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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:48 
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Is it ever. S1 of the expanse is ten episodes of fuck all and two episodes of holy motherfucking shitballs

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I read the book while recovering from my broken wrist. How they managed to fill 10 hours of glossy high production value tv with half the book is beyond me. It’s like the bastard offspring of Peter Jackson and Andy Warhol had been let loose behind the camera. Still haven’t looked at S2 yet as I haven’t forgiven S1 for wasting so much of my time.

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S2 gets its groove on. You should watch it.


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I don't want to watch 10 hours of boring stuff before it gets good, though. There's so much good stuff on that I could watch in that time.

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I didn't think it was boring though. It was a bit slow-paced, yes, but not boring. It was doing decent character work during that period and setting up a load of stuff that is paid off later.


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Doctor Glyndwr wrote:
I didn't think it was boring though. It was a bit slow-paced, yes, but not boring. It was doing decent character work during that period and setting up a load of stuff that is paid off later.


Definitely - it's got far more going on and more interesting characters than a lot of TWD with greater payoffs for the investment of your time.

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I didn't think it was boring though. It was a bit slow-paced, yes, but not boring. It was doing decent character work during that period and setting up a load of stuff that is paid off later.


Yes, this

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Also, I watched that Big Bang Theory spin-off “Young Sheldon”.

It’s a strange beast: no studio audience, no laughter track, a muted performance from the actors, a very good performance by the mother, it’s not even a straight comedy and it already has some underlying tensions bubbling away even if you know just a brief backstory of the character.

I’m strangely drawn to it but it’s only episode 1 so it might get shitter. Here’s hoping it plays it straight throughout however manny episodes they’re doing (I can’t imagine many) and avoids the laughs because I think that’d be rather interesting.

I also enjoyed this. Very promising and quite charming. Couldn't quite place the time period though. Seemed quite 70s in style even if Sheldon should be about that age in the late 80s. The mention of Duck Tales threw me for a loop. I guess Texas was just running a bit behind the times :)


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I didn't think it was boring though. It was a bit slow-paced, yes, but not boring. It was doing decent character work during that period and setting up a load of stuff that is paid off later.


Definitely - it's got far more going on and more interesting characters than a lot of TWD with greater payoffs for the investment of your time.

The steam off my piss is more interesting than TWD

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The first two episodes of Star Trek Discovery are ok but it starts to get really interesting in ep 3!


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Halt And Catch Fire has been absolutely brilliant this season, and 4x07 is one of the better hours of TV I've ever seen. It's graceful and moving and has thoroughly earned every single character beat it packs in. I'm going to be sad to see this show go.


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I got very bogged down about 8 eps into the first season. Should I try and pick it back up?

It suffers from every character being a wanker, to my mind.

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I got very bogged down about 8 eps into the first season. Should I try and pick it back up?

It suffers from every character being a wanker, to my mind.


:this: The first season was a horrendous, messy slog. I've just read a couple of articles on it to see what was currently going on with it and it sounds like they massively improved it as it went on but it's far too late for me to care about it now.


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Doctor Glyndwr wrote:
Halt And Catch Fire has been absolutely brilliant this season, and 4x07 is one of the better hours of TV I've ever seen. It's graceful and moving and has thoroughly earned every single character beat it packs in. I'm going to be sad to see this show go.


I've loved it from day 1, but really did think that they should have ended it last season.
It just felt the right place to stop, both for the characters and the story that had caught up with most people's memories of the early internet - go much further and you're struggling to fit them in around what we know happened.

When it returned the first couple of episodes felt a little flat, and I thought I was probably right, but since then it's just been glorious. I'm an episode behind you, and I think I'm deliberately slowing down to savour it for as long as possible.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
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Cras wrote:
I got very bogged down about 8 eps into the first season. Should I try and pick it back up?

It suffers from every character being a wanker, to my mind.

Weeewllllll if you disliked it that much perhaps it's not going to redeem itself in your eyes. It's fundamentally a character piece, so you have to want to spend time with the characters. But it does deepen them as time goes on -- they do start as almost caricatures, to be fair. They get more interesting, less clichéd.

I can't decide if thats because the show's writing gels as time goes on or because it's on a long arc and we're seeing the characters grow up -- watching their struggles as they outgrow monomania and become somewhat wiser and more mature. Perhaps it's a little of both. But I think they are supposed to be a bit dislikeable at first.

Doesn't hurt that the entire cast are very watchable actors putting in top notch work, either. Lee Pace is amazing and in less skilled hands the changes in Joe's character through the show would not have worked.

Anyway. It is a show with deep affection for these flawed people it's presenting, and ultimately that affection shines through. It feels like a labour of love for the cast and crew. I like that about it.

Anyway, if you stick with it, look me up when you watch 4x07. You'll know it when you get there.


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Cras wrote:

It suffers from every character being a wanker, to my mind.


This! Proper wankers. Especially Joe and emo coder. Still enjoyed it though, should go back to series 2.


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Anyway, if you stick with it, look me up when you watch 4x07. You'll know it when you get there.


Wow!


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Doctor Glyndwr wrote:
Halt And Catch Fire has been absolutely brilliant this season, and 4x07 is one of the better hours of TV I've ever seen. It's graceful and moving and has thoroughly earned every single character beat it packs in. I'm going to be sad to see this show go.


I've loved it from day 1, but really did think that they should have ended it last season.
It just felt the right place to stop, both for the characters and the story that had caught up with most people's memories of the early internet - go much further and you're struggling to fit them in around what we know happened.

When it returned the first couple of episodes felt a little flat, and I thought I was probably right, but since then it's just been glorious. I'm an episode behind you, and I think I'm deliberately slowing down to savour it for as long as possible.


I'm also in awe of Halt and Catch Fire and Cameron Howe's beautiful eyes. Altough this season has not enough of Cameron and Joe's being too sane.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose US TV thread
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Dr Zoidberg wrote:
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Anyway, if you stick with it, look me up when you watch 4x07. You'll know it when you get there.


Wow!


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(Spoilers for Halt and Catch Fire 4x07.)

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My wife called it from the very first seconds of the first dreamlike, lens flare shot. In hindsight, the first 3/4 of the episode was too happy: it was setting you up for the gut-punch to come. These characters have never been destined for contentment.

I think what most impressed me was the sparse, economical little vignettes of the rest of the character's reaction to the news. The girls cuddled up with Donna, Boz's falling face as he looks at Diane and says "what's wrong?", Joe staring wordlessly at the whiteboard. It told you everything you needed to know but did it with a sort of grace and a sort of respect for the characters, almost like we didn't get to intrude too far into their very private grief and shock.

Clever double bluff with the episode title too, "Who needs a man?" I assumed it was going to be about Haley coming out...

This recap/review is really well written and was what prompted me to reflect more on the episode and post here about it. https://www.avclub.com/halt-and-catch-f ... 1819024959


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Yup. Radarr > Couchpotato too.

Previous thread hijack, hijack.

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American Vandal is worth a watch. Brilliant pastiche of stuff.

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Watched LONG SHOT on Netflix last night which is one of a long line of superb documentaries on the service.

American Police can be shockingly racist and corrupt. Well, all police can I suppose, but there's something slightly chilling about the shit Yank Police get up to, with the support of government legal machinery.

Basic premise of this is young chap gets done for a murder he didn't commit, with very little in the way of actual evidence beyond a dodgy witness statement. He needs an alibi for the night of the murder. He says he was at a Dodgers game with his daughter. Only thing he has to do now is prove he was in a crowd of 50,000 people.....


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The first two episodes of Star Trek Discovery are ok but it starts to get really interesting in ep 3!


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Finished the season of THE CONFESSION TAPES last night which taken as a whole is jaw-droppingly worrying and disturbing.

Essential Netflix viewing IMO.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Confession_Tapes

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The Confession Tapes is a 2017 true crime television documentary which presents six cases of possible false confessions leading to murder convictions of the featured people. In each case, the documentary presents alternate views of how the crime could have taken place and features experts on false confessions, criminal law, miscarriages of justice and psychology. The series, produced and distributed by Netflix, became available to all Netflix subscribers on 8 September 2017. Critics praised the series, likening it to other Netflix true crime documentaries, such as The Keepers and Making a Murderer.

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We watched the first two of these last night. It's really interesting but I am not sure I can make it through the entire lot because I was just so infuriated at the end of the first case.

The judge dished out the sentences in a rage himself, hardly the dispassionate arbiter acting purely on the basis of law that he should have been.

The American Justice system is a disgrace at times.

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