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« Reply #2000 on: 16 November 2017, 19:50:40 »

I should've known these respected textbooks were just propaganda.

Time for another book burning, everyone. BYOB(ooks).
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« Reply #2001 on: 16 November 2017, 23:53:59 »

I prefer CYOA (choose your own adventure).
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« Reply #2002 on: 17 November 2017, 00:00:03 »

CYOA stands for crack your own almond. Like when someone wants you to do something you turn around (preferably facing someone so as not to look foolish) and say "crack your own almond for once ya flesh eatin' varmint" and normally you pull out two pistols and fire them indiscriminately at the ground
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« Reply #2003 on: 18 November 2017, 01:27:07 »

The only crack around here is what you're cooking in your pipe.
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« Reply #2004 on: 18 January 2018, 04:47:04 »

My wife and I don't watch a lot of TV, mainly because we are cord-cutters. There isn't a lot I'm into because it always feels like they cancel everything I get hooked on. Anyway, this fall we decided to make "The Orville" our show that we'd absolutely watch together, and despite a shaky pilot, the show is great fun and definitely found its footing before the end of the first season. It isn't as simple as "Seth MacFarlene doing TNG cosplay" as some people want to write it off; the characters definitely feel more human and average joes on a spaceship who occasionally ##### up.

We also got into "The Marvelous Mrs Maisel" on Amazon, which is by the creator/writer of The Gilmore Girls. It's about a housewife in 1950s NYC who discovers that she is a pretty good comedian, but she has to keep it under wraps from her family while navigating a crappy divorce. I highly recommend it; the dialogue is sharp and it's a good introduction to 1950s comedy if you've never had a chance to check it out.

This fall we are looking forward to Black Lightning and 9-1-1.
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« Reply #2005 on: 5 February 2018, 16:15:21 »

Have you guys ever heard of this show "Friends"? It's a pretty good rewatch to be honest.
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« Reply #2006 on: 5 February 2018, 18:50:09 »

I hated Friends when it was new.
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« Reply #2007 on: 5 February 2018, 19:17:26 »

^I did too for the most part I think. But I also never watched it before apart from a few episodes here and there.

Now I'm up to season 8 (I had started around December) and it impresses me how much information they leave to the audience to simply remember. I figured it would always be recapping everything given all that's already happened, and because of the type of show that it is, but they seem comfortable just expecting you to know things or at least figure things out given certain implications. But they'll occasionally just reference something that happened ages ago and/or was never outright explained in that episode for a joke. I don't think that's a bad thing. It kind of gives me the notion that the writers respected their audience more than I originally would have thought.

And I don't know if it actually gets funnier if it progresses or if the comedy just clicks more. Like... I don't know if it's me that's changing, or the show. There are jokes and situations here and there that I find predictable, but even then the delivery is usually funny.
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« Reply #2008 on: 6 February 2018, 13:05:51 »

It's a show that I didn't really like when it was first airing until it's latter half, and even then I only "got into" it because I liked a girl that liked it. I then watched it all, but still always felt like I couldn't affiliate with anyone in it for multiple reasons. I had times where I liked it, and times where I thought it was overrated.

But now on rewatch I think it was a really solid show. The actors are far better than I remember, for example they're all just really good character actors that do all the little things that are important. Facial expressions, delivery, etc. If a single one of that cast was weak in their role, the show wouldn't work at all. It's honestly pretty impressive how perfectly built the cast is.

It kind of gives me the notion that the writers respected their audience more than I originally would have thought.

I noticed that too. It's something Seinfeld, one of my all-time favourites, also did really well. They built a universe and let the viewer live in it, they don't have to remind you every two seconds that Joey has 9 sisters or that Monica and Ross are jewish. But jokes come out of it that you just have to understand. There's a couple mistakes here and there but they're pretty smart about using callbacks without over explaining them.
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« Reply #2009 on: 16 February 2018, 05:51:00 »

I've seen a fair amount of Seinfeld episodes but again, not something I specifically sought out to see every episode of in order. I might opt to do that at some point. I used to range from dislike to just neutral disinterest for sitcoms at best, and pretty indiscriminately. I'm definitely not a Big Bang Theory or Two and a Half Men kind of person, though.
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« Reply #2010 on: 16 February 2018, 14:18:41 »

Big Bang Theory or Two and a Half Men kind of person, though.

That's good. Mainly because that's like comparing a hotdamn razor toothed bengal tiger to Earth's mightiest dunce--the cane toad. It's not even the same species of show, the craft isn't there in the first place let alone the talent.

It's kind of interesting, and I know if ASR were around he'd have some thoughts on this, but we lump all these things together under the blanket term "sitcom" when they really shouldn't be. In fact, I'd say the golden era of sitcoms was the early to mid 90's. Friends and Frasier are remarkable for a lot of things, not the least of which is maintaining a certain level of quality for ten years when elsewhere the format became both distilled and by-numbers; Everybody Loves Raymond marking (to me) the sitcom shift towards canned laughter (reminder that a studio audience and simplistic, repeatable plots. Like, Two and Half Men is as similar to Seinfeld as Seinfeld is to Family Ties. None of that is to say that there aren't ones I like now (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) or in the 2000's, or ones I hated from pre-1995; but nostalgia aside that era (and specifically Seinfeld) levelled up the genre.

Sorry for the ramble, I realized I was a passionate sitcom-guy just a few years ago, but I grew up watching a lot of them (and they were considered crap-tv before Seinfeld changed that) so I guess I learned a ton. Even if you haven't watched Seinfeld, I think this doc on it is still pretty interesting on how it changed the landscape of comedy on television (could make you enjoy the show more when you do check it out).

And for the record I still think King of the Hill is the best animated true-sitcom ever made.
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« Reply #2011 on: 20 February 2018, 17:06:31 »

I haven't watched Friends pretty much since it first aired, so I can't totally comment on it, but when you talk about how they expected you to remember certain bits of information, I can't help but wonder if that was because EVERYONE was watching the show at the time. If you remember, Friends and Seinfeld were ratings powerhouses, with the cast of Friends getting $1 million an episode, and the cast of Seinfeld would have been paid a stupid amount of money had they done another season. Would they have had to rely on recapping otherwise?
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« Reply #2012 on: Yesterday at 12:23 »

The stuff they're counting on the audience to remember are bit characters and random little details about someone's past, not whole storylines.
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