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What TV SHOWS are you watching?
Gregarius wrote: I can't decide if I should feel bad or good that I had no idea of the Nazi connotations of the word "Stormfront."
Personally I wish I didn't know as much about modern day Nazis, QAnon, Scientology, and a whole host of other shitty belief systems. So I mourn your loss of innocence.
Shellhead wrote: My eyebrows went up as soon as I heard that she was called Stormfront, but I thought it was possible that it was just a reference to the meteorological term. Especially since she came across as such a bold feminist and gave off such a specific Portland hipster vibe.
That was my thought as well. My initial reaction was, 'she doesn't really seem the Nazi type.' She seemed a very much Portlandia caricature. And then the chase happened.
FWIW, Wee Hughie says exactly this in the comic book.
Shellhead wrote: Every time I see Butcher (Urban) on screen, I instinctively see him as simple, one-note character, a man obsessed with vengeance. And then he routinely disrupts that impression with surprising revelations of humanity.
Finished season 2 of Cobra Kai and WOW was that last ep AMAZING! How many days did they work on that extended fight?? While there are lots of soap elements (how often does a character 'just happen' upon another at just the right/wrong moment?) the writers are MASTERS of dangling shoes in front of the viewer and dropping them on characters the instant they start to relax and smile. Yet it feels organic and most characters act according to their nature.
Soooo looking forward to season 3. I can only hope/pray for an extended role for Thomas Ian Griffith! I never realized just how much there is to mine from the KK movies. Was the Hillary Swank one "in universe"? I note there is a Will Smith listed as a producer, I wonder if it is THE will smith and if his kid will show up at some point as well.
Jude Law's character does something supremely stupid mid-way through the episode, so at this point he kind of deserves what he gets. Of course, had he not done that stupid thing, the show would be over.
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I realize that some of you have lost interest in Lovecraft Country, and I personally dislike certain aspects of the show. I'm not going to ask you to give the show another try, at least not exactly. But you might enjoy the sixth episode in spite of your previous problems with Lovecraft Country, watching it just as a standalone short movie. The viewpoint character is different, and the story is a unique blend of love and horror in a setting not often used: the Korean War. And though the episode does tie into the series so far, it doesn't rush that connection and lets the story unfold the way it should be told. For fans of the book, this episode is not based on anything in the book, and maybe that freedom from source material let the writers tell a good, new story.
Beyond that, Lovecraft Country continues to surpass horror tv shows in general. Horror is difficult on television, because there isn't usually enough budget to deliver anything but psychological horror and/or cheesy effects. And psychological horror requires better writing than we normally get on a weekly tv show.
I have previously compared Lovecraft Country to American Horror Story, but Lovecraft Country is already better than any season of AHS that I have seen so far (1-3, 5-6). AHS tries hard, but often tries to cram too many disparate elements into each season, and sometimes veers into campiness. Lovecraft Country would benefit from tighter writing and better song selections, but still has some important things to say about our society and our history.
They don't really do the "lost in space" thing though. It's really more of "stranded on this planet for a bit".
I'm curious where they will go in a third season with the now adult daughters. More relationships or just sort of gloss over it.
I watched a few episodes while my wife was away a while back, and thought it was okay. "Prince of Darkness quits day job, fights crime," I get it. The missus wasn't interested for some reason, though.
Gary Sax wrote: My spouse has been watching Lucifer to veg out, which is incredibly repetitive but charming as long as you don't watch two in a row.