Raised by Wolves - 01:10 - The Beginning

BT Jones

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Hmmm. Watched episode 10 last night. I think I might just hop off at this station rather than keep riding.

I genuinely had no idea what Mother was going to give birth to. For it to be a... flying snake??? With their super-human strength, why couldn't Mother and Father just wring it's neck? They had to fly it straight into the heart of the planet? - which they somehow passed through?? If it's a planet with a similar mass and density to Earth, it should have a solid core. And I know its a space ship with shields and whatever, but can it honestly survive flying into molten rock?

To my mind, I'm not sure they knew what they wanted to do here. It feels like they couldn't decide and were actually changing their minds where they were taking it from week to week. Episodes 1 & 2 we fascinating. But after that, the show just started treading water, stuck on the same 3 or 4 sets with people just doing stuff a bit like 70's-era Doctor Who.

The whole science versus religion angle was totally botched, IMO, because there were never any solid / intelligent arguments for or against. There were no truly human characters in the show that could argue the merits. It was a little bit of a 'you don't agree with me so I hate you' scenario, a bit like US politics at the moment.

Some of the acting was good (Mother, Father, Mary). The child actors were OK, but too much was asked of them. And I hadn't really seen Travis Fimmel in anything before. Whether it was poor writing, poor directing, or poor acting, Marcus just didn't do anything for me. He was entirely unlikable and his transformation from staunch atheist to messiah was rather yawn-worthy.

Genuinely not sure what they were trying to do with this one. I will see what the Metacritic ratings are for season 2 before deciding whether to give it a shot. 64 was probably pretty reflective of the season overall (nudging an 8 to begin with and ending up a 4).
 

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The whole science versus religion angle was totally botched, IMO, because there were never any solid / intelligent arguments for or against. There were no truly human characters in the show that could argue the merits. It was a little bit of a 'you don't agree with me so I hate you' scenario, a bit like US politics at the moment.


Yes, the religious angle is a bit forced, if we follow the analogy implied, we're supposed to infer that the snake is Jesus. :X3:
 

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Not sure about that. These are "Sun" worshippers not "Son" worshippers. (Don't worry though, even Captain Kirk got that confused in Star Trek: The original series. His mistake was the opposite way around). The showrunner has said this in interviews, that Mithras is the revival of a Roman cult on Sun worshipping. Don't ask me how that happened, or why, or if it is at all likely!

"Forced" I can agree with!

The giant spacecraft that arrived at the end - I assumed it was Neanderthals, come to see why the genetically regressed Neanderthals were being persecuted. Apparently, it was meant to be the Atheists, the ones who lost the war because they didn't find runes on rocks that told them how to build Necromancers and become more technologically advanced overnight. Everything about this plot forces believability.

I'm not sure why it annoys me. It was only 10 hours I wasted watching it. I think it is because even I could have made it much better.
 

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Not sure about that. These are "Sun" worshippers not "Son" worshippers. (Don't worry though, even Captain Kirk got that confused in Star Trek: The original series. His mistake was the opposite way around). The showrunner has said this in interviews, that Mithras is the revival of a Roman cult on Sun worshipping. Don't ask me how that happened, or why, or if it is at all likely!

"Forced" I can agree with!

The giant spacecraft that arrived at the end - I assumed it was Neanderthals, come to see why the genetically regressed Neanderthals were being persecuted. Apparently, it was meant to be the Atheists, the ones who lost the war because they didn't find runes on rocks that told them how to build Necromancers and become more technologically advanced overnight. Everything about this plot forces believability.

I'm not sure why it annoys me. It was only 10 hours I wasted watching it. I think it is because even I could have made it much better.
I was annoyed too. With wanting to sound arrogant, I think I could write 80% of TV shows better. The basics shouldn't be so hard; give the viewed characters that they can care about, interesting / relevant dialogue, atmosphere and a bit of action here and there. People seem to make TV shows based on premise alone, without actually taking the time to build a plausible world behind it or characters that people would want to see or could relate to.

Its one of the biggest flaws of far-future sci-fi. You can't relate to the characters. Star Trek always got the balance right. There's no point writing a show with characters completely removed from who we are now. How do you relate to them?

What's REALLY frustrating is how much time I, myself, invest in the characters, continuity, plausibility, etc. in my own work, for something that still might not ever get read, whereas here are studios that can literally throw whatever they like against at the screen and it will generate some kind of following.

Based on the overall quality of this show, there's no way it should get a 2nd season. But somehow people get dragged along.

And to think there was only ever 1 x series and 1 x movie for Firefly / Serenity... Criminal.
 

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