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And done with The Boys. Overall, it was a very enjoyable show with lots of great characters. 

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I think the ending was a bit too much with all the sobbing and Becca dying, Ryan going somewhere and Homelander just accepting it all, blackmail from Starlight and (Brave :D) Maeve and all. Also, why were all leaving the Tower when Lamplighter torched himself? Hughie having the time to saw off a hand with a bottle is just... crazy.

I do hope they wrap it up in Season 3 or at least focus on some new characters as I don't think Hughie and the bunch have much more to give us, even though they are rather likeable.

 

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I need to get back to that. Watched a few episodes and it was a bit too grim for my mood at the time.

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One more episode left this season for His Dark Materials. :cry:

I've really enjoyed this. A great step up from season 1 and the pace of this has felt just about right. Nothing feels too rushed and it hasn't dragged. Overall, I'd say that it's been a great, faithful adaptation. 

Ruth Wilson in that last episode. :bowdown:

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Still need to start watching the second season! We've just been busy and tired the past month so we haven't actually seen anything together.

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Second season is SO good. I think some of the gripes with the first season in how they hid some of the more gory aspects of the first book have been somewhat rectified and I think the fact that there's less of a strain on the budget for daemons due to the fact that a significant portion of it takes place in daemonless worlds. Admittedly I thought nothing really too much happened in the last episode but it's setting up what should be a great season finale. PLEASE let there be a season 3, even if Amber Spyglass is one of the deepest books ever written.. and said spyglass doesn't even feature so much in the book that over the years I'd forgotten what it did, whereas I remember what the Subtle Knife did all these years later before the show even came back. That thing is one of the coolest fictional weapons imo.

 

Also when I remember that HBO are owned by Warner Bros. it makes sense that...

 

...Spectres would look like Dementors from Harry Potter...

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Just finished Season 2 of His Dark Materials. After seeing the ending of that episode, I don't know how they CAN'T continue from this. Everything is set up to follow the events of the third book.

 

I think this image sums everything up...

 

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Got to feel sorry for Will, he finally gets to meet his father and his father learns that the person he'd been seeking as the knife bearer is his own son. Only for him to get shot by the Magisterium and killed. Andrew Scott did a good job as John Parry and I loved the delivering of the flying line in Episode 6 from him. Curiously

 

Of course, an even more major character dies. RIP Lee Scoresby. I wonder if that will cause issues with HBO in helping to fund the thrid season since Lin Manuel Miranda was their big pitch for American audiences but I don't think it will be too much. In the end both Jopari and Scoresby die protecting Will and Lyra respectively. It's kind of sad really that Lyra doesn't even know that Scoresby is dead, all she knows is that he was in trouble. And now she's captive of Mrs. Coulter and that's the last we ever see of her for the season. Kind of makes for a convenient excuse as to why she looks older whenever Season 3 ever comes around as interviews with Dafne Keen in recent times show her to be much older looking than she appears in the TV show even if that's only by a year, so any future filming will be with a more mature Dafne and Amir.

 

Revealing what the prophecy actually is paints this entire thing in a new light. Now we're bringing Adam and Eve into the whole thing with Will being Adam and Lyra being Eve. For some reason, I have a soft spot for stories that delve into philospophy across different media. Curiously, Kamen Rider Gaim ends with both it's lead male and female characters becoming Adam and Eve respectively and I really enjoyed that show too.

 

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Watched the first two episodes of The Undoing yesterday, had it on my radar for a bit but my wife got a recommendation for it from someone else which sparked her interest (I had told her several times that we should watch it...!). It's good, really interesting crime plot and a very good cast. Looking forward to finishing it.

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I finished watching His Dark Materials recently, and while the second season was better than the first, it's still all a bit meh.

I didn't understand how Ruth Wilson was able to control the Spectres? She said that she hid part of herself to stop them attacking her, but then there seemed to be a huge jump to her controlling them and getting them to kill the witches...?

Also, they introduce all this stuff about the war against the Authority and the angels with no build up at all - it seemed really tacked on.

The witches just seemed to talk in stilted clichés the whole time - saying how the world has been thrown into chaos by Lord Asreal opening the window, but it didn't seem like the world was in chaos...? Like how was it in chaos?

Lyra and Will declaring each other best friends despite them spending about 3 days together.

The actor who plays Will seemed to do most of his acting through clenching and unclenching his jaw - and then staring off into the distance.

How come only one or two Demons can talk?

The show has some good ideas and moments, but a lot of it falls flat in my opinion.

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Queens Gambit - just watch it, it's great TV. I was slightly on edge for most of it as you often feel like something horrid is about to happen, but it's never that bad.

Bridgerton - Like a rude Pride & Prejudice. Story/costumes/scenery are great. If you do like regular period dramas (I do) it's great, but by the end it feels like the sex scenes get done to death for no other reason than gratuity.

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21 minutes ago, Mr_Odwin said:

Bridgerton - Like a rude Pride & Prejudice. Story/costumes/scenery are great. If you do like regular period dramas (I do) it's great, but by the end it feels like the sex scenes get done to death for no other reason than gratuity.

Shonda gonna Shonda.

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I just started a re-watch of Buffy @Ashley. Currently midway through season 2. I associate you with Buffy in my mind. You still carry a torch for it?

So far, it's just amusing how 90s it is. Computers are new, the internet is new, no one has a mobile phone, and someone cracked out a pager in one episode.

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1 minute ago, Mr_Odwin said:

I just started a re-watch of Buffy @Ashley. Currently midway through season 2. I associate you with Buffy in my mind. You still carry a torch for it?

So far, it's just amusing how 90s it is. Computers are new, the internet is new, no one has a mobile phone, and someone cracked out a pager in one episode.

I watched it after it finished (I caught the last episode on TV and then decided to watch) and enjoyed it while I did but never been back to it. Tried the comics for a bit but bounced off. 

Been rewatching The Office (skipped the first season though) and likewise it feels dated at times. Nobody had a cell phone for most of the first few seasons and I think someone used a pager too!

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Friends is like that. Nobody has a mobile phone; Chandler gets a new laptop with 3mb of RAM; one of them gets a pager and is showing it off like it's new tech.

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Watched Normal People on BBC iPlayer. It's great. Story about a couple that drift in and out of each other's lives over the course of a few years. Deals with some meaty issues - depression/anxiety, social pressures, abuse, break ups ...

Which makes it sound sad, but it's uplifting overall, or at least bittersweet.

 

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I've been watching The Mandalorian. Possibly an unpopular opinion but the first four episodes were incredibly slow! So slow that I had to watch an episode twice because I drifted off. However, I LOVED the last four episodes (from the Prison episode onwards) and I'm now on S2.

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