XIPHOS TV ROUND-UP

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Here’s a look at some new TV shows I’ve been watching going back to last summer. These will all be short except for one that I need delve into in order to do it justice. They aren’t in any particular order just how they occur to me. Enjoy.

the-returned-poster-03The Returned (in French Les Revenants produced by Canal +): I figured I’ll bore y’all with the longest review first. From my 33 seconds of research I learned that this French show about the dead returning to life and trying to get back in the swing of things was a big deal in Europe. (Maybe Jarv can add some info on that). Here, across the pond, The Returned premiered on the Sundance Channel to big ratings for them so this “zombie” show is a semi big deal but is it any good is the real question. I am glad to say that it is in fact very well done.

This the story. Selected dead start coming back to life from different decades going back to the early 60’s. All the returnees are from a picturesque French mountain town that has a dam for hydroelectric purposes. The lake plays an important role in the story. All the stories are intertwined and each living dead and live persons story intersect in some way that is slowly revealed over the 8 episode run. Unlike LOST which utilized the same intertwined story lines and flashbacks, The Returned doesn’t beat you over the head with the connections. The returnees aren’t classic zombies, they are fully intact with all memories except for the one in which they died. To them its still the same day they kicked the bucket until they learn otherwise. The returnees have no memory of an afterlife.

Until the last two episodes the story was more creepy than scary. This is when a supernatural element was introduced to the story and it worked well. The Returned also featured the most unsettling and flat out disturbing kid on screen since Jake Lloyd in the prequel debacle. The character of Victor makes your skin crawl and he is the only returnee that seems to know what he is from the start and has some sort of powers. Great performance here by the kid who plays Victor.

The show is well written, well acted and shot very nicely. There is no gore or zombies eating faces. It’s more about how death affects the living and what would happen if the dead came back to life. If you don’t speak French it’s subtitled. I did notice in a few places the translator was way too literal and actually got wrong what the characters were trying to convey. Please remember translators, convey the ideas not the word for word literal meaning and you will get closer to what the writers really meant.

I highly recommend this series. You can’t go wrong with it since it also features a copious amount of female nudity. It does get dinged for the one scene of male dudity though. That is just plain uncalled for.

top-of-the-lakePoster400Top of the Lake (BBC2 in conjunction with UKTV and The Sundance Network): The damn nerds got me again. I listen to those tasteless humps about how great this New Zealand show was and got burned by it awfulness. The only good thing I can say about it is that it’s only 7 episodes. TotL stars Peggy that bug eyed chick from Mad Men (looking less bug eyed here for some reason) sporting a very bad Kiwi accent. She is a detective from Sydney, Australia specializing in crimes against children. She goes home to NZ to nurse her dying mother and is asked by the local PD to take on a case because that makes so-o-o-o-o-o  much sense. Of course that’s probably the most sensible thing about this garbage. The case involves the pregnant 12 year old daughter of the local crime lord. The kid gets in the wind before a proper investigation/examination can happen about why she is knocked up so the other 6 episodes are filled with the worst police work put on film since Police Squad. Along the way we meet a semi cult led by Holly Hunter who sports a terrible wig, spouts nonsense and her character was struck by lightning twice. Bug Eyes has a gang rape back story and the mystery of who her real father is (hint it’s the crime lord and she is banging her half brother), some nudity by broads who should keep their clothes on, bad acting and rampant stupidity. Avoid this shit pile like your ass was on fire and your hair is catching. If anybody tries to tell you this insultingly awful drivel is any good smack them across the chops for being hateful liars.

Fullscreen-capture-5302013-11712-PMGraceland (USA Network): The late summer show isn’t very good and its dumb but its mildly entertaining and this chick, Serinda Swan, is either wearing a bikini or a short dress and FMP so it’s sort of OK. The show is a dopey cop procedural set in a RICO confiscated beach house in Malibu. The hook is that the inhabitants of the house are from the FBI, the DEA and ICE. The whole concept of the show is dumb but hey, Serinda Swan looks tasty in a bikini. Hey look here! It’s a picture of her in a bikini top! and the closet case is looking at her rack and thinking “if only…”

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At the house, an FBI rookie just out of training at Quantico is thrown into the mix. His deal is to investigate legendary UC agent Paul Briggs, the undisputed leader of the house. The kid has to determine if Briggs is dirty or not. The show never met a cliché it couldn’t make more cliché. The acting is mediocre, the direction bland and the writing dumber than a box of hammers. However if you’re bored it passes the time mostly due to Serinda Swan’s boobs.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine poster-- exclusive EW.com imageBrooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox): This is the new comedy from the guys behind The Office and Parks & Recreations. The show is set in a fictional precinct in NY and is about the goofiest bunch of detectives since Barney Miller. The best detective of the bunch is Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) a gifted detective but incredibly immature. The new Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) is a hard ass and a great detective but this is the first command he’s gotten because he’s gay. The fun of the show is watching Samberg’s mostly losing antics go up against Holt’s hard ass personae. Braugher and Samberg have great chemistry and who knew that Braugher had comedy chops? The cast is rounded out by comedy vets like Terry Crews and Joe Lo Trujilo and some no names. The only problem I have with B99 is what I had with the Office and P&R in that the first season so far is rocky and a bit patchy in places. It’s not bad it’s just not great right now. I mildly recommend it as a time filler if you are so inclined.

Defiance-tvDefiance (SyFy): This turned out to be a fairly entertaining show from the SyFy network. It started out rough and I only stuck with it because it was a summer show but it finished strong and on the continuum of Syfy entertainment starting at the bottom with Sharknado and the top with BSG, it’s definitely closer to BSG then Sharknado and for SyFy that is a win with an extra helping of tiger blood included in one low price.

Defiance has all the hallmarks of a SyFy show. Cheap sets, no name actors, bad CGI, filmed in Canada so it looks like every other Skiffy show. However they managed to find an interesting story of aliens crash landing on Earth and then accidentally terraforming it and changed it in radical ways. The result is a mishmash of alien races, new flora, fauna and radically altered versions of both. Everybody alien and human are living in Old West frontier like conditions but with some advanced technology. The story which takes place in 2046 centers around a Former Marine and somewhat shady guy, Nolan, who ends up being Defiance’s new law man and his self adopted alien daughter Irisa who might or might be her race’s Jesus. I found the show to be interesting after the third episode and it finished strong and was entertaining so I say give it a go. Good job for once Skiffy.

91nHaOx5QJL._SL1500_Broadchurch (ITV): Before I begin I have a question. Is there something in the Magna Carta or English Common Law or maybe a royal edict that proclaims that David Tennant has to be cast in every show broadcast on UK telly?

This is a crime show set in the fictional town of Broadchurch on the Jurassic coast (it’s really Dorset, the creator of the show lived near there for a decade and wanted to do a show about the area.) A young boy is found murdered on the beach and the new detective from London (Tennant) with a past scandal on his resume and the local chick sergeant who got passed over for the position (Olivia Colman) in favor of Dr. Who, are on the case. These two are bad detectives. Dr Who is carrying around a lot of baggage from his past and The Chick D is way too entwined in the town, she’s lived there her whole life, and her son was friends with the murdered kid. The story is about how death affects tight knit communities where everybody knows everybody and they all have secrets that come out during the investigation.

Broadchurch is a decent show but man are the two cops dumb. Broadchurch gets a mild recommendation from me.

Xiphos

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90 responses to “XIPHOS TV ROUND-UP”

  1. Judge Droid says :

    Nice one, Xi. The only one of these I’ve seen is B99, and I agree that it’s been rocky. I like Samberg in general, and there’s some decent funny parts here and there, but it hasn’t really found its feet yet. For one, I think the characters are all too goofy, and therefore I don’t really give a damn about any of them. Why The Office and P&R were successful is because they were at least grounded in some sort of recognisable reality. Plus P&R has Ron and The Office had Dwight. This show doesn’t have any reality to it. It is, as you say, an easy, mildly amusing time filler.

    My mum watched that Top of the Lake thing, because it was “acclaimed” and made by Campion. She thought it was garbage too.

    Might check out The Returned sometime.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Brooklyn 99 comedy is just way to broad at the moment, if they sort of settle down and pick a direction they want to go with might help. Samberg is engaging and Braugher is surprisingly funny as the “straight” man to Samberg.

      I can’t begin to describe how bad Top of the Lake is. It is truly terrible and makes no sense.For example the bad guy who supposedly grew up in NZ for no explainable reason has a Scottish accent and a thick highland one at that. I know its because the actor is Scottish but it makes you oh WTF. I really do not understand the ball licking this show got.

      The Returned is very very good.So good in fact English, American, and I think I read, Australian TV are all doing versions of it.

    • Barfy says :

      Yes yes Droid. If/when you get the chance, The Returned is well worth watching. Each episode dwells on a Returnee with a sub plot that ties little bits of the community’s story, and how they fit in with it, together.

  2. Continentalop.lee@gmail.com says :

    I’ve been meaning to check out The Returned. I’ve heard nothing but good things and this just seals the deal.

    I can’t watch Defiance because that is the show that caused them to not bring back Alphas.

    Have you see True Detective yet, Xi? So far pretty good.

    • Continentalop says :

      Crap. Screwed up my name again.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Yes I am caught up on True D its very good. I just hope this interview format is a red herring and neither Wooderson or Tallahassee are the killers. Also are you getting the vibe that Wooderson banged Tallahassee old lady? Woody’s side piece has some killer juggs and a great ass.

      • Judge Droid says :

        True Detective is great so far.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Yep Droid so far TD has been quite good I agree.

      • Continentalop says :

        Same here. Pulling a USUAL SUSPECTS move would suck.

        I’m wondering if Woody Boyd’s mistress is the girl that got murdered in the modern era. If that’s the case I could see one of them as a modern killer. But personally I want it to be a true police investigation without any gimmicky twist. It’s just that the two cops investigating are fucked up.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        If she got murdered I hope they can age her up 17 years if not she would odd if she still looked like she was in her 20’s instead of her 40’s.

      • Continentalop says :

        Btw you should read Nic Pizzalotta’s novel Galveston, if you haven’t. Pretty good, if dark and bleak, southern crime story.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I’ve never heard of the book or author Conti but I will look it up and read it on your recommendation.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Was it Defiance(which is entertaining BTW) or Helix or maybe both that killed Alphas? Helix isn’t that good BTW. Definitely below Defiance on the scale of good to bad Skiffy shows.

  3. Continentalop says :

    I’m currently watching BBC’s Red Riding. I’ll be honest, I am overall disappointed. I was expecting better. The first two movies feel like a poor man’s Zodiac and LA Confidential.

  4. ThereWolf says :

    Good stuff, Xi.

    The Returned sounds decent. I’ll have a look see if Lovefilm have got it…

    Hmmm. They haven’t. But there’s a movie from 2004 – ‘French zombie drama’. Connected?

  5. tombando says :

    Naw only caught the promo for one of these==and I will watch mostly anything w/ Braugher in it, so that’s promising I suppose. I tried watching that one where the lights all go off and about shot the screen it was so bad.

  6. tombando says :

    Enjoyed the Walking Dead marathon, but man how many times could the Gov attack that there prison (and fail) again? Hmmmmm. I liked the Michonne back w/ her two pets on leashes routine though that was fun.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Yeah the mid season premiere of TWD was alright. My biggest complaint is that they need, need, need, need, need to teach Michonne how hold and use a Katana correctly. Every time she used hers, like she’s chopping wood, it makes my teeth hurt.

  7. Echo the Bunnyman says :

    Always enjoy your tv round-ups XI.

    Are you still watching Supernatural, btw? What do you think of the season? I’m about two episodes behind at this point.

    I’ve seen all of these except Graceland and pretty much agree.

    The Returned is the best of them. It’s a good show, and actually an improvement over the eerie but vague ‘They Came Back’ which was more like a premise in search of a movie. I’m curious to see what the American version, Resurrection looks like. I saw it’s got Kurtwood Smith (from original RoboCop) in it.

    Broadchurch is good too, although I take your point about the “stupid cops”. Their oblivousness or incompetence seem to flow just to suit the plot, but it’s a pretty solid show with good acting. It does a better job with some of the same themes that Top of the Lake pretended to be about.

    Speaking of that, Top of the Lake was total pretentious garbage; sticking with it was a chore, but the wife and I were mildly interested, but it was basically like running up a hill so someone can kick you in the junk.

    I like Defiance too, although it did take a pretty long time to get going. I’m also slogging through Helix, which feels like it should have been like a four ep miniseries instead of this dragging thing they’ve got going. I’m not ready to give up on it yet.

    I tune into Brooklyn 9-9 from time to time, mostly for Braugher and Crews. It’s amusing, but flops all over the place.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Than you sir.

      Yes Jonah I’m still watching SN but like you I am 2 eps behind. I’m liking this season a lot with all the Angel and demon stuff.

      Top of the Lake was trash

      • Echo the Bunnyman says :

        Supernatural has been mostly pretty good. I really didn’t need more brotherly discord–the show’s strongest seasons, minus 5, kept alot of that suff to a minimum. I’m enjoying the story arc though, and generally this has been the best post-Kripke season thus far.

      • Judge Droid says :

        I’m up to date, and unfortunately the season has fallen away from the strong start ever since *SPOILERISH* a certain character was offed. At this stage, after 9 seasons, I’m getting a bit tired of the show lazily regurgitating the “brothers at odds” storyline in place of something a bit more original. Basically, it’s a show that’s gone on almost twice as long as originally expected, so repetition can be expected. But it seems locked in a very narrow tunnel of creativity. I almost think it could do with a season like the first one. Nearly all monster of the week guff. It might bring a bit more creativity, and some much needed levity, to the show. In other words, instead of the show thinking that it always needs to one up itself, instead of taking it up a notch, it could use a season where it settles things back down. Just have Sam and Dean doing their hunting, which would also pave the way for the introduction of a few new recurring characters, since now that Charlie and Garth’s characters have probably concluded there’s no one left except Cas.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        So in other words they should take it down a notch?

      • Echo the Bunnyman says :

        An addendum, last night I caught up on the two eps I missed, and they factor into my critique above. Particularly the “kill-happy’ Dean angle.

        Although, I suppose if the writers get too much flack about that regressive behavior they can always blame it on ***SPOILER*** “the Mark”

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Personally I like kill happy Dean.

      • Echo the Bunnyman says :

        I agree with all that Droid.

        I think writing wise and in basic episode to episode storytelling, this is mostly the strongest season since Kripke left–although six had some real gems if you could ignore the cockblocker of a story arc in that one.

        The brothers have been pulling this crap for every single season since four, and it’s tiresome. I believe they have waited too long to go back to the season one structure. That should have been season 6. They had defeated a really big Big Bad, and the show could have altered course and started examining the particulars of monster behavior instead of the grand, cosmic forces angle.

        And at first, it did, we realized monsters had a place they went to when they died, that they cared about their offspring, that they had more humanity than the brothers gave them credit for. We were learning more about the system of Hunters, and the best ep that season was ‘Weekend at Bobby’s’ (maybe one of the five best eps of the whole show period).

        Eventually though, they went back to the brothers at odds, betrayed the Mitch Pileggi grandpa character, iced he and Rufus (mistake) and then followed the Castiel betrayal plot.

        Every season since has done similar things, always sacrificing everything else for some “brotherly drama”. I love Ackles and Padalecki, and I never thought I’d say this, but I’m getting a bit tired of the Winchesters. These days they flip-flop emotionally for whatever purpose the plot desires.

        Dean wants to kill every monster he sees, without reserve, and seemingly forgets that less than a year ago, his best friend outside Sam was a vampire.

        Sam is such a giant mangy mess as a character. I think the writers have realized that outside the first sections of season 1, they have never written Sam as a stable or whole individual without some fantastical crutch or ailment eating at him, and have decided to keep it that way. Maybe they don’t even know how to now.That guy hasn’t had a break since, well never, seeing as how his girlfriend was immolated episode 1.

        I wonder about Garth and Charlie. There’s a Supernatural spinoff set around Chicago coming up, that’s supposed to be about an enclave of humans and monsters. Most are against it, but I’ll give it a chance and hope they port over some classic characters. Given Charlie and Garth’s trajectories, I agree that mostly puts them out of the brother’s story, but not necessarily out of a plot like that one. If that show makes it past pilot, and gets a run I hope they use it to revisit characters like the Jewish guy and his Golem, the Ghost-facers, maybe even Benny the vamp.

        My biggest beef in recent seasons has been the way in which characters are dispatched, with very little respect for their characters or arcs. The one you mentioned halfway through the season, Droid, is a great example. In fact, Im left wondering what really happened–if anything–to blank character’s family member that was presumably murdered (although Crowley denied this). Will they return at some point?

        Does the show care? Once the season 6 writing team decided to let the “family oriented” brothers completely ignore the plight of Adam, trapped with Michael in the box, I think a good bit of the consistency and tightness in the show dissipated and never really came back.

        That being said, like Moose and Squirrel, I’m in it until the end, barring something horribly goofy that I just can’t stomach.

      • Judge Droid says :

        I actually thought that ep with Charlie where she ends up in OZ (of all places!) was the spin-off. That was back when I only knew they were spinning it off. I didn’t know it was set in Chicago.

        Anyway, I agree with you on this. And like you, I’m in it to the end. I made it through season 6 and 7. I can’t see how it can get worse than those seasons.

  8. Echo the Bunnyman says :

    Robocop remake was ok. Not as bas as I was expecting. I actually liked Kinnaman’s take on Robocop. It’s no patch on the original, but it’s a mildly entertaining movie. Strangely, the human personality vs. robotic programming is stronger than the action, which is chopped up most of the time. You wouldn’t automatically guess this was the work of the Elite Force guy, but honestly, I didn’t find it to be the trainwreck I was suspecting.

    It isn’t satirical like the original, and its biggest sin is that there are no interesting or colorful villains. Robocop had about three of them.

  9. Judge Droid says :

    Xi or Jonah (the two most likely suspects), have either of you been watching I, Robot: The Series (aka Almost Human)? I’ve gradually warmed to it, and it’s one of the very few new shows I have stuck with.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Yes I have started watching that recently, it’s not that bad.

    • Echo the Bunnyman says :

      Almost Human, I’m really rooting for. So far, it’s trajectory is reminding me of Fringe. Very recognizable, almost cliché beginning and then moving into some new-ish territory and discovering its own identity.

      I hope this show gets a chance to unveil where its heading, because I really like the interaction of the leads.

      Another show where the leads really carry the show is Sleepy Hollow. I watched the first episode, marveled at the ludicrous stupidity of it, but then realized I had also quite enjoyed it, tuned in for more and am now hooked.

      Have you watched much of it Droid? It’s currently one of the shows I’m enjoying most–although its on hiatus until the fall now–and part of that is because of how out-and-out ridiculous it is, albeit with actual character development.

      John Noble joined the cast about four or five episodes in and he’s had an interesting arc on the show.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Sleepy Hollow is enjoyable as hell but it all rest on Crane’s shoulders he’s the only one that registers as well anything. i guess what’s her face sister isn’t too bad.

      • Echo the Bunnyman says :

        I like Abbie personally, I agree she doesn’t carry the story as much, but she feels like a good foil for Crane, and I think they have a good chemistry together–platonic albeit–that reminds me, in a sense, of early Mulder and Scully. Not the same dynamic, but the same camaraderie.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        True I agree and that is an apt comparison between the two.

      • Echo the Bunnyman says :

        Truthfully, I’m mostly pleased with the cast, my only really big complaint being that Clancy Brown got shafted again and dispatched WAAAAAAY to early. I like the guy and really want to see one of these shows take a chance on him as a regular character. I think he’s capable of pulling a Terry O’Quinn and having a minor career resurgence as a result.

        The one who surprised me–not because his performance is great, but because it’s different and actually becoming intrinsic to the show’s success–is Orlando Jones as Irving. The minute I saw the character, the cutesy in-joke name, and the fact they had cast the black Jeff Goldblum, I was expecting that character to do nothing but bring the show down.

        That really hasn’t been the case and I’m really starting to dig the interactions he’s having with Abbie’s sister. They are doing a nice job of showing an evolving trajectory with all the characters.

        I just want more ****SPOILER*** zombie George Washington.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Yes, it’s very Fringe-like. Especially the last episode where they just dropped two important bombs that weren’t mentioned before that will open up the world a bit. “The Wall” and there was a leading, ominous mention of his Dad. It’s not bad so far. And for some reason (I think it’s the womans voiceover) the opening credits remind me of Quantum Leap. I keep expecting her to say “Trapped in the past, Doctor Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, putting things right that once went wrong and hoping each time, that his next leap… will be the leap home.”

      • Echo the Bunnyman says :

        Also, incorporating John Larroquette into the show=genius.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        offsetting that though was incorporating Gina Car-whatever-the-her -name-is MMA chick who can’t act in it. That was a pure fanboi wanking mistake that stinks of Orci shit headiness.

      • Echo the Bunnyman says :

        Even as a robot she didn’t convince you?

        She didn’t bother me either way, but then I didn’t fully hate that movie she made a few years back either.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        never saw her movie. The problem I had was she can’t act, her fight scenes weren’t good and she’s odd looking..

      • Echo the Bunnyman says :

        Yea, her oddness might have been more appropriate for an android movie in the 90’s or early 00’s when it was typical for the robots to look odd and inhuman. Hence Austrian robots and Summer Glau as a Terminator.

        In the reality of Almost Human a more unsuspecting killer robot would have worked, but I guess they were explaining that way by pointing out she was a an old and thought retired model.

      • Judge Droid says :

        She was also made for an evil purpose, so I don’t think the personality chip fake soul thing would be set up properly.

      • Echo the Bunnyman says :

        very true. Maybe next episode we’ll get an ep where we learn Christopher Lloyd is the scientist that makes the “evil robot personality chips”. He did show up as a washed-up rocker in Fringe, so anything is possible.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Wait I seem to remember a few times she showed some personality or am I misremembering?

      • Echo the Bunnyman says :

        speaking of robots, where’s your Robocop review?

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        How was Robocop BTW?

      • Echo the Bunnyman says :

        I thought it was OK, Xi, but it’s one of those really relaxed expectations things for me.

        I went expecting a hack job, and found a decently acted, well paced, passable action movie that didn’t bore me or piss me off, but didn’t make all that much of an impression outside of Kinnaman’s Robocop, although it’s a better statement to say Kinnaman is playing Alex Murphy not Robocop, whereas Weller was doing the opposite really.

        I liked Michael Keaton rejuvenating his 80’s energy, but he was miscast. I kept thinking of Bruce Wayne, particularly when he decides that he wants to see the Robocop suit “in black.”

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Sounds about how I figured it would go with zero expectations and it might be decentish

      • Echo the Bunnyman says :

        I’d almost equate it to Evil Dead remake. Not a patch on the original, or even trying to be in the same arena, but on it’s own, it’s watchable and enjoyable to a point.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I rather enjoyed the evil dead remake.

      • Echo the Bunnyman says :

        Yea, me too. When it was over I saw all the flaws and it didn’t really hold a strong place in my memory. It certainly paled in comparison to the original Evil Dead trilogy, but yea, it was fun.

        I see this one as the same thing.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Yep I agree i thought the same thing

      • Judge Droid says :

        Will post it on the weekend.

      • Judge Droid says :

        The shit part of that episode for me was when she changed to the robot in the leather corset. That seemed like gratuitous fanboy wankery.

      • Judge Droid says :

        I didn’t realise that was her. I don’t think I’ve never seen her in anything before.

      • Judge Droid says :

        As for Sleepy Hollow, I watched the pilot way back in October and laughed my ass off. I’ve been collecting the episodes since, and will watch them all in one go once the season finishes.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Sleepy Hollow is already finished it only had a 13 episode run.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Oh is it? Well, I’ve got them. I’ll check them out. Was it successful at all? Are they renewing it for another season?

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        yeah it was successful and its renewed already.

      • Echo the Bunnyman says :

        the season is finished. It’s only thirteen eps and will return in the fall. The upside is its a good solid 13 and I loved the rather insane cliffhanger it left on.

  10. Judge Droid says :

    No one will appreciate this except Jarv, and he’s AWOL so this is mainly for my amusement, but this is a slice of hilarity from the Guardian cricket OBO…

    Left arm pastry chef spinner Petersen continues and after conceding a single to Warner (and what the hell is he thinking sacrificing the strike when he can tuck into this dross?), Doolan cuts late for four and then picks up a single of his own, which turns into three from an overthrow. South Africa are officially a rabble at the moment.

  11. ThereWolf says :

    “I love listing to Cricket play by play it’s totally bizarre like stroke speech.”

    Fuck me that’s funny. I’ve just had 5 minutes of tear-strewn mirth over that, cheers…

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Glad you got a chuckle out of it Wolf. Seriously I know they’re speaking the Queen’s English but for the life of me I can’t figure out WTF they’re saying.

  12. ThereWolf says :

    Xi, weren’t you going to do a review of Hobbit 2: Die Hobbiter?

    What happened to that?

  13. Toadkillerdog says :

    Hola folks.
    Just playing ketchup.
    Xi, I rarely get a chance to watch episodic teevee anymore, but i enjoy reading your reviews on what is out there.
    The only thing i have been following – via netflix, is the American version of House of cards.
    It is good, and i try not to unfairly compare it to its superior British progenitor, but there are some laughable lapses that can not be ignored at times.
    It is soap. and i enjoy it for the most part. My wife loves it though and since she complains about how little we have in common via the teevee, it is one of the few things we will watch together

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