Discussion in 'Media and Video Games' started by noman, Aug 30, 2017.
Even blu-rays are getting cheap these days.
No joke. I've started buying used Blu Ray players because most are internet enabled and people forget to unlink their accounts. Free movies and TV for me!
Thats a dick move, and awesome all at once!
I never buy with it just watch what they bought.
I'll second Burn Notice; an excellent show, though it gets sappy towards the end.
I can understand that.
I had flu this week so I stayed home and... once the worst of it was over... binge-watched The Mist. I loved the original story and the movie but hadn't bothered with the show.
It wasn't great, but it was different from the book/movie in significant ways that would make it better suited for a continuing adventure/mystery (and probably more gameable as well). Some of the final scenes had me very curious what the writers had in mind for the (never to be) 2nd season.
The main botch is that the powers-that-be seemed to think the audience would sit still for 7 episodes before stuff really started to happen... before episode 8 it's mostly lots of talking with a few (very few) scattered bits of horror.
It does let some character stuff build nicely... so that punches land harder later on... but most of the characters don't build to much more than they appeared in the first episode... so mostly it's just filler coasting to the last few episodes.
I've seen people complaining that the show was 'too PC'... which tells me they didn't make it to those final few episodes.
The Manhunt: Unabomber series on Netflix with Sam Worthington is a well done, understated character procedural.
Supernatural and Ash Vs. Evil Dead.
I tried three times to get into Supernatural, everything about it seems like it should grab me. But I just kept loosing interest. Think I made it as far as the third season at most. There's wasnt a specific reason I stopped watching, it wasnt bad, but nothing that pulled me back.
I own the first season of Ash Vs The Evil Dead. It was fun, and Ill probably pick up the second season, but not sure how much of that is just riding on my overall love for Army of Darkness.
Supernatural has mutated and changed over time. The first few seasons actually had some scary episodes and the brothers seemed in real danger and out of their depth.
Once angels were introduced, the show went more cosmic. The brothers now hang out with the king of hell and battle Lucifer and save the president of the US.
I think what I like is the amazing mythology that has been built up over time. And how the US government is seemingly oblivious to all the monsters. The whole thing should be ridiculous but honestly watching it is liking watching 1st level D&D characters grow to the highest levels. It just continues to fascinate me.
As for Ash, introducing Lucy Lawless and the other two main actors make the show for me. And they are building some mythology too, if the show lasts long enough. Lee Majors as his dad was good too. I like that they are expanding the Army of Darkness universe.
I was put off Supernatural when a friend made me watch an episode from a later season, it just seemed like a silly WB show about hunky bros.
Later on I binged the first few episodes out of boredom and had a much different reaction.
Those earlier seasons, when the brothers are shown as criminals and outsiders... hunted by the law as well as the monsters... are my favorites. They're on a lonely and desperate crusade that seems sure to end badly for them.
If the show had ended at the final showdown of Lucifer and Michael it would have felt complete... but it kept going, and never quite got back to what had got me watching.
I stuck with it for a while but when Felicia Day showed up I finally lost my last shred of interest... fan-service run amok.
There's always been an element of fan service in Supernatural. Look at the way the female fandom reacts when Sam or Dean gets a Significant Other that isn't their mother. But that said, the last couple of seasons have been a real return to form. Yes the plots are kind of cosmic, but the stakes feel personal. And as usual, the resolution of one season leads directly to the problems of the next. But in a fun way.
As for what I've been watching, I just binged on The Expanse. Took me a while to struggle past the first few episodes, but once I got there it was worth persevering with it. Though I can't help but feel they really under sell the sheer size of the solar system. With travel times that should be months if not years taking hours or days at most.
The Expanse only really picks up mid-to-late first season. Second season is better. Though God only knows what kept from doing a book a season.
With regards to travel times, there’s no mention of the Epstein drive until S02, but suffice to say it’s the handwavium you’re looking for.
Also, the books are much, much better.
I really liked the first few episodes. It set up space as a pretty dangerous place. After that, I thought it slowed until later in the season though.
I can imagine that the books are much better. I'll be checking them out once I've got some Kindle allowance
As for the Epstein drive, it doesn't allow for the fact that the kind of high G acceleration, deceleration and manoeuvring G forces involved with travelling at the kind of speeds they must do to cover interplanetary distances in short order would turn frail human bodies into a thin red paste very quickly.
Which is a minor niggle in an otherwise fairly Hard SF show.
Interesting, that might get me watching again... so long as Felicia Day stays in OZ.
If you don't like Felicia Day, you'll be glad to know that it's extremely unlikely that she is going to be back.
Norsemen is a comedy set among Vikings. Has a nice Life of Brian/Holy Grail sense of anachronistic humour but near the end the humour becomes a bit too broad and obvious for me.
Last weekend Mrs. The Butcher was feeling indisposed so we stayed at home and watched a ton of TV.
We wrapped up BoJack Horseman. Fuck, that is one clever, well-written show. Fourth season’s last few episodes, particularly the one about BoJack’s mom were just... wow. Right up there with the Rick & Morty “Tales from the Citadel” thing.
We also watched Bright. Three parts passable buddy cop movie, two parts heavy-handed metaphor, one part fantasy. OK movie. Franchise could go places if handled right.
I also showed her one of my favorite movies of all time: Patton. George C. Scott, you magnificent bastard.
Finally, last night we caught the new Star Trek: Discovery episode. Predictable as the series is wont to be, but good Trekkish fun. I’m a sucker for the Mirror Universe episode. Also, marry me, Captain Killy. We will have a thousand warrior babies and they shall rule the galaxy.
Last Man on Earth - A William Forte sf comedy that despite the title is actually about a small group of survivors of a massive viral outbreak that wipes out not only humanity but almost all of the animal kingdom.
A ‘cringe’ comedy whose first season was a bit too black for some with a purposefully unlikeable central character.
Later seasons make Forte’s character less of a prick but always a fool. Kristen Schnaal
is the series not-so-secret weapon, she is terrific.
One of the few post-apocalyptic shows/films that doesn’t enforce an artifical lack of food and supplies on the survivors, a lot of the initial humour is built around the fantasy fulfillment of having access to all the consumer goods, booze and houses you’d want. As things progress though it does a good job I think of dealing with all the things that would slowly go wrong, fail and spoil.
Three of my favorite horror anime, in no particular order:
Another is, at it's heart, a ghost story. But it's a lot more than that. It's a murder mystery, where you begin by trying to figure out what's going on, and then move on to figuring out who the ghost actually is. I never did, by the way. The anime does a good job at dropping hints, but I either missed them or misinterpreted them. But the scariest thing for me about Another is the human variable. Japanese media seems to be able to portray the subtle, terrifying aspects of the the human psyche far better than the American equivalent, IMO.
I love this anime, and it disturbed the hell out of me. Highly recommended.
So. Yeah. Somebody in Japan read Salem's Lot and thought, "This sucks, let's make something actually scary and awesome!" And they did. Same premise, better execution. An excellent vampire story.
Shiki disturbed the crap out of me. Highly recommended.
Did you watch the opening? Yes? Good. Because that shit right there is lying to you. It's lying to you like a pimp lies to a runaway girl.
See how cheerful it is? How happy? Yeah. No.
If you want a hard, brutal gut punch to your psyche, something to zap your nervous system out of sleep mode and remind you that (A) you can die at any moment, and (B) never take the gift of life and the people you care about for granted, then this anime is for you.
Death Parade makes Another and Shiki look like Friendship is Magic.
And I'm not exaggerated here at all. I'm a repeat anime watcher, meaning that I'll watch an anime over and over if I like it. I've watched DP once. Just once. I don't need to rewatch it; it stays with you.
It's a life after death story. it's about choices. It's brutal, ruthless, and completely unforgiving.
Another and Shiki disturbed me, as a a proper horror show should. This, this had a much more profound effect; it reminded me of some things I had long forgotten.
Highly recommended. Have Kleenex handy.
One final note. I don't consider these to be casual viewing. If you're looking for something light, watch something else. If you're looking for something a little disturbing, or really disturbing, then I present these three anime. And remember kids, it's me calling these anime 'disturbing', so...yeah.
That's what The Juice is for, realistically they don't do much more than 2G sustained and maybe 10G in a burst. Fighter pilots do fine with those kinds of Gs without being pulped. Can readily believe that 3G sustained is possible if The Juice keeps everything humming along. I believe most travel, from the show and reading the books, is constant 1G or less. That kind of acceleration is more than enough to cover distances in short order. In the books it takes much longer than is implied in the show.
The Epstein is not so much handwavium, as yet to be solved physics, first to get a self-sustaining fusion reaction, then to "solve" the plasma field equations. That is, the plasma spewed out the back generates it's own electromagnetic field and it is theoretically possible for the plasma to be configured in such a way that you can shape the electromagnetic field so it is self containing and feeds back into the plasma and hence, e.g., much more highly efficient, directed, etc. This can also be used to address waste heat issues by pushing a lot of the heat radiation away from the ship, but a lot of that heat can also be addressed by assuming some on the horizon material improvements, let alone what superconducting type materials might be achieved in the future. Case in point, 30 years ago materials that were superconducting above about 40K were impossible, pure unobtainium.
The other problem being Newton's First Law of Motion. Which is to say, you don't see them accelerate half way to a destination, do a turnaround and then decelerate the rest of the way.
But then I'm a fan of a show with a time travelling phone box from the 1950s that's made of wood when it should be made of concrete. And for me, consistency matters more than accuracy or plausibility even. And The Expanse is great stuff. If a bit slow to get going.
Actually, you do. Well, in the books anyway; I don’t recall seeing it on TV.
In no particular order:
The Water Margin
The Tomorrow People (Both versions)
Game of Thrones
Me: "Holy crap, there's a lot of new, great anime coming out this year!"
*Watches most of 2017's new anime*
Me: "ZOMG!! NEW OVERLORD SEASON SQUEEEEEEE!!!!"
*Watches first two episodes*
Somebody on Polygon claimed Devilman Crybaby was a 'masterpiece.' I guess watching decades of anime have inured them to the shitty tropes that drag down so much anime for me. The ultraviolence and sex are not an issue, the rampant stupidity and juvenile sense of humour between the outbursts of violence was and prevented it from being even amusing trash for me. That this is the same guy who made the terrific Cat Soup is really depressing.
Started watching Bosch, a noirish cop drama, almost refreshing to return to a crime drama series, excellent acting and cinematography. Dark subject matter and a definite cut above all the CSI and Law & Order spin-offs (love the original Law & Order though). Promising, willing to see how it develops.
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency has been, just about, the most pleasant viewing experience I've had over the last couple of years. The first series was like Doctor Who on acid, really. The second series was D&D on acid - like they actually directly referenced it!
Two episodes into Salem and horror fans should dig this OTT stew of black sabbaths, witch nudity, self-mutilation, blood-suckling toads and monstrous babies.
I really liked the one that had Stephen Mangan in. It's a shame they only did a few episodes.
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