Content Consumption Update 3/20/2016

NetflixI’ve been sorely lacking for inspiration lately on the content creation front. I’ve been very one-dimensional in the gaming space lately, and that dimension exists in the wasteland of Fallout 4. Every once in a while, you come upon just the right game at just the right time. Fallout 4 satisfies my desire for a deep story-based game with adequate combat and exploration without many of the aspects of MMO’s that I’ve come to dislike over the last several years. No rep grind, no end-game race, no griefing.

The Burton and Scrooge podcast made an interesting observation about social play in MMO’s. The hosts mused about how the social side of MMO’s may appeal to certain segments of the player base who do not have as strong of a social outlet in real life. Indeed, I can imagine that if I came home to an empty house after a long workday, an MMO social group would serve me well to counter any loneliness inherent in that situation. However, in my current life phase, with a job full of meetings and conference calls and a house full of 5 other people, I find that a lonely, post-apocalyptic single player game is a much more suitable way to unwind!

In television viewing, I’ve been much more diverse. My wife is currently binging a BBC period series called “Poldark” starring Aidan Turner of Kili (The Hobbit Series) fame. Of course, since she’s binging it, I’m binging it! The story revolves around a British soldier returning from the American revolution to start life again as a mine owner. There’s nothing outstanding about the series, but the characters are fun & well-acted, and the inbred politics of the post-war economy make for an interesting backdrop, as does the segmentation of social class in Cornwall. It can be slow at times, but if you’re in the mood for drama instead of action, there are worse shows you could watch.

We’re also trying to finish up season 2 of Agent Carter. I’m still enjoying the series, but I will admit that season one was probably better. The dark matter centric plot seems a little far-fetched, even for a Marvel series, and the “love” triangle between Peggy, Wilkes and Sousa is boring and unnecessary. However, I do still enjoy the banter between Peggy and Jarvis, and ex-Russian assassin Dottie’s character development has been a pleasant surprise, also. She makes a fun nemesis for Peggy as they combat one another with both wit and fist. There are rumors that Agent Carter will not be renewed for a 3rd season, but I tend to wonder if it could be shifted to a streaming-only Netflix original series if ABC decides that it’s not fit for broadcast. It would make sense, given the cozy relationship between Disney and Netflix at the moment. But it all comes down to financials, I suppose.

Daredevil

Speaking of Netflix originals, I did manage to watch the first episode of Daredevil’s season 2 last night, and I’m really looking forward to continuing it. I found season one to be very slow for the first several episodes. Season two, however, starts things off with a literal bang as new anti-hero Punisher is introduced and treated to a very physical welcome by the series’ namesake. While that scene was enough to hook me in, there are several other things that I look forward to, not the least of which is Elden Henson’s portrayal of Foggy Nelson, who besides Vincent D’onofrio’s Kingpin, emerged as my favorite Daredevil character in season one. All indications on my Twitter feed are that season two will be a very fun ride.

Well, that’s what I’ve been up to. Ad Victoriam, blogites!


netflix by Jenny Cestnik on Flickr Creative Commons

Online il teaser trailer della seconda stagione di Marvel’s Daredevil by Televisione Streaming  on Flickr Creative Commons

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One thought on “Content Consumption Update 3/20/2016

  1. Lewis March 29, 2016 / 9:31 am

    The actor in poldark is very popular here in the UK. He first was brought to my attention in being human, a vampire/werewolf romp.

    You should look it up, bbc world might have sold it to a US network.

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