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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2014
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    Right now the only show that I'm "must-watching" is Defiance. The first season was overall okay but widely uneven. This season is running like a Swiss time bomb.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2014
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    I just watched the pilot of Constantine. To be honest, I didn't really know what to make of it; it seemed OK-ish. Some of the references to the early comics are in it, but I, personally, could have done with more booze, fags, shit magic, despair and fucked-up people in it. Like Gary Lester. Remember him? Anyhoo, it was just the pilot.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2014
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    @ flecky: Agreed. It could go either way but making him Silk Cut-less has me wondering what else they're not going to be allowed to get into.

    On the plus side, it's Keanu-and-his-magic-golden-shotgun-free and got me started re-reading Hellblazer from the beginning again.

    Anyone bother with The Leftovers?
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    I watched the first episode of The Leftovers and really did not enjoy it.

    Twenty something as teenagers, sexual shock tactics, a magical goddamn negro and so many self satisfied moments (the slow motion scenes were moronic) that took me out of the show. There was very little worthwhile to it, in my opinion.

    I can't say I'm going back for more.
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    Haven't seen The Leftovers yet, but I can't get over how bad the name of the show is. I keep thinking of turkey and cranberry sauce sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving...which if they made a show about that, I'd totally watch.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2014
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    I've heard so many bad comments about Leftovers that I'm not even tempted.

    The Legend of Korra is back for a third season. They're showing two episodes a week, 8pm Fridays. I'm about halfway through the first season; I enjoy it so much I'm afraid of running out. Yeah, dumb way to think about it.

    Royal Pains, a sort of really laid-back ultra-white version of House, is back. Sooooo mellow, but the medical mystery is usually interesting.

    I'm catching up on Rick and Morty, which can be amazingly inventive. One of those shows made by people who, like me, grew up playing D&D and reading comics and sucking down SF novels and movies. But who unlike me stayed creative instead of becoming a salaryman. Sigh.

    I wish Steven Universe would run more episodes. Lady superheroes, but wonderfully goofy kid protagonist.
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    Astonishingly, Fallen Skies has actually got even worse.
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    Watched the first episode of The 100 last night. So basically re-assembled from the offcuts from Hunger Games and Battlestar. A poor copy of Outcasts filtered through a US model agency.

    Now Orphan Black is finished I'm waiting for Utopia to restart.
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    @Cat Vincent: it really is amazing, isn't it? It was never a good show, but this season it's like they decided it wasn't even worth trying to have it make sense anymore.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2014 edited
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    @ Cat and DavidLejeume

    If you some fun aliens and humans action go check out Defiance. Stahma Tarr makes Cersei Lannister look like June Cleaver.
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    @johnjones - Been watching Defiance since first episode, and love me some Stahma.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2014
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    @ Cat

    I love that Datak got his richly deserved beaatdown after he violated Rule 45 on the Evil Overlord List.
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    Just finished binge watching "True Detective". I have to finally admit that I underestimated Matthew McConaughey as an actor. I've thought he's been good in some stuff here and there, but he was great in this.
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    Just finished BBC's original House of Cards yesterday. Holy shit. Well now, that was worth the time.

    I appreciate Kevin Spacey as an actor a lot, but got to say Ian Richardson blew him out of water with this one. Compared to the US remake, the BBC series has that certain layer of grittiness and "adult" on it that's so common with the British series. It's a series that is humorous in disturbing ways and disturbing in surprising ways. And what casting, damn.
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2014
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    I'm taking a break from the netflix version because I binged on 19 chapters and just needed to watch something less... power hungry. In this case re-watching the first series of Burn Notice. I was told to watch the US version then the UK version and then if you have time to watch the US version again to compare.

    I wasn't expecting US House of Cards to be so diverse especially for women. Not only do you have women playing hardball but so many different styles of hardball and without losing their sense of identity.

    I was suprised how much it reminded me of Profit too.
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2014
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    @Vornaskotti "Daddy!"

    Did you watch To Play The King and The Final Cut as well?
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    Holy shit, Extant is offensively dumb. From the idiot-ball (and alien baby) carrying Halle Berry to the Museum Of Wrong Biology where oddly menacing robots teach you incorrect evolutionary theory to the Vaguely Menacing And Kinda Racist Japanese Billionaire (played by Hiroyuki Sanada, who was the exact same character type in Helix) to the Possibly Psycho Robot Kid and his jerk of a creator-daddy... it's like someone's trying to make a pisstake of Spielbergian TV SF (of the Falling Skies family-value-worshipping school) but can't because ol' Steve's watching them.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2014
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    Extant also suffers from total impractical but cool looking technology syndrome and not knowing at all what's supposed to be interesting about the show. I knew the show would be dull the second she told her supervisor not to tell anyone about the alien baby yet.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2014
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    If last night's episode of Extant isn't a significant improvement I'm bailing.

    At the rate I am watching DVRd episodes of The Legend of Korra (still in season one!) and Orphan Black I'll have plenty of genuinely good TV to watch anyway.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2014
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    Halle Berry always strikes me as Kerry Washington's not-so-bright older sister.

    Meanwhile, [i]Defiance[/i] starts for me in about twenty minutes. I'm really looking forward to
    Rafe joining in at Tarr family bath time
    . That's going to be a hoot and a half.