I'm not going to defend True Detective. At times it seemed like a satire of the Hard Boiled genre. But I still liked it. The action scenes were extremely well done.
Halt and Catch Fire was my favorite show for half the season, but it ended up relying a little too much on the characters never, ever, communicating with each other, which drives me nuts as a plot device.
Humans was well done, but...a little too tidy somehow. Didn't have any rough edges, any zing. I could stare at the face of the lead female synth all day long though. If I were her, I'd wear those green contacts all the time.
I started watching Wet Hot American Summer, the series, as a lark, even though I never saw the original movie. I kept looking over at Linda expecting her to object at any moment. She doesn't much care for gross-out humor, and I don't much care for embarrassment humor, but after a couple of episodes, it really caught us. There was something really good natured about it and I ended up caring for these characters, who were about as unreal as possible (40 year old actors pretending to be 16?). Also, I think this was the most star-stacked show I've ever seen. They must have all worked for peanuts.
The plot was unashamedly outrageous, well that was the point, but it still worked emotionally, which is a good lesson to a writer -- that the characters count above all.
Strain is cheesily entertaining, and the writing seems to have gotten better as it goes along, and I actually like where the plot is going. So about a third is just awful reaches for emotional resonance, and a third is entertaining and well done horror gore, and a third is spritely dialogue among the leads, for an overall win.
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