I just finished True Detective Season 1, and saw an episode of Season 2: The Truly Gay Detective.
I am sad that the real "True Detective" is truly over. Especially after they hyped me up with that awesome intro sequence.
Really. I'm not a bigot, (as a _mostly_ straight man, I would be down with fucking Younger Russel with the shorter hair from the flashbacks) but I watch a lot of TV and I can tell when a show is catered to the female/gay audience. And it's not just the obvious cues like the father's remarks on buttfucking Aspen's dad or the fact that we get needless gratuitous shots of men's asses in a pointless shot of the men's room before cutting to a fully dressed woman in the woman's room.
I don't what it is, but I feel like if you forced the editors to cut all that out, and somehow inject some gratuitous female nudity I would still know I was watching a chick flick show, with the way boring plot was laid out like an episode of my mom's favorite show Poirot.
The woman in the bar singing her song made me think she must be the daughter of a rich man who paid the producers for exposure to her "talent."
How can you tell when you're watching a gay/chick flick show? Other than obvious gay butts, I mean?
TD season 2 was instantly good because it featured Tim Riggins.
>S1 was really bad if you ignore the cinematography/directing which was really good.
Literally all I care about when I watch TV. What are some other TV shows with excellent cinematography and directing and editing, that may or may not be pleb-reddit shows? It will never bother me since I don't know what reddit's like anyway and I don't need to compare things to an arbitrary website to decide whether I like them or not.
There are lot of well directed TV-shows and some not-so-good shows, even they have their moments.
Stuff like the Sopranos and the Wire feature extremely good directing and Sopranos features very nice artsy fartsy cinematography later on in season 3 and 4. The Wire too, but not so flashy.
So the answer to your question is just watch the most highest rated shows?
outside the popular shows I'd recommend Swedish Bron/Broen, features very nice cinematography of urban enviroments and people being swallowed by it. Pic not related as I am not on my desktop where my Bron blurays are. the night time photography is hnng worthy.
vikings is also surprising at times, going for very tryhard artsy fartsy stuff between their bbc nature photography.
This is all under the assumption you've already seen Breaking Bad, which until TD season 1 had the best cinematography of any TV show ever. Fargo Season 2 was pretty good directing. They do a lot of weird cross cuts in the editing, but it's still better than 99% of tv.
Hannibal is very well directed too, Boardwalk Empire is good but I couldn't get through more than 2 seasons once the best character dies.
>So the answer to your question is just watch the most highest rated shows?
I honestly never considered that. I usually watch shows based on whether I see 4chan mention them or not. I hate alot of popular movies like Star Wars: The References Awaken or most Marvel Comic Book movies so I tend to avoid seeing mainstream movies, but you're making it sound like I wouldn't mind mainstream television, and I think you might be right.
Well.. the highest rated shows like
Band of Brothers
Six Feet Under
are all mostly well directed and include good cinematography, yes not all of it is flashy cinematography - the wire is very basic, mundane, but it has a reason and it works very well and some of them go pretty artsy like Sopranos later seasons. Some of them might not have particularly interesting cinematography but are well directed for other reasons like Generation Kill..
Thanks alot bro. I realize it must be killing you inside a little bit to help suggest what you might consider plebshit to a pleb.
I felt the same way when I was bitching about what a bullshit movie Elysium was, and ended up inadvertently suggesting it to one of my friends who now thinks it's one of the best things ever and that it's even better fucking Terminator 1 and 2 in his opinion.
I will definitely look into that list of yours, but aside from that what are some "good" shows in your opinion.
Elysium is well directed and has nice cinematography and set pieces, it's bit sketchy on teh writing.
My favorite shows?
Bron/Broen, a Swedish-Dane show. Seasons 1 and 3 particularly.
Forbrydelsen (Danish, the original Killing) season 3 which is pretty good, the main character's arc and narrative through all three seasons is interesting to follow, humane story.
Generation Kill. A good show of Iraq invasion and what it was like for the soldiers at the start, very well directed, acting and everyone feels very natural here, flows very well.
Band of Brothers' Bastogne (winter time) episodes. Fucking cruel, hard hitting stuff but the entire show is really good but particularly when the winter arrives it goes hard.
SouthLAnd which is a pretty based police show following couple of detectives and polices around LA. Features very interesting cinematography and is really well shot and written overall.
Twin Peaks season 1 + the goood parts of season 2. Fantastic show by Lynch and Frost. Great writing in season 1, very well directed and fantastic cinematography and style.
I probably forget some. I really liked Justified from the recent shows I've seen.
I see nothing wrong going from top to bottom with this list, it honestly features the best stuff out there. I haven't seen the anime stuff or cartoons on that list so I can't recommend them.
but even Breaking Bad was well directed (but badly written) after season 2, and the first 2 seasons are a good treat.
They blew up Tuco's joint in season 2 right?
Well, I felt like they took it way too high from the 'grounded' approach of earlier seasons which I liked. Badly written stuff, like just about everything Pinkman - that character did not need to survive/make it that far, it was like anchor in the show.
>I felt like they took it way too high from the 'grounded' approach of earlier seasons which I liked.
Please... go on! Also, fun fact, the original idea behind Breaking Bad was to have Jesse Pinkman be a one-off character who dies relatively early with Walt avenging his death ruthlessly on the other drug dealers and the idea of Walt wanting to _earn_ the money rather than just _get_ the money any way he can (eg a donation from a friend) originated during approximately Episode 4.
According to Vince Gilligan before that the writers were just like "I dunno. I guess once he gets enough money he could just lose his fat stack at the end of every season, right guize?"
I've only seen Breaking Bad once and that was when it was airing - I didn't like it that much for majority of its runtime and it's been a while since I saw it so it's hard to discuss it.
Once I read that about Pinkman (it was in some interview back then too) it made sense in retrospect. It wasn't good for the show to drag his carcass along with it for so long.
I like shows that completely gut and remove bad material, stuff that doesn't work simply.
ie. Z-Nation wrote themselves to a corner with two characters and they killed them relatively fast away so they are not there to drag the show down.
Same should've been done with Pinkman.
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