[watching] What have you seen recently?

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We watched the first episode last night. As Paul said, it's just as well that the blurb has 'inspired by Pratchett' as otherwise there'd be a shedload of angry fans...

My thought was it's a cyberpunk aesthetic.
I was predisposed to like it going in due to the quite unreasonable amount of bile spilled by a shedload of angry fans. And before anyone had even seen more than a couple of stills. (Including, as pointed out above, by Rhianna Prachett who had presumably seen more) And I consider myself a fan of long standing, "Moving Pictures" was my first Discworld.

I burned through the whole thing last night and enjoyed it really quite a lot.

The aesthetic (whatever we choose to call it, for me it didn't quite hit the spot for Cyberpunk despite the neon clubbing) was interesting and well realised. The prominent use of concrete buildings give it 50s/60s underpinning which might make it "Atompunk" but it really wasn't that. I think it might actually share some of its aesthetic with "A Clockwork Orange". Ultimately I don't think it needs a name to enjoy it.

Captain Sam Vimes was rather more Captain Jack Sparrow than I ever expected but I enjoyed the performance. Several of the characters didn't appear physically as I imagined them: Lady Sybil was less burley and Angua shorter but the important thing when casting is to choose people who can play the part, not necessarily who look a certain way. On that front I think they did well.

Cheery was obviously rather taller than she canonically is in the books but that was a specific choice. In fact she seemed to have a rather more prominent role than in the books but that's exactly the sort of thing an adaptation can do. Explore the story from a different point of view.

And of course someone asked for a large ham so, as if by magic, we have Matt Berry the talking sword.

The one character which I felt had strayed from their roots to their detriment was the Patrician. For my money they had drifted a bit too much towards actual tyrant when the core of the character is that they are not evil, just ruthlessly pragmatic.

However it's obviously the story which is exercising the fans most. No, this is not an adaptation of any particular story. The bones are those of "Guards! Guards!" but with a smattering of bits from other Watch books and a healthy infusion of invention. There also seems to be an absurdist element reminiscent of Hitchikers Guide or Mighty Boosh which the source material tends not to have. However I enjoy a bit of that so it landed for me.

I wonder if part of the reason why I find myself not nearly so bothered by the changes is my exposure to Japanese media (Manga and Anime) where continuously reworking and recapitulating a story is common.

To the people harumphing and saying "Not my Discworld", you're right, it isn't your discworld but that doesn't mean it isn't *a* discworld. It doesn't mean it isn't my Discworld. Ultimately I'm happy to accept this as part of the wider Discworld.
 

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Watched The Tomorrow War (Prime) which seems to be a remix of every alien swarm invasion movie you’ve seen before with a dash of Alien and time-travel thrown in. It was strangely enjoyable popcorn stuff, probably as it was moderately coherent despite the shades of others.

Loki (Disney+) continues to delight. End credits seen in Episode 4 was unexpected but fun. Still have no idea what’s going on.

The Gloaming (Disney+) continues to be intriguing and messy, and dark. There’s a lot going unsaid at the moment but links continue to appear from the unsolved murder 20 years before, and evidence of witchcraft and corruption start to grow.
 
Classic Dr Who: Having just watched both extended editions of Time and the Rani and Paradise Towers on Blu Ray some twenty years after watching them last on VHS, I was pleasantly surprised how well the new edits work. Granted that Time of the Rani is still a poor story with gaping plot holes that no amount of editing or new scenes will fix, I thoroughly enjoyed the dark satire that is Paradise Towers and forgotten how good the story truly is. Only a few weeks ago, we finished watching (almost) the entire run of the sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles and can now see why Richard Briers was cast in the role as Chief Caretaker. At the the time that Paradise Towers was broadcast, Ever Decreasing Circles was still on air. So viewers would have had Briers' character of the regimented Martin firmly stuck in their minds making Briers the perfect choice.
 

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Watched The Tomorrow War (Prime) which seems to be a remix of every alien swarm invasion movie you’ve seen before with a dash of Alien and time-travel thrown in. It was strangely enjoyable popcorn stuff, probably as it was moderately coherent despite the shades of others.
Almost saw it last night but we played Forbidden Desert instead. It's on the view list though, so will watch when I get a gaming free moment.
 

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We watched Without Remorse, (on Prime) an origin story for a character in the Jack Ryan franchise. It wasn't terrible but the main actor wasn't up to it, the set pieces were a bit too "set". The plot was obvious, and the twist was too. However the action was realistic, Jodie Turner-Smith was good, and Guy Pearce is still a delight.
5/10 not Recommended
 

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Saw Guy Pearce looking worse for wear after a night out with his mates on the ferry to Manley Beach in Sydney Harbour one night. Seemed pretty down to earth and grounded/normal at the time!

When I watched 'Without Remorse', I nearly got a copy of the book to see how it had changed; fortunately I managed to remain sworn off Clancy.
 
I enjoyed the early Clancy novels - the last one I read was Rainbow 6 - but the movies based on them have been poor (Hunt for Red October being the exception). They're not bad movies in their own right but they're not the novels. I'm approaching Without Remorse in the same way - helped by the fact that it's set in the modern day rather than the early '70s of the novel.
 
I was predisposed to like it going in due to the quite unreasonable amount of bile spilt by a shedload of angry fans. And before anyone had even seen more than a couple of stills. (Including, as pointed out above, by Rhianna Pratchett who had presumably seen more) And I consider myself a fan of long-standing, "Moving Pictures" was my first Discworld.
... Ultimately I'm happy to accept this as part of the wider Discworld.
I have to agree with your points. We're halfway through; it's enjoyable stuff with a wonderful aesthetic. It's absurd in general rather than trying to be funny, which is good. It is dry rather than frothing and gleeful. In a way, I see this Vimes as a way to leave room for one less booze-soaked if they continue. I love the 'punk and the Punk and my wife happily spends half the time looking up actors and reading stuff online then giggling when something familiar makes an appearance. I'm happy and I reckon Terry would be OK with it, too.
 

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Nope, I was asking for an opinion before I added it to any mental watchlist or ignored it.
We have watched the series and really enjoyed it. They have enduring arcs through the seasons and we became quite invested in the story and the outcome.

Caveat that we are not connoisseurs to the genre or the 'franchise' and personal taste etc, but we enjoyed and would recommend.
 

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We have watched the series and really enjoyed it. They have enduring arcs through the seasons and we became quite invested in the story and the outcome.

Caveat that we are not connoisseurs to the genre or the 'franchise' and personal taste etc, but we enjoyed and would recommend.
Sounds good to me.
 

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Queers
curated by Mark Gatiss
6th - 10th Jul 2021

A young soldier returning from the trenches of the First World War recollects a love that dares not speak its name. Almost one hundred years later, a groom-to-be prepares for his gay wedding.

https://www.peoplestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/queers

Disclaimer, I am a member of the Theatre, but am not part of this production.
IMHO it's very good and well acted and produced.
 
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Now Showing: People's Theatre Online
Queers
curated by Mark Gatiss
6th - 10th Jul 2021

A young soldier returning from the trenches of the First World War recollects a love that dares not speak its name. Almost one hundred years later, a groom-to-be prepares for his gay wedding.

https://www.peoplestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/queers

Disclaimer, I am a member of the Theatre, but am not part of this production.
IMHO it's very good and well acted and produced.

My game is cancelled tonight. This look just the thing to fill the void.
 
Loki is a 10/10 series for me. Fantastic from start to finish, with plenty of Easter eggs for the fans. Thoughts in the spoiler tag below:

So we had a very different version of 'He Who Remains' from the comics. But all I have to say is KANG! I love that it was a "nice" Kang variant in charge. I just loved how the TVA just reset and nobody knew who Loki was at the end. Roll on Season two.
 
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