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    1. The Chefs' Brigade

      This is a British cookery show. They take a bunch of people who cook for a living but who have basic skills. These people are paired with a chef who has four Michelin stars and eighteen...

      This is a British cookery show. They take a bunch of people who cook for a living but who have basic skills. These people are paired with a chef who has four Michelin stars and eighteen restaurants. They visit different restaurants around Europe to have competitions to cook that restaurant's own food.

      Things I enjoy about it: it does a good job of showing that people who have somewhat fucked up lives will always find a place in cheffing. They could have stayed in the UK but they decided to go around Europe.[1] There's a couple of incidents of poor behaviour being corrected (some of the women chefs are ignored and spoken over by some men, the women stand up for themselves and get an apology).

      Things I don't like: there's some cheffy bollocks around the pressure and discipline of a brigade; it's still a reality-show competition and that introduces some artificiallity; they send people home each week and I always hate that aspect of programmes.

      It's available on Pirate Bay.

      Here are some reviews which I think are fair.

      https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jul/30/the-chefs-brigade-review-a-cookery-challenge-worthy-of-willy-wonka

      https://inews.co.uk/culture/television/the-chefs-brigade-bbc2-episode-1-review-jason-atherton/

      [1] I can't describe how pathologically awful Brexit has been for the UK. :-(

      7 votes
    2. I think that no matter where you've gone in recent times, you've been affected by recent trends towards oligopolies. In the game industry : Origin Steam Uplay Epic Games Itch.io Gamejolt GOG...

      I think that no matter where you've gone in recent times, you've been affected by recent trends towards oligopolies.

      In the game industry :

      • Origin
      • Steam
      • Uplay
      • Epic Games
      • Itch.io
      • Gamejolt
      • GOG
      • Blizzard.net
      • Etc.

      Movie/Show industry :

      • Netflix
      • Amazon prime video
      • Google movies(?)
      • Crunchyroll
      • Funimation
      • Hulu
      • Disney+
      • Viewster
      • HIDIVE
      • Etc.

      Competition! It's good, right?
      Well, it's really just a facade. You don't go to any of those platforms for their features or service, you go there for their IP-type content (Movies, Shows, Games).

      What's the catch?
      They generally own exclusives on their own platform so you can't just pick one service because they offer features.

      Why's this wrong?
      Well, nobody is gonna keep up with all of them so you're forced in either piracy or giving up on the content you wanted and were willing to pay for.

      How should we fix it?
      Anti-trust case. Similar to United States v. Paramount Pictures, inc., we need to stop that behaviour to let competition truly flourish and let consumers be able to decide what they want.

      What are your thoughts?

      PS : I hope this is the right place for this

      10 votes