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What TV SHOWS are you watching?
Only a few eps in but wow is this a premise! An "angel" face appears in front of you and gives you an exact countdown till you death, ending with "and you are bound for hell!". Then three hulk-like things show up at the appointed time and beat the ever living shit out of you for a while until you get incinerated! Are the executed folks bad? Being punished? Is it God's wrath?
Needless to say I think the show is primarily about social media, cancel culture, etc, but the visceral impact of the demons is impressive and while there isn't quite the global "WTF IS GOING ON?!?!" aspect that a Roland Emmerich style theatrical take might have, it is still very gripping. Asian shows have a way of depicting personal grief and mass panic scenarios in a gut wrenching way compared to western media. Layer on the cultural disconnect (wow, I guess no one has access to guns and explosives to deal with these things like here in the US) and it is working quite well.
Caution though, it is VERY graphic in highly concentrated doses.
ChristopherMD wrote: Foundation is very pretty but hollow inside. So much of it ends up being a stupid and slow waste of time.
Agreed. Foundation is the epitome of a modern prestige drama -- beautifully acted, incredible production values ... and absolutely nothing interesting happens. I call this the "Mad Men Effect." All these streaming services are throwing millions of dollars at actors and special effects, but nobody can write plot anymore.
Considering the three emperors are supposed to be the rulers of a vast interstellar empire comprising trillions of people, they sure do spend a lot of time goofing around, wandering through gardens, looking at their big fancy mural, and eating dinner. You'd think they would be busier.
It's honestly not even worth making fun of. It's just such a stupid, boring show. I can't believe I actually slogged my way through the whole season. I kept thinking, "Maybe something will happen this week!" Alas ... nothing ever happened.
-The Cleon dynasty corrupted by saboteur who have corrupted the genetic dynasty's DNA clone base.
-Day and Dusk at odds with Day having to choose between keeping his imperfection secret from Dusk or reaching out to Dusk for an uncorrupted DNA.
-Established that the genetic dynasty has no soul and foreshadowed the cause of it's fall.
-Built a world where splits in Empire will come from religious reform. Empire being afraid of religious schisms.
-An entire conspiracy to corrupt Dawn almost succeed. Falling short of it's goal but still successful in sowing the seeds of downfall.
-Established that technology is very controlled and there are limited numbers of keepers of the technology (jump drives, robots, imperial auras, shield tech, null fields, human to AI conversion, navigation tech), which in the books is very important when civilization reaches the monastery phase.
Now I dislike the space magic aspect of the show and think the magic could have been explained away by more clever writing. The f'ing null field was garbage, unneeded and could have been a vault in town and spent that time on cutting a full episode. It should have been removed in it's entirety and it's inclusion required midiclorian levels of nonsense to explain (I guess Hari could have coded it to Gaal's DNA hence AI Hari's comments that Gaal was necessary to solve the first crisis but really it's just space magic). However to say the show is vapid because the level of introspection needed to follow the subtleties is too high for most people is a bit hollow.
The worst offender is the portrayal of Vicious. He is awful, and somehow more anime than the actual anime. This Vicious and the original have a name and a hair color in common. That's it.
Another thing this show does that is perplexing is make references to other works, like they are trying to do an homage but it's always done in some overt way and they linger on it too long. Silence of the Lambs, Doc Holiday, etc.
The third episode of Dexter: New Blood has a huge plot hole in it. I really don't understand why they would revisit this character after 10 years if they didn't want to hire writers who could do it justice.
I think I have three episodes left.
What exactly are you referring to? Apparently I wasn't paying too close attention.
hotseatgames wrote: The third episode of Dexter: New Blood has a huge plot hole in it. I really don't understand why they would revisit this character after 10 years if they didn't want to hire writers who could do it justice.
He gets in hot water because he got captured on thermal imaging cameras. He also finds out that dogs are going to be brought in. How does he solve this?
By going right back into the woods, on camera again, surely, to drag a vest through the blood, and ultimately wind right back up at his house. It's preposterous that this scheme would have a chance in hell of working.
Disgustipater wrote: @hotseatgames Ah. Yeah, we definitely called that out. At least this episode had very little Deb in it. Who would have thought she would be even more annoying dead.
YES! She is way too obnoxious. And that Fargo bit? Please. I miss Harry.