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what tv shows are you into nowdays?

Post by user42 » Sat Jul 18, 7:06 2015

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Post by Enigma » Sat Jul 18, 21:23 2015

Sense8 is awesome.

...also I have become slightly obsessed with Supernatural.
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Post by Meperidine » Sat Jul 18, 21:39 2015

Enigma wrote:Sense8 is awesome.
Yesss that is the last one I got really into. Now proselytizing it to close friends, although it is a bit weird to recommend to people generally for various reasons.

Steven Universe is a current low-key obsession. I have been recommending that one all over the place.
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Post by Aum » Sun Jul 19, 0:45 2015

Just started Sense8 as well... on episode 3, liking the premise. Waiting for more interesting stuff to happen. Hoping it's not one of those shows that strings you along with the gimmicky concept only for it to fall flat later on. *fingers seriously crossed*
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Post by monk » Sun Jul 19, 1:15 2015

Just watched the first episode of Grace and Frankie. meh, I'll try the second to see if it pans out.


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Post by Meperidine » Sun Jul 19, 9:50 2015

Aum wrote:Just started Sense8 as well...Hoping it's not one of those shows that strings you along with the gimmicky concept only for it to fall flat later on. *fingers seriously crossed*
Having recently watched the beginning again with a friend, I totally see your concern--but don't worry. The early episodes really drag their feet with the stuff that makes the premise cool, but they do get it going. It's pitched as a five-year show though, so don't expect everything to be neatly tied up by the end of s1.
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Post by Zeph » Sun Jul 19, 12:43 2015

I watch so much TV.

On HBO, I'm watching True Detective. I adored the first season, but the portrayal of women in this series has always bothered me. Season 2 isn't living up to the first season so far.

On Netflix, the most recent season of Bojack Horseman just came out. I adore the satire, puns, visual gags, wonderful comedians, dark humor, and animorphic characters.

On regular ass TV (or Hulu), I tune into Wayward Pines. It's cheesy, but I enjoy the dystopian settig, social commentary, and overall fun adventure.

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Post by cwbyrvr » Sun Jul 19, 21:52 2015

I watched Sense8 when I was in Canada and it was highly enjoyable, though I didn't really like how they ended the season. I realize there will be more to it with later seasons but it just felt a little too rushed/like a bit of a copout/too cheesy to me, if that makes sense. I'd go into further detail but I don't want to spoil too much. In fact, I'll go ahead and throw some spoiler tags on this next bit:
Also the graphic birth stuff was really offputting and I'm not sure why they felt it necessary to film live births just so they could show it in such graphic detail/why they felt the need to show it at all.
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Post by iamthegate » Mon Jul 20, 0:09 2015

I just finished the last Orange is the New Black season. Although I love all the back stories of the characters, I really dislike Piper.
And the rape in episode 11 was really hard for me to see. Fuck.

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Post by Sonic# » Fri Jul 24, 11:39 2015

I've been rewatching The Office while I work on a syllabus.

I also saw an episode of Black Mirror. Each episode is in its separate world, Twilight Zone-like, with a dark premise and cutting social commentary. I watched an episode featuring a future dystopia where most people ride bikes to generate electricity, for which they're awarded tokens usable for food, social media, and the like.

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The rooms feature wall-screens that force its inhabitants to watch contents unless they refuse by spending tokens. Channels include a reality talent show like American Idol, a reality show where people unable to bike are put in humiliating situations, and a pornographic channel. In the show, a man has a large number of tokens saved up, meets a woman he likes, and after hearing her sing buys her a ticket with his savings so she can compete to become a singer on the talent show. She goes, they make her consume a drug called "compliance," and after singing the judges admit they have too many singers but she would be pretty enough to be a star on the pornography channel. She has trouble saying no due to the drug, and the man is dragged out. Desolate in his room and unable to refuse to watch content presented to him, he is forced to watch the woman, who appears drugged up, go through a scene with another man. He saves up money over months and buys a ticket as a performer, and then confronts the judges as he holds a fabricated weapon to his throat. He critiques the system, and they compliment his verve and offer him a job as a speaker in a kind of "five minute hate" segment. The last scene shows him living in comfort.
I found the episode intriguing. It is effective at developing gradually the way this dystopian society works - showing and not telling. It gives a good emotional hook, but I feel dissatisfied with the way that it treats the woman's story. She disappears, effectively disposed of by both the dystopia and the episode's writers. The remaining character obviously obsesses over her, but never mentions her. I didn't expect a happy ending, but it felt like they used her to show how horrible the premise is - the "damsel in distress" who disappears.

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Post by Aum » Fri Jul 24, 12:51 2015

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I was grossed out by the graphic births too, mostly because I didn't really feel it served a point. But I think the show is trying to push boundaries on showing genitals. They showed an actual real penis of one of the actors this season, which you almost never see on television because penises are so shameful. So I thought that was pretty brave. They also had that orgy scene where every sens8 was having sex together, regardless of their actual orientation. This show really pushes boundaries when it comes to gender, sex, and queer identity. I just love it.
So it turns out Sens8 is pretty damn awesome. I just finished the first season and I'm impressed. Solid, intelligent and emotionally driven dialogue, from many different human points of view. If future seasons continue to output this kind of writing, I'll be hooked for good.

P.S. This show makes me want to travel SOOOO badly.
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Post by Meperidine » Fri Jul 24, 13:57 2015

I saw that episode of Black Mirror two or three weeks ago and it's still vividly disturbing me while I'm trying to sleep. It's definitely a brilliantly constructed show, but I'm not sure I can handle it.
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Post by Nachos » Tue Aug 4, 5:43 2015

I'm currently watching both Vampire Diaries (to knit to) and Orange is the New Black, because it's pretty awesome. I am glad Larry is gone from the show, he was stupid.
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Post by Sonic# » Tue Aug 4, 8:00 2015

I saw a few episodes of Naked and Afraid. Each episode features two nature survivalists who are taken to an isolated location with nothing but a machete, a bag, a personal diary camera, and a personal item of their choice. No clothes, no food. They have to survive for (usually) three weeks. Fresh water, food, a fire, protective cover, and safety are all points of stress.

The nudity and the usual male/female pairings are a gimmick, but they don't cheese it up. Sex wasn't an overt theme in any of the episodes - usually the participants are already in relationships back home. The narration and cuts are focused on their survival, the wildlife they're encountering, and so on.

I most enjoyed the episode with a Green Beret and a housemom. He had much more experience but he led through encouragement and good communication rather than through bossing around; she could hold her own and was a team player. They ended up doing very well. I probably liked it because it was a celebration of cooperation, hard work, and the application of knowledge towards a goal. Such as it is, every episode told a gripping story.

The end of that show wasn't fully positivist. It showed them three months after their trip, each undergoing treatment for the exotic infections they acquired over the course of their time. I appreciated them showing some of the consequences of surviving in exposed areas.

Most of my critical thoughts about the show have to do with its context. Like ecotourist ventures more generally, I wonder how they ensure putting on a show is low-impact on wildlife and communities. I wonder about the fascination with getting back to nature or with proving oneself against nature. I wonder about the allure of the exotic - most episodes take place outside North America in jungle, savannah, or other locations less familiar to its mainly white American participants.

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Post by Charli! » Tue Aug 4, 15:30 2015

I've just started watching 'sons of Anarchy' (yes, I'm about a decade behind everyone else). Not overly impressed... its well written but the storylines still drive me insane (how can characters be so clever about some things, yet so incredibly dense and stupid about other things!). People at work claim it improves, so I shall persevere a bit longer.

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Post by Meperidine » Sat Aug 8, 12:39 2015

Hey sense8 fans, season 2 is confirmed!
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Post by Nae » Sat Aug 8, 20:56 2015

Sense8 wasn't really for me. I watched Ascension the other day, that was pretty fun.

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Post by Sonic# » Sat Aug 8, 21:45 2015

I watched another episode of The Tudors, still in season 1. I was curious about it because I study literature surrounding that period. As a story I find it as compelling as Game of Thrones, since it shows a lot of the personal and political rivalries in force without as much a focus on gratuitous sexuality or violence. (Don't get me wrong, both are there - it was a Showtime show.) It takes liberty with the timeline, but generally the central characters follow historical events. This means that Henry does bad things but is thus far sympathetic. Other characters behave as one might expect when their position depends on the pleasure of the king and his most powerful advisers, Cardinal Wolsey and Sir Thomas More. Meanwhile, women like Catherine of Aragon, Princess Margaret, and Anne Boleyn have central roles and some influence, though so often their ability to act independently is severely limited by the men around them.

I'm pretty sure they made up a King of Portugal suitable to be an old lame king for Princess Margaret to be horrified to marry. You know, for the drama.

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Post by Enigma » Tue Aug 11, 10:27 2015

Meperidine wrote:Hey sense8 fans, season 2 is confirmed!
Yes!!!
The birth stuff didn't bother me at all I thought that was a really beautiful scene.
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Post by spacefem » Tue Aug 18, 4:48 2015

Bad Ink on Netflix. There aren't many episodes but zomg this should be required for everyone. I cannot believe how many people have tattoos that are just AWFUL, and how many people go along when their drunk friends say "let's get tattoos!" and they're at, like, a trailer park in Mexico.
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Post by ladyhawk » Tue Sep 1, 19:42 2015

So I know I'm years behind on this one, but Husband and I have gotten really into Orange is the New Black.

We're like three episodes into season two. We've both decided that we kind of hate Piper. And that the opening credits are entirely too long.

I really love the character development, though.
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Post by Bork » Tue Sep 1, 20:23 2015

ladyhawk wrote:We're like three episodes into season two. We've both decided that we kind of hate Piper. And that the opening credits are entirely too long.

THANK YOU. Piper is definitely one of the worst characters on the show - not in the sense that she's evil or anything like that, just in the sense that she's so unnecessary and dumb and repetitive. Ugh she's so annoying.
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Post by iamthegate » Wed Sep 2, 0:14 2015

*jumps on the hating Piper bandwagon*

Although I think that that boyfriend of hers is more annoying.

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Post by octarineoboe » Wed Sep 2, 19:40 2015

Totally agree that Piper sucks. But it's a great show despite her.

Speaking of shows we're behind on, my boyfriend and I are watching Scandal. We're currently in the middle of season 2. I like it a lot, except that it falls down a bit when everyone is like "Fitz is so great! Fitz should be president! Fitz would be the greatest president ever!" and I'm like...why? Or even, what was so bad about his opponent that it was crucial he win the presidency? The show tells us how great Fitz is rather than showing us.

Even further behind and on the other end of the political spectrum, I've been watching The West Wing. I'm enjoying it and I LOVE both Allison Janney and Robb Lowe but sometimes it feels like someone in the writing room knew it was important to have "strong female characters" but doesn't actually know any strong women in real life. My viewing has slowed down considerably since we started Scandal, though.

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Post by Meperidine » Wed Sep 2, 21:50 2015

iamthegate wrote:*jumps on the hating Piper bandwagon*

Although I think that that boyfriend of hers is more annoying.
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Yeah, they're both awful--but I think that is kind of the point? The show was pitched as a fish-out-of-water story about a privileged white lady (relatable to many Netflix hour-long drama viewers) who gets thrown into jail with Real Criminals, but the secret is that they're all a lot more interesting and most of them are better people than that main character. Like the protagonist of Jenji Kohan's other show Weeds, Piper reminds privileged people of themselves (ourselves) in uncomfortable ways. She is the Trojan horse that the creators used to get the show airing, and in seasons 1 and 2 she mostly serves as a shallow lens into much more interesting stories. Sometimes she also illustrates the advantages privilege can give you even in fictional prison, or the shortsightedness and exclusivity of white feminisms.

In short, yes I hate Piper, Piper is terrible, but Piper's function in the show is interesting and I think the actress does a good job with it. I would still be more than all right with it if they wrote her out soon.

Let's talk about the characters we do love? Taystee, Poussey, Suzanne, Red, Sophia, and Soso are the ones I thought of first.

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I didn't like it. I didn't even want to finish it, because the experience was so unenjoyable. I love seasons 1 and 2--I thought 2 was particularly good--but this just didn't seem as thoughtfully constructed and it developed in so many bad ways. Anyone else have that reaction?
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