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18 Nov 2019 11:27 #304321 by Gregarius
I loved it, too. This whole series has just been very, very satisfying.

However, there was one thing that really bugged me, almost enough to shake my confidence going forward:
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18 Nov 2019 13:55 - 18 Nov 2019 13:56 #304327 by Shellhead
Finished watching season two of True Detective. It was an impressive combination of compelling and unenjoyable.

Haven't made any recent progress on season four of Babylon Five. The show is moderately good, but I just don't feel excited about seeing what will happen next. It might have seemed like a great show in the '90s compared to everything that came before it, but better many better shows in various genres have aired since then.

Thanks to Amazon Prime, I now have access to Star Trek (original series) and Space: 1999, so I re-watched the original episode of each with fresh eyes and an open mind. The first episode of Star Trek is the one about the salt vampire, and I was surprised at how good it actually was, because it wasn't one of my favorite episodes when I was a kid. They jump right into the episode without any exposition, and pretty soon the bodies are dropping. Shatner's charisma was on full display, and there was nothing even remotely stilted about his delivery. Space: 1999 was disappointing. So much talking and so little action. The Eagles looked just as cool as I remembered, and the show felt plausibly realistic most of the time. But I dozed off before the episode ended, and I was watching it right after dinner.

Started watching Mr. Robot. I immediately recognized Rami Malek from The Pacific, and he is perfectly cast here. I originally avoided the show because I was under the impression that Christian Slater was the star and I am done with him. But Slater was fine, and the show is rich with interesting ideas. I am only an experienced user of computer software with a bit of programming experience from the primordial pre-DOS era, but the tech speak sounded plausible. However, it didn't make sense that the female hacker was complaining that Malek's programmer changed the access to the rootkit that she installed on the Evil Corp server, as she should theoretically remain capable of installing another rootkit on their system. Anyway, it looks like this show is going to wrestle more with ethical questions than technical issues, and I am fine with that. Can't wait to see the next episode.
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18 Nov 2019 14:19 #304329 by ChristopherMD
The Mandalorian is really good. At least half of the Star Wars movies suck so I feel like comparing it to the movie franchise isn't really a high bar to pass. So I'll just say its a solid sci-fi western and worth watching even if, like me, you aren't a huge SW nerd.

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18 Nov 2019 23:06 #304348 by Shellhead
Just finished the final season of The Deuce, and it stuck the landing. The penultimate episode had a shocking plot twist that immediately made sense because the show earned that moment by building towards it over time. The final episode doled some more unhappy or bittersweet endings, but overall wrapped things up in a satisfying way, with a final scene set in 2019. There was a humorous nod towards Game of Thrones, with a character channel-surfing past the intro music. And another scene slightly tied this show to David Simon's previous work with Homicide and The Wire.
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19 Nov 2019 12:10 #304358 by Joebot

ChristopherMD wrote: The Mandalorian is really good. At least half of the Star Wars movies suck so I feel like comparing it to the movie franchise isn't really a high bar to pass. So I'll just say its a solid sci-fi western and worth watching even if, like me, you aren't a huge SW nerd.

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I love how the show is structured. It's basically like watching a live-action Star Wars role playing game. You've got a character on a big quest, but along the way, he meets a bunch of interesting NPCs who send him on fun one-off side quests. It's a great format. I dig it.

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19 Nov 2019 14:44 #304361 by jeb
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So THE MANDALORIAN is basically LONE WOLF & CUB now, yeah? Again, I'll keep up with it to stay current, but I am not enthralled by it. I think swinging into the tuskynest there without a plan was dumb. I find it hard to believe an LED taped to the helm is the best way for a bounty hunter to navigate a nominally dark place. And so on. I apologize for yucking other people's yums, but it's not moving the needle too much for me as yet. I did really like the whole Jawa angle of stripping anything they find for parts--they must have known that was someone's ship and they didn't give a fuuuuuuuck.

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25 Nov 2019 14:30 #304544 by Gregarius
Watchmen continues to impress. I love how every episode has its own thing going on, just like every issue of the comic. I really, really hope they are able to stick the landing.

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Regarding the 7th Kalvary:
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25 Nov 2019 14:43 #304546 by Shellhead
Nearly finished with season two of Mr. Robot. Early in the first season, I started getting a Fight Club vibe from the show, and by the end of season one, the similarity became blatant. Especially when there was a cover version of Where is My Mind? playing in one episode. It's Fight Club without the actual fight club, but all the other chaos and anarchy plus computer hacking. Season one was a wild, but tightly scripted story, but season two has been more wild and unpredictable. Malik's character has become an even less reliable narrator, to exciting effect. I am getting tired of Christian Slater's character, but I suspect that he will be a constant member of the cast. I do like that some of the supporting characters from season one are becoming more important, while other supporting characters have met with surprising demises.

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25 Nov 2019 15:46 #304551 by Michael Barnes
Watchmen is on a roll. Last night’s was pretty great. But once again it has that weird mix of not really needing to be Watchmen and almost completely depending on the viewer being familiar with it.

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25 Nov 2019 16:12 #304552 by hotseatgames
Seeing the origin of Hooded Justice was really cool.

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02 Dec 2019 21:56 #304714 by DarthJoJo
I have to imagine that watching Amazon's Jack Ryan with my father is like watching most anything else with me. Twice an episode he's shouting that his girlfriend isn't an infectious diseases specialist but an ophthalmologist or that Ryan was never deployed but picked up his back injury in a training accident or that his parents died in a plane crash over Chicago, not from cancer. It's pretty great to know that he also has an incredible well of absolutely useless knowledge but also raises some interesting points with regard to the adaptation. At some point the producers must have been looking at each other asking, "We're already admitting our title character has a doctorate in economics. Does he really need to be carrying a back injury from a training accident? Would people think he's some sort of wimp? And how about we always stand him next to people five inches shorter than him, so the audience knows he's the most powerful man in the room?"

In any case, I'm halfway through the first season, and it's surprisingly solid. It feels adult. Not everything needs to be spelled and repeated again in dialogue, and the villains, while clearly villains, are fleshed out, given more emotional beats and roundness even than our hero. There's a fair amount of beautiful international filming, and at least one solid action scene every episode. It's good.

Also legit? Nickelodeon's second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series (the CG one). Has there every been a property as enamored with its past as TMNT? In the handful of episodes I've watched with my boys, there have been references to the Man-Ray of the Archie comics, the infamous electric seaweed of the NES game, a universe-hopping episode that brought back all the lead voice actors of the 1987 series and the opening credits end with a visual homage to that first Mirage comic cover. The series itself is pretty great, too. Great character designs and animation and writing that is far better than it needs to be. Maybe the kids today do have things better than I did when I was their age even if their media is basically retreads of mine.
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03 Dec 2019 14:22 #304730 by jeb
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WATCHMEN is just plain weird-shit-o-vision. What's even happening? It's so over the top and insane. Pigs all over the place, shouty clones, Lynchian line-readings, flashbackandforwards; it's dizzying and wonderful. I know some folks have strong feelings on the very existence of this series, but it's so bugshit that everyone should watch it.
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03 Dec 2019 18:17 #304738 by Michael Barnes
Yeah, it kind of got into “last episode of The Prisoner” territory, didn’t it? You forgot to mention the massive fart joke, which I’m sure will please Alan Moore. It was, after all, the elephant in the room. Which was a pretty clever joke.

I kind of like that it is all but flying apart at the seams, but the Big Reveal That The Characters Knew All Along But Didn’t Tell The Audience was laaaaaaame. Maybe they’ll take that in an amazing direction, but for now I hate it.

The Vietnam stuff was awesome- that really felt like an authentic continuation from the book.

I really do wish I could sit down and watch it with Alan Moore though. If only to hear him mutter “what fucking bollocks”...he’s be wrong though, because it is actually turning into a pretty brilliant piece of television that honors the original as a historical document.
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03 Dec 2019 18:47 #304740 by jeb
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I mostly just want it to have an ending. Lindelof knows how to open up plotlines galore, but struggles mightily to close them. LOST was compelling TV through two seasons, but it was clear there was no arc in place to actually tie things together. I hope HBO ordered precisely exactly one season of this show or it'll end up a total clusterfuck.
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03 Dec 2019 20:49 #304750 by Sagrilarus
I've been watching Brockmire on Hulu and laughing my damn fool head off with it. Don't know what channel it runs on normally. It stars Hank Azaria and Amanda Peet (two of my favorite TV stars though for very different reasons) who both are killing it in their roles.

Azaria is a washed-up baseball game announcer that gets a job in a minor league town and it's some of the funniest, bawdiest humor I've ever heard on TV. Really hits the spot for me personally.

I had cable for years with all the backwater channels, but I keep running into shows like this on Hulu, Netflix and Amazon that I never knew existed. I gotta admit, the $30 I'm spending on these subscription services are much better spent than the $100 I did getting the big pile of scheduled, unstructured material that hid the things I would like.
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