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  1. On 22/12/2022 at 17:25, Vorgot said:


    I got pretty far, I just think some of the sections were too time limited, I remember drowning in sand a lot. Might give it another go


    That area is probably one of the biggest. But!


    (slight hint)



    If you find don't have enough time, there may be a way to get inside a little faster...


  2. I think it's a bit of a problem with their business model. They're obsessed with bringing in new subscribers, and almost everything they do is geared towards this alone. I imagine they have some stats showing what shows achieved this and what shows didn't, and simply kill off the latter. It's probably why their shows don't tend to run very long even when they do get renewed, although that's not such a bad thing.


    I'm always reminded of the pleasant surprise that was Halt and Catch Fire. Nothing to do with Netflix, but a perfect example of a show that ran for four brilliant seasons in spite of low viewership purely on the back of critical acclaim. I'm not sure something like that would even be possible with Netflix's model.

  3. Like I said, self-contained limited series are brilliant. The issue is when shows are clearly set up to be the start of a longer story but get prematurely cancelled.

  4. 29 minutes ago, ZOK said:

    I don’t understand this at all. Raised by Wolves got cancelled by HBO after two seasons, and it was the best thing ever! I’m annoyed that there won’t be any more, but why would I want to miss out on watching the two excellent seasons that already exist because there won’t be any more?

    I'm talking specifically about Netflix's habit of cancelling what seems like most of their shows after a single season. I wouldn't normally wait for a show to be renewed before giving it my time, but it seems prudent for most stuff on Netflix.


    I don't treat all shows on the service in quite the same way. I enjoyed Sandman for instance, and keep meaning to give Wednesday a shot, but there's plenty of other stuff I've ended up dropping from my watch list before ever starting as I know they'll never be concluded.


    13 minutes ago, Illyria said:

    Also Firefly, as much as it has aged, is still worth a watch in spite of its cancelation.


    Absolutely! Like I said, I wouldn't avoid all shows for this reason, and while Firefly left plenty open for future episodes it wasn't like the whole show was a single, serialised story that we'll never see the end of.


    I'd add that it's not like I'm cutting my nose off to spite my face. There's so much to watch these days, so there's just no reason to start a smaller Netflix show that probably won't get finished.

  5. 2 hours ago, The Disco said:

    Yeah, if I don't end up cancelling because of the pssword sharing bollocks, I don't think I'll start a new show unless it has multimple seasons and a non cliffhanger ending to them.  Purely becuase of the cancellations.  I hope for less cliffhanger endings to everything really - that fucks me off a lot.

    I'm already at this point. I add new shows to my watch list if they look interesting, and half the time end up removing them before I've watched anything due to them being cancelled after one season or something. It seems pointless wasting time watching new Netflix shows unless they're self-contained, one and done things.

  6. 12 hours ago, Ste Pickford said:

    On New Years Eve we watched the film White Noise, which appeared on Netflix the day before.  It was instantly a surprise late contender for my favourite film of the year. It's adapted from a well known novel, apparently, but I haven't read the novel.

    I read that as part of my English degree, and it's one of the few books I can actually remember from the course. I thought it was brilliant!


    I had no idea a film adaptation was being made, but I'll have to check it out.

  7. Two episodes in, and I'm really enjoying this. It's a simple story, but it's pacey with entertaining characters and some pretty cool fight scenes.


    I'm continually surprised by how much my wife enjoys the Witcher show. She doesn't really have any interest in high (or indeed low) fantasy, but I think The Witcher is both fairly straightforward in its plots, and tends to keep its lore to the background. Blood Origin is almost all Elves all the time, but they're basically just regular people here, with all the diversity that implies. There's no Tolkien style mystery or pomposity surrounding them. I enjoy that stuff too, but I can certainly see why this might have a broader appeal.

  8. Yeah I don't think they needed to labour that point. If anything it was actually more effective this way.



    They explained earlier that the Authority was just an old angel, who has become so weak he had to appoint a regent to rule in his place, so the explanation was there.


    It was completely fitting that his death was so low key. If you weren't paying attention you wouldn't even know who he was, which showed just how insignificant he was.


  9. I just finished this, and I absolutely loved it. The first book was always my favourite when I was younger, but I think the show got better as it went on and really came into its own for the third season.


    It's been really nice to be able to talk about the story with my wife now too, as she hasn't read the books but the show was very faithful, as far as I can remember at least.



    I'm really glad the show devoted a while episode to the ending, and didn't rush things after the battle. I have such a strong memory of finishing the last book, funnily enough just before being taken to a family meal around new years eve. :)


  10. I think Babylon 5 is still quite unique in that's it's an original serialised show that really was all (roughly) planned out from the start. Each season was intended to act as a phase of a well structured story, with season one being the introduction. It was designed to set the story up, and that's exactly what it did. :)


    Obvioualy no plan could survive the realities of production completely intact, but Babylon 5 came pretty close.

  11. Signs and Portents is definitely the season 1 highlight for me. :D


    @Sprite Machine I'm not sure if you know, but each season of Babylon 5 has a subtitle of its own, which is always the same as a significant episode from the season. Season 1's subtitle is Signs and Portents, and you've just found out why. :)

  12. 3 hours ago, Mawdlin said:

    Does Andor get better after the first 2 episodes? I'm not asking to cause a stir, it's just that I respect the praise on here but it's been so dreary thus far.


    If it's a slow burn then fair enough but I don't want to waste my time if the consensus is that it's a masterpiece from the get go. To give some context; I'm a huge Star Wars fan, but found both The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan watchable but ultimately disappointing.


    The first three episodes are basically a single feature length one cut into three, and were released at the same time. I'd definitely watch the third at least.


    That said, while I enjoyed the first three episodes, it was the arc that followed that cemented the show as something really special for me.


    It is a bit of a slow burner for sure though, and the tone never really lets up. 

  13. 1 minute ago, Mr. Gerbik said:

    It was in-between reading stuff. I read something, wanted to go back to read an earlier lore entry on another wall to analyze how it was connected and whoosh.

    Ah, fair enough.


    I imagine a lot of the game probably comes together once the flight controls click, and you can get where you need to go faster. I generally found that I usually had enough time to explore everything in a location in a single loop, unless it was a particularly big place designed for multiple visits. If I ever found myself running out of time too quickly, it was usually because there was a faster route to be found. Finding these felt like opening a shortcut in Dark Souls, only due to the nature of the game it would always have been available had I known where to look.


    It's such a clever game, but I can definitely see how the mechanics could put some people off. It's the sort of game you'll either love or hate, but if it clicks it's absolutely amazing.

  14. On 18/12/2022 at 07:23, Mr. Gerbik said:

    Then while I was reading something - whoosh back to the start.

    I can totally see why people wouldn't like Outer Wilds, and indeed why you don't based on the rest of your post, but this particular thing shouldn't happen. Time stops while you're reading text unless you go out of your way to toggle the option off in settings, as otherwise it would be really annoying!

  15. Yeah I've been very disappointed with season 3 so far. The season 2 finalé felt like like a good place to end it, and season 3 feels like the showrunners didn't really know where to go after that either. One episode had a nice, albeit small piece of character development, but the rest has been mostly dull.


    Mere Mortals sounds promising in that it will supposedly be more like the two special episodes of the first two seasons, which were both superb.

  16. 3 hours ago, TomatoConvenienceStore said:


    I really didn't even know it was out yet!

    When was the release date lol

    Two days ago I think. :D


    I managed to play through the intro mission yesterday. It feels more like a remastered PSP game than I expected, but it was good fun. I'm definitely going to play the rest on the Deck though, as it really does feel like a handheld game right down to the oversized subtitles.

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