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Black Mirror: Smithereens (2019)
Worst. Snipers. Ever. :-)
Their constant stupidity and incompetence ruined it for me. One of them moving twenty meters to the right: episode over, after 30 minutes. And their aim? Missing twice, from 100 meters away??
To be fair: It's not Daenerys. Uhm. The snipers, I mean.
It's the writers, of course.
Ending: Anti-climactic. Message: In your face.
Sorry, but I feel like I've wasted my time.
Black Mirror: Striking Vipers (2019)
Kept checking the watch...
The only real "twist" happened at around 20 minutes. Interesting premise, but then...
it moved along slowly. Sooooo slowly... and although some would deem the topic "unconventional", it unfolded just... conventional.
Love, Death & Robots: Fish Night (2019)
Just the visualization of an idea.
No sense of purpose whatsoever, and a very abrupt ending.
Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne (2019)
Not so great. But not so terrible either.
This show deserves so much more. I liked the previous episode, hated the one before, was very ambiguous about The Long Night... this one starts off great and immensely dark, then descends into mediocrity.
As many others stated: I like what went down, but I'm not so happy HOW it went down.
P.S.: I never complained about bits of humor, but in this episode, the funny parts were extremely off.
Farewell. I expected the worst. Maybe that's what saved you from a lower rating...
After seeing this one, there's only one question:
Why the heck are they, in all the other episodes, toning down Palickis attractivity by at least 50%?
Captain Marvel (2019)
You know the feeling when thinking "I can write better lines than that"...?
One can excuse a lot of things.
Not bad dialogue. Never.
And these here are so mediocre, so lackluster, so lukewarm... it hurts. The comedy isn't funny, the drama much more so, unintentionally.
So much exposition.
I just finished watching "Infinity War" again, to remind myself why this one - besides the larger scale - is so much better.
It's all the cool, the funny, the serious, the spot-on lines.
Not here. Avoid if you can. It doesn't even add any information you need for "Endgame" - which is why I watched it.
Modern Family: Can't Elope (2019)
Except for the very last joke, I didn't laugh once.
And I adored this show. The quality decline is so obvious, it hurts.
It wasn't bad, just... meh. Nice 20-something minutes to waste.
30 Rock: Kidnapped by Danger (2012)
I can't stop thinking about all the hilarious meta-opportunities there would have been, if William Baldwin would have appeared as William Baldwin.
Otherwisely solid episode!
First b99 episode ever that I skipped halfway
Too much Gina.
Some love her, I get it.
But then, some even loved Charles Manson.
I can't stand her. Bye, don't ever come back. Thank you.
Modern Family: Whanex? (2019)
Good, but a shadow of it's past
The recent episodes, including this one, are still above average tv quality, and I enjoy spending time with the characters. There are quite a few laughs.
And then there's a lot of forced comedy, a LOT of misses, which you never got to see in the early seasons.
(they did the »I'm talking to you, not getting that you're not there at all«-bit THREE times. Three times too often, if you ask me)
Overall, in contrast to the genius past, this now feels more like everybody doing a 9-to-5-jobs.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Tattler (2019)
Too. Much. Gina!
(otherwisely, very solid episode)
I don't want to be harsh, but to me, even TWO seconds of Gina are too much Gina. This one has, like, 300 seconds of Gina.
In a show where everybody is likeable, she feels completely wrong. So annoying, way too arrogant, and her redeeming qualities - loyalty, a (well-hidden) heart - don't help at all.
Without spoiling anything: the ending of the episode got my hopes up. Fingers crossed, everybody!
Usually I don't rate movies or tv episodes badly, just because the plot goes in a way I don't like...
...but here, almost. Implying that Randall's marriage will fail, it breaks my heart. Completely. I can handle death, but thinking of two people, which are THAT great together, split up, that's too much.
Otherwise, great as usual.
Future Man: PUP-E Q. Barkington (2019)
Now we're talking!
Finally, the season is about to get into gear.
After treading water for like 42 episodes (felt like it), at last, some real progression.
Future Man: The Last Horchata (2019)
What happened? Season 1 was about three times faster.
There's no real threat, no real mission. At least they're not pursuing it.
Oh, and the laughs: decreased, too.
Future Man: The I of the Tiger (2019)
...slower than season 1. This episode - as the previous and the next one - mainly focuses on one single character, instead of the whole ensemble. It's all about world building, a lot of exposition, not much threat or conflict...
Still entertaining, but the show could do much better.
The Orville: Home (2019)
About 10 interesting minutes, when it turns into a thriller. Boring, boring otherwise, including forced wanna-be-emotional scenes about the leave of a character who we didn't know very much in the first place.
And we better don't start to talk about the whole gravity nonsense...
The Orville: Primal Urges (2019)
It's easy to see the intentions behind this episode - taking actual issues, mixing it up with some provocative stuff... something like »look, this very primal things never got mentioned on Star Trek«... sadly, there's no target audience. Some will still be disgusted, the rest of us simply don't care. If you'd change the main characters into Joe and Jane from the suburbs, you'd get an extremely banal and boring story. Shock value? Come on.
As for the addiction part: So sententious, so unintentionally laughable.
Heck, it could be a »Seventh Heaven« ep!
A Quiet Place (2018)
Great acting, good drama, nice premise.
That's it. It's too stupid to live up to the high concept. With an IQ above 80, you're constantly distracted by thoughts like »why don't they just...?« and »how did they hear this, but not that?«...
I was about to look up that twilight episode to watch it, then they gave away the twist! How could they?
What's next? Bruce Willis, dead all along? Something about Luke's Father?
Nice episode, though.
Modern Family: Stuck in a Moment (2018)
Feels not even like the same show
1) Cheap slapstick all over the episode. 2) Simple concepts - maybe worth laughing once - exploited three or four times...
What happened to the clever writing?
What The Ranch stands for.
It's comedy, yet there's always this very serious undertone. (A rancher's) life is no joke.
This episode delivers.
Also and foremost the gut punch(es).
It's a bit like »This Is Is«, just with a laugh track. One that is mute, at times.
The Ranch: Pass It on Down (2018)
There he is, the unknown nephew appearing just a few weeks after rooster's disappearance...
Lets watch how that plays out. For now I just wanna say: this is the single most obvious move in the playbook. Somehow I thought The Ranch would be different.
2nd episode in a row without a laugh track
(until the final minutes)
Very well done, I'd say. Made me forget the real »drama« that led to this storyline.
The Ranch: Reckless (2018)
Comedy's on pause.
...instead: straight drama.
Pretty good one, that is.
Down it goes.
You know a show is in trouble when you can guess about 80% of the punch lines right... and there's real trouble when you start thinking »Boy. Even I could write better lines«.
I liked the dad solution, beside - not so much.