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I thought I was open to watching most things all the way through, but alas I am not.  It turns out that I don’t like these series for various reasons.  But, look at the series I do like as well for several reasons.

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SERIES I DIDN’T LIKE
Borgia – horrible acting, terrible story line, gag me

Jack Taylor – love main actor Iian, but his character starts to get old, as the plot gets more desperate so does he and that gets boring.

Midsummer Murders – Very British, which is awesome, but could only watch two episodes

Money Heist – Boring and predictable

Collateral – Can’t even remember why I didn’t like this one.

Mossad 101 – Loved trying to understand the Hebrew, with my limited speaking ability.  However, it was predicable and boring as well as rather ridiculous.

Peaky Blinders – Love Cillian Murphy, and Sam Neill, but it gets brutally violent and has usual bad guy versus brut hometown hero.

SERIES I LIKE AND SUGGEST

The Crown – Absolutely marvellous!  Acting is fabulous, storyline is engaging, love historical accuracy.

Godless – Absolutely amazing!  Love Westerns!  Storyline is great, love Michelle Cockerny & Jeff Daniels!  Excellent acting.  Very violent, but can tolerate most of it.

Life in Pieces – Absolutely one of the best comedies of all time!  The actors are perfectly cast, the storyline is hysterical!

I am also watching non Netflix… These are the ones I like…

The Expanse – Love Sci-fi!  Took a little while to get into it, but now I’m hooked.

The Good Fight – Semi-redundant of The Good Wife of course, but like it cause I kind of miss The Good Wife.

The Blacklist – Mix feelings, because my move from Netflix to TV was not a smooth transition, so I missed some episodes.  Not happy to hear the Husband was killed off so he could star in his own program.  Also, this may soon be on my don’t watch list.

The Big Bang Theory – Still hanging in there with it.  Sometimes it is great, like Amy and Sheldon’s wedding.  Well done!

What lures me in to watch a series for the long haul?  Acting, plot, storyline, cinematography, direction, am I being entertained, and am I learning something of interest?

 

 

 

 

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IMDB – Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state’s attorney. After a very humiliating sex and corruption scandal, he is behind bars. She must now provide for her family and returns to work as a litigator in a law firm.

Alicia Florrick

My take:  I binged watched this entire series.  Mind you I had the flu and needed something to occupy me during my two weeks of misery.  It did the trick, the series took my mind off being ill and throughly entertained me.

I like lawyer shows.  In this one I particularly liked the fact that so many actors who were on Law and Order surfaced for cameo roles.  Of course one of the main actors was on that show, Chris Noth from Law and Order, on this show he played Peter Florrick. There were others who were his partners in the Law and Order series.  I will see if I can gather those actors names, and characters they played.

Julianna Margulies played Peter’s “Good” wife Alicia.  I liked that Alicia, a lawyer, went from being a competent lawyer, to an extraordinary one.  However, it appears that along the way she lost sight of her morals.  It did seem in order for her to compete in her professional world she had to strengthen her back bone, and bend her ideals.  It didn’t help that her husband Peter was a philander and knew how to play hardball already.  One would say he was her mentor, but Alicia found others to become her role models.  Her love interest Will Gardner – Josh Charles, was a combination of ethics and slime.  He crossed over imaginary lines in a slick manner.

The criticism I have of the series, is the repeat performances of some of the clients.  I would say, they’ve been there, done that, got the tea shirt.  I did however, love lawyer Elsbeth!   Carrie Preston.  She had a dynamic personality and her quirkiness was amazing presented.  I also loved the character Michael J. Fox played, Louis Canning.  A disabled man who was smarter and more ruthless than just about anyone.  He used his disability without compunction.  He used it to draw sympathy and attention to his plight and away from the fact he was slaughtering any lawyer or witness that stood in his way of winning.  His playfulness with his character reflected the twinkle in Michael’s eyes that are still bright and shining as ever.

I didn’t like Alicia’s last lover, I don’t want to even bother to look up his name.  He was an arrogant, boring, snide, and spineless person.

I really liked the character Diane Lockhart, Christine Baranski. She was graceful, soft spoken, but strong and full of fight.  I love her as Leonard’s mom on the Big Bang Theory!  And I love her in the spin off The Good Fight. I like that the character Marrisa Gold – Sarah Steele, has followed Diane Lockhart into the followup series. I liked a lot of the characters and the drama that ensued.  Was it a super great series?  No.  Was it entertaining, engaging and interesting?  Yes!  Am I watching the follow up series, The Good Fight?  You bet ya!

The Good Fight can be summed up in this manner; back stab everyone in your firm and, everyone else you can think of.  Plot to get the win in court, no matter what the costs, human psyche, relationships, or otherwise.

I am at the point where I am catching up on a lot of series.  The total advantage of watching these on Netflix, NO COMMERICALS.  It is so worth the wait in some instances, so please stay with me as I catch up on less recent productions.  Hopefully you will find something you will want to catch up on as well.

 

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I won’t go into great detail about this comedic show.  My daughter and her fiance introduced me to this show.  In a word, it is hysterical!  It was love at first sight.  There was one episode, if my father was alive to see it, I think he would have laughed till he cried.  I gave out many guffaws and belly laughs and did cry!

I highly recommend this comedy series.  Maybe I’ve been watching The Big Bang Theory too long, because this seems 10 times funnier than that.

More on this soon… highly recommend seeing this ASAP!

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I was thrilled to see the most recent Star Wars film, The Last Jedi.  It had the feel of the very original films, Star Wars, and The Empire Strikes back.  However, it felt like a recap as well, which I suppose can be good and bad.  I imagine diehard Star Wars fans to be completely enthralled by this revisiting of the old films.  I have mixed feelings.  I understand keeping the fan base, but I think it bogged down the storyline and seem to be a “let us fit this recap into this part of the film”.  In particular, where there is yet another fight on the frozen tundra planet.  I did love the CGI ice foxes though; very creative and loveable.

My absolute most favorite part was the filming on Skillig Michael Island, Ireland.  The funny birds that were CGI were based on the puffins that live on this island.

I went to this island 34.5 years ago on my honeymoon.  Seasick all the way there and back.  Luckily for the Star Wars production crew, there is a helicopter pad.  See my pictures of Skellig Michael, on my blog Star Wars: The Force Awakens &; Skellig Michael Island: A Force to be Reckoned with!

Although a lot of the film was a rehashing of the other films, it has merit.  Yes, it is a overkill of good versus evil again, but I loved the fact that the next Jedi is a woman, Rey, played by Daisy Ridley.

Everyone who went with me to the film agreed that Princess Lelia should have died when she was in a coma.  Not to be crass because Carrie Fisher then died in real life, but because her purpose in the storyline had become very limited.   She was barely a “Force” to be reckoned with.

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Tell me what you think of this film!

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Episode: First Wife

Outlander is back in all its glory!  I was a little concerned with the last episode, but all is well.

It has been 20 years between Jamie & Claire seeing one another & they are having growing pains.  They have to play catch up, but it is obvious it is painful.  Both of them had their own lives, albeit they were incomplete without one another, for years.  They had learned to live with the void, and even tried to fill it.

With Claire and Jamie ultimately facing their pasts and their present all at once is an overwhelming task.  I am sure the audience feels their emotional conflicts, and their pain at trying to get their indescribably intense love back on track.  Coming back together has pulled at their heartstrings and throws Claire a huge fact to be reckoned with… Jamie’s second marriage to a woman that tried to kill Claire.  And now I say, why hadn’t Claire told him the truth about her all those years ago?  They did after all, tell one another everything.

What do you think?

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This has been a remarkable series, well, I am only on Season 2 so I can’t tell completely.  I have enjoyed the characters no matter how diabolical they all become, or are shown to be.  It somehow gives me a sense of the corporate world, as well as the political one. Scary stuff indeed.

I am however, mortified by the real Kevin Spacey’s sexual deviances.  A long time ago my mother told me she couldn’t stand watching NRA member, actor Charlton Heston because of his Republican politics.  I decided that I would watch him for his acting ability, his magnificent voice and the interesting projects he picked to act in.  Spacey however, just may have ruined it for me watching the rest of House of Cards.  Imagine how many people will lose their jobs, including him, due to his brazen sexual prowling.  His kind don’t stop, obviously.  So can I separate his excellent acting persona from his real life choices?

So far I have moved on to The Bridge.  I will blog about this magnificent Danish/Swedish series ASAP.

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I had this feeling a while back that I was being too complementary to most of the films and television shows I critiqued, but now it seems the tide has turned and I have nothing but negative things to say.  Is it because with most television series, with the exception of the Law & Order series, I think things go downhill over time.

I have to admit that I am hugely disappointed at the way Blindspot has progressed, or lack there of.  We see Jane and Kurt igniting Jane’s NEW tattoos that they are somehow related to the old tattoos – as if the woman isn’t covered enough.  And her brother, Roman, put them there at some convenient time.  No one knows why Roman put those tats on her.  Oh wait, we find out Jane has a price on her head and she is once again shoved in a suitcase.  At least this time it is in Venice.   

The relationships between the characters is forced, convoluted and predictable.  There must be a trick to how everyone gets just what they need at the exact time they need it.  Kurt gets a tank, armour, guns, planes, directions to his comrades in distress.  And of course in Venice Jane and Kurt get not just one boat, but two!  This series is now beyond contrived.  Do I still watch it so I can shake my head in disappointment?  Do I continue to watch so I can write on something that has gotten so trashy, I can barely write anything nice about it?  It is not as interestingly surreal as it once was, it a stupid television series on very thin ice.  Maybe you have to have several blindspots to keep watching.

What do you think?

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