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    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2013
    BREAKING BAD is going to bring my ulcers back. Christ fucking wept, man.

    The American LOW WINTER SUN is interesting, but I'm not super-tied into it, I missed an episode and managed to catch up pretty quick with no trouble, which to me seems a bit of a flaw in serial storytelling like TV. Then again, it is season 1, so...whatever.

    I've got like 10 goddamn shows and movies on my Netflix to get to but of course I have no time with my new job and all the reading I'm doing. I know, I know, Firs World Problems and all that.
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    You'd think a show called Masters Of Sex, full of lovely naked people would be right up my, ahem, alley... but it didn't grab me.

    A very Mad Men influenced docudrama about the groundbreaking sex research of Masters and Johnson, the pilot clearly had a lot of money and talent thrown at it... but the dialogue was a little too stilted, the "oh look, it was such a different time back then!" moments felt forced and I honestly don't see how they can get a 13 episode season out of it.
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2013
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine had a really solid premiere (directed by Clone High's Phil Lord & Chris Miller) with a great cast starring Andy Samberg with Joe LoTruglio, Andre Braugher, Chelsea Peretti and Terry Crews! Definitely looking forward to more.
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    Saw the premiere of DADS. Wanted to see what the outrage was about. The whole time I was watching it I looked at the two leads and thought, "I KNOW those guys!" The guy who never says no to his father and the guy who never says yes.

    It's a treatise on masculinity, just like TWO AND A HALF MEN. But MEN is about men and women, DADS is about sons. It will be hated, just like TWO AND A HALF MEN is hated. It will be interesting to see what happens to it.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2013
    So. How do we all feel about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
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    I thought S.H.I.E.L.D. was kind of "meh". I started out ok with some snappy dialog, but even that got old halfway through. I liked the allusion to Agent Coulson
    being an replicant of some kind interesting and it's a good nod to the old S.H.I.E.L.D, comics
    , but other than that, I found none of the other characters all that interesting. I'll give it 3 more episodes before I tap out.
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    Honestly, I thought the SHIELD pilot was a load of cheesy wank, but I'll stick with it because of its pedigree (especially Jeb & Maurissa's work on Spartacus, as they'll likely be doing most of the gruntwork).

    Anyone else think the treatment of Maria Hill as a character was just dreadful? This is the second-in-command of SHIELD having the piss taken out of her for supposedly drawing a turd in a subordinate's status review in front of that subordinate? If you don't think that's more than a little misogynistic, try and imagine Coulson doing that gag with Nick Fury...
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2013
    It did seem a bit lackluster, I agree. It picked up toward the third act, though, so I'll tune in next week to see where they're going with this.

    Mildly disappointed that the guy who jumps out of the building in the trailer didn't turn out to be Luke Cage, but oh well.
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2013
    The show made me chuckle a couple times. Plot-wise, it was completely dull and uninteresting. The hacker girl is obnoxious.

    Try to imagine Fury doing that gag to Coulson and it's not too far-fetched.
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    DJ - very different power dynamic. Hill is Coulson's superior officer. He's undermining her command position. Also, I can't begin to imagine Fury doing that gag...
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    Much more important than any new show - and for me, even more important than the end of Breaking Bad! - is the return of Person Of Interest.

    The new status quo is set up right out of the gate, the case of the week is a little slight to allow room for this but is still fun. The presence of Sarah Shahi and (especially) Amy Acker as regulars makes a huge difference to the dynamic - and the core story of How Humanity Deals With The First AI is already developing some intriguing twists.

    If you're not already a rabid fan, you seriously need to catch up - it's a stunning piece of modern SF in the guise of a clever action show.
  7.  (11105.12)

    Only saw this once, at a friend's house. It is a very well-made show. Caviezel takes a couple of shotgun blasts to the chest and stays standing. Doesn't even blink, in fact.

    Maybe that's why SHIELD isn't making a bigger impact. Broadcast TV already HAS superheroes. Caviezel's character in POI is one. McGarrett on FIVE-O, hell, even Cool J and Chris OD have broken the laws of physics on NCIS.

    No Luke Cage was a mistake. If you can't get Sam Jackson you must have SOMEONE with attitude.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2013
    What Cat Said about Person of Interest.

    It even has a sociopathic AI groupie.
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    longtimelurker: Yes, Reese is pretty much meant to be the ass-kicking half of Batman, with Michael Emerson's Finch as the billionaire genius half. Although I prefer to compare the show to The Shadow (because hero shoots people, a network of those they've saved rapidly forms and the abilities of The Machine map nicely as a modern twist on Cloud Men's Minds).

    StefanJ ...played by Amy Acker, in one of the great performances of her career.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2013
    I've been making a determined effort to be pickier about what I watch starting this fall. I've got Netflix now, which has lots of good stuff to work through . . . shows I didn't watch because I didn't have cable when they run, or gave the cold shoulder too.

    There are many shows which are *sometimes* funny or *sometimes* smart, or based in an interesting setting, that in the past I might have given a chance, or sometimes stuck with for too long.

    I gave up on "Copper" about five minutes into last week's episode. I didn't even bother with the current season of "Hell on Wheels." (Both of these fell into the "interesting setting" category).

    I watched three pilot episodes of sitcoms this week. Not bothering with any of them after that. By historical standards of sitcoms they weren't bad, but one can be more demanding these days.

    I haven't watched AGENTS yet. So far the only new show that I'm going to continue recording / watching is "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2013
    Hmm. Regarding PoI, is it still as action heavy as it was for the first season and a half?

    I found the basic concept very interesting, but the rather systematic gunshow endings were getting a bit tedious (give me more tradecraft and dry spy stuff, thx) and occasionally the writing was infuriangly slapdash (see: caricature bankers not giving a damn about American soldiers; the Estonian mafia of NYC, speaking something bearing very little resemblance to actual Estonian; etc.).

    I'd love to hear that it's been improving, because I do love me some cyberpunk spy fiction.

    (I still miss Rubicon. *notcryingonwhitechapeljusthavesomethinginmyeye*)
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2013
    I will bring up, about Agents of SHIELD:
    The fact that not-Luke Cage had all his personal info deleted and was gonna change his name means he could still end up being Luke Cage. The fella was also disappointed that hacker girl wasn't Jessica Jones, but her real name hasn't been revealed, either...

    I didn't hate SHIELD, but I didn't go in expecting much out of a network show. *shrug*
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    Good points, Brittanica. Proves they gave it more thought than I gave them credit for.

    Btw, DC is countering with GOTHAM, set in the pre-Batman universe starring Jim Gordon. Might result in a few more "secret origin" stories. Either that, or it will be SMALLVILLE DEUX.

    Or BIRDS OF PREY: THE RETURN. (Shudder.)
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    I thought SHIELD was pretty good for a first episode. The characters will probably be explored more in the following episodes. This is a Joss Whedon show after all. Looks like it will be kind of like Dollhouse or the last season of Angel.
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2013 edited
    I got to see Elementary tonight. It featured Rhys Ifans as Mycroft Holmes and Sean Pertwee (of Dog Soldiers and son of Jon Pertwee) as a hand-grenade wielding Inspector Lestrade. Jonny Lee Miller was still awesome as Holmes as was Lucy Lui as Joan Watson.

    All is right with my television universe today.