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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Polcamilla, Apr 21, 2013.
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Not like you can avoid the pub, but the first episode is tonight!
"Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division."
"And what does that mean to you?"
"That somebody really wanted our initials to spell 'shield.'"
I'm really curious to see what the initial ratings for this are going to be. I'm expecting this to be huge but you never know. Whedon doesn't have a history of getting good ratings on television.
It does not affect me but the network is doing that screwy "let's schedule it to end at 8:01" and screw up people with DVRs who want to record other stations at 8:00.
My Dad could not get his Comcast box to record it because he was already recording the Voice and then at 8:00 wanted to record New Girl.
Yep, that's annoying. The 5+ tuners that some newer dvr platforms have alleviate it, but those still with one or two tuners are left to suffer.
That's why the Tivo clipping thing is so nice. But all this is ABC wanting to get an extra advertising minute attached to SHIELD. I'm sure doing that nets some additional income for the network but sure can be a PITA sometimes.
Is that why they do it? I always assumed it was so people who were watching it live would miss the first minute of shows on the other channels. Consequently, they would be more likely to stay on the channel instead of flipping.
Okay, 11 minutes in and I'm hooked.
Not being argumentative for the sake of it... But I think that's one of the *less* tortured backronyms.
Yup, tonight I have so many shows that my 4 tuners had clipping.. of course, I TRY to put at least 1 minute of padding on both ends of all shows, so that causes part of it.. I removed padding from a few others, and moved a couple of recordings to my Tivohd.. As I've said a zillion times, if Tivo could SHARE the tuner for abutting recordings on the same channel, I would effectively DOUBLE the # of tuners I have.
I think the show is slowly getting better. It is obvious that this is going to be a safe procedural show like NCIS and not a story driven show like Buffy or Firefly.
Alan Sepinwall did his usual good job in detailing the problems so far with the series. I agree with every bit of it, most especially that this team does not seem so special. There's nothing especially interesting about any of these characters, nor do they seem at all remarkable -- except maybe for May, and they don't give her anything to do.
This is a real problem for episodes like this week's (12-Nov), "The Hub", where -- staying spoiler free -- we are expected to care that part of the team is danger, and also expected to believe they are so remarkable as a unit that they were never really in danger at all. Neither one of those is remotely the case, and so all the tension goes right out of the episode (which was pretty well-written in general).
Speaking of that episode, since there is no thread for it, and it's not worth starting one for this question:
At the end, they didn't show the photo that May was looking at long enough for me to see who it was. Was it Skye, dead? And that's why Coulson subsequently tried to get his own file about his death?
It was an image of somebody unidentifiable using facial recognition because they had been shot in the head.
Coulsen is a separate story arc. There is a secret that is being kept from him and he knows it - we are being led to believe it is something to do with him being dead for whatever number of seconds and surviving.
Understood about Coulson. I was beginning to think he was a moron for not understanding that something had happened to him when the show and everyone around him were making it so obvious, right to his face. So I had the thought that if that were Skye in the picture, dead, and yet here she is alive, he put two and two together and finally requested his file.
That said, my immediate reaction was that it was an unknown person in the photo. But when May said "poor girl", I started to wonder.
I'm assuming it's Skye's Mother, who was murdered, and that's why she was left at the orphanage. The murder must've been something unusual for SHIELD to be involved, but we do know it was a SHIELD agent who left her at the orphanage, so that fits.
I've gotten to the point where I can't stand Skye. Ward is bland and everything he can do May can do better and fly the plane. I've never liked either Fitz or Simmons. Hopefully, they'll find a way to make these characters more interesting.
I am warming a bit to Fitz and Simmons, particularly Simmons, but I still feel the show has been really "by the numbers" so far. It's cotton candy. Still hoping they can make it more than that; they've got the pieces they need for that. The thing is, the show isn't taking any risks. It's always doing the obvious thing. Often I can guess the next line, and the times I can't, it's only because it's a bon mot I didn't come up with, not an unexpected turn.
I love Fitz Simmons, but I am biased.
Perhaps influenced by Skye it seems to me the unit is going rogue - if so that would make the story more intereting for me.
I find Skye incredibly annoying. Ward is wooden and not charismatic. I'm so so on FitzSimmons. I find the show mostly dull, which I never would have predicted.
Are FitzSimmons supposed to be a couple or just super tight friends? Every time they're together I think "Will you two just do it already."