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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)  
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Anyone watching this new Amazon thing? Undecided as yet. Think 'a Town like Eureka' with none of the cheesiness and the melancholy button twisted up as far as it goes, and a bit further. Curious.
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42604.2 In reply to 42604.1 
Yeah, about 5 episodes in now. Tina’s starting to get fed up of it, I’m still not sure. I like the slow pace, I like the music, I like the bringing to life of Stalenhag’s paintings which is generally done very well, compositing and period detail and all that. On the other hand the actual tales are a bit mundane. Teenagers ineptly fail to articulate emotions while a magic thermos makes some weird timey wimey thing happen. People keep finding mysterious objects and giving them a go rather than maybe getting someone to check ‘em out first.  Etc. I’m told the last couple of episodes pick up and it would be nice if something actually happens!
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)  
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42604.3 In reply to 42604.2 
That pretty much mirrors our household. We've watched 6 now and I'm kind of liking the feel of the episodes, but Dominique not so much. In particular she finds the music annoying - which is a drawback since it's just about there all the time. Perhaps we should be able to skin these box-sets with variations on lighting and music. It does feel as though there's a few stories running through the series, like the boy in a robot and the odd circular time happenings. I suppose the main story which I have a feeling won't even be touched on other than some vague statements about making impossible things happen, is what the scientists are actually supposed to be playing at.
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42604.4 In reply to 42604.3 
Yeah they’ve left this ominous main story in the background and we just get the somewhat interconnected characters so far. I don’t suppose anybody’s actually written the big stuff, they can save that job for if they get commissioned for lots more. 
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)  
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42604.5 In reply to 42604.4 
Sounds like they've got all the groundwork for season 2 done, or, things from the flood, as all the knowledgeable commentators are suggesting. Probably the kiss of death. 

if you get into it after episode 5, you can always buy the NOT A VIDEO GAME RPG game here.
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42604.6 In reply to 42604.5 
Alright I've done 'em all now. The penultimate one was a weird switch in tone! 

I dunno what to make of it still, really. Like, what was that 'getting bit' all about (keeping it vague for spoilers)? It's nice that they can still make TV that isn't about neatly wrapping everything up or proceeding at breakneck pace the whole time, but on the other hand I don't know what I've particularly got out of watching this.



 
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)  
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42604.7 In reply to 42604.6 
Yeah, and you'd think some fucker would be decent enough to stick up a sign saying don't cross this river if it's unfrozen. But then, if the good kind people who ran 'the loop' were actually good and kind they probably wouldn't have left such astonishingly dangerous junk lying around in the open to ruin their kids' lives.

Afraid that was just a shade too vague for me as I don't recall the 'getting bit' bit.
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)  
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42604.8 In reply to 42604.6 
Oh unless you mean the snake bite thing - which was how he lost his arm and ended up with a robotic prosthesis (which was itself a kind of 'what goes around comes around' thing after their cruelty to another snake earlier) which I suppose was some kind of parallel to the robot 'monster' losing an arm - or something. But, frankly, your guess is as good as mine.
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42604.9 In reply to 42604.8 
Yeah that's the bit. For some reason the spoiler button doesn't work for me. But, what kind of animal just randomly does that and then fucks off. Weird.

The end with the teacher also made me giggle a bit. Like, haha this poor traumatised child, let's just blow his mind a bit more, why not?
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)  
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42604.10 In reply to 42604.9 
I'd forgotten most of the last two episodes, then when I read your earlier post I went and watched them both again. I'm not sure why they did it that way because there are so many alternatives. It would have been easy to have the young George Willard splash around in the water where he would have been much more likely to get bitten, but they chose to have this snake actually leap at him for no reason and then rush off. Watching it the second time, I had the daft idea that it was supposed to be the snake the boys found under the stone and zapped.
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