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About 5 years wasted on a story that went nowhere. Though it doesn't sound anywhere near as bad as your Human Centipede experience.
Andromeda Final season was poor the budget cuts were obvious, really enjoyed the show though the last season was pretty horrible.
Superman IV hasn't though, and that's a tiny thorn I'd love to be rid of....
I'd also like to remove the last season of Remington Steele from my memory. Everything else about it was great though.
Totally misguided film it defies logic
Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther poor attempts to drag out a series post Sellers. Trail... Is a miss mash of not very funny outakes, totally needles and a cash grab.
Season 3 was a misstep but 4 was diabolically bad. Both have served to retroactively sour seasons 1 and 2 for me. The show should have ended while the writers were enamoured with Conan Doyle, and not themselves.
Heroes Season 2 onwards
@bondjames, agreed on that second season of 'True Detective.' Such a nosedive in quality from the incredible first season.
I remember being fairly young and watching the scene where Nicolas cage beats Michael Rappaport to death in an office with tarps all on the walls. Scarred me for life.
Ha Ha, I saw that at the cinema and that's the only damn thing I can remember about it!
Messed me up to this day and could never watch that movie again.
First time I actually broke a dvd in two and threw it in the garbage. After watching half an hour or so.
I'll throw my hat of support in for Sherlock, as well. 4 was an improvement on 3 in literally every way, and was a better return to the earlier days of the show than what 3 represented, though I don't mind that run of episodes either. It's a show about a detective, not a detective show, and I think some forget that. Moffat, Gatiss and co. were able to mesh a character study of the main cast with some clever cases, and in doing so they made a very deep and rich statement on the nature of the most recognizable character in the world, and still made it feel fresh. Many criticisms I read about it just feel like the same outrage that it seems like every TV show gets now outside of the holy Game of Thrones, which I quite frankly couldn't be paid $20 an hour to watch.
"Never do anything out of hunger. Not even eating."
Can't forget the classic "blue balls of the heart," or whatever it was, too. Like taking an express train to Cringe City.
Battlestar Galactica (remake)
Primary reason I'm not a TV series kinda guy for the most part: 10 % cool, exciting stuff, 90 % talking, arguing, talking some more, arguing some more, creating new plot lines in episode X, solving them in episode X + 1, talking some more, ... and meanwhile the camera dude goes epileptic just to make sure we're not falling asleep from another 45 minutes of, indeed, talking. You know, two people sit down, they talk, but the camera man pretends we're shooting a wild documentary where things happen so fast he doesn't even have the time to adjust his frames, angles, sharpness, ... Yeah, because the dialogue is so boring and such a repetition of yesterday's 45 minutes of dialogue, we need this pretentious artistic douchebaggery to push through 4 seasons of 90 % redundant stuff. Because repeating things over and over and over ... is soooo cool, guys, as I'm currently demonstrating myself.
Someone needs to cut those 4 seasons down to 12 quality episodes. Would make a huge difference.
Heroes S2, 3, 4, ...
See above. Seriously, the last season from back in the day (not the most recent stuff), taking place among those carnival folks, what . the . hell? We spend more time with Robert Knepper and his nonsensical hippy philosophy amidst mirrors, than we ever do with characters that are actually interesting. Also, Hiro's arc went nowhere. Heroes suffered from screenwriters having absolutely no idea where to take the series next. That first season should have been it. That one was about people talking, but also about other things. After that, it became about people taking, and talking, and talking.
Also see above. People keep telling me I should watch season 2. I won't. All that Jada Pinkett Smith crap in S1 felt like a punishment for a crime I didn't commit. Everybody was furthermore hyped up about Robin Lord Taylor; I want this man to disappear from the world. I don't care if I'm a Batman addict; this stuff is, if anything at all, a painful defecation over Bill Finger's grave. If people want to learn about the Gotham police, they need to read Brubaker's Gotham Central. If they want the "prequel" to Batman, there's tons of great comic material and of course the first act of Batman Begins to sit through. Here's how the producers of Gotham figured it out:
"Hey, people like this Batman, right? Okay, now, look, let's do something Batman but without Batman. Let's find some of the least interesting side characters in the Batman universe and talk about them during Bruce Wayne's boyhood years. Of course we're not going to actually think about this, so let's just grab every bloody episode in every bloody cop series ever made, and replace a few characters but leave everything else intact. Of course people are foolish enough to keep watching season after season so let's just keep this thing going for 100+ episodes, after which not a lot will have transpired. By the way, action costs money so let's just have people sit down and talk. And talk. And talk. ..."
I prefer mini-series or one season series, and over with. Or animated stuff. Give me "The Prisoner" for example. Or "I Claudius", where talking actually matters. Most contemporary series start from a cool idea and produce nothing but filler material. Like serving people three quality oysters in a giant bucket of diluted sea water.
Notable exceptions, i.e. series I think DO work, despite many seasons:
- The walking dead and 24: they keep the tension and the action up while reducing dialogue in comparison to most other series.
- Twin Peaks: Vintage Frost and Lynch, although S2 is a bit of a challenge for me.
- The Sarah Connor Chronicles: although it did have people just talk, for the most part.
People talk in films too but television series are different in the sense that here, people talk for the sake of talking -- because they have nothing better to do. And I'm feeling like a complete moron for sitting down for another 43 minutes of people just talking.
This is where I stop talking.
There's a huge pile of tremendous comic books out there, material they can choose from. Do a Batman TV series, but limit yourself to 6 or 8 or so episodes. Cut it like a movie, keep it going, keep the excitement alive; don't kill it by making people talk for hours. Here's where my final thesis comes in: animated stuff more often than not outdoes live-action television series.
Compared to the near perfect Batman The Animated series, Gotham is laughable! Even Beware The Batman, a 3D CGI series that was prematurely cancelled by some ignorant suits, has more quality to offer in its first episode than Gotham in its entirety.
I'm not going to watch Flash or Green Arrow or even Smallville either. Those Batman and Justice League animated movies keep me warm enough. I do, however, watch the Batman Television Show from the 60s. It's bonkers yet still vastly more entertaining than Gotham.
Gotham is an insult to me, a Batman fan.
I wish the CW would've just done a Batman show, as it's clear from seeing some of Arrow that they want to do it badly. They're using all of Batman's minor rogues on there, even Ra's and Deadshot for crying out loud. Mr. Queen doesn't deserve them.
Animation is a lot easier to create and present simply because of the flexibility with what you can create with only computer effects. It's less of a headache in comparison to doing it for real, and you can make more comic-book styled adventures that don't have to support the burden of it being live-action, which can often make these shows feel silly. Sometimes watching a bunch of grown adults scampering around in spandex can only work in animation.
Who knows when we'll get a show worthy of BTAS though, if ever. The Batman was a great ride for the most part, but even that failed to meet the groundbreaking push of the 90s program. It's a shame that WB can't drum up another mature take on the character, especially when the DC brand is in need of a pick-me-up.