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    Season 2 of The Orville.


    I just got done watching Episode 3, where

    the show bid farewell to the actress who played Alara...the security chief. I knew from following the show that she had another series that led her to leave, but unlike a lot of other series they sent her off right. Wrote an entire episode that featured her and a couple actual Star Trek actors, and at the end the cast said a long, tearful goodbye.



    The show has flaws, but it also has heart.

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    Watching 'Weeds' ...which portrays an incredibly dissolute social order, or more to the point, social disorder. Hopefully it doesn't portray life in America as it actually is.

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    Handmaid's tale season 1 & 2 (6/10)

    It's a kind of what if scenario if the Iranian revolution had happened in USA. To make it more believable they throw in an affliction that have left most people sterile. So "fallen" fertile women are forced by the religious elite to be surrogate mothers for their sterile wives. Well, acted and beautifully filmed. It's slow. Which I like. One great thing about it is that it's largely seen from the perspective of the main character, who is a surrogate mother. So the audience is lacking a lot of information about what is going on. Makes it more surreal, which is good. It's touted as a feminist series. The book certainly was. But I'm not seeing it for the series. I see it more as an example of how absolute power corrupts absolutely, regardless of the gender of who is in power.

    I binge watched both seasons. I initially loved it, but grew out of love. It doesn't really go anywhere. The last episodes of the second seasons they're just milking it IMHO. It's now renewed for a third season. Not sure if I'll watch it.

    It was based on a novel which spanned the first season. But not the second. The shift is noticeable in a drop in consistency of the characters.

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    Teen Wolf - 6/10

    Standard teen drama about this high school kid who gets bitten by a werewolf and has to deal with all that bullshit while finding out that the cute girl in class he just fell in love with is a member of a family of werewolf hunters who are in town to hunt down and kill the pack he's now a part of. It's actually way better written than most similar types of shows and interesting characters and surprisingly clever dialogue.

    The main problem with it is that they try and do way too much. For instance, in the second season they had thirteen episodes and four completely different sets of bad guys with four completely different storylines, so something happens and then they get back to it two or three episodes later. Also, they keep recycling the main villains and they continuously come back and ... don't really do anything. As an example, they resurrected the main bad guy from the first season at the start of the second and then had him randomly wander onscreen every few episodes for a while before inconclusively wrapping up his new storyline at the end of the fourth season and that wasn't a unique reuse of old bad guys.

    Also, they put together a two or three season story arc for this series when they started it and it went on for six seasons and in the last ones, they clearly had no idea where to go with the show.

    Also also, at no point in the entire show did anybody ask for a keg of beer. Da fuck was with that? That's like having a Hulk movie where he never opines about how he should perhaps smash something.

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    Cow and Chicken - Yeah, I saw this was available on demand via Sling TV. Watching some of the first season material, before they got more serious with the Terran plot line.

    I AM WEASEL! of 4

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    Future Man

    I mentioned this in an earlier post, but wanted to mention it again. This is one of the best shows on Hulu. If you like sci-fi time travel stuff, nostalgia, and humor, you'll dig this show. I can't recommend it enough. It's clever as hell and the characters develop really well. Because time travel plays such a large role in the show, there are a million plot holes, but that's okay because the show is just supposed to be fun. Also though, in the final episode of the second season, they do actually address the severe problems created by so much time travel.

    8.75/10

    Brittania (Amazon Prime)

    I've only watched one episode, but "tedious" comes to mind. It has potential though, so I'll give it a few more episodes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrZoidberg View Post
    Handmaid's tale season 1 & 2 (6/10)I binge watched both seasons. I initially loved it, but grew out of love. It doesn't really go anywhere. The last episodes of the second seasons they're just milking it IMHO. It's now renewed for a third season. Not sure if I'll watch it.
    I felt the same but I wonder if part of that was because of binge watching. Sometimes the dialogue between characters became excruciatingly slow.

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    Watched the first episode of Miracle Workers, pretty funny show so far. Based on clips of future episodes I'm not sure how well I'll like some plotlines (God visiting his parents?) but it seems solid enough that I'll give it a go for a good while at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSwizzle View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DrZoidberg View Post
    Handmaid's tale season 1 & 2 (6/10)I binge watched both seasons. I initially loved it, but grew out of love. It doesn't really go anywhere. The last episodes of the second seasons they're just milking it IMHO. It's now renewed for a third season. Not sure if I'll watch it.
    I felt the same but I wonder if part of that was because of binge watching. Sometimes the dialogue between characters became excruciatingly slow.
    Regarding the slowness. This is what I think. What makes the Handmaid's tale a great book is that fact that it's told from Ofred's point of view. The reader of the book doesn't know anything that Ofred doesn't know. The fascist government mostly comes across as strange, random of frightening. Which is how totalitarianism is seen from people under it. So for conversations with those above in the power pyramid it will make even the most mundane conversation tense and interesting. They used this to great effect in the beginning of the TV series. But as the story unfolds we are made privy to more and more information. So towards the end of the second season it's, pretty much, much like any other drama TV series. At that point the slowness doesn't add tension. It just becomes a bore.

    Another thing I've thought about. I really like Ofred's acting. She has to be stonefaced to the people around her, but still convey emotion to the audience. That must be very difficult. That's done masterfully IMHO. Also adds tension.

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    Just watched the 60 Minutes Australia's investigation of Shelley Miscavige and Scientology. Very well done. Everyone should watch it.

    Of course, there's tons of books, TV, and movies people should watch about Scientology, but Leah Remini's show with Mike Rinder exposing the cult has really upped the game of late. I'm guardedly hopeful. I've learned from twenty years of being out of the cult and following news and critics that every time it seems like curtains for the cult, nothing significant happens to stop their fraud and other crimes including imprisoning and enslaving people. Who knows how long an utterly conscienceless cult run by utterly conscienceless people will last, given that they have no real boundaries on what they are willing to do to critics.

    There's also a lot of parallels to the Trump administration. When the only principle guiding your decisions is loyalty to the authority and any pain and suffering caused in the pursuit of protecting and feeding that authority is just not important compared to that grand goal, a whole universe of options open up to you in regard to the evil you can commit. Scientology, like Christianity, is a machine that produces right wing authoritarian followers. Questioning is a mortal sin.
    The Authoritarians

    GOP and Trump supporters will not be able to say they didn't know. Vote in numbers too big to manipulate.

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