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    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2010
    So I watched half of The Walking Dead before turning it off because I'd already seen it. Granted, not that specific show, but I've seen that story before, many times. Now, that's not a dealbreaker. I'm aware that there's nothing new under the sun and that it broad terms every story that can be told has been told. Still, there needs to be something. A setting. A character. A plot element. Something that hooks my interest. And there just wasn't anything. From what I could tell the show wasn't badly done, it's just that it was indistinguishable from the crowd of similar stories and I don't want to make time for that on my viewing schedule.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2010
    Visually, it was stunning. But I thought it was ploddingly slow-paced. I'll be back for more next week, though.
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    It's Always Sunny has had a really weak season so far. It's really disappointing.

    I need my Venture Bros. Fix. There's not much season left and it makes me sad.

    I'm craving some new Top Gear. I've seen a couple of full scenes from the American version, and it looks about as bad as I was expecting. It seems like they've tried to take the cinematography and style of the British version and copy it. The result is something that looks like an amateur trying to copy a professional. I'm not sure I can wait until January 3rd for new eps. There will be ten of them according to their website, and there are rumors going around that suggest that this will be the last season. I really hope not, but I respect the cast and crew enough to know that they're going to quit while they're ahead. If it isn't the last season, I wouldn't mind seeing one 10-episode season a year instead of two 6 or 7 mini-season a year. 6 or 7 never seems like enough.

    The only other big TV I'm looking forward to this year is the Premier of "Conan" next week. That being said, I really want to check out this "The Hub" network, as they are running shows like Fraggle Rock and the Original GI Joe. I'm also kinda looking forward to seeing this new Wallace and Gromit show. I just have a soft spot for the series for some reason...
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    Did the final episode of Venture Bros air in the US Sunday?
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2010 edited
    It wasn't on this week. The finale is next Sunday, and it's an hour.

    I completely disagree on Walking Dead - even being intimately familiar with not only the broader premise, but this exact story, I still thought it was really gripping. Usually, even well-done adaptations tend to leave me feeling empty; I end up analyzing and comparing everything instead of just letting the story happen. Here, I actually went back and re-read the first few issues after it was over, and they felt almost shallow in comparison. It's not just the usual zombie story, it's the usual zombie story told by an absolute master of his craft, and Darabont squeezed every last iota of pathos to be found Kirkman's story.

    But that's just me.
      CommentAuthorCameron C.
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2010
    I'm not sure a zombie story can start any other way and we basically know how every zombie story is gonna end after an hour and a half. The Walking Dead is gonna get 13 hours at least, and the ability to go anywhere it wants, because its not a zombie /movie/ and we've already seen that AMC is willing to let their shows go where they need to. Then again, my favorite show for the last few months has been AMC's RUBICON, and I heard everyone call it things like "Fascinating but boring" and Ive never once found it boring so D:

    @Looneynerd Conan is actually back tonight, they're starting a week early. Read that the other day. I hope its good, I'm pumped.

    The Hub, I believe, is also doing a new CG TRANSFORMERS miniseries later this month. I'll watch it, knowing it won't be like BEAST WARS or the recent TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED, which was great. Didnt know there was gonna be another Wallace and Gromit. I gotta rewatch that....

    I was kinda only so-so on the last season of Sunny, and this one is kinda the same. I still love it but it's noticeably a step down. Community has been freaking hilarious, though.
    • CommentAuthorAllen
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2010
    I thought the Walking Dead premiere was fantastic, there were scenes that were very difficult to watch due to being so hard emotionally to the characters and thus me. Especially with the father and son Rick ran across. The high rating of the episode means a second season is very likely too which is a big bonus.
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2010
    They knocked Morgan and Duane absolutely out of the park. The whole thing with the mother? Spectacular. And I'm already loving Glenn, and we haven't even technically seen him yet.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2010
    I really miss Mad Men.

    I'm not looking forward to Breaking Bad as much I did the beginning of last season. Walter White has become an amoral monster, and exposed his family to deadly danger. He has apparently forced Jesse, who still had a shred of decency left, to become a monster. There is no way the situation can lead to anything but disaster.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2010
    @Steadyup - yeah, I thought the best parts were Duane and Morgan. And I didn't dislike it, it just felt a little slow. Still, excellent to see such a high rating, it's well-promoted and well-done, looks like it'll be around for awhile. AMC gives shows a chance to grow and find/build an audience. This one's gonna be a bigger cash cow than Mad Men and so might keep shows that're "on the bubble" (Rubicon, which I've never watched) alive.
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2010
    To break away from how great Walking Dead was for a minute; has anybody been watching Terriers? Wasn't too sure on it at first, but it's been really enjoyable lately.
      CommentAuthorCameron C.
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2010
    @DJStawes: Yeah, I saw some people liking the first few episodes on twitter and now I look forward to it every week. Really good.
    • CommentAuthorepalicki
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2010
    @DJStawes - Prior to the Walking Dead, I decided that Terriers was the only new show of the season that is a) worth watching and b) not canceled (R.I.P. Lone Star).
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2010
    @Kosmopolit - Next Sunday.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2010
    I'm watching a whole bunch of DVRd shows to insulate myself from this evening's election coverage. Lots of sitcoms indulging in a Halloween episode. An episode of House.

    The Venture Brothers from the week before last had a genuine twist ending. What a great show.
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    was blown away utterly by The Walking Dead. yes that day of the triffids start is a bit of cliche but it was in the book too.
    thought the characterisation and the acting were spot on and loved how it set it's stall out early (first scene) with regard to the violence.
    absolutely cannot wait for more.
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    Really enjoyed The Walking Dead - the sequence where the main character gets surrounded by the zombies and has to hide in the tank was gripping stuff.
    • CommentAuthorjonah
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2010
    I'll not sure I'll watch the rest of The Walking Dead. The tone of first episode felt pretty inconstant to me. Next paragraph has minor spoilers.

    The end scene was the greatest offender for me, near suicide followed by sad horse guts gore with way too upbeat music playing on top, haha? Small things like message(s!) written in blood I just find goofy on TV. The headshot porn I found silly too and I wish they had taken a Hitchcock approach. The scene with all the bodies laid out with bloodstains seeping into the head area of the blanket was much more effective and chilling. I liked the scene with the crippled zombie euthanasia I found it slightly funny in a really uncomfortable way. But cutting that scene with a rather serious one of a man being the sole member of his wife's death panel? Didn't work for me.

    I guess I was hoping for/expecting something a bit more mature, dark and depressing, but this looks like(despite some nice flourishes) it will be a modern take on the pulp monster adventure-man show? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

    I much prefer the way Dexter uses humor to make the terrible moments stand out more, while with The Walking Dead I felt the humor lessened the drama and made it feel insubstantial. I'm sorta bummed out I didn't like it. Anyway, the comic is awesome and I hope Kirkman makes tons of money!
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2010
    Did Supernatural just steal lines from Hellblazer? I mean, not even riffing on it, or inspired by it, but dialogue straight from the comic?

    To avoid detailed spoilers, I'll just say that there was a 'King of the Vampires' who seemed to literally be the same character from Garth Ennis' run, and said exactly the same things.
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    Dunno - Ennis was where I stopped reading Constantine for a bit. But it's known Castiel's look is nicked off Conjob.