Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Orville feels awkward and silly, but I think that it is suppose to feel that way as part of being a Star Trek parody. It doesn't know if it wants to be a serious science fiction or a comedy, and it doesn't excel at being either. The characters are somewhat interesting, but except for the captain, they are not particularly likeable, which is not a good sign. Despite these things, the pilot was good enough and barely funny enough to hold my attention. That puts it on thin ice because it doesn't have a lot to hang its hat on going forward.
Seth MacFarlane as the captain is inherently likeable, which is a good thing, because that is the only thing that makes the show watchable.
Everything about this imitates Star Trek so much that I am surprised that they aren't getting sued. Maybe nobody expects it to last.
Also see FOX’s “Orville” Is A Hit Despite The Reviews.
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Saturday, March 12, 2016
Probably everybody has seen individual episodes of certain TV series at least twice. For example, most people have probably seen a few episodes of M*A*S*H more than once. However, there are certain TV series that I liked so much that I had to see the entire series at least a second time. Since I am a such huge fan of science fiction, most of the series I watched were science fiction or fantasy:
Battlestar Galactica (2003-2004): Twice.
Stargate Atlantis: Twice.
Stargate Universe: Twice.
Star Trek Enterprise: Twice.
The Event: Twice.
Flash Forward: Twice.
The 4400: Twice.
Stargate SG-1: At least twice. Parts of it I have seen three times.
Doctor Who (2004): At least twice.
House M.D.: Working on the third time.
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Working on the third time.
The Walking Dead: Working on the third time.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: At least three times.
(Although the series starts out uneven, the later seasons are really brilliant. If there is a single episode of any TV series worth watching multiple times, it is "Once More with Feeling" from the 6th season of Buffy. You could probably watch this without seeing the rest of the show, although it would be better to have seen the series first.)
Lost: Working on the 4th time.
I would like to watch Star Wars Rebels for a second time. It has improved with each new season.
You might think from the list above that I do nothing but watch television all day, but if you watch only 1 or 2 episodes per day, then you can quickly run out of things to watch.
For the new shows on TV, the only ones I am watching right now are Colony, The Expanse, Star Wars Rebels, and The Walking Dead.
I especially like rewatching shows while I do my 2 hours of physical therapy everyday.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
IMHO, there are good TV shows, great TV shows, and then there is LOST which stands in a category by itself. If you haven't experienced it, then you have no idea what I am talking about. However, the show is serial, so it has to be watched in sequence to fully appreciate it.
I think that some people aren't interested because they have preconceived notions about what the show is about. Is the show about people stranded on an Island? Yes. Does the monster on the island mean it is a horror show? No. The monster gets very little emphasis until the last season and it turns out there is an interesting explanation for the monster. Is the show science fiction? Not so much. There are some minor science fiction elements that come in the later seasons, but the show is more supernatural because the island has a link to the supernatural. However, anything weird or unusual about the island is merely a backdrop for great dramatic television. The show has wonderful characters and great stories to go with them.
The show is famous for having flashbacks. For the first three seasons, each episode would have one story on the island and another story about specific characters before they came to the island. Usually the flashbacks were more entertaining than the main story. About midway through the show, the producers announced that they weren't going to have any more flashbacks, which I anticipated would mean a big change to the format of the show, but this announcement fooled us because they started having "flash forwards" where they would show future events after certain characters got off the island. Then they had a season that dealt with time travel, which is when the show started to get even weirder than it already was. Finally, just before the last season, the producers announced that they weren't going to have any more flashbacks or flash forwards", so once again I anticipated a major shift to the format of the show, but once again they fooled me. What they did in the last season was to have "flash sideways", where the show would alternate between two realities, both of which were technically real, but only one of which was in the here and now.
This show seems like an undecipherable puzzle, but everything gets explained neatly at the end. However, many people I talked to misinterpreted the ending, where they think that all the characters were dead the moment they crashed on the island, and that all characters were in some kind of limbo. Without giving away too much, I can tell you that this is not correct.