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Oct 22, 2018
So, I've just watched The Haunting of Hill House and bearing in mind it had rave reviews, by episode 4 I was still wondering when it was supposed to get good. It certainly got more interesting by the end of episode 5 but I wouldn't call it the best show all year like some sites have.

On a side note, it seems I'm not alone in thinking A Discovery of Witches was poorly cast from some reviews I've read. That said, I'm enjoying it and hopefully they do two more seasons to finish off the trilogy as the story does get more interesting.
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Nov 13, 2018
Have you seen Homecoming? I've just finished it and thought it was good. It's 10 episodes, but each one is only about half an hour.

Was Haunting good?
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Nov 13, 2018
No to Homecoming, it didn't really appeal. Is it supernatural in any way?

Haunting - was it good? Yes. It's better than $1 for sure as I watched all the episodes but I don't get the hype and didn't find it particularly scary. As of now, I can't recall much of it so it's obviously forgettable. It reminds me of Six Feet Under but with ghosts.

Came across Transfers on Netflix, released this month, looks good but can't find it anywhere. Let me know if it interests you and you manage to watch it.

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Nov 13, 2018
No, Homecoming isn't supernatural at all. More the conspiracy type. Your government up to its tricks again! Again, better than $1.

It looks like Transferts came out early last year, but I can't see any mention of it for me. I've added it to the list to keep an eye put for, sounds interesting.

Once I've caught up with Harry Quebert Affair and Manifest, I'm going to try The Alienist, I think.
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Nov 13, 2018
Maybe Transfers needs a bit of time on Netflix to gain a wider audience.
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Oct 22, 2018
I decided The Haunting wasn't for me, but I am really enjoying the Witches. I think it might be my favourite show that I'm watching at the moment. (Not, that there's much competition, to be honest). Coming at it anew, I don't have a problem with any of the casting/writing. Yes, I do hope it gets renewed. Are the novels very focussed on the romance side? I was wondering whether to read them.

I'm hopeful about Pine Gap, which started last week. It's an Australian show based at a listening station near Alice Springs. I'm not quite sure what it's about yet, I'm assuming it's some sort of spy drama.
(When I was there on holiday, I was told all about nearby "secret" base by my taxi driver, so I recognised the name).

I also saw a couple of other Aussi dramas, Bite Club and Dead Lucky. Both were quite good, I prefered Bite Club, I think.

I've just finished Runaways. which I enjoyed and look forward to the next season.
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Oct 23, 2018
I loved the trilogy!  They were a light, easy read. The series is only 8 episodes and I was pondering if perhaps it might've been better with 10 to give the romance more time to incubate onscreen. What you get with the books is the inner landscape of their emotions and attraction. Otherwise, the trilogy is a quest, complete with danger and adversaries. a puzzle to solve and a journey of discovery for Diana concerning her witch heritage and powers. If it was just a romance I wouldn't have bothered with it.


You're right about not much competition though. I'm a few episodes behind on One Dollar and The Purge and don't feel like watching the rest. I might go with Ezel next.
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Nov 05, 2018
Thanks. that makes more sense. I'm sure the series said he was a demon, though. But, never mind.

I saw that DL86 was around, but it's not available for me at the moment.

I don't think I liked Patriot. If I remember correctly, it was a sort of spoof? I don't think I made it through the first episode.

Next, I'm going to watch Collateral, which is only 4 episodes.
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Nov 05, 2018
Yeah, the distribution for DL86 is patchy. The full season is only on two of my sites. Most don't have it and some have just the first episode.

I've found Medici E2 and E3 of S2 so far but haven't looked widely. I'll try again when I finish DL83 & 86.

Patriot was the PTSD/Depressed, pot-smoking, guitar playing, assassin. I think I liked it and will give S2 a go.

Baldwin is Baldwin Montclair, sired by Philippe de Clermont who is thus his father. Mathew as you know is sired by Ysabaeu, wife of Phillipe. The de Clermonts treat the vampires they sire as offspring.
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Nov 05, 2018
Ah, that's good. Did the finale esentially end where the first novel did?
As you are a Witch expert extraordinaire, I do have a question:
Is Baldwin a vampire or a demon? It would make more sense him being a vampire, but I'm sure he said he was a demon. But, he seems to represent the vampires in the Congregation. I got a bit confused here, not least because I'm not really sure what a "demon" is here.
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Nov 05, 2018
Book 1 probably does end there. I have a vague recollection of what comes next but the second novel is about their journey through time.

Baldwin is a Vampire and brother to Mathew. I can't recall if it's Ysabeau or Philipe who sired Baldwin though. Demons are just another supernatural species. I don't recall what their powers are but we aren't going to be seeing Satan or the underworld.

I'm watching Deutschland 83 and Patriot S2 from Amazon is coming soon.
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Nov 04, 2018
Have you seen the One Dollar finale?
It just sort of petered out. As a series, it was OK, but if there's a season 2, I probably won't watch it. It could have been an interesting way of doing a show, but you could have taken the whole dollar thing out and it would have made no difference whatsoever.


I thought the finale of A Discovery of Witches was very good, though. The announcer guy said he couldn't wait until season 2, so I guess it was renewed, which I'm pleased about.


Are you still watching the purge? This is a bit of a spoiler if you didn't see the latest episode, but I was rooting for Joe and cheered when he killed someone. I just wanted him to kill the rest of them in the cage. Might have been just me!
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Nov 04, 2018
Hey :) Yes I saw the $1 finale and completely agree that it was nothing more than a gimmick.

Apparently the witch show has been so well received in the UK that's it's been renewed for S2 and S3, which means the complete trilogy will get to the screen.

I'm currently reading her latest novel, Times Convert, which is in the same universe and characters but focuses on Marcus. I won't say anymore for spoilery reasons. other than when reading the book the TV cast don't spoil the book characters.

Overall I enjoyed it, despite the casting. The real highlight for me is the SFX they do for Diana's powers, bringing the book to life. Also, the story expands and gets more interesting which should be evident from the last two episodes. So I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the story on screen and also whether a character that was left out of S1 makes an appearance in the latter seasons.

I stopped watching The Purge around the same time as $1 so I'm probably four episodes behind now.
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Oct 30, 2018
Any other highlights? Not that I can remember. Oh, the babysitter's father seems to be about to go bust. I didn't quite follow what the detective was doing.

Just finished Sabrina. It was quite good, but she came over a bit wooden sometimes.
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Oct 29, 2018
It turned out not to be his daughter, but his niece, his sister's girl. She was the one being beaten up by her boyfriend and died. So I assume that Pops is the father's father?
I can't remember whether he knows he "saved" her. I don't think so, but I forget most things immediately after I've seen them. He knows she's rich and her boyfriend knows it was him.

Ah OK. I won't bother looking for Medici yet then.
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Oct 29, 2018
"Pops is the father's father"  You've lost me. Don't remember any sister. Any other highlights?
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Oct 29, 2018
One Dollar, yes, it's worth sticking with it until the final. I vaguely remember the Final Destination films and think you're right about the similarity, with one thing leading to another. I was wondering whether if there's a second season, it will be about completely different people? I haven't read anything.

I'm pretty sure that I watched the first season of Medici when it came out a couple of years ago. Is season 2 available now?

I see it's now called The Magnificent and is about Lorenzo. I was a big fan of Da Vinci's Demons, which probably tells a similar story. But, I'll watch this when I can.
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Oct 29, 2018
S2 of Medici is airing now in Italy and the first two episodes premiered on 23rd October. They should be online but I can only find the first episode. It's due out on Netflix UK early next year.

What was the deal with the single dad and his daughter on One Dollar and did he find out about his connection with the babysitter?
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Oct 25, 2018
Ha ha, if you want, I'll tell you. But, I'd say just watch episode 9. It's all set either before episode 1 or overlaps it. So you can watch it without having to watch the last 2. Personally I wish they'd aired it first, I think I might have found the rest more interesting.
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Oct 29, 2018
I've caught up on One dollar E9. The accident scene reminded me of the Final Destination films. Think I'll watch the finale. it looks like it might be okay.

I decided to watch Medici: Masters of Florence, it was quite good.
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Oct 25, 2018
lol@Personally I wish they'd aired it first, I think I might have found the rest more interesting

Okay, I'll watch it then. :)
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Oct 25, 2018
If you can be bothered to muster up enough enthusiasm, the latest episode of One Dollar explains what happened.
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Oct 25, 2018
...or you could just fill me in and save me having to watch three episodes.....
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Oct 23, 2018
Thanks, I'll add those to my reading list then, although it's almost impossible to make progress on both tv and books!

The other show I'm still enjoying is Manifest, I haven't seen this week's yet. And The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair is pretty good.
I've kept up with The Purge and One Dollar, I don't know why, stubborness I think. Mr Mercedes is OK and The Gifted is fine.
I've been watching Kidding, which is one of those new-style comedies that isn't funny. But, it's OK as a slightly amusing drama.

My next binge watch is going to be something called Kiss Me First, which appears to be set in a video game or something. It might be awful, but it's only 6 episodes. Then, I'll watch The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina when it's released in a few days.
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Oct 05, 2018
Just watched episode 6 of One Dollar. If this is where it gets better, then it went over my head.
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Oct 08, 2018
OK, seen it now. Yeah, nobody could accuse it of going too fast, could they! I read one review on IMDB that says it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Well, my chairs must be extra-long then. I really can't think of a single one of the plots I'm particularly involved in. I'll stick with it for the next 4, but, I'm currently doubtful I'll be back for season 2.

I'm still slogging through The Outpost. That's not great either. But, in that case it's mainly the acting.
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Oct 08, 2018
lol@"Yeah, nobody could accuse it of going too fast, could they!"

One Dollar is a marvel of mediocrity and good spin!

I've finished TMITHC. It's still a great watch although at halfway through I did wonder where it was going and what was the point of events so far. IDK anything about the book or the endgame but it certainly needs a couple more seasons to get where it's going. Rufus Sewel is a gem though. The conflicted nature of his character is the best thing this season.

Discovery of Witches is getting better but the casting is really poor.

I'm watching Blindspot atm. It's not too bad for a crime procedural masquerading as a thriller. At least it moves faster than The Blacklist, I had to give up on that.

Next on my watchlist is a Turkish drama called Ezel.
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Oct 11, 2018
I've made a note of Ezel. I'm not sure if it's my thing or not. It sounds a bit Count of Monte Cristo-ish?
I remember looking at Blindspot. I'm sure it's fine, but I probably won't see it.

One Dollar - Oh good more characters to follow, there just aren't enough already. It's still interesting enough, but we're now 70% of the way through season 1 and I'd hard pushed to tell anyone what it's about.

Manifest - I'm enjoying it so far. I quite liked the interplay between the boy who hadn't aged and his twin sister who had. I think I like all of the characters, so I'm happy to go with it.

Better Call Saul - I'm not sure that awful lot happened in this season, did it? I suppose Jimmy becoming Saul was a big deal to some, but it took a while to get there. Oh, and there's a big hole. I'll continue watching because I like Mike and Fring. Now he's a lawyer again, it might get more interesting.

The Purge - Not much to say really. That couple ran home through the war-torn streets? Maybe the limo or whatever on the way there wasn't really necessary? It still gets me that when the brother found the bus full of youngsters about to be killed/sold, he just left them rather than, maybe killing the psycho woman.
I shouldn't try to think about this too much, because I'm not sure the writers did, but I don't understand that cult set-up. She spends a year convincing these 20 or so children that they want to die, in order to sell them, so they can be killed or sold again. Whereas others just pick up people and stick them in the back of their van.
I'm 3 episodes into A Discovery of Witches and like it. Although I accidentally saw episode 4 instead of 3 and didn't notice! So, although I'll watch it, I'm guessing it's largely filler.
After that, I'll try The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair.
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Oct 11, 2018
Something I read said Ezel is Count of Monte Christo-ish but I've never read it. I watched the trailer for it and liked the look of it. Also, it's supposed to be the best drama to have ever come out of Turkey so that's good enough for me.

I haven't seen the latest episodes of One Dollar, The Purge or Manifest yet.

No, not a lot did happen on BCS this season. The transition of Jimmy to a lawyer, is just not that exciting a premise as Walter White's transition. As a result, the side stories aren't really connected in the way they were on BB. However, they have been more interesting than last season with Lydia Rodart Quayle etc.

I'm looking forward to the next Discovery of Witches, it is improving but again the casting is awful. Miriam isn't badass and hostile enough. Marcus isn't cheeky enough. Ysabeau isn't French and classy enough. Baldwin isn't substantial, hot-headed and obnoxious enough. Hamish isn't gruff enough...Alex Kingston is too harsh and not American enough. I could go on. :)
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Oct 05, 2018
I haven't got there yet.
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Oct 05, 2018
I left a reply somewhere below the other day, not sure if you've missed it.
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Oct 05, 2018
Wasn't that the ending to s1 of MITHC? He spent a lot of s2 in the other realm, I think. It was so long ago I can't remember. So, I might end up watching it, as I can't remember why I decided to stop watching it :)
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Oct 06, 2018
It probably was. They do a short recap at the beginning covering both seasons and a clip of Juliana with the Japanese guy (Trade Minister) in the alternate reality was included. It dropped yesterday and from where they've picked up different threads, it seems I've forgotten loads of it too.

EDIT: There's a 30min free video, on the Amazon S3 show page, which gives a S1&S2 recap. I found it helpful.
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Oct 05, 2018
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Aug 17, 2018
The Purge - probably, I'm still slightly peeved at USA over Colony.

Manifest - Definitely

One Dollar (Aug 30)
One Dollar is a mystery set in a small rust belt town in post-recession America, where a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder. The path of the one-dollar bill and point of view in each episode paints a picture of a modern American town with deep class and cultural divides that spill into the open as the town's secrets get revealed.
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Sep 29, 2018
I finally got round to watching Manifest last night. I thought it was interesting, but I just hope that they have an explanation. I wasn't expecting the voices thing, That's OK, as long as we discover who/what is causing it. I'll watch it, but I'm far more interested in the mystery side than the soapy side. I'm unclear whether there's only supposed to be 13 episodes in the season, or if they will get a backorder to bring it up to 22. Hopefully it'll stick at 13.

One Dollar. Yeah, another episode where not much happened, but it was fine. I think there were pictures of some people that were declared missing in one episode. Because the detective huy said one of the men was living with his second family. And, I think a guy called Rick was probably killed, rather than having moved to somewhereorother, as his wife/child's mother thought. I was surprised to learn that the guy with the child completely lied about not knowing the child when she was born.

Are you still watching The Purge. Every episode seems to become less interesting and the characters get more annoying to me. I'm getting fed up with the brother-sister chase. Every time he catches up to her, she's moved onto someone else. The black woman deciding to go out armed with a hammer, when everyone seems to have automatic rifles was stupid. The couple +1 is starting to bore me. I'll try to make it to the end, as I'm more interested in the political side and how these Purges came about. But, there's a lot of eye-rolling and sighing going on here.

I've started watching s3 of The Good Place and s2 of The Gifted.
Next up for me is Sharp Objects.
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Sep 29, 2018
The trouble with Manifest is that it's just not very original. The plane and time jump has been done before. The mysterious entity manipulating people isn't original either, only hearing the voice as viewers  is a new twist. I imagine it will be cancelled before we get a resolution.

God yeah, the Black woman leaving on foot, with just a hammer for protection, was stupid and then some. It's got to be one of the worst plot devices I've seen this month, lol!  She had a car IIRC?! Banshee woman seems to be typecast in her role although I haven't seen her in anything else. The film was probably the right length of time for this story.  We're only around four hours in to Purge night, or something like that, in four episodes. 
Well, next episode is when One Dollar is supposed to get good but it seems to be veering towards some kind of accident at the plant. We shall see.

I definitely recommend The Ministry of Time btw.
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Sep 30, 2018
Into the Dark doesn't interest me really, but I'll watch Escape at Dannemora. That's not on the CinemaBlend list for some reason. Maybe they don't update it.

Rosewell looks like it's on next April? I never saw the original, was it good?

I think I've given up with Man in the High Castle. I'm not even sure I managed all of season 2. I can't remember why now.
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Sep 30, 2018
Cinemablend do update but it's not comprehensive and is missing lots of things.

I thought Roswell was on this Autumn but it seems like it's on for 2019. That's all I could find. I watched the original ages ago. I'm sure I liked it and a more adult version is a hook.

The last thing I remember of TMITHC is that the Japanese guy travels to the alternate reality and is sitting on a bench somewhere. It left me feeling that things were about to get good.

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Sep 30, 2018
Yes, I haven't seen her in anything other than Banshee, either. So far, the character does seem rather similar.

The Ministry of Time isn't available for me at the moment, but I'll keep an eye out.

There's only a couple of new shows I'm probably interested in left this year, so I went looking for a midseason schedule guide and was surprised I couldn't find one. Then I realised it wasn't even October yet! :D

There aren't many returning series either. I might watch Crazy Ex Girlfriend if I ever get round to watching s3. Charmed is also a possible, but I'm not expecting much. Then it's just Vikings in November and The Orville at the end of December.

So I'm going to start looking at some of the shows that are currently airing and I'm storing: The Outpost, A Discovery of Witches, The Truth about Harry Qubert and Bite Club.
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Sep 30, 2018
Ministry not available? What service are you using if you don't mind sharing?

My weekly viewing schedule seems to be pretty sparse as well. I've got BCS, One dollar, Manifest, The Purge, Discovery of Witches and The Haves and the Have Nots which is being strung out with 2 week gaps between episodes atm.

Coming up would be Supernatural, The Man in the High Castle and Escape at Dannemora (Nov), looks interesting. I might do Into the Dark and Roswell: New Mexico. Not sure about The Haunting of Hill House and The Passage.

Discovery of Witches is about three episodes in. I found the first two boring but it improved last episode and it looks to get better from the upcoming trailers. I haven't really warmed to the actors, which is a shame because I liked the books.

I've just watched two episodes of Ghost Wars, which I quite like, only to discover it was cancelled. Bah humbug!
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Sep 29, 2018
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Sep 18, 2018
Did you see The Purge?
I've just seen the first 2 episodes. I thought it was fine and will probably stick with it. I haven't seen any of the movies.
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Sep 18, 2018
Yes, I've seen it and haven't seen the movie either. It's nothing special just watchable.

I'm currently watching or El Ministerio Del Tiempo (Netflix) aka The Ministry of Time. It's quite good. Has a period feel to it due to the time periods they visit in the past and there's some good humour in it at times. The episodes are a good length as well at approx 70mins each. Apparently this is where the idea for Timeless came from and a lawsuit was filed against Timeless/NBC for copying them. It was settled out of court.
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Sep 18, 2018
It's entirely possible I'm expecting some of the plots to be more interesting than they turn out to be. I do find it a bit odd that there's this night with no laws and all anyone seems to want to do is go out and beat up/kill people. If it were me, I'd have spent the last few months planning a diamond heist or something like that. You know, something that might actually be useful to me.

I've made a note of that one. I'm progressing with getting hold of the other Spanish one you mentioned. The first season, anyway.

Next up is The Innocents.
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Sep 28, 2018
How are you finding Manifest and One Dollar?

The strange thing about these six or seven blood types left wherever they were discovered is that nobody seems to be reported missing unless I missed something?

Manifest was okay. Not sure what I think about the voices in the head but it's watchable.

My watchlist seems to be clear now.
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Sep 18, 2018
I like your thinking about Purge night. Not sure what I'd do.


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Sep 14, 2018
I've now seen the Castle Rock finale, what did you think?

I've also seen the first 3 episodes of One Dollar. It's a bit weird, I think.
The dollar thing seems pretty meaningless unless those numbers or whatever they are become important.
My originaly assuption was that we'd stay with the person who had the note, then it would get passed on and we'd see things from their eyes. But, it just seems to be some people that once had it, or not.
I have no idea what it is I'm supposed to be interested in. I wouldn't say it's bad in any way, but there are so many plotlines going on with so many people, but none are particularly interesting to me. We know that 7 or more people may have been killed by someone for some reason, but given we have no idea about who may have died, let alone who did it and why, it's hard to become too involved. It does seem more like a soap opera than a drama.
I do like most of the characters and I don't mind watching it. It's only 10 episodes, so I'll probably keep with it.
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Sep 14, 2018
Castle Rock -  The finale was okay. It wrapped everything up but it was slightly  disappointing that other world Henry got put back in the cage. I felt that enough had been revealed for him to be helped. The blue, flashing face thing was a bit daft and felt like a lazy afterthought. They had put to bed the devil idea with the parallel universe, so it was an unnecessary twist particularly as there was no hint of this in the other Henry.

One Dollar - It's a less than average crime/mystery with the one dollar thing as a sales hook. I think what it lacked was a beginning. We jumped straight into a story and were expected to know everyone and follow everything. I thought ep.2 was a bit better. i read a review and it gets going by ep.6 apparently. The dollar itself didn't feature in the latest episode unless i missed it but that might be because we already saw it when the teacher was introduced last episode.

BCS - the last couple of episodes have been a bit better.
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Sep 14, 2018
Yeah, I thought Castle Rock was all a bit nothingish in the end. I couldn't see any reason why Henry couldn't have taken him into the wood. So, effectively, we're not that far off from how the series started.

Episode six? Ha ha, OK. I quite like the detective guy.

BCS - yeah, I don't think they had much of a plan for this season. But, I quite like the characters, so I don't mind watching it.

I saw Ghoul the other day, an indian supernatural drama, only 3 episodes. Not really my cup of tea, but for just over 2 hours, it was fine. I noticed in this and in Sacred Games that they are gabbling along in Hindi (I assume) and then suddenly there'll be a sentence in English, then back to their own language. It's very bizarre. Not just for certain words. And often the English bit isn't subtitled, so you have to try and listen as well as read.

Next up for me is s2 of Harlots. I can't remember anything about s1, but I know I watched it.
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Sep 15, 2018
lol@speaking in tongues!

I meant that we have certain words in use that are French in origin. I couldn't think of an example yesterday but had a vague recollection of some joke involving a US president so I looked it up. Apparently G.W. Bush said "The problem with the French is that they don't have a word for entrepreneur." The man was never the brightest bulb anyway. So yeah, that kind of thing. I suppose if you've not witnessed that before then it seems bizarre.

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Sep 15, 2018
For the indian thing, I wondered about that, but it would be something like, "you need to tell them", or something that there must be phrases for in the language.
I don't think I've ever just started speaking French in the middle of a conversation and reverted back to English. That may be considered 'speaking in tongues', and I'd end up being burnt as a witch!
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Sep 14, 2018
The only reason I can think of for not taking him to the woods, would've been if the voice of God sound stopped. When they introduced the concept it was presented as something ever-present but only a few could hear. In the final episode it was qualified by a time limit.

I've seen Ghoul. The only explanation I can offer for the sprinkling of english words and sentences, is that there might not be an equivalent word or phrase in that language for translation. It's quite a common thing so it's not as bizarre as you think. It happened in Dark as well. Also, a reverse example would be that we have some french words in the English language that we use without further translation.
I think the detective guy in One Dollar might be narcoleptic. If so, it's a bit different I suppose.
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Aug 17, 2018
Ah, thanks, I missed One Dollar on the list. Yes, I remember I was intending to watch that too.
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Sep 02, 2018
I'm not too impressed with the first episode of One Dollar. There's too many characters and it felt a bit frenetic. The only two characters that have made an impression are the single father and the private investigator. The dollar bill itself is quite underplayed. It needs more presence/suspense built into its appearance. I'll watch the next one but it's not looking good so far.
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Sep 12, 2018
I haven't seen that Spanish one. It doesn't seem to be available for me at the moment, but I've added it to my list of things to look out for.
I'll look out for the Wire. The odds of me watching 60 episodes of something isn't that high, to be honest. But, I'll get it if I can. I often hear of Idris Elba, but I've no idea who he is. I don't think I've seen anything he's been in.

Now finished ozark, what didn't you like about Laura Linley?

I've never read any Stephen King books and I don't think I've seen any of the films made of them. At least, not that I remember. I did see Under the Dome, well the first season, anyway. That was quite awful, although some people seemed to love it. The other thing I remember is the JFK time travel one. That was fine, but went on a bit too long, really.
I agree about that episode of Castle Rock. I ended up watching it on fast-forward. I really didn't care.
So, if "the kid" is a normal (but rather tall!) guy, why hasn't he aged in 27 years? How long do we think Henry was in the other reality? He was gone for 11 days from his own.
(I haven't seen the last episode yet)
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Sep 12, 2018
La Casa is Netflix's No.1 foreign language show so surprised it's not available  unless you mean somewhere else.

Apart from The Wire, I think I've only seen Idris Elba in a Star Trek movie. Luthor didn't appeal to me and neither have the other films he's done since the Wire.

Stephen King's books are a real treat. The best adaptation I've seen is the film The Green Mile. Probably Thinner too.

Laura Linney - there was just something about the ending where she suddenly starts enjoying the power and wants to stay. Maybe it was the acting or it was done too quickly. Not sure, it was just slightly unconvincing and weakened the ending for me.

Castle Rock - I haven't seen the final episode yet either.  The same thing happened with Henry in the other reality as tall guy. He was gone for years, didn't age but only 11 days had passed in his reality.
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Sep 11, 2018
I'm now up to date with Castle Rock, although I've no idea what's going on! Feel free to enlighten me. Some sort of parallel universe thing? I'll finish it, but I'm not sure Stephen King stuff is for me.
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Sep 11, 2018
Yup! it's a parallel universe it seems. They spent 6 episodes making you think the guy was the antichrist and then did the Dementia episode with Sissy Spacek. That irritated me as it didn't move the plot along so it felt like a wasted hour of TV and now we're in the final stretch to see how it resolves itself.

I definitely like Stephen King books. The TV adaptations are a mixed bag depending on the production team. This series is one of the better ones though. The last one was awful and I ditched it after a couple of episodes.

A Discovery of Witches is coming up. I've read the book but thought it lacked substance for a TV adaptation. Then again, I thought the Bitten novels  would be great to see on screen and it turned out to be weak with bad casting , so what do I know?!

Did you see my other reply?
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Sep 06, 2018
Jack Ryan: I thought they were going to stel his money too. I wasn't expecting what happened!

Yeah, I don't know about The Wire. It was on a long time ago and I don't remember anyone I know mentioning it at the time. Apparently, in the UK it was on at 23:20 on a channel I wouldn't have looked at. But, I've only really seen it mentioned very recently as being very good. Oh, well. I never saw The Sopranos either.

I'm currently half way through Ozark. After that, I'll start hitting Castle Rock.
Do you watch Mr Mercedes? I watched the first season recently and thought it was good, but I'm not very impressed with the new one.
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Sep 06, 2018
The Wire - It was on BBC2  Monday through Friday over a few weeks. I think they only bothered because it eventually put Idris Elba on the map in the UK. As ever, anything with a predominantly black cast or not even predominately but more than the token few gets overlooked. I don't think it made it onto the Emmy list and It's reputation spread by word of mouth. Prior to breaking Breaking Bad it was regarded as the best TV show ever and it's an accolade it deserves. I watched BB before The Wire as it goes and neither of them I thought would be my cup of tea but both are masterpieces of craftmanship and storytelling.  The ending on The Wire is perfection. BB slightly lost it's rhythm in the final half season. YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT!!!! ;D

No I haven't watched Mr Mercedes, I'll check it out. La Casa De Papel was really good though. Have you seen it?

I enjoyed Ozark S2 but wasn't convinced by Laura Linney at the end though. I won't say anymore as you haven't finished it.

I couldn't get into The Sopranos. I probably watched a bit of it for a while though.

Castle Rock is still okay. There was an episode a couple of weeks back I didn't like but it's back on track now.
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Sep 04, 2018
Now I've finished it, I thought Jack Ryan was excellent. The only change I'd have made was cut out the drone pilot story, which seemed entirely pointless. Unless it's a very slow burn and it'll come back in later seasons.

I thought Jack was portrayed quite similarly to how Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin did it. The only time I got annoyed with him was when he got all upset with the brothel owner guy, when he was helping them.
I don't think I've ever seen anything that Wendell Pierce has been in before, but thought he was good, and could have been a younger James Earl Jones, which is who I always picture as Greer. Even though I'm pretty sure that he's white in the books.

I'm a big fan of the novels and they changed quite a lot of his and Jim's backstory, but I didn't mind tooo much. Greer was in the navy, not a career CIA ops guy, so that annoyed me a bit. But, if they wanted both characters to be in it, I guess that's how it had to be. In the books, Jack doesn't work for the CIA at this point, and Cathy is in medical school. As soon as I saw they'd changed her from being an eye doctor to a diseases one, it was obvious that there would be a biological weapon of some sort. But, she didn't really add much, so I'm not sure it was necessary really. And you can only really use her in that role once.
I'm looking forwards to s2
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Sep 04, 2018
"the swinger couple (or whatever they were)"

My take was they were psycho. Initially I thought they were there to rob him of the casino winnings. Apart from adding to the drama of pilot guy not being able to get rid of the blood money, I think the couple were also a metaphor for the unexpressed guilt and inner self-loathing of pilot guy for his actions. They delivered the punishment he was looking for as he wasn't getting it at work.

Patriot Games is really old and I must've seen it but i wouldn't be surprised if I hadn't.

Sleepers probably brought Wendell Pierce to my attention. It was a small part but it's a stand out film with a plethora of really good characters. It's about 20yrs old though. Watch it! Can't believe you haven't watched The Wire.
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Sep 04, 2018
*Spoiler*
Yes, in the first novel, Patriot Games, Jack and Cathy are already married and have at least one child, probably two. It's that which makes him go to work for the CIA.

I had a look through his IMDB page and I don't think I've seen anything he's been in. Well, I think I saw The Money Pit many moons ago, and probably Hackers.
I liked him, though.
The bit where he was being a drone pilot was fine. I don't really see why we needed him to get involved with the swinger couple (or whatever they were) and then go to Syria. I guess there was a need for boobs or something? Anyway, in my cut of the episodes, all that was missing :)
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Sep 04, 2018
I liked the drone pilot story mainly because it's an education seeing how that world operates.

Wendell Pierce has been in tons of shows and films. Off the top of my head would be the film Sleepers, which I highly recommend if you haven't seen it. He was in The Wire and one of the Twilight films too. He was in Suits  apparently as the father of the character played by Meghan Markle.

Does he end up marrying Cathy?
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Sep 03, 2018
Ah, thanks. I was intending to watch this weekly, but I think I'll wait until there's another episode then. Currently watching Jack Ryan, which I'm, really enjoying.
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Sep 03, 2018
Just finished Jack Ryan, I thought it was good. I can see what Tim Surrette means about Jack being a bit bland but only if it's expected that he should conform to some sort of Hollywood stereotype of macho and good looking. Anyway, this just meant that Wendell Pierce could shine more in his support role. I've never read the novels so don't know what to expect next but I'd watch another season.

I'm on La Casa De Papel aka Money Heist 2017. So far so good.

Last weeks BCS was a real drag but I'll probably tune in to this weeks after I've finished La Casa.
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Aug 17, 2018
Are you watching Castle Rock, if so, is it any good?
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Aug 18, 2018
Oh, OK. I don't think that was made very clear. I'll give it a go then.
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Aug 18, 2018
No it wasn't made very clear, we were both under the same impression. Anyway, I've watched it now. :) It's really good! I enjoy mysteries and was definitely into it by the end of the pilot. There's 6 episodes out so far.

The last Stephen King offering was so awful it put me off really and I also wasn't keen on the weekly anthology format. His stories don't always translate well to the screen, depending on who's producing them I suppose. It's not written by him, just utilises his universe. He is one of the Executive Producers though.
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Aug 17, 2018
I'm not, I'm afraid.
I got the impression that each episode was a different story, which didn't appeal to me.
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Aug 17, 2018
I thought that too but it seems to be more American Horror Story type anthology, with a different story each season I think
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Aug 16, 2018
Which shows will you be watching?
The ones I'm going to look at are:
August 24 - THE INNOCENTS - Netflix
Runaway teen lovers June and Harry find themselves swept up in a dangerous and confusing new world when June begins to display mysterious abilities.

August 31 - JACK RYAN - Amazon
Jack Ryan follows the titular CIA analyst as he is wrenched from the security of his desk job into the field after discovering a string of dubious bank transfers. His search for answers leads him across Europe and the Middle East as he uncovers a growing terrorist threat bent on carrying out an attack on the United States.

September 4 - THE PURGE - USA
Revolving around a 12-hour period when all crime, including vandalism, murder, arson and theft, is legal, set in an altered United States ruled by a totalitarian political party, the series follows several seemingly unrelated characters living in a small city. As the clock winds down, each character is forced to reckon with their past as they discover how far they will go to survive the night.

September 14 - THE FIRST - Hulu
The First will follow the first human mission to Mars, while exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization. The story focuses not only on the astronauts, but also on their families and loved ones, as well as the ground team on Earth.

September 24 - MANIFEST - NBC
When Montego Air Flight 828 lands after a turbulent but otherwise routine flight, the 191 passengers and its crew learn that while only a few hours passed for them, the rest of the world has considered them missing—and presumed dead—for over five years. As the passengers try to reintegrate themselves into the world, some of them experience strange phenomena, leading them to believe "they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible.

October 26 - CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA - Netflix
Sabrina Spellman must reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit

November 2 - HOMECOMING - Amazon
Homecoming is a "psychological thriller that centers on Heidi, a caseworker at a secret government facility, and a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life.
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