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What the hell should I be staring at?

Post by the innominate one » 30 Nov 2015, 11:24

Okay, folks. I've got a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, including Prime Video, natch. Other than Bosch, what should I watch when I'm not frantically packing and driving cross-country? I'm looking for shows and movies I can't see elsewhere. Yes, I'm cheap and unwilling to pay for Prime.
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Re: What the hell should I be staring at?

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 30 Nov 2015, 11:59

The obvious suggestion is The Man In The High Castle.

Beyond that, you can screen your search for Amazon Prime "Exclusives." If you already have Netflix, you're going to find at least 80% overlap between the two streaming services.

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Post by the innominate one » 30 Nov 2015, 12:09

Thanks! I did just see the "exclusives" link, along with the all important "show mature content" link, as well as The Man in the High Castle, which does look like an interesting alt-history. Good [to] get your verification that it's good. Have you watched Bosch?

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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 30 Nov 2015, 12:19

the innominate one wrote:Thanks! I did just see the "exclusives" link, along with the all important "show mature content" link, as well as The Man in the High Castle, which does look like an interesting alt-history. Good get your verification that it's good. Have you watched Bosch?
Yes, and I liked it.

Semi-related, I'm a fan of British police procedurals, e.g., Inspector Morse, Foyle's War, etc. There is a very good "prequel" to the Morse stories called Endeavour (that being Inspector Morse's first name). As the saying goes, those who like that sort of thing will find that it's the sort of thing they like.

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Post by Painboy » 30 Nov 2015, 15:49

the innominate one wrote:Thanks! I did just see the "exclusives" link, along with the all important "show mature content" link, as well as The Man in the High Castle, which does look like an interesting alt-history. Good [to] get your verification that it's good. Have you watched Bosch?

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I think Vikings is on there as well. Great show. I seem to remember watching it after grabbing Prime.

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Post by Warren » 30 Nov 2015, 16:21

I vote against Vikings.
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Post by Andrew » 30 Nov 2015, 17:19

Amazon has older HBO shows for free, like Deadwood. That's worth watching.
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Post by Jasper » 01 Dec 2015, 13:14

Not everyone's cuppa, but I caught the entire series of Fringe on Prime.
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Post by Warren » 01 Dec 2015, 13:49

Andrew wrote:Amazon has older HBO shows for free, like Deadwood. That's worth watching.
Thanks. I passed on Deadwood when it first aired on account of having already seen a thousand other Westerns. I'm a few episodes into it now and am enjoying it.

I find myself in need of TV shows to marathon myself. Don't need to be Amazon or Netflix in particular. I dare say I judge shows harshly.

I started on Blacklist. Good first episode, not a bad first season, but it went off the rails from there. I got a couple episodes into the third season and just couldn't take it anymore.

I had previously given up on House of Cards but went back to it. The third season wasn't as bad in the things that bothered me (incompetent advisories, suspension of disbelief) but I liked it better when he was just a congressman. Now it's more conventional.

Have no interest in zombies. I think I watched part of an episode of Sons of Anarchy and didn't take to it.

My list of best ever would include:
Firefly, Mad Men, Game of Thrones. I'd put Battle Star Galactica on there if it wasn't for the way it went out. I gather Dexter is in the same kind of situation.

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Post by Andrew » 01 Dec 2015, 14:43

I enjoyed Twin Peaks, and that's on Amazon. Justified was okay, but I got tired partway through the 5th season and gave up. 30Rock has been fun but the 5th season was atrocious.

I've heard Terriers is great, but I haven't watched it yet.
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Post by JasonL » 01 Dec 2015, 15:10

Amazon Original series Catastrophe is really good. Has rom com elements but it has a dark comedic adult take on things.

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Post by the innominate one » 02 Dec 2015, 15:40

I finished Bosch. Really looking forward to season 2. Binge watching series is best done after they've built up a few seasons of good shows, so you can watch until you're sick of it, then you're not jonesing for more. By the time more is ready, you're ready to watch it again.
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Post by Warren » 13 Dec 2015, 23:23

Fargo, yea or nay?
The Flash?
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Post by Ellie » 13 Dec 2015, 23:48

The Flash is very popcorn but is fun to watch,
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Post by Fin Fang Foom » 14 Dec 2015, 09:49

Warren wrote:Flash?
Aaa-aah! King of the Impossible!

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Post by lunchstealer » 14 Dec 2015, 12:43

Fin Fang Foom wrote:
Warren wrote:Flash?
Aaa-aah! King of the Impossible!
Reliable sources indicate that he'll save every one of us.
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Post by Number 6 » 14 Dec 2015, 14:34

I'm not sure if it's Amazon or Netflix, but Daredevil is worth watching. Shockingly violent at times, but quite good.
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Post by thoreau » 14 Dec 2015, 14:54

Number 6 wrote:I'm not sure if it's Amazon or Netflix, but Daredevil is worth watching. Shockingly violent at times, but quite good.
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Post by Warren » 14 Dec 2015, 15:23

I'm looking forward to Daredevil. I'd like it to get three seasons out before I dive in.
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Post by Kwix » 14 Dec 2015, 15:50

Warren wrote:Fargo, yea or nay?
Fargo, oh yah.
Season 1 is dark but Billy Bob makes for a pretty good "psychopath with humor".
Season 2 is a bit more light hearted and is arc'd to go to a third season.
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Post by Hugh Akston » 14 Dec 2015, 16:11

Warren wrote:I'm looking forward to Daredevil. I'd like it to get three seasons out before I dive in.
I'm not sure Daredevil is really going to work that way. I'm sure there will be carryover into season two, but season one is pretty satisfying as a self-contained story.
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Post by JasonL » 14 Dec 2015, 17:57

Kwix wrote:
Warren wrote:Fargo, yea or nay?
Fargo, oh yah.
Season 1 is dark but Billy Bob makes for a pretty good "psychopath with humor".
Season 2 is a bit more light hearted and is arc'd to go to a third season.
Fargo season 2 is 5X Fargo season 1. I think season 2 is the best thing on right now.

Season 1 couldn't figure out how to live with the spirit of Cohenses without just ripping off whole scenes and piling on absurdities. Season 2 has that down cold.

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Post by Warren » 14 Dec 2015, 18:08

JasonL wrote:
Kwix wrote:
Warren wrote:Fargo, yea or nay?
Fargo, oh yah.
Season 1 is dark but Billy Bob makes for a pretty good "psychopath with humor".
Season 2 is a bit more light hearted and is arc'd to go to a third season.
Fargo season 2 is 5X Fargo season 1. I think season 2 is the best thing on right now.

Season 1 couldn't figure out how to live with the spirit of Cohenses without just ripping off whole scenes and piling on absurdities. Season 2 has that down cold.
Well I just watched the first episode. Fuuuuuu, I don't know. The thing has overwhelming positive reviews but damn, it better get a lot better. The thing has ZERO of the qualities that made the movie great. And I just fucking hate Billy Bob Thornton. He's such a douche bag. You'd think that would make him right for the part of a huge douche bag, but nope. He just sucks. Hated everything he ever did. It's even worse than the way Nicolas Cage pollutes every role with Nicolas Cage. BB is just a shitty person pretending to be another shitty person and failing.
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Post by JasonL » 14 Dec 2015, 18:12

I was out after 3 episodes of season 1. They did a really great job of adjusting in season 2. You can see the direction and show running talent, but they just couldn't make a clean break from the source material. And if you hate thornton now, don't go any further. I know what you mean and everything gets way worse as they pile on his supervillain status.

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Post by Warren » 14 Dec 2015, 18:33

JasonL wrote:I was out after 3 episodes of season 1. They did a really great job of adjusting in season 2. You can see the direction and show running talent, but they just couldn't make a clean break from the source material. And if you hate thornton now, don't go any further. I know what you mean and everything gets way worse as they pile on his supervillain status.
Thanks. So just jump ahead to season two then?
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