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RR529

So, now I've watched through the first 6 episodes of Marvel's Luke Cage, lol. Don't think I'll get the chance to watch another episode until Sunday, though.

Like the other Netflix Marvel series, it's dark, but has it's own unique vibe, and I have to say I I'm really enjoying the way he just absolutely busts everything up. I also really like how it's tying itself together with the rest of the MCU, especially with the other Netflix series. Most notably the introduction of Hammer tech, particularly news of a new bullet developed with alien technology that might be able to hurt Luke, as well as the appearance of Claire more recently. She's the nurse who often finds herself intertwined with Daredevil's escapades, and even briefly helped out during Jessica Jones. Here she actually describes in detail the Hand's attack on the hospital in Daredevil S2, though not to Luke, and says she wants to help people with abilities. There was also a segment of Trish Talk, the radio show by Jessica Jones' adoptive sister, at the start of episode 6, and the regular references to the events of the Avengers, which seem to have been more common in this show.

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Haru17

Luke Cage has the worst pilot of perhaps any show I've seen on Netflix—the title guy is barely in the first episode, which just assumes you've watched Jessica Jones (to be fair, you should have)—but gets really good as episode 2 concludes, and going forward from there.

I feel like it front-loads a lot of the Black culture to an almost cartoonish extent (I mean, really? A barber shop?), but the characters also have some interesting exchanges about political issues that affect Harlem. Not terribly deep, but they're trying at least.

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RR529

Finished up Marvel's Luke Cage (Netflix Original) today!

A very solid show. After Daredevil & Jessica Jones the concept of a dark & edgy MCU show isn't as novel as it was the first couple times, but it's roots in black culture gave it a unique vibe that nothing else in the MCU has, which helped it stand out, IMO. While still very alternative to the general MCU fare, Luke's exploits were the most "super" yet (in comparison to the other Netflix shows) which I personally liked, and I liked how it really ramped up the connections to the other Netflix series & general MCU as well. I also really liked the villain this time around. He wasn't as vile as the villain in Marvel's Jessica Jones, but he was still a bit unpredictable/unhinged, and gave the best climactic final battle of any of the Netflix MCU villains.

In other news, the Flash season 2 is available today (which I'll be starting tonight, and Arrow season 4 tomorrow), and it looks like Fuller House is getting it's second season much earlier than anticipated, early December (I think the 9th).

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Tasuki

Been binge on Luke Cage today and I have to say I am enjoying it alot. I especially like the 70's black action flick vibe the show has especially with the score. I loved the little instrumental bit they had right before the villain fired the rocket launcher and blew up Luke's home especially.

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RR529

Started up season 1 of DC's Legends of Tomorrow today since it was added. I'm going to hold off on Arrow & the Flash until I have this caught up with them (I've watched through the first 12 episodes of their newest seasons on Netflix, and LoT spun off from them after their first 8 episodes, so I have to watch 5 episodes of this before all three are in tandem).

Looks like it's going to be fun, too. It has a unique feel to it in comparison to the other two shows, and the inclusion of Captain Cold & his partner is brilliant.

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RR529

Finished up last year's seasons of the "Arrowverse" shows (suprised I got through them all within the month, lol).

Arrow season 4 - I actually liked this more than season 3 (an unpopular opinion, I know). While I wasn't sure on the villain at first, the magical element grew on me, giving the show something a little more to stand out against it's peers (though it's still the weakest of the bunch). I also liked the return of the island in the flashbacks. I was excited for last season's flashback location at first, but it ended up never really grabbing me.

the Flash season 2 - I felt like season 1 was the perfect example of what I want to see from a superhero show, and season 2 continues that tradition! It has the action & drama, but still remembers to be fun & exciting (really the closest thing to the vibe of Marvel's films, that I've seen a superhero show get to). It's also one of the only shows on TV that legitimately tugs on my heart strings, especially when Barry's mom is the subject.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow season 1 - Take some notable heroes & villains from the last 2 shows, mix them up with some Star Trek & Back to the Future, and this is what you get. It takes a wholly different approach than it's peers, and it pays off. I loved the time jumping antics of the crew, which at points sometimes felt like a little Avengers TV show.

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RR529

@Tasuki, I contemplated that, but I think I'll just wait until Netflix gets them next year.

While I do like them, after dedicating the last month and a half to those 3, and Supergirl & Luke Cage before, I'm a bit superheroed out at the moment, lol.

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 is returning on Netflix. I'm excited.

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RR529 wrote:

@Tasuki, I contemplated that, but I think I'll just wait until Netflix gets them next year.

While I do like them, after dedicating the last month and a half to those 3, and Supergirl & Luke Cage before, I'm a bit superheroed out at the moment, lol.

Just to warn you though,.the might get pulled from Netflix. Hulu use to have them all but since the CW app was able to be on more devices they have since been removed from Hulu. Not sure if or when they will get pulled from Netflix but I wouldn't be surprised.

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RR529

Whew, there aren't ANY movies (or TV shows) in the first of the month acquisition wave I'm interested in this month. MAYBE the Wiz (for curiosity's sake as I haven't seen it) or Hero (though I burnt myself out on Hong Kong martial arts flicks a long time ago), but that's it.

Luckily, I still have enough films yet to be watched in my queue to cover me for the month (and I suppose they may get something in the middle of the month I'd like. I think they're getting the new Jungle Book later on in the month).

Anyhow, I've been watching a live action Japanese romantic comedy-drama called Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo: Volume 1 since I liked Good Morning Call so much. I don't like it quite as much as GMC (though that may just be because that one was my first experience with the genré), but I am liking it a bit more as it goes on (I've watched 11 episodes so far). The male lead was a bit of a jerk for the first 5 or 6 episodes (they're going for the whole, "he's really a nice guy, just has a hard time showing it" thing, they just didn't execute it well, IMO), but now that he's starting to open up more, it's getting more enjoyable.

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RR529

Anyhow, I finished up Mischevious Kiss: Love in Tokyo: Volume 1 up today.

It was a silly Japanese romantic drama-comedy, and while I didn't think it was as good as Good Morning Call, I still ended up quite enjoying it, in a silly campy sort of way (worth a watch if you like Japanese television or feel good, silly, campy TV in general).

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RR529

Over the past few weeks I watched Mischevious Kiss: Love in Tokyo: Volume 2.

Very much like the first one, you'll like it if you liked the first. It's not quite as good as the first season, but they do a lot of things to shake it up. They have 3 "travel" episodes (one to Okinawa, Kobe, and the countryside, that last one was the best), shift to focus on their early days in the workforce, and shakeup the supporting cast.

Next up for me is Roman Empire: Reign of Blood (Netflix Original).

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I am ashamed to admit that my most-viewed Netflix video is probably the HD Fireplace: Birchwood Edition. Lol. When I'm not "watching" anything I leave it on in the background so that I can relax and pretend I have a fireplace. I should put a space heater in front of it for the full effect...

In all seriousness though I need to check out a bunch of new stuff. I finally brought myself to watch "Revenge" and loved it.

I got hooked on "Bloodlines" and can't wait for another season. It started slow, but the acting and cinematography was engaging.

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RR529

Finished up Roman Empire: Reign of Blood (Netflix Original) last night.

It's not the next "must watch" series, but I enjoyed it for what it was. However, it didn't seem quite confident in what it wanted to be, so I'm not sure how much of an audience it'll build.

First & foremost, it's a documentary about the rule of Roman emporer Commodus (the bad guy from the movie Gladiator), so there are times when modern day historians will take up screen time, explaining why so & so did this or that, and they use a lot of documentary like film techniques, such as reusing the same shot over & over (expect to see the same shot of the Senate building 2-3 times per episode), some of which don't even look HD (mostly shots of random Roman citizens in the streets, like they were ripped out of an earlier program), but by far most are HD. Whatever the case, don't go into it expecting the next sword & sandal epic, like Spartacus or Marco Polo.

Secondly, you have the dramatic reinactment parts. These all look nice, and while the acting won't win any awards, they do their job of framing the various figures' actions, and I enjoyed them well enough. However, not quite sure of itself, in what I can only assume is a misguided attempt to lure in the Spartacus crowd, are the relatively common nude (and even sex) scenes. Because of that, I can't see it being used in most educational situations, maybe dulling it's purpose as a documentary.

Again, I liked it, and it's only 6 episodes long, so by all means give it a try if it seems at all interesting to you, I just don't think it'll hit the numbers it could have, had it been more confident in itself.

Next up for me is Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (Netflix Original).

Also, it's the start of a new month, so lots of new additions to my queue.

In terms of movies, I've added the Angry Birds Movie (don't have high hopes for it, but I check out all the big animated flicks), Animal House (the grand daddy of all modern raunchy comedies, and I like it's contemporaries more than modern efforts, so I'm excited to give it a watch), Heathers (another 80's flick focusing on high school culture of the time, and I tend to enjoy these), and Honey I Shrunk the Kids (liked it as a kid, and it's been a long time since I last watched it). Later in the month they're getting Spectral (a Netflix Original, it's a military sci-fi flick), and Marvel's Captain America: Civil War.

In terms of TV, I've added My Little Lover (another Japanese romantic dramedy, about a girl who becomes tiny and gets stuck in her childhood friend's house, who she has a crush on), and later in the month they're getting Fuller House (Netflix Original) season 2, and I believe White Rabbit Project (another Netflix Original, it's a spiritual successor to MythBusters, featuring that show's "B" team, of Grant Imahara, the redheaded woman, and the other guy).

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RR529

@Tasuki, you're probably right. It's been awhile since I've watched MythBusters, lol.

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RR529

Finished up Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (Netflix Original), which is a live action Japanese production, and it's a hidden gem, so go watch it!

It centers around a warm little diner tucked away in the cluttered side streets of Akihabara that's only open overnight, and while there are a few regulars (such as the eatery's patron, who is simply referred to as "Master"), each episode is it's own self contained story centered around whatever customer(s) happen to wander in that episode, and there's always some food dish that resonates with them (for example, one centers around a culturally mixed romance & the troubles they have to overcome, another around a shop owner who's facing a midlife crisis, while another focuses on a gambler who has to raise his young son, etc.). It just has a really cool vibe, and made me feel a variety of emotions across the various tales.

Oh, and there was even a Dreamcast sighting in episode 7, lol. Even though, the character that had been playing it was depicted as a bum...

Next up for me is the Crown (Netflix Original), which is a biography of Queen Elizabeth II.

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RR529

Finished up the Crown (Netflix Original) quicker than anticipated.

As mentioned before, it's a biography of the early years of Queen Elizabeth II's rule (though it also focuses on other prominent British royals & politicians of the time), and ultimately the internal struggle between oneself & the position you hold.

The filmmaking & acting are movie quality (seriously the best on a technical level that I've seen from a Netflix series, and I could watch Lithgow's Churchill in a stand alone series, lol). In addition, I never tired of the sight of the beautiful British countryside, the ornate pageantry of the various royal ceremonies, and the period vehicles. It's not for everyone, but it's seriously high quality, and coming from someone who usually doesn't watch this sort of thing, it completely held my attention.

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