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  1. 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.

  2. On 2/3/2022 at 3:26 AM, Corvinus85 said:

    I've been watching Yellowstone. Finished season 1 and 2 episodes in season 2. Crime dramas are not my thing and the characters are certainly not relatable. I often find myself rooting against them. Even Breaking Bad, as excellent of a show as there ever was, is not something I wish to revisit. Still, there is something morbidly fascinating about Yellowstone so I keep watching. It has decent plots, well acted, it has beautiful scenery and it touches on a bunch of social issues.

    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.

  3. 8 hours ago, Ran said:

    That's what I've heard. And by most accounts, a great TV show, especially if one liked The Leftovers. Now that I'm done with The Witcher and The Expanse, it's next on my list to catch up on.

    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.

  4. 11 hours ago, Wouter said:

    It's quite possible that Moiraine will not come back after the portal, but is also possible she returns much sooner than in the books. Rosamund Pike is a co-producer on the show, which might change the equation as she is more closely involved.

    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.

  5. I am pleased I have now finished the season. Like LP, I find it difficult to stop watching mid-season even when I actively dislike what I am seeing.

    The final episode was no better than what has preceded it. Certainly Jared Harris cannot save it and all the issues with the pacing, tone, storytelling, weak actors/characters were just as frustrating.

    I will, however, concede that my earlier, somewhat flippant, observation that Lee Pace just plays Lee Pace was both premature and incorrect. The only storyline of any interest in this show has actually been the Empire-arc (how ironic) and Lee Pace is its saving grace.

  6. 13 hours ago, Annara Snow said:

    Seeing Lee Pace in Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls and in Halt and Catch Fire, I couldn't believe it was the same guy. I've seen him in several very different things and he is so good at becoming whichever character he plays, in spite of having a remarkable physicality and presence. That said, over the last decade he seems to have become a go-to-guy when casting directors are looking for someone to play powerful men with a commanding presence, in a somewhat threatening but sexy way - be it an Elven King, Galactic Emperor, or - well, Joe MacMillan didn't have power in that sense, but he made up for it with a powerful personality.

    Fair enough. The dangers of drawing conclusions based on limited data.

  7. Thank you.

    I did word that poorly. I thougth the use of bombs could have been done more effectively. It's a quibble anyway and it did not detract from the film. I suppose I'm just curious as it is likely explored more in the book.

  8. On 10/23/2021 at 11:25 AM, Corvinus85 said:

    I know, but they showed lasguns, but for a non-reader audience it would raise the question, why aren't they more used? But maybe in Part 2 we'll see something.

    I enjoyed the film much more than I expected to. It was very good. Then again, I have never read the book so no notions going in, good or bad.

    The one thing that did strike me as peculiar was just the weapons technology overall. Or the lack of it to be more precise. I had it explained to me in the previous thread, knives and stab weapons are used because anything moving faster will be caught by the personal shield. So the drone that killed Atreides Sr. succeeded because it continued to hammer away at the shield after initially being caught? If so, why is that approach not carried over to projectile weapons at large? And why no bombs of any kind? A bunker buster would surely overcome personal shields.

    Given how extremely skilled and inventive humankind is at developing weapons, in Dune it comes across as really rather unsophisticated. Maybe even to the extent it feels like a bit of a fudge, just to be able to tell/show hand-to-hand combat and all the associated themes associated with that.

    PS. Yes, I do want know why lasguns are not used more though I suppose I get the principle from your other post.

  9. Terrible show in every way except visually. Worst of all is its dialogue because it is so consistently appalling but the Anacreons come close; they look and talk as if it is a spoof of the worst kind of low-brow sci-fi. Then that absolutely ridicolous armor... the whole thing is laughable.

    The only story-arc I have the slightest interest in is the emperors (though Lee Pace playing Joe MacMillan makes me think Lee Pace is simply being Lee Pace).

  10. 14 hours ago, Ran said:

    I think this was a really good episode for the most part, but as Linda noted to me the most fascinating part right now is the genetic dynasty and what's going on there -- which is a complete invention by Goyer and co., but it's working really well. But what happens when that comes to an end? How long will Pace and Mann and so on be around? The Empire must fall. I think the seeds are there, and more explicitly this last episode with what's going on with both Brother Dawn and Brother Day.

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    A theory: I think the boy Salvor -- who is clearly being treated as the first "mentalic" or  something of the sort -- is seeing is ... the Mule. Who may be her own son.

    Alternatively, she's seeing Raych when he was a boy, I guess?  

    Still sucks that they have yet to tell us anything at all about Raych. And made a cliffhanger of 

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    Gaal being picked up.

    Also, have to say, this is again  surely one of the most impressive TV shows ever put together from a visuals perspective. So many different monumental architectures, so many interesting and wildly varied costume designs, amazing VFX.

    I'd agree it's visually very impressive. But the storytelling is not so this is starting to feel like just another example of ambient tv. What a missed opportunity.

  11. On 2017-5-19 at 9:26 PM, Mmerek Hamšzulíe said:

    Yeah, I've whitelisted the domain on Adblock, have the little green thumb, but still getting the pop-up.

    Don't know how or if you're allowed to do photos here, but have a screen cap.

    I have the same problem still and it's really quite annoying. I have tried with Opera (Adblock) and Firefox (ABP) and have whitelisted entire domain/site to no avail. 

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