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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #165 on: December 05, 2011, 08:00:54 PM »
I gave up on it just this past week... and, yeah, it was partly because of that kid.  He annoyed the crap out of me, and you're right: he can't act worth a damn.  But I also gave up because I realized that there wasn't a single character on the show who I gave the slightest shit about their 'predicament'.

Yeah, I can't honestly say I care about any of the characters beyond wishing certain ones would get naked. (Rumpelstiltskin anyone??)  I think the biggest reason I'm sticking with it is it's something to watch that is just exactly what it says it is (Fairy tales trapped in our world. Plain and simple.)... and I am supportive of Horowitz and Kitsis.  But yeah, there's really not much worth caring about there... and I can't say anything has blown me away with it yet.  (Although I wish Red Riding Hood would blow me away. BOOSH!!!)

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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #166 on: December 05, 2011, 08:07:24 PM »
I gave up on it just this past week... and, yeah, it was partly because of that kid.  He annoyed the crap out of me, and you're right: he can't act worth a damn.  But I also gave up because I realized that there wasn't a single character on the show who I gave the slightest shit about their 'predicament'.

Yeah, I can't honestly say I care about any of the characters beyond wishing certain ones would get naked. (Rumpelstiltskin anyone??)  I think the biggest reason I'm sticking with it is it's something to watch that is just exactly what it says it is (Fairy tales trapped in our world. Plain and simple.)... and I am supportive of Horowitz and Kitsis.  But yeah, there's really not much worth caring about there... and I can't say anything has blown me away with it yet.  (Although I wish Red Riding Hood would blow me away. BOOSH!!!)

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 :)  When I first watched House I liked Jennifer Morrison, but - and this is odd for me - even though blonde is her natural hair color, I simply don't care for her as a blonde... not to mention that her character on this show irritates me as well (acts more condescending than empathetic when talking to the annoying kid).

It was funny, I was looking at an old RiffTrax and found that the actor who plays Rumplestiltskin was the actor playing the Big Bad guy in Eragon, and they have virtually the same make-up!   :D
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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #167 on: December 06, 2011, 05:35:09 AM »
It was funny, I was looking at an old RiffTrax and found that the actor who plays Rumplestiltskin was the actor playing the Big Bad guy in Eragon, and they have virtually the same make-up!   :D

That's the most disappointing thing to me is how they are wasting Robert Carlyle.   He is SUCH a good actor (e.g. Transpotting, The Full Monty) and they are wasting him in that one note character.   The directors seem to have told the actors to make "soap opera villian smirks" continually at the camera as the scene fades and it is driving me insane.   The bint that plays snow white is beyond pathetic.   I gave up last week when I realized they are dragging this out and not moving the story.   It has a very "Lifetime Network Emo" vibe to me that I cannot get into.

Oh well, not all shows are directed at me.......good thing as those tend to get cancelled.


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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #168 on: December 11, 2011, 05:24:25 PM »
Well, with two more episodes under its belt [making a total of six], I'm now giving up on Grimm.  It has remained a 'police procedural' just with 'fairytale' bad guys and bordering-on-trite plot twists.  I'd hoped that Greenwalt's presence would make it more of a Buffy or Angel-like show, but apparently its not going to happen.  There's no humor in it, and no characters I give a damn about as they are all too two-dimensional.  Oh, well.
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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #169 on: December 20, 2011, 06:48:03 PM »
Well the first [possibly the only - we'll find out early next year apparently] season of Terra Nova is finished.  My assessment?  It includes some spoilers, so we'll continue in here:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

But, with all that, the thing I find, after having seen the first season, is that I'd like to see another.  What do I think we'd find in another season?  Well...
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Okay, enough.  Any other thoughts by people who have sat through all 13 episodes of Terra Nova?
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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #170 on: December 20, 2011, 06:52:50 PM »
Well the first [possibly the only - we'll find out early next year apparently] season of Terra Nova is finished.  My assessment?  It includes some spoilers, so we'll continue in here:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

But, with all that, the thing I find, after having seen the first season, is that I'd like to see another.  What do I think we'd find in another season?  Well...
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Okay, enough.  Any other thoughts by people who have sat through all 13 episodes of Terra Nova?

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J/k. I think a couple of folks have stuck with it, although from what I've heard, I am not regretting my decision to bug out midway through the pilot.
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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #171 on: January 12, 2012, 06:09:18 PM »
Just watched the pilot for House Of Lies. Pretty interesting show and some cool camera work/effects with freezing everything while the lead guy talks to the audience. It is fairly raunchy at times though.


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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #172 on: September 19, 2012, 03:11:55 PM »
OK: let's revive this old chestnut for the new 2012-2013 season.  :)

I watched the first episode of J.J.Abrams new 'Revolution' Monday.  I was singularly unimpressed.  For me, there was too little characterization to care about any of the characters, and too little plot to care about the plot.  But with it an Abrams series, I plan on giving it a few weeks before I decide whether to quit watching or not.

A summer series just ended that I rather liked.  It was on TNT, 'Perception' starring Eric McCormack and Rachel Leigh Cook.  Cook is an FBI agent, McCormack a neuroscientist who consults with her on cases.  He also happens to be schizophrenic.  Amazingly, this series did a fairly good job with the neuroscience (nothing that grossly offended me, at least ;)), and McCormack does a good job with portraying some levels of schizophrenia.  The cases were mostly each based around some aspect of neuroscience.  Honestly, I wasn't expecting to like it (for two reasons: I don't like police procedurals, and usually Hollywood gets psychology and neuroscience so incredibly wrong that it is angering to watch).  But I looked forward to each episode and was disappointed that the first season was only 10 episodes.  Luckily it's already been renewed for a second season to air sometime in 2013.
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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #173 on: September 19, 2012, 03:27:57 PM »
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Also Elementary, a modern day Sherlock starring Johnny Lee Miller.  I still miss Eli Stone.  And I'll try Revolution.  But I'll probably have to wait for the DVDs to come out.  Unless a friend records them for me.
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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #174 on: September 19, 2012, 03:39:26 PM »
I watched the first episode of J.J.Abrams new 'Revolution' Monday.  I was singularly unimpressed.  For me, there was too little characterization to care about any of the characters, and too little plot to care about the plot.  But with it an Abrams series, I plan on giving it a few weeks before I decide whether to quit watching or not.

I think one of the problems that will persist with Revolution is that people think of it as an Abrams show.  It's a Kripke show, produced by Abrams.... So I'm personally expecting more Supernatural style writing, story, pacing and development. (Not meaning that I expect supernatural stuff... just more along the lines of HOW Supernatural is made)  The most important words anyone could pay attention to in the opening titles are "Created by Erik Kripke. Written by Erik Kripke."

Glad you'll give it a few more weeks tho! I have to say I had the same thought back when I first watched Supernatural and 8 seasons later, I'm still hooked!!  I've described his pilot style as "the show starts when the pilot ends"....

I've been worried for a while that people wanting to watch it will expect a Lost-esque Abrams show (only to be disappointed or underwhelmed, considering Damon isn't involved in this...), while others won't watch at all because they expect a Lost-esque Abrams show (only to *never* find out that it's not some huge epic Lost show).

Anyways, just my 2 cents.
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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #175 on: September 19, 2012, 06:36:07 PM »
I watched the first episode of J.J.Abrams new 'Revolution' Monday.  I was singularly unimpressed.  For me, there was too little characterization to care about any of the characters, and too little plot to care about the plot.  But with it an Abrams series, I plan on giving it a few weeks before I decide whether to quit watching or not.

I think one of the problems that will persist with Revolution is that people think of it as an Abrams show.  It's a Kripke show, produced by Abrams.... So I'm personally expecting more Supernatural style writing, story, pacing and development. (Not meaning that I expect supernatural stuff... just more along the lines of HOW Supernatural is made)  The most important words anyone could pay attention to in the opening titles are "Created by Erik Kripke. Written by Erik Kripke."

Glad you'll give it a few more weeks tho! I have to say I had the same thought back when I first watched Supernatural and 8 seasons later, I'm still hooked!!  I've described his pilot style as "the show starts when the pilot ends"....

I've been worried for a while that people wanting to watch it will expect a Lost-esque Abrams show (only to be disappointed or underwhelmed, considering Damon isn't involved in this...), while others won't watch at all because they expect a Lost-esque Abrams show (only to *never* find out that it's not some huge epic Lost show).

Anyways, just my 2 cents.

Thanks, yeah, that helps.  Too bad all the hype I saw beforehand said "New J.J. Abrams Show", because you're right: those who like Abrams and expect Abrams won't 'get' it, and others won't try because they think it is Abrams.  I first paid attention because of the Abrams thing, but I decided to watch because I also thought it sounded interesting.  Another thing with it is the concept of electricity not working... I'm too much a scientist to believe that atoms could stop giving up/sharing electrons with one-another in metal, but in nothing else.  I mean, seriously: all covalent bonds would cease (there would BE no drinking alcohol for people to share to get out of scrapes; nor would there be CO2, etc.).

I never got into Supernatural, so have no (known) prior Kripke experience.  I usually give new shows where the concepts sound interesting a few weeks.  It can be anywhere from 3-6 for most to, for the most extreme for me: Fringe, 14 episodes to decide if they are worth being a Definite View for me.  (Fringe seemed too much like a Horror version of CSI until Dunham discovered her abilities.)
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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #176 on: September 20, 2012, 01:32:24 PM »
Thanks, yeah, that helps.  Too bad all the hype I saw beforehand said "New J.J. Abrams Show", because you're right: those who like Abrams and expect Abrams won't 'get' it, and others won't try because they think it is Abrams.  I first paid attention because of the Abrams thing, but I decided to watch because I also thought it sounded interesting.  Another thing with it is the concept of electricity not working... I'm too much a scientist to believe that atoms could stop giving up/sharing electrons with one-another in metal, but in nothing else.  I mean, seriously: all covalent bonds would cease (there would BE no drinking alcohol for people to share to get out of scrapes; nor would there be CO2, etc.).

I never got into Supernatural, so have no (known) prior Kripke experience.  I usually give new shows where the concepts sound interesting a few weeks.  It can be anywhere from 3-6 for most to, for the most extreme for me: Fringe, 14 episodes to decide if they are worth being a Definite View for me.  (Fringe seemed too much like a Horror version of CSI until Dunham discovered her abilities.)

Yeah, even though I was hooked on Fringe from day 1, that's still about when I felt it started to actually hit a stride was the light-box episode of season 1.... Luckily, I think there's only 2 episodes so far that really haven't found a part in the mythology so far, so in hindsight, even the earliest episodes fit great.

As for Revolution, the guys on The Revolution Podcast mentioned on their recent castamajigger that apparently Kripke and Abrams pulled in some physicist before writing out the show itself and told him their main idea (ie, how the power went out etc), and got the green light on it as far as "plausible" goes.... so that makes me feel okay on disbelief suspension so far.

As it is with every show, different people like different things... but I'm always happy when someone is willing to give a show more than just the pilot.  I always get bugged when someone judges any show by just the pilot (except Whitney of course)... it's like "Oh come on, they had to be able to sell it to a network using this... it had a specific purpose."  Also, between pilot and episode 2, they've usually had MONTHS to dig thru feedback from network, ComicCon attendees, etc... and then make little changes here/there (ie, cast Elizabeth Mitchell in place of whoever had the role originally, then re-shoot scenes) based on all of that.

I dunno, I'm personally not that worried about the show not being good... more worried that people won't give it a shot, which would cause it to be cancelled.  Complete/absolute faith in Kripke though.
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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #177 on: September 20, 2012, 02:36:12 PM »
Another thing with it is the concept of electricity not working... I'm too much a scientist to believe that atoms could stop giving up/sharing electrons with one-another in metal, but in nothing else.  I mean, seriously: all covalent bonds would cease (there would BE no drinking alcohol for people to share to get out of scrapes; nor would there be CO2, etc.).

As for Revolution, the guys on The Revolution Podcast mentioned on their recent castamajigger that apparently Kripke and Abrams pulled in some physicist before writing out the show itself and told him their main idea (ie, how the power went out etc), and got the green light on it as far as "plausible" goes.... so that makes me feel okay on disbelief suspension so far.

Hmmm... well, then I'll let it slide until they explain what happened ('course, that may be in the show's finale' in five or more years... so maybe I should more conditionally say it: "as long as I enjoy the rest of it and keep watching for the rest of the show, I'll let the electron-sharing thing go until they explain it." ;)).
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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #178 on: September 20, 2012, 02:40:43 PM »
Without knowing anything more about the cause of the blackout, it doesn't seem like a major plotline to me.  There are plenty of things to carry on with in Revolution after addressing that part - the state of the world and the politics involved have definite promise, for example.


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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #179 on: September 20, 2012, 02:41:02 PM »
As long as it's not a friggin' pool of light-energy in a cave on an island that sinks when the light goes out...... That would be dumb. :D

(I liked the end of Lost, but I can definitely mock it!)
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