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What have you been watching lately

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:38 pm

Just a general purpose thread.

I recently started bingewatching Homeland on Netflix. It's not a new series, but in a way that's better if you haven't seen it yet because there's already many seasons to watch. It keeps getting crazier with each season, but in a good way. I finished Season 2 and am on like the 4th episode of Season 3.

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Re: What have you been watching lately

Post by ed » Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:42 pm

I've been watching A Place to Call Home, an Aussie sorta prime time soap. Oddly addictive with more than a bit of All My Children. Takes place in the 50's, gay children, children out of wedlock, evil step mothers. Really a guilty pleasure. I am glad you don't know who I am.
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Re: What have you been watching lately

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:12 pm

A soap opera? Aren't those for chicks? :lmao: :Mockering:



Not that there's anything wrong with that I suppose. :wedgie:
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Re: What have you been watching lately

Post by ed » Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:26 pm

Eat me.

It is a soap opera. I have found myself talking to the characters. It's embarrassing.

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Re: What have you been watching lately

Post by Fid » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:18 pm

I recorded The Expanse on recommendation of Phil Plait but didn't start watching until last week. Damn! He was right it doth truly kick ass. Hey, I can forgive a whole lot in sci-fi but this only alerted my bullshit filters a couple of times.

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Post by no one in particular » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:23 pm

Fid wrote:I recorded The Expanse on recommendation of Phil Plait but didn't start watching until last week. Damn! He was right it doth truly kick ass. Hey, I can forgive a whole lot in sci-fi but this only kicked in my bullshit filters a couple of times.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3230854/?ref_=nv_sr_3
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Post by Fid » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:59 pm

Thanks, I looked up the thread in question good to know the sausage factory is up and running. :D
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Re: What have you been watching lately

Post by Anaxagoras » Sat Mar 11, 2017 4:57 am

I am watching The Expanse too. At the very least I think it's the best current Sci-Fi TV series.

I mean, there is also Westworld and Humans, but those are differently focused on AI and whether it can be sentient and what that means.

The Expanse is more Space Opera, there aren't really even any robots in it that I can remember, are there? There's aliens, but curiously no robots given the level of technology. You'd think a couple hundred years in the future with colonies as far away as the moons of Jupiter and Saturn that AI would also be a thing, but it just doesn't seem to be a part of the story. You don't really notice their absence though unless you think about it.
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Re: What have you been watching lately

Post by Doctor X » Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:23 am

Anaxagoras wrote:The Expanse is more Space Opera, there aren't really even any robots in it that I can remember, are there?
Tentacles?



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Re: What have you been watching lately

Post by ed » Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:19 pm

Watched Elementary for a couple of seasons. Latest season got sorta preachy. It is almost as if they did focus group and identified what people like about the character and then started writing scripts to a formula. Come to think of it ...
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Post by Nyarlathotep » Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:36 am

Been catching Legion as it comes on (Season Finale is in a couple of days). Trippy as hell and I spend half the show wondering WTF is going on. But enjoyable. It's based off of an obscure X-Men character, though there is just about zero overlap with the X-men universe SFAICT. The only real crossover has been the big bad of the season.
Spoiler:
The Shadow King. Who takes a lot of forms because he is some kind of astral being who attaches himself to minds, but seems to favor the main character's friend, Lenny. Played Aubrey Plaza (AKA April on Parks and Rec) who can surprisingly pull off 'menacing' enough to be a viable bad guy. Put this in spoilers because it's only gradually over the course of the season you realize who she is.
They also talk about the main character's real father, who is a well known character in the comics (
Spoiler:
Professor X
) and they hint at his identity, but have yet to come out and say it.

In between I have been watching Vikings. Started watching it just as mindless TV to get my mind off of things, but I find myself quite liking it. It makes a mishmash of history, but handles the Viking era better than a lot of shows. Still fucks a lot of things up. Enjoyable though. There is a character named Floki who I identify with a lot.
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Re: What have you been watching lately

Post by gnome » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:01 am

Prediction: They won't come out and actually say it.
Spoiler:
At most they'll show a bald head in silhouette.
Kind of like how Smallville wouldn't use the name "Superman" for the longest time.
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Re: What have you been watching lately

Post by ed » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:03 am

Chicago Code

Not bad.
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Post by Nyarlathotep » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:04 am

gnome wrote:Prediction: They won't come out and actually say it.
Spoiler:
At most they'll show a bald head in silhouette.
Kind of like how Smallville wouldn't use the name "Superman" for the longest time.
Was reading somewhere though where the show's creator has said he would like to bring the character on to the show, maybe in the second season.

Though....
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FUnny you should mention the bald head thing. In the last episode while Daniel (The main character) was puzzling out some things about his enemy, he figured out he was adopted because his real father had fought the Shadow King. ANd while he didn't know who it was, while he was figuring it out on a chalkboard, he drew what he imagined as his 'real' father...bald head but not in a wheel chair
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Post by Nyarlathotep » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:10 am

ed wrote:Chicago Code

Not bad.
Never heard of it? Sounds hospital related
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Re: What have you been watching lately

Post by ed » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:16 am

Cop procedural. Pretty well acted not as over the top as Blue Bloods. Not as gritty as a cable show but entertaining nonetheless.

Seems we have seen 100's of series over the past couple of years.

We have the 7 minute rule. If a show does not grab us in that time it is bye bye. No reprieve.
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Post by Nyarlathotep » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:30 am

If the concept grabs me, I give it three episodes. Some shows need a couple of episodes to "grow the beard"

If the concept doesn't grab me, then it doesn't even get seven minutes.
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Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:38 am

Legion, I don't suppose that is on Netflix? If it comes I shall probably check it out.
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Post by Nyarlathotep » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:55 am

Anaxagoras wrote:Legion, I don't suppose that is on Netflix? If it comes I shall probably check it out.
Not on Netflix, yet, but I have been watching it on Hulu.
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Post by Doctor X » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:24 am

24 Legacy has been actually pretty good.

I have also been generally happy with the serialization of Joe R. Lansdale's "Hap and Leonard" series of books called, oddly enough, Hap and Leonard.

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