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Reply #280 on: July 14, 2020, 11:16:31 AM

So, having listened to the soundtrack many times, I still got a lot out of watching the filmed version of "Hamilton".

The soundtrack is good, but it's really the stagecraft that makes that show IMO.

Having seen it live in the theater twice from the cheap seats, I still really appreciate having the filmed version because now I can actually see faces.   awesome, for real

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Reply #281 on: July 14, 2020, 11:29:50 AM

Sorta related, while I was YouTube hopping last night, came across a CBS News video of the original Hamilton Broadway cast performing "Alexander Hamilton" for President Obama and others at the White House.  And even without the stagecraft, it was so cool.  But one of the actors looked really familiar to me.  Guy who plays a firefighter on the show Station 19 (hey, it's a guilty pleasure show!) was in the original cast.  Like, how do you go from being on Broadway in one of the biggest stage hits in years to being on a TV show?  Had to be the regular paycheck, I'm guessing.

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Reply #282 on: July 26, 2020, 03:44:18 AM

I watched all of Space Force, and it was better than the terrible reviews it generally received.  Malkovich in particular is goddamn hysterical in this, and so is the guy who plays Fuck Tony (same guy who plays Jean Ralphio in Parks and Rec, and basically the same character).  Not great, but I would like to see a second season.

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Reply #283 on: July 27, 2020, 01:53:46 AM

Anyone watch that Relics and Rarities stuff on Youtube.  I hear it is good, so going to give the first one a spin.

It took me a while to get around to it, but I finally watched some of this.  I have never played tabletop DnD, so I have nothing to compare this to...but I was utterly sucked in.  I tend to have a bit of ADD when watching stuff, but this commanded my full attention for about 6 straight hours of binging.

Deborah Ann Woll (AKA Karen Page from Marvel TV stuff) is Dungeon Master, and she is absurdly good at it from my novice perspective.  She is not acting and it is not scripted, she is a legit DnD nerd.  They have four static adventurers, and one celebrity guest that changes from each episode.

Very entertaining, and often hilarious.

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Reply #284 on: July 30, 2020, 03:36:58 PM

Probably doesn't warrant a new thread considering the show ended back in 2006 (I think) but the husband has discovered The West Wing on Netflix and I've been passively semi-watching along with him.  Besides the fact that it's an awesome show, my biggest takeaway is just how dang long the seasons feel when you have 22 episodes to play with. 

Well, that and the fact that so much of what was going on in the show is still far too topical today. :(

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Reply #285 on: August 01, 2020, 08:54:19 AM

Any suggestions for binge worthy shows that might have escaped mainstream attention?

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Reply #286 on: August 01, 2020, 02:48:50 PM

What even does "mainstream" mean in the age of Netflix and personalized recommendations?

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Reply #287 on: August 01, 2020, 08:30:37 PM

Any suggestions for binge worthy shows that might have escaped mainstream attention?
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Reply #288 on: December 04, 2020, 01:48:39 PM

Weird one to drop but having never really watched it properly, I just covered seasons 2+3 of Buffy over the last couple of weeks. It was... an interesting experience. I think, those two seasons at least, were pretty well done series that definitely worked super well for weekly series shows and translates pretty well into binge watching as well. They've definitely got a variety of 'monster of the week' type episodes with metaplot ones, although plot wise my biggest issue would be that they have a few things going on fitting into a few episodes within the season so even though there's 22 episodes some character arcs end up getting squeezed into 3 or 4 episodes where things actually change and character transformations (even ones that have been telegraphed somewhat) feel pretty sudden.

The biggest thing I noticed though was just the social attitude changes, which I guess is also partly Whedon stuff. There's one episode where a coach is drugging the high school team with an experimental steroid cocktail that has the side effect of turning them into murderous fish creatures. He point blank tells Buffy he's going to throw her into a pit with them so they can rape her (iirc she says they won't be hungry any more and he says well you know boys, they've got other needs you can satisfy), which is kind of played off for laughs (because of course the Slayer is totally bad ass and can escape). It's pretty jarring, especially considering earlier one of the still human guys has Buffy in his car and sexually assaults her, which results in her getting in trouble for breaking his nose. The message coming off it is very much, 'sexual assault and mistreatment of women happens and the authorities will do nothing to stop it.' Also as I said, kind of played for laughs, which is just icky.

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Reply #289 on: December 11, 2020, 08:14:35 AM

Disney dropped a few trailers for Marvel stuff on YT and announced two Mando spinoffs, Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic. (Apologies if the latter was mentioned in the Mando thread, I'm a week behind and avoiding the thread for now).

I wasn't too hot on Wandavision or Falcon & Winter Soldier, but the new trailers looked better. Even the What If animation looked kind of interesting, and I don't normally go in for that stuff.

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Reply #290 on: January 13, 2021, 08:37:13 PM

Weird one to drop but having never really watched it properly, I just covered seasons 2+3 of Buffy over the last couple of weeks. It was... an interesting experience. I think, those two seasons at least, were pretty well done series that definitely worked super well for weekly series shows and translates pretty well into binge watching as well. They've definitely got a variety of 'monster of the week' type episodes with metaplot ones, although plot wise my biggest issue would be that they have a few things going on fitting into a few episodes within the season so even though there's 22 episodes some character arcs end up getting squeezed into 3 or 4 episodes where things actually change and character transformations (even ones that have been telegraphed somewhat) feel pretty sudden.

The biggest thing I noticed though was just the social attitude changes, which I guess is also partly Whedon stuff. There's one episode where a coach is drugging the high school team with an experimental steroid cocktail that has the side effect of turning them into murderous fish creatures. He point blank tells Buffy he's going to throw her into a pit with them so they can rape her (iirc she says they won't be hungry any more and he says well you know boys, they've got other needs you can satisfy), which is kind of played off for laughs (because of course the Slayer is totally bad ass and can escape). It's pretty jarring, especially considering earlier one of the still human guys has Buffy in his car and sexually assaults her, which results in her getting in trouble for breaking his nose. The message coming off it is very much, 'sexual assault and mistreatment of women happens and the authorities will do nothing to stop it.' Also as I said, kind of played for laughs, which is just icky.

Well, playing serious stuff for laughs was the way they were able to bring in that stuff at all, especially in the beginning. They were able to get a surprising amount of highly emotional material in under the radar.

Full disclosure, I'm still a pretty big fan of the show, and enjoyed it all the way through -- even the "bad" sixth season. Second and third season is especially enjoyable  as you can watch most of the newbie actors literally learning to act and come together as an ensemble cast, and in the second and third season the viewer could still be surprised at the quality of the show despite the greeness of the cast and the low production budget.
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Reply #291 on: January 14, 2021, 12:14:47 PM

After catching up on the Umbrella Academy, I went looking for something else to watch on Netflix and found The New Legends of Monkey.  It's actually a kids show from Australia/New Zealand, based on "Journey to the West".  Half hour episodes but nothing felt really rushed or skimped on, 10 episodes in S1 (which I've finished) and 10 in S2 (which I plan to start soon).  It's enjoyable and I like it, which is about all I ask for in shows, tbh.

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