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the cycle of video

Just lately, between finding shows that we want to watch and having new seasons become available for streaming, C and I have had an exceptional number of video options. Currently we're experimenting with trying to set up a regular one show each weeknight (taking weekends off). Our current roster is as follows:

The Expanse: Fairly hard science fiction with political intrigue and astronautic combat in a future solar system without interstellar travel. Complex characterization and a lot of dramatic moments.

Legion: Derived from Marvel Comics' X-men, but it's more a show about people with superhuman powers than a superhero show. The first season was a bit surreal; the second season is more so.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: A young Jewish woman at the end of the 1950s discovers a genius for standup comedy, in a style akin to Lenny Bruce, and sets out to make a career of it. Actually as much drama as comedy, though her comedy bits are funny when they're meant to be funny and painful when they're meant to be painful. Suffers a bit from anachronism; the dialogue uses phrases that only came into use decades later.

The Orville: We were cautious about this, as its presiding genius is the man who made the loathsome The Family Guy, but it's turned out to be significantly better than that; its characters deal with Star Trek-like situations in a way that takes them seriously despite the humor.

And speaking of which, Star Trek: The actual original series, in the original broadcast order (except that neither of us wanted to watch "Charlie X"). It's fascinating seeing the classic tropes emerge one by one, the unevenness of the writing—but also seeing how often Starfleet had people of African or Asian descent in important roles; Roddenberry really was ahead of his time.


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Feb. 28th, 2019 03:55 am (UTC)
I'm all caught up on The Expanse. I really like the special effects. I have problems with their physics, and watch despite the characters and the plot. Amos is my favorite character.

I watch Legion with my brother, because it is something we do together. I found the 2nd Season more comprehensible than the 1st.

I recently set up Prime Video on our Fire TV, and have been putting on episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for my mother. Three episodes in, I think, and I have not yet left the room.

The Orville is another show which I watch with my brother. I used to like Family Guy, but was unsure that McFarlane could pull off an hour show. I am beginning to think that The Orville is the most interspecies ship in the Union, and that it is an experiment in cross species interactions. Their missions keep getting interrupted by the biology of one of their crew.

I used to watch Star Trek: ToS reruns on a daily basis. Now I can't sit through an episode. Although I have not tried in a few years.
Feb. 28th, 2019 05:47 am (UTC)
The remastered Star Trek special effects are a good upgrade without clashing too much with the rest of the episodes. I went through most of them recently as I introduced my kids to them. The drop in quality season to season is shocking, but many of them are still really good. I hadn't realized how much "Charlie X" was a rebuttal to "Stranger In a Strange Land."

I watched first season of the Expanse and will probably watch the rest someday. Orville is also on my list.
Mar. 1st, 2019 02:46 am (UTC)
By now I may not be able to remember each episode of ST:ToS scene for scene, so I might be able to rewatch some.
Mar. 2nd, 2019 02:31 pm (UTC)
I certainly no longer remember the episodes scene by scene. But also, I didn't see them in original broadcast order back when they were first released, because I missed a significant number of them; and of course in the intervening years I mostly saw them in syndication. So seeing the show's tropes and setting build up episode by episode is interesting.

The first season episode "Miri" was disturbing to watch, with its scenes of Kirk flirting with a girl who was just reaching puberty—even if she was several centuries older than he was.
Mar. 3rd, 2019 11:32 pm (UTC)
I too saw them in syndication, so I don't think I have ever seen them all in broadcast order. I think it may take some time before I am ready to watch them with that level of detail.
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