Monday, June 25, 2007

"El Cazador" must be like the surf...

Subject: Noir
...because just when you think it's receding into mediocraty, another wave of cool comes crashing back in it's place.

At least that's the vibe I got from the untranslated raw of ep 13. Finally, a strong visual storytelling again! There's a lot of dialogue around the key bit of backstory, but even so I could get the overall drift of it and found it quite satisfying.

Hopefully this trend lasts a little longer -- we're only halfway through though, so I can only expect that a few more lousy ones will creep in there. *sigh*


Anonymous said...

Definitely a step up! I mentioned I had low, low, low expecations before the series started so I'm just happy it's not terrible - but at the same time I find it semi-depressing that this isn't the first time I've said "a step up" or a "return to form." But 'chagonnado? The inconsistency is disappointing and bewildering but it's better than it being consistently bad.

At the risk of jinxing things, next week's preview looks great so hopefully it'll break the "good ep, 'bad' ep, good ep" etc. pattern the show's been in for a while (or at least that's the pattern as I perceive it.)

As to your second-to-last post regarding "Noir" and "Madlax", the last time I watched both (for Le Grande Rewatch) was the first time I saw either on a big screen TV with a good sound system. Let me assure you - most definitely no illusions! :)

Fellini 8.5 said...

Let me assure you - most definitely no illusions! :)

Oh, deep in my heart I know it. I'm just in the early stages of trying to self-justify taking the time this summer (maybe this upcoming vacation) to watch them again...