B list TV Series
C list, tried but gave up on:
My Name Is Earl
Boring and messy storyline
Total lack of humour
Ridiculous incestuous Justin Iris gaaazzzing
wtf Sofie moments:
sexual climax coincide with end of drought rain (really!)
turning from motherless emancipated tarot girl to Christian psycho sect subject to demon bred
Miscastings, Hallmark TV movie performances:
Tim DeKay (Jonesy, limb spitter)
Adrienne Barbeau (Ruthie, senior snake charmer) ” - stormt
Terrrriiible Manny Delgado kid, those lines should never have been written for any child role.
Stopped watching during season 2, tried again in S3, fast forwarding, minimal fun, it's over. ” - stormt
Irritating sloppiness piled up afterwards including:
Debra Morgan part (apparently written by 5 different writers via email)
boring Jimmy Smits whatever now again
Keith Carradine posing as FBI ace in clown smile and summer hat
David Zayas mandatory goofy hat and flower shirts
come on ” - stormt
Too much up tempo wise crack rush talk
Annoying oh-we-fixed-the-world-in-a-day-again arcs ” - stormt
Challenging pace, must hold the record for most dialogue per recorded footage.
Jane Krakowski 70% embarrassing career killer role ” - stormt
Short lived series to the point, only intriguing arc are David Brent and Gareths evolving madness which rest of the cast and the audience are left as dumbfounded spectators to ” - stormt
Sooo, all the things that worked flawlessly in season 1-3 comes back with a sloppy vengeance and it gets worse for every episode. Why are they letting down their characters in such a way?
Still an offbeat charmer but running out of ideas. We get to know Nancy and Andy much better though, grow up with Shane and Isabelle and suffer nicely with barking Doug. Alanis Morissette/Dr. Audra surprishingly refreshing as back in the day
Hunter Parrish/Silas not exactly maturing with accommodating acting chops, silly cougar Julia Bowen dream team
Celia stories loosing touch, here comes a lost daughter, a rehab, a red rebel, a lesbian wacko pyramid perfume queen and here they go again while Perkins are bashing her arms and rolling eyes every second scene.
Demián Bichir/Esteban whispering, gleaning, smoking 30 cm long cigars, omg
Guillermo! What!? Same mystery with Seychelle Gabriel/Adelita & Kate del Castillo/Pilar. Hardly colourful, completely nonsense soap storylines.
Daynah Burnett, popmatters
"I want to laugh at its jokes, but its constant oscillation between vilification and victimization of its female characters leaves me frustrated, and more than a little pissed off. The women of Weeds can be bitches, but the men are typically babies. Their behavior remains unchecked and unpunished, and their characterizations are mostly sympathetic, even as they can’t decide if they want Nancy to be Mommy or MILF." ” - stormt
All explanation of the 4000+ pages saga and legacy is given to characters to explain (instead of voice over narrator or similar) which just about works considering the magnitude.
Final screenplay turns out as a strange mix of noble family life, generic fantasy action, generic political power play and scheming and repeatedly gratuitous sex and incestuous relations*
Meanwhile every adult character inside any house is having a glass of wine in-between lines and closing scenes with waving in, evil James Bond villain style, guardsmen/happy whores/court jesters/able servants.
Still a compelling story and impressive production and cast effort overall.
'Playboy-TV-style' acc. to Ginia Bellafante at NY Times
clever & funny feminist piece on female depictions in GOT: http://tigerbeatdown.com/2011/08/26/enter-ye-myne-mystic-world-of-gayng-raype-what-the-r-stands-for-in-george-r-r-martin/
"This continent, of course, is swarming with feudal lords, traitorous schemers, prostitutes, women the lords treat like prostitutes, and women the show runners treat like prostitutes, nearly all of whom, children included, are protecting devastating secrets and itching to slit somebody, anybody's, throat. "
"...Every act of brutality, every assaulted woman, every exoticized barbarian is presented for the delectation of the audience. No prostitute appears on screen without her bosom already exposed, no transgressive sex act occurs without the frame of luxuriant tapestries or the glow of moonlight upon it. This show's historical misogyny and racism are purely aesthetic, and that's a problem we should hope this series works out on the double." ” - stormt