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@Michelle Agreed 100%. I listened to them less this year, because there was less of the stuff that I enjoy most from them, but at the end of the day it's up to them what they want to do. I hope nothing in my post came off as me being annoyed or judging them for the choices that they made, especially given the circumstances of the schedule this year.
Picking shows to cover is difficult, especially if they're new shows - that's a big gamble to take, given how much time they put into covering a season. And if they just went with an ethos of "make the content that the majority of the fans want" then they'd be spending all their time chasing hit shows to go along with Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, and we never would have gotten stuff like The Leftovers.
I'd especially agree that "went wrong" is a poor way to word it, and that this thread should maybe be titled differently. I think there's nothing wrong with having a space where people can talk about stuff they wish Bald Move had covered, or things they wish they'd done differently, or suggestions for the future, and everyone in this thread is by and large handling it well. I just worry, as it's very easy for this kind of feedback to turn into straight up fan entitlement (just look at uh, any fanbase for anything ever), and I wouldn't want to end up with that going on here.
Honestly, I did feel this was a bit of a minor year for Bald Move, but I think a lot of that is down to just the fact that so many shows in the regular coverage either weren't on or got skipped this year. Fargo, Game of Thrones, Mr. Robot and Stranger Things all took the year off, the Legion podcast didn't happen for season 2, Watching Dead ended, etc. I also felt like not enough shows got added to regular coverage to make up for it (The Deuce and The Expanse were the only ones, plus Sharp Objects + Romanoffs as limited series).
This doesn't feel like it's going to be a problem next year - what with The Deuce, The Expanse, Better Call Saul, Game of Thrones, Mr. Robot, Stranger Things, True Detective, and Westworld (maybe?) all airing new seasons, there's no shortage of stuff to cover. Problem is, at least three of those shows (Deuce, GoT, Robot) are airing their final seasons, so that leaves even more gaps in future years unless they find some more good new shows to add to the rotation.
Don't get me wrong, I like all things Bald Move, but the episodic TV coverage has always been the main reason I come here, and it just feels like there was a good chunk less of it this year.
Has anyone here bothered to sit down and watch the final season? I just finished it and uh, I'm in awe of how bad it is. It threw logic and coherency out of the window to an even greater degree than last season did, and it ended with one of the most unsatisfying finales I can ever remember watching in a TV show. Robin Wright is a great actress, and she does everything in her power here to try and salvage the material, but she doesn't even come close. What a mess.
Curious if anyone else has watched and managed to find anything to enjoy in here.
Holy fuck. That was such an unapologetic, brazen cash grab that I can't even get mad at it. All this build-up to Rick's departure, only to end with a sudden reversal, a trilogy of Rick Grimes movies announced, and new contracts for Reedus and McBride that show they aren't even nearly done milking this show for all its worth? It's the most explicit, shameless, in-your-face franchising the show has ever done. It was abysmal, it was complete trash, and to be honest, I loved every minute of it. Seriously. It was so terrible that it actually wrapped back around into being some kind of deranged genius. And the season had even been okay up until this point! Maybe it'll be okay afterwards, too - while Gimple is busy working on his Rick movies, maybe Kang can cobble together something approaching a decent TV show from what she has left over. Stranger things have happened, after all - this episode proves that. We've left reality behind!