Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by dodge, Dec 22, 2018.
Episode 2, Donkey Patrol" promo:
Two episodes in, I'm loving this.
I liked Titans, but this is definitely more my jam, the meta narration, weird humor and the weirdness in general, the characters and the cast, from the giant robot man Robotman all the way down to the tiny Doomsday Cockroach...
The app says it's a 15 episode season, here's hoping they're all this good!
And that they don't hold over the last one for season 2...
This show is crazy. It's like DC's Legends of Tomorrow...just a little darker and with more swear words.
It's nickel and diming, and while it's more a la carte unlike cable, there's still a lot of stuff I don't care about and I can't buy access to just one show. Netflix, Hulu, Prime, then you get more specific ones like CBS All Access, DC Universe, the upcoming Disney-Monopoly-Fuck-You-World-Service, and that's without getting into your decades-old HBO/Starz/etc.
And cost aside, it's just obnoxious to keep track of them all; billing, logins, sites/apps, etc. If I could add $5 a month per service onto, say... my Netflix bill, or Hulu, I might be game. Heck, for awhile I had HBO just because I could bundle it with Prime. Even a service that puts everything under one menu and I can access it or not depending on if I've paid for that service would be better than having to go back and forth between the various sites or apps. Trillian for streaming services, that's what I want! Or even better, Steam for television (fuck you EA Origin... which I do have...).
I don't entirely disagree that it can be a pain for the consumer end experience, but this is where market forces will have a Darwinian effect.
Oh and the Steam comparison only exemplifies my previous point: market domination lead Valve into almost negligent complacency when they stopped curating their product and opened the floodgates to any old crap, leaving consumers with an over-saturated store and smaller developers struggling more than ever to be noticed....and now they're being undercut by some plucky up and comers, that'll either ruin Steam (unlikely) or force Valve to pull their finger out (slightly less unlikely.)
True, but with cable, you have to pay for over a hundred channels even if you only watch one or two shows each on a handful of channels. At least with streaming, you're only paying for the specific "channels" you're interested in.
That's... what I said?
Sure you can. Eventually shows are available to buy either digitally or on disc.
It would be nice if we could subscribe to The One Service and then pick and choose which shows we wanna watch but realistically that's not going to happen any time soon. And I get wishing it was on free TV, or one of the bigger streaming services one already subscribes to, but shows like this wouldn't survive classic network TV because they're a niche interest, and if they were on the more popular streaming services that would just mean that some other shows there wouldn't get made, because even the giant ones don't have unlimited budget to make shows.
The simple fact is this show wouldn't get made, and certainly not on this budget if DCU didn't exist, so complaining about it and other services existing is ultimately contradictory because we wouldn't be having this tremendous variety of excellent TV shows if they didn't exist.
I also don't agree that niche services like this one are "nickle and diming" it, it's unrealistic to expect every service will be able to achieve a userbase of over a hundred million subscribers like Netflix to be able to offer dozens of new shows and movies of varying interest. There can realistically only be a few of those giant ones that cover everything, so I don't think a smaller service like this one with a more targeted audience is a bad thing.
For people interested in the entirety of its output it offers content throughout the year which an all purpose service wouldn't be able to achieve, and if that particular niche isn't your thing and there's only one or two shows on the service you wanna watch, there's always the option to wait till they all air, sub for the month and watch them, it's usually cheaper than a movie ticket, and usually better than most movies in theaters these days.
How 'bout the Doom Patrol show? Pretty weird, eh?
Weird? Nah... just your standard usual The Mummy jokes.
I hear Brendan has some experience in that area.
On a more serious note, regarding Cyborg and some of the fears people here expressed that he'll be the same as Robotman, he's very much not.
He isn't so much the mopey, broody, "I'm a monster who must hide from the world" Cyborg that's been the usual starting depiction in recent comics and adaptations, here he's already been an active and known hero for 5 years, and he's continuously training hard to be a better one. He's the only "regular superhero" on the team, confident and experienced and basically the complete opposite of the rest of them.
They weren't fears that he'd be the same, merely acknowledgment of the need to differentiate them and curiosity about how they'd do so.
It does seem to have a unique vibe to the other comic properties showing at the moment. I'm curious how it will sustain, at the moment I can't really tell exactly where they're going with it and what it's going to be like week to week. Alan Tudyk does a great job as the weird meta narrator villain (one could say nobody does Nobody better...).
Looks like Doom Patrol is going to escape the streaming world.
Space in Canada have it coming in April (Advertised during tonight's ep of Discovery).
I watched the first episode of this on a whim and...I actually liked it. Its not just better the the first episode of Titans (which I also watched, because I have a superhero problem), but it was just an entertaining thing overall. I could have done with out the pointless nudity, but since it was just a few seconds in 2-3 scenes it didn't really matter. The episode's story and characters were interesting, I liked the humor and Alan Tudyk as the narrator/villain was really good. I don't know how it will go from here, but its started off well, which I didn't expect.
I can see WHY they needed to include Cyborg. For this group he;'s the single archetypal "Comicbook Hero" character that will move the others to be 'heroic' and 'save the day. Without him, the other would all be eating pancakes in the mansion until the World ended.
That said, I LOVED the Cyborg intro bit with the ATM robbery.
How much has Alan Tudyk been on so far?
It looks like there's a chance he'll just be a one season character, Syfy has picked up the TV adaptation of the comic book Resident Alien, which features Tudyk as the title character.
For those unaware of the comic here's the description of the first collection:
His voice has been in it more. In these first three episodes he's had maybe 10-15 minutes of screen time. He didn't appear or narrate tonight's episode.
Next week Mark Sheppard guest stars. No surprise since former Supernatural showrunner Jeremy Carver is the Doom Patrol showrunner.
This week was great. Doom Patrol on a road trip...in a bus. What could go wrong?
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