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Old 18 October 2017, 08:10 PM
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Default What shows are you watching this fall?

What are some shows that you are watching this fall? Any new shows that like or want to watch, but haven't got a chance to yet? Any shows that you thought would be good but didn't meet your expectations?
I kind of wanted to watch Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. But haven't watched it yet. But most of the shows I am watching are the same old, same old from past years.
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Old 19 October 2017, 03:08 PM
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I'm waiting for the Grand Tour season 2. Other than that, I'm watching whatever strikes my fancy via my Roku stick.

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Old 19 October 2017, 04:57 PM
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The final season of Star Wars Rebels just started up, and it has been great so far.
I tried The Mayor, and thought the first episode was pretty good. My wife, who watches a lot more TV than I do, did not like it, so I doubt if I'll see any more. Not that I can't, but I only watch five or six hours of TV a week, and would generally rather be playing a game.
I've watched a couple of episodes of Ghosted, and it's all right. DW will continue to watch, so I'll continue to catch some of the episodes. Inhumans is bad, The Gifted is OK but didn't grab me. I'll probably watch Kevin Probably Saves the World, but haven't started yet. That's it for new stuff.
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Old 19 October 2017, 05:17 PM
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None, so far. I don't watch much TV, outside of movies and (my secret obsession) cartoon series, but none of the current crop o' toons has grabbed my attention.
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Old 19 October 2017, 05:55 PM
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Ducktales and Star Wars: Rebels.

I tried Inhumans, but after three episodes I realized that I didn't care and stopped.

Going to try Big Hero Six when it starts airing.
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Old 19 October 2017, 07:29 PM
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I'm really enjoying watching The Orville. It has some endearingly bizarre moments.

Ghosted has two good lead actors and I'm giving it a chance.

I gave up on 9JKL. I tried it because I love to watch Linda Lavin, They need to give her a show where she shines.
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Old 19 October 2017, 07:50 PM
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I've only watched the first two episodes of The Orville, but I've liked what I've seen so far. Honestly Fox's promos made me think I wasn't going to like it; they made it look like it was going to be a stupid comedy that happened to take place in a Star Trek like universe, but I gave it a chance based on what others said in the other "What new shows are you watching?" thread. It turned out to be much better than I expected.
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Old 19 October 2017, 08:37 PM
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I'm enjoying The Orville, which, as others have noted here, is much better than I'd expected. TOS feel with Next Gen looks; not bad. I find the MacFarlane humor to be hit or miss, but that's always been the case for me in all of his shows, and I'm not finding it jarring or anything. The element that bothers me in the show are all of the modern-era references. What, did all entertainment stop in 2017 and the future has nothing else to watch or listen to?

The Inhumans has been better than I'd expected, as has The Gifted. However, they are both borderline for me, and it won't take much for me to drop them from my schedule. They certainly aren't any worse than SHIELD or the DC lineup on the CW. But they aren't any better, either.
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Old 20 October 2017, 09:54 AM
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I'm watching The Orville-it's fun.

I'm also watching the second season of The Exorcist. It's excellent and they do creepy right.
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Old 24 October 2017, 06:14 AM
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I'm enjoying The Orville, which, as others have noted here, is much better than I'd expected.The element that bothers me in the show are all of the modern-era references. What, did all entertainment stop in 2017 and the future has nothing else to watch or listen to?
I'd say it's more likely they don't want to do something incredibly stupid by "creating" future entertainment that winds up being even more dated than anything they've done so far.

Remember the "space hippies" on the original "Star Trek" (episode "The Way to Eden")? The show tried (and failed horrifically) to "create" a futuristic type of hippie "pop" music. Most other examples of entertainment that appeared on the original series had quasi-classical undertones (aside from "Beyond Antares"). In the episode, "The Naked Time," the character Kevin Riley--under the influence of an alien substance--starts singing the old 1875 song, "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen."

When "The Next Generation" came along, Picard was recreating the fictitious "Dixon Hill" mysteries on the holodeck (Dixon Hill might have been "future" entertainment but it was solidly rooted in the old detective pulp stories of the 1940s) while Data went about recreating Sherlock Holmes. Riker's favorite holodeck fantasy was an old French (Marseilles, I believe) jazz club. On "Voyager," Tom Paris was a devotee of "Captain Proton" (again--possibly a "future entertainment" but fully rooted in the Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers serials of the 1930s and 1940s). On "DS9," Sisko was a fan of old baseball games (a sport which had actually gone out of style some centuries earlier but in the process of "being revived") and, of course, practically everyone loved Vic Fontaine's place (a holodeck program based on the classic Vegas casino era of the 1950s and 1960s with Fontaine being played by James Darren--the role having been considered for Frank Sinatra, Jr and later Steve Lawrence).

With "The Orville," it does seem a bit jarring at times but I've learned to "translate" most of the pop culture stuff. Some things--like the use of the Rankin/Bass classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"--don't necessarily need the "translation" but I just take a lot of it as a stand-in for a similarly popular movie/song/"tv show" that would be on in the show's time period. (Well, in the second episode, "Command Performance," there wasn't really a need to do the "translation" as who would've thought that 21st century reality TV would EVER have any use?)
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Old 24 October 2017, 08:54 AM
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Any time a science fiction show or movie tries to come up with some sort of future entertainment, it seems like it always winds up being something that appears to be intolerably boring or it's an obvious reskin of something contemporary.
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Old 24 October 2017, 11:30 AM
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Well, there are the rare moments when it's done right, like from "The City On The Edge of Forever": "'Let me help'. A hundred years or so from now, I believe, a famous novelist will write a classic using that theme. He'll recommend those three words even over 'I love you'." But yeah, it only really works as name-dropping; actually showing music or whatever just seems to end up weird and awkward. I get it; I got it even when I was a kid. But it still bothers me. It bothered me during the original movies (and their novelizations), where everyone was obsessed with Moby Dick and Alice In Wonderland, it bothered me in Next Gen with all the examples cited, because as much as it is obviously shorthand for "the characters enjoy culture" without having to REALLY break suspension of disbelief via "too much via too ridiculous!", it's too often (for me, anyways) still a break because it just seems like culture stopped developing now and the best the future can do is make riffs on it, even with the inclusion of dozens or more alien cultures into the mix.

This really should have been over in "Little Things That Annoy Me"...

Hey, 2030 is less than 13 years away! Someone better get cracking on that classic novel soon.
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Old 25 October 2017, 02:55 AM
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Eh, the bit I find the most unrealistic in Star Trek is the obsession with Moby Dick. That book is like the embodiment of the unreadable classic. You’re like, “Oh yeah, I’m going to get a book with a killer white whale and a theme about the futility of revenge,” only to get bogged down in endless passages about whaling and the uses of whale oil until you’re like, “Where’s the story with the killer whale and the futility of revenge that I was promised?!” Herman Melville may be literature’s greatest cocktease.
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Old 25 October 2017, 03:47 AM
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Eh, the bit I find the most unrealistic in Star Trek is the obsession with Moby Dick. That book is like the embodiment of the unreadable classic. You’re like, “Oh yeah, I’m going to get a book with a killer white whale and a theme about the futility of revenge,” only to get bogged down in endless passages about whaling and the uses of whale oil until you’re like, “Where’s the story with the killer whale and the futility of revenge that I was promised?!” Herman Melville may be literature’s greatest cocktease.
Although in this case the Moby Dick analogy may be flipped on its head. Captain Lorca may seem to be an obvious stand in for the obsessed, driven Captain Ahab who was prepared to risk his crew, his ship and his life to defeat his nemesis but in Star Trek Discovery he may actually be the cunning, deadly Moby Dick - a remorseless monster who comes and goes as it pleases and suddenly appears to destroy everything in its path before disappearing again.
(Orca is Latin for 'whale'.)
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Old 25 October 2017, 05:14 AM
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Actually, Orca refers to the Roman god of the dead, Orcus. Cetus is Latin for whale.
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Old 25 October 2017, 11:42 PM
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Killer whales are called orcas though...
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Old 25 October 2017, 11:53 PM
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Killer whales are called orcas though...
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Old 26 October 2017, 12:51 AM
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Yeah, its been a while.
I unfortunately missed the third episode of the new Star Trek - it didn't PVR. I missed the captain getting killed and her trial. Rather important things.
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Old 26 October 2017, 08:08 AM
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Actually, Orca refers to the Roman god of the dead, Orcus. Cetus is Latin for whale.
'Orcinus' is the Latin for 'belonging to Orcus.'

'Orca' means 'whale' or 'large cask'. It's not derived from Orcus.
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Although the origin is obscure, the sometimes-cited association with orcus (“underworld”) is folk-etymology.
The scientific name for killer whales is Orcinus orca which translates to 'whale from the underworld'.

'Cetus' was a generic term for 'large sea creature' or even 'sea monster'
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Old 26 October 2017, 08:25 AM
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Cite please.
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