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Arist
Feb 13, 2012

who, me?


Oven Wrangler
Hello all you Donal Logue appreciators out there! I know I havenít posted a new one of these inÖ three trimesters, but I was busy, okay? Not important. Today, weíre covering the classic-yet-tragically-underseen FX one-season-wonder Terriers, whichÖ I never actually finished watching! Maybe it all goes to poo poo in the last three episodes, who knows!? But I remember really liking what I did see. Unfortunately, this was one of those unfortunate cancellations, so donít expect a lot of closure from the finale, but the showís still definitely worth a watch. Sorry if this OP is a little light on content, but I donít actually remember much about this show having watched it many years ago now, so Iím eager to get back to it!

Terriers is available on Hulu. We're technically starting in two days on the 1st, but trying to police when people watch episodes has never gone well for this project so I'm just gonna let you do whatever.

Previous Shows:

Hannibal
Community
Person of Interest
American Crime Story

Arist fucked around with this message at 14:13 on May 30, 2021

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Watermelon Daiquiri
Jul 10, 2010
I TRIED TO BAIT THE TXPOL THREAD WITH THE WORLD'S WORST POSSIBLE TAKE AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS STUPID AVATAR.

Arist posted:

Hello all you Donal Logue appreciators out there! I know I havenít posted a new one of these inÖ three trimesters, but I was busy, okay? Not important. Today, weíre covering the classic-yet-tragically-underseen FX one-season-wonder Terriers, whichÖ I never actually finished watching! Maybe it all goes to poo poo in the last three episodes, who knows!? But I remember really liking what I did see. Unfortunately, this was one of those unfortunate cancellations, so donít expect a lot of closure from the finale, but the showís still definitely worth a watch. Sorry if this OP is a little light on content, but I donít actually remember much about this show having watched it many years ago now, so Iím eager to get back to it!

Terriers is available on Hulu. We're technically starting in two days on the 1st, but trying to police when people watch episodes has never gone well for this project so I'm just gonna let you do whatever.

what is it about?

Arist
Feb 13, 2012

who, me?


Oven Wrangler

Watermelon Daiquiri posted:

what is it about?

Donal Logue!

...Okay, I meant to include it but I legitimately kind of forgot what it was actually about. *checks Wikipedia* It's about two unlicensed private detectives in San Diego.

Watermelon Daiquiri
Jul 10, 2010
I TRIED TO BAIT THE TXPOL THREAD WITH THE WORLD'S WORST POSSIBLE TAKE AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS STUPID AVATAR.
oh that sounds great

Slamhound
Mar 27, 2010

Arist posted:

Unfortunately, this was one of those unfortunate cancellations, so donít expect a lot of closure from the finale
Good news! While the cancellation loving sucked, the finale provides closure in a kind of frustratingly open-ended way! The show totally works as a one-and-done.

Watermelon Daiquiri posted:

what is it about?
Beachbum Raymond Chandler.

Escobarbarian
Jun 18, 2004


Grimey Drawer
Terriers is an FX crime series that aired from September - December 2010, and which is considered one of the best single-season shows of all time. It stars Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James as unlicensed PIs in San Diego, and follows them investigating various cases with an overarching storyline involving a shady real estate developer. Itís mostly known for the comedic banter between the two leads, as well as the intriguing central plot. It was created by Ted Griffin (who wrote the screenplay for the Soderbergh Oceanís Eleven) and exec produced by Shawn Ryan, creator of The Shield. Rian Johnson also directed an episode!

You can find it on Hulu in the US/maybe Canada? and Disney+ Star in the UK/maybe other countries?

Escobarbarian
Jun 18, 2004


Grimey Drawer
How dare you all post so much in the 10 minutes it took me to wiki and write that

Watermelon Daiquiri
Jul 10, 2010
I TRIED TO BAIT THE TXPOL THREAD WITH THE WORLD'S WORST POSSIBLE TAKE AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS STUPID AVATAR.
oh donal logue is a person


e: ohhhhhh him!

Slamhound
Mar 27, 2010
Escobarbarian is a beachbum TVIV poster.

Escobarbarian
Jun 18, 2004


Grimey Drawer

Slamhound posted:

Escobarbarian is a beachbum TVIV poster.

Iím not completely sure how to take this, but The Beach Bum is an awesome movie, so Iím choosing to see it as a compliment!

Open Source Idiom
Jan 4, 2013
Tim Minear wrote for this show! He's a loving amazing writer.

Slamhound
Mar 27, 2010

Escobarbarian posted:

Iím not completely sure how to take this, but The Beach Bum is an awesome movie, so Iím choosing to see it as a compliment!
Just bustin chops. Also now Iíll add that movie to my queue.



Thereís not a lot on this week so this is definitely a good time for a rewatch.

Chef Boyardeez Nuts
Sep 9, 2011

The more you kick against the pricks, the more you suffer.
Here's the official trailer from FX: not super spoilery.

https://youtu.be/tkb8h5P3-zw

Edit: I'm gonna kick you guys!

Ugly In The Morning
Jul 1, 2010
Pillbug
One of my favorite shows of all time, definitely gonna join you guys in rewatching it.

whowhatwhere
Mar 15, 2010

SHINee's back
Even the very first scene shows how meticulously crafted at every level this show was. Not a wasted line in that scene. Honestly, this is probably an all-timer pilot. Sets up the main mystery well, efficiently sketches out the characters and their lives, and rides the fine line between style and quirk perfectly.

I'm forgetting the details of how this show plays out so I'm very excited to fill them back in.

Also endlessly quotable dialogue:

"Your checks always bounce. Your life bounces."

"Yup, porn on a phone." "iPorn!" "...you what?"

"If we grow two sizes we might make small time."

"I'm going to destroy you, and I just wanted you to know that." "...and I'm still going to cash the check."

Chef Boyardeez Nuts
Sep 9, 2011

The more you kick against the pricks, the more you suffer.
Great moments in ADR with the body builder yelling as he gives chase.

1glitch0
Sep 4, 2018

Proud to support The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Vision 2030 and LIV Golf!
A wonderful show. One of the best short series.

Chef Boyardeez Nuts
Sep 9, 2011

The more you kick against the pricks, the more you suffer.
It's pretty amazing how bad Hank got screwed on his divorce. Gretchen got the whole house and alimony, which usually isn't a thing unless there's a huge income disparity.

Also kinda lovely of her to accept it after he got fired.

whowhatwhere
Mar 15, 2010

SHINee's back

Chef Boyardeez Nuts posted:

It's pretty amazing how bad Hank got screwed on his divorce. Gretchen got the whole house and alimony, which usually isn't a thing unless there's a huge income disparity.

Also kinda lovely of her to accept it after he got fired.

I feel like, given who Hank is, he went out of his way to agree to get screwed in an attempt to win her back with a self-sacrificing show of maturity.

Arist
Feb 13, 2012

who, me?


Oven Wrangler
Iíve been super busy with IRL bullshit, so I never got around to finishing the first episode for this until today. Itís really good! Itís never really a mystery, never has all that many twists or turns, but the way it stays unpredictable through all that is by being willing to go just a step further than youíd think, every single time. Our heroes tamper with crime scenes, they abuse police resources, they hide key suspects from both the police and their mysterious-slash-vaguely-nefarious employer, they plant evidence. It adds color, if nothing else. Where a more conventional kind of show might wave this stuff away as ďwhat needs to be done,Ē which is its own whole can of worms, the show doesnít really condone or condemn these methods. Instead, it manages to just feel like how these idiots choose to operate. Theyíre underdogs, forced (and also allowed) to ďget creativeĒ due to the miniscule scale of their ramshackle operation. Itís not good that theyíre loving around like this, really, but itís fun enough to forgive, and lets them help in ways others canít.

Itís also just a really tight pilot that manages to introduce you to every corner of its initial world even as it makes it feel like the potential for future stories is abundant. Small details like the free laundry favor or the gun come back in really funny, compelling ways. Itís a really solid first episode, all around.

Excited to keep going, thereís a moment coming up in the next few episodes that is just seared into my mind for how good it is. Itís one of the only things I remember about this show, honestly.

DeathSandwich
Apr 24, 2008

I fucking hate puzzles.

Arist posted:

Iíve been super busy with IRL bullshit, so I never got around to finishing the first episode for this until today. Itís really good! Itís never really a mystery, never has all that many twists or turns, but the way it stays unpredictable through all that is by being willing to go just a step further than youíd think, every single time. Our heroes tamper with crime scenes, they abuse police resources, they hide key suspects from both the police and their mysterious-slash-vaguely-nefarious employer, they plant evidence. It adds color, if nothing else. Where a more conventional kind of show might wave this stuff away as ďwhat needs to be done,Ē which is its own whole can of worms, the show doesnít really condone or condemn these methods. Instead, it manages to just feel like how these idiots choose to operate. Theyíre underdogs, forced (and also allowed) to ďget creativeĒ due to the miniscule scale of their ramshackle operation. Itís not good that theyíre loving around like this, really, but itís fun enough to forgive, and lets them help in ways others canít.

Itís also just a really tight pilot that manages to introduce you to every corner of its initial world even as it makes it feel like the potential for future stories is abundant. Small details like the free laundry favor or the gun come back in really funny, compelling ways. Itís a really solid first episode, all around.

Excited to keep going, thereís a moment coming up in the next few episodes that is just seared into my mind for how good it is. Itís one of the only things I remember about this show, honestly.

FWIW Terriers is one of my all time favorite shows. Yeah, the individual mysteries of each episode are not really complicated. It's more about how these pair of fuckups navigate around it coupled with the drama of the series-wide arc and some of the most compelling dialogue I've seen in a show in a good long while. I remember watching an interview with a producer on the show who said the theme they were going for was "Too Small to Fail", the small fish in a big pond having to get creative and lucky to scratch out a living.

Edit: The themesong to the show has been my ringtone for literally years.

DeathSandwich fucked around with this message at 04:39 on Jul 24, 2021

Poque
Sep 11, 2003

=^-^=
Dang I'm way late here. Terriers was loving awesome. Trying to save it was the only time I've ever written to a tv network.

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Chef Boyardeez Nuts
Sep 9, 2011

The more you kick against the pricks, the more you suffer.
I'm honestly surprised FX isn't looking to reboot it. Canonically, the boys would just about be up for parole.

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