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Old 02-22-2017, 01:15 PM   #571 (permalink)
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Quiet, you. You already commented on this when I first used it, or are you too drunk to remember?
I don't see what me being drunk has to do with not remembering.
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I don't see what me being drunk has to do with not remembering.
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Old 11-20-2020, 06:12 AM   #573 (permalink)
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When I haven't been writing or reading, like most people during lockdown (two now and counting) I've been watching a lot of TV. Most of it was pretty good, so I thought maybe I might try this again and give you a flavour of what I've been watching. These are in no order.



Gangs of London (crime, thriller, action)

If you want action, you got it. If you want suspense, you got it, if you want violence, oh man you got it. If you want touching romantic scenes and complicated relationships, you don't got it: look elsewhere. Chronicling the lives of a London gang family after the patriarch is killed (Colm Meaney, in his shortest role ever) Gangs of London sets a new bar for ultra-violence but the story very much demands it and is really well written. Renewed for a second season, and I can't wait.

Verdict: 10/10

Public Enemy (Ennemi Public) (Crime, thriller, mystery)

A Belgian production that follows the release of a paedophile from prison, who is taken in by monks, and whose presence in the town is clearly unwelcome. Almost as soon as he arrives kids start turning up dead. Is he up to his old tricks already?

The twists and turns and unexpected ending in this series makes it for me, one of the very best I have ever seen, in any language. Harrowing, unapologetic about its subject matter and bleakly realistic, it should be required viewing, and it's only a pity that, as a subtitled programme, it will not be seen by as many people as it should be. Hopefully nobody though gets it in their head to do an updated, English-language version because I feel it would be very hard indeed to capture the spirit of the original, and any copy would suffer. Try and see it; you won't regret it. Though you might have some trouble sleeping.

Verdict: 10/10

Spiral (Crime, mystery, thriller)

Actually in its seventh season, though I could only get the one, being the seventh, so have probably missed out on a lot of the details of relationships between characters, previous cases etc. An excellent French crime drama which seems to wrap up a long-running story arc, a pity I can't get the rest of it.

Verdict: 9/10

Before We Die (Crime, mystery, thriller)

Exposing police corruption in the Swedish police force, another powerful crime drama with engaging leads. There's a second season I have yet to watch, but I certainly enjoyed the first.

Verdict: 9.5/10

Alex (Crime, mystery, thriller)

I wasn't so impressed by this one; maybe it's that I had watched the two previous series before it and this then fell a little short, but it's still good. Another Swedish offering, about a cop I think on the run. Self-contained but as I say I found it a little disappointing.

Verdict: 7/10

Thou Shalt Not Kill (Crime, mystery, murder)

A sort of Criminal Minds or FBI-style series, with different stories in each episode but an overall arc running through most of the series. Very impressive.

Verdict: 9/10



Gomorrah season 4 (Crime, murder)

I'm sure most people by now know or have heard about this Italian crime drama, if not then quickly, it focuses on the rise to power of Genarro Savastano, scion of one of the major crime families in Naples, and his friend Ciro di Marzio, who becomes his mentor. Violent, unapologetic, gripping, it has earned its place in mainstream TV and season 4 is the current with another, final season in the works. There is also a movie, L'Immortale, which chronicles events between season 3 and 4. Highly recommended.

Verdict: 10/10

Hitmen (Comedy)

Mildly amusing series about two, well, hitmen - or I should say hitwomen - trying to carry out their assignments and usually bungling them. Not as funny as it sounds, or as it should have been. Weak, but worth a look.

Verdict: 6/10

Trust (Drama)

The true story of the godson on John Paul Getty, who arranged his own staged kidnap in 1973, only for it to turn into a real one. Pretty gripping; Donald Sutherland shines, but then you'd expect that. Self-contained.

Verdict: 9/10

Succession (High finance, drama)

The story of a family (perhaps somewhat modelled on the Trumps) who believe winning is everything, and as they wait for their father to pass on the reins of power a struggle develops within the family as they jockey for position. Sharp, funny, often sad, with plenty of twists; makes you glad sometimes that you aren't rich, if you have to be like these people!

Verdict: 10/10

Prodigal Son (Crime, murder, mystery)

An interesting premise, where a convicted and jailed serial killer's son must seek his father's aid in solving murders which appear to copy his style. Probably copied from La Mante, a French series, and which was probably better, but definitely this one is enjoyable. New season has been authorised.

Verdict: 9.5/10

The Outsider (Horror, mystery)

Superb story from Stephen King about a creature who can assume anyone's shape, and thus manages to have people blamed for horrible crimes they have no part in, and even have alibis for. Just stunning. One season, self-contained. Based, of course, on his novels.

Verdict: 10/10
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Castle Rock (Horror)

This, on the other hand, I did not enjoy. I tried really hard to like it, being another Stephen King effort, but I just couldn't get into it. It seemed to wander all over the place and most of the time I was like "huh?" It ended very badly too. I see it was cancelled after two seasons. I would have axed it after the first. Big disappointment.

Verdict: 5/10



The Plot Against America (Science fiction/dystopian)

When I started watching this I was all but ready to drop it after episode one, which I found very slow and boring. I ended up being so glad I didn't; it turned out to be excellent, riveting viewing. Based on the novel by Philip Roth, it's an alternate view of America in which FDR does not get elected, and Charles Lindberg, as president, turns America into a fascist state that stays out of the war and helps Hitler. Superb.

Verdict: 10/10


Jeckyll and Hyde (Horror/Fantasy)

Yeah, I don't need to tell anyone what this is about. At the same time, it twists the story a little, introducing MIO, a secret service department that takes care of supernatural threats to the Realm. And it has Richard E Grant in it, how cool is that? I enjoyed it but it was definitely rushed at the end; they must have expected, and been planning for, a second season which they did not get, because the ending almost makes me want to tell you not to bother. You have been warned. But you should still watch it.

Verdict: 8.5/10



Fort Salem (Supernatural drama)

Originally called Motherland, then Motherland: Fort Salem but marketed at least over here simply as Fort Salem, this innovative series sees witches having been co-opted to the US military to combat supernatural enemies, and fighting against a terrorist group called the Spree. Pretty damn good for what it is. Another season has been commissioned.

Verdict: 9.5/10

The Dust Bowl (Documentary)

Another of the superlative Ken Burns documentaries I've been enjoying - I've seen Vietnam War, Prohibition and World War II, and am working through Country Music - this one chronicling the 1930s natural disaster known as the Dust Bowl, which drove so many farming families from the midwest and nearly wiped out agriculture altogether. Stark.

Verdict: 10/10

The Black Stuff (Play/Drama)


Precursor to the legendary cult series The Boys From the Blackstuff, Alan Bleasdale's gritty drama about working life in Liverpool in Thatcher's Britain. This sets the scene for events before the series, laying down some very important background, although you don't have to have seen it to have enjoyed the series.

Verdict: 9/10

Downton Abbey (Period Drama)

Who hasn't heard of this? Took me a long time to get into it, but they started showing it on demand and I decided hell with it, I've wanted to start it for a while now so this is my chance. Wish there was more. Superbly acted and really well written. A time long vanished thank god.

Verdict: 10/10
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Star Trek Discovery (Science fiction)

When I saw the first episode of this, I really didn't like it but then some time later I happened to come across I think it was episode five, and was much more impressed, so started going back and then once I'd seen them I continued and was really getting into it when it ended. I have season 2 to watch and I believe it's on season three now, so much to watch.

Verdict: 10/10

The Family (Drama, mystery)


Interesting idea behind this. A kid believed murdered 10 years ago returns to his family, supposedly having escaped his tormentor (believed originally to have been his killer and then released when it's clear you can't be a murderer if your alleged victim walks into his house) but questions hang over his identity. Is it actually him, or is someone playing one hell of a game of cat-and-mouse, and why? Sadly cancelled after one season, so I don't know how it will end, but it's good viewing.

Verdict: 9/10

Manifest (Science fiction, mystery)

A plane believed missing returns after five years, and suddenly everyone on board seems to have strange powers. After the initial euphoria of their unexpected return, suspicion turns to fear to paranoia. Two seasons so far. Have only watched season one but loved it.

Verdict: 9.5/10

The Passage (Horror)

Vampire story which seems to infer that they are created as a result of a laboratory-created virus meant to be a cure-all, and the vampires then (anyone?) run amok and try to destroy mankind. Was doing well but a kind of rushed ending, while satisfactory, still left me anyway wishing that they had commissioned a second season. They didn't.

Verdict: 9/10

Emergence (Science fiction, mystery)

A young girl found among the wreckage of a plane seems to have certain powers, and not be who she seems to be. Shadowy government agencies are after her, and it's up to the smalltown cop who rescued her to protect her. Or is it the other way around? Cancelled after one season, but to be entirely fair, it ended well.

Verdict: 9/10


Vagrant Queen (Science fiction)


The most fun I've had in years. Super hip, funny, tipping a nod and a wink to slacker culture, based on a comic book, and of course destined for cancellation. Worth making sure you don't let the single season pass you by for sure. Should have run and run; we need more sci-fi like this on TV.

Verdict: 10/10




FBI (Crime)

Apart from having the worst and laziest title I have ever come across, this is of course about an FBI team who do what the FBI do, and its spinoff FBI: Most Wanted is similar, except that they go after, well, the FBI's most wanted. Enjoyable hokum from the makers of Law and Order etc.

Verdict: 8.5/10 (for both)

Roadkill (Political thriller)

A somewhat tired idea of a politician climbing the greasy ladder and the things he will do to get there. Stars Hugh Laurie. It's all right.

Verdict: 7/10

Taggart (Crime)
Old eighties show that I used to watch and thought I'd go with it again when they started running it from the first episode. Turned out not to be anywhere near as good as I remembered. Hard-as-nails cop plods the beat in Scotland. Meh.

Verdict: 4/10
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