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Title: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on April 07, 2008, 09:46:06 PM
...So I'm a few weeks behind, but I just caught the first episode of HBO's John Adams.  It starts off in the most obvious place: Adams's defense of the Redcoats following the Boston Massacre.  It establishes him right off the bat as a man whose loyalty is to the justice above all else, more than England and more than America, and who picks a side only when it becomes clear that the Crown has no respect for the rule of law.  And of course the notion of a lawyer willing to risk his reputation and career to defend the "enemy" strikes an immediate contrast with the craven politicians of today.  Indeed, the citizens of Boston are primarily presented as vicious rioters, responding to oppression with violence.

Other key players also named "Adams" are Abigail, John Quincy, and Samuel.  Abby in particular is given her due as a close advisor to her husband.  Nothing yet on her alleged affair with Sam; I assume they get to that later.

There's some dramatic license taken, obviously, but so far it's a pretty solid bit of drama that has most of the facts right.  The courtroom drama is well-executed too.  Giamatti is amazing in the titular role; obviously it's hard for some actors to make the transition from comedy to drama, but I can watch his performance and forget he played Andy Kaufman's sidekick.  (Tangent: why the hell haven't I seen American Splendor?  Queuing it up now.)

All in all, looking forward to more, and the advantage of being behind is that 4 more have already aired, so I don't have to wait.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on April 09, 2008, 01:59:02 PM
Second episode was both too long and too cute by half.  The first act goes overboard in introducing Founding Fathers, 2/3 of whom come across as two-dimensional cliches.  Gandalf Ben Franklin speaks entirely in famous catchphrases from Poor Richard's Almanack, and Thomas Jefferson is a timid young man who doesn't realize his potential until Adams pushes him.

The twentieth-century allegory is thick, too; Abigail's comments on race and gender rights seem a little overbearing, and the central diplomacy-versus-war dispute smacks of Chamberlain and Churchill.  It's all fairly historically accurate, but the presentation is less than subtle.

The introduction of David Morse's George Washington is a highlight.  I found my eyes drawn consistently to his jaw, with a subtle underbite resembling Houdon's cast (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:HoudonWashingtonNPG.jpg) of the real Washington's face.  In a nutshell, he looks like he has a mouthful of 18th-century false teeth.

The ending is strong, largely because the script gets an assist from non-WGA member Thomas Jefferson.  (Nice to see Franklin get his due for helping edit the Declaration.)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on April 09, 2008, 02:06:43 PM
Ben Franklin speaks entirely in famous catchphrases from Poor Richard's Almanack

Probably accurate.  He is likely to have had Asperger's.  He would just come up with clever things to say far in advance and then blurt them out when in public.

... maybe.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Koah on April 09, 2008, 03:22:01 PM
Kind of like Oscar Wilde, then?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on April 13, 2008, 10:48:29 PM
The third episode is a Nothing Happens episode, which mainly serves to develop Adams's frustration as ambassador to France and his repeated failures there.  It's easy to relate to his egotism and his strong-arm speeches, but just as clear that he doesn't belong there; you wonder how he was selected as a diplomat at all.

The fourth, by contrast, covers the period from England's surrender to Washington and Adams taking the office of President and VP.  I was mainly vexed in how it let Jefferson off the hook; for all his flirting with Abigail and his talk about France and women serving to take his mind off his wife's death, we see neither hide nor hair of the fifteen-year-old slave who was rather more concretely fulfilling that role.

A few good bits on federalism, Jefferson's faith in the people versus Adams's faith in laws, and suchlike; the Adamses' return home is interesting mainly for making John less of a sympathetic character as he reprimands Charles and forces John Quincy to choose between courtship and business.  His bitterness at losing to Washington is also revealing; Morse's brief appearance is once again excellent, and the contrast between the two men, both in physical stature and demeanor, is striking.

All in all, it's shaped up to be a great series as far as I've seen it, with two more eps already aired that I haven't watched yet and one to go.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Arc on April 21, 2008, 05:57:07 PM
I'm a Nielsen viewer for this week, so if anyone wants to support a show, just post up the time, channel and name of the program.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on April 21, 2008, 06:04:15 PM
Veronica Mars, 1 year ago.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Fredward on April 21, 2008, 07:03:27 PM
Firefly, 5 years ago.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on April 21, 2008, 07:30:48 PM
24 hours of Spice TV
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on April 21, 2008, 09:21:57 PM
As always, top of the "guilty pleasures" heap is Smallville.  This season's been pret-ty lame, all things considered, though probably still better than the first couple.  And at least the "freak of the week" meme's finally pretty much out the window at this point.  (I started watching around season 4, which may be the best of the lot.  5 had its moments too.)

Of course the most interesting thing about the show, since day one, has been Lex's fall, which finally reaches its conclusion in the subtly-titled episode "Descent".  Too bad it has to happen in such a dumb ep.

Yes, we've known for at least three years that [spoiler]Lionel would eventually die protecting Clark's secret from Lex[/spoiler] (spoiler-tagged to protect WHICH major plot point that's been coming for three years happened this week), but the whole episode was pure idiot-plot.  Lex is entirely too dumb here, not bothering to [spoiler]check the locket before he kills Lionel[/spoiler], and Chloe in turn is dumb enough to hide the key in the same place where she found it.  In the most head-slapping contradiction of the episode, Clark can hear Jimmy muttering in the basement freezer (and why does a newspaper company have one of those, anyway?) yet completely fails to notice there is a third person in the room with him and Chloe approximately thirty seconds prior.  (Which brings me to another thing: [spoiler]the "No one will even remember your name" line was a very nice nod to the fact that you don't hear a hell of a lot about Lionel in the other versions of the Superman story, but it sort of serves as a reminder that[/spoiler] Chloe's most likely going to take a permanent dirt nap using her powers to heal Clark before the series is through.  Sigh.)

On the plus side, the Veritas arc has done a pretty good job of tying together plot threads that have been dangling since literally the first scene of the show, with Lionel reading about the Queens' death in a newspaper on his way to Smallville.  And the closing scene between Lex and Clark is what the show's all about.

On the Kara/Brainiac side of the plot, we've got some kind of incoming cosmic threat.  Now, the DCU's got plenty of cosmic threats that are bigger than Brainiac or Zod, but it'd be just swell to see Darkseid.

Next season's almost certainly going to be the last, with creators Gough and Millar hoofing it and Kreuk and Rosenbaum scaling back their roles.  So really, this season should wrap up the Lex/Veritas/cosmic threat stuff and leave next to ease everything into the status quo.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on April 21, 2008, 10:55:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnoEgNW1kb0

Battlestar Galactica continues to be the best science fiction series I've ever seen, though you'd probably want to start watching from the beginning. Season 4's opener has a pretty ridiculous spoiler spelled right on out.

side note: nobody ever laughs in this show ever
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on April 21, 2008, 11:02:28 PM
SHITFUCK, when did BSG restart?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on April 21, 2008, 11:05:09 PM
Useful site: tvrss.net (http://tvrss.net)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Arc on April 22, 2008, 04:58:42 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN5BRwkdqWw

Proof positive that Venture Bros. was meant to be seen with an audience. A theatrical release should have been out by now.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on April 22, 2008, 05:05:18 PM
So, without giving any spoilers, someone tell me what the hell BSG: Razor is, anyway?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on April 22, 2008, 05:43:35 PM
It's gonna be a pretty ridiculous spoiler if you haven't seen up to the tail end of season 2, episode 34ish. Basically, it's retelling the Cylon attack/bombings from a "less fortunate" perspective.

It's pretty good, and features old-war era Adama.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Zach on April 24, 2008, 02:18:57 PM
Proof positive that Venture Bros. was meant to be seen with an audience. A theatrical release should have been out by now.

I'd rather be able to hear what the characters are saying. Watching the show/hypothetical theatrical release alone isn't ideal either, but the audience had better be exactly the sort of people who I like watching movies with.

Here's the clean trailer (http://www.quickstopentertainment.com/2008/04/23/venture-bros-exclusive-new-york-comic-con-season-3-teaser/).

It's gonna be a pretty ridiculous spoiler if you haven't seen up to the tail end of season 2, episode 34ish. Basically, it's retelling the Cylon attack/bombings from a "less fortunate" perspective.

I think that you can give away a little more without ruining it. For example, there's a reason that it's called Razor:

(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b167/unhelpful/2438204376_cfddc50940_o.jpg)

Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on May 02, 2008, 09:36:21 PM
New Speed Racer toon. (http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=155738)  Apparently it showed tonight; I didn't catch it.  Wasn't really interested until I found out Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, the guys who've been writing the current Jonah Hex comic, wrote the first few eps, so I may have to check it out.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on May 02, 2008, 10:09:54 PM
Certainly looks like a winner!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ_CZ6Q9MCI

I'd like to say this is a disservice to the franchise, but Speed Racer is fucking retarded.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on May 02, 2008, 11:14:41 PM
I'd like to say this is a disservice to the franchise, but Speed Racer is fucking retarded.

retardedly AWESOME

can't wait until next weeeeek
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Arc on May 06, 2008, 04:49:01 PM
I said the same, out loud, before clicking over to this page.

:8D: ON GLORIOUS IMAX.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on May 06, 2008, 08:04:58 PM
FUCKS SAKE TILA TEQUILA

ARE YOU SEARCHING FOR LOVE OR DO YOU JUST WANT TO COCKTEASE SOMEONE UNTIL THEY ARE WILLING TO DRINK BULL SEMEN
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Friday on May 06, 2008, 11:45:59 PM
can't it be both?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on May 06, 2008, 11:51:58 PM
Finally watched last week's Smallville.

It's becoming increasingly clear that we will not be seeing the New Gods in the next two weeks, which practically makes the episode title, "Apocalypse", false advertising.

Instead what we got was another goddamn It's a Wonderful Life episode -- I guess I can't blame them, given that their take on A Christmas Carol is probably my favorite episode, the Clark-saves-Santa B story notwithstanding.

Anyway.  The writing was pretty mediocre, and all the best bits were just exploitative fan service.  The usual apocalyptic story that creates an excuse to kill everybody off.

Showing Clark's baby brother, confirming Jonathan's continued existence, and also bringing in the Sheriff were all wonderful touches as far as recounting the people who are dead as a result of Clark's actions.  However, bringing it down to "everybody dies anyway" is a gigantic fucking copout.  That and this whole episode was already done, better, a year ago on Heroes.  And frankly, Heroes spent much more time ripping off Watchmen than this ep did.

All that said, the visuals were solid and the direction was good; Tom Welling is probably a better director than he is an actor (though, in his defense, he probably does the best he can with the lines he's given).

Anyway.  They could still wrap the series up in the two remaining eps of this season, but since it's not happening, I expect to see a final season that closely resembles this episode -- wink-wink nods to the audience as Clark starts wearing glasses and working at the Planet.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Rosencrantz on May 07, 2008, 01:13:31 AM
Anyone else watch Reaper? I enjoy it, but to be honest, I'd still watch it if they cut out everything except for the Devil. The bastard makes me smile during every scene he's in.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on May 08, 2008, 04:32:23 PM
Trailer for new X-Men toon (http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=156095) is up.

Thoughts: it looks an awful lot like the 1990's one, in that it's got pretty animation but looks like it's going to be hugely bogged down by a way-too-big-cast and too many classic and recent stories being jammed together.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on May 08, 2008, 04:33:18 PM
I really liked the 90s one though.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on May 08, 2008, 04:36:57 PM
Yeah, I liked it when I was 10.

Have you watched it recently?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on May 08, 2008, 04:58:11 PM
Actually, yes.  And had the same reaction to it that I had to everything I watched as a kid, a mixture of disbelief and amusement.

If a new cartoon doesn't evoke the same response then I have no real hope for it.  I'm pretty sure anything I like at 25 is not going to make it very far as a children's television program.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on May 08, 2008, 05:29:23 PM
 :;-(:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Arc on May 08, 2008, 06:08:14 PM
Ugh. Same mutant shit, different mutant day. At least the original cartoon had the decency to give the cast a range of expressions. Everyone here has an annoying guilty look on their faces, like they've all just been caught masturbating to grandma scat porn.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on May 08, 2008, 06:12:03 PM
grandma scat porn.

 :ohshi~:

grandmas cat porn.

 :perfect:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Air on May 09, 2008, 01:20:30 PM
We gotta move the island, guys!
 :derp: :derp: :derp: :facepalm:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on May 10, 2008, 10:03:08 AM
:;-(:
:approve:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on May 10, 2008, 03:17:41 PM
:;-(:
(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z284/Nikumatic/jamaikoker.png)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on May 10, 2008, 08:52:24 PM
(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z284/Nikumatic/jamaikoker.png)

 :MENDOZAAAAA:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Bongo Bill on May 10, 2008, 11:50:24 PM
:MENDOZAAAAA:
:wheeeee:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on May 11, 2008, 01:32:58 AM
:approve:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on May 11, 2008, 11:19:10 PM
Smallville again:

Tying St. Christopher to Christopher Reeve was very clever.  The rest of the episode had a feeling of "we are wrapping up a seven-year story arc before the producers and two of the major cast leave."

The show's so schizophrenic when it comes to continuity -- Clark can find his girlfriend hanged in a barn and never speak of it again (all right, that's for the best, since the ep does not affect continuity and can and should be ignored); former major cast members like Pete Ross and Jason Teague went years without their names coming up before finally coming back into play this season, when suddenly we're into territory where if you haven't been paying attention since the very beginning of the series you're going to be thoroughly lost.

And then of course the resolution relied, yet again, on Clark failing to notice something.  Which is of course a serious problem with most writers on Superman: they have to make him stupid and sloppy (and overuse Kryptonite) to challenge him.

Related: Doomsday, unnamed female villain confirmed for season 8 (http://www.tv.com/smallville/show/1718/story/11247.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=headlinessh&tag=headlines;title;0om_act=convert&om_clk=headlinessh).  Most obvious and therefore most likely pick is Ursa.

Odds that Doomsday kills Clark and Chloe dies resurrecting him?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Fredward on May 14, 2008, 10:40:18 PM
Torrented the first episode of Mad Men (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_men) because I heard Yosaffbridge's breasts look great* it was good, and I was very pleasantly surprised. After the initial enjoyment of oodles of sexism and racism (as well as a few groaners; "Well, there was only one report, and there's no magic machine that makes exact copies of things!", and "I don't think it'll take much to convince America that Dick Nixon is a winner" come to mind), the depth of the scene between Draper and Menken in the bar caught me off-guard, in a good way. While I thought the aforementioned -isms a bit overplayed at times, and likewise for Draper's war history, I was nevertheless left with a very positive feeling as I finished the pilot.

So, I've gone ahead and started downloading the rest of the series, seeing as it probably won't air in Canadia for a good long while.

*this actually had a lot to do with my decision to check it out, but rather because I thought Christine Hendricks' played her character in Firefly brilliantly.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: James Edward Smith on May 15, 2008, 07:50:06 AM
I live in Canada and I watch Mad Men on AMC as it airs...
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Fredward on May 15, 2008, 05:32:18 PM
I know not of your "full cable" channels. :sarcasm:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Arc on June 01, 2008, 06:52:43 PM
With the season finale of LOST outta the way, now ABC can get down to real business for that timeslot with the third season of Harry Potter. Here's the new season opener:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEmjUifFe4Q

Nutz to Oldman only getting a 'Guest' credit. Sirius Black must not appear in many episodes, but I suppose that remains true enough to the book. Thank the stars Disney had the foresight to snatch up the rights and give the books the treatment they deserve. Imagine if some Hollywood studio just tried to pump out movies of the books every other year? Ugh, seems wrong to even think of such a possibility.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on June 03, 2008, 10:47:58 PM
Back to where I started: finally got around to catching the fifth ep of John Adams.

Most of the characters are pretty well-defined by this point.  John in particular offers no surprises; he's bitter, isolated, obsessive, and increasingly unsympathetic, yet all this makes him all the more human and interesting.

What's interesting about this ep is that, for two terms of the Washington/Adams administration, the narrative is driven by the conflict between Jefferson and Hamilton.  It's interesting watching Adams start out frustrated at being kept out of Washington's confidence, only to find the two of them drawn together as they are caught in-between the rivalry between Federalist and Republican.  Their mutual distaste for political parties is only briefly touched on, but it's there and obviously that's a sentiment close to my own heart.

Hamilton comes across as very unsympathetic, but that's forgivable given that the show is called John Adams.  Jefferson is probably the most intriguing character, especially for how the French Revolution has changed him and how utterly radical his rhetoric has become.

All in all, the show continues to impress; hoping to get around to the last two eps soon.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Arc on June 03, 2008, 11:39:57 PM
Jefferson's portrayal as a collected anarchist still echoes through to me even weeks after I've watched the series. I'll briefly talk more on him and Adams once you finish.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on June 03, 2008, 11:58:36 PM
Well, I'm not exactly concerned about spoilers. ::3:

Jefferson's belief in a constant state of revolution is something my dad cites at every possible opportunity.  So is his take on the Democratic Republic and his acknowledgement of inalienable rights that could not be denied by mob rule.  Now, getting those two things to line up, that's the trick, and Adams expresses that well several times in the series.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on June 10, 2008, 08:30:27 PM
All right, done.

On the last two eps:

The White House imagery was great.  The desolation of the landscape and the emptiness of the rooms made a good metaphor for his isolation as President.

The contrast between Charles's death and Nabby's was well-executed.

Sally Hemmings's presence in this episode does a lot to dispel my complaints that she didn't show up in France.  She still should have been there, but now I can't exactly accuse the miniseries of skirting the issue.

The plot, in episode 6, of Adams giving up his reelection to avoid an unnecessary war, and in episode 7 of his concern for his legacy, both had clear significance to the current administration, without being overbearing about it.  The closing voice-over where he breaks the fourth wall and speaks directly to the audience runs dangerously close to overbearing, but given that it's actual text from a letter to Abigail it just misses that mark.  It's preachy and lacking in subtlety, but so was he.

His verbal abuse of Trumbull for the painting's lack of historical accuracy is over-the-top and seems largely unnecessary, but makes for a good bit of metacommentary, not least for the fact that the rant itself is an example of artistic license rather than historical accuracy.  It also serves as a meditation on the fact that history is imprecise and the revolution is now, in many ways, the stuff of legend.  My first reaction to Adams and Jefferson both dying on the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration is that that sounds more like legend than fact -- but I'm sure the biographers have the records to back the claim up.

All in all, a very satisfying miniseries and a good, if not wholly accurate, bit of historical dramatization.  Great cast, with few false notes throughout the series.  It's out on DVD now, so I advise anyone who hasn't seen it to give it a rental.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on June 10, 2008, 09:17:16 PM
Anything in there about him and Marshall setting up Marbury v. Madison?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on June 10, 2008, 10:54:26 PM
No, Marshall's in there as you'd expect, but Marbury doesn't show up and the Madison administration is given only a single-sentence acknowledgement.  The episode dealing with Adams's presidency is concerned primarily with his tightrope-walking to avoid war with either England or France, and the final episode, dealing with his retirement, focuses on his family and his correspondence with Jefferson.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on June 10, 2008, 11:12:57 PM
Ah, that's a shame.  It's one of the more impressive cons I've ever read about.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on June 11, 2008, 12:02:08 AM
I'd be totally into seeing a Madison docudrama.

One of the obvious weaknesses of the story told from Adams's perspective is he and Jefferson are in France when the Constitution is written and ratified.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Guild on July 12, 2008, 02:32:58 AM
So Burn Notice has started up again and it doesn't quite deserve its own thread, so I made this one.

I'd give Burn Notice a B+. I started watching it for Bruce Campbell but I got hooked by the end of the premiere.
For contrast I give Monk a B- and Psyche a C+. I also give the pilot to the new Knight Rider show a C-, and only that good because of the Hoff's cameo.


Post any random shows you REGULARLY watch. Be sure to give them a grade.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on July 12, 2008, 05:37:15 AM
Be sure to give them a grade.

Why can't we be big boys and use our words instead?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Guild on July 12, 2008, 11:22:13 AM
Arbitrary grading systems are great for post-scanners like me who don't want to necessarily read a description of a show he already watches, but WOULD like to know how the person enjoyed it... that's also why game reviewers are forced to give grades, by the way. A grading system can never accurately pin down how enjoyable a game was, but by following a trend in a person's grading system you can more accurately find shows you might enjoy if the reviewer shares your tastes. Just my initial thoughts when I read that. Nobody HAS to do ANYTHING I say. That's like, the entire premise behind my whole life: Lead by bad example.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: on July 12, 2008, 12:30:23 PM
I randomly watch "Guild is a gigantic idiot". While it started out strong and amusing, it's gradually fallen off, as it seems the producers of the show think we'll still be enthralled in Season 2 by the same antics all throughout season 1. The control mechanics are solid, though, if extremely simple.

I give it a 3....out of 5.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on July 12, 2008, 04:11:55 PM
Arbitrary grading systems are great for post-scanners like me who don't want to necessarily read a description of a show he already watches, but WOULD like to know how the person enjoyed it... that's also why game reviewers are forced to give grades, by the way. A grading system can never accurately pin down how enjoyable a game was, but by following a trend in a person's grading system you can more accurately find shows you might enjoy if the reviewer shares your tastes. Just my initial thoughts when I read that. Nobody HAS to do ANYTHING I say. That's like, the entire premise behind my whole life: Lead by bad example.

video game review scores are basically singlehandedly making a mockery of the entire game review dynasty these days.

even moreso than the game review writers themselves in most cases.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Fredward on July 12, 2008, 04:42:49 PM
I don't actually read Guild's posts anymore, I just read the reviews.

Oh, incidentally, I downloaded the first episode of Burn Notice just a few days ago because Bruce Campbell. I have yet to watch it.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on August 16, 2008, 04:32:27 PM
Now, I don't watch much TV.  In fact I barely watch it at all, ever.  But one of the few shows that I enjoy when it happens to be playing in the same room as me is Monk.  It's just a clever show, complete misrepresentation of psychological abnormalities be damned.

Well, at least it used to be a clever show.  Either the writing took a sharp downhill turn somewhere, or I must have missed it in the beginning, because all the episodes I've seen lately seem to climax with this nailbiter.

MONK: Mr. Murderer, now that I have you alone or sometimes with a number of accomplices without any backup in sight, I would like you to know that I know that you kill people, and can prove it in court.
MURDERER: Why thank you for that courtesy Mr. Monk!  Would you mind walking into this trap of mine?
MONK: Yes, that sounds reasonable to me... OH GOD THE GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE IS TRYING TO KILL ME WHY?????

This of course raises the huge elephant-in-the-room question:

How the fuck does a paranoid supergenius not suspect a goddam trap??????????

Another drop in the torrential river of things I ignore, I suppose.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Rosencrantz on August 16, 2008, 04:41:28 PM
It's true. One of his biggest strengths - whether or not he or anyone else realizes it - is how he comes off as incompetent and harmless at first glance. Hell, even at a second glance. But as the case goes on, he becomes more and more confident and, as you said, goes right up to the murder suspect and tells them to their face that he's on to their scheme. It's around this time that said suspect wises up to the crazy detective and the trap scenario plays out.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lady Duke on August 16, 2008, 04:45:52 PM
Yeah but sometimes he knows about the murderer's traps and sets a trap to trap them while knowingly walking into their traps.

..That sounds like a lot of traps.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on August 16, 2008, 04:54:18 PM
But as the case goes on, he becomes more and more confident and, as you said, goes right up to the murder suspect and tells them to their face that he's on to their scheme.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd145/Brentai/toobold.png) Too bold.

..That sounds like a lot of traps.

(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd145/Brentai/toobold.png)  I'm there!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on August 16, 2008, 11:35:18 PM
Even :Mikey: eventually learned to avoid obvious traps.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: sei on August 17, 2008, 03:14:17 AM
Yeah but sometimes he knows about the murderer's traps and sets a trap to trap them while knowingly walking into their traps.

..That sounds like a lot of traps.
You're baiting some pretty tasteless cracks about :gay4:.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on August 17, 2008, 11:46:29 AM
Even :Mikey: eventually learned to avoid obvious traps.

Wasn't that actually a subplot?  The "Mikey's spiritual journey to not be such a gullible loser" subplot?

You're baiting some pretty tasteless cracks about :gay4:.

 :objection: Objection!
 :suave: That crack is not tasteless!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on August 18, 2008, 11:21:19 PM
Even :Mikey: eventually learned to avoid obvious traps.

Wasn't that actually a subplot?  The "Mikey's spiritual journey to not be such a gullible loser" subplot?

Well, there was at least the one where he won the Battle Nexus rematch, fair and square, after a pep talk from Emo Leo.

(Tangentially: a couple weeks back, Murphy posted mockup art (http://the-5th-turtle.blogspot.com/2008/08/more-mystery-art.html) for a possible TMNT movie which would put Mikey in the spotlight.  He stressed that it's just a mockup and such a movie is unlikely ever to get made, but I thought it was pretty cool.)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on August 23, 2008, 11:26:17 PM
Moffat to do modern Sherlock Holmes. (http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/news/2008/08/doctor_whos_moffat_to_pen_modern_sherlock_holmes.html)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on August 25, 2008, 07:50:54 PM
starriiiiiiing Hugh Laurie?  (wishful thinking)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Arc on August 26, 2008, 07:20:27 AM
Name one character you wouldn't want to see Hugh Laurie play, Kazz.

One.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on August 26, 2008, 08:45:17 AM
After imagining Hugh Laurie as Harley Quinn, Garfield, Jar Jar Binks, and Gandhi, I have concluded that it is impossible.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Fredward on August 26, 2008, 01:26:14 PM
House essentially is Garfield, after all. Just, for lasagna, read Vicodin.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on August 26, 2008, 01:35:05 PM
After imagining Hugh Laurie as Harley Quinn, Garfield, Jar Jar Binks, and Gandhi, I have concluded that it is impossible.

What about your mom?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: sei on August 26, 2008, 08:55:39 PM
Twinadder: A Tale of Two Fathers.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on September 13, 2008, 10:22:53 PM
...So I turned on SNL tonight because I wanted to see the opening sketch with Tina Fey as Sarah Palin.  It was pretty good!

Then I foolishly watched 20 more minutes of the show.  That was a mistake.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on September 18, 2008, 07:20:00 PM
The biggest problem with the Smallville season premier isn't that it was bad (although it was!), it's that it seemed to be resolving a completely different season finale cliffhanger than the one that actually aired.

Last season ended with Lex finding out Clark's secret and gaining power over a MacGuffin to control him.  Then Rosenbaum AND both head writers quit the show, so the new writers had to come up with a completely different resolution than whatever they had planned -- and came up with the highly original idea of having "control" actually mean "depower".  What, an episode of Smallville where Clark gets depowered?  Holy shit, what a twist!

Also, he is held prisoner in eastern Europe.  So at this point they're pretty much just cribbing plots directly from Heroes.

Also also, no mention whatsoever of Kara, not even during Clark's near-death experience where he had a flashback to all his family members who have quit the show.  So I think we can chalk her up as one more major character who's just going to be completely ignored for the remainder of the series.

Which, fortunately, is only eight months away!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Guild on September 18, 2008, 08:15:33 PM
After reading your post, Thad, I'm supremely happy that I stopped watching Smallville after season 4.



How Not to Live Your Life

Go watch an episode of this show.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on September 18, 2008, 08:54:30 PM
...5 and 6 were actually pretty good.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on September 18, 2008, 09:38:36 PM
Yeah everything I heard about Smallville was that starting with season 5 it was actually quite good, you just have to sit through four seasons of ass to have some clue what's going on.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on September 19, 2008, 12:35:19 AM
Kinda, yeah.  3, 4, and 7 have their moments, but there's a lot of crap to sit through along the way.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on October 03, 2008, 08:05:29 PM
I am watching the new Clone Wars cartoon animated thing right now.

...well, actually, I'm across the room posting about it.

Take that as you well.

UPDATE: Upon actually watching it, I discovered to my lack of surprise that it is fucking crap.

UPDATE THE SECOND: Apparently it's so bad that the cable company cut off service as an act of mercy.  :o
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Romosome on October 09, 2008, 12:14:27 PM
I don't understand how Lex Luthor hasn't already found out Superman's identity five million times from the basic setup of that show alone.

"Present-day" continuity would be all kinds of retarded if Superman's teenage years were like Smallville.  The only way he'd even be able to have a secret identity at all would be for Lex to topple a vending machine over onto himself or something.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on October 09, 2008, 01:28:15 PM
but lex hates bebop cola
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Rosencrantz on October 09, 2008, 01:34:21 PM
"Present-day" continuity would be all kinds of retarded if Superman's teenage years were like Smallville.  The only way he'd even be able to have a secret identity at all would be for Lex to topple a vending machine over onto himself or something.

I watched the first few seasons of the show, and during that time Lex lost his memory at least twice.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on October 09, 2008, 01:41:59 PM
Did his father's long-lost evil twin show up in that season?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on October 09, 2008, 09:11:50 PM
I don't understand how Lex Luthor hasn't already found out Superman's identity five million times from the basic setup of that show alone.

He has.  There was the time he got knocked out and got amnesia, the time he went in for electroshock therapy and lost his memory of the last six months of his life, the time Clark went back in time and changed the past, the time he was SURE something was up with Clark but Clark was depowered so he bled when he punched him, the time he found out and then got written out of the show with no explanation...
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: on October 09, 2008, 11:49:07 PM
If Clark was more Genre Savvy (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/GenreSavvy), he'd use it as a weapon.

"WE HAVE YOU NOW"
"HEY GUYS, I'm SUPERMAN!"
"WHA-" * Universe corrects itself
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on October 09, 2008, 11:53:14 PM
Please don't link TV Tropes unless you want to pay me for the hours of otherwise productive time I will invariably lose.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on October 10, 2008, 08:46:16 AM
Chloe's the genre-savvy one.  She keeps making movie references!  Hahaha!  I was just saying "They stole that from Pulp Fiction," and then she totally used "Pulp Fiction" as a verb!

Ohhh, I love it when things reference other things.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on October 10, 2008, 08:55:39 AM
Speaking of referencing things: Family Guy.

You know, in that show, I don't have a problem with Brian the dog having sex with human women. And gay jokes about baby Stewie are fine with me as well. But a not unrecent episode hinted to Stewie having a crush on Brian, and that was just... weird.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Cannon on October 10, 2008, 11:34:05 AM
The show is an unholy mess. What else is on?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on October 10, 2008, 01:46:30 PM
Family Guy seems like it's desperately trying to get back to the level of humor found in the pilot episode.  You know, the one that turned everyone off of the series and caused it to be canceled the first time.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on October 10, 2008, 03:38:50 PM
But with one funny pop-culture reference per episode!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on October 10, 2008, 03:40:14 PM
You know, Family Guy is pretty much directly responsible for Robot Chicken, which distilled its formula down to the purest form.  No plot, no characterization, just straight up references to things you remember from your childhood, only violent.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on October 10, 2008, 06:05:28 PM
Right.  Robot Chicken is Family Guy without the pretense of plot or any attempt to make you give a shit about the characters.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on October 10, 2008, 06:18:06 PM
Curiously, Robot Chicken is better.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on October 10, 2008, 06:24:38 PM
Well, yes.  Putting scenes in-between the jokes only works if you have interesting characters or compelling plots.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on October 10, 2008, 07:37:53 PM
Compelling plots?

Well... uh, Lois has raped Peter at least twice.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Saturn on October 11, 2008, 01:59:13 AM
pilot episode.  You know, the one that turned everyone off of the series and caused it to be canceled the first time.

isn't the pilot episode THE FIRST ONE?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on October 12, 2008, 01:41:38 PM
Please don't link TV Tropes unless you want to pay me for the hours of otherwise productive time I will invariably lose.  Thank you.

All the internal linking in the website makes me do this:

(http://kazz.rooms.cwal.net/tropestabs.png)

then i forget where the hell i started :sadpanda:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on October 16, 2008, 06:45:35 PM
...so there's a new show on between Earl and Office.  It has a good cast but I only made it through the first 10 minutes before I decided it was turning me gay.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Arc on October 16, 2008, 06:49:20 PM
:suave: Now that's a Must-See-Thursday.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on October 16, 2008, 10:52:41 PM
b-b-but

I thought I was turning you gay!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: sei on October 16, 2008, 11:36:09 PM
Stealing credit from the ice stripper (http://brontoforum.us/index.php?topic=13.msg34384#msg34384)?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on October 18, 2008, 12:50:20 PM
Smallville's back to form.  Not a great show by any stretch, but thoroughly enjoyable as schlock.  The first ep was pretty much the writers scrambling to resolve a cliffhanger ending with the sudden loss of the guy who had second billing in the credits.

Since then it's typical formula stuff -- meteor freak, pilot for a spinoff, alien, psycho who kidnaps and tortures people -- but fun to watch with a beer in hand.

Good points: Mercy's turning out to be a decent enough villain, and her sexual chemistry with Ollie is almost as entertaining as the absolutely atrocious dialogue they keep spouting.  And speaking of villains, the show's actually managed to make Doomsday, the most boring character ever, somewhat compelling (though he's only been in two episodes and may get boring once his story's actually explained).  And finally, it took them FIVE EPISODES before they resorted to Kryptonite (although Clark was depowered in the first one, so maybe that counts too).  And it's great when they just go deliberately schlocky -- I'm surprised it took them this long to get to the Maxima story as it's a perfect fit for Smallville.

Bad points: Chloe's now as bad a deus ex machina as Clark.  And all the usual stuff that's bad about Smallville.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Guild on November 16, 2008, 11:41:27 PM
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Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Dooly on November 25, 2008, 07:54:40 PM
It's not enough of a deal to go in the Internet Superstore thread, but I figure The Real Ghostbusters: The Complete Collection (http://www.timelife.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=1001&langId=-1&productId=75501) has to be relevant to somebody's interests around here.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Cannon on November 25, 2008, 08:30:49 PM
...Meanwhile, Big Guy and Rusty - The Boy Robot and Megas XLR remain locked away in underground, arcane chambers guarded by cel golems.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on November 25, 2008, 08:44:25 PM
It's not enough of a deal to go in the Internet Superstore thread, but I figure The Real Ghostbusters: The Complete Collection (http://www.timelife.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=1001&langId=-1&productId=75501) has to be relevant to somebody's interests around here.

Wow.  That's... wow.

I mean that cartoon was actually pretty fun once in a while, but out of those 147 episodes I think you can maybe make one season of really worthwhile ones.  I'd pay for a DVD of just those.  Maybe.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Arc on November 25, 2008, 11:04:31 PM
relevant to somebody's interests

:wheeeee: Hands on! (http://protoncharging.com/gb/2008/11/20/real-ghostbusters-dvd-hands-on/)

:shrug: The surgery can wait.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on November 25, 2008, 11:16:25 PM
...yeah, count me in the "waiting until it's released season-by-season (or at least until they're on Netflix)" camp.  The later eps can kiss my nads.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on November 27, 2008, 12:42:49 AM
I caught snippets of the first couple eps of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and was nonplussed, but I'd recently heard some good buzz about it and eventually decided to give it another look.

I still haven't seen enough to vouch for the series as a whole, but the recent season finale, The Nightman Cometh, was fucking awesome.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on November 28, 2008, 02:44:10 PM
TNT or Fox or one of those prehistoric cable TV stations were running a House marathon late Thanksgiving night. Good cast, interesting stories, and a setting I find oddly relaxing considering the fact that folks are being stabbed with needles and defibrillated'd half the time. Something about the way scenes are shot... lots of natural light and open areas. Must be how little it all resembles an actual hospital.

I caught snippets of the first couple eps of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and was nonplussed, but I'd recently heard some good buzz about it and eventually decided to give it another look.

It's Always Sunny has gotta have some of the worst acting I've ever seen, particularly Dennis, but the writing's usually solid enough to make it a fun watch. Yeah, it's not particularly clever - their problems are always self-created out of boredom, rather than resulting from their own neuroses or quirks - but it's weirdly probably the most realistic comedy I've seen. A good chunk of the humor comes from the fact that their schemes usually play out exactly like they would in real life, making the episode's telling title scroll a pretty funny joke in of itself.

Kaitlin Olson's pants are usually tight enough to forgive a pretty big portion of the show's problems.

Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: François on November 28, 2008, 03:01:26 PM
I can't stand House. I tried to watch it a few times, and every episode I've seen boiled down to a "guess the disease" plot. I kind of could see myself liking the characters, but the framework they're built around is terribly unengaging to me.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on November 28, 2008, 03:18:55 PM
The diagnosis usually goes over my head, but at least they have the good sense to visually show us, at a microscopic level, what's going wrong inside the patient. I'm less interested in the actual medicine than I am about the method the cast follows to figure it all out - I might not know what the kerjeebers neurocystercercosis is, but the way they reach that conclusion makes sense to me, I can see the techniques they're using, and it all seems realistic.

I see the episode's payoff as the cast making the right series of logical decisions in the right situations, to narrow down the diagnosis, rather than House's super doctor powers randomly guessing the right disease.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on November 28, 2008, 03:27:21 PM
every episode I've seen boiled down to a "guess the disease" plot.

House is basically a detective show, only in a hospital.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Zaratustra on November 28, 2008, 03:31:31 PM
www.politedissent.com reviews all house episodes and explains what medicine is accurate and what isn't
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: François on November 28, 2008, 03:35:39 PM
I like police procedurals, though. It might be because the mystery parties are typically humans, rather than random, amoral ailments.

Or maybe it's just because I've spent way too much time in hospitals, and I secretly wish House was real and could figure out what's wrong with my sleep cycle.  :painful:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Friday on November 28, 2008, 08:45:20 PM
...

...

...

...

you have lupus.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on November 28, 2008, 08:51:42 PM
I always thought House was more like Star Trek. Every seemingly average planetdisease has a horrible secret. And they use unorthodox methods and complex technology which can be explained by simple analogies to solve them.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on November 28, 2008, 08:51:58 PM
you have lupus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qNBOoDiG0w
The last line is just :perfect:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on December 01, 2008, 08:05:48 PM
I don't follow TV, so I know I'm the last person to note this, but...

They've got River Tam on this show playing a strange quiet girl who occasionally flips out and kills everyone.

That's gotta take some adjustment all right.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on December 02, 2008, 09:36:07 AM
This talk is all bad, because I start to remember old shows like Quincy or Columbo that makes all the kids go "Huh?" when you invoke their name.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on December 02, 2008, 10:16:01 AM
This talk is all bad, because I start to remember old shows like Quincy or Columbo that makes all the kids go "Huh?" when you invoke their name.

And yet they still use Magnum PI and The A-Team as cultural benchmarks on Family Guy.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: King Klown on December 02, 2008, 10:20:03 AM
I'm relatively young, and even I like me some Columbo. "Just let me ask one more thing real quick.. Tie up some loose ends, you understand."
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on December 02, 2008, 10:40:23 AM
Man, now I wanna watch the Rockford Files again...

EDIT: One thing about Magnum PI and the A-Team specifically: Both have seen time as internet memes.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: McDohl on December 08, 2008, 03:57:30 PM
(http://www.browncoats.com/UserFiles/435d3d1bdfa80/Image/kaylee04.jpg)=(http://www.spacecasestv.com/images/cat.jpg)
Kaylee before Kaylee was being Kaylee.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Arc on December 08, 2008, 04:09:02 PM
A hobby of mine is to torment an acquaintance whenever he brings up the subject of Space Cases. I deny the production ever existed, whenever remotely (and conveniently) away from net access.

I've an innate need to bring up this bit of trivia in conversation, so I'll deftly scatter about printouts of the above image in hopes that they're never connected back to me, counting on said trivia to pop-up in conversation later, complete with photographic proof.

To which I'll claim that photoshop has been employed, and that his twisted view of reality has spiraled deeper into madness. Erasing the image of child to fulfill an imaginary gap. How crestfallen. How woebegone.

:imagination:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lady Duke on December 08, 2008, 04:10:22 PM
Space cases was so bad.  Though I liked Catalina.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: McDohl on December 08, 2008, 04:33:27 PM
As I said, Jewel Staite was being Kaylee before she was Kaylee.
Title: Actresses You Want to Fuck
Post by: Romosome on December 08, 2008, 07:38:02 PM
(http://www.browncoats.com/UserFiles/435d3d1bdfa80/Image/kaylee04.jpg)=(http://www.spacecasestv.com/images/cat.jpg)
Kaylee before Kaylee was being Kaylee.

Wait, WHAT?  Really?

I...jesus.  I think I have to go lay down.

And finally buy the DVDs.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: SCD on December 12, 2008, 01:37:53 PM
I'm not too sure if anyone's talked about or heard of Kenny Vs Spenny, but it's about time someone did. 

This show is for anyone who has room mates.  The concept is that these two people who have been room mates for the longest time take on the silliest competitions all in the name of humiliating the loser. 

The chemistry is what makes the show.  One of them is the perfect asshole, and the other one is a self-righteous numpty. 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQKonvJ1cWQ

It's been going on for sometime, and a lot of it is on youtube for now.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on December 21, 2008, 07:32:30 PM
Flight of the Conchords season premiere @ Funny or Die (http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/c48f423bdf/season-2-online-premiere-flight-of-the-conchords-from-flight-of-the-conchords); will air on HBO Jan 18.

[spoiler]Everything is back to normal at the end of the episode.[/spoiler]

Also, the Will Ferrell show advertised after the show looks pretty good.  If you like Will Ferrell.  And I do!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on December 29, 2008, 07:27:06 PM
So, uh, apparently now Adult Swim is airing old reruns of The PJs and King of the Hill.

 :facepalm:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Communist on December 29, 2008, 11:08:27 PM
So, uh, apparently now Adult Swim is airing old reruns of The PJs and King of the Hill.

 :facepalm:

They're sinking, aren't they?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on December 29, 2008, 11:27:49 PM
They knew the metahumor well would run dry one day, and made no attempts to drill elsewhere.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Beat Bandit on January 02, 2009, 06:29:18 PM
No video website thingy seems to have it available but 30 Rock, episode ten, at 13:33, bottom row, third column, that's totally Sharkey.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on January 04, 2009, 01:22:09 AM
Breaking Bad is a damn fine show.  Tightly written, with characters that I've empathized with more than those in most shows of recent memory.  Watching it is almost draining, with how much it draws you into things.

Also it has the dad from Malcolm in the Middle.  [spoiler]Getting into the meth trade.[/spoiler]  What the hell.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lady Duke on January 20, 2009, 11:09:33 PM
I am watching maybe the most awesome of Good Eats I've ever seen.  I am totally gay for the show anyway, and I do find it very silly, but this new episode is particularly silly.  AB is making meat pies and they are doing a parody of Sweeney Todd and it is particularly funny for me.  That AB, such a silly guy.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Detonator on January 20, 2009, 11:18:15 PM
Good Eats is my second favorite show of all time.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lady Duke on January 20, 2009, 11:33:00 PM
It's just so fucking silly and it's a great cooking show.  He made mincemeat pie and shepards pie.  They kept getting meat deliveries from Sweeney Todd and AB kept inquiring what the meat was.  And Sweeney Todd chopped up all the vegetables for them, and he kept killing people in the background of AB and Ms. Lovett cooking.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on January 22, 2009, 09:15:55 PM
...so tonight's 30 Rock was directed by Steve Buscemi.

...and did I misread the credits, or was Earl written by Mark Waid?

(I guess it could be a different Mark Waid.  I once noticed there's a David Tennant in the credits of Scrubs, but it's not THAT David Tennant.)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: James Edward Smith on January 22, 2009, 10:15:26 PM
Good Eats is my second favorite show of all time.

What's the first one, Nigela Bites?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Fredward on January 23, 2009, 08:28:35 AM
Recently bought the DVD sets of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The show is a combination of infinitely loathsome and morally bankrupt protagonists with devastatingly unpleasant situations, ultimately of their own devising. In essence, it takes the Seinfeld model and removes any and all sympathy for the cast. (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist)

I love it.

Particularly painful is the musical episode with which they ended the fourth season. Also, [spoiler]when Charlie starts pulling out his teeth[/spoiler] :ohshi~: :ohshi~: :ohshi~:.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Friday on January 23, 2009, 11:41:11 AM
You know, I've never liked shows where everyone is a complete asshole. It prevented me from liking Deadwood, and I tried really fucking hard.

Not that Al wasn't balls to the wall fuckawesome.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on January 23, 2009, 11:47:00 AM
Except, Seth Bullock was about as far from being an asshole as a person could get.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Friday on January 23, 2009, 12:29:26 PM
yeah, I hated his character for different reasons.

I liked Wild Bill a lot!  :perfect:

...

 :sadpanda:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on January 23, 2009, 05:00:34 PM
Particularly painful is the musical episode with which they ended the fourth season.

I loved it so much I made one of the lyrics my custom title.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: François on January 23, 2009, 09:20:21 PM
I tried to watch an episode of Desperate Housewives once, and I quickly arrived to the conclusion that I wanted everyone on that show to get slapped like a million times.

I never watched it again.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on January 24, 2009, 10:56:56 PM
...so over in another thread we've been having a debate on whether certain things are satire or not.

Which is sort of how I feel about the past week's Smallville, which was a schlocky cop show.  I like to think the writers put out a cliche-filled eye-roller of a script intentionally, but it was played so straight it's hard for me to tell.

That said, it had Dan Turpin, so I'm going to call it a win.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Beat Bandit on January 24, 2009, 11:05:53 PM
I tried to watch an episode of Desperate Housewives once, and I quickly arrived to the conclusion that I wanted everyone on that show to get slapped like a million times.

I never watched it again.
If you keep watching I think that happens once an episode.



Then they get plowed by their poolboys.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on January 25, 2009, 08:55:56 AM
I've written before that the true measure of a comedy's quality is how many times I'm forced to pause it because I'm laughing too hard to pay attention and I don't want to miss anything.

Flight of the Conchords ranks highly on this scale.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on January 25, 2009, 09:58:33 PM
I see you checkin' out my sugar lumps.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lady Duke on January 25, 2009, 10:10:08 PM
I gotta say, at least Adult Swim picked up a good program to ....try to cancel out all its latest terrible shows.  Look around you is just so silly.  Tonight's episode is on germs.  And ghosts.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Norondor on January 25, 2009, 10:29:19 PM
LOOK AROUND YOU IS ON TV?? :O :O :O
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on February 02, 2009, 09:56:48 PM
...While I liked the first two eps of the new season of Conchords, I felt they were having trouble keeping up with the standard of season one.

I think the third ep was something of a return to form.

Furthermore, I think I need to learn I Got Hurt Feelin's, because I think it will come in handy the next time I got hurt feelin's.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on February 03, 2009, 10:13:24 PM
I love every fucking thing Tim and Eric produce.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on February 03, 2009, 10:36:46 PM
They're hit or miss with me. Mostly miss.

On the other hand:

MY LEGS ARE LONG

YES THEY'RE REALLY REALLY LONG

'CUZ MY LEGS ARE LONG
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Arc on February 03, 2009, 11:58:34 PM
I love every fucking thing Tim and Eric produce.

Wait a sec...

:gasp: This isn't the Dirty Secrets thread!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on February 04, 2009, 10:13:02 PM
I'm not ashamed!  They're fucking hilarious!  They GET HOW HUMOR WORKS IN THE BRAIN.  If you don't love them then your brain is BROKEN.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on February 05, 2009, 08:00:05 PM
...my favorite thing about Howie Do It is that the "I" in the title is not serifed, so every time I see a commercial for it I read it as "Howie Dolt".
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on February 05, 2009, 08:03:44 PM
Anybody else watching Burn Notice? Fun show.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on February 05, 2009, 08:20:43 PM
Yeah, downloaded Season 1 like two weeks ago and pounded through it.  I love any show where somebody competent is showing you his craft and providing education; Burn Notice is like the Good Eats of spy shows.  Also, Bruce Campbell is adorable.

EDIT: I should note that I realize that many of the things they show you in the show must be inaccurate in some way or another; while the scene where he uses nail polish remover to take all the ink off a check except for the signature looks convincing, I am willing to bet it's not a viable way to commit check fraud, simply because it was allowed to go on television.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on February 05, 2009, 09:30:54 PM
In a purely technical sense, yes, it works.  In a real-world sense, not so much, since that's pretty much one of the first things any bank teller is taught to look for, and is kind of obvious if you're looking for it.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on February 06, 2009, 11:36:47 AM
Yeah, that's what I figured.

By the way, the modern cell phone is more dangerous than the fucking hydrogen bomb.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on February 06, 2009, 11:58:07 AM
(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd145/Brentai/morgan_freeman_tn.jpg)  You've no idea, son.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lady Duke on February 08, 2009, 10:08:45 PM
If Bumcivillian was real, that'd be hilarious and amazing all at the same time.  I <3 you, Look Around You.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on February 08, 2009, 10:14:10 PM
*DINGDINGDINGDINGDINGDINGDINGDINGDINGDINGDINGDING*
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lady Duke on February 08, 2009, 10:20:50 PM
Brainial stimulation causes pain you know.  Brainial mind you.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lady Duke on February 16, 2009, 12:02:51 AM
I always hate that random Cake Challenges are on at 3 am on Food Network.  I feel compelled to watch them, but since it's always on a sunday night, I should really just be going to bed.

But....cake...on tv.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on February 16, 2009, 12:05:30 AM
Yes... must eat delicious cake...
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on February 23, 2009, 11:09:14 PM
I've been watching Firefly (http://www.hulu.com/firefly) pretty much all day today. It's fun. Maybe not exactly the orgasm I was expecting, but I've been having fun with it so far. I was actually surprised to find out that River Tam isn't the little 100-pound berserker that she is in the movie.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on February 24, 2009, 12:23:24 AM
I, too, watched the movie before seeing the series.  The movie was very, very confusing because of this.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Arc on February 24, 2009, 02:25:05 PM
Andy Richter returns to the loving bosom of Conan. (http://watching-tv.ew.com/2009/02/andy-richter-co.html)

Hoooray.

Essential. Max Weinberg won't be returning until September, Conan takes over The Tonight Show in June, and Richter has been living in L.A. for nearly a decade now.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on February 24, 2009, 03:03:33 PM
Andy was the reason I watched Conan's show, and his departure was the reason I stopped watching.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kayma on February 24, 2009, 03:55:06 PM
Sinful Fact: I don't like Andy Richter.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lady Duke on March 02, 2009, 02:44:39 PM
Sometimes, when I'm bored, I like to watch Cash Cab.  And it always makes me wonder why the video bonus at the end of a successful ride is always so ridiculously easy.  They always ask these questions that are unbelievably easy.  And they're supposed to go up in difficulty throughout the ride, and then they give this last question and it's like...wow.  Really?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Arc on March 03, 2009, 09:10:54 PM
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Firefly (http://www.hulu.com/firefly)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z2nD-SjGxg

Y / B ?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on March 03, 2009, 09:30:59 PM
Y.

I wouldn't care if she had ten penises.  I'd destroy that.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lady Duke on March 03, 2009, 09:33:36 PM
I can also answer Y because P is for penis.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Misha on March 03, 2009, 09:36:17 PM
I thought trans girls normally went to more effort to hide the bulge
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Romosome on March 03, 2009, 09:57:39 PM
twice
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on March 03, 2009, 10:08:33 PM
Yes. Yes I would.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on March 04, 2009, 05:03:26 AM
Look who you're asking.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on March 04, 2009, 11:24:30 AM
Would?  I probably have.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on March 07, 2009, 08:47:53 AM
Incidentally, has anyone noticed the similarities between Morena Baccarin and Vaniity?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM_04Cyc2HU
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lottel on March 09, 2009, 06:43:40 PM
I think I really like Castle.
It might be the only show that might make watch regularly!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Jkid on March 26, 2009, 06:24:58 PM
I currently enjoy the alternative-universe drama Kings on NBC. I saw the two hour premiere episode and the follow-up last week. It's a different kind of show other than the dime a dozen crime dramas and UNreality tv shows these days. The main reason: New York City is depicted as a city-state kingdom ruled by a king.

Hopefully it will survive at one season, AT LEAST ONE.  :mystery:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on March 26, 2009, 08:04:28 PM
I'm crossing my fingers too on that one, the premiere (http://www.hulu.com/kings) kicked some serious ass.

Not exactly looking too peachy on the ratings front (http://io9.com/5171214/dont-invest-too-much-in-kings), though.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Rosencrantz on March 26, 2009, 09:18:58 PM
I liked the premiere episode a lot. For those who don't know (and if the episode wasn't blatant enough) the show is a modern-alternate-universe retelling of the story of David, so at least we know the writers won't be out of ideas anytime soon.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Fortinbras on March 28, 2009, 01:28:20 AM
Dollhouse is okay.  As good as the first couple seasons of Buffy so far at least.  I like Echo's handler, he's not a bad character.  Also Patton Oswalt's character last week, great stuff.  A bit of classic Whedon writing finally got thrown in.

The thing about Dollhouse is that yeah, it's exactly the opposite of Firefly.  Before this Whedon had switched genres a lot but always done pretty much the same kind of writing.  In Dollhouse he's doing something totally different and learning his way around a new thing.  I've got good feelings about it, I think it's going to be really hard for the show to stagnate with the way it's been going.  It's slow to pick up, but it will pick up.

Just saw the season 2 finale of Burn Notice over surfthechannel.  Holy shit I never knew [spoiler]Frasier's dad[/spoiler] could be so intimidating.  Burn Notice might be my favourite thing on TV right now.

Been looking forward to Kings like crazy, I'll have to check that out soon.

Finding it harder and harder to keep up to date with Supernatural but the most recent episode was worth it.  They've done stuff like it before but it was still really good.

Am I the only person in the WORLD who just plain does not like Mad Men?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: James Edward Smith on March 28, 2009, 07:52:02 AM
Do you not like it because you feel that the characters in it are mostly assholes? Because you're supposed to feel that way.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on March 28, 2009, 08:44:39 AM
I'm not sure I understand how anyone could dislike Mad Man.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on April 01, 2009, 05:31:59 AM
Every single episode of Arrested Development is on Hulu (http://www.hulu.com/arrested-development).  If you didn't catch the show when it aired, and never bothered to get or torrent the season after that, you owe it to yourself to watch this show.  It's the funniest comedy ever.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lady Duke on April 17, 2009, 10:33:55 PM
Watching "Fear Friday!" on AMC because I'm just that bored.  I walked in 20 minutes until the end of some movie called "The Howling" which was unbelievably, hilariously cheesy.  Now I'm watching "The Beast Must Die."  It opened saying that it was basically a wolf game, that you are the detective trying to find out who the werewolf is.  So I feel compelled to watch it even though I know it will be terrible.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on April 17, 2009, 10:38:44 PM
It's the funniest comedy ever.

 :victory: That must mean there's date rape!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on April 17, 2009, 10:42:42 PM
Like, 90 minutes of nothing but date rape.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Norondor on April 17, 2009, 10:53:50 PM
and fat people falling down
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on April 17, 2009, 10:57:42 PM
Two great tastes that go great together.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Detonator on April 18, 2009, 11:06:40 AM
It's the funniest comedy ever.

 :victory: That must mean there's date rape!

Quote from: Arrested Development
Lucille: No, this was all Buster. He got into Gob's pills.
Michael: The forget-me-nows? Gob!
Gob: I didn't know! I thought he was dating again!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: mappy on April 18, 2009, 09:39:23 PM
I walked in 20 minutes until the end of some movie called "The Howling" which was unbelievably, hilariously cheesy.

A-he-he-hem. I feel that I must point out that The Howling is in fact meant to be a comedy, and was also directed by cult auteur Joe Dante, the man who brought us such lovely things as Gremlins, Gremlins Dos: La Nueva Batch, and uh, Small Soldiers.

Now I'm watching "The Beast Must Die."

AKA "Black Werewolf." Part of the short-lived blackspoltation-era Blackula knock-offs. Actually not a terrible movie if you ignore the plagiarized 10 Little Indians plot and ridiculous intermissions and just focus on Calvin Lockhart taking names and kicking ass shooting at dogs painted like wolves.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on April 18, 2009, 09:56:40 PM
finally
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on April 19, 2009, 02:53:49 AM
I've started to watch AD but I can't help but be overcome by Fireflyesque remorse every time I stop to think.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on April 24, 2009, 07:38:20 PM
So, okay.  Between both Turpin AND Mannheim showing up this season, there's no question that the writers of Smallville are drawing from Jack Kirby's Fourth World.  And that means that at some point, someone has certainly floated the idea of using Darkseid on the show.

And it occurs to me that Smallville's more realistic, less capes-and-tights premise would be the perfect place to use Morrison's version of the New Gods, with Dark Side as a crime boss and the Gods of New Genesis as homeless people.

Now, of course this is Smallville we're talking about, so of course it would be foolish to expect anything that awesome to actually happen.  But a man can dream.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on May 01, 2009, 06:12:27 PM
Just don't act surprised when Don Rickles makes a guest appearance.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on May 09, 2009, 06:52:10 PM
Who could have predicted that Tom Welling directing an episode of Smallville would result in every single person in the cast overacting their way through heavyhanded, moralistic speeches?

Of course, it's not his fault the script sucked.

Neat bit with the [spoiler]Kryptonite ring[/spoiler], though.  And I quite liked the special effect they used when Parasite stole his powers.

Also: the ending would have been more dramatic if the echo on the Spooky Voice hadn't been so overbearing that I had to replay it three times before I understood the last line was [spoiler]"Then you shall be the savior of Kandor."[/spoiler]
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on May 13, 2009, 11:12:48 PM
They're remaking V!

Oh boy, a network sci-fi show starring Alan Tudyk and Morena Baccarin, what could possibly go --

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrAS20mNZUE

 :nyoro~n:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on June 02, 2009, 12:12:10 AM
Conan O'Brien running from New York to L.A. is one of my new favorite things.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on June 02, 2009, 07:02:07 AM
They're remaking V!

Oh boy, a network sci-fi show starring Alan Tudyk and Morena Baccarin, what could possibly go --

*firefly*

:nyoro~n:

 :;_;: you can't take the sky from me
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Guild on June 24, 2009, 08:54:06 PM
I'm a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here! has given me new hope for humanity. The premise is that there are a bunch of celebrities trapped in the jungle. Each week, one is voted out by YOU the VIEWER. The premise is that the jungle sucks ass and the longer a Celeb stays there, the more money their charity gets.

Point 1: I would like to believe that the watchers of the show know what charity each celeb is tied to and would vote based ONLY on that criteria, but of course this is not the case, which only helps confirm my suspicion that the people I call friends are the only human beings on this rock.

Point 2: However, in the most recent episode I saw, Janice was voted off. Janice is the camp's most lazy, complaining, underhanded, chaos-causing and generally unlikable character, which you would think would mean she's going to get 2nd place. But no. She's out. It goes far to restore my faith in humanity. America clearly doesn't want to inflict Janice on these poor celebs any longer, and I praise them for that. At one point in the show, she stole food. Another time she spit on a plate instead of washing it like she had volunteered to do. I mean, she's acted like total scum, and America actually voted her off. I'm... proud as hell! Go USA!

Point 3: I am still without a girlfriend or job. Pray for me, WFEers.

Side note: It's hilarious how these celebs can't seem to muster the ingenuity to build a shelter or improve their lives beyond some very simple modifications to their camp.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on June 24, 2009, 09:40:51 PM
You know why I have no faith in humanity?  Because humans have a tendency to base their faith in humanity on shit like reality television.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Guild on June 24, 2009, 09:44:02 PM
I like to use exaggeration to make my words sound smart.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on June 24, 2009, 10:06:06 PM
You're talking about a Reality Show, man. Fuck, not even that classy -- you are talking about a Celebrity Reality Show.

There aren't enough words in the dictionary to help you sound smart.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on July 30, 2009, 05:44:04 PM
i don't fucking care what any of you fuckers fucking think

Burn Notice is a fucking cool show
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Fredward on July 30, 2009, 05:56:24 PM
Wait, who says that burn notice is not a good show? Because they are wrong.

Sure, it has bad episodes. And Bruce Campbell's acting is kind of groan-worthy. But still, good show!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lady Duke on July 30, 2009, 05:57:25 PM
Fuck you, Bruce Campbell is awesome.  Go away and never return, you vile beast.

Also, Burn Notice is pretty good--I just am too lazy to bother ever watching it.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Fredward on July 30, 2009, 06:00:44 PM
Don't get me wrong, I love Bruce Campbell. Just not in Burn Notice. I don't know what it is, he just gives me the "needs acting lessons" vibe whenever I watch it.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on July 30, 2009, 06:10:37 PM
Bah to you, Sam Axe is the best character on the show.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on July 30, 2009, 06:22:47 PM
CHUCK FINLEY TO THE RESCUE
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on July 30, 2009, 06:22:57 PM
also hammy acting is part of his charm
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Fredward on July 30, 2009, 06:31:48 PM
okay yeah the exception is when he becomes Chuck Finley, A Very Serious Man. I think it's mostly anything to do with his girlfriends that bothers me.

:shrug:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on July 30, 2009, 07:56:13 PM
NOTHING BRUCE CAMPBELL DOES WILL EVER BOTHER ME EVER
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lady Duke on July 30, 2009, 08:11:03 PM
Agreed.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on July 30, 2009, 08:27:15 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivk8Ez9pwCU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUH4zcNi020
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALZZx1xmAzg

i don't know if i love the it crowd so much because of or in spite of the terrible laugh track
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on July 30, 2009, 10:10:27 PM
laugh tracks ruin shows
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on September 20, 2009, 10:42:34 AM
I've been watching Dexter lately. First season was good all around. Second season episode one has me worried; the victims are getting a little... goofy.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on September 20, 2009, 10:57:34 AM
Dexter has stayed pretty consistently awesome through its entire run to date.  Don't worry about it.  It's never been about the individual victims.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Transportation on September 20, 2009, 11:59:29 AM
That is essentially true; Dexter can carry the show through even the dumbest segments.

Bit odd that you complain about season 2, though. I'd like your opinion on season 3 if you care to write it. That's when show the show starts to diverge from the books.

This is a good thing because the books introduce a cult which means it sucks by definition (no really even the summary is stupid).

Also season 4 is starting soon, so good timing  :shrug:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on September 20, 2009, 12:15:23 PM
Yeah I was gonna check out the books but then I heard that the books turned all lovecraftian and Dexter's "Dark Passenger" is exactly that, an eldritch entity that's piggybacking him and man that's not the lovable serial killer I enjoy.

I love how the show manages to make Dexter very sympathetic while keeping him completely unrelatable.  That's hard to do.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on September 21, 2009, 09:14:41 AM
Finished Season 2. It was good, mostly. But damn, it had a lot of shit I didn't like. For example: Federal Agent Lundy. In a series with flawed characters who make mistakes on a regular basis, he stood out like a Golden Adonis. He always had the right answer, always knew exactly what the Bay Harbor Butcher was always thinking, and always knew exactly what to say to stop a conflict dead in its tracks. His one and only problem? He was a little insecure with himself because he was dating a young, beautiful woman.

Then, of course, there was that entire storyline at the beginning with LaGuerta and the replacement Lieutenant that didn't go anywhere, had no ramifications, and only served to retcon LaGuerta back into her old job. And cheapen her character a bit.

I liked Lila, though. She had a similar, nigh perfect build-up as Lundy; unlike Lundy, she had a glorious, flaming collapse. She also said "Pardon my tits".
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on September 22, 2009, 02:25:45 PM
I caught the preview pilot for a show called Archer that's gonna be starting in January.  It's still available via <REDACTED> but holy shit that thing is amazingly funny.  Possibly by virtue of being really really over-the-top.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on October 06, 2009, 09:14:20 PM
Sons of Anarchy is fucking good.  Ron Perlman is a terrifying creature, like some distant ancestor of man, and I am surprised to see that Katey Sagal can be so chilling.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Defenestration on October 06, 2009, 11:20:33 PM
Sure, it has bad episodes. And Bruce Campbell's acting is kind of groan-worthy.
This quoted section is entirely and completely wrong. We can't be friends anymore, Fredward.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on October 07, 2009, 07:57:02 PM
I ran out of tv and now I can't stop watching Gossip Girl, help!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on October 11, 2009, 11:57:12 AM
I'm liking Stargate Universe so far. They're focusing on a couple characters at a time and steering clear of Earth-shattering cataclysmic problems forcing everyone into military or political mode. It's kinda just people trying to work together to survive so far, which is a bit more interesting than seeing people with a clear objective doing the best job humanly possible every week.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on October 13, 2009, 09:16:11 PM
After realizing that TV was back from the dead, I'm catching up on The Office.  This show is so brilliant.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on October 24, 2009, 09:06:04 AM
I have no idea what is the correct thread for this, but: FYI, Hulu's going to become a pay subscription service at some point. (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/news-corp-sees-hulu-charging-fees-for-access/article1334835/)

I mean, I can't see Hulu anyway, unless I bother with a proxy or something, so it's moot to my lazy ass (I might care if there was a current TV show I really wanted to watch badly, but then, I'd probably just buy the DVD series). But you guys might want to know.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on October 24, 2009, 09:24:52 AM
Well, that's "Fox is thinking about charging for Hulu", but there's a bunch of other networks that run it with them.  Including NBC, who's had a lot of success offering full episodes for free on their own site.  So Fox might get shouted down here.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on October 24, 2009, 09:40:10 AM
Yeah, as soon as they start charging a subscription fee, you're going to see an incredibly sharp decline in popularity. I do see their dilemma, though. Maybe if they did a one-time charge of a dollar for older shows and episodes.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on October 24, 2009, 09:51:09 AM
Yeah, as soon as they start charging a subscription fee, you're going to see an incredibly sharp decline in popularity.

Agree. Therein lies the 'free, unrestricted content' dilemma.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on November 07, 2009, 02:45:10 PM
what (http://www.amctv.com/videos/the-prisoner/?bcpid=19921019001&bclid=45497761001&bctid=48751406001)


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Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on November 08, 2009, 03:11:09 PM
Watched the pilot for the V remake on Hulu.  It seems to be a teabagger's wetdream: Mysterious, seemingly friendly visitors show up preaching "hope" and "change" gain the devotion of everyone on the planet.  They even have a plan to provide universal health care!  And they corrupt the media, which is so obsessed with getting ahead they'll slavishly say whatever the visitors want.  It's even asserted that they're part of a secret cabal that has silently been manipulating societal events on Earth from behinds the scenes for years.  But, turns out they're really lizard people and only crazy, dumb idiots can stop them.  Seriously.

Aside from the obvious, cutting social criticism, the worst offense the show makes is just being outright dumb.  After killing an evil space reptile, the resistance then proceeds to leave the body behind, which would have probably been the fastest way to prove that the visitors are in fact a race of evil space reptiles.

You can criticize politics and society all you want, just don't be stupid about it.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on November 08, 2009, 03:16:48 PM
Didn't they already do this show well enough the second time (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth:_Final_Conflict) around? Not really sure I get the point of another go on this concept.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on November 08, 2009, 03:18:09 PM
Didn't Kenichi Sonada rip that off too?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on November 08, 2009, 03:23:45 PM
Oh, also, the first episode they kill Alan Tudyk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Tudyk), which is a sin so grave that it outweighs everything else they do.

To be fair, this formula of abject terribleness seems to have worked, because I want to watch further episodes to see how big the crash is.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Romosome on November 08, 2009, 03:39:45 PM
I like how they deny it's supposed to be related to Obama or any of that right-wing paranoia at all and then have a bunch of ads going HOPE. CHANGE. UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on November 08, 2009, 04:14:23 PM
fuck this show
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: yyler on November 08, 2009, 05:32:56 PM
fuck this show
fuck this show
fuck this show
fuck this show
fuck this show
fuck this show
fuck this show
fuck this show
fuck this show
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: PhilosopherDirtbike on November 13, 2009, 03:35:30 PM
Kinda sounds like they took that old episode of Twilight Zone where the aliens come and end world hunger but it turns out in return they are only doing it to eat us and they added enough padding to create a whole series out of it. Then they added in controversial political viewpoints to make it "edgy" so that people will complain and they will get a ton of free press from word of mouth and the occasional puff piece where the news will yammer on about what people think instead of real news, thus more people watch then would have originally, if for no other reason, then to see what all the hullabaloo is about or to get mad at the audacity of the hidden message here. Of course the makers will deny it while enjoying the artificial ratings boost they hope to get from it and the increased ad revenue.

Pretty brilliant, if it works, albeit creatively bankrupt.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: LaserBeing on November 15, 2009, 01:15:40 PM
Allegedly, the original 1983 miniseries was intended to be a TV adaptation of It Can't Happen Here, but NBC made them replace fascism with aliens. Go figure.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on November 15, 2009, 01:33:11 PM
Probably so as not to make Reagan look bad.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on November 15, 2009, 03:02:10 PM
Probably because The Third Wave (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third_Wave) already did that better in TV and in real life to boot.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Bongo Bill on November 15, 2009, 07:16:15 PM
Anybody else catch the first episode of that remake of The Prisoner? It was pretty good! The new 6 is different, which is good, because although Patrick McGoohan was awesome there's only so much you can do with a complete rehash. Also, the original had much better music, but this is because it was made in the 60s.

I am extremely interested to see where it goes, because the ending scene ([spoiler]I am 6![/spoiler]) makes it very clear that they're committed to doing things differently. So I guess I will catch episode 2 tomorrow.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on November 16, 2009, 04:14:04 AM
I just want to see the original. ::(:

Actually... Hey Buge, do you already own have the DVD box set of the original? can you make... (sotto voice) copies?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on November 16, 2009, 05:07:51 AM
Well, I will give AMC this: They put up the original series on their website (http://www.amctv.com/videos/the-prisoner-1960s-video/), so they can't be all bad, I suppose.

And Mongrel, I have the series on VHS.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on November 16, 2009, 05:38:56 AM
Hey, TV on the internet that's viewable by Canadians for a change! 

That'll do pig, that'll do.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on November 16, 2009, 01:54:35 PM
 :oic:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Envy on November 16, 2009, 02:49:11 PM
Speaking of remakes how was the remake of V.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: yyler on November 16, 2009, 02:57:50 PM
Are you serious
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Envy on November 16, 2009, 03:11:20 PM
Serious about wanting to know how it is, or serious that there is a V remake.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: yyler on November 16, 2009, 03:23:41 PM
Try actually reading the thread. Specifically: the page you asked the question on.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on November 16, 2009, 03:43:51 PM
hahaha
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Bongo Bill on November 16, 2009, 07:27:15 PM
I didn't realize that Sunday had two episodes rather than one. Must have missed the intervening title card.

Episode 3 (Anvil) had delicious mindgames. I kind of want to make a werewolf game out of it. And 1112 probably already has fangirls.

Episode 4 (Darling) makes me think that 6 is going to [spoiler]give up or otherwise lose[/spoiler]. But we still don't know [spoiler]what 2 wants from him[/spoiler]. Suddenly the contrasts with the previous series, particularly their characters, begin to make themselves apparent. ([spoiler]the old 2s would have eaten the new 6 alive, but McGoohan versus McKellen would be terribly exciting[/spoiler])

Everything hinges on the conclusion, of course. The people behind this remake have talent and some big brass ones, but it'll take more than both those things to measure up to the manic, feverish Fall Out. If they even try to. Guess we'll see episodes 5 and 6 tomorrow and find out what the payoff is like.

Also,
(http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/9058/pigrc.jpg)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Bongo Bill on November 17, 2009, 07:11:55 PM
Yes, I am prepared to call that ending [spoiler]a tragedy[/spoiler]. Good TV, good spin on the original.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on November 22, 2009, 07:00:05 PM
Recent episode of Dexter: HAH! Awesome bombshell. Great to see that one of the two seemingly pointless romance sub-plots is actually going somewhere.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on November 22, 2009, 08:29:11 PM
Stargate Universe is keeling over pretty hard. We just had a retconned time-travel story six episodes in, and I'm starting to basically hate everyone but the fat kid and the crazy black guy. Also for god knows why, they decided it would be a good idea to have the crew carry these magical stones that can teleport them back home for short visits. So now instead of a bunch of semi-interesting flawed individuals visiting exotic locations and macgyvering solutions, we've got whole episodes devoted to watching the cast visiting their wives and family and dealing with crushingly dull domestic troubles.

I'm all for them focusing more on the people, but this is a show about a cast of characters trapped on an ancient spaceship hurtling through the cosmos with a celestial doorway to anywhere in the universe and they decide to spend their time showing us the stupidest most unremarkable bullshit I can imagine.

I know I should give up on this franchise but MAN I know there's a fun show in there somewhere.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on November 22, 2009, 09:40:54 PM
Desiring recommendations for a TV show with one or more seasons available on hulu that is not Arrested Development (it is now apparently a show I am watching with friends) or Fist of the North Star (atatatatata'd out at the moment). Good shows preferred.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on November 22, 2009, 09:50:47 PM
Well, if you're in the mood for some Bruce Campbell, hey, Jack of All Trades (http://www.hulu.com/jack-of-all-trades). And three seasons of Sliders is up (http://www.hulu.com/sliders?c=Action-and-Adventure).
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: JDigital on November 23, 2009, 05:25:11 AM
I'm enjoying Hell's Kitchen. I like the parts where the British guy swears and throws food.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on December 01, 2009, 07:03:16 PM
Steven Seagal has a new show on A&E in which he is a police officer. Like, literally (http://www.aetv.com/steven-seagal-lawman/). He's actually a cop. It's a reality show.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lottel on December 04, 2009, 07:36:15 PM
Oh god. The Monk series finale was tonight. It was perfect.

I loved the [spoiler]dying from poison[/spoiler] f thing but the murder weapon was a bit obvious.
I was all ready for [spoiler]Monk to die[/spoiler]. I thought it would be a perfect ending, sad but a terrific ending to the series. [spoiler]But the whole Molly thing?[/spoiler] Did not see that coming. [spoiler]Well, except for when whatshisname said "Take care of her."[/spoiler]
Sure Monk became kind of creepy. But he backed off a bit towards the end.
[spoiler]The end was nice, sweet... and set's us up perfectly for a Randy spin-off![/spoiler]
 :nyoro~n:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on December 04, 2009, 10:30:04 PM
I stopped having the patience for Monk halfway through the seventh season, but am curious how it ended.  What specific episodes, other than the finale, should I be seeking out to know what's going on?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lottel on December 04, 2009, 10:44:30 PM
Well, the entire last season honestly. They've really been talking about Trudy a lot. As well as Monk's possible slipping from reality.

And the writing has really picked up.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on December 04, 2009, 11:02:29 PM
You need to see one of the Christmas episodes (I forget which). I'm leaning towards Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa, but it might be Mr. Monk and the Man who Shot Santa.

Well, you don't necessarily have to see it, but it does provide some context for a major plot point.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on December 05, 2009, 12:41:02 AM
Unless it was the Christmas episode with hobos, I've seen it.

Ahh, I'll probably have some downtime after finals.  Maybe I should just devote a weekend to watching the rest of the fucking thing.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lottel on December 05, 2009, 01:36:28 AM
Sounds like a plan to me.

Anything else is a waste.

A WASTE.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on December 09, 2009, 07:19:40 PM
I FINISHED BATTLESTAR GALACTICA  :scanners:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kashan on December 09, 2009, 08:15:16 PM
Heh. Yeah I finished that about a month ago. I'm kind of glad I never expected that series as a whole to make any sense, and atleast the last episode gave me some nice character moments.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on December 09, 2009, 08:53:29 PM
I FINISHED BATTLESTAR GALACTICA AT THE END OF SEASON TWO.

That was the right move, right?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on December 09, 2009, 09:17:16 PM
fuck no, you didn't get to see the fucking sky crack open
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kashan on December 09, 2009, 09:18:37 PM
I FINISHED BATTLESTAR GALACTICA AT THE END OF SEASON TWO.

That was the right move, right?
Depends what you wanted from the series. There were some great character arc moments and individual episodes in the last two seasons, but the second season was the last time you could convince yourself the writers had a plan.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on December 09, 2009, 09:56:14 PM
The main difference is the great political and social commentary in the series started getting edged out for the mythology stuff.  Season 3 starts off great, but then quickly jumps back into business as usual.  By the end of the season, every time the intro started and briefed me that these were Cylons and that "THEY HAVE A PLAN" I began to believe it less and less.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on December 10, 2009, 04:51:48 AM
Season 3 was pretty boring and I have already wiped it from my memory.  I was actually told when I started to only watch season 1 but I need hours and hours and hours upon more hours of TV to listen to until I finish my epic tapestry. 

I did enjoy it though, even though I also would have preferred more warring over the ultimate cylon plan.

What is another awesome series to watch?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on December 10, 2009, 05:04:32 AM
Sons of Anarchy?  Dexter?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on December 10, 2009, 06:21:57 AM
Dexter is on my list of current tv chores already so I'm caught up with that!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Transportation on December 10, 2009, 08:19:35 AM
Burn Notice is alright (spies wooo).
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on December 10, 2009, 09:29:12 AM
I considered that.  I'll give it a shot next!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on December 10, 2009, 10:24:04 AM
doctor who.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on December 10, 2009, 10:43:31 AM
Any season/s in particular?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on December 10, 2009, 10:47:02 AM
All of it.

In one sitting.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on December 10, 2009, 12:28:52 PM
(http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b395/cherry_pizza/simpsons/PDVD_000-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on December 10, 2009, 12:41:09 PM
Maybe not in one sitting but I promise you my tv watching only occurs in marathon stretches.  I'm like an old lady with a tiny dog on either side of me, doing my needlepoint while watching Doctor Who.

Actually my dad told me once that as a kid he wrote a love letter to one of the assistants(?) on the show but she never wrote back and he was heartbroken.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on December 10, 2009, 12:44:38 PM
Start with series 1 / series 27 from 2005, episode "Rose", and go from there.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on December 10, 2009, 01:13:19 PM
Doon de doon de doon de doon de doon de doon de doon de doon doodooweeeeeooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooweeeeeeeoooooooooo
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: inyandep on December 10, 2009, 01:39:51 PM
perfect win's, buge-chan.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on December 13, 2009, 07:03:41 PM
Okay, well, they've been advertising a big plot twist at the end of Dexter's 4th season I wonder what it could possibly be. I guess I'll watch it and find ou-

(http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa34/disponi/hiroshima4.jpg)

I didn't see that coming.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on December 15, 2009, 06:56:22 AM
Dexter T____T
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on December 15, 2009, 10:29:51 AM
WTF GUYS!? SPOILERS!
Oh well, I guess I don't really care.
[spoiler]Doaksie T____T[/spoiler]
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on December 15, 2009, 11:46:26 AM
It's the name of the show, dummy.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on December 15, 2009, 01:59:26 PM
For whatever reason I seem to stop watching awesome shows at season two.

Unless they actually end at season two, in which case I watch less.

Maybe I'm coming to hate closure?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Transportation on December 16, 2009, 01:36:41 AM
Well since the entirety of Season 4 was [spoiler]Dexter doing stupid things[/spoiler] I expected it to just be [spoiler]the Trinity Killer getting away free (hence the episode title)[/spoiler] and not [spoiler]oh Dexter is a single stepfather now. AWKWARD.[/spoiler]

[spoiler]On the bright side, babysitters are less likely to question his late hours and hobbies![/spoiler]
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on December 16, 2009, 06:33:22 AM
I feel like this is just setting up the next season to follow book 2 of the series, where Dexter [spoiler]teaches Rita's son to be a serial killer with him.[/spoiler]  Which is stupid. I'll be disappointed if that is the case.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: SCD on December 16, 2009, 10:01:31 AM
Okay, so web-based television in Canada is starting to impress me.  CTV has jumped on this bandwagon for about a year now, and they're really doing well with their "single commercial on breaks", online viewers. 

So far, I've been interested in

watch.ctv.ca,
watch.thecomedynetwork.ca,
watch.spacecast.com

ctv has sweetened the deal with episodes of "the littlest hobo" which was a staple of my childhood, and if you're (a) canadian and (b) watched the series...

well A^~B = ~A. 

Stargate universe, colbert, daily show.. 

global has also been starting to get its act together, but they're really failing in getting a coherent flash-based viewer as ctv has.  Also, they've got the animated lineup, which will suffice.

While I'm still annoyed that the television types have created artificial borders imposed over a globalized means over a globalized product, at least the effects are mitigated enough to placate me. 

How's streaming television in the states?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on December 16, 2009, 10:23:36 AM

well A^~B => ~A. 
Implies
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on December 16, 2009, 12:38:59 PM
"the littlest hobo" which was a staple of a proper canadian childhood
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on December 26, 2009, 03:08:52 PM
Red Dwarf: Back to Earth is like a really bizzare episode of the TV show. There's no reason this needed to be a three parter, as the entire second part is literally just the four of them killing time in London, but the payoff was pretty great and I'd say this is a better series sendoff than most shows tend to get.

Thad, for some reason I think you'll love this.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on January 02, 2010, 11:46:19 PM
Finally got around to finishing Life on Mars today during the travels home.  I know a show is fucking good when it gets me to actually like procedural plots.

Hopefully Ashes to Ashes, which I know next to nothing about but intend to check out next, doesn't do anything to tarnish the goodtimes.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on January 08, 2010, 02:50:16 PM
Miley Cyrus admits she's not a role model (http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2010/01/06/miley-cyrus-im-no-role-model/)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lady Duke on January 14, 2010, 09:03:31 PM
Best show ever: Archer on FX
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on January 14, 2010, 09:03:55 PM
hey guys

ld and i just found a show on fx premiering called Archer

starring H JON BENJAMIN

ALSO KNOWN AS COACH MCGUIRK

WHO IS THE BEST FUCKING GUY

AND IT IS A FUCKING HILARIOUS SHOW

NOT AT ALL LIKE

FRISKY DINGO
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kazz on January 14, 2010, 09:04:36 PM
being serious, not sarcastic

i don't actually know how to convince anybody here that i am not being sarcastic

since i'm sarcastic, like, fucking constantly

and trolling the other half of the time

but seriously

it is a fucking hilarious show.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on January 14, 2010, 09:11:15 PM
Yes.  It is. (http://brontoforum.us/index.php?topic=303.msg109708#msg109708)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on January 14, 2010, 09:20:16 PM
I am so glad that Conan is being kicked out of the Tonight Show so we can regress back to Jay Leno.  That just made my day.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Ted Belmont on January 17, 2010, 05:56:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axwO6BkCtIo

Never thought I'd like Jimmy Kimmel. (The good stuff starts around 1:40)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on January 18, 2010, 10:19:45 AM
So Human Target looks like it might be a hit. The pilot was good fun, so here's hoping it maintains its momentum.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on February 04, 2010, 07:30:42 PM
So Fringe is totally unrealistic and horrible but I just watched the first season this week and it's CRAZY AND I LOVE IT
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on February 04, 2010, 07:36:58 PM
I love Walter to fucking death but man everyone else on that show is just mind-blowingly awful.

I also really like those intro scenes that play out like the best part of some B-grade sci-fi flick. If you've gotten to the one where the guy's changing on the plane, that one's my favorite so far.

edit: found it (http://bit.ly/adkK1z)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on February 04, 2010, 07:55:08 PM
Yes yes YES.  I want to be Astrid because she gets to work with Walter and be all

(http://www.midlifesatrip.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/rolling-eyes.gif)

Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on February 05, 2010, 08:08:52 AM
Astrid is just adorable
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on February 09, 2010, 04:54:43 PM
I'm only 3 episodes in and Being Erica is totally adorable.  It's time travel but it's also a girly show that for the first time in my life has me shouting NO ETHAN KISS HER WHAT ARE YOU DOING ETHAN NO at the televisionhulu.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on March 22, 2010, 07:19:06 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KQMONOglDQ

My brother turned me onto this show the other day, Californication, and so far I'm absolutely loving this. Great to marathon a season at a time on a down rainy night.

I might make a topic on this, I dunno, but it's definitely worth a look.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: James Edward Smith on March 25, 2010, 02:08:05 PM
I don't believe it, but I actually saw a GOOD EPISODE of that usually atrocious Star Wars CGI cartoon.

How did they pull it off? Well, they made a whole episode that didn't have that stupid padawan girl or Anakin Skywalker in it. The whole episode was KIT FUCKING FISTO and his Mon calamari padawan trapped in Grevious' home after being lured there by Dooku who deactivated the security and didn't tell Grevious just to see if he was losing his touch or not.

The result? They got to show off Grevious' dark and war trophy adorned personal hide away including statues of how he used to look before he was all Dick Cheney Darth Vaderized and it turns out he looked like this cool alien dervish guy.

We get a couple little fights with clones, Grevious' personal guard droids with the buzzing sticks, jedi, and Grevious all culminating in a one on one Fisto-Grevious fight once everyone else is dead. Fisto uses two lightsabers at one point and Grevious uses four at one time and even craftily kills a guy with a blaster after blocking his light saber.

This is what this cartoon is suposed to be, a continuation of the dark and action packed Gendy cartoon, not Anakin and Mary Kate's adventures in terrible Lucas dialog and fight choreography!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on March 25, 2010, 02:22:06 PM
Uh, I don't like it because it's too stylistically different from the Gendy cartoon, which was better.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on March 26, 2010, 12:38:39 PM
really.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: James Edward Smith on March 26, 2010, 01:04:13 PM
Sorry. I'll replace it as best I can.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on March 26, 2010, 03:00:42 PM
actually it was more like "I'd heard it had gotten better, confirm/deny" since you seem to be watching it, but I couldn't tell if you just caught one random episode or actually make a thing of it.  I've heard more than one person say it's one of those things where season 2 is actually leaps and bounds above the first.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on March 26, 2010, 07:33:05 PM
So I've been watching this Caprica show all day and I can't help but wonder how much of the drama in this show would be completely wiped away if people would just use security cameras.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Detonator on March 26, 2010, 07:35:29 PM
there's a caprica topic already
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on March 29, 2010, 03:22:34 PM
Walking Dead's official.  Six episodes, beginning in October on AMC.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on March 29, 2010, 03:31:25 PM
HALLELUJAH!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on April 07, 2010, 09:04:01 AM
ffffffffffff why didn't I give up on Lost halfway through season 3 like everyone else? They could honestly shave three-forths off of every episode this season and be just as good.

IT'S ALL PADDING

Also: re: Californication: Once it hits season 3 this turns into the stupidest fucking show in the history of time
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on April 07, 2010, 09:13:04 AM
Also: re: Californication: Once it hits season 3 this turns into the stupidest fucking show in the history of time

I TOLD YOU
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on April 07, 2010, 09:18:19 PM
Missy I was dead wrong to doubt you on this. It just seemed so fun until that point! It could've gone either way!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on April 08, 2010, 05:37:33 AM
You should always trust me when it comes to television.  I watch a lot of tv, and most of it is really bad, so I can tell you with the utmost certainty what sucks.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on April 21, 2010, 08:46:34 PM
Tonight's South Park (the continuation of last week's episode) should really just be the final episode of the show.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Ziiro on April 21, 2010, 09:10:59 PM
They're now censoring the word Muhammad in the episode, ontop of actually basically turning him into a giant walking censor bar.

Can't imagine why they'd do that. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36696093/ns/entertainment-television)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on May 02, 2010, 01:39:52 PM
So does anybody else think that Happy Town (http://www.hulu.com/happy-town) wishes it was American Gothic (http://www.hulu.com/american-gothic)?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on May 10, 2010, 08:21:16 AM
I've been watching Buffy for the first time, and hitting season four, I'm using a guide to alternate episodes between it and Angel season one so I hit all the crossovers and whatnot when I'm supposed to.  Angel is pretty balls, because I don't like his character and haven't since he turned all evil in Buffy season two, Cordelia is best used as a foil for more interesting characters to bounce off of which this show doesn't have, and Doyle is basically the only character I like.  It's also got the bad episodicness that Buffy season one had that made it take me this long to be able to ever get through the damn thing. The thing about Joss Whedon shows of course [spoiler]is that they fucking melt the only character you like into nothingness at the first chance they get.  Fuck you with a rake.[/spoiler]  People tell me season two of Angel improves, but god, every time I hit a run of Angel episodes to watch after Buffy it really hurts my momentum to keep going.

(oh uh, p.s. no spoilers, i've actually managed to keep relatively spoiler free of these series aside from the stuff nobody would shut up about i.e. OZ IS A WEREWOLF, WILLOW'S A GAY WITCH)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on May 10, 2010, 09:13:20 AM
Don't watch past season 5.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on May 10, 2010, 10:11:34 AM
no spoilers
OZ IS A WEREWOLF, WILLOW'S A GAY WITCH

thanks a lot asshole
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: SCD on May 10, 2010, 10:34:33 AM
Niku, Angel finally hits its snag around season 4 and 5, when it really takes off.  I don't even think I've watched much of season 2 or 3.

Um, my turn:
 
It looks like fox did a fine job of smashing yet another series with so much promise.  I found recently a inexpensive DVD set of the Sarah Conner Chronicles (Terminator), and their casting, their acting is just fun.  Also:  Summer Glau. 

I haven't finished past a couple episodes, but I hope whatever they have ties in so it may be cannon. 

Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kashan on May 10, 2010, 10:41:48 AM
Angel honestly doesn't hit it's stride until season 5 in my opinion. It starts being watchable near the beginning of season 2, but season 5 is so superior to every other season of the show its crazy. It might be my favorite season of either show actually.

Also ignore Buge, seasons 6 and 7 of Buffy are great, they're just a little darker than the previous seasons.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on May 10, 2010, 11:18:20 AM
no spoilers
OZ IS A WEREWOLF, WILLOW'S A GAY WITCH

thanks a lot asshole

Aren't these like... Snape-Kills-Dumbledore levels of spoilerism? I mean - anecdotal evidence time - I've never watched an episode of either show and I'd heard these.

Then again, maybe it's just because the phrase "Lesbian Witch" is one of those things that turns the internet's 'INTERNEEEEETS!' dial to 11.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on May 10, 2010, 11:33:18 AM
Also ignore Buge, seasons 6 and 7 of Buffy are great,

THERE IS NO SEASON SIX OR SEVEN

IT WAS ALL A FEVER DREAM OF XANDER'S AS HE LAY DYING FROM A SPLINTER OF PRESSURE-TREATED WOOD LODGED IN HIS ESOPHAGUS

OR MAYBE IT WAS AN ERRANT TIMELINE CAUSED BY ANGEL GIVING HIS WATCH TO THOSE ORACLES IN THAT ONE EPISODE

THE POINT IS THAT WE SHOULD ALL REMEMBER THAT BUFFY ENDED AFTER FIVE GREAT SEASONS AND NEVER LOOK BACK
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on May 10, 2010, 12:19:49 PM
no spoilers
OZ IS A WEREWOLF, WILLOW'S A GAY WITCH

thanks a lot asshole

Aren't these like... Snape-Kills-Dumbledore levels of spoilerism? I mean - anecdotal evidence time - I've never watched an episode of either show and I'd heard these.

Then again, maybe it's just because the phrase "Lesbian Witch" is one of those things that turns the internet's 'INTERNEEEEETS!' dial to 11.

I had never heard either thing before
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on May 10, 2010, 04:14:56 PM
Buge do you understand that you are giving advice that, if followed, would preclude someone from watching Once More With Feeling?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on May 10, 2010, 04:39:24 PM
Sacrifices must be made.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kashan on May 10, 2010, 06:14:46 PM
Honestly seasons 1, 4, and 5 are the weak ones in my opinion. I know I'm in the minority, but I really think season 6 is possibly the strongest after the 2nd. And season 7 is a bit of a thematic departure from the rest of the series, but it's very cool. If I was going to tell somebody to stop watching the series at some point it would be the end of season 3, not season 5.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on May 10, 2010, 09:00:41 PM
Niku, Angel finally hits its snag around season 4 and 5, when it really takes off.  I don't even think I've watched much of season 2 or 3.

Um, my turn:
 
It looks like fox did a fine job of smashing yet another series with so much promise.  I found recently a inexpensive DVD set of the Sarah Conner Chronicles (Terminator), and their casting, their acting is just fun.  Also:  Summer Glau. 

I haven't finished past a couple episodes, but I hope whatever they have ties in so it may be cannon.



God, I kinda just watch SCC for something to watch during season one, and then at some point I realized I was actually pretty hooked on the show.  I got about a third of the way through season two before pausing for some reason or another, and now I never really want to finish since I don't think it ends anyway.  Fuck Fox in the ear. 

Aren't these like... Snape-Kills-Dumbledore levels of spoilerism? I mean - anecdotal evidence time - I've never watched an episode of either show and I'd heard these.

Then again, maybe it's just because the phrase "Lesbian Witch" is one of those things that turns the internet's 'INTERNEEEEETS!' dial to 11.

I had never heard either thing before

sorry ;_;  yeah, i heard both of those things way way way before i ever considered watching the show (which, seeing as how prior I'd only seen a single random bad episode from season 2 (with the eye-tentacle-kid-killer) and like the first few eps of season one, took a lot of arm twisting before i finally sat down to do.)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on May 22, 2010, 09:01:09 AM
Anyone else watching the Lost series finale tomorrow night?

This season's been pretty unremarkable, but I figure with all the tedious setup they've been up to, the final episode should be good times.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on May 22, 2010, 04:20:26 PM
HA HA

optimism.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on May 22, 2010, 05:16:47 PM
I've never watched an episode of Lost (have read summaries and the like to see if I was interested... nope, not at all), but I will be very happy to hear the end of the INCESSANT NATTERING about this show.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on May 22, 2010, 05:50:23 PM
All I know about Lost is

...um...

...uhhh...

Crap.

I think my memory's gone.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: jsnlxndrlv on May 22, 2010, 05:58:01 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0BnwGPvqdM&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on May 24, 2010, 04:20:20 AM
(http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/8272/105016747.gif)

HAHAHAHA

 :perfect:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on May 24, 2010, 04:21:43 AM
Hands down the best part of this series finale shindig I went to were all the hammered folks trying to explain five years worth of plot points to their girlfriends between commercial breaks.

also the fight of course
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on May 24, 2010, 07:45:05 AM
I'm glad that was the last episode of Lost because after watching it I refuse to watch anymore

like can we explain to Abrams the difference between being influenced by something and copy the ending directly or what
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kashan on May 24, 2010, 03:12:50 PM
I'm glad that was the last episode of Lost because after watching it I refuse to watch anymore

like can we explain to Abrams the difference between being influenced by something and copy the ending directly or what

What did it copy the ending of?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Detonator on May 24, 2010, 03:31:29 PM
The Bible
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on May 24, 2010, 06:32:43 PM
Dark Tower
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on May 24, 2010, 07:02:33 PM
Okay Baggage is by far the best House episode ever.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kashan on May 25, 2010, 04:59:33 PM
Okay Baggage is by far the best House episode ever.

Uh, Baggage was a good episode and all, but did you just forget that the last two episodes of season 4 existed? They're better than the highpoints of every other episode in the series put together.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on May 25, 2010, 05:04:36 PM
That is a flat-out lie.

I quite enjoy many Houses and those episodes are indeed good but Three Stories is and was and ever shall be the pinnacle of the series.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on May 25, 2010, 05:41:38 PM
I can't remember enjoying a House episode quite like Baggage, but Three Stories definitely was flat-out fantastic. I'll have to re-watch that one again.

Uh, Baggage was a good episode and all, but did you just forget that the last two episodes of season 4 existed? They're better than the highpoints of every other episode in the series put together.

Somehow I've never seen those two. Think I'll put those on tonight.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on May 27, 2010, 09:06:49 AM
AICN interviews Robert Kirkman on the Walking Dead TV series (http://www.aintitcool.com/node/45261)

tl;dr, it's going to be gory, in color, and will deviate from the comic's storyline.

I want a black and white dvd release like what if this turns out awesome, because The Mist was pretty swank in black and white.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on May 27, 2010, 09:38:36 AM
I'm pretty good with them going a different direction than the comic. I like that they really tried to make it organic and realistic, but man, not a lot of action in that series. A lot of reaction, but nothing all that exciting.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on May 27, 2010, 12:03:43 PM
In case anyone missed the mind-blowing final ending scene to Lost:

(http://i.imgur.com/wtzBE.gif)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Ziiro on May 27, 2010, 02:48:44 PM
I have never seen Lost, and all I know about it is the fact it's all WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON I'M SO CONFUSED.

So taking the whole series as a dog's dream seems to tie it all together for me.

And put me in tears laughing.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Dooly on May 29, 2010, 03:14:20 AM
It really ended with that?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on May 29, 2010, 06:35:45 AM
Yes.
Turns out it was all just Vincent the dog's fevered dream :shrug:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Dooly on May 31, 2010, 01:45:13 AM
Alright, alright, it's not like I ever watched the show.  It would be funny if it did end that way, though.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on June 02, 2010, 09:32:19 AM
Alright, yes, having just seen the two, House's Head and Wilson's Heart are easily the best of the series. The first one moreso than the next, to be sure, but it basically encompassed everything that sets this show apart from every other medical drama, as well as everything that makes House its own wholly unique series.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kashan on June 02, 2010, 12:04:26 PM
Alright, yes, having just seen the two, House's Head and Wilson's Heart are easily the best of the series. The first one moreso than the next, to be sure, but it basically encompassed everything that sets this show apart from every other medical drama, as well as everything that makes House its own wholly unique series.
I should go back and watch them. At the time I first saw them I was willing to say they were the best two episodes of Television I had ever seen, but I'm always overly impressed by stuff like that right after the fact. Still, I've never had a reaction to another movie or tv show like I had to the last 15 minutes of House's Head, though the final black lodge scene in Twin Peaks comes close.

I wish all of house was made up of the kind of shows they do for season openers and finales.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on June 09, 2010, 06:41:56 PM
(http://i47.tinypic.com/2432cxw.jpg)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Shinra on June 09, 2010, 06:48:46 PM
Fund it!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on June 09, 2010, 07:36:05 PM
OH.

OH GOD.

:jizz:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on June 09, 2010, 07:59:11 PM
His adopted sister Deedee Morgan and his real brother, Rudy Mandark.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on June 09, 2010, 08:35:51 PM
Mandark's Laugh (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiGIQrt1IaE#)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on June 30, 2010, 03:09:08 PM
Anyone been watching Fringe? I want to catch up but MAN, when this show sucks it sucks hard.

What can I outright skip in season 2?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on July 01, 2010, 10:44:43 AM
everything except the last four episodes  not counting the musical (don't remember if it was one of the last four but don't watch it regardless)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on July 01, 2010, 02:18:36 PM
To clarify the only thing driving me to watch this is Walter, who I absolutely love, and possibly his cute-as-a-button assistant lady. Everyone else could easily be rolled into the same bland person for all the difference it makes.

THIS IN MIND, is there some heavy Walter-centric goodness somewhere in the first half I should know about
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Fredward on July 10, 2010, 11:00:03 PM
I am pretty amazed by how good Party Down is. The writing is natural and humorous, and it kind of plays like Community, only toned down a bit and less the sitcom styling. Too bad it just got cancelled. I hope Community doesn't fall prey to the Arrested Development curse.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kashan on July 12, 2010, 11:21:40 AM
I am pretty amazed by how good Party Down is. The writing is natural and humorous, and it kind of plays like Community, only toned down a bit and less the sitcom styling. Too bad it just got cancelled. I hope Community doesn't fall prey to the Arrested Development curse.
Too bad, I was meaning to watch it as it was from the same creators as Veronica Mars.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on July 12, 2010, 12:32:30 PM
Too bad that I had just started watching it and then Netflix yanked it from instant watch.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Smiler on July 14, 2010, 03:48:03 PM
New subbed episode of Gamecenter CX. *_* (http://www.tvnihon.com/tracker/download.php?id=1528&name=%5BT-N%5DGameCenterCX_-_10%5BDDE85D15%5D.avi.torrent)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on July 15, 2010, 11:50:35 AM
MAN, Mad Men is just the best damn show.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lottel on July 29, 2010, 12:59:51 AM
So I bought Psych seaons 2-4 for rather cheap (between $5 and $11 for each). I really like the show and the space owning them on DVD frees up from my hard drive is great but...
Well, the bonus features? The Season 2 one had a good amount. Could've used more Psych-Outs or whatever, but fine. Season 3? Maybe half had commentaries. And very little in the way of other bonus features.
I haven't gotten to season 4 yet but it really needs to step it up.
Seriously, Season 3's bonus features section is disappointing.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on August 04, 2010, 10:51:27 PM
This is more like random Hulu thoughts, but I've gotta stop watching good tv shows before bed.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on August 25, 2010, 09:15:27 PM
Dirk Gently TV series coming. (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2010/08/25/bbc-officially-announces-dirk-gently-tv-show/)  Source is Bleeding Cool, so grain of salt on the details, but the announcement itself appears to be official.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on August 25, 2010, 09:24:35 PM
Oh huh.  I saw that but for some reason I thought it was a radio programme.

I wondered why there was an actual photo of someone dressed up as Dirk.  I actually stumbled upon it looking for a good counter to "Loki" in that RPS Image-Fu game.

...even though he never actually encountered Loki, I don't think.

Source is Bleeding Cool, so grain of salt on the details

Or they might have just saw "BBC" and assumed it was television.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on August 26, 2010, 09:06:12 PM
Well no, BBC 4 is a TV station.  And, as they mention, the Beeb already did a radio version.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Ted Belmont on September 07, 2010, 03:34:26 PM
Conan Announces Name Of New TBS Show! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHeyO2W8aPU#ws)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: McDohl on September 08, 2010, 09:28:14 PM
Talking Time has been buzzing about Power Rangers getting picked back up with last year or the year before's Sentai counterpart: Shinkenger.  Disney no longer has a painful grasp on the franchise, with control back in Saban's hands, and is being aired on Nickelodeon.  Considering that Shinkenger's morphing starts with a cellphone that turns in to a calligraphy brush, which the rangers draw kanji symbols to activate, I wonder how it's going to translate to the American audience.

Then, of course, there's RICHAAAARD BROWN
Samurai Sentai Shinkenger - Shinken Brown : Richard Brown (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOKHQdrzgn0#ws)
The video details their morphing sequence as well.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: JDigital on September 08, 2010, 11:45:56 PM
I heard they were going to stop porting the Japanese series and do them from scratch instead. This was a while back, and could be entirely false.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: McDohl on September 09, 2010, 03:48:08 AM
Completely false.

PowerRangers.comp (http://www.powerrangers.com) is proof of it.  Also, classic episodes are being played daily on that website now.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lottel on September 26, 2010, 06:39:47 PM
Watching Bored to Death. It's pretty good. Loser pothead writer becomes a private detective. Stars Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, and Zach Galifianakis. Season two started on HBO tonight. I can't believe I haven't heard about it before.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on September 26, 2010, 06:59:25 PM
New season of Dexter started. Almost missed it. First episode was kind of unsurprising, dealing with the things that happened at the end of last season and...

Quote
cult

Here comes Moloch!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on September 26, 2010, 07:03:46 PM
Watching Bored to Death.

You must be, if you're watching that.  :troll:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on October 09, 2010, 02:47:15 PM
Only two episodes in, but The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret is pretty awesome so far.  Very much in the "bad things happen to a bad person" style, and David Cross is excellent at awkwardly fumbling for lies.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on October 11, 2010, 08:18:39 PM
I agree wholeheartedly with Maureen Ryan on why Sandman would not translate well to TV. (http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/09/02/why-bringing-neil-gaimans-sandman-to-tv-is-a-bad-idea/)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on October 11, 2010, 08:24:51 PM
Replaced it with a much lower quality version.  If you want a higher quality version of it, the full episode is up on Hulu for a while (http://www.hulu.com/embed/gz1BFfyjhpJIA6Kj_5km6g)
I kind of want to punch that guy. Just once though.

EDIT: I was considering posting that and then I made the mistake of continuing to watch the show. Now I just want to punch myself.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on October 11, 2010, 09:35:47 PM
I agree wholeheartedly with Maureen Ryan on why Sandman would not translate well to TV. (http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/09/02/why-bringing-neil-gaimans-sandman-to-tv-is-a-bad-idea/)

How the hell come the word "animated" doesn't appear anywhere in the article?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Ziiro on October 11, 2010, 10:05:34 PM
Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BitByGeWGxU#ws)

This was just a clip on Adult swim to advertise the movie. I am sad this didn't develop into a series. so sad.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on October 12, 2010, 04:42:34 AM
I agree wholeheartedly with Maureen Ryan on why Sandman would not translate well to TV. (http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/09/02/why-bringing-neil-gaimans-sandman-to-tv-is-a-bad-idea/)

How the hell come the word "animated" doesn't appear anywhere in the article?

Didn't you get the memo? Cartoons are for kids.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on October 12, 2010, 06:16:55 AM
Yeah, I forgot.  So are comic books, but luckily, Sandman is a GRAPHIC NOVEL.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on October 12, 2010, 07:52:06 AM
Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BitByGeWGxU#ws)

This was just a clip on Adult swim to advertise the movie. I am sad this didn't develop into a series. so sad.

But it'll never happen because the nerd vote turned up apathy at the ticketbox.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Dooly on October 12, 2010, 01:11:29 PM
Oh, wait till the DVD sales come in.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on October 12, 2010, 02:34:57 PM
To be disappointed again? whatever. Well, you get a karma for having me watch that again.

O! Hey! The moon has a hole in it!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lottel on October 12, 2010, 04:01:48 PM
Well, technically [spoiler]it had TWO holes[/spoiler] but who's counting, right?

And I am faaaairly sure that the DVD sales for this movie will be through the roof.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Ted Belmont on October 12, 2010, 04:14:52 PM
Well, technically [spoiler]it had TWO holes[/spoiler] but who's counting, right?

And I am faaaairly sure that the DVD salespirating for this movie will be through the roof.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on October 12, 2010, 04:17:55 PM
You can only see one [hole in the moon] at 3:24! Stop being an ass, assumy-face.

RE: DVD sales.
All I'm saying is I'm going to be more surprised by a success than a failure.

EDIT:
Like a lot more.

EDIT EDIT:
I'll buy a lottery ticket and watch the skies for livestock.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on October 12, 2010, 06:25:12 PM
I just realized that Katara is Lisa Miller's voice.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on October 13, 2010, 03:40:47 PM
I just realized that Mike Cera actually did Scott's voice!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on October 13, 2010, 05:07:11 PM
I just realized that Katara is Lisa Miller's voice.

Yeah, she's also Roxy in the movie and was Ann on Arrested Development.

Also apparently she is Tinkerbell.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on October 14, 2010, 06:40:06 AM
It's too early to assume one way or another on DVD sales, but there's definitely a POSSIBILITY they'll redeem ticket sales.  Remember when Kick-Ass was a failure?

There's precedent for this kind of niche movie being a long-tail affair.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on October 14, 2010, 07:32:44 AM
Breaking even is a success at the box office now?
... I'll believe it.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on October 14, 2010, 09:27:14 AM
Some movies make the bulk of their money externally from ticket sales.

This movie makes Star Wars look relatively self-contained.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on October 14, 2010, 03:46:57 PM
Breaking even is a success at the box office now?
... I'll believe it.

The Last Airbender is inching close to breaking even. There's no sequel in sight though.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Dooly on October 15, 2010, 10:54:03 PM
There's no sequel in sight though.

Actually, there may be (http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:The_avatar/The_Last_Airbender_2:_Return_of_M._Night).
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on October 16, 2010, 05:01:42 AM
Hasn't been green-lit.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on October 19, 2010, 07:01:59 PM
So Tower Prep's off to a pretty good start.  I'm fairly confident Dini pitched it as "Harry Potter meets The Prisoner" -- boy with extraordinary powers gets taken to a special school, except that it's a bad place, he can't leave, and nobody will tell him what the hell is going on.

So far the cast of characters is interesting, the central mystery is compelling, and the superpowers seem like one of those cases where a basic cable budget has forced the writers to be more clever.

All in all, if it can keep up this level of quality I'm sold.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Joxam on November 09, 2010, 06:26:47 AM
So, Conan premiered last night. Liked it, thought it was funny, addressed his issues with NBC without dwelling on them. Had good bit pieces, great commentary buy Conan and Andy (who I admit I generally don't like, but he wasn't bad in this Ep. at least) and OK guests. And at the end Conan rocked out with Jack White. What more could you want? I know they where on his show but it was nice that everyone seemed to be genuinely glad to see Conan back on late night. Perhaps being the only person I wouldn't describe as an asshole in the interview seat is a good thing. After all, that's always been the reason I prefer Conan.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on November 09, 2010, 08:41:33 AM
Guess they couldn't afford Jack Black.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on November 09, 2010, 09:58:02 AM
I'm enjoying Boardwalk Empire, but I'm kinda wishing that I had waited until the first season was over before watching it because it takes its sweet time in setting everything up before paying anything off.

On the other hand, 1920s boobs.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on November 09, 2010, 10:52:53 AM
Did they do like Pirates of the Caribbean and set a no-implant policy?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on November 09, 2010, 11:30:57 AM
I don't know if that's the official stance, but it sure seems that way.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on November 17, 2010, 12:07:26 PM
A man was so angry at Bristol Palin winning a spot on the season finale of Dancing With The Stars that he threatened his wife with a gun and shot his television. (http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/crime_and_courts/article_3a5b6914-f1ce-11df-80f8-001cc4c002e0.html)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on November 22, 2010, 07:26:59 PM
Again, if you people aren't watching Mad Men, this is a fantastic fucking TV show.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: JDigital on November 22, 2010, 10:06:18 PM
(http://i56.tinypic.com/34y2r9c.png) (http://twitter.com/shitmydadsays/status/3334256708)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on December 01, 2010, 04:45:24 PM
Every time I catch an episode of a Stargate series, it's like 99% logistical problems and 1% actual entertaining adventure.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on December 01, 2010, 04:49:06 PM
Again, if you people aren't watching Mad Men, this is a fantastic fucking TV show.

Yea even with the horrifying season 1 ending it is awesome
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on January 05, 2011, 11:16:42 AM
The shithawks are coming, Bubbles! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwiXG0p3N6g#)

I have just discovered Trailer Park Boys

holy shit
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on January 05, 2011, 11:33:49 AM
HAHA, YOU ARE IN FOR A RIDE, SON.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Ted Belmont on January 06, 2011, 10:10:05 AM
So The Daily Show has started trolling John McCain. Their first volley: Muppet John McCain. (http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-5-2011/let-s-all-stand-on-john-mccain-s-lawn)

Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: McDohl on January 06, 2011, 12:23:15 PM
Just saw the rerun this morning.  Awesome.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on February 03, 2011, 04:08:45 AM
I caught an episode of Chuck the other day, wherein Chuck is captured in South America, and his tough-as-nails kung-fu secret agent femme fatale girlfriend must save him. They had also gotten the rights for Wolfmother's "Woman".

I shit you not when I say that the entire episode was the same scene of his girlfriend walking into a bar or some gathering to find some information on where Chuck was, some tough guy heckling her being a woman, and Wolfmother's "Woman" playing while she beat up everyone in the room. This happened at least a dozen times before the final faceoff between her and the misogynistic dirty-fightin' crime boss, set to Wolfmother's "Woman", wherein she kicks him in the balls and walks off, Wolfmother's "Woman" blasting in the background.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on February 03, 2011, 04:14:13 AM
I can't tell if you're praising or condemning that, because it sounds kind of awesome.

Harry's Law is a show with an insipid premise and mediocre writing that takes itself too seriously when it should be a comedy, but Kathy Bates is so goddamn good that she makes it watchable.  (Also, it's got the bad guy from Happy Gilmore and Rob Corddry's little brother.)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on February 03, 2011, 04:55:29 AM
Episodes is pretty neat.  It's weird to see Matt LeBlanc playing against type, but he's playing (a version of) himself so I don't really know how to feel about the whole thing.  It's weird to watch a show about making a show.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on February 03, 2011, 05:31:35 AM
I can't tell if you're praising or condemning that, because it sounds kind of awesome.

It was done without a hint of irony, so it was a pretty rough watch all around. It felt like a 13-year-old girl's self-insertion fanfiction.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on February 03, 2011, 07:11:35 AM
That said

There is something about Discovery's Gold Rush reality show about five retarded manchildren putting it all on the line to strike it rich on gold in Alaska that's deeply, deeply entertaining.

Jack Hoffman confirms he's found the glory hole (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGcYsaryQAI#)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on February 28, 2011, 02:15:13 AM
The Rotisserie Chicken Channel (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rogers-new-ambient-tv-rotisserie-chicken/article1916539/)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on February 28, 2011, 03:43:10 AM
Harry's Law is a show with an insipid premise and mediocre writing that takes itself too seriously when it should be a comedy, but Kathy Bates is so goddamn good that she makes it watchable.  (Also, it's got the bad guy from Happy Gilmore and Rob Corddry's little brother.)

Harry's Law is Boston Legal with different famous people.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lottel on March 10, 2011, 11:04:09 AM
Starting this fall, from 12am-2am on Nick, they are bringing back the 90s.
Clarissa Explains It All, All That, Pete and Pete, and The Amanda Bynes show.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on March 10, 2011, 12:40:47 PM
I really wish I didn't care about htat.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on March 10, 2011, 02:20:11 PM
Would still prefer they finish with the Pete and Pete DVD releases, but at least that should make for some higher-quality rips on the Internets.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lottel on March 10, 2011, 06:47:55 PM
Well, I'm hoping that after a few showings of this, they'll slowly release All That on DVD, and hopefully stretch out the time slot so a few other shows can get in. And get those shows DVDs.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on March 24, 2011, 08:14:56 PM
(http://hoodedutilitarian.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/wirepage136.jpg)

(http://hoodedutilitarian.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/wirepage138.jpg)

Source. (http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-dickensian-aspect-of-ogdens-1846-serial-the-wi,53623/)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on March 24, 2011, 10:50:45 PM
As I've said before, there IS something nice about stumbling on something completely by chance.

Earlier tonight my girlfriend and I decided to just poke through Netflix Instant to see what looked like fun, and stumbled across a previously unknown-to-us (although long-running) British sketch comedy called A Bit of Fry and Laurie (http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/A_Bit_of_Fry_and_Laurie_Season_1_Bit_of_Fry_and_Laurie_Xmas/70150679?trkid=2430625#height1310).  As in Stephen and Hugh.

Nothing outstanding, but they're good, I laughed, and the sketches go by quickly so even the ones that aren't great don't take too long.

But honestly the funniest thing about the show is that House used to have a mullet.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: JDigital on March 25, 2011, 01:29:48 AM
Fry and Laurie also appear in Blackadder, alongside Rowan Atkinson, who Americans will know better as Mr Bean.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: on March 25, 2011, 01:58:16 AM
Would still prefer they finish with the Pete and Pete DVD releases, but at least that should make for some higher-quality rips on the Internets.

(http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu23/Bon_Bon_2009/scruffy-1.jpg)

Was there ever any word on why they dropped the third release? To my understanding they'd even dolled up box art and sent out press releases for it.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: on April 04, 2011, 03:30:54 PM
The Governator - First Trailer [Telestrekoza.com] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw6J9OGSXpg#ws)


THE GOVERNATOR.

I can't stop laughing. It was a toss up putting this in here or "What the fuck?"
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on April 05, 2011, 04:23:33 PM
...I've seen Stan Lee's name all over the promos for that but none of them mentioned LeSean Thomas was doing the art.

I want to make a joke here but mostly I just want to sigh and shake my head.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: teg on April 05, 2011, 08:07:51 PM
In an odd bit of paradox, I find that I'm staying more up-to-date with shows I like than ever before now that I don't actually subscribe to cable or satellite. I check /rs/ pretty much once every day for new episodes of Wakfu, Sym-Bionic Titan, Mystery Inc, and My Little Pony. When they show up, I immediately save them to a USB stick and watch them on this (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=320).

(THAD EDIT FOR OBNOXIOUS LINKAGE: "This" is a product called the Western Digital TV Live Plus.)

It's a good system!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on April 08, 2011, 07:46:28 AM
http://www.4-traders.com/news/4Kids-Entertainment-Files-for-Bankruptcy-Under-Chapter-11--13596393/ (http://www.4-traders.com/news/4Kids-Entertainment-Files-for-Bankruptcy-Under-Chapter-11--13596393/)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Beat Bandit on April 21, 2011, 03:14:21 PM
So I've been watching Glee over the past few days, and the show does actually deserve a chance, at least from people that watch MLP. The writing is fantastic, I was surprised to find, and as someone who doesn't recognize more than the majority of the songs they do it's the reason I kept watching. The entire story is bought together well and with the perfect blend of real world absurdity that just makes me all hot and bothered and the actual dialogue writing is hilarious.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on April 21, 2011, 05:10:24 PM
glee is a hot mess.  it honestly has some really snappy jokes and moments, but don't bother getting invested in anything that happens ever because the show's writers just do not care.  maybe i should catch up on it sometime but there are so many better things to catch up on.

like mlp.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on April 23, 2011, 06:59:59 AM
My co-worker's brother writes for this show. Guy also did Eat, Pray, Love.

I've only seen one episode so far and they remade Jessie's Girl while a subplot wove the tale of the gay guy trying to act as manly as possible for his father by singing a country and western song and dating girls.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Beat Bandit on April 24, 2011, 08:04:04 AM
I've only seen one episode so far and they remade Jessie's Girl while a subplot wove the tale of the gay guy trying to act as manly as possible for his father by singing a country and western song and  making out with without really dating girls.
manlier
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Smiler on May 23, 2011, 07:37:23 AM
Game Center CX #82 - Mega Man 3 (part 1 of 3) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwTxXzy8--o#ws)

Some random guy has started subbing gamecenter cx episodes on his own. This is the first one he's done so far, and he's currently working on part two of Megaman 3. Someone else has been putting the subs onto the video and then uploading it to youtube.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on May 23, 2011, 12:34:33 PM
Should I be disturbed that Arino's first two stage choices mirrored my own perfectly when I was 5-6?

Should I be disturbed that I remember those stage choices?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on May 23, 2011, 04:45:56 PM
Some random guy has started subbing gamecenter cx episodes on his own. This is the first one he's done so far, and he's currently working on part two of Megaman 3. Someone else has been putting the subs onto the video and then uploading it to youtube.

I .. I knew that someday .. someday my prince would come. 
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Ted Belmont on May 25, 2011, 03:55:11 PM
Hot damn, I had forgotten how awesome Snake Man's stage was.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on June 17, 2011, 12:35:23 PM
Game Center CX #82 - Mega Man 3 (part 1 of 3) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwTxXzy8--o#ws)

blip.tv has just declared war on me.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Smiler on June 17, 2011, 04:30:56 PM
Yeah you are going to have to do some serious searching now, since everyone is claiming copywrites due to songs in the episode. Not to mention Gawker picked up the show so everyone is dropping everything they had, which blows since it isn't even going to be the same show in spirit.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lottel on July 07, 2011, 06:46:16 AM
There is an entire channel of kitties playing in grass here at the hospital.

It's wonderful.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Beat Bandit on July 13, 2011, 04:41:20 PM
Pulling feels like a rule 63, British Always Sunny. In that it is hilarious because all the main characters are possibly the worst people on Earth.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on July 28, 2011, 10:28:18 AM
I guess I have inexplicably aged 40 years over the past month of my recovery because nothing on Hulu will appease me, yet the eight seasons of BBC's 1970 All Creatures Great and Small adaption (featuring the seventh Doctor as the mischievous Tristan) have been consistently wholly and completely entertaining to me.

They don't even have like PROBLEMS most of the time. They're just like calving and mending dog's legs and such.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on August 14, 2011, 09:28:54 PM
You know what's pretty great?  Better Off Ted.  It got canceled after two seasons but it's on Netflix Streaming.

It's a workplace comedy where said workplace happens to be a cartoonishly evil corporation.  It revolves around mad-sciencey projects like jetpacks, cryonics, and biological computers suffering from stress disorders.  It's got a slightly-surreal Arrested Development vibe, likely aided by Portia deRossi being in the cast (as the completely cold, conscienceless boss).  It also feels a bit like Andy Richter Controls the Universe; it shares a producer and also the guy who played Byron plays pretty much exactly the same character here.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Beat Bandit on August 15, 2011, 06:28:48 AM
I can confirm that Better Off Ted is one of the best things.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on August 15, 2011, 07:46:56 AM
Indeed!  That was an excellent show that I am sad I didn't learn about until it was dead.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Beat Bandit on August 15, 2011, 08:10:47 AM
Actually since Ted was one of the shows I was ready to use as an example during a short shows vs. long shows conversation in #ff yesterday I don't think the second has been talked about much yet.

Pushing Daisies is some of the best television ever. It is also possibly the worst case of a show being cut down in its prime ever. So as an advanced warning if you get into it the last five minutes or so of the last episode may make you cry.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on August 15, 2011, 09:31:55 AM
Pushing Daisies is just plain wonderful
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on August 16, 2011, 06:01:37 PM
Yeah you are going to have to do some serious searching now, since everyone is claiming copywrites due to songs in the episode. Not to mention Gawker picked up the show so everyone is dropping everything they had, which blows since it isn't even going to be the same show in spirit.

i just realized that kotaku had begun translating the show and they fucking dubbed over all the narration with a guy who can't pronounce ryu

i hate the world
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Smiler on August 16, 2011, 06:10:26 PM
Niku-kun Niku-kun!

#82 - Megaman 3, Part 1 [Megaupload] (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=062EHSF3)
#83 - Megaman 3, Part 2 [Megaupload] (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HIEQ92JO)
#13 - Tokimeki Memorial [Megaupload] (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=JKPV4T1B)
#37 - Castlevania III [Megaupload] (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=R3UOAFGD)
#36 - Shadow Land [Megaupload] (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AA9NE9OX)
#80 - Kirby's Adventure [Torrent] (http://www.nyaa.eu/?page=download&tid=223227) - By Clover Group
#56 - Clock Tower [Gawker Licensed Episode - Subtitle File Only] (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9CV96WDS) 
#73 - Lemmings [Torrent] (http://www.nyaa.eu/?page=torrentinfo&tid=227679) - By Clover Group
#96 - Ninja Gaiden II (Part 1) [Megaupload] (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=GT77KGCK)
#97 - Ninja Gaiden II (Part 2) [Megaupload] (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=4OPZW89X)
#48 - Out of This World [Megaupload] (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=POCIECK0)
#43 - SOS [Gawker Licensed Episode - Subtitle File Only] (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=72Y05KY7)
#61 - 53 Stations of the Toukaidou [Megaupload] (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1V4OQSXM)
#20 - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past [Megaupload] (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9VPUCW6H)
#23 - Adventure Island [Megaupload] (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ZF1PLDP5)

Korea trip: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TUBK778K (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TUBK778K)

Get them now since the uploaders are pretty quick at taking them down at any sign of an episode being licensed.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Smiler on August 16, 2011, 06:10:56 PM
I don't think it is too hard to find the raws of the gawker episodes.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on September 10, 2011, 03:52:19 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China,_IL (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China,_IL)

Quote
China, IL is an upcoming animated television series for Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. The series is created by Brad Neely, and features Neely's existing characters from the China, IL webseries/special. Characters include Frank and Steve Smith, aka "The Professor Brothers," and Mark "Baby" Cakes. Neely provides the voice for all three characters. The series is being produced by Titmouse, Inc.

Yesssssssssss
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on September 11, 2011, 08:46:35 AM
Hell yeah!
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on September 11, 2011, 01:36:51 PM
In hindsight I probably should've listened to Kazz on this one, but it turns out Archer is really, really fucking funny. I'd caught the first episode back when it premiered and it didn't really do it for me. Just got back to it during the tail end of (I think) season 2, and it's just flat-out the funniest thing I've seen on TV in ages. Like Frisky Dingo, it builds and regularly references its own fucked-up continuity where any other show would've been scrambling back to status quo.

If nothing else, you owe it to yourself to check out "Pipeline Fever" or "Stage Two".
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Beat Bandit on September 11, 2011, 04:17:15 PM
it turns out Archer is really, really fucking funny.
YUP (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k02kGB7LJY0#)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on September 18, 2011, 07:26:38 PM
You know, say what you like about The Closer, but it's a stroke of genius to build the arc of the last season around the premise that in real life, Brenda Lee Johnson would be an absolutely reprehensible person.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on October 02, 2011, 11:54:11 AM
terra nova is just the dumbest fucking thing.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Saturn on October 02, 2011, 01:02:56 PM
Why would you not bring anti-tank weapons if you know DINOSAURS will be an issue?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Friday on October 02, 2011, 01:09:46 PM
my mother thinks that show is incredible and has repeatedly tried to get me to watch it with her

i keep telling her

i have this rule

i don't watch television with you
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Beat Bandit on October 02, 2011, 01:24:10 PM
i have this rule

i don't watch television with you


I want to go to there. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p1dS9hoptU#ws)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on October 02, 2011, 02:25:35 PM
Oh, Mitch, you filthy tease (http://www.tmz.com/2011/10/02/arrested-development-television-show-one-more-season-mitch-hurwitz-ron-howard/#.TojjQbLLpsI).
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lottel on October 02, 2011, 02:58:12 PM
Don't do that, TA. Scared me for a second.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on October 02, 2011, 04:37:43 PM
man i can't wait to watch more arrested development

and play half life 2 episode 3

and kick that football
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on October 02, 2011, 04:46:58 PM
and play duke nukem forever
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on October 03, 2011, 08:07:41 AM
my mother thinks that show is incredible and has repeatedly tried to get me to watch it with her

i keep telling her

i have this rule

i don't watch television with you

I mean, it's technically watchable, and there were three brief fun hopeful minutes at the midpoint where they make the main guy clean vine overgrowth from the electric fencing and he's all brushing massive prehistoric bugs off of him and such and it was sort of taking itself not so seriously

then it just got right on back to being a mind-bogglingly joyless stargate episode and I dunno

It's just one of the laziest shows I've ever seen. I think they just had the concept of the show on paper ("Make Avatar TV show") and then wrote in the characters and locations and overarching plot the morning of filming and called it a day.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on January 12, 2012, 10:29:03 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_%28TV_series%29 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_%28TV_series%29)

 :ohgod: :ohshi~: :barf:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on February 15, 2012, 11:36:47 AM
Really great, stand-alone episode of Fringe the other day. "Welcome to Westfield (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welcome_to_Westfield)". Exactly the kind of feel and format this show should try to hit more regularly.

It's on Hulu (http://www.hulu.com/watch/328389/fringe-welcome-to-westfield), but I think it only becomes available to everyone eight days after it airs, which I think is this coming Saturday.

You don't really need any prior knowledge of the show to enjoy it, save maybe for the fact that it's known by this point that [spoiler]there are two universes, one slightly different from ours[/spoiler].
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lottel on February 17, 2012, 10:25:30 AM
Ok. I love Psych but this season has had me worried. This first part wasn't bad but this next half of the season is nothing but star after star and the three episodes they are talking about are just revisits of earlier episodes. They are even bringing the A capella group back for an episode. And one of their tweets mentioned we'll be seeing a lot more of William Shatner in the future so I'm not too sure the future is going to be all that bright.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on February 17, 2012, 11:18:26 AM
Well, it at least makes sense that Shatner's role would be a recurring one, and even a cavalcade of celebs makes sense on a case-of-the-week show.  (And they've had some great guests in the past -- Cary Elwes and Tim Curry come to mind.)  But yeah, you don't want to lean on the guest stars/sequel episodes TOO heavily.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lottel on February 17, 2012, 11:39:55 AM
I get his role would be recurring, but I was under the impression he's going to be heavily used in the future. As for more Desperaux, I'm not sure the character has much left to offer. What's next? The cops use him to help solve crimes (with subtle hints to White Collar) and he turns out to be stealing things? Or Shawn suspects him to be crooked, inadvertently proves his straight, then has to prove he really is stealing things?

I don't know. These "extra special guest" episodes they push hard are awfully formulaic and I guess I'm hoping for less of them.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on February 17, 2012, 11:46:06 AM
They're ALL formulaic, though.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lottel on February 17, 2012, 12:25:29 PM
Usually not that bad, right? Or am I fooling myself more when there's not a "big star" to roll my eyes at?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Kayma on February 17, 2012, 11:25:44 PM
I like Psych, but I hate pineapple. Also: It's always the girl.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on February 21, 2012, 10:46:31 PM
hahahaha oh wow glee

why do i still watch this show

[spoiler]no but seriously the scene in the beginning of the episode actually made me go OH FUCK OH GOD NO DON'T DO THIS NOOOO and then the rest was like a long sad slide whistle until the ending left me in hysterical laughter maybe something is wrong with me

maybe the something that is wrong with me is that i am watching glee

extra spoilers this is all a trap now i know you watch it too[/spoiler]
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on March 07, 2012, 12:04:18 PM
The latest Psych was really on, I thought.  Quite good dialogue.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Ziiro on March 29, 2012, 01:33:56 PM
Watching "Being Human" (UK version) On netflix and it's both one of the most interesting things to watch and infuriating because every character has such incredible failings or stupid moments that it makes me want to pull my hair out. I mean it's decidedly human of them to have these failings, yes. I understand that's the point of the show. But goddamnit quit being so fucking stupid.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Beat Bandit on April 09, 2012, 03:51:57 AM
Finally watching Community post season three halloween. That is clearly the point of dissent into insanity and it is 100% for the best.

Also Annie as Brittany in the Glee episode made my penis explode forever.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on May 06, 2012, 03:05:40 PM
Daily Show had David Barton on and I kind of wanted to swear at him for his definition of what, exactly, coercion means in a school context.

I was also pretty annoyed at how he seemed to shift his definitions and lines when it suited him and how he couched the whole debate in monotheism.

EDIT:
Here's the extended interview playlist from the daily show website:
http://www.thedailyshow.com/extended-interviews/413525/playlist_tds_extended_david_barton_050112/413519 (http://www.thedailyshow.com/extended-interviews/413525/playlist_tds_extended_david_barton_050112/413519)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on May 06, 2012, 03:59:29 PM
Yeah, I've hit a point where I seldom watch the extended interviews anymore, and in Barton's case I didn't make it through the regular interview part without shouting at the TV, so.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on May 11, 2012, 09:56:18 PM
You know, I liked The Finder.  For two main reasons:

1. The procedural genre seriously needed some fucking levity;
2. Michael Clark Duncan makes EVERYTHING better.  (Even Daredevil.)

Well, looks like it only made it the one half-season and got cancelled.  It ended either on an unresolved cliffhanger or a Pythonesque/Seinfeldian downer, depending on your perspective.

My fiancee is very frustrated about that.  It's cute.  It's her first experience with Fox unceremoniously cancelling a show she liked.  (We all remember our first time, right?  Mine was The Critic.)

Course, the other thing is that Finder was backdoor-piloted out of Bones and I'm sure Hart Hanson is aware he can always pull a Chris Carter and just give it a backdoor finale.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on May 12, 2012, 09:11:19 AM
So, Veep is sorta like Joe Biden: The Show.  With Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Joe Biden.  Also, Matt Walsh and Tony Hale are there.  It's pretty funny, but ... smart funny.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on May 14, 2012, 09:06:42 AM
Bleeding Cool is talking about Wastelanders (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/05/13/joss-whedon-talks-warren-ellis-and-wastelanders-again/), a Whedon/Ellis collaboration that they intend to make into a Web serial.

Quote from: Joss
It’s riskier than “Dr. Horrible.” There is no soundtrack album. It’s not kid-friendly. It’s kind of a darker piece. But I’m in a position to take some risks and I feel very strongly about the material…

With “Wastelanders,” my intent is to put it on the internet. That’s the notion, to create an entertainment for people that works as a series and then comes together as a movie. The internet is interesting to me as a destination.
Quote from: Warren
WASTELANDERS is where Joss’ sense that too few people followed the example of DR HORRIBLE meets my obsession with the QUATERMASS serials, which were half-hour episodes. Short-form genre serials of the kind that tv just doesn’t make anymore. What we eventually came up with was very much a fusion of British and American styles, and very much a fusion of my style and Joss’ style. And full-on science fiction.

Hell yes.

I think I am even more excited about this than the Dr. Horrible sequel.  Because Dr. Horrible was exciting precisely because it was Different and Risky, and as much as I look forward to revisiting that world those values must necessarily diminish in a sequel.

Wastelanders sounds like it, too, is Different and Risky, and has an entirely different sensibility from Dr. Horrible.

Ellis is simply The Best at dark high-concept SF.  And maybe with a collaborator like Whedon he can actually create something with a satisfying ending.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on May 18, 2012, 09:58:33 AM
So have we talked about the upcoming Cosmos series yet?

Ann Druyan (Carl Sagan's widow) is directly involved, Neil DeGrasse Tyson will host, and it's going to be on Fox because Seth MacFarlane has put his weight behind it.  Good for him.

Dorothy Pomerantz at Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorothypomerantz/2012/05/16/seth-macfarlane-gets-serious/) has a MacFarlane-focused writeup (Jesus Christ, he was TWENTY-FIVE when Family Guy started?), and io9 (http://io9.com/5911225/can-seth-mcfarlane-and-neil-degrasse-tyson-rekindle-our-passion-for-science) has a video of the interview.

Some interesting bedfellows -- not only because the show's appearing on Fox, but

Quote
MacFarlane’s path to Cosmos started with the Science & Entertainment Exchange, an organization set up by Airplane director Jerry Zucker to help Hollywood work with scientists to ensure shows like CSI are factually correct.

Interesting, and good for Zucker.  He and MacFarlane certainly have a similar style of comedy, but they don't seem to have a hell of a lot in common in their political beliefs.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on May 18, 2012, 01:49:03 PM
Man. Fuck.
So Blue Moon has a TV spot that I thought was kind of neat.

Brewmaster's Touch :30 TV Commercial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udPTYrD4kko#ws)

The first person who thinks that this is a great encapsulation of my lack of taste...
... I guess they're not the last?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on May 18, 2012, 02:54:03 PM
Also, the community S3.e20 "Digital Estate Planning" is another episode carefully tailored to exploit my nostalgia.

...
Yeah, I voted that the 16 bit era was the mightiest.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Smiler on May 25, 2012, 06:37:51 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/mO3VJ.png)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on May 25, 2012, 06:49:48 AM
Is that who I think it is?  :whoops:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Joxam on May 25, 2012, 01:36:34 PM
GOD DAMN IT PAM
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on June 14, 2012, 10:05:39 AM
On the one hand, "Munsters Remake" is not a phrase that fills me with excitement or longing.

On the other hand, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, Portia de Rossi as Lily, and the guy from Sliders as Herman are all really excellent casting choices.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Beat Bandit on June 14, 2012, 01:45:18 PM
Eddie Izzard ... Portia de Rossi

Say What (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB0VkLIHBNc#)

Say What (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB0VkLIHBNc#)

What Is That You Say (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCpFAmwHhRQ#)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on July 05, 2012, 08:02:37 AM
The IT Crowd [USA][2007][Unsold Pilot] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GvI7djMqZk#)

:ohgod:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on July 05, 2012, 09:31:16 AM
I watched some episodes of The New Girl while I was over at my cousin's house. It's basically The Big Bang Theory if someone did a find/replace of "awkward and nerdy" with "quirky and sophisticated" and then cut the laugh track.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lottel on July 05, 2012, 02:26:57 PM
That's just a word for word reshot of the original IT episode, complete with other nerd. And Joel McHale is the token "good looking guy" on shows. I don't understand why they thought he should play an ugly nerd.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lottel on July 05, 2012, 02:27:44 PM
Oh. And the reason I came to this thread is because apparently Neil Cicierega is doing music for the upcoming cartoon Gravity Falls.
I'm sold.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on July 05, 2012, 02:40:00 PM
Haha, no shit? Hope the credits actually just say "Music by Lemon Demon".
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on July 05, 2012, 02:56:16 PM
Neil Cicierega was asked to do theme music, but his pitches were REJECTED! Also the show is no longer "upcoming" as it already aired. Everything Lottel says is a lie.

Although Kristen Schaal is on the show so don't let Lottel's Lascivious Lies lure you away from the show.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Beat Bandit on July 05, 2012, 03:38:19 PM
So does anyone actually like Battle Star Galactica sincerely?

Because I'm pretty sure the only reason to watch was fat Apollo.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on July 05, 2012, 04:00:02 PM
First two season are bangarang. Third season starts off okay, but has problems like how the only way to show character change is by physical changes (Apollo is fat, Adama has a mustache, Tigh is Cyclops), then scuttles their unique premise for more wandering aimlessly in space action. Which is okay, but eventually it settles into a kind of slightly grazes deeper themes and focus more on unraveling the Lost-levels of mythology. And some of the most interesting plots (Baltar on a Basestar!) go nowhere, and some things are explained but not really clarified or answered. Then it kind of all comes to a more-or-less satisfying finally that holds things together for at least the first two-thirds.

So yeah, I sincerely enjoyed it. The second-season destabilized enough to make it lose "Best On Television" status, and the remaining seasons just kind of keep it above water. That first season though, man, what a doozy.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Lottel on July 05, 2012, 05:45:15 PM
Neil Cicierega was asked to do theme music, but his pitches were REJECTED! Also the show is no longer "upcoming" as it already aired. Everything Lottel says is a lie.

Although Kristen Schaal is on the show so don't let Lottel's Lascivious Lies lure you away from the show.

Well fuck and double fuck.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on July 18, 2012, 08:40:15 AM
Well, Eureka's over.  That's a shame, but they did a pretty solid job of (1) tying up the major loose ends, (2) completing the major character arcs, (3) bringing back relevant minor characters, and (4) delivering a satisfying emotional conclusion, all in the span of a regular old 44-minute episode.  Great, great stuff.

And of course we've already established that Eureka and Warehouse 13 take place in the same universe.  I expect we haven't seen the last of these guys -- at least, not Fargo and Holly.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on July 18, 2012, 09:44:15 AM
What? No!

(http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k491/Artimeia/Gifs/tumblr_lgasdz2guW1qc3ji0.gif)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on July 20, 2012, 09:53:58 PM
Welp, just finished watching the American version of Life on Mars on Netflix.

Setup goes like this: NYPD cop in 2008 gets hit by a car and inexplicably wakes up in 1973, as a new transfer to an office run by a cheerfully violent Harvey Keitel.

Precisely what he is doing in 1973, how he can get home, and whether or not this is actually real is the subject of an ongoing mystery throughout the series, though it doesn't take itself very seriously and floats so many progressively absurd theories that when the series finally ends with an utterly ludicrous explanation it doesn't feel like a letdown.

All in all I enjoyed it.

Next I will check out the original British version.  It has John Simm in it.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on July 21, 2012, 11:43:26 AM
I have heard nothing but bad things about the American series from fans of the British show.  Kinda curious how you'll feel going the other direction.  I loved the British series but haven't gotten around to trying out the American one or the sequel series yet.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on July 25, 2012, 10:25:39 AM
Just finished the first season of Breaking Bad. Everyone has been telling me about how great it is, but I can't just overlook the incredibly problematic racial undertones of the series. It's telling that somehow Walter teams up with the only white meth dealer in New Mexico, and together they must defend themselves against violent (Latino) gang-members. It always seems to paint a gang-member's violent actions as the result of a mad dog mentality, prone to violence and irrationality and can only use sympathy and listening as a weapon to brutalize others. It's almost a white-fantasy, bravely defending family and other whites from savage, colored gangsters.

I'm going to give the second season a try, but don't know if I can stomach it if this subtext keeps up.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on July 25, 2012, 10:45:45 AM
Torn between wanting to explain how outlandishly, ridiculously wrong that conceit is, and not wanting to spoil what's probably the best show on TV.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on July 25, 2012, 11:08:45 AM
Again, this is the impression I have gotten from the first season. I guess what I was looking for was more a "The show addresses this"
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on July 25, 2012, 11:16:50 AM
Again, this is the impression I have gotten from the first season. I guess what I was looking for was more a "The show addresses this"

It's not so much as it addresses this impression as that that's a baseless impression, which the second season should do away with.  If you think Walter White is supposed to be a heroic figure, protecting and looking out for his family in the only way he can, you're grossly misinterpreting what you're seeing.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on July 25, 2012, 11:19:41 AM
I'm just saying that's kind of how it's portrayed in the first season. Nearly every act of violence he commits in the first season is framed in the form of someone attacking him or his kin.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on July 26, 2012, 08:29:34 AM
Landlord (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118057041?refCatId=14), a half-hour comedy created by Dan Clowes, coming to HBO.  The directors of Little Miss Sunshine are interested.

HT to Comics Beat (http://www.comicsbeat.com/2012/07/26/daniel-clowes-news-round-up-new-tv-show-being-developed-bad-interview-signing/), which has a roundup of Clowes news, all of it worth checking out.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Beat Bandit on September 01, 2012, 05:21:50 PM
Season Four of Parks and Recreation proves that this show is the Benjamin Button of television (it just gets better).
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on September 20, 2012, 12:40:15 PM
[1080p HD] Firefly - Opening Credits (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2Bqp99-qJI#ws)

Ten gorram years.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Beat Bandit on September 27, 2012, 05:27:16 AM
How much longer until all the secret nazi war criminals living among us have finally died out?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on September 27, 2012, 06:04:44 AM
Depends. How many do you think extracted the key to longevity from the spinal cords of Jewish babies?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on September 27, 2012, 04:45:53 PM
Firefly & Lessons in Contract Law (http://thelegalgeeks.com/blog/2012/09/27/firefly-lessons-in-contract-law/)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on October 01, 2012, 08:58:51 PM
MINOR DEXTER SPOILERS FOLLOW



MINUS: The premier pretty much spends an entire episode dithering before bringing us back to the exact same cliffhanger we started at.

PLUS: The "This Season on Dexter..." preview makes it look like the premise of the show is going to turn into "The Odd Couple, Except Oscar is a Serial Killer".  Which, I am not going to lie, sounds like the greatest fucking premise for a sitcom EVER.

MINUS: [spoiler]Enver Gjokaj dies after only being in a couple scenes.  That sucks.  I LOVE Enver Gjokaj.[/spoiler]
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Miss Cat Ears on October 02, 2012, 09:46:56 AM
Revenge season premiere was awesome, this is my new favorite "Rich people being mean to each other" show.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on October 15, 2012, 09:51:26 AM
Arrow: Surprisingly, actually pretty decent.

Green Arrow has a good origin story.  Rich asshole is stranded on a desert island and discovers what it's like to fight every day just to survive, and it changes him.  Heroes with something to atone for are inherently heroes you can root for -- Dr. Strange and Iron Man have similar elements in their backstories.  Plus they're playing up the Robin Hood connection, and the rich-versus-poor angle has pretty obvious real-world relevance.

I'm not sure I like Dinah as a lawyer who doesn't go by Dinah, but I really like the Reverse George Stacy angle they're playing with her father.  And they've even worked the "my ward is a junkie!" angle in with Ollie's little sister.

All in all?  Well, they've got me interested in sticking around for this week's episode.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Beat Bandit on October 26, 2012, 06:22:09 PM
Should you ever need to prove to someone that television is horrible be sure to show them A Gifted Man.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on November 05, 2012, 09:36:48 PM
On the one hand, "Munsters Remake" is not a phrase that fills me with excitement or longing.

On the other hand, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, Portia de Rossi as Lily, and the guy from Sliders as Herman are all really excellent casting choices.

It didn't get picked up for series but NBC aired the pilot as a Halloween special.  And it was enough to make me regret it didn't get picked up for series, because it was pretty damn funny.

In this case, swapping 1960's silliness for a modern, darker take actually worked really, really well.  The comedy is pleasingly dark -- the plot largely revolves around Grandpa trying to find someone he can kill so he can drink his blood and give Herman a new heart -- and every single line out of Izzard's mouth is pure gold.

All in all I thought it was pretty great.  Pity NBC strangled it in the crib (which would also make for a pretty hilarious episode), but not exactly unexpected.  It IS NBC.


...oh.  It's called Mockingbird Lane, if you want to go find yourself a copy.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on November 20, 2012, 10:43:51 AM
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/11/20/165564756/elmo-puppeteer-resigns-calls-sex-allegations-a-distraction (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/11/20/165564756/elmo-puppeteer-resigns-calls-sex-allegations-a-distraction)

:T
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on November 20, 2012, 11:39:47 AM
Aw hell.  Well I sincerely hope the allegations are false -- Clash always seemed like a really great guy.  Everybody on Sesame Street always gave me the impression that they were exactly the sort of person you would expect them to be.

But the truth is more important than how I feel about Sesame Street.  May the truth come out, whatever it may be.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Ted Belmont on December 22, 2012, 12:15:22 AM
Speaking of stupid American TV: AMC is making a television series prequel to Psycho, set in modern day, about teenage Norman Bates.

It looks exactly as terrible as you'd expect.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on December 22, 2012, 06:59:14 AM
Does it have WACKY HIJINX and/or TEEN SLEUTHS?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Ted Belmont on December 22, 2012, 07:44:55 AM
No, but it does have TEEN ANGST and DARK SECRETS.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on January 13, 2013, 08:54:20 AM
Holy crap I want to see this.

DANGER 5 TRAILER (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z09bNgSeMI#ws)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on January 13, 2013, 09:14:24 AM
Somebody is on a Naziploitation kick.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on January 13, 2013, 09:21:21 AM
Who better to exploit? :glee: 

That video is two solid minutes of non-stop insanity. I totally lost it at domo arigato.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Classic on January 13, 2013, 09:22:52 AM
I- I don't.
The Blaxploitation genre just got a lot darker for me.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on January 13, 2013, 09:24:41 AM
The Blaxploitation genre just got a lot darker for me.

:racist:
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on January 23, 2013, 07:29:57 PM
http://viewrz.com/video/firefly-if-fox-was-ever-to-apologize-for-cancelling-the-show-how-would-you-want-them-to-do-it (http://viewrz.com/video/firefly-if-fox-was-ever-to-apologize-for-cancelling-the-show-how-would-you-want-them-to-do-it)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Beat Bandit on January 24, 2013, 04:37:58 AM
Ha, the .gifs leave out the other two looking at each other like "of course he panders to the fucking fans".
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Ted Belmont on January 31, 2013, 06:10:10 PM
Kareem Abdul Jabar reviews 'Girls' (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kareem-abduljabbar/girls-review_b_2593756.html), and it is amazing.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on February 01, 2013, 04:23:10 PM
http://whoselineonline.org/ (http://whoselineonline.org/)

Well now.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on February 10, 2013, 04:06:16 PM
(http://www.blogcdn.com/www.comicsalliance.com/media/2013/02/141a3300.jpg)

Can't wait to have this toy organize the death of all my other toys.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Sharkey on February 16, 2013, 01:28:12 PM
On the one hand, "Munsters Remake" is not a phrase that fills me with excitement or longing.

On the other hand, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, Portia de Rossi as Lily, and the guy from Sliders as Herman are all really excellent casting choices.

Aw, I missed this earlier. While the constant reharvesting of any recognizable boomer-era brand makes my teeth itch, this was actually fucking good. Some of the narrative elements didn't quite gel and what ideally should have been a juxtaposition of the mundanely suburban/domestic and weird/supernatural is already really well traveled territory. Sometimes it came off as forced and schizophrenic. It was an excellent start, though, and I'd have fully expected the show's identity issues to work themselves out if it weren't DOA.

The only thing I actually fucking despised was the soundtrack. It's very easy to imagine a producer saying "People are retarded. They're not going to realize this is the Munsters. Beat them to death with the show's motif every fifteen seconds. Actually, better make it ten." The result is both distracting and insulting. If it only happened once or twice, and with even the slightest bit of subtlety, it would have actually been much more effective.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on April 02, 2013, 05:02:32 PM
I gave 1313 Mockingbird Lane a watch the other day after finding out it was written by the guy who'd done Pushing Daisies. I really did not like it, but I liked a lot of individual things about it - good casting all around, the locations were nice, and it was really cute. As a show, though, it's just sort of tedious and scatterbrained and bland. Maybe it was just the pilot?

I also caught the first episode of Mr. Selfridge and ye fucking gods is that show unwatchable. Back in the day, I had roommates who unironically enjoyed Entourage, and the single thing in that show that did not make me weep for the folly of man was Jeremy Piven's insane Ari character. Basically, his sole characteristic was that he was really good at yelling at people and making fun of his gay assistant, so every one of his scenes was just him just screaming at one of the countless listless jackasses that populated that godawful show. It was like they'd intentionally made the most loathsome imaginable cast just so this character could run around yelling at them.

Mr. Selfridge has Jeremy Piven as a 1940's huckster in England, and sort of follows him around as he bullshits his way to having a successful store. Weirdly, he just kind of seems incredibly uncomfortable in the role and like... his character in the show is always acting, to trick people, so he acts as someone who's only kind of good at acting enthusiastic, which from where we're standing, is awful. So he does a shitty, awkward job of pretending to be someone poorly pretending to be someone beaming with confidence. I have no idea why I watched as much of it as I did before jumping ship.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on June 02, 2013, 03:32:54 PM
Hollywood Reporter interviews John Oliver (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/guest-host-john-oliver-will-560794) on his upcoming stint as host of Daily Show while Stewart's off directing a film.

It's a great interview; I love Oliver and I think he'll be a lot of fun.

But I do kinda hope they asked Bee first and she said no.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on June 29, 2013, 11:38:32 AM
Under the Dome's off to a pretty decent start.  It's got a handful of interesting mysteries and characters with hooks.  I think I'll stick around.

So is next week's episode the one where Moe puts a traffic cone on his head and declares himself emperor?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Brentai on June 29, 2013, 11:44:58 AM
But I do kinda hope they asked Bee first and she said no.

Bee is off working on a sitcom with her husband and raising three kids, so they probably didn't even bother asking her.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on June 29, 2013, 05:04:46 PM
Yeah, I got to thinking about that later -- the only two people who have been there longer than Oliver are the couple with three kids.  Didn't know they were working on a sitcom besides; the three kids seem like plenty of reason.

And Mark Evanier pointed something out that I hadn't really thought about -- Oliver is the best straight-man on the team.  It's a cast full of Costellos and they needed an Abbott.  Oliver's the one with the easiest time pivoting from his correspondent character to host; Bee would have had to drop character or we would have ended up with essentially a full hour of The Colbert Report.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on July 21, 2013, 12:18:45 AM
Official Trailer from Comic-Con | COSMOS | FOX BROADCASTING (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gklrONZ51w8#ws)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on July 21, 2013, 01:40:35 AM
Wait, didn't Carl Sagan cover everything already?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: patito on July 22, 2013, 05:37:34 AM
It's ok, Seth Mcfarlane never needs new content.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on July 31, 2013, 11:26:09 PM
Ozymandias - As Read by Bryan Cranston: Breaking Bad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3dpghfRBHE#ws)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on August 05, 2013, 01:44:29 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/Rsr1vGw.jpg)
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on August 05, 2013, 08:09:05 AM
Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical - Geek Week (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nWjNgV_6yc#ws)

Have a recap before Breaking Bad comes back.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on August 05, 2013, 11:34:11 AM
Niku, come up to Dallas and watch it with me. I'm going to get so drunk.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on September 09, 2013, 03:05:24 PM
Street countdown (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYj1Gb3qQc0#ws)

Man, why is nobody talking about this show.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: TA on September 09, 2013, 03:42:17 PM
The IT Crowd?  It's a good show, but it did go off the air three years ago.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on September 09, 2013, 04:24:10 PM
Oh, I actually thought that was from a different show (a new BBC cop show parody), based on the context of posts where I first saw it.

Haha derp.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on September 09, 2013, 05:12:06 PM
There IS actually an IT Crowd finale coming.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on October 15, 2013, 07:32:06 PM
Quote
Dear Mister Cranston.

I wanted to write you this email – so I am contacting you through Jeremy Barber – I take it we are both represented by UTA . Great agency.

I’ve just finished a marathon of watching “BREAKING BAD” – from episode one of the First Season – to the last eight episodes of the Sixth Season. (I downloaded the last season on AMAZON) A total of two weeks (addictive) viewing.

I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant!

Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen – ever.

I know there is so much smoke blowing and sickening bullshit in this business, and I’ve sort of lost belief in anything really.

But this work of yours is spectacular – absolutely stunning. What is extraordinary, is the sheer power of everyone in the entire production. What was it? Five or six years in the making? How the producers (yourself being one of them), the writers, directors, cinematographers…. every department – casting etc. managed to keep the discipline and control from beginning to the end is (that over used word) awesome.

From what started as a black comedy, descended into a labyrinth of blood, destruction and hell. It was like a great Jacobean, Shakespearian or Greek Tragedy.

If you ever get a chance to – would you pass on my admiration to everyone – Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Steven Michael Quezada – everyone – everyone gave master classes of performance … The list is endless.

Thank you. That kind of work/artistry is rare, and when, once in a while, it occurs, as in this epic work, it restores confidence.

You and all the cast are the best actors I’ve ever seen.

That may sound like a good lung full of smoke blowing. But it is not. It’s almost midnight out here in Malibu, and I felt compelled to write this email.

Congratulations and my deepest respect. You are truly a great, great actor.

Best regards

Tony Hopkins.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on October 15, 2013, 10:36:56 PM
Did Anthony Hopkins just admit to binge watching a TV show?
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Niku on October 15, 2013, 11:01:38 PM
Either that or someone on the internet really wanted people to believe that Anthony Hopkins binge watched a TV show.  Almost as delightful.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mongrel on October 16, 2013, 03:12:05 AM
I think he confirmed that the letter was legit; the story's been running in a lot of papers. This was the first time I'd seen the text of the letter though.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on October 19, 2013, 01:19:38 PM
So... Breaking Bad

Walter White is my dad. Seriously.

Right down to the way he bares his teeth when he says "Fuck You".

ADDENDUM: My dad was Walter White with Jack Nicholson eyebrows.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on October 20, 2013, 07:30:52 AM
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Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on October 21, 2013, 04:07:39 AM
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This is a real thing that's happening.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Mothra on October 21, 2013, 05:21:19 AM
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This is a real thing that's happening.
Holy shit
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on November 25, 2013, 05:01:47 AM
So Family Guy killed off Brian the Dog.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Büge on November 25, 2013, 06:27:10 AM
Uh, okay.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Royal☭ on November 25, 2013, 06:35:36 AM
The rest of the show still stands. Victory hasn't come yet.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Disposable Ninja on November 25, 2013, 07:34:43 AM
Uh, okay.

Yup.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: on November 25, 2013, 07:48:29 AM
I told a friend about the death. He was in the middle of catching up on Family Guy's previous seasons, and a little into the season before the current one, a lot of one liners and asides take on a much darker note knowing what happens. Enough of them pop up that I'm convinced they had this planned for a while.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Thad on November 25, 2013, 02:12:47 PM
I'm curious if they'll pull a South Park and leave him dead for awhile and then bring him back.

But yeah, at least interesting in how grim the whole thing was.
Title: Re: Random TV Thoughts
Post by: Zaratustra on December 06, 2013, 04:45:03 AM
http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/12/06/family-guy-brian-set-to-return-very-soon (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/12/06/family-guy-brian-set-to-return-very-soon)

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