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Old 2nd August 2020, 15:43   #3166
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Been watching 'The Last Ship'. Finished 2 seasons and enjoyed it. Since it is centered around a deadly pandemic, vaccines and cures etc.. in line with the times. Of course has all the typical cliches, but I enjoyed it.

Having said that, the relevant threads of the story were closed at the end of season 2. So don't have much hopes for the remaining seasons.
It goes downhill after S02. Season 3 is not bad. 5 is simply unwatchable.
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So I thought that Narcos cannot get more interesting after season 2, but I was proven wrong! Season 3 was way better! Season 1 and 2 are primarily about Escobar and you literally stay invested in the characters. But season 3 is way too quick, and although there is no one character like Escobar here, the overall narration is very intriguing and well paced.

Post three seasons of Narcos, I did attempt Narcos Mexico, but stopped mid way in the 2nd episode since it just felt a bit too much, watching similar stuff back to back over the last few weeks. And so I switched to Fauda, have covered about 10 episodes now, the series is interesting, no doubt, but it does get very unrealistic at times. Not sure if I will end up watching all 3 seasons.

Just finished all three seasons of Fauda. Initially, I saw one episode in English and I did not like it because the English dubbing didnt sync well with the actual dialogue delivery. So I switched to the native language with English subtitles and then i started to really like it. All the lead actors have played their part well, and the screenplay too is amazingly fast, edge of the seat, all the time. For sure the series is taken from the view of Israel, so the Palestinians are typecast in to terrorists, although not so much like the Hollywood movies. Highly recommend this series!
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Just finished all three seasons of Fauda. Initially, I saw one episode in English and I did not like it because the English dubbing didnt sync well with the actual dialogue delivery. So I switched to the native language with English subtitles and then i started to really like it. All the lead actors have played their part well, and the screenplay too is amazingly fast, edge of the seat, all the time. For sure the series is taken from the view of Israel, so the Palestinians are typecast in to terrorists, although not so much like the Hollywood movies. Highly recommend this series!
In terms of watching in native language, same happened with Narcos. Tried to watch English dub and it was so not working out. The "effect" isn't there. Then watched entirely in Spanish and english subs and loved that way.
My wife says why i just won't watch english dub and I told her to try it once but anything non English (primary language) she won't see (except hindi etc ofcourse).
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There are times when you have like 15 - 20 minutes of TV time to kill and..
Either you cannot decide what to watch
or
There is a conflict among the rest of the family as to what to watch.

For these moments.

Idiot Test - On Netflix (When you want to activate your brain cells - very interesting )
OR
The Floor is Larva - On Netflix (When you just want to watch some nutty action/ fun)
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Then I would suggest "House"
5/5
Just spell binding. And the humour is great. And the women, wow!
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This may seem like a steam release-valve, and perhaps it is, but I want to share my thoughts anyway and the target is Netflix.

Most of the people I know can't seem to stop taking its name, many think Netflix is the first to bring "great" shows to the world, they are all new to the Hollywood television scene, whereas I've been watching American shows exclusively all of my life, I mean Trump should give me a Green Card purely on the basis on the amount of time I've invested in watching American shows and cartoons, including his own "The Apprentice" - all seasons.

Here's my take on what Netflix has done for entertainment - they destroyed it. Copious amounts of nudity, gore, horror, porn, expletives, baphomet etc etc.. why wouldn't their shows sell? Its like making a pizza with triple cheese, all toppings including ice-cream, salt, sugar, chocolate syrup etc.. sounds good but when combined it makes for a puke-fest, and Netflix is the same. Zero creativity.

Netflix wants to be the next HBO, but they can't, not by a billion miles.. HBO, while they pushed limits of nudity and expletives, didn't take it all the way extreme and still relied on great storylines and dialogues. Worse yet the Netflix virus is spreading to Indian shows -Sacred Games (or should I say Porn Games) and other associated acts starring a handful of repeat actors specialized in expletives or in removing clothes. My god.

Now don't take me for a prude, I believe India has its way of doing shows, and America has its way, copying them or should I say Indianising American shows is in no way realistic. Some Mumbai patli-gali don cannot become Tony Soprano.

Everyone is on my case about not installing Netflix (I call it Nutflix), if only I can begin to explain to them the amount of award winning, fantastic serials and comedies I've seen on primetime television, but apparently the 90's/00's aren't good enough.

I hope the kids don't grow up on this vulgar subscription programming, I didn't swear till I was 20+, Netflix will have them doing it out of the womb.
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Just came across Auto tab, on 'Discovery+' app.

They have some really nice videos for both cars and bikes. Videos are like those shown on Discovery Turbo channel. A lot of them are technical types. Very interesting.

Must watch!
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Just finished watching Schitt's Creek. Enjoyable, light hearted comedy. The first few episodes can be a bit of a drag, but it starts picking up and you will enjoy it. recommended for family viewing.
I was coming from Modern Family and was looking for the next best comedy, watched Schitt's creek based on the forum reviews.

Have started watching How I met your Mother now and it is entertaining.
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This may seem like a steam release-valve, and perhaps it is, but I want to share my thoughts anyway and the target is Netflix.
You are not alone who is releasing the steam now. Hannah Giorgis is also not impressed,

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The ranking reveals a sad reality: People are really bored right now, and that leaves a lot of room for mediocre content to flourish.
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The mechanism by which Netflix measures its subscribers’ consumption habits is itself a paragon of low expectations. The company, which has historically withheld actual audience numbers, recently revealed that it counts anything longer than two minutes spent on one movie or show’s screen as a “view.” Whether because of the content’s mediocrity, or the sheer exhaustion brought on by living through a historical event, few of these “most watched” works have generated a collective viewing experience that feels cohesive, much less exhilarating.
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Here's my take on what Netflix has done for entertainment - they destroyed it.

Damn!

Somebody better share this insight/thought with the Academy, Emmy, Golden Globe and other judging committees - between them they have nominated Netflix produced shows and movies over 400 times and even given/wasted 70+ awards!

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Breathe: Into the Shadows. Rating a full 5 / 5 stars.

The initial lot of episodes start off slow, but by the time you reach the midpoint of the series, you are totally hooked! Family has loved the show. Abhishek has done a phenomenal job. When an A lister like Bachchan comes to online streaming, you know that's the future. As a not-so-famous guy said, streaming is the new multiplex .
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I hope the kids don't grow up on this vulgar subscription programming, I didn't swear till I was 20+, Netflix will have them doing it out of the womb.
I agree that a lot of the heavily promoted original programming that is on Netflix and other streaming channels is dark and morbid. It is almost like a 'Gangs of Wasseypur' effect where subsequent shows like Badlapur, Sacred Games, Paatal Lok are all essentially tropes of Wasseypur. Anupama Chopra also called out the shocking amount of violence against women in these shows. There is a lot of herd mentality at play here.

I loved Wasseypur as it was fresh and original. The new stuff just makes me go 'meh'. I'd love to see more comedy content. Something like Panchayat which had a uniquely Indian theme, was fresh and didn't succumb to cliches.

Having said that, I think channels should be allowed to make and stream shows as they see fit with no censorship and proper parental guidance. Netflix has excellent parental controls so you calibrate what you see.
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I agree that a lot of the heavily promoted original programming that is on Netflix and other streaming channels is dark and morbid.

Having said that, I think channels should be allowed to make and stream shows as they see fit with no censorship and proper parental guidance. Netflix has excellent parental controls so you calibrate what you see.
Gangs of Wasseypur is a largely copied concept of the original Gangs of New York, Anurag Kashyap the porn director of India was apparently inspired by Martin Scorcese movies. This is again the mistake of India copying America, when the cultures are nothing alike, likewise we surely can't bear to see American movies where they visit temples and light camphor on a plate as a sort of purificatory offering to the gods.

My problem is not with Netflix's Indian shows, nearly as much as it is about their own shows, it is all horror, jump scares, gore... very very negative concepts, and since they have no censor board to please unlike mainstream television, they push all limits.. including nudity. Orange is the New Black, Sex Education, Lucifer (Netflix's one true god, no doubt), Riverdale (they darkened a comic storyline like Archie!!), is some of the many examples of the depravity of those helming things at Netflix.

Again, I want to clarify that I'm no prude, but like AltoLXI posted above, the article about Netflix heavily leveraging out of mediocre entertainment due to lack of choice is really facts, I'm offended that they think that most people are that easy to please. While I've no problem with adventurous storytelling, I've a problem with gimmicky storytelling, nudity sells, as do gore and depravity, so making a television show with those being the pillars is easy.. what is hard is compelling storylines, good dialogue and a balance of emotions.

Here's my problem with Indian content - they've been censoring slightly controversial comedies from America for as long as I remember, and should something demean India even remotely, that part is toned out or bleeped but then Sacred Games is downloaded by almost everyone (no filter of any sort and no censoring of any sort when torrented) and that is fine.

The amount of Indian garbage shows in MX player and other 2 bit streaming services is to be seen to be believed. Even the highest financed, highest funded and highly profitable Bollywood is a zero in the world of storytelling, much less for tightly budgeted, zero script and shock value shows that pass off for entertainment these days.

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, I'm offended that they think that most people are that easy to please.
+1 to this comment and the only reason i dont ever watch what Netflix or Prime recommends me to watch. I always search my shows on imdb and then try to find them on these platforms. I do not like them to dictate to me what i should be watching on a Saturday or what is #1 in India right now. I wish there was a way to turn off recommendations, maybe there is?
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May be someone would have posted before but wanted to mention the apps that I use for finding where to stream a TV show and also to track it later.



JustWatch -> https://apps.apple.com/us/app/justwa...ws/id979227482

I use Justwatch and set country to India so I can see where a movie or TV show is available for streaming or buying.

Television Time -> https://apps.apple.com/us/app/televi...me/id969714962 (Paid App)

I have tried numerous tracking apps, mostly free first and none of them worked well for me. I also wanted trakt.tv integration. Finally settled with the above mentioned paid app which works great for me.

I use iPhone so I have given iTunes links, not sure if the exact same app is available for Android.

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