What was the last TV show you watched?

Discussion in 'The Moving Picture' started by Lady Day, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. Fading Fast

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    Just watched the last half hour of a The Big Valley episode. I've said it before, this is the most Christian show ever that rarely mentions Christ, the Bible or religion. Piecing it together, Victoria is one of two prisoners being taken to (one assumes) a prison by two (what appear to be) guards for hire who have no interest in their prisoners' well being.

    Victoria's fellow prisoner is all about himself despite Victoria's attempts to team up with him. In the climatic scenes, Victoria and her fellow prisoner escape, but he gets injured, so instead of getting far away, Victoria stays with him in an outpost redoubt. When he is better, he asks her why she stayed and she tells him because he was injured; he mocks her, takes the only guns and horse they have and leaves her alone, presumably to be recaptured.

    The prison guards ride in shortly after and are about to close in on Victoria (hammer in hand, Barbara Stanwyck [Victoria] had a brand that she was loyal to for forty-plus years in Hollywood and part of that brand was never going down without a fight) when her fellow prisoner rides back in, guns blazing to rescue Victoria. After a gun battle, which eventually included two of Victoria's sons (the Barkleys are always the heroes), her fellow prisoner lies dying and, when asked by Victoria why he came back, says, effectively, your behavior moved me to do what's right.

    And that is the Big Valley in a nutshell - a weekly morality tale of Christian values delivered in a secular story. As Ayn Rand - a hard-core secularist - said about Victor Hugo's ability to limn Christian ethics in an impressive light, whatever your personal views, you have to appreciate the skill and passion of Hugo's writing. The Big Valley is not Hugo in quality, but you have to respect the full-on passion it puts into its Christian proselytizing under the cover of a TV Western.
     
  2. Touchofevil

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    The last episode of Sneaky Pete, Yellowstone, some UFC,and a few episodes of Schitt's (or is it Schitts?) Creek. All pretty entertaining.
    :D
     
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  3. Ernest P Shackleton

    Ernest P Shackleton Practically Family

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    Euphoria. HBO. I still don't know what this story is telling. I'm wondering how much the movie Less Than Zero influenced the original idea. For me, the biggest problem isn't necessarily the weak story, but that it feels like some executives and marketing people got in a room and made a list of Millennial stereotypes to gather in a single high school and went from there. It's obviously not the first time Hollywood filled demographic slots to gain audience, but it feels like that process is nearly the entire reason for the existence of this series. "We need a trans girl." "Oh, and we need a plus size sex symbol for a camming arc." "And a prescription pill addict." "Don't forget the rich guy with deviant sexual behaviors." The high school football star failing at the college level. The interracial couple. The physically and emotionally abused high school sweetheart of the high school football captain. You get the idea. They hit just about every popular culture war and social ill. I have no issue with any of those things, but the idea that they collected them rather than creating a story is a little suspect.
     
  4. Julian Shellhammer

    Julian Shellhammer Practically Family

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    Finished the first season of Crime Story. Suspicious of the ending. Will begin second season any day now.
     
  5. belfastboy

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    Finished episode 10 of Season 4 Animal Kingdom. I loved the first two seasons, Season 3 slipped a bit and now reluctantly I have to admit it has jumped the shark. The addition of the actress from 'Bones" was a real misstep. While the cast has been stellar even while the plots lines become more unbelievable she stands out as being a not very good actor. Why oh why with all the great actors in the biz did she get chosen? Niece or somesuch relation? I will finish this season out of curiosity but I am done.
     
  6. belfastboy

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    A bit late to the game but started to watch 'Rectify' on Netflix. Finished Season 1 and so far so good. Not sure how they will extend the plot to fill 4 seasons worth but we shall see.
     
  7. Fading Fast

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    Yankees - Diamondbacks game yesterday - a 1:05 start
    • Completely screwed up a busy work day as I lacked the discipline to keep it on only in the background and kept stopping to watch / that said, weekday day games are part of what makes baseball special despite it wreaking havoc on my day
    • I live 5 miles south of the stadium and the thunderstorm that caused a game delay blew through my neighborhood about 15 minutes before it hit Yankee stadium, it provided an odd "connect" for me to the game
    • Until the Yankees have a few starters who can make it through six (heck, five) innings without giving up several runs and being pulled with batters lined up on the bases, all the homers they hit are just a distraction from its won't-win-in-the-playoffs starting rotation
    • Watching the Diamondback's Zach Greinke mow down Yankee batters and overcome a two-run second to pitch three subsequent shutout innings made me think "the Yankees should trade for him," but alas, off to the Astro he went :(
     
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  8. MisterCairo

    MisterCairo I'll Lock Up

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    Have finally finished off the latest (and last) season of Into the Badlands. Really enjoyed this season, I felt it improved on the last. Too bad it had to end, it was a fun and different diversion. Here's to more Daniel Wu in the future!

    And Emily Beecham....
     
  9. Ernest P Shackleton

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    Preacher. AMC. season 4 opening 2 episodes. I'm not sure what these two episodes were supposed to tell us. It's been losing its mojo for a while, but I felt these were a mess and didn't really do much for me or the story.

    City on a Hill. Showtime. I wouldn't say this series is great. One or two of the subplots are boring and of little interest to me.
     
  10. belfastboy

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    Half way through 'Rectify' and really enjoying it. It is a bit soap opera (ish) but the writing and performances are overall very good and that makes it most watchable.....plus I have a mad crush on Tawny!
     
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  11. Bushman

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    Episode 6 of "The Loudest Voice." We're just about caught up to current events now.
     
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  12. belfastboy

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    About to watch some of the Toronto BlueJays game today as I do most days. It is disappointing as they are in the passed number of seasons out of the playoff race by mid April. But they are fielding a team of young pups that def show promise...now they are the second youngest team in the majors.
     
  13. M Brown

    M Brown Familiar Face

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  14. Touchofevil

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    A few more episodes of Schitts Creek and not much else.
    :D
     
  15. Fading Fast

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    Stevie gets my vote for the most underused character on the show.
     
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  16. Edward

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    I've been binge-watching the fourth or fifth series of Fear the Walking Dead alongside Vikings. Enjoying both, though Vikings has particularly fascinated me with Athelstan's story arc. The relationship between Athelstan and Ragnar has been wonderfully worked through.

    Also last week caught the last two episodes of Gotham; I like what they did with it, and the ending was perfect, exactly what it needed.

    The Handmaid's Tale continues to horrify and impress. The latter with how well the tale is told, the former with how plausible it all is.


    WAtched that a few months ago. It was indeed a lot of fun. The one thing I felt lacking was the backstory; I'd love to have seen a few flashbacks showing how the feudal system came into being and how they managed to ban firearms to the point they were unknown in that world.

    The BBC show? Very good.
     
  17. Touchofevil

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    She is my second favorite character. David is easily my favorite. The interaction between the two is very entertaining.
    :D
     
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  18. Touchofevil

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    Yellowstone and Schitts Creek
    A very entertaining episode of Yellowstone.
    :D
     
  19. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    Edward, How do you find time to watch all this stuff?
     
  20. Edward

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    I've just coem to the end of two weeks' annual leave. We didn't have a holiday away this year (haven't really since 2017, as it's getting harder and harder between my increased admin burden and central admin's refusal to give us dates for graduation ceremonies anything like far enough in advance to actually book time off in time sowe can realistically book a holiday), so we spent it around home instead. Partly we've been clearing up and doing a bit of redecorating ahead of putting the flat on the market, but as we had the bad luck for my leave to coincide with a heatwave, we spent much of it lying around whimpering at home, fit for no more than to sit with tablets and Netflix.

    That and, as we're planning a housemove, we don't go out much in the evenings currently.
     
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