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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 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 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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