General TV Discussion

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I decided to finally start my long overdue catch-up with US House of Cards from the start of season 3, which funnily enough introduces a Putin allegory to become Frank's new nemesis now that he's finally connived, blackmailed and murdered his way into the Oval Office. Sadly the show seems to be going very stale very fast. And that's disappointing to see, because I loved the first two seasons - They were tense, they were thrilling despite my already being familiar with the original UK version. Spacey's Underwood was the ultimate magnificent bastard and seeing him plot and scheme with Claire and with Stamper and wonder how he'd get around x obstacle was most of the fun. Now that he's actually President it seems to have degenerated into a dull politics procedural.

UK HoC got around this by having Urquhart becoming a borderline fascist who ratcheted up Thatcherism to its logical social Darwinist conclusion once he got into power, then dealing with the civil unrest and challenges to his leadership that came with that. US HoC has Underwood being... a sly President but one who actually wants to do positive things like job creation and peace in the Middle East? Even if it is self-serving, it's frigging boring. So the story is now following the twists and turns of trying to get the senate to agree to his jobs proposal and the UN to pass a resolution - Yawn. Bring back the Frank who threw people under trains. In the aftermath of Trump's victory it all seems quite mundane. Having Frank transition into a populist demagogue so he no longer needs the approval or support of politicians and the bureaucrats he had to navigate around to get to the White House would not only have been a natural evolution of his character but also more topical. But then I guess they couldn't have predicted the way things would go back in 2015.

The product placement in HoC continues not to bother me because it's so obvious and hilarious it reminds me of this:
 
Episode 10 of Twin Peaks: The Return continuing the fine tradition of Kyle MacLachlan finding himself in the most ridiculous sex scenes imagineable.

I had to stop watching, I was laughing so much.
 
Just finished first season of The Deuce. A precinct drama about the titular, vice-riddled area of central New York in the early 1970s, it's pretty full on in its depiction of monetised sleaze, but if you aren't put off by the subject matter, it's a very entertaining series with a top notch cast.
 
Finished The Punisher. It was consistently good throughout and I liked how grounded it felt compared to so much of Marvel's other output, but, I don't know, there was never any point where I stopped and thought 'this is something a bit special'. There's also a particular sequence that I thought wasn't so much a cheeky nod to cancelled Jon Bertnthal series Mob City, as lazy plagarism. Bernthal is spot on though - after a while with the show, you can't imagine anyone else being Frank Castle.

Off the back of that one, I also sampled Daredevil. It's quite good; the action is suitably crunchy and the cast keep it believable, but after watching three episodes in a row, I don't feel any great need to continue with it for now.
 
Off the back of that one, I also sampled Daredevil. It's quite good; the action is suitably crunchy and the cast keep it believable, but after watching three episodes in a row, I don't feel any great need to continue with it for now.
It gets better as it goes along, and the second series is where Punisher and Electra were introduced. The first season starts to feel more "Daredevil" towards episode seven or something and ends well.
 
Finished S1 of Mindhunter. Doesn't bring anything too revelatory to the table, but it's a well acted, good looking period crime drama about the nascent FBI behavioural science unit and their attempts to identify the newly christened 'serial killers'. I particularly liked the soundtrack, even if some of the choices were a bit on the nose.

[FBI agents interview an imprisoned murderer]
"PSYCHO KILLER, QU'EST-CE QUE C'EST..."
 
re - watching Boardwalk Empire. I absolutely love everything about this show, the characters are complex and well acted, the setting is interesting and vibrant. Definitely my favourite tv show ever, I even like it more than game of thrones.
 
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