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BTripz posted this 28 September 2017

Originally posted by Dubai_Phil

The music nods towards TOS but during the actual show maybe misses the drama of TOS or TNG.

 The opening credits reminded more of Fringe than TOS

BTripz posted this 28 September 2017

vs

 

Meh, maybe not

pap posted this 30 September 2017

Caught the latest episode of The Orville yesterday.

I've said before that it's a love letter to TNG fans.   It's also capitalising on memories that viewers will have of older Trek shows.  We're only four episodes in.   More than once, I've had a massive sense of familiarity with many of the beats of a few episodes.   You think you know what's going to happen.  Expectations set to low.

This was the most Trek like episode so far.   The crew encounter a huge ship drifting in space, roughly the size of New York City.  On boarding, they discover a contained eco-system, complete with artificial skies and people, who don't know they're on a ship and live under a dictatorial theocracy.   That sense of familiarity kicked in big style on laying eyes on the interior.   The locations and people looked as if they were plucked straight from a TNG script, using TNG production values.   The Orville generally looks fantastic, the characters much more contemporary.  This was a conscious choice, made to subvert expectations.

What The Orville does very well is land the ending of each show.   No spoilers, but as things unfold, those low expectations set when you thought it was just a TNG with dick and fart jokes get blown away, as per.   I'm amazed I still fall for it.

I enjoyed Discovery so much that I wondered if crewing up with The Orville might seem underwhelming.  Not a bit of it.  They are both their own shows, and we're lucky to have them both.

Cobham Saint posted this 01 October 2017

OK..saw 1st two episodes of t'new Star Trek.

Love that it's narrative rather than episode based.

Seriously not sure about the Klingons though...

Fucking A otherwise....

 

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pap posted this 01 October 2017

pap posted this 01 October 2017

Originally posted by Cobham Saint

OK..saw 1st two episodes of t'new Star Trek.

Love that it's narrative rather than episode based.

Seriously not sure about the Klingons though...

Fucking A otherwise....

 I'm intrigued to what we'll see in the third episode, which has been described by the writers as a show reset.   We're going to see the Discovery.   Will it keep the Expanse style momentum, I wonder?

pap posted this 13 December 2017

Just enjoyed the first season of The Punisher on Netflix.   This incarnation of the character originally appeared in the second season of Daredevil, proving popular enough to warrant his own show.   Though I'm sure they had this show in the back of their minds then, this one wasn't one of the four plinths of the Defenders, the eight part crossover we got this summer.

That I found it a little underwhelming to begin with is perhaps unsurprising.   The Punisher's appearances in the other shows have been more explosive on a minutes spent on screen basis.  Building a wider world, the show has to develop its own mythos around the Punisher, along with a cast of supporting characters.

It does that pretty well.   Frank Castle quickly buddies up with a computer hacker that has faked his own death.   Between them, the pair attempt to take out a shadow private military corporation, headed up by a former squad mate of The Punisher, Billy Russo, another character the show spends a lot of time on.

Slow burning in many respects, but extremely satisfying by series' end.