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2 hours ago, Gotters said:

I can't believe Bosch got to so many series - I watched the first and thought it was badly acted, badly scripted drivel.

 

Our latest lockdown barrel scraping viewing saw us manage 3 episodes of Taken before binning it off, it was appalling shite.

 

A bit better though is the Purge, never seen the films (but may try them now) but the series seem to stand on their own and get you up to speed quickly - the dialogue is pretty terrible but the whole concept and world is quite well realised and interesting enough to keep us watching. The whole first season seems to be following 3 main and unconnected storylines all taking place during the 12h period of purge night.

 

We got through Taken but it's not very good. Lead character is just slappable, and has one facial expression used for any emoting he does.

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8 hours ago, The Hierophant said:


We started watching this as we ran out of things to watch during lockdown. At first I struggled with the cheesiness but if you just let that go it’s easy to get into and a great watch. 

You’ve seen The Americans, Buffy, Exorcist and the x files I take it.

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On 11/08/2020 at 11:15, Gotters said:

I can't believe Bosch got to so many series - I watched the first and thought it was badly acted, badly scripted drivel.

 

Our latest lockdown barrel scraping viewing saw us manage 3 episodes of Taken before binning it off, it was appalling shite.

 

A bit better though is the Purge, never seen the films (but may try them now) but the series seem to stand on their own and get you up to speed quickly - the dialogue is pretty terrible but the whole concept and world is quite well realised and interesting enough to keep us watching. The whole first season seems to be following 3 main and unconnected storylines all taking place during the 12h period of purge night.

Couldn’t make it through the first episode of The  Purge. Dreadful. 

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27 minutes ago, El Geet said:

Couldn’t make it through the first episode of The  Purge. Dreadful. 

 

I think I watched 2-3 episodes. Absolute shite. 

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I noticed The Handmaiden's Tale SE 1-3 is on Prime now. Mega depressing (I stopped at the start of SE2) Not sure if I'll go back to it.

 

^ A glowing review. 

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On 11/08/2020 at 19:55, sandman said:

You’ve seen The Americans, Buffy, Exorcist and the x files I take it.


The Americans - no, will check it out. 
 Buffy - yes, not a fan. 
Exorcist - only the film. I didn’t realise there was a series but we aren’t big on horror. 

X-files - yes, when originally broadcast, loved it until it started to drag. 
 

We’ve come to Bosch from Justified, which was pretty enjoyable but similarly cliched. Neither are great, Ozark, Expanse and Narcos have been recent favourites but not much stuff is that good. 
 

Open to other suggestions. 

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On 11/08/2020 at 11:15, Gotters said:

I can't believe Bosch got to so many series - I watched the first and thought it was badly acted, badly scripted drivel.


 

 

It’s riddled with cliches but it isn’t that badly done.  And I generally think most TV is terrible. 
 

On 11/08/2020 at 11:15, Gotters said:

Our latest lockdown barrel scraping viewing saw us manage 3 episodes of Taken before binning it off, it was appalling shite.


 

 

Looks awful. 
 

On 11/08/2020 at 11:15, Gotters said:

A bit better though is the Purge, never seen the films (but may try them now) but the series seem to stand on their own and get you up to speed quickly - the dialogue is pretty terrible but the whole concept and world is quite well realised and interesting enough to keep us watching. The whole first season seems to be following 3 main and unconnected storylines all taking place during the 12h period of purge night.

 

The Purge doesn’t appeal to me at all.  Isn’t it just violent nonsense? 

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I'd describe the Purge as TV friendly 15 cert violence - its not awful Saw torture porn graphic violence.

 

I won't defend the Purge as being great, its basically crap but the central idea is interesting and doesn't sound anywhere near as ludicrous nowadays as when I imagine it was first pitched.

 

A right wing group called the NFFA (new founding fathers of America) have established an annual 12h holiday called the purge when all murder is permissible, as a way for people to purge themselves of injustice, anger etc - the upshot being that crime is supposedly down the rest of the year.

 

Its this central idea and the characters different approached/relationship to it that I'm finding interesting, rather than the dialogue or acting.

 

It's a sign of just how disfunctional America looks from the outside that the idea of this purge holiday is something you could see happening in Texas or the Carolinas.

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Re-watching The Boys on prime is a good reminder at just how bad the app is. 

 

Firstly it wouldn't show on a search, I had to manually look around all of the content until I found it n

 

Secondly it only occasionally gives an option to watch an episode from the beginning, resulting last night in it somehow skipping an episode. 

 

I hate the Amazon prime interface. 

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On 11/08/2020 at 11:15, Gotters said:

Our latest lockdown barrel scraping viewing saw us manage 3 episodes of Taken before binning it off, it was appalling shite.

If you think season 1 was bad, you really have to thank your lucky stars you missed season 2. At least S1 had something approaching a cohesive structure with an admittedly predictable story arc, sticking to the spirit of the films in that the plots were white-bread action-espionage lite. With S2 it was clear everyone involved had given up, One laughable episode involved the team breaking a journalist from a foreign embassy so that he could stand trial in the US - sound familiar? Jennifer Beals was by far the best thing about it, adding a touch of class. 

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3 minutes ago, PeteJ said:

Re-watching The Boys on prime is a good reminder at just how bad the app is. 

 

Firstly it wouldn't show on a search, I had to manually look around all of the content until I found it n

 

Secondly it only occasionally gives an option to watch an episode from the beginning, resulting last night in it somehow skipping an episode. 

 

I hate the Amazon prime interface. 

I use a web browser, it's a little bit better in that it at least remembers what you've been watching. But that age-old issue of finding things still persists. That's the biggest problem with Prime. The cynic in me believes it has always been a deliberate strategy to nudge people into paying for content, assume people will go "oh well, it's not on Prime but it's only £1.99 for an episode" (no-one has ever said that, and will never say it). At least with Netflix you know everything you can see you can watch, no hidden charges, no seasons being there but not being part of the Prime package. Just having a nice all-Prime tab would be at the very least welcome, but I guess that's bad for business. 

 

Rant over. 

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4 hours ago, The Hierophant said:

And I generally think most TV is terrible. 


Most TV is terrible in the same way that most of pretty much any art form/medium is terrible.

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14 hours ago, idiwa said:

I noticed The Handmaiden's Tale SE 1-3 is on Prime now. Mega depressing (I stopped at the start of SE2) Not sure if I'll go back to it.

 

^ A glowing review. 

 

That's interesting, as that's where I stopped watching too.  I think the drop in quality between the first and second seasons was significant - the first was gripping and visceral and shocking, while the second was just boring.  Apparently the first season is based on the book while the second was original, make of that what you will.

 

I'd definitely pick it back up if the third season was any kind of return to form?

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8 hours ago, Popo said:

 

That's interesting, as that's where I stopped watching too.  I think the drop in quality between the first and second seasons was significant - the first was gripping and visceral and shocking, while the second was just boring.  Apparently the first season is based on the book while the second was original, make of that what you will.

 

I'd definitely pick it back up if the third season was any kind of return to form?

Me too! The book is so good and they understandably didn’t do as good a job with their own material. 

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14 hours ago, The Hierophant said:


The Americans - no, will check it out. 
 Buffy - yes, not a fan. 
Exorcist - only the film. I didn’t realise there was a series but we aren’t big on horror. 

X-files - yes, when originally broadcast, loved it until it started to drag. 
 

We’ve come to Bosch from Justified, which was pretty enjoyable but similarly cliched. Neither are great, Ozark, Expanse and Narcos have been recent favourites but not much stuff is that good. 
 

Open to other suggestions. 

The Americans is excellent as is The Boys. The Boys is pretty full on however. I loved it but was a bit too much for my other half. 

 

Netflix but first first season of Bloodlines is up there with Ozark for me. 

 

 

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6 hours ago, SteveH said:

I have just finished The Americans and loved it. I can't believe I hadn't ever heard of it and just happened to stumble across it. 


I binged it a couple of months ago. Bloody great stuff and deserved more eyeballs on it - hopefully it will continue to be discovered.

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3 hours ago, grounded_dreams said:

All Or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur, a nine-episode documentary ,starts 31st of this month. Hopefully its as interesting as the Man City one.

 

 


Should be more interesting than the ‘we win everything and have all the money’ Man City one, given Spurs’ recent fortunes. 

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7 hours ago, grounded_dreams said:

All Or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur, a nine-episode documentary ,starts 31st of this month. Hopefully its as interesting as the Man City one.

 

 

 

I don't understand those titles - what sports team sends the squad out at the start of the season and says "Win everything or sod all. Forget it."?

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It might have been on for a while but I watched the Children of Dune miniseries.  It's not great, but it's not as bad as the Dune miniseries.  McAvoy is good in it, even if he's far too old to play Leto II.*

 

He'd have been great in God Emperor, if they'd done another series.  Dread to think how bad the effects for him would have been though. 

 

*I always wished Herbert called him Leto IIb

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On 14/08/2020 at 19:13, Chadruharazzeb said:

 

I don't understand those titles - what sports team sends the squad out at the start of the season and says "Win everything or sod all. Forget it."?

Hopefully At Least Something isn't as snappy a title to be fair. 

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I don’t think I managed the whole first series. It’s stylish, and well acted in parts, but it’s exactly as you describe. Tedious about 50% of the time to boot.

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