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Lakov_Sanite
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Reply #175 on: May 01, 2014, 10:36:58 AM

Same-day viewing is still a big deal, because that's where most shows get their ratings. VOD and streaming services still lag behind others, plus the advertisers don't like them as much because on some of them, you can skip the commercials. And to make money, these shows need eyeballs on advertising.

Well, fair enough, but I still don't think it was good enough for a different air date to have saved it.

It was a better show than it should have been considering how badly TV often fucks up near-future cyberpunk/sci-fi. It had its bad moments, but overall, it deserved a second season.

Sci-fi etc. is so often badly done on TV (and in movies, and books) because so much of it is so terribly, terribly written. It's a problem with most genre fiction because many genre fans will accept a lower standard than they otherwise might do simply because something ticks their 'fave genre' buttons.

I've been a science fiction & fantasy fan all my life and have been continually disappointed by the quality of most of it, regardless of the media.

Almost Human was shit. It was stupid, it was shallow, it didn't credit its audience with the slightest intelligence and it really, really didn't deserve a second season. In my opinion.

This is exactly why we don't have more good sci fi on tv because the minute anything comes out it's biggest critics are scifi fans.  Execs aren't going to touch a genre if even the people who purport to love it won't watch it or even give it a chance. 

Once upon a time is possibly the worst night time tv in the last decade but it's on what, season 3?  People who watch that show KNOW it's bad but they enjoy dsney or they enjoy the fantasy genre and they still watch it.  What this means is that other shows, better shows in the same vein will come around and you will eventually get quality but as long as scifi fans stay hyper critical it will continue to be a bottom tier genre.

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Reply #176 on: May 01, 2014, 12:20:57 PM

Ah, probably I didn't see the good episodes then :(  I only watched 2 and a half episodes. I'll stick it on Netflix in the background next time I'm stuck in the studio all day :)

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Reply #177 on: May 01, 2014, 01:26:12 PM

Sci-fi etc. is so often badly done on TV (and in movies, and books) because so much of it is so terribly, terribly written. It's a problem with most genre fiction because many genre fans will accept a lower standard than they otherwise might do simply because something ticks their 'fave genre' buttons.

I've been a science fiction & fantasy fan all my life and have been continually disappointed by the quality of most of it, regardless of the media.

Almost Human was shit. It was stupid, it was shallow, it didn't credit its audience with the slightest intelligence and it really, really didn't deserve a second season. In my opinion.

Sturgeon's Law.  90% of everything is shit.

I don't think SFF writing is any worse than any other sort of literature, or any other sort of entertainment.  The really popular SFF?  Its of no worse quality than your average summer blockbuster or the Da Vinci Code or Tom Clancy novel or whatever.  There are plenty of great SFF writers, but like everything else they also don't tend to be the most popular.

There is also a tendency for when genre novels or authors are critical darlings to reclassify them out of the SFF ghetto.  Margaret Atwood writes SF novels, but they have never been placed in the SFF section or sold as SF.  Or Kurt Vonnegut.  Michael Chabon skirts awfully close at times.  Etc.
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Reply #178 on: May 04, 2014, 06:40:46 PM

Just saw this thread. That sucks. Loved this show, and like Haemish, I thought it was better than it really needed to be for the kind of show it was trying to be.

Almost Human was shit. It was stupid, it was shallow, it didn't credit its audience with the slightest intelligence and it really, really didn't deserve a second season. In my opinion.

Is your opinion based on sci-fi as a whole or sci-fi as delivered on TV? Because to me, Almost Human had moments as good as some of the first season and a half of BSG and some of Firefly. Everything else on TV that weaves sci-fi in some form is either just some retread heartthrob emo crap with lasers.

And the rest of what's on TV? I won't even bother....
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Reply #179 on: May 05, 2014, 04:31:44 AM

That particular opinion was based on the 3 episodes of AH I saw, but I accept that I may have just seen the shit ones. I'll keep my eyes open for it and try to catch some more episodes.

However, it premiere's in the UK tomorrow on a channel I don't have access to, so unless it comes onto Netflix I probably won't get a chance.

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Reply #180 on: May 05, 2014, 08:13:40 PM

Lol, there were three pretty weak ones. Be hilarious if those were the ones you saw  awesome, for real

And hey, they needed to make room tu retread Jack Bauer, so I guess it's ok  rolleyes
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