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Post Post #5250  (ISO)  » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:06 pm

Just finished Season 7 of Taskmaster, which has Rhod Gilbert among others in it
Really glad I found this show, was hilarious
Curious if the other seasons will hold up because Rhod made up about 90% of the hilarity,
the majority of the rest being Phil Wang's wang. I'll never not laugh upon remembering the line "the pendulum draws the eye"

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Post Post #5251  (ISO)  » Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:16 am

In post 5249, Postie wrote:Just finished watching "You" on Netflix.

It's almost every Stalking For Love cliche rolled into one 10-part series and dialed up to 100. I did like the thriller aspects of the show, but I thought there were some major problems with how the stalker main character's increasingly crazed behaviours were portrayed as justified not only from his own PoV but within the logic of the show.
While of course most sane people should be able to recognise that things like murder and kidnapping "for love" are bad without the show pointing it out to them, I couldn't help worry some people might at least subconsciously absorb some of the Nice Guy / incel narrative that everything revolved around. Like, the main character literally narrates Nice Guy talking points over every action he carries out and it often becomes painful to listen to because the show refuses to ever make any obvious challenges to his logic and goes on to affirm many of his assumptions as correct.

I googled for reviews after finishing the series to see if anyone else had similar thoughts and could articulate them better than me and this is the first one that came up dear god

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I haven't seen the show for 'You' but I did read the book last year. I can't say how the show portrayed him, but in the book it was very much the point that he's a misogynistic psychopath, so of course he doesn't know that what he's doing is wrong. Also it's narrated by him (in a rambling train of thought sort of way) so it's impossible to really portray or challenge what he does as bad within the logic of the story since he's the one telling it and obviously he thinks his actions are justified.

I'll agree that it was an unpleasant story to experience though, I felt sort of icky after reading it, although I do think it was a fascinating read. I also agree with not liking how he always turned out to be right, and I didn't particularly like the ending. I definitely feel like it wouldn't work very well as a tv show (hence why I didn't bother watching it) since his crazy narration made up so much of the book, so any sort of adaption would most likely miss out on a lot of the content.
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Post Post #5252  (ISO)  » Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:41 pm

Counterpart canceled. Starz sucks that show is fantastic

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Post Post #5253  (ISO)  » Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:43 pm

I don't get how Starz ends up with such fantastic programming when they're run like a fucking trainwreck

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Post Post #5254  (ISO)  » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:00 pm

In post 5250, shaft.ed wrote:Just finished Season 7 of Taskmaster, which has Rhod Gilbert among others in it

whoa-- coincidentally i just came into this thread to talk about my enjoyment of the 1st season!
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Post Post #5255  (ISO)  » Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:32 pm

In post 5250, shaft.ed wrote:Just finished Season 7 of Taskmaster, which has Rhod Gilbert among others in it
Really glad I found this show, was hilarious
Curious if the other seasons will hold up because Rhod made up about 90% of the hilarity,
the majority of the rest being Phil Wang's wang. I'll never not laugh upon remembering the line "the pendulum draws the eye"


It does vary by season but it is one of my favourite shows. Try the Noel fielding one. Rhod is the most psychotic contestant they have had (give or take a Sally phillips) but each contestant brings something unique.
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Post Post #5256  (ISO)  » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:48 am

In post 5253, BROseidon wrote:I don't get how Starz ends up with such fantastic programming when they're run like a fucking trainwreck

WGN does that too

Every show I get into is super good then bam cancelled
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Post Post #5257  (ISO)  » Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:50 pm

I started back from Season 1 and am just booting up season 6 now
Season 2 was the other high point for me, probably because it felt like 8 out of 10 Cats does Taskmaster.

I think it is just down to how much I like the panelists on the season. I'm on 6 now and not liking it much because I can't stand Russel Howard.
I kinda liked Season 4 with Noel Fielding, but at the same time, the tasks tended to have a lot of artistic slants to them which kept giving him an advantage.
Also the token brown person is usually a highlight of any season.
Also also, I think after viewing the other seasons, I didn't really appreciate how much Philip Wang brought to Season 7. The failing contestant really needs to contribute comedically.

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