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  • Joanna,

    And just because I love community so much, heres one of the many great moments.

    Abed as Don Draper totally melted my panties, and it must have been hella weird for Alison Brie given that she's Pete Campbell's wife as well...

    Oh! And in other shows that I'm loving that my aunt sends to me on VHS, Huge set at a fat camp in the USA is really really awesome. It's written by Winnie Holzman who did My So-Called Life and stars a whole lot of awesomely talented kids - who never would have got work if this show didn't exist. And Gina Torres, for you Whedonites. It has the potential to be terrible, but it's actually really handled well, with the main character determined not to lose weight (her fat is her BFF), and she's a staunch feminist who puts up pictures of fatspiration to combat her roommate's terrible thinspiration collection. Although actually, it makes me feel a bit bad cos some of the girls are very attractive - and significantly younger than me. Oops.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    For about thirty seconds there that was really fucking confusing.

    Oy, and what have I learned from this -- stay off the internet after a heavy night on the PVR. :)

    I have a funny feeling Spartacus quite deliberately front-loaded the first couple of episodes with, as you say, a ludicrous amount of press-bait sex and gore before settling down to become a rather nifty sword-and-sandals soaper. Still, the show definitely ticks all the demographic boxes titillation-wise -- male, female, gay, straight there's something for everyone.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Julie Fairey,

    I found TINML very like The Cult in terms of how it looked. Which I acknowledge is pretty weird given that the former is set in a highly manicured setting (I hear they filmed a lot at Omaha?) and the latter involved a lot of bush.

    It was also incredibly derivative of The Prisoner, and that's fine by me cos I was a big fan of that show. Omaha is no Portmeirion though ;-)

    Puketapapa Mt Roskill, AK… • Since Dec 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I'm going to give TINML a couple more weeks to see if it picks up, but I wasn't impressed by last night.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    It was also incredibly derivative of The Prisoner, and that's fine by me cos I was a big fan of that show. Omaha is no Portmeirion though ;-)

    Much as I love The Prisoner (and I just picked up the DVDs for twenty bucks), that show was itself "incredibly derivative" of a thick vein of stylish paranoia in British pop culture.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Julie Fairey,

    Oh do tell where you got the DVDs Craig!

    Puketapapa Mt Roskill, AK… • Since Dec 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Kebabette,

    I'm with Geoff - Misfits is hilarious. Unexpectedly beautiful shots of the docklands. Snappy and iffy dialogue and insult trading ("I'm going to punch you in the c*nt so hard your mum will feel it"). Great characters - including superchavvy girl and bug eyed Ian Curtis-esque emo character.

    And the music is ultra good - theme song by The Rapture is a corker.

    Adore it.

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 221 posts Report Reply

  • Stuff n Things,

    Did you catch the episode where Craig Parker got to play Darken Rahl's comedic double? That was good.

    LMAO. The accents throughout have been ... curious, but I've loved the way actors haven't really taken the whole thing too seriously ... Mr Parker being an excellent case-in-point. Actually ... the main two actors might take it a bit too seriously. But hey - the guy is "that guy from the Dominos ad", so what can he expect?

    I have been a bit confused over who the audience is for Legend of the Seeker.

    On the one hand, the dialogue is full of "what have we learned from today" and the violence is generally pretty tame. On the other hand, the show is all about getting your top off, and there is this strong lesbian / dominant women thing going on that is dealt with very overly. It's hard not to raise your eyebrows and burst into laughter when one of the red-leather-clad, heavily-made-up, hair-tied-back-just-like-that-librarian-you-know evil female characters pulls out her rediculously phallic weapon and uses it to slap guys in the face.

    Wellywood • Since Apr 2007 • 50 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    Oh do tell where you got the DVDs Craig!

    Unless it was from JB, cause then you're anti-union :-)

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 900 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Oh do tell where you got the DVDs Craig!

    Whitcoulls clearance table -- and, yes, I'm very sorry about the depressed retail environment but I do avoid paying full list wherever possible.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Unless it was from JB, cause then you're anti-union :-)

    Oh, bite me. Seriously - a few weeks ago I had a rather terse (but basically civil) exchange with a young woman outside the Queen Street store that I fully respected her freedom of assembly and protest but getting out of my space would be wise. To be fair, I didn't have to say it twice.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Lemme Caution ya...

    I'm going to give TINML a couple more weeks to see if it picks up, but I wasn't impressed by last night.

    Ditto, and did they base the entire design colour
    palette on pastels from Charles Mesure's eyes?
    I'm heading back to Alphaville...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

  • Julie Fairey,

    Thank ye kindly Craig, shall keep my eyes out.

    Puketapapa Mt Roskill, AK… • Since Dec 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Julie Fairey,

    Apparently TINML rated very well. Although interesting to note they lost around a quarter of the audience in the second half...

    Puketapapa Mt Roskill, AK… • Since Dec 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia,

    It's not my genre but I enjoyed TINML. Perhaps admired it rather than enjoyed it deeply. Liked the set design/art direction/costume. The cars!

    And although I am a sweet, mild mannered person, I have been known to shout at automated voices.

    So yeah. It's a good'un.

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 559 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Although interesting to note they lost around a quarter of the audience in the second half...

    that'd be the Twins doco on 3 maybe...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    Apparently TINML rated very well. Although interesting to note they lost around a quarter of the audience in the second half...

    I watched Survivors instead, on the grounds that I stand a shot of getting it in the US whereas I'd have to illegally aquire TINML to keep up with it and that would be Wrong.

    (No, actually, it's because I cannot resist a good apocalypse, even if it's bizarrely tidy.)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Apparently TINML rated very well. Although interesting to note they lost around a quarter of the audience in the second half...

    I wonder if an hour is about where most people's attention spans just give out where continuing dramas are concerned. They've been burning off V over on Two, and it's not exactly the most satisfying viewing experience.

    (No, actually, it's because I cannot resist a good apocalypse, even if it's bizarrely tidy.)

    I thought that too -- it reminds me of a wonderful Canadian movie called Last Night, starring David Cronenberg as a gas company manager who spends the last day of the human race finishing off a phone list.

    After all, it's only polite to call your clients, thank them for their loyal custom and assure everyone that all efforts are being made to ensure service will continue until the end... Apparently, come the apocalypse in Canada even the orgiastic riots are going to be polite.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Misfits is hilarious.

    ..and the sequence when the tall prat asked the chav girl whether her loss of hair extended to all parts of her body!

    I really like the first ep of TINML, especially the sly comments on recycling, carbon credits and community spirit. Beautifully designed too-minimalism has never looked so horrifying!

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2537 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    (No, actually, it's because I cannot resist a good apocalypse, even if it's bizarrely tidy.)

    You must watch Knowing then. Fast forward to the last 2 minutes, the scenes of total world destruction are visually appealing. The story is ridiculous, don't bother with it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10633 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Apparently TINML rated very well. Although interesting to note they lost around a quarter of the audience in the second half...

    It would only make sense if we knew what the raw numbers were ie how many bodies in the Peoplemeter panel. Could have been as low as 6 or 7 bodies, who might have decided to have an early night.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2537 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I couldn't get past that the (electric) car was restricted because of carbon credits, but all the doors opened via electricity and everything seemed to be well lit.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Young,

    Quite liked Survivors, which I watched instead of TINML. What the hell, there'll be an encore screening of TINML sooner or later, so gave it a miss. Nice build up and the mise en scene was absolutely mindblowing. Shame it starts to go downhill in its second series.

    Grrrr!!! Want Being Human to start screening!!! Froth, growwlll!!!

    Craig Y

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 564 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    You must watch Knowing then. Fast forward to the last 2 minutes, the scenes of total world destruction are visually appealing. The story is ridiculous, don't bother with it.

    I actually sat through all of 2012. It was shite, but at least stuff blowing up was pretty. Should have fastforwarded through everything that wasn't stuff blowing up, though.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Not only do TV3 replace Top Chef with bloody Grand Designs at the last minute

    Jackie, I only just realised that this was not a programming blip but an actual *permanent change*. To which I say: fuckery fucksticks, that is *infuriating*. I mean, I know everyone here at PAS apart from me wants to eat fried eggs off Kevin McLeod's naked bum, but I can see Grand Designs on two other channels! Regularly! And I had just started working out who to hate on this season of Top Chef! I had settled in for weeks of being annoyed by Tom Colicchio! Blah. I want more Chilean sea bass and random jus, dammit!

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

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