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I was very excited about a new season of Dark and now it just feels like a chore. Not sure if I should worry about spoilers, but let's just say that when your otherwise good show's weakness is a large number of characters multiplied by 3 different time periods, maybe don't start season 3 by doubling that. I appreciated the plot twist but now the show feels like homework.
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dead_elvis wrote: 09 Jul 2020, 19:07 I was very excited about a new season of Dark and now it just feels like a chore. Not sure if I should worry about spoilers, but let's just say that when your otherwise good show's weakness is a large number of characters multiplied by 3 different time periods, maybe don't start season 3 by doubling that. I appreciated the plot twist but now the show feels like homework.
Yeah it got a little too convoluted there for a bit. The break between the season 2 and 3 didn't help me. It ultimately works itself out though, even if a tad heavy on the exposition.
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lunchstealer wrote: 08 Jul 2020, 22:26 Once there was a van just speeding down the highway and they were like waaaat and then it crashes and theyre like waaaaaat and they see the driver terrified as shit and are like huh and they open the door and the van is like full of rattlesnakes and the guy is like i'm not samuel l jackson but they say hay maybe we can use a fire extinguisher to make the snakes all cold and then he can get out.
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I enjoyed the first three episodes of Perry Mason. Warning, the first episode leads with a very graphic dead baby!

But the actors and writing are solid, and I love a period drama.
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Dangerman wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 12:34 I enjoyed the first three episodes of Perry Mason. Warning, the first episode leads with a very graphic dead baby!

But the actors and writing are solid, and I love a period drama.
Me too, though I'd like to have more confidence, not unlike with Better Call Saul, that there's a Perry Mason downstream with a law degree and we don't have to wait five seasons for it. Otherwise, I'm calling BS bait and switch.

The books were grittier than the movies and television series, but they were also filled with characters, Mason included, who were pretty much blank slates, so I'm willing to go along for the ride. My guess, however, is that if it lasts it's going to end up like Gotham with the series ending scene being Mason walking into a courtroom with the all too familiar theme music playing for the first time.
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D.A. Ridgely wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 12:52
Dangerman wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 12:34 I enjoyed the first three episodes of Perry Mason. Warning, the first episode leads with a very graphic dead baby!

But the actors and writing are solid, and I love a period drama.
Me too, though I'd like to have more confidence, not unlike with Better Call Saul, that there's a Perry Mason downstream with a law degree and we don't have to wait five seasons for it. Otherwise, I'm calling BS bait and switch.

The books were grittier than the movies and television series, but they were also filled with characters, Mason included, who were pretty much blank slates, so I'm willing to go along for the ride. My guess, however, is that if it lasts it's going to end up like Gotham with the series ending scene being Mason walking into a courtroom with the all too familiar theme music playing for the first time.
But the shocking courtroom twist is that it will be the Alfred Hitchcock Presents theme music.

mostly because I can't remember the Perry Mason music because the Hitchcock music is what first came to mind and now it won't leave.
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lunchstealer wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 13:32
D.A. Ridgely wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 12:52
Dangerman wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 12:34 I enjoyed the first three episodes of Perry Mason. Warning, the first episode leads with a very graphic dead baby!

But the actors and writing are solid, and I love a period drama.
Me too, though I'd like to have more confidence, not unlike with Better Call Saul, that there's a Perry Mason downstream with a law degree and we don't have to wait five seasons for it. Otherwise, I'm calling BS bait and switch.

The books were grittier than the movies and television series, but they were also filled with characters, Mason included, who were pretty much blank slates, so I'm willing to go along for the ride. My guess, however, is that if it lasts it's going to end up like Gotham with the series ending scene being Mason walking into a courtroom with the all too familiar theme music playing for the first time.
But the shocking courtroom twist is that it will be the Alfred Hitchcock Presents theme music.

mostly because I can't remember the Perry Mason music because the Hitchcock music is what first came to mind and now it won't leave.
It could be worse. You could have the theme of Gilligan's Island looping in your head.

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Dangerman wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 12:34 I enjoyed the first three episodes of Perry Mason. Warning, the first episode leads with a very graphic dead baby!
Augh! Augh! Why???????

Thank you for the warning!
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D.A. Ridgely wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 12:52 Me too, though I'd like to have more confidence, not unlike with Better Call Saul, that there's a Perry Mason downstream with a law degree and we don't have to wait five seasons for it. Otherwise, I'm calling BS bait and switch.
I think it's specifically supposed to be pre-law school Mason. As I understand it, it's not a remake of the Burr series; it's a prequel.
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Ellie wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 16:55
Dangerman wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 12:34 I enjoyed the first three episodes of Perry Mason. Warning, the first episode leads with a very graphic dead baby!
Augh! Augh! Why???????

Thank you for the warning!
Yeah, it's not for the faint of heart. As I recall, the baby is only shown in the Angel's Flight funicular and in the morgue, but there's some pretty graphic gore elsewhere, as well. (No more babies, though. Well, so far.) Also, most reviewers picked up on the scene where Mason is inspecting the baby in the morgue because of the amount of information Rhys manages to convey there in his expression, so I can't in good conscience say just look away in that scene but, well, you know, you might just want to look away in those scenes.
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D.A. Ridgely wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 17:17
Ellie wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 16:55
Dangerman wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 12:34 I enjoyed the first three episodes of Perry Mason. Warning, the first episode leads with a very graphic dead baby!
Augh! Augh! Why???????

Thank you for the warning!
Yeah, it's not for the faint of heart. As I recall, the baby is only shown in the Angel's Flight funicular and in the morgue, but there's some pretty graphic gore elsewhere, as well. (No more babies, though. Well, so far.) Also, most reviewers picked up on the scene where Mason is inspecting the baby in the morgue because of the amount of information Rhys manages to convey there in his expression, so I can't in good conscience say just look away in that scene but, well, you know, you might just want to look away in those scenes.
Yeah, what he said.
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I haven't done much TV-watching for a number of years, so I thought I'd find out what all the fuss was about as regards various shows I heard about but never saw.

I've come to the conclusion that "The Office", "Parks and Recreation", and all of the other "it's like a documentary, but with actors doing improv!" shows are cups of tea that aren't mine. I had incorrectly assumed that "Community" was one of those shows, and it's not. I like "Community". It makes me laugh in the not just exhale-slightly-harder-than-normal way, but in the actual, audible "what are you laughing at in there?" way. In other words, it's my kind of stupid. :)
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Jake wrote: 12 Jul 2020, 23:12 I haven't done much TV-watching for a number of years, so I thought I'd find out what all the fuss was about as regards various shows I heard about but never saw.

I've come to the conclusion that "The Office", "Parks and Recreation", and all of the other "it's like a documentary, but with actors doing improv!" shows are cups of tea that aren't mine. I had incorrectly assumed that "Community" was one of those shows, and it's not. I like "Community". It makes me laugh in the not just exhale-slightly-harder-than-normal way, but in the actual, audible "what are you laughing at in there?" way. In other words, it's my kind of stupid. :)
How much of Parks and Rec did you watch? The first season should be skipped.
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Painboy wrote: 12 Jul 2020, 23:38
Jake wrote: 12 Jul 2020, 23:12 I haven't done much TV-watching for a number of years, so I thought I'd find out what all the fuss was about as regards various shows I heard about but never saw.

I've come to the conclusion that "The Office", "Parks and Recreation", and all of the other "it's like a documentary, but with actors doing improv!" shows are cups of tea that aren't mine. I had incorrectly assumed that "Community" was one of those shows, and it's not. I like "Community". It makes me laugh in the not just exhale-slightly-harder-than-normal way, but in the actual, audible "what are you laughing at in there?" way. In other words, it's my kind of stupid. :)
How much of Parks and Rec did you watch? The first season should be skipped.
I recently started watching P&R after avoiding it for years. I think it's entertaining enough, but not actually funny. I don't lol at it ever.
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Wife just wrapped a Community binge a thon. I got tired of it but thought it was funny in parts. Late seasons were strained as is always the case. I thought Parks and Rec was really strong after the first season and I expected to hate it as I'm not an Office guy.
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JasonL wrote: 13 Jul 2020, 13:29 Wife just wrapped a Community binge a thon. I got tired of it but thought it was funny in parts. Late seasons were strained as is always the case. I thought Parks and Rec was really strong after the first season and I expected to hate it as I'm not an Office guy.
Parks and Rec definitely more watchable than The Office. I think I'm too geezer for Community.
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Warren wrote: 13 Jul 2020, 14:44
JasonL wrote: 13 Jul 2020, 13:29 Wife just wrapped a Community binge a thon. I got tired of it but thought it was funny in parts. Late seasons were strained as is always the case. I thought Parks and Rec was really strong after the first season and I expected to hate it as I'm not an Office guy.
Parks and Rec definitely more watchable than The Office. I think I'm too geezer for Community.
I generally didn't and still don't like sitcoms of that sort and those years. 30 Rock is something of an exception. You'd have to mark every episode of Community to warn me if Chevy Chase was in it so I could skip those episodes before giving it a try.
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I skipped Community in its over the air run cause it looked like a typically stupid setup for a typically stupid sitcom. But a couple years ago after watching Rick and Morty and noticing that this Harmon fellow seems to have quite a following I decided to give it another chance, and I'm glad I did.
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D.A. Ridgely wrote: 13 Jul 2020, 15:52
Warren wrote: 13 Jul 2020, 14:44
JasonL wrote: 13 Jul 2020, 13:29 Wife just wrapped a Community binge a thon. I got tired of it but thought it was funny in parts. Late seasons were strained as is always the case. I thought Parks and Rec was really strong after the first season and I expected to hate it as I'm not an Office guy.
Parks and Rec definitely more watchable than The Office. I think I'm too geezer for Community.
I generally didn't and still don't like sitcoms of that sort and those years. 30 Rock is something of an exception. You'd have to mark every episode of Community to warn me if Chevy Chase was in it so I could skip those episodes before giving it a try.
But he's the only member of the cast old enough to remember dial phones. His are the only episodes I might want to watch.
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Warren wrote: 13 Jul 2020, 16:28
D.A. Ridgely wrote: 13 Jul 2020, 15:52
Warren wrote: 13 Jul 2020, 14:44
JasonL wrote: 13 Jul 2020, 13:29 Wife just wrapped a Community binge a thon. I got tired of it but thought it was funny in parts. Late seasons were strained as is always the case. I thought Parks and Rec was really strong after the first season and I expected to hate it as I'm not an Office guy.
Parks and Rec definitely more watchable than The Office. I think I'm too geezer for Community.
I generally didn't and still don't like sitcoms of that sort and those years. 30 Rock is something of an exception. You'd have to mark every episode of Community to warn me if Chevy Chase was in it so I could skip those episodes before giving it a try.
But he's the only member of the cast old enough to remember dial phones. His are the only episodes I might want to watch.
And therein lies yet another reason in the long litany of why we won't be inviting each other over for some TV binge watching.
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Painboy wrote: 12 Jul 2020, 23:38How much of Parks and Rec did you watch? The first season should be skipped.
I didn't make it all the way through the first season. Is the beginning of the second season the right starting point, then?
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Jake wrote: 13 Jul 2020, 18:23
Painboy wrote: 12 Jul 2020, 23:38How much of Parks and Rec did you watch? The first season should be skipped.
I didn't make it all the way through the first season. Is the beginning of the second season the right starting point, then?
Yes. The tone is completely different. The first season was basically a retread of The Office. From the second season on it's much more fun and goofy.
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D.A. Ridgely wrote: 13 Jul 2020, 15:52I generally didn't and still don't like sitcoms of that sort and those years. 30 Rock is something of an exception. You'd have to mark every episode of Community to warn me if Chevy Chase was in it so I could skip those episodes before giving it a try.
I think I'd have to mark all the episodes. But he's not playing Chevy Chase; he's playing an old, out-of-touch, self-centered racist who... oh, hang on.
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Warren wrote: 13 Jul 2020, 16:28
D.A. Ridgely wrote: 13 Jul 2020, 15:52
Warren wrote: 13 Jul 2020, 14:44
JasonL wrote: 13 Jul 2020, 13:29 Wife just wrapped a Community binge a thon. I got tired of it but thought it was funny in parts. Late seasons were strained as is always the case. I thought Parks and Rec was really strong after the first season and I expected to hate it as I'm not an Office guy.
Parks and Rec definitely more watchable than The Office. I think I'm too geezer for Community.
I generally didn't and still don't like sitcoms of that sort and those years. 30 Rock is something of an exception. You'd have to mark every episode of Community to warn me if Chevy Chase was in it so I could skip those episodes before giving it a try.
But he's the only member of the cast old enough to remember dial phones. His are the only episodes I might want to watch.
Joel McHale is older than I am. I remember when VCRs were the new hot thing, and people still thought that BetaScan was gonna be the one because of the better picture quality, and ours had a remote - with a cord. I was excited when we got a new TV with push-buttons to change channels instead of knobs.
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