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The Nevers, episode 6. WTF?


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Love Death and Robots S02 is here and it's... All right. Some good, some a bit mediocre, some with a classic Range Rover in.

There are only eight of them though, compared to S01's eighteen, which is disappointing.

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The Nevers, episode 6. WTF?


I'm a few minutes in and, yes, this describes it perfectly. I have no idea what is going on.


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The Nevers, episode 6. WTF?


I'm a few minutes in and, yes, this describes it perfectly. I have no idea what is going on.


It does become clearer, but it had me checking I’d got the right show


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The Nevers, episode 6. WTF?


I'm a few minutes in and, yes, this describes it perfectly. I have no idea what is going on.


It does become clearer, but it had me checking I’d got the right show


Yes! Even though I caught the "previously on...", it was a total shift. Chapter 4, and I get it, more or less.


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The Nevers, episode 6. WTF?


I'm a few minutes in and, yes, this describes it perfectly. I have no idea what is going on.


It does become clearer, but it had me checking I’d got the right show


Yes! Even though I caught the "previously on...", it was a total shift. Chapter 4, and I get it, more or less.


Right, that was - fine. Thank everything for the "making of" at the end, which for this episode was actually the "explaining of" and helped a lot.

And I suppose this is my thing, and I get why the lead has to have different accents to differentiate the characters, but none of them were convincing. And the problem with 'learning' an accent, and learning the main sounds, is that you can end up sounding like a parody, like an impressionist - and there more Yarwood than Bremner - accentuating the most distinctive bit. I got that feeling over and over, and it was very distracting.


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I watched all of BoJack Horseman over the past couple of months.

I enjoyed it, it was very entertaining and cleverly done, although not all of it was easy viewing. I might take a break from watching longer TV series for a while.

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Watched the first episode of "The Underground Railroad" on Prime last night.

A very convincing depiction of how horrific slavery was in the US. It benefits from mostly concentrating on the slaves themselves rather than the big house, and by ensuring that they are shown to be people with names and histories rather than just a silent anonymous bloc. I'll carry on watching but I think it might need to be done in small doses.

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I didn't realise that it was going to be a magical realist piece but once I accepted that they were going to take the "Underground Railway" literally I didn't think it detracted from the rest of the storey


I watched the first episode, boy is it hard viewing, the violence and dehumanising treatment of the Slaves, but also the way it's put together and filmed, I was left feeling very unsettled. I am not sure I want to watch any more, but feel I should.

On a side note, have you (or anyone else) seen the film Tubman? It covers the same sort of subject matter, and I thought it was very well done.

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On a side note, have you (or anyone else) seen the film Tubman? It covers the same sort of subject matter, and I thought it was very well done.


No, but I want to! Another one for the list.

I've yet to watch more of "Underground Railroad". I think I've got to be in the right mood for it.


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We watched the last series of Supernatural and I'm pleased it's finished as it was pretty damn tired. It was both a slight anticlimax and also a bit... moving... in a way

I'm also a touch saddened as the 15 year run means it has been there as a thing Lady T and I have enjoyed, and that 15 years represents much of our time together, this silly TV show was a bit like a constant that is now gone, and I'm thinking about how much in my life had changed over that time.



I stopped watching, ages ago, as it seemed to disappear from the UK. I could VPN to the US, but I am too lazy :)


We now have americas full VPN on our works machines. I can now catch up on Supernatural during work hours :P

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Shame about the host, though.

Did anybody else watch this?

Many tears, and now I have 200+ episodes to watch. :cry:

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On a side note, have you (or anyone else) seen the film Tubman? It covers the same sort of subject matter, and I thought it was very well done.


No, but I want to! Another one for the list.

I've yet to watch more of "Underground Railroad". I think I've got to be in the right mood for it.

It's actually called Harriet! Not Tubman. Sorry about that if you were looking and couldn't find it.

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Mosquito Coast (Apple TV) anyone? Beautiful, and waking up travel feelings for me. But a bit dull, with an okay ending. This song, intro to episode 4, was my highlight.

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Since watching the friends reunion, we've been watching the box set on Netflix. We've got two series left now. I was wondering if it was worth grabbing Joey? I've never seen it myself and now seems as good a time as any to watch it.

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It was ok, but nothing amazing.


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Since watching the friends reunion, we've been watching the box set on Netflix. We've got two series left now. I was wondering if it was worth grabbing Joey? I've never seen it myself and now seems as good a time as any to watch it.

Huh, weird, I'm doing the same (although I have 3 series to go) and I'm also thinking about getting Joey.

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Since watching the friends reunion, we've been watching the box set on Netflix. We've got two series left now. I was wondering if it was worth grabbing Joey? I've never seen it myself and now seems as good a time as any to watch it.

Huh, weird, I'm doing the same (although I have 3 series to go) and I'm also thinking about getting Joey.

Giphy "same wavelength":
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I've watched the entire Friends catalogue at least 3 times thanks to my daughter loving it.

OH. MY. GOD. Could I be anymore tortured?

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Really enjoyed 'Your Honor'. Brian Cranston puts in another great performance.

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I've watched the entire Friends catalogue at least 3 times thanks to my daughter loving it.

OH. MY. GOD. Could I be anymore tortured?

I've never watched it from start to finish. I've seen almost all of them, for sure - I expect they'll be three or four episodes toward the end that I've never seen.

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I expect they'll be three or four episodes toward the end that I've never seen.

YOU WERE ON A BREAK!

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Grim... wrote:
Goddess Jasmine wrote:
Since watching the friends reunion, we've been watching the box set on Netflix. We've got two series left now. I was wondering if it was worth grabbing Joey? I've never seen it myself and now seems as good a time as any to watch it.

Huh, weird, I'm doing the same (although I have 3 series to go) and I'm also thinking about getting Joey.


We have three to go too (unless we're going to skip one for some reason).


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Goddess Jasmine wrote:
Since watching the friends reunion, we've been watching the box set on Netflix. We've got two series left now. I was wondering if it was worth grabbing Joey? I've never seen it myself and now seems as good a time as any to watch it.

Huh, weird, I'm doing the same (although I have 3 series to go) and I'm also thinking about getting Joey.


We have three to go too (unless we're going to skip one for some reason).

Oops! :D

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Just started watching Barry.

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After my initial effusiveness, I'm finding the latest series of Fargo hard going. It feels like each episode is retreading the same ground. Only up to episode 5, and I know past Fargoes have always been slow burners, and things kick up several notches as all the threads connect, but we're making slow progress. You could say it's taking a while to get... Fargoing.

Alongside it, we've been watching The Great, which really is...erm, great! It's as if Armando Ianucci had a go at retelling the story of Catherine the Great. Utterly vulgar without being trashy, it's very funny, with brilliant performances throughout. Highly recommended.

And we started For All Mankind and Barry. The former seems outstanding, both in terms of story and production values. It frequently looks beautiful and I have a strange soft spot for Joel Kinnaman ever since the US Killing.

And Barry is brilliant because:

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And finally, for anyone with kids, we started watching The Mysterious Benedict Society on Disney+, which is really excellent. Super stylised, reminds me of Channel 4's Utopia at times, with more than a little Wes Anderson thrown in. Our 9 y/o finds it endlessly exciting, and it features Tony Hale and Kristen Schall, so really, what's not to like.

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For All Mankind is outstanding.


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For All Mankind is outstanding.

Agreed. And I realised I was similarly crushing on Joel Kinnaman when I saw him in trailers for Suicide Squad. Terrible, terrible, trailers for Suicide Squad, but I'd still watch him.


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We started watching The Magicians after Cras mentioned that they’d made a series of the audiobook I was listening to. It’s no Masterpiece, but it’s actually a lot better than the book. There are far more layers of storytelling in the series, and the consequences and actions make far more logical sense. The pace is better (in that it’s slowed down) and they do t keep passing academic years in about eight pages.

The series bears little relation to the books, in a good way. There are some familiar character names, place names, basic premise (magical school, and an enchanted land through a portal - basically Narnia) but even these settings are different from the book.

There is a lot of gratuitous sex in both the book and TV show, but despite a number of orchestra in the first series it still somehow remains a thorough 0 on the Craster scale. There’s not a boob not buttock to be seen. One of the main characters has just drank a whole mason jar of faun ejaculate, but a nipple has not graced the screen once. There’s also a brutal rape scene, which is apparently fine, but don’t let them see a centimetre of man arse or people will be disturbed.

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Burn Notice is great. Sexy space robot lady is in it, and Frasier's dad AND Bobby Cobb!

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The Magicians.

Cras said this
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There's 5 seasons of the TV adaptation on Amazon Prime. It's alright.


And he was wrong. Series One was a bit crap, because even though they only tied about 10% to the book, it dragged it down. Series two onwards snd it is free snd glorious and I am in love with Elliot AND Margot, and they’ve had a couple of musical episodes because why not, and a 10 minute scene in complete silence, and it’s funny, and poignant snd actually I love this.

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Elliot and Margot are, of course, absolutely incredible in every way. It's just a bit of a shame the others are in it

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Some of the characters (Alice, Kady) are a bit mopey at the moment (mid-season 3) but Quentin is sweet. The episode when Elliot and Quentin quest for a key where they have to solve a mosaic hit me right in the feels, and was just really beautiful. I really quite like Penney, too, and Fen is funny. Actually, the one person I wasn’t so keen on was the Felicia Day character, because it kept jolting me out of the reverie.

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I hope everyone is watching series 2 of Ted Lasso

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Still warm and lovely. The laughs have got bigger, I think.

We downloaded the Apple TV app and it wanted to give us a free episode before (presumably) getting us to subscribe.

I take it Ted Lasso is only available through nefarious means currently?

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I hope everyone is watching series 2 of Ted Lasso

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Still warm and lovely. The laughs have got bigger, I think.

We downloaded the Apple TV app and it wanted to give us a free episode before (presumably) getting us to subscribe.

I take it Ted Lasso is only available through nefarious means currently?


I'd say it's money well spent to subscribe to Apple TV for a month or two and rinse all their content before cancelling.

Ted Lasso is the best feel-good TV ever.
For All Mankind is a great alternate history version of the Space Race and there's a good selection of other stuff to try.
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Mr Russell wrote:
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I hope everyone is watching series 2 of Ted Lasso

:this:
Still warm and lovely. The laughs have got bigger, I think.

We downloaded the Apple TV app and it wanted to give us a free episode before (presumably) getting us to subscribe.

I take it Ted Lasso is only available through nefarious means currently?


There are often 'free' subscriptions to apple , there was one recently to add 6 months if you login via your PS5

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/6-mont ... sn-3767362

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Cras wrote:
Elliot and Margot are, of course, absolutely incredible in every way. It's just a bit of a shame the others are in it

We are still watching this (season 4, I think) and I’m still in love with Eliot and Margo, even though
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The episode in, (I think) season 3, where Eliot and Quentin try to figure out the mosaic is one of the most beautiful bits of TV I’ve ever seen. I keep thinking about it.

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in season four when Eliot remembers this as his most painful moment where he hurt someone, and how he failed to notice how momentous it was for Wuentin at the time just was lovely. It was just really beautifully acted.

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WTF was that most recent episode of Ted Lasso?


It feels like it was written as a stand alone special, then chucked in the series at the wrong place.


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Bloody hell, I might have to get Apple TV+ :(

One of my favourite book series is finally being turned into a TV series.

Isaac Asimov's Foundation! And it's going to be on Apple in September. Trailer looks okay, full of decentish British actors.

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I just took up the 6 months apple tv offer for PS5, I reckon we'll rinse it pretty quick though. There's some quality stuff on there but not bewildering amounts.

I've just finished For All Mankind. Really enjoyed it. I'm constantly baffled when sci-fi shows/films aiming for a sense of realism do things that are obviously nonsensical not just to experts but even to someone like me who has a passing interest in space travel and a GCSE level grasp of physics. It's just so fucking lazy. But I really appreciated what they did on this show, taking the NASA and Soviet programmes, borrowing some ideas from designs and cancelled projects that were advanced though never actually built and then doing a load of what ifs. Great fun.


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I just took up the 6 months apple tv offer for PS5, I reckon we'll rinse it pretty quick though.

Fairly sure it'll take six months, mate.

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WTF was that most recent episode of Ted Lasso?


It feels like it was written as a stand alone special, then chucked in the series at the wrong place.

All of that. And also not very good. Ponderous. Weird.


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Yes! I was glad I'd left it a week, so that one was queued up. Immediate redemption.


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Watched Lisey's Story on Apple TV. Should have sacked it off but we were at episode 5 by the time we twigged that it was utter shite then we fell for the old sunk cost fallacy and saw it through.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2021 2:27 
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I love Brooklyn Nine-Nine but the first two episodes of this new series felt like a different show altogether, a really sharp turn or drop-off.

I admire that they are trying to acknowledge current affairs but boy did it feel different, and I'm sure it's a tricky tightrope to walk but I just didn't find much of it funny.

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