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rittchard
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« on: March 20, 2014, 07:56:22 PM »

It's the CW's latest attempt to cash in on a popular young adult theme - this time it's the dystopian future.  The premise is kind of cool  About 100 years after a nuclear wipeout of the planet, the only survivors are on a big space station above the earth.  Problem is they are running out of resources, so they have to cull the population accordingly.  So they send down 100 teenage "criminals" to the planet to see if it's viable or still radiation plagued.  Each is wearing a health monitor/transmitter.

Unfortunately our teens are sent to the wrong location, so one group (the main stars) sets out to look for the supplies that were supposed to keep them alive.  The rest of the outcasts start to go Lord of the Flies pretty much immediately, and don't seem to have any notion or care that they don't have any food.  The main team (including a built-in love triangle in the making) is filled with hotties, surprise!  But they start to encounter things that aren't what they were told and soon find they aren't alone (dun dun dun)!

The setup is actually quite interesting, both on the planet and on the ship where they are wrestling with impending starvation of humanity's last survivors.  Unfortunately the writing and dialog is just a little too CW-esque, which really hurts the show IMHO.  As an example, when the teens survive their crash landing and take the first steps onto the planet, one of our lead females hits the ground and yells out "We're back bitches!!!" - soon enough we're listening to "Radioactive" blaring in the background.  Ugh, seriously?

In spite of that, I still found it more enjoyable than that dinosaur show (Terra Nova?) that was on a couple years ago.  Will give it a couple more episodes to see how it shapes up.

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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2014, 07:59:55 PM »

Only 1/44th as good as The 4400.
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2014, 12:27:24 AM »

I thought it had some potential. It wasn't great but it wasn't terrible either. Its a good set up. The problems are that I don't really care much for the main characters. They're cardboard cutout characters at this point - "the do-gooder", "the rebel", "the anarchist", "the mystery girl", "the cool kid", "the nerdy kid". None of them really stand out in any unique way so I don't care about any of them. That means the only thing driving the show for me at the moment is the plot - which is a decent one. I'm in for another few shows at least.

But the main problem I had with the show though is kinda superficial but it bugs me. They didn't go all in with the setting they created. Here is a colony of people living in space for 100 years. Things are not so great up there. Clothes are being reused and have holes in them. Shit is breaking down. Of the 100 kids that were prisoners some of them have been living in those cells for years. But apparently everyone gets to visit with the best hair stylist in the galaxy. While the clothes looked completely used the hair on everyone was perfect. The mystery kid who was in prison for like 10 years or something, her hair was fantastic - and her body was in great shape. The main "do-gooder" girl had this complex braid thing going on with her hair that there was no way she could do her self. Even those not in the cells had nice and well maintained haircuts.

That just kinda ruined the believability of the whole thing.

Speaking of believability, the show "Believe" so far gets my pick for best new sci-fi type show. That one is worth watching for just the chemistry of the two main characters alone.
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2014, 11:51:19 AM »

Quote from: Crawley on March 23, 2014, 12:27:24 AM

Of the 100 kids that were prisoners some of them have been living in those cells for years. But apparently everyone gets to visit with the best hair stylist in the galaxy. While the clothes looked completely used the hair on everyone was perfect. The mystery kid who was in prison for like 10 years or something, her hair was fantastic - and her body was in great shape. The main "do-gooder" girl had this complex braid thing going on with her hair that there was no way she could do her self. Even those not in the cells had nice and well maintained haircuts.

That just kinda ruined the believability of the whole thing.


I'm going to wager that you haven't yet seen the CW's Starcrossed.  It's basically a television version of District 9, except the aliens crash land in Louisiana instead of Africa.  Oh, and instead of being giant disgusting bugs addicted to cat food, all the aliens are Abercrombe & Fitch models.



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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2014, 12:02:01 PM »

This show is terrible.  Its a patchwork cliche driven CW show for out of work 20 something models.  So yeah pretty much like every other new show theyve thrown at us.  The sad thing Ive found about the CW lately is that they are willing to go with some decent concepts but it always ends up being window dressing for agnsty pouty kids and never follows through with decent plots. I had to laugh when they had a pretty average looking guy in the show.... who got killed off rather quickly.  Sorry bub, youre just not pretty enough to survive, see ya!  Ive learned my lesson and unless the CW can prove they are willing to actually do something different, Im done with them.  After the gouge my eyes out badness of the Tomorrow People, followed up with this crap, yeah theyve gone too far.
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2014, 05:26:45 PM »

Quote from: rshetts2 on March 23, 2014, 12:02:01 PM

This show is terrible.  Its a patchwork cliche driven CW show for out of work 20 something models.  So yeah pretty much like every other new show theyve thrown at us.  The sad thing Ive found about the CW lately is that they are willing to go with some decent concepts but it always ends up being window dressing for agnsty pouty kids and never follows through with decent plots. I had to laugh when they had a pretty average looking guy in the show.... who got killed off rather quickly.  Sorry bub, youre just not pretty enough to survive, see ya!  Ive learned my lesson and unless the CW can prove they are willing to actually do something different, Im done with them.  After the gouge my eyes out badness of the Tomorrow People, followed up with this crap, yeah theyve gone too far.

lol I love that phrase "gouge my eyes out badness"!!!  I actually like Tomorrow People, there's just enough going on to keep me interested.  And then whenever I start to get bored one of the main guys takes his shirt off lol.  Seriously, though, while I wouldn't recommend it, they did some fairly interesting things with the main guy's family (mother, father, brother and uncle) and best friend, and now with his partner.  It's a lot better than when it first started, I'll just put it that way.
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2014, 06:10:32 PM »

This show will die a quick death..  See TWD for how to make characters look believable in a end of world setting.   
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2014, 06:26:24 PM »

The targeted CW demographic wouldn't like what a real post civilization would look like, and smell like.  Norman Reedus would never be cast on any of their shows.     
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2014, 05:32:12 PM »

Bah you all are just afraid of hot young studs taking their shirts off for no reason, which is essentially the entire CW playbook!
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2014, 09:44:54 PM »

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 24, 2014, 06:10:32 PM

This show will die a quick death..  See TWD for how to make characters look believable in a end of world setting.   


In fairness, The Witcher Diaries has its own set of problems.  I'm as big a fan of Jeffrey Coombs as anyone, but he's a *terrible* choice to play Geralt.

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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2014, 05:53:04 PM »

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The rest of the outcasts start to go Lord of the Flies pretty much immediately


I read a story where the Lord of the Flies was the "inspiration" for this show.
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