Commenter Shout-Outs: Your Recent Thoughts on Futurama, True Blood, and Weeds

It’s Thursday, which means it's time to unlock the commenter vault (we keep all of your feedback in a high-security, low-moisture strongroom) and pluck out only the most valuable specimens to feature under the display cases in our lobby. That’s right: It’s Commenter Shout-Outs! Did yours make the cut? Read on and find out.

In “Is Futurama Going the Way of The Simpsons?” we wondered if the return of Matt Groening's animated sci-fi series—which just kicked off its eighth season—was necessarily a good thing. Based on the first two episodes, at least, we've started to notice a marked drop in quality. Could the series' best years be behind it, much like The Simpsons on Fox? Some of you didn’t like that idea.

Simpsonology turned Simpsons-bashing cliches around to bash the bashers back:

The criticisms of The Simpsons were so much better in the 90s. Blogs ragging on The Simpsons were so much funnier and better-written back then. Bloggers should have quit doing it in, like 1998.

But goodridd agreed wholeheartedly with our take:

Wow, I agree with you, nearly verbatim. You just typed what I was thinking while watching the episodes. I wondered to myself if the show was being sexist while watching, but decided that if it was, it was being sexist against both genders. Hmmm... Is that, then, equality? lol. I agree that more than anything, it was lazy. I watched these same "jokes" on Married With Children two decades or so ago. I wonder if the continuing success of The Simpsons has impacted what the show runners feel they can pass off as quality. I barely "liked" the last season of Futurama, and now, I'm not sure that I can get exited for the show in the same way I used to. It used to be in my top ten series of all-time. Not anymore. Oh well, at least I have the first four volumes on DVD. That just might have to be enough.

True Blood, a.k.a. HBO’s “secret comedy,” returned with much weirdness and fairyland fanfare, and you had plenty of opinions about the folk of Bon Temps.

Amidst the silliness, Draconax gravitated to the grounded relationships in the show.

I have to say, I think my favorite scene of the premiere was the opening fight between Jessica and Hoyt. I have always loved their relationship because it was so mushy and lovey-dovey, and then they have this bitter fight that eventually devolves into them laughing at themselves and each other, and I found it so honest in a show that is anything but real. Also, sign me up for more of Tara and her gf making out and fooling around. No show can go wrong with two ladies getting it on. It's just science.

And Valarynsa is a sport about suspension of disbelief, but one plot point even she found too hard to swallow:

I like Sookie, I really do. But to have the three hottest men on the show all hot for her? Give me a break! Bill, Eric, and Alcide! Surely they could put someone on the show for Alcide. And Eric, he is the hottest thing ever! And as for Tara, I have never liked her.

Finally, we traveled three years into the future with the return of Showtime’s Weeds. We loved it, and so did most of you.

DavidJackson8 can’t help but wonder where all of this is heading:

I wasn't and still am not a fan of few-years-time-jumping, but I agree, the season premiere was pretty darn good. I'm not sure how I feel about the whole grenades-and-firearms thing, though... is she going to sell them off to buy weed... to sell... again?

LalaJunco thought the show got all the Denmark details just right:

This show is still surprising me! I especially loved the correct rendering of Copenhagen (though the actors are actually Swedish and the dialogue doesn't sound Danish). The images from Nyhavn sell the location and the entrance of Pusherstreet in Christiania (with the sign of No Pictures) is actually very accurate.

That’s it for this week! Until we meet again: Keep watching, and keep talking.

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nah futurama has definitly dropped in quality from last season to this one.
futurama has been awesome so far. Don't compare futurama to the simpsons....that's just stupid.
True Blood has been very dissapointing...
Personally I think that Futurama and True Blood are living up to their standards, and I'm liking what I'm watching in both shows so far. Keep it up!
all three performed amicably.
loved it

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