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Old 03-24-2015, 09:55 AM
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Exactly, after he shaves his head bald and starts calling himself Heisenberg, he fully dedicated himself to making people's lives demonstrably worse by using his scientific knowledge for evil.

Walters ultimate goal is to kill Superman.
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Old 03-24-2015, 10:06 AM
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He'd make a great Lex Luthor
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Old 03-24-2015, 10:41 AM
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I totally agree with OctoPrime (because he is a wise, wise man) and get what Patrick is saying.

The shift to the 80s means the show loses its complete formal mastery of genre. Dario Russo is apparently a master of emulating the 60s and 70s - he just got the inside of what made those shows tick. This is not true of the 80s, and Season 2 comes across as a broad pastiche rather than a finely tuned mutant machine.

The first episode also felt really mean-spirited: it's much more frenetic, everyone is doing cocaine, the violence is more gratuitous and there's a pretty unfortunate moment of gay panic. I was pretty sorely disappointed watching it.

It does sort of come together the further you go, though. Everything still feels a little off and without a center, but there's enough fun weirdness to carry you through. There's also roughly 1000% more Australians mimicking American accents - if you appreciate the subtle pleasures of that (I do), there's a lot to like.

A note regarding Danger 5 as a whole: Ilsa instantly entered the pantheon of my forever crushes.
I'm a lot more forgiving of season 2 than you are (I found the 80's stuff largely worked well) and I think that it made sense that the show became more over the top when handling the excess of the 80's, but I agree it's the weaker season. I think it was good of the show to try something different but it felt really messy to it's detriment and a lot of the excess wore out it's welcome. Also, I found Tucker going insane kind of tiring.

However, I loved new Pierre as much as the old (and was delighted to see them share screen time) and was delighted by the introduction of McKenzie to the cast. And I'm totally on board with you about Ilsa. She's basically in the same love zone for me as Dr. Mrs. The Monarch.

I'm hoping for no season 3. Not because they couldn't do a good one, but I think it's time for the creators to move on to a very different project (a few specials every once and a while wouldn't be unwelcome).
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Old 03-24-2015, 01:40 PM
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I fell in love with The Spoils of Babylon as soon as Lady Anne showed up. I am so glad that it exists.
i tried to watch this but it was really bad
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Old 03-24-2015, 02:30 PM
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i tried to watch this but it was really bad
Good post
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Old 03-24-2015, 04:17 PM
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I'm hoping for no season 3. Not because they couldn't do a good one, but I think it's time for the creators to move on to a very different project (a few specials every once and a while wouldn't be unwelcome).
I completely agreed with you on no season 3, until it occurred to me - Danger 5 as the X-files. Make Hitler a shadowy alien presence that the government is trying to hide. Black suits, shadowy figures, Gillian Anderson = the third Pierre.
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:27 PM
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That could be good, but the visual language of that show (is that a term? It feels like it might be) isn't as immediately striking (and not as dated, save for, I suppose, the bad lighting) as the 60's and 80's seasons.
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:13 PM
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i tried to watch this but it was really bad
Yes.

But it is really bad in a funny way.
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:26 AM
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That could be good, but the visual language of that show (is that a term? It feels like it might be)
It is in fact such a term that it has been called the grand unifying term of visual media. (it usually has a snooty French name though)
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:18 AM
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Yes.

But it is really bad in a funny way.
no it was just bad in a bad way
it feels like a five/ten minute sketch that's dragged out far past the point of being entertaining
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:57 AM
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I can't really argue against that. I also can't really fault anyone for not liking it. Even though I loved it, I loved it because it was kind of off putting and pointedly not funny at times.
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Old 03-26-2015, 05:02 AM
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So I assume then that you are a fan of anti-comedy (and if you aren't familiar with the term, it's not an insult).
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Old 03-26-2015, 05:35 AM
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In small doses, yes.
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:45 AM
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The Royals: As it turns out, a ripoff of Gossip Girl isn't very good with bad English accents (that seem to come and go depending on the scene), terrible acting, a location budget that was spent renting out castle sets (because everywhere else looks like a high school play set), and token hot actresses who (a) aren't nearly as good looking as in-her-prime Blake Lively was and (b) are waaaay less attractive than the 50-year-old Liz Hurley*. The fact that my Downton-andprimetime-soap-loving wife hates everyone in the cast is a ridiculously bad sign.

* - I say this in a respectful way: GODDAMN.

On the other hand, if the show had gone through with the King's evil bisexual brother Dick Cheney-ing him on a hunting trip at the end of the first episode it would've been the greatest thing ever.
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:13 AM
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I'm pretty sure Liz bathes in the blood of the innocent. She still looks as hot as she did when she was cavorting with Hugh Grant
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:25 AM
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I'm pretty sure Liz bathes in the blood of the innocent. She still looks as hot as she did when she was cavorting with Hugh Grant
Yeah, she's approaching Rachel Hunter levels of "longest time plausibly being in the conversation of the hottest woman on the planet." And she's had a kid, too.
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Old 03-30-2015, 03:43 PM
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Last night I saw a couple episodes of this short-lived legal dramedy called Eli Stone, starring Jonny Lee Miller. It's like Ally McBeal except somewhat better (not difficult), with hallucinations of George Michael songs instead of dancing babies. I can't really recommend it one way or the other, but I am just noting that it once existed, and it's on Hulu, in case you love George Michael.
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Old 03-31-2015, 05:48 AM
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I like The Last Man on Earth, but after that amazing pilot it seems content to just hit the same story beat, over and over again, in every episode, forever. I like Phil as a generic sitcom villain trope, but the writers forgot to make anyone else into a character. Carol starts off great (I love how cliche sitcom behavior comes off as absolutely bonkers when everyone else is dead), but she kind of disappears once the other characters show up. I also like how the gang makes grand gestures of rebuilding society but end up treating the world like a summer camp that never ends. But maybe they should do something? Like find a bull to impregnate their cow so they can keep getting milk? Something to build an episode around? The show also lacks most of the goofy wit of other Lord & Miller joints.

I like the cinematography, though, and little touches that show the world deteriorating under the characters' noses. The cast list indicates that at least two more characters are showing up, so hopefully one of them clashes with someone other than Phil and bring some actual conflict to the show before it's inevitably cancelled because seriously how was it greenlit?
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Just watched the first half of the new Thunderbirds are Go! (saving the rest for when I get home with the kids :P ) and am extremely pleased with the results. No puppets this time; what they've done is build miniature sets and populate them with CG characters and vehicles. The sets are beyond gorgeous. The CG people look a little off, they are largely based on the puppets but with more human proportions. And the reason I love tiny sets so much is that nothing films quite like them. So the CG people populating the sets looks a bit incongruous. But the vehicle scenes are just sublime. They fly near the ground and kick up real dust, hover over water and it's real water rippling. I was on the verge of tearing up it looked so good. Very encouraged, and hope to find downloads soon because I need to begin giffing this immediately.
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Old 04-04-2015, 04:02 PM
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This skit is my life.

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Old 04-04-2015, 07:49 PM
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Well THIS skit is MY life.

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Old 04-04-2015, 08:33 PM
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3 more weeks before I can marathon Justified and The Americans. But I'm totally gonna do it.
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Old 04-04-2015, 09:59 PM
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Well THIS skit is MY life.

This is absolutely terrifying.
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Old 04-06-2015, 06:27 AM
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The BBC's adaptation of Wolf Hall is pretty dang great. I'm excited to watch the rest of it.
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:31 AM
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Just watched the first half of the new Thunderbirds are Go! (saving the rest for when I get home with the kids :P ) and am extremely pleased with the results. No puppets this time; what they've done is build miniature sets and populate them with CG characters and vehicles. The sets are beyond gorgeous. The CG people look a little off
I watched this while we were waiting for Mad Men and, yeah, the look of it is spot-on. Would've liked some more updates to the TBirds themselves (1 and 3 are still kinda redundant, and 3 and 4 both are too situational to use every week... basically, 3 is a goddamn stupid vehicle), but, well, I've always got Thunderbirds 2086 on Youtube for that if need be.

(Am I right that the show's supposed to take place in 2060? Because if that's the case, the tech of the TBs themselves wasn't all that special.)

The good work on the vehicles is really defeated by some of the voice acting, though. I think one of the act breaks had the T5 commander (I can NEVER keep the Tracys' names straight beyond Scott and Virgil) shouting at T4 after it was crushed, but the line read was just flat as hell. Most of the voices were terrible like that, actually, although I chuckled at Brains having an Indian accent now.

HOWEVER, it may be because I'm more familiar with the one-hour version of the show that had a very sedate pace (I assume this is coming about because of the show being a hit again in the UK in the 90s, where I think it was a half-hour edit of the original), but if you're going to devote three minutes a show to the stock* launch footage (fine, that's traditional), that doesn't leave a lot of time for explaining what's going on. Which is fine on some levels, but at the same time it's pretty much impossible to tell a story with the scope they wanted to tell (in both halves) in ~19 minutes. Every disaster didn't do anything to humanize the people that were in danger, which was always a hallmark of the old show.

The new girl's okay, although, again, another jet Thunderbird doesn't seem like anything impressive (I assume it's a stealth craft). I get that they didn't want her to be dependent on TB2 to get around, which might explain it.

The Meatloaf Surprise joke... *sigh* That's a joke they'd make on the Muppet Show where the point of the joke was that it was hacky. Maybe that's just a sign that they're assuming adults will watch and will tailor this to kids at all costs.

* - Since Kayo launched with TB3, I assume that they're going to have different stock footage for that one's launch when it's a solo.

Saw her relation to the Hood coming a mile away, even though I assumed she was his daughter at first.
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:48 PM
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I randomly tuned into an old episode of Mad About You recently. Paul Reiser was given Viagra by his brother and, due to some pressure from Helen Hunt, took it, planning to have sex in an hour after she got done working out at a new gym she recently joined. Hijinks ensued, Helen Hunt got stuck wandering around New York in a towel, Paul Reiser sexually assaulted several dozen people with his apparently gargantuan boner and the episode culminated with them having sex in an elevator at the Empire State Building, twice.

What an amazingly filthy show.
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Old 04-10-2015, 08:39 AM
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I continue to enjoy Fresh Off the Boat, but I still feel like it goes for softballs way too much, especially when it shoves a moral into each episode. I'm not even sure what the superstition episode was trying to say. Most of the episode was spent showing how Jessica's superstition was ruining her life, her career, and her family, and then did a complete 180 because other characters had harmless superstitions. What? Tearing up a paycheck isn't comparable to wearing a charm or throwing salt. A better comparison would have been black cats, which is a white superstition that causes real harm. But the writers want to make excuses for Jessica, rather than leave that tension there, so the story ends with a shrug and a smile. The show could benefit from a little more cynicism and a lot more confidence.

It's also a shame that Eddie Huang is unhappy with it, though a network sitcom is never going to show domestic violence in any real way.
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Breaking Bad would been better served by ending a couple of episodes earlier, with Hank arresting Walt, after Jesse managed to outsmart him by exploiting Walts total lack of empathy and all consuming greed. Or even just before the ending, with Walt, alone and dying in New Hampshire, needing to bribe people with thousands of dollars just to talk to him, slowly going mad with disease and loneliness. Or, just abandoning any sense of subtlety and having Walt discover that the Blue Meth gives of Kryptonite Radiation, finally giving him what he needs to kill that accursed Superman.

But no, it ended the way it did.

And that's a little sad.
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Old 04-10-2015, 09:22 AM
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Or even just before the ending, with Walt, alone and dying in New Hampshire, needing to bribe people with thousands of dollars just to talk to him, slowly going mad with disease and loneliness.

But no, it ended the way it did.

And that's a little sad.
This isn't the first time I've heard this thought, and if this makes you feel better, you can go with the suggested personal head canon that Walt asphyxiated in that car in New Hampshire from earlier in the episode, and everything after that point was his final fever dream revenge/wish fulfillment fantasy. Just pretend that the episode ended with an extra 15-second cut back to him sitting motionless in that carbon-monoxide-filled car.
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Old 04-10-2015, 09:27 AM
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What did you dislike about the ending? The story really ends at "Ozymandius," with everything after as a coda. Once they nailed the climax I had no problem letting them do whatever they wanted for the end.
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