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Old 07-08-2012, 11:34 PM   #31
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I liked the juxtaposition of Drunk Jack McCoy getting berated by the higher-ups with the montage of the show during 2010. I thought it was an interesting storytelling device, and showed nicely some of the conflicts that are going to be a constant presence in the series.

I disliked pretty much everything else.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:14 AM   #32
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Just caught the first episode on youtube and suppressed my gag instinct through the opening monologue to catch some of the softer, squishier underbelly of the show which I really enjoyed- there were a few scenes that I kept rewinding, notable the whole scene when Emily Mortimer enters for the first time.

I get it's a TV show and they compress events in order to make a watchable narrative, but grasping the impact of Deepwater Horizon so quickly was enormously grating. Congrats, Captain Hindsight.

The show has terrible messaging and interesting potential. I think I'll put it on the backburner mentally until the reviews start ticking a bit more positively.
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:33 PM   #33
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I like Sorkin, but the opening monologue showed everything that is wrong about him. So preachy, uninformed and pseudo-reactionary that it hurts. The characters are also a huge failure so far. Studio 60 was better than this.

I wish the main character had said something like. "there is no such thing as the greatest country". He chose the cop-out route.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:30 AM   #34
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After the third episode I can safely say I hate Maggie.

The sappy side stories seem a little forced but I still enjoy enough of the show to keep watching.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:21 PM   #35
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Despite my issues with this show, I am still watching and was actually riveted to last night's show.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:33 PM   #36
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I was a little nervous when I saw you posted

I was beginning to think many of us were using too high of a standard for judging t v series these days

it seems with each brilliant series we move the goal posts back a bit further for the next series

anyways, glad to see you still like it, I do too,
and as series go this one is quite a bit above average and enjoyable.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:39 PM   #37
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It's a massive missed opportunity, which is why it's frustrating.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:45 PM   #38
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that's one opinion.


here are approx 5000 more

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Old 07-17-2012, 08:05 AM   #39
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I liked the last episode quite a bit even though I was worried in the first 5 or so minutes that there was too much personal back-story-telling. I still find the "love" triangle to be absolutely insipid and I am at the point where I'm barely tolerating Allison Pill or her character, but everyone else is pretty interesting and rounded.
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:36 PM   #40
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^I generally agree with all of that. I think I also just have a love-hate thing with Sorkin.
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:54 PM   #41
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yeah I guess I kind of agree, but it does seem like he was doing character development, and there are enough parts to the program that I don't have to love every part

I am kind of annoyed they took the smart guy on the oil spill,
and now have dumbed him down to a big foot devotee
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I am kind of annoyed they took the smart guy on the oil spill,
and now have dumbed him down to a big foot devotee
Me, too. It was charming for a minute but then he beat it to death. I worked with a similar kind of guy once who was so brilliant but was also obsessed with stuff like big foot and aliens, so this aspect of his character is at least actually kind of believable to me. We just don't need to keep hearing about it.
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I still find the "love" triangle to be absolutely insipid and I am at the point where I'm barely tolerating Allison Pill or her character, but everyone else is pretty interesting and rounded.
100% agree
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How similar is this show to Network? That's one of my favorite movies. I saw the description of this show and cringed, but there's got to be more to it than some guy at the crossroads of his career ranting about society on air while office romances go on in the background.
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Does the character who makes the big speech in Network almost exclusively speak in that grandstanding manner, as if his life depends on the words coming out of his mouth at every waking moment? If so, then yes.
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