Favourite TV Series

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  1. Lloyd

    Lloyd Squad Player

    I endorse all the positive comments about Succession. It really is first class in every way. I watched the last one yesterday evening and will probably start watching the whole thing all over again.
  2. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    There's a, terribly overused, 'trope' in modern drama of THE CONSPIRACY'. What should be a plot device, rapidly descends into a very unsatisfying main theme. Two recent US series have used this device into their central theme and it's working really well (they've both just passed their fourth episodes and I'm still watching them).

    The first is City on Fire. Set in New York 2003 the story centres around the shooting of a young student in Central Park. The sprawling narrative takes in the investigating cops, property developers, 'Old Money' and the NY underground scene of that time. I actually though it had 'jumped the shark' by the third episode but I was very, very wrong.

    The other series is Silo. The central premise is the lazy sci-fi/space western theme of a toxic dystopian future where an isolated community exists - with a new sheriff in 'town'. The sets are fantastic (really claustrophobic) and the skilful drip, drip, drip of how the society actually functions is delivered by an excellent cast: Tim Robbins is unexpectedly good as 'The Baddie'.
  3. Carpster

    Carpster Squad Player

    Sat and watched Fatal Attraction with the wife and ended up shouting at the screen when the final episode ended. A frustrating load of carp imo.
  4. fuzzy73

    fuzzy73 Squad Player

    JA could teach Hollywood writers a thing or two about ending a series properly. Yes, I’m looking at you GOT and Breaking Bad
  5. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    I agree it was overall a very strong show, but I thought the final episode wasn't all that good, to be honest.
  6. Lloyd

    Lloyd Squad Player

    Silo is reviewed in this week's Spectator (see below). I think I'll give it a go.

    Back once more to our favourite unhappy place: the dystopian future. And yet again it seems that the authorities have been lying to us about the true nature of reality. This time – in Silo – the lie concerns the nature of the world outside the enormous silo in which our heroes and about 10,000 other survivors have been hiding for the past 100-odd years since some nameless apocalypse. Is it really as dangerous as the Powers That Be say? Or is this an illusion, maintained over a century of relentless official propaganda, designed to keep the enclosed populace frightened and in check?

    Silo began life in 2011 as a self-published short story by Hugh Howey – called Wool, not Silo – which he put out through Amazon’s Kindle Direct. But his writing proved so popular that he landed a $500,000 print deal, as well, of course, as selling the film rights, which led to this all-star TV adaptation.

    ‘The books are SO much better,’ I’m informed by someone who has read them. Well, of course they are. When was this ever not the case? Perhaps you should read them first, but if you haven’t the time or patience I’d say you’ll find the TV version more than intriguing, well-acted and well-realised enough to merit your commitment.

    Sure, there are one or two mildly irksome wokeries, such as the implausibility of the main female character, Juliette Nichols. Because of her amazing mechanical skills and physical prowess, Juliette works with the horny-handed sons of toil at the bottom of the silo, where her special task is to maintain the giant turbine on which everyone’s life depends. If such a woman existed in this or any other reality, I imagine she would resemble a Bulgarian shot-putter. Instead, she is slim, elegant and well-spoken and played by the half-Swedish, half-English actress Rebecca Ferguson.

    Also, it’s a bit slow in places. I’ve just watched episode four and, no spoilers, I didn’t find myself thinking at the end: ‘Well, that was gripping and eventful and advanced the plot considerably.’ And sometimes it goes too far the other way by seeking to generate ersatz, standard-blockbuster-movie tension, like the laboriously enacted scene where the turbine threatens to break down and it’s a race against time before the whole thing blows…

    But – and this is a very important but – I’d say it’s definitely not a show to skip. It has a first-rate cast including Harriet Walter, Iain Glen, David Oyelowo, Tim Robbins and the former rapper Common, and lots of money and effort has clearly gone into the world-building – the look and feel, the direction, the score, and so on. It oozes class rather than early Doctor Who and you do get emotionally invested in the whole Silo concept and in the big question of what really is happening in the world outside, as well as the smaller one of who is committing all these murders that newly elected Sheriff Juliette is required to solve.

    I particularly like some of the spooky traditions that have evolved in the Silo over the years, such as the one where if you ever express aloud the desire to leave the Silo that’s it, you’re out. It’s like a death sentence. You’re put into a condemned cell, then kitted out in space gear, and out you go watched by those ghoulishly enthralled Silo denizens who have managed to bag a seat in the café that contains the only viewing window. Its glass is clouded with dust and the condemned, should they so wish as their final act, are encouraged to wipe it clean. Then they walk on a few paces, apparently unharmed, until, all of a sudden, they clutch their throats and drop dead within sight of the now-appalled onlookers. There they lie as a grim warning to all within as to the perils of seeking illusory freedom.
  7. Lloyd

    Lloyd Squad Player

    What was wrong with the way Breaking bad ended?
  8. fuzzy73

    fuzzy73 Squad Player

    I loved the series, easily up there in my Top 5 of all time, but I thought the ending was a little thrown together (imho). The M60 in the boot wouldn’t have been out of place in The A Team.

    In hindsight I would have put Ozark in my earlier post, rather than BB. That ending annoyed me more
  9. Lloyd

    Lloyd Squad Player

    Ha ha! You're right, it was a bit bonkers! I think it just about worked though and, as you say, it was a brilliant series
  10. Filbert

    Filbert Leicester supporting bloke

    New season of I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson just dropped on Netflix.

    Watched a couple of episodes this morning while I fed the little’un some breakfast and I was doubled over laughing, particularly the doggy door sketch in episode 2.
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  11. miked2006

    miked2006 Premiership Prediction League Proprietor

    Really really liked Colin from Accounts on IPlayer.

    Surprisingly brilliant, heartwarming and laugh out loud funny.
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  12. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    Yes, agree with that. Covered on this thread by a few likers and detractors from #4590.
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  13. Ybotcoombes

    Ybotcoombes Justworkedouthowtochange

    At 133 pages long not sure if it’s come up before but just started watching Sweet tooth on Netflix , really enjoying it, kind of like the last of us with a bit more humour mixed with a kids programme
  14. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    Is that Tim Robinson the former Nottinghamshire and England opener?
  15. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    Black Jesus on channel 4.

    Pretty funny in places.
  16. ForzaWatford

    ForzaWatford Squad Player

    Jury Duty on Amazon is funny. Like a real life, silly Truman Show.
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  17. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    It's hysterically funny in places.
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  18. domthehornet

    domthehornet Moderator Staff Member

    The pay it forward gag in the next episode killed me off.
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  19. Diamond

    Diamond First Team

    New Black Mirror series out now, hope to start the new series over the weekend.
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  20. a19tgg

    a19tgg First Team

    It’s pretty good isn’t it, reminded me a lot of the US office as well. The real actor guy whose name escapes me is really good in it, as are all of them really.
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  21. HappyHornet24

    HappyHornet24 Crapster Staff Member

    Watched one of the episodes tonight - “Beyond The Sea”. Very good and very “Black Mirror” - won’t say any more than that as don’t want to spoil it.
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  22. Filbert

    Filbert Leicester supporting bloke

    Yes that was peak ITYSL.

    I remember watching the show for the first time and finding his performance funny but not being that into it and then everything clicked when I saw the sketch about holding the baby.
  23. ForzaWatford

    ForzaWatford Squad Player

    Yeah, Ronald (lol) comes across really well. Not sure how he didn't twig, mind.
  24. Sting

    Sting Squad Player

    Watched the first of the new series of Black Mirror yesterday -am always confused whether I like them or not
  25. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    If you feel uneasy by the end of an episode, it’s probably done its job.
  26. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    The current documentary series on BBC/iPlayer ‘Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland’ is an astonishing, and hopefully award winning, piece of TV.
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  27. Lubaduck

    Lubaduck Academy Graduate

    The 10 children of a murdered single mother by paramilitaries being interviewed for the TV is gut wrenching .
    A 14 year old girl taking on that responsibility should be rewarded .
  28. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    I can’t tell if you have to like cycling to enjoy Netflix’s French documentary Tour de France: Unchained but it’s great stuff.

    Terrific images and well told stories of the stages of the race, with plenty of drama and emotion. Some hardcore stuff, like the pain after the stage when Roglic dislocates his shoulder and shoves his arm back in on the road to continue and fun stuff like the two French teams who, like the rival People’s Popular Fronts for Judea, both feel they embody the spirit of the French in the race.

    And then there’s Pinot and his goats to bring a smile.

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  29. domthehornet

    domthehornet Moderator Staff Member

    Just started The Righteous Gemstones, cracking show so far.
  30. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    I've watched the first 3 episodes of the new series, "Joan Is Awful" is pretty good, "Loch Henry" is a very slow episode, one of the odd Black Mirror episodes that I wouldn't go out of my way to watch. I saw "Beyond The Sea" last night, very gripping and while you can guess what could happen next for most of it, it was a well written story with an interesting ending.
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  31. Lloyd

    Lloyd Squad Player

    The Sixth Commandment on BBC 1 last night was excellent. All 4 episodes are on iPlayer
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  32. ForzaWatford

    ForzaWatford Squad Player

    Season 2 of The Bear is just as good as season 1. Highly recommend!
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  33. miked2006

    miked2006 Premiership Prediction League Proprietor

    This is next for me. Excited
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  34. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    It is very good, albeit anxiety inducing in places.
  35. a19tgg

    a19tgg First Team

    Very late to the party but just finished the final season of Succession.

    What a show, what a final season and what a finale. Really that is the only way it could’ve ended, that their involvement in the company ended, as the perfect ending, but for so long it seemed like that’s not what would happen. And yes, yes I know Tom will just be a puppet, but the irony that after being such a figure of fun for most of the series, and how Logan wouldn’t even trust his kids with the company, that Tom ends up running it. The only thing I thought was slightly odd was Logan’s death, it was filmed as if the actor had suddenly died in real life, which to the best of my knowledge he hadn’t. I guess the only explanation is they wanted the audience to feel how the kids felt, like did it really happen? Was it really happening? Probably my favourite ever show though, and there was just so much to think about and enjoy in that final season
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