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Media OT: TV GAF 20-20 Vision

Kadayi

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Figured New Year/New Decade Time for a dedicated Community TV thread.

What have you been watching? What did you think of it? Was it any good? Let GAF know.

If it's a new show or one that people might not have heard of post an IMDB Link & Maybe a trailer as well

Also Keep spoilers under wraps especially for new shows 🤔

Anyway, I'll kick off with what I've been recently watching: -

The Last Kingdom



Post NYE and suffering from a bit of illness I found myself bedridden so for a few days so occupied my time with rewatching Seasons 1 - 3 of The Last Kingdom via the Netflix.

Not quite as showy as The History Channels 'Vikings' TLK is still a pretty entertaining watch as far as quasi-historical dramas go Originally a BBC funded show, Netflix came in with them on Season 2 and the bigger budget that brought has certainly helped it through its retained the rustic charm of Season 1 with everyone wandering around in shit most of the time (Monty Python approved). Written by Historical Author Bernard Cornwell (just releasing book 12 this year..take note GRRM) the story ostensively revolves around the adventures and travails of Uhtred of Bebbanburg the second son of Saxon noble who finds himself being brought up by Danish Vikings and straddles the uneasy divide between their Pagan ways and the Christian English around the period of Alfreds ascent to the Throne as the King of Wessex and the nullifying of the Danish Expansion into England.

The supporting characters can be a little broad-brush at times, though not without their charms (it's clear the cast have a good rapport that translates to the screen) and the show isn't afraid to throw the odd curveball in now and then in terms of plot twists here and there. What I particularly like is the fact that Utred is oftentimes both a complete dick and his worst enemy without necessarily straying into pure antihero territory, which is kind of refreshing.

If you're hankering for a bit of Sword fighting Post Witcher then you can't go far wrong with some Viking/Saxon fisticuffs. Season 4 should hopefully be landing sometime later this year and I fully expect it to get renewed for a 5th as it's pretty popular and highly regarded.

Destiny is all. ⚔
 
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SirKicksalot

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Messiah on Netflix, from the assistant director of Matrix Reloaded

It's about the rise of a guy who might be Jesus. He manages to destabilize the world while CIA tries figure out who he really is.
I managed to watch all 10 episodes in one day. It has issues - mostly pacing and my aversion to the shitty vibe of small-town America - but I'd recommend it.
At least it's original and has good ideas.
The Messiah (OR IS HE???) has a very strong presence and is intriguing to the end. The Middle East part of the show is mostly kino, the American part is... not so good. While the Middle East evokes stuff like Argo and Munich, 'Murrica has a shitty Pure Flix vibe, which I'm sure is on purpose but I'm allergic to it.
The middle episodes are poorly paced and the main character is the worst. But! A week later I'm still intrigued and would like to see more. Now that some time has passed and the dead weight of the middle section is forgotten, I have a better overview of what the show was going for. It's a good story with good characters which badly needs some editing.
 
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Nymphae

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I have been watching the Korean show Reply 1988 with my girlfriend on Netflix. Korean culture is really charming. I get a little tired having to read so much while also trying to take everything in visually, as well as having subtler aspects of the culture explained to me as I watch, it can feel like a learning assignment but the content is a breath of fresh air compared to the garbage we make over here.
 
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Kadayi

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Undone


https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/undone/s01 100% Critics 93% Audience

Caught this on the recommendation of Chris Ryan from the Watch Podcast and have to say I wasn't disappointed. Beautifully animated using rotoscoping (something GAF might know from Richard Linklakers A Scanner Darkly), the series follows the life of Alma (Rosa Salazar) a teaching assistant at a Nursery in San Antonio who wakes up from a Coma following a Car Accident to find her Dead Father asking for her help in solving the mystery of his death in 2002 as he believed he was murdered for his scientific research. It's a pretty crazy story overall, that leans heavily into magical realism (thus the Rotoscoping) but is at its heart as with any good story is as much about Alma navigating herself as it is about navigating her new reality and those around her. A compelling story, with some great performances that shine through the animation as well as some extremely touching human moments. Highly recommended. Season 2 already confirmed. :messenger_sun:
 
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Makariel

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Watching The Witcher season 1 on Netflix, can recommend it, enjoyed it very much and look forward to season 2.

Started with Thieves of the Wood on Netflix, which tells a version of the story of Jan de Lichte, who was a deserter, murderer and highwayman in Flanders. I've heard of the story before, so curious about the Netflix-interpretation. So far the costumes look nice, the corrupt aristocrats are corrupt and bastardly, the common folk have mud in their faces and clothes so you can tell they are commoners. Jan can just walk around the city with his hood up and armed in broad daylight and nobody bats an eyelid. So I don't think it scores 100% on historical accuracy, will report back after I saw a few more episodes.
 
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Makariel

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Thieves of the wood turns out to be rather boring. So stopped that about halfway through the first season.

Now started watching Mr Robot, haven't seen that before so I'm starting with season one, just about 5 years behind the curve.
 
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