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  • #46
    Originally posted by Boston Frog View Post

    Yeah, it's absolutely soaked with tropes. I kind of like the re-imagined Johnny Lawrence character, as there was always a case that he wasn't as bad and Daniel-san wasn't as good as they seemed in the first movie. I remember reading in the early days of the internet a half-joking defense of Johnny Lawrence that I've kind of seen play out in the show. I also don't mind his back story, and Daniel-san does come off as the bit of a douche he always was.

    So, the adult part of the show has some intrigue. The teenage part is a little too 1985 for me. It's too easily broken down into nerds and cool kids, and some of the characters are really predictable. Also, not to spoil things, but how does what must have been five full minutes of seriously violent fighting in a lunchroom not get shut down pretty much immediately in a school that would probably have police presence? There's just a lot that stretches credibility. But we'll keep watching. I don't need depth right now.
    Agree on all. Yeah, Miguel or whatever his name is would have been sent to juvie after laying out 5 kids like that ...

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    • #47
      Originally posted by MercenaryLibrarian View Post

      I like it, but dang... I'm not entirely sure there is a likeable character on that show.
      Yeah, not really. It's weird that Johnny Lawrence is probably the most sympathetic character.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by Friskyfrog View Post
        Ok so, after all the encouragement, I finished Schitt's Creek and I really enjoyed the last three seasons. I still think the Moira character is one of the least likeable people to ever grace the small screen, and Chris Elliott weirds me out in anything that he's in, but the show was good. I liked the redemptive growth in the Alexis and David characters over time and the way the David/Patrick relationship was treated with some complexity.
        Oh, I love Moira so much. I also love the fact that the show treated gay relationships as just simple relationships. There was no difference between gay and straight.

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        • #49
          Originally posted by Lyle Lanley III View Post
          "Class Action Park" on HBO Max is worth your time.
          A good friend of mine lived in Jersey for a few years in the '80s and went to that place. It was completely as I've heard and seen it portrayed. Just terrifying. I'd like to watch the doc, but I don't think I'm going to pony up for HBO Max.

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          • #50
            So, Cobra Kai has passed into the realm of comically bad, but I'm still watching. I want to see how low it can go.

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            • #51
              Anyone else been watching "The Vow" on HBO Max? Documentary series about a cult. Pretty weird.

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              • #52
                Originally posted by Lyle Lanley III View Post
                Anyone else been watching "The Vow" on HBO Max? Documentary series about a cult. Pretty weird.
                Love She Sells Sanctuary

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                • #53
                  I've been watching/re-watching older shows mostly (currently going through the complete Psych), but I did just finish the most recent 8 episodes of Lucifer. Hoo-boy... that was a cliffhanger. Next: The Boys Season 2.

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                  • #54
                    Finished the second season of Cobra Kai. Pretty brutal, honestly. Laden with tropes and chiches. Laughably ridiculous without actually being funny. I'll probably watch a third season, though, just because I've invested this much time in it.

                    Of the shows I've watched somewhat recently, Schitt's Creek is probably still my favorite. Of those that are still running (as far as I know) ...

                    Excellent: Shtisel, The Crown, Derry Girls (all among the best I've ever seen)
                    Very good: Rita, Gameface, The Kominsky Method
                    Good: On My Block, Atypical, Grace and Frankie
                    Bad (but watchable): Cobra Kai
                    Didn't finish: Breeders, Man Down, The English Game
                    Last edited by Boston Frog; September 11, 2020, 12:44 PM.

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by Boston Frog View Post
                      Finished the second season of Cobra Kai. Pretty brutal, honestly. Laden with tropes and chiches. Laughably ridiculous without actually being funny. I'll probably watch a third season, though, just because I've invested this much time in it.

                      Of the shows I've watched somewhat recently, Schitt's Creek is probably still my favorite. Of those that are still running (as far as I know) ...

                      Excellent: Shtisel, The Crown, Derry Girls (all among the best I've ever seen)
                      Very good: Rita, Gameface, The Kominsky Method
                      Good: On My Block, Atypical, Grace and Frankie
                      Bad (but watchable): Cobra Kai
                      Didn't finish: Breeders, Man Down, The English Game
                      I was just about to post on Cobra Kai. The Season 2 ender was one of the more absurd (and not in a good way) hours of television I've seen in a while. Without spoiling too much, SPOILERif that fight happened in real life, it would be a national scandal And I didn't know that paying a landlord meant you owned the business put in that landlord's building.

                      Only ones of your other picks I've seen are The Crown (agree, awesome), Derry Girls (only seen parts, wasn't as high on as you are, but maybe not paying close enough attention), Atypical, and English Game. I finished English Game, but it was definitely a slow burn. The historical aspect of it was enough to keep me watching ...

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                      • #56
                        Another that I'm on full stop is Last Kingdom. "I am Utred, son of Utred." Again I'm a sucker for a lot of historical fiction, and the Anglo-Saxon period is so neglected in Western history.

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                        • #57
                          Aunt Becky used to be so sweet. Now she hangs out with jailbirds and acts like a slut. Say a man can [gasp] touch her boobs and body "all day long" [/gasp].

                          I am so shocked!
                          Last edited by NFFrog; September 11, 2020, 03:36 PM.

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by Duquesne Frog View Post

                            I was just about to post on Cobra Kai. The Season 2 ender was one of the more absurd (and not in a good way) hours of television I've seen in a while. Without spoiling too much, SPOILERif that fight happened in real life, it would be a national scandal And I didn't know that paying a landlord meant you owned the business put in that landlord's building.

                            Only ones of your other picks I've seen are The Crown (agree, awesome), Derry Girls (only seen parts, wasn't as high on as you are, but maybe not paying close enough attention), Atypical, and English Game. I finished English Game, but it was definitely a slow burn. The historical aspect of it was enough to keep me watching ...
                            Pro tip on Derry Girls: subtitles.

                            I thought I'd love English Game, but it just didn't hold my interest. Seemed pretty predictable.

                            And yeah, so much stuff has happened on Cobra Kai now that every kid in the series would be in juvie or reform school or prison in anything approaching real life. They don't even seem to get in trouble. You're spot on in your second spoiler point, too. I can't willfully suspend reality quite that much. And we all get that Johnny's a loser, but he's never even heard of Facebook or been on the Internet? Ever? He's just been watching Iron Eagle every day for 35 years? I can't. The more I think about it, the more I figure I'm out on that one.

                            Trying to work up the courage to watch the second season of Pose, which is so good but so very intense. I don't need intensity right now.

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                            • #59
                              Originally posted by Duquesne Frog View Post
                              Another that I'm on full stop is Last Kingdom. "I am Utred, son of Utred." Again I'm a sucker for a lot of historical fiction, and the Anglo-Saxon period is so neglected in Western history.
                              Utred sound like a poster on a Utah fan forum

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                              • #60
                                I just finished watching Umbrella Academy. I made Danger watch Ozark and Dead to Me so I’d have someone to discuss it with, so in exchange I watched Umbrella Academy for him. I wasn’t as into it as he was, but if you liked Stranger Things you will probably enjoy Umbrella Academy. In both of those shows I am more interested in the character development and relationships than fight scenes and the supernatural, but they held my interest.

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