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Just curious if anyone is watching or looking forward to any TV shows. (Yes, this is an international forum but should still be interesting)

 

As for me, I haven't been watching much TV lately, the SyFy channel is wrestling and fantasy and the History Channel is...not history, and pretty much everything else also doesn't seem to be worth watching...

 

Earlier this year I watched all of Stargate (SG-1 is really good) and Battlestar Galactica (pretty good, the last season is kind of lame).

 

Is there anything else to look forward to?

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Yes, this is an international forum but should still be interesting

Torrents blurred the international borders years ago.

Too bad the legal alternatives haven't really caught up.

Most video games did that via Steam and the likes, but other forms of media seem to be lagging behind.

 

Overall, I've been a TV show junkie for a long time and been trying to cut down on new shows in recent years so I'd have more time left for other things.

These days some of my favourites are 30 Rock, Archer, Burn Notice, Curb Your Enthusiasm, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Louie and The Big Bang Theory.

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I'm slowly working my way through Eastbound and Down, but I suppose my regular TV fix is, now that pcj mentions it, WWE.

 

You are also right that the History Channel does indeed suck. It's a shame you can't get BBC4 and BBC Radio 4. Both have a lot of stuff that's a bit too specialised, but some of their documentaries and comedies are pitched at just the right level. Well, at the right level for a middle-class Englishman, anyway.

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My wife and I are currently running through our third Stargate marathon. We started with the original movie on Blu-Ray, then the Children of the Gods Director's Cut (SG-1 pilot), and then contiuning on all 10 seasons while watching side-by-side with Atlantis when season 8 started. This run, however, we're going to incorporate Stargate Universe, which neither of us have seen yet. Wasn't too thrilled about it when it came out, but it's gotta be done and I'd like to see just exactly what happens.

 

After that I really want to do a Star Trek marathon. From TOS all the way to the new 2009 movie. By then the new Star Trek movie will probably be out too. There's a reason for this, however, I haven't yet seen all of TOS, I haven't watched TNG in absolute AGES (and it's my favourite Star Trek), and I haven't seen most of DS9 yet because I was always uninterested in it. I'm also missing pretty much everything in Enterprise after season 1. Got a lot to see!

 

I like marathons.

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I gave Universe a try, but gave up on it. They strayed too far from what made SG1 and Atlantis work. I have come to the view that the franchise ended with Enemy at the Gate. If you are going to watch TOS, be sure to get the remastered version. The Blu-Ray has both versions.

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Universe was OK, but it doesn't really feel like Stargate. I think they tried too much to be like BSG. It also has a lot of random "reality TV" shots, and very dark overall.

 

DS9 is excellent in the later seasons, but you have to watch the episodes in order. Enterprise is pretty good, probably better than Voyager, but got canceled right as they got their momentum, so a bit of a disappointment there. Definitely check out the remastered version of TOS, and TNG when it comes out later this year.

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My dad has season 2 and 3 of TOS on BluRay so I'm taken care of there. I was already planning on deferring to the remastered versions. I'm also SUPER excited about the remastered TNG! That is probably my all time favourite show ever. With Stargate and The Dead Zone following close behind.

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I didn't get into Enterprise when it was airing, but rediscovered it after it was gone. Too bad that it didn't get another season or two.

 

TOS should be seen in order, too, but not as critically so as Voyager or DS9. The best episodes are the first two seasons. Here is a clip on the remastering:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdUJOL1Ummw

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To be honest, I've only watched one episode of The Next Generation. Now that you've mentioned the Star Trek, I think that I have to give it a go. Which season would you recommend me to start with?

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Well, TNG gets momentum starting in season 3, but the first two have good episodes as well and are important for backstory, etc. Season 2 is generally the low point of the series (especially skip The Royale and Shades of Grey), but has excellent episodes as well, such as The Measure of A Man.

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Hey, I liked The Royale!

It was a good concept but very poorly executed.

 

Shades of Gray, being a flashback episode, wasn't horrible either. They made a decent enough story surrounding it. Of course, I was young when I first saw it so I may have been blinded by my fanboyism.

It was OK...for a clip show. You wouldn't miss a single damn thing if you skipped it, since all the stuff is in other shows. ;) (SG-1 did this a lot in earlier seasons as well)

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Of course, as is the nature of flashback episodes. Actually, I despise Flashback episodes. I like how Stargate approached them for the most part, though, by tying in important canon information (and riveting acting as well) into them and giving the flashbacks purpose.

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Yeah, SG-1 had about one per season in the first 4-5 seasons, IIRC. Served as a good recap, I guess. But I don't think Shades of Grey plays the same purpose since TNG is so episodic and there isn't much development in Riker's nightmares.

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My wife and I keep coming back to the same shows. We watch an awful lot of Futurama, Red Dwarf, Seinfeld, Black Books, Invader Zim and The Simpsons.

 

We also used to have a fairly big crush on Scrubs, up until season 6 when things started to get a little too Grey's Anatomy for our tastes.

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I like how Stargate approached them for the most part, though, by tying in important canon information (and riveting acting as well) into them and giving the flashbacks purpose.

Like "Disclosure", which set the stage for international involvement, which eventually gave rise to the IOA and resulted in Atlantis having an international team.

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But he took the beam-out wrist device and then when the rest of them got there he was gone. There's a couple of those in Stargate that still bug me. Lt Ford's exit from Atlantis was the most annoying. They lead you on that he'll be coming back and then on the premiere of the last season they have a split-second cameo in a dream sequence which was supposed to end his story arc. Stupid. The last two seasons of Atlantis I thought were a bit clumsy and lazy anyway, though. At least they tied up Dr Weir's thread somehow, even though they didn't get the same actor.

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I liked Ronon better as a character than Ford anyway.

 

They probably intended to do something with Ford's storyline but ran out of time. Can't make that excuse for SG-1 though. I like how SG-1 wrapped up Maybourne's storyline, particularly.

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