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The All-New TT: Television Time Mini Reviews

Adrenaline

Post Reader
(He/Him)
Every twist on Westworld: This thing that you thought was happening at one point in time was actually happening at another!
 

ThornGhost

lofi posts to relax/study to
(he/him)
What We Do in the Shadows is...not good this season? It's slipping into that routine that shows sometimes do where they separate out the main cast to interact with newer characters and the chemistry just isn't there. Nadja seems like she's greenscreened into every other scene she's in anyway. Maybe just the result of rushed or pandemic production but I'm not into it.
 

jpfriction

A most radical pontiff
(He, Him)
Yeah, not unhappy with any episodes yet, but nothing great either. Hopefully Colin Robinson gets back to his old self sooner rather than later, apparently he’s the secret sauce.
 

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
(He/Him)
I'm missing Colin Robinson, but otherwise I think its fine, if not quite at the pinnacle the first three seasons were.
 

John

(he/him)
I quite liked this week's episode with the Familiar Battle Royale, but agree that Nadja's Nightclub scenes are really poor, and Nandor's search and aquisition of a bride sucks too. I'll differ and say I like the creature that crawled out of the chest cavity of dead Colin Robinson quite a bit, and Lazlo's absolutely horrendous parenting is a treat. The creature's "hey Lazlo, guess what" repetition is spot on with how my kids act, and I love how cheesy and bad the CG is on their weird body and head.

It is three separate shows though, I'm sure COVID production related, unfortunately. Hope they merge it all, make the nightclub go bankrupt, and forever keep Gizmo hanging in the lurch.
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Oh hey, I’d been wondering when more of that was coming. But dang, it’s a Hulu-first series innit? I don’t suppose it’s possible to watch anywhere else yet?
 

John

(he/him)
You can watch on FXNOW if you've got an actual premium tv subscription, but otherwise it's Hulu in the US, and only on FXNOW in Canada because it hasn't made it to Disney+ up there yet.
 

jpfriction

A most radical pontiff
(He, Him)
The creature's "hey Lazlo, guess what" repetition is spot on with how my kids act, and I love how cheesy and bad the CG is on their weird body and head.

I had to ask my daughter to please stop prefacing every damn thing she tells me with "do you want to know something?" just yesterday.
 

John

(he/him)
We finished up Season 3 of Umbrella Academy, and I really liked just how surreal everything got in an already fantastical show. Elliot Page's transformation into Viktor took the center stage, but I thought that every character had enough growth by the end of the season that it wasn't just a reset to start. Well, maybe not Five, but Five and the actor who plays him is perfect as is.

By the end, I wish that more of the Sparrows had survived, but the final reset turning Hargreeves into a Blade Runner-ish Tyrell Corp, plus removing all the Umbrella's powers sets up some interesting stuff for a future Season 4. If it doesn't get renewed, I'm still happy with where everyone ended up, even non-gorilla Luthor just wandering the globe looking for Sloane.
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
I'll differ and say I like the creature that crawled out of the chest cavity of dead Colin Robinson quite a bit, and Lazlo's absolutely horrendous parenting is a treat. The creature's "hey Lazlo, guess what" repetition is spot on with how my kids act, and I love how cheesy and bad the CG is on their weird body and head.
I agree with you all around. This arc has been my favorite part of the season so far.
 

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
(He/Him)
I feel bad for the guy who plays Klyden on The Orville. In the latest episode he was forced to run through the woods, naked save for his outer space potato man latex. It was one of the least dignified thing I've ever seen an actor do.

Bortus had to do the same, but at least he gets to be a likeable character.
 
I feel bad for the guy who plays Klyden on The Orville.
I'm gonna go in the opposite direction. I thought that scene was hilarious. The actors are clearly having a ton of fun. It's both humorous, and I like that the scene plays everything very seriously. The juxtaposition of some alien ritual being objectively ridiculous on top of the show portraying that same scenario as very serious is probably Orville humor at its best. There were several similar moments in this season (series?) finale. Like the point where a certain lost item reappears and Lamar sulks off in dismay about how messed up/strange their line of work is. Actually got a chuckle out of me versus bad puns about the rigidity of trees.

This season finale really felt like the people making the show knew that this might be the end for them. And if they were going to go out, they'd go out in a way that would serve as a satisfying series finale. I thought it was an almost overly saccharine and sentimental episode, but I get why they'd want to go that route and have a dignified ending. Which I think was a kind of bold choice. There's a lot of long term character development arcs wrapped up in this episode, but done in a way that leave the door wide open for more stuff later on. And I think it's both extremely fitting for the show Orville is, that this episode - of all episodes - was the most direct and loving tribute to Star Trek that the show has had to date. Dedicating the entire B-Plot (Really like 1B, really) to very carefully and clearly explain what the Prime Directive is and why it's important is probably The Orville at its most sentimental. Especially when lately, I've heard a disturbing number of Star Trek fans rail against the entire idea, and Orville fans thump their chests that this wasn't a thing in the Orville.

If this had to be the end, it was a very good end. If this is a series finale, and you ranked it against all the other Star Trek series finales, for me it would fit in right behind The Undiscovered Country at the top, and All Good Things... I had some problems with this season, but I thought it was overall the best season of the show by a lot, and it slowly won me over as the show went on. It addressed a lot of problems I had with the show previously, and filtered out most of the problematic stuff I had with Orville. I'd welcome a renewal, but if this had to be the ending, it was a satisfying one.
 

jpfriction

A most radical pontiff
(He, Him)
A couple brand spanking new Beavis and Butthead episodes dropped yesterday. First one involves an escape room. Spoiler alert, they are not very good at escape rooms. Hilarity ensues.

Couch riffing was two tiktok videos and a country song. They were great.
 
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