Last TV series you watched and your rating.

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by Moggy » Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:39 am

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Moggy wrote:I only took the piss out of the smug gits wanting it to be in Russian when Chernobyl is actually in Ukraine.


Valery Legasov was Russian, as would have been most of the scientists and government officials. I don't think it's unrealistic to think that's how they would have been communicating.

Anyway, it is what it is. I personally found it a bit jarring and knocked a mark off for it. I totally understand it doesn't bother some people, and that's fine with me.


It would have had to have been in Russian for some characters and Ukrainian for others, with English used in some cases where people didn't speak one of the languages. I totally get why they just made the whole thing in English.

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by Jenuall » Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:29 pm

Killing Eve, Series 2 - 6/10 :dread:

They really dropped the ball with this one didn't they? Villanelle is still the best thing about it, but even she isn't given anywhere near enough to do here to help salvage things.

The first series was a really fresh take on the genre - answering the question of what kind of thriller you would get if people not normally involved in that genre got to make one, and the answer was something different and compelling. Here they just don't seem to know how to either recapture that same freedom or know how to push it forward to some next step.

Doesn't help that the whole thing takes so many liberties that the ability to suspend your disbelief is completely shot. Oh yeah just call the spooks up on your personal mobile, sure that makes sense. What's that, you need some special files - I'll just send them over email to you at home! "We're doing this by Moscow rules - no breaking cover, no contact"... but you'll keep tabs on her from across the strawberry floating road and meet each other regularly in public, speaking in your normal voices... :fp:

The plot doesn't give any indication that they know where they are going with it. Fiona Shaw's character was intriguingly vague and suspect in the first series, now it just seems like their taking the piss. And the whole "ghost" assassin stuff was pointless and nobody learned anything from it that we or the characters didn't already know.

It's not dead in the water by any means, but I've not experienced a drop off between series 1 and 2 like this since Heroes. :dread:

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by Pedz » Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:07 pm

Heroes went from 9/10 to 2/10 by the end it was -9001/10.

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by Jenuall » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:22 am

Pedz wrote:Heroes went from 9/10 to 2/10 by the end it was -9001/10.

I didn't even make it to the end, I bailed a few EPs into S3 I think - it was clear there was now at back!

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by mcjihge2 » Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:46 am

Jessica Jones S3. 7/10

Better than S2 but not as good as S1. It was OK, a bit more "detectivey" that others. Antagonist underused. 13 episodes could have been 10. I think Tennant was so good in S1 that cast a shadow on everything else. Better than LC2 and IF1, probably on a par with P2, not as good as DD or IF2.

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by Moggy » Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:50 am

Killing Eve - Season 1 - 8/10

There was so much hype around this that I think it suffered as I was expecting the best thing ever. It’s good, really good, but not the best thing I’ve seen this year.

Killing Eve - Season 2 - 7/10

The opposite of above, I’d heard it wasn’t as good as Season 1 and so my hype levels were low. Maybe watching straight after the first season helped, but I didn’t think it dropped very much in quality. It wasn’t as good, but was still good.

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by Cuttooth » Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:58 am

I'm only half way through S2 of Killing Eve but the dialogue is noticeably worse than the first season, with some absolute clangers of lines cropping up.

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by Denster » Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:17 pm

Completely agree that Chernobyl is peerless television. One aspect really irks for me though.
The scene in the bridge where they are watching the fire. Unaware that the Ash falling on them is radioactive was one that I found particularly stark and really beautifully done. At the end we are told that everyone on that bridge died subsequently. Obviously over time and from different conditions. Ie cancer, radiation poisoning etc.
This made that scene even more harrowing and poignant for me. Turns out this isn't true.

I know speculation on how many deaths have occurred (and from what source) have gone on since and clearly obfuscation by the authorities is a key theme of the show and of the event itself.
However, for them to make that claim falsely ruins it a tiny bit for me because I'd enjoyed that scene so much and thought it was brilliantly done.


I know artistic license and all that but for a show that didn't look to sensationalise things and didn't need to exaggerate anything. A show that appears to have attempted a high degree of historical accuracy. That's a sticking point for me.
9.5/10 because of it.

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by more heat than light » Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:11 pm

The Planets

I'm a sucker for anything space related, but this was absolutely exceptional. The CG is excellent and interspersed throughout with some incredible real footage, but the real draw here is Brian Cox, who excels in this kind of role. Fantastically and enthusiastically narrated and explained in a straightforward (but never condescending) manner, he manages to weave interesting stories and themes into the scientific material. It's utterly fascinating stuff, and if you have a few hours to spare I can highly recommend you stick the iPlayer on and give this a spin.

9/10

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PostRe: Last TV series you watched and your rating.
by Moggy » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:45 am

If anything I think MHTL scored The Planets too low. It was a wonderful show, but I am a sucker for anything with Professor Cox, even D:Ream. ;)

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by Vermilion » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:52 am

Moggy wrote:even D:Ream. ;)


Shame their biggest hit was spoiled by politics though.

But yeah, anyways, The Planets was excellent, though sadly i didn't see all the episodes and so might well see if i can pick it up on blu ray at some point.

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by Moggy » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:55 am

Vermilion wrote:
Moggy wrote:even D:Ream. ;)


Shame their biggest hit was spoiled by politics though.

But yeah, anyways, The Planets was excellent, though sadly i didn't see all the episodes and so might well see if i can pick it up on blu ray at some point.


How was U R The Best Thing ruined? :? :?:

Why don't you just use iPlayer? :lol:

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by Vermilion » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:12 am

Moggy wrote:Why don't you just use iPlayer? :lol:


I don't have a smart TV and so i'd have to watch it on the computer, which means the picture quality is vastly inferior (which, for a series like The Planets, is a big deal).

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by Moggy » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:15 am

Vermilion wrote:
Moggy wrote:Why don't you just use iPlayer? :lol:


I don't have a smart TV and so i'd have to watch it on the computer, which means the picture quality is vastly inferior (which, for a series like The Planets, is a big deal).


A NowTV/Fire stick would be cheaper than buying blu-rays and would give you access to the wonders of streaming. Or use a games console?

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by Vermilion » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:22 am

Moggy wrote:
Vermilion wrote:
Moggy wrote:Why don't you just use iPlayer? :lol:


I don't have a smart TV and so i'd have to watch it on the computer, which means the picture quality is vastly inferior (which, for a series like The Planets, is a big deal).


A NowTV/Fire stick would be cheaper than buying blu-rays and would give you access to the wonders of streaming. Or use a games console?


There's also the fact that i prefer physical media, because i'm a stubborn old git who dislikes change.

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by Moggy » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:24 am

Vermilion wrote:
Moggy wrote:
Vermilion wrote:
Moggy wrote:Why don't you just use iPlayer? :lol:


I don't have a smart TV and so i'd have to watch it on the computer, which means the picture quality is vastly inferior (which, for a series like The Planets, is a big deal).


A NowTV/Fire stick would be cheaper than buying blu-rays and would give you access to the wonders of streaming. Or use a games console?


There's also the fact that i prefer physical media, because i'm a stubborn old git who dislikes change.


Well I am sure they will release it on VHS for you.

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by Tafdolphin » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:27 am

Moggy wrote:
Vermilion wrote:
Moggy wrote:
Vermilion wrote:
Moggy wrote:Why don't you just use iPlayer? :lol:


I don't have a smart TV and so i'd have to watch it on the computer, which means the picture quality is vastly inferior (which, for a series like The Planets, is a big deal).


A NowTV/Fire stick would be cheaper than buying blu-rays and would give you access to the wonders of streaming. Or use a games console?


There's also the fact that i prefer physical media, because i'm a stubborn old git who dislikes change.


Well I am sure they will release it on VHS for you.


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PostRe: Last TV series you watched and your rating.
by Moggy » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:30 am

Tafdolphin wrote:
Moggy wrote:
Vermilion wrote:
Moggy wrote:
Vermilion wrote:
Moggy wrote:Why don't you just use iPlayer? :lol:


I don't have a smart TV and so i'd have to watch it on the computer, which means the picture quality is vastly inferior (which, for a series like The Planets, is a big deal).


A NowTV/Fire stick would be cheaper than buying blu-rays and would give you access to the wonders of streaming. Or use a games console?


There's also the fact that i prefer physical media, because i'm a stubborn old git who dislikes change.


Well I am sure they will release it on VHS for you.


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I hear the Betamax version is available already in Chechnya. Just wait for that.


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by Vermilion » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:55 am

Moggy wrote:Well I am sure they will release it on VHS for you.


Funny you should say that, i was still using VHS in 2005.

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PostRe: Last TV series you watched and your rating.
by Moggy » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:57 am

Vermilion wrote:
Moggy wrote:Well I am sure they will release it on VHS for you.


Funny you should say that, i was still using VHS in 2005.


The only surprise there is that you stopped using it in 2005.


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