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TV General Discussion.
« on: May 30, 2019, 06:47:19 PM »
I wrote this up the other day but it got eaten by the langoliers.

I feel like some of the tangents we go off on in the "What's your favorite/what are you watching" thread are somewhat disruptive, so I made this pressure valve. Then I wrote what my current feelings on the state of TV. This is just a tribute! The original was much better.


First up, Counterpoint got canceled. I've never actually watched this because A) I'm not a Starz subscriber and B) My TV streaming site is kind of a pain in the ass to use.

It certainly had an interesting premise though. Two mirror worlds, fighting each other in a clandestine cold war. JK Simmons played a meek guy and a BRASH bottom.

Apparently he pulls it off so well, you can tell which is which, even when one is disguised as the other, and has no lines. That's impressive.

Whiskey Cavalier was canceled, because OF COURSE IT WAS. Apparently the title was a condition for series pickup, some ABC exec thought it was a GREAT title.
The actual series wasn't much better. Yet another "Cool guy wants to do cool things, but is held by back by a controlling madam". So it was Archer, without humor, or good writing. Bon Voyage, Whiskey Cavalier.

Next, Kelsey Grammer is known for talking out his ass, but he is claiming that the Fraiser continuation series is being held back because there are six different pitches, and nobody wants to budge from theirs.

Here's an idea - Let the fantastic series rest! It literally can't be the same, and we already know Kelsey is a Trump supporter. How long could the continuation last?

Game of thrones!  Apparently Maisie Williams wanted Arya to finish her list, and die in the process. She had support from Lena Heady, who also wanted this outcome.

Reddit once again poo on the death of Cersei and Jaime by noticing that when Tyrion found their corpses, the Dragon Skulls were still intact. They could have survived by hiding under the damn things, considering the open sky would have provided oxygen. Damn you freefolk! (Just kidding, the fact they could rip D&D apart so often and so well is alarming)

Also, it's been confirmed that Bran = bottom king is official, from GRRM himself. Now he doesn't have to finish the book, because no one wants that. I've been seeing the GOT seasons showing up at goodwill, something I had not previously seen. People are angry.

It's actually funny, anytime a controversy comes up, goodwill gets flooded with the unwanted merchandise. I saw a LOT of Cosby albums when he got convicted of being a serial rapist.

Pretty much all the studios are Grumbling about Georgia, but none are actually taking action. Reminds me of #MeToo!

Jessica Jones is returning for a third season, but why? The only possible way to keep the series going is to once again destroy her life. Also, I thought all the Netflix Marvel Props already got sold off, so how would they even film it? Everyone in Wal-Mart Couture?

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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2019, 07:24:50 PM »
I was a big Cosby fan when I was a kid. I had one of his albums from the early 70s. Very sad and disappointing what has happened. Painful even. Proof again why you should not worship another human. Especially one you do not know.

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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2019, 07:35:50 PM »
I quite liked Counterpoint.  That's a shame.  I'll have to check the Goodwill for the GoT videos.

Just finished Enlightened.  It was better than I thought it would be.  Laura Dern & her real life mother, Diane Ladd, play mother & daughter.  Dern is good at being clueless.  The show evolves and she eventually becomes more sympathetic.  Jonathan Demme directed it.  It had a good cast.  It just loaded automatically via amazon prime when I finished this season of Fleabag, which is also good.  Some of these series play better to one gender than the other.

I'm out of stuff to watch alone.  Will return to Billions when we get a chance.  One thing we've just about finished watching for the 3rd time is the 1980's Jewel in the Crown series from the BBC.  It holds up well, despite its age. 

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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2019, 07:45:36 PM »
Did you ever try Preacher? I don't think you'd care for the blood soaked carnage, but the hypocrisy is entertaining. Soundtrack is pretty good too.

My TV does just fine with black in games, but in television streaming I get shitty artifacts. It's quite distracting.
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2019, 10:48:18 AM »
I am watching Rachel Ray. I don't know why because I don't like her. I do think it's funny that the commercials on TV of her show are images of her like 10 years ago. lol She is like 100 lbs. heavier now. I could be exaggerating. I did say I don't like her.

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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2019, 07:47:16 PM »
I hate her schtick. It's olive oil, not the stupid name she calls it.

I do like that her guests seem to despise her. That's kind of funny. I also get the idea that her kids who she is ALWAYS saying love the meals, probably don't.
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2019, 08:22:38 PM »
I read other actual chefs despise her. lol She obviously got her gig wholly on looks.
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2019, 08:29:45 PM »
She has a brand of dog food.  Need I say more?  Here's a review.  What I find curious about these dog food reviews is that there seem to be no taste tests.  I once had a job working for General Mills in a factory where cereal and cake mixes were packed and shipped out.  When the packing machines malfunctioned spilling cereal on the floor, we were instructed to sweep it up and put it into these big grey plastic trashcans with "CertaMix" labels on them.  I later found out that they were sent to be used in pet food.  So when it says "cereal" on the dog food package, it may be Golden Grahams, Trix, or Kix.  Another fun fact:  Wheaties and Total are the same flake, one just has more vitamins sprayed on it.

I've never seen Rachel Ray.  I just watched Martha Stewart (who does appear to know how to cook) making a bunch of beef recipes.  I don't eat beef, but it's interesting to watch her anyway.  I like to think of her giving housekeeping tips to other inmates while she was in prison.  The fact that she did that and survived to put it behind her makes me think she must be ok on some level.

https://www.k9ofmine.com/rachael-ray-nutrish-dog-food-review/

p.s. The Golden State Warriors appear to be reaping the hand dealt to them by fate for abandoning Oakland for the high rent district of San Francisco.  Whores.
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2019, 08:39:16 PM »
p.s. The Golden State Warriors appear to be reaping the hand dealt to them by fate for abandoning Oakland for the high rent district of San Francisco.  Whores.
LMAO! That's funny Six. They should interview you when they come back to town with their tails between their legs.

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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2019, 11:40:15 PM »
They managed to lose at home.  It was so close.  So sad for them.
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« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2019, 11:50:03 PM »
Well, the Canucks are partying in the streets. Drinking Moosehead beer. 

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« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2019, 11:55:02 PM »
They played really well and deserve the celebration.

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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2019, 12:04:34 AM »
I didn't like Moosehead. I did like this very much, however:


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« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2019, 10:15:21 PM »
I'm hesitant to recommend Babylon 5 to six, since she thought DS9 was poo, and B5 was essentially DS9's poor cousin.

But I found an essay that may help her decide if it's worth checking out:

https://www.tor.com/2019/06/13/babylon-5-is-the-greatest-most-terrible-sf-series/

Personal notes - I watched B5 live. Wasn't always worth watching, and I was deeply offended they killed me in the Pilot. San Diego is a destroyed hellhole.

Many years later, I watched it with a friend who while not deeply devout, does have faith. When a certain race is "revealed" He had a look of shock I've rarely seen.

Unlike Commie trek, B5 paints a fairly bleak future, where you still have to pay for your own healthcare, even in the military, and Oranges are OBSCENELY expensive due to shipping costs.

And less I make the show sound too awesome, there is some real garbage too.
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« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2019, 04:43:07 PM »
I actually enjoyed watching DS9, but I'm not so sure I'm up for Babylon 5.  The few episodes I did tune into were so corny, it seemed absurd to spend more time on it.

Wouldn't I be better off with some very good sci-fi books?  There's plenty I have not yet read, and after last night's predictable viewing, something that would probably make most of us on here gag, "Flack." I am beginning to think that books are the best alternative to bad tv.  I'm open to some recommendations.  I have most of the Philip K. D ick books and have read them at least once.  Read Dune, which was ok, Dune Messiah sucked.  Haven't read Stand on Zanzibar.  Liked Orson Scott Card but prefer not to give him additional space given his hateful politics.  I read a trilogy recently, that was alright but a little too hip for my tastes.  I don't like it when the characters's dialogue is filled with flippant quips.  I prefer my sci fi square.

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« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2019, 05:13:56 PM »
Managed to pick up the entirety of Stargate Atlantis at goodwill. SCORE!

Also nice, it was $5.99 a season instead of $9.99. I'm so happy they got rid of that manager. Mom used her senior discount too.
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« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2019, 05:21:56 PM »
That's super.  People often put entire DVD collections on the curb here.  Let me know if there's anything in particular you are looking for in case I stumble across them.  Sometimes DVDs show up in Little Free Libraries which are common in these parts.

I'm not walking much these days but I'm supposed to be able to get rid of this boot come July.  Really, it's like one of those yellow things they clamp onto your car for parking in the wrong place.  I went to Safeway this afternoon and it took twice as long as I had to clump around the store using the cart for balance.

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« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2019, 05:37:12 PM »
The ones currently on my wishlist are BSG, TNG 2-7 DS9, VOY

I had BSG S1, but it grew legs.

Funny enough, this goodwill keeps getting copies of Medieval II, TOTAL WAR, only problem - Disk 1 is always missing.

I remember when VOY came out on DVD, they wanted something obscene like $230 a season.
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« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2019, 02:59:42 AM »
Ender's Game was very good.  I haven't read any of the others.

I read books and they disappear like vapors.  I've been slogging through Herodotus and Balzac in my spare time, but they are a bit more laborious.  I read an Ann Leckie trilogy, Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, Ancillary Mercy  that was interesting but still sort of everybody is groovy in the end.  I prefer the nostalgia of lost civilizations that screwed things up royally that underlies the basic trajectory of the James SA Corey Expanse series.

I've located the Hyperion Cantos via Soulseek so I'll check that out.  "Flack" is pretty stupid.  Predictable and tedious.  I guess I was like that when I was younger, but it seems so long ago.  Women behaving badly.  Oh well.  Maybe there's more entertainment to be had in an imaginary future.





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« Reply #19 on: June 19, 2019, 05:47:03 PM »
One of my favorite treatments of this phenomenon was in Woody Allen's "Bananas."  Here's the link.  I have to go change my underwear so they can check it, while I'm working on my Swedish.  <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkYfmRwryQo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkYfmRwryQo</a>

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« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2019, 09:40:57 PM »
I learned some things from The View that made me hate him even more. I didn't think I could respect Whoopie less, but she managed that too.

Moving on, Titans started up again. I watched the entire first season, it goes from "okay" to "Cancel this pls" fairly often, and the Season Finale was cut.

Seriously, they cut the season Finale and ran it as the first episode of the new season.

It was pretty bad. Kind of fun seeing the junior cop from Castle playing a dark lord, but they turned him into a Thanos knockoff pretty quickly. Maybe that's why they bumped it, wanted to let some of the Thanos memories fade. Once Trigon goes CGI, the show gets so much worse.

Predictably, all the heroes are forced to kill in flashbacks, except Hawk & Dove, they do Heroin. Anyway that turns them all into evil zombies.

Raven finds the power inside is really the friends we make along the way... After getting her heart ripped out. We kind of need those to continue to live, but she doesn't.

We get a CGI style final face off, which is why I stopped watching the DC movies.

Then we get some weird road trip bits. richard Grayson confronts Bruce Wayne, who is played by... Jorah the andal?  I mean I'm sure they could have gone with worse casting, but I honestly thought he was Alfred until richard called him Bruce.

I don't know why I keep watching this show, I really don't. Like I said, I stopped watching the DC movies.

Looks like 3 more episodes and I can watch preacher. I hung it up because I didn't want a cliffhanger, so I'm waiting for it to end, and then I will watch em.
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