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  1. Avatar Glyph
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    I spent last week catching up on the DVR backlog from a few weeks of travel (for both work and pleasure) and houseguests (since when you have friends visiting that you don’t see often, TV appointments must wait).

    I hear rumblings that both The Americans and Agent Carter are facing some perilous ratings, and that makes me nervous, because these are two of the best shows going right now. The Americans is just killing it on every level, and Agent Carter is so much better and more just completely fun than it has any right to be (Carter and Jarvis together have excellent chemistry, I could see them doing screwball comedy). So if you were thinking about watching either show, please do.

    Watched an ep of Broad City last night in which Jerri Blank apparently became a NYC realtor.Report

  2. Avatar Will Truman
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    I’ve just finished watching The Blacklist. This season has been… dreadfully uninteresting, which is a real disappointment. It was one I was really looking forward to seeing. I mean, I guess it’s not bad television, but the first season it felt like they were working and building on something. This season, it feels like a series of “Hey, that sounds cool, let’s just do it.”

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  3. Avatar Will Truman
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    Besides that, I’ve been listening to and watching The Good Wife. I’d have some thoughts to share on that, but I don’t think anyone else here watches it. It has its highs and lows.

    I’m watching Bosch, the Amazon TV series based on the Harry Bosch books. It’s not bad at all.

    I’m trying to figure out what to listen to when I get caught up on TGW and am back to audiobooks. Bosch books are where I would go, if I weren’t watching the TV series.Report

    • Avatar Chris in reply to Will Truman
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      R. is, or was, a big Good Wife fan. She all but abandoned it after last season, though.Report

    • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Will Truman
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      @will-truman

      What do you mean by “listening” to TGW? Isn’t it a TV show?Report

      • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Kazzy
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        Yeah, but you can listen to dialogue-heavy TV programs without watching them.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Kazzy
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        Got it. I’ve considered that but I’m too much of a visual person to ever make that work. I can follow podcasts and radio shows because they are deliberately meant for audio-only consumption.

        Do you just turn them on in the background while you do other stuff? Or do you have a way of recording/playing back just the audio?Report

      • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Kazzy
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        @kazzy Depends on the app I’m using, which in turn usually depends on what service (Amazon/Netflix/Hulu/YouTube) I’m using. I prefer to have it running in the background, when I can. Sometimes it’s playing on the screen in my pocket, eating away at the battery.Report

    • Avatar aaron david in reply to Will Truman
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      @will-truman
      I just finished watching Bosch and i will say, as someone who really doesn’t watch TV that it was really good. Kept the feel of the novels, and never treated you like an idiot. Smart characters doing smart things, with the fuck ups that happen in life.

      Reading Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun right now, a very catholic series of SF. Smart and tricky on a Eco level.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman in reply to aaron david
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        @aaron-david My only complaint, and it isn’t much of one, is that they delve into exposition mode a little too much, instead of letting the information flow more organically. I also wish they’d been more loyal to the Jerry Edgar character.

        @james-pearce I would guess it’s a budget thing. It does appear to be rather low budget. (They did manage to get Lance Reddick, though!). It does make things a bit awkward, as with the dating he seems too young for Vietnam but too old for Afghanistan.

        I’d probably prefer an original story. I like that they’re weaving stories together. If they’d gone straight from one of the books, I’d have too firm an idea of what’s going to happen next and next.

        I do like the mystery-over-a-season aspect, which the Amazon TV model is perfect for. I have dreams of a Kindle County TV series, with a court case over a season per season (and different characters every season, with some recurrences).Report

    • Avatar James Pearce in reply to Will Truman
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      Not too far into Bosch, but I dunno…not really digging it so far. (Afghanistan though? Sheesh. I can’t decide if they didn’t have the guts, or the budget, to set it in the 90s…)

      Welliver is a great Bosch, but the rest of the cast….I mean, I loved The Wire, but Jamie Hector as Jerry and Lance Reddick as Irving? I thought Irving would be tweedier and Jerry would be beefier. (In my mind, Warren Moon plays Jerry.)

      Still, it’s nice to see the character on the screen and I do like how they’re weaving the books together. And I hope I start to like it more as I work my way through the rest of the season.Report

    • Avatar Mike Dwyer in reply to Will Truman
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      Will, we watch The Good Wife at our house. Patiently waiting for it to start back up again. That show doesn’t always nail it but when they do it is one of the best shows on TV.Report

  4. Avatar Kazzy
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    Is anyone watching “Better Call Saul”? I’ve got it on DVR but haven’t tuned in yet. Heard good things from various corners…Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Kazzy
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      Yes. It’s not Breaking Bad (yet, anyway), but well worth watching. Bob Odenkirk is crushing it as Jimmy McGill (his name change comes later), every bit as much as Bryan Cranston did.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Mike Schilling
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        Just watched Episode 1. I remember thinking, “It is going to be hard to accept a several-years-older Bob Odenkirk playing a several-years-younger Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman.” But then I remember that it didn’t really matter because only Bob Odenkirk can play Saul Goodman.

        I have to say that when I heard Mike’s voice, I got a little excited inside. And when I saw Mike’s face, I got *really* excited inside. And when I saw our other friend from BB who greeted him at the door at the end of the episode, I yelped a little.

        The camera work and many other components just scream BB in a very good way.Report

    • Avatar Glyph in reply to Kazzy
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      Yeah, it’s good so far.Report

  5. Avatar Jaybird
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    Just finished Burn Notice.

    Wow.

    (V qvqa’g ernyvmr gung V jnf ernyyl jngpuvat “Ubj V Zrg Lbhe Zbgure”.)

    Notes on Season Seven: it felt like the most disjointed of the seven seasons. The first six seasons, for example, could have a line of some sort drawn from their overarching narrative arc to the first show. The last season, by contrast, could only be connected to the previous season.

    That said, Wow.

    (And I found myself saying “How are they going to write their way out of this particular corner?” during that last episode and then they wrote their way *THROUGH* it. Those who have seen the show know exactly what I’m talking about. Wow.)

    Good stuff. Full recommendation all around from start of the first show to the end of the last one.Report

  6. Avatar Glyph
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    Is anyone else watching Fortitude?

    WTH is going on?!Report

  7. Avatar Mike Dwyer
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    I just finished the first season of Penny Dreadful. It’s short so it makes for a great weekend binge.

    I’ve always loved classic horror movies of the Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman variety. I have to say they did the genre proud and they do a fantastic job of capturing the look and feel of Victorian London. Seriously, if you have Showtime, check it out.Report

  8. Avatar Kim
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    Ida won.
    I shall cheer with a rather malevolent cackle.

    Our local film festival was partially sponsored by a Polish organization, which would rather show Jack Strong than Ida.

    Yes, my cheering will exhibit a certain wanton glee.Report

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