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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 17 October 2017 at 5:21pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

The pacing is okay, but I know what you mean.

I like slow-burning stuff. The pilot of THE INCREDIBLE HULK is very satisfying. I'm enjoying the slow-burning nature of JESSICA JONES.

But SAPPHIRE AND STEEL could have "shed some weight" at times. Serial 2 was 8 episodes, but it could probably have been told in 5-6. 

It's captivating, but, yes, slow at times. Two of the serials, including the final one, had 4 episodes. That felt about right. 


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STRANGER THINGS SEASON 1. This show may be
my favorite, ever. It reminds me of my
youth. Those boys are my friends and me at
that age. We would've been about that age
as well, in '83.

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James Woodcock
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Started DESIGNATED SURVIVOR on Netflix. Part THE WEST WING, part MADAM SECRETARY, part 24.

Enjoying it enough to have watched the whole of season 1 in a week. But then I have just been on a 10 hour flight so it kept me entertained during that.

Onto season 2.
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Finished THE VIETNAM WAR. The segment on the creation of the Memorial in Washington pretty much wrecked me. I have no personal connection to the war, no friends lost, but the power of that monument is undeniable. On the several occasions I have visited, I have always found myself weeping.
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I finally got to visit the Wall a couple of years ago.

My cousin Bill was killed in Long Khanh V.N. in 1967. When I found his name all the emotions rushed over me at once, I was barely able to make the rubbings.

He's on panel 20E line 71.
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Posted: 22 October 2017 at 9:54am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Started DESIGNATED SURVIVOR on Netflix. 
+++++++++

A Kirkman in the White House means I'm legally obligated to watch and like this show.

That aside, it is an entertaining show!


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James Woodcock
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I agree Greg. Iíve looked at it for some time now but only got round to starting it this week
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The New Adventures of Wonder Woman: Season 2 [1977-78]

Lynda Carter is, of course, wonderful.  Lyle Waggoner is admirably professional throughout.

The series as a whole... kinda stinks.  But man, what a '70s time capsule!



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I've been watching reruns of LAST MAN STANDING recently.
The early episodes have got some pretty good laughs. I was surprised to find out it was canceled this season even though it was a top rated show for ABC.

Some think it's because Tim Allen's character has a conservative slant. I tend to see it as a money issue.

The bean counters trump ratings any day.
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Posted: 26 October 2017 at 5:51pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Returning to I, CLAUDIUS.
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Michael Penn
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Still, in my opinion, the best TV I've ever seen. 
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Still, in my opinion, the best TV I've ever seen.

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Over the years I have been able to convince a few fans to watch it, saying "Think of it as a missing chapter of STAR WARS." Usually works.

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There are so many moments from I, CLAUDIUS that for me have for forty years resonated -- in ways that vary from the rapturous to the bone-chilling (and sometimes combining both!) -- it's simply remarkable.

I read the books after the TV series. How was it with you, JB?

Having watched the BBC production, I could hardly keep myself from "hearing" the cast in the books. I do think, though, that while the book I, CLAUDIUS was page by page quite wonderful, CLAUDIUS THE GOD was a bit less so.
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Currently re-watching both seasons of the short-lived SPORTS NIGHT (ABC) in memory of Robert Gulliaume. It's a bit dated now but still enjoyable in certain spots.

It's not the TV series that made Gulliaume a star, but it was the one that I watched the most and made me appreciate his talents.

Oh, and it was also the series that Aaron Sorkin cut his teeth on before moving on to helm THE WEST WING.
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Now about halfway through season 2 of STRANGER THINGS... Loving it so far :-) 
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I've been watching the new series of SPIRAL (or ENGRENAGES), one episode a night. I think the show probably peaked a couple of series back now but am still enjoying it.
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Okay, so, I've been watching the original BATTLESTAR GALACTICA on MeTV, right? Well, it looks like GALACTICA 1980 is part of the syndication package, too. 


Having recently seen the entire first and only season of BSG, I can say that I enjoyed it for what it is. It has a certain wacky charm and earnestness, despite the dumber elements. 


Well, I just watched the first episode of GALACTICA 1980. Oh, man. I've heard for years how terrible it is, and...yeah. It is. Why even bother trying to resurrect BSG after its cancellation if they were just gonna strip out everything that gave the parent show its identity? This is just jaw-droppingly bad and painful. It's really, really obvious that they were trying to do a lower-budget version of BSG. This isn't even BSG Lite, though. This is BSG Amateur Dinner Theater.

For starters, we have what should have been the endpoint (or the never-to-be-resolved storytelling engine) of BSG--Galactica finally reaches Earth. Obviously so that GALACTICA 1980 can be set on Earth, so as to save money. Flying bikes which turn invisible, rather than Vipers. Not-Apollo (formerly Boxey) and not-Starbuck as the leads. These guys are clearly the Coy and Vance Duke of BSG. Cousin Oliver as a mutant prodigy who's now telling Adama (and his fake beard) what to do. No Cylons, no space battles, no aliens.

This is just a painful disaster on every level, and a slap in the face to the fans of BSG who campaigned for the show to return after it was cancelled. This is like STAR TREK's jump from "Assignment: Earth" to "Spock's Brain", except that 95% of the original cast and series concepts have been jettisoned.


Still, I've come this far, so I may as well stay the course. I have a feeling that every centar of this show is gonna feel like yahrens.
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GALACTICA: 1980 will always, always hold a special place in my heart, as I caught it first-run when I was only 7 1/2 (and I was far less discriminating) and it was a nice little sci-fi TV placeholder (along with "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century") until the inevitable release of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK that coming summer.

Yes, it's pretty terrible, but I will say this:  Having re-watched the series a couple times over the years, I very much enjoy and appreciate the performances from "new" leads Kent McCord and Barry Van Dyke... though they'll forever be remembered as the "Coy and Vance" of sci-fi TV, I actually think they're both wonderfully earnest, likable and professional throughout the brief series.  The show itself did not suit them well!



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Posted: 20 November 2017 at 2:45am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Also, pretty hard to sell 'Officer Malloy', and 'Son of Rob Petrie' as leads in a science fiction series.
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MYSTERY DINERS (2012-2016)

God, I'm old. I'm actually enjoying a series where an organization called Mystery Diners goes undercover at restaurants to deal with issues and catch misbehaving employees in the act.

Why am I watching this? 
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Galactica 1980 - another one of those American TV shows we in the U.K. had to pay to see. Only this time it was rent a video.
As an  whatever year old I watched with horror at just how bad this show had become (I canít remember if it was released in 1980 over here, I think it was after Empire as I donít think we got a video player until a couple of years later)
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