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(04-05-2019, 10:11 AM)bionicbob Wrote: [ -> ]I loved the first 90% of this episode.  It felt fresh, tapping into the anxiety of [insert topic].  The camera and lighting work was fantastic, truly heightening the tension and mystery.  But the last 10 minutes... I dunno... it was good but it felt too on the nose, too typical of this type of genre.... it was a twist we have seen many times before.

This could be a review of almost every episode of all of The Twilight Zone revivals, The Outer Limits (and its revival), and Black Mirror.
I recently discovered the HBO show "Barry" with Bill Hader as a hitman with dreams of becoming an actor. Season 2 just ended and OMG it's great. 

I concur; it's a brilliant show. I especially love the fifth episode in the second season with the karate girl.
I'd heard about it but didn't get a chance to watch until I signed up for HBO to see the last season of Game of Thrones. GOT was a big letdown, but Barry was fantastic.
Just started watching Barry earlier this week too. I'm only three episodes into the first series and so far very impressed, and it has the brilliant Stephen Root in it to boot! Its reminding me a lot of classic Dexter so far.
HBO's CHERNOBYL (2019)


I went in knowing full well this is a highly fictionalized account of a true historic event and that some of the science as presented is questionable....

But none of that matters.

As a horror thriller, this 5 part mini-series succeeds masterfully.  

Terrifying.  Maddening.  Uncomfortable.  Riveting.  Powerful.

I was 16 when Chernobyl occurred, and I remember all the news networks speculating and the feeling of dreaded doom.   This movie definitely brought those buried fears back to the surface.  Also, in many respects, this movie disturbingly reminded me of the first time I watched THE DAY AFTER and primal fears it awoke.  

But even if you did not live through those Cold War years, this movie expertly manipulates your emotions and takes you to a very dark place.  Don't be surprised if afterwards you feel the need to google the location of the nearest nuclear power plants to your home and irrationally wonder if it is time to move? 

Highly recommended.

50 years and still going strong....
Big Grin
THE NEWSROOM (HBO 2012-14)


While not new, I had not watched before, so its new to me.

I love writer Aaron Sorkin.  A Few Good Men.  The American President.  Molly's Game.
And in my opinion, the first four seasons of THE WEST WING, are some of the best dramatic television ever written.

The nice thing about being sick at home with an ungodly sinus infection, it allowed me to finally binge watch the 25 episode run of Sorkin's The Newsroom.  Like The West Wing, it is about optimistic earnest people trying to do the right thing and make the world a better place.  The difference between the two shows, everything about the West Wing was fictional... fictional senators, fictional domestic/international conflicts.. Ripped from the headlines, yes.  But still fictionalized enough for comfortable, manipulative, inspirational entertainment.

The gimmick of the Newsroom is it is set in one year of the past (the 2012 season takes place in 2011) and all the news, all people, all the events discussed (using real news footage, no actor dramatizations) are real.  So for some viewers, depending on their political leanings and beliefs, this may make for uncomfortable viewing.

Some might dismiss this show as just Sorkin's soapbox.   As a Canadian, I found the show thoroughly enjoyable.  While it leans heavier to the Left, it was not afraid to criticize all sides, all parties and ridicule the insanity of politics and the modern news cycle.

It has all of Sorkin's classic trademarks -- fast paced, fast talking, smart, clever, funny, romantic, quirky -- and despite the subject, hopefulness and integrity.  It is what we mythologize journalists and the news used to be and wished they were now.  We certainly could use a real life Will McVoy now more than ever.

While no where near the heights of greatest of The West Wing, this Sorkin narrative experiment was addictive television and highly entertaining.  Recommended.
I realized I never weighed in on the new Twilight Zone show. I agree with what BionicBob wrote about it earlier; it's a predictable show, the episodes were too long and boring, the twists were ho-hum, the writing was awful. The only decent episode was the finale, but even that one ended up making me groan for 40+ minutes. It's obvious to me that Jordan Peele didn't put much effort into this show, he phoned it in for a quick paycheck. It's a shame.

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You want to watch a GREAT new show? "Good Omens" on Amazon Prime, based off the book by Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman, is a 6 episode mini-series, with each episode written by Gaiman. Michael Sheen and David Tennant have never been better. I devoured this show greedily and it left me completely satisfied. Now I guess I gotta read the book.

(06-30-2019, 03:32 PM)Neglify Wrote: [ -> ]I realized I never weighed in on the new Twilight Zone show. I agree with what BionicBob wrote about it earlier; it's a predictable show, the episodes were too long and boring, the twists were ho-hum, the writing was awful. The only decent episode was the finale, but even that one ended up making me groan for 40+ minutes. It's obvious to me that Jordan Peele didn't put much effort into this show, he phoned it in for a quick paycheck. It's a shame.

Typical Duragizer cynicism, is Typical Duragizer, but I figured a Millennial Twilight Zone would never work.
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