Telly Talk #3 – 19th Oct 2017

I’m back again with another instalment of Telly Talk. This time I will be sharing my thoughts on the following shows; The Good Place, Bojack Horseman, Rick & Morty and Big Mouth.

Big Mouth

I’ll start with Big Mouth. The word crass springs to mind immediately. The animated adult comedy’s whole premise revolves around sophomoric humour, making light of the angst and terror that comes with puberty. Some of the comedy includes a teenage boy’s hormonal state personified as a monstrous tempter, as well as parents who have a tendency to overshare about their bedroom activities. I don’t feel like I laughed once for the duration of the single episode that I watched, and I have not been intrigued enough to want to watch another. I do however remember cringing a great deal. Oh, and rolling my eyes a lot too. There were quite a few sighs as well.

The Good Place

This sitcom is right up my street, corner and alleyway. After I first discovered it I had caught up with the show in about 2 weeks. It had me hooked and dangling from the edge of my seat. Not only is it funny, but the story progresses in each episode substantially and you actually feel as though you’ve got your time’s worth. That is rare for a 21-minute comedy, but it works. The episodes are short and sweet. Cliff-hangers are picked up from seconds after they were left in the next episode which makes for great binge-watching, as well as when it comes to trying to remember what happened in the previous episode. All in all, it is a great watch; the characters all compliment each other well, there are lots of twists and turns that keep you on your toes, and as I already mentioned, it’s very funny. I love the concept of the show which takes place in the afterlife and explores what would happen if someone was mistakingly sent to the ‘good’ place if they were not a particularly model citizen (or does it 😉)

Bojack Horseman

On paper, this show shouldn’t work. Trust me, I’ve tried to recommend it to several people and they usually end up looking at me like this:

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But somehow it does. Somehow you find yourself relating to a washed-up, self-absorbed, depressed TV star from the 90s, who also happens to be a horse. And the show also features interspecies relationships, including a labrador and a human woman. It sounds ridiculous but it is a great show. I love the sarcastic humour, the exploration of negative emotions and how being depressed can affect those around you. It explores the ups and downs of fame, politics, society as well as relationships between family, friends and lovers. It honestly is a fantastic show and I’m gutted that I am all caught up and have to wait until next year for more Bojack!

Rick and Morty

I’m 5 episodes in and I am still yet to see what all the fuss is about for this show? I don’t find it funny, the characters are not likeable, and worst of all both of the main characters’ voices are SUPER annoying. Rick is always burping and slurping and dribbling and just sounding and looking like a mess. While Morty is always whinging and stuttering and whining. The show is basically Family Guy meets Back to the Future and I might give it one more episode before I call it a day. I also don’t like the way the characters are drawn – especially the pupils of the eyes for some reason. I would rather they were just plain black circles as opposed to whatever scribbly shape they are.

That concludes this instalment of Telly Talk. I hope you enjoyed my ramblings and check out the shows for yourself! Remember to follow me on Twitter as well @ChrisCultureUK

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Let’s Talk About…(#8) – Zootopia

Zootopia, or Zootropolis as it is known here in the UK, is currently dominating the box office, clocking in an impressive $900,000,000 worldwide so far, and beating out the likes of Batman Vs. Superman to become the highest grossing film of the year (at this point). So naturally, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and let me say, I wasn’t in the least bit disappointed, (except for the song at the end, but we won’t talk about that).

The film is set in the city of Zootropolis, which is the equivalent of the inner city, follows the story of a newly qualified suburban rabbit cop, Judy Hopps (very punny), who has to prove herself to her colleagues after being given a forty-eight hour ultimatum to find a missing weasel. Her acquaintance along the way is a scoundrel fox, Nick Wilde, who has to work with Hopps in order to clear his name. Together they uncover more than they bargained for when they uncover the real reason why several formerly predatory animals are beginning to turn back to their ravenous ways.

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What I especially loved about the film was how timely and socially conscious the film was. Despite the fact that is was a Disney animated film, the film had a very prominent subtext. It was basically a commentary on today’s social issues and I’m pretty sure I picked up references to gender inequality in the workplace, the drugs epidemic, corruption in the government and the police force, gangs, as well as racism and prejudice. I think you would agree that this is unusually heavy subject matter for a Disney film, or a kids film in general, but it was handled very delicately and effectively.

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The use of animals to display social class was excellent and was a great way to show how people are all different, but it is possible for us to live in harmony if we learn to accept each other’s differences. That is what I believe the moral of the story was. However, not to doubt the abilities of today’s children, I do believe the plot was a bit complicated for younger viewers, and I have to admit there were a few jump scares that caught me off guard. Nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed the film and I am pleased that it is doing so unexpectedly well.