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Remy Marathe
Mar 15, 2007




I watched Preacher as it aired and felt like the only goon without complaints, just weird visually compelling fun to me, start to finish.

We're binging Poldark right now and it has Herr Starr/Pip Torrens, that man was a treasure in Preacher. Enjoying Poldark well enough, it doesn't always drag out the cliche'd plot I'm expecting which is nice, but it also has a tendency to never spend long on or dig very deep any plot. Feels like it's just lightly hopping from book event to book event.

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Remy Marathe
Mar 15, 2007




Sloth Life posted:

I've been chaining Poldark in the background, pretty people and gorgeous costumes but it's quite thinly plotted and very soap operaish. How did you not see literally evil characters betrayal coming! What's this? Poldark wibbly wobbly over his ex, again!
Between George being cartoonishly evil and Ross Poldark being a god damned idiot, I can only conclude that we're supposed to be rooting for Demelza.

Remy Marathe fucked around with this message at 02:57 on Sep 8, 2020

Remy Marathe
Mar 15, 2007




Solice Kirsk posted:

Santa Clarita Diet was made by the Better Off Ted people and has a similar pacing and humor, but with zombies.

I still think Better Off Ted failed due to it's very stupid name. Everyone I told to watch loved it, but never gave it a chance because the promos and name sounded dumb. Is it streaming anywhere?
Hulu, and you can drat well bet I'm gonna watch it given the Santa Clarita Diet connection. I'll go to my grave wondering where they were going to take the SCD plot, and there hasn't been anything that made me laugh that hard and often in a while.

Remy Marathe
Mar 15, 2007




Accretionist posted:

In Karate Kid, Daniel was a violent psycho. Do they do anything with that?

This is actually where I thought they were going to go, and my favorite parts have been where you see Johnny's point of view with Daniel as the rear end in a top hat. A little ways into season 2 it's seeming a lot sappier as they show everyone as fundamentally decent people, which is cool as a point of view for the show but the Daniel parts are saccharine sometimes.

Remy Marathe
Mar 15, 2007




I couldn't even hack the pace of S1 Broadchurch, if something moves that slow it needs to be extreeeemely visually compelling.

Unrelated, last week I put "Justified" on expressly for some pulp to half ignore, couldn't even remember the title or streaming service after 1 episode, but we're on #4 now and I'm completely hooked. I don't usually like police procedurals but the humor and Timothy Olyphant's high level of competence make it fun as hell at times.

Remy Marathe
Mar 15, 2007




knox posted:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I feel like I'm laughing at this show way more than I should be. Checking some of the 'best episode lists' it seems most of them are in the later seasons which I just got to with Season 4.

This is a series that benefits greatly from the binge format- small throwaway jokes reference past events all the time, and the characters actually develop and change enough that you aren't puking after 7 seasons of them. Also you should absolutely be laughing, even at it's sappiest I don't think there was a single moment of this series that wasn't done with tongue-in-cheek.

Remy Marathe
Mar 15, 2007




So I just read a recommendation for Desperate Housewives in this very thread, and it's something that I never remotely considered. Is it actually self-aware and funny? I'd never even considered it, but I'm reminded now of how Devious Maids turned out to be a lot of fun.

Remy Marathe
Mar 15, 2007




Mu Zeta posted:

I've seen dozens of episodes of various Star Wars cartoons and anything to do with the Mandalorian homeworld is boring as gently caress. I dont' care about that black sword or who has the throne. Just blow the whole place up with the death star already. They somehow took a bounty hunter with an interesting costume and spun out a whole boring story about a warrior race. I just want to see space cowboy adventures.

Not long ago I read the Thrawn trilogy, which was written in the early 90's, and it read like the screenplay of a dumb space action movie instead of that self-referential backdrop you get from everything made since episode 1. I imagine a lot of the books were like that if you're willing to wade through some really bad writing.

Remy Marathe
Mar 15, 2007




I haven't watched Sabrina s4 yet but remember there being a pretty jarring drop in the quality of writing between s2 and s3, it went from something I eagerly anticipated to Charmed-levels of frustration and disgust with the way characters were talking and behaving at times. Seems a shame given the solid cast and fun setting and aesthetic.

Re eldritch horrors, we just finished Lovecraft Country and that was an awesome ride. Not a ton of lovecraftian monsters exactly, but some well-used effects in equal measure to the horrors of being black in 50's America. The skin-changing/metamorphosis scenes, holy gently caress. It has an SA thread.

Remy Marathe fucked around with this message at 07:31 on Jan 13, 2021

Remy Marathe
Mar 15, 2007




We just finished Marco Polo (dropped by Netflix after 2 seasons), Kublai was an unexpectedly nuanced and absolutely awesome character, as was his wife Chabi. The tail end of s2 seemed to founder a bit but overall just a great series that died too soon, scratched the same itch as the Last Kingdom.

Ms. Marathe found a 30-min episode "Marco Polo: One Hundred Eyes" afterwards, not sure when this originally aired but it was a good way for us to close it out.

Remy Marathe
Mar 15, 2007




I'm into Wentworth right now, at season 3 and still enjoying the ride. Australian women's prison drama, you're never really sure if it's going to go dark or sweet with a subplot. My one peeve is when they craft drama out of a character needlessly withholding information, but they don't rely on that mechanic too much.

I'm surprised search didn't turn it up in this thread yet, it's not exacty amazing but we're definitely sucked in right now waiting for the Freak warden to get her comeuppance.

One of the inmates looks just like Martha Stewart, there, now you won't be able to unsee it either.

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

Remy Marathe
Mar 15, 2007




Open Source Idiom posted:

Next underappreciated 10's show: Black Sails.
Anyone who doesn't get enough Momoa after watching Dark Sails should check out Frontier. I'm not banking on it finishing strong, but it's definitely good period series filler.

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Remy Marathe
Mar 15, 2007




Open Source Idiom posted:

There will be no one who has got enough Jason Momoa after watching Black Sails. He's not in it!

gently caress me you're right, it's like my brain just gave Momoa the role as captain Charles Vane.

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