HorizonNinetails wrote:I agree with pretty much everything you said...but...
How do you explain Marvel: Agents of Shield?
Hmmm, I figure the USA has a kind of 'tier' market for TV seriers. The top tier is on the cable networks trying for quality. House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Games of Thrones, etc. Those series have to be pretty good, because folks are paying for it. And the second tier is probably for cable networks that don't focus on quality content as much, but still give it a shot. There seem to be very good TV series on 'regular' networks as well, but those are more rare, I think.
And then you have the 'lower tire' kind of TV series. Aimed at the less critical viewer, full of cliché's. Perhaps these sort of series work for those that never watch cable series, for people that have a lower IQ, and for children. Series like that Marvel one you mentioned, or the 'Arrow' one I saw something of. Or 'falling skies'. Childish, completely unoriginal, uninspired, nonsensical, badly acted. (But still better than 300 part 2).
I suppose that these two still relatively high production value, compared to some others (that, fortunately, I never get to see). But I guess you are always going to have bad stuff as well as good stuff. And series like Girls, Breaking Bad, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, The Soprano's, Treme, etc. are not going to appeal to everyone anyway. They may not be Proust, but they do ask a little more by way of patience, sense of humor and intelligence than the average person can muster, I suppose.
I was really only comparing like with like. Like, say, the best US movies that came out over the last year with the best US series aired in the last year. And I just noticed that only a few of those movies impressed me, while a lot of the good TV series did.
Kaitlin wrote:I agree with everyone on just how bad the second 300 movie turned out. The saddest part was how they totally managed to butcher any inspiration from the first movie.
Yes... the whole first movie was about how great Spartans are, as warriors. And now it turned out that those Athenians (mere 'traders') are just as good at the slow motion fighting! And the Spartans that were supposed to be so tough, and with their King sacrificing himself and his 300 to get his people ready to go to war... refuse to go to war in part 2... ? Plus, we have Artemisia I of Caria doing her best Darth Vader impersonation ('you have failed me for the last time'). And... oh... I could go on and on... even if I only saw half of it (because I could not stand it anymore).