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  • lengmolengmo RTP, NC
    Dee said:
    @lengmo The final episode of Suspicion was so bad. I’m still sitting here a day later feeling annoyed about it. What a mess. 

    If you're a glutton for punishment, Elizabeth Henstridge is doing a watch-along/commentary for the show


    Cardinal, s2-4: Entertaining but not great.  I am glad I didn't discover the show was available during the winter because there's so much snow and ice it's impossible to not feel cold watching it.  Season 4 is the last season (no more source material to adapt is the reason given).  Gory crime scenes, lots of deaths, Heavy winter clothing, guns, ice, snow and more snow.

  • MrXMrX CO
    edited March 28
    Finally got around to watching the Yellowjackets pilot. Lives up to the hype. It’s scratching the nostalgia itch for sure as well. Can’t wait to watch the rest. 
    Deebizmarkiefader
  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco
    Just finished Our Flag Means Death and really loved it. This show came out of nowhere for me and what a great surprise.
    MrX
  • lengmolengmo RTP, NC
    edited March 30
    MrX said:
    Finally got around to watching the Yellowjackets pilot.
    The Podcastica Yellowjackets podcast and the Yellowjackets Buzz podcasts are worth trying.
    MrX
  • MichelleMichelle California
    Pachinko So good. Beautifully shot. Performances top notch. Hoping BM gives it some love on OTC. 
    Chinaskicdrive
  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA
    edited March 30
    Michelle said:
    Pachinko So good. Beautifully shot. Performances top notch. Hoping BM gives it some love on OTC. 
    100% agree on this! AppleTV+ on fire!

    edit: shout out CODA! i started a thread when it came out, but got no love. love that movie! gives me the feels everytime! esp as a dad seeing my little girl grow up :'(
    Teresa from ConcordMichellecdrive
  • Finished the first season of Our Flag Means Death. Talk about a show that grew on me as the season wore on. I was enjoying it well enough, but those final two episodes brought the heartbreak and feels. I'll definitely be checking out the second season if it gets renewed.

    And perhaps because I hate myself, I started I May Destroy You. Those episodes are mercilessly short, because it is a tough watch so far. And yet, they find ways to mine some dark humor out of it somehow.
    bizmarkiefader
  • lengmolengmo RTP, NC
    Reacher - heard good things about this Amazon series so tried it. Despite being based on a book from 1997 it might be so stripped down, so elemental it will feel like different things to different people. To me it feels like a throwback to hardboiled fiction. Maybe it will remind others of action movies from decades past. In any event, I enjoyed it but it is a simple pleasure.

    One of the co-stars is Malcolm Goodwin of iZombie fame.  I hope he doesn't get typecast as "uptight detective".


  • MichelleMichelle California
    edited April 3
    @Chinaski @cdrive since you’re both foodies like me, you’ll probably appreciate this - David Chang (yes, that David Chang) is co-hosting a podcast on Pachinko with artist David Choe. Both are Korean and are bringing some good insight to the storyline. It’s on The Prestige TV Podcast, part of The Ringer network.

    Btw this show is doing well in the IMDb ratings. 9.3 for episode 4! https://m.imdb.com/title/tt8888462/episodes/?season=1
    MrXChinaskicdrive
  • Michelle said:
    @Chinaski @cdrive since you’re both foodies like me, you’ll probably appreciate this - David Chang (yes, that David Chang) is co-hosting a podcast on Pachinko with artist David Choe. Both are Korean and are bringing some good insight to the storyline. It’s on The Prestige Tv Podcast, part of The Ringer network.

    Btw this show is doing well in the IMDb ratings. 9.3 for episode 4! https://m.imdb.com/title/tt8888462/episodes/?season=1
    Also he just had Kenji Lopez-Alt as a guest in the David Chang Show, it was a fun discussion. I know there are a few Kenji fans here!
    ChinaskiMichellecdrive
  • Teresa from ConcordTeresa from Concord Concord, California
    I’m one of those fans. And now considering dusting off the old wok!
    MrX
  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA
    well Severance is awesome. i flew through eps 4-8 the last few days. my goodness, i'm so hyped for the finale on Friday!

    we could all use an MDE at the moment :D
    MrXMichelle
  • MrXMrX CO
    edited April 5
    Chinaski said:
    well Severance is awesome. i flew through eps 4-8 the last few days. my goodness, i'm so hyped for the finale on Friday!

    we could all use an MDE at the moment :D
    We gotta get you on the Discord @Chinaski - lots of good Severance discussion happening over there!


    Chinaski
  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA
    edited April 5
    hahah that gif made me do a spit-take :D
    MrX
  • Teresa from ConcordTeresa from Concord Concord, California
    Chinaski said:
    hahah that gif made me do a spit-take :D
    That gif made me want to join discord. If only I could remember how  B)
  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
    Michelle said:
    @Chinaski @cdrive since you’re both foodies like me, you’ll probably appreciate this - David Chang (yes, that David Chang) is co-hosting a podcast on Pachinko with artist David Choe. Both are Korean and are bringing some good insight to the storyline. It’s on The Prestige TV Podcast, part of The Ringer network.

    Btw this show is doing well in the IMDb ratings. 9.3 for episode 4! https://m.imdb.com/title/tt8888462/episodes/?season=1
    Watched Ep 1 of Pachinko last night. So good! 
    Michelle
  • lengmolengmo RTP, NC
    Severance - I don't get the hype.  OK premise, stylish but boring execution.  Maybe this appeals to people who didn't grow up seeing reruns/TV showings of 60's TV/movies which were industrial-grade weird, such as The Prisoner.

    Slow Horses - Spare-no-expense*, faithful adaptation of the novel of the same name.  The trailer made me think it would be a watered-down version but it's quite good.
    * Theme song written for show sung by Mick Jagger, for ex.
  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA
    lengmo said:
    Severance - I don't get the hype.  OK premise, stylish but boring execution.  Maybe this appeals to people who didn't grow up seeing reruns/TV showings of 60's TV/movies which were industrial-grade weird, such as The Prisoner.
    didn't grow up watching reruns/TV showings of 60's TV/movies which were industrial-grade weird, such as The Prisoner. so maybe that's why i dug it. even if i had, i think i'd still like it cause it's right up my alley (Eternal Sunshine, Her, Black Mirror). will say i thought the finale was a bit sloppy, but i still enjoyed, looking forward to S2.
  • lengmolengmo RTP, NC
    Russian Doll (season 1) - Watched because it had been recommended and season two comes out Wednesday.  Seemed kind of odd to have the lead acting like a standup comedian.  Definitely prefer Palm Springs over this but Russian Doll did have some minor charms.
  • The Knick is on HBO Max so I decided to check it out. Pretty good period piece, set in that early 20th century era that some of the best shows of prestige TV have taken place. Plus, there might be a revival, so there could be more down the road, but as it is, it's a fascinating look at the transition from centuries of more primitive medicine to something resembling modern techniques. And the acting is great thus far.
  • lengmolengmo RTP, NC
    edited April 28
    From season 1 - This show (yes, just called "From") has a great first episode and strong character arcs throughout the season.  There is some excellent world building.  If you want weird horror, give it a try.


    I do have a huge issue with the show: they made the delivery of electricity one of the mysteries and that was IMO a step too far into silliness. Just have makeshift windmills on top of telephone/power poles and handwave that's how the residents get their power. Also a minor nit but no one seems to be looking at the trees, soil, etc and trying to figure out where they might be by that.



  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco
    Watching the second season of Made For Love, I like it so far. I barely heard anyone talk about the first season so not sure what the consensus was but it's a fun show and I love the direction they're going in S2.
  • lengmolengmo RTP, NC
    Russian Doll season 2 - I found this much better than season 1 but still found the main protagonist a weird choice.

    The Wire - Hadn't seen it before, but We Own This City got me to try it.  Well worth watching.  HBO spent some money converting it to 16:9 and upscaling(?) the original footage. It's compelling to watch 5 seasons, each with a somewhat different focus in the same city, and some new, some old cast each time.  OTOH, it didn't ruin other police shows for me because it wasn't *that* amazing.
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    Watching the second season of Made For Love, I like it so far. I barely heard anyone talk about the first season so not sure what the consensus was but it's a fun show and I love the direction they're going in S2.

    I really enjoyed the first season of Made for Love. The second is leaving me a bit more cold. It seems slightly less focused and more all over the place. Maybe it will all tie up in the last two episodes, but the central conceit seems to have gotten murkier (intentionally so)

    I managed to make it through all 9 episodes of Couples Therapy season three on Showtime. What a fantastic, if not infuriating show. For those that haven't seen it, Couples Therapy is a reality show where a therapist is helping four different couples work through their issues. Each episode bite sized (usually 23-27 minutes), and I find it pretty enthralling. It lacks the typical dramatic beats that reality shows have. And it can be frustrating to see people play the victim or just sit on their hands and refuse to deal with problems. But it is worth a watch. 
    bizmarkiefader
  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco

    I really enjoyed the first season of Made for Love. The second is leaving me a bit more cold. It seems slightly less focused and more all over the place. Maybe it will all tie up in the last two episodes, but the central conceit seems to have gotten murkier (intentionally so)


    It is definitely more all over the place, but I'm enjoying the chaotic nature of it and confidence to do a bunch of weird shit as opposed to just focusing on the brain chip and him trying to win her back for a whole season again. I definitely did not see the whole AI plot coming. Seems like the kind of thing that's going to be hit or miss for most people, but they easily could have spent the whole season on the cancer and trying to balance getting him treatment with Gogle's manipulation and I think it'd be a less interesting show.
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA

    I really enjoyed the first season of Made for Love. The second is leaving me a bit more cold. It seems slightly less focused and more all over the place. Maybe it will all tie up in the last two episodes, but the central conceit seems to have gotten murkier (intentionally so)


    It is definitely more all over the place, but I'm enjoying the chaotic nature of it and confidence to do a bunch of weird shit as opposed to just focusing on the brain chip and him trying to win her back for a whole season again. I definitely did not see the whole AI plot coming. Seems like the kind of thing that's going to be hit or miss for most people, but they easily could have spent the whole season on the cancer and trying to balance getting him treatment with Gogle's manipulation and I think it'd be a less interesting show.
    Totally. There is something to be said for just going for it. I do wonder about the strategy of releasing two episodes per week. I don't really care either way, but you'd imagine that HBO wouldn't follow that release plan through the whole season. An eight-episode season is done in a month. It kind of just seems dumped out there. 
    bizmarkiefader
  • lengmolengmo RTP, NC
    I do wonder about the strategy of releasing two episodes per week.
    They're doing that with Hacks as well, which is an Emmy-winning show.  Maybe it just means they are experimenting.  Maybe it's a way to 'soak up' the time people have to watch each night and keep them from watching something on HBOmax and something on a competitor's streaming service. 

  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco
    lengmo said:
    I do wonder about the strategy of releasing two episodes per week.
    They're doing that with Hacks as well, which is an Emmy-winning show.  Maybe it just means they are experimenting.  Maybe it's a way to 'soak up' the time people have to watch each night and keep them from watching something on HBOmax and something on a competitor's streaming service. 


    I haven't minded the way they released them so far. These kinds of shows are more oriented towards being in the catalog for people to watch in a weekend when they want, it's not like it has to be part of a zeitgeist where they want people making podcasts about what will happen next like they want with Westworld.
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA

    I really enjoyed the first season of Made for Love. The second is leaving me a bit more cold. It seems slightly less focused and more all over the place. Maybe it will all tie up in the last two episodes, but the central conceit seems to have gotten murkier (intentionally so)


    It is definitely more all over the place, but I'm enjoying the chaotic nature of it and confidence to do a bunch of weird shit as opposed to just focusing on the brain chip and him trying to win her back for a whole season again. I definitely did not see the whole AI plot coming. Seems like the kind of thing that's going to be hit or miss for most people, but they easily could have spent the whole season on the cancer and trying to balance getting him treatment with Gogle's manipulation and I think it'd be a less interesting show.
    No spoilers, but did you wrap up MfL and if so, what did you think? I admire the show just upsetting the apple cart with each finale and totally changing the landscape of what the next season would look like. 
  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco
    edited May 20

    No spoilers, but did you wrap up MfL and if so, what did you think? I admire the show just upsetting the apple cart with each finale and totally changing the landscape of what the next season would look like. 

    Yea we finished it last night. I liked it, especially that one really heartbreaking moment in the second to last episode. It felt like an earned climax with everything they've done this season, and what they did with it in the finale and how much it changed her mindset was fun but didn't feel like an out of nowhere shift. The theme of technology blurring the lines of our humanity and how people respond to that isn't exactly unexplored territory, but it's usually done in things that take themselves way more seriously and with less talking dolphins so I'm into this bonkers version of it. I hope they get to do another season.
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