House of Cards - new season released on Friday! / Other good series

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August 3rd, 2016, 3:50 pm #41

battlingignorance wrote:
Deep into the last season of 'Hell On Wheels' - scene-chewing drama around the early cross-US railroads. Colm Meany is a great villain.
Colm Meany's character has a villainous side to him, but he's probably more of an anti-hero. He really has some major redeeming qualities. I must agree about singling him out for mention though -- his character is complex, multi-faceted, and enigmatic, and Meany deserves an Emmy for his performance. 

I don't want to spoil anything for you, but Bohannon's comments in the end about Durant and his demeanour toward him speak to the complexity of his (Durant's -- but Bohannon's, too) character. 


The pure villain in Hell of Wheels would have to be Chris Heyerdahl's character. One of the bestest villians on the screen. 
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August 3rd, 2016, 4:21 pm #42

You are absolutely correct, fortune cookie....Meany is the anti-hero and Heyerdahl is an immensely entertaining, nay - villainous, villain!
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August 4th, 2016, 6:32 pm #43

For those who can't get enough of European series, check out MHz Choice. $7.99/month (after 30-day trial) for unlimited access to their extensive catalogue of mysteries, dramas & comedies. Most American series leave me cold, too predictable. The folks across the pond have a completely different sensibility and subtlety that leave us in the dust.
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August 10th, 2016, 4:26 pm #44

Gator...second recommendation this week for Penny Dreadful. My son gave me a detailed description and I think I will try it. Another show... Shameless. Exactly that and not for the faint of heart but pretty hilarious.
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September 1st, 2016, 8:01 pm #45

Season 2 of Narcos starts tomorrow.   It is the story of the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar in Columbia. 

Still enjoying the Shameless Gallagher family episodes.  In season 2.  
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September 1st, 2016, 8:31 pm #46

Shameless gets more and more depraved every season. I'm a big fan.
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September 1st, 2016, 8:38 pm #47

   It is the over-the-top outrageousness that makes it so much fun!
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September 2nd, 2016, 9:41 am #48

Season 1 of Narcos was very good.
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September 16th, 2016, 9:35 pm #49

gator wrote:
Shameless gets more and more depraved every season. I'm a big fan.
In Season 5...you aren't kidding about the depraved part!  Still watching...

Narcos Season 2...first couple episodes...meh.  Season 1 was really good although I have to look away when it gets really gross. Will get back to it though.
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September 27th, 2016, 7:03 pm #50

Finished Shameless until they make more. Can't wait.   Going very slowly through  Narcos Season 2...just not feeling it. I blew through Season 1.  Started Penny Dreadful...slowly getting into it but very different from what usually interests me.
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September 27th, 2016, 7:14 pm #51

Karly wrote:
Finished Shameless until they make more. Can't wait.   Going very slowly through  Narcos Season 2...just not feeling it. I blew through Season 1.  Started Penny Dreadful...slowly getting into it but very different from what usually interests me.
I wasn't sure if I liked Penny Dreadful at first either but once they revealed more of the characters backstory as the season goes forward, everything seemed to make more sense. 

Thinking of subscribing to Hulu just so I can watch "The Path". Anyone seen it?

Still waiting for Season 3 of "The Leftovers" to air on HBO. Best show ever.
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September 27th, 2016, 7:19 pm #52

So far I've met Frankenstein and Dorian Gray.
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September 28th, 2016, 11:18 am #53

'Narcos' season 2 was good....not sure how they will sustain into a 3rd season now that Escobar is dead.

I just finished a great BBC 5-episode piece on Amazon Prime - 'London Spy'. Fantastic, complicated stuff.

'Longmire' season 5 just went up on Netflix -- I love this show...even though the main character is quite the asshole.

'Ray Donovan' ended. Very sad.

And I just finished season 2 of 'Bloodline'. I like it...but the characters are getting flatter and more annoying. One more season and they are done.
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September 28th, 2016, 1:08 pm #54

For you fellow sci-fi nerds, The Expanse was really great. Refreshingly Hard SciFi, which seems to be making something of a comeback. The Man in the High Castle is also really worth watching, if you can wrap your head around a Phillip K. Dick world.
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September 28th, 2016, 1:55 pm #55

An absolute YES for 'The Man In The High Castle'. Rufus Sewell has massive molars when it comes to scenery-chewing!
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October 2nd, 2016, 8:12 pm #56

battlingignorance wrote:
'Narcos' season 2 was good....not sure how they will sustain into a 3rd season now that Escobar is dead.

I just finished a great BBC 5-episode piece on Amazon Prime - 'London Spy'. Fantastic, complicated stuff.

'Longmire' season 5 just went up on Netflix -- I love this show...even though the main character is quite the asshole.

'Ray Donovan' ended. Very sad.

And I just finished season 2 of 'Bloodline'. I like it...but the characters are getting flatter and more annoying. One more season and they are done.
Escobar is dead.  Season 2 certainly picked up after a couple of episodes.   

It is hard to imagine Season 3 but I'll be curious to see.
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October 2nd, 2016, 8:32 pm #57

Even though Escobar was a piece of shit, I found it tasteless how they had trophy pictures taken of themselves over his dead body.


Westworld premieres tonight on HBO. It has good reviews from what I've read.
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October 2nd, 2016, 8:35 pm #58

He corrupted so many people and caused the early death of so many.  I don't pity his wife who seemed to accept any evil he brought on anyone in Columbia.  I do feel badly for his children and feel like doing a bit of research to see what happened to them later in life.
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October 2nd, 2016, 8:47 pm #59

His son is an architect living in Buenos Aires.  The family has made some money off the likeness of Escobar.  Sins of my Father was an Argentine movie from his son's perspective.

His daughter lives under an assumed name...don't blame her!
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October 3rd, 2016, 11:31 am #60

I finally got my husband to watch Treme with me. I loved it the first time and I am still so impressed with it. I wish it had been longer, but it never caught on the way the Wire did (a lot of the same people involved). It take place in NOLA in the months and years following Katrina. The characters and the music are just wonderful.
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