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I can’t help thinking that a story about oil in the late 19th century and early 20th would make for a great tv show.
TV series in general
There are so many TV shows out there, some bad, others just ok and some good enough. But TV is such an easy time wasting activity (i use this term loosely) that you can just watch a series for the sake of watching it and not getting anything of value out of it. I don’t expect every tv show to be The Wire but i don’t want to fall into the trap where i’m just wasting away the hours watching completely forgettable stuff because it’s convenient and easy to do.
At the moment only Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad (although i thought Season 5 was the weakest) still give me that sense of satisfaction that i’m not just passing/wasting my time.
The first two below did not live up to the expectations but i watched them because they were relatively short.
The 1st Vikings season is now over and after 10 episodes i can safely say that it was mediocre at best. The only episodes that held my interest were the ones with the raids in England. I’m not sure whether i’ll be watching Season 2 as no character has grown on me and i think that all characters have failed to develop with the season. I still dig the intro though.
Orphan Black S1
I am now watching (episode 9) a BBC America production called Orphan Black. I only started watching it after reading a few articles and reviews where it was highly recommended. I really can’t see why to be honest since it’s just passable TV in terms of story, characters and acting. Granted i’m not a sci-fi series fan but i find that there’s nothing new or even remotely interesting that can keep me after season 1 (i think 10 or 11 episodes in total).
Top of the Lake
I saved the better one for last. This is a mini-series (7 episodes) starring Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men – Peggy) in which she plays a detective investigating the disappearance of a 12 year old pregnant girl. It takes place in a community in New Zealand. Holly Hunter, whom i have not seen in a movie for quite some time, is also among the cast. This is a decent watch and being a BBC production it does not outstay its welcome by dragging it out.
Another week ends and the second ever T.G.I Zolos is here. So here we go!
- TV Series – I watched Justified Season 3 this week and i was disappointed. It was watchable but i enjoyed the first two seasons a lot more. A criticism i have is that they tried too hard to make all the villains interesting and clever but in the end they come off looking pretty much the same. All of them have their monologues whereby they try to showcase their intelligence both at street level and at a more academic level. But they remain shallow. For example one of the more important villains in Season 3 is always doing the same thing at a slaughterhouse and always sounds and acts the same throughout the season. In my eyes the show tries to make everyone appear like Al Swearengen (Ian McShane’s character in HBO’s Deadwood). But the script there was a lot better and because they only did it with that character it made him unique and went a lot deeper than Justified. Also Boy Crowder’s character, who was fantastic in the first 2 seasons loses a lot of his “steam”. All in all, a still enjoyable series but they need to do something more next season to keep me interested.
- Movies – I recommend Los Ojos De Julia which is a thriller about a woman who is losing her sight and also Carancho an argentinian film. Also enjoyed Kung Fu Panda which was better than i expected. Killer Elite is an ok pop corn action movie while i did not get why Hitchcock’s Lifeboat is considered to be so good. I do not think it withstood the test of time compared to say The Battle of Algiers. Last but certainly not least is Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. It’s a turkish film and it’s excellent. It’s one of those films i can’t explain why i enjoyed so much. I’ve never found myself more interested and so tense while watching an apple roll down a hill.
- Documentaries – Too Big To Fail was a huge disappointment as i disagreed a lot with the perspective it took. That Hank Paulson was more of a part of the solution to the crisis than part of the problem. This battle he gave at the expense of his health to save the financial system. This applies to other people like Timothy Geithner, the current Secretary of the Treasury. If you are interested in a documentary about the sub-prime mortgage financial crisis watch Inside Job instead. Apart from the cheesy ending it’s superb. When China Met Africa is a documentary on the expansion of Chinese investments in Zambia to get to the country’s natural resources. It’s more like “reality tv” than documentary and although it’s disappointing that there isn’t anything that people don’t already know it is still worth watching.
- Boardgames – Played the cooperative game of Flash Point: Fire Rescue with a friend of mine aka The Big Dude. It’s a game where you play as firemen and are trying to rescue people and pets from a burning house. It’s extremely thematic and after a couple of plays it’s easy to understand what you need to do. It plays fast, 45mins, and it has a level of randomness which prevents people from taking over and giving orders to other players on what needs to be done to solve the puzzle. It’s also very versatile in terms of people you can play it with. Both with more hardcore gamers but also with people who prefer to play on a more casual basis.
Another game i played was High Society which is a 30-40mins auction card game where you bid to buy prestige points. At the end of the game the player who has the most points wins. But that player needs to have more money still in his hand than at least one other player. Light on rules but heavy on tension and interaction among the players. I liked this one a lot.