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Netflix: Flicks? On the Internet? That's just crazy talk!

muteKi

say "fish don't exist" to my face, motherfucker
Has anyone watched Away yet?


I'm over half way through the season and I'm really digging it. It's sci-fi enough to present a believable effort at landing people on Mars, but grounded enough that the drama is really damn good and relatable. I was actually on the edge of my seat in the second episode with the whole de-tethering thing, and I can't remember the last time a Netflix show did that.

This was really enjoyable! But the thing that kept nagging me the whole time and made it feel less real was that you've got all these dudes at NASA and not once. Not once. Does anyone make a reference to Apollo 13, or even the associated movie. Everything else about it was pretty good, and with the equal focus on science-and-space and earth-and-family narratives it felt both a bit more plausible than Interstellar and maybe a bit more intimate than Gravity. (I was not a fan of Interstellar. People screwing up in space, that I can understand. An entire crew of people being complete jackasses in space? Nope! Implausible at best, insulting at worst.)

Slightly confused by the way this hasn't even reached 3 seasons before cancellation. I guess it must have been really expensive to make!

Other big point of confusion is the way the Chinese government is portrayed. Like sure, they're not really communist any more and the joke among leftists is the youth rebel movements are upset because the government isn't anything like the Maoist thought they were taught, but the quote from the man wasn't "Women hold up half the sky, so if we better not let them go off into space because it'll come crashing down due to a lack of support"
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Nice. My schedule's different these days so I"ll probably just wait 'til it officially comes out on US Netflix.

... edit .... shit, this is the Netflix thread, I thought i was in the anime thread, moving my stuff over there.
 

FelixSH

(He/Him)
I took a look at this new anime(?), Blood of Zeus. Greek mythology is often fun. The first few seconds contained a pretty disgusting death, with the camera lingering way too much on it. Made a very grimdark first impression.

I rarely abandoned a show that fast.
 

Octopus Prime

Jingle Device
(He/Him)
I watched through the first episode;

It's much in the vein of the Castlevania animated series, but less violent and without anyone talking about having sex with goats. And also if vampires were Spiky Guys and the Monsters were all Mike Mignola monsters.
 
Japan’s most evil yakuza makes its cutest househusband!

Netflix continues to be fucking awful about discussing/selling their shows. But this is indeed good news.

FWIW the bolded phrase is a too direct translation of how the Japanese tagline for the comic also describes the character.

(I would probably go with something like "cold blooded" or something that sounds more natural in English to describe a mobster who does bad stuff. "Most evil" feels a bit too much like it belongs in a different genre.)
 
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FWIW the bolded phrase is a too direct translation of how the Japanese tagline for the comic also describes the character.

(I would probably go with something like "cold blooded" or something that sounds more natural in English to describe a mobster who does bad stuff. "Most evil" feels a bit too much like it belongs in a different genre.)
It's just really bad/lazy translating by people who clearly don't know the first thing about the subject matter.

JAPAN'S MOST EVIL YAKUZA:


SO EVIL
 
The disconnect you're identifying between how the advertising tagline describes him as an extremely bad guy and the actual material is precisely the part that predates Netflix.

The part you could accurately criticize Netflix for is not this disconnect but rather that "evil" is not the best fit for a mobster setting. But the other options would preserve this disconnect, just having that disconnect while maybe sounding more natural in English for the genre. ("Japan's most cold blooded/ruthless gangster," etc.)
 

muteKi

say "fish don't exist" to my face, motherfucker
Me: "I will watch anything with Glenn Close and/or Amy Adams in it"
Netflix: *monkeys paw curls*
 

Octopus Prime

Jingle Device
(He/Him)
I just started season 2 of Cobra Kai.

I was not in any way prepared forit to briefly become a live action Anime, and then immediately walk everything back, because this show only pitches curveballs.

I love Cobra Kai
 

Octopus Prime

Jingle Device
(He/Him)
This show is basically entirely the American Footage parts of Power Rangers except without any Moon Witch trickery.

Or rather, if Rita Repulsa was just upset at the prospect of Participation Trophies at least.
 

SpoonyBard

A Bard Named SPOONY
(He/Him)
Has anyone watched BNA?


I was in an anime mood (an animood if you will) and since I liked Beastars I decided to check it out.

The good: It often looks gorgeous with some great color usage. The dub performances range from 'pretty good' to 'mostly ok'. The story gets absolutely bonkers, mostly in a good way. And it at least attempts to promote a message of diversity and acceptance of others. I'm also happy to report it is decidedly non-skeevy.

The bad(ish): My bonkers-threshold for the story was broken in the last episode, which reeeeallly went a few steps too far. Though I still enjoyed it, it often had me laughing at the absurdity, which is fine. Just be prepared for the last episode to really dial the anime nonsense up to 11. There's also some absolutely cringy terminology you'll hear throughout the series (Beastman-itis!!!). And while it certainly wants to promote a message of diversity and acceptance, the message gets muddled a bit when the main character frames her new Beastman struggles as a choice, which yeah that's factually accurate, but it's also not helped by (last episodes spoiliers) the climax involving a 'cure' for Beastmen to turn them all human, furthering the 'choice' framing. This certainly didn't ruin it for me (a cishet white guy), but ymmv.

Oh, and since I mentioned Beastars earlier, the japanese trailer for season 2 dropped a few days ago:


How long was the dub turnaround for season 1?
 

Octopus Prime

Jingle Device
(He/Him)
Auntie Donna’s Big Ol House of Fun just dropped.

I have watched the first episode.

I “lolled” more than several times
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
Auntie Donna’s Big Ol House of Fun just dropped.

I have watched the first episode.

I “lolled” more than several times
I have watched the first three and I am into it. I was not familiar with them before but the show kinda feels like Tim and Eric: Very Online Edition, which completely works for me.

Also I've been going "Everything's a drum! Everything's a drum!" in my head more or less non-stop since watching it.
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
I finished Aunty Donna last night and I already want more. Six episodes was not enough! Then I started watching Umbrella Academy because It's There, and it's fine, y'know? It's not amazing, but the story is just involved enough to keep me interested.
 

SpoonyBard

A Bard Named SPOONY
(He/Him)
I finally watched Cobra Kai, and while I really liked it overall I found the second season to be a bit weaker than the first. Still really good, but the tone was more all over the place in season 2, hell the last episode alone gave me whiplash more than once.

I'm also not a fan of Tory, like at all. Not a knock against the actress, just the character archetype. Adding an obvious 'bad girl' for the Sam to butt heads with was predictable, but she was almost cartoonishly bad (and in a series with a character like Kreese that's, uh, that's something). The show tried add some depth to her in like one conversation about her past (her Mom's boss was an asshole ergo the world is unfair so better start a high school riot so you can attempt to cripple/disfigure your rival) but beyond that she's completely one-note and just not interesting. Aisha was a much better foil for Sam given their (on ice?) friendship.

Speaking of, Aisha apparently isn't going to be in Season 3 at all? Because the writers just didn't have a role for her??? What kind of weaksauce is that? There's a blatantly obvious role for her: Johnny has a crisis of faith as a result of his many, many bad decisions, Aisha is a student who he has positively affected, she sticks up for him, and maybe even helps Daniel see him in a new light.

We'll see what they do with Season 3 (and 4?), hopefully they learned the right lessons from Season 2. Though, Tory's coming back but not Aisha. So I'm a bit concerned.
 

Octopus Prime

Jingle Device
(He/Him)
Aishas perhaps the only Actually Well Adjusted character in the show, she has nowhere left for her arc to go because she is the only one who is not Fully Bugnuts About Karate
 

SpoonyBard

A Bard Named SPOONY
(He/Him)
Oh hey look what's dropping on the 14th!


I was worried for a bit that Netflix had forgotten all about Hilda since it feels like it's been years since Season 1. I could use some charming animation right about now.
 

Exposition Owl

Seasonowl
(he/him/his)
Oh hey look what's dropping on the 14th!


I was worried for a bit that Netflix had forgotten all about Hilda since it feels like it's been years since Season 1. I could use some charming animation right about now.

I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to the Further Adventures of Utterly Fearless Yorkshire Girl.
 
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