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12 Mar 2019 15:10 #293716 by Colorcrayons
That's a strong statement. But I'm intrigued.

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13 Mar 2019 02:03 - 13 Mar 2019 03:01 #293731 by mc
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Can confirm. Loved that show. The tone is a little different - a bit lighter, boy's own rollicking adventure - but that's true to the source material and it really pulls it off. It's pretty lavish for a BBC (I think? edit: it was ITV) production from the... 90s? Hornblower doesn't have a huge amount of depth but his relationships with the other characters - his underlings, contemporaries and superiors - are nicely done, and with a touch of humour.

I'm not a binge person but I'd happily make an exception for old Horatio and his crew.

And no guarantees, obviously, but if your mrs is a fan of PnP, she might enjoy it too (mine is a fan of both). (Edit: just realised Gary was the original poster there, sorry).
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13 Mar 2019 02:07 #293732 by mc
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Jackwraith wrote: Was direly ill this weekend, so spent a lot of time watching Netflix and stumbled upon this docu-series called Cricket Fever. It covers one season of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League; the most prestigious (most $) cricket league in the world. It's only 8 episodes with each of them being 30-40 minutes, so it's a quick watch.


Lucky you! When I wanted to understand baseball I had to watch that Ken Burns doco that goes for 18 hours. O_O

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14 Mar 2019 17:49 #293856 by Michael Barnes
Against my better judgment, I watched all of the first season of Hannibal in like two days.

Now, I usually don’t care for police procedurals or most TV crime shows (the first True Detective notwithstanding), but I thought this was quite good- it definitely hits some of the more baroque, upsetting themes of Harris’ books (the good ones at least) and the spectacularly baroque nature of the murders in it almost puts it in more Giallo territory. Casting Hannibal as an anti-antihero is compelling, and I actually think that Mads is a better and more compelling Dr. Lecter than Hopkins. He’s much less of an outright monster- more of an urbane, complex ubermensch. The show gets a little cute with referencing him as a good guy (I.e. comments like “there’s nobody I trust more than Dr. Lecter” ), but I’ve really enjoyed the more nuanced and coldly sophisticated take on the character.

I also really like Cowboy Curtis as Jack Crawford. But casting Eddie Izzard as an American serial killer was a big mistake. They make up for that by putting Gillian Anderson in the role of Dr. Lecter’s psychiatrist. Awesome.

The storyline has been good but lord have mercy is it just implausible. Don’t go to the midatlantic states, there are serial killers doing all kinds of totally bananas stuff up there. Dr. Lecter’s Moriarty-like machinations are cool and fun to track, but it goes well off into nowaysville.

I started watching because a friend said it gets really extreme and experimental as it goes on...so far, it’s pretty conventional aside from those crazy murders and way more gore than I’ve ever seen on network TV. Conventional but good. Guess I’ll slam the second season now.
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14 Mar 2019 18:59 #293860 by hotseatgames
Hannibal is one of the most gorgeous shows I've ever seen. And it's bonkers that it was on NBC. I agree, Mads plays a better Lecter than Hopkins. And my god, those suits.

Those. Suits.
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14 Mar 2019 20:10 #293866 by trif

Michael Barnes wrote: I started watching because a friend said it gets really extreme and experimental as it goes on...so far, it’s pretty conventional aside from those crazy murders and way more gore than I’ve ever seen on network TV. Conventional but good. Guess I’ll slam the second season now.


I loved Hannibal - it's very much in its own world (like other Bryan Fuller shows) and moves further and further away from the usual network serial killer show into something almost transcendent.

The last episode of season 3 is one of the most perfects ends to a tv show I've seen.
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15 Mar 2019 11:10 #293893 by Gregarius
Finally! I was raving about how awesome Hannibal was a year ago, and I felt like I was the only crazy person in the room. Good to see there are other fans here. You're in for a treat, Michael, as I think the first season is the weakest.
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15 Mar 2019 12:04 #293895 by Colorcrayons

trif wrote:

Michael Barnes wrote: I started watching because a friend said it gets really extreme and experimental as it goes on...so far, it’s pretty conventional aside from those crazy murders and way more gore than I’ve ever seen on network TV. Conventional but good. Guess I’ll slam the second season now.


I loved Hannibal - it's very much in its own world (like other Bryan Fuller shows) and moves further and further away from the usual network serial killer show into something almost transcendent.

The last episode of season 3 is one of the most perfects ends to a tv show I've seen.


it's funny you say that, as I thought the finale was pretty weak. Not horrible, just weaker than I hoped it would be considering how much I enjoyed the entire course of the show.

But then again, I thought the last few minutes of Dexter was the perfect way to end it, after you give it some thought.
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15 Mar 2019 12:56 #293896 by hotseatgames
While overall, the last episode of Dexter was terrible, the final scene was great.

And the very final shot... I think it's my favorite of the entire series.
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19 Mar 2019 08:50 #294017 by Jackwraith
Tried watching the first two episodes of Britannia; an Amazon series based on the re-invasion of the largest of the British isles by the Romans in the first century CE. In truth, it's more about the mythical Druids and the Romans are present as the conceit that opens the door to show how magical the druids can be, in addition to some internecine warfare between the local Celtic tribes.

Yeah, I just can't... I love history. I especially love Roman history. I'm fine with venturing into the fantastical, too (obvsly.) But you have to be able to tell me a story that's a) at least moderately intelligent and b) written and acted out with some degree of honesty. When every third character is gushing with wonder at EVERYTHING that's happening, while every other character is cynical and worldly knowledgeable about everything that happens (a Celtic chieftain telling someone to "Sit the fuck down!" to open a negotiation), I'm going to lose my suspension of disbelief right quick. Plus, there aren't really any good actors in it, given that the lead Roman is the governor from The Walking Dead and one of the lead Celts is Kelly Reilly, whose job is apparently to look angsty at every opportunity, and I don't recognize any of the rest of them (likely for good reason.) I wanted to like it, but... nah.
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19 Mar 2019 09:37 #294022 by Gary Sax
This is a bit of a jag, but our era is one in which, despite the fact we are surrounded by low level everyday cooperation we don't even think about, our visual media (ESPECIALLY prestige TV) is intent on telling us that cooperation is impossible.

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