Discuss and Rate the Last Thing You Watched (non-movies)

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Neurotic Void Melody:
The Boiz Boys
Went into this with the main impression of "who watches the watchmen??" And came out of it instead with an "ooh, that scratched the itch Brightburn couldn't figure out."

(SNIPped the rest but kept this bit so you knew what I was quoting)

This is an excellent review and I agree wholeheartedly. Well done that flesh being!

Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 5 (3/5)

After the worst season in season 4, we get the best season in season 5. But again, that isn't the same as being "good."

Come to think of it, season 5 is really just more of the same of season 3 - Galra Empire fractures because of Zarkon's death/incapacitation, cue Lotor filling the vacuum, cue the pretty pretty explosions. Season 4 has Zarkon come back, cue more pretty pretty explosions. Season 5 has Zarkon outright die, proving two things. One, VLD can almost out DBZ DBZ. Two, Zarkon is a boring antagonist. Just because he's got an interesting backstory doesn't make the character himself interesting when his motivations can be boiled down to "power! Unlimited power!" That the empire fragments upon his death is more interesting than Zarkon himself. But on the subject of Lotor, I know I've been spoiled as to his fate, but seriously, who, watching season 5, believed that he wouldn't go bad? He wants quintessence this, quintessence that, and he spends more time doing that than securing the throne. FFS, even the characters point it out. But not Keith. Poor Keith. The show seems to have forgotten he existed at this point. Seriously, no idea how Klance became a thing at this point when we've gone a whole two seasons without them interacting, while LancexAllura is developed over time. I mean, cliche, sure, but least it makes sense.

Oh, and Pidge's dad is saved. Like her brother. Because God forbid a protagonist dies, or experiences loss. But hey, explosions, and plot revelations we can see coming a galaxy away...yay...

So, that's VLD. Best of the bunch, but yet to be "good."

Breaking Bad

One of these shows I've always been meaning to get around to and now finally did. It was mostly really good. Now, mind you, I say "mostly" because I felt that the series at its most consistent in the first two seasons and hit its peak, as a thriller at the very least, when Walter and Jesse were held prisoner by Tuco in the second season but both as a character study and as a story about organized crime it it remained enjoyable all the way throughout, carried by a consistently fantastic performance by Cranston and a steady influx of mostly very well written side characters.

It's not exactly realistic and I doubt it's trying to be, it has that theatric "Scarface" attitude towards its depictions of the American drug trade but while it"s not very realistic it is consistently believable in its version of New Mexico's underworld, even if characters like Saul Goodman, Gus Fring, Mike Ehrmantraut or even what Walter himself eventually becomes are very much the type of over the top archetypes you tend to see in crime fiction.

If anything there seems to be kind of a meta story to the series of how a grounded world with relatively grounded characters eventually morphing into more and more of a potboiler gangster story (most exemplary of that Hank turning from an abrasive asshole cop into a heroic detective) but simply taken at face value it's... fun, yes. Arcs like the Tuco kidnapping, the assassination of Gus Fring or the entire last season about the peak and eventual fall of Walters career as a criminal all made for a very engaging watch.

So, haven't had time to post reviews, so going to do a bunch together:

-Climate Change: The Facts (3/5)

Facts that I already knew. Far more interested in solutions at this point.

-My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Season 2 (4/5)

The season where the show found its groove.

-Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 6 (4/5)

The season where the show finally got good. Sort of.

Hawki:

-Climate Change: The Facts (3/5)

Facts that I already knew. Far more interested in solutions at this point.

Well, if these facts were well know, we could focus on solutions instead of wasting time and money on 'proving it.'

trunkage:

Hawki:

-Climate Change: The Facts (3/5)

Facts that I already knew. Far more interested in solutions at this point.

Well, if these facts were well know, we could focus on solutions instead of wasting time and money on 'proving it.'

I'm not worried about proving it now. If anything, that's one of the few glimmers of hope that climate change denialists have become well and truly fringe.

Finished Neon Genesis Evangelion and the End of Evangelion film.

So after watching both like 3 or so times by now over the last decade or so, I think I finally understand more or less everything that was going on(even in the incredibly introspective final 2 eps). That being said, I'd kinda forgotten just how goddamn wierd and dense it gets near the end. Especially when the religious symbolism gets slathered over everything in the movie and SEELE goes from vague grousing about scenarios and whatnot to weird cultist speak and chanting.

Also, one has to wonder if Japan has something against Mental Healthcare or just NERV doesn't run psych evals on, well, anyone who works there, because it's damn clear that all the main characters should be in therapy/on meds by the end, if not outright relieved of duty. "Asuka, are you clearly having a mental breakdown? Tough. Back in the Eva you go to face yet another terrifying abomination".

Also Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus. It was entertaining, but it's not quite the same anymore.

Hawki:

trunkage:

Hawki:

-Climate Change: The Facts (3/5)

Facts that I already knew. Far more interested in solutions at this point.

Well, if these facts were well know, we could focus on solutions instead of wasting time and money on 'proving it.'

I'm not worried about proving it now. If anything, that's one of the few glimmers of hope that climate change denialists have become well and truly fringe.

Other then getting elected President of the US, you mean.

Camp Camp: Season 3 (3/5)

If I had to rank the seasons of Camp Camp at this point, it would go 1>3>2. That said, neither of those next two seasons have managed to match the first for emotional impact, though season 3 does recapture some of the original essence. Key word being "some," bust CCS3 feels like a hybrid of the two seasons that came before it. It captures some of the heart of season 1, but also utilizes the same foul-mouth stuff and 'zanniness' of season 2. At this point, the show's starting to resemble South Park, and even though I like South Park, I don't really mean that in a good way.

Still, at the very least, season 3 has an overarching plot, namely saving the camp. Yep, that's right, turns out Max might actually prefer staying in the camp now, regardless of how trite that is at character development. I know, I know, season 1 ended with him making fences with David, but not to the extent that his personality changed. Yep, I'm complaining about character development occurring, and I'm freaked out like you are.

So, CC s 3 is okay. But it hasn't recaptured the magic of season 1, and I don't think the show ever will, nor do I think it wants to. Which is fine, of course - the show can go in whatever direction it likes. But it's not a direction I'm too fond of.

Dalisclock:
Also, one has to wonder if Japan has something against Mental Healthcare or just NERV doesn't run psych evals on, well, anyone who works there, because it's damn clear that all the main characters should be in therapy/on meds by the end, if not outright relieved of duty. "Asuka, are you clearly having a mental breakdown? Tough. Back in the Eva you go to face yet another terrifying abomination".

That never really comes across in their work though. As fucked up as Misato and Ritsuko are they are very professional when it comes to their job. I think that's deliberate to show the contrast between to how they present themselves and how they really are deep down. Their character design add to this as well, since from the outside all of them look like nice wholesome individuals, with the exception of maybe Rei and Gendo.

OT: Watched The Boys and it was pretty darn good. It's basically Robocop with superheroes, and it surprised me with how much this show was allowed to get away with. It's like the inverse of Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman, where the superheroes are depicted as violent and destructive not because they should (Zack Snyder!) but because they would. There's an incredibly dark moment in Ep. 4 that was handled amazingly, and that without getting violent or edgey. And in that same episode there's also one of the funniest.

Anthoney Starr as Homelander is almost too good. It's hard for me to believe the outside world could buy into him being this big blue boyscout when Starr has this creepy good guy smile all the time. But then people also buy into Tom Cruise, I guess. I also loved how it showed Vought turning this moment of empowerment for Starlight and her rebeling against Vought into a marketing ploy. Even putting a Katy Perry song over it to show just how "feminist" they were. It was pretty fucking vile, and it was great.

Casual Shinji:

Dalisclock:
Also, one has to wonder if Japan has something against Mental Healthcare or just NERV doesn't run psych evals on, well, anyone who works there, because it's damn clear that all the main characters should be in therapy/on meds by the end, if not outright relieved of duty. "Asuka, are you clearly having a mental breakdown? Tough. Back in the Eva you go to face yet another terrifying abomination".

That never really comes across in their work though. As fucked up as Misato and Ritsuko are they are very professional when it comes to their job. I think that's deliberate to show the contrast between to how they present themselves and how they really are deep down. Their character design add to this as well, since from the outside all of them look like nice wholesome individuals, with the exception of maybe Rei and Gendo.

I was thinking more along the lines of the 3 pilots, who are the ones out there facing the horrors up close and personal like every other week(the show takes place over the course of a year, so divide by 15 angels...). Yeah, Misato and Ritsuko are the most stable of the characters, despite Misatos horrible, horrible parenting/guardianship and being a total lush when she's off work. Ritsuko, OTOH, is incredibly composed until she fucking just looses it near the end of the series and starts trying to kill everyone(starting with the "dummy plugs").

Dalisclock:
I was thinking more along the lines of the 3 pilots, who are the ones out there facing the horrors up close and personal like every other week(the show takes place over the course of a year, so divide by 15 angels...). Yeah, Misato and Ritsuko are the most stable of the characters, despite Misatos horrible, horrible parenting/guardianship and being a total lush when she's off work. Ritsuko, OTOH, is incredibly composed until she fucking just looses it near the end of the series and starts trying to kill everyone(starting with the "dummy plugs").

Well, Rei is pretty much owned by NERV, so they can do whatever they want with her. I think that's even one of her fears, to not be needed anymore and to be disposed of (very similar to Asuka and Shinji actually). Asuka doesn't want to quit for anything even if it kills her. She'd rather die than not be a pilot. And Shinji seems to get deliberately fucked with by the powers that be, because there are multiple times he's told 'you can just stop being a pilot' by Misato and even Gendo, but with the caveat that 'oh, but it will mean the end of humanity'. The show is kind of really fucking mean like that, but at the same time it's sorta "inspiring" in that it's message is 'choose what you want for yourself regardless of the consequences'. I think this comes from Japan's worker bee mentality, and that kids are raised to cypher away their own wants and needs and just become productive members of society. And I think Anno was trying to say with this that even if it is to the detriment of society 'you do you'.

Voltron: Legendary Defender; Season 7 (4/5)

Holy shit.

Serious question, is there a series out there where it gets this good this late in the game? Like, it took this show six seasons to get a "good" season, and season 6 was only "good" because the show went "what the heck, let's do action." Season 7 is good, and is good in a way that isn't based on "good for what it does." It's good, as in, actually...good.

That's not to say it's perfect though, and this seasons does have flaws. For starters, there's a bit of a divide between the two halves, in that the first is more self-contained, fillerish episodes, while the latter is tight, episode-to-episode continuity. Now, the early episodes are enjoyable (especially the game show one), but still fillerish. You could cut out the bulk of season 7's first half and barely miss any of the plot. Second of all, Sendak. He's...not a good villain. In fact, come to think of it, none of this show's villains have been good. Zarkon had an interesting backstory, but he was a boring antagonist. Lotor was the best of the bunch, but it's stymied by how his status as a villain was obvious, and his ambitions were left vague. Sendak is just some warlord who wants power. He's arguably better than Zarkon in that he's more of a physical threat (and this pays off with his duel with Shiro), but there's no emotional investment with him. And third of all, Rochelle. Or Romelle. Or "blonde Altean girl whose name I can barely even remember." Like, seriously what does she do in this season? Why is she here? FFS, Cosmo the Space Wolf does more than she does. She plays a key role in revealing Lotor's deception in the last season, but it's like the writers asked themselves "okay, so what do we do with her now?" and came up with the answer of "meh, just let her tag along and stay in the background - no-one will notice." Well, I noticed guys. I. NOTICED.

Okay, now that that's out of the way, let's get on with what's good. Above all, season 7 corrects an issue I've had with the series up to this point, and that's its approach to the issue of scale. Up until now, VLD has used terms like "galaxy" and "unvierse" interchangably, and things are so big, it's hard to become invested. However, season 7 focuses its activities on Earth. As in, galra invade Earth, Earth fights back, Earth loses but continues to resist, paladins come and liberate Earth despite all the roadblocks in their way. The stakes are clear, and it's easy to be invested in them because the galra aren't chumps. Earthlings aren't chumps either per se, but they're outgunned if not outnumbered, and it makes the stakes all the more real. You could argue that this season feels out of sync with the others, and there's some truth to that in regards to its much darker (if not grittier) tone, but I'm fine. In hindsight, VLD made the same mistake for me that Prisoner Zero did. It started off so big, when it would have been better to start off small, then have the stakes increase over time. Season 7 simultaniously feels like a series finale, yet also a series opener in some ways, given that it ends with alien refugees coming to Earth, with the intent of using it as a base to liberate the universe from the galra. So, does that sound like the ending of a penultimate season, or the start of a premise? Because I know there's one season left where the cast apparently accomplishes their goal, but still, I'd rather thave this as the start of that goal rather than the hazy footing of the first two seasons where there's no sense of scale other than "galra big, galra bad, one robot lion thing is able to beat galra."

So, yeah. Good season. Shame it took the show this long to get to this level, but hey, I'll take what victories I can get.

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