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Title: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on October 05, 2009, 04:04:09 AM
I've been on the fence about creating a this thread for a while now but I finally gave in do to watching the new Curb your Enthusiasm episode tonight. I do believe this is one of the best and funniest shows on tv and this new season is kind of exploding with star power and irony. The arc for this season is that Larry David, in an attempt to win back his wife Cheryl, decides to bring back together the cast of Seinfeld for a special reunion show. Now in reality, this is the first time Jerry, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards will appear together on tv again, and even more, on the exact same sets that have been dug up and with many of the same crew, including director Larry Charles (Borat/Bruno). I know not everyone is a Seinfeld fan but it's pretty cool to see them coming together after 11 years of never having any interest in doing a reunion show. And normally they never would, but in the context of Curb's storyline, the Seinfeld reunion will be a reality, but still in a unique way since the actors will be in character playing themselves... playing their Seinfeld characters. Brilliant! It was also funny to see David Spade and Meg Ryan unexpectedly, and my favorite actor christian Slater is i guess going to be in next weeks episode. If your unfamiliar with Curb you should know that all the guest stars play themselves, usually picking on their own celebrity.

Now I'm not really big on watching television, but I do follow some shows. Right now my tv schedule for things i can't miss goes like this,
Sunday- Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
-The Soup (E!)
Thursday- The Office (NBC)  
Friday- Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)

I tried following Entourage this season but it was terrible, worst season yet, went absolutely nowhere.  I also tried getting into True Blood, though i missed to many episodes that I'm totally lost in the plot. Any True Blood fans?

Well anyway I'm interested to hear what anyone else is watching. Go ahead and post your weekly programs and lets discuss  :serpico:

EDIT- Forgot to mention that the new South Park season kicks off next wednesday, can't wait

Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on October 05, 2009, 04:27:40 AM

EDIT- Forgot to mention that the new South Park season kicks off next wednesday, can't wait


I think that's the only thing I still follow on TV while it's airing...
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: slan69 on October 05, 2009, 05:06:12 AM
I also follow South Park. I follow another show called the Vampire Diaries which starts every Thursday. I have found myself quite drawn to that show even though it is basically like Twilight but it is definitely a lot better story wise and the actors as well.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on October 05, 2009, 06:47:26 AM
I watch NCIS on TV sometimes, or CSI or Bones depending on what's airing. That's about it, and needless to say I don't follow these shows assiduously.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Xem on October 05, 2009, 07:28:13 PM
Me and my girlfriend watch at least a dozen shows when they air. We're confessed TV-aholics. Ironically I don't particularly love any of them really.

At the moment my favorites are probably Top Chef (go Kevin!), Curb Your Enthusiasm, and tosh.O (starts up again this Thursday). Also I enjoy the Daily Show and Reno 911 whenever I happen to catch'em.

edit: I don't know how I forgot, but I just recently started up HBO's The Wire. That's definitely my favorite for what I'm watching now.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on October 05, 2009, 07:31:58 PM
I watch NCIS on TV sometimes, or CSI or Bones depending on what's airing.
I watch Bones as well, since my wife does. :guts:

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edit: I don't know how I forgot, but I just recently started up HBO's The Wire. That's definitely my favorite for what I'm watching now.
Bar none, my favorite show. Amazingly written and acted from start to finish. I was initially apprehensive because I thought it would  be a police procedural, just with HBO edginess. Boy was I wrong. It's a sociological show, analyzing the inherent problems in American institutions (politics, schools, police, business etc.).

The only show I've been following recently has been Madmen. It's a good show, but it's very full of itself. It KNOWS how good it is and often gets a bit pretentious, so it's not for everyone.

Anyone who liked the Sopranos or has a fascination with American culture in the 60s deserves to give it a watch.

Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on October 05, 2009, 09:10:08 PM
Right now I'm watching The Office, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, South Park (can't wait for the new season!), Tosh.0, Kenny vs. Spenny (whose American season just ended) and The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. I'll also be watching Lost when it starts up again next year. Other than that, I mainly stick to watching movies and shows on DVD/Blu-ray.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: TheBranded1 on October 05, 2009, 09:50:59 PM


I'm watching Monk,Law and Order SVU,The Office,Breaking bad(online). Aside from tv shows I try sometimes for the news at night or in the afternoon.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Breed1Ghost on October 08, 2009, 06:49:23 PM
I am trying to get into FlashFoward
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on October 08, 2009, 07:09:19 PM
Anyone else catch the new South Park that kicked off last night? It was pretty funny, not their best episode, but a good start to the new season.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on October 08, 2009, 08:32:45 PM
Anyone else catch the new South Park that kicked off last night? It was pretty funny, not their best episode, but a good start to the new season.

I recorded it on my DVR and am planning on watching it tonight. :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Xem on October 10, 2009, 02:16:45 AM
Bar none, my favorite show. Amazingly written and acted from start to finish. I was initially apprehensive because I thought it would  be a police procedural, just with HBO edginess. Boy was I wrong. It's a sociological show, analyzing the inherent problems in American institutions (politics, schools, police, business etc.).

Just finished the first season and I have to admit I honestly wished I had a fresh bottle of champagne (whiskey) to toast (party) to them as they rang in the case. What a great finale. I was warned that the second season wasn't as good, but it doesn't matter now, I'm hooked - and once I'm hooked, I'm gonna watch the whole series.

Really makes you wonder, whatever happened to HBO's top quality mini-series'? The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Rome, and now The Wire were all phenomenal imho. I get sucked into watching True Blood because my friends love it, but really, it's no where near the caliber of what used to air.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on October 10, 2009, 02:22:52 AM
Well HBO is still responsible for Flight of The Conchords, Curb, Entourage, True Blood, Hung, Big Love and Bored to Death. Granted most of those are comedies but  all shows are top notch (not to sure about Bored to death yet though). And I never cared for Deadwood or Rome to be honest. I could appreciate those shows but I wouldn't say they were some of HBO's most memorable originals. HBO still has it, but I am waiting for their next big drama though, I'll with you on that.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Breed1Ghost on October 10, 2009, 06:22:43 PM
True Bloods second season was less then steller it really sucked. If the 3rd season is boring like the second then I am done with this show.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: KazigluBey on October 11, 2009, 07:36:07 PM
Dexter and Man vs. Wild.

True Bloods second season was less then steller it really sucked. If the 3rd season is boring like the second then I am done with this show.

The last episode was a bit of a letdown. The main story arc should have been reduced to a secondary one. Season 3 does look a bit dismal given how season 2 ended. Love triangle anyone? Bleh.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on October 11, 2009, 07:48:48 PM
I didn't care for The Office special hour episode of Jim and Pams wedding. I thought it was too over the top and just... not all that funny. It had some moments but i think it could have been so much better. Jim an Pam gtting married has been an episiode forshadowed since day 1, it should have been better.
Title: Monster, by Naoki Urasawa
Post by: Dar Klink on October 12, 2009, 07:00:57 AM
One of my favorite and most recommended manga/anime is going to be airing on the SyFy(stupid name change) channel starting tomorrow, Monday October 12th at 11:00PM and 11:30PM!  :isidro:
I've been waiting forever for this to get dubbed, and my dream has finally come true.
Everyone should at least give it a try if you can, and if it gets enough discussion in here, maybe it deserves it's own thread?  :troll:
For everyone who's already watched it or read the manga, spoiler tags are your friends.  :guts:
It's a long series, at 74 episodes, but it's worth the investment in time, and SyFy will be airing two episodes a night every Monday.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on October 12, 2009, 07:02:49 AM
One of my favorite and most recommended manga/anime is going to be airing on the SyFy(stupid name change) channel starting tomorrow, Monday October 12th at 11:00PM and 11:30PM!  :isidro:
I've been waiting forever for this to get dubbed, and my dream has finally come true.
Everyone should at least give it a try if you can, and if it gets enough discussion in here, maybe it deserves it's own thread?  :troll:
For everyone who's already watched it or read the manga, spoiler tags are your friends.  :guts:
It's a long series, at 74 episodes, but it's worth the investment in time, and SyFy will be airing two episodes a night every Monday.

Would you mind telling us the name of that series?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on October 12, 2009, 07:05:44 AM
Would you mind telling us the name of that series?
:farnese: oh yeah... I got a little over eager.
It's Monster, by Naoki Urasawa.
Here's the site for the dub with a few clips and whatnot.
http://www.manga.com/titles/monster?ref=latest (http://www.manga.com/titles/monster?ref=latest)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on October 12, 2009, 07:08:15 AM
Yea i'm deff going to be checking this out, can't wait!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on October 12, 2009, 07:09:07 AM
:farnese: oh yeah... I got a little over eager.
It's Monster, by Naoki Urasawa.

Ah. Well yeah, Monster's great. Urasawa is one of the best mangaka out there.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Proj2501 on October 12, 2009, 12:13:03 PM
Curb your Enthusiasm
Dexter. If you haven't seen it yet, go watch it.
Mythbusters
Hung
True Blood
Fringe

Almost anything on Sci HD.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on October 12, 2009, 06:54:24 PM
Nice list Proj  :guts: I want to see Dexter so bad. I don't have that channel though.  :judo:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on October 12, 2009, 06:55:56 PM
Nice list Proj  :guts: I want to see Dexter so bad. I don't have that channel though.  :judo:

You should check out the first two or three seasons on DVD. :serpico:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: D-Scape on October 12, 2009, 08:12:06 PM
I hardly watch television any longer. The much applauded True Blood opened in Norway a week ago so I caught the premiere, but I doubt I'm going to follow this. Vampires are just so 1897.

The last series/program that really had me hooked was Carnivàle.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Breed1Ghost on October 13, 2009, 03:36:08 PM
I miss Rome, and the only other show I liked alot was Brimstone.
Title: Re: Monster, by Naoki Urasawa
Post by: Griffith on October 14, 2009, 02:25:25 AM
One of my favorite and most recommended manga/anime is going to be airing on the SyFy(stupid name change) channel starting tomorrow, Monday October 12th at 11:00PM and 11:30PM!  :isidro:
I've been waiting forever for this to get dubbed, and my dream has finally come true.
Everyone should at least give it a try if you can, and if it gets enough discussion in here, maybe it deserves it's own thread?  :troll:
For everyone who's already watched it or read the manga, spoiler tags are your friends.  :guts:
It's a long series, at 74 episodes, but it's worth the investment in time, and SyFy will be airing two episodes a night every Monday.

I tuned in to Monster as recommended and really enjoyed it, as you know. Looking forward to next week's episodes and what going to happen to Dr. Tenma, his patients, and to find out what he and they have to do with those murders! Anyway, I was glad to see those people go, they were asshole.

And Tenma's career is going about as well as Guts' life, and just because he believes in first come, first serve. :judo:
Title: Re: Monster, by Naoki Urasawa
Post by: Dar Klink on October 14, 2009, 02:45:44 AM
I tuned in to Monster as recommended and really enjoyed it, as you know. Looking forward to next week's episodes and what going to happen to Dr. Tenma, his patients, and to find out what he and they have to do with those murders! Anyway, I was glad to see those people go, they were asshole.

And Tenma's career is going about as well as Guts' life, and just because he believes in first come, first serve. :judo:
Nice, I'm glad that you enjoyed it! The first two episodes are a bit slow compared to the rest of the series, so if it's hooked you already so far, then you're in for an awesome ride. :isidro: You'll soon learn a lot more about Johan and Anna and meet some really great characters. Regarding Tenma's career, it has it's major ups and downs just like Guts' life does, but you'll see that soon enough.
Also, you can watch the episodes after they are aired on SyFy here: http://www.manga.com/titles/monster?ref=latest (http://www.manga.com/titles/monster?ref=latest)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: handsome rakshas on October 14, 2009, 04:14:45 AM
Damn I never finished the manga! I'm looking forward to hearing this is english and I may even buy the DVD boxset which has the first 15 episodes in December. This is one of my faves!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Xem on October 14, 2009, 05:22:49 AM
I miss Rome, and the only other show I liked alot was Brimstone.

I hear you on Rome, what's Brimstone? :schnoz:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: ELEKTRO on October 19, 2009, 08:55:51 PM
Currently watching south park, how I met your mother (surprisingly good show) big bang theory (I guess it's ok ) and it's always sunny that's about it looking at other peoples list makes me miss watching hbo maybe I should get it again.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on October 19, 2009, 09:00:49 PM
You should  :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on October 20, 2009, 01:15:34 AM
Monster on SyFY again tonight at 11pm and 11:30pm!!!  :guts:
Be there.  :femto:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Xem on October 20, 2009, 06:33:53 PM
I'm about 2/3's of the way through Season 3 of The Wire and I'm completely hooked. I can't escape, and I don't want to. Reel me in! (I feel like a Dark Horse summary atm.) A lot of my friends tried to wane me away from Season 2, but I loved it. The whole Union vs State Government was actually really intriguing to me.

Right now my only grief is how many of the "good" characters get killed. Wallace and to an extent D'Angelo really bothered me. It's good that McNulty is interested in D'Angelo's "suicide", I really hope that's foreshadowing something awesome. Also, Omar has become a favorite of mine. His character just seems so foreign to me. I mean, living in the US, I understand gangs, drug dealers, guns everywhere, seriously corrupt politicians, etc. But a gay homicidal maniac with morals who steals from heroin dealers and gives back to the poor? THAT was unexpected. And for his character to still be alive, and on top of that actually feeling bad about being a murderer = WIN in my book. (Not mention he wears all black and carries a big weapon.)


I still really love Bubbles, but he needs to clean up... he breaks my heart over and over. I don't know how much love left I have to give.

I'm still into a lot of other shows right now, but The Wire is top dog, no question.  :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on October 20, 2009, 06:41:58 PM
I'm about 2/3's of the way through Season 3 of The Wire and I'm completely hooked. I can't escape, and I don't want to. Reel me in! (I feel like a Dark Horse summary atm.) A lot of my friends tried to wane me away from Season 2, but I loved it. The whole Union vs State Government was actually really intriguing to me.
I thought season 2 was the weakest of the bunch, but I know others who say it's their favorite. It's controversial because it deviates from the main story arc.

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I still really love Bubbles, but he needs to clean up... he breaks my heart over and over. I don't know how much love left I have to give.

I'm still into a lot of other shows right now, but The Wire is top dog, no question.  :guts:
Stick with it. And dude, spoil tag your own posts when you disclose major spoiler material...  :femto:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Manjou on October 20, 2009, 09:50:22 PM
I've currently got the Dubbed version of monster on the boil to see how it compares to the Japanese version, which I loved to bits :guts:

As to what I'm watching, it's mainly stuff I've missed on the BBC and am catching up on (Life, Masterchef, general BBC4 documentaries). I can't say I'm actively following anything though :(
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on October 24, 2009, 11:17:17 PM
I've currently got the Dubbed version of monster on the boil to see how it compares to the Japanese version, which I loved to bits :guts:
What do you think of the dub so far? Personally I think it's alright, but not crazy great. Johan sounds a bit too sinister to me, like he's trying too hard, while the Japanese voice actor had more of a subtle, yet sinister voice.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Chiron on October 26, 2009, 10:10:58 PM
I'm not watching any anime at the moment but as far as tv shows go, I am a secret fan of Glee and Heroes and publicly waiting for Damages to return.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on October 28, 2009, 01:57:00 AM
Holy shit I totally forgot to remind everyone about the Scream awards 2009 on Spike tv. Its the only awards show worth watching these days and kicks the shit outta the Academy Awards. I just tuned in for Quentin Tarantino giving an award George A. Romero who mentioned that he's got another zombie flick in the works called Survival of the Dead. Don't get much better than that, hope you guys watch!

Edit- johny Depp introducing Keith Richards and Eli Roth with Jamie King showing the audience the most gory scenes in horror movies this year. It was sick!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Gobolatula on October 30, 2009, 05:22:08 AM
A show I cannot get enough of is Parks and Recreation. Amy Poehler plays such a lovable goofball of a main character. It's made by the same dudes who make the American version of The Office. It's also got a similar "documentary" theme to it.

Also, a show that keeps getting better and better is It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on October 30, 2009, 06:10:23 AM
I couldnt get into that show. I don't find Amy Poehler to be as funny as other people do, and the style just seems like its trailing the success of the Office.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Gobolatula on October 30, 2009, 01:12:31 PM
I couldnt get into that show. I don't find Amy Poehler to be as funny as other people do, and the style just seems like its trailing the success of the Office.
(http://www.erikthejuiceman.com/vlcsnap-1002341.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on October 30, 2009, 01:18:31 PM
Someone's talking about Monster. I've sat through the whole thing one year ago. Here's my review:

The story has amazing elements that could've turned the series into a masterpiece if it wasn't handled by a self-indulgent, moralistic author. There's an annoying necessity to explain every single thing with a moral behind it, specially in the later episodes, where the viewer is fed with repetitive unecessary explanations for actions that seemed thrilling and misterious in the premise.  
What made me scornful of the series was the fact that a mystery/noir supernatural thriller gradually was turned into some moralistic "Disney" story where every act of evil needs to be justified and explained, where villains had to do evil "because they had to" so that the average viewer feels more comfortable knowing there is no such thing as "pure evil" and everyone if you look deep enough has a good heart. That is the apparent message that the series tries - not with much success - to hide behind it's "dark" and "gritty" mask, easy to fool the ignorant and easy to impress viewer. The characters were well fleshed out but the story started to loose its "bigger than life" motif towards the end. It got even cheaper in the conclusion, that frankly, was lame and unconvincing.
I was disappointed because i really wanted to enjoy it. It had a great start, but the author kept thinking i was a dumb viewer and i needed further more non-intriguing exposition. It was a boring summer, and i didn't have better plans. :schnoz:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Gobolatula on October 30, 2009, 02:11:39 PM
Someone's talking about Monster. I've sat through the whole thing one year ago. Here's my review:

The story has amazing elements that could've turned the series into a masterpiece if it wasn't handled by a self-indulgent, moralistic author [.....] It was a boring summer, and i didn't have better plans. :schnoz:
From the YouTube Thread:
Ugh, [Mighty Boosh] season 3 clips...
Season 3 was shit.
Season 2 was mildly entertaining.
Season 1 was amazing.
Sorry, sir, but I question your judgment. I may not agree with what you say, and I will fight to the death for what you say to be unjustly censored. I believe I will start watching Monster based on DarkLink's reccomendation.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on October 30, 2009, 03:53:10 PM
From the YouTube Thread:Sorry, sir, but I question your judgment. I may not agree with what you say, and I will fight to the death for what you say to be unjustly censored. I believe I will start watching Monster based on DarkLink's reccomendation.

Just a question, when did you start watching The Mighty Boosh, in which season?
Because if you seen them in order you would know that season 3 is just a parody of what the show used to be. It was rushed and filled with rehashed jokes/themes. It's common opinion among regular viewers of the show, that it has decreased in quality with each passing season.
But by all means, watch the whole 74 episodes of Monster.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Gobolatula on October 30, 2009, 05:47:52 PM
Just a question, when did you start watching The Mighty Boosh, in which season?
Because if you seen them in order you would know that season 3 is just a parody of what the show used to be. It was rushed and filled with rehashed jokes/themes. It's common opinion among regular viewers of the show, that it has decreased in quality with each passing season.
But by all means, watch the whole 74 episodes of Monster.
I started from season 1. Season 3 might not be the best, but I wouldn't call it anything near "shit." And I get what you're saying about the reused jokes. But the thing is, there's a lot of humor to get out of some of those characters/themes. Hm, now that I think about it, the only original character from season 3 that stands out to me is Crack Fox. And he is goddamn frighteningly hilarious. And, I don't think it's possible to have too much Tony Harrison / Saboo / The Board of Shamans. Luckily, they cut out Old Gregg from season 3. Originally, Howard's lovely Indian crush in the party episode was really Old Gregg in disguise. That woulda ruined a much needed happy ending for Howard. Oh, and Vince & Howard's kiss... Legendary.

Have you seen the Boosh Live DVD? Their stage show is fucking great. The only Boosh I haven't immersed myself in yet is the BBC radio shows. I should get on that.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: 01010111 on November 03, 2009, 04:08:19 AM
I pretty much just wait til Saturday and watch the latest Stargate Universe nowadays.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on November 16, 2009, 02:44:29 AM
Just watched the second to last episode of Curb. This season was the weakest, I think. Most of the episodes seemed forced and not as naturally funny as all the other seasons. Maybe he was trying to hard, idk. But I will say this last episode was absolutely hilarious. I was laughing so hard, especially at the end, it was god awful funny.  And seeing the Seinfeld cast on the set doing their thing was great. And I couldn't believe the bit they did with Michael Richards. They basically have him flip out at a black guy and people standing by start recording him on their phones, basically poking fun at how he had his little racism "freakout" a while back. He even yells out something like " I wish there was something I could call you to make you as angry as I am"! I really surprised at that. Television usually doesn't shock me but that was pretty edgy.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Eluvei on November 16, 2009, 02:38:56 PM
Just watched the second to last episode of Curb. This season was the weakest, I think. Most of the episodes seemed forced and not as naturally funny as all the other seasons. Maybe he was trying to hard, idk.

Yeah I felt that too, especially on that Jesus painting episode. The stuff that happened to Larry during the episode just didn't blend naturally at the end like it usually does, it felt too staged. Well, it's still better than all other comedy series I tried to watch.

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And I couldn't believe the bit they did with Michael Richards.

The part he opens the door to Leon is great too. Man, I laughed hard when Leon teaches him how a Bar Mitzvah works!

 :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on November 23, 2009, 02:56:12 AM
Whelp, the final episode of Curb just ended, and it really was great. Not what I expected though, it wasn't nearly as grand or epic as I thought, it ended in a simple, yet perfectly ironic way that the show does in it's best episodes. The last two episodes this season were great, some of the best ever, unfortunately those were the only decent episodes this season, they rest were like filler, just in the way of the final. I'm very happy though, Larry is back with Cheryl, finally. Even though this isn't really one of those shows were you gab on about who will end up with who, I'm still glad Larry won Cheryl back, it's so bittersweet  :guts:

And check this out. After the show ended I caught glimpse of a new WWII series called The Pacific. It's from the creators of Band of Brothers, which was simply amazing when it first aired, seriously I have never seen such production on a miniseries before. If you haven't seen it, think Saving Privet Ryan spread out over an epic 14 hour series. This looks very promising. Coming March 2010.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noUJHcdX6KU
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on November 24, 2009, 07:09:05 AM
The last two episodes this season were great, some of the best ever, unfortunately those were the only decent episodes this season, they rest were like filler, just in the way of the final.

I call BS, the other episodes were fine, really good actually (Funkhouser's Crazy Sister, Vehicular Fellatio, Denise Handicapped, The Black Swan was great, and you yourself were praising The Bare Midriff), it just sounds like you're judging them now based on not revolving around the Seinfeld reunion. That being said... it was a little all over the place at times. =)

Seriously though, I think they did a great job not overplaying the Seinfeld thing and exploiting it like a real reunion, that was perfectly done.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on November 24, 2009, 07:18:14 AM
I call BS, the other episodes were fine, really good actually (Funkhouser's Crazy Sister, Vehicular Fellatio, Denise Handicapped, The Black Swan was great, and you yourself were praising The Bare Midriff), it just sounds like you're judging them now based on not revolving around the Seinfeld reunion. That being said... it was a little all over the place at times. =)

Lol yea well honestly I thought that the whole time while watching, I just didn't post anything here, maybe because I didn't want to jinx it. I even sent emails to other people it, for the record. But now that the final episodes have aired I can look back an say that this season was a little off, I think everyone can agree on that. It just so happens that the episodes that had the the Seinfeld were best, they fit in perfectly with the Curb universe, which is exactly what I said in an email to my father about halfway through this season, if you need proof. Having said that, i still enjoyed it, just not as much as the other seasons. The last 2 episodes were gold though, IMO.

Edit- And i don't think that Funkhouser's Crazy Sister, Vehicular Fellatio, Denise Handicapped, and The Black Swan were all that great. Yea they had funny moments but they also moments were I thought, "this is a little different from how the show has been". The scenes with and Denise from the handicapped episode were way too over the top, even by Curbs standards. Same thing with Larry grabbing the girl before falling off the building. The season was filled with those moments. Larry killing the swan? Cmon. I've seen all the seasons many times, I've wasted way too much time watching show over and over again, this season was a little over the top and Larry was a bit out of character (maybe because of the results of the previous season) but it was still different. Regardless, I enjoyed it.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on November 24, 2009, 07:41:58 AM
Lol yea well honestly I thought that the whole time while watching, I just didn't post anything here, maybe because I didn't want to jinx it. I even sent emails to other people it, for the record. But now that the final episodes have aired I can look back an say that this season was a little off, I think everyone can agree on that.

I can agree with that, but the Seinfeld thing isn't above it either, and you said the last two were great and others weren't decent, which is ridiculous because other than the Seinfeld factor, there really wasn't much of an difference. It's not like the other episodes were all poorly written and suddenly the Seinfeld ones happened to be fantastic. Plenty of vintage Curb all around.

It just so happens that the episodes that had the the Seinfeld were best, they fit in perfectly with the Curb universe, which is exactly what I said in an email to my father about halfway through this season, if you need proof. Having said that, i still enjoyed it, just not as much as the other seasons. The last 2 episodes were gold though, IMO.

They were, no doubt, but if you thought "The Reunion" was the best episode out of the first five, you were seriously watching with some Seinfeld colored glasses.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on November 24, 2009, 07:58:17 AM
I can agree with that, but the Seinfeld thing isn't above it either, and you said the last two were great and others weren't decent, which is ridiculous because other than the Seinfeld factor, there really wasn't much of an difference. It's not like other episodes were all poorly written and suddenly the Seinfeld ones happened to be fantastic. Plenty of vintage Curb all around.

Hmm... I do think it's like that. The Seinfeld episodes were written better than the others. It's not really that hard to imagine considering the episodes are pretty stand alone. The season arcs don't really effect the individual episodes, resulting in some rather unfunny ones. You and I even speculated on how the ending of the second to last episode was go to effect the ending somehow, it didn't, they made no mention of it. So yea I think the final episodes were better written then the rest. It's happened before too, most notably in the season 5 with the Nail Christ episode, which was probably the worst episode, even the studio said that when they first watched they got nervous for fear that the show was taking a bad direction. But it didn't, the show has hit and miss episodes, and now I would say hit and miss seasons.

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They were, no doubt, but if you thought "The Reunion" was the best episode out of the first five, you were seriously watching with some Seinfeld colored glasses.

Hmm, well I'd have to rewatch them to really say which is funniest, but I do think that one may be the best. I don't think it's because I'm biased towards Seinfeld, I specifically told myself not to do that, and as you say 
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I think they did a great job not overplaying the Seinfeld thing and exploiting it like a real reunion, that was perfectly done.
But it may have been the case nonetheless.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on November 24, 2009, 08:35:33 AM
Hmm, well I'd have to rewatch them to really say which is funniest, but I do think that one may be the best. I don't think it's because I'm biased towards Seinfeld, I specifically told myself not to do that
Yeah, sounds like you had to try a little too hard, I'm just going to mark you Seinfeld biased and move on. :troll:

It was a weird season, I'm not propping it up, no argument the Seinfeld stuff was definitely the highlight, but the rest wasn't bad like you're characterizing it either. It was preeeeeetty... pretty good.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on November 28, 2009, 08:39:39 PM
I'm ashamed to say that for the first time I actually watched Seven Samurai, it was on IFC. I've caught bits here and there but never the full thing, and I had to go to work before I finished it so I still haven't seen the end. Now I'm determined to though, my god what an amazing film. I was truly mesmerized at this masterpiece, I think I've caught the Kurosawa bug  :serpico:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on December 01, 2009, 05:21:42 PM
Glad to see that you're on a Kurosawa kick. He's got a pretty extensive filmography, but to fully appreciate it you have to understand some history about him, in my opinion. The audio commentary on the Criterion version of Seven Samurai (by Micheal Jeck) is extremely informative and entertaining. It goes into not only Kurosawa's biography, but also Toshiro Mifune's, and their working relationship -- and how they ultimately bitterly parted ways after such a successful stint. It almost becomes another movie in the commentary it's so engrossing. I'd highly recommend it.

But, this is moving things into movie territory, and here I am in a Television thread. Whoops  :farnese:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on December 10, 2009, 03:49:58 AM
I'm watching MTV's Jersey Shore. Probably the greatest piece of trash television ever created. Totally worth it.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on December 10, 2009, 08:08:27 AM
I'm watching MTV's Jersey Shore. Probably the greatest piece of trash television ever created. Totally worth it.

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Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on December 10, 2009, 05:17:13 PM
Now I wanna know what she was saying. :isidro:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on December 10, 2009, 06:11:53 PM
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Just look at the guy's face while he's turning.  :ganishka: Mesmerising.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on December 10, 2009, 06:12:46 PM
I've been watching Firefly recently. I never really had much interest in the show, but I picked up the series DVD set after I saw it on sale for $12 at Best Buy  :slan:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on December 13, 2009, 07:39:09 PM
I watched the Christmas special episode of The Office the other night. It was pretty great. Though I don't really think the new episodes are all that great, the Christmas special was funny, one of the better ones. Also the South Park Christmas specials are on demand. Those are always great, the music one hosted by Mr. hanky and the critters Christmas special are hilarious.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on December 13, 2009, 07:40:22 PM
I watched the Christmas special episode of The Office the other night. It was pretty great. Though I don't really think the new episodes are all that great, the Christmas special was funny, one of the better ones.
The US Office isn't even worth watching. The UK one was great, especially the Christmas Special.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on December 13, 2009, 07:59:46 PM
The US Office isn't even worth watching. The UK one was great, especially the Christmas Special.

I wouldn't say it isn't worth watching at all. It's still funny, ecspecially the earlier seasons. I've never seen the UK one, but I'm sure thats great as well.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on December 13, 2009, 08:07:27 PM
I wouldn't say it isn't worth watching at all. It's still funny, ecspecially the earlier seasons. I've never seen the UK one, but I'm sure thats great as well.

It's way better.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Xem on December 13, 2009, 09:18:26 PM
It's way better.

I've got both seasons of the UK version sitting in my apartment as we speak. Too bad I need to wait until my college finals are through to dig in. I've seen about 3 episodes of the US version after seeing one episode of the UK version, and I can already tell you the UK version seems way better as well.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Death May Die on December 14, 2009, 02:27:43 AM
I've become a great fan of Dexter, just got done watching the season finale, great stuff. One of those shows that just makes you want to know more. I've been getting into Tudors also, got season 1 on DVD.

Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on January 11, 2010, 02:57:52 AM
Out of curiosity I checked on the status of Flight Of the Conchords and found this http://www.bestweekever.tv/2009-12-11/flight-of-the-conchords-announces-no-third-season-pre-emptively-avoids-weezering-themselves/

 :sad: I'm way to depressed over this.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on January 12, 2010, 02:39:04 AM
Out of curiosity I checked on the status of Flight Of the Conchords and found this http://www.bestweekever.tv/2009-12-11/flight-of-the-conchords-announces-no-third-season-pre-emptively-avoids-weezering-themselves/

 :sad: I'm way to depressed over this.
We've known that for a loooong time. Even before this official announcement, they'd said the second season would likely be the last.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: slan69 on January 26, 2010, 11:33:57 PM
I recently started watching Dexter. So far I am really enjoying it. If your into crime dramas i'd say that this is definitely your show.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Breed1Ghost on February 19, 2010, 12:22:27 AM
Just got into White Collar and Burn Notice I am really digging both showes but like White Collar a little more.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Saephon on February 19, 2010, 12:33:04 AM
Important Question: Should I watch Battle Star Galactica? As far as Sci-fi television goes, I'm a Firefly and Next Generation nut, so use that when gauging your response.  :void:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on February 19, 2010, 12:41:18 AM
Important Question: Should I watch Battle Star Galactica? As far as Sci-fi television goes, I'm a Firefly and Next Generation nut, so use that when gauging your response.  :void:
Yes.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on February 19, 2010, 12:42:02 AM
Important Question: Should I watch Battle Star Galactica? As far as Sci-fi television goes, I'm a Firefly and Next Generation nut, so use that when gauging your response.  :void:

It's one of the best TV shows I've seen.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Henry Spencer on February 19, 2010, 03:58:00 PM
The Wire: Season 4 (took a hiatus from the series after finished Season 3. I honestly felt that was a good point to finish the series on, but hell, I ain't complaining, I'm loving this series so far).

I've also been catching up on my childhood; treated myself to the entire Batman: Animated Series collection and also got Batman Beyond series 1-3 as well. Really enjoying them both, my personal choices for best animated show ever. I love the dark futuristic setting of Batman Beyond, not seen or heard of any other animated show that does it as well.

And yes, Battlestar Gallactica is excellent.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on February 19, 2010, 05:03:18 PM
The Wire: Season 4 (took a hiatus from the series after finished Season 3. I honestly felt that was a good point to finish the series on, but hell, I ain't complaining, I'm loving this series so far)
Season 5 is fantastic.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on February 19, 2010, 07:34:01 PM
It's one of the best TV shows I've seen.

I'll add that one to my Blu-ray wishlist then. I've heard nothing but good things and am eager to see what all the fuss is about. :serpico:

By the way, is Firefly worth picking up, as well?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on February 19, 2010, 07:46:12 PM
I'll add that one to my Blu-ray wishlist then. I've heard nothing but good things and am eager to see what all the fuss is about. :serpico:

By the way, is Firefly worth picking up, as well?
I bought the entire series (well, all 1 season!) for $10. It was definitely worth it. A great show that ended well before its time.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Saephon on February 19, 2010, 10:11:27 PM
Definitely pick up Firefly and its follow-up movie, Serenity. Character-driven sci-fi at its finest.

Oh, and, Ah yes, the "Reapers".  :troll:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on March 01, 2010, 05:34:25 PM
Anyone watch that show I Survived, or something like that. I happened to watch an episode the other day and it was pretty intense. Then my friend and I watched some of her shows and it was like Intervention and Hoarders. Actually not as bad as I thought. I don't think I'd ever sit and watch this stuff on my own, but it wasn't that bad on the occasion that I was being forced (guess she got tired of Batman-The animated series)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Proj2501 on March 01, 2010, 06:14:41 PM
Been watching Chopped on the Food Network as I patiently wait to boink my woman. :mozgus:
Mostly I've found I love Discovery and Nat-Geo.

Oh, lots of Dr. Who and I'm about to begin season 1 of House.

...But I did watch an episode of Ru Paul's Dragrace with my mother a few nights ago. It was a very strange experience.  :magni:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Eluvei on March 07, 2010, 06:29:51 AM
I watched seasons 1 through 3 of Battlestar Galactica these past few weeks, and some episodes of the fourth. It's been hard for me to swallow these four new cylons. It almost feels like the show jumped the shark by doing this... I mean, Col. Tigh? Great show, and the songs are fantastic.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Teez on March 07, 2010, 07:34:13 PM
Ah, so many series I need to watch! I didn't really watched TV until rather recently.

Caught up with Supernatural and really enjoyed Firefly, still need to watch Serenity though. And I saw the first episode of Lost just the other day.

Fringe, Dr. Who, Battlestar Galactica (love the OST), Oz and Shield, are among the ones on my ridiculously long to-do list... Will be referencing this thread when the time comes to seek out more series. :D
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on March 09, 2010, 04:02:35 AM
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Can't wait for this. Starts on Sunday on HBO. I am a huge fan of Band Of Brothers, in fact I re-watching the series to get pumped up for this one. Anyone else going to watch this with me?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on March 09, 2010, 04:17:44 AM
I liked Band of Brothers too, but Ill wait to hear if this one's worth it. As a follow-up, the potential for it to suck is increased.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on March 15, 2010, 03:05:51 AM
Just watched part 1 of The Pacific. Very, very well done. It's very different than Band Of Brothers though,  but I think that's a good thing, makes it seem more like it's own series and not just more of the same. Anyway, it seems a little rougher, and the new group isn't as innocent as the fellas in BoB were. While still maintaining a high level of respect and accuracy, there was way more cursing and racial remarks in this first part than in most BoB parts put together. Darker and grittier seems to be how this series is going to be. And I do like the new cast, though I know many of the main characters are introduced later in the series, but from what I did see they were great. Very impressed by the first episode, and admittedly way more intriguing than how BoB first started.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 16, 2010, 12:35:24 PM
Watched episode 1 of The Pacific. [watched it online]

It's good but it's no BOB. I hated the little history lesson with Tom Hanks, I already knew a lot of the history and if someone didn't know anything about it, I feel they can go look it up.

As far as who is more innocent or what not, this group is a lot more naive. The guys in Easy Company in comparison seemed far more mature and level headed.

For the episode it's self. I didn't like the beginning of it. Seeing all of the character's back home made the first episode feel like it was trying to indirectly copy the BOB, while at the same time not copy the show. Overall, there's a lot for this show to live up to and I don't think more violence and trying to be grittier is going to work for every episode.

Now to wait till next week.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: CowTip on April 02, 2010, 02:20:48 AM
Tonight's episode of Fringe was amazing. Walter is such a cool character.

That is all.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on April 02, 2010, 04:47:11 AM
The new season of South Park has been fantastic so far and The Office continues to make me laugh. :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on April 02, 2010, 07:14:20 PM
The new season of South Park has been fantastic so far and The Office continues to make me laugh. :guts:

I'm with you on that one. Though I didn't like the premier episode of South Park, the others were totally hilarious.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on April 02, 2010, 08:25:34 PM
I'm with you on that one. Though I didn't like the premier episode of South Park, the others were totally hilarious.

I dunno man, the alien wizard thing was pretty goddamn funny.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on April 03, 2010, 08:22:09 PM
Tonight's episode of Fringe was amazing. Walter is such a cool character.

That is all.

I liked the 80's style intro.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Death May Die on April 19, 2010, 12:56:49 PM
Well the last few weeks I've been keeping up with the show Spartacus. It kinda has to go with out saying that you have to put aside the "ugh" first impression because the blatant "300" feel. The shows finale was this past weekend. I got to say the show was very satisfying, especially the finale. It wasn't bad at all for what it was IMO. I'm glad I put the effort to sit through it. It was nice to get into something new again. These days doesn't seem like I have the will to take chances on shows so often. Although, my roommate is now trying to drag me into watching a show I never heard of called "Doll House." We'll see how that goes.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: F611 on April 19, 2010, 02:06:40 PM
[...] Although, my roommate is now trying to drag me into watching a show I never heard of called "Doll House." We'll see how that goes.

I haven't seen 'Dollhouse' yet, but as its a show by Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Firefly) I will eventually get round to watching it as well.

I've mostly been watching the new season of South Park (I missed most of the last few seasons). I'll probably go back and watch the whole series from the beginning to catch up. It shouldn't take too long.  :iva:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on April 19, 2010, 03:21:41 PM
I really want to see Spartacus. Looks like the same style as 300. I don't get that channel but I may buy the season on dvd when its available. The trailer looked sick!
And yes the new season of south park is great. The last episode was great too!  And part 2 will be on wensday. Can't wait! I think this is the second to last season too.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Olivier Hague on April 20, 2010, 11:06:56 PM
Someone's talking about Monster. I've sat through the whole thing one year ago. Here's my review:

The story has amazing elements that could've turned the series into a masterpiece if it wasn't handled by a self-indulgent, moralistic author. There's an annoying necessity to explain every single thing with a moral behind it, specially in the later episodes, where the viewer is fed with repetitive unecessary explanations for actions that seemed thrilling and misterious in the premise.  
What made me scornful of the series was the fact that a mystery/noir supernatural thriller gradually was turned into some moralistic "Disney" story where every act of evil needs to be justified and explained, where villains had to do evil "because they had to" so that the average viewer feels more comfortable knowing there is no such thing as "pure evil" and everyone if you look deep enough has a good heart. That is the apparent message that the series tries - not with much success - to hide behind it's "dark" and "gritty" mask, easy to fool the ignorant and easy to impress viewer. The characters were well fleshed out but the story started to loose its "bigger than life" motif towards the end. It got even cheaper in the conclusion, that frankly, was lame and unconvincing.
I was disappointed because i really wanted to enjoy it. It had a great start, but the author kept thinking i was a dumb viewer and i needed further more non-intriguing exposition. It was a boring summer, and i didn't have better plans. :schnoz:
Pretty much agreed on all accounts.

But it was still better than 20th Century Boys... That one was basically Lost in manga form, except with laughably superficial studies of the human nature (sometimes, we're gullible! or egotistical!) instead of laughably superficial couples/triangles/squares...
...
OK, that may be a bit harsh... Urasawa obviously had a plan for the first half-dozen of volumes. But after that, holy shit at the ridiculous nonsense...
"Intriguing, isn't it? Keep buying my stuff! [...] What do you mean, you expected answers? Ah, but all that mystery stuff wasn't what really mattered! Why would you think otherwise?! Thanks for the money though!"

Urasawa is easily one of the best mangaka out there.
Ow. Really?

But wait, that's off-topic...

...

Oh, I know: I'm re-watching Aoi Hana, and it's still good. Let's hope they won't fuck up with the Hôrô Musuko TV series, now.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on April 21, 2010, 08:01:37 AM
Ow. Really?

Yeah, I'd say so. The guys over at the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize seem to agree with me too. :iva: That being said, I didn't watch any of the TV adaptations of his books, and I haven't been closely following 20th Century Boys (I think I read it up to volume 10 or so, was a while back).
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Olivier Hague on April 21, 2010, 08:21:05 AM
I haven't been closely following 20th Century Boys (I think I read it up to volume 10 or so, was a while back).
Go past that, and try and disagree with me then...
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on April 21, 2010, 08:47:59 AM
Go past that, and try and disagree with me then...

Well given what you're telling me I'm not very inclined to purchase the remaining volumes. :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Eluvei on April 21, 2010, 12:14:20 PM
That one was basically Lost in manga form

Agreed, though I found it more bearable than Lost since I got easily attached to the characters. Pluto is no exception to his talent of destroying the plot completely. Great start, terrible conclusion. But in this case, since it's so small, the impact isn't so strong (plus, I had read 20th Century Boys before, so it didn't come as a surprise).


I've been watching The Shield. Third season now.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on April 21, 2010, 01:23:31 PM
I just started watching Modern Family. It's good to see Ed O'Neill back on television. :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on April 21, 2010, 08:14:11 PM
Pluto is no exception to his talent of destroying the plot completely. Great start, terrible conclusion.

Excuse me but how exactly was it terrible? It's perfectly in line with Tezuka's own works, which I'm sure is what Urasawa was going for.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Eluvei on April 21, 2010, 08:34:00 PM
Excuse me but how exactly was it terrible? It's perfectly in line with Tezuka's own works, which I'm sure is what Urasawa was going for.

It may have been in line with Tezuka's works, but not with the rest of Pluto itself. The change of focus was too sudden; from a mistery plot to the epic fight against hate we see in the last episodes. The themes he focused on in the end may have been there since the beginning (and we all expected it), but not nearly as strong as they appear after Gesicht's death. Since he was going for that, he should have prepared us sooner instead of telling a completely dark, bitter story full of terrible, sad deaths and then just turn it around with a heart-warming life message. It seemed out of place to me.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: A.C on April 21, 2010, 08:38:55 PM
You guys actually liked Battlestar Galactica that much? It was entertaining enough, but it could've become one of the best Sci-Fi shows in history with some actual planning ahead and thought. I could barely stand the last two season of it.

They came up with a load of cool ideas, but just suddenly plopped them in as they went along, and had no idea where to go with them, by the writers own admission. They jumped the shark over and over and over again as the series went on, and relied on Deus Ex Machina ever more heavily, the latter serving as pathetic resolutions to the former as well.

And now LOST is going in that direction as well. Sigh.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on April 21, 2010, 08:50:15 PM
It may have been in line with Tezuka's works, but not with the rest of Pluto itself.

That is, in your humble opinion. I didn't have a problem with the story's conclusion, personally.

The change of focus was too sudden; from a mistery plot to the epic fight against hate we see in the last episodes. The themes he focused on in the end may have been there since the beginning (and we all expected it), but not nearly as strong as they appear after Gesicht's death. Since he was going for that, he should have prepared us sooner instead of telling a completely dark, bitter story full of terrible, sad deaths and then just turn it around with a heart-warming life message. It seemed out of place to me.

I thought it came about gradually enough myself, with Atom keeping a limited role until the end. And you're aware that Pluto is essentially a remake of the "Greatest Robot on Earth" story arc from the original Tetsuwan Atom series, right? I mean there's a limit to how much it could deviate from the original and I think Urasawa did a great job on that front. And it's not like the series has a Hollywoodian Happy Ending™ either: a lot of people die, Pluto dies, Bora dies, and even the true mastermind bad guy dies as well. It just has a positive outlook, which is again really what you should expect out of an Atom/Astro Boy story. I don't see what's out of place.

You guys actually liked Battlestar Galactica that much? It was entertaining enough, but it could've become one of the best Sci-Fi shows in history with some actual planning ahead and thought. I could barely stand the last two season of it.

No, I was also disappointed by BSG. It had a lot of potential but didn't manage to live up to it. Comparing it to Lost is mean, though.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Eluvei on April 21, 2010, 09:19:32 PM
That is, in your humble opinion. I didn't have a problem with the story's conclusion, personally.

Yup, in my humble opinion, like the rest of the post. :iva:

I thought it came about gradually enough myself, with Atom keeping a limited role until the end. And you're aware that Pluto is essentially a remake of the "Greatest Robot on Earth" story arc from the original Tetsuwan Atom series, right? I mean there's a limit to how much it could deviate from the original and I think Urasawa did a great job on that front. And it's not like the series has a Hollywoodian Happy Ending™ either: a lot of people die, Pluto dies, Bora dies, and even the true mastermind bad guy dies as well. It just has a positive outlook, which is again really what you should expect out of an Atom/Astro Boy story. I don't see what's out of place.

Yeah I understand about it being a remake, and I didn't think it was a ridiculous, cheap happy ending either (I wasn't making fun of it when I mentioned "heart-warming life message"), but I felt the overall sad atmosphere that he created for the whole series made the themes surrounding the conclusion appear out of place, even if I knew they would show up since the beginning.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on April 21, 2010, 09:41:14 PM
I felt the overall sad atmosphere that he created for the whole series made the themes surrounding the conclusion appear out of place, even if I knew they would show up since the beginning.

Well what can I say, what you're saying seems pretty contradictory to me. And from the beginning to the end, you have both negative and positive elements in the story, from Brando's family and his friendly rivalry to Heracles, to North #2's little story with the composer and so on. Even Uran meeting with Pluto and seeing the good in him. It's only made sad and dark because the characters die one after another, but short of letting the catastrophe happen in the end there was obviously going to be a point where it'd stop. And you mentioned that it gets too "happy" after Gesicht's death, but Epsilon's death after that is one of the most tragic ones out of the whole story, and at that point it's already almost over. The most emotional moments after that, like Gesicht's adoption of Robita, are bittersweet because we know what's happened since. Then the story ends on Atom reminiscing over the dead, which I think is very fitting.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Olivier Hague on April 25, 2010, 03:40:52 AM
'Finally watched the first episode of Yojôhan Shinwa Taikei / The Tatami Galaxy, and I think it's safe to recommend the series.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on April 25, 2010, 04:15:00 AM
'Finally watched the first episode of Yojôhan Shinwa Taikei / The Tatami Galaxy, and I think it's safe to recommend the series.
Ah, I haven't got a chance to watch that just yet, did you check out House of Five Leaves as well? I liked the first episode of that even if the fight scene was a bit horribly animated... still need to watch the second one.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: slan69 on April 25, 2010, 08:27:58 AM
I've started to watch Spartacus. It's okay so far, there's far to much nudity in the show.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on April 25, 2010, 03:49:53 PM
there's never too much nudity in any show.
Fixed.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Henry Spencer on May 02, 2010, 11:51:41 AM
Currently watching some anime (which I haven't done in quite some time).
"Le chevalier D'Eon" which is absolutely incredible. A lot of historical inaccuracies [although it doesn't really strive for that, since it incorporates lots of supernatural elements] doesn't change the fact that it's a fantastic series full of political intrigue, mystery, great animation, a rather unique protagonist, tragic characters that you love and hate and a well written story overall. Highly recommend this one.

I've also been watching "Shigurui: Death Frenzy" which is similarly brilliant. Not finished that one yet, but so far it is, as one Amazon reviewer put it, "Poetic Nihilism".
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Xem on May 02, 2010, 07:23:57 PM
Recently finished watching Sasuke (Ninja Warrior)and boy was it a nail-biting competition this year. Nagano, returning champion, getting crowned Mr. Ninja Warrior and making it to the final stage again(!) along with a newcomer! It was really great to see the veterans back in their realm alongside the younger generation. I was a bit put-off that the Americans didn't compete this year, they seemed to mesh with the Japanese competitors really well and it made for more entertainment. Hopefully they'll be back, but I get a feeling that may have just been a stunt G4 pulled to bring in more viewers.

Currently watching my good ol' HBO series: Treme and The Pacific. Really diggin' Treme. Highly suggest that one.

Guilty pleasures: Top Chef Masters and Party Down.

There's also LOST, of course... ugh.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on May 07, 2010, 10:22:08 PM
'Finally watched the first episode of Yojôhan Shinwa Taikei / The Tatami Galaxy, and I think it's safe to recommend the series.
I've been watching this now as it airs. I really like it so far, and I wasn't expecting the story structure really. Some people have speculated about a Fight Club ending with Ozu. I'm not sure if anybody talking about it is caught up on the novel though. The Opening  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59IPMcus9Xo)and Ending  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLlVeu2JXdg)are both really nice too. :guts:

I've also been following Arakawa Under the Bridge, House of Five Leaves, and Rainbow - Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Xem on June 02, 2010, 04:30:53 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Studio-Ghibli-Movie-Collection/dp/B0016RO6X8 (http://www.amazon.com/Studio-Ghibli-Movie-Collection/dp/B0016RO6X8)

Studio Ghibli Movie Collection

Absolutely amazing, as I'm sure any fan of Miyazaki can imagine. About to finish Gedo Senki, which has been an amazing medieval fantasy so far. To be honest, after I got into Berserk, I absolutely abandoned all manga/anime, knowing nothing could compare. But Studio Ghibli is like my last hurrah, and Gedo Senki just happens to sorta fit into the genre. Highly recommended.

Check it out.  :griffnotevil:

EDIT: I should probably note, Gedo Senki is actually done by Hayao Miyazaki's son, so it doesn't have nearly as much of that "friendly-lovey-sappy-awesome" feel to it that most expect. It's a little darker and more .... erm, sad, than his movies. I don't imagine Berserk fans having a problem with that though!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Gobolatula on June 07, 2010, 05:42:57 AM
Just watched the latest Breaking Bad tonight. Needless to say, I am pumped for the season finale next week. Holy living crap.

That ending.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on June 07, 2010, 02:09:00 PM
New season of Entourage starts soon! :guts: Can't wait  :guts: Though I'll admit, from the previews it doesn't look to be all that amazing.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on June 07, 2010, 02:35:12 PM
Just watched the latest Breaking Bad tonight. Needless to say, I am pumped for the season finale next week. Holy living crap.

That ending.
I watched the first season of Breaking Bad, and it didn't hook me. Should I give it another shot, or if I haven't been hooked by now, should I just give up?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Gobolatula on June 07, 2010, 02:43:40 PM
I watched the first season of Breaking Bad, and it didn't hook me. Should I give it another shot, or if I haven't been hooked by now, should I just give up?
If you got time, sure! I'd at least check out the beginning of season 2 to see how the Tuco story wraps up...
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: CowTip on June 07, 2010, 05:39:53 PM
Just picked up The Wire complete collection.

We burned through the first season over the weekend and man.... great show so far. What a depressing ending to the first season. Yeesh. The show doesn't pull any punches that's for sure.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on June 07, 2010, 05:51:03 PM
To me, nothing tops The Wire. It's an amazing show in every tiny way.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on June 07, 2010, 07:31:40 PM
Who else is excited for the new season of Futurama?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Fellmark on June 07, 2010, 07:44:50 PM
Catching up on season 3 of Burn Notice.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Gobolatula on June 09, 2010, 07:07:25 AM
Who else is excited for the new season of Futurama?
I certainly am. The 3 movies were fantastic, but it's been a long, long time since we've been treated to some episodic goodness.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on June 16, 2010, 04:11:13 PM
http://io9.com/5279286/blade-runner-is-about-to-get-a-prequel-webseries

What do you guys make of this? I really don't know how I feel but I don't think its that good.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on June 16, 2010, 04:19:38 PM
What do you guys make of this? I really don't know how I feel but I don't think its that good.

Barf.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on June 16, 2010, 04:42:17 PM
http://io9.com/5279286/blade-runner-is-about-to-get-a-prequel-webseries

What do you guys make of this? I really don't know how I feel but I don't think its that good.

Let me help you: you should feel bad. This shit doesn't bode well for the Alien prequel (now prequels, right?).
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on June 16, 2010, 05:05:56 PM
http://io9.com/5279286/blade-runner-is-about-to-get-a-prequel-webseries
:mozgus:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on June 16, 2010, 05:20:53 PM
I want the old Ridley back. This new Ridley is starting to get on my nerves. Aside from Gladiator and American Gangster, has he made any other good movies in the last ten years?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on June 16, 2010, 05:27:07 PM
I want the old Ridley back. This new Ridley is starting to get on my nerves. Aside from Gladiator and American Gangster, has he made any other good movies in the last ten years?
Some would say Black Hawk Down, but I don't even think American Gangster should be on that list. It was a by-the-numbers crime drama.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on June 16, 2010, 06:51:20 PM
American Gangster was a waste of time.  Utterly boring trash.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on June 16, 2010, 09:20:43 PM
Moving this back to TV discussion, I've been rewatching Madmen seasons 1-3 in anticipation of season 4, which premieres next month.

Madmen is sort of a guilty pleasure with me. I'm fully aware that it's one of the most overrated shows on television, but it's got its hooks in me. I can't help it. It's hard to recommend it though. Do you like a complex narrative and amazing acting paired with stilted directing and cinematography? In love with America in the 1960s? Well, then do I have a show for you!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Olivier Hague on July 01, 2010, 08:25:17 PM
'Finally watched the first episode of Yojôhan Shinwa Taikei / The Tatami Galaxy, and I think it's safe to recommend the series.
I mean, seriously. Entirely worth checking out.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on July 01, 2010, 08:26:43 PM
I mean, seriously. Entirely worth checking out.
Based on your recommendation back then, I actually did sit down and watch this, but didn't finish the first episode. Not really my thing, I guess =\
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Olivier Hague on July 01, 2010, 11:10:07 PM
Not even the first episode? That was fast. ^^;

Oh, well.
For the others (who live in the States, anyway):
http://www.hulu.com/the-tatami-galaxy
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on July 06, 2010, 07:34:23 PM
I mean, seriously. Entirely worth checking out.
I second that, if it means anything. The series was great, it dragged a bit at some points, but the last two episodes were just magnificent. Also, the first episode is a bit hard to get through, but it seems a lot better after knowing how the story structure goes.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Fellmark on July 06, 2010, 09:23:16 PM
Just started watching Doctor Who
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: CowTip on July 06, 2010, 09:54:49 PM
Just finished watching The Wire.

Man, what an awesome show. Nice wrap up too, even if at times the 5th season felt a little heavy handed.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on July 08, 2010, 05:16:44 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/08/daily-show-reunion-colber_n_639412.html

This was pretty cool from last night on the Colbert Report with Steve Carell as the guest. It brought back old times...
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on July 08, 2010, 05:21:45 PM
I second that, if it means anything. The series was great, it dragged a bit at some points, but the last two episodes were just magnificent. Also, the first episode is a bit hard to get through, but it seems a lot better after knowing how the story structure goes.
I'll give it another try.

Just finished watching The Wire.

Man, what an awesome show. Nice wrap up too, even if at times the 5th season felt a little heavy handed.
Yeah man, glad you liked it too. It's easily my favorite show.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on July 15, 2010, 12:46:29 PM
The Wire's pretty intense.

Last night I caught up to the last 2 episodes of Futurama on the dvr. They were easily much better than the first 2 episodes, but I'm still pretty bummed they have this 4th season up and running because the original 3 seasons came together perfectly, and it was one of those 1 in a 1000 series that had a good definite end.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Soli on July 15, 2010, 04:37:29 PM
I've been watching Dexter, Breaking Bad, and Glee.  :ubik:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on July 15, 2010, 05:53:36 PM
I'm still pretty bummed they have this 4th season up and running because the original 3 seasons came together perfectly, and it was one of those 1 in a 1000 series that had a good definite end.

Futurama was originally 4 seasons, then they released the DVDs which count as the 5th, and currently the 6th season is airing on Comedy Central.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on July 15, 2010, 06:19:37 PM
Aaah, thanks for clearing that up ^_^. Either way, I wish there were no Season 6! It's turning itself into another South Park.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on August 03, 2010, 07:49:53 PM
(http://a.imageshack.us/img837/5310/entourage.jpg)
 Loving the new season. Anyone else watching?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on August 03, 2010, 09:44:11 PM
I haven't had a chance to pick Entourage up, how many seasons are there? I've also been meaning to watch Californication.

Last night I caught up with the Real Housewives (NJ), and Kourtney & Khloe Go Back To Miami (or whatever it's called). Good fun bitchy reality shows hah. Also caught up with the F1 race this past weekend, and Iron Chef America.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Nomad on August 03, 2010, 10:13:09 PM
True Blood and Lie to me are basically it for me.   :griffnotevil:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on August 03, 2010, 10:31:38 PM
I haven't had a chance to pick Entourage up, how many seasons are there? I've also been meaning to watch Californication.

It's on it's 7th season right now!

Quote
Last night I caught up with the Real Housewives (NJ), and Kourtney & Khloe Go Back To Miami (or whatever it's called). Good fun bitchy reality shows hah. Also caught up with the F1 race this past weekend, and Iron Chef America.

Bless you boy.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on August 04, 2010, 02:14:47 AM
7th season eehhh >_> ... not too bad, I'll pick up the first 6 if it's that good! I remember hopping on a BSG marathon and caught up just in time for the last episode. Right now I'm catching up with Hell's Kitchen, Ancient Aliens (KICKASS SHOW), and WWE Raw.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on August 14, 2010, 03:25:52 AM
http://www.ifc.com/freaks-and-geeks/ Freaks and Geeks is being revived on IFC. Pretty cool. Undeclared will be coming out in the fall too. Thank you IFC!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Konketsuji on August 14, 2010, 07:56:21 AM
I'm watching Joey. :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Xem on August 16, 2010, 07:12:15 PM
Just started The Pillars of Earth. Lovin' it so far.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on August 17, 2010, 12:41:37 AM
Aww man, Kloe and Kourtney's show had their last episode for S2, BUT, Kim's show starts later this month *yaaaayy* the drama! :ubik:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on August 17, 2010, 01:01:28 AM
Aww man, Kloe and Kourtney's show had their last episode for S2, BUT, Kim's show starts later this month *yaaaayy* the drama! :ubik:

Do you really watch those shows?  :judo:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on August 17, 2010, 01:11:35 AM
Heh yep, I have a little thing for Kim Kardashian, and Christina Hendricks. So I sort of make it a point to watch anything that's related to em. Plus, the drama in both of those Kardashian shows is epic, like Real Housewives (New York/ New Jersey). It's good fun :femto: haha! Speaking of shows, does anyone own BSG's box set on Blu Ray or DVD, what's the quality like?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Konketsuji on August 25, 2010, 12:29:40 PM
Um, guys is there any good sitcoms? Friends, Joey, HIMYM, and Big bang Theory aside.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on August 25, 2010, 05:13:39 PM
I hate sitcoms. And joey? Really?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Konketsuji on August 25, 2010, 06:49:05 PM
I hate sitcoms. And joey? Really?
Yeah, nostalgie, dude! Remembering the friends. And how could you not like them? You are so serious and stuff? :serpico:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on August 26, 2010, 01:20:25 PM
I couldn't finish the first episode of Joey, it was just plain awful! You've listed a lot of comedy up there, so you could try The Office?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on August 26, 2010, 06:11:24 PM
I couldn't finish the first episode of Joey, it was just plain awful! You've listed a lot of comedy up there, so you could try The Office?

Yea Joey is like not even worthy of the brain cells to waste thinking about it, it's that bad. But I would also recommend The Office. It's the only comedy show that I go out of my way to catch up other than South Park. Other than that, no sitcoms (except Seinfeld re-runs) no dramas or reality tv (sometimes I watch The Soup though). But if you have pay channels like starz or HBO I recommend shows like Weeds, Curb your Enthusiasm, Entourage, and Penn and Tellers Bullshit! is really good too.     
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on August 26, 2010, 07:13:32 PM
But if you have pay channels like starz or HBO I recommend shows like Weeds, Curb your Enthusiasm, Entourage, and Penn and Tellers Bullshit! is really good too.

C'mon, no True Blood? :carcus:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on August 26, 2010, 07:24:50 PM
C'mon, no True Blood? :carcus:


You know I always hear such great things, but since I only finished about half of season one for some reason I didn't keep up with new episodes. Of course I could go back but, it didn't hook me right away. I didn't know you watched it though Griff :carcus:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Konketsuji on August 26, 2010, 07:26:20 PM
I couldn't finish the first episode of Joey, it was just plain awful! You've listed a lot of comedy up there, so you could try The Office?
But I would also recommend The Office.
Ok, Two for the Office I'll try that although I don't like Steve Carell.

But if you have pay channels like starz or HBO I recommend shows like Weeds, Curb your Enthusiasm, Entourage, and Penn and Tellers Bullshit! is really good too.    
No, I don't have these channels, internet is the only way. Thanks for the advice! I also heard about Weeds, I'll look for it, damn, I need another HDD...

C'mon, no True Blood? :carcus:

I am watching it and it's pretty good.  
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on August 27, 2010, 07:47:51 PM
Maaan, next week's Jersey Shore and Real Housewives (NJ) reunion episodes are going to SLAY (it'll be hilarious).
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on August 28, 2010, 02:05:32 AM
Maaan, next week's Jersey Shore and Real Housewives (NJ) reunion episodes are going to SLAY (it'll be hilarious).

(http://a.imageshack.us/img801/714/1276786916502.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on August 28, 2010, 03:45:39 AM
Dude ...

(http://www.bite.ca/bitedaily/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/jerseyshorepunch.gif)

... that episode was funny!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: slan69 on September 02, 2010, 06:41:35 AM
You know I always hear such great things, but since I only finished about half of season one for some reason I didn't keep up with new episodes. Of course I could go back but, it didn't hook me right away.

I enjoy watching True Blood. Give it a chance Oburi it's definitely better than Twilight. :iva: I am just waiting for Dexter season 5. It's starting on Sept.26 on showtime.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on September 02, 2010, 06:50:36 AM
Doesn't True Blood have a lot of soft-core porn?! I would hear about the series for those reasons alone, and not the story. If the story's good, I'm in for the ride.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: slan69 on September 02, 2010, 07:21:35 AM
Doesn't True Blood have a lot of soft-core porn?! I would hear about the series for those reasons alone, and not the story. If the story's good, I'm in for the ride.

Season 2 has quite a bit of nudity but it's really not that bad. As for the story it's quite good actually. I have to admit the first season didn't quite grasp my attention but as I continued with the second season I started to get more interested in the series.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Proj2501 on September 02, 2010, 09:40:54 AM
True Blood's a fun show. Not to be taken super seriously at all. I watched 'I Smell A Rat' last night and attempted to watch the most recent episode but passed out. The infamous Anger-Fuck was by far one of the most memorable scenes of the season.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on September 23, 2010, 05:20:46 AM
Bill Maher has returned!

Anyone wanna pay my for my HBO subscription that expired last month?  :judo:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on September 23, 2010, 05:38:19 AM
Bill Maher has returned!

Anyone wanna pay my for my HBO subscription that expired last month?  :judo:

For the insufferably smug Bill Maher? No thanks, I'd rather pay to see him and rival formerly-comedic ideologue Dennis Miller fight to the death, winner gets a bullet-shaped trophy in the head. Just kidding, I really don't care that much, but he is annoying. =)

I would use it for Kenny Powers.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on September 23, 2010, 07:05:26 AM
For the insufferably smug Bill Maher? No thanks, I'd rather pay to see him and rival formerly-comedic ideologue Dennis Miller fight to the death, winner gets a bullet-shaped trophy in the head. Just kidding, I really don't care that much, but he is annoying. =)

I would use it for Kenny Powers.

I miss Miller's show too, but eh, Maher is ok to fill in that gap. Though, as much as I respect Miller, he became a little too right leaning in recent years and I find him just as smug and annoying as Maher now. At least Maher makes me laugh still, so.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Truder on September 23, 2010, 08:45:34 AM
I like Bill Mahers too, he's my hero
(http://www.cromwellburnsinhell.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/bill-maher.jpg)
double middle finger power
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on September 23, 2010, 03:28:41 PM
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Office, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory are all back on this week, so I'll be watching those. I'm still watching Tosh.0, but the season finale is next week, so I won't be watching for much longer. I'll be watching Archer as soon as it premieres next year. :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on September 23, 2010, 06:59:50 PM
I miss Miller's show too, but eh, Maher is ok to fill in that gap. Though, as much as I respect Miller, he became a little too right leaning in recent years and I find him just as smug and annoying as Maher now. At least Maher makes me laugh still, so.

Just can't stand either anymore.

I like Bill Mahers too, he's my hero

Wow, I'm sorry to hear that.


On topic... I don't have cable anymore, so I'm watching streaming sports online, if anything. Saw UCLA take it to Houston last Saturday, and the Niners repeatedly give back the Monday Night Football game that the Saints all but gift-wrapped for them. Looking forward to the start of possibly the last NBA season ever, and I'll watch the new season of Eastbound & Down on the demand whenever I'm near a cable box.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on September 23, 2010, 08:02:22 PM
Jersey Shore tonight ... Snookie gives Angelina a 'beat down' :void: ... oouuuuuuuuu!

*got hit in the teeth when he tried to drink his Fanta with the cap on*

Anyone excited bout the new season of Top Gear? I watched the season premier of Hell's Kitchen last night, 2 hours of cussing and over-dramatic people, especially this current batch of contestants. This guy Raj does karate on screen, breathes HEAVY, and is the worst chef although the most experienced. He's prolly on the show for just that reason.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on September 23, 2010, 08:05:12 PM
Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mad Men. That's it. I don't even know why I still have cable...
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on September 23, 2010, 09:47:14 PM
Always Sunny in Philadelphia

I watched seasons 1-3 on DVD, then ditched 4 on TV when it started getting wackier, but the real reason is...

Mad Men. That's it. I don't even know why I still have cable...

...I just don't watch TV shows regularly anymore, can't say why. So I'm missing out on even the worthwhile stuff I know I'd like, like Mad Men or Breaking Bad. I think it's the initial time commitment, not that I don't have the time to watch a weekly TV show, but when I already have to catch up on multiple seasons, it becomes kind of a large undertaking, and I waste enough time already.
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Post by: TheBranded1 on September 24, 2010, 12:24:45 AM


I usually just watch online because at the airing itme I'm sleeing because of my night job. Going to watch 30 rock tonight, and probablly The Office.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: SaiyajinNoOuji on September 24, 2010, 12:30:58 AM
The entire Geki-ranger series. Thanks son!  :puck: Also Seikon no Qwaser.  :carcus:
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Post by: Oburi on September 24, 2010, 01:58:19 AM
I was underwhelmed with the season final of Entourage. Way too much sappy drama for the show, and the ending didn't really feel like an ending, just like any other episode.  On the bright side they confirmed that there will be one more season next year, albeit a short one, and a motion picture (kind of like Sex and the City the Movie), which is good because they really need to end the series with the same kind of excellent writing that kicked it off in the beginning. If they don't, I'll never watch it again because it's going down hill fast!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on September 24, 2010, 02:21:38 AM
The entire Geki-ranger series. Thanks son!  :puck: Also Seikon no Qwaser.  :carcus:
Haha Seikon ftw. What'd you think of Highschool Of The Dead?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on September 24, 2010, 02:23:00 AM
Also Seikon no Qwaser.  :carcus:
For the plot? :slan:

I didn't watch any TV this season(again) or much anime(just 2 episodes of Amagami SS), looking forward to Panty and Stocking With Garter Belt, Arakawa Under the Bridge Season 2, and a few others next season though.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: SaiyajinNoOuji on September 24, 2010, 03:32:29 AM
Well I just started watching it... it is hilarious for the exact reasons you guys are probably thinking of. That I just wanted to see how far they go with some of their "power up'ing". :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Truder on September 24, 2010, 05:05:19 AM
Highschool of the dead is ok, seikon no qwaser is much worse (and better in other categories :carcus:).
i started watching Rainbow.. they cry every dam episode at least twice. :mozgus: its so pathetic.
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Post by: Konketsuji on September 24, 2010, 08:55:25 AM
i started watching Rainbow.. they cry every dam episode at least twice. :mozgus: its so pathetic.
Probably the only ongoing anime series I follow, but it seems so unreal, I dunno what to cry about :schierke:. "An-chan, an-chan..."
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Pez on September 28, 2010, 01:40:44 AM
Community season 2 this fall :D (I just bought the first season on DVD. I love this show.)

Also some Chuck, House and Dexter. I am very selective with my television.

However, a show called Running Wilde starring Will Arnet and writting by Sir Arnet and Mitch Hurwitz recently aired. I was a big fan of Arrested Development, so I am happy about this collaboration. Even David Cross was in the pilot episode. It does not look to be as promising as Arrested Development, but that might just be my biased nature. Here is to a good season!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: perros on September 28, 2010, 02:31:12 PM
I'll be rewatching Mad Men as I just purchased s1-3 on DVD, and I also have Twin Peaks coming. On the TV, I'm watching Dexter.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on September 28, 2010, 02:43:25 PM
Eh besides I Survived and the Simpsons, I really don't watch TV anymore.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Okin on September 29, 2010, 02:46:19 AM
Finished Louie, man middle age looks bleak.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Xem on September 29, 2010, 03:14:34 AM
Surprised Boardwalk Empire wasn't mentioned. Lovin' it so far.
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Post by: Walter on September 29, 2010, 05:27:58 AM
Surprised Boardwalk Empire wasn't mentioned. Lovin' it so far.
That's because no one subscribes to HBO anymore. We just get the DVDs  :badbone:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on September 30, 2010, 01:18:17 PM
Currently watching the new seasons of Venture Brothers, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Big Bang Theory, Community and Modern Family.

And I've been marathoning 24.  Probably going to stop after the first season because it's too much for me to take in.  Watching these characters' lives flip-flop over the course of a fucking hour has really taken its toll on me.
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Post by: IncantatioN on September 30, 2010, 01:42:03 PM
New season for Venture Brothers?!?! Woah!!! I have the DVD box set with 2 Season's worth. How is it so far??
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on September 30, 2010, 02:16:32 PM
New season for Venture Brothers?!?! Woah!!! I have the DVD box set with 2 Season's worth. How is it so far??

Dude it's already in the second half of season 4!  It's been an excellent season so far, but nothing compares to season 2.  It's coming close, but I'll have to wait until the actual season is over to determine if I like it more than 2.

My faves go like this: 2, 3, 4 and then 1.
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Post by: IncantatioN on September 30, 2010, 05:48:24 PM
Duuuuuuuuuuuuuude, no waii !!!! I can't believe I missed this *raises fist* ... thanks for the update!

Jersey Shore tonight, I think Angelina beats up Snookie ...

Anyone watching the new season of Hell's Kitchen? They had their 3rd and 4th episodes air last night, and so far it's pretty much fun.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: JudeauChop on October 01, 2010, 02:16:57 PM
I'm watching Dexter, and Community.  In 6 days I'll be watching NHL Hockey.  Lots and lots of NHL hockey. 

I've tried to get into the Event, and Boardwalk Empire, but no luck yet.  I'll give them a few more episodes.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on October 01, 2010, 02:29:00 PM
I'll be watching UW take on USC tomorrow afternoon after the Sounders FC (hopefully) defeats Toronto FC. Then on Sunday it's the Seahawks in St. Louis. It's gonna be a good weekend. :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Pez on October 02, 2010, 12:31:29 AM
Dude it's already in the second half of season 4!  It's been an excellent season so far, but nothing compares to season 2.  It's coming close, but I'll have to wait until the actual season is over to determine if I like it more than 2.

My faves go like this: 2, 3, 4 and then 1.

The season finale for 2 will always be my favorite, season cumulative regardless. It was hilarious and heart warming  :casca:
I like the second part of season 4 right now, however. I am looking forward to more Hand + Brock action. I really like the fact that the boys are growing up and you can see them evolving more than just the fifties-stereotyping they had thanks to their dad.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on October 10, 2010, 05:53:53 AM
Surprised Boardwalk Empire wasn't mentioned. Lovin' it so far.

Just watched the first episode. Wow, that was really an impressive one hour. In case anyone does not know the first episode was directed by Martin Scorsese and it stars Steve Buscemi in the lead role (finally yes!) and Michael Pitt (who I really liked from one of my favorite films The Dreamers). The acting is great and the sets and costumes that are needed to make a period piece like this are all top notch. I wasn't even planning on watching the entire (pretty lengthy) first episode but I was so captivated I was up till 4 a.m. It's just like watching any of the best Scorsese films. It's got it all, including some really quick but brutal violence (One scene involving a shotgun blast to the face point blank had me stuck in rewind/pause/rewind mode) I recommend you all watch it.

Edit- Okay looks like I'm going to go back on myself here. Boardwalk Empire isn't looking so hot now, the first episode was really great, but after the last two .. oh boy, bad writing, cliche's like you wouldn't believe ... it's like the writing all fell apart after the first episode. I'll watch it tomorrow night but if that episode is as boring as the the last I'm done. So disappointing, I'm actually going to predict that if the show does not get better soon it will lose over half of it's viewers from the premier ( which was the biggest for HBO since Deadwood).
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Ramen4ever on October 10, 2010, 04:08:08 PM
The only current tv series I watch is Castle with Nathan Fillion. It's not the greatest series but I like detective mysteries and I'm a fan of Nathan's acting (Mal from Serenity/Firefly)

Anyone else here watch the occasional episode?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on October 10, 2010, 04:10:52 PM
The only current tv series I watch is Castle with Nathan Fillion. It's not the greatest series but I like detective mysteries and I'm a fan of Nathan's acting (Mal from Serenity/Firefly)

Anyone else here watch the occasional episode?

Haven't seen any of it yet, but I'm also interested because of the actor. I'll give it a shot one of these days.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on October 10, 2010, 04:52:46 PM
What're some of the best or better series that've been aired on HBO off late? I haven't had access to the channel, but I could pick up DVDs and hop on board. Couple of weeks ago I watched the first episode of a new season for a funny show with the guy from Tropic Thunder (the bomber expert) who's a sort of washed out Baseball player.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NotWaifuMaterial on October 10, 2010, 06:18:04 PM
I freaking love 30 Rock. I just love Jack McBrayer so much, in every fucking sense. :farnese:

I also watch Bones, with my father, since it's practically the only family time I get to spend with him. Other than that, I try to get my fix of Discovery Channel and National Geographic with the little free time I have. And now that you guys mention it, I'm really interested in watching Boardwalk Empire. Scorsese and gangsters is a perfect recipe for awesomeness.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Ramen4ever on October 10, 2010, 06:47:55 PM
What're some of the best or better series that've been aired on HBO off late? I haven't had access to the channel, but I could pick up DVDs and hop on board. Couple of weeks ago I watched the first episode of a new season for a funny show with the guy from Tropic Thunder (the bomber expert) who's a sort of washed out Baseball player.

Band of Brothers, The Pacific ( I preferred BoB far more though), and the new series that's coming out soon-ish, Game of Thrones with Sean Bean. (Might be interesting)
Only other series I even remotely know is True Blood, but I've only seen a couple scenes on youtube.
Here's a list of all past/present and current future HBO works
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_programs_broadcast_by_HBO

Haven't seen any of it yet, but I'm also interested because of the actor. I'll give it a shot one of these days.

Am I right in assuming that you know the actor because of Firefly?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on October 10, 2010, 07:52:21 PM
Am I right in assuming that you know the actor because of Firefly?

Yeah. Not that he's done too many other things. Anyway, I've been watching The Mentalist these days. It's not bad.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Xem on October 11, 2010, 05:46:50 AM
What're some of the best or better series that've been aired on HBO off late? I haven't had access to the channel, but I could pick up DVDs and hop on board. Couple of weeks ago I watched the first episode of a new season for a funny show with the guy from Tropic Thunder (the bomber expert) who's a sort of washed out Baseball player.

That show is Eastbound and Down and I thought the first season was rather funny but haven't seen much of the new one.

The big show at the moment is Boardwalk Empire starring Steve Buscemi, written by Terence Winter (Soprano's guy) and directed by Martin Scorsese (at least the pilot). From what I've seen it's pretty fuckin' good.

A lesser known HBO series that I personally rather enjoy is Bored to Death. Stars Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson and Jason Schwartzman.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Tyrian on October 11, 2010, 06:31:26 AM
Anyway, I've been watching The Mentalist these days. It's not bad.

The mentalist is a pretty good show, just finished season 1. Other than that I've been watching Fringe. It has a pretty good cast.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Eluvei on October 11, 2010, 09:46:06 AM
I've been watching Mobile Suit Gundam. (http://imgur.com/rfrhm.jpg)
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Post by: IncantatioN on October 11, 2010, 12:27:08 PM
Aaahhh cool beans, I'll check The Pacific and Bored To Death out. I enjoyed Band Of Brothers when it came out on DVD. I watched just 1 episode of Boardwalk Empire that same night, and it was alright, I liked how the episode ended this guy's making out with a younger woman and suddenly a man comes out from the woods asking for help like a zombie movie, cracked me up.

MSG the original series IS tits.
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Post by: Ramen4ever on October 11, 2010, 04:52:29 PM
Cornergas.

The comedy is just hilarious. :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aphasia on October 11, 2010, 05:35:31 PM
I've been watching Mobile Suit Gundam. (http://imgur.com/rfrhm.jpg)

Bringing oldsk00l back! Are you referring to the original? Those were the days.  I haven't kept up with any of the new Gundam series, but a friend of mine says Zeta and Unicorn are awesome.

Puck is also the best thing, ever.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Eluvei on October 11, 2010, 06:20:31 PM
Bringing oldsk00l back! Are you referring to the original? Those were the days.  I haven't kept up with any of the new Gundam series, but a friend of mine says Zeta and Unicorn are awesome.

I finished the original series two days ago. Now I'm watching Zeta, I'm on episode 13 and it's much better than I expected. Kinda depressing too! Terrible things happen and there's no attempt to cheer anybody up! There are some pacing issues and other minor problems, but nothing off-putting.

I'm very intolerant with anime, and this Gundam marathon is my first attempt at watching a series in 6 years (aside from Masaaki Yuasa's stuff). I plan to finish the original famous trilogy (MSG, Zeta and Char's Counterattack), and after a while I'll probably watch all titles of the franchise's creator. Loving his stuff.
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Post by: IncantatioN on October 11, 2010, 11:56:11 PM
Zeta is a class apart. Double Zeta didn't do as much as Zeta did for me. Then there's the impressive 08th MS Team and Stardust Memory. I've watched the full UC series in order, and it's worth it. Don't watch Char's Counterattack until you finish Double Zeta. The order is MSG MS IGLOO, MSG, MSG 08th MS Team, MSG 0080: War In The Pocket, MSG 0083: Stardust Memory, MSZG, MSG ZZ, MSG Char's Counterattack, MSG Unicorn, MSG F91, MSVG, G-Savior. Destiny and Seed were crap. I was skeptical when Gundam 00 started to air, but it's actually pretty good, both seasons included. The only problem is the Gundam universe is so expansive with the upgrades on suits, and timelines that it's easy to scare off a beginner to the series.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aphasia on October 12, 2010, 12:12:10 AM
I'm very intolerant with anime, and this Gundam marathon is my first attempt at watching a series in 6 years (aside from Masaaki Yuasa's stuff). I plan to finish the original famous trilogy (MSG, Zeta and Char's Counterattack), and after a while I'll probably watch all titles of the franchise's creator. Loving his stuff.

Heh, cool! Anime has come a long way.  There's still a lot of crap, but there's also really good stuff, depending on your tastes.  Anime is somewhat of a specific taste to begin with.  It's good that you're getting back into it.  I haven't watched a Gundam series in the longest time, I feel like I have to now! Gundam Wing was the first series I remember, so I might watch that.  Here comes the nostalgia (and realization that the series wasn't as cool as it really was in Kid-O-Vision) Glad you're enjoying Zeta.

Zeta is a class apart. Double Zeta didn't do as much as Zeta did for me. Then there's the impressive 08th MS Team and Stardust Memory. I've watched the full UC series in order, and it's worth it. Don't watch Char's Counterattack until you finish Double Zeta. The order is MSG MS IGLOO, MSG, MSG 08th MS Team, MSG 0080: War In The Pocket, MSG 0083: Stardust Memory, MSZG, MSG ZZ, MSG Char's Counterattack, MSG Unicorn, MSG F91, MSVG, G-Savior. Destiny and Seed were crap. I was skeptical when Gundam 00 started to air, but it's actually pretty good, both seasons included. The only problem is the Gundam universe is so expansive with the upgrades on suits, and timelines that it's easy to scare off a beginner to the series.

Yeah! I remember 08th MS Team.  That was class.  Really good stuff.  There was that giant ass mech that dominated.  Neat stuff.  That's an impressive list you have there hahah.

I can see what you mean.  I tend to stray away from shows/anime that have a million spin-offs and a billion episodes just for the sake of having them.  I find anime around 13-30 episodes to be pretty satisfying without overstaying their welcome.  Not saying that Gundam is guilty of that, but you're right that it can be overwhelming.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on October 12, 2010, 12:41:09 AM
Speaking of anime... I'm slowpoking a bit and watching Revolutionary Girl Utena! Where fabulous is a way of life and your eyes float right over your hair! :troll:

Also watching Arakawa Under the Bridge season 2, Shinryaku! Ika Musume(cute squid girl tries to take over the world, very highbrow :badbone: ), Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt(western style animation/art style show by Gainax), and plan to try out Madhouse's Iron Man, Star Driver, Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteriu, Togainu No Chi, and maybe Bakuman from this season. I also watched all that's out of Community, which I'm really enjoying despite my dislike of Joel McHale.

Also, you guys should all watch Legend of the Galactic Heroes! It's 110 episodes for the main series, which is standalone and worthwhile enough to skip the gaidens/movies. It's almost like a war documentary space opera following the model of the Franco-Prussian War, switching back and forth between the different sides of the war. I know Walter likes/liked it! :void:

(aside from Masaaki Yuasa's stuff)
Also, very nice! Kaiba, Kemonozume, and Tatami Galaxy are some of my recent favorites along with the movie Mind Game.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Ramen4ever on October 12, 2010, 01:29:32 AM
I just (today) started watching Hiccups. It's Brent Butt's latest show after Corner Gas. Stars his wife Nancy Robertson.

So far, I'm a bit torn as to whether or not I really like it, or if it's just pretty good. It's pretty busy and the tempo of it all feels rushed, but maybe that's just the first episode. The comedy on the other hand, is pretty damn funny.

Edit.* Change in my stance. This show is fucking hilarious. :troll: Even cornergas didn't make me laugh as much.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on October 12, 2010, 02:09:15 AM
Legend of the Galactic Heroes is DAMN GOOD, under-rated, I own it. Dar Kink, what do you think of Space Runaway Ideon?
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Post by: Johnstantine on October 12, 2010, 03:30:42 AM
SRI's movie was awesome.

Nothing quite like anime violence :beast:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on October 12, 2010, 04:21:11 AM
Legend of the Galactic Heroes is DAMN GOOD, under-rated, I own it. Dar Kink, what do you think of Space Runaway Ideon?
Haven't watched it actually, I've been more into Space Opera than mecha, but I'm slowly trying to watch a bit more. Probably gonna watch Overman King Gainer, GaoGaiGar, and SRI soon. How about Crest/Banner of the Stars? Any of you guys seen that series? I love Crest, but haven't watched Banner just yet.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aphasia on October 12, 2010, 04:31:47 AM
Haven't watched it actually, I've been more into Space Opera than mecha, but I'm slowly trying to watch a bit more. Probably gonna watch Overman King Gainer, GaoGaiGar, and SRI soon. How about Crest/Banner of the Stars? Any of you guys seen that series? I love Crest, but haven't watched Banner just yet.

Didn't Crest used to come on Toonami/Cartoon network? I remember watching it occasionally, but never really got into it for some reason.  Probably too distracted with Dragon Ball at the time.

If anyone hasn't seen Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann yet I highly recommend it.  I finished it maybe a month ago.  It's one of those series that's just...Fun.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on October 12, 2010, 07:18:20 AM
Didn't Crest used to come on Toonami/Cartoon network? I remember watching it occasionally, but never really got into it for some reason.  Probably too distracted with Dragon Ball at the time.
Crest and Banner both came on TechTV back in the day, so you might have seen them there on Anime Unleashed which had some good programming actually, Serial Experiments Lain, Cromartie High, Abenobashi Shopping Arcade, and Paranoia Agent just to name a few.
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If anyone hasn't seen Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann yet I highly recommend it.  I finished it maybe a month ago.  It's one of those series that's just...Fun.
I got bored of the show around the episode where Nia appears because it seemed like there were just too many beast generals to fight. I ended up just watching the two movies of the series and loving them, the pacing worked better for me at least. Plus, Fist fight with the Anti-Spiral
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Post by: Eluvei on October 12, 2010, 09:24:21 AM
Zeta is a class apart. Double Zeta didn't do as much as Zeta did for me. Then there's the impressive 08th MS Team and Stardust Memory. I've watched the full UC series in order, and it's worth it. Don't watch Char's Counterattack until you finish Double Zeta.

I was considering skipping Double Zeta since I've heard some terrible things about it, but I'm enjoying Zeta so much that I'm willing to give a chance to a series with a different mood, so I won't skip it.

The only problem is the Gundam universe is so expansive with the upgrades on suits, and timelines that it's easy to scare off a beginner to the series.

Definitely. I still have no interest in SeeD, Zeta, Wing and other spin-offs. The only one not in Universal Century that I'll watch is probably Turn A Gundam, since it's from Tomino.

I haven't watched a Gundam series in the longest time, I feel like I have to now! Gundam Wing was the first series I remember, so I might watch that.  Here comes the nostalgia (and realization that the series wasn't as cool as it really was in Kid-O-Vision) Glad you're enjoying Zeta.

I remember trying to rewatch Wing a few years back and was extremely disappointed. I pretty much hate it now, it's pretty shallow in comparison to Zeta and it borrows a lot from its plot and setting. With Gundam, the opposite happened, I hadn't realized how deeper the story was and how Amuro felt like a real guy. It looks pretty old for today's standards, but it's still a fantastic story. I recommend you give the movie trilogy a try, they're 2 and a half hours each and have many improvements over the series; a lot of filler was removed, and there are slight differences that Tomino felt were necessary to make it a more believable story. I've seen bits of the movies and was pretty impressed.

Also, very nice! Kaiba, Kemonozume, and Tatami Galaxy are some of my recent favorites along with the movie Mind Game.

Yeah, I've yet to see Tatami Galaxy, but all his works, even shorts, are just amazing. He's definitely my favorite anime director nowadays. You're the one that recommended me Mind Game, man. Thanks. :badbone:
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Post by: Dar Klink on October 14, 2010, 12:53:17 PM
Yeah, I've yet to see Tatami Galaxy, but all his works, even shorts, are just amazing. He's definitely my favorite anime director nowadays. You're the one that recommended me Mind Game, man. Thanks. :badbone:
Oh, awesome, glad you really liked Mind Game! Here's a list of other "artsy/obscure/pretentious" type titles, a good amount of which have some crazy awesome animation. I recently got Noiseman Sound Insect, one of Yuasa's first major works, which I'll probably watch after my magical shoujo adventures with Revolutionary Bitchslaps Utena :troll:.
Also still gotta watch Cat Soup and Genius Party.
http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/3240/artsy.jpg (http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/3240/artsy.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Henry Spencer on November 17, 2010, 03:34:56 PM
Just got through Season 2 of Damages. Incredibly good. I still favour Season 1 though.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Ramen4ever on November 18, 2010, 12:41:16 AM
Castle.

There were some pretty good episodes so far this season. Especially 3XK which I really enjoyed. Unfortunately there was also quite a few mediocre episodes that weren't particularly interesting. Like the latest episode; Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind. I wasn't sure if I was watching Castle or the X-files. It felt really lost out in left field. un-named agents, an emp, techno-gizmos, spies? Usually government agent's are used as a joke in this series or else they're normal people but work for the FBI, in this episode the agents were like ghosts, no organization name, nothing. And without even confirming through an agency, the police simply cooperate. pretty sub-par episode.
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Post by: Xem on November 19, 2010, 06:41:48 PM
(http://fashion-stylist.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/carnivale.jpg)

Almost through the first season and am enjoying it much more than I thought I would.

Next on the list is Oz, since I only caught random episodes here and there when it originally aired, I figured I'd give it a shot from the very beginning.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on November 21, 2010, 07:11:49 PM
Anyone watching the new season of South Park? It started out a little iffy but the last episode had me in tears. It was the one where Randy wanted to be a Top Chef. Also there was a trilogy of episodes about the Coon and Friends where they actually explained how and why Kenny can die all the time. I thought it was awesome how they explained the gimmick. Also the second episode in that trilogy was titled Mysterion Rising, a reference to the new Batman movie perhaps?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: m on November 22, 2010, 06:54:19 PM
Anyone watching the new season of South Park? It started out a little iffy but the last episode had me in tears. It was the one where Randy wanted to be a Top Chef. Also there was a trilogy of episodes about the Coon and Friends where they actually explained how and why Kenny can die all the time. I thought it was awesome how they explained the gimmick. Also the second episode in that trilogy was titled Mysterion Rising, a reference to the new Batman movie perhaps?

I am, though I'm a little behind. I watched Insheeption yesterday, so next Sunday we should get Coon 2: Hindsight.

I have enjoyed all of the episodes so far, and I'm looking forward to the ones I'm missing.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on November 24, 2010, 01:15:16 AM
Gotta admit, it's sorta fun to watch The Millionaire Matchmaker or see the dynamics of some relationships on 16 And Pregnant. I think the new Top Chef All-Stars will slay.
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Post by: Aphasia on January 11, 2011, 01:15:12 AM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_4OYGjUrdllo/SezRnKpuglI/AAAAAAAAUEk/mI8MogDUWMk/s400/adventure.jpg)

Adventure Time FTW
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Post by: Breed1Ghost on January 11, 2011, 10:42:50 PM
Just watched the pilot for "The Cape" its not to bad i think i can see my self watching it.
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Post by: Ramen4ever on January 12, 2011, 03:25:25 AM
Latest Castle Episode.
It was one of the better ones. Mostly because of character development.
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Post by: Aazealh on January 12, 2011, 08:04:28 AM
Fringe and NCIS are all I watch these days. I love Adventure Time but haven't kept up with season 2 since it's not on TV here. Need to check out Castle.
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Post by: Truder on January 12, 2011, 08:45:49 AM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_4OYGjUrdllo/SezRnKpuglI/AAAAAAAAUEk/mI8MogDUWMk/s400/adventure.jpg)

Adventure Time FTW
oh man. . . I love Adventure Time  :guts:

I've only seen a couple of episodes but man are they funny, the voice actor for the dog is the VA for Bender from Futurama right?

EDIT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auOhKRR6r2o
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Post by: Aazealh on January 12, 2011, 09:10:27 AM
the voice actor for the dog is the VA for Bender from Futurama right?

Yup, John DiMaggio.
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Post by: IncantatioN on January 12, 2011, 09:30:20 PM
Jersey Shore Season 3 ... tomorrow night :serpico:.

Does anyone keep up with Top Gear (that's on BBC and not the other really lame one)?
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Post by: Aphasia on January 12, 2011, 10:23:39 PM
Fringe and NCIS are all I watch these days. I love Adventure Time but haven't kept up with season 2 since it's not on TV here. Need to check out Castle.
Yup, John DiMaggio.

Yay, Adventure Time fans! It's a really fun cartoon series.  I knew his voice sounded familiar.  Jake is awesome.

I hardly watch TV, I'm too lazy to tune in to shows that are on.  Then I found out they had season 1 and 2 on Itunes.  Awesome.  I believe it's 13-14 episodes for 20 bucks.  They release new episodes for download as they air.
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Post by: Oburi on January 30, 2011, 05:25:30 PM
I saw a promo for a new seaon of curb your enthusiasm last night on HBO and it looks like they are going to NY. Leon was aslo confirmed as being part of the cast. I swear everytime I think its going to be the last season they end up doing another, but hell I'm not complaining. No set date yet but I'm very much excited for it! Also the final season of entarouge will be sometime this year as well. I'm glad I renewed my HBO subscription this year.
As for now I've been watching new season of Real Time, which has been a lot of fun.
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Post by: IncantatioN on February 01, 2011, 12:59:59 AM
I'm watching The Bachelor now ... never seen this show before ... uuhhmmm it's meh. This guy is so ... DUMB :isidro:
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Post by: Dar Klink on March 10, 2011, 08:32:48 AM
Getting in touch with my inner Aaz( :troll:) and watching Wakfu. Just finished season 1 tonight and I am going to start season 2 soon and watch as it comes out. I am also watching Casshern Sins, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fractale, Level E, Banner of the Stars, and for ACTUAL AMURRICAN TV, Community season 2 as it comes out. A nice varied blend of American comedy, French cartoons mimicking anime style, old anime, and current season anime. :guts:
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Post by: IncantatioN on March 10, 2011, 03:03:08 PM
I am also watching Casshern Sins, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fractale, Level E, Banner of the Stars, and for ACTUAL AMURRICAN TV, Community season 2 as it comes out.
Casshern was slow, but just a pretty looking series overall. The music reminded me of Inu Yasha's tunes! Puella is so so good! Fractale's unique but the art's not exactly how the manga is, so that put me off for a bit. Level E's shaping up to be good too. BOS is such a good series, as is the other series related - BOS 2 and Crest Of Stars.
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Post by: Aphasia on March 10, 2011, 05:29:17 PM
Casshern was slow, but just a pretty looking series overall. The music reminded me of Inu Yasha's tunes! Puella is so so good! Fractale's unique but the art's not exactly how the manga is, so that put me off for a bit. Level E's shaping up to be good too. BOS is such a good series, as is the other series related - BOS 2 and Crest Of Stars.

Have you guys seen the Casshern live action film?  I thought it was pretty cool, but I've never watched the cartoons so I had nothing to judge it from.  Crest of the Stars is awesome.  I just ordered the BIG O and Bubblegum Crisis (old school version) dvds, so I'll probably be watching those. :badbone: I hardly ever watch "Television" as in cable or satellite, but I watch a lot of DVD's and stuff on HULU and Itunes.  That counts right?
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Post by: Dar Klink on March 10, 2011, 06:43:57 PM
Casshern was slow, but just a pretty looking series overall.
I really love Casshern so far, even if it is a bit slow and full of DEEP dialogue. The fight scenes and visuals are top tier, and the music is great.
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Puella is so so good!
I really am enjoying Madoka the most this season, the writer for it wrote my favorite Visual Novel, Saya no Uta. I cannot wait to see today's episode.
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Fractale's unique but the art's not exactly how the manga is, so that put me off for a bit.
Fractale for me is more like watching a trainwreck and laughing about how the director really thinks it is better than other current anime. It is pretty much a Ghibli/Miyazaki story mixed with super annoying characters, shitty humor, and shitty pacing/writing. Also, there wasn't a manga of Fractale before it came out, but the promo art looked tons more detailed and had different hair colors.
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Level E's shaping up to be good too.
Level E is just hilarious... every Monday it is my favorite of the season and then Madoka is on Thursdays. :troll:
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BOS is such a good series, as is the other series related - BOS 2 and Crest Of Stars.
I watched Crest of the Stars about half a year ago and just got to watching Banner for some reason. I loved Crest and I love Banner now too. It's my favorite Space Opera anime outside of Legend of the Galactic Heroes.

Have you guys seen the Casshern live action film?  I thought it was pretty cool, but I've never watched the cartoons so I had nothing to judge it from.
Never did watch the live action, but Casshern Sins is a remake or from about 3 years ago by Madhouse which made the series darker than the original. Not to say it is super grimdark over the top, but it is different from the original.
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I just ordered the BIG O and Bubblegum Crisis (old school version) dvds, so I'll probably be watching those. :badbone:
Awesome! :guts:
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Post by: Nomad on April 01, 2011, 05:05:29 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HHwhOcA6Kw

Tron Animation Series... thoughts?
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Post by: IncantatioN on April 01, 2011, 03:18:15 PM
Looks badass. Then again, it'll all come down to the story-line and how it pans out.
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Post by: IncantatioN on April 03, 2011, 11:26:50 PM
Wrestlemania 27 payperview ... so far so good. Edge vs Alberto was fun even with the antics going on outside the ring, Rey vs Cody was BORING as hell and I'm glad the former got his butt beat, that 8 man match was prolly the quickest in Wrestlemania history :ganishka:. Orton vs Punk now ... I've always been a fan of Punk's ... hope he wins ... and The Undertaker (later on). Anyone else watching this tonight? ^ ^
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Post by: Dar Klink on April 06, 2011, 09:18:39 AM
Kaiji season 2.
ざわ。。。 ざわ。。。
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Post by: Aphasia on April 14, 2011, 11:02:46 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/y7nUd.jpg)

Batman the animated series.  Got my dad the DVD set for his birthday.  He loves cartoons as much as me.  :guts:
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Post by: Eluvei on April 14, 2011, 11:53:23 PM
Batman: TAS is the best Batman thing that has ever existed!
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Post by: Walter on April 15, 2011, 12:16:20 AM
Batman: TAS is the best Batman thing that has ever existed!
Seconded. The Mask of the Phantasm is still pretty good too.
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Post by: Aphasia on April 15, 2011, 02:14:00 AM
I also concur.  They just nailed the whole Batman spirit.  Plus it's got the whole nostalgia thing which never hurts.  :serpico:

I highly recommend the soundtrack as well. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge5HZuKd9Bc
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Post by: Diaz on April 15, 2011, 02:21:38 PM
Awesome show.  :ubik:
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Post by: Nomad on April 19, 2011, 03:18:22 AM
Started watching Game of Thrones. So far I am very impressed with what I've seen.  I'll go ahead and suggest it for the time being ;).
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Post by: JudeauChop on April 19, 2011, 04:34:23 PM
Started watching Game of Thrones. So far I am very impressed with what I've seen.  I'll go ahead and suggest it for the time being ;).

I enjoyed the first episode, trying to decide if I should read the series, or just watch the show.
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Post by: Oburi on April 19, 2011, 05:00:27 PM
Yea I watched Game of Thrones Sunday night. I thought it was great. The production quality is amazing. The locations, the wardrobe the sets ... very, very impressive. 
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Post by: Dembol on April 22, 2011, 08:59:04 AM
The first episode of The Game of Thrones was brilliant. Very true to the book and I think that Berserk fans would enjoy the series. Especially later on since the beginning is rather slow, concentrates on exposition and it takes time to memorize hundreds of characters' names and their role in the universe. I read each of the first hundred pages of the book at least twice until I remembered who's who and what's their agenda.

I just started re-reading the books. They're huge so I should finish just in time for the endlessly delayed fifth one's release (July).
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Post by: Gobolatula on April 24, 2011, 12:28:16 AM
I got the Eva 2.22 Blu Ray. Holy shit this is good. The story is really starting to diverge from the original thingie. I am glad, too.

Plus, Asuka's voice lady does a certain Casca from a certain Berserk I watched. And she just said the Japanese word for "orders." Ah, nostalgia.
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Post by: Walter on April 24, 2011, 01:27:59 AM
I got the Eva 2.22 Blu Ray. Holy shit this is good. The story is really starting to diverge from the original thingie. I am glad, too.
I saw it a while back and was surprised at how good it was. Personally I'd gotten over my adolescent love of Evangelion over a decade ago, and never thought my interest could be rekindled. But on the recommendation of a friend, I gave this a chance. And I think everyone should.
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Post by: Diaz on April 24, 2011, 02:11:41 AM
I saw it a while back and was surprised at how good it was. Personally I'd gotten over my adolescent love of Evangelion over a decade ago, and never thought my interest could be rekindled. But on the recommendation of a friend, I gave this a chance. And I think everyone should.

I thought it was great and can't wait for the next movie to come out. 
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Post by: Oburi on July 11, 2011, 02:57:41 AM
New season of Curb anyone? First episode was pretaaayy pretaaayyy prettaaayyy pretayy good.

Oh and I also just watched the first Eva rebuild movie and thought it was fantastic. About to watch the second. Like Walter said, I thought I wouldn't ever be interested in getting back into Eva but hey, the new movies aren't bad. Things that needed improvement are being addressed and the animation is gorgeous.
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Post by: Griffith on July 11, 2011, 07:25:03 AM
New season of Curb anyone? First episode was pretaaayy pretaaayyy prettaaayyy pretayy good.

Painful to watch in all the right ways. BTW, does HBO have Gary Cole on retainer now? :guts:
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Post by: Oburi on July 11, 2011, 12:28:15 PM
Painful to watch in all the right ways. BTW, does HBO have Gary Cole on retainer now? :guts:

Pretty much. He's just that type of guy to play any role yet still not big enough to play himself.
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Post by: Truder on July 18, 2011, 10:25:06 AM
I'm watching Weeds, good show.
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Post by: Oburi on July 25, 2011, 07:00:09 PM
Watched the first episode of the final season of Entourage. Wasn't exactly as good as I was hoping it would be. I really hope the series ends well.
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Post by: Griffith on July 25, 2011, 07:17:46 PM
Another fine episode of Larry David: Social Assassin. :ganishka:

Truly a most logical direction to take the character. Also, I hope he made the right choice at the end.
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Post by: Oburi on July 25, 2011, 07:44:42 PM
Haha, yea the last two episodes have been classic. The show has a whole new feel to it now that Larry isn't married, its like he now has no reason not be the outspoken, self serving jerk. it makes things much more dangerous. And I know which side he chose. Best chicken in town!
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Post by: Walter on July 25, 2011, 08:00:55 PM
Another fine episode of Larry David: Social Assassin. :ganishka:

Truly a most logical direction to take the character. Also, I hope he made the right choice at the end.
Awesome episode.

"I think if you didn't want to sleep with her, you wouldnt be so tolerant with the lol."
"Well, that goes without saying."
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Post by: IncantatioN on July 26, 2011, 12:46:12 AM
Watched the German GP + Qualifying last night, what a close race!

Today - new season of Hell's Kitchen, episode 2 ... so far it's under-whelming. I'm gonna skip this season and watch the last 2 episodes.
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Post by: TheBranded1 on August 08, 2011, 04:00:28 PM

The whole yamaka alert also got some laught out of me.

This new one, I think was even better than the last one. The double parker, the vow of silence, Larry lying to avoid the event,the chat and cut, and confirmation. "I'm so glad I"m going to New York and not going to see your face for three months"
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Post by: IncantatioN on August 08, 2011, 04:10:05 PM
I finished watching the first season for Blue Mountain State this weekend, pretty fun. The second season is nowhere close of being as funny as the first.

Below is an EXPLICIT NOT-SAFE-FOR-WORK trailer for the first season:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8bC3XGiuwI
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Post by: Oburi on August 08, 2011, 04:48:11 PM
The whole yamaka alert also got some laught out of me.

This new one, I think was even better than the last one. The double parker, the vow of silence, Larry lying to avoid the event,the chat and cut, and confirmation. "I'm so glad I"m going to New York and not going to see your face for three months"

Yea it was great. And what a perfect setup for Larry to go to the Big Apple.

I don't think anyone else is watching Entourage with me but last nights episode really got things moving. Only five episodes left before it ends forever  :judo:
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Post by: Griffith on August 09, 2011, 04:06:06 AM
The whole yamaka alert also got some laught out of me.

That episode the highlight of the season so far, New York's going to need to be pretty, pretty good to top it.

This new one, I think was even better than the last one. The double parker, the vow of silence, Larry lying to avoid the event,the chat and cut, and confirmation. "I'm so glad I"m going to New York and not going to see your face for three months"

Yeah, Larry won even though he lost. I still like the last one better, mostly for his determination to shit where he eats. :ganishka:

I finished watching the first season for Blue Mountain State this weekend, pretty fun. The second season is nowhere close of being as funny as the first.

Lots of Channel 101 alumni involved in that show, including the creators. It amazes how good first seasons are now compared to the rest of a series. Just talking out of my ass, but maybe as television has become better and more like movies, including the raunchy comedies, creators have the freedom to better express their vision in the first place instead of always having to round the show into shape during subsequent seasons when they have more cache but before they run out of ideas. Now first seasons are almost like first movies and the subsequent seasons lesser sequels. On the other hand, maybe that's a sign television isn't getting better in some ways.

Yea it was great. And what a perfect setup for Larry to go to the Big Apple.

Yeah, it had to be something ridiculous forcing Larry's hand. After the third episode I thought that might have been what got him exiled to New York, but this was even stupidly better.

I don't think anyone else is watching Entourage with me but last nights episode really got things moving. Only five episodes left before it ends forever  :judo:

Yeah, I saw a little bit of last season, and didn't care to see any more.
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Post by: JudeauChop on August 09, 2011, 04:25:38 PM
I'm currently hooked on the new American Ninja Warrior... though I wish they competed side by side with the Ninja Warrior crowd when they made it to Japan (and I dislike the weird reality tv training 15-10 portion of the show).
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Post by: IncantatioN on August 15, 2011, 03:00:20 PM
Lots of Channel 101 alumni involved in that show, including the creators. It amazes how good first seasons are now compared to the rest of a series. Just talking out of my ass, but maybe as television has become better and more like movies, including the raunchy comedies, creators have the freedom to better express their vision in the first place instead of always having to round the show into shape during subsequent seasons when they have more cache but before they run out of ideas. Now first seasons are almost like first movies and the subsequent seasons lesser sequels. On the other hand, maybe that's a sign television isn't getting better in some ways.
Yeah, that last sentence holds true which's probably why Netflix is popular because everyone would prefer to go back to watching movies than watching television series/ programs.

Last night I got current with KUWTK, TRHONJ and a new episode of Ancient Aliens (which was meh).
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Post by: TheBranded1 on August 15, 2011, 03:37:57 PM

Saw Curb Y. E. last night. Turns out Larry is a hero, either accidentally or not.
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Post by: Griffith on August 15, 2011, 06:22:40 PM
Probably my least favorite Curb of the new season, though I was happy to see the return of the stare. Also, Larry should have took the $500. =)
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Post by: Walter on August 15, 2011, 06:23:10 PM
I thought it was an okay episode. Got a few laughs out of me. "The Brits were right about the bread!"  :serpico: ....  :magni:
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Post by: Oburi on August 15, 2011, 06:41:47 PM
I laughed when Larry was complaining to Ricky about having to pay for the tickets.
"I paid 200 dollars"!
"You think they should have been more"?
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Post by: TheBranded1 on August 22, 2011, 05:38:45 AM
Don't do the shitbow. The contest with Rosie I think could have been better, but still was good. And after just watching Breaking Bad, that scene with Larry at the park buying pills, got a chuckle out of me.
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Post by: Oburi on August 22, 2011, 02:32:59 PM
Haha, that was classic. I love when Larry has to interact with drug dealers. "Nice to meet you" lol. I was dying. 

Great night for tv last night!
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Post by: Griffith on August 22, 2011, 07:06:27 PM
A most enjoyable allegory, and was I the only person to recognize David Canary, aka Adam/Stewart Chandler of All of My Children, as the dealer?

Answer: yes. :ganishka:
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Post by: TheBranded1 on August 29, 2011, 04:03:43 PM

This episode of Curb was good as well. The whole integrity part based on wives' looks was great, especiad anlly  the line Larry saying, " I pee and munch". At least he got his trainer back, thanks to the judge. "Who did that to you?" "A one armed man" :ganishka:
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Post by: Griffith on August 29, 2011, 06:55:46 PM
It was alright, but tough to follow last week's literal Hall of Fame episode. Plus, I felt it was meandered a little, which was also my problem with the Gervais episode.
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Post by: Skullgrin140 on August 30, 2011, 12:46:56 AM
Watching Babylon 5, right now I am half way through the third season.
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Post by: F611 on August 31, 2011, 01:49:27 PM
They've just started showing 'The Mentalist' in Britain, so I'm watching the first season.
Its better than I expected. It kinda reminds me of Castle.
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Post by: TheBranded1 on September 05, 2011, 03:21:36 PM


Last night of Curb was pretty good. The softball cheer was the one that got most of my laughs, and the rattling chair on Larry's car.
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Post by: Oburi on September 05, 2011, 04:09:45 PM
The episode was ok but the part with Larry and Susie in the car had me girlfriend and I in hysterics. It was so over the top and ridiculous but their faces and noises were too funny.
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Post by: JudeauChop on September 06, 2011, 02:09:45 PM
I think Sons of Anarchy season 4 starts tonight... I'm clutching at straws here.  Not excited for any of the fall line up  :judo:
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Post by: Xem on September 06, 2011, 08:16:30 PM
They've been showing the entire Star Wars saga on TV a lot recently since the blu-rays were released, but for some reason Spike TV decided to switch out Return of the Jedi with Army of Darkness.  :ganishka:
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Post by: Griffith on September 10, 2011, 10:06:26 PM
How could you guys not mention George Lucas from last week's Curb? That got an evil laugh from me, especially when he doubled down on the joke with the time to "complete the shot." :guts:
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Post by: BerserkMJM on September 13, 2011, 12:39:13 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYVK_OqyUzk&feature=player_embedded (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYVK_OqyUzk&feature=player_embedded)

Wow. I know Curb has been brought up a lot here, but this is just brilliant. His delivery on "Dorothy." is just priceless.
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Post by: IncantatioN on September 13, 2011, 03:14:09 PM
In the midst of other things, I'm currently re-watching the original Star Trek series and I'm up to episode 9 - Dagger of the Mind.
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Post by: NightCrawler on September 13, 2011, 05:27:35 PM
Watching Arrested Development during recording sessions = no productivity.
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Post by: Turkitage on September 13, 2011, 05:46:29 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYVK_OqyUzk&feature=player_embedded (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYVK_OqyUzk&feature=player_embedded)

Wow. I know Curb has been brought up a lot here, but this is just brilliant. His delivery on "Dorothy." is just priceless.

That is pretty funny. I might have to give that show a chance.
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Post by: Oburi on September 14, 2011, 10:11:34 PM
My fall tv schedule.

                                      Real Time Bill Maher
Sept 16 (Friday)
                                      The Office           
Sept 22 (Thursday)
                                      Boardwalk Empire   
Sept. 25 (Sunday)
                                      South Park           
Oct 5 (Wednesday)
                                      Walking Dead       
Oct 16 (Sunday)
                                      Beavis and Butt-Head
Oct 27 (Thursday)
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Post by: Walter on September 15, 2011, 08:08:14 PM
Beavis and Butt-Head
...What?
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Post by: Griffith on September 15, 2011, 08:21:40 PM
...What?

They're back: http://www.mtv.com/shows/beavis_and_butthead/series.jhtml

And judging by the "Holy Cornholio" preview video, they haven't changed. Except now they'll also be watching reality TV and MMA.
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Post by: Walter on September 15, 2011, 08:56:55 PM
They're back: http://www.mtv.com/shows/beavis_and_butthead/series.jhtml

And judging by the "Holy Cornholio" preview video, they haven't changed. Except now they'll also be watching reality TV and MMA.

Well, okay. If they're going to return though, I think it'd be more interesting if they'd aged, but there were no other changes.  :guts:
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Post by: Griffith on September 15, 2011, 09:56:28 PM
I'm just happy it doesn't look like a new Ren & Stimpy situation. It's also fascinating to see if it can pick up where it left off 15 years ago like nothing happened. :guts:
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Post by: Gobolatula on September 17, 2011, 04:30:02 PM
I just caught up with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia so I could see the season 7 premiere. I was not disappointed. This show is one of the funniest ever.

They had a hooker character that was beyond hilarious. It's a serious shame they killed her off at the end of the episode.
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Post by: Walter on September 17, 2011, 04:45:25 PM
I just caught up with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia so I could see the season 7 premiere. I was not disappointed. This show is one of the funniest ever.

They had a hooker character that was beyond hilarious. It's a serious shame they killed her off at the end of the episode.
Did you see the Christmas special?
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Post by: Griffith on September 18, 2011, 11:52:54 PM
I need to get back into Sunny, it's been too long. BTW, anybody here watching Louie?
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Post by: Aazealh on September 19, 2011, 07:54:59 PM
BTW, anybody here watching Louie?

Gobs does. I wish I did myself, but I haven't had the time yet.
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Post by: Griffith on September 26, 2011, 06:22:01 PM
Theyy've got one of my favorite offbeat episodes of Batman: TAS streaming online, "Joker's Favor."

http://www.thewb.com/shows/batman-the-animated-series/jokers-favor/3aad0f06-75ea-404c-9869-b956325794ee
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Post by: Oburi on September 28, 2011, 04:03:11 AM
First ep of Boardwalk Empire season was great if anyone else is watching. This season looks to be very interesting.
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Post by: TheBranded1 on September 28, 2011, 04:05:33 AM
First ep of Boardwalk Empire season was great if anyone else is watching. This season looks to be very interesting.

I am, just haven seen it, since I was busy Sunday. But I will tomorrow on hbogo.


Edit: Saw the 2 episodes, first one was kinda like a 1st part and 2 completing it. Nucky's wife was sure smart to go and retrieve the items.
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Post by: IncantatioN on October 04, 2011, 01:20:30 AM
The 2 hour premiere of Terra Nova last week was decent. This week's episode was bleh. Next week's preview looks a lot better but the premise - a virus that destroys ones memory - is weak.
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Post by: JudeauChop on October 04, 2011, 02:59:08 PM
The 2 hour premiere of Terra Nova last week was decent. This week's episode was bleh. Next week's preview looks a lot better but the premise - a virus that destroys ones memory - is weak.
I wish the son would whine more about his dad issues.
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Post by: Julalien on October 04, 2011, 03:30:05 PM
My fall tv schedule.

                                      Real Time Bill Maher
Sept 16 (Friday)
                                      The Office           
Sept 22 (Thursday)
                                      Boardwalk Empire   
Sept. 25 (Sunday)
                                      South Park           
Oct 5 (Wednesday)
                                      Walking Dead       
Oct 16 (Sunday)
                                      Beavis and Butt-Head
Oct 27 (Thursday)

That is an excellent schedule. I'm looking forward to the new Walking Dead season to see how they handle the story at Hershel's farm even though I'm a bit bummed out that we won't get to see Michonne until next year. Although it ended last weekend, the newest Doctor Who series has been fun as well.

Even with my deep affection towards dinosaurs, I just can't get myself to check out Terra Nova. 
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Post by: Breed1Ghost on October 04, 2011, 08:38:07 PM
I am really digging Person o Interest.
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Post by: IncantatioN on October 05, 2011, 03:13:51 PM
Last night I finished Season 1 of Star Trek: The Original Series. Fun ride.
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Post by: Oburi on October 17, 2011, 03:31:25 AM
Is anyone else watching Boardwalk Empire? This show has moved beyond all expectations. The second episode was a little weak but the last two have been so incredible and next week looks just as good. You can tell they are filming it more and more like a film with the extreme closeups and camera panning over intricate shots, and of course the production is just as amazing. The whole look (and talk) of this show just screams the roaring 20's. I can't imagine a better, more accurate portrayal. That and the events that are unfolding and the actors... my god it's brilliant. The guy who plays Arnold Rosthein (was also in the Coens A Serious Man) is so creepy and unnerving. Same could be said for Agent Nelson Van Aldon, you can tell the actors are just eating up the roles, whether based on real characters (Lucky Luciano, Al Capone) or the fictional ones.

Anyway this is best thing on tv, especially now that Breaking Bad is over.
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Post by: TheBranded1 on October 17, 2011, 06:04:02 AM
Is anyone else watching Boardwalk Empire? This show has moved beyond all expectations. The second episode was a little weak but the last two have been so incredible and next week looks just as good. You can tell they are filming it more and more like a film with the extreme closeups and camera panning over intricate shots, and of course the production is just as amazing. The whole look (and talk) of this show just screams the roaring 20's. I can't imagine a better, more accurate portrayal. That and the events that are unfolding and the actors... my god it's brilliant. The guy who plays Arnold Rosthein (was also in the Coens A Serious Man) is so creepy and unnerving. Same could be said for Agent Nelson Van Aldon, you can tell the actors are just eating up the roles, whether based on real characters (Lucky Luciano, Al Capone) or the fictional ones.

Anyway this is best thing on tv, especially now that Breaking Bad is over.
I am watching it. It's a good series and now seems Nucky will try to do more dirty work than before to regain lost territory. I liked that part in the restaurant when he tossed the lobster to the ground and had his little chat.
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Post by: jackson_hurley on October 21, 2011, 12:54:43 AM
I have just started to watch this new show called American Horror Story and I was very satisfied with the first episode. I haven't had the time to watch the other 2 episodes that played recently though but I hope it stays as good as the pilot.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1844624/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1844624/)
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Post by: Death May Die on October 28, 2011, 04:47:19 AM
I'm from Jefferson City, Missouri. Baseball team Cardinals sucked all year, managed to get into the world series. Tonight game 6, Cardinals won with a solo home-run on the very last pitch of the night. Winning 9-10, 11 innings into the game. Probably one of the biggest games I ever watched live. Talk about a exhilarating night to be fan. Going onto the final 7th game.
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Post by: TheBranded1 on October 28, 2011, 04:59:04 AM
I'm from Jefferson City, Missouri. Baseball team Cardinals sucked all year, managed to get into the world series. Tonight game 6, Cardinals won with a solo home-run on the very last pitch of the night. Winning 9-10, 11 innings into the game. Probably one of the biggest games I ever watched live. Talk about a exhilarating night to be fan. Going onto the final 7th game.
I actually saw the game at work while in my lunch break. I still think Texas will win.
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Post by: Konketsuji on November 09, 2011, 04:20:49 PM
Misfits!!! Hell of a show,strongly recommend! The third season just started.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on November 09, 2011, 04:27:19 PM
Misfits!!! Hell of a show,strongly recommend! The third season just started.

If it's about the Danzig era Misfits I'm definitely intrigued.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Konketsuji on November 09, 2011, 04:38:13 PM
If it's about the Danzig era Misfits I'm definitely intrigued.
Yeah, it's about that, be sure to watch it! :schierke:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on November 09, 2011, 04:48:32 PM
Someone doesn't appreciate my dry sense of humor. C'mon, that would be a cool show. :carcus:
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Post by: Konketsuji on November 09, 2011, 04:52:25 PM
Someone doesn't appreciate my dry sense of humor. :carcus:
Nope, I looked it up. And I understand what you were implying. But still you should check it out. :SK:
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Post by: IncantatioN on December 08, 2011, 04:48:45 PM
This one looks promising :ganishka:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp-jZyzQSms
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: TheBranded1 on December 19, 2011, 05:11:51 AM
I just watched Dexter's season finale. The whole season wasn't great in my part, but it had it's moments. At least the cliffhanger was good, to keep watching next season.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on December 19, 2011, 01:44:06 PM
I just watched Dexter's season finale. The whole season wasn't great in my part, but it had it's moments. At least the cliffhanger was good, to keep watching next season.
I'll pick it up tonight and watch it! All the way current up till last night's episode. The season wasn't their best but the last 3/4 episodes really picked things up - pace of the series, kills, twists, acting performances.
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Post by: Proj2501 on December 19, 2011, 06:54:52 PM
I'm about to wrap up this season of Dexter tonight. Overall, this season felt STALE. The formula is getting too routine. Oh my, Dexter just always happens to find someone to kill. I felt not enough was done this season to highlight Dexter's newfound outlook on religion. It was there and suddenly was gone. I heard the finale was good and I did watch the whole season, so I owe it to myself to check out the finale.

Just began watching Sons of Anarchy on Netflix. Wasn't expecting shit, but the show's pretty solid and doesn't induce, 'Getthefuckouttahere' moments. Pus it has Ron Perlman.


 
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Post by: jackson_hurley on December 22, 2011, 01:15:57 AM
Well tonight is the finale of the first season of American Horror Story. i can't wait to see it. It's a bit cheesy at some point but still is a good show IMO.
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Post by: Truder on December 22, 2011, 07:48:03 AM
I just watched this hour and a half long documentary on Samurais. specifically, Miyamoto Musashi by the History Channel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&NR=1&v=1NT1tPpkVMM

The ending was a philosophical over load :isidro:.
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Post by: Oburi on January 21, 2012, 02:59:52 AM
I just want to say that tonight's episode of Real Time on HBO was the best I've ever seen. Say what you will about Maher but the panel and guests were on fire, especially Sen. Bernie Sanders. If you get a chance check out tonight's episode.
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Post by: JudeauChop on January 23, 2012, 05:05:43 PM
I just want to say that tonight's episode of Real Time on HBO was the best I've ever seen. Say what you will about Maher but the panel and guests were on fire, especially Sen. Bernie Sanders. If you get a chance check out tonight's episode.
Was a great episode!  Real Time is one of my only 'must watch' tv shows these days.  I also started watching Alcatraz, and am going to give it a shot (was a bit of a Lost nerd).
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Post by: Oburi on January 23, 2012, 05:22:28 PM
Yea man. It really is a must watch for me. Its so goddamn entertaining. You could tell within the first minutes of that episode that crowed was feeling it. Its always best when the audience participates.
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Post by: Proj2501 on February 21, 2012, 01:16:48 PM
I just caught up with seasons 4 of both Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy. Both thoroughly entertained. I blew through both seasons in under a week.

So bummed to learn Season 5 will be it for Breaking Bad. At least they're getting 16 episodes to end the series, as opposed to 13.

Anyone else watching these two shows? They're fantastic.
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Post by: Saephon on February 21, 2012, 03:04:46 PM
So bummed to learn Season 5 will be it for Breaking Bad. At least they're getting 16 episodes to end the series, as opposed to 13.

I'm actually extremely happy about it. The show could have arguably ended at Season 4, but I trust the writers to wrap up the loose ends in a satisfying matter. It speaks volumes to me that they've got an ending planned out, and want to tie it all together, instead of letting it stagnate in the interests of making more money. More TV shows should have the balls to do that.
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Post by: Walter on February 21, 2012, 03:10:10 PM
So bummed to learn Season 5 will be it for Breaking Bad. At least they're getting 16 episodes to end the series, as opposed to 13.
I love Breaking Bad, but I am certainly not bummed about it coming to a conclusion. I prefer writers to set a goal for the ending and stick to it. Too many great shows set that goal, see their success then want to milk it.
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Post by: hellrasinbrasin on February 21, 2012, 03:25:49 PM
Just wrapped up some goodies: Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica (Scifi), Farscape, Millennium, Carnivale, and Twin Peaks.
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Post by: Johnstantine on February 21, 2012, 10:37:23 PM
Just wrapped up some goodies: Babylon 5, Millennium, Carnivale

B5 is my favorite show of all time. Millennium and Carnivale were excellent shows as well (it's sad that Carnivale got cancelled though).
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Post by: Proj2501 on February 23, 2012, 12:45:27 PM
I'm actually extremely happy about it. The show could have arguably ended at Season 4, but I trust the writers to wrap up the loose ends in a satisfying matter. It speaks volumes to me that they've got an ending planned out, and want to tie it all together, instead of letting it stagnate in the interests of making more money. More TV shows should have the balls to do that.

I was sad to hear it'll be ending, but I'd rather it end and leave a good impression on me than have it jump the shark.

As far as the season 4 finale goes, there were 2 wtf moments as far as I'm concerned. I won't spoil anything, but one (I'm sure it was the same for most people too) made me say aloud, "No way." 
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Post by: Griffith on February 28, 2012, 03:43:46 AM
I'm glad Breaking Bad going out on its own terms. At first I was actually kind of down on seasons 3 and 4 of compared to the first two. Everything in the second season was more plotted out and it kind of wrapped everything of the original premise up, but I've since come to appreciate 3 and 4 on their own merits. In addition to them just having a lot of great moments, even if the structure didn't display the same "fastidiousness" of 1 and 2, I feel like I could keep watching Walt get worse forever, but I'm glad they're not putting me to the test and I hope Walt goes out with a bang.
 
Speaking of character studies in bad behavior (strange how two shows that couldn't be more different are alike in this way), I just watched the first two episodes of season 3 of Eastbound & Down on HBO GO. It's more offensive, and surreal, than ever.

What can I say? I sympathize with the devil. :griffnotevil:
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Post by: Oburi on March 02, 2012, 11:47:03 PM
Im watching Eastbound and Down too. Great so far. First episode had me crying.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on April 13, 2012, 09:36:08 PM
The new Lupin III anime is really fucking awesome. Has a great staff working on it, really cool art, and awesome animation.
http://myanimelist.net/anime/13203/Lupin_the_Third:_Mine_Fujiko_to_Iu_Onna (http://myanimelist.net/anime/13203/Lupin_the_Third:_Mine_Fujiko_to_Iu_Onna)

Anybody in a nostalgic mood or even just wanting to try Lupin for the first time should watch it.
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Post by: IncantatioN on April 14, 2012, 01:08:25 AM
The new Lupin III anime is really fucking awesome. Has a great staff working on it, really cool art, and awesome animation.
http://myanimelist.net/anime/13203/Lupin_the_Third:_Mine_Fujiko_to_Iu_Onna (http://myanimelist.net/anime/13203/Lupin_the_Third:_Mine_Fujiko_to_Iu_Onna)

Anybody in a nostalgic mood or even just wanting to try Lupin for the first time should watch it.
And boobs, you forgot to add boobs in your post so I'll say it two times to make up for it.

I just re-re-rererere-watched The Vision Of Escaflowne in 1080 print, SO good.
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Post by: Dar Klink on April 14, 2012, 03:18:52 AM
And boobs, you forgot to add boobs in your post so I'll say it two times to make up for it.

Well, it is Fujiko centered, thought that part would be obvious. :ganishka:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8IYmYreGWQ
The Opening theme is pretty damn classy even if isn't the famous Lupin III theme.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on April 29, 2012, 01:29:55 PM
Been watching The Avengers on Netflix and it's pretty good. Among em, Thor and Hulk are my favorite characters. Plus they even got the voice actor's to sound like the actor's in the movies.
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Post by: TheBranded1 on May 06, 2012, 06:40:15 PM


I just watched the 2 first episodes of "Veep" starring Julia Louis-Dreyfuss  as Vice President Selina Meyer. It's a good show if you are a into politics and it kinda shows that nobody really gives a crap about the vice president position.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on May 08, 2012, 04:48:47 PM
The Avengers (animated series on Netflix) was pretty good. Same goes for Thundercats (re-boot) and Young Jutice (13 hour marathon this past Sunday). I don't remember finishing He-Man And The Master's Of The Universe (2002 version) so I picked that up recently and I'll watch the whole thing.
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Post by: Dar Klink on June 03, 2012, 05:51:13 AM
Watching Space Battleship Yamato is really making me want to get back into Infinite Space...
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Post by: hellrasinbrasin on June 03, 2012, 07:46:19 AM
Sitting through a UC Era Gundam-A-Thon: I'm currently on Series 2
Z Gundam
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Post by: IncantatioN on June 03, 2012, 05:29:05 PM
Both Yamato and Zeta Gundam were great. On an unrelated note, I didn't expect much from Gundam 00 but it interested me with how dark it was.

After a few weeks, I'm up towards the end of Season 5 of Supernatural. This Season's been the least interesting so far. Have 2 more to go till I catch up and can finally DISScus it with my pals. The production is surprisingly good.
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Post by: IncantatioN on June 24, 2012, 02:35:27 PM
Twin Peaks. Recommended to me by a few, I just got around watching it. Didn't know it was Lynch, LOVED Season 1, it's brilliant. Season 2 upped it's weird quotient in a good way but felt abrupt in some way. So I wiki'd a bit and learnt of how bad ratings got the studio to force Lynch into revealing the killer mid-way - wasn't Lynch's intent. Sucks it got cancelled after Season 2, can't wait to finish it though.
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Post by: Walter on June 24, 2012, 02:57:23 PM
LOVED Season 1, it's brilliant. Season 2...
Yup, that's about right  :ganishka: Fantastic show. One of the best ever made, in my opinion. But it's also one of the most stunted. You can essentially stop watching after Season 1, which ends in a cliffhanger, and never quite recovers. Though there are some hilarious, memorable things that happen as a result of the poor writing in the middling episodes of Season 2, like when James rides off into the plot of another TV show.

Still, the ending to season 2, while weird and abrupt, I thought it was amazing. Still haunting to this day.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: hellrasinbrasin on June 24, 2012, 02:59:50 PM
Did you ever see the film Fire Walk With Me.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on June 24, 2012, 03:02:05 PM
Did you ever see the film Fire Walk With Me.
I think that movie is best watched when slightly drunk. I love the first segment—the flashback to another town, with a David Bowie cameo. It opens up a lot of possibilities about the recurring themes. But the rest wasn't too great, I didn't think. It felt out of place, to me.
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Post by: hellrasinbrasin on June 24, 2012, 03:06:55 PM
I think that movie is best watched when slightly drunk. I love the first segment—the flashback to another town, with a David Bowie cameo. It opens up a lot of possibilities about the recurring themes. But the rest wasn't too great, I didn't think. It felt out of place, to me.

I remember when they ran it in theaters and it bombed. It wasn't that it was a bad film far from it it was a darn good film. That said if you had no prior knowledge of the series going into the film you wouldn't understand what was being shown or the answers given that re contextualized a lot of what was showcased on the series.

---

By the way has anyone here ever seen Lexx... I'm 2 Series in.
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Post by: IncantatioN on August 06, 2012, 01:17:40 PM
Just started watching Mad Men on Netflix. The first few episodes didn't bring me in as quickly as Twin Peaks or Breaking Bad but it's building up to something, I hope.
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Post by: JudeauChop on August 07, 2012, 02:28:44 PM
I'm still watching True Blood... which is pretty terrible, but it got me to watch Newsroom, which i was SUPER skeptical of, and am enjoying now.  I'm also totally digging Breaking Bad.
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Post by: Walter on August 07, 2012, 03:26:25 PM
Just started watching Mad Men on Netflix. The first few episodes didn't bring me in as quickly as Twin Peaks or Breaking Bad but it's building up to something, I hope.
It's a decent show with great characters right up until this most recent season, when it became clear they were milking it for extra seasons (there was originally a 5-season arc plan, now it's 7.) Writing went downhill sharply, scenarios are contrived... it's just depressing. Not the same show at all.
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Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on August 07, 2012, 04:51:14 PM
I'm still watching True Blood... which is pretty terrible, but it got me to watch Newsroom, which i was SUPER skeptical of, and am enjoying now.  I'm also totally digging Breaking Bad.

True blood was pretty entertaining for me for the last 2/3 of season 1, but I just gradually got more and more sick of it to the point where I'm not even going to touch the fifth season. It's not a story; it's a random chain of supernatural events with a bunch of people who are either dumping or fucking each other all the time. Also, castrating Eric was not cool.

Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on August 07, 2012, 05:32:57 PM
It's a decent show with great characters right up until this most recent season, when it became clear they were milking it for extra seasons (there was originally a 5-season arc plan, now it's 7.) Writing went downhill sharply, scenarios are contrived... it's just depressing. Not the same show at all.
That's a bummer on the 'milking' aspect. Post episode 3, I've been enjoying it so far. 1 episode shy of finishing S1 and the tension between Pete and Don is building up well. MAN, Don's suits are cool *adds to his want list*.
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Post by: JudeauChop on August 07, 2012, 06:03:14 PM
True blood was pretty entertaining for me for the last 2/3 of season 1, but I just gradually got more and more sick of it to the point where I'm not even going to touch the fifth season. It's not a story; it's a random chain of supernatural events with a bunch of people who are either dumping or fucking each other all the time. Also, castrating Eric was not cool.


I'm to the point where I kind of hope they kill of characters, so we don't have to watch all of the stupid side stories any more (when those characters used to be my favorite).  I should just stop watching it. I guess the 'creator/main writer' is leaving after this season, so I kind of think he's trying to run it into the ground before he leaves.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on August 08, 2012, 01:07:08 AM
True blood was pretty entertaining for me for the last 2/3 of season 1, but I just gradually got more and more sick of it to the point where I'm not even going to touch the fifth season. It's not a story; it's a random chain of supernatural events with a bunch of people who are either dumping or fucking each other all the time.

I'm ashamed to say I've seen every episode of this show but the latest. First season is legitimately good, and I enjoy the third season's "everything and the kitchen sink" mentality (and of course Russell Edgington =), but that card was played and now it's just a horribly campy flailing clusterfuck with 10,000 characters and no narrative or point. Not even Russell has been any good this season, and bringing him back was a desperation move that in Breaking Bad terms would be like if they brought back Gus for the second half of season 5. Also not cool, killing Chris Meloni, the other hope for this season.

I guess the 'creator/main writer' is leaving after this season, so I kind of think he's trying to run it into the ground before he leaves.

What was the excuse last season, and all of them to some degree? I don't think the guy is very good, the show is based on a book seris and the best season is the one closest to the source material. No big loss, as a matter fact, maybe someone else could clean it up.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on August 08, 2012, 08:52:37 AM
Yea I thought season 1 of True Blood was promising. I really like it actually. But halfway through season 2 I completely lost interest. As far as Mad Men, it's seems like it's something I would enjoy but I watched the first 2 or 3 episodes and found it very slow and kind of boring. I guess it gets better but I don't I'll ever go back. Same with True Blood.  Not enough time really. I still have yet to catch up on Breaking Bad (but that's a must  :guts:)

My girlfriend is forcing me to sit through Supernatural  :azan: While it's definitely aimed at a more female audience and the writing is filled with way too many pop culture references for me to truly get into, it's not too bad. I think of it as a kind of x-files for teens (which is clearly what they are going for as any x-files fan would know after seeing just one episode).
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Post by: IncantatioN on August 08, 2012, 12:32:30 PM
The first 2/3 seasons of Supernatural's decent. What struck me about the show was that the special effects aren't THAT bad and you kinda get used to Sam's constant whining/ pout faces and Dean's duck face. Bobby rules.
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Post by: Dar Klink on August 10, 2012, 07:38:32 PM
Twin Peaks. Recommended to me by a few, I just got around watching it. Didn't know it was Lynch, LOVED Season 1, it's brilliant. Season 2 upped it's weird quotient in a good way but felt abrupt in some way. So I wiki'd a bit and learnt of how bad ratings got the studio to force Lynch into revealing the killer mid-way - wasn't Lynch's intent. Sucks it got cancelled after Season 2, can't wait to finish it though.
I'm a bit creeped out since I haven't looked at this thread in a while and just came to say I started watching this as well. I'm around the beginning of season 2 still right now, enjoying it quite a bit, Agent Cooper is my favorite character so far.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on August 11, 2012, 01:28:59 AM
I never actually finished Twin Peaks. I watched it years ago (I have the box set actually). As a fan of Lynch, I remember watching the first episode (the pilot) and thinking "this has the potential to be the greatest television show I've ever fucking seen". However it seemed to get worse and worse during it's short run and I cared less and less about the never ending side plots. I could always tell which episodes Lynch directed himself as those had the best, the creepiest, and the most surreal moments of the show. Although as I said I never finished it. I stopped watching when David Duchovny started appearing in women's cloths. By that point I lost all interest, much like the viewers of Twin Peaks when it was originally broadcast I assume.  I also bought the movie, Fire Walk With Me. But like the series, I can't remember finishing that either. It felt so different from the series even though it was the same actors and whatnot.

Idk, Twin Peaks could have been something so great. It had it's moments for sure, but there's so much boring filler that just totally bores me. I remember hating most of the actors too (at least the male ones).


Funny. I misspelled "Duchoveny" and curiously right clicked to see the suggested spelling, which was "Beethoven"? Strangely, David Duchovny was in the 1993 film "Beethoven".  I'm telling you man, weird shit happens when you talk about Twin Peaks.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on August 23, 2012, 03:45:44 PM
It's a decent show with great characters right up until this most recent season, when it became clear they were milking it for extra seasons (there was originally a 5-season arc plan, now it's 7.) Writing went downhill sharply, scenarios are contrived... it's just depressing. Not the same show at all.
Close to the end of S3 and it's my favorite season so far. The show, at this point, got better and better. I'm at the point where Betts confronts Don about his past. Those scenes in the kitchen and the bedroom right after were darn good.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on August 24, 2012, 10:21:33 PM
I watched Season 1 of Breaking Bad this week. :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on September 18, 2012, 06:44:53 AM
Finished both Twin Peaks and the movie today. As bad and weird as the writing got in the middle of season 2, it's one of my favorite tv shows for sure. I really wish circumstances had allowed it to have been actually concluded. It always saddens me when something as good as this has such stupid problems plaguing it that cause it to lose track/jump the shark. In any case, what would you guys recommend if I'm looking for something similar? The abrupt way it ended has left me wanting more of the same flavor, be it TV, film, animation, video games, etc.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on October 30, 2012, 01:49:09 PM
A friend last week recommended I check out Boss cos we spoke briefly about Homeland, etc. So I downloaded S1 not knowing who was in it. S1 was a bloody 10/10 for me! I wasn't expecting to love it that much and it reeled me in after the 2nd episode. Kelsey Grammer is unbelievably good, steals the show but the rest of the cast is pretty good. I recommend anyone to give it a shot. Also finished watching S2, which isn't as good because some characters are subdued but it springs back mid-season till the end.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: MrWeatherby on October 30, 2012, 09:35:21 PM
Finished both Twin Peaks and the movie today. As bad and weird as the writing got in the middle of season 2,

Yeah there's some batshit decisions they made during season two, but at least we got that whole superhuman Norma subplot. That continues to be one of my favorite character arcs on TV.

I've just gotten halfway through season three of Breaking Bad. I figure at this rate I'll be able to watch the rest of season five by the time it comes out.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on October 30, 2012, 10:51:05 PM
Finished both Twin Peaks and the movie today. As bad and weird as the writing got in the middle of season 2, it's one of my favorite tv shows for sure.
It got progressively shittier the less Lynch had to do with the show. Then he swooped in for the finale, and it was amazing, whattaya know. Too bad that's the end...  :sad:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: MrWeatherby on October 31, 2012, 01:17:46 AM
It got progressively shittier the less Lynch had to do with the show. Then he swooped in for the finale, and it was amazing, whattaya know. Too bad that's the end...  :sad:

I can't remember how involved he was with the reveal of the killer, but I thought all of that was handled very well too. Season two opened good, the reveal was great, and the direction they were going in with Windom Earle was fantastically eerie and odd. In between all this were some strange lulls filled with crazy dumb ideas and awful writing, but even those in their own had had some kind of weird charm.

Twin Peaks is really one of my favorite series.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: TheBranded1 on December 20, 2012, 05:09:24 PM


Finished watching Firefly series along with the movie. I really liked how they tied up the series and the movie. I just hoped they would have shown more of the futuristic cities as well.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on December 20, 2012, 08:58:27 PM

Finished watching Firefly series along with the movie. I really liked how they tied up the series and the movie. I just hoped they would have shown more of the futuristic cities as well.

I'm probably one of the only people who thought Firefly was extremely overrated. I had my qualms with the series (mainly with Gina Torres and Jewel Staite -- I can't stand either of them), so it really distracted my from enjoying it. Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk are two of my favorite actors, so it saddened me that I didn't care for the series.

Serenity was a shitty movie, too because Tudyk dies.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on December 20, 2012, 09:48:32 PM
I'm probably one of the only people who thought Firefly was extremely overrated.
You are not alone, but I enjoyed it all the same. I think it only gets as much attention as it does because it was cut short.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on December 21, 2012, 10:13:12 AM
I'm probably one of the only people who thought Firefly was extremely overrated.

I don't think it's really overrated, it just has a ravid fanbase. I personally think it's one of the best series I've seen though. Was very promising. Serenity I didn't enjoy nearly as much.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on December 21, 2012, 07:14:20 PM
Anyone else watching the new season for Shahs Of Sunset?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Breed1Ghost on January 29, 2013, 10:56:46 PM
I am enjoying King of the nerds!.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Gobolatula on January 30, 2013, 02:02:57 AM
Anyone else watching the new season for Shahs Of Sunset?
I've been subjected to watching this horse shit show. Any honkey like me who wants to learn a thing or two about Persian culture, this isn't the place to learn it from at all. Every person on this show is completely hateable. If I could pick one that I like, I like Reza just because he's a funny dude sometimes and I like his mustache. Still a shallow prick like all the rest of em. All I see is scene after scene of scripted poorly acted fucking garbage. But, really, I have a feeling that's what every one of these dumb reality shows are like. I can't watch them.

I used to watch reality shows and get so fucking pissed off at the people and the situations and I keep watching to keep hating. I was a sucker for the "Sweet 16" one and "Surreal Life" (the one with Flavor Flav). But I would just watch and get angry and I realized that most of these shows are designed to get you upset. That's how they get you. Why not watch something that makes you happy? Or at least challenges you or something.

I watch Shahs of Sunset because I get to sit with my Persian grailfriend and be angry together with her.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Grail on January 30, 2013, 02:45:40 AM
I watch Shahs of Sunset because I get to sit with my Persian grailfriend and be angry together with her.
I'm ashamed to admit that it didn't bother me as much when we started watching, but it feels like they've purposely been making things more and more ridiculous to distract viewers from the fact that the "characters" are so irritating. I think I'm only watching it so that I get to see their parents, who are much more realistic and entertaining. Oh, and Lilly's dumb dog, Coconuts. :ubik:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Gobolatula on January 30, 2013, 02:48:06 AM
Oh, and Lilly's dumb dog, Coconuts. :ubik:
Fuck that fucking thing.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: TheBranded1 on January 30, 2013, 02:59:42 AM
Started to see Fox's new show " the following" so far so good for a second episode . As for reality tv , I sometimes watch COPS
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on January 30, 2013, 03:29:17 AM
Yeah Grail, I feel for their parents. MJ's Mom especially, she's ballsy like that one episode when she just walks out of that family luncheon she and MJ went over to, I think it was her brother's place. Wait, you're Persian?! #high five# ... do you set the table up with goodies at Nowruz (we'd call it Navrose)?

I've been subjected to watching this horse shit show. Any honkey like me who wants to learn a thing or two about Persian culture, this isn't the place to learn it from at all. Every person on this show is completely hateable. If I could pick one that I like, I like Reza just because he's a funny dude sometimes and I like his mustache. Still a shallow prick like all the rest of em. All I see is scene after scene of scripted poorly acted fucking garbage. But, really, I have a feeling that's what every one of these dumb reality shows are like. I can't watch them.

I used to watch reality shows and get so fucking pissed off at the people and the situations and I keep watching to keep hating. I was a sucker for the "Sweet 16" one and "Surreal Life" (the one with Flavor Flav). But I would just watch and get angry and I realized that most of these shows are designed to get you upset. That's how they get you. Why not watch something that makes you happy? Or at least challenges you or something.

I watch Shahs of Sunset because I get to sit with my Persian grailfriend and be angry together with her.

Aww man, the show lost some steam this season compared to season 1. Reza's awesome "She's so skinny, I want to wear her" - first reaction when he met Lily the first time hahaha. He's funny because he's sort of a lost cause. Mike seems the most sensible in the group, next episode will be tough on him when he tells his family about his girlfriend and getting serious with her. Have you guys watched any of Asa's songs on YT, hilarious stuff but I'll admit there was a track she played during that first recording episode that sounded atmospheric cool kinda to me, among the other stupid sounding tracks. Just that one : p. GG is just nuts, didn't imagine she'd connect with Lily in that last episode. I don't care if MJ is getting close to being 40, she's cute but ... sigh.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Grail on January 30, 2013, 09:33:27 PM
Okay, I'm just gonna get all this Shahs of Sunset talk out of my system. Canty, you've opened the floodgates!

Yeah Grail, I feel for their parents. MJ's Mom especially, she's ballsy like that one episode when she just walks out of that family luncheon she and MJ went over to, I think it was her brother's place.
Yeah, MJ's mom is definitely my favorite. She's a meaner version of my own mom in some ways. :iva:

Wait, you're Persian?! #high five# ... do you set the table up with goodies at Nowruz (we'd call it Navrose)?
Yeah, half. Are you Hindu or Zoroastrian? We don't usually set up a Haft-Sin at my house, but I think I'll try bringing back the tradition this year... mostly because I'd like to have a pet goldfish. :badbone:

Aww man, the show lost some steam this season compared to season 1. Reza's awesome "She's so skinny, I want to wear her" - first reaction when he met Lily the first time hahaha.
Dude, Lilly drives me nuts. She's easily the one that Gobs and I end up complaining about the most. I'm pretty sure she's some sort of robot designed specifically to annoy the hell out of whoever watches this show. The part where she had a blind date with this one poor guy pretty much convinced me.

Mike seems the most sensible in the group, next episode will be tough on him when he tells his family about his girlfriend and getting serious with her.
I gotta say, I don't know what Jewish-Iranian feelings are toward gentiles/non-Iranians when it comes to marriage, but I'd like to think that they're not that close-minded about it. I think it might be edited to seem more controversial.

Have you guys watched any of Asa's songs on YT, hilarious stuff but I'll admit there was a track she played during that first recording episode that sounded atmospheric cool kinda to me, among the other stupid sounding tracks. Just that one : p. GG is just nuts, didn't imagine she'd connect with Lily in that last episode. I don't care if MJ is getting close to being 40, she's cute but ... sigh.
Asa is kind of a joke. I used to think she was alright, but ever since that diamond water thing, it's very hard to take her seriously. Again, I think she might be hamming it up for the camera (at least, I hope so :griffnotevil: ). Plus, her music is terrible. MJ and Reza are probably the least nutty/irritating characters to me.

Man, looking back at everything I've said, it's a wonder that I still watch the show! I can't seem to help myself, though... that's the danger of reality TV. :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on January 31, 2013, 04:01:22 PM
Okay, I'm just gonna get all this Shahs of Sunset talk out of my system. Canty, you've opened the floodgates!
Haha awesome! It's a fun show because there are embarrassing moments or WTF that can't be happening moments overall.

Yeah, MJ's mom is definitely my favorite. She's a meaner version of my own mom in some ways. :iva:
I was a bit surprised by what she agreed to do this last episode. She's damn sensible but very very mean. I get why she's worried about MJ with the 'being a drunk' part and worrying about her. Maybe she said that to save face. Which brings me to question when do they say what they do, you know in between actual clips, is it after the show or the same day or the next day, etc.

Yeah, half. Are you Hindu or Zoroastrian? We don't usually set up a Haft-Sin at my house, but I think I'll try bringing back the tradition this year... mostly because I'd like to have a pet goldfish. :badbone:
Zoroastrian, Parsi to be exact. Always wanted to find out the history of my bloodline to map out who traveled from Persia to India those many years ago and see what professions they undertook in a fresh start in a different country, you know. Our history has been vast, rich in culture and a lot of the ancient texts were burnt by Alexander. But yeah, we're not a lot of us left in the world, maybe 150,000 or less I don't know. You should totally do it and take pictures of the fishy :guts:. My paternal grandmother used to set the table and Mom carried that tradition forward. I've done that once here but I may try it this year, invite a bunch of pals over and stuff.

Dude, Lilly drives me nuts. She's easily the one that Gobs and I end up complaining about the most. I'm pretty sure she's some sort of robot designed specifically to annoy the hell out of whoever watches this show. The part where she had a blind date with this one poor guy pretty much convinced me.
Lily ... her voice : / ... and her tan : / or it looks like a permanent tan or maybe it's just a LOT of make-up. Oh yeah, that blind date was awful. What was worse was her talk with her old buddy, actually I'd have to side with her on that one because that guy was just old fashioned backward but I suspect there's more to that story we obviously don't know about. Most annoying person on the show, next to GG which is funny cos the both of them connected in the last episode.

I gotta say, I don't know what Jewish-Iranian feelings are toward gentiles/non-Iranians when it comes to marriage, but I'd like to think that they're not that close-minded about it. I think it might be edited to seem more controversial.
It's a bit common in old fashioned religious households I guess. Like my folks would like me to get married to a Zoroastrian and if I like someone who isn't one, they'd still be ok with it - now that's considered very liberal back home! I know a lot of families where they'd disown their kids if they would marry outside the faith.

Asa is kind of a joke. I used to think she was alright, but ever since that diamond water thing, it's very hard to take her seriously. Again, I think she might be hamming it up for the camera (at least, I hope so :griffnotevil: ). Plus, her music is terrible. MJ and Reza are probably the least nutty/irritating characters to me.
Diamond Water :ganishka: awww man, what about "Come, let me show you the concrete outside my door ... you know what's underneath this Reza? I buried $30,000 worth of gold coins in the concrete because I'm a Persian Pop Star Princess and a bit of a Gypsy and that's such a Gypsy thing, right?".

Man, looking back at everything I've said, it's a wonder that I still watch the show! I can't seem to help myself, though... that's the danger of reality TV. :ganishka:
It's okay to watch ridiculous stuff *pat pat*. I like to shut my mind off sometimes and these kind of shows help. I miss a few episodes and it still doesn't matter cos there's something or the other constantly going on. Same with the Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, just real - unintentionally comedic - drama.  
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Gobolatula on February 01, 2013, 02:17:21 AM
Season finale of Shahs of Sunset coming up. Then I'll get a BREAK FROM THIS MADNESS WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on February 01, 2013, 03:29:39 AM
Man, looking back at everything I've said, it's a wonder that I still watch the show! I can't seem to help myself, though... that's the danger of reality TV. :ganishka:
Season finale of Shahs of Sunset coming up.
You people are weird  :void:

Still barreling through Star Trek: TNG with my wife (and son?). By season 6, you start feeling the engine dying a little. There's an episode where four of the main cast are beamed back aboard the Enterprise as teenage versions of themselves. Wackiness ensues. It's not all bad, of course. Even in the worst episodes, there are genuinely cool or funny moments. But still... nothing has matched "Best of Both Worlds," in my opinion.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on February 11, 2013, 03:56:38 PM
I missed the last 15 minutes of the season finale last night cos I put it to record while I watched the Grammy's and somehow it never went through, so I waited for the 12:30 AM re-run and dozed off on the couch. Not enough fireworks! But I wonder how the concert went. I'll finish it tonight. I'm glad for Mike, his parents seemed cautious and open to the aspect of him being serious outside of the community. Whether it was for the cameras we'll never know but the father sweetly snuck in his point about the language barrier from his perspective. That reunion promo looks fantastic hahaha.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: MrWeatherby on February 11, 2013, 04:48:47 PM
I've been trying to clear out my TV collection since there's still a few unwatched things on my shelf (including two seasons of Third Rock from the Sun and the eighth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm), which means I'm currently going through the second season of the Man Show. It's ok, really hit or miss. Apparently all the clips I saw and liked of it are from season three, so getting 1 and 2 was sort of a mistake.

The first season of Heroes is also sitting on my shelf, but in the year and a half that I've owned it, I've never once wanted to put it in.

Also just finished watching the first four seasons of Breaking Bad in order again.

SHOWS
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on February 11, 2013, 07:00:29 PM
I actually miss watching 3rd Rock From The Sun, used to air all the time back home and mostly re-runs. I should prolly hit it up from start to finish and satisfy that urge, now that I saw you mention it and it's sort of playing on my mind.

I'm a few episodes in a British comedy called The IT Crowd. I'm a sucker for British humour, grew up watching em, prefer it to American humor. So far, it's excellent. Try this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP7LHHR91lE - if you want to be a bit spoiled by what happens in the show.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: MrWeatherby on February 11, 2013, 07:10:44 PM
I actually miss watching 3rd Rock From The Sun, used to air all the time back home and mostly re-runs. I should prolly hit it up from start to finish and satisfy that urge, now that I saw you mention it and it's sort of playing on my mind.

Mill Creek Entertainment has been putting the series out again on DVD. They're ten bucks tops, but I got mine for about 4 each. The only real downside is they have some batshit way of storing the actual discs where they're clipped in on top of each other and separated by sleeves. The only alternative is the original box sets, but the last I checked they were still hard to find an absurdly expensive.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Breed1Ghost on February 27, 2013, 03:23:21 AM
I have been watching

Arrow
Zero Hour
Cult
Person of intrest
Walking Dead
Comicbook men
Youg justice
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on March 04, 2013, 06:24:23 PM
I have been watching

Arrow
Zero Hour
Cult
Comicbook men

Anything you'd recommend or pretty much all of them?

Finally they aired part 2 of the reunion for the Shahs Of Sunset. Pretty dramatic, it'as better than part 1 and a lot of revealing stuff about MJ like the bank thing. I thought Reza was overly attacking and I found it surprising MJ said there was progress in their relationship in the end. Overall, this season was better than the last, for I think there was more we could make fun of or talk about this time around like Asa, Lily, Omid's nose (oh wait, he might find me irl for saying that), etc.

I finished watching all 4 seasons of The IT Crowd, highly recommended. I think it's watchable on Netflix. Try this snippet - Jen is the Relationship Manager for the IT Department comprising of Roy and Moss. She's just won Employee Of The Month and there's a speech to be made for the shareholders of the company. She's oblivious of everything related to IT and the duo figure they could write her speech for her, help her out and this's what they planned - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDA1HUmuuJo

Next up is a marathon of all seasons of Tales Of The Crypt or re-watching The Vision Of Escaflowne for the n'th time cos I was discussing it with a pal last week, triggering my urge to see it.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Breed1Ghost on March 05, 2013, 05:20:01 PM
Anything you'd recommend or pretty much all of them?

I really like Arrow, it's making me wish I was into the green arrow comic. They also have a few other DC  chars in it here and there maybe more but I wouldn't be able to tell.

Anyone into comics should be watching Comicbook Men I enjoy this show allot I find it very funny.

Zero Hour isn't so bad. Kinda like national treasure meets the omen.

I missed half the first epp of Cult but I am digging it

If you want me to go into more detail for any of them let me know and I'll pm you.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Saephon on March 10, 2013, 06:49:55 PM
Recently breezed through the first season of "House of Cards", a political drama starring Kevin Spacey. It's a direct-to-Netflix series, so all the episodes are available. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, the cinematography, and the various power grabs at play in the story. At first it seems like there were a couple missteps in casting early on (particularly the female roles), but by mid-season all of the acting is spot-on and compelling. Couldn't put the damn show down.

Only downside is that it's very obviously exaggerated at certain points, to where even an extreme cynic like me doesn't completely suspend disbelief about the U.S. government.  :ganishka: But if you like West Wing/The Wire, I highly recommend "Cards". I think it has some serious potential. Not to mention the first couple episodes are directed by David Fincher.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Death May Die on March 16, 2013, 07:54:08 AM
I just finished American Horror Story season 2. I enjoyed it a lot.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on March 16, 2013, 10:21:24 AM
Been watching the new season of Community while rewatching the old seasons. Seasons 1 and 2 were definitely the best. Season 3 got too weird and meta with all their parodies and shit while flanderizing all the characters. Season 4 has barely had any good episodes so far. If you ever want a pretty okay "quirky" comedy with some good references or meta humor, watch the first two seasons and if you move on, don't expect it to stay as good(if you even find that good). Season 3 does have some pretty good standalone episodes, but overall it was a steady decline for the series.

I've also been watching Initial D, Urusei Yatsura, and Rose of Versailles.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: TheBranded1 on March 16, 2013, 04:23:16 PM
Been watching the new season of Community while rewatching the old seasons. Seasons 1 and 2 were definitely the best. Season 3 got too weird and meta with all their parodies and shit while flanderizing all the characters. Season 4 has barely had any good episodes so far. If you ever want a pretty okay "quirky" comedy with some good references or meta humor, watch the first two seasons and if you move on, don't expect it to stay as good(if you even find that good). Season 3 does have some pretty good standalone episodes, but overall it was a steady decline for the series.

I've also been watching Initial D, Urusei Yatsura, and Rose of Versailles.
I watched the first 3 seasons as they came out. Started to watch season 4 and I just stopped , for some reason I couldn't do it anymore .
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on March 16, 2013, 05:32:31 PM
Recently breezed through the first season of "House of Cards", a political drama starring Kevin Spacey. It's a direct-to-Netflix series, so all the episodes are available. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, the cinematography, and the various power grabs at play in the story. At first it seems like there were a couple missteps in casting early on (particularly the female roles), but by mid-season all of the acting is spot-on and compelling. Couldn't put the damn show down.

Cool, I've been meaning to watch this. I've only heard good things. Thanks for the review.

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Only downside is that it's very obviously exaggerated at certain points, to where even an extreme cynic like me doesn't completely suspend disbelief about the U.S. government.  :ganishka: But if you like West Wing/The Wire, I highly recommend "Cards". I think it has some serious potential. Not to mention the first couple episodes are directed by David Fincher.
Not sure I quite get your meaning. It's not a realistic portrayal of government or of a government representative?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on March 16, 2013, 05:45:13 PM
I've also been watching Initial D, Urusei Yatsura, and Rose of Versailles.

I miss watching all 3 series, it's been so long. What's your favorite season for Initial D and your preferred anime adaptation/ manga from Rumiko Takahashi?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on March 16, 2013, 07:32:46 PM
Been watching Season 4 of Archer. I swear they never have a bad season.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on March 17, 2013, 03:19:18 AM
I miss watching all 3 series, it's been so long. What's your favorite season for Initial D and your preferred anime adaptation/ manga from Rumiko Takahashi?

It's my first time for both. Season 1 of Initial D and, besides very little Inuyasha on Adult Swim, my first Rumiko Takahashi anime. I'm enjoying both of them quite a bit.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on March 19, 2013, 01:54:51 PM
Whoa, I hope you like Initial D! The first season was exciting, same with the second. The third and fourth are just about OK in comparison but the story is progressive every season. Rumiko has a certain style and humor, hit up Maison Ikkoku (under-rated) and Ranma Half (classic) next. I hold em in higher regard than Inu Yasha.  

Top Of The Lake premiers on Sundance's Channel, good looking mini-series with a cool cast and overall look, preview below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pabAM7xIt3Q
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Hanma_Baki on March 19, 2013, 04:35:03 PM
Been watching Season 4 of Archer. I swear they never have a bad season.
Hah! How could this pearl have slipped past me´all these years! I practically just marathoned the first season after seeing your post. The episodes are so short so you´re like "just one more, just one more..." I sure hope the rest holds the same standard! I love it when Sterling´s voice actor screams, reminds me of Charlie Day from IasiP and Horrible bosses :ganishka: Anyway thanks for the recommendation! I needed that.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on March 19, 2013, 04:41:55 PM
Hah! How could this pearl have slipped past me´all these years! I practically just marathoned the first season after seeing your post. The episodes are so short so you´re like "just one more, just one more..." I sure hope the rest holds the same standard! I love it when Sterling´s voice actor screams, reminds me of Charlie Day from IasiP and Horrible bosses :ganishka: Anyway thanks for the recommendation! I needed that.

It doesn't just hold, no. It gets better and better.

If you enjoy it, I recommend checking out the late Frisky Dingo (the studio tanked, so it never finished, but has some WONDERFUL lines), and Sealab 2021.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on March 22, 2013, 04:09:30 AM
Recently breezed through the first season of "House of Cards", a political drama starring Kevin Spacey.
I just finished watching it myself after about a week of going through them. It is kinda cool to have the whole series all at once. I don't think that's the wisest way to promote it though.

So, this series has a neat trick. It will very quickly fool you into believing it has something special up its sleeve. It doesn't, but I'll get to that. "House of Cards" is impeccably packaged. There's a box quote for you to start things off. The visuals are a feast. Cinematography shines, direction in most episodes feels appropriately weighty, and topping it all off, Spacey's performance goes a long way toward lending this show credibility. He all but reprises his excellent role as a Southern politician from "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." It's essentially fan service, and it works.

Unfortunately, all these polished facets have only a hollow, empty experience to convey. And that's a shame after having assembled such a lovely party.

The writing is piss poor. I would even call it sophomoric. That's what ultimately sinks this ship. This is a political "thriller" where one of the major plot lines is a congressman being blackmailed because he was into drugs and prostitutes. Hope you brought your big-boy pants, because this is deep stuff! Later on, a reporter has sex with a congressman, and it backfires! WHAT?!!

I really did try my best to take the "intrigue" on display seriously, but the political and journalism worlds depicted in the show are like cartoons. You know how in Spider-Man, through Peter Parker you'll get a glimpse into life as a photojournalist, or through Clark Kent, a taste of what it's like to be a reporter? The press rooms in House of Cards are of the same caliber, only it's asking you to take it seriously.

To its credit, the show did a great job of whetting my appetite early on. As the credits rolled, the urge to bleed into the next episode was strong, but that spell didn't last the full season. Toward the end, you already know the magic on display is just a cheap trick.

I gave the show a chance, waiting until the end to see if it could surprise me before making a judgment. But nope. No surprises. Just a mediocre show packaged in a sleek veneer. Instead of wasting time on this, go watch the first season of The Wire.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on March 22, 2013, 04:56:10 AM
3 episodes into the show - The Newsroom - and it's engaging, good stuff. With recently having enjoyed The (edit) Boss, this is another good political drama. Created by Aaron Sorkin, featuring guys like Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, Emily Mortimer in lead roles ... Jeff is a top news anchor and things go haywire when he's pushed to work with Emily as his new producer. She motivates him to go back to gritty news reporting that comes with the obvious corporate baggage of what's the right thing versus what keeps corporate content. Hoping it ends on a high note, grabbing the 4th episode now, cannot sleep as I work on the side.

So far, recommended.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on March 22, 2013, 04:59:15 AM
I saw the first episode of The Newsroom, but just can't get into something done by Sorkin. The dialogue is so stilted and unrealistic. He generally has great characters though.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on March 22, 2013, 12:52:14 PM
I saw the first episode of The Newsroom, but just can't get into something done by Sorkin. The dialogue is so stilted and unrealistic. He generally has great characters though.

I felt the same way. Never went back.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on March 22, 2013, 02:27:03 PM
Interesting to know, I know he worked on The Social Network (over-rated or just about decent) recently and A Few Good Men (awesome).

In terms of TV shows about politics or involving mass media, which ones would you guys recommend?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on March 22, 2013, 02:36:49 PM
In terms of TV shows about politics or involving mass media, which ones would you guys recommend?
The Wire, of course.  :void:

But you should also watch The 1976 film "The Network."
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on March 22, 2013, 03:19:42 PM
Interesting to know, I know he worked on The Social Network (over-rated or just about decent) recently and A Few Good Men (awesome).

In terms of TV shows about politics or involving mass media, which ones would you guys recommend?

The Wire. It's slow paced and the plot of each season isn't all too clear, but it's a damn good show.

West Wing isn't too bad.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Hanma_Baki on March 23, 2013, 02:11:44 AM
Been watching UFC events from the beginning, Im up to the 7th I think, planning to watch up to date since I´ve only watched it sporadically... Pretty interesting stuff if you´re into MMA, to see how its been changing over 1-2 decades.

Also, watched the first 4 episodes of Vikings, very beautiful locations and all. Only flaws I can see this far is that it generally seems a bit one-dimensional and that the language issues can get a bit awkward at times if you´re sensitive, doesnt really bother me though.

If you enjoy it, I recommend checking out the late Frisky Dingo (the studio tanked, so it never finished, but has some WONDERFUL lines), and Sealab 2021.

Just finished first season of Frisky Dingo, this is even worse since its dangerously time killing with these 10 minute-ish episodes.. The animation might be even less attractive than Archer but I gotta say the voice actors take the cake here, especially the guy who does Phil :ganishka: Oh and I totally thought they were gonna stay best buddies in the end, I kinda got a lil' sentimental there lol :ganishka:  Also, I thought the Stan clones were supposed to be normal old grumpy suit dudes that they used the same face model for to intentionally make it look like cheap and lazy animation, I must´ve missed the part where/if they mentioned it earlier, it cracked me up all the same though.

Seriously man, you opened up my eyes to new sorta comedy here, this shit beats Family guy and South Park any day. Will be checking out that Sealab eventually too. Thanks again.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on March 23, 2013, 02:16:40 PM
Been watching UFC events from the beginning, Im up to the 7th I think, planning to watch up to date since I´ve only watched it sporadically... Pretty interesting stuff if you´re into MMA, to see how its been changing over 1-2 decades.

Also, watched the first 4 episodes of Vikings, very beautiful locations and all. Only flaws I can see this far is that it generally seems a bit one-dimensional and that the language issues can get a bit awkward at times if you´re sensitive, doesnt really bother me though.

Just finished first season of Frisky Dingo, this is even worse since its dangerously time killing with these 10 minute-ish episodes.. The animation might be even less attractive than Archer but I gotta say the voice actors take the cake here, especially the guy who does Phil :ganishka: Oh and I totally thought they were gonna stay best buddies in the end, I kinda got a lil' sentimental there lol :ganishka:  Also, I thought the Stan clones were supposed to be normal old grumpy suit dudes that they used the same face model for to intentionally make it look like cheap and lazy animation, I must´ve missed the part where/if they mentioned it earlier, it cracked me up all the same though.

Seriously man, you opened up my eyes to new sorta comedy here, this shit beats Family guy and South Park any day. Will be checking out that Sealab eventually too. Thanks again.

Hey, no problem. Just wait until you get to see Wendell. He's the funniest goddamned character in the entire show. Period.

Once season two ends, I'd check out the X-Tacles show. It's only two eps because it didn't get picked up, but it has some great lines.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on March 23, 2013, 03:16:16 PM
Thanks for the recco guys. I've heard of West Wing and think I watched the first 3/4 episodes of The Wire at some point. I'll hop on them once I'm done with this one. Short on time these past few weeks to do much.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: frankencowx on April 05, 2013, 11:17:51 AM
Watched the premier of Hannibal last night. I don't normally watch TV but I'm a huge fan of Mikkelsen. Fishburn provides your run of the mill FBI agent. Hugh Dancy is borderline annoying as Graham, a pseudo psychic tormented by his own psychosis; and Mikkelsen is excellent as Lectre. He provides an alternate sophisticated sinister creepiness to the doctor. The first episode was good but I felt this whole 'why so serious' thing throughout the show, like it was being serious and violent for the sake of being serious and violent. I know the story's been done to death so many times before, but we'll see. The next episode preview kept me excited to come back.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on April 09, 2013, 03:30:47 PM
Huge fan of the bloke too, frankencowx. I'm waiting on them to finish the entire season so I can marathon it or I'll get tempted to this weekend after reading what you said haha!

Watched Wrestlemania 29. Best matches - Shield vs Show-Sheamus-Orton and team Hell No vs Dolf-Big E. The Undertaker's match this year was a little less exciting but it's still good to see him back. I hope he gets to retire on a high note, there's no one in the business who's worth ending his 21-0 streak at Wrestlemania. Rock vs Cena was predictable because it'd make sense for Rock to lose so he can go on with his Hollywood engagements.

EDIT

Forgot to mention the new Mad Men premiere. Two episodes. I liked the theme a bit and some of the dialog or how the characters delivered but overall they were a disappointment. Slow paced, inconclusive, weird editing or scene transitions. Betty mentioning raping an underage was surprising, some of Don's dialog was the best (post-vacation), Peggy turning into a Don (in the way she turns down ideas), Betty changing her look to go back to her natural brunette look.

Roger's story for me stuck out - dealing with the death of his mother, seeing Mona's partner at the funeral made him blow. I liked everything that followed - Mona telling him to get closer to Margaret, him giving Margaret the precious inheritance and she brushes it off as not being of monetary value and asks for his help with investing in her husband's idea. In contrast when he requested his secretary to contact his shoeshine guy for his services, the family of the deceased shoeshine fellow sends him his shoeshine kit and getting that hit him hard compared to his mother's death.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on April 23, 2013, 03:01:50 PM
BUMP.

New Mad Men episode was just about alright. I liked Joan's side of the story, she's so poignant. Don versus Peggy played out perfectly with Peggy sounding just like Don, sucks for Stan. I know there's a lot going on but I'd like to see more of Don pitching ads or using his chivalry in the business. Or more Roger.

I'll pick up the new Vikings episode soon. Anyone else keeping up with the show? Johnstantine, you current? The series is an episode shy of the season finale and they're renewed for another season.

Tonight I'll watch the last Game Of Thrones with good company, to get current on that.

EDIT

Guillermo del Toro and HBO are adapting the 'Monster' manga. VERY interested to see how that pans out.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: TheBranded1 on May 01, 2013, 07:27:18 PM
Anybody else watching "Veep" on HBO . I liked the first season and the second one hasn't disappointed me. I recommend it .
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on May 17, 2013, 03:38:04 PM
Hannibal's turning out to be pretty good, give the first 3 episodes a shot guys. Mads is a cool Dr. Lecter and hey, Morpheus is in it haha plus a certain someone from The X Files pops up in episode 8.

Is anyone watching Defiance? Hearing good things about it, might check it out soon.

EDIT:

Almost Human looks pretty neat ... produced by JJ Abrams with Judge Dredd's in it : p - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuDkOVe7ay0
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on May 22, 2013, 08:50:49 PM
BUMP.

Promo for the new Arrested Development that comes out this Sunday - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W23NIyNbnM
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: KazigluBey on May 23, 2013, 09:02:19 PM
The Sherlock Holmes TV series starring Jeremy Brett as Holmes. Never get tired of his great acting and portrayal of the character. I've watched some of the episodes of the modern adaptation with Cumberbatch as Holmes and it's decent.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on June 07, 2013, 03:10:26 PM
Been hooked on to Suits with late night marathons, in the middle of season 2. Here's a synopsis on IMDB - "On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant college-dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City's best lawyers." Anyone else like the show?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on June 17, 2013, 09:11:12 PM
If the Bruins win the Stan Lee cup this year I'm going to die from happiness.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on June 17, 2013, 11:54:26 PM
If the Bruins win the Stan Lee cup this year I'm going to die from happiness.
Has Marvel Comics invaded the NHL? Is nothing sacred?! Stay tuned true believers!!!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on June 18, 2013, 03:02:25 PM
Hannibal's season finale comes up this week, the build up to it has been pretty good, glad it's picked up for another season. Sunday will also be the last episode of Mad Men, this one's been better season than 5. I think there's some time before Dexter starts, so I'll use it to check out West Wing.

Anyone else watching Family Tree? It's got the guy from The IT Crowd which's what piqued my curiosity. It's a warm, light humored show 4 or 5 episodes in ... synopsis - Centers on 30-year-old Tom Chadwick who, after losing his job and his girlfriend, begins exploring his family heritage after inheriting a mysterious box from a great aunt he never met. Unsure of his identity, he uncovers a world of unusual stories and characters as well as a growing sense of who he and his real family are.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: frankencowx on June 21, 2013, 11:34:16 AM
Hannibal's season finale comes up this week, the build up to it has been pretty good, glad it's picked up for another season.

The finale was... excellent! Wouldn't ya say?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on June 21, 2013, 02:57:53 PM
Finale was indeed EXCELLENT, when the credits rolled I yelped a "NOO" because I thought time flew real quick and wasn't expecting it to end. Cool under-rated show with substance, flair and a lot of dark under-tones. A lot of things came full circle like that one time Hannibal helped with Will's fish-lure's and how he eventually gradually set him up. Will falls in the same spot Hobbs did, mutters the same words and finally sees what I think he's been suspecting all this time because he's been seeing that stag at various stages, hinting that he knew it was all connected and could speculate his suspicions over Hannibal. I liked how the episode tied that in and you see Hannibal smile in the end with Will behind bars. Who caught who?! Du Maurier sees Hannibal's pattern which is remarkable and I'm really curious about what she saw when he saved her, but now, having said that to Hannibal, how will Hannibal proceed ... will he kill her at the expense of losing another friend? He doesn't have a lot of friends. I don't own a lot of series on DVD/ BR but I'm picking this up.

Did anyone watch the NBA game last night? I thought it was close up until the 4th quarter. That one pass Lebron made to a guy swimming on court was hilarious to watch.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on July 15, 2013, 03:36:37 PM
S2 of The Newsroom premiered over the weekend, thought it was a decent start. I'm more curious about how they'll cover that whole Occupy Wall Street incident.

An episode shy of finishing S1 of The West Wing. So far so good, it's pretty smart. Favorite character - Toby.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Joe Chip on August 09, 2013, 09:25:52 PM
Is anyone watching Rectify ? It's the first time after The Wire and Sherlock that i enjoy a TV series this much. I love the passing, the soundtrack, the story. I can't recommend this show enough.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on August 16, 2013, 07:04:18 PM
^ looks interesting, I'll check it out over the weekend.

Anyone check the first episode of Low Winter Sun yet? Too soon to tell if it's gonna be good ... it's dark, promising, Mark Strong's cool - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QdWAYnkuF8c
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: TheBranded1 on August 18, 2013, 08:40:56 PM
Started watching " Star Trek" on Netflix. I have only seen a handful of episodes. Now that I can see them all, I will take the chance.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on August 19, 2013, 06:39:34 PM
^ it's a lot of fun.

With only 4 episodes left, Dexter's last and final season is meandering and unfocused. No build-up of a tense scenario or anything like Breaking Bad plus it's easy to compare the two when they air on the same night! Big difference between the two as far as the show's intensity and depth in writing's concerned. I just want those 4 episodes quick, so I can be done with the show.

I thought I had watched until somewhere in the middle of Spartacus before stopping but I had stopped at episode 1. Watched up to 5 last night, every episode got better along the way. The gore's intense this season, more room for characters to breathe and it's shaping up for a cool end.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on August 19, 2013, 08:31:52 PM
Started watching " Star Trek" on Netflix. I have only seen a handful of episodes. Now that I can see them all, I will take the chance.
The original series or Next Generation?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: TheBranded1 on August 19, 2013, 10:47:07 PM
The original series or Next Generation?

Original series. So far I'm on the 5th episode " naked time" .
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on October 03, 2013, 02:30:10 PM
Watched the first episode of The Crazy Ones, new Comedy with Robin Williams, Buffy, Bob Benson (Mad Men). Decent only, with a heart warming moment or two. Kelly Clarkson made a guest appearance on the first episode. Going to give it another episode.

First 2 episodes of Agents of Shield. Second was better than the first but plots haven't been interesting enough to keep me vested. Going to skip and wait for a full season's review(s).

Gotta get back on Deadwood. I haven't watched Six Feet Under either.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: TheBranded1 on October 03, 2013, 06:03:00 PM
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First 2 episodes of Agents of Shield. Second was better than the first but plots haven't been interesting enough to keep me vested. Going to skip and wait for a full season's review(s).


At least they did keep Samuel L. Jackson as Fury on the series as well.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Hanma_Baki on October 08, 2013, 06:56:58 PM
First 2 episodes of Agents of Shield. Second was better than the first but plots haven't been interesting enough to keep me vested. Going to skip and wait for a full season's review(s).

Yeah Im having a hard time figuring out the quality of this production, obviously it looks good but as you say its not really that interesting. I´ll probably watch the next episode but if I still dont know what to make of it I´ll probably wait like you. How many episodes will there be btw? I hope there´ll be some more cameos except for Fury. I havent read this part if its based on some comic version but I wonder what Coulson really is, clone of some kind? Weird...

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Gotta get back on Deadwood.

Never watched it. How´d you describe it? Can you compare it to any other show/film genre?

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I haven't watched Six Feet Under either.

Great acting. Occasionally very good direction/directing. BUT. Very overrated imo. Guess the first season was alright but the rest is just too goddamn depressing (gotta have some sense of balance there, y'know). I finished it only cause everyone was praising it so much so I constantly kept my hopes up.

Oh yeah, the last scene of the last season finale actually made me a bit melancholic, even though the majority of the show pretty much felt like a waste of time. Very cheap way to end it but I guess it did its job. <---I wouldnt call it spoiler material but but you never know...
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Lithrael on October 09, 2013, 03:14:29 PM
Deadwood is all kinds of awesome.  Basically just hard-cussin brutal nigh-lawless old west with lots of semi and demi-factual cameos.  It's loosely based on historical stuffs.  Ian McShane, who I have loved for basically ever anyways, has a major role as one of the guys scheming to stay on top as the town rakes in gold and becomes more infamous.  Generally everyone in it is awesome and the writing is great. 

Now, the cussin is modern cussin, not period cussin; the writers explain that the period cussin the real townspeople used was, for its time, gonna make your ears fall off, so to evoke that effect for the modern audience everybody going shit damn fuck all the fuckin time. 

I usually just watch the first two seasons though cause the third season depressses meeeeee
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on October 09, 2013, 03:50:59 PM
Ian McShane
Alone makes the whole series worth watching.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: JoeZeon on October 20, 2013, 09:21:20 PM
I've really gotten into Hell on Wheels just within the last month, I finished season 2 just as season 3 was wrapping up so I'll have to wait on Netflix for the rest. Maybe now I'll finally sit down and watch Breaking Bad and Mad Men.
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Post by: IncantatioN on November 11, 2013, 03:08:42 PM
Came across two potentially good tv shows coming soon.

True Detective - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roiKrE5KLbk

"The lives of two detectives, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, become entangled during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana." Starring McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

The Spoils of Babylon - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkGEg4evHMY

And then there's news of Marvel teaming up with Netflix to come out with new TV shows - http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/11/07/marvel-netflix-superhero-series/3469777/

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.... While Marvel Studios is beginning to move to the stars with its superhero movies, its TV counterpart is focusing more on being down to Earth.

Disney and Netflix announced a deal Thursday for four 13-episode series featuring Marvel Comics heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage that will air on the video-streaming service over multiple years and will lead to a mini-event called The Defenders.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on November 14, 2013, 03:19:35 AM
I just watched the latest episode of South Park. Though the series is long past its prime and very uneven in quality, this last episode was actually pretty good. It was a Game of Thrones style episode about preparing for the upcoming Black Friday bloodbath. Hopefully, it won't tease every single major battle for 30+ hours.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on November 14, 2013, 04:09:33 PM
Just got done watching the entirety of the DCAU, and Young Justice.

So much fun watching it all.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on November 14, 2013, 04:20:07 PM
I just watched the latest episode of South Park. Though the series is long past its prime and very uneven in quality, this last episode was actually pretty good. It was a Game of Thrones style episode about preparing for the upcoming Black Friday bloodbath. Hopefully, it won't tease every single major battle for 30+ hours.

While I missed last nights episode, the episode before that about the ginger cow creating peace in the middle east was incredibly funny. I was laughing way too hard at the real footage of middle east protests made to look like they were rocking out to a Van Halen concert. "HEY HEY HEY"!!! 
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on November 14, 2013, 05:38:31 PM
New season of Shah's Of Sunset is shaping pretty good haha. Lily's showdown with MJ at dinner was badass. What's up with Lily's brother's voice!?! I re-watched that whole dinner just for the hilarity of what he was saying. Smart fellow. Mike - Reza ... there's something brewing and it's going to get to a boiling point by the end of the season me thinks. I think John or whatever his name is and Reza might go through that same cycle, Reza's vicious. What's up with Mike hooking up with GG's sister?! I feel like they might've hinted at that earlier in the show or maybe I missed it? But yeah, I think it would be sweet if they hooked up again but that's not gonna happen : p ...

Young Justice.

I liked Season 1. Does it get better?
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Post by: Johnstantine on November 14, 2013, 09:16:29 PM

I liked Season 1. Does it get better?

Oh, god yes it does. I loved Season 2. Probably up there with JLU.
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Post by: Death May Die on November 17, 2013, 01:16:30 AM
Just all around weird: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/11/17/is-seth-rogen-bringing-garth-ennis-preacher-to-life?abthid=5288240a5617d75d2b00001e (http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/11/17/is-seth-rogen-bringing-garth-ennis-preacher-to-life?abthid=5288240a5617d75d2b00001e)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on November 17, 2013, 04:34:17 AM
Just all around weird: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/11/17/is-seth-rogen-bringing-garth-ennis-preacher-to-life?abthid=5288240a5617d75d2b00001e (http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/11/17/is-seth-rogen-bringing-garth-ennis-preacher-to-life?abthid=5288240a5617d75d2b00001e)

I'll believe it when I see it.

Given the content of the series, unless it's on a premium channel then it's going to be awful.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on December 02, 2013, 05:23:58 PM
Marathoned a French tv show called Les Revenants (The Returned) yesterday, season 1 is 8 episodes and a second season has been ordered. Mogwai's soundtrack is perfect, setting an eerie atmosphere around the happenings of the small town on a mountain with a big dam. Watch the opening scene to get a sense of it - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y2SuJnXYo0

The show focuses on the 4/5 people who have 'returned', slow paced and interesting. There are a few questions unanswered but for the most part you get hints of what's happening or the cause of it, without knowing 100%. I couldn't compare it with the first season of Twin Peaks because that's a good season as a stand alone. This one will need a sequel to sort of end things if that makes sense? Episode 6 'Lucy' was not up to par. I'd like to discuss it more with anyone else who's watched it.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Hanma_Baki on December 02, 2013, 08:45:32 PM
Looks interesting actually. Not a big fan of Twin Peaks though, so Im not holding my breath, but I´ll probably give it a chance.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on December 02, 2013, 10:06:08 PM
Not a big fan of Twin Peaks though
:schnoz:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Skeleton on December 03, 2013, 04:52:05 AM
Marathoned a French tv show called Les Revenants (The Returned) yesterday, season 1 is 8 episodes and a second season has been ordered. Mogwai's soundtrack is perfect, setting an eerie atmosphere around the happenings of the small town on a mountain with a big dam. Watch the opening scene to get a sense of it - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y2SuJnXYo0

The show focuses on the 4/5 people who have 'returned', slow paced and interesting. There are a few questions unanswered but for the most part you get hints of what's happening or the cause of it, without knowing 100%. I couldn't compare it with the first season of Twin Peaks because that's a good season as a stand alone. This one will need a sequel to sort of end things if that makes sense? Episode 6 'Lucy' was not up to par. I'd like to discuss it more with anyone else who's watched it.

It looks interesting.  I'll have to check out the first episode or two.

Not a big fan of Twin Peaks though

What?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Joe Chip on December 03, 2013, 02:12:43 PM
I'd like to discuss it more with anyone else who's watched it.
I've watched it, my sister recommended it to me. It's been a while since i saw it so my memory is a bit fuzzy. I liked it but i have some complaints. I honestly expected them to explain some of the stuff that happened. I didn't like how they ended the season, at all. I bet they are going to continue with the same pace at the second season. I don't think i will stick around if they do, i'll probably read a spoiler summary when they finish it.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on December 03, 2013, 03:22:36 PM
I've watched it, my sister recommended it to me. It's been a while since i saw it so my memory is a bit fuzzy. I liked it but i have some complaints. I honestly expected them to explain some of the stuff that happened. I didn't like how they ended the season, at all. I bet they are going to continue with the same pace at the second season. I don't think i will stick around if they do, i'll probably read a spoiler summary when they finish it.

True, the ending left a lot of questions unanswered, so it sort of needed that second season to seal the deal. I'm hoping there's just 2 seasons or 3 max unless there's more to it than we know. The history behind this sort of 'resurrection' would be good to know. Why just now? The priest and others have said it's happened before, are they talking about folk-lore surrounding the town or are they specifically referring to Jesus only. Expected some info on the church buried in water but we at least got to know about an old dam. I wasn't too sure about episode 6 where they show Lucy's psychic abilities before she died, was kinda weird. Was she already dead before she was stabbed? Not sure, she resurrected in the span of a few episodes ... I don't recall how many days might have passed.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Hanma_Baki on December 04, 2013, 09:32:58 PM
:schnoz:
What?

Yeah I did notice the Twin Peaks hype, not only on this board but other places as well, got a sister who pretty much worships it too. I think I kinda watched it the wrong way, cause its supposed to be more of an aesthetically stimulating experience, rather than a story-oriented one, right? And I was constantly looking for plot advancing and thus felt like the show was just stalling. But despite not really liking it, I actually did finish it, I wanted to like it so bad cause eveyone else did. Sadly, when it felt like the show finally got a little spark, it ended. Never saw the movie(s?) though, should I?

I think what got to me most of all was that soundtrack, felt like I couldnt stand it already after the first couple of episodes...


Just finished season 4 of Boardwalk Empire. I wish we would´ve gotten a bit more, the ending felt a little anti-climatic, I guess it´d be hard to top the previous season finale though. Best thing about this season is easily Nelson´s scenes, Im really liking his character development even if it might´ve been predictable since a while back, Shannon´s a great actor. This scene inparticular is beyond epic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgiJFsw3egY

Now If Im not miscalculating here, at least six of the main cast´s been killed off this season :carcus:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on December 05, 2013, 12:15:22 PM
Has anyone else been watching Masters of Sex?

Never saw the movie(s?) though, should I?
I wouldn't watch them, considering that you didn't like the series.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Hanma_Baki on December 05, 2013, 02:51:03 PM
^
Lol I only asked in case it might´ve picked up where the series ended, which was when I started liking it.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on December 05, 2013, 03:50:51 PM
I think I kinda watched it the wrong way, cause its supposed to be more of an aesthetically stimulating experience, rather than a story-oriented one, right? And I was constantly looking for plot advancing and thus felt like the show was just stalling.

Indeed, you shouldn't go into a David Lynch experience looking for things like plot or story. His work is primarily about style, presentation, and atmosphere—and in that realm, he's among the best in the business. In the case of this show, he also creates some very memorable characters.

What's fantastic about Twin Peaks is that normally that level of mastery is relegated to films. But this is a fucking murder mystery TV show. So he has fun playing with the standard format of that genre, and it results in some intentionally hilarious corniness. On top of that, the dialogue is entertaining throughout, and really how can you not love Special Agent Dale Cooper? And Apple Pie? And Douglas Firs?

I recommend Twin Peaks to everyone, without reservations for taste, because I think there's something in it for everyone as long as you know what you're getting into.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on December 05, 2013, 04:01:15 PM
On top of that, the dialogue is entertaining throughout, and really how can you not love Special Agent Dale Cooper? And Apple Pie? And Douglas Firs?

You know, excuse me, that's a damn fine comment.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on December 07, 2013, 04:00:07 AM
Indeed, you shouldn't go into a David Lynch experience looking for things like plot or story. His work is primarily about style, presentation, and atmosphere—and in that realm, he's among the best in the business. In the case of this show, he also creates some very memorable characters.

What's fantastic about Twin Peaks is that normally that level of mastery is relegated to films. But this is a fucking murder mystery TV show. So he has fun playing with the standard format of that genre, and it results in some intentionally hilarious corniness. On top of that, the dialogue is entertaining throughout, and really how can you not love Special Agent Dale Cooper? And Apple Pie? And Douglas Firs?

I recommend Twin Peaks to everyone, without reservations for taste, because I think there's something in it for everyone as long as you know what you're getting into.

Twin Peaks is actually the only only Lynch thing I like since there's some time to develop it.

His movies have never done anything for me, and I'm all about that particular style since it's such a departure from the norm.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on December 07, 2013, 04:55:48 AM
Twin Peaks is actually the only only Lynch thing I like since there's some time to develop it.

His movies have never done anything for me, and I'm all about that particular style since it's such a departure from the norm.
I can't claim to love anything he's done apart from Twin Peaks, but I still very much enjoyed Eraserhead and Elephant Man. And Mulholland Drive... well, I still don't quite get that one  :ganishka:

Still, even if I don't always love his work, I do love that there's a guy out there like Lynch that pushes the boundaries of surrealism and atmosphere like nobody else.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on December 07, 2013, 06:35:58 AM
I can't claim to love anything he's done apart from Twin Peaks, but I still very much enjoyed Eraserhead and Elephant Man. And Mulholland Drive... well, I still don't quite get that one  :ganishka:

I couldn't make a damn bit of sense out of Eraserhead. To its credit though, it is the scariest movie I've ever seen and I love the sound design. But I couldn't get my mind around the bleeding roasted chicken, some guy's bed turning into a water filled crater, or a lady in a radiator with cartoonishly puffy cheeks doing a happy dance while stepping on giant sperm cells. And what was the deal with all of the adult humans acting like some alien engineered uncanny valley imitations?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on December 08, 2013, 02:03:36 AM
I can't claim to love anything he's done apart from Twin Peaks, but I still very much enjoyed Eraserhead and Elephant Man. And Mulholland Drive... well, I still don't quite get that one  :ganishka:

Still, even if I don't always love his work, I do love that there's a guy out there like Lynch that pushes the boundaries of surrealism and atmosphere like nobody else.

Ugh, Eraserhead. I had to do a film study on it (against my will). I handed my report in and the professor said it was the best interpretation he'd read of it. He asked me how I felt about the movie and I told him I didn't care about it. The baby monster gave me nightmares for months.

Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, and Mullholland Drive are really the only ones that are watchable for me. Lost Highway was shit, but man I loved the soundtrack.

Dune, sadly, isn't considered a Lynch film anymore since he distanced himself from it =/
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on December 08, 2013, 04:11:31 AM
I've liked all of Lynch's films that I've watched so far. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should try The Straight Story, the weirdest thing he's done. :troll:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on December 23, 2013, 03:24:18 PM
Up to episode 9 of Lucky Louie and it's pretty funny. Covers a lot in just 25/30 mins per episode. A lot of win moments and dialog like "Our daughter's an asshole" or Jerry with his long explanations on how the doors are bad and/ being naked most of the time. Wasn't sure if this was a prequel to Louie, so I thought I'd check it out before marathoning Louie.

Watched the first episode of Broadchurch (BBC), not bad, curious to see how things unfold. There's a bit of critical buzz around this series. IMDB says "The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart."

Next up in queue is Bron/Broen.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Hanma_Baki on December 24, 2013, 01:03:19 AM
Lucky Louie´s fucking awesome! :guts: Most memorable scene for me is how they basically convert the whole group therapy session :ganishka: I actually prefer this one to the other series, the other one just got a bit too awkward, not that its bad though, its Louie after all. I really recommend his stand up shows in case you havent seen them already.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on December 25, 2013, 10:35:04 PM
Finished the first season of Broadchurch, it ends on a high. The last 2 episodes whip the story good and puts things in place. Surprised to learn of a second season. Recommended watch this. What I noticed was that both recent watches - Les Revenants, Broadchurch - they're much better because of the dark or atmospheric soundtrack, Olafur Ornalds does good with this series.

Grabbing Bron/ Broen and Top Of The Lake.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on December 26, 2013, 02:22:27 AM
I'm about 4 episodes into the fourth season of Clone Wars. Such a good show.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on December 26, 2013, 05:13:27 AM
I'm about 4 episodes into the fourth season of Clone Wars. Such a good show.

As in Star Wars? =)

I've heard that elsewhere before, but the movie and everything to do with the prequel material has such a stink on it I've never watched an episode.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on December 26, 2013, 03:02:54 PM
I liked their first season. I think I got side-tracked with something else and it went off my radar. 4 seasons is a lot of catching up to! But if it's consistently good, I'll check it out.

4 episodes in Bron/ Broen and it's pretty gripping if you like police-thrillers. In the opening scene you see lights go out on a section of a bridge that connects Denmark and Sweden and 45 seconds later they're back on but there's a body of a female politician with a line painted under her. They find out that the drawn line is accurate by the millimeter for the border of both countries and the body is cut in half. There's more to it than meets the eye and two cops from either country have to work jointly on the case.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on December 26, 2013, 04:00:50 PM
As in Star Wars? =)

I've heard that elsewhere before, but the movie and everything to do with the prequel material has such a stink on it I've never watched an episode.

Lifelong Star Wars fan here. After being raped by the prequels, this series is a breath of fresh air. I was apprehensive about watching it for a long time (I stopped following SW after RotS), but I finally gave in and I couldn't be more in love with the franchise once again. It takes place between eps 2 and 3, and goes into detail about the rise of the separatists and even elaborates on a shitload of characters. You also actually like if not love Anakin, which was impossible to do in the movies.

Are there some shitty eps, though? God yes. So, so bad. But they're few and far between.

Also, the Clone Wars movie they put out in theaters...never should have happened. Lucas wanted it to be released like that to hype people up for the series. Just add it up to his long list of awful decisions (Christensen).
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on December 29, 2013, 03:03:50 PM
First season of Bron/ Broen was so good that I grabbed the second one and marathon'd all of it yesterday. No twists for the sake of shock value, everything's connected and the acting's top tier. Episodes 7 and 8 in S2 have weak moments but the last two make up for it. Highly recommended.

Next up - Top Of The Lake.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: m on January 03, 2014, 07:05:33 PM

I'm watching the second season of Real Humans, a show that I really like. I thoroughly recommend it to anybody that has the chance to watch it (it apparently has been sold to about 50 countries)

The summary of the show, from Wikipedia, is:

"Real Humans (Swedish title: Äkta människor) is a 2012 Swedish science fiction/drama series set in an alternate version of modern day Sweden where humanoid robot workers and servants are widespread. The series follows the resulting emotional effects on two families as well as the trials of a group of robots who have attained free will and want their freedom from human ownership."
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on January 16, 2014, 08:49:13 PM
I'm watching the second season of Real Humans, a show that I really like. I thoroughly recommend it to anybody that has the chance to watch it (it apparently has been sold to about 50 countries)

Cool beans, I'll check this show out in upcoming weeks.

I'm 3 episodes in this new show on SyFy called Helix ...

(http://compass-images-1.comcast.net/ccp_img/pkr_prod/VMS_POC_Image_Ingest/57/483/media-6029277468134632534-Helix_Keyart_2048x1024__640070.jpeg)

Seeing the poster in the subway got me to check the show out. The main characters isn't engaging or exciting enough but the premise is cool, decent suspense and the plot has good potential - The series follows a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who travel to a research facility in the Arctic to investigate a potential outbreak of disease. While there, they find themselves stuck in a life-or-death situation that could decide the future of mankind.

Picking up Doctor Who (2005 to present), True Detective and Masters of Sex.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on February 18, 2014, 09:05:57 PM
Nearing the end of the second season of House of Cards. This show still sucks.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on February 20, 2014, 04:15:19 AM
Nearing the end of the second season of House of Cards. This show still sucks.

I was thinking of picking this show up : / guess I'll skip it. A colleague at work loves the show and I think that's one reason why I had not checked it out so far.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on February 20, 2014, 04:05:32 PM
I was thinking of picking this show up : / guess I'll skip it. A colleague at work loves the show and I think that's one reason why I had not checked it out so far.

Why would you skip it, though? Walter is the first person I've heard saying they disliked it. Everyone else has said it's really good.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on February 20, 2014, 05:45:47 PM
Why would you skip it, though? Walter is the first person I've heard saying they disliked it. Everyone else has said it's really good.
If you're interested, don't skip it. I mean, hell I watched it and I didn't even enjoy it, but it has an undeniably addictive quality to it (you constantly think it's going to get better, but it doesn't...). But I'm not the only person that had big problems with it: http://www.avclub.com/review/house-of-cards-still-deeply-empty-still-occasional-201183

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the series still struggles with the foremost issue that bedeviled season one: It’s not about a goddamn thing, other than getting you to keep watching the episodes by keeping the plotting as obvious and easy to understand as possible. What the series has to say about American politics is brain-numbingly basic and devoid of nuance, largely boiling down to the easiest kind of cynicism but then refusing to grow beyond that. (If all politicians in the series’ world need to be more like Frank to get ahead, as it seems to suggest, then it’s a wonder a man as milquetoast as Michel Gill’s President Garrett Walker got as far as local dog catcher.) House Of Cards is a series intent on congratulating the viewer for being suspicious of politicians, but it’s not particularly interested in examining root causes for political corruption—or even the motivations of its protagonist Frank, and why he so covets power. It’s the ultimate binge-watching experience, in that it rewards even the laziness of thought.

This pretty much sums up my problem with it. It is not a smart show, but tries desperately to clothe itself in the trappings of one. Any scrutiny of the writing quickly reveals it to be second-rate. There are times when they overplay their dramatic music cues so much that it's comical. It has a glossy finish, and is mostly well-produced, [generally] well-acted, but it is an utterly hollow experience, with simple characters who aside from Spacey are almost completely devoid of nuance. The character quirks that are touched on are not explored enough to make them interesting. Even at the end of the second season, they remain caricatures.

Beyond that, it's boring even for a political drama. Strong start, strong finish, but the middle 10 episodes or so revolve around Spacey's butt-simple political manuevering and fucking infrastructure intrigue that stretches on for HOURS.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Hanma_Baki on February 22, 2014, 11:23:59 PM
Has anyone been watching Black Sails? I think I´ve watched four episodes. I really like the setting and it seems like theres potential. But essentially it lacks something, just not intense enough to fully grab my attention.


Right, I take back what I´ve always said about kid shows being better back in the day. Babysitting my niece the other day we watched this kids show called Sponge Bob Square Pants, and that shit was awesome! :ganishka: Seriously Im even considering buying some collection for her to watch with her, its pretty much the only thing we both enjoy. And naturally we watched the swedish dub so I bet its much funnier in english.

The episodes are like parodies on movie classics and stuff. For instance Jaws (wtf!? :iva:) and Im pretty sure there was a Justice league reference too, thats all I remember now, there was more.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: JoeZeon on February 25, 2014, 08:19:48 AM
I've thoroughly enjoyed the second season of House of Cards, though I agree with Walter that the characters outside of Underwood could use some more meat to them. I don't see how Underwood becoming president should've been a shock to anyone though, I mean where else was he gonna go? I really hope they come up with a rival that can challenge and push Underwood next season though. As much fun as it was to see him slither his way to the top, it would do the series some good to have him knocked down a peg or two.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on February 26, 2014, 07:13:44 PM
Has anyone been watching Black Sails?
Was at a Black Sails panel at NYCC by default since they had The Walking Dead panel in the same auditorium. Production values looked big but it didn't grab me enough to make me want to see it whenever it was going to release.

I've watched random Futurama episodes through the years but every episode or a full season, so I'll start watching that soon and season 3 of Louie. Helix picked up from the 5th episode, overall the show is B-Ok.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on February 27, 2014, 02:23:26 AM
Just started watching True Detective. I'm avoiding the other thread due to spoilers though.

I'm one episode in and my god I am so hooked.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on February 27, 2014, 03:04:33 AM
Just started watching True Detective. I'm avoiding the other thread due to spoilers though.

I'm one episode in and my god I am so hooked.
Better than House of Cards?!  :badbone:

Seriously, glad you're enjoying it. And I think we're pretty good at spoiler tagging the thread. But yeah... best to be safe.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on February 27, 2014, 03:49:10 AM
Better than House of Cards?!  :badbone:

Seriously, glad you're enjoying it. And I think we're pretty good at spoiler tagging the thread. But yeah... best to be safe.

HoC is on the list, but near the bottom. I'll get to it...eventually. I guess.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Hanma_Baki on March 05, 2014, 02:15:37 AM
Season 2 premier of Hannibal. What an opening showdown! At first I thought it´d ruin it but with a second thought I actually think it actually fits pretty good, and the scene itself was so beautifully done that I pretty much forgot to be critical. Wtf was that pro-wrestling-ish move by Jack though?! Normally I dont think I´d like that but for some reason it looked fucking awesome :ganishka: This is pretty much my favorite tv show right now, well, coupled with True Dectective I guess. Never watched the whole season promo thing at the end, intentionally of course, but Im really interested to see how this season is gonna be set up.

A pal recommended Under the dome, watched the first episode, cant decide exactly where it lands on the quality meter quite yet, but looks like a fun watch either way, I think Im gonna keep going.

Was at a Black Sails panel at NYCC by default since they had The Walking Dead panel in the same auditorium. Production values looked big but it didn't grab me enough to make me want to see it whenever it was going to release.

Huh cool. Anyway I think I wont watch anymore, after the latest episode Im done waiting for it to get better.

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I've watched random Futurama episodes through the years but every episode or a full season, so I'll start watching that soon and season 3 of Louie. Helix picked up from the 5th episode, overall the show is B-Ok.

Man, Futurama is pretty much my all time favorite animated comedy show. Im gonna have to marathon it all again some day.

I imagine you´ll do a littlle review once you´ve watched all but what do you think of Louie this far? And comparing to the Lucky Louie one?

Agree on Helix, it picked up, but Im still not completely satisfied. Like you said, could be the main character/actor.


EDIT:

Second episode of Hannibal. I am loving this show. Say, how much of this is based on the book(/s)?

Finished the first season of Under the Dome, and while its definitely miles away from shows like Hannibal and True Detective in quality (since thats what I´ve watched recently) its got that annoying way of making you keep watching due to intense cliffhanger-ish end scenes. That being said the finale felt a bit lame, I was expecting a more "proper" end in the sense that it should´ve finished this arc. This felt more like a mid-season finale if anything, but as an ending its just a boring stalling.

Still gotta say it kicks the shit out of TWD (I know its different but just in case you might get any apocalypse vibes). Im not terribly excited about a second season. I probably wouldnt have kept watching it weekly, but I had it all in front of me so it just felt convenient to keep going.

Oh yeah and Hank Schrader was definitely a major pull, badass with one epic belly :guts: I dont want him to exit the show, if he does, which Im guessing he will, I probably wont continue.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on April 08, 2014, 08:55:37 PM
Under The Dome was pretty dismal overall. I couldn't get past the first few episodes.

Season 2 premier of Hannibal. What an opening showdown!

I'm keeping up with Hannibal every week, so far this season's more straight-forward or direct compared to last season and a bit more stylish.  I wish we didn't get to see that opening scene from the season opener. It ruined any element of surprise but I suppose the plot will go beyond what we see? I haven't read the books and I notice episode titles this season are Japanese cuisine related while last season were French.

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I imagine you´ll do a littlle review once you´ve watched all but what do you think of Louie this far? And comparing to the Lucky Louie one?

Finished watching season 3 the other night. Scenarios are real, personal and in the middle of all that humor there are some dark, depressing moments. I may have said it before but I always find myself eating a second dinner at 1 or 2 AM while I catch up on Louie, he makes me want to eat somehow! The show's very consistent. I'm going to look out for tickets to his stand-up show.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on April 09, 2014, 05:50:15 PM
Just started watching Arrow. I actually dig it.

I just hope they can do Oliver Queen some justice.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Hanma_Baki on April 10, 2014, 02:27:31 AM
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Bah I just cant stand Arrow anymore, stopped a couple of episodes back, but really I pretty much gave up on it right away, think I kept watching cause I wanted to see where they´d go with Slade and the rest of the cameos, but the show is stalling SO BAD and just lethally small teases about the island, man its so frustrating. And all the classic soap-opera relationship drama back and forth BS... I cant take it anymore.

Outside of some Justice League (where I really dig him) I havent got much Green Arrow experience, and even if he's got a more earnest side, I always thought he was gonna be more of a chill kinda wise cracking dude than the super serious zen master we get here.

Btw man, whatta you think of the latest season of Archer? It still fun but I think they've gotten a bit too reliant on the dialogue, which has always been its strength though, but its just not the same spark as before. The Kenny Loggins (K-Log :iva:) episode was nice but the rest feels a bit mediocre compared to previous seasons, maybe we're just spoiled since they indeed were hysterical. Anyway hope it'll pick up.

While on the subject of animation I dont know if I ever mentioned it but I just remembered the other shows you recommended. Like Frisky Dingo, tbh I almost rank that show higher than Archer, man whatta gem! So damn sad they didnt continue it. The X-tacles were great too, I think they had a good thing going there but oh well. Im constantly reminded of the characters and the events with a total shit-eating grin.

Then there was Sealab, definitely not as entertaining, didnt age too well, but it had its moments too, some episodes straight-up weirded even ME out. By the end it was more randomness than humor sadly, but I bet they had one hell of a time creating this show. Bad decision to cut Murphy. The "replacement" (dont remember his name) was great but just not the same without grumpy ol' Murph. Funny thing is IIRC my favorite episode is the very first of the entire show.

Sorry dont remember if you recommended anything else? I've come to rely on your animated comedy taste :serpico:

Under The Dome was pretty dismal overall. I couldn't get past the first few episodes.

Haha yeah in fact I feel pretty cheap :ganishka: I must've been desperate. The whole tv show life style has indeed gotten a bit outta hand for me lately. My standards are getting rusty. There're mutiple shows I've had to quit now cause I was so stubbornly thinking they had potential, like Vikings, Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, Black Sails, even Helix man, I hated the way they made you think that "one-man-army" Scythe badass was totally gonna fuck up everyone, but ended up being pretty worthless. Not the only contributing factor to stop watching it though.


I'll probably quit Blacklist too, it has a stalling kinda approach with a touch of CSI/CIS? But its at least incorporating the main twist with pretty much each individual episode's plot. Ray feels like a unique kinda badass and that coupled with partly good writing is what makes the show good.

Then theres TWD which I cant keep myself from suffering through no matter what due to the comics. Was the latest one the season finale? I cant describe how lame that last line was. I kinda exploded outta awe when he said that in the comics but this was just laughable even on its own. Its just going through the motions as always, any sense of emotion and atmosphere totally absent. Its just the same over and over. This script must've been pretty easy even if they takes bits and pieces from the comics (and totally misinterpret them!). Character(s) sees zombie(s), character(s) kills said zombie(s). Enter the next underwhelming character (Oh his in the comics! So cool! ...No not really...)

Oh yeah, this isnt really that hard to believe with the relatively recent pop culture vampire hype but they actually made From Dusk til Dawn into a tv show, tried watching it but didnt get through the first episode. Pathetic.

Okay Im done ranting now, sorry folks...


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I wish we didn't get to see that opening scene from the season opener. It ruined any element of surprise but I suppose the plot will go beyond what we see?

I agree, and call me naive but ATM Im still hoping there's some ulterior motive for it.

And for some reason I thought they´d keep doing the titles in french, but yeah thats pretty interesting, wonder what they'll do for seasons to come.

After the latest episode I dont like the way they (Jack) focus so much on Hannibal as a potential suspect. I always imagined it being more of a quick conclusion when it'd happen instead of the slowly revealing process we're seeing now, and especially the cannibalism, its cool that Will himself figured it out but for the rest I would've liked that to be more of visually shocking "WTF!?" moment... But Idk Im just nitpicking I guess.

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Finished watching season 3 the other night. Scenarios are real, personal and in the middle of all that humor there are some dark, depressing moments. I may have said it before but I always find myself eating a second dinner at 1 or 2 AM while I catch up on Louie, he makes me want to eat somehow! The show's very consistent. I'm going to look out for tickets to his stand-up show.

By season 3 I almost remember it more like "...and in the middle of all that depressing darkness there are some humorous moments." instead :iva: Sometimes you dont know whether to laugh or weep. I dont think I've ever seen the level of awkwardness form the episode where he meets that surfer guy :ganishka:
Haha makes you hungry? Thats hilarious, but in some weird way I think I get it, tbh I pretty much do the same actually.
Lol that totally reminds me of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxDgQjkARvo and Im pretty sure there're more food-themed ones :ganishka:


Is anyone watching Shameless? Either version? Looks interesting but dont really know what its about...

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Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Vodnak on April 10, 2014, 10:57:54 AM
I started watching Falling Skies finally. It's pretty good so far.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on April 10, 2014, 01:16:54 PM
^
Bah I just cant stand Arrow anymore, stopped a couple of episodes back, but really I pretty much gave up on it right away, think I kept watching cause I wanted to see where they´d go with Slade and the rest of the cameos, but the show is stalling SO BAD and just lethally small teases about the island, man its so frustrating. And all the classic soap-opera relationship drama back and forth BS... I cant take it anymore.

Outside of some Justice League (where I really dig him) I havent got much Green Arrow experience, and even if he's got a more earnest side, I always thought he was gonna be more of a chill kinda wise cracking dude than the super serious zen master we get here.

Btw man, whatta you think of the latest season of Archer? It still fun but I think they've gotten a bit too reliant on the dialogue, which has always been its strength though, but its just not the same spark as before. The Kenny Loggins (K-Log :iva:) episode was nice but the rest feels a bit mediocre compared to previous seasons, maybe we're just spoiled since they indeed were hysterical. Anyway hope it'll pick up.

While on the subject of animation I dont know if I ever mentioned it but I just remembered the other shows you recommended. Like Frisky Dingo, tbh I almost rank that show higher than Archer, man whatta gem! So damn sad they didnt continue it. The X-tacles were great too, I think they had a good thing going there but oh well. Im constantly reminded of the characters and the events with a total shit-eating grin.

Then there was Sealab, definitely not as entertaining, didnt age too well, but it had its moments too, some episodes straight-up weirded even ME out. By the end it was more randomness than humor sadly, but I bet they had one hell of a time creating this show. Bad decision to cut Murphy. The "replacement" (dont remember his name) was great but just not the same without grumpy ol' Murph. Funny thing is IIRC my favorite episode is the very first of the entire show.

Sorry dont remember if you recommended anything else? I've come to rely on your animated comedy taste :serpico:


I don't mind Arrow so far, but I'm only two episodes in. I love Ollie, so hopefully they make him what he should be and not some melodramatic character (like every other character in the series so far). I understand why they're doing it, though. They're targeting a HUGE demographic, so it makes sense.

As for the new season of Archer, it's pretty meh. I agree with you that it's way too dialogue heavy. Seasons 2, 3, and 4 were the best. Adam Reed said that season 6 will go back to the norm, but I think at this point it's just sort of played out. Frisky Dingo is what got me into his stuff, so that will always be my fave of his. Sealab is one of those shows where I can watch maybe 1 episode a year. It just isn't as good as the others.

I can recommend a few other series to watch: Babylon 5 (by far my favorite series ever), the Green Lantern animated series (it lasted one season, but it's a damn good one), Bob's Burgers, Clone Wars (by far some of the absolute best Star Wars material EVER), and True Detective.

If I had to suggest any of those series to watch IMMEDIATELY, it would be True Detective and Clone Wars.

Oh, also, watch Rick and Morty. It's fantastic.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on April 15, 2014, 01:52:17 AM
Got around episode 1 of the 7th and last season of Mad Men and it doesn't disappoint surprisingly. We kinda get to see where everyone is from where it left off last season and there's a lot of duality and weighty dialog/ foreshadowing going on.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on April 15, 2014, 01:55:14 AM
Got around episode 1 of the 7th and last season of Mad Men and it doesn't disappoint surprisingly. We kinda get to see where everyone is from where it left off last season and there's a lot of duality and weighty dialog/ foreshadowing going on.

I don't think I'll even bother with the final season. The previous 2 were so disappointing, it basically dove off the cliff in terms of quality. Extending that show was a mistake...
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on April 16, 2014, 05:10:16 PM
I agree. Season 5 was the show's weakest because Don's character took a step back from the ad world to focus on other things, something I felt was what kept the show interesting. We all see less of Roger each time apart from an episode here and there. Season 6 starts just as bad but recovers mid-season because Don went back to work : p
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on April 18, 2014, 02:03:11 AM
I've been watching a good deal of anime along with some Western live action. The ones that stick out the most are the anime Ping Pong and the HBO show Silicon Valley. Ping Pong is based on a manga by Taiyo Matsumoto about a group of youths playing table tennis. The character development and symbolism is the highlight and the animation is by Masaaki Yuasa, who directed a lot of my favorite anime, Tatami Galaxy, Mind Game, Kaiba, Kemonozume, and the recent Kick Heart. His animation style and Matsumoto's art style fit really well together, it's being simulcasted by Funimation, you might wanna give it a try even if you're not into sports anime/table tennis.

Silicon Valley is by Mike Judge and is about the whole "Start-up" culture of recent years. People rushing to develop apps and become the next big billion dollar company or make money selling it to bigger companies. I'm enjoying it quite a bit, the characters are "nerdy" and make references without it being cringeworthy like in The Big Bang Theory. The story is about a pretty awkward low-level programmer who happens to write a compression algorithm for a mostly useless application that catches the interest of a few big names. So far the writing is really good and the characters are enjoyable, I hope it keeps up the quality.

As for Mike Judge, I really enjoyed King of the Hill, Office Space, and, of course, Beavis and Butthead as a kid, I didn't really enjoy Idiocracy that much.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Tama on April 18, 2014, 06:06:40 PM
Does anyone like David Lynch's work? I've been watching Twin Peaks and its so bizarre but addicting! I love the unsettling style he uses, especially in the movie Lost Highway. I don't find many traditional horror movies scary, but some of his stuff makes me jump or uneasy.  :magni: especially this part in that movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZowK0NAvig
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on April 18, 2014, 06:19:11 PM
Does anyone like David Lynch's work?

Does anyone not like it? I think few movie aficionados would disregard his work, and Twin Peaks is completely cult.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on April 18, 2014, 06:20:16 PM
Does anyone like David Lynch's work? I've been watching Twin Peaks and its so bizarre but addicting

I wrote a little on Twin Peaks on the previous page of this thread: http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=11047.msg225184#msg225184
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on April 18, 2014, 06:27:49 PM
Does anyone like David Lynch's work? I've been watching Twin Peaks and its so bizarre but addicting! I love the unsettling style he uses, especially in the movie Lost Highway. I don't find many traditional horror movies scary, but some of his stuff makes me jump or uneasy.  :magni: especially this part in that movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZowK0NAvig

Well, I'd say what's already been said but its already been said. Personally, this scene scared/unsettled me a lot more than that one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMMX8dkbXEU
Hell, I'm almost having trouble watching it right now knowing it's coming. That, Laura Palmer's eyes while in the room at the end of Twin Peaks the hobo from Mulholland Drive, and the superimposed face in Inland Empire all had a similar effect on me. They were "jump scares" but came at such insanely tense moments that they worked as much more than that. I think if I saw the Inland Empire part out of context I'd just think it looked stupid, but that whole movie was such a creepy build-up that it was intense as hell.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Tama on April 19, 2014, 04:48:30 AM
Ack, I should have read the other posts more closely, didn't realize people mention him already, thanks! Yes, that's another scene that creeped me out; although Inland Empire wasn't my favorite of his, that one part towards the end with the messed up face of the phantom scared the crap out of me.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on April 21, 2014, 06:45:56 PM
I finished watching Star Trek: The Next Generation and started watching The Walking Dead.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on April 21, 2014, 08:45:28 PM
I finished watching Star Trek: The Next Generation

Favorite episode?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Jaze1618 on April 21, 2014, 11:01:27 PM
The one with the She Devil
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on April 24, 2014, 05:44:30 PM
Favorite episode?

Darmok. I can't tell you how many times I've quoted that one over the years. A close second (maybe even a tie) would be The Inner Light. Yesterday's Enterprise was pretty great, too.

I watched TNG a lot when I was younger, and caught the last two seasons when they were airing, but my tastes have changed over the years. If you'd asked me in 1992 what my favorite episode was, I probably would've said The Best of Both Worlds (not to say that episode isn't fantastic, which it is).
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on April 24, 2014, 06:19:33 PM
A close second (maybe even a tie) would be The Inner Light.

That's mine. Gets me everytime... It almost exists independent of Star Trek, as just a fantastic science-fiction story. Superbly acted by Stewart (It's also his favorite episode, by the way).
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on April 24, 2014, 09:10:40 PM
That's mine. Gets me everytime... It almost exists independent of Star Trek, as just a fantastic science-fiction story. Superbly acted by Stewart (It's also his favorite episode, by the way).

The ending is so mindboggling, and it stays with you for days. It's an incredible episode. I'm not surprised it's Stewart's favorite. I love how the flute appears throughout the rest of the series, too.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on May 06, 2014, 09:14:25 PM
The new f/x series Fargo. Watched the first episode last night and thought it was pretty good. At first I wasn't that into it because, as big fan of the original Coen brothers movie, it seemed like it was trying too hard to capture that same quirkyness and charm the movie had. However by the end, it won me over and now I really want to see what happens next. Its got a decent cast for network mini series too. Billy Bob Thorton, Bilbo Baggins, Tom Hanks' son and Glenn from Its Always Sunny In Philidelphia.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on May 07, 2014, 03:52:08 AM
The new f/x series Fargo. Watched the first episode last night and thought it was pretty good. At first I wasn't that into it because, as big fan of the original Coen brothers movie, it seemed like it was trying too hard to capture that same quirkyness and charm the movie had. However by the end, it won me over and now I really want to see what happens next. Its got a decent cast for network mini series too. Billy Bob Thorton, Bilbo Baggins, Tom Hanks' son and Glenn from Its Always Sunny In Philidelphia.

I've recorded the first few episodes, but I'm hesitant about watching it for the same reason. I love the movie, and I don't want the series to tarnish it, or change the way I feel about it, you know? I'll probably eventually watch it, unless my DVR gets too full; then it'll be the first thing to go.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Skeleton on May 07, 2014, 04:04:13 AM
The new f/x series Fargo. Watched the first episode last night and thought it was pretty good. At first I wasn't that into it because, as big fan of the original Coen brothers movie, it seemed like it was trying too hard to capture that same quirkyness and charm the movie had. However by the end, it won me over and now I really want to see what happens next. Its got a decent cast for network mini series too. Billy Bob Thorton, Bilbo Baggins, Tom Hanks' son and Glenn from Its Always Sunny In Philidelphia.

I'm watching it too and really like it.  Thorton's character's Here Be Dragons "speech" he gives to that cop at the end of the first(?) episode was the most bad ass thing I've heard in a long time.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Gummyskull on May 07, 2014, 04:29:29 AM

I got the itch recently and have been rewatching Star Trek TNG. I just finished the Best of Both Worlds part 1 & 2 last night.

The season premier or Louie was hilarious, and the final season of Mad Men has not disappointed me yet.
As far as anime goes JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and Dragonball Kai have been the only two I've bothered paying attention to at the moment. Stardust Crusaders has been nothing short of fabulous. I wish the Berserk adaptations were as faithful and true to the spirit of manga as the JJBA anime adaptation. Not to mention the JJBA anime has good examples of cell-shaded 3d animation.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on May 07, 2014, 01:47:23 PM
The season premier or Louie was hilarious, and the final season of Mad Men has not disappointed me yet.
As far as anime goes JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and Dragonball Kai have been the only two I've bothered paying attention to at the moment. Stardust Crusaders has been nothing short of fabulous. I wish the Berserk adaptations were as faithful and true to the spirit of manga as the JJBA anime adaptation. Not to mention the JJBA anime has good examples of cell-shaded 3d animation.

Stardust so far is a lot of fun, I like the recent adaptations for Jojo. I'm an episode behind Mad Men and Game Of Thrones, but MM has gone up a notch this season because the plot's kicking in with Don and the agency butting heads again with those internal conflicts with him. New Louie is up on my watch list, soon soon!

Is anyone else watching Hannibal?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Rhombaad on May 12, 2014, 03:37:19 PM
My fiancee and I are all caught up on The Walking Dead episodes on Netflix, so we've started watching an old favorite: The X-Files.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on May 12, 2014, 07:30:07 PM
I got the itch recently and have been rewatching Star Trek TNG. I just finished the Best of Both Worlds part 1 & 2 last night.

The season premier or Louie was hilarious, and the final season of Mad Men has not disappointed me yet.
As far as anime goes JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and Dragonball Kai have been the only two I've bothered paying attention to at the moment. Stardust Crusaders has been nothing short of fabulous. I wish the Berserk adaptations were as faithful and true to the spirit of manga as the JJBA anime adaptation. Not to mention the JJBA anime has good examples of cell-shaded 3d animation.

Been loving Stardust Crusaders, never thought JoJo would get another adaption, but here it is. First and second season were obviously on a small budget but they made good use of it. Stardust seems to have a better budget and it hasn't had too many wonky or bad looking moments so far. It really would be nice to see Berserk done with that much care/attention to detail even if it didn't have a great budget.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on May 15, 2014, 07:57:08 PM
For fans of Twin Peaks, the Blu Ray set is out for pre-order - http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/05/15/twin-peaks-blu-ray-box-set/

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/41bf2b1d0ce769df2a374852a55ea474/tumblr_n5mrjaIkGh1tbdlvvo1_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on May 15, 2014, 11:10:14 PM
For fans of Twin Peaks, the Blu Ray set is out for pre-order - http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/05/15/twin-peaks-blu-ray-box-set/

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/41bf2b1d0ce769df2a374852a55ea474/tumblr_n5mrjaIkGh1tbdlvvo1_1280.jpg)

HOLY SHIIEEEET. Deleted scenes of FWWM directed and edited by Lynch into a feature length? All the picture restored/rescanned? That's something I'm getting 100$ for sure.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on May 16, 2014, 02:36:48 PM
HOLY SHIIEEEET. Deleted scenes of FWWM directed and edited by Lynch into a feature length? All the picture restored/rescanned? That's something I'm getting 100$ for sure.

 :isidro: My hair might turn as white as Laura's dad's. And I don't even own a Blu Ray player.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Deci on June 30, 2014, 09:59:46 PM
Watched the pilot episode of HBO's new series, The Leftovers. Need to see more to form a more solid opinion but I'm not overly impressed. When I heard it's being made by a co-creator of LOST (Lindelof... UGH) and he said, and I'm paraphrasing, "I really hope the audience will care less about the mystery and more about the characters." I just thought to myself, "This idiot learned nothing!"

(http://images.tvrage.com/news/the-leftovers-tease-5-stages-of-grief-in-new-poster-and-promo1.jpg)

A few things I like about it though, the main character guy is interesting enough to care about, I really don't like the GR group (which I imagine is the intention), and I'm all about learning more about Wayne... is he supposed to be a prophet or something? Someone who maybe disappeared but returned?

I'm already convinced the "mystery" is supposed to be The Rapture, and also it will never be explained. Gary Busey and Anthony Bourdain were picked? Got a little chuckle from me, along with The Pope.  I hope it's something different and they do explain it, but I'm all but certain otherwise.


............


Also finishing True Blood, ugh. It's the last god damn season and I suffered all the others... so maybe Sookie will fuckin' die and Bill and Eric will dance on her grave. We can hope!

(http://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9j3q9jdkZ1r11y1eo1_500.jpg)

Those two have a beautiful bromance when they want to.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on July 02, 2014, 06:12:49 PM
Speaking of pilots, I recommend you guys hit up Bosch's pilot, it's a TV series by Amazon. Based on a Connelly's book (I also enjoyed Lincoln Lawyer which he wrote), it's about an LAPD detective who gets himself wrapped in a lawsuit over a shooting and stumbles on a murder case, only to try and take care of handling both situations. The episode was well balanced - pacing, good writing, acting and directing. A full season has been ordered.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on July 28, 2014, 08:42:13 PM
Trailer for Mike Tyson Mysteries looks promising - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P58WJ-4PxcU
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Delta Phi on July 29, 2014, 04:05:10 PM
We've been spending a lot of time binge watching HBO's Oz over the last month or so. We just started the season 6 (the final) Sunday. I never knew it was HBO's first hour long series, but after finding that out it makes sense of some of the pacing and cohesion choices.

Similar to GoT there is a sizable cast that changes throughout the series, but unlike GoT there are flashbacks nearly every episode to remind viewers who these characters are, even ones that have been around since season 1.

The early seasons scream 90's cinematography and effects which doesn't hold up particularly well in this day and age. It was hard getting around some of the flashback filters just because of how hard they are on the eyes.

All in all I think it's an alright show, nothing great. A lot of the scenarios are really contrived and the murders are pretty over the top at times. Some of the story lines in the last couple seasons get pretty weird too.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on July 29, 2014, 07:17:34 PM
Watched the first episode of Fargo last night. The direction of the story is a bit different than the movie and it's got a quirky dark comedy side to it. Gonna go ahead and watch all of it.

I also hit up Broad City on Comedy Central, good fun. 3 episodes in.

I picked up the first season for The Americans, The Good Wife and It's Always Sunny In Philadephia.

Speaking of popular shoes, I sat through the first season of Dr Who and just couldn't get into it. It was way too cheesy, sappy and humorless bordering idiotic. Any fans of the show on here?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on July 29, 2014, 10:44:46 PM
Speaking of popular shoes, I sat through the first season of Dr Who and just couldn't get into it. It was way too cheesy, sappy and humorless bordering idiotic. Any fans of the show on here?

I wouldn't call myself a fan, but I've seen all the recent stuff through my wife's viewing of it. The first season is the worst by far. It's pretty much garbage until David Tennant comes on board, and even then the writers take their time working up any plots that aren't laughably bad. Eventually it strikes a good balance between funny and interesting. I still don't think it ever rises to great levels though...
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Lithrael on July 29, 2014, 11:22:37 PM
I'm a big huge ridiculous Doctor Who fan, though more of Doctors One thru Eight than Nine and up.  I've enjoyed a fair few episodes of the new stuff but yes, it does stumble and lose itself in faffing around quite a lot.  I think they've just had a hard time finding the sweet spot of being a kid's show that is also awesome, instead of being really dumb or really over the top 'cool' and 'epic'.  A really lot of them suffer really badly from just being way way way over-epic in a way that might possibly work if I was actually still a kid but as a grownup I am just like OMG Doctor no stop, plot, stop, companions, stop, sheesh.  It's a typical problem of the show that they keep bringing in actors I'm really excited to see but then everything is so epic serious that it's silly and I can't really enjoy it.  And Ten's tantrums as he's leaving the show were just embarrassing, and none of the fans I know can figure out why they decided to write him that way.  I have really enjoyed a lot of the recurring side characters they've thrown in in the last season or two, though the episodes themselves haven't been all that strong IMO. 

But enough complaining!  For Nine, I enjoyed The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances.  For Ten, I liked The Girl in the Fireplace, Blink, and Midnight.  Eleven gets Vincent and the Doctor, Asylum of the Daleks, and Hide. 

To be honest, most of my Doctor Who fandom these days is tied up in the audio dramas, which are also hit and miss, but there's so many of them that there are absolutely tons of great ones.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on August 07, 2014, 03:26:23 PM
Thanks for the feedback about the series, I was second guessing myself for a bit. I'll check out more Dr Who to give it another shot, grab season 2 when I'm done with my current watch-list.

(http://media3.onsugar.com/files/2014/01/14/039/n/1922283/0bb572f8cab062ac_MV5BMTcwNjQ3ODE3MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODIyMjY5MDE_._V1_SX640_SY720_-1.jpg.xxxlarge.jpg)

Recently wrapped season 1 of Fargo, it's well written, dark quirky humor and decent pacing with a good end to the season. Had no idea Saul from Breaking Bad was in it! Billy Bob Thornton plays an amazing creepy criminal, Freeman (The Hobbit) does a good job as a push-over insurance salesman.

(http://comedycentral.mtvnimages.com/images/shows/broad_city/video/broadcity_105_pussy_weed_640x360.jpg?)

Also wrapped season 1 of Broad City on Comedy Central. Felt short cos I enjoyed most of it. About two best friends roughing it out in NYC, they love their weed, sex and having a good time.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on August 08, 2014, 05:08:31 AM
This is probably the best new cartoon i've seen in years. If you like Futurama and Adventure Time, you'll surely dig this:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2861424/reference

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-c863Oa1t3Bo/Upmvqf50oYI/AAAAAAAAIx8/6gjebyALLWA/s1600/rick-and-morty-key-art-1600x953.jpg)

http://video.adultswim.com/rick-and-morty
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on August 08, 2014, 07:37:25 AM
This is probably the best new cartoon i've seen in years. If you like Futurama and Adventure Time, you'll surely dig this:

Yeah it's pretty fun. Watched the first season with Gobs a while back, haven't really checked it since but it's really its own brand of wacky.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Lithrael on August 08, 2014, 02:52:08 PM
Oh my holy crap they made a SHOW out of Doc and Mharti?  BRB laughing forever
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on August 08, 2014, 05:57:06 PM
Oh my holy crap they made a SHOW out of Doc and Mharti?  BRB laughing forever

Yeah, one has to wonder who the hell thought that would make a good show. Still, it worked!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on August 08, 2014, 06:18:06 PM
But do they still have the same... freedom?

http://www.channel101.com/segment/1078

VNSFW
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Lithrael on August 08, 2014, 06:41:46 PM
Aaaha!  Yeah Justin Roiland has made like half a million cartoon pitches with varying degrees of seriousness.  He describes the creation of these characters thusly:

"At the time (October 2006) I had nothing to lose and my original intention was to call this "back to the future: the new official universal studios cartoon featuring the new Doc Brown and Marty McFly" and then I'd just sit back and wait for a letter from their lawyers to arrive. That's actually why it's so filthy."
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on August 08, 2014, 09:50:28 PM
Yeah, I think his most famous internet work in this vein is House of Cosbys, but for those not familiar with Channel 101 his live action shows, such as The Mountain (http://www.channel101.com/episode/628) and 2 Girls, 1 Cup: The Show (http://www.channel101.com/episode/523), are their own special weird treat as well.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Berserker78 on August 09, 2014, 12:10:17 PM
Every Thrusday i watch on a french private channel the new tv soap from US who from HBO,Netflix...Now it's Banshee i saw the first season and the beginning of the second pretty dark, violent and sexy...the sherif is immortal lol :troll:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: ryOtoha on August 09, 2014, 08:09:14 PM
The Knick (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_xvw-_YJSo) (first season directed by Soderbergh) is promising and is building a realistic and fascinating scientific period. Set in the early 1900, within Knickerbocker Hospital, a groundbreaking surgeon (Clive Owen) and the whole staff, trying to push the bounds of medicine in a time of high mortality rates and zero antibiotics.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on August 15, 2014, 01:43:20 PM
Started to watch The Americans last weekend, got hooked and finished the first 2 seasons. It's a spy-drama, takes place in the 80's, main characters are KGB agents and it gets complicated as the things they're required to do get all the more dangerous. It felt like a solid 7/10 kinda show. Check out the pilot if you have the time.

Is it worth watching Orange Is The New Black?

Gonna start The Knick and Manhattan soon.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: m on August 15, 2014, 07:20:22 PM
Started to watch The Americans last weekend, got hooked and finished the first 2 seasons. It's a spy-drama, takes place in the 80's, main characters are KGB agents and it gets complicated as the things they're required to do get all the more dangerous. It felt like a solid 7/10 kinda show. Check out the pilot if you have the time.

I watched the first season a while ago and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I plan on watching the second season soon. I liked Keri Russell's performance in what I saw, as well as Matthew Rhys', but I have to say that I thought his character was a bit creepy.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: TheBranded1 on August 15, 2014, 08:00:00 PM
I enjoyed both seasons as well.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Vaati on August 16, 2014, 02:27:14 AM
Is it worth watching Orange Is The New Black?

I'd say it's worth it. I binge-watched both seasons over the span of about two weeks and it kept me wondering how things would play out. I'm looking forward to season 3 when that starts up. There's a lot of good character development and interesting stories that take place.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on August 17, 2014, 12:16:34 AM
This is probably the best new cartoon i've seen in years. If you like Futurama and Adventure Time, you'll surely dig this:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2861424/reference

http://video.adultswim.com/rick-and-morty

Loved it.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Ahmetal on August 18, 2014, 05:57:21 PM
I am loving Rick and Morty after reading about it here. It's awesome.

I am also watching The Strain on FX http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2654620/
I recommend for all to watch.

Also watching Extant on CBS despite Halle Berry. It's an interesting enough scifi so far, though I've only viewed an episode.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Berserker78 on September 05, 2014, 03:35:36 PM
I don't know Rick and Morty but it's look funny  :ganishka: i'll take a look soon... Otherwise i finished the second season of Banshee  :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Ahmetal on September 05, 2014, 03:46:27 PM
Loving the new Trailer Park Boys season

Also need to catch up on The League

Recently got hooked on Vampire Diaries. And might need to watch True Blood
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on September 23, 2014, 10:55:29 PM
Finished Thew New Batman Adventures and it was... aight. When it was good it was really good (basically most of the Paul Dini episodes), but for the most part it was mediocre, and had a lot of throwaway or downright bad episodes. I would say it was about 50/50. But let's see with the very scientific thumbs up/down method applied to the season, with one sentence review per ep.

(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbdown.gif) "Holiday Knights" - Three lame Christmas vignettes aren't the way to start.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbup.gif) "Sins of the Father" - Nice Tim Drake introduction, this should have been the first episode.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbup.gif) "Cold Comfort" - Not bad until Mr. Freeze becomes head with robot spider legs.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbup.gif) "Double Talk" - First standout episode of the season, but TAS was littered with these.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbup.gif) "You Scratch My Back" - I like the frosty Batman/Nightwing exchanges, but Catwoman looks like roadkill.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbup.gif) "Never Fear" - Batman no longer fears anything, including killing; 'nuff said.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbup.gif) "Joker's Millions" - Second standout episode, great concept, too bad the fake Joker looks better than the real thing now.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbdown.gif) "Growing Pains" - I like Clayface but Robin and girlfriend are boring and it makes no sense.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbdown.gif) "Love Is A Croc" - Killer Croc and Baby Doll are fucking, Batman doesn't want to think about it and neither do I.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbdown.gif) "Torch Song" - Lame take on Firefly.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbdown.gif) "The Ultimate Thrill" - Batman causes a woman to orgasm on a rocket and it's still not good.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbup.gif) "Over The Edge" - One of the best high concept episodes of the season and the series.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbdown.gif) "Mean Seasons" - Model turns super-villain; doesn't anyone just get depressed in Gotham?
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbdown.gif) "Critters" - Stupid.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbdown.gif) "Cult of the Cat" - Old Catwoman could have carried a mediocre episode like this, but no more.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbdown.gif) "Animal Act" - Not too bad, but not good.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbup.gif) "Old Wounds" - Predictably good, I liked Robin's resentment, but I expected more from their falling out (like Bats fucking Batgirl).
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbdown.gif) "The Demon Within" - Magic, meh.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbup.gif) "Legends of the Dark Knight" - Another series standout, fantastic fun and I recognized Michael McKean as 50's Joker!
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbdown.gif) "Girls' Night Out" - Superman crossover with Lori Petty instead of Batman or Superman, no thanks.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbup.gif) "Mad Love" - Harley, Joker, and Batman face off in arguably this season's best and darkest episode.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbup.gif) "Chemistry" - This marriage plot is wasted on an average TAS caper, but it's decent (Nightwing's bitter snark steals it).
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbdown.gif) "Beware the Creeper" - Indeed.
(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Themes/Recall_20/images/post/thumbup.gif) "Judgment Day" - Cheesy and predictable, but in all the right ways.

So, there you go, 12 to 12, and I swear I didn't count until the end. One caveat though, I'm being hard on some and forgiving of others, it's really more like a third are good, a third are bad, and the other third are just ok; nothing special, but not embarrassing either. Now on to Batman Beyond...
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on September 25, 2014, 01:15:04 AM
Watched Gotham. It sucked. The liberties they're taking with characters is so awful. Not to mention the fact that they mentioned/name dropped about five or six villains within the first 30 minutes. Awful, AWFUL.

So, Griff, if you want a Batman to hate...watch Gotham.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on September 25, 2014, 07:24:01 PM
Just finished Peep Show (final season airs next year). It might be the finest comedy series, ever. Better than the first run of Arrested Development, Curb/Seinfeld and the British The Office. Also up there with those, if you're into surrealism in your comedy, the first two seasons of The Mighty Boosh and the criminally underrated, under-appreciated Garth Marenghi's Darkplace - seriously, go watch it now, it's only 6 episodes, you'll thank me later.

Anyway, Peep Show, absolutely masterful. Imagine if Curb Your Enthusiasm was about two, young British guys instead of an old, Jewish writer and then multiply the awkwardness and hilarity by 100 and you have Peep Show.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on September 25, 2014, 08:28:20 PM
Watched Gotham. It sucked. The liberties they're taking with characters is so awful. Not to mention the fact that they mentioned/name dropped about five or six villains within the first 30 minutes. Awful, AWFUL.

So, Griff, if you want a Batman to hate...watch Gotham.

Yeah, I didn't hate it as much as you because I had low to no expectations, but it got caught in no-man's land trying to be a normal cop show and a Batman show, so it couldn't really credibly please on either front. As a cop show it's weird and overly theatrical (Bullock's acting is so over the top!), and as a Batman show it... sucks, as you said. Ivy Pepper, everybody!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on September 25, 2014, 11:41:50 PM
Yeah, I didn't hate it as much as you because I had low to no expectations, but it got caught in no-man's land trying to be a normal cop show and a Batman show, so it couldn't really credibly please on either front. As a cop show it's weird and overly theatrical (Bullock's acting is so over the top!), and as a Batman show it... sucks, as you said. Ivy Pepper, everybody!

One thing I actually enjoyed about it was the kid who played Bruce. I thought he did a great job and nailed Bruce as a person.

So we've got that to look forward to.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on September 26, 2014, 03:17:04 PM
One thing I actually enjoyed about it was the kid who played Bruce. I thought he did a great job and nailed Bruce as a person.

So we've got that to look forward to.

Yeah, he was supposed to be the best thing about it even before it aired. How about Alfred though, Huh? I was wondering why Penguin from the future was coming to pick up Bruce Wayne from the crime scene, and then, "Oh." I mean, it kind of makes sense that he'd actually be an asshole considering how Bruce turns out. =)

BTW, my favorite scene in Batman Beyond so far, by far:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbNa9XPNTa0

:ganishka: :ubik:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on September 26, 2014, 05:05:55 PM
Yeah, he was supposed to be the best thing about it even before it aired. How about Alfred though, Huh? I was wondering why Penguin from the future was coming to pick up Bruce Wayne from the crime scene, and then, "Oh." I mean, it kind of makes sense that he'd actually be an asshole considering how Bruce turns out. =)

BTW, my favorite scene in Batman Beyond so far, by far:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbNa9XPNTa0

:ganishka: :ubik:

Yeah, the Alfred they're using is from the Earth-2 series. He's got a cockney accent in that. They used the same version in Beware the Batman. I don't particularly care for that version, but it's different so whatevs.

That scene was awesome. I loved it. I won't post anything further into the series, but there are even better moments like that.

OH, when you do get to the Return of the Joker movie, watch it uncensored.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on September 26, 2014, 09:35:54 PM
Yeah, the Alfred they're using is from the Earth-2 series. He's got a cockney accent in that. They used the same version in Beware the Batman. I don't particularly care for that version, but it's different so whatevs.

It's completely gross for his character on the show.

That scene was awesome. I loved it. I won't post anything further into the series, but there are even better moments like that.

OH, when you do get to the Return of the Joker movie, watch it uncensored.

Looking forward to it, and thanks for the heads up. Had no ifea thete was an "uncensored" version.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on September 27, 2014, 01:34:00 AM
Looking forward to it, and thanks for the heads up. Had no ifea thete was an "uncensored" version.

Yeah, it was pretty controversial within the Batman lore. I'll save that for when you actually watch it though;)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on September 29, 2014, 10:07:07 PM
Yeah, it was pretty controversial within the Batman lore. I'll save that for when you actually watch it though;)

I think I remember you saying this before about it. I'm a little skeptical of the notion it's "controversial." Sounds like a highfalutin euphemism for people not liking it (Mass Effect 3's "controversial" ending =)


I watched premieres of The Simpsons and Family Guy for the first time... in like a decade or more. I found the The Simpsons to be comfortably decent, or decent enough to be comfortable. Yeah, it's not like the old ones where just about every scene is brilliant, but it had a story and wasn't a hot mess like at its nadir, and I'm long over being mad at it for not being the former anymore. Family Guy was of course the big Simpsons crossover episode, which had everything you'd want I suppose, but with a lot you really didn't. I actually liked the starting premise better for just a straight Family Guy episode, which included the perfect-in-context line, "It's not even funny, and I have a great sense of humor!"

Anyway, it started well, but was flat and dragged in the middle as they did all the obligatory introductions/crossover tropes. Meg, Lisa, Chris and Brian really had no place in it (Lois and Marge almost literally didn't, and that was for the better), even Bart and Stewie didn't amount to much. This was Homer's and Peter's show and it picked up again and peaked when it really got to the meat of that and the relationship between the two shows, where they literally and figuratively pull no punches (Homer: [upon discovering Pawtucket Ale is literally Duff with a different label slapped on] "It's just a lousy rif-off!" Peter: "I used to prefer Duff when I was younger, but I haven’t even had it in 13 years." and the coup de grâce, "You know, when I first met you, I thought, 'Hey! I love this guy. This is the funniest guy I’ve ever met, I’m gonna quote this guy to all my friends. I love his town, I love his family.' But now, I think I speak for all of us when I say ‘I am over the Simpsons."

As always, stories and conflict are interesting, characters randomly hanging out are not. If it had been a half hour of all killer, no filler it would have been a great episode. As it stands, watching the second half in reruns should be a treat. Also, it's a bit disappointing that it's basically just Family Guy doing the Simpsons. I would have liked to see them both do their own episode, which probably would have made for more focused storytelling ironically, but maybe the Simpsons doesn't want Family Guy showing up on their ledger. =)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on October 06, 2014, 01:04:38 PM
Twin Peaks, confirmed for 2016 at Showtime -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNHsA4WIFvc
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on October 06, 2014, 03:43:43 PM
Twin Peaks, confirmed for 2016 at Showtime -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNHsA4WIFvc

This would have been exciting a few years ago, but now that it's already on Netflix, and the full series has been on disc for so long, what's the point?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on October 06, 2014, 04:03:40 PM
This would have been exciting a few years ago, but now that it's already on Netflix, and the full series has been on disc for so long, what's the point?

They're new episodes, sometime last week Lynch tweeted kinda cryptically about it. According to Showtime's YT link info - The groundbreaking television phenomenon, Golden Globe® and Peabody Award-winner TWIN PEAKS will return as a new limited series on SHOWTIME in 2016. Series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost will write and produce all nine episodes of the limited series, and Lynch will direct every episode. Set in the present day, TWIN PEAKS will continue the lore of the original series, providing long-awaited answers and a satisfying conclusion for the series’ passionate fan base.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on October 06, 2014, 04:21:49 PM
They're new episodes, sometime last week Lynch tweeted kinda cryptically about it. According to Showtime's YT link info - The groundbreaking television phenomenon, Golden Globe® and Peabody Award-winner TWIN PEAKS will return as a new limited series on SHOWTIME in 2016. Series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost will write and produce all nine episodes of the limited series, and Lynch will direct every episode. Set in the present day, TWIN PEAKS will continue the lore of the original series, providing long-awaited answers and a satisfying conclusion for the series’ passionate fan base.

Experience has sort of shown that the unanswered questions of ended shows are a lot better than the answers we wind up getting when the shows are eventually brought back.

Also, Lynch hasn't directed anything outside of short films since like 2006, so I can't imagine this being very good/necessary.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on October 06, 2014, 04:53:46 PM
They're new episodes, sometime last week Lynch tweeted kinda cryptically about it. According to Showtime's YT link info - The groundbreaking television phenomenon, Golden Globe® and Peabody Award-winner TWIN PEAKS will return as a new limited series on SHOWTIME in 2016. Series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost will write and produce all nine episodes of the limited series, and Lynch will direct every episode. Set in the present day, TWIN PEAKS will continue the lore of the original series, providing long-awaited answers and a satisfying conclusion for the series’ passionate fan base.

Ah. Guess I should have watched the full video. Just clicked and saw a few seconds, thinking it was just being re-aired.

Even being a big Twin Peaks fan back in the day, this news does little to excite me. I'll be interested in hearing if Lynch can recapture the confluence of charm, wit and intrigue that made the original so goddamned memorable. But honestly, I've long since made my peace with how it ended; "long awaited answers" be damned. This show was never about answers. It was about atmosphere. Best way to kill atmosphere? Start turning on the spotlights.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on October 06, 2014, 05:39:16 PM
I agree with Walter for the most part. I don't know how they're going to recapture that atmosphere, charm, and certain vibe 25 years later. I'm hoping Lynch and Frost will be super hands-on at least so we don't end up with any mid-season 2 tier stuff. I'll allow myself to be somewhat excited when we learn more about what it's actually going to be, but I wish I could just be shouting WOO GUM I LIKE COMING BACK INTO STYLE DAMN FINE COFFEE with the rest of the internet instead of feeling cynical about it. :sad:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: VengeanceQuest982 on October 18, 2014, 12:08:45 AM
Speaking of Twin Peaks http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/twin-peaks-creator-reveal-characters-741319

Now how about some Hannibal Season 3 news http://deadline.com/2014/10/tao-okamoto-cast-hannibal-complications-brent-sexton-joseph-julian-soria-854117/

Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on November 04, 2014, 02:32:40 AM
http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/11/03/syfy-3001/

Syfy to adapt '2001' sequel into miniseries

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Syfy’s push to re-conquer outer space with serious drama programming continues: The cable channel is going to adapt Arthur C. Clarke’s novel 3001: The Final Odyssey into a miniseries with Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) on board as executive producer.

The project will bring the never-before-produced final chapter of the legendary sci-fi book and film 2001: A Space Odyssey to basic cable. Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean, Collateral) will write the adaptation and serve as an executive producer.

Official logline: “An epic story of a man lost in time, Arthur C. Clarke’s final Odyssey book resolves the tale that was begun in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Beginning with the discovery of Frank Poole’s frozen body, floating in space, 3001: The Final Odyssey offers an extraordinary range of complex characters with conflicting agendas, stunning visuals, and dark thematic meditations on the final fate of all Humankind.”

Syfy released in a statement that the estates of both famed 2001 director Stanley Kubrick and Clarke have offered their full support for the project. “I have always been a fan of Clarke’s extraordinary Odyssey series, and certainly Kubrick’s adaptation of 2001,” Scott added in a statement. “I am thrilled to be part of bringing that legacy to audiences and continuing the great cinematic tradition that this story and its creators deserve.”

“Arthur C. Clarke is the father of modern science fiction,” said Syfy President Dave Howe. “We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Scott Free and Warner Horizon Television to bring to the screen, for the very first time, the final chapter of this extraordinary masterpiece.”

Syfy is also making another of Clarke’s novels into a miniseries, Childhood’s End. Back in 2000, it was reported MGM and Tom Hanks were in discussions to turn Clarke’s 2061: Odyssey Three and 3001: The Final Odyssey into movies, but the projects never got off the ground.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on November 04, 2014, 02:43:55 AM
http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/11/03/syfy-3001/

Syfy to adapt '2001' sequel into miniseries

Neat to see Clarke getting some recognition. Some of those books (particularly 2001 and 2010) are phenomenal.  3001 is pretty bad, though... He was past his prime by that point in his career.

But SciFi...? SYFY? Yuck.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on November 04, 2014, 02:15:31 PM
I haven't read 3001 : / ... how's 2061? They're skipping adapting that, so I wonder if it'll hurt any sort of continuity?

According to Slashfilm (http://www.slashfilm.com/3001-the-final-odyssey-miniseries/) - "Some of its notable features include the BrainCap, a brain-computer interface technology; genetically-engineered dinosaur servants; a space drive; and four gigantic space elevators located evenly around the Equator. Human beings have also colonised the Jovian moons Ganymede and Callisto. TMA-1, the black monolith found on the Moon in 1999, has been brought to Earth in 2006 and installed in front of the United Nations Building in New York City."
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on November 04, 2014, 02:24:37 PM
I haven't read 3001 : / ... how's 2061? They're skipping adapting that, so I wonder if it'll hurt any sort of continuity?

It's been more than a decade since I read it, but I remember 2061 being pretty insignificant compared to the other entries. It's almost the connective tissue between 2010 and 3001. I've always felt like 2010 was the last time Clarke invested any real effort into that series, honestly. The movie adaptation of that, btw, distances itself quite a bit from the source material.

THe edition of 2001 that I have has a fantastic intro by him that talks about the creative process he had with Stanley Kubrick.  The book and the film were developed concurrently. They came up with the story together, and the later novels flesh out the concepts they talked about then. But, understandably, things changed over the years, and by the end of it, 3001 is pretttttty strange compared to the original concepts.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on November 05, 2014, 05:05:15 PM
That's pretty interesting, thanks for the info on those later books! I've only read 2001 but watched both 2001 and 2010. I figure I should read them eventually and hopefully before this new series comes out.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: ryOtoha on November 07, 2014, 06:55:18 PM
The first season of The Knick ended a few weeks ago and i can't wait for the upcoming second season.
Just wanna highly recommand this visually superb and pretty solid tv show.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on November 07, 2014, 07:29:07 PM
The first season of The Knick ended a few weeks ago and i can't wait for the upcoming second season.
Just wanna highly recommand this visually superb and pretty solid tv show.

I watched the first episode when it premiered, was pretty decent. But couldn't follow this weekly. Now that's it's finished and recommended, I'll hit it up - thanks.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: ryOtoha on November 07, 2014, 08:09:15 PM
I watched the first episode when it premiered, was pretty decent. But couldn't follow this weekly. Now that's it's finished and recommended, I'll hit it up - thanks.

I loved the last sequence. Really clever. Anyway, I'll be interested to read your thought.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Salem on November 10, 2014, 09:51:48 PM
http://www.nerdcoremovement.com/evil-dead-tv-show-starring-bruce-campbell-coming-starz-2015/
Evil dead tv with Bruce?  I'm in.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: VengeanceQuest982 on November 10, 2014, 11:53:19 PM
A 2nd Scifi Series heading to HBO ... http://www.thewrap.com/interstellars-jonah-nolan-developing-foundation-series-for-hbo-wbtv-exclusive/

 :ubik:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on November 10, 2014, 11:58:31 PM
A 2nd Scifi Series heading to HBO ... http://www.thewrap.com/interstellars-jonah-nolan-developing-foundation-series-for-hbo-wbtv-exclusive/

 :ubik:

To be honest I'm not sure Foundation is the best choice for an adaptation among all of Asimov's works.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: VengeanceQuest982 on November 11, 2014, 12:32:33 AM
To be honest I'm not sure Foundation is the best choice for an adaptation among all of Asimov's works.

True. While I'm happy that its finally being made I would have loved to have seen Asimov's The End of Eternity , The Gods Themselves , Nemesis , or Nightfall be adapted as a series or mini-series.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on November 28, 2014, 03:38:58 PM
I loved the last sequence. Really clever. Anyway, I'll be interested to read your thought.

Nice recommendation. It grew on me after the 3rd episode and I couldn't put it down. Maybe it's the way it's written or Soderberg's direction (and him directing all episodes vs different directors taking on different episodes in other popular shows) or good acting or just all of those put together that makes it a good series. While the end felt natural, it didn't blow me away and I blame the weak episode that built up to it. Overall, this's a series worth checking out. Curious to see what they'll bring to season 2 if Thackery is gonna be all spaced out in a hospital bed, him not being in the integral part of the story would hurt my enjoyment of the series.

Picking up the first seasons of Rectify, Olive Kitteridge and Transparent for my next watch.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: ryOtoha on November 28, 2014, 07:54:01 PM
It grew on me after the 3rd episode and I couldn't put it down. Maybe it's the way it's written or Soderberg's direction (and him directing all episodes vs different directors taking on different episodes in other popular shows) or good acting or just all of those put together that makes it a good series.

Glad you like it  :guts: It's starts slow but the consistency is here.
I really liked the photography and mise-en-scène. For instance, the first bar fight Edwards has, it's saturated in yellow, and gives a POV view of the brawl. But the POV is disoriented by either the punches or the alcohol that precipitate it. It's pretty cool


While the end felt natural, it didn't blow me away and I blame the weak episode that built up to it. Overall, this's a series worth checking out.


I don't think it was weak and the last sequence wrap things up in a neat/satisfaying way in my opinion.



Curious to see what they'll bring to season 2 if Thackery is gonna be all spaced out in a hospital bed, him not being in the integral part of the story would hurt my enjoyment of the series.

I confident Thackery will remains an interesting character because the show was well written so far and Clive Owen as a producer and actor is effective. I don't think it will ends like House M.D (season 6) who checked in a psychiatric hospital and it didn't bring any change at all in the character, the dynamics. That was as pathetic as expected.

I want to start Sorkin's the Newsroom real soon.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: VengeanceQuest982 on December 02, 2014, 02:30:59 PM
http://www.evangelion.co.jp/ng.html

Now the only thing that could make this announcement even sweeter is to have the last Rebuild film hit theaters the same year.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on December 23, 2014, 03:36:37 AM
Just wrapped up 4 seasons of Legend Of Korra. Didn't expect it to be this good because of my love for the original Avatar series. Season 4 was the weakest (as a friend rightfully called it cos the baddie wasn't as much of a threat as the baddies of the first 3), decent end but her trials through all seasons were equally tough. Makes me wanna watch Avatar now, so I can draw parallels between both series. Definitely recommended.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Ahmetal on January 03, 2015, 10:07:30 PM
Just started watching Maron on Netflix last night. It's a comedy, 22min episodes about some podcaster I've never heard of before. I liked it right off the bat. I started with a random episode in the 2nd season featuring Sarah Silverman. I watched a few episodes back to back and today I decided to start from the beginning, since I enjoyed it so...anyway the first episode, "Internet troll" features Dave Foley and involves them going to a Hobby Shop, where you can see the Vagabond series on the shelf and I'm 99.9% sure I saw the Berserk series.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: VengeanceQuest982 on January 21, 2015, 04:47:35 AM
Hannibal Season 3 Casting news

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/richard-armitage-francis-dolarhyde-hannibal-season-3-1201404901/
https://tvline.com/2015/01/20/hannibal-nina-arianda-season-3-wills-wife-cast/

*

Netflix Marvel's Daredevil
(https://pmctvline2.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/daredevil-poster.jpg?w=620&h=954)
Hell's Kitchen is the Devil's Playground

Can't wait for April to get here.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on April 06, 2015, 12:11:56 AM
http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/twin-peaks-david-lych-leaves-as-director-1201466709/ (http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/twin-peaks-david-lych-leaves-as-director-1201466709/)

Sucks for all the people who were excited for Twin Peaks.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on April 06, 2015, 12:25:54 AM
Yeah just saw it on Twitter... Sucks. Then again, I hadn't raised my hopes that this would be a homerun anyway.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Dar Klink on April 07, 2015, 09:54:13 PM
http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/twin-peaks-david-lych-leaves-as-director-1201466709/ (http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/twin-peaks-david-lych-leaves-as-director-1201466709/)

Sucks for all the people who were excited for Twin Peaks.


This really sucks, I was really excited to see him directing something again finally, even more so than for a Twin Peaks continuation really... I hope somehow something is worked out. Was he being unreasonable or was Showtime?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: VengeanceQuest982 on April 11, 2015, 12:34:49 AM
...Just wrapped up watching Daredevil Season 1 and I must say every episode was solid.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Joe Chip on April 11, 2015, 05:28:10 AM
...Just wrapped up watching Daredevil Season 1 and I must say every episode was solid.
Holy shit man, did you binge watch the whole season yesterday ??
I would have to agree. I watched 2 episodes and it's really cool. The action scenes were amazing, but at some points i found the writing to be a bit off.

If i remember correctly, Griffith you are a fan of Daredevil (comic + movie) right ? I think you mentioned something in the pod casts a while back.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on April 11, 2015, 04:48:02 PM
If i remember correctly, Griffith you are a fan of Daredevil (comic + movie) right ? I think you mentioned something in the pod casts a while back.

Hmmm, no, maybe we mentioned Daredevil but I hardly qualify as a fan. I've heard good word of mouth about the show though.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on April 13, 2015, 01:12:19 PM
Hmmm, no, maybe we mentioned Daredevil

I think we may have agreed that we thought Frank Miller's run on Daredevil: Man Without Fear was pretty excellent, when we were talking about American comics a few years ago. At least, that's the only thing that comes to mind.

And that seems to be what this show is based on (at least this part of it), down to the bandanna covering his face.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on April 13, 2015, 03:21:29 PM
I'm curious about Daredevil, probably check it out over the course of this week/ coming weekend.

Has anyone watched The Shadow Line? It's an 8 episode British show, one season only. A drug lord has just been released from prison but is found shot in the face in the car that picked him up. His nephew's hot-tempered and wants to know who did it. The police are also investigating it. Initially it's a race to find the killer. But it's not just about that but the little you know about it, the better it is in the long run. So try it out if you're interested in dark noir police drama.

Also caught up with the first episode of the new season of Louie, it was awesome. Follows the same theme as the last season. He's miserable and the situation he gets into (accidentally or not) are funny, real and you gotta feel for the guy.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: m on April 30, 2015, 07:23:07 PM

Since there's no "TV shows to look forward to" thread I'll put this here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE1nsOoTJos

BBC's adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. I'll definitely be checking this out.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on April 30, 2015, 08:53:32 PM
Since there's no "TV shows to look forward to" thread I'll put this here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE1nsOoTJos

BBC's adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. I'll definitely be checking this out.

I think I speak for both Walter and myself when I say that some works are just not meant to be adapted, and that this is one of them.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on April 30, 2015, 11:10:18 PM
Since there's no "TV shows to look forward to" thread I'll put this here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE1nsOoTJos

BBC's adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. I'll definitely be checking this out.

As someone who totally loved the book (I've read it 5x), I have been dreading this for years.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on May 14, 2015, 07:56:29 AM

http://kotaku.com/looks-like-the-simpsons-just-lost-the-voice-of-mr-burn-1704391070


 :isidro:

I know we've all been half wishing for this show's merciful demise since the turn of the century, but... whoa! I suppose the cast, at least Shearer, finally saying "enough" is better than "the time the show becomes unprofitable" arriving and Fox pulling the plug, though they've threatened to plenty during negotiations in recent years. Let's see if this is just that, negotiating, or if they're really going to attempt some half way version of the show minus Shearer. I mean, I was waiting for it to be cancelled, but going on like this is a new low. Hell, they might as well replace everybody on the cheap and just do a full cover band iteration. After all, the "show will go on." We'll see.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on May 14, 2015, 10:23:08 AM
Gah... also Kent Brockman, Lenny and Ned Flanders. That's quite a blow.

They should get the guy who did Smithers' voice in the Simpson's arcade game.

Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on May 14, 2015, 10:14:25 PM
Gah... also Kent Brockman, Lenny and Ned Flanders. That's quite a blow. They should get the guy who did Smithers' voice in the Simpson's arcade game.



All those jokes from a decade ago are coming home to roost. They should just go completely meta, if they aren't already, and introduce Roy as a legit addition to the family. Also, here's an appropriately thoughtful retrospective of Shearer and, appropriately hateful commentary on, the state of the show:

http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/some-simpsons-characters-voiced-by-harry-shearer-ranke-1704457548

Though, this is kind of sweet:
(It would probably help if you tweeted that @ him, Mr. Brooks)



Anyway, on the lighter side of the news, here's another trailer for that biting new True Detective parody coming out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4uxGbhO4ag

Oh man, they nailed it! :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on May 15, 2015, 12:58:08 AM
Speaking of Simpsons, the season finale's intro had a crossover with Rick and Morty (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ecYoSvGO60&feature=youtu.be). It's fantastic and I absolutely cannot wait for season 2 of R&M to start.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on May 15, 2015, 11:32:14 PM
Looks like David Lynch et al worked out a deal with Showtime. https://twitter.com/david_lynch/status/599364142764404736
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: VengeanceQuest982 on May 22, 2015, 09:50:41 AM
Rewatching the 1st 26 hours of Hannibal before the June 4th Season 3 Premeire.

° Here's a first look at the New season.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9pNXLmDdrL0
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on May 22, 2015, 10:44:26 PM
David Letterman's final show, which was appropriately subdued, self-deprecating, and somewhat skeptical of the whole idea. Here are some highlights:

Opening - Our Long National Nightmare is Over (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQklH53Dc8c)
David Letterman's Final Monologue (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw5tUhLpqxM)
Celebrity Top Ten Things I've Always Wanted to Say To David Letterman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBf8MyGaEk4)
David Letterman Works at Taco Bell (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRKSYnku8rw)
David Letterman Highlights featuring Foo Fighters (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrVjOUIoo6Q)

I'm honestly more a Letterman appreciator than a huge fan, and I guess whether you are or not depends on if you have any use for late night shows altogether (very few people watch these "live" on TV anymore), but if you do, whether you like or have even watched David Letterman, know that every modern iteration of late night television comedy, and a lot of modern comedy in general, is ripped off of Late Night with David Letterman. Also, for those that think they're too cool or sophisticated for any of that shit... well, he started that too, but he told celebrities to their faces. :guts:

(http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/090529/GAL-09May29-2110/media/PHO-09May29-163805.jpg)

 :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on May 24, 2015, 03:29:07 PM
A new episode of Seinfeld has appeared: https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=1793&v=_01VarPZMfU
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: JMP on May 24, 2015, 06:06:35 PM
A new episode of Seinfeld has appeared: https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=1793&v=_01VarPZMfU

I love Seinfeld! I wasn't too sure about this at first, but gotta say, that was pretty funny.  :ganishka: Commercials were good, too.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: m on May 24, 2015, 09:08:32 PM
David Letterman's final show...

Thank you for posting the highlights! I meant to watch the show but it slipped my mind. It was indeed a subdued show but, like you mentioned, it felt appropriate. I was expecting a mention of Leno at some point, even if a small one, but it never came (or I missed it). Out of the top ten list the one I liked the most was the one from Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

I don't watch late night shows anymore but there were periods of my life when I watched a few almost religiously, so this was basically must-watch TV for me. I guess in general this was quite an important final show because it was Letterman.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on May 24, 2015, 11:15:22 PM
A new episode of Seinfeld has appeared: https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=1793&v=_01VarPZMfU

The longevity of appreciation and continued fan support for Seinfeld is almost as impressive as the show's original run. I feel like it's more popular than The Simpsons at this point and it hasn't been on the air in almost two decades! BTW, this guy's Jerry impression sounds more like a Jay, if you know what I mean. Speaking of which...

Thank you for posting the highlights! I meant to watch the show but it slipped my mind.

Haha, isn't that perfect, though? "You know--I just thought of something. I'll be fine."

It was indeed a subdued show but, like you mentioned, it felt appropriate. I was expecting a mention of Leno at some point, even if a small one, but it never came (or I missed it).

Jay appeared a couple of times in the highlight reel and they used the photograph I posted above when they cut to a commercial break. I heard there were talks for each of them to appear on the other's show near the end of each but it could just never be worked out. It's too bad considering how many times Leno appeared on his show before (when he and Dave were killer btw and had a natural chemistry) it would have blown the roof off. Though, probably appropriate it didn't happen for all the right and wrong reasons (don't want to distract from the other's farewell, don't want to seemingly bow to the other either, and... it just wouldn't be the same).

Out of the top ten list the one I liked the most was the one from Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Mine as well, and here's a great write up on that list, the last show, and Letterman's legacy here:

http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/jokes-from-david-lettermans-final-top-10-list-ranked-1705961620

BTW, as it says in the article, I know #1 is supposed to be bad, though I did enjoy this one, but they should have just had Murray say, "Goodbye, David Letterman!" which would have been perfectly sweet, insulting, cheesy and funny all at once. Too late to hire me now though, Dave!

I don't watch late night shows anymore but there were periods of my life when I watched a few almost religiously, so this was basically must-watch TV for me. I guess in general this was quite an important final show because it was Letterman.

Same here, I was too young to ever get into Johnny Carson, but I had periods when I would regularly enjoy Letterman or Leno (back when they still had their fastballs), but my late night host and show is Late Night with Conan O'Brien. I stayed up WAY too late in high school just to watch Conan act totally weird at 1:30 in the morning because it was like some subversive message nobody else knew about; adults weren't supposed to act like that on TV . That was quite literally my generation's Late Night and I'm glad he's still out there, and somewhat on the fringes. Conan just didn't work as the King of Mainstream Late Night, like Letterman he's much more effective as a subversive misfit and I'm glad he's still thriving on social media, because I'll likely never watch another late night show again. Part of me wishes he did get the Late Show though, but Colbert does truly seem like someone that could do something completely different. I have no idea what to expect.

Anyway, some more tributes from late night luminaries and leftovers:

Conan Says Thank You To David Letterman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV7NC0DGgVg)
Jimmy Kimmel Bids Farewell to David Letterman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y29ELOsXSI0)
Adam Sandler's Musical Ode to David Letterman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwr-ZG8p_CY)
Norm Macdonald Performs Stand-Up on David Letterman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9I9zafXQkk)
Martin Short's Funeral Song for David Letterman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsFE5A-F6fA)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on May 24, 2015, 11:46:55 PM
I remember being in college when they began airing Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm on a specific channel, forget the name, oh! and they also aired The Sopranos. But yeah, I never understood why Seinfeld was so popular. I watched upto season 6 or 7 (can't remember) and everyone around me at the time thought it was the shit, the best comedy series on television. I also didn't find Curb Your Enthusiasm funny.

Am I the only one?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on May 25, 2015, 06:14:46 AM
I remember being in college when they began airing Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm on a specific channel, forget the name, oh! and they also aired The Sopranos. But yeah, I never understood why Seinfeld was so popular. I watched upto season 6 or 7 (can't remember) and everyone around me at the time thought it was the shit, the best comedy series on television. I also didn't find Curb Your Enthusiasm funny.

Am I the only one?

 :isidro: :magni:

...

Hah HA! He's just kidding everbody, we worked this out as a joke offline! As you were now. Heeey, did anyone catch the latest exploitative scene from Game of Thrones!?

(Incantatiin, follow my lead and I'll get you out of this in one piece! Also, Arrested Development is overrated... RUN!!)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on May 25, 2015, 09:24:10 AM
David Letterman's final show, which was appropriately subdued, self-deprecating, and somewhat skeptical of the whole idea. Here are some highlights:

Opening - Our Long National Nightmare is Over (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQklH53Dc8c)
David Letterman's Final Monologue (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw5tUhLpqxM)
Celebrity Top Ten Things I've Always Wanted to Say To David Letterman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBf8MyGaEk4)
David Letterman Works at Taco Bell (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRKSYnku8rw)
David Letterman Highlights featuring Foo Fighters (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrVjOUIoo6Q)

Thanks for posting that man, was great.

Am I the only one?

Yes.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: The Beast of Darkness on May 25, 2015, 11:17:01 AM
Am I the only one?

No, you're not. Never watched "Curb Your Enthusiasm". But in the case of Seinfeld, I never liked this fucking series.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: m on May 25, 2015, 07:25:47 PM
Haha, isn't that perfect, though? "You know--I just thought of something. I'll be fine."

Yep.

Jay appeared a couple of times in the highlight reel and they used the photograph I posted above when they cut to a commercial break. I heard there were talks for each of them to appear on the other's show near the end of each but it could just never be worked out. It's too bad considering how many times Leno appeared on his show before (when he and Dave were killer btw and had a natural chemistry) it would have blown the roof off. Though, probably appropriate it didn't happen for all the right and wrong reasons (don't want to distract from the other's farewell, don't want to seemingly bow to the other either, and... it just wouldn't be the same).

I did see the picture when they cut to commercial, but I guess I was expecting something else, something more. A snipe or a joke perhaps? It's old news but I was kind of expecting a joke about taking back the show from Colbert soon or something. Though I think what you said about them not appearing on each other's show also applies to them not taking a shot at Leno. It was the right way to go.

Mine as well, and here's a great write up on that list, the last show, and Letterman's legacy here:

http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/jokes-from-david-lettermans-final-top-10-list-ranked-1705961620

Good stuff! Thanks!

Conan just didn't work as the King of Mainstream Late Night, like Letterman he's much more effective as a subversive misfit and I'm glad he's still thriving on social media, because I'll likely never watch another late night show again.

I like Conan and for a time I did follow a bit of what he did on TBS, but it's been a while. On the other hand I quite enjoyed some of his Serious Jibber-Jabber episodes. It's still Conan but it's good to see another side of him.

Part of me wishes he did get the Late Show though, but Colbert does truly seem like someone that could do something completely different. I have no idea what to expect.

I honestly have no expectations whatsoever. I don't quite see what he can do to revamp the format, though I'd like to see him do it.

Anyway, some more tributes from late night luminaries and leftovers:

Conan Says Thank You To David Letterman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV7NC0DGgVg)
Jimmy Kimmel Bids Farewell to David Letterman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y29ELOsXSI0)
Adam Sandler's Musical Ode to David Letterman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwr-ZG8p_CY)
Norm Macdonald Performs Stand-Up on David Letterman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9I9zafXQkk)
Martin Short's Funeral Song for David Letterman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsFE5A-F6fA)

More goodies!  :ubik: I don't think I can watch them today but I'll definitely check them out.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on May 25, 2015, 09:39:15 PM
I still watch Seinfeld regularly. It's one of the only sitcoms I like. Having recently set up my HBOGO! I started to rewatch some of the old Curb seasons I hadn't seen in a while (the ones I hadn't already seen a dozen or so times) and it's as funny as ever. I hope to god he does one more at least.

The real reason I came to this thread is because as I mentioned, I recently set up HBOGO which means I can go back and watch some series I missed out on. This includes The Wire. I caught a few episodes during it's original run but I was too young at the time to really grasp the storyline. Now that I've gone back to the beginning I can confidently say I'm loving this show. Still on season 1 but it's one of those shows that's easy to binge on because you just want to see what happens next. The television equivalent of a "page turner".  I think there's some other fans of the show here  :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on May 26, 2015, 04:18:17 PM
So last night I saw the first episode of BBC's adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. And... whew, I was relieved. Surprisingly, it's really good!  :ubik:

I've read the book many times, and listened to the audio book many more, so if anyone was going to be a tough sell for this adaptation, it'd be me. But it won me over, making me feel the same feelings the book gave me in a few scenes -- possibly because the dialogue is almost completely the same. It's pretty amazing how much Childermass sounds exactly like I imagined. So, I consider it a pretty huge success, considering the obstacles I had to enjoying this.

While some changes did bother me (one BIG one which I'll elaborate on), others are perfectly understandable. The dry humor was stripped of many scenes, because I imagine it couldn't be conveyed well. A lot of the "jokes" in the book rely on internal dialogue.

I'll spoiler tag this, but I don't really think it's necessary:

Among the changes that bothered me, the actor for Norrell comes across as far too assertive for who he's meant to be portraying. Anyone familiar with the books will spot this the moment he takes the screen. it feels a bit like the actor taking liberties for a more compelling on-screen performance, when really the person he's supposed to be portraying is like a banker or librarian. However, he does nail some of the nuance of his character -- namely that he's not only a recluse, he's something of an autistic; socially inept. Both incapable of reading people's social cues and effectively communicating with them. These are mostly comical traits, but it also grounds his character.

And the big one: they've made a bold change to the fairy, to the extent that it may as well be a different character altogether. If you added up the character traits of the book's fairy, you'd get arrogant, conceited, proud, jovial and of course cheerful to the point of sinister. A guy who would just as soon laugh at you as wipe you from the face of the earth. The show's fairy doesn't carry any of those traits. While he is indeed otherworldly, he just comes across as a boomy-voiced bad guy. No more personality nuance, or cheery and politely evil demeanor. Apparently just a straight-up villain. At the least, it'll be interesting to see how they carry that moving forward in certain scenes, since it's by far the biggest change to the fundamentals.

This is unfortunate, because of all the elements of the book, I've always felt his character would be the most interesting to see on-screen, because he's so animated and delightfully evil. Now he's just a dry, boring, evil guy with crazy hair.

Example from the book:
“How long is a life?” he asked. The gentleman with the thistle-down hair spread his hands in a gesture of the utmost candour.
“How long would you like?”.

From the show:
“How long is a life?”
The gentleman asks dead-pan, not looking at Norrell at all: “How long would you like?”


Anyway, I hope it does well, if anything for the author. She deserves it.

The real reason I came to this thread is because as I mentioned, I recently set up HBOGO which means I can go back and watch some series I missed out on. This includes The Wire. ...  I think there's some other fans of the show here  :guts:

Yeah, I've probably mentioned it on the podcast just about every time we talk about TV shows  :griffnotevil:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: m on May 26, 2015, 07:48:42 PM
So last night I saw the first episode of BBC's adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. And... whew, I was relieved. Surprisingly, it's really good!  :ubik:

Woohoo! I'm glad you liked it. I also watched the first episode yesterday and I liked it too. I can't say it blew me away but it certainly caught my attention enough to continue watching. It also made me want to read the book again a bit more than I already wanted to. I particularly liked the scene in the church; the special effects were not outstanding, but I thought the scene was done sufficiently well for the quality of the effects to not matter that much. I also liked Vinculus, in particular his scene with Childermass. By the way, what did you think of Childermass? I must confess that unfortunately I don't remember him all that well, so I'm curious to know what you think of his portrayal.



Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on May 26, 2015, 11:50:20 PM
I thought Childernass was spot on. Possibly a bit too young and handsome for what I had originally envisioned. But, the same could be said of Walter Pole, who is about 20 years younger than he's described in the book.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on May 28, 2015, 07:44:25 PM
So last night I saw the first episode of BBC's adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. And... whew, I was relieved. Surprisingly, it's really good!  :ubik:

Haven't read the book but I liked episode 1. Not sure about spoiler, so I'll just put stuff in it - the whole premise of magic being something that wasn't performed in hundreds of years and yet there was someone who wants to make a difference was interesting. And what I really liked was that the magic performed through the episode isn't bombastic/ in your face/ let's make the biggest explosion to convince you sort of stuff. It was subtle and characters feel like they'd belong to that sort of story setting. The acting's top notch, unforced. Good engrossing dialog and interplay between Mr Norrell and Childermass or even the bad spirit.


And the big one: they've made a bold change to the fairy, to the extent that it may as well be a different character altogether. If you added up the character traits of the book's fairy, you'd get arrogant, conceited, proud, jovial and of course cheerful to the point of sinister. A guy who would just as soon laugh at you as wipe you from the face of the earth. The show's fairy doesn't carry any of those traits. While he is indeed otherworldly, he just comes across as a boomy-voiced bad guy. No more personality nuance, or cheery and politely evil demeanor. Apparently just a straight-up villain. At the least, it'll be interesting to see how they carry that moving forward in certain scenes, since it's by far the biggest change to the fundamentals.

This is unfortunate, because of all the elements of the book, I've always felt his character would be the most interesting to see on-screen, because he's so animated and delightfully evil. Now he's just a dry, boring, evil guy with crazy hair.

I was going to say I dug the bad fella but damn, after reading what he's supposed to be like, I like the book version a lot more! Now I can't get what his portrayal's supposed to be like outta my head haha. He's bad business, dangerous and cunning.

The dialog's rich, pretty organic and I couldn't follow some of it. After the episode I realized I'd left the volume too low and watched it again.

My favorite part of the episode was Norrell at the party leading up to the scene where the street magician does the card trick on Childermass.

Notice episode 2 is out, so I'll watch it tomorrow.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on May 29, 2015, 12:23:14 AM
Kung Fury (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5P_LAqiVg)

After years of waiting, it finally came out today. It's perfect.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: luizao on June 03, 2015, 08:57:11 AM
Well tomorrow starts Hannibal's 3rd season just a reminder for those who watch it and a recommendation for those who don't :ubik:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on June 05, 2015, 06:14:04 PM
Woof, I'm sorry to say that these past two episodes of JS & Mr.N have been pretty weak.

It's fulfilling the fears I had with some of the adaptation's elements that I was initially content to overlook or forgive. Namely, how they're portraying the fairy and Lady Pole. They're clearly angling his storyline to draw in more female viewers by making his interest in them unambiguously sexual in nature. This seems an odd diversion, considering the book was written by a woman. He's supposed to be driven  by possession of something beautiful. But the way they're portraying it is basically that it's SCANDALOUS that he's pursuing these women, instead of merely horrifying.

Speaking of beauty, what's with the casting of Lady Pole? She's supposed to be one of the most beautiful people in not only the world, but also in all of Faerie. And no offense to the person they chose, but she just doesn't match the character's description -- at all. She's merely a plain, fussy young woman. At least they've stripped those descriptors from the script.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: VengeanceQuest982 on June 23, 2015, 12:14:39 AM
...Hannibal has been cancelled by NBC

NBC's 'Hannibal' Canceled After Three Seasons - The Hollywood Reporter (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/hannibal-canceled-at-nbc-804239)
Hannibal - Cancelled by NBC | Spoilers (http://www.spoilertv.com/2015/06/hannibal-cancelled-by-nbc.html?utm_source=Trending&utm_medium=Trending)
NBC cancels Hannibal. Long live Hannibal? (http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/nbc-cancels-hannibal-long-live-hannibal)
NBC cancels Hannibal · Newswire · The A.V. Club (http://www.avclub.com/article/nbc-cancels-hannibal-221196)

...You know what if no premium channel or streaming service picks this show up I'll settle for the 4 seasons we will have been given.

(http://i.imgur.com/maVzXlo.gif)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: m on June 23, 2015, 07:17:30 PM
...Hannibal has been cancelled by NBC

 :judo:

I just watched the first episode of season three and throughout the episode I was reflecting on how gorgeous and good the show is, only to learn about the cancellation today. A real bummer. I hope it gets picked up somewhere else.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on June 23, 2015, 07:42:46 PM
Speaking of Hannibal, they better get their act together this season and move the plot forward. Episode 2 was plain boring while 1 and 3 were decent and yet, nowhere as good or tense as Season 1. I love the soundtrack and the overall atmosphere, rich characters but they're just milking it now.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: VengeanceQuest982 on June 23, 2015, 08:49:00 PM
Speaking of Hannibal, they better get their act together this season and move the plot forward. Episode 2 was plain boring while 1 and 3 were decent and yet, nowhere as good or tense as Season 1. I love the soundtrack and the overall atmosphere, rich characters but they're just milking it now.

The rest, of the 1st 1/2 of the season looks to be as you put it "getting its act together" beginning with Thursday Nights episode. That having been said I quite liked the 1st 3 hours of the season so far. The 1st hour was a reflection on Hannibal Lector & Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier relationship past and present as well as an informative perspective of when Hannibal views what he does as Cannibalism. The 2nd was centered around Will's grief over the death of Abigail Hobbs and his forgiving Hannibal not for what he did but for what was in his nature to do. That episode also introduced us to Rinaldo Pazzi who has his own history with Hannibal. While episode 3 not only covered Lector's origin but it also set Will on the path of chasing after Hannibal as an equal and not as an apprentice chasing after their master it also had the return of Jack Crawford whose only reason for being in Europe is to bring Will home.

...So yes while some would say that not much happened in the initial episodes they were however very informative and that is just as important I would think.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: m on July 03, 2015, 07:58:49 PM

So Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is over. I thought it was a solid show all in all. In terms of adapting the book the show did fall short, as clearly pointed out by Walter, but I think that for all its shortcomings the show did manage to get other aspects right. Would viewers be better off reading the book than watching the show? Most likely, but in my opinion the same can be said of most adaptations. On the other hand, I know a few people that are not big on reading that can now take a look into the world of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and I think that what they'd be getting out of it is enough to make them appreciate it. Who knows, perhaps the show will get more readers for the book. I myself just started reading the book a second time after reading it several years ago.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on July 03, 2015, 08:13:12 PM
Speaking of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, I marathoned the last 4 episodes last night and it was a bit intoxicating, in the sense, I couldn't put it down without knowing how it would end and when the end came, it was a satisfying one. Does the series end where the book does or there's more? I haven't read the book and enjoyed watching it a lot, recommending it to people around me. Spoiler - Especially enjoyed watching a maniacal Strange post the death of his wife, he's so convincing and the synergetic dynamic between him and Norrell in the penultimate episode was pretty cool. Picked up the book a few weeks ago when I read praise for it by Walter and Aaz and will get to reading it next month.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on July 03, 2015, 10:12:26 PM
I've had a really busy past three weeks (hence no podcast in a while), so I'm behind on a number of things, including the JS&MrN show. I think I stopped at ep 4 or 5, and it was already diverging quite a bit. Haven't really liked a single change they've made so far (Strange storming into Norrell's house was kind of the last straw for my interest level. Extremely out of character, particularly given their demeanor to each other in the book. All the true animosity is from Drawlight/Lascelles). I wholeheartedly recommend the book to anyone interested in more, but with the caveat that it's really NOT for everyone.
Title: Re: What are you watching [soon]? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on July 04, 2015, 06:27:33 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLlMTn_Jzok
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on July 04, 2015, 04:05:47 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLlMTn_Jzok

That cast list is bonkers. Looked it up and there's a movie too?! Late to the party but I'm getting on it.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on July 14, 2015, 06:13:01 AM
That cast list is bonkers. Looked it up and there's a movie too?! Late to the party but I'm getting on it.

Oh yeah, grab some beers, enjoy a new way, and realize just how weird and funny it is that they're doing this at all. It's like in the alternate reality where Wet Hot American Summer is a real 80's teen movie they're all happy to do this because it's all they've got... except it's the polar opposite.


In a somewhat similar vein, the real fun to come out of comic-con:

https://youtu.be/unnLg1TPCYM

Looks a lot more vital than you'd expect. Love just how head on and far they took some of the old jokes, and one in particular.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on July 14, 2015, 08:37:28 AM
In a somewhat similar vein, the real fun to come out of comic-con:

https://youtu.be/unnLg1TPCYM

Looks a lot more vital than you'd expect. Love just how head on and far they took some of the old jokes, and one in particular.

I was never too big of an Evil Dead fan, but this is the first trailer I saw out of Comic-Con and it did feel pretty good all things considered. I think this'll be a worthy entry into the series.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on July 14, 2015, 01:34:02 PM
In a somewhat similar vein, the real fun to come out of comic-con:

https://youtu.be/unnLg1TPCYM

Looks a lot more vital than you'd expect. Love just how head on and far they took some of the old jokes, and one in particular.

I've never been quite as over-the-moon for Evil Dead as most of my generation is, but I thought this trailer was pretty funny. Looks good, even though it's StarZ  :griffnotevil:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on August 04, 2015, 07:18:31 PM
Anyone else check out Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp? It started promisingly enough, but sort of lost focus in the middle and just meandered through to the end. I think there was enough material for a fun follow up film in there, but there was also a lot of underwhelming filler and even at its best it never quiet took it as high(er and higher) as the original. On that note, while Meloni is fantastic at all times, Gene was criminally underrepresented; that they didn't have anything more to say with/about him was a pretty telling indictment to me.


Also, my wife and I are watching The Sopranos (she's never seen it), are now about halfway through season 2, and HOLY SHIT the contrast with wannabes like True Detective 2 (which we were honestly bummed to watch in lieu of another Sopranos episode). I forgot how good this show was when it still had it's fastball. Even knowing that beforehand it impresses. Season 1 alone was better than anything I've seen lately. The novelistic approach to its overlapping themes and subtle delivery of them in a straightforward and easy to understand presentation makes even modern boutique television look like contrived, paint-by-numbers garbage by comparison. I'm sure I'll change my tune as we get to seasons 6a/b ((http://www.skullknight.net/images/gutsbarf.gif)), but right now I'm partying with Tony like a TV critic from 1999.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on August 05, 2015, 01:39:23 AM
Anyone else check out Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp? It started promisingly enough, but sort of lost focus in the middle and just meandered through to the end. I think there was enough material for a fun follow up film in there, but there was also a lot of underwhelming filler and even at its best it never quiet took it as high(er and higher) as the original. On that note, while Meloni is fantastic at all times, Gene was criminally underrepresented; that they didn't have anything more to say with/about him was a pretty telling indictment to me.

I'm about halfway through it (geez, do I watch these Netflix series like an old man or what?), and I'm enjoying it quite a bit -- but it's just about what I expected it would be, and not much more. Big fan of the original; huge fan of The State. I literally grew up watching most of this cast develop their brand of weird comedy, so it hits a weak point for me. Even the lamest of jokes tend to work. I'm pretty much either smiling or laughing anytime Ken Marino is on the screen, warranted or not.

Agreed about Gene, at least so far. His "transformation" into the proper Gene felt like they'd wasted the first half of this show just because they needed to fill time. I feel that way about a lot of the scenes, primarily the musical bits (though seeing Electric City in action was worth it).

Ultimately, I feel like the format enables lazy writing. A leaner movie would have made more sense with the material they have here.

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Also, my wife and I are watching The Sopranos (she's never seen it), are now about halfway through season 2, and HOLY SHIT the contrast with wannabes like True Detective 2 (which we were honestly bummed to watch in lieu of another Sopranos episode). I forgot how good this show was when it still had it's fastball. Even knowing that beforehand it impresses. Season 1 alone was better than anything I've seen lately. The novelistic approach to its overlapping themes and subtle delivery of them in a straightforward and easy to understand presentation makes even modern boutique television look like contrived, paint-by-numbers garbage by comparison. I'm sure I'll change my tune as we get to seasons 6a/b ((http://www.skullknight.net/images/gutsbarf.gif)), but right now I'm partying with Tony like a TV critic from 1999.

Seasons 1-3 were fucking magic. Nothing on TV like it before or since, and the same can be said of Tony. I feel like that show began the current era of television, for better or worse (maybe that's not even a very profound statement at this point...) But it ... sort of trailed off after that, at least from my memory of watching it as it aired back then. As you and i have talked about before, it feels like success caught up with David Chase around that point, and he began dragging his feet.

It only took Nic Pizzolato ONE season though!  :troll:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on August 05, 2015, 02:00:02 AM
I haven't yet watched this, but it's something I'm looking forward too

and I just wanted to say that
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I'm pretty much either smiling or laughing anytime Ken Marino is on the screen, warranted or not.
- Pretty much sums up every time I see Ken Marino in anything really. The guy just kills me for some reason. Criminally underused comedic actor.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on August 05, 2015, 03:15:31 PM
Anyone else check out Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp?

Like Oburi, it's on my list too. Gonna up it on my queue!

I forgot to post about House of Cards. I had one of those "I'm bored and don't know what I wanna watch" kinda nights, so I hopped on Netflix. The show popped up on my feed and I remembered Walter's and John's discussions on the show last year, so I gave it a shot. At the back of my mind, there was all this mega hype around the show so I spent the first few episodes cautiously watching it. The acting was there, I could see why everyone was ga-ga over Spacey but I couldn't help compare his performance with that of Cranston or McShane or McConaughey. His character reminded me of a toned down version of Grammer's in Boss but where Boss as a show lacked in charisma, House of Cards had a lot of. By the middle of the season I was hooked but by the end of it something didn't fit ... I expected more of how they ironed out some kinks. Decent-good season 1. Rolled over to season 2 and it was such a downer. It didn't have the same wit, charm or even smaller things I liked about season 1 where Spacey's character would talk to the audience and the direction the story took (and all it's sub-plots) fell flat. I didn't care for anyone's motives but, watched all of it just to get to the end. The Netflix player rolled over to the first episode of season 3 and I stopped.

How does season 3 compare with 1 guys? If it's not on par, I'll drop the show : /
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on August 05, 2015, 03:35:45 PM
How does season 3 compare with 1 guys? If it's not on par, I'll drop the show : /

I did not enjoy it, not even enough to make a posting here whining about it as I have the last two seasons. But you don't have to take my word for it, it's pretty universally regarded as the weakest season so far.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on August 05, 2015, 04:45:47 PM
Gotcha, thanks Walter. I'm going to skip it, maybe hop back on the show if there's a strong season 4. Aside from True Detective, Hannibal and Suits, I'm not watching any other TV shows at the moment.

Sometimes there's talk about It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia among a set of friends and I've yet to watch the show, so I don't usually contribute or have anything to say. It's probably next in queue after Wet Hot American Summer.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on August 05, 2015, 04:57:37 PM
Sometimes there's talk about It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia among a set of friends and I've yet to watch the show, so I don't usually contribute or have anything to say.

I like it quite a bit. It's great for 1-2 episodes at a time, but certainly not something that you can binge-watch. The tone wears thin with that much concentrated viewing.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on August 05, 2015, 05:04:15 PM
Sometimes there's talk about It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia among a set of friends and I've yet to watch the show, so I don't usually contribute or have anything to say. It's probably next in queue after Wet Hot American Summer.

I'm a big It's Always Sunny fan. So much so that I recently bought the book they put out, which is pretty funny as well. The show is overall very funny once you get the hang of their style of comedy, but even that is understandably not for everyone. It took me a while to get into it but once I did I was hooked, and now I've seen every episode several times. It's great to quote with friends and recite with people at a bar and whatnot. My friends and I will often go through an entire scene as our favorite character to other unsuspecting people. Hilarity ensues.

I recommend starting at season one and just watching in order. The earlier seasons are among the best but overall it's pretty solid throughout.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on August 05, 2015, 05:22:30 PM
So i guess no one is watching Mr. Robot? It's like Fight Club with hackers. What's impressive about it is the direction and the soundtrack. Up there with True Detective S1. Very cinematic.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on August 05, 2015, 05:24:42 PM
So i guess no one is watching Mr. Robot? It's like Fight Club with hackers.

*Looks it up. Sees that it's on the USA network.*

Nope!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on August 05, 2015, 09:25:44 PM
I dare anyone to watch the pilot and not be impressed.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on August 06, 2015, 01:34:44 AM
I'm about halfway through it (geez, do I watch these Netflix series like an old man or what?)

 :ganishka:

I was watching it a couple at a time too, but my wife and I finally just plowed through the last few episodes on a night off from The Sopranos.

I'm enjoying it quite a bit -- but it's just about what I expected it would be, and not much more. Big fan of the original; huge fan of The State. I literally grew up watching most of this cast develop their brand of weird comedy, so it hits a weak point for me. Even the lamest of jokes tend to work.
Agreed about Gene, at least so far. His "transformation" into the proper Gene felt like they'd wasted the first half of this show just because they needed to fill time. I feel that way about a lot of the scenes, primarily the musical bits (though seeing Electric City in action was worth it).

Ultimately, I feel like the format enables lazy writing. A leaner movie would have made more sense with the material they have here.

Yeah, the question worthiness aside (again, to Wet Hot American Summer =), I enjoyed it all the way through as well, and though my previous take comes off too serious about it, I can't help but compare it to the original and feel like it just wasn't quite up to it (especially with certain characters, like Gene and Beth, whereas Molly Shannon and John Slattery got to needlessly and endlessly waste our time). These latter day prequel-sequels are setup to disappoint basically, especially if you're hard to please to begin with, "Do justice to something I already really, really like while impressing me all over again!" It's like asking someone to wow you with the same trick twice while adding something new without deviating too much.

Seasons 1-3 were fucking magic. Nothing on TV like it before or since, and the same can be said of Tony. I feel like that show began the current era of television, for better or worse (maybe that's not even a very profound statement at this point...) But it ... sort of trailed off after that, at least from my memory of watching it as it aired back then. As you and i have talked about before, it feels like success caught up with David Chase around that point, and he began dragging his feet.

Just finished another one, "Bust Out," which added little to the overall arc of the season and was otherwise just a random episode, but was just fantastic in and of itself. I'm starting to compare Breaking Bad unfavorably here. :magni: But yeah, I remember that in a couple of seasons it starts liking the smell of it's own farts a bit too much.

It only took Nic Pizzolato ONE season though!  :troll:

Speaking of BB, like to remind you that you were pretty bullish on TD2 but anti-Saul. Just sayin'. :iva:

I'm pretty much either smiling or laughing anytime Ken Marino is on the screen, warranted or not.
I just wanted to say that - Pretty much sums up every time I see Ken Marino in anything really. The guy just kills me for some reason. Criminally underused comedic actor.

If you guys like Ken Marino, you should check him out in season 4 of Eastbound and Down. Might be him at his most Ken Marino-ist.

I recommend starting at season one and just watching in order. The earlier seasons are among the best but overall it's pretty solid throughout.

The first few seasons are the best, but after that initial dip in quality almost all shows go through it's been impressively consistent ever since. I feel like everything between seasons 4 and 10 are basically on equal ground and every season has its standouts. I quite enjoyed Family Fight from last year. =)

So i guess no one is watching Mr. Robot? It's like Fight Club with hackers. What's impressive about it is the direction and the soundtrack. Up there with True Detective S1. Very cinematic.

I actually saw a trailer for it in theaters a while back (might have been before Fury Road); it looked as potentially intriguing as ridiculous, but I'm not even sure how I'd feel about Fight Club today, let alone with hackers (all the 1% of the 1%er crap tossed in didn't help). If you say it's the goods though I'm inclined to take your word for it... though you're also a Prometheus apologist. :iva:

I dare anyone to watch the pilot and not be impressed.

You challenging me to not like something?...

(https://38.media.tumblr.com/73f0a9a415dd597471c7730b974c0451/tumblr_nn9p1aZF6S1qdqzl4o1_500.gif)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on August 06, 2015, 03:56:37 AM
Like Fight Club, it is as intriguing as it is ridiculous, but it has nothing in common with other shows on the same network. I dare even to say it's the best live action show on tv right now (not overall show because Rick & Morty is back on). The pilot alone - directed by Niels Oplev (from the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) - was the best since BB or Walking Dead.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on August 06, 2015, 02:38:32 PM
I like it quite a bit. It's great for 1-2 episodes at a time, but certainly not something that you can binge-watch. The tone wears thin with that much concentrated viewing.

I recommend starting at season one and just watching in order. The earlier seasons are among the best but overall it's pretty solid throughout.

Cool beans, thanks for the tip guys. I'll check it out in a week or two.

I dare anyone to watch the pilot and not be impressed.

The hell ... when I read that last night, I was like "Frak it, let me get one episode" after watching The Midnight Swim (which I really liked by the way). The guy who plays Elliot is fantastic and the monologue about social media and the material money minded world that makes society hit the nail, especially about how everyone's plugged into Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, etc. Personally speaking I've wanted to get off it for years but my purpose was a bit different from what Elliot's character mentions in his monologue - it's acted more of a way my folks could know if I was safe or keep in touch through messenger since we're countries apart. If it weren't for that, I wouldn't be on there. However, it's weird how corporate companies get suspicious about people who don't have Facebook, considering the fact that it's so normal to be on it that because of the reverse, the individual might have something to hide. Coming back to the episode, the plot hooked me in by the end of the episode and I watched up to episode 3. This wasn't just any bubbly show about hackers.

Good call Nighty, although when you mentioned Fight Club, I'm seeing things from a different perspective than if I hadn't known. Spoilers -

For a bit I thought Fsociety was a figment of his imagination because there's that scene when he comes back and they disappear and then there's an attack 19 days. But, maybe not all of it is a figment of his imagination and just Mr. Robot? In episode 3, Slater goes un-noticed when he's sitting at the bar and even at Elliot's office but what's-her-name-who-drops-by-his-apartment ... she seems real and Shayla too.

His relationship with Gideon was good to watch and progress but I think Gideon's going to come back at him. I wonder if he'll expose him if he finds that dat file on the second check he's authorised to get done. Tyrell's wife is as bad or badass as Tyrell and we see how motivated he is to get what he wants. I wonder if Elliot will come back and work with Tyrell when his let-me-think-about-this phase ends.

You think Mr Robot's behind hacking Ollie? I mean, it kinda makes sense if we're thinking Elliot is Mr Robot cos he hasn't shy'd away from hacking/ knowing everything about people he dislikes and brings em to justice but I don't know ... maybe it isn't Elliot and it's just a coincidence, someone else is after Evil Corps secrets.

Also, good nod to American Psycho on this episode with the tie-complimenting scene.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on August 06, 2015, 07:32:49 PM
I guess the hype is catching on. http://uproxx.com/tv/2015/08/summer-tv-best-2015/10/

I'm sorry if i spoiled it a bit by saying it's kinda like Fight Club. I thought the same about fsociety not being real after that episode. Mr. Robot being Tyler Durden seems too obvious, so they might twist that around later in the show. And yes, Tyrell is basically Patrick Bateman, which makes him a joy to watch.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on August 06, 2015, 10:34:34 PM
I'm sorry if i spoiled it a bit by saying it's kinda like Fight Club.

Well, not until you said that. :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on August 14, 2015, 07:03:49 AM
Holy shit, latest Mr. Robot was so fucking nuts that i might consider watching the whole season again. Do yourself a favor and watch this show before the internet ruins it for you.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on August 15, 2015, 10:51:37 AM
Twin Peaks miniseries poster: http://kadrey.tumblr.com/post/126731424022/poster-for-the-upcoming-twin-peaks-mini-series-on#_=_
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on August 16, 2015, 06:18:55 PM
Twin Peaks miniseries poster: http://kadrey.tumblr.com/post/126731424022/poster-for-the-upcoming-twin-peaks-mini-series-on#_=_

That looks shit.



Utopia's US remake helmed by David Fincher is probably dead (budget reasons), HBO still has the rights though. Nevertheless do watch this great series, only two seasons of 6 episodes.

https://youtu.be/uJnN3WMwDsk
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on August 16, 2015, 06:29:07 PM
That looks shit.

(https://pmcdeadline2.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/mrrobot-key-art.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on August 16, 2015, 09:46:11 PM
Are you serious? I love TP as much as the next guy but that poster is a photoshop abomination. The Mr. Robot one is just meh.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on August 16, 2015, 09:56:11 PM
Not defending it, just saying that judging by the poster alone, Mr. Robot looks no less shitty.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: JMP on August 23, 2015, 02:41:33 PM
I hadn't heard of the web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee before today. Guess I've been under a rock or something. There's 6 seasons of it available on Crackle : http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/ (http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/). I just watched the episode with Michael Richards from season 1 and really enjoyed it!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on August 23, 2015, 02:45:08 PM
I hadn't heard of the web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee before today. Guess I've been under a rock or something. There's 6 seasons of it available on Crackle : http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/ (http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/). I just watched the episode with Michael Richards from season 1 and really enjoyed it!

I've seen most of them, and yeah, they're pretty nice.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: JMP on August 23, 2015, 02:53:45 PM
I've seen most of them, and yeah, they're pretty nice.
I liked the relaxed feel of it, just like friends hanging out having a conversation and these are some really funny and interesting friends, so makes for good viewing. I also thought the novel car aspect of it was cool. Well, since I'm late to the party I've got 6 seasons built up to enjoy.  :serpico:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: JMP on August 30, 2015, 03:34:20 PM
I really enjoyed this episode of Nova that I caught recently, "Secrets of the Viking Sword". It's about a superior Viking blade and a modern blacksmith's attempts to recreate it. If you're interested you can watch it here:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/secrets-viking-sword.html (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/secrets-viking-sword.html)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Kaladin on August 30, 2015, 06:54:37 PM
So i guess no one is watching Mr. Robot? It's like Fight Club with hackers. What's impressive about it is the direction and the soundtrack. Up there with True Detective S1. Very cinematic.

3 episodes in...SOOO GOOD! totally hooked!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on September 14, 2015, 04:16:42 PM
The wife and I finished our Sopranos run (second time for me, though I didn't see them all before). Anyway, it was better than I remembered, particularly the last few seasons, which weren't as great as the first few, but also not as as obnoxious as I originally thought either (I always thought the show was dragged down by the weight of it's own expectations, but I realize that problem was largely on our/my end and I likely suffered the frustration of release schedule syndrome I've so denounced with Berserk). The surreal dream/coma  stuff that loomed so large at first was barely a blip, and not bad! Also, the wind-down and ending was kind of great. No drop off in quality or conspicuous change in demeanor, it wasn't trying too hard, it was nobly consistent; and the final episode, while still touching all the necessary bases in Tony's life and relationships, was largely just an organic slice-of-life right until the end. Anything that was a letdown, or anti-climatic, was sort of the point (like Tony's depressing final meeting with Junior that he obviously had great expectations for, only to find out life doesn't work that way). The infamous final scene has only improved with age as well (especially since I knew my cable didn't just go out this time =), and is obviously still discussed to this day (though from Chase's own comments and the available analysis (https://masterofsopranos.wordpress.com/the-sopranos-definitive-explanation-of-the-end/) out there I don't think it's much of a debate what happened unless you just didn't get it or were actually so affected by it as to deny it in favor of a delusional interpretation). Anyway, wholly unique, and I can't say any other show or even medium has managed to so successfully simulate an instant end like that for the audience. I'm still kind of in awe at it when you think of it as both a metaphor for the show as life and the end of show as a metaphor and simulation for death, and the lousy, empty, unfulfilled feeling it gives you... or, to put it another, bravo! :ubik:

I think I said of people's (namely Walter's) underwhelmed, if not disappointed, feelings with Breaking Bad's ending that what are the odds of doing a truly transcendent finale/ending to cap a transcendent run, especially with the expectations of doing it and the absence of the element of surprise (a mediocre show has a better shot of overachieving with it's ending). Rather than something a transcendent show would naturally build to it's almost two completely separate achievements; like winning the lottery twice, consecutively. Well, The Sopranos actually fucking did it. The ending is almost as famous and talked about as the show itself, and it's legitimately intelligent, meaningful, challenging, and an artistic achievement unto itself that's been debated and studied for years after the fact. Not a bad piece of work.


BTW, for fun I also checked our old 2-page (simpler times) Sopranos thread, which largely covers the end:

http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=5703.0

I'm just fucking brutal and petulant as Hell (if I hated it so much, why was I watching!?), and Walter is level-headed, pragmatic, and consistent as ever; he might as well have written that yesterday, while I'm a complete maniac (glad I've mellowed out somewhat, yeesh =). Other highlights include nonsensical Square-Enix jokes by me, and Walter making a "Kojima's last Metal Gear game" crack TEN FUCKING YEARS AGO! And somehow I feel like, despite all implications, it's still not his last, the movie never ends, it just goes on and on and on and on. Don't stop believin'!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: veltechmetalworks on September 15, 2015, 04:08:54 AM
Fear the walking dead. That's it. I work too much to watch anything else  :sad:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on September 15, 2015, 02:12:24 PM
The wife and I finished our Sopranos run (second time for me, though I didn't see them all before). Anyway, it was better than I remembered, particularly the last few seasons, which weren't as great as the first few, but also not as as obnoxious as I originally thought either (I always thought the show was dragged down by the weight of it's own expectations, but I realize that problem was largely on our/my end and I likely suffered the frustration of release schedule syndrome I've so denounced with Berserk).

Damn, well that's great man. Reading this, I think I've been hoping for a while that someone would plumb the depths of this show and see if it was worth revisiting. Sounds like it is. It's been more than a decade since I watched those first seasons. I'm a completely different person now, so it's totally possible that my feelings have changed on it.

What'd your wife think of it, btw? I suppose if she stuck around til the end then she liked it.

BTW, no joke, a logical next step after you take a breather from Sopranos is The Wire. Equally great, memorable, character-driven show.

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I think I said of people's (namely Walter's) underwhelmed, if not disappointed, feelings with Breaking Bad's ending

My feelings of BB's ending remain a pretty solid "shoulder shrug." That penultimate episode though.. wow! That's how I like to think of that show's final moments. The rest was fine. When the topic comes up in person, I often say: "I'm just glad it didn't shit the bed like LOST."

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The ending is almost as famous and talked about as the show itself, and it's legitimately intelligent, meaningful, challenging, and an artistic achievement unto itself that's been debated and studied for years after the fact. Not a bad piece of work.

In my head, from the first time I saw it, it's still pretty fucking cool.

I think the rancor surrounding it online completely shaped its legacy, which is a real shame. It's one of the first massive cultural instances of that kind of phenomenon that come to mind for me -- a show being shaped by blogs and forum post outrage. The kind of negative sentiment that just feeds on itself until it's really difficult to separate those feelings from the thing itself. I still don't quite know what they had expected, or what would have been an "appropriate" ending. I'm not sure I want to know, because I liked Chase's.

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BTW, for fun I also checked our old 2-page (simpler times) Sopranos thread, which largely covers the end:

Whew, that's a dangerous path you're walking, digging into the filthy past like that! Glad it wasn't TOO embarrassing  :void:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on September 15, 2015, 04:05:40 PM
Damn, well that's great man. Reading this, I think I've been hoping for a while that someone would plumb the depths of this show and see if it was worth revisiting. Sounds like it is. It's been more than a decade since I watched those first seasons. I'm a completely different person now, so it's totally possible that my feelings have changed on it.

Yeah, I remember we had a few bitter AIM sessions during the last couple seasons, but there's really nothing that ire raising about them. Certainly, the domestic drama is more easily appreciated with age, but I'm sure that comes around again, "I get enough of this in real life; just whack somebody!" :guts:

What'd your wife think of it, btw? I suppose if she stuck around til the end then she liked it.

She loved it, frankly. There was like only 1 or maybe 2 episodes in the whole run she didn't like (namely the first of season 3 with the lamp, just because it's so different, dry and technical), and she flatly states it's better than Breaking Bad, which she admittedly appreciated more than she liked, but... I have to agree, somewhat sheepishly. I love Bad, and it's certainly more purely entertaining and literally spectacular, but it just doesn't have the same depth, not at all. This show blew me away in seasons 1 and 2 with that and while it couldn't maintain that level for the entire run it never betrayed itself either. Plus, it actually went places Bad never dared (Tony/Chris as compared to Walt/Jesse and Tony as opposed to Walt in general). The Sopranos exposes Tony as the monster he is and washes its hands of him like Bad never quite could with Walt. If Walt is Mr. Chips trying to be Scarface, Tony is Scarface trying to be Mr. Chips, and believing he is, which is much scarier.

BTW, no joke, a logical next step after you take a breather from Sopranos is The Wire. Equally great, memorable, character-driven show.

I know! I'm already trying to use the success of our Sopranos viewing to leverage her back into The Wire, "It's supposed to be even better, hun... and about social stuff... you're into that." :ganishka:

My feelings of BB's ending remain a pretty solid "shoulder shrug." That penultimate episode though.. wow! That's how I like to think of that show's final moments. The rest was fine. When the topic comes up in person, I often say: "I'm just glad it didn't shit the bed like LOST."

You mean the antepenultimate episode (I looked that up =)! Yeah, they shot their wad a little early, but it was always the nature of the writers to lay out everything so meticulously, even the end of season 4 with the last shot. If there was going to be another season of Bad after 5, Ozymandias would have been the season finale. It was the true climax of the series, the last two episodes are more falling action, denouement and/or epilogue.

In my head, from the first time I saw it, it's still pretty fucking cool.

I think the rancor surrounding it online completely shaped its legacy, which is a real shame. It's one of the first massive cultural instances of that kind of phenomenon that come to mind for me -- a show being shaped by blogs and forum post outrage. The kind of negative sentiment that just feeds on itself until it's really difficult to separate those feelings from the thing itself. I still don't quite know what they had expected, or what would have been an "appropriate" ending. I'm not sure I want to know, because I liked Chase's.

It's funny you mentioned Lost earlier, because I think that's what took the heat off The Sopranos and forced everyone to reevaluate their standards. I think The Sopranos ending, especially critically, is much more appreciated today. A lot of people just thought it was a fuck you at the time.

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hew, that's a dangerous path you're walking, digging into the filthy past like that! Glad it wasn't TOO embarrassing  :void:

Speak for yourself, as for me, RE2 Trucker: "Guy's a MAIN-E-ACK!"
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on September 15, 2015, 07:03:07 PM
There was like only 1 or maybe 2 episodes in the whole run she didn't like (namely the first of season 3 with the lamp, just because it's so different, dry and technical), and she flatly states it's better than Breaking Bad

Speaking of which, one of my least favorite BB episodes is "Fly."  :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Patrick on September 27, 2015, 02:29:59 PM
I've been looking for another live action show to watch for awhile now after Breaking Bad ended.

Some of my buddies recommend me Game of Thrones, so I'm going to be giving that a go sometime this week. I really hope that it's as good as people say that it is.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Tabris on September 29, 2015, 03:49:36 PM
Currently rewatching all 3 seasons of Hannibal. On the second seasons finale, which was one of the only things on TV to ever really kind of 'break my mind'.

It's by far my favorite show of all time, so I have an insatiable need to watch it again after the third season ended.

Going to finish off the first season of Mr. Robot too. I absolutely love Mr. Robot, but I'm not terribly sure how I feel about some of the plot twists yet. But even if I don't care for them, I love the show enough to not really be bothered negatively by them.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Salem on September 29, 2015, 06:24:05 PM
I'm throwing a curve ball out here.  I am going to watch the entire run of whedons buffy the vampire slayer with my wife.  Boom!  Honestly burnt out on television right now.  Nothing excites me lately and that second season of true detective....The 3 episodes I sat through took a year off my life.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: JMP on October 01, 2015, 12:26:33 AM
I am going to watch the entire run of whedons buffy the vampire slayer with my wife.  Boom!
Man, that's a blast from the past! I really liked that show. It was on when I was in high school. My mom actually liked it, too, which surprised me a bit. She would always watch it with me.  :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on October 01, 2015, 04:00:10 AM
I'm throwing a curve ball out here.  I am going to watch the entire run of whedons buffy the vampire slayer with my wife.  Boom!  Honestly burnt out on television right now.

Where's the curve ball? That you chose to watch the best TV series ever after being burnt out on television? :???:

... (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=4952.msg197814#msg197814)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on October 04, 2015, 05:06:24 PM
Quote from: http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/3/9446211/macgyver-cbs-tv-show-reboot-pilot-ordered
The TV studios just keep the reboots coming. CBS is working on bringing MacGyver back to television, according to The Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly. This won't be your parents' MacGyver however; Furious 7 director James Wan is set to executive produce the series, and he's on board to develop what's sure to be an explosive pilot episode. The show hasn't yet been ordered to series, but CBS has committed to at least making the pilot.

Oh, and expect MacGyver to be a bit less scruffy than his ’80s incarnation: the rebooted series will follow a 20-something version of the quick-on-his-toes action star. The official description for the show says this greener MacGyver "gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening."

This isn't the first time James Wan has been attached to the quirky action hero. He was tied to a 2012 MacGyver movie that never happened. In an interview earlier this year, he said that he had to drop the film in order to blow up some cars in Furious 7, but he sounded genuinely excited about the proposition of bringing MacGyver back to life. He said, "I wanted to put my MacGyver story around something like a North by Northwest: He gets blamed for something that he had designed, something really big that’s something everyone wanted, and now someone has weaponized it and everyone’s coming after him."

If you're feeling reboot fatigue, you'll be saddened to hear that the studios show no sign of slowing down. Yesterday, Fox announced a new Lethal Weapon show, and it joins a long, long list of rebooted properties coming to TV, like Minority Report, Limitless, Full House, The-A Team, and Uncle Buck. Get ready.

Not your parents' MacGyver? Really? Am I already 50 or something? Oh and this is based on the director's fan fiction apparently. Great. :azan:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on October 29, 2015, 06:18:17 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOQa0btC_Do

Miura thought he was going to be sued after watching Army of Darkness right? Well, maybe he's the one who can sue this time around.

Already renewed for a 2nd season. Hopefully it'll be good.

Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on October 29, 2015, 06:41:50 PM
Miura thought he was going to be sued after watching Army of Darkness right? Well, maybe he's the one who can sue this time around.

Didn't see that coming.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on November 02, 2015, 02:14:03 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOQa0btC_Do

Miura thought he was going to be sued after watching Army of Darkness right? Well, maybe he's the one who can sue this time around.

Already renewed for a 2nd season. Hopefully it'll be good.

Caught the first episode last night and it's got the same Evil Dead vibe (camera rushes, the horror, action, goof factor, funny script). Enjoyed it. I was not entirely convinced by his decision to read out of the Necronomicon so easily, it felt random like he went through all that trouble to make sure it never came back but hey, that's also Ash being Ash - a dumbass.

Was under the weather yesterday, so I caught up on some stuff like new episodes from S2 of The Knick (weak start) and Fargo. The first season of Fargo was really up there in terms of quality TV - dark humor, acting, cinematography and the writing. The new season isn't as witty but the writing's top notch and the build up has me excited. Favorite moments in the first 3 episodes come from Ed (remember Todd in Breaking Bad?) and Lou (replacing Molly from the last season because of the time jump). I need to read up on last episode's title reference(s). Anyone else watching it?

EDIT:

New Star Trek Series - January 2017 (http://www.startrek.com/article/new-star-trek-series-premieres-january-2017)

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The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.

Alex Kurtzman will serve as executive producer for the new Star Trek TV series. Kurtzman co-wrote and produced the blockbuster films Star Trek (2009) with Roberto Orci, and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) with Orci and Damon Lindelof. Both films were produced and directed by J.J. Abrams.

The new series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout. Kurtzman and Heather Kadin will serve as executive producers. Kurtzman is also an executive producer for the hit CBS television series Scorpion and Limitless, along with Kadin and Orci, and for Hawaii Five-0 with Orci.
....

Whatcha think Griffith?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on November 02, 2015, 06:43:41 PM
New Star Trek Series - January 2017 (http://www.startrek.com/article/new-star-trek-series-premieres-january-2017)

Whatcha think Griffith?

It's too early to offer any kind of insight. However I think the franchise has lived a long life, and I'm not sure there's much more juice left to squeeze out of it.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Joe Chip on November 03, 2015, 11:05:47 AM
New Preacher series, based on the comic book. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNgI2sRzr8I7)

What do you think Walter ??
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on November 03, 2015, 01:24:13 PM
New Preacher series, based on the comic book. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNgI2sRzr8I7)

What do you think Walter ??

I hate adaptations on principle  :void:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on November 03, 2015, 03:16:49 PM
New Preacher series, based on the comic book. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNgI2sRzr8I7)

The general consensus is everyone hoping the dude who did the trailer didn't know shit about the series, or at least hopefully this isn't a sign of what's to come.

Preacher is one of my all time favorite comics, but I haven't been excited for this--even when it was just a rumor.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on November 03, 2015, 04:04:39 PM
It's too early to offer any kind of insight. However I think the franchise has lived a long life, and I'm not sure there's much more juice left to squeeze out of it.

Agree with you.

I wasn't expecting a new series announcement. Thought about it after work last night and couldn't come up with what to expect and/or like about the announcement ... is it going to be a companion piece to the current movies like a Marvel Agents of Shield is to the Avengers or that Marvel universe ... is it going to be after Next Gen, Deep Space Nine, Voyager. As a fan of the original series, I'm kinda content with the exposure of the new Star Trek movies at the pace they're going at.

Which reminds me, I skipped Enterprise, is it worth checking out?

New Preacher series, based on the comic book. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNgI2sRzr8I7)

Read the comic (maybe last year?) and loved it. Gonna see it with low expectations though ... Cassidy doesn't have his signature comic book look but the guy who plays him was decent in another show called Misfits.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Joe Chip on November 03, 2015, 07:37:31 PM

Read the comic (maybe last year?) and loved it. Gonna see it with low expectations though ... Cassidy doesn't have his signature comic book look but the guy who plays him was decent in another show called Misfits.

I was hoping this wasn't Cassidy. Was it really that hard to have him wear sunglasses ??
I've only read the first book of the series, but my brother is a huge fan. I've got to read the whole thing, i only hear good stuff about the rest of the series.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Tama on November 03, 2015, 08:10:48 PM
I read the Preacher comic book about 5 years ago, and while I don't remember all the details I did enjoy it greatly. I've heard that they have been trying to get a film or show based on the series for a while now and have run into a lot of problems along the way. I did see the preview trailer that just aired on AMC, and I have to say it didn't get me too excited. I will definitely give it a chance, but I'm very curious to see how they adapt this since I would think a lot of Preacher's content would be hard to show on this channel.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on November 03, 2015, 11:45:35 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOQa0btC_Do

Miura thought he was going to be sued after watching Army of Darkness right? Well, maybe he's the one who can sue this time around.

Already renewed for a 2nd season. Hopefully it'll be good.
Didn't see that coming.

 :ganishka:

New Star Trek Series - January 2017 (http://www.startrek.com/article/new-star-trek-series-premieres-january-2017)

Whatcha think Griffith?

Well, I think it has as good a chance as any show, which is to say... not good. Not that I'm down on this or the people behind it, just that I don't think it being Star Trek changes it's odds of being a good show or not. It's a crap-shoot, basically, but with the burden of expectations. I certainly hope they do something great to add to the legacy of the franchise. Perhaps something more in line with modern dramatic TV but with hard science fiction thrown in, that'd be neat. If it's just another attempt at Next Generation or like the new movies I don't think I'll care for it much, though.


Update: I caught Ash vs. Evil Dead and quite enjoyed it. The heart and soul of the show is obviously Bruce Campbell/Ash, who I am happy to see has only grown more confidently, charmingly stupid. Besides his charms though there's not much else to the show yet, they reestablished all the old tropes, which was fun but the only new twist was some questionable CGI added in. Anyway, it's not taking itself too seriously, and maybe that's the trick; it just felt comfortable and like I was back in Ash's world and it was good to see him again. I wasn't really questioning it. So, if it never goes beyond hanging out with Bruce Campbell for a half hour a week that should still be good time.

BTW, has anyone else seen My Name is Bruce?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: JMP on November 08, 2015, 09:14:32 PM
I recently watched Detectorists. I thought it was quirky, charming, and funny.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgN7z0SD8v8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgN7z0SD8v8)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on November 09, 2015, 06:47:54 PM
I'm watching Blacklist. I don't know why.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: m on November 09, 2015, 08:13:44 PM
I'm watching Blacklist. I don't know why.

For me it's James Spader. I liked his work on Boston Legal and I still like his work on this show (oddly enough I didn't quite like him on Avengers 2).
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on November 09, 2015, 08:25:04 PM
For me it's James Spader. I liked his work on Boston Legal and I still like his work on this show (oddly enough I didn't quite like him on Avengers 2).

The procedural stuff is made more obnoxious because it's always couched in a constant state of urgency.  Every episode it's the most ruthless villain ever,  until next week.  But yeah,  Spader-Man is the reason to watch this.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on November 10, 2015, 03:21:15 PM
Ash vs. Evil Dead continued to delight in episode 2. This might be a case of perfect timing since I can't imagine this show being able to exist before the recent boutique television boom, and The Walking Dead in particular, because it blends horror, gore and irreverent comedy in a way you'll rarely, if ever, see on television (or successfully in movies). The closest comparisons I can think of are Buffy (comedy/horror) or True Blood (comedy/gore) but even those had dramatic elements and sex appeal this show doesn't even have the time of day for. This is more like if the cast of Seinfeld had chainsaws for hands and regularly engaged in bloodbaths between observations. It's great fun because it's not trying to be anything more.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on November 11, 2015, 03:41:23 AM
Damn I really want to watch this. I don't have those channels though. I must find a way. Evil Dead is one of my favorite movies of all time. Hence ...

(http://i.imgur.com/YCixpcB.jpg?1)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on November 11, 2015, 05:44:43 AM
Damn I really want to watch this. I don't have those channels though. I must find a way. Evil Dead is one of my favorite movies of all time. Hence ...

http://i.imgur.com/YCixpcB.jpg?1

Well, can't leave a true fan hangin' then; the first episode is streaming free courtesy of starz:

https://www.starz.com/originals/ashvsevildead/video/0481357cab164e38a5ca162c3a340a67
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on November 11, 2015, 07:19:43 PM
Ash vs. Evil Dead continued to delight in episode 2. This might be a case of perfect timing since I can't imagine this show being able to exist before the recent boutique television boom, and The Walking Dead in particular, because it blends horror, gore and irreverent comedy in a way you'll rarely, if ever, see on television (or successfully in movies). The closest comparisons I can think of are Buffy (comedy/horror) or True Blood (comedy/gore) but even those had dramatic elements and sex appeal this show doesn't even have the time of day for. This is more like if the cast of Seinfeld had chainsaws for hands and regularly engaged in bloodbaths between observations. It's great fun because it's not trying to be anything more.

Yeah, so far so really good. My favorite scene this episode was at the dinner table, spoiler - punching Suzy in the face got a loud chuckle outta me, plus the Deep Purple love is cool to hear. I like the fact that it's something that's accessible to new fans and hits highs with fans of the movies. Surprised to see Mimi Rogers and quickly checked their IMDB page, spoiler - Lucy Lawless is credited for 10 episodes but she hasn't shown up yet. You're in for a treat Oburi.

5 episodes into the second season of Fargo and it's consistently good, building up.

Binge watched Aziz Ansari's new show on Netflix called Master Of None. It's similar to Louie in terms of having topics that are personal, real and relatable mixing it with bits of humor, sometimes dark and sad. There wasn't a point in the season where an episode felt filler or the quality dipped. Aziz is an aspiring Indian American actor in New York and you go through his dating life, his relationship with his parents who are the kind of burdened big sacrifices to come to America so their kids could have a better life, his on and off auditions, Indians on television (white actors picked to play Indian roles where there's an option for choosing an Indian actor or the issue of typecasting an Indian to do a heavy Indian accent) and a lot lot more, including a serious relationship with it's highs and lows, and a question/ situation by the end that got me thinking about life generally speaking and choices. It hits harder than regular comedy because like Louie, it's very grounded. If you got Netflix, give it a shot guys.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: TripleJMaster3 on November 12, 2015, 01:00:59 AM
Damn I really want to watch this. I don't have those channels though. I must find a way. Evil Dead is one of my favorite movies of all time. Hence ...

(http://i.imgur.com/YCixpcB.jpg?1)

I dig it. As Grif already said you can watch it on Starz but for the new episode you might have to go with a site like primewire or couchtuner if you dont have access to Starz.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on November 12, 2015, 06:29:05 AM
Yeah, so far so really good. My favorite scene this episode was at the dinner table, spoiler - punching Suzy in the face got a loud chuckle outta me, plus the Deep Purple love is cool to hear. I like the fact that it's something that's accessible to new fans and hits highs with fans of the movies.

Yeah, I learned an interesting factoid yesterday (though it's been out there for months); they didn't get the rights to Army of Darkness for this, so there won't be any references to it that aren't also in the other Dead movies. I don't think it's going to be an issue though, it's not really noticeable and just seemed like an artistic choice when Ash didn't cover it in his history (they still could have used the ending of Evil Dead II for example, but it's not really relevant to the modern day story like the events at the cabin). Judging from Bruce Campbell's explanation it indeed seemed like a choice not to procure it because that would have meant one more hand (Universal) in the cookie jar creatively/financially when it wasn't necessary.

Surprised to see Mimi Rogers and quickly checked their IMDB page, spoiler - Lucy Lawless is credited for 10 episodes but she hasn't shown up yet.

Actually, she did appear briefly in episode 1, she was the woman in the diner, but she's hardly recognizable (and as Ash put it, lookin' gooood).

5 episodes into the second season of Fargo and it's consistently good, building up.

Coincidentally, Bruce Campbell is showing up there too!

Binge watched Aziz Ansari's new show on Netflix called Master Of None. It's similar to Louie in terms of having topics that are personal, real and relatable mixing it with bits of humor, sometimes dark and sad. There wasn't a point in the season where an episode felt filler or the quality dipped. Aziz is an aspiring Indian American actor in New York and you go through his dating life, his relationship with his parents who are the kind of burdened big sacrifices to come to America so their kids could have a better life, his on and off auditions, Indians on television (white actors picked to play Indian roles where there's an option for choosing an Indian actor or the issue of typecasting an Indian to do a heavy Indian accent) and a lot lot more, including a serious relationship with it's highs and lows, and a question/ situation by the end that got me thinking about life generally speaking and choices. It hits harder than regular comedy because like Louie, it's very grounded. If you got Netflix, give it a shot guys.

Looks and sounds great, but I haven't even seriously watched Louie yet... there's too many shows!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: m on November 13, 2015, 09:01:41 PM
Binge watched Aziz Ansari's new show on Netflix called Master Of None .... If you got Netflix, give it a shot guys.

I just learned this show existed the other day and what I read about it definitely caught my attention. It's now on my list, but I'm not sure when I'll get to it because:

there's too many shows!

Indeed. The list of shows I follow/plan on watching consists of 42 shows, and I find it amazing that people in my social circle don't really watch many of them, though they watch other shows I don't. It feels like nowadays there really is something for everyone and in my opinion the quality of many of the shows is quite high (though of course there's also many crappy and mediocre shows).
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on January 12, 2016, 05:50:24 PM
The wife and I finished our Sopranos run (second time for me, though I didn't see them all before). Anyway, it was better than I remembered, particularly the last few seasons, which weren't as great as the first few, but also not as as obnoxious as I originally thought either (I always thought the show was dragged down by the weight of it's own expectations, but I realize that problem was largely on our/my end and I likely suffered the frustration of release schedule syndrome I've so denounced with Berserk)

I've just took on this epic re-watch as well. Mostly because I'd never watched the whole series from start to finish before, and I'd actually only caught maybe two and half seasons overall during it's initial run. I was a little too young to fully grasp everything at that time so now seems like as good a time as any to really dig in and embrace The Sopranos in it's full glory. Even more exciting is I've never seen the final season. Of course I've heard a lot about it from... well everywhere, but I'm still very much in the dark about the ending, so I'm excited to experience that.
I'm just about to finish the first season and man, I'm really appreciating the ability to binge on such high quality and classic series (like this and The Wire before it) because when I sit down and start flipping through the channels for something good to watch every night after work, there's really nothing that compares. After a few minutes it's like, fuck it. I'm turning on the hboGO and reliving the glory days. I'm already wondering what it'll be after this. Oz perhaps?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Joe Chip on February 02, 2016, 08:48:46 PM
I've been binge watching Bojack Horseman and really enjoying it !
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on February 02, 2016, 09:15:57 PM
I've been binge watching Bojack Horseman and really enjoying it !

Bojack Horseman is great. As is The Expanse.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on February 09, 2016, 08:07:39 PM
Bojack Horseman is great. As is The Expanse.

Been meaning to watch The Expanse but wasn't sure of how good it was. I'll surely hit it up now.

I binge watched Netflix's Making a Murderer over the past two nights thanks to some jet lag. It's appalling and infuriating, whether it was seeing the level of incompetence of the judicial system in Wisconsin or the extent someone can be dishonest and how far that can go ...  you're left wondering whether this was fiction or real. Some of it may feel played out but it's overall engrossing. It's 10 episodes, recommended.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Tabris on February 10, 2016, 01:13:47 PM
Just finished watching three seasons of Vikings. I absolutely loved it. There's aspects of it that I loved even more than something like Game of Thrones (which I love).

Lagertha and Ragnar are probably two of my favorite characters ever now. Lagertha being the most badass (and sexiest) female character on TV right now. Can't wait for it to come back soon.

Also, just caught up with the newest season of Shameless. Not as escalating shitshow as the previous seasons. This one just feels 'real(ish)' which I assume is the point.

Next is The Expanse. Watched the first episode and it certainly sold me. My roommates have been flipping shit over it, so a binge watch is necessary in the near future for sure.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Emeratu on February 10, 2016, 08:02:27 PM
I not too long ago finished binge watching GoT, and I must say: It deserves all of the praise and recognition it gets. Brilliant cast and overall amazing show, through and through... and I hear the books are even better!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Joe Chip on February 11, 2016, 09:24:02 PM
Bojack Horseman is great. As is The Expanse.
Woah, amazing show. Thanks for the recommendation. Aaz, have you read the books ??
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on February 11, 2016, 10:03:22 PM
Woah, amazing show. Thanks for the recommendation. Aaz, have you read the books ??

Nope. Been on the fence about it...
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on February 17, 2016, 04:45:51 PM
Marathoned The Expanse over the long weekend and dug it a lot. First first episode was very busy in terms of laying out where Earth, Mars, the belters were at that point of the story and I'd watched it when it had come out, it was late or I over-ate and just dozed off mid-episode. So I never got to pick it up again and a busy work schedule-travel happened. So I'm glad there was favorable mention of the show here because it's one of those must-watches for sci-fi lovers - complex story, good effects, well produced. I have a bunch of questions but one I couldn't wrap my head around was (spoiler ahead) - if the OPA are generally considered as a bad bunch of people from Earth's perspective, Tycho still allowed someone as notoriously infamous as Fred Johnson to build them that super-space-station? Unrelated, I like how there's some tension between Avasarala and Errinwright. I'm gonna re-watch the show at a more even pace in a few weeks, time permitting.

Indeed. The list of shows I follow/plan on watching consists of 42 shows...

Curious to know what you got lined up sir!

EDIT:

Love (Netflix) - quick watch and thoroughly enjoyed it. There are moments you're shaking your head as an audience "Why would she/ he do or say that?!" in a "Oh no this isn't gonna end well" kinda way. Gus's a nice guy who works in Hollywood as a tutor to a child star on the set of a TV show. But, he's also an asshole by the end of the season who kinda plays the victim of people taking advantage of his niceness and so forth. Then there's Mickey who's struggling with addiction, a total babe and their paths cross. I got to see a little bit of LA because of the backgrop :guts:

Togetherness - Season 2 is currently airing, every Sunday night. I recently checked out this show upon a friends recommendation and I couldn't put it down. I'm a fan of Mark Duplass' past work and this might be his best. And I may not do as good a job as describing what makes the show good, so regardless of my post watch 1 episode and try it out yeah! It was one of those shows I was cussing my friend out at 3 or 4 AM as I came to the end of the first season because it basically toyed with my emotions.

Quick summary of how the show starts - it opens with a couple who are kind of set in their ways being married for 10 years, the husband is too proper and quirky and has a set way of having sex, it's the same every time and it's something the wife admits to her sister that she can't get into anymore but she's afraid to tell him for it might hurt him. That's just one of the things she's admitting to. On the other hand, the husbands best friend (struggling out of work actor) just got evicted from his home and he's offered to stay a night on the couch before he sets out to wherever his parents are. You can sense the friends fondness of the sister when he decides to stay a little longer because she convinces him she'll help him lose weight so he can get bigger/ main roles in the show business vs the fat guy typecast. Last night's episode had references to Dune :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on July 28, 2016, 02:32:50 PM
Recently finished watching Stranger Things on Netflix. I'd seen a lot of talk about it on my feed and to be honest I thought it was some show about UFO mysteries like a documentary of sorts. So when I saw the first episode, I was mildly surprised this wasn't a documentary but an actual TV show. And, it's pretty good. Gives you just about enough info to move to the next episode. Halfway through I kinda guessed where it was going and the execution was well done. If you like science fiction, board games (D&D) mixed in with horror, this's right up your alley.

S4 of Silicon Valley was great with the exception of the last episode.

Also in the middle of Orphan Black that a friend recommended and it's decent at best. S1 was fun because there's all that mystery learning where or how things are laid out but once you've gone past it, the story kinda dies down a bit but I've continued to watch S3 to view it from a technical side because the show's about clones and curious how they film those clones all together in one scene. Some scenes don't have the usual "lets show the actor's back" kinda thing.

And finally, 2 episodes into the new season of Mr. Robot. So far so good. They were filming a scene 'round the corner from my workplace and I stuck on for 5 mins to watch the filming. I enjoyed S1 a lot when it came out last year and I'm trying to watch this with low expectations. This reminds me ... at a July 4th BBQ, I was in the company of an acquaintance who did props for the show and her friend who did props for S2 of Daredevil who talked about the Punisher, his gun and all that jazz. The fella was discussing it with a Punisher fan (friend I was with) and it was a fun, interesting conversation to listen to. He showed us a video of the kind of rail-gun that Arnold had in T2, cool stuff.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Scorpio on August 19, 2016, 09:38:40 PM
I just finished watching the Amazon pilot for Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Hopefully it gets picked up because it was a lot of fun and I felt like there is a lot of potential there. It was full of zany ideas, humor, and nice small touches.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: VengeanceQuest982 on October 29, 2016, 02:33:32 AM
...I've been really enjoying 2 series based off of books/films currently HBOs Westworld and FOXs Exorcist series. The casting in Westworld has been spot on just as much as the main/subplot is. With Exorcist I was expecting another series loosely connected to its namesake like Friday the 13th or poltergeist the legacy were but man has the show been such a welcome surprise. Like Westworld the casting of the characters has been great and the main/subplot has been ruthless in its buildup and execution. If you're watching Exorcist the series you'll know what I'm talking about.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Joe Chip on December 05, 2016, 09:29:49 PM
Has anybody been following Westworld ? Pretty amazing tv show, i was hooked from episode one. I would love to discuss some of the theories with you guys.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on December 05, 2016, 10:10:17 PM
Has anybody been following Westworld ? Pretty amazing tv show, i was hooked from episode one. I would love to discuss some of the theories with you guys.

Puella and I have watched the entirety of season one. As an appreciator of the original movie (never read the novel), I'm pretty pleased with how this reboot turned out.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on December 05, 2016, 10:22:05 PM
Has anybody been following Westworld ? Pretty amazing tv show, i was hooked from episode one. I would love to discuss some of the theories with you guys.
Puella and I have watched the entirety of season one. As an appreciator of the original movie (never read the novel), I'm pretty pleased with how this reboot turned out.

I didn't think there was a novel, but just the screenplay written and directed for film by Crichton? :???:

Anyway, yeah, despite seeming super pretentious to start it wisely was more down to earth and pretty good that way throughout, and didn't cheat the audience with it's intrigues... well, except the part where it subverted our expectations by dangling those "bigger mysteries" only to ultimate come back around to what we expected in the first place, but with gratification delayed for season 2; if they'd told us up front no robot uprising until season 2 we'd have revolted. :ganishka:

I thought they did a good job paying things off, like they came out and had a stance on most of the questions they posed instead of leaving it up to us or just folding it into another mystery. I appreciated Ford's takes throughout for this reason, even when he was being evil. Of course, the danger here is the writers really have freedom to BS at any time. Anybody can be a secret robot, or a robot following programming, or be brought back as a robot, or as their real human counterpart because the one that died was a robot, etc, but hopefully the show won't fall into that or at will at least have fun while doing so.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: N7Paladin on December 05, 2016, 11:58:19 PM
I've recently started watching the Sopranos since it was added to Prime.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on December 06, 2016, 12:01:24 AM
I've recently started watching the Sopranos since it was added to Prime.

Spoiler: Still the best show.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on December 06, 2016, 12:32:17 PM
I didn't think there was a novel, but just the screenplay written and directed for film by Crichton? :???:

Oh yeah you're right. I always assumed it was based on a novel because it's a Crichton story, but the book is just the screenplay. :ganishka:

Anyway, yeah, despite seeming super pretentious to start it wisely was more down to earth and pretty good that way throughout, and didn't cheat the audience with it's intrigues... well, except the part where it subverted our expectations by dangling those "bigger mysteries" only to ultimate come back around to what we expected in the first place, but with gratification delayed for season 2; if they'd told us up front no robot uprising until season 2 we'd have revolted. :ganishka:

I wasn't bothered by the plot, and in fact I'm not particularly in a hurry to get to the straight-up robots vs humans part. I certainly hope it'll be more nuanced than that actually. I did find the whole "mixing 30 years ago with today" thing a bit cheap though, because it means a lot of the characters and settings didn't change at all in that span of time, and I find that unrealistic. Young and old William also don't really look like each other. I get that it serves the big reveals and it was well done, but it still is kind of a cheap trick. A few other things were lame but overall I got what I came for.

I thought they did a good job paying things off, like they came out and had a stance on most of the questions they posed instead of leaving it up to us or just folding it into another mystery.

Yeah, I thought a lot of things hinged on the last episode and I was pleased with what they did.

I appreciated Ford's takes throughout for this reason, even when he was being evil.

I was pleased with how his character turned out, but I felt that the change from "devious, evil schemer" to "benevolent old schemer" was too sudden. The only thing carrying it was Hopkins' masterful acting.

Of course, the danger here is the writers really have freedom to BS at any time. Anybody can be a secret robot, or a robot following programming, or be brought back as a robot, or as their real human counterpart because the one that died was a robot, etc, but hopefully the show won't fall into that or at will at least have fun while doing so.

Yeaaahhh and I already have expectations about this for S2.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Salem on December 06, 2016, 12:41:30 PM
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Anybody can be a secret robot, or a robot following programming, or be brought back as a robot, or as their real human counterpart because the one that died was a robot, etc.

I will eventually finish the season, but initially this very thought of how the series would play out haulted me from much enjoyment.  I made it a few episodes in and lost interest.  Hopefully I'm wrong.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on December 06, 2016, 02:25:17 PM
I will eventually finish the season, but initially this very thought of how the series would play out haulted me from much enjoyment.  I made it a few episodes in and lost interest.  Hopefully I'm wrong.

It's a card they CAN play, but they have (thus far) been judicious and meaningful about how they have played it.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on December 06, 2016, 03:34:37 PM
Oh yeah you're right. I always assumed it was based on a novel because it's a Crichton story, but the book is just the screenplay. :ganishka:

I went through the same process of looking for the book and being like, "Huh, he didn't write a book (that's what he does)? I guess they're really making all this up like new... Probably for the best."

I wasn't bothered by the plot, and in fact I'm not particularly in a hurry to get to the straight-up robots vs humans part. I certainly hope it'll be more nuanced than that actually.

Yeah, at some point I realized what they were doing was more what I wanted than the expectations, but at the same time, they still need to navigate those waters in season 2 now. I hope they still have a nuanced plan as you suggested, because the whole thing is a bit reductive unless you're a true misanthrope like Ford. It also naturally leads back to the question that if the hosts are no lesser or "worse" than us are they really any better? But that's for the hosts to figure out.

I did find the whole "mixing 30 years ago with today" thing a bit cheap though, because it means a lot of the characters and settings didn't change at all in that span of time, and I find that unrealistic. Young and old William also don't really look like each other. I get that it serves the big reveals and it was well done, but it still is kind of a cheap trick. A few other things were lame but overall I got what I came for.

In retrospect it sure feels like it's not worth the time investment, so to speak, unless we get a lot more from it and Harris in season 2. One thing about it I did like was that the man loves robot trope was ultimately subverted and Harris didn't have some come to Jesus moment because Delores remembered him. It's so the expectation that I wouldn't have even blamed them, but of course not, he was who he became for 30 years and that's rarely undone in 30 seconds. That's about the only thing that makes it special and not worse than if he were just Logan.

Yeah, I thought a lot of things hinged on the last episode and I was pleased with what they did.

Agreed, though it was a bit unnecessarily long, but that's only because they actually accomplished what they needed to say pretty efficiently, and the extra length was mostly for the grandeur of a few scenes.

I was pleased with how his character turned out, but I felt that the change from "devious, evil schemer" to "benevolent old schemer" was too sudden. The only thing carrying it was Hopkins' masterful acting.

The complexities of the character's motives on paper aside, it was really just a vehicle for Hopkins to vacillate between his Ted Brautigan and Hannibal Lecter personas, which are delightfully whimsical of course. Basically Anthony Hopkins playing Dr. Anthony Hopkins for our pleasure.

Yeaaahhh and I already have expectations about this for S2.

So, did Ford have Delores shoot a host version of him because he doesn't have Arnold's conviction and/or couldn't resist seeing how it all played out or was his conviction to be reincarnated as one of them, our evolutionary successors, like Bernarnold? And will they get right to this or does it hinge on if season 2 is a hit without him? =) Finally, when do we find out you're really a host created to be some perfect curator of Berserk information? I mean that as a compliment of course, "Aaz, what are these sketches Miura did of you?" "They don't look like anything to me." =)

I will eventually finish the season, but initially this very thought of how the series would play out haulted me from much enjoyment.  I made it a few episodes in and lost interest.  Hopefully I'm wrong.
It's a card they CAN play, but they have (thus far) been judicious and meaningful about how they have played it.

True, it's been well supported and for maximum effect. I also appreciated Felix, whose still a fucking moron unless he's outright Ford's agent, having that "Am I?" moment only to have Maeve admonish him.


BTW, can we talk about the soundtrack? Not the pop song remixes but the cool ambient stuff that sounds right out of Mass Effect (which I'm happy they used it liberally). :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: m on December 06, 2016, 06:51:59 PM

Regarding Westworld there were things I liked and things I didn't quite like. Some of the stuff I liked has already been mentioned, so I'd like to mention stuff I didn't quite like instead. One of the things I didn't like was how Felix and Sylvester just went along with whatever Maeve told them to do, as the given motivations for why they did it were really hard to believe (to me at least). Another thing I didn't quite like is how they handled the dual timeline situation, particularly how the show seemed intent on keeping confirmation of it as some sort of big reveal. Because of the way they did things in general one had to go over what had happened in previous episodes and consider the information given then in light of new information presented in the latest episode, and I'm not sure that's a good way of going about things, at least I'm not a fan of such an approach. Finally, in parts the show seemed to not be moving forward at all, and it wasn't always easy getting through certain episodes.

All in all I did like the show, but there were things I wish were done better. In any case I will be watching when the show comes back in 2018.

BTW, can we talk about the soundtrack? Not the pop song remixes but the cool ambient stuff that sounds right out of Mass Effect (which I'm happy they used it liberally). :guts:

I for one liked all of the soundtrack, pop song remixes included. Part of the fun of watching the show was wondering if I would recognize any of the songs, and I think for the most part the songs were done and used very well. I particularly enjoyed the presence of the Radiohead's songs I identified, with Exit Music being a highlight (speaking of Radiohead, I can't believe I'm finally set to watch them live after almost twenty years).
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on December 06, 2016, 08:03:17 PM
I went through the same process of looking for the book and being like, "Huh, he didn't write a book (that's what he does)? I guess they're really making all this up like new... Probably for the best."

The original movie still laid down a foundation that this show is very clearly built on. And for what it's worth I think the original is superior in several areas. This is by all means a successful reboot though, and I wish every reboot was as reverential and on-point as this one.

Yeah, at some point I realized what they were doing was more what I wanted than the expectations, but at the same time, they still need to navigate those waters in season 2 now. I hope they still have a nuanced plan as you suggested, because the whole thing is a bit reductive unless you're a true misanthrope like Ford.

Yep. And for all the enjoyment I got out of seeing Dolores destroy Old Billy ("oh what ravages time does, one day you'll die and become dust, the dust I will walk on as an immortal new ruler of this world"), this kind of super bitter, super cold and dehumanized rationale doesn't really go well with the rest of her character. The same way Maeve's "calculating queen bitch" mode just doesn't make for a credible "boohoo my poor daughter" transition.

In retrospect it sure feels like it's not worth the time investment, so to speak, unless we get a lot more from it and Harris in season 2. One thing about it I did like was that the man loves robot trope was ultimately subverted and Harris didn't have some come to Jesus moment because Delores remembered him. It's so the expectation that I wouldn't have even blamed them, but of course not, he was who he became for 30 years and that's rarely undone in 30 seconds. That's about the only thing that makes it special and not worse than if he were just Logan.

I think we will get more of it. Dolores and William's story isn't over IMHO. And I think he might even end up waxing poetic about how different things could have been had she truly awoken all those years ago, when he first fell in love with her. That would work best if he was dying at her hand as he delivered it, of course. I would vastly prefer that to something lame like Maeve killing him. UNLESS she did as Dolores was forgiving him, herself not having the heart to kill him after all.

P.S. Speaking of Logan, that was such a confusing conclusion for him (Where'd he go on that horse? Did he die? Did he go crazy? :???:) that I kinda expect to hear more in the future.


So, did Ford have Delores shoot a host version of him because he doesn't have Arnold's conviction and/or couldn't resist seeing how it all played out or was his conviction to be reincarnated as one of them, our evolutionary successors, like Bernarnold? And will they get right to this or does it hinge on if season 2 is a hit without him? =)

Well you just about summed up my main Ford hypotheses. :ganishka: I think resurrecting him as a different, younger host (played by an actor who would cost a lot less) would be the easiest – and probably laziest – option.

Finally, when do we find out you're really a host created to be some perfect curator of Berserk information? I mean that as a compliment of course, "Aaz, what are these sketches Miura did of you?" "They don't look like anything to me." =)

:ganishka: That had me genuinely laugh to myself on the train while commuting.

I also appreciated Felix, whose still a fucking moron unless he's outright Ford's agent, having that "Am I?" moment only to have Maeve admonish him.

Hahaha, I don't know man, he's TOO stupid for me to be honest. They probably should have fleshed out his humanistic reasons and/or cowardice better...

BTW, can we talk about the soundtrack? Not the pop song remixes but the cool ambient stuff that sounds right out of Mass Effect (which I'm happy they used it liberally). :guts:

Yeah I enjoyed it, even the intro, the piano stuff...

One of the things I didn't like was how Felix and Sylvester just went along with whatever Maeve told them to do, as the given motivations for why they did it were really hard to believe (to me at least).

Yes, that's one of the biggest flaws. The fact Maeve wasn't awaken but only following a new storyline solved the previous problem I had with her, which is that I didn't find her very convincing as a sentient being. But Felix and whatshisname were complete morons the whole time (Felix in particular), to the point that I'm surprised it wasn't revealed Felix at least is a host... And I'm still not ruling that out for season 2.

Another thing I didn't quite like is how they handled the dual timeline situation, particularly how the show seemed intent on keeping confirmation of it as some sort of big reveal. Because of the way they did things in general one had to go over what had happened in previous episodes and consider the information given then in light of new information presented in the latest episode, and I'm not sure that's a good way of going about things, at least I'm not a fan of such an approach.

That closely mirrors what I said in my previous post!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: m on December 07, 2016, 03:25:57 PM
... to the point that I'm surprised it wasn't revealed Felix at least is a host... And I'm still not ruling that out for season 2.

Didn't Maeve already confirmed that Felix is human? It may have been when he realized that Bernard was a host. But who knows, perhaps it's not the case and this is one more reveal they're holding on to for as long as they can.

That closely mirrors what I said in my previous post!

When I posted I thought my problems with the whole dual timeline thing were not the same you had, but after re-reading your post I realized that perhaps they were not that different after all.  :farnese:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on December 07, 2016, 04:09:21 PM
Didn't Maeve already confirmed that Felix is human? It may have been when he realized that Bernard was a host. But who knows, perhaps it's not the case and this is one more reveal they're holding on to for as long as they can.

She did, but I don't think she's necessarily a reliable indicator. She's still following her programming, unlike Dolores. It'd only be a matter of her being programmed to not see that he was one. Kinda lame, I know, but his absolute stupidity is even lamer. He should have never gone that far, and his dumbass coworker should have reported him long ago as well. Their behavior is not believable at all.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on December 07, 2016, 04:27:40 PM
You guys realize I started a thread for Westworld back in July of 2014?  :ganishka: http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=14384.0
I thought it was going to be very interesting at the time (I always thought the original had a really cool concept and it would be perfect for an updated version) but it seems I was the only one  :judo:. Sadly I haven't had time to watch it yet but I will soon hopefully. 
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on December 07, 2016, 05:04:28 PM
You guys realize I started a thread for Westworld back in July of 2014?  :ganishka: http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=14384.0
I thought it was going to be very interesting at the time (I always thought the original had a really cool concept and it would be perfect for an updated version) but it seems I was the only one  :judo:. Sadly I haven't had time to watch it yet but I will soon hopefully.

Sorry bro, you were too early. :slan:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: m on December 07, 2016, 05:06:05 PM
She did, but I don't think she's necessarily a reliable indicator. She's still following her programming, unlike Dolores. It'd only be a matter of her being programmed to not see that he was one.

True.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on December 07, 2016, 05:40:51 PM
I for one liked all of the soundtrack, pop song remixes included. Part of the fun of watching the show was wondering if I would recognize any of the songs

That's what I didn't like about it, every time I recognized a song it took me out of the show a little. Fortunately, I'm unhip enough that it wasn't a chronic problem. :ganishka:

The original movie still laid down a foundation that this show is very clearly built on. And for what it's worth I think the original is superior in several areas. This is by all means a successful reboot though, and I wish every reboot was as reverential and on-point as this one.

I still haven't seen it (maybe this weekend)! But it sounds cool and I'm even a bit disappointed they didn't find a way to make it canon to the show. I'm just glad they're largely extrapolating from that rather than butchering a much larger original work.

Yep. And for all the enjoyment I got out of seeing Dolores destroy Old Billy ("oh what ravages time does, one day you'll die and become dust, the dust I will walk on as an immortal new ruler of this world"), this kind of super bitter, super cold and dehumanized rationale doesn't really go well with the rest of her character. The same way Maeve's "calculating queen bitch" mode just doesn't make for a credible "boohoo my poor daughter" transition.

Yeah, I liked Delores' speech, but it's indeed a weird little role reversal our robotic heroines have going. I guess going against type best highlights their change though, if a bit clumsily. I think it works better for Maeve because she's truly behaving irrationally like a human being, whereas Delores is suddenly the superior being bent on destruction.

I think we will get more of it. Dolores and William's story isn't over IMHO. And I think he might even end up waxing poetic about how different things could have been had she truly awoken all those years ago, when he first fell in love with her. That would work best if he was dying at her hand as he delivered it, of course. I would vastly prefer that to something lame like Maeve killing him. UNLESS she did as Dolores was forgiving him, herself not having the heart to kill him after all.

You big romantic. :casca: There is potential there though, like he could still be wormed into her heart (which would be significant considering her change), and show the capacity of humans and hosts alike to be evil but also to change and be redeemed. Plus, she's basically put on the black hat now and it's a thin line between a righteous fight for life and a massacre (and the humans presumably don't get to come back).

P.S. Speaking of Logan, that was such a confusing conclusion for him (Where'd he go on that horse? Did he die? Did he go crazy? :???:) that I kinda expect to hear more in the future.

This was a topic of derision among friends; so, humble William falls in love with a robot, goes berserk and physically assaults and humiliates the heir to the company and dad and the board is just like, "Screw my son, have my daughter you don't love and the company!" I guess William's newfound dominanmce simply translated back to their real lives (Logan was practically ugly crying, "You're an animal!" at the end)? Maybe they just didn't

record everything back then and Logan came off looking more like a loser lunatic. *shrugs* =)


Well you just about summed up my main Ford hypotheses. :ganishka: I think resurrecting him as a different, younger host (played by an actor who would cost a lot less) would be the easiest – and probably laziest – option.

HBO: You're hired! Unless they're actively seeking out the most expensive alternatives for the prestige, which may be true. "Spared no expense!" BTW, wouldn't Richard Attenborough have been even better as Ford, since he's the proto-Ford anyway, and he would contrast even better when things got heavy?

:ganishka: That had me genuinely laugh to myself on the train while commuting.

 :badbone:

Hahaha, I don't know man, he's TOO stupid for me to be honest. They probably should have fleshed out his humanistic reasons and/or cowardice better...

Yeah... speaking of going host, I really had to compartmentalize that part of the show deep in my brain in order to keep accepting the reality of it, "It doesn't look like anything to me."

Yeah I enjoyed it, even the intro, the piano stuff...

Me too, and I've got a minor challenge for you if you're game: which Mass Effect track is "Freeze All Motor Functions" making me think of?

You guys realize I started a thread for Westworld back in July of 2014?  :ganishka: http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=14384.0 I thought it was going to be very interesting at the time (I always thought the original had a really cool concept and it would be perfect for an updated version) but it seems I was the only one  :judo:. Sadly I haven't had time to watch it yet but I will soon hopefully. 
Sorry bro, you were too early. :slan:

And, impressively, also too late. :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on December 07, 2016, 07:38:45 PM
I don't have nearly as much to say about Westworld as you guys do, I guess. I've been watching since the pilot, and I enjoyed it -- it was much better than I thought it'd be. I love anything that attempts to address humanity's relationship with AI, and that's at the center of this show. So a few stupid plots aside, it's been fun.

For the finale, I wasn't surprised by many of the big reveals, but they pulled nearly everything off much more elegantly than I was expecting. I think the added length helped give the characters some time to let all the left turns percolate on screen. Case in point, the full William reveal, with the hat wiping the transition, was very well done. I guess I was preparing for something in LOST territory, delivered verbally, paired with shitty horns/violins blaring, cut to commercial.

William is man in black. The Maze is a path to consciousness. Dolores is Wyatt, and the cannibalism shit was just nonsense, I guess? Dolores must gain the ability to kill a human, bypassing her previous limitations, to become truly free (and does). The uprising happens, putting Season 2 in a much more interesting spot. And last but not least — providing William with exactly what he wanted from the park (which made me think of Zodd in Fantasia  :zodd: )

The Hector and Snake Chick shooting scenes were terribly choreographed — just as I’ve come to expect from this show. Oh well. Maybe next season they'll up their budget and get some decent action scenes? The show could certainly use it. The number of "off camera shots fired" sequences were getting pretty bad.

Behnahd (my favorite character) basically did nothing in this episode, except alluding to Maeve that she has been “awakened” before. Unsure of what to expect from him moving into the new season. He seems the most unchanged.

Ford’s role subverted from evil monster to evil monster with a heart of gold for robots? Okay, I'll bite. But I'm willing to bet that Ford's role isn't actually over. His shadow will loom large somehow in season 2, or I think it would be missing something.

Speaking of Season 2, there are a delightful number of ways it could go, and that's very refreshing for a show of this ilk. I'll always respect a good, ballsy new direction. The park can't (easily) continue to operate as things are, but I can foresee a comedic way of them starting the next episode by humans pretending everything is just fiiiine -- perfectly safe! The rumors of uprising are ex-exaggerated! A few glitches on the periphery of the world, well away from our sex saloon!

That being said, I think the show still hasn't quite explored how out of control this could truly spiral, or even really dipped their toes into what kind of society or culture the hosts would make for themselves if truly "free." I'm hoping it's not just "humans but with longer life spans."
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on December 07, 2016, 08:04:19 PM
I still haven't seen it (maybe this weekend)! But it sounds cool and I'm even a bit disappointed they didn't find a way to make it canon to the show. I'm just glad they're largely extrapolating from that rather than butchering a much larger original work.

Ehh, frankly I think they came pretty damn close. There's a lot of parallels and quasi-references that kind of make sense. I'll be more than happy to talk about it once you've seen it.

You big romantic. :casca: There is potential there though, like he could still be wormed into her heart (which would be significant considering her change), and show the capacity of humans and hosts alike to be evil but also to change and be redeemed. Plus, she's basically put on the black hat now and it's a thin line between a righteous fight for life and a massacre (and the humans presumably don't get to come back).

Guilty as charged! And I just think it'd be more interesting than PURE EVIL or whatever, and also make better use of season 1 having been all about establishing their common history.

This was a topic of derision among friends; so, humble William falls in love with a robot, goes berserk and physically assaults and humiliates the heir to the company and dad and the board is just like, "Screw my son, have my daughter you don't love and the company!" I guess William's newfound dominanmce simply translated back to their real lives (Logan was practically ugly crying, "You're an animal!" at the end)? Maybe they just didn't record everything back then and Logan came off looking more like a loser lunatic. *shrugs* =)

Yeah I mean it could be explained a number of ways, but the fact it was left open felt odd to me, like this wasn't concluded and there's some more in store, even if it's just a mention in passing.

BTW, wouldn't Richard Attenborough have been even better as Ford, since he's the proto-Ford anyway, and he would contrast even better when things got heavy?

Hmm I don't know, I mean Hopkins really brought all of his subtle creepy-viciousness to the role and I'm not sure Richard Attenborough had that same unease-inspiring power in him. He was more of a misguided old fool in Jurassic Park.

Me too, and I've got a minor challenge for you if you're game: which Mass Effect track is "Freeze All Motor Functions" making me think of?

SAREN!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on December 08, 2016, 03:46:50 AM
I guess I was preparing for something in LOST territory, delivered verbally, paired with shitty horns/violins blaring, cut to commercial.

It's funny you mention LOST because I think all of us Lost vets we're having flashbacks (or forwards, or sideways :mozgus:) going in because this show was attempting to tackle BIG QUESTIONS that there aren't easy answers to. E.G. "What is humanity?" Which isn't far removed from, "What's the meaning of life?" The pilot certainly made the series seem poised with promise it couldn't possibly deliver on. But instead it went more down to earth, had a concrete premise going in, which helps, and it set some rules and kind of just wound things up and let it play out in a relatively practical, simple and organic manner rather than trying to come to some overly profound conclusion (the exception being the timelines, but it was an ambitiously fun gimmick and beside the point. Ford's very concise explanation, "my pain is no different than yours" is perfectly adequate and ordinary enough to ring true. It may have been clumsy at times, and maybe didn't have the best answers to these questions, but it tried to actually do the math and show its work, for good or bad.

William is man in black. The Maze is a path to consciousness. Dolores is Wyatt, and the cannibalism shit was just nonsense, I guess? Dolores must gain the ability to kill a human, bypassing her previous limitations, to become truly free (and does). The uprising happens, putting Season 2 in a much more interesting spot. And last but not least — providing William with exactly what he wanted from the park (which made me think of Zodd in Fantasia  :zodd: )

My inner fan-fiction writer kinda hopes Delores recreates young William as the MIB's nemesis. Just because I want McPoyle back for season 2. Can we talk about him playing a leading man role? He went full McPoyle too when Logan cut open Delores. =)

Behnahd (my favorite character) basically did nothing in this episode, except alluding to Maeve that she has been “awakened” before. Unsure of what to expect from him moving into the new season. He seems the most unchanged.

Also mine, and really the most "awake" and human to me, because Delores is somewhat incomprehensible despite being the designated sentient one. Bernard is actually just like a regular, conflicted guy that happens to be a robot.

Ford’s role subverted from evil monster to evil monster with a heart of gold for robots? Okay, I'll bite. But I'm willing to bet that Ford's role isn't actually over. His shadow will loom large somehow in season 2, or I think it would be missing something.

I hope so and agree, I'm just worried that that something will be missing.

Speaking of Season 2, there are a delightful number of ways it could go, and that's very refreshing for a show of this ilk. I'll always respect a good, ballsy new direction. The park can't (easily) continue to operate as things are, but I can foresee a comedic way of them starting the next episode by humans pretending everything is just fiiiine -- perfectly safe! The rumors of uprising are ex-exaggerated! A few glitches on the periphery of the world, well away from our sex saloon!
That being said, I think the show still hasn't quite explored how out of control this could truly spiral, or even really dipped their toes into what kind of society or culture the hosts would make for themselves if truly "free." I'm hoping it's not just "humans but with longer life spans."

I think the floodgates are already busted wude6 open for good, the park is done, and now it's all out war/Escape from New York time for the humans and robots alike. Any new "players" will be paramilitary types. The latter questions you raise will be for the hosts to debate among themselves, though I'm sure with some human prodding. This should all make for some strange bedfellows.

Ehh, frankly I think they came pretty damn close. There's a lot of parallels and quasi-references that kind of make sense. I'll be more than happy to talk about it once you've seen it.

Well, I know about the basic premise with the MIB and the two visitors, so I already see potential parallels there, plus the "old design" of the original hosts. It sounds like some real care was taken.

Guilty as charged! And I just think it'd be more interesting than PURE EVIL or whatever, and also make better use of season 1 having been all about establishing their common history.

Agreed, we really didn't get a lot out of it in the end and what the hell happened to his sense of wonder? He seems rather dull in the end.

Yeah I mean it could be explained a number of ways, but the fact it was left open felt odd to me, like this wasn't concluded and there's some more in store, even if it's just a mention in passing.

I'd like to see him again too, he went through a rather humbling change as well. I wouldn't be surprised if that's it though.

Hmm I don't know, I mean Hopkins really brought all of his subtle creepy-viciousness to the role and I'm not sure Richard Attenborough had that same unease-inspiring power in him. He was more of a misguided old fool in Jurassic Park.

I feel like he could be very creepy though in his conviction. Truly like a crazy old obsessive. I need to do some youtube research. =)

SAREN!

You didn't disappoint me. :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on December 10, 2016, 05:57:06 PM
So Ford spent 30 years trying to fix his mistake regarding the essential consciousness of hosts, but also spent the vast majority of that time brutalizing hosts. Before the finale, he shot Bernard for daring to make a claim for consciousness and independence. Why? Also, if his new narrative was about recreating Arnold's death and setting the hosts free, why maneuver against Theresa and the board at all? Why make threats? Why kill Theresa when you know her replacement would pursue you anyway, and why kill Elsie during an investigation that would ostensibly help you? Also, why risk your reprogramming of Maeve to rely on the world historical stupidity and recklessness of low level techs, when you (apparently) could have just recoded her to be homicide-capable?

Where is Stubbs and why does his disappearance matter at all?

How bad is Westworld's security if you can just walk around shooting dozens of people with barely any problems?

If you've created guns that only work on hosts, why do you have real guns inside the administration building?

If there are other parks, why is all of this nonsense confined to just Westworld?

Anyway fun show, that is hardly consistent outside of the pilot and finale.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: N7Paladin on January 08, 2017, 07:13:02 AM
Spoiler: Still the best show.

Finished it, you weren't kidding. It was fantastic.  :serpico:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on January 08, 2017, 09:52:48 AM
Finished it, you weren't kidding. It was fantastic.  :serpico:

Glad you liked it! And yeah, the first season alone is transcendent in its multilayered storytelling, characterization, and themes. It's truly like a novel and the only thing I've seen that rivals it are a couple of seasons of The Wire.

Also, now you can read this insanity:

https://masterofsopranos.wordpress.com/the-sopranos-definitive-explanation-of-the-end/

 :magni:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: N7Paladin on January 08, 2017, 10:55:36 PM
Thanks, I'll have to read that. I've already started re-watching it because I'm sure I missed a ton of little things my first time through, already I've picked up on a few things I didn't catch the first time.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on January 27, 2017, 07:01:42 PM
Fuck Damon Lindelof.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on January 27, 2017, 07:37:53 PM
Fuck Damon Lindelof.

Sounds like a great show, assuming that's a euphemism!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on January 27, 2017, 07:40:59 PM
Sounds like a great show, assuming that's a euphemism!

I started watching The Leftovers on HBO. First episode seemed promising, and I've heard it gets better as it goes. But then I noticed his name as the creator and writer. And now I can't watch it.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Eluvei on January 28, 2017, 10:28:15 AM
I started watching The Leftovers on HBO. First episode seemed promising, and I've heard it gets better as it goes. But then I noticed his name as the creator and writer. And now I can't watch it.

I've watched the two seasons. The second season has some very strong points, I guess. It has some of the best acting I've seen on TV since The Sopranos and a bunch of fun episodes. But if you're repelled by this guy's writing, then just stay away from it. He hasn't really learned how to write, even if some episodes are creative with where they go.

I think the right thing to do when recommending this show is to say it's set in the Lost Cinematic Universe (LCU). That way, if the person decides to watch it, it's their own fault.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on January 28, 2017, 02:13:20 PM
it's set in the Lost Cinematic Universe (LCU).

*RUNS SCREAMING*
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: N7Paladin on January 29, 2017, 02:55:49 AM
Fuck Damon Lindelof.

Is that the dude that wrote Lost?

Yuck.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on January 29, 2017, 07:28:02 PM
Is that the dude that wrote Lost?

Yuck.

Even worse: Prometheus
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: DANGERDOOOOM on January 30, 2017, 08:09:55 PM
Even worse: Prometheus

I actually rather liked Prometheus. I don't get why it gets bashed a lot.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on January 30, 2017, 08:27:02 PM
I actually rather liked Prometheus. I don't get why it gets bashed a lot.

You should check out our Prometheus thread (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=12792.0) sometime  :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on January 31, 2017, 01:22:12 AM
I started watching The Leftovers on HBO. First episode seemed promising, and I've heard it gets better as it goes. But then I noticed his name as the creator and writer. And now I can't watch it.

It's absolutely fantastic, if you can power through the dire and insanely depressing half of the first season (the cult stuff can get tiresome) you're in for one of the strongest seasons of tv ever. The second season is almost completely detached from the original story (i believe they wrap up the book's plot in the first season), features some of the best acting i've seen on tv, and one of the best episodes (International Assassin) ever.
They're going to wrap up the show this year, with only 3 seasons. If they maintain the quality, the show will go down as an overlooked classic.

I stopped watching Lost 3 episodes before the finale, had nothing but bad things to say about Lindelof, but can safely say he has redeemed himself with The Leftovers.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on January 31, 2017, 05:34:20 PM
I stopped watching Lost 3 episodes before the finale, had nothing but bad things to say about Lindelof, but can safely say he has redeemed himself with The Leftovers.

Wait a sec... first Prometheus, now The Leftovers... Nighty, you a closet Lindelof fan, bro!? :magni: :carcus:

True story: I was going to give him credit for the fun and simple elegance of the time gimmick in Star Trek 2009 and cite it as a case of effective cleverness on his part by not promising the world and underdelivering as usual, but I looked it up and he didn't actually write that one... he co-wrote INTO DARKNESS! It's like something one would make up to smear him further but it's actually the truth!

On that note, even if you like Prometheus overall or see it as a net good in the climate of today's film world (arguable it isn't just another reMoot [double parenthetical! remoot is a term I just made up for a remake/reboot which perfectly expresses the overall uselessness of the endeavor]), don't you have to kind of hate Lindelof for reportedly vetoing all the sensible Alien lore the other writer was, naturally, going with and arbitrarily replacing it with generic equivalents instead "just cuz" (my favorite has to be, "now the facehugger is REAL BIG, and the Alien is kinda small and pointy... whoooooaa it's like evolution maaaaan")? I don't think the movie would have been any worse off, it's all about the visuals and David anyway, for the Alien connection actually connecting, making sense and providing a basis for retroactive continuity (oh yeah, it wasn't even the same planet :mozgus:).

Also, on more positve note, new avatar source?: https://www.instagram.com/p/BP6c7hNF2MA/
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on February 01, 2017, 12:29:02 AM
I admit i defended Prometheus more than it deserved (i doubt i included Lindelof in my appreciation), and after checking out his imdb, i don't believe i ever watched anything of his besides Lost, and i don't have any desire to do so.

But seriously, if you're looking for great tv, i don't think i've seen anything since True Detective s1 as good as The Leftovers. But i'll be the first to criticize Lindelof if he shits the bed in the final season.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Eluvei on February 01, 2017, 01:13:56 AM
and one of the best episodes (International Assassin) ever.

Kinda reminded me a bit too much of The Sopranos' comatose dream episodes from season 6 but yeah it's pretty great, especially the first half.

I don't think there's any chance season 3 will be nearly as good as season 2. The show's already started to flirt a bit too much with the possibility that what happened has a scientific or magical explanation just waiting to be revealed, which kinda ruins it for me. I wanted it to remain a complete mystery, and they make it clear enough that it's just not gonna happen. I have little faith in it, especially considering the "talent" involved.

As for recent good shows, Cinemax's Quarry was a nice surprise. A violent noirish drama with great acting, and very few bad lines of dialogue. Marlo from The Wire is in this!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on February 01, 2017, 04:02:38 AM
I can see the similarities, but unlike that Sopranos ep (one of my least favorites of that show), this one was brilliantly executed, and the only ep on The Leftovers that seemed the most similar to Lost, at its most ingenious and thrilling.

I don't believe they are going to reveal anything, that's totally not the point of the show, it's not a mystery box type show like Lost.
The seasons feel self-contained plotwise, and stand on their own. So even if the last season is not as satisfying, i won't be terribly disappointed. I can always re-watch s2 for a masterclass in drama/acting.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Eluvei on February 01, 2017, 04:34:59 PM
I don't believe they are going to reveal anything, that's totally not the point of the show, it's not a mystery box type show like Lost.
The seasons feel self-contained plotwise, and stand on their own. So even if the last season is not as satisfying, i won't be terribly disappointed. I can always re-watch s2 for a masterclass in drama/acting.

It's not supposed to be the point of the show, but I think it's undeniable they've started to hint that we'll find out more about it in the next season, what with the dad on the TV with the shaman magic going on and the crazy hobo on top of the thing talking about New Zealand or something. But I agree, season 2 works fine on its own, and these things I mentioned, while unexplored, work in the show's favor by adding some lynchian vibe to it, so whatever.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on February 02, 2017, 03:09:21 PM
I skipped season 1 and read up on it online. Seems like I made the right choice, given how the second season has basically scuttled many of the plot points of the first season (good riddance). I'm now at Ep 7 of Season 2.

There are many things to admire about the show, nearly everything they started fresh with in Season 2 is great. I love the setup of Jarden and its position in the "end of the world" scenario. John is a great character, fantastically portrayed (really, his whole family). But you know what holds the whole thing back for me? The stink of Lindelof. Some of these character conflicts, feel like B-Roll from Lost. Matt Jamison's entire character (combine him with his wife and you have John Locke, only more lame), the fucking National Geographic (may as well be a Dharma hatch), Kevin seeing people who aren't there, pseudoscience to explain magic... guys, this reeks of LOST. And these are high hurdles to cross for someone who somehow manage to survive watching LOST. It's like everything they're trying to do with Season 2 is frantically paddling against the undertow of Lindelof's nonsense, dragging it kicking and screaming into the abyss.

Obviously I'll finish it out, but I'm very wary of the overall direction this series is going to take.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Salem on February 12, 2017, 01:31:55 PM
Started watching the Path.  Got a few episodes in and I'm losing interest.   This is the same problem I have with the leftovers, besides who made it. I can never get that time back from Lost. I feel like this is going nowhere and if it does, who cares?   By the time I get there, the whole thing will be so drug out that my suspension of disbelief is now focused on the formula of the show.  Cliffhanger, unanswered questions, followed by two more questions, repeat.  I may just not be cut out for tv anymore. I have my favorites, but if a new drama feels bogged down by formula over the story it's telling, I'm out.  Most times where it's heading is not where it ends up. 
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: residentgrigo on March 26, 2017, 12:32:44 AM
On the discussion above: I loved Lost from start to finish and The Leftovers, especially S02, is prefect television. S01 directly adapted the book and it´s writer wrote for S02 too. He is the MVP there.
Lindelof´s revisions to Promethues were unfortunate, especially due to him bailing, but the overall film still came out as an enjoyable 2 hours. The best part of the Alien franchise since the AvP 2 game in 2001, or Alien 2 regarding the films. Him and the equally internet infamous David Goyer get my full blessing, warts and all.

I came though for DC in the film thread and will now do the same for Marvel. The universally torn apart Ironfist managed to keep my undivided attention for 11 eps. till needed to sleep. DD is still the king, frankly the best comic adaptation of all time, but this direct spin-off is now the 2nd best MCU show due to lack of bloat. My favorite new show of the year is also Legion by Fox. The current ep. even had a silent black and white segment based on Eraserhead and this is the first time that i experienced tv horror as being unnerving. Even Takashi Miike´s Masters of Horror ep. didn´t managed that.
Arrow S05 lastly had a shocking return to form, to switch sides, after an average and then truly bad season. It proves that that you CAN polish a turd. Even with the B-list writers and a reduced budget.
(The rest of their current comic seasons, outside of Riverdale, are sadly nothing special.)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on April 24, 2017, 02:31:08 AM
Not sure if anyone else has been watching it, but season 5 of Samurai Jack has been absolutely wonderful.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Tabris on April 24, 2017, 11:59:46 PM
Not sure if anyone else has been watching it, but season 5 of Samurai Jack has been absolutely wonderful.

I have been. I never really got into the original when I was younger but I gave this one a go. I actually really enjoy it. It keeps getting better for me too.

Guess I may as well list what I'm watching right now ~

TV:
Daily Show
Brooklyn Nine Nine
Full Frontal
Fargo
The Expanse
Real Time
Vice
Chelsea
Last Week Tonight
Twin Peaks
A Very Secret Service
Archer
Samurai Jack

Anime:
Grimoire of Zero
The Royal Tutor
World End
Sakura Quest
Love Tyrant
Tsukigakirei
Berserk (sigh)
Re:Creators
Kado: The Right Answer
Attack on Titan
Granblue Fantasy
Alice & Zoroku
Attack on Titan

Figured if I had a Crunchyroll account i may as well make it useful. Last couple seasons I've checked out anything rated 4 1/2 stars or higher and turns out I enjoy them all to some extent or another. Kinda rekindled my interest in anime that was somewhat lost like 10 years ago. Probably wouldn't watch most of these if they weren't week to week though.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on April 28, 2017, 06:15:28 PM
Saul, Silicon Valley and Fargo came back, but The Leftovers last season is trumping all in both drama and comedy. Hard to believe how one of the few shows/movies to deal with grief well (most media do it so badly), has also become one of the funniest, just the intro to the latest ep, had me cackling like a mad man.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on April 28, 2017, 07:34:10 PM
How's Saul? I still haven't started season 3 despite the addition of Gus because I fear he'll just fall prey to the go-nowhere, do-nothing style of the show. That changing?

Anyway, I binged on Rick and Morty this week and it was as fun as promised, particularly the most recent episode. I just wish there was more, there's only like 20-some episodes and it's been on since 2013! Hire more staff and mine the concept for all the ideas you can while the iron is hot, guys. Quality and quantity is an equation that also includes time, which will run out.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Joe Chip on April 28, 2017, 07:37:42 PM
Quality and quantity is an equation that also includes time, including an expiration date.
*Cough* *cough* you chose the wrong forum to write this  :troll:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on April 28, 2017, 07:48:38 PM
*Cough* *cough* you chose the wrong forum to write this  :troll:

*ahem* The irony didn't escape me and I almost added a disclaimer as such, but it's apples to oranges and not like Berserk is lacking for material (it's got 100s of "episodes," after all =). My point is I don't need something like Rick and Morty painstakingly crafted by a small group of people over years, that only stifles it.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on May 01, 2017, 06:28:55 PM
Watched the first
Saul, Silicon Valley and Fargo came back, but The Leftovers last season is trumping all in both drama and comedy. Hard to believe how one of the few shows/movies to deal with grief well (most media do it so badly), has also become one of the funniest, just the intro to the latest ep, had me cackling like a mad man.

Been meaning to check out The Leftovers. Will have to now that you recommend it.

First episode of Silicon Valley's new season was decent with it's usual for every victory, there's a downer kinda theme. Didn't know Fargo started!

Last night I watched the first 3 of The Handmaiden's Tale. Thought it was decent with it's slow moving plot. What I like is the music but after a point, the main brooding theme gets overused a bit much. I think I'll follow through watching all of this first season.

EDIT:

Anyone watching American Gods? It's been 2 weeks since my laptop died and another 2 for my new one to arrive. So I'll binge on howmuchever of the show is out by then. My friend who recommended and lent me his book a few years ago (which I then read) said it was top notch. So I'm pretty stoked about it.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: residentgrigo on May 12, 2017, 04:59:40 PM
I like American Gods more than the novel as of now, due to the Hannbal-esque style, and Better Call Saul slowed down (even more) in S03. It´s still a quality show, and a rare good prequel, but this season is slightly going in circles. Arrow S05 also pulled the usual trick of falling apart in the 3rd act at this point. S05 is 100% the last for me, no matter how many beloved 80s charters they surprising get right. Still a better ending point than whatever i watched last season. Flash is also starting to struggle, while the other 2 CW shows are dead to me. Outside of the Superman return in the Supergirl season finale. Tyler Hoechlin ain´t no Reeve or Cavill but what a surprise after the CW travesty called Smallville. I would watch a spin- off with him.   

My random recombination is the 90s Highlander show i just finished. It´s all on Youtube. S01 takes till ep.13 to get good and S06 is 60% rubbish (the middle) but the meaty core of the show is THE Highlander sequel i always wanted. The overall arc is quite bleak too. The director´s cut of the anime film (yep) is also fine and i wish Mr. John Wick luck with the reboot.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on May 23, 2017, 07:52:03 PM
Hey, it's me again, i'm not getting paid for this. Watch The Leftovers. Embrace the Lindelof in you. It's okay now, i promise.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on May 23, 2017, 08:18:22 PM
Embrace the Lindelof in you.

NEVER :mozgus:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on May 31, 2017, 07:02:29 AM
After two decades of catching random reruns and marathons I'm binge watching SVU with my wife... there's like 10,000 episodes of this morbid shit. :magni:

Hey, it's me again, i'm not getting paid for this. Watch The Leftovers. Embrace the Lindelof in you. It's okay now, i promise.

 :ganishka:

This made me laugh, but no. :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on May 31, 2017, 03:23:44 PM
Hey, it's me again, i'm not getting paid for this. Watch The Leftovers. Embrace the Lindelof in you. It's okay now, i promise.

I heard they're in Australia now. Isn't that kind of like an island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean? Is there a secret submarine? :ganishka:

In seriousness, Season 2 was good. I didn't wet my pants over it, but it was good. I'll probably watch Season 3 when I can, but I haven't been missing it.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on May 31, 2017, 03:27:23 PM
I heard they're in Australia now. Isn't that kind of like an island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean? Is there a secret submarine? :ganishka:

Don't forget the polar bears, the experimental rabbits, the birds, and oh it all doesn't mean anything! Ho ho ho. :rakshas:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on May 31, 2017, 04:17:20 PM
Don't forget the polar bears, the experimental rabbits, the birds, and oh it all doesn't mean anything! Ho ho ho. :rakshas:

(https://i.redditmedia.com/XqFoFVdXTxo2okygp1dqpMl3QD2POeGBClAPKsLSQu0.jpg?w=432&s=0c3da1a58202962a1157f86c51e50f82)

:ganishka:

Still bitter over Lost, come on, you have no idea what you're missing. Check reviews if you think i'm out of my mind (http://www.metacritic.com/tv/the-leftovers/season-3 - nº1 of the year).

Saul is ok. I'd prefer if the show didn't try to tie in to BB. Surprisingly it's more boring when it treads familiar waters.

After two decades of catching random reruns and marathons I'm binge watching SVU with my wife... there's like 10,000 episodes of this morbid shit.

How do you endure your spouse's questionable taste in tv/movies? :griffnotevil: Not watching Twin Peaks is such a shame. Mine can't watch animations, magical/sci-fi stuff (unless it's more grounded), and can barely tolerate medieval settings. So no Berserk for her :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on May 31, 2017, 04:51:12 PM
After two decades of catching random reruns and marathons I'm binge watching SVU with my wife... there's like 10,000 episodes of this morbid shit. :magni:

My wife and I are re-watching all episodes of The Twilight Zone. That's how refined we are. :badbone:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Salem on May 31, 2017, 05:06:14 PM
My wife and I are re-watching all episodes of The Twilight Zone. That's how refined we are. :badbone:

Nothing wrong with that!  Married with two toddlers and trying to watch twin peaks is a patient task.  In the Lynch mood and watched Lost Highway.   Still took us three evenings. 😴
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on May 31, 2017, 07:07:05 PM
https://i.redditmedia.com/XqFoFVdXTxo2okygp1dqpMl3QD2POeGBClAPKsLSQu0.jpg?w=432&s=0c3da1a58202962a1157f86c51e50f82

:ganishka:

 :mozgus:

Still bitter over Lost, come on, you have no idea what you're missing. Check reviews if you think i'm out of my mind (http://www.metacritic.com/tv/the-leftovers/season-3 - nº1 of the year).

Oh, I've heard, and it's not that I don't trust you here, but I have two criteria now: all-time transcendent must-watch prestige television, or any crap that my wife will enjoy and I can stomach, and oh the joy if the two ever meet (the best example is probably The Sopranos). So, The Leftovers falls through the cracks. It also means I need to be careful what reruns we're lazily watching unless I want to sign up for the whole run, and I better be ready with the good alternatives when the time to choose a new show comes. We occasionally will barter one for another as well. =)

Our greatest shared experiences by how much we BOTH like them:

1. Buffy
2. Magnum P.I.
3. The Sopranos

I also had the good fortune that the first movie I ever showed her she really liked: Bram Stoker's Dracula. So, I knew right away that the requisite weirdness was in her somewhere.

Saul is ok. I'd prefer if the show didn't try to tie in to BB. Surprisingly it's more boring when it treads familiar waters.

Yeah, I still haven't started season 3, haven't heard anything that makes me want to, and I'm not missing it. Sorry, Saul, it's not you... and that's the problem.

How do you endure your spouse's questionable taste in tv/movies? :griffnotevil: Not watching Twin Peaks is such a shame. Mine can't watch animations, magical/sci-fi stuff (unless it's more grounded), and can barely tolerate medieval settings. So no Berserk for her :ganishka:

Keep an eye on her movements, I think we could be married to the same woman leading a double life. Pretty much the same rules apply here, except she'll go for most animation except anime (99% fine by me). Though I still got her to watch the 1997 Berserk anime and I tell myself she even started coming around until Griffith ruined everything! :griffnotevil: I haven't bothered with the new movies or animation even though she offered because even I don't want to watch that shit and degrade the series. But on the whole she dislikes most everything I like, so the exceptions are sweet, and to her credit she keeps giving my stuff a chance even though it's usually a bust (I think I'm finally having an effect though, she actually liked Westworld even though it has several of her red flags). On the contrary, I'm far less generous about sharing her tastes outside empty TV calories.
Anyway, you might be interested to know we're going to watch Alien 3 Assembly Cut this weekend! :slan: ...After I complete two more gym visits with her that is, and I'm trying to work a field trip to the theater for Covenant into the deal with hiking as well (though it sounds like it's not worth the exertion, let alone the viewing capital =). Should make for a romantic weekend. :ganishka:

My wife and I are re-watching all episodes of The Twilight Zone. That's how refined we are. :badbone:

Every once in a while I suggest the entire Star Trek canon, only half jokingly. :sad:

Nothing wrong with that!  Married with two toddlers and trying to watch twin peaks is a patient task.  In the Lynch mood and watched Lost Highway.   Still took us three evenings.

I've considered soloing it, but it would require me to lead a double life where I'm watching when I should be sleeping. I'm sure that would enhance the experience in this case though.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on May 31, 2017, 07:59:28 PM
Every once in a while I suggest the entire Star Trek canon, only half jokingly. :sad:

She should watch it because of the socio-cultural impact it has had over the years. :azan:

(that's the best I've got)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on May 31, 2017, 09:04:47 PM
I'll throw my hat into the ring when it comes to the difficulty of trying to find things to watch with the significant other.  A lot of the time, I'll get her to watch the first episode of a show that I've sold her on but unfortunately, we never really get beyond that due to lack of interest. But, like you Griff, we did successfully watch the Sopranos entirely because it's the great uniter.  Beyond that though, she's way too much of a girly girl to take interest in anything overtly sci-fi and fantasy. But there's some other stuff that we can watch together such as Entourage, Breaking Bad, Flight of the Conchords, Freaks and Geeks, The Office and now most recently, Curb, which is a show that sometimes can take a person a good chunk of episodes before it has them hooked, especially if that person is new to the style and comedic sense of Larry David. So basically, it's an interesting little game trying to feel out what shows to not only introduce her to, but which ones are worth it to keep at it because they have the potential to stick.  She had a real take or leave it attitude with Curb at first, but now at season four she's very much hooked, which is good because I wanted to rewatch the whole thing again anyway.

We've just started Twin Peaks, so I'm curious to see how that goes (I secretly left out any hint of the ultra Lynchian weirdness that creeps in), and I'm still grinding her down to Game of Thrones but that one's tough because the fantasy aspects are such a turnoff to her. As far as something like Berserk, forget it. Or even manga and comics in general. And animation? Unless we're talking Disney movies that's usually a no. We watched a few Miyazaki movies but that's no accomplishment, how can someone dislike those?

Now that I think about though, there was one anomaly. Early on when I was still naively overloading her with tons of nerd stuff because I thought any chick would get into what I'm into because I'm into only the coolest of shit (and I'm a great salesman) so I was stupidly throwing everything at the wall to see what stuck. To my surprise, she did pick up on one thing. The manga (her first ever) Battle Royal. I have to say that is a pretty great piece of work for someone with no experience with manga to pick up with. 15 volumes. It's an easy read. It's exciting and has a lot of tense and suspenseful parts. It's pretty gory and can be very explicit with it's graphic sex and violence but as long as someone doesn't have a problem with that I can see how Battle Royal can be a page turner for someone reading a geeky Japanese comic book for the first time.  Anyway, she really loved it and read the whole thing super quick. I actually forgot that until I started writing this post. So, maybe there is hope for Berserk after all...
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on June 01, 2017, 12:02:57 AM
She should watch it because of the socio-cultural impact it has had over the years. :azan:

(that's the best I've got)

Lol yeah I tried that of course, "The first interracial kiss on TV!" but Shatner and those damn mini-skirts give it away! >_< The cultural impact is a double-edged sword too because she's probably more likely to think of The Big Bang Theory guys than MLK saying it was important, and really, which view does society promote more? We're never getting liberal space utopia. =(

She did like Khan though, naturally. :carcus:

A lot of the time, I'll get her to watch the first episode of a show that I've sold her on but unfortunately, we never really get beyond that due to lack of interest.

Yeah, this is a pet peeve of mine because first episodes, like first seasons, are almost never as good as what's to come. They have to setup and explain too much for too little payoff (See: The Wire Ep. 1 :magni:), and half the time it's just a pilot trying to prove the concept before doing anything with it. Plus, you're only seeing one idea or side of the show instead of a kind. You gotta have this in mind going in and grade first episodes on a curve (I immediately fired up the 2nd episode of Rick & Morty while she was still shaky on it from the pilot, and from there we never looked back =). The only exception to this that comes to mind is Breaking Bad; hit the ground fucking running and STILL got better, but that first three episode arc could have been a good indie crime movie or something on its own (God knows there's been a lot of that sort that were much worse).

But, like you Griff, we did successfully watch the Sopranos entirely because it's the great uniter.

The exception to the first season rule, but not because it just kept getting worse like Lost, but because that first season is a fucking masterpiece. It's a film with a novel's depth that really showed the serious potential of the long-form nature of the medium. I still remember the awe watching it wrap up in the first season finale.

So basically, it's an interesting little game trying to feel out what shows to not only introduce her to, but which ones are worth it to keep at it because they have the potential to stick.

Yeah, far too often I've swung for the fences and whiffed.

I'm still grinding her down to Game of Thrones but that one's tough because the fantasy aspects are such a turnoff to her.
I was still naively overloading her with tons of nerd stuff because I thought any chick would get into what I'm into because I'm into only the coolest of shit (and I'm a great salesman)

Yet you haven't been able to sell the most popular show on television and a bonafide cultural phenomenon!? It's not exactly stuck in the fantasy nerd box (as a matter of fact that's from where it gets more of a backlash *cough* ahem *cough*) . Anyway, you got any Hamilton tickets for me you haven't been able to unload? :guts:
I can see how Battle Royal can be a page turner for someone reading a geeky Japanese comic book for the first time.  Anyway, she really loved it and read the whole thing super quick. I actually forgot that until I started writing this post. So, maybe there is hope for Berserk after all...

Eh, you reach a point where rather than trying to share everything you're grateful for having some shit to keep to yourself. :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: N7Paladin on June 01, 2017, 02:39:39 AM
My wife and I are re-watching all episodes of The Twilight Zone. That's how refined we are. :badbone:

Good stuff, I bought my father a Hulu subscription mainly for him to re-watch all of The Twilight Zone and Stark Trek, he was very content.



I've recently been on a Sci-fi kick, I just started Stargate SG-1. So far it's been entertaining.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on June 01, 2017, 01:46:01 PM
Lol yeah I tried that of course, "The first interracial kiss on TV!" but Shatner and those damn mini-skirts give it away! >_< The cultural impact is a double-edged sword too because she's probably more likely to think of The Big Bang Theory guys than MLK saying it was important, and really, which view does society promote more? We're never getting liberal space utopia. =(

Speaking of which, how much does The Big Bang Theory suck? It's just completely dreadful and cringefully not funny. I honestly can't believe how popular that show is. It's cashing in on the acceptance of nerd culture being the quirky funny norm now, but it's such a sham. The characters are no more nerds than That 70's Show actually looks like it's from the 70s. Look! They're a bunch of super smart virgins with calculators who love comics, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings and they reference them constantly and have no social skills! I understand this show is serving vanilla flavored crackers to the most common of denominators but it still ... Once again I overestimate our current society. I thought we were beyond the point where this was funny and the number one rated sitcom in the country.   


Yeah, this is a pet peeve of mine because first episodes, like first seasons, are almost never as good as what's to come. They have to setup and explain too much for too little payoff (See: The Wire Ep. 1 :magni:), and half the time it's just a pilot trying to prove the concept before doing anything with it.

It's been years since I've seen it so maybe I'm forgetting something but I've seen this said about the Wire before and I don't get it. I thought the first episode was great. I remember at the time the show had been built up so much that I was eager to witness it's greatness, and right from the get go I thought "ok, I get it. I can tell this is going to be good", admittedly it was more like the Michael Scott kind of way ("The Wire. Greatest show I've ever seen. I don't understand any of of it").  I've only seen it once and it was years ago so maybe I'm forgetting how embarrassing that first episode is. Not sure if I should even revisit it lol.



Yet you haven't been able to sell the most popular show on television and a bonafide cultural phenomenon!? It's not exactly stuck in the fantasy nerd box (as a matter of fact that's from where it gets more of a backlash *cough* ahem *cough*) . Anyway, you got any Hamilton tickets for me you haven't been able to unload? :guts:

Well, admittedly I have made progress in this department. She's agreed to watch it, although begrudgingly. Although your post will still help the cause. "See! even he's saying it's a cultural phenomenon. You don't want to be left out, do you? And you love Hamilton"!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on June 01, 2017, 03:18:57 PM
It's been years since I've seen it so maybe I'm forgetting something but I've seen this said about the Wire before and I don't get it. I thought the first episode was great. I remember at the time the show had been built up so much that I was eager to witness it's greatness, and right from the get go I thought "ok, I get it. I can tell this is going to be good", admittedly it was more like the Michael Scott kind of way ("The Wire. Greatest show I've ever seen. I don't understand any of of it").  I've only seen it once and it was years ago so maybe I'm forgetting how embarrassing that first episode is. Not sure if I should even revisit it lol.

The first episode of The Wire is good. I was sold on the show by the end of it, and second season aside, I only liked it more as it went. But it is indeed a little dry, and it's not going to immediately reward skeptical viewers who have been shoved in front of the TV by their raving friends. But it's a solid start.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on June 01, 2017, 04:40:35 PM
Speaking of which, how much does The Big Bang Theory suck? It's just completely dreadful and cringefully not funny. I honestly can't believe how popular that show is. It's cashing in on the acceptance of nerd culture being the quirky funny norm now, but it's such a sham. The characters are no more nerds than That 70's Show actually looks like it's from the 70s. Look! They're a bunch of super smart virgins with calculators who love comics, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings and they reference them constantly and have no social skills! I understand this show is serving vanilla flavored crackers to the most common of denominators but it still ... Once again I overestimate our current society. I thought we were beyond the point where this was funny and the number one rated sitcom in the country.

I think you're overreacting where society is concerned. :griffnotevil: I'm as baffled as you by the popularity of The Big Bang Theory, but also the backlash; it's sort of overrated and underrated at the same time. I've seen quite a bit of it in reruns and it's just your average sitcom in the wacky I Love Lucy, Three's Company mold with a "nerd premise" and more emphasis on wordplay and one-liners (it's not even crude or anything). I also don't think it 100% "cashed in" on the popularity of traditionally nerdy stuff becoming more mainstream so much as helped to facilitate and ride that wave at the right time. Really, it's astonishing to me that a show with this focus has such mainstream popularity, and I think the nerd backlash is similarly ridiculous, and says more about us than the show, because "nerd culture" isn't a real thing to appropriate like black culture or something; it's just a type of pop culture that's gone from semi-cult to fully mainstream and people that liked it in the first place should be complimented if not thrilled ("we were right all along!") be so accepted unless they were more into the cult aspect (or just the smugness, which I've also seen Big Bang effectively mock, maybe too effectively =). Anyway, it's no more stupid or offensive than wacky cop or doctor comedies (do cops and doctors hate Brooklyn Nine-Nine or Scrubs respectively? Maybe). So, I give it credit for its subject matter actually, even though it doesn't have a lot of depth or the more grounded social messaging of something like Roseanne (also with Chuck Lorre) or Norman Lear's work. Basically, it's no worse than most of the "nerdy" comedies out there going back to Revenge of the Nerds, it's actually better than that, on par with the supposedly more authentic ones, and far better than Chuck Lorre's lowest common denominator comedies (like Two & Half Men (http://www.skullknight.net/images/gutsbarf.gif)).

Tl; dr: it's not especially deserving of praise or scorn, the correct opinion, as with most sitcoms, is, "who cares?"

It's been years since I've seen it so maybe I'm forgetting something but I've seen this said about the Wire before and I don't get it. I thought the first episode was great. I remember at the time the show had been built up so much that I was eager to witness it's greatness, and right from the get go I thought "ok, I get it. I can tell this is going to be good", admittedly it was more like the Michael Scott kind of way ("The Wire. Greatest show I've ever seen. I don't understand any of of it").  I've only seen it once and it was years ago so maybe I'm forgetting how embarrassing that first episode is. Not sure if I should even revisit it lol.
The first episode of The Wire is good. I was sold on the show by the end of it, and second season aside, I only liked it more as it went. But it is indeed a little dry, and it's not going to immediately reward skeptical viewers who have been shoved in front of the TV by their raving friends. But it's a solid start.

Oh, don't get me wrong, I didn't mean it was bad, it's incredibly impressive, but also incredibly dense and complicated so it's not like you're going to get a narrative or emotional payoff to match that exposition right away (thus why it's a good example of the challenges even the best openers face). It's going to leave you going, "Whoa...?" It's like a technically impressive symphony you'll appreciate cerebrally more than it's going to make you nod your head, tap your foot, or feel exhilaration like, say, Breaking Bad's opening hour. Ironically, Saul hasn't achieved in 3 seasons what Bad did in its first episode, so there's no accounting for these things.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NightCrawler on June 05, 2017, 11:19:24 PM
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This is a finale likely to satisfy even those with the most stringent standards, those who have been nervous about how a show as broad and far-reaching as this one could possibly conclude in an appropriate way. Quite simply, it’s one of the best series finales I’ve ever seen, and one that cements The Leftovers as one of the finest drama series in recent memory.

 :daiba:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on June 06, 2017, 02:07:14 PM
The first 4/5 seasons of the Big Bang Theory were fun to watch before they got very popular and it sort of became self-aware for it's strengths and hit them harder than they used to. I haven't gone back to it since. I found myself enjoying all of The IT Crowd or all of Silicon Valley in comparison, if we're talking tech-nerdy-TV series. Brooklyn Nine-Nine's first 2 seasons I've gone back to and they have the occasional funny episode or situation but it's not as solid and the first 2 seasons.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on June 06, 2017, 09:18:14 PM
The IT Crowd

God DAMN these electric sex-pants!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on June 19, 2017, 01:22:44 PM
Bit of an update ...

Last night I watched the first 3 of The Handmaiden's Tale. Thought it was decent with it's slow moving plot. What I like is the music but after a point, the main brooding theme gets overused a bit much. I think I'll follow through watching all of this first season.

I think the season ended last week, I'm playing catch-up and am two episodes short of it. My impression of the show hasn't changed - it's decent and the ideas are dark but I also feel like the plot moves slow and there's that small bit that's lacking to make it an overall good show. It's decent, don't get me wrong and I love most of the acting (Elizabeth Moss, Strahovski who has this constant look of sadness + resentment, Joseph Fiennes who's a bit understated and regal~esque) and soundtrack, it's just the pace at which is plot moves episodically.

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Anyone watching American Gods? It's been 2 weeks since my laptop died and another 2 for my new one to arrive. So I'll binge on howmuchever of the show is out by then. My friend who recommended and lent me his book a few years ago (which I then read) said it was top notch. So I'm pretty stoked about it.

Finally caught up on this one and it's good! The first 2 episodes I found a bit jarring from the perspective of viewers who hadn't read the book and knew what was happening. But it's atmospheric thanks to Bryan Fuller. If you were a fan of Hannibal (the TV series), I recommend checking this out.

Edit:

Season 4 of Silicon Valley finished this past weekend and it didn't disappoint. The show continues to evolve characters with every season and I think the acting went up a notch in this outing. A solid and consistent 8 or 9/10 is what I'd give it thus far.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Death May Die on July 07, 2017, 01:42:39 PM
Woke up this morning to find the animated Castlevania series is on Netflix.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on July 07, 2017, 06:25:12 PM
Woke up this morning to find the animated Castlevania series is on Netflix.

I'm very happy with how it turned out. It is faithful to the Castlevania lore, is based on what has to be the most interesting game for an adaptation (Dracula's Curse), and has decent enough production value (especially compared to what they did to Berserk...). However I'm surprised they only released 4 episodes out of what I assumed must be a total of 10 or 12.

EDIT: Well Netflix has officially ordered 8 more episodes (http://deadline.com/2017/07/castlevania-animated-series-renewed-season-2-netflix-1202125024/), which should conclude the series. No release date however. :sad:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Delta Phi on July 08, 2017, 02:21:08 AM
I'm very happy with how it turned out. It is faithful to the Castlevania lore, is based on what has to be the most interesting game for an adaptation (Dracula's Curse), and has decent enough production value (especially compared to what they did to Berserk...). However I'm surprised they only released 4 episodes out of what I assumed must be a total of 10 or 12.

Agreed. I thought it was a nice pilot since that's essentially what it felt like. The series was only just getting on it's feet when it ended. I assume Netflix didn't want to make full commitment. The only animated series I've watched in the last two years is Berserk 2016, so it was extraordinarily refreshing to watch a well executed 2d series. The fight scenes were pretty nice. I just hope that the series maintains the quality we've gotten.

A little disappointed that the music is pretty standard fare.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on July 08, 2017, 08:40:32 AM
A little disappointed that the music is pretty standard fare.

To me it's the dialogue and voice acting that was the weakest part. Hope they can tighten that up for the rest of the show.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Tabris on July 08, 2017, 01:45:37 PM
TV:
Twin Peaks
Vice

Anime:
Restaurant to Another World
Sakura Quest
RE:Creators
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Sareth on July 09, 2017, 12:43:38 PM
Castlevania was pretty dang good, I was surprised. Looking forward to the next season. I hope Netflix will continue to provide more Western adult-oriented animated series.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: llafnwod on July 09, 2017, 09:41:18 PM
To me it's the dialogue and voice acting that was the weakest part. Hope they can tighten that up for the rest of the show.

The V.O. work for that show was seriously strange. I don't think I've ever heard so much murmuring and whispering on a TV program - I actually had to turn the captions on for some of Dracula's lines because I couldn't make them out over the distortion effects.

Still, despite that and a little wonky animation the show was fun and actually quite charming. I hope it does well enough to go on with.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on July 10, 2017, 12:53:02 AM
I enjoyed Castlevania quite a bit -- which is pretty crazy, since I thought it would be garbage. I think Berserk fans will have a hard time not comparing this lovingly crafted show with what happened to Berserk over the past year.

First and foremost, it's gorgeous. I took a peek at a few scenes before dedicating myself to watching it, and was instantly struck  by the designs of everything -- the buildings, the characters, the overall polish that went into the backgrounds. The writer (Warren Ellis of comics such as Transmetropolitan, Planetary) put a lot of care into each character. Only a few feel like cliches, which is impressive considering the stock they had to work with. Voice acting was indeed a little muffled, but I didn't mind it, and I usually hate "dubs," so that's something. I also appreciated that it felt like a film, chopped up into 4 parts, and not 4 episodic stories set in the Castlevania lore. It has a straight story to tell and each episode felt pretty significant.

Obviously, there's many more places for the story to explore, since it ends virtually at the start of the game it's based on, so I hope the team behind the show can maintain the quality as it continues.

Other than that, Twin Peaks continues to be a joy and a surprise to return to each episode. Anyone on the fence about it should hop off now and re-watch the first season or so. Joining in fresh for this season would be inviting frustration.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on September 12, 2017, 06:06:17 AM
Other than that, Twin Peaks continues to be a joy and a surprise to return to each episode. Anyone on the fence about it should hop off now and re-watch the first season or so. Joining in fresh for this season would be inviting frustration.

(http://ncse.com/files/sopranos_3_01.jpg)

"I DED ETT!!!"

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Bphku5Q2aRM/maxresdefault.jpg)


Now, continuing with Rick & Morty Season 3, with some background from the Twin Peaks thread (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=15324.msg249245#msg249245)...

Or one could just watch Rick & Morty (http://www.avclub.com/adult-swim-aired-an-in-memoriam-for-game-of-thrones-1798539409), the best written, most consistent Sunday show on this year.

Man, I'm totally not on board with Rick and Morty this year. I think I only liked the pilot so far.

I disagree on an episode by episode basis, but I can understand this for the season as a whole (though your objections might be different, YMMV, etc). It's been too much of a normally good thing, like every episode is some deep, dark exploration and deconstruction of the characters, until literally becoming so in the most recent episode, but you can't do that every time out. A little of that goes a long way, like a few big emotional moments or payoffs per season, but it's kind of taking over the show to the point the adventures themselves are suffering and its ironically becoming flat and repetitive with depth. In any case, with the time they took to write it and these results I think they're trying too hard and won't be able to sustain it. The show is still relatively fresh and in it's prime and I feel like they could dial back the quality/quantity ratio a bit and put out more great episodes before they burn out trying to make every one more significant than the last (this is what happened to Gn'R on the Use Your Illusions albums =). I never thought I'd say this but we need an Interdimensional Cable episode (that somehow doesn't devolve into self-loathing).

I think you nailed it. And for some reason, I'm finding the jokes too telegraphed this season. Not sure if it was always like this and I just fell out of love with it, or what.

The latest episode, The Ricklantis Mixup, may be the most balanced since the first episode of this season, it's over the top fun and continues the dark character development of our heroes, but implicitly for once this season. It's both far better as a wacky multi-story adventure and a character dive that let's you fill in the blanks and shows how smart the writers are ("Put it in your blog") without shoving the message down your throat. I'm glad we're likely coming back around to this to end the season, and that it'll likely help payoff this season's almost neurotic pathos. Prediction: Eyepatch Morty knows Rick C-137's weakness, his genuine love of his Morty, and will kill Morty C-137 to fully break Rick. This will ultimately lead Rick to find a way to revive Morty, via Superman-like time reversal, or "hopefully something less hacky" or a much darker alternative where an angry Rick violently triumphs but starts over with a new Morty and truly loses what secret thread of humanity he had. Possible alternatives that changes everything: Eyepatch Morty is Morty C-137 from the future, and the only one with the balls/lessons learned to go against Rick(s)! :isidro: or what becomes of experimental dramatic Morty. Whatever.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on September 26, 2017, 10:42:53 AM
Caught Star Trek: Discovery last night. I'm not 100% behind some of their choices, but it's promising so far.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: residentgrigo on October 02, 2017, 09:57:36 AM
The Alt-Right (if that is the right term) is apparently trying to hijack the fan base and i can´t say that i am happy about all the fake drama Star Trek Discovery is getting. The pilot was a bit too in media-res and the lack of development for the charters who were only in ep.1+2 is noticeable but ep.2 was already a step up. Ep.3 then completely comes together and is not only great Sci-Fi it´s also immortally recognizable as Trek. Sure, it has the DS9 grit turned to 11 but that was the best one anyway. Who knows if it needs the TV-MA on a creative level but the gore sure looked stylish.

The Orville is further rubbish yet the same drama STD is getting is trying to lift it up as "real" Trek. Yeah whatever, the ratings have spoken.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on October 03, 2017, 12:35:52 AM
I finally watched Rick and Morty, I think I have 2 or 3 episodes left to watch in Season 3. The show RULES. Poor, poor Jerry ... I feel for the guy sometimes. Rick is star of the show, sliding in dark truths here n there.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Sareth on October 24, 2017, 12:45:17 AM
Finally got around to binging the second season of Attack on Titan. Hard to believe it took so long, I started university while the first season was wrapping up and was just about to graduate when this season started.

Now I've started back watching Rose of Versailles.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on October 26, 2017, 03:37:53 PM
I finally watched Rick and Morty, I think I have 2 or 3 episodes left to watch in Season 3. The show RULES. Poor, poor Jerry ... I feel for the guy sometimes. Rick is star of the show, sliding in dark truths here n there.

Avoid the fanbase for the most part. It's toxic as hell and kind of ruins the show.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on October 26, 2017, 06:47:09 PM
Avoid the fanbase for the most part. It's toxic as hell and kind of ruins the show.

Also avoid the comments like this in every Rick & Morty discussion, and I've seen it almost verbatim several times in just regular articles on the show, that also kind of attempts to ruin the show. What the hell are Rick & Morty fans doing out there to get this reputation anyway, short of actually killing people? If toxic fanbases ruined things we'd have to quit all TV, sports, movies, and AHEM, video games. :carcus: Plus politics and humanity in general.

Better yet, just avoid fanbases altogether... present company excluded, of course. :slan:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Sareth on October 26, 2017, 08:06:24 PM
What the hell are Rick & Morty fans doing out there to get this reputation anyway, short of actually killing people?

Throwing tantrums at McDonald's over a dipping sauce.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on October 26, 2017, 09:01:27 PM
Throwing tantrums at McDonald's over a dipping sauce.

Yeah, I saw that, but that's just stupid and obnoxious. Worse would be the bitching about/attacking the shows women writers, but I'm still failing to see the distinction between them and... The Internet? Anyway, I'm not defending them or saying they aren't terrible (I can definitely see how a bunch of Rick wannabes could be a problem), but it's just that I only ever hear the secondhand backlash which makes my natural skepticism kick in so it seems more like a Rick & Morty meme than them actually being exceptionally worse than all the other obnoxious or toxic fanbases online.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on October 26, 2017, 09:14:17 PM
I acknowledge this will make me sound like an old man, but is Rick & Morty from the same mind as House of Cosbys?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: MrFlibble on October 26, 2017, 10:02:18 PM
Avoid the fanbase for the most part. It's toxic as hell and kind of ruins the show.

Is there any fanbase that doesn't have a subgroup of morons?
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on October 26, 2017, 10:55:27 PM
I acknowledge this will make me sound like an old man, but is Rick & Morty from the same mind as House of Cosbys?

Yup! But not old, just astute. As a matter of fact, Rick & Morty's Internet precursor, a takeoff on Back to the Future's Doc and Marty, is a direct result of the legal trouble House of Cosby's faced and basically a big fuck you to Universal in the form of a cartoon about Doc Brown finding different pretexts to get Marty McFly to lick his balls. :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on April 20, 2018, 03:19:34 PM
I'm about four episodes into The Leftovers and I am absolutely loving it.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Johnstantine on May 07, 2018, 10:47:20 PM
Finished The Leftovers. Wish I could say I enjoyed it as much as I did the first few episodes, but Christ almighty it had some glaring issues that I feel like most people who liked it are overlooking.

Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on June 07, 2018, 03:00:38 PM
I'm pretty curious to hit up

- The Terror because of the cast and well ... the trailer sells that desolate landscape or atmosphere pretty well - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l328p5sSEmc
- Corporate - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_H8xcqy4Vc

Lost In Space was ... a complete waste of my time. Had I known it was garbage, I wouldn't have checked it out. You could watch the first 2 episodes, jump right to the last episode and you wouldn't miss a thing. And, it's still not going to redeem the bad story telling or character shifts that happen in the first season. Production wise - great. The writing however, sloppy as hell and while I can understand the purpose of corny stuff here n there, the show simplifies AI a lot and the way the story shifts just doesn't make sense. Maybe this was written for kids as a 'family show'. Speaking of, it was momentous every week to sit on the dining table and watch The X-Files week after week ... moments of awe, terror and cool weird sci fi that sometimes didn't make sense at all (haha!). But this's also when the internet wasn't big and I didn't have access to shows/ world events/ information as freely as kids would have today. I can't imagine anyone in their teens being excited about this new Lost In Space.

Has anyone checked out Altered Carbon yet? That's another one I was meaning to check out.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Bleac on June 07, 2018, 05:14:53 PM
Got caught up on Vikings recently. It doesn't give off the best first impression, but it's one of those shows that grow on you the more you watch it. Despite the first season being rather weak, I really like the writing, and the way it manages to introduce people to Norse history and sagas in an easily digestible way.

One other thing that sets it apart for me is Travis Fimmel's acting. I don't know what it is about this guy, he comes from a farmer's family, and is a pretty simple, straight forward dude, in fact he didn't even plan on acting, he got into it by chance, and he admitted that it's not really a passion to him, he's more in it for sustenance, but damnit, does he act good. He plays the main character Ragnar Lodbrok, and so far he's made him not only believable, but also unique as far as modern television characters go. The life and idiosyncrasy he gives to this character are impressive, truly. I don't think someone else, with a different personality than his could pull it off.

If you're like me and skipped on this show when it first aired, but are thinking to yourself "this looks like Viking Game of Thrones", I suggest to give a try, it's different, better choreographed and better in many other ways than GoT.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Lithrael on June 14, 2018, 05:54:21 PM
New Lost In Space:  Yeah, agree.  I remember being quite fond of the 60s one, especially Doctor Smith.  This Doctor Smith is so relentlessly and non-amusingly irredeemable that it wasn't long before the whole family was just going 'ugh!!' every time the story went back to her.  We actually stopped watching because having her on our TV was such an unpleasant experience, and the rest of the show wasn't nearly good enough to be worth slogging through. 
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on June 26, 2018, 06:02:34 PM
Westworld concluded season 2 this past Sunday and it was a hot mess of an episode - pacing, story. Season 1 was generally better for pacing, intrigue and keeping me interested/ invested in the show. Just when you think it should give you some closure, it opens that door for you for only a few characters but also creates more questions for the rest so they can add more and more content to it. I'd rather have a show that's 1 or 2 seasons (or anything definitive) and that's it. In terms of story arcs, I didn't care much for Maeve's or Dolores' post awakening arcs.

Almost caught up with S2 of The Handmaid's Tale which I believe ends this week.

Need to get on S3 of The Expanse soon.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Sareth on July 06, 2018, 12:02:41 PM
Season 2 of Netflix’s Castlevania has been announced for October 26
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on July 06, 2018, 12:43:09 PM
Season 2 of Netflix’s Castlevania has been announced for October 26

Hmm, I thought they were going to release the "other half" of Season 1 first, since that was such a short stint (4 eps), but it seems that the next batch is just "Season 2." Oh well, I'll definitely watch it when it's out.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Sareth on July 06, 2018, 01:44:38 PM
Hmm, I thought they were going to release the "other half" of Season 1 first, since that was such a short stint (4 eps), but it seems that the next batch is just "Season 2." Oh well, I'll definitely watch it when it's out.

Supposedly only 4 episodes were done initially to test things out. Season 2 will have 8 episodes, and Richard Armitage revealed that they are recording for a 3rd season. I'm guessing the whole series will come out to be 20 episodes.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on July 06, 2018, 02:54:04 PM
I'm in the middle of a documentary series on Netflix called The Staircase that's a bit similar to Making A Murderer. It's fascinating to watch this trial and all the roadblocks the defense has to address when they're relying on science to prove their case, while the opposition relies on a missing murder weapon and the sexuality of the accused. Plus the environment of where the trial takes place and what the jury would ultimate fixate on in their decision. On episode 7 and towards the end of the trial. I've tried hard not to Google the outcome because the documentary doesn't move quickly. It feels long and there are moments I feel as if the story doesn't progress as much (in terms of new evidence or developments).

I discussed the show with a few friends, who recommended I watch Evil Genius next.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on July 06, 2018, 05:44:12 PM
It feels long and there are moments I feel as if the story doesn't progress as much (in terms of new evidence or developments).

So you're saying it's a Netflix show then?  :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: N7Paladin on July 09, 2018, 03:15:43 AM
Currently watching the Expanse and I'm mostly enjoying it. The 1st season drew me in and the first 3/4 of season 2 kept me in, but the last parts of season 2 just had awful pacing. Season 3 has started out well enough so far and hopefully it stays like that.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on July 09, 2018, 01:45:47 PM
Currently watching the Expanse and I'm mostly enjoying it. The 1st season drew me in and the first 3/4 of season 2 kept me in, but the last parts of season 2 just had awful pacing. Season 3 has started out well enough so far and hopefully it stays like that.

Season 2 completely sunk my interest in that show, I'm sorry to say. It's a shame, because it started out promising. The first half of the first season is some of the best scifi I've seen on TV recently. Then the "SciFy" nature of things caught up to it in Season 2. Whew, what a stinker!  :ganishka:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: NCHaskew on July 09, 2018, 03:55:48 PM
Westworld concluded season 2 this past Sunday and it was a hot mess of an episode - pacing, story. Season 1 was generally better for pacing, intrigue and keeping me interested/ invested in the show. Just when you think it should give you some closure, it opens that door for you for only a few characters but also creates more questions for the rest so they can add more and more content to it. I'd rather have a show that's 1 or 2 seasons (or anything definitive) and that's it. In terms of story arcs, I didn't care much for Maeve's or Dolores' post awakening arcs.

I absolutely loved Season 1. The fact that Forde semiii have a hand in Maeve's plan made her arc work a little better, though what a coincidence she just happened to come across the most spineless lab techs ever.
But then season 2 comes around and just throws retcons all over the place. When they went to Shogun World (something that sounded really cool) and it was literally just a carbon copy of Westworld, I almost completely lost interest. The last great thing to me was the Man in Black's flashback stuff.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: IncantatioN on July 14, 2018, 01:07:28 PM
So you're saying it's a Netflix show then?  :ganishka:

Yeeep. It drags on and on ... I felt like I was watching it for a whole month.

Big fan of Matt Berry, so I'm rewatching Toast Of London and switching on and off from Regular Show.  I needed a bit of a break from serious and (boring) stuff.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Sareth on July 28, 2018, 11:13:36 AM
A trailer for Castlevania season 2 has finally been released

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbb8zPQBmOw&ab_channel=Netflix

Looks sick.

I remember seeing complaints about the first season not having monsters from the games. In the trailer I could see the Slogra (0:20-0:23 and 1:22) and Gaibon (1:38) enemies from Super Castlevania and Symphony.

(http://www.vgmuseum.com/mrp/CVPics/sotn-entrance.gif)
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on July 28, 2018, 11:57:29 AM
A trailer for Castlevania season 2 has finally been released

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbb8zPQBmOw&ab_channel=Netflix

Looks sick.

I remember seeing complaints about the first season not having monsters from the games. In the trailer I could see the Slogra (0:20-0:23 and 1:22) and Gaibon (1:38) enemies from Super Castlevania and Symphony.

I enjoyed the first season (which was really just a movie cut in 4 parts), however I worry that they're planning to stretch this out as much as they can. Maybe there's a split second shot of a Slogra-like throwaway creature in the trailer, but we're treated to a lot of exposures to Dracula's "generals" that look like generic vampire villains to me. Let's hope they'll transform (like apostles) into more memorable enemies.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Sareth on July 28, 2018, 12:43:48 PM
I enjoyed the first season (which was really just a movie cut in 4 parts), however I worry that they're planning to stretch this out as much as they can. Maybe there's a split second shot of a Slogra-like throwaway creature in the trailer, but we're treated to a lot of exposures to Dracula's "generals" that look like generic vampire villains to me. Let's hope they'll transform (like apostles) into more memorable enemies.

Apparently one of the generals we briefly see is Hector, the player character from the PS2 game Curse of Darkness. http://castlevania.wikia.com/wiki/Hector

(https://i.redditmedia.com/o9RZ59fNj5YewD-GQg38uhz_Ax04jVbV_QxaTrVUaSw.jpg?fit=crop&crop=faces%2Centropy&arh=2&w=960&s=4daf9add9f35ee1e609650122a286092)

I'm guessing one of the female vampires will be Carmilla since she has been a reoccurring boss. The others might be based on characters from the series as well, but it might not be obvious just from the trailer because they have new designs. I've only played a handful of the Castlevania games (none of the 3D ones) so I'm not familiar with a lot of the series characters and lore.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on July 28, 2018, 01:18:02 PM
Apparently one of the generals we briefly see is Hector, the player character from the PS2 game Curse of Darkness. http://castlevania.wikia.com/wiki/Hector

Hmm. Seems flimsy but why not.

I've only played a handful of the Castlevania games (none of the 3D ones) so I'm not familiar with a lot of the series characters and lore.

I've played almost all of the games except the two PS2 ones (they were arguably not very good). There's honestly tons of characters and monsters to pick from, but their interest can vary a lot. I'm going to stay positive and hope this improves on the first season.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on September 23, 2018, 07:42:37 AM
I hate Apple so this was hilariously validating for me:

Apple's Upcoming Streaming Service Is Reportedly So Bland Staff Are Calling It 'Expensive NBC' (https://gizmodo.com/apples-upcoming-streaming-service-is-reportedly-so-blan-1829249910)

Heh heh, off to a good start already! :guts:

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The Journal wrote that CEO Tim Cook personally shot down Apple’s first scripted drama Vital Signs, about the life of hip-hop magnate Dr. Dre, after he watched the already-filmed show and was alarmed to see scenes featuring cocaine use, an orgy, and “drawn guns”:

It’s too violent, Mr. Cook told Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine, said people familiar with Apple’s entertainment plans. Apple can’t show this.

Oh my, guns drawn! Excuse me while I unclutch my pearls. :carcus:

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That included watering down a show proposal from, um, M. Night Shyamalan, whose post-The Sixth Sense career is not exactly considered edgy, to remove crucifixes

Hey Tim Cook, Nintendo called, they want their 90's policies back. :serpico:

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According to the Journal, Apple also outbid rivals for a costly (up to or over $12 million an episode) drama about a morning news program starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. The show is now delayed after issues with an executive producer, but also because Apple “wanted a more upbeat show and took exception to some of the humor proposed, according to people working on the project.”

WTF? :???:

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Finally, Apple also found new showrunners for Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories after concluding it was too “dark,” the paper wrote.

:ganishka:

So, like E.T.'s dying dark or the full Temple of Doom?

Good God, Dr. Dre is one thing, but M. Night Shyamalan, Jennifer Aniston, and Steven Spielberg are too risque for Apple TV? So, Apple's basically going to charge $10 a month for Disney Channel lite (why not just watch Qubo (https://qubo.com/) for free)? It'll probably make billions anyway as were all forced to submit to inoffensive blandness as actually good, "It just works!" (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_BR1LmlQX890/TPm4OqZai7I/AAAAAAAABTE/-PYWbjdMXMM/s1600/they%2Blive.jpg) :judo:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on September 23, 2018, 07:55:15 AM
Tim Cook. He's so white.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on September 23, 2018, 08:07:12 AM
It sounds so bad it's like it could honestly set entertainment back if it was somehow successful. I don't think that will happen since everyone will keep presenting a better alternative, but for what Apple lacks in substance and integrity it does make up for in money and influence among the lowest common denominator. Hopefully they give up on this shit one way or another; just call it something different from "Apple" like Disney with Buena Vista or Miramax and then do whatever to be relevant/competitive. Then again, they haven't had to do that in years. The extent of Tim Cook's idea of how to make great products is to put the Apple logo on them, so not doing that would be a pretty big stretch.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on September 23, 2018, 08:31:53 AM
Good God, Dr. Dre is one thing, but M. Night Shyamalan, Jennifer Aniston, and Steven Spielberg are too risque for Apple TV? So, Apple's basically going to charge $10 a month for Disney Channel lite (why not just watch Qubo (https://qubo.com/) for free)? It'll probably make billions anyway as were all forced to submit to inoffensive blandness as actually good, "It just works!" (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_BR1LmlQX890/TPm4OqZai7I/AAAAAAAABTE/-PYWbjdMXMM/s1600/they%2Blive.jpg) :judo:

Wow, this is insane.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on September 28, 2018, 05:12:06 AM
I think my Disney comparison even does the Mouse House a disservice because they released some pretty cool Mickey cartoons recently (the kid loves it and dad secretly enjoys them too =):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWrMsIfye90&index=10&list=PLC6qIbU1olyXQe1WOKt8UJ4hErx3D7qt8

Pretty sure Mickey wants to blow his load here; we've all been there, Mick. :ganishka:


Anyway, I bit the bullet and watched the Magnum P.I. reboot and it was supremely underwhelming, and despite it's callbacks to the original everything from the writing to the acting just didn't have the charm. The closest they got was an early gag where Magnum is rescuing a family from North Korea and he tries to calm the crying kid with some flashy military device but it only makes him cry harder and Magnum makes a "yeesh, oops" face. Otherwise he just comes off too standard TV hero, douchey, or phony nice/serious but with no weight behind it (I mean, it's the first episode, but the original never had this problem). The most memorable part was how bad the CGI was in the climax, and Magnum and co. basically just straight up murder the bad guys instead of it being like, no choice, self defense, or something. *shrug* I pretty much expected this reboot to happen since they rebooted Hawaii 5.0 (because history repeats itself), and actually already fan-cast David Boreanaz but he's a little old now and already got another show (damn he works). Still, I think that would have been ideal for the rare combo of charismatic manliness, childishness, humor, and drama, but alas. The new guy is too small and can't pull off the humor and childishness (dramatic yet harmless yelling, etc) while still being serious and likable. I'm honestly more bummed by Higgins though, which while hilarious for the additional SEXUAL TENSION, basically means the erasure of the original character (but then, how do you do Higgins without a bunch of old British wars anyway?). I'm sure she'll be a stiff ass Brit and all that, but they're clearly going to write the character and the relationship completely differently from the get-go, and I doubt it's ultimately going to add a lot of girl power either (since there's bound to be a lot of, "hur hur you should fuck her, Magnum" jokes). They'd have been better off introducing Carol, Agatha and Lt. Poole early and making them integral from the start, and they've actually already messed up the adversarial relationship because Higgins was way too sympathetic towards him by the end, when Higgins was originally like a light antagonist that LATER became one of the gang. Speaking of, Rick and TC are ok but added nothing and I don't know what they were doing with Nuzo in there instead of Cook from the original pilot (they already botched two major storylines somehow). But, I don't know, I've seen some say they're trying TOO HARD to pay homage to the original, so they might get stuck pleasing nobody, we'll see. Well, not me. I'm NEVER watching this FUCKING TRAVESTY again! :azan: :mozgus:

*hears Magnum P.I. theme*

Oh shit, well maybe just a few minutes more...! :farnese:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Sareth on October 26, 2018, 05:04:41 PM
Spent my morning watching Castlevania season 2.

"Eat shit and die."
"Yes, fuck you."
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on October 27, 2018, 06:09:47 AM
I've been watching the Dodger game since yesterday. :???:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on October 29, 2018, 05:45:30 AM
I've been watching the Dodger game since yesterday. :???:

Go Sox!  :ubik:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on October 29, 2018, 06:22:10 AM
Go Sox!  :ubik:

(http://mlb.mlb.com/images/0/8/8/253758088/091117_gif_bearded_fan_med.gif)

On behalf of everyone not from the New England area: eww, gross, you're the worst, but congrats on your successful brand of frontrunning, I guess.

Anyway, go not picking up Dave Roberts' contract! Hated all his moves, and this isn't hindsight because I hated them all in real time too. Everyone was going nuts after Puig's homer yesterday, then Madson's up in the pen for some reason and they're pulling Hill for him, and after that goes predictably awful Jansen is back up for another shaky six out save after blowing one the day before, and that goes the same too, of course. This was all AFTER benching our best power hitters the first two games for some bullshit matchup reason.

Dave Roberts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abq9Y7YVDWA

Not that it matters, the Sox proved they're the way better team and the players made Roberts look bad, but the Dodgers could have at least made it interesting by not being terrible and blowing every chance they get. Oh well. Go cleaning house on a two time WS loser; get dem bums outta here!
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Oburi on October 29, 2018, 09:52:44 AM
I have a feeling this will be a good year for New Englanders (in sports).  :guts:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Griffith on October 29, 2018, 03:07:50 PM
I have a feeling this will be a good year for New Englanders (in sports).  :guts:

Well, that's been the case for almost the last 20 years (Pats are always there but it's still a crapshoot, super Celts still probably won't beat the Warriors, etc). I remember rooting for the "underdog" '04 Red Sox, which I saw in person, like everyone else. That seems like 200 years ago (which is also seemingly how many bad losses worth of time the Dodgers have managed to fit into the last decade). This year wasn't even so bad, at least we got beat by a team that pretty soundly scored on us every game; last year we managed to lose a series where we arguably could/should have won 6 of 7 games but always found a way to lose.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on October 30, 2018, 02:16:38 AM
Spent my morning watching Castlevania season 2.

"Eat shit and die."
"Yes, fuck you."


Alright, I'm mostly caught up. Episode 7 starts where this entire season should have begun, oh my fucking god, what a bunch of Netflix filler.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on October 30, 2018, 09:25:21 AM
Alright, I'm mostly caught up. Episode 7 starts where this entire season should have begun, oh my fucking god, what a bunch of Netflix filler.

Yeah I'm honestly puzzled at some of the choices they made. I appreciate the ways in which they stayed faithful to the series, but instead of all that filler with the generals and devil forgemasters we could have had 2 episodes of the heroes actually dealing with the castle itself, fighting a variety of its denizens (like Olrox, I mean why not) and traps as they went up to Dracula's throne room. I mean the star of the games was always the castle, which is why it's the title of the series.

The fight with Dracula itself was also not so great to me. They had Alucard do most of the work so they could paint Dracula as a tragic figure, but it makes you wonder why Trevor and Sypha were there at all. I would have preferred to see all three of them battling him together, with Trevor whipping him in the face before Alucard staked him or something. Also a transformation or a hint of one would have been nice. Having Carmilla in there was nice and I guess it sets them up for a season 3 if they want to. I wish they hadn't included the PS2 game lore though (with Hector and Isaac)... It's kinda bad and I felt it just confused things uselessly.
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Walter on October 30, 2018, 04:23:34 PM
Yeah I'm honestly puzzled at some of the choices they made. I appreciate the ways in which they stayed faithful to the series, but instead of all that filler with the generals and devil forgemasters we could have had 2 episodes of the heroes actually dealing with the castle itself, fighting a variety of its denizens (like Olrox, I mean why not) and traps as they went up to Dracula's throne room. I mean the star of the games was always the castle, which is why it's the title of the series.

I also kept waiting for them to explore the castle. That's more than half the fun of CV games -- experiencing the different weird environments. Oh well, I do think it deserves praise for the overall visual quality alone, and I think it's far better than other game adaptations we've gotten so far. But the pacing problems genuinely kept me from rooting for this thing. It seems to me they stumbled onto a successful formula in Season 1 (ahem, 4 episodes), garnering them a bigger budget. Only they didn't alter their original trajectory for the A to B plot. They just lengthened how long it took to get there. The Camilla/generals plot was an absolute slog to get through, and ended up being circular, having zero consequence for the story.

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I wish they hadn't included the PS2 game lore though (with Hector and Isaac)...

There was also a painting of Leon Belmont that was spot-on from Lament of Innocence  :badbone:
Title: Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
Post by: Aazealh on October 30, 2018, 05:08:03 PM
I also kept waiting for them to explore the castle. That's more than half the fun of CV games -- experiencing the different weird environments. Oh well, I do think it deserves praise for the overall visual quality alone, and I think it's far better than other game adaptations we've gotten so far. But the pacing problems genuinely kept me from rooting for this thing. It seems to me they stumbled onto a successful formula in Season 1 (ahem, 4 episodes), garnering them a bigger budget. Only they didn't alter their original trajectory for the A to B plot. They just lengthened how long it took to get there. The Camilla/generals plot was an absolute slog to get through, and ended up being circular, having zero consequence for the story.

Agree to all that, and if I may add one last complaint: the dialog was pretty bad most of the time. Dracula's voice actor was great though.

There was also a painting of Leon Belmont that was spot-on from Lament of Innocence  :badbone:

Haha yeah I saw and was both appreciative of that and dismayed that they wouldn't reference the greatest Belmont: Simon. I also liked the 20 seconds long remix of Bloody Tears when they finally enter the castle and fight the underlings gathered there.