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Re: The TV thread
« Reply #135 on: August 21, 2018, 01:02:19 PM »
If you like campy, quirky fun, kind of like The Good Place, I can't recommend Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet enough. Olyphant and Drew Barrymore are both great and the kid from the new Vacation movie is actually hilarious. Fiance and I loved it, can't wait for season three.

Might just have to give it a go...

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Re: The TV thread
« Reply #136 on: August 22, 2018, 05:19:37 PM »
If you like campy, quirky fun, kind of like The Good Place, I can't recommend Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet enough. Olyphant and Drew Barrymore are both great and the kid from the new Vacation movie is actually hilarious. Fiance and I loved it, can't wait for season three.

I enjoyed season one a lot and season two slightly less but overall it is very good for all the reason you mention.

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Re: The TV thread
« Reply #137 on: August 27, 2018, 10:43:15 AM »
Did anyone watch Sharp Objects on HBO? Limited series, only one season, based on the book and adapted for the channel by Gillian Flynn, starring Amy Adams? Because it was insanely good.

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Re: The TV thread
« Reply #138 on: August 31, 2018, 09:59:03 AM »
Did anyone watch Sharp Objects on HBO? Limited series, only one season, based on the book and adapted for the channel by Gillian Flynn, starring Amy Adams? Because it was insanely good.

It's on my watchlist.

Watched the first episode of Amazon's Jack Ryan series last night, been looking forward to it since it was announced. Decent pace and well written, really looking forward to seeing the rest of the series. Always enjoyed this character from the Clancy books, and I'm hoping this is a good reboot. The character deserves it.
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Re: The TV thread
« Reply #139 on: September 06, 2018, 01:00:00 PM »
Justified
Seasons 1-6
Timothy Olyphant Walton Goggins


Justified tells a good story with a couple of main characters that firmly grab you and raise your interest in their arcs. Some others, not so much.
Olyphant plays Ralyan Givens who we meet straight away and are immediately introduced to the gray area he lives in as a Deputy US Marshall.
After the opening act our hero is transferred from Miami back home to Kentucky where he has a series long battle with local frenemy Boyd Crowder, played expertly by Walton Goggins of The Shield.

His former love interest, Ava Crowder, annoyingly portrayed by Joelle Carter, has a constant presence used primarily as an irritant or plot device revolving around Givens in one respect or another. She does, however, have substance as a character but it was primarily the way she was written that upset my waters.
Nick Searcy is the Chief and had brought Raylan in primarily to sack Boyd Crowder but as you can imagine he soon regrets his decision as Givens tends to go the Gary Cooper route more often than not. He does add to the cowboy tint that Justified unapologetically revives. He and Givens are flanked by two other deputies, Erica Tazel and Jacob Pitts. Both do god job in supporting roles although Tazel does seem a shade out of her element when
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she is promoted to interim chief.
but that doesn't diminish any real value of the series.
The backdrop for Justified is the dying coal mining industry and a county that depended on that element to survive. Within that scope, we are subjected to rednecks galore, meaning moonshine, weed and anything else you would guess a poor rural community would engage in in order to not only pass the time but to make a buck as well.
I seriously doubt the US Marshalls would have such a presence in everyday law enforcement activities, we are asked to go along with it, which we do and it is a fun, interesting ride.
The story is deep and compelling, told with a tinge of reality and an abundance of tv tropes.
What bothers me most is that everyone
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 is shot and everyone recovers so remarkably well, and quickly, and heres the bigger issue; it wasn't even required in some instances in order to tell the story.
Thats entertainment and I get it, but it really gets old.
Characters acting out of their realm because more drama is needed, i.e.
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Winona Hawkins, aka Natalie Zea, taking $100 from evidence who takes it to a bank to see if it was real...first off, wt actual f of a reason is that? Her character, a court reporter, would certainly know this already plus be well aware of the risks. Secondly of course she and the bank were then robbed giving us our secondary arc for the season.

I find Im in the minority on these complaints but even so, it doesn't detract from the enjoyment. This was a perfect vehicle for Olyphant to become a more visible and bankable star. I see it is a rather highy regarded series by many and I applaud and ride along with that recommendation, just dont expect The Wire, Sopranos or Deadwood.

4/5

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Re: The TV thread
« Reply #140 on: September 14, 2018, 08:09:09 PM »
I like Ozark, season 1 was pretty good, and season 2 is even better so far



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Re: The TV thread
« Reply #141 on: September 20, 2018, 12:20:23 PM »
so buc, yea, just blew through Sharp Objects and was thoroughly engrossed.
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Im still not sure about Alan and although it was obvious to me Adora nor John killed Natalie and Ann, I wasn't ready for it to be Amma. I was so tuned in to Alan and Johns gf, I didnt see that coming at all. Funny thing is, now that I know, its so obvious.
However, we never discovered about the blood found in Natalie's home suggesting her brother was the killer, or I missed it if we did.
Was that where she was killed? I couldn't tell from the quick scenes in the credits.
Finally, two times in this series, the director used Led Zeppelin's In the evening but just the start of the song where Plant sings, "In the evening..." but cuts before the music starts. The fact he used it again in the final scene and let it play was amazing.

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Re: The TV thread
« Reply #142 on: September 20, 2018, 12:58:39 PM »
Here's my thoughts Crewe:

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I'd been thinking it was Amma and her friends ever since the scene in the convience store (which I think the finale flashed back to) where the girls said that the popular girls aren't being murdered. I think the show wanted you to believe they were just ambivalent teenagers, but perhaps due to watching too many of these or because of Amma's swings (like when she confronted her sister with the detective and stuck that gum in her hair, which is freaking disgusting and cruel). So I wasn't caught off guard, surprised by how it got there though.

As for the blood, in that brief clip at the end which shows each killing, she can clearly be seen killing that girl under the bed. Now, why no one knew they were together, how she kept from leaving any fingerprints or anything (or maybe, since they were friends, her fingerprints being there didn't come into question), I dunno, but yeah, they do show it. The other girl was the one getting held down by the two friends while Amma was doing her thing. 

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Re: The TV thread
« Reply #143 on: September 20, 2018, 02:09:30 PM »
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I was thinking thats where it happened because that was an obvious plothole if not. I didnt examine the credit scene but I probably should.
I dont recall the specifities in the convenience store scene you're referring to, but I obviously didnt lend it much weight. I am generally on top of these types of shows and am miffed I got swerved lol

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Re: The TV thread
« Reply #144 on: September 20, 2018, 02:16:50 PM »
Jack Ryan

Blew through this one right before Sharp Objects.

I really like John Krasinski and I can get behind him as Jack Ryan, most of the time, but, sometimes, all I see is Jim.
However,
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I kinda like the fact that he's not a super bad ass just yet and they really had to temper the "Im just an analyst" personality because it could have been too much. I thought Wendell Pierce (Bunk from The Wire) was a great addition but I hope he's not a one season character.
They did invest a little time in to telling his story so maybe he will be back.


I wasn't overwhelmed but I am interested to see the net installment.

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Re: The TV thread
« Reply #145 on: September 20, 2018, 04:57:01 PM »
Jack Ryan

Blew through this one right before Sharp Objects.

I really like John Krasinski and I can get behind him as Jack Ryan, most of the time, but, sometimes, all I see is Jim.
However,
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I kinda like the fact that he's not a super bad ass just yet and they really had to temper the "Im just an analyst" personality because it could have been too much. I thought Wendell Pierce (Bunk from The Wire) was a great addition but I hope he's not a one season character.
They did invest a little time in to telling his story so maybe he will be back.


I wasn't overwhelmed but I am interested to see the net installment.

I think I've got about 4 episodes left of this one and really want to finish it off, but got sidetracked by Spider-Man and football season lol.
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Re: The TV thread
« Reply #146 on: September 21, 2018, 12:49:31 AM »
Jack Ryan

Blew through this one right before Sharp Objects.

I really like John Krasinski and I can get behind him as Jack Ryan, most of the time, but, sometimes, all I see is Jim.
However,
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I kinda like the fact that he's not a super bad ass just yet and they really had to temper the "Im just an analyst" personality because it could have been too much. I thought Wendell Pierce (Bunk from The Wire) was a great addition but I hope he's not a one season character.
They did invest a little time in to telling his story so maybe he will be back.


I wasn't overwhelmed but I am interested to see the net installment.

I think I've got about 4 episodes left of this one and really want to finish it off, but got sidetracked by Spider-Man and football season lol.

So yea, priorities lol

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Re: The TV thread
« Reply #147 on: October 23, 2018, 12:38:23 PM »
Jack Ryan

Blew through this one right before Sharp Objects.

I really like John Krasinski and I can get behind him as Jack Ryan, most of the time, but, sometimes, all I see is Jim.
However,
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I kinda like the fact that he's not a super bad ass just yet and they really had to temper the "Im just an analyst" personality because it could have been too much. I thought Wendell Pierce (Bunk from The Wire) was a great addition but I hope he's not a one season character.
They did invest a little time in to telling his story so maybe he will be back.


I wasn't overwhelmed but I am interested to see the net installment.

Finally wrapped this up...thought it was enjoyable enough and paced pretty well, and the story arc was interesting for a lot of characters.

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Agreed with Wendell Pierce as Jim Greer, he was awesome. And the fact that he was made Station Chief in Moscow really has me hoping they may tackle the events of the "Cardinal of the Kremlin" novel a bit in Season Two. Always felt that was one of Clancy's best books in the Ryan series.

The drone pilot's story was meh...I get what they were trying to do with it in regards to the human cost and what not, but feels like it went nowhere. Also thought his little encounter with the dude at the casino and his wife might play into something more, but nothing.


Anyone check out the new Doctor Who yet? Really enjoying Jodie Whittaker so far.
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Re: The TV thread
« Reply #148 on: October 23, 2018, 12:45:21 PM »
Im pretty much on par with you there norm

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Re: The TV thread
« Reply #149 on: October 23, 2018, 01:05:41 PM »
Anyone check out the new Doctor Who yet? Really enjoying Jodie Whittaker so far.

Fiance and I have been watching it. I'm not a huge Who fan, I don't get into a lot of that BBC stuff, but I've seen some Matt Smith episodes and a lot of Capaldi, and even I can already tell the writing this season has been extraordinarily sharp. And yes, Whittaker is great as the Doctor.

 

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