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Forum: HDTV Programming   03-27-2015, 07:03 PM
Replies: 2,289
Views: 110,776
Posted By rdclark
Just to speculate, but there is plenty of...

Just to speculate, but there is plenty of precedent for concurrent book series/TV series to not just diverge, but to end up in entirely different places. (True Blood; Dexter)

It's possible that...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-18-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,871
Posted By rdclark
This has some potential to be a new Buffy. She's...

This has some potential to be a new Buffy. She's a zombie super-heroine, with powers and everything. Excellent premise, all kinds of potential. Funny, sad, quirky, quick, and three appealing core...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-17-2015, 07:37 AM
Replies: 2,956
Views: 325,662
Posted By rdclark
Oh, I agree, and psychoanalyzing fictional sitcom...

Oh, I agree, and psychoanalyzing fictional sitcom characters, who are necessarily caricatures and not subject to the requirements of realism, is silly. It's about what's entertaining and amusing,...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-17-2015, 06:52 AM
Replies: 2,956
Views: 325,662
Posted By rdclark
IMO, the characterization of Sheldon has been...

IMO, the characterization of Sheldon has been evolving from this:

"he's socially maladjusted, emotionally damaged, and treats people the way he does because he's incapable of empathy and doesn't...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-16-2015, 11:27 AM
Replies: 2,956
Views: 325,662
Posted By rdclark
Yes, they used the resemblance as the basis for a...

Yes, they used the resemblance as the basis for a gag, and it was funny. Coming back to it in the current context, and hammering on it the way they did, raises it to a whole new level; "the Mom is...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-16-2015, 08:56 AM
Replies: 2,956
Views: 325,662
Posted By rdclark
A couple of things about characterization really...

A couple of things about characterization really stuck out in this episode.

First, Howard's usual "mommy issues" have risen to the level of neurosis, and clearly this is intentional. The writers...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-09-2015, 12:45 PM
Replies: 6,135
Views: 287,590
Posted By rdclark
Comcast, at least, has already agreed to...

Comcast, at least, has already agreed to unblocking Go on Roku, and is talking to Amazon about the Fire TV. I have no doubt this is part of an attempt to calm the waters leading to approval of the...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-09-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 6,135
Views: 287,590
Posted By rdclark
You're saying that you thought this would be a...

You're saying that you thought this would be a thread where nobody discusses the actual show? What would we talk about?
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-05-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 8,258
Views: 357,617
Posted By rdclark
http://www.amctv.com/TWD360/alexandria-tour/ ...

http://www.amctv.com/TWD360/alexandria-tour/

The town appears to me to be virtually undefended. No effort has been made to clear structures or foliage from the perimeter; raiders and Walkers can...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-04-2015, 08:56 AM
Replies: 287
Views: 10,014
Posted By rdclark
I ended up watching all 8 episodes, but it was as...

I ended up watching all 8 episodes, but it was as close to hate-watching as I ever get. If it weren't for the MCU connection, and the hope for a segue back into AoS, I wouldn't have bothered.

The...
Forum: HDTV Programming   02-26-2015, 08:56 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,149
Posted By rdclark
Bosch's love of vintage jazz is right out of the...

Bosch's love of vintage jazz is right out of the books. Indeed, this may be the most faithful translation of a character from page to screen that I've ever seen. Things have been shuffled around a...
Forum: HDTV Programming   02-25-2015, 01:15 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,149
Posted By rdclark
How is it different from being "forced" to...

How is it different from being "forced" to subscribe to Neflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, or any other streaming source that is creating original programming? For that matter, you're forced to buy an...
Forum: HDTV Programming   02-24-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 5,735
Posted By rdclark
I guess I'm in a distinct minority having enjoyed...

I guess I'm in a distinct minority having enjoyed Miley's performance of "50 Ways."

I tend to leave all the baggage at the door when I watch something. I can enjoy "Vanilla Sky" without getting...
Forum: HDTV Programming   02-24-2015, 10:40 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,149
Posted By rdclark
I think this series is excellent (I'm about...

I think this series is excellent (I'm about halfway through). I've read all of Connelly's Bosch-related books, which comprise a complex collection of interrelated characters (cops, reporters, FBI...
Forum: HDTV Programming   02-13-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 822
Posted By rdclark
It's an American re-make of an Australian...

It's an American re-make of an Australian mini-series, based on a very successful novel. I'm sure there was a lot of discussion at NBC about changing the title, but the originals were all successful...
Forum: HDTV Programming   01-23-2015, 08:59 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 41,821
Posted By rdclark
No, it was really them, and his partnership with...

No, it was really them, and his partnership with his wife is long-standing and well-known.

I found it painful to watch, and bailed halfway through the first night.
Forum: HDTV Programming   01-19-2015, 11:52 AM
Replies: 2,535
Views: 157,589
Posted By rdclark
Network marketing hype. Nothing in the episodes...

Network marketing hype. Nothing in the episodes themselves indicate that they function as a set. They're three episodes that contain mostly serial storyline material, like other episodes before and,...
Forum: HDTV Programming   01-12-2015, 04:07 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 10,014
Posted By rdclark
I don't think so. Here in the Marvel Universe,...

I don't think so. Here in the Marvel Universe, the SSR is a whole additional thing; the OSS undoubtedly exists, and morphs into the CIA, as well, just as it did in history. Because, somehow, there...
Forum: HDTV Programming   01-12-2015, 12:26 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 10,014
Posted By rdclark
But this isn't the real world. This is a world...

But this isn't the real world. This is a world with super-soldiers, weird science, and all kinds of non-standard paradigms. And this isn't just some FBI branch office. It's the Strategic Scientific...
Forum: HDTV Programming   01-12-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 2,535
Views: 157,589
Posted By rdclark
I wanted them to shorten up the repeated aspects...

I wanted them to shorten up the repeated aspects each cycle, but I get that there's only so much time for editing a weekly episode.

This episode was riveting and hugely entertaining. But more than...
Forum: HDTV Programming   01-11-2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 10,014
Posted By rdclark
It's funny. I cringed most of the times she was...

It's funny. I cringed most of the times she was punching out bad guys. But I would have cheered on more than one occasion had she punched her boss.

Why does her ability to hold her own in a fight...
Forum: HDTV Programming   01-11-2015, 09:18 AM
Replies: 287
Views: 10,014
Posted By rdclark
Disappointed, and I really wanted to like it...

Disappointed, and I really wanted to like it more.

Cliches and stereotypes abound. Instead of any sort of original, creative, or science-based approach to problem-solving, Carter just punches bad...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-20-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 372
Views: 41,821
Posted By rdclark
Craig Ferguson has a brilliant mind, and can...

Craig Ferguson has a brilliant mind, and can shift gears to match the interests and capabilities of any guest. He's knowledgeable in a wide range of topics, and creative on levels that often don't...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-17-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 1,877
Views: 69,571
Posted By rdclark
I'm hoping for a self-contained story that will...

I'm hoping for a self-contained story that will tie back into and inform AoS and Avengers 2. If it's good enough, it can go on to tell more stories in later seasons. There has to be a reason they had...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-15-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 3,478
Posted By rdclark
The flashbacks were Sorkin's way of showing us...

The flashbacks were Sorkin's way of showing us (rather than just telling us, as eulogies would have) how pivotal Charlie was to everything that happened in the series. And that Mackenzie was his...
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