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Re: List of Crap #102: Top 50 TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #180 on: May 19, 2017, 09:32:51 AM »
Still fun to watch but was bumped on my list for TNG & DS9 8)

I bumped off DS9 for TOS and TNG.  :D


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Re: List of Crap #102: Top 50 TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #181 on: May 19, 2017, 09:54:56 AM »
Still fun to watch but was bumped on my list for TNG & DS9 8)

I bumped off DS9 for TOS and TNG.  :D
I meant to say bumped down my list for TNG & DS9 ;D


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Re: List of Crap #102: Top 50 TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #182 on: May 19, 2017, 10:11:02 AM »
I made the conscious decision that I was only going to pick one Star Trek. It came down between TNG or DS9, and I went with DS9. To be honest, I wasn't really a big fan of the original series. My mom was a huge fan of that show, but I didn't really get into Star Trek until the movies, and then TNG. I eventually went back and rewatched TOS and, even though I must have seen them as a child, I honestly did not remember most of it.

However, even though TOS didn't make my list, "The City on the Edge of Forever", from the original series, is both of my parents, and my, favorite Star Trek episode.

From "He got his ears caught in a mechanical.. rice.. picker", to

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Re: List of Crap #102: Top 50 TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #183 on: May 19, 2017, 10:20:45 AM »
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Premiere: November 23, 1963
Final episode:  Present

What's it about?  The Doctor, an alien from a world that has mastered time travel, has abandoned his world to travel through the universe to explore and have adventures.  Usually, this also means taking a travelling companion with him to show them exciting and strange new (and old) places.

But what's it REALLY about? The wonder (and often horror) of adventure, seeing new things and places.  The Doctor loves travel and while he fights for what is right, he is not a crusader but a pilgrim looking for whatever comes over the next horizon.  In addition, it should be pointed out that many (though certainly not all) involves the Doctor bringing chaos into evil systems of order.  Also, in the words of Craig Ferguson, its about the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism.

Stand-Out Episode   Two for this one.  For the classic run lets go with "City of Death".  Though the show was neutered a bit when it was requested that they move away from horror (which, ironically, slowly moved the show into a depressingly nihilistic phase), it was in a sort of more light-hearted zone.  Though there were some weaker episodes at this time, occasionally you'd also get stuff like this episode from the writer of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams.  In ths bon mott fest, the Doctor matches wits with a master thief who is more than he appears.  Fun fact, Adams cannibalized much of the plot for the first Dirk Gently book (particularly the last act).

The other one is, obviously, "Blink" a creepy episode by Stephen Moffat where the Doctor is lost in time and only a couple regular humans can save him from a bizarre threat known as the Weeping Angels.

Secret Best Character   Ace.  Just as the show was getting it's groove back with Sylvester McCoy, they also introduced this companion who felt very Britain in the 80's in the coolest possible way.  A lot more rambunctious than many of the other companions, she was even given a subplot where it seemed like she was going to be the first human to become a time lord (but the show was cancelled before they could finish that subplot).

If you liked this...   Sapphire and Steel.  It's a little more obscure but it is beloved enough that a new series has been in the works.  Though time is key, this is more of a series that mixes ghost stories and science fiction as our heroes, two entities of unknown origin (are they aliens? Gods?  Something else?) must stop creatures from escaping through cracks in time (caused by seemingly innocuous anachronisms).  Usually, such horrors represent the horrors of our past and of our future.  It's surprisingly creepy.
 
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Trivia   The design of the Daleks was never based on an actual pepper pot and was designed around a seated person. The pepper pot was used by designer Raymond Cusick to demonstrate how he envisaged it moving. A Dalek used in the series was five feet six inches tall, four feet long and three feet wide, weighing 336 pounds. The operator inside worked the Dalek gun, plunger, eye stalk and the lights, while a voice actor in the corner of the studio provided the Dalek voice by speaking into a ring modulator. The operator inside still had to learn the lines even though he didn't speak them, as the lights had to operate in synchronicity with the voice.

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Re: List of Crap #102: Top 50 TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #184 on: May 19, 2017, 11:12:33 AM »
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YOU WATCHED IT, YOU CAN'T UNWATCH IT!

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Premiere: March 28, 1999
Final episode:  September 4, 2013

What's it about?  Fry, a delivery boy from the 20th century, accidentally ends up cryogenically frozen and wakes up a thousand years later.  Soon after, he gets a job with a distant ancestors delivery company, along with a one-eyed starship captain and a misanthropic robot.

But what's it REALLY about? Well, aside from being an homage to classic science fiction, it also works as a love letter to New York (now New New York) and the city lifestyle.  In addition, there's a lot of anti-authoritarian themes, as is befitting a Matt Groening joint.

Stand-Out Episode   "The Late Philip J. Fry"  Though the return seasons got some flack for not being quite up to par with the earlier episodes, there were still some great episodes, including this episode which had a clever new twist on time travel.  When Fry, Bender and the Professor decide to take a spin in a time machine that only moves forward (to avoid paradoxes), they accidentally send themselves too far.  Now their only hope is to go far enough into the future to find a time machine that can send them back.  The ending is a perfect mix of truly touching and the blackest of black comedy without one ruining the other.

Secret Best Character   Scruffy, the janitor.

If you liked this...   Watch Clone High, a hilarious send up of 90's era teen dramas like 90210 and Dawson's Creek but with the clones of famous historical figures.  From the creators of the Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, no less.  It's also, like, the last time Canada produced ANY quality animation.
 
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Trivia   In one episode it is said that they can translate the second alien language, but only into beta crypt 3, a language so complex that it is even less likely to understand, this is an inside joke, because the second alien language is in fact beta crypt 2 with symbols replacing the initial alphabet.

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Re: List of Crap #102: Top 50 TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #185 on: May 19, 2017, 11:56:40 AM »
Woo! Futurama! I would have given secret best character to Hedonismbot. Or maybe URL.
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Re: List of Crap #102: Top 50 TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #186 on: May 19, 2017, 12:01:17 PM »
I love hearing Billy West do Donald Trump sayings in the Zapp Brannigan voice.


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Re: List of Crap #102: Top 50 TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #187 on: May 19, 2017, 12:03:41 PM »
Doc and Trek are good times, I'm less versed on the original incarnations of both overall though. Wrath of Khan rules of course.


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Re: List of Crap #102: Top 50 TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #188 on: May 19, 2017, 12:15:58 PM »
I'm sad to admit but I haven't seen much of these 2 shows  :-[


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Re: List of Crap #102: Top 50 TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #189 on: May 19, 2017, 01:20:27 PM »
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Premiere: October 5, 1969
Final episode:   December 5, 1974

What's it about?  A wacky sketch comedy show.

But what's it REALLY about? Britain.  The show is considered quintessentially British but not simply because it is from Britain but also because it spends a lot of time mocking British banality, militarism, politics and stereotypes, both of British people and how the British see others. In addition to absurdism and social satire, it also toys with anticomedy, a type of comedy that uses the format of comedy to intentionally create something unfunny or confounding, which strangely (if successful) goes around to being funny again.

Stand-Out Episode   "Face the Press AKA Dinsdale"  The title sketch is absolutely wonderful and is actually sort of a series of mini-sketches that paint an increasingly strange picture of an incredibly wacky criminal case.

Secret Best Character   Naked organist.

If you liked this...   I recommend an extremely funny and silly British show called Look Around You that takes the absurdist humour that served Monty Python so well and applies it to a fake educational program.
 
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Re: List of Crap #102: Top 50 TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #190 on: May 19, 2017, 01:33:14 PM »
Python was only on form 5 years ???
I thought it was longer :o


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Re: List of Crap #102: Top 50 TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #191 on: May 19, 2017, 01:44:26 PM »
Python rock!


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Re: List of Crap #102: Top 50 TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #192 on: May 19, 2017, 01:58:52 PM »
Python was only on form 5 years ???
I thought it was longer :o

I know, it seems like there should be way more than 45 episodes.....


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Re: List of Crap #102: Top 50 TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #193 on: May 19, 2017, 02:04:55 PM »
Python was only on form 5 years ???
I thought it was longer :o

I know, it seems like there should be way more than 45 episodes.....
Considering it's a British show, we're lucky we got that many. It might have just been 6 episodes per year, then it'd just be 30!



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Re: List of Crap #102: Top 50 TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #194 on: May 19, 2017, 02:30:00 PM »
Wow, looks like my #2 isn't going to make it. I have to say, I'm surprised. I thought for sure it would. But with only 2 slots left, and 2 obvious shows left...