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Really enjoying Stranger, a Korean police procedural with a whiff of Sherlock Holmes (the main character is super clever, and not very emotionally engaged, and has almost super-powered imaginative abilities at times).

 

The episode are quite long - 70 minutes or so each - and the plot is quite complicated.  We got about 5 episodes in, and I thought I'd look how many episodes were left.  There are 16 episodes in a season!  And there's a second season too.  Great if you want to get really into a long show.

 

Also, the system over there seems to be a prosecutor's office who investigate crimes, separate from the police, who also investigate them a bit as well.  So the two organisations have a kind of rivalry between them.  I thought that was all made up for the Phoenix Wright games!

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3 hours ago, Ste Pickford said:

The episode are quite long - 70 minutes or so each

 

This is what keeps my wife and I from watching a lot of the Korean programmes we get recommended. The standard length of an episode for many such series on Netflix seems to be for a 90 minute TV slot. We're missing out on so much good stuff because our aging minds and bodies stuggle to make that kind of commitment to a show.

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1 minute ago, revlob said:

 

This is what keeps my wife and I from watching a lot of the Korean programmes we get recommended. The standard length of an episode for many such series on Netflix seems to be for a 90 minute TV slot. We're missing out on so much good stuff because our aging minds and bodies stuggle to make that kind of commitment to a show.

 

You can just stop watching an episode and come back the next day...

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Twitter seemed to be trending this morning saying how painfully unfunny Kevin Hart's new stand up is. And it's not reviewing too well. Not sure how much of that is kick back of stuff he's said in the past though, but it's not like his films have reviewed poorly because of that. This is the first opinion I've heard of it being good. 

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On 16/11/2020 at 17:59, JohnC said:

Sorry to Bother You is on there now.

 

I was vaguely aware of it before so gave it a go and quite liked it. Weird surreal social commentary. I like weird and surreal, but it may not be to everyone's liking.

 

I really enjoyed that, it was quite original and pretty funny. 

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On 09/11/2020 at 12:57, Ste Pickford said:

Really enjoying Stranger, a Korean police procedural with a whiff of Sherlock Holmes (the main character is super clever, and not very emotionally engaged, and has almost super-powered imaginative abilities at times).

 

The episode are quite long - 70 minutes or so each - and the plot is quite complicated.  We got about 5 episodes in, and I thought I'd look how many episodes were left.  There are 16 episodes in a season!  And there's a second season too.  Great if you want to get really into a long show.

 

Also, the system over there seems to be a prosecutor's office who investigate crimes, separate from the police, who also investigate them a bit as well.  So the two organisations have a kind of rivalry between them.  I thought that was all made up for the Phoenix Wright games!

I'll have to try this. Watching the French series Spiral and the documentary Who Killed Little Gregory also throws up some differences in the legal process. Often in big cases the Judge gets involved in the detective work and can even interview suspects.

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2 hours ago, Mawdlin said:

I'll have to try this. Watching the French series Spiral and the documentary Who Killed Little Gregory also throws up some differences in the legal process. Often in big cases the Judge gets involved in the detective work and can even interview suspects.

 

We've got the 1hr 30min season 1 finale to watch tonight.  I'm very excited!

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3 hours ago, Mawdlin said:

I'll have to try this. Watching the French series Spiral and the documentary Who Killed Little Gregory also throws up some differences in the legal process. Often in big cases the Judge gets involved in the detective work and can even interview suspects.

Bear in mind that he's called Juge d'instruction but, in fact, he's mostly a prosecutor. He's not the one that will sit in court.

 

In very short.

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8 hours ago, Mawdlin said:

The first two episodes of We Are the Champions are terrific. Reminds me of, and is a good companion to, the excellent mini series of sport documentaries, Losers.

Agree to think it’s the Joel Mchale that makes it that bit better than I expected..  

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I started watching Stranger last night. It seems good but I found the subtitles hard to follow because they cycle through them so quickly. I’ve never had this probably watching subtitles shows before. Did any of you guys experience this?

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We're watching Queen's Gambit now (two episodes to go) and the buzz around it is definitely justified.

 

I'd like a comedy recommendation please - we've finished The Good Place, Arrested Development and Community, but now it feels like anything else is going to pale in comparison. We started Schitt's Creek the other night but didn't enjoy it much because the family are so unlikable. I realise that's the joke but it's not landing for us yet. Is it worth sticking with? And what else is worth a look?

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3 minutes ago, Darren said:

We started Schitt's Creek the other night but didn't enjoy it much because the family are so unlikable. I realise that's the joke but it's not landing for us yet. Is it worth sticking with? And what else is worth a look?

 

My wife and I started this and really didn't get on with it, because as you say the family are really unlikable, and gave up after three (maybe four) episodes. However my wife keep being told how good it was and it seemed to win a number of awards so we decided to give it another go. Suffice to say we are now on the final series having pretty much binged watched it and love it. It's weird as I still actively dislike most of the characters but it suddenly became watchable and funny. YMMV obviously.

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Yes, definitely carry on with Schitt's Creek. It either gets much better or you get more used to the characters (I did try rewatching the first couple of eps of series 1 again and they seemed a lot funnier than before, although Moira is still too much at that point!). I'm on season 4 now and the show's an absolute joy. Has made me cry a couple of times, too!

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1 hour ago, Fry Crayola said:

Except gospvg.

 

I'll get round to it at some point probably next year, just not enough time at the moment & I'd rather play with my PS5.

 

I'm the one Netflix viewer that fucks up the viewing stats because I rarely watch anything on release so blame me for all the recently cancelled shows.

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On 21/11/2020 at 13:06, Gringo said:

I started watching Stranger last night. It seems good but I found the subtitles hard to follow because they cycle through them so quickly. I’ve never had this probably watching subtitles shows before. Did any of you guys experience this?

 

Yeah, I had this problem a bit.  I guess Korean is quite a fast language?  You've just got to read faster, I guess.  Git gud.

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1 hour ago, Darren said:

We're watching Queen's Gambit now (two episodes to go) and the buzz around it is definitely justified.

 

I'd like a comedy recommendation please - we've finished The Good Place, Arrested Development and Community, but now it feels like anything else is going to pale in comparison. We started Schitt's Creek the other night but didn't enjoy it much because the family are so unlikable. I realise that's the joke but it's not landing for us yet. Is it worth sticking with? And what else is worth a look?

 

Bojack Horseman.

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