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25 minutes ago, sqidd said:

It's a slow burn for the first five. More backstory, etc. It looks like it's picking up now.

Ok good...I think I just finished 4 and while it’s not bad by any means I'm just a little tired of the back-story side story civil rights arc with Allison instead of getting to the main arc. 

Chris

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3 hours ago, Dobber said:

Ok good...I think I just finished 4 and while it’s not bad by any means I'm just a little tired of the back-story side story civil rights arc with Allison instead of getting to the main arc. 

Chris

It picked up.:good:

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Cool. Like I said nothing is bad just tired of them dragging their feet to tell side stories instead of just getting on with it. Watching it now....I’m actually on ep 4 now.

Chris

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Just finished the season. Definitely picked up by episode 5 and had a strong finale. Bring on season 3.

Chris

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I finished the new season earlier today, loved it, really fun, great energy throughout, great soundtrack too. Definitely a bit slow in the first few episodes, a lot of stage setting, then really picks up. Definitely a great finale, really looking forward to season 3.

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The first one was good.  Watching the second one today, third tomorrow...

I can handle a slow start.  I made it through the first 10 or so episodes of Stein's Gate...

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On 8/1/2020 at 7:47 PM, Dobber said:

Just finished the season. Definitely picked up by episode 5 and had a strong finale. Bring on season 3.

Chris

Hear hear!

On 8/1/2020 at 9:26 PM, Tking22 said:

I finished the new season earlier today, loved it, really fun, great energy throughout, great soundtrack too. Definitely a bit slow in the first few episodes, a lot of stage setting, then really picks up. Definitely a great finale, really looking forward to season 3.

I looked up if there was going to be a season three and ran a across a little bit of trivia. Two members from the band My Chemical Romance (I don't think I know thir stuff) did the comic book series. That may explain the really good soundtrack. Also that the comic series was in three groups (or whatever) so it sounds like plans are for a third season. And it will probably wrap up nicely.

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5 minutes ago, sqidd said:

Hear hear!

I looked up if there was going to be a season three and ran a across a little bit of trivia. Two members from the band My Chemical Romance (I don't think I know thir stuff) did the comic book series. That may explain the really good soundtrack. Also that the comic series was in three groups (or whatever) so it sounds like plans are for a third season. And it will probably wrap up nicely.

Just one member: Gerard Way. Gabriel Bá is the main artist but wasn’t in the band. The band got together in 2001 originally but then spilt in 2013. They all got back together in 2019. The music is alt rock/punk rock, or at least it’s along those lines given what I’ve heard. I should listen to more of it to give a better assessment.

Anyway, yeah Dark Horse has been releasing the graphic novels. Most recently in fancy hardcover collectible editions. I’ve been picking these up to see if the graphic novels do things a little differently and maybe get another perspective on the story. The volume 3 hardcover is coming out this fall. The trade paperbacks of all three are already available.

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One thing that I REALLY appreciated was that the show while having your standard current SJW talking points installed in the story, they weren't shoved down your throat. I'm about the most truly socially liberal person you will ever meet. Translation, I'm accepting of anyone no matter where they land on the "spectrum" as long as they're not trampling some else's rights. I'm not just socially liberal about the current "popular" groups. Anyway, even being very socially liberal I can't stand when someone is trying to shove their message down my throat. I've stopped watching a lot of entertainment when I get that feeling.

This show incorporated all the current popular "messages" while making it feel organic. I was getting REALLY steamed during the diner scene. Which is exactly what the story was supposed to make me do. A lot of entertainment seems incapable of pulling that off. Instead you feel like someone is trying to turn you into a sock puppet. Which is really annoying.

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11 hours ago, sqidd said:

One thing that I REALLY appreciated was that the show while having your standard current SJW talking points installed in the story, they weren't shoved down your throat. I'm about the most truly socially liberal person you will ever meet. Translation, I'm accepting of anyone no matter where they land on the "spectrum" as long as they're not trampling some else's rights. I'm not just socially liberal about the current "popular" groups. Anyway, even being very socially liberal I can't stand when someone is trying to shove their message down my throat. I've stopped watching a lot of entertainment when I get that feeling.

This show incorporated all the current popular "messages" while making it feel organic. I was getting REALLY steamed during the diner scene. Which is exactly what the story was supposed to make me do. A lot of entertainment seems incapable of pulling that off. Instead you feel like someone is trying to turn you into a sock puppet. Which is really annoying.

I for the most part agree...

 

though that was why I was tiring with the early episodes. Honestly getting tired of being “steamed” and think that may be some of the problems we are having in society. People constantly being keyed up either in reality or even in our entertainment...”remember, be ANGRY!!!” And/or “Remember to be “ASHAMED” even when you had nothing to do with it.

 Also immediately saw where they were going to go with Vonya’s story....which honestly didn’t do anything to endear me to the character. (Her behavior, not her orientation)  She was taken into that home where she proceeded to have an affair with a married woman. They may not have had a conventionally “happy” marriage but he wasn’t a bad man who abused or cheated on her. Yet HE was made out to be the bad guy who needed to die when his wife tried to run off with their son and her lover. Change genders and/or orientations around and the spouse and lover would be considered despicable.

Chris


 

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This series reminds me of GOTHAM where it obviously takes place in current modern times but avoids high tech by ignoring smartphones and computers altogether. Is there a name for this I wonder?

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I didn't see anything written as heavy handed with Vanya's character or her side story with Carl, Sissy and Harlan. 

I agree with @sqidd and think this is one of the few shows that gets the balance right, especially with the time travel and culture shock tropes where people from the future meet up with those in the past and how that can cause ripples to change all sorts of important and unimportant events. It begs the question how much exposure is too much in this situation? Within universe. it shows how a whole commission dedicated to keeping the timeline in check really is THAT important. 

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Carl is characterized with subtlety in the beginning, and at the start he does seem rough and rugged but okay; however, the show then goes out of its way to clearly show his faults. This man isn't perfect or good IMO. Sissy even admits that to Vanya at one point. He ignores his special needs son, he lies to his wife and neglects her, he's a heavy drinker and it is implied that most of his money is spent on alcohol. This is why Sissy is squirreling away money in a can as an emergency fund. He has a bad temper, and when mixed with the drinking it gets him kicked out of bars (as in the scene where Luther first sees Vanya). The man clearly has issues. If he put down the bottle he might even be able to resolve some of them, but instead he chooses to jerk everyone around (including his own family).

Is that happening because Vanya is there picking up the slack? That's the question I was asking. I mean, we are seeing the story from the perspective of each of the Umbrella Academy siblings. Obviously, being from the future, their actions are influencing the history around them and they will bring a modern interpretation to the historical events (see Diego and his JFK rants). Maybe it's all a result of the messed up timeline that Vanya and her family created, but it could also be who Carl is, if I'm being honest. He doesn't have to be good and I don't see why the audience should be sensitive to his plight. That isn't the point. Stories need their bad guys after all.

I do disagree that changing genders and/or orientations around the spouse would have affected the side plot in any way. Instead of Vanya it could have as easily been Klaus, for instance. Rather than having him search for young Dave they could have had him fall in love with another man who happened to be married to a woman with a child and if written well it still could have hit similar notes IMO. It could also have been heartbreaking on another level, but we have what we have, and I thought it was done well.

As for Carl's death, it happened during an argument in the heat of the moment when Harlan was exhibiting powers. Carl and Sissy were both facing an impossible situation and I think the choices they made were true to their characters. Again, the way I see it, it's a juxtaposition of how things worked in the 1960s versus how they work today. My only critique here is that I think Sissy was too quick to accept Vanya when she returned to the farmhouse to help Harlan. But by that point the commission was on top of everyone and things were moving incredibly fast.

 

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Just finished this today, and I had fun all the way through. I might be in the minority, but the first half didn't feel slow at all! Like season one, the story lines and the actors playing the parts are just so engaging, that going off on little side trips down memory lane are fun rather than dragging.

 

As for Vanya...
 

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I was glad they managed to get her back fully into the family again. There were spots where I thought they were going to have to 'stop' her anyway, esp when we find she was once again the catalyst for the apocalypse.  That final scene with Ben was great.

As for her relationship, getting involved with a married person is always a mistake, but then again, that seems to be what they do all the time. Make mistakes. I was hoping she would have been able to take Sissy and Harlan with her, but can certainly understand Sissy's reasons for choosing the safety of her son over her heart.

It will be interesting to see what role Harlan plays in the future.

And no, Carl was not a bad guy. He was a product of his era. Not to say that all husbands/fathers in that day were the same, but he was. Man of the house. His word was law. Wifey stays at home and tends the child while he goes out and has fun... He didn't deserve to die, but in this instance it was an accident. Never ever struggle over a gun!

That ending was good too. They finally get back home, only it's not their home anymore... Clearly Father saw that they were not the best choices he could have made when the time came and instead did a 'reset.' And yes, Ben is back...

And Hargreeves is an alien! I guess it stands to reason with that one flashback he had in the first season.

 

 

Now I must wait for Season three...

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Watched through episode 3 and none of feels like filler or that it is going slow - I do find modern action movies have far too little plot and characterization and way too much action these days so it could just be me.

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1 hour ago, Thom said:

Just finished this today, and I had fun all the way through. I might be in the minority, but the first half didn't feel slow at all! Like season one, the story lines and the actors playing the parts are just so engaging, that going off on little side trips down memory lane are fun rather than dragging.

If you're in the minority, then I'm right there with you, @Thom;) BTW, I finished watching the second season on Monday.

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The scene with Ben and Vanya was superb. The fact that Ben is back might seem like a cheat at first, but I'm actually looking forward to see how it all works out. Obviously, we've already seen that new Ben comes with a very different personality.

Hargreeves is interesting. I wonder if he's an alien or some kind of a walking talking fish like our dearly departed AJ?

I gotta disagree about Carl though (sorry). I don't think anyone is implying that he deserved to die. The story certainly didn't imply that, although I do think the writers were clearly showing him as an important antagonist.  When Vanya regained her memories, she should have stepped back from being the interloper, true. Instead she persisted and caused more trouble for Sissy and Harlan. Sissy, I think, actually did love Carl and Vanya for what it's worth. It's just that these shows tend to avoid compromises that leave everyone happy since it isn't as exciting taking that route. Hence, we got the ending where she couldn't really trust and/or feel safe with either Carl or Vanya.

It's funny that you note how the siblings seem to always makes mistakes, because that's what I love about this show. These are the B or C ranking heroes. So far we've seen that the adult members of the Umbrella Academy are not heroes that you can really count on, even if they're doing their best to make it all right. I wonder if that will change in season 3?

 

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