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I’ve finally watched the last season of Homeland. I enjoyed the season and I like the way the ending was done. I think they was the show has developed over the years is to be applauded, especially with the way they have handled the nuances of terrorism. 

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Finished The Expanse, last night. 

 

The 5th season certainly upped the stakes, but at the same time it was oddly flat (a comment that can be levelled at the whole show, at times). 

 

I had a good look at the nominations listed for the show today and realised that they are mainly technical (special effects/sound editing etc) or for specific episodes, but it did win the Dragon award last year for best Science Fiction or Fantasy series and it gets very high ratings on Rotten Tomatoes (I'm not 100% sure why they are so high, I would rate the series at 3.5/4 out of 5 at best).

 

There is at least one more series to come (Amazon are making he 6th, but no more, and the writers and production company making it are looking at how to continue after that) so I will have to see how it goes from here.

 

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Monday night quiz night on BBC 2; Mastermind followed by Only Connect and University Challenge.

 

I was interested to find I know as much about Middle Earth as I do about Bond Villains.

 

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The Orville

 

Found this on Disney+ a few weeks back and have watched both series through.

 

I must be getting older, or more picky (or both) or the quality of TV series must be dropping, because I'm finding it hard to find a series I can enjoy consistently these days.

 

Take this show; it's basically a Star Trek: The Next Generation parody, but it is also trying to do series stuff at the same time, which gives mixed results. 

 

I enjoyed the first few episodes of season one more than I thought I would, but the second series wasn't as good, with episodes that basically elevated the "b" plots from Next Gen episodes to main story lines.  The cast is good, the stories are well written, but there is no consistency and it feels like it is just missing a certain something that would take it to the next level.

 

If you really like TNG, you will probably find parts of this entertaining, but it is basically Star Trek for people who don't like change (and the occasional knob joke).

 

Star Trek: Lower Decks, which I have been enjoying, makes a better fist of parodying Star Trek.

 

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I finished watching the Final Season (4) of Goliath on Amazon last night. I enjoyed all 4 seasons. Billy Bob Thornton played his part well I thought. Season 4 was about Opioids.

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I've been watching John Mortimer's Paradise Postponed from 1986. Includes some excellent actors ... Michael Hordern, Annette Crosbie, Zoe Wanamaker and a favourite of mine, Richard Vernon.

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Re-watching The Mandolorian (S1 E1) on Disney+.

 

Hoping that The Book of Boba Fett is as good as The Mandolorian. Boba Fett starting streaming on Disney+ on December 29th 2021. :exc:

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Back on Netflix for a bit, to watch the first (and only, as it turns out) series of the live action version of Cowboy Bebop.

 

I am a big fan of the original anime; I think it's one of the coolest cartoons ever made (up there with Akira) and I had concerns about how this was going to translate, but overall I think they got it mostly right.  

 

The casting, look and feel of the show are all right, where it stumbles is that I think the plot went in a little too heavy, a little too fast. 

 

I won't go into much detail but in the original cartoon the focus is on story of the week type adventures, which are usually light-hearted, action-packed romps.  There is very little time spent on going into character backgrounds, but more of that does come in as the cartoon series goes on.  In this series they have switched the main focus of the show to the character's back stories (and main characters in particular) and as the series goes on it gets heavier where I feel it should have been a bit lighter and a bit more fun (at least for the first series).

 

I think all of that could have been addressed in a second series, as I think the basics have otherwise been covered well, but Netflix announced last week that they have pulled the plug. 

 

Hey-ho.  

 

I'd still give it 7.5/10.

 

As I had a week left on the subscription I thought I would watch the first episode of the first series of The Witcher, just to see what it was like, and I ended up watching the whole series over two nights!

 

I have read the first two books in the series, which are two collections of short stories; with the third book being the first proper novel.  This series basically covers the first two short story collections, with some back story on some of the characters that I am guessing comes from the later novels.  

 

I enjoyed this, overall. 

 

Again, a good cast and it looked and felt right (the only character I had quibbles with was Dandelion, because I didn't find him as annoying in the books as he was on screen, but Joey Batey was still likeable enough in what is the comic relief role). 

 

It's a dark series though, with a lot of violence and novel ways of killing people off, so not one for the squeamish or faint-of-heart (also a surprising amount of flesh on display, too!)

 

I will watch the second series at some point - which drops this Friday - but I want to read the next book before I do that.

 

9/10.

 

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Prime video for Star Wars The Bad Bunch, which is so much better to watch than the Clone Wars imho.

 

Episode 4 - 6 of The Wheel of Time. WOW! Though episode 4 was the most spectacular one!😍

 

 

 

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Watched last 4 episodes of series 1 of animation of Star Wars The Bad Bunch. Enjoyable, and much better than the Clone Wars series (I’m only on series 2, so far)

 

Hopefully the new The Bad Bunch series 2 will be in early-ish 2022, probably after the The Book of Boba Fett starting on December 29th.

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4 hours ago, Marie H said:

 

... much better than the Clone Wars series (I’m only on series 2, so far)

 

 

I have it on good authority that The Clone Wars gets much, much better as it goes along.

 

Looking forward to a bit of Boba Fett on Wednesday.

 

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