Post by ResidentTsundere on Nov 8, 2017 3:04:08 GMT -5
Season 8 of TWD promises all out war, which means a lot of action, but it comes at the expense of actual substance. Episode 2 of Season 8 is one of the most expendable in the whole series.
I still intend to see the show through, but I seriously wonder why they can't do what American Horror Story did and cut the episode number per season. Are they afraid of overtaking the comic? Are we officially working with shonen anime adaptation logic here?!
Post by eatersthemanfool on Nov 10, 2017 23:54:18 GMT -5
Just found 'Containment' on Netflix. Really enjoying it, though I already know that it ends prematurely because it got cancelled. (Much like Defying Gravity and Firefly, it was simply too good to exist.)
The premise is that there's an outbreak of a highly contagious, highly fatal, and possibly bioengineered flu in Atlanta, GA. The CDC manages to isolate the infection by cordoning off several square miles around the initial outbreak, and most of the story is about what's going on inside the cordon.
Does anyone here watch Japanese pro wrestling? NJPW? DDT? Joshi?
I've been on a Joshi kick lately but it's hard to find Joshi fans outside of Reddit where many of whom are fans of one or two promotions but don't know too much outside of those promotions (The "If it's not WWE or Stardom then I don't care" fans).
Binged through American Horror Story: Cult. It's an easy to watch show after all, also easy to both like and dislike. AHS is either entertaining shlock or dumb trash to you. Cult specifically is about how charismatic opportunists like Manson dupe people who are very disheartened with their country into becoming their followers, how the fearmongering of perceived instability and insecurity makes people look for a strong leader just telling them what to do. Of course, since there was a certain election recently, the producers found that to be the perfect fit to marry to this theme. At first I was worried, since AHS is way too stupid a show to comment on politics, but then current politics are such a dumb caricature, that it's really not such a stretch after all. I mean, AHS is AHS, thus as the season goes on they just shoot off into way to many things to really ever find a focus or have much a point to any of what happens, but messy pointless endings are to be expected from this show.
Finished watching Star Trek: TNG. Thankfully it got better and I can see why it's held in such high regard, though I think the episodic nature of the show works against it at times. Next up is DS9, my personal favorite.
Stranger Things (Season 1) is pretty cool. It's also taking place in the 80s, but not the real ones with real problems, but the ones our generation is nostalgic for, where everything looks like a Stephen Spielberg movie of the time, and the worst sociopolitical thing happening to anyone is the shitty hair and fashion of the era. At first I was affraid the show's gonna be another Lost, adding more and more mysteries for the sake of prolonging the ride, but never thinking about how it has to make sense eventually. But the short 8 episodes of the first season kind of wrap themselves up nicely, give or take a little sequel bait at the end. It doesn't explain everything of course, but I don't think it needs to, sometimes over-explaining stuff just detracts instead of adds.
I find it interesting how no one in this nostalgic version of the 80s seems to be concerned about the threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union, even though that was a major concern for people in real life.
Stranger Things is set in 1983, right? (haven't seen it yet, no Netflix) Well nuclear war was certainly on the forefront of everyone's mind that year because that's when the made for TV miniseries The Day After aired which large numbers of people watched, that one I did watch one a long time ago.
But that's the way it always goes with nostalgia, how many 60s nostalgia fests downplay Vietnam? The 1950s is always remembered as a carefree "Leave It To Beaver" time even though the Cold War and the threat of nuclear war was on everyone's minds (one movie that it gets right though is The Iron Giant, which has the 50s nostalgia but also acknowledges the Cold War)
I'm sure one day there will be 00s period pieces where no one mentions 9/11 or Iraq.
The threat was there, but it’s not like people were keeping an eye to the sky for dropping bombs. The 80s were filled with so much distraction that unless you were watching nightly news you had no reminder of the doomsday clock. Consumerism and cocaine was all that mattered.
Amazon Prime recommended me Eerie, Indiana which I have a faint recollection of watching as a kid. As someone who was way more into So Weird on the Disney Channel, I decided ehh what the hey might as well give it a try. Finished it all today and I must say I loved it! I can't believe this only got one season!! What the hell tv execs!!! Show is kooky, spooky, and so much fun to watch. Some hilarious lines, classic actors doing their best to ham it up, and an atmosphere that makes me think what if Gremliln's came to tv (not a suprise since Joe Dante directed some eps). I can't wait to watch the second sequel series. Hopefully it's just as good.