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    I just watched the pilot of The Honorable Woman and yeah, it's really quite good. So many layers and character nuances. I was a little iffy on the direction at first but then it started to come together a little bit better. The ending of the first episode was brilliant and so intriguing.
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    Anybody out there checked out BLACK JESUS, in which Aaron Mc Gruder asks "What if Jesus was reborn as a black man living in Los Angeles' Compton district?" I know Garth Ennis already used part of the idea as a joke in THE CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD, with his Jesus character getting treated to the LAPD's "beat up black people first, ask questions later" policy. But can the concept work as a series?
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    @Vornaskotti & Steerpike: I saw a dvd at the library for the BBC House of Cards and remembered it being mentioned and so I watched it and damn, that show is brutal. It seriously gave me nightmares (I'm that weird person where your typical "horror movie nightmares" are actually kind of fun for me, but "social situations/people manipulating each other nightmares" are really disturbing). Very well done (interestingly, I found all of the sex scenes to be incredibly not sexy in any form or way), but so dehumanizing and brutal. Which I think it fascinating, because one does not associate the term dehumanizing with the way the powerful and elite interact with each other but really, that's what it boils down to.

    Note: I find it hilarious that there was apparently a scandal that in the second season the King was vaguely similar to Charles. I was just sitting there thinking, "Guys, this portrayal is super likeable and makes him seem nicer than the real guy and you're offended? Damn y'all are weird."

    In other news, apparently I never/rarely watch stuff when it actually comes out.
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    Well, that was certainly a Utopia season ending... praying for one more to round the series off.

    Loved it all except
    ...for Becky's Deels symptoms being Donaldson drugging her to get in her knickers. And, honestly, her surviving her euthanasia attempt - Ian finding her dead would have been more impactful. But the extent of my Alexandra Roach crush is such that Im happy she lived!

    And the Wilson Becomes The New Mister Rabbit scene was one of the best supervillain origins ever. And reinforces my belief the actual theme of the show is 'what does it take to turn a person into a monster?'
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    Oh only now noticed your comment Steerpike - yeah, I watched the whole series, or trilogy, whatever it was called. A great story arc through and through :)
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2014
    Still loving Defiance. "Toddle that well-marbled ass back over there and pick up your own damn bags."
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2014
    Just watched the first episode of Bojack Horseman. It's a lot of fun, and feels like the sort of show that I might have fleetingly saw on late night TV and become obsessed with as a child.
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    I'm a bit of a late-comer to this, but I marathoned the first season of Gravity Falls last weekend and it is god damned amazing. Disney has the most off-kilter schedule for airing Season 2 episodes, though.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2014
    The Gravity Falls Season 2 opener was amazing. Pretty violent for Disney.

    Here is a Tumblr of production notes and art for Gravity Falls:

    Gruncle Stan without his Fez looks pretty bad-ass. Less a clown, more an aging freelance Things of Darkness battler.
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    The Gravity Falls Season 2 opener was amazing. Pretty violent for Disney.
    They've done quite a few things that have had me going "Disney let them do this? Seriously?" Gideon straight up trying to murder Dipper. "I ate a man alive tonight." The convenience store ghosts. The Ballad of Big John in the last episode. Gideon's mom is also a super dark running gag.
      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2014 edited
    Intruders, the BBC America adaptation of the Michael Marshall Smith novel, is not great so far. Strong cast, but lacklustre direction, oddly clunky adaptation, intrusive 'spooky' score. Hope it picks up (and is enough of a success to encourage HBO to adapt Only Forward!)
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2014
    I'm really enjoying Garfunkel & Oates' show a whole lot. Watch it if you like laughing and junk.