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Some TV thoughts

I watched the first half of Game of Thrones, and I’ve been finding excuses not to watch the second half. (Not having a TV that is HBO-Streaming compatible are the easiest). I hear the series got better; only these 5 episodes and 13 more (over two years), and I’ll eventually watch them, but I feel like I’m committing the sunk cost fallacy. But right now I have no desire to watch it because ….

Bojack dropped yesterday, so I’ll be finished with that by the weekend. The (mostly) silent 4th episode is full of throwaway gags, reminiscent of Chaplin, possibly brilliant, beautifully animated, mostly amusing instead of laugh out loud funny, except for the times I laughed out loud. In other words, Bojack — still one of the best things on TV.

In older animation, I’ve been going through the Power Puff girls. It’s a clever trifle, but some of the S3 episodes involve very clever deconstructions … “Ridiculous Lucky Captain Rabbit King, Nuggets are for the Youth!

After numerous recommendations, I’ve watched the first episode of Peaky Blinders. I’m intrigued, I’ll probably watch more, but I’m not declaring it good or bad yet.

I hear good things about Stranger Things, the Netflix homage to Spielberg and the 80s. It’s in the queue.

What’s your summer watching? (Remembering that I basically only watch Netflix and Amazon prime, although I’ll probably break down and trial HBO, just to finish GoT. At some point).

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Written by taogaming

July 23, 2016 at 11:19 am

Posted in TV & Media

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  1. I liked the new Voltron series, but if you didn’t watch the original you might not be as amused.

    Frederic Bush

    July 23, 2016 at 12:50 pm

  2. I’m working through Classic Doctor Who, starting with the First Doctor. I’m up to Season 3, roughly 1966. Its great stuff, though the missing episodes reconstructed with photo stills are tough to work through.

    Benjamin Kindt

    July 23, 2016 at 8:15 pm

  3. Finished the third season of Bojack. Although the quality was as high or higher than the previous seasons, I feel like Bojack’s season long plots are getting a bit samey. I’ll try to avoid saying anything too spoilery.

    Each season kind of unfolds in similar ways for Bojack. He gets stuff together professionally and personally, then a big professional setback leads to personal screw-ups with a season ending attempt to pull out of the tailspin. Each season it’s well done and the details aren’t that similar, but I’m hoping that they change the formula a bit. The other characters have more variety in their ups and downs, particularly Todd, Princess Caroline, Diane, Mr. Peanutbutter and Character Actress Margo Martindale.

    In other watched things I’ve been grinding through Burn Notice, the 21st Century Macgyver confined to Miami with guns. Not a great show, but it’s entertaining background. I’m also a sucker for Bruce Campbell.

    Mark Delano

    July 24, 2016 at 7:03 am

  4. Bojack was good, solid, perhaps a bit lighter on great lines than before (although good). I do like Stranger Things, in particular because I like to believe it was written as a big old middle finger to J.J. Abrams, and I applaud the sentiment. Watching an episode a day or so…

    taogaming

    July 29, 2016 at 10:24 pm

  5. For the first 5 or 6 episodes of Game of Thrones I thgought the series overrated. But the second have of the first season was really strong. The first half of the second season was so slow and negative (with a lot of people you knew were making bad decisions) that I stopped for a while. Again, the last 4 or so episodes were really strong. Season 3 and 4 were consistabtly good. Six started a bit slow, but got stronger.
    I do enjoy Dark Matter, even if its a bit 90s, style SF and you see thge low budget. But I do like that the episodes got better and that the season had just the right length and did not try to procrastinate into 20+ episode territory.
    I also enjoyed Lucifer a lot (but its a bit for people who enjoy Sherlock or House and I mean the characters, not necessary the series) , even if the meta-story of the second half suffered from some plotholes and an unconvincing villain imho.

    peer sylvester

    July 31, 2016 at 1:16 pm


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