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  Reply # 1617625 25-Aug-2016 23:01
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I have been on a bit of a nostalgia trip.

 

Watching a few old episodes of The Avengers (Patrick McNee and Dianna Rigg). Camp funny, and thoroughly entertaining when I want to blob out at night.


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  Reply # 1617817 26-Aug-2016 12:29
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Stranger things for the win lately.  Binged the whole 8 episodes and loved it.

 

Especially as I had no idea what it was about, nor any preconceptions.  Loved the throwback vibe, good stuff.

 

 

 

Lucifer annoyed me as (like always) I wanted him to be this powerful thing, 'the one' scenario like say the Matrix did, but it became a character journey story.  That's fine too, and I enjoyed most of it, just not where I thought it would go and that's not really fair to knock a show for that.  We never saw Hot Tub High School either...


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1640647 26-Sep-2016 13:45
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I just finished watching Last Resort on Lightbox.  I remember seeing the trailer for this show about four years ago, as part of a dump of new TV shows coming out in the US.  It looked like a really cool premise - captain of a nuclear submarine refuses to launch his missiles, goes rogue - that drew upon the basic plot of Crimson Tide.  I never watched it when it aired, as shortly afterwards it was canned and they only ever did 13 episodes.  Funnily, I remember seeing another trailer at the same time for a dumb-looking show about a guy who shoots arrows and wears a hood.  I remember thinking "no way, that looks ridiculous!"  Shows how much I know, as Arrow is about to air it's fifth season (which as a fan, having reversed my earlier, premature judgment, I eagerly anticipate), while Last Resort barely managed a season.

 

It's fair to say that Last Resort suffered from some wooden acting, especially at the start (it stars Scott Speedman, who is not exactly the most expressive actor in the world.  My wife also commented on his apparent Faustian pact for him to have not aged at all since his Felicity days...), and the plotting was a bit erratic, which may have been the cause of its untimely demise.  But I actually quite enjoyed it.  Character development of the core cast was pretty good (and they obviously planned to do a lot more that they had to accelerate when its death sentence was signed), and the evolution of the basic situation was handled well.  I liked how they explored the escalation of conflict when a guy with nukes at his disposal has to keep responding to an emerging threat.  One flaw I did pick up was the willful blindness to the simple solution - just surrender and plead your case in court martial.  The show's response was some flim-flam about a government conspiracy meaning they wouldn't get a proper hearing, or retaliatory threats against their families, and so on.  I suspect it may have been harder to maintain this suspension of disbelief over time, and maybe it was deemed easier to just finish the run in one season.

 

The setup provided fertile ground for interesting perspectives on sensitive topics such as rape and assault.  In a military situation where men and women are serving together, along with issues of rank and the claustrophobic conditions of the submarine, coupled with the isolation of effectively being in exile on an island, allowed the show to provide a surprisingly deep and thought-provoking examination.  It didn't win any Emmy's, but for a show about a submarine, nukes, and breaking orders, this was an interesting angle to take.  Running through many episodes is an underlying question about obeying orders.  When the captain disobeys an order on principle, where does it stop for those serving below him, if they have different principles and values that clash with his own subsequent orders.  In this role, Robert Patrick as the CoB (Chief of the Boat) portrays the counterpoint to the Captain's principled renegade, and does surprisingly well.

 

It's a shame the show got canned.  I doubt it could have sustained an indefinite run, but I think there was still some distance to go and a lot of interesting stories to tell.  Worth a watch for anyone who enjoys military drama and submarines, and knowing that there's only 13 episodes makes for a manageable commitment.

 

 


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  Reply # 1640676 26-Sep-2016 13:54
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I just finished watching Last Resort on Lightbox.  I remember seeing the trailer for this show about four years ago, as part of a dump of new TV shows coming out in the US.  It looked like a really cool premise - captain of a nuclear submarine refuses to launch his missiles, goes rogue - that drew upon the basic plot of Crimson Tide.  I never watched it when it aired, as shortly afterwards it was canned and they only ever did 13 episodes.  Funnily, I remember seeing another trailer at the same time for a dumb-looking show about a guy who shoots arrows and wears a hood.  I remember thinking "no way, that looks ridiculous!"  Shows how much I know, as Arrow is about to air it's fifth season (which as a fan, having reversed my earlier, premature judgment, I eagerly anticipate), while Last Resort barely managed a season.

 

It's fair to say that Last Resort suffered from some wooden acting, especially at the start (it stars Scott Speedman, who is not exactly the most expressive actor in the world.  My wife also commented on his apparent Faustian pact for him to have not aged at all since his Felicity days...), and the plotting was a bit erratic, which may have been the cause of its untimely demise.  But I actually quite enjoyed it.  Character development of the core cast was pretty good (and they obviously planned to do a lot more that they had to accelerate when its death sentence was signed), and the evolution of the basic situation was handled well.  I liked how they explored the escalation of conflict when a guy with nukes at his disposal has to keep responding to an emerging threat.  One flaw I did pick up was the willful blindness to the simple solution - just surrender and plead your case in court martial.  The show's response was some flim-flam about a government conspiracy meaning they wouldn't get a proper hearing, or retaliatory threats against their families, and so on.  I suspect it may have been harder to maintain this suspension of disbelief over time, and maybe it was deemed easier to just finish the run in one season.

 

The setup provided fertile ground for interesting perspectives on sensitive topics such as rape and assault.  In a military situation where men and women are serving together, along with issues of rank and the claustrophobic conditions of the submarine, coupled with the isolation of effectively being in exile on an island, allowed the show to provide a surprisingly deep and thought-provoking examination.  It didn't win any Emmy's, but for a show about a submarine, nukes, and breaking orders, this was an interesting angle to take.  Running through many episodes is an underlying question about obeying orders.  When the captain disobeys an order on principle, where does it stop for those serving below him, if they have different principles and values that clash with his own subsequent orders.  In this role, Robert Patrick as the CoB (Chief of the Boat) portrays the counterpoint to the Captain's principled renegade, and does surprisingly well.

 

It's a shame the show got canned.  I doubt it could have sustained an indefinite run, but I think there was still some distance to go and a lot of interesting stories to tell.  Worth a watch for anyone who enjoys military drama and submarines, and knowing that there's only 13 episodes makes for a manageable commitment.

 

 

 

 

I agree. It was an excellent series with at least 1-2 more seasons worth. 

 

Last Ship is really excellent if you like that sort of series. Better even and with what looks to be a reasonable long story to be told. 

 

 


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  Reply # 1640754 26-Sep-2016 15:26
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Watched the first three (of four) episodes of "Dominion Creek" (aka "An Klondike")  last night (Netflix).

 

Comparisons with "Deadwood" seem appropriate. Deadwood did cop a lot of inevitable flack, it was (very) loosely based on historical fact, included very much graphic violence, themes, and language which made it entirely unsuitable entertainment for children, the prude, the easily offended, the religious, many women - oops - could be a long list* - as well as for sticklers to the idea that for a story based on historical fact, then those facts must be portrayed with documentary-style accuracy.  Too bad for those who couldn't stomach it - as whatever those faults, the characterisations (even if exaggerated and based on stereotypes) were momentous, Shakespearean, drawing in the viewer to the true complexities of morality, natural justice, good and evil - whatever that all is.  One of few dramatisations (Breaking Bad was another and probably the best IMO) where you sometimes find yourself with more than mere sympathy for the devil.  Oh - then there's comic relief.

 

*included me at the start - but I got over it.

 

Not liking westerns may be valid reason (for non-prudes) to dislike Deadwood, but there's more to not like in Dominion Creek.  The violence and bad language is more restrained, even if the themes are related, they could have saved masses of production money by shifting to the US and shooting it on the Deadwood set after they'd finished with it - even hiring the same extras and props.  The plot concept might be be okay - but I've no interest in the characters, they're also stereotypes - but one dimensional - I don't really care if good things happen to the bad guy (or vice-versa) if the journey to find out is going to be as lame as it appears. I found myself not caring at all when Seamus was being tortured.  If it was a book, I'd probably skip to the last pages now so that I could say I'd read it, but not feel like I'd missed anything.  I think I'd have found a story which should have come before (IMO) more interesting - about the three brothers back in their native Ireland in the potato famine, the circumstances of why Seamus killed a policeman. I doubt we're going there in the last episode of this series - which I'm going to have to watch seeing as I'm almost there, just in case something interesting does happen.   And then there's comic relief - I'd have thought the Irish might have been able to master that, but comic relief count is zero so far.  It's just grim on top of grim, but not even ludicrously violently grim to the point where the grimness itself provokes some kind of response, even if it's just revulsion for the pointlessness of it all - such as "The Revenant" (which I did not enjoy).

 

So I'd rate Dominion Creek at about 2/10 - forgiving the the poorly overdubbed english language soundtrack which should probably drop it another point. 


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  Reply # 1640771 26-Sep-2016 15:45
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Lizard1977:

 

I just finished watching Last Resort on Lightbox.  

 

/snip 

 

 

I agree. It was an excellent series with at least 1-2 more seasons worth. 

 

Last Ship is really excellent if you like that sort of series. Better even and with what looks to be a reasonable long story to be told. 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the suggestion, looks good (despite the internal groan I gave when I saw Michael Bay's name on the season 1 trailer).  A quick look on Lightbox/Netflix NZ suggests it's not available there.  Any clue where to access it?


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  Reply # 1641436 27-Sep-2016 19:24
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Been watching Dark Matter on Sky OnDemand. Not great, but decent entertainment.

 

Just finished The Kettering Incident on Lightbox. I enjoyed the first couple of episodes but the pace was too slow - could have reached the same point in a third fewer episodes, and the ending left a lot of questions unanswered. I don't think it was good enough for me to be excited about getting the answers in Season 2, if they ever make one.


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Watched the pilot episode of Lethal Weapon. It wasn't too bad. I guess time will tell.

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  Reply # 1643191 30-Sep-2016 10:51
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Another fun little show we've been watching is "Dara O'Briain's Go 8 Bit" from Dave on UKTV.  It's a light-hearted UK panel show about gaming.  Dara O'Briain presents, and there are two teams captained by Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon, each with a celebrity guest team mate.  The idea is that they play five rounds involving different computer games (mix of classic, modern, and mobile games).  Round 1 is usually a classic game (episode 1 featured Tetris, others have featured Galaxian, Street Fighter II), rounds 2 and 3 involve the guests picking the game (choices so far included Chuckie Egg, Portal 2, Snake, Resident Evil, and Sensible Soccer), round 4 is a "modern game" (e.g. Star Wars Battlefront) and round 5 is more like a party game (episode 2 featured a fun looking game called Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes!)

 

The concept is a little corny in places (at the start of each round, they "rotate the stage!") and the points for each round are set by the audience voting on their smartphones as to which team they think will win.  But these little gimmicks aside, the show is a lot of fun to watch.  It's great to see classic games that I remember from my childhood, and it's also fun to see new games I've never heard of.  It's not hardcore gaming by any measure, but it's funny to see these (UK) celebrities outed as gamers, and seeing those who can play (and those who can't).  


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  Reply # 1644408 2-Oct-2016 21:48
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My 2016 - Top 10 (so far)

 

1) Stranger things (Sci-fi thriller)

 

2) Peaky blinders (Post world-war Gangster) 

 

3) The Night of (Mystery / Murder) and Better call Saul (black comedy / crime)

 

6) Love (Modern day Rom-com), Master of None (comedy / drama), Narcos (Gangster) and Mr.Robot (Psychological thriller) 

 

9) Night Manager (Spy / Espionage ) and Suits (Drama )

 

Others:
Marco polo, Agent Carter, Silicon Valley, Luke Cage

 

 

 

Do post your Fav top 10

 

 


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  Reply # 1644422 2-Oct-2016 22:30
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In no particular order

 

  • Stranger Things
  • Mr. Robot S2
  • Narcos S2
  • American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson
  • The Night Manager
  • House of Cards S4
  • Silicon Valley S3
  • O.J. Made In America
  • Vice Principals

I only have 9 shows so far, I'm stuck on what would make the tenth show. I also have shows I have to catch up on that could cause the list to change.








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  Reply # 1644462 3-Oct-2016 00:06
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Luke Cage, on Netflix. Finished ep 2 now, and it's really good stuff.



I'm up to E7... found the start really slow but it ramps up from e3 or so when they start filling in the background detail and he steps up into his 'real' roll.

I guess they needed to show him start out reluctant, but I really only continued past e2 as I'd enjoyed the Jessica Jones series so much and hoped he would 'get here in the end'

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Have recently watched the first two series of The Fall on Netflix.

 

Series 3 starts on Soho on Tuesday.

 

 

 

A brilliant series.

 

From Wiki:

 

The Fall is a British drama series produced by Artists Studio and created by Alan Cubitt. It premiered in the Republic of Ireland at 9.30pm on 12 May 2013, and in the UK on BBC Two at 9pm on 13 May 2013.[1] The series stars Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson, a senior Metropolitan Police Detective, Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector, a serial killer who terrorises Belfast, John Lynch as Assistant Chief Constable Jim Burns, and Archie Panjabi as Reed Smith, an esteemed pathologist.


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  Reply # 1644512 3-Oct-2016 09:09
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Started a few new shows recently.

Designated Survivor (Netflix NZ) - Stars Kiefer Sutherland who became President of the United States, after everybody else was killed during a terrorist attack on the Capital building during the State of the Nation address. Not bad, but Kiefer's initial inability to step up to the plate is pushed to the point of being grating.

Pitch (Hulu) - Tells the story of the first female baseball player in the Major League. Pretty light, but reasonably enjoyable so far. 

Speechless (Hulu) - Comedy about a family with a special needs son, and the overly protective mother ensuring he gets a fair deal in life. Its not often I actually laugh out loud with a comedy, but this had me doing it multiple times. Stars Minnie Driver and John Ross Bowie (although it's weird hearing him speak without a lisp).

Archer (Hulu) - This one's been around for a while, but we only just started it last week. Very funny adult cartoon about a secret agent with serious Mummy issues.

Cuckoo (Netflix NZ) - Stars Andy Samberg as a self styled New Age "guru" who marries into a British family. Can be a bit hit and miss, but is quite funny at times. 


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