I’ve had a chance to do some hardcore TV watching.
Good Omens: A story about the armies of Heaven and Hell setting up to end the world and have their final battle. But meanwhile in England, those wacky Brits might mess it all up.
- Fun but not as good as the book and possibly a little too close to the book to feel worth watching. I feel like the narrator felt like she was supposed to do one of those robot/AI sorts of voices rather than a “God” voice and, since most of the jokes were in the narration, that really dragged down most of it. I would watch a spin-off series of just Michael Sheen and Tennant playing their roles, doing just about anything, however. Solid green light from me on that.
Tales from the Loop: In a town centered on a superscience R&D institution, various sci-fi things happen to the local families.
- A bit monotonous and one note. I was playing a solo card game campaign while watching and, since so much of the viewing time is dedicated to scenery and music and they’ve stretched out the stories to 2-3X necessary, I could basically watch it without having to focus and still keep track of everything happening. If I had to actually pay attention to it, fully, I think it would be a little too depressing and laborious to watch as a regular show or to binge. And given how much and how deeply the science kept screwing everyone’s lives, you really sort of had to wonder why anyone would stay in town - and the sheer implausibility of that begins to break down the world building as you go. Plus you realize that they’re more interested in individual tales than world building, so… There’s never going to be any real resolution to what’s going on more meaningful than in Eureka: Because, science!
The Tick (Amazon): An indestructible superhero who doesn’t know who he is forces himself on a mild mannered white collar worker, to gain his help in tracking down Evil, Wherever it Lurks.
- Actually pretty good. So far, the winner of everything I’ve watched. My one complaint would be that I noticed one episode, somewhere in the middle, that was more filler-y, in a downtime between all the action and mystery, and it was just better and funnier than all the rest. Outside of that, I think I only really had a few laughs in the whole show and it was more like watching Agents of SHIELD - but taking itself less seriously - than something like most of the Tick material that I’ve seen before. Maybe if they’d been focused less on story and more on humor, they’d have been able to get a third season. Alas.
Mr. Robot: A hacker and a team of other hackers decide to take down Evil Corp.
- I just decided to cut this about an episode and a half before the end of season 1. I had fairly high hopes going in, from reviews I’d seen, but it just kept being a bit ridiculous and over the top all while taking itself much too serious. Tyrell’s whole character just felt like the writers had been told to copy and paste someone out of Game of Thrones into the show, whether it made sense or not. When he started talking down the one lady’s husband to her - a woman who he has never met - in her living room, it was like, “Okay, he’s an ass. So be it.” And he did get taken down for it, so that was fine. But then Elliott gave the one, “You are a waste of humanity” speech to the guy at Steel Mountain out of the blue, just to flip back into a normal(ish) human again; then Angela went to see Colby and he tells her to suck his balls, switches to a normal human again, then offers her a job; etc. It’s hard to tell with all of this whether this is just how Elliott sees the world and imagines that everything works or the writers trying to be “cool”. I was willing to stick with it a bit to see if they were going to clear away the whole Evil Corp vs “heroes who are usually drugged out people who murder and blackmail strangers righteously and not because they’re crazy-delusional and might not really understand what’s going on around them” and finally put the story into a real world rather than The Purge world. Then they started to go all invisible friend on us and I just decided that if I want to watch a show as ridiculous and convoluted as this, I’d rather watch Spartacus or Agents of Shield. At least those know that they’re silly and throwing in spectacle for the sake of spectacle.
Jean-Claude Van Johnson: Jean-Claude Van Damme works as a secret agent while filming films. Teehee
- Only watched the first episode and, I don’t know, the idea was cute for a moment but the character was just getting a bit cringe-y to watch, and especially if the whole thing was going to be him getting all creepy on a 20-something lady. The Hollywood/film industry in-jokes also all felt like the whole thing was more a gag for the people making the show than the people watching. Overall, if I had to watch the whole thing I suspect that I’d like it but after pounding through a number of mediocre shows in quick succession, it seemed time to cut it short and try to find something else.