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Slinkywizard

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I’ve watched Mr Mercedes to about midway through season 2. Just found it too jarring the way it changes from serious detective drama in the first season to supernatural thriller in the second. It’s just too weird a change. Season one was good, though.

I did try Spartacus, but it all seems a bit cheap and flimsy? Couldn't finish one episode. I guess I should give it a second chance.

Doom Patrol is crazy good. One of the most out there TV creations ever. Perpetual Grace Ltd is by the same writing (and mostly acting) team as Patriot, so if you like that, definitely try it. If you don’t like Patriot you probably won’t like PGL.

Pennyworth I can’t bring myself to watch. I just find the entire concept of a series exclusively focusing on Batman’s butler completely ridiculous. I just don’t think there’s any getting around that for me.

I managed about six episodes of Counterpart, but it just didn’t hit the spot for me. I would say too slow but I’m not sure that’s it. I just finished and loved Tales From The Loop and that is the definition of slow. No, I think it’s more like too little actually taking place in the allotted time. Vacuous. Not my tempo.

I’ve watched both seasons of Castle Rock. Both have strengths, but I would’t award either more than a 7/10. Watchable, but nothing to write home about.

Haven’t seen any of the others.
 
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Goooner

Distinguished Member
Agree about Mr Mercedes. I know it’s Stephen King, but season 2 was just such a change from the first.

Just started season 3 which is supposed to be better and more like the first.
 

Tom Davies

Editorial Contributor
Spartacus is so bonkers. I really enjoyed it. It's like a low brow version of Rome... actually it's not that much more low brow than Rome thinking about it!

I just find the entire concept of a series exclusively focusing on Batman’s butler completely ridiculous. I just don’t think there’s any getting around that for me.
We are in the same boat here. If you've seen Teen Titans Go! To The Movies there's a super fun bit in that where they have to sit and watch a trailer for a spin-off origins movie about Batman's utility belt. I feel sort of similarly about Pennyworth.
 

Fake Shempz

Active Member
I've never watched Counterpart, but from that synopsis, it sounds like its plagiarised quite a bit from Fringe.
 

Hixs

Distinguished Member
The first season or two of Spartacus was good, but then matey dies IRL after that it goes down the pan fast.
 

ukbootlegs

Member
Agree about Mr Mercedes. I know it’s Stephen King, but season 2 was just such a change from the first.

Just started season 3 which is supposed to be better and more like the first.
The books were the same. Third book was more in line with the first. Not sure if the show follows suit
 

Garioch

Well-known Member
I am a few episodes into Doom Patrol. I had my reservations, (yet another DC canon etc). But I have to say... This is pretty good so far!

There's dysfunctional and then there's this. Much like the recent Swamp Thing, has its target set on mature audiences. As already mentioned - it's certainly out there.

Worth the £1 trial offer for this alone... But I might be struggling on what to watch next. I'll see if I'll keep the subscription past this. Castle Rock or Pennyworth perhaps... But not sure I can take the latter seriously after the teen titans go comment above!
 

pressure

Well-known Member
Counterpart is for my money one of the best tv series ever made. Utterly fabulous. Highly relevant to our current viral times. Incredible drama.
 

Andrew1472

Distinguished Member
I almost missed out on this offer, only signed up yesterday and have only watched one episode of Perpetual Grace so far.
This list is exactly what I need until I find my way round Starz.
Thank you @Casimir Harlow
 

mtenga

Distinguished Member
Counterpart is for my money one of the best tv series ever made. Utterly fabulous. Highly relevant to our current viral times. Incredible drama.
Truly excellent show that I’d watched under a previous trial but now nothing much else tickles my fancy. But I just signed up anyway since this 99p trial offer is so good. Will have a look at the suggestions and root around this weekend.
 

mcgusto231

Novice Member
The first season or two of Spartacus was good, but then matey dies IRL after that it goes down the pan fast.
Couldn't agree more. RIP Andy Whitfield.

The last two episodes of S01 are especially good. It's really disappointing about the quality from S03 onwards.
 

DGN

Member
May not count as I believe it is on Amazon Prime but it is still a Starz Production... Black Sails is amazing. Pirates done right.

All I will say is that as with almost every show these days you have to give it a few episodes to really get into, then it just gets better and better.
 

mtenga

Distinguished Member
May not count as I believe it is on Amazon Prime but it is still a Starz Production... Black Sails is amazing. Pirates done right.

All I will say is that as with almost every show these days you have to give it a few episodes to really get into, then it just gets better and better.
You know I totally agree with you. Funny thing is most I know gave up on it early and called it a disappointment. Their loss.
 

Philly112

Distinguished Member
Another thumbs up for Black Sails. Takes a few episodes to get going, but it's a very well done show with some memorable characters, and a fair few moving moments.
And it has a proper ending.
Unfortunately there's far too much gratuitous nudity for my liking :D
 

low-def.

Well-known Member
Castle Rock season 1 is superb! Mr Mercedes season 1 & 2 are also very good.
 

Goooner

Distinguished Member
Four episodes into Castle Rock, it’s not really grabbed me yet, but I’ll see it through.

Thought Mr Mercedes first season was decent, didn’t like the direction they took in two.

Three was better than two, but nothing special.
 

Jenz

Active Member
Spartacus is superb and an absolute blast. I'm enjoying Black Sails but had been told Season 1 is a slow burn (it is) and Season 2 onwards is excellent. Pennyworth and Doom Patrol also great.
 

robcat101

Active Member
Counterpart is for my money one of the best tv series ever made. Utterly fabulous. Highly relevant to our current viral times. Incredible drama.
I'd agree with this. I can see why some find the pace a little slow, but it's the best sci-fi since Man in the High Castle for me (arguable better, but I'm only 5 episodes into s1). It has added weight given the recent Covid outbreak. Brilliant.
 

Captain Ron

Well-known Member
Can't believe Ash vs Evil Dead didn't get a big "Hail to the King baby!" 😢
 

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