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Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: [TV, etc.] What are you watching?!
« Last post by Fiero on Jul 15, 2020, 10:50:30 AM »
Also watching Agents of SHIELD again. It's still fine but nothing special. Quake's seeming refusal to use her powers in situation's where there's no one who would really see her and using them wouldn't negatively affect her team and would probably deal with the "bad guys" easily has gotten really annoying over the length of the show. But I still enjoy Coulson.
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Constantine...'s been such a great addition to the show that I never want to see him leave now. I think he's just weird enough that he can't quite carry his own show and just interesting enough that he really improves this one. And I can't deny I like the look of him as well.
I really liked the NBC show. I wish they'd carried it over to CW as I think it would have done far better there. I'm glad they're more or less carrying it over through Legends.

That reminds me, if you haven't seen Doom Patrol, it's a similar ensemble of weird characters (all powered, though), including a recurring role for a  Constantine stand-in that's different enough from Constantine to feel a bit unique but also feels like it lampoons the character a bit. Very fun. And Alan Tudyk as villain Mr Nobody is incredible.
I enjoyed the first season. I figured I'd wait until everything's "aired" for season 2 before picking it back up.
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Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: [TV, etc.] What are you watching?!
« Last post by Fiero on Jul 07, 2020, 10:09:22 AM »
Oh, I also forgot about the Harley Quinn series, which I've watched as it was airing. Fantastic little comedy show that came as a real surprise to me from DC. Feels almost like a spin-off of Batman TAS but twisted and warped in ways that make for a lot of fun. It takes a lot of risks and brings characters to the forefront that just absolutely make no sense being there. This show makes Kite-Man likeable, and I even felt sympathy for his story.  Fucking KITE-MAN. It also brought back Condiment King from TAS, lots of references to that show as well as to other Batman(+other DC) properties.

One complaint is that Harley's accent is inconsistent, which I can't entirely tell is on purpose (the Jersey dialect did seem to come back more when dealing with her own family, and in some other tense situations for her), or if it was just inconsistent VA work (Kaley Cuoco, who's also an EP through her company, Yes, Norman) or if it was inconsistent directing.

But overall, the show has been a lot of fun. There's been interesting takes on all the characters, mostly villains. But even the hero side is there and parodied  well, particularly Batgirl, Gordon, Alfred, and Bruce/Batman, and even a bit of fun with Damian Wayne as Robin. The show parodies a lot but most of it doesn't feel like it sits outside of how the characters have been portrayed in other media (Commissioner Gordon might be the exception, he's really exaggerated, but it's fun).

I really do think that Harley and Ivy really are best together, without Joker, even if they're just friends or if they're romantic. Seriously, fuck Joker.
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Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: [TV, etc.] What are you watching?!
« Last post by Fiero on Jul 07, 2020, 09:58:35 AM »
I can't believe I haven't started watching the last season of Legends. Despite my enjoyment of it, it's like all the other CW shows; I like them, but I don't love them anymore. I have tried to get into Stargirl (phrasing), but I just can't bring myself to care enough about it to stay on top of it (again, phrasing).

Forgot about Legends. Last season of Legends was pretty fun and had some good and important character moments. One complaint I have about the last few seasons is that the superpowered side of the show doesn't seem to be doing quite as much stuff as in earlier seasons. In some ways, it's a strength of the show that they don't always rely on the supers to do crazy stuff to fix all their problems, but sometimes you really do want to see it. Not to say it isn't there at all. Constantine in particular probably uses his abilities most commonly, and he's been such a great addition to the show that I never want to see him leave now. I think he's just weird enough that he can't quite carry his own show and just interesting enough that he really improves this one. And I can't deny I like the look of him as well.

That reminds me, if you haven't seen Doom Patrol, it's a similar ensemble of weird characters (all powered, though), including a recurring role for a  Constantine stand-in that's different enough from Constantine to feel a bit unique but also feels like it lampoons the character a bit. Very fun. And Alan Tudyk as villain Mr Nobody is incredible.
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Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: [TV, etc.] What are you watching?!
« Last post by Fiero on Jul 07, 2020, 09:32:56 AM »
I can't believe I haven't started watching the last season of Legends. Despite my enjoyment of it, it's like all the other CW shows; I like them, but I don't love them anymore. I have tried to get into Stargirl (phrasing), but I just can't bring myself to care enough about it to stay on top of it (again, phrasing).

To my shock, an hour after I posted that comment, i saw it was announced that Stargirl was picked up for a season 2 and will move to CW.
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I can't believe I haven't started watching the last season of Legends. Despite my enjoyment of it, it's like all the other CW shows; I like them, but I don't love them anymore. I have tried to get into Stargirl (phrasing), but I just can't bring myself to care enough about it to stay on top of it (again, phrasing).
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Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: What Vidya Games R UZ Play'N?
« Last post by Fiero on Jul 06, 2020, 01:34:03 PM »
I keep thinking about going back to Animal Crossing, especially now with the added swimming stuff, the art, they keep adding stuff. But I paid off my loans and kind of lost interest at that point, and the fact that the wife and I had to share an island is so fucking obnoxious (only one island per console, regardless of the number of players using the console).

Got an Xbox One, played through some FPSes, had fun, but now I'm pretty much just playing Cities Skylines. I don't like any of the other city-builders currently available on the platform. It's making me want to work on a gaming PC to try some others but I'm not sure when I'll have the money for something decent in that domain. Oh well, I'll keep doing Cities Skylines until I bore of it, I guess.

Still anxiously waiting for Hollow Knight: Silksong. I saw Xbox One is putting up some demos for a week later this month and I'm hoping it will be in the lineup but I'm also not going to hold my breath. It has been at game shows in the past year already as a playable demo, but that's a very different environment to playing demos at home.
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Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: What are you reading?
« Last post by Fiero on Jul 06, 2020, 01:29:36 PM »
Reading China Mievelle's The Iron Council (third in the Bas-Lag "trilogy," in quotes because they're only loosely connected). It's been mostly fun. It hard a very strange section in the middle of the book where it broke away from a chapter structure and had probably the contents of 5-6 chapters as almost a stream of consciousness from one character's perspective, which the author did not do in the previous two books at all. That part was kind of difficult to get through, but the rest of the book has been quite good and what the character in the middle went through was still important to the story. I've enjoyed some of Mievelle's other work but I'm still unsure of recommending him in a general fashion. If you like weird semi-gonzo only-vaguely-steampunkish fantasy, it works.
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Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: What are you reading?
« Last post by Fiero on Jul 06, 2020, 01:25:25 PM »
Whatever it is, apparently the Amazon LOTR series will cover the Second Age going by the maps they showed on Twitter. I'm not very thrilled about this, since it's a fairly spaced out time frame without a lot of focused narrative...that means a bunch of ad-lib without the constraint of a known and proven story. Would it suck if it just did it's own thing in the fantasy setting? Not necessarily, but how much of the setting would there be to appeal to fans of the Silmarillion who are likely jonesing for an actual adaptation of First Age stuff?


I don't think they are going to cover the entirety of the Second Age, for the reasons you mentioned. My guess at the most reasonable choice is a bit before the War of the Last Alliance. Gives room to establish characters before going into giant battle seasons.




I'm kind of hopeful that it'll be the lead-up to
Whatever they do I hope they recreate the Fingolfin vs Mordoth fight. That's my top one, book narration included. Ive had a painting of it as my computer background for years now and I even had a poster of another one :3

It's going to be mostly second age, based on what little promo we've seen since then. They might do something similar to the films, where we saw the end of the Siege of Barud-dûr as part of a recap of former events. Even if that's all we get, would be cool to see that, and the death of Glaurung, the fall of Gondolin, the Battle of Sudden Flame and more, even if it's from a big view and not down in the details of it. More likely in such a preview we'll get some of the War of Wrath as that was the last big event of the First Age, followed by Beleriand sinking into the sea and Númenor being established, likely some of the events that take place in Númenor before whenever the show's setting starts (rather than all of the biggest battles of the War of Beleriand).
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Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: [TV, etc.] What are you watching?!
« Last post by Fiero on Jul 06, 2020, 01:15:06 PM »
Watching Doom Patrol season 2, I'm still loving the fuck out of this show.

Watching Stargirl on DC Universe. It's been fun enough so far. I think the show might find proper legs before the end of the season but I wouldn't be shocked to see this be a one-season affair.

Watched some old Looney Tunes cartoons and forgot how fun that kind of mostly mindless humor can be sometimes. In particular watched Baseball Bugs and Hair-Raising Hare which were both a great laugh, and some random episodes from that same season which were fun enough but I wouldn't revisit by choice.

Wife and I can't decide when we're going to catch up on Westworld, if at all. Been hearing the most recent season is fairly sub-par.
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