Good TV (aka, the TV series spamthread), the second series

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Re: Good TV (aka, the TV series spamthread), the second series

Post by Animalmother » Fri Sep 16, 2022 3:41 pm

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Post by Wrathbone » Sat Sep 17, 2022 9:04 am

Cobra Kai season 5

I’ve stopped caring whether this is actually good from a critical standpoint because it’s such pure, shameless entertainment that I’d feel churlish to nitpick at it. I’ve rattled through this season at lightning speed and I enjoyed it more than season 4, which I thought was a bit of a backstep (though still hugely fun).

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Post by Raid » Sat Sep 17, 2022 9:22 am

Good to hear. I haven't started on it myself, but I too felt season 4 was fairly weak compared to the rest of the show. It was a bit of a surprise really; they usually release a new season at the very start of the year. It's only been six months since I watched the last one.

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Post by Raid » Wed Sep 21, 2022 6:02 pm

Andor

This definitely snuck up on me, I had no idea it had started today until, weirdly, I saw an ad for it during a break while watching Bake Off.

I've only watched the first of the three available episodes, but I think it's started fairly well. It's very expensive looking, set as it is in heavily populated civilian locations so requiring a tonne of unique costuming and props. It is doing that thing all of the Star Wars shows have been doing lately and using flashbacks too frequently, but they are at least far shorter than the ones that murdered the pacing in BoBF. I know the idiom is "show don't tell", but we just don't need this level of context for the story to work, and I'd really rather they just showed us the interesting stuff instead.

I tend to have to keep on top of Star Wars shows as the friend I play X-Wing:TMG with likes to discuss it, so I'll be watching the next couple of episodes over the weekend.

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Post by Lennyquantum » Wed Sep 21, 2022 7:18 pm

Just finished up the first episodes of Andor too. It is clearly evident from the very first introduction shot that this show is on another level compared to say The Book of Boba (which I always said looked too cheap for Star Wars) there's almost a Blade Runner level of quality going on visually. It's instantly striking in all the right ways and like Blade Runner there's a definite increase in proceedings feeling a lot more adult orientated, much more serious and with a palpable sense of danger that grimey criminal underworld side I always loved, much of its draw is coming from the fantastic visual sets on display which certainly impress alongside some solid writing and acting.

Andor was very much my least favourite character from Rogue One I must admit, and when the show was announced I didn't feel all that bothered to watch it especially coming off a somewhat disappointing Obi Wan show, but just as with Rogue One there's something instantly improved at work here. It's something familiar yet fresh feeling and a lot more mature in tone with it which I feel was desperately needed.
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Post by Raid » Wed Sep 21, 2022 7:40 pm

I actually got a distinct Blade Runner vibe from the shot of the ship leaving that first location too.

I didn't dislike Cassian in Rogue One, but he certainly wasn't a character that needed a lavish backstory. If it ends up as a vehicle for showing the more interesting parts of the Star Wars underworld, and it tells an interesting story, then that's absolutely fine.

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Post by Animalmother » Wed Sep 21, 2022 10:50 pm

Really enjoyed it. I'm not a massive Star Wars fan but Rogue One is for me the the best film in the series. I thought TBoBF was garbage, couldn't get into Mando and skipped Obi Wan, but this actually looks like some effort was put into it. Looking forward to seeing more.

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Post by Raid » Thu Sep 22, 2022 5:44 pm

The second episode was much the same; it's a fairly slow burn so far. There was a problem though; I could not get past the Scottish-accented corporate security chap.
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Post by Lennyquantum » Fri Sep 23, 2022 10:00 am

Dahmer: Episode 1

To cut to the chase immediately let’s talk Evan Peters, what an inspired piece of casting right there, there were scenes in the first episode so genuinely unsettling in nature I felt like I wanted to pause it and leave the room for a while. I think many of us always knew he had more to give when it came to pure acting chops, but I'm honestly taken aback by how good he actually is at playing Jeffrey Dahmer. Sure, Zac Efron did his best as Ted Bundy but watching Peters do his thing in every scene he's present are both disturbingly captivating and on a different level entirely when it comes to pure physical portrayal.

Showrunner Ryan Murphy did an amazing job that's for sure, I am however very curious if it can keep up the initial thick layer of revelation and uncomfortable for an entire series that begs the question are monsters only ever born out of tragedy, or are they simply just born?
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Re: Good TV (aka, the TV series spamthread), the second series

Post by Sly Boots » Fri Sep 23, 2022 11:13 am

Yeah, we're really enjoying it. From what I know about Dahmer they're sticking pretty closely to what we know about his life, upbringing, and crimes.

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Post by Raid » Fri Sep 23, 2022 6:47 pm

Third episode of Andor is pretty good. Plenty of tension, and speeders that actually go faster than jogging pace, unlike the ones in BoBF.

Also, and I really hope this is a detail that someone snuck in there without Disney noticing, but Cassian Andor carries a Bryar pistol; the weapon created originally for Kyle Katarn from the PC game Dark Forces. Kyle was the very similar character (prior to his force sensitivity anyway) that Cassian replaced in canon when they made Rogue One.

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Re: Good TV (aka, the TV series spamthread), the second series

Post by Tommy » Fri Sep 23, 2022 9:56 pm

Wrathbone wrote:
Sat Sep 17, 2022 9:04 am
Cobra Kai season 5

I’ve stopped caring whether this is actually good from a critical standpoint because it’s such pure, shameless entertainment that I’d feel churlish to nitpick at it. I’ve rattled through this season at lightning speed and I enjoyed it more than season 4, which I thought was a bit of a backstep (though still hugely fun).
Saved me writing this out.

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Obviously it passed the point of realism, but I still thought it was a really strong return to form after Season 4, which is comparatively weak. The opening scene of the season is probably my favourite opening scene from any series ever, and I actually think the final scene might be up there too. Really strong way to round the programme off.
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