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Topic: TV we've been watching lately  (Read 34366 times)

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I agree! I think it could do with some genuine foreshadowing rather than in-your-face blunt not-really-twists that we all saw coming a mile away. THAT SAID... it's a kid's show. Kids AREN'T as good at picking up on tropes because they haven't seen them before. She-Ra is immeasurably better than the other things I've seen the 10 year olds in my life watching ("Loud House" etc), as well as other kids shows I'm fond of myself (Miraculous Ladybug sucks so bad in this department), because it actually has an intentional plot and character development, cliche though they may be. I'm hoping that it does up its standards a bit, but even if it doesn't, I don't think that kid shows should be held to the same standards as adult media. It does what it sets out to do well, which is provide a simplified plot for kids to get invested in.
beelzeboob, December 06, 2018, 09:18:35 am

I would respectfully disagree with the need to simplify things too far for kids. It's definitely the case that kids often need the narrative spelled out for them a little bit more than older audiences but I feel that programming aimed at a young audience has had a history of over-compensating in this regard. We're now starting to see kids programming that introduces more complicated narrative structures and devices and is appreciated all the more for it. Of course this is not to say I think She-ra is bad in this regard, just that I feel they could push things a bit further moving forward than they are now. I definitely agree with you that this show is a very nice stand-out among even other kids programming on right now and shows some excellent potential.

With the critique out of the way I'll take a moment to gush a bit: I think that one thing I really appreciate was how the show avoided the usual trap of making Hordak an asshole to his subordinates for no reason: While he punishes Shadow-Weaver pretty heavily for her failures, that's mostly motivated by her constantly going behind his back and disobeying his orders. Even in spite of her blatant, Starscream-esque schemes Hordak gives her a lot of chances to turn things around before he goes full "You have failed me" on her. Also in favor of his management techniques: he never holds Shadow Weaver's subordinates accountable for her failures and recognizes Catra's potential as a commander: He rewards her for her successes and, while not happy about her failures, doesn't drop her like a hot sack of potatoes when she stumbles in her duties. All things considered he seems like a pretty alright evil overlords to work for. I give him a solid 4.5 stars on ratemyoverlord.com!

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Speaking of watching kids shows AND watching stuff with other internet people, Dijon Du Jour and I finished Dairanger and it's complete mindfuck of an ending and have started on the insane, ultra-90's romp that is Kakuranger. In Kakuranger, five apparently homeless teens/ninja superheroes living out of their Catbus/Crepe truck have to defeat the demon lord of the yokai and his minions, who are run less like an empire and more like if the mos eisley cantina were the mafia. It's also the only sentai I know of with an actual female main character, and features an actual asian-american actor (who couldn't speak japanese when the show started) as the "American Ninja".

I highly recommend it.
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old episodes of The Ultimate Fighter

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Happy! is a really good show. Movie? It's a miniseries by the guy who did the Crank movies.

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I recently finished watching Kamen Rider W (pronounced 'Double'). I've been a fan of Ultraman for a very long time, and was looking for a place to get started with this almost-as-old series, and a bunch of different people said that this was the perfect place to get started with the modern incarnation of the franchise.



They weren't wrong! It's a show that borrows a lot of story beats and characters from detective fiction (one of the protagonists is named Philip, after Philip Marlowe), which I already love. Every episode is a two-parter (in keeping with the 'Double' theme), which allows them to tell more complicated stories. There are a lot of weird and creative powers (a robot t-rex going all end-of-Akira is a highlight). Every time the two protagonists transform into Kamen Rider ('Double'), one of them passes the fuck out wherever he's standing, and it's adorable.



Give these good boys a shot.
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Double is super good. I wasn't super fond of the ending though.

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Double is super good. I wasn't super fond of the ending though.
Vinny Possum, December 19, 2018, 02:39:35 am

So, since you seem to be in-the-know, would you have any recommendations for where to go from here? I figure the most natural thing is to go to the next series, OOO, but the first of the Heisei series, Kuuga, also looks interesting.

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Double is super good. I wasn't super fond of the ending though.
Vinny Possum, December 19, 2018, 02:39:35 am

So, since you seem to be in-the-know, would you have any recommendations for where to go from here? I figure the most natural thing is to go to the next series, OOO, but the first of the Heisei series, Kuuga, also looks interesting.
LancashireMcGee, December 20, 2018, 07:27:41 pm

It depends! Kabuto is also a good intro series. Gaim is super good but very modern (read: toy sales centered) and a bit dark. Faiz is in my opinion the best series I've seen so far, but I might not have liked it as much if I didn't get a feel for the genre. I'm watching Den-O right now and it has a similar vibe to Double, at least tone wise.

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Double is super good. I wasn't super fond of the ending though.
Vinny Possum, December 19, 2018, 02:39:35 am

So, since you seem to be in-the-know, would you have any recommendations for where to go from here? I figure the most natural thing is to go to the next series, OOO, but the first of the Heisei series, Kuuga, also looks interesting.
LancashireMcGee, December 20, 2018, 07:27:41 pm

It depends! Kabuto is also a good intro series. Gaim is super good but very modern (read: toy sales centered) and a bit dark. Faiz is in my opinion the best series I've seen so far, but I might not have liked it as much if I didn't get a feel for the genre. I'm watching Den-O right now and it has a similar vibe to Double, at least tone wise.
Vinny Possum, December 21, 2018, 01:37:08 am

Let me reframe the question: which one has the most cute boys?

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Depends. Pure quantity? Gaim by far.

However the main guy in Den O is pretty hot and plays like five different characters all with over the top style that change depending on which spirit is currently possessing him.

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Just now hitting season 2 of Supergirl, and the thing I've really started noticing is that that cast needs interesting guest stars to work.

The central cast of that show is fine. They're perfectly serviceable, but without something else to work with, they're in service to nothing. The highlight of the first season is when Barry Allen turns up, but it's not because Barry Allen is more interesting (even if he is); it's because they've got something fun to bounce off of.

The start of season 2 seems to suggest they knew that, because they go from two episodes with Superman (who might be the best Superman of the 21st century, but that's not a hard field to win in) straight to an episode with President Lynda Carter, and the show's so much more fun with that sort of catalyst instead of a mediocre monster of the week.

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Happy! is a really good show. Movie? It's a miniseries by the guy who did the Crank movies.
SATAN MILKSHAKE, December 15, 2018, 12:51:16 am

Co-sign! I was worried it was going to be edgy for edgy’s sake, but I don’t think it ever crossed the line into that. Just gleefully crazy.

And the cast is great.

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I'm about halfway through the first season of 30 Rock and I've laughed it at far more than I've laughed at any other TV I've ever seen. Why did the world hide it from me for this long?

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Getting drunk and watching Letterkenny, which really is the best way to watch Letterkenny.

Brewin' and tubin'
Watchin' and washin' it down
Jokes and jack
Boozin' while borrowin' the Hulu
Drinkin' sours during TV hours

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So, Netflix remade the Haunting of Hill House as a series.  It's good, as these things go, but it's not great.  Basically I have two problems with it.

Point one, one of the characters is basically presented as being evil because he's a skeptic.  I am a fedora athiest, and I really, really hate that shit.  He's also depicted as evil for making money by writing a book about his familiy's horrible experience in Hill House--I'm closer to getting that, I get how that's sleezy, but I still think everyone's reaction is waaaaay outsized for it.  The rest of his family basically hates him and constantly rides him for it.  I think the show hates on him so much for it because we're already supposed to resent him for writing ghost stories even though he doesn't believe in ghosts, which seems like stupid heaped on top of stupid to me.

Point two: in the original Haunting of Hill House, it's ambiguous how much of what we see is actually caused by ghosts, versus how much of it is Nell having a breakdown versus how much of it is Nell having psychic powers that she cannot fully control (it's one line, but it's revealed that her house was pelted by rocks when she was little and it's suggested that it might be because of some kind of psychic power that Nell has).  In the remake, it's pretty much all ghosts, unambiguously.

Edit: Point three is that it's a story told out of order, which can be fine, but doesn't really work here.  The events of the story happen in two sort of eras, one when the characters where at Hill House as children and one in the present and recent past.  Events are told out of order so that each character can get an episode that's mostly their story.  This also allows them practical advantages like allowing them to interleave time a that the family was at a given location with time b that the family was at a location so that we can easily see the parallels between the two.  The problem is that sometimes they jump back and forth between, say, moments in the present and recent past, and it can be really hard to figure out just when exactly a given scene is set, and when a given scene is set relative to everyone else's stories (which can make it super hard to assemble the whole story or to put things in context).  Sometimes a scene will be mixed with a scene from a year or two ago without enough establishing context and it's impossible to figure out just when Scene B is actually supposed to be happening w.r.t. to the character's own timeline and the events of the episode.

Frank West has been showing a small group of us American Horror Story season one and MY GOD THERE'S SO MANY FUCKING GHOSTS AND THEY'RE ALL FORGETTABLE.
Shell Game, December 03, 2018, 08:51:21 pm

"Fucking ghosts" works as both a expletive AND a noun!
Supermarket Christmas Novel, December 03, 2018, 09:01:16 pm
It is extra fitting in this show's case i guess. Wow it's so bad.
Shell Game, December 04, 2018, 12:22:28 am

So very, very bad - a tryhard ghost sexcapade that proves neither scary nor titillating. You are made of much stronger stuff shell
Supermarket Christmas Novel, December 04, 2018, 12:25:59 am
I think we're gonna be going through as many seasons as we can tolerate.
Shell Game, December 04, 2018, 12:46:55 am

I have previously hated on American Horror Story in this thread, I completely agree.
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