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11 hours ago, Sméagol said:

I watched Equinox this weekend.

I urge you not to make the same mistake.

I also watched it this weekend. I found it alright up until the two last episodes where things just got a bit too much, and the ending was extremely lackluster and flat. I found the mystery interesting and we played with the idea that it was all in Astrid's head.

 

Yesterday I watched I'm thinking of ending things and I urge you to not make that mistake, though! It started out well but it just fell short and was really mediocre. I was thinking about ending it before it finished but I'm glad I at least stuck until the end.

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Watched the first episode of Ozark last night.

First of all: Jason Bateman is an absolute masterclass of a performer in this episode. Really hope he'll continue to be.
Secondly: What a show :o Obviously it was just exposition and getting to know the characters but my goodness...the tension is real.

Definitely sticking with it. Seems to be a slow burner but I can live with that.

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I finished the second season of the Dutch/Belgian crime series Undercover. Still pretty enjoyable, although the first season was better in regards to setting and personas. 

Yesterday I started a new series. But first of all, I'm not a big Netflix user so picking out a new series is usually quite the struggle. There is just so much coming out, and what bothers me a bit about this quantity over quality is that you never know if a series is going to take of. Plenty of series just ended after one or two seasons with open ends but are canned due to not having the proper viewing numbers. Series that are completed (usually the non-Netflix originals) are not fully on the service or disappear after a while. I checked my wishlist and quite a few of my picks (mostly movies btw) are gone. Guess that's the downside of the splintered streaming services.

But, I watched the first two episodes of Alice in Borderland, a Japanese series about a bunch of people winding up in a parallel version of Tokyo were you have to play quite deadly games to survive. It gave me some serious The World Ends With You vibes due to the setting, and the concept is a bit similar to Batoru Rowaiaru/The Hunger Games. So far I'm liking it.

 

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Netflix have announced some of the main cast for the first season of their adaptation of The Sandman, based on  the Preludes and Nocturnes book:

I think they've got a solid cast there for those parts. Sturridge looks the part, though I will admit that I had thought James McAvoy would get a shot after his great work voicing Dream in the Audible audio book. Bhaskar and Chaudhry as Cain and Abel is a great touch, should lend those parts a comedic element which is much needed for their interactions. Holbrook also looks the part for The Corinthian and Charles Dance is always a plus in any cast.

Interested especially in the choices for Lucifer and Lucien, now Lucienne. Not familiar with Acheampong's work but picking Christie for Lucker is a fantastic choice. Should be a nice take on that character and I'm just very interested to see how it plays out with both of these changes to the characters in the books.

Its supposedly set for release at some point next year, provided things go smoothly with filming. I'm still dubious that the show won't carry that Netflix feel to it and miss the mark on the look. Its obviously a tall task, and an expensive one, but hopefully they'll take the time for the set work and the CG to do the look justice.

And I'm just curious to see how they'll handle "24 Hours". Its one of my favourite sections of Preludes and Nocturnes but is very much a tonal shift from a lot of what happens in that book so I do wonder if they'll sidestep that whole section.

Exciting to finally have news and looking forward to it.

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My wife and I are watching Fate: A Winx Saga at the moment - we thought it seemed like a good series to watch between breast feeding and getting too little sleep. We were right. Awful world building and shallow characters, easy teenage fantasy. We will probably go through with it, being only 6 episodes long, but not returning for a second season.

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So, finished Fate this morning and well... The ending was actually nice, the last 10 minutes finally gave some answers but overall, it was very lackluster. The world in it could be picked apart with just a few simple questions and the drama was very clearly aimed for teens, which made my eyes roll more than once during the last episode. Yikes. The story was somewhat interesting, though, and I would like to know what will happen in season 2, however, ainwill not watch that, if it ever comes. 

At least it was short. 

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On 1-2-2021 at 10:00 PM, MindFreak said:

My wife and I are watching Fate: A Winx Saga at the moment - we thought it seemed like a good series to watch between breast feeding and getting too little sleep. We were right. Awful world building and shallow characters, easy teenage fantasy. We will probably go through with it, being only 6 episodes long, but not returning for a second season.

Does it have anything to do with that Winx Club cartoon that was on Nickelodeon?

Finished Alice in Borderland which was a pretty entertaining first season. It's not often I think this, but they could have dragged out the first half of the season in a whole season and made the second part the second season (without going into spoilers there are certain events happening halfway that leads to quite a different dynamic). The season ended with a major cliffhanger/open end so I'm hoping it gets a season 2 and this doesn't get the pull-the-plug treatment.

Currently I'm watching The Queen's Gambit with the misses, and I'm enjoying it.

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1 hour ago, Vileplume2000 said:

Does it have anything to do with that Winx Club cartoon that was on Nickelodeon?

Yes. Live action version but with age rating 16+ due to weed and sexual themes. Teen fantasy. 

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Sounds amazing. I'm surprised it wasn't very good.

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Halfway through Season 2 of Ozark.

It's so freaking good.
Very slow, very deliberate but oh so good.

Can't say it enough: Jason Bateman is incredible. But so is everyone else.

For me, it's better than Breaking Bad which has been my favourite show of that kind since I've watched it. So far, Ozark is better in every way. Which says a lot given how Breaking Bad is a masterpiece.

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And that's Ozark season 3...

I don't understand how this show isn't talked about more. It's absolutely brilliant. Occasionally a little too "slow" in the first and second season but it makes sense in the long run. Can't wait for the next (and supposedly final) season.

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Decided to finally go on with Black Mirror.

Watched a few episodes I skipped from seasons 1-3. My favourite of those would be Be Right Back. But Hated in the Nation and Nosedive deserve a mention, too.

Just now I've watched the first episode of season 4, i.e. USS Callister. Loved it.

But man, I forgot how fucked up Black Mirror episodes can be :laughing:

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On 05/02/2021 at 12:33 PM, MindFreak said:

My wife and I are watching Fate: A Winx Saga at the moment - we thought it seemed like a good series to watch between breast feeding and getting too little sleep. We were right. Awful world building and shallow characters, easy teenage fantasy. We will probably go through with it, being only 6 episodes long, but not returning for a second season.

I didn't think it was *that* bad, but the forced sexual angst was unnecessary 

"Why would I do that?"

"Because you're a guy, and I'm hot"

Emmy award winning scripting there. 

Length was perfect, of a second season happens and is as long I'll give it a whirl. Unlike Warrior Nun which went nowhere very quickly.

 

Currently testing Behind Her Eyes, because all women within earshot at work won't shut up about it, and it's starting to make waves on the Facebook feed.

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