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What is the last Television series you watched?

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13 minutes ago, Disco Stu said:

It's my favorite novel of this century!  I thought the show was probably as good as an adaptation could be, but it doesn't come close to the pleasures of the text for me.  Magic is just more....magical when read about, when kept a bit mysterious, than when you have to figure out a way to show it on screen.

 

I partially agree with that, actually. Stuff like the sequence with the statues of York Cathedral made a bigger impact in the book. Same for the events happening during the climax (though that might have to do with the budget. For example, Norrell's labyrinth was not really "convincing", so to speak).

 

I do plan on giving the book a second chance, having really enjoyed the series and thinking I'll probably enjoy my second reading more, now having faces to put on the characters (it's something I always struggle with when reading a book that had no adaptation: I suck at imagining faces for the characters, and thus picture them in my mind!) and visual representations of some other stuff I had trouble really picturing in my mind.

 

 

On a sidenote: @KK should check that show. I think he'd like it. @Brónach too (if she's still there), and for some reason, @Marian Schedenig as well.

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1 minute ago, BloodBoal said:

I do plan on giving the book a second chance, having really enjoyed the series and thinking I'll probably enjoy my second reading more, now having faces to put on the characters (it's something I always struggle with when reading a book that had no adaptation: I suck at imagining faces for the characters, and thus picture them in my mind!) and visual representations of some other stuff I had trouble really picturing in my mind.

 

It's one of those books where even though I love it deeply, one of my favorite pieces of culture of my life, I don't blame people if the pastiche style is too much for them.  It's one of those things you're either really on board with or it drives you up the wall.

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Sounds interesting. Might check it out!

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I could have sworn I'd seen that show up on Netflix, but either I'm dreaming things or it's been removed. I remember it being on TV here, but I paid it little notice at the time because I'm a bit of a snob towards British stuff, particularly when I see period costumes. I admit I'm mildly intrigued though. 

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Mushi-Shi and Mushi-Shi: Next Passage

 

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Really incredible show.  It's completely episodic, with each one being self-contained.  It involves a traveling healer named Ginko, who has a 3rd eye ability to see and help people who have been in some way affected by these things called mushi, which is life in its purest form, acting almost like a parasite.  They can interact with plant life and animals while still retaining the ability to stay hidden behind the window of reality on another plane of existence.  I'm not entirely sure I even understand it, but in a way that's part of what's fascinating about it.  From one episode to the next, we find out more about different types of mushi.  There are all kinds of endings; happy, sad, reflective, etc.

 

Because we know very little about Ginko's backstory, and because there is no major character arc for him,  there isn't truly any serious emotional payoff at the end, but the experience is still highly effective.  Every episode tells its own tale, and they all feel very original.  It wasn't a show I could binge several at a time, but when it was all over it was just as rewarding as many of the great anime I've seen, and I would easily put this near the top of my list and recommend it to anyone.

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On 07/07/2017 at 6:41 PM, BloodBoal said:

On a sidenote: @KK should check that show. I think he'd like it. @Brónach too (if she's still there), and for some reason, @Marian Schedenig as well.

 

I'd never heard of it before, but those screencaps look intriguing. I'll keep it on my list.

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Doctor Who: "Father's Day" (AKA the one where Eccleston takes off his jacket)

 

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I've been watching the first season over and over again because it's just so damn fantastic. This one is pretty fascinating for a variety of reasons. It does show The Doctor traveling back in his own timeline, which is something he later says he can't do. I find it interesting that he even agrees to bring Rose back to her Father's death. When she alters history for her own benefit and the Doc becomes furious (and none of the other Doctors could emote fury quite like Eccleston), he immediately forgives her, despite nearly bringing about the end of the world. He must have really loved her. The storyline is just sort of ludicrous, but it's heartfelt. I maintain that while all the later Doctors were great in their own way, Eccleston was the best. The relationship between him and Rose was far more interesting than with Tennant, which was still cute, but was mainly just that.

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The first GREAT episode in the shows history.

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2 hours ago, Stefancos said:

The first GREAT episode in the shows history.

 

It only took -26 seasons!  They finally did it!

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I love the previous episodes as well. When Eccleston shakes Charles Dickens' hand and says "Nice to meet you, fantastic", it's more moving to me than the Van Gogh episode. It even looks like Billie Piper is responding more to Eccleston in that moment and just how great he is. When you think about it, the Van Gogh one basically ripped off that episode, except The Doctor just tells him his work lives on forever rather than taking him to the future. It's a great season from a great series.

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Children of Earth is the only Torchwood worth watching in my memory.  Those two seasons are rough and Miracle Day was so godawful I didn't even finish it.

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It was DW episodes like "The End of Time" and Miracle Day that really made me ok with RTD leaving the show.  He could be amazing ("Midnight" being his best ever episode), but boy he could be the shittiest writer too.

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Orange is the New Black, season 1. Pretty good. Really curious how things will unfold. Hope Alex and Larry will be written out of it soon and sad that the Christian fanatic probably won't say too much in the next episodes.

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13 hours ago, Disco Stu said:

It was DW episodes like "The End of Time" and Miracle Day that really made me ok with RTD leaving the show.  He could be amazing ("Midnight" being his best ever episode), but boy he could be the shittiest writer too.

 

Ah, yes. The one where The Doctor looks likes a fool in front of a group of people declaring this:

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Eccleston's Doctor was much better at rallying a bunch of strange humans as we saw in "Father's Day"!

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6 minutes ago, Evil-Lyn said:

 

Ah, yes. The one where The Doctor looks likes a fool in front of a group of people declaring this:

 

 

All the nonsense with the Master in that episode.  None of it made any sense.  Dumb dumb dumb.

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They ressurrected him like Imhotep and James Bond was the Time Lord Emperor.

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Season 2 of Vice Principals is coming Sunday September 17th

 

 

 

 

Season 9 of Curb Your Enthusiasm is coming Sunday October 1st

 

 

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We're watching Firefly again. I really have to say that these Firefly women never looked better than when they appeared in this series. How does Whedon do that?

 

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Not a fan?

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Oh, I like the show alright, but I'm not an ardent follower. It's been several years since I came across an episode on TV.

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The last new episodes aired in 2011

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Larry David has one of the most punchable faces ive ever seen. I don't watch that show.

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You think I look like Ed Sheeran too.

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We can breed!

Gingers are actually highly sexual and charming. We have to be to survive!

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