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Nozdordomu
22 hours ago, appdirect said:

I would argue that a TV series format would work well for LotR, aren't the books like super long?

Not as long as the Game of Thrones books, that's for sure. I think the three-movie format worked pretty well for them already, since it kind of forced Peter Jackson to cut out the (arguably) unnecessary stuff while keeping the story's grand scope. I wouldn't mind a TV series if it kept to that philosophy, but nowadays, it feels like "TV adaptation" is just synonymous with "more padding."

If they're only doing The Silmarillion, that would make more sense.

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I am really enjoying The Orville. In fact, I think it's better than most Star Trek other than TNG (admittedly I haven't seen a ton of Voyager or DS9 but from what I've seen they didn't really grab me).  

But Peep Show is still the best comedy I have discovered in a long time. My god it's incredible and it shocks me that it's not a big hit (at least not in the states).  

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I’ve just finished watching the first series of Spaced, and it’s definitely one of the best sitcoms I’ve seen in ages. I kind of wished there were more than two series, though.

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"Everything but anime."

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On 12/1/2017 at 6:48 PM, Grease Witherspoon said:

I am really enjoying The Orville. In fact, I think it's better than most Star Trek other than TNG (admittedly I haven't seen a ton of Voyager or DS9 but from what I've seen they didn't really grab me). 

I wouldn't put it above TOS or TNG, but I still enjoy The Orville a lot, especially when compared to STD (man that's a terrible abbreviation). One of my favorite episodes of the show so far has to be "Firestorm" mainly because one, it revolves around Alara, one of my favorite characters on the show, and also the fact that

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It manages to make a "simulation/all a dream" work without having to sacrifice any narrative stakes. The conflict is set up outside of the hologram, which centers around Alara's fears and her insecurities of being able to protect the crew in a moment of crisis, all coming from when she failed to save one of her crew mates. Although it was just a simulation, there was still some character growth from her and the plot itself doesn't feel wasted because it still had an impact on the world outside the holodeck. Lieutenant Payne was still dead on the outside and so it didn't feel like some cheap cop out ending where the status quo just resets itself.

 

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Wooh finally started watching the second season of Fargo.

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Old man getting a stroke caught me off guard.

 

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I do not typically like Christmas specials but the new Bob's Burgers episode was good. 

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I had some free time over the break, so I thought I'd finally get around to watching The Legend of Korra. I just finished the first season tonight. Overall I like it so far, but it's not without its problems, especially when you compare it to The Last Airbender. I'm trying not to do that, but come on, it's impossible.

The worldbuilding is incredible and most of the fight sequences look amazing, but the storytelling isn't quite as rock solid, and I can't really pinpoint why. There are still a lot of great episodes and moments here and there, but they're not coming together like they should. Maybe it's that this show is so heavily geared towards teenagers, so they included things they thought teenagers might like, i.e. a crappy Twilight-style love triangle. OK, it's not that bad, but I'm annoyed that it's even there to begin with. I wanted to see more of Korra's airbending training and her growth as the Avatar, not the forced relationship bullshit. Maybe skewing older wasn't a good idea. In going for a more "mature" crowd, the creators somehow made something less mature than TLA.

It sucks because I do like Korra as a character, although she definitely acts like a teenager, for better or worse. Mako even more so, god damn it. I like him less and less with each episode, though Korra can be just as stupid sometimes. But I love Tenzin, Lin, and Bolin (kinda similar names there), and Asami's growing on me too, so I guess it evens out. I also would've preferred a more fully-present or -developed villain, but I didn't mind Amon too much, and his backstory episode was one of the best.

I will say, too, the love triangle is pretty fucking funny to watch when you've been spoiled about the show's ending. In concept, anyway.

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All things considered, the Korrasami ending didn't leave much of an impression on me in the long run. Their rapport throughout the entirety of the series didn't feel as established as the rest of the characters, so when it was revealed that the were in lesbians or whatever with each other, it was just like...okay? It didn't feel earned.

I'm not one to shit on representation, either. It really did just feel like it came out of nowhere.

 

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Now I just finished Game of Thrones' seventh season (yeah yeah, I know I'm late). I liked it well enough, but it had some stupid moments and a lot of clunky dialogue, and more of that than usual. I can't tell if the show's actually worse or if I've just become numb to it, and nobody else can seem to agree on that, either. I'll still watch the eighth season, but I'm not holding my breath like I used to. Also:

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That scene of Jon and Dany having sex was literally the dumbest thing I've ever seen. I guess a zombie dragon is technically dumber than that, but dragons are cool, so that doesn't really count. Maybe if they knew each other longer, weren't related, and didn't look like they were shooting a porno, it would've come off better. Whatever.

I've still gotta finish Legend of Korra in the meantime, if I can get past Korra's jackass phase...

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That announced Animaniacs reboot that was slated for Netflix is now going to Hulu in 2020. They have also subsequently acquired the streaming rights for the original Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures, Pinky and The Brain, Elmyra, Pinky, and The Brain(??) and a few of those Animaniacs/Tiny Toons specials and movies.

Damn, this was such a power move on Hulu's part. Netflix really let it slip through their fingers. Between this and the already prominent library of TV shows Hulu has under its belt, they are definitely gaining an edge over the competition. I find myself watching Hulu more than Netflix nowadays regardless but wow.

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I hope the Animaniacs reboot is nothing but Jerry Lee Lewis impressions, 40's borscht belt humor, and references to 30's comedies nobody remembers.

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To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, History Channel is marathoning American Pickers. They're not airing a single documentary or biography on MLK. The channel has been garbage for years, but come on. They need to play relevant programming on historically important holidays. 

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Seems that the King family's pretty pissed about this when they didn't broadcast any documentary/biography about MLK. History Channel is shit now, and it makes me glad we don't have that channel anymore.

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They went to hell when they started airing bullshit about alien conspiracies and reality show garbage that shouldn't have been on there to begin with. Last I checked, the channel's intention was to educate and inform people about historical events and conflicts, not talk about the daily lives of backwoodsmen and truckers that drive in icy climates, both of which are most-likely staged for dramatization.

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History, TLC, Discovery... they all let their programming degrade into reality tv trash. It's a shame there are so few educational programs on tv. PBS is the lone beacon of hope. 

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Muppet Babies reboot teaser trailer has been released:

At least the animation looks very decent. Too bad about Skeeter and Skooter not being in this reboot because they're in the classic version for Pete's sake. Let's just hope this version doesn't suck like the rest of the reboots (well OK, not every reboot is bad).  And oh my God that penguin's adorable!

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Sorry for the double post, but Nickelodeon just released a new pictures of a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show, that is called The Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, And the artwork looks pretty decent.

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Also, DAT APRIL O'NEIL LOOKS PRETTY GOOD AND I MUST DRAW HER!

 

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The art's getting savaged on Twitter from what I can tell.

And...egh, the politics of racebending characters is never fun. I get the need to diversify, but when you take a preexisting character and change their race, it's just...iffy. And to be fair, yes, I know that's been done before with the likes of Baxter Stockman, but with April, I dunno, it just feels weird.

Then again I never gave a shit about TMNT to begin with so what do I care.

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