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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2022 22:42 
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We just watched the first episode of this on iPlayer.

It's basically Claudia Winkelman hosting a game of Mafia with some weird Fort Boyard bits shoe horned in.

I am gripped!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2022 0:15 
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Episode 2 down.

This has the lot. Being forced to go to bed before I binge watch the lot.

This is all kinds of ace.

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 Post subject: Re: The Traitors
PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2022 17:47 
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It's great, they are all so clueless.


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 Post subject: Re: The Traitors
PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2022 22:55 
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I was sceptical when I heard about it but two episodes in and I'm hooked.

I'm very impressed with the editing and story telling.

Running hot and cold on Winkelmann at the moment. It's good for her to play against type but occasionally she's not as in control as I'd like: when she misses a beat it's really noticeable.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2022 23:23 
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Just noticed that after a murder they fly the flag at half mast.
This is the attention to detail that I love.


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 Post subject: Re: The Traitors
PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2022 0:14 
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Kern wrote:
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Just noticed that after a murder they fly the flag at half mast.
This is the attention to detail that I love.

Oh that's a nice touch!

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 Post subject: Re: The Traitors
PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2022 0:15 
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Kern wrote:
I was sceptical when I heard about it but two episodes in and I'm hooked.


Did you spot the Only Collect alumnus, Kern?

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 Post subject: Re: The Traitors
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Mimi wrote:
Kern wrote:
I was sceptical when I heard about it but two episodes in and I'm hooked.


Did you spot the Only Collect alumnus, Kern?


No, but I can imagine OC contestants playing a lot of Mafia!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2022 10:03 
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It took me a few moments to work out where I’d seen him before, but Ivan has been on OC.


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 Post subject: Re: The Traitors
PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2022 11:16 
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Watched the penultimate episode last night.

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Start of episode: it has to be a boy
End of episode: let's all vote off women!

Oh dear.

Still, i can emphasise a bit with Maddy. Always sucks to work it out early but never get anyone else on board. But I've never tried role claiming "homeless person on Eastenders".


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 Post subject: Re: The Traitors
PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2022 23:25 
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The final

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Wow! Just... wow!

(more thoughts to follow once I've had time to process them)


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 Post subject: Re: The Traitors
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2022 10:26 
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This slipped under my radar, and I was only told about it on BeeX. I was very sceptical about the show and the host. I stayed away until some other people mentioned it, then binged the first three episodes in one go as it swiftly became my TV show of the year, and totally unexpectedly.

I absolutely loved how carefully constructed each episode was, telling the stories in just the right way whilst also allowing us to get to know the players and care for them. I kept on switching from being Team Faithful to Team Traitor. The dramatic tension wouldn't have worked if the audience didn't know who was who.

Despite my doubts about Claudia, I now think she was a great choice, getting the mix of sympathy and spice just right.

The set design and b-roll of the Scottish highlands were a visual treat.

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Kieron's backstabbing at the end was brilliant. I made the mistake of peeking at Twitter and some are complaining that he shouldn't have been allowed to do that. I completely disagree. He didn't say Wilf was the traitor, just planted sufficient seeds to make people join the dots, and besides, the game is about wielding the knife anyway. It still took the others a while to work it out, but the drama of when Hannah's flame turned red was definitely one of the "holy crap!" TV moments of the year.

I'm not sure if I was right about the flag thing, but did anyone else notice the rather scary portrait of Claudia in the breakfast room?


Back in July, I wrote about my experiences of Mafia and how I'd long since moved on but have very fond memories of those days. If anything, this reminds me how much fun GMing it is. I wonder if the players were specifically forbidden from playing a quick round during the show?

"Next time" trailers should fuck off to the end of the credits, or just fuck off altogether however. Part of the excitement is not knowing who will be back. I had to remember to have the remote in hand to cut the picture to avoid them every episode.


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