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1.cris
Nov 1, 2019, 8:14am

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?

2.cris
Nov 3, 2019, 3:54pm

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!

3.cris
Edited: Nov 11, 2019, 9:31am

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?

4aussieh
Nov 6, 2019, 7:25pm

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.

5.cris
Nov 7, 2019, 5:17am

>4 aussieh: I haven't seen either, but I really enjoyed the Norwegian comedy Norsemen.

6aussieh
Nov 7, 2019, 3:00pm

>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.

7.cris
Nov 7, 2019, 4:05pm

>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.

8featherbear
Nov 7, 2019, 11:05pm

Netflix:

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?!}.

HBO:

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.

9.cris
Nov 8, 2019, 4:42am

>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.

10featherbear
Nov 8, 2019, 9:40am

>9 .cris: I have not seen Wadjda. Is it on Netflix?

11.cris
Nov 8, 2019, 10:52am

>10 featherbear: I'm sorry, I don't know. I don't have Netflix.

12JulieLill
Nov 8, 2019, 11:28am

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!!

13aussieh
Nov 8, 2019, 3:47pm

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.

14Carol420
Edited: Nov 8, 2019, 5:22pm

>12 JulieLill: "Warning, warning Will Robinson!!" I hated that they made Dr. Smith a woman.

15aussieh
Edited: Nov 8, 2019, 6:49pm

> 5 cris

trying to track down and even purchase "Norsemen" no luck!! Netflix seem to have it tied up!!

16JulieLill
Nov 9, 2019, 12:08pm

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.

17Carol420
Nov 9, 2019, 12:50pm

>16 JulieLill: You might be interested to know that Amazon has the complete set (17 discs) for $27.99.

18JulieLill
Nov 10, 2019, 2:12pm

>17 Carol420: Thanks for the info!

19.cris
Nov 11, 2019, 9:34am


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.

20.cris
Nov 11, 2019, 9:39am


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.

21aussieh
Nov 11, 2019, 7:47pm

Finished series one of The Last Kingdom wow!! Series two waiting.

22aussieh
Edited: Nov 13, 2019, 10:36pm

I am about to start on season Nip/Tuck, viewed many moons ago and enjoyed, looking forward to the series. Also waiting for me is the first season of The Sopranos and season two Mr Mercedes. Now I must find the time!!!

23.cris
Nov 16, 2019, 6:47am


Watching Forest Whitaker playing the Godfather of Harlem and enjoying it immensely. They could have used a soundtrack of soul from the sixties, but perhaps that's a personal choice because I don't like the gangsta rap that found it's way into this. I binged up to episode 7, now I'm going to wait weekly for the next installment. Netflix has spoilt us with their simultaneous release of the whole series on the same day.

24.cris
Nov 16, 2019, 9:17am


I rarely gel with comedies, but Back to Life was wonderful. 30-something Miri is released from prison after serving 18 years for murder. She just wants to pick up the pieces and get on with her life, but the small Kent seaside town, where she lives with her parents, is going to put every obstacle in her way. I love Adeel Akhtar, who plays her next door neighbour, Billy, and it's nice to have a sympathetic murderer, who you hope will get through it. My one complaint is the multiple uses of the "C" word. It always used to be the final straw word and had a euphemism in our house....He/she is a right Michael Flatley.

25.cris
Edited: Nov 19, 2019, 7:50am


Working my way through an IMDb editors list of TV series. I started Catherine the Great. The costume and sets were beyond amazing, but the court intrigue bored me, even with the lovely Helen Mirren in the lead. I gave up half way through E01.

26aussieh
Nov 17, 2019, 4:51am

Watched disc one of Season Two of Mr Mercedes, so far not as good as Season One, I hope that it improves, I am a Brendan Gleeson fan so I shall hang in there.

27.cris
Nov 19, 2019, 7:56am


I've just discovered there are two series of The Young Offenders. Set in Cork, Conor and Jock are two teen inner city miscreants. They have their adolescent libidos set on the headmaster's two daughters, who believes hell will freeze over before these thorns in his side will get their thieving hands on his girls. It's got a lot of warmth, and it's funny, although I find the subtitles essential. I really enjoyed the original film. (2016)

28.cris
Edited: Nov 19, 2019, 9:03am


I did binge on the whole series of Season 03 of The Crown and thought it so gloomy. In the first two series I had a lot of sympathy for HRH, for having to take on this daunting life's work, but this time I felt pity for unloved Prince Charles and admiration for spunky Princess Anne. I felt the episodes about Princess Alice were the only one that held me spellbound. Possibly the issue was that I was familiar with the main characters of the day and nobody looked like their character, with the exception of Barbara Castle. Olivia Colman (a tremendous actress) only needed one expression (that of blandness). Helena Bonham Carter was too famous to play Margaret, and her latest beau (Roddy) had just finished playing the Mr Mercedes psycho. The final straw was to have the most delightful elderly Derek Jacobi playing the spiteful and bitter Duke of Windsor. I found it odd that "the Troubles" in N.Ireland were never mentioned. Your thoughts?

29Carol420
Edited: Nov 19, 2019, 2:57pm

>28 .cris: I could be wrong. It's not my country and I don't know what the real feelings are today...I barely know what the feelings are in my own country today...but...my grandparent left County Tyrone in 1926 because of the rumblings of what was to come....some had already taken place. My grandfather said it wasn't going to be "bonnie" and he was certainly proved right. They hated leaving Ireland and my grandmother missed it everyday until the day she died...but they both agreed that it was not going to a place to raise a family and they already had the two little girls...my aunt and my mother. I have a friend that lives in Belfast and several cousins in Londondery. My friend says the situation is much better today but not good or even what you would really call stable. Visitors are encouraged to not discuss religion or politics anywhere. So the makers of The Crown my have been acting on the side of caution by not mentioning that era. I guess it's hard to choose if you want to portray what is the elephant in the room or if you want to make a series that doesn't upset the apple cart anymore than it already is. Americans are endlessly fascinated with the "Royals" and would love this series. I''ll have to look for it on DVD.

30.cris
Nov 19, 2019, 4:01pm

>29 Carol420: Perhaps they will touch on it in the next series. Considering Lord Mountbatten played quite a large part in this series and was killed by the IRA in '79 and there was an attempt on Margaret Thatcher's life in '84. I see you've read the first in the Sean Duffy series (by Adrian Mckinty). I read the whole series and loved it with it's backdrop of "The Troubles". I haven't really liked anything else he's written ...YET!

31Carol420
Edited: Nov 19, 2019, 5:14pm

>30 .cris: I really liked it and I do plan to read the rest of the series. I have I Hear The Sirens in The Street.

32.cris
Nov 20, 2019, 5:36am


I'm not much of a Star Wars fanatic. I only went to the cinema to see Rogue One for Donnie Yen. So I wasn't sucked into the hype for Disney Channel's The Mandalorian, but I fell in love with 50 year old Yoda. I'm hooked!

33featherbear
Nov 20, 2019, 6:57pm

Here's an interesting take on female serial killers on TV. Boop!

Tania Modleski. Public Books, 11/18/2019: TV's Golden Age of Female Serial Killers. Some spoilers on Rebecca -- the book & the movie I assume, Killing Eve, and the the French series also available on Netflix in the U.S., La Mante. I skipped the part about La Mante, since I want to take a look at it on Netflix. I viewed Killing Eve when BBC America was showing it weekly on U.S. cable. First season gripping. Second season, well, it seemed to be written for Public Books commentators. Curious to know where Jodie Comer goes from here.

34featherbear
Nov 21, 2019, 9:48am

FYI. Most of the nature documentaries on Netflix are leaving Dec. 2: Blue Planet 1-2, Planet Earth 1-2, other related titles. Is Disney Plus getting them? (I think the package includes National Geographic vids)

35aussieh
Nov 23, 2019, 5:05pm

Part one SBS TV "Becoming A God In Central Florida" loving it so far, watching Kirstin Dunst performing The Puppet Dance is a real hoot (it is on Utube) Also some dark characters mixed in with comedy type sketches.

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