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Re: What's your favourite TV program of the moment?
« Reply #1560 on: December 06, 2019, 10:41:18 PM »
I watched the 100 until the last season and then I could stomach no more of people wearing too much eye makeup beating the living crap out of each other if for no other reason than to indulge in some violence porn.

There was no real excuse for a plot any longer, no significant character development, just attractive young people engaged in violence.  What was the point?  The earlier seasons were better but they got progressively worse as if they couldn't really come up with any more interesting stories to tell.  It's too bad, as I think they had a talented cast but it really just lost direction.

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Re: What's your favourite TV program of the moment?
« Reply #1561 on: December 07, 2019, 04:30:34 AM »
We find it fascinating the Clark and Bellamy are an item in real life. You can see it bleed through in the shows, occasionally.
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« Reply #1562 on: December 07, 2019, 12:00:24 PM »
I didn't realize that.  When I last watched, Clarke was in a lesbian relationship with some woman that died, if I remember correctly, then she braved out the surface while people went back up into space.  She had a shot or transfusion of some extraordinary woman's blood that made her immune from radiation.  Good job and very suspenseful.  Her mother was still around then.  I think that show had 3 people over 30, the mother, her boyfriend, and another man of African descent, Thelonious (great name), who had been subjected to mind control of the evil robot woman (Alle?), but that was dispensed with a few seasons back, along with robot woman--you know, kind of like the bad angel on BSG who caused the big nuclear attack, she'd done the same thing here.  Bad robot!  Then he got right again and was good but I don't know if he's still around.  I think there was radiation that made the surface uninhabitable again.  Physics takes a back seat on this show. 

Some of them, led by Bellamy's sister, went into a subterranean space for a few years.  Clarke was with some young girl when the season started, and then there was more fighting underground and a big prison transport, that was never explained in any of the prior year's plots, came down out of the sky and Clarke was warily eyeing it from a distance.  That's when I pulled the plug.

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« Reply #1563 on: December 07, 2019, 02:55:43 PM »
I didn't realize that.  When I last watched, Clarke was in a lesbian relationship with some woman that died, if I remember correctly, then she braved out the surface while people went back up into space.  She had a shot or transfusion of some extraordinary woman's blood that made her immune from radiation.  Good job and very suspenseful.  Her mother was still around then.  I think that show had 3 people over 30, the mother, her boyfriend, and another man of African descent, Thelonious (great name), who had been subjected to mind control of the evil robot woman (Alle?), but that was dispensed with a few seasons back, along with robot woman--you know, kind of like the bad angel on BSG who caused the big nuclear attack, she'd done the same thing here.  Bad robot!  Then he got right again and was good but I don't know if he's still around.  I think there was radiation that made the surface uninhabitable again.  Physics takes a back seat on this show. 

Some of them, led by Bellamy's sister, went into a subterranean space for a few years.  Clarke was with some young girl when the season started, and then there was more fighting underground and a big prison transport, that was never explained in any of the prior year's plots, came down out of the sky and Clarke was warily eyeing it from a distance.  That's when I pulled the plug.

Spoiler alert:

Every episode from the point you left off contains even more mindless killing ... and then some.
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Re: What's your favourite TV program of the moment?
« Reply #1564 on: December 09, 2019, 06:41:58 AM »

I'm about to go on a 10 day holiday and am taking the 4th in the Volker Kutscher Berlin series (The Fatherland Files) to read as well as Paul Scott's The Jewel in the Crown, vol. 1 of the Raj Quartet, (I'm about of the way through it, but I may need a shove to get back into it.)  I was compelled to read each because of the fine television series that were made from them.  I also downloaded some urban history of Berlin, my destination.  I know individual buildings but have less of a sense of how the city developed.  There are plenty of Cold War intrigue type movies that take place there, but the Babylon Berlin series, 4 Blocks, Beat, etc. -- all contemporary tv shows, situate the viewer into the city at various points in its history.  The most recent movie I can think of that really moves the viewer through the city is Lola Rennt (translated as Run Lola Run), a movie so delightful that I just wanted to sit though it twice.  Fassbinder's stuff is more wartime related, so not as much a tribute to the capital (and then there's a few of the Jason Bourne flicks that dip in there from time to time).

I have not been to the city since before the Wall came down and when I was in the East it was with a state approved tour guide with a university group.  That was pretty weird in itself, but I'm looking forward to hanging out there and moving freely, although it won't be for nearly as long as I'd like. 


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Re: What's your favourite TV program of the moment?
« Reply #1565 on: December 19, 2019, 02:01:44 AM »
Volker Kutscher's Fatherland is best read while spending a week in Berlin visiting history museums.

I just watched 2 episodes of the 4th season of the Expanse and it didn't disappoint.

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Re: What's your favourite TV program of the moment?
« Reply #1566 on: December 19, 2019, 10:26:04 PM »
I'll be watching the star wars series as much as I can, but other than that I have been working all the time.  Ski park, very cool. Still cleaning the bar in the mornings.
 Mom wants to sell the family house and move to Wisconsin after a tour de'Illinois whilst we build on the property.  I say it'll take awhile to actually get situated in Wisconsin, but I'm glad I'll be in the support of a family network, while the kids are still young.
Makes me very happy that you went to Berlin this year, Six.  I better get some sleep for morn.  It's late here.  I still only work off wifi.
 

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Re: What's your favourite TV program of the moment?
« Reply #1567 on: December 19, 2019, 10:33:56 PM »
I lived in Wi for a number of years.  Where is the property?  I mostly stayed in south central, Madison area but I did venture to various places in other parts of the state.  It's beautiful there, but the winters are a bit harsh for me.  On the plus side, if you can get used to it and like ice fishing and cross country skiing, it can be a great place.

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Re: What's your favourite TV program of the moment?
« Reply #1568 on: December 19, 2019, 11:23:14 PM »
Rick and Morty has been catching a lot of poo for not surpassing itself for a while, but that was all proven to be cowpoo in Rattlestar Ricklactica.

Honestly I feel like they're making more the show they want to make rather than deliver to expectations, but with Rattlestar, they kicked the wheels off. It was nuts and fantastic. Interestingly enough, the previous episode - Claw and Hoarder: Special Rictim's Morty seemed like it was trying to make the audience uncomfortable, which is an interesting direction to go to.

The Mandalorian, I was honestly done after the first arc, so, three episodes? I mean the fourth one was good, but I felt done.

I've been putting off the last two seasons of SG-1 to try and wait on six to catch up.
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Re: What's your favourite TV program of the moment?
« Reply #1569 on: December 22, 2019, 04:16:21 AM »
Just finished season 4 of the Expanse in which we learn that people are either total dicks or noble and this sad tendency persists no matter where they might take it.

I was sort of sad that the infrastructure on Illus excluded the ultra cool subway system.  The tragedy of this series is that the engineering of the vanished aliens a) totally kicked ass and b) was insufficient to prevent their extinction.  I was also sorry to see Miller go.  His persona afforded an interesting exploration of the unplumbed depths of that vanished civilization.  I guess it's back to SG1 and Mrs. Maisel or something. p.s.  Murdry was really overwritten in the tv series.  He's a total homocidal maniac and all he missed was a big old Snydley Whiplash moustache to wrap around his finger while laughing maniacally.  The guy in the book was a little more nuanced.
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Re: What's your favourite TV program of the moment?
« Reply #1570 on: December 22, 2019, 04:33:48 AM »
I tried Witcher, and nope.

 I didn't even hit the annoying bit.

The swordplay is fantastic, I was very happy with the final killing sprint, but the stuff with Cintra bored the golly out of me. I understand Ciri is like the darling of the entire book and game series, but I never played Witcher. I didn't like her, I didn't like Cintra, and it felt like I was being dragged away from the show I wanted to watch whenever those naffs were on screen.

Now I hear the series is non chronological, and like, that's too clever. Like, Reservoir dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, I put it aside and just live with the mish-mashed sequence.

But a series? No, they win, they're too clever for me.

I didn't even bother with Westworld S2 after I heard how bent and clever it was.

Expanse just looked like the failed red faction pilot to me, paintballers with rayguns and 24 scary lady as grandma jack bauer. I suppose the whole "time is a flat circle" came around, since she's the one doing the torturing in expanse.
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Re: What's your favourite TV program of the moment?
« Reply #1571 on: December 22, 2019, 07:09:09 AM »
I tried Witcher, and nope.

 I didn't even hit the annoying bit.

The swordplay is fantastic, I was very happy with the final killing sprint, but the stuff with Cintra bored the golly out of me. I understand Ciri is like the darling of the entire book and game series, but I never played Witcher. I didn't like her, I didn't like Cintra, and it felt like I was being dragged away from the show I wanted to watch whenever those naffs were on screen.

Now I hear the series is non chronological, and like, that's too clever. Like, Reservoir dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, I put it aside and just live with the mish-mashed sequence.

But a series? No, they win, they're too clever for me.

I didn't even bother with Westworld S2 after I heard how bent and clever it was.

Expanse just looked like the failed red faction pilot to me, paintballers with rayguns and 24 scary lady as grandma jack bauer. I suppose the whole "time is a flat circle" came around, since she's the one doing the torturing in expanse.

I haven't seen Witcher, but I did watch the second season of Westworld.  I have not read the book, but it seems consonant with the premise of robots/replicants get pissed and want their own lives theme that we saw glimpses of in Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep).

I was puzzled by your comments re:  The Expanse.  Maybe because I've never seen 24.  I checked the Wikipedia to see who "grandma" might be, but the actress who plays Chrisjen Avasarala, UN Deputy Undersecretary of Executive Administration, Shohreh Aghdashloo, doesn't appear in the cast of 24, so I'm left scratching my head.  Maybe you are confusing her with someone else?  There are actors who look alike that I often confuse in other series, so I can see how it might be possible.

She isn't scary, in particular, she's reluctantly in power and trying to prevent things from going wrong (like wars, etc.) as one of the higher ups at the U.N.  That's one premise I never really got, the idea that the UN would ever be in a position to run a world government.  Anyone who dreams that up is a starry eyed optimist who never had any experience with the actual organization.  But Avasarala is a beautiful older woman who curses a good deal and is relatively effective in parrying power plays by her male counterparts and higher ups.

There are people who end up in power reluctantly, usually the good guys, and then there's people who for whatever reason-- blind drive for power, or misguided group identity (nationalism, ethnicity, etc.)-- who end up pushing against the greater good for selfish reasons.  It's an effective projection of geopolitics into the future.  There's mad scientists and people trying to advance humanity via unethical medical experiments, etc.  And then there's stuff that happens when we end up encountering the remains (technology, materials, artefacts) of a long vanquished alien civilization.   A great deal of the plot hinges on those encounters in the larger context of human expansion into the solar system and beyond.

I think it took me a while to warm up to it, kind of like Game of Thrones, but I ended up reading the series of books and found that it pretty faithfully follows the plot trajectory of those in the show.  Maybe you might give it another chance.  Or not.

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Re: What's your favourite TV program of the moment?
« Reply #1572 on: December 22, 2019, 07:14:27 AM »
https://24.fandom.com/wiki/Shohreh_Aghdashloo

Honestly, I feel bad that her and Alexander Siddig, bothered with 24.

Honestly,  I spend far too much time reading fanfic, and I'm STILL mad that I've yet to see a doctor Bashir (DS9) Doran Martel (GOT) fic.

Shohreh Aghdashloo though? She bad mang, I wouldn't want to piss her off.

Like, I'm a polite dude, most people like me IRL, but I'd be scared if I met her.

And holy golly was she wasted in that lousy star trek movie where Chris Pine rode a motorcycle.

Like, she's fantastic, she scares the poo out of me, and I'd respect her as an Admiral.
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« Reply #1573 on: December 22, 2019, 06:28:04 PM »
Thanks for the link.  Like I said, I've never watched 24.  I like Homeland and would be inclined to check it out if it is anything like it.  I don't think Homeland has come back yet for another season.

I'm in the middle of baking a bunch of cookies right now, so I have to cut this short.

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« Reply #1574 on: December 23, 2019, 02:55:00 AM »
I just finished the Man in the High Castle.  The ending was satisfying, although those screen writers attacked the book like a Marylander with a tableful of steamed crabs.  They picked every bit of meat and possible plot development they could out of it.  There was lots in the series that never appeared in the book.   The book was not nearly as optimistic.

I seem to be finishing up lots of stuff lately, novels, tv shows, etc.  That means I'll be tossing about for new stuff to watch in the new year and I'm open to suggestions.