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Re: What are you watching?
« Reply #1230 on: April 18, 2018, 04:14:08 am »
Watched, of all things...... the Lost in Space reboot on Netflix.

Now we will just take a moment while everyone laughs......

Yep, still laughing......

OK, so I watched it, with no expectations at all other than it would be terrible. Perhaps as bad as the original. It could not be worse because nothing was worse than that show..... But I gotta' admit, it was not awful. In fact, by the end of the first season (ten episodes I think), it was actually OK. Really.

Basically they kept the original names but that is about it- the entire concept of the series is completely different and actually has some substance, intelligence and is a little bit interesting to watch. Seriously.

Tried to watch Altered Carbon but just had to abandon that one- terrible IMO, and growing worse as the series progressed.

Also watched Arrival (movie), which I liked quite a bit. An unusual plot, even for SciFi. Also read the short story it is based on, named 'The Story of your Life', which was similar but considerably different than the movie made from it. But I liked both and as I said, the basic plot is unusual and somewhat interesting IMO.

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We're in the process of watching Lost In Space too. Like you Brian, I didn't expect much and I was pleasantly surprised when the show turned out to be quite good. My wife isn't a huge Sci-Fi but she's really enjoying this show.

Good writing and adequate acting along with a compelling story line earns a thumbs up from me.    :thumbs:

The robot is bad ass! 'He' doesn't say much but he sure packs a wallop! You do not want this guy mad at you. 

Check out Travelers on Netflix, good stuff too.
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Re: What are you watching?
« Reply #1231 on: April 18, 2018, 07:46:45 am »
We're in the process of watching Lost In Space too. Like you Brian, I didn't expect much and I was pleasantly surprised when the show turned out to be quite good. My wife isn't a huge Sci-Fi but she's really enjoying this show.

Good writing and adequate acting along with a compelling story line earns a thumbs up from me.    :thumbs:

The robot is bad ass! 'He' doesn't say much but he sure packs a wallop! You do not want this guy mad at you. 

Check out Travelers on Netflix, good stuff too.

I have enjoyed that too. Interesting premise.

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Re: What are you watching?
« Reply #1232 on: April 18, 2018, 11:25:09 am »
Yep, we watched the first season and part of the second. My wife liked it pretty well but I found it got to be kind of a formulaic, grind of a show after a while. Not bad, just not interesting to me after a fashion. Other people have also mentioned really liking it so it is probably me that is 'off'.

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Re: What are you watching?
« Reply #1233 on: April 19, 2018, 03:52:22 am »
I have never seen the original so cant draw comparisons but am halfway through Lost in Space and enjoying it.

Bonus point for anyone who can identify the link between this reboot & Harry Potter :)



Watched, of all things...... the Lost in Space reboot on Netflix.

Now we will just take a moment while everyone laughs......

Yep, still laughing......

OK, so I watched it, with no expectations at all other than it would be terrible. Perhaps as bad as the original. It could not be worse because nothing was worse than that show..... But I gotta' admit, it was not awful. In fact, by the end of the first season (ten episodes I think), it was actually OK. Really.

Basically they kept the original names but that is about it- the entire concept of the series is completely different and actually has some substance, intelligence and is a little bit interesting to watch. Seriously.

Tried to watch Altered Carbon but just had to abandon that one- terrible IMO, and growing worse as the series progressed.

Also watched Arrival (movie), which I liked quite a bit. An unusual plot, even for SciFi. Also read the short story it is based on, named 'The Story of your Life', which was similar but considerably different than the movie made from it. But I liked both and as I said, the basic plot is unusual and somewhat interesting IMO.

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Re: What are you watching?
« Reply #1234 on: April 19, 2018, 05:35:14 pm »
I just watched the whole Lost In Space reboot last weekend, also.  I wasn't sure what to expect (yes, I watched the original as a child).  I enjoyed it.  It had a lot of science flaws, some pretty serious, and I think there was too much emphasis on the robot.  I also think they went a little overboard with the meekness of John Robinson, but the female "Smith" actually worked (I thought that would fail).  Looking forward to the next so-called "season".

(When did a "season" get reduced from 30 to 26 to 24 to 22 to now just 10 episodes?)
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Re: What are you watching?
« Reply #1235 on: April 19, 2018, 10:21:04 pm »
I think about the same time the very best shows on 'TV' got a lot better, or at least so it seems. And honestly, I would much prefer 8 or 10 or 14 episodes per year of good quality programming than the old 25, 26, 28 episodes of [not as good quality] TV. Most of the one- off, designer shows that have been so very excellent are limited in the number of shows they produce per season, and often they do not coincide with an annual cycle but are either late in the next year or skip a calendar year altogether. Again, less delivery, and delivered more slowly but often far superior.

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(When did a "season" get reduced from 30 to 26 to 24 to 22 to now just 10 episodes?)
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Re: What are you watching?
« Reply #1236 on: April 20, 2018, 12:56:17 am »
ALso have to remember that a1 hours show is 1 hour of content not 40-45 minutes of conetnt & therest advertising so 20 1 hr episodes on "conventional" telly becomes 15 on streaming (unless also shown as 45 minute , depends on editing)

Another reason I think for 10 especially in these days of streaming/catchup TV is that 10 hours is a perfect wet days binge watch ;)


I think about the same time the very best shows on 'TV' got a lot better, or at least so it seems. And honestly, I would much prefer 8 or 10 or 14 episodes per year of good quality programming than the old 25, 26, 28 episodes of [not as good quality] TV. Most of the one- off, designer shows that have been so very excellent are limited in the number of shows they produce per season, and often they do not coincide with an annual cycle but are either late in the next year or skip a calendar year altogether. Again, less delivery, and delivered more slowly but often far superior.

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Re: What are you watching?
« Reply #1237 on: April 20, 2018, 06:54:32 am »
I think about the same time the very best shows on 'TV' got a lot better, or at least so it seems. And honestly, I would much prefer 8 or 10 or 14 episodes per year of good quality programming than the old 25, 26, 28 episodes of [not as good quality] TV. Most of the one- off, designer shows that have been so very excellent are limited in the number of shows they produce per season, and often they do not coincide with an annual cycle but are either late in the next year or skip a calendar year altogether. Again, less delivery, and delivered more slowly but often far superior.

Oh, I agree that 10 good episodes are better than 24 not good.  But what I really want are 24 good episodes instead of 10 good episodes before having to wait a year for more  :)
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Re: What are you watching?
« Reply #1238 on: April 20, 2018, 07:26:20 am »
OFFTOPIC: I think what happens though is that the writers, producers, etc. who 'make' the episodes have to sit down and grind out 'another' 10 or 15 shows and that in and of itself is what makes the series suffer. While a limited number of episodes, sometimes coupled with a much looser delivery schedule, allows a more controlled approach and much better programming. Series such as Westworld can slow down and maintain high content even if it has to skip a half- year or even a full year to come back with a much better quality of episodes. It also seems to allow TV series that have and maintain a reasonable pace; in the 'olden' days, there were a LOT of shows that seemed to have many episodes that were merely fillers because they had to throw something in that hour whether they were ready or not, whether it was good or not, and even if it had no point or value.

Hey, not my field, just stating how it appears to me that it <seems> to be working after a lot of decades watching a box in my house that is usually filled with garbage. Of course I am speaking about the trash can in the kitchen 'cause it has often been better than what was on TV. :-)

Brian

Oh, I agree that 10 good episodes are better than 24 not good.  But what I really want are 24 good episodes instead of 10 good episodes before having to wait a year for more  :)
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Re: What are you watching?
« Reply #1239 on: April 21, 2018, 06:38:28 am »
Lost In Space

Anyone wonder why, on such high tech and futuristic ships, they're using old CB radio mics for coms? What, no blutooth of wireless in the future?  ;)


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Re: What are you watching?
« Reply #1240 on: April 21, 2018, 09:33:35 am »
That is like the old Gilligan's Island question: why is it that the professor is smart enough to build a radio using coconuts but he cannot fix a hole in a boat?

You might be over- thinking this one a tad Conrad.....

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Anyone wonder why, on such high tech and futuristic ships, they're using old CB radio mics for coms? What, no blutooth of wireless in the future?  ;)


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Re: What are you watching?
« Reply #1241 on: April 21, 2018, 10:42:18 am »
Lost In Space

Anyone wonder why, on such high tech and futuristic ships, they're using old CB radio mics for coms? What, no blutooth of wireless in the future?  ;)

Well, like I said, there were a whole lot of science flaws....  You just have to "suspend disbelief".
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Re: What are you watching?
« Reply #1242 on: April 26, 2018, 05:25:17 pm »
Watched a bunch of movies. Mostly negative opinions. :-(

Snowman: OK but kind of lackluster. 2.5 out of 5 at best.
Suburbicon: Sucks. Terrible movie.
Wind River: not bad, maybe a 3.5 out of 5. It has the added attraction of having Graham Greene in the supporting cast; no one knows his name but everyone knows his face (Die Hard 2, The Green Mile, etc., etc.).
You were never really here. Sucks. Worse than Suburbicon. I would give it a -1 out of 5. Seriously. Now I fully admit that I absolutely missed the point and plot of this movie, assuming it had either one. As an extra- bad tasting icing, it starred the ever- weird Joaquin Phoenix being even more weird than usual. Seriously.
Only the Brave. Fair but way, way too long. They managed to 'cram' 30 minutes worth of movie into over 2 hours. I thought it ended twice..... before it really ended. Not a bad movie, just that it missed any emotional chord and had marginal substance.

Collateral Beauty: Good movie, great in places. 4 out of 5 easy, a little more for the sentimental among us. This movie has one of the best plot twists ever, easily better than The Sixth Sense IMO. Will Smith is simply outstanding, as is the rest of both the main as well as the supporting cast members. This movie has an all- star cast and all did very well but my personal favorite is really a somewhat secondary character, Michael Peña. And as always, Kate Winslet does a simply outstanding American dialect. This movie is very loosely based on Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol' but honestly, that is NOT the important twist at all; the real twist is not supernatural at all. If viewed from the point of Will Smith's character and all else taken as support work (it is not written that way), then I would give it a 5.1 out of 5.

Off to watch both LBJ and Winchester with minimal hopes, though perhaps Woody Harrelson can pull of the role of LBJ.

Really, I love good video (movies, tv series) and try to like most things but the fact is that the majority of time is spent with sub- standard video with only the occasional shining spot buried in the debris.

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Re: What are you watching?
« Reply #1243 on: April 26, 2018, 08:54:36 pm »
The only one I know of those is "Collateral Beauty" and it was quite good; I rated it 4 out of 5.
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Re: What are you watching?
« Reply #1244 on: April 27, 2018, 06:16:17 am »
I liked Wind River. Truly based on a story. ;D I've ridden through that area once or twice in Wyoming. I liked how Jeremy Renner's character resolved the issue. Yes Graham Greene does a great job as always. And a few others from Dances With Wolves.