September 23, 2010

Shows I have now stopped watching ()

by fluffy at 11:16 PM
Shows I have now stopped watching:
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Bones
  • Hell's Kitchen (and all the other Gordon Ramsay folderol)
Shows I will not be starting to watch:
  • Shit My Dad Says
Shows I will continue to watch, despite expecting massive disappointment:
  • House
Big Bang Theory: Just what we need, another Sheldon. And masturbation humor.

Bones: So not only can non-military personnel call special ops guys on the cellphone halfway across the world just as they're coming out from a covert mission, but it's perfectly reasonable to blame the main character for everything falling apart simply because people decided to quit when she went on a sabbatical (which everyone was insisting that she go on).

Hell's Kitchen et al: I could feel my self-respect dying.

Shit My Dad Says: I love the Twitter. I love the Shatner. Somehow the two don't combine particularly well.

House: A million fanfic writers are now screaming in agony. I can taste their delicious tears. We'll see if this development leads to something good or not, though (I'm guessing "not," and I bet that within three episodes the whole relationship status will have gotten the reset button and House and Cuddy will spend the rest of the season being extra-mopey).

Farscape: Over the last couple months I've finally been watching it in order from the beginning. Aside from a rough run of episodes toward the beginning of season 4, it's been quite enjoyable. I was actually pretty close to giving up on it in season 4 but then I saw "Kansas," which started out goofy but ended up pretty great. I'm almost done with it, though (I just have the last three original-run episodes and The Peacekeeper Wars left), and this makes me sad. For a 12-year-old show it still seems pretty cutting edge, too.

When I first saw it, I saw the first season in order, but then my roommate moved out and I decided not to keep up the cable subscription. After that I only caught bits and pieces of it, and then much later saw most of season 2 and a little of season 3 on the local Fox affiliate. But it was out of order and I missed a couple of very important key episodes (in particular, one which made the second half of season 2 and a basic issue underlying season 3 make sense), so I was completely lost. And I've already seen the last episode of season 4 but all I remember was the obligatory random diabolus ex machina cliffhanger ending and really don't remember anything else. (And now that I've seen the stuff that sets up that cliffhanger ending, well, at least they set it up at one point, but it still came pretty much out of the blue...)

Still, it's very well-written and imaginative and has a wonderful level of internal self-consistency (which is very important in science fiction), and it's such a visual splendor and I love how they used puppetry for most of the aliens instead of CG (and the few times that they do use CG mixed with live action they mostly kept it subtle and in quick glimpses so it didn't stick out too horribly).

So, please, TV executives, more things like Farscape, less things like everything else.


#13405 ucblockhead 09/24/2010 08:59 am TV
    Lost was the last show I watched as it aired. At this point, I am so far behind on things I have heard are good, that I doubt I'll be back on the wagon any time soon.
    #13406 ucblockhead 09/24/2010 09:00 am
      (Lost was mostly inertia, honestly.)
      #13407 fluffy 09/24/2010 09:14 am
        Wow, where did the entry title go? That was weird. (Fixed now, but still, strange. Especially since it was showing up in one view in Movable Type but not another.)

        I did forget to mention Venture Bros, which I will continue to watch, and I haven't gotten around to seeing the season premieres of Stargate Universe, The Office, or Community yet, although The Office and Community are already on thin ice.
        #13408 Neillparatzo 09/24/2010 09:19 am
          Hell yes, thanks for reminding me: has the full series of GvsE (probably recorded from a few years ago when SciF^H^H^HyFy briefly ran it).
          #13409 fluffy 09/24/2010 10:01 pm
            Actually, no, the cliffhanger at the end of Farscape Season 4 does come out of the blue after all.
            #13410 Neillparatzo 09/24/2010 11:01 pm
              Meanwhile, it turns out those GvsE torrents are REALLY bad quality VHS rips. This Youtube copy is better.
              #13411 fluffy 09/24/2010 11:11 pm
                #13423 fluffy 10/03/2010 08:51 pm
                  I'm watching the season premiere of Stargate Universe and I just can't find myself caring about what's going on. Whatever made the first season so great seems to be missing from the second. Hopefully it'll get better, since this is (hopefully) the last episode in a three-parter (I didn't care for the firrst two parts either).
                  #13425 fluffy 10/04/2010 10:53 pm
                    Holy cow yeah those transfers are bad. Wavy gravy.
                    #13426 Neillparatzo 10/05/2010 08:08 am
                      Only the first 3 episodes are wavy. The rest are okay (where "okay" = "no contrast and extremely fuzzy but properly hsynced at least")
                      #13427 fluffy 10/05/2010 08:21 am
                        It's adorable how DivX motion-compressed the waves so it looks like a purposeful effect. (At first I thought it might have been MotionFlow on my TV doing that but I turned it off. But it could be an artifact of the PS3's decoder, too.)