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Everyone turned around and they said stick with Breaking Bad. It’ll get better. It’ll turn out to be worth it. But frankly, I don’t see it. All I see is an arc of dislikeable characters doing shady things then wondering why it all went wrong. While I believe that you can have television shows with people who don’t necessarily want to be chums with, I do believe that there has to be some empathy that Breaking Bad just hasn’t offered by the time Season Three ended. It’s a pain in the ass because I want to see what everyone else is seeing but I just see waste in a desert landscape and a bunch of people talking about drugs. So I’m breaking out of Breaking Bad. I honestly couldn’t care less about this television show - partially because it didn’t entice me and more so because, without digging, I already knew everything that was going to happen. I couldn’t offer any new emotions for this series and quite frankly. I didn’t want to
For the past couple of months, all I’ve heard is “Watch Daredevil, Watch Daredevil, Watch Daredevil”. Unfortunately I’ve only had time to see the first episode so far, but my word, what a first episode that was! I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to see the rest of a TV show from the first episode alone. I love the dark, gritty nature of it; it shows that Marvel isn’t scared to their hands dirty. The film series and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are relatively tame so they can grab the 12a rating and appeal to kids, but Daredevil would not suit that at all. The original Daredevil film is a 15, but it’s quite cheesy with scenery chewing performances, so doesn’t quite live up to its potential. This, however, is the exact opposite: It’s brutal, it’s well acted, it’s exciting and it’s exactly as Daredevil should be. I cannot wait for what’s to come!
I approached Archer with an open mind, as I've heard many great things, had many friends quote their favourite lines and me, and generally been told by lots of people that I'd love it. Sadly, they were wrong.
Throughout the first episode, I found myself constantly confused as to what the fuss was about. The story was odd and disjointed, the character is a complete tool, with none of the redeemable or endearing qualities that make similar character likable.
The plot and structure (or lack thereof) reminded me of Family Guy, another show I've never enjoyed. It feels like a show with ADHD, flitting manically between points, unable to focus on any concrete plot for long enough to really entice the viewer.
I continued watching, hoping that maybe it was just the pilot that caused problems for me. Seven episodes in, I decided to call it a day. I'm sure Archer has brought a lot of joy to a lot of people, and I know it has an incredible fanbase, but I can solidly state I'm not among them.
Holy shit! I've heard good things about The Wire, but nothing could quite compare to the uniqueness of this show. The quality of acting and the scriptwork is sublime, and the wealth of characters is something seldom seen within TV series nowadays.
I'm trying to ration myself to one episode a night, but I don't think that's going to be possible soon...
Thus far, I’ve only managed to get through three episodes of Parks and Recreation – and what’s with that ludicrously short first season? It’s like they’re on British TV, or something. But thus far, I love it. Comedy doesn’t need to be full of punchlines or constantly in your face. Parks and Rec is something gentler, in a way. If I had to describe how it makes me feel, it’d be cosy. The theme tune makes me smile (heard it coming through the floorboards after I started watching it – my downstairs neighbours have great taste). But there is still a slight weird disconnect at the moment. I’d seen loads of gifs and quotes before watching, and so each of the characters sounded a certain way in my head. Ron Swanson should definitely have a deeper voice than reality, and it’s kind of freaking me out at the moment.