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1 minute ago, Yorkie said:

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The bit I saw on gogglebox where they find the kids in the bloke's house and the male officer gets shot?

 

Yeah that spoiler is from the end of ep 5 out of 7. I mean it's a pretty huge spoiler but there is plenty of unresolved stuff to be concerned with after that. My wife had seen the same spoiler but loved the series regardless. 

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4 hours ago, Interpolic said:

Mare Of Easttown. 

I've avoided spoilers for this like the plague as the minute I saw bits of it I knew it'd be right up my street. Blasted through it all over the last couple of days and it didn't disappoint. 10/10 stuff, just amazing. 

I loved the tone of it, basically Mystic River or Gone Girl in series form but with a lot of genuinely warm and funny moments mixed in. The amount they made you care about these characters in just 7 episodes was unreal. 

Best thing I've seen in ages. 

Sparkling review. What channel/platform is/was it on?

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Just now, Beren said:

Sparkling review. What channel/platform is/was it on?

Was on Sky Atlantic, I watched it on NowTV which I just cancel and renew whenever there is stuff I want to watch. Will probs be available on Sky Player or whatever it is as well. 

Be quick mind as I think it disappears off NowTV in 25 days or so, which seems a short window compared to usual. 

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Bojack Season 6, I'm relieved it's the last series to be honest. Feel slightly guilty about that relief since it's been a good show but damn...

Sunny Season 14? It's Sunny, what more can I Philadelphia?

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10 hours ago, HTT II said:

Nearly through the entire GOT again and I forgot how great it fucking is, then the ending is nearly upon me... urgh!

How shit was the whole Sparrow bit btw!

Seasons 1-3 were the shows peak imo, nothing could come close to it then. Without doubt the best TV. Seasons 4-6 saw it become just a good show with a select few awesome moments, ie Battle of the Bastards, Hardhome, Sept of Baelor explosion et cetera. Seasons 7 and 8 are an absolute disgrace.

Funny how you mention the Sparrow, big part of one of the plot lines in the worst/most dull book too (A Feast For Crows).

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Two episodes deep into Mare of Easttown

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They do such a fantastic job of casually world building with so many different characters/dynamics. So impressive how they've managed to get me invested in different characters so quickly.

Find myself thinking there's quite a lot of low key comedy in there too.

Really strong start.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Super Duper Branko Strupar said:

:lol: Wow. Are you accusing me of being attracted to a teenage girl? Or worse, having watched fucking Jumanji?

:lol: You put a lot of bass into that response. Not at all suspicious. :wat:

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36 minutes ago, Beren said:

Two episodes deep into Mare of Easttown

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They do such a fantastic job of casually world building with so many different characters/dynamics. So impressive how they've managed to get me invested in different characters so quickly.

Find myself thinking there's quite a lot of low key comedy in there too.

Really strong start.

 

 

4 in, no plot spoilers

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Yeah it's really great, on the face of it (small town, murdered girl, detective with personal problems) it's so cliched and by-the-numbers it could be an ITV crime drama but it's just extremely well written and acted, the town and the characters feel real and not just plot points.

It feels like a US Happy Valley remake at times with how similar Mare is to Sarah Lancashire's character, definite inspiration been taken there, the backstory is almost identical.

 

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Finished the rest of Mare of Easttown this morning, pretty much as good as TV of this genre gets.

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What I really loved about it is that no character emerges smelling of roses. It's not too on the nose either. It left me feeling that if you root for even one character, there's a small element of hypocrisy if you have no time whatsoever for the redemption of another character - well except the abductor of Katie Bailey and Missy [forgot his name]. I guess there are varying severities of infraction, but I like the honest appraisal of no character being unblemished - with most still being reasonably affable.

Not a wasted scene or subplot either. Just immense.

The relationship between Mare and Helen was excellent. So funny.

One thing I didn't fully get (perhaps not having digested thoughts after each episode) is what broke the Katie Bailey case after so long. As in, why didn't they speak to the escorts and discover the van driver/strangling story earlier? I know Missy being a prostitute probably strengthened the steer of the kidnapper's MO being prostitutes, but seems a little strange this wasn't pursued anyway? Maybe I've forgot something because I didn't stop to digest between episodes.

Also, felt quite bad the ending for Drew's mum (I audibly yelped when I thought Drew had drowned :blush:) - and Mare didn't really offer much of an olive branch for her in the scene outside the mediation session, for her to be part of his life post-rehab. She clearly cared for her son, but couldn't do it alone.

Will definitely continue mulling over this for the rest of the day. [emoji38] Thanks for the recommendation, NO.

 

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1 hour ago, Beren said:

Finished the rest of Mare of Easttown this morning, pretty much as good as TV of this genre gets.

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What I really loved about it is that no character emerges smelling of roses. It's not too on the nose either. It left me feeling that if you root for even one character, there's a small element of hypocrisy if you have no time whatsoever for the redemption of another character - well except the abductor of Katie Bailey and Missy [forgot his name]. I guess there are varying severities of infraction, but I like the honest appraisal of no character being unblemished - with most still being reasonably affable.

Not a wasted scene or subplot either. Just immense.

The relationship between Mare and Helen was excellent. So funny.

One thing I didn't fully get (perhaps not having digested thoughts after each episode) is what broke the Katie Bailey case after so long. As in, why didn't they speak to the escorts and discover the van driver/strangling story earlier? I know Missy being a prostitute probably strengthened the steer of the kidnapper's MO being prostitutes, but seems a little strange this wasn't pursued anyway? Maybe I've forgot something because I didn't stop to digest between episodes.

Also, felt quite bad the ending for Drew's mum (I audibly yelped when I thought Drew had drowned :blush:) - and Mare didn't really offer much of an olive branch for her in the scene outside the mediation session, for her to be part of his life post-rehab. She clearly cared for her son, but couldn't do it alone.

Will definitely continue mulling over this for the rest of the day. [emoji38] Thanks for the recommendation, NO.

 

Tbh I'm not one for looking for plot holes but perhaps... 

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... the van incident occurred a fair while after Katie Bailey was kidnapped so Mare had never learnt about it, or the prostitute hadn't been ready to speak out about it until the 2nd girl disappeared or similar. Not sure if the timing was detailed in the scene, if not then yeah maybe that's something they could have explained. 

 

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Totally agree btw about the strength of the series being that everyone was different shades of grey. Plus the acting, directing, style etc, of course. 

The only thing I wasn't a fan of was when it got a bit teenage soapy and I even heard the Desperate Housewives style quirky music in the background during these scenes, I still think that was out of place but the positive of this was that it contrasted nicely with whatever serious shit was around the corner :lol:

And the humour was never cheap either since all or most of the characters had a very dry and melancholic sense of humour. Laughed way more than I expected. 

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19 hours ago, Interpolic said:

Totally agree btw about the strength of the series being that everyone was different shades of grey. Plus the acting, directing, style etc, of course. 

The only thing I wasn't a fan of was when it got a bit teenage soapy and I even heard the Desperate Housewives style quirky music in the background during these scenes, I still think that was out of place but the positive of this was that it contrasted nicely with whatever serious shit was around the corner :lol:

And the humour was never cheap either since all or most of the characters had a very dry and melancholic sense of humour. Laughed way more than I expected. 

:lol: Yeah I remember thinking Mr Brightside (or something like that) in the background during a bar scene was quite weird, but realistic.

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And Mare laughing her ass off in the car after the funeral affair announcement :spit:

 

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3 hours ago, Paulie Walnuts said:
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not really a spoiler but, the ´come over and squeeze Betty´s titties´ graffiti and the reaction, made me laugh more than it should have.

 

:lol: that's what I laughed at the most.

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"I don't know what the big deal is, they don't look anything like your tits" :lol:

 

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Finished Mare and it could just as easily have been called Meh of Easttown. Finished strongly but didn't really warrant more than a two hour film. I grew up with Jimmy Doyle and Harry Callaghan, and when they went off the rails it all ended pretty quickly because nobody needed their inner feelings spelled out by pointless scenes at the therapist.

I guess the twist was canny, but considering the depth of character that was explored in everybody else it's no surprise that they never entered into the equation.

Wardrobe did a great job.

 

Mare of Easttown

 

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Blasted through Time this evening. Grimmy Mcgovern does it again :sweetjesus:

Memorable performances from Bean and Graham, and it's just relentlessly, almost hilariously fucking grim from start to end. 

Loved it. 

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