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Media consumption report

I've been in watching/gaming/reading mode lately (as opposed to writing mode, sadly for all the projects I want to get done). Some of the television I have binge-watched in the last month:

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes -- I watched the first season of this awhile back. The second and final season finally came out on Netflix instant, but when I started S2 Ep1, I realized that I'd forgotten almost everything that happened in the first season, so I rewatched a little over half the first season as well (starting with Captain America's first episode in the modern timeline). I liked the second season better than the first -- I thought the arcs were paced better, Ms. Marvel (voiced by Jennifer Hale!) became a regular, and there is all sorts of tasty Steve Rogers angst, especially in the later episodes (the first season did not have enough Cap for my taste).

Fringe -- I've been hearing about this show for years, and I've now seen the first half of the first season. It gets off to a good start, though I've received mixed reports as to whether it's worth watching the whole thing. But so far I find all the main characters interesting, especially Olivia and Walter, and it seems to have a strong arc threading together the monster-of-the-week type plots. And the arc moves -- already, even halfway through the first season, they are answering some of the larger questions instead of just continually piling new stuff on until the arc collapses under its own weight (as happened with X-Files and, to a lesser extent, Lost). We'll see if they continue to pull that off. One thing I'm not crazy about: there is a LOT of gore and body horror, in almost every episode. I wince at the screen a lot.

Elementary -- Another one I've heard quite a bit of buzz about. T and I are watching this one together, and so far we've seen the first four episodes. I actually like this more than I expected to, given some of the reactions I saw to the early episodes. Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu have great friendship chemistry -- and only friendship; to be honest, I find the utter lack of UST quite refreshing -- that's building up, for me, at just the right pace. Miller brings the right blend of brilliance and social ineptitude to the role, and I'm enjoying Liu's take on Watson, too. So far, the mysteries are compelling without being too ridiculous or too obvious. I hope we're able to catch up before the second season premiere at the end of the month.

Between all this, the last few episodes of Breaking Bad, and the upcoming Agents of SHIELD -- and I cannot tell you the last time I was this excited for a new TV show, omg -- I'd say that's plenty to watch. This entry is also posted at http://owlmoose.dreamwidth.org/640553.html. There are currently comment count unavailable comments on DW.


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Sep. 15th, 2013 10:01 am (UTC)
I like Fringe. Pay attention to details when you get to the later shows in the alternate universe. There's some really cool stuff.
Sep. 15th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
I will have to keep an eye out! Btw, I had already heard that later seasons of Fringe involve an AU, so no harm done this time, but I prefer to watch TV shows as spoiler-free as I can, so if you could avoid dropping those kinds of tidbits in the future, I would appreciate it. Thanks, and sorry for not including that disclaimer in the post -- I usually do, but I forgot this time.
Sep. 16th, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
I thought they started talking about an AU early in the first season. Sorry! I did think of that.
Sep. 17th, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
The AU was first mentioned -- that I noticed, anyway :) -- in the very next episode I watched, which I think was S1 Ep13. So you were close! I finished the first season today.
Sep. 15th, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
I've only watched the first season of Fringe, but I liked it. Walter was my favorite character, unsurprisingly.

I saw only one episode of Elementary—the one with the genetics company and the Russian laundry. I found it rather predictable, alas. I hope this is not indicative of the entire series, as I would like to give it another try.

Have you started watching the second season of Korra? I have not—might wait 'till later on that.
Sep. 15th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
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I am, indeed, unsurprised. :) Did you stop watching for a reason, or have you just not gotten around to later seasons yet?

I haven't seen that episode of Elementary yet, it must come later. I don't mind predictable sometimes, if the show is well executed and I can invest in the characters.

We did watch the Korra episodes, yes. It's not actually the second season -- it appears to be more of the first season. It's getting off to an okay start, not amazing. Alas.
Sep. 15th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Ah, just haven't gotten around to the other seasons of Fringe. :)

I look forward to what you think of the first season of Elementary, after it wraps up. Odd about Korra, I had read in various articles that "Book 2" (second season) started this past week. Unless the newer episodes were still labeled as Book 1?
Sep. 15th, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
Re: tv
If you mean the episode that aired the other night, the one-hour one? That's the new second season.
Sep. 15th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
Re: tv
That's what I thought, too, but my TiVo and the IMDb both refer to them as more episodes of season 1.
Sep. 15th, 2013 11:35 pm (UTC)
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The creators have been calling it season 2, so I'll go with that!
Sep. 15th, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
Fringe gets about 10,000x more interesting in seasons two and forward.
Sep. 15th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
I already think it's interesting, so that is very good news. :)
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