What television show are you watching?

There is that possibility. Enjoy it while it’s available.

We started watching Prop Culture on Disney+ this weekend. It’s a collector of movie props who digs into one movie and has the goal of reuniting props with people from the movies. So far:

  • For Mary Poppins they meet with one of the dancers/choreographers and show her a chimney broom prop taken from the archives. As well as costume designers with various bits, and going to see the title character’s carpet bag which has a neat story behind it.
  • A Tron episode which features the ‘FLYNN’S’ arcade sign neon restored. Also, these 40 year old props are not aging well generally they were basically sporting equipment, foam, and electrical tape. Bruce Boxleitner sees, but does not attempt to fit into, his old outfit. The writer-director is a woodworking hermit, but has a yurt full of all the merchandise he could acquire.
  • An episode on Honey I Shrunk The Kids focuses on restoring the original ‘laser’ prop, which had been altered for the sequels. They also got the original actors for the kids together: I don’t think any of them are active in acting any more. They get to see all that was left of a giant ant prop.
  • An episode on The Nightmare Before Christmas seems to focus on how everyone involved was given or stole props. Maintaining movie-used stop-motion puppets is tough as some materials tend to turn liquid if not stored properly.

I think we’ve got a few more to watch when time permits. I’m hoping the Roger Rabbit episode they show in the intro is good.

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Watched the first episode of Vagrant Queen and had to stop. The effects are not terrible, but the acting sure is. My opinion.

We watched the first two, because I wanted to see the Tron one. I was surprising moved by both episodes.

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The host is very involved and I assume he’s known in prop-collecting circles. He does seem to love when there’s something discovered that was presumed lost.

I forgot to mention that background music is used for humor in Vagrant Queen. It will come to a sudden stop at certain points, without the cliche screeching brakes effect, and start back up. And there’s points where it’s obvious that the non-humanoid alien is a guy in a suit and they’re doing what they can with camera moves and effects to distract you from it. It’s not “so bad it’s good” but it makes it goofy and fun.

Because one of the characters is from Earth, there’s a few pop culture references, including the episode titles. Episode 8 had it in spades and the cast had to have had fun making it. First off, they’re planning a very serious job and decide they need to drink while doing so. They’re good and drunk when the intergalactic meter maids show up. Sorry. Parking enforcement officers.

Without giving away anything further, I was watching it and I thought, “Is that what I think it is?” Then a song starts playing. “Wait. I recognize that song.” And another, and another, and then I started trying to see how many references they were going to pack into the episode. I really want to give a hint, but I won’t.

We binged “The Great” over the last week or so. It’s a funny very loosely historical take on Catherine the Great’s rise to power. If there’s a second season she’ll be Empress.

It freely admits it’s heavily fictionalized, but it seems aware that it’s essentially a satirical take on the ‘period drama’ at some level, with a bit of added sex, modern values, and similar.

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We’re re-watching Castle on Prime. I’m finding I can guess the plot about half way through the episode, but I’m not sure if that’s because I’m subconsciously remembering the episode or because that’s just how my mind works. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed the show (until the last season) the first time around.

I feel like I’d be the same way (guessing the plot about halfway through the episode) if I re-watched House. Still some good episodes, and it’d be great for ‘background noise’ while doing other things.

I’m slightly burned out on my wife’s “comfort TV” of sitcoms, but she may feel the same about my choices and we both have other rooms of the house to go to if we’re tired for the other’s stuff.

It definitely isn’t lupus.

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We watched the Mary Poppins one. It was pretty cool. Haven’t gotten into any of the others yet but Mrs. Force10 says she has no interest in the Tron one. Good thing I have the Disney+ app loaded on my Xbox.

My wife’s never seen Tron, but she enjoyed the episode. We both enjoy how excited some of the actors and filmmakers get excited about their old stuff. I want to say it’s one of the ‘newer’ ones but it really isn’t as Tron is eyeballing 40. Which makes me feel old.

The Chronicles of Narnia was meh (but the actors loved seeing their old gear) while the Who Framed Roger Rabbit? episode was great. Christopher Lloyd is awesome.

Grounds for divorce?

No. Other than that she’s pretty awesome.

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You two have had a lot of upheaval over the last couple of years so I guess the “mostly awesome” could balance out the Tron thing :laughing:

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Having met Mrs. F10, I have to agree.

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I do not normally watch Restaurant Impossible because I find it to be a bit stressful and frustrating. I know that some of Robert’s “tough love” is played up by editing and his compressed schedule for turning the restaurants around, but it’s almost too much.

That said…

I caught last night’s episode as it started at Midnight and couldn’t look away. This season he’s going back to restaurants he’s helped out to see how they’re doing and in this case, the owner had been in a motorcycle crash, nearly died, and the business needed some help getting through it. I’m sure that there was a lot of advance planning done for the fundraiser they put together - there’s no way it was done start to finish in the 36 hours shown on TV. But it was still pretty awesome watching him pull together a bunch of the other chefs that he’s helped in the past plus his crew and raise a crapload of money to help her out with medical bills and keeping the restaurant afloat.

Had a similar experience with Gordon Ramsey’s latest iteration of his ‘fixing restaurant’ shows. There was a special set in Ellicott City that was very nice. They focused on recovering from the flood and kind of danced around the floor being a 2016/2018 thing that has been mostly moved past now. It’s still a big deal, sure… But it’s not like they’re still cleaning up damp wreckage constantly.

It’s official. Vagrant Queen wasn’t renewed for a second season. The move from Friday to Thursday was to see if ratings would improve. Maybe 11pm was the right time for it due to the content (in the old West sense where death was easy and cheap), but making the audience sit through a movie first they may have already seen didn’t help. I think networks are still not giving as much emphasis if shows are watched from a DVR recording instead during the first broadcast, so that also keeps ratings low.

It’s another case of a show that had a lot of potential and ended on a cliffhanger that would have led to an even better second season, and the network just didn’t give it the chance. Did they advertise it after the move to Thursday? I’m guessing not much due to the fact that the series will be out on home media next Monday in the UK, which is just over a month after the final episode. But at least when they were showing the blurb for episode 10 at the end of episode 9, they only called it the “season finale” instead of the “series finale” so there was hope at the time for more. If this was executive meddling, at least it wasn’t on the same level as what happened with Firefly.

I guess the good news is anyone who watches it now doesn’t have to go through risking getting invested in the show only to have that taken away from them due to a cancellation. That’s already happened, so they can just enjoy the show for what it is.

Syfy still has the episodes on their website for the moment and I found two other articles that may be of interest:

I saw a trailer on IMDB for Star Trek: Below Decks, an animated series being released in August. I thought it looked like fun, but now I can’t find anything online but people tearing it apart. It hasn’t even started yet. People must be really bored.