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I’ve been catching up on Better Call Saul and I think it’s great! Breaking Bad is somewhat overrated imo and BCS definitely exceeds it for me. It’s just a lot more fun to watch and I find all the characters much more fascinating.

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Currently watching Code Lyoko (rewatch) in the morning and Batman: The Animated Series (first time) at night. They work well in those time slots.

Given how old you folks here tend to be, you probably aren’t familiar with Code Lyoko, but do yourself a favor and give it a shot. It’s about a group of schoolkids defending the Earth from an evil computer virus by entering a virtual world while trying to bring their virtual friend into the real world. The first season episodes are all self-contained (save for the finale) but later seasons have story progression. Oh and the real world is 2D animation while the digital world is 3D.

Batman is great too, but the Internet has already waxed endlessly about it’s greatness, so I don’t feel the need to add to it. I’d be hard-pressed not to mention it’s brilliant stylized art deco design, though.

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I hope you’re watching Batman in airing order and not in the ridiculous production order that it has always been released in ever since.

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Stepping softly in a danger zone…

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I’m watching it in what I understand to be production order. Eventual I got suspicious when Harley Quinn showed without introduction, so I looked into viewing order and couldn’t find any alternative, besides airing order, which seemed just as absurd. They had two-parters with other episodes in between, ffs. So I stuck with production order. I think I’ll compile a recommended viewing order afterwards. Really, though, it doesn’t matter since the stories are all self-contained.

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That’s really only true of that first two-parter and that was due to Fox meddling. After that they kept to the intended original airing order. You could easily just watch both parts to that first arc and then continue on with the list without rearranging anything else.

The production order really irks me because Joker’s Favor is such a better introduction to this iteration of the Joker over what you’d get from starting with Christmas With the Joker.

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Stepping softly in a danger zone…

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Agreed. Watching in production order, Joker’s early episodes were an embarrassment. In fact, the show didn’t really win me over until five episodes in with The Underdweller.

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Someone made a “chronological” order that’s partly based on the Nolan films’ concept of “escalation” - early episodes focus more on street gangs and realistic villains and it gets more “out there” as it goes along - but I’ve never sat down and done a watch of the series in that order before so I don’t know how well it plays.

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Was it this one? I saw that the other day when I was looking up an airing order list. It intrigues me and I might give it a go someday.

As for the concept of escalation with Batman, I’d say that dates back to the original Batman: Year One that follows the start of his crusade. There’s actually a great list of the comics that continue on from there here. The Archie Goodwin run of The Legends of the Dark Knight was phenomenal.

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Stepping softly in a danger zone…

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Yep, that’s the one, though it doesn’t appear to be the same blog post (or maybe they changed their software and his formatting got borked).

Thanks for finding that though, I was too lazy!

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Stargate SG-1 (Season 2)

Better than Season 1. I’ll go so far as to say it’s almost good, but not quite. Perhaps if I was watching through this series for the first time, I’d be less critical. But I used to be a diehard SG-1 fan; I’ve watched every episode from Seasons 1-6 and multiple episodes from Seasons 7-9. I know that lot of the stuff I loved about Season 2 are either never touched upon again or are taken in directions I don’t care for in subsequent seasons.

EPISODE RATINGS

  • “The Serpent’s Lair” – 7/10
  • “In the Line of Duty” – 7/10
  • “Prisoners” – 5/10
  • “The Gamekeeper” – 6/10
  • “Need” – 6/10
  • “Thor’s Chariot” – 6/10
  • “Message in a Bottle” – 6/10
  • “Family” – 5/10
  • “Secrets” – 6/10
  • “Bane” – 7/10
  • “The Tok’ra: Part 1” – 6.5/10
  • “The Tok’ra: Part 2” – 6.5/10
  • “Spirits” – 6/10
  • “Touchstone” – 7/10
  • “The Fifth Race” – 7/10
  • “A Matter of Time” – 8/10
  • “Holiday” – 8/10
  • “Serpent’s Song” – 6/10
  • “One False Step” – 8/10
  • “Show and Tell” – 7/10
  • “1969” – 6/10
  • “Out of Mind” – 6/10

SEASON RATING

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

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2 Kawaii 4 Comfort is an amazing webseries, and I hope we get that finale soon. I just discovered it a few days ago and binged it all. They just to make the last episode but it’s been three years. They’re still active though, seemingly trying to gain traction after their crowdfunding goal for last episode wasn’t being reached.

Anyway, despite the title, it’s a dead serious look at the insecurities of five anime convention goers. They each get an episode to themselves (except one) and it all ties together very well. I can’t recommend it enough.

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I need to get back to that. Went on hiatus just two episodes shy of finishing the whopping 65 episode first season.

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Currently I’ve been re-watching episodes of Frasier off and on. I had forgotten just how much I love this series.

I’m equally wanting to start properly watching Civilisation. It’s a highly regarded mini series from 1969 that takes a very interesting look into Western art history.

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The Last Kingdom on Netflix! It’s super addicting. It has some problems but is one of those rare cases for me where the issues are eclipsed entirely by how fun it is. It moves very fast and relies on an almost perfect/universally loved protagonist, but it’s hard not to be invested in spite of all that. I’d say the condensed plot and character development are almost an asset because some of it wouldn’t land as well if we were allowed to stew on it for more than an episode.

Charming, if not shallow characters - but all very interesting in their own right - placed into wildly entertaining plotlines. I like it.

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American Gothic

Close to a month ago, I came across the American Gothic DVD set in a used book store. I had neither seen nor heard of the series before, but I like Gary Cole and I have a fondness for '90s TV horror, so I took a chance and bought it, hoping I’d enjoy it.

Well, I wasn’t altogether impressed, unfortunately. Typical of network television then and now, there were just too many episodes and too little focus or momentum. Aside from Jake Weber and the nonentity he played, most of the cast/characters were great, but there just wasn’t enough mystery or atmosphere to keep me engaged. After five episodes, I’d lost interest, and only felt compelled to finish watching as I’d paid for the set. Well, that set’s gonna be finding a new home very soon.

EPISODE RATINGS

  • “Pilot” – 8/10
  • “A Tree Grows in Trinity” – 7/10
  • “Eye of the Beholder” – 7/10
  • “Damned If You Don’t” – 8/10
  • “Dead to the World” – 7/10
  • “Potato Boy” – 7/10
  • “Meet the Beetles” – 7/10
  • “Strong Arm of the Law” – 6/10
  • “To Hell and Back” – 7/10
  • “The Beast Within” – 7/10
  • “Rebirth” – 8/10
  • “Ring of Fire” – 8/10
  • “Ressurector” – 6/10
  • “Inhumanitas” – 7/10
  • “The Plague Sower” – 6/10
  • “Dr. Death Takes a Holiday” – 7/10
  • “Learning to Crawl” – 6/10
  • “Echo of Your Last Goodbye” – 8/10
  • “Triangle” – 7/10
  • “Strangler” – 5/10
  • “The Buck Stops Here” – 6/10
  • “Requiem” – 7/10

SERIES RATING

★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Divergent Universes
Dreams of a Randy Git-Fiend

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Earth 2

I started watching Earth 2 in September of 2018. Yeah, took me three years to watch a show which lasted a single 21-episode season. The plots were middling and often boring, drawing my interest elsewhere, but the cast and premise were strong, which kept drawing me back in. I imagine had a second season followed, barring any Andromeda-style retooling, the series would’ve found its footing. Guess we’ll never know.

EPISODE RATINGS

  • “First Contact” – 8/10
  • “The Man Who Fell to Earth (Two)” – 8/10
  • “Life Lessons” – 8/10
  • “Promises, Promises” – 8/10
  • A Memory Play" – 7/10
  • Natural Born Grendlers" – 7/10
  • “Water” – 7/10
  • “The Church of Morgan” – 7/10
  • “The Enemy Within” – 8/10
  • “Redemption” – 8/10
  • “Moon Cross” – 8/10
  • “Better Living Through Morganite: Part 1” – 7/10
  • “Better Living Through Morganite: Part 2” – 8/10
  • “Grendlers in the Myst” – 7/10
  • “The Greatest Love Story Never Told” – 7/10
  • “Brave New Pacifica” – 6/10
  • “The Boy Who Would be Terrian King” – 8/10
  • “After the Thaw” – 7/10
  • “Survival of the Fittest” – 7/10
  • “Flower Child” – 5/10
  • “All About Eve” – 7/10

SERIES RATING

★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Divergent Universes
Dreams of a Randy Git-Fiend

Make Off Topic great again.