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John Byrne
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I tried to watch BOSTON LEGAL again a few months back and found the #metoo movement had left it irreparable tainted.
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Aw man...
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Been watching Smallville in random sporadic episodes on Hulu I really don't know why its like when I started watching General Hospital twenty odd years ago a weird gravity of pretty girls and drama  Ten years for Clark to put the suit on tho. Hard to believe it ran that long. 


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ENGRENAGES (or SPIRAL) season 7 on French DVD. A show past its peak (that was seasons 3 and 4), and this season felt less firmly-written than before, with episodes coming to a stop rather than building to a climax, and occasional scenes where the characters pause to remind one another of the plot. Still a great cast of characters, though.
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EVIL ROY SLADE (1973)

TV movie evolved from a busted pilot. Surprised to note how many of my go-to lines I swiped from this one.

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STAR TREK The Doomsday Machine

After a discussion of a new model of this beastie from Eaglemoss I surfed into the episode, coincidentally, on BBC America. I decided to pop in my DVD copy to avoid the aggravation of commercials.

The episode holds up well dramatically, but the special effects were not all that great to begin with. As noted in the Eaglemoss discussion, I have no problem with the stiffened windsock playing the Planet Killer, but the SFX crew seemed to have had a whole lot of trouble with maintaining scale. Plus, the phaser blasts are ridiculous.

Still, easily a top ten favorite.

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Last to the party here, but we've been binging The Good Place. Currently in S2, and I love how well written this thing is. The actors are all wonderful (I'd watch Ted Danson in anything, and he really seems to be enjoying this role). Very clever and funny. 
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MOGULS AND MOVIE STARS - A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD

"A sleepy little Los Angeles suburb called... Hollywood."

Three discs, seven hour long episodes, thorough enough that it begins circa 1855!

Recommended to anyone interested in how the "Dream Factory" (emphasis on FACTORY) created itself.

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Watched the first two seasons of THE GOOD PLACE this week as I was away from the family. Really enjoyed it. Now need to wait for season three to turn up somewhere in the U.K.

So went on to REBOOT. There is a new version on Netflix - it’s got two seasons. Atrocious doesn’t even get close to how bad that series is. They did an episode with the original characters that just trashed them in that oh so clever way crap reboots do of the original.

I’m not watching that version. I’m watching the original series. There’s more creativity in 30 seconds of the original that the entire two seasons of the new version
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CHERNOBYL Episode 2

Suffers from the usual dramatization of events for which there are no living witnesses, but otherwise taught and chilling, with a superb cast and grim cinematography.

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I watched the first episode but have been away this week so will catch up during the next week.

Reminded me of THREADS in its stark assessment of events. The scene where people were watching the fire at night while being 'snowed' on - heartbreaking
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James, season 3 of The Good Place is on UK Netflix.
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Yay! Only first two available in Israel.

I’m in Spain next week so will download them to watch as I’m home in between visits
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Finished The Good Place.

I like how this series reinvents itself each season. Looking forward to season 4.

Followed up with Battlestar Galactica season 1. Man this show hit the ground running. I remember @ the time thinking just how lame this was going to be, not being a fan of the original, beyond the design work. But the quality of story, & the sheer audacity of how dark the made this series ....
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CHERNOBYL S1 E3

Still well played and gripping, but this episode has even more reality manipulation, as Emily Watson’s character occupies a considerable portion of the center stage, even tho she is entirely fictional.

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STAR TREK: VOYAGER “Endgame” Pts 1 & 2

Hadn’t seen the final episodes before. Strangely satisfying. Tuvok quoting Spock was quite moving.

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I liked Voyager well enough (though some called it girl Trek, ha) and the ending was satisfying. I mostly followed it when it was an every weekday re-run on a specialty channel, same with Deep Space 9. I think that helped me get into it. There were some genuinely interesting characters on Voyager, second only to the original series I think.

I'm getting into a German tv series titled Babylon Berlin with English subtitles. I don't think it's available on Region 1 DVD (so you'd need a player that will handle the European region 2) but it is on Netflix apparently. It's set in Weimar Republic 1929 Berlin starring a detective who still has some Great War nerve damage and an addiction, and a woman who works in the same building in the day.
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I'm not a big fan of Voyager, but Janeway was a pretty good captain and the show did feel very 'Trek', like a consistent extension of the tone, principles and story-types of the original. I found the characters OK, if perhaps a little bland/samey, with the main exception of Janeway and the Doctor.

I've been working my way through Billions. Mostly very well written over the first couple of seasons, though the culmination of that second season I thought sacrificed believability for sensational developments.

Into the early part of the third season now; it does remind me a little of Dallas at times, which it really didn't in the first season...
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Posted: 30 May 2019 at 12:07am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Buoyed by all this praise for it, I rewatched the Voyager finale last night. I honestly have no idea what any of you are seeing in it.

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After moaning for years that THE NAME OF THE GAME was not on DVD, I discovered many episodes are on YouTube. I started with “LA 2017”, from the final season. A most memorable episode—one of the first to address environmental issues—which hasn’t aged all that well. Talky, and the actors seem self-conscious about delivering their important lines.

Still, a script by Philip Wylie and an early directorial outing by a young (23) Steven Spielberg.

Also a reminder of a long ago crush, Sharon Farrell.

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A random episode of STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP

Still brilliant.

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Checking out season six of ELEMENTARY on DVD.

My wife and I decided to cancel our Dish network a few years back since we weren't watching enough TV to really merit the expense. I told myself that I would catch the tail end of this series as soon as it came out on DVD but other options pushed it onto the back burner.

From what I have read, the sixth season was supposed to wrap up the series and tie off several loose ends, but CBS surprised the show's producers by asking for a final seventh season which is airing as we speak.

Have to admit that I will miss the series when it is gone. I rather enjoy Jonny Lee Miller's take on the Holmes character, although his superb performance (and the show itself) seemed to always be in the shadow of SHERLOCK and Mr. Cumberbatch.

Any other regular viewers out there in the JBF?
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Yeah. The seventh, and final, season started last week. 

Originally, CBS had said season six would be the last and would be only a handful of episodes. The episodes with Rowan were all they were gonna do. Then, after seeing how good they were, CBS changed it’s mind and ordered a full 22 episode season and renewed it for the seventh. The final two episode of the season was meant to be the final episode of the series and was filmed before CBS changed its mind. All the episodes between Rowan’s appearances were “filler” episodes to complete the order for the full season. Personally, I think season six was one of the best seasons of the series. 
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For the Love of Spock (2016). Has some interesting tidbits, but not really a 'fascinating' documentary.
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More STUDIO 60.
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