thread: 2011-06-01 : TV Roundup
On 2011-06-01, Brand Robins wrote:
I. Other Shows
Borigas is profoundly, deeply, okay. It’s a typical Showtime Blood and Tits show but it is so very pretty! Plus its the first time I’ve ever seen a Cesare that I can halfway respect as anything like an historical personage, and their Lucrezia ends the season as the princess that all historical shows try to have their princess be and then fail.
Have you seen Tudors? Its also trashy historical romance, but it manages to take an interesting look at the role of the patriarchy both in building modern society and in destroying the lives of persons as it does so.
The anime Mushi-Shi is quite fun. Its not demanding most of the time, nor is it surprising or profound, but it tells a good contained story of human characters making human decisions in a magical world in every single episode.
Mo loved Chase, a show about a US Marshal tracking down fugitives. It was a very action adventure type of show and in the first six episodes or so you could totally see where they took a movie, filed the serial numbers off, and then inserted their own characters. But for all that it was a show with a female lead who acted, for most of the series, exactly like a male lead of such a show would act. She was the reckless violent hothead of the group, and the guys had to surround her as support staff who existed to support her power plays. Its funny how rare it is to actually see that.
Oh, its also been canceled. There won’t be a second season.
II. Shows you talked about
I cannot understand the words you speak about Spartacus being better than Chicago Code. You are broken as a human being.
On A Game of Thrones, I agree with what you say. However, what’s interesting to me is how the TV show is less canned in its emotion than the books were. When you read the books all you really get to see is honorable good Ed Stark who is honorable and good and stupid evil bitch Cerci Lannister who is evil and stupid and a bitch who is evil and stupid. In the TV show, however, there is more complexity to the interactions. (Not a huge amount, but hell…) Watching the show you actually get to see Ed’s bumbling ineptitude and Cerci’s iron willed strength.
Now if they wouldn’t make every single sexual relationship deeply creepy and unsexy they’d totally be better than the books.