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OT: What TV Shows/Anime are you currently watching?

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  1. dkn

    dkn Diabloii.Net Member

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    We have a small hobby farm and a big family, so we don't get much time for TV let alone Diablo! But here's what I got going on:

    TV Shows
    1. Westworld:
      My wife and I's favorite show. Though, lots of nudity and violence but she's handling it ok :) lol
    2. Stranger Things:
      This one is just "ok" for me. I was mainly interested because I've been following MK Ultra since I found my first conspiracy theory website... like a decade ago. Good show that keeps us interested but not my favorite
    Anime

    I actually do not watch much anime lol. In fact, none!
     
  2. maxicek

    maxicek Moderator Single Player

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    I started watching Stranger Thinks but it hasn’t really grabbed me.

    Currently on the third book of the Gentlemen Bastards sequence by Scott Lynch. After ASOFAI and Patrick Rothfuss I swore never to read an unfinished sequence again, but found out on the internet that there are more books planned for this one. At least the stories are fairly self contained.

    I actually wonder if GRRM will ever finish the sequence.
     
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  3. Luhkoh

    Luhkoh Diabloii.Net Member

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    I hate to be too pessimistic, but I don't think there's any chance at all. I fully expect book 6 and no book 7. Gentlemen bastards is really fun! The third book was a bit polarizing though. Love to hear what you think of it when you finish it.
     
  4. ioupainmax

    ioupainmax Diabloii.Net Member

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    Ditto, couldn't get through more than 1 or 2 episodes. It being overhyped just made things worse.
     
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    zemaj Diabloii.Net Member

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    I'm glad I caught Stranger Things before all the hype... I don't think there is any way it COULD live up to all the hype it's gotten.

    That said, still need to binge the new season, but I mentioned not really feeling TV in my last post...
     
  6. ioupainmax

    ioupainmax Diabloii.Net Member

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    I just don't think I'm the target audience for it.
     
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    I'm a podcast guy, so I almost never consume product unless I have nothing to do and am sitting with my family, watching whatever they've got on (and I don't do anime).

    The other day we checked out the first episode of NOS4A2 (after the little one went to bed, of course), which intrigued me a little bit, I'll probably check out more tonight.
     
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    Haha, glad you enjoyed it. I've only listened to the first 3-4 audiobooks I think, so don't know how the books compare with the audiobooks, or how the later books were, but it's an odd twist to the modern fantasy genre that I found refreshing, with very light-hearted, easy going writing style.

    I do think with every series, things go down hill towards the end. From movies that just have one too many sequels, to novels, it's hard to keep something creative, fresh, and still the same, and relevant to the current time.
    The Sword of Truth series mentioned above, I loved the first few books, but never finished the series, as it always seemed to go on, without getting anywhere.
    Belgariad and Malloreon series, again, I love them, but the ending is something that just didn't work for me. (Without going into detail, the ending just made the entire series... Anti-climactic, like the events that took place didn't even really matter. Still love the books and story!)
     
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    ioupainmax Diabloii.Net Member

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    Yeah I understand, books/tv shows/film sequels fall into a few different categories:
    • Story stretched too thin - should have finished sooner, but human greed got in the way and they wouldn't let go at the natural end point, so now they have ruined it's legacy.
    • Books with forgone conclusions - like the Belgariad series - loss of a sense of danger (understandable in a book marketed towards a younger audience)
    • Power creep - they've written themselves into a corner and to get out of it, they have to ruin stories or characters.
    • Filler - padding out a story (worse than 'stretching out too thin') this is just irrelevant stuff that should be cut.
     
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    I think that Stranger Things is brilliant, but very few shows live up to the 'hype'. The best thing to do is not get taken in by the hype. Similarly, I tried three times over the year to get into Breaking Bad and just couldn't do it, currently I'm two seasons in and loving it *shrug*
     
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    I've noticed that shows like Stranger Things get me really hyped about a week prior to the new season and the day of release but after the season is over I don't think about them again for another year. I really love Stranger Things and I was thinking about this the other day when browsing Netflix. Not very many shows have made such a lasting impression on me that I watch them over and over.

    I was bored the other day and was browsing Hulu when I came across Killing Eve. I binged the first season and immediately purchased the second season. Both seasons were amazing! I've watched both seasons twice within a week. I cannot recommend this show enough.

    I've also discovered, binged and finished the Amazon Original Series, Patriot. There are only two seasons and unfortunately the show was canceled. Patriot has one of the best introduction songs I've ever heard. So much so that I've listened to it over 20 times this past week. Vashti Bunyan - Train Song

    Season 3 of The Duece just released. I can't remember a lot of the details from the last season so I'm going to watch season 1 and 2 again before watching episode 1 of season 3.

    I know this isn't a movie thread but I watched The Dead Don't Die and it was a pretty cool zombie movie. I know it got mixed reviews but honestly I would have paid to see it in the theater.
     
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    ioupainmax Diabloii.Net Member

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    @MizzouFTW Yes Killing Eve was great! I believe @DaveW also mentioned it further up the thread, so there are a few of us who watched it.

    Thanks for resurfacing this thread. I started watching a new-ish anime this week.

    Anime
    • Vinland Saga
      So far only 9 episodes in, but I'm enjoying it. I binged all 9 episodes over the course of 2 evenings (they are only the standard 20 mins per episode).
     
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    It was OK. I didn’t really like it as much as the others, it seemed a bit short on action. Now I know it is not a trilogy but planned as a sequence of about seven, I suppose it is one of those “fill in the back story” books.

    Currently I’m reading Birds, Beasts & Relatives, as my daughter was reading My Family and Other Animals for school. Looking forward to Joe Abercrombie’s new book which is released a week today - A Little Hatred. That will put me reading four Fantasy sequences which are not complete, but my bets are on this one to be finished first.

    TV: Celebrity Masterchef and Great British Bake Off seem to be on permanently in our house at the moment, so not really. At least it isn’t Love Island.
     
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    @maxicek nice nice I really didn't like
    how it turns out locke is some secret mage with hidden magical past. That really ruined the "us against the world" vibe that i got from these thieves facing off with the falconer.
    But even so, I thought the book was fun enough to read and will read the next installment.

    What is a little hatred? Is it in the first law world and is it a standalone? I don't want to look it up since i still havent read the 3 standalones yet (but soon :))
     
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    maxicek Moderator Single Player

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    @Luhkoh
    Agreed, it will be interesting to see how it pans out in the next book “The Thorn of Emberlain,” which I just discovered is also out tomorrow here.
    Im also not sure about The Falconer thing at the end - Seemed a bit Terminator 2 to me.

    A Little Hatred is the start of a new trilogy, mainly focussed on children of characters in the first
    BOOK ONE OF THE AGE OF MADNESS

    “The age is running mad after innovation; and all the business of the world is to be done in a new way.” – Dr Johnson

    The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.

    On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal’s son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specialises in disappointments.

    Savine dan Glokta – socialite, investor, and daughter of the most feared man in the Union – plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control.

    The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another…

    So looks like I have two books to buy tomorrow.
     
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    @maxicek agreed completely on the ending. Ah nice I didn't know thorn was finally close to coming out. I'll probably be picking that up soon too then. Thanks for the tip. And sounds very cool on the abercrombie book. Will definitely check out in a handful of months when I'm done with the standalones.
     
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