November - TV
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I'm still enjoying Emergence, although I thought it was a four part series, then they added another episode on IMDb and now there are six episodes? What's occurring?
I've started watching See. It's an Apple production and has Jason Momoa in the lead. The story-line is absolutely ridiculous. Several centuries after some sort of cataclysm wiped out millions of humans, the survivors have lost their sense of sight. It's really difficult not to guffaw on many occasions. Man with enhanced other senses doesn't know there's a f***ing great bear right behind him. When going into battle how do you know if you're swinging your farming tool at friend or foe. I suspect I'll keep watching and tutting!
Oh woe is me! I have started the weekly series from the Beeb, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. I enjoyed the books and the film, so have high hopes for this. Obviously episode one is setting the scene and is a bit slow. Now I must wait one whole week for E02. My own personal query, which no one has ever answered for me...Do all white people always picture fictional book characters as white, unless stated otherwise, and vice versa?
I am about to collect from my local library "The Last Kingdom" Series One,I have been a fan of "The Vikings" I have been told that this is even better.
>4 aussieh: I haven't seen either, but I really enjoyed the Norwegian comedy Norsemen.
>5 .cris: I shall try to track down "Norsemen"
Watched the first of much raved over new series on SBS TV "Years And Years" starring Emma Thompson, not sure if I like it, I needed to see much more of Emma and less of the very dysfunctional family that so far dominates!!!! I shall hang in and see how it unfolds next week.
>6 aussieh: I haven't heard of "Years and Years", but as you say, it has a high IMDb rating. I'll give it a whirl.
I picked up the Havana Quartet novels by the Cuban author Leonardo Padura at my local used bookstore; I've started Havana Red, but it's really a TBR at the moment. I learned that Netflix had obtained a TV series based on the books: Four Seasons in Havana. A 4 episode police procedural (i've seen the first epi). Because it was a Spanish-Cuban production, much of it could be and was filmed on location. Surprised the government allowed filming of the city's impoverished parts and the ugly housing and the an ill-equipped police station; this is by no means Miami Vice South. The slovenly hero is a Hemingway wannabe, romantically nostalgic for the Batista days (really, how did the filmmakers get away with this?!}.
First 3 episodes of Watchmen. I'm also trying to read the graphic novel on a 7" tablet using the Kindle app, so the panels are in color. I also viewed the movie a while ago. This is not a re-boot of the movie or the graphic novel; more like a sequel created by the HBO producer, Damon Lindelof, creator of the TV series Lost. Lindelof continues the alternate history of the graphic novel, Robert Redford is president, Skip Gates (the genealogy host) is Secretary of the Treasury, in charge of reparations (the series begins with a massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which sadly was not alternate history). It appears that the series will focus on Regina King (as a costumed crusader) and Jean Smart (a former c-c), now an anti-vigilante FBI agent. (Costumed heroes were re-defined as vigilantes before the present action starts and were outlawed.) In the first episodes, King's car has to stop because of a rain of baby squid. I've found it to be fascinating stuff so far, and watched the first 2 episodes twice.
Also taking a look at His Dark Materials; only the first episode has appeared on HBO so far. Seems to be less interesting than Watchmen, because I believe the intention is pretty much to stick to the books. BBC is partly responsible for this and it looks like the novels are going to get the BBC Hardy, Gaskell, & Dickens treatment. The daemons look very CGI.
>8 featherbear: I'll be trying Watchmen and Four Seasons..... Have you seen Wadjda? Directed by Saudi director Haifaa al-Mansour, from inside a van, due to the strict regime against women there.
I have been watching the new version of Lost In Space. Beautifully filmed but not sure if I will keep up with it. I miss the old cast!!
I am watching the first disc "The Last Kingdom" I am finding it very disjointed, after being a follower of "Vikings" I am disappointed so far.
>12 JulieLill: "Warning, warning Will Robinson!!" I hated that they made Dr. Smith a woman.
> 5 cris
trying to track down and even purchase "Norsemen" no luck!! Netflix seem to have it tied up!!
I gave up on on the new Lost In Space. I may try and see if I can find the old series in our library system.
>16 JulieLill: You might be interested to know that Amazon has the complete set (17 discs) for $27.99.
I missed Years and Years. (Thanks aussieh) A six part series. A terrifying look into the future, if we allow it. Emma Thompson plays the controversial would be politician, "of the people", who speaks her mind, acts the fool and also plays very dirty. The results of her rise to power are unthinkable. I'm not sure how this would resonate with our US members.
I quite like Watchmen too. It's a DC product and I believe those who are fans of the graphic books are hating it. I was expecting superheroes, and was wrong. The police have been forced to wear masks after a white vigilante group had a cop killing spree. The soundtrack is ace, but I do worry about Sister Night's costume. Wouldn't it get trapped in the car doors? Only four episodes of nine so far, but I do like it's unpredictable storyline.
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