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Caught up on some History Channel stuff this weekend:

The Cars that Made America

A look back on the history of the history of the men, cars, and the companies they founded in America.  How they started, grew and how they changed the country.  Focused on the men who developed and engineered the cars. (Ford, Chrysler, Durant, etc)  Not just the early days, but it goes into the modern times too with men like Iacocca and Delorean.

The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen

A look back on the explorers that lead the Westward expansion within America.  It also focuses on various Indian leaders and their efforts to stop that expansion. (Jackson, Lewis+Clark, Tecumseh, etc)  This one is still going on.  Think the final episode is Wed.  Its really hard to fathom what went on back then and the obstacles that were faced.  The Indian story is just horrific. 

Both are mini series built like the original, The Men Who Built America.  Its a historical documentary that focuses on the people and events that had a major impact on the nation.  Its a cross between a documentary and almost a movie ... where actors play the various characters and they reenact major events as they progress through time.

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Travelers http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5651844/?ref_=nv_sr_1

One of those 'people from the future come to our time to stop an apocalyptic event that hasn't happened yet'. They take over the bodies of those about to die and can never go back. So rely on direction from new Travelers, who are aware of how events have affected the future. Far less interesting than it sounds. Partly becuase it's all delivered with a deliberate sense of mystery, and it's taken me 7 episode to learn most of that. Not terrible really, but not much has happened over that 7. I suspect there'll be some sort of huge cliffhanger where they spend 80% of the seasons budget showing us the future that they come from, or something like that. Not sure it will be enough for a season 2.

To quote Elovia... YMMV

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Me and my dad found a good series from @Wolphard's side of the world (it's close, shut up) called Occupied. The Prime Minister of Norway shuts off production of oil and gas cause climate change and Norway gets white-glove invaded by Russia in order to stop that. 

While it's completely illogical for it to happen, the idea is interesting. Originally, my dad and I thought it was fear-mongering for climate change, but we've agreed that it's just an idea. But it's a good show. 

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18 hours ago, MTGMTB said:

Me and my dad found a good series from @Wolphard's side of the world (it's close, shut up) called Occupied. The Prime Minister of Norway shuts off production of oil and gas cause climate change and Norway gets white-glove invaded by Russia in order to stop that. 

While it's completely illogical for it to happen, the idea is interesting. Originally, my dad and I thought it was fear-mongering for climate change, but we've agreed that it's just an idea. But it's a good show. 

Is that a bit like saying I found this Peruvian series from over your part of the world?

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Santa Clarita Diet Season 2 (Netflix)

I'm not a big Drew Barrymore fan, so I went into season 1 with low expectations and a begrudgingly if I'm going to be honest.  My wife wanted to give it a watch so I watched it with her.  Season 1 had it's ups and downs, the humor in it didn't catch with me right away but by the middle or so of the season I was enjoying it.  

Season 2 was much better, lots of laughs and definitely something I'd recommend for those looking for some lighthearted (horror) comedy.

Grade: B

 

Westworld

I kept hearing how great Westworld was, and it wasn't bad but damn it was drawn out.  Lots of these shows can eliminate 2-3 episodes and get the same amount of story told without so much extra that doesn't really matter.  Towards the end of the season there were some twists but not sure if the 9+ hours leading up to those were worth it.  

Enjoyed the ideas they played with and some of the storylines were interesting but not something I would watch again.

Grade: C-

 

Lost

Rewatching Lost, almost halfway into season 4.  Seasons 1 and 2 were just as I remembered them and very enjoyable.  But I forgot how off the rails the series went, especially into season 4.  What the hell happened?  

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Just started Lost in Space. Not  a terrible start, and i can watch it with Fin (so far anyway). Waaay too early to judge though.

Jessica Jones. S02. Again, one episode in, so too early to tell. I have heard it's not as good as S01.

Designated Survivor S02 - quite enjoyed s01, but have just realised that the whole show has absolutely nothing to do with it primary premise, which was about the only person surviving the presidential office. Now it's just a show about a president. Still, it's a very easy watch, and a bit of a guilty pleasure.

 

 

 

 

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On 4/14/2018 at 11:01 AM, Lasraik said:

Westworld

I kept hearing how great Westworld was, and it wasn't bad but damn it was drawn out.  Lots of these shows can eliminate 2-3 episodes and get the same amount of story told without so much extra that doesn't really matter.  Towards the end of the season there were some twists but not sure if the 9+ hours leading up to those were worth it.  

Enjoyed the ideas they played with and some of the storylines were interesting but not something I would watch again.

Grade: C-

I agree.  Kept hearing about how good it was and meh.  It was like watching a comedian and waiting on a punch line that never came.  Just kept going on and on.

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Some story lines are really interesting, like realizing who the man in black was, and figuring out what was and wasn't a flashback.  Theory crafting was what made it fun for me.  These days toss some nudity and gratuitous violence and you got yourself a smash hit show.  It doesn't take much.

For some reason I have been watching hells kitchen.  I think mostly because Gordon Ramsey gets to do and say whatever he feels and everyone just takes it.  I am envious.

 

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