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  1. A decent season of television; 6/10 Two questions: Why did the Russians want to re-open the gate/portal? From what I gathered they never explained that part What was the hole in the ground that appeared in the Russian base while Erica and Dustin are rescuing Steve and Rabin? looks like it was made from acid? Maybe I missed something... Edit: Also, how come no one noticed the dozens of corpses at the city hospital after the gang fled?
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    Chernobyl (miniseries)

    The first episode of the new HBO/Sky mini-series Chernobyl premiered earlier this week, and it's pretty fantastic. The episode filled me with dread the way few shows have ever accomplished. Everything feels so realistic and genuine, from the acting to the sets to the bureaucracy (if you can overlook the fact that Russians and Ukrainians speak English). If the first episode is any indication, this show will be one for the ages. Trailer:
  3. I've now binged all eight episodes of season two, and I think they really outdid themselves. It's a real struggle remembering how all the characters relate to one another, but I love the moral ambiguity and relentlessly depressive atmosphere.
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    Chernobyl (miniseries)

    Stellar ending to a superb series. My one and only criticism was that the guy who directed the test that caused the disaster (can't recall the name) was a bit over-the-top in his nastiness. Maybe the sources confirm he was an asshole, but it would've been interesting to see some more nuances to his character.
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    Deadwood: The Movie Spoilers

    A fine effort, with the usual superb dialogue and acting. It would've been terrific if they could've made it longer (by way of a miniseries or something), to allow for more conversation scenes (I was sorely missing conversations between Al and Alma, and Al and Farnum). However, I understand this is as much as we could've ever hoped for, so I'm still satisfied.
  6. Best: Six Feet Under, Sopranos, The Leftovers, The Americans, Mad Men Worst: Game of Thrones, Lost, Vinyl, House of Cards, Heroes I loved the Breaking Bad finale when I first watched, but in retrospect maybe everything came together a bit too neatly for it to be one of the all-time bests. I feel the opposite with the Deadwood finale (if we ignore the upcoming movie); felt at first extremely disappointed about the cancellation which meant the show wouldn't get the proper send-off. However, on re-watches I enjoy the season three ending quite a bit. Al muttering to himself "He want me to tell him something pretty...." is a fairly great line to go out on.
  7. Let's review the court of King's Landing: King: Brandon Stark An autistic creep with zero charisma who claims to be a wizard with clairvoyance, but did nothing to stop any of the carnage in KL. Hand: Tyrion Lannister A man guilty of patricide, the most grievous sin in all of Westeros. Furthermore convicted of murdering Joffrey, but I guess he gets a pass for that, or he convinced everyone of his innocence somehow. Master of ships: Davos Seaworth A lowborn smuggler, and previous Hand to, and most loyal supporter of, Stannis, who famously tortured his own daughter to death to gain the favour of a foreign fire-demon. Master of coin: Bronn A lowborn cut-throat with no experience in finance. Grand Maester: Samwell Tarly Became somehow the most senior member of the Citadel overnight, despite having fathered Children and stealing property Lord commander of the Kingsguard: Brienne The first woman on the job, but I guess all of Westeros acquired modern values overnight? Veteran of one battle, wherein she didn't make a single tactical decision. Yupp, I can totally see how the Westorosi nobility can get behind this!
  8. Why in God's name did they make Bran such an unlikable, autistic creep if they knew he was gonna end up as king? They've made Jon dull as fucking plywood on the show, so that asshole wouldn't be the ideal candidate either, but better than this shite.
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    Chernobyl (miniseries)

    Episode two retained the high quality. They manage to make radiation a more frightening antagonist than the murderer in almost any horror movie. Excellent portrayal of Soviet bureaucracy as well.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 805?

    I give it 5/10 for the following redeeming points: The Mountain forgetting he's a zombie when he sees his brother and disregards his programming by killing Qyburn and ignoring Cersei. The shots from the streets showing the horrors of war. Tyrion and Jaime's final scene Emelia Clarke's acting as mad Dany was surprisingly good. The spectacular visuals. Everything else was truly awful. The character assassination of Jaime and Dany are utterly unforgivable.
  11. Lots of shitty writing in this episode as expected, but the scene that annoyed me the most was Bronn's. Sure, the script was awful, but the very idea that some random dude with a loaded crossbow could just walk in and threaten the Hand of the Queen without repercussion is beyond laughable. No one bothered to post some guards outside the door?
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    SPOILERS: Rant and Rave

    So Ned Stark's sword was melted and forged into two swords; now in the possession of Jaime and Brienne. Why hasn't any of the Stark children brought it up and demanded the steel back as a form of restitution? I would think at least Arya would hold a grudge against that (and would appreciate the opportunity to wield a Valyian steel sword).
  13. I'm aware that consistence in army size isn't this show's strong suit (anyone remember the Karstark troops making up half of the Northern army back in season four?), but I would none the less like to discuss the size if the opposing forces in the upcoming battle. The army of the dead: Jon said in season four that Mance's army contained 100,000 troops. Assume all those are now in the army of the dead, and add some wildling elderly and childen that weren't in Mance's army, plus some Night's Watch and whatever they picked up at the Last Hearth, the total number might be at around 120,000. The army of the living: There were 8000 Unsullied to begin with, maybe 2000-3000 have been killed in the battles thus far. 40,000 Dothraki in Essos, maybe 10,000 are gone by now. Jon hoped to have 10,000 Northern soldiers ready for the battle (unsure if this included the 2000 Knights of the Vale). That would put the total number at roughly 45,000, the majority of which as Dothraki (although they are conspicuously absent from most of the preparation scenes in WF). What do you think?
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    Dorne? Highgarden? Riverlands?

    Edmure Tully will appear in season 8. (Source)
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    True Detective Season 3 (SPOILERS)

    I may have misheard, but didn't the woman from the tv crew say something about how the case was similar to "spiral" case or something like that? The obvious reference would be the season 1 case. If so, it would mean that the seasons take place in the same fictional universe. But it might also just be an Easter egg.
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    Better Call Saul -- Season 4 Better Get Emmy

    A terrific finale to the show's worst season (still great though). Like others who wrote here, I wish they'd give more screentime to Nachos; a tremendously fascinating character. That shot with Mike shooting Werner gotta be the more gorgeous the show's ever had.
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    Better Call Saul -- Season 4 Better Get Emmy

    I don't know, I would hate if they did the "kill the workers"-twist. It's way too obvious, plus would have all their preparations of making the location of the lab unknown unnecessary. Whatever company/organisation the Germans are working for also ought to have some preparations in place to dissuade the criminals they work with from murdering them when the job is done.
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    Atwood's 'The Handmaid’s Tale' on Hulu

    Hearth-wrenching end to episode three, but I guess it wouldn't make sense to the story if June escaped to Canada this early. Do you think we will see the British-Canadian invasion of the US east during this season?
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    Peaky Blinders Season 3 - Spoilers

    So glad this show it back! I find Aidan Gillen extremely annoying in every role he plays, but apart from that everything looks promising.
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    The Deuce

    The way this shown recreates 70s NYC is an astonishing achievement. You can really smell the garbage and opportunity of the era. It is the most depressive show I've seen since Black Mirror, though. The hell that the prostitutes endure isn't likely to vanish once they switch to porn. A-level acting throughout, especially from the pimps and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
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    Rank your 2017 TV shows throughout the year

    These are all the shows i recall watching thus far this year. Probably forgetting something 1. The Leftovers - how to finish a show with grace 2. Big Little Lies - enormously entertaining, superb cast all around 3. Better Call Saul 4. Twin Peaks - if it maintains the current quality for all 18 episode, it's gonna be #1 on the list 5. The Handmaid's Tale 6. Fargo 7. 13 Reasons Why 8. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 9. The Americans - this season didn't captured me at all for some reason, still hasn't finished it 10. House of Cards - this show should have ended three seasons ago 11. Santa Clarita Diet 12. Taboo - hugely disappointing, considering the cast and scale of production 13. Sherlock - a horrible mess
  22. Glenn is without a doubt the best actor on the show (although Danny is fine too). He manages to create some genuinely scary scenes and then revert to comedy in a second. Can't be an easy task. I wonder though how far they will take his psychopathy. Like with Mac's homosexuality (which was "resolved" recently), Dennis' serial killer-esque character arc needs to make a progression before it becomes stale and predictable. The latest episode was great. Had me laughing out loud in a way I almost never do when watching TV.
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    Peaky Blinders Season 3 - Spoilers

    Another great season. Tom Hardy needs to be made a permanent main cast member, if they can afford it. I had two issues with the plot though. 1. The pedo-priest was fairly cheap and quite unnecessary (as others have said); the guy was a good enough villain as it was. 2. What was the deal with the Italian boss' wife being a former school teacher to the Shelby lads? It made zero sense to me that a London-based Italian crimelord would have married a random Birmingham schoolteacher. Maybe I missed something about that, I don't know.
  24. Good episode, but was it really only supposed to be 17 minutes long?
  25. The latest episode (no 5) was one of the best one in the show's history. Dennis' continuous decent into malicious madness is glorious. Glenn should get all the rewards there are.