[TV] Black Mirror

Black Mirror

TV

Seasons

It’s a bit hit and miss depending on the episode, but Black Mirror is one of the most imaginative, mind-blowing shows I’ve ever seen that should be watched by anyone with even a passing interest in speculative science fiction.

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Full of imaginative sci-fi ideas
A couple of disappointing episodes
Usually an engaging plot
Some of the ideas are not very realistic
Usually full of mind-blowing twists
Thought-provoking on the future of technology
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[TV] Rome

 

Rome

TV

A truly well-done show that quite accurately represents the period in Rome’s history between Caesar’s attempt to seize power and Octavian’s ascension to the throne.

The only real gripe I had with it is that the show has few surprises for you if you know your history beforehand.

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High production values
The plot is not that gripping if you know your history
Does a good job at representing ancient Rome
Interesting, likable, profound characters
Engaging, memorable story
Not a single episode wasted on fillers or redundancies

[TV] Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

Disclaimer: this impression is based on the first seven seasons of the show.

TV

Seasons

Game of Thrones is my favorite TV series that does everything one would ever want from a gritty medieval fantasy adventure, but I feel that its later seasons are not as well-thought out as the earlier, no doubt because they ran out of the book material.

I’ll see how the final, eighth, season plays out, but while I enjoyed every second of the season seven, there were twists that made me raise an eyebrow, and I don’t feel I like where some things are going, concentrating more attention on the mute undead threat than human politics where the show used to excel at.

In any case, while I didn’t feel like that after the first five seasons, I currently think I’m going to read the books after all… if they ever get finished.

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Awesome cinematography
Later seasons that are not longer based on the books don’t feel as polished
Fascinating, gritty medieval fantasy setting
Immersing, dark atmosphere
Interesting, likable, profound characters
Enthralling plot full of twists
Fantastic pacing with something interesting happening all the time
Solid, well thought-out story fueled by medieval politics

 

[TV] Justified

Justified

TV

Disclaimer: this impression is based on the first two seasons of the show.

A TV series about an old school marshal fighting crime in Kentucky that despite a few highs here and there is too padded with episodic filler to truly shine.

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Interesting, likable, relatively profound characters
Huge amount of episodic filler drowns out the otherwise interesting story
Well-written dialogue
Awkward romance
Set in an exotic location of Kentucky state

[TV] Rick & Morty

Rick & Morty

Rick & Morty

An ingenious comedy cartoon that follows the adventures of a misanthropic drunken scientist and his completely normal (if not particularly bright) grandson.

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Extremely likable, interesting characters
Due to the nature of parodies some episodes can be a bit predictable
Extremely well-written dialogue
Episodic
Never runs out of wacky ideas to entertain you with
One of the funniest shows out there

[TV] Seinfield

Seinfield

Disclaimer: based on the first two seasons.

Seinfield

A light-hearted comedy that’s good to kill some time with, but not much else.

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Relatively funny
Doesn’t offer much in terms of plot
Likable characters
Doesn’t offer anything particularly memorable
A good time killer when you’re bored

[TV] Boardwalk Empire

boardwalk-empire

Despite a strong first episode this show soon devolves into but another uninspired and clueless character piece with plot threads being introduced and thrown away seemingly at random. It’s pretty apparent the creators never had a clear vision for where they wanted to take the story, and were just making stuff as they went.

I don’t think I’ll be watching further than the first season.

Positive: Negative:
A fascinating setting of Prohibition era in USA Plot keeps going in circles with threads introduced and thrown away almost at random
Some characters, especially the sleazy protagonist, are interesting Characters keep changing personalities and making weird decisions to suit the schizophrenic plot
No actual story, at least in the first season