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Yeah, they kinda fell back on that trope.

Star Trek made "eject the warp/reactor core" into a fix-all "don't think about it too hard" solution.That aside, I thought they handled Alex's death very well. I did not see that coming (and no, I haven't read the books)


The books had nothing to do with that. Real life crept in and changes had to be made to the story.


In the books, Fred Johnson survives the assassination attempt but later dies of a stroke in a high-G maneuver. The books compliment the show quite well without simply being a facsimile.

 

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Yeah, they kinda fell back on that trope.

Star Trek made "eject the warp/reactor core" into a fix-all "don't think about it too hard" solution.That aside, I thought they handled Alex's death very well. I did not see that coming (and no, I haven't read the books)


The books had nothing to do with that. Real life crept in and changes had to be made to the story.


In the books, Fred Johnson survives the assassination attempt but later dies of a stroke in a high-G maneuver. The books compliment the show quite well without simply being a facsimile.


Yeah, I found out about that afterwards. I also watched a couple videos of interviews with Cara Gee, who plays Drummer. Her transformation into the character is nothing short of amazing.
 

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Yeah, they kinda fell back on that trope.

Star Trek made "eject the warp/reactor core" into a fix-all "don't think about it too hard" solution.That aside, I thought they handled Alex's death very well. I did not see that coming (and no, I haven't read the books)


The books had nothing to do with that. Real life crept in and changes had to be made to the story.


In the books, Fred Johnson survives the assassination attempt but later dies of a stroke in a high-G maneuver. The books compliment the show quite well without simply being a facsimile.


Yeah, I found out about that afterwards. I also watched a couple videos of interviews with Cara Gee, who plays Drummer. Her transformation into the character is nothing short of amazing.

I know. It would be like if Gilbert Gottfried was the lead singer of a death metal band. Cara Gee definitely deserves more awards than what she has won.
 

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Yeah, they kinda fell back on that trope.

Star Trek made "eject the warp/reactor core" into a fix-all "don't think about it too hard" solution.That aside, I thought they handled Alex's death very well. I did not see that coming (and no, I haven't read the books)


The books had nothing to do with that. Real life crept in and changes had to be made to the story.


In the books, Fred Johnson survives the assassination attempt but later dies of a stroke in a high-G maneuver. The books compliment the show quite well without simply being a facsimile.


Yeah, I found out about that afterwards. I also watched a couple videos of interviews with Cara Gee, who plays Drummer. Her transformation into the character is nothing short of amazing.
But her role, as transitioned based on another character in the book was muddled needlessly in the show. They could have easily made Drummer fall more in line with the book, but decided to put her more central.
 

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Behind Her Eyes, 5/10; A Netflix original starring the stunning Eve Hewson who is the daughter of Bono (Paul Hewson) front man for U2. This six episode series has some pretty decent stuff in it but it's a bit of a slog at times and there were a few times I nearly bailed but stuck with it for quite a nice twist for the ending. The plot is centered on the very mysterious Adele, her doctor husband David, Adele's very close friend Rob and Louise. New to the area, married David bumps in to a woman, Louise in a bar and strikes up a conversation and they end up kissing. It later transpires that Louise works in the same office as David. Awkward. And then Adele bumps in to Louise in the neighborhood and they form a friendship of sorts. Adele appears to be a recovering formerly institutionalized mental patient which is where she met her close friend Rob who is a recovering drug addict. It gets weird with flashbacks and nightmare dream sequences, a bit of a "Stranger Things" vibe. A bit too long for my liking and the characters David and Rob are a bit annoying. Eve Hewson and Simona Brown (Louise) were excellent. Both very talented actresses.
 

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Mad Dogs, 6/10; An Amazon series that is way too long and was cancelled after one season. Five fortysomething male friends gather in a remote Belize mansion for a post retirement reunion. The setting is idyllic, a huge place right by the beach with everything laid on for the guests. The organizer of the function is a mysterious bloke, there's not a lot of detail about how he accumulated his wealth but ten minutes in and you know it's going to be something shady. The guys go on a fishing trip using a "borrowed" boat. And that's when things take a turn. The group are suddenly embroiled in a major deal gone wrong and can't find a way out of the mess or Belize. Hounded by a corrupt police force, the drug cartel and other shady characters the guys are in fear for their lives. The series starts off pretty well and has some good tension to it but after episode five it's starts to feel like the TV series Lost. I bailed out after five episodes.
 

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I added NBC's "Peacock" to my streaming on the Roku, and am in the process of revisiting the Battlestar Galactica reboot. I'm not watching every episode, since I've got the DVDs, but there was a moment I'd missed...


When the Galactica had rescued the survivors from New Caprica, there was a scene where Adama and Tigh met on the flight deck. Saul had just come off of putting his wife - the love of his life - down for her betrayal of the colonists. He was a broken man, but he was also a hero. He was walking through the crowd as the flight deck crew was chaniing "Adama...Adama...Adama." It was heartbreaking.

 

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Babylon 5 (remastered) - With Babylon 5 remastered, I needed to watch it through again. Right now about mid-way Season 4. This show was so expertly crafted and told so well. They plant the no telepaths on Narn thing so early, let it grow, and then before you know it, a minor unnecessary detail becomes a significant plot point. And the show answers questions that aren't specifically raised. This is what happens when a concept has been clearly established before it goes into production.

The remastering is very good. Luckily, while the show was on a diet for budget, the set design nor makeup weren't betrayed by a higher definition. The computer graphics are sharper (in computer graphic scenes only). WB apparently didn't bother remastering the shots with special effects and live action. This is both good and bad. The good is it helps people remember what B5 looked like in entirety before this remaster, and the bad... it looks sloppy. Remastering can cost a lot, I get it. Star Trek didn't manage well with it, hence no remaster of the remaining shows. But when things look better, it does look bad when all of a sudden you've go SD blur all of sudden, back to perfect focus, back to SD blur.
 

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I've been tempted to watch Babylon 5. I've been told it was great. The problem is that I haven't watched it before so I'd have to pay attention.
 

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I've been tempted to watch Babylon 5. I've been told it was great. The problem is that I haven't watched it before so I'd have to pay attention.

I'm a fan. The special effects are dated. It was CGI in the 90's, so it looks a little cheesy today. Also, the first season is a little slow, but the writing and characters are great. It was one of the first science fiction shows to break from episodic television and have a story arc...one which the creator of the show had allegedly written out before a single frame was shot. And while it ran around the same time as Star Trek Deep Space Nine, it is definitely not Star Trek. Many of the characters are deeply flawed individuals, the station has some dark, crime-ridden places, and the vision of the future is not super optimistic like Trek.

Yes, you will have to pay attention. I got to talk to one of the stars of the show a few years back...Claudia Christian. We didn't talk about the show very much (I deliberately avoided acting like a fan-boy), but the one thing we did talk about was the story arc of Londo and G'Kar. The word we settled on was "Shakespearean."
 

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I've been tempted to watch Babylon 5. I've been told it was great. The problem is that I haven't watched it before so I'd have to pay attention.

You can pretty much skip the entire first season and just watch the "In the beginning" movie. The special effects are dated, but that wasn't what made the show so great.
 

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I've been tempted to watch Babylon 5. I've been told it was great. The problem is that I haven't watched it before so I'd have to pay attention.

You can pretty much skip the entire first season and just watch the "In the beginning" movie. The special effects are dated, but that wasn't what made the show so great.

Thanks. Special effects aren't that important to me. I still like Star Trek TOS. I have the remastered TOS but actually prefer the origional. It's the story that matters. And likeable good guys.

That's why I really love Star Trek Deep Space 9.
 

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I just checked and I can get B5 on my HBO Max subscription. I've never watched it before. I wasn't watching much TV when it originally aired. I may have to check it out.
 

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I just checked and I can get B5 on my HBO Max subscription. I've never watched it before. I wasn't watching much TV when it originally aired. I may have to check it out.

We don't have HBO. We have a Roku and Sling and I really don't know much about it. The boys use it mostly.

If I was really going to watch it I'd most likely spend the $85 to get the whole series on DVD.
 

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Speaking of Star Trek and DVD...

I'm halfway through Picard. I've resisted subscribing to CBS All Access (now Paramount+) despite being a former CBS employee, but Netflix offered me a free trial of DVD.com, and I'm using it to catch up on a few things.

Um...yeah. The production values are really good. It's an interesting premise. Wow...there's a plot twist in this episode! Cool. Hey, there's a plot twist in the next episode. Okay. Oh...look. Another plot twist.

I mean, I'm gonna finish it because by the time the slowed-down mail service delivers the next disc my free month will be over, but so far I'm not exactly blown away. It's fan service.
 

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Does Babylon 5 have scenes like this?

End of Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

[YOUTUBE]https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DmXzamLDgFk[/YOUTUBE]
 

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Does Babylon 5 have scenes like this?

End of Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

[YOUTUBE]https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DmXzamLDgFk[/YOUTUBE]

Well. no, but...

[YOUTUBE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtNtw2HTFtA[/YOUTUBE]
 

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Speaking of Star Trek and DVD...

I'm halfway through Picard. I've resisted subscribing to CBS All Access (now Paramount+) despite being a former CBS employee, but Netflix offered me a free trial of DVD.com, and I'm using it to catch up on a few things.

Um...yeah. The production values are really good. It's an interesting premise. Wow...there's a plot twist in this episode! Cool. Hey, there's a plot twist in the next episode. Okay. Oh...look. Another plot twist.

I mean, I'm gonna finish it because by the time the slowed-down mail service delivers the next disc my free month will be over, but so far I'm not exactly blown away. It's fan service.

I stand by my review. If anything, I was being generous.
 

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Speaking of Star Trek and DVD...

I'm halfway through Picard. I've resisted subscribing to CBS All Access (now Paramount+) despite being a former CBS employee, but Netflix offered me a free trial of DVD.com, and I'm using it to catch up on a few things.

Um...yeah. The production values are really good. It's an interesting premise. Wow...there's a plot twist in this episode! Cool. Hey, there's a plot twist in the next episode. Okay. Oh...look. Another plot twist.

I mean, I'm gonna finish it because by the time the slowed-down mail service delivers the next disc my free month will be over, but so far I'm not exactly blown away. It's fan service.

I stand by my review. If anything, I was being generous.


Yeah, but Axanar? I don't even know where to start on that debacle.
 

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Yeah, but Axanar? I don't even know where to start on that debacle.

Yeah, I was way wrong about that. Wish I was wrong about Picard but apparently the gimmick for season two is that they are bringing back John de Lancie as Q. Yay, more fanfic!
 

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I loved B5. G'Kar and Londo were definitely the best part of the series, and how it was foreshadowed from the very start. But I think my favorite part was Vir and Mr. Mordent. I've read two trilogies for the series. One on Bester and the other on Vir after the war. Both interesting additions.

At a convention met Patricia Tallman (telepath Lyta Alexander) and got her autobiography. Found out some cool things, like she was also a stunt woman on Star Trek TNG, that her roll was written specifically for her after Joe Straczynski saw her in the Night of the Living Dead remake. The reason she was in the pilot but not in the first season was some producer was trying to pressure her to have an affair, but she refused.
 

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Does Babylon 5 have scenes like this?

End of Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

[YOUTUBE]https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DmXzamLDgFk[/YOUTUBE]
Long story short, B5 is the Firefly that actually got made. If you really like DS9, you should really really like Babylon 5.

Long story long, DS9 was great because it had a viable arc with great characters, some of which do have growth in the run. I love DS9, it is my favorite Star Trek series. When I watched Babylon 5, I was really blown out of the water. Like I noted in my post, there are the tiniest things planted early in the series that come back and have serious relevance. It is great story telling, and it is a great story. Like all good stories, resolutions always lead to the following conflicts. There are standout episodes or multiple part episodes. The creator knew where he was going with this the whole time, so there almost never is a a plot hole. The show addresses almost everything, even things that you don't expect it to address. Characters stay within themselves, but grow. And the show has several awesome moments. One was already linked, which they shouldn't have done. My problem with Babylon 5 was having accidently seen two very minor blips of the show back when it was airing. One of those was a huge spoiler! Regardless, the show is worth watching, because despite its age and lower budget, it is superior to DS9. When DS9 is at its best, it is exchanging punches with B5, but otherwise, B5 doesn't really lull. Every episode pushes the whole arc along.

I would recommend watching at least the first several episodes of Season 1 episodes to get a feel for the characters. I did skip to Season 2, Episode 1 after being uncertain about Season 1 through several episodes. Season 2 Episode 1 is post the big wow, but it is still workable for viewing. Then it is perfection to the end of Season 4. Hints (signs and portents?) are dropped occasionally in Season 1 which will be missed by the watcher, but caught on a second viewing. .Season 5 has issues because of the rush to produce Season 4 because the show was always on the verge of cancellation.

FYI, Episode 1 of Season 1 isn't episode "1". There is actually a movie (scored by Stewart Copeland of The Police) that is actually the first first episode.
 

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Criminal Minds - 6.5/10

About an FBI team called the Behavioral Analysis Unit who hunt serial killers by trying to build profiles of them and get into their minds. It really runs hot and cold. Sometimes it's really good and sometimes it really flops. Most of the time it's interesting enough, but they do tend to lose the plot more often than it should. Also, they seem to be confused about whether or not they're a crime serial which focuses on the cases or a character drama where the cases are just background to the interactions between the people and it randomly goes back and forth between those with character plotlines that are focused on as important just dropped forever after an episode or two.

Worth watching if you have nothing else on your list, but not a must-see.
 

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Yeah, but Axanar? I don't even know where to start on that debacle.

Yeah, I was way wrong about that. Wish I was wrong about Picard but apparently the gimmick for season two is that they are bringing back John de Lancie as Q. Yay, more fanfic!

I just finished the first season. Well, the "gag reel" was fun. But...


The rest of it? What a mess. I don't even know where to start. The Trek Tropes go deep with this one. Main character sacrifices himself for the greater good...yet is also not really dead. Supporting characters' genuine grief over said death cheapened by the Deus Ex Machina resurrection of said character. Episode/movie/season ends with a quip from the captain. Ham-fisted lesson about humanity and togetherness. Fan service cameos. Predictable villain death that tries hard to be satisfying. Innocent looking first contact race that dresses in flimsy fabrics and "there's more to them than meets the eye." I mean, I half expected one of the synths to be named Weena after the character in George Pal's "The Time Machine."

And on the subject of villains, they really dropped the ball on this one. Was the main villain the hunky Romulan boyfriend? The Romulan/Vulcan Star Fleet mastermind? The Romulan boyfriend's hot yet evil sister who was frankly a bit over the top yet arguably the most interesting? The evil sister of the sister of the synthetic that kicked off the whole show? Jeez, guys...pick a single baddie and make them the focus.

Finally, I'm getting really annoyed with the thing where the space battles are premised on the idea that "more is better." In that last standoff, there was what...218 Romulan ships? 218 Federation ships? And they're all a few hundred yards from each other. I get it...it looks cool on screen, but tactically speaking a whole bunch of capital ships bunched up together is a terrible idea. From a dramatic perspective, the most exciting space battles in Trek are one ship against one ship (Wrath of Khan, anyone?) or a couple ships against one stealth ship (Undiscovered Country).

Oh, and finally finally...the gigantic missed opportunity with Jeri Ryan and the Borg cube. You've got Ryan - who despite her being "the one they hired to sex up Voyager" is a really good actress - a cube filled with ex-Borg smack dab in the middle of a story about synthetic vs humans, and if you really wanted an epic space standoff you've got a Borg cube...which even operating on a limited capacity could have seriously fucked up the Romulans before going down. Hugh crashing it into the Romulan flagship and what not.

So much missed potential in this series.


 

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Yeah, but Axanar? I don't even know where to start on that debacle.

Yeah, I was way wrong about that. Wish I was wrong about Picard but apparently the gimmick for season two is that they are bringing back John de Lancie as Q. Yay, more fanfic!

I just finished the first season. Well, the "gag reel" was fun. But...


The rest of it? What a mess. I don't even know where to start. The Trek Tropes go deep with this one. Main character sacrifices himself for the greater good...yet is also not really dead. Supporting characters' genuine grief over said death cheapened by the Deus Ex Machina resurrection of said character. Episode/movie/season ends with a quip from the captain. Ham-fisted lesson about humanity and togetherness. Fan service cameos. Predictable villain death that tries hard to be satisfying. Innocent looking first contact race that dresses in flimsy fabrics and "there's more to them than meets the eye." I mean, I half expected one of the synths to be named Weena after the character in George Pal's "The Time Machine."

And on the subject of villains, they really dropped the ball on this one. Was the main villain the hunky Romulan boyfriend? The Romulan/Vulcan Star Fleet mastermind? The Romulan boyfriend's hot yet evil sister who was frankly a bit over the top yet arguably the most interesting? The evil sister of the sister of the synthetic that kicked off the whole show? Jeez, guys...pick a single baddie and make them the focus.

Finally, I'm getting really annoyed with the thing where the space battles are premised on the idea that "more is better." In that last standoff, there was what...218 Romulan ships? 218 Federation ships? And they're all a few hundred yards from each other. I get it...it looks cool on screen, but tactically speaking a whole bunch of capital ships bunched up together is a terrible idea. From a dramatic perspective, the most exciting space battles in Trek are one ship against one ship (Wrath of Khan, anyone?) or a couple ships against one stealth ship (Undiscovered Country).

Oh, and finally finally...the gigantic missed opportunity with Jeri Ryan and the Borg cube. You've got Ryan - who despite her being "the one they hired to sex up Voyager" is a really good actress - a cube filled with ex-Borg smack dab in the middle of a story about synthetic vs humans, and if you really wanted an epic space standoff you've got a Borg cube...which even operating on a limited capacity could have seriously fucked up the Romulans before going down. Hugh crashing it into the Romulan flagship and what not.

So much missed potential in this series.



I always hated the episodes with Q in them. They were stupid.
 

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Documentary of how quickly other species were able to recover during the early months of the pandemic when humans stayed home. 94 year old David Attenborough narrates. And here I am giving up on y’all at 57. What an inspiration.
There were some lessons learned. A few things taken to heart of working with and better respecting other species. I wish one of them was not to subsidize the tourist industry.
The lesson I got was was it worth losing 0.1% of the world’s human population to hopefully bring other species back from the brink of extinction? I think we all know the answer to that.
 

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Jonathan Miller's three-part A Brief History of Disbelief, which is from 2004 but somehow stayed hidden from me for 17 years. (I believe some PBS stations were offered the program but wouldn't take it, since it was considered a fund raising buzz kill.) It covers the historical roots of freethought and atheism -- some excellent material, especially on the French atheists of the 18th C. and on Thomas Paine. Watched it online.
 

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I haven't seen any of the other purge movies, so I can't compare, but this one was underwhelming. To me it seems that the concept of the purge isn't really thought through. It's implied that high-level government officials have immunity, and rich people can afford their own security so they don't need law enforcement to protect them on the purge night, and also some weapons like heavy explosives are banned even during the purge. So basically the idea is that poor people will kill each other and thus help the economy with unemployment... or something.

But what about white-collar crime? How can you trust any bank, when their employees have one night in the year when they can transfer the money out of your account to theirs, with no legal ramifications? And how would you stop the violence from spilling beyond the purge, with angry people seeking vengeance, and murderers and thieves committing crimes just before or after the purge, but doing it so that there is no evidence of the exact time? Like, if you go to your victims house five minutes after the purge, when they have their guard down, and shoot them dead, who's going to prove that it wasn't just regular purging instead of murder?
 

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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. 9/10

At the end of Avengers Endgame Steve Rogers handed the shield over to Sam Wilson. Sam responded that it felt like it belongs to someone else. In the first episode he hands the shield over to the Smithsonian Institute, only for the government to take it for their new ‘captain america’. Bucky is dealing with the guilt of all the murders he committed when he was controlled by Hydra. They team up against the “Flag Smashers”, a group fighting against governments because of the turmoil caused by their efforts to handle the billions of people reappearing after 5 years.

The overall story is of Sam becoming the right man for the shield. It has some great scenes dealing with things like black patriotism: loving a country that has a long history of not caring about black people. Sam even says he feels millions of people hating him just for picking up the shield. Some very good action, one in particular we replayed like 5 times. The writer for the series is writing the next Captain America movie, and I can’t wait to see more of Sam’s Captain America in action.
 

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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. 9/10

At the end of Avengers Endgame Steve Rogers handed the shield over to Sam Wilson. Sam responded that it felt like it belongs to someone else. In the first episode he hands the shield over to the Smithsonian Institute, only for the government to take it for their new ‘captain america’. Bucky is dealing with the guilt of all the murders he committed when he was controlled by Hydra. They team up against the “Flag Smashers”, a group fighting against governments because of the turmoil caused by their efforts to handle the billions of people reappearing after 5 years.

The overall story is of Sam becoming the right man for the shield. It has some great scenes dealing with things like black patriotism: loving a country that has a long history of not caring about black people. Sam even says he feels millions of people hating him just for picking up the shield. Some very good action, one in particular we replayed like 5 times. The writer for the series is writing the next Captain America movie, and I can’t wait to see more of Sam’s Captain America in action.
Hmm... I’ve been hesitant to watch this because of some of the bad reviews I’ve seen and because I didn’t do these two characters particularly compelling in the movies. Maybe I’ll at least give it a try.
 

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Wandavision - 2 episodes in. Liking it. A good start with the old school sitcom style, obviously something is going on, but I like how they didn't phone in the early sitcom portion. It is legitimately entertaining. This could flop, but I trust the franchise.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier - 3 episodes into this. This is going very well, and continues with character growth. It is a short season, so I'm curious how they'll 'finish' this.
 

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During my dinner I am watching Star Trek Deep Space Nine from first episode to the last.

That’s a long dinner.

And after dinner I go to the basement, sit with the cat and watch The Waltons from the first to last episode.

Of course not all in one sitting. Wife and boys are not due back from Canada for another 2 months.
 

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So I've been on a kick of watching fantasy series seemingly aimed at young adults and enjoying them.

I finished the run of The Magicians. The characters were sometimes simple caricatures, with repeating 'gimmick's defining them, but the plot kept me on my toes long enough to enjoy seeing where it went. And there was a self-referential silliness that I respected.

Then I watched Fate: The Winx Saga. Kind of a similar premise as The Magicians and with similar flaws, but still enjoyable enough.

After that I watched Shadow and Bone. This one was a bit rockier on the start because it jumps right into a pre-existing complex world with no foreword and the first few episodes were pretty confusing, but I stuck it out and enjoyed the depth of the story. My guess is that the books are probably a better venue for this kind of storytelling. The acting was a bit too serious at times, with the main character's overly-quizzical look sometimes getting in the way. But there was enough potential richness to keep me interested.

Now, I've just started The Witcher but it's a little hard to get into. Two episodes in and I'm still a bit confused as to what to expect.

Keep in mind, that I usually watch TV on my phone while I do housework in the evenings, so this kind of fluffy YA stuff wouldn't normally be my cup of tea for a serious sit down, but for just kind of chewing on while doing other stuff it fits the bill just right.
 

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Now, I've just started The Witcher but it's a little hard to get into. Two episodes in and I'm still a bit confused as to what to expect.

Thing with The Witcher is it is essentially showing multiple storylines that happen at different time periods. It is not until several episodes in that you realize events happening with the Witcher himself happened years before the stuff with the princess, and actually the cause of some of the stuff happening with her.
 

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Now, I've just started The Witcher but it's a little hard to get into. Two episodes in and I'm still a bit confused as to what to expect.

Thing with The Witcher is it is essentially showing multiple storylines that happen at different time periods. It is not until several episodes in that you realize events happening with the Witcher himself happened years before the stuff with the princess, and actually the cause of some of the stuff happening with her.

Do you think it’s worth sticking it out, based on what you might have gleaned of my preferences?
 

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Now, I've just started The Witcher but it's a little hard to get into. Two episodes in and I'm still a bit confused as to what to expect.

Thing with The Witcher is it is essentially showing multiple storylines that happen at different time periods. It is not until several episodes in that you realize events happening with the Witcher himself happened years before the stuff with the princess, and actually the cause of some of the stuff happening with her.

Do you think it’s worth sticking it out, based on what you might have gleaned of my preferences?

Hmmm.. I don’t think I’m a good judge for that, but it is probably worth it knowing how they are playing with time in the plot threads.
 

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Do you think it’s worth sticking it out, based on what you might have gleaned of my preferences?

Hmmm.. I don’t think I’m a good judge for that, but it is probably worth it knowing how they are playing with time in the plot threads.

Ok. Thanks for the heads up. Perhaps I'll stick it out for a little bit more and see if I can get into it.
 

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I had to crunch the numbers. At 45 minutes an episode and 176 episodes, that dinner comes to five days and 12 hours long.

that's not even a good weekend....

You are all weird. For the record I watch about one and a half episodes per dinner. I just start it up mid-episode the next evening.
 

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Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. - 1.5/10

i cannot believe how god-awful this show is, given the cast involved.
what this show wishes it was: a cute, funny, quirky animated family comedy juxtaposed with silly over-the-top action and comic book references.
what this show actually is: a pathetic and vapid retread of every single "fat ugly schlub with a way out-of-his-league hot wife is a self obsessed jerkass who doesn't appreciate her until he loses her and then has to win her back" but with just the *worst* god damn writing, and horrible performances all around.

this show is exactly what would happen if instead of a series of vignettes, a single sketch off a random episode of robot chicken was 25 minutes long and a 10 episode series, only without any of the jokes or geeky charm.
it is unfathomably bad, i can't even conceive of how it's possible to fuck up this badly when making a show.
 

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier - So umm... this is how you develop characters and what makes Marvel so much better than DC... it involves humans on Earth dealing with human issues on Earth, instead of demi-gods that happen to be on Earth. They went with mini-series instead of a movie, which I think was the right call and was accomplished very effectively. It started out pretty well and it developed into a very large picture story and finished very strongly. They continue within their own timeline and the consequences of what happens within it.

What made The Avengers a great movie was how the team would gel. That mattered, because the main characters are oil and water. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier isn't merely telling a story, but providing the narrative for the why, not merely the what. There did seem to be a few things that weren't as developed, and a longer series could have addressed, but I think it is planting seeds for future story lines. In the end, the show doesn't really conclude, it just ends a chapter.

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