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09 February 2015 @ 01:28 am
TV Round Up  
It seems I only write now on LJ to talk about a TV show and here I am doing just that again!

I've made it clear that I'm watching Agent Carter and Elementary but here are a few other shows I've been checking out that have been entertaining.

Gotham: I binged watched this show in a couple of days on Hulu. I'd watched the pilot when it first aired and was okay with it but wasn't a big enough fan to keep going at the time. Now that the cast has settled into their roles, it's kind of taken off. On one hand, I'm not so into the more mobster storylines that are happening with Fish Mooney and Oswald Cobblepot, even if as I really like watching Jada Pinkett Smith in the former role. I do, however, like watching Gordon and Bullock investigating crime. Seeing all the famous Batman characters pop up has also been entertaining, although some have been better than others. I liked the idea of Edward Nygma working for the police and I even liked that he was sort of a crazy version of Spencer Reid. I'm less into how the show is rewarding his creepy stalker behavior toward Miss Kringle. I would have preferred her liking him from the start rather than her slowly give into what basically amounts to low key office harrassment.

How To Get Away With Murder: This show is completely my guilty pleasure. It's soapy and melodramatic and so many of the characters have zero shame but I can't stop watching it. I don't even know if I care about the main murder storyline that's running through the entire season. I think I'm more interested in all the characters' personal lives.

Fresh Off the Boat: We only have two episodes of this sitcom but so far, I like it. It's of note that this is the first show to star an entire Asian American family since Margaret Cho's All American Girl from the 90s. It's also a sitcom so characterizations will run wide and stereotypical at times but I thought some of the jokes related to being an Asian American kid growing up in the 90s with immigrant parents were pretty nuanced. Some viewers remarked on how the show was telling lazy racial jokes (like when the new white neighbors told Eddie that his English was very good even after he just said he was born in the US) but I liked how the show slipped those in to create the sort of environment Eddie is dealing with. FYI, when I watched this show with three of my friends who are Asian American, we all had variations of such incidents from our childhoods which all took place in the 90s. I also really liked watching Eddie's parents rightfully gang up on the principle of Eddie's school after Eddie nearly got suspended for defending himself after a fellow classmate called him a racial slur.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on February 9th, 2015 11:57 pm (UTC)
When I saw the previews for Fresh Off the Boat, I sort of cringed, and thought of the conversations we've had about Asian representation on television, so I'm glad that you're finding it all right. I suppose it being based on an actual Asian-American's experiences means that it's more likely to be affectionate than mocking in the humour.

I haven't seen it myself. I don't find sitcoms very enjoyable, for some reason. I liked Selfie and I watched Undateable last year, but I like to get invested in characters when I watch, and it's harder to do that with sitcoms.

Edit: Hiddleston and Cumberbatch keep finding each other at award show after parties, and it makes me happy because it's like our tea parties are totally legit.

Edited at 2015-02-09 11:59 pm (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 11th, 2015 12:35 am (UTC)
I suppose it being based on an actual Asian-American's experiences means that it's more likely to be affectionate than mocking in the humour.

I think FOB got a lot of people anxious in the previews partly because the parents in the show do thick Taiwanese accents. I worried about that myself but in watching the show the accents themselves are not used as a joke or for humor which I think makes all the difference.

The thing about sitcoms is that they tend to purposefully skimp on character development because it's more about the lighthearted humor. Given that, I'm totally willing to let things remain on a superficial, lighthearted level with this show.

Hiddleston and Cumberbatch keep finding each other at award show after parties, and it makes me happy because it's like our tea parties are totally legit.

Aren't they also neighbors? Or did one of them eventually move?
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on February 11th, 2015 12:47 am (UTC)
I worried about that myself but in watching the show the accents themselves are not used as a joke or for humor which I think makes all the difference.

That's good. I suppose there's a thin line between accents that are realistic and accents that are comedic, and it must be hard to find the right level--especially if you're working with actors who actually have those accents, though in this case, it looks like all the actors are American born.

As Arthur Shappey will prove, just because you have the cultural blood in you does not mean you can replicate the way of speaking.

The thing about sitcoms is that they tend to purposefully skimp on character development because it's more about the lighthearted humor.

I tend to enjoy British sitcoms more than American ones. Maybe it's just more the sense of humour. I tend to enjoy British shows in general more than American ones.

Aren't they also neighbors? Or did one of them eventually move?

They definitely did used to live around the corner from each other, but I don't know if they still do. Ben might have moved in with Mrs Cumberbatch-to-be somewhere, or in prep for baby!Batch's arrival.



Edited at 2015-02-11 12:48 am (UTC)
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on February 11th, 2015 02:24 am (UTC)
I think Robin Lord Taylor is doing a fantastic job of being terrifying and creepy. He's so darned good at it that I'm wishing for fewer scenes with him in them. Jada Pinkett Smith burns up the screen, but otherwise, I'm not that interested in watching the bad guys. I feel like I've fallen into the wrong show, and I can't get out!

I'm glad to hear that you like Fresh Off the Boat—I'm torn between wanting to try it and knowing that I cannot add a single other show to my list. I also don't generally enjoy sitcoms. (I don't know how I watched The Big Bang Theory as long as I did; I realized at some point that I'd been mostly hate-watching for a long time, and I didn't even know when that had started.)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 11th, 2015 03:52 am (UTC)
He's so darned good at it that I'm wishing for fewer scenes with him in them.

He's so good at being creepy! Like, I get uncomfortable watching him sometimes because he's so good at being shamelessly grasping and slimy.

I don't know how I watched The Big Bang Theory as long as I did; I realized at some point that I'd been mostly hate-watching for a long time, and I didn't even know when that had started.

I used to hate-watch The Big Bang Theory as well. And then one day I just ran out of free time and I could finally leave it for those reasons.

One thing I'll say to put in a plug for Fresh Off the Boat is that it features a really great couple. Eddie's parents are awesome.