Avenue 5 (HBO) Season Thread *spoilers*

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  1. Jan 21, 2020 #21 of 193
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    I think the show has enormous potential, but in the first episode at least isn't even in the same solar system with meeting it. But I almost never judge a show entirely by its "pilot," in an era where pilots get aired unaltered and any notes from the network don't show up until afterward.

    It suddenly occurs to me that Zach Woods was born to be on Veep. Which is kinda sad, since that means he's missed his chance to fulfill his life's purpose and now is doomed to a meaningless existence.
  2. Jan 21, 2020 #22 of 193

    tivoknucklehead Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2002
    Orlando Florida
    bailed after 10 minutes of this inane show
  3. Jan 21, 2020 #23 of 193

    smbaker Well-Known Member

    May 24, 2003
    I enjoyed it, a handful of laugh-out-loud moments for me. Some of the gags, like the communication delay (which as people point out isn't accurately portrayed anyway) got stale quickly.

    What made Silicon Valley, for example, work I think was the technical consultants and the attention to detail. I'm not sure this show has that.

    I liked that they worked Hugh Laurie's accent into the gag.
  4. Jan 21, 2020 #24 of 193

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    Really? I'm curious---what did you find laugh-out-loud funny?
  5. Jan 21, 2020 #25 of 193

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    I found it amusing that the "Captain" said that people are more comfortable with an American accent when there are so many news anchors and game/reality show hosts that were (probably) hired because they have a British accent.
  6. Jan 21, 2020 #26 of 193

    Allanon Active Member

    Nov 2, 2005
    One that caused me to laugh was when Zach Woods said "I am as ignorant as you". There were a few others that I found amusing but not laugh-out-loud funny. I'm giving the show another episode before I decide it's fate.
  7. Jan 21, 2020 #27 of 193

    smbaker Well-Known Member

    May 24, 2003
    My memory is lousy. I'd have to rewatch it or read the script to remember the specific bits. IIRC they were almost always a quick response or remark from some character. I think as these actors get further into character, they're going to get better and better at delivering these small bits.

    The "large scale" attempts at humor that form the basic premise and flow of the episode, like the gravity flipping or the communication time delay, I didn't find very funny. They went too far over the top and overdid it.

    If I could compare this against The Orville, what makes Orville succeed is that it can almost be mistaken for actual Trek-ish SciFi, and it's the characters responses and reactions that make the humor. This series needs to move a little more in that direction.
  8. Jan 21, 2020 #28 of 193

    series5orpremier Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2013
    I like the concept of a space sitcom, but the only likable character on the show is dead. The problem is the show creators thought it would be a good idea to make every character on the show an a-hole like their previous show Veep. They couldn't have been more wrong.
  9. Jan 22, 2020 #29 of 193

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I think the Orville and this are two different types of shows. The Orville is essentially a serious attempt at Sci Fi (I admit I was completely wrong about this initially thinking it was suppose to be a parody of Star Trekish Sci Fi, but that's not how it turned out), where this is total spoof on the genre, more like Spaceballs than Star Trek, only, it just was silly and not all that funny. Maybe it will get there eventually. I'll give it at least one more episode.
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  10. Jan 22, 2020 #30 of 193

    dswallow Save the Moderatоr TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    The Love Boat in Space.
  11. Jan 22, 2020 #31 of 193

    gweempose Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Northbrook, IL
    I had never heard of Anaria, but based on your post I went ahead and watched it last night. I thought it was a great movie.
  12. Jan 23, 2020 #32 of 193

    kdmorse Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 2001
    Germantown, MD
    Ok, it was stupid. But I kinda liked it.

    It may have been an expectations thing - a lot of people seem to have been expecting accurate science here. I don't think there was ever any attempt to involve any accurate science - ie, it was never aiming for anything above Red Dwarf level science at best. Set in space, sure - but only to use the setting in space as a source of silliness.
  13. Jan 23, 2020 #33 of 193

    photoshopgrl Nerd Fashionista TCF Club

    Nov 22, 2008
    Boring Ohio
    It was stupid but I dunno, I kind of liked it. I'm in for now. I'll watch Hugh Laurie in just about anything. Loved when he dropped the accent! I always forget the man is actually British.
  14. Jan 23, 2020 #34 of 193

    LlamaLarry Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 30, 2003
    Only one time:
    "Are you Australian?" "I'm English." "That's worse!"

    The rest of the show didn't get a laugh. I'll try the next episode, but I don't know if I can convince my wife to watch it.
  15. Jan 23, 2020 #35 of 193

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York
    If this is going to be a "veep" style show swirling around Hugh Laurie, I would have preferred someone else other than Hugh Laurie. I find him insufferable.
  16. Jan 25, 2020 #36 of 193

    gweempose Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Northbrook, IL
    I had very high hopes for this show based on its lineage, but the pilot was one of the worst written pieces of dreck I've ever seen. The concept is interesting enough that I will give it another chance, but I'm not optimistic.
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  17. Jan 25, 2020 #37 of 193

    lambertman Incrediburgible

    Dec 20, 2002
    For me, it was poor but it gets at least one more chance. I absolutely hates me some Josh Gad, but I like the idea and the rest of the cast.
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  18. Jan 27, 2020 #38 of 193

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Confirmed...this is officially horrible. Watched E2 this morning, same old stupid stupid. They make fun of each other, each character they introduce I want to hate more than then previous one. Even the Sci-Fi makes little sense. I was so hopeful with this show, a space adventure that could have been some spoof of Lost in Space, Star Trek, Star Wars married to cruising life (which I love cruising) and I thought perhaps it would be fun. But it's just terrible. I didn't laugh once during E2. I'm out. I don't see this getting better.
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  19. Jan 27, 2020 #39 of 193

    lparsons21 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2015
    I’m with you! A comedy that isn’t funny in any way just doesn’t get it. Add in a cast that just seems to be dialing it in and, well it just sucks on so many levels.

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  20. Jan 28, 2020 #40 of 193

    kdmorse Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 2001
    Germantown, MD
    I'm not saying it was good...

    But the stupid part of my brain, the part with no expectations which was only looking for stupid people in space, still kinda enjoyed it.

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