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  • AdmountAdmount Denton, Texas
     The cliffhanger for S2 was kinda eh...
    Yeah, this whole thing where you're trying to hide a mistake from somebody is my least favorite form of dramatic tension. The earlier plot with the voicemail was tedious for me, and I kept hoping we would just find out that she had heard it and didn't care. 

    Agreed that Ava is very unlikeable overall so far. I'm intrigued, because usually I'd sympathize with that character over the older one, but in this show it's the opposite. Maybe that will give Ava room to grow once she's fully realized she's an asshole. 
  • lengmolengmo RTP, NC
    Admount said:
     The cliffhanger for S2 was kinda eh...
    Yeah, this whole thing where you're trying to hide a mistake from somebody is my least favorite form of dramatic tension. The earlier plot with the voicemail was tedious for me, and I kept hoping we would just find out that she had heard it and didn't care.
    On the Watch there was speculation the cliffhanger would be quickly resolved.  I agree about the voicemail plot except the way she resolved it was pretty funny or at least unexpected.

    Certainly Ava has room to grow, I just hope it mostly happens from self reflection after seeing the results of her actions instead of people pointing out how she could be better.  "Comedy with a lesson at the end of the episode" is too formulaic even for this show.

  • My wife and I started watching Sweet Tooth on Netflix and we're really liking it so far. Really well made, cool concept, some of the pandemic stuff hits a bit to close to home but overall it's kindof like a more optimistic version of the Walking Dead without the graphic violence and gore (which I can often go without these days).

    For those who maybe wrote it off because it looked like too much of a cheesy YA show I'd say give it a try!
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    The comic is very adult, so it struck me as odd that previews made it look very YA. I am hearing real good things about it. 
    MrX
  • Wife and I also watched and enjoyed Sweet Tooth, but I thought it was a one-off mini-series and it definitely isn't. The season ends with essentially a cliffhanger. 
    MrX
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    asmallcat said:
    Wife and I also watched and enjoyed Sweet Tooth, but I thought it was a one-off mini-series and it definitely isn't. The season ends with essentially a cliffhanger. 
    Now that is just tempting fate when it is a Netflix show. 
    asmallcat
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    Just finished Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I'll definitely have to watch through it once more before making my final verdict, but as of now it stands as a top 5 favorite show. I really loved it. Even the "cliffhanger" ending didn't bother me. I actually thought the main story line was wrapped up well enough. Answered a lot of questions, and didn't leave me unsatisfied. There are plenty of cons (bad acting at times, fast and loose writing, cheesy moments, etc.), but considering it was on Fox, I elected to overlook the majority of those. Besides, the pros far outweigh them. This show has a compelling story line with lots of great subplots and funny moments, but more importantly, it expands and explores the Terminator universe in a manner that goes beyond the entire movie franchise put together. Where as you get glimpses and interesting tidbits in the movies, the series makes it a point to really show you. It also has a ton of character growth. Despite only having a 31 episode run, I felt by the end that everyone's arc made sense, and their changes were well earned. Top this all off with a consistent barrage of absolutely hilarious "anti-apocalyptic terrorist cell meets regular society" slice of life moments, and you end up with a quirky show that rarely has a dull moment. Seriously, I can't count the number of times I laughed out loud at the main characters interacting with "regular" society, only for something to pop off and the scene instantly turn bonkers. The writers really leaned into it. They never waste an opportunity to show a citizen's shocked expression when the seemingly suburban single mom and her lily-white teenage posse go into paramilitary shoot out mode at the drop of a dime.
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  • lengmolengmo RTP, NC
    Freddy said:
    Just finished Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
    I watched this for the first time during the pandemic and mostly enjoyed it, though I kind of wanted Skynet to eliminate angsty teen John Conner just because he was so annoying.  Still definitely worth a watch for all the show's good qualities.

    Coincidentally, Lena Headey is in the action movie Gunpowder Milkshake coming out next week on Netflix.
    Freddy
  • We're watching Loki week to week and really enjoying it, but as far as binges go my wife and I have two going.

    The better side of it is we're doing a wrap-around on Fringe (in essence we got all the way through and started right over), I fuckin love Fringe. One of my favorite cores of characters and I have nothing but the highest respect for the story management and for the most part, the writing in general. Fringe is amazing.

    The lesser side of it is that we're working our way through Manifest. I am hooked into it, but a bit resentfully. I know my wife would drop out if I could let go of it, but god dammit I just have to know if they actually have a plan. I don't think they do, but I have to find out for sure. I fear it's Flash Forward and The Event (ironically, I don't believe the show actually knew what The Event meant) and the Following all over again. I hope I'm wrong and I will find out, but I don't have faith.
    Additionally the dialog is pretty suspect and I really wish they had casted better. I believe that the concept is incredibly strong, but in a lot of cases they didn't get the caliber of performer that they needed and not nearly the pool of writing talent.
    All that said, I am enjoying watching it. The concept truly is intriguing enough to forgive its shortcomings. It's also an interesting case because when and if they attend to land the plane, the effectiveness or lack thereof could swing every opinion of the show that I've formed very considerably. Also, credit where it is due, the show did "level up" between seasons 1 and 2. It is getting better.

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  • DeeDee Adelaide
    Stan Lee’s Lucky Man As charmed as I always am by James Nesbitt, I’ve never bothered watching this because I assumed it was some MCU thing and they don’t interest me. But I read recently that Stan Lee just had the basic idea and doesn’t have anything to do with it aside from a cameo each season, so I decided to check it out. 

    It’s about a London cop (usual tropes - brilliant but reckless maverick, addiction issues, yada yada) who has a one night stand with a Romani woman and wakes up the next morning with a bracelet on his arm that he can’t remove. The bracelet gives him luck and other than that it’s basically a glossy, fast-paced police procedural, with the running story of a mysterious bad guy trying to get the bracelet from him. 

    I burned through S1 and now I’m into S2. They’ve introduced a new character in this season who is so far super annoying, so I’m not feeling it as much as the first season, but I’m still enjoying enough about it to keep going. 
  • I've really been enjoying The White Lotus on HBO. It's a new show from Mike White, and really is well made with a great cast. Setting is a luxury Hawaiian resort, and it kindof has an Upstairs/Downstairs thing going on with the guests and staff. I mentioned it on Discord, but one thing that makes it really engaging to me is the sound design and score, which is pretty unique. Anyone who liked White's pervious show on HBO - Enlightened - should definitely check it out.
  • lengmolengmo RTP, NC
    Limitless - There's only one season of 22 episodes.  I can give it a marginal recommendation.  Expands the universe of the excellent movie of the same name.  The overall plot is appropriately twisty.  Jennifer Carpenter (Debra Morgan in Dexter) is the second lead and is used well.  Unfortunately the main character is a little too lightweight/unengaging.  There's a recurring subplot with his father which just does not work.  The show is inventive and tries various gimmicks and gags, only some of which work.  If you're a fan of the movie, it's worth trying the show.

    It's another show which could be revived by a streaming service with different actors, maybe a different tone.
  • We're still on round 2 1/2 of Fringe, but it's been largely paused by Alone. I officially have a new favorite reality tv show, move over Making It. I know I'm pretty late to the party and all, but we just found out about it a week, week and a half ago and we're just eating that shit up like crazy. I love the variance in personalities and yet I end up rooting for almost everybody (we're in Season 3 and there is this one dude that was pretty insufferable, but they have an amazing batting average. Awesome show.
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