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What TV are you watching now? (2015)

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  • #31
    Currently watching a BBC Imagine documentary about Ginger Baker on BBC1. Brilliant drummer but what a cantankerous old goat.

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    • #32
      Just watched the first series of Cardiac Arrest - TV from the mid 90s. And good it is too: you can see the budget issues et al but also the ambition.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by zlogdan View Post
        If we think that TD was a set of 8 episodes, I come to think it was the best thing ever done on TV.
        There's something to be said for small, finite (mini) series being "the best thing ever done on TV", i.e. Edge of Darkness (6 eps), The Singing Detective (6 eps), Ultraviolet (6 eps), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (7 eps), I, Claudius (12 eps), Civilisation (13 eps), Cosmos (13 eps), etc.

        Conversely long-form shows* that drag a single narrative on for multiple series/seasons inevitably, in my experience, dilute what made them excellent in the first series/season and almost, without exception, fail to deliver a truly satisfying finale that rewards the time, effort and dedication one has made to watch every single episode preceding it.

        What may put TD S1 in the former camp is if it's viewed in isolation from subsequent seasons, which if Nic Pizzolatto maintains the apparent standalone, separate seasons aspect of the series might be possible. On the other hand, the idea that the apparently separate universes of TD might, ultimately, coalesce into a unified meta-narrative does have its own appeal.

        *As opposed to 'anthology-esque' series that tell weekly standalone episodes that can easily be watched in any order without missing any essential information, say, Star Trek TOS.
        _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
        _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
        _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
        _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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        • #34
          "Best thing on tv ever" was imprecise I admit. Please read instead s "my favorite tv ever", which is something implicitly implied because I am just a regular watcher :-).
          "From time to time I demonstrate the inconceivable, or mock the innocent, or give truth to liars, or shred the poses of virtue.(...) Now I am silent; this is my mood." From Sundrun's Garden, Jack Vance.
          "As the Greeks have created the Olympus based upon their own image and resemblance, we have created Gotham City and Metropolis and all these galaxies so similar to the corporate world, manipulative, ruthless and well paid, that conceived them." Braulio Tavares.

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          • #35
            I am watching Elementary Season3 .

            Out of curiosity : episode 4 features a programmer that listens to Death Metal bands while he codes, which is something I usually do as a programmer

            http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/car...ma-elementary/
            "From time to time I demonstrate the inconceivable, or mock the innocent, or give truth to liars, or shred the poses of virtue.(...) Now I am silent; this is my mood." From Sundrun's Garden, Jack Vance.
            "As the Greeks have created the Olympus based upon their own image and resemblance, we have created Gotham City and Metropolis and all these galaxies so similar to the corporate world, manipulative, ruthless and well paid, that conceived them." Braulio Tavares.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by David Mosley View Post
              Edge of Darkness (6 eps), The Singing Detective (6 eps), Ultraviolet (6 eps), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (7 eps), I, Claudius (12 eps), Civilisation (13 eps), Cosmos (13 eps), etc.
              That's a bloody good list, and Ultraviolet has got to be the best, and least camp vampire story ever told.

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              • #37
                A very `satirical, disturbing, occasionally funny and brilliantly written youtube series called alantutorial. If you're gonna watch it. watch it in order from first to last. https://www.youtube.com/user/alantutorial

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                • #38
                  What TV are you watching now? (2020)

                  I have been watching Babylon 5, again.

                  Right now, I'm watching one of the Babylon 5 TV Movies.


                  "With a deep, not-unhappy sigh, Elric prepared to do battle with an army." (Red Pearls)
                  - Michael Moorcock

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