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The Haunting: 2x05 The Altar of the Dead

I hope this puts a lid on the pacing oddities this show has because an hour long exposition episode is and should not be normal... most of what is shown was already hinted at previously so I'm sure they could have done without this...

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Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU: 1x01 Episode 1

WARNING: Looks like the Higurashi New marketed as a remake was bait all along.
This is a sequel* to the original series https://trakt.tv/shows/when-they-cry-higurashi.

Since it's based on a visual novel with different routes repeating events are expected which is why they were able to mislead with the premiere but the second episode reveals a twist of the series and references being set after the events of Higurashi. They also changed the title from "New" to "Gou" 業 after episode 2...

*What exactly it is we cannot say for sure right now but you are definitely not getting a fresh start.

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Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU: 1x02 Episode 2

WARNING: Looks like the Higurashi New marketed as a remake was bait all along.
This is a sequel* to the original series https://trakt.tv/shows/when-they-cry-higurashi.

Since it's based on a visual novel with different routes repeating events are expected which is why they were able to mislead with the premiere but the second episode reveals a twist of the series and references being set after the events of Higurashi. They also changed the title from "New" to "Gou" 業...

*What exactly it is we cannot say for sure right now but you are definitely not getting a fresh start.

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Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU

WARNING: Looks like the Higurashi New marketed as a remake was bait all along.
This is a sequel* to the original series https://trakt.tv/shows/when-they-cry-higurashi.

Since it's based on a visual novel with different routes repeating events are expected which is why they were able to mislead with the premiere but the second episode reveals a twist of the series and references being set after the events of Higurashi. They also changed the title from "New" to "Gou" 業...

*What exactly it is we cannot say for sure right now but you are definitely not getting a fresh start.

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Room 104: 4x11 Fur

Dull and predictable from the setting and title alone... the only semi decent part was their fusion. The retro setting and art didn't really click either.
Also truly progressive by having a black and hispanic girl as the leads but the resident campus rapist is still the good ol' white jock...

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Crawl or Die

Ultra low-budget snooze fest where the title is literary the movie. Might do something for you if you're claustrophobic but for me they failed quite hard at making the setting and creature threatening (looped crawling ambient sounds do not help) nor does it's "plot" hold up... I mean they are there to save the LAST fertile woman which everyone seems to neglect /nice helping her by shooting her/ and funnily enough they're just 2 miles from a base but unlike those guys they do not know how to kill the monster :rofl:??? RIP humanity.

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Room 104: 4x09 The Last Man

This musical "tribute" to manly power fantasies is top tier cringe, bland and ultimately pointless in it's resolution. Surprisingly this is what they wanted going by the "commentary" of Mark Duplass after the episode...

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My Hero Academia: Special 9 Survival Training (Part 2)

Kinda pointless OVAs with an uninteresting story and heaps of redundant info making this somehow a two parter.

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The Owners

I don't think it's all bad but the movie is quite generic (based on a 2012 comic book) and it pretty much banks on it's "twist" reveal (or the extent of it anyways) which ended up being quite lackluster the foreshadowing is there since the start and it added nothing on top of it. With the ending this got it also opened itself up for plenty of lazy writing moments and plotholes (-1).

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Mapleworth Murders

This is not really a good spoof of Miss Marple nor very funny but since it's so short it can suffice to fill some time. Plenty of guest appearances from the NBC comedy/SNL camp which should be indicative of whats going on.

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Lovecraft Country: 1x02 Whitey's on the Moon

Not for me definitely. The breakneck pacing has little regard for characters or a proper plot (so things must be convenient) and in this format more akin to something on SyFy or CBS rather than the ""HBO prime time slot""...
Underlying the FX sample pack with a Gil Scott-Heron song is just tone deaf and quite try hard imho (it didn't fit the scene nor the theme). George served his part as a plot device too apparently so let's commemorate it with killing him off...

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Lovecraft Country: 1x01 Sundown

Wasn't eager to start this after having seen all the fake shilling on it's IMDb page (most of which - including the negative ones - has now been removed ???) and am actually still unsure about this 70 minutes later. I can't say that I'm not intrigued but found the change of pace towards the end rather unexpected for something branding itself with Lovecraft (I mean it's at least there in the creature design).
I don't feel like I'm necessarily in competent hands because this had very little substance so far. I'm going to be very cynical about what I've seen: Yes, racism bad (queue examples), black culture so rich (queue overlong concert scene AND play modern day trap music), car chases are exciting (let's do two of them with the first one resulting in a quite illogical conclusion which everyone ignores) and let's not forget we are here for some monsters (which came with the usual horror logic trappings)... Having now looked at the trailer I know even less of it's intended direction - just that this is certainly not the 10:star: material some have people claimed this as :person_bowing:.

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Room 104: 4x04 Bangs

Are they out of ideas maybe or is the season order just setup this way? These episodes have all been pseudo psychology ones with a tendency to become more goofy. Not a good sign.

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Uncle Peckerhead

Often quite fun with likable characters but this could have easily shaved off some of the concert scenes to flesh this out a bit more.

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Deep Blue Sea 3

I found the first half of this to be somewhat decent with a setting far away from dark underwater labs, more time spent on establishing characters and somewhat interesting pseudo-science (+some gym bros playing "Depth" IRL)... but as things tend to go the usual dumb stuff starts to piles on... Not quire the redemption it could have been. (And not that I spent to much time thinking about it but there are probably quite a few plotholes in this too.)

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Yes, God, Yes

It's decent and Natalia Dyer does a good job in the lead role but it doesn't really have anything that makes it stand out. These kinds of coming-of-age stories exist in multitudes.
Imho this had too much "normalized sex" in it. If she was really brought up firmly catholic she would have behaved a lot more reluctantly in many of the scenes. Same goes for other people in the camp; eg. giving head in places where they can easily be spotted or the Father jacking-off without any precautions..?
Another big miss for me to have her "adult life-guidance scene" in lesbian bar... I'd assume a catholic camp in this period would be far away from a place like this, nor would there be such a big local scene... felt more like forced progressiveness.
Also the hairy arms on Wolfgang Novogratz... so unnaturally fake that I have no idea what the thought process was. Were they afraid it wouldn't show in the light?

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We Summon the Darkness

Figured I give my 2 cents given all comments here have it rated lower than a 5...
It's by no means something original or a masterpiece but to me it was serviceable with a good twist to kick it off, a fair amount of kills, some comedic elements and themed around the Satanic Panic which is right up my ally...

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The Rental
Room 104: 4x01 The Murderer

Way to on the nose imho as I could take this seriously... especially when paired with this set of 5.

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Corporate: 3x01 Pickles 4 Breakfast

I know it's supposed to be funny but it correlates so much with reality that it becomes bleak :astonished:.

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Becky

Weird wanting the antagonist to be a nazi and slapping on every racist symbol they can think on his body but he never uses the N* word... Anyhow, not too impressed with the general setup BUT a teenage girl wearing a cute knitted hat with animal ears being absolutely demented hell yeah :fire:!

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Sword Art Online: 4x14 End to Eternity

Not sure how I feel about the duel scene. The Ufotable influence has certainly been around for a bit and while it was flashy the bold strokes and perspectives used felt like a different show completely. Really wish there was a softer transition to that - don't think it was "worthy" to stand out this much.

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NOS4A2: 2x05 Bruce Wayne McQueen

Never really cared about the show much (far from a masterpiece) but with the current snail pacing and little new going on it doesn't really hold my interest anymore. I think I'm done with this.

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Cake: Season 3

IDK... Last season the longest segments were about some aussies wanting to f*ck sharks which might not have been highbrow but still better than the obnoxious "Dicktown" (John Hodgman, David Rees) with that special brand of blue-checkmark podcast comedians...

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The Misfit of Demon King Academy: 1x02 The Witch of Destruction

Mahou Jesus should consider himself lucky to have been delayed until fall because this chad demon king incarnate is even more overpowered than him :laughing:.

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Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!: 1x01 Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!

Perfect example of a show where LOUD isn't funny but what can you reasonably expect from it anyways when the big chested protagonist wears a shirt stating that they're huge...

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Cake: 3x01 Cos & Effect

I hope this is not the line-up for recurring segments of Season 3... felt really dumb.

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Breaking Surface

It probably comes to no ones surprise that everything that can go wrong does go wrong here and that is fine imho. The packages is well executed and they do just about everything you could do with the setting.

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Ultramarine Magmell

Quite the lackluster package... thought I might finish this but nahhh. There isn't really any plot to go by as it is mostly just a collection of episodic stories around Magmell but those are all beats done before, and vastly more interesting too. There is no sense of exploration as the MC is pretty much invincible and he already knows a lot about the place leaving him mostly indifferent to everything unfolding. There is some attempts at comedy but it doesn't really hit nor is it consistent. Add to that bland character and creature design with just tolerable art and animation... Really not worth it.

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Snowpiercer

Sadly this show does very little with the core concept of the Snowpiercer besides some early exposition about the carts and is instead more concerned about it's pointless crime case and drama and does so with extremely uncharismatic characters (except for the "antagonist"). Having now also proven that the action chops aren't there either and wanting to drag things even further out with a second season I'll gladly exit this ride and get frozen instead.

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