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15-05-2013, 01:39 PM #1401
Holy shit, this Kitchen Nightmares episode is unbelievable. The owners are absolutely off their boxes. Gordon Ramsay walked off the show for the first time ever.
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15-05-2013, 01:55 PM #1402
I was mainlining Veronica Mars for a while after the VM kickstarter wrapped up, but I've wound that up a couple of episodes into the third season ... which is exactly where I stopped last time I tried to watch VM. Maybe I'm just destined to never finish it.
I'm now starting to mainline the second half of Person of Interest's second season, and wishing there were fifty episodes to watch, not just ten. That show is so nicely made it's easy to forgive the occasional plot hole.
Meanwhile I'm also watching Hannibal with Mrs Jams which is turning out to be surprisingly good, and I really appreciate its glacial pace and relatively subdued atmosphere. Contrast it with the other big serial killer show, Dexter, and it's clearly head and shoulders above it.
I tried the first episode of Orphan Black and found the characters to be universally annoying, but it's been getting decent press so I might go back to it after I'm done with PoI. Also in the video hopper is Arrow which I know practically nothing about but I'm feeling somewhat starved for SF/F TV and I'm getting desperate.
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15-05-2013, 01:59 PM #1403
15-05-2013, 02:53 PM #1404
I tried the first episode of Orphan Black and found the characters to be universally annoying
As for other shows, Doctor Who last week was not as good as I was hoping. I expected more from the writing chops of Neil Gaiman especially after how utterly wonderful The Doctor's Wife was, but it's hard to say how much was other writer and general director/producer interaction. The episode was by no means bad, but it felt rather sketchy at times, mostly in the pacing. The children were horrible though. Looking forward to the final, especially considering it'll lead nicely into the Eurovision Song Contest of Super Fun Happy Times.
Carrying on with 30 Rock. Hmmm. Season 4 and early 5 certainly seem like a slight dip in quality, on reflection. That's still miles ahead of many other shows, but it is noticeable on looking back. I got to the live episode and it was the first one I genuinely had trouble enjoying. It removed the quick/slick pacing and plot depth in exchange for swooning and cheering over guest appearances (that I didn't think were necessarily that funny) or after every joke and it just killed it. For me, 30 Rock is about the shift in expectation and the revelling in the ludicrous that still seems realistic. So the way they got around Liz Lemon needing to be in another place shortly after she'd be somewhere else was hilarious and the brief allusions to it being live and what that would mean for a show that otherwise isn't were done well, but the whole thing was just off kilter. A really brave experiment, but it played at odds with its own format and I don't think it won.
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15-05-2013, 09:34 PM #1407
I never really felt the dip in quality in S4/5 like others, but all seem to agree that the last couple of seasons were really good, so no worries
15-05-2013, 09:46 PM #1408
With regards to build-up, I meant in the episode, as in right when he says "Well, actually..." and then she just appears and speaks up.
As for 30 Rock, maybe because I'm marathoning it and it's all at once and I can easily see it, but it does feel a little bit reserved in comparison to the previous seasons. Again, it's nowhere near bad, and it's still much better than many other comedies, but it seems to be missing some cut, somewhere. By all means I'm still on for carrying it on.
16-05-2013, 01:09 PM #1409
Alright, did anyone catch the S5 final of Castle then? I thought it was a little bit flat and, for a show that at the very least twists clichés and expectations, did a fantastic job of running head-first into a painfully obvious one right at the end. Not a bad episode, but one certainly lacking form. Not to mention the fact the choice seems obvious; they're not going to write out half the cast of the show...
17-05-2013, 09:32 AM #1410
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17-05-2013, 01:28 PM #1412
Oh my god, that's genius.Open-faced sandwiches are upon you whether you would risk it or not.
19-05-2013, 10:14 AM #1413
The last Doctor Who episode was very disappointing to be honest and I kind of got what it was going for but it didn't do it very well. The mystery about the Doctor's resting place gold, the villain very weak motivation to be honest but very sinister to make up for it. The main bit about the program....yeah unfortunatly it was just people in front of green screens doing...something. I know they wanted to go epic put in all the doctors there but I'm afraid they just couldn't do it they probably shgould of either done two things one have all the storylines in this season have a scene where the villian does something horrible and Clara saves the Doctor, or have a completly new storyline where the doctor was on his own in the past and then it would cut back and forth between that one and the storyline here and you would know why its doing that.
John Hurt as the "Doctor" was intriguing though but an episode just for a 6 month teaser trailer is a bit poo. Also very dissapointed and relieved that they didn't actually say the Doctor's name though they could have gone funny by him saying a name and then waving it away saying thats not my real name do you really think my tomb would open up my real name which is something Matt Smith would have pulled off.
20-05-2013, 01:32 AM #1414
Last night's Doctor Who was...a bit weird. I'm not entirely sure if I enjoyed it. Granted, in the build up to Eurovision I had started on the wine, but by the end of the episode all I could say was "What. WHAT. WHAT." I was particularly thrown when the introduction for a certain character came up. I don't mind when the show winks or nudges the fourth wall, but this took a bloody hammer to it. I did like a few of the effects, especially the back catalogue of filming and the commendable job of editing some old footage to be new, but as for the episode itself? Kinda hollow. That said, it should provide some fantastic opportunities for the anniversary episode which I feel like this was just a massive teaser for.
Oh and of course there was Eurovision. Norway were robbed with a surprisingly good song. Too good for Eurovision, probably. Honestly, I'd actually listen to that the rest of the year. Does sound a bit like a Bond them, but I'm not against that. Denmark weren't bad, but it was very safe. Romania and Greece won the award for most ridiculous. God bless Greece, they really show up the fact they can't win.
Finished season 5 of 30 Rock and I think I'm going to go slightly back on my word; this season is definitely noticeable off-kilter quality-wise with the rest of the show. I thought it maybe waned a tad in season 4, but not to any seriously notable degree. Definitely noticeable in s5 though. Between the live episode that, whilst like I previously said was a truly commendable effort the comedy so much, I felt a lot of other episodes just felt a bit flat. The 100th episode almost fell foul of the same fate because it got a bit too referential and simple like the live show. Sure some of the things that happened in it were the kind of craziness that I love about the show, but it just felt a little bit wrong for some reason. There was also Queen of Jordan which, again, I love that they tried to lean into, but it just fell flat as well. Generally speaking, many episodes simply didn't make me laugh quite as consistently as previous seasons.
There were certainly a good many scenes though that proved that even if 30 Rock isn't firing on all cylinders, the horse-power that engine provides is a lot higher than many other engines for other shows. Jack's voice activated TV, Liz's run-down of suitable baby names (spoiler), the blackmail war between Liz and Jack (spoilers) and the running joke regarding resorting to period humour. To name but a few.
20-05-2013, 03:42 AM #1415
- Join Date
- May 2013
The Walking Dead (Can't wait for the next season!), Supernatural (I loved the first few seasons but I'm just really waiting to see what happens in the end that's why I keep watching it), Castle, and of course Game of Thrones!
20-05-2013, 05:30 AM #1416
Internet means scheduled programming is kinda retarded right? So Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, Rome, Spartacus, and the Boondocks, cause you gotta get your cartoons in still. That shit is like vitamins.
20-05-2013, 10:45 PM #1417
Oh it's on. Slap em about some more, Tyrion!
Daario rubbed me the wrong way on the latest Game of Thrones episode. It wasn't because he looks nothing like he's described in the books, there's more to it than that. His replacement looks like a J C Penny model, only fitting with American TV's narrow definition of handsome, and his attitude and dialogue reminds me too much of Jaqen H'ghar.
21-05-2013, 02:10 AM #1418
I recently mentioned being somewhat bored of the Game of Thrones series with its numerous meandering storylines, but the latest episodes - coupled with some selective re-watching of earlier episodes and consulting the Westeros Wiki - have mostly rekindled my interest.
Cersei Lannister was one of the characters I previously failed to really place, but she's actually quite an interesting character and I'm not sure if the show lacked some background or if I just didn't notice it earlier: her family background, her unhappy marriage, the incredible fear and paranoia that has occupied her since receiving a particularly gruesome prophecy, if that's the right word, as a young girl, coupled with her comparative lack of political smarts, which she seems to genuinely not notice, in what is perhaps the most political of all places in this little world make her position quite interesting. It's given me a new appreciation for Lena Heady's work as well - the ill timed jokes, the awkward and misplaced triumphant grins, her fearful glances, the unease - it's all there.
As for yesterday's episode, number 8; Davos Seaworth is a great guy, and it's good to see Stannis realizing that once more.
Last edited by Tritagonist; 21-05-2013 at 02:12 AM."He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free". ~ Luke 4:18
21-05-2013, 08:22 AM #1419
I caught the season Final of Doctor Who, to be honest I've only been watching since the Christmas episode, and only because I though Clara was cute, but I really don't think the final twist worked.
Though mostly because I didn't get it. [spoilers] John Hurt is the Doctor? then who the hell is Matt Smith? or ...? [/spoilers] if someone feels like explaining what they were trying to imply, it would be appreciated.
I've also been watching Game of Thrones which I think has been pretty great, though some of the plot lines are dragging their heels a bit. I did think the resolve for Daenerys Targaryen was pretty weak. [spoilers] She didn't out wit them, or prove the greater strength or strategy, instead her enemies joined her simply because she's a pretty girl. [/spoilers]
and lastly, I've been enjoying the hell out of Death Valley, which is basically a cross between cops and True Blood (haven't seen True Blood, so I'm guessing), with amazing one-liners thrown in for good measure.
The whole premise of the show is pretty ridiculous, but everyone involved knows it so they just have a lot of fun with it, I'd definitely recommend atleast watching a trailer for it on YouTube.
It's a shame it didn't get a second season though.
21-05-2013, 08:24 AM #1420
I preferred the main Leader of the Second Sons to be honest a bit more then Daario and was surprised they killed him. I really liked the Sam scene at the end but it does mean that no one will call him Sam the Slayer because no one else saw it, though one thing I have a problem with is why the hell did he not pick up the dagger again?
Ah well pretty good Tyrion action this week, and interesting that they are using Gendry for something that was done with Stannis and another Bastard which I kind of like.