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Chuck_Finley

Love movies and TV shows, especially good comedy and science fiction, but also drama, crime and some fantasy. Also a few documentaries and reality TV.

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The Expanse

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It’s been far too long since Syfy got this much right in a TV show. The Expanse delivers the sci-fi political thriller/space opera I've been waiting for. Battlestar Galactica is likely to be a common comparison, since both shows have epic scopes and futuristic technology that looks lived in. I love it so far!

Z Nation

19
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It's not The Walking Dead, that much should be clear, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Z Nation surprised me by not even trying to copy The Walking Dead, but instead doing its own thing. It's funny, self-aware and has the right amount of campy, but still decent special effects and wacky characters. Where Walking Dead is sometimes very grim, this is more fun and tongue-in-cheek. I like both.

Stranger Things

17
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With its amazing 80s atmosphere and creepy X-files meets E.T feel this show is set to impress. Within its first minutes of run time I could tell I had found something special here in Stranger Things. Its intriguing story gives information at a great pace and I never felt myself getting confused or bored. The characters of the show are the true stars here, the casting is perfect. I'm hooked!

The Flash

10
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So far it's...pretty okay. The story and dialogue are mediocre, acting is mostly solid, but I feel the characters are too clichéd (even for a comic book adaptation) and the "high speed" action is quite underwhelming. Compare that to Quicksilvers slo-mo scene in 'X-Men - Days of Future Past' which was amazing (I know they have different budgets, but still).

In contrast to shows like Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Agent Carter, which have good drama as well as great action, The Flash has some catching up to do, but the potential is clearly there.

Into the Badlands

7
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Interesting setting, vibrant colors, AMAZING fight scenes (for TV). The actors are not quite as amazing, although you can see everybody gives their best, with some great performances by
Marton Csokas and Ally Ioannides, for example. This show may not be for everyone, and is not to be taken too seriously, but I'm really curious where it will go.

I Am Cait

7
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Nope. I'm a progressive liberal, and a huge fan of doing "whatever floats your boat", but let's be very frank here, Jenner is no LGBT Hero or Role Model. Jenner and the Kardashians offer society little or nothing, motivated only by their extreme narcissism and greed. For globs sake, get some new, REAL role models, America!

Helix

7
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I loved Helix, it was a thrilling and intense horror/sci-fi series in a refreshingly unique setting (research station in the arctic). The acting is all around solid and the story and creatures are as intriguing as they are terrifying. A great watch! Edit: In Season 2 the "Resident Evil" vibe becomes even stronger, and I mean that in the best way possible. Unfortunately the series got cancelled, but to be fair, the story got pretty unfocused at the end of season 2.

Happy!

5
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This show is something. Dark, really dark, but yet humorous, Happy! takes you on a trip into the insane underbelly of a city full of criminals and deviants. Christopher Meloni is perfect in the role of burned-out, hyper-violent ex-cop Nick Sax. Give this a watch if you like movies like Crank or Shoot Em Up.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 could quite possibly be one of the most inventive and hilarious shows of all time. In a nutshell, an average guy is rocketed into space by his evil boss and is forced to watch terrible, cheesy, poorly acted, poorly written, poorly shot, B-grade movies (sometimes even lower grade than that). The only way he keeps his sanity is by mocking and riffing on the movie-of-the-week with his robot friends, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot.

Each episode of MST3K delivers almost non-stop laughs and great one-liners that make watching these awful movies not only bearable, but hilarious!
I've never seen an episode that didn't make me laugh out loud. It's difficult to describe it to those who haven't seen it before, so if you're not one of the legions of fans of MST3K yet, hurry and check it out on Netflix or DVD.

People of Earth

5
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When a show like this comes along, with its original perspective, I can't help but to hope it does well. This one definitely has potential. First episode was entertaining and had a nice twist, second episode was fine as well. Only gripe I have so far is that with the incredible wealth of memes, stories and stereotypes on aliens and alien abductions in the internet age they could've taken more advantage of that. What I mean is there never was a comedy show about aliens before, so cram in all the jokes that are out there.