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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by CJ+ @ Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:47 pm

Currently halfway-ish through Black Mirror. Good so far. Enjoyed them all so far (just watched the Ashley one).
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Deuteronomy @ Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:22 pm

thekungfury wrote:Good Omens on Amazon Prime

Based on the Terry Pratchett book I haven’t read it follows a demon (David Tennant) and an angel (Michael Sheen) bungling through the arrival of the antichrist and subsequent apocalypse.

Reminds me of the old Hitchhiker’s Guide TV series which is A Good Thing. I’m about 3-4 episodes in and it’s very enjoyable.


The book is superb, one of my all time faves.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by thekungfury @ Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:04 pm

Deuteronomy wrote:
thekungfury wrote:Good Omens on Amazon Prime

Based on the Terry Pratchett book I haven’t read it follows a demon (David Tennant) and an angel (Michael Sheen) bungling through the arrival of the antichrist and subsequent apocalypse.

Reminds me of the old Hitchhiker’s Guide TV series which is A Good Thing. I’m about 3-4 episodes in and it’s very enjoyable.


The book is superb, one of my all time faves.

The series is dead good however I imagine that Pratchett fans, and I say this with massive condescension, will probably pick holes with it.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by desertweasel @ Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:14 pm

thekungfury wrote:
Deuteronomy wrote:
thekungfury wrote:Good Omens on Amazon Prime

Based on the Terry Pratchett book I haven’t read it follows a demon (David Tennant) and an angel (Michael Sheen) bungling through the arrival of the antichrist and subsequent apocalypse.

Reminds me of the old Hitchhiker’s Guide TV series which is A Good Thing. I’m about 3-4 episodes in and it’s very enjoyable.


The book is superb, one of my all time faves.

The series is dead good however I imagine that Pratchett fans, and I say this with massive condescension, will probably pick holes with it.


The book was also co-written by Neil Gaiman (American gods etc) so was always a little different, I think that a lot of the success of the series is that it was written by Gaiman and he was clearly a huge Terry Pratchett fan.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by span @ Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:19 pm

CJ+ wrote:Currently halfway-ish through Black Mirror. Good so far. Enjoyed them all so far (just watched the Ashley one).

There are only three this series aren't there?

Can you please warn if any of those you've seen are bleak and depressing? I love a good Black Mirror but I hate a bleak one so much.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by thekungfury @ Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:33 pm

They’re all a bit bleak aren’t they, ultimately?
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by CJ+ @ Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:59 pm

thekungfury wrote:They’re all a bit bleak aren’t they, ultimately?

The Ashley one has a fun ending.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by ttwiggy @ Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:29 pm

span wrote:
CJ+ wrote:Currently halfway-ish through Black Mirror. Good so far. Enjoyed them all so far (just watched the Ashley one).

There are only three this series aren't there?

Can you please warn if any of those you've seen are bleak and depressing? I love a good Black Mirror but I hate a bleak one so much.


First one is neither bleak nor uplifting. Second one is very bleak. Haven't seen the third one yet.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:43 pm

I've just realised I still haven't finished the last series of Black Mirror, or watched Bandersnatch!

Did people watch BS several times to see all the different endings? I don't think I cba for that.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by NNK @ Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:47 pm

thekungfury wrote:Good Omens on Amazon Prime

Based on the Terry Pratchett book I haven’t read it follows a demon (David Tennant) and an angel (Michael Sheen) bungling through the arrival of the antichrist and subsequent apocalypse.

Reminds me of the old Hitchhiker’s Guide TV series which is A Good Thing. I’m about 3-4 episodes in and it’s very enjoyable.


Excellent, I love the book. I need to look into Amazon now
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by thekungfury @ Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:29 pm

Damien Thorn wrote:I've just realised I still haven't finished the last series of Black Mirror, or watched Bandersnatch!

Did people watch BS several times to see all the different endings? I don't think I cba for that.

We did a few but it always drives you down the route of the main ending.

There was one option to let the kid go with the mum and it instantly ends as you/he dies.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by DI Burnside @ Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:18 am

A couple of e's into Good Omens, quite enjoyable.

Anyone watched the first Year of the Rabbit ? Silly but bloody funny.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:15 am

I watched E01 S02 of Big Little Lies last night. The first series was one of my favourites of all time and I was a bit concerned that the magic wouldn't be there for a second season, especially as there isn't a book behind it.

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    • S02 features Perry's mom coming to live in Monterey in an attempt to find out what happened to her son who was fatally pushed down a flight of stairs by Zoe Kravitz after he was unmasked as Jane's rapist and the batterer of his own wife, Celeste.


All of the characters are wrestling with demons in some way (apart from Jane, apparently) but Meryl Streep as Perry's mother is superb. All of the cast are superb in their own ways - I loved Nathan's angry advice-seeking from Ed which ended in him shouting 'snide prick!' across a crowded cafe - but she is terrifying, bonkers and hilarious by turns. Her putting Madeline back in her box was tremendous and the dinner scene. Well. If I was Celeste, I'd be sleeping with one eye open, that's for sure. I kept expecting to see MS recreating the scene from Paranormal Activity where Possessed Katie stands by Micah's bed and stares at him sleeping for five hours.

It's still all very pleasing to look at, the kids are all just the right side of slappably precocious and the music is great.

Posting this article about BLL and diegetic music from 2017 because it's really interesting.

Top banana. Can't wait for next week.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by span @ Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:48 am

Clown Ice Skater #4 wrote:I watched E01 S02 of Big Little Lies last night. The first series was one of my favourites of all time and I was a bit concerned that the magic wouldn't be there for a second season, especially as there isn't a book behind it.

  • SPOILER: Mouse over to reveal
    • S02 features Perry's mom coming to live in Monterey in an attempt to find out what happened to her son who was fatally pushed down a flight of stairs by Zoe Kravitz after he was unmasked as Jane's rapist and the batterer of his own wife, Celeste.


All of the characters are wrestling with demons in some way (apart from Jane, apparently) but Meryl Streep as Perry's mother is superb. All of the cast are superb in their own ways - I loved Nathan's angry advice-seeking from Ed which ended in him shouting 'snide prick!' across a crowded cafe - but she is terrifying, bonkers and hilarious by turns. Her putting Madeline back in her box was tremendous and the dinner scene. Well. If I was Celeste, I'd be sleeping with one eye open, that's for sure. I kept expecting to see MS recreating the scene from Paranormal Activity where Possessed Katie stands by Micah's bed and stares at him sleeping for five hours.

It's still all very pleasing to look at, the kids are all just the right side of slappably precocious and the music is great.

Posting this article about BLL and diegetic music from 2017 because it's really interesting.

Top banana. Can't wait for next week.

I agree totally with all of this.

I was worried that Meryl would have been shoe-horned in because if she was up for it, who wouldn't make room for Meryl? But her character is fantastic, utterly believable and she's brilliant in it as always (reminds me a little bit of how brilliant she was in August: Osage County).

I was so excited to be watching it again - in advance I had the season one soundtrack on (which I often do actually) and watched the last episode of season 1 as Prep - and I wasn't disappointed, it was a solid start.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Doctor Congo @ Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:50 am

Watched Years and Years last night. It’s rubbish. I’ve concluded that Russell T Davies is the most trite, mawkish writer.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by span @ Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:54 am

Doctor Congo wrote:Watched Years and Years last night. It’s rubbish. I’ve concluded that Russell T Davies is the most trite, mawkish writer.

Oh really? I haven't watched any of this but was tempted. I think I have always liked Russell T Davies things in the past but that's going back to Queer As Folk and some Dr Who. I can imagine I might find his style a bit RussellTDaviesy these days.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:36 am

span wrote:
Doctor Congo wrote:Watched Years and Years last night. It’s rubbish. I’ve concluded that Russell T Davies is the most trite, mawkish writer.

Oh really? I haven't watched any of this but was tempted. I think I have always liked Russell T Davies things in the past but that's going back to Queer As Folk and some Dr Who. I can imagine I might find his style a bit RussellTDaviesy these days.
I've double-billed the first couple of episodes and loved it. Itching to found time to power through some more, really really enjoyed it - even if, yes, it is a bit RTD right on.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:37 am

Terribly, I haven't even started on BLL2 yet. But I did go and see Godzilla last night, so...
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Doctor Congo @ Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:27 pm

Damien Thorn wrote:
span wrote:
Doctor Congo wrote:Watched Years and Years last night. It’s rubbish. I’ve concluded that Russell T Davies is the most trite, mawkish writer.

Oh really? I haven't watched any of this but was tempted. I think I have always liked Russell T Davies things in the past but that's going back to Queer As Folk and some Dr Who. I can imagine I might find his style a bit RussellTDaviesy these days.
I've double-billed the first couple of episodes and loved it. Itching to found time to power through some more, really really enjoyed it - even if, yes, it is a bit RTD right on.


It’s difficult to put my finger in but it’s absurd how convenient and unrealistic the narrative is at times and I find it irritating though Emma Thompson is very good and her character well written.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Greg66 @ Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:25 pm

DI Burnside wrote:A couple of e's into Good Omens, quite enjoyable.



Finished this last night. Enjoyed it muchly. Except for the kids acting. They were pretty terrible.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:54 pm

Span, have you watched e2 of BLL yet?
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by span @ Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:56 am

Clown Ice Skater #4 wrote:Span, have you watched e2 of BLL yet?

No, I'm watching it tonight!
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:17 am

span wrote:
Clown Ice Skater #4 wrote:Span, have you watched e2 of BLL yet?

No, I'm watching it tonight!


Ooh! Enjoy! It's a corker.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by span @ Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:43 am

Clown Ice Skater #4 wrote:
span wrote:
Clown Ice Skater #4 wrote:Span, have you watched e2 of BLL yet?

No, I'm watching it tonight!


Ooh! Enjoy! It's a corker.

Oh brilliant! I wasn't sure if that was a good 'have you seen it yet' or a bad one. I can't wait to sink into a lovely BLLS02E02 tonight.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by span @ Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:08 am

Clown I watched BBL last night, and it was a corker!

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    • So many lies came out!! Big ones!!

      I really loved it. At points I worry that it's been designed to please fans rather than be brilliant TV in its own right - particularly as I beamed and laughed at Madeline being brilliant and funny and ace, and teared up at Celeste and Jane bringing the boys together at the end. And Renata is being SO cartoonishly Renata but then she was anyway I suppose...

      Meryl continues to delight. The writing and Meryling of that character is perfect.

      Oh, and did Bonnie tell her stupid husband that she pushed Perry? I didn't quite catch that...
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:15 am

span wrote:Clown I watched BBL last night, and it was a corker!

  • SPOILER: Mouse over to reveal
    • So many lies came out!! Big ones!!

      I really loved it. At points I worry that it's been designed to please fans rather than be brilliant TV in its own right - particularly as I beamed and laughed at Madeline being brilliant and funny and ace, and teared up at Celeste and Jane bringing the boys together at the end. And Renata is being SO cartoonishly Renata but then she was anyway I suppose...

      Meryl continues to delight. The writing and Meryling of that character is perfect.

      Oh, and did Bonnie tell her stupid husband that she pushed Perry? I didn't quite catch that...


It was fabulous, wasn't it?

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    • Renata shrieking 'I will not not be rich!!!' was a high point, I think. That scene with Celeste telling Meryl about Perry's violence and Meryl refusing to accept or believe it because she didn't go to the police was so upsetting. And Ziggy said about Jane being 'salted' by Perry, not understanding about the rape - absolutely heartbreaking.

      I loved that end scene too with Jane and Celeste and the boys. It was so sweet and made me tear up a bit as well.

      I thought Bonnie's stupid husband knew that she had pushed Perry? I thought they all knew but I could be wrong.


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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Careless Whisperer @ Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:50 am

Mrs CW and I finished watching Good Omens last night. We don't do a lot of telly together, but both enjoyed this - and I just can't get into Pratchett books.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by HappyGoLucky @ Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:00 am

We've just finished Good Omens and Chernobyl, both excellent in very different ways.

Is Season 2 of American Gods worth the effort?
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:15 am

HappyGoLucky wrote:Is Season 2 of American Gods worth the effort?


Despite being a huge fan of the book, I couldn't get on with the TV series at all and didn't finish watching S1. If S1 finished where the book did (and I assume it must do), then I can't see what could be in S2 worth watching.

Sorry, not helpful.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by ttwiggy @ Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:17 am

Clown Ice Skater #4 wrote:
span wrote:Clown I watched BBL last night, and it was a corker!

  • SPOILER: Mouse over to reveal
    • So many lies came out!! Big ones!!

      I really loved it. At points I worry that it's been designed to please fans rather than be brilliant TV in its own right - particularly as I beamed and laughed at Madeline being brilliant and funny and ace, and teared up at Celeste and Jane bringing the boys together at the end. And Renata is being SO cartoonishly Renata but then she was anyway I suppose...

      Meryl continues to delight. The writing and Meryling of that character is perfect.

      Oh, and did Bonnie tell her stupid husband that she pushed Perry? I didn't quite catch that...


It was fabulous, wasn't it?

  • SPOILER: Mouse over to reveal
    • Renata shrieking 'I will not not be rich!!!' was a high point, I think. That scene with Celeste telling Meryl about Perry's violence and Meryl refusing to accept or believe it because she didn't go to the police was so upsetting. And Ziggy said about Jane being 'salted' by Perry, not understanding about the rape - absolutely heartbreaking.

      I loved that end scene too with Jane and Celeste and the boys. It was so sweet and made me tear up a bit as well.

      I thought Bonnie's stupid husband knew that she had pushed Perry? I thought they all knew but I could be wrong.


I knew you'd appreciate it!


If I can just jump in on this BLL chat for a second... There's always been one thing that bothers me and that's Bonnie's choice of partner. She's played as this really intuitive, spiritual, earth-mother type and yet her husband is a total dick. He's the most awful type of cliched unthinking male. How did they ever get together? I know there's meant to be a lot more to come out about Bonnie so maybe that will explain things.
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