This season was definitely better than last year's. I really enjoyed the last two episodes, the finale's opening sequence with that haunting music was really well done. Also loved the whole new "King in the North" sequence, it's been so nice to see something good come for the Starks after so many defeats. I liked most of the stuff in the North this season, lots of really good moments. Hodor scenes, Jon's resurrection, Sansa/Jon reunion, Battle of Winterfell were all awesome. I also like how they sidelined the stupid Sand Snakes the entire season and Olenna basically being the audience surragate and telling them to shut the fuck up. Dany's stuff was pretty predictable, but I liked the inclusion of Tyrion in her story line, it definitely seems to humanize her a bit more and make her seem less of a Mary Sue character. My biggest complaint this season was the Greyjoy story line. I know I've harped on that countless times throughout the years, but cutting Victarion and neutering Euron are some of the worst choices they could have made for this show. They were so tailored made for the screen and awesome, over-the-top characters. Maybe there is some hope for Euron next season, he just does not seem to be anything like the book version. Also sucks we are only getting 7 or 8 episodes for the final two seasons, but I heard the rationale is that there are so many big battles scenes that they wouldn't be able to complete 10 episodes in a year. But it was definitely a solid season throughout.
I'm with you on the whole serial killer storyline this season. Wasn't really a fan of it. I was kinda hoping for an epic season long showdown between Hood & Pals against Proctor. Or Hood + Proctor against the Nazi dudes. But I must say, I was really surprised that Doakes wasn't the serial killer. I kept wondering why he had such a small role as Carrie's shrink, I definitely thought we'd get a "Surprise Mother fucker" out of him or something. But I guess his casting was more of a red herring. My only other gripe was the lackluster final fight between Hood and Burton. After all the crazy intense fight scenes Burton and Hood have had through the entire series, I thought they would have gone all out with the brutality in that one. But it was a great show overall. This last season wasn't the best, but it was solid enough.
Just had my first listen of the album. Favorite tracks after 1 listen: Hurricane, Whistle Blower, and SALT AND SHADOW, holy shit, I love the last track. Definitely agree with you guys on the very Air/Water feel that song has. Hurricane is such a good track though, I wish it was the first single they released. I dig Black Honey, but Hurricane gives me the most traditional Thrice-soundy song on the album (if that makes sense). Good album though, I like it a bit more M/M and Beggars. Vhessiu is still my favorite though.
I marathoned this show over the weekend, really enjoyed it. And I totally agree with you guys on Lindsay, that girl is super hot. Also, I don't know if you guys watch the Inbetweeners, but goddamnit, Jimmy sounds exactly like Will. It's not just the accent, it's the same vocal inflections and cadence in his voice. It's creepily similar.
Fargo is my favorite show this year. So many great episodes and solid performances by the whole cast. The showrunner (I'm forgetting his name) is going to be creating a TV show out of the Vonnegut book "Cat's Cradle." I have no idea how he's going to pull that one off, but after these 2 seasons of Fargo just getting progressively better, I hope they nail that one. -------------------- I thought the Leftovers S2 was fantastic overall. So much better than S1 (which I still liked). It seems like a pretty divisive show, most critics either love it or hate it, haven't seen many people in between it. It wasn't perfect, my main issues with it were some of the characters are still really unlikeable (Lori, the son, and Nora-who didn't do much besides run around from character to character). Still, I always enjoyed picking out the various biblical and literary themes and motif's used throughout the show. Lots of fun twists and big emotional scenes, the one thing that Lindelof can still nail since "Lost" are those super dramatic emotional gut-punches. And I can totally understand how people can dislike a lot of his stuff, but even though some of it can be overly schmaltzy sometimes, I love the uniqueness of this show's voice and the whole feel of the show's world. ------------------- I just finished "Man in the High Castle" this week. Mixed feelings for me; I loved the pilot, but the weakest part of the show are the 3 main lead characters: Juliana, Frank, and Joe. Juliana and Joe are my least favorite characters in the show, both actors are questionable in so many episodes and the writing for them also leads to some pretty weak characterizations. No spoilers, but it basically amounts to the motivation of "I MUST FIND OUT THE TRUTH!" to every bone-headed decision they make. Frank is a little better, but the whole "I SHOULD BE AN ARTIST!" thing gets old quick. But the side characters are so goddamn awesome in this show, the whole Japanese cast is great, Shang-Tsung fucking kills it in this show, as does the evil Japanese Kempetai agent. And Obengrupenfurher (?) Smith is played brilliantly. The show also gets a lot better about halfway through. The pilot is really good, but it grinds to a halt in a lot of places during the next couple episodes. There are some interesting twists and turns, but it pace really intensifies around episode 5 or 6. I feel like there is the possibility of something great within the bones of this show, the world is incredibly detailed and interesting. The alternate history is really fascinating to me, but the show often seems to use the uniqueness of the world to carry the story in the beginning. They just need to sharpen the dialogue and really spread the focus out a bit from the weaker main characters and really explore the more interesting side characters.
I've sunken way too much time into Fallout 4 since it's been released. I am such a sucker for open-world RPGs like this. And with the addition of settlement building, it's consuming all my videogaming time!
I thought the show was pretty good overall, the good parts outweighed the bad in most cases. I also liked Daredevil a bit more, but that might have been due to my love of the character; I haven't read comics of Jessica Jones before, so I wasn't too familiar with her outside her involvement with Luke Cage. That being said, I thought the main cast was all really good, good performances and casting choices. David Tennant was the stand out for me, he was awesome as Kilgrave. I'm so use to seeing him cast as a good guy, he really nailed it playing a villain. A couple things I didn't like though. I thought all the fight scenes were universally bad; I realize JJ and Luke Cage aren't suppose to be martial artists, but all the fights felt kinda flat to me. And most depictions of the powers were pretty bad too; I know they don't have the budget of a movie or anything, but if they can make the action on Arrow and the Flash halfway decent, I don't know why it looked so crappy and cheap on this show.
I've been really enjoying the new Wonder Years album, lots of really good songs on that one. Cardinal is still my standout favorite at the moment, but not sure if it will stay that way after more listens. The new TesseracT album is pretty good, I'd recommend it for those of you guys who still dig that proggy-kind of metal. Also I can't stop listening to this song (which I first heard on S2E3 of Rick and Morty, which is also so damn fucking good).
Also found a couple of goodies on the Mr. Robot subreddit (which is really good if you guys wanna get into the various theories and Sam Esmail is on there a bunch answering questions) Tyrell's wife, Joanna spoke some Danish to Elliot during that scene, she said: "If you have done something to him, I will kill you." Also, because she is a total fucking smokeshow: NSFW Titties
I thought it was a little anti-climatic as well. Definitely not a bad episode by any means, but I had thought there would be more to it all; I mean, I don't expect some major twist in every episode, but it just felt like they held back a bit too much. I agree with you guys on the scene with Tyrell's wife, she's so hot and scary at the same time, I definitely think there is something more going on with her. The one thing that I really just can't wrap my head around is why the fuck Angela would ever agree to take a job at Evil Corp. I mean, I get the reasoning that they gave us (to change things from the inside), but I just couldn't imagine any real person would ever work at a company that pretty much murdered her father for profit. And to top it off, how the fuck is she supposed to change things working in PR? She has shown to always be such a sympathetic and righteous person, it just feels like it's coming out of left field to basically set up the plot for season 2 to have someone there behind the scenes. I dunno, I'm hoping it pays off, because it just feels so out of place. Also, I was pissed we got zero Tyrell at all, that Swedish fuck is my favorite character.
Meh, I'm not really a fan of Ellen Page, Lee Pace could have been good as Buffalo Bill though. After reading Fuller's interview on Sepinwall's site, it doesn't sound like there is really much hope for any continuation of the show. At least it went out on a high note, lots of ambiguity but enough closure to keep me happy at least.
I watched a shit ton of these episodes this weekend as well, I think I have 2 or 3 left. It's been really good so far, the guy playing Escobar is really great, I was also excited to see Oberyn Martell as the main dude's partner. My favorite group of characters is Poison and the other low level henchmen; all of their interactions with people are hilariously fucked up, the complete disregard for human life and all the jokes they make while just straight up murdering people. Like the argument on whether or not he killed 65 or 66 people, hahah, wow, that shit is fucked. Cool show though, I didn't really know too much about Escobar going into this show, outside of the bigger events, so a lot of this is still kinda new for me. I'm definitely liking it though.
OH WHAT THE FUCK! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT ENDS LIKE THIS! Goddamn, this was an awesome finale, everyone make sure to watch through the credits! *sigh* So the show is officially dead now? Or are they still entertaining the idea of wrapping it up somehow with a movie or a short season?
This show is definitely one of my favorite comedies right now. Last season of it was great, the NASA episode was wonderful and the "Pancakes, Divorce, Pancakes" episodes was one of the best things ever. This season has been really great so far too. They have definitely ramped up the absurdity of a lot of the situations, but it works so well for this show. So many people are dying, getting shot, and having their lives ruined in every episode, the stakes are definitely raised for this season.