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The All-New TT: Television Time Mini Reviews

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Got to the end of season two in BSG and that was kind of A Lot in the last few episodes there. I did like the Baltar/Six dynamic inversion in the ep on Caprica where we meet Caprica-Six. Then the whole election -> colonization -> time-skip stuff accelerated so fast it was a little whip-lash-y. Guess they wanted a big status-quo shake-up, 'cause that's certainly what they did.

(We're also in the part of Parks and Rec with dumb rich baby Ant-Man, so that's fun (also Agatha Harkness which I'm spoiling only because the reference I'm making is recent). The guest stars on this show, man.
 
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Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
We blitzed through the Adama-has-a-mustache arc of BSG. The complete change of scenery/formula didn't last very long after all. Granted we lost the Pegasus but I'd been expecting that anyway. What happened with Kara was just downright mean though (and Tigh too for that matter). Interested to see what the heck the Cylons decide their doing from here. This whole recent plot has really shifted them from a monolithic, implacable force (barring a few outliers) into more of just a normal enemy that's fallible and is riven by its own internal conflicts.

Oh, the requisite "badass unexpected combat maneuver" kicking off the last battle there was pretty sweet, though.
 

YangusKhan

does the Underpants Dance
(He/Him/His)
My girlfriend and I have been slowly trucking through The Big Bang Theory. We're about in the middle of season 6 now, and I surprisingly don't hate it? It gets a lot better once the major female characters actually become main cast members (and once the writers tweak Amy into something more interesting than "girl Sheldon"). One big thing that still bothers me though is the show's refusal to acknowledge that Sheldon is on the autism spectrum; I don't know if this will ever happen, but in lieu of that label, the show has instead treated it as a personality quirk as a consequence of his massive levels of arrogance. I know it's probably foolish to expect a healthy treatment of psychological disorders from a sitcom, but this show is in a unique position to actually do it given the premise and subject matter. There's even a joke that stood out to me as a good example of ableism, so it's possible for the writers to be both insightful and funny about this stuff! They just don't really get there very often at all.
 

jpfriction

A most radical pontiff
They never formally diagnose him, to my recollection, but they do treat it more and more like "that's how his brain is wired" and less "he's just an asshole" as the show goes on and there is at least one heart to heart with Penny that I remember where he spells out his difficulty interacting with people and how that affects his relationship with Amy. I thought it was treated reasonably well. Maybe the spin-off about him as a boy goes into deeper, I haven't bothered watching it.

My main issue with the show was always that the nerds are just 100% nerds. They only really have nerdy interests and they seem to have every nerdy interest. Get a group of 4 obsessive dudes together like that and one of them is going to be really into baseball. That's just math.
 

muteKi

Women want fish fear meme
My main issue with the show was always that the nerds are just 100% nerds. They only really have nerdy interests and they seem to have every nerdy interest. Get a group of 4 obsessive dudes together like that and one of them is going to be really into baseball. That's just math.

The fact that a CBS show about obsessive grad student nerds didn't include at least one of the four being really into The Price is Right feels like the most hilariously wasted opportunity (this post may or may not have been inspired by me reading some probability research papers on TPIR games)
 

Büge

Arm Candy
(she/her)
Pop Culture Detective did a few videos on the way the Big Bang Theory positions itself vis-à-vis misogyny and masculinity.

 
Yeah, my only interaction with it has been "haha, you're awkward like this guy, you should check it out"! This Danielle Corsetto comic is pretty accurate to the milder interactions. I cannot recall where I read it but there was an author who said something like "I can't enjoy a piece of media where being me is the punchline".

I remember people telling me how I should check it out because it mentioned Flatland (one of my favourite books as a kid) and it reminded them of me so I was curious. But uh yeah no, he's just there to be laughed at. It made me wonder what I'm like to them.
 

YangusKhan

does the Underpants Dance
(He/Him/His)
Pop Culture Detective did a few videos on the way the Big Bang Theory positions itself vis-à-vis misogyny and masculinity.
Oh it's really reductionist on this front, I won't argue that at all. Honestly there's a lot to hate about the show! Which is why I was surprised I didn't end up hating it as much as I expected. But it's still a "turn your brain off" sitcom and I can recognize it's an aspect of privilege that I can sit through 6 seasons of it and not be affected by its treatment of nerds and women.
 

Patrick

Magic-User
(He/Him)
We just finished season 1 of Ted Lasso. It's over the top saccharine, but that's what we needed right now. Just a super good, positive show. Highly recommended.
 
I watched season 1 & 2 of Inkmaster on Netflix. I like it. Seems like the creators had the formula down for that show pretty early on. Earlier seasons and later seasons have similar if not exact formulas.

Inkmaster is my second favorite reality TV show. My favorite reality TV show is and will probably always be the Amazing Race.
 
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