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Anarchist

Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #400 on: October 26, 2020, 03:11:11 AM »


Season 1...

Interesting, mostly due to worldbuilding. If you enjoy the cyberpunk genre, you'll like this from a bird's-eye view.

Acting: A couple actors do solid work. Most do forgettable work. A few do consistently cringe-worthy work.

Writing: Uneven. Some good episodes and some bad episodes.

Directing: Solid. A few great sequences surrounded by really good ones. Poor choices here and there, but that's to be expected when you're relying on a stable of directors (unlike, for example, season 1 of True Detective).

Visuals: great. Big budget put to good use.

Overall: 7


Season 2...

A dumpster fire.

Acting: with the exception of one character, sh*tty.

Writing: terrible. Bad enough to make you curse the writers.

Directing: also terrible. Storytelling sacrificed for cool-looking scenes (which aren't nearly as cool-looking as the directors probably imagined).

Visuals: ho-hum. Lower budget than season 1. But rather than leaning into the storytelling, they tried to dazzle and totally missed the landing.

Overall: 2 (only saving grace was one particular character's arc).

I've just started watching Season 1, having decided I need Netflix in my life (I really don't, but I'll tell myself that). I'm finding it interesting to compare it to the book - read a long, long time ago. A lot of the elements are there and some of the side-stories / side-characters are really well done (I love the hotel AI). Sounds like I might need a distraction to get me through season 2, though!

If by "distraction" you mean hallucinogenic drugs, they can only help with season 2. ;)

Reminds me of Wayward Pines. The first season followed Crouch's trilogy fairly well. Good source material. And the show boasted a good cast, including Matt Dillon. The writing was good. The directing was pretty good. Solid season overall.

Season 2 of Wayward Pines sh*t the bed. Not even Jason Patric could save it.
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Simon Haynes

Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #401 on: October 26, 2020, 03:22:30 AM »
Watching The Halcyon on Prime. Posh hotel in London, WWII. If they left out the drippy stuff and just showed the Spitfires I'd be much more interested.

I don't mind drippy stuff except when everything is just so predictable.
 
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Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #402 on: October 26, 2020, 03:41:44 AM »


Season 1...

Was all around entertaining.

 :tup3b

Season 2...yeah, dumpster fire about covers it. I bailed on episode 2 or 3. My main issue was with the MC's personality change - he was just so unlikeable. This happens a lot with television. In order to facilitate a cinematic moment, they compromise story and character and emotional arcs and, well, pretty much everything. Film today is increasing a series of these cinematic moments all strung together at the expense of logic and consistency. As a result, nothing is earned and they just fall flat.

I think season 1 of True Detective was as good as it was because it leaned so much into character, and then character merged with story. Every moment was earned, which gave them emotional weight.

It's like Hollywood has learned nothing from Marvel - cinematic moments are driven by earned character arcs not CGI stunts. This subject always reminds me of Han Solo's death. It should have been epic, but ended up as a meh. What a waste.
 
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Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #403 on: October 31, 2020, 09:12:06 PM »
Ready to settle in and watch The Mandalorian season 2.
 

Anarchist

Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #404 on: November 02, 2020, 10:25:06 AM »


Fantastic.

Wonderful storytelling. Wonderful directing. And a great cast (Regina King, always good, knocks it out of the park).

This limited series of nine episodes tells a different story than Moore's comic and Snyder's film. I love Alan Moore's work in comics; Watchmen was one of the best comic series I had ever read years ago. And while I'm not a huge Zack Snyder fan, I enjoyed his film Watchmen.

So I was leery about the TV series. I was not disappointed.

Side note: the series dives headfirst into racism. And it doesn't pull punches. I'm not black. If I were, this series may have offered a uniquely emotional viewing experience.

Well done, Damon Lindelof and Co. You've inspired me to watch The Leftovers again.
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Simon Haynes

Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #405 on: November 25, 2020, 12:00:50 AM »
Watching Midsomer Murders from the beginning. In each ep, someone is killed and then, while the cops dither about sort of investigating, about half a dozen more people are slaughtered in various crazy ways. (It's set in a number of English country villages.)  Last night's ep was an elderly woman who wouldn't stay off the roof and someone who was pronounced dead by hotel ashtray.

Best part of the show is waiting for each 'corpse' to blink, swallow, breathe, twitch etc.

"Lord Fancypants has been dead at least two days" intones the detective gravely.

Wait for it... wait for it... There, he moved!

Usually the reason for all the crimes seems to be hand-waved away as 'because insanity' and on we go to the next ep.

It's not meant to be funny, it just is.
 

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Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #406 on: November 25, 2020, 01:03:43 AM »
Netflix short series: The Queen's Gambit

Highly recommended.

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Maggie Ann

Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #407 on: November 25, 2020, 09:23:02 AM »
Watching Midsomer Murders from the beginning. In each ep, someone is killed and then, while the cops dither about sort of investigating, about half a dozen more people are slaughtered in various crazy ways. (It's set in a number of English country villages.)  Last night's ep was an elderly woman who wouldn't stay off the roof and someone who was pronounced dead by hotel ashtray.

Best part of the show is waiting for each 'corpse' to blink, swallow, breathe, twitch etc.

"Lord Fancypants has been dead at least two days" intones the detective gravely.

Wait for it... wait for it... There, he moved!

Usually the reason for all the crimes seems to be hand-waved away as 'because insanity' and on we go to the next ep.

It's not meant to be funny, it just is.

Don't forget the mysterious black gloved hand pushing aside the branches to give a better view through the windows in many episodes.

I probably watched it for 17 seasons.
           
 
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Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #408 on: November 30, 2020, 05:04:19 AM »
Utopia on Amazon Prime. It's a remake, a very poignant remake, of an older British show of the same name.

The show creator, and the writer for all 8 episodes of season 1, is Gillian Flynn (the author of Gone Girl).

John Cusack plays Bill Gates. He's not named Bill Gates; but, yeah, it's Bill Gates.

Starts off with some nerdy comic and convention stuff (non-nerds don't be deterred, it's brief), then jumps headfirst down the rabbit hole into nefarious plots and layered deceptions (vaccines, viruses, media manipulation, hitmen, sleeper agents, and more).

Definitely worth watching 👍
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Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #409 on: December 04, 2020, 03:00:41 AM »
Utopia on Amazon Prime. It's a remake, a very poignant remake, of an older British show of the same name.

The show creator, and the writer for all 8 episodes of season 1, is Gillian Flynn (the author of Gone Girl).

John Cusack plays Bill Gates. He's not named Bill Gates; but, yeah, it's Bill Gates.

Starts off with some nerdy comic and convention stuff (non-nerds don't be deterred, it's brief), then jumps headfirst down the rabbit hole into nefarious plots and layered deceptions (vaccines, viruses, media manipulation, hitmen, sleeper agents, and more).

Definitely worth watching 👍
I saw this on Amazon Prime and thought it was just the original UK show, which I watched about ten years back and thought was excellent.

My wife didn't see the original, so maybe we'll give this a watch together!
I guess the remake is set in the US?
 

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Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #410 on: April 07, 2021, 01:29:10 PM »
Watching The X-Files.  Harder to watch now because I find myself recognizing actors from different shows, mainly Stargate: SG-1.  I think they were both filmed in Vancouver.  Kind of ruins the suspension of disbelief a bit.  The episode I'm watching right now . . .  Twenty minutes in and have already spotted three people from Stargate: SG-1.  Also possibly someone from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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Jeff Tanyard

Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #411 on: April 07, 2021, 02:06:56 PM »
Watching The X-Files.  Harder to watch now because I find myself recognizing actors from different shows, mainly Stargate: SG-1.  I think they were both filmed in Vancouver.  Kind of ruins the suspension of disbelief a bit.  The episode I'm watching right now . . .  Twenty minutes in and have already spotted three people from Stargate: SG-1.  Also possibly someone from Star Trek: The Next Generation.


Lots of recognizable people had guest appearances on that show.

Charles Nelson Reilly as author Jose Chung:





Also in that episode: Jesse Ventura and Alex Trebek as men in black.   :icon_rofl:


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Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #412 on: April 07, 2021, 02:47:01 PM »
Lots of recognizable people had guest appearances on that show.

It was just to see so many in one episode.  If the CSM had made an appearance, it would have made four from Stargate: SG-1.  I think Bill Dow played two different characters in the same episode, so maybe that counts as four anyway.  Also, pretty sure it was Michelle Forbes from TNG in the episode.
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Maggie Ann

Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #413 on: April 07, 2021, 11:40:02 PM »
Endeavor

In GB, it seems that everyone takes a turn on Midsomer Murders, New Tricks, The Doctors, Coronation Street, Doc Martin, etc. I think that's because they're not locked in to 26 episodes per season like in the US.

I get a kick out of recognizing the actors and remembering (helped by IMDB) where else I saw them.

           
 

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Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #414 on: April 08, 2021, 02:57:09 AM »
In GB, it seems that everyone takes a turn on Midsomer Murders, New Tricks, The Doctors, Coronation Street, Doc Martin, etc. I think that's because they're not locked in to 26 episodes per season like in the US.

Many moons ago, the British programs I watched were Doctor Who, Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  Not much overlap there, though Peter Davison appeared in HHGG as a talking cow that wanted to be eaten and John Cleese was also in an episode of Doctor Who.  (And then there's Douglas Adams who was associated with all three, thought not necessarily on-screen.)

But, anyway, largely not recognizing actors meant it was a little easier to fall into the stories because then you just see the characters and aren't thinking about it being just actors in a role.

Plus, the lack of familiarity with British politics was helpful too for those occasions when a character is a politician.  Basically, anyone other than the Queen or Prime Minister is pretty much unrecognizable.  So, if you say this character is the whatever of whatever, it's like sure because you don't know any differently.  Makes the story feel more real.  Whereas watching American TV, and you have a character that's, say, the Senator from such and such, you're more likely to be like, wait, no, it's not.  And that can take you out of the story a bit.

Shows like Stargate: SG-1 avoided that by referencing the president but not by name, so you could imagine they were talking about Clinton or Bush instead of some fictional president.  And that made it seem more real that, you know, maybe there is a secret Stargate program in Cheyenne Mountain.  One that's not a janitorial closet.  Of course, then they had Senator Kinsey and later had a fictional president but they did balance it out a bit by having, for example, the actual (at the time) Air Force Chiefs of Staff appear.
Mulder: "If you're distracted by fear of those around you, it keeps you from seeing the actions of those above."
The X-Files: "Blood"
 

PJ Post

Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #415 on: April 08, 2021, 03:04:24 AM »
I got through a few seasons of the X-Files recently, but neither Scully nor Mulder ever learned anything from their adventures. They both continued to act like it was the first show and the writers were still establishing the characters. It was okay for a bit, but Jesus - Scully can no longer be skeptical about anything once she's seen aliens and supernatural sh*t for a couple of years. Mulder can't do a 180 about the truth being out there when the truth has literally ruined multiple FBI suits at this point. It's just stupid. I think it was easier to ignore on a weekly show, but watching them back to back really spotlights the flaws.
 

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Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #416 on: April 08, 2021, 03:15:41 AM »
I got through a few seasons of the X-Files recently, but neither Scully nor Mulder ever learned anything from their adventures. They both continued to act like it was the first show and the writers were still establishing the characters. It was okay for a bit, but Jesus - Scully can no longer be skeptical about anything once she's seen aliens and supernatural sh*t for a couple of years. Mulder can't do a 180 about the truth being out there when the truth has literally ruined multiple FBI suits at this point. It's just stupid. I think it was easier to ignore on a weekly show, but watching them back to back really spotlights the flaws.

That's highlighted in the episode with the genie.  Scully does an autopsy on an invisible man.  How can you deny such a thing when you performed the autopsy yourself on an invisible man?  Well . . .

Mulder: "If you're distracted by fear of those around you, it keeps you from seeing the actions of those above."
The X-Files: "Blood"
 

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Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #417 on: April 08, 2021, 03:24:47 AM »
I got through a few seasons of the X-Files recently, but neither Scully nor Mulder ever learned anything from their adventures. They both continued to act like it was the first show and the writers were still establishing the characters. It was okay for a bit, but Jesus - Scully can no longer be skeptical about anything once she's seen aliens and supernatural sh*t for a couple of years. Mulder can't do a 180 about the truth being out there when the truth has literally ruined multiple FBI suits at this point. It's just stupid. I think it was easier to ignore on a weekly show, but watching them back to back really spotlights the flaws.

On those lines, I think that's where Stargate: SG-1 got stuff right.  I remember older shows where we humans had to battle some alien or other advanced threat and there was always some excuse why we never got our hands on more advanced technology.  We capture a ship, but then we have to blow it up for plot reasons.  Same with guns.  Maybe we get a laser blaster but, whoops, we dropped it down a ravine.  Whatever.  The end result of every episode was that we were back to square one technologically.  Even the Star Trek series fell into that routine sometimes.

But, on Stargate, they actually progressed.  Alien tech was studied, reverse engineered and all sorts of stuff.  We didn't stand still.  By the end of the series, we've got our own FTL capable ships and holograms and advanced weapons.  So, there was a sensible progression, and that included setbacks.  You don't get that with a lot of series.
Mulder: "If you're distracted by fear of those around you, it keeps you from seeing the actions of those above."
The X-Files: "Blood"
 
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Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #418 on: April 13, 2021, 12:04:06 PM »
Watching The X-Files again.  Did not remember that Scully's father was General Hammond.
Mulder: "If you're distracted by fear of those around you, it keeps you from seeing the actions of those above."
The X-Files: "Blood"
 

Maggie Ann

Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #419 on: April 13, 2021, 11:15:40 PM »
Just finished Endevour and I'm re-watching New Tricks until I can find a new British detective show to watch. I tried Vera, but ten minutes in, her very high voice had me gnashing my teeth.

           
 

Eric Thomson

Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #420 on: April 13, 2021, 11:47:11 PM »
I've taken to watching almost exclusively non English language series in recent months. At the moment, I'm following the South Korean series Vincenzo and the Spanish series Bitter Daisies. And no, I neither speak Korean nor Spanish so it's all subtitles.
 

Lynn

Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #421 on: April 14, 2021, 12:22:34 AM »
Same here! Following Vincenzo with bated breath. :D Just finished Hello, Me and really enjoyed it. Thought Sweet Home was good until it lost me in the last couple of episodes.

I'm watching Signal at the moment. I always loved the movie version of Frequency and this is pretty much the same premise.
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PJ Post

Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Reply #422 on: April 14, 2021, 12:51:24 AM »