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  1. Avatar Will Truman says:

    Finished Gotham half-season. I have nothing left but some sitcoms. So Big Bang or Mindy Project? Not sure. Something to bide the time until The Americans finishes.

    Listening to Grisham’s Last Juror. Thinking of Rubicon next.Report

    • Avatar Tod Kelly in reply to Will Truman says:

      Watched me some Gotham this week. I found that it grows on me the more I watch it.

      Also, obviously, watched a bunch of the NCAA tourney. It’s not been as enjoyable as usual though because I’ve had the sinus infection from hell this past week.

      I read Jon Ronson’s upcoming book on shaming, which was as amazing as I knew it would be. Finished the new and oddly Tolkein-esque Ishiguro book, as well as a book that looked at Washington’s time between the war and the presidency which hammered home how little of what we fight about in 2015 is remotely different from what we fought about in 1780.

      This week I’ll be dipping into a few of the surprisingly voluminous number of biographies written by non-famous strippers and sex workers. Plus Ill be embracing more basketball and possibly the ability to breath again.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Will Truman says:

      Gotham finally reached the “I think this might actually be good” level rather than the “I enjoy the new telling and interpretation of well-memorized tales” level with the episode in which Fish gives her version of The Matrix’s “There Is No Spoon” insight.

      (Additionally, my corner of Facebook was having the “WHAT THE HECK YEAR IS IT SUPPOSED TO BE???” conversation and I finally saw the “Bruce Wayne had a bottle of 1966 something in the basement” episode so now we know FOR SURE that it’s probably not before 1969, given my wine experience.)Report

      • Avatar Chris in reply to Jaybird says:

        We’ve watched all of Gotham. My son really enjoys it. I’m not sure what I think, except that Fish is far and away the most interesting character and story in the show.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Jaybird says:

        I used to disagree until she showed us all what happens when Lawful Evil wakes up in a room full of Chaotic Evil/Chaotic Neutral people milling about.

        That’s some stuff right there.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Jaybird says:

        Wow, 94 and Abe Vigoda still hasn’t lost it.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Jaybird says:

        Dude, he was 94 in The Godfather.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Jaybird says:

        I love the ambiguous time setting. BTAS did that, too, and it really worked for me. Gives a real sense of timelessness.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Jaybird says:

        The cars seem to be mostly 70’s. The hair seems to wander. Some of the people have 60’s, some have tomorrow. The tech seems to be 90’s with the exception of cell phones which are post-brick but pre-blackberry. The detective work seems to be post-Miranda. Organized-crime is pre-Reagan.Report

      • Avatar trumwill in reply to Jaybird says:

        The cell phones really do stick out.

        I’m mentally working on a post that asks the Ordinarians “What would you suggest if you were an advisor to the prime minister in the 1920’s and you discovered out of nowhere during WWI that there was a small-ish but technologically advanced country of former vikings hidden away in your arctic archipelago and they’re all like ‘Canadian? No, we’re Norwegian.’?” Anyway, I got a bit tripped up when trying to express “How technologically advanced?”

        Cause most of it wouldn’t seemed advanced to us, for the most part. Like 1950’s, mostly, except many vehicles that look like up to the 1970’s. But no radio or television (which would stand out to us in a culture with jeeps and tanks, but 1920’s Canada can’t stop looking at those jeeps and tanks.)

        The phones stand out like the jeeps and tanks, but the typewriters like lack of radio.

        I mostly like it because you can’t tell. Timelessness. But I also like it because it gives the writers freedom to have the technology, or lack of technology, that best suits the story.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Jaybird says:

        Cell phones do one thing and one thing only: They interrupt the scene wherever it is. Sure, you can have the phone ring if you’re in an apartment. If you want the cop to be interrupted while looking at a body at a crime scene, you’ve gotta have a cell phone.

        Personally, I would have preferred phone booths.Report

  2. Avatar Maribou says:

    Watched the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (the whole first season). It’s so dang likeable that I can’t even remember the bits I was annoyed by (although there were some). Watched an Aziz Azari stand-up, which was hilarious in parts and charming most of the rest of the time. Still rewatching HIMYM (season 6), Jay and I are still watching Cadfael.

    I read a really splendid graphic novel, the Tamaki sisters’ This One Summer, and the 11th in the Bryant & May mystery series, which was the first one in a while that didn’t have me waiting for the series to jump the shark – it’s quite a bit better than the last one – hooray for upward trajectory! Now I am reading The Underground Girls of Kabul.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Maribou says:

      I keep finding myself surprised at the quality of Cadfael.Report

    • Avatar Maribou in reply to Maribou says:

      Oh yeah, I also am still rewatching Next Gen very slowly with Dman’s wife. And also caught the iZombie pilot, which I greatly enjoyed despite how very similar to Veronica Mars a lot of it was (thinking now that was a purposeful callback rather than a portent).Report

      • Avatar Glyph in reply to Maribou says:

        @maribou – The VO in particular.

        I am a LITTLE worried that they gave us so much exposition/backstory right at the start; I usually like these things to be doled out in dribs and drabs and accumulate more slowly; my worry is that by dropping so much up front, they may have to go straight procedural/(non)monster-of-the-week for a while.

        That said, it was pretty humorous how zippily and breezily they just did all that…zombie, depression, brains, memories, traits, rage, yadda yadda…Report

  3. Avatar Glyph says:

    I’m starting to get worried on Fortitude because there are only 4 eps. left in the season and they have a LOT of loose ends.

    The iZombie pilot was a LOT of fun; despite the terrible name (I guess it’s based on a Vertigo series?) and the general played-outness of zombies, I should never have doubted Rob Thomas (who’s not the Matchbox 20 guy, but is the Veronica Mars & Party Down guy). Appears to be very much in the Buffy/V. Mars mold of “snarky girls with superpowers finding their purpose and helping people”, with maybe a touch of Pushing Daisies/Wonderfalls thrown in. I’m in.

    Speaking of zombies, I think I am finally ready to throw in the towel on Walking Dead (though I’ve said that before). It was an adequate time-filler once upon a time, but there’s just too many other excellent entertainment options available now, to spend time on something I’ll never love.

    Probably going to start Bloodline tonight. Kyle Chandler! Sissy Spacek! Linda Cardellini! Chloe Sevigny! That’s a heck of a cast.Report

  4. Avatar Michael Drew says:

    I watched A Million Ways To Die In The West (Boo, Seth MacFarlane! Boooo!!) and don’t regret the time wasted (wasn’t going to do anything much with it anyway).

    The only thing I thought was really lame (I mean, okay, A LOT of the jokes were lame, but only as lame as I was expecting) was Giovanni Ribisi playing the exact same weirdo he played in Ted, just not a teddy-bear kidnapper/sexual predator this time, but instead the chaste, faithful love interest of saloon girl Sarah Sliverman. But the same guy – same dance, same awkwardness with sex and everything.Report

    • Avatar Slade the Leveller in reply to Michael Drew says:

      I remember seeing the trailer and thinking AMWTDITW would be the 21st century Blazing Saddles. Man, was I ever wrong. What a stinker! There was exactly one funny bit in the whole movie.Report

  5. Avatar Kim says:

    It’s always sunny in Philadelphia, which has the unique gift of giving me clever and disturbing conversations that are just /barely/ topical (particularly the one about the SS uniform. Apparently they didn’t have the knives… and we’re off, down into paths dark and businesslike).Report

  6. Avatar Slade the Leveller says:

    We’re plowing our way through House of Cards season 2 at the Leveller home. It’s beginning to take on the air of latter day X-Files, what with all the conspiracy stuff going on. I finished East Bound and Down yesterday, and that show was funny right to the end.

    On the movie front, I watched Neighbors (Seth Rogen and Zac Efron), and was pleasantly surprised. The fight scene between those two had me laughing to the point of tears.

    Currently reading River of Doubt, chronicling a Teddy Roosevelt expedition up the eponymous river in South America.Report

    • I think that the final season of Eastbound was possibly the funniest, but I guess opinion is pretty sharply-divided.

      But: the wolf! Kenny’s robot baby! Water-jetpack duels! “Feexin’s”! And so much gloriously-weird Stevie!Report

  7. Avatar KatherineMW says:

    Watching The Flash and Agents of SHIELD (both okay, if you can ignore how thoroughly they’ve absobed the security-state mentality and new status quo of the last two decades) and eagerly anticipating Season 5 of Game of Thrones.

    And continuing to watch Once Upon a Time for reasons I can’t fully articulate even to myself. It’s poorly written, poorly acted, and its themes have all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, and yet I keep wanting to know what happens.

    Also, hockey! Three weeks left of the regular season, and 5 of the 7 Canadian teams (including my home team, the Canucks) have a shot at making it into the playoffs. That’s not bad.Report

    • Avatar zic in reply to KatherineMW says:

      I think part of the charm of Once Upon a Time is its total lack of security state; the un-hero hero, the un-evil evil queen, it talks of it through metaphor instead of post-9/11 security state applied to pre-9/11 American.Exceptionalism.Shows™ on the American Life channel; Hawaii 5-O, FBI, Mission Impossible, etc.Report

      • Avatar KatherineMW in reply to zic says:

        The show’s belief in redemption (and its current arc, which I’m pretty sure is going to end with a clear statement that there isn’t a clear line between “heroes” and “villains”; good people can do bad things, bad people can do good things, people can change) is definitely a big part of its appeal, in contrast with a lot of the crimefighting shows that have an attitude of sharp dichotomy between good people and criminals where anything the former do to the latter is okay.Report

  8. Avatar zic says:

    Watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Sam Wilkenson’s recommendation. I recommend it, too.Report