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TOPIC: What TV SHOWS are you watching?

What TV SHOWS are you watching? 27 Dec 2017 00:51 #259648

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Loved the book. This is an excellent adaptation; could quibble a little but it would be petty. Recommended.

The Magicians season 2. A fine adventure. A little thinky for its own good. Weird to say it, but the I kind of miss the first season’s “Harry Potter plus frat house sex antics plus oh-shit-world-ending high magic.” That said the series takes the narrative in very different places without contenting itself to rehash the central plot of the first season.

Riverdale. Teen soap opera. Super corny but fun reimaginings of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, etc. It’s about as edgy as Twilight but more self aware and tongue in cheek. Entertaining. There’s a good drinking game in there somewhere.

Bright. Straight to Netflix is the new straight to VHS. Did The Punisher move too quickly, have too much character development, and not enough nerd tropes for you? Have you been kept up at night thinking how much better the World of Warcraft movie would have been if it were a 100% by-the-numbers buddy cop flick? Then this is right up your proverbial, and possibly literal, alley. But Netflix has already signed onto a sequel, so what do I know.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 28 Dec 2017 00:29 #259709

I got my wife the entire 6 season set of Two Broke Girls. It’s as if the writers emerged from our minds to spew forth sarcasm and sexually/drug charged dialogue.

We’ve been binging on that.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 28 Dec 2017 09:22 #259714

Two Broke Girls started out great, but I burned out after the 3rd or 4th season. Like too many other modern sitcoms, the writers get a little too invested in the characters and gradually do less comedy and more drama, plus some of the recurring gags go stale. And I can't stand Jennifer Coolidge, who gets applause on the laugh track every time she shows up to flatly deliver weak jokes, probably just because she played Stiffler's mom about two decades ago.

Maybe I should give Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrelll another chance, but I disliked every single character and found it to be hopelessly pompous at times. The phrase "English magic" really made me grind my teeth. There were some interesting ideas, and I liked the visual style of the other realm.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 28 Dec 2017 10:35 #259717

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Finally started watching Game of Thrones. I first started reading the books way back in 1998, and I've been a fan of George R.R. Martin since the late '80s. But I finally gave up on the books, because it is impossible for him to finish the last two books before the final season airs next year. And I don't want to spend a decade avoiding online spoilers. Anyway, I started season one last Thursday and have two episodes left to go on season two. The show did a great job of casting the main characters, but many of the second-tier characters are utterly forgettable-looking. And most fall short of what I have been imagining for the last 20 years. Season one was extremely faithful to the book, but some liberties were taken with season two. And I have heard that the show will eventually go off the rails in season seven and veer into some fanfic territory, but I will take that over the endless wait for book six.

I bought "A Game of Thrones" on a whim from the Sci Fi Book Club in 1996, and I've been a huge fan ever since. I can honestly say at this point, I don't even much care if Martin writes another book. I've given up on him too. I read his blog once in a while, and the fact that he rarely even talks about "Winds of Winter" suggests to me that he's lost all interest in writing it.

In my mind, the show is a completely separate thing from the books. It's probably not fair to say the show "goes off the rails" in later seasons because we don't know how much it diverges from Martin's books. I will say that, even with its flaws, the show is as relentlessly entertaining as anything on TV. It's just a blast. It's a unique mix of politics, fantasy, dark humor, spectacle, action, tits, and dragons.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 28 Dec 2017 10:44 #259718

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Two Broke Girls And I can't stand Jennifer Coolidge, who gets applause on the laugh track every time she shows up to flatly deliver weak jokes, probably just because she played Stiffler's mom about two decades ago.

The funny thing is in the first and beginning of second season, her "cameos" were done with no fanfare of laughter. She just showed up. Shit Polish accent. Then as her accent got slightly more believable, the laugh track kicked in as if they were congratulating her for developing her accent skills.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 28 Dec 2017 10:52 #259720

Watched the first episode of season 4 of Peaky Blinders. It was a cool episode for a decent show. I like Cillian Murphy, and sometimes Tom Hardy shows up.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 31 Dec 2017 17:44 #259915

So far, Black Mirror season 4 has been a bit disappointing, I think "clumsy" is a good word to describe it through 3 episodes, I think they've lost some sense of a broader scope of the dystopian issues which I most enjoyed as the backdrop to the early seasons and hav put too much stock into contrived ways to push the individual story along. Not bad, but then I watched the Detectorists, which I enjoyed a lot more somehow, despite very little happening in the first episode.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 31 Dec 2017 18:08 #259917

I disagree. In terms of writing and entertainment, Black Mirror season 4 is more consistently better than both 3 and 2. I thought every episode was good or great, and one outstanding. Didn’t disappoint.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 02 Jan 2018 08:45 #260004

I agree on Black Mirror Season 4 being outstanding. Strong the whole way and love how it's often thought provoking while still wildly entertaining.

Also loved Peaky Blinders season 4. Thought the payoff at the end was worth it and the shorter seasons really help keep it focused.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 02 Jan 2018 08:49 #260006

Chewed through Black Mirror season 4 in 3 days. Really good stuff. None of them were approaching horror like some of the earlier seasons, with the possible exception of the last episode, which has a cringe-inducing segment.

Half-way through Peaky Blinders, and loving it.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 02 Jan 2018 09:26 #260013

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Chewed through Black Mirror season 4 in 3 days. Really good stuff. None of them were approaching horror like some of the earlier seasons, with the possible exception of the last episode, which has a cringe-inducing segment.

I thought Metalhead (the second to last episode) was firmly in the Jaws/Alien genre of horror. I also really enjoy the ones with a positive ending (like the Junipero one from season 3), as long as they're rare and kind of surprising.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 02 Jan 2018 09:29 #260014

I forgot about Metalhead, that was definitely a post-apocalyptic style of horror.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 02 Jan 2018 10:19 #260016

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I started watching "The Good Place" with 69-year-old Sam Malone. It's kind of dumb fun, but I keep coming across hints that it turns awesome at some point.


Ok, the first season of The Good Place had a slow start, but the finale BLEW MY SOCKS OFF. It's not the best 20-minute-episode comedy ever made, but worth watching.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 03 Jan 2018 19:06 #260137

For Christmas I received a V tv series DVD bundle which included both the original 80's tv series and the 2009 tv series. It was as awesome as I remembered them to have been.

Now, I'm beginning to believe reptilians are everywhere. I'm also ready to play XCOM2 on the Xbox to fight the good fight.

P.S. Teenage me had a huge crush on Jane Badler.


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The 2009 reboot isn't bad on the eyes either.


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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 03 Jan 2018 22:09 #260147

Was Jane Badler Diana? I had a crush on her too.
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