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25 May 2019 @ 05:51 am
Television Meme, Part 6  
What’s one show you could watch over and over?
There are so many. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Legend of the Seeker, Dark Angel, Dark Matter, Sense8, The Expanse, the list goes on and on. Seriously, there are just so many shows that I love that I can watch over and over and never get tired of them. I'm just someone who loves rewatching things that I found enjoyable, probably to the annoying degree of memorizing all the lines. I think unless a show significantly bothers me for some reason or I just felt indifferent towards (which has happened, there are shows that I've watched in full but have never had the urge to revisit since), most of them tend to have that rewatch quality. I would say pretty much the majority of my fandom list qualifies as such, to be honest.

What are your top 5 shows right now?
The Expanse, Agents of SHIELD, Cloak & Dagger, Runaways, and Critical Role. Though the latter has taken a backseat lately, due to me being way behind on episodes and kind of focusing on other things at the moment.

Who are your top 5 TV characters right now?
Daisy Johnson (Agents of SHIELD), Nico Minoru (Marvel's Runaways), Villanelle (Killing Eve), Bobbie Draper and Camina Drummer (The Expanse). Also, as a bonus, despite having no interest with Game of Thrones in years I have to mention Daenerys Targaryen, not only because the series has ended but also to show support for her.

Which TV show setting would you most like to visit?
I already mentioned The Expanse and Critical Role in a previous question in regards to a show I would love to guest star on, which is still very true. But aside from those, if I'm thinking about past shows I would have loved to have visited the Battlestar Galactica set. It would just be surreal, walking around the CIC, the hanger deck, getting to probably sit in one of the Vipers, etc. Even to go to the outside locations they filmed in Canada, for example, would be interesting to visit. I also would have loved to walk around the sets built for Serenity in Firefly. Hearing the stories about how the cast felt at home there, particularly the kitchen area, and how it appeared on the show, made it feel very warm and lived in and it makes you want to just physically be there with them.

But honestly, I'm that kind of a nerd who would love to visit any of the sets of my favorite shows because it would be such an experience.

Do you prefer 22 episode seasons, or 13?
These days I think shows could seriously benefit by having shorter seasons. I truly don't think every single show needs to have 22-24 episode seasons, because most of the time it's just unnecessary. Sometimes shows can tell a self-contained seasonal arc without having to stretch it out over that many episodes, without having pointless subplots and fillers that make little sense. I think ten or thirteen episodes is probably better for most shows out there. I also think it's deceptive since it's been ingrained in our minds that a show that gets their "back nine" from the network that it's going to be successful, because that's not really true. It's why people worry when a show gets shortened by a few episodes since that's viewed as an indicator that it might be cancelled. It's such a misleading and even manipulative tactic, for both those working on the show and the audience.

Is there a show coming out soon that you’re really excited about?
I think the only thing of late that I've been excited about is The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance which will be coming out this August, but otherwise I don't really know much of anything else. I don't really pay that close attention to upcoming new shows, as most of the time whenever I get into something new it usually already has aired some episodes or a full season.

If you could change one detail about any show, what would you change and why?
Not have certain shows filmed so dark where it makes it harder to see what is happening. This has been occurring a lot with some shows lately, and I honestly don't understand why, so adjusting that would be lovely. Lighting does make a world of difference, and there are different ways of making it work without ruining the tone or mood of the scene or atmosphere of the show itself.

What’s the longest amount of time you’ve ever watched a show in one sitting?
I can't really say for sure because I find myself binge-watching a lot more these days, so it's really hard to keep track on which shows I spend more time catching up on. I try to at least space of the episodes though so I'm literally not wasting hours trying to finish it all in one go, which is why it can take a few days. I think The Haunting of Hill House and Marvel's Cloak & Dagger were the two shows in recent memory where I ended up going from one episode to the other, simply because I was so engaged with the story that I wanted to see what happened next. It also worked because their seasons were rather short, ten episodes, which I think ten or less is a good amount of episodes to have a longer binge-watching experience.


Also, Matt Mercer just did a special one-shot D&D game with Stephen Colbert for Red Nose Day! It is pretty much nearly an hour of pure wholesomeness, with this being Stephen's first time venturing back into the world of D&D in decades. It's so amazing watching the two of them geek out, along with what people are considering the Mercer Effect with seeing how immersed Stephen was with his storytelling. Someone even pointed out that Matt used old school D&D terminology to kind of bring him back into the swing of things. It's just so awesome, and it's for a good cause too. Plus, I know that Matt and the rest of the CR cast have been wanting to get Colbert to be on their show somehow for a long while now, so their wish definitely came true.

I definitely think that, as they've grown much bigger in terms of starting their own company and the growing fan community surrounding their game, not to mention the immense success of their kickstarter campaign, it gives them these kinds of amazing opportunities.
 
 
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Chelsea: Marvel →  Tony Iron Mansictransits on May 25th, 2019 05:35 pm (UTC)
I agree, I wish more shows had 13 episodes per season instead of 22, with the exception maybe of the 30 minute shows. I find it harder to maintain interest in shows that have a full season, unless they are really really good.
Renée: Sense8. Riley Blue.rogueslayer452 on May 26th, 2019 12:48 am (UTC)
I find it easier to binge-watch shows that have 13/10 or less episodes than ones with a full-blown episode order. Since television, or ones done for streaming, have that in mind it's why a lot of them don't exceed beyond at least 13 episodes.
Laura: The Expanse: colorsviolateraindrop on May 25th, 2019 06:16 pm (UTC)
I rarely rewatch shows, because I kinda feel bad for not watching any of the shows on the long list of things I want to watch? That said, I own a bunch of shows I WANT to rewatch on DVD...

While I agree that 22 episodes are often too much, I believe that a show should just have how many episodes it needs, even if that number is not conventional. For example, S4 of Lucifer had 10 episodes which was too short in my opinion but seems to be a Netflix thing now. On Fox it had between 13 (first season) and 26 (S3 had two bonus episodes which were shot for S4). When I think of long seasons, I think of NCIS or Law&Order which have a lot of self-contained episodes. These seasons don't even seem that long for me, because you don't really have to keep up with a storyline and can miss episodes.

I read 'dark' in italics and thought "Yeah totally, some shows would really benefit from a lighter tone." And wanted to give The Flash as an example until I realize that you meant the lighting lol
But I also agree with that. One episode of The Handmaid's Tale was pretty bad (if I remember correctly), even though the visuals are usually great on the show.
Renéerogueslayer452 on May 26th, 2019 12:02 am (UTC)
I'm the opposite, since I know there are a lot of shows that I should get to watching, but oftentimes I end up just rewatching shows I'd already seen. This is usually in relation to needing to find the right time and mindset to watch some shows that I've been meaning to watch for some time, and in between that I just rewatch things.

I believe that a show should just have how many episodes it needs, even if that number is not conventional.

I do think this can be true in some cases, especially for procedural shows where, as you said, you don't really need to pay that close attention to the story since most of the episodes are pretty self-contained and there is no need for having a tighter episode order. I think that is acceptable. But for more plot-heavy shows I do think having a shorter season is preferable.

I read 'dark' in italics and thought "Yeah totally, some shows would really benefit from a lighter tone." And wanted to give The Flash as an example until I realize that you meant the lighting lol

lol, well to be fair I also agree with you on that, as well.

But yeah, I think lighting in shows needs to be considered more because I've heard so many people complaining (graphic makers in fandom specifically, but just in general as well) about how some shows/episodes are hard to see what's happening on the screen. A recent example is one of the episodes in the final season of Game of Thrones, so much that the cinematographer tried to defend it, to no avail. Regardless of the quality of the writing of the show itself, it did have some great visuals, but it's pointless when you can't see them.
Laura: The Expanse: Naomi Nagataviolateraindrop on May 26th, 2019 10:31 am (UTC)
I probably mentioned it before, but there was a study showing that re-watching shows you already know is more relaxing and overall a better experience for most people than watching a completely new show.

I meant more that maybe some shows need 10, others might need 11. I think most people definitely still think either 13 or 13+9. Lucifer might have benefitted from having one or two episodes more, not necessarily the full 22.

One of the few things I know about GoT is people saying that it looks like it's literally lit by a candle lol
Renéerogueslayer452 on May 26th, 2019 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and it makes sense. There's a familiarity and comfort in watching shows you've already seen and know what will happen, whereas watching newer shows it's like you have to be mentally prepared for whatever may be coming up that you don't know how it'll play out. I've even been stressed out by watching newer episodes of shows that I will sometimes need to watch a "comfort show" to calm myself down afterward.

One of the few things I know about GoT is people saying that it looks like it's literally lit by a candle lol

haha, that's a pretty accurate description.
Naomi: Buffy season 4 by thisisagraphicscommfrelling_tralk on May 31st, 2019 04:49 pm (UTC)
I remember that being a big controversy with the cinematographer claiming that people just need to adjust the setting on their TVs, and it being pointed out that that doesn’t always help when the streaming quality is poor to start with. I know that here in the U.K. at least Now Tv only streams it in 720 resolution, and so viewers were complaining about how fuzzy and dark that made that particular battle scene look. It does seem quite elitist to only judge your work by how it looks on your own super high tech equipment, and then claim that the thousands of people complaining that they can’t see it properly are just watching it wrong
Renée: Daenerys. Not a queen; a khaleesi.rogueslayer452 on May 31st, 2019 06:20 pm (UTC)
It does seem quite elitist to only judge your work by how it looks on your own super high tech equipment, and then claim that the thousands of people complaining that they can’t see it properly are just watching it wrong

Yeah, that really rubbed me the wrong way. That was just not a good look to have, placing the blame on other people instead of your own aesthetic style of filming the episode. Perhaps it was a defensive thing at the time, but it was certainly not a good move to start blaming people for "watching it wrong". :/ That seemed like such a flimsy excuse, too. I hope they take it as a learning lesson to, y'know, perhaps take into account that just because their high tech equipment reads the filming well doesn't always mean that it'll translate that way on various screens people are watching on at home.
haebin: der wahre könighaebin on May 26th, 2019 02:55 pm (UTC)
But honestly, I'm that kind of a nerd who would love to visit any of the sets of my favorite shows because it would be such an experience.
Oh yes, that would be cool! I always dreamed about visiting the whole Set of Lord of the Rings in New Zealand. *___*
Renée: Kahlan. Swept by the wind.rogueslayer452 on May 26th, 2019 10:04 pm (UTC)
I legit would love to go to New Zealand to visit/get a tour of Hobbiton. Plus, so many great shows were filmed there as well, such as Legend of the Seeker and Xena: Warrior Princess. I just think New Zealand is probably the place to be if you want to live in some kind of fantasy world, in general.
haebin: hiddenhaebin on May 30th, 2019 12:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, Xena! And Hercules! :D
I loved those series. XD
noybusiness: Leoben/Anders/Starbuck threesomenoybusiness on May 28th, 2019 01:20 am (UTC)
Also, as a bonus, despite having no interest with Game of Thrones in years I have to mention Daenerys Targaryen, not only because the series has ended but also to show support for her.



I think the only thing of late that I've been excited about is The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

I'm excited for that, too! Speaking of streaming services, looking forward to the return of Young Justice: Outsiders.

But honestly, I'm that kind of a nerd who would love to visit any of the sets of my favorite shows because it would be such an experience.

Did the question mean the set, or the actual setting?

Also, Matt Mercer just did a special one-shot D&D game with Stephen Colbert for Red Nose Day!

So good to know these people share our enthusiasm for things like D&D!
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Edited at 2019-05-28 01:21 am (UTC)