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Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« Reply #2730 on: 26 November, 2020, 03:45:08 AM »
Finally getting around to the Man in the High Castle, slight problem is I do like it but been busy at work and when I start to watch it about 9.30 and night I keep falling asleep!!!! It’s annoying the shit out of me as I am enjoying what I’m watching but having problems getting through a whole episode without dozing off :( :(
Oh and heads up to anyone with Amazon Prime though if you are a fan you’d probably know this The Expanse is back in a couple of weeks!!!

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« Reply #2731 on: 26 November, 2020, 08:42:12 AM »
I gave up on that as I found it way too slow - got to the end of the first season and expected the plot to be much further advanced; couldn't work up the energy to tackle season 2

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« Reply #2732 on: 26 November, 2020, 09:09:25 AM »

That's B5 done. Excellent, as usual.


I'm still on Season 1.  It's very good and given I know it gets better I'm excited for the middle seasons.  The initial episodes stories were pretty weak, but the characterisations were excellent.  When it starts kicking in with the overarching plot the stories start improving as well.
Not especially liking Sinclair, though.  Not much of an issue, considering...

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« Reply #2733 on: 26 November, 2020, 09:27:41 AM »
... if you are a fan you’d probably know this The Expanse is back in a couple of weeks!!!

I'm working my way through The Expanse and while its fun I do find it massively variable. There are moments and whole episodes that are GREAT and then others that are quite poor. I've just got to the end of Season 2 and the last two episodes really exemplify that.

The whole reveal of what Sadavir was up to was masterful. Especially as I was a bit befuddled by his earlier, apparent character about turn. All fooled me and so felt utterly plausible he fooled everyone else. Really good and that whole second to last episode was superb. I think I audiably gasped with the hitcherhiker on the Rossie moment right at the end.

The final episode though was a bit of a letdown. Particularly some horrible action cliche with Bobbie - which okay I guess was playing to the way it regularly gives nods to its influences. And why of why was her final entrance to save the day in slow mo - ouch. And the whole forced Holden trapped 'alien' about to do bad things bit. At the same time the 'explosion' of the research vessal on its way to Venus was fantastic. Its all these moments of contradicting quality that bug me and stop the series being absolutely fantastic.

That said the main leads are all fantastic - especially Amos who is rapidly turning into one of my fav telly characters ever, up there with Pullo in Rome and the whole lived in sci-fi vibe is nice and it does a great job of balancing its numerous tones, so flipping between political intrigue, action adventure and sci-fi mind boggle really well so I'm defo sticking with it. Just wish it would reach it potential.

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« Reply #2734 on: 26 November, 2020, 10:15:00 AM »
especially Amos who is rapidly turning into one of my fav telly characters ever

You're in for a treat in S3. :-)
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« Reply #2735 on: 27 November, 2020, 10:45:14 PM »
By the end there's barely an exposed breast in sight...

Charles Vane still takes his top off st every opportunity though?
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« Reply #2736 on: 28 November, 2020, 10:11:08 PM »
Yeah I fully intend to dom a rewatch of The Sopranos soon. In my triumvirate of the four great TV shows of all time and after Twin Peaks probably the one that means most to me. Tony is such a beautifully realised monster.

That performance by James Gandolfini is just absolutely the best acting I've seen.

A monster, surely, but whatever it says about me, i just wanted him to be happy, despite all the horrible, terrible things that he done.

It's a shame that the actress who played his Mother passed away, because i think that the scenes they had together were fantastic, and whatever was planned, would have surely been unforgettable.

I hope David Chase captures that same magic for the prequel movie, but i fear the perfection of the show, and the hours they had to develop and the characters, will leave it looking like a pale imitation.

Love The Sopranos, that was a rewatch for me this year too. Hadn't seen it since the first airing. Incredible incredible stuff all around.

Also seconding the love for Twin Peaks, and Lynch in general.

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« Reply #2737 on: 09 December, 2020, 09:54:46 AM »
I have come to the end of Babylon 5 Season 1.  It's been awesome.  The show doesn't entirely hit the ground running, but nearly does.  The first few episodes have somewhat lacklustre plots, but that is certainly mitigated by the excellent characterisations.  It is wonderful to see fully fleshed out characters right from the start and they are performed wonderfully.

Once the season settles in the good plots start coming as well.  The sentiments are very Star Trek, but probably more nuanced than TNG for instance.  It even has that weird dissonance of moral superiority coming from a military institution that Star Trek, but more so.  One thing I don't understand is why there isn't an Earth ambassador.  I don't think it is even appropriate for a military commander to be in charge of what is supposedly a diplomatic outpost.  Unlike with Star Trek, however, it doesn't jar too badly.  B5 is already going places with the role of the military in Season 1, but it still seems strange that Earth doesn't have an ambassador.

Anyway, I'm not going to go any further with the minor failings of the show because were it succeeds it does so wonderfully well.

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« Reply #2738 on: 09 December, 2020, 01:47:54 PM »
Started Succession which after three episodes seems to be very good.

Watched all of Taskmaster from s1 to what's currently airing.  That led me to go back to Man Down which I bailed on after s1 (because of Rik dying).  It was good but kind of had that Simpsons/Family Guy thing happening where he's so dysfunctional, it becomes impossible to buy into. 

Gave Moonbase 8 a go but it's not the one.

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« Reply #2739 on: 10 December, 2020, 11:34:54 AM »
Well, ye weren't wrong.  Finished Season 2 of Black Sails last night, and it's right up there with the great seasons of TV (it's at least Simpsons Season 4 level).

The last three episodes in particular were completely gripping. The sheer pace of character deaths, reversals, alliances, betrayals feels like they're working to a per-episode quota (not unlike Billy Bones' accents), but somehow it holds together and never seems to forget the overall story or any dangling thread. And the FX work is really quite extraordinary in the Charlestown sequence.

It also put me firmly in my place, as I may have remarked more than once early on "an entire town of horny sailors, and the only same-sex relationships are between women".

Definitely worth sticking with it through the ropey soft-porn beginnings.
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« Reply #2740 on: 10 December, 2020, 12:31:48 PM »
Definitely worth sticking with it through the ropey soft-porn beginnings.

Don't bury the lead, Tordel.

In related Toby Stephens swagger news, I watched the 1st episode of the Netflix Lost in Space series the other evening - not bad at all.


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« Reply #2741 on: 10 December, 2020, 12:41:34 PM »
In related Toby Stephens swagger news, I watched the 1st episode of the Netflix Lost in Space series the other evening - not bad at all.

Intermittently annoying, but generally worth the time to watch, IMO. Overall, I've enjoyed both seasons to date, and I'm looking forward to the third and final one whenever it surfaces next year.
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« Reply #2742 on: 10 December, 2020, 12:55:09 PM »
In related Toby Stephens swagger news, I watched the 1st episode of the Netflix Lost in Space series the other evening - not bad at all.

Intermittently annoying, but generally worth the time to watch, IMO. Overall, I've enjoyed both seasons to date, and I'm looking forward to the third and final one whenever it surfaces next year.

Good to hear.
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« Reply #2743 on: 10 December, 2020, 03:52:26 PM »
Black Sails

And the FX work is really quite extraordinary in the Charlestown sequence.

They get better in Season 3. The ship's develop a bit more weight and actually feel part of the environment. There's a storm sequence in episode 2 of season 3 where it looks for all the world like they just filmed the studly Tom Hopper atop a mast being dragged through an ocean
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Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« Reply #2744 on: 10 December, 2020, 03:55:19 PM »
I've got the last episode of season 1 to watch. I'm enjoying it already but really looking forward to it getting better.