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Saturday, 19 August 2017

What We're Watching 19/8/17

What We're Watching

The Defenders.

I wasn't actually aware that The Defenders was out until someone told me yesterday. Since then, I've had just enough time to watch the first two episodes, and so far, my verdict is that it's a bit too messy to really be enjoyable.

Because episode one and episode two are mostly set-up, meaning that we have four distinct plot threads with four distinct characters plus their supporting casts, with lighting and colour cues used to distinguish between them, and with the majority of the interaction coming from incidental meetings between supporting cast members.

Even when our four main cast members do start to meet up with each other in episode two, it sometimes feels oddly forced and jarring: While Matt meeting Jessica was pretty well done, I think, Luke's encounter with Danny feels like a bizarre confluence of coincidences that didn't really amount to anything.

Still, apparently Sigourney Weaver is going to call someone a 'baka' at some point, so I have that to look forward to.


Re:Creators has now entered its final arc, with all the Creations fighting against Altair -- well, almost all. Several people from Altair's side have now defected to the good guys (including Blitz, after what might actually have been the most emotionally charged scene of the show), but she still has Charon on her side, at least.

(Charon, who may or may not be brainwashed, or who may just have been evil all along, and Selestia hadn't reached that point in her canon yet. He certainly has an evil looking mech, a purple, black and red Dark Vogelchevaliar.)

The show still has a ways to go, being only on episode eighteen, so it seems likely that something will interrupt and stop this battle, instead of it being an uninterrupted six or seven episode long fight.

Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones has had an odd seventh series. While it got off to a good start, it's now becoming readily apparent that Benioff and Weiss have no idea how to juggle all of the plot threads set up, and are rushing their way towards the end.

(Presumably they really want to get started on that godawful slavery show.)

Because the truth is, you could have easily gotten two ten episode series out of the war between Cersei and Daenerys, with Jon trying to stay neutral and prepare for the White Walker invasion, before reluctantly siding with Daenerys -- leaving one seven to ten episode series for dealing with the White Walkers.

Instead, the storylines are clumsily mashed together, which is how we've ended up with a few episodes about the war between the queens, and then that entire storyline being abruptly derailed to have more stuff about the White Walkers. Disappointing.

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