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I am trying to remember what I watched in 2016...

- Bojack (still not finished S3, so no spoilers please)
- Stranger Things (Gorgeous, all round excellent & A+ nostalgia fest.)
- Rick and Morty (Darcy described it as 'offensively funny', which is about right.)
- Victoria (Jenna Coleman can act for England. Literally. More please.)
- Upstart Crow (a gentler Blackadder. Esp loved Mrs Shakespeare)
- RTD's A Midsummer Night's Dream (beyond delightful)

There was other stuff, I think. Like Brooklyn 99. (Haven't seen S3 yet.) Um. Never got round to watching S2 of Poldark. Started The Night Manager, but never finished it. (Darcy got disenchanted, and I realised that Tom Hiddleston reminded me of Darcy's BFF - he has that slightly nervous, very polite posh boy thing going on. It's... not a turn on, shall we say.) (And yes, I just said that I don't find Tom Hiddleston attractive. I may have to relinquish some sort of fannish membership, I'm aware of that...)


But the important ones were/are these:

BBC-America

(Yes, I know S10 of Doctor Who hasn't started yet, but I found a banner with the three shows I actually care about, and it's too perfect not to use!!)

Now the thing about the other two shows is that they BOTH premiered on my birthday! I won the TV show lottery in 2016!! And in a shitty year, that was a pretty awesome thing.

We only started watching Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (re-imagined Douglas Adams, on Netflix) shortly before Christmas and mainlined it over the holiday period (yes, the whole family). And it is RIDICULOUSLY good.

BBC America trailer:



Netflix trailer (slightly more spoilery, if that bothers you):





If you want something to completely take your mind off the current woes (or you just like superb TV) I cannot recommend this enough. It's completely mad and utterly brilliant. Like - it's impossible to describe. Just sit back and experience it.

And Class... Dirk is ~fabulous~ (and both he, and the show, most definitely is), but Class is the show that stole my heart.

Yes, it's well-written and performed and all the rest, but it's also a show that fits 2016/this point in time. Like I said in a previous post, it's a show built on the premise that suddenly one day your world changes. And you just have to deal with it, even if it's unfair, even if it hurts, even if you have plenty of problems already, and the universe just keeps dealing out more.

These words of Quill's are a good motto for the new year:

QUILL: Too big. Feels like [the pain] going to consume you. Well, the trick is to keep on living while it does.

Also I adore all of the characters (and the actors <3) and they are all too compelling and complex and diverse for words. More posts will be forthcoming, but episodes 6, 7 and 8 need... oh god, SO MUCH. Like, essays, each of them.

Anyway, for those that like trailers (even if it spoils certain plot points):




Generally though I'd just say watch the first episode. If you don't like that, you probably won't like the rest. It's coming to America in 2017... Nnnot quite sure when. And it's on iPlayer for those in the UK. (It's wonderful to have a show to be fannish about. Can you tell? *g*)

Also, is the formatting OK [this re. DW]? It should be fine, but I've changed my layout and the preview looks borked. The actual post looks fine, but I'm aware things look different for different people.

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Date: 2 January 2017 07:29 pm (UTC)
promethia_tenk: (britta feelings)
From: [personal profile] promethia_tenk
>>And yes, I just said that I don't find Tom Hiddleston attractive. I may have to relinquish some sort of fannish membership, I'm aware of that...

You and me both. #promethiadoesfandomwrong

>>We only started watching Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (re-imagined Douglas Adams, on Netflix) shortly before Christmas and mainlined it over the holiday period (yes, the whole family).

Ok, I finally watched the trailer, and that does look fun.

>>Also, is the formatting OK [this re. DW]? It should be fine, but I've changed my layout and the preview looks borked. The actual post looks fine, but I'm aware things look different for different people.

I load all the comment pages in the site skin, but the post seems fine and so does your journal page . . .

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Date: 3 January 2017 01:45 am (UTC)
promethia_tenk: (eleven doopy doo)
From: [personal profile] promethia_tenk
Welp, I watched the first episode. It was sure a thing.

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Date: 3 January 2017 01:05 pm (UTC)
promethia_tenk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] promethia_tenk
It was pretty cheap on Amazon. (I think it was airing on BBC America here, who unfortunately are not great at putting their stuff up streaming . . .)

I did enjoy it, though my cold-addled brain decided one episode was as much as it could deal with for one night. Obviously very well made, and I do adore Douglas Adams. I'd say the one big risk is that when things get too resolutely Ne, I can get impatient with them? Like, will you bring things together and focus for one minute?

Also I was just continuously thinking about I Heart Huckabees the whole time.

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Date: 2 January 2017 08:09 pm (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Jenny Soul (BUF-JennySoul-elizalavelle)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
Glad to see someone else has been enjoying Dirk Gently. No one responded to my earlier posts and I was wondering how many people had even taken a look at it -- I would have thought it would be in a lot of people's wheelhouse.

I plan to check out Class in the future. There's definitely a lot that will be moving off my schedule in the next few months.

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Date: 2 January 2017 09:37 pm (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Bradley James laughs (MERL-LaughingBJ-miakun)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
The bridge scene nearly killed us! It was one of those "hit pause because I can't breathe" moments. And it seems we'll be getting a continuation because that ending was a big cliffhanger. Have you heard anything about its return?

I'm not sure Class is available here yet but I'll be checking. I'm also curious about the CW's noir Riverdale series as that might turn out interesting as well. It starts later this month.

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Date: 2 January 2017 10:16 pm (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Black and White James Marsters (BUF-ClassicJames-jenniepenni)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
I think Brooklyn 99 is holding up well. Poldark S2 was rather hit and miss. I did watch Night Manager but I thought Hiddleston was miscast in the role. Hugh Laurie was just right, but for me Olivia Coleman was the reason to watch. That was a great role and if they do try to do a sequel she had best be in it.

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Date: 2 January 2017 11:22 pm (UTC)
yourlibrarian: DianaAwesome-ravenclawbest (OTH-DianaAwesome-ravenclawbest)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
If you do, I don't think you'll be disappointed in her part.

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Date: 2 January 2017 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] orangerful.livejournal.com
oh no fair, Dirk Gently isn't on Netflix here! I'll have to wait it out. :) But I'm glad you're enjoying it. I'm a HUGE Douglas Adams' fan so I was leery of the whole thing.

We need to watch Doctor Who s9! So behind!

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Date: 2 January 2017 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
*HUGS*

I need to see Dirk. And a few other things, lol!!

*HUGS*

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Date: 3 January 2017 04:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ragnarok-08.livejournal.com
I'm pretty excited for the new season of Doctor Who *^^*

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