Good TV Shows

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Re: Good TV Shows

Postby Which Tyler » Mon Apr 04, 2022 6:08 pm



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Same studio as His Dark Materials as well - so I think it's fair to get hopes up

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Postby paddy no 11 » Mon Apr 04, 2022 7:41 pm

David Simon latest effort out April 25th

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Postby kk67 » Wed Apr 06, 2022 3:42 am

Terrible loser for Upstart Crow. Just a fantastic ensemble cast.
Could it be any better ?

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Re: Good TV Shows

Postby Son of Mathonwy » Wed Apr 06, 2022 11:23 pm

Which Tyler wrote:https://twitter.com/TheWinterKingTV/status/1511001495562600453

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Same studio as His Dark Materials as well - so I think it's fair to get hopes up

Is this fantasy or realistic-ish dark ages action?

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Re: Good TV Shows

Postby Which Tyler » Thu Apr 07, 2022 7:44 am

Son of Mathonwy wrote:Is this fantasy or realistic-ish dark ages action?

For the TV - no-one knows yet.

For the novels - it's Bernard Cornwell at his very best - which is a real stamp of quality. It's as true to life as you can really get for mythical figures i an era essentially without an historical record.
Much less sensationalist than his Sharpe books (think Sean Bean), and much more condensed than the Last Kingdom (recently finished on TV), without the character churn, as it can take place over a couple of decades, rather than a century. Similar set-up to TLK in that our narrator is a step down from the names you'd know, in this case, could easily be a lesser knight of the round table.
Expect a lot of religious cynicism, and hostility between pagan and christian, magic to have more down-to-earth explanations and the occasional dabble of luck and credulous observers etc. As ever, expect TV to screw up shield walls, armour and battlefield tactics etc.

The books are at the top of most lists of historical fiction.

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Re: Good TV Shows

Postby Puja » Thu May 05, 2022 1:41 am

I've just finished watching Heartstopper on Netflix and it was seriously the loveliest piece of television I have ever had the pleasure to watch.

It's a teen romance story featuring the most adorable LGBTQ babbies, with the main couple being gay nerd Charlie and what he thinks is his hopeless crush on cool, popular, rugby-playing Nick. While Nick's just really excited about his new close male friend who he really likes in a very platonic friendship definitely not romantic way cause he's liked girls before and that means he's "straight".

I kept being really nervous watching it, expecting the other shoe to drop and something horrible happen to the characters - I was waiting for a parent be really homophobic, or the trans girl going to her new school to get horribly misgendered and bullied, or the "straight" guy to say something horribly bigoted by mistake, and none of it ever happened. I mean there was drama and obstacles and some villainy (because we need a story), but none of the usual tropes of "bad things must happen to the gays" came out. It was just nice. Nice people got good things and the adorable baby gays mostly got together and it was all utterly lovely. It took me a long time to trust that it wasn't going to have horrible things, cause I'm so used to torturing the queers being a trope.

I really, really needed a bit of fiction where nice people got nice things and everyone lived in a better world than the shitheap that we currently have. Go watch it if you too need cheering up.

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Re: Good TV Shows

Postby Son of Mathonwy » Fri May 20, 2022 6:55 pm

Outer Range is maybe worth a watch. As with these things, it starts strong but then needs the characters to act more and more insanely as the story goes on in order to keep the plot going. Very strong cast let down by what is probably far less than meets the eye in terms of the mystery.

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Re: Good TV Shows

Postby Son of Mathonwy » Tue Jun 07, 2022 5:50 pm

Finally finished Lovecraft Country. It's not great. Thematically it echoes the Watchmen series by taking an existing story (extremely loosely in this instance) which was nothing to do with race, and making it all about race. Unlike Watchmen this is not well written, or even acted (in the case of the lead).

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Postby morepork » Tue Jun 07, 2022 5:54 pm

Son of Mathonwy wrote:Finally finished Lovecraft Country. It's not great. Thematically it echoes the Watchmen series by taking an existing story (extremely loosely in this instance) which was nothing to do with race, and making it all about race. Unlike Watchmen this is not well written, or even acted (in the case of the lead).



Bet you a lot of people hadn't heard of Emmett till or Tulsa before watching that.

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Re: Good TV Shows

Postby Son of Mathonwy » Tue Jun 07, 2022 6:10 pm

morepork wrote:
Son of Mathonwy wrote:Finally finished Lovecraft Country. It's not great. Thematically it echoes the Watchmen series by taking an existing story (extremely loosely in this instance) which was nothing to do with race, and making it all about race. Unlike Watchmen this is not well written, or even acted (in the case of the lead).

Bet you a lot of people hadn't heard of Emmett till or Tulsa before watching that.

True, so it did some good. In an ideal world, both of those, particularly the almost unbelievable Tulsa deserve a series of their own, without the distraction of SciFi or fantasy.

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Re: Good TV Shows

Postby Numbers » Fri Jun 10, 2022 4:53 pm

I binge watched We Own the City last night, well worth a watch.

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Re: Good TV Shows

Postby Son of Mathonwy » Tue Jun 14, 2022 4:50 pm

Hellbound is unfortunately not the TV version of Hellraiser II. But if you want more Korean fun, it's pretty good. The CGI lets it down a little (in design, not technology) but there's much apocalyptic enjoyment to be had here, and some shades of Death Note.

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Re: Good TV Shows

Postby Son of Mathonwy » Tue Jun 14, 2022 4:56 pm

I got round to watching The OA recently. Not all may agree but I liked it. A brilliant first episode, and an end which was pretty satisfying considering the series was axed 3 seasons early. The explanation could never live up to the show's initial promise but it was highly distinctive.


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