i dunno if this is the place for this...
our hold over what are we watching thread is in Cinema Verdict and then there is DVD forum.
but I have been watching Television on DVD.. so is this where i put it?
or is there one in some other place i haven't seen yet? let me know and i will move it.
i really don't like the new multiforum aspect i think in a word it bites.
'cest la vie.
So far this month I have been stuck in a Canadian Loop.
I cruised through all the Corner Gas seasons that are on DVD S1-4
then I pulled out Slings and Arrows S1-3
and now i am working my way through Da Vinci's Inquest of which not enough seasons are on DVD
and rewatching Due South S1-4
I loved Corner Gas, the only way I can describe it to people is that it's like Seinfeld, in that it's a show about nothing, but good. you have your ensemble cast in a SK town of 500 and each episode is a little bit of nothing that is very very funny. As the series gets more comfortable it integrates quite a number of imaginary sequences and Canadian Cameos. My only problem is that there aren't any more seasons.
Slings and Arrows can't be explained properly, it is dramady set at a repertory theatre festival not unlike the The Stratford Festival, portraying all the behind the scenes malarkey with equal weight for management and artist story lines. As in Due South Paul Gross is once again talking to invisible ghosts...(btw he has been cast as the Daryl Van Horne character in this seasons Eastwick) I found it insanely enjoyable show to watch and probably the most literary show this side of West Wing.
Da Vinci's Inquest I hadn't seen before, they run it late night sometimes but I like to watch things in sequence. It lay somewhere between CSI and L&O:CI, and i actually like it better than any of the CSI canon. The series central character is the Coroner who has great latitude and powers when deciding if something is or isn't a crime. This is an aspect of the law that has never been touched by US series TV so it's all new ground. And it's really really good.. I just finished Season 3 and boy howdy there are some creepy shows in there. I shouldn't have been watching the one about the landlady poisoning her tenants at 3am.
Due South is starting to get a little dated, it has a very leftover 80s attitude to crime drama, it is technically a dramady with excursions into satire and self parody. But watching it again after all this time, it is interesting to watch Paul Haggis pay with the episode art form as a number of producer auteurs did in the 90s. A few dream sequences, a musical interlude, some kick ass car chases and a lot of absurdist story lines. but they did maintain a sense of self awareness that makes it easy to forgive. There's a couple of sequences early in season 3, when Fraser is now arguing with his deceased father on a regular basis, where they bring in Detective Vecchio's father for Ray to bicker with. Which i found profound for a silly little series. Instead of Fraser's relationship with his dead father being unusual, it just intimates that EVERYONE may have unresolved issues with a dead parent that they need to work on. brilliant idea.
Netflix sent me Torchwood: Children of the Earth to watch. I am on the fence about this...whereas it is really good science fiction, far and aware above normal, Stargate shoot em up fare....i do think that it was a bit cruel and treated it's fans callously. Just because you can tear your fans hearts out, doesn't mean you should. I did use a few naughty words when talking about Russell T. Davies.
"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" - Douglas Adams