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Jeff the Bear wrote:
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panamax wrote:probably been discussed already but any thoughts on westworld? trying to find a new good sci fi show but with Abrams as producer i fear it might disappear into its own arse?
I like it, but it does disappear up its own arse a bit, but that can't be levelled at Abrams, but the show runners/writers.
First season was excellent, the second was decidedly meh. When the main protagonist that you are supposed to be rooting for gets so annoying you wished she'd fail in her quest, then you're into serious problems.
me and the Mrs loved Season 1 and binge watched it, one episode into Season 2 and we both decided to not bother anymore.

I note Season 6 of Brooklyn 99 is starting to appear on Channel 4 - Funniest show around at the moment IMO.
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Just started watching a Hulu drama called The Act. Based on a true story and the events that occurred between 2009-15.

Patricia Arquette playing the outrageously manipulative sociopathic mother of a supposedly seriously health stricken child whom she subjects to hideous forms of medicinal and chemical malfeasance. Part Munchausen syndrome but mostly opportunism as the donations, awards and community sympathy pours in.

The acting is impeccable. I expect both lead actors will get noms at least during the next awards season.
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blindcider wrote:
Jeff the Bear wrote:
UncleFB wrote:
panamax wrote:probably been discussed already but any thoughts on westworld? trying to find a new good sci fi show but with Abrams as producer i fear it might disappear into its own arse?
I like it, but it does disappear up its own arse a bit, but that can't be levelled at Abrams, but the show runners/writers.
First season was excellent, the second was decidedly meh. When the main protagonist that you are supposed to be rooting for gets so annoying you wished she'd fail in her quest, then you're into serious problems.
me and the Mrs loved Season 1 and binge watched it, one episode into Season 2 and we both decided to not bother anymore.

I note Season 6 of Brooklyn 99 is starting to appear on Channel 4 - Funniest show around at the moment IMO.
It is a good return to form - I thought they were losing their touch in season 5. But the first few episodes have been top notch. They have nailed down that 'self aware' comedy.
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Dead to Me, Netflix - Christina Applegate. very very good.
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naki wrote:Another plug for Barry, hands down the most entertaining half hour you’ll see on tv at the moment.
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naki wrote:Another plug for Barry, hands down the most entertaining half hour you’ll see on tv at the moment. This latest episode was the best one yet. HBO really know how to build a show’s momentum.

A good breakdown of it’s virtues here;

https://youtu.be/-xZFQjeZwaw
Started this last night. Very promising so far :thumbup:
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Insane_Homer wrote:Dead to Me, Netflix - Christina Applegate. very very good.
enjoying it - categorise under something to watch with the missus
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Boxcar Ira wrote:
naki wrote:Another plug for Barry, hands down the most entertaining half hour you’ll see on tv at the moment. This latest episode was the best one yet. HBO really know how to build a show’s momentum.

A good breakdown of it’s virtues here;

https://youtu.be/-xZFQjeZwaw
Started this last night. Very promising so far :thumbup:
couldn't go past s1 episode 2 really..
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Insane_Homer wrote:
naki wrote:Another plug for Barry, hands down the most entertaining half hour you’ll see on tv at the moment.
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Bald dude seems to be 'Victor Zsasz' from Gotham... (checked, confirmed ... and learned that he has alopecia)

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Just started Frankenstein Chronicles morbid but fascinating.
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Insane_Homer wrote:
naki wrote:Another plug for Barry, hands down the most entertaining half hour you’ll see on tv at the moment.
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That guy is incredible. Funniest mobster since Paulie Walnuts
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Just watched the 1st episode of Chernobyl. Very compelling and chilling to boot.
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OptimisticJock wrote:Just watched the 1st episode of Chernobyl. Very compelling and chilling to boot.
I can’t agree but we won’t fall out over it
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Duff Paddy wrote:
OptimisticJock wrote:Just watched the 1st episode of Chernobyl. Very compelling and chilling to boot.
I can’t agree but we won’t fall out over it
really? It gets a three thumbs up from me.
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Moncreif wrote:
Duff Paddy wrote:
OptimisticJock wrote:Just watched the 1st episode of Chernobyl. Very compelling and chilling to boot.
I can’t agree but we won’t fall out over it
really? It gets a three thumbs up from me.
he was making a joke.. :thumbdown:
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comets wrote:
Moncreif wrote:
Duff Paddy wrote:
OptimisticJock wrote:Just watched the 1st episode of Chernobyl. Very compelling and chilling to boot.
I can’t agree but we won’t fall out over it
really? It gets a three thumbs up from me.
he was making a joke.. :thumbdown:
You're genuinely a special case.
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OptimisticJock wrote:Just watched the 1st episode of Chernobyl. Very compelling and chilling to boot.
Just finished the 1st. Fantastic!
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Been making my way through Discovery season 2 for the last couple of weeks having started it but then drifting away.
It's certainly a lot more compelling once the new narrative arc of this season gets up and running. I've also acclimatised to the Trek style space, which really bothered me for a bit. Couldn't suspend disbelief enough to just enjoy the silliness. I recently binged through a rewatch of the Expanse, which portrays space as we know it in a much more realistic manner; dark, massive distances, thrust gravity, flip and burn, living in microgravity for extended periods.

There was a fun nod to ToS in episode 8, which showed footage from ToS in the episode recap and then featured the same characters again. Prosthetics, CGI etc were all obviously much better, but recognisably the same aliens.


Question for nerds as I'm not arsed looking it up; where does Discovery fit in the (TV) Trek chronology? Enterprise was first, then Discovery but with some overlap between Discovery and ToS?
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Lucifer 4 is out, about to watch it
Been binging it with friend who likes it.
Grew on me, rather than something i liked from the start... dont much like the procedural part of it
Was also used to Ellis as the guy in Miranda just before that
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naki wrote:
Insane_Homer wrote:
naki wrote:Another plug for Barry, hands down the most entertaining half hour you’ll see on tv at the moment.
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That guy is incredible. Funniest mobster since Paulie Walnuts
Binged it over the weekend on this recommendation. Thanks, really enjoyed it. :thumbup:
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Nolanator wrote:I recently binged through a rewatch of the Expanse, which portrays space as we know it in a much more realistic manner; dark, massive distances, thrust gravity, flip and burn, living in microgravity for extended periods.
I'm sometimes a bit hesitant to recommend to my library's acquisitions staff things I love because my tastes aren't always for the masses. Being a huge fan of this, though, and seeing that the books were getting checked out by our avid sci-fi nerds, I put in for it and they said they'd get the first one to see how it does. They ended up getting all three and I'm pleased to say they rarely stay on the shelves!

I think in our TV section, there are so many damn mystery series, the dark and porny fantasy shows, and American sitcoms that sci-fi that doesn't look 'Trekkie' has been a welcome change?


... now, do I pitch to them another show I love (though it is a dark mystery) Babylon Berlin? :)
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Nolanator wrote:Been making my way through Discovery season 2 for the last couple of weeks having started it but then drifting away.
It's certainly a lot more compelling once the new narrative arc of this season gets up and running. I've also acclimatised to the Trek style space, which really bothered me for a bit. Couldn't suspend disbelief enough to just enjoy the silliness. I recently binged through a rewatch of the Expanse, which portrays space as we know it in a much more realistic manner; dark, massive distances, thrust gravity, flip and burn, living in microgravity for extended periods.

There was a fun nod to ToS in episode 8, which showed footage from ToS in the episode recap and then featured the same characters again. Prosthetics, CGI etc were all obviously much better, but recognisably the same aliens.


Question for nerds as I'm not arsed looking it up; where does Discovery fit in the (TV) Trek chronology? Enterprise was first, then Discovery but with some overlap between Discovery and ToS?
Discovery is set about a century after Enterprise in the TOS timeline. In the reboot timeline it doesn't exist and neither does Pikes turn as original commander of the Enterprise.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Star_Trek

No, I'm not a nerd and can take or leave Star Trek tbh. I do really enjoy Discovery tho.
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So I watched Traitors recently, it started out promising and then turned to utter shit. Only 6 episodes but needed at least 10 to cover all the various themes and storyline’s it went into in its opening episode. Also tried to be way too edgy which didn’t help the show at all.
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Really enjoying MotherFatherSon. Richard Gere plays the obsessed billionaire prick incredibly well.

Unfortunately I had to temporarily halt watching it as the missus was away for a month and is yet to catch up.
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Nolanator wrote:
comets wrote:
Moncreif wrote:
Duff Paddy wrote:
OptimisticJock wrote:Just watched the 1st episode of Chernobyl. Very compelling and chilling to boot.
I can’t agree but we won’t fall out over it
really? It gets a three thumbs up from me.
he was making a joke.. :thumbdown:
You're genuinely a special case.
no i think its just shitty to make jokes about actual events like this, cnut.
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Another thanks for Barry :thumbup:
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Colony is not bad
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The new trailer for WATCHMEN tv series looks good .. tick tock .. https://www.imdb.com/list/ls053181649/v ... i568507417
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Nolanator wrote:Been making my way through Discovery season 2 for the last couple of weeks having started it but then drifting away.
It's certainly a lot more compelling once the new narrative arc of this season gets up and running. I've also acclimatised to the Trek style space, which really bothered me for a bit. Couldn't suspend disbelief enough to just enjoy the silliness. I recently binged through a rewatch of the Expanse, which portrays space as we know it in a much more realistic manner; dark, massive distances, thrust gravity, flip and burn, living in microgravity for extended periods.

There was a fun nod to ToS in episode 8, which showed footage from ToS in the episode recap and then featured the same characters again. Prosthetics, CGI etc were all obviously much better, but recognisably the same aliens.


Question for nerds as I'm not arsed looking it up; where does Discovery fit in the (TV) Trek chronology? Enterprise was first, then Discovery but with some overlap between Discovery and ToS?
Discovery is about 10 years before the start of TOS
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Doom Patrol is damn good
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Watched Chernobyl last night - Really good :thumbup:
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Speed Racer wrote:
Nolanator wrote:Been making my way through Discovery season 2 for the last couple of weeks having started it but then drifting away.
It's certainly a lot more compelling once the new narrative arc of this season gets up and running. I've also acclimatised to the Trek style space, which really bothered me for a bit. Couldn't suspend disbelief enough to just enjoy the silliness. I recently binged through a rewatch of the Expanse, which portrays space as we know it in a much more realistic manner; dark, massive distances, thrust gravity, flip and burn, living in microgravity for extended periods.

There was a fun nod to ToS in episode 8, which showed footage from ToS in the episode recap and then featured the same characters again. Prosthetics, CGI etc were all obviously much better, but recognisably the same aliens.


Question for nerds as I'm not arsed looking it up; where does Discovery fit in the (TV) Trek chronology? Enterprise was first, then Discovery but with some overlap between Discovery and ToS?
Discovery is set about a century after Enterprise in the TOS timeline. In the reboot timeline it doesn't exist and neither does Pikes turn as original commander of the Enterprise.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Star_Trek

No, I'm not a nerd and can take or leave Star Trek tbh. I do really enjoy Discovery tho.
Yeah, I know the movie/reboot timeline is completely different.
Pike was captain on Enterprise before Kirk, right? Had a bit of a read around online after that throwback episode. That ToS episode featured a younger Pike when he was captain of the Enterprise and his strange encounters with the psychic aliens and the chick in the minidress. So my understanding is that the events of Discovery take place between that ToS episode and the rest of ToS.
Discovery features a younger Spock, so presumably Discovery and ToS are almost concurrent in places.


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sturginho wrote:Discovery is about 10 years before the start of TOS
:thumbup:
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Cartman wrote:Doom Patrol is damn good
drags a lot in most episodes its like they are trying to make it run 50mins without putting some effort in content.. the gay storyline is irritating and forced, crazy jane storyline is the best but she is underused and that ex james bond is hardly in it in 2nd season..some fun episodes though, the song in Danny the street episode is great though ..
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Finished discovery there. The time traveling stuff in the finale was all good fun and they wrapped it up quite well. Setting up the circumstances of Enterprise for ToS nicely.

Apparently there's a season 3 of Discovery in the works, as well as a spin off centred on Michelle Yeoh's character and another Patrick Stewart Picard series.


Fairly milking it while they can.
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JB1981 wrote:
comets wrote:watched derry girls, i actually had to turn on subtitles in the first few episodes, no idea what they were saying, are all Irish so hard to understand? lead reminded me of a young Melissa joan hart, pretty funny, GoT guy's every line was funny .oddly enuf the day i finished the series, i heard news of a journalist getting killed exactly where they shot this..odd ..
I liked it and didn't have any issues with the accents. I'm looking forward to the second series.
I tried it there myself since it's on TV a fair bit over here.
Don't see what the fuss is about really, it's fine main stream comedy.
It's also incredibly heavy handed with the nostalgia/soundtrack. Distracting really.
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Cartman wrote:Doom Patrol is damn good
It's worth watching. The Umbrella Academy coming out at the same time (but in binge-watching format) was a bit unfortunate, there are a fair few comparisons between them.

The Beard Hunter :lol:
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Nolanator wrote:Finished discovery there. The time traveling stuff in the finale was all good fun and they wrapped it up quite well. Setting up the circumstances of Enterprise for ToS nicely.

Apparently there's a season 3 of Discovery in the works, as well as a spin off centred on Michelle Yeoh's character and another Patrick Stewart Picard series.


Fairly milking it while they can.

CBS is desperate for in-house streaming content for subscriptions. Actual Star Trek fans hate the show.
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Hellraiser wrote:
Nolanator wrote:Finished discovery there. The time traveling stuff in the finale was all good fun and they wrapped it up quite well. Setting up the circumstances of Enterprise for ToS nicely.

Apparently there's a season 3 of Discovery in the works, as well as a spin off centred on Michelle Yeoh's character and another Patrick Stewart Picard series.


Fairly milking it while they can.

CBS is desperate for in-house streaming content for subscriptions. Actual Star Trek fans hate the show.
There's probably a strong correlation between arrested mental development as displayed by most fanboys and the Incel movement.
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Hellraiser wrote:Actual Star Trek fans.
:lol:
fudge off
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If this isn't the final season of Handmaid's Tale, surely it goes fully into tasteless territory?
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