Television

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@midnight Power Rankings (Dec 7-10)

Difficult to argue with a week like the one @midnight had last week. You've got a veteran comic (Rick Overton) putting in a solid debut performance. You've got Maria Bamford bringing a special brand of weirdness to games that wouldn't naturally call for it (1-900-BEEPS!), you had a contestant doing the Worm, and a guest appearance by Dana Gould reading Morrissey's worst-of-the-year literary sex scene. The rankings border on irrelevant, but what the hell.

1. Maria Bamford (T)
2. Alice Wetterlund (Th)
3. Jermaine Fowler (Th)
4. Brian Posehn (M)
5. Rick Overton (M)
6. Steve Agee (T)

Oh, The Metahumanity! (Winter Break Edition)

Mid-season finales abound this week, and all three took their strengths and stretched them too far for my tastes. And I'm a little behind on the Jessica Jones, so that'll have to be part of a separate future update.

The Flash: "Running To Stand Still"

Flash tried to be goofy fun while moving the plot forward, and was probably the most successful of the three at what it tried for. Except for the bomb thing.

@midnight Power Rankings (Nov 30-Dec 3)

There are two kinds of shows I love on @midnight - shows where established comedians come on and kill it, and shows where the show steps a little outside its comfort zone and surprises me. Wednesday's was the latter. The show's always had a bit of a... shall we say identity politics problem, both in casting and in red-lighting, so Wednesday's show, with all black comedians, was unfortunately out of the ordinary. But it gave us Tiffany Haddish, who shone once you realized her dress was secure. Also, Emily Heller and Marc Maron are always awesome.

1. Tiffany Haddish (W)

Oh, The Metahumanity! (Dec. 1-3)

Surprises abound on this week's relevant superhero shows. I am not a fan of most of the big twists from this week, but I am a big fan of the episodes they were in, which is an odd position to be in at least twice in one week.

The Flash: Legends of Today

Oh, The Metahumanity! (Thanksgiving Edition)

Thanksgiving week means a bit of a dead zone, as everything on regular TV takes a week off. While we wait for Flash and Arrow, though, Netflix provides. Netflix always provides.

Jessica Jones: AKA Crush Syndrome

This episode was largely transition - the aftermath fromt he events of the first episode, and setting things up for the future. We establish that Luke Cage is Luke Cage, that he has superpowers, that Jessica Jones knows he has powers, and that he knows Jessica has powers.

@midnight Power Rankings (Nov 16-19)

Right, Bryan. It's important not just to watch the episodes and rank the players capriciously and arbitrarily, but actually write up the results and post them. Arden Myrin won last week by about half a mile with her gleeful run of utter filth. Ron Funches and Heather Anne Campbell turned in their usual strong performances, and bonus points to mostly regular actor guy Michael Shannon for doing pretty good. Seth Rogen was a pretty impressive "get" as a guest, and did fine. Another strong week overall, so the bottom of the list isn't that bad.

1. Arden Myrin (M)
2. Ron Funches (Th)

Oh, The Metahumanity! (Nov 17-20)

Woo, new Netflix show time! I'm going to try to work through Jessica Jones one or two episodes every week, both because I don't quite have the time to blow through it, and also because if it keeps up like the premiere, I think breaks between episodes will be in order.

The Flash: "Gorilla Warfare"

Gorilla City! Well, proto-Gorilla City. On Earth-2. That I can't imagine we'll see again for another season, if at all. But still.

#BringBackMST3K, New Hosts, and Me

Until about an hour ago, I didn't know how I felt about the Kickstarter to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000. Which is weird.

@midnight Power Rankings (Nov 8-11)

The theme for the week is first-timers I like from other things getting the red light. David Rees, Open Mike Eagle, and Diedrich Bader all went out swinging during a very solid week. Janet Varney cemented her status as an @midnight all-star with another first-rate performance, and I've loved Guy Branum since Totally Biased. The rankings are even more arbitrary and misleading than usual this week, because all twelve of this week's participants could have been top six in a crappier week.

1. Janet Varney (Th)
2. Guy Branum (Th)
3. Jen Kirkman (M)
4. Eugene MIrman (T)
5. David Rees (T)

Oh, The Metahumanity! (Nov 9-10)

Plot plot plot plot plotty pot plot.

The Flash: "Enter Zoom"

Any big showdown with the main villain of your season that happens six episodes in is going to go badly. But this goes really badly. So badly it helps make up for some weird, uncomfortable awkward scenes where Cisco tries to vibe off Harrison-2 and Park-1 tries to pretend to be Dr. Light-2.

Basically, it's an hour of clsterfuck, but it's supposed to be, so it mitigated the parts of the clusterfuck that were clusterfucked, if that makes sense.

Agents of SHIELD: "Chaos Theory"

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