What television show are you watching?


#301

I had to separate my expectations for Altered Carbon early. It felt like they were cherry picking all of the source material to try to cram into the first novel and tell ‘that’. Not completely bad, but I think they stand alone better than they stand together. I was really looking forward to the Hendrix though…


#302

I liked the Poe version, though. Especially since he became a bit more of an active companion as opposed to just a Weird Thing that shows up in a couple scenes. I’ve heard it might have been because the Hendrix Estate might have wanted to get involved.

I didn’t finish the 1st season, but it could be interesting if they actually do try and cover the plots of the 2nd and 3rd books… Which are supposed to be a generation or two down the timeline effectively, to the point where tech in 1 is ancient in 2 much less 3.


#303

The long wait between the final two seasons is killing me. :skull:


#304

The Marvelous Miss Maisel is pretty good. Second season just dropped: Late 50s NYC: a woman has an ugly break-up with her husband and ends up becoming a stand up comedian after flashing the audience and getting arrested.


#305

That looks kind of interesting. Thanks.


#306

I have been watching an anime series called “You’re Under Arrest”. It’s about a traffic enforcement division in Japan that isn’t respected because it’s staffed with oddballs:

  • the motorcycle cop who never takes off his sunglasses and is extremely awkward around the co-worker he likes
  • the one who is late to work so often that she keeps making elaborate excuses as to why she’s late and is setting a record for writing “apology letters”
  • the overly eager new recruit who takes the lax attitude of the department as an affront
  • the chief who seems to do more reading than anything else
  • the cop who is strong enough that she can lift a car to tip it over and can throw a baseball or an octopus (yes, really) fast enough to take out a criminal a long ways away
  • Et cetera. (I don’t want to list all of them)

It’s from Sentai Filmworks and is amongst the series that is only available in Japanese with English subtitles, so I have to make sure I’ve got time to read the subtitles.

So far, there really isn’t a lot of action or hard drama, so I consider it a lightweight/breezy show to watch mostly for cultural differences, such as the episode with someone pretending to be a cop counting on this department not going past their jurisdictional boundries. And how an “apology letter” seems to be an acceptable answer to minor problems in a culture that seems to treat apologies very seriously, up to the point of falling on your sword if it’s serious enough. Or is that a stereotype? I don’t really know.


#307

I have that one on DVD. It was fun, and as you said, lightweight. Not one I’d watch again, though.


#308

Yes. This is amazing. I took your advice and gave it a try. We’re mid-way through the second season now.

Just found an older HBO series called Hung. Looks like it is right up my street. Plus, I just love Thomas Jane.


#309

I’ve been watching an anime called Gate on Amazon Prime. It’s pretty cool. My favorite part being the characters acknowledging their attraction to magic girls, and cat girls and all that shortly before running into them in the other world that has gated into theirs. It doesn’t pretend that an attractive woman in a maid’s outfit and cat ears and tail isn’t something that a Japanese soldier wouldn’t be freaking out over.

Very realistic depiction of cavalry with swords against modern forces, even if some of them are on dragons.

It does assume that the Japanese special forces could take out a US, Russian, and Chinese team of special forces simultaneously. Which was kind of funny, but well written so it didn’t jar me too much.

A bit too sexual to watch with my 11 year old, a couple BDSM (Frankly more like flat abuse or rape) scenes behind a curtain and one of the characters goes into heat around people dying.

I do shudder every time they say Princess Pina Co Lada’s name.


#310

Let me guess. She’s in a relationship she’s getting bored and tired of, so she goes through all the effort of trying to find someone new, but when she gets to the place where she’d arranged to meet the person on a blind date, she discovered the brand new person she has so much in common with is the person she’s already in a relationship with, who also had become bored and sought out someone new.


#311

The Orville comes back next Sunday and they’re going to do the same thing as last season, which is to show the next episode just a few days later in its regular Thursday night slot.

When I described it last year, I said it was a lot like Star Trek if Star Trek didn’t take itself too seriously. That was because of how the Fox marketing department advertised the show. There’s a pretty good article on the Fandom website about how it’s going to be different. A different article I read a while back said there will be more drama than comedy in this season. The article I linked to makes it sounds like Seth MacFarlane has a bit more backing from Fox this time around since they gave him extra time to work on episodes.


#312

If you haven’t seen the new Ducktales cartoon, watch it. It’s another series that isn’t written just for kids. If you liked Gravity Falls, there’s elements of magic in this one, too. Plus, it’s got David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck and Catherine Tate at Magica DeSpell.


#313

I had mixed feelings about the season 2 premiere. It was an okay episode, but not great, IMHO. More setting up some character stuff for this season, I think, than anything else. I did like how they actually made the “pee ceremony” something meaningful and rather serious after making jokes about it earlier in the episode.

Apparently (according to my source :slight_smile:) this Thursday’s episode is the season 1 ep they didn’t air last year.


#314

We continue to enjoy the Great British baking Show or, as it’s known in the UK, The Great British Bake Off and it’s ancillary shows such as Masterclass, the confusing labeling between PBS releases and Netflix releases, and so on.
It remains a surprisingly positive reality show: It focuses on people trying things moreso than the yelling and scheming.