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Mindhunter is great. There were a few articles detailing that Fincher may come back to it at some point.
mc wrote: So my partner is someone who must watch the whole thing, can't leave unfinished etc. I mentioned we've been watching the X-Files, probably months ago or more. Fortunately I have convinced her of the need to intersperse it with other stuff cos really I've tuned out of most of it, usually doing a bit of work or browsing or whatever while it's on (why did I ever suggest this?). Anyway we're now up to Season 7 and it is BATSHIT crazy, i never saw any of these. I saw commentary that says this was considered a bad season of it, they'd lost it, gone too corny etc etc. No way, it's been great. That COPS episode, incredible. I'm convinced it's the best season by a mile. (My partner does not agree LOL )
Jesus, watching all of X-Files isn't a challenge, it's a lost bet.
I tried a few years ago to do it. Every season has way too many episodes and a lot of them are junk or at best just boring. If you make the conscious choice to avoid the "mythology" episodes (which you should because they're a never-ending source of shitty storytelling and frustration) and only stick to the good MOTW eps, you'll do fine, but in general it's a series that just didn't age very well. 9/11 really did a number on it.
The movie sent me to sleep though. But I remember thinking, holy shit, this was deemed cinema worthy?
And yeah we don't binge and watch other stuff. It's a slow process. We will cleanse the palette soon and I'm hoping it just falls by the wayside but like I said she's committed to finishing stuff usually.
So, HBO Max is currently airing all of Friends, and I decided to re-watch the pilot episode with fresh eyes. It was better than I remembered, but not amazing. The characters are all fully-developed immediately, except that Rachel didn't have her iconic hairstyle yet, and Joey's hair was practically a bowl cut. The humor was edgy and funny by 1994 network standards, but didn't make me laugh out loud. But it was clearly good enough for mainstream audiences, and lasted for a decade. I don't plan on binging it, but the nostalgia was mildly pleasant.
Russian Doll is probably fine, but I have Harley Quinn fatigue and didn't find the lead or plot compelling. I don't have Netflix so I'll probably never see another episode. Kinda cool to put a face to the voice of Gaz Digby from Ballmasterz 9009 though.
Station Eleven was actually bad, which is a shame because the guy who plays Jeevan was great in his small Avenue 5 role. Prison Break-levels of subtlety. That said, it also has the disadvantage of being introduced to me in the middle of watching Last of Us, which is a superior post-apocalyptic trip in every single way, and post-rewatching The Leftovers, which is... a superior post-apocalyptic trip in every way.