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What TV SHOWS are you watching?
However, there was one thing that really bugged me, almost enough to shake my confidence going forward:
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.
I have spoken.
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.
I have spoken.
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.
Regarding the Veidt video:
Regarding the 7th Kalvary:
But the structure and composition of the episode; like last week’s, was VERY Watchmen. It just get right, and respectful.
Making HJ black and bisexual may not be what Moore and Gibbons has in mind but I thought it was brilliant. It just made sense thematically and ideologically.
I’m pretty sure the 7th Kavalry is some kind of ruse- they are obviously learned, educated people. Whatever they are doing calls to mind the Cyclops’ experimentation though...
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.
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.
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.