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Old 10-10-2021, 06:14 AM   #6921 (permalink)
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Oh yeah, second season of this, there's really no way you can make sense of a time travel plotline and they went balls deep into it so it's just a ridiculous mess at this point, but let's see how much more senseless it can get!
Yes, I watched the first season of Dark and enjoyed it despite the big impossible thing we are expected to swallow: time travel. It's intriguing in a way: i) the story itself and ii) wondering how the writers will deal with the well-known paradoxes, etc.of time travel. Actually, I thought they did a good job in season 1.

I'd like to use Trollheart's verdict on "Your Honour" to grumble about the diet we are offered on Netflix:- The plot got so contrived and ridiculous.


This seems to happen over and over again with series as they become increasingly desperate to extend a storyline beyond its natural lifespan. To make matters worse, Netflix seem to have bought a "job lot" of dark Scandanavian/European mystery series: there's one about post-apocalyse rain, one about lava people coming back from the dead, one about a cult worshiping (as I recall) a strawman of some kind. Anyway, as you may see they have become a blur in my head, which is why I haven't looked at Dark, Series 2: I can't be bothered to re-remember the convoluted plot of Series 1, and work out which events were from which story.

Something completely different is the Seinfeld sitcom, all 9 series now available on Netflix and still enjoyable, even though the first series was shown way back in 1989. Seems like a landmark in US sitcoms to me, and I secretly feel that the writers of Friends plundered it for ideas and attitudes before writing their own show with a more marketable gender balance.
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Old 10-10-2021, 09:08 AM   #6922 (permalink)
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What I really liked about season 1 of Dark was how they handled the impact the disappearance of those kids had on their families, it was quite unusual that in a mystery series they take care to really portray the grief and pain caused by such an event (in that sense it reminded me of the first season of Forbrydelsen). It really glued together the story and made you kind of overlook some of the gaping plot holes. This is almost entirely absent in the second series so there are only plot holes.

Still, I'm curious to see how they'll try to tie it all together.
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Old 10-11-2021, 07:04 PM   #6923 (permalink)
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Halfway through Squid Game and it's living up to they hype of having good plot twists and being thrilling af.
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Old 10-13-2021, 02:26 AM   #6924 (permalink)
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I am always so behind, so I am getting caught up on Poldark and Victoria, two favorites already. I might be favoring Poldark over Downton, which I never anticipated.
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Old 10-14-2021, 09:20 AM   #6925 (permalink)
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I am always so behind, so I am getting caught up on Poldark and Victoria, two favorites already. I might be favoring Poldark over Downton, which I never anticipated.
Welcome to MB, seaofheart

A friend of mine was enthusing about Poldark recently, but I don't have access to it myself. It was made about 40 years ago wasn't it?

To me, it's a very attractive trait, to be lagging behind, out of step with other people. You go, girl! (...but go slowly, at your own pace)
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Started Midnight Mass as I'm a HUGE fan of The Haunting of Hill House. First episode was interesting enough but I'm hoping it actually goes to interesting places instead of just kind of meandering around like Bly Manor did.
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A friend of mine was enthusing about Poldark recently, but I don't have access to it myself. It was made about 40 years ago wasn't it?

To me, it's a very attractive trait, to be lagging behind, out of step with other people. You go, girl! (...but go slowly, at your own pace)
Poldark was made in the 70s originally, but it was remade for the 21st century. I don't know how fans reacted; I never saw the original, though I remember seeing it on the telly (though not watching it) as a kid. it seemed very period, sort of "smuggler's cove" sort of thing. I have no idea what it's about, but considering I'm a massive fan of The Onedin Line, it's possible it might have appealed to me. I've never bothered watching it though, original or remake.

Ah, interesting. I just checked: it was obviously a big success second time round, as it ran for FIVE seasons (the original only ran for two). I also like the fact that they found a role for the original Poldark, Robin Ellis, in the remake. That's respect.
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Old 10-24-2021, 10:53 AM   #6928 (permalink)
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Halfway through Squid Game and it's living up to they hype of having good plot twists and being thrilling af.
Same.... I also like how the characters are numbered for the white viewers convenience...
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Oh yeah, second season of this, there's really no way you can make sense of a time travel plotline and they went balls deep into it so it's just a ridiculous mess at this point, but let's see how much more senseless it can get!
Plenty! They tried a neat but senseless trick in season three to tie it all together
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introducing a parallel world, like keeping track of all the different timelines in one world wasn't difficult enough
but failed miserably. At the end you needed some kind of diagrams to make any sense of anything. Really terrible and joyless. Avoid at all costs.

Moving on to Squid game and wow. Awesome and terrible and getting more terrible by the episode. Great acting, great script (I don't swallow all of the setup but it doesn't matter much anyway).
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Breezed through the first season of Mr. Mayor. All right, but basically if you've seen 30 Rock you more or less have already seen this. Co-written by Tina Fey, but not different enough from 30 Rock to make it stand out. Kind of a mixture of that and Veep maybe? Danson gets to do some self-deprecatory humour based on his age and out-of-touchness, so that's good, but overall I'd say worth looking at, but don't expect too much. Some pretty cliched characters mostly carried over in spirit from 30 Rock. Sorry, you can't watch it without the name popping up in your head all the time.

On the other hand, if you haven't seen 30 Rock you may enjoy this on its own merits.
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