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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2012
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    Well, it's still mysteriously absent from best series, while Big Bang Theory sits on up high.
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2012
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    God help me - The Newsroom's won me over.

    It's core concept of giving broadcast news a "do-over" - as mentally ego-aspirational-preachy as that is... I think it works dramatically, or, I'm just starting to appreciate that under the preachyness of the whole thing there's a really bold idea trying to break out.
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2012
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    I think people have forgotten that West Wing was pure idealistic wish fulfillment too.
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2012
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    Yay! Warehouse 13 and Alphas are back!
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2012
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    I think people have forgotten that West Wing was pure idealistic wish fulfillment too.


    No, I think the setting of the West Wing suited the pallet for idealistic wish fulfilment a little more than a Newsroom (and a lot more than a late night comedy show.)
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      CommentAuthorSlick
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2012
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    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2012
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    Breaking Bad, "Madrigal." I'm only halfway through, but totally floored.

    They managed to make a scene of a guy eating chicken nuggets seem full of wonder and dread.
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    Posted on the other thread.



    Looks bloody awful to me.

    I really liked Charlie Brooker's stuff before Black Mirror. The last Black Mirror, The Entire History Of You (not written by Brooker) was superb and showed up the other episodes to be juvenile at best. I think I'm a bit grumpy at it because I know he can do better.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2012
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    I'm still pretty floored by that last episode of Black Mirror. I'm really hoping season two will find a way to match it.
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    Of interest to fellow Yanks who haven't seen it via other means: Hulu is going to have the entire series of The Thick of It starting this coming Monday, and will also be showing Series 4 once it starts airing in the UK.
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      CommentAuthorStoto
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2012
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    @DavidLejeune What a treat! That's such a good show.

    I recently got round to watching Alan Partridge: Places of My Life. Most of it had me laughing like a loon.
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2012
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    I watched the "book Show" Alan Partridge and was really annoyed by how thrown together the whole thing was, maybe I should give the other shows a go.

    The last Black Mirror... showed up the other episodes to be juvenile at best


    Hmmmmm... yeah - I'd have to agree.
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    @a ethic whelp I disagree on Black Mirror. I think the first one worked on two levels for me. First was the absurdity of the whole set up which was recognised by the characters, and their reactions to it (I'm thinking more of the directly involved characters rather than the e.v.rybody vignettes. Secondly the inevitability of the play-out. You knew it was coming and it was unavoidable, and the ripples that would send out. Particularly public/private face.

    The second ep was reductio ad absurdum, but that has always been a tool of satire, and often ends up looking juvenile. For example the start of Napoleon of Notting Hill by GK Chesterton uses the same method of taking social situations to a ridiculous conclusion.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2012
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    I've just watched all three seasons of Community in three days. Dear lord.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2012
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    @taphead - (:

    @myself - I've really been enjoying Suits.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2012
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    Don't all attack me, but I'm so tired of the way people who read comics are depicted on shows such as The Big Bang Theory etc. When they go to that comic-store, and it's all geek-central-station, I want to pour acid on the TV.

    An ex of mine once called me a geek; we no longer speak. I'd rather watch Coronation Street than that show - and I will! Dear lord indeedy!
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2012
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    If Mike doesn't get a spin-off when Breaking Bad ends, I will riot.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2012
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    @SteadyUp: There's talk of Saul the lawyer getting his own show.

    I'm guessing that it's Mike that put Walt on the run (as depicted in the flash-forward scene in the season opener).
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2012
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    Do flash-forwards scenes really bother anyone else? To me they always seem like the writers going, "Don't worry guys, eventually something interesting is gonna happen. Just hang in there!"
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2012
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    @flecky I know that feel, bro. Big Bang Theory mostly doesn't try to be funny, it just shoves as many references to as many things as it can into every minute, stuffing a tired SitCom structure with "OMG GEEKZ" and calls it brilliant. Geeksploitation, and not in any kind of good way.

    RE: Breaking Bad's flashbacks. It's been a narrative device since the first season, so I don't mind it at all. I think the show should be looked at more in continuity with itself: the seasons aren't chapters, they're acts, or arcs, of a story that will ostensibly conclude at the end of this season's second part. So the flash-forwards are giving you hints of where the story is going in the meantime.