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07-05-2014, 08:14 PM #2661So lots of… parts stories. Yeah.
I don't know how I feel about that, I love Louie because it feels like the guy is making a bunch of short films and putting them together which is great because it allows it to have a strange strange atmosphere and themes which kill you emotionally. I didn't like the late night trilogy to be honest last season(except for David Lynch of course) so I'm waiting with baited breath.
08-05-2014, 12:03 AM #2662
The X-Files continues to deliver some of the best TV I've ever seen, 2,5 seasons in. It just works. Maybe I'm just dumb or I don't watch a lot of TV.
Oh, and that musical cue used in Khans of New California is definitively repeated several times. Mark Morgan was I fan, I see.
08-05-2014, 02:21 PM #2663
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09-05-2014, 02:08 PM #2665
After "walking out" of Supernatural two weeks ago during the vampire story and skipping the pilot for the spin-off, Supernatural was back with one of the better episodes of the season. Which, in all fairness, isn't a hard thing to pull off.
It had flaws, but that actually makes perfect sense since this was very clearly written by committee with minimal checking
The A plot is Abaddon capturing Crowley and manipulating him into setting up a trap to get her The First Blade and to kill The Winchesters. I actually really enjoyed this since it let Mark Sheppard have fun with the current status quo of "Kind of sort of human Crowley". He is still just as slimy and smarmy as before, but now he just feels like a really assholish person, not a super demon.
I think I like this so much because it was basically Spike's arc on Buffy: He got back his soul, and rather than get douchey and broody he just kept killing because he genuinely enjoyed being a violent maniac. It is an arc that shows that acknowledges that humanity (or the lackthereof) doesn't inherently control what kind of "person" someone is: There are some horrifyingly sick people out there, so it makes sense that there would be some comparatively decent demons.
The B plot is Commander Castiel leading his ragtag band of Angels. It basically existed to set up two plot points for the finale, which I am going to call right now: one of The Winchesters gets trapped in Heaven. Probably Dean, and probably because Carlton "Cain" Lassiter sends him on a mission to kill an ancient Angel who fucked up and set into motion Abel being tempted by Lucifer, since that is suitably Preacher-like and Heaven is the one place Dean hasn't been stranded.
That being said, there were serious continuity issues that pissed me off. Switching to spoiler mode: Crowely is manipulated because Abaddon can travel through time and kidnap Crowley's kid, Gavin. The show acknowledges that they already used Gavin by having Crowley bluff about being a stone cold bastard and Gavin bitch because Crowely (as Fearghus) abused him and sold his soul for "three more inches of willy". Yay, continuity
Then The WInchesters arrive, and seem to have no idea Gavin existed and are shocked that Crowley had a kid. And when Crowley doesn't want to send Gavin back to his death on the boat (where his signet ring was lost and later found by Rufus doing a favor for Bobby), they all say that they don't know how his disappearance from time would affect things.
I don't know, maybe by not letting you summon his ghost a few years ago in an attempt to save your Father Figure?
Seriously, that pissed me off a lot because it was clear that one of the writers was referencing that episode quite heavily, the other had no idea what was going on, and they never compared notes. Which probably explains why this season has been so hit-or-miss. I acknowledge I am a whore for continuity nods, but I don't care if the writers forget something: Just stay consistent within a given episode. And this is especially annoying because, say what you will about their plots, the Supernatural writers tend to be good about callbacks and acknowledging that their fans are a bunch of crazed whackjobs who masturbate to wikis.
09-05-2014, 02:42 PM #2666
I've been reading a lot on thoughts on the latest episode of Mad Men. A lot of them seem to paint some of the relationships as being men versus women, which is certainly the case, but I think that actually misses some of the smaller relationship points between some of the characters. It was a charged environment where the glass ceiling was practically visible and scumbags were abel to rule the roost whilst enforcing the idea that to progress you had to be a scumbag too, but a lot of the commentary seems to be fixated on specific reads. I've noticed this for the longest time. So when I cited the Peggy/Don conflict this episode to some friends, they criticised me in saying that I was ignoring the "Men act bossy, it's fine, women act bossy, it's wrong"...which I think does miss some critical character development tid-bits if argued by itself.
I suppose it's quite interesting that this all comes to a point in an episode that is one of the most clear in signalling the things to come and how some things change or haven't changed. I just thought I'd share that, really.
Anyhow, if this week's Agents of SHIELD is indicative of what the next season will be like as a standard quality, I'm going to be very happy with it going forward. Very on point, references to the larger Marvel universe without being too obvious or over-the-top, good dialogue and generally writing. What the show should've been from the beginning. It's quite clear now at this point that the show was having to restrain itself until the big reveal/tie-in with The Winter Soldier. Wobbles here and there, sure, but I'm confident in the next season. And on that note of renewing AoS, ABC have also confirmed an Agent Carter series, with a first run of 13 episodes. So that's neat!
In other TV, Castle got serious this week with the conclusion to the Beckett's mother story-line. Kinda seemed like it came out of nowhere with how abruptly it ended, but it was pretty satisfying. I'm sure the show will be renewed for another season and it'll be nice to not have this thread dangling above it, but it'll be interesting to see if they do any other framing or if they'll just charge ahead and make more fun, high quality episodes of which this season has mostly been filled with.
In the mean time British TV doesn't seem to be offering up that much of interest. That said tomorrow is Eurovision, so requisite posting of this.
09-05-2014, 08:23 PM #2667
Not perfect for this thread, but will be of interest:
Community is essentially cancelled now. Not official, but various TV reporters and the actual cast and crew are breaking the news. It sounds like there are plans to try and move it to a different network (Comedy Central makes sense for TV, Hulu/Netflx for magic internet TV), but nothing concrete.
09-05-2014, 10:02 PM #2668
09-05-2014, 10:03 PM #2669
Uh...doesn't shock me we knew it was going to happen surprised it has gone on this long and might go on further...
10-05-2014, 12:48 AM #2670
In all fairness, I was expecting a sixth season. Season 5 was weak, but it was a decent step up and the network made a big deal about getting Harmon back.
I mean, I don't blame them for canning it (honestly, I am surprised it made it this far), but it is strange.
12-05-2014, 01:49 AM #2671
So, the first 2 hours of 24 were pretty MEH. Or rather, they were just exactly the same as 24 always was. Which I found rather disappointing. It still has that 'I'll just watch one more hour to see what happens next' magic that it always had, even in the dire later seasons, but it's just so By The Numbers. Jack is still unbeatable. CTU (cia) and chloe and the bad guys are still exactly as they always were. You could swap out any of the characters from any of the characters from a previous season and not notice.
12-05-2014, 01:54 AM #2672
(cont..) It benefits and suffers from being away so long. If it wasn't for the break, it'd just feel like another Meh season following on from #8. But after the break it doesn't seem so bad. But (for me) the gap has also made the cliches and tropes and obvious politics much more obvious than they used to be. I guess I'm partly just disappointed that they don't take the chance to do something remotely new/interesting with the show. (eg: no CTU (or at the very least an Mi5/6 team), Jack not being unbeatable (due to being on the run for years), something a little more realistic (more Homeland (when it was good)), or Jack actually having some character development, personal growth or even change of heart, bad guys being a little more realistic/deep) etc.. Oh well, it'll still be good dumb fun.
12-05-2014, 03:47 AM #2673
I just got into Archer, ahahaha. How did I miss this? There's only four seasons on Netflix, but still.
That'll do pig, that'll do. Dr. Krieger ftw.
12-05-2014, 03:52 AM #2674
I just want to report that The X-Files are still amazing, going on Season 4 now. The comedy episodes are just amazing (Mulder getting off on Bigfoot videos is one of the best moments on TV).
12-05-2014, 05:47 AM #2675
I remember enjoying the early x-files a lot and then at some point I just stopped watching. (before the whole bit where they changed half the main characters, etc...). I liked it a lot when they were investigating random events. Once it became all about the big alien backstory I kind of lost interest.
12-05-2014, 09:20 AM #2676
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12-05-2014, 01:27 PM #2679
Trailer for new Constantine series, starring Edward Kenway from Assassins' Creed IV.
Well Orphan Black, you managed to make Mrs S sexy as hell. Well done. And holy fuck, Tatiana Maslany in the last scene of this episode - the way Helena entered the room and Sarah screaming and shaking was just brutal.
Elementary - so they did manage to connect this version of Mycroft to MI6. I thought the "Paint It Black" moment at the end of last week was a pretty damn fine scene, this weeks' episode has just raised the bar again on quality. Novel way of using UV tattoos as a plot device, and the reveal about what Sherlock inadvertently did while at his worst on drugs was surprising. And fucking hell, that was Bishop Brennan from Father Ted!
I have managed to forget about Sillicon Valley for two weeks, so I now have to catch up on that after Game Of Thrones and Continuum.
Last edited by Rath; 12-05-2014 at 01:30 PM."Men shall never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." - Diderot
12-05-2014, 01:40 PM #2680