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Thesifer
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Has anyone watched the Pilot? And if so what did you think?

The premise is ..... interesting. I'm not sure the believability is there, at least not from the first episode. Maybe they can explain some of the things away later on as the show moves on.

Some complained the acting was bad, but I disagree. I think the chemistry for the actors is a work in progress, and the acting could use some polish - but that always comes with time if the shows last. People were calling it bad, and saying they miss Terra Nova if that says anything. I thought the acting in that show was horrid, throughout.

So what do you guys think?

(The Pilot is on Hulu for those that haven't seen it, and care to.)

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I randomly wandered past another option as well.

Streaming on Blastr via NBC. Fair warning, NBC still hasn't figured out this whole 'playing video' thing.

Haven't watched it yet but I'm really looking forward to it. Eric Kripke (creator of Supernatural) is one of my favorite producers and creative people working in entertainment right now.

[ September 11, 2012, 09:54 AM: Message edited by: AchillesHeel ]

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Honestly it seems "ok" so far, I can't say great. It has a sort of "Jericho / Lost" feel to it if you ask me. I'm definitely going to give this season a shot. I've watched some of Supernatural, and need to catch up on the rest.
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It can go a lot of different ways from here, the overarching subplot screams of Jericho but the I would imagine that the episode to episode will play closer to the traveling and smaller post-apocylipse living. I'm not sold on the show yet but this had better get more ratings than Honey Boo Boo.

I'm gonna have to find a way to watch the running series, NBC had me ready to assault the screen with its flash card version fight scenes and character important emotive expressions.

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I liked it just fine, didn't blow me away or anything like that. There have been a lot of Jericho comparisons, but the premise actually reminds me a bit more of Jeremiah (but not nearly as good), did anyone watch that JMS show on Showtime?

I generally think these types of shows are served better on cable where they can be a little more gritty/realistic, this felt a bit clean to me. I think they can make up for it with characters who are really compelling. We'll see.

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I saw it. It was okay. Giancarlo is great, Dany is well acted, and Miles has a cool presence. But it did feel a little like it was going through (the genre) motions. I'll watch more episodes.
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I was underwhelmed. It just never gave me a reason to be invested in it. I wanted to like it, and I will give it several more chances/episodes. So far it feels like a 1 season flop.

I think I was mostly dissapointed because I was looking forward to seeing society go through the collapse after the outage. Jumping 15 years into the future took out the most interesting part of the premise for me.

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I don't think I have the energy to put into another one of these kinds of shows that'll probably be canceled in within a season.

I have zero faith in the network's willingness to invest in anything other than an instant blockbuster hit.

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I'm definitely looking forward to it. Better than nothing.

I already anticipate getting into it and then watching it get canceled after the first season!

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quote:
Originally posted by Tammy:
I already anticipate getting into it and then watching it get canceled after the first season!

You can't take the sky from me!
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Apparently they can...and did. [Grumble]
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We are currently living in a place with limited tv channels so I didn't get to see this yet but I really want to!
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Remember, the pilot is streaming on Hulu and NBC. NBC has always had a fairly liberal streaming policy, updating within three days or so of airing. They might not be able to stream in a straight line but choppy video is better than none sometimes.
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Yes, I too would have loved to have seen much, much more of Firefly. * disappointed face*

I just watched the pilot. There were quite a few [Roll Eyes] moments, but I always expect those.

How does one keep a low profile living in the grandest joint in town providing folks with alcohol?

Maybe replace the obvious health issue problem, asthma, with something off the beaten path.

The ending just annoyed me. Completely!

I do like Zak Orth's character.

It would have been entertaining to have seen a little more of what everyone went through, initially after the blackout. That's what drew me in to S. M. Stirling’s “Dies The Fire”. When they started actually living quite nicely and rarely needed to scavenge any longer, I kind of drifted off in that series.

Huge serious post-apocalyptic genre junkie here!

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I predict we will get our fair share of flash backs to the missing time periods, for reasons I won't get into because they are spoilery for those who haven't seen the pilot yet.

The one thing that really did bother me about the pilot though was that in 15 years, none of the adults aged, AT ALL. It just kinda bugged me.

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quote:
Originally posted by dansigal:
I predict we will get our fair share of flash backs to the missing time periods, for reasons I won't get into because they are spoilery for those who haven't seen the pilot yet.

The one thing that really did bother me about the pilot though was that in 15 years, none of the adults aged, AT ALL. It just kinda bugged me.

I don't think my post had any juicy easter eggs in it, did it? [Smile]

Yes, that bothered me as well. Men age well, but seriously, not a day older?

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They "aged" but definitely not 15 years aged. A little makeup, pretty subtle.

They will be doing tons of flashbacks. The regular cast includes people that are no longer alive etc.

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Good non-spoiler review

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maureen-ryan/revolution-review_b_1879369.html

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I'm going to give this like six or ten episodes before I jump into it. If the reviews are solid, I'll give it a shop. I did the same thing with that dinosaur time traveling show and it totally sank. I'm hoping this one does really well, because the idea is very interesting and the people behind it are very talented. Here's hoping.
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quote:
Originally posted by Jeff C.:
I'm going to give this like six or ten episodes before I jump into it. If the reviews are solid, I'll give it a shop. I did the same thing with that dinosaur time traveling show and it totally sank. I'm hoping this one does really well, because the idea is very interesting and the people behind it are very talented. Here's hoping.

I wish I'd taken this approach with The Event. And V. And Falling Skies. And Terra Nova. And a dozen other shows that sucked. Oh well, there's always Doctor Who and the last season of Fringe to keep me company.
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I was spoiled by Breaking Bad. It was so awesome that it ruined every other show by comparison.
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Homeland is still great.
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quote:
Originally posted by Aros:
quote:
Originally posted by Jeff C.:
I'm going to give this like six or ten episodes before I jump into it. If the reviews are solid, I'll give it a shop. I did the same thing with that dinosaur time traveling show and it totally sank. I'm hoping this one does really well, because the idea is very interesting and the people behind it are very talented. Here's hoping.

I wish I'd taken this approach with The Event. And V. And Falling Skies. And Terra Nova. And a dozen other shows that sucked. Oh well, there's always Doctor Who and the last season of Fringe to keep me company.
Falling Skies is one of the few shows of the last few years that I think has been very solid, for a concept post-apocalyptic sci-fi show.

With the exception of some of the child actors, I think it's actually been pretty solid.

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I've tried watching Falling Skies, I don't know exactly what it is, but I can't stand the writing and the acting feels forced. I get no sense that they actually care about each other while watching.
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quote:
Originally posted by Thesifer:
I've tried watching Falling Skies, I don't know exactly what it is, but I can't stand the writing and the acting feels forced. I get no sense that they actually care about each other while watching.

Season 1 or Season 2? Because Season 1 was average at best, but Season 2 really stepped up its game if you want fun science fiction television.
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quote:
Originally posted by Thesifer:
I've tried watching Falling Skies, I don't know exactly what it is, but I can't stand the writing and the acting feels forced. I get no sense that they actually care about each other while watching.

Really? See I feel the exact opposite.
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I plan on giving it another shot if I can get finished up with season 1. Can't remember if I watched all of that one. I know sometimes it can take cast and writing a season or so to hit their stride, but I couldn't stand the first 10 (at least) episodes.
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I enjoy Falling Skies. Can't wait to see what this next season brings.

I also have tempered my excitement with the possibility that there may not be a next season.

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It's been renewed for a third season next summer.
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quote:
Originally posted by dansigal:
It's been renewed for a third season next summer.

[Smile]
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Watching this now. It's not good, on multiple levels.
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I saw the pilot last night and didn't find it all that compelling. I didn't connect with any of the characters sufficiently to care about them and didn't get enough of the "mystery" to wonder about that. They could have slowed the plot down enough to do more development of both. Maybe that will happen in flashbacks. I'll give it another couple of episodes anyway.
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Also watched Last Resort. Production and acting level on it seem pretty decent.

The Navy side of things is pretty close to how things really go. There were a few dramatic liberties, but overall it should at least be interesting.

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quote:
Originally posted by Thesifer:
I've tried watching Falling Skies, I don't know exactly what it is, but I can't stand the writing and the acting feels forced. I get no sense that they actually care about each other while watching.

I agree. And if people tell me to stick it out for season 2, I just don't know if I can. I really thought the first few episodes were horrible.

Babylon 5 was the same way. I'm sure the last few seasons really are wonderful. I just can't make it through the first.

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quote:
Originally posted by Thesifer:
Also watched Last Resort. Production and acting level on it seem pretty decent.

The Navy side of things is pretty close to how things really go. There were a few dramatic liberties, but overall it should at least be interesting.

I am looking forward to it. Though I guarantee it will not make it past 22 episodes, probably not even 12.
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quote:
Originally posted by Stephan:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Thesifer:
[qb] I've tried watching Falling Skies, I don't know exactly what it is, but I can't stand the writing and the acting feels forced. I get no sense that they actually care about each other while watching.

I agree. And if people tell me to stick it out for season 2, I just don't know if I can. I really thought the first few episodes were horrible.

Babylon 5 was the same way. I'm sure the last few seasons really are wonderful. I just can't make it through the first. (Though the pilot is wonderful.)

[ September 24, 2012, 06:46 PM: Message edited by: Stephan ]

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There are a lot of shows with quality control issues.
- Dollhouse didn't get good until near the end of first season.
- I hear that both Alphas and Falling Skies got better into the second half of Season 1 (but I couldn't stick out either), and that Sarah Connor Chronicles was ten times better in the second season.
- Walking Dead sucked for half of the second season.
- Heck, Fringe was only middling until near the end of the first season, and now it's one of the best shows on tv.

It's sad when a lot of these shows are heavily promoted where quality is all over the map (these, The Event, Alcatraz, Terra Nova, etc) are all over the map, and fantastic shows like Awake can't create any buzz.

On a side note during award season, I would like to see some acting awards (or at least nominations) for genre. Both Fringe and Person of Interest deserved nods.

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I've seen all of Dollhouse. I would say it's all generally dumb, contrived fun.
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The problem seems to be that actors take a little while to start clicking with each other. Sometimes by the time they do, the show is cancelled.

I think Last Resort already seems like a cohesive team. As long as they have plans on where to go, and somehow keep the action and suspense up, it will be worth watching and last.

Will be something to watch. So far caught my attention better than Revolution.

I'm generally willing to give shows two seasons, but only once they are out on blu ray.

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quote:
Originally posted by Aros:
There are a lot of shows with quality control issues.
- Dollhouse didn't get good until near the end of first season.
- I hear that both Alphas and Falling Skies got better into the second half of Season 1 (but I couldn't stick out either), and that Sarah Connor Chronicles was ten times better in the second season.
- Walking Dead sucked for half of the second season.
- Heck, Fringe was only middling until near the end of the first season, and now it's one of the best shows on tv.

It's sad when a lot of these shows are heavily promoted where quality is all over the map (these, The Event, Alcatraz, Terra Nova, etc) are all over the map, and fantastic shows like Awake can't create any buzz.

On a side note during award season, I would like to see some acting awards (or at least nominations) for genre. Both Fringe and Person of Interest deserved nods.

I think the problem with the first season of Fringe was the length of the episodes. 50+ minutes works for HBO and in England with 10 - 12 episode seasons. That was a great example of more being less. I never watch commercials anyways, except with the morning news.
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The violence in this show is a bit of an overkill. [Roll Eyes] It's turning me off, quickly.
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I couldn't stay interested through the second episode (I was fighting to do so through the first). Yes, the violence is overdone. It's like they're so busy showing me that everyone went medieval that they stopped making the people compelling. I just don't care about them at all.
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I enjoyed the second episode more than the first. Introduction of the rebels gave some context to the title of the show and adds some dimension, I'm interested in where that story line goes.

I have no problem with the violence. It makes the show more realistic/believable. There are real stakes in this world. Bad guys don't go away just cause you show them mercy and the good guys gotta get their hands dirty if they want to survive or do good. Makes me feel confident they aren't "terra noving" this show, aka, taking a potentially interesting scenario and making it nice and safe and giving everyone beautiful granite kitchen counters. And let's be real, its not even compared to what we'd see if this show was on cable, let alone premium cable.

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quote:
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Better than nothing.

I came into this thread to ask if the show is as disappointing as it looks, and this was the first post my eyes landed on.
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I think it sucks. I watched two episodes and it is so simple and predictable that it makes me laugh...
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It's sloppy, badly written violence. There are shows that are riveting, that I can't wait to watch and that I think about for quite awhile after watching, that are stuffed with violence. It's just well written violence. [Dont Know]

There are going to be bad guys that the good guys are going to have to battle. I'm all over that. I just don't care for the way it's being played out.

I finally finished watching the second episode. I initially turned it off after the hungry deer killing guy was killed. Wait, maybe it was after Miles snapped the Militia guys neck. Maybe Miles is just irritating me. I don't know. I do know that Danny irritates me. As always, I enjoy watching Giancarlo Esposito! I can watch him all day.

I was interested when Danny and Charlie's mom appeared. I also like the flashbacks, just wish they had more.

Foust - The idea of it was better than nothing. Now that I'm two episodes in, I will record it and watch it when I have nothing else to watch. So, better than nothing? Personal opinion. [Smile]

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It has my interest. I want to see where it is going. I think the best part of the show are the flashbacks (from Highlander to Lost the flashbacks always seem to be the best part).

I am bothered by the age of the British woman. She seems way to young to have a 15 - 16 year old.

I am also curious if they are going to bring up how successful cultures in the past dealt with not having electricity.

Steam powered boats? Coal powered trains? Pony express? As little as I like steam punk, I think it would better suit this story then the medieval aspect they seem to want to go for.

If guns work I have a hard time imagining our military being taken over by this guy. With all the massive amount of firearms in our country, I can't fathom so many being taken away by the militia.

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Great! Now I have "Who Wants to Live Forever" stuck in my head...
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Were the first Ford cars electric?
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Of course not, but I think they are operating under the idea that outside of the direct control of various militia groups the world is too dangerous and chaotic for anyone to be truly beneficial.

I'm not opposed to the amount and pacing of the violence, but I can't stand how it is done. Machettes are not swords, please stop calling them swords. Where are they replacing these "swords?" because when you block something with the edge it errodes the edge which you then sharpen by grinding and peeling off metal, invariably weakening the durability of the weapon. Most machettes are stainless steel and are famous for being rust resistant not super hard and tough. Note to the editor, stop guzzling Red Bull and let an action shot last longer than half a second. Some of us would actually like to know who is doing what when they fight. The principles need to get injured, they just do. I'll be the first one to scoff when the makeup is done wrong or the wound heals magically fast but don't pretend that they are super-mega-video-game-level badasses who never ever get touched.

Two episodes in and I am sick of the girls sad puppy dog face. It is really the most poignant thing about her so far, if the show holds on she may show less range than Kristen Stewart.

The chubby guy. I like the actor even though I can't name where I know him from but his age is really really wrong. Episode one has him mentioning being super rich off of Google, but he is in his thirties. So fifteen years ago he was atop the business world and owned his own plane, which must have impressed his girlfriends parents when he picked her up for prom.

Am I the only one who feels condescended to when they name female protagonists boy names? as if it immediatly designates her as more self-reliant and capable.

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