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Robbie Parry
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Starting THE FLASH on Blu-ray.

Two episodes in and I am enjoying it. Hoping for a lot of character development (ARROW seemed to get that right from the very start).
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On Netflix:

THE VIETNAM WAR: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick [2017]

On the surface, sometimes a little too slickly-produced (I find the added sound effects and soundtrack cues a tad overdone and distracting), but loaded with invaluable info, footage and interviews.

Too heavy to "binge-watch," but I'm at least trying to watch an hour a night.  To call it powerful would be an understatement... it certainly is essential viewing.





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About a year before I watched THE VIETNAM WAR I finally got around to reading an unbiased and comprehensive book on the subject. It was fascinating -- and more than a little depressing -- to begin almost half a century before the American involvement began, and to be aware as familiar names and places began to appear.

The Ken Burns documentary had a similar effect.

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(For me, the doc is helping me to finally "put it all together."  I wasn't even alive during the '60s--born in '72--and this film is a sober reminder of how little I really knew, or could even put together, while growing up in the war's aftermath.  I'd certainly seen other films & docs, or read one or two books in my youth, but I've been having many "A-ha!" moments already, as the names, places & faces slip into their proper order and context.

Which book did you read, JB?  I may want to look it up myself, after I'm done with the documentary.)





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AMERICA'S LOST WAR by Charles F. Neu
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I've also been watching The Vietnam War, and its absolutely wrenching at times.  I think part of what makes it so powerful is the quality of the footage from both sides.  In the past, seeing old grainy footage and pictures has created a certain amount of emotional distance for me.  This is something that happened long ago and far away.  But seeing a bunch of fresh faced kids with such utter clarity that I could be seeing people from the local college campus today, its sort of sinking in on a different level.  Its more immediate.
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(Thank you kindly, JB!)



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From the Ken Burns & Lynn Novick Vietnam War series I was quite impressed at how aware of what he was getting involved in Lyndon Johnson actually was, and yet he still got involved deeper and deeper! Also how much to blame Charles De Gaul was for refusing to consider liberating France's Indochina possession after WWII when so many were helping France rebuild after it's liberation! France got liberated so Indochina could stay in servitude and treated as second class in their own land? Ho Chi Minh had been an allie in WWII and written his constitution for his people based on the U.S. one. So many lost opportunities and ignorance it really is deeply sad. I hate to think of all the people died for nothing, I hope somehow it was for something, and I do think there were some awful communists involved executing a village chief as a capitalist land baron and cutting off arms the peace corps medics had given people vaccines in. Pol Pot in Cambodia was even bloodier and crazier, but when someone is setting fire to your home with a zippo it's kind of hard to be much of a lesser of two evils.

I've been watching some vintage BBC Adam Adamant and Star Cops episodes sparingly from DVD, and in honour of Peter Firmin's passing recently I put on some Clangers and Bagpuss.
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Finally watched the last 4 episodes of GRIMM. It was fun to to watch the series ending play out, although it was a tad predictable (for me, at least). I did like that they wrapped it all up and didn't leave an loose ends hanging (that I can recall).
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Rewatched first season of COMMUNITY. Fun to see the characters morph into their familiar forms so quickly. (Britta was actually SMART at the start, something they reference in a later season.)

I skip the Jack Black intrusion, and the snotty teenagers.

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Finally finished THE VIETNAM WAR last night.  It wiped me out.



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Two TOS episodes: "Tomorrow is Yesterday" and "The Return of the Archons".

The first, in commemoration of the late Roger Perry, the second because it's another favorite that happens to be on the same disc.

In addition to being two of the best episodes of the first season, these serve as a very clear lesson that these vintage shows were not made with multiple viewing in mind. Series producers assumed the shows would be rerun once (or less, back when there were more than thirty episodes in a season), and one or two might show up as filler in later seasons when the dealines got crunchy. But the idea that the audience could watch the same episodes over and over was not considered.

This we get story and plot elements that are whipped past and not studied closely. And back in the day, we didn't mind at all!

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Just started watching Happy! on Netflix, an ex-cop teams
up with the imaginary friend of a kidnapped girl, it
stars Christopher Meloni from Law and Order SVU, and is
both both and action packed, it is co-written by Grant
Morrison(I find a lot of his stuff pretentious and
confusing), so i was unsure if i`d like it, but so far i
do!
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Couple more episodes of MARY TYLER MOORE. Once again amazed at how memorable these shows are, given how long it's been (decades) since I last saw them.
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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (1988)

Conceived as a means around a writers strike, this revisiting of the classic series re-used scripts from the original, slightly revised and updated to incorporate what was then modern tech. In the opener, Jim Phelps' protege is killed and it's difficult not to imagine the character as Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt and smile a little as he dies. John Delancie plays the opener's villain, and he does a fine job. Overall, I like the vibe of this remake as it stresses teamwork and clever timing while maintaining proper respect for Peter Graves' character and the original program.

I may skip ahead to the episode with the televangelist. Graves seems to particularly enjoy the role he plays in that one, if memory serves.

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