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Lucifier (Season 4, Netflix)

4/5

No spoilers. It's good.

That said, it's the shortest season for the series (Season 1 is 13 episodes, season 2 is 18, season 3 is 26. This season is only 10 episodes)

 

Good Omens (Season 1, Amazon Prime)

4/5

No spoilers. I enjoyed it. I haven't read the book, but this little miniseries is good. Worth watching. 

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So, I have been binging shows lately...

Westworld (Season 2) - 3/5 - It's not bad but it lacks the punch of the first season.  Season 1 managed to find a unique way to tell its story and include twists.  Season 2 had a theme that was present and introduced us to a complex subplot but it failed to have the spark as the first season, reusing some of the same tropes and trying to layer new twists on twists from the first season which made them seem old-hat.

Warrior (Season 1) - 2/5 - This one is nudity and violence for sensationalism with what could be a serious and gripping storyline that is ignored for the sensationalism.  The fighting has some decent choreography but it is sparse with most of the violence simply being attacks on untrained victims.  Season 2 has been picked up so maybe they'll do something with the foundation they have built but this one is not high on my list.

Mr. Robot (Season 1) - 4.5/5 - It's not perfect but I really enjoy the writing.  Rami manages to stay totally in character and still break the fourth wall routinely.  The twists are well done and the show manages to have a sense of humor and still cover a dark subject.

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Mr. Robot (season 2) - 2/5 - This one drags a whole lot by comparison to season 1.  There are a couple of places where they try to introduce twists but they are not really surprising and they lack the impact or gravitas of season 1.  Instead the series just becomes about detestable characters who are essentially ruled by incompetence and while for some of them it is in character others are written out of character to create dramatic tension in places where it becomes unbelievable.

Mr. Robot (season 3) - 3/5 - The writing improves and characters tend to be more consistent which improves the series.  There are some decent twists but none that compare to season 1.  The set up for season 4 (not out yet) is decent but leaves me wondering what they think they can do with it that will not trivialize everything they have done so far.  Where I had high hopes after season 1 this one has dropped to the middle of my list for follow-up.

Battlestar Galactica (season 1) - 2/5 - I've heard so many good things about this and I am trying to slog through it but this is really poorly written.  Half the named characters are so poorly written that they would be better off being un-named so that there was no question of motivation or consistency.  Another show that revolves around the inability of characters to communicate clearly in any way.  This can be fine if it is consistent or used sparingly but when it is the key trope for 75% of your characters in every one of your episodes it is overdone.  I'd like it to press my nostalgia buttons but it can't even do that.

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2 hours ago, Duckman said:

Battlestar Galactica (season 1) - 2/5 - I've heard so many good things about this and I am trying to slog through it but this is really poorly written.  Half the named characters are so poorly written that they would be better off being un-named so that there was no question of motivation or consistency.  Another show that revolves around the inability of characters to communicate clearly in any way.  This can be fine if it is consistent or used sparingly but when it is the key trope for 75% of your characters in every one of your episodes it is overdone.  I'd like it to press my nostalgia buttons but it can't even do that.

BSG took me a while. I watched it maybe a decade ago. There are aspects that never improve, but the characters do get their water legs after a bit. I didn't watch OG, so I had no emotional attachment going in. By the end, I had a couple characters I was attached to and invested in their development and story. Some real gut punches.

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4 hours ago, Duckman said:

Battlestar Galactica (season 1) - 2/5 - I've heard so many good things about this and I am trying to slog through it but this is really poorly written.  Half the named characters are so poorly written that they would be better off being un-named so that there was no question of motivation or consistency.  Another show that revolves around the inability of characters to communicate clearly in any way.  This can be fine if it is consistent or used sparingly but when it is the key trope for 75% of your characters in every one of your episodes it is overdone.  I'd like it to press my nostalgia buttons but it can't even do that.

Don't watch the final episode. I guarantee your head-canon finale will be way better.

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1 hour ago, andy said:

Don't watch the final episode. I guarantee your head-canon finale will be way better.

I love how bitter people are about the end.

"So wait a minute, the thing multiple characters have been saying for 80 episodes is true?! What an outrage! I was sure it would be a twist ending!"

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The Orville (Season 1)

3/5

It's like a halfway point between Star Trek Next Generation and Futurama, except both of those shows are much better. On the other hand, there's sort of a void that it fills with regards to space shows.

On the science end, this show doesn't use any: It just travels from sci-fi trope to sci-fi trope (which may have science basis, but I get the feeling watching it that the show is based on the tropes, not the science). 

On the humor end, it has jokes, but they are few and far between.

The show is...good enough, I guess, yeah, that's a good way to describe it. It's good enough. I'd much rather have another Futurama or another STNG, or both, but this show is good enough for the time being.

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The Orville (Season 2)

2/5

They had a functional combination, but decided they needed to rock the boat. The thing that STNG, Futurama, and Star Wars have in common, aside from the space setting, is that they are pretty consistent from episode to episode. This season was a rocky boat. Everything from the quality to the subject matter is just kinda random feeling. I think the writers are bored....or something.

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Corner Gas: The Animated Series (Season 1, and 6 episodes of season 2)

3/5 (leans to 4/5)

Having never seen the live-action film this is based on, I found this simple animated show to be quite enjoyable. Show plays like family guy or american dad, except that it's more laid back, has less fighting, and focuses on more "realistic" scenarios. At no point, does the show make me want to see the film.

It's a sitcom about a very small town, centered specifically around the gas station (called Corner Gas), the attached restaurant, and the regulars that attend. Show is enjoyable, but it's not very good or very bad, just very tolerable middleground (which is an accomplishment of it's own). Season 2 remained of equal quality.

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Archer - 9/10

I can watch pretty much any episode, or stretch of episodes, and enjoy myself, regardless of how many times I've watched it.  Venture Bros, and Rick and Morty are right there, too.  I can't think of too many shows that are like that for me at the moment.  Movies, ya, but shows, not so much.  Be it engaged, or background noise, they are great.

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Final Space

In between 2/5 and 3/5

Show is good, but it feels very artifical. It's like the author isn't using any original thought, like they have some statistics guy tell them what to put in based on supposed viewer desires. Incredibly predictable show on so many levels.

Anywho, cartoon, show is like if you remade Red Dwarf as an action series. And then instead of good writers and humor, you replaced that with drawing a random sci-fi trope from a hat. Everything from plot to cast seems like they went through a riggerous screening process to maximize total viewers.

Exactly the kind of show I would normally like, but this one really irks me. But it clearly has a good budget and it's not poorly done, so if you can get past the bits that drive me nuts about the show, then it would be a good (or at least decent) show.

 

I got through the first season and some of the second, then went back to World of Warcraft (reputation grinding was better). Really was hoping it would get better in the second season, but more of the same. Maybe I'm too old to enjoy it.

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What we do in the Shadows 

Only half way through the first episode, but it feels like a 3.5/5.  I really enjoyed the movie, and this is holding up really well to the concept.  Set in New York, instead of New Zealand, it is a mockumentary following vampires through life in the 21st century.

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The Rook (8 episodes watched, think it's over, was a miniseries)

4/5

I like this one. Protagonist is a very capable female with a super power, but unfortunately has lost her entire memory. She's lost, but not fragile or weak willed. More explained would be spoilers, as this one starts like memento where knowing what will happen will absolutely ruin this one. I think it's well done.

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5 hours ago, paxmiles said:

The Rook (8 episodes watched, think it's over, was a miniseries)

4/5

I like this one. Protagonist is a very capable female with a super power, but unfortunately has lost her entire memory. She's lost, but not fragile or weak willed. More explained would be spoilers, as this one starts like memento where knowing what will happen will absolutely ruin this one. I think it's well done.

I read this novel, quite enjoyed it. Didn't know it was a show as well.

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