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  # 1324165 13-Jun-2015 19:22
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Just watched the first episode of a new series called Dark Matter which was not to bad if you are into scifi and space.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4159076/?ref_=nv_sr_1




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  # 1338895 7-Jul-2015 20:35
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Dark Matter S01-03. Has potential, so far I like it. 7/10

Killjoys S01-02. I like this one too. 8/10

Mr Robot S01-02. Good, seems fairly realistic compared to standard TV/Movie hacker stuff, and the story line is pretty interesting. 9/10




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  # 1338971 8-Jul-2015 00:31
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Just finished the first season of Sense8
Pretty cool and different / edgy / new age.
Quite character driven, so nowhere hear as fast paced action as the trailers might suggest.

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  # 1339050 8-Jul-2015 08:44
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If you like Homeland then take a look at American Odyssey - excellent series, available on Hulu or elsewhere.

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  # 1339122 8-Jul-2015 10:04
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Currently watching:

Orphan Black, Season 1. Watched the first 5 eps, it's pretty good. A bit of sci-fi, drama and action. 7/10.

Also watching Better Call Saul. Tbh, found it hard to get into after Breaking Bad but it's ok, I'm warming to it. 7/10.

And re-watching the IT-Crowd, such a classic. 8/10


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  # 1339132 8-Jul-2015 10:42
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Started watching 'Humans' (Channel 4 - UK) - Excellent sci-fi - but not overheavy on the sci-fi if you know what I mean. More focused on the drama side of things. Looking really promising so far and great cast.
Preview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU4mwlTUXnc


Man Down - Also channel 4. First series had the late great Rik Mayall. Second series (just finished screening) is just as funny though.
First comedy for a while that actually makes me burst out laughing. Oddly Greg Davies (man character and writer) has very similar mannerisms to Rik Mayall. Something he said he was unaware of - see little interview with Greg Davies talking about Rik https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjaExSMgU7A Channel 4 preview of the first series https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNxI1iCihk8




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  # 1340348 10-Jul-2015 08:35
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I've recently watched first two episodes of Black Mirror.  Heard really good things about this, and as I enjoyed anthology shows like The Outer Limits I was expecting to enjoy this show too.  The writing and concepts are definitely good, with a sprinkling of futuristic "sci-fi" rather than dousing it in the stuff.  I read somewhere that it was the present, slightly tweaked into the future.  While I did enjoy both these episiodes, I have to qualify the use of the word "enjoy."  The first episode, about a terrorist threat made against the British PM after a popular royal is abducted, where the PM is forced to have sex with a pig on live TV to get the royal released, was outright disturbing.  It started out very simply, even funny in parts, but as the reality of the threat sinks in, and it moves towards the inevitable conclusion, the full horror of what the show's message becomes clearer.  It's disturbing not because I'm a sensitive flower, but because the satire/commentary on the state of modern life is so laser precise, it's unnerving.  

The second episode wasn't as disturbing, but was more depressing and glum - but again, in a "good" way, by holding up the titular mirror to our warped society. It revolves around a future society where people pedal bikes to earn merit points, which they can spend on things, or use their points to gain entry to a reality show called Hot Shot.  It's an obvious dig at shows like X Factor, and society's fascination with humiliation and fame.  But while the twist is less disturbing than the first episode, it was more depressing and dispiriting.

That would be my only criticism of the show, and it's a mild one at that.  Whereas shows like Outer Limits and Twilight Zone used a similar format and themes, I found their conclusions to be more sinister or clever, or occasionally hopeful.  There were certainly depressing and disturbing episodes as well, but I find myself having to be in the right frame of mind to watch Black Mirror, for fear of sending myself in a spiral of depression, a precaution I don't have to take with other shows.  That being said, it's still a show worth watching.

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  # 1341671 12-Jul-2015 16:58
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I'm most of the way through Season 1 of The Sandbaggers - a 1970s spy series that I literally haven't seen for decades. Quite a bit less action oriented and more cerebral than most of what we seem to get now and, even though the video quality is quite poor, I'm really enjoying it.

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  # 1341674 12-Jul-2015 17:06
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Lizard1977: I've recently watched first two episodes of Black Mirror.  Heard really good things about this, and as I enjoyed anthology shows like The Outer Limits I was expecting to enjoy this show too.  The writing and concepts are definitely good, with a sprinkling of futuristic "sci-fi" rather than dousing it in the stuff.  I read somewhere that it was the present, slightly tweaked into the future.  While I did enjoy both these episiodes, I have to qualify the use of the word "enjoy."  The first episode, about a terrorist threat made against the British PM after a popular royal is abducted, where the PM is forced to have sex with a pig on live TV to get the royal released, was outright disturbing.  It started out very simply, even funny in parts, but as the reality of the threat sinks in, and it moves towards the inevitable conclusion, the full horror of what the show's message becomes clearer.  It's disturbing not because I'm a sensitive flower, but because the satire/commentary on the state of modern life is so laser precise, it's unnerving.  

The second episode wasn't as disturbing, but was more depressing and glum - but again, in a "good" way, by holding up the titular mirror to our warped society. It revolves around a future society where people pedal bikes to earn merit points, which they can spend on things, or use their points to gain entry to a reality show called Hot Shot.  It's an obvious dig at shows like X Factor, and society's fascination with humiliation and fame.  But while the twist is less disturbing than the first episode, it was more depressing and dispiriting.

That would be my only criticism of the show, and it's a mild one at that.  Whereas shows like Outer Limits and Twilight Zone used a similar format and themes, I found their conclusions to be more sinister or clever, or occasionally hopeful.  There were certainly depressing and disturbing episodes as well, but I find myself having to be in the right frame of mind to watch Black Mirror, for fear of sending myself in a spiral of depression, a precaution I don't have to take with other shows.  That being said, it's still a show worth watching.


actually, the third episode is the best from season 1. I have enjoyed all episodes form both seasons (including the xmas special)

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  # 1341677 12-Jul-2015 17:11
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Watching Mr Robot at the moment now Silicon Valley is finished, very good. 8/10
Also half way through the first season of Deutschland 83 purchased on iTunes, 7/10

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  # 1341679 12-Jul-2015 17:13
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Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

Vague memories of parents watching this, series two is one sky, while series one is partially on youtube.
Quietly paced, interesting characters, where nothing too much happens, but I find myself watching with a relaxed smile on my face and glass of wine winding down late at night.

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  # 1341817 12-Jul-2015 21:41
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I'm actually enjoying Happyish on SOHO.

I was a bit unimpressed at the beginning but it's grown on me and I find myself relating to Tom & Lee's angst in the face of the lunatic modern world all too closely!





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  # 1341819 12-Jul-2015 21:43
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redmouse: Peter Kay's Car Share on iPlayer, I'd been eyeing it with some suspicion for a while but it turned out to be very funny. And Moone Boy season 3, also jolly good.


Yes I have caught a couple of episodes of Car Share and laughed a lot. I used to love Phoenix Nights. Hilarious.

Moone Boy has an odd charm about it too.





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  # 1341838 12-Jul-2015 22:29
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Game of Thrones Season 3: The Rains of Castamere... AKA The Red Wedding.

 

Thought I was ready for this (having read all the books long before giving the TV series a chance) but it was still bloody traumatic. I'm glad I don't remember my dreams because I've a feeling they're going to be pretty grim tonight.

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  # 1341846 12-Jul-2015 22:57
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Incindre: Game of Thrones Season 3: The Rains of Castamere... AKA The Red Wedding. Thought I was ready for this (having read all the books long before giving the TV series a chance) but it was still bloody traumatic. I'm glad I don't remember my dreams because I've a feeling they're going to be pretty grim tonight.


Seriously? It wasn't that bad - and the book is worse I thought.

It will be fun when the undead Catelyn Stark turns up later on, though.





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