Snailhead wrote:Yeah, when it comes down to it, I think the source of my mixed feelings about the show are that it just doesn't look that great most of the time. My gripes with certain stories and scenes would probably not be much of an issue if it looked better.
There are many exceptions - Part 8 looks fabulous, as does the purple balcony/ocean, the tracking shots through the woods, the interior of the Palmer house, etc. A lot of the time I think it's down to questionable lighting.
I'm in the same boat, at least in regards to your first paragraph. I too think I would have had an easier time swallowing the many slow, lethargic scenes that have plagued much of the season if the whole thing didn't have that cold, flat, soulless digital look.
And your second paragraph is where I disagree a bit. I hated the look of part 8, and especially re-watching it was tough! I did like the visuals of the explosion, but the digital flat black and white (visual nails on chalkboard to me) made what could have been something quite powerful feel very cheap and kind of like a joke, at least that's how I experienced it. This is a shame because I admire the ambition behind part 8, if not all the content of it.
It's true that the nature shots come across as very good looking, which is what you get with HD digital. It's great for shooting nature documentaries.
The filmic quality of the original TP is a huge part of it's appeal and it's magic in my opinion. That's an important part of what makes you want to live in that world, and bring people to re-watch it.
I think going with digital, although the cheapest and easiest option, comes with a huge cost in terms of the art/ the final product, in the case of TP The Return.