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Re: Whatcha Bleedin' Watchin'?
« Reply #780 on: August 15, 2017, 01:00:28 PM »
I was pretty pleased with the Orphan Black finale, which surprised me since I haven't been too happy with the show in a while. As good of an idea as it sounded, I think the series showed its ass with the trans clone episode, as nothing about it really added up, and the show's issues with its writing only started to become more apparent from there. Although I do think that season 3 was the show's low point and the last 2 seasons have been improvements, I've accepted a while ago that I'm here for the performances as opposed to the story.

But it was somewhat refreshing to see the Neolution stuff resolved in the first third of the finale. Especially since the rest of it spent time with the sisterhood, and giving the core clones satisfying endings. It's a happy ending that doesn't go into Parks and Rec-style wish fulfillment.
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Re: Whatcha Bleedin' Watchin'?
« Reply #781 on: September 15, 2017, 05:15:16 PM »
Oh yeah, and I also got around to watching The Defenders after I finished season 4 of BoJack. It was pretty decent, but I still don't see why this needed to happen. The four heroes work well together, but I feel that things would have worked just as well if each of their series were their own things with sporadic crossovers, especially if it means that The Hand never came into fruition and fucked up the back half of Daredevil S2. Speaking of which, similarly to Iron Fist, I'm still not a fan of Netflix's take on Elektra, and felt that her material was a weak point. But I generally enjoyed the other three hero's stuff, and it was fun to see them all interact with each other. I just wasn't in love.

Right now I'm watching the premiere of The Deuce, David Simon's new show. It's pretty good, way better than The Wire's pilot (still need to see Treme, though). I was just talking to a friend of mine who is very passionate about the history of the porn industry about how its rise in the 70's would make a good show, then we heard about this. I like the concept and how Simon and George Pelecanos develop their characters, so I'm definitely keeping up with it.
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Re: Whatcha Bleedin' Watchin'?
« Reply #782 on: September 15, 2017, 05:17:44 PM »
The main highlight of Defenders was getting to hear Sigourney Weaver say "Tsk tsk tsk... Baka."


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Re: Whatcha Bleedin' Watchin'?
« Reply #783 on: September 15, 2017, 05:23:22 PM »
The first episode of The Deuce was kind of slow for me and didn't really pick up until the last half hour, but it's an interesting enough subject matter that I'll stick with it for at least a few more episodes.

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Re: Whatcha Bleedin' Watchin'?
« Reply #784 on: September 18, 2017, 02:11:56 PM »
David Simon's shows are always slow burns that require a marathon watch over a week by week deal, which was why nobody cared about The Wire until after it ended. So I'll probably wait until the season ends so I can view it all.

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Re: Whatcha Bleedin' Watchin'?
« Reply #785 on: October 14, 2017, 11:47:43 AM »
Just nabbed myself the Firefly Collector's Edition Blu-Ray. It comes in some really fancy leather packaging and it's a great item for the shelf. That said, it would have been nice if it came bundled with the movie as well, but at only $20 it was still a really good deal.

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Re: Whatcha Bleedin' Watchin'?
« Reply #786 on: October 21, 2017, 04:59:30 PM »
Halt and Catch Fire's series finale was excellent, a great reminder of how the show went from a wannabe to a better Mad Men successor than Better Call Saul is a Breaking Bad successor. Here's a good article that explains the show's latter triumphs, and another that details the finale's successes, while musing on other finales, and whether or not The Americans cans stick the landing.

On another note, I've only seen the first week of the DC shows, and I enjoyed all of their premieres enough, but if I'm not wowed by this season of Legends or Supergirl by my trip to Europe at the start of the month, I'm going to drop them. I;m having too many shows to catch up on, and not enough time for them, to stick to more mediocre ones.
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Re: Whatcha Bleedin' Watchin'?
« Reply #787 on: October 21, 2017, 06:58:31 PM »
I'm a bit annoyed that The Flash did a repeat of their mistake in season three by ending the conflict brought up from the previous season finale in just one episode. There was a lot of potential to expand the story-line of Barry's absence for at least a few episodes before bringing him back in instead of throwing in a quick and easy fix. One has to wonder what was even the point of locking him within the Speed Force in the first place if he was just going to return right away (in terms of the narrative) without any major issues. Other than that, it's too early to tell how the rest of the season will play out yet.

Arrow has mostly managed to keep its momentum from last season's improvements going strong enough, so I'm legitimately enjoying it for the time being, despite have some overall issues with the writing.

As I said before, I was dropping Supergirl and Legends, so I haven't been following either of those shows, but based on what I've heard, it's basically more of the same so far, so I don't really think that I'm missing much.

In other news, The Deuce, while still not quite great in my eyes, has certainly been growing on me with each episode. I'll definitely be sticking around with this series.

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Re: Whatcha Bleedin' Watchin'?
« Reply #788 on: October 29, 2017, 09:10:14 PM »
Season 2 of Stranger Things was all right. Doesn't quite reach the highs of the last season, and some characters like Mike get much less to do here. New characters were hit or miss. Like Max was okay even if it felt like she was only introduced so the gang could have another girl. But Billy was awful. Every 80s teen jock stereotype combined instead of actually making a character. And that's when Stranger Things loses me, the times when their pastiches of 80s movies stop becoming pastiches and turn into paper-thin ripoffs of other scenes and characters. It's what annoyed me about the teenagers plot from last season. Had all the annoyances of a John Hughes movie without any attempt to re-invent that kind of storytelling.

I also skipped episode 7 after the almost unanimous hatred of it on Twitter. It helped the beginning of episode 8 even picks up from the end of episode 6.

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Re: Whatcha Bleedin' Watchin'?
« Reply #789 on: October 29, 2017, 09:47:58 PM »
I enjoyed it for what it was, but if I'm to be honest Stranger Things, while fun, was a bit over-hyped for me. Even season one was good, not great, looking back on it.

Season two stumbles in places but is still a fairly decent watch. I honestly didn't mind episode 7 that much. It experimented with something different but kept it to a self-contained episode because clearly the Duffer Brothers foresaw that there could be some backlash so this was a safer way for them to test the waters without derailing the entire season, but as a result it also feels completely out of place and unecessary in the grander narrative. It doesn't quite work out the way it was handled but it shows some potential if it were to be reworked into a more compelling story. Honestly, though, if I could give it credit for something, at least it was interesting in how different it was from everything else while still having a Stranger Things vibe to it. My biggest problem with the rest of the season was that most of what worked about it was a rehash of what already worked in the first season, which is playing it way too safe. I mean it was entertaining, but you can't help but feel like it's the TV equivalent of day-old leftovers.

As for Mike being absent from most of the season, I'm suspecting that's due to scheduling conflicts since he was also in the middle of filming "It" during this season's production, leaving him less available for screen-time.

I will say that this season's stand-out character for me was easily Steve. He has the most consistently compelling character arc out of anyone in this entire series, and it's refreshing to see a Bully character develop into a fully fleshed out and well-realized human being. I'm also just a sucker for redemption arcs, and his chemistry with Dustin in this season was both surprising and genuinely adorable to watch.

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Re: Whatcha Bleedin' Watchin'?
« Reply #790 on: October 30, 2017, 03:46:03 PM »
Speaking of Netflix, they've cancelled House of Cards. Season 6 will be released as planned, but that will be the end.

Obviously this is due to the Kevin Spacey controversy, which if I recall right, this has come and gone in the rumor mill for years. That said, while I couldn't even get into the show during its peak years, from what I've heard, this sounds like an act of mercy.
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