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I was finally able to watch The Karate Kid spinoff TV show Cobra Kai and loved it! The character of Johnny Lawrence and his Cobra Kai band of misfits is what makes this show worth watching. Not that Macchio's Danny isn't good but he's kinda dull. They could probably replace the character with anyone and you wouldn't much notice. The series is only 10 episodes of around 30 minutes so it doesn't take long to finish it. LOL
 

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We're watching Seven Seconds on Netflix, which was created by Veena Sud, the same show producer who did The Killing. The shows are similar in theme--both deal with fallout from the death of a teenager. But the characters are quite different, and Seven Seconds addresses issues of racism (which wasn't a factor in The Killing, where both victims/perpetrators were mostly white).

I find myself really drawn to Sud's work. She shows not so much the initial impact of events, but how the effects of trauma ripple through people's lives over time and affect their decision-making. I like the emotional realness of her work (sad as it can be at times), plus I like her focus on average people's lives.

I guess the lack of glamour, happy endings, and stereotypical stories/characters makes it hard for Sud's shows to attract big audiences. Seven Seconds didn't get renewed for a second season. But I think I'll be watching anything she does in the future.
 

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Lost in Space on Netflix was a fun romp - every well done, must have had a huge budget.

I'm right in the middle of this one, and I'm enjoying it so far. The acting is pretty impressive (the boy who plays Will Robinson is seriously cute, without being obnoxious), and the sets are equally so. It really feels as though they're stranded on an alien world.
 

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I have been binge watching 'Billions' on Showtime. It took a bit to get into it, and now in season 3 - it is so good.
I love Damian Lewis. He and Paul Giamatti are great, as much of the supporting cast. Lewis and Giamatti do not have many scenes together - but awesome when they are.
There are lots of supporting parts that are well done and just as intriguing as the leads. There are lots of cast members, and many have been introduced and then show up later on. Everything is so interconnected.
It is basically Lewis - as a billionaire hedge fund and all his employees and family and Giamatti as a US Atty with his staff and related legal folks and his family. Characters are grey, not black and white.
And both work places - attorneys and the traders are all very smart, but crazy people.
 
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I am watching 13 Reasons Why, second season. The second season is a bit of a mess but of course I will watch all of it. Thank goodness it is a long weekend.

I really feel like it didn’t need a second season. I’ll likely watch it at some point though. My 15 year old nephew was talking to me about it though last night. He’s had a lot of trauma in his young life and there’s a lot in his life that stacks the odds in favour of him having mental health issues so I was happy to have an entry point for discussion.
 

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I am loving Ali Wong's new Netflix special. It's not for the faint of heart, but I think I have my spirit animal. I think my favorite line is how she now makes more money than her husband and how it wasn't supposed to go down like that because he went to Harvard Business School and she got a B.A. from UCLA in ethnic studies...her degree wasn't supposed to yield income. It was the point where before she married her husband, his parents made her sign a prenuptial agreement, and now if they get divorced, he's screwed. No more sashimi on a Tuesday and going back to flat water.
 

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I really feel like it didn’t need a second season. I’ll likely watch it at some point though. My 15 year old nephew was talking to me about it though last night. He’s had a lot of trauma in his young life and there’s a lot in his life that stacks the odds in favour of him having mental health issues so I was happy to have an entry point for discussion.

I do agree that a second season was not needed but I cannot think of another American teen show that deals with serious issues with some level of intelligence and sensitivity. I also love the diversity of the cast. And adults get to do stuff--Derek Luke was amazing this season. So, I am ultimately glad the new season exists even if it is a noticeable drop in quality. But there were no Southside Serpents, so I am good.
 

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I am loving Ali Wong's new Netflix special. It's not for the faint of heart, but I think I have my spirit animal. I think my favorite line is how she now makes more money than her husband and how it wasn't supposed to go down like that because he went to Harvard Business School and she got a B.A. from UCLA in ethnic studies...her degree wasn't supposed to yield income. It was the point where before she married her husband, his parents made her sign a prenuptial agreement, and now if they get divorced, he's screwed. No more sashimi on a Tuesday and going back to flat water.


I thought she was funny and I'd like to see her husband do a show! :D

I am in love with the 3 John Mulaney shows and we laughed ourselves silly with Hari Kondabolu's special.
 

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Ok, this is going to be an odd discovery/recommendation, but Terrace House: The Aloha State on Netflix is incredibly addicting. It's basically Japan's version of The Real World, if the people on The Real World acted like normal, civilized human beings in an actual real world. It is pretty much the antithesis of American reality television, as there is no outrageous/manufactured/producer-manipulated high-drama, no throwing punches (or objects), no table-flipping, and I don't think I even remember any swearing either (as of episode 25). Yet, despite the slow burn, I'm hooked.

The setup is pretty simple: 3 boys and 3 girls of various ages all live under the same roof but go on to live their normal lives (they're not isolated from society at all). There are no challenges, no voting, no confessionals, etc... They can leave the show/house at any time, and when they do, someone else moves in to replace them. The show also starts airing in Japan not too long after they are in the house, so there are times when new houseguests come in having seen part of what has already happened.

The Aloha State (set in Hawaii) has 36 episodes, with each episode covering a week. There are previous seasons/series, as well as a new one, which I haven't seen yet (the first one, Boys x Girls Next Door, lasted 98 weeks and one of the houseguests stayed the entire time :oops:).
 
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Currently spending this Sunday afternoon binge watching the Netflix documentary series “Bobby Kennedy for President”. RFK was assassinated 50 years ago this week. :(

It is superbly done and they did a great job of having great interviews about RFK - both personally and politically - but still making it mainly about photos and news/video clips. I think a lot of documentaries make the mistake of not getting the “real clips” speak for themselves.

The details of JFK/RFK and the civil rights movement, the aftermath of JFK’s assassination, and RFK’s Senate career and presidential run, were particularly fascinating. I think if you are a fan of U.S. history and politics, you will greatly enjoy watching this.
 
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I'm still hoping for Netflix to take over Deception, The Crossing and Cobra Kai! I know I am seriously delusional but still one can hope can't one?! :wuzrobbed
 

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Just finished the new season (so far) of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Some great moments in it. I still find the scenes with Carol Kane annoying, though. And this season has included an absolutely fabulous episode focusing on Jon Hamm's Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne.

Moved on to the new season of Arrested Development. I loved the show in it's original 3 seasons, but just have not enjoyed these last 2 Netflix seasons. I'm only 3 episodes into the new season, and I'll keep watching, but it's just not as good.
 

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Yesterday I watched the documetary "November 13, Attack on Paris" by Jules and Gédéon Naudet on netflix. I was glued to my TV, couldn't stop watching. I think they captured what happened and the aftermath on a very broad perspective. They are not commenting on the subject, just letting the people talk: from the then president of France François Holland to emergency respond teams to people, who just visited a footbal game, a bar, or a concert with friends, and then found themselves immersed in a nightmare. They covered all places: from Stade de France to attacked bars to Bataclan, and a lot of roles: decision makers, ordinary firefighter, audience, hostages.
 

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Elisabeth Moss/Yvonne Strahovski scenes are my favorite thing on television right now :swoon:
 

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I have been binge watching Inspector Lewis on Amazon Prime. I am on season 4 last episode. This is a re-watch
for me as I followed all 9 season when it aired on PBS and it still seems fresh to me.

I was happy to hear that the dishy Sargent Hathaway(Laurence Fox) will be joining season three of Victoria as
Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston.
 

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I'm still hoping for Netflix to take over Deception, The Crossing and Cobra Kai! I know I am seriously delusional but still one can hope can't one?! :wuzrobbed

I think Cobra Kai was already picked up for season 2 on YouTube Red...
 

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Elisabeth Moss/Yvonne Strahovski scenes are my favorite thing on television right now :swoon:

I agree. Loved the final scene of last week's Handmaid's Tale!

Loved the symbolism of the two of them breaking the law by reading and writing. Serena has an inner subversive. Can't wait to see what other things she's going to do to defy the rule of Gilead while the commander is in hospital.

I think there are 13 episodes this season, so six more to go. :cheer2:
And I read that there will be a Season 3. :encore:
 

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Luke Cage season 2 was released today! I hope to watch the some of it over the weekend. Between work and the World Cup it is hard to find the time right now.
 

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Speaking of superheroes, we finished watching the second season of Jessica Jones. I'd give it a B, maybe? There were some things I liked about it, some things I didn't. I got the central premise of exploring Jessica's superhero origins and delving deeper into the question of, is she ultimately going to use her powers in a good and conscientious way, or not. However, I think the downside is, because the whole season centered a lot around Jessica's past, to some extent it felt like we were stuck in the past and not really moving forward. I liked the ALS storyline with Gerry, because it felt believable and it allowed us to get deeper into her character. And I thought Carrie-Anne Moss's acting was excellent. On the other hand, I didn't care for the actress who played Jessica's mother. I found her acting unconvincing and I just didn't buy some of the storyline with her, especially her romance with the doctor. (She was so unlikable and scary that I just didn't believe he would've fallen in love with her.) So, mixed feelings. I thought the Trish storyline was pretty good and interesting, but my husband didn't. I did enjoy the addition of the eye-candy love interest downstairs in Jessica's building. :D
 

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Does anybody have Hulu's live TV service? Seems almost too good to be true at $40/month. Pros/cons?
 

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Does anybody have Hulu's live TV service? Seems almost too good to be true at $40/month. Pros/cons?

Yes, I have it, and there are pros and cons just as there are with any TV service. I like the ease with which you can set shows to record on the Cloud DVR (up to 50 hours of storage space is included with the basic Live TV subscription; if you want more, you pay more). Just add the show to your queue, and it will record every episode until you remove it from the queue. The only drawback to that is I haven't found a way to transfer a recording to my computer to free up space for new shows. And once you delete something from the cloud, you can't get it back unless there's a rerun and you can record it again. Found that out when I accidentally deleted the first episode of DWTS (which I really wanted to keep, dammit).

There is some buffering, but it's really not bad. I think it might have something to do with the amount of traffic on the site at certain times - I've rarely had problems after midnight, for instance.
 

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Just watched Brain On Fire. It's about a woman who had encephalitis and is put into a metal ward. It's a true story. i can relate to some of the things. Good doc
 
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