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Is the TV show Extant good in your opinion?

Asked by JLeslie (59781points) September 12th, 2014

I want to like it, but I have a hard time accepting the premise that people would become cold blooded murderers because an alien that looks like their lost loved one wants them too.

What do you think about the show?

I’m still watching it, but I don’t think it is very good.

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Bill1939's avatar

I love it. However, the idea of people’s minds being taken over by aliens is not new. This was the premise of the1956 movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Buttonstc's avatar

It’s basically a mashup of several science fiction movies (the android kid from AI combined with the invasive alien possessing minds) and
this gets a little scattered.

But I’m still on board for the
ride because of the pedigree of the team putting it together,

I find Extant less disappointing than Falling Skies which has so much happening in the dark (literally) that it’s a brain strain to keep track of who’s doing what to whom. They shoot the majority of it at night and it’s just plain tiresome and ugly looking. doubt I’ll be watching it next year even tho it’s been renewed.

But I will keep watching Extant.

JLeslie's avatar

I watch Falling Skies also and I don’t like that it is so ugly either. I don’t like when the scenes are mostly dine in the dark either, but it hasn’t drven me crazy. I’m sticking with Falling Skies for now. Extant also for that matter, but I feel like Extant could get too stupid. The last episode made it a little more interesting so hopefully it will improve. I miss Fringe, that was one of my favorite sci-fi series of all time.

Off the topic, but along the lines of what we are talking about regarding how they shoot the scenes, I really get annoyed when the music is so loud I can’t hear what the characters are saying. I should do a Q to bitch about different TV series and what jellies find annoying in the directing and editing.

Buttonstc's avatar

I haven’t yet watched the last two episodes of Extant because I know that I have the option of catching up on On Demand. I wish all series were available that way.

About FS, I know that in the first season, so much was shot in darkness for budgetary reasons. It was easier not to have to show too much of the skitters.

But now, even in scenes involving no aliens at all, they’re still shot at night and it’s just too annoying.

And I certainly don’t expect a post-Apocalyptic world to be unrealistically pretty but between that and the night scenes, it’s just a chore to watch. Literally an eyestrain.

The only thing that’s kept me going is the depth of characters and the storylines but there’s a limit to how much eyestrain I’m willing to slog through night after night with absolutely no relief. I’m starting to not care and that’s a bad sign :(

In the beginning, when they placed some of the storyline in Chinatown with Lexi and the “reign of peace” it was a definite visual relief to all the murky chaos in the rest of it and I figured that maybe they were beginning to realize that all the unrelenting dark murkiness was annoying the viewers. But, apparently not because we are now back to square one on that issue.

Pandora's avatar

I think it has more to do with people killing out of fear. I think they felt the aliens fear as well and simply saw someone they loved and their strong desire to protect them. I think feeling someones fear externally is one thing, but to actually feel their fear internally would be like feeling your own fear and need to survive. I don’t think everyone felt that through seeing a love one. Like the security people. They probably saw in their visions that the other security person was going to kill them and so they all turn on each other. For the dad, his little girl was real. I think it would be like flipping out on drugs. You don’t really realize what is real.

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