Rate the last TV series you watched (full seasons only) Page 282

  • TechnoHippy 26 Jun 2020 07:47:10 17,316 posts
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    Battiatus is sweary fun :-)
  • Mola_Ram 26 Jun 2020 08:39:38 23,707 posts
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    Apparently a lot of the language and insults in Blood and Sand were period-accurate (albeit translated into English of course).

    It's such a great show. I wouldn't even call it trashy (though it often is), it's more that everyone in it is larger than life, and dialled up to 11 in ham. The only real problem is that the first couple of episodes are crappy.

    Edited by Mola_Ram at 08:40:52 26-06-2020
  • TechnoHippy 26 Jun 2020 10:29:25 17,316 posts
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    The second series is also a lot of fun, I did enjoy the later ones, but they just weren't as good.

    I think I might have to do a rewatch :-)

    Edited by TechnoHippy at 10:29:46 26-06-2020
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 26 Jun 2020 10:32:28 24,942 posts
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    I stopped watching it when the original guy died, was it worth carrying on with?
  • nickthegun 26 Jun 2020 10:45:26 81,772 posts
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    WWDITS S2: We eeked it out as much as possible but finally finished it yesterday and, well, I think they perfected the formula.

    It’s funny, the Mrs and I said pretty much the same thing when it was done. I think this is now ‘The Thing’, it’s surpassed the movie.

    10/10
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 26 Jun 2020 10:56:43 24,942 posts
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    Yeah watched the first couple last night night and it's great. Don't think I've laughed out loud as much as I did the first series yet but it's still fantastic.
  • TechnoHippy 26 Jun 2020 11:21:42 17,316 posts
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    Decks wrote:
    I stopped watching it when the original guy died, was it worth carrying on with?
    For me it wasn't as good, but that's not all the new guy's fault. The wider context changes the feel of it a bit - I still enjoyed them though, just not as much.

    It was a bit jarring watching an episode without the original actor though.
  • Mola_Ram 26 Jun 2020 11:28:09 23,707 posts
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    The replacement Spartacus actor wasn't as good as the original one, but he wasn't bad. The rest of the cast (particularly the delicious villains) is stellar too, so yeah I'd definitely watch the later seasons.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 26 Jun 2020 11:34:31 24,942 posts
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    How many people get their face cut off in the later seasons?

    Edited by Decks at 11:34:47 26-06-2020
  • RobAnybody 26 Jun 2020 12:02:17 2,144 posts
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    Decks wrote:
    I stopped watching it when the original guy died, was it worth carrying on with?
    Not really, the setting changes, the main actor changes, the writing is weaker. Best to stop after season 1 really and remember it in a positive light.
  • Mola_Ram 26 Jun 2020 12:29:06 23,707 posts
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    Decks wrote:
    How many people get their face cut off in the later seasons?
    At least one person gets the whole front part of their head chopped off. They really start getting imaginative with the gore.
  • Dougs 26 Jun 2020 12:32:37 94,086 posts
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    I really wanted to like Spartacus but couldn't get past the first few episodes. Full on cheese.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 26 Jun 2020 12:37:17 24,942 posts
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    It improves quite rapidly after the first few episodes from what I remember.
  • Dougs 26 Jun 2020 12:38:46 94,086 posts
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    I may stick it back on the list for some hack and slash light relief
  • Rum_Monkey 26 Jun 2020 12:39:08 829 posts
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    Definitely worth watching the later seasons, there's still so many great moments and characters in them.
  • Mola_Ram 26 Jun 2020 12:51:17 23,707 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    I really wanted to like Spartacus but couldn't get past the first few episodes. Full on cheese.
    Yeah, the biggest problem with the show is that the first two or three are the worst episodes of the entire run. And that's a huge shame, I've talked with heaps of people who just turned it off before the series got amazing.
  • Mola_Ram 26 Jun 2020 12:52:24 23,707 posts
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    The later seasons also contain the manliest handshake since Predator.
  • creepiest-lizard 26 Jun 2020 12:53:41 1,340 posts
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    I vaguely remember watching the first episode and thinking it was terrible. Maybe I should have given it more of a chance. I like the sound of faces being cut off.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 26 Jun 2020 12:59:45 24,942 posts
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    It's definitely the best face cutting off scene I've watched thus far. Cuts it right off his head.

    Edited by Decks at 13:00:04 26-06-2020
  • RichDC 26 Jun 2020 16:42:57 8,856 posts
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    Its a great scene. The way everyone else seems to stop fighting and stare is great! :lol:
  • JYM60 26 Jun 2020 16:52:58 18,440 posts
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    I am probably going to start on the other seasons, but it will be weird with a different Spartacus. The original guy had a caring but unhinged character down really well.

    Wish there had been more episodes in the pits, loved those. Is the prequel series worth watching before the sequel? Or skip that?
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 26 Jun 2020 16:55:56 24,942 posts
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    I enjoyed it more than the first series I think. It's been a while though.
  • jimnastics 26 Jun 2020 17:15:19 1,825 posts
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    Cardinal (S1)

    A Canadian murder mystery that was a chance find on iPlayer. I do like the lead (he was good in thee 4400 as well). The investigation is slow and steady and for a change without political intrigue, although the detective's past does impinge on the current events. A solid thriller.

    7/10
    If you had to give it another score apart from 7, what would it be? We love a bit of thriller / serial killer / Scandi (even if it's actually Scanadi) noir, thinking of giving this a go.
  • Kay 26 Jun 2020 17:27:25 20,565 posts
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    The Last Dance (Netflix)

    Documentary on Michael Jordan and the great Chicago Bulls team of the 90s. I think it helped that I have no interest in basketball, and so knew nothing about what happened, but I was utterly gripped throughout. It's powerful, emotional, nostalgic and just a great demonstration of the beauty and drama of competitive sport.

    10/10
  • RGeefe 26 Jun 2020 17:31:04 985 posts
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    Tried that White Lines, expecting a bit of fluff but watchable.

    I think it was at the point where an orgy scene, soundtracked by a lounge jazz cover of Creep, was where I checked out.
  • TechnoHippy 26 Jun 2020 17:33:54 17,316 posts
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    jimnastics wrote:
    TechnoHippy wrote:
    Cardinal (S1)

    A Canadian murder mystery that was a chance find on iPlayer. I do like the lead (he was good in thee 4400 as well). The investigation is slow and steady and for a change without political intrigue, although the detective's past does impinge on the current events. A solid thriller.

    7/10
    If you had to give it another score apart from 7, what would it be? We love a bit of thriller / serial killer / Scandi (even if it's actually Scanadi) noir, thinking of giving this a go.
    I consider 7 to be a good score - if you like a slowish paced scandi type thriller it's worth a look.
  • anephric 27 Jun 2020 12:30:49 4,017 posts
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    I Know This Much Is True

    If the Ruffalo miseryfests of Foxcatcher and Dark Waters weren't enough for you, then this is Peak Ruffalo.

    So fucking miserable, a miseryfest. Ruffalo plays identical twins, one a paranoid schizophrenic, and basically everything that can go wrong in one man's life does, and dark family truths are perhaps lurking, waiting to be discovered in a memoir his grandfather has written, which has never been read because it's in Italian.

    Just bleak bleak bleak. Ruffalo is great in both parts. Absolutely worth watching but as long as you realise going in the misery is palpable.

    9 depressions out of 10.

    I also didn't know about Ruffalo's brother's real-life unsolved death until the In Memory Of in the credits had me Googling it.
  • IRWATWO 27 Jun 2020 17:30:10 702 posts
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    Picard

    I loved it. Granted there's a lot that could have been done better, and it often didn't make a lot of sense, and it was ladled with cloying sentimentality (some of which got stuck in my eyes, a couple of times), but it felt like proper Star Trek, nearly, more or less.

    9/10 (the mark off is for some poor casting, acting, plot, dialogue, killing off good characters unnecessarily, some dodgy effects, and the ending)
  • TechnoHippy 27 Jun 2020 20:29:20 17,316 posts
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    Taken (2002)

    Watching Project Blue Book put me in a mood to rewatch this and it was almost as good as I remembered it. The show spans several decades which gives a good sense of the scope of the conspiracy for both the aliens and the military, although does have the downside that some of better characters (the initial air force officer and the later on scientists being two of my favourites) aren't present for the duration. However the feature length episodes do provide plenty of breathing room. The effects look a bit ropey compared to some modern shows, but are serviceable. My only real disappointment was the reveal, it just felt a tad underwhelming, but overall a cracking show.

    9/10
  • cov 29 Jun 2020 02:09:53 2,263 posts
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    Into the night 8/10

    Very good belgian 6 part series on netflix - originally a web series. Good end of the world plot with a driving forward time critical dynamic - and a decent character study.

    Amazingly found out after that it was filmed on a single camera - dont let that out you off as it is well shot, with decent production values especially for budget. Also nice that the episodes are 35 mins and done in 6 too.

    Definitely recommended.
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