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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 24 December 2016 at 8:56am | IP Logged | 1 post reply


My original post was rhetorical, but perhaps poorly-worded... with the talent involved, and the final product, how could it have been anything but an instant classic?

If there were any original negative reviews at the time, I'd like to read 'em!


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Half way thru LOU GRANT S1 and I'm enjoying it. The show really started to feel right after the Billie character was added.

Often after I watch a series ,I will look up single episode awards and nominations. I remember LOU won plenty, I've got my eye on a couple so far.
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BLEAK HOUSE (2005)

Watching this masterful adaptation of Dickens' great work, starring a large number of Britain's finest actors*. Very enjoyable.

* Nobody does a menacing stare quite like Charles Dance.
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Posted: 01 January 2017 at 1:14pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Watched a few episodes of TOS last night:
The Corbomite Maneuver, Mudd's Women, and
Balance of Terror.
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Robert Kowalewski II
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Hammer's House of Horror, watched the first 2 episodes of the series...
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More of TOS, this time Season 2. Last night, The Changeling and Mirror, Mirror.
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Checking out THE STORY OF MATHS (BBC, 2008) on Netflix this afternoon. Enjoying it quite a lot so far.

Later on tonight my missus and I will try to download the second episode of SHERLOCK, season 4.
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Alternating between Warehouse 13 and Flashpoint.
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I'm having my socks pleasantly knocked off by Season 2 of Party Down. I have Season 1 around here somewhere I think, but couldn't find it so I just jumped in. 

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I'm having my socks pleasantly knocked off by Season 2 of Party Down. I have Season 1 around here somewhere I think, but couldn't find it so I just jumped in.

That's how I discovered the series. I then went back and watch S1, and when I rewatched S2 it was almost a different series. So much subtext that I had missed.

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Watched "A Taste of Armageddon" from TOS STAR TREK the other night. Such a well crafted episode, silly costumes notwithstanding. Kirk's speech at the end ("We're killers, but we're not going to kill today.") would solve most of our world's problems if adopted as a global mantra.
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Watched the first disc (Season 1, Disc 1 via Netflix) of Damon Wayan's comedy series, My Wife & Kids.

Wayan's character (Michael) seemed overly cruel & self-centered in the episodes I viewed. I hope his character "grows" out of that in upcoming episodes.

Other than that, I enjoyed what I saw. They even "snuck in" an appearance by Keenan Ivory Wayans as, of all things, Michael's brother!

A major plus for me are the bloopers at the end of every episode. Fun stuff!
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My kids finally discovered (and enjoyed) the original TWILIGHT ZONE [1959-64], on Netflix...

After they expressed interest, I started them on relatively age-appropriate (read: not too scary) episodes, including "The Invaders," "It's a Good Life," "The Midnight Sun," and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."

I think they're hooked... though it was "Midnight Sun" that really seemed to freak out my youngest daughter the most!


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'Midnight Sun' is uncomfortable to watch...but uncomfortable in a good way, if that makes sense. The physical discomfort of the characters is expressed so well by the actors, it succeeds in making the viewer forget it's a TV show.
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Started om the DVD version of APOCALYPSE - THE SECOND WORLD WAR. Was surprised to find Martin Sheen is not the narrator on this version. Did he replace the original narrator, or was he himself replaced?

Still, a gripping series, composed of "home movies" shot by troops and civilians on both sides. Teared up (of course!) at Churchill's "End of the Beginning" speech.

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Hammer's House of Horror Disc 2: Silent Scream with Peter Cushing was one of the best of the episodes I've seen so far, it's been a nice discovery of this series for me on DVD...
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Finished LOU GRANT S2.

Enjoyed most episodes. I must say I don't think I appreciated Nancy Marchand's acting skills the first time around but she's fabulous.

Always interesting seeing bit roles played by actors we would all know later on. One episode had a long blond haired Ed Harris. He would have gone unrecognized by me if I hadn't seen his name at the beginning of the episode.

Moving on to another show I watched regularly, QUINCY,ME S1
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Posted: 16 January 2017 at 3:33pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

SHERLOCK series 4

It's a show where I keep on watching in the hope that the NEXT episode will restore some of its former glory... but it never does. Think I've learned my lesson, though. If it comes back for a 5th series, I'll probably watch ELEMENTARY instead...
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SHERLOCK season 4

I agree with Petter that this season was a notch below the better episodes from seasons 1 - 3.  There were some nuggets of enjoyment along the way, but having a three year hiatus between seasons seems to have taken some of the wind out of the show's sails.

I think that the producers spent too little time in season 4 having the characters actually solve crimes (where the writers and actors tend to thrive) and way too much attempting to tie up loose ends from previous seasons.

The ending of the final episode even hinted that there might not be a fifth season in the works. Which would be a shame since now that we have cleared away some of the leftover debris from the previous seasons there is the potential for the show to go in more ambitious directions. Conan Doyle wrote four SH novels and over fifty short stories, so there is plenty of material out there that could be adapted for the small screen.

Of course, having Cumberbatch, Freeman, and the rest of the cast and crew actually commit to doing another season may be a bridge too far. The crossbar was set pretty high with seasons 1 - 3. They may be a bit leery of trying to live up to their previous performance levels.
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Moffat really screwed up two BBC mainstays, didn't he? DOCTOR WHO had to wait a year so that he could devote more of his 'creative energy', and apparently-millennial attention span, to crafting this series of SHERLOCK.
Can we just admit/agree that whatever he does, it just isn't that good?
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2 more episodes to go to finish Hammer House of Horror, they haven't all been winners but they've been fun to watch!
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Did a little revisiting to ANGEL Season 1. One of my favorites.

Going to be starting on PARKS & RECREATION this weekend. Miss the gang from Pawnee.
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I now re-watch PARKS & RECREATION (in its entirety) at the start of each new year... it helps me get through the winter doldrums of New England in January.

(And Leslie Knope's hair just looks so radiant, golden and warm!)

Yup, it's my New Year's tradition.



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Also, for its 40th broadcast anniversary:

ROOTS [January 1977]

Despite some slightly dated aspects ('70s-era TV movie photography, some iffy make-up and special effects, and some distracting cameos), this is still an unbelievably powerful and important piece of work.

Not an easy watch, of course (and this is only my second time), but it needs to be seen. In this day & age, perhaps now more than ever.


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THE NIGHT OF
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Rivetting stuff! Such great performances! The protagonist Riz Ahmed undergoes such an incredible transformation. John Turturro rocks as usual. The only problem was, once I noticed it had been based on a BBC show, I kept looking for British quirks kept in translation.

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