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End of the Year Stuff We missed.

29 Dec 2017 18:13 #57918 by castor
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Thought to start a Thread on stuff that slipped under the radar this year, or stuff from previous years that didn't hit.

Feel free to add stuff i am putting this under TV, as both of the examples bellow, are TV shows but if you got other stuff more then fair.

That in genre that when we started often had werid dutch childrens shows, lets see where 2017 finds us.

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29 Dec 2017 18:21 #57919 by castor
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Sweet /Viscous



This is a Female Vigilante/Superhero show that was on MTV...in 2016. Its a neat little show about a pair of College Students who decide to take revenge on the people at there university who hurt women, and has intresting exploration of the culture of silence around Sexual Assult, and college life in the modern day. Its ocasionally funny, generally thrilling show that jas a couple of fine performances from the two leads, and one of the better sketched villians i have seen(if some of the assulter of the week stuff is ocasionally cut and paste),As an action show-is decent enough-its not really Super superish, though the last episode has a good fight sequence.-as a show with some intresting ideas on Female Power its pretty neat.

its also just one fairly short season that MTV obviously just kind of ordered and dropped sadly without much notice.
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29 Dec 2017 18:28 - 29 Dec 2017 18:30 #57920 by castor
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Shannara Chronicles



Based on the book series that i never read, but a lot of people have comes this Highish Fantasy show that not a lot of people talk about

Its the story of Three Heros on an epic quest, in a post apoclyptic world turned into a realm of Elves of Trolls-and the kind of werid epic stories that come between them.

The second season just finished a couple of months ago-and while i haven't watched all of it-i like what i see . This is more Swords, and magic then ultra powerful ubergirls-but but is a great example of what you can do on TV now a days. It never particuarly looks particularly realistic-nor are the performances oscar winning-but it is such a vivivd, vivid world its creates, and uses the ability of forests and treess to seem such another world.
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29 Dec 2017 20:35 - 29 Dec 2017 20:41 #57921 by Monty
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Cloak and Dagger. Olivia Holt and her love interest "acquire super powers".

The show kicks off in 2018.

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloak_%26_Dagger_(TV_series)

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29 Dec 2017 23:05 - 29 Dec 2017 23:08 #57923 by Bolarpear
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Some excellent tips thanks for the heads up.

Regarding Shannara, I read the first two books a while ago. The TV series is actually based on the sequel to the original Sword of Shannara book by Terry Brooks. I can see why they wouldn't have adapted the first book for TV though, because a lot of people thought that it was a bit too close to the Lord of the Rings plot for comfort, although to be fair it was written at a time when LOTR was transforming from niche to cult status, and Brooks played his part in helping to develop the appetite for fantasy that enabled later works by other authors to prosper.
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30 Dec 2017 00:32 #57926 by castor
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Bolarpear wrote: Some excellent tips thanks for the heads up.

Regarding Shannara, I read the first two books a while ago. The TV series is actually based on the sequel to the original Sword of Shannara book by Terry Brooks. I can see why they wouldn't have adapted the first book for TV though, because a lot of people thought that it was a bit too close to the Lord of the Rings plot for comfort, although to be fair it was written at a time when LOTR was transforming from niche to cult status, and Brooks played his part in helping to develop the appetite for fantasy that enabled later works by other authors to prosper.


True and this is very lord of the rings-(John Rhys Davis has a small part) . All High Fantasy is more or less is-the minute you start adding Elves, and Trolls you hit that. While it doesn't hit every mark it hits enough.

But it done obviously on a much smaller scale and budget-and still is visually fantastic-of all the shows we talk about here i think it looks the best, which is something. And it does a pretty good job by its female characters-true there not necessairly superheros, but it passes the Becdial test which Lord of the Ring Can't say, and while they can be tropey, it doesn't totally go through that either, especially in its first season.

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30 Dec 2017 10:40 #57928 by Woodclaw
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castor wrote:

Bolarpear wrote: Some excellent tips thanks for the heads up.

Regarding Shannara, I read the first two books a while ago. The TV series is actually based on the sequel to the original Sword of Shannara book by Terry Brooks. I can see why they wouldn't have adapted the first book for TV though, because a lot of people thought that it was a bit too close to the Lord of the Rings plot for comfort, although to be fair it was written at a time when LOTR was transforming from niche to cult status, and Brooks played his part in helping to develop the appetite for fantasy that enabled later works by other authors to prosper.


True and this is very lord of the rings-(John Rhys Davis has a small part) . All High Fantasy is more or less is-the minute you start adding Elves, and Trolls you hit that. While it doesn't hit every mark it hits enough.

But it done obviously on a much smaller scale and budget-and still is visually fantastic-of all the shows we talk about here i think it looks the best, which is something. And it does a pretty good job by its female characters-true there not necessairly superheros, but it passes the Becdial test which Lord of the Ring Can't say, and while they can be tropey, it doesn't totally go through that either, especially in its first season.


Castor, belive me, if you haven't read "The Sword of Shannara" you won't get how much it felt like a Lord of the Rings rip-off. While the book get a little better in the final part, there were a number of scenes that were exactly the same, to the point that it was highly criticized by other authors for it.
As far as I'm concerned, I'm not a fan of Brooks. I read the "Sword" when I was 13 and even then I had trouble finishing it. I belive it's the only fnatasy book I've ever read that felt so boring and flat. As far as the TV series goes ... some friends who are hugely intio Brooks told me to steer clear of it. The general feeling is that they tried too hard to sell the whole "post-apocalypse" vibe of the world, attempting to make it look different. The result, according to some people is half-hearted at best and felt more like a parody of itself.

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