was a lot harsher than I initially meant.  Gonna stand by it, though.
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Post by: Cavebear on September 28, 2017, 02:35:07 AM
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I just saw the premier of Star Trek: Discovery.

It wasn't as horrific as I had heard it to be.  But it's not great, either.  It's...strange.

It feels like someone watched a highlight reel of several star trek series during a multi-day coke binge then decided to reconstruct it years later.

The plot doesn't make much internal or logical sense.  The characters are pretty dull.  But the effects and camera work is great.  Someone obviously put a lot of effort into this, but it wasn't the writers or half the bridge crew.

The show is a hot mess.  A very flashy, adrenaline-filled hot mess.

I have never liked any new Star Trek series at first.  Given that, I saw the premiere of 'Discovery' but total accident last week and watched it.

I did not like it.  The Captain is fine.  The Science Officer is interesting (I kind of like his logic of being afraid of everything as an herbivore and prey).  The problem is that the Vulcan #1 is all wrong.

She is too militant and suggests a general Vulcan militancy (The Vulcan "Hello" to the Klingons) at a point when the Vulcans were culturally pacifist in the original Star Trek.  I think that is going to be a hard idea to get around given that "Discovery' is supposedly only 10 years before the original Star Trek.

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Post by: Hydra009 on September 28, 2017, 11:50:23 PM
I just saw the second episode.  It's much better, imo.  Logic is still on vacation, but it's easier to understand what's going on and the battle was decently done.  There's even a glimmer of characterization and a faint hope that someday, it may even be good.

Such a shame, since this episode wasn't broadcast on basic cable, just the subscription website, where there's a much smaller audience.  Rules of acquisition #10 and #203.
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Post by: Cavebear on October 01, 2017, 04:19:09 AM
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I just saw the second episode.  It's much better, imo.  Logic is still on vacation, but it's easier to understand what's going on and the battle was decently done.  There's even a glimmer of characterization and a faint hope that someday, it may even be good.

Such a shame, since this episode wasn't broadcast on basic cable, just the subscription website, where there's a much smaller audience.  Rules of acquisition #10 and #203.

I fully understand the temptation directors have to change the Vulcans and the Klingons, but I won't abide it. 
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Post by: Hydra009 on October 03, 2017, 11:45:14 PM
The latest episode was pretty much the prison fight scene from Watchmen ("I'm not locked in here with you, you're locked in here with me!") and Doom 3.  Also, shrooms are the key to interstellar travel.  I wish I were joking.

Not featured: anything that remotely gives off Trek vibes.
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Post by: Cavebear on October 04, 2017, 03:50:06 AM
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The latest episode was pretty much the prison fight scene from Watchmen ("I'm not locked in here with you, you're locked in here with me!") and Doom 3.  Also, shrooms are the key to interstellar travel.  I wish I were joking.

Not featured: anything that remotely gives off Trek vibes.

Best killer criticism all month.  No Star Trek connection I can find.  You can't have the Vulcan be so wrong...
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Post by: Hydra009 on October 06, 2017, 12:04:32 AM
This is really strange to say, but I think I like The Orville more than Discovery.  Yes, I'm serious.

Discovery is heavy on action and has a gritty sort of feel to it.  And not a good kind of gritty, either.  The kind of gritty that's kinda offputting.  Hell, half of one episode reminded me of Doom 3.  There's so much action and so little character and world development that I don't even really care about the outcome of said action.

Orville isn't the most thrilling show out there, but I think it captured a lot more of the aesthetics/themes of Trek.  Hell, we even get the occassional dilemma that Trek's known for.  Orville's comedic value is practically nonexistent but it's played so straight that it's difficult to tell if the jokes were intentional.  It makes for a passable Trek experience.
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Post by: Hydra009 on October 07, 2017, 12:01:54 AM
Orville's 4th episode is friggin' great.  Not The Best of Both Worlds great or In The Pale Moonlight great, more like Blink Of An Eye good.  The plot is like an inverse Nightfall.  Curiosity, action, and humor.  Probably the best episode for someone who's on the fence to watch.

I'm sitting here in shock that the show I wanted to like - Star Trek Discovery - turned out to be kinda disappointing, but the show that I thought would be kinda crappy - The Orville - turned out to be actually pretty good.

My whole worldview is upside down over here.  What else are my first impressions completely wrong about??
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Post by: AllPurposeAtheist on October 07, 2017, 02:14:10 AM
Been watching Blacklist with James Spader lately.. Pretty hoakey premises, but too bad we don't have that kind of benevolent criminal knocking off the shitheads of the planet.. I actually kind of liked ol Red Reddington until he shot Mr Kapplan .. and the bitch Elizabeth Keen isn't nearly as likable as the series writers want the audience to believe.  They killed her then brought her back to life, but should have kept her dead. She reminds me too much of Sylvia's daughter who accused me of hitting her at a new years party a few years ago.. of course I didn't hit her, but probably should have.
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Post by: Cavebear on October 08, 2017, 03:44:33 AM
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Been watching Blacklist with James Spader lately.. Pretty hoakey premises, but too bad we don't have that kind of benevolent criminal knocking off the shitheads of the planet.. I actually kind of liked ol Red Reddington until he shot Mr Kapplan .. and the bitch Elizabeth Keen isn't nearly as likable as the series writers want the audience to believe.  They killed her then brought her back to life, but should have kept her dead. She reminds me too much of Sylvia's daughter who accused me of hitting her at a new years party a few years ago.. of course I didn't hit her, but probably should have.

Discovery doesn't make Star Trek Sense.  Haven't seen the Orville.
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Post by: Baruch on October 08, 2017, 10:51:45 PM
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Discovery doesn't make Star Trek Sense.  Haven't seen the Oroville.

All the old Trekkies are supporting Oroville.  Even Patrick Stuart ;-)  They are lifting Oroville into Trekdom ... I wanted to like Discovery, but the only thing I like about it is the uniforms.  Very sharp ... they could get paper cuts getting in and out of them.  I like the tall alien on Discovery, but my daughter hates Sarak's adopted human daughter.  I won't say anything about Oroville (spoilers).
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Post by: Cavebear on October 08, 2017, 11:57:57 PM
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All the old Trekkies are supporting Oroville.  Even Patrick Stuart ;-)  They are lifting Oroville into Trekdom ... I wanted to like Discovery, but the only thing I like about it is the uniforms.  Very sharp ... they could get paper cuts getting in and out of them.  I like the tall alien on Discovery, but my daughter hates Sarak's adopted human daughter.  I won't say anything about Oroville (spoilers).

I saw the premier of 'Discovery.  The Vulcan is all wrong.  The captain is fine,.  I liked the tall alien with his extreme caution.  I assume that means his species were prey and the the idea that they achieved sentience is slightly fascinating.

But I won't pay a dime to watch it...
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Post by: Hydra009 on October 09, 2017, 12:44:19 PM
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Discovery doesn't make Star Trek Sense.  Haven't seen the Orville.
I recommend episode 4.  It's the episode that changed my opinion from meh to favorable.  Ordinarily, I wouldn't recommend skipping episodes, especially the premiere, but if you're familiar with TNG, you're already more or less up to speed.  Plus, the first couple episodes are fairly weak, imo.  The show didn't really hit its stride until 4.
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Post by: Baruch on October 09, 2017, 01:45:56 PM
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I recommend episode 4.  It's the episode that changed my opinion from meh to favorable.  Ordinarily, I wouldn't recommend skipping episodes, especially the premiere, but if you're familiar with TNG, you're already more or less up to speed.  Plus, the first couple episodes are fairly weak, imo.  The show didn't really hit its stride until 4.

Discovery isn't episodic.  It is designed to grow on you, eventually, like a space fungus ;-)  That is its strength and weakness.  Non-episodic shows (say ... Rome) are a very extended version of the Tolkien trilogy, except you don't have to wait a year between installments.  Very cinematic ... but weak on character development (which is easier in episodic format).  The weakness of The Orville" was in the premier, because they had to spend half of it introducing the odd-ball characters.  Comparing The Orville to Firefly is probably apt.
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Post by: Hydra009 on October 09, 2017, 02:16:03 PM
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Discovery isn't episodic.
I was talking about The Orville. :[

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The weakness of The Orville" was in the premier, because they had to spend half of it introducing the odd-ball characters.  Comparing The Orville to Firefly is probably apt.
In that very specific way, they may be similar.

But that's a pretty bizarre comparison since the two shows have virtually nothing in common except for space ships and speaking english, and that last one only holds true most of the time.
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Post by: Cavebear on October 11, 2017, 01:55:53 AM
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I recommend episode 4.  It's the episode that changed my opinion from meh to favorable.  Ordinarily, I wouldn't recommend skipping episodes, especially the premiere, but if you're familiar with TNG, you're already more or less up to speed.  Plus, the first couple episodes are fairly weak, imo.  The show didn't really hit its stride until 4.

I'll consider that, but it has to get on cable or I'll never see it.
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Post by: Hydra009 on October 23, 2017, 09:02:49 PM
The Walking Dead is back!!!

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Post by: Hydra009 on November 04, 2017, 11:40:36 PM
The Walking Dead 8x02

I really liked this episode!  It actually feels like an all-out war.  And yeah, I gave them a pass and stopped counting ammo or else I'd drive myself crazy this episode.

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Post by: Hydra009 on November 06, 2017, 01:01:55 PM
The Walking Dead 8x03

I absolutely love The Kingdom!

They might have a goofy dramatic flair and other eccentricities, but they're good people with a strong, close-knit, capable community.  And their reliance on horses over vehicles highlights their pragmatic, unassuming nature.  Even their armor, which admittedly is poorly protective and ill-fitting, at least offers some protection and serves as a uniform to allow Kingdomers to recognize each other at a glance and helps them stand out from other survivors.

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Post by: Mr.Obvious on November 07, 2017, 03:13:19 AM
Stranger Things season 2 was pretty epic.

I love how the show boils up until the last two episodes. The boiling is intense and intriguing. And then the climax, it feels deserved and is just amazing.
And such great characters!
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Post by: Mr.Obvious on November 07, 2017, 01:57:52 PM
Stranger things speculation.
Contains spoilers up to and including season 2

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Post by: trdsf on November 07, 2017, 03:02:12 PM
Getting caught up on Doctor Who in time for the regeneration, and QI Series O is on.
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Post by: Cavebear on November 11, 2017, 07:48:43 AM
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Getting caught up on Doctor Who in time for the regeneration, and QI Series O is on.

I haven't seen the new Doctor. Read it is a female now.  I must not be looking around at the right times.
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Post by: trdsf on November 12, 2017, 12:31:28 AM
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I haven't seen the new Doctor. Read it is a female now.  I must not be looking around at the right times.
They haven't had her intro episode yet.  That'll be on Newton's Birthday (commonly celebrated as Xmas).
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Post by: Hydra009 on November 13, 2017, 03:17:21 PM
Walking Dead 8x04

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Post by: Cavebear on November 15, 2017, 04:58:04 AM
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They haven't had her intro episode yet.  That'll be on Newton's Birthday (commonly celebrated as Xmas).

Thank you.  Saved me 6 weeks of searching the screen TV guide looking for it until then. 

A female Doctor Who should be a very interesting new approach. 
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Post by: trdsf on November 15, 2017, 11:44:03 AM
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Thank you.  Saved me 6 weeks of searching the screen TV guide looking for it until then. 

A female Doctor Who should be a very interesting new approach.
It's been floated a couple times.  Tom Baker infamously trolled his retirement announcement by offering his best wishes to his successor "whoever he or she may be".  They considered a female Doctor to try to reinvigorate the show after Colin Baker.  And of course there was a lot of buzz that Smith's successor might be either a woman or a non-white actor (I was hoping for Sue Perkins personally).  I suspected the reason they regenerated the Master into Missy was to test the waters.
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Post by: Cavebear on November 15, 2017, 12:13:30 PM
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It's been floated a couple times.  Tom Baker infamously trolled his retirement announcement by offering his best wishes to his successor "whoever he or she may be".  They considered a female Doctor to try to reinvigorate the show after Colin Baker.  And of course there was a lot of buzz that Smith's successor might be either a woman or a non-white actor (I was hoping for Sue Perkins personally).  I suspected the reason they regenerated the Master into Missy was to test the waters.

Well I certainly will be prepared for acceptance.

With the acknowledgement that there have been male Doctors I did not like and there could be the wrong woman as The Doctor.  But time heals many dislikes.  I hated ST:TNG at first, but loved ST:Voyager from the get-go.

The right person, the right quirky characteristics, the right attitude, and I'm on board...  But one thought...  Oh please don't let the new Doctor dress all frilly.  I'd gag.
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Post by: trdsf on November 15, 2017, 12:41:56 PM
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Well I certainly will be prepared for acceptance.

With the acknowledgement that there have been male Doctors I did not like and there could be the wrong woman as The Doctor.  But time heals many dislikes.  I hated ST:TNG at first, but loved ST:Voyager from the get-go.

The right person, the right quirky characteristics, the right attitude, and I'm on board...  But one thought...  Oh please don't let the new Doctor dress all frilly.  I'd gag.
They've revealed her outfit.  It is not frilly (http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-41928500).  It's a throwback to the quirkier and idiosyncratic styles of the original series, and there are a number of sartorial shout-outs to previous Doctors.
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Post by: Cavebear on November 15, 2017, 12:49:21 PM
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They've revealed her outfit.  It is not frilly (http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-41928500).  It's a throwback to the quirkier and idiosyncratic styles of the original series, and there are a number of sartorial shout-outs to previous Doctors.

OUTSTANDING!  I love the "long trench coat" idea.  I was thinking "lab coat", but that's close.  Might there be a scarf?  Or is this one all utterly practical?  That might be too much like the previous Doctor.  There has to be something odd.  Interesting...
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Post by: trdsf on November 15, 2017, 01:04:11 PM
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OUTSTANDING!  I love the "long trench coat" idea.  I was thinking "lab coat", but that's close.  Might there be a scarf?  Or is this one all utterly practical?  That might be too much like the previous Doctor.  There has to be something odd.  Interesting...
The stripes on the shirt and coat are roughly the colors of the Fourth Doctor's first couple scarves (I know, I've knit two of them).  The coat is the color of the Seventh Doctor's first jacket, but cut long like Baker's or Smith's.  There's been a lot of discussion about a scarf in the fandom -- on a different forum I belong to, I pointed out that she has one, if she can remember where she hung it up a few regenerations back.  `:)`

I think it's an outfit that's psychologically reminiscent of Pat Troughton's or Tom Baker's: it says "You're going to underestimate me, and then I'm going to crush you."
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Post by: Cavebear on November 15, 2017, 01:20:55 PM
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The stripes on the shirt and coat are roughly the colors of the Fourth Doctor's first couple scarves (I know, I've knit two of them).  The coat is the color of the Seventh Doctor's first jacket, but cut long like Baker's or Smith's.  There's been a lot of discussion about a scarf in the fandom -- on a different forum I belong to, I pointed out that she has one, if she can remember where she hung it up a few regenerations back.  `:)`

I think it's an outfit that's psychologically reminiscent of Pat Troughton's or Tom Baker's: it says "You're going to underestimate me, and then I'm going to crush you."

I don't know the Doctors like you do.  But I like your analysis.  I can at least remember them when you mention them.   
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Post by: trdsf on November 24, 2017, 08:36:50 PM
JOY!!!

Netflix announced MST3K Season 12!

WE'VE GOT MORE MOVIE SIGN!
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Post by: Shiranu on November 24, 2017, 10:59:03 PM
Descendants of the Sun is on Hulu... after Taboo, that will be next.

Taboo: Pretty fucking good. Set in Victorian London, psycho get's caught in a 4 way corporate war between the East India Company, the Crown, the States and his own self interest. Tom Hardy is great. Would recommend if you like gritty period pieces and corporate/political scheming.
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Post by: Hydra009 on December 04, 2017, 12:16:19 AM
The Walking Dead 8x7

A very odd episode with a lot of questionable character moments.  But hey, we at least got to see some much-anticipated action and things finally change a little.

Sorry but you are not allowed to view spoiler contents.
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Post by: AllPurposeAtheist on December 04, 2017, 01:15:44 AM
Just finished watching Midnight Sun on Hulu.. Very well done series from France and Sweden staring Leïla Bekhti.. Very good and hot Algerian born actress..also watched Below the Surface from Denmark.. Much better series than 99% of the crap produced here..
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Post by: Luther Martini on December 10, 2017, 10:46:16 AM
I am looking forward seeing to "Peaky Blinders" season 4.  Currently being broadcast on BBC, it will be on Netflix later this month.  I am re-watching season 3 in anticipation of the new episodes.
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Post by: Hydra009 on December 12, 2017, 09:45:26 PM
The Walking Dead
Season 8 mid-season finale

(https://thumbs.gfycat.com/TalkativeDirtyHarvestmen-size_restricted.gif)

Goddamn it, Gimple.  You done messed up.

This show has gone downhill a little lately, but it's had its moments, so I've been letting things slide.  And shocking deaths are a big part of the appeal this show, but there's a way to do that correctly.  This wasn't that.  It didn't pull the heartstrings, it just made me roll my eyes and wonder aloud if the writing staff was composed entirely of walkers.  It didn't shock me, it just disappointed me.

And I've been singing the praises of All Out War to my brother, who's kinda iffy on the show.  It's such an amazing part in the comics that any decent adaptation would make for fantastic TV.  I sound like a crazy person when I tell him how amazing this scene or that scene will be on TV because what actually makes it onscreen is such a pale imitation of the source material that, well, I sound crazy to be so rapt in anticipation.

The TV version has steadily lost a lot of what made it a great drama.  Unless it rekindles that magic, it's in for a swift decline.  And while this isn't the first crack, it is the first breach in the wall.
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Post by: Hydra009 on December 14, 2017, 09:37:02 PM
And now for something completely different, a joke that made my day.  Hell, probably my week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c7FL9QV1bs
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Post by: Cavebear on December 18, 2017, 09:38:19 AM
In the barbershop a few days ago, there was and old episode of Bonanza.  I could see it was old; Adam was there.  It was embarrassingly horrible.  Like a soap opera.  Bad plot, bad acting, actors speaking the lines out of timing.

And yet, I know I watched it with my family in the 60s and thought it was great.  How times change...
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Post by: AllPurposeAtheist on January 12, 2018, 09:17:47 PM
Been watching a lot of Scandinavian crime fiction on MHz Choice (roku channel)
There are some really great series coming from Scandinavia lately.. Much better than the typical slop on TV from Hooeywood..  You might think that the Scandinavian countries were the most crime ridden places on the planet, but they just have a lot of great crime novelists..
One series from Germany is The Weissensee Saga
A series based on a couple of families in East Germany before the fall of the wall.. One family are Stazi agents, the other disidents .. Great story..
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Post by: Baruch on January 13, 2018, 05:30:51 AM
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Been watching a lot of Scandinavian crime fiction on MHz Choice (roku channel)
There are some really great series coming from Scandinavia lately.. Much better than the typical slop on TV from Hooeywood..  You might think that the Scandinavian countries were the most crime ridden places on the planet, but they just have a lot of great crime novelists..
One series from Germany is The Weissensee Saga
A series based on a couple of families in East Germany before the fall of the wall.. One family are Stazi agents, the other disidents .. Great story..

Remember when Hollywood fired all their writers because they went on strike?  Damn liberals ;-)
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Post by: SGOS on January 13, 2018, 10:59:17 AM
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And now for something completely different, a joke that made my day.  Hell, probably my week.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c7FL9QV1bs
LOL  I knew something was going to happen, but that took me by surprise.
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Post by: SGOS on January 13, 2018, 11:04:54 AM
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Been watching a lot of Scandinavian crime fiction on MHz Choice (roku channel)
There are some really great series coming from Scandinavia lately.. Much better than the typical slop on TV from Hooeywood..  You might think that the Scandinavian countries were the most crime ridden places on the planet, but they just have a lot of great crime novelists..
One series from Germany is The Weissensee Saga
A series based on a couple of families in East Germany before the fall of the wall.. One family are Stazi agents, the other disidents .. Great story..
I'd never thought about Scandinavian film making until they came up with something called "Let the Right One In," which was surprisingly good even with the subtitles.  And then Hollywood remade it with the American version called "Let Me In," which wasn't near as good.  I may have mixed up the titles, but the Scandinavian one was better, IMO.
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Post by: AllPurposeAtheist on January 14, 2018, 01:33:20 AM
I REALLY enjoy the MHz choice channel.. It has films and series from all over Europe. It's a great break from the typical fare from the US and GB and for about 8 bucks a month it's worth it and better yet NO FUCKING COMMERCIALS!  NONE-AUCUN-KEINER-GEEN-INGEN

Ok..I used google translate for the word none..  -1 brownie point
And let's face it folks..American remakes of just about any film originally made elsewhere almost always sucks..and don't whine about having to read subtitles.  You might even learn how to cuss in multiple languages..
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Post by: Cavebear on January 27, 2018, 11:54:59 AM
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I'd never thought about Scandinavian film making until they came up with something called "Let the Right One In," which was surprisingly good even with the subtitles.  And then Hollywood remade it with the American version called "Let Me In," which wasn't near as good.  I may have mixed up the titles, but the Scandinavian one was better, IMO.

I can't help it.  3 words I never imagined I would see together.

Scandanavian
Crime
Fiction
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Post by: Hydra009 on January 27, 2018, 12:53:59 PM
I rewatched some DS9.  It just now struck me how 90% of that show was characters having conversations.  And for the most part, they were interesting conversations.  There's a great mix of characters, with a variety of different backgrounds and perspectives.  It felt cosmopolitan in a way that no Trek has before or since.
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Post by: Cavebear on January 27, 2018, 02:12:42 PM
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I rewatched some DS9.  It just now struck me how 90% of that show was characters having conversations.  And for the most part, they were interesting conversations.  There's a great mix of characters, with a variety of different backgrounds and perspectives.  It felt cosmopolitan in a way that no Trek has before or since.

Well, basically, it was a space city, not just a ship.  I liked Odo.  I didn't like Sisko much, especially after they made him sort of deistic.
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Post by: Baruch on January 27, 2018, 04:50:16 PM
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Well, basically, it was a space city, not just a ship.  I liked Odo.  I didn't like Sisko much, especially after they made him sort of deistic.

I liked Garak vs Bashir.  Sisko was a prequel to the Obama deity.  Odo?  You just wish you could sleep in a bucket ;-)
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Post by: SGOS on January 28, 2018, 11:28:13 AM
I just finished watching the third year of Better Call Saul, since year 3 just came out on video.  That took three days.  I tried to space the episodes out to savor them, but it's far too interesting for me to do that.  Year 1 and 2 were maybe a bit slow, but still highly interesting, but as often happens the crew is finding it's stride, and 3 really shows that.  I'm not sure if I over evaluate Better Call Saul because of my love affair with Breaking Bad, but I suppose I don't really care why I like it.  I'm now into watching the year over again to savor it some more.  I hate waiting a whole year for he disks, but then waiting for the next episode when there are only 10 in a season would drive me nuts too.
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Post by: Hydra009 on January 28, 2018, 01:17:20 PM
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I liked Odo.  I didn't like Sisko much, especially after they made him sort of deistic.
I'm most fond of the aliens in that series; Garak, Quark, Odo, Kira, and Gul Dukat.  They have such fascinating backstories and perspectives that conflict to varying degrees with Starfleet ideals.

The prophet stuff rubbed me the wrong way, but I grew to like Sisko.  The scenes were he plays hardball are a real treat.
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Post by: Cavebear on February 02, 2018, 02:29:45 AM
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I'm most fond of the aliens in that series; Garak, Quark, Odo, Kira, and Gul Dukat.  They have such fascinating backstories and perspectives that conflict to varying degrees with Starfleet ideals.

The prophet stuff rubbed me the wrong way, but I grew to like Sisko.  The scenes were he plays hardball are a real treat.

Sisko was a good hard negotiator.  Quark grew.  Odo was always a bit weird.  Among the things I always enjoyed about all the Star Trek shows was that they always managed to come up with some special character who was "different".  Too many other sci-fi shows just had some human with antennas.  From Spock to the Voyager Doctor, each was interesting and unique.  And each explored what it meant to be "intelligent".
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Post by: Sal1981 on February 10, 2018, 07:26:33 PM
Watched 2 episodes of the Netflix series Altered Carbon. It's very Blade Runner-esque.
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Post by: Cavebear on February 13, 2018, 09:42:11 AM
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Sisko was a good hard negotiator.  Quark grew.  Odo was always a bit weird.  Among the things I always enjoyed about all the Star Trek shows was that they always managed to come up with some special character who was "different".  Too many other sci-fi shows just had some human with antennas.  From Spock to the Voyager Doctor, each was interesting and unique.  And each explored what it meant to be "intelligent".

I will easily admit that the first time I saw the 1701 Enterprise in 1967, I was in awe of anything they did.  I was 17.  But as time went on, I grew and they didn't really.  Until New Generation.  And then DS9 and Voyager.  And then the movies.

I began to study the special characters.  Spock, Data, Guigan, the Doctor, Odo, 7 of 9.  They were all very different, but each was exploring some part of our human nature.  Someday, I may write about that.
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Post by: Mr.Obvious on February 14, 2018, 05:08:04 PM
I heard netflix came out with a great anime series.

Three episodes into kakegurui, I'm starting to suspect people meant devilman crybaby.
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Post by: Sal1981 on February 16, 2018, 08:13:20 PM
Have ya'll seen Black Mirror?

Currently watching the first season, and it's quite an intriguing hypothetical about how Internet has changed the society.
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Post by: GSOgymrat on February 21, 2018, 02:45:54 PM
I'm psyched for season 2 of Legion.

https://youtu.be/D9UcfgkU8hk
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Post by: Hydra009 on March 06, 2018, 09:59:17 PM
The Walking Dead

Simon is my new favorite character (after Gavin)
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Post by: Hydra009 on March 06, 2018, 10:24:11 PM
TWD 8x10 The Lost and the Plunderers

I dunno what happened in the writers' room, but they actually upped their game a lot.  We got some decent drama without chewing the scenery.  The plot was mostly sensible - events proceeding from prior events in a believable way.  And it was all in-character, too!  What a rare treat.  Has that nice classic TWD aroma.  My compliments to the chef.
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Post by: Hydra009 on March 12, 2018, 03:21:39 PM
TWD 8x11

Mildly disappointing, but it set up exciting future events.

Tara and company carried the idiot ball this time around.

I'm really liking Negan's more subdued performances his half-season.  That guy was a gloriously hammy magnificent bastard in the comics, but the tv audience is much less tolerant of that stuff.  C'est la vie.

I can't say I loved Gabriel's B-plot, but the ending was gloriously ironic.  Didn't see that coming, lol.

If TV Eugene doesn't do what comic Eugene did at around this point, I'm going to be very disappointed.
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Post by: Mr.Obvious on March 12, 2018, 03:27:07 PM
Star Wars Rebels did something relatively few kid-shows do well, in my humble opinion.
It nailed the ending.
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Post by: Hydra009 on March 12, 2018, 03:36:52 PM
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Star Wars Rebels did something relatively few kid-shows do well, in my humble opinion.
It nailed the ending.
I'm still a couple episodes behind, but it's in my queue!  I've heard good things.
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Post by: Mr.Obvious on March 12, 2018, 03:55:06 PM
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I'm still a couple episodes behind, but it's in my queue!  I've heard good things.

Ah, I'll bite my tongue for now.

Ps. I've become more appreciative of kenobi vs maul. Unrelated to the finale. Just saying.
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Post by: Sal1981 on March 12, 2018, 05:48:35 PM
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I'm psyched for season 2 of Legion.

https://youtu.be/D9UcfgkU8hk
(https://puu.sh/zGgL2.png)
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Post by: Cavebear on March 15, 2018, 05:41:31 PM
If you are reading a thread about anything you haven't seen, spoilers are your own problem, LOL!
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Mr.Obvious on March 26, 2018, 01:18:07 PM
Revisited avatar The last airbender.

I used to think it Was The Best cartoon of all time.

Watching it again, i am Swayed, however.

It is The best show of all time. Period.
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Post by: Baruch on March 26, 2018, 06:49:09 PM
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Revisited avatar The last airbender.

I used to think it Was The Best cartoon of all time.

Watching it again, i am Swayed, however.

It is The best show of all time. Period.

But were you SJWed by the choice of actor for the prime role in the live action movie?

It is elemental, my dear Mr Obvious.
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Post by: Mr.Obvious on March 26, 2018, 07:00:06 PM
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But were you SJWed by the choice of actor for the prime role in the live action movie?

It is elemental, my dear Mr Obvious.

Don't care for that abomination.
Don't care about it either, as a result.

Initial groans, yes. But; crap is crap, and it doesn't destroy what is not crap.
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Post by: Baruch on March 26, 2018, 07:10:59 PM
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Don't care for that abomination.
Don't care about it either, as a result.

Initial groans, yes. But; crap is crap, and it doesn't destroy what is not crap.

How did you like Golden Compass?
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Post by: Mr.Obvious on March 26, 2018, 07:21:21 PM
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How did you like Golden Compass?

Never seen nor read it.
Trailer wasn't interesting.
Reviews even less so.
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Post by: Cavebear on March 27, 2018, 03:18:48 AM
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Never seen nor read it.
Trailer wasn't interesting.
Reviews even less so.

Well I might go with "Spirited Away".  That was really good.
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Post by: Baruch on March 27, 2018, 06:15:51 AM
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Well I might go with "Spirited Away".  That was really good.

I have yet to meet with anyone who didn't like that one.
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Post by: trdsf on March 27, 2018, 01:57:15 PM
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Well I might go with "Spirited Away".  That was really good.
I still haven't gotten around to seeing that, and I have always liked Miyazaki's work.  I think I'll set aside some time for it soonish.
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Post by: Hydra009 on March 29, 2018, 02:52:09 PM
TWD 8×13

I loved the first 15 minutes of this episode.  The action scenes in All Out War have been pretty damn good for the most part.

However, the show really struggles in other areas.  Case in point: last week's implausibly effective zombie ambush.

So after a big battle, our redshirts gather together to sleep on the floor.  And wouldn't you know it, a zombie sneaks up on them and bites a sleeping person.  Kinda strange that not one person in twenty was awake and watchful, but whatever.  Then another zombie FALLS DOWN THE FRIGGIN STAIRS and no one immediately wakes up.  Instead, the group of zombies have gotten three, maybe four people before people finally start to wake up and fight them off.  It's utter pandemonium with people ineffectually struggling against the zombies until our intrepid heroes rush in and save the day.

This is a writing trick I call "make the Redshirts incapable to make the protagonists look good".  TWD has had too much of this going on.

The protagonists should be (somewhat) more capable - but that's because they've done more and seen more.  They have the advantage of experience.  But the redshirts aren't supposed to lag too far behind them - they've seen their share of action, too.  Ideally, you want your protagonists to be agents of change who tip the scales in a conflict, not babysitters for people who are literally too dumb to live.
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Post by: Hydra009 on April 12, 2018, 08:53:27 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/QgfP9jL.jpg)

Granted, the finished product may look completely different...but I gotta say, this is one of the few DC shows I would actually be interested in watching and them looking like crap is throttling my mild hopes in the crib.  (let's just say that I would NOT be a blue lantern candidate, lol)
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Post by: Cavebear on April 12, 2018, 09:19:58 PM
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I still haven't gotten around to seeing that, and I have always liked Miyazaki's work.  I think I'll set aside some time for it soonish.

It is slow at points, but worth it by the end. 
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Post by: Hydra009 on April 20, 2018, 12:30:13 AM
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Ah, I'll bite my tongue for now.
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login Okay, I've finished Star Wars Rebels.  You may fire when ready.  :)

My review is that the series finale is better than the last 3 Star Wars movies put together.  Surpassed all my hopes.  Very dramatic, very touching, very inspirational, very...unexpected.

“Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
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Post by: Blackleaf on April 20, 2018, 09:39:28 AM
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(https://i.imgur.com/QgfP9jL.jpg)

Granted, the finished product may look completely different...but I gotta say, this is one of the few DC shows I would actually be interested in watching and them looking like crap is throttling my mild hopes in the crib.  (let's just say that I would NOT be a blue lantern candidate, lol)

They all look terrible, especially Starfire, who has that "does your mother know you're wearing her drapes" kind of look. From what I've heard, it sounds like they're changing her personality too. Now she's a bad ass, no nonsense type. If that's true, they clearly don't understand the character at all. And what's the deal with dyeing their hair all these bright colors? Did they think that green hair was a substitute for green skin? They don't look like super heroes. They look like they just came from Hot Topic.
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Post by: trdsf on April 20, 2018, 11:32:23 AM
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They all look terrible, especially Starfire, who has that "does your mother know you're wearing her drapes" kind of look. From what I've heard, it sounds like they're changing her personality too. Now she's a bad ass, no nonsense type. If that's true, they clearly don't understand the character at all. And what's the deal with dyeing their hair all these bright colors? Did they think that green hair was a substitute for green skin? They don't look like super heroes. They look like they just came from Hot Topic.
The cosplayers actually do the better job of looking like the actual comic book characters than the cartoon or live-action portrayals do.

Now, there *is* actually a good reason for not making Beast Boy his proper comic book color in live-action TV -- green screen special effects.
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Post by: Blackleaf on April 20, 2018, 02:09:49 PM
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The cosplayers actually do the better job of looking like the actual comic book characters than the cartoon or live-action portrayals do.

Now, there *is* actually a good reason for not making Beast Boy his proper comic book color in live-action TV -- green screen special effects.

Wouldn't the hair still be a problem for green screen?
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Post by: trdsf on April 20, 2018, 03:42:03 PM
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Wouldn't the hair still be a problem for green screen?
It may be a safe shade; I'd've thought it would be problematic too, but bluescreen is also an alternative.  It's one they couldn't use in Supergirl when they started introducing Legionnaires -- there was a certain amount of fansquawk over Brainiac 5 being blue.  But, realistically, they couldn't leave him green and then bluescreen because then the lead character's costume disappears...
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Post by: Baruch on April 20, 2018, 06:26:50 PM
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It may be a safe shade; I'd've thought it would be problematic too, but bluescreen is also an alternative.  It's one they couldn't use in Supergirl when they started introducing Legionnaires -- there was a certain amount of fansquawk over Brainiac 5 being blue.  But, realistically, they couldn't leave him green and then bluescreen because then the lead character's costume disappears...

What is wrong with the lead character's costume disappearing (if you know what I mean)?
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Post by: Cavebear on April 24, 2018, 05:32:55 PM
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You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login Okay, I've finished Star Wars Rebels.  You may fire when ready.  :)

My review is that the series finale is better than the last 3 Star Wars movies put together.  Surpassed all my hopes.  Very dramatic, very touching, very inspirational, very...unexpected.

“Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Yeah, hit 'em where they aint...  And I loved that scene in 'Battleship' where the American guy confused the Chinese Sun Tzu with the Japanese guy... 
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Post by: Baruch on April 24, 2018, 07:02:34 PM
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Yeah, hit 'em where they aint...  And I loved that scene in 'Battleship' where the American guy confused the Chinese Sun Tzu with the Japanese guy...

Any modern Japanese guy would have memorized Sun Tzu.  Japanese learn from anyone, and from China long before the stupid Americans.
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Post by: Hydra009 on April 24, 2018, 08:53:03 PM
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Yeah, hit 'em where they aint...
That drives me crazy.  In strategy games, I'm often assembling a grand army to launch a massive assault.  In the meantime, my outposts get harassed by pathetic forces that I could crush in an instant if they were anywhere near my army.  So instead, I have to rely on several regional armies to maintain my borders while a much diminished main army assaults the enemy.
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Post by: Baruch on April 24, 2018, 09:02:46 PM
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That drives me crazy.  In strategy games, I'm often assembling a grand army to launch a massive assault.  In the meantime, my outposts get harassed by pathetic forces that I could crush in an instant if they were anywhere near my army.  So instead, I have to rely on several regional armies to maintain my borders while a much diminished main army assaults the enemy.

The Barbarians are annoying, particularly when sacking your capital city ;-)
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Post by: SGOS on April 25, 2018, 11:26:10 AM
I started binge watching Stargate SG1 for the ___ time.  I've lost track, maybe about the 6th or 7th, give or take.  The reason for the comment is that I'm amazed at myself for liking this series as much as I do.  It never gets old (for me).  I know all the stories, but forget a few of the minor details, but every time I watch it, it just makes me happy and creates a powerful visceral experience.  This last binge happened because I watched the original movie with James Spader and Kurt Russell instead of Shanks and Anderson.  I originally saw the first movie years ago, and it did nothing for me, but watching it with the knowledge of the series and seeing how the two interconnect so well, and now knowing what the mishmash of happenings that take place in the movie actually mean, I actually liked the movie.

The series starts a little slow.  Without knowing how the series would evolve, I would not have been surprised if the network had cancelled it after the first couple of seasons, but it apparently struck a nerve, and continued on to become one of my favorites, maybe my favorite.  At first, the idea of walking through portals to the far reaches of the universe seemed too absurd, but now in the context of science fiction, it makes perfect sense.  And the stories engage me over and over again.  I never bothered watching one episode of the series on TV, because the movie left me so cold.  I took an interest much later, as I sometimes do.  I'm happy that I have the disks and can binge watch.  I'd go a little nuts waiting a week for the next episode.
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Post by: Hydra009 on April 25, 2018, 12:26:02 PM
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At first, the idea of walking through portals to the far reaches of the universe seemed too absurd, but now in the context of science fiction, it makes perfect sense.
I got prepped for that with Sliders.  It's an amazing plot device.  Want to shoot the next episode in the desert?  The team jumps through the portal and lands in the desert.  Any location you can think of (and make a convincing set for) you can make happen onscreen easily.  Want to pinch some pennies and reuse the SG1 set?  The teams jumps in the portal and gets spat out at Cheyenne mountain in an alternate dimension.  Cha-ching!

When you think with portals, you get unlimited story possibilities (great for writers) at a snappy pace (great for the audience) and on budget (great for producers).  Everyone wins!
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Post by: SGOS on April 25, 2018, 01:45:34 PM
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I got prepped for that with Sliders.  It's an amazing plot device. 
OK, I am unfamiliar with Sliders, but I looked it up on Amazon, and there are 5 seasons.  Is this what you refer to or is there a movie you are talking about?  I'm going to order it, because the concept sounds like something I would like.

Along similar lines is Jumper, which I don't think got rave reviews, while I very much enjoy it.  There are a couple of weak points in the story, which I don't know how I would fix if I were in charge, but the concept is unique.  A high school kid realizes that he can simply jump (actually dematerialize and rematerialize) to any place on Earth, which opens up a lot of interesting situations.  Have you seen that one? 
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Post by: trdsf on April 25, 2018, 02:32:20 PM
Well, on the subject or TV... farewell and RIP Bob Dorough.  Who's that?

The guy who created Schoolhouse Rock.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i2AN2CC-60
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Post by: Baruch on April 25, 2018, 07:38:45 PM
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OK, I am unfamiliar with Sliders, but I looked it up on Amazon, and there are 5 seasons.  Is this what you refer to or is there a movie you are talking about?  I'm going to order it, because the concept sounds like something I would like.

Along similar lines is Jumper, which I don't think got rave reviews, while I very much enjoy it.  There are a couple of weak points in the story, which I don't know how I would fix if I were in charge, but the concept is unique.  A high school kid realizes that he can simply jump (actually dematerialize and rematerialize) to any place on Earth, which opens up a lot of interesting situations.  Have you seen that one?

The first season was very good, but then the writing got weak ...
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Post by: Hydra009 on April 25, 2018, 11:43:27 PM
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OK, I am unfamiliar with Sliders, but I looked it up on Amazon, and there are 5 seasons.  Is this what you refer to or is there a movie you are talking about?  I'm going to order it, because the concept sounds like something I would like.
Yes, that's it.  But watch out!  Sliders has a very mixed reception.  You might like it or you might hate it.

On one hand, it was an innovative concept for the time (mid-late 90s).  Arguably, it paved the way for a lot of sci-fi series, including SG-1.  And the core group is very likable and they have a lot of fun banter.  And it had a great season arc at around season 3.

On the other hand...the show has aged very poorly.  20+ year old special effects that weren't all that impressive even during those times.  For the most part, really hackneyed, unimaginative worlds and plots.  Drinking game: take a swig every time Quinn and co get captured, foment a rebellion, and/or the timer messes up.  2 episodes in one sitting = kidney failure.  And for the love of all things holy, burn season 4+5.  They're not worth your time, I guarantee it.  The show started declining pretty early on and seasons 4 and 5 are pure cancer.  Its cancellation was well deserved.

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Along similar lines is Jumper, which I don't think got rave reviews, while I very much enjoy it.  There are a couple of weak points in the story, which I don't know how I would fix if I were in charge, but the concept is unique.  A high school kid realizes that he can simply jump (actually dematerialize and rematerialize) to any place on Earth, which opens up a lot of interesting situations.  Have you seen that one?
Yes.  It struck me as pretty derivative, but interesting.  I appreciate that they at least tried to do their own thing with it.  I didn't care for the paladin stuff, though.  It was a great concept, but it didn't really work for me for some reason.
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Post by: Hydra009 on April 25, 2018, 11:59:13 PM
Also, my head canon is that Rick from Rick and Morty stumbled across the gang from Sliders when they 'slid' into Rick's home dimension.  Rick stole their timer, perfected the technology, then shoved them into a portal that lead to an Earth still ruled by dinosaurs.  The Sliders characters are all dead, ripped apart by a hungry Albertosaurus
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Post by: SGOS on April 26, 2018, 02:44:07 AM
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Yes, that's it.  But watch out!  Sliders has a very mixed reception.  You might like it or you might hate it.

On one hand, it was an innovative concept for the time (mid-late 90s).  Arguably, it paved the way for a lot of sci-fi series, including SG-1.  And the core group is very likable and they have a lot of fun banter.  And it had a great season arc at around season 3.

On the other hand...the show has aged very poorly.  20+ year old special effects that weren't all that impressive even during those times.  For the most part, really hackneyed, unimaginative worlds and plots.  Drinking game: take a swig every time Quinn and co get captured, foment a rebellion, and/or the timer messes up.  2 episodes in one sitting = kidney failure.  And for the love of all things holy, burn season 4+5.  They're not worth your time, I guarantee it.  The show started declining pretty early on and seasons 4 and 5 are pure cancer.  Its cancellation was well deserved.
I ordered season 1 and 2, rather than the whole series, just in case.

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Yes.  It struck me as pretty derivative (Jumper), but interesting.  I appreciate that they at least tried to do their own thing with it.  I didn't care for the paladin stuff, though.
Yeah, the paladin stuff was one of those things I don't know how to fix, because hero movies need a foil, but getting rid of Samuel Jackson's wig would be a place to start.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on April 26, 2018, 09:08:38 AM
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I ordered season 1 and 2, rather than the whole series, just in case.
Good.  It peaked in season 3, imo.

And looking back, some season 4 episodes were pretty good, so that season wasn't complete garbage, though it definitely started declining here.
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Post by: GSOgymrat on April 27, 2018, 06:38:21 AM
We are mesmerized by British baking shows, such as The Great British Baking Show and The Big Family Cooking Show Down. The opposite is Nailed It-- total trash.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: SGOS on April 27, 2018, 08:41:58 AM
I remember an episode of Northern Exposure where Holling got a satellite dish, and Shelly became TV zombie, eventually gravitating to the shopping channels where she spent their entire honeymoon budget buying trinkets.

But to get back to gymrat's post, there was another one where all the guys were watching nothing but sports at the bar.  Finally in a rage, Holling turned off the TV, and to a wall of disgruntled disgust, announced that no one could watch anymore TV because he hated sports, including his home country's Canadian hockey.  So a few days later, everyone ended up watching cooking shows, and seemed to be content, as long as the TV was on and they could be drinking beer while discussing cooking.  Holling didn't seem to have problems with that.
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Post by: Baruch on April 27, 2018, 01:07:25 PM
Two kinds of people.  Those who can function with the TV on, but music off.  And those who can function with music on, but the TV off.  My ex and I were opposites.
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Post by: SGOS on April 28, 2018, 10:30:15 AM
Did you ever notice the similarity between Daniel Jackson in SG1 and Kramer on Seinfeld?  Both of them are always getting other people to do stupid things that end in disaster.  Talk about drinking games.  How about taking a shot every time the following scenario happens:

Colonel O'Neill says something like, "We wait here until nightfall.  On my command, we will do [whatever.]"
Without even looking in O'Neill's direction, Jackson gets up and heads down the hill. 
O'Neill says, "Daniel, get back here.  We wait until dark,"
Jackson replies, "I'm going now."
O'Neill in aggravation asks, "Why now, Daniel?"
Jackson says, "Because I have to."  <---  [drink shot here]
Then everyone gets captured by the enemy and ends up about to die, or as slaves in a naquadah mine.  Of course O'Neill saves everyone, including Daniel, who should have been left under the pile of rocks in the mine collapse for all the good he does.
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Post by: SGOS on April 28, 2018, 11:15:51 AM
"Come on Daniel.  We're headed back through the stargate."
"Wait, Jack.  I have to study this room.  It offers clues to an ancient civilization."
"Daniel, if we don't leave now we're going to be sucked into a black hole in three minutes."
"No, Jack!  You don't understand.  We have to stay.  This room may even tell us the meaning of life."
[drink shot]
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Post by: Hydra009 on April 28, 2018, 02:25:08 PM
Daniel is a bit of a bleeding heart, which is bad in his line of work because they encounter tons of natives who invariably suffer from oppression or existential threats.  He wants to intervene all the time, but realistically, that's impossible.

Though the Stargate project succeeds beyond all expectation in a large part due to befriending powerful natives, so there's a decent case that could be made for interventionism.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Baruch on April 28, 2018, 02:27:03 PM
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Daniel is a bit of a bleeding heart, which is bad in his line of work because they encounter tons of natives who invariably suffer from oppression or existential threats.  He wants to intervene all the time, but realistically, that's impossible.

Though the Stargate project succeeds beyond all expectation in a large part due to befriending powerful natives, so there's a decent case that could be made for interventionism.

Capt Kirk knew, you violate the Prime Directive very selectively, not every episode.
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Post by: SGOS on April 28, 2018, 03:49:57 PM
Sometimes in the inextricable situations that Daniel creates, some form of unimaginable luck comes out of nowhere and saves the day.  When he falls because of his illogical actions, he falls upwards.  That's the kind of guy you need fighting aliens.
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Post by: Hydra009 on April 28, 2018, 05:30:41 PM
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When he falls because of his illogical actions, he falls upwards.
You can say that again. 
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Not sure that I have to mark that with a spoiler. It's been over 10 years since that show ended.  Anyone who wanted to watch it presumably got around to it by now.
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Post by: SGOS on April 28, 2018, 07:07:07 PM
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You can say that again. 
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Not sure that I have to mark that with a spoiler. It's been over 10 years since that show ended.  Anyone who wanted to watch it presumably got around to it by now.
Probably doesn't matter.  There are so many episodes, you will never know in which one/ones it's going to happen.
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Post by: aitm on April 28, 2018, 08:00:40 PM
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I remember an episode of Northern Exposure where Holling got a satellite dish, and Shelly became TV zombie, eventually gravitating to the shopping channels where she spent their entire honeymoon budget buying trinkets.

But to get back to gymrat's post, there was another one where all the guys were watching nothing but sports at the bar.  Finally in a rage, Holling turned off the TV, and to a wall of disgruntled disgust, announced that no one could watch anymore TV because he hated sports, including his home country's Canadian hockey.  So a few days later, everyone ended up watching cooking shows, and seemed to be content, as long as the TV was on and they could be drinking beer while discussing cooking.  Holling didn't seem to have problems with that.

In my opinion  NE was one of the most under-rated shows of all time. A wonderful cheeky fun romp with the occasional somber moment only to be ripped in the next scene. Enjoyed that show.
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Post by: Hydra009 on April 28, 2018, 08:06:54 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCCbLTSMyRA

Their masks have a long snout...
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Post by: SGOS on April 28, 2018, 08:39:20 PM
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Their masks have a long snout...
I remember that moment.  I haven't gotten to it yet in my current binge.  There must be two or three hundred episodes in the entire run.
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Post by: Hydra009 on April 28, 2018, 08:52:46 PM
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I remember that moment.  I haven't gotten to it yet in my current binge.  There must be two or three hundred episodes in the entire run.
214 episodes and 2 direct-to-dvd films.
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Post by: SGOS on April 28, 2018, 09:07:07 PM
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In my opinion  NE was one of the most under-rated shows of all time. A wonderful cheeky fun romp with the occasional somber moment only to be ripped in the next scene. Enjoyed that show.
I've never looked at it's ratings, but no one I know seems to underrate it.  It was so successful and so unique that I would think someone would try to mimic it, not necessarily as an Alaska thing, but the quirky strangeness, the combination of drama, comedy, and unexplainable episodes that may have been supernatural, or just dreamed.  I can't think of another series like it.  I seldom followed many series back when I had a TV, but I would follow the better ones when I had time.  Northern Exposure was the one show I would set aside a whole night for so I wouldn't miss it.

I think I stumbled onto it one night close to beginning. It was the episode where patient number 9 dies in the doctor's waiting room, and the town adopts the corpse even though no one knew who he was or where he came from, puts him out on a picnic table because the ground is too frozen to dig a grave, and takes turns guarding the body so that wolves don't drag him off like they did to old Ed or whatever his name was when he died in the winter, as Maurice pointed out to volunteers.  I was hooked with that one episode.  I felt like I had stumbled onto something worthy of following religiously, and it turned out to be just that.
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Post by: Baruch on April 29, 2018, 01:12:27 AM
Twin Peaks, mocked in the Twin Beaks Sesame Street episode ;-)
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Post by: SGOS on April 29, 2018, 09:04:45 AM
When Northern Exposure came to an end, maybe before then, I wondered what would happen to the cast.  I later stumbled onto Rob Morrow playing a detective on some ordinary cop show typical of the TV garbage of the previous 20 years.  It seemed like Morrow had fallen from stardom to mediocrity, and I actually felt sorry for him having to settle for such and unimportant role.  It was like he was trying to pay his rent the way Nicolas Cage has ended up.
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Post by: Munch on May 19, 2018, 09:56:45 PM
For the record, I can't express my level of contempt in a literal way right now with what I've just seen. I'll let the video after speak for me.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umDr0mPuyQc
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Post by: Hydra009 on May 19, 2018, 11:18:08 PM
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For the record, I can't express my level of contempt in a literal way right now with what I've just seen. I'll let the video after speak for me.

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Yeah.  F that art style in particular.
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Post by: Shiranu on May 21, 2018, 03:25:22 AM
Just started Atlanta... holy fucking shit, it's good. Is there any Donald Glover project that isn't instantly golden? This dude is literally become THE man of this generation.
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Post by: Baruch on May 21, 2018, 06:43:41 AM
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Yeah.  F that art style in particular.

The Chibis are coming, they are coming for youuuuuu

Zim was an antidote to chibiness
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Post by: Hijiri Byakuren on May 21, 2018, 09:37:22 AM
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For the record, I can't express my level of contempt in a literal way right now with what I've just seen. I'll let the video after speak for me.

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Post by: GSOgymrat on May 22, 2018, 05:12:48 PM
From CBS, the premise:

A podcast-hosting, self-proclaimed “pesky atheist who wants to make you think” (Brandon Micheal Hall) isn’t so sure what to think when he’s friended by God on Facebook and then poked to help strangers for reasons that aren’t immediately clear. The truth is there’s more to this story than our hero or anyone else knows.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6XfmicoyZw&t=238s
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Post by: Hydra009 on May 22, 2018, 07:11:16 PM
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From CBS, the premise:

A podcast-hosting, self-proclaimed “pesky atheist who wants to make you think” (Brandon Micheal Hall) isn’t so sure what to think when he’s friended by God on Facebook and then poked to help strangers for reasons that aren’t immediately clear. The truth is there’s more to this story than our hero or anyone else knows.
As if I needed another reason to stay away from Facebook.
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Post by: trdsf on May 22, 2018, 09:54:16 PM
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As if I needed another reason to stay away from Facebook.
As if I needed another reason to stay away from network TV.
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Post by: Shiranu on May 22, 2018, 10:08:10 PM
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From CBS, the premise:

A podcast-hosting, self-proclaimed “pesky atheist who wants to make you think” (Brandon Micheal Hall) isn’t so sure what to think when he’s friended by God on Facebook and then poked to help strangers for reasons that aren’t immediately clear. The truth is there’s more to this story than our hero or anyone else knows.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6XfmicoyZw&t=238s

I give it two episodes...
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Post by: Munch on May 23, 2018, 11:31:48 AM
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I think this guy explains what it is pretty well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OyUy1XeAVA

This is what has happened to western animation. Now don't get me wrong, I like steven universe, I like my little pony and gravity falls and can understand the like for adventure time and rick and morty even if I don't really watch them.

However, those were original creations, and while the same kind of style was in many of them, I just overlooked the fact because they are all pretty good creations.

This however is what happenes when someone, who claimed to be a fan of an original show, but just didnt' get what made it popular, decides to put his own tone on the material, trying to appeal to those who like the current animation style of today, while just saying fuck you you the original.

When you have people who put everything into making thundercats look good in 2011.:

(https://i.gifer.com/KMr4.gif)(https://media3.giphy.com/media/nEDYTEnUGPgNq/giphy.gif)(http://i44.tinypic.com/whhjs.gif)

You know, a proper homage to it, for them to cancel this show halfway into the second season, just to replace it with this shit that makes the characters look like their made out of silly putty, then you know the fucker who put this together just didn't get what made people like the original.

It be like making a batman cartoon with this design.

(https://res.cloudinary.com/teepublic/image/private/s--GrkQg08B--/t_Preview/b_rgb:484849,c_limit,f_jpg,h_630,q_90,w_630/v1458774690/production/designs/456099_1.jpg)
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Baruch on May 23, 2018, 04:18:08 PM
i blame the Lego Batman movie.
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Post by: trdsf on May 23, 2018, 07:12:52 PM
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I think this guy explains what it is pretty well.
I tuned out when he started going on about SJWs, however... it's pretty clear to me, even as someone who didn't grow up on this series, that this is completely fucked up.  It looks like it was drawn by a kindergartener -- an average one, not a kindergartener who can actually draw.  I compare it to my having grown up reading (among others) Teen Titans comics... and then looking at the shitpile that is 'Teen Titans Go'.
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Post by: Munch on May 23, 2018, 08:12:44 PM
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I tuned out when he started going on about SJWs, however... it's pretty clear to me, even as someone who didn't grow up on this series, that this is completely fucked up.  It looks like it was drawn by a kindergartener -- an average one, not a kindergartener who can actually draw.  I compare it to my having grown up reading (among others) Teen Titans comics... and then looking at the shitpile that is 'Teen Titans Go'.

yeah that's pretty much it. Its also the fact the original teen titans series, which I didn't watch but can see why it was so popular, was brought to an end after 5 seasons, just to be replaced with this crap, because it doesn't require thought or heavy planning to mass produce something that only keep making so many episodes for, as its aimed at very young children.

I mean, who wants to hear stories of the girl who struggles to keep the demonic evil inside of her due to her demon fathers influence, or the emotional struggle of someone having to let go people they cared for when their memory was wiped, NAH, LETS HAVE EPISODES ABOUT TOILET FUN AND PANCAKES!

This is a massive pet peeve for me, this dumbing down for children crap people like this do. I was 6-7 then the original thundercats was on tv, and while the stories are a little corny as were the morals at the end of each episode, it wasn't dumbed down for kids as badly as it is today, likewise neither was transformers, or he-man, kids watched those shows in the 80s where their was action, fighting, characters in relationships, inner turmoil.

Its these people who think they need to dumb down cartoons, like cartoon network, because kids are to dumb to get more complex stories then 'singing about waffles'.

maybe george carlin hit the point perfectly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaTy38X0jvU

keep kids dumb, dumb kids make dumb adults and easier to control.
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Post by: trdsf on May 23, 2018, 08:22:13 PM
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I mean, who wants to hear stories of the girl who struggles to keep the demonic evil inside of her due to her demon fathers influence, or the emotional struggle of someone having to let go people they cared for when their memory was wiped, NAH, LETS HAVE EPISODES ABOUT TOILET FUN AND PANCAKES!
Exactly.  The whole Trigon arc was a brilliant bit of storytelling, and Raven was a great character because of her struggles, not despite them.

This is why my personal mantra with regard to my writing is "full creative control".  Because I'd rather turn down a multimillion dollar contract than let some hack completely fuck up characters I have lived with for nearly thirty years.

Also, if you dumb things down for kids, you end up with dumb kids.
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Post by: Hydra009 on May 23, 2018, 08:53:46 PM
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It be like making a batman cartoon with this design.

(https://res.cloudinary.com/teepublic/image/private/s--GrkQg08B--/t_Preview/b_rgb:484849,c_limit,f_jpg,h_630,q_90,w_630/v1458774690/production/designs/456099_1.jpg)
WTF happened to Supe's face?!  Someone call Clayface 'cause that guy needs a plastic surgeon pronto!

Tangential thing that I think You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login will be interested in:

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(https://www.dramafever.com/st/news/images/50fc4cab-7b19-4f96-9203-d29616cbd007.png)

Granted, these are pretty oversimplified, but broadly (very, very broadly) I find this to be a pretty accurate depiction of how western animation norms have changed over the years.

Particularly noticeable is how newer shows have a more "rounded" look.  If it's difficult to tell if a character has elbows, it's a fairly safe bet that it's a cartoon from the 2010s.
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Munch on May 24, 2018, 05:33:14 AM
I don't even mind the kind of styles in animation now when creating new and unique shows like say Steven universe, adventure time, gravity falls, their new concepts so the style of drawing becomes part of their identity.
It doesn't work when a pre established product, which became popular, suddenly gets molded into a new current style that doesn't match its old style.

I loved shows like batman the animated series, x-men, gargoyles, they had unique styles that gave them their quality, but more so they were cartoons with a serious, real world tone to them, so they couldn't be given a goofy, slapstick style of animation.

(https://78.media.tumblr.com/33a8a1b8187e36e731893652e3e1aaba/tumblr_mzximmR8pb1sl5leko4_r1_400.gif)

That's why I wouldn't want these kind of shows made today, and looking at what they did to thundercats highlights perfectly why that is.

I mean hell, one of the early episodes of gargoyles had one of the main characters, Broadway, who visited their human friend Elisa, and playing around with her gun after he watched a western, he accidentally shot her. not a lazer gun either, a proper gun, she was bleeding on the floor, and she nearly died in hospital. You just can't make a story like that and show now grounded it is in a goofy, slapstick style of animation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf1vNNBdzJs
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Munch on May 24, 2018, 09:24:44 PM
This is a good video on the problem with this premise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZBmYOCWJ9o&feature=youtu.be&t=1m56s
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on May 24, 2018, 09:46:15 PM
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This is a good video on the problem with this premise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZBmYOCWJ9o&feature=youtu.be&t=1m56s
Oof.  There's lazy and then there's Sizemore-tier laziness. (a writer who essentially photo-copied characters from work to another)
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Munch on May 24, 2018, 10:05:14 PM
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Oof.  There's lazy and then there's Sizemore-tier laziness. (a writer who essentially photo-copied characters from work to another)

Makes me think of the comic book artist Greg Land, who drew some works for marvels ultimate series, and was notorious for drawing most female characters in the comics by tracing porno images

(https://imgix.ranker.com/user_node_img/50062/1001229484/original/greg-land-_swipes_-everybody-from-sandra-bullock-to-famous-porn-stars-to-everyone-in-betwee-photo-u1?w=650&q=50&fm=jpg&fit=crop&crop=faces)
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Hydra009 on May 24, 2018, 10:20:40 PM
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Makes me think of the comic book artist Greg Land, who drew some works for marvels ultimate series, and was notorious for drawing most female characters in the comics by tracing porno images.
I remember that.  Good times.

Apparently, a lot of MTG cards were based on real people:

(http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/252818CounterspellIceAgePics.png)
Title: Re: TV Series Thread
Post by: Cavebear on May 25, 2018, 09:06:54 AM
The Teen Titan change was a real bummer!  I mean, they weren't real special as teens, but as comic strip characters?  BLAH! 

I don't need Prince Valiant quality drawings.  But this new garbage is "Nancy" quality or worse.  I LIKE simple animation.  The Simpsons are just fine with me.  You aren't watching for the quality animation.  But its the plots and jokes you want there.  I love Phineas and Ferb (et al) for the humor, not the art.