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Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings!
« Reply #1620 on: May 26, 2015, 02:56:28 PM »
Is it me, or do modern television series just love to depress the hell out of the viewers?

I can easily say I'm loving TV much more than being a "movie buff" these days.  Love reading your reactions to Cordon, at least it gets me excited for a US version

Season finale of the flash...

Wow...

Man tears...


TWICE IN THE SAME EPISODE!

Yeah, well done, and a great first season to a somewhat 'mid-tier superhero' like The Flash (at least, that's how I feel about him).  The drama, tension, and sense of action were always turned up.  I look forward to a second season, and that season finale plot twist (aka the death of a certain character) was unexpected and well done.  Hot dang.

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Grace and Frankie (Season 1)

Netflix is on a role with in-house programming, and Grace and Frankie is right up there too.  The series is a *perfect* "dramedy", a nice combination of light humour and some serious romantic/dramatic elements.
The show is about two hetero couples in their 'golden years' only for the two husbands to come out as gay... for each other.
A premise like this practically writes itself, but the material is handled very well.  For one, no jokes are made at the expense of homosexuals and relies on other material for its ha-has.  But the dramatic elements are surprisingly deep as it does look into both Grace and Frankie's lives after being 'dumped' 40 years into marriage, 20 in which their husbands were 'sneaking around'.  But the show examines with how they dealt with their feelings and even fought against them for the sake of their marriage and denying their consciousness (like how a "straight man" could possibly be interested in a man), as well as what would eventually led up to their inevitably difficult and hurtful 'coming out' which leaves the ladies angry, confused, and frankly quite jilted.

It's great too because it also demonstrates how their families work into this and deal with it, how the starring ladies "move on" (and yeah the idea of dating in the "golden years"), trying to get life back together, but also the residual connection between the couples ---- you don't stay married for 40 years and *immediately* cut your ex-spouse out of your life, there's going to be a bumpy road ahead.

Brianna wins for best character though.  But Coyote (yeah, that's a person's name) and the other sister barely registered even when the show tries to make you care.... I hate when that happens, worse is when it feels deliberately shoe-horned in for added drama.
Still, recommended. A great premise and a pretty entertaining series if you need something to pick up.

Oh, and holy fuck I need that beach house (or that other house with the bevelled roof).

Supergirl (pilot)

A series clearly made with women in mind...  A lady at a diner remarks:
"Can you believe it? A female superhero!  Finally someone for my daughter to look up to".

Amen.  The pilot has some of that "pilot awkward" of characters trying to fit the mould and tries to cover a lot of ground in its first episode, but for the most part it looks great, it's well cast, and has a fun atmosphere going for it.  Me, like many others have pointed out, don't like the almost too-lined up "Devil Wears Prada" vibe at the beginning, and certain parts feel a bit too much like "Superman but not" (like working a shitty job by day, kicking ass by night), but I do like how SG is conscious of her superhero-ness from the get-go than having to really work up to it (like Superman having the Smallville TV series, Daredevil only getting his monicker by the end of the season, or having yet another bunch of actors for Spiderman and the Fantastic 4 to 'reboot' the series). 
By the halfway point of episode 1, Kara is already donning her red and blues and finding her true colours.

While the serious and action segments work well, I think it's important to draw attention to Supergirl herself.  Melissa Benoist is equal parts adorable, goofy, and wonderfully confident to be the 'Supergirl' the show needs to create a less melodramatic hero (oh lord this happens way too often in the Marvel/DC cinematic universe), but still appropriately vulnerable when need be.

I do like the direction so far, and hope to see more as the characters get more and more comfortable in their roles.
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Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings!
« Reply #1621 on: May 26, 2015, 04:35:28 PM »
Supergirl (pilot)

A series clearly made with women in mind...  A lady at a diner remarks:
"Can you believe it? A female superhero!  Finally someone for my daughter to look up to".


Kind of agree with the criticism of this, though. That the series is too quick to constantly pat itself on the back for being the "Superhero show for ladies." I mean good for it for nailing that much needed niche, but it really doesn't have to constantly tell the viewers how they're supposed to be reacting to it.

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Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings!
« Reply #1622 on: May 26, 2015, 05:17:05 PM »
Supergirl (pilot)

A series clearly made with women in mind...  A lady at a diner remarks:
"Can you believe it? A female superhero!  Finally someone for my daughter to look up to".


Kind of agree with the criticism of this, though. That the series is too quick to constantly pat itself on the back for being the "Superhero show for ladies." I mean good for it for nailing that much needed niche, but it really doesn't have to constantly tell the viewers how they're supposed to be reacting to it.

I agree and disagree.  Yeah the quote comes off as very unabashed and transparent.  But given the wrongful assumption that the superhero genre is more or mostly "for the boys" and, in an extremely ideal scenario, this could be one of the first big shows with a leading (ie; not supporting) super lady.  And going off one episode, the first one at that, I really don't think it's enough to judge 'Supergirl' as super-girly and needing to hammer it in. 

But hell, by comparison, The Unbreakiable Kimmy Schmidt has the line "females are strong as hell" repeated in the opening.  If a show wants to tout its strong leading ladies, I support it since the entertainment industry is and has been widely male-dominated and (according to many actresses) largely sexist.
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Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings!
« Reply #1623 on: May 27, 2015, 05:36:20 PM »
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I can easily say I'm loving TV much more than being a "movie buff" these days.  Love reading your reactions to Cordon, at least it gets me excited for a US version

Yeah, there are shows out there that are really using those extra hours to build a full story with interesting characters. Modern blockbuster movies are so fast-paced, it feels like you're only getting the highlights (and you don't even have to watch the movie to see the actual highlights, since they put them all the in trailer!).

Cordon talk: even after the communication stop people are finding ways to get information out of the cordon. A cop uses a PSP to smuggle out security footage that may show the actual patient zero. Not in a product placement kind of way, it's just someone was clever enough to use a harmless looking toy with video features most people are unaware off. The show doesn't explain this, by the way, it's just one of those small details you can catch. The sweetest bit of smuggling, however, was a video message on a memory card send out of the cordon using a red helium balloon. What's on it? A video message from a little girl to her grandmother. It's the little girl's birthday she and her parents are all healthy and are celebrating with improvised cake.

Meanwhile the whodunnit part of the story is shifting into high gear, which is great, because that means there will be a full explanation for the origin of the virus (either that or they're going to hand the viewer a couple of very plausible scenarios and leave it at that, which is something I guess I could respect if done well). And with the introduction of a possible vaccine it looks like the whole thing will be wrapped up neatly within the 10 episodes IMDB says this series consists of.


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Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings!
« Reply #1624 on: June 02, 2015, 09:32:41 AM »
Just wrapped up the first season of Rick & Morty. LOVE IT. Great mix of sci-fi; crude humor; and wit. It even displays genuine heart once in a while. Although, said heart is usually brief and not at all apologetic. Great stuff. Looking forward to the next season.



EDIT: Tried to watch an episode of Community, cuz I kept hearing praise. Holy donkey dicks is it terrible. I felt like I was watching a current episode of Family Guy, in that the humor feels very forced, and is extremely unfunny. Guess it's just not for me.
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Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings!
« Reply #1625 on: June 03, 2015, 05:20:54 PM »
Did you watch a more recent episode or something from the first 2-3 seasons?

Weekly Cordon Report: intense!

Also, I think I might be seeing things that aren't there. Chubby teen looked like a Ness cosplayer in that striped shirt and those shorts. Too bad for him the bully was the one holding the bat. Tech girl had her action girl moment, dressed in her orangy-red workoveralls and wielding a classic weapon: a crowbar. Sadly this is not a game and what she did may haunt her for the rest of her life. A daring escape through the sewers ended in fatalities due to unexpectedly high water levels.

Either there were some gamers working behind the screens or perhaps the only gamer is me. I blame the PSP.

Meanwhile, government woman dropped a bomb of the figurative kind: "You do not want to know what I know." A literal bomb may be kind compared to the endgame she expects.

... I kinda want to play some Devil Survivor right now.

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« Reply #1626 on: June 03, 2015, 05:43:38 PM »
Did you watch a more recent episode or something from the first 2-3 seasons?

Admittedly, it was a season 5 episode, which I believe is pretty recent. Was the show that much better in it's early seasons? The one I saw was almost painful to watch, it was so unfunny. It totally reminded me of that (also painful) video of Big Bang Theory without the laugh track.
The biggest reason I checked Community out, was because one of Community's creators went on to co-create Rick & Morty (of which I am obviously a huge fan) after being fired from Community. That, and I kept hearing praise about the show as well. I admit I failed to see what the hubbub was about.
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« Reply #1627 on: June 03, 2015, 05:58:39 PM »
Yeah, it's been going downhill since season 4. Cast members left, jokes are either poorly written or so old we ought to be digging graves. The show is on lifesupport and nobody wants to pull the plug. In fact, the actually reviewed it as webseries after a cancellation. "Six seasons and a movie"... I'm not sure I want that anymore. Aside from that, Community is not very friendly to newcomers. It's one of those shows has all sorts of inside-jokes, running jokes, stuff happening in the background (seriously - a whole lovestory)... You're kinda expecting the start at the beginning.

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« Reply #1628 on: June 03, 2015, 08:19:55 PM »
That's very unfortunate. It's always a shame when a once great show overstays it's welcome (I'm looking at you, Simpsons). Perhaps I'll check out the earlier episodes of Community in the future.
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Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings!
« Reply #1629 on: June 03, 2015, 08:44:09 PM »
Did you watch a more recent episode or something from the first 2-3 seasons?

Admittedly, it was a season 5 episode, which I believe is pretty recent. Was the show that much better in it's early seasons? The one I saw was almost painful to watch, it was so unfunny. It totally reminded me of that (also painful) video of Big Bang Theory without the laugh track.
The biggest reason I checked Community out, was because one of Community's creators went on to co-create Rick & Morty (of which I am obviously a huge fan) after being fired from Community. That, and I kept hearing praise about the show as well. I admit I failed to see what the hubbub was about.

The "fun" episodes of Community are great; usually they have some sort of gag or gimmick to them, and I like those (there was a videogame one, a Law and Order spoof, the Hospital episode with LeVar Burton, and a sort-of documentary about a pillow fort, etc.).

The episodes now are extremely hit or miss; and by that I mean if they 'miss' they suck and if they "hit" it's because it doesn't suck as bad (and yeah, with the occasional top-shelf joke/gag).  Otherwise I was probably the most hesitant to really like the show they way every single other twenty-something became a die-hard fan of it to bring the show back from the dead -twice- now.  It had its moments, but I never really clicked with it that I really and actively tuned in every week.

That said, it's funny because Rick & Morty I thought was absolutely divine from the get-go (with its first season, I can say there's only one episode I didn't like merely because it wasn't "as good" as the rest).  I really think Dan Harmon needed the creative freedom in animation, the crazier Community episodes can attest to that where they really stopped letting the show be about school and the thin plot there was to just say "fuck it, let's do this instead".

Oh, and if you didn't see it, the Rick & Morty Simpsons Couch Gag was funny and the funniest thing that happened in that episode of Simpsons.
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« Reply #1630 on: June 03, 2015, 11:57:24 PM »
Seinfeld marathon...

Yup, still awesome.

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« Reply #1631 on: June 04, 2015, 09:19:10 AM »
Seinfeld marathon...

Yup, still awesome.

...and what's the deal with all these TV show marathons!? I mean, are they to win an award for "most likely to be awkwardly referenced during a dinner party"? You know it used to be that you would watch a tv show once, only once, but if the preview sounded really good, you would record it. Of course when I say record it, I mean you would get that one weird guy in your building who knee how to actually use a VCR and smelled a little like like a cologne sample from a magazine....

*que seinfeld outro music"

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« Reply #1632 on: June 04, 2015, 09:51:25 AM »
Seinfeld marathon...

Yup, still awesome.

...and what's the deal with all these TV show marathons!? I mean, are they to win an award for "most likely to be awkwardly referenced during a dinner party"? You know it used to be that you would watch a tv show once, only once, but if the preview sounded really good, you would record it. Of course when I say record it, I mean you would get that one weird guy in your building who knee how to actually use a VCR and smelled a little like like a cologne sample from a magazine....

*que seinfeld outro music"

HAHA! awesome!

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Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings!
« Reply #1633 on: June 05, 2015, 12:28:05 AM »
*que seinfeld outro music"

Fuck i heard it

Speaking of which, I know a few of y'all watch it.. but uh, what's with all these crazy plot BURSTS happening on Adventure Time lately.

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« Reply #1634 on: June 06, 2015, 10:12:31 PM »
I finished Season 6 of Community last night and I found it be very solid. Even with the cast changes, the show is self-aware and self-deprecating enough to draw a satisfying level of humor. No, I don't think it is as "fresh" as season 1-3, but I still think it's pretty great.