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Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:45 pm Post

Never watched Foyle's War - it's a bit BBC1 for me :) - but I do know that it is written by the novelist who wrote the Alex Ryder series of children's novels, and he is pretty cool in interview...

Anyway, it's on with the Deadwood series tonight. I know what alexwein means about Firefly, though - that really hooked me. There was Farscape that hooked me from the cliffhanger at the end of the second season. Then there was The Shield that hooked me through being plain horrible. Boomtown, through being intelligent. Then Firefly, through being different from Farscape but just as intelligent. After that - Battlestar Galactica (even though a recent review in the Guardian p***ed me off because it said Farscape was a sub-Babylon 5 - ugh!). I quite like House, too, though it's not in quite the same league. So now Deadwood looks like it could fill a great hole before I can finally get BG s3...

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Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:23 pm Post

Will, thanks for the recommendation!!

My husband and I both LOVE this kind of television. We in fact have the barest minimum cable we can get (about 6 usable channels) and we get things from Netflix, the library, iTunes, through purchasing DVDs, etc., so we watch ONLY what we want to watch and don't have to wade through (and pay for) tons of crap to get it. So we are always very hungry for good series TV available on DVD! This thread is proving VERY fruitful for me!!!! :)

Keith, I'm with you in all but The Sheild. Never got into that one. Not because of the violence or anything. It just didn't catch me.

I wouldn't necessarily put Farscape in quite the same category as China Beach or even BG, though the hubbie and I LOVED it, even when it got super weird. Also totally loved Babylon 5. What's great about iTunes is I can pick out just the episodes I love and get those. They only have the first two seasons so far, though.

Foyle's War does sound like something we'd love, so I'll definitely check it out. And I know there is more out there, like Six Feed Under and the like.

As for Firefly, I still can't get over the fact that it only lasted one season. :cry: I own what there is of the series, but how many times can I rewatch the same episodes? Very sad.

Agree with everything you said about House. One of the only currently-on TV shows I can watch, with our limited cable!!

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Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:33 pm Post

As for Peepshow... By a curious coincidence, the two leads from Peepshow have just made the UK version of the "I'm a Mac/I'm a PC" ads:

http://www.apple.com/uk/getamac

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Sun Feb 04, 2007 8:37 pm Post

I managed to get my hands on Peepshow - still early going but so far I'm not sure. I like the premise but find the characters slightly annoying. This could be generational, I get the same feeling I used to get hanging with Vancouver Gen-x slackers whose only conversation was the sharing of the week's amusing anecdotes. Makes me feel a bit old. I get it, without sharing it, as it were.
Nonetheless, I trust your judgment and will give these characters a chance to grow (on me) too.

BTW don't get your hopes up too high for season three of BG; it's been a bit of a disappointment, as Heather Havrilevsky describes in this week's salon. (Spoiler Alert)

Also Planet Earth is being released in North America It's available at the BBC Canada shop and on preorder at Amazon Well worth every penny, especially in HD.

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Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:08 am Post

Alex

As a fellow Firefly fan, you might be interested to hear that the actor who played Kaylee has shown up as the new doctor on Stargate Atlantis.

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Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:50 am Post

Eiron wrote:Alex

As a fellow Firefly fan, you might be interested to hear that the actor who played Kaylee has shown up as the new doctor on Stargate Atlantis.

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No way! Cool! When I first saw Firefly, I thought, well she appeared rather unexceptional and thought the character might be a bit boring. How not so that was!!! She added such a crisp, fresh energy to the show. I'm not a huge fan of Stargate Atlantis, to be honest. Now I do think those characters ARE a bit boring. I LOVED Stargate SG-1, especially the first four years of it. But Atlantis never grew on me.

But maybe with her in it, I'll have to check it out again! I'd LIKE to like Atlantis!

Thanks for the heads up!! Still haven't gotten to Deadwood. I really want to watch it with my husband, and he's hard to pin down. I may forego waiting, however, because I'm anxious to check it out. I'm sick today with a really bad cold, so it would be a good TV watching day!

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Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:01 pm Post

SG1? You realize that Claudia Black - of Farscape fame - is a regular now and that her character's daughter (she grew up real fast) is the bad guy and played by the actor who played the escort/Mal's girlfriend (her name escapes me) on Firefly? All very incestuous. In the meantime, Deadwood's excellent Powers Boothe is reduced to the truly execrable "24".

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Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:45 pm Post

And of course Ben Browder of Farscape is also on Stargate...

As for Peepshow - the point is that the characters are annoying. They are not likeable at all, although you end up cringing with Mark, even while thinking, "Why?" Anyway, I love it. :)

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Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:03 pm Post

As I said, I do get it. God knows I don't expect to identify with a character. Though it's doubly fun when you identify with an unsavory character like Swearingen. I'll have a chance to see more peepshows this weekend and hope to get into it more.

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Thu Feb 08, 2007 3:02 pm Post

Yep, I was delighted to see Claudia Black and Ben Browder show up on SG-1. I no longer get the SciFi channel (though I can get season 10 on iTunes) so I haven't kept up as much with SG-1 for the past couple of years. I find the series a bit bland since seasons 6 and 7 (though I still have them on DVD and there are individual episodes that are great in these seasons). I likely won't see all of season 10 till I get it all on DVD. So I haven't yet seen the daughter all grown up! I think the actresses name is Morena Baccarin.

Powers Boothe is very, very cool. Is he on 24 these days? I watched the first season of 24 but it is too tense for me. Not intense--I like intense. And I like Keifer Sutherland (liked Lost Boys and other movies of his).

I take it, Eiron, you aren't crazy about 24 either?? 'Execrable' would seem to suggest that. :) Knowing Powers Booth is on Deadwood makes it even more enticing. I'm going to force my husband to watch it with me this weekend!! He also really likes Powers Boothe, so that will help get him started. Once he's hooked, and me as well (as I'm sure we will be), we'll likely devour the series!

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Thu Feb 08, 2007 10:28 pm Post

Hey, it's great to see other 'Firefly' fans! No one I know has even heard of it. It's a shame it died in infancy, but at least Joss Whedon was able to get a movie made out of it. 'Serenity' didn't answer all the questions (particularly who Book really was, for me at least) but at least it gave better closure than the series.

Right now my favorite TV show is 'Monk.'

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Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:48 pm Post

Yeah, that's always a problem with a series when it dies too young--so many questions left unanswered. I'm surprised with all the cable stations out there these days, that Firefly couldn't have found a new home somewhere. I'm sure Whedon tried!
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Tue Feb 13, 2007 4:55 pm Post

Eiron,

Well, finally viewed the first disc of Deadwood's first season. Wow. Ha!!! What a riot!!! Man, they can do things on cable that they sure can't do on network TV. Like that scene where the door flies open and there is Tom Mason in all his, er, glory. Hahaha! My husband loved it too. Definitely the most realistic show depicting the old west as it must have been we've ever seen.

I'm fascinated by Bullock. That f$ckin' limp-dicked, c$%ksuckin' motherf&&ker! Ha! You weren't kidding when you said they swore a lot. Rather ripe, yes, I'd say. But I'm sure completely accurate!!!!

But where is Powers Boothe? Does he show up later?

The acting is incredible. A whole slew of some of the best character actors around. And Calamity Jane, wow, that actress is amazing.

Can't wait for the next disc to come from Netflix!!! Thanks so much for turning us on to this amazing show! It's definitely a huge feast for the eyes. The production!!! Wow!!

I'm also going to check out Will's recommendation, Foyle's War. Hope they have it on Netflix!

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:41 pm Post

Okay, so I wondered where the heck Powers Boothe was on Deadwood. Thank goodness he appeared in episode three. Whew! I know my husband likes Deadwood as much as I do when he comes home from work and asks "is there more Deadwood?" We get it one disc at a time from Netflix, but maybe we'll have to order up two at a time instead of one!

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Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:41 am Post

I hadn't noticed your comments earlier and dropped by this thread specifically to see if anyone -- well, you or Keith -- had gotten into Deadwood. I'm so pleased you love it. It would be great to see more shows like it pop up to revive the medium. And as I've said before it just gets better. Powers Boothe's character, for instance, gets progressively weirder and more riveting.
I was pissed to see that the show didn't get more mainstream awards - even though the reviews were universally full of praise.

Spread the word.

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