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« Reply #450 on: July 21, 2018, 04:12:05 PM »
Just finished watching the first season of The Good Place on Netflix. Astonishingly good! I had caught a random bit of an episode once on tv and was totally confused about the show. Definitely has to be watched from the beginning to make sense.

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« Reply #451 on: July 21, 2018, 04:56:10 PM »
Just finished watching the first season of The Good Place on Netflix. Astonishingly good! I had caught a random bit of an episode once on tv and was totally confused about the show. Definitely has to be watched from the beginning to make sense.
Yesss! The Good Place is so outrageously good.  Just rewatched the first season with my girlfriend and it's even better on rewatch.

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« Reply #452 on: July 22, 2018, 02:40:57 PM »
Just came across a couple of newer series that are available on Hulu that I have been enjoying.

"Cloak and Dagger" is another Marvel series, this one set in New Orleans. I would say it's darker than Agent Carter or Agents of Shield, but not nearly so dark as the Netflix New York series. The protagonists are teens--a white girl and a black guy--who get powers in the same incident as a kid, and are now looking for justice for their family members who died. The two leads have really nice chemistry together, and it's neat to see a setting that's not New York, Los Angeles, or Toronto/Vancouver pretending to be various places. (The series actually filmed in Louisiana.) Two caveats--the series doesn't really get going until the two kids start working together, although they meet up occasionally earlier, and that's not until about episode six. Also, nobody in the series has any kind of Cajun or even Southern accent. (I assume maybe the young leads couldn't pull it off, and the producers decided it would be less obvious if no one had an accent.) I live close enough to New Orleans, and know enough people from the area, that it weirds me out that even older characters who have supposedly lived in the area their whole lives are accent-free.

"Take Two" is a detective series which reminds me a lot of the old series like Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Remington Steele that you don't really see much any more. A washed-up TV star ends up working with a private detective at his agency. It's very light and fun and Rachel Bilson, who plays the TV star, is charming as heck and manages to be convincing as someone who is simultaneously very sharp and kind of an airhead.

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« Reply #453 on: July 22, 2018, 07:09:00 PM »
Thanks to those who recommended The Tick and Dirty money, loved them both!

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« Reply #454 on: July 23, 2018, 07:33:38 AM »
just finished season 4 of house of cards. not quite as dramatic considering the current political atmosphere. still good though.

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« Reply #455 on: July 31, 2018, 03:24:29 PM »
I still need to catch up on Sense 8 and Stranger Things...have the second season to watch for both of them. Oh, and Westworld.

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« Reply #456 on: July 31, 2018, 03:50:35 PM »
Iíve been watching Star Trek the original series on Hulu.  Wow did they ever do a spectacular job cleaning up the image and improving the special effects.  Gives the whole show a more serious and less kitschy feel.  Iím almost through all 29 episodes of season 1 and itís much better than I remember it.  Dated, sure.  But still with some cool insights into human nature.  In some respects the fact that this show was actually on the air in 1967 is astonishing. 

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« Reply #457 on: July 31, 2018, 04:39:26 PM »
Iíve been watching Star Trek the original series on Hulu.  Wow did they ever do a spectacular job cleaning up the image and improving the special effects.  Gives the whole show a more serious and less kitschy feel.  Iím almost through all 29 episodes of season 1 and itís much better than I remember it.  Dated, sure.  But still with some cool insights into human nature.  In some respects the fact that this show was actually on the air in 1967 is astonishing.
On H&I channel they run the original series at 8pm week nights.  Stands the test of time.

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« Reply #458 on: July 31, 2018, 05:58:02 PM »
Iíve been watching Star Trek the original series on Hulu.  Wow did they ever do a spectacular job cleaning up the image and improving the special effects.  Gives the whole show a more serious and less kitschy feel.  Iím almost through all 29 episodes of season 1 and itís much better than I remember it.  Dated, sure.  But still with some cool insights into human nature.  In some respects the fact that this show was actually on the air in 1967 is astonishing.
I think I recall George Takei talking about it taking on a lot of gender/race issues that seemed progressive for the time, either directly or metaphorically (with the aliens).

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« Reply #459 on: August 01, 2018, 01:15:23 PM »
I still need to catch up on Sense 8 and Stranger Things...have the second season to watch for both of them. Oh, and Westworld.

The second series of Sense8 was pretty decent.   The finale "movie" was a sh*tshow.   Terrible plot and bad writing.

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« Reply #460 on: August 01, 2018, 03:02:12 PM »
Iíve been watching Star Trek the original series on Hulu.  Wow did they ever do a spectacular job cleaning up the image and improving the special effects.  Gives the whole show a more serious and less kitschy feel.  Iím almost through all 29 episodes of season 1 and itís much better than I remember it.  Dated, sure.  But still with some cool insights into human nature.  In some respects the fact that this show was actually on the air in 1967 is astonishing.
I think I recall George Takei talking about it taking on a lot of gender/race issues that seemed progressive for the time, either directly or metaphorically (with the aliens).

Yes, I have to imagine it didn't go over too well with the a lot of America at the time.  But even beyond that, at least in the 1st season I've spotted several Shakespeare references (some very explicit), references to Milton, Hobbes, John Stuart Mill, and others that escape me at the moment.  Clearly the writers of the show were well educated (or self taught).  But there's lots of stuff that's referenced obliquely and you'd only catch it if you've read/experienced it yourself previously.  Good stuff.

On the 2nd season now.  If anything it looks even better than the first.  Plots aren't as strong though (at least not yet, here's hoping it elevates a bit as it goes).

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« Reply #461 on: August 01, 2018, 03:28:48 PM »
I just watched episode 1 of season 4 of Killjoys. It is just so weird--entertaining, I guess--not in the same class as The Expanse, but an OK way to kill 45 minutes. Since I watched seasons 1,2,and 3, I decided to hang in there for season 4. It is more like watching a comic book than like watching a dramatic story. I liked Dark Matter, too, and it really should have had a chance to finish the story lines. I don't understand why Killjoys was renewed and Dark Matter wasn't. They were both complex, comic book science fiction...I thought on about the same level with each other.

If you want the really good stuff, I'd go with Babylon 5 (gets much better after the first blah season), and some of the better episodes of TNG and DS9. And The Expanse, of course. I liked Enterprise, although you had to suffer through seasons 1 and 2 to get to the much better seasons 3 and 4. That was another show that should not have been cancelled. And as others have posted, Star Trek TOS--I pass over the ergggg episodes and watch the good ones. (Just google something like "What are the best episodes of....? " to get recommendations. )

And Star Gate SG-1, Star Gate Atlantis, and Star Gate Universe are all worth looking for--just for fun entertainment. Universe should never have been cancelled--another series where viewers were unfairly left hanging.

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« Reply #462 on: August 01, 2018, 03:29:00 PM »
Iíve been watching Star Trek the original series on Hulu.  Wow did they ever do a spectacular job cleaning up the image and improving the special effects.  Gives the whole show a more serious and less kitschy feel.  Iím almost through all 29 episodes of season 1 and itís much better than I remember it.  Dated, sure.  But still with some cool insights into human nature.  In some respects the fact that this show was actually on the air in 1967 is astonishing.
I think I recall George Takei talking about it taking on a lot of gender/race issues that seemed progressive for the time, either directly or metaphorically (with the aliens).

Yes, I have to imagine it didn't go over too well with the a lot of America at the time.  But even beyond that, at least in the 1st season I've spotted several Shakespeare references (some very explicit), references to Milton, Hobbes, John Stuart Mill, and others that escape me at the moment.  Clearly the writers of the show were well educated (or self taught).  But there's lots of stuff that's referenced obliquely and you'd only catch it if you've read/experienced it yourself previously.  Good stuff.

On the 2nd season now.  If anything it looks even better than the first.  Plots aren't as strong though (at least not yet, here's hoping it elevates a bit as it goes).

One major milestone was that the series featured the first interracial kiss on network television, at a time when that was Not Okay with their Southern affiliates. Apparently the network instructed them to shoot the scene without the kiss also so they would have the option of weaseling out of it and William Shatner deliberately ruined all the takes so that the only good ones included the kiss.

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Re: What TV series do you like?
« Reply #463 on: August 04, 2018, 09:42:05 AM »
HBO announced a tv movie of Deadwood. Praise the lord and happy dance!

This has been rumored for a decade. Let us hope they  get on with it and get it filmed and in the can before Ian Mcshane drops dead. Its not that he is ancient, but he is gettig up there in years and he was a hard drinker.

If there is no McShane in the production, might as well forget it.

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« Reply #464 on: August 05, 2018, 07:37:10 AM »
HBO announced a tv movie of Deadwood. Praise the lord and happy dance!

This has been rumored for a decade. Let us hope they  get on with it and get it filmed and in the can before Ian Mcshane drops dead. Its not that he is ancient, but he is gettig up there in years and he was a hard drinker.

If there is no McShane in the production, might as well forget it.

He's a great actor.  I liked him in Deadwood, and he's fun to watch in American Gods.

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Re: What TV series do you like?
« Reply #465 on: August 06, 2018, 10:45:28 AM »
We just started the new "Lost in Space" on Netflix.  Wow, really really good.  I recommend.

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« Reply #466 on: August 06, 2018, 10:48:36 AM »
We just started the new "Lost in Space" on Netflix.  Wow, really really good.  I recommend.

There are some slow spots IMO but overall my fam dug it and we're looking forward to season two.

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« Reply #467 on: August 06, 2018, 11:03:03 PM »
I've started to watch Outlander last week, yet still I can't decide was it a good idea of mine or not.
Ironically, but my husband enjoys this show :|

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« Reply #468 on: August 07, 2018, 10:31:53 AM »
I've started to watch Outlander last week, yet still I can't decide was it a good idea of mine or not.
Ironically, but my husband enjoys this show :|

It's mostly a story of rape, hidden in the guise of historical fiction.  There's also some sadism and torture porn in there too to round it out.  :P

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« Reply #469 on: August 08, 2018, 12:30:39 PM »
We just started the new "Lost in Space" on Netflix.  Wow, really really good.  I recommend.

There are some slow spots IMO but overall my fam dug it and we're looking forward to season two.

Same. The first episode was...not great, but it got much better from there!

Also, Toby Stephens. :)

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« Reply #470 on: August 08, 2018, 01:13:27 PM »
Watched about 15 minutes of this horrible new show last night on network TV called "castaway" or something like that.

It was a blatant rip-off of "Alone," a really solid show on History Channel.

I dig Alone because:

1) It features mature people, many in their 30s, 40s, and 50s.
2) It features mostly smart, insightful, resourceful people.
3) It doesn't go for flashy moments. The best moments are getting to know these people and seeing firsthand how the isolation affects them. The contestants film themselves.
4) The people are survivalists, but they show deep appreciation and respect for the natural word.

I love Dave and Britt. They seem like very interesting guys, guys I'd love to have a beer with.

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« Reply #471 on: August 20, 2018, 08:31:29 AM »
Just came across the Australian mini-series "Secret City" on Netflix and liked it quite a bit. It's your standard government conspiracy thriller but it's well-done and interesting to see it executed in an Australian context (the only problem was that all the shadowy agencies have similar acronyms so it was a bit difficult to tell who was menacing whom sometimes). The lead actress is Anna Torv, who I liked a lot in Fringe some years ago.

Speaking of which, for sci-fi enthusiasts, I highly recommend Fringe if you can find it. It's a bit of an X-Files knock-off (FBI agent investigating paranormal activity) but the the cast was really good, especially John Noble as the eccentric scientist Walter Bishop, and the overall series mythology was fairly coherent if a bit shaggy. I don't think it's streaming on any of the big services at the moment but they seem to keep rotating things in and out so I would not be surprised to see it turn up again one of these days--Eureka just came back to Amazon after being unavailable for a couple years.

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« Reply #472 on: August 20, 2018, 09:15:38 AM »
I finally finished watching all 79 episodes of Star Trek the Original Series on Hulu.  Wow, they did an AMAZING job cleaning that show up.  In my memory I'd only seen a few episodes in crappy resolution on regular TV many years ago. 

Turns out the ST ToS was shot on film originally and after the restoration it looks like film - beautiful.  They even went back and re-created all the special effects (like the things that happen in space).  IMO one of the things that let the show down originally was the cheapness of the special effects.  But NOW, the stuff like the outside of the ship, external planets, external space stations, they all look way, way better than the original effects.

On the other hand, the interior sets still look pretty fake, and the "in camera" special effects look the same (ie, phaser fire, the transporter beams, etc).  It is fun to see how retro the future is from the viewpoint of 1967.

All in all it was very worthwhile to go back and watch all 79 episodes.  Some were great, some were average, some were cheesy.  But even the cheesiest episodes had some interesting ideas bandied about. 
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« Reply #473 on: August 20, 2018, 03:19:53 PM »
I'm really getting into "12 Monkeys" on Hulu - great sci fi.  Took a couple of episodes to really appreciate it.

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« Reply #474 on: August 20, 2018, 04:15:12 PM »
I watched the first couple episodes of Disenchantment on Netflix last night. I pretty much agree with what the Den of Geek review said: great musical score, some engaging characters, not especially funny, cartoon violence kind of boring, stylish, professional animation and scenes. I might watch some more episodes if I can't find anything better to watch. I don't think it's  for children, btw.

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« Reply #475 on: August 22, 2018, 09:00:39 AM »
Just found the British mini-series "The Last Post" on Amazon Prime. It's about a group of British army soldiers and their wives posted in Aden in the 1960s, in the last years of British presence. The plots are a mixture of interpersonal drama among the expats and conflict between the British and the Arab guerrillas trying to push them out. It's only six episodes, so it goes quickly. One of the main roles is played by one of my favorite actresses from Call the Midwife (very different character, though!) and a supporting role is played by the actress who played Phryne Fisher on the Miss Fisher mystery series.

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« Reply #476 on: September 02, 2018, 01:56:35 PM »
Just found the British mini-series "The Last Post" on Amazon Prime. It's about a group of British army soldiers and their wives posted in Aden in the 1960s, in the last years of British presence. The plots are a mixture of interpersonal drama among the expats and conflict between the British and the Arab guerrillas trying to push them out. It's only six episodes, so it goes quickly. One of the main roles is played by one of my favorite actresses from Call the Midwife (very different character, though!) and a supporting role is played by the actress who played Phryne Fisher on the Miss Fisher mystery series.

Oh I loved Phryne Fisher! Iíll have to check out The Last Post just for her.

Anyone watch the new Jack Ryan series on amazon? Trying to decide if itís worth my time

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« Reply #477 on: September 04, 2018, 08:53:46 AM »
I know I am like 8 years behind but I just started watching Mad Men and I freakin' love it, although I basically hate every single character.

And I'm sitting here wondering if all men were this dickish just 60 years ago.

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« Reply #478 on: September 04, 2018, 11:41:07 AM »


Anyone watch the new Jack Ryan series on amazon? Trying to decide if itís worth my time

I watched part of the first episode and wasn't that excited. NPR's review described it as "competent" and I thought that seemed accurate. I was a little disappointed, I really like both the actor and the source material. However, I had just finished watching a different series covering similar material so I may have been a little burned out on "conflict in the Middle East" as storyline.

For those who want something completely ridiculous, down to the fashion choices, I have been watching the remake of Dynasty which is now on Hulu. It is the campiest thing I have seen in years, but the cast all seem to be enjoying the heck out of themselves.

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« Reply #479 on: September 04, 2018, 12:04:45 PM »
Anyone watch the new Jack Ryan series on amazon? Trying to decide if itís worth my time

I finished the first season yesterday or the day before. It's entertaining, but nothing stellar. They didn't succeed in making me care for the characters all that much, and I don't think they got the introduction of the main character right - I got the feeling they wanted to play up that he appears normal/"analyst" but is actually a badass, but neither one was executed well.

TLDR 7/10

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« Reply #480 on: September 04, 2018, 05:40:03 PM »
Just finished Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell on Netflix. If you didn't see it on BBC One when it came out a couple of years ago, I really can't recommend it enough. It's fantastic.

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« Reply #481 on: September 04, 2018, 06:12:03 PM »
Just finished Altered Carbon on Netflix.  Man it was bad.  Imagine Blade Runner but lit like it was a CBS TV show.  With mediocre acting all around, especially from the lead.  On the other hand, there were some nice set pieces.  And lots of nudity (like full frontal male and female).  Definitely not a kids show.

Overall, a good concept just poorly done.

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« Reply #482 on: September 04, 2018, 09:19:49 PM »
Alone is definitely one of the best ďrealityĒ style TV shows. Iíve watched every season and eagerly await the next.

Mountain Men is another of my favorites. itís one of the most authentic shows and the characters they follow are the real deal. Very fascinating to watch a lost way of life. Life Below Zero, The Last Alaskans, and Live Free or Die are other great shows for anyone who likes the outdoors / homesteading / survival.

More mainstream, my wife and I love to watch:

Breaking Bad
Ozark
Narcos
Godless
Hell on Wheels
Modern Family
This Is Us
Parenthood

And one of those shows I get sucked into watching is Locked Up Abroad. Intriguing stories.
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« Reply #483 on: September 07, 2018, 08:50:37 AM »
The British comedy/drama on BritBox, William and Mary, is...well...very funny and very dramatic at the same time. Lots of social issues are addressed subtly and with humor--sometimes you don't know whether to laugh or cry. There is a big romance, and there is a lot of very good music mixed into the plot. William Shawcross, mortician by day, musician by night, widower with kids, is played by Martin Clunes. That is a big reason to watch it right there.  Mary Gilcrest, a midwife and divorced mother, is played by Julie Graham.There is a big entertaining cast of quirky relatives and friends. Three series of six episodes each, so a total of 18 episodes. Recommended, if you like funky, humorous, heartfelt British TV.

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« Reply #484 on: September 07, 2018, 09:33:39 AM »
Bodyguard on BBC1.     Stars Keely Hawes and "Robb Stark" (lol)

Pretty good so far.  First episode in particular.


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« Reply #485 on: September 07, 2018, 02:23:59 PM »
Do any of you use a VPN to watch international Netflix, etc? I'd be interested in some recommendations from country hopping.

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« Reply #486 on: September 08, 2018, 05:54:53 AM »
Travelers on Netflix. Best time-travel show I've watched.

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« Reply #487 on: September 08, 2018, 05:36:59 PM »
Travelers on Netflix. Best time-travel show I've watched.

I'm about halfway through season 1.  Very smart show, so far.

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« Reply #488 on: September 10, 2018, 05:47:04 PM »
I'm really enjoying Orville and Ozarks right now

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« Reply #489 on: September 12, 2018, 01:54:28 PM »
Just started Mad Dogs on Amazon prime. The opening premise is that a bunch of guys go visit their FIREd friend in Belize.

I’m a fan of Ozark, breaking bad etc for reference.


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« Reply #490 on: September 12, 2018, 02:49:47 PM »
We saw one episode of Ozark and it was so depressing that we gave up.

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« Reply #491 on: September 12, 2018, 03:37:01 PM »
I got a free month of the CBS streaming service (will cancel after) and have been liking the law show "The Good Fight" quite a bit. It's based on the earlier show "The Good Wife" and follows one of the supporting characters. I had only watched about a season of the previous show before all the romantic entanglements drove me off, but this one is not at all hard to follow.

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« Reply #492 on: September 15, 2018, 01:10:48 PM »
After reading all the recommendations on this thread, I watched The Handmaid's Tale.  Wow!  Thank you!

I didn't care for the book, so wasn't driven to watch.  But the show has everything I thought was missing from the book.  And these days it's not as hard to imagine this actually happening.  Sadly.

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« Reply #493 on: September 15, 2018, 01:44:38 PM »
I just started watching Season 2 of "Jessica Jones" on Netflix and it's really good, dark stuff that touches on some important current societal issues. After that, I'll be moving on to watching Season 2 of "Luke Cage" and then Season 2 of "Iron Fist." Most of the TV I watch is sort of escapist fiction, because I deal with the real world more than enough in my everyday life.

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« Reply #494 on: September 15, 2018, 07:49:21 PM »
We saw one episode of Ozark and it was so depressing that we gave up.

Give it another shot! Its so depressing you'll feel your soul shudder (if you're into that kinda thing)

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« Reply #495 on: September 17, 2018, 12:29:55 AM »
I really enjoy Preacher series, waiting for the next season!

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« Reply #496 on: September 19, 2018, 06:37:23 AM »
Travelers on Netflix. Best time-travel show I've watched.

I'm about halfway through season 1.  Very smart show, so far.

I watched the first episode last night.  Fun concept, pretty well executed.  I'll definately keep watching.  My one pet peeve was that although the show did some great build-up and slow reveal of all the details of what's going on for the first 90% of the episode, all the main characters had to get together to have a big exposition-fest at the end of the episode.  :P

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Re: What TV series do you like?
« Reply #497 on: September 19, 2018, 07:52:28 AM »
Watched the episode U.S.S. Callister from Black Mirror, on Netflix, after seeing it recommended in a British newspaper. Season 4, if I remember right. Very gripping and I thought clever tie-in with Star Trek in an edge-of-your-seat science-fiction drama. Techno-expert goes bad and traps co-workers in scary Star Trek universe with psycho Captain Kirk.

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Re: What TV series do you like?
« Reply #498 on: September 19, 2018, 09:06:00 PM »
Watched the episode U.S.S. Callister from Black Mirror, on Netflix, after seeing it recommended in a British newspaper. Season 4, if I remember right. Very gripping and I thought clever tie-in with Star Trek in an edge-of-your-seat science-fiction drama. Techno-expert goes bad and traps co-workers in scary Star Trek universe with psycho Captain Kirk.

Yes disturbing but great drama.

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Re: What TV series do you like?
« Reply #499 on: September 19, 2018, 09:07:31 PM »
We saw one episode of Ozark and it was so depressing that we gave up.

Give it another shot! Its so depressing you'll feel your soul shudder (if you're into that kinda thing)


Yes I also felt the first episode was depressing, mainly the main character, Martin Byrde, seemed awful for putting his family through this.
But the plot got better, and the story and the character development really deepened.

Season 2 had me glued to my chair.