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  Reply # 2059976 21-Jul-2018 14:53
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Not sure if it’s been mentioned before - Goliath is an Amazon Original - best series I’ve seen for a while. Stars Billy Bob Thornton, of whom I am quite a fan.

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  Reply # 2064957 30-Jul-2018 13:44
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May have mentioned it previously but just now finished Sense8 currently available on Netflix.    It took about 3-4 episodes but after that was absolutely hooked.  Had the potential to be really confusing (yes you Westworld) but didn't find that at all, the different story lines always retained a link to the main theme and worked really well together.  Not for the prudish however, definitely NSFW scenes. 

 

In some respects I would have loved to see it extended a season or two, but the movie length episode at the end was well done and wrapped things up nicely.  At least it had a definite ending and didn't keep rolling on and on and on like some others (yes you TWD).  

 

Great characters, simple but effective (and often emotive) story lines, and difficult film sequences done incredibly well.  The action sequences were some of the best I have seen.  10/10

 

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  Reply # 2064967 30-Jul-2018 13:56
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I thought S1 of Goliath was better than 2. I hope 3 is better. I mean, S2 wasn't awful, I finished it, but....

 

 


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  Reply # 2064975 30-Jul-2018 14:16
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It's far from recent, but I've recently re-watched (again) all of MASH (11 seasons).  I do this kind of thing a lot, re-watching old TV shows and movies when I'm in the kitchen cooking.  Having backed up my MASH dvds as part of a bigger archiving process, I decided to start at the beginning, as it's been a few years since I watched it.

 

It's a fantastic show, but there are several interesting things to note along the way.  Firstly, it's longevity - it lasted for 11 seasons, from 1972 to 1983.  While there are lots of shows that have gone the distance, its hard to think of one that was still going strong at the end.  Despite "bingeing" the whole thing over a period of weeks/months, it didn't get boring.  There were some repeated stories, but it still felt fun even at the end.  I think they did a great job of character development, and they respected the context that the show was set in.  Secondly, there were a number of episodes where they felt confident to try some (for the time, I suppose) innovative story-telling.  There was an episode where they told the whole story from the POV of a wounded soldier, starting from his wounding in battle, his transport to MASH, and his treatment.  Then there was the one where it was told mostly in real-time - a patient has a chest wound and Hawkeye has to clamp his fingers around an artery to stop him bleeding out, but only has 20 minutes before he'd be completely paralysed.  From that point, the story is told in real-time, with an on-screen clock to remind viewers of the urgency.  And then there's the show's commitment to the realities of war, with every episode (or very nearly) showing blood, so that the comedy didn't mask the harsh truth of war.

 

But special mention has to go to the show's final episode, nearly 2 hours long.  I've seen it several times but I was struck this time by the beauty of the story they told, and the closure they were able to give so many characters.  Too often a show doesn't know how to end in a way that does justice to the greatness of the show - think Lost, BSG, etc.  But MASH knocked it out of the part with "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen."  Even at the end they were developing the characters, especially Hawkeye's mental breakdown.  His denouement when he recalls what sent him to the mental hospital is heart wrenching (more so for me now than when I first saw it, now that I have kids of my own), but it doesn't feel forced.  I also liked the way they were able to show Klinger as more than the one-dimensional character he was introduced as - his days of cross-dressing are well past by this point, but to show him as an equal, and give him a proper story line, was good.  Winchester, which always a far more nuanced character than Frank Burns, gets to show real depth in the final episode, and when his band of travelling minstrels are lost, the impact on him and his love for music is meaningful.  As the main cast are dispersed in the final 20 minutes, there's time to give each a decent send off.  I'm struggling to think of another show that has done as good a job of closing out it's story as well as MASH did.

 

 


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  Reply # 2064981 30-Jul-2018 14:26
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One thing about TV shows that run for a long time, is the massive sense of loss that I feel when it ends. I was never a M.A.S.H watcher, but as I was growing up, it was always there. I know a fair bit about the general story and the characters and I recall watching the final episode and even as a fairly young child I found it super sad. I think the fact that the people were bound together by tragedy and in a situation like war added to it.

 

I recently finished series like The Middle, and whilst not as profound, I do miss those characters in my week.


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  Reply # 2064983 30-Jul-2018 14:28
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Just finished watching Fauda on Netflix. Best thing I've watched in years. Focuses on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict.





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  Reply # 2065001 30-Jul-2018 15:06
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One thing about TV shows that run for a long time, is the massive sense of loss that I feel when it ends.

 

 

IMO most long running series peak about half way through with some finishing off with a flourish. I'm thinking of Dexter for peaking in season 4 of 8 with John Lithgow and the Sopranos for a super last episode of the last season.


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  Reply # 2065016 30-Jul-2018 15:38
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Just finished watching season 1 of Sneaky Pete - produced by Bryan Cranston. Pretty good!





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  Reply # 2065036 30-Jul-2018 15:57
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Just finished season 1 of Sacred Games - 8.5 out of 10


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  Reply # 2066138 1-Aug-2018 10:21
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More Ozark Season 2 trailers are up on IMDb

 

Netflix release date is still August hopefully same in NZ





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  Reply # 2066146 1-Aug-2018 10:29
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Just finished season 1 of Sacred Games - 8.5 out of 10

 

 

Is it largely subtitled?


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  Reply # 2066148 1-Aug-2018 10:34
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Yup, its all subtitled and there is also dubbed audio in English.

 

Not sure how much will be lost in translation though.


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  Reply # 2066150 1-Aug-2018 10:36
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FineWine:

 

More Ozark Season 2 trailers are up on IMDb

 

Netflix release date is still August hopefully same in NZ

 

 

It will drop all the episodes at once right?


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  Reply # 2066153 1-Aug-2018 10:41
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FineWine:

 

More Ozark Season 2 trailers are up on IMDb

 

Netflix release date is still August hopefully same in NZ

 

 

It will drop all the episodes at once right?

 

 

Yes ?? but don't quote me





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Marcella on Netflix.

 

Good quality BBC police detective series with the main lead having interesting character flaws.
Well recommended if you liked The Tunnel or The Fall.

 

Been described elsewhere as a British "Nordic" noir detective series - written, directed and produced by the creator of The Bridge


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