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Is anyone watching "The River" besides me?


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So far I've enjoyed it, although the pilot episode stretched my boundaries of "logic" regarding how quickly, and almost casually the characters accepted the presence of "magic" and "the supernatural".

The episodes, are, as usual, fairly predictable, but there are enough creepy moments to keep my watching.

What about anyone else?

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I just watched the latest episode tonight. I started watching it because it has Bruce Greenwood (of 90's UPN "Nowhere Man" fame - which was one of the coolest shows ever), but it's had enough creepy moments to keep me watching. It, Fringe, and MLP:FiM are the only three fiction programs I'm really keeping up with at the moment.

I do keep thinking "why don't you all have dengue yet?" though.


Reminds me of the Paranormal movies but with more likable characters.

The back plot of some other group knowing about the source of magic doesn't really fit in with the over all story, yet. If some other group is after it there should be more evidence that they were there looking.

I agree with DungeonmasterCal that the crew is way to blase about all the supernatural stuff happening around them.

Overall not a bad show but I don't think it will last more than a season.


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Is anyone watching "The River" besides me?

Given the quality of the show, I suspect the answer is generally "no".

Okay, with that fun snark out of the way: Yes I am (for now), but it's dumb as hell.

- The "found footage" silliness was interesting when they did it for Blair Witch. It's been goofy since then. (And it doesn't bode well for the characters in the show. Looks like they bit the big one. So why am I watching, again?) It's also annoying.

- The one guy that actually makes sure to take the time to say he's Jewish gets wiped out in Ep 1. It was either him or token black guy.

- The camera positions and cameras themselves are pretty dumb and improbable. Good grief, how many do they have? And you really positioned it there? And there? Uh huh.

- Non-english-speaking chick is there just to be "creepy" and say [UNTRANSLATABLE] things. Bruce Greenwood would have saved himself a lot of time and energy if he just consulted with her.

- As mentioned above - these guys are pretty blase about all this supernatural stuff.

- They supposedly go to some strange and uncharted region of the Amazon... and some dude with an outboard motor drives by and sells them fruit? So are they far from civilization, or not?

- I'm still trying to figure out how they're powering their laptops or fueling their boat...

I'm still watching because I have hope that the overall story/mystery comes to the forefront and that the individual episodes get better - there's definitely potential, here. (Stupid hope!) It's better than Alcatraz, at least, which was truly terrible. Glad I dumped that POS. But, here's to irrational hope!

Osirion

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I watched the night it started, but haven't been able to bring myself to keep going.


I think they power the laptops and cameras by recharging the batteries with a portable solar collector. At least that'd be my guess. As for the fuel and the fruit peddler on the supposedly non-existent river, well, I got nuthin'.

I think the series is only supposed to have 8 episodes total for this season. So maybe it's designed to be wrapped up quickly. If it ends in a cliffhanger, I doubt it comes back.

I did steal (and tweak) the legend of the El Colgado (The Hanged Man) for my next adventure, though. It was a neat coincidence that the kid Emmett Cole left to hang had secret info, because it really echoes a lyric from "Revelations" by Iron Maiden (which in turn ties into the Egyptian theme of my current campaign).

Sorry, that wasn't relevant. Need more Mt. Dew.


Todd Stewart wrote:

I just watched the latest episode tonight. I started watching it because it has Bruce Greenwood (of 90's UPN "Nowhere Man" fame - which was one of the coolest shows ever), but it's had enough creepy moments to keep me watching. It, Fringe, and MLP:FiM are the only three fiction programs I'm really keeping up with at the moment.

I do keep thinking "why don't you all have dengue yet?" though.

nowhere man fistbump

The show BLEW MY MIND back in the day.


Freehold DM wrote:

nowhere man fistbump

The show BLEW MY MIND back in the day.

I've never heard of the show.


The acceptance of magic right away is more common than most people seem to believe. Especially when things like that are reported on the net and written in books all the time now. "Yes I have seen angels" "Yes I have encountered ghosts" etc. Apparently more and more people are having encounters with the supernatural or more people are just coming out of the closet so to speak. Sure most is BS so to speak, but... some might be true, and many people believe. So it isn't a stretch anymore for people to believe right away in a story line like it was 20 or even 10 years ago as it is more main stream now. The X-Files generation has grown up and Freaky Links are common now. Even people in suits are flakes now ;)

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Freehold DM wrote:
Todd Stewart wrote:

I just watched the latest episode tonight. I started watching it because it has Bruce Greenwood (of 90's UPN "Nowhere Man" fame - which was one of the coolest shows ever), but it's had enough creepy moments to keep me watching. It, Fringe, and MLP:FiM are the only three fiction programs I'm really keeping up with at the moment.

I do keep thinking "why don't you all have dengue yet?" though.

nowhere man fistbump

The show BLEW MY MIND back in the day.

Nowhere Man was one of the best shows ever. Glad to see that there's others who wish it had lasted longer than one season.


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I like it so far. It is entertaining. Sure it has alot of inconsistencies...and things that just don't make any sense. But it is still fun.


ZOMBIES? SERIOUSLY? When did this take a turn down the road to "Resident Evil"?


DungeonmasterCal wrote:
ZOMBIES? SERIOUSLY? When did this take a turn down the road to "Resident Evil"?

You mean Kurt isn't working for Umbrella Corp?


Spiral_Ninja wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
ZOMBIES? SERIOUSLY? When did this take a turn down the road to "Resident Evil"?
You mean Kurt isn't working for Umbrella Corp?

Ha ha, that would be an interesting turn of events.


Jam412 wrote:
Spiral_Ninja wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
ZOMBIES? SERIOUSLY? When did this take a turn down the road to "Resident Evil"?
You mean Kurt isn't working for Umbrella Corp?
Ha ha, that would be an interesting turn of events.

So, that's not going to happen. ;)

I do kinda like the show, and I like some of the new-to-US-viewers monsters they've used.

The doll tree/drowned child is a actual legend, btw.


That tree thing with the baby dolls was super creepy.

One thing that did bother me. In the first episode when they were introducing all of the characters, Who was the guy that Kurt beat up and threw overboard for touching his gun? Is that guy dead now? Why wasn't anybody bothered by that? It isn't like they have a big crew, that was like an eighth of their number, beaten unconscious and left to die in the Amazon. Nobody seemed to care.


Jam412 wrote:

That tree thing with the baby dolls was super creepy.

One thing that did bother me. In the first episode when they were introducing all of the characters, Who was the guy that Kurt beat up and threw overboard for touching his gun? Is that guy dead now? Why wasn't anybody bothered by that? It isn't like they have a big crew, that was like an eighth of their number, beaten unconscious and left to die in the Amazon. Nobody seemed to care.

The guy was the second camera man that started out with them. He survived the beating but was killed by the spirit from the stone they let loose from the sealed room.


Xabulba wrote:
Jam412 wrote:

That tree thing with the baby dolls was super creepy.

One thing that did bother me. In the first episode when they were introducing all of the characters, Who was the guy that Kurt beat up and threw overboard for touching his gun? Is that guy dead now? Why wasn't anybody bothered by that? It isn't like they have a big crew, that was like an eighth of their number, beaten unconscious and left to die in the Amazon. Nobody seemed to care.

The guy was the second camera man that started out with them. He survived the beating but was killed by the spirit from the stone they let loose from the sealed room.

Ah, okay. That is an ill-fated character.


Spiral_Ninja wrote:
The doll tree/drowned child is a actual legend, btw.

Here's a link to some of the photos of the real place. EEEeessshhh....

Creepy Dead Doll Island


DungeonmasterCal wrote:
ZOMBIES? SERIOUSLY? When did this take a turn down the road to "Resident Evil"?

Abandoned research facility? Zombies/cannibals? My wife and I looked at each other at the same time and said "Resident Evil?".

Of course, AFAIC, now it just got awesome. :P

Cheliax

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules Subscriber

I have been watching and I have enjoyed it so far. I gathered that since they had traveled and been involved in a lot of hairy situations which is why they are able to deal with the supernatural perhaps better than other people. Yet I also don't see the group as being unaffected as rather being able to still function and move on as they are usually in life or death situations with the said supernatural things.

I like the cannibal crazed people but I did not see them as zombies or if they were it was more like the 28 Days type zombies.

Andoran

Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules Subscriber
JoelF847 wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Todd Stewart wrote:

I just watched the latest episode tonight. I started watching it because it has Bruce Greenwood (of 90's UPN "Nowhere Man" fame - which was one of the coolest shows ever), but it's had enough creepy moments to keep me watching. It, Fringe, and MLP:FiM are the only three fiction programs I'm really keeping up with at the moment.

I do keep thinking "why don't you all have dengue yet?" though.

nowhere man fistbump

The show BLEW MY MIND back in the day.

Nowhere Man was one of the best shows ever. Glad to see that there's others who wish it had lasted longer than one season.

Not to keep thread jacking but... YES!!! Nowhere Man was an absolute trip! Loved Megan Gallagher in it, who went on to do my all time favorite show Millennium.

And back on topic... This week's "The River" was super cool. I struggled with Dr Cole the sharp shooter, but aside from that it was very 28 Days Later.

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