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12 hours ago, PeteJ said:

Some rate The Wire, Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones higher, but for me The Shield wins hands down. It's outstanding. Please watch.

 

It is definitely up there with the Wire, Breaking Bad, and also The Sopranos (I cannot be doing with GoT) in terms of TV drama although I'd not go as far as saying it is hands down better. The ever escalating story arc reminds me a little of BB in the way it just keeps increasing the tension and the madness.

 

Really looking forward to a re-watch.

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Yay! I need to get back into it - I burned out a little after binging on it.

 

We've been rewatching The X Files from the start - when it's good, it's great. Just watched The Post-Modern Prometheus Episode; superb 'cinematography'.

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On 04/01/2021 at 07:48, Minion said:

Ooh The Shield is now on Prime, well good for a big binge.

It is superb stuff indeed. Anyone who hasn't seen it, if you're not fully on board after the end of the first episode you need to have a word with yourself. Especially loved it when Forest Whitaker turned up. I only got part way into season 6 before it got taken off Netflix so I'm looking forward to revisiting this. 

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28 minutes ago, smac said:

Yay! I need to get back into it - I burned out a little after binging on it.

 

We've been rewatching The X Files from the start - when it's good, it's great. Just watched The Post-Modern Prometheus Episode; superb 'cinematography'.

I've finally, watched X Files from season 1-9 after starting a rewatch a couple of times over the years. I usually lost interest after the first movie but hung on for once and it isn't quite the train wreck I was expecting.

I found the Doggett and Reyes pairing quite watchable (especially with Scully still pitching in) but the main conspiracy thread that runs through the whole thing is utter bollocks (that final episode is just a total mess!), happily there are still plenty of interesting one off episodes inbetween everything!

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2 hours ago, Ran said:

I've finally, watched X Files from season 1-9 after starting a rewatch a couple of times over the years. I usually lost interest after the first movie but hung on for once and it isn't quite the train wreck I was expecting.

I found the Doggett and Reyes pairing quite watchable (especially with Scully still pitching in) but the main conspiracy thread that runs through the whole thing is utter bollocks (that final episode is just a total mess!), happily there are still plenty of interesting one off episodes inbetween everything!


Yeah, it's the one-off/'creature of the week' episodes that are strongest, especially when they decide to have a little fun with the characters. The early phases of the conspiracy, the 'black oil' episodes with Alex Kryczeck (sp?) are the better ones - the pace slows when it moves onto Scully's cancer and the wider abduction plots (which is about where we are, now).

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The Shield is definitely up there with the best. Tempted to rewatch. 
 

Not sure if it’s been mentioned but Dark Waters is on Prime also. Worth a watch. Scandalous. 

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Finished watching The Magicians. It's a magic/fantasy series about students at a Hogwarts-type university. Although it's very derivative, and clearly based on Harry Potter and Narnia, It's very entertaining trashy TV in the vein of Buffy, but with some much darker moments. 

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Yeah, I really enjoyed The Magicians. I think the first season might have been the strongest, but it lightened up a lot after that and offered some wonderfully silly episodes amongst the darker stuff. It's not the greatest show in the world or anything, but it was good fun.

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On 06/01/2021 at 07:11, denisb said:

I’m halfway through truth seekers pegg and frost do xfiles/Scooby doo

How can you only be halfway through it??? I started the first episode and, well, then it was all over, in a blur, it was great and I want more.... I am also STILL a bit jumpy about that thing with the massive beak, don't do ANYTHING even remotely scary :lol:

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Anyone watched The 100? I ignored it initially but gave it a chance.


Probably one of the best sci-fi shows I’ve seen. Every season is completely different in scope with some great character development. It’s rare to have a show with so many great characters.

 

Season 6-7 is pay only unfortunately but the first 5 seasons are all great!

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On 30/12/2020 at 14:00, MikeBeaver said:

 

Came out on SNES, not sure if it got a UK release, but I remember the box from the old indie shop I worked in, it was always the same copy of the game sitting on the shelf, occasionally someone would trade somethign for it and bring it back on their next visit, I've a strong feeling it was pretty shit .


brings back memories.

 

Never played it but heard it was shit

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1 hour ago, ScouserInExile said:

Didn't realise that The Shield has only just started St arrived on Prime. We were casting about for something to watch and stumbled on it. Only a couple of episodes in and its good so far. If a bit dated. 

 

I realise it's quite a clichéd thing to say about telly, but I don't think it's true of any series as much as it is for The Shield - stick with it, it gets amazing!

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I've just noticed 3 series of Terrahawks is available on Prime. I haven't seen this since my youth, I remember fondly going to by nans on Saturdays and watching it with my cousins each week, although I'm certain I've not seen all 3 series.

 

It's going to be a bit shit isn't it.

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1 hour ago, englishbob said:

I've just noticed 3 series of Terrahawks is available on Prime. I haven't seen this since my youth, I remember fondly going to by nans on Saturdays and watching it with my cousins each week, although I'm certain I've not seen all 3 series.

 

It's going to be a bit shit isn't it.

It’s awful!  Shame as I loved it back in the day 

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On 04/01/2021 at 22:56, Mike S said:

 

It is definitely up there with the Wire, Breaking Bad, and also The Sopranos (I cannot be doing with GoT) in terms of TV drama although I'd not go as far as saying it is hands down better. The ever escalating story arc reminds me a little of BB in the way it just keeps increasing the tension and the madness.

 

Really looking forward to a re-watch.

 

Yeah, it's a proper 'descent into hell' vibe, the above shows plus Sons of Anarchy nail it. They can be grippingly bleak. 

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11 minutes ago, Mars said:

 

Yeah, it's a proper 'descent into hell' vibe, the above shows plus Sons of Anarchy nail it. They can be grippingly bleak. 

 

 

I've not seen any Sons of Anarchy but it stands comparison with those then I'll add it to the list...

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11 hours ago, probotector said:

Anyone watched The 100? I ignored it initially but gave it a chance.


Probably one of the best sci-fi shows I’ve seen. Every season is completely different in scope with some great character development. It’s rare to have a show with so many great characters.

 

Season 6-7 is pay only unfortunately but the first 5 seasons are all great!


I think it’s better generally over its first half or so seasons. The last few have got a bit too crazy for me personally and the characters get a bit confused to me. But when it’s good it’s great fun.

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26 minutes ago, JohnC said:

Sons of Anarchy does also plumb some depths of dumbness too though.

As does the shield, I'd say - the mix of bravado, ambition and then handling the resulting fallout is part of the charm for me. Both definitely less serious than the wire or breaking bad, etc. 

 

I guess there is a certain amount of insanity built into the premise of each show, it sets the scene for the human acts of depravity that follow. Falling from a grace that was never reached in the first place. Trying to control chaos and wield it in the protagonist's favour. 

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26 minutes ago, Mike S said:

 

 

I've not seen any Sons of Anarchy but it stands comparison with those then I'll add it to the list...

 

It might be an acquired taste but it has the brotherhood/politics/grey areas of law and order/corruption/mega violence of these sorts of shows. Like some of them, it spans many series and isn't always consistent. But the gut punches are there. 

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Finished our second watchthrough(?) of The Office US version last night, after going through it first time round a few years ago.

Sooo good - better than the UK version (!) (which by comparison we find more uncomfortably spiteful).

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