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    TV Show Recommendations

    Which TV shows would you recommend to others, and what aspects do you enjoy about them?

    True Detective: Elements I found compelling: Ruste Cohle's character (NTesque). The symbolism and rituals behind the primary crime theme throughout the show. Hart's rationalization of his extramarital activities.

    Game of Thrones: The guilty pleasure of a testosterone-filled operatic drama, and the visualization of fantasy inspired by historic characters and events, as well as anthropological customs.

    Black Mirror: The television equivalent of reading sci-fi short stories with a profound or disturbing impact.

    Shameless: The antithesis of the wholesome American family. (I know the UK version came first)

    House of Cards: A critical portrayal of the current American political system, and a charismatic performance by Kevin Spacey, that by breaking the fourth wall, has a Machiavelian effect on the viewer.

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    Of the more recent ones, House of Cards stands out to me. It's constantly riveting. Black Mirror has some great episodes as well (2 and 3 come to mind).

    Most fond of The Wire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mxx View Post
    House of Cards: A critical portrayal of the current American political system, and a charismatic performance by Kevin Spacey, that by breaking the fourth wall, has a Machiavelian effect on the viewer.
    I'm staying away from House of Cards partly because of this article (and partly because I don't watch many shows to begin with). If anyone bothers to read it, how much of the criticism in it do you think is true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyuri View Post
    I'm staying away from House of Cards partly because of this article (and partly because I don't watch many shows to begin with). If anyone bothers to read it, how much of the criticism in it do you think is true?
    For one, that article is a year old, and doesn't take into account the second season, which I believe was better than the first.

    In any case, it's extremely entertaining. Disregard the article and watch it.
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    Orphan Black is a show I just learned about from a friend. Its protagonist is a woman who finds out she is a clone and that there are many other clones like her out there, and someone is killing them off one by one. She meets up with some other clones and they try to figure out where they came from and what's going on. It's a masterful performance by the actress who plays the clones, and the story is well written. It's available on BBC America and The Pirate Bay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyuri View Post
    I'm staying away from House of Cards partly because of this article (and partly because I don't watch many shows to begin with). If anyone bothers to read it, how much of the criticism in it do you think is true?
    I've seen part of the first season. While the author is kind of being melodramatic, I think the show does have some of the flaws he brings up, like the main character lacking a clearly established motive for his actions beyond just being eeeeeeeeviilllllll, or the way that "if all else fails, people will always give you whatever you want as long as you tell them you have a big penis" is an important part of how politics and negotiation work in the writers' apparent understanding of these things.

    That said, Kevin Spacey is great at playing assholes who turn out to be unexpectedly charismatic, so if you're into lurid soap operas, you'll probably find it entertaining. If you're looking for insightful commentary on the US political system, look elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Polemarch View Post
    For one, that article is a year old, and doesn't take into account the second season, which I believe was better than the first.

    In any case, it's extremely entertaining. Disregard the article and watch it.
    Ironically, I though one of the primary criticisms of the article (that the series didn't need 13 episodes to do it's thing and watching them all in a relatively short window makes this more obvious to the viewer) applied much more to the 2nd season than the first. I was kind of bored watching the 2nd season because I knew no matter what sort of obstacle old super evil genius Frank ran into, he would overcome, and achieve his end goal. So I felt I was hanging around waiting for the inevitable, which of course, came to pass.

    Season 3 may be prove more entertaining. Frank has nowhere else to go does he? Unless he plans to finally usher in the New World Order.

    I didn't realize House of Cards was yet another US remake of an original British show. Maybe I'll give the original a go. I infer from the article it was just a one season affair.

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    I'm enjoying Downton Abbey for the incredible footage of Highclere Castle, the lovely costuming, and the enjoyable/familiar actors. It's merely this generation's Upstairs Downstairs (1971) but still engaging to watch.

    Highclere Castle. My gosh. There is no humanly possible way I could be unhappy in this room.

    By way of contrast I also like Vikings. It's a little violent for my tastes but it was a brutal time. Travis Fimmel went from underwear model to perfecting the psychotic version of Princess Di eyes. I've only seen Katheryn Winnick in this series and that one episode of House M.D. that she was in but she carried both beautifully. The accents aren't consistent which kinda bugs my ears but I love the backdrops of Ireland (I used to frequent some of the filming locations when I lived there, like Lough Tay) and the show gives a lot of Irish actors and tech people regular work.

    Also, vikings were my ancestors. Someone traced our lineage on my father's side back to Ireland, then Wales, then Norway. I probably owe them for my height, blond hair, physical endurance abilities and getting AMS anywhere above 8000 ft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skip View Post
    Highclere Castle. My gosh. There is no humanly possible way I could be unhappy in this room.
    How about this room at Chatsworth House, the seat of the Duke of Devonshire? We visited there with some UK friends last year. They had a couple of Rembrandts and other masters on the walls. Quite an amazing place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thevenin View Post
    How about this room at Chatsworth House, the seat of the Duke of Devonshire?
    Oh my. That ceiling. The fireplace. All the marble. *fans self*
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