Discussion in 'Taylor's Tittle-Tattle - General Banter' started by NathWFC, Mar 20, 2010.
No clicky linky - no findy outy...
Ah didn't see the links.
That new series might be brilliant or terrible.
I really enjoyed the first series of The Terror, the 19th Century-set, feel bad series about an ill-fated voyage to the Arctic.
So I had high hopes that 1899 (Netflix) would deliver a similar historical feast of unpleasant goings on and general existential despair. And for a while those hopes seemed realised. The first episode is a fantastically well-imagined beginning with another doubtful voyage beginning in the shadow of a disappeared sister ship. It’s thrilling and looks fantastic. Add to the mix an intriguing and international cast of upper deck and lower deck migrants and it seemed almost perfect. And then…
But it wasn’t long into the series until became clear that it was all going to lapse into the most egregious hokery, proving that the best bit about Sci Fi is usually the first half hour on route to the destination. Reach the destination and it all becomes a bit silly (unless it’s Alien)
Great start to Slow Horses series two.
That happened to the superlative Fox-French co-production of "The War of the Worlds". The first & second series were a very well-written 'treatment' of HG Wells's work - utilising the settings of modern France and London. With an eclectic multinational cast with stand out performances from Gabriel Byrne (very credible as lead|), Léa Drucker, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Elizabeth McGovern (who was surprisingly good) and Adel Bencherif - they really gave coherent performances to an intelligent script exploring some quite bold ideas - remarkably free of scientific gobbledegook to 'explain' what was going on.
This weekend we binged the 3rd and final series (which it didn't really need as the 'close' of s02 was enough). A lot of the ensemble cast was 'lost' or brought back using various tenuous 'explanations'. These explanations then took a quantum leap (ho! ho!) so that each episode 'needed' a 5 minute primer on, what the authors thought, was a feasible interpretation/representation of quantum entanglement and that liberally sprinkling the phrase "Hawking Radiation" somehow added gravitas to the incoherent cobblers...
I quite enjoyed this. Whilst I was worried about it being ‘Lost on a boat’ half way through, I think it did enough in answering questions while leaving enough for season 2. I liked the fact that it was unashamedly silly at the end.
When the going gets supernatural I start to think, what’s the best this can end up as and I usually conclude it’s not worth the effort. Silent but eerie children in films are also a massive red flag.
I wanted to like it, because the start was so good.
Not sure if it’s been mentioned on this thread already but the bear on Disney is excellent. Highly recommend it.
The detectorists is back for a Christmas special.
Boxing day 9pm
I'm just on a rerun of The West Wing.
Maybe it's the nostalgia of 20something me barely out of university and working in a call centre watching the initial run and finding the fast talking intelligent political ongoings enthralling at the time, but 40something me is enjoying watching it back too.
Best TV news of the year.
Well it's not a series but it's on the BBC IPlayer at the moment (BBC4 section) and it is called:
Karnaval - A History of Haiti in Six Chapters.
A really illuminating piece of TV. Highly recommended.
I liked the Little Military and the Charles Oscar carnival groups especially.
Anyone on this form m who's ever played werewolf will be shouting at the TV. It's so cleverly done that we can even get ideas for our next game.
I love it
The only thing I don't like about it is that everyone is always crying. Apart from that it's superb.
Half saw some of it, not really interested to see more. Silly people creeping around dressed up in robes conspiring with each other and trying to fake sincerity whilst doing other people down?
Not my cup of tea at all.
Mind you, I don't even play Monopoly for ethical and political reasons.
I’ve jumped on The Traitors train (or Land Rover Defender), but…
I can’t help but think it’s all staged with wannabe reality stars being asked to play a specific part, or at least given guidance on what to do like a progression from towie etc. a case in point, Maddie suspected Aaron because after Wilf voted for him he had a panic attack, her theory being they are both traitors so once Wilf ‘turned on him’ that caused the panic attack… Yet when Alissia who was going to vote for Alex just randomly turned on Wilf because he voted for her, that didn’t raise the same suspicion. Instead he was a hero and everyone apologised to him, makes no sense to me, basically the same scenario played out but was far more obvious and yet nobody twigged. To make matters worse that vote went down to the final one, and surprise surprise another traitor had the final vote
Absolutely love The English on Sky starring Emily Blunt
Beeb 2, for some reason I thought it was on Sky
I steered clear of Mammals because of the bad reviews and very low IMDb rating, thought I’d give it a go anyway and it turns out people must just really hate James Corden, as it’s actually pretty good
Ted Lasso. I'm aware I'm behind everybody on this series but started it last night. Absolute genius. Best thing I've watched all year by a country mile
Favourite line on slow horse competency.
Min - I didn’t mean to kill him!
Lamb - Of course you didn’t mean to kill him. If you’d meant to kill him, he’d still be alive.
Realistic too when you consider who Ted gets his first win against.
New series of Emily in Paris on Netflix!
Just watched the first series of Only Murders in the Building. Wasn’t expecting much, but it was excellent. Not my usual thing, however, I got into it immediately. Short and snappy episodes, with quirkiness, humour and a good story throughout. Short, Martin and Gomez worked very well together.
I enjoyed it for a few episodes, but found it just got very silly after a while. The tone varied from episode to episode too, from lightweight to coarse, which I found a bit jarring.
Perhaps I gave it more credit than it deserved, as I had low expectations before I started watching it. I enjoyed it, but I haven’t stated the 2nd series yet.
Mayflies, brutally sad but beautiful.
My wife isn't even into football and still really likes it.
Another Apple show we have watched recently is Mythic Quest. Really enjoyed that one.
Ghosts is standing up well and developing the concept slowly but in the right direction. Light hearted and mostly family friendly but still funny.
The problem with Ghosts is that it's instantly forgettable.
Given ITV have been pushing it since the end of November, "Stonehouse" was a bit disappointingly flat.
Can vaguely remember the circumstances as a kid, but the story of it didn't seem to have any 'oomph' to it.
Yes. Well told, but lacked gravity. All a bit of a caper.
Thought Without Sin was pretty good, very twisty turny, but…
First of all, initially I assumed their daughter was about five years old, because both the husband and the ‘killer’ made reference to the Mum having left the daughter at home on her own, and how she must feel incredibly guilty for doing so. Then it turns out the daughter was 14, which wouldn’t be strange at all, they also didn’t know she did drugs and had a boyfriend so presumably they left her alone a lot and regularly had no idea where she was anyway. Also when it was finally revealed who did it and the circumstances, it all seemed a bit far fetched how far this crime family were willing to go to cover it up, ultimately their son was there, but had nothing to do with it, yet they were willing to keep killing to protect some random girl