Summer update

July 23, 2019

It’s that point in the month where I realize I’d better get going on all the things I said I was going to finish by the end of the month.

A couple of reminders:

The Jean Cocteau Cinema has signed books by me for sale.

My long review of the film Tolkien, and mini-critique of the genre of Idyllic English Schoolboys Do Things, is up at Lightspeed.

I’m behind on movies. I don’t even know what’s showing, which isn’t like me at all.

TV? I’m trying to catch up on last year’s season of Supergirl, that’s how far behind I am. And guys, I gotta tell you, it’s a slog. The standard 23 episode season isn’t really designed to be binged, and feels interminable after the short streaming seasons. It’s like you need that whole week between episodes to forget just how bad it all is, but when you watch episodes back to back, all you see is how bad it is.

I still like the show’s positive ethos. I love that it has rooms full of professional, sharp women solving problems. But holy cow there are times when all these characters are dumb as bricks. The entire plot is built on characters keeping stupid secrets from each other for stupid reasons. There’s a point where Kara is explaining why she can’t tell Lena she’s Supergirl, and I’m thinking, “Lena is literally the only person in that room who doesn’t know, how the hell does this make any sense.”

And the heavy-handed “issue” episodes are groaningly, agonizingly bad. Like, fine, include issues. Have ripped-from-the-headlines stories, sure. But having the characters deliver lectures cribbed from FB memes? Having deep important issues suddenly be relevant for all of ten minutes and then never mentioned again?  It’s painful. Just stop.

I think for next season I’m going to watch all the DC crossover episodes and skip the rest.

This is why it’s been really hard for me to find something to watch. Apparently my tolerance has bottomed out this summer.

 

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3 Responses to “Summer update”

  1. Carbonman Says:

    Yes, Supergirl is pretty dumb but I’ve managed to watch it for some fun actors. It probably won’t stay on my viewing list after the big crossover that’s Steven Amell’s swan song for Arrow.
    The Flash just got too repetitive for me and I’ve only seen a couple of episodes in the last 2 years. LoT only kept my interest for a season. DC needs to really improve their TV game.

  2. carriev Says:

    There was a stretch when they were so dynamic and interesting and trying crazy things… I’m not sure if the shows have changed or if my viewing patience has just plummeted. But yeah, no one’s talking about these shows like they used to.

  3. David Bowles Says:

    I’ve soured a bit on the Arrowverse, but i’ve really liked the casting in Supergirl. That being said, i agree with you on the writing. A lot of it is just head-scatching.

    I already miss Netflix Marvel shows.


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