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Old 02-14-2016, 11:19 AM
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Default Lucha Underground Season Two Discussion

We're three episodes in so far, and I'm eager to discuss the season as it continues with other "believers". Hey, I hate being a branded fan, but I like it more than being referred to as a Universe.

If you've been caught kpgreece's thread (seen here), you may have heard me bitch ad naseum about the lighting design. I'm afraid this feud continues, and reached a boiling point this week. Admittedly, I've been watching it on dailymotion, so perhaps it's airing in a better quality. However, this week, the lighting robbed fans of amazing footage! While Fenix vs King Cuerno's Last Man Standing is far from my favorite match in the season (their first outing was much better), everything outside of the ring was shrouded. Cuerno's "Arrow" is the absolute best suicide dive I've ever seen, and he hit it from around the turnbuckle, and I feel like I missed it despite keeping my eyes on the screen the whole time. A second missed image was Fenix's atop Catrina's office. There he stood, victorious, staring across the temple at Mil Muertes, who is selling the outcome of the match in his own right. These two arguably have the most storied rivalry on the show, and you can't tell a damn thing because of the lighting. I'm sorry, but it's driving me mad.

Now, in regards to production value, I also have to give a shout out to the finish of the Last Man Standing match. I absolutely loved how the editing team handled counts 6 through 10 after Cuerno crashed through the table. Quick cuts to the audience, to Fenix, To Cuerno, to Mil. Reminded me of some Kung Fu cinema. Awesome!

As if Jim Cornette couldn't hate this show any more, Joey Ryan shows up. As a television audience for the show, we've always had a unique limited omniscient point of view. We know things that the live audience, even the announcers, don't know. This storyline is going to be very different, though. As revealed after the credits Cortez Castro has been an undercover cop trying to bring down Dario Cuerto. His captain, displeased with his progress, is now sending his partner Joey Ryan into the temple to speed up the investigation, and the two are to mock a feud. I'll admit, this borderlines on cringe and camp, but there is room for that on this show. As far as Joey himself goes, I'm excited to see him going forward. I just hope that there's no YouPorn Plex used. It was funny once. Once.

Speaking of camp, I laughed out loud at the "a millenia ago" segment. A bunch of Aztec's in tribal costuming, and there's Aerostar wearing Spandex and LED lights. Fucking magical!

Match of the night was Jack Evans vs Draco Looks like they're going to give Evans some more mic time going forward, as he's adopted the "Dragon Slayer" moniker. I'm all for a feud between these two, and can't wait to see them top this one. They might even sell the moves next time. Who knows?! Kobra Moon and Bengala rounds out the card. Kobra caught my attention with her characterization and mannerisms, and that first dropkick was pretty damn good. But then she started kicking. Yikes. Hurt me more than it hurt Bengala, that's for sure.
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