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Author:  Dr Zoidberg [ Fri May 21, 2021 22:23 ]
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The Nevers, episode 6. WTF?

Author:  Grim... [ Mon May 24, 2021 12:22 ]
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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.

Author:  JBR [ Mon May 24, 2021 20:27 ]
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Dr Zoidberg wrote:
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.

Author:  Dr Zoidberg [ Mon May 24, 2021 20:33 ]
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JBR wrote:
Dr Zoidberg wrote:
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

Author:  JBR [ Mon May 24, 2021 21:23 ]
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Dr Zoidberg wrote:
JBR wrote:
Dr Zoidberg wrote:
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.

Author:  JBR [ Mon May 24, 2021 21:46 ]
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JBR wrote:
Dr Zoidberg wrote:
JBR wrote:
Dr Zoidberg wrote:
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.

Author:  Sir Taxalot [ Tue May 25, 2021 2:07 ]
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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.

Author:  Malc [ Tue May 25, 2021 8:51 ]
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Kern wrote:
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.

ZOMG Spoiler! Click here to view!
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.

Author:  Kern [ Tue May 25, 2021 8:56 ]
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Malc wrote:
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.

Author:  KovacsC [ Tue May 25, 2021 9:29 ]
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KovacsC wrote:
Sir Taxalot wrote:
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

Author:  Goddess Jasmine [ Thu May 27, 2021 21:46 ]
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Grim... wrote:
I'm all over this:



Shame about the host, though.

Did anybody else watch this?

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

Author:  Malc [ Mon May 31, 2021 20:19 ]
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Kern wrote:
Malc wrote:
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.

Author:  JBR [ Mon Jun 07, 2021 23:07 ]
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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fIkNzorfOs

Author:  Goddess Jasmine [ Mon Jun 28, 2021 17:12 ]
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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.

Author:  Dr Zoidberg [ Mon Jun 28, 2021 18:25 ]
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It was ok, but nothing amazing.

Author:  Grim... [ Tue Jun 29, 2021 10:02 ]
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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.

Author:  Goddess Jasmine [ Tue Jun 29, 2021 10:14 ]
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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.

Giphy "same wavelength":
https://media1.giphy.com/media/Y00m0XoIph7Q3aEZdq/giphy-loop.mp4

Author:  Zardoz [ Tue Jun 29, 2021 10:16 ]
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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?

Author:  Zardoz [ Tue Jun 29, 2021 10:19 ]
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Really enjoyed 'Your Honor'. Brian Cranston puts in another great performance.

Author:  Grim... [ Tue Jun 29, 2021 10:23 ]
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Zardoz wrote:
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.

Author:  Zardoz [ Tue Jun 29, 2021 11:14 ]
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Grim... wrote:
I expect they'll be three or four episodes toward the end that I've never seen.

YOU WERE ON A BREAK!

Author:  Joans [ Tue Jun 29, 2021 12:09 ]
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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).

Author:  Goddess Jasmine [ Tue Jun 29, 2021 12:16 ]
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Joans wrote:
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).

Oops! :D

Author:  Findus Fop [ Tue Jun 29, 2021 21:26 ]
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Just started watching Barry.

Bonus Zazz! Pretty much the solitary body of charisma in Gotham.

Author:  Findus Fop [ Thu Jul 01, 2021 9:48 ]
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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:

- 30 minutes
- Zazz
- Bill Hader
- Coal-black comedy
- 30 minutes

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.

Right, back to work.

Author:  Dr Zoidberg [ Thu Jul 01, 2021 22:00 ]
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For All Mankind is outstanding.

Author:  JBR [ Thu Jul 01, 2021 22:37 ]
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Dr Zoidberg wrote:
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.

Author:  Mimi [ Tue Jul 13, 2021 9:05 ]
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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.

Author:  MaliA [ Sun Jul 18, 2021 22:43 ]
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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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