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carrobin
Posted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:55 pm Reply with quote
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Flipping around the channels a few weeks ago, I ran across "Secret State" on Ovation--and was thoroughly hooked. Gabriel Byrne (who has aged remarkably well) is a British prime minister whose predecessor was killed in a plane crash, and besides figuring out what and/or who caused it, he's dealing with a factory explosion, a hostile banking system, a general who wants a war, a couple of suspicious deaths, and a curious journalist, among other things. I hope they run the whole series together at some point, because it's become so twisty that it's hard to keep everything sorted when seeing just one hour a week. In fact, I may end up buying the DVDs--Byrne is a pleasure to watch.

P.S. After catching repeats of the show, I can report that it's a four-part miniseries and works very well when viewed again (and paying close attention).
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bartist
Posted: Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:14 pm Reply with quote
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Took me 21 years, but we're finally watching The West Wing. To borrow an adjective from today's post from Weeds, it's quite "talky." But quite entertaining, well-written (and in spots sometimes feels maybe a little too written), and with lovable characters. I was skeptical of people who told me they learned a lot about politics watching the show, but after one season, am less so. Also interesting to see how little the burning issues of our nation, and the world, have changed in 21 years.

It's orders of magnitude better than "Designated Survivor" or "Madame Secretary" or any of the other Beltway dramas.

If someone had told me Allison Janney has a central role, I might have started watching earlier.

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Ghulam
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After seeing the first five episodes of the first season of Mira Nair's BBC serial "A Suitable Boy", based on Vikram Seth's sprawling novel, one can appreciate that it is well made and well worth following. It is well directed and visually very pretty. It covers a wide range of India-specific topics ranging from inter-community love affairs, Hindu-Muslim friendships,, tawaifi, anti-Muslim hate propaganda, agrarian reforms, riots and a lot more.
Many of these topics are treated hurriedly and often superficially, probably on account of the length of the novel and the priorities of the screen-play writer, Andrew Davis, well-known for his script for "Pride and Prejudice" and several other TV productions. This is Mira Nair's first feature since her excellent movie "Queen of Katwe". She maintains the same high standards in "A Suitable Boy".

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https://apnews.com/article/larry-king-dead-391f55fabb843d14a2635a9bd55880d4

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Syd
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I'm watching "Resident Alien" on the Syfy network. You, know, I've been feeling the lack of a "Lost Girl" fix, and this may well do. I'm wondering how they'll handle the initial dead body, whose discovery is, of course, inevitable.

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Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:22 pm Reply with quote
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I know little of Lost Girl, beyond that it featured a succubus, so am unsure how that connects to an ET doc in a small town. If it reaches Netflix, will have a look.

The last Canadian series I watched and liked was Travelers.

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Well, they both have to keep their identities secret and start off by killing someone (deliberately in the alien's case--assuming the guy really is dead, since he hasn't retrieved the body), and our alien seems oddly attractive to women of our species. They haven't brought up whether he's attractive to males of our species.

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grace
Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:32 pm Reply with quote
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If he hasn't recovered the body, whose corpse is in the freezer? I totally cop to not always concentrating on the show, so apologies if the question is irksome.
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Syd
Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:06 pm Reply with quote
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grace wrote:
If he hasn't recovered the body, whose corpse is in the freezer? I totally cop to not always concentrating on the show, so apologies if the question is irksome.


I hadn't gotten that far. Yes the doctor is dead.

It occurred to me around episode for that it is more like Northern Exposure if the pilgrim had been an alien out to kill off the human race.

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carrobin
Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2021 10:07 pm Reply with quote
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Has anyone else seen "Dickensian"? The BBC miniseries started last night on our PBS station, and it hooked me immediately, although I'm not really a Dickens fan (I find the movies generally much more appealing than the books, as the novels take forever to move the plot along--he was paid by the word, of course). The series starts with the murder of Jacob Marley, on Christmas Eve; suspects are numerous, as he was even less likeable than his infamous partner Ebenezer. Besides Bob Cratchit, we encounter Fagin and the Artful Dodger, Miss Haversham, Bill Sykes and Nancy, and other familiar folk; the only actor I recognized in the noir-like Victorian shadows was my old favorite Stephen Rea, as Inspector Bucket, who is searching for the killer. I think he's an original character, working for a new organization called the Detective.

Going by my old trick to guess the perp in Ellery Queen novels, I'd have to suspect the least likely person possible--so I'll put my money on the miraculously recovered Little Nell.
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Ghulam
Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 3:00 pm Reply with quote
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Burnsís and Novickís new three-part series on Hemingway, which begins airing Monday on PBS, approaches the man and the writer without trying to tidy any of it up.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/01/books/hemingway-documentary-ken-burns-lynn-novick.html


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Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:15 pm Reply with quote
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Watched the first miniseries of The Sinner, with Bill Pullman as an oddball police detective who helps a woman (Jessica Biel) accused of a bizarre murder and tormented by memory loss. Pretty good psychological thriller with two very fine actors. Biel has a knack for skating on thin ice, you feel her subconscious is lurking in the shadows waiting to drag her into its depths at any moment. One could say much the same about Pullman, in this role.

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