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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2880 on: April 12, 2018, 07:09:50 PM »
I've been watching Mad Men during past few days for the first time. It feels super inappropriate during the age of #metoo. I even became a little triggered which is weird considering I have fairly inappropriate sense of humour.

Well, it was kind of designed to be that way for historical accuracy.

I'm guessing Finland had a similar character in the mid-20th Century?
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2881 on: April 25, 2018, 05:31:37 PM »
Recently watched the first season of the new Lost in Space. Do I like it? For the most part, yeah.

Quite a few parts of it just bored me, though. It feels "stretched" in a lot of episodes, like they needed to work on some of those scripts a bit longer than Netflix's "get a full season out as quick as we can" philosophy allowed. But I don't think any show on the platform can avoid that to a certain extent.

That having been said, when I was engaged by it I had a lot of fun. The central relationships are adequately conveyed by the performances. The child actors are really good for their ages. Not sure if I like Penny as a character, but Mina Sundwall definitely knocks the "snarky, precocious but vulnerable teen" schtick out of the park. Molly Parker (who is... very easy to look at, I might add) did a great job as passive aggressive Tiger Mom, too. The character arcs for both of the Robinson parents were very well written.

Parker Posey as Dr. Smith is probably going to be one of the sticking points for a lot of people. She's an actress that I always want to like, but I'm never quite sure if I actually think she's any good at it. Most of the time in this show she almost makes Dr. Smith seem stoned or something. I guess the idea is that she's this completely detached psychopath- empty inside and only mimicking human emotion when it suits her. I suppose I like the performances more than I dislike them, looking back.

The character I did not like for most of the series was Don West. For whatever reason, Ignacio Serricchio is basically doing a Matt LeBlanc impression the whole time (in fact, this series has quite a few strange nods to the 1995 movie- no color-changing CGI space monkey yet) but he never quite rises to LeBlanc's level of charisma. The character kind of redeems himself in the last three episodes, but I don't blame anybody who dropped the series just because they couldn't stand him before that point. I just hope they don't do what I think they're going to and hook him up with Judy like in the movie (and in the series? I've only seen part of a single episode). Yes, the character's (barely) legal, and kind of a girl Doogie Howser for some reason, but she still looks like a teenager and he... doesn't.

The robot was easily the best part of the whole show. I was a little disappointed that they made him a humanoid for the vast majority of it and the color scheme is a little generic, but I love what they did with his "monitor" and I'm excited to see what he's been warning them about this whole season (hoping we'll get to see his home planet). Making the robot an alien was kind of a risky choice I suppose, but I think the performance of the actor combined with the plot twists we get pretty much make up for it.

The creature designs on the planet were... ok, just kind of generic feeling, sadly.

So, it wasn't the best sci-fi show I've ever seen. But it was definitely better than average and I hope it gets renewed.


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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2882 on: April 25, 2018, 06:14:58 PM »
Oh, just got reminded via a YouTube ad. One thing that I WILL absolutely excoriate the show for- Maureen says that they are "Trillions of light-years from home" or something.

The Universe itself is only 46 Billion light-years accross! This from a character who's supposed to be a scientist...

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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2883 on: April 26, 2018, 02:07:12 AM »
I have Star Wars Episode IV: The Empire Strikes Back, on repeat. I'm watching the new Marvel series, Legion. I don't always watch TV though. Probably 50% of the time that I do, it's Criminal Intent. It's because I was raised at a Flying J.

It was a long time ago, however.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2884 on: April 27, 2018, 10:34:00 AM »
Just finished season 3 of Better Call Saul. Good stuff.

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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2885 on: April 27, 2018, 03:41:48 PM »
Secret Illuminati T.V.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2886 on: April 27, 2018, 03:49:59 PM »
Secret Illuminati T.V.

Is that on Netflix?
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2887 on: April 27, 2018, 04:01:01 PM »
Illuminati T.V.

Isn't that a redundancy?
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2888 on: April 27, 2018, 05:10:10 PM »
Illuminati T.V.

Isn't that a redundancy?

I guess . . . If you sit here and look at the computer monitor.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2889 on: April 27, 2018, 05:28:23 PM »
I do! I do sit here and look at a computer monitor. Even 95% of my "tv" watching these days is done using a laptop. My descent into madness is nearly complete :( ???
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2890 on: April 27, 2018, 07:29:11 PM »
Just finished season 3 of Better Call Saul. Good stuff.

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+1 -- two more seasons, and it's probably only going to get better...
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2891 on: April 27, 2018, 07:29:44 PM »
I wanted to watch Krypton, but I didn't get good reception on Episode 1.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2892 on: May 12, 2018, 11:40:43 AM »
Caught up with Silicon Valley season 5 (finale is tomorrow night). I'm still laughing a good bit, but it feels like the weakest writing yet, the first few episodes seemed more mean-spirited than usual, and for the first time I'm experiencing the frustration a lot of people have voiced over the years about them jogging in place.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2893 on: May 12, 2018, 01:02:40 PM »
Thoroughly enjoyed the first season of Runaways. Currently arranging to get into B99.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2894 on: May 12, 2018, 03:31:28 PM »
"The Bill," a British crime show from the early 1980s. Watching the second episode of the first season.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2895 on: May 12, 2018, 04:53:11 PM »
I wanted to watch Krypton, but I didn't get good reception on Episode 1.

Still need to watch it, but for some reason, I'm a lot more positively disposed to the idea of it than I ever was to Gotham. Maybe because it doesn't mess with with Clark's backstory or supporting characters the way it did with Bruce, Seyg-El was always a very minor character in the comics AFAIK. Maybe because I'm just a sucker for DC Cosmic (even if it is Siffy and David S. Gagmewithaspoonyer).
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2896 on: May 13, 2018, 10:47:13 PM »
Is anyone watching Cobra-Kai on youtube? I just found it last night, maybe it was the first day of release, idk.

Apparently it is produced by youtube, so I don't know if it's available in Canada. No idea what the plot is. I find myself feeling more sympathetic towards the anti-hero, v. the car salesman. It could be interesting, in an existential sense. Or, it could be lame as a dead duck. It's free, however, so I likely will continue to follow this series, and Maru the cat.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2897 on: May 14, 2018, 04:30:18 PM »
Is anyone watching Cobra-Kai on youtube? I just found it last night, maybe it was the first day of release, idk.

Apparently it is produced by youtube, so I don't know if it's available in Canada. No idea what the plot is. I find myself feeling more sympathetic towards the anti-hero, v. the car salesman. It could be interesting, in an existential sense. Or, it could be lame as a dead duck. It's free, however, so I likely will continue to follow this series, and Maru the cat.
Sorry, only the first two episodes are free! Episode three is locked.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2898 on: May 14, 2018, 05:54:22 PM »
Is anyone watching Cobra-Kai on youtube? I just found it last night, maybe it was the first day of release, idk.

Apparently it is produced by youtube, so I don't know if it's available in Canada. No idea what the plot is. I find myself feeling more sympathetic towards the anti-hero, v. the car salesman. It could be interesting, in an existential sense. Or, it could be lame as a dead duck. It's free, however, so I likely will continue to follow this series, and Maru the cat.

How are you getting it free? You have to buy YouTube Red, right?
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« Reply #2899 on: May 14, 2018, 06:04:24 PM »
I was nostalgia-intrigued enough to watch all the teasers for it, but don't plan on watching the actual show. :)
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2900 on: May 14, 2018, 06:48:58 PM »
Is anyone watching Cobra-Kai on youtube? I just found it last night, maybe it was the first day of release, idk.

Apparently it is produced by youtube, so I don't know if it's available in Canada. No idea what the plot is. I find myself feeling more sympathetic towards the anti-hero, v. the car salesman. It could be interesting, in an existential sense. Or, it could be lame as a dead duck. It's free, however, so I likely will continue to follow this series, and Maru the cat.
Sorry, only the first two episodes are free! Episode three is locked.

Oh, ok. I figured as much.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2901 on: May 14, 2018, 06:50:53 PM »
I was nostalgia-intrigued enough to watch all the teasers for it, but don't plan on watching the actual show. :)

Yeah. Karate Kid is alright, but it wasn't such a huge part of my life that I'd want to pay the Great Primary Colored Satan to get more of it.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2902 on: May 20, 2018, 03:10:07 PM »
Well, I may as well pay for it, maybe I'll get something out of it. Like did anyone watch Family Ties growing up, and at some time realize that in every episode Alex *Keaton lies about something, and then get's into trouble? Apparently I was more impressionable than even I realized, because eventually I became very frustrated with Alex *Keaton, and learned to hate him.
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« Reply #2903 on: May 21, 2018, 12:36:26 AM »
Well, I may as well pay for it, maybe I'll get something out of it. Like did anyone watch Family Ties growing up, and at some time realize that in every episode Alex *Keaton lies about something, and then get's into trouble? Apparently I was more impressionable than even I realized, because eventually I became very frustrated with Alex *Keaton, and learned to hate him.
Oh, wait! I qualify for a free 30 day trial of the new youtube "Premium" service, so I guess it is free. You only have to remember to cancel before 30 days because it is too expensive.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2904 on: May 21, 2018, 03:39:50 PM »
Is anyone watching Cobra-Kai on youtube? I just found it last night, maybe it was the first day of release, idk.

I got no meaningful connection to the Karate Kid series but I enjoyed the first two episodes of Cobra Kai. Not enough to overcome my cheap nature, however, and continue on.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2905 on: May 23, 2018, 04:14:02 AM »
Caught an episode of the new Ducktales (it was the one with Gladstone Gander). Not too bad!

The writing was witty, the voice acting was good, I love the art style with the homages to Carl Barks's paintings and to the old comics. I even detected a little Mary Blair influence in the climax scene.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2906 on: May 24, 2018, 08:11:51 PM »
Is anyone watching Cobra-Kai on youtube? I just found it last night, maybe it was the first day of release, idk.

I got no meaningful connection to the Karate Kid series but I enjoyed the first two episodes of Cobra Kai. Not enough to overcome my cheap nature, however, and continue on.
Umm, I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but you may qualify for a free 30-day trial of youtube's "new" premium service. Or not, idk.

Well, anyway.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2907 on: May 26, 2018, 04:26:18 AM »
Is anyone watching Cobra-Kai on youtube? I just found it last night, maybe it was the first day of release, idk.

I got no meaningful connection to the Karate Kid series but I enjoyed the first two episodes of Cobra Kai. Not enough to overcome my cheap nature, however, and continue on.
Umm, I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but you may qualify for a free 30-day trial of youtube's "new" premium service. Or not, idk.

Well, anyway.

You did indeed mention it, right above my own post, but I guess I skimmed over and didn't quite register the words. Thanks. I'll look into it.
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« Reply #2908 on: May 26, 2018, 05:22:11 PM »
Is anyone watching Cobra-Kai on youtube? I just found it last night, maybe it was the first day of release, idk.

I got no meaningful connection to the Karate Kid series but I enjoyed the first two episodes of Cobra Kai. Not enough to overcome my cheap nature, however, and continue on.
Umm, I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but you may qualify for a free 30-day trial of youtube's "new" premium service. Or not, idk.

Well, anyway.

You sound like the world's most polite pop-up ad lol.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2909 on: May 31, 2018, 01:50:05 PM »
The 3% (Brazilian dystopian show on Netflix). I've been enjoying it so far. We're in the 2nd season.  For some reason sci-fi shows and movies rarely seem to have convincing insurgencies and "the Cause" is no exception. The Cause is really disorganized, has poor security, no coherent ideology, no stable leadership. In the real world they would have split three ways and been completely infiltrated. On the other hand the Offshore administration is really incompetent so it's hard to believe they would have been able to subjugate anyone. For one thing it makes no sense for the graduates of the Process to then be expected to risk their lives as the police and military in the inland. There's a reason why the Saudi military relies on foreign mercenaries or proxy militias, and not their pampered citizens, when there's real fighting to be done.

All the same I like the characters and it's generally interesting from a cultural perspective.
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« Reply #2910 on: May 31, 2018, 02:25:01 PM »
I wish that less dystopian works would use generic nouns as the titles of their groups lol.
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« Reply #2911 on: May 31, 2018, 02:59:19 PM »
Yeah "the Cause" is a really, really lame name for a resistance movement.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2912 on: May 31, 2018, 03:01:00 PM »
Yeah "the Cause" is a really, really lame name for a resistance movement.

I keep thinking of Philip Seymour Hoffman's cult from The Master.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2913 on: June 01, 2018, 06:58:57 PM »
Did anyone see the new "Star Wars"?
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« Reply #2914 on: June 03, 2018, 08:46:36 PM »
Is anyone watching Cobra-Kai on youtube? I just found it last night, maybe it was the first day of release, idk.

I got no meaningful connection to the Karate Kid series but I enjoyed the first two episodes of Cobra Kai. Not enough to overcome my cheap nature, however, and continue on.
Umm, I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but you may qualify for a free 30-day trial of youtube's "new" premium service. Or not, idk.

Well, anyway.

You did indeed mention it, right above my own post, but I guess I skimmed over and didn't quite register the words. Thanks. I'll look into it.

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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2915 on: June 04, 2018, 11:42:59 AM »
Well, I may as well pay for it, maybe I'll get something out of it. Like did anyone watch Family Ties growing up, and at some time realize that in every episode Alex *Keaton lies about something, and then get's into trouble? Apparently I was more impressionable than even I realized, because eventually I became very frustrated with Alex *Keaton, and learned to hate him.

Yes, I watched Family Ties at the time because it was on after school & before supper every week day.  I really disliked Alex and like you grew to hate him: how could he turn out so money-grubbing & insensitive with such great parents?

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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2916 on: June 15, 2018, 09:55:41 AM »
Watched The Mist, purportedly a TV adaptation of the Stephen King novel. I thought the 2007 film was a fine blend of semi-Lovecraftian monsters and social horror; I was hoping the show would build on that somehow. Unfortunately it is a pretty tedious affair, where the monsters are essentially reduced to the characters' psychic projections. I imagine the writers thought they were being clever or sophisticated with this move- "We're too smart for actual monsters! It's all psychology!" but the result is just hamfisted suburban melodrama and the primal, outer horror of the original concept is completely stripped away.
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2917 on: June 15, 2018, 10:19:18 AM »
Finished the last season of Mozart in the Jungle this week.

****Spoiler, if you care about shows about the inner working of symphonies****


A fairly accurate depiction of the people who become professional classical musicians, though I think Rodrigo would have been fired from the stand well before the finale.

I also thought the sub-sub-subplot about Rodrigo no longer being able to talk to the dead composers was too similar to the earlier storyline about how he became unable to hear music. But overall, I still liked it.
 
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2918 on: July 15, 2018, 11:37:07 AM »
Harlots, season 1. Revision before I dive into season 2. 8)
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2919 on: July 17, 2018, 08:01:36 PM »
Harlots, season 1. Revision before I dive into season 2. 8)
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2920 on: July 27, 2018, 09:44:34 PM »
The Waltons

One of my favorite TV shows ever. Great acting and great writing. Will Geer ("Grandpa") was a brilliant actor.

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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2921 on: August 07, 2018, 04:32:19 AM »
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2922 on: August 07, 2018, 04:37:06 AM »
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2923 on: August 07, 2018, 08:30:03 AM »
House, because why not?
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Re: What TV shows are you watching?
« Reply #2924 on: August 07, 2018, 11:52:25 AM »
Buffy season 2
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