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Re: Favorite Television Shows

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri May 05, 2017 2:07 pm

Watched the entire show of Parks and Rec. Loved it for 2-3 series, noted a downward trend from about season 5 and strong final season. During the early seasons, I enjoyed Leslie, Ron, Ann, Jerry then later on Benn, Donna and Chris. Leslie was a ball of personality tempered by figures around her, I enjoyed it's glimpse that sometimes public servants are an issue but so are the voters, when Leslie would go on a camapign, some great side characters that might not appear for awhile but then turn up and make one laugh (like Tammy), lots of humour, nice romances. Tom annoyed me for awhile while I never found April or Andy to be funny or particularly intresting.

In the latter seasons, it lost sharpness as shows tend to. There were still times it was great, Leslie in camapign mode, the citizens of the city, some fun side characters, Tom got a lot better as he became a real businessman and also benefited from good romances
I'll be honest, when the lady he ends up with turned up again, I had no idea who she was. I was more expecting the nurse
, when they showed the treatment of Jerry reflects bad on the group. However so much didn't quite click like some of the main romances, they struggled to make Ron's shtick worse though he benefited from romance, humour didn't feel as sharp, it got self indulgent with it's characters, lots of "look famous person".

The final season seemed to allow them to focus and the writing felt sharper again, they managed to avoid self-indulgence (for most part) and seemed to be refreshed. Lots of nice goodbyes or nods to old figures in the show, enjoyed some of the romances and sense of lives changing. Endings a bit hit and miss but thought they generally did well.
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Re: Favorite Television Shows

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri May 19, 2017 5:24 pm

Watched the second and final season of Powers. Loved the first half, it added figures like Michael Madsen, Wil Wheaton (not his best performances) and Tricia Helfer. It concentrates on the effects of Powers in the city and deals with consequences of first season, I liked additions like journalist Nicole (Teri Wyble), some good romances and action, a bit of humour. It felt like it had done everything that bit better then the first season, it wasn't great but it was an enjoyable show with some good ideas at that point.

Then it moves onto it's phase 2, moving out some of the enjoyable characters, going into boring flashbacks, moving away from the effects of powers into the city into a wider uninteresting conspiracy for a few episodes. It messes up one big twist
if you want the shock return of a dead character, don't keep actor name in opening credits
, it still has things that work and the end phase idea is excellent. Problem is by time they go into end phase, key parts haven't been built up to and so it lacks the oomph it would have hoped for
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Re: Favorite Television Shows

Unread postby plunged » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:33 pm

I've been a member of Netflix for a while now and saw some awesome tv shows on there.

One of them was Making a Murderer. They call it a documentary series. It's already quite old now... about 18 months. It's about a Manitowoc man called Steven Avery who spend 18 years for a crime he did not commit (a sexual assault on a woman called Penny Beerntsen). The series indicated he was set up by the sheriff and the prosecutor. Steven had multiple alibis and there was only 1 pubic hair tying him to the case (but the testing of hairs back then was very poor, and there could be like a million other men this hair could belong to). Furthermore, there was a man in the area, Gregory Allen, who had a history of being violent to women. The police, however, did not look into him. Another odd thing was the Chief Deputy also had the allowance to draw sketches based on witness or victim descriptions. The victim described her assailants looks to him, he then left to make a sketch, and when he returned he came back with a sketch that looked just like a mug shot of Steven Avery. Fishy.

Anyway, skipping forward a bit, DNA-testing became available and eventually freed Avery. The hair mentioned earlier did not contain Steven's DNA, but it contained Gregory Allen's DNA.

So Steven was a free man now, in his early forties. However two years after his release, a woman named Teresa Halbach goes missing, and the last man to see her alive was Steven Avery. She had an appointment with him that day. She was a photographer and worked for a magazine called AutoTrader. Steven and his family had a family business; an auto salvage yard. Steven was selling one of the vehicles and asked AT to send Teresa to take some photos of it and place them in the magazine as an ad.

When Teresa was reported missing Steven denied any involvement. He said he saw her leave his property. Later her car key was found in his bed room and her SUV was found on the salvage yard. Inside the SUV Avery's blood was found. Her bones were found in a fire pit near his home (a trailer). Steven started claiming he was again being set up by the police. All of these evidence were found when Steven and his family were removed for a while from their property. The key wasn't found until the seventh search of his (small) trailer, and was found by a cop who was not allowed to be there. Also a bullet was found, and again that same cop had a role in it. The bones found in his fire pit were argued to have been moved there, because a nearby quarry also had some bones of Teresa. The blood in the SUV may also have been planted. "That cop" mentioned earlier, had access to a vial of blood from Avery that was taken from him during his 18 year sentence and the sealed box in which it was stored had torn tape around it.

I thought this series was very intriguing and interesting to watch. It's not really my kind of thing usually, and the first episode was kinda a long watch for me, but after that I got really hooked. Been reading some books about this case ever since. They do shed a different light on all this than the series does though.
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