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Re: What TV series do you like?
« Reply #200 on: September 19, 2017, 04:20:18 PM »
I have recently been watching Banshee, which is on Amazon Prime these days. The premise is that an ex-con comes looking for his former flame, who has assumed a new identity, in a small town in Pennsylvania. He has the opportunity to take on the identity of the new sheriff who had just arrived in town as a way to stay around while he tries to rekindle their relationship. Warning--it is very violent, and this tiny Pennsylvania town has more problems with motorcycle gangs, corrupt mobsters, neo-Nazis, etc than most mid-size cities...but the lead is very watchable. (You do have to suspend your disbelief that nobody is noticing the total lack of due process and normal police procedure in a town 90 minutes outside Philadelphia...)

I also started rewatching Burn Notice, which is much more light and fun. Good laundry-folding TV.

I love Burn Notice! Michael and Fiona have great chemistry.

Just want to mention that beside violence, Banshee has plenty of sex scenes.

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« Reply #201 on: September 19, 2017, 09:07:41 PM »
I've heard good things about something called..."Game of Thrones" I believe?

Might give that a shot. Even if it sounds a bit nerdy.

Lower your expectations. It's definitely a cultural phenomenon, but the quality does not match The Wire or Breaking Bad or Mad Men, IMO. You might end up thinking "really, this is it?" if you go in thinking you're about to watch one of the best shows of all time.
Look at his username. :)

Girlfriend and I recently started watching The Expanse on Amazon Prime.  It's shockingly good for a Syfy Original of all things (main reason I originally wrote it off).

The book series is fantastic.

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Re: What TV series do you like?
« Reply #202 on: October 20, 2017, 07:51:54 PM »
I'm watching, "Alone" on Hulu.

It's about these men that are dropped off into the wilderness of Vancouver Island to try to survive with only 10 tools they were allowed to take with them. The guy who survives the longest wins $500,000
They talk into a camera and you see amazing scenery of the wilderness, bears, the sounds of wolves.

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« Reply #203 on: October 21, 2017, 07:21:19 AM »
Shetland, on Netflix. This mystery series is set in the Scottish Shetland Islands, featuring Fair Isle  detective inspector Jimmy Perez. (An ancestor was washed ashore off a shipwrecked Spanish galleon, back in the day). It's based very loosely on the novels by Ann Cleeves--Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, Blue Lightning, Dead Water, Thin Air, Cold Earth. I would watch the excellent series for the stories and the beautiful scenery--and also read the books in order--because the stories are quite different and far better--and you won't have to be struggling to understand the accents...while having the visuals in your mind's eye from watching the TV series. Very entertaining all the way around.

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Re: What TV series do you like?
« Reply #204 on: October 21, 2017, 10:45:08 AM »
I stream The Good Place on nbc.com.  Sometimes have issues streaming this way, but we don't get this channel over our antenna so we put up with it.  I've watched so little TV the last couple of years, it is a real treat to watch my one, or sometimes 2 shows a week.  (It makes me happier to do this, even though it's not MMM approved.)  I even go to some sites that talk about the shows to read others take on it.  This 1/2 hour comedy seems particularly brilliant to me, and the people on the forum I read tend to agree.  I'm enjoying this second season even more than the first, which felt a little strange to get into.

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« Reply #205 on: October 21, 2017, 03:08:55 PM »
I stream The Good Place on nbc.com.  Sometimes have issues streaming this way, but we don't get this channel over our antenna so we put up with it.  I've watched so little TV the last couple of years, it is a real treat to watch my one, or sometimes 2 shows a week.  (It makes me happier to do this, even though it's not MMM approved.)  I even go to some sites that talk about the shows to read others take on it.  This 1/2 hour comedy seems particularly brilliant to me, and the people on the forum I read tend to agree.  I'm enjoying this second season even more than the first, which felt a little strange to get into.

I like The Good Place too! I like the second season better than the first, which I was a little so-so on.

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« Reply #206 on: October 23, 2017, 07:58:08 AM »
Started on the 1st episode of Ozark and boy oh boy, it starts off very dark.

But that is going to get interrupted with the return of Stranger Things!  So pumped for that this week!
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« Reply #207 on: October 23, 2017, 01:23:13 PM »
Rick and Morty - vulgar but funny sci-fi animation.

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Re: What TV series do you like?
« Reply #208 on: October 27, 2017, 07:00:30 AM »
Black Sails.

It indulges both my love of pirates and my crush on Toby Stephens.

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Re: What TV series do you like?
« Reply #209 on: October 27, 2017, 07:03:20 AM »
So, Stranger Things? That comes out tonight right?

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« Reply #210 on: October 27, 2017, 07:06:21 AM »
So, Stranger Things? That comes out tonight right?

Already out.
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« Reply #211 on: October 27, 2017, 07:38:36 AM »
I see something for me to do this weekend...

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« Reply #212 on: October 27, 2017, 03:19:21 PM »
Black Sails.

It indulges both my love of pirates and my crush on Toby Stephens.

He is very rugged looking. Is he a good actor too ?

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« Reply #213 on: October 29, 2017, 08:26:27 AM »
Black Sails.

It indulges both my love of pirates and my crush on Toby Stephens.

He is very rugged looking. Is he a good actor too ?
Yes, IMO he portrays the wide variety of his character's emotions pretty well.

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« Reply #214 on: October 29, 2017, 04:17:45 PM »
Just watched Mindhunter on Netflix.  I had kind of low expectations because I read the book it was based on (interesting subject matter, mediocre writing).  But I thought the series was really well done!  Having David Fincher direct a bunch of the episodes certainly helped.  And keeping it very short, less than 10 hours, is a good idea.

I should warn though - it does not involve much in the way of thriller elements.  It's mostly about 2 guys (and later a woman) trying to understand the patterns around serial killers.  So it's a lot of talking and a lot of interviews.  So don't go in expecting much action. 
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« Reply #215 on: October 29, 2017, 08:00:35 PM »
Just watched Mindhunter on Netflix.  I had kind of low expectations because I read the book it was based on (interesting subject matter, mediocre writing).  But I thought the series was really well done!  Having David Fincher direct a bunch of the episodes certainly helped.  And keeping it very short, less than 10 hours, is a good idea.

I should warn though - it does not involve much in the way of thriller elements.  It's mostly about 2 guys (and later a woman) trying to understand the patterns around serial killers.  So it's a lot of talking and a lot of interviews.  So don't go in expecting much action.

Yes I enjoyed Mindhunter too.
Also, the woman actor is the same one who was in the series, "Fringe".  She's great.

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« Reply #216 on: October 30, 2017, 06:40:12 AM »
There has only been two episodes so far, but I'm really enjoying The Deuce on HBO. Love all of David Simon's work and great to see some familiar faces from his other series. Maggie Gyllenhaal is incredible so far and James Franco playing two characters isn't half as bad as I thought it was going to be. Looking forward to the rest of the season.

Couldn't agree more. I was a bit skeptical going on, but this looks to be another masterpiece from David Simon. Franco playing twins felt a bit gimmicky in the first few episodes, but I'm actually starting to like it now (7 episodes in)!

I recently binge-watched Treme as well, Simon's post-Katrina New Orleans show. It is not nearly as well known as The Wire, but in my opinion at least as good (with lots of great music). There's something about his shows that's gritty and realistic without being overbearing and depressing.

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Re: What TV series do you like?
« Reply #217 on: October 30, 2017, 07:29:23 AM »
I see something for me to do this weekend...

8 episodes into Stranger Things Season 2. Better than the first season, IMO. Can't really say anything without issuing SOME sort of spoiler, but definitely still has those "coming of age" awkward experiences for characters of all ages. There's one random-ass subplot that's totally pointless, but mostly good.

Season as a whole has much less of a horror feeling to it, IMO. The first season benefited from not knowing WTF was going on, and randomly seeing the demigorgon pop out at certain points. The second season feels more much like Supernatural, just a sci-fi thriller feeling as opposed to straight-up horror.

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« Reply #218 on: October 30, 2017, 09:03:48 AM »
I see something for me to do this weekend...

8 episodes into Stranger Things Season 2. Better than the first season, IMO. Can't really say anything without issuing SOME sort of spoiler, but definitely still has those "coming of age" awkward experiences for characters of all ages. There's one random-ass subplot that's totally pointless, but mostly good.

Ahhhh we're through 4 episodes, so I'm wondering which one you're talking about.
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« Reply #219 on: October 30, 2017, 11:12:52 AM »
I am looking forward to watching Stranger Things once the World Series is over.

OK, I have a suggestion that may sound a little odd, but bear with me. I have started watching The Hollow Crown, which is the BBC production from about five years ago of the Shakespeare plays about Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V. (People are probably a little more familiar with Henry V, because there was a famous film production with Kenneth Branagh back in the 1990s.) Even if you are not normally a Shakespeare fan, I really recommend it if you like historical drama. It's all filmed on location and they did a great job streamlining the text and adding non-dialogue scenes to show plot points that Shakespeare had happen off-screen--I did not find it hard to follow at all. The acting is top-notch--there are a lot of recognizable faces, including Patrick Stewart, Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal, Michelle Dockery from Downton Abbey, and Jeremy Irons--and feels a lot more natural than you will often find in Shakespeare productions.


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Re: What TV series do you like?
« Reply #220 on: October 31, 2017, 02:18:13 PM »
I see something for me to do this weekend...

8 episodes into Stranger Things Season 2. Better than the first season, IMO. Can't really say anything without issuing SOME sort of spoiler, but definitely still has those "coming of age" awkward experiences for characters of all ages. There's one random-ass subplot that's totally pointless, but mostly good.

Ahhhh we're through 4 episodes, so I'm wondering which one you're talking about.

Oh you'll know it when you see it. I finished up last night and took a look at Reddit: this particular Left Field was almost universally panned.

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« Reply #221 on: October 31, 2017, 03:50:14 PM »
I am looking forward to watching Stranger Things once the World Series is over.

OK, I have a suggestion that may sound a little odd, but bear with me. I have started watching The Hollow Crown, which is the BBC production from about five years ago of the Shakespeare plays about Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V. (People are probably a little more familiar with Henry V, because there was a famous film production with Kenneth Branagh back in the 1990s.) Even if you are not normally a Shakespeare fan, I really recommend it if you like historical drama. It's all filmed on location and they did a great job streamlining the text and adding non-dialogue scenes to show plot points that Shakespeare had happen off-screen--I did not find it hard to follow at all. The acting is top-notch--there are a lot of recognizable faces, including Patrick Stewart, Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal, Michelle Dockery from Downton Abbey, and Jeremy Irons--and feels a lot more natural than you will often find in Shakespeare productions.

Hollow Crown is excellent, especially the second set.  Interesting note, it's based on the War of the Roses, which is also what inspired Game of Thrones.  In fact, I'd say that the Hollow Crown deliberately shoots the plays in a Game of Thrones style. 

Other excellent Shakespeare films include Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnight, Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet and Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing.
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« Reply #222 on: October 31, 2017, 06:11:47 PM »
Believe it or not, I'm enjoying Seth MacFarlane's Star Trek homage/parody The Orville. It's on Fox on Thursday nights, but I'm paying for the Amazon Prime episodes to avoid the commercials. It is laugh-out-loud funny at times, although the quality is very uneven, and sometimes I'm not sure whether it's supposed to be a drama or a comedy. And it's too raunchy for kids. But having said that, it feels much more like Star Trek than the last two movies or (blerrgg) Star Trek Discovery on CBS pay-for view. ( aka rip-off for view.) Seth MacFarlane stars as Captain Ed Mercer on the mid-size explorer ship Orville of the Planetary Union. Visuals and sound track are excellent, the cast is a scream, and guest stars have included Liam Neeson and Charlize Theron. If you liked Galaxy Quest--hey, if you liked Star Trek-- you might want to take a look at this. Watch more than one episode, because as I said, there's a lot of variation.

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« Reply #223 on: October 31, 2017, 06:45:39 PM »
Black Sails.

It indulges both my love of pirates and my crush on Toby Stephens.

He is very rugged looking. Is he a good actor too ?
Yes, IMO he portrays the wide variety of his character's emotions pretty well.

I love Toby Stephens, and sometimes he reminds me SO intensely of his mother.  Usually this is fine, but occasionally I get distracted from Black Sails imagining how awesome it would have been back in the day to have HER play a snarky, bad-ass pirate queen.  Man, that could have been great.             

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« Reply #224 on: November 01, 2017, 07:32:34 AM »
Black Sails.

It indulges both my love of pirates and my crush on Toby Stephens.

He is very rugged looking. Is he a good actor too ?

Indeed he is. Rugged and talented.

And sacred excrement, Maggie Smith was a hot tamale back in the day.