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Post by tricycle on Wed 05 Dec 2012, 03:02

Beeb pulled their entertainment off air.

So the one entertainment channel that was remotely interesting is gone. Back to watching Arrested development.

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Post by Big Dog on Wed 05 Dec 2012, 07:10

Has anyone been watching Copper which comes on after Walking Dead on FX?
Great show, similar production values as Deadwood in many respects.
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Post by skully on Mon 10 Dec 2012, 10:29

Homeland S02E11. Carrie's instincts keep coming up roses.

Spoiler:
The CIA gets Abu Nazir.

After Carrie returned to the mill, she was positive she was on Nazir's tail, but comes out the back door to a swarming mob of CIA & FBI SWAT guys. She can't accept that he got away. Galvez is initially suspected, having left the scene, but after he is chased down, they find he was merely going to the hospital as his stitches had burst.

Carrie tries a softly-softly interrogation on Roya only to be told what a stoopid whore she is. But in her anger Roya lets slip that Nazir would never run. Carrie believes he is still at the mill and grabs the last team on site as they are packing up, and she is proven correct when she finds a false wall. Naturally, the FBI guy that goes into the concealed room cops a knife to the throat, but Nazir is cornered by the rest of the SWAT team after chasing Carrie. He goes for something in his jacket and is gunned down.

Saul is put through a lie-detector test which is basically a tool for Estes to get enough on him (the bottle that Aileen Morgan used to glass herself with, illegal surveillance etc) to get rid of him. Saul knows that Estes and Quinn intend to kill Brody. Estes gives Quinn the green light and wants it down ASAP.

Brody and family are given the all-clear to return home. Brody decides the time is right to end his marriage. He shows up at Carrie's front door and tells her it was Walden or her, and the decision wasn't even close. Quinn is sitting outside in his car.

I think this series might be a bit like Prison Break. It's hard to see how they can keep it going for more than 3 seasons.
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Post by skully on Tue 11 Dec 2012, 04:29

One very interesting thing I forgot to mention in my review of Homeland S02E10 was Abu Nazir's scary as shit speech to Carrie. Very interesting if it's even close to the truth...

Spoiler:
The transcript of Nazir to the captive and threatened with death Carrie. Carrie tells him he's never gonna leave the US alive. He says "I know, and I don't care". Carrie calls "bullshit" and calls him a terrorist, and he brings up the drone strike that killed his son. Nazir says:

"You can't even imagine it, can you? Believing in something bigger than you, more important than you. We are at war, I am a soldier. We fight with what we have [suicide bombers]. Generation after generation must suffer and die. We are prepared for that, are you? [chuckles] With your pension plans and your organic foods, your beach houses and sports clubs, do you have the perseverance, the tenacity, the faith? Because we do. You can bomb us, starve us, occupy our holy places, but we will never lose our faith. We carry God in our hearts, our souls. To die is to join him. It may take a century, two centuries, three centuries, but we will exterminate you."
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Post by skully on Mon 17 Dec 2012, 10:13

Homeland S02E12 - Season 2 Finale. Cracking.

Spoiler:
Slow start as Brody and Carrie get all lovey dovey up in the cabin, with Quinn stalking them. Carrie goes into town for supplies, Quinn walks up behind Brody as he is praying by the lake, and next thing Carrie has returned and Brody is soaking up the sun on the cabin porch. They then chat about the future with Carrie saying she wishes she could have both her CIA career and Brody. Brody knows it's him or her job.

Saul is stewing away in confinement trying to convince his guards that Estes is a crim who is about to assassinate a congressman.

Estes comes home after a long day to find Quinn sitting in the corner of his living room. Qunn says he didn't kill Brody as he only kills bad men. He warns Estes off Brody, who has kept every promise and lead them to Nazir, otherwise he'll be back to kill a bad man. I have a new respect for Quinn, who also gave great raps to Carrie and said Estes treated her like shit. Estes lets Saul go the next day, saying he had a change of plan re: Brody.

Saul tells Carrie she is favourite for Station Chief, but she baulks, saying she wants a work/life balance. Saul calls her the smartest and dumbest person he's ever met, knowing she still has feelings for Brody.

Saul represents the CIA at Nazir's burial at sea on a carrier, while Carrie and Brody attend Walden's memorial service. Carrie and Brody slip away and Carrie tells him that she's decided. She wants him. But they look out the window and Brody says it's odd, his car has been moved. Carrie says "Oh fark" and it explodes, killing most of the people (including Estes - yay!!) at the service.

Carrie activates her pre-planned escape plan and says that she and Brody will be on a fishing boat in Newfoundland the next day bound for a freighter in International waters. As Nick is getting his bogus passport made up, on the TV is being played his confession of killing Walden (with the bomb vest that didn't happen). Jessica and the kids are also watching. Nick is horrified.

Carrie and Nick reach the drop off point and Brody realises she's not coming.

Saul, who is now the CIA ranking officer, gets double good news in that his wife is returning from India to support him, and Carrie shows up.

Props to the writers, they have managed a Finale that leaves many possible story lines.
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Post by LeFromage on Mon 07 Jan 2013, 23:55

skully wrote:Homeland S02E12 - Season 2 Finale. Cracking.

Spoiler:
Slow start as Brody and Carrie get all lovey dovey up in the cabin, with Quinn stalking them. Carrie goes into town for supplies, Quinn walks up behind Brody as he is praying by the lake, and next thing Carrie has returned and Brody is soaking up the sun on the cabin porch. They then chat about the future with Carrie saying she wishes she could have both her CIA career and Brody. Brody knows it's him or her job.

Saul is stewing away in confinement trying to convince his guards that Estes is a crim who is about to assassinate a congressman.

Estes comes home after a long day to find Quinn sitting in the corner of his living room. Qunn says he didn't kill Brody as he only kills bad men. He warns Estes off Brody, who has kept every promise and lead them to Nazir, otherwise he'll be back to kill a bad man. I have a new respect for Quinn, who also gave great raps to Carrie and said Estes treated her like shit. Estes lets Saul go the next day, saying he had a change of plan re: Brody.

Saul tells Carrie she is favourite for Station Chief, but she baulks, saying she wants a work/life balance. Saul calls her the smartest and dumbest person he's ever met, knowing she still has feelings for Brody.

Saul represents the CIA at Nazir's burial at sea on a carrier, while Carrie and Brody attend Walden's memorial service. Carrie and Brody slip away and Carrie tells him that she's decided. She wants him. But they look out the window and Brody says it's odd, his car has been moved. Carrie says "Oh fark" and it explodes, killing most of the people (including Estes - yay!!) at the service.

Carrie activates her pre-planned escape plan and says that she and Brody will be on a fishing boat in Newfoundland the next day bound for a freighter in International waters. As Nick is getting his bogus passport made up, on the TV is being played his confession of killing Walden (with the bomb vest that didn't happen). Jessica and the kids are also watching. Nick is horrified.

Carrie and Nick reach the drop off point and Brody realises she's not coming.

Saul, who is now the CIA ranking officer, gets double good news in that his wife is returning from India to support him, and Carrie shows up.

Props to the writers, they have managed a Finale that leaves many possible story lines.

Went all 24sy, as predicted.
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Re: OT: Favourite Current Television Programme?

Post by horace on Tue 08 Jan 2013, 00:14

Must say I enjoyed the humour of the NZ series, the Almighty Johnsons...not least because of the jokes that could be made about the less than almighty Midge
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Re: OT: Favourite Current Television Programme?

Post by LeFromage on Tue 08 Jan 2013, 20:05

How "Lost" came to be (spolier: the writers really didn't know what they were doing...)

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8670609/alan-sepinwall-origins-lost
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Re: OT: Favourite Current Television Programme?

Post by tricycle on Thu 10 Jan 2013, 10:35

What type of programme is Homeland? Found out it's on the telly here. Police, comedy, bollocks, mixture?

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Re: OT: Favourite Current Television Programme?

Post by taipan on Thu 10 Jan 2013, 10:39

Espionage
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Re: OT: Favourite Current Television Programme?

Post by tricycle on Thu 10 Jan 2013, 10:40

Cheers Taips.

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Re: OT: Favourite Current Television Programme?

Post by taipan on Thu 10 Jan 2013, 10:42

Actually pretty good Trike. Well worth a watch.
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Re: OT: Favourite Current Television Programme?

Post by tricycle on Thu 10 Jan 2013, 10:48

Yeah, will be watching it from tonight. Guess our lot will still be telecasting the first season.

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Re: OT: Favourite Current Television Programme?

Post by LeFromage on Thu 10 Jan 2013, 19:02

tricycle wrote:Yeah, will be watching it from tonight. Guess our lot will still be telecasting the first season.

Which is better than the second season, so you're in for a treat.
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Post by Lara Lara Laughs on Thu 10 Jan 2013, 19:57

Dello wrote:How "Lost" came to be (spolier: the writers really didn't know what they were doing...)

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8670609/alan-sepinwall-origins-lost

Cheers for that Jay. Interesting read. It seems so long ago now but I remember defending the ending on "solid character arc conclusion" grounds and this seems to explain why they went down that route.

I might have a different view if I rematched it now, thinking back to some of the unsolved mysteries. I still firmly believe that you don't have to explain everything in film/tv - the difference here being that they had promised to, several times, and didn't. All reviews are based on expectation - for some it was all about the characters, for others it was about the mystery - pity they couldn't marry the two perfectly (never really watched it but understand the X-Files did this best).

Like they say in the piece, it's a shame a lot of the genuinely great TV it produced is forgotten by the unsatisfying ending.

And Happy New Year. Can't see vilkrang around - do you know if he's OK? Hope so.
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Re: OT: Favourite Current Television Programme?

Post by LeFromage on Thu 10 Jan 2013, 21:37

Lara Lara Laughs wrote:
Dello wrote:How "Lost" came to be (spolier: the writers really didn't know what they were doing...)

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8670609/alan-sepinwall-origins-lost

Cheers for that Jay. Interesting read. It seems so long ago now but I remember defending the ending on "solid character arc conclusion" grounds and this seems to explain why they went down that route.

I might have a different view if I rematched it now, thinking back to some of the unsolved mysteries. I still firmly believe that you don't have to explain everything in film/tv - the difference here being that they had promised to, several times, and didn't. All reviews are based on expectation - for some it was all about the characters, for others it was about the mystery - pity they couldn't marry the two perfectly (never really watched it but understand the X-Files did this best).

Like they say in the piece, it's a shame a lot of the genuinely great TV it produced is forgotten by the unsatisfying ending.

And Happy New Year. Can't see vilkrang around - do you know if he's OK? Hope so.

You too, Laz. No idea about vilks. Hopefully he'll pop his head in sometime soon. Or turn up in a river.

I guess Lost rather painted itself into a corner with the whole answering a question with a question tease they spun out for so many years - it kept the viewers hooked, but the payoff was never going to match the anticipation, which caused the finale to fall predictably flat (that, and it was pretty shit).

But you can't argue with the bigger picture, that it was one of the most engrossing TV series in years and you'd have to be a nutcase to have sat through 100+ episodes of quality only to then turn around after an unsatisfying last episode and declare that it was rubbish all along.

Based on that article, it's a miracle the show meandered to some kind of semi coherent conclusion, given the muddled and messy production (which also included a writers' strike along the way).

I'll watch it all again one day. Won't be as good, but I reckon it'll still stand up.
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Re: OT: Favourite Current Television Programme?

Post by tricycle on Wed 16 Jan 2013, 18:35

Turns out there is a week between one show ending and its replacement starting.

Liked the first episode. Will inevitably be stretched three seasons too long, but it is good.

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Re: OT: Favourite Current Television Programme?

Post by tricycle on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 06:14

The Seppos have a golf reality telly show where more words are bleeped out than allowed. Seppos are weird.

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Re: OT: Favourite Current Television Programme?

Post by Brass Monkey on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 08:53

Heck yeah - Spartacus is back... Anyone? No, OK. But heck, yeah all the same.
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Re: OT: Favourite Current Television Programme?

Post by taipan on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 08:58

tricycle wrote:The Seppos have a golf reality telly show where more words are bleeped out than allowed. Seppos are weird.

Never watched Jerry Springer?
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Post by tricycle on Fri 25 Jan 2013, 09:08

Thankfully no. Don't think it's shown here, unaware if it is. All I know is it's a mad house programme.

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Post by tricycle on Mon 04 Feb 2013, 16:10

Through the first season of Homeland. Thought the last couple of episodes were average, bit too much drama type.

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Post by Brass Monkey on Mon 04 Feb 2013, 18:17

They found Richard III, will be on C4 tonight at 9... if you're that way inclined.
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Post by taipan on Mon 04 Feb 2013, 18:22

Brass Monkey wrote:They found Richard III, will be on C4 tonight at 9... if you're that way inclined.

Richard I wasn't bad, but I thought they lost the plot in Richard II
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Post by Brass Monkey on Mon 04 Feb 2013, 18:42

Richard III is one of my favourite songs.

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