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Luke Cage

The beginning is strong, the end is strong, but all the stuff in episodes 6-12 are kinda slow going.

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I stalled on ep 5 with Jessica Jones, so that isn't encouraging.

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Santa Clarita Diet: If the drab goings on with The Walking Dead has got you down you need to check out this new series on Netflix starring Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore. It's a fun and goofy sitcom about a suburban family dealing with mom becoming a "zombie" and their attempts to keep her fed. Olyphant is particularly delightful as the beleaguered husband manically trying to find a cure while also figuring out who to kill to provide the necessary human flesh for his beloved. As a rule I avoid most modern sitcoms like the plague but Santa Clarita Diet is a brilliant breath of fresh air and one I can highly recommend.

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Easy E wrote:
Luke Cage

The beginning is strong, the end is strong, but all the stuff in episodes 6-12 are kinda slow going.

I just finished it as well. I loved it up until Cottonmouth made his exit. After that, it seemed to lose its focus, and its efforts to find a new one by bringing in a more conventionally comic-booky villain didn't sit well with me at all. Part of that was due to the specific characterization they gave Diamondback (Oh goody! An insane preacher with daddy issues! Haven't seen one of those in nearly 24 hours!), but my main objection was that I had really been enjoying the asymmetry of the main conflict up to then. Cage was an opponent whom Cottonmouth couldn't fight using his accustomed tactics, but Cage's strength and invulnerability were useless against Mariah. Adding Diamondback to the mix accomplished nothing but to provide an excuse for a super-fight that the story didn't need, and would have been better off without.

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El Santo wrote:
Easy E wrote:
Luke Cage

The beginning is strong, the end is strong, but all the stuff in episodes 6-12 are kinda slow going.

I just finished it as well. I loved it up until Cottonmouth made his exit. After that, it seemed to lose its focus, and its efforts to find a new one by bringing in a more conventionally comic-booky villain didn't sit well with me at all. Part of that was due to the specific characterization they gave Diamondback (Oh goody! An insane preacher with daddy issues! Haven't seen one of those in nearly 24 hours!), but my main objection was that I had really been enjoying the asymmetry of the main conflict up to then. Cage was an opponent whom Cottonmouth couldn't fight using his accustomed tactics, but Cage's strength and invulnerability were useless against Mariah. Adding Diamondback to the mix accomplished nothing but to provide an excuse for a super-fight that the story didn't need, and would have been better off without.


Damn near every Marvel Netflix thing has been 8 good episodes' worth of plot crammed into 13 episodes. Oh, and make sure the hero doesn't put their costume on till the last shot of the last episode, guys.

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TelstarMan wrote:
El Santo wrote:
Easy E wrote:
Luke Cage

The beginning is strong, the end is strong, but all the stuff in episodes 6-12 are kinda slow going.

I just finished it as well. I loved it up until Cottonmouth made his exit. After that, it seemed to lose its focus, and its efforts to find a new one by bringing in a more conventionally comic-booky villain didn't sit well with me at all. Part of that was due to the specific characterization they gave Diamondback (Oh goody! An insane preacher with daddy issues! Haven't seen one of those in nearly 24 hours!), but my main objection was that I had really been enjoying the asymmetry of the main conflict up to then. Cage was an opponent whom Cottonmouth couldn't fight using his accustomed tactics, but Cage's strength and invulnerability were useless against Mariah. Adding Diamondback to the mix accomplished nothing but to provide an excuse for a super-fight that the story didn't need, and would have been better off without.


Damn near every Marvel Netflix thing has been 8 good episodes' worth of plot crammed into 13 episodes. Oh, and make sure the hero doesn't put their costume on till the last shot of the last episode, guys.

I truly did love the way "Luke Cage" used the 1970's Power Man costume in that flashback at the halfway point. For those who haven't seen it, Cage escapes from prison on an island off the coast of Georgia, immediately after the botched tissue-regeneration experiment that accidentally gave him his super-strength and invulnerability. When he reaches the shore, he still has the metal wrist and head restraints from the wrecked superizing machine attached to him, but is otherwise wearing just a pair of prison-issue boxers. So he grabs whatever he can find in anything like his size from backyard clotheslines in the first settlement he comes to-- which is to say a baggy yellow blouse and a pair of blue jeans that don't remotely fit him, the latter held up by a length of scrap chain. While making a call for some manner of rescue from a telephone booth, he catches sight of his reflection and exclaims, "You look like a damn fool!"

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Finished season four of Newhart. Not much to say other than the fact that it maintains the level of the third season.

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The first episode of the Samurai Jack conclusion miniseries just ended. Here's what I got from it:

- The miniseries is set fifteen years after the last episode of the original series. Jack has not aged, something he himself is confused by.
- At some point in the past, likely during battle with Aku, Jack lost his sword. He now uses a variety of weapons, including various types of guns.
- Jack's overcome with guilt at failing to return to the past and finish his quest, and is haunted by hallucinations goading him over his failure. He also seems to have grown weary of fighting evil.
- Jack hallucinates three times in the episode; in these hallucinations, he always sees a samurai, riding a horse, wearing a horned helmet.
- Aku is never seen in person, only as a statue. Dialogue indicates that no one has seen him physically in a long time.
- I was worried about how they would handle Aku's voice, as his original voice actor, Mako, passed away a long time back. Aku's voice is heard in the episode (on the other end of a phone call) and a new voice actor is credited, but the credits moved too quickly for me to catch his name.
- The major villain of the miniseries seems to be the Daughters of Aku, an all-female cult dedicated to said evil. Half the episode was used to show the birth, growth, and training of the cult leader's seven daughters, likely the major heavies of the series; one of them, Ashi (the only one with a name), is likely to be the white sheep.
- The action has not softened any from before, but as they're on Toonami now, we actually see humans shed blood and die. This is during the final test of the Daughters, however, so Jack is unlikely to kill any humans himself.
- The big fight of the episode was between Jack and a robot that sounded like Paul Lynde.

Cautiously optimistic.

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I tried a taste of the Westworld series. At first I was like "meh, I was hoping for more", then I was like "hm, this is starting to look interesting", and then I was like "...dang, it'll cost like 35 bucks to watch the whole season? I've got plenty of other stuff to watch."

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Not a TV thread recommendation. Its a recommendation for an audio drama podcast that presently has me hooked like a fish. It's particularly notable on account of , IT's FREE! to download.

Edict Zero is a continuing series set on New Earth. New Earth is a colonized planet with vastly more ocean and only five large land masses to hold a fairly small population - an ideal setting for fictional world-building. The series concerns a special unit of the Federal Investigative Service (FBI) formed after a bomb is set off in a nearby casino and investigators noted some unusual aspects about the bomb. The investigative team is made up of the usual set of characters - Agents Nick Garrett (a more irritating version of Fox Mulder), Jewels Kircher (an able investigator who is most comfortable following protocol), Marcus Briggs (an affable, easygoing detective. A leader and buffer for Garrett's more irritating idiosynchrasies), Kora Reznik (a former tactical commander of an enforcement squad), and Benjamin Zurn (the mystery member whom we know is working with a shadow group that operates as the puppet masters of this world.) They are answerable to Assistant FIS Director Alan Dockstader - whose voice is an exact parody of Joe Friday, but he's smart, capable, on-the-level. He's voiced by the creator of this series, Jack Kincaid.
There are presently three full seasons and a fourth in the works.
The episodes are easily downloadable and are worth it for the excellent writing and characterization. I'm knee deep in the second season, which is more soap opera at the moment, but the first season is an excellent blend of character development and a rich plot concerning a mysterious man by the name of Mr. Cook.
The episodes run better than an hour each and it's worth the listen time - especially if you have a long commute somewhere. I've been listening to a lot of contemporary audio drama lately and have not been all that impressed with what's out there. Production quality is not all that great, they don't often convey a sense of place or of movement, and some take dramatic license to go unnecessarily loopy.

Until now, the best I had heard was a short lived British audio comedy series called Hector Versus the Future. Edict Zero does that one better in the professionalism department. The folks who've made it have brought in excellent actors who can deliver a line and convey character. It helps that they have a solid script with each episode. There are some weaknesses - the shadow government leader is channeling the butler DELBERT GRADY from The Shining to a ridiculous extent. There is plenty in the audio drama to enjoy.

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Schitt's Creek. I somehow discovered this slice of joy 3 seasons in! Amazing cast and if you hate everyone in episode one, congrats, you're supposed to.

Now as we get to the close of season three, everything has opened up and you're you're really rooting for people.

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Well, tonight's Samurai Jack ruined Aku completely and did that horribly annoying thing where the new villains kick the s*** out of the hero to prove they're TOTALLY the cool kids because look they can beat up the hero better than the old villains!

On the other hand, I was wrong - Jack does kill humans in this series.

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The fifth season of Newhart maintains the level of the previous two. Another bit of self-reference occurs when somebody casually mentions a TV show with a psychiatrist who stutters ("stammers" Newhart quickly corrects.)

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ESPN has been producing its "30 for 30" documentary series for several years now. Most of the installments are sports for the sake of sports, but every now and then they produce an episode that transcends the genre. Such is the case with "Fantastic Lies," their chronicle of the Duke lacrosse team prosecution from about 10 years ago. The tale they spin is engrossing - from the incident that led to the prosecution of three lacrosse players, to the revelation that the prosecutor manufactured evidence and carried out a witchhunt in order to bolster his re-election bid. DA Nifong is portrayed as a narcissist bordering on sociopath, willing to destroy the lives of three young men in order to win the election.

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Started re-watching the 70s live action The Amazing Spider-Man where our favorite web crawler forgoes tacking super villains in favor of mad scientists, brain washers and the occasional ninja. Aside from the problem of depicting Spider-Man's powers with a 70s television budget there was also the issue of CBS not being too keen on the whole “superhero” aspect of it, they were so concerned with the idea of becoming “Superhero Network” that they pulled the plug after two seasons and only thirteen episodes despite decent ratings. Of course the other major problem comes from once again producers ditching everything about the character that made him interesting.

You can read my full review of this "wonderful" 70s show here: The Amazing Spider-Man

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