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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2015, 09:18:07 am »
I just caught up with the second season of Ray Donovan, which is brilliant source material for a contemporary, non-fantastical game. He's a fixer who works for a Hollywood law firm with a very exclusive clientele. The sort who pay a lot of money to make their problems go away, and stay out of the press (or jail).
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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2015, 09:56:30 pm »
I follow Agents of SHIELD and The Blacklist. I'll soon enjoy the Agent Carter mini-series that's taking AoS's timeslot for 7 weeks before AoS returns for its second-half, and I'm looking forward to the new Top Gear series airing on BBC America. (Disappointed with Doctor Who; love Capaldi, hated everything else.)
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« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2015, 12:57:07 am »
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Hoping to start watching that Marco Polo series on Netflix in the next few days, when I get a big enough block of time to watch the first few episodes.


It's watchable, but not amazing...I wish they spent more time on historical accuracy and less on wu.

It's supposedly the most expensive series every made, but for all the budget, it's very clear that they spent roughly $0 on clothing for the females, at least the ones with no lines.
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« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2015, 06:57:29 pm »
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It's watchable, but not amazing...I wish they spent more time on historical accuracy and less on wu.

It's supposedly the most expensive series every made, but for all the budget, it's very clear that they spent roughly $0 on clothing for the females, at least the ones with no lines.


For me the attraction is the wuxia. I am cool with them not sticking to history and just using it as a convenient backdrop for the story. Would you say the story itself is good? Also how is the action choreography and stunt work?

Still haven't had a chance to get to it, but hearing mixed things. I heard the first episode is a bit tedious but it gets better.

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« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2015, 09:43:34 pm »
I binge-watched my way through BBC America's 'Intruders' series first (only?) season and liked it a good bit... particularly the way it dropped the audience into the situation with almost no information, then slowly revealed what's going on (I'm really glad I didn't read up on it and only found it because I'd finished Life On Mars and wanted more of Mr. Simm). That and some of the stuff with the little girl/old serial killer on the show should probably insure there's no U.S. remake without heavy alterations.

It's given me some new spins on an old idea for a Call of Cthulhu game.

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« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2015, 05:32:14 am »
I wasn't in the slightest bit interested in Agents of Shield, but this Agent Carter miniseries is quite good.
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« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2015, 02:39:16 pm »
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For me the attraction is the wuxia. I am cool with them not sticking to history and just using it as a convenient backdrop for the story. Would you say the story itself is good? Also how is the action choreography and stunt work?

Still haven't had a chance to get to it, but hearing mixed things. I heard the first episode is a bit tedious but it gets better.


The action quality and stunt work is solid, professional stuff. I've certainly seen worse in A-movie titles.

The story is...ok. It's not insult-my-intelligence stupid, even if Marco gets awarded a vast amount of trust, very quickly, and nobody seems to have any language issues (that's one of things I really enjoyed about the TV version of Clavell's Shogun, is how the language barrier makes the cultural barrier even more confounding).

But just imagine if they'd gone hardcore on the realism, a la Deadwood, the series would have been pretty awesome...it's not like the Khanate story isn't amazing all by itself. The Khan was not a random murdering thug pointlessly doing stuff...but they never really focus on the things that would make me come back and watch the series again.

Instead, it's a decently made serial, a sliver better than a legion of other action serials that use reality as a backdrop for having vaguely interesting stuff happen.
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