This is pretty much how I remember it… so it’s good to hear that for once my memories might be justified.
I’ve seen the ‘sequel’ that is End of Evangelion, which my memory claims is really good, and still in the weird, doesn’t give a fuck, not about EVA at all kinda way. But I’ve kinda lost track of how many times they’ve remade/changed/ended/re-ended it by now.
I haven’t seen any of the recent remake movies.
The copy I saw back in the day, which I think was fansubs ripped straight from the actual Japanese TV broadcasts, ended each episode with a “don’t forget to tune in next week for more fanservice!” message… which made the pervier bits stand out even more that they otherwise would have.
I imagine Netflix skips that.
So, talking of Netflix, I signed up for a free trial because of Jessica Jones and Stranger Things… and now I’m somewhat sleep deprived.
It’s a great service. It’s really well designed*. It has a lot of good content. I’m 99% sure I’m not going to continue after the free trial ends due to the impact it has on my free time and sleep.
*a lot of that really good design is in the service of making it hugely addictive and non-stop though.
I’m half way through Stranger Things Season 3 and it seems… like more of the same.
The show still has the great vibe, great aesthetic, great-but-somewhat-ott 80s style, some fun characters, El looking angry, etc… but for me it’s suffering a bit from the same thing season 2 suffered from… repeating the setup from season 1 (and 2).
In some ways, each season of the show is like an 80s horror movie, such as an Elm Street movie. (Ep1 has them watching Day of the Dead in a big new shopping mall. I wonder where this season is going? )
But stretched out over 8 episodes each, this means the first 3-4 episodes of each season are just setup where the gang haven’t worked out that there’s anything bad going on. Which feels increasingly weird with each season. Basically it feels like each season is following the same arc of Obliviousness to Investigation to Big Battle.
Did David Harbour get much fatter? Which is odd because I thought he’d gotten in shape for Hellboy.
There’s a flashback scene in ep4 which made me realize how much the kids have grown. They look tiny in the flashback. It’s like going back to Harry Potter 1!
In the same scene, I realized that Will looked ridiculous because he was wearing the same kinds of kids t-shirt and short shorts from season 1, but he looked about 15!
The season does at least address that they’re not little kids anymore.