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Reply #60 on: May 11, 2019, 03:11:00 PM
Yes, definitely. I loved/liked The Good Wife, but The Good Fight is way better. It becomes its true self in season 2 but season 1 is very solid.
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Reply #61 on: May 12, 2019, 12:09:01 AM
Seriously. Well earned character moments, parallel political conundrums. So well shot and paced, and you'll get a hearty dose of character actor cameoz. Such a dope show.


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Reply #62 on: May 20, 2019, 07:25:02 PM
A couple Netflix originals that just came out that are worth everybody's time:

BLACK SUMMER


There are a lot of reasons to be skeptical of this one. It's yet another zombie thing. It's a ostensible prequel to Z Nation, the show that was seemingly based on the pitch, "The Walking Dead, but intentionally bad." It's produced by The Asylum, the company behind such masterpieces as the Sharknado hexalogy and the Pacific Rim ripoff titled... *deep sigh*... "Atlantic Rim." There's no reason to expect this to be good.

EXCEPT IT IS. It eschews the bloat and soap opera melodrama of The Walking Dead in favor of a sparse, starkly minimalist, intensely focused narrative. There's a single story being told here: people are trying to get to a place and there are obstacles making it hard for them to do so. Characters drop in and out of the story organically, characters die abruptly and typically with little fanfare, and notably -- unlike The Walking Dead, where the human characters almost always seem to outmatch the zombies and are only in danger when they really fuck up somehow -- the stakes feel truly life and death at almost any given moment. Dialogue is scarce, and there are long sections where we're just following a character or characters, the tension building the whole time, and when that tension breaks it goes off like a pipe bomb. There are only a few points across eight episodes where it feels like it goes too over the top and you're reminded of the show's provenance, but it does so much right that it was easy for me to forgive those moments.

THE SOCIETY


It suffers from some shaky writing, especially at the beginning, but the ideas it's grappling with, and the weight with which it treats them, is really the selling point. I'm about two-thirds of the way through the season, and while I'm questioning whether it will be able to pull off the more fantastical elements of the premise, the grounded elements are dead on. How is power allocated outside an established order? What's the human cost of exerting that power, and the psychological cost on those who have been thrust into position to make impossible choices for the greater good?

Also, Kathryn Newton, who was so good in the last season of Halt and Catch Fire, so good in the movie Blockers, and so good in Big Little Lies, is SO GOOD in this. When she's winning Oscars in the next few years, know that I called it here first. 
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Reply #63 on: May 21, 2019, 12:50:58 AM


On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe. Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the 1986 accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and the sacrifices made to save Europe from the unimaginable disaster.

Really well done, with an excellent cast.  There's a fascinating "official" podcast episode for each episode in which host Peter Sagal talks with the creator/writer.  A disturbingly high percentage of what we see in each episode is historically accurate. 
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Reply #64 on: May 22, 2019, 11:34:38 AM
I also endorse Chernobyl. The storytelling is just really engaging and well-done. Skillfully gives you the right information and the right amount of time for things to sink in. While somehow not being sensationalist at all. Great job, HBO.
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Reply #65 on: Yesterday at 03:44:45 PM
Oh my. Episode 3 goes places. This is now a must-watch in my opinion.
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Reply #66 on: Yesterday at 06:53:59 PM
Are you combining it with the official podcast?  Highly recommended...
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