tiggymalvern: (Tease)
Everything I see and hear about this just makes me drool harder and harder. I'm praying my expectations aren't built up so high that nothing could meet them...

TV meme

Jan. 4th, 2017 02:59 pm
tiggymalvern: (meeemes)
Because I haven't talked about some of the TV shows I've enjoyed this year, and here's my excuse to catch up.

Which TV shows did you start watching in 2016?
The Night Manager, And Then There Were None (both mini-series), Deutschland 83, Luke Cage, Preacher, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Stranger Things, The Man in the High Castle, The Leftovers

Which TV shows did you let go of in 2016?
Castle (the concept had run out of steam, series 7 was bad), Gotham (started season 2 and bailed by episode 6 - what happened, did you replace all your writers?), Halt and Catch Fire (was bored enough by season 2 not to start 3 - a real shame, because the first one was great), The Americans (got bored when season two became less about espionage and more of a family soap opera, so never started season 3. I'll stick with Deutschland for retro espionage, I'm really looking forward to the sequel season.)
And I had to let go of Agent Carter because the bastards cancelled it, not my choice at all!

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2016? Why?
Ash vs the Evil Dead, The Night Of. I will watch them, I'm just always behind.

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2017?
American Gods. If that's not seriously good, given the people involved, I'm going to be so annoyed.

Which TV show impressed you least in 2016?
I still have one episode left to watch, but I'm going to say Dirk Gently. It could have been so much more. It's zany and weird, but it needs to do more than that - it needs to be either seriously clever or major fun, and it's not. For zany and weird and crazily fun at the same time, watch Preacher. It's as mad as a box of frogs, and the black humour and religious irreverence is really what nails it. Poor Jesse, struggling to hang onto Christian faith in a world that contains vampires of dubious morality and angels of the serious wrath-of-God, brutal destruction variety...

Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2017 unless things significantly improve?
I'd say Dirk Gently, but they weren't planning more anyway.

Which TV shows do you think you'll never let go of no matter how crappy they get? Why?
Maybe Doctor Who? It's pretty crappy right now, but it's gone through a lot of crappy phases and it picks up again eventually. Plus I like Peter Capaldi in the role, even if he's cursed with awful scripts.

Which TV show did you enjoy the most in 2016?
Hannibal, of course. Yes, it was cancelled in 2015, but I didn't see series three until 2016 (like I said, always behind).

And I have to add, after the sad disappointment that was Jessica Jones, the first series of Luke Cage was solid stuff. Lots of plot, that just missed going too far or becoming annoying, and Alfre Woodard was awesome. How the hell is she 64? Simone Missick was great as Misty too.
tiggymalvern: (river formal - base by julie_izumi)
We just finished watching the second series of Agent Carter last night. This series was so much fun - why the heck did it get cancelled when dreck like Agents of Shield is still on the air? (Disclaimer: I didn't watch Agents of Shield past the first season - maybe it improved, but it would have had to improve a LOT, and I haven't heard anyone raving about it). Agent Carter wasn't the greatest thing on TV, but it had a fabulous cast, deft humour, and a solid style and identity of its very own; pure entertainment with no aspirations to be anything else. It made a very good counterpart alongside watching Hannibal :-)

Hayley Atwell is just fantastic. Somebody had better cast that woman in another great role, and fast. I see from IMDB that she's currently heading up a series called Conviction, which is in pre-production. The description makes it sound dull, but if anyone can bring it, she can.

Which brings me on to Jennifer Lawrence playing Sharon Carter in Captain America: Civil War. The contrast with Hayley really shows up Jennifer. It's true that Sharon doesn't have a huge amount to do in the film, but Hayley Atwell puts more sass into five seconds of silence than Lawrence puts into that entire part. And it's not the only time I see her fail to inspire on screen. Am I the only one who doesn't get the Jennifer Lawrence thing? She's cast in absolutely everything, she gets Oscar nominations and wins, and all I see is meh. She was better in American hustle, but even there she got lost in the charisma of her co-stars when she shared scenes. EDIT It has been pointed out to me that Jennifer Lawrence didn't play Sharon Carter, it was another actress I mistook for her. The rest of my complaint still stands, however, it just becomes less relevant :-)

And back on the Sharon Carter role (minor spoiler for Civil War here if you want to stop reading), why, oh why did the writers have Captain America kiss her? I know it's comics canon that Captain America and Sharon have a relationship, but that was LATER. Guys, it is really creepy to have Cap hit on his old girlfriend's niece just days after his old girlfriend's funeral. Not good! And especially when the directors see that there is absolutely no chemistry at all between the two people in question when you put them in front of a camera together, surely they could just drop the idea...

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