TV corner

A week or so ago, Mrs. Hatboy and I finally quit Arrow. The third and fourth seasons were abysmal, badly-written and all over the place with enemies, motivation and angst. The fifth season, or the eight episodes we watched, was no improvement, adding the Russian Bratva to Oliver’s Raymond-Reddingtonesque haunted past where it seems like he did everything all over the globe.

Fuck it. We stuck with it for as long as we did because the Netflix blurb mentioned an alien invasion. Turns out that one was a Flash / Supergirl crossover, but Netflix is dragging its feet with those shows so I don’t have the patience for it. And then the very next episode takes up exactly where the old plot left off, with absolutely nobody caring about the alien invasion and Supergirl. Fuck you, DC. Just fuck you. Let Disney buy you at a discount.

So yeah, goodbye Arrow. Now we’re watching the second season of Jessica Jones, which is alright. I find myself wishing they did more detective stuff (the music and the soliloquies are great), and less tortured punch-power woman. But yeah, it’s alright.

Next up after that is Netflix’s Happy!, recommended to me in the strongest possible terms by Lucas “Mister C” Thorn. So I’ll try that.

We’re also watching Lost in Space with the kids. It’s a worthy reboot (though this is coming from the guy who didn’t hate the 90s reboot with Gary Oldman and Joey from Friends). And with the bit-by-bit backstory-fill and revelations, it really is kinda like Lost. Lost in space, if you will.

And with a little luck, we’ll be launching into Westworld season 2 tonight with Mr. BRKN.

Whatcha watching?


– Posted from my Huawei mobile phone while on the bus.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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8 Responses to TV corner

  1. brknwntr says:

    I gave up on TV being worthwhile somewhere around GoT Season 5

  2. stchucky says:

    Oh, and I forgot The Good Place, which was almost as well-written as The Santa Clarita Diet and has an even more interesting premise. I just got to the end of the first season and gaaaaah why no more yet.

    My only complaint was that they overused literally as a point of dialogue humour. They used it entirely correctly, but 2-3 times per episode (or so it felt) was a bit too often. It got clangy.

  3. ohilya says:

    Sorry to hear you didn’t like it.

    Season 4 is generally the one that more than a few people try to ignore due to, well, all of it. I didn’t mind it, but I may have a higher threshold for bad media.

    Season 5 does pick up, as I mentioned elsewhere. What’s nice about it is how it manages to, over the course of the season, address a lot of themes of the issue of legacies. And also, Mister Terrific. He and Wild Dog are such a delight. Especially once the new (meta) Canary joins the team.

    The season ends on a very high note.

    I have scruples with the character of Prometheus, as he seems like a totally bonkers and full-blown fuckweasel nut job of the highest order, which puts a lot of what he does into a very suspect category of “the fuck is the point of any of this?” But the actor playing him puts a lot of effort into what he does, which I think is noteworthy.

  4. You get some serious TV under your belt, man. I can’t even begin to match. We just saw “Big Little Lies” which I recommend, but more than the show I just recommend the book. They did fine with the show, but the changes were tawdry. The actors are great though. It’s a powerful tale, only 6 episodes.

    Fuck you, DC. Agreed.

    Of all you mentioned, only Jessica Jones is something else I’ve watched. I can’t get my wife to be interested in season 2, surprisingly (to me at least). So, it’s a no-go for now. She’s more interested in watching tv than I am. I gots my gaming.

    We’ve been watching Poldark, which is PBS, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Barely above soap opera pap, but the wife likes it. LOL. Better to watch that one about the maids and manservants, can’t recall the name right now.

    Did you ever watch Vicious, with Gandalf and that actor who played the psychopath Frey bastard (and many other big names)? It was hilarious!

    • Shit, I meant the Bolton bastard. Man, names are evading me this morning.

    • stchucky says:

      Mrs. Hatboy has been watching Poldark, but I think she liked Downton Abbey better, if that’s the one you mean.

      • That’s the one! Yes, somewhat comparable, and Downton was definitely better.

      • So, how far is Mrs. Hatboy in Poldark? If the answer is, “done with season 2”, then I would really really really really really think it’d be hilarious if you’d ask her the following question:

        ***** SPOILER ALERT ***********

        really really really

        **** SPOILER ALERT *************

        Ask her this:

        Did that line, “I had to bang the love of my life one more time, dear wife, to figure out my imperfect love for you was far better than my love for her, so I think our marriage can still work! Are you in?” work for Mrs. Hatboy?

        I have my guesses. LOL

        Yes, that is a totally fair paraphrase of what he said to his wife, by the way. Ask her and I think she’d agree.

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