SIX FEET UNDER: An ethical question

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  1. Holadem

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    OK, here is the deal. I borrowed S1 from the library and zipped through it in like 2 nights.

    Now the first 2 discs of S2 have been checked out for a couple of days now, so I borrowed discs 3 & 4... and I was wondering if it was OK to just watch at least disc 3 for now, while I am waiting for 1 & 2 to be returned :b...

    It's not a plot driven show, it doesn't depend on twists and turns, so skipping a few eps ahead isn't goign to ruin things... right? RIGHT? I WILL watch the begining of S2 as soon as it becomes available anyway!

    So... should I watch disc 3 tonight or should I just wait a couple of days for 1 & 2? I want to watch this show so badly! [​IMG]

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  2. Matt`L

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    I'd recommend you wait. I don't have much experience with this particular show, although I plan on checking out the sets. But when it comes to tv-on-dvd I just like to watch episodes in the correct 'order', whether that be broadcast, production or a mixture of the two.
     
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    I'd recommend you wait. I don't have much experience with this particular show, although I plan on checking out the sets. But when it comes to tv-on-dvd I just like to watch episodes in the correct 'order', whether that be broadcast, production or a mixture of the two.

    I do the above even if there pretty much no continutity (the Simpson's for instance). But for something like Six Feet Under, I imagine there will be references and subtle character developments even if - and I'm taking your word - there's no explicit continutity. I'm sure watching the episodes out of order will take away from the show ever so slightly.
     
  4. Dax P

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    There's continuity. There are a lot of story and character arcs in 6FU (more and more as they progress). I wouldn't watch the second half of a season before seeing the first.

    Especially considering you can't move right on to seasons 3 and 4, not yet available on dvd. I certainly understand 'impatience', but...

    It would make a difference. You may not be 'lost' (knowing who all the main characters are), but you WILL have missed a lot...
     
  5. Holadem

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    I didn't know this [​IMG]

    I started then quit 15 minutes into it... as much as I was glad to see them again, it just wasn't working, I was just feeling too guilty about having missed part of their lives.

    I guess I'll just wait [​IMG].

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  6. Aaron Silverman

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    Yes, definitely hold off until you can watch them in order. The season 2 plot lines get really twisted and they may be tough to follow if you skip around.

    I hear the show isn't as good after season 2, but I'm anxiously awaiting the rest of it on DVD anyway. I can't believe they're taking this long when there's such a huge cliffhanger at the end of season 2. . .
     
  7. Dax P

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    There are fans that think the show got BETTER in its most recent seasons, though (I'm one of these)...

    I think it's richer and deeper now, the 'longer' we've known these people.

    Read the tie-in book released between 3 and 4, it's good fun (Six Feet Under: Better Living Through Death)... AFTER you see 3, as there are spoilers...
     
  8. John McM

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    season 4 was the best season yet for Six Feet Under, but unfortunately season 5 is gonna be the last [​IMG]
     
  9. Anthony Moore

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    I would wait for sure. If you skip episodes youll miss some big plotlines.

    I promise itll be worth the wait.

    In my opinion, the first season was the best, then sliding downwards until picking back up at the end of the 3rd on through a fantastic 4th season.

    Great show though. Cant wait till S5.
     
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    Glad to hear y'all think the later seasons are still excellent. I trust my HTF pals more than the Hollywood media establishment, dang it! [​IMG]
     
  11. John McM

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    well, season 3 was quite weak IMO, but season 4 made up for the lackluster (IMO) third year
     
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    I started watching this series and got half way through season two before giving up on it. I got bored. I keep thinking I will give it another try, but now that I amstuck on two other shows I may not.
     
  13. Holadem

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    I am half way through S2 now and am glad I waited.

    Some significant stuff:
    Bren proposal came as a complete shock, and out of character, until I realise that it is a result of her inability to find herself and her consequent need to live through other people, like her brother. As such, it is very much in character.
    Can you say excellent writing? This show is the bomb.

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    I just finished season 2. I have to say that if I hadn't fallen so deeply in love with season 1 then I probably WOULDN'T have made it through season 2 either. I got bored and felt that the quirky fun of the first season was non-existant in the second. Too serious and depresssing.
     
  15. Holadem

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    S3 is out today YAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! [​IMG]

    Unfortunately I can't get to it till after Memorial Day, way too busy till then.

    Man it's been a long freaking wait. Of my TV on DVD adventures, this is the 1st time I've had to wait for a season to be released. I am also waiting for Sopranos S5 as well [​IMG].

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    >> I am also waiting for Sopranos S5 as well .

    Yeah, but only another couple weeks...

    Enjoy 6FU 3 (and be happy that 4 will be out in August... much shorter wait, this time around). Let us know what you thought...

    You may want to tape (but don't watch yet) the fifth and final, starting Monday, 6/5.
     
  17. Holadem

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    I am curious about opinions regarding S3.

    SPOILERS BELOW.

    I watched Tears, Bones and Desire last night. The scene where Ruth kisses Arthur may have been a "jump the shark" moment for me. Ruth is a terrific character, he journey of self discovery after hubby's death was natural, yet fascinating. but this Arthus thing is totally out of place. It seems like the writers do not know what to do with Ruth at this point. This is the first time I feel they are taking a character to a new place for the sake of creating bizarre situations. Ugh.

    I also know what happens to Lisa later in the season, and feel it's a copout. But I'll wait to see how it plays out before pronouncing further jugement.

    The season has been enjoyeable, but much like Nate's marriage, it's missing something. I actually like that storyline, as well well as Claire's. I truly hope Brenda sticks around. I was enjoying Ruth journey up to the point where Arthur shows up. I can't stand the guy. Dave and Keith... dunno, Dave's lady friends are annoying the crap out of me.

    Also, it would be nice if the funeral business came back at the forefront of the show. It's supposed to be existentialist (you know, life, death, the meaning of it all) instead of the friggin sopa opera it's turning into.

    Why o why did they have to screw with my Ruth in that fashion?

    Is this gonna be YET another series where I lose interest after the second season?

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    >> The scene where Ruth kisses Arthur may have been a "jump the shark" moment for me.

    It's highly bizarre, sure, but... (but I love that little oddball, Arthur...)

    >>It seems like the writers do not know what to do with Ruth at this point. This is the first time I feel they are taking a character to a new place for the sake of creating bizarre situations.

    I disagree. They're going somewhere very cool (sigh... but 'tragic', too...) with her, and the 'romance' with Arthur was a part of that process of getting her there...

    >> I also know what happens to Lisa later in the season, and feel it's a copout.

    It's a very convenient way to 'get out' of a triangle, sure, but...

    >> But I'll wait to see how it plays out before pronouncing further judgment.

    Yeah. Definitely give it a chance. It plays really, really well... Peter Krause's performances will blow you away.

    >> The season has been enjoyable, but much like Nate's marriage, it's missing something.

    Keep going...

    (I thought Lili Taylor should have been credited as a series regular in Season 3, since she was in EVERY episode...)

    >> I truly hope Brenda sticks around.

    Wasn't it fun how she was 'gone' for the first three shows or so, and then how she came back into things?...

    Don't worry about her sticking around. The show's about the Fishers AND her AND Keith (and Rico), regardless of whatever relationship the non-Fishers have with their partners at whatever point in time...

    >> Is this gonna be YET another series where I lose interest after the second season?

    Judging from your comments here, I think you'll like 4 more than 3 and feel it 'recovers' nicely... I liked 3 a lot, but if the Ruth/Arthur thing bugs you so much...

    The show IS a soap opera, that's true... it's just a really intelligent one...
     
  19. John MB

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    I think my favorite story line in S3 (slight spoilers for those not past S2) would be Claire's student-teacher relationship with her art teacher Olivier and the interactions involving them and Russel. I thought Russel and Olivier were interesting characters. Especially Olivier, who starts the season out as in inspirational rebel to commercialism, but gradually reveals himself to be a negative, miserable prick.

    I agree that the first season is the best, I think that's pretty much true of any great show (same with the soprano's, and way too true of the L word so far). I loved the 2nd season also. I agree that the 3rd season slows down, and Arthur seems pointless at first, but really all his scenes are pretty funny considering how ridiculous he is. By the end of the 3rd season you're quickly wrapped up in the whole thing, considering the grave nature the plot takes...

    The fourth season slaps you in the face right away with not only the best death sequence yet (my personal favorite) but with snappier editing and the beginning of a barrage of intense scenes throughout the season. Dangerously close to overkill, but entertaining nonetheless, and like just said above, intelligent.

    The fifth season opener was great I thought, and I feel like they're slowing it down a bit, pulling back the reins a bit, trying to stay close to realism. But this is the last season.... and I'm sure it's going to get crazy. (not a bad thing)
     
  20. Holadem

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    Also, apparently the Fisher boys do nothing at this point but arrange and watch over funerals. It seems Rico is stuck with the wet work, which used to be David's turf. As a matter of fact, I don't think I have seen David down there even once this season. What's up with that?

    In any case, I am not going anywhere. SFU never fails to entertain even at it's worse. And you know what? Looking back at S1 and S2, I couldn't stand Billy (Brenda's brother) either.

    My favorite episode this season may be Ruth's birthday party. Seeing her so happy for once moved me quite a bit.

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