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Finally caught up on last 3 eps of Arcane. It is definitely the best animated content you'll see this year - but even that may minimalize it - it is just awesome content and story period.

Watched the last half of Masters of the Universe and really liked it. I know nothing will come of the ending teaser but I loved it. Loved the cameo appearances. Love the direction they went with the story, didn't see that coming.

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Really liked Dark-Lyn and her look. Bat-lyn look was batty but I liked her character. Interestingly I thought the show was going go more He-man considering he survived getting stabbed and went all Hulk. The second half is mainly Lyn's show even get her backstory. Kind of funny when he-man launches skeletor and says it isn't about them, it really isn't.

Loved seeing the guy from Masters of the Universe movie. Ram-man showing up was just silly fun.

I know I said it before, but having finished Arcane it stands as one of the best series I watched in the last year or so. The quality of the animation is superb, with a standout visual style and a story to go with it. A genuine surprise at just how good it is.

The best video game to drama adaptation I’ve seen.

Re: Cowboy Bebop - the lady who plays Faye is hilarious. Perhaps best part of show.

Sorbicol wrote:

I know I said it before, but having finished Arcane it stands as one of the best series I watched in the last year or so. The quality of the animation is superb, with a standout visual style and a story to go with it. A genuine surprise at just how good it is.

The best video game to drama adaptation I’ve seen.

karmajay wrote:

Finally caught up on last 3 eps of Arcane. It is definitely the best animated content you'll see this year - but even that may minimalize it - it is just awesome content and story period.

Finished up Arcane this morning. Absolutely incredible show. Been a long time since I loved a show this much. Best thing since Spider-Verse.

I liked Cowboy Bebop overall, but the last couple of episodes had this "generic brand Tarantino" vibe that stuck out like a sore thumb.

Rat Boy wrote:

I liked Cowboy Bebop overall, but the last couple of episodes had this "generic brand Tarantino" vibe that stuck out like a sore thumb.

Lasted 3 episodes, too much style over substance. The banter between the 2 main characters I felt was badly written and the stories not engaging enough. Shame as I liked the style.

Finished Cowboy Bebop. I love the changes they made to Faye, and Spike & Jet are both great. I think they nailed the look and feel of the series, for the most part, when we're not forced to sit through the Syndicate stuff.

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I think they made a huge mistake by giving us Julia and Vicious and Spike's backstory with the Syndicate this early. Julia's & Vicious' story just isn't that interesting outside of how it affects Spike, and the way they've done it here put way too much emphasis on Julia & Vicious, which in turn pulled far too much focus from the crew of the Bebop. I also don't think they pulled off what they were trying to do with either of those two characters. Vicious never really felt right, he was more like a rabid dog than a vicious and cunning wolf, and Julia's twist in the last episode felt like it came completely out of nowhere, and not in a good way. I still want Netflix to greenlight a second season though, because I really want to see the whole crew of the Bebop together. Them chasing bounties was always the most fun part of the anime, and the few times they actually were bounty hunting in the series was the best part of it as well. They can just put the Julia & Vicious stuff on the back burner until they need to end the series.

I finished Cowboy Bebop tonight as well, and many of my thoughts are similar to yours.

I did like it overall, and appreciated some of the choices they made that matched the style and tone of the anime, but I could also see how those choices might annoy some views and chase them away.

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Not quite sure what to make of the appearance of Ed at the end. It wasn't long enough to get a full feeling for how they would handle the character, and was clearly meant to be as odd as possible to try to hook viewers if a second season appears.

Just watched the Back to the Outback trailer and it made me so mad.

After Arcane, He-Man was a bit poor to be honest. Clearly mark Hamill was enjoying himself, but the rest of it was just bombastic for the sake of being bombastic.

Meh, I'm clearly not the target audience for this (despite watching a lot of He-Man when I was a lot younger) but it was all just a little dull to be honest. The

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Smooching between Skeleton and "Which ever Lyn it Was" was also just...... wrong.

Watched Night In Paradise and like it. The movie is over 2 hours long and I felt it. They could have cut 40 minutes out of this easy. This was recommended to people that like the squid game but it has nothing in common to that movie. This is gangster love revenge movie. One dude tries to take over. He fails and in order to survive the hitman gets all the blame. So they go after the hitman. So we have a lot of violence and a lot of down moments. It kind of goes action 30 minute downtime action repeat to the end.

The ending was different. Well maybe not super different more uncommon.

Stengah wrote:

Finished Cowboy Bebop. I love the changes they made to Faye, and Spike & Jet are both great. I think they nailed the look and feel of the series, for the most part, when we're not forced to sit through the Syndicate stuff.

I finished the series last night and totally agree with you on the last statement. I thought the last two episodes were the weakest overall and I would have preferred more of the traditional episodic adventures that were the hallmark of the anime series.

Still though, it was fun and I wouldn't mind seeing what they do with a second season.

I was disappointed when I got through all 2 seasons of Love, Death + Robots. I remember when the first season debut and I got so turned off by the first episode, which is absolutely not representative of the anthology. Having returned to watch that entire episode (I bounced off after 5 minutes the first time), I'm still a bit puzzled as to why they decided to open the series with such a weak short.

Bring on Season 3!

They started a different episode in different regions IIRC. Some started with 3 Robots (one of my favs)
We got Sonny's Edge which was very dark but I loved. (it wasn't for everyone)

I haven't seen any of season 2 sadly

Yeah not a fan of 3 Robots but I also loved Sonnie's Edge. The choreography of the arena fight was perfection.

Maclintok wrote:

Yeah not a fan of 3 Robots but I also loved Sonnie's Edge. The choreography of the arena fight was perfection.

I really can't get Beyond the Aquila Rift out of my head. That was one of the most amazing depictions of

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cosmic horror

I have ever seen. Something that really was helped by the CG visuals. It has cemented itself in my brain.

Aquila Rift was episode #2 for me and seeing this after 3 Robots was one hell of a gut punch.

Maclintok wrote:

Aquila Rift was episode #2 for me and seeing this after 3 Robots was one hell of a gut punch.

I want to say that was the order for me as well. I went from feeling like I'd watched a lackluster Pixar short (I didn't hate it or anything, but it didn't blow my mind) to then the horror show that was Aquila Rift.

We enjoyed A Boy Called Christmas this weekend.

Maclintok wrote:

Aquila Rift was episode #2 for me and seeing this after 3 Robots was one hell of a gut punch.

Aquila Rift was definitely my favorite of the first batch as well. I also enjoyed Zima Blue. I'd love to see more adaptations of Alastair Reynolds work.