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Re: Favorite TV shows

Postby Glaucon » Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:48 pm

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Current TV shows that I like.

The Man in the High Castle. The Germans and Japanese won WW II. Phillip Dick-inspired science fiction. Broody, gloomy, but pretty good.
Narcos. Cocaine-rings galore. Rather fact-based, with plenty of history and politics mixed in. Serious, in a way, but still made with the sort of pace and story-telling you expect from good TV series nowadays.
Game of Thrones: High-quality fantasy with lots of torture, politics, sex and character death. Some things can grow a little tired (especially the endless torture) but still manages to awe me at times.
Last Week Tonight: Comedy around the news. Very liberal/left-wing, and a bit predictable in that sense but still manages to come up with surprisingly in-depth specials.
Westworld: Semi-self-aware robots in a wild west theme park. Holds down a chord for very long, but quite well done. Very interested to see where they will take this. Might not go anywhere, but we will see.
Walking Dead: The latest season is far from my favorite, so far (too much reinforcing of one single message, episode after episode), but not up to the level of making me giving up wanting to know what happens next. And with this sort of world, I am always interested in learning what is waiting behind the next bush or fork in the road.
Stranger Things: Stephen King/Spielberg-like thing set in the 80s, with small town sheriffs, kids on bicycles, ESP and some horror stuff. Very much a blast from the past, but quite enjoyable if you like that sort of thing.
Better Call Saul: A kind of Breaking Bad prequel around a struggling lawyer (Saul in Breaking Bad). Slow-paced, to the point of being art-house cinema at times. Low violence and action. But as far as I am concerned, my favorite at the moment.
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Re: Favorite TV shows

Postby Tantus » Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:09 am

TV Shows had improved over the past couple of years but it feels like another slump. There's a definite shift towards Sci-fi / Fantasy shows now, possibly from the successes of GoT and superhero movies of the past years.



Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, A pair of English gentlemen attempt to revive old magic! Very stylish and a good performance all round. It's the sort of British TV I can watch without cringing and feeling guilty that I prefer US TV SHOWS!

The Fall, Another British show that recently concluded, this time starring Gillian Anderson too. It follows a serial killer and the stalking of his victims, Season 1 is easily on a par with Hannibal. Predictably(for Britain) the show generated complaints which turned S02 and S03 into something palatable for old ladies. And that's the problem with British TV.

The Night Manager, Yet another British short-series which was well received. It is a very British spy drama, which may or may not work globally. Recent British spy shows tend to be more leftist, focused on government conspiracies and collusion(Like the Worricker series). Whilst US shows still tend towards an agent's mission to slaughter all foreigners and protecting US soil!



Banshee, Easily one of the best shows in recent years. It's like, if you took an absurdly violent and sexual graphic novel and turned it into a TV show, you have Banshee.

The Expanse, A moderately paced sci-fi show which improves through the episodes towards a nice finale where things finally start coming together. S02 begins in a couple of months and I would recommend it.

Colony, It's like a modern day V. Aliens have occupied the Earth and a small resistance is forming. The persistent theme of the show is, would you sacrifice your family for the good fight, or become a collaborator and see them protected. The show has potential going into S02 which begins early next year.

Marvel, Netflix are really going to town with their Marvel Superhero series of shows. Daredevil is the better of them, S02 introduces the Punisher along with one of the most violent prison scenes I've seen in recent years. And this show is rated (15)! But, Netflix needs to pick up the pace with real, challenging super-villains. Luke Cage against street thugs isn't interesting. Jessica Jones is not something I would admit to watching, but yeah... it's not a bad show. There are a host of other titles in the works and these characters will form up for a series of The Defenders next year.
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Re: Favorite TV shows

Postby Oor » Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:36 am

If you're not watching Planet Earth 2, there's something wrong with you.
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Re: Favorite TV shows

Postby Tamar Luminos » Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:05 pm

Let's see...Blacklist, Dark Matter, Penny Dreadful, Legends of Tomorrow/Flash, Good Mythical Morning/Buddy System (watch it with my son), Star v. the Forces of Evil, Steven Universe, The Regular Show in Space, The Magicians- that seems to be what we're all watching here now.
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Re: Favorite TV shows

Postby Glaucon » Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:37 pm

Tantus wrote:Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, A pair of English gentlemen attempt to revive old magic! Very stylish and a good performance all round. It's the sort of British TV I can watch without cringing and feeling guilty that I prefer US TV SHOWS!


I read the book it was based on. Enjoyed that. Watched most of the TV show. For me, it just lacked the understated nature of the books. The characters were too over-the-top, for me. Had I not read the book, I think I'd have liked this one more.

Tantus wrote:The Night Manager, Yet another British short-series which was well received. It is a very British spy drama, which may or may not work globally.


I could have added this to my list. Very well-made series. Hugh Laurie is great in it.[/quote]

Tantus wrote:Banshee, Easily one of the best shows in recent years. It's like, if you took an absurdly violent and sexual graphic novel and turned it into a TV show, you have Banshee..


Ah, had heard of it. But forgotten to check it out. Gonna.

Tantus wrote:The Expanse, A moderately paced sci-fi show which improves through the episodes towards a nice finale where things finally start coming together. S02 begins in a couple of months and I would recommend it.


Seen it. The story is pretty good. Not the usual procedural stuff. In my opinion, the acting is okay, but not great and production values aren't HBO-level, but I might check out season two as well.

Tantus wrote:Colony: It's like a modern day V. Aliens have occupied the Earth and a small resistance is forming. The persistent theme of the show is, would you sacrifice your family for the good fight, or become a collaborator and see them protected. The show has potential going into S02 which begins early next year.


Tried a bit of it. Looked fun, sorta. Well made and all, but the cliche's piled on quickly. Story matters to me. I bailed on it.

Tantus wrote:Marvel, Netflix are really going to town with their Marvel Superhero series of shows. Daredevil is the better of them, S02 introduces the Punisher along with one of the most violent prison scenes I've seen in recent years. And this show is rated (15)! But, Netflix needs to pick up the pace with real, challenging super-villains. Luke Cage against street thugs isn't interesting. Jessica Jones is not something I would admit to watching, but yeah... it's not a bad show. There are a host of other titles in the works and these characters will form up for a series of The Defenders next year.


I find it funny that you say 'guilty pleasure' about Jessica Jones. I know some guys that pretty much had the same reaction. Apparently, having a female lead makes it to much of a chick-thing for guys to admit to liking it. Especially because there is some 'rape-related' character-background drama involved, perhaps.

I actually quite liked it. Good story. One of the most Interesting villains I have seen. The best of the ones you mentioned, I feel. Daredevil season one was good, but it lost me during the second season. I gave Luke Cage a try as well. The writers obviously thought the way to go was to just to rehash every Harlem chilche they could come up with. The punisher? That guy looks too much like too many avatars with mesh heads I see in Second Life. :teehee:

Tamar Luminos wrote:Let's see...Blacklist, Dark Matter, Penny Dreadful, Legends of Tomorrow/Flash, Good Mythical Morning/Buddy System (watch it with my son), Star v. the Forces of Evil, Steven Universe, The Regular Show in Space, The Magicians- that seems to be what we're all watching here now.


I don't know all of those. Haven't seen any of them, except Penny Dreadful (good first season, but didn't work for me at the start of season 2 and, from what I heard, it didn't get better after that).

Oor wrote:If you're not watching Planet Earth 2, there's something wrong with you.


There clearly is. But sure... who doesn't love David Attenborough's accent? Does it have penguins? I love penguins. They so funny.
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Re: Favorite TV shows

Postby Glaucon » Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:58 pm

Gave Banshee a shot. True, it is kinda porny. Sex-porn and violence-porn. But hey. Still pretty enjoyable. Thanks for the tip.
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Re: Favorite TV shows

Postby Oor » Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:14 pm

I enjoyed "Glitch". Australian 6-parter about some people who come back from the dead one night.
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Re: Favorite TV shows

Postby Qingwen » Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:45 am

Netflix's "The Crown" (cast is fantastic)
...and "Black Sails" in January!
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Re: Favorite TV shows

Postby Glaucon » Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:33 pm

Glitch I never heard of. Sounds like I should give it a try.

The Crown... also comes recommended. Somehow, the topic just isn't fascinating to me, because Lisa the Second of her Name just never really interested me much (to quote the Beatles: "Her Majesty is a pretty nice girl, but she doesn't have a lot to say."), but I heard it is good enough to overcome that.

Black Sails... watched some of the first season. Was on the fence. Something to keep in reserve, I guess. Same with Vikings. And the Last Kingdom, as well. All this period combat and heroics is fun and all, but... I don't know.

There is just a lot that is pretty well made, these days.
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Re: Favorite TV shows

Postby Tamar Luminos » Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:24 pm

Ooh, I snagged the first season of Black Sails at the Wal-Mart Black Friday "let's clear out the movie/tv shelves" sale- it looked good! I've got Game of Thrones set to watch (read all the books and watched a few of the shows but neeeeed to sit down and watch ALL of the episodes). Westworld and Banshee are on the list now, too. I'm so behind on so many shows- don't watch much TV so try to binge watch when I can. :popcorn:
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