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Rhyno
Mar 22, 2003

how few people do you
need before you can
change the world?


Google Butt posted:

holy poo poo continuum owned lmao. I literally just finished it, very good

The ending is so loving good.

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Google Butt
Oct 4, 2005

Xenology is an unnatural mixture of science fiction and formal logic. At its core is a flawed assumption...

that an alien race would be psychologically human.



the funniest part in the show is Carlos telling his fellow cops to shoot accurately so as to not hit the giant machine lol

Open Source Idiom
Jan 4, 2013


Carlos puts up with so much poo poo over the course of the show. Literally every single friend he has betrays him, and at the end of the series they're basically all gone.

Oh, other thought that occurred to me: Kiera is starting to get affected by the mental collapse that time travellers experience, right? And that's why she becomes so obsessive and has that weird dream at the start of season 4? I was always sad that they didn't do more with that plot line, and it'd be a nice nod to it if that was the case.

Qmass
Jun 3, 2003



watching magicians because of all the chat and now im 4 episodes in and they are doing the lol it was all a dream and you are in a mental asylum thing and I want to launch this poo poo-burger into the sun

Open Source Idiom
Jan 4, 2013


Qmass posted:

watching magicians because of all the chat and now im 4 episodes in and they are doing the lol it was all a dream and you are in a mental asylum thing and I want to launch this poo poo-burger into the sun

Oh that's the one with the song! That's the first hint I had that the show would be good.

CarlosTheDwarf
Jun 1, 2001
Up shit creek.

I'm 3 days sober from stressful TV / Movies. I'm 46, pretty much my entire life I've watched violent, suspenseful stuff. Not over the top gore stuff, but stuff like the sopranos, 24, breaking bad, Gomorrah, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Marvel movies etc etc. In recent years with streaming I watch something like that pretty much every single night. Even stuff like Halt and Catch Fire is pretty stressful, even though there isn't much violence.

But I've been on a path of self healing for 3 years now, from depression and anxiety, and I'm realizing that these types of shows and movies don't help. They add stress to my life and make my sleep worse. Even animated stuff like Pixar movies are nothing but stressful situations for almost the whole movie. So I'm taking a break for a while and we'll see if I enjoy them when I go back.

I know at our core, we are just Fear and Love and most of us have a huge imbalance towards Fear and that makes us choose things that feed into that Fear. Much like the no fap challenge, if anyone want to join me feel free and report the results.

Currently watching Shitt's Creek and the Life in Color Netflix nature show.

CarlosTheDwarf fucked around with this message at 12:36 on May 7, 2021

Hizawk
Jun 18, 2004

High on the Lions.


Qmass posted:

watching magicians because of all the chat and now im 4 episodes in and they are doing the lol it was all a dream and you are in a mental asylum thing and I want to launch this poo poo-burger into the sun

To save time, you can pretty much just read the plot synopsis from season 1 and jump straight into 2...

Or you can slow boat your way to some good TV.

Open Source Idiom
Jan 4, 2013


Hizawk posted:

To save time, you can pretty much just read the plot synopsis from season 1 and jump straight into 2...

Or you can slow boat your way to some good TV.

The end of season 1 is worth watching properly, and features the intro of a lot of important characters and settings.

Rhyno
Mar 22, 2003

how few people do you
need before you can
change the world?


The Magicians musical episodes are all amazing. Like, Once More With Feeling level but the whole cast can actually sing.

Torquemada
Oct 21, 2010

Drei Gläser


CarlosTheDwarf posted:


Currently watching Shitt's Creek and the Life in Color Netflix nature show.
Apparently you should watch Ted Lasso.

Slamhound
Mar 27, 2010


Open Source Idiom posted:

Carlos puts up with so much poo poo over the course of the show. Literally every single friend he has betrays him, and at the end of the series they're basically all gone.

Oh, other thought that occurred to me: Kiera is starting to get affected by the mental collapse that time travellers experience, right? And that's why she becomes so obsessive and has that weird dream at the start of season 4? I was always sad that they didn't do more with that plot line, and it'd be a nice nod to it if that was the case.

One of the most affecting things for me was Carlos drinking and talking with Keira's corpse. That was like, Oh, man...

I gotta rewatch that show.

CarlosTheDwarf posted:

I'm 3 days sober from stressful TV / Movies. I'm 46, pretty much my entire life I've watched violent, suspenseful stuff. Not over the top gore stuff, but stuff like the sopranos, 24, breaking bad, Gomorrah, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Marvel movies etc etc. In recent years with streaming I watch something like that pretty much every single night. Even stuff like Halt and Catch Fire is pretty stressful, even though there isn't much violence.

But I've been on a path of self healing for 3 years now, from depression and anxiety, and I'm realizing that these types of shows and movies don't help. They add stress to my life and make my sleep worse. Even animated stuff like Pixar movies are nothing but stressful situations for almost the whole movie. So I'm taking a break for a while and we'll see if I enjoy them when I go back.

I know at our core, we are just Fear and Love and most of us have a huge imbalance towards Fear and that makes us choose things that feed into that Fear. Much like the no fap challenge, if anyone want to join me feel free and report the results.

Currently watching Shitt's Creek and the Life in Color Netflix nature show.

Psych. Definitely watch Psych.

CarlosTheDwarf
Jun 1, 2001
Up shit creek.

Slamhound posted:



Psych. Definitely watch Psych.

will try it.

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


CarlosTheDwarf posted:

I'm 3 days sober from stressful TV / Movies. I'm 46, pretty much my entire life I've watched violent, suspenseful stuff. Not over the top gore stuff, but stuff like the sopranos, 24, breaking bad, Gomorrah, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Marvel movies etc etc. In recent years with streaming I watch something like that pretty much every single night. Even stuff like Halt and Catch Fire is pretty stressful, even though there isn't much violence.

But I've been on a path of self healing for 3 years now, from depression and anxiety, and I'm realizing that these types of shows and movies don't help. They add stress to my life and make my sleep worse. Even animated stuff like Pixar movies are nothing but stressful situations for almost the whole movie. So I'm taking a break for a while and we'll see if I enjoy them when I go back.

I know at our core, we are just Fear and Love and most of us have a huge imbalance towards Fear and that makes us choose things that feed into that Fear. Much like the no fap challenge, if anyone want to join me feel free and report the results.

Currently watching Shitt's Creek and the Life in Color Netflix nature show.

If you just want a good, wholesome, funny feel-good series, watch Ted Lasso.

Chef Boyardeez Nuts
Sep 9, 2011

The more you kick against the pricks, the more you suffer.


Just finished Them on Amazon, and I can't say I recommend it. The pitch was absolutely Us meets Get Out meets Lovecraft Country and it shows.

It doesn't do much that Lovecraft Country didn't do better and it was really uncomfortable to watch. At some point early they cross the line over to what is essentially torture porn of a young black family and, unlike Lovecraft Country, rarely give the characters any means or opportunity to fight back. Even when they do, the victories are obviously pyrrhic and it's just depressing.

I get that the historical period itself is depressing and I'd be fine if it was just white people being monsters but adding a supernatural element in the form of poorly motivated racist ghosts cheapens the actual culpability of the people and the generational trauma of the protagonists.

It's good to make shows that confront America's history of racism. It's bad if you make those shows in a way that a racist might enjoy.

Also, Allison Pill's character went nowhere and was dumb.

Qmass
Jun 3, 2003



I made it to episode 7 of the magicians (crazy russian in the snow takes the piss) and things are looking up for once

cryptoclastic
Jul 3, 2003

The Jesus


CarlosTheDwarf posted:

I'm 3 days sober from stressful TV / Movies. I'm 46, pretty much my entire life I've watched violent, suspenseful stuff. Not over the top gore stuff, but stuff like the sopranos, 24, breaking bad, Gomorrah, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Marvel movies etc etc. In recent years with streaming I watch something like that pretty much every single night. Even stuff like Halt and Catch Fire is pretty stressful, even though there isn't much violence.

But I've been on a path of self healing for 3 years now, from depression and anxiety, and I'm realizing that these types of shows and movies don't help. They add stress to my life and make my sleep worse. Even animated stuff like Pixar movies are nothing but stressful situations for almost the whole movie. So I'm taking a break for a while and we'll see if I enjoy them when I go back.

I know at our core, we are just Fear and Love and most of us have a huge imbalance towards Fear and that makes us choose things that feed into that Fear. Much like the no fap challenge, if anyone want to join me feel free and report the results.

Currently watching Shitt's Creek and the Life in Color Netflix nature show.

Gonna go ahead and third Ted Lasso for you.

Chef Boyardeez Nuts
Sep 9, 2011

The more you kick against the pricks, the more you suffer.


Qmass posted:

I made it to episode 7 of the magicians (crazy russian in the snow takes the piss) and things are looking up for once

"How about a character that makes our protagonists shut the gently caress up and tells them how much he hates them?"

Qmass
Jun 3, 2003



yep. that didn't last long...

Rhyno
Mar 22, 2003

how few people do you
need before you can
change the world?


the Magicians is worth it for Margo alone.

Aardvark!
Mar 3, 2002



and once you're done with Psych I would recommend just watching Psych again

Trig Discipline
Jun 3, 2008

Please leave the room if you think this might offend you.


Grimey Drawer

cryptoclastic posted:

Gonna go ahead and third Ted Lasso for you.

Fourthing, it's so good.

DogsInSpace!
Sep 11, 2001




Fun Shoe

CarlosTheDwarf posted:

But I've been on a path of self healing for 3 years now, from depression and anxiety, and I'm realizing that these types of shows and movies don't help. They add stress to my life and make my sleep worse. Even animated stuff like Pixar movies are nothing but stressful situations for almost the whole movie. So I'm taking a break for a while and we'll see if I enjoy them when I go back.

I know at our core, we are just Fear and Love and most of us have a huge imbalance towards Fear and that makes us choose things that feed into that Fear. Much like the no fap challenge, if anyone want to join me feel free and report the results.

Currently watching Shitt's Creek and the Life in Color Netflix nature show.

Backing us Psych. It just is a nice slice of happy yet not dumbed down. Genuinely great cast that have amazingly chemistry and solve mysteries. I still pop it on now and then when I need something just ... light. We all need times to have something just chill on. Enjoy goon. I wish I could think of something else for you... oh wait - Red Green Show! That show is very light and just happy and I can't remember one moment of anything too hard. Warning: very, very Canadian. But that might help some too.... check it out. Also Bob Ross. You can watch Bob Ross and feel zen while learning (or getting better) at painting.


Something completely different that a goon in the Invincible thread turned me on to: Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal. gently caress this show is good. Animated by Genndy Tartakovsky of course but far more loving metal than I ever would have suspected. Semi Conan early human named Spear and his Dino buddy Fang have fun road trip adventures. A bit gory and more than a little dark but it's just engaging and downright beautiful. The writing is very Robert E Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs with a little bit of Lord Dunsany. Mostly goes without dialogue but it somehow works. Highly, highly recommended but not for Carlos as it can get intense... like right off the bat.

Trig Discipline
Jun 3, 2008

Please leave the room if you think this might offend you.


Grimey Drawer

Mythic Quest started back up last night and the first two episodes are really good. Charlotte Nicdao is just so drat fun to watch.

BetterLekNextTime
Jul 22, 2008

It's all a matter of perspective...


Grimey Drawer

CarlosTheDwarf posted:

I'm 3 days sober from stressful TV / Movies. I'm 46, pretty much my entire life I've watched violent, suspenseful stuff. Not over the top gore stuff, but stuff like the sopranos, 24, breaking bad, Gomorrah, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Marvel movies etc etc. In recent years with streaming I watch something like that pretty much every single night. Even stuff like Halt and Catch Fire is pretty stressful, even though there isn't much violence.

But I've been on a path of self healing for 3 years now, from depression and anxiety, and I'm realizing that these types of shows and movies don't help. They add stress to my life and make my sleep worse. Even animated stuff like Pixar movies are nothing but stressful situations for almost the whole movie. So I'm taking a break for a while and we'll see if I enjoy them when I go back.

I know at our core, we are just Fear and Love and most of us have a huge imbalance towards Fear and that makes us choose things that feed into that Fear. Much like the no fap challenge, if anyone want to join me feel free and report the results.

Currently watching Shitt's Creek and the Life in Color Netflix nature show.

There's always the maker shows, like Repair Shop, British Baking Show, Nadiya Bakes, etc. We often have something like that in rotation because, yeah, we don't alway need to see something with a grizzly murder or the tension slider turned up to 11.

Some of the contest shows are just gross the way they edit and manufacture stress though. A lot of them are just unwatchable for me.

We just watched Life in Color, really cool stuff.

STAC Goat
Mar 12, 2008

Watching you sleep.

Butt first, let's
check the feeds.



Psych is definitely my happy place show. I also started a Schitt's Creek rewatch this week.

Psych does have some stressful more serious life threatening episodes though. They're rare but they tend to happen once or twice a season.

Remy Marathe
Mar 15, 2007




Chef Boyardeez Nuts posted:

Just finished Them on Amazon, and I can't say I recommend it. The pitch was absolutely Us meets Get Out meets Lovecraft Country and it shows.

It doesn't do much that Lovecraft Country didn't do better and it was really uncomfortable to watch. At some point early they cross the line over to what is essentially torture porn of a young black family and, unlike Lovecraft Country, rarely give the characters any means or opportunity to fight back. Even when they do, the victories are obviously pyrrhic and it's just depressing.

I get that the historical period itself is depressing and I'd be fine if it was just white people being monsters but adding a supernatural element in the form of poorly motivated racist ghosts cheapens the actual culpability of the people and the generational trauma of the protagonists.

It's good to make shows that confront America's history of racism. It's bad if you make those shows in a way that a racist might enjoy.

Also, Allison Pill's character went nowhere and was dumb.

I caught chunks of this while it was mostly running in the background and I got a real American Horror Story vibe off of it, and not in a good way. Lovecraft Country blended real human evil alongside monsters brilliantly, like they actually managed to make the racism scarier than the supernatural elements. This just looked like a hacky imitation of that attempt with cartoonishly evil whites.

Remy Marathe fucked around with this message at 01:15 on May 8, 2021

mystes
May 31, 2006



Never mind I guess this is better suited for the streaming thread.

mystes fucked around with this message at 01:36 on May 8, 2021

Loezi
Dec 18, 2012

Never buy the cheap stuff

I've been watching The Looming Tower and it's a cool as a TV show but god drat it's infuriating. Currently stuck in the middle of episode 6 (of 10) and having a hard time turning back on because watching it makes me so angry and depressed.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



CarlosTheDwarf posted:

I'm 3 days sober from stressful TV / Movies. I'm 46, pretty much my entire life I've watched violent, suspenseful stuff. Not over the top gore stuff, but stuff like the sopranos, 24, breaking bad, Gomorrah, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Marvel movies etc etc. In recent years with streaming I watch something like that pretty much every single night. Even stuff like Halt and Catch Fire is pretty stressful, even though there isn't much violence.

But I've been on a path of self healing for 3 years now, from depression and anxiety, and I'm realizing that these types of shows and movies don't help. They add stress to my life and make my sleep worse. Even animated stuff like Pixar movies are nothing but stressful situations for almost the whole movie. So I'm taking a break for a while and we'll see if I enjoy them when I go back.

I know at our core, we are just Fear and Love and most of us have a huge imbalance towards Fear and that makes us choose things that feed into that Fear. Much like the no fap challenge, if anyone want to join me feel free and report the results.

Currently watching Shitt's Creek and the Life in Color Netflix nature show.

It's a bit of a clich at this point (and not even technically a series in the traditional sense), but Bob Ross' Joy of Painting is wonderful for this kind of thing. Even if you've got no particular interest in painting, it's just incredibly relaxing to watch a supremely pleasant man just sit back and create something nice for an hour at a time.

Qmass
Jun 3, 2003



the magicians just did a women don't ask for what they want in bed and men are insecure about their performance storyline.

season 2 gets good. season 2 gets good. season 2 gets good

Rhyno
Mar 22, 2003

how few people do you
need before you can
change the world?


Season 3 is a Masterpiece.

WhiteHowler
Apr 3, 2001

I'M HUGE!


Qmass posted:

the magicians just did a women don't ask for what they want in bed and men are insecure about their performance storyline.

season 2 gets good. season 2 gets good. season 2 gets good

I'll give a content warning related to The Magicians. Some events happen in late season 1 that may bother people with a history of trauma related to sexual abuse/assault.

Very vague spoilers:
1. Child molestation storyline
2. An on-screen rape


Less-vague but still non-specific spoiler:
In both cases, the victim of abuse changes from protagonist to antagonist as a result, which isn't the best statement on victims and recovery.

I enjoy the series overall, but I wish they'd gone a different direction with both of those things.

Fartington Butts
Jan 21, 2007



Started running through Mythic Quest on Thursday. Had no idea the next season started the next day. I avoided it because I thought Mac's character was gonna be the kinda egocentric character that has been in a thousand things. He's actually a little more fleshed out and has emotions from time to time.

All the Ubisoft games as interstitials is a huge lol.

Edit: This side episode with Jake Johnson and Cristin Milioti is real good.

Fartington Butts fucked around with this message at 17:11 on May 8, 2021

Trig Discipline
Jun 3, 2008

Please leave the room if you think this might offend you.


Grimey Drawer

Fartington Butts posted:

Edit: This side episode with Jake Johnson and Cristin Milioti is real good.

Oh man I love that episode. It's so self-contained that at first it's unclear why that story is even being told but the leads are so incredibly charming that it's hard to care.

Open Source Idiom
Jan 4, 2013


The specials were excellent, and season 2 is shaping up to be pretty drat good.

It's more Community than It's Always Sunny though.

DarkCrawler
Apr 6, 2009



Binged through Jupiter's Legacy.

Like hundred times better then the lovely Millar comic lol. Though I wish we would have a show about the flashbacks, I got a major Carnivale vibe from them and there was some genuine terror there, and I liked it more then the modern setting. Hope they continue with them on Season 2.

Discounting Watchmen, probably the best superhero thing I've watched.

sparksbloom
Apr 30, 2006


Rewatching Six Feet Under for like the fifth or sixth time and looking for recs of this kind of show low-stakes dramedy with some amount of depth. Mad Men and Succession scratch the same itch for me. Also really loved Enlightened.

Dicty Bojangles
Apr 14, 2001



sparksbloom posted:

Rewatching Six Feet Under for like the fifth or sixth time and looking for recs of this kind of show low-stakes dramedy with some amount of depth. Mad Men and Succession scratch the same itch for me. Also really loved Enlightened.

Have you watched The Americans?

nate fisher
Mar 3, 2004

We've Got To Go Back


sparksbloom posted:

Rewatching Six Feet Under for like the fifth or sixth time and looking for recs of this kind of show low-stakes dramedy with some amount of depth. Mad Men and Succession scratch the same itch for me. Also really loved Enlightened.

Halt & Catch Fire. To me it is the best show since Mad Men. I still havent rewatched SFU since its original airing and I hope to change that fact this year. I am curious if I will like season 4 more in a rewatch.

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Chef Boyardeez Nuts
Sep 9, 2011

The more you kick against the pricks, the more you suffer.


Perennial Terriers plug

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