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« Reply #350 on: August 26, 2014, 02:28:26 PM »

One of my favorite things about Elementary are the fact that they were not afraid to take certain parts of the mythology, and completely turn them on their head.  And I love the primary actors.

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« Reply #351 on: August 26, 2014, 06:11:52 PM »

One of my favorite things about Elementary are the fact that they were not afraid to take certain parts of the mythology, and completely turn them on their head.  And I love the primary actors.


Don't get me wrong. I very much like Lucy Liu. But most of the turn-on-its-head "twists" (can it still be a "twist" if dozens have proposed them all before in various essays and fanfics starting back in the 70s?) don't really add much IMHO. They're just 'different.' Much like the newer "alternate universe" StarTrek movies - they're mainly different for the sake of being different.

I suppose it gets the writers out of having to come up with something original within (that's the hard part) the established framework and story universe. But to my mind, it's sorta cheating. Like entering some blank verse in a sonnet writing contest.

Now...if Elementary had been structured as a completely original sleuth series without all the Sherlock Holmes references, I think I might have enjoyed it. But all those labored Holmes allusions just hit me as contrived, and ultimately, more distracting than intriguing or entertaining.

But that's me. And as I said, I know fellow Baker Street Irregulars that positively love the Elementary series. So what do I know? Grin
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« Reply #352 on: August 26, 2014, 08:32:08 PM »

But that's me. And as I said, I know fellow Baker Street Irregulars that positively love the Elementary series. So what do I know?

The world is full of people with just as many varied tastes, preferences, and likes.  It's good that there's so much for people to varyingly like and not.  Thmbsup
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« Reply #353 on: August 28, 2014, 01:38:32 PM »

Watched the first few episodes of Extant (Halle Berry) - seems very formulaic, very boring and
The Strain (vampire series with heavy Guillermo del Toro involvement) - the creatures are insect-like and creepy but the storyline here doesn't intrigue me either... had high expectations of this one. Sad

I'm about to try "Sons of Anarchy" - seems to have a mature theme and a solid IMDB rating.
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« Reply #354 on: August 28, 2014, 02:21:08 PM »

I've been watching The Last Ship, and I really like it!  Also, I watched Dominion, which had its season finale, and really enjoyed it.  Defiance has also been good this season.
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« Reply #355 on: August 28, 2014, 09:50:02 PM »

The Strain: episodes 1 & 2 and 3 woke/kept my interest, 4 and 5 not so much...but 6 is getting better again. I'll keep watching this one.
The Last Ship: I'm with Wraith on this one, much more entertaining than I originally anticipated.
Dominion: great concept, good production values...but the main actors don't bring 'it' for me.
Under the Dome: waste of time. There should not be a season 3.
Falling Skies: at its usual strength. The professor should do a new: The Librarian movie again. I always found those entertaining 1, 2, 3.
Defiance: season 2 is indeed better than the 1st one. I liked Julie Benz in Dexter, I like her much more in Defiance.
The Knick: interesting one about a New York hospital around 1920, where Clive Owen is finding the proper operation procedures we take for granted nowadays.
The Leftovers: weird one from the creative minds behind Lost. 2% of the global population disappears without any trace at the same time and we get to watch how the ones that stayed behind deal with this.

I recently finished an oldie but goodie: Legend of the Seeker (only two seasons) don't let the first appearances trick you into thinking that it is intended for pre-teens. The producers from series as Spartacus, Hercules and Xena were behind it. A lot of actors play in Legend of the Seeker and Spartacus. Legend of the Seeker is much more suggestive and uses dominatrices, while Spartacus is brutal gore and nudity. Fight scenes in both series are well done. Production values from Spartacus were better, story-wise the advantage would go to Legend of the Seeker.

As a fan of D&D I can't help but think that the story of Legend of the Seeker would translate in an awesome D&D campaign.
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« Reply #356 on: August 28, 2014, 10:08:48 PM »

Dominion: great concept, good production values...but the main actors don't bring 'it' for me.

Don't know if you watched the whole season, but the last couple of episodes were real game changers... from the plot to the actors.
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« Reply #357 on: August 28, 2014, 10:31:29 PM »

I've seen some of the shows mentions. Here are my 2 satoshis. Wink

Dominion: Blah. Trying to watch... but it keeps losing my interest. "Supernatural" does a much better job with the 'supernatural'.

Defiance: Very good show. It peters out at times, but picks up quickly.

The Last Ship: Much better than I thought it would be. Still a bit jingoistic, but, a decent story.

The Strain: This is a good show. It keeps getting deeper & deeper. Once it hits season 2, it will likely be far better than any of the others I've mentioned here. But, it's still in that "season 1 finding its pace" phase.

Falling Skies: It has its moments, and will go through several episodes of "blah" before it picks up again. But, when it picks up, it does extremely well.



If you keep track of movies and TV shows, you'll likely have noticed that they very often come out in pairs where the same basic themes are played out with the same archetypes, but the specifics are changed for different audiences. e.g. The Last Ship & The Strain. Here's how that plays out:

Theme: The godvernment saviour

The Last Ship - Navy
The Strain - CDC

Theme: Medical emergencies!!!

The Last Ship - A lethal virus plague
The Strain - A vampire infectious plague

Archetype: The torn hero who battles against all the same crap as every other infuriatingly trite "hero" character with all the accompanying baggage and idiocy you've come to expect

The Last Ship - CO CDR Tom Chandler
The Strain - Ephraim Goodweather

Archetype: The good guy who has done something really bad & is in need of redemption

The Last Ship - Quincy
The Strain - Jim Kent

etc. etc. etc.

The exact same thing plays out in countless shows and movies that are always released in pairs within a few months of each other, though occasionally you do see these pairs released in successive seasons.

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« Reply #358 on: August 31, 2014, 07:23:15 AM »

Probably the only autobiography I'll ever watch and that comes down to the way it was produced:



It covers from his beginning up until the mid-80's, after he beat his addictions.
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« Reply #359 on: August 31, 2014, 07:44:23 AM »

It covers from his beginning up until the mid-80's, after he beat his addictions.

What's even more surprising is AC since then. Along with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, Brian Welch of Korn, Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, and Dan Spitz of Anthrax, and Blackie Lawless of WASP, they have all converted to Christianity. THAT bit in a documentary I would like to see.

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