TV Primers

Apr. 29th, 2017 05:23 pm
TV Primers are a great way to generate interest in a show you're watching and/or find fellow fans. Please see topic: primer tag for examples done in the past, although don't feel restricted to any particular format - the format is entirely up to the poster.

Standard rules of the community apply (ie. no bashing, warn/cut for spoilers, etc.)


What's a Primer?
(*stealing Recycling verbage from [personal profile] timetobegin's post.....)
Its an introduction to a show that remains mostly spoiler-free, so people get thinking about watching it. You should include

- The show and basic plot
- The main characters
- Fun things about the show people should know.
- Perhaps where to find the show?

If you're interested in doing a primer, PLEASE DO. Comment here if you wanna let people know which show you're doing (in case someone else decides too as well) And go ahead and post when you're ready.

I hope everyone's having a great weekend! :)
Jump to Episodes:
2x01 — Nature Under Constraint and Vexed
2x02 — Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion
2x03 — Mingling Its Own Nature With It
2x04 — Governed As It Were By Chance
2x05 — Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est
2x06 — To Hound Nature in Her Wanderings
2x07 — Knowledge of Causes and Secret Motion of Things
2x08 — Variable and Full of Perturbation
2x09 — Things Which Have Never Yet Been Done
2x10 — By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried (Season 2 FINALE)

A discussion thread for Season 1 is here.


For the BBC America schedule of this critically-acclaimed fan favorite (which made almost every TV critic's "Best of 2013" list), click here.  (To see if BBC America is available from your cable provider, click here.)

BBC America has a "video recap" of Season 1 here (although it's more to refresh the memory of those who watched last year).

Finally, for an awesome discussion of just one of the reasons Orphan Black is so amazing (one of many), I refer you to this fantastic article (which was the catalyst for my own initial viewing of the show):  Orphan Black flips the sci-fi script by putting female agency first



This is the homebase for Orphan Black

 
From left to right: Dr Leekie, Paul, Kira (seated), Rachel, Delphine, Cosima, Cal, Sarah, Felix, Alison, Donnie, Mrs. S, Art (crouching), Henrik
 
Orphan Black, a Canadian speculative fiction series,
airs in Canada on Space, in the US on BBC America, and in Australia on SBS2
Orphan Black has been renewed for a third season!
 

Factoid 1: While Season One's episode titles were taken from chapters of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, Season Two's titles come from the works of Francis Bacon.
Factoid 2: Season 2 premieres on 19 April, 132 years to the day that Charles Darwin died. Intriguing coincidence ...)

Official Site
 

 

Orphan Black Primer

 Premise

Sarah Manning, a young woman with a less-than-ideal life, witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her. Impulsively stealing the dead woman's purse, she decides to take over her identity, only to find that she and her doppelganger are clones -- and they're not the only ones. As Sarah begins to meet up with the other clones, she discovers that there are powerful forces intent on controlling, destroying, or exploiting them.
 

Why Watch?

As you might guess from the cast photo, factoids, and premise, this is a smart, sexy show, driven in equal parts by plot and characterization.

 "Oh, but, clones? Really? All played by the same actress? Too gimmicky!"

Most of us have had the experience of watching a movie or TV series where the special effects are so front-and-center that they keep taking you out of the story as you're watching, thinking "Wow, cool idea!" or "Wow, cool effect!"  ... While there's nothing wrong with  such meta-commentary, it's an exhilarating experience when the inverse happens, when the story and characters sweep you up so completely that you barely notice the SFX supporting them.

Orphan Black is that type is experience for many of its fans. While most go into it knowing it's a sci-fi thriller about clones, its "gimmick" being that they're all played by a single actress (Tatiana Maslany), by the time you see scenes that require two, three, or more of those characters on screen and interacting at the same time, it's likely that your brain has giddily suspended disbelief and will see, not a genuine marvel of acting and camera work, but distinct characters. (You'll frequently see fans saying, "I keep forgetting she plays all of them!")

Don't just take my word for it - Google Orphan Black, and you'll see dozens of "why you should be watching" type articles.

Characters

Actually, I don't think I can improve much on BBCA's character page, so why don't I just link it?
Norman and Norma Bates sitting on a motel bed with neon "Bates Motel" sign above them


Welcome to the homebase for the A&E series, Bates Motel. Each week you'll find a thread for the newest episode, so we can discuss its twists and horrors together.

First, a primer.

A boy's best friend is his mother. )

You can stream Season 1 episodes on Netflix, Amazon, and at the A&E site.

The second season begins Monday, March 3rd! Episodes air at 9/8c 10/9c.
So sorry about not getting this up earlier, life just kind of got away from me this week/weekend.

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This is the homebase for the TV Show The Walking Dead to enable us to discuss each week's episode as it airs.

First a brief primer:

Dont' Open this Door. The Dead are Inside! )

Previous Discussion:

Episode 4x09 "After.

4x10 "Inmates"
4x11 "Claimed"
4x12 "Still"

4x13 "Alone"

4x14 "The Grove"

4x15 "Us"


Current Discussion:

4x16 "A"



Upcoming Episodes:

Season 5 in Fall 2014/Winter 2015.

Currently airing Sundays on AMC.
Intelligence


This is the homebase post for discussions of Intelligence! (The 2014 US version; not the older Canadian show by the same name.)

Discussion Threads


1.01 Pilot
1.02 Red X
1.03 Mei Chen Returns
1.04 Secrets of the Secret Service
1.05 The Rescue
1.06 Patient Zero
1.07 Size Matters
1.08 Delta Force
1.09 Athens
1.10 Cain and Gabriel
1.11 The Grey Hat
1.12 The Event Horizon
1.13 Being Human

If anyone's looking for caps for icon purposes, you can find some here.


Also, a primer for anyone who missed the show when it aired.

Introduction to Intelligence )
 photo justifiedbaseprimer.png


The Show:Read more... )


The Characters:Read more... )


How to Find the Episodes:Read more... )

The fifth season began on Feb 7, 2014.
It airs Tuesdays 10pm EST in the US on FX
I just signed up to be the captain for this show!

More info:
Justified @ IMDb
Justified @ Wikipedia
Cast of season one of TNT's Dallas


Dallas: A Primer & Homebase


Isn't that the show from the 80s with the shoulder pads and the who shot J.R.?

Yes. Yes, it is. The same show. Not a remake, but a continuation with many of the same characters and actors. But fear not: you can absolutely watch it and love the crap out of it without having seen any or all of the fourteen seasons that came before. In fact, I'm going to write this assuming you haven't seen the original, but if you're a fan and you want to know how something fits in, I'll be glad to answer questions in the comments.

What it's about: )

Who it's about: )

How to watch: )

Social media: )

Season three starts Monday February 24 at 9:00 Eastern on TNT. TNT will be re-running all 25 episodes beginning at 8:00 Eastern on Sunday February 23.



Nashville : A Primer

I just signed up to be the captain for this show and I realized that it needs a primer too! So if you're at all curious to see if you'd enjoy Nashville, come on in and read this! (I don't even like country music, but I LOVE this show)


You'd Like this Show if you Like: The Good Wife, Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, Downton Abbey, Switched at Birth

Primer (with music!) beneath the cut )
Yes, it's the show that your grandmother watches. No, it's not a just a serious version of Psych.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way...
"How am I supposed to know who you are? You're banging on my door: 'CBI! CBI!' Like that's supposed to mean something?"
"Yeah, we do need better brand awareness."

-- 1x21 "Blood Brothers"

The Mentalist is a CBS show about the Serious Crimes Unit of the California Bureau of Investigation and the titular mentalist who works as their consultant. They are "like the FBI, only more conveniently located" and offer their assistance in murder cases that are difficult, or just high-profile, when they're not tracking down the serial killer Red John.

The show is on the smarter and more liberal end of the procedural spectrum, and though on the surface it's more cute and whimsical than realistic and gritty, it has a dark and disturbing underbelly like some unholy union between Castle and Dexter.

Also, it has one of the most messed up main characters on primetime TV.



The characters )

Why should you watch this thing? )

Where can you watch this thing? )
It's easy to write off Orphan Black as "that clone show," but if you have any smidgen of interest in starting a new show and you enjoy tightly paced dramas with original premises, fantastic casts and production values, (Katja's wig notwithstanding) as well as some truly shocking-yet-not-totally-absurd plot twists, this post is for you!

Trigger warning for suicide and drug (ab)use.



just one, i'm a few, no family too, who am i? )
Season 6 of Sons of Anarchy starts next week. The premiere airs on Sept 10th, at 10PM on FX. I am sure it can also be found, erm, elsewhere if you don't watch live TV.

If you've always wanted to start watching, but didn't know where to jump in, or if you are unsure if you want to watch a show about a bunch of hairy, tattooed bikers, let me explain you a thing.



Why you should watch Sons of Anarchy - warning: some images under cut may be NSFW )
And also these guys:

credit crimsonpunk
Reluctant hero Sheriff Walt Longmire is back in the saddle after coming to terms with the devastating loss of his wife and is dedicated to serving his community. But storm clouds are brewing…

Longmire )

Since it's still a few weeks away from new fall season shows there won't be many posts between now and then (there aren't many shows airing right now, and none with captains - doesn't mean you can't sign up though!) I thought we could have some more PRIMER POSTS. I really enjoyed the major crimes primer & would LOVE to hear about your favourite shows.

If you're interested in doing a primer over the next 3 weeks, PLEASE DO. Comment here if you wanna let people know which show you're doing (in case someone else decides too as well) And go ahead and post when you're ready.

What's a Primer?

Its an introduction to a show that remains mostly spoiler-free, so people get thinking about watching it. You should include

- The show and basic plot
- The main characters
- Fun things about the show people should know.
- Perhaps where to find the show?

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