Oh, its the tired old switcheroo. The supposedly evil butterflies are actually good guys, and Murn is the real bad guy.
I think I preferred the delusional Peacemaker. The fact he is so efficient makes him scary. This ignorant anti-hero who needs redemption bit is tired. Like many of the jokes so far in PM.
Vigilante is shaping up to be the best part of PM. Though, I gotta say it makes me feel all kinds of bad to want to see Robert Patrick running around as the White Dragon. Also, Danielle Brooks is at least not as wooden as the other actors on the show. I do like her character as Wallers daughter.
I'll have to dig it up, but that does not seem to be the case.
Yeah, I certainly thought about that. There were some Easter eggs dropped in the final season that makes me think the authors were rethinking the 30 year time jump. I believe they were going to do a 5 year jump so they could continue with the actors as is. Guess we shall see.
So the showrunners had already written and built the set for Laconia when Amazon dropped the final season bomb on them. Was just too late to drop it. I suppose it gives the hope of saving the Expanse (again) but im not sure if any body would.
I think so far the big mistake is not developing the main characters. Suian sanche has more characterization at this point than all three male leads.
It was really odd that the middle wheel spinning episodes focused so little on the main characters, not even the villains, but the support characters got all the focus. Not saying these characters are not good, but so little is spent on the dragon reborn potentials.
I kind of hinted at this earlier, my opinion of course, but there seems to be an Amazon formula for their series. They all tend to feel the same. 3 excellent episode dump that sets up the season perfectly to start, then followed by tons of wheel spinning filler, and finally an overstuffed season finale that moves at break neck speed.
I know Amazon is content on doing a weekly release, but the content so far doesnt work well for it. Amazon is getting better all the time, but they are not WB/HBO level yet. I wish they would rethink their series formula and try something different.
I really enjoyed the final episode. The middle of this season was really boring. I like the set up for more stories to come, though hope some of the villainous folks get more screen time.
I dont like the death fake out stuff in any type of writing. I wish they would have gone a different direction in the city siege.
So, im noticing a trend with Amazon series and content. The template seems to be an 8 episode season with a 3 episode premier followed by weekly releases. Those 3 episode dumps are usually great setups with some of the season's best content. Then, the weekly episode drops tend to waver in quality as they spin the wheels on a series of "will they or wont they" questions for the audience that is then wrapped up neatly at the season ending episode. I've seen this with The Boys, The Expanse, and now Wheel of Time.
I'm in that wheel spinning phase with WoT and im just waiting for the interesting bits. Thom the bard, the white cloak inquisitor Valda, and that sketchy merchant Padin. Is it bad I care more about these characters then the main cast, or is it just hunger for something to actually happen?
Sounds like you are already out but it does get better in the middle, of course, before getting bad again.
It may have been tough to get Vicious right, but im not convinced it would be impossible live action. Vicious is ruthless and cunning and only rarely (usually by Spike) caught off guard. Instead we got the old cliché mob boss son who is a coward idiot that fails forward and eventually murders their father to take over. Yawn.
Julia has very little screen time in the anime, but a huge presence. Thats something I wish western media would get better at. Instead everybody has to be explained away, everyone has to have an arc. Its become cliché itself for the good guys to become bad guys and bad guys to become good guys. I'll want to puke when Vicious gets loose and joins up with Spike in season 2 for his redemption story.
It has been a while since I watched the animated series but were the bounties in the first episode always supposed to be Antonio Banderas and Selma Hayek from Desperado?
I recall it having that feel, yeah. I mean, not so much the Desperado bit, but the Banderas and Hayek if you mean latinx.
Tristan d'Ambrosius wrote:
Non-reader, watched the first 4 episodes over the last 2 days. So, are we supposed to care about the characters? Because I found no reason to care about the 4 suspected dragons throughout 4 episodes. The magic lady and her warder? There's a little to work with there, but mostly because of him. Too many sweeping wide shots of landscapes. Each one takes me out of what little engagement I have with each episode. I don't get it.
Yeah, I dont have too much interest in the characters either. So far, the only thing keeping me interested is learning about the world, the mystery, and this journey to the tower. Im hopping not, but expecting, my interest to plummet once they reach the tower and info dump us on all this dragon reborn stuff. Kind of like LotR once fellowship ends.
I actually liked the subversion of the super villain trope with BoE. There is all kinds of stories in the past, but now they are just tired old folks. More importantly, some of them want to change and seek redemption which is the theme of the season.
Thats the thing that keeps me coming back to Doom Patrol its never your typical journey. Oh, and its weird as hell.
Yeah the info dump was general and not specific. I would have preferred if they told us some of the factions so we have some idea whats going on. All we know is that there are women wizards and apparently folks who kill them on sight. Been nice to know some of that before hand. Also, yes its fine having two rivers folks be rural and not know the world and use them to expand it for us audience.
I'm an amateur singer and musician, and I thought Willaume was fantastic. /shrug
Im only half way so im looking forward to more Julia. Though, so far im disappointed in the damsel in distress role they have written. She seemed more cut throat and capable in the anime. Though, vicious seems completely off in the live action and has a lot to do with making Julia seem weak. Viscous is easily the worst part of this. I cant stand any scene with Hassel.
Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
Unfortunately, they changed up the haunted house quite a bit. Also, the ending is very different. Outside of those elements, I think they did a very good job adapting the book to a series.
I am actually fine with this. There are no Asian, Black, etc... people in WoT that I am aware of. No need to call any of that out or honor anybody. It is really nice to just see a variety of people, just being people. I do think they could have made folks clothing and accents a bit different (they even call such out in the dialogue).
So, rocked the pilot and...
Hyper Space, costumes, spaceships/vehicles all look fantastic. Really a feast for the eyes. Yoko Kanno soundtrack kept (wish we got some more new tracks from Kanno, but hey its still classic Seatbelt powered soundtrack!) Fight scenes are fun and fresh. Actor playing Julia is hawt.
It sounds like Dr. Yuel had a scene or two cut. One with Jessica discussing his wife. Not sure how long they were but I agree with you that just a little more exposure would have made better sense. I also agree that its an enjoyable movie and this is just nitpicking.
lol. It's true usually I'd take this with a grain of salt, but there was an image that clearly looked like the dinner/banquet scene. Maybe its photoshopped, but I've heard from multiple places the scene exists and even Bautista mentioned it.
I'll third this notion. The novel Dune is excellent.