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TV binge watching in progress

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Mar. 10th, 2016 | 03:00 pm


Netflix
  • Orange is the New Black - in small doses, it's really intense and reminds me about the failures of our society
  • Call the Midwife - I liked that jenny didn't fall in love with the guy who pursues her, and she did break up with the married guy.  It's an interesting combination of romance, religion and gritty reality, and the screaming labor is always
  • MASH - We used to watch it every week, when it was a contemporary answer to the Vietnam War, it's weird seeing the period from so far away. Parts of it have aged better than others, the sexism is gross but Larry Linville is oddly attractive at times.
  • Almighty Johnsons - Such weird show, but I like it a lot, and my fave Dean O'Gorman is very fun to watch.  It starts off very male but gets more balanced and has truly unexpected plot twists.  The Axl/Helen bodyswap episode is bizarrely  funny and memorable and the Gin Wigmore soundtrack is great.
  • Tried Silver Linings Playbook and was bored out of my skull.
  • The West Wing - girlchild adores it, the crackly dialog, she has no idea what a great fantasy that was during the Bush administration
Amazon Prime (they are losing money on us, heh)
  • Dancing on the Edge- Jazz musicians in 1930s England - we finished this one, Angel Coulby & Chiwetel Ejiofor were good, but the plot was a gigantic mess and not much was resolved.  Loved Wunmi Mosaku as the backup singer who comes into her own.
  • Borgia - parts of it work for me, some of the costumes are spectacular, but there's way too much exposition, Cesare looks and acts like a young Sean Penn, and Pope Alexander with a New York accent is just jarring.
  • The Americans - girlchild likes it, I'm not entirely sure. 
  • VEEP - just starting this, so far not too much embarrassment humor
  • Mozart in the Jungle - all of them have interesting flaws, and there's a certain schadenfreude in seeing beautiful people in imperfect lives.
acorn.tv (I got a 3 month sub to try it out)
  • Poldark - Aidan Turner acting moody and shirtless, also pretty costumes, pretty Cornwall, OTT plot...
  • The Blue Rose - a temp and her friends fighting corruption in New Zealand, with a bit by Mark Ferguson
  • Falcón - Spanish police detective in Seviille, actors include Marton Csokas, Hayey Atwell, Santiego Cabera, all looking gorgeous
  • The Clinic - Irish medical clinic soap opera, nicely done, eventually will have a young Aidan Turner as the receptionist
  • Partners in Crime - Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence, looking forward to that!
Other means
  • Underground (WGN) the trailer looks good, and I was annoyed with Turn for so little Aldus Hodge, and I hope it's a great story of slaves freeing themselves
  • Agent Carter - bought season 1 on itunes, and probably will get the second one for female friendship if nothing else

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Rakshi

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from: rakshi
date: Mar. 11th, 2016 01:15 am (UTC)
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Aidan Turner looking hot as hell riding his horse along the Cornwall coast and.... Aidan Turner looking hot as hell riding his horse along the Cornwall coast .... ANNNNND.... Aidan Turner looking hot as hell riding his horse along the Cornwall coast!

I love Poldark but I especially love.... Aidan Turner looking hot as hell riding his horse along the Cornwall coast.

Love.... ;)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 11th, 2016 04:13 am (UTC)
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OMG yes, he's almost too damn perfect!

For some reason, I'm an even bigger fan of Dean O'Gorman. He grew on me somehow, and my tumblr friends are enablers.

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Rakshi

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from: rakshi
date: Mar. 11th, 2016 01:16 am (UTC)
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And PS.. I adore MASH. Binge watch it a LOT!!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 11th, 2016 06:20 am (UTC)
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It's leaving Netflix soon, how wrong is that?

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from: starfishchick
date: Mar. 11th, 2016 03:14 am (UTC)
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The Americans is worth it, I think.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 11th, 2016 06:21 am (UTC)
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Thanks, I will give it a good long try.

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from: starfishchick
date: Mar. 11th, 2016 12:58 pm (UTC)
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Don't force it if you're not enjoying it - but we really like it.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 11th, 2016 06:07 pm (UTC)
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I watched Spooks because of Richard, but then when they messed around with his character, it felt like they had not planned it, that they were just going for the shock value. I also got tired of the existential terror every episode.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 11th, 2016 06:10 pm (UTC)
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is my goddess of Call the Midwife, I read her episode reactions after the eps and learn so much!

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Baranduin

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from: baranduin
date: Mar. 11th, 2016 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Have you tried The Indian Doctor?

It's an English show set in the 1960s where a doctor and his wife from India move to a small Welsh town (I think it's Wales). Cultural misunderstandings abound, it's a lovely show.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 11th, 2016 10:02 pm (UTC)
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I like the reversal trope, will definitely check it out!

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from: pir8fancier
date: Mar. 12th, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC)
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How does this Poldark compare to the BBC version (which I adored and, naturally, I have all the books)?

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 15th, 2016 08:01 am (UTC)
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It's just as broodily romantic as the old version, only much much better lit, the costumes are fabulous and mostly very accurate to the period, Ross's populism is so not period (it could be, as per Hamilton, but it's not), and the three leads are achingly pretty.

I'm on my second watch and it's actually better this time, which is pretty rare. Except for the bit where the poacher tells his wife, "tonight's the last time", with a predictably awful aftermath.

Honestly recommended!

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loreley_se

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from: loreley_se
date: Mar. 13th, 2016 11:41 pm (UTC)
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I'm struggling to catch up on anything but I love Agent Carter and Sleepy Hollow (yes I know, I know...). Also, Chronicles of Shannara, which is very silly but lots of pretty people and bad ass females. And John Rhys-Davies and Jed Brophy and Manu Bennet. And filmed in NZ.
I have Falcon somewhere - I recorded it when it aired here because of Marton being in it but for some reason never finished watching it. Thanks for the reminder! And I'd like to try the Almighty Johnsons, it sounds like something I would like (also, Dean!).

Can you get hold of And then there were None? Three parter on the BBC based on the Agatha Christie novel. Has Aidan as well (and yes he takes his shirt off a lot in it too). It also has Toby Stephens and Burn Gorman and Charles Dance.

Also BBC's War and Peace was rather good if you like the slightly OTT lavish costume drama :-)

The BBCs War and Peace was also very good if you like that kind of histor

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 15th, 2016 08:16 am (UTC)
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I got terribly pissed off at the Sword of Shannara series after it was the first fantasy series that I read after LOTR and I thought it completely missed the point, hitting all the cliches especially the Secret Heir and Must Use the Secret Weapon. So I'm avoiding that.

Yes, well, I got ahold of And Then There Were None because I couldn't resist the pretty. And Aidan was by far the best part of that show, acting in addition to eye-candy.

I'll keep War and Peace in mind. Actually am considering the Sean Bean version as well. Mmmmm young!Sean.

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