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TOPIC: What TV SHOWS are you watching?

What TV SHOWS are you watching? 15 Jan 2018 15:31 #261000

English has evolved as a a language. That's why it is so challenging for a modern English speaker to read Shakespeare.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 15 Jan 2018 16:37 #261003

The knowledge I've picked up today: this sort of discussion always drags me into the Great Vowel Shift, which everybody knows about :). But going on right now is the Northern Cities Vowel Shift . Who knew? I didn't.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 15 Jan 2018 17:39 #261009

One of my bucket list things is to have Amy Hoggart call me stewpid to my face

I feel like it’s easily achievable
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 15 Jan 2018 18:06 #261013

I want Amy hoggart to get stewpid on my face.

I mean, whaaaaaat?

On topic, just started Electric Dreams on Amazon. It seems quite promising.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 18 Jan 2018 16:38 #261422

Watched almost all of Black Mirror 4 last night.

- USS Callister was GREAT and easily the best show that I've seen of this lot. Such a neat mix of dystopia, satire, and loving homage. It was grim, but weirdly hopeful. I'd rank it as one of the top episodes, and it easily could have been a feature.

- Arkangel was OK, but some elements felt repetitive with previous episodes. What if phones but too much. The blurring out thing was in White Christmas, and that was such a strong concept there, not sure why Booker went back to that.

- Crocodile was interesting- while I was watching it, I was pretty meh on it. But as a sort of Hitchcockian thing with only a very slight (but hugely implausible) sci-fi angle, it worked. I found myself liking it more than I thought I did. Interesting that John Hillcoat directed it.

- Hang the DJ was fucking terrible. What if phones but too much. I guess folks like this one because it is like that one in the first season I also don't like, The Complete History of You or whatever. I do not really like the sex episodes much, I guess. San Junipero was VASTLY better than this one in terms of the "uplifting Black Mirror episode about relationships" category.

- Metalhead felt more like a short student film than a fully realized episode of an expensive TV show. I liked the ruthless, Kojima-like mini-Metal Gear and the horror angle was cool. But it also felt empty and sort of pointless. Black Mirror can tell much more interesting stories than "man versus machine". I mean, it had about the same message as The Terminator. It seriously felt like something someone would upload to Youtube to get the attention of producers.

Fell asleep right as Black Museum started.

I also tried to watch the Netflix Godzilla anime, it was TERRIBLE. Sooooo boring. It's like they tried to copy Battlestar Galactica but somehow make it a Godzilla thing. The Galactica is actually in it, I swear.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 18 Jan 2018 16:51 #261424

Black Mirror Spoiler Warning....



What I liked about Hang the DJ was the implications and irreverence of the whole thing. So we've developed a complex AI that's able to model human interaction and entire worlds, and what are we using it for?

And you have this complicated simulation that's a test, which is passed by breaking the system. It's like a self-referencing allegory.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 19 Jan 2018 15:19 #261536

I finished Season 4 of Game of Thrones, and have waited a few days to reflect upon it. Season 3 and 4 together were addressing the events of book 3, A Storm of Swords. Many of the book fans consider Storm of Swords to be the best book in the series, but despite having two seasons to cover it, the show opted to cut out some of the action in favor of more talking scenes. It's a necessary evil, because the show can't just give us exposition and inner thoughts of the characters, at least not without resorting to dubious voiceover techniques.

Overall, the show is doing an admirable job with the adaptation so far, and the differences have all been plausible extrapolations from the books. For example, Brienne never even met the Hound in the books, let alone fought him. But their fight scene was fine on the show, because it was as brutal as the fight scene with Rorge and Biter that we didn't get (because the Hound and Arya fought them instead), and both Brienne and Hound were true to the skill levels and capabilities shown in the books.

I remain disappointed by many of the supporting characters. Sam doesn't seem as intelligent. The show's version of the Onion Knight is flat and boring. Podrick should be unintentionally funnier due to his awkwardness with Brienne. The Red Viper should have been a more vivid character. Etc. I have given more thought to my objection to the word SteeYouPid, and I realize it's not so much the pronunciation as the anachronism that bothers me. Likewise, I am growing annoyed with Littlefinger's accent. It was brilliant but maybe too on the nose to cast Aidan Gillen as Litflefinger, given that he had already become famous for playing an ambitious politician on The Wire. Somehow Gillen was able to overcome his Irish accent to play a convincing modern American, but his attempt to play a medieval resident of Westeros has been really bad Irish brogue so far.
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What TV SHOWS are you watching? 19 Jan 2018 21:55 #261547

charlest wrote:
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