Some Random Thoughts About Television... [R]

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  1. chad

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    The past two episodes of Andor might be the best two hours of Star Wars other than Empire. And maybe that's only because I'm old.
     
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  2. TheJoeGreene

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    Episode 8 was the best tension building hour of Star Wars ever made. Empire still holds a special place for me, but I already liked Rogue One a little more than it and now Andor has rocketed to the top of the list. That's not a slight to Empire at all.

    Andor is a great TV show that happens to be in the Star Wars universe.
     
  3. Belgian guy

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    It's too good to last. Going to enjoy it while I still can.
     
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  4. Belgian guy

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    Cabinet of Curiosities: still loving it. But their H.P. Lovecraft day didn't really convince me 100%. Some inspired choices, like casting the innately weird Crispin Glover as Pickman in the adaptation of Pickman's Model. But the structure of that episode was weird, to the detriment of the tension.
    Best two episodes are still Lot 36 and The Autopsy.
     
  5. Belgian guy

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    Done with Cabinet of Curiosities.

    The Panos Cosmatos entry was as bonkers as you'd expect.

    But they saved the best for last: Jennifer Kent's The Murmuring is another reminder of what a great director she is. Not just a great horror director, but a great director full stop. Give her all the money to make ten more of these please.
     
  6. TheJoeGreene

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    The first episode of Tulsa King was better than I expected, even for a Taylor Sheridan show. The trailers made it seem more comedic than it is, and what we got instead was Stallone as a stone cold capo figuring out the beginnings of how to be the only mob guy in Tulsa. Really good start.

    Also started watching The English on Amazon Prime. It's a 6 episode miniseries, starring Emily Blunt as a character that moves to the US and befriends a Pawnee Indian who was a Sergeant in the army before meeting her. About halfway through so far, and it's one of the best epic westerns I've seen, with the kind of quality you would expect from Unforgiven, 3:10 to Yuma, etc. It's feels like it's going to be a really good 6 hour movie split into 6 episodes. It's probably a strong 2nd to Andor for my favorite show this year.
     
  7. TheJoeGreene

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    The Peripheral is still pretty good, but it's starting to drift into too much convolution/silliness at the 5 episode mark. I'll certainly keep watching through the end of this season, but maybe not after that.

    Watched the first two episodes of The Santa Clauses on Disney+ and found them to be cute/charming the way the movies were. Maybe not quite as good, but it's only 6 episodes total, with them being about 30 minutes each, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

    Andor is the bets show on TV this year, full stop. Maybe the best of the last few years.
     
  8. Belgian guy

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    Andor is my favorite of this year as well.
    N°2 on the list is harder to decide. Might be the second season of The White Lotus.
     
  9. TheJoeGreene

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    Dead to Me - Season 3


    One of those shows that really had no business being as good as it was, and they finished with a strong 3rd season. Lots of quirky shenanigans, believable impossibilities, stellar acting, and a resolution that felt like it was in line with the first two seasons.

    They relied more on serious moments this season, and got me misty eyed several times, but they never abandoned why the show worked. Just a lot of fun and I'm sad that it's over.

    I will say it was really nice to see:

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    Katey Sagal and Christina Applegate on screen together again.


    Applegate and Cardellini are just a delightfully quirky duo and they did an amazing job of working in a storyline to deal with the reality of Applegate's MS diagnosis while enhancing the show.
     
  10. TheJoeGreene

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    Peyton Manning makes an appearance in The Santa Clauses, and through 3 episodes the show is hitting just right.
     
  11. Belgian guy

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    Andor season finale was satisfying, but not the best episode of the season imho.

    The thing I liked the least is that the Empire kind of looked incompetent during that memorial scene and one of the things Andor has done is make the Imperial operatives look quite competent and thus also far more scary than they usually are in any SW content. That was much closer to the "Stormtroopers that cannot shoot straight" meme we usually get in SW. Something Tony Gilroy has utterly avoided otherwise this first season.
     

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