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Post by inflatable dalek » Fri Nov 27, 2015 3:12 pm

Yeah, it's a fantastic sitcom but not one to binge view (and it probably ran a little longer than the very ridged format would be ideal for). Fantastic show in occasional doses though, actually much funnier than I remembered as well.
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Post by Brendocon 2.0 » Fri Nov 27, 2015 4:06 pm

Yeah, it's great fun, but I hit the "seriously, I can't do this anymore" wall a lot faster than I'd hoped, then just never got back to it.

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Post by Cyberstrike nTo » Sat Nov 28, 2015 2:59 pm

Dead Man Wade wrote:Um...what? You're gonna have to explain that one.
The tone of Daredevil was to me: "Oh look how serious, grim, dark, realistic, and hopeless we are!" The tone of Jessica Jones was to me: "Oh look how serious, grim, dark, realistic but we have hope!"

Just got through binge-watching Ultimate Spider-Man and the Web-Warriors season 3 pretty good overall.
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Post by Brendocon 2.0 » Sat Nov 28, 2015 4:12 pm

That's got nothing to do with "being ashamed of being based on a comic" and everything to do with the differences in tone between the books they're based on.

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Post by Cyberstrike nTo » Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:33 pm

Brendocon 2.0 wrote:That's got nothing to do with "being ashamed of being based on a comic" and everything to do with the differences in tone between the books they're based on.
Good point, but I still it lacked a lot of the comic's charm.
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Post by Tetsuro » Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:43 pm

Cyberstrike nTo wrote:The tone of Daredevil was to me: "Oh look how serious, grim, dark, realistic, and hopeless we are!"
That sounds more like a DC than Marvel thing.

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Post by Skyquake87 » Sun Nov 29, 2015 6:33 pm

Daredevil has been like this since the days when Frank Miller worked on the character, to greater or lesser degrees of success. Since the early 2000s, there's been a definite focus on real-world, street-level shenanigans, which most notably includes Murdock being outed as Daredevil and jailed. Something which seems to happen an awful lot these days. Up there with Batman forever going on about his dead parents.

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Post by Summerhayes » Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:15 pm

It might just be me, but I didn't think Daredevil was as dark as all that.
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Post by Brendocon 2.0 » Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:36 pm

As with any character, it just comes down to who's writing him. Waid's stuff (or at least the first couple of trades, I'm quite a way behind on the material) is certainly lighter and more jovial.

But that came off the back of quite a long stretch of gritty misery, through Bendis and Brubaker, eventually culminating in Diggle's Shadowland stuff. By the end of that he was quite broken, but when he came out of the other side of it everything had a bit more positive energy to it.

There was still quite a bit of fun heartwarming stuff in the tv show. The main difference between the two programs is that Daredevil's origin is basically chronicling his descent into the world of crimefighting; while Jessica Jones has already done that and this is about her fighting her way out of the darkness that swallowed her as a result of it. As such there were always going to be the differences mentioned.

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Post by Dead Man Wade » Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:43 pm

Cyberstrike nTo wrote:Good point, but I still it lacked a lot of the comic's charm.
Like when Matt pushed a hooker out a window? Or when Matt's porn star girlfriend sold his real name for smack? Or the time he played Russian roulette with an invalid Bullseye?

It's been a long time since DD was anything approaching "charming".

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Post by Warcry » Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:19 pm

Since this hasn't quite been renamed the "argue about Daredevil" thread just yet, I'll mention the (decidedly non Marvel related) show that I just started watching: Penny Dreadful. I actually got the first season almost a year ago as a Christmas gift but I'm only getting around to watching it now.

Didn't know all that much about it going in, aside from that it was about monsters in Victorian England. So I was pleasantly surprised to see a bunch of "monster movie" characters from the era show up early on, like Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Grey and Mina Harker. It was also a nice surprise to see a lot of familiar faces show up. I knew Eva Green and Josh Hartnett were in it, but I didn't expect to see M's bald henchman, Billie Piper or a shockingly old Timothy Dalton.

Overall I'm enjoying it quite a bit, although I could do with a bit less in the way of gratuitous cursing and exposed penises...

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Post by Brendocon 2.0 » Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:21 pm

Warcry wrote:Overall I'm enjoying it quite a bit, although I could do with a bit less in the way of gratuitous cursing and exposed penises...
That's just how we say hello over here, though.

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Post by Cyberstrike nTo » Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:41 pm

Been watching the original The Twilight Zone still a damn good series.
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Post by inflatable dalek » Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:39 am

Brendocon 2.0 wrote:That's just how we say hello over here, though.
Only when greeting Eva Green, Billie Piper (how does Warcry know who she is anyway? I don't think he's ever watched an episode of Doctor Who and he doesn't strike me as a British 90's teen-pop fan. It's Secret Diary of a Call Girl isn't it?) and especially Timothy Dalton though.
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Post by Warcry » Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:09 pm

Yeah, I'd probably have to resist the urge to greet Eva Green like that too, if the opportunity ever presented itself. Something tells me the wife wouldn't approve though.
inflatable dalek wrote:Billie Piper (how does Warcry know who she is anyway? I don't think he's ever watched an episode of Doctor Who and he doesn't strike me as a British 90's teen-pop fan. It's Secret Diary of a Call Girl isn't it?)
I have seen some Doctor Who, actually! The CBC showed the first few seasons of the new series and I saw a good chunk of it (which also explains why I was so pleasantly surprised to see John Barrowman show up in The Flash last night). Haven't watched it in ages though, since it moved to some random cable channel.

Though yes, I am familiar with that other show as well. Or certain parts of it, anyway.

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Post by inflatable dalek » Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:45 pm

Warcry wrote:Yeah, I'd probably have to resist the urge to greet Eva Green like that too, if the opportunity ever presented itself. Something tells me the wife wouldn't approve though.
Ah, but she's allowed to do the female equivalent to Josh Hartnett.

I mean, he was in an episode of Due South, that probably makes him king of Canada.
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Post by Warcry » Fri Dec 04, 2015 4:00 pm

inflatable dalek wrote:Ah, but she's allowed to do the female equivalent to Josh Hartnett.
I dunno, I suspect she might prefer Eva as well considering how interested she sounded when I made my "considering the other things we've seen her in, I wonder how long until she takes her clothes off" comment...
inflatable dalek wrote:I mean, he was in an episode of Due South, that probably makes him king of Canada.
Wait, what? No he wasn't, unless IMDB is lying to me.

Also I don't think anybody actually remembers anything about Due South anymore except for Heinrad and my mom (and even the latter is doubtful).

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Post by inflatable dalek » Fri Dec 04, 2015 4:08 pm

Warcry wrote: Wait, what? No he wasn't, unless IMDB is lying to me.

Also I don't think anybody actually remembers anything about Due South anymore except for Heinrad and my mom (and even the latter is doubtful).
I thought he was as a kid whose dad was a crook that Fraser took under his wing (it might even have been the Christmas episode!)? I'd trust my infallible memory over IMDB any day (it is odd he apparently did nothing before Halloween H20 and the Faculty. That's my story anyway. It may have been some other "Before they were famous" teen hearthrob in the Due South episode?

And of course Canadians remember Due South! It's up there with Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens Present The New Avengers In Canada as the best things Canada ever did.
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Post by Heinrad » Sat Dec 05, 2015 5:24 am

It wasn't Josh Hartnett. You're thinking Ryan Phillippe(or however it's spelled), and the episode is Gift of the Wheelman. Which, yes, is a Christmas episode.

The sad thing is, I'm not Canadian. So I have no clue about this New Avengers thing of which you speak.
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Post by Sades » Sat Dec 05, 2015 5:33 am

inflatable dalek wrote:of course Canadians remember Due South!
Can confirm, am Canadian who remembers Due South. And now that I remembered it exists, I kinda want to watch it.

Plus, I just asked Hound if he's ever watched it and he said "No. I don't even know what that ****in' show is. Is it even real?" Which means I'm going to have to go DVD shopping.

(IMDB says that guy you're talking about is Ryan Phillippe, whose name I had to cut and paste because I misspelt it twice.)
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