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2018-07-22 12:38:46 PM  
Any good?
 
2018-07-22 12:49:35 PM  
Four seasons?
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2018-07-22 01:07:43 PM  

BalugaJoe: Any good?


Who knows?  They haven't even released season three yet.
 
2018-07-22 01:09:02 PM  
I made it nearly to the end of season one, but it feels really slow. Well done though.
 
2018-07-22 02:40:17 PM  
Never heard of it.
 
2018-07-22 02:44:27 PM  
I look forward to more swastikas in the New York subway. That was a good idea.
 
2018-07-22 02:46:46 PM  
As long as America doesn't renew it for its second season...
 
2018-07-22 02:49:02 PM  

BalugaJoe: Any good?


Stephen Root is in it, so it can't be that bad.
 
2018-07-22 02:49:59 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I look forward to more swastikas in the New York subway. That was a good idea.


People did Nazi that coming.

/sorry
 
2018-07-22 02:50:08 PM  
I enjoy it, they do a good job making absolutely evil opportunistic SOBs sympathetic a lot like The Shield did on FX. The pacing is on the slow side and there are lots of fine details that a history nerd like me can really enjoy.
 
2018-07-22 02:51:15 PM  

mcreadyblue: BalugaJoe: Any good?

Stephen Root is in it, so it can't be that bad.


His character is my favorite
 
2018-07-22 02:55:56 PM  
I enjoyed the first two seasons and I'm looking forward to number three. They picked the perfect story from which to make a series -- it had no ending.
 
2018-07-22 03:01:33 PM  
So, was the alternate timeline a red herring? Did that go anywhere?
 
2018-07-22 03:03:21 PM  

Metastatic Capricorn: I enjoyed the first two seasons and I'm looking forward to number three. They picked the perfect story from which to make a series -- it had no ending.


Julianna learns her reality is not the true reality.   It seems like Togomi realizes this in the series.
 
2018-07-22 03:07:35 PM  

BalugaJoe: Any good?


it's one of the more readable Philip K. Dick books, IMO
 
2018-07-22 03:07:46 PM  

Tom_Slick: there are lots of fine details that a history nerd like me can really enjoy


They do a fantastic job of making a believable alternate America. Moment-after-moment is "oh, yeah, that's exactly what it would be like!"

Just one example, is that the well-to-do Japanese occupiers are connoisseurs of Americana, collecting civil war antiques and jazz records.
 
kab
2018-07-22 03:08:57 PM  
Not done w/ S2 yet, as I never get the desire to really binge watch this one.   I do like the character development of the superuberflippinmuffinwhateverthefark guy and his consideration for his family over duty.

On the other hand, I'm already hoping this doesn't drag out to be some 7 season trudge fest.
 
2018-07-22 03:10:07 PM  
First two series were brilliant. I haven't seen series three yet. Has it been broadcast?
 
2018-07-22 03:14:07 PM  

phaseolus: BalugaJoe: Any good?

it's one of the more readable Philip K. Dick books, IMO


It's in this collection of novellas, all of which are very good, IMO.

https://www.amazon.com/Philip-K-Dick-​N​ovels-1960s/dp/1598530097
 
2018-07-22 03:14:44 PM  

jaytkay: Tom_Slick: there are lots of fine details that a history nerd like me can really enjoy

They do a fantastic job of making a believable alternate America. Moment-after-moment is "oh, yeah, that's exactly what it would be like!"

Just one example, is that the well-to-do Japanese occupiers are connoisseurs of Americana, collecting civil war antiques and jazz records.


Other things as well like the High School being named after the leader of the 1930s German American Bund the American Nazi Party who idolized George Washington.
 
2018-07-22 03:16:15 PM  
The shot of the Japanese fleet was worth the wait.
 
2018-07-22 03:17:17 PM  

luckyeddie: First two series were brilliant. I haven't seen series three yet. Has it been broadcast?


October 5 release date.

Not sure if it's the same over there in the UK.
 
2018-07-22 03:18:35 PM  

Tom_Slick: like the High School being named after the leader of the 1930s German American Bund the American Nazi Party who idolized George Washington.


Another - Lincoln Rockwell Airport
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2018-07-22 03:19:39 PM  

kab: Not done w/ S2 yet, as I never get the desire to really binge watch this one.   I do like the character development of the superuberflippinmuffinwhateverthefark guy and his consideration for his family over duty.

On the other hand, I'm already hoping this doesn't drag out to be some 7 season trudge fest.


It took me a looong time to get through, though it has kept my interest.  I thought I read somewhere that the fourth season will be its last, which wouldn't bother me as long as things are tied up somewhat.
 
2018-07-22 03:27:20 PM  
I love this show so much. Joe Smith is one of the best characters ever. Phenomenal acting all around.
 
2018-07-22 03:33:25 PM  

Omnidirectional Punching: I love this show so much. Joe Smith is one of the best characters ever. Phenomenal acting all around.


It's almost like the character was modeled after Jared Kushner.
 
2018-07-22 03:42:25 PM  

AtlanticCoast63: The shot of the Japanese fleet was worth the wait.


Right! I hope we get to see that Yamato in action.
 
2018-07-22 03:42:27 PM  

Tom_Slick: I enjoy it, they do a good job making absolutely evil opportunistic SOBs sympathetic a lot like The Shield did on FX. The pacing is on the slow side and there are lots of fine details that a history nerd like me can really enjoy.


It's a great show.
 
2018-07-22 03:53:55 PM  

jaytkay: Tom_Slick: like the High School being named after the leader of the 1930s German American Bund the American Nazi Party who idolized George Washington.

Another - Lincoln Rockwell Airport
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Huh. I just found out Lincoln Rockwell was murdered the day I was born.

Not to brag, but I'd like to think the world traded up.
 
2018-07-22 04:42:39 PM  
Why isn't The Fark Internet Tough Guy Brigade over there punching Nazis?
 
2018-07-22 04:52:22 PM  

gilgigamesh: Huh. I just found out Lincoln Rockwell was murdered the day I was born.

Not to brag, but I'd like to think the world traded up.


Philip K. Dick died on my first birthday.
 
2018-07-22 05:15:36 PM  
Can't wait to see season 3, this thing is a slow burn that really conflagrates.


/I guess that's a word, now.  Conflagrates.
 
2018-07-22 05:29:53 PM  

mcreadyblue: Omnidirectional Punching: I love this show so much. Joe Smith is one of the best characters ever. Phenomenal acting all around.

It's almost like the character was modeled after Jared Kushner.


Dang it, John Smith.
 
2018-07-22 06:00:29 PM  

Tom_Slick: I enjoy it, they do a good job making absolutely evil opportunistic SOBs sympathetic a lot like The Shield did on FX.


That's really the best gimmick the show has. And the hypocrisy of how John Smith and other Nazis act in public vs private is pretty realistic, and tragic, everyone is going along with the terrible system even though if they ever got together they'd probably find out they're in the majority.

I found the nominal "leads" really tiresome and I don't look forward to learning more about them in Season 3.
 
2018-07-22 06:05:57 PM  

Tom_Slick: mcreadyblue: BalugaJoe: Any good?

Stephen Root is in it, so it can't be that bad.

His character is my favorite


I've been impressed by everything Stephen Root has ever done, I first saw him on an episode of Night Court. I've found Man in the High Castle kind of mediocre, so when he was finally revealed my slightly cynical reaction was "OF COURSE it's Stephen Root! For when you want an awesome character but don't want to bother actually writing one!"
 
2018-07-22 06:08:48 PM  

MolsonCanadian: Tom_Slick: mcreadyblue: BalugaJoe: Any good?

Stephen Root is in it, so it can't be that bad.

His character is my favorite

I've been impressed by everything Stephen Root has ever done, I first saw him on an episode of Night Court. I've found Man in the High Castle kind of mediocre, so when he was finally revealed my slightly cynical reaction was "OF COURSE it's Stephen Root! For when you want an awesome character but don't want to bother actually writing one!"


I'm rewatching it right now and pretending that he's Milton from Office Space
 
2018-07-22 06:10:31 PM  

mcreadyblue: BalugaJoe: Any good?

Stephen Root is in it, so it can't be that bad.


I heard that Season 4 was based on his best-selling book: Macho Business Donkey Wrestler.

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2018-07-22 06:16:46 PM  

MolsonCanadian: I've been impressed by everything Stephen Root has ever done,


That guy works A LOT. Check out his IMDB page, it's about 4 feet long.
 
2018-07-22 06:18:00 PM  

jaytkay: Tom_Slick: there are lots of fine details that a history nerd like me can really enjoy

They do a fantastic job of making a believable alternate America. Moment-after-moment is "oh, yeah, that's exactly what it would be like!"

Just one example, is that the well-to-do Japanese occupiers are connoisseurs of Americana, collecting civil war antiques and jazz records.


I also like that German wine styles are a lot more common and people order weissebier in bars. I just wish it wasn't almost 2 years between seasons 2 and 3.
 
2018-07-22 06:19:18 PM  
I so wanted to love this, alternative reality WWII-related, etc.  But, this has got to be the slowest story telling I've ever experienced...  At the end of the first season, ten hours in, I felt like nothing had actually happened, that I didn't know much more about the people or place than I did at the beginning, and I didn't care much about any of them.  Somehow your average movie manages to stuff in a whole story arc, lots of details, etc. and this one had only just begun to do that (for me) in 10 hours.  I can't think of anything I've watched that I found less satisfying.  It felt like eating rice cakes with my eyes.  And that's a pity.  After seeing the show I read the book, and quite liked that.  With the book it did feel like there was a bigger story that could have been made, but I appreciated that Dick didn't use filler to expand a 200 page book into 1,000 pages.
 
2018-07-22 06:52:04 PM  

quinxy: I so wanted to love this, alternative reality WWII-related, etc.  But, this has got to be the slowest story telling I've ever experienced...  At the end of the first season, ten hours in, I felt like nothing had actually happened, that I didn't know much more about the people or place than I did at the beginning, and I didn't care much about any of them.  Somehow your average movie manages to stuff in a whole story arc, lots of details, etc. and this one had only just begun to do that (for me) in 10 hours.  I can't think of anything I've watched that I found less satisfying.  It felt like eating rice cakes with my eyes.  And that's a pity.  After seeing the show I read the book, and quite liked that.  With the book it did feel like there was a bigger story that could have been made, but I appreciated that Dick didn't use filler to expand a 200 page book into 1,000 pages.


I read the book decades ago but was thinking - wasn't it only 2-300 pages? 4 seasons? That's more stretching than the Hobbit movies.
 
2018-07-22 07:03:15 PM  

Benalto: quinxy: I so wanted to love this, alternative reality WWII-related, etc.  But, this has got to be the slowest story telling I've ever experienced...  At the end of the first season, ten hours in, I felt like nothing had actually happened, that I didn't know much more about the people or place than I did at the beginning, and I didn't care much about any of them.  Somehow your average movie manages to stuff in a whole story arc, lots of details, etc. and this one had only just begun to do that (for me) in 10 hours.  I can't think of anything I've watched that I found less satisfying.  It felt like eating rice cakes with my eyes.  And that's a pity.  After seeing the show I read the book, and quite liked that.  With the book it did feel like there was a bigger story that could have been made, but I appreciated that Dick didn't use filler to expand a 200 page book into 1,000 pages.

I read the book decades ago but was thinking - wasn't it only 2-300 pages? 4 seasons? That's more stretching than the Hobbit movies.


He left it open without an end and never got around to writing his own sequel.
 
2018-07-22 07:03:23 PM  

quinxy: I so wanted to love this, alternative reality WWII-related, etc.  But, this has got to be the slowest story telling I've ever experienced...  At the end of the first season, ten hours in, I felt like nothing had actually happened, that I didn't know much more about the people or place than I did at the beginning, and I didn't care much about any of them.  Somehow your average movie manages to stuff in a whole story arc, lots of details, etc. and this one had only just begun to do that (for me) in 10 hours.  I can't think of anything I've watched that I found less satisfying.  It felt like eating rice cakes with my eyes.  And that's a pity.  After seeing the show I read the book, and quite liked that.  With the book it did feel like there was a bigger story that could have been made, but I appreciated that Dick didn't use filler to expand a 200 page book into 1,000 pages.


Yeah, I bailed just before the end of season 1. I just kept checking out in the middle of episodes and there is a ton of other stuff to watch. It's too bad because I really enjoyed the pilot.

I'm glad it is getting more seasons for the people that enjoy it, it's just not for me.

And as long as Amazon keeps The Expanse and The Tick going I'll keep paying for Prime.
 
2018-07-22 07:05:37 PM  

BalugaJoe: Any good?


I've quite enjoyed it.

It's only loosely based on the original story, but that's often true of adaptations of Phillip K. Dick's stuff.

If you've ever read an alternate history and enjoyed it, I'd say give it a shot.
 
2018-07-22 07:24:57 PM  
Under his eye.

/oh wait, wrong all-too-possible dystopia.
 
2018-07-22 07:26:47 PM  

phaseolus: BalugaJoe: Any good?

it's one of the more readable Philip K. Dick books, IMO


1000 x 0 is still 0..
 
2018-07-22 07:44:50 PM  

quinxy: I so wanted to love this, alternative reality WWII-related, etc.  But, this has got to be the slowest story telling I've ever experienced...  At the end of the first season, ten hours in, I felt like nothing had actually happened, that I didn't know much more about the people or place than I did at the beginning, and I didn't care much about any of them.  Somehow your average movie manages to stuff in a whole story arc, lots of details, etc. and this one had only just begun to do that (for me) in 10 hours.  I can't think of anything I've watched that I found less satisfying.  It felt like eating rice cakes with my eyes.  And that's a pity.  After seeing the show I read the book, and quite liked that.  With the book it did feel like there was a bigger story that could have been made, but I appreciated that Dick didn't use filler to expand a 200 page book into 1,000 pages.


Everything you said is spot on imo, though I couldnt make it to the end of season 1.  Maybe I should read the book.
 
2018-07-22 07:46:08 PM  

bbmaru: phaseolus: BalugaJoe: Any good?

it's one of the more readable Philip K. Dick books, IMO

1000 x 0 is still 0..


I'm sure you have a lot of authors which scratch your itch, but Philip K. Dick is one that does it for me.  I can't speak to any literary qualities of his books, maybe the stories were told well, maybe they weren't, I can't say I've actually noticed (unlike Vonnegut where I do), but what I like are the ideas (not any ideas in particular, just the exploration of the worlds he creates), and those carry me through.
 
2018-07-22 07:56:21 PM  

mcreadyblue: BalugaJoe: Any good?

Stephen Root is in it, so it can't be that bad.


I love me some Jimmy James. Let the occupation continue
 
2018-07-22 07:58:31 PM  

Benalto: I read the book decades ago but was thinking - wasn't it only 2-300 pages? 4 seasons? That's more stretching than the Hobbit movies.


The book is thin and I remember being disappointed by it. It's been a while, and my memory isn't great, but I recall the emphasis on one isolated man and his book being the key to bring down empires seem simplistic and cartoony.

But the broad outline, with Japan on the west coast, Nazis on the east, and a neutered American zone in between is a great basis for a story, and the series has expanded on it beautifully.

The supernatural turn is a distraction, but I'll stick with it because the alt-history is plausible and interesting.
 
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