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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #980 on: May 08, 2018, 12:22:49 PM »
I'm about a third of the way through the "remix" of Arrested Development's fourth season, released in anticipation of the new season which will apparently be out on Netflix around the end of this month. I actually quite liked the original cut, which was hugely controversial with fans, but the new version is much more like the classic show. You still have not enough scenes with the Bluths all together, but the pacing and flow is spot-on and the bigger story is much easier to follow, if still convoluted. Given the central idea that Michael is the only one keeping the family together, it makes sense that his finally having had enough of them would result in each of them going their separate ways and degenerating into even more extreme versions of themselves, and it's a typically clever structural gag from Mitchell Hurwitz that each episode of the original cut followed only one character apiece, but the new cut really delivers more of the classic AD vibe, and it actually makes it funnier because you're not having to piece jokes and storylines together from five different episodes. I like it a lot and I can't wait for the new season.

Amen to everything!   0:)   My son and I watched about 7 episodes on Sunday, and found it much improved!  Not quite as snappy (and no scenes (yet) with police clobbering George Sr. with a billy-club) as the first three seasons, but still fun stuff!  And why divorce Maeby from the movie studio?  That was always a plot with great satirical possibilities.

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #981 on: May 08, 2018, 12:26:41 PM »
Amen to everything!   0:)   My son and I watched about 7 episodes on Sunday, and found it much improved!  Not quite as snappy (and no scenes (yet) with police clobbering George Sr. with a billy-club) as the first three seasons, but still fun stuff!  And why divorce Maeby from the movie studio?  That was always a plot with great satirical possibilities.

I still can't get over the transformed appearance of Portia de Rossi in AD season 4.

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #982 on: May 08, 2018, 12:34:17 PM »
I still can't get over the transformed appearance of Portia de Rossi in AD season 4.

My wife asked: "Has she been sick?"    :o   ???

She gets a shorter hair-style in the 6th or 7th episode and has lost the eye shadow, and looks better then.

Why women think resembling a raccoon is attractive escapes me completely!  In fact, the entire female warpaint industry would go out of business, if it were up to me.  I never dated any girl with make-up.  It was an instant deal breaker.

I tell my girl students the great secret: guys don't care about your make-up.  We care about one thing: will you show up for the date? (Otherwise known as:  will you answer the door when we ring the bell?)  ;)
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #983 on: May 08, 2018, 12:43:18 PM »
It's not a matter of make-up. She had a quirky but attractive face, but in the return it wasn't just that wrinkles or signs of age were erased, but her features became very generic and idealized. At first it wasn't clear to me that it was the same actress. Major plastic surgery was assumed, but never admitted. It was claimed to be the result of "living healthy," or some such. Living healthy does not change your facial bone structure!

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #984 on: May 08, 2018, 12:58:24 PM »
I am fascinated by the Arctic in general--would love to visit Finland/Lapland one day. I've made it as far as Bergen, Norway, but would like to go as far north as possible--polar bear gun at the ready (for self-preservation applications only!!)

How's life in Finland??
Cold and dark in the winter (though not during the few daylight hours when there's snow). There's no polar bears but the brown bear (grizzly bear is a subspecies) is dangerous enough if you mess with it (not that easy to come by one, though). The summers and winters in Lapland, with the sun either above or below the horizon continuously, are certainly an experience.
Other than that, it's a socialist shithole with free health care and education and an orchestra in 23 cities (with only 9 cities with a population of over 100 K).
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #985 on: May 08, 2018, 02:50:35 PM »


I adore this little show.
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #986 on: May 08, 2018, 04:22:54 PM »
Cold and dark in the winter (though not during the few daylight hours when there's snow). There's no polar bears but the brown bear (grizzly bear is a subspecies) is dangerous enough if you mess with it (not that easy to come by one, though). The summers and winters in Lapland, with the sun either above or below the horizon continuously, are certainly an experience.
Other than that, it's a socialist shithole with free health care and education and an orchestra in 23 cities (with only 9 cities with a population of over 100 K).

Hmmm, interesting. I'd still like to visit.

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #987 on: May 08, 2018, 04:25:29 PM »
Have been watching the new season of Westworld and am already hopelessly lost with all the flash forwards and flashbacks.  And that sure is an enormous amusement park.

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #988 on: May 18, 2018, 07:02:35 AM »
Season endings: Arrow S6, The Flash S4, Krypton S1 and Legion S2
Continuing: Supergirl S3, Westworld S1
Infrequent: Lucifer S2, Rick and Morty S1, Black Adder S1, Cheers S4, Santa Clarita Diet S1, The Vampire Diaries S1

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #989 on: May 18, 2018, 07:16:57 AM »
Giving up on Curb Your Enthusiasm, just getting too prurient and vulgar.

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #990 on: May 18, 2018, 09:39:59 AM »
I shall be watching the drama about the Jeremy Thorpe trial on Sunday night.
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #991 on: May 18, 2018, 11:37:47 AM »
Finished watching it 2 days ago. Excellent.


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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #992 on: May 19, 2018, 05:34:24 AM »



Revisiting a bizarre part of recent-ish Oregon history.  The multi-part series is way too long and the melodramatic use of music is annoying.  Ma Anand Sheela is still a crazy bitch.  I didn't remember or never knew some of the details, but what was most interesting for me was to see the early role of Nike money in Oregon politics, in this case via Bill Bowerman.  (It's more pervasive now - I just went through a primary season where a county DA race pitted one candidate backed by Phil Knight against one backed by a George Soros funded group.)  The local PBS station ran a shorter film on the cult that was a bit less dramatic in style.  I'm all rajneesheed out for life now.
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #993 on: May 19, 2018, 06:40:53 AM »
I shall be watching the drama about the Jeremy Thorpe trial on Sunday night.

Sounds interesting. What is it?
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #994 on: May 19, 2018, 07:07:49 AM »
Sounds interesting. What is it?
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #995 on: May 19, 2018, 07:57:16 AM »
     I was chief of disguise at CIA. ‘The Americans’ got a lot right.

     Yes, I would think real spooks would get it right, and I think fans of the show are grateful for that. Most of us grew up with LeCarre and spy history. It's really amazing that an American network would produce a show like this and stick with it for 6 years of low ratings.

     
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #996 on: May 19, 2018, 01:37:09 PM »
Sounds interesting. What is it?
North Star has posted the trailer. I remember the case very well.
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #997 on: May 19, 2018, 01:45:04 PM »
North Star has posted the trailer. I remember the case very well.
Thanks to both of you.
I remember it vaguely from high school in Canada.
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #998 on: Today at 12:09:29 AM »
Thanks to both of you.
I remember it vaguely from high school in Canada.

I'm looking forward to watching the drama. I actually saw Jeremy Thorpe once, after his spectacular fall from grace, he was sitting with his wife looking very sad (I think he had Parkinson's disease by this time) at the vets in London where I took my cat ( I went to quite a high-society vet you understand  8)). I felt sorry for him although many will say that he was lucky to be acquitted at his trial.
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« Reply #999 on: Today at 01:22:09 AM »
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The Borgias - Series #1


Re-watching this period Drama after having finished (and greatly enjoyed) The Tudors.
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