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  1. Pretty sure that is the most glory hunting thing I've ever read. Then further exacerbated by the presumption of referring to Man City as 'City'. Two middling, non-entities that have been juiced by theft and petro-fascists, respectively.
  2. What do you mean by that, mate? I watched the first season and liked it well enough but not sufficiently so to continue onward. Now I wonder if maybe I should reconsider.
  3. I love Succession and really enjoy Yellowstone even if it is pulpy. 1883, after a first few jumbled episodes, turns into a story about a superhero teenage girl. There is nothing on this earth that you can think of, that she will not turn out to do better than most anyone else. Which is a shame because the actress clearly has presence but the way her character is written is just hopeless. I finished the season mostly because Sam Elliot is in it but I'm not sure he is convinced by it himself. LaMonica Garrett is great though. Tim McGraw passable, Faith Hill is not an actress.
  4. Reading LV's post in full, I caught myself thinking that is a show I'd like to watch. Only to remember I did watch it and it was pretty awful. It looks pretty good, to be fair, and the casting is decent. The characters are not though - simplistic and unconvicing. It takes a very creative approach to history too but I suppose that is inevitable. If you go into it expecting and wanting an undemanding soap it might work better. I thought it would be something more substantial.
  5. Well, catching up on this thread has certainly spoiled my day. My ambition now is to avoid the show altogether but I fear when the time comes, I'll succumb and, almost certainly, get much more upset.
  6. Against my better judgement, I really do enjoy Yellowstone and finished season 4 a while back. It's ludicrous, over the top, and completely unbelievable. Lots of compelling characters and a very strong cast, filled with manly-men and tough-as-nail women. Unless you are from out-of-state, in which case you are a wimp. I did read somewhere it's been called Succession for red-state America. I can see how an argument can be crafted if you are so inliced but I think it's unfair. Or, if it is, then it is for old school, small-c conservative, red-state America. PS. I did not know that Tyler Sheridan was that handy with horses (I actually had to look it up to confirm it really was him). Impressive.
  7. Marco's end is one of the few things that annoyed me in both book and show. Too quick, too easy. No time for the fact he has lost to sink in. Most unsatisfying.
  8. EW interview with Naren Shankar. I chose to believe in a continuation based on that. The Expanse showrunner answers series finale burning questions
  9. Happy they stuck the landing and I will really miss this show. It ended well but it somehow seems inconceivable there won't be a continuation of some sort.
  10. Just noticed a Ray Donovan film is out. I had no idea one was even in the making. Anyone seen it and, if so, is it a worthwhile effort? I liked the show but last couple of seasons weren't great.
  11. Couldn't agree more. Great, great TV. Probably the best show I've seen since Chernobyl.
  12. The show is great. Outstanding even. It's very much an adaptation, though, so some significant changes from the source material but, to my mind, it's done exceedingly well.
  13. Why wouldn't they? Due to the wages? If he is successful, the negotiated buy-out clause is supposed to be £35-40m which is hardly an obstacle. Seems a good deal for Villa. Try-before-you-buy and pay less than 50% of his current wages.
  14. Yeah, it's gets more and more pulpy but it's a guilty pleasure of mine, I can't help it. Men are men, and tough as nails. Women are women, and also tough as nails. They sure breed 'em differently up there in Montana. Anyone seen the prequel, 1883?
  15. "Live shamed, and die empty". Loved it so much I kept rewinding.
  16. I keep seeing this here and elsewhere. Does Moiraine die in the books? I'm asking because it seems strange she'd be killed off when Rafe has bascially said Moirane and Lan are the main protagonists of his show (as opposed to in the books). This is also the reason for her stilling; creating a S02 storyline that is not in the books. I.e. the examination of what the stilling does to M&L's relationship and so forth.
  17. Mmm. Maybe the showrunners are onto something when trying to distribute the great deeds more evenly across the cast, after all. I would not want to watch some sort of Mary Sue* fantasy-fantasy. * or whatever the male equivalent is.
  18. Who are the showrunners for this? What have they done before? I suppose what I'm asking is whether optimism or pessimism is called for?
  19. I think you are right. It's the battle scenes and the fact none of them make any sense that really has me bothered. The other stuff I can kind of live with (except for Moiraine's "tell"). This is also symptomatic of the show as a whole. Much of it *does* work but the the writers keep letting themselves down for no good reason. I just don't understand it. We are left with a show that, in my mind, is OK-ish (good enough for me to watch season 2) but that, with frankly very little work, could have been really quite good.
  20. I agree about Perrin and Egwene but I think Rand is alright. Nynaeve is great which is astonishing really given some of the dreadful lines they've forced on her, but it is clear the show is putting a heavy burden on Moiraine and Lan to carry it going forward.
  21. I am bit confused about the power scaling so far. Rand needed a figurine to kill(?) Ishamael and he is supposed to be orders of magnitude more powerful than any other channeler if I've understood it correctly. Yet 5 Aes Sedai nukes an entire trolloc army in a few seconds. Completely obliterates it. I grant that Egwene and Nynaeve are very powerful too but this is godlike powers. It seems too much. And Rand's seem too little. I'm not quite sure why armies or soldiers even exist if any little band of Aes Sedai can take them out wholesale. Why don't the Aes Sedai rule the world completely?
  22. I should probably rewatch this episode because it felt like a lot of things happening because the show required them to happen. A bit of a mess. Or possibly me not being quick enough on the uptake. Anyway, with the first season wrapped up: Moiraine, Lan, Nynaeve and Rand are all characters I'd like to see more of. Not so Egwene and definitely not Perrin. I would like them to instill some sense of scale to the show and improve the production (lighting!) values and get someone to sort out the costume desing. Lastly, a show starring Lews Therin and Ishamael... now that is a show I want to watch. Only Moiraine brings comparable charisma.
  23. Not as laughable as their studded ships or their decision to tsunami an empty beach.
  24. Frankly, I have zero sympathy. Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man Utd are given such huge advantages by the referees, in every game, it is just not an even playing field. And why is time wasting somehow worse than endlessly diving for penalties (and getting them!)? When these four clubs get a penalty they have somehow "won" that penalty by being "clever" or through "contact", no matter how tenous, or imaginary, the "contact". If other clubs dare to do the same, they are immediately accused of cheating by the pundit machine. It's nonsense and just another result of the whole Sky shit and gloryhunting, global TV audiences (as opposed to the delightfully insulting term 'legacy' supporters) where the only thing that matters is making sure the brands at the top are successful. Referees are only human, it's impossible for them not to be affected by this relentless media focus and the resulting, unavoidable bias is played out on the field every weekend, for everyone to see.
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