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    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2012
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    Homeland lost me with the sexposition. But of course it won, it has sexposition and no dragons.
    • CommentAuthorCrusherJoe
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2012
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    A buddy of mine is on Homeland, and I keep promising him I'll watch it. They film here locally and while I hope I hope they stick around for selfish reasons--I've read for it, but haven't got anything yet-- from what I understand about the storyline, my gut tells me there's a breaking point for stretching it out too far?
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2012
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    Watched the pilot for Last Resort on Hulu last night. Had quite a good time with it, especially towards the end. Scratched a lot of my Battlestar Galactica itches. I do worry about two things with the show. The first is how they're going to keep the premise going for multiple seasons, because you can only have so many nuclear standoffs before that loses its punch. The second is that the show may have bitten off more than it can chew, both plot-wise and thematically. Still, I'm curious to see how the show runners will handle all the problems they've set up for themselves.

    Also, the "we will all burn together" speech towards the end was masterfully written, acted, and scored. That might be one of the tensest moments of television I've seen in years.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2012
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    I've watched all of /Homeland/ and...meh.

    /Game of Thrones/, /The Walking Dead/, or /Breaking Bad/ would have been better.

    /Homeland/ is all about the acting. The plot is...tissue paper thin. Nearly incoherent in places.
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    Discovered that the local library has season one of Breaking Bad. Damn, that was something.
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    #cough#bittorrent#cough#
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    #cough#Idon'thaveacomputerrightnow#cough#

    I've been checking out dvds faster than I can watch them. I can wait.
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    Well, season 5.1 has just concluded, and season 4 is available on DVD. There's plenty of Walt available when you get around to it.
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    @Greasemonkey: I'll be sure to mention that there are 4 seasons to the library.
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    There should be another season pretty shortly. The legal distributors have to try to keep ahead of the downloaders.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2012
     (10743.71)
    I have to admit never having even heard of Homeland until the pre-Emmy discussions heated up. I don't have Showtime . . . I wonder if Comcast's PPV or Netflix carries it.

    I've been watching the new crop of broadcast network shows. So far, all sitcoms. I'm not willing to commit to another Big Mystery Drama Series, so I'll leave it to others to try out "Revolution" and the one about the renegade submarine crew.

    "Go On" is surprisingly involving. Matthew Perry is a widower trying to sort things out with the help of a support group. Someone pointed out the similarity to Community.

    "The New Normal" isn't bad. A predictable but amusing "Modern Family" wanna-be. Gay couple supports surrogate mom and her daughter.

    Watched the new CBS sitcom "Partners," because it was between two shows I usually watch, and wanted to scratch my eyes out. Really, really, awful.

    I just watched "The Mindy Project." It seemed rather insubstantial. Hard to concentrate on. I'd try it again.

    I'd more or less given up on the drama "Parenthood" when Ray Romano turns up as a regular. A straight dramatic role, which he is surprisingly good at.
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    I watched the first two episodes of Revolution yesterday and uh, I keep trying to read some weird subtext in there. So, America is outlawed, all the guns have been taken away and only a band of (de facto) survivalists fight against this oppressive regime. And yeah, not even going to go to whom the first baddie taking the guns reminded me of. Am I just overreading stuff, was this an accident or is this series somehow aimed at Teabagger America?

    Be it as it may, the costumes - Jebus. Whoever did the costume design should be fired. From a cannon. Post-holocaust environment with spray-on gay club shirts for men, and straight-off-the-rack leather jackets for women? Yeah, no matter what the rationale, that just looks horrible.

    Also, I can solve the energy problems for the characters: just harness the passive aggressive tantrums of the main characters for power and the whole world is set...

    Smelling another Terra Nova here.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2012 edited
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    @ Vorn: That's pretty much what I read into Revolution, too - so many elements of a right-wingnut's conspiratorial wet dream. Fiver says a suggestion of a one-world government makes an appearance at some point; despite it being a tad unlikely in their tech-free world.

    And I think our both noticing and wondering about too-tight tops might say more about us than the show, so I'll finish here.

    *cough*Obama parallels? Don't be absurd...*cough*
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    So, Person of Interest came out and bluntly stated what us fans have hoped since the pilot...

    ...that not only is The Machine a full AI, it's probably close to one of Charlie Stross's 'weakly god-like intelligences'.


    Brings the change in status quo from the end of S1 fully into focus, doesn't resolve the problem left by the cliff-hanger and has a nice light touch with the badassery. Plus, Reese makes a new friend!

    And if you've not seen the pilot of Last Resort, rush out there. Best damn pilot I've seen in years.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2012
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    @Cat:

    The
    psychopathic posthumanist lady

    was also vaguely Stross-ish.
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    @StefanJ: Oh indeed. And considering the first season had no less than 6 actual or implied Big Bads (Elias, Frost of the CIA, HR, Agent Stanton, Root and Alicia Corwin), I suspect it'll get nice and twisty with Root. Rhizomatic, even...
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2012
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    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2012
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    Louis C.K.'s Louie was odd and edgy this season. I admired it more than enjoyed it.

    The "Late Show" trilogy had its moments, but was too bleak for my tastes.

    Louie's relationship to Liz set off all sorts of discomfort alarms, as I thought it was meant to. I found . . .
    . . . her sudden death a bit contrived. Maybe a lot contrived.


    The funeral / lost daughter episode was great, as was the episode of the horribly awkward "Never."
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2012 edited
     (10743.79)
    Person of Interest: 7 episodes in, I think there's a good series in there, desperately trying to claw its way out from under hamhanded exposition and more plotholes than a badly tended allotment. The main actor isn't helping any, either, but Michael Emerson is (as per usual) a joy. You folks are a weighty vote in its favour, so I'm still sticking with it, though.

    Homeland: Slogged through season 1, not picking up season 2. Again way too much exposition (there was a point where they actually repeated it twice in one episode, 15 minutes after the first time) and soooooo damn many tropes I don't even
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2012
     (10743.80)
    FRINGE still manages to entertain. Not bad for a JJ Abrams show in its old age.

    HOMELAND....oh, whatever. I'm in it for Mandy Patinkin and Claire Danes. The smile she gave at the end of the chase in the souk made that entire episode. Mandy's beard could carry that show by itself.