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This isn’t funny

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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.

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September 17, 2019 at EDT am

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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.

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August 5, 2019 at EDT am

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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 EDT 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!!!

https://dilbert.com/strip/1995-02-03

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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.

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July 15, 2019 at EDT pm

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Game of Thrones: final episode!

Winner is…

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May 19, 2019 at EDT pm

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Game of Thrones finale predictions

Final episode of the series on Sunday. UPDATED!

I predict …

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May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

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The important lesson to be learned from Game of Thrones

Just because you’re a hot babe, and you’re immune to fire and have magical super-powerful dragons that obey your command, that doesn’t mean you are intelligent or wise or good at anything not having to do with fire resistance or dragons or being a hot babe.

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May 13, 2019 at EDT am

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Game of Thrones, penultimate episode!

OK, here’s my review:

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May 12, 2019 at EDT pm

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Jon Snow not qualified to be King of Westeros?

Spoilers

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May 6, 2019 at EDT pm

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Game of Thrones, S08E06

Spoilers ahead

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May 6, 2019 at EDT am

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