Rate the last TV series you watched (full seasons only) Page 343

  • StixxUK 8 Feb 2021 06:57:56 8,555 posts
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    Zerozerozero 8/10

    This was great, lots of lush (if slightly similar/overused) vistas and cityscapes, great soundtrack. From the same writer (and possibly other people) as Gomorrah.

    It follows the parallel storylines of a few people involved in a massive coke deal - the Mexican cartel, the Italian Mafia and the American broker family.

    It does jaunt off into some more than slightly out there scenarios but overall a very enjoyable binge watch.
  • Mola_Ram 8 Feb 2021 07:32:03 25,358 posts
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    Yeah, Mogwai doing the soundtrack was the thing that first drew me to Zerozerozero. Turned out to be a pretty good series besides that, though! I hope it gets another season.
  • Blakester 8 Feb 2021 09:41:48 5,200 posts
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    I'm glad Zerozerozero is being well received. I'd been eyeing it up as our next watch and hadn't realised it was by the same writer as Gomorrah.

    Just finished The Bay - Series 1.

    I do love these very British murder mysteries set in coastal towns. This one was brilliantly preposterous, causing numerous eye rolls at the decision-making by the characters and some honking coincidences. As is usual with these shows, the big reveal never quite lives up to the billing, but its never less than entertaining throughout.

    Hats off also to the guy playing the Detective Inspector. I genuinely couldn't work out if he was giving the best or worst performance of his career!?

    7/10
  • nickthegun 8 Feb 2021 11:16:13 85,078 posts
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    Twin Peaks - The Full Rewatch:

    Finished the marathon and I think Im a changed man. Very high level; all three series benefit massively from a rewatch, season 3 in particular because 'huh?' turns into 'oh, thats when they basically explained the plot'.

    Anyway:

    Season 1: The famous one and 8 hours of great TV. Its noticeably tamer than what comes after it but its still a story about a perky town at a completely surface level, like if someone was scratching beneath the surface of friends. Every episode is a banger.

    Season 2: The one famous for dropping off a cliff. It clearly suffered massively from being a 'full' 22 episode season. Most of storylines are the worst kind of filler. Pointless and, ultimately, quite boring, which is something you can rarely accuse it of. If you were ranking the episodes, almost all the bottom spots would be taken up by eps from this series. But, and I know its a cliche, the Lynch directed episodes are up there with the best, especially the finale which is arguably the best episode of the 90s run.

    Fire Walk With Me: Sets the tone for the new season. Its basically a horror movie. It abandons the soap like vibe and is more violent, more abstract and far darker in tone. Its a tough watch and sets up some horrible back story.

    Season 3: Its hard to even assess this as a tv series. Its really an 18hr movie broken up with credits every so often and more than any of the others, benefits enormously from a rewatch. I picked up so much more this time, partly because I wasnt constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop or worried I might miss something.

    As with FWWM, it continues the shows move to the next level. Its takes everything that came before it and moves it onto the next level. Its also funnier than it gets credit for. It made me genuinely laugh more than most comedies.

    Its also really hard to summarise, which I suppose is the point. The 'A' plot, the how and the why of the thing, is bolstered by hours and hours of fine colour. Seemingly random, almost pointless things eventually pay off. Disjointed scenes peppered through the series eventually coalesce into a picture of a town that is sick with evil and thats why everything thats happened is happening.

    Either that or its an absolutely spectacular fever dream where nothing makes sense.

    Oh, and its also a bit like Dads army now. Sadly, most of the cast have died since it was filmed. Its actually quite astonishing.

    Overall, as a piece of art 10/10 for the whole shebang. I think season 3 might be my favourite TV ever. At its peak, its just breathtaking.

    Edited by nickthegun at 11:16:42 08-02-2021
  • Rhaegyr 8 Feb 2021 11:32:07 5,356 posts
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    I echo a lot of your thoughts, particularly regarding Season 3.

    Cooper 'coming back' over the course of a whole season is one of if not the most satisfying, slow burn piece of television I've ever seen.

    "I am the FBI" is the mother of all pay offs - I actually cheered watching it.

    Edited by Rhaegyr at 11:33:05 08-02-2021
  • nickthegun 8 Feb 2021 11:42:18 85,078 posts
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    The Dougie Jones bits are absolute gold.
  • Bambot 8 Feb 2021 13:50:38 1,965 posts
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    Staged series 1: 7/10, bit silly, fairly enjoyable.
    Staged series 2: 4/10, just stupid now.
  • Bambot 8 Feb 2021 13:52:20 1,965 posts
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    The Serpent

    It was so good, One of the best shows that the BBC have done in ages (think it was co-produced with netflix?) Well acted, jenna coleman and Tahar Rahim stand out. Some scenes are really tense like when the french guy is at the airport and his flight is delayed and thinks charles/alan is there

    10/10
    I heard this weekend some colleagues saying it was at least two episodes too long and it's really, really slow.
  • Rum_Monkey 8 Feb 2021 13:56:46 2,193 posts
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    Broad City 8/10

    Consistently funny throughout and ended at the right time as well.

    Watch it.
  • Vortex808 8 Feb 2021 14:00:07 14,749 posts
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    Mola_Ram wrote:
    Yeah, Mogwai doing the soundtrack was the thing that first drew me to Zerozerozero.
    Mogwai soundtrack and the gomorrah writer got me very interested. Sadly, I see it's on amazon prime. :-(

    Interest quashed for now. I'm not subbing to that plus the various others. Even if it means I am missing watchmen too.
  • StixxUK 8 Feb 2021 15:03:20 8,555 posts
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    It's on Sky/NOW TV in the UK
  • Armoured_Bear 8 Feb 2021 15:14:26 29,798 posts
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    The Expanse S2

    I watched S1 a year or so ago and thought it was fine but nothing more but just binged S2 and really got into it, gets so much more interesting, plot and character wise. Hope it keeps up.
  • TechnoHippy 8 Feb 2021 15:56:13 18,533 posts
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    Condor (S2)

    A more traditional spy storyline this time with plenty of intelligence and counter intelligence shenanigans - I preferred this to the terrorist conspiracy of the previous series.

    7/10
  • Bambot 8 Feb 2021 16:06:36 1,965 posts
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    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    The Expanse S2

    I watched S1 a year or so ago and thought it was fine but nothing more but just binged S2 and really got into it, gets so much more interesting, plot and character wise. Hope it keeps up.
    I have LOVED The Expanse. It's one of those shows you have to pay attention to but it has just the right amount of outer space politics, spaceships, violence, and batshit crazy alien interference. Really well done. Just starting 5 now. So good.
  • Rum_Monkey 8 Feb 2021 16:07:43 2,193 posts
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    The belter accent is fucking shit though.
  • nickthegun 8 Feb 2021 17:54:40 85,078 posts
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    I mean, itís got to be hard to just invent a dialect but, yes, ĎSpecial Needs Afrikanerí probably wasnít what the original author had in mind.
  • Rum_Monkey 8 Feb 2021 19:29:02 2,193 posts
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    When Naomi Nagata starts using it, it's like your mate when he's drunk doing a Scottish accent because his great grandad was from there.
  • TechnoHippy 10 Feb 2021 08:02:13 18,533 posts
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    Save Me (S1)

    One hell of a journey, although quite grim. THe auction scene was horrific in tone.

    It features child abduction and pornography and it amused me that Sky in serious voice warned me that 'some viewers might find some scenes disturbing' - I should fucking think they do, it's a bit wrong if they don't.

    8/10
  • Armoured_Bear 10 Feb 2021 08:24:51 29,798 posts
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    TechnoHippy wrote:
    Save Me (S1)

    One hell of a journey, although quite grim. THe auction scene was horrific in tone.

    It features child abduction and pornography and it amused me that Sky in serious voice warned me that 'some viewers might find some scenes disturbing' - I should fucking think they do, it's a bit wrong if they don't.

    8/10
    How the hell do you get through so much telly?
    Are you one of those strange creatures that don't need sleep?
  • arty 10 Feb 2021 08:58:15 823 posts
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    Beltalowda pampa!
  • Syrette 10 Feb 2021 09:51:40 51,045 posts
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    @Armoured_Bear

    TechnoHippy wrote:
    I've been off sick for the past few weeks, so I've just been watching films and TV :-)
  • TechnoHippy 10 Feb 2021 10:02:42 18,533 posts
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    @Syrette I'm actually back at work now, but not playing as much games and of course, no pub :-)
  • Dougs 10 Feb 2021 10:17:47 98,009 posts
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    Is Save Me the one with Lennie James?.
  • TechnoHippy 10 Feb 2021 10:40:13 18,533 posts
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    @Dougs Yes.
  • PazJohnMitch 10 Feb 2021 11:25:37 16,751 posts
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    Designated Survivor S1: Essentially Westwing crossed with 24. Great premise and overall really good 9/10.

    Designated Survivor S2: With the original story pretty much played out it didnít know where to go and seemed to diverge into a poor version of the Westwing with a side cop/spy story. Production values are still great but it no longer has its main selling point 7/10.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 10 Feb 2021 20:02:39 16,375 posts
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    GamesMaster S1

    The one set in a really really dark church. After reading the news that C4 might be reviving the brand as a social first celebrity tournament (Rob Beckett playing Fall Guys against Tom Allen presumably) I thought Iíd look for clips on youtube and found a playlist of all seven series.

    Its obviously mega dated but I was still very entertained. Of course a lot of nostalgia but the show is super high energy and Dominic Diamond totally gets it right. Its a show for gamers (aged 10-14) by people who love games (aged 22-25) and it shows. Its not doing what other shows did in the late 90s trying to be cool and down with the kids or what Going 8-Bit did where the producers clearly had no faith in it being actually about games. Its just games, innuendo and kids screaming for blood.

    Plus its got that vibe of something thats probably sold as for an older audience (teens?) so its real younger audience gets a total buzz of watching something a bit grown up and which their mum probably hated.

    The Past / 10

    Edited by simpleexplodingmaybe at 20:04:03 10-02-2021
  • Lukus 10 Feb 2021 20:36:14 24,135 posts
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    Sweet Home

    Korean series on Netflix. The country goes into lockdown and a state of emergency when people start turning into monsters. The protagonists in this story all live in the same high rise apartments and so band together to survive.

    I really enjoyed it over all. It's got that eastern zaniness and Asian charm that would probably feel very cheesy and weird if it was done in a Western series.

    The monsters are brilliantly designed and seem to be loosely based on the desires of the humans that turn. It reminded me a bit of Left For Dead in some ways in the general premise early on, but it hints at something more mysterious and deeper than your standard zombie outbreak.

    The special effects are a mixed bag of really good and not so good, though that might be a deliberate stylistic choice, I'm not really sure, but it doesn't ruin it.

    I'm uncertain how to really sell this, but the trailer gives a pretty good insight as to the look and feel of it.

    Recommended!

    8 out of 10
  • TechnoHippy 11 Feb 2021 08:07:47 18,533 posts
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    Save Me Too

    Continues well from the first series, although does get a bit messy plot wise. I also wasn't a fan of the luck involved. There was also a lack of urgency compared to the first, but it was still an engaging watch and does ultimately resolve in a satisfactory fashion.

    7/10
  • Dirtbox 12 Feb 2021 05:11:21 92,079 posts
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    Not a full season as it only has one episode as yet, but The Equalizer is back. It stars Queen Latifa as McCall, which would be fine, I think she's a great actress, and that's potentially a genius piece of casting. However they've polished the show to a high shine and done a CSI number to it with the obligatory hacker with a big screen with a busy l33t h4x0r GUI. It feels all wrong, there's none of that slice of life grime that made the original so compelling. They even got rid of Stewart Copeland's music. I kind of hate it.

    3/10

    Edited by Dirtbox at 05:13:09 12-02-2021
  • johnnyrocketfingers 12 Feb 2021 20:33:34 358 posts
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    Truthseekers, fun from Frost

    The Great, real fun a-historical romp about Catherine the Great. Look forward to season 2.
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