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The Official Good Television Thread

Discussion in 'GMD Social Forum' started by Satanstoenail, May 10, 2008.

  1. CiG

    CiG So Long Suckers!

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    The books actually explain Dexter, the dark passenger, the code and where it all leads. The TV series biggest downfall was that they couldn't wait for Lindsay to write the follow ups and therefore TV Dexter became a different character to what he should have been.
     
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    Mare of Easttown is well worth a watch.

    Also been enjoying The Mosquito Coast, even if it isn't at all faithful to the book (a favourite of mine). The book really focuses on the survivalist element; a family rejecting consumerist society and trying to become self-sufficient in the wilds of Honduras. Kind of like a modern day Walden. The TV series so far embellishes the story of how the family gets to Honduras with a Breaking Bad-esque plot involving Mexican cartels. Entertaining enough, but I hope series 2 gets more into the spirit of the book.
     
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    good time killer, but man do shows love having a million tangents :lol:
     
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    I don’t think it had any more tangents than True Detective (S1) or Sharp Objects. I see all three shows as related and part of a new serial genre that HBO seems to be pursuing. It’s the regional procedural, limited/anthology series in which seasons tend to emplace a largely straightforward mystery in the environs of a very particular town or region. In doing so, the place becomes as much of a mystery as the ostensible one that informs the plot.

    I think this is why there are so many tangents. Exploring the locale is crucial to the narrative mood.
     
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    Reminds me of that story you were writing which took place in a small town.
     
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    Ha, yeah I was definitely vibing on the weird creepiness of small New England coastal towns. Started writing it after visiting a town in Maine.

    Still trying to figure out how the hell to finish that shit.
     
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    don't remember sharp well enough, but maybe I'm underestimating the difficulty between understanding the local dynamics & forcing a view to the viewers.
    Priest thing , for example, was not a dynamic but rather forced. The man wasn't known for his past but was depicted that way...
    but! It was a fun show , I don't think it should generate this kind of discussion. Good show to throw on, and see what unfolds.

    I also wouldn't say new, I don't know how far back this goes but Twin Peaks also did this. I would say Law and Order doesn't, but I don't watch all procedurals.
     
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    Twin Peaks might be a good early example. And there are probably others, but it seems to be a trend as of late on HBO.
     
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    going back to my other point about movies.from the non Hollywood types, I think these big wigs are recognizing that these shallower shows make the bucks and there's plenty to go around. That damn queen's Gambit was majorly pointless, uninteresting and really shallow. Yet! It took over the world for a few weeks :lol:
     
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    i was glad TQG did well just ‘cause it got more people into chess tbh, and the chess side of it was actually well researched with kasparov’s input etc.
     
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    I'm sure the chess games in TQG hold up to scrutiny, but I felt like the show didn't present them in a way where you could actually follow the games if you're watching it in real-time. I seem to remember that most of the chess games were just depicted as musical montages without commentary, as if the show was only interested in the aesthetics of chess. I didn't hate it or anything but it made me wish there was an anime/manga about chess (well, other than the impeccable Code Geass) since that's the only medium that seems to regularly delve into the strategy and psychology of games.
     
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    I wish I could get into Code Geass but my god I can't stand the animation.
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    vegard and I agree on something!!! Haha
     
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    I change my mind, TQG is a masterpiece.
     
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    i haven’t seen a second of it btw, i kind of assumed it’d be mediocre but i suppose i’ll have to watch it as a chess guy. would totally watch a chess anime too.
     
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    It's not easy dramatising chess. I recently watched Pawn Sacrifice, the 2014 Bobby Fischer biopic with Toby Maguire, which was pretty bad.

    TQG has the advantage of at least being fictional.
     
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    the books were awesome
    but out of all the people here, who has actually read the books except you and me??
     
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    The upcoming Resident Evil series is really nailing the casting...
     

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