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Florent

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In Topic: moving Wicktures that you are watching: John Wick 3 Edition

29 November 2019 - 09:16 AM

Anybobby watching the new Watchmen series? I'm all caught up now and just.. whoa.

 

I'm a purist in that I like Alan Moore's writing a lot and respect that they are complete works. If there were more story to tell in Watchmen, it would have been longer. Writing lengthy sequel and prequel stories ad infinitum for money is like, the opposite of what we should take away from reading Alan Moore. He's stuffy (to put it mildly) about people adapting his comic books, because he wrote comic books! He didn't write a movie script or a TV show, Alan Moore wrote Watchmen because he had something to say, and he knew that the best way to say it was via comic book. The original Watchmen is a brutal story dealing with truly adult themes, beyond typical graphic sex and violence. The original series is Alan Moore's response to the Cold War paranoia of his time, and should be respected as its own work of art.

 

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But then they gave the movie to Zack Snyder, who did his best, and now all bets are off. We're a cinematic universe now, baby. There's a canon, a timeline, an official wiki. We've exited Fine-Art--And-Literature 500 and entered Modern-Pop-Series 105. Let's dive into the accumulated filth that's foaming up about our waists, shall we?

 

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HBO gave Watchmen to David Lindelof. Yeah.

 

But it's actually good. What? Yeah, it's actually good. Actually good. As in, this is Watchmen. This isn't Watchmen with Nite Owl II, Silk Spectre, and Dr. Manhattan though, oh no. That was 1985. This is 2019 and nobody gives a crap about the Russians, or Rorschach any more. Watchmen isn't about the Cold War. Watchmen is about 

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The characters in this show are just as broken, hurt, traumatized, and scary as their counterparts in the original Watchmen comic. There's really no one to fully root-for, as everyone seems like they're unstable and unwell. If I had to sum up Watchmen in one word, it would be trauma. It's not a fun show, it's a heart-jerker and suspense thriller. There are action scenes where people beat each other to death with their bare hands (you know, superhero stuff) but it's certainly more of a detective show than Zack Snyder's action movie. I would compare the first 6 episodes of Watchmen to the first season of True Detective, which is very high praise. Highly recommend the show, even to purists. 

 

Looking Glass, the character pictured above, is one of my favorite characters in all of television right now. This show really just throws you around in his story for a while and by the time you leave, you see things from his point of view and everything is different. His origin was the best episode of any series I've seen in a long time.


In Topic: Game of Thrones: Chaos Is A Ramp

20 May 2019 - 07:15 AM

Hey remember when they set up all this mysterious magic? A fully undeniably powerful fire god? Unstable decade long seasons? A full neural network of trees (or something)?, an ice kingdom for White Walkers north of the wall? The show doesn't remember. The North doesn't remember.

 

The more I think about the show, the more I feel like it was a ponzi scheme this whole time. 

 

Noun: Ponzi scheme;
A form of fraud in which belief in the success of a nonexistent enterprise is fostered by the payment of quick returns to the first investors from money invested by later investors.
"a classic Ponzi scheme built on treachery and lies"
 
-Google
 
They lure us in with the promise of intricacy and depth, then slowly dissolve every plot thread until there is no possible dramatic conclusion to any of the characters' storylines. This episode felt more like an epilogue to a long running show, but we never really got an ending. The Song of Ice and Fire (shamelessly shoved in at the last minute for no reason) wasn't finished. It doesn't even feel like there has been a story in the past few seasons. What was this about? What was the theme? What were they even trying to say? It felt like they shot a bunch of scenes with characters unrelated to each other and only ever loosely connected and just sort of stitched them together.
 
The thing is too, if this season was a standalone HBO miniseries it would be pretty good. If you ignore the decade of groundwork laid down by previous seasons and books, this season was probably pretty watchable. The problem is that it doesn't exist in a vacuum. This isn't a standalone miniseries, it's a grand finale. A big, dumb, ending where nothing makes sense and everything is disappointing. Was it bittersweet? Was it happy? Sad? Bad? Anything? But yeah, King Bran the literal "that guy" tier dude whose personality, character, and relevance was stripped away off screen three seasons ago, yeah, he's in charge now. Okay? How is that supposed to make me feel? Is he wise? Does he know a lot? What's his tax policy? He keeps telling us he can see everything and knows everything, but he never used his knowledge for any discernible cause, except maybe to seize power. Remember, he agreed to come to King's Landing (off screen) because he knew he would be elected leader (allegedly). Bran is just as self-centered and blasé as anyone else, and doesn't deserve anything. He did nothing. Literally has had no connection to the rest of the plot until the very last second where he claims it was all part of a plan (or something?) for him to become king. I don't understand. Maybe it's cause I'm not an enlightened wise old sage like Dave Benioff orDan Weiss, who are much smarter than me and wrote a story far too complex for our simple minds to comprehend. 
 
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Man, I thought I was over it. Really, I did. Going in there was no malice, hatred, etc. Just disappointment and a little sadness over how much I used to care about these characters. Once I saw Arya walking around WITHOUT THAT HORSE WE SPENT LIKE 25 MINUTES WITH last episode, I lost it. I got actually angry. When I realized I put more time and effort into caring about this story than the showrunners, I felt a little betrayed. By myself surely, because they got me. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, you can't fool me again. It's funny. We all thought they cut the fools out from the story, but in the end we were the fools. For even paying attention. 
 
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In Topic: Game of Thrones: Chaos Is A Ramp

19 May 2019 - 08:55 PM

My one regret is that I wasted so many hours of my life thinking about this garbage.

 

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In Topic: Game of Thrones: Chaos Is A Ramp

15 May 2019 - 09:57 PM

I hope the best for David and Dan's Star Wars trilogy, but also hope that ASOIAF gets adapted someday eep


In Topic: Game of Thrones: Chaos Is A Ramp

13 May 2019 - 10:11 AM

A lot of the Targaryen stuff just solidified and I liked it.

 

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