Last TV series you watched and your rating.

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by Gemini73 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:10 am

Van Helsing S3

I don't know why I forced my way through this because whilst the premise is sound the direction and acting continues to be awful, particularly from the lead role. For the writing itself in an attempt to give viewers a strong female lead they've instead ended up with an annoying dullard who always wades in with her size tens and makes a hash of everything. To make matters worse the actress can't, well, act and produces some of the most hilarious "I'm a mean badass" grimaces ever.

4/10

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by Vermilion » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:52 pm

War & Peace (BBC 2015)

I CHALLENGE YOU/10

Truly magnificent.

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by Ironhide » Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:09 pm

Gemini73 wrote:Van Helsing S3

I don't know why I forced my way through this because whilst the premise is sound the direction and acting continues to be awful, particularly from the lead role. For the writing itself in an attempt to give viewers a strong female lead they've instead ended up with an annoying dullard who always wades in with her size tens and makes a hash of everything. To make matters worse the actress can't, well, act and produces some of the most hilarious "I'm a mean badass" grimaces ever.

4/10



It's one of my guilty pleasure shows.

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by RichardUK » Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:11 pm

Z Nation, Series 1-5

10/10 really enjoyed it

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by Ecno » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:01 pm

The Umbrella Academy 9/10- I really enjoyed this. Do agree that it's slightly slow paced, but I also thought the build up was slightly better than the finale. Everyone needs to watch this to make sure Netflix green light a second season.

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by Jenuall » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:50 am

Tafdolphin wrote:
Jenuall wrote:The Umbrella Academy - Netflix - 7.5/10

Solid but ultimately slightly disappointing super hero action. I've never read the comics so have no idea how authentic this is to the original source material, but it's a fun enough series that I would recommend to fans of the genre.

I'd say it drags a little and could have done with some tightening up, either in cutting the episodes to 45 mins or maybe dropping from 10 to 8 or 9 episodes in total. They establish some interesting characters and relationships but don't necessarily take that much advantage of these in the current run which is a shame, but bodes well for future development I guess. The ending is a bit of a let down but does set things up well for a second series.

This all sounds like I think it's a bit gooseberry fool but just to be clear I really enjoyed it for the most part!


I'd go so far as to give it an 8 I think, but you're absolutely right about the pacing. It's criminally slow in parts, with large amounts of plot occurring simply because one character didn't reveal something to the others despite them having every reason to.

To be fair its character work is strong enough that when someone (eg Number Five) fails to reveal crucial info you could, if you're being generous, see it as a character trait rather than the writers artificially extending the narrative tension. But its still egregious at some points.

Apart from that though it's great. As mentioned the characters are all excellent (except perhaps Allison who isn't really given all that much to do), the world building unique enough to excuse the rather dull 'avert the apocalypse' greater plot, and the whole thing looks and sounds brilliant. The use of licenced music is especially great.

Really can't wait for season 2.

(Interesting fact: the creator of the comic series? Gerard Way, the lead singer of My Chemical Romance!)


Yeah it probably is worth an 8 on reflection. It was a great watch for the most part, just needed a bit more care taken over the pacing and structure and I still feel they took advantage of some of the interesting character work and relationships as well as they could - but again that gives them plenty to work with for season 2.

Agree on the frustrations around how much of the plot is simply a result of characters not talking to each other, this caused a few grumbles from me as well.

Really hoping they build on this for a fantastic season 2, there is a lot to like so I'm certainly looking forward to it.

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by Gemini73 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:27 am

The Ted Bundy Tapes

Fascinating, terrifying, bewildering, upsetting.

My own conclusion is that even with the nature of Ted's terrible crimes I still do not, or ever will support the death penalty.

10/10

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PostRe: Last TV series you watched and your rating.
by Moggy » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:20 pm

Gemini73 wrote:The Ted Bundy Tapes

Fascinating, terrifying, bewildering, upsetting.

My own conclusion is that even with the nature of Ted's terrible crimes I still do not, or ever will support the death penalty.

10/10


I keep meaning to watch that but think better of it and end up watching something lighthearted.

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by Gemini73 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:55 pm

Moggy wrote:
Gemini73 wrote:The Ted Bundy Tapes

Fascinating, terrifying, bewildering, upsetting.

My own conclusion is that even with the nature of Ted's terrible crimes I still do not, or ever will support the death penalty.

10/10


I keep meaning to watch that but think better of it and end up watching something lighthearted.


Get and watch it.

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by Moggy » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:57 pm

Gemini73 wrote:
Moggy wrote:
Gemini73 wrote:The Ted Bundy Tapes

Fascinating, terrifying, bewildering, upsetting.

My own conclusion is that even with the nature of Ted's terrible crimes I still do not, or ever will support the death penalty.

10/10


I keep meaning to watch that but think better of it and end up watching something lighthearted.


Get and watch it.


The world is depressing enough at the moment. :lol:

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by Rex Kramer » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:59 pm

After Life

I really quite liked this. I can't really related to the main characters position but it did seem a very heartfelt representation of grief. It's not especially funny, even in a dark sense though it does have one scene in episode 5 that had me literally crying. Reminded me a lot of Detectorists, maybe the cinematography (sunny, english village setting). Not overly trite though the ending does tip over into maybe being a little too saccharine sweet.

8.5/10

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by RichardUK » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:51 pm

Derek - Series 1, I didn’t think I would like it at first but I really got into it and the last episode had me crying like a baby, I’m watching the second series now, 7/10

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by Rex Kramer » Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:39 am

Moggy wrote:The Expanse – Season 3 – 10/10

I heard Amazon had picked up the series after it was cancelled, but I only realised last week that they had Season 3 up. If you loved the first 2 seasons then you should love this one, more of the Earth/Mars/Belter politics with added protomolecule madness.

About halfway through this and I've got to agree, it's strawberry floating fantastic, I'd say better than the previous 2 series and I loved those. Plus, it taught me the correct pronunciation for Nguyen which in my mind is a nguyen-nguyen situation.

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by Garth » Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:09 am

Yeah, season 3 was fantastic, glad Amazon picked it up for season 4.

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by SandyCoin » Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:39 am

Speaking of Amazon, I've recently been giving American Gods a go. Not really sure what I think about it to be honest. I find a lot of the scenes just seem to drag, but with very little going on. I'm not keen on any of the characters either, and the lead who plays Shadow really isn't very good at all. Not that I'm surprised as I disliked him all those years ago in Dream Team.

I'm 4 episodes in and not convinced I will be missing out on much if I give up on it, as each episode I've struggled to stay awake. It also seems to think it's more stylish than it actually is. All this slow mo is pretty pointless :dread: .

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PostRe: Last TV series you watched and your rating.
by Ironhide » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:19 pm

I wrote:
Gemini73 wrote:Van Helsing S3

I don't know why I forced my way through this because whilst the premise is sound the direction and acting continues to be awful, particularly from the lead role. For the writing itself in an attempt to give viewers a strong female lead they've instead ended up with an annoying dullard who always wades in with her size tens and makes a hash of everything. To make matters worse the actress can't, well, act and produces some of the most hilarious "I'm a mean badass" grimaces ever.

4/10



It's one of my guilty pleasure shows.


Just started watching S3 and get the district impression that someone working on the show is a massive Soundgarden fan, every episode is named after a Soundgarden song.

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by fry87 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:57 am

Russian Doll - Excellent. Really enjoyed this. It's funny and clever and with it's short, limited run of episodes never loses momentum. I have mixed feelings on whether I'd want to see another series of this, as it works so well as a single series. 9/10

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PostRe: Last TV series you watched and your rating.
by Moggy » Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:05 am

Narcos: Season One – 9.5/10

I had obviously heard of Pablo Escobar but I didn’t realise the sheer extent of what he got up to and just how much money he made. strawberry float me it is unbelievable stuff but Wikipedia tells me the outrageous stuff is mostly true.

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by Ironhide » Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:50 pm

Moggy wrote:Narcos: Season One – 9.5/10

I had obviously heard of Pablo Escobar but I didn’t realise the sheer extent of what he got up to and just how much money he made. strawberry float me it is unbelievable stuff but Wikipedia tells me the outrageous stuff is mostly true.


One of the maddest things is that he's responsible for introducing hippos to Columbia, he had some in his own personal zoo which escaped after his death, they're now breeding in the wild.

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by Moggy » Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:08 pm

Ironhide wrote:
Moggy wrote:Narcos: Season One – 9.5/10

I had obviously heard of Pablo Escobar but I didn’t realise the sheer extent of what he got up to and just how much money he made. strawberry float me it is unbelievable stuff but Wikipedia tells me the outrageous stuff is mostly true.


One of the maddest things is that he's responsible for introducing hippos to Columbia, he had some in his own personal zoo which escaped after his death, they're now breeding in the wild.


Yeah I had heard of that before. It’s crazy to think that cocaine has caused hippos to become South American. :lol:


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