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weird timing and all cause in all probability it just ended for good; no one watches this show. but they should: it's warm, humane, mysterious, timely, touching, and occasionally riotously funny. and also maybe the only show that's reckoning with the current economic climate in anything approaching an honest way. also featuring some guest/recurring stars that I don't want to spoil for the uninitiated. but man I love(d?) this fuckin show.

Simon H., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:19 (three months ago) link

I just spent a week and a half in LA and 5 different people recommended it to me. I've only watched the premiere and loved it. Yesterday I mentioned the show by name (not by @) to 2 people (an ex-ilxor & a semi-famous musician) who sang it's praises and within hours, two of the major actors liked and retweeted my tweet.

OK, I guess *some* people watch it. But yeah, if you so much as breathe a word about this show on Twitter half the cast/crew will fave, to an extent I've never seen with any other series.

Simon H., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:26 (three months ago) link

Lol, since I posted that, I got another retweet from someone NOT on the show but worked as an AD on Breaking Bad, Mad Men & The Office according to her imdb.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:34 (three months ago) link

Yeah, it's the kind of "they generally don't make 'em like this" project that tends to attract industry praise. I hope all the love is enough to keep it going at least one more season.

Simon H., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:39 (three months ago) link

NY Times gave it a shout out and a "please don't cancel this" today

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:40 (three months ago) link

For the newbies, a spoiler-free, adoring intro from Emily VDW (inasmuch as this is a spoilable show):

Simon H., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:48 (three months ago) link

can’t wait to get home and watch the finale

it’s tricky to get the formula right when a season begins with a flash-forward and the season builds back to that point and from what i’ve seen so far, they’ve done a great job.

the other thing that sticks with me is how some characters are homages or parodies of real people but it’s done so very thoughtfully. i mean, having wyatt russell as the lead doesn’t hurt. dude is great at playing congenial characters

mh, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:30 (three months ago) link

loved season 1, loved the first episode of season 2, have completely fallen behind on this and all tv. will slowly get back into the fold over the next couple weeks.

flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:33 (three months ago) link

S2 has some tiny dips here and there but higher highs than S1. There's a mythology-heavy episode around the middle that is particularly stunning.

Simon H., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:40 (three months ago) link

Yay, you started a Lodge 49 thread! Let me catch up and rhapsodise.

tangenttangent, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 20:29 (three months ago) link

I am yet to watch the finale, and hope things are sufficiently wrapped up lest we not get another season, but not so much that it precludes the possibility of one!

As suggested upthread, the fact that financial hardship figures as a central component of the narrative is one of the more honest things in recent TV history. The exploration of a relationship between orphaned siblings and the weird relationship to memory and different approaches to coping is particularly poignant. Ah but there’s so much hope in the show! In magic and in acts of rebellion! It’s a show that likes and rewards people who are kind and I can’t remember the last time I watched something like that. Okay, maybe The Good Place, but Lodge 49 is just the absolute best.

tangenttangent, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 20:43 (three months ago) link

I was trying to figure out how I know Champ (David Ury), and it took me until today to recall he played the early youtube prankster Ken Tanaka, a caucasian man adopted by Japanese parents and grew up in Japan.

Most of his vids are scrubbed but a few along the periphery remain, like this one:

If you are Western looking and could speak JP with a bit of fluency 10+ years ago, one or dozens of your Japanese friends might have sent his videos to you back then.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 21:44 (three months ago) link

Okay now I know why my musician friend was posting about the show, a song of his plays in the third episode haha.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 04:00 (three months ago) link

no spoilers, but the quiet Dud/Ernie scene in the s2 finale absolutely killed me.

Simon H., Wednesday, 16 October 2019 06:24 (three months ago) link

Whoever is coordinating the music on this show is A+

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 17 October 2019 17:15 (three months ago) link

Almost finished season 1. Does anyone know if season 2 is coming to Amazon Prime or will I need to look elsewhere?

groovypanda, Friday, 18 October 2019 07:18 (three months ago) link

(In the UK that is)

groovypanda, Friday, 18 October 2019 07:18 (three months ago) link

I played some Soundcarriers stuff on my old radio show but never heard them in the wild, so it was really cool to hear them used so prominently here

Simon H., Saturday, 19 October 2019 23:21 (three months ago) link

spoilery intw with the creators a couple days ago

Simon H., Thursday, 24 October 2019 17:50 (three months ago) link

Just wanted to echo how powerful that scene with Ernie and Dud was. My wife and I were both in tears. Amazing job by both of them.

DJI, Thursday, 24 October 2019 19:36 (three months ago) link

Finally watched the last episode. Wow, the last ten minutes or so were like the most exciting and joyful television ever! The show's varying levels of fantasy work so well because there is always something totally corporeal to anchor it; for every mysterious door there is a scene like the Ernie and Dud one. Ah, so much was set up - I really hope it gets a third season.

tangenttangent, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 14:32 (three months ago) link

BAD NEWS: Officially canceled by AMC
GOOD NEWS: Is being shopped

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 30 October 2019 02:10 (two months ago) link

God damn it.

Simon H., Wednesday, 30 October 2019 02:19 (two months ago) link

I'm really not optimistic about the odds anyone else picks it up. I was playing pessimistic about its odds for renewal but I secretly kinda thought AMC would keep it going just for the critical love, and the fact that it was probably pretty cheap to produce. But alas.

Simon H., Wednesday, 30 October 2019 02:58 (two months ago) link


Simon H., Saturday, 9 November 2019 06:45 (two months ago) link

four weeks pass...

catching up... as we near the end and the remedios varo references and mysterious auctions start to pile up its feeling just a little too nudge-nudge

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Saturday, 7 December 2019 02:23 (one month ago) link

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 14 December 2019 19:42 (one month ago) link


Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Saturday, 14 December 2019 22:26 (one month ago) link


DEAR LYNX, it breaks my heart to announce that LODGE 49 won't be going forward. We tried very hard to find a new home, but there were no takers. Ratings, metrics, algorithms...que sera, brah. I will write a proper postscript soon, but for now a few thoughts. (thread)

— Jim Gavin (@jimatdeltaco) December 17, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 20:21 (one month ago) link


mh, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 20:27 (one month ago) link

that's a lovely goodbye

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 20:53 (one month ago) link

fuck that almost makes twitter worthwhile

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 18 December 2019 06:21 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

finally catching up on this season and it's obviously excellent.

sorry for being party to the show's cancellation by not watching in a timely matter :(

525,600 gecs (voodoo chili), Friday, 3 January 2020 19:09 (three weeks ago) link

no spoilers but now that I know it's the end, it has one of *the* great final shots of a series

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 3 January 2020 19:11 (three weeks ago) link

im still absorbing "circles," which was probably the best television episode of the year, unless there are better ones coming up.

525,600 gecs (voodoo chili), Friday, 3 January 2020 19:21 (three weeks ago) link

That might be the series highlight yeah, the show's Achilles heel imo is that the direction can be a little flat/pedestrian compared to the material, so seeing them mix things up so successfully was exciting

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 3 January 2020 19:24 (three weeks ago) link

this show is so good - i didn't know i wanted a late-capitalist crying of lot 49 with added western hermeticism but i really, really did

just finished s1, can't wait to dive into season 2

que pasa picasso (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 12:29 (two weeks ago) link

― Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 9 November 2019 06:32 (two months ago) bookmarkflaglink

this is great btw, thx albert for posting - amazing how well jim gavin's voice here is reflected in the show

que pasa picasso (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:14 (two weeks ago) link

just watched s2ep7, that scene with dud and ernie was a tour de force. one of the saddest parts of the end of this beautiful show is that idk when we'll be able to see brent jennings in such a big role again. he's such a friendly, warming presence, even when (especially when) he's sad or angry.

culture of mayordom (voodoo chili), Thursday, 16 January 2020 17:52 (one week ago) link

just started watching this last night, love it

Οὖτις, Thursday, 16 January 2020 17:58 (one week ago) link

always good to see the Meat Man from Strangers w Candy

Οὖτις, Thursday, 16 January 2020 17:58 (one week ago) link

omg Bruce Campbell!! Silver Apples! Eden Ahbez! what a show

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 16:17 (yesterday) link

bruce campbell is so, so good in this

the main character Cooly and his fart attack (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 16:18 (yesterday) link

yeah, perfectly cast

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 16:24 (yesterday) link

this show made fantastic use of its guest stars

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 16:24 (yesterday) link

also v cool to see Charles Yu deliver a great script (albeit just for one episode)

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 19:07 (yesterday) link

I feel like this show kinda stole How to Be a God in Central Florida's thunder

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 19:08 (yesterday) link

i don't see it tbh.

A) because this show was way too low-key to steal anyone's thunder and
B) because how to be a god in central florida kinda didn't deliver (presumably due to its complicated gestation)

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 21:45 (yesterday) link

I saw HTBAGICF first but this seems so much better and predicated on a similar premise (recently traumatized loser becomes enmeshed in mysterious organization with hopes of striking it rich/finding redemption). that's all I meant.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 21:47 (yesterday) link

oh. well then i see it :D

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 22:36 (yesterday) link

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