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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2021 17:16 
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I've been watching Brooklyn 99 recently and really enjoying it. I'd always dismissed it before and I'm not sure why now, but maybe because the trailers on E4 made it seem quite silly immature humour.

Watched Schitt's Creek earlier in the year and loved it. I found the first few episodes very forgettable and stopped but then I read that it's worth sticking with past season one so I went back to it. Season one isn't anywhere near as good as the rest of it, I think because the main characters are pretty awful people so it's hard to care about them but it's worth persevering because then you get the joy of seeing them become who they are by the end of the series and lot's of brilliant comedy along the way. The only reason I trusted the reviews that said to persevere is because I remember a lot of people saying the same about Parks and Rec and I could never work up the enthusiasm to force myself to watch it but when I was up in the middle of the night feeding the baby last year I started sticking Parks and Rec on and ended up adoring it. Anytime I see any of it on TV now it immediately teleports me back to 3am, in a dark quiet house, with a content little baby in my arms and everything seeming right with the world despite everything that was happening outside :luv:


The bold pretty much nails it for Schitt's Creek. Most friends I recommend it to drop after the first few episodes because the characters are so odious and two-dimensional. It flourishes into a brilliant show, and the development of the characters and their place in the community is the heart of that. Thinking about it, I'm not sure how much could have been done to save the first season.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 0:43 
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Yup, Raised by Wolves has disappeared up its own arse. Well that was disappointing.

Supernatural, characters doing stuff because they heard a voice in their head, ghosts, unexplained unnatural phenomena etc. Y’know, I really liked it when it was discovered why the children were getting sick due to the seeds in the food they were eating. Just a simple explanation from being on a foreign planet. Now it’s all chasing ghosts, talking to god or some other voice, and just a load of nonsense that’s far less interesting to me than the initial story about survivors on a foreign planet where kids are raised by a killer Android. It reminds me a lot of Lost. It’s also got a whole lot less interesting to watch too with a colour scheme that’s flat and dark: there’s a brown filter for the day and a blue filter at night and nothing else in between. I wouldn’t mind so much about the colour palette but the direction after Ridley Scott departed has become a lot less interesting and more of your typical TV series. The child actors are a bit hit and miss too at times. They’re mostly alright, but some scenes are a bit cringe.

I dunno, I wanted to find the next big thing to watch, but apparently this isn’t going to be it.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 15:16 
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Yup, Raised by Wolves has disappeared up its own arse. Well that was disappointing.

Supernatural, characters doing stuff because they heard a voice in their head, ghosts, unexplained unnatural phenomena etc. Y’know, I really liked it when it was discovered why the children were getting sick due to the seeds in the food they were eating. Just a simple explanation from being on a foreign planet. Now it’s all chasing ghosts, talking to god or some other voice, and just a load of nonsense that’s far less interesting to me than the initial story about survivors on a foreign planet where kids are raised by a killer Android. It reminds me a lot of Lost. It’s also got a whole lot less interesting to watch too with a colour scheme that’s flat and dark: there’s a brown filter for the day and a blue filter at night and nothing else in between. I wouldn’t mind so much about the colour palette but the direction after Ridley Scott departed has become a lot less interesting and more of your typical TV series. The child actors are a bit hit and miss too at times. They’re mostly alright, but some scenes are a bit cringe.

I dunno, I wanted to find the next big thing to watch, but apparently this isn’t going to be it.


I was able to skip over that, mostly because I wrote it off as nonsense. But it does force it down your throat. For me, the problems were where it felt just like Prometheus - people doing things for no good reason. I forget what now, mind, so it had a huge effect. And yes, Campion - that accent he did (when it didn't slip) meant all I could see was someone fresh out of training. Oh, super accent. Jolly good!


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:45 
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The only moment I remember thinking that someone did something entirely out the blue was when the black teenager (dammit, I forget his name) suddenly fixed the Android and escaped with it. He hated Father, saw him and androids as no more than service droids due to being brought up, he tries to get Father killed and then suddenly he’s best mates and wants to run off with it? I don’t think so.

I didn’t think much of the kids running off with Mother either. She murders next to everyone they’ve ever known and now they follow her around because, I don’t know, she’s pregnant. Even better they shield her from bullets by the wife of the nutcase (I’ve forgot all their names already haven’t I?) when they run into her. Like, wasn’t she holding you against your will and murdering humans just yesterday?

Hmmm, actually a few moments then.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 18:02 
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The colonists, for me - little they did made sense at the time, though I'll admit to entirely forgetting specifics (it seemed like they had come all that way, on purpose, but without the foggiest idea what they were doing to do).


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 13:35 
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Watched Wandavision first two episodes. Seems alright and I’m reasonably interested to see where it’s going.

Willy rating: still flaccid but warmed up a bit

EDIT: but how long are the sodding credits!? Not that I’ll watch them but it was surprising to boot something up for 29 minutes and have 4 minutes of credits.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 15:59 
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It’s intriguing, but I think it needs to be available all together.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 16:18 
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Yeah, definitely not something I'll be keeping Disney+ for.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
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It’s intriguing, but I think it needs to be available all together.

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I get that they need to set the scene, but that makes it slow going when you're waiting for the next episode to drop.

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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:08 
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Any Star Trek fans in here?

I watched the first episode of Lower Decks which is on Amazon Prime. It's a Star Trek cartoon but it's funny and not serious in the slightest. A real departure from normal trek.

I like it. It's fast, funny and clever all at the same time.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:36 
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Yes! I liked it a lot - in fact, so much that I was going to use the quiz question "Name two of the three Star Trek series released last year" but decided that it was mostly a way to find out if anyone else had watched Lower Decks. And now I know!


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:59 
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Yep, it’s great. It feels the most Star Trek-y of all the recent output.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 13:05 
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There's a lot of Star Trek isn't there? Almost too much to keep up with if you ask me.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 13:25 
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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 13:42 
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TheVision wrote:
There's a lot of Star Trek isn't there? Almost too much to keep up with if you ask me.


Strange New Worlds is the one I’m looking forward to.

And more of The Orville.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
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I'm on the last few episodes of a Voyager rewatch. I did watch it back in the day but only the first couple of seasons.

Since I started, it's been very up and down with my enjoyment of the individual episodes.

Overall though, I like it.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 20:13 
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Oddly enough I acquired every* episode of every* Star Trek the other day for my Plex server. It’s never really been something that interested me enough to watch seriously but I remember seeing good eps of TNG as a kid, and my brother was obsessed with DS9.

* as far as I know, natch

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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 22:10 
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I’m rewatching DS9 at the moment. It’s still brilliant.
There is a lot of it, but you can trim that down quite a bit.

https://medium.com/maxistentialism-blog ... acde591fd2


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 22:24 
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I never got on with DS9 the first time round but I've heard nothing but good about it. I probably should have watched that before Voyager... Oh well.

I think I want to go back to the original series next though.


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