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TV Tuesdays Free Talk

Have you watched any TV shows recently you want to discuss? Any shows you want to recommend or are hyped about? Feel free to discuss anything here.

Please just try to provide fair warning of spoilers if you can.

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  1. Adys
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    Everyone's been recommending The Good Place, it was very high on my list. And since the quarantine started, I think I saw like 4 more recommendations for it. So I watched it last Tuesday. And by...

    Everyone's been recommending The Good Place, it was very high on my list. And since the quarantine started, I think I saw like 4 more recommendations for it.

    So I watched it last Tuesday. And by that, I mean I watched it practically all last Tuesday; finished it in <48 hours.

    Needless to say, it was Good. Lends itself very well to binging, much like Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Maybe I'll spoilerly discuss it in a separate thread.

    5 votes
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    ThyMrMan
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    So we are on the second episode of WestWorld S3. And while I think it is off to a better start than S2 was, it isn't as good at all as S1 was. At this point I don't know yet if this is as...

    So we are on the second episode of WestWorld S3. And while I think it is off to a better start than S2 was, it isn't as good at all as S1 was. At this point I don't know yet if this is as straightforward as I think it is, or they are hiding some crazy scheme in it all. And I kinda hope it is straightforward season after S2.

    Star Wars The Clone Wars S7 seems to be halfway done already, and I'm a bit disappointed. The first couple episodes didn't really do anything for me. And Ep5 just didn't move things along as much as I hoped, getting introduced to new characters when you have so few episodes left always disappoints me. Because I know they won't get enough screentime to actual do anything and make me remember them.

    3 votes
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      tomf
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      I'm with you re: season two of WW. A buddy of mine rewatched it in a binge and said that it was way better that way -- feeling more like a really long movie. Depending on how season three turns...

      I'm with you re: season two of WW. A buddy of mine rewatched it in a binge and said that it was way better that way -- feeling more like a really long movie. Depending on how season three turns out, I might give the second another shot.

      I really like this season so far, though. The new UI is also great. Light themes are coming back!

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        KapteinB
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        I nearly gave up on Westworld during season 2, but a coworker convinced me to keep watching, and it really picks up about halfway through the season. So far I'm really enjoying season 3, but the...

        I nearly gave up on Westworld during season 2, but a coworker convinced me to keep watching, and it really picks up about halfway through the season. So far I'm really enjoying season 3, but the show's name has become a bit of a misnomer.

        spoiler season 3 Or maybe not. It seems in the next episode Bernard is going to enter Westworld again.
        spoiler season 1 & 2 One of the big plot twists in season 1 was of course the timeline shenanigans, so of course they had to play around with the timelines again in season 2. So far season 3 seems to be entirely linear, but they did a wonderful job with the timelines in season 1, so who knows, maybe we're in for a real plot twist this time as well.
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          tomf
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          Have you watched the original movies? S01 was pretty much the movie, but better and bigger. S02 was sort of like Futureworld, but better in every way possible. Futureworld got into the overall...

          Have you watched the original movies? S01 was pretty much the movie, but better and bigger. S02 was sort of like Futureworld, but better in every way possible. Futureworld got into the overall concept, though.

          There's also Beyond Westworld -- a very short-lived series that is... rough.

          But yeah, I'm with you -- S03 has been great so far. I think the music for S02 was the best, but I'm a sucker for C.R.E.A.M.

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            KapteinB
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            I haven't. They're on the long list of films I'm going to see some day.

            I haven't. They're on the long list of films I'm going to see some day.

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            1. tomf
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              well.. yeah, don't put any priority on them. The first one is decent and the second one is pretty bad. Put them on the 'I'll just watch the trailer' list :)

              well.. yeah, don't put any priority on them. The first one is decent and the second one is pretty bad. Put them on the 'I'll just watch the trailer' list :)

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  3. [5]
    blitz
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    How do people feel about Star Trek: Picard so far? I've been enjoying it, it has had some stronger and weaker episodes, particularly the most recent one. My favorite episode so far has been ep. 7,...

    How do people feel about Star Trek: Picard so far? I've been enjoying it, it has had some stronger and weaker episodes, particularly the most recent one. My favorite episode so far has been ep. 7, Nepenthe, and it seems the IMDB ratings agree with me.

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    1. ThyMrMan
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      I have to treat it the same way I treat Discovery, not so much as a classic Star Trek show. And more a generic SciFi show. Both shows fall apart once I really stop and think about it, but if I...

      I have to treat it the same way I treat Discovery, not so much as a classic Star Trek show. And more a generic SciFi show. Both shows fall apart once I really stop and think about it, but if I just casually watch it and don't really question things they are fun shows.

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    2. tomf
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      I struggle with Picard. I didn't like this last episode at all. The pacing was off. Discovery struggled with the same thing, where they spent a lot of time on the wrong things and next to no time...

      I struggle with Picard. I didn't like this last episode at all. The pacing was off. Discovery struggled with the same thing, where they spent a lot of time on the wrong things and next to no time on the critical moments.

      Picard has been alright so far. I find that I enjoy the episode until I talk with someone else about it.

      Nepenthe was fun. I could watch Picard and Riker pal around all day, though. With Riker and Troi together, maybe we'll get that Imzadi series nobody is asking for.

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    3. SleepyGary
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      I've been really enjoying it, but I also don't have any qualms with having stories that are different from what people feel is the immutable core of the show. I like it when show runners take...

      I've been really enjoying it, but I also don't have any qualms with having stories that are different from what people feel is the immutable core of the show. I like it when show runners take chances with changes, sometimes it doesn't work out like Discovery (which I didn't mind, especially once Anson Mount came on board and they wove in just a little more classic elements of ST stories). I also remember when people though DS9 was too dark and not enough Trekking to be a real Star Trek, it's personally my favourite.

      I think Picard does a really good job of being a modern Star Trek and it I feel like if this series had been a feature film most fans would agree is the best one since First Contact. Honestly since DS9 I've always wanted a Section 31 series where it was exposing the dark underbelly of the federation, how things aren't as utopic as the flagship diplomats try to make it seem. I've heard about the series in the works and I'm am a bit disappointed it's not set during the dominion war, I would have loved it if were section 31 mostly set in dominion occupied alpha and gamma quadrant operation. But Picard is definitely scratched that particular itch I had for the Section 31 style stories I had envisioned as a teen.

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    4. cwagner
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      Picard is okay. I’m not a big fan of any of the big Star*-shows/movies, but it was a mostly decent sci-fi show.

      Picard is okay. I’m not a big fan of any of the big Star*-shows/movies, but it was a mostly decent sci-fi show.

      1 vote
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    mrbig
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    Just started The English Game. It’s the story of soccer, so what can I say? I’m Brazilian so the first scenes brought (manly and contained!) tears to my eyes. I’ll probably enjoy it wether it’s...

    Just started The English Game. It’s the story of soccer, so what can I say? I’m Brazilian so the first scenes brought (manly and contained!) tears to my eyes. I’ll probably enjoy it wether it’s good or not.

    It shows what happened when the common folk started taking part in the previously posh sport. Downtown Abbey with a ball.

    I wonder why we rarely see films and TV shows about soccer. Most of the world likes soccer, including the entirety of Europe.

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    1. KapteinB
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      That is a bit odd. According to Wikipedia football/soccer is the world's most popular sport, but it seems heavily underrepresented in the movies. I imagine the main reason is that it's not very...

      I wonder why we rarely see films and TV shows about soccer. Most of the world likes soccer, including the entirety of Europe.

      That is a bit odd. According to Wikipedia football/soccer is the world's most popular sport, but it seems heavily underrepresented in the movies. I imagine the main reason is that it's not very popular in the US, so Hollywood doesn't bother making movies about it, instead focusing on sports that are more popular in the domestic market, like American football, ice hockey, auto racing, and boxing. Maybe they make tons of wonderful soccer films in Bollywood and Nollywood, but they never reach our local theatres.

      From the top of my mind, I can think of four films about football/soccer that became quite popular here in Norway: Bend it Like Beckham, Shaolin Soccer (少林足球), Lange Flate Ballær, and its sequel Lange Flate Ballær II. There's also an ongoing TV show about it here in Norway named Heimebane, which I haven't seen yet, but it's supposed to be good.

      3 votes
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    cwagner
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    We recently watched 2 foreign-language dramas on Netflix that both had decent dubbing (when the dubbing is horrible it’s an instant quit). The first was Ragnarok (Norwegian), an Urban Fantasy YA...

    We recently watched 2 foreign-language dramas on Netflix that both had decent dubbing (when the dubbing is horrible it’s an instant quit).

    The first was Ragnarok (Norwegian), an Urban Fantasy YA show that wasn’t too YA, and is rooted in Nordic mythology (Who’d have though from the name). Good acting, writing, plotting. It’s not amazing, but I’m looking forward to S2. It’s fast paced for a Nordic show.

    A few days ago, we watched The Valhalla Murders (Icelandic). A Nordic crime drama/mystery and as everyone who watches those knows, they usually move at a glacial pace ;) The MC was a bit too flawed/dumb for my taste and it felt as if we were supposed to root for her despite her flaws. But otherwise, great Nordic crime show, if you like the genre, give it a shot :)

    Tomorrow, Ozarks S3 releases, looking forward to that one :)

    2 votes
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      elcuello
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      It's amazing to me that one would choose dubbing over subtitles unless your watching it with someone who can't read. But I guess it's better than not watching at all I just really hate dubbing.

      It's amazing to me that one would choose dubbing over subtitles unless your watching it with someone who can't read. But I guess it's better than not watching at all I just really hate dubbing.

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      1. cwagner
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        It depends on how much I like hearing the language and how much I want to focus. Japanese shows I usually watch subbed, French I would never want to watch subbed. Both the shows I mentioned here,...

        It depends on how much I like hearing the language and how much I want to focus. Japanese shows I usually watch subbed, French I would never want to watch subbed. Both the shows I mentioned here, we watched while doing something else which makes subs unusable.

        In addition, the dubbing was well done. When it sounds like people are talking unnaturally (like for 99% of German dubs), I’d never watch it.

        2 votes