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Very much so. Both in the indoor and outdoor environments I got that vibe. I thought that when we see Malcolm’s apartment for the first time that I’m sure a few diary pages and spare parts were scattered around in those drawers to collect.
Oh I know it’s a frequent note. all I meant was the show tried being as procedural as possible and I think it suffered quality-wise as a result. Only once it got its story rolling (and understood how to make its characters more interesting), did its quality really improve. All I hope is that we see that form of the show on a more frequent basis, even if stories wrap up in a week or two, that’s fine by me.
But I completely agree, Whedon would do tremendously with a Netflix series I would imagine.
Out of curiosity when do you think they were burned on being too overly serialized? I think his weakest work comes when he’s trying to make stuff too standalone, but I definitely agree it doesn’t need to be season 4 of Angel, narratively. I do think the show needs to drastically refocus how it draws its characters, though, which is something they definitely improved on post-Winter Soldier.
I had a lot of fun with Snowpiercer, but it was a much more serious film. Otherwise you have most of them covered for what’s come out! Glad you enjoyed the preview. I didn’t get to go but I’ve heard a lot of positive buzz.
I’ve seen those rumors too, but until Marvel sees what succeeds, I wouldn’t put too much stock into it being a sure thing. We’ll certainly be getting more Hulk, though, so I do like the idea of them coming together in that way.
I’m hopeful the second season really embraces the weirder side of things and goes heavily serialized. For all my issues with it, the show really improved on a lot of them in the latter half. I hope that, since the viewership for the show is relatively low, they don’t eschew a focus on story for the sake of attracting viewers to a more procedural show.
Very true! I spoke about him as simplified as I did only to get the point across that his human roots seem to be what is bringing Earth into the picture, at least that’s what some interviews have suggested. But thank you for pointing it out, I’ll make it a little more clear!
I’m really trying to hold back judgment until we see any footage because I’m really not too familiar with the character. It seems like they’re going for the most straight out comedy Marvel has ever done, so I’m curious to see where that lands the film tonally.
I think the very fact that there is no explanation is what sends civilization into disarray. People are still going on through life in the show — society’s still functioning — but this isn’t death caused by a plague we’re talking about. It’s quite literally these people physically vanishing, which is never an event we experience. People got on and eventually found the answers.
I think such a puzzling event happening at random with the only reference we have for something like that happening is a prophecy in religious works would definitely cause the world to go into some state of unrest. Also, the show is somewhat in microcosm — we’re not seeing everyone’s reactions to the Departure, and there may very well be areas of the world that have moved on just fine.
I certainly get where you’re coming from, especially as there’s no real way I can claim the show is accurate or not. But I think in the modern world we live in, with how connected it is and how much knowledge we do have, the reactions we see in the show aren’t too far fetched.
Yeah I think this show is in some response to the genre becoming so small. There was an interview with Perotta and Lindelof where they said the idea was that if you watched it with the sound off, it would seem like a normal drama, but by hearing the story you get a sense that it really belongs in this genre.