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 Posted:   Aug 18, 2020 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

5 episodes into PERRY MASON and it's great. Can't wait for further adventures.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2020 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Tried to watch the ridiculously over praised Harlots on BBC, but the music score was so bad* (plus all that female Cockney caterwauling sounded like an episode of Eastenders) that we had to bail.

*I don't need the music to be period appropriate, but the obnoxious modern/pop sound presented here was like bad Blur/Arctic Monkeys out-takes.

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2020 - 12:38 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Ive tried Lovecraft country ep1.
Less message more story would be good.
Vampire monster things were interesting.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2020 - 7:05 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Derry Girls

It's very funny. The characters are funny and filled with faults, the English lad at an all girls school is daft but fun.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2020 - 9:35 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Letterkenny

Funny rural Canadian comedy.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2020 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Finished SPACE FORCE. It's almost entirely laugh-free but pleasant enough to have on in the background.

It sort of doesn't work for me because it is stuck between trying to be somewhat realistic while being quite daft and doesn't hit the mark. Also the over-reliance on swearing rather than actual well-written comedy, though their are some decent lines.

The cast is generally likeable (though there are no standout characters apart from John Malkovich) the music is decent and it looks like it cost a fortune. It's just not actually funny.

If you like this you might like Avenue 5, which has some of the same cast. It's a space-set show that also isn't that funny but watchable.


Also finished PERRY MASON, which i thought was great, and look forward to the next season of.

 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2020 - 4:43 PM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

Mission Of Honour
9/10

Iwan Rheon from Game Of Thrones plays a Polish fighter pilot in the RAF during WWII. A very good companion to the growing list of WWII film now before us. An occasional desire to see more involved dogfighting, but interspersed with cruel assassinations.

Absolutely *not* deserving of some Amazon review venom. Good scope, good execution, worthy.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2020 - 5:07 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Brooklyn 99

I really enjoy it but sometimes it's a preachy when it has obvious "issues" it wants to address. If they're allowed to do a next series - because it shows not all cops are monsters and some might have problems with it - it might have a problem addressing real world events and still being funny. For now it's consistently funny and daft.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2020 - 8:09 PM   
 By:   LoungeLaura   (Member)

Hollywood on Netflix

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2020 - 12:43 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

The Plot Against America

Alternate history - what if Lindbergh became president and the Allies lost the war. Just two episodes in, lots of setting up, pretty good so far but not great.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2020 - 1:44 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Me and Carole are watching a series on Sky One (or Witness) that's SO BAD, it's compelling us to continue.
Michael Sheen plays a convicted serial killer (very Hannibal Lecter-like in his mind games) still exerting a hold over his wife and kids 20 years later. It follows his son who has become a criminal psychologist/investigator, but is deeply troubled by memories from his past (he was the one, aged 10, who shopped his dad to the police). Last week, he had a nightmare, broke his sleep restraints and hurled himself out of his high rise apartment window, smashing through the glass, only to wake up and hang on with one hand. Fantastic!
It's called Prodigal Son.
Watch...and disbelieve smile

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2020 - 4:06 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

I saw adverts. It looks so shit

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2020 - 12:16 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Hey Bill and Xebec, I too really enjoyed the new Perry Mason series. It had solid acting, a layered mystery, and excellent production values.

The finale certainly set us up for season 2. On the other hand, a few things in the finale bothered me, a certain action and a dangling issue not resolved. I don’t want to write out spoilers, so I will black out my issues and hope you two will let me know what you think.

I was bothered that Perry had his investigator pay off a juror. I wanted him to win the case without doing that, and of course, it was ironic that two other jurors did vote for acquittal without payment. The judge declared a mistrial, and the D.A. said he would retry her. That whole thing was dropped. Everyone just moved on without any reference to another trial. Huh?

Let me know what you think.

Hey Kev, Prodigal Son does get better. Still strange but better.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2020 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

I honestly thought it was just the investigator and not Mason involved in that, Joan, but obviously I read the situation wrong. I still didn't mind it, as it served as a lesson to them, i suppose.

i do like the cast they have assembled. Lots of distinct characters from various walks of life and experiences that could go lots of places in future stories and some very good actors. I liked the Rylance actress who played Della Street, I thought she was great.

(Saskatoon gets a mention too, in the next to last episode).

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2020 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Yes della great.

No i think there was scene where mason puts his last dice throw plan to investigator, but camera n sound pull away.
Perhaps that trial will be addressed in s2 i just think the case agsinst the wife is effectively dead in the water, so mason won moral victory but basically killed it.

Nice wot happened to villain but Clearly mason has to go after the other copper in s2?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2020 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

No i think there was scene where mason puts his last dice throw plan to investigator, but camera n sound pull away.

Yes, that is what happened. We never hear Mason asking but we know he does, and the investigator does leave him.

Thanks Xebec and Bill for your answers. I'm looking forward to season 2.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2020 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

No i think there was scene where mason puts his last dice throw plan to investigator, but camera n sound pull away.

Yes, that is what happened. We never hear Mason asking but we know he does, and the investigator does leave him.

Thanks Xebec and Bill for your answers. I'm looking forward to season 2.


I'm a right plank. Bloody hell. I got everything else.

Yah, i'm really looking forward to season 2. I thought the expense on the show really paid off, I felt more immersed in the period than like i was watching people wandering around props and old cars. The music really worked too all the time.

Matthew Rhys was so good i was thinking "he'd be a good Columbo too". And i LOVE Columbo.

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2020 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Finished SPACE FORCE. It's almost entirely laugh-free but pleasant enough to have on in the background.

It sort of doesn't work for me because it is stuck between trying to be somewhat realistic while being quite daft and doesn't hit the mark. Also the over-reliance on swearing rather than actual well-written comedy, though their are some decent lines.

The cast is generally likeable (though there are no standout characters apart from John Malkovich) the music is decent and it looks like it cost a fortune. It's just not actually funny.

If you like this you might like Avenue 5, which has some of the same cast. It's a space-set show that also isn't that funny but watchable.


Also finished PERRY MASON, which i thought was great, and look forward to the next season of.


I actually laughed alot more than expected at Space Force. It had a rough time finding a steady tone and had several missed opportunities. But I found it agreeable enough and as stated, it did make me laugh quite a few times. The chimpanzee spinning around while trying to unscrew a bolt made me rewatch it. Silly, I know but given our current state of affairs, it was kind of what I needed.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2020 - 10:29 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Coronation Street - it's addressing pandemic and feels weird.

Fortitude season 2. The most diverse town in anywhere frozen kicks off another year. Starts off a bit shakily with another mystery. Guy blown up in flames who survived last year now has almost zero scars, which is odd. I do like the snowy climate of the show. Dennis Quaid is the big name this year, last year Stanley Tucci was great.

It is a bit infuriating with characters not telling people things for no reason, just to create a bit of tension or to leave for later issues to arise. And everyone is generally just miserable with each other.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2020 - 10:43 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I'm a right plank.

I disagree. You are not a plank. I had to watch the finale twice to get that scene on the bridge Also, you are correct about Rhys. He would make a good Columbo. So if TV is doing a new Perry Mason, will a new Columbo be next?

 
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