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neelay2709

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While Chernobyl is right up there in the popularity charts, there are a few series which are great,
1, Absentia - On Amazon Prime, this is a thriller starring Stana Katic (Castle)

2, Bodyguard - This is a British serial which is a thriller

The following one is highly recommended and not to be missed -
3. Killing Eve - This is on BBC America - a thriller which should not be missed with Jodie Comer as the cold blooded assassin and Sandra Oh as Eve trying to catch the assassin.
 
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sandeepss

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you can find all those between Prime, netflix and hotstar, not sure if you will like them or not ...
OK. Now watching "Delhi Crime", looks to be a very good show, from Richie Mehta. "How to get away with murder" was very dull and boring, couldn't finish the first episode :)
 

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Chernobyl

+ Like many good series ("The Wire"), this is about the system and not the individuals.
+ They manage to transport the viewer to Chernobyl of that time - the locations, attention to detail and the camera work are all excellent.
+ The acting is good - Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard, and Emily Watson.
+ Little arcs were very well handled - Pavel's story for instance. With little screen time, they managed to capture 'loss of innocence' (which we have seen many times over in movies and series).
+ They left me with a healthy respect for the sacrifices made by many people - miners, people recruited to clean up, etc.,
+ Usually, I cringe about using English as the speaking language in foreign settings (like "The Reader"). This was not an issue for me with 'Chernobyl' thanks to a lot of Russian text and music left as-is.

Only for those who have watched the series:

- Some fictional liberties outlined here are forgivable. But, I could not help but think whether the system was actually that bad or is it just another part of the western propaganda machine. Sure, things could have been bad, but they felt a little exaggerated (KGB everywhere). While you can see articles like this, you should also read this :)
- While it may be authentic to a degree, there were many things that border on radioactive scaremongering. Please read this.

TL;DR;

A very good series that everybody should see. While I liked many, many things about the series, it is far from perfect and won't displace "The Wire" off the top of my list.

PS: I initially thought that "HBO redeemed themselves after GOT S08", but then I watched half of 'Deadwood: The Movie'. So, it's still 1-2 against HBO.
 

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I just completed all 5 seasons of 'Line of Duty' which is available on Netflix till season 4 and another season from other means.

This was a hell of a ride and one should not miss it. I'm not an avid reviewer but will certainly say that this show put me to the edge of my seat and kept me hooked, all the time. Really enjoyed this show till the very last episode and was wanting more, remembering that Pepsi ad 'dil maange more'
All the actors have done a marvelous job and one will for sure fall in love with them. This is one such tv show where I felt connected with the actors and that took my experience and enjoyment to the next level. I would certainly keep this one, on the top shelf of tv shows.

A must watch!!
 

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Dark Season 2

In my post about the first season, I noted that "I would wait for another season before forming a firm opinion". I am happy that they haven't screwed up the solid foundation laid in Season 1. It only got better.

+ Only 8 episodes - the opposite of the usual Netflix bloat.
+ No hand-holding the viewer. The different timelines are captioned only in a few instances. Sometimes it takes a few moments to figure out which year it is. The good thing is, as a viewer, you are engaged and constantly playing detective.
+ Instead of "What happens next?", we are left wondering "How did it get to point B from point A?" and "Why?" a lot of the time. It is a very clever show, but not really manipulative. If you have watched movies about time travel, some of these arcs would look very familiar. But, the narrative here is so dense and layered that you do not have time to sit and process; you are always moving from one thing to the next.

I had forgotten all about the intricacies of the show barring the broad strokes. In the case of a few minor characters, I could not remember how they are related and what they did in the first season. I should have re-watched the first season :(. Instead, I chose to read an article right after S02E01, which detailed the often confusing relationships between characters. Sadly, it also included two very major spoilers for the second season. But to the credit of their story-telling prowess, even when I knew what was going to happen, I was interested in knowing how it got there. As one of the co-directors put it

Jantje Friese: People always think that writing is like architecture, that you build blocks and in the end, you have a house. The way I approach writing is that it’s like archeology: The house is there, under the sand, you just have to uncover it.
I am very much looking forward to the third and final season.
 

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Money Heist Season 3 coming on July 19th in netflix
Thanks for suggestion...This is one hell of series.
I started watching first season and I was sure this is going to be fun/thriller on edge of seat.
Plot is simple as name suggests some robbery , but the way it's scripted , directed and acted ...it just keeps you glued to the Sofa.
i have watched only 8 episodes from 1st season , but it made sure, I am watching something great. It's in Spanish but English title and audio is available.
 

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"Tales of the city" series are now available on Netflix. It is based on Armistead Maupin's bestselling novel series by the same name, starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney which first aired in 1993. I've watched a few episodes, and it's as good as they come, with excellent character portrayal, sharp dialogues and the 90s TV show charm which I feel is missing in the current onslaught of CGI fueled TV shows. A must watch!

 
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Stranger Things Season 3

+ Only 8 episodes. Keep it up, Netflix!
+ Maya Hawke as Robin is an awesome new addition. The entertaining trio of Dustin, Steve, and Robin are the highlight of the season for me.
+ No unnecessary detours like the second season. They stuck with the main characters and Hawkins.

* Every time I saw the Russian villain on screen, I could think of nothing other than 'Terminator'.
* Lot of nostalgia in there - "Back to the Future", "Neverending story", "Day of the dead", "The Thing" reference (While it is an irrefutable truth that 'The Thing' is the greatest re-make ever made, the way it was placed as a coke ad felt wrong)
* While I am always happy to see Cary Elwes, who is fun to watch as a slimy mayor, I only wish they had used him better.

-- I didn't like the first two episodes. I get it! Kids grow up and become teenagers, blah! blah! blah! But, those two hormonal episodes, where even characters like Harper become a caricature of themselves, felt too 'happy' to fit in a stranger things universe. Fortunately, the series gets back it's footing from Episode 3.
- The final episode is very cinematic, like the third act of a Hollywood monster movie, with all its strengths and pitfalls. While it was very entertaining, you feel like you have seen it somewhere, even within the same series. The twists and turns come and go as expected (Billy becomes "good" before he sacrifices his life, but all main characters survive; even Harper may not have died!).
- I get it! LGBTQ community needs a voice and Hollywood is that voice; so every movie and series has to have them! But do they HAVE to make Robin lesbian so that they could be 'represented' in this series? If you want to do it, do it like "Billions" or don't.

TL;DR;

The very enjoyable third season is better than Season 2. While many are calling it the 'best season' of the series, I would just call it the "most entertaining" of the three seasons. I still think the atmosphere, the setup and the freshness of the first season make it the best season of the three.

PS: While "Dark" was unfairly compared to "Stranger Things" when it came out, "Dark" has proved to be the superior offering (IMO).
 

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Anurag Kashyap & Vikramaditya Motwane's "Sacred Games" season 2 trailer is out. Releasing on Aug 15. Looks as dark and gritty as the first season, with new cast additions including Pankaj Tripathi, Kalki Koechlin & Ranvir Shorey

 

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Thanks for suggestion...This is one hell of series.
I started watching first season and I was sure this is going to be fun/thriller on edge of seat.
Plot is simple as name suggests some robbery , but the way it's scripted , directed and acted ...it just keeps you glued to the Sofa.
i have watched only 8 episodes from 1st season , but it made sure, I am watching something great. It's in Spanish but English title and audio is available.
Finished both seasons...It has been great watching this series
My Take : it starts with bang and it catches your intensions immediately...In middle/and towards end it drags a bit ...but just a bit...Direction and acting are top notch..Leading actors(Raquel and Professor) play cat and mouse game...but one character grows me on was Berlin...
Waiting for 3rd Season


And looking for some more suggestion on action/thriller series like this in Spanish.
 
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Akshit2111

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Criminal justice superb!!
Tremendous acting hy jackie shroff, pankaj tripathi and especially dibyendu bhattacharya!
Must watch :)
 

buxx

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Dunno what was the hype about Chernobyl ..Pretty lacklustre series.. hardly gripping
 

sam9s

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Criminal justice superb!!
Tremendous acting hy jackie shroff, pankaj tripathi and especially dibyendu bhattacharya!
Must watch :)

It was miles miles behind to the actual series it was inspired (copied) from called " The Night Off". India has its own talent and can come up with super series of their own like sacred games, Mirzapur or Made in Heaven, They dont need to copy IMHO ofcourse...
 

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Hap and Leonard ... Enjoyed it, loved it especially the first season, se02 was not as good but still kept me interested. But SE01 was absolutely gripping, it starts off very lightly with light humorous tone, but after few episodes, it becomes a nail biting thriller, things go wrong survival kind of series and it delivers. I was feeling the fear and tension all the time. Highly recommended at least SE01. And it ends the story properly. SE02 is an entirely new adventure. ... 7.6/10 for this one

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