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1 hour ago, Taupe Beats said:

Tried watching the first episode of the Ken Burns country music retrospective. Gave up after the overlong opening salvo of hagiography (while still making it clear that the hagiography is selective by era, classic Ken Burns).

I agree with the earlier assertion about his Jazz equivalent being narrow minded (specifically with Fusion jazz). Sorry but the time that Louis Armstrong took a crap in 1931 does not hold as much importance as Bitches Brew.

Basically every Ken Burns series always has this same habit of ranking eras of a particular subject and then essentially promoting generation gaps and supremacy. Nonsense.

Yeah, and the irony is Wynton Marsalis just piggybacked on stuff people already did decades ago, ignoring that his musical heroes had a very different outlook towards the music they were making.

When Miles was making stuff with the second great quintet, he didn’t want to be put in a museum, it was just another step of his musical evolution. He was not a guy who romanticized the past. 

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Watched half of Chernobyl on the plane to Oz. Very good but seeing as I was going on holiday it proved a fucking massive downer so dropped it after the third episode. I guess I should watch the rest on the way home, when no doubts I’ll be feeling more low-key. I was hearing on the grapevine a few months ago that it was one of the best shows ever made. I didn’t get that impression at all.

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8 hours ago, beer badger said:

Watched half of Chernobyl on the plane to Oz. Very good but seeing as I was going on holiday it proved a fucking massive downer so dropped it after the third episode. I guess I should watch the rest on the way home, when no doubts I’ll be feeling more low-key. I was hearing on the grapevine a few months ago that it was one of the best shows ever made. I didn’t get that impression at all.

Yeah, not a show you want to watch when the goal is relaxation... it's really at it's best as a whole, so do try and rewatch it in its entirety.

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It's on HBO and not only is there no Skip Intro button, most of their shows have long intros, plus often have promos for their other shows, and sometimes a recap of the previous episode. I appreciate nice title sequences, but only need to see them once. I appreciate recaps, unless I'm binging. But I rarely appreciate promos for other shows when I'm trying to watch something. I REALLY appreciate skip buttons.

That said, Chernobyl was good but not "the best show ever made" or anything like that. I need to spend more time in this thread - need more ideas. I have a long Netflix queue and a few other things saved in other apps that I want to watch, but I'm always running out of hour-long drama type shows to watch with my girlfriend as she doesn't seem interested in most of the ones I have saved. If we're caught up on the one or two hour-long shows we both happen to be watching, we're stuck watching a bunch of short shows. I need something I can sink my teeth into for a good 50-60 min. We're watching and enjoying Succession, but we're caught up. 

As for the short ones, currently watching Big Mouth, Veep, and Insecure. All really great.

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Cannot believe they took down Parts Unknown from Netflix. I watched a few episodes on the plane, I think they must be the last season as I’d never seen them before, Los Angeles and San Sebastián. 

In fact I just did a bit of investigation work and it seems there a a few seasons that I never knew existed (I thought the whole lot was on Netflix). So I got plenty more to watch.

I struggle to comprehend how this guy killed himself. It’s actually pretty chilling tbh.

I guess some people have darker demons dwelling within them than others. 
 

 

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Saw the first truly terrible episode of Voyager last night: Paris breaks warp 10, then he kidnaps Janeway and they evolve into amphibians and have future human (amphibian) babies together. Doc fixes them and they joke about fucking. If this had been written by a 10 year old I’d not be surprised. 

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^^ that episode's teleplay was written by brannon braga and was (for a short time) considered the worst story in star trek history. he was even accused of ruining the series. 

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tried to watch this and regretted it immediately. 

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another series i regretted trying to watch. basically an attempt at giving 11 her own series- except it's a black kid and he lives in modern time. and each scene has a different hiphop song. and the kid is very annoying. and his mom looks like she should be his older sister. and all the acting is terrible

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On 10/10/2019 at 10:45 AM, Nebraska said:

^^ that episode's teleplay was written by brannon braga and was (for a short time) considered the worst story in star trek history. he was even accused of ruining the series. 

This would, of course, become a fulfilled prophecy once the finale of 'Enterprise' aired, became literally everyone's least favorite Star Trek episode in the entire franchise, and killed off an unbroken 18-year streak of Trek on TV for over a decade.

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yeah that Enterprise finale was total garbage. Sirtis and Frakes really phoned it in too, and Sirtis decided to just use her normal London accent for some reason, maybe she had forgot how to do her Troi, hopefully they don't fuck up their scenes in Picard.

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54 minutes ago, auxien said:

^yikes. is the rest of Enterprise decent at least? i'm tearing through Voyager

I think I actually like Enterprise better than Voyager at this point. They're both fairly bumpy rides (and hoo boy do they both have some stinkers) but ENT gradually gets better and better until by the end I start wishing they had gotten a few more years once they had worked out the kinks.

You can also very easily stop ENT the episode before the finale. I did it for years because I heard the finale was so bad, and finally watched it on my last rewatch because I figured what the hell. It lived up to the hype. It is astonishingly lazy and terrible, even moreso for being the last episode of the show's strongest season so far. 

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7 hours ago, Lada Laika said:

I think I actually like Enterprise better than Voyager at this point. They're both fairly bumpy rides (and hoo boy do they both have some stinkers) but ENT gradually gets better and better until by the end I start wishing they had gotten a few more years once they had worked out the kinks.

You can also very easily stop ENT the episode before the finale. I did it for years because I heard the finale was so bad, and finally watched it on my last rewatch because I figured what the hell. It lived up to the hype. It is astonishingly lazy and terrible, even moreso for being the last episode of the show's strongest season so far. 

 

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I ended up binging Chernobyl without even planning on it. 

 

I haven't watched The Walking Dead in years, and just found out it's still going. Jesus fucking christ why?

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5 hours ago, kieselguhr kid said:

i'd love to rewatch MILLENNIUM some time; remember really liking it back in the 90s, more than x-files tbh. also lance henriksen is one of the greatest actors of our time.

I watch an episode every so often, it holds up very well. I love the pace of it. 
 

I just blew through 4 episodes of Ash vs Evil Dead. It’s pretty great. Nails the humour of the movies. 

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Not much of a surprise, but most of the recent Frontline episodes have been great. The MBS episode, the Flint water crisis episode, and the Bork/Federalist Society episodes in particular. 

They recently licensed a doc made in the Philippines related to Duterte's drug war. As a massive Lav Diaz fan, the production style was kinda jarring but still an important subject and doc. 

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Been on a Danny McBride binge recently, both Vice Principals and The Righteous Gemstones. The first is funnier but the second is like a proper TV show with a heart, also very funny. 

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