[watching] What have you seen recently?

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments on Netflix. Well, I binged the first four episodes, although I couldn't make myself watch the last few minutes of episode four, I just turned it off.

I'd read the first trilogy of books this is based on a couple of years ago, I thought it was fairly predictable teen fiction with adults who know nothing and are no help and kids who rebel against whatever at the drop of a hat. Formulaic writing and characterisation, boilerplate plotline but an interesting background. I can see why it was picked up for a TV series, there is plenty there that skilled scriptwriters, actors and most of all directors could turn into TV gold.

Sadly, it was not to be. I think the scriptwriters must have just skimmed the books and wrote down every other line of dialogue they found, the actors were whichever beautiful people were waiting outside, and the director was either phoning it in from Australia or on work experience.

My recommendation? Go and watch Charmed again, preferably the early series before they got rid of the expensive actors. Seriously, it's about the same story, but much more fun.
 

Nathan

Rune Priest
I have a feeling that the Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments is aimed at a teenage audience. That's the impression I got when I tried to watch the series.
 
Here is one that I thought I would deselect after not even watching one episode and got a surprise, Ragnarok (Netflix). I guessed before it started there was going to be a college or high school so it's card was marked. Maybe its my love of mythology but this series delivered good story, acting and great mythological touches.
 
I have a feeling that the Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments is aimed at a teenage audience. That's the impression I got when I tried to watch the series.
To be honest, that kinda depresses me. Why should the kids have lousy TV? Even if they don't know better, surely the creators do?
 
Susan Hill's Ghost Story - had this leftover from Christmas. Book dealer buys creepy old mansion in Scottish countryside; supernatural sub-Shining shenanigans ensue. Pretty dreadful this, with most of the cast looking and sounding like they've OD'ed on quaaludes. Even the excellent Paul Barber looks all at sea, as well he might, playing a monk who pops in solely for a bit of exposition and a rather unconvicing exorcism scene. Whole thing completely incoherent. I remember quite liking Hill's source novel The Small Hand. This seemed to bear only a passing resemblance to it. If I was Susan Hill I'd get my name taken off the credits pronto.
 

Nathan

Rune Priest
Season 3 of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was superb as ever. There was a tiny crossover with Riverdale, which sadly I'm not a fan of, but I'm sure others here may enjoy.
 
I'm really enjoying the return of Inside Number 9! The first episode "The Referee's a W..." was a cleverly interwoven tale set in a football referee's changing room, with an obvious twist at the end. Monday's "Death Be Not Proud" was the best episode in a very long time, with a nice surprise because...

...it was a crossover with Psychoville.
 
I'm really enjoying the return of Inside Number 9! The first episode "The Referee's a W..." was a cleverly interwoven tale set in a football referee's changing room, with an obvious twist at the end. Monday's "Death Be Not Proud" was the best episode in a very long time, with a nice surprise because...

...it was a crossover with Psychoville.
Have you caught the “Inside inside number 9” podcast on BBC sounds. Worth a listen.
 

Guvnor

The Guvnor
Staff member
The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
Ok, this is Noah Wylie doing Indiana Jones as a wimp, with a tough rough Sonia Walger as the action hero. Bob Newhart being dour and charming, and the delightful Jane Curtin being faux grumpy. Add in Olympia Dukakis as 'Mum' and Kyle MacLachlan hamming up as a villain.
It's heroic, avoids sexism but rather white American dominated, but how can a child of the British Empire like me complain?
Frankly I loved it, it's picaresque in a Lost Worlds style, improbable and huge fun.
It helps if you liked Carter in ER..
 

Guvnor

The Guvnor
Staff member
Pale Horse Agatha Christie with Rufus Sewell. Spooky and puzzling. 9/10

Endeavour Sean Evans will eventually grow into John Thaw! Still value after all these years. 8/10

The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mine even hokier, just much fun, still very white..
 
Pale Horse Agatha Christie with Rufus Sewell. Spooky and puzzling. 9/10

Endeavour Sean Evans will eventually grow into John Thaw! Still value after all these years. 8/10
I'm enjoying the latest run of Endeavour. We've only watched the first episode of the Pale Horse and I agree that it is good so far. Funnily enough, we watched the Miss Marple version only a couple of weeks back on ITV3, which is loosely based on the novel.

I've also felt Titans season 2 has been excellent. It's probably the best DC adaptation on screen right now. It's nice to see...

...a proper version of Deathstroke on screen!
 
Hunters - very good
Ragnarok - very good
Hanna - its been on Prime for ages, but I'm just watching it and enjoying it so far
Picard - slow going, may not get to the end
This Country (BBC1) - not quite to the standard of previous series' but still a good watch

I'll give Titans 2 a go now....
 

Nathan

Rune Priest
Picard - slow going, may not get to the end
I get the impression that a lot of fans are expecting TNG 2.0. I just don't think a season of 20+ rinse and repeat episodes will cut it for a modern audience. Let's face it, quite a few of the episodes in a Trek season were just fillers bridging the gaps between the more interesting stories. We have already followed the same model in TOS, TNG, Voyager, and Enterprise, and I don't think we need another Trek series that is the same. That's why I think Picard stands out.

The wife and I love Picard, and both feel that it is Star Trek for the 21st Century.
 
I get the impression that a lot of fans are expecting TNG 2.0. I just don't think a season of 20+ rinse and repeat episodes will cut it for a modern audience. Let's face it, quite a few of the episodes in a Trek season were just fillers bridging the gaps between the more interesting stories. We have already followed the same model in TOS, TNG, Voyager, and Enterprise, and I don't think we need another Trek series that is the same. That's why I think Picard stands out.

The wife and I love Picard, and both feel that it is Star Trek for the 21st Century.
I'm not really a Star Trek fan...I enjoyed the original Kirk-era ST and a couple of the movies but never watched any of the spin-offs (bar a couple of odd shows here and there). But I thought with Picard...right, time to sit down and watch something new and see what all the fuss is about. And it was the same old turgid nonsense (in my view).
 

Nathan

Rune Priest
I'm not really a Star Trek fan...I enjoyed the original Kirk-era ST and a couple of the movies but never watched any of the spin-offs (bar a couple of odd shows here and there). But I thought with Picard...right, time to sit down and watch something new and see what all the fuss is about. And it was the same old turgid nonsense (in my view).
I guess if you're not a Trek fan then it's not going to be your cup of tea. Picard plays on a lot of Next Generation nostalgia, so if you never watched TNG then it will be totally alien to you.
 
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