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  1. Astromech

    Watership Down

    Interesting facts about Watership Down and Adams with links to his actual words: http://mentalfloss.com/article/63054/11-fascinating-facts-about-watership-down
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    Trailer Thread V

    I love Tim Burton's vision and creativity for his films. Sure, Dark Shadows wasn't the greatest film, but it was still a treat for me to watch. I love to see what Burton creates. And Eva is Eva, even in poor films. She has the most expressive eyes.
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    Counterpart Starz Series (SPOILERS)

    Top new series for me. That was a fantastic first season.
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    Trailer Thread V

    Eva Green and Tim Burton? Oh my
  5. I'm looking forward to it. Netflix release tomorrow.
  6. Was it The Ballad of Buster Scruggs? I'm making my way through a PBS 4-part series, Native America, covering the various cultures and civilizations of the Americas. Very interesting. Also slowly watching episodes of Babylon Berlin when I have the time. Wonderful series. Excited for the return of Narcos this Friday.
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    Upcoming TV Series of 2018 - Your most anticipated shows

    Haha, it looks like this season will center primarily around Kattegatt. Uh oh! That has been one of the worst arcs in recent seasons.
  8. MARS s2 premiere was interesting. Not the direction I was expecting s2 to take, but makes sense. I was hoping for more expert interviews, but it's only the premiere.
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    A Family of Caligulas

    In their defense, long winters.
  10. I finished Amy S. Greenberg's A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico. Not a title to instill hopes of an objective account. Even with the author's rampant opinions bleeding into the work, there were interesting facts included. It was really a look at the political background of the Mexican War with Polk and the Jacksonian Democrats on one side vs. Clay and his Whigs on the other.
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    Upcoming TV Series of 2018 - Your most anticipated shows

    I found it very interesting with the interviews of scientific experts and . . . er . . . Elon Musk? The fictitious colonization of Mars was both harrowing and uplifting. Think The Martian without the narrator's gallows humor. An entertaining and educational series. I personally hate when content is hidden like that, but the series is well worth the $10. However, I would wait until after s2's premiere to see if s1 isn't then offered for free.
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    Upcoming TV Series of 2018 - Your most anticipated shows

    I'm intrigued by the upcoming Netflix series 1983. Reminds me of Counterpart, which is a very good thing. Also looking forward to Mars s2 on Nat Geo. Season 1 was very interesting. I just caught the trailer for My Brilliant Friend during the season finale of The Deuce and will check that out too. Of course, I'll, be watching s5 of The Vikings. As sharply as it has plummeted in quality, I still watch it. Can't wait to gripe about it in the forum thread I'm really looking forward to the release of the Coen brothers' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs next week Friday. I realize it's now a film instead of a series, which is slightly disappointing, but damn does it look like fun.
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    The Deuce

    Good finale to the season. Dorothy being killed off-screen worked for me, especially with CC's murder being on-screen last week. Somehow it was more powerful her being just another Jane Doe until we realize along with, but really through, Alton. It had that much more of an impact. Another contrast that worked extremely well was Darlene's and Lori's breaks with Larry and CC. Darlene was able to leave because they were simply "acting or playing a role". (What an appropriate metaphor) There wasn't much emotion in it and it was fairly effortless and awkward. Especially Larry's attempted kiss. Contrast that with the sheer emotional relief of Lori upon learning of CC's death and her liberation. "Liberation" is truly what it was for her. Larry may have been going through the motions of his role as a pimp, but CC was a pimp, manipulative, vicious, abusive, making Lori's leaving that much more difficult than Darlene's. Not excusing any of Larry's actions, though. Bobby's reaction to Black Frankie's murder of Carlos was so in-character for him. He thought Black Frankie was his tough and seemed more upset BF took the job without Bobby's permission. But Bobby really has never had any control in his life and his need for it has created so many problems in his life. Candy had some great scenes this episode. Of course, that final scene with her parents not allowing her son to go on vacation with her, but I really loved her scene with Russell where he apologized to his conversation with the two guys at the premiere. She realized he really just saw her as a trophy and was cutting her losses. It seemed so emotionless, but with Candy, we all know she is very good at suppressing her emotions and putting on a good face. She finally broke in that final scene. She rolls with her punches, but she has a lot of trouble doing that when it comes to her parental situation. Love her character. Good thing for Haddix Rodney didn't know to sweep the leg.
  14. Watched the first two episodes of Babylon Berlin. Pretty good so far.
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    Penny Dreadful : City of Angels

    I can't help but think of James Ellroy novels whenever 1930s LA comes up. So, what supernatural forces are running the LAPD or Mickey Cohen's criminal underworld? Could be interesting, but it won't be Penny Dreadful without Eva Green.