Rate the last TV series you watched (full seasons only) Page 277

  • Trafford 25 May 2020 15:32:25 8,474 posts
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    @RGeefe

    There's a sequence at the beginning of one episode that lampoons the opening of Trainspotting (choose life etc).
    Starts with a breakout from Sale Town Hall after a fake wedding and ends with a knee trembler behind Argos. Around the waterfront/King's
    Ransom area as well
    Whythenshawe Park and Chorlton Water park, but all over the city from what I can tell.

    Edited by Trafford at 15:59:17 25-05-2020
  • gooner77 25 May 2020 16:46:05 1,489 posts
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    The Last Dance 9/10

    I have never been even remotely interested in NBA before this but heard all the great reviews and was intrigued enough to start watching.

    Its very compelling stuff, Jordan is clearly the centrepiece here but I was fascinated by the other players such as Rodman, Kerr Paxson Burrell etc

    Pippen was the most interesting for me (and the coolest voice).

    I ended up researching what happened next on Wikipedia. I don't watch documentaries often but am glad I made time for this

    I don't understand the critics of it being a pro Jordan puff piece, of course it is as he helped produce it. Documentaries tend to take at least one persons side and no one complained about Senna being pro Senna ?
  • Darth_Flibble 26 May 2020 07:47:57 4,241 posts
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    Man in the high castle s4

    Felt very rushed but s4 felt very slow until the last 2 episodes where so many stories were quickly tied up. I think they knew s4 was going to be the last season from the start but it felt like they where spinning their wheels then did the last 2 episodes on the train on the way to work. They set up the BCR as powerful force and felt like it was not set up in s3. The way the nazis are stopped felt a bit too easy and although the 2nd in charge stopped the bombing and gave up his command, I really don't think they would of given up

    While the show was good overall, it had too many characters at times and should of focused on the other worlds more the bit at the end was dumb where people from another world turn up

    5/10
  • RGeefe 26 May 2020 08:03:42 985 posts
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    I still liked Man in High Castle over all but series 4 kind of lacked direction. It does drag down the entire grading of the show but I don't think it necessarily ruins it. It's just rushed.

    John's story was consistently well handled though and I feel he was given as good an arc as he could get.

    Too many characters, though. Especially for a 10 episode series.
  • Blakester 26 May 2020 12:36:29 4,983 posts
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    Finished off a few seasons recently of variable quality.

    Gangs of London

    An incoherent mess of a show, saved only by a handful of jaw-dropping set-pieces, and crunching violence. The acting is pretty mediocre and the plot overly confusing to the point of boredom. I will say though that episode 5 is one of the best and most original hours of TV I've seen in a long time. It was directed by Gareth Evans, and boy can you tell!

    5/10

    Schitt's Creek - Season 6

    I love this show, and this was a very fitting finale. The joy is in the character development rather than laugh out loud comedy - although it certainly has its moments (mainly from Catherine O'Hara who is amazing as Moira). A little gem tucked away on Netflix that hardly anyone watched but somehow got renewed five times!

    9/10
  • TechnoHippy 27 May 2020 08:23:14 17,316 posts
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    Gracepoint

    A young boy is murdered in a small coastal town and everyone's secrets are revealed. David Tennant is all grumpy and with a weird accent. It's not too bad (the show, not the accent), but a bit predictable, and the complications in the case mostly feel contrived. Although it did keep me interested enough to stick with it.

    5/10
  • Rum_Monkey 27 May 2020 10:44:23 829 posts
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    Gangs of London

    The action scenes in this are some of the best I've ever seen. There's one halfway through that I was just sat watching with the "Holy shit" face.

    The later episodes aren't as strong when they try and tie everything together but still have there moments.

    8/10
  • DUFFMAN5 27 May 2020 11:43:25 25,868 posts
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    The US remake of Broadchurch. How does it compare.
  • TechnoHippy 27 May 2020 12:34:07 17,316 posts
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    DUFFMAN5 wrote:
    @TechnoHippy
    The US remake of Broadchurch. How does it compare.
    I've not seen the original, so don't know. I see Tennant's in both. Unfortunately only on BritBox, so can't take a look.
  • Dougs 27 May 2020 21:38:10 94,086 posts
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    Ah, wondered why I'd never heard of it! Not that I've seen Broadchurch either but that did get some good reviews.
  • StarchildHypocrethes 27 May 2020 22:28:51 32,968 posts
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    Devs - 9/10

    Just straight up really fucking good.
  • DrStrangelove 28 May 2020 00:48:49 15,154 posts
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    The Orville

    Season 1 - 8/10
    Season 2 - 8.5/10

    A little late to the show, many will have long watched it, so I'll mostly address people who have avoided it because (like me) they really didn't like McFarlane's other stuff like Family Guy.

    In a nutshell, it's both a parody on, an homage to, and a successor to TNG. And it's much better than you'd expect from Family Guy. Turns out it was a little prejudiced to reduce McFarlane to that.

    With time I'd kinda accepted that Star Trek is dead, all the more I was positively surprised that The Orville gets dangerously close to being the 6th series of Star Trek. It even features Penny Johnson (Kasidy Yates) in its main cast and has some episodes written and/or directed by Star Trek heavyweights like Brannon Braga, Joe Menosky and Jonathan Frakes. Guest stars include Marina Sirtis, Robert Picardo, Tim Russ (Tuvok) and John Billingsley (Phlox). Would any post-2005 Star Trek care to hire the actor who played Phlox? Post-2005 Trek is made by people who didn't like (and possibly never even watched) Star Trek, Orville is made by people who loved Star Trek.

    The start is a little rocky, it still didn't know where to go. It's a bit of a tacky clown show in the beginning, but episode 3 suddenly is pretty serious and actually pretty good, and Trek to the core. Don't be disheartened by the first two episodes, I think they're the worst of the entire show. I guess I was originally put off by trailers and snippets of the first episode, it gets better relatively soon. But even so I think the worst Orville episodes are 5/10 territory, it's never nearly as bad as Star Trek's worst stinkers. It's never as deep as the best of Trek, but also never as stupid as the worst.

    Especially in the beginning it seemed like it wasn't quite sure what it is and where it's going, oscillating between dick joke clown show and genuine TNG (then again, TNG didn't know what it was in its first season either--Orville's first season is better than TNG's). With time it finds a pretty good balance, being TNG "spiced up" with jokes that are sometimes bad, sometimes good, but not as intrusive as in some of the early episodes. The greatest issue is perhaps that it sticks too close to TNG when not being a clown show, struggling to step out of its shadow. A lot of it is been there done that with better world-building before. But there's also some great stuff that stands on its own like the surprisingly excellent two-parter in season 2.

    Well, one thing I really don't like is the constant Ed/Kelly relationship thing. That needed to stop after 3 episodes, yet it's still going on after two entire seasons.

    A few final thoughts:

    - when I first saw Isaac (the oldschool sci-fi robot) I thought he looks stupid and wondered how that would ever work as a character. Surprisingly well, it turns out. He's an obvious Not-Data but his motivation is curiosity and analysis, not trying to be human. His lack of any expression actually helps making him a genuine character on his own instead of just a Data clone. I quickly learned to like him and wouldn't have him any other way.

    - while it is really silly at times, it's never as absurd as "she dates a Scottish ghost", "he went so fast he became a salamander" or "multi-dimensional giant tardigrade teleports spaceship across the galaxy through horizontal gene transfer with subspace mushrooms".

    - it's so great to have a bridge again that seems to have been designed with the well-being and comfort of the crew in mind, not like a Romulan interrogation chamber.
    Or a lamp shop.

    Edited by DrStrangelove at 01:53:40 28-05-2020
  • CrispyXUKTurbo 28 May 2020 03:40:51 2,897 posts
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    Hannibal 1/2 - 9/10

    Totally ignored this as film to tv adaptions are shit, this is the exception. Serialised but arced, subtle but harsh.

    Itís a great spin on red dragon, and a good portrayal of Hannibal before he was ďoutĒ so to speak
  • Dougs 28 May 2020 06:15:30 94,086 posts
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    It's fucking brutal though
  • TechnoHippy 28 May 2020 07:43:11 17,316 posts
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    Food porn has never been so disturbing :-)
  • Mola_Ram 28 May 2020 07:57:32 23,707 posts
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    gooner77 wrote:
    I don't understand the critics of it being a pro Jordan puff piece, of course it is as he helped produce it. Documentaries tend to take at least one persons side and no one complained about Senna being pro Senna ?
    You don't think historical documentaries should make an attempt to be objective in how they portray events? That's a bit of an unorthodox opinion, but ok. I look forward to future documentaries about the Trump administration, funded by Trump.

    Anyway, I liked The Last Dance. But you're not getting the whole picture, and I think it would have been even better if it had grappled with the legacy of the man at its centre.
  • Rhaegyr 28 May 2020 10:23:19 5,122 posts
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    CrispyXUKTurbo wrote:
    Hannibal 1/2 - 9/10

    Totally ignored this as film to tv adaptions are shit, this is the exception. Serialised but arced, subtle but harsh.

    Itís a great spin on red dragon, and a good portrayal of Hannibal before he was ďoutĒ so to speak
    The end of S2, 'Mizumono', is one of the best episodes of TV I've ever seen.
  • DUFFMAN5 28 May 2020 11:42:20 25,868 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    Ah, wondered why I'd never heard of it! Not that I've seen Broadchurch either but that did get some good reviews.
    Broadchurch is excellent mate. I tend to recommend it along with The Fall and Happy Valley (especially HV) to anyone who will listen 👍
  • Dougs 28 May 2020 12:52:43 94,086 posts
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    As I'm sure I've said before, I find UK drama a bit, errrm, UK drama. They are mostly fine but sometimes suffer from lack of investment in the scripts and the acting can be a bit shaky with unimaginative casting. Even the top ones I find are a bit cringe at times. Which means I am uncharitably reluctant to give them a go. I do like DT though, so should check it out.
  • TechnoHippy 28 May 2020 18:43:21 17,316 posts
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    Bad Blood (S1)

    I wasn't sure after the first episode, but by the third I was hooked. It's not quite on the level of The Sopranos, but it is a very good gangster tale. It helped that I liked the main guy from Sons of Anarchy, and there's enough intrigue to keep the story interesting.

    8/10
  • TechnoHippy 29 May 2020 20:15:38 17,316 posts
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    Bad Blood (S2)

    Being a gangster is complicated. There's a few too many idiots that detract a bit, but otherwise it's quite fun.

    7/10
  • Vice.Destroyer 30 May 2020 21:53:51 7,303 posts
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    Because I have a little more time on my hands at the moment, I decided to rewatch all of Agents of Shield again, in preparation for the final season. When I watched the shows originally, it took me until halfway through season 2 to really enjoy it. But on second viewing, I have become attuned to Fitz and Simmons and once you understand and appreciate their genius, the show itself becomes much, much better.

    Season 1. 8/10
    Season 2. 8/10
    Season 3. 8/10
    Season 4. 9.5/10. In my humble opinion, there is no better show based on a comic-book property. That includes any and every season of Flash, Daredevil, Punisher, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, whatever. It is just that strong. Their interpretation of Ghost Rider is awesome and much, much better than Nic Cage's.
    Season 5. 8.5/10
    Season 6. 9/10

    I guess what I am saying is, it is definitely worth a watch, if you have the time.
  • TechnoHippy 31 May 2020 17:17:21 17,316 posts
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    Ozark (S1)

    Compelling viewing, but by god they're all a pack of cunts with varying degrees of idiocy and twattery. It's quite stressful spinning from one situation to another, but I'm straight into the second season.

    8/10
  • Rum_Monkey 31 May 2020 18:26:28 829 posts
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    Ozark is quite good for a poor man's Breaking Bad. Once you accept that everyone is a cunt it's good tv.
  • TechnoHippy 31 May 2020 18:35:14 17,316 posts
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    Yeah, I gave up looking for any goodness in it :-)
  • Murbs 31 May 2020 21:32:57 24,813 posts
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    Locke & Key. Reliant on countless terrible decisions by the characters to advance the plot; nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is. A generous 5/10
  • RawShark 1 Jun 2020 01:55:38 1,188 posts
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    Jeffry Epstein: Filthy Rich

    Absolutely appalling. Epstein, that is.

    I didnít know much about the case other than the Prince Andrew implication and while itís clearly not partisan itís a shocking and uncomfortable watch.

    Watch it. Read the metacritic user reviews. Then bury your head in your hands and fear for the future of humanity.

    Edited by RawShark at 01:55:51 01-06-2020
  • Scimarad 1 Jun 2020 10:13:05 9,731 posts
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    I normally steer well clear of things that I think are going to depress the fuck out of me but I quite fancy watching that.
  • brokenkey 1 Jun 2020 11:39:53 10,496 posts
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    Space Force (Netflix) 7.5/10

    Pretty enjoyable, bits are funnier than others. The thing about Mrs Space Force is great, but its not a laugh-a-minute comedy.
  • Blakester 2 Jun 2020 09:27:43 4,983 posts
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    The Eddy (Netflix)

    A Damian Chazelle mini-series about a back-streets jazz club in Paris and the individual stories of the band members that play there.

    As you might expect, the music which is all original is absolutely fantastic (I've been playing the soundtrack on loop for weeks)and the scenes in the club when the band are playing have a wonderful energy to them.

    Unfortunately, the crime-drama weaved into the narrative isn't anywhere near as compelling as the music or club scenes - so you spend half the time wanting to skip forwards. This is however a really interesting depiction of a multi-cultural, grimy Paris that is worlds away from the Eiffel Tower and Louvre.

    6/10 for the plot, 10/10 for the soundtrack
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