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Soothing Vapors
Mar 26, 2006

plz control u toxic hatsculinity



I was worried this was going to be too lolwacky from the commercials, but I am enjoying Crazy Stabler more than I even imagined possible.

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Eat This Glob
Jan 14, 2008

hurry up with my damn croissants


Lipstick Apathy

I made it through 2.5 episodes today (wife got called into work partway through E3 this afternoon and I'm waiting until she gets home to finish it. You're ruining my experience, guy dying in the hospital! ) and I'm loving this poo poo. Meloni needs to break out the unhinged poo poo more often and I agree that it's 100% a great casting choice. I could see this show falling super flat with plenty of other dudes playing Nick. Patton is doing a good job as Happy as well, but it seems like a 100 other guys could do it just fine. I'm a fan of the guy, so it's not a dig at him really so much as gently caress Meloni is killing it. So far it's my choice for best new show of 2017.

e: Seeing Soothing Vapors' avatar, yeah, I think American Gods is probably my top new show of 2017 champ. Happy is right up there though.

precision
May 7, 2006

Gonna have me some good friends around
Gonna have me some good times in town


Soothing Vapors posted:

I was worried this was going to be too lolwacky from the commercials, but I am enjoying Crazy Stabler more than I even imagined possible.

yeah it's great, this has quickly become one of my favorite shows of 2017, up there with Patriot, Handmaid's Tale, and American Gods

muscles like this!
Jan 17, 2005



If you want bonkers Meloni then I definitely recommend Oz. He was very intense on that show.

Eat This Glob
Jan 14, 2008

hurry up with my damn croissants


Lipstick Apathy

muscles like this! posted:

If you want bonkers Meloni then I definitely recommend Oz. He was very intense on that show.

I pitched the show to my buddy as "chris keller goes on a rampage with an imaginary friend." His next question was if meloni shows his dick in this.

David D. Davidson
Nov 17, 2012

Orca lady?

It could happen, I would not put it past Brian Taylor.

Guy Mann
Mar 28, 2016

not even worth red text

David D. Davidson posted:

It could happen, I would not put it past Brian Taylor.

Comically oversized censor bar it an action scene where foreground objects keep strategically covering his junk.

Davros1
Jul 19, 2007

You've got to admit, you are kind of implausible

Guy Mann posted:

Comically oversized censor bar it an action scene where foreground objects keep strategically covering his junk.

Happy keeps flying in front of it

theflyingexecutive
Apr 22, 2007



Eat This Glob posted:

I pitched the show to my buddy as "chris keller goes on a rampage with an imaginary friend." His next question was if meloni shows his dick in this.

Donít hold out hope for this, sorry

SpaceAceJase
Nov 8, 2008

and you
have proved
to be...

a real shitty poster,
and a real james


rear end scene in episode 3

muscles like this!
Jan 17, 2005



I can't tell if this is actually supposed to be a giant bug or a guy in a giant bug suit.

CAPTAIN CAPSLOCK
Sep 11, 2001



The whole Chinatown sequence was amazing.

muscles like this! posted:

I can't tell if this is actually supposed to be a giant bug or a guy in a giant bug suit.

Yes!

I am hoping it's actually a giant bug.

A Fancy Hat
Nov 18, 2016

in einer anderen welt


muscles like this! posted:

I can't tell if this is actually supposed to be a giant bug or a guy in a giant bug suit.

Hoping it's somehow both - a giant bug in a human suit wearing a giant bug suit.

This show is amazing, by the way.

Eat This Glob
Jan 14, 2008

hurry up with my damn croissants


Lipstick Apathy

theflyingexecutive posted:

Don’t hold out hope for this, sorry

Just one little towel away...

But no, I don't think full frontal male nudity is likely on sci fi. I think his big takeaway from the series Oz was the amount of dick on display, meloni included.

spookygonk
Apr 3, 2005
Does not give a damn

muscles like this! posted:

I can't tell if this is actually supposed to be a giant bug or a guy in a giant bug suit.

Got a live action Venture Bros vibe from that.

theflyingexecutive
Apr 22, 2007



CAPTAIN CAPSLOCK posted:

The whole Chinatown sequence was amazing.

It took two 16 hour days and was absolute chaos trying to fend off the summer-dressed crowds from the cameras. They eventually made the PAs wear signs in Chinese explaining what was going on.

Open Source Idiom
Jan 4, 2013


Eat This Glob posted:

But no, I don't think full frontal male nudity is likely on sci fi.

Didn't that happen just this year? On Blood Drive?

theflyingexecutive
Apr 22, 2007



All dongs on tv are fake

SpaceAceJase
Nov 8, 2008

and you
have proved
to be...

a real shitty poster,
and a real james


theflyingexecutive posted:

All dongs on tv are fake

N-no....

etalian
Mar 20, 2006


This was sort of hilarious and messed up to watch during the Christmas season.

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011




Even in Spartacus.

Guy Mann
Mar 28, 2016

not even worth red text

Haha, that music in the Chinese restaurant is totally from the Kung Fu Hustle soundtrack only with sleigh bell samples added.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw0jXaTVDtY

Maelstache
Feb 25, 2013

I don't have the time to fill out questionnaires


CAPTAIN CAPSLOCK posted:

The whole Chinatown sequence was amazing.


Yes!

I am hoping it's actually a giant bug.

This is a Morrison joint so I'm leaning toward the latter, extra-dimensional eldritch horrors come with the territory.

I keep having to remind myself that's not actually Jackie Earle Haley playing Blue, that guy is pretty much his double.

Binary Logic
Dec 28, 2000

Whatever tape you found in that VCR, it isn't mine.

Fun Shoe

CAPTAIN CAPSLOCK posted:

The whole Chinatown sequence was amazing.


Yes!

I am hoping it's actually a giant bug.

Sax
(maniacally enters restaurant)
Nick Sax, NYPD
(beat)
...ish.


So much awesomeness in this show. Mr. Insect was great, wish it had pincers instead of hands but the whole series is playing with what is and isn't "real".
And when Bad Santa first saw Happy I was so shocked I shouted at the tv. LOL..


Ohhhh kayyyyy

Fabulousity
Dec 29, 2008

= (Displacement through a hetero medium) / Time


Nap Ghost

Just watched the last episode.

Meloni as Crazy Stabler/Bizarro Keller is wonderful, magical, and would be worth watching by itself but fortunately the rest of the show is pretty good too. It kinda feels like a TV adaptation of the first Max Payne game.

Guy Mann
Mar 28, 2016

not even worth red text

Binary Logic posted:

Sax
(maniacally enters restaurant)
Nick Sax, NYPD
(beat)
...ish.


So much awesomeness in this show. Mr. Insect was great, wish it had pincers instead of hands but the whole series is playing with what is and isn't "real".
And when Bad Santa first saw Happy I was so shocked I shouted at the tv. LOL..


Ohhhh kayyyyy

theflyingexecutive
Apr 22, 2007



Binary Logic posted:

Sax
(maniacally enters restaurant)
Nick Sax, NYPD
(beat)
...ish.


So much awesomeness in this show. Mr. Insect was great, wish it had pincers instead of hands but the whole series is playing with what is and isn't "real".
And when Bad Santa first saw Happy I was so shocked I shouted at the tv. LOL..


Ohhhh kayyyyy

That background actor was Very Serious about bdsm and insisted against the wishes of production and casting to come in their very special suit instead of a black one.

etalian
Mar 20, 2006


Fabulousity posted:

Meloni as Crazy Stabler/Bizarro Keller is wonderful, magical, and would be worth watching by itself but fortunately the rest of the show is pretty good too. It kinda feels like a TV adaptation of the first Max Payne game.

Especially down to how Sax revives himself with massive amounts of painkillers.

ApeHawk
Jun 6, 2010

All the NPCs will look up and shout, "Do this quest!"
and I'll whisper, "Sure, why not."


So, the Sonny Smiles guy is totally behind everything/is Bug, isn't he?

spoilered in case the show is a 1:1 recreation of the source material.

ApeHawk fucked around with this message at Jan 1, 2018 around 18:30

Watermelon Daiquiri
Jul 10, 2010


i was wondering about that. I almost stuck that in the op too, but it seemed too much of a stretch lol

Eat This Glob
Jan 14, 2008

hurry up with my damn croissants


Lipstick Apathy

ApeHawk posted:

So, the Sonny Smiles guy is totally behind everything/is Bug, isn't he?

spoilered in case the show is a 1:1 recreation of the source material.

I never read the source material, but that's what my best guess was.

Duke Igthorn
Oct 11, 2012

by FactsAreUseless


This is a brilliant show. This is a collection of characters from different genres in scenes that have their own genre with writing that has it's own genre. And then they put it in a blender and choose each set for each scene. The characters will always reliably be themselves, their own characters from their own genre (Stabler is the over the top 80's action hero, to the point of parody, and he is that over the top 80's character in EVERY scene even when the writing is sitcom style, 80's action style, modern action style, serious movie style, Netflix show style, honestly I spotted so many different styles, comic book to story book, 70's flick, and in each one he says the lines for that comic, that drama, or that story book, as if he was an 80's action hero in that scene. It's kind of brilliant to watch because most scenes shift styles with a smooth transition but the characters stay the same which is why you can have a wha wha reality TV funny moment subtly and quietly change to an intense suspense movie during a speech. And each one is shot in their own way, lighting and color subtly shifting to match the nbew genre. All with storybook transitions.
the weakest parts, for me, are the "sitcom" genre scenes (usually an end joke stinger) or the "cable TV" show moments. I'm aware that they aren't literally making those jokes but are making fun of the jokes the show would have f it were in that style (the entire scene of her hanvving lunch with the mob boss in the wine cellar had Cable TV written all over it and the scene was, like cable TV, way too cable TV) but I just can't get into those scenes. Or the stinhger jokes like "I'm in" or that one "Who wants breakfast?" sitcom style lines. They aren't literally making them but they are stuill bad lines,
The strongest parts are the storybook imagery, living painting, expositional paragraphs told rapidly, things like that. Stylistic and artsy scenes abound.
I'll have to watch it again but Stabler is split into two characters so that reality doesn't intrude and make him killable, the only time Present Stabler is around is when the scenes are from a genre that the hero always survives unscathed: 80's action, modern action, 90's action, his severely stylized cartoon world. Past Stabler is the drama. They had to split him into two characteres because you an't put this cartoon character into a series action scene and expect him to survive, no he's "unkillable" because the action hero, the cartoon, the comedy hero always gets away. One of his escapes is literally just a butt joke and he gets away because it wouldn't be funny if he didn't so, in order for the scene to have this genre, he must survive.
It's really grerat dissecting each scene, seeing what gere the script is in and if it conflicts weith or compliments the genreee the characters or scenes are in. When all three elements are in alignment it's pretty great, but when all three elements asre fighting each other it' pretty great too. Having our Action Hero character jump out of his chair like a sitcom character in a scene lit filmed, and acted as a tense scene?

CAPTAIN CAPSLOCK
Sep 11, 2001



The cat whiskers

Medullah
Aug 13, 2003

FEAR MY SHARK ROCKET IT REALLY SUCKS AND BLOWS


CAPTAIN CAPSLOCK posted:

The cat whiskers

Shits getting weirder every day.

It's a Christmas miracle!

Man this show is amazing

anatomi
Jan 31, 2015


I still like the show, but man, the change of directors is pretty rough. Taylor's style was perfectly suited to the material.

Rocksicles
Oct 19, 2012

DAAAAAMN!
Put your glasses back on.


anatomi posted:

I still like the show, but man, the change of directors is pretty rough. Taylor's style was perfectly suited to the material.

What i miss?

anatomi
Jan 31, 2015


Nothing much. Taylor directed the first three episodes, Wayne Yip's doing 4 & 5. Good director, but doesn't match Taylor's energy.

I haven't seen episode 5 though, maybe it's great and I'm overreacting.

Rocksicles
Oct 19, 2012

DAAAAAMN!
Put your glasses back on.


anatomi posted:

Nothing much. Taylor directed the first three episodes, Wayne Yip's doing 4 & 5. Good director, but doesn't match Taylor's energy.

I haven't seen episode 5 though, maybe it's great and I'm overreacting.

Ahh ok, it's a good episode, but it's for sure not like the first 3.

theflyingexecutive
Apr 22, 2007



Taylor directed 7 and 8. Very few shows have the same director for every episode, especially ones with condensed shooting schedules like Happy, as the directors use their off time for prep (finalizing the script, tech scouts, etc)

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Open Source Idiom
Jan 4, 2013


Also Wayne Che Yip is a great director -- he was one of the minds behind Utopia, and worked on that fight in the recent Preacher finale.

(I suspect he's still getting used to American filming schedules though.)

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