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What TV SHOWS are you watching?
Falcon and Winter Soldier finale tonight.
Omni-Man killed the Imitation Justice League even though they were his allies and friends... because he "had no choice" and they were weak? Umm, what about the possible choice of not killing your allies and friends? I'm sure there will be an explanation coming, and I am equally certain that it be incredibly disappointing.
Episode two was trashy, like a twilight zone episode with extreme gore and some nudity and sex. In fact, this show should be called Masters and Johnson of Horror, because of there has been an average of three sex scenes per episode in the first three episodes. Anyway, this episode was mislabeled as "The Dreams in the Witch-House," which would have been amazing because it was the first Lovecraft story that I read, and is exceptionally creepy. Instead, the actual episode was "Jennifer," and features the world's stupidest cop and a monster with an amazing body.
Though mislabeled "Dance of the Dead," episode three was my Incident at last. It matched up well with my memory of the original story, and was just as shocking. Great stuff, and it's a shame that more of Joe R. Lansdale hasn't been translated into tv or movies.
I'm not sure where they were going with this, but that was a serious letdown. Wanda was getting let off the hook pretty easy in WandaVision, and Karli was getting let off the hook in spades. She blew up a building full of people earlier. She set a van full of world leaders on fire for a distraction, and threw another one off the top of a building for the lulz. She doesn't need a hug and a cookie, she needs to be arrested or shot.
Captain White America got off a little light too. Chopped a guys head off on worldwide TV. "Guess I got a little carried away." That's okay. we'll bring you back in as a contractor. Granted, I'm not up on the U.S. Agent mythos.
Falcon's speech was a little ham-handed, but the scenes were okay. Getting recognition for the African-American supersoldier was nice. Yeah, I know this is a way to make old white farts like me feel better, but I don't mind.
CA: Winter Soldier showed that Marvel can do an okay job with complicated-for-MCU ideas. This ain't it.
Sagrilarus wrote: Not quite on-topic, but I’d like to mention that when people look back 30 years from now this will be the era of the overhead shot. Every TV show my wife and I watch has a drone camera looking down on the main characters, every episode. Hollywood’s new toy. I’m trying to decide how long before that becomes passé.
Hollywood has not yet embraced the full potential of the drone camera. Check out this amazing drone camera footage filmed in a single take at a bowling alley/entertainment venue in Minneapolis:
I see it really helping with vehicle stuff and stunts, since you can put a drone in spots no human can go and you can just paint them green and edit them out of coverage. Of course CGI has already replaced many stunts. But go look for slackline videos on YouTube and you will see daredevils still doing crazy stuff.
It wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. On the reputation of Gareth Evans, I was hyped. Unfortunately, it was more the tropes of undercover work and gang politics of Raid 2 than the adrenaline and visceral fights of Raid 2. There were two standout fights in the first half of the season, and the fifth episode was worth it as an Assault on Precinct 13 in miniature. There was great location work, and some beautifully framed shots. But what was it all in service of? A mystery that was actively uninteresting by the fourth episode and lots of revenge and talk about family.
The characters? It's a mixed bag. On the one hand, there's a real interest in the side characters. Almost every character with a name gets a few scenes that leave an impression. You know them better than the traditional cannon fodder and care when they get in a showdown with one of the leads. On the other hand, the attention paid to them is time not spent on the leads. They felt hollow, and no one suffered from this more than Joe Cole. He's a perfectly fine actor from what I've seen of him in Peaky Blinders and Black Mirror, but his only note in Gangs was emotional emptiness. Father dead? Emotionally empty. Torturing someone for information? Emotionally empty. Family splintering and allies disappearing? Emotionally empty.
This should have been the second season. It shouldn't have started with the fall. It should have started with the family on the upswing, reaching its peak, maybe even distancing itself from its gang origins. Give us time to see them happy and strong before pulling out the rug.
The best comparison may by the American House of Cards. Both are, and I mean this in the best possible way, trash. Their plots are overheated and only serve to celebrate the evil of the powerful. They could lean into that, accept what they are and be ridiculous, but they would rather be prestige. They want to win Emmys and BAFTAs.
the_jake_1973 wrote: We watched the first epi of Shadow and Bone on Netflix. Finally a show that is not set in fkn London, although most everyone has an English accent.
It's interesting why English accents are the defacto "historical/fantasy" accents for english. I suspect it is a combination of the dominance of English actors in general in places where these films used to be shot training our ear for decades and the somewhat "less serious" (to be tactful) way many other accents can be when churning out epic speeches and whatnot. Yet another hurrah to The Expanse for sticking to their guns with that belter cant instead of just making it high english.
I'm curious if asian actors "put on an accent" or the equivalent when they do various films. It's all lost on my ear or removed via dubbing, but I wonder if there is a specific type of Cantonese or whatever that has as strong an association with genre as that very clipped English accent does for us.
Then of course there are shows like the sky (I think) version of the Borgias where every actor across numerous nationalities just does whatever accent they can in English, making for some very humorous dinner table conversation when Italian, german, English, and american accents are English. coming from what is supposed to be a single family.
BTW, if you are looking for something like Masters of Horror without the steamy sex, try the new Creepshow show from Shudder (some of it is on amazon prime). Much lower budget but some solid stories in there with good casts. That dollhouse ep......ugh. There was another one called Bus of Blood or something on netflix that was just ok. Its a hard sell for these shows if you aren't relying on boobs to bring in viewers. Being consistently creepy is tough.