I'm in the future. Like hundreds of years in the future. I've been dead for centuries. Oh, lovely, you're a cheery one aren't you?
Wednesday, March 29
iiNet has gone downhill over recent years.
Right now I can't reach Ace's site (though I know it's up) or the server it runs on, or the hosting provider for that server, or my other hosting provider, or the hosting provider we're moving to (which is another business unit of the first hosting provider), or my podcast feeds from This Week in Tech or The Incomparable, or BvS (and we've got a zombja invasion to deal with!), or Anandtech, or Slashdot.
Earlier today I couldn't reach GitHub either. They fixed that, at least.
Imagine that Douglas Adams had written a TV show set in Heaven, starring an acerbic Peter Capaldi as Archangel Gabriel and Eve Myles as a lying cheating alcoholic who got routed to the wrong afterlife. And that Adams used this premise to produce a biting satire of the hypocrisies of modern liberal society while at the same time keeping it whip-crack funny.
Now imagine that one of the US networks had decided to remake this little gem, only tweaked just a little so as not to ruffle American sensibilities, with a hapless Ted Danson in the Capaldi role (with all the interesting characteristics filed off) and a watery Kristen Bell playing the misplaced soul. And that there was absolutely no chemistry between any of the cast members, and that the script was even more relentlessly formulaic than usual. And that the resulting mess was just painfully unfunny.
I was listening to The Incomparable and they were absolutely showering The Good Place with praise, so I gave it a try. Now I think the Incomparable crew got into the magic mushrooms.
I haven't seen Kemono Friends yet, but I'll take a look.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, March 27 2017 04:37 PM (PiXy!)
4The Good Place improved through the season, then had a big twist near the end of the season.
It turns out The Good Place is a sham, it's actually the latest extension of the Bad Place
That's not to say it's actually a good show however.
Posted by: Kayle at Friday, March 31 2017 07:06 AM (+2XWg)
It's a great show. Ted Danson shows how brilliant his acting was with one smile at the season's end.
The lack of chemistry between the cast was intentional. Vox explains how the twist works because it was set up from the beginning. The question is how the quality can be continued with the second season.
Posted by: muon at Monday, May 15 2017 11:17 PM (vMYTH)
After a few weeks away from this show it took me at least a minute to get back into the swing of things. It continues to pack a lot of silliness and a lot of actual story into each episode. And the fifth dragon finally made her appearance.
Kanna is still best chorogon* though.
Three and a half bowls of dragon tail soup out of four.
Episodes 7 and 8 were terrific, every bit as good as the movies. 9 and 10 weren't quite as good - nicely done, but very predictable - but the essential charm of the characters holds the show up high even during weaker stories.
Also, I think this is the first time we see Akko using fairly major magic on her own and having it work exactly as intended. What she used it for was pure Akko nuttiness, but it's nice to see her competence and confidence continue to grow.
Still no opening credits clip on Youtube, but gets four shiny chariots out of four anyway.