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stev
Jan 22, 2013

Please be excited.





Definitely not sold on this group yet. I have preexisting unreasonable hatred for Lee Mack and Sarah Kendall's doing nothing for me. The empty studio awkwardness seems to be even worse than it was last series.

I'm suddenly reminded of the crush I had on Charlotte Ritchie back when Fresh Meat was on though. She's adorbs.

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DrVenkman
Dec 27, 2005

I think he can hear you, Ray.


I think the lack of audience hurts the banter and prize tasks at the start, but I didn't miss it too much in the rest of the show.

EdBlackadder
Apr 8, 2009


Lipstick Apathy

Charlotte Ritchie is cute as hell but Jamali Maddix came out strong with the banter. Mike Wozniak is great too.

The lack of audience seems to be a real shift in the tone, there's so much dead time. It got better last time so hopefully it will again.

DrVenkman
Dec 27, 2005

I think he can hear you, Ray.


Jamali got screwed on that one handed thing. Lee Mack picked bread up of the floor and scored higher. Even Alex was genuinely confused by that scoring.

An Ounce of Gold
Jul 13, 2001

Back in action!


He is a cruel tyrant. Well, I'm in. It's already better than last season. Last season felt like everyone was going through depression. Jamali giving Greg the business and Lee Mack's strained one hand nothingness had me in tears.

Also, if you haven't yet, watch that NZ version because that was maybe the best cast/group I've seen on any season.

My Lovely Horse
Aug 21, 2010




This lot have good chemistry so far, and the way the studio task went proves it. They had fun with the idea of sabotage. Imagine someone kicking it off like that in the S10 crew; I don't think Richard would have left the studio alive.

Mr Phillby
Apr 8, 2009

~TRAVIS~

Greg predictably not being able to spin the cushion followed by Jamali effortlessly spinning it from one hand to the other was good telly. I don't think the under table camera did justice to the spinning tbh. I'm enjoying his combative attitude towards Greg a lot.

Also Lee Mack dropped those plates! You can't say they're properly on the table if they slide off an instant later what bullshit!

stev
Jan 22, 2013

Please be excited.





Mr Phillby posted:

Greg predictably not being able to spin the cushion followed by Jamali effortlessly spinning it from one hand to the other was good telly. I don't think the under table camera did justice to the spinning tbh. I'm enjoying his combative attitude towards Greg a lot.

And all he got for his efforts was one pathetic bonus point, while Mr WILTY gets five for dropping a can of Diet Coke.

thebardyspoon
Jun 30, 2005


Yeah Lee Mack definitely felt like he had god mode on for that episode. I'm enjoying it a lot already though.

Paladinus
Jan 11, 2014






Jamali absolutely should bring up this injustice in every episode, even if it costs him even more points.

DrVenkman
Dec 27, 2005

I think he can hear you, Ray.


To be fair, on the podcast Greg has admitted he tends to score the younger people lower because it isn't fair that they're younger. So I always expect the younger players to get screwed. I think he's just genuinely impressed when someone his own age can do something.

Akuma
Sep 11, 2001




As someone who has never watched a single second of Taskmaster, reading people's descriptions of what happened and what is and isn't fair feels very NumberWang.

Padje
Sep 9, 2003

I don't much care for the attitude of filthy money-lenders

Taear posted:

I really like the Circle as a concept altogether. As a person (like probably everyone on this forum) who has lived almost their whole life communicating with people via text as well as a sociologist it's very interesting to see how teeny tiny things absolutely set people off. A woman doesn't know little mix songs?? Must be a fake.
But a woman immediately leaves an argument instead of trying to calm stuff down? That's fine, to them.

I kinda feel like when we get to season 3 the magic might be gone and it'll be boring like after season 5 of Big Brother. I say that because at that point most of the people going on know how it works and the producers know how they WANT it to work, which makes all the personalities sorta insane and the dynamic falls apart. There's a chance it'll be fun still if that hasn't quite happened yet.

I'm constantly blown away by how little they know though. Like you mentioned the celebrity one having a fake will.i.am and nobody goes "He's a bit famous for this, isn't he?" or in the normal one in season 1 where they said someone was "really political" because he knew who the loving Prime Minister was. Calling a guy super intelligent because he knows the planets as well.

I guess what I'm saying is Circle shows me how little people examine those around them and how people build their conceptions based on super tiny things. Which is interesting, to me!

There's a lot of stuff they don't show, probably mostly people asking why Will I Am would be on this show. The closest we got was Denise Van Outen asking if people really think Will I Am is in one of these flats doing his own washing up.

It's interesting to see the catfishes flounder when they fail to construct an entire world around their character. Series 1 had a girl who catfished as her own grandad, but decided to make him a never-married childless man. He had nothing going on and she got upset no one liked her 'grandad'

Comparing him to series 2's single mother catfish, in which a man had a whole binder of information based on his sister and other women he knew. He was able to answer any question and get snotty if people delved a bit too deep. The series became a battle of class, and it's unfortunate he lost the in-house winners vote to the UKIP man.

Enjoying this series. The army police girl getting upset at the nurse being an assassin, only to turn around 30 minutes later and say 'I have successfully made this woman my girlfriend' was top tier circling.

Strom Cuzewon
Jul 1, 2010



Padje posted:


Enjoying this series. The army police girl getting upset at the nurse being an assassin, only to turn around 30 minutes later and say 'I have successfully made this woman my girlfriend' was top tier circling.


Akuma posted:

As someone who has never watched a single second of TaskmasterThe Circle, reading people's descriptions of what happened and what is and isn't fair feels very NumberWang.

Mr Phillby
Apr 8, 2009

~TRAVIS~

Akuma posted:

As someone who has never watched a single second of Taskmaster, reading people's descriptions of what happened and what is and isn't fair feels very NumberWang.
Obviously Lee Mack could have won but he didn't play his green Quizzle chance. A real shame.

DaWolfey
Oct 24, 2003



College Slice

Mike Wozniak is a delight

Heavy_D
Feb 16, 2002

"rararararara" contains the meaning of everything, kept in simple rectangular structures

Loved seeing Jamali and Sarah getting so far into their scheme to collect the task from the other podium before Charlotte arrived to read it...

stev
Jan 22, 2013

Please be excited.





If the show ever gets cancelled I want it to be because Greg gets too angry about the adverts.


v I thought it was a lot better than last week, all told. Only the haunting task fell a bit flat.

stev fucked around with this message at 23:00 on Mar 25, 2021

Bacon Terrorist
May 7, 2010

THUNDERDOME LOSER

6th Anniversary Edition


Struggling with this series of Taskmaster, or that episode at least.

The Circle definitely has a bit of third series syndrome going on. I thought the high ground from some of the players after the assassin revelation was irritating, like they wouldn't have done the same. No stand out big players for me so far in this group, where in the earlier series I feel like things emerged quite quickly and the status quo never really changed much going forward.

Paladinus
Jan 11, 2014






It was a nice illustration of the well-known fact that two men can't have an argument without eventually mentioning their genitals. A great episode overall, my sympathies are unchanged.

Strawman
Feb 9, 2008

Tortuga means turtle, and that's me. I take my time but I always win.



DaWolfey posted:

Mike Wozniak is a delight

I thought so until I found out he drank 37 pints of milk a month, now I find him vaguely unsettling.

Mainwaring
Jun 22, 2007

Disco is not dead! Disco is LIFE!




Strawman posted:

I thought so until I found out he drank 37 pints of milk a month, now I find him vaguely unsettling.

It's probably just method acting for his role on the Beef and Dairy Network Podcast

Annabel Pee
Dec 29, 2008


Padje posted:


Comparing him to series 2's single mother catfish, in which a man had a whole binder of information based on his sister and other women he knew. He was able to answer any question and get snotty if people delved a bit too deep. The series became a battle of class, and it's unfortunate he lost the in-house winners vote to the UKIP man.


Was Tim like an actual piece of poo poo? I know, yeah, UKIP, but he seemed like such a nice guy, like one of those strange people who genuinely just looks at policies in a vacuum and didn't understand what his party represented. I remember he said a few things against Farage on the show and apparently fought against racism in ukip (lol).

Taear
Nov 26, 2004

Ask me about the shitty opinions I have about Paradox games!


Annabel Pee posted:

Was Tim like an actual piece of poo poo? I know, yeah, UKIP, but he seemed like such a nice guy, like one of those strange people who genuinely just looks at policies in a vacuum and didn't understand what his party represented. I remember he said a few things against Farage on the show and apparently fought against racism in ukip (lol).

He loved margaret thatcher. He's a fuckhead rich guy who doesn't care about the rest of the world. I would imagine he's not nice if you're poor and talking to him outside of the context of the show.

Padje posted:

It's interesting to see the catfishes flounder when they fail to construct an entire world around their character. Series 1 had a girl who catfished as her own grandad, but decided to make him a never-married childless man. He had nothing going on and she got upset no one liked her 'grandad'

She'd planned him so unbelievably badly and the idea that "everyone likes old people" is just insane as well - nobody wants to take grandad to the pub and socialise with their friends! Like she'd not even looked into what old people might....watch or listen to? Anything at all, it was ridiculous.
Alex did such a good job with it and although he hosed up a few times he managed to have it planned decently.

Taear fucked around with this message at 12:14 on Mar 26, 2021

Annabel Pee
Dec 29, 2008


Taear posted:

He loved margaret thatcher.

Oh yeah I forgot about that bit, gently caress that guy.

The shows kind of heartwarming in the fact that every time someone creates a catfish specifically to try and make them as popular as possible and make them white, middle-class, attractive etc. it always backfires, and the most successful ones have been when the person seems to have genuine love for the character they created e.g. the single mum last season and syed this one.

happyhippy
Feb 21, 2005

Playing games, watching movies, owning goons. 'sup


Pillbug

Never heard of The Circle until mentioned here, yt'ed it, and one of the first things was the Series 3 introduction of the players. Then watched a few clips.
Charlie Brooker did a Big Brother zombie thing called Dead Set years ago. The characters on it were meant to be unlikable and thick. The people on Circle remind me of them.
Sorry, but this looks garbage.

Annabel Pee
Dec 29, 2008


It might not be for you, but for what its worth the player introductions are the worst part, and made it look like Love Island or some crap to me, but I quickly got hooked after that.

Strom Cuzewon
Jul 1, 2010



Heavy_D posted:

Loved seeing Jamali and Sarah getting so far into their scheme to collect the task from the other podium before Charlotte arrived to read it...

I'm also loving how low-key this series has been. No ridiculous stunts, no overly-contrived tricks, just comedians being a little bit shitter at things than they think they are.

tsob
Sep 26, 2006

Chalalala~


I think one of the most on point reactions to Taskmaster is Doc Brown just going "I thought I was cool under pressure before this show, and watching myself do all these tasks has shattered that illusion" after he failed to see not one but two bridges over a river he had to cross during a task. It really sums up how the players feel in most cases from what I've gathered watching the show and listening to the podcast.

Strom Cuzewon
Jul 1, 2010



Incidentally my favourite Doc Brown moment is his appearance on Do The Right Thing (https://www.comedy.co.uk/podcasts/dotherightthing/series5_5/) where he gets into a fight with the Expert Guest, tries to backpeddle, does a poo poo job of backpeddling and just digs himself even deeper and deeper.

tsob
Sep 26, 2006

Chalalala~


I've never even heard of Do the Right Thing, but Joe Lycett's pretty good as a stand up and his show Joe Lycett's Got Your Back has some fun bits from what I've seen on YouTube, so I might have to give it a listen. Thanks for the inadvertent recommendation.

thehustler
Apr 17, 2004

I am very curious about this little crescendo


DTRT is godlike

Bacon Terrorist
May 7, 2010

THUNDERDOME LOSER

6th Anniversary Edition


happyhippy posted:

Never heard of The Circle until mentioned here, yt'ed it, and one of the first things was the Series 3 introduction of the players. Then watched a few clips.
Charlie Brooker did a Big Brother zombie thing called Dead Set years ago. The characters on it were meant to be unlikable and thick. The people on Circle remind me of them.
Sorry, but this looks garbage.

I would suggest giving it a go but watch Series 1 first. I think of it almost as a mafia/werewolf game evolved into a reality show. It really comes into it's own when they have anonymous portrait rounds etc.

Aphex-
Jan 29, 2006



Dinosaur Gum

DaWolfey posted:

Mike Wozniak is a delight

He is absolutely the best part of this series, he just seems to get it. Hopping over the fence and actually getting his balloon back was brilliant.

Charlotte Richie is great too, and the others aren't bad either. I'm actually surprised at how subdued Lee Mack seems for most of it though, but he's not annoying me tbh.

crispix
Mar 28, 2015

Oh globbits


Akuma posted:

As someone who has never watched a single second of Taskmaster, reading people's descriptions of what happened and what is and isn't fair feels very NumberWang.

I watched it for the first time this week, it's good. And yeah I saw a different side to Lee Mack. His caravan thing was the first time I've seen him be funny. Also had no idea he was vegan

Pablo Bluth
Sep 7, 2007

I've made a huge mistake.


To be honest Wozniak had flown below my radar before TM. He's got a podcast I'm going to give a go; St Elwick's Neighbourhood Association Newsletter Podcast.

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/podcast-edition-1/id1484451923?i=1000454429677

Aphex-
Jan 29, 2006



Dinosaur Gum

The only other thing I've seen him in is Man Down and he's good in that.

tsob
Sep 26, 2006

Chalalala~


Aphex- posted:

He is absolutely the best part of this series, he just seems to get it. Hopping over the fence and actually getting his balloon back was brilliant.

I have no idea how he got it back honestly, given that it was already several stories high when we see it over the fence for the last time. The only scenario I can imagine is that it got tangled in a tree, and he climbed up to quite a precarious position given how spindly the trees look and got it; but that'd take a while since he'd have to run over there, climb up, run back, get back over the fence without something to stand on in obvious sight etc, and he did the entire thing in only a few minutes. Which would be impressive from someone young, regardless of time.

Even then, it looked like the balloon was already above the height of the surrounding trees in the direction he comes back from. There are taller trees than the last height you can see the balloon at on the other side of that green, but not on the side he emerges from.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

Please be excited.





tsob posted:

I have no idea how he got it back honestly, given that it was already several stories high when we see it over the fence for the last time. The only scenario I can imagine is that it got tangled in a tree, and he climbed up to quite a precarious position given how spindly the trees look and got it; but that'd take a while since he'd have to run over there, climb up, run back, get back over the fence without something to stand on in obvious sight etc, and he did the entire thing in only a few minutes. Which would be impressive from someone young, regardless of time.

Even then, it looked like the balloon was already above the height of the surrounding trees in the direction he comes back from. There are taller trees than the last height you can see the balloon at on the other side of that green, but not on the side he emerges from.

It had a weight on it so I reckon a gust in the right direction could have brought it down low enough.

I've been watching Man Down recently. Mike is actually slightly wasted in it - he's almost too much of a straightman and doesn't get enough opportunity to be eccentric. Then next to him Roisin is playing a brain damaged toddler.

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HopperUK
Apr 29, 2007

Clear off, fatso, this is a respectable establishment




Just the delighted way Mike went "I've got an idea!" and then scurried away made me happy.

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