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 Posted:   Apr 6, 2024 - 12:02 AM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

Yes I've nearly finished 3 body problem too joan. The friends are good but I like the main investigator, good actor. Benefict Wong.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2024 - 5:51 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

FBI- Someone gets shot in the head. A bunch of cardboard cutouts investigates a murder. They have a suspect, twisty-twisty its the wrong person and they're back to starting from scratch. Meanwhile we have paper thin subplots of the main characters personal lives. Rinse and repeat each week. The characters are interchangeable. They have no unique personalities. I remember when graphic depictions of bullet holes to the head would get you an "R" rating in a film, now its during prime time televsion when the kiddies watch.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2024 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   steffromuk   (Member)

Watching Shogun and it's a real blast. It's impressive how much work was put in trying to be historically accurate. the production design is incredible.

I tried watching The 3 Body Problem I stopped at ep. 3. having read the books, I really don't like how they've adapted it. a lot of the cast is bugging me. The chinese investigator is such a powerful character in the book, and they didn't manage to convey that in the show to me, even though I think the actor was perfect for the role. I had him in mind while reading the book.
I guess it's fine for those who aren't familiar with the books, but I'll pass i=on this show.

And I'm also watching the Korean live action adaptation of the Manga Parasite: The Grey. The original manga "Parasite" is one of the best mangas I ever read. This show is adapted from another in the series, I think.
It's pretty good and the best adaptation so far (I didn't like the anime version and the previous live action adaptation didn't capture what made the manga so unique).

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2024 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

I think it's listed as Parasyte : the Grey. I'm watching it too. Not bad so far. Bit bonkers but not the worst thing I've sat thru.

3 body problem I liked. Never read the books so got no comparison like you. I really liked Benedict Wong in it, had some good sarcastic lines

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2024 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I think it's listed as Parasyte : the Grey. I'm watching it too. Not bad so far. Bit bonkers but not the worst thing I've sat thru.

3 body problem I liked. Never read the books so got no comparison like you. I really liked Benedict Wong in it, had some good sarcastic lines

I agree, Bill. Parasyte was bonkers and just ok. I liked Wong in 3 Body Problem and the series.

We are now watching The Gentlemen. It is bonkers, but I'm hooked.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2024 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

It gets better joanie. Thankfully as it's only produced by guy Ritchie, the direction hasn't got his excesses which ruined most of his films n made his characters cartoons. This series just about gets under the wire for silly, exaggerated characters. It's very good

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2024 - 3:01 PM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

I will have to give FALLOUT a try now... I loved the first game way back in 1997 or so... still have it. In the original box (PC games were sold in big, nice boxes back then), with the original "vault guide" (manual).

 Posted:   Apr 11, 2024 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   agentMaestraX   (Member)

Superman and Lois interesting gripping viewing!

 Posted:   Apr 19, 2024 - 4:43 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

FALLOUT (Season 1, Amazon Prime)

Jonathan Nolan's show based on Bethesda's famous video game series.

Starts out very good, 7 of the 8 episodes are very entertaining, build up mystery and contain a lot of the satirical fun that makes the FALLOUT games so great. (Personally, while I am not really a "gamer", I did play the original FALLOUT game in 1997, and there was a lot of "FALLOUT feeling" in the TV series.)
We had a good time the first seven episodes... but then...

The final episode crashed everything, the ("re")solution managed to be deeply disappointing (while simultaneously predictable in a cringeworthy way). Will I continue with season 2 next years? Probably, because the rest of the show was fun. But the final episode... sheesh... that was just awful. No time to write more about it right now, and of course I would not want to spoiler anything.

 Posted:   Apr 19, 2024 - 7:01 AM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

Been enjoying Belascoaran on netflix. Private detective. Quite amusing. Shades of noir film with voice-over .

 Posted:   Apr 19, 2024 - 7:05 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I watched all of Fallout. I liked it. The only thing I didn't like about the last episode was that we have to have a season 2 to answer all of our questions.

Almost finished with Shogun. Very good.

 Posted:   Apr 20, 2024 - 3:51 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Caution: Post contains S P OI L E R S from the ending of the Amazon Prime series FALLOUT. (didn't want to black out my entire post)

So do not read unless you either don't care or have already seen the series.

The ending of FALLOUT didn’t work for me since it undermined pretty much the entire satirical tone of the show.
The series (both the game series and the TV series) is a wonderful mixture or retro-science fiction, satire, humor, and action.

The premise is (again, both in the games and the TV series) that there has been a nuclear war, and while civilization on the surface has been destroyed and transformed by radiation, underneath hundreds of people survived in vaults that were installed before the war. And basically have remained unchanged as a society and lived according to traditional pre-war "rules". So far so good. There is plenty of contrasting the “naive” and “classical” vault dwellers with the “Mad Max” post-apocalyptic world on the surface. There is also a lot of humor in the way the “vaults” were sold (like cars or refrigerators and or other appliance gets sold in the US, even though this is for surviving the nuclear holocaust) and come with interesting instruction manuals and safety “dos and don’ts” and so on. Lots of satirical pokes there.

The series resolution, however, now shows “Vault Tec” as a company led by moral monsters that would fit right in with the likes of Dr. Mengele and the leaders of Unit 731. I mean, they had no quarrels starting a nuclear holocaust to eliminate competitors, secretly experimenting on people, deceiving vault dwellers, with the father of Lucy nuking an entire city out of spite. That’s just so obviously morally appalling and evil that it leaves no room for the satire, doubles entendres, and eye-winking moral problems which are actually recurring themes within the series, such as many people want to do what’s best, but just aren’t sure what "best" is or how to go about it. No one could reasonably make a point for Vault-Tec's behavior, so the company is pure evil now.

So I was very disappointed when the show in the end just made Vault-Tec hyper evil instead of a more organic part of this world, in which there are many fractions just doing sometimes the wrong things for the right reason or the right things for the wrong reasons, such as the Brotherhood, which uses powerful pre-war technology to collect powerful pre-war technology so no one has powerful pre-war technology. (That I found quite amusing and far more fitting.) And that’s the type of company Vault-Tec basically should have been, and not another run-of-the-mill super-evil science-fiction Sauron.

But I will see how season 2 will play out.

 Posted:   Apr 24, 2024 - 4:14 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

MAMMOTH - BBC comedy (?) series about a PE teacher unfrozen after 45 years and finding the world a bit different.
3 episodes that barely raised a smile. Theme and score by Mike 'HILL STREET BLUES etc' Post.

PASSENGER (ITV) drama/comedy/sci-fi/fantasy... those last two...who knows?
This show doesn't know what it wants to be.
Pithy, unlikeable Northern characters and comedy, strange goings-on in the woods, it comes at you like a cross between NORTHERN EXPOSURE, FARGO, SHAMELESS, TWIN PEAKS, THE X FILES.
I've watched 4 eps of the 6 so far.
It's mainly annoying in its lack of...direction in what it actually wants to be.
The characters aren't likeable enough to be involving drama, it's not funny enough to be successful comedy, the weird fantasy moments are too vague and annoying to compel.
I'm sticking with it in that OCD way to see if there is gonna be any point in the whole thing.

 Posted:   Apr 24, 2024 - 7:36 AM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

Finally got paramount again free with sky cinema. Late to party but I'm enjoying Tulsa King with Stallone.

Finished Manhunt on apple, the Lincoln assassination series pursuing Booth and his conspirators. Was excellent.

Masters of the air still superb. Breathtaking flight action.

Cleaning Lady on sky also excellent.

Gave up on The Regime with Kate Winslet. Promising start, cringey humour, but went off rails and disappeared up its own ass.

 Posted:   Apr 24, 2024 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Finished Shogun. Very good, but I needed more information in the end.

I'm watching The Killing on Prime. It is a Danish mystery. 20 episodes in the first season are too many. However, it is intriguing.

 Posted:   May 1, 2024 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

MASTERS OF THE AIR gets better n better.

Like Band of brothers and the Pacific, it is required viewing for every generation. They got it spot on. And the action in the air is disturbing but brilliantly done.

My only minor complaint that saddened me a bit was the way they depicted the RAF in a few scenes n comments. They showed them as ludicrously pompous and having digs at the Americans - but it wasn't like that. Two members of my family were in the RAF in ww2 n both said they had nothing but huge respect for the u.s liberator crews and their incredible bravery and that everyone at the time felt the same. Although different cultures they were very much close allies.

 Posted:   May 12, 2024 - 4:07 PM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

The Outpost (2018-2021)

I'd never seen it, but it started showing early mornings on the Sci-Fi channel & I thought I'd record it. I saw the first two episodes tonight, & I think I'll carry on with it. It's a very cut price fantasy (a whole season probably cost a lot less than a single episode of GOT), but it's likeable. I see it went on for four seasons.

 Posted:   May 12, 2024 - 8:08 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Finished Under The Banner of Heaven. Very good series.

Just started Bodkin. So far so good.

 Posted:   May 13, 2024 - 4:11 AM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

I'm enjoying Bass Reeves lawman on paramount.

Halo is a bit stretched out n dragging on.

 Posted:   May 13, 2024 - 6:45 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Finished Under The Banner of Heaven. Very good series.

Just started Bodkin. So far so good.

Agreed on Banner of Heaven, very well done and I think was overlooked by many. Excellent performances all around.

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