What Was the Last Episode of TV You Watched

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Double posting cuz my last one was 2 days ago.

So I finished the first season. I really liked it, and I’m liking it the more I think about it, but I can’t really consider this some sort of a spiritual predecessor to Chernobyl like I’ve seen some do. I think it’s mostly because of the supernatural element, which I sort of feel conflicted about. I get why comparisons do arise though.
I’m really mixed about the entire Tuunbaq/Inuit people subplot. It conveys very well just how out of place the expedition people were, and adds a real, unique element of horror to it, but as the show progresses, it sort of dwindles out for me. Several things didn’t help it - the wobbly CGI (I get the budget limits), which is not too big of a deal, but I kind of feel like it takes away the scariness by revealing what they were up against. Maybe the “monster” should’ve never been shown fully, to both the crew, and the audience - though that would be difficult to pull off, which is why I kind of feel the whole thing was maybe not necessary. The real life horror of people stranded in foreign, desolate lands going mad and slowly dying off feels like enough.
I’m also mixed about Hickey.
What starts out as an intriguingly twisted character, perfectly mirroring the growing paranoia and deteriorating mental state of the crew, quickly crosses over to cartoon villain territory as soon as the ‘mutiny’ gains full steam. I feel like his natural progress is broken, because the show goes overboard wanting to position him as this evil threat to the crew, adding further “despicable” elements to his character, turning him into this absolutely irredeemable cult leader type of thing, but ultimately it... idk it feels overblown? I think Crozier’s reply to Hickey once he reveals he stole someone’s identity to get aboard really sums up how I feel about the character - instead of overcomplicating, he “could’ve just joined up”. Although I gotta say, the execution - the performance, is terrific, so the character sort of gets a pass anyway. You just want to wipe the island’s terrain with his face so bad. I both enjoyed watching this, and was continuously low key freaking out all the time lol.
The acting across the board is really amazing, like, I’m struggling to think of a weak link, because there is none. The atmosphere is just so well done, I read people complaining about the fake ice, but I kind of liked that stage play-like setting, because I feel like this also could’ve been a great stage play. The chemistry between the characters, and their isolated surroundings creates perfect intensity on its own, and it just pulls you in. The first few episodes feel a bit slow, but the pace gets better later on. I have to say, thinking and reading more about the events, it’s such a gloomy story all around.

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yeah I agree. It's my big issue with it. the supernatural element vanishes almost completely and it's left feeling oddly small / vacant and relying on character drama to motivate things. Some of which is messy.


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Yeah, but overall I think it’s worth a watch, even if for the acting/atmosphere alone.

I’m now thinking what I should watch next. I have so many shows I haven’t seen, it’s probably best not to overthink and just do something lmao. Was just thinking about HBO’s Rome or Treme (both of which I’ve wanted to see for years). Although I’m open for suggestions too.

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Ruth wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Yeah, but overall I think it’s worth a watch, even if for the acting/atmosphere alone.

I’m now thinking what I should watch next. I have so many shows I haven’t seen, it’s probably best not to overthink and just do something lmao. Was just thinking about HBO’s Rome or Treme (both of which I’ve wanted to see for years). Although I’m open for suggestions too.
have you seen the leftovers? because if not..


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Vader182 wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Ruth wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Yeah, but overall I think it’s worth a watch, even if for the acting/atmosphere alone.

I’m now thinking what I should watch next. I have so many shows I haven’t seen, it’s probably best not to overthink and just do something lmao. Was just thinking about HBO’s Rome or Treme (both of which I’ve wanted to see for years). Although I’m open for suggestions too.
have you seen the leftovers? because if not..


-Vader
actually i have been seriously considering watching it but heard it like triggered depression in people so like idk lmao

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it's pain and it's bliss

watch it. one of the best shows of all time imo.

it's a magic realist drama that contends with massive existential and social issues in an often meta-fictional way. it's about narrative and from where stories derive their power, whether it's religion, political figures, marriages, whatever.

I love season 1, but Seasons 2-3 are where the show really rockets up in quality and becomes one of the most dynamic and exciting shows on tv.


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It does seem like something I would really like. I’ve seen people recommend against binging it though, so I’ll probably try to ease my way in slower, or watch it simultaneously with something else.

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Fleabag season 1&2
The british are really good at dark comedies yo. love it.

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the_red_ninja wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Fleabag season 1&2
The british are really good at dark comedies yo. love it.

Also, continuing with that line of thought but more in the vein of a light-hearted Teen British comedy. Sex Education is really good. It was just released by Netflix earlier this year. There were so many moments where my wife and I laughed out loud hysterically.

Well written, good storyline, witty dialogue, great characters, easy to get invested in. It’s the wild child of The Inbetweeners and Skins — I can’t recommend it enough.

Ruth, if you’re interested in going in the opposite direction, less drama-heavy, try this.

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Vader182 wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 4:56 pm
it's pain and it's bliss

watch it. one of the best shows of all time imo.

it's a magic realist drama that contends with massive existential and social issues in an often meta-fictional way. it's about narrative and from where stories derive their power, whether it's religion, political figures, marriages, whatever.

I love season 1, but Seasons 2-3 are where the show really rockets up in quality and becomes one of the most dynamic and exciting shows on tv.


-Vader
i second this. I'm still on season 2, but it has made me cry-smiling at so many turns.

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