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    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2012
    Ha, it is funny that the guy who played Dan was in Something About Mary, I didn't realise that. And yeah, Deadwood ended leaving me thinking there was going to be a season 4. Still, better to have the three seasons than none :)
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    There was supposed to be a fourth but it got cancelled. HBO offered the creators a two cable movie deal (or summing like that) to wrap things up, but they said it wouldn't be possible to finish it in such a limited format.
    I watch Top Dog from channel 4 this week. Really great. Owes a lot to the wire but stands on its own two feet. It's available on 4od. I don't know if you Johnny foreigners can access it but it's definitely worth a watch.
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2012
    I hate, hate, hate that Ken Levine piece on Community. Let's note that he was the replacement showrunner, not the creator of Cheers. His historical overview is flat out wrong - we've had plenty of well-known showrunners from Bob Reiner to Rod Serling - and his advice is basically business advice for Harmon and has nothing to do with whether or not Harmon did the right thing, ethically and creatively.

    It's a Hack's Guide to Hollywood Business and has nothing to do with what the actual discussion is about.
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2012
    All sitcom characters seem to dissolve into caricatures eventually. I love Community but I wish they had given it an incredible crescendo of a finale instead of the slow and painful death I think it will now suffer.
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    I kind of liked "Awake". The rest I've never heard of or wasn't interested in:

    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2012
    Mad Men took an interesting turn on Sunday.

    I suspect SCDP is not long for this world, and that at least one character won't survive the next two episodes.

    I checked my DVR schedule, and it is due to record just one big-network program this week. We're in the season of repeats, utterly forgettable specials, and summer replacement series.
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    New Canadian SF show Continuum had a fun pilot, stuffed full of Genre Regulars of Canada (Roger R. Cross, Lexa Doig, William B. Motherfucking Smoking Man Davis...).
    It's a time-travel show - future-cop Rachel Nichols is pulled back 60+ years from her corporate-ruled time to modern Vancouver (played by, shockingly, Vancouver) to fight the Evil Anti-corporate Turrorists. More nuanced than that makes it sound, strong production values (her future looks a little like the Alphaverse in the late lamented Charlie Jade), her Standard Issue Cybercool Cop Suit has a nifty magic-bag set of tools (including temporary invisibility) & it's going for a nice swipe at the Occupy-vs-1% thing.
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2012 edited
    I've seen the first third or so of Continuum and I'm more intrigued by the "timey-wimey" stuff that's more hinted at than said. The idea that Future Alec has known about all this stuff coming and deliberately allowed the terrorists to murder 30,000 people just to establish the past is one thing. The idea that young Alex was attracted to Rachel Nichols' characters (because she, well, looks like Rachel Nichols) leads to the idea of Alec observing/manipulating/stalking her since before she was even born is one of the other things. Plus, I never really got what relationship the younger guy who was Rachel Nichols' husband/boyfriend had with future Alex. Employee/protege? Son? Grandson? I don't know, I just see the potential for Continuum to get into some deeply fucked up possibilities around the edges.
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2012
    Jesus, Mad Men.
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2012
    ^ What he said.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2012
    I think the big event in yesterday's Mad Men was inevitable. It wasn't telegraphed, but nonetheless it seemed inevitable.
    Oh, Lane. What a putz you've turned out to be. Why the hell didn't he make it look like an accident? Goddamned selfish putz.

    I have a feeling that this season's finale will be as bleak and sad as the end of season three was full of hope and possibility.
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    I called Mad Men's twist in the last episode, didn't mean it was any less bleak.

    Though, assuming it wasn't just a metaphor, there's that mysterious elevator shaft for someone to fall into. I've been cringing every time someone goes into the elevator alone, especially Peggy this episode.
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    If Don falls/jumps down the lift shaft I will metaphorically shit myself with rage.
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    I think the most appropriate person would be Pete, but he's too evil to die.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2012
    I believe the elevator shaft was meant to be metaphorical danger . . . the abyss of marital failure that Don fears tumbling into. He knows he has it really good at the moment.

    PHEW. We'll know in a week.

    * * *
    Royal Pains, the Easy Listening version of House, starts its summer run starting tomorrow.

    Wilfred, the Elijah Wood and talking dog bizarrocom, starts season two in a few weeks.
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2012 edited
    GoT: Rocks fall, everyone dies, done just right.

    Mad Men: Christ, this season has seen every personal development just ground to dust. Pete was doing so well last season, only to revert to being his usual horrible cock. Roger's moment of enlightenment has "worn off". Don has regained his terrible hunger for EVERYTHING. Betty poisons everything from miles away. Cosgrove has fallen into the pit where the only reward is the other guy not getting the meeting, and now Joan is in the same pit.

    I'm beginning to think Bert will be the only survivor in the series.

    Breaking Bad: Walter White - The Worst Fucking Person Ever. That said, one of the finest TV series ever. On par with The Wire, Mad Men and Arrested Development.

    Fringe: Still on that very narrow edge between jumping the shark and flying.

    Homeland: I went through the first season, and the fine job from the actors was not enough to distract me from the awful trope and exposition ridden script. I'll give season 2 a pass, despite the wonder that Lewis & Danes imploding are.
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    @StefanJ I saw the elevator shaft as metaphor for the depths to just how low the company could sink morally and the darkness was endless. Don, the only one who seems to be interested in the moral state of the company, is the only one who can see the chasm before him.

    Though, Ginsberg is an interesting character. He seems to be immune to anything that doesn't involve his own ambitions.
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2012
    Guys, come on. Glenn is going to come back and kill everyone.

    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2012
    The Mad Men season finale was a wind-down rather than a blockbuster. Things happened, but they were more portentous than ground shaking.

    Ah, Don?
    It's PEGGY you're looking for, PEGGY!. Goddamnit, didn't you see the way Ghost Wife smiled contentedly at the two of you when you were sleeping on the couch together after your big cry? Oh, yeah, you were asleep. Well, maybe your brother's ghost will clue you in.

    Well. Next season will likely be set in 1968, when the torment and tumult in the outside world will be un-ignorable. I was six years old for most of 1968, and even I knew deep shit was going on.
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2012 edited
    Continuum seems promising so far. Assumed it was just another network show but the potty-mouths put paid to that idea. Although, hopefully, that won't be the only aspect to differentiate it as being a little bit more mature/adult/serious/whatever than its peers (and that doesn't mean Rachel Nichols needs to get her kit off, either.)

    3 episodes in and I'm beginning to hanker for more of Liber8's casus belli. Yeah, 2077 looks like a cleaner version of Blade Runner's dark and neon dystopia, but just saying it's a corporate-controlled police state won't cut it for long, especially when the rebels are a bunch of unsympathetic whack-jobs. Fingers crossed more is revealed when F Murray Abraham Tony Amendola shows up again.

    And this is probably just me, sorry, but it's clear kick-ass Protector Kiera misses her family terribly and is afraid for all their futures, blah blah blah, but enough with the close-up blubbing scenes, pretty please? I get it already.