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Posted by Exhumed on 29.06.2010 at 16:56
Burn Notice is pure awesomeness!

Leverage made a return recently so I've been watching that again. Breaking Bad is gone for a while though...



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  12.09.2016 at 09:29
Written by BitterCOld on 12.09.2016 at 03:28

Frazier was a good character, but a departure from Cheers as far as tone. Lots of highbrow references, upper crust goings on with only Marty being the relatable character to Joe Sixpack.


Maybe it has to do with the snooty brothers being the butt of the joke so Joe Sixpack can laugh at them (and still recognize and sympathise with their human flaws of arrogance and neuroticism) while Bob Snob can appreciate the self-deprecating humor which is never mean-spirited or dismissive of the characters despite them being rather silly. I dunno, at least that's how I feel in the latter camp: Niles's high-brow antics are patently silly, but still kind of relatable, in spirit if not in actual subject matter.
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  12.09.2016 at 11:25
Frasier was great, although when Niles and Daphne got together I found little reason to carry on watching it as it lost momentum. Also, a weird thing, but I hate watching the first season of it because David Hyde Pierce hadn't quite got Niles' character down yet, in particular his register and intonation. He just sounds off compared to the more whimsical version from the second season onwards.

Have watched a few series this year (more than usual anyway). Currently making my way through Mr. Robot which I'm liking. Just watched the second episode of the second series. Rami Malek, who plays Elliot is fucking unbelievable. Not sure how he hasn't won every award conceivable. Also great to see Christian Slater in it too. I expected the series to be predominately about hacking and the like, but seems to be focusing more on mental illness and corporate greed / corruption. Good stuff, aside from some obvious plot devices being employed though it's interesting to see how they're developing them further in the second season instead of just being empty twist tropes.

Stranger Things. The only bad thing about this I could find was Winona Ryder's overly manic acting. Found her constant breathless exasperation and cartoonish gesticulation a bit ridiculous. Otherwise I loved every bit of it. Really great retro atmosphere and dedication to homage. Can't wait for the second season and where they're going to take it.

Was a few months ago now but also watched the second season of Fargo. I really liked the first one, but I'm still not sure I really like Martin Freeman's acting style. I can never really feel like I'm not just watching Martin Freeman instead of whatever character he's playing. The second season nailed absolutely everything though. Constantly engaging, amazingly shot, a whole swathe of fantastic, funny and interesting characters, and the, umm, extra-terrestrial bits were great. Basically a perfect season of something.

Better Call Saul, second season. Was a bit tamer than the first season, less seemed to happen, but Saul is probably one of the best characters ever created so it was hard not to enjoy it. Definitely prefer it to Breaking Bad, probably because it's less gritty and has a bit more nuance.

Watched through everything of House of Cards. I enjoy it, but definitely not as much as the girlfriend. Tbh I have absolutely no aptitude for American politics and I'm too adhd to remember what each of the characters actually do as their specific occupations, but I can follow it on a more plebby level in terms of the drama and character relationships. Think it may have the best theme tune to any show ever either (first season version especially).

New X-Files season. Aside from the two standalone episodes it was absolute guff. Not only was it total guff but apparently they felt quite happy to totally write off the events of the original run saying that it was nothing like we were led to believe. Atrocious.

Watched a couple of animes too: Attack On Titan and One Punch Man. Attack On Titan was pretty decent. Looks amazing and you have to marvel at how fucking downtrodden and depressing it is; really paints a visual image of how difficult and short-lived life can be for the people living in that world. I think my main issue is that it didn't bother to answer enough questions, despite the fact there was 26 episodes of it. Good stuff, but not sure it quite deserves the popularity it has. One Punch Man though deserves every bit of recognition it gets. I love the satirisation of many anime stereotypes, and when, from the offset, the protagonist is a totally unbeatable and destructive force it makes for some interesting writing opportunities. Not sure they could do much with another series of it though as it seems like the idea has been explored, but who knows.

The other thing, which I'm watching, on my own, is the odd episode of Gravity Falls. It's no Rick and Morty but I still think it's great. Love the adventurish feel and tone of it, not to mention the animation and visual style; looks exquisite. I really like the humour too; was expecting something a bit safer owing to it being a Disney production but they know how to push it from time to time. Often drop into random Futurama episodes too. Seems to be my go-to thing when I don't know what I want to watch. Probably the best thing ever really.

Currently watching through Farscape again with my housemate. Very happy they re-released it in HD because it's a really great looking series with the cool make-up and alien designs (most, some are really lazy) and prolific use of animatronics and puppetry. One of the best sci-fi series without a doubt. It certainly has its fair share of duff, generic sci-fi episodes (body swapping, alien bugs infesting ship, getting stranded on planet etc.) but some of the multiple-part stories are really well made and some are borderline genius, like the one where Crichton goes mad in his own head with "Harvey." I don't think I could ever get enough of Scorpius either.


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  12.09.2016 at 20:46
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.09.2016 at 11:25

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Watched almost everything on that except Farscape and House of Cards.

Mr.Robot is truly awesome indeed. One of my favorite things about the first season was the first-person narration and how they skipped the massive hack at the last episode. Was utter brilliance.

Stranger Things was good too but just like you said Wiona Ryder was too melodramatic there but the theme for this is one of the coolest ever. Netflix do know how to present their stuff it seems.

Fargo is truly making an epic homerun on how they managed to equal the near-impossible-to-match first season. The villains again were the high point here. Loved the native indian and the Mike Milligan and the kitchen brothers. That prog reference thing was just epic.

Not sure if you have watched it or not but you should probably check out Ash vs Evil Dead and Making a Murderer. I haven't watched the original ED films but this was just absolutely old school fun to watch. I thought The Jinx HBO series was haunting but MaM is on a totally otherworldly level. It might seem boring at first but once I went to the second episode I couldn't stop watching, and in the end one of the best shows to binge watch for me.
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  12.09.2016 at 21:37
Frasier - Niles & Daphne - yeah, the unrequited love suddenly being requited almost always seems like the Deathknell of a show.

like Mr. Robot - forgot to pop that on my list. we've had to watch via dodgy websites. most the way through the first season now.

i was on the Stranger Things bandwagon from about the first 3 minutes of the show. at the time the show was set, i was their age doing the same things - D&D in the basement. hell, we even had that same horrible yellow telephone.



just no disappearing friend, Demogorgon or cool telekinetic friend. sure it's a ton of 80s homage, but it works really well as a period piece. it's set in the 80s rather than goes about lighting up like Las Vegas "THIS IS THE 80S! FEEL NOSTALGIC" like othes i've watched. (side note: in much the way That 70's Show worked, while the mercifully short lived That 80s Show didn't. )

Better Call Saul hasn't got me like BB did, like Saul, so waiting to see the evolution.
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  12.09.2016 at 22:42
I checked some episodes (three or four) of Preacher but naaah, nothing special IMO. Ok Cassidy rocks, Jessie quite good but Tulip sucks. The comic books was better.
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  13.09.2016 at 20:02
Written by Cass on 12.09.2016 at 22:42

I checked some episodes (three or four) of Preacher but naaah, nothing special IMO. Ok Cassidy rocks, Jessie quite good but Tulip sucks. The comic books was better.

Couldn't agree more. I hate Tulip there but the pilot was too good and I have to watch it just for cassidy but sadly it didn't grab me so hard and I'm yet to catch up after the sophomore episode.

Also was heavily looking forward to 11.22.63 but it was only fairly interesting and it didn't hook me very good at all. I'm yet to catch up on that as well.

Seems the only shows I rush up to watch these days are Mr.Robot and the John Oliver show. Both are perfect 10s in my book.
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  14.09.2016 at 00:21
Written by 3rdWorld on 12.09.2016 at 20:46


Not sure if you have watched it or not but you should probably check out Ash vs Evil Dead and Making a Murderer. I haven't watched the original ED films but this was just absolutely old school fun to watch. I thought The Jinx HBO series was haunting but MaM is on a totally otherworldly level. It might seem boring at first but once I went to the second episode I couldn't stop watching, and in the end one of the best shows to binge watch for me.

Nope, haven't seen those yet. Am probably going to watch Hannibal after Mr. Robot but will look into those for after that. Cheeses!
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  14.09.2016 at 00:29
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 14.09.2016 at 00:21

Nope, haven't seen those yet. Am probably going to watch Hannibal after Mr. Robot but will look into those for after that. Cheeses!

Hannibal is actually god-like and clearly my all time favorite atm. I was blown away by how good a show it was and really admired Bryan Fuller for it. I won't spoil anything on that but it has some over-the-top but quite well thought out gore scenes and good narration. Oh and it has the best visuals of any tv show ever. Do make sure you watch it in nothing less than 1080p. You will come to see just by the start of the second episode in the first season why I stressed on that. Hope you enjoy it!
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  14.09.2016 at 00:30
Written by 3rdWorld on 14.09.2016 at 00:29

Hannibal is actually god-like and clearly my all time favorite atm. I won't spoil anything on that but it has some over-the-top but quite well thought out gore scenes and good narration. Oh and it has the best visuals of any tv show ever. Do make sure you watch it in nothing less than 1080p. You will come to see just by the start of the second episode in the first season why I stressed on that. Hope you enjoy it!

That sounds like a bit of an endorsement =P
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  14.09.2016 at 00:38
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 14.09.2016 at 00:30

That sounds like a bit of an endorsement =P

Indeed, it is too good to be true for me. I guess that's why NBC cancelled it. But maybe it won't be much surprising for you if you have read too much of the Red Dragon/Hannibal novels and movies which I didn't at the time of watching it. I had only watched Silence of the Lambs at that time so it was quite surprising for me, the plot and character developments.
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