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KnightDamien
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It's like the movie thread. But for shows. I can't believe I had to explain that to you. C'mon, man. OR woman.

I powered through a couple of shows the last week or so. My Name was incredible. Despite being tropey and predictable at times, I really, really enjoyed it. Probably even moreso because it's one of my daughter's favorites and anything I can sit and enjoy with her is just.. better.

Also finally sat down and watched the first season of Wheel of Time since S2 will be dropping shortly. What a mess. There's some great stuff hiding in here but it's just obscured constantly by trash writing, trash directing, trash set planning... I don't understand how a show this 'big' could be SO bad. I wouldn't say it's worse than Rings of Power, but I'd also say it doesn't have the highs that RoP had. Rings had bigger great moments and worse awful moments, where WOT was more just consistently 'blah.' I mean.. do these fucking people know there are books they could look at whenever they're not sure what to do?


   
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Andru
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Just finished season 3 of "Warrior".

Amazing show! Highly recommended. Based on concept/writings from Bruce Lee.


   
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I'm finally watching Andor. Just had no interest in more of him after Rogue One, but the first episode mostly got me. That and because my Traveller RPG group likes to use random sci-fi ideas we find in our campaign. I like the take on the Empire and the grittiness of the show, that and it avoiding (so far) anything to do with Jedi and Sith. Hearing that the second season will be the last is a relief for me, because I'd rather this show didn't drag itself out.

Other than that, I've been meaning to catch up on My Adventures With Superman because I liked the first 3 eps I watched, just got busy. Just a wholesome take on Superman and Lois, which I miss. Also, I've been missing Jukutsu Kaisen after it finished airing the first 5 episodes of season 2. Not the hugest fan of the show, but this 5 episode arc hooked me enough to get the recently solicited SHF young Gojo and Geto figures, and I very rarely get figures for characters' non-main looks.


   
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Posted by: @andru

Just finished season 3 of "Warrior".

Amazing show! Highly recommended. Based on concept/writings from Bruce Lee.

 

Nice! I'm catching up- I'm on S3E6 now. Hoping to get fully caught up by the end of this week. Do you know offhand if there will be a season 4?

At any rate, I second your recommendation. Great stuff.


   
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adrienveidt
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Caught S2 of Strange New Worlds and enjoyed it immensely.  Chapel and M'Benga were assholes to not tell their CO the fullness of what he needed to know before that mission began, tho.  I'm gonna need to see some TOS Klingons in this show, too.

Any way we can Jeffrey Combs to reprise playing Shran for a guest spot episode?


   
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Posted by: @akajomiha

Posted by: @andru

Just finished season 3 of "Warrior".

Amazing show! Highly recommended. Based on concept/writings from Bruce Lee.

 

Nice! I'm catching up- I'm on S3E6 now. Hoping to get fully caught up by the end of this week. Do you know offhand if there will be a season 4?

At any rate, I second your recommendation. Great stuff.

So far there has been no renewal for a 4th season.

I won't spoil anything, but a season 4 absolutely NEEDS to happen.

 


   
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KnightDamien
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I'm four episodes into the new One Piece live action on Netflix. I'm rather enjoying it. A lot more than I expected to, that's for sure. It's fun, and beautiful. They definitely put some money into this one.


   
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adrienveidt
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What's the gist of One Piece?  He's a kid pirate doing pirate shit?


   
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Im watching the One Piece cartoon rite now actually. first time seeing it. im no OP expert but from what i can tell. he is a teen wearing a straw hat and sandals who has Plastic Man powers and fights weird looking pirates and everyone is after a object called "one piece"


   
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KnightDamien
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@adrienveidt It's weird, so it's hard to give a one-liner that makes any sense.

It's anime pirates - so a mix of time periods and fantasy - living on a planet that's mostly water with lots of islands. Tons of named/themed pirate captains of varying crazy designs. Monsters. Non-human humanoids. Quite a few of the important characters basically have different superpowers granted by magical fruit (like the main character's stretching/made-of-rubber abilities).

The main character wants to be king of the pirates, but he's sweet, and kind, and loveable so it creates this strong dissonance against what people tell him pirates 'should' be like, and he wins people over by just not being that.

And I still don't feel like I'm -really- doing it justice. I will say you can probably get the entire gist of what the show and world are like from the first episode of the new show. If you watch the first ep and are not into it at all, I don't think you'll get -more- into it later.


   
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I saw the One Piece series on Netflix, I didn't expect it to be successful!

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KnightDamien
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One Piece was definitely different than what I expected with only surface level knowledge of the manga/anime. There were some seriously impactful emotional moments and complex characters with legitimate, often sad, backstory. I don't know what made me think that wouldn't be the case, but damn. The last episode was straight up emotional.
Loved it, and I definitely want a LOT more episodes in this world, with these characters/actors.


   
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That's my problem with the Netflix version - it's going to be a YEAR+ before we get more. They knew this was going to work and should have just kept going. I think one of the reasons Harry Potter blew up (aside from the books being addictive) is WB and the filmmakers doubling-down on their investment with part two already going before the first one came out. That dedication has a noticeable effect.

I know the strikes hampered all plans and we're lucky this series sounds as good as it does (I'm curious when studios start releasing things without ADR fixes and just let the captions handle any bad audio), but I'm on board for this journey - and I wish I had 14 more episodes to enjoy over the next few months.

Anyway, it took until episodes 3/4 for me to get on board with Luffy - his line readings felt very stilted in the first two episodes. And the child version of him is a great, charismatic actor - but they are very clearly different ethnicities and, more importantly, don't look alike and that drove me crazy!

The child actors were all pretty great, actually. The only one I didn't like was Sanji - that kid was great in Cocaine Bear, and his acting was fun, but they really needed to VFX his face by the end of his scenes so he actually looked starving. He was distractingly-healthy looking.

(Side note, Child Luffy is in Cha Cha Real Smooth, a film on AppleTV - I love this film - high recommend!)

Loved that the world kept growing as the episodes progressed and characters didn't just disappear.

Although I wish Koby would disappear - in the anime/manga is that character distinguished by only having one facial expression for EVERY scene? The actor played every single beat the exact same - wide-eyed, slight hunch, not using their full voice, letting the glasses do all the work. I was glad they didn't end up in the main crew, I was worried.


   
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KnightDamien
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@schizm To be fair to your first point; I think that's just a problem with TV now. Everything is so BIG and expensive that it takes a really long time to produce, and studios are so gun-shy about greenlighting these really expensive productions due to the potential for loss that we've gotta wait for something to be a success before it can start on another season. And sometimes they have to do that with every season.

I understand why it's part of the process. But I think it also -creates- the exact kind of view disengagement they worry about when trying to decide to move forward with more seasons. Like, how many people are still going to care when that next season finally comes out? At the same time, what if you put a bunch of money into 3 seasons' of show and the first season bombs? Even if it's just writing and pre-production and stuff, you could still be looking at a ton of wasted money.

I'm not exactly the 'boo hoo, rich people lost their fourth-yacht money gambling on TV production' type. But I get THEIR logic and why they're gonna do it this way.

But it's hurting that viewing experience for most big shows, not just One Piece and not just Netflix shows. Even Marvel shows are struggling to get greenlit for more than one season at a time. And Star Wars too. Like, if you can't be fairly confident your Marvel or Star Wars show will be successful enough for more seasons, what chance does any other show have?


   
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adrienveidt
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Doing a palette-wash with some comedies and am rewatching Venture Bros and curb your enthusiasm.  Didn't finish either series as broadcast but now VB's all wrapped up with the movie it's time to catch up.


   
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