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Jul 15 2014

Yeah, True Detective is a Masterpiece

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Yes, I’m late to the party. I don’t have cable, okay? I’ve spent the last several months dodging spoilers, which is like the exact opposite of an easy task. Worth it in the end, though. A few weeks ago, my hard work paid off and I started digging into one of the most talked-about television shows of recent years. My verdict? Holy moly, what a freakin’ show. Like, we’re talking “instant classic” material.

So imagine my disappointment when I started digging through backlogs of what people were writing a few months ago and discovered way too much off-topic debate over stuff that the show really just isn’t about. Complaints of a disappointing finale, of unresolved mystery, of lame character turns.

Well, better late than never. Let’s dive into spoiler-infested waters and suss out what it was that launched True Detective high into the ranks of my favorite shows of all time.

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Jul 15 2014

Daryl and…The Green Ranger?

Published by under Images,Oddly Enough,Television

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Comic convention photo ops, with their high school smoke-swirl backdrops, have created more than their fair share of awkward photos over the years, but this one? It just might be a little bit awesome.

That isn’t some dude dressed as Green Ranger taking a picture with Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead. It’s Jason David Frank, the ACTUAL Green Ranger, turned MMA fighter after taking off the tights. I don’t know if he was at the convention as a star or a guest, but either way, this fantastic picture was taken.

I’m pretty sure Reedus has no idea who he is. He’s just like, “this guy, yeah….”

[via Uproxx]

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Jul 11 2014

Attack on Pokemon

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Things get terrifying when Attack on Titan’s Titans are combined with normally cute and cuddly Pokemon. Artist Beth Emery is responsible for these monstrosities which will be haunting my dreams tonight.

There’s a whole series, including others like Lickitung, Mr. Mime, Cubone and Bulbasaur, each more terrifying than the last. Check them out below, and pray she doesn’t continue the series. Continue Reading »

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Jul 10 2014

Knights of Sidonia is Another Win for Netflix

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Netflix original programming is quickly becoming a premiere go-to source for quality television. HBO may have a hefty head start as the reigning champion, but it may not be very long before the diversity of programming the DVD rental/streaming service starts to eclipse even their titanic credentials.

In a couple years, we’ve already received the charged political drama of House of Cards, the irresistible Orange is the New Black, the horror-themed Hemlock Grove, the return of fan-favorite comedy Arrested Development and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and a lot more including an ambitious upcoming collaboration with Marvel Comics to bring several of their characters to the small screen.

Surely this bounty of awesome entertainment is missing something, though. Perhaps high-concept science fiction or (dare I suggest) anime? Don’t worry, friends. Netflix has geeks covered on both counts. Knights of Sidonia became available for our viewing pleasure last weekend as their latest serving of original programming and it did not disappoint.

Science fiction means a lot of things to a lot of people. To some, anything that takes place in space or has aliens or robots in it is sci-fi. To some, the genre is defined by high-concept social commentary, and to others it’s all about the science and future possibilities of technological advances. My favorites are the ones that can combine all of these different aspects into a single cohesive story with great characters and amazing visuals.  This is one of those.

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Jul 10 2014

Debate of the Day: 2014 Emmy Nominations

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The day has arrived, and it’s time to start saying who has been snubbed and who deserves to win at the 2014 Emmys. The complete list of nominees is below, and you can see for yourself where there’s drama to be found.

A few points of interest include Lena Headey getting nominated for Game of Thrones for her performance as Cersei. And obviously the fact that Tatiana Maslany has been overlooked yet again for playing nineteen different roles on Orphan Black, easily the biggest acting challenge on TV by a mile.

And finally, Hannibal was nominated for absolutely nothing, which may be the biggest slight of all. Anyway, there’s plenty to rant and rage about, so check out the list below: Continue Reading »

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Jul 10 2014

Live-Action Animation: What Shows Would Blow Your Mind?

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At the risk of sounding obvious, there’s a reason most animated shows are animated.  Animation is its own visual medium, and as the Avatar: The Last Airbender movie showed, it’s not one that particularly needs or begs to have actors step into those shoes.  For some shows, it’s about practicality.  If the main characters of your hypothetical television show are cats, well, you’re either doing an animated show, or you’re breeding a race of super-intelligent cats.  If you’ve got a show that revolves around children, you’re most likely better off animated, because children are terrible.

Also, there are times when making a show live-action make things so bizarre that it’s actually off-putting.

But what if?  Given the name of this site (Unreality, if you can’t see the giant blue banner), we feel free to engage in wild hypotheticals in the name of entertainment.  So, if you could wave your wand and make it so, what shows would be the strangest, the most fun, the most awesome, to see a live-action version of?  I’ve got my answers, you’ve got yours, let’s meet in the comments section and hash it out.

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Jul 08 2014

15 Different Interpretations of Joffrey

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Game of Thrones is in its off-season, and I figured since it’s going to be a while until it returns and we see how the showrunners divvy up George RR Martin’s last two books, that doesn’t mean we need to forget about the series.

Today I’m focusing on the most hated character of the series, Joffrey Baratheon. He’s been immortalized by Jack Gleeson on the show, but was hated in the books long before that. These fifteen artists all have their own interpretations of the boy king, and all are pretty punch-worthy, if I do say so myself, even if they’re not exactly like Gleeson’s Joffrey where we cheered any time someone slapped him.

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Jul 08 2014

It Should Be A Movie By Now: Captain Planet

Published by under Movies,Television

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The 90s brought us a great many things. Saved by the Bell, slap bracelets, Ying Yang necklaces, JNCO jeans, and an avenger with a green mullet. What could define that generation better than a half-naked blue shiny dude with the party in the back? I have no idea why we haven’t seen a movie of Captain Planet by now.

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Jul 08 2014

Slow Loris Tyrell

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Instagrammer and artist Graphitist got the amazing idea to do a mash up between a Slow Loris and Loras Tyrell, the result of which you can see above. I’m not sure how many drugs were taken for her to come to the conclusion that this should exist, or maybe she’s just naturally this awesome. Either way, it’s the best thing I’ve seen all day.

I sort of want a whole marsupial Game of Thrones series now, even though none of the other puns would really make sense. Kangaryaroo? That’s all I’ve got.

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Jul 07 2014

Every Time Bob Says “Oh My God” On Bob’s Burgers

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H. Jon Benjamin has many catch phrases between his two characters, Bob from Bob’s Burgers and Archer from Archer. But one that spans them both is “Oh my God.” You just read that in his voice, didn’t you?

Well someone got the idea to go through Bob’s Burgers and siphon out every instance of the phrase. I think it would have been good intermixed with Archer saying the same thing, but this works as well.

Watch the video above, and your inner monologue will be voiced by Benjamin for the rest of the day.

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Jul 01 2014

Community Saved From Oblivion By…Yahoo?

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I still can’t quite believe this has actually happened, but Yahoo’s bid to be taken seriously in the TV-but-not-TV Netflix/Amazon space has taken a strange, possibly wonderful, possibly terrible turn. Yahoo has donned their shining armor and swooped in to rescue NBC’s apparently not-quite-dead Community, picking it up for that fabled season six.

This is a strange age of TV we live in, so I suppose a search engine saving a beloved cult classic network show isn’t the weirdest thing to ever happen, but it’s pretty damn close. The new season will run 13 episodes and comes with this announcement from Dan Harmon and Joel McHale:

“I am very pleased that ‘Community’ will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” Harmon said in a statement. “I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, ‘Big Bang Theory.’ Look out, ‘Bang Bus!”

McHale added, “The reports of our cancellation have been greatly exaggerated.” —Mark Twain (The other version of this quote has been wrong for years). # SixSeasonsAndaMovie is real. Thank you Sony. Thank you Yahoo. Thank you Dan Harmon. And thank you to the greatest f%$#ing fans in the history of the human race. It’s the internet. We can swear now.”

And in case you’re wondering if the move would come at the cost of shedding a few more cast members, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Ken Jeong and Jim Rash are all returning. But Donald Glover is still out, and Jonathan Banks and John Oliver are probably going to be too busy with their own new shows.

So this is…good? Right? I’ve never viewed Community as the holy grail of TV comedy, but it’s certainly a solid show, and better than 90% of everything else on TV. Hopefully the move to the internet will free them up a bit, but even with Dan Harmon’s return, I’m not sure the show has ever really quite returned to form. Still, I’m obviously curious to see how this is going to go, and the pressure’s on for them to deliver. What do you think?

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