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Old 10-05-2016   #131
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I couldn't even finish it.

The Leftovers S1 is flawed, but it's short and has its moments. S2 is perfection.

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Is Utopia any good?

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Is Utopia any good?
yes, it is. I'd certainly recommend it
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Watched season 1 of Ash Vs Evil Dead yesterday. I always knew I probably wouldn't get the sequel I wanted but as soon as I saw the trailer for this I knew it wasn't going to be anything like the Evil Dead that I loved. They kept the humour, fun and gore but taken away the atmosphere and cool desgins, then added hard rock (a bad choice I think).
It feels too fannish in places (repeats of things they did in the films), lots of weak special effects (cgi blood and a burned skeleton in particular) and Ash's schtick gets overplayed. The kickass fun they were going for just isn't fun or funny enough to be a success but later on in the series it actually gets quite entertaining and even though I wouldn't recommend it, I might watch the second series.

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- This weekend I started watching the new Westworld, and so far I am quite impressed - even more than season one of True Detective, it might just be the most Ligottian (not to mention Phil Dickian) tv series yet created. Unlike the simplistic 'robots on a rampage' plot of the original tv movie, the new series concentrates heavily on the actual day to day existence of the park's androids/constructs, whose 'lives' are wired into a preprogrammed overarching narrative, looping them endlessly through the same events, the death and trauma they continually endure wiped from their awareness. Really, there's just an abundance of riches here for the Ligottian: ontological uncertainty and reality as illusion, hidden controllers behind the veil of existence, the malleability of memory and the essential formlessness of identity, and perhaps most pervasively, 'the sense of strings' - the awareness (or impossibility thereof) of being a puppet and the illusionary nature of free will. Add a dollop of Cormac McCarthy style western gothic to the mix, and you have a show that I've found almost instantly captivating; the series is only three or four episodes underway, but should it continue the way it has, I think the makings are there for something great.

(Also, maybe its just my imagination, but I have been (pleasantly) surprised to notice a number of similarities between the show and the short story I composed years earlier and shared here in the recent past, "A Report from the Village"; it does appear that both the show's creators and I must have dipped into the same pool of ideas - they even share the same central image, that of a player piano. In any case, it makes for an interesting coincidence . . .)

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Good to know about Westworld. Given the trailer, I was prepared to write it off completely.

I can't remember the last time I watched network or cable. But I do watch TV series on Netflix; the latest American Horror Story and Penny Dreadful are the most recent. Both entertain: AHS threatened to dip into the hack "killer inside me" theme, but twisted the worst excesses, while PD is too goth, overheated and romantic for me, but worth watching anyway.

These days AMS is more about style than anything else, thus the suitability of Lady Gaga and her costume changes, which don't quite cover up her lack of acting ability.

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Re: Last TV show you watched

Quote Originally Posted by ChildofOldLeech View Post
- This weekend I started watching the new Westworld, and so far I am quite impressed - even more than season one of True Detective, it might just be the most Ligottian (not to mention Phil Dickian) tv series yet created. Unlike the simplistic 'robots on a rampage' plot of the original tv movie, the new series concentrates heavily on the actual day to day existence of the park's androids/constructs, whose 'lives' are wired into a preprogrammed overarching narrative, looping them endlessly through the same events, the death and trauma they continually endure wiped from their awareness. Really, there's just an abundance of riches here for the Ligottian: ontological uncertainty and reality as illusion, hidden controllers behind the veil of existence, the malleability of memory and the essential formlessness of identity, and perhaps most pervasively, 'the sense of strings' - the awareness (or impossibility thereof) of being a puppet and the illusionary nature of free will. Add a dollop of Cormac McCarthy style western gothic to the mix, and you have a show that I've found almost instantly captivating; the series is only three or four episodes underway, but should it continue the way it has, I think the makings are there for something great.

(Also, maybe its just my imagination, but I have been (pleasantly) surprised to notice a number of similarities between the show and the short story I composed years earlier and shared here in the recent past, "A Report from the Village"; it does appear that both the show's creators and I must have dipped into the same pool of ideas - they even share the same central image, that of a player piano. In any case, it makes for an interesting coincidence . . .)
I too have been watching Westworld and have greatly enjoyed how the show has developed. I would second COL's thoughts about the ligottian thematic elements as well as the other overt sci-fi components. A very nice mix... definitely very open ended right now as to where things are going. Looking like it is shaping up to be a very nice debut season.
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Re: Last TV show you watched

Westworld definitely...see Ligotti, Phil Dick, and Cormac McCarthy elementals in it. It is very open-ended, complex, and there is a very dark thread through it all.
Also watching Channel Zero, very Ligottian with some of Matthew M. Bartlett's WXXT , Gateway to Abomination elements, which I have mentioned to him.
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Westworld...Ligotti, PKD, Cormac McCarthy...I thought it looked like it would be good, even hoped it would be good but DAMN that is a helluva trifecta.
And within the forum the comparison is seconded...this might be a time to get HBO again since the Sopranos.
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Black Mirror, due to a recent thread on TLO. I watched S1E1, S1E3 S3E1, and the Christmas Special. Not sure if I will watch more, though I am impressed. I thought the acting is often robotic (not sure if intentional or not), the lightning vomit-induced, and the plot requires plenty of suspension of disbelief.

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