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Mike Dwyer

Mike Dwyer is a former writer and contributor at Ordinary Times.

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  1. Avatar Patrick Cahalan says:

    You’re going to watch Revolution?

    Good, then I don’t have to. I’ll DVR the first few episodes. Write a review after the third one and let me know if the first three hours were interesting or painful.

    I’m so hoping for interesting but all signs point to painful.Report

    • Avatar Mike Dwyer in reply to Patrick Cahalan says:

      Patrick – I suspect painful but I am a sucker for dystopian dramas. For me it will all probably come down to two things:

      1) Is the science behind the premise at least marginally believable

      2) Do they over-emphasize the role of militias in the new world i.e. The Postman. That is way too predictable.Report

  2. Avatar greginak says:

    Dr. Who….thats all.Report

  3. Avatar Kolohe says:

    Revolution: “Is the science behind the premise at least marginally believable?”
    How does an EMP (or whatever) that knocks out microelectronics (which is fine) and macroelectronics (which I’m willing to accept) also eliminate steam power and gunpowder?

    Last resort is going to be unwatchable for me because I used to be in that business

    Elementary looks like a complete ripoff of BBC’s recent modern Sherlock (and BBC is taking some exception) but it also looks decent.

    I’ve only seen a snipet of the Vegas trailer, but I like everything Chiklis has ever been in.Report

    • Avatar Mike Dwyer in reply to Kolohe says:

      Kolohe,

      They have guns in the trailer for Revolution though they are muzzleloaders. I am going to assume they will say that the machinery to keep making modern bullets no longer exists.

      I’m also wondering how the trigger event for the series doesn’t just mean, “Damn, now we have to rebuild the internet.” My guess is that it is an ongoing event where any new technology simply shuts right down upon activation.Report

      • Avatar Kolohe in reply to Mike Dwyer says:

        Ok, I hadn’t seen a gun so far in any trailers, just a lot of swords and crossbows. In any case it presses a bit beyond the edges of my disbelief that a society where it seems superior firepower is as important as it is, the post-apocaplytic warlords aren’t pressing more resources into 19th century technology – but handcrafting vice mass producing it. (or rather, those that have retained the knowledge of rifling and metalurgy and waterwheels or looked it up in a book haven’t risen to be master of all they survey. )

        (Or maybe they have and that’s the plot)Report

  4. Avatar Dan Miller says:

    You should watch the League. It’s pretty funny. First two seasons are on Netflix, so give it a shot.Report

  5. My favorite new shows from last year were American Horror Story and New Girl. I’m hoping to see if they can keep me entertained for another year. My standard favorites – Parks & Rec, Archer, and… I think that’s it – are always highly anticipated. And a few shows – Futurama, Louie, Project Runway – are getting near to wrapping up current seasons. When spring rolls around, I’ll get Game of Thrones and Girls back.

    I really like the decreasing tendency to structure TV around the traditional fall schedule. I like having a small handful of shows that I can watch in rotation all year.Report

  6. Avatar KatherineMW says:

    I’m skipping Revolution because, based on the previews, the science strains my suspension of belief past the breaking point. And I watch Fringe, so that’s saying something.

    Not planning to watch any of the new shows. Mostly looking forward to Once Upon a Time. It’s not deep, but it’s enjoyable, and a welcome relief from the endless crime shows that have no greater premise than “how horribly can we kill a person this week?”. It mixes darkness and idealism together very pleasantly.Report

  7. Elementary does look like a poorman’s Sherlock and the lack of Bennedict Cumberbatch guarantees I won’t be watching it.Report

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