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08:38 pm - Spooks and Walking Dead
Just thought I would briefly update on these two shows, because I had mentioned them before, and I was intending to come back and say more later. Short answer - each one is a bit iffy.

Episode 2 of Walking Dead was standard zombie movie stuff for 45 minutes. Group of diverse enthicity trapped in a big department store by a load of zombies. The middle class white guy told the women and the hispanic guy and the two african-americans and the racist redneck what to do. Everyone obeyed him except the white woman, who defied him, for a bit, and then started batting her eyelashes, and the redneck whom he beat up. It's hard to see what the point of the show is. I will give episode 3 a chance.

The final episode of Spooks kind of overshot itself. The plot tried to cover a lot of emotional ground, but I think it lost credibility. As in a soap, extreme things happened which didn't integrate all that well into a coherent story-arc. Here's a nice quick comment on the Guardian. British security seems to be run by about five people, all with serious emotional problems, and double-figure IQs. It's like Torchwood all over again!

TV - you Must Try Harder to please me.

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From:archbishopm
Date:November 11th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
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I thought the Shaun-of-the-Dead-to-eleven corpse-feet-wearing made up for every bit of bullshit but then forty years of constant exposure to American television has surely given me inhuman immunity to stupid. :-p
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From:communicator
Date:November 11th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that whole guts sequence was more than ordinary, to be fair.
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From:iainjclark
Date:November 11th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Really enjoyed this season of Spooks, but the finale was an anticlimax, I think. The penultimate episode had all the stunning impact, whereas this one felt like it had nowhere left to go.
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From:communicator
Date:November 11th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps expectations had been raised too high? I think for what they tried they would have had to lay better foundations in the previous episodes. However, I loved that old church they went to.
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From:tehomet
Date:November 12th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
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British security seems to be run by about five people, all with serious emotional problems, and double-figure IQs. It's like Torchwood all over again!

*cracks up*

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From:communicator
Date:November 12th, 2010 08:55 am (UTC)
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They all ran down a street after someone, then they all ran back again... anyway, mustn't give spoilers
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From:altariel
Date:November 12th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
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lol, exactly that.
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From:altariel
Date:November 12th, 2010 08:43 am (UTC)
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Oh god Spooks was dreadful. Do you think it was always this bad and we just didn't notice?
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From:communicator
Date:November 12th, 2010 08:54 am (UTC)
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No, I think their reach has exceeded their grasp. Poor Mr Armitage! He was skating on wafer-thin ice.
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From:altariel
Date:November 12th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
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And he's not a good enough actor to pull it off. Peter Firth was at his limits, and he's awesome.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:November 12th, 2010 10:44 am (UTC)
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I actually watched the episode, because I happened to switch on for something else I was recording already and noticed it was starting, and I thought "Oh well, maybe it will be socially useful to know about this."

But on the plus side, if we ever need someone to play Travis II's younger brother, we've got him in that Vincent Regan.
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From:communicator
Date:November 12th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC)
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He does look like Croucher doesn't he
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From:several_bees
Date:November 12th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
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I'd never watched Spooks; and then on Monday we noticed this season was all on iPlayer, and I remembered you being enthusiastic (in that "the writing is mostly awful but" kind of way), so we gave it a go. It's VERY EXCITING, to the point where I have now (four days later) watched the whole season, because EXCITING and EXPLOSIONS and WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT WHAT WHAT. But very, very silly, yes. The council investigator guy comes in to the front desk, where one of the six main characters apparently takes his report and then passes him along to one of the other six main characters...

Is there a best season I should go back and watch?
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From:communicator
Date:November 12th, 2010 11:21 am (UTC)
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I enjoyed this season a lot, but I think the last episode was too silly even for me.

I think the best character is Ros, played by Hermione Norris, so I'd recommend any season that she's in.
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From:several_bees
Date:November 12th, 2010 11:25 am (UTC)
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Aha, I'll give it a go!

And mm, agreed that the last episode was probably a bit too silly. I didn't mind much because, perhaps, I don't have any engrained affection for the show or the characters, since I hadn't watched anything before Monday.
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From:gfk88
Date:November 12th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
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My feeling on Spooks was that they undershot rather than overshot, in the sense that they copped out and went for the tame ending instead of going where the story seemed to be taking them. Maybe someone told them ten minutes before shooting that they were getting another series after all.

I'd decided Harry really was going to do something irrevocable this time, like - I don't know - kidnap Lucas's girlfriend in return for Ruth's kidnapping and threaten to bump her off. But no. Even the blasted file thingy was a fake.

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