[watching] What have you seen recently?

Arrow started very well but the whole angst about working alone, not trusting his teammates, carrying the burden alone, etc. gets very old fast. I couldn’t carry on with the last series because of it.
John Barrowman definitely stole the show in the early series.

Flash is definitely more fun in the first couple of series but they have started to add in more of the silly angst that Arrow suffers from. Also every villain is a speedster. That gets old fast too.
 
Arrow started very well but the whole angst about working alone, not trusting his teammates, carrying the burden alone, etc. gets very old fast. I couldn’t carry on with the last series because of it.
John Barrowman definitely stole the show in the early series.

Flash is definitely more fun in the first couple of series but they have started to add in more of the silly angst that Arrow suffers from. Also every villain is a speedster. That gets old fast too.
If you haven't seen Arrow or the Flash in a while, they have both moved on. Arrow has gone back to a more gritter path, and rather kill off the big bad in the last series, they have brought him back to reek more havoc in series seven, which is kind of cool and moves the story forward. The Flash has had some non-speeder main villains, with the Thinker in the last season and Cicada in this season.
 
Outlaw/King is a great historic romp. Focusing on Robert the Bruce and the First War Of Scottish Independence up to the Battle of Bannockburn*.
Chris Pine gives a stunningly wonderful performance as the Bruce, he is very watchable.
The fights and battle scenes are brutally depicted and are fun to watch.
It also looks to my untrained eye that the armour and costumes are historically close to being correct for the most part. The story is boiled down of course to fit it into the two hour film so some historical details are lost.

I only have two complaints:
Cutting a rope to launch a trebuchet, really!
The Battle of Bannockburn* was a little too quick in it’s depiction, most Middle Ages battles were quick and nasty but Bannockburn was unusual as it was actually a two day battle.

Worth catching on Netflix and I’ll be catching again too (the wife went very Scottish whilst watching it).

And I’ll be returning to Netflix today as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has just dropped too.

EDIT: I have been informed that it isn’t Bannockburn but the Battle of Loudoun Hill. That explains why I thought the ending seemed rushed though there is therefore a big dollop of artist license at the end.
 
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Outlaw/King is a great historic romp. Focusing on Robert the Bruce and the First War Of Scottish Independence up to the Battle of Bannockburn.
Chris Pine gives a stunningly wonderful performance as the Bruce, he is very watchable.
The fights and battle scenes are brutally depicted and are fun to watch.
It also looks to my untrained eye that the armour and costumes are historically close to being correct for the most part. The story is boiled down of course to fit it into the two hour film so some historical details are lost.

I only have two complaints:
Cutting a rope to launch a trebuchet, really!
The Battle of Bannockburn was a little too quick in it’s depiction, most Middle Ages battles were quick and nasty but Bannockburn was unusual as it was actually a two day battle.

Worth catching on Netflix and I’ll be catching again too (the wife went very Scottish whilst watching it).

And I’ll be returning to Netflix today as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has just dropped too.

Yes, I just started watching this late last night. Will finish watching today...seemed good though.
 
Arrow is dark and gritty, and is best suited for an adult audience. The Flash is aimed at family audience. Legends of Tomorrow is very tongue and cheek. Whilst Supergirl is aimed at a female audience. The best of the DC shows has to be Black Lightning, which is very polished and is available weekly on Netflix. I haven’t seen Titans yet to comment, but rumours suggest it’s the best DC show yet. Arrow and The Flash both predate any of the Marvel Netflix shows, but the Netflix Marvel series are superior to the DC ones, with probably the exception of Black Lightning, which is on par.
I found BL a bit corny, Flash was certainly the worst DC offering, Krypton the best, SG is not bad just rather samey. Smallville (dark sets alone do not make you gritty) I really liked before it moved into the city then it became far more like Flash etc. a setting I first remember in Angel, but I am sure I have seen it earlier than that. I will give Green Arrow a go.

We are spoilt for choice, when I was a teen I would have said "A Supers Series!!!!" :)

Zapped is back on and well worth a player catch up if you have missed it.
 
Dr Who, Demons of Punjab: I thought it was another cracking episode, one of the best in the series, and on par with Rosa. It certainly was very poignant episode, with a good morale tale. It reminded me of the historical stories of the classic series.
 
Psychomania - bonkers British biker horror from the early 1970s. Motorcycle gang commits sucide en masse to come back as invulnerable undead ton-up tearaways. More plot holes than you could ride a Harley Davidson through, but still done with a certain panache - the scenes at the standing stones are nicely atmospheric.
 
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SuperMunchkin
I watched and really enjoyed Series 2 of Luke Cage last weekend. I did find it had to get into properly, but by Episode 4 it was drawing me along and I binged it. I really liked the way that they made Bushmaster's background complicated, with reasons to have sympathy with him. It's a shame that they cancelled the show now, as I'd have loved to see where this could go. I also liked the Danny Rand episode, which made him a much less grating character than he was earlier on. I've started on Iron Fist Series 2 now...
 
Watched The Woman in Black over the weekend. Not the Harry Potter one but the 1989 TV film starring his Dad, and penned by Nigel Kneale. Thought it was great, , really evoked that MR James style gloomy coastal atmosphere. The use of creepy recordings reminded me of Kneale's earlier The Stone Tape but I thought it was done much better here. Nice to see the ever excellent Bernard Hepton in a major supporting role too.

Read Susan Hill's novel a few years back which I remember as being pretty good, but curiously can't recall much in the way of specific detail about it so not sure how faithful Kneale's adaptation is - I know him and Hill had a contretemps about him changing the surname of the main character.
 
Saw Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald
It is very much the Empire Strikes Back of this particular Potterverse saga (or your Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, for those staying on theme) and has some quite dark and adult themes hidden beneath the frippery. I don't meta-analyse films to the point of disjointed nonengagement so I quite enjoyed it. However, once again, it really did make me furious that JKR doesn't allow for an official Wizarding World RPG. It would be a licence to print money and would be a blast to play with!
 
However, once again, it really did make me furious that JKR doesn't allow for an official Wizarding World RPG. It would be a licence to print money and would be a blast to play with!
Agreed.

But more than wanting to see (or write) the game, I'd be fascinated to know her reasons. She seems to be quite intelligent and I don't like to make assumptions. However, I can't help but feel she may not have the full picture of the hobby.
 
I believe it’s do with not wanting people to tell stories in her world. Something like that was given to C7 when they inquired a number of years ago, iirc.

- Neil.
 

Dom

SuperMunchkin
Read Susan Hill's novel a few years back which I remember as being pretty good, but curiously can't recall much in the way of specific detail about it so not sure how faithful Kneale's adaptation is - I know him and Hill had a contretemps about him changing the surname of the main character.
It's actually a short in a decent ghost stories collection ;-)
 
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Watched Bohemian Rhapsody earlier this week. A life long Queen fan, I was certainly part of their target audience, having been as obsessive about them once as I am about gaming and geekery today. Approached it with hope and dread - at their best such films can be brilliant, and at their worst dire saccharine-sweet rubbish with no insight or soul (or acting for that matter). I needn't have worried, in the end I loved it! At times it was a bit twee and avoided controversy, but overall there was some lovely comic touches, plenty of great music, the actors playing the band members nailed it, especially Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury who had the mannerisms and voice uncannily spot on, and I thought it was painfully honest about the loneliness that Freddie appeared to experience despite the fame and riches. I gather they recorded the whole of the Live Aid set, which I look forward to seeing when released. Still want to play the fantasy RPG game set in the world of their song titles - especially the early ones (March of the Black Queen, Faerie Fellow's Masterstroke, Ogre Battle etc.)
 
What have I just seen? That's a very good question!

Unpopular as it may be, I am unashamedly a fan of The Last Ship. It is unapologetically gung-ho Americana with executive producer Michael Bay clearly visible in its DNA. Starting in a post-viral outbreak world where the Nathan James is the titular 'last ship' in the US Navy, the series skip through the virus, a homeland survivors cult, a mutated crop virus, a near war with Asia and a full on war against a united South America.

The very last ever episode dropped this week and well ... well ... it was Battlestar Bloody Galactica all over again. Why can't people just end a series straight? After all the madness he has had to endure Chandler (the almost mary sue-esque star) starts to have a breakdown in the last few episodes and then in his final act - ramming the sinking Nathan James, almost effortlessly, into an enemy battleship - he somehow survives but as a surreal, overly long, somewhere-between-life-and-death scene takes the series into something quite bizarre. Sure, it was nice to see some of the previously killed characters (and I was pleased to see Tex, but it would have been better to see Rhona Mitra's Rachel) but then the show just stopped. Chandler bobbing in the water, a dingy coming to get him. Titles.

For Fluffs Sake! You knew it was the last episode! A reasonable epilogue/denouement would have been much better. Did Wolf survive? What happened to the chopper crew (last seen going down into the sea off Columbia)? Did Chandler successfully settle with his family? Did Miller settle down with his new lady? Did Danny and Kara get their lives back? We will never know...

A little digging online tells me that the production ran out of money and couldn't shoot the planned epilogue, which would have used the footage and interviews from the press reporter who was wedged into the final few episodes. That's a real shame.

I loved the Last Ship. It was a wonderful piece of escapism nonsense that taught me that just about any problem can be solved by the 50mm cannon. And before the haters start, its definitely one of those series that, if you did it at the table, you'd still be high-fiving yourself now! hahahah
 
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