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23-04-2012, 08:08 PM #381
24-04-2012, 05:38 AM #382
It is being pitched (or perhaps received) as Sex and the City for a new generation. It is being awarded bonus points for starring a non-photogenic female (who is also the show's creator) and having them taken away again for featuring an all-white cast in a show set in New York City.
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24-04-2012, 05:51 AM #383
Whether or not you think it warrants handing in my Man Card (although I'm certain that should've been rescinded long ago) there's a certainly quality to SaTC that makes it so bad it's good. You know those times when you would be in the same room as the person who had control of the remote and you'd just sit there watching whatever was on? That was SaTC for me. I mean, Carrie is a self-indulgent bitch, Samantha has no real personality outside of "Ohhhh, a guy I haven't slept with yet!" and Miranda and Charlotte existed to have some semblance of rooting in reality. The men aren't that better.
But then there are hilarious moments, like dumping someone by a post-it note. Ha, this is the same guy who happily watched Desperate Housewives (although I gave up with the final season. The show had long become a parody of itself, something I was unwilling to recognise for a bit) and probably a variety of others aimed-at-the-female-persuasion. I'll give this show a go. I've spent worse 30 minutes, I'm sure.
While I'm on the topic, I've rattled through more Mad Men and just finished the season 3 finale. I'm not going to spoil it, but damn, if that episode wasn't one of the best episodes of anything I've watched. 45 minutes of television perfection, as far as I'm concerned. There, that's my masculinity restored.
24-04-2012, 07:18 AM #384
The closest I've come to 'chick TV' outside of Girls is probably Buffy, so I'm not much help in the way of direct comparisons. Mainly it caught my eye because writings about it cropped up on Salon and a few other sites I frequent. But sure, it can't hurt to check it out. The second episode was better than the first, incidentally.
I also think I must be the only person on the planet who hasn't seen Mad Men. Actually I don't watch much TV, heh.
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24-04-2012, 08:16 AM #385
I finally got around to watching The Walking Dead season 2 episode 1. It took about four hours to watch, because I'd watch ten minutes, get exasperated, pause the show and do something else, realize the player was still open and turn it back on. Repeat a half-dozen times.
I've been told it gets better later on in the season. Is this true?
24-04-2012, 01:20 PM #386
Watching Game of Thrones (like everybody else) and Mad Men.
Not much to say about GoT that hasn't been said really; it's pulpy fun with some rather awesome performances. I tried watching season 1 again before s2 started but I couldn't get myself through it; so I guess the show doesn't really hold up to repeat viewings for me. Still enjoying season two immensely.
Now Mad Men is a different beast. It's an absolute thrill to watch this show for me because the craft and detail at display is unparalleled in the medium, and it's extremely entertaining to boot. I watched the previous four seasons in two weeks before season 5 kicked off. It's a very rich show that just keeps on giving and I also find it very rewarding to dissect the show with my friends. It provides a lot of entertaining conversation. Probably the best serialized drama I ever had the opportunity to watch.
24-04-2012, 03:16 PM #387
24-04-2012, 04:55 PM #388
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I usually hate CSI-style cop shows, but been kinda following Hawaii FIve 0. I'm a big fan of Bones and House. I watch The Big Bang Theory, but I think the show is losing its steam, this season Sheldon has been nowhere as funny as he used to be.
I started watching that show with the lawyer, the Firm, but I find that the show is going nowhere, seems like every bad guy becomes an ally and leads to an even bigger bad guy... the same scenario has been ongoing forever and feels like nothing has happened yet :S
24-04-2012, 06:54 PM #389
Girls - Hmm don't know what to think about this one, I quite enjoy it but its not totally funny and sometimes what the characters do and say are either annoying or I don't get because I'm not a girl. But there are soem things that I really do relate to since i'm going to be at their stage coming out of uni myself and it does scare me/interest me/think its funny. So yeah I think I will carry on watching it.
Veep - New Armando Iannucchi show, and basically it is The Thick Of It American style with all that entails. Its got the same potty mouth and the same things go wrong for the main character while they scramble to fix it. Its quite funny even not knowing that much about American and American politics to much but I understand a little to get a few jokes. I don't think it has the edge that the first two seasons of The Thick Of It did though, the main character is a lot more competent then the main character of that show and that takes a little bit of the really sad and vicious storylines and the punches in the gut you kind of got with The Thick Of it but its alright.
25-04-2012, 09:07 AM #390
Just throwing this link out there re: Girls as its a pretty good teardown of the racial representation issue and helpfully includes a bunch of other links to writings about the show.
So yeah, at this point my reason for watching is because it generates interesting writings and it helps to know what they are on about.
... course by that logic I should probably be watching Mad Men. Bah.
25-04-2012, 10:54 AM #391
I watched Veep last night, I thought it was pretty amusing. Will definitely be watching more
25-04-2012, 11:29 AM #392
Walking Dead season 2 have few really good episodes,half of them are boring,half good.
25-04-2012, 11:39 AM #393
I watched Veep and enjoyed it, Ianucci's still great at swearing. None of the characters are quite there yet though, nothing a few more episodes can't fix.
Girls, hmm. I watched the first episode and kind of enjoyed it and kind of hated it. Are the characters supposed to be likeable? The only one I 'liked' was the very strange sort-of boyfriend of the main character. And I didn't like him because he was a cool guy, but because he was very odd but strangely familiar. The main character is painfully self-absorbed though.
25-04-2012, 06:58 PM #394
26-04-2012, 04:36 AM #395
As for Girls, well, acquiring the first two episodes, I've just watched the first episode and the first five-or-so minutes of the second. I gave up. I thought the characterisations were really lazy, the dialogue really strained. The thing is, both were really close to reality, but they just didn't quite get it right. Worst of all though, it seemed to have no life about it. No spark or energy. The comparisons to Sex and the City are obvious, hell they even point it out themselves early on, but SaTC had character about it. Everything about Girls just screamed dull.
[EDIT] Is it supposed to be a drama, drama with wit, or a comedy? I thought there were some attempts at being funny, but they kinda fell flat too.[/EDIT]
I also acquired Veep in the process. I'll give that a go tomorrow.
Incidentally, whilst watching BBC3 earlier with my housemate during the nightly Family Guy/American Dad binge, there were adverts for Snog, Marry, Avoid?which I'm looking forward to having back, as well as the second series of Lip Service, a hilarious (for the wrong reasons) drama that would be better titled "Lesbians IN SCOTLAND". Urgh. So awful.
26-04-2012, 07:33 PM #396
30-04-2012, 10:20 AM #397
30-04-2012, 03:04 PM #398
There's two pages of that?! Ugh. I got about 3/4 down the first and abandoned it. Still, if maybe the writer had spent as much time developing her characters/dialogue as was put into that article, maybe the show would've been good. I actually showed the first episode to a friend, a female of the species, and we started talking about it while it was on, before quickly drifting off into discussion of other, better shows. The same annoyances I had she had. It's not that the characters aren't relateable, it's just so dull.
Also, thank you for using that phrase, Rii. Heard it before, but never been inclined to actually go and look it up. Anyhow, TV!
Watched the first episode of Veep. It's definitely an Americanised The Thick Of It and it shows. It's not bad, but it's not as good as it should be. It just doesn't seem quite as cutting. Otherwise, it's the same show. You can even see some repetition of plot points, even if they're thinly reproduced at best. Still, I'm sure it's more realistic then we'd care for. I'll probably watch the second episode at some point, but not in any rush for it.
Caught up-to-date with Mad Men. It's weird having to finally watch it with clearly cut advert breaks and the "Previously on..." segments at the beginning, but it's nice to be able to be with the pack. It's a fantastic show, that remains consistently or increasingly great in quality. Discussing with the same friend who I watched Girls with, my attention with shows wanes quite quickly unless they're able to maintain a decent level of interest. I'm generally quite picky about shows as a result. So it's refreshing where in a show where not that much happens, or at least not that much actiony, that it's still exciting to watch and it's at its most interesting/enjoyable when the tension is so very palpable and explosions are in arguments, not fire.
30-04-2012, 03:54 PM #399
I watched the third episode earlier, it was an improvement over the second as the second was over the first. The scene between Lena Dunham's character and her former boyfriend was rather well done I thought. Related to that notion of progressive improvement, it occurs to me that most of the scribblings about the show are coming from media folk who've seen rather more of the series than has been aired to date. Alternatively, maybe it's not so much about the show itself as that it provides the opportunity and background for a discussion folks have been wanting to have anyway.
In other TV news I gave Parks and Recreation a trial episode. Or most of one. Yeah.
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30-04-2012, 04:35 PM #400
The problem with both Girls and Veep is that I could take them or leave them and nothing really much would change and actually i would feel better if i left them. There's nothing there that makes me go back to it I'm afraid. In fact unfortunately there is a lot of TV now a days that is like that. Fortunately Fringe is still bloody brilliant.