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Continuing my way through Community.. Series 4 was indeed fucking terrible, but not quite as awful as I was expecting it to be.. I think I just had my expectations really low. Also it was a short series which was a happy surprise (I never made it to the end the first time around).

 

Anyway, it was worth it as I'm on series 5 now. Only a few episodes in but the quality dramatically goes back up very quickly. And Goggins just turned up in the last episode!

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18 hours ago, LaGoosh said:

Personally I found Schitts Creek quite flat, not particularly funny and fairly dull.

Can’t think why something like that would appeal to Bacon. 
 

In stuff that appeals to me, I started watching Suits and Louis Litt is a magnificent shithouse. I hope they don’t turn him or he goes on a redemption journey. Plus he is blatantly in the closet. 

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Lewis is indeed one of the best characters in the show. I also spent the entire show crushing hard on Donna. 

 

Schitts Creek's final season was okay; the finale episode had the right balance of ridiculousness and earnestness that the whole show had had. 

 

Now trying to find something new to watch, rather than just rewatching endless old Simpsons on Disney+.

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I've got one episode of Devs left and I've been fairly disappointed by it as a whole. I think Alex Garland does hard sci fi really well, unfortunately he's quite terrible at the whole building interesting and engaging characters side of writing so it's pretty hard to actually care too much about any of the really cool concepts he attempts to explore. I don't think it's a coincidence that Dredd is the only thing he's written I've actually really enjoyed when he didn't actually have to come up with the characters himself.

However the concept of the show has intrigued me enough to stick with it. I'm hoping all the boring, dreary, lifeless characters die at the end.

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On the sci-fi tip, and based on Amazon Prime's popups, I watched the first episode of Upload last night.

It's no doubt going to end up a fairly generic digital afterlife cautionary tale comedy-drama, but there are some very cool ideas in there. Amell from Arrow's little brother plays a coder who gets killed in a suspicious self-driving car accident, and gets strong-armed by his possessive and rich girlfriend to get uploaded into a digital retirement network called Lake View. I was expecting something pretty naff, but it's actually got some fun gags about MMORPG tropes, glitching, and modern app standards translated to living environments. Swiping left on drinks cabinet options but getting stung for micro-transactions, voice-activated auto-orientation, popup ads, tiered access and population-driven lag.

I expect these gimmicks to die off as the series goes on in favour of the who-has-done-this angle, but it looks like a fun distraction for a week of evenings.

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2 hours ago, LaGoosh said:

I think Alex Garland does hard sci fi really well, unfortunately he's quite terrible at the whole building interesting and engaging characters side of writing so it's pretty hard to actually care too much about any of the really cool concepts he attempts to explore. I don't think it's a coincidence that Dredd is the only thing he's written I've actually really enjoyed when he didn't actually have to come up with the characters himself.

I think that's done by design, I really do. He's much more interested in the ideas than the characters. It's an absolutely fair criticism of him, but one which I think he's probably utterly aware of.

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Garland is very much from the Tarkovsky school of science fiction where world building and visualising concepts is forefront in his mind. I disagree that there are not engaging characters in his films and Devs, personally, but there's no question that they are not the most important thing to him. Devs is very Garland and if you didn't like Ex-Machina and Annihilation then this will be a struggle too.

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I'm burning my way through the shield and despite watching the first 5 seasons years ago, I've forgotten how good it is and the majority of storylines.

Fast paced storylines, stressful and intense story arcs and excellent acting. This is fast becoming my favourite programme. 

I'm grateful for this lockdown for providing the time to watch it. Essential viewing.

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Just been watching some Sanford and Son on YouTube. Anybody seen much of it? I thought it was really funny from what I saw and might watch a bunch more after I've finished Kimmy Schmidt.

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8 hours ago, Devon Malcolm said:

Just been watching some Sanford and Son on YouTube. Anybody seen much of it? I thought it was really funny from what I saw and might watch a bunch more after I've finished Kimmy Schmidt.

That’s the American remake of Steptoe & Son, isn’t it?

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1 hour ago, wordsfromlee said:

That’s the American remake of Steptoe & Son, isn’t it?

Yeah. Went down a YouTube rabbit hole last night and found some bits of it and thought it was really funny. Quite interested in it.

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Does anyone know how someone without Sky or its various PPV platforms might go about watching Breeders?  Watching the trailer, as a dad of three kids 6 and under, did more for me than any counselling or mindfulness ever could, now I’m desperate to see the show!  Happy to DM if more appropriate.

Also, how on earth did I miss Cuckoo?  I mean, I haven’t seen any new telly in six years, so I know the answer, but really, what a wonderful, wonderful show.  

Big Greg Davies fan, and although I found both Samberg and Lautner’s characters incredibly irritating at first, the writers do a smashing job of rounding them out and humanising them as the episodes tick over to the point I was really rooting for Dale and Rachel to get together at the end of the third series.

There’s no weak link for me, Helen Baxendale is fucking wonderful and just the right kind of saucy for my liking, and that lad from Outnumbered does a good job as the surly wanker teenage son.

MVP though, by a country mile has to be Steve Chance.  What a fucking character that is, and played to perfection and beyond by the chap who’s name I always miss as Netflix skips the credits.  Absolutely impeccable timing, experessions - the neighbourhood watch episode, where he’s demonstrating his Judo skills, fuck me, I nearly pissed the bed after a simple “ooooss”.

ive still two seasons to go, but this’ll easily be a show I revisit plenty.  An absolute gem!

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10 minutes ago, John Matrix said:

Does anyone know how someone without Sky or its various PPV platforms might go about watching Breeders?  Watching the trailer, as a dad of three kids 6 and under, did more for me than any counselling or mindfulness ever could, now I’m desperate to see the show!  Happy to DM if more appropriate.

Are you not able to use NowTV?

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