Post by Chalice_Of_Evil on May 26, 2018 6:56:51 GMT
The show I most recently finished watching on Blu-ray was Season 1 of Imposters.
I didn’t really know much about this show prior to watching it, but had checked out the trailer for Season 1 on YouTube and it looked interesting enough. I was pretty much hooked by the end of the first episode. What was such a nice surprise about it was the fact that he seemed fairly serious to begin with...but then there was some unexpected (and somewhat morbid) humour that amused me and I thought the show was just the right mixture of both serious/’darker’ moments and more light-hearted/’fun’ moments, thankfully avoiding going overboard with either.
What also makes the show so great, I think, is the growing relationship between the three exes of Maddie (Inbar Lavi) – Ezra, Richard and Jules. They start off not getting along, and they certainly irritate each other at times, but they’re also shown to actually *care* about other people and eventually each other. I think my favourite pairing is Richard (Parker Young – who I recognize from some other things, but mainly Suburgatory) and Jules (Marianne Rendón). They’re so great together precisely because they rub each other the wrong way. There were quite a few amusing moments/exchanges between their characters.
Ezra managed to make my like his character within the first episode (in large part due to the amusing moment I referred to previously). I felt sympathy for him, but I like that he ends up proving himself almost as good at the imposter game as Maddie by the end of the season.
Speaking of Maddie/Ava/Alice/Cece/Saffron – Inbar Lavi does a really good job of making her character believably cunning/good at her job, but despite the stuff she does I still liked her and could sympathise with her too. I also like when she’s interacting with her exes.
The other characters didn’t really make that much of an impression on me (though Uma Thurman was quite good in her role as someone none of the characters ever want to get a visit from). For me, the core of this show is Maddie and her three exes. The first season’s final was fairly satisfying and I look forward to watching Season 2 on Blu-ray whenever it’s eventually released here.
Post by Chalice_Of_Evil on Jun 2, 2018 21:51:00 GMT
I most recently finished Season 3 of The Strain on Blu-ray. I'd previously watched the first two seasons on the TV, but the station which aired it here didn't bother with Season 3 and now both it and Season 4 are out on DVD/Blu-ray...which is how I'm going to have to watch the last two seasons of the show.
Firstly, while I think I still prefer the minimalist Season 1 opening, I will say that the Season 3 opening credits are an improvement after whatever was going on with the comic book-looking opening credits of Season 2 (some of the cast pictures were okay/accurate to the actors, but it was a crime that they managed to make Mía Maestro look unattractive in them, when she's in fact gorgeous).
Speaking of Mía Maestro, I missed her character of Nora this season. I was really ticked off that the little turd, Zach, got her killed in the Season 2 final and I haven't forgiven him since...which is probably just as well, as he certainly didn't improve this season. In fact, he got *worse* (which I didn't think was even possible). On top of his constant whining and just general uselessness, there was the fact that he acted shocked to see his monster of a mother feeding on people (despite the fact that he was well aware that she was a Strigoi), he got a 'protector' in the form of a Strigoi child (called a 'Feeler') which he patted and threw a ball for like she was a dog as well as bossed her around, and then at the end of the season he not only got yet another innocent person killed (a Good Samaritan who stopped his car to invite Zach with him and his son to safety...then promptly got stung by Zach's 'protector' and consequently would turn into a Strigoi, therefore depriving an innocent kid of their father), but his ultimate act of evil came when he got angry at his father, Eph, for killing his Strigoi of a mother (only because she was trying to kill him) and threw a tantrum, yelling "I hate you!" while setting off a nuke.
This devil child has now amassed more deaths than I think even the Strigoi at this point. I keep thinking the final season will have him be the new host for the Master, who will spend 5 seconds inside the kid before deciding he's too evil and ditching him as a vessel. What's worse is that Eph was shouting after Zach like he was concerned about him...even though his son had just murdered hundreds, if not thousands of people. There truly is no other kid character in a show I've watched who has been worse than Zach the mass murderer. He truly is the spawn of Satan and I keep wishing he would be eaten by a Strigoi ASAP - though I realise that will sadly never happen (sadly). Oh, and he also is the reason the Master got free after the others had managed to trap him.
Speaking of that scene – Quinlan was pretty awesome in his beaten up of Palmaster (ie. Palmer after he was taken over by the Master). It’s a shame we only got to see Quinlan be awesome half the time, as the rest of the time he was either missing or just talking.
I’m glad Kelly is gone, as she didn’t really add much (though I wondered if the actress who played her knew what she was getting into when she signed on to the show and whether she was aware that she’d be spending at least a good percentage of her screentime last season looking like the typical Strigoi. I was glad that Eph finally ended her. It was about time). I also wasn’t sad to see Justine go either. As for Angel...well...I would've preferred that he lived and Gus took his place, since Gus let his Strigoi mother (who he should've put down ages ago) loose on a bunch of policemen who were just trying to do their jobs saving people. I found when watching the previous two seasons on TV that I was able to skip Gus's scenes and not feel like I've missed anything important. His storyline just bored me.
It was kind of funny that the season started with Eph drinking and by the end of the season he still was. He really was a hopeless drunk a lot of the time. The only thing that made him somewhat bearable was Dutch – she livened him up a bit and always had something amusing to say.
I still like Setrakian, Fet and Dutch, and I tolerate Eph. Eichorst is interesting and I always liked his snarking at Palmer. It was good Dutch got some revenge on him (by cutting off his hand) after what he did to her last season. I was also glad to see him riddled with silver and suffering for a while. Too bad it was short-lived.
It’ll be interesting to see where the show goes in its final season after the events of the Season 3 final. Frustratingly, though, I know that Zach won’t ever pay for his crimes. Still, it’s an enjoyable enough show (and at least I didn’t have to wait a week in between episodes).
Post by Chalice_Of_Evil on Jun 12, 2018 9:11:36 GMT
Just finished watching Season 3 of iZombie on DVD last night.
When watching the first season, I found it a bit ‘slow’ to get going and wasn’t that into it (though there were some good bits here and there). I felt Season 2 was an improvement, and I enjoyed more episodes that season. Personally, I’ve liked Season 3 even more.
Part of what made this season more enjoyable for me was the fact that Clive now knew Liv was a zombie, so there were no more lame excuses and near missed of him discovering her secret. I find on most shows where a lead character keeps a secret from others, the show usually gets better once most of the other main characters are let in on the secret. Clive’s reactions to the way Liv would act when she was on a different brain each episode were funny *before* he knew she was a zombie, so it was good to see those reactions weren’t lost once he knew. In fact, I think his reactions got even better. Another fun addition this season was getting to see how Liv appears to others when she’s having a vision – the way she just stares into space amused me quite a bit, as did the other characters’ reactions to it (there was one especially funny scene where Clive and Peyton were looking somewhat impatient as they waited for Liv’s vision to end).
Speaking of the visions, I’m annoyed that they got rid of that part of the opening credits – as that was always my favourite shot of animated Liv…
But they replaced it with...Peyton (meh).
The visions are kind of a big part of the show, so I felt they should’ve kept it in.
The other downside was…I didn’t like the look of the blue brains in the food Liv would make nearly as much as the regular pink brains (they always looked good in whatever she’d make. Yes, it’s odd to think the food Liv makes with brains looks in any way ‘edible’...but it was the same deal with the TV series Hannibal for me. His food looked *so* good, I almost forgot it was people).
I think that Liv on dominatrix brains, preschool teacher brains and 'Dungeon Master' brains were my favourite this season.
Clive really getting into the game was also great.
Actually, I think the whole D&D scene was one of the best of the season. Everyone was great/amusing in it.
I know some people complain about how ‘exaggerated’ she acts on the different brains, but it’s kind of the premise of the show – that Liv acts so vastly different when she has consumed someone’s brains. I really like this aspect of the show and feel it allows for a lot of comedic moments which would otherwise be lost if she didn’t act so unlike herself.
There was a lot of stuff going on this season, and I wasn’t able to keep track of all the different storylines (especially the couple of ones that bored me/confused me), but on the whole I felt the season moved pretty fast and didn’t feel ‘slow’ like Season 1 had for me.
They did a good job making Major losing his memory have some ‘emotional weight’ to it (like his ‘goodbye scene’ with Liv and Ravi before he took the cure). I was also happy to see the return of Natalie, as I felt they were good together. It’s too bad they barely used her in the season and only brought her back at the end to kill her off. I hated that and the ‘zimboe truthers’ responsible for it. Such a waste of a good character/actress and someone Major had...well...major chemistry with.
Speaking or relationships, I didn’t mind Liv with Justin. He seemed like a pretty decent dude...she told him that she’d slept with Chase Graves (Jason Dohring who I mainly know as Logan Echolls from Veronica Mars). I get that he’d be mad, but he really lost it at her. Then later he really took things too far when he and his fellow zombie soldiers chased after her. Can’t say I’m a fan of him anymore, which is a shame as he lasted longer than her previous boyfriends did (I’m glad they remarked on her b/f’s typical life expectancy given what happened to the previous ones).
Blaine was better once he was back to his more evil self. Though the singing did get a bit much after a while, I thought. It was previously amusing/’fun’, but they overdid it a bit this season, I thought. It was entertaining to see him, Liv and Don E. (who I actually find rather annoying a lot of the time – it’s his voice and the way he seems to yell most of his dialogue a lot of the time that irritates me, I think) snacking on a zombie truther’s brain together like they were sharing chips or something.
While I did like getting to see Rose McIver looking like her normal self for a few episodes, I was glad she defied Chase’s ‘compliment’ to her and reverted to her zombie look.
It was a surprisingly emotional scene to end the season – with Ravi asking Liv to scratch him to test a vaccine. The way she reacted to it really sold the moment, and I’m glad they had her check with him a number of times that it was something he really wanted her to do before she actually did it. It was such a heartfelt moment when they said “I love you.” To each other (though obviously not in a romantic sense). Their friendship and Liv’s partnership with Clive are the two relationships on the show I like the most/care the most about. All the romantic relationships aren’t that important in comparison, I find. Ravi’s fake zombie noise/groaning and Liv’s “Don’t be a dick.” Was an unexpected, but amusing way to cut to black.
It was a surprise that they ended the season with lots of people turned into zombies and mass panic. Should be interesting to see where they go with this next season. Though I still think I liked Season 2’s ending possibly a bit more...if only for that last scene with zombies snacking on Rob Thomas’s (the singer, not the show creator) brains and one of them singing ‘Unwell’ by Matchbox Twenty as a result - that moment cracked me up.
On the whole, I found this a pretty good season and I’m enjoying the show a lot more now than I did at first.
Firstly, I didn’t mind the opening credits. I know they maybe weren't as ‘flashy’ as the other shows’ opening credits sequences, but I thought they were alright. The theme may not have been as ‘memorable’ either, but I didn’t think it was ‘bad’.
I’d heard/read that the show was apparently not very good, and while I’ll admit it did get off to a slow start, I thought it picked up after a few episodes. It was probably around about the halfway point that things seemed to kick things up a notch, and episode 12 was probably the most action-packed episode, I thought.
I’d seen comments saying that the fights weren’t that impressive after seeing the one sin the other shows and that Finn Jones wasn’t able to play them ‘convincingly’. I can sort of see why it’d look that way, given that in the first episode when he’s fighting some security guys, it looks like he’s moving slowly/’lazily’ – though I thought it showed how fighting had become second nature to him and that it was almost like ‘muscle memory’, in that he didn’t even have to ‘try’ – it was just automatic. That’s the way I chose to look at it, anyway.
Apparently quite a few people didn’t like the character of Danny Rand or Finn Jones in the role...but I didn’t mind him. The most noticeable thing, I found, was that for a guy who was supposedly meant to be all about ‘calm'...Danny sure lost his cool quite a bit. He’d throw tantrums and storm off in a huff, yet the rest of the time there was plenty of this going on...
He could be frustrating at times, but I don’t think I ever hated the guy. He wasn’t the best...but he wasn’t the worst either.
Colleen Wing could be frustrating at times too (like when she gave Danny crap for ‘beating up’ her students...when she had just done the same thing the previous episode. I also got annoyed with how often we’d hear Danny saying he had to go do whatever by himself, followed by Colleen saying she was going with him. I didn’t object to the sentiment, just the fact that they had these arguments regarding that quite a bit. He’d say ‘no’, she’d protest, then eventually he’d relent (or she’d go anyway). I didn’t like her at times, but didn’t mind her at other times. The cage fighting seemed a bit detached to the rest of what was going on, but things got better once she was involved in the main plotline.
I started off not liking Ward and his typical ‘daddy issues’. I’ve seen the ‘bad boy’ so many times there doesn’t seem to be much one can do with that ‘type’ of character that hasn’t been done before. He did have some amusing moments, though, I’ll admit...
I’m sure others didn’t care for it, but I actually appreciated when Ward and his sister, Joy, would have conversations about them as a family. Speaking of Joy, I actually thought Jessica Stroup did a lot with what she was given and made Joy a fully realized character – it’s just that she didn’t get to have any of the ‘showy’ action moments (though I did appreciate that they let her put up a bit of a fight in one scene in an elevator – not that it did her much good). I imagine others probably found her ‘boring’ or ‘forgettable’, but I thought she actually remained consistently interesting. The only ‘false note’ I found with her character was her last scene in the season final...but it might turn out she was just playing along and not actually having such a big change of heart regarding Danny that it would be the biggest inconsistency/OOC moment in the season. At least that’s what I’m hoping.
David Wenham also made the most of his screentime. He didn’t get to ‘show off’ like the villains in the other show, and it almost felt like a waste of him when he seemed to be gone early on. However, it turned out there was more of him to see, and I think that’s where he did his best work. He also had quite a few amusing moments/lines (like when he said what an ‘Iron Fist’ sounds like).
What happened with his character towards the end of the season final felt a bit anticlimactic, but I just found David Wenham likeable (even when his character was being horrible).
Some of the guest stars were interesting/memorable (I particularly liked Carrie Anne-Moss' Jeri Hogarth - she livened things up quite a bit and her interaction with Danny was amusing), and I think I preferred Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple in this show to her appearances in Daredevil and Jessica Jones (still haven’t watched Luke Cage). I know people raved about her in those shows, but I personally never got what the big deal was. However, I didn’t mind her interaction with Danny, Colleen and everyone else (she only really got on my nerves when she’d be too ‘preachy’ about killing. Sometimes people *do* need to be killed, and if she’s still pining after Matt, she should accept that killing is part of all these superheroes she helps out. I liked when Colleen stood up for Danny and his need to punish those responsible for his parents’ death, calling Claire out on how it was easy to say “Killing’s wrong!” until finding herself in the same situation).
While I still like Jessica Jones and Season 2 of Daredevil the best, I can’t say Iron Fist was any more ‘boring’ for me than the early stuff in Daredevil Season 1 (I don't mind 'talky' scenes...just so long as I find them interesting, but I found quite a lot of the talking scenes in Daredevil Season 1 - especially the villains/minions - deathly dull and was almost nodding off during them. I just didn’t find them compelling...though it did get better as it went on, much like Iron Fist in my opinion).
So, overall my feelings regarding Iron Fist were...
The season seemed to be straining (yeah, sorry) a bit to cover what everyone was doing since they apparently broke up/separated since the end of last season. Maybe that’s why this final season didn’t seem to really ‘work’ well – because all the main characters such as Setrakian, Fet, Dutch, Quinlan, Eph and Gus weren’t together for the majority of it and only came together towards the end. I think the show worked best when everyone was together, so sending them off on their own separate storylines (which we’d had plenty of in the beginning of the show and I thought we’d mostly moved past that once they came together at the end of Season 1 – except for Quinlan, of course, who was introduced later, and Gus...who always seemed like he was in a different show with his storyline. A much more boring one that I was able to skip for the first two seasons and not miss out on anything important. He finally became watchable in the last few episodes of this season when he, at long last, joined everyone else. Too bad it took three and half seasons to get there) and introducing new characters didn’t really work out too well this late into the series. Especially considering most of those new characters were boring/pointless.
The only new character I liked was Charlotte, played by Rhona Mitra (using an American accent – which I can't recall having heard her use before in anything I've seen her in. I’ve grown used to hearing her natural accent in everything, so this felt a bit odd). Unfortunately, she seemed underutilized and like she was lucky to get a few lines in the handful of episodes she appeared in. At first it appeared as if she was mainly there to give Fet a new girlfriend after he and Dutch had split up. However, I didn’t mind her and Fet together.
I also liked her interaction with Quinlan. There seemed to be a bit more 'there' between them than what we saw on the surface (at least on Quinlan’s side – he seemed to care enough about her to keep her safe by telling Fet to not take her with them on their apparent ‘suicide mission’). The best stuff for Charlotte was in her final episode, where Fet was trying to respect her enough to make her own decision whether she joined them or not, and she was like, “Hell no!”, wanting nothing to do with the suicide mission. Obviously Fet was never going to go with her, as he had to join back up with the gang.
Despite how underused she was, what kept her from being entirely wasted was the fact that she helped Fet and Quinlan escape from Eichorst on a plane by shooting at him with her sniper rifle (though shame on you, Quinlan, for giving Fet credit, when it was in fact Charlotte who saved your butts). At least she got to be awesome in the end, and I choose to believe Eichorst never caught up with her, since it was never shown nor referenced. Which was just as well, considering I’d been worried she’d die the whole time. I’m glad she lived and is still out there at her father's cabin.
Quinlan was a character who I know quite a few people liked, but it took me a bit longer to form an opinion of him. Getting to see flashbacks with him and his interacting with a woman named Louisa, played by Hannah New (Eleanor Guthrie from Black Sails), and her daughter gave us a bit of backstory on him.
That wig she put him in, though...*shudder*
While I didn't mind his interaction with the two of them, it did feel as though it was a bit late in the game to be giving us his backstory and maybe it should've been last season instead.
Naturally, Quinlan's happy life with them had to end in tragedy, with them being turned and him having to cut their heads off.
Quinlan was definitely better when he was kicking Strigoi butt - which was fun to watch (when they allowed him to do so - the convoy sequence was particularly impressive). I enjoyed his dynamics with all the characters, but he and Fet were probably the best/had the most enjoyable interaction.
Another dynamic I enjoyed was Dutch and Setrakian. I'm glad they got to team up and it just be them for a little while, as I'd don't think they'd had too much interaction with it just being the two of them and none of the others around. It became clear how much she cared about him, and I think he clearly cared about her too (even if he would lose his temper at times). I know some people didn't like Dutch or Ruta Gedmintas in the role, but I thought she had some really good scenes this season, including her reacting to almost being part of a The Handmaid's Tale-type setup and, later, what happened to Setrakian (I thought she was excellent and was glad she got to kick butt here and there - I only wish she'd gotten to kick even more and that the other characters got to see her being awesome).
Speaking of Setrakian, it felt odd having him missing from some episodes (I believe he was playing the Doctor in Doctor Who around this time?). He did feel as though he was physically getting weaker and straining (again, sorry) to continue on with the fight. It was certainly a surprise when he managed to kill Eichorst before the end of the season. I was expecting it'd be in the last episode or second-to-last. While I do think it was right that Setrakian was the one to kill the bastard (given their history), I'm glad Dutch got to have some revenge on him as well for what he did to her in Season 2 by chopping off his hand last season and then setting him on fire this season. If she wasn't going to get the kill, at least she got to inflict some pain on him. Although, as horrible as Eichorst was, he was still an interesting/entertaining villain and Richard Sammel played him perfectly. You could almost feel sorry for the guy, since he was so devoted to the Master, yet was always passed over by him in favour of someone else. If Eichorst had been in charge, I think he would've taken over the world. Still, I wasn't sad to see him finally meet his well-deserved fate.
It was also surprising that there was no last minute saving of Setrakian after he was infected. He managed to find some information, there were no long drawn-out goodbyes, he just simply had Quinlan cut off his head and that was that (I especially felt bad for Dutch and Fet - their reactions really said it all).
And I'm glad Quinlan said Setrakian would've wanted Fet to have his sword. It was indeed an awesome sword. It was sad to see the team lose one of their best/most valuable members, but I'm glad they managed to bring him back for a cameo in the final episode via a flashback. I only wish we'd gotten to see Nora too - one of the biggest mistakes this show ever made was killing her off and wasting the lovely Mía Maestro. Speaking of Nora...that brings me to the little turd who got her killed.
Zach, without a doubt, has to be THE WORST child character on a TV show I've watched in a long time (possibly ever). Not only did he get Nora killed in the Season 2 final, then got a good Samaritan killed last season, his greatest crime to date was detonating a nuke because he was mad at his dad for offing his strigoi of a mother. The puke with a nuke certainly didn't improve in this final season either. He started off by killing a tiger (how I wish it had eaten him), then he got a crush on his 'maid', Abby, and was 'nice' to her, let her take food to others and showed her his hideout at the American Museum of Natural History (the fact that he liked hanging out with dead animals should've been the first indicator to her he wasn't right in the head)...and, of course, in his warped mind he thought this meant she 'owed' him and should've reciprocated his feelings. Then his jealousy kicked in when he saw her kissing her boyfriend - which, she rightly pointed out, she was free to do since she wasn't interested in Zach 'that way'.
Naturally, Zach being the little turd he is, got mad (as he does) and let his pet 'Feeler' terrorise Abby (and he seemed to enjoy watching it too, the sick little bastard), ignored her pleas for help and then let her get turned. Poor Abby - she probably had a decent life before she ever met Satan's spawn. I felt sorry for her ending up turned and used by the Master to speak through (before Quinlan cut her head off). Considering Zach would've no doubt grown up continuing to believe that if he acted 'nice' to a girl, then that meant she was 'his'...it's just as well he didn't get to grow up.
Which brings me to the BEST part of the series final: ZACH'S DEAD! Yes, they attempted to 'redeem' him by having it be he who detonated the nuke (of course he sees a detonator for a nuke and has to set it off), taking out the Master (who'd taken over Eph) and consequently 'saved' the others by rendering the rest of the strigoi next to helpless, thus making it easy for the remaining characters to kill them and escape. However, one good act did not undo the many bad acts he committed, and the best part is that no one actually knew it was him that set off the nuke after his dad got turned. So as far as Fet, Dutch and anyone else they told about what Zach did last season knew, he was just a traitor and died (I was so happy to see they didn't endanger themselves by trying to grab him when he wound up in the elevator along with Palmaster and Quinlan - they just left him in there...and rightly so). I was sorry to see Quinlan die via having his head stomped (I was glad/relieved we didn't actually have to *see* it - though I'm glad Quinlan died thinking he'd won) by Palmaster, and the Master wasn't very bright after he took over Eph, when Zach hugged him. He'd just witnessed Zach turn on him and shoot him when he was Palmaster...so why'd he trust/embrace Zach once he became Ephmaster? Anyway, while a swift death was way too good for him, all that matters is the worst kid in the world didn't somehow miraculously manage to survive - which was what I was afraid would happen.
What made the final even better was that Dutch and Fet survived! Since they were two of my favourites, I definitely would've hated the final if they'd died (especially Dutch, since she was the lone female main character in the show). I liked that it seemed to suggest that they might get back together, but you could also interpret it that they just stayed friends. I also appreciated that they both checked out the female jogger who went past them.
While it might not have been the greatest series final ever, enough things happened that I *wanted* to see happen (namely Zach dying and Fet/Dutch living) that I was more or less satisfied. Plus, I've watched some really sub-par series finals in the past year or so, and compared to those, this one wasn't 'bad' at all. At least it had an 'epic' feel to it with the humans vs strigoi battle. I never really got into The Walking Dead (despite watching three seasons of it on TV here), so as far as 'survival shows' were concerned...this was easily my favourite (not that I watched many other ones). Yes, it had its faults, but I liked quite a few of its characters and there were some awesome moments (and even really good/great episodes) sprinkled throughout the series. I'm glad I watched it, though the first season felt pretty slow-moving until it got to the episode where they were all trapped together in the convenience store. At least this show gave us something a bit 'different' with vampires on TV from the usual supermodel-looking ones. The show also looked different to most shows I watch (the lighting added a lot). I hope to see my favourite actors from this show in other projects/hope they continue getting work.
Oh, and in case anyone forgot...Dutch broke the internet. But it's okay, since - according to Fet's voice-over at the end - she was working to get it back on its feet.
What'd you think of the first season of Downton Abbey?
You know me too well, Chalice_Of_Evil . Yes, that is indeed what drew me to it in the first place. I'd been thinking about buying the dvds for a while, but decided to borrow the dvds from the library first (they have all the seasons including the specials) just in case I found myself not that into it. I quite liked the first season, though. The story is set in an interesting historical era, and while not all the characters are instantly likeable, I still enjoy seeing them all interact. It's a weirdly addictive show.
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Post by Lebowskidoo🍿😷💉 on Jun 29, 2018 20:54:22 GMT
On DVD: Struggling to get through the original Twin Peaks, season two. It feels like David Lynch left mid-season on some extended coffee break, and left the show in the hands of some little Lynchlings, who just don't have his magic touch.
On Netflix: Animal Kingdom, season two. It's addictively great, Ellen Barkin is hard to take your eyes off of, you never know what her character will do next.