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Is it OK to watch mainstream entertainment?

Commenter Hermes doesn’t think so:

Yeah, I haven’t watched Star Trek: Picard yet, but given Lion’s appreciation of other contemporary TV shows, I wouldn’t trust his opinion on this. Every TV show these days, unless its creators make an explicit attempt for it to be otherwise, is dark, brooding, nihilistic, morally ambiguous, intentionally eschewing any sense of absolute right and wrong, and lacking any true “good guys.” Not to mention portraying white men as losers, and NAMs and women as winners. I wouldn’t expect Star Trek: Picard to be any different. Lion is like those people Lawrence Auster used to criticize, people who consider themselves “conservatives” but are so immersed in the decadent surround culture that they don’t realize it.

Unless your only want to consume entertainment from before the 1970s or something like that, I don’t see how you can avoid it.

For the record, the other things that I have been watching lately are:

Terrace House:

This is a Japanese reality show where they put 3 “boys” and 3 girls, between the ages of 18 and 29, into a nice house, and film their lives. As time goes by, some participants leave and are replaced by new participants. It’s a lot different than American reality shows. There’s a lot less of the bad kind of drama. No loud arguments or fights. And it’s far more traditional and PG rated. No gays or lesbians. If there’s any sex happening, they keep it very hidden or very implicit. Apparently in Japan, even holding hands isn’t considered acceptable until they’ve gone on a few dates and then declared their love for each other.

Every so often, they cut to a panel of celebrities and comedians who discuss the action. This weirdness took some getting used to, but now I can see the superiority of it. Too bad I don’t understand any of the Japanese except for a few commonly used words like itadakimasu (note that normally the “u” at the end isn’t pronounced), etc. I’m probably missing out on a lot of the nuances by reading the subtitles.

For Japan, it’s pretty multicultural. Four of the participants from the first series (Boys and Girls in the City) are half-Japanese, and in the second series (Aloha State) most of the participants are half Japanese, and there’s even one girl who is zero percent Japanese. She’s half white and half Chinese, and she’s also the most beautiful girl to appear on the show up to that point. The message from the show seems to be that the half-Japanese people are cooler, less passive aggressive, better looking, more fun, more emotionally stable compared to full Japanese participants.

Critical Role:

This is a web series where “nerdy-ass” voice actors play Dungeons and Dragons, with Matt Mercer as the dungeon master. I enjoy the show, but I am vaguely aware that off the set, I am sure the cast are extreme left-wing types. One member of the cast, Taliesin Jaffe, tries to give of a bisexual vibe. Matt Mercer’s fantasy world has women in the army and basically serving in all functions that men do, totally unlike real medieval times. There’s also lesbian marriage. My take on all of that is that, given that Dungeons and Dragons takes place in a totally fake world anyway, might as well make it a fake world that makes everyone playing the game happy, right?

If you’re going to watch this, watch the second campaign. The early episodes of the first campaign have horrible audio quality and other technical deficiencies. The second campaign has professional quality production values from the start.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 23, 2020 at 3:42 PM

Posted in Television

Samurai Gourmet (Japanese TV series on Netflix)

Takeshi Kasumi, a beta-male provider, retires at 60, and now he has time to wander around and eat delicious meals by himself at restaurants, more often hole-in-the-wall spots than fancy places. He also likes to drink beer.

Each episode, Kasumi faces a dilemma or problem, usually involving him being too timid to do the right thing, or being embarrassed at making a social faux pas at a restaurant. And then he has a daydream about what an alpha-male samurai warrior would do in such a situation. Sometimes, the daydream gives him the courage to change his behavior, and sometimes it doesn’t.

Kasumi lives with his wife, who is not his passionate lover or even his best friend, but they have a perfectly pleasant relationship. Sometimes she cooks for him, sometimes he runs errands for her. She’s usually busy doing her own thing so he has to eat at restaurants by himself.

The second episode is racist against Chinese. Kasumi goes to a Chinese restaurant because he doesn’t want to wait in line at a popular ramen spot, but the Chinese restaurant is empty for a reason. The food is horrible and the proprietress is horrible. I won’t give away the story by telling you what the samurai does in this situation, or whether Kasumi does as the samurai does.

In the tenth episode, a yakitori chef is racist against a white tourist couple who wander into the restaurant. Kasumi is angered by the yakitori chef’s bad attitude.

Excellent series, highly recommended. Each episode is only 20 minutes, so it won’t take too long to binge all 12 episodes.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 2, 2020 at 11:03 AM

NBC to ruin the memory of St. Elmo’s Fire?

The original movie was about seven heterosexual white people.

How much do you want to bet that the NBC TV series will have minorities and homosexuals added to the mix?

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It’s actually quite a shame they would have to ruin this adaptation with SJW dreck. Because one of the problems with the movie is that they sort of squeeze what could be a 12-episode soap opera into a 1-hour and 50-minute movie. This made the movie hard to follow, and required at least a second viewing to fully appreciate everything that was going on.

So expanding the original story could potentially be quite interesting. But instead we are going to get a revised story updated to be politically correct with racial and sexual orientation diversity.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 25, 2019 at 2:29 PM

Posted in Television

Why are conservatives so bad at media?

A comment by Sgt. Joe Friday:

I agree Lion [about the power of propaganda]. I think the leftist media is the single most malevolent influence in society today*. Without the unrelenting barrage of propaganda – which includes almost all entertainment nowadays – what would peoples’ attitudes be on issues like immigration, same-sex marriage, single payer health care, climate change, and so on? Very different I’d imagine.

That same propaganda encourages people to believe that they will not have to live with the consequences of their political choices. It seems to be an especially acute problem with female voters, women generally being more afraid of exclusion and ostracization than men. Better to have the “right” attitude (and vote accordingly) on an issue like immigration than be called a bad person by some celebutard like Alyssa Milano, even if that means ruining your local public school district in the process.

* To be fair, the media is only slightly worse than the others. A case could made for the permanent DC bureaucracy a/k/a “deep state,” the public school teachers’ unions, the DNC, the RNC, big tech, the leftist foundations, and so on.

The leftist media includes not just the NY Times and the Washington Post, which the average American doesn’t read, but ALL media. The liberal control over all entertainment is a much more powerful propaganda weapon than the liberal control over the NY Times.

Why is it that conservatives appear to be incapable of producing anything entertaining that people (whether they be proles or higher-social-class people) would want to watch?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 4, 2019 at 11:54 AM

Posted in Television

Nancy Drew for 2019

The series begins with Nancy slutting it up with a black ex-con. Who I am sure we will eventually find out was innocent of what he was convicted of.

Plus there’s an Asian girl with lots of tattoos.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

October 10, 2019 at 8:59 PM

Posted in Television

Captain Kirk’s potbelly

Dave Marinaccio, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Watching Star Trek, writes:

James T. Kirk is the model ship’s captain. He’s always in fighting shape. He has to be to handle the 2.5 fights per episode. Yet, there it is right in front of us. And right in front of him. A potbelly. Not your five nights a week at Dunkin’ Donuts New York City Police Department potbelly. But a very comfortable, let’s not push back from the table just yet potbelly.

O.K., on Kirk it looks good. Of course on Kirk everything looks good. From the pointy sideburns to the uniform to the pointy-toed boots. But the potbelly is special. NO question about it, it belongs there. Apparently, in the twenty-third century people will be at ease with their bodies.

I get a little bit of a gay vibe from that (not that there’s anything wrong with being gay), but according to his Wikipedia entry, “In the book, he explains how he is able to date hot young women by using the lesson he learned from Captain Kirk,” and that sounds pretty hetero to me.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 26, 2019 at 10:35 AM

This isn’t funny

I totally don’t get this Slate article insisting that new comedy is funnier than old comedy. And the author disses The Muppet Show, which I think is funnier than just about anything I’ve seen recently.

The only modern TV series cited by the author as being great comedy, that I have watched, is Russian Doll. I found that series amusing and enjoyable, but certainly not hilariously funny. Not like the later seasons of Sanford & Son when Redd Foxx was in a comedic groove (but the first season isn’t as funny). And Redd Foxx wasn’t even Jewish. Seinfeld was the last funny TV series. (Or at least, the last funny TV series that I’ve watched.) Everything post-Seinfeld is merely amusing.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 17, 2019 at 11:47 AM

Posted in Television

Does Another Life suck?

I agree with this review of the Netflix series Another Life. The reviewer says that he watched the first four episodes and then quit because he couldn’t take any more. I feel that way after watching even less of the series.

Katee Sackhoff was tomboyishly cute when she was in her twenties, but now she just looks ugly, although her body has become more cut than when she played Starbuck on the Battlestar Galactica remake. Not to be confused with Dirk Benedict who played the real Starbuck who was a man. And in case you take me to task for focusing on Sackhoff’s MILF body, that seems like it was the whole point of the series. In just about every scene, there’s an excuse for her to be wearing practically nothing. It’s even worse than the gratuitous scenes in the original Star Trek series in which William Shatner took off his shirt.

The premise of the series is that a future Earth sends its only spaceship capable of interstellar travel on a mission to discover the source of a UFO. But the supposedly best and brightest sent on this mission are all a bunch of morons who can’t get along with each other and wind up getting into a lot of fistfights and worse. And the guy on earth investigating the UFO thing, who coincidentally is married to Katee Sackhoff the leader of the mission (and only person on the mission over the age of 30), also comes off as a bozo who has no idea what he’s doing, except it involved playing Beethoven music to the UFO thing.

There’s also a lot of political correctness like a transgender (or something) crew member.

Yeah, I can’t take any more of this crap.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 5, 2019 at 10:19 AM

Posted in Television

The Society (Netflix series)

I watched this because a commenter mentioned it. I love these science-fiction type stories with teenagers, even though this is one is pretty bad: low budget, bad acting, story doesn’t make sense, everyone is stupid, extreme political correctness. But damn it, I just wanted to find out what happens next, and I watched it all the way to the end and enjoyed it despite those flaws.

The few other reviews that I’ve read say that it’s like a cross between Riverdale and Lord of the Flies But that’s wrong. It’s more like a cross between HBO’s Euphoria (but less X-rated and fewer blacks and no transgender people, although still way more R-rated than a series aimed at teenagers has any right to be, the world has gone crazy) and the Robert Heinlein novel Tunnel in the Sky.

But let’s go back and discuss that extreme political correctness. If you want to know if a character is good or bad, heterosexual white males are bad, and everyone else is either good or merely misguided. Every heterosexual white male that’s even a semi-main character becomes a bad guy before the end of the first season.

They threw at us every token they can think of, but watered down the tokens to be more attractive to a white audience. The black is a half black and male and the Asian is half white and female. Because Hollywood believes that black girls are ugly and Asian males are sexless nerds. Hey, it’s not me saying that, it’s Hollywood. I genuinely appreciated that Riverdale had a male Asian who got to play the hunk for a change.

There’s also a Muslim girl, and we know she’s Muslim because she wears a hijab. Otherwise, she never says anything Islamic the entire series. And it’s kind of absurd that a hijab-wearing Muslim family would be living in a small town that doesn’t have a mosque. The hijab-wearing types only live with where there are other Muslims around.

Most of the actors and actresses are ridiculously old to be playing high school students. I know that this is something I always complain about, and even though it’s expected, a lot of the cast are in their mid-twenties and don’t look especially young for their age.

They never explain why the electricity and the cell phones continue to work for the entire series. Small towns like that don’t have their own power plants. Especially not affluent towns. No one wants to live right next to a power plant if they can afford to live somewhere else. In reality, 43% of Connecticut’s electricity comes from a single nuclear power plant. I guess you just have to suspend disbelief. And other stuff that works for no apparent reason: water, sewers, natural gas. None of the characters in the series seem the least bit interested in figuring this stuff out, they are too busy having sex and getting drunk.

One thing I found quite endearing was that the show features a Christian girl (the half-Asian) and her Christianity is presented as a positive thing. This is the first time I’ve seen people stranded in a sci-fi manner like this un-ironically going to church. Yet it seems logical to me that in such a situation, many people would seek solace in their religion.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 21, 2019 at 9:19 PM

Posted in Television

Euphoria S01E01

It has its Crying Game moment when you can see a bulge beneath Jule’s panties that shouldn’t be there if Jules were a real girl. Gross!!!

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I may point out that people are all pissed off at Epstein for having sex with underaged girls, but in the first episode of Euphoria we have a middle-aged man graphically having anal sex with a 17-year-old tranny, and this is all presented as just a normal day in the life of Gen Z.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 15, 2019 at 10:47 PM

Posted in Television

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