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3 weeks ago @ - Weekly Shenanigans · 0 replies · +4 points

I'm back... and I liked it! It's not a patch on Brotherhood of course, starts out better than it ends, and it's absolutely the case that being a fan helps and that there's some bias in play, but honestly I'm properly happy with it. Sure, I wish it could've been better (in some respects a lot better; I might go into more detail tomorrow if people want), but while I can only speak for myself I really think if you go into it with an open mind it should hopefully not turn out to be a trainwreck at all. :)

(Though at the same time, looking at it less charitably it's a film that manages to avoid being a trainwreck because the parts that aren't as good aren't interesting/spectacular enough to make it count as one. Or something like that.)

3 weeks ago @ - Weekly Shenanigans · 1 reply · +3 points

Sitting down to watch this right now, and I never watch films on weeknights! Heck, I'm so excited I even finally watched Sacred Star of Milos on Friday

3 weeks ago @ - Weekly Shenanigans · 0 replies · +4 points

It sure does:

(Not embedding because the bastards made one of those scenes the preview image! It's like they knew what you/we wanted)

7 weeks ago @ - Weekly Shenanigans · 1 reply · +4 points

I see your Drake meme and raise you a Miyamoto meme!


EDIT: I didn't make this btw:

8 weeks ago @ - Weekly Shenanigans · 2 replies · +6 points

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Rest in peace, Dolores.

10 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Person o... · 1 reply · +3 points

As to where to go next? I had been planning on watching it already, and doing so so soon after Person of Interest was just a coincidence, but there's a decent bit of chatter on how similar it is to Mr. Robot, and it definitely felt like that show was picking up some of the balls that POI set down and playing around with them. Honestly I still think that, even if Mr. Robot fairly quickly started going in a different kind of direction.

Another interesting thing might be Mac Rogers' podcast drama LifeAfter. Tbh its AI stuff is... not as good as POI's, but there's still a lot to like about it. It's like if Person of Interest and Black Mirror (specifically "Be Right Back") had a baby that wasn't "Shut Up and Dance", and thankfully wasn't as horrifying as that sounds. :)

10 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Person o... · 2 replies · +5 points

Season 5 isn't my favourite.

Sure, I liked it a lot more than a lot of people here seemed to, mostly for its stubborn refusal to be anything other than itself after it absorbed the Power of the PlayStation and pretended to be Dollhouse for a minute. But it never moved like a final season should *, and you can make a fair argument that overthrowing Samaritan took too long.

This finale though... this finale basically makes up for it all. Sure the ending is a bit jarringly neat, with the Machine taking on impossible odds, winning because There's No Way We Can Lose, and coming back fine, and it kind of betrays a bunch of ideas the show had been setting up before this. But truth be told it's hard to care. John going out with a smile to that music, Grace and Harold reuniting, the other music (sorry Fagen Thygia, but the final piece never did that much for me), monologues about ordinary people that matter, John's final piece of backstory, a few more jokes for the road, maybe you never really die and maybe it's not the end at all, but either way the numbers never stop coming. Holy hell. This episode broke me into pieces and made me cry every time, all the more for its being so unexpected.

I wouldn't call this a *perfect* ending. Not sure why. But it feels like a perfect ending for Person of Interest. Arbitrary_greay has come up with so many good ideas I'd never have thought of, never have thought to thought of. But this still feels like a perfect ending. Person of Interest could go on for years and simultaneously (haha ;) ) never needs to have another episode. POI looking back comes across as a show that did everything that it wanted it to do, and if it didn't do everything that *we* wanted it to do, then again it seems hard to complain. It's our story now.

There are shows that have warped my mind (this is a good thing btw) for reasons I'm not entirely sure I understand. They've managed to stay with me, in other words. More than most shows have. The list is small, ill-defined, and forever incomplete. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is hopefully still one. Revolutionary Girl Utena is probably one too, but I need to think about it more. Doctor Who took a long time and outside help to become one. Twin Peaks: The Return was one from the end of Part 2. Orphan Black is one for some reason, though that final episode helped a lot. And Person of Interest is one of those too. It's not the best one on that list, or the one I like most, but that doesn't matter. It's there, and I'll be forever grateful for it.

And I will remember.

* In fairness to S5 (and this isn't to criticise anyone, it's just that it's something I haven't seen anyone else mention but I'm open to correction!) after its first week CBS aired new episodes on both Mondays *and* Tuesdays, and didn't stop until it hit "The Day the World Went Away". They even aired "QSO" and "Reassortment" on the same night. While I'd heard about this beforehand I forgot when it came to watching the actual episodes, so at the time it felt like a 13-episode season that was being paced like a 22-episode season. In real time the bulk of the season was moving twice as fast as normal, and though looking back there's still a fair argument to be made that S5 coasts a fair bit, watching it one episode a night (as I did) didn't provide a reasonable sense of how it played out on first run.


10 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Person o... · 0 replies · +3 points

Firstly before I do anything else, as it looks like we're not getting a Q&A for this show, the fabulous Abigail Nussbaum on the stealth futurism of Person of Interest.

12 weeks ago @ - Weekly Shenanigans · 0 replies · +2 points

Honestly sometimes it feels like it's been in the making as long as I've been alive, even if it clearly hasn't (not that far off though...). Remember when Robert de Niro was meant to be producing it way back when? Say what you want about the technology (though I wouldn't mind seeing Haven be more practical for some reason), what I've always figured is that they've taken so long that they've ended up missing the boat. Then again the next thing I've nearly always thought after that is that they could just reissue the books again, so I guess the boat will be wherever they need it to be!

12 weeks ago @ - Weekly Shenanigans · 0 replies · +2 points

It's a tiny bit funny actually, because when I looked this up on Variety they were saying about the actor they got for Arty that it'd be "her feature debut" and I got really excited. Then I read more into it and got a bit deflated, but hearing Judi Dench was cast made me go Oh! again. Gonna be really interesting to see what she's like, especially since when I reread the books a few years back I realised Root was basically your standard stereotypical precinct chief. Which, great as she is, is... not the kind of role I associate with her. Though this means they could be going for something different, and I'm happy to wait and see how it turns out!

But yeah, if Root's going to be female now that's definitely going to shake up the dynamic a bit. (Could still play it as Holly trying to prove Root wasn't a fluke with Root going harder on her than she normally would... which on the one hand might not make the most sense but on the other hand is essentially Protector of the Small, so it could still work! Would definitely give her arc more resonance too) I remember hearing this film is actually going to be the first two books taken together though, so it could be they've decided they can afford to let that go, which I'm not sure is the best idea they've had.

Nonso Anozie as Butler though? That's all of the awesome.