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Utopia Talk / Movie Talk / *Talk about random TV Shows* Part VI
Hood
Member
Tue Dec 01 01:07:15
JESSICA MOTHER FUCKING JONES!

Finished the series. Pretty damn good. I thought most of the main characters were excellent (Jessica, Luke, Killgrave). Most of the supporting cast was pretty good, and I liked the druggie guy.

I'm looking forward to a Luke Cage series. I'm not looking forward to who they supposedly have for Punisher (Seriously? Shane from walking dead was the best netflix could come up with?). Iron Fist, while I'd watch it, really doesn't seem to have the story power on his own. Hell, Jessica Jones shouldn't have had any oomf to her, but she got the benefit of being #2 in the marvel tv series. I could see marvel burnout happening by the time Iron Fist happens (which combined with his lack of interest..... bad news).

But seriously. Fuck Shane as punisher. #NotMyFrankCastle.
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Dec 01 12:09:50
"I'm not looking forward to who they supposedly have for Punisher (Seriously? Shane from walking dead was the best netflix could come up with?)"

I kind of like the idea :) .. He seems to have the right physicality, and Punisher could kind of work with someone who's more aggressive than intelligent ;D
#MyStrongButMildPunisher

Really want to finish Season 1 of Jones!! Only to episode 4, I think. All of Jessica Jones Season 1 here:
http://awe...a-jones-season-1-episode-1-13/
hood
Member
Tue Dec 01 12:44:08
But punisher isn't stupid. He isn't a scientist, but he's a smart, ex special forces dude driven by vengeance. He can easily formulate a plan and see the bigger picture. Shane.... Can't.

Anyway, back to Jones. Trish was also a good character, but there were a smattering of scenes where she just didn't feel right. Whereas Swanson felt out of place, out of touch often. Fuck Swanson, really. Plus he looks stupid.
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Dec 01 13:03:06
"Shane.... Can't."

Probably not! But wouldn't it be fun to see him struggle to understand things, like "dem fancy werds that folks use"? I could see him misunderstanding people and getting into vengeance situations just because of offenses to Southern hospitality ;D
Palem
Person.
Tue Dec 01 13:24:01
This season of Survivor has been the tits.
hood
Member
Tue Dec 01 14:59:28
That is true, cow. Make it animated, have game voice and model. I'd watch that for kicks.
Hood
Member
Tue Dec 01 16:18:55
wow. shane, not game.
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Dec 05 18:33:43
Many lols from episode 9of10 of this South Park season!:
http://awe...isode-9-truth-and-advertising/
Maybe not quite up to the funny levels of last episode, but it seems like they used this episode to set up the plot for the finale, which supposedly will air on time next Wednesday.
They also carried their Blade Runner reference into a clear "Ex Machina" reference, where Leslie shut down the computer systems, then using Jimmy to plan her escape (the initial interview of Leslie in the last episode was very much Blade Runner, but Ex Machina carries the Blade Runner interview further with the escape attempt and such). And I only just finally looked up why they've been having Caitlyn Jenner running people over — it was funny even not knowing for sure, but apparently Jenner did kill someone in a car crash:
http://www.etonline.com/news/167636_caitlyn_jenner_exclusive_fatal_car_crash_surveillance_video/

..
Also! Have finished episode 5 of Jessica Jones! Very kewl! Loved this quote from episode 4, btw:

[Hogarth]: "You need to pull yourself together, you are coming across distinctly paranoid."
[Jessica]: "Everyone keeps saying that, it's like a conspiracy."
;p
Hood
Member
Sat Dec 05 19:11:05
Jessica Jones is a very good show. It's the kind of show you'll never see on the big networks, because they have contractual obligations to not make anything above a certain quality.

Seriously I think I'm going to watch it again soon.
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Dec 06 16:08:02
Definitely!
Finished episode 7 last night. Liking the theme of repetition, where trauma always gets repeated in the mind and people try to recreate the thing that they couldn't understand in the moment. And wow@the end of episode 6 (Kilgrave revealed to be in Jessica's childhood house). Also liked Kilgrave's Police department reversal. Really good show!!
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Dec 06 19:56:10
wows! Badlands has impressive fight choreography for a weekly show. AMC has really been expanding.
Palem
Person.
Mon Dec 07 11:37:10
I was wondering if that would be any good......is it? lol
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Dec 07 15:44:58
I only saw the fight scene and a couple other moments in episode 2, but it seems like a very bloody show; arms falling off, people being slaughtered, etc. :D
McKobb
Member
Mon Dec 07 20:17:30
http://hit...lm-iron-fist-for-marvelnetflix

Irina fist moving forward!
McKobb
Member
Mon Dec 07 20:21:46
Irina fist
McKobb
Member
Mon Dec 07 20:21:59
I give up!
Hood
Member
Mon Dec 07 21:43:36
Oh shit. Cool on Iron Fist, but more interesting:

Daredevil Season 2 in April
Luke Cage in November
Jessica Jones Season 2 in April 2017 (if it happens)
Iron Fist April 2017 (if JJ s2 doesn't happen) or November 2017 (if JJ s2 does happen).

That doesn't leave room for a Daredevil season 3 or Luke Cage season 2 though. Unless they plan on more staggered releases (August releases, perhaps?)
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Dec 08 17:45:11
Have watched episode 10 of Jones meow (bar/restaurant scene ending).. and.. at the moment.. kind of liking Kilgrave and Hogarth moreso than Jessica! I'm pretty sure that the show wants me to go the other way, which almost reminds me of Breaking Bad.. how viewers were apparently supposed to dislike Heisenberg instead of fall in love with him. But, Jessica's reactions to new information have been unimpressive. I wouldn't expect her to forgive him or anything like that (of course not!) — I'd just like her to see that it's not heroes and villains, it's everyone being generally screwed up and dysfunctional.

Even so! Still loving the show :) .. just not sure that I'm their target audience ;D
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Dec 09 21:56:05
South Park season finale!
http://awe...10-pc-principal-final-justice/
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Dec 10 18:43:08
Many lols from South Park finale!
Especially liked their random sampling of the end of "The Arrival" (1996):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akYf73cUU6U
(Randy Marsh quoted it while talking to Whole Foods)

They also sampled from Blade Runner again: When PC Principal was fighting in the beginning, he asked a rephrased question from Blade Runner's initial Turing Test scene (the question about the flipped turtle in the desert).

Also liked this quote :D
[Nathan, 06:04 into episode]: "What is PC but a verbal form of gentrification? Spruce everything up, get rid of all the ugliness in order to create a false sense of paradise?"

Good season :D
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Dec 11 16:10:52
..was kind of unimpressed with the Jessica Jones finale. The writing was very predictable, to the extent that I was able to say lines several seconds before they were spoken (like the first time that Jessica says "I love you" to Trish in the car, which made it even easier to call before she says it on the pier). That whole pier scene was also very predictable. When she first picked up the boat photo it was too easy to imagine a scene with a mini-army defending it.. and they didn't deviate. Her deception was also very predictable.. which was made worse by Kilgrave not having any imaginative contingency plan.. apparently the best he could think to do was kiss Trish and make a faint gesture of departure. It might have been more interesting if Kilgrave had had all of those people attack Jessica instead of each other, to where instead of simply having the camera moment where her eyes say "just ignore them for the bigger picture" she would have to hurt or even kill many of those people just to get to Kilgrave — dirtying the victory.

I think the "Marvel" writing might be showing or something.. they tend to want to fall into particular routines, and this time that happened by imagining Kilgrave as a representation of a patriarchal victimizer (an easy villain for intro feminism), and forcing peripherals into place around that conflict. They even repeated some of the things that I dislike about "Heroes", like forcing a focus on uninteresting "sidekick" characters even beyond their utility to the story (I really could not care less about Malcolm and Robyn visiting the site where Ruben's body was dumped). I understand their intention in introducing the "survivor's group", looking at the lives affected by hero/villain collateral, and trying to show that "being a hero takes a community", but nothing thought-provoking ever arrived from that direction.. just mediocre people dealing with mediocre issues (would it even be possible to pity Robyn? Or to worry about super-strong Luke after the shotgun cliffhanger? To care about Pam after she was apparently simple enough to break up with Hogarth for one quick realization of Hogarth's darkness?). Even Jessica's conflict with Kilgrave dissolved into an easy decision for her — for several episodes it was nothing but "I'm going to kill him. The decision has been made. No further thought necessary."

Still! Bad stuff aside, the season started well, and I'm glad that they brought back Hogarth at the end. Rosario Dawson might be a red flag (she's almost as pretentious as Anne Hathaway), and I'm not looking forward to Malcolm and Robyn staying around for their respective "sentimental" or "quirky/psychotic" effects, but I'm at least curious about Will's murder behavior and the organization that experiments with viral powers.. so hopefully they make another season..
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Dec 11 21:35:48
Oh wow! I thought the Soup was done for the season after their "reunion" episode..
http://awe...eople-los-angeles-the-reunion/
.. but they've had a few episodes since then \:D/
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Dec 12 19:15:51
Oh no! :(
The Soup is being cancelled :( :(
They announced it after that reunion episode, so I missed the info until meow. Looks like their last episode will be next week (same day as the Star Wars premiere).
They have been *really* funny after the announcement. Definitely try their last few episodes if interested, or at least watch the first 5 minutes of their December 11th episode — all episodes here:
http://awesomedl.ru/?s=soup&x=0&y=0
(particularly their Homeland edit)
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Dec 12 19:15:53
Much sadness :( .. everything around me is dying!! :'(
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-lS9M3N_L4
pillz
Member
Sat Dec 12 22:22:50
Apparently Chow/Chang has a show called Dr Ken, which is having a reunion episode too.

Maybe a push for a movie? Don't see how after Yahoo posted those losses for Community and Other Space though.
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Dec 12 22:37:49
Wow! Was not aware of that
"Yahoo Lost $42 Million on Community [Sin City Saints, and Other Space]"
http://www...yahoo-q3-losses-community.html

Yeahs.. supposedly funding for the movie could move forward without Yahoo, but that would still make it a cult project, and Dan Harmon may not bother :/
Palem
Person.
Mon Dec 14 06:16:55
Yea, but that article isn't a completely accurate portrayal of what happened.

Community covered it's costs. Yahoo lost money "because of Community" because they built their entire, shitty, Yahoo Screen thing behind Community. They were hoping that the community fans would also watch SSS and OS, but we didn't, because 1. We weren't interested in watching those shows, and 2. Yahoo Screen sucks.


Sony has said that they'd be interested in producing a Community movie. Everyone (actors included) are just waiting for Dan Harmon to write it.
The Children
Member
Mon Dec 14 07:27:31
shannara chronicles.

hm not bad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCr3z_sTSNU

Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Dec 14 14:23:45
"Community covered it's costs."

Oh good! In one of the later episodes of the Yahoo Community season they mentioned that they were surprised with their ratings numbers (sounded like the Nielsen system failed them hugely, whereas Yahoo could better account via internet downloads).. so the "Lost $42 Million" didn't make sense. Meow it does though

..
"are just waiting for Dan Harmon to write it."

Oh no! He'll have to juggle that with season 3 of Rick and Morty.. busy times for him! Hopefully he doesn't go Half-Life 3 with it ;p
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Dec 18 23:25:06
Soup series finale!
http://awesomedl.ru/tthe-soup-dec-18-2015-series-finale/
pillz
Member
Tue Dec 22 15:58:08
So lately I've been trying to give anime a shot, since I am tired of generic DC super hero cartoons and I've watched most of the others I'm interested in.

I've watched:

Knights of Sidonia - This is a mecha anime that is basically Battlestar Galactica. I mean, it is obvious from the way the Sidonia has blast shields to how the mechs launch to how they're being attacked to how it alludes to the Gauna being man-made or man-instigated. It's 100% Battlestar Galactica. The new one, more than the original, because it also has a "Cylons could be anywhere and anyone" plot developing as well as the Baltar messiah thing. I mean, I am sure it also references animes and stuff (I have read as much) but as I've seen none of them I wouldn't know or notice, but the BSG influence is overwhelming.

It is... OK. It drags a bit and has a lot of exposition, but I quite like it. There may not be a 3rd season so that is disappointing, I wanted to see how it'd wrap up.

Aldnoah.Zero - Another mecha anime. In this one humanity found awesome technology on Mars and it led to a war as the Mars colonists didn't want to be under Earth's thumb. The series starts off with a WWI style assassination that sets off a war between the 'Knights of Mars', the tribes that inhabit the space between Mars and Earth (moon was destroyed in the first war) and Earth. Again, supposed to borrow from other anime but I am unfamiliar with them and don't notice. It is probably better then Knights of Sidonia over all. Both main characters (from this and Sidonia) are basically Mary Sues. Nobodies who appear in times if crisis to save everybody every time in the most unlikely of circumstances with no flaws or tension with those around them. I find this is a recurring theme in anime, especially how all of the supporting cast are women.

Sort of interesting and less weird than Knights of Sidonia.. which you'd have to watch to understand how weird it is.

Season two is in the process of being dubbed and I've got relatively high hopes for it.

Ouran Host Club - Say what you will about this, it's probably the most fun I've had watching anything since Community. The show is a fun critique of Japanese culture and anime all in a relatively sit-com-esque format. It makes fun of SS and yuri and moe and all of that crap, while both catering to and making fun of shippers. I am shocked it was ever aired on North American cartoon channels because of the incest/wincest/allusions to rape that are in it. Anyways, I felt that the ending was horribly unsatisfying because they didn't play out all of the relationships to completion, or whatever. And I don't say that from the perspective of a shipper, either. I just felt that the various friendships, and particularly with the female protagonist, were not fully developed as they'd left many loose ends between characters that I think would have made good stories for additional episodes (but not in the context of the finale they used). That said, the way it ended and their choice to leave relationships and character developments uncertain makes sense and the final few episodes really do tie together with the finale to deliver a good ending. The transition each character makes, whether over the course of the show or over the course of the events (flash backs included) and the state they finish in is well supported and provides the next best thing, in terms of satisfying endings.

And, another interesting thing: The protagonist is a woman! All of the other main characters are men, and it is essentially the reverse of Aldnoah and Sidonia, in that regard. Another shot at traditional anime tropes and cultural themes I guess. She isn't quite a Mary Sue, though, as she develops, although she's sort of portrayed in that light because of the attention the cast puts on her.

Easily a 10/10 show, if you're interested in comedy and can tolerate cringe worthy drama here and there.

Steins;Gate - ffffffffffffuck

This was so great, I thought, or could have been better, but was still great. It gets a bit bogged down by the stupid choices of the main character in the middle, but then that is remedied and it gets good again. Still, even that period is important to his development and that of the plot, i guess.

The premise is that a socially retarded loser who calls himself a mad scientist actually succeeds, by accident, in creating a time machine. I say socially retarded loser because for all intents and purposes he is, and yet the show has 6 supporting female characters and just 1 guy, and 4/6 girls are in love with him. I refer you back to Aldnoah and Sidonia and the play on this by Ouran... Pattern in anime? I think so, but i've just watched four so who knows!

Anyways, his accidental time machine sets off a chain of events that unknowingly result in, well, basically the entire show. All of it is a consequence of an accident towards the end of the first episode. Despite this, nobody realizes it, obviously, and so things unfold like a regular linear story except that each time the time machine is used he is the only one with memory of the previous time lines.

Anyways, I thought it was a great show. I loved it's approach to time travel and paradoxes and I actually sort of liked how the protagonists sheer ineptitude actually contributed to all of the terrible things that happened. This is unusual, as normally that would upset him to no end, because of how glaringly stupid those actions were. I think the reason I enjoyed it was that he ended up being the only one who knew what was, and thus had no spring board to bounce ideas off of sometimes (sometimes he did). I think that the characters could have developed a little bit further, their changes sort of fell flat, but I think this was adequately addressed in the last few episodes.

A second season is planned, Steins;Gate.Zero, which is going to be an alternate timeline sort of deal stemming from episode 23 (of 25). The show has a very definite ending for season one I felt, and so I am happy they decided to go the alternate time line route with season 2.

I didn't like it quite was much as Ouran Host Club, if I'm being completely honest. It was slightly more of a chore to watch and it just wasn't as fun. Still, I have to give it a 10/10. I would recommend it to all sci-fi and animation (not just anime) fans, easily. Was especially impressed by how they wrapped everything up.

I don't know what I'll watch next. Equilibrium was mentioned on UP the other day and I decided I'd download that since it's been a while...my Netflix list is pretty long but I've realized thats where things I want to watch go to die....
pillz
Member
Tue Dec 22 16:10:38
"This is unusual, as normally that would upset him to no end,"

Should read 'upset ME to no end'
The Children
Member
Wed Dec 30 02:19:14
i quit watchin 12 monkeys. culdnt get past epi 4. damn what a waste. so much potential but its so borin 2 watch.

so i switched 2 Helix.

This shits fkin awesome.

on a remote research center in the artics filled with scientists a zombie ish virus outbreak...no endless bullshit drama talk, no bullshit 4000 sex scenes, just mystery and zombies lurkin in the dark

Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Dec 30 19:33:43
too bad about 12 Monkeys.. one of my favorite movies, but I avoided the show because I loved the movie mainly for Terry Gilliam's directorship..

hmm.. anime usually burns me out very quickly, so not sure I'd be up for any of it.. but may keep Steins;Gate in mind..

..
"Ash vs Evil Dead" turned out to be really fun! It's currently up to episode 9, with the season 1 finale being on January 2nd. Can find episodes here:
http://awesomedl.ru/tag/ash-vs-evil-dead/
The first two episodes were especially hilarious. Episode 1 was directed by Raimi himself, and it was so good that it gave me hope that Raimi can remove himself from his pop history (like his Spider-Man, "Drag me to Hell", and Oz). It has some semi-serious episodes in the middle (not much lols in those two or three), but episodes 8 and 9 brought back the lols. They've been really good about the "buckets of blood" horror style, with the comedy coming not from making fun of horror but making fun of how people might *handle* horror (thinking here of the blood shower theme; characters getting covered with blood while killing deadites).

Def recommend! :D
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Jan 05 23:22:21
totes forgot! Ash finale:
http://awe...son-1-episode-10-the-dark-one/
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Jan 06 23:54:12
Ash finale was much lols
So was the Soup finale, btw (above). They had a bunch of celebrity guests and managed them well. Will miss that show :)

Not sure if anyone remembers, but I was posting about a Gillian Anderson show called "The Fall" many months ago (serial killer drama). It ended its season 2 with a cliffhanger in November 2014, and it wasn't clear if they'd renew for a third.. but it looks like they finish filming season 3 this month and will release it later in the year..
pillz
Member
Thu Jan 07 23:18:01
I watched some of season 1, it was meh.
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Jan 07 23:32:58
The Fall or Ash?

If "The Fall".. yeah.. it has its moments, but how they conclude it can easily decide if I'll hate it forever or love it ;p
pillz
Member
Fri Jan 08 17:45:40
Yeah, The Fall. Did not like it much at all, from what I saw.

Watched Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night [Unlimited Blade Works]. So much to complain about and so little time, will return.
pillz
Member
Sun Jan 10 14:22:20
So the fate series is about a magical tournament conducted by mages to win a holy grail that grants wishes. The grail selects 7 masters who each summon a heroic servant to do battle for them. The heroic spirits are taken from history so you have Alexander and King Arthur and whatever.

In the first (zero) I felt they lacked a real narrative. They obviously had a plot, but the whole thing seemed rather skeletal. The ending was sort of like, well, why? And obviously set up the sequel. Too obviously tbh. Still, it introduced interesting concepts and that meant a continuation of the story could hold promise.

I add that it also didn't have cray animes power levels except with regards to the heroic spirits, but while their power levels were ambiguous they weren't exactly DBZ tier 'every time I get mad I get a new power' or whatever.

5/10

Stay night [unlimited bladeworks] was a lot less tolerable. It's about the kids of the previous participants of the grail war. This isn't in and of itself a bad thing. They introduced the high-school setting but didn't make good use of it, failed at all to flesh out relationships using holdover characters, and the plot was insanely tedious and just dumb. Not only was the big twist obvious, it wasted like 1/4 of all episodes. It was poorly written, a chore to sit through, and detracted from any and all alternate story points.

Almost as frustratingly terrible as the plot/twist, was the inconsistencies with the first series. Mage powers, crazy new powers for mages and spirits alike, no consistency in the master/servant relationship or the rituals of the Holy grail war, etc. Was like they decided to ignore all of the first series outside of 2 character's rivalry.

2/10
Obky worth watching for qt3.4s
Palem
Person.
Sun Jan 10 15:00:58
NBC's You, Me, and the Apocalypse looks like it could be funny. Always felt there a lot of untapped comedy potential in the "End of the world" genre.
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Jan 10 17:50:35
It looks like it has a nice cast:
"You, Me and the Apocalypse - A Different Kind of Apocalypse (Preview)"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjVz-5lJBk0
pillz
Member
Sun Jan 10 19:11:17
Also watched Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic (i think thats the one, there are two successive magi series i forget which is first).

I am not sure I liked it any better than the Fate stuff. It has better writing, a better plot, better characters for the most part. I liked the animation of the Fate series better though.

It features the same nonsensical power level stuff that is apparently inherent to anime. The use of magic in this is similar to that of the Fate series, in that people have different levels of magic energy and ability. Although as in Fate/Stay Night [Unlimited Blade Works] the powers of love and stuff can apparently propel users to new heights. Because.

I suppose that is the only similarity between them.

For the most part Magi is identical in story and atmosphere to Avatar: The Last Airbender and Wakfu. That is probably because it came out after both of those series. It does not, however, come with any of the things that made those two fun to watch. No episodic adventures, no sense of urgency in the protagonists mission, and no meaningful development that leads to character's new powers and stuff. Both A:TLA and Wakfu are obviously eastern-influenced, and so it is interesting to see Magi try to replicate them, and I can't explain why they didn't adapt the western features that made those successful. Though I am told Magi is popular regardless.

I have some hope for it redeeming itself in the second series, but I can easily imagine it falling flat. In either case I would rather rewatch Wakfu or Avatar than try to second series, though...

Btw, for those of you who can't watched Wakfu you absolutely should.

Also as an aside, the more anime I watch the more I believe (having already thought) that cartoons trump anime. Only Ouran and Steins;Gate can compete thus far.
Palem
Person.
Sun Jan 10 19:20:53
I think a lot of anime go out their way to be "adult" and it really gets in the way of any decent story telling. It's like a 17 year old that's trying to "prove" how grown up they are lol
Hood
Member
Sun Jan 10 19:34:54
"cartoons trump anime"

So much this. So much this that I should continue watching Animaniacs.

"I think a lot of anime go out their way to be "adult" and it really gets in the way of any decent story telling. It's like a 17 year old that's trying to "prove" how grown up they are lol"

Yeah. It's always amusing when people don't realize that you don't -try- to be adult. It's just a thing. And adult people will see through those attempts pretty easily. Now, I've only ever watched 1 anime (and it was unimpressive). But that feeling of effort is just so easy to spot.
pillz
Member
Sun Jan 10 19:49:41
That could be a fair assessment. These 3 were the only ones I've seen thus far that really dropped the ball on story. Magi has set the stage for a lot of backstory to come up and a lot of things to be settled, but the absence of anything enjoyable sort of negates that.

I would say that does accurately describe the Fate series, though. They tried, in both, to address moral and philosophical issues and put them at the heart of the story and plot (more in the second than the first). And I mean, in a very central way and not in a 'this is our lesson this week, kids' sort of way. Unfortunately there was no depth, just a lot of angst and yelling.

I am currently watching Fairy Tail. It basically addresses the same themes as everything else in cartoons and anime I guess. Love, friendship, perseverance and justice, idk. It has serious overtones and characters, but an incredibly light atmosphere. Obviously targeted towards children and so lacks the adultness you refer to. Stiiill.... I think 5 & 6 episode arcs are excessive, which is my biggest problem with it (along side power levels.....).
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Jan 12 19:07:40
ohmahgerdz! totes forgot about the new season of It's Always Sunny; episode 1:
http://awe...macdennis-2-electric-boogaloo/
And episode 2 airing tomorrow!
Palem
Person.
Wed Jan 13 09:17:54
I wasn't all that impressed with Sunny. It was just a rehash of Chardee MacDennis. All of absurd fun of the game originally wasn't there. Was still funny, but it felt like they ran out of ideas, so they just dug up an older episode.
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Jan 13 21:27:51
Yeah, I agree with all of that :/ .. I did laugh a bit, but overall it wasn't near being one of their better episodes. I hope this doesn't set the tone for a throwaway season ... especially given how much I lol'ed last season :p
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Jan 13 23:42:08
S11-E2 of Sunny posted here:
http://awe...-2-frank-falls-out-the-window/
Palem
Person.
Thu Jan 14 11:12:55
Another "old" episode.....oh boy :(
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Jan 14 20:16:44
Yeah.. flashbacks and everything :/
..worriness increasing.

Did like that one line when Dennis was on the floor: "Okay but if I'm being honest with you. If I'm being very very real. I need to be high on crack cocaine right now."
Palem
Person.
Fri Jan 15 13:17:27
I thought Charlie stole the episode insisting on the wormhole, or whatever he called it lol
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Jan 15 18:51:50
Yeah! :D .. that might have been a missed opportunity, like maybe the episode ends with some evidence that there *was* a wormhole D: ... ;p
hood
Member
Mon Jan 18 12:00:23
Jessica Jones season 2 confirmed. Daredevil season 2 out mid march.
Palem
Person.
Mon Jan 18 13:50:00
Angie Tribeca was pretty meh, as I expected. It was a nice touch premiering it as a marathon of the entire season because there's no way I would sat around and waited for the next episode each week.

Puns upon puns upon puns upon puns. Don't get me wrong, I love a good pun, but yikes lol. Had a few lol moments, other than that, pretty forgettable.
Palem
Person.
Wed Jan 20 20:10:01
Fingers crossed for the new Sunny tonight...
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Jan 20 20:24:11
I know!! I'm really hoping they'll get it together for some lols :D
pillz
Member
Wed Jan 20 23:53:38
I finished K. It was actually pretty good, but very short. May or may not continue, so I'll just say that other than the very odd animation it was a pretty good story and mostly just suffered from bad budget and poor animation so it wasn't great.

Also The Seven Deadly Sins. 10/10. Could do with better fight scenes but overall great story, episode and story arc layouts, and generally a fun show. A bit rushed in the end maybe. It is... sort of weird, combining bits of western (English) mythology and history with Japanese anime and video game references. Still, really liked it and happy to hear there's a continuation to it. It is a exclusively distributed in English by Netflix, too, officially.
Palem
Person.
Thu Jan 21 09:16:47
Sunny was great, but they've pushed forward with their whole "throwback" theme, so I guess I'm just going to have to deal with it lol
Palem
Person.
Thu Jan 21 22:18:02
Baskets was pretty funny. 8/10
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Jan 22 15:45:42
[Palem]: "but they've pushed forward with their whole 'throwback' theme, so I guess I'm just going to have to deal with it lol"

Oh noes! Seems like they decided to celebrate their 10th anniversary this season by examining how little they've changed ;D
Haven't watched episode 3 yet. Saving for tonight :D
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Jan 24 23:56:10
definitely many lols from episode 3 of this sunny season :D
Especially like when Dennis goes bourgeois/sociopath :D
Palem
Person.
Thu Jan 28 09:01:01
Sunny was ok, not great.
pillz
Member
Thu Jan 28 15:24:59
Watched Moribito: Guardian of the spirit.

Very good but a little slow for something with just 26 episodes. Follows a female warrior who is hired by a queen to protect a prince thought to be possessed by a demon.

Not much to say really. There's nothing that stands out as being bad about it except it's pacing, but that may just have been me. Fights were few and far between and not anything special. Story was sort of interesting. Animation was visually appealing.

It's a stand alone sort of deal based on a manga based on a book. If you have 10 hours to kill and absolutely nothing to do its worth it.... Otherwise not so much.
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Jan 29 18:00:21
"Sunny was ok, not great."

yeahs.. it had its moments, but seemed an inconsistent effort. They maybe should have stuck with fewer ideas.. like looking at Dee's movie effort more or something.. not sure
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Feb 05 17:41:34
Latest Sunny had some big lol moments — especially naked Dennis yelling :D
Might have been the best of the season so far, though the skiing episode had its moments too :)
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Fri Feb 05 19:00:41

Sleepy Hollow starts in a minute.

Correction, just started.

Palem
Person.
Sun Feb 07 09:43:24
Sunny was ok. I was a little disappointed because I felt like we didn't get to see Dennis explode =\
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Feb 07 18:08:25
Yeah :( .. I really wished that his naked yelling hadn't been a delusion. I was even hoping that Mac would cover him with butter like that scene in Bronson and he'd just start attacking ;D
Palem
Person.
Mon Feb 08 06:17:34
Yea, internal meltdowns, while funny, aren't nearly as funny as external meltdowns lol
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Feb 08 16:24:33
Totes! And Dennis has been getting *really* close to some American Psycho level meltdowns ;D
Palem
Person.
Fri Feb 12 10:06:16
Sunny was meh. Had it's moments


I'm curious how they got those mirror shots though. I'm not a film expert or anything, but that was pretty fancy shit for such a burning garbage pile of a show lol
hood
Member
Fri Feb 12 11:34:53
So I just finished both sessions of Sirens on Netflix. There was some stupid shit, but overall I enjoyed it as relatively mindless comedy.
pillz
Member
Sat Feb 13 14:00:10
Finished 150 episodes of fairy tail. 5 seasons according to Wikipedia.

Season one (1-48) was very good. Highly recommend it if you want something lighthearted. Decent fight scenes, lots of stuff happening. Story arcs average like 6 episodes like I said.

Everything after that... Fights become mostly trash, and each subsequent 24 episode season is one storyline... So it drags like nothing I've watched before. Really find it difficult to recommend unless you enjoyed the first season a lot. Each season has some decent episodes but they're hardly worth all the boring exposition.

Also very lay writing whereby everything is resolved by the power of love, even if it makes no sense in the context it's presented in.

Like 100 more episodes, I'll likely watch them because it is an interesting series overall but the quality drop from 49 onwards is immense.
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Feb 14 00:09:42
"Sunny was meh. Had it's moments"

I lol'ed a few times — especially that scene where Bill Ponderosa thought he was caught so he immediately got ready to commit suicide XD

Looks like they were going for "Being John Malkovich" and also a little bit of "Crank" with the way they directed it. Very fun :D
..As for the mirror shot, I think that was just a piece of glass :D .. so probably DeVito was being filmed through glass and they set up props in double to make it look like everything was being reflected (in that scene they never show DeVito's hands when the camera pans down). In other scenes I think DeVito was probably wearing this type of rig so he could be hands-free:
http://cdn...638fb8f45c1a9d278fb2/crank.jpg
I like it when they do cinematography tributes! :D Like that "Charlie Work" episode they did for "Birdman" was one of my favorites
Palem
Person.
Sun Feb 14 07:09:26
Yea I loved the Charlie Work episode. One of my favorites :)
pillz
Member
Wed Feb 17 00:45:36
Watch The Expanse. Sci-fi show from Sy-Fy, how however they're spelling it now. It stars Thomas Jane and the brown lady that is in everything that needs a brown lady. Tbh I only remember her from a season of 24... 6 I think.

Takes place 200 years in the future, when mankind has colonized (or at least mined) the entire solar system. Mars is an independent military power, Earth technically controls the astroid belt. Inhabitants of the belt, belters, are like non-state persons or something.

The show follows three separate routes and characters on converging paths as each tries to solve their own little mystery.

It is slow. Really slow for something with just 10 episodes. The first season doesn't really resolve anything important imo, because all you get is (perhaps a partial) answer to each of the three mysteries. By the end these revelations are kind of insignificant though, and the winding road of reaching them doesn't seem worth it.

I guess it has pretty decent production quality. The acting is pretty good and sets could be worse. At least there is relative consistently across different settings, which is more than I can say for the next show I'll post about.

I think visually, a lot of the appeal comes from filters and cheap effects, which I dislike in principle but you can't really argue with the results. I had read somewhere that the cinematography was hype worthy but I disagree.

Really not a whole lot to say about it... wish the season had been longer, or had more substance to it. I realize now that while I dislike a purely episodic format, it definitely helps the viewer with feeling closure and progress. When episodes just flow one right into the next, basically with just an edit, it really tends to obscure whatever progress each episode makes towards furthering the plot.

This was a major problem I had with Vampire Diaries when I started watching it. However, Vampire Diaries (for example) will typically have several acts, if you will, per season, and episodes tend to introduce or conclude SOMETHING immediately recognizable to the viewer. The seasons are also 22 episodes, not 10.

I would say that The Expanse does technically resolve or introduce something each episode, but because of the split narrative and tedious repetition (episode 9 or 10 uses the first 16 minutes to 'recap', with like 4 minutes of new footage?!) this doesn't really translate well, I felt.

Anyways, show has an interesting premise and I look forward to the second, 13 episode season, as it has been renewed already. I wouldn't suggest anybody watch it until the second season airs, or they happen to have nothing better to do.
pillz
Member
Wed Feb 17 01:01:02
Next up: Dark Matter

This is also a futuristic sci-fi show, also set in space. I'm only on episode 2 so far but I want to say some things.

First of all, it is Canadian, a Space original! I used to love space, but I will be the first to admit I am not a big fan of Space originals, or most Canadian sci-fi productions. I enjoyed Earth Final Conflict a lot, and Andromeda a little less, but it would be impossible to name any other Canadian productions I enjoyed... Space had a couple of them in the 00s like Star Hunter. I fucking hated Star Hunter. I want to say there was another one, but I can't remember it.

Anyways, Dark Matter is obviously operating with a much, much smaller budget than The Expanse. Which is OK. But why do Canadian shows have to look so shitty, and use such shitty sets, and such shitty props, and be so shitty?

For fucks sake, Farscape was AUSTRALIAN and it started in like 1999 and season 1 of Farscape blows Dark Matter out of the water in set design and props, and tbh the CGI of Dark Matter may as well have come from 1999. It is just a smidgen, a smidgen better than early Farscape. Better than Star Hunter from what I remember, too, thank god.

Acting is not good or bad. It has the black guy from First Wave and 24 (agent Curtis, who Jack killed... somewhere between seasons 4 and 6?), and the blonde doctor lady from Lost Girl. Shes been in other stuff too but honestly couldn't say what, probably crappy Canadian stuff like Lost Girl.

That is another thing! Dark Matter has the same, shitty camera work and lighting and stuff as other low budget Canadian crap, like fucking Lost Girl. Hate it.

Thats all I have to say on that for now.

Oh, on the Expanse: plastic water tanks are not cover in a gun fight, guys, and if you don't want people to reload then don't show them putting bullets and tiny 5-round magazines in their guns, just make them lasers or something, or leave out those shots of loading the weapons in the first place. When someone checks/loads their revolver with 6 rounds and then gets into a gun fight and never goes dry it sucks. I thought hollywood figured this out already.
pillz
Member
Wed Feb 17 01:03:13
I mean, the tanks could be cover if full, but then they should look full, or leak when shot, or something. Details matter.
pillz
Member
Wed Feb 17 01:22:58
Dark Matter is so visually disappointing I am not even going to bother torrenting it in 720 or 1080p. In part because it's a waste of resources, and in part because it's so unpopular that there are no seeders for those qualities left.
McKobb
Member
Wed Feb 17 02:20:44
Interesting night on Forged in Fire with the first female in the forge. She even made it to the second round. Her poor choice of metal from the dumpster dive put her behind as she had to start from scratch to forge a minimal spec chicken chopper. The final round is a warhammer!
Palem
Person.
Wed Feb 17 17:11:36
"Dark Matter is so visually disappointing"

I laughed
McKobb
Member
Wed Feb 17 19:34:30
It is unvisible from here.
Palem
Person.
Fri Feb 19 10:19:42
Sunny was good. Just good 'ol fashion gang shenanigans.
McKobb
Member
Fri Feb 19 12:43:00
Racist
pillz
Member
Fri Feb 19 12:53:27
Finished Dark Matter.
After 13 episodes, I will say it's settings and props have improved a bit, maybe. No more 100 year old firearms being used god knows how far into the future. Although you still see modern firearms, AUGs and Travors and stuff, but whatever, at least they're trying to keep it consistent with bullpups.

Still don't like the effects and still don't like how disjointed the sets are, over all. Each section of the ship looks like it is part of a different vessel, same as all the other places they visit.

Story isn't very compelling imo. Wow they lost their memories and they're all terrible people with good sides who surpress them to survive tragedies. boo fucking hoo.

Expanse is better.
Palem
Person.
Sat Feb 27 11:40:48
Sunny had me busting me up
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Feb 27 20:49:55
Yeah the last two have had lots of lols :D
Liked that random Reservoir Dogs tribute with Charlie
(Reservoir dogs scene):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye7x3jbi_TE
Looks like there will be a two-part finale over the next two weeks. Should be fun :)
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Mar 04 20:21:52
Wasn't too impressed with "Gang goes to Hell" part 1 .. did like that Dee had her own variation of "because of the implications" though :D
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Mar 04 20:28:06
And Mac finally came out but it wasn't as funny as it could have been :( .. wonder if they'll just reverse it (episode "reset" style) or if they'll commit to it :D
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Mar 11 16:54:27
Was pretty unimpressed by the Sunny finale :(
..and they *did* reverse Mac's coming out :( :( .. I was hoping that they would see where the change could take them.
So yeahs.. kind of ended up being a break season. Maybe only 4 or 5 of the episodes out of 10 were lol-tastic; for me those were..
- "The Gang Hits the Slopes",
- parts of "Mac & Dennis Move to the Suburbs",
- "Being Frank",
- "McPoyle vs. Ponderosa: The Trial of the Century", and
- "Charlie Catches a Leprechaun"

I think they need to be more willing to play with continuity.. it would give them more options anyways
Hood
Member
Sat Mar 12 17:53:02
I've found all of Sunny to be hit or miss. Even within episodes, sometimes their jokes just don't land (for me). But when they do, it's hard to not have an audible reaction.
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Mar 13 19:45:40
Trues. I think their hit/miss consistency is still favorable, and they definitely have a dark/real humor that other shows don't really have. So yeah, when they make something funny happen it can be *really* funny :D
Hood
Member
Mon Mar 14 16:57:39
For instance! The episode where they broke into a house looking to steal a vase was mostly meh. The typical insulting of Dee, Charlie being an idiot and Frank just having no idea how to act like a person.

But 2 scenes really stood out as absolutely hilarious. Frank posing with the pile of stuffed animals and Dennis leading the gang out for a casual walk out the front door.
pillz
Member
Sun Apr 03 19:31:49
Watching Daredevil.
I heard this TWD guy was a good Punisher, but I guess none of these people have ever read Punisher.

The entire roof scene of episode 3.. just fucking terrible. And holy fuck, having Daredevil shoot the chains and not Frank?

Literally one of the most iconic scenes with both characters and they ruined it in every conceivable way.

Im just at a loss.
pillz
Member
Sun Apr 03 19:33:59
People should download all the books and comics they can, in their original format (scans or original rips) because its pretty clear with the direction of the MCU and the recoloring of the DC comics that at some point in the future, publishers will sterilize their backlogs.
Hood
Member
Sun Apr 03 22:04:44
"The entire roof scene of episode 3.. just fucking terrible. And holy fuck, having Daredevil shoot the chains and not Frank?"

I mean, you kind of have to deal with this sort of thing.


Also, Good news everyone! Animaniacs is on Netflix!
pillz
Member
Mon Apr 04 01:28:26
"I mean, you kind of have to deal with this sort of thing. "

There was no reason for Frank to be twitchy and screaming, and the fact that Daredevil pulls the trigger is arguably important for his character. He kills and it hurts him. Frank was right that either way Matt was basically took a life, and that was reflected well in the church scene, but why not just have him pull the trigger on Frank? It's like Han shooting first, and then not, you know?
McKobb
Member
Mon Apr 04 02:06:15
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