Last TV series you watched and your rating.

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PostRe: Last TV series you watched and your rating.
by Jenuall » Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:36 am

Gemini73 wrote:Good Omens.

Never read the book, but I thoughly enjoyed that.

9/10

Conversely I have read the book several times and was somewhat disappointed by this.

It was really well cast (although Michael Mckean's Scottish accent is a frightening thing to behold!) with some fantastic performances throughout (although the kid playing Adam was a bit shite) and clearly a lot of care, love and attention had been put into how it looked and brought across everything that was in the original book (for the most part) but I think that was almost it's main failure. Whilst it is nice to get an adaptation which stays faithful to the book and with the firm hand of one of the authors overseeing the whole thing, that has led to the resulting series being somewhat bloated and seriously lacking in refinement of the pacing.

It's often annoying when something you love is adapted and they mess around with it too much, but this demonstrates that the opposite is not the answer - TV, film and books are all very different and there are good reasons to re-work something when adapting from one medium to another.

Good Omens works fantastically as a book, because books allow so much more time for introspection and can take more liberties with asides, and references and it's much easier to run several storylines concurrently in book form. Someone more au fait with what makes a great TV show should have been more heavily involved to spot where changes were necessary. That said I can forgive Gaiman, he agreed with Pratchett that any on screen adaptation should be faithful and can imagine put himself under immense personal pressure to hold that promise up after Terry's death.

Basically it's an impressively faithful transfer of the great book to the TV screen, but that in itself does not make it a great TV show.

7/10

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by Gemini73 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:57 am

Jenuall wrote:
Gemini73 wrote:Good Omens.

Never read the book, but I thoughly enjoyed that.

9/10

Conversely I have read the book several times and was somewhat disappointed by this.

It was really well cast (although Michael Mckean's Scottish accent is a frightening thing to behold!) with some fantastic performances throughout (although the kid playing Adam was a bit shite) and clearly a lot of care, love and attention had been put into how it looked and brought across everything that was in the original book (for the most part) but I think that was almost it's main failure. Whilst it is nice to get an adaptation which stays faithful to the book and with the firm hand of one of the authors overseeing the whole thing, that has led to the resulting series being somewhat bloated and seriously lacking in refinement of the pacing.

It's often annoying when something you love is adapted and they mess around with it too much, but this demonstrates that the opposite is not the answer - TV, film and books are all very different and there are good reasons to re-work something when adapting from one medium to another.

Good Omens works fantastically as a book, because books allow so much more time for introspection and can take more liberties with asides, and references and it's much easier to run several storylines concurrently in book form. Someone more au fait with what makes a great TV show should have been more heavily involved to spot where changes were necessary. That said I can forgive Gaiman, he agreed with Pratchett that any on screen adaptation should be faithful and can imagine put himself under immense personal pressure to hold that promise up after Terry's death.

Basically it's an impressively faithful transfer of the great book to the TV screen, but that in itself does not make it a great TV show.

7/10


I can appreciate that. I've no doubt had I read the book I would have probably felt as you do about the show. On the flip side, having thoroughly enjoyed the TV adaptation, I will be picking the book up.

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PostRe: Last TV series you watched and your rating.
by Moggy » Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:59 am

Jenuall there proving the rule that he is always wrong.

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by Tafdolphin » Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:00 pm

With a few exceptions that prove the rule of course.

Started watching Luther.

Series 1

7/10

It was ok. A few interesting subversions (the immediate "She did it" in the first episode made us laugh) and the arc was pretty well done.

Series 2

4/10

We're only on episode 4 but this has taken a massive dive in quality. The first two killers are based on such rubbish concepts (one doing it for the art, the second a ridiculous D&D pastiche) and their crimes are so reveled in by the show that it's become difficult to take it all seriously.

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by Rex Kramer » Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:50 pm

A 4/10 for season means you'll be dealing in negative numbers by the time you hit season 5.

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by Tafdolphin » Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:18 pm

We watched the final episode of season 2 just now and I think we're done. The ridiculousness of the bomb-vest wasn't what killed it for us, rather it was the inherent comparison we both instinctively made to a similar set-up in The Bodyguard. The latter did it so, so much better that we were bored rather than tense.

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by Oblomov Boblomov » Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:11 pm

I couldn't believe how gooseberry fool Luther was when I finally got round to watching it, having heard so many good things.

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by SandyCoin » Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:00 pm

Oblomov Boblomov wrote:I couldn't believe how gooseberry fool Luther was when I finally got round to watching it, having heard so many good things.


Really? I've not seen it in years but remember thoroughly enjoying it. Kinda scared to go back to it now.

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by Ironhide » Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:57 pm

Been watching Another Life and am about ready to abandon it, its basically a lesson in how not to make a decent sci-fi show.

There's far too much dodgy science like an alien virus which evolved in an entirely different environment to us somehow being able to infect humans resulting in the nervous system literally climbing out of someone's spine :lol: and the crew are all utterly incompetent wankers who have in six episodes gotten five other crewmembers killed.

Its shite.

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by Pedz » Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:11 pm

Sounds fun, the 'everyone is gooseberry fool' not the dodgy science.

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by Ironhide » Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:28 pm

Pedz wrote:Sounds fun, the 'everyone is gooseberry fool' not the dodgy science.


That's why I''m still watching it, I want to see what idiotic gooseberry fool happens next.

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by Peter Crisp » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:52 am

I couldn't take it any more after about 3 episodes as the crew are just so amazingly stupid and annoying.
They all act like spoiled, rich american schoolkids and seem to be on the brink of mutiny at all times for being given even the tiniest bit of work to do and they seem to need reminding every 5 minutes that they're on a mission to save the entire human race.

Also you just know the little girl on Earth is going to come up with some genius idea that will stop that alien crystal thing they're trying to communicate with and why she hasn't been told the likelihood of her mother not coming back from what is essentially a suicide mission is pretty low I have no idea.

It's easily the worst sci-fi show I'v seen in a long, long time.

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PostRe: Last TV series you watched and your rating.
by Pedz » Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:04 pm

Probably better than Star Trek, though.

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by The Watching Artist » Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:02 pm

Luther was always ridiculous. But I enjoyed it, far more for its symbolism and characters then the actual crimes.

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by Moggy » Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:37 pm

The Watching Artist wrote:Luther was always ridiculous. But I enjoyed it, far more for its symbolism and characters then the actual crimes.


This. If you’re watching it as a serious drama then you’re watching it wrong.

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by Tafdolphin » Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:03 pm

We never took it too seriously, but its schlock went from entertaining to absurd over the course of the first 2 series.

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by Rex Kramer » Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:35 pm

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing Season 2 10/10

Everything that is wonderful about our little country and none of the shitty bits. The nicest thing I've seen on TV in quite some time, just perfect.

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by Moggy » Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:40 pm

Rex Kramer wrote:Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing Season 2 10/10

Everything that is wonderful about our little country and none of the shitty bits. The nicest thing I've seen on TV in quite some time, just perfect.


100% this. I’ve got zero interest in fishing but this is just a beautiful show.

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PostRe: Last TV series you watched and your rating.
by Gemini73 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:08 pm

Finished S2 of Preacher. Really enjoyed that. 8/10

Will begin S3 soon enough.

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by Peter Crisp » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:57 pm

I'm in the middle of a marathon re-watching of The X-Files and I'm up to series 4 episode 10 and I now want to believe in all conspiracy theories however stupid they are.

There's nowhere near as many episodes about aliens as I remember though and the extra characters hardly ever show up in the first 4 series. Still bloody amazing though and I'm going for the full 90's experience by watching in DVD quality with a series 1 - 9 box set I bought years ago :wub: .

4K picture quality is for pussies :shifty: .
The picture looks strawberry floating terrible on a 55" TV.

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