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mystes
May 31, 2006



richardfun posted:

The opening credits of...?
Probably Homeland.

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mystes
May 31, 2006



flashy_mcflash posted:

Can anyone recommend a good, current hospital show? I loved ER, House and quite enjoyed that short-lived Monday Mornings joint with Lee Adama and Alfred Molina, but would like something that's basically the opposite of Private Practice where the medical stuff takes a backseat to the doctors banging each other. I like the parts of Nurse Jackie where she's actually being a nurse too, but that's kind of fallen by the wayside on that show.

Is Chicago Hope any good? Is there some British or Australian analog to ER that I've missed?
It may not be exactly what you're looking for, but have you seen The Crimson Field?

mystes
May 31, 2006



showbiz_liz posted:

Are there really any shows where criminal defense attorneys are the heroes?
Rake (preferably the original Australian one)

mystes
May 31, 2006



joepinetree posted:

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.
Yes, it was a bit of a letdown. I'm slightly annoyed at whoever wrote it right now. I would definitely not recommend it to anyone ever under any circumstances.

mystes fucked around with this message at 16:07 on Dec 21, 2016

mystes
May 31, 2006



I've been watching The Missing. I'm like 60% of the way through season 2 and I think it's sort of terrible. It's so pointlessly gritty and complicated that it's almost like a parody of current trends in TV. Definitely going to keep watching it, though, so I guess it's working

mystes
May 31, 2006



I started watching Hard Sun and I have to strongly disagree with everyone who has said that it's good. It's like if you took some particularly insipid BBC conspiracy show like The Last Enemy and just randomly had characters mention "oh yeah, by the way the world's going to end" every 15 minutes but the world ending part doesn't even matter and none of the characters particularly seem to care that covering up the end of the world happens to be the specific conspiracy they are busy conspiring about. I honestly think it's lazy writing, because focusing on the conspiracy allows them to completely avoid having to deal with any of the implications entirely.

mystes
May 31, 2006



I feel like shows like suits exist in this sort of uncanny valley between pure procedurals and shows with an actual ongoing plot that doesn't quite work.

mystes
May 31, 2006



Mu Zeta posted:

USA shows let you watch pretty people do stuff while you turn off your brain

Also there's a Suits spinoff starring Zoe.
Sorry I ninja edited my post to try to make it marginally more substantive, but what you were responding to was probably

quote:

I never really understood the appeal of either Suits or Other Show That's Basically Suits.

mystes
May 31, 2006



Lost in Space definitely has pacing issues. It's too bad, because it seems like a lot good things went into it, but the result is a complete mess.

mystes
May 31, 2006



My impression was that Netflix keeps track of how you set your language preferences in the past and defaults to that. I could be wrong though.

mystes
May 31, 2006



God forbid that people should prefer one way of watching foreign films over another.

mystes
May 31, 2006



ONE YEAR LATER posted:

An old coworker of mine is a PA and posted a letter on facebook he got for a job offer to work on season 2 of The OA so it's coming but probably not for a while.
Great, maybe it will start by revealing that the entire first season was a dream.

mystes
May 31, 2006



Wallet posted:

Just finished this as well. The biggest pair of 'twists' was obvious from the first or second episode and the dialogue is written with exactly the finesse you would expect from a comic book adaptation. The pacing is hosed—in a ten episode season, there must be four or five episodes worth of wheel-spinning—and it makes copious use of that hack TV writer contrivance where the plot is arrested because none of the characters tell each-other anything until it's time for the next beat. Still, most of the effects are petty good (except for that awful muscle suit) and it's an entertaining enough watch as long as you aren't giving it your full attention.
Aside from the fact that the show could have been half as long with the amount of stuff that actually happens, the main plot could quite possible have been averted completely by the characters simply talking to each other in a normal fashion instead of being stupid.

It's still much better than the Netflix Marvel stuff though.

mystes
May 31, 2006



Thwomp posted:

I just caught up with Counterpart, and my quibbles with the finale aside, it’s an amazing show that’ll stay with me for years to come.
I just started watching the first season, and I'm enjoying it a lot.

mystes
May 31, 2006



As someone who didn't like the ending of the first season, I can say that the second season was completely loving nuts but mostly in a good way.

Also, for anyone who hasn't seen the first season, the mere fact that the second season exists completely changes the ending of the first season, so I would probably recommend the show overall. Just watch the last episode of first season and the first episode of the second season back to back or something.

mystes fucked around with this message at 18:45 on Mar 25, 2019

mystes
May 31, 2006



Rocksicles posted:

I started season 2, after the first episode i was so confused i had to go back and rewatch the first season. Now i'm burnt out and i'm going to have to give it a week.
You literally just need to know the general concept of the first season and the ending. I'm spoiling this but the connection to the first season is fairly obvious after the first episode: The second season is set in a parallel universe. When Nina collapses it's because the OA transferred to her body in the parallel universe as a result of what happened at the end of the first season.

Any other confusing stuff is just stuff that hasn't been explained yet.

mystes fucked around with this message at 23:17 on Mar 26, 2019

mystes
May 31, 2006



Rocksicles posted:

Yeah, that wasn't obvious at all... like how the gently caress did you come up with that?
1) wasn't that exactly what the movements were supposed to do? It just transferred her soul or consciousness rather than her body , 2) I guess I've just watched way too many science fiction shows?

But seriously I think it's pretty clear based on the dialog after that.

mystes
May 31, 2006



If they don't have a standalone streaming platform, can't you subscribe to Cinemax through Amazon?

mystes
May 31, 2006



-Blackadder- posted:

Watching Outlander because sci-fi time travel is my fav genre and then slowly realizing over the course of several episodes that I was actually watching a female audience-targeted pulp romance novel adaption was hilarious. I think it was the episode where the female protagonist get's basically coerced into marriage then locked in a room to have, initially hesitant (ofc), sex for literally the entire episode that finally got me to say "wtf am I watching" and go searching on wikipedia.
The type of sci-fi time travel that's concerned more with the mechanics of time travel is pretty difference from the type of time travel story that's focused on what it's like for a modern person to live in the past. It's OK to not like the latter category without trying to turn it into a sexist thing.

mystes
May 31, 2006



I think Carnival Row is probably ok if you go into with zero expectations, but the first episode seemed almost like an HBO show and it is definitely not that level.

Problems with it:
- It feels sort of like three different shows duct taped together unsuccessfully
- I didn't mind the pacing that much while I was watching it, but after watching the whole season it feels like the entire season's plot should have been one or two episodes.
- Despite the fact that the premise seems sort of original, the show feels surprisingly cliched. Lots of stuff happens, but because it's so obvious where different plot elements are going, it doesn't feel like most stuff that happens matters at all. E.g. there are three pairs of characters who are clearly going to fall in love (in one case you have already been told this, but in the other two it's just obvious), so it feels like you could basically fast forward through all their interactions before that point without missing anything important. Honestly a lot of other things in the show feel similar: there's something that clearly needs to happen and you're just sitting around twiddling your thumbs waiting for it.

Also, despite the specific complexity of the details of the premise, it feels like 99% of it is irrelevant most of the time because in the end all that matters is that the show is saying "Get it? they're like immigrants! How topical in 2019!" There's one episode or so that shows the details of the war which is basically just showing you things that you already basically know and they keep referring to it but otherwise it basically doesn't matter at all and may very well never matter at the rate the show is progressing.

mystes fucked around with this message at 20:07 on Sep 2, 2019

mystes
May 31, 2006



SardonicTyrant posted:

I'm thinking of giving the Dark Crystal show a go. I never saw the movie, but I just put it on and am immediately hooked.
You put on the movie or the show? Netflix has the movie now too, so you might as well watch that first if you haven't already.

mystes
May 31, 2006



Meatgrinder posted:

Kingdom! It's about zombies though, but the medieval Korean setting is pretty cool. It has politics and intrigue and drama, so it still might classify as a period piece. And it is, of course, entirely in Korean.
I wonder when the second season is going to come out?

mystes
May 31, 2006



Boris Galerkin posted:

Speaking of Pucks, I’m really curious about Mr. Agrareus(?) background. What does he do? There was that scene where he said that people will line the streets with electricity in the future (and also electricity seems like it’s not a thing) and I remember he deflected a follow up question like he said too much. Is it possible he’s a time traveler? I hope that’s not an idiotic take.
I think you're putting way more thought into it than the writers did. It's just lazy writing like the rest of the show: as viewers, we're just supposed to immediately understand that he's right, but they couldn't be bothered to try to write an actual explanation for him to give that would make sense within the story. They probably haven't even bothered figuring out an actual backstory for him either.

mystes
May 31, 2006



Rocksicles posted:

It's racist, the are Fauns. Puck or regional variations are about as old of a word for the hooved horned folk as it gets.
Puck is actually a specific mythological character, but since it's supposed to be a racial slur it sort of makes sense I guess.

mystes
May 31, 2006



If you say so.

mystes
May 31, 2006



I watched season 2 of Jack Ryan and the plot made absolutely no sense.

mystes
May 31, 2006



It's just weird because it's like they found the perfect combination of villain and MacGuffin that would make the plot completely fall apart at the end, and since the specifics are 100% irrelevant except as a vague excuse to drive the plot forward, I don't understand why they didn't just change it to anything else since it would make more sense.

mystes
May 31, 2006



beanieson posted:

Man I’m finishing up Jack Ryan and this has gotten profoundly stupid. They’re storming the goddamn presidential palace on Election Day after already being outed as tampering with the election lmao.

Michael Kelly tells Jim at one point “I know how much you want to assassinate this president but we don’t have authorization” as if they had any authorization to storm the palace in the first place

They straight up murder about 300 palace guards/soldiers during a party with a bunch of civilians present lol

These aren’t the guards at the off books prison camp, these are guards protecting their main seat of government


They made Jack Ryan (who’s already admittedly an unrealistic figure) and turned him into Jack Bauer. I can’t even begin to comprehend the fallout of their actions, they’d absolutely be sent to stand trial for all sorts of poo poo.
Imagine Jack Ryan trying to explain how he got involved in all this poo poo in the first place by attacking a perfectly legal mining site that he mistakenly thought was some sort of arms trafficking operation.

Of course that's ignoring the fundamental plot holes that there was no reason for the mining company to secretly launch a satellite (can you even secretly launch a satellite? I think even the US government announces that they are launching spy satellites) just for mining stuff and there was no reason for the president of Venezuela to kill a senator just to cover up a mining operation.

Literally you could plug in "restaurant" in place of tantalum mining and the plot would make as much sense (namely none).

The way this season should have played out is that Jack Ryan randomly tries to sneak into the mining site and gets caught. The president is like "Are you stupid? This is a mining site. You could have just asked," and deports him. He gets fired from the CIA since they can't believe what a complete idiot he is and the season ends after one episode with nobody getting killed.

mystes fucked around with this message at 18:26 on Nov 3, 2019

mystes
May 31, 2006



Amazon has done a good job of producing a decent number of entertaining/fun shows, but unfortunately it seems like they haven't made anything that has been able to get level of attention that Netflix shows like Stranger Things have. I guess it's good that Amazon doesn't care and is just still keeping at it, because I feel like a lot of other companies would have given up by now.

I'm not sure I really feel like a lot of their shows are actually that well written for the most part, but they definitely compared favorably to the terrible Marvel shows that Netflix was cranking out before.

mystes
May 31, 2006



Constellation I posted:

I'm at episode 3 of The Messiah right now and it's a decent enough watch. The plot is intriguing enough that I'll definitely finish it out. It's not really pulling me in enough for me to binge through it though. Good to know that it wraps up decently enough though, episode 3 wasn't too promising.
I tried to watch it and I can't stand it. Stuff like CIA analyst immediately rejecting a candidate for saying that things are gray and telling him "no everything's black and white" in the first 30 seconds we see her when the show is obviously going to have an ambiguous ending. She also conveniently finds out that she has cancer right then, and I'm not sure exactly where they're going with that (either she will question her beliefs or the messiah dude will cure her) but I'm sure I'll hate whatever it is and it will be ridiculously lazy writing.

mystes
May 31, 2006



Hunters is like if Captain America was even more cartoony and stupid but then some executive decided that they had to turn it into a serious movie by adding lots of holocaust torture porn on top of that.

mystes fucked around with this message at 04:40 on Feb 24, 2020

mystes
May 31, 2006



I also just started watching Watchmen and it's really bizarre how Hunters manages to simultaneously seem less realistic, less topical in terms of racial issues, and way more gratuitously violent than Watchmen, a show about fantasy KKK people, cops in masks, superheroes, and a silly evil guy casually murdering his clone slaves for no reason.

Also, the inconsistent tone of Hunters really resembles something like Suicide Squad that was edited at the last minute to completely change it at the last minute, although I doubt that was actually the case here.

mystes fucked around with this message at 16:14 on Feb 24, 2020

mystes
May 31, 2006



nate fisher posted:

I haven’t watch yet, but it sounds pulpy as hell (which I normally love).
Personally I think the pulpy parts would be fine on their own, but the combination with serious historical Holocaust stuff and realistic, graphic depictions of non-cartoonish elderly former Nazis getting killed makes it extremely unsettling.

mystes fucked around with this message at 17:17 on Feb 24, 2020

mystes
May 31, 2006



Cactus posted:

I won't spoil it because I don't even want to type it out but here have an analogy:
It would be like, say, if you were watching Breaking Bad. Everyone's seen that, everyone can relate. You're a few seasons in and Walt is in a fix! He has to get out of there, or he'll die! You know that there's no obvious way he can escape because so far, although the show has been a little pulpy from time to time, and there've been one or two kinda crazy moments with a bit of questionable chemistry, for the most part it's been a pretty grounded-in-reality type of show. And so you're sitting there revelling in the trademark tension that the show is famous for building so well. "gently caress me," you think to yourself "what's he going to come up with to get out of this one?"

Then he inhales a helium baloon and levitates his way out, drifting for miles until he's over his house... but he can't get down! Because he's full of helium! so he farts the helium out and falls a mile into his swimming pool, surviving the impact.

That is exactly how bad and ridiculous one 5-minute scene in the Orville's second season finale is.
Nobody cares about the Orville so just tell us what it is.

mystes
May 31, 2006



Cactus posted:

hiding juuuust inside the event horizon of the black hole
Lol I have to admit that that's dumber than anything I was expecting.

mystes
May 31, 2006



This is really a thrilling derail.

mystes
May 31, 2006



I just can't get into upload. It feels like The Asylum and the Hallmark Channel teamed up to adapt a William Gibson book into a sitcom.

mystes
May 31, 2006



I don't like what I've seen of Nathan Fielder but "How To With John Wilson" still seems decent to me.

mystes
May 31, 2006



I didn't even know there was a reboot and thought everyone was talking about the original.

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mystes
May 31, 2006



Antifa Poltergeist posted:

Blood of Zeus is a fun anime-lite romp using the Greek mythology as inspiration, or as I like to call it, the OG Anime.it's made by the same guys who did castlevania.
most human characters are dull, but the Greek gods are pretty fun.
There's some wild monster designs too.

Their next project is a animated series based on the Ramayana, that's gonna be bonkers.
I watched some of this and it seemed decent but also sort of disappointing like clearly a lot of effort went into it but the writing just needed a little more work for it to be a much better show.

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