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Mid-year Media

The Good

Just finished Better Call Saul Season 2 (on Netflix). Still amazing.

Waiting for Rick and Morty S3.

Currently reading The Complete David Bowie (Revised edition).  Not a bio, but a series of encyclopedic entries about each song, album, movie, tours, etc. The entry on Blackstar (the song) justifies the cost, and the rest of the book is interesting, too. (Unlike the expectations I had when I wrote my obituary for Bowie, Blackstar (the album) is damn good, although I suspect it wouldn’t have won so many awards if Bowie was still alive). Also, I finally got around to watching the Prestige, which was good (Bowie has a minor role).

Also reading some short stories and novellas by Gene Wolf. Just started.

Currently Watching Grace and Frankie S3 and its somewhere between great and cringeworthy. But mostly great.

The OK

I’m watching the current season of Doctor Who and it is a step up (I disliked Clara). It’s mostly fine, with a few good episodes and one great one. (Actually, that’s kind of par for Doctor Who, but I really disliked Clara and then she stuck around past the resolution of her story, IMO). Nardole is a great addition. Bill is fine (praise the maker for a companion who is just a companion). Capaldi is reliably excellent. I used to love Moffat, but I’m ready for him to go now.

Still watching Supernatural, the definition of comfort-inertia TV. The TaoLing is still very into this. I assume it will keep going until the leads cannot physically do this.

F is for Family is not great, but a small commitment and amusing enough.

I was not impressed with the current season of Archer. It may not be a purchase anymore. It wasn’t bad, and had funny moments, but there weren’t many quotable lines or even a standout episode.

The “Uh, maybe not” files

Haven’t gotten around to watching Rectify S3, but that just dropped fairly recently and I may watch it.

Gave up on Iron Fist halfway through the season. Never bothered to continue Penny Dreadful or Doctor Norrell & Mr. Strange.

I’ve given up on the Arrowverse. And that was before hitting the terrible S4 stuff (the Arrow reddit decided to just ignore the show and talk about Daredevil. Man.) Just boring. And S2 of Flash lost of a lot of the fun of S1. Agents of Shield is also off the rotation.

I watched the first episode of Riverdale and wow, its trashy. But trashy fun, or trashy-bleh? Not sure yet. May watch more.

As always — open for suggestions.

Also — if I die in the next few days, please avenge my death by killing a few trillion cold viruses in my name. Thank you.

Written by taogaming

June 4, 2017 at 12:03 am

Posted in TV & Media

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  1. I didn’t much care for season 4 of Arrow either, but I thought season 5 was excellent. In particular, I thought the Big Bad was a great foil for Oliver.

    This season of Flash made no sense at all. Thankfully, they’ve promised that the villain next season will not be another speedster.

    Agents of Shield was pretty great this season. They handled Ghost Rider well, and the LMD story arc was also satisfying.

    Peter Sarrett

    June 4, 2017 at 2:16 am

  2. I used to enjoy The Flash as sort of entertaining junk television during S1, but wow, it really became almost totally unwatchable very quickly. I’m still tenuously with Arrow and Supergirl, but Supergirl S2 is definitely a step backwards and Arrow is on life support – S4 was weak and incoherent, and S5 was worse. These days mostly I’ve been watching British crime procedurals on Netflix.

    Chris Farrell

    June 4, 2017 at 10:18 am

  3. Did you catch S3 Ep1 of Rick and Morty when it was showing? It made sure that R&M stayed my most anticipated show. Also looking forward to Bojack coming back.

    I liked the new season of MST3K, although it has a slightly different pacing than the original that takes some getting used to. Patton Oswalt and Felicia Day are mostly wasted as the mads. If you didn’t like the original this still won’t be your cup of tea.

    I need to start watching S3 of Kimmy Schmidt.

    Mark Delano

    June 4, 2017 at 11:49 am

    • I did see R&M. And yes, Bojack is highly anticipated. Either it or R&M is my favorite show. I saw a few MST3K (I tend to watch in 10-20 minute doses). I think I need to watch it when I’m really tired or drunk. It’s funnier that way. I’ve seen a few eps of S3 Kimmy Schmidt, as well. It’s ok for a while, then unwatchably painful.


      June 4, 2017 at 9:17 pm

  4. Master of None! Also, House of Cards is turning into Game of Thrones USA.

    And have you heard of this show called Twin Peaks?


    June 4, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    • Gave up on both of those. (MoN fairly quickly, HoC around mid S2 or early S3).


      June 4, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      • Yeah, I thought House of Cards was great for one season then almost immediately went completely off the rails. If you like watching Kevin Spacey as Frank, that’s great, bit otherwise it was both preposterous and boring I thought.

        It’s another one of these shows, like Breaking Bad, that seems to have been undone by the fact that everyone seemed to actually *like* the anti-hero at the center of it so they decided to milk the hell out of it and just treat the anti-hero like an actual hero, which is weird.

        Chris Farrell

        June 5, 2017 at 1:08 am

  5. I enjoyed the first season of Sense8 immensely, which really surprised me. Second season is out on Netflix recently and I’ve just started it.

    The Fall, the Northern Ireland procedural and Gillian Anderson vehicle, was tremendous for two seasons and decent for the last.

    Chris Farrell

    June 5, 2017 at 1:01 am

  6. If you haven’t already watched or eliminated it from consideration, I recommend the series Person of Interest. It was on the US network ABC from 2011 to 2016; I have been getting the DVDs from my local library, but I don’t know what the availability is on other platforms. It’s a drama/action show with lots of surveillance, espionage, and artificial intelligence aspects. I am near the end of Season 3 and really enjoying it.

    From the 2016-17 TV season, I recommend Speechless, Superstore, and Designated Survivor. And if you were ever into the reality show Survivor, season 34 (Game Changers) is worth watching too.


    June 7, 2017 at 1:12 pm

  7. I don’t know if you watch YouTube videos related to gaming. If you do, and you have any interest in Chess, check out Mato Jelic’s chess videos. He is pretty consistent in commenting on past games using the concepts “critical position of the game” and “killer move” and encouraging viewers to pause to try to look for the best move.


    June 7, 2017 at 1:36 pm

  8. Have you watched Legion? Thats trippy, but for mne the best superheroseries so far.

    peer sylvester

    June 10, 2017 at 2:42 am

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