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What TV SHOWS are you watching?
Not Sure wrote:
Gary Sax wrote: Been watching Silicon Valley season 1. I really like it, more than most people seem to. I think it has to do with my profession---I'm not in tech but I'm in a similarly overly white collar, Intellectual with a capital I profession so the characters work well for me. And man. The Peter Gregory character. So god damn funny, what a shame the actor died.
Don't stop on Season 1. There's some extremely funny stuff still to see in Season 2. I enjoy the lawyers a lot.
This is squarely aimed at me, so even when they get Hollywood stupid about tech, I'm still laughing. Mike Judge has a golden touch.
I loved season 1 of Silicon Valley, but season 2 was even better. It surpassed Veep for my favorite comedy on TV. I'm in the IT industry, and this show hits painfully close to home. There's a amazing line from the first season when Jared is trying to introduce the Agile software methodology to the team, and Gilfoyle refers to it as something like "MBA 101 mind-control bullshit." NAILED IT.
I'm about halfway through Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and enjoying it a lot. It's been years since I read the book, but I remember the Gentlemen with the Thisledown Hair a little differently from the way he's characterized on the show. I remember him being almost childlike and oblivious to his cruelty. Like, he really doesn't know what he's doing. The show seems to portray him as more intentionally malicious. It's not a big deal, but I found the book portrayal more interesting.
I _like_ Capaldi. It's definitely a different take than the kind-of-too-similar Tennant/Smith Doctor. He's a bastard! I love how he kind of antagonizes Clara and his general bad attitude toward everything. But then, he turns out to be a good guy. This Doctor plays up some of the more acerbic, antisocial aspects of the character. Some of the episodes have been pretty good, the bank heist one was great as was "Silence" (I think that was the title?). Liked "Kill the Moon" too despite it being especially absurd, even for Doctor Who. The obligatory Dalek episode was, as usual, not really that great. And it REALLY reminded me of that bit from the Avengers Kree-Skrull War storyline where they get micronized and go inside of Vision. The Robin Hood one was kind of fun, but pretty dumb.
I also finally watched the 50th anniversary show, which was super dorky but awesome. Loved all the Gallifrey stuff, the War Doctor and so forth. Fun stuff with lots of callbacks.
As for the old stuff...I never really watched much Sylvester McCoy so I checked out "Curse of Fenric", which was very good but a little draggy. Viking vampire fish people, yes. Lots of boring exposition with random Russians, no.
"Caves of Androzani" was, as is its reputation, great. Definitely Peter Davison's finest hour. A cool story (involving bat poop and androids) that works despite the usual stageplay limitations. The shame of this one is that David Bowie was supposed to play Sherak Jex but couldn't due to the Serious Moonlight tour. How awesome that would have been to have Bowie on a Doctor Who episode.
I watched the very first Dalek episode, the old William Hartnett one. Man, those early episodes are kind of tough to get through. They're stuck in this ancient, Victorian parlor room drama mindset. When they do actually get to the adventuring, it's just not nearly as realized as Trek was around the same time. But the first appearance of the Daleks was cool to see.
Of course I had to watch some Tom Baker stuff, he still completely rules.
I still have never seen a single Patrick Troughton or Colin Baker episode. Working on fixing that tonight.
Gillian Anderson plays the lead British investigator, and she's pretty damn good. There are plenty of unexpected twists throughout, but definitely not in the way you'd expect from a Hollywood production. My favorite thing about the show is that it's like the anti-CSI or whatever. Instead of everyone talking loud and fast and full of technobabble bullshit, everyone is slow and calm and methodical. They don't over-explain everything, and sometimes don't explain things at all. It's, dare I say it-- subtle.
craniac wrote: I've begun watching Bojack Horseman, because the second season has INSANE reviews. I'm on season one/ep. three, and it is slowly getting better.
I still haven't seen the second season but I loved the first one. One of my favorites from the last few years for sure.
So far, my favorite episode is the one that featured the top scientists of two different Dollhouses interacting. They are both brimming over with mutual admiration and affection for one another, while scheming furiously to accomplish their respective agendas while working in the same room. All this, while spewing a mixture of endearing nerdiness and technobabble. It's both funny and self-deprecating with respect to the show.
With Daily Show over, I'm so lost as to what to watch anymore. I'm just playing video games mostly now. Gonna sign up for some dance classes instead. Time to meet some people.