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  1. I'm starting to feel slightly vindicated as someone's who's spent the last couple seasons arguing in favour of Chuck and moreso Hamlin to my friends. Hamlin's easy to dislike at first cause he's a bit smarmy, up himself and had a hand up through nepotism but he's also hard working, loyal, seems to give everyone a fair shake and acts way more rationally than anyone else on the show. His put down of Jimmy this last episode has been one of my favourite moments of the season.
  2. Finished The Vegetarian by Han Kang, Man Booker Prize winner, a well written relatively small scale story that was pretty surreal in bits but very personal. Also blitzed through Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov, equally short but a fun read if a bit abrupt towards the end.
  3. The new chief has got to be corrupt in my mind - like yeah there's not wanting to buy into what seems like a tall tale but then there's just shouting down everything and somehow believing that Nikki managed to sneak that massive fuck off big syringe in and that the Camera just happened to cut out. Plus surely he must have bumped into the fake cop on his way in there was like 2 seconds between the guy running out and the chief coming in
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  5. Overall this show keeps me bordering between enjoying it and a solid meh. Mad Sweeney was the highlight of this ep just as Audrey and Anubis were for last weeks but the bits in between and the plot drag so much that If I wasn't already invested as a book reader this would probably be in the "ignore til its finished then binge if people say its good" pile
  6. Except we're not seeing an abstract told through a story version of him - Gloria has the newspaper cutting of Ennis/Thaddeus getting his picture taken after the award.
  7. Yeah it can be quite humorously melodramatic at times (the bit where everyone's trying to signal the ship by waving their shirts at it) and there's far more characters in it than there need to be. But the action is fun as hell and that's all you really want out if that kind of gig.
  8. The Handmaiden by Park Chan-wook finally came out in the UK so I got to see it. Really enjoyed it, good acting, solid story with lots small visual things that make a lot more sense once you know the whole story. I've recently found my attention span waning in longer films but this one kept me engrossed the whole time. I thought the final scene went on for a tad too long but I can understand what he was going for, though it did wander into being voyeurist a bit
  9. Channel 4 had seasons 1 & 2 the day after they aired in America but unfortunately as best I can tell they haven't gone for 3
  10. Finished Human Acts by Han Kang which is about the Gwangju Massacre in South Korea, the aftermath and emotional fallout it had on a series of slightly connected characters. Was a good read, fairly heavy and miserable unsurprisingly but it had a good pace, the various stories kept me intrigued and interested. Some clunky sentences here and there but I'm more tempted to put that down to the translation. Quite a small book (210 pages in Paperback) but it didn't feel lacking.
  11. You mean there's a strategy other than send in a few skeletons and zombies to distract their archers while the bat monsters kill everything?
  12. Overall pretty okayish, not great but not hugely dreadful. Big fight at the end seemed a bit unnecessary and I'm not sure if the Royal Navy don't exist in this universe given the fact they just seemed to have been able to sail off from London no bother. But something's been bothering me about the American Doctor being a spy for the EIC. He knew where Delany was keeping the powder and used that knowledge to make them speed up the production so why did the EIC have to wait until the farmer went to the priest? surely the Doctor would have told them well in advance where the powder was and they would have caught Delany red handed?
  13. I'm torn on the fight at the end. on the plus side the Martian Marines are dead and therefore can't talk anymore so that's a godsend. But it was a bit of a letdown after the great showing that was the fight with the stealth ship they seem to have gone back to the Star Trek "consoles and random bits of the ship explode while the place shakes" technique
  14. Yep, plus my pain was doubled by the fact the Leofric seems to have been merged with Steapa - if so we lost two of Uhtred's better supporters/friends in one go and unless there's some mixing with the timelines in S2 it might be a while til a certain Irishman comes along
  15. Why has it always got to be about the fall and the Grail? Why can't we get some hardcore international banking action