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What TV are you watching and how would you rate it? [Revive from FRDB]

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Finished Season One of The Boys. Feels a lot like the Republican Party between 2012 and 2020.

Season Two should continue being interesting.
 

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Away : Netflix. Not sure about this....they pick an international team to go to Mars.(3 yr trip) For some reason they pick women with husbands and children at home....so there you go. Problems at home and aboard leave a soap opera feel. I guess they couldn't find single young people on the planet. But it is interesting. End of season one. 6/10
 

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Away : Netflix. Not sure about this....they pick an international team to go to Mars.(3 yr trip) For some reason they pick women with husbands and children at home....so there you go. Problems at home and aboard leave a soap opera feel. I guess they couldn't find single young people on the planet. But it is interesting. End of season one. 6/10

That was kind of tough to watch. But I wanted to see if they would make it. I was thinking, is this the best the world has to offer for a trip to Mars? Unprofessional and emotional. I don't think it's much of a spoiler to divulge everyone cries, I think in just about every episode. Crybaby astronauts.


If you haven't seen Stateless, it's worth a watch.
 

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Finished Season One of The Boys. Feels a lot like the Republican Party between 2012 and 2020.

Season Two should continue being interesting.

Finished season one today. I liked it a lot. Mindless fun for the most part.


I mean, the supes are are all (almost) unkillable, while the normal people (including the titular Boys) are just fragile meat sacks, so the show really struggled to make it a fair fight. I also thought Homelander's real weakness is that he's stupid, but that went away at the end. And that ending...oh, boy.

 

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Finished Season One of The Boys. Feels a lot like the Republican Party between 2012 and 2020.

Season Two should continue being interesting.


I admit, I like what they're doing with the whole "new episode on Friday" thing, but...


Having the new hero Stormfront be a literal Nazi is a bit too on the nose.

 

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Safe, 8/10; A Netflix original eight part series starring Michael C Hall as Tom Delaney. A crime drama from author Harlan Coben set in a city in England. The plot revolves around the main character's (Tom) teenage daughter going missing after a house party in a gated community. Tom sets off to track down his daughter along with his romantic interest who happens to be a detective in the local police. During the course of the hunt some dark secrets from the past start to surface. The plot lines work pretty well and keep the suspense going with few distractions. Very enjoyable.

White Gold, season 2, 9/10; Available on Netflix this comedy series, set in the mid 80s follows the misadventures of Vincent Swan, (played by Ed Westwick) the head salesman of double glazing firm Cachet Windows. It is typical British humor filled with fantastic 1980s music from Depeche Mode, New Order, ABC, The Cure etc. The music is worth a watch alone but the comedy is pretty funny.
 

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Star Trek: Discovery (season 3)

10 minutes into the first episode of season 3. What a fucking dumpster fire. It doesn't seem like the show runners learned anything from the mistakes of the first two seasons.
 

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Star Trek: Discovery (season 3)

10 minutes into the first episode of season 3. What a fucking dumpster fire. It doesn't seem like the show runners learned anything from the mistakes of the first two seasons.

Yep. Lower Decks is pretty horrific as well.
 

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The Queen's Gambit. 9/10 For me this is what TV should be....a fresh idea that is well crafted. A lot is said without words in this stylish mini-series. Maybe the key to series is to have an end in sight from the beginning. Do yourselves a favor and don't read about it, just watch it..now!
 

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The Queen's Gambit. 9/10 For me this is what TV should be....a fresh idea that is well crafted. A lot is said without words in this stylish mini-series. Maybe the key to series is to have an end in sight from the beginning. Do yourselves a favor and don't read about it, just watch it..now!

Agreed. I'm loving the series. It's on Netflix.
 

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'The Good Lord Bird' a drama about abolitionist John Brown seen through the eyes of a rescued slave that accompanies Brown from Bloody Kansas and after. Ethan Hawke plays Brown and does a great job.
 

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Mum, 8/10; British comedy available on Brit Box starring Lesley Ann Manville as a recently widowed mum of a gormless 20 something son who still lives at home. It's a mix of "After Life", "The Royle Family" and "Catherine Tate".
 

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2020 Election Miniseries - It started off real fast, and while there have been some twists and turns and one particularly surprising outcome, it has gotten ridiculously slow. Makes The Man in High Castle look like the movie Speed! Also, the guy playing the President is just acting like an asshole, completely unbelievable behavior. Did the writers have to make him look like such a douchebag?

1.5 of 4
 

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Finished Season Two of The Boys. Very mixed feelings, as the show seems to be forgetting plot lines and character motivations, as well as characters intersecting specific plot points way too easily. The last episode seemed the most guilty of this. They seemed to be moving in the right direction, but then it somewhat derails.


They do a good job of working it up with Stormfront. But then her character seems to become fodder in the end, needlessly.

The CEO of Vought's motivation continually shifts and makes little sense with a little bit of pondering.

Butcher's wife? Vought is incapable of finding her? (which also applies to the Supers who seem perfect at finding everything, when it is convenient... heck, they could have had a large picnic in the final resolution because everyone knew where everyone else was). And how things end for her... seem a bit different than Stormfront, despite the same cause.

And Starlight keeps bouncing all over the place, but again, this is partially due to the fact that plot lines are too easily intersecting other characters, like how Stormfront knew about her being the leak. Starlight blurting she knew who Stormfront was. So much for that drama.

 

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The Tudors, season 1, 7/10; Available on Netflix this "historical" drama covers the early reign of England's King Henry VIII played by the talented but troubled Jonathan Rhys Meyers. A fairly standard period drama with lots of characters to keep up with as Henry tries to rule his kingdom, marry a woman that will give him a son and heir and still be able to shag who he wants on the side. There was an interesting episode where there was an outbreak of a deadly disease known as "the sweating sickness" which really happened. Yikes! It's quite interesting but I'm not sure I will be able to follow through until the end of season 4.
 

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Just finished another episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

And just like at the end of every other episode of every season so far, I was left with my jaw wide open. Holy shit.
 

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Just finished another episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

And just like at the end of every other episode of every season so far, I was left with my jaw wide open. Holy shit.
Saw an episode or two. I used to read a lot about Scientology long ago, but the Nation of Islam one I did not think was possible
 

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The Expanse - Season Umm... 5... kind of? (up through episode 3)

So it appears they are adjusting somethings from the novel. Granted, I haven't read books from 1 to 4, but there are notable changes happening to the script, probably in part to tie up all loose ends by next season... which would be something because the author uses three more books to do so.


I was surprised the hit was so late in the season.
I didn't particularly like how they let you know it was coming, where as in the novel it was introduced as an aside as the characters weren't immediately impacted (yet).
Drummer seems to be getting meshed into Michio Pa's character, which of the changes makes sense as it'd be harder to get behind someone newer and understand the whole backstory in a season.
Why did they change the whole Alex and Bobby set up? It didn't particularly save time or enhance the story.
Same with Naomi, her going to see her son had a plot mechanism that was needlessly changed. Also, she bought a ship you didn't realize she bought.

These changes make me wonder just how much more they are squeezing into the final season. Squeezing the protomolecule into the story line and keeping a push on Mars seems to imply the end of Novel 6 isn't the end game here.



I'm only up to a bit in book 7 and am worrying they are going to blow through Books 6 to 9 (nine unpublished at the moment).
 

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I'm late to the Expanse bandwagon (to my chagrin.) I've read the first book, and I've watched the show up to Episode 6 of Season Two, the part of the show that aligns perfectly with the end of Book One.

So then. Do I continue watching the show, confident that the changes won't spoil my enjoyment of the next books? Or do I put the show on hold until after I read the next book?
 

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I'm late to the Expanse bandwagon (to my chagrin.) I've read the first book, and I've watched the show up to Episode 6 of Season Two, the part of the show that aligns perfectly with the end of Book One.

So then. Do I continue watching the show, confident that the changes won't spoil my enjoyment of the next books? Or do I put the show on hold until after I read the next book?
I watched up to Season 4 before reading the novels (starting at Book 5) and enjoyed the show a lot.
 

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I'm only up to a bit in book 7 and am worrying they are going to blow through Books 6 to 9 (nine unpublished at the moment).

I don't think they are cramming as much as you think. The end of book six is a serviceable ending for the series. It offers a new normal to deal with everything the protomolecule has instigated, much like the end of book 3 could be used as closure.

So then. Do I continue watching the show, confident that the changes won't spoil my enjoyment of the next books? Or do I put the show on hold until after I read the next book?

I'd do one then the other, but not both concurrently. The differences between the two are just enough to be a little confusing. I pretty much devoured the books in between when SyFy cancelled the show and Amazon released season 4 and it didn't diminish my enjoyment of the show. I doubt I would have enjoyed either as much if I tried doing both at the same time.
 

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Escape to the Chateau, Season 1, 8/10; This UK produced documentary series has started on HGTV. It follows the exploits of a mature couple who have purchased a huge property in France, a "chateau". The 40+ room property has not been lived in for about 40 years and is in a state of disrepair but Dick and Angel are determined to make a go of it and turn into a home and business. Angel is so positive thinking her can do attitude is infectious. She is a bit eccentric but charming, witty has such enthusiasm for the property. Her husband Dick has the powers of a superhero as he tackles almost every challenge himself with a team of helpers drafted in from the UK. It's very entertaining.
 

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Escape to the Chateau, Season 1, 8/10; This UK produced documentary series has started on HGTV. It follows the exploits of a mature couple who have purchased a huge property in France, a "chateau". The 40+ room property has not been lived in for about 40 years and is in a state of disrepair but Dick and Angel are determined to make a go of it and turn into a home and business. Angel is so positive thinking her can do attitude is infectious. She is a bit eccentric but charming, witty has such enthusiasm for the property. Her husband Dick has the powers of a superhero as he tackles almost every challenge himself with a team of helpers drafted in from the UK. It's very entertaining.

Yeah. the wife likes that one....I'm ok.
 

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Blue Bloods - 6/10

Fairly enjoyable cop drama about a family of cops with Tom Selleck playing the police commissioner. The stories are well written and the actors are good, but it is cop porn and all of the social issues involving police are presented heavily to the cops' side and that gets overdone from time to time.

Still worth watching, though.
 

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The Crown, 7/10; A Netflix series that dramatizes the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II starting off with her childhood. It's mostly entertaining but does have lulls where it can be quite boring. I am starting to get in to the Princess Diana years and the weird stuff that went on there. Plus the Thatcher years are quite interesting as she copes with her missing son and the building Falklands crisis. This has been the best section of the series so far.
 

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The Crown, 7/10; A Netflix series that dramatizes the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II starting off with her childhood. It's mostly entertaining but does have lulls where it can be quite boring. I am starting to get in to the Princess Diana years and the weird stuff that went on there. Plus the Thatcher years are quite interesting as she copes with her missing son and the building Falklands crisis. This has been the best section of the series so far.

Aside from Gillian Anderson‘s performance as Thatcher, I thought this was the weakest season. Hours of a whiny Prince Charles.
 

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Only two episodes out so far. I’m liking it, definitely a change of pace from The Avengers. So far it is playing like a 50’s sitcom, it’s even in black & white, but little things keep happening to hint to them that this isn’t reality.
 

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So I started watching the Mandalorian. 4 Episodes in. It's obviously an old western series, Maybe Have Gun Will Travel or the Lone Ranger.

Or maybe I need to watch a few more episodes to see how the Baby Yoda storyline works out.
 

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So I started watching the Mandalorian. 4 Episodes in. It's obviously an old western series, Maybe Have Gun Will Travel or the Lone Ranger.

Or maybe I need to watch a few more episodes to see how the Baby Yoda storyline works out.

I felt more of a Lone Wolf and Cub vibe. There's a lot of fan service Easter Eggs in the show.
 

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So I started watching the Mandalorian. 4 Episodes in. It's obviously an old western series, Maybe Have Gun Will Travel or the Lone Ranger.

Or maybe I need to watch a few more episodes to see how the Baby Yoda storyline works out.

I felt more of a Lone Wolf and Cub vibe. There's a lot of fan service Easter Eggs in the show.

Not familiar with that one but I've never been much of a comic book person.

Also, I kept seeing Jon Favreau in the credits so I did a little research on him, wondering if it was the same guy as the actor. Holy shit, he's had quite a career.
 

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The Unforgotten, Season 1, 7/10; A murder mystery available on Amazon. During the demolition of a building in London a body is found that has been there for decades. The police investigate and a dogged detective sets out to find out who the body is and how they died. The body seems to be that of a Liverpool youth that went missing back in 1976 and forensic evidence shows the victim had been murdered. With few clues, the detective pieces together who the victim knew at the time and starts asking uncomfortable questions of the main characters who knew the victim back then and are potential suspects or have skeletons in the closet. Some really good performances from a number of fine British actors. The problem with these types of mini series is that they are all a bit formulaic. The plot introduces a number of characters who all have something to hide but are not necessarily the actual bad guy but things that are brought out from the past have a detrimental affect on their life anyway.
 

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The wife is watching Yellowstone. I only saw one scene...guy was fly fishing in rapids, standing in the middle of a six foot wide brook, casting upstream, the line was floating past him in seconds....he's decked out in all the gear...but is stupid, or inexperienced...either way, what am I supposed to make of this character from that point on....
 

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I'm 2 and 1/2 into season 5 of The Expanse.


So Amos isn't really Amos? He's Timmy?



This is going to be a good ride.
 

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I'm 2 and 1/2 into season 5 of The Expanse.


So Amos isn't really Amos? He's Timmy?



This is going to be a good ride.

Somebody forgot certain easter eggs in season 3. The same somebody needs to read "The Churn". It's a short story about life in Baltimore in the Expanse world.

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The Stand (2020 version)

I'm starting to wonder if James Marsden is the Ryan Gosling of TV shows. Neither are particularly good actors but both are in prominent TV/movies that are depressingly mediocre. The best thing I can say about this miniseries is that it gives me the chance to use the word discombobulated in a sentence. If you haven't read the book or seen the 1990's miniseries, you're going to be confused as fuck. And the thing is, it didn't have to be. A lot of problems could be fixed simply by resequencing the order of the scenes. The show suffers the same problems as Westworld, where they think confusing is the same as complicated and pretentious is the same as sophisticated.

Essentially what a stupid person thinks smart TV should look like.
No/10
 

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2/10

A psychopath goes around recruiting people in a clown murder cult because Trump won the 2016 election. I have no idea if this is supposed to be horror, comedy, or political satire. Regardless, it fails in every genre. The characters are unbelievably one-dimensional and stupid even for horror, the political commentary is superficial and stale to begin with and has not aged well during the Trump presidency, and the killer clown posse is a tired cliché. I would give it a 1/10 but it gets an extra point for the slight possibility that there may be some camp humor value for certain type of viewer. It's just so bad that it might be good.
 

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I am only about six episodes into the first season, so I can only comment on how it’s starting.

In principle this is the kind of show that I would like: rich world-building and long story arcs.

I avoided this for a while because I thought it might have a teeny-bopper vibe. The characters can be a little stereotypical at times, but they do take themselves seriously and exhibit some darker tones. There’s a little humor thrown in too but it’s not campy.

I do worry that the writing might not be as tight as I would like, with perhaps a bit too many different ideas in play at a single time.

So far, I deem it worthy of continuing to watch. Often times shows like this really come into their own, finding their voice and can get quite good.
 

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The Expanse (Season Five) - The good news. Well produced and generally a good story. The bad news? The screenwriters replaced nuanced Marcos plan for low hanging fruit llama drama. Awesome 50 minute episode dedicated to Naomi... never happened.

What bothers me most:

Okay, so the reporter starts off on testing of the protomolecule instead of the disappearing ships... but then at the end of the last episode, a ship disappears! Why change that?! The intrigue over what was happening with the missing ships provided a greater intensity. In the case of the show, they clearly show the ship disappearing, where in the book, the character and ship kind of just vanish, making you wonder what exactly happened.

Bigger complaint, season four has absolutely no purpose for having happened at all. Book four is the exposition that life in the ring is possible and the consequences of people choosing the ring (including Mars) was going to be catastrophic for the Belters. This is the part of the plot where you need to have empathy for the Belters and understanding that Marcos is right, in the sense there is a substantial problem that the Belters need to overcome because they are now obsolete. The amalgamation of Pa and Drummer pushed this through as they were supposed to be taking from Earthers heading to the ring and giving to the belt. After all, there is a specific reason Marcos wants the Ring. This is all dropped making Marcos into a one-dimensional villain who at times looks like he knows what he is doing. He is portrayed as a meglomaniac with control issues, but isn't provided what all villains need to be great villains, half of a good argument!

All of that could have replaced the needless Avasarla's attempt to uncover the plot and then the UN Secretary impeachment which wasn't needed. The rocks should have been a surprise, but they just told you what was going to happen.



One question I had regarding Alex and Bobby:

Didn't they eject their core to protect them from an attack? Yet, they were capable of high-G still. ???

 

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Due to my love for Dan Harmon I decided to take a stab at watching Community. It's awful. It's brilliant. It's super creative and clever. The characters are well rounded. It has everything necessary to be great. But the lamest idiot humour ever. I've watched all of season 1 and 2 and none of the jokes have landed. It's so incredibly lame and unfunny. No jokes are allowed to build over time. Almost no callbacks. Zero subtext in dialogue. It's just setup -> punch. Setup -> punch. Repeat -> forever.

Rick and Morty is amazing. Very well written with great dialogue. Dan Harmon the person has amazing humour. So incredibly funny. His Channel 101 stuff is.. well... amateurish delivery... but still funnier than this shit. Where did he go wrong? He has in interviews said that he was doing a lot of pills at the time. He had a serious addiction to sedatives that fucked his life up and eventually led to him being fired from the show, twice. So perhaps it's just that?

To me Community comes across as nothing but a tremendous waste of his talent. I don't get how this was so popular. It had a massive fanbase. It's a mystery to me.

But it is funny that Chevy Chase isn't acting. He's just being his non-charming self. But that is unintentional humour.

I'm going to drag myself through this shit just for the sake of having seen it all. But it is hard work.
 

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Godless, 7/10; A seven part miniseries available on Netflix. It's a western that tells the tale of a bad guy turned good. Roy Goode is a former member of a notorious gang of vicious robbers. He breaks away from the gang but is being hunted by them with its completely bonkers leader Frank Griffin obsessed with getting revenge. Roy makes matters worse by shooting Frank's arm which needs to be amputated. Roy recuperates from his injuries near a small, remote mining town that had most of the male inhabitants killed in a mining accident. The story is rather slow as Frank makes his way to town to get his revenge on Roy and anyone who dared give him shelter. The acting is good, characters are developed, music is fantastic and scenery too. The finale plays out well and the ending fades out gracefully.
 

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Season 6 of The Waltons. Then next will be season 7, etc... Then i might start over again with season 1. Or I might change subjects and watch a full Star Trek series. Or I might watch the Harry Potter series. Or i might watch the 26 episodes of the 1974 World at War documentary. Or I might watch either Ken Burns documentary series on the Civil War or WWII. I might watch the mini-series ROOTS. I don't know. But you can be sure it will be something I have already watched many times.

My theory is that if i have already seen it I won't miss anything if I don't pay attention.
 

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Season 6 of The Waltons. Then next will be season 7, etc... Then i might start over again with season 1. Or I might change subjects and watch a full Star Trek series. Or I might watch the Harry Potter series. Or i might watch the 26 episodes of the 1974 World at War documentary. Or I might watch either Ken Burns documentary series on the Civil War or WWII. I might watch the mini-series ROOTS. I don't know. But you can be sure it will be something I have already watched many times.

My theory is that if i have already seen it I won't miss anything if I don't pay attention.

Tried Longmire yet? I guarantee you will enjoy it. It starts out not exactly spectacular, but it hooks you with interesting characters and a riveting story arc.
 

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Season 6 of The Waltons. Then next will be season 7, etc... Then i might start over again with season 1. Or I might change subjects and watch a full Star Trek series. Or I might watch the Harry Potter series. Or i might watch the 26 episodes of the 1974 World at War documentary. Or I might watch either Ken Burns documentary series on the Civil War or WWII. I might watch the mini-series ROOTS. I don't know. But you can be sure it will be something I have already watched many times.

My theory is that if i have already seen it I won't miss anything if I don't pay attention.

Tried Longmire yet? I guarantee you will enjoy it. It starts out not exactly spectacular, but it hooks you with interesting characters and a riveting story arc.

Never heard of it but I'll look it up.

But it means watching something I have never watched before. ??????
 

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Season 6 of The Waltons. Then next will be season 7, etc... Then i might start over again with season 1. Or I might change subjects and watch a full Star Trek series. Or I might watch the Harry Potter series. Or i might watch the 26 episodes of the 1974 World at War documentary. Or I might watch either Ken Burns documentary series on the Civil War or WWII. I might watch the mini-series ROOTS. I don't know. But you can be sure it will be something I have already watched many times.

My theory is that if i have already seen it I won't miss anything if I don't pay attention.

Tried Longmire yet? I guarantee you will enjoy it. It starts out not exactly spectacular, but it hooks you with interesting characters and a riveting story arc.

Yes, I liked Longmire as well. Got to the 5th season. Will finish it as some point. My favorite current shows:
1. The Expanse season 5 - half way through, love this show. But not quite as good as previous seasons so far
2. Mr. Mercades - just finished season 1 and 2. Great show. Our whole family loved it. 5/5. Can't wait for season 3.
3. Cobra Kai: loved season 1. Got bored with season 2. Was okay. It became very dark. But last few episodes of season 3 were great. Looking forward to season 4.
 

blastula

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Mr. Mercedes is my favorite King tv adaptation by far. The third season is the weakest though. Surprised to see it's a David Kelly production, not his typical genre. But that guy's been on a roll lately. He also made Big Little Lies, The Undoing, and Big Sky, all good shit.
 

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The Expanse (Season Five) - The good news. Well produced and generally a good story.

One question I had regarding Alex and Bobby:

Didn't they eject their core to protect them from an attack? Yet, they were capable of high-G still. ???


Yeah, they kinda fell back on that trope.

Star Trek made "eject the warp/reactor core" into a fix-all "don't think about it too hard" solution.That aside, I thought they handled Alex's death very well. I did not see that coming (and no, I haven't read the books)



The thing that bugged me a little bit was

that they telegraphed the "Naomi sees something just off screen that saves her" thing several times during her attempt to get off the ship/bomb. Reminded me of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy gag where Ford (!) and Arthur are in the Vogon airlock and Ford finds the thing that will save them and then says something like "actually, no, we really are going to die."



On the plus side,

we finally got some brutally real emotions out of the famously stoic Drummer. Her character is becoming one of the most complex and difficult to nail down members of the cast. Add to that the fact that (and I watched an interview with her today) the actor is about as far as you can imagine from Drummer

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