First I have to apologize, do to scheduling conflicts, this week’s weekly set had to be delayed from Friday the 21st to Monday the 24th. We will still have another The Weekly Set this week as well. This week on TVEnthusiast’s The Weekly Set, Kat, Will, and Tyson discuss Agents of SHIELD, Transparent, Chris Pratt, Stephen Amell’s abs, and the week’s news.
Tyson: So, like before, lets catch up on what we have been watching. Anything new?
Will: Nothing new.
Kat: I’m the same – The Flash, Arrow, Sleepy Hollow, and I’ve officially given up on AoS (Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD).
Tyson: Did you watch this weeks episode?
Kat: Nope – I actually forgot it was on. That’s what made me realize it was time to give up.
Tyson: Its funny timing, because it was one of the best episodes the show has ever had, and Kyle MacLachlan was amazing in his role, he finally had some real meat to chew on. A lot of revelations.
Kat: Yeah, I read reviews of it – but nothing in it really interested me. The biggest hindrance for me at this point is that I just don’t care about the characters the show cares about the most (like Skye).
Tyson: The episode cemented the series for me, I am all in again.
Kat: Good to hear.
Will: I bought AOS on Blu Ray I should start watching it.
Tyson: It was also recently revealed by the producers that mysterious blue alien is a Kree, and it seems more and more likely that Sky and her Dad are Inhumans.
Kat: Marvel’s backdoor for not having mutants, right?
Will: Yeah Inhumans is a substitute for X-Men. MIRACLES!
Tyson: It is interesting though, because they already announced an Inhumans movie for 2018, but it seems like we might dive into that story this season on AoS.
Kat: You gotta hand it to Marvel – they do have things planned out.
Will: That’s what I love about Marvel.
Tyson: I imagine some guy in a basement at Marvel with a “serial killer board” of newspaper clippings and string.
Kat: Probably Kevin Feige.
Tyson: Yeah Hahaha.
Kat: Or one of his underlings.
Will: Anybody looking forward to Daredevil?
Tyson: Very much so.
Kat: I’m not as familiar with the character, so I’m more interested in some of the other Marvel series coming up. Though I’ll probably just wait on all of them and see what the reception is.
Tyson: All of the new marvel series are exciting. I think the ones I am most interested in, though, are Agent Carter, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones.
Kat: I already feel kind of overloaded, what with the shows I want to catch up on outside of my main three, that the thought of trying to get into the Marvel series sounds kind of exhausting. But maybe I’ll feel different once I see one of them.
Will: What Marvel series are you most looking forward to Kat?
Kat: Agent Carter, maybe? But mostly I’m just looking forward to there finally – finally – being a comic book tv series with a female protagonist. Has there even been one on the air since Wonder Woman?
Will: Not that I’m aware. Though they are producing a Supergirl show now and Netflix has Jessica Jones coming.
Tyson: I don’t know, not necessarily a comic book adaptation, but Buffy kind of had that role, and some others came out soon after. Dark Angel, for example.
Kat: For sure. Buffy was great, but I sure wish she could’ve inspired more.
Will: Yeah I’m sure Joss Whedon feels the same.
Tyson: Have you ever seen The Middleman? While the titular character is male, the protagonist is female.
Will: I’ve seen an episode or so of that.
Tyson: I think you would like it Kat, it is very witty. A little cheesey, but in that self aware Doctor Who sort of way.
Kat: Oh, I haven’t even heard of it.
Will: It was a short lived series on ABC Family.
Tyson: Not surprised, it was very under-noticed, not even sure if it is streaming anywhere.
Will: Not to my knowledge it isn’t.
Tyson: Looks like you can buy episodes on services like iTunes and Google Play, or get the DVD set of the season. That is it, unfortunately.
Kat: It’s better than nothing.
Will: I forgot that show existed until you brought it up Tyson. (Laughs)
Tyson: I have another show I have been watching that I want to bring up.
Tyson: Have either of you seen, or heard of, Transparent?
Will: I’ve heard of it.
Tyson: I have only seen 1 episode so far, it is on Amazon Instant (the first episode is free, you need Prime for the rest). It is a family comedy, in which the patriarch gender identifies as a woman. He is trying to come out to his kids, but they have their own complex lives. Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) plays the father.
Will: You couldn’t go on Amazon to even purchase something without seeing a big ad for that show
Kat: Is it good?
Tyson: From what I have seen it is really good.
Will: Jeffery Tambor is a very talented funny man.
Kat: Oh yeah – I do remember seeing him around.
Tyson: there was a great moment in which Tambor’s character is in a support group, talking about how he failed to come out to his kids, and he relates that he is amazed by how selfish they are, that he wasn’t able to even bring it up.
Kat: How many episodes are there so far?
Tyson: 10 episodes so far, and a second season has been ordered. I recommend giving it a shot, though I am only 1 episode in.
Will: Is Amazon like Netflix where it’s just one big episode dump?
Tyson: Yes, like Netflix.
Will: Ah, Okay. I mean I should know since I have Prime but I don’t really use it, because Netflix.
Tyson: Yeah, I don’t like the way Amazon’s stuff is laid out. It is hard to find stuff.
Will: Yeah it’s not very user friendly.
Tyson: I remember when I got Prime, I plugged the info into my Wii U, which had the app, explored the app for like 5 minutes, and then didn’t touch it again for months.
Will: (Laughs) Same. Also most of the content is the same as Netflix as well.
Kat: Exactly. Netflix is still the master.
Tyson: Yeah. Though, like Netflix, they are getting into originals. Plus they have Hannibal. I am going to do a winter TV preview, and as part of that I’ll cover Amazon’s upcoming lineup, it is crazy.
Kat: Sounds cool.
Tyson: They have a series from Carlton Cuse, a series from Steven Soderbergh, and an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle.
Kat: Wow, that’s an impressive line-up of names.
Tyson: I think they are spending close to half a billion next year on originals.
Will: Ah yeah they feel they’ll be able to better compete with Netflix with that.
Will: Yup, oh and speaking of Prime Instant Video, a report came out today that Amazon may start offering an ad supported version independent of Prime.
Tyson: Amazon has been toying with that idea for a while. They used to have this program where you could watch ads to earn credits to spend on videos. So you could watch all of the commercials then see a show ad free. If Netflix is HBO, Amazon is trying to be FX.
Will: True, Also happy I’ll be able to get HBO GO independent of cable soon.
Tyson: Meanwhile, Hulu has ads AND subscription, even if you have the subscription, you get the ads.
Kat: I know – the ads are a big reason I rarely go near Hulu.
Will: I use Hulu for catching up on current shows, that’s all it’s good for sadly.
Tyson: I use it primarily for anime, but only because they get some shows that Crunchyroll doesn’t, like Tokyo Ghoul.
Will: That too, I also have Crunchyroll.
Tyson: Yeah, Crunchyroll is better.
Tyson: I always feel spiteful when an anime gets picked up by Funimation instead of Crunchyroll, and Netflix is pissing me off with anime too. I have to wait months to watch The Seven Deadly Sins, because of Netflix’s dump it all at once policy. I prefer simulcasting my anime.
Will: Right? That’s a total pain.