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Re: Television Shows you're currently Enjoying

#11261  Postby campermon » Jan 08, 2020 8:31 pm

Currently watching this on BBC iplayer;

storyville-jonestown-terror-in-the-jungle-episode-1

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000d27r/storyville-jonestown-terror-in-the-jungle-episode-1

"A Storyville documentary. Why did Jim Jones, a charismatic American preacher and leader of the People's Temple, compel his members in 1978 to perform 'revolutionary suicide' in northern Guyana?"

Very interesting.
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#11262  Postby don't get me started » Jan 09, 2020 11:03 am

Just finished watching 'Limitless' on Netflix. It is a 2015 TV series that is based on a 2011 Hollywood movie. (I haven't seen the movie).

The premise is that there is a super new drug that allows the user to access 100% of his mental capacity, thus becoming super smart.The downside is that prolonged use drives you insane. In this series a typical 20 something New York slacker gets hold of it, but is immune to the side effects (kind of- no spoiler on this). He ends up being recruited by the FBI to help solve the most baffling cases.

I was expecting a more or less hum drum police procedural something like NCIS or CSI and was only going to watch a couple of episodes as a filler.

Although on the surface it did fall into this procedural genre (with a bit of 'the odd couple' thrown in as his slacker, dope smoking, pop culture trivia persona grated on the oh-so-serious FBI staff who were tasked with handling him) there was actually a lot of subtlety and subversive commentary woven into the story line.
I think the thing that I liked most about it was the fact that the hero was, despite his slacker outlook and deeply unserious take on things, a profoundly moral person. His first instinct once he is boosted is not to enrich himself or seek power over people. Rather he seeks to do the best he can to help others. Not in some mawkish, boyscout manner, hand on heart, 'I cannot tell a lie'..rather, he has gray areas where he will bend a little, and he succumbs to some low level temptations but he also has courses of action open to him that he finds morally repugnant and will not countenance.

I like the chemistry between him and his FBI handler (Jenifer Carpenter who played Dexter's sister in the series of that name.) She is actually a very talented actor and I hope to see more of her in the future.

There was a lot of comedy woven into the episodes. I laughed out loud when an awkward conversation about whether our hero 'hooked up' with someone suddenly transitioned into a full blown Bollywood song and dance routine...!

Glad I watched it, but be warned. It is 20 45-minute episodes in total.
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#11263  Postby felltoearth » Jan 09, 2020 11:42 am

Agreed on Jennifer Carpenter
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Re: Television Shows you're currently Enjoying

#11264  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Jan 12, 2020 6:19 pm

Watching a BBC/Tokyo original; Giri (duty)/Haji (shame) on Netlix.

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Really enjoying it so far (episode 5).

*Edit. Roy is definitely MVP.
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#11265  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Jan 12, 2020 10:12 pm

Finished :this:
Loved it, although I could've done without the interpretative dance at the end.
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#11266  Postby newolder » Jan 12, 2020 10:23 pm

I'm sure there was a subtle message running through this week's Doctor Who but I can't quite put my finger on it. :think:
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#11267  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Jan 12, 2020 10:25 pm

newolder wrote:I'm sure there was a subtle message running through this week's Doctor Who but I can't quite put my finger on it. :think:

I am still hesitant to start the new season/series.
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#11268  Postby newolder » Jan 12, 2020 10:39 pm

^The jokes are better these days and #13 is doing great.
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#11269  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Jan 13, 2020 8:34 am

newolder wrote:^The jokes are better these days and #13 is doing great.

I never had any issues with #13, I quite like her in fact. I found the writing for the previous season to be hit and largely miss.
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#11270  Postby Macdoc » Jan 13, 2020 2:21 pm

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#11271  Postby aban57 » Jan 14, 2020 2:32 pm



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#11272  Postby Animavore » Jan 14, 2020 6:19 pm

Someone elsewhere asked, "Without naming the TV show you're watching right now, if you were to go on a date with the main character where will you go and what will you do"

I said, "Prolly just go to the pub within throwing distance of the castle and get totally shit-faced."

I think it's cryptic, others say too vague. Can you brainiacs get it?
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#11273  Postby scott1328 » Jan 14, 2020 7:02 pm

Animavore wrote:Someone elsewhere asked, "Without naming the TV show you're watching right now, if you were to go on a date with the main character where will you go and what will you do"

I said, "Prolly just go to the pub within throwing distance of the castle and get totally shit-faced."

I think it's cryptic, others say too vague. Can you brainiacs get it?

Fawlty Towers?
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#11274  Postby Animavore » Jan 14, 2020 7:06 pm

Hmmm... Maybe it was too vague and not as witty as I'd thought.
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#11275  Postby arugula2 » Jan 14, 2020 7:38 pm

Animavore wrote:Someone elsewhere asked, "Without naming the TV show you're watching right now, if you were to go on a date with the main character where will you go and what will you do"

I said, "Prolly just go to the pub within throwing distance of the castle and get totally shit-faced."

I think it's cryptic, others say too vague. Can you brainiacs get it?

Witcher? (haven't seen it... I assume there's a castle & there's a pub?)
Dracula? (haven't seen it)
Downton Abbey? (But there's no "main character" that's why it's 3rd) Also, there's probably no castle, innit?
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#11276  Postby Animavore » Jan 14, 2020 8:03 pm

The clue is right there.
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#11277  Postby Animavore » Jan 14, 2020 8:05 pm

I suspect Will or Thomas will get it.
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#11278  Postby Bubalus » Jan 14, 2020 10:41 pm

The Crown?
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#11279  Postby arugula2 » Jan 15, 2020 4:42 am

St Elsewhere?
Castle?

Oy. I'm forgetting the parameters. Time to regroup.
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#11280  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Jan 15, 2020 7:47 am

Animavore wrote:I suspect Will or Thomas will get it.

:oops: I don't.
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