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joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


Watched The OA. Great start, WTF ending. Best description I can think of without spoiling things is that it's like being invited to a party by a super attractive person, only to get there and learn that the party was an event organized by a direct selling company that specializes in homeopathic products.

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joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


I started to watch strike back based on the recommendations of people either in this thread or in the annual poll. I liked Banshee and Quarry so thought this could be similar. Noooooo.
There is essentially two types of scenes. Scenes that are like the average porn in everything except showing penetration (and you can tell right away which female characters are there to be naked at some point and which ones are there for the long run), and scenes where it is essentially 2 guys mowing down Africans, Arabs, or Eastern Europeans.

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


Started watching Longmire based on this and other threads' recommendations. I really enjoyed the first two and a half seasons, but it is becoming so much of a soap opera in seasons 3 and 4. The foreshadowing of a Vic and Walt relationship is so out of place and ridiculous

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


Don't know if there is any other thread where this should go, so here it goes:
started watching "everything sucks" on netflix. It is such a blatant, cynical, exploitative attempt to cash in on nostalgia. Characters suck, story sucks, it's essentially just a series of vignettes of people listening to mid 90s songs.

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


Looked it up, they were actually 13 (born January 2004) and 19/20 (born September 1997) at filming.

And the whole thing is a perfect encapsulation of how loving lazy this show is (I made the mistake of hearing people say that the show picks up at episode 5, so I watched it that far)


First interaction between the two characters, the older one is essentially "mean girl" and claims that the younger one grabbed her boob, bullies her, which made the younger girl get all sorts of crap at school

second scene together they don't interact directly, at least not alone

third scene together they go shopping for clothes together, go into the fitting room together, compliment each other's boobs and end up almost kissing, but are interrupted


No, there's nothing missing. That is just how it went.

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


Ulio posted:

Anyone watched The Frankenstein Chronicles? I am interested in it because of Sean Bean and the last UK murder mystery I saw Broadchurch was great.

I thought season 1 was really good, season 2 really meh

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


Started watching AMC's the terror and the first 2 episodes are fantastic so far.

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


Halfway through season 2 of das boot. Season 1 is great. Season 2 is full of stupid contrivances that make no sense.

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


almost finished with season 2 now of das boot.

Season 1 is good if you want to scratch that ww2 drama itch.

Season 2 is ridiculous. Season 1 has a mutiny against a uboat captain that is left in a dingy in the middle of the Atlantic. Season 2 he has somehow made his way to NYC, where he walks around completely free, attending high society functions. But he is dying to go back to Germany and rejoin the nazi war effort, befriending a nazi spy in NYC... until he goes to a jazz club, plays some piano with a Black singer and they fall in love and start a relationship.

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


Big Bad Voodoo Lou posted:

My wife and I have been binge-watching Scrubs on Hulu for the last few weeks, and we're probably going to finish Season 5 tomorrow night. I never made it past Season 6 when it aired, and she's watching it all for the first time. But looking through episode descriptions, I see Hulu has completely skipped three random episodes, and I have no idea how that happened. Is anyone familiar enough with Scrubs to wager a guess -- if it could be as simple as music rights or clips from other intellectual properties (see the first one below), or possibly some offensive content?

Season 3, episode 8: "My Friend the Doctor"
When Dr. Cox hurts his back showing off in front of Turk, he begins to realize he's not as young as he used to be. J.D. isn't impressed with the false personalities the Janitor uses on the rest of the staff, until he recognizes him playing a transit policeman in The Fugitive (in which Neil Flynn did appear) and concludes that the Janitor is an actor.

Season 5, episode 4: "My Jiggly Ball"
J.D. struggles to find something positive to talk about when assigned to introduce Dr. Kelso at an awards dinner, especially after Kelso chooses a wealthier patient for a drug trial after promising the opportunity to another. Carla and Turk attempt to help Elliot, stuck working in a free clinic, get her job at Sacred Heart back. Everyone except for J.D. seems to know of a game called "Jiggly Ball".

Season 5, episode 17: "My Chopped Liver"
Carla is forced to do Kelso's job, saying "no" to people's requests. J.D.'s patient who needs a liver transplant recovers but his brother who donated gets worse. Dr. Cox is forced to attend a couples' dinner with Elliot and Keith, with the result that the other interns try to befriend him as well (much to J.D.'s dismay). J.D. himself gets in the way of "Turk Time", causing resentment from his best friend.

They removed 3 episodes because of blackface.

Also, the two main leads have created a rewatch podcast called fake doctors real friends.

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


Big Bad Voodoo Lou posted:

That tracks, then. I was okay with 6 until Kim (Elizabeth Banks) lied to JD about having a miscarriage. That's when I stopped watching originally, and now that I've seen the rest, I think the season never felt the same after that uncharacteristic shock to the system. Dr. Kelso and the Janitor, who I've never liked, both seemed more sadistic and cartoonishly evil, too.

8 is already better than 7 so far, so I am relieved it continues to improve.

Yeah, 6 and 7 are frequently needlessly cruel.
There's an episode where JD is taped to the ceiling and the punchline is that JD realizes how he is a bad friend and his friends are right to be sick of him. But at that point he is homeless, framed for a DUI, had just been told that his girlfriend had a miscarriage, and his friends all act like he is a burden.

In a show that is mostly about good people dealing with lovely things, a buddy tv show, those two seasons felt needlessly cruel.

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


I started rewatching justified as my "unwind to fall asleep series" and I was shocked to see that Chadwick Boseman actually had a small part in season 2 (he was the drug dealer who wanted to become a magician in the furbot episode).

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


Watching the haunting of bly manor and i might not be able to sleep tonight. Mike Flanagan is great.

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


Ok, six episodes into bly manor and my opinion so far is:

Great atmosphere, meh story, bad acting.

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


Finished Bly Manor. Since there is no thread for it, let me state my problem with it here in as spoiler free as possible:

the problem with the show is that it is a show about rules lawyering ghost rules but the ghost rules are inconsistent and/or make no sense.

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


Tea Bone posted:

I really enjoyed watching Bly Manor but there were a ton of plot holes and inconsistencies. It was like it originally written to be set in the 60s then changed to the 80s midway through filming. I was willing to look past almost all of these problems right up until the last 30 minutes of the final episode which felt like it was written by someone who had only been given a brief overview of the rest of the show.

Why were the cast aged up so inconsistently? We saw Jamie and Owen about 10 years after the events of Bly Manor and they had barely aged at all, then at the wedding (a further 10 years on) they had aged way more the supposed 20 years. Uncle Henry was at least 30 years older. Also any gothic horror story which has a character explicitly tell you it "isn't a ghost story, it's a romance" loses points

For me the problem is that when the "plan" is revealed pretty much every interaction up until that point makes no sense at all.

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


Arrrthritis posted:

I thought Bly Manor was pretty bad. Episode 8 kind of made my wife and I angry because they decided to take what could have been 5-10 minutes of exposition and stretched it out into a whole episode. On TOP of that, episode 7 ended with Dani getting choked by Viola. Episode 8 ended with The same instance of Dani getting choked by viola and episode 9 finally shows us the conclusion to that series of events Which also kind of doesn't make sense because she took a lot less time to kill peter quint and almost kill Henry but Dani is fine for some reason. The epilogue kind of dragged on too long as well, and the 'reveal' at the end was kind of laughable. Really, there were so many moments in the show where the direction they took was so hackneyed that we both ended up doing a rich evans laugh when they occured. Notably the fiance getting hit by the truck and the 'wait.. my MIDDLE NAME is flora!'. god that was so awful

It wasn't all bad, though! We thought the episode where Helen Grose is revealed to be a ghost was pretty good, and the actor who played Owen kind of carried the whole show on his back with his performance. The fact that it's such a drop in quality compared to hill house made us really disappointed in the show, though.

The biggest problem with 8 and 9 is that it makes the entirety of the series pointless.


If Peter Quint's goal is to convince the kids to let them take over their bodies why is he "haunting" the au pair before that?
If the kid can come back from the whole "its you its me its us" why can't the baby sitter?
The "rules" by which Viola, Peter and Hannah operate as ghosts are wildly different from each other


None of which would be that big a deal, except that the resolution to the entire series is the au pair figuring out the "rules" to save Flora.

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


Started supernatural as my "unwind before bed" tv show. Only 2 episodes in and it scratches that x-files itch.

joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


Solaris 2.0 posted:

So I discovered there is a Das Boot tv series on Hulu and the production values seem really high. I am a fan of the movie so figure I give show a try. That being said, there is a fine line between creating a submarine drama and being too sympathetic too Nazis so hoping it doesn’t do too much of the later.

Season 1 is pretty decent, season 2 is garbage.

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.

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joepinetree
Apr 5, 2012


Chef Boyardeez Nuts posted:

Perennial Terriers plug

Greatest 1 season show of all time.

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