2021 TV Watching.

HareBrain

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First three episodes (all they've released so far, booo) of Arcane on Netflix. This is probably the most beautiful CG animation I've ever seen. I'm especially impressed by the facial expressions. Story and script are pretty good too.
 

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War of the Worlds season 2. Dreadfully boring, gave up.
The Outsider (Stephen King adapt) a bit better, but very slow, like a swedish style drama, dark, moody, long quiet spaces
American Horror Story 1984.ah that's better!
 

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Yesterday I binged watched Season 1 of Shadow and Bone on Netfix. I had stayed away from it thinking it was going to be too 'Twilightly' for my tastes. It wasn't bad at all. Good world building with a Russian/Nordic slant made it more interesting.
I quite enjoyed the 'Oceans Elevens' subplots and the interweaving of the cast of characters. Sure, there was a predictable baddie and some hallmark moment romance, but it was refreshing not to be dark and gritty all the time. Will be looking forward to season 2 , if there is one.
 

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Just watched The White Lotus. Anyone seen that? Thought it was very interesting. A very character based look into how money/power-imbalances affects relationships. Very well made with a beautiful score and some moments of dark comedy.
 

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I am on holiday, so I had some time to waste on a 12 episode Spanish version of Downton Abbey called The Cook of Castamar (Netflix). It is full of what you'd expect in an 'upstairs/downstairs' castle filled with nobles and their servants. You get romance, intrigue, plotting and betrayals. There is a strong European Catholic slant that gives it a different flavour and morality. I will say that I didn't find the finale nearly satisfyling enough for the previous 11 hour commitment.
 

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Yesterday I binged watched Season 1 of Shadow and Bone on Netfix. I had stayed away from it thinking it was going to be too 'Twilightly' for my tastes. It wasn't bad at all. Good world building with a Russian/Nordic slant made it more interesting.
I quite enjoyed the 'Oceans Elevens' subplots and the interweaving of the cast of characters. Sure, there was a predictable baddie and some hallmark moment romance, but it was refreshing not to be dark and gritty all the time. Will be looking forward to season 2 , if there is one.
I keep thinking I should give this another go. I watched the first ep and was pretty bored by it.

Currently watching series 2 of All Creatures Great & Small on Channel 5.
 

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Just watched The White Lotus. Anyone seen that? Thought it was very interesting. A very character based look into how money/power-imbalances affects relationships. Very well made with a beautiful score and some moments of dark comedy.

A mate recommended it, but I've yet to watch it. Score is by the same guy who did the British version of Utopia - probably one of the most original composers working in TV today.

He also recommended Succession which answers the question - what if they made King Lear but it was Rupert Murdoch. Written by Jesse "Peep Show" Armstrong, this is a fantastic but deeply cynical tale of family infighting as the merciless head of the family plays his children off against each other for the title of CEO of the Fox corporation stand in, Waystar Royco. It has elements of The thick of it and Veep and a blacker than black satirical edge. As can be expected from the writer of Peep Show almost all the characters are deeply self involved and loathsome, but, over the course of the series, you grow to root for them. They almost always muck it up, though. Great series with fantastic turns by King Lear stalwart Brian Cox, Mcauley Culkin and Matthew Macfayden - the latter as the ludicrously named Tom Wambsgan.

Bladerunner: Black Lotus - nice looking backgrounds can't save this forgettable take on the BR universe from Ghost in the Shell director Kenji Kamayama. Only two episodes in so who knows if it will be able to pull off a turn around in quality like Kamayama did with GitS: 2046. Generic, generic music.

Dexter: New Blood - Dex back again with a new identity and a new itch to scratch. Pretty good return to form for this show - looking forward to new episodes.

The Sopranos - shockingly never seen it. Missed me by at the time it was on, no idea why. Time to see what the fuss is all about.
 

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Well I was looking forward to watching Star Trek Discovery season 4, but my partner just informed me that Netflix have pulled it, and the only way to watch it now is to subscribe to Paramount. More money!
Or wait till next year!
 

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Squid Game. Only on ep 3 or 4. It's good. Second ep was a bit dodge, but good besides that.


I've watched the first couple of episodes with subtitles on, and whilst I understand that the English translation is bound to vary from the original spoken language, the subtitles should surely match what is being said. Which leads me to wonder if the subtitles are a direct, more accurate, translation of the original Korean? If so, I'd rather watch in Korean with English subs.

I really enjoyed the first episode, but found the second a bit of a drag. I'll persevere though.
 

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Well, that was weird. No real stories but lots of ideas being thrown around. Really quite dark and depressing in parts, especially the weapons testing episode. I was hoping for an experiment to backfire on the guys doing the tests. Quite Black Mirror-esque in many ways, but with none of the ideas fully played out to a satisfactory conclusion.

If definitely worth taking a look.
 

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I've watched the first couple of episodes with subtitles on, and whilst I understand that the English translation is bound to vary from the original spoken language, the subtitles should surely match what is being said. Which leads me to wonder if the subtitles are a direct, more accurate, translation of the original Korean? If so, I'd rather watch in Korean with English subs.

I really enjoyed the first episode, but found the second a bit of a drag. I'll persevere though.

We watched the first ep in Korean with English subs. Then watched the next few both dubbed and with English subs (mostly because we couldn't work out how to turn off the subs!) and sometimes, what they're saying (in dubbed) and what is being subbed is completely different. But yeah, the second ep did drag but picked up again in the third.
 

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We watched the first ep in Korean with English subs. Then watched the next few both dubbed and with English subs (mostly because we couldn't work out how to turn off the subs!) and sometimes, what they're saying (in dubbed) and what is being subbed is completely different. But yeah, the second ep did drag but picked up again in the third.


I think I'm going to watch the rest of the series in Korean with English subs. I very rarely watch movies/programmes that didn't have English as the original language, although I did with Das Boot, and I only ever watch that in German with English subs. Certainly for Das Boot, it makes it feel more authentic. (I'm talking here about the original series and not the awful Sky Atlantic remake).
 

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Katla was really good. An Icelandic SF TV series about an ancient buried meteorite (if it is a meteorite) in a newly active volcano that produces flesh and blood human doppelgangers.
 

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I've watched the first couple of episodes with subtitles on, and whilst I understand that the English translation is bound to vary from the original spoken language, the subtitles should surely match what is being said. Which leads me to wonder if the subtitles are a direct, more accurate, translation of the original Korean? If so, I'd rather watch in Korean with English subs.

I really enjoyed the first episode, but found the second a bit of a drag. I'll persevere though.
We watched it with the dubbing instead. It wasn't bad
 

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