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#30860 - 02/11/16 04:36 PM Re: Television 2016 [Re: Rita]
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Registered: 04/25/99
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Loc: Newark, Delaware, USA
One that I didn't think about for its first four months but have been belatedly alerted to is Limitless. It's another "person with extra abilities gets pulled in by a government agency" premise (medication that increases brainpowers for a limited time, but with bad reactions when it wears off, unless....), spinning off from a film I never heard of (whose star, Bradley Cooper, makes occasional brief guest appearances here). But the cast is good (the main guy is engaging, and it's great to see Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio again), and best of all they're having fun with it. Lots of delicious visual embellishment when his mind is on overdrive (claymation, substitute words, onscreen captions, speech balloons, Peanuts-esque wah-wah vocal sounds, and more), and ongoing tension building up. Maybe it's not to everyone's taste but I like it a lot.

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#30865 - 02/12/16 12:44 PM Re: Television 2016 [Re: Jon]
Austin
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Wow (second time I've typed that this morning). I bailed after the first episode of Limitless, but it sounds as if I should have stuck with it.

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#30866 - 02/12/16 11:07 PM Re: Television 2016 [Re: Rita]
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Or maybe we feel differently about it. I do think it found its legs about the fourth episode, balancing the long-term arcs with the story of the week, and learning to have fun with it. (And I know we all have different ideas of fun.)

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#30870 - 02/14/16 08:40 PM Re: Television 2016 [Re: Jon]
Barbara Offline
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Well, my idea of fun was seeing Sigourney Weaver turn up in last night's episode of Doc Martin. TOTALLY unexpected. grin

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#30872 - 02/16/16 07:37 PM Re: Television 2016 [Re: Barbara]
Lorna Offline
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I didn't immediately recognize her, she was so de-glamourized. I wonder if Weaver just happened to be in Wales and didn't have anything to do that week...

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#30874 - 02/17/16 09:28 AM Re: Television 2016 [Re: Rita]
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Loc: Newport News, Virginia, USA
Doc Martin (which I missed this week) isn't shot in Wales, it's shot on the north coast of Cornwall, in Port Isaac. I used Google Earth once to get a ground-level look at the building that plays his office.
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#30878 - 02/17/16 06:13 PM Re: Television 2016 [Re: Pete]
Lorna Offline
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Oh dear, I knew it was Cornwall. Just wasn't thinking.

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#30976 - 04/23/16 01:39 AM Re: Television 2016 [Re: Lorna]
Barbara Offline
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Did anyone watch Black List last night? Totally different from any other episode, completely unexpected, and absolutely right. I liked it.

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#30977 - 04/24/16 01:02 PM Re: Television 2016 [Re: Barbara]
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I did, lucky for me. I haven't been watching regularly lately (got tired of the Liz/Tom roller coaster). But this last episode was a knock-out. Reddington has worked his way through the denial stage of his grief...what's the next step? Anger? It's obvious he believes Liz is dead, but I'm not sure I do.

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#30978 - 04/25/16 12:50 AM Re: Television 2016 [Re: Christopher]
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Nor am I. Killing off the leading lady in just that way -- off-camera? No big death scene? Nah. She'll be back. I do wish they'd find some way to get rid of Tom, though.

One other thing about this last episode. Isolation is part of the denial stage of grief, and Reddington was shown making a phone call to someone saying sell everything, Dembe has power of attorney, etc. Cutting himself off. Then he goes to a place he'd been only once before, chosen for its remoteness, its long stretches of emptiness. Impressive, too, how small the cast was. Normally Black List is a highly populated show, not with extras standing around filling up empty spaces but with characters with speaking roles -- many of them, one ensemble scene after another. The contrast between that busyness and the bleak barrenness of the denial episode was quite telling. IMO, this is the show's best episode.

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