Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The Best of the Blog: Comment Threads

One of the things that makes this blog stand out is the discussions. Good comment threads became comment pull quotes which became guest blogging. But I did not want to forget about those original comment threads. So, after scanning through the comments to nearly 500 posts, I have added links to the best comment threads we have done around here. Many of these would have been forgotten about -- buried in a distant Comics Out post, or a Free Form Comment post, forever. If you think of any more, let me know.

I would like to say that this is the last time I am going to add something to the tool-bar on the right, but I am sure that I will think of something else soon.


Jason Powell said...

Because I am very tired and don't feel like doing anything more taxing, I have been tooling around the stuff in your "Beset of the Comment Threads" section.

It's fun, but I find myself itching to reply to stuff that you seem to have said a year ago (before I discovered this place, I think).

For example: You think the pilot of "Sports Night" stands up to the best the series has to offer? Crazy. I remember showing a friend of mine the "Sports Night" pilot after buying the series on DVD, saying, "This show is so cool, you gotta watch it." We watched the pilot, and I was just cringing at parts. At the end I had to say, "It gets better, I promise."

Cringe-inducing: Jeremy's freak-out over the basketball question (SOOO forced, and then the audience applauds it, which sounds really artificial to me, although I suppose it probably wasn't). Casey's cheesy line to his son via phone, "Right now ... just watch him run." And just the overall wooden-ness, as none of the actors seem very comfy yet with their characters or with Sorkin's style of dialogue.

I dunno. You said this a year ago, so this is probably silly. It just struck me because I think "Sports Night" is a really bad pilot in the sense of how it stacks up to what the show became (albeit it is still better than any given episode of say, Will and Grace or How I Met Your Mother, granted).

I agree about Newsradio, though. I love that pilot. Another great one = "Alias"

Anyway ... let's see, what else did you say years ago that I want to talk about now ... ?

Geoff Klock said...

You are tired and I am tired too, so I am not going to get into a big thing about Sports Night except to say that, while Jeremy's rant is more from a stage play than from a sitcom, I still think it is still terrible charming at the end when he says "AND I SENSE THAT YOU ARE!" But yeah, parts of it are cringe inducing.

Every Friday I say that one thing free from comments are for discussing long dead threads. We can do it there if you like. And talk about anything else from those posts.

And I can harass you about liking Sky High, and ranking it THIRD -- ABSURD! -- on a list of great superhero movies. You may have been blinded by the charms of Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and I admit to often being blinded by her, but still. Plus I do not think you can give #1 superhero movie (Unbreakable) to a film with no sense of humor, no sense of excess. It goes against the concept of the genre.

Free Form Comments. High Noon. This Blog ain't big enough for the two of us.

It is actually, though, isn't it? :)

James said...

Maybe not third, but Sky High was great. Wasn't it?

Geoff Klock said...

James: kinda no.