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terry.330

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Conan O'Brien Must Go was really good for about an episode and then it plunged into just too much cringe. Conan is inherently funny but this is just not it.
I don't think I even made through the first episode. Cringe indeed.
 

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Conan O'Brien Must Go was really good for about an episode and then it plunged into just too much cringe. Conan is inherently funny but this is just not it.
I'm comforted by the knowledge Conan doesn't actually need to keep working if he doesn't want to. So he can afford to take big swings and whiff completely.
 

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By the end of season 1 of Outer Range, I was disgusted by the entire thing. A decent premise that quickly devolved into hacky cliches and poorly written characters. Waste of a good cast. I was kind of surprised they bothered going forward with a second season.

This... is absolutely accurate. Finished the first season yesterday and by that point I just didn't care anymore.

Buffalo coming out of an underground oil well? The indian cop somehow ends up in the past even though she didn't go anywhere near the hole. The missing mom appears out of nowhere? What the fuck was the whole deal with the wife and the bear?? Making it look like it bit her?

WHY DOES THE RETARD HICK SON HAVE TO SING IN LITERALLY EVERY FUCKING SCENE HES IN. That actor was OK in Schitt's Creek, but god DAMN he's just annoying as shit in this show.

They literally lost their way about a third of the way through the season. What a stupid ending. And I guess Season 2 isnt the end, there's supposed to be a 3rd season, or more. Yeah I'm kinda done I think.
 

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Started watch season 2 last night. I didn't remember any of what you said above, if I had I probably wouldn't have bothered.

I just don't know wtf is going on.
 

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Started watch season 2 last night. I didn't remember any of what you said above, if I had I probably wouldn't have bothered.

I just don't know wtf is going on.
yeah they stop focusing on the actual timetravel aspect of it to focus on literally everything else. I can only assume they intend to connect everything like Amy/Autumn's missing mom coming back randomly, but since they are everywhere but the central story, I have no idea if that will actually happen.
 

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Tires- So this is Shane Gillis' Netflix show, apparently some of it was already on YT and then Netflix picked it up for a full season or something. Whatever, It's fucking terrible. It's pretty much The Office for the low brow bro crowd. It's just a bunch of ridiculously contrived situations for Shane's brand of comedy. Of course it features a bunch of his buddies, as soon as I saw Andrew Shultz I knew it was going to be trash. Shane is marginally better than most of his contemporaries but not by much and I certainly don't think he's the savior of comedy that stand up podcast goons seem to think he is.

Plebs- British sitcom about a group of loser guys that move to the big city in search of money and women but end up barely scraping by in menial jobs. The twist is it's essentially a modern sitcom set in ancient Rome, hence the name of the series. It's pretty meh overall but there are some amusing parallels to modern life. The main character is incredibly annoying and most of the actual comedy work is done by the supporting characters. It also has a soundtrack that's entirely ska and it's oddly fitting for a sitcom set in ancient Rome. YMMV just don't go in expecting something on the level of Spaced or Dark Place.
 
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yeah they stop focusing on the actual timetravel aspect of it to focus on literally everything else. I can only assume they intend to connect everything like Amy/Autumn's missing mom coming back randomly, but since they are everywhere but the central story, I have no idea if that will actually happen.

Watch the 2nd season.
 

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Is anybody watching Shogun?

Because if you're not...

..you should be.

Best TV show I've seen since Black Sails. I may even like it more. It needs to stand the test of time but so far, I am blown away by how great it is.
 

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Is anybody watching Shogun?

Because if you're not...

..you should be.
It was okay. It was a pretty good adaptation of a well intentioned but kind of silly novel.

The wife bugged me for months to see it. She likes a few of the actors and she likes this era of history. They advertised the fuck out of it here, and the way it was marketed in Japan made it look like Sanada was the main character in this legit historical drama. I'd read the novel way back in junior high, so I kept trying to tell her that no, the English sailor is the main character, everything is basically his perspective, and don't be surprised when it plays up a lot of stereotypes and whatnot. Really kind of deceptive marketing here.

By the last couple episodes, I had to be the one saying, we got this far, let's just finish the rest. And I had to hear for a couple weeks, well, that was disappointing, with me saying, hey, I tried to tell you what it was going to be.

All that being said, it's not horrible. And I think it does some things better than the novel, no doubt due to the showrunners listening to input from Sanada and others in the cast.
 

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Wait so they’re still pushing Japanese stories on us that are from the lone white guy’s perspective?
 

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Wait so they’re still pushing Japanese stories on us that are from the lone white guy’s perspective?
Like I said, it's based on a novel by a British guy back in the mid 1970s. In the author's defense, the world was a much bigger place back then and research/authenticity were much more difficult. He did pretty good for the time, not being Japanese. But there are aspects of the book, like the love story, which are almost as silly as Connery in You Only Live Twice. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to hear that James Clavell took partial inspiration from Ian Flemming's novel.

But this lone white guy story is at least loosely based on actual events surrounding the first englishman to land in Japan (and never allowed to leave).
 

Lagduf

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Ah ok that doesn’t sound so bad. Thought we’re getting some last samurai bullshit.
 

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lol

If it’s not accessible it doesn’t exist.

I think there is enough content on Hulu that I could sub for a month and watch a few shows I’ve missed out on over the years.
That's what I'm doing for Shogun. I'll probably cancel my sub once I'm done watching it.

I resubbed to Max for House of the Dragon and will be cancelling once it's done. Although Max might be a better buy for the value. I watched Time Bandits without having to pay a rental fee and it was still quite a bit of fun. The Robin Hood scene in that flick is still endlessly funny to me. The last movie I watched with my wife before her condition because too difficult for her to consume television or film media. Fitting that we watched something that made us laugh before her declined past the point of no return.

I liked The Last Samurai quite a bit but to explain why would take more effort than I'm willing to commit to right now. Suffice it to say I think it's a marvelous film that is, in my opinion, misunderstood and I'll leave it at that. But it's definitely not because of any fetishization of feudal Japan. I am well over romanticizing that era of history even though I still enjoy romanticized depictions of the samurai in a purely fictional context.
 

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I actually like The Last Samurai though it’s been over 15 years since I’ve seen it.

I also enjoyed Top Gun 2.

RE: My Last Samurai comment I just think it would be nice to see a show set in a foreign country that’s not about an English speaker in that country.

I guess I could watch foreign films lol.
 

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I actually like The Last Samurai though it’s been over 15 years since I’ve seen it.

I also enjoyed Top Gun 2.

RE: My Last Samurai comment I just think it would be nice to see a show set in a foreign country that’s not about an English speaker in that country.

I guess I could watch foreign films lol.
I'd recommend Twilight Samurai if you want to watch a great samurai movie that isn't 50 years old (not that there's anything wrong with old cinema). It also stars Hiroyuki Sanada and it is, for all of its trappings, a pretty unconventional Sengoku Jidai film.

Red Beard may be my favorite Kurosawa OR Mifune film. Ran is still a pretty impressive achievement for Kurosawa.

I think that to the common western audience, feudal Japan is pretty exotic to the point where it's still not quite understood. Even if a The Last Samurai or Shogun comes out, people tend to forget whatever it has to show them about that era. Western main characters act as effective portals into that 'world', whether historically accurate, purely fictional or somewhere in between.

This is a pretty great YouTube channel that I discovered recently:


It's a bunch of Japanese samurai televison shows and movies. It's got an incredibly vast catalogue and I can't believe something like this exists for free.
 

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Watched the first couple episodes of Fallout. I've never played any of the games, so maybe my mileage is different than everyone else. I really enjoyed the first half of the first episode -- the prologue and the raiders attacking the shelter people -- but was bored to tears by everything after that.
 

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Watched the first couple episodes of Fallout. I've never played any of the games, so maybe my mileage is different than everyone else. I really enjoyed the first half of the first episode -- the prologue and the raiders attacking the shelter people -- but was bored to tears by everything after that.
Same
 

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I think 'crazy person feverishly writes all over walls and ceilings' is my most hated TV cliché

(Outer Range season 2, don't bother)
 

Lagduf

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I just don’t think I can be strung along for another season of mystery without a hint of what’s actually going on. Especially if they haven’t written out an overall story yet (don’t pull a LOST on us.)
 
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