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Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Apr 29 17:42:49
Let the simulations steal away your life!! ;p
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Apr 29 17:44:44
I'm sure that "Lip Sync Battle" must typically be a terrible show, but I watched this episode because it guest-starred Joel McHale (Community, The Soup) and Jim Rash (The Dean from Community)..
[about 22 minutes]
http://awe...de-13-joel-mchale-vs-jim-rash/
..was very funny! :D .. if you like McHale and Rash, they basically did circles around the show's format and kept it ultra weird :)
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Apr 30 18:54:41
I watched the "Lip Sync Battle" episode with Sonequa Martin-Green and Lauren Cohan (both from Walking Dead) ..
http://awe...cohan-vs-sonequa-martin-green/
..and can confirm that the show is terrible when people play by its format :p
pillz
Member
Sun May 01 03:53:01
What the fuck did I just watch (TVD S06E19-20)

So earlier in the season Alric tried to bring his wife Joe back to life. He used a stone called the Phoenix Stone that he was told had this capability.

Well, not really. It just stores vampire souls taken using a special blade the stones supposed to be attached to wielded by some immortal vampire huntress. So it can restore a vampires soul to its body, or to another body, but not really revive the dead.

Well apparently vampire souls and human bodies don't mix so Joe's body, now with random vampire, began to die.

I am 99% sure she was not at this point a vampire.

Well, anyways, fast forward and the Phoenix stone is destroyed and all the souls scatter. Stephan had just been trapped in the stone, but his body hadn't been destroyed. Well, he ended up in some random guys body and another vampire in his. Random vampire was A-OK but Stephan's new body began to fail in about 48 hours...

Now, after that is resolved, everybody ends up going to hunt down this escaped vampires.

BUT HOW ARE THEY ALIVE.
The souls had to possess corpses and there can't be a vampire corpse unless it's killed with the blade. They would just burn or stone or whatever. And Rayna typically burns all the bodies of her victims so there are no vampire bodies lying around.

They should all be trapped in human bodies like Stephan was, bodies of dead people... But they're all fucking vampires!

And they spent two episodes killing this vampires... IN THE FUCKING DAYLIGHT. These vampires are BRAND NEW. It's been like a week tops. How the fuck did they get daylight rings???

Like fuck. They just finished fixing Stephan's mortality in his human corpse body and now they're killing a bunch of impossible vampires in day light????? How did somebody get paid to write this shit?
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu May 05 01:49:06
I didn't even realize that last week's episode of Lucifer was the season 1 finale :p
http://awesomedl.ru/?s=lucifer&x=0&y=0

I've kept up with it, and it's a kind of weird mix between completely awful and sometimes clever. The awful probably comes from Lauren German, who has some really poorly acted scenes on the show.. but the scenes may also be the writing's fault, because I don't know how *any* actor could save those moments (for instance, in a single scene she has to cope with the fact that her ex-husband had attempted to murder another officer and had let her become an outcast for months due to his coverup, and then within two lines she has to emotionally recover and strategize their next movie.. clearly this scene should have been split up). Then on the good side it has some really creative elements — probably from its DC comics basis — like artifacts, power limitations, and uncertain moralities..

Blerg. Will probably keep watching whenever they release season 2, but hopefully their budget will increase because they have clearly had to combine scenes in artificial ways.
pillz
Member
Fri May 20 17:10:11
So Vampire Diaries wrapped up for the season.
There was no super-retarded bullshit ala my last post, so that was good.

Otherwise it was sort of retarded. Nobody died which is super disappointing, although I really thought Enzo was a goner. Should have been.

I guess they've set up some weird super evil thing for next season but I can't say I'm that excited for it. Damon has spent the entirely of this season going back and forth between 'I LOVE ELENA SO MUCH I CANT GO ON OR ILL BE MYSELF AND LOSE HER' & 'I WILL BE DAMON AND DO DAMON THINGS'.

The result is that Damon gets results, but its not worth the viewer having to suffer the same retarded dialog from him every episode. Literally like 5 minutes each episode is dedicated to his bleeding heart 'I'm in love but Im bad and Im sorry' bullshit.

Fuck it.

The Originals on the other hand, wow, really surprised. They finally killed Devina (thank god) and presumably in a way where she can never return - however we've established the writers for these shows don't know what they're doing.

Less happy they killed Cammy, because at least I liked Cammy, so Klaus' monologues about being a misunderstood evil maniac with a grinch heart were bearable. Now shes gone and they are on par with Damon's (in cringe-worthiness, frequency, and irrelevance to plot).

2 episodes left to watch but I'm guessing Kole is the first antagonist of next season and Marcel dies in ep 22 or maybe he kills Kole and is next seasons antagonist.
Would honestly take back all the bad things I've said about TO if they were to kill Marcel and Devina in the same season.

TVD has a 5 year time skip btw. Karoline's visit to New Orleans suggests that Marcel might succeed in driving out Klaus, and her mention of him and the death of Cammy make me hopeful of a Klauroline in the feature.

That is all.
The Children
Member
Thu May 26 12:32:42
limitless

god damn boys and girls. whatdafck did i just watch. did they copy the movie in da first episode or what. cept it was literally shit compared 2 da movie. whatdafck.

Damian DB
Moderator
Thu May 26 18:13:01
limitless was cancelled so it's all good
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Thu May 26 18:26:42
"The Night Manager" was decent (was a 6-part miniseries on AMC)

featuring Loki & House... but not as those characters...
McKobb
Member
Thu May 26 18:45:32
It was an OK spy show...made odd by House saying such, "be a good chap".
McKobb
Member
Thu May 26 18:56:06
*such as
pillz
Member
Thu May 26 20:24:35
TO went exactly as I expected it to, tbh.

Spoilers

Marcel took the potion as soon as it was offered and played the Mikkelsons by forcing them to kill him thus activating it.

Then he actually killed Kole, Elijah and Freya. Well they didn't die, but he did mean to kill them. They're now in stasis or whatever, as no cure exists for his bite, and Freya's cure is missing or whatever for herself.

So now Marcel has to die. I mean, he really as to. He just tried to kill 3 of them, for real, so he dies, right? I just want him to be gone. This must mean he'll be gone.

Anyways been interesting, much much better than TVD.
McKobb
Member
Thu May 26 23:02:45
And Elizabeth Debicki is hot.
The Children
Member
Mon Aug 01 06:57:11
hefe (ash) vs evil dead

dayum this shit is the shit. definitely way better as a series than as a movie. as a movie this is like a b caliber movie. maybe even lower. but as a series, its fkin brilliant.

the lame jokes, the loser appeal, the sometimes even cheesy zombies, none of it matters when its such a high quality series.

only thing i dunt like is how near the end, the cabin is suddenly hunted. always thought it was just a normal cabin but with evil around it in the woods.

anyway, watched whole season 1 in a go. what a quality series.

8.5/ 10

Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Aug 01 12:25:00
Yes!! Ash ftw!! New season is in September. I hope Sam Raimi guest directs again because his season 1 episode (the premiere I think) was really good.
pillz
Member
Mon Aug 01 13:57:58
Watched Stranger Things on Netflix. 10/10

It's a sci-fi/horror mini series set in the 80s. It is heavily inspired by 80s popculture, particularly horror and sci-fi, and it has multiple nods and homages to differnt 80s things.

I'm sure I missed most of the references but it was fun to catch a few. The show was well written and the acting was pretty good for the most part. Winona Ryder is in it, and I guess she is the only big name.

Highly recommend it to anybody who lived through the 80s and any fans of sci-fi/horror.
Hood
Member
Thu Aug 04 17:39:13
I can second Stranger Things
McKobb
Member
Thu Aug 04 17:56:26
Very borrowey, but I enjoyed it!
The Children
Member
Mon Aug 15 08:42:51
im watchin it now. i liked the 1st episode. was kinda slow but ok so far.
McKobb
Member
Mon Aug 15 08:56:56
Woo-hoo! Walking dead round the corner!
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Aug 15 21:15:26
Yes!! This weekend is FWD, and once it finishes the season, it'll be right into WD :D
The Children
Member
Wed Aug 17 11:01:21
not likin stranger things so far. pace is 2 slow. weird gaps between story and shit. crappy cgi and shit. can barely even see the monster. very unbelievable how the kids went off 2 find this monster on one side and how the 2 older teens went off on the other side. they fkin live in the same house. how the fck have they no knowledge of eachothers plans.

episode 5 currently. hopefully more action soon coz im fallin asleep watchin this shit.

The Children
Member
Wed Aug 17 11:02:26
how the fck does that kid have another kid livin in the house without anyone noticin just how big r fkin yankee houses. so unfair.
The Children
Member
Thu Sep 01 09:10:56
watchin Z nation currently. man, shits actually pretty good. i like it.

its a light version of the walkin dead. part comedy and shit. the cgi and special effects lack here and there and episode 1 needs gettin used 2 but overall it aint bad. as u progress through season 1, its actually pretty decent 2 watch.

so u got a group of ppl, a medic, a sharpshooter, a former hooker, a couple, and 2 mains and 1 asshole on a trip in zombie land.

i wuld say 7.3 out of 10 not bad indeed.

Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Sep 14 00:57:10
I think UP was making threads about this show (missed them already), but HBO's "The Night Of" was a really good mini series. Basically like a long episode of Law&Order that focused on how dysfunctional the criminal justice system can be (rampant incompetence, slow wheels of justice, *becoming* a criminal by being subject to prison, etc.). Very well done. And the entire thing is out so it's ready to be binged like a Netflix series ;p
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Sep 17 01:06:21
Season 20 of South Park started:
http://awe...n-20-episode-1-member-berries/
A few fun moments. Looks like another story arc in progress... with 10 episodes for the season, looks like they'll be able to do commentary on the rest of the U.S. election
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri Sep 23 15:18:44
yeah, The Night Of was pretty good


apparently MacGyver has a remake starting tonight on CBS... 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 p.m. Central)

Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi!


'Designated Survivor' started this past Wednesday, first episode seemed decent... Keifer Sutherland goes from being housing guy to president (kinda disturbing on that point... hopefully he'll lead the country to ruin)
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Sep 23 16:38:35
Designated Survivor Wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Designated_Survivor_(TV_series)
Sounds cool! *downloads pilot*

Didn't realize that SVU came back this week, so I'll start spamming that thread :p

Ahk! MacGruber is such a sell-out! (Pepsi!)
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Sep 27 02:27:37
The Designated Survivor pilot was good! Very intense. I don't know how they'll keep up this kind of plot for a sustained period (maybe just by avoiding time jumps? Keep everything within a short window like "24"?), but I'll be keeping up with it :)
Good to see Maggie Q in something again; she seemed like a cool Nikita, though I never got far into that show.
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Oct 01 04:51:27
Designated Survivor episode 2 was pretty good. I'm hoping that the survivor in the cliffhanger was Nicolas Cage, who was looking for treasures below the capitol building.
Palem
Person.
Sat Oct 01 20:26:12
Designated Survivor looks kinda "meh", but I'm not a fan of political dramas in general so my opinion isn't worth much
Palem
Person.
Sat Oct 01 20:42:35
I've been watching Atlanta and have liked it thus far. Just to add something worthwhile to the thread lol
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Oct 03 01:43:24
Oh cool! How's the balance between comedy&drama? The teaser trailer really didn't make that clear at all.

Designated Survivor definitely gets pretty cheesy, but so far they seem to be riding their initial concept (speculating how the U.S. would deal with a loss of almost all leadership) fairly well. Probably it's just working towards a nostalgia trip where Kiefer Sutherland gets to be a cross-section of historically good presidential moments and where new, less bureaucratic leaders get to step up... but a lot of its success will probably just be from terrorism as a spectacle.. like watching each week just to see who else gets blown up and how answers get settled, kind of like how lots of people were glued to the TV after 9/11 and wanted answers, except this time peeps get to imagine that the lessons were learned and that Sutherland will do a better job ;p
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Oct 03 01:44:12
*"and that Sutherland will do a better job [than Bush & co.]"
Palem
Person.
Mon Oct 03 11:46:27
I'd say the comedy style is similar to Louis/Better Things, with a little bit more comedy than dark humor.

On the subject, I'm kinda disappointed in Better Things. It's 100% just Louis, if Louis was a woman. I was hoping for something different.
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Oct 03 14:36:42
Is Louis doing a Kurt for Courtney thing with Adlon? Like how Kurt wrote Courtney's music for her? ;)
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Oct 03 14:43:53
i was worried Keifer was shilling for Trump (being the unqualified housing guy turned president) :p

but seeing as how he's being cautious and careful, perhaps not...
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Nov 03 23:16:57
Just watched a newer episode of Daily Show (Kal Penn guest), and it was pretty hilarious! Particularly because nothing was funny, and the audience didn't even laugh during an entire fake report sketch. The audience also seems to be doing the "generous laughter" thing for Noah's frequent bad jokes... pretty special :p
Hood
Member
Thu Nov 03 23:39:39
When I heard they were replacing Stewart with Noah, I listened to a few of Noah's jokes. They were mostly unfunny.
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Nov 04 13:12:26
Pretty much same for me :( .. I watched his first episode [or 2?] and have since just checked in every month or so to see if he's improved .. doesn't seem he has :(

Have mentioned this in parts before, but he was always one of the lamest correspondents :/ .. his long-form stand-up has been even worse.. just doesn't seem to have enough personality for the main chair. I'm pretty convinced that he was simply the only person they could get to take the job; all the better, former correspondents (Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Larry Wilmore, etc.) all had opportunities for their own shows, so they wouldn't take it. Noah also has the *appearance* of an outsider (his South African semi-status), so Daily Show probably thought Noah would give them diversified credibility.. which in practice does not work if he's just not funny...
Blerg..
Palem
Person.
Fri Nov 04 18:46:26
I try really hard to like Trevor Noah, but the daily show has just lost me. There's so many better options now. The only advantage it has over most of the other shows is that it's on every night.

The show would be so much better if they would stop this serious shit and get back to being a comedy show.
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Nov 10 13:23:44
Daily Show got super serials about their election coverage -- was at least fun to watch the disappointment and racist-blaming ;D

Last night's South Park was pretty funny (S20-E7)! Some definite lol moments; though most of the lols were from random jokes that didn't necessarily have to do with the story. They had to near-completely change the narrative between E6 and E7 because they didn't leave much room for the possibility that Trump (Garrison) would actually win. Like instead of Garrison overcoming nostalgia and stopping his own election they have to make him a nostalgia drone who has no mind. Clinton also got a story arc where she plans to stop Garrison's inauguration or something... seems like a strange direction. They may have made the plot too reactive to current events (I mean, this episode aired the day after the events that it depicts)...

Have also kept up with Lucifer. It got super repetitive in season 2 (same "Detective Douche" joke over and over), and in last week's episode Lucifer revealed his "true" face to the psychiatrist, but this week's episode had her just accept it for friendship... whereas it seems like no amount of "proof" would convince a good skeptic (like she could easily just see it as a trick of perception or something)... don't think this show can go anywhere, but I'll probably watch to the end of the season...
Pillz
Member
Mon Dec 12 13:01:21
Watched Ascension, a sci-fi mini series on Netflix. Easily better then Dark Matter or The Expanse. Wish it had been picked up for a full run.

Can't really discuss it without ruining it, but I highly highly highly recommend it.

Also watched Kuromukuro. It's a mecha animal with... A disturbing number of similarities to Ald.Noah Zero. Kids at special mech faciltity stave off alien invasion. An alien princess. Dopel gangers.

Had a lot more exposition then Ald Noah. And by that I mean episodes where plot isn't necessarily advanced much but you see character interaction and development. Though I thought it was a bit much considering 13 ep seasons.

Stiiiill I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to watch a mecha anime, at least.

Rewatching Band of Brothers... Slowly. So so good.

Next is Mr. Robot
Pillz
Member
Tue Jan 17 16:51:01
Band of brothers on hold because the DVD is fucking up but looks perfect.

Finished the new Van Helsing series. Or season 1 anyways, which is all there is.

It is just a shitty zombie show except the zombies are semi intelligent vampires.

I think the lead actress is ugly AF.

Meh. It was okay I guess. Could be interesting. Wondering why the went the route of From dusk till dawn and are using a vampire cartel though. It isn't targeted to Mexicans as far as I can tell and the only Mexican cast members are the anatongists.

Like a 5 or 6 out of 10. Rather underwhelming despite nothing making it unwatchable.

Mr robot, band of brothers, black mirror up next I suppose.
pillz
Member
Thu Mar 23 17:45:51
So I watched Iron Fist, mostly. I have ten minutes left, which I will never watch.

0/10

They get no points for anything at all in this show. It is an utter disappointment to me as an Iron Fist fan, and an utter disappointment in general. It is physically painful to watch.

I can not stress enough how much this should never have been viewed by a living soul.
pillz
Member
Thu Mar 23 17:45:56
So I watched Iron Fist, mostly. I have ten minutes left, which I will never watch.

0/10

They get no points for anything at all in this show. It is an utter disappointment to me as an Iron Fist fan, and an utter disappointment in general. It is physically painful to watch.

I can not stress enough how much this should never have been viewed by a living soul.
Pillz
Member
Wed Apr 05 15:36:02
The Blacklist.

I dont know where to begin. But i just say that James Spader is incredible for the first season or two.

Spider's performance seems like a good indicator of the series' quality as it progresses.

It was never objectively great, but it was selectively good. It struggled with a lot of fundamental problems that have caught up to it now. I've never been so disappointed before, though, and it seems obvious to me that the lead actresses' pregnancy rail roaded the show.
The Children
Member
Fri Apr 07 05:58:29
is shield watchable?

pillz
Member
Wed Apr 19 18:31:20
Not really. I saw Season 1 and 2. Two was better than one but neither was very good. Legit haven't touched the show in almost two years... and I usually try to see things through.

Also, for the record, Community is still the best series to air minus Farscape.

There are few things I shit more than JeffxAnnie... and one of them is ScottxEmma so fuck you Marvel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rWZmmo4uQo
pillz
Member
Wed Apr 19 18:33:14
shit to ship....
The Children
Member
Tue May 02 00:33:03
does fear the walking dead suck or what. jesus it is gettin worse and worse by the episodes...

had so much potential 2. walking dead but in city setting? yes please...instead we get mexico and mexican desert and unactable actors and just downright a shitty story.

wtf


Cherub Cow
Member
Tue May 02 04:35:44
Yeah it's bad overall. It has a few okay moments towards the end of season 2, but they really need to make it work in season 3 or it's not going to make it. (Season 3 premieres June 4th)
pillz
Member
Mon Jun 05 13:11:03
Just wrapped up RWBY Volume 4.

Very good! The animation style has changed very drastically from the previous 3 volumes, apparently as a result of them changing modeling software or something.

Characters also all got new models/outfits which aren't so bad.

So after the soul crushing finale of Volume 3, this season really seems a bit empty and like the entire 12 episodes are filler. This is the worst thing I have to say about it, though, it gets better.

***SPOILERS I guess

So RWBY has always been about both teams RWBY and JNPR, but with a large emphasis on team RWBY as its the titular team & character. According to some random YouTube fan video there was backlash from fans over a 4-part JNPR arc revolving around Jaune. While I agree Jaune is a waste of space, I actually really like JNPR and wished they'd feature more as main characters rather than support for big fights.

PROBLEM SOLVED BITCHES. Volume 4 is about JNPR! Well, minus Pyrrha (RIP) and plus Ruby. It maintains the RWBY focus by following each member of team RWBY individually after the fall of Beacon as each of them tackles the fallout in their own way. For Ruby this means forging ahead with JNPR in pursuit of justice & revenge, for Blake it means conquering demons from her past, for Yang it means overcoming (or accepting) weakness, and for Weiss it is taking her own initiative to help her friends at (great) personal expense.

And since Ruby is with JNPR (RNJR now) we also got to see a lot of character exposition for Jaune/Ren/Nora as well, like Ren & Nora's origin as well as the depth of Jaune's loss after the death of Pyrrha (RIP).

I felt as though Weiss' arc was the weakest of the 4 on the surface, because it was difficult to really feel at all invested in the events because they're exceptionally distant in relation to the others, both from a narrative perspective and geographically. I think having the General there was a good thing, and necessary to keep it grounded to the rest of the story, but overall it fell pretty flat. Of course it was worthwhile I guess because Weiss got double development points from the whole thing, finally mastering the ability to summon her family guardian from her glyphs as well as abandoning her life/family/inheritance (which was taken from her I guess) in order to help her friends/pursue her own path. This is valuable since previously about the only time we've seen Weiss take initiative (iirc) is when she was trying to usurp Ruby as team leader.

Blake is still by far the most boring and unlikable character of the show, bar none. Her arc was a lot more relevant than Weiss' to the immediate story (Weiss' stuff will be coming up for sure and be very important though). Im hoping that by confronting her past Blake can finally be a little less emo/angsty, but that seems overly optimistic. Still it was nice to see that they continued the white fang plot line during this season and in a direction that would appear to head (geographically) away from the other storylines.

Yang's arc was sort of empty. But Yang was always sort of an empty character. Definitely better than Blake and more agreeable than Weiss, but lacking substance somewhere. Im not sure that this season gave her any, but I think that accepting her vulnerability and loss could make her more interesting later depending on how the writers handle it. Her developments were sort of two fold... accepting her defeat and loss of her army and altering her fighting style not as a result of that (which she overcame herself) but in anticipation (and advice from her father) that it'd happen to her again if she didn't. And more obviously but Im not sure more importantly, she went in search of Ruby rather than her mother. Which I never really expected to go any other way - they already covered the Ruby/Yang/Raven dynamic with the story of how Yang almost got Ruby and herself killed as kids, and that didn't leave much room for her to chase her phantom mother while her sister is making a trek across the continent.

BUT - I think the fact she had the choice and went with Ruby over Raven did demonstrate that she'd refocused her priorities significantly since she had still been searching for Raven and wanted to see her after being saved in Volume 2 (and 3??). I guess this is similar to Weiss' choice and Blake's as well. Although while Weiss and Yang both advanced in their fighting skills Blake didn't seem to have that going for her.

As far as team RNJR goes, excellent work showing how deeply the loss of Pyrrha affected Jaune and also how he wants to become more powerful and helpful. Of course it also did a great job of show casing just how far he's come since even Volume 3, as he was an integral part of the big fight in Volume 4 and acted as the team leader flawlessly (team JNRR it is maybe???).

Ruby's development was a lot less clear to me than the others... I guess it had to do with Crow, and probably was a double edged sword. That her actions continue to put others in risk because shes overconfident in her abilities & that she actually can save the ones she loves... but not by herself.

Nora and Ren had their origins revealed, and it was pretty awesome imo. Not at all what I had expected. Im not sure if either of them really 'got' anything from slaying their demon, but it helped to explain their dynamic and probably unshackled them in the same way Yang's acceptance of being a cripple did.

We also got to meet Salem (voiced by Jen Taylor who will also one day voice my automated home computer) and some of Cinder's compatriots/equals at the table.

And Crow and Raven's origins got alluded.

And of course Ozpin's story was somewhat interesting.

But overall I'd say that the 4-way split of the main/supporting cast and their relatively unrelated (in the immediate sense, and entirely for Yang) stories definitely contributed to the fact that not much actually happened this season and the shows plot wasn't actually advanced at all, or not any meaningful amount distance... which is why this feels like filler. Not -bad- filler, but not amazing either.

Can't wait for Volume 5. Want to see what Yang and Weiss will be like now. Oh, and ironically, Weiss has left Haven to find the others but RNJR/Yang are all on their way to Haven.... Hopefully we can see them all reunite next season though.

And can I just say that the death of Pyrrha is tragic. As tragic as the death of Achilles. Who she was based on, and so her fate was decided from her conception and even alluded to in her name (Pyrrha Nikos, where Pyr can mean Fire and Nikos victory, but also Pyrrha -> Pyrrhus and so Pyrrhic Victory, and she was even killed by a flaming arrow from a fire villian... fire victory indeed i guess).

tl;dr Pyrrha was a great character and her story was very well thought out and it sucks it had to be like this.
pillz
Member
Mon Jun 05 13:23:04
I'm playing with the idea of comparing RWBY, Korra and Seven Deadly Sins to Wakfu/Avatar/Magi, as they have similar themes and formats (although Wakfu/Avatar/Magi parallels are much stronger and the other three sort of just overlap in areas).

Funny that Korra is actually so radically different than Avatar.. actually it seems a lot closer to RWBY than it does to Avatar in terms of the characters and format and stuff.
McKobb
Member
Fri Jun 23 09:56:09
Saw the first episode. Not horrible as advertised.
pillz
Member
Thu Jul 13 22:51:26
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is probably my second favorite comedy behind Community.
pillz
Member
Fri Jul 14 13:01:21
It basically seems to be a live-action version of Archer, but with an annoying Jewish guy as the lead.

The Jewish chick is also basically Cheryl from Archer. Of all possible comparisons, that one is rock solid. Which is great except I wish Judy Greer had played her.....
Pillz
Member
Wed Jul 19 13:45:59
Castlevania was pretty Meh.

It's a 90 minute movie, basically, in which little happens. I can't fathom why theyd release something so short and in such an annoying format: just four 20+ minute episodes.

Could be good but I expect it to just chug along as mediocre.
Pillz
Member
Wed Jul 19 14:38:54
Also never been a huge castlevania fan but the protagonist's name is Beaumont which is not Romanian... And that annoys me.
The Children
Member
Thu Jul 20 01:02:42
i watch 1 episode...its fuckin garbage. castlegarbagevania.

spit on the ground on how lame the show is.

damn, who make that piece of shit. white boys shuldnt try 2 make anime. it ends up like dogshit yo.
pillz
Member
Sat Aug 19 00:16:04
Defenders shit so far.
McKobb
Member
Sat Aug 19 00:36:31
Snoozefest
pillz
Member
Sat Aug 19 11:59:59
Rofl @ luke cage

Its OK to be a criminal if youre a hungry kid!
McKobb
Member
Sat Aug 19 13:36:42
Too bad daredevil died
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Sat Aug 19 15:14:43

The 4th season of 'The Last Ship' premieres tonight with two episodes.

On TNT.

Pillz
Member
Sun Aug 20 16:53:22
The last ship is one of the worst shows I've seen in years.

It has a boring story and the acting is horrendous. The pacing of last season was also terrible, worse even than the current season of Got.

I can't imagine how it's still on air.

SPOILERS SPOILERS

Anyways the defenders was just SJW commentary: the miniseries.

Matt brats a kid senseless for going after looters, Luke Cage doesn't think black youth should be held accountable for their crimes because they're poor, apparently white men only fight crime because their privilege allows, and if you behead a several thousand year old pseudo immortal African ninja, it is homicide and the police need to be involved because violence solves nothing!

But seriously, this would have been about 100 times better if Luke hadn't been a pacifist BLM-lite soundboard and Danny wasn't in it at all.

And it'd still have been 99 times better just without danny. Holy fuck the man can not act. It is painful to watch.

Overall plot and story were shit, show was boring as fuck when nobody was being punched or thrown (so except for the last episode, each contained about 10 minutes worth watching).

They obviously could not balance a complex 4 man cast with supporting characters in the time they gave themselves and the serious felt disjointed as a result. Initial friction between them was non sensical mostly, except that Danny in the MCU (or Netflix equivalent) is the stupidest and most unlikeable character to exist and the actor is rage inducing, which makes the early problems in their group dynamic at least relatable because who the fuck can like Danny?

Hopefully Daredevil season 3 is not shit like Iron Fist and the Defenders.

Also hope punisher is good but at this rate I fully expect it to end in his suicide over his crimes against the economically disadvantaged
Pillz
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Sun Aug 20 17:21:12
Oh, also finished season 2 of Dark Matter.

Uh, surprisingly better than season 1. I've posted this before on UP maybe? Anyways it came together to be a decent show with a story and the lead from s1 is out so that's good.

Also happy Curtis is still there! Or Six, as he's called in the show.he played Curtis on 24, the most reoccurring CTU agent other than Jack or Tony. Jack eventually kills him and it is a sad moment because Jack obviously liked Curtis but both were too duty bound to budge. Sad times, 24 got show after far ape though.

Uh, ya I hated season 1 but 2 was better. It's budget appears to have been expanded greatly too which helps. Season 1 definitely suffered from money issues I felt.

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Also finished season 2 (series 2?) of Sword Art Online. The first arc was solid but the subsequent two were less so. The Norse thing felt like filler, which doesn't make that much sense given the brevity of seasons and fact that no new characters (player ones anyways) were introduced.

It seems unlikely it was filler though since it revised Kirito's final battle against Oberon since he went to reclaim Excalibur and Klein got a great weapon he is never gonna use, so I assume the NCP's/AI's will reappear with a connection to Oberon or Kayaba next season? And I expect Klein gives the hammer to a chick.

They left a of loose ends throughout (the odd NCP AI's and hammer, the missing SAO murderer, Oberon's connection to the medicuboid) so there's no shortage of plot for future seasons/series.

Still, felt the Excalibur / Norse thing was lacking (but good boss fight) and the whole final arc was very meh, as it focused on Asuna and not Kirito (first time that I can recall). Worst offense was not showing us the entirety of Kirito and Klein's Bridge fight, and just cutting straight to the sleeping Knights boss fight. Which was Meh tbh.

Kirito's fight also held plot significance I believe, cause it touched on his sister comments that he'd never fight like he used to again because his heart isn't in it (no risk of death, no spirit) but the feats he demonstrated on the bridge (mostly his willingness to fight to virtual death against a small army and his slashing of the magic attacks which was reminiscent of his feats on GGO) would indicate he can and will fight all out, if motivated (and in this instance by his desire to help Asuna).

I assume that this + Asuna's mother's approval of her continuing her gaming going to the special SAO survivot school indicates that Asuna is going to die (especially if Oberon is still involved some how).

Overall not as good as season 1 but good enough that season 3 could be promising given the plot points they've set up.

Oh ya curious how they finally mentioned how boss clearing works in ALO (7 guilds and each has 7 members) and that they've simultaneously introduced a second group of characters in a guild... They're short two members to be two full guilds (tho team Kirito isn't a guild and Asuna seems to want to be in the sleeping Knights) so that leaves room for 1 members for Klein to fall for and give the hammer to and 1 to betray them (since it's been a while).

pillz
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Sun Aug 20 22:48:15
Regarding Klein, his hammer, his love interests, and the size of the two parties and the potential for a 14 man team-up:

Yui was also an NPC AI and she gained sentience, and Klein seems to be into one of the faery/elf/whatever queen's daughters? Although he was also into Thor-posing-as-Freyja so who knows.

But, while the SAO group is 7 with Asuna, if she left they could introduce the black dude again since he's always just dangling on the periphery. Although I sense there is a reason for that, being that hes the most normal guy in the group so maybe something they should be aspiring for? idk.

Anyways that'd just leave one spot, which is more realistic probably since they spent this season introducing 2 two characters (well a few but they were all just plot support for those) and killed one of them off so like, if they wanna go with betrayal (and they should) itd make sense to introduce them in the beginning and then theyd have time to do the whole backstabby thing to fill out the character arc and also the story.

Also correction to previous post: It wasn't Oberon behind the Medicuboids it was Kayaba, so Asuna won't die do to revenge or misguided love or whatever, but because Kayaba already killed her in season 1 (but somehow she didnt die???).

Also ++++ for Kayaba being in the picture think that could get fun since he did give Kirito the seed and Kirito did release the seed and they never did reveal who operated GGO (well the name of the company yes but everything else was impossible to figure out), and they said many other VROMMRPG seed worlds were operated under similar mysterious conditions.
pillz
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Sun Aug 20 22:53:03
Also if im drawing wild conclusions from thin air, Kayaba impersonated a player in season 1 during the SAO incident... so like if there is only gonna be need for 1 more person to round out a two guild team and Kayaba is both a man (not necessarily important) and supposedly dead, we could see his female assistant (who was the liason for the medicuboid stuff or whatever) also impersonate a player while she wrecks havoc and be not only the villain (or one of them anyways), but also the new team member + klein's love interest + hammer user + backstabber).

Aaaalso since Kirito is working on all this stuff to let Yui interact somewhat with the real world, I would consider that when weighing the possibility of Klein's inevitable love plot and which route the writers will take...

But the assistant thing is much more solid imo.
pillz
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Sun Aug 20 23:17:32
Also get prepared for Shadowland in Daredevil season 3 or Defenders season 2
McKobb
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Wed Aug 23 09:44:47
Anyone seen Showtime's I'm Dying Up Here? It loosely documents the history of standup in 70's los Angeles mainly regarding The Comedy Store run by Mitzi Shore. They changed the names probably to dodge paying off the large cast of talent incubated there. Even the club and Mitzi' s name were changed with Richard Prior and Johnny Carson as the only real names included.

pillz
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Wed Sep 13 05:18:34
One Punch Man

10/10

It's only got a single short (13?) episode season, but it is pretty great.

It follows Saitama, hero for fun, who inexplicably possesses power greater than any professional hero or threat - which is where the name comes from.

It's a manga originally (more anime seasons coming) and it's a satire on manga/anime in general. Would highly recommend it to anybody who just wants to watch a normal dude out hero everybody.

Fight scenes are really great, except for Saitama's, which all end... predictably =D



pillz
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Mon Oct 02 21:42:40
So I finished watching the Sword Art Online movie (Ordinal Scale).

It seems to follow the same themes as seasons 1 & 2 did more or less: The nature of reality, death, importance of memories (and what those are in relation to what reality might be), and of course friendship and love 'cause anime.

SPOILERS ahead:

So, a 3rd generation of brain-linked gaming gear has come out, the Augma. Unlike the NerveGear and Atmosphere, however, Augma is not a virtual reality system but rather an augmented reality system. So it can be used constantly for things like messages or information or allowing the entire caste see Yui as though she were there. It also means that the game world is actually just the real world, but fancied up, and players have to travel to participate in events.

From the beginning Kirito demonstrated a complete lack of interest in the Augma despite several of the group (everyone but him?) playing it and following the game's mascot/PR figure, an AI avatar named Yuuna.

I would say this disinterest makes a fair bit of sense: Kirito has since the beginning been of the opinion that VR is 'better' than real life, and that the two are actually not so different or disconnected from each other. It is odd for one reason though, namely that he'd spent a fair bit of time in season 2 creating what was basically a bridge between VR and real life - sort of a manifestation of his belief that the two are kind of like sides of the same coin I guess? And as mentioned above, the Augma did allow for the sort of interaction with Yui that he'd been striving for... but he seemed unimpressed by the physical limitations presented by AR.

Anyways. Its a series about death games so time for death games amirite?

In the lead-up to an actual concert in a stadium by the AI Yuuna, the AR game began spawning bosses around the city where Yuuna was putting on live performances during the raids and would personally greet the person who got the kill.

Only the bosses are taken straight out of SAO - which is weird since only ALO has an SAO component to it (technically all VR games are built on the same SAO seed, but only ALO has an element of the original SAO to it since the world of SAO, Aincard, exists as a place in ALO). Kleine's guild & Asuna defeat the first boss while being observed/helped by the #2 ranked player.

Turns out, when SAO survivors are killed in the Augma, they lose all of their SAO memories (and the condition might be progressive), and nobody knows why. As the boss raids occur daily the number of people affected grows. First Kleine and his guild, then Asuna...

Which of course raises all sorts of questions for the viewer about Kirito/Asuna, since SAO is like a step away from being a haram anime and at least one other character has a thing for him. So if Asuna can't remember the year+ that they spent together in the game and how they fell in love, what is the foundation of their relationship?

Well obviously this is brought up by Asuna but is swept away with self reassurance and reassurances to Kirito that love will always overcome everything. Although when contemplating his own course of action, he did worry about the possibility he'd also lose his memories and what that'd mean for he and Asuna.

So, in season 2 Kirito didn't seem all that interested in fighting seriously without the threat of real death hanging over himself or others, until of course Asuna needed his help and he saw the need to again.

Turns out that the #2 ranked player is an SAO survivor from Asuna's old guild, but while he's a total badass now he was an utter coward in SAO. He lets on early on that without the fear of death hanging over them, he can finally be strong, or something.

Now, note that season 2's villain was also an SAO survivor. There, memories were important to him because he enjoyed murdering people, and he chastised Kirito for suppressing his own similar memories. One had led their memories possess them, the other was running from them. In the end Kirito recognized the importance of accepting what he'd done, because he'd done it to save lives.

It turns out that #2 (Eiji) had lost his SAO girlfriend in a boss fight, which meant she'd tried to clear a level and help end the game - and that he was unable to help her due to his own fear. That is in contrast to Kirito, who only seems to falter when hes not sure hes doing the right thing (or has done).

This is an interesting juxtaposition for the sake of the movies plot because Asuna has sacrificed herself for Kirito twice now (once almost dying, once breaking the game to die to save him), and Kirito has similarly sacrificed himself for Asuna several times (against Gleam Eyes when he almost died, against Heathcliff where after Asuna died he died and he broke the game to kill Kayaba, and again against Oberon).

So it's sort of interesting how a coward whose love interest died while he was powerless to save her, was intentionally targeting members of Kirito and Asuna's group, given that they've put their lives on the line multiple times for each other).

Oh ya, targeting.

So memories and reality.. well turns out the AI Yuuna is based on the likeness of Eiji's dead girlfriend ans the Augma was created by her father, and their goal was to induce activity in their brains using the association between seeing SAO bosses with memories of SAO to identify relevant memories to download - and apparently the association between SAO bosses and imminent death triggered an intense fear response which renders them both cowardly and unable to re-remember (I guess the implication being that having their memories returned would be pointless if they never got over their newfound fear?).

But WHY WAS HE TARGETING KIRITO AND ASUNA?

Not sure, honestly, but I assume it had to do with jealously of their relationship since he'd been in Asuna's guild & she'd been kind to him during their time in SAO, and since everybody knows how Kirito beat the game having witness Asuna die, even after being killed himself.

This is reinforced by a statement he makes in his final battle with Kirito whereby he states that Asuna isn't enough for Kirito and that hes also trying to romance Yuna (AI = Yuuna, dead girl & her AI afterimage = Yuna).

So anyways, Kirito is utter shit at this Augma thing and gets his ass handed to him in his first encounter with Eiji. He investigated things, uncovered the memory stealing plot (and the question of whether or not players would be better off forgetting their SAO experience comes up).

Yuna has been guiding Kirito to the truth, as her memory&deep learning resurrected AI self begins to take shape, and doesn't want to be resurrected as an AI.

Kirito pleads with the world at large to stop going to the boss raids, which is laughed off collectively, and he goes to fight in them by himself. Sinon caught on to his plan and helped him out the first day, yay, and Kirito is seen vastly improving his skills as he races to level up and keep the bosses from killing any SAO survivors. Once again, Kirito with a mission = unstoppable, even if just 5 days ago he was too out of shape to swing his arms around effectively.

Eventually we find that Yuna's father has been communicating with the surviving Kayaba AI (which was hinted at existing but never confirmed previously) and that the stadium concert was a ploy to get all the SAO survivors they could into one place, then have the entire stadium filled with SAO bosses so they could finish the memory theft.

-> Oh yes, the Augma was provided free to all the students at the SAO survivor school which is mentioned at the beginning of the movie.

Anyways, Kayaba, having witnessed both Asuna and Kirito break the system, the existence of Yui, and the misguided and selfish ends of Oberon and Yuna's father, says he no longer believes in a ranked Ordinal scale system, he believes there is something that transcends the system. Unclear if this means Kirito or love in general - I like to think he means Kirito.

Anyways, Yuna's AI-ghost sends Kirito and the rest to Aincard to fight the level 100 boss which will bring the simulation to an end (or something). It's at this point that Asuna realizes she can't save Kirito by unplugging him, because he lives for the sake of saving others, and the amount of people & wireless power in the stadium will fire everyone's brains unless he stops the process.

When she learns that Yuna died in SAO (meaning she tried to clear the game), she realizes that this dead chick sacrificed her life to help others and (i presume) that she's sacrificing her chance at a second life to do it again, and Asuna decides shes no longer afraid and goes in to help Kirito and the others.

After some fighting Yui shows up and shes brought all the friends they'd amassed in GGO and ALO, and Kirito & Asuna use their sword skills (The one Asuna got from Yuuki, and the one Kirito developed when Kayaba gave him dual wielding in SAO) to finish the boss (reminiscent of all the bosses theyd finished together in SAO and ALO) and then Kayaba can be heard saying something like "So now you've cleared it for real Kirito", and Kirito is presented with a giant ass sword and teleported as an avatar into the stadium where he super admin hax all the monsters and puts an end to everything, before waking up in his chair.

Yuna gets to live her lifes dream, singing in front of an audience, and returns Asuna's memories (fuck knows how everyone else got theirs back) before disappearing herself for good.

-> Why wasn't Klein terrified after losing his memories? He seemed fine losing them, and he joining the fight in Aincard as well...

Ending was predictably cheesy love shit between Asuna and Kirito, who got properly engaged after Kirito dropped a ring in her palm before diving to fight the final boss.

After credits reveal that the Ministry of Security dude or whatever he is, who helped with Oberon and the Death Gun incidents, opted to recruit rather than charge Yuna's father, so he could work on an ominously titled project Rath.


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Overall the movie really didn't open up any new themes to the series, and I didn't feel as though it did an especially interesting job of examining existing ones. It also didn't progress the series' plot in a significant way from what I can tell, except to reveal Kayaba's continued existence as an AI and the mysterious project Rath.

It was about 2 hours long, or roughly 6 anime episodes, so I guess with that in mind it could have done a lot less. We did get solid Asuna/Kirito development by way of their love surviving Asuna's memory loss, as well as their engagement, and Kirito's willingness to meet her mother (something he'd been reluctant about since the movie began).

Also got to see that Kirito was considering applying the the university/college that Yuna's father taught at and that Kayaba attended (as a pupil of Yuna's father), which was a follow up on his interests in robotics and VR and the overlapping of the real and virtual worlds.

It was alright but not incredible. Worth it to SAO fans, I guess, but I'm not sure it'd be important to watch before the 3rd season.
Pillz
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Thu Oct 12 17:17:33
Sherlock might have a more disappointing and steep drop in quality than TVD
Pillz
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Thu Oct 12 17:22:11
Season 3 was poor but 4 was a tremendous waste of time.
pillz
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Thu Oct 19 03:39:36
ID-0 on Netflix, an Anime, is pretty much Firefly. There are other things but mostly draws from Firefly.
pillz
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Thu Oct 19 03:45:25
The Authority would make an amazing anime adaptation.

It really is not suited to a western cartoon format IMO, but thinking about it, it'd make an amazing anime. And that'd be perfect too, since Ellis' run is like high-art deconstruction cape and Millar's is like exxxxtreme cape. Both I think better suited to translation into anime as genres.
pillz
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Thu Oct 19 03:47:29
Also mfw anime Engineer

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pillz
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Fri Nov 10 18:23:31
Supernatural: how low can it get, really?

I think that its been canceled finally, so I guess not much more. But wow.
pillz
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Fri Nov 24 22:41:12
Fate/Apocrypha

Why?

Fate/Zero was good. Not great, I'm sure I posted my review of it, but it was good.

What was great about it was the fight choreography. It's incredible.

Fate/Stay Night (Unlimited Bladeworks) had similarly amazing fight scenes and choreography. Maybe not as good as Zero, it's tough to beat all those amazing Saber fights when half of your series is dedicated to the protagonist talking to himself about how much they have to kill themselves... but anyways.

Both excellent in the animation and choreography departments, with coherent stories.

Apocrypha is... I mean the animation is mediocre, there is no good fight choreography. The fights are big moves with lots of cuts and sparks and face shots, nothing like the other two series.

The story... maybe I missed something but it doesn't make any sense in the context of the other two. I get it, 'parallel reality blah blah', but jesus christ almighty. There is no connection to the 'mainline' Fate universe at all.

Reading a bit about this, it seems there are dozens of stories across at least 3? timelines spanning manga/video games/anime, but you'd think theyd try to transition the anime audience into what the fuck this is all about -in relation to the other animes-.

I guess it doesn't matter as theyre not connected but its sort of stupid to have zero character holdover or story relationship to the previous animes.

While the others gave us fan favourites like Iskandar, Saber, Lancer, and generally made all servants but a few interesting... this one tries very hard to have some exposition for the servants but it is all so flat.

Thus far zero servants are interesting. Maybe if we were to push things, Frankenstien may have been the best. You got your typical Berserker compassion moments with the most badass fight scenes (but still not that spectacular), but she was obviously one of the first to die.

Rest of the heroes feel like the rest of the anime. Forced, half assed, and not worth it.

Netflix has 1/2 of the series up which is weird, cause its ongoing and the latest netflix episode is only like a month old. Rest should be up by January I guess?

Sort of interesting how they do run parallels between this holy grail war (and the 3rd of the timeline, before it) with the Zero/Stay Night wars. As in, the servant who lives / master who didnt die dynamic. And how that servant is named Shirou Kotomine and uses weapons like Kotomine but has the wish (twisted version maybe) of Shirou.

Shirou being the protagonist of Stay Night and Kotomine being the antagonist of Zero and the first part of Stay Night.

They should bring back Iskandar and Saber for the next one. They never did get to finish their fight properly in Zero... and are the best heroes bar none the series has produced so far.

Mordrid, Sabrer(Aurtheria)'s weird magically love child with Morgan Le Fay, is a poor replacement for Saber.
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