Fall 2012 & Spring/Summer 2013 TV Catch-all

still not convinced that 'good' is a proper adjective for reality shows.

Ugh... Revolution is so bad. Why do I keep watching it?

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Ugh... Revolution is so bad. Why do I keep watching it? :(

I culled it off the DVR after episode 2. I'm getting better about doing that than I used to be.

MannishBoy wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Ugh... Revolution is so bad. Why do I keep watching it? :(

I culled it off the DVR after episode 2. I'm getting better about doing that than I used to be.

I made it about 15 minutes into the third episode before I did the same. It's just a terrible show.

oldmanscene24 wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Ugh... Revolution is so bad. Why do I keep watching it? :(

I culled it off the DVR after episode 2. I'm getting better about doing that than I used to be.

I made it about 15 minutes into the third episode before I did the same. It's just a terrible show.

Just 15 minutes into the second episode here!

I made it maybe halfway through the second episode myself. It's definitely terrible.

I culled it before the first episode.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Ugh... Revolution is so bad. Why do I keep watching it? :(

I'm not liking the latest turn the show has taken. Especially that is. I generally stick a show out that is doomed to be short lived, and this one had better be.

Spoiler:

Great so not only is mom alive, but she knows about the pendants.... Also how the f*ck does the one ladies computer still work? I get it the pendant sends out a localized field of some sort allowing things to be powered... awesome. So how does the signal get from her computer to the other one? I know simple the electricity leaves the localized field and the dissipates like every other goddamned electrical impulse, right.
On a sanity note, I'm guessing the dad "caused" the blackout by creating the 12 pendant (perhaps before some other nefarious group could do it, and thus be able to control the electricty for the whole world in an effort to control it.
Also Diesel trucks would still work, you'd have to hand crank start them somehow (maybe some sort of spring starter that would store up energy? But the engine itself could have fully mechanical parts and the engine works off of the spontanious ignition of the fuel, not an electric spark.

Gah, My head hurts thinking about all the logical inconsistencies in this show.

I'm so glad I skipped taping the first episode of Revolution! I'm fine with cutting ties with a show that is horrible, but once my wife starts watching a show...she says she won't give up until the season is over, to see if it gets better. So I have been choosing carefully which shows to get into this year. We started watching both Touch and Awake last year and the show we both liked (Awake) was cancelled and Touch...well, I dread watching the first episode of this season of Touch that taped last month and am sad to think about the episodes piling up once it comes back sometime soon (maybe? not sure on the date).

But as for Dexter, I'm pleasantly surprised with this season! They've taken it in new directions and pulled the rug out from under me with some things that I thought they were going a different direction in:

Spoiler:

Like the new lab guy that I thought they were setting up the past season and a half to be a "super bad" sometime ends up getting whacked by the mob dude

Overall, excited about this season!

Still haven't watched Homeland or Dexter. Had family visiting, so they got shelved to watch later, but now the wife is insistent we catch up on Doctor Who, which we've been marathoning for what seems like a couple months now. Anyway, just 3 more episodes of that, and then maybe we'll catch up on current stuff.

Especially since there's no Community tomorrow night.

American Horror had a very promising premiere. It doesn't hurt that Clea DuVall is in this season either. I've had a major thing for her since The Faculty.

Homeland is already so good.

And I would agree that American Horror Story had a promising start, although it seems like it could end up being drastically more convoluted than I remember the first season being.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm...

A Lebanese minister has threatened to sue the makers of hit US TV series Homeland for misrepresenting Beirut in a recent episode of the show.

...

"We want to take action, we want to write to the filmmakers and producers and demand an apology. And we are planning to raise a lawsuit against the director and the producer."

Yeah, good luck with that, idiot. IMAGE(http://rps.net/QS/Images/Smilies/rolleyes.gif)

I'm loving the pacing of Homeland's second season. That was a heck of a way to wrap on episode 4...

So Haven - wife and I are enjoying it so far.

One thought:

Spoiler:

The bolt-gun dude is the Colorado Kid.

I'm way late to the party but The Newsroom is really, really excellent.

And I'm not a Sorkin fan.

Just got done with the second episode of Arrow, and I'm surprised that I like it this much. Well, it feels like a very CW version of Batman, which makes sense. Lots of the story feels cribbed from Batman Begins.

I just read that it was picked up for a full 22 episode season. This one of the few new shows we are definitely keeping.

American Horror Story has been been really good, but far more extreme than last season, which was pretty extreme itself. So far, I don't think it is even a ghost story. It's kind of a mash-up of Friday the 13th, Saw, and The Exorcist all set in a Catholic run insane asylum.

Just like last season, both episodes have brought the horror really hard. Jessica Lange is just as good this season, although now she is playing the nun that runs the asylum.

It is not for the squeamish, at all. It is surprising just how intense it is. I'm really liking it, especially watching it late with the lights off.

For a good look at what has happened so far this article does a good job. It's full of spoilers, but if you read it, you'll still have no idea what is going on. It's a good read if you are considering checking it out, or just want to know what the fuss is about.

Oh man, Homeland was gutwrenching.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Oh man, Homeland was awesome.

Awesomely gutwrenching? Or gutwrenchingly awesome?

Seriously, all the Brody scenes had my eyes feeling dusty. All of them.

So Supernatural. It's just getting stupid at this point. Dean is giving Sam a raft of sh*t for quitting but did he forget that he did the exact same thing when Sam was in the Hell box? As much as I dig the show, I'm thinking that this is the last year we watch it.

So Arrow is continuing not to suck. You have to overlook the requisite CW soap drama, but it's actually a fairly good super hero show. It's no Person of Interest, but the wife and I are really enjoying it.

Person of Interest still deserves way more love than it seems to get here. Last week's episode was pretty awesome, as we are now getting back into some fun back and forth with Reese and Finch. I love that they still grab supporting characters from time to time, and seem to add additional one almost effortlessly.

Gotta love the reporter describing "The Man in the Suit" as someone straight out of a comic book, to Reese. Apparently Batman doesn't need a mask to hide his identity, at all. Batman is not even a tenth the ninja Reese is.

And while it is no BBC Sherlock, we are actually enjoying Elementary. They are finally developing a character for Lucy Lui as Watson. And Jonny Lee Miller is a fun Sherlock, as his role is also finally getting some nuance. It's probably why the Mentalist has been sitting on the DVR unwatched for so many weeks now. It's scratching the same itch in a new way.

Arrow and PoI seem both be doing well rating wise, but I have no idea how Elementary is doing. The buzz has seemed negative, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was in trouble. If you spend the hour comparing it to the BBC Sherlock, you will come away disappointed. But if you look at it as a grittier version of the Mentalist, it's pretty damn good. It hits that sweet spot.

Jayhawker wrote:

And while it is no BBC Sherlock, we are actually enjoying Elementary. They are finally developing a character for Lucy Lui as Watson. And Jonny Lee Miller is a fun Sherlock, as his role is also finally getting some nuance. It's probably why the Mentalist has been sitting on the DVR unwatched for so many weeks now. It's scratching the same itch in a new way.

They did a weird thing last ep of Mentalist. Without comment or lead-in, the whole ep was a flashback to Patrick's first case with the SBI.

That's interesting. I'll have to take a look. I'm not actually down on Mentalist. But the list of shows we watch each week is just way longer than we have time for.

We're still enjoying Elementary enough to keep watching it each week. They're starting to develop things a bit, but I wouldn't be sad to see it axed. My wife would be sad to see less Johnny Lee Miller, though.

Yes, I was happy to see them start to establish their take on the Holmes leads. I would've liked to see both of them have emotional acting moments, but I'll take one.

I don't like Arrow as much as Jayhawker, but it's OK. It's frustrating seeing potentially good actors given mediocre camp.

Jayhawker wrote:

Arrow and PoI seem both be doing well rating wise, but I have no idea how Elementary is doing. The buzz has seemed negative, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was in trouble. If you spend the hour comparing it to the BBC Sherlock, you will come away disappointed. But if you look at it as a grittier version of the Mentalist, it's pretty damn good. It hits that sweet spot.

I'm actually getting really frustrated with how people are comparing the two (Sherlock and Elementary). Tumblr is definitely where the fandoms clash a lot, and it's not pretty. But people really don't understand that CBS approached BBC and said that they wanted to take their idea and make it their own. BBC said sure, but would be watching the show very closely and sue the instant they noticed anything too similar to their own. So it makes sense that the episodes aren't going to be like the books. But alas, people will fight and I'll continue to be annoyed because there are so many - on Tumblr - that believe you can't enjoy both shows.

Homeland and Fringe still keeping me interested in TV at all. Both still ruddy fantastic.

trueheart78 wrote:

Homeland and Fringe still keeping me interested in TV at all. Both still ruddy fantastic.

These two shows are killing me, as they are my pure favorite dramas. But with stuff going on, including a new puppy this year, I am having a hard time finding the kind of quiet hour I want for those shows. Both have gotten pushed off, not because I don't like them, but because I am perversely trying to wait for the right time to sink into them.

Part of the problem is that my wife's job is stressing her out more than normal lately, so she has been opting for more stress free stuff. In the few times I have for that kind of stuff on my own, I opt for American Horror Story and Walking Dead, which is WAY off her list.

She's not a fan of gore. I once talked her into going to see 28 Days Later with me, pitching it as a thinking man's zombie movie. That led to her getting to pick the next 28 films we went to see.