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Ok not a new show but a new season. Seems to have followed the first really quick, the debut season was surprisingly great hopefully they can keep the quality up.

Strong language in trailer


After Life 
Binged this last night and this morning.  While having loved The Office and Extras I was never a fan of 'Derek' as I found it too preachy and contrived.  Gervais's work is always best when he has Stephen Merchant co-writing to rein in his mawkish sentimentality.  The absence of Merchant again here means this suffers again from those problems it's very 'on the nose' and highlights Gervais's shortcomings as an actor in spots. Having said that he does have some fun characters to bounce off and it's fairly sombre mood is offset frequently with some laugh out loud moments.  On the whole while it falls short of his two classics it's considerably better than the rest of his recent work. Well worth a look!
Just watched After Life on Netflix and loved it. It was only 6 episodes and I watched them all the way through. The episodes don't really have individual stories, so if the series ever comes out on DVD I'll probably pick it up and cut them all together into a movie. I don't think that would even really count as an edit because I wouldn't cut anything. Minus the credits at the end of each episode it's about 2:30 long.
Watched the latest relaunch of THE TWILIGHT ZONE last night...


..."The Comedian" was...okay, fine... nothing really revelatory or dramatically new other being on Cable, so it has more adult language and situations.   For the big premiere showcase episode, I found "The Comedian" to be very predictable and overly long... so an odd choice for a first episode that is suppose to convince viewers the series is worth a subscription fee.

But the biggest weakness might be Jordan Peel himself as The Narrator.  Like how the original series would cut to Serling at the beginning and end of each story, this series does the same.... Peel is all mood lit, in a slick 1950s style dark suit and holding an alcoholic beverage.... Peel's tone and demeanour might be all dramatic but it feels more like a bad SNL skit and you are waiting for the punchline.  Sorry, but no one can do Rod Serling, and any attempt is just cringe worthy.  The show should have gone with an off screen voice over narrator like they did in the 80s remake or as with Outer Limits.

I will probably check out a few more episodes as there are some big names attached and remakes of classic episodes, but based on this first episode, I was very disappointed.   Confused
I’ve got one more episode of the second season of The OA on Netflix left. It’s even weirder than the first season, but I’m enjoying it.
(04-03-2019, 09:16 AM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote: [ -> ]I’ve got one more episode of the second season of The OA on Netflix left. It’s even weirder than the first season, but I’m enjoying it.

I loved the finale. Great season.
(04-03-2019, 09:47 AM)Q2 Wrote: [ -> ]
(04-03-2019, 09:16 AM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote: [ -> ]I’ve got one more episode of the second season of The OA on Netflix left. It’s even weirder than the first season, but I’m enjoying it.

I loved the finale. Great season.

I finished it up. There are definitely some elements that might be a bridge too far for some viewers, but I like this show a lot. It strikes me as It would’ve a been a great novel as some of the things are easier to digest on the page than actually seeing them. Even the movements themselves. 

For the finale:


Did anyone else get a Dark Tower vibe from the meta aspects of it? Both seasons have definitely played with the nature of storytelling and its reliability.

I’m hoping they get to finish their five season arc. Hopefully they won’t take as long between seasons the rest of the way.
(04-03-2019, 12:36 PM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote: [ -> ]For the finale:


Did anyone else get a Dark Tower vibe from the meta aspects of it? Both seasons have definitely played with the nature of storytelling and its reliability.

I’m hoping they get to finish their five season arc. Hopefully they won’t take as long between seasons the rest of the way.


Yes, Dark Tower as well as the latest season of Twin Peaks.
(04-03-2019, 02:59 PM)Q2 Wrote: [ -> ]

Yes, Dark Tower as well as the latest season of Twin Peaks.

Ah man, I only made it through half the first season. First episode was amazing, then I got really bored and kinda started to hate the main character. This makes me want to revisit.
(04-03-2019, 08:00 AM)bionicbob Wrote: [ -> ]Watched the latest relaunch of THE TWILIGHT ZONE last night...


..."The Comedian" was...okay, fine... nothing really revelatory or dramatically new other being on Cable, so it has more adult language and situations.   For the big premiere showcase episode, I found "The Comedian" to be very predictable and overly long... so an odd choice for a first episode that is suppose to convince viewers the series is worth a subscription fee.

But the biggest weakness might be Jordan Peel himself as The Narrator.  Like how the original series would cut to Serling at the beginning and end of each story, this series does the same.... Peel is all mood lit, in a slick 1950s style dark suit and holding an alcoholic beverage.... Peel's tone and demeanour might be all dramatic but it feels more like a bad SNL skit and you are waiting for the punchline.  Sorry, but no one can do Rod Serling, and any attempt is just cringe worthy.  The show should have gone with an off screen voice over narrator like they did in the 80s remake or as with Outer Limits.

I will probably check out a few more episodes as there are some big names attached and remakes of classic episodes, but based on this first episode, I was very disappointed.   Confused

Episode two.... a remake of the classic Shatman episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", (and John Lithgow movie segment) except now it's "30,000".

I loved the first 90% of this episode.  It felt fresh, tapping into the anxiety of modern air travel.  The camera and lighting work was fantastic, truly heightening the tension and mystery.  But the last 10 minutes... I dunno... it was good but it felt too on the nose, too typical of this type of genre.... it was a twist we have seen many times before.  So a definite improvement over the first episode but still not classic Twilight Zone level good.
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