Catching Up on TV

Having watched my backlog of movies I figured it was time to move on to TV.  There are a bunch of shows that I've been meaning to try out.  I watched the first couple episodes of each to see if they would stick.

Humans - In the near future there are androids (called synths) that are sufficiently advanced to pass for human.  A few of them seem to be on the verge of consciousness and that's where the tension of the show resides.  And this show is full of tension.  Instead of the deep philosophical look at humanity I was expecting instead I got a show that's trying to be subtle drawn out horror sci-fi.  The first few episodes are all about setting up the tension between the synths and the humans, but with no payoff at all after watching hours of the show I had to give up.  If Humans had picked up the pace I would have kept watching.

Dark Matter - Six people wake up on a spaceship as the life support is failing.  They don't remember who they are or how they got there but they still obviously have impressive skills.  I like the premise of this one a lot, but the execution leaves something to be desired.  The characters and their interaction either feel flat or overacted.  They don't ring true at all.  I got tired of it pretty quickly and won't be continuing to watch it.

Silicon Valley - It took me almost the entire first episode to get over how stereotypical most of the characters in this show are.  But, after I got over it, I started laughing a lot.  This is a funny show.  It's set in Silicon Valley and follows a start-up tech group.  I'm a freelance developer and digital marketer by day, so it really appealed to me.  If you're a techy you'll probably like this show.  It actually derailed my "sampling" and I ended up watching the entire series before trying out the next show.

Peaky Blinders - This show didn't pick up fast enough for me.  I was super bored after the first 20 minutes so I didn't even finish the first episode.  I've resolved to not feel bad about moving on from media if I'm not enjoying it, and I wasn't enjoying this show.

Bojack Horseman - I don't get this show.  I'm not sure what's interesting about it, even after watching a few episodes.  I'm pretty sure I won't be coming back to this one.

Sense8 -  It's kinda of a confusing mess of a show.  It was too slow for me and the characters weren't very interesting so I dropped it after the first episode.  I saw some reviews saying it gets better as the season goes on, but I have a low tolerance for shows that are slow paced.

DareDevil - I decided to give this one a second shot.  Originally I didn't like the pacing or pointless violence in the first two episodes so I had given up on the series.  Since then, I have heard so many good things about the show and because I like what Marvel has been up to lately I thought it was fair that I give it another shot.  I watched two more episodes and found myself liking it a lot more than last time.  I think I'll keep watching this one and try to work my way through the first season.

As always, if you have suggestions or recommendations let me know!  I'm always looking for more shows to check out.


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