Extant Season 1

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    Saw episode 4 and it was boring as hell. 9 Episodes left? This will probably kill me.
     
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    I was shocked to realize this was only episode 4 as well. Molasses on a cold day moves slower down the decline...

    I'm already fatigued by seeing that rich dude after seeing him on Helix earlier a few months ago.
     
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    Glad to hear that the episode feeling slow wasn't just me!It feels like this thing could be wrapped up in another episode or two. Another six or nine to go? Wow.
     
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    I'm going to stick this one out for the long haul, for better or for worse.
    That is to say, I'll give it a full season and then decide.
    It's been slow but I'm hopeful it will have a decent payoff sometime soon.
     
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    Taken (the series produced by Spielberg) comes to my mind watching this. That was not very good. Have Spielberg produced any good sci-fi series?
     
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    I guess Louis Gossett is now the go to father figure to run to in a crisis, in any time period!
     
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    I actually found this week's to be slightly less boring/slightly more entertaining than the previous week's. YMMV.
     
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    Eh, it was no better and no worse for me. The shower aid was kind of cool.
     
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    I think this is just one of those shows where now that I've started it, I'll probably be in for the rest of the season, but also probably wouldn't return for a second season. That's exactly what happened for me with "Under the Dome" - I had read and enjoyed the book, so I decided to give the series a shot last summer during it's first season. I didn't find it as completely awful as some people have, but I didn't think it was particularly good. And when it came back this summer, after a year had passed I realized that I just didn't care anymore, so I never started with the second season. It felt like "Under the Dome" had enough mystery and plot for one season, but I lost interest at the prospect of tuning in for a potentially never-ending show on the subject. I think that's how I'm feeling on "Extant" - good enough for a one-and-done summer watch, but not something that's making me interested enough in the characters or plot to sign up for a second season.
     
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    Episode 5: What on Earth Is Wrong? .......... with this series?!

    Bad acting from many of the cast. I give it 4/10 but it probably deserves 3.
     
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    Fear the Odin...
     
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    The correct title of this series is Extinct which does appears from time to time!
     
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    Could you please explain to me why the bad guy, Maury Sterling (Gordon Kern) suddenly is helping them?
     
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    It was because he was hearing voices or seeing visions as well. So, if they are lying about the first guy being crazy, what else are they hiding?
     
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    I think I've officially lost interest and with fall premieres coming up I need to clear the decks on my DVR.
     
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    Yeah, I haven't seen this week's yet, but the previous double episodes two weeks in a row really had me thinking that I just don't really care about anything that's happening. I just don't really buy any of it. And there's gonna be another season? I might finish this year's out since I'm almost there already, but I'm not coming back. I watched last summer's first season of "Under the Dome" but had no interest in picking it up again this year. It's too bad, I think both CBS shows had semi-decent premises that would have played better in a closed-ended format. I'd love to see CBS or another network do a great 10 or 12 episode miniseries with a really solid beginning, middle and end, attracting really good cast and crew who might not normally do TV but could be interested in a really spectacular "one and done" story. And I think that would be a really cool way to adapt a good book if they didn't want to do an original story.
     
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    The double episodes were a good litmus test. When you see the episodes piling up and you feel it's a chore to get through, it's time to pull the plug.
     
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    I've somehow slogged through it, but it's not very compelling TV...
     
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    Now THAT'S a pull quote!
     
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    I've really enjoyed Extant. It's a paced show, clearly intentionally. I don't find it slow: a lot happens every episode. They're not dragging conspiracy details out Lost-Ian fashion. Significant reveals are given every episode. Compared to Terra Nova, this is more what I expect from Steven Spielberg on TV. The latter half, though has been more problematic. Halle Berry's Molly has become more an irrational mom screeching for "my baby!", setting aside her astronaut brilliance and willfully ignoring the obvious.But what really holds me in: Ethan. His story is the really heart of the show. The alien conspiracy is a distraction. Ethan's storyline is the best scifi on the complexities of artificial intelligence I've seen on TV since ST:TNG. And at it harks to "AI" doesn't hurt at all.
     
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