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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.
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2014
    Currently watching Haven and Legends. Also rewatching Wiseguy and eagerly expecting Sleepy Hollow Season 2.
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2014 edited
    Gotham was a pile.

    Edit: I should probably start expanding on my thoughts one day.
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2014
    While I haven't seen Gotham, I would just like to add:


    Brought to you by someone who has watched far too many blessedly-canceled-after-one-season sitcoms because I had nothing else to do while I ate my meals on Hulu. Also, I do not ever claim to only watch high brow shows... in fact as a freelancer I'm required to watch/listen to a lot of crap in order to break up my endless hours of neither seeing nor talking to anyone. I should maybe get into more radio plays but mehhhh...

    To be relevant, my current watching schedule is:

    Last Week Tonight w/ John Oliver (because it's way better than Daily Show)
    Daily Show (because LWT isn't on every night & I need more mockery of the news in my life)
    Manhattan (it's historically inaccurate and super soap-y but I looooove sexy, dramatic historical shows ok? also, gay representation. though I'm docking points for the Sid Liao subplot)
    All the Sailor Moons (both the original subs and the new Crystal simultaneously, because you have to)
    The Awesomes (sucker for superhero TV shows annnnnd, it's the least offensive of the Hulu animated shows. Seriously, do not watch the others, they should be shot.)
    Quick Draw (again, inoffensive Hulu show, also love of the West. It's also a scripted improv show, which means the actors get a general outline of the episode & scenes, then make up their lines. It's utterly silly, slips in feminism and race politics and has the weirdest history references in it.
    Agents of SHIELD (I am a sucker for the tie-ins to the movies and despite the plot holes I still heart the Marvel Universe and once invested, I do need to know!)

    And then legit a whole bunch of shows I wouldn't even cop to my partner that I watch... until he took the step to admit that he watches them too when I tried to make a joke about one of them, and then we bonded more that we watch terrible tv.

    Bringing it back, I suspect I will still watch Gotham for at least a few episodes before I either get too involved and can't stop or make a decision to delete it from my memory.
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    Best bit of Gotham so far is Jada Pinkett-Smith as Fish Supper.
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    I like the set and lighting design of Gotham...but that's about all I like about it.
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2014
    I watched Gotham, but really couldn't bring myself to give much of a crap. Part of it is prequel malaise. I know where these characters are going to end up, so I don't really care about seeing how they get there. Part of it was also that Bullock, a detective, did not say, "Hey, Jim, because I am also a trained detective, I notice that you don't have any of the blood or brain matter on your face and clothing which you should reasonably have after shooting a dude in the head from two feet away. Go back, find his ass and kill him for real this time or someone is going to kill you - after you watch Barbara die slow and ugly." I only have room for so much stupid on my television and that quota has been filled by Legends (which has Sean Bean as compensation) and Sleepy Hollow which has everything on Sleepy Hollow as compensation.
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    Anyone watching "The Knick?"

    If you're not, you should be.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2014
    I agree with @johnjones on Gotham. It also suffers from the "Muppet Babies" effect, in which beloved / despised characters have always known each other, or were somehow connected in their youth.

    I wish I could watch The Knick. I don't get that channel.

    I still have three of four season premiers waiting on the DVR. I need to decide which old shows to ditch, which new ones to bother with. I think The Good Wife is running out of steam and resorting to a stunt. Madam Secretary I only watched the last half hour of and didn't really notice, which says something.

    I almost hate to admit it, but the The Middle, a sitcom set somewhere unremarkable in Ohio, is something I watch regularly. It has . . . well, I wouldn't call them realistic characters, but who are somehow more plausible than most shows. The family is struggling economically. The teenagers do impulsive and unwise things. The blue collar dad really doesn't want anything to do with his weird aspie son. The weird aspie son has a lot of peculiar interests, but he isn't being set up to be a savant with remarkable powers.

    Compare this with Parenthood, where a moody teenage drop out character with a marginal job somehow can afford her own apartment, or Modern Family, where the academically challenged ditz becomes a fashion consultant overnight.