The Glass Teat, or 'Television'


#311

My wife and I love New Girl.


#312

Wife and I enjoyed New Girl for a while too. Like maple syrup - warm and sweet, till you’ve had too much of it and now your pancakes are soggy and fall apart and you wonder why you didn’t just make the healthy choice and eat Cheerios instead.


#313

The last season or so a character on New Girl would act like an insane person just so they could have a plot . It would be someone different each time. No one acts like this. It would conflict with what the character had done before. Needless to say, I watched all the seasons.


#314

Revisiting Bored to Death. Jason Schwartzman as an amateur private detective is basically perfect; I’ve been in love with his comedic turns since Rushmore, and this is no different. Danson’s debonair man about town and Galifianakis’ slobby comic artist make a nice triangle of neuroticism with Schwartzman, and there’s always joy in seeing how any one of them copes with noirish situations where they are completely out of their depth.


#315

Castle Rock, two episodes, for the watching of. Thoroughly ungripped.


#316

Trailer Park Boys. The daily misadventures of a group of lowlife idiots has just enough comedy and stupidity to keep me watching. The crimes are committed with enough realism and ambition to be interesting, when they’re not so completely inept as to be depressingly believable. There’s a heady mixture of friendship and desperation between the characters which makes it compelling; they have enough integrity to stick together in the face of adversity, some of which they bring on themselves.


#317

The Purge. Never have I seen such a promising setting pissed away. After four dire films, and one good Rick and Morty episode that was better than all of them put together, we now have a TV series. Early days yet, but none of the characters are that interesting, none of their stories are intriguing, and I can’t see it improving. How is it possible for such a good premise to be wasted so consistently.

American Horror Story. The gleeful horror continues as the world is consigned to nuclear oblivion and a surviving group of misfits corralled by a secret organisation enjoy misery in a secret bunker. Hysterical, hilarious, accomplished. The AHS routine is strong and well-established, mixing humour, gore, horror, perversion and any number of silly twists.


#318

Maniac. A slightly more serious role for Jonah Hill, alongside Emma Stone, as a pair of fuck ups in a drug trial for an advanced psychological therapy. Set in an odd retro-futuristic Dickian dystopian America, it packs the full arsenal of humour, from physical comedy to dark moments of existential hilarity, and plays them straight. Wonderful series so far, halfway through.


#319

The end of The Originals. Goodness me, but that was shoddy writing of the highest order. I actually quite liked the elegiac tone of the season, but the finale tried for completely unearned emotional notes and missed all of them.

Bodyguard, after the rest of the country finished raving about it. Happy endings all round, the wicked got their just desserts. Any programme that has a full-on bomb-disarming scene in the final episode and have that not be the climax has to be applauded. The deep cynicism about British political life was unfortunately bang on.


#320

The deep cynicism about British political life was unfortunately bang on.


#321

Joe Pera Talks With You. ‘A premature grandfather talks to you about things’ is how I’d describe this, but while that’s accurate, it doesn’t really communicate how gentle and beautiful it is, a more elegant comedy for a more civilised age, which is silly nostalgia, but the series is still wholesome and nice and at odds with large swathes of modern comedy.

The Eric Andre Show. At the other end of the scale, we have the absurd, surreal, energetic, and violently transgressive mockery of a talk show. As close to Jam as I’ve ever seen, there isn’t much in the way of straightforward humour, just about everything in each episode is more or less wrong in some way, which only makes it funnier.


#322

Only seen a few episodes of both shows, but they sound like very apt summations.


#323

Started watching Maniac when it showed up in my Netflix feed, but more because I’d remembered @OhBollox mentioning it. Very Black Mirror-ish, dystopian future stuck in the early 80’s. I f’ing love this so far, three episodes in.


#324

No I don’t fucking love Balderdash, Balderdash is bullshit.”


#325

Speaking of Black Mirror, hoping to catch up in time for the premiere. Heard it will have an interactive element, sounds very cool.


#326

Killing Eve. Half-way through at the moment, so far blackly funny, violent, beautiful, deadpan. Reminds me of Patriot in some ways, but without Patriot‘s coldness.


#327

Made the mistake of finishing Maniac at work… these damn vents must be dusty, cause my allergies sure acted up there. Hands down, best show I’ve seen all year. h/t, @OhBollox

Might rewatch it, even, after I fire up the new season of Man in the High Castle.


#328

I’m rewatching it. I have a ton of stuff to get watched and instead I’m rewatching Maniac and looking for the original series.

“I’m so clean you could use my piss as detergent.”


#329

Haha, went looking for the original too, although they say it has little to nothing to do with the Netflix version. If you find it, let me know.


#330

Will do.

Mayans M.C. I want to believe Kurt Sutter is a dark, misunderstood genius, but it might be the case that he’s just a fucking idiot. Mayans hits the ground running, and the plot is 3-4 betrayals deep at the end of the first episode. Just about everyone is looking to double-cross, or is in the process of double-crossing, someone else. The plot is needlessly labyrinthine, the characters regularly do stupid things which will inevitably be discovered because both the ‘plans’ and characters are stupid. Sons of Anarchy hit the point a few series in where it had done everything it could, and then spent several more doing those things again. Mayans is at that point now.

The Haunting of Hill House. Nothing to do with Jackson’s book, and not that good either, based on the first episode. It’s a shame it’s been billed as an ‘amazing’ horror series.