Post by Woody Alien on Jan 24, 2020 10:14:17 GMT -5
Finally watched and finished the two seasons of Matt Groening's "Disenchantment" new cartoon series. Maybe I was a victim of the hype, but I can't help but call it "Disappointment" since it felt okay at best and kinda dull/dragged out at worst. As a comedy it's kinda funny but nothing special and the characters and main plot still feel under-developed even after 20 episodes. I should describe it with a resounding "meh".
A K-Drama that, while managing to stay formulaic, still is pretty interesting as far as its depiction of North Korea. It certainly pokes fun at itself, and is quite self-aware, as K-drama writing goes. But I really enjoyed a South Korean take on North Korean daily life, status and standing, etc. And for all that goes on, there is no reference nor mention of Kim Jong Un at all, to my memory. For the most part, it shows the humanity in people, the complications of a budding, accidental romance between a man and a woman who live on opposite sides of the border. I normally don't get emotional, but I did shed a few tears. Moreso than any other movie or drama.
I'm a bit conflicted, as this is probably the closest to TNG we'll get these days. And FX, sets, make up and constumes all look great. And hey, they got their own Worf, their own Data... almost everybody's here in one form or another. The writing on the other hand is mostly decent, but certainly closer to the lesser episodes of TNG, DS9 or Voyager. It tends to feel rushed. And of course there is the humour. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind humour in Star Trek and to be honest that is certainly one aspect about Trek in general that could be a bit sharper. And there were moments in The Orville that I found genuinely funny. But I really wish there was more restraint when it comes to out of place jokes and pop cultural references, those can be quite jarring. And is it just me or would the show be a lot better, if Seth McFarlane wasn't acting in it? I get that this is probably his childhood dream or something, but I just cannot see him as anything other than him playing himself (and frankly, I don't like him). However, I was delighted to see Penny Johnson Jerald of DS9 fame.
Overall it's fine, but at the same time it makes me yearn for the real thing.
Last Edit: Jun 25, 2020 19:08:32 GMT -5 by windfisch