Showing posts with label television. Show all posts
Showing posts with label television. Show all posts

On Even More Media

Hey Fishface.



I'm usually never like this. Back to your daily written post Monday morning.

On the Weekend Being Way Off-Topic

That Fringe finale man. What the heck.

Of course he'll be back next season, but seriously way to jerk us around.

For those not in the know, this started off as the worst series ever, and now is some of the best, most bizarre sci-fi ever made.

Just had to say, ugh.


Next week will be more focused.

Probably.

On Gods of the Arena

I of course refer to Spartacus.

All these women are completely naked in the show
If you are unfamiliar with this show, imagine someone was incapable of focusing on something, unless every 120 seconds or less someone was killed, shown naked, or having sex.

That person could sit and watch this whole series start to finish.

I don't mean to imply that it's not good. The dialogue is kitsch, and some of the special effects are terrible due to low budget.

But the show is a successful piece of art, both in a experience and intent manner.

There will be something you will see that will affect you, and the show is quite talented at the characters, although shallow, blank and representative of enough common human emotion, that you can not help but identify with them.

And it is a show that is about how the Romans used and exploited sex and violence to please the people as their empire crumbled, that uses sex and violence to entertain the people while their empire crumbles.

Also, I'm pretty sure we see every penis
Also, people were not this beautiful in real life, certainly. But it does have some of the more attractive specimens of humanity I've run across.

And they are rarely clothed.


I found the current rash of "Hot Elf Chick" to draw attention to the OSR a bit complex. The discussion between Greg and Zak was also strange. Most women I've talked to about this show, don't particularly find it makes them feel uncomfortable (although they comment they fast forward through the fight scenes), even with the slavery, rape, castration, and skin shown in the show. I will see some of the women we game with tomorrow and ask their opinion about the show, and about the chainmail bikini "exploitation" in gaming. What does make women uncomfortable, I think is a pretty silly question. A better question is what makes people uncomfortable. And I pretty much think it's anything that is glorifying the base desires and actions of people that impacts the rights and freedoms of another person. i.e. it isn't the picture, or the rape, or the anything really that is offensive - it's the environment that glorifies that behavior that is.

The point of the show is that the Romans were disgusting for what they did. While the show does what the Romans did for the audience of the show.

I don't like to apply value judgments to things, hence why my reviews have no numerical score. But no one I've talked to can avoid looking away once they start watching.

Is that the definition of good entertainment?

The D&D Community Episode

There's a show I've seen that contains some of the very best, and very worst television I've ever seen.

 "Community". 

The surreal claymation episode where Abed discovers that the meaning of Christmas is a present of the first season of Lost on DVD (i.e. "Unfulfilled Expectations") is one of the most entertaining and brilliant episodes of television I've ever seen. The one where they get trapped in a Kentucky Fried Chicken space simulator bus is possibly the most insipid, monotonous half-hours of television ever made (though it does sound funny on paper, now that I write it out). There is very little middle ground. Zombie episode good, Britta becomes Abed's mother bad, conspiracy episode good, confessing to cheating in Spanish episode bad.


I mention it here, because in an upcoming episode, they will play a game of Dungeons and Dragons for the whole half-hour. When asked about it, the show's creator said, "They're just sitting at the table playing," which means that it might actually be an honest representation of Dungeons and Dragons on national media. There is no word on which edition they will play, nor when the episode will air. When I acquire this information I will publish it here, as well as a review of the episode after it airs.

Here's where I found out about the news, from Alan Sepinwall's excellent TV blog.

Here's an interview with the cast about the Dungeons and Dragons episode.

Enjoy!

P.S. I promise I'm not trying to monetize my blog. (Clearly, you may note I don't have adsense turned on). ;-p I just figured, since I happen to have posts about media this month, that I should point people towards where they can acquire said media. I usually do not post about media, and hope the gesture is taken as a service. Thank you very much for your patience.

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