Watch & Learn: STEINS GATE #5

Topic started by No_name_here on Aug. 2, 2011. Last post by sora_thekey 1 year, 11 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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I feel like a bass lick should thump every time he enters the room.
I feel like a bass lick should thump every time he enters the room.

Throughout the duration of this column, I've noticed that the Japanese seem to feel less bound to keeping a particular series in one genre. In some cases, that leads to a series that evolves as it unfolds and throws you some serious curveballs along the way. In other instances, it gives you a story that feels like it’s got an identity disorder. Being so fresh from 2011, STEINS GATE has perhaps accelerated that formula a bitby going through some drastic mood swings over its commercial breaks. The first half of this feels like some urbane sitcom; a comedy of manners that just happens to involve theoretical physics. Then the moody music hits the soundtrack for the second half and we explore said theoretical physics for all the grave and unsettling implications that would’ve gotten them filed in THE X-FILES 15 years ago.

I don’t know. I started warming up to the character play in the first half a little. My imagination started getting seized by the spooky retroactive evidence of botched time travel and Jell-O people in the second half a little. But the two halves didn’t come together harmoniously. It’s almost like somebody taped an episode of THE BIG BANG THEORY over a VHS copy of DONNIE DARKO and the two are bleeding into each other at random breaks in the timecode.

Going to Comic Con meant I had to take some time off from my regular W&L viewing. I wondered if that break might get me to look at this a little more fondly, but it honestly hasn’t. This isn’t a show with especially bad elements, it’s just really slow and disjointed. You can say all you want about this being a slow-burn preparing me for “the good stuff;" I’m nevertheless facing another cliffhanger that doesn’t motivate me to check out the next episode. I’ll give it another try or two before I decide what new series to pick up or, perhaps, take up MUSHI-SHI again.

Watch this episode "Starmine Rendezvous" here, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

Post by sotyfan16 (1,340 posts) See mini bio Level 20
I can't believe you just made a Big Bang Theory statement. You like the show Tom? I love it.
 
As for the series and episode at hand, no idea.
Post by asian_pride (168 posts) See mini bio Level 18
Yeah I agree that the first few episodes are uninteresting and slow paced, but I somehow got to episode 18 and I'm liking it. Just keep at it, it eventually gets better.
Post by chickdigger802 (39 posts) See mini bio Level 8

funny enough this show gets more wack the further you watch it and then rewatch old eps.

Seriously, people here that been keeping up with the show. Watch eps 1 again. I promise your mind will be fucked.

in a great way ;P

Post by ZombiePie (861 posts) See mini bio Level 15

Look Tom no one is stopping you from invoking Wolpaw's Law.

Post by InfiniteGeass (527 posts) See mini bio Level 12
I've seen up to this episode so far and I"m enjoying it. It's slow, but I do like the characters.
Post by DocHaus (922 posts) See mini bio Level 18
Ah c'mon, I found this show to be entertaining. Maybe it just ain't your speed. If you want to call it quits and jump to another series, no one will stop you.
Post by Muerthoz (14 posts) See mini bio Level 10
Benn watching this one since it started airing on Crunchyroll. I think it was also around this point where I was thinking of dropping this and moving on to something else. I decided to stay with it and around ep11-12 it finally hooked me. Now I can't wait for Tuesday to come to see what's happening next.
Post by zaldar (1,221 posts) See mini bio Level 15
yes if you can get to oh...the end of the first season..you will be hooked.  Like I have said elsewhere this is like C but with more episodes and you actually get to like the characters.  The comparison to the x-files and the big bang theory is apt.  The x-files comes more into the fore though as you go on, but unlike there you care about the characters and it never goes off the deep end, as the x-files did in the final seasons, to the point where you want to shoot your tv.  Really stay at least until, Ferris sends back her email and you see the consequences or the end of the first season (episode 11 or so I think).  If it hasn't hooked you by then, then our tastes are just to different (as really this is my favorite show this season) and I tried to watch one episode of panty and stocking and wanted to throw my computer across the room...
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@sotyfan16 said:

I can't believe you just made a Big Bang Theory statement. You like the show Tom? I love it.

Don't really watch it. I did have to wait in a line with somewhere around 7000 of its fans, though.

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@ZombiePie said:

Look Tom no one is stopping you from invoking Wolpaw's Law.

Hadn't heard of that law before you brought it up. I just might have to invoke it.

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@asian_pride said:

Yeah I agree that the first few episodes are uninteresting and slow paced, but I somehow got to episode 18 and I'm liking it. Just keep at it, it eventually gets better.

Man... if takes that long for a story to get good, then it's doing something wrong.

Post by sate2801 (7 posts) See mini bio Level 6
I watched the first episode, then after I notice how the internet loves to spoiler, I went to brought the PSP port of the original game and now going through it 
 
the game's plot and twist are amazing, hope the anime can keep it up :D
Post by asian_pride (168 posts) See mini bio Level 18
@Tom_Pinchuk said:

@asian_pride said:

Yeah I agree that the first few episodes are uninteresting and slow paced, but I somehow got to episode 18 and I'm liking it. Just keep at it, it eventually gets better.

Man... if takes that long for a story to get good, then it's doing something wrong.

Ha yeah, I can't disagree with you on that. They spent way too much time going back and forth with the premise and such. I guess they were worried the audience wasn't going to understand everything right off the bat? I'm not really sure. But they should've probably cut the episodes down to 2 or 3 and straight to where things get interesting.
Post by ZombiePie (861 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@Tom_Pinchuk said:

@ZombiePie said:

Look Tom no one is stopping you from invoking Wolpaw's Law.

Hadn't heard of that law before you brought it up. I just might have to invoke it.

Erik Wolpaw has given the world many wonderful things! Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Old Man Murray. The later is my personal favorite. His video game reviews were pure and simple gonzo.

Post by zaldar (1,221 posts) See mini bio Level 15
Well I enjoyed the humor and the physics in the begining but then I watch things like through the wormhole with Morgan Freeman for fun so *shrug*.  I don't understand why you are not liking it honestly, it is like C but with enough episodes to truly explore the premise.   
Post by SergioB (31 posts) See mini bio Level 7

@Tom_Pinchuk said:

@asian_pride said:

Yeah I agree that the first few episodes are uninteresting and slow paced, but I somehow got to episode 18 and I'm liking it. Just keep at it, it eventually gets better.

Man... if takes that long for a story to get good, then it's doing something wrong.

It gets better long before then.

Post by sora_thekey (1,097 posts) See mini bio Level 16
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@Tom_Pinchuk: Did you realize that your comment on this episode:

It's like somebody taped an episode of THE BIG BANG THEORY over a copy of DONNIE DARKO.

made on the FUNimation dub trailer for Steins;Gate?

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