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    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2012
    My favourite The Wire/The Shield comparison is this:
    The Wire is a Dickensian epic, The Shield a Shakespearean tragedy.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2012 edited
    That is a good comparison, now I think of it. In The Wire there was some good moments of hope (Bubs getting his shit together), but the end of The Shield was pretty grim.
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    @Finagle - Yup. The Wire is really not a cop show, but a show about Baltimore. It's probably why people who don't usually like cop shows, like The Wire.
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    @William Joseph Dunn
    Interesting that you say it ruined TV for you. I found it ruined any "dramatic" movie.
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    @a ethic whelp- I have different expectations for movies. A movie only has 1 or 2 hours to tell their story, whereas a television show has the ability to build over a longer stretch of time. That said, I think we are in a golden age for television and a tin foil age for movies.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2012
    On Mad Men, we learn that one of the minor characters writes stories "somewhere between fantasy and science fiction."

    He gets called into the boss' office and told that his advertising job should provide him with all the personal fulfillment he needs, and needs to quit writing.

    At the end of the episode he's seen in bed, scribbling out his next story.

    There's also a humiliating fist-fight.
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    I thought it was kind of hilarious that he changed his pen name, despite Peggy being the only one who knew what his previous one was.
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2012
    Also fun to see Pete being a shit again. While I appreciate character growth, the guy is such a shit that him completely turning around felt weird. I guess his shittiness comes in waves.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2012
    I think Pete is innately incapable of being satisfied. He gets what he wants, sets his sights higher (or simply elsewhere) and either gets frustrated, or gets what he wants and feels disappointed again.

    I'm impressed that Peggy went out and got a copy of Galaxy. And more impressed that the writer's put that detail in. I wonder if they knew about the various SF pros who sunlighted as ad men.
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2012
    Lost Girl...any good, chaps?
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    I was unable to watch Lost Girl due to personal prejudices related to the hair and make-up effects used on the apparently 'gothy' friend(s). Either get someone who knows how to do Goth make-up properly (preferably a Goth), or don't make that the character's image in the first place. Very minor and absolutely nothing to do with the story, but it p*ssed me right off. My wife being a 'traditional' goth (Bauhaus/Siouxsie/The Cure/The Mission etc) I know what I'm talking about when it comes to the make-up/style side of things on this matter. On a vaguely pertinent note though, the lead doesn't engage me. She appears to have an immobile face and try as I did (with the first series) I just couldn't care less what happened to her.

    As far as other series go I'm going to have to give, The Almighty Johnsons, a chance, if only to answer the questions: Why is Odin younger than everyone else? Why do they all look like they walked out of an advert for a supermarket's own clothing brand? Why the hell were the Norse Gods reincarnated in New Zealand (beyond the obvious answer of, 'that's where the series was created')?

    And finally: I've been watching, The Finder. I have mixed feelings so far. I like the character of, Walter Sherman and there have been some truly bats**t moments (Episode 6, Little Green Men) that have been rather fun. But the whole issue of Willa's Romany heritage and 'family' rules/laws just feels shoe-horned in. She's an interesting character without adding in
    arranged marriages and the associated social politics.
    And I do fear Willa's role will become that of, 'We need someone who can do this, but we don't know anyone who... oh, Willa, you can do that.... really?' If you haven't seen it yet you will understand my concerns after about the fourth or fifth episode.
    Also, tiny bug-bear:
    Walter's nonsensical re-creations of 'this week's scenario' with toys and random rubbish bother me because of the amount of time they would actually take to set-up when he's usually on some form of time limit.
    Still, over all it's a fun ride and I'm intrigued as to how the hell they're going to develop it.
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    @Lazarus - I couldn't stand five minutes of Lost Girl, and perhaps that makes me unqualified to judge it fairly. Like many things on SyFy (shudder) I see/read a great concept about a series, and then it turns out to be shite. I'm not sure if it's that bad humor/dialogue that I find so distasteful, that self-consciously nerdy "we know this is terrible dialogue but I'm saying it anyway" that SyFy seems to use on every show I've ever seen, but Lost Girls seems like more of the same.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012
    SyFy, shudder and shite...good summation of most of the stuff they knock-out.

    I tried a few episodes of Once Upon a Time and, well, as people have mentioned, it's not exactly Fables.

    I'll admit, I enjoyed Sons of Anarchy and I will miss having a weekly hit of Clay being a total bastard on wheels.

    At the moment, though, it's still Homeland that's surprising me each week and Justified that's making me laugh and wince with pleasure. Good shit.
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    @flecky - I was sent the first season of Homeland and I'm about 8 episodes in. I'm enjoying it. I never thought I'd find Claire Danes as interesting on the screen like she is here.
    • CommentAuthorsmoggy
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2012
    @flecky - With you on SOA. Thought they recovered with the last series after all the Belfast shite which just seemed to drag on and on. Justified is brilliant at the moment, my wife says I sit grinning like an idiot while its on.
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    Here's a great piece of news to finish off the month... Fringe renewed for a 13-episode final season.
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    Thank you! I've been hoping for the news of a Fringe renewal for what seems like an eternity. Brightened up the end of my week, thanks!
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2012
    Just watched two new Louis Theroux documentaries on Autism and Dementia. Fantastic as always.
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    As for latest Fringe... loved the emotional beats, but there's a huge plothole which buggers up the ep for me...

    So, let me get this straight:
    Jones' plan was having a Cortexiphan Kid on each side, one of whom activated the earthquakes by psi, connecting their 'vibrations' to their altverse counterpart, said connection providing the impetus for the world-merging.

    OK, fine. It's Fringe, I'll jump the pseudoscience. But...

    Why did nobody suggest finding the Cortexiphan Kids on one side and either transporting them to the other side, or just killing them?

    Olivia knows all their names. There's six hours to find them. And they've already got Nick Lane in custody. At worst, it's sacrificing (or, if having them all on one side works, mildly inconveniencing) 27 people to save 14 billion.

    This occurred to me as soon as Walter described Jones' plan. I'm certainly not as bright as a Walter. And it bugged me for the rest of the episode.