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    I'm feeling that a lot of the charm is absent, and I'm really not clear on the 'why' of this season. It's just....more.

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      Originally posted by WOM View Post
      We're on S3 E7 of Sex Education and this season has been a big, fat nothing.
      I thought it had its moments (the Adam/Eric stuff worked well most of the time) but I thought most of it was plot contrivances and dull subplots, all for the sake of keeping the two leads apart. It's a cheap and unoriginal way of maintaining dramatic tension.

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        I just read the Guardian review ("the spark is gone") and agree with most of it.

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          I went to see the Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark last night and it was pretty good, slightly surprisingly given some of the reviews.
          I was with my former office mate, a Sopranos obsessive, and Ms F, who watched it along with me in a patchy and less committed way.
          Difficult to discuss sans spoilers, but the central performance is very good and the knitwear action outstanding.

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            Originally posted by Sunderporinostesta View Post
            Over on ITV I’m enjoying Martin Clunes in this based on a a couple of true South London stories thing Manhunt. Enjoying is probably the wrong word. Respecting. I believe his Mrs produces a lot of his stuff, which isn’t great I suppose but it’s decent enough.
            This is the second series of Clunes playing this character and both were very good. Clunes was excellent in both, balancing the fine line between obsession and world weariness that I can imagine many older detectives have to negotiate. I had no idea his wife was involved in the production, but if her influence generates performances like this from him it can only be a good thing.
            Last edited by Tony C; 24-09-2021, 08:45.

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              Watched Clickbait on Netflix. Good premise, well designed as a series, lots of twists, but all a bit meh. Somehow something less than the sum of its parts. Never went beyond the surface I felt

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                Oh and it did that really massively fucking annoying thing that a lot of shows do nowadays whereby significant plot moments happen through text messages or chat but you have to be in possession of a fucking massive TV screen to actually read them. Wankers

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                  2nd season of INTO THE NIGHT not nearly as good as the first. As it is only six episodes I'll stomach the remaining 3 episodes and hope they finish it off.

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                    Originally posted by ad hoc View Post
                    Oh and it did that really massively fucking annoying thing that a lot of shows do nowadays whereby significant plot moments happen through text messages or chat but you have to be in possession of a fucking massive TV screen to actually read them. Wankers
                    Thank you. I haven’t watched this series yet but you’re right it’s a device used all too often. I don’t want to piss off Mrs. S (who has much better eyesight) so I don’t keep asking “what did it say?” Instead I guess, return attention to the iPad and hope I get the gist.

                    Meanwhile, we are now completely consumed by The Great British Sewing Bee even though neither of us sews. Up to S3 and the absolute key (as discussed on that other thread) is that everyone is nice to each other. Teensy bit of a Claudia Winkelman crush doesn’t hurt either.

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                      I never read the books, but Foundation is of to a good start.

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                        Been catching up with a few series on Netflix - rapidly losing interest in Money Heist as the storyline becomes increasingly far-fetched and almost like a computer game, but the final part is released in December, so might as well see the dénouement play out. Lupin isn't quite as trying, but it becomes clear by the end of episode 10 that all the main plot points seem to be resolved, so the basis for a second series isn't entirely clear.

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                          The number of series on Netflix and Prime that haven't rapidly run out of steam after a couple of seasons can probably be counted on the fingers of one hand

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                            Originally posted by Ginger Yellow View Post

                            Spoke a bit too soon. Season 3 of both Final Space and Sex Education dropped last week, as did Korea's answer to The 100, The Squid Game. Enjoying the latter so far, though I'm not sure it's actually good.
                            Just tried episode 1 of Squid Game now - must have been like how audiences reacted to The Prisoner back in the Sixties, in terms of simply processing the surrealism throughout.

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                              In The Heights is overlong, repetitive, chaotic and seriously corny. However if it doesn't leave you with an ear-to-ear smile you must be lying in coffin. Owes quite a bit to West Side Story and more to every Latinx pop video from the past 20 years, but so what? No stars but quite a few recognisable faces, including Anthony Ramos (In Treatment), Dascha Polanco and Daphne Rubin-Vega (Orange Is The New Black). We'll watch this again, when we see the grand-kids.

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                                I saw in the heights at the cinema but then I'm a big fan of musicals. I think you can see the first ten minutes on YouTube. Watch that and, you don't like it, then it won't be for you but if you do, you should definitely check out the rest of the film.

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                                  I watched the first 20 minutes of that and gave up. I’m not a musical person, I guess.

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                                    After something of a hiatus (when my free Apple + ran out) I went back to Ted Lasso over the last week. I'd stalled around episode 5, but since then I've banged through to episode 5 of S2.
                                    It's really silly and the geography is all wrong etc. But it's very charming and sweet and genuinely funny in lots of places. (Mainly Roy, Keely and Sam.)
                                    And having just watched the xmas episode, it managed to just about stay the right side of cloying.
                                    Otherwise I watched the first two of Foundation, Taskmaster is back with a non-sweary bang and I'm rather enjoying Greg Davies' latest "The Cleaner." The first two have been rather Stoppardian two-handers with some good belly laughs along the way.
                                    Last edited by hobbes; 27-09-2021, 10:59.

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                                      Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
                                      I never read the books, but Foundation is of to a good start.
                                      If nothing else it looks absolutely spectacular. Kept me engaged for the first couple of episodes, definitely.

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                                        I haven't seen it yet but, according to Alex Horne's Twitter, the airing of the bleeped version of Taskmaster on network C4 last week was a mistake. That version is only meant for the catch up service.

                                        Apparently it received the most complaints ever for lack of swearing in a show.

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                                          Glad I didn't watch it. Horrible thing, bleeping.

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                                            I caught the last few minutes of The Last Mountain, a documentary about the life and death of the young British mountaineer Tom Ballad. It was enormously affecting and moved me greatly, though I'm not exactly sure why. His father's and sister's stoical sadness is probably part of it; the nature and location of the end of such an astonishing life another.

                                            There's a scene where Tom's father has taken him and his sister, when both were very young, to the Karakorams to see where their mother, the equally famous mountaineer Alison Hargreaves, had just died and they see a small cloud on the horizon which the dad points out and says that it might be mummy watching over them. Fair brought a lump to my throat.

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                                              Korea's answer to The 100, The Squid Game. Enjoying the latter so far, though I'm not sure it's actually good.
                                              Having now finished the season, my conclusion is that it's not. The mystery resolves in about the least interesting way possible, it doesn't really have much to say, only a couple of episodes were particularly engrossing on a standalone basis, and there's at least one that's actively bad.

                                              Am now watching the not entirely dissimilar Alice in Borderland, which I missed when it first came out. Hopefully it holds up better as the season progresses.

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                                                Someone just turned us on to AP Bio on Netflix. 22-minute networks-style sitcom (NBC), but very quirky. Loving it.

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                                                  Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
                                                  I haven't seen it yet but, according to Alex Horne's Twitter, the airing of the bleeped version of Taskmaster on network C4 last week was a mistake. That version is only meant for the catch up service.

                                                  Apparently it received the most complaints ever for lack of swearing in a show.
                                                  Ah, was wondering why the swearing was bleeped out. Doesn't particularly bother me; just thought it strange because they usually don't.

                                                  I do enjoy Taskmaster and happy to have a new series to watch. Good fun.

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                                                    Morning Show is terrible in an extremely entertaining way.

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