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Old 10-07-17, 12:41 PM   #326
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Westworld. It was a slow start but eventually got hooked and been waiting a lifetime for the next season!
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Old 10-24-17, 09:28 AM   #327
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Walking Dead Season 8. 6/10. I think the show is starting to fade for me. Just not that compelling anymore and this season opener was not all that.
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Walking Dead Season 8. 6/10. I think the show is starting to fade for me. Just not that compelling anymore and this season opener was not all that.
I logged off at the end of season 6
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So it wasn't the Negan murder of Glenn and Abraham that did it for you?
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oops... I guess it was the beginning of season 7. But yeah, that was when
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That was probably the beginning of the end for me as well.
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Just finished Season 2 of Stranger Things. Loved it. A bit of X-Files, Goonies, Spielberg all in one.
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Old 12-29-17, 02:07 AM   #333
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Andromeda. 4/10
Tried to watch it when it was first on. Couldn't stand it then. Tried again recently when it was rerun after the full rerun of Stargate. Good grief. Andromeda is almost insufferable self important fluff, right down to the audio processing to enhance every word as if the characters all spoke in italics. Filmed like an '80s glam rock music video, just perfect for the late 1990s.

Only reason I gave it four stars out of 10 is for the occasional appearance of Laura Bertram as Trance Gemini, the only really interesting character in the series. It's like they stole one good character idea from Lexx or Farscape, and never grew beyond that one good idea.
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Tin Star 7/10

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alcoholic ex-undercover cop moves from London to Alberta and becomes small rural town police chief; stuff ensues to get his gritty past to the surface.
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Lore -- 8/10
It's an anthology studying bizarre folklore and the clashes between mythology and reality. Apparently based on a podcast, although I hadn't heard it. Just stumbled across it on Amazon Prime while looking for something to play in the background while I was on the computer. Grabbed my attention and I ended up watching the shows instead of getting work done.

The "Black Stockings" episode was particularly potent. Excellent acting, a gut punch for anyone who still harbors romantic notions that any superstition -- including traditional religion -- is harmless if only people did it "right".

If you enjoyed TV shows like In Search Of and Ancient Mysteries, you'll probably enjoy Lore.
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Old 01-07-18, 01:49 PM   #336
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Hannibal -- 8/10
Binge watched season 1 up through episode 5 Saturday night until I couldn't keep my eyes open. Very good show. I'm sure I'll finish the entire series. (Note: Finished all 13 episodes of season 1. Still have mixed feelings about the series. Very well done, but a bit contrived for the sake of relentless drama. You'd think every third person around you is a serial killer. And not even Dr. Lecter is that brilliant. The series is more like an anti-superhero story now.)

Unfortunately I've been a huge fan of Manhunter, the first movie adaptation of the Thomas Harris books (with the infamous Hannibal's last named misspelled "Lecktor"). Watched it when it was new in the theater and probably a dozen times since on tape, DVD and TV. I've practically got the entire script memorized, so it seemed odd to hear those words in a different context on Hannibal, especially when spoken by other characters than originally intended. So that was a bit of a distraction. Might have been better to rewrite or revise the same theme.

I'm willing to go with the flow on reinventing Will Graham as a borderline autistic/Asperger's type savant. That seems a bit faddish -- notably done with the Spencer Reid character in Criminal Minds, and Humperdinck Cumbermund's revisionist version of Sherlock Holmes -- but Hugh Dancy makes it work, although it still seems like an unnecessary contrivance.

But as good an actor as Mads Mikkelsen is I'm not entirely satisfied with his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter. It suffers from some of the same conceits that I found tiresome with Anthony Hopkins -- the smugness, leering, the knowing "I have a terrible secret" looks. (Note: He reined this way in by the middle of season 1 and was much more subtle and complex.)

I still find Brian Cox's version of Hannibal in Manhunter to be the most persuasive. Cox pretty much always plays variations of the same character, including in the Jason Bourne movies, but it's damned effective. He's simultaneously charming, menacing and seems physically powerful enough to actually overpower most people taken by surprise.

On the plus side, while I usually dislike arbitrary and trendy recasting in the name of diversity, I really like the reinvention of Fredricka Lounds as the infamous Freddie. None of the movie versions was anything like the novel version of Lounds, who wasn't the heartless tabloid shark portrayed in Manhunter. But Lara Jean Chorostecki portrays Lounds as though she was also a potential serial killer who simply redirects her malevolence through words that instigate violence in others. It's brilliant.

The flip side of that recasting is Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford. Only five shows in and I'm already sick of him. I love Larry Fishburne, always have, but he's misdirected in this role. Makes no damned sense for him to be barking at people like he's playing a caricature of a tough top cop. And Crawford should be canny enough to realize he's being manipulated by Lecter, while Fishburne's character seems too naive and easily charmed. (Note: Fishburne's character was a bit more tolerable and believable by the end of season 1, although it's still hard to believe he doesn't recognize Lecter for who he is.)

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Old 01-07-18, 09:39 PM   #337
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The Amazing Mrs. Maisel. The show is simply put...amazing. The stuff coming out of the Amazon, HBO and Netflix studios is better than anything put out by network television.
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La Mante, Netflix. It's been a while since I've binge watched a new series, and this took up most of my dreary afternoon yesterday. I don't usually like detective stories, but this was an incredible mix of Silence of the Lambs and True Detective- which are two of my other exceptions. French production and cast, with good subtitles.
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Westworld

I don't know, the ending just seemed too...off. I will watch the next season, but I am not having high hopes for this one. I hope I am wrong though.
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