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  1. Annara Snow

    Rank your 2019 TV shows throughout the year

    Update Fantastic: 1. The 100 season 6 2. Dark season 2 - I binged both seasons of this show. This may be the best plotted show I've seen for years, but also the one with the most complicated and downright insane plot. Time travel is a huge gamble that many stories stumble on, but Dark is doing it really spectacularly well. I'm in for the ride with the huge cast of interconnected characters and all their strange relationships and crazy circumstances the show puts them in. I need to rewatch the first 2 seasons to catch all the details, call backs, dramatic ironies and hints, and I'm sure that it will be a lot of fun making theories about season 3. The music, editing and atmosphere are great, and I have to particularly praise the casting - they really are doing a fantastic job finding actors who look similar to play characters in different stages of life. 3. BoJack Horseman season 6a 4. The Good Place season 3 - moved it up one place because the latest episodes have been stronger. I can't believe its series finale is airing this Thursday, 5. Russian Doll season 1 Really good to fine: 6. What We Do in the Shadows season 1 7. Dublin Murders season 1 - this one ended a couple of weeks ago. I'm a sucker for the mystery stories with flashbacks and ties to the past and a focus on detectives who are themselves deeply damaged people and on their dark pasts, so I loved this. But while I haven't read the books it's based on, I agree that the way two different storylines from two books were squeezed together made one of them (Cassie's assignment) feel rushed. The other one was really good done, though. I got invested in the main characters, so I hope it gets a second season - because, while the ending could work as a realistic one, it's also goddamn depressing. 8. The Passage season 1 9. Roswell: New Mexico season 1 Rather disappointing, though it had its moments: 10. Agents of SHIELD season 6 Bottom of the barrel: 11. Black Lightning season 2 - the show has never been great, but it was decent. But this season's really weird and poor pacing, a bunch of disjointed plotlines that didn't gel together that well, and a main villain that's far overstayed his welcome (and was never that great to begin with) made me lose interest more and more. I procrastinated for months after episode 13 and then found it hard to make myself watch, because those last few episodes didn't even feel like the ending of a season is supposed to. And the fact that they're introducing some Eastern European stereotype villains for the next season makes it even more definite that I won't be continuing. 12. Veronica Mars season 4 - since I dropped GoT way before season 8, I don't think VM will have a rival for the biggest disappointment I've had in a TV show this year.
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    Sansa's betrayal consequences partly overestimated?

    Not so much lately, unfortunately. It was better a few months ago when there were still elimination games and guessing games. They're doing Pictionary, but I'm not that into that.
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    Sansa's betrayal consequences partly overestimated?

    Hi. I haven't posted in the general forum for a long time. I haven't had the time to hang out much on the forum at all lately, and it's mostly been Games or a little bit in the Entertainment subforum.
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    Sansa's betrayal consequences partly overestimated?

    Wrong. Arya does rewrite traumatic events in her memory. She's done that at least twice: The hearing about the Trident incident Red Wedding and Sandor's role in it A Storm of Swords, during Sandor's trial: The big man shrugged. “I was Joffrey’s sworn shield. The butcher’s boy attacked a prince of the blood.” “That’s a lie!” Arya squirmed in Harwin’s grip. “It was me. I hit Joffrey and threw Lion’s Paw in the river. Mycah just ran away, like I told him.” “Did you see the boy attack Prince Joffrey?” Lord Beric Dondarrion asked the Hound. “I heard it from the royal lips. It’s not my place to question princes.” Clegane jerked his hands toward Arya. “This one’s own sister told the same tale when she stood before your precious Robert.” “Sansa’s just a liar,” Arya said, furious at her sister all over again. “It wasn’t like she said. It wasn’t.” That's not what happened: A Game of Thrones: At that, the king stirred. “Quiet, woman,” he snapped. He straightened in his seat. “I am sorry, Ned. I never meant to frighten the girl. It seemed best to bring her here and get the business done with quickly.” “And what business is that?” Ned put ice in his voice. The queen stepped forward. “You know full well, Stark. This girl of yours attacked my son. Her and her butcher’s boy. That animal of hers tried to tear his arm off.” “That’s not true,” Arya said loudly. “She just bit him a little. He was hurting Mycah.” “Joff told us what happened,” the queen said. “You and the butcher boy beat him with clubs while you set your wolf on him.” “That’s not how it was,” Arya said, close to tears again. Ned put a hand on her shoulder. “Yes it is!” Prince Joffrey insisted. “They all attacked me, and she threw Lion’s Tooth in the river!” Ned noticed that he did not so much as glance at Arya as he spoke. “Liar!” Arya yelled. “Shut up!” the prince yelled back. “Enough!” the king roared, rising from his seat, his voice thick with irritation. Silence fell. He glowered at Arya through his thick beard. “Now, child, you will tell me what happened. Tell it all, and tell it true. It is a great crime to lie to a king.” Then he looked over at his son. “When she is done, you will have your turn. Until then, hold your tongue.” As Arya began her story, Ned heard the door open behind him. He glanced back and saw Vayon Poole enter with Sansa. They stood quietly at the back of the hall as Arya spoke. When she got to the part where she threw Joffrey’s sword into the middle of the Trident, Renly Baratheon began to laugh. The king bristled. “Ser Barristan, escort my brother from the hall before he chokes.” Lord Renly stifled his laughter. “My brother is too kind. I can find the door myself.” He bowed to Joffrey. “Perchance later you’ll tell me how a nine-year-old girl the size of a wet rat managed to disarm you with a broom handle and throw your sword in the river.” As the door swung shut behind him, Ned heard him say, “Lion’s Tooth,” and guffaw once more. Prince Joffrey was pale as he began his very different version of events. When his son was done talking, the king rose heavily from his seat, looking like a man who wanted to be anywhere but here. “What in all the seven hells am I supposed to make of this? He says one thing, she says another.” “They were not the only ones present,” Ned said. “Sansa, come here.” Ned had heard her version of the story the night Arya had vanished. He knew the truth. “Tell us what happened.” His eldest daughter stepped forward hesitantly. She was dressed in blue velvets trimmed with white, a silver chain around her neck. Her thick auburn hair had been brushed until it shone. She blinked at her sister, then at the young prince. “I don’t know,” she said tearfully, looking as though she wanted to bolt. “I don’t remember. Everything happened so fast, I didn’t see…” “You rotten!” Arya shrieked. She flew at her sister like an arrow, knocking Sansa down to the ground, pummeling her. “Liar, liar, liar, liar.” In this case, Sandor was the first to claim that Sansa said at the hearing that Mycah attacked Joffrey, which is not true. Now, he was not at the hearing - he was in the process of hunting Mycah, which Cersei had odered him to do way before the hearing even happened. So, Sandor could have been lying or having a faulty memory, or repeating what he had been told by Joffrey or Cersei or someone else after the hearing had happened, assuming they lied about what was said - if he or someone else actually asked them about it. Or maybe he imagined it because he was trying to make himself feel better about it - in either case, it's obvious that Cersei didn't give a damn about whether Mycah attacked Joffrey together with Arya or if it was just Arya and Nymeria. But Arya still heard Sandor say that and didn't correct him, which she should and could have done if she remembered what Sansa had actually said at the hearing. Now, what probably happened is that Arya confused the hearing with her later fight with Sansa (also in A Game of Thrones): Arya screwed up her face in a scowl. “Jaime Lannister murdered Jory and Heward and Wyl, and the Hound murdered Mycah. Somebody should have beheaded them.” “It’s not the same,” Sansa said. “The Hound is Joffrey’s sworn shield. Your butcher’s boy attacked the prince.” “Liar,” Arya said. Her hand clenched the blood orange so hard that red juice oozed between her fingers. At this point, Sansa seems to have rewritten the events in her mind to make Joffrey look better (but later in ASOS, when she talked to Olenna and the other Tyrells, she remembered everything correctly), and Arya again called her a liar, so she mixed it up with the hearing, where Sansa claimed she did not remember what happened, instead of supporting either story. The other instance is maybe less of a wrong memory as a bizarre reinterpretation of what happened at the Red Wedding: A Feast for Crows: The wolf dreams were the good ones. In the wolf dreams she was swift and strong, running down her prey with her pack at her heels. It was the other dream she hated, the one where she had two feet instead of four. In that one she was always looking for her mother, stumbling through a wasted land of mud and blood and fire. It was always raining in that dream, and she could hear her mother screaming, but a monster with a dog’s head would not let her go save her. In that dream she was always weeping, like a frightened little girl. Cats never weep, she told herself, no more than wolves do. It’s just a stupid dream. Arya has somehow convinced herself in her mind that Sandor saving her life at the Red Wedding by stopping her from running into the Twins, was him being an evil monster and preventing her from saving her mother. (Yes, Arya, you totally could have saved her from dozens of Freys, This is a thing that really makes sense....)
  5. Annara Snow

    GoT Actors in Other Stuff - Part 2

    Where is Harry Lloyd?
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hunting Minds

    I'm halfway through season 2 and loving it. I'll need rewatch before season 3 comes out. The plot is really bonkers in the best way, and pretty complicated. Good thing I made a list of all the characters, familial and other relationships while watching 1x01 - a list I'm updating. It helped a lot during the firat few episodes of season 1!
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    Rank your 2019 TV shows throughout the year

    The Last Kingdom season 3 was definitely released in 2018 (and American Crime Story: Versace was too). It's OK to include them on this list, especially since it's hard to find the old one and almost a year has passed since anyone has updated it. I also finished The Last Kingdom in January, but I put it on the 2018 list (we continued updating it for a while early this year). You can see it on my final 2018 list on the last page. Season 3 was the best so far, and it's "only" 5th on the list only because there were several other fantastic seasons I saw that year that I put above it (the final season of The Americans, season 5 of BoJack Horseman, Daredevil season 3, and Sharp Objects).
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    Rank your 2019 TV shows throughout the year

    The 100 season 6 BoJack Horseman season 6a (So many people seem to be sleeping on this amazing satirical animated dramedy that's one of the best shows of recent years. Season 6 is the last season, but instead of the usual 12 episode season that drops on Netflix at once, it has 16 episodes and is split into two 8 episode parts. This is the first half, and the second will be released in January. The show has been getting better each season. This half-season doesn't have a standout episode that I'd put next to Time's Arrow from season 4 or Free Churro from season 5, but is is very solid, with great jokes, satire and great character development for everyone. It's a good continuation to season 5 and a great set up for the ending, especially with the cliffhanger episode 6x08 ended with. I really can't predict if things will go well or terribly wrong for the main character and I can't wait to see it!) Russian Doll season 1 The Good Place season 3 (and what has aired so far of season 4) What We Do in the Shadows season 1 The Passage season 1 Roswell: New Mexico season 1 Agents of SHIELD season 6 Veronica Mars season 4
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hunting Minds

    ...And that explains it.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hunting Minds

    I'm finally starting Peaky Blinders - season 1. The show has been on my watch list for a while. Watched the first episode last nigjht. I loved it, the show seems really interesting. I've also started Fleabag and Barry, as a part of my resolution to watch more comedies.
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    Rank your 2019 TV shows throughout the year

    I guess I forgot that there are people who manage to see the shows when they are released. While I'm still watching the shows from earlier in the year that I didn't have the time to finish or even start. I usually end up seeing most of them in autumn and winter.
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    Rank your 2019 TV shows throughout the year

    The 100 season 6 Russian Doll season 1 The Good Place season 3 (we'l see if it will go up - or maybe down - based on season 4) What We Do in the Shadows season 1 The Passage season 1 Roswell: New Mexico season 1 -I didn't watch much of the original, but this reimagined version, with new versions of characters who are now 10-15 years older and as opposed to high school kids, does some interesting things like make the main character the daughter of Mexican immigrant and adding racial and LGBT issues to the main plot of aliens trying to pass as humans, to fit with the theme of othering and being an outcast. The characters are well drawn (Michael Vlamis is particularly good as Michael) and the plot was interesting enough, but the dialogue can be clunky and there's maybe too much of spelling things out for the viewers. Not a great show, but a solid enough and entertaining one. Agents of SHIELD season 6 Veronica Mars season 4
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hunting Minds

    Last night I finished The Killing. The series finale made me cry throughout. One of strongest series finales I've seen, alongside The Americans, Six Feet Under, The Leftovers and The Shield. I saw the first two seasons years ago but wasn't super into it. I had mixed feelings because the murder mystery had way too many red herrings. I'm glad I caught it on TV again and saw all of it. The show got better over time, as it stopped pretending to be a murder mystery rather than a character drama, which was always its main strength.
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    Rank your 2019 TV shows throughout the year

    Is anyone else still doing this? The 100 season 6 Russian Doll season 1 The Good Place season 3 (we'l see if it will go up - or maybe down - based on season 4) What We Do in the Shadows season 1 - as fun as the movie. Kayman Novak is particularly funny as Nandor, and Colin Robinson the energy vampire (and the emotional vampire who appeared in one episode) is a great idea. I loved the guest appearances in The Trial episode, though I'm side-eyeing them for not trying to get any of the Buffy (the show) vampire actors, but got that guy from the silly Buffy movie. The Passage season 1 Agents of SHIELD season 6 Veronica Mars season 4
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    Rank your 2019 TV shows throughout the year

    I've finally managed to finish as many as 6 shows from this year (...yay?), so I'll post my first list. (I'm really surprised it's been this few, but I've started many seasons that I haven't finished, and have watched some shows from previous years.) The 100 season 6 - the best season of the show so far. Completely changing the location and doing something of a mini-reboot at the end of season 5 (I'm trying to say this without spoilers) worked wonderfully. In the past, the show sometimes suffered from the same problem as many post-apocalyptic dramas, flirting with grimdark and occasionally coming close to falling fully into The Walking Dead type of storytelling, where protagonists are always fighting new groups of people, humans are a-holes and everything looks shabby and gloomy (even literally so). Season 6 avoided that in several ways - by using the new setting to make the show visually stunning (this season had really beautiful, colorful cinematography), have a heavily SciFi plot with many hallucinations and mind-bending scenes (without making it too confusing), and combine that with a really dark and disturbing plot, focusing on the characters and their inner life and relationships. It was completely different in style from the previous seasons, but referenced and build up on so many of the past events and the way they have affected the characters. It also avoided the grimdark nihilism by giving he protagonists strong motivation from start to try to do hope for a better life and try to be better people, even when this turned out to be incredibly difficult, since this season had the show' best and creepiest villains since season 2 (or arguably ever). The only letdown was the season finale felt more like a mid-season finale, leaving many of the suplots and character arcs unresolved, but that's because it's obviously just the first part of a two-season story. Season 7 was confirmed and planned to be the last before S6 even aired, so the final verdict on season 6 will depend on how the show wraps up the next year. Russian Doll season 1 - This show reminds me a lot of The Good Place, another favorite of mine. It's another 20 minute comedy (though I'd maybe classify it as a dramedy as it's not quite as comedic as TGP) that uses a supernatural/SciFi premise to explore existentialist issues of life and death, how people live and waste their lives, how connections between people can help them turn things around and change their lives. The first episode almost turned me off because many of the characters were so obnoxious, but I'm glad I stuck around, since it turned out that was kind of the point in some cases, and in others, characters got more relatable or other, more likable characters get more space. This season had a story that could have easily been self-contained, but can also continue - and I'm looking forward to season 2. I'm putting it slightly above TGP season 3 because, while I love TGP a lot more as a whole, season 1 of RD had a stronger story than season 3 of TGP. The Good Place season 3 - only the last 3 episodes aired this year, but it still counts. Season 3 may not have been as great as season 1, and I'd probably place it slightly below season 2, too, but it was still amazing. The show keeps reinventing its premise, and while the middle part of season 3 was not my favorite, the ending was strong. Season 4 is starting in a couple of weeks, and will be the show's last. Since most of it will air in 2019, the show may go up or down on the list. The Passage season 1 - an intriguing SciFi drama with a 'scientific' take on vampires, this show was promising and had several interesting and/or likable characters and a good cast. With its shocking ending, it set up a post-apocalyptic season 2. and further seasons...which will never happen, because the show was cancelled. Why? Well, it was on Fox. That tells you all you need to know. The show was based on a book series, which I haven't read, but according to those who have, season 1 covered only a small part of the first book, and the real story was only supposed to start there. Pity. But as it is, season 1 can still be seen as a good self-contained story with an open ending. Agents of SHIELD season 6 - After the disappointment that I found season 5 to be (specifically, its last third, which wrecked the entire season and had several horrible writing decisions). season 6 came off as fun and refreshing - especially in its comedy and/or character-focused episodes early on. I've really enjoyed the fact that the show has gotten so much more SciFi with years, and its outlandish plots have usually worked really well (especially in the last part of season 3 and in season 4, when the show peaked). However, the overall plot of season 6 was contrived and ultimately kind of forgettable. AoS usually has strong villains, the villains this season were very weak - with one exception, and of course, that character was the only one with a strong connection to the protagonists. The season was fun to watch, but it didn't really grip me. Also, while the show has mostly found great ways to use actors for multiple roles, without resurrecting characters and cheapening deaths Heroes-style, the season 5 finale and now the season 6 finale both had "deaths" that fall into that category. Veronica Mars season 4 - The cult show's Hulu revival is my biggest disappointment of this year. (The last season of GoT is that for many, but it couldn't be for me, since I was already disappointed by GoT before, and wasn't expecting anything from it since season 5, and had dropped it already.) To be honest, season 3 and the kickstarter-funded 2014 movie also weren't that good, but this is a new low. The ending has angered many fans, for a good reason, but that's not the only problem with this season. For a mystery show, the actual murder mystery it followed for all of its 8 episodes was mediocre and predictable. The people that I suspected immediately or early on turned out to be the culprits, many of the "twists" weren't really all that surprising, and it was stretched over 8 episodes with a lot of contrivances, plot holes, pointless subplots and incredibly stereotypical side characters (caricatured Mexican gangsters, caricatured 'white trash' family..) What's worse, while the show seemed to be trying to make the main villain an evil genius who outsmarts everyone. all it succeeded instead was to make everyone, including Veronica, look stupid. I could have lived with Veronica being unlikable this season, with her old flaws exaggerated 10 times, if she had been smart and great at solving cases as she used to be. The problem is, Rob Thomas isn't good at writing mysteries. But much of the show's appeal came from the characters, their relationships and the portrayal of the class issues in the community. This time, many of the major characters either didn't return, returned but had 10 minutes of screentime, didn't change at all (though season 4 is set 15 years after the original show) and even regressed for no good reason, or had actual character development but then were killed off in a stupid way for shock value, with an explanation from the showrunner that it's "boring" to watch people who are anywhere close to well-adjusted or happy. What does actually feel boring is to see the main character never being able to develop, never grow (other than changing from a teenager to a 35 year old), and instead heap more trauma and misery on her (as if she hasn't had already - season 1 started with an already traumatized and hardened protagonist) so we could then admire her for the fact that she's survived. Now, it's not that there weren't good moments this season - I found some of the character moments interesting, I would have enjoyed the show focusing on Veronica's flaws and damage, if the point was to see her grow from it, but that's not what the show seems to be about at this point. Other shows that have aired this year I hope to maybe finish by the end of this year: Chernobyl, The Name of the Rose, Jessica Jones season 3, Black Lightning season 2 (I have just a few episodes left, but I'm not that into the show, so they have been waiting for months for me to come back). What We Do In the Shadows season 1, American Gods season 2, Star Trek: Discovery season 2, Roswell: New Mexico season 1, Deadwood (I have to finish season 2 and 3 and then see the movie), Cloak and Dagger season 2, Outlander season 4. I've also recently started to watch Dark (amazing) and Fear the Walking Dead (pretty good, and so far better than TWD ever was), but I'm still in season 1 of both. Haven't started, but plan to: The Punisher season 2, The Handmaid's Tale season 2, Big Little Lies season 2, Catch 22, Good Omens, Umbrella Academy, Gentleman Jack, Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Carnival Row, The Boys, The Terror season 2, True Detective season 3, Pennyworth.
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