The view from the couch: The catch up begins.
Christ, it’s been a while since I’ve reviewed anything, due to Halloween remake 2 breaking my brain, and not in a good way, but having spent the last three months with a baby in the house, we’ve not really watched anything in the way of films. What we have watched, however, is a whole shitload of TV. So, brace yourself for a stampede of mini-reviews, for stuff that you’ve all probably seen already.
As is usual with this, I’ll be honest about how long I stuck to each series before throwing poo at it.
Also, I’m so far behind, I’m splitting this mammoth post into sections. This is part one.
Contains spoilers, and lots of them, below
First up out of the blocks: Arrow
Not a bad series to get started with. Now, I know nothing at all about the funnybooks, and have a mild loathing of John Barrowman, so on one hand I really should hate this. But, on the other hand, it’s basically Batman with a bow and arrow, so I can easily get on board with that shit.
I’m kind of torn really, because so far, it’s not been hugely whelming. Don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t been garbage, and I’m kind of enjoying him tootling around Star City fighting crime and whatnot. I am not, however, enjoying the “romantic” love triangle between his ex and his douchebag mate, and nor am I digging, particularly, his mother being the bad guy. Let alone the Daddy issues motivating him. You know, writer types, there are other character motivations than daddy issues.
Nevertheless, the origin story is being cleverly handled via flashbacks that inform without boring the arse off me and given that the thought of sitting through ANOTHER fucking origin story in one hit is enough to make me drown puppies, this is quite a good idea. It’s intriguing without being suffocating.
So, all in all, I’m giving Arrow a pass, and am definitely going to be finishing series one and maybe even catching up with series 2. Unless I forget.
Have a couple of changs, with potential to be upgraded when I catch up with it.
Unlike the next series coming: Community
Unfunny, annoying shit. It’s only that it’s free on Lovefilm, and I can’t be arsed thinking when feeding our son at 2 in the morning that I’ve seen as much as I have.
This is the easiest plot summary I’ve ever written: A group of “misfits” at a shitty low rent community college get into shenanigans that strive manfully for comic gold but inevitably end up with comic failure.
You know what? I want to call a moratorium on “kooky” characters behaving exactly like humans don’t do in the name of contrived comedy. In this case, I’m almost convinced that at least 3/4 of the characters are meant to be suffering from some kind of mild Autism rather than just one- Abed. More to the point, I actively want to pound fat, unfunny, assclown Chevy Chase into wallpaper paste. He was shit in the 80’s, shit in the 90’s, shit in the 00’s and he’s an intensely irritating, obnoxious, cretinous waste of screen time again now. Just fuck off and die, you type 2 diabetes corpse in waiting.
Needless to say, I won’t be watching any more of this bullshit and it can fuck itself. I find it mystifying that there’s 5 seasons of this crap, as I’m half way through the first series and have seen precisely one semi-decent joke.
And I can’t even remember what that was.
Nevertheless, because whatshername that plays Britta is hot, and there was one semi-decent joke, have half a chang. But still fuck off.
While I’m on a roll with duff comedy: Anger Management
Keeping Charlie “Full of Win” Sheen in Tiger Juice since 2 and a half men went tits up, Anger Management is loosely based on the mildly amusing Adam Sandler/ Jack Nicholson vehicle. And by “Mildly Amusing”, I mean tolerable. And by “tolerable”, I mean not “50 first dates”. You get the drift.
This, actually, is more interesting for what has obviously happened behind the scenes than the actual comedy itself. Which, let’s face it, isn’t very funny. When the series starts, it’s a relatively simple idea about a shrink who seems to be Charlie Sheen from 2 and a half men and his kooky (that word again) therapy group and his ex-wife (whatshername from Saw), OCD suffering daughter (although they really don’t do anything with that idea), and relationship with his fuckbuddy who he may or may not be in love with (Selma Blair).
However, what we have actually got here is a gigantic ego gradually taking over the reins and running berserk. By the end of Series 3, or whatever one it was, Sheen’s ego was a giant Frankenstein’s monster terrorising the village of television, causing untold devastation in its wake, and you can almost smell the TV executives gathering a mob and looking for somewhere to rent pitchforks from.
As a TV series? This is shit. As a bizarre car crash (I’m waiting for Sheen to overdose on coke live on air. I swear it’s coming), it’s grimly compelling. Fascinating, even.
Nevertheless, not recommended, really. If you want to see the progress pick 3 episodes, one from each series and marvel that the production company is letting a man so clearly out of control take control. It’s really, really incredible.
Have half a chang. And I’m feeling generous with that.
That’s the easy ones out of the way. I’ll be back later in the week with the more challenging series including, in no particular order, Penny Dreadful, American Horror Story, Vikings Season 2, that Piracy nonsense that I’ve temporarily forgotten the name of and much much more.
Until next time,