Board 8 > Scarlet Ranks User-Nominated Episodes of Television: Season 1

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scarletspeed7
02/11/19 11:48:16 AM
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Taub's romance arc is boring, but in terms of doctoring, he's the most mercenary. He just wants to get paid, and he doesn't futz around with moral integrity like the wet blankets that are Foreman and Cameron.
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scarletspeed7
02/11/19 3:37:46 PM
353
Here are my notes for Regular Show - "The White Elephant Gift Exhange"
Nominated by: Pirateking
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It seems like there's a massive segment of this board that enjoys these loud, aesthetically unpleasing shows about obstreperous individuals being mean to one another. I'm not sure if it's just me being weird, but I really, really don't enjoy that sort of malarkey. Here again, we find some sort of Adult Swim late night fodder that can't even get over in a primetime timeslot so it's foisted into the back hours where the people who have nothing better to do but skim through either ESPN 4's marathon coverage of Badminton, infomercials or the sort of Take Out the Trash Day nonsense that parades around in late night Cartoon Network segments.

Take for example this show. The entire schtick of this episode is to, yet again, highlight disgusting, unpalatable displays of unsanitary toilet-style humor. Once more. Hooray. I'm sure everyone loves watching expired clam chowder explode on someone. That's a pretty picture. It's not even the clam chowder though. It's the presentation of the clam chowder. I recall an episode of the Good Place from season 2 made a very similar joke by having fountains of chowder in the center of town in order to reinforce the Bad Place aspects of the customized Hell the characters were forced to reside in, and that joke landed for me because it didn't go out of its way to say "expired" or to spray it all over someone because that would be gross and therefore funny to a bunch adolescents trolling for simple laughs late at night while their parents let the TV do the parenting since they would instead be out at square dancing soliciting other couples for key parties.

And the animation style is ONCE AGAIN a terrible mess of lines drawn by someone who has clearly hand drawn each frame in about seventeen seconds. It's so bland and awful. I can't even begin to imagine why people would entertain the notion that this is entertainment. Stop it. Stop it, all of you. Demand more of your television shows. This is a call to all of you in this topic. There's still time. Find better television.

At least it was short.

Writing: 2/10
Characterization: 1/10
Scarlet Factor: 2/10
Total: 5/30

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scarletspeed7
02/11/19 3:39:26 PM
354
Random.org has determined that my thirty-ninth episode will be...
Simpsons - "A Streetcar Named Marge"
Nominated by: Xeybozn


Overall rankings so far:

#1 - Community - "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics" (30)
Scrubs - "My Lunch" (30)
#3 - Game of Thrones - "Blackwater" (29)
#4 - "X-Files" - Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (28)
#5 - Paranoia Agent - "Happy Family Planning" (27)
Sports Night - "Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee (27)
#7 - Better Call Saul - "Five-O"
Black Mirror - "Nosedive" (26)
House - "Last Resort" (26)
#10 - Archer - "Placebo Effect" (25)
Fargo - "The Castle" (25)
#12 - Firefly - "Out of Gas" (24)
#13 - Castlevania - "For Love" (23)
#14 - Agents of SHIELD - "Self-Control" (22)
Flash - "Duet" (22)
#16 - South Park - "Death Camp of Tolerance" (21)
#17 - Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - "Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse" (20)
Seinfeld - "The Contest" (20)
#19 - DuckTales - "Woo-oo!" (19)
#20 - 12 Monkeys - "Splinter" (18)
#21 - Broad City - "Knockoffs" (17)
#22 - Galavant - "Pilot" (16)
#23- Stargate: SG-1 - "Window of Opportunity" (15)
Angel - "Hero" (15)
Burn Notice - "Friendly Fire" (15)
#26 - Frasier - "Ham Radio" (14)
Teen Titans - "Troq" (14)
24 - "Day 1: 12:00 AM-1:00 AM" (14)
#29 - Arrow - "Kapiushon" (13)
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - "What Kind of Day Has It Been" (13)
#31 - Steven Universe - "Alone Together" (10)
#32 - Married with Children - "Married... With Aliens" (9)
#33 - Courage the Cowardly Dog - "The Tower of Dr. Zalost" (8)
#34 - Gravity Falls - "Sock Opera" (6)
#35 - Regular Show - "White Elephant Gift Exchange (5)
Hey Arnold - "Stoop Kid" (5)
#37 - CSI - "Chaos Theory" (4)
#38 - My Little Pony - "Pinkie Pride" (3)
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scarletspeed7
02/11/19 4:13:36 PM
355
Here are my notes for Simpsons - "A Streetcar Named Marge"
Nominated by: Xeybozn

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I really didn't put down much in the way of notes on this one, and I can't really pin exactly why. I would hazard a guess that, generally speaking, The Simpsons has never really spotted me a ton of memorable laugh-out-loud moments. As far as I can recall, it's always just simmering at a moderately amusing level, never rising to the heights of a truly excellent comedy. The format and pacing reminds me of a longer-length Saturday Night Live segment. The plots are usually simplistic, buttressed by rapid-fire one-liners that pull from a variety of different comedic styles. There's something to offer for everyone here, but there's not one particular comedic style that's pervasive throughout the show. Ultimately, it comes across as a sitcom with no budget or limitations. Everything is on the table except for really unique, wild premises.

Not every show needs to go out and find bizarre, cool concepts though. This episode was simple and amusing (although I'm getting tired of everyone pushing musical episodes on this list. How many more must I endure?). The real thing I've noticed about The Simpsons and its popular episodes is that they are fully reliant on external pop culture influences to create their most amusing moments. A play about A Streetcar Named Desire fuels most of this plot, including the sweet moment of almost revelation at the end of the episode, and the B-plot is completely reliant on The Great Escape to supply an entertainment factor. Overall, I'm not particularly impressed except with the pacing between lines and between scenes. The show definitely understands that its strength is in throwing as much at the wall as it can, because at some point, something will stick.

The Simpsons, in a nutshell, will never be a show I actively seek out. For me, it is the definition of "good", at the closest to neutral as you can possibly be without being average or neutral.

Writing: 6/10
Characterization: 5/10
Scarlet Factor: 6/10
Total: 17/30

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scarletspeed7
02/11/19 4:15:55 PM
356
Random.org has determined that my fortieth episode will be...
Star Trek: DS9 - "In the Pale Moonlight"
Nominated by: Not_An_Owl


Overall rankings so far:

#1 - Community - "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics" (30)
Scrubs - "My Lunch" (30)
#3 - Game of Thrones - "Blackwater" (29)
#4 - "X-Files" - Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (28)
#5 - Paranoia Agent - "Happy Family Planning" (27)
Sports Night - "Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee (27)
#7 - Better Call Saul - "Five-O"
Black Mirror - "Nosedive" (26)
House - "Last Resort" (26)
#10 - Archer - "Placebo Effect" (25)
Fargo - "The Castle" (25)
#12 - Firefly - "Out of Gas" (24)
#13 - Castlevania - "For Love" (23)
#14 - Agents of SHIELD - "Self-Control" (22)
Flash - "Duet" (22)
#16 - South Park - "Death Camp of Tolerance" (21)
#17 - Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - "Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse" (20)
Seinfeld - "The Contest" (20)
#19 - DuckTales - "Woo-oo!" (19)
#20 - 12 Monkeys - "Splinter" (18)
#21 - Broad City - "Knockoffs" (17)
The Simpsons - "A Streetcar Named Marge" (17)
#23 - Galavant - "Pilot" (16)
#24- Stargate: SG-1 - "Window of Opportunity" (15)
Angel - "Hero" (15)
Burn Notice - "Friendly Fire" (15)
#27 - Frasier - "Ham Radio" (14)
Teen Titans - "Troq" (14)
24 - "Day 1: 12:00 AM-1:00 AM" (14)
#30 - Arrow - "Kapiushon" (13)
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - "What Kind of Day Has It Been" (13)
#32 - Steven Universe - "Alone Together" (10)
#33 - Married with Children - "Married... With Aliens" (9)
#34 - Courage the Cowardly Dog - "The Tower of Dr. Zalost" (8)
#35 - Gravity Falls - "Sock Opera" (6)
#36 - Regular Show - "White Elephant Gift Exchange (5)
Hey Arnold - "Stoop Kid" (5)
#38 - CSI - "Chaos Theory" (4)
#39 - My Little Pony - "Pinkie Pride" (3)
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Xeybozn
02/11/19 4:55:34 PM
357
scarletspeed7 posted...
Overall, I'm not particularly impressed except with the pacing between lines and between scenes. The show definitely understands that its strength is in throwing as much at the wall as it can, because at some point, something will stick.

I've been rewatching a lot of old Simpsons recently and you're 100% right about this. The way the plots are just excuses to get to more jokes is probably the series' biggest weakness compared to newer adult-oriented cartoons.
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scarletspeed7
02/11/19 5:17:27 PM
358
I've always been a little more into shows that push a more contiguous plotline from episode to episode, so maybe that's why I'm not as enamored with The Simpsons as some people. It's one of those shows where I can objectively see what is working for some people and just not subjectively appreciate it.

Kind of like Breaking Bad, honestly!
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scarletspeed7
02/12/19 5:08:25 PM
359
Will be watching the next episode tonight.
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scarletspeed7
02/12/19 11:39:44 PM
360
Actually I'm in a bit of a funk tonight, so I don't think I'll be getting to an episode. Sorry.
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scarletspeed7
02/13/19 9:02:38 PM
361
Still feeling pretty blah.
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Raka_Putra
02/13/19 9:30:44 PM
362
Happens to everyone, don't worry.
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scarletspeed7
02/15/19 2:27:15 PM
363
Yeah, but I still feel bad about it.
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jcgamer107
02/15/19 9:02:00 PM
364
you're already going faster than like 90% of ranking topics lul
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