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Anyone else watching this show? It's pretty amazing, in so many ways.
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Octavio Coleman, Esq. introduces the viewer to Peter, an employee for a music streaming service leading a boring, unsatisfying life.
I don't know, sounds too close to home.

Apparently it's on AMC? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dispatches_from_Elsewhere
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Love it. It is weird and slow and beautiful. I haven't been watching it as much as I'd like because it actually requires attention.
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Lunkhead wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:36 am
Octavio Coleman, Esq. introduces the viewer to Peter, an employee for a music streaming service leading a boring, unsatisfying life.
I don't know, sounds too close to home.

Apparently it's on AMC? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dispatches_from_Elsewhere
His job isn't particularly relevant to the show, except it serves as a minor plot point for one of the things, and there's a mild criticism of algorithmic recommendation engines.

And yeah, it's on AMC. Full season is currently available on the app if you have a cable subscription. It also airs immediately after Better Call Saul.

Incidentally, the show is based on a real ARG that took place around San Francisco many years ago, or at least based on a documentary that was made about it. I vaguely recall seeing the Jejune Institute fliers pasted around SoMa but I never thought to actually call the number.
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Oh wow, I went to the Jejune Institute way back when! I totally forgot about that.
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My comment was a joke. I just thought the similarity there was funny. I thought about including a tongue-sticking-out emoji but didn't. Oops! :lol:
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Which happens first: me starting to recognize when you're joking, or you making your jokes funny?
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If you didn't even recognize it was a joke, how could you possibly know if it was a funny joke or not?! :P
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Well I thought I had a theory about what was going on but then the last minute of this week's episode completely blew that away. I was just about to post the Very Clever idea I had, too, and then they just had to go and mess it up.

This show is so good.
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I found the ending a bit disappointing. I totally understood what they were going for and I think I appreciated it at a meta level but it felt very unsatisfying, all the same. But maybe that was the point too?
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Finally watching this and really enjoying it.
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This did not end where I though it would. I almost wish I had only seen the first four episodes, but it certainly was a journey where I often did not know where I was. I'm glad I made it through.
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FWIW, the ending makes a lot more sense if you read up on the real life stuff that Jason Segel went through before he wrote the show. I still wish it had a more satisfying ending for the characters themselves though.
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I did that after the final episode. It did help to explain a lot. I agree that I wish it was more about the characters than the creator. I'm a pretty big fan of Jason Segel's work on Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the Muppets so I hope this is another success he can use to make more things.
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