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What are we watching? You know, sometimes I tune in to some shows, by accident  or  by design,  and that's exactly the question that pops into my head. 

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OK;

Wife is watching Henry Lewis Gates' PBS show 'Know Your Roots'; after a few seasons of watching I have concluded that the show leans on these tropes:

Somebody's ancestor was a Slave in the US  (OOOOh...how does that make you feel?)

Somebody's ancestor was a Slave Owner In the US (Ooooh...How does that make you feel?)

Somebody's Jewish ancestor was persecuted in Eastern Europe/The Holocaust. (ooooh how does that make you feel?)

Tony Shalhoub's Arab Christian ancestors being persecuted by the Ottomans (that was long time ago, don't dwell on it...)

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"The Americans", currently Season 4. Not exactly an uplifting story, but that wasn't to be expected. Not entirely unrealistic so far, except of course that the real sleeper agents that we know about totally disappoint. Too much reliance on sex to generate sources and assets - but in itself not unheard of, especially if the targets were secretaries in Bonn. The trope of the chloroform napkin - well, at least they're not using it more than once every other season, so far.

Equally unsurprising is the swath of destruction that their activities create in the private lives of their social environment, but I commend the script writers to acknowledge how much of a problem this really would be, rather than glossing over it in favor of more action scenes.

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5 hours ago, Ssnake said:

"The Americans", currently Season 4....

Good series overall, but then some things makes you pound your head on the wall how stupid they are. Like whole sniper rifle backstory... FFS, you are in the '80s US, go buy scoped rifle... like anywhere. :( 

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I love the way the Pentagon has a whole 'Stealth' department (even had a name on the door IIRC) that included everything from the F117 Stealth Fighter, to SSBN quieting. Um, just no. I can hardly imagine you would get the USAF and the USN in the same room without trying to kill each other.

I didnt see the later series, but apart from that and a few minor slipups, its really very good indeed. In fact I seem to recall that one of the advisors on the show was a former Soviet illegal who basically told the KGB he quit, and the FBI only belatedly caught up with him several years later.

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8 hours ago, Ssnake said:

"The Americans", currently Season 4. Not exactly an uplifting story, but that wasn't to be expected. Not entirely unrealistic so far, except of course that the real sleeper agents that we know about totally disappoint. Too much reliance on sex to generate sources and assets - but in itself not unheard of, especially if the targets were secretaries in Bonn. The trope of the chloroform napkin - well, at least they're not using it more than once every other season, so far.

Equally unsurprising is the swath of destruction that their activities create in the private lives of their social environment, but I commend the script writers to acknowledge how much of a problem this really would be, rather than glossing over it in favor of more action scenes.

Yeah that season gets dark and season 5 is when the drama really heats up.

 

I finished it last year.  The ending was very satisfying.

 

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Nah, even among Swedes this polarizes.

When one of the three factories producing this bioweapon burned down, my first comment was "Sweden just lost a third of her defense capacity". The firefighters didn't go in, they just contained the fire to let it mercifully burn down. Also, the exploding cans that sailed through the air didn't exactly inspire eagerness to save the site.

 

Watching, alternating with The Americans (I can stand them only for an episode a day), The Peripheral. Second best Cyberpunk on TV ever (second to Altered Carbon); almost undecided whether I like Westworld better. Given that it's the same producers the almost tie may not be that surprising. I gotta hand the prize to The Peripheral however for the super cool vision of Nano sand/software-defined buildings, and a charismatic, frightening villain from the Research Institute. More often than not movie villains are not very credible, cartoonish. She's good, though.

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Blood & Treasure only 2 seasons. Indiana Jones meets Da Vinci Code.  Like it also because while in most series i can see the next scenes from miles away in this one often i failed. Still like most movies and series the last episode are not as good. Very enjoyable and some action scenes are very well done.

Still 1/3 of second season.

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