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Old 01-12-2016   #61
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I last watched Leverage. It was recommended to me as a good example of the genre "competence porn", which intrigued me. However, I found the lack of actual competence and hand-wavy execution disappointing. I only watched the pilot, so if this shows get markedly better, let me know.
Some episodes do get better, I promise.

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May I highly recommend "Penny Dreadful" to the audience. Season 1 was very good and I'm half way through Season 2. Extremely entertaining.
I watched 2 episodes, but it somehow already bore me. I think I will try to watch the rest, but I don't hope for much.

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The three seasons of The Borgias. Not sure if it was worth it.

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The three seasons of The Borgias. Not sure if it was worth it.
I thought The Borgias was excellent. Well worth it for me.

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Thanks, man; that helped, and I mean it unironically.

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I last watched Leverage. It was recommended to me as a good example of the genre "competence porn", which intrigued me. However, I found the lack of actual competence and hand-wavy execution disappointing. I only watched the pilot, so if this shows get markedly better, let me know.
Some episodes do get better, I promise.
I am tempted to go back and give Leverage a second chance, but I'd like to know how much better it gets. Pilot episodes aren't always perfect and this show may get better in time. But do you have any specific recommendations regarding episodes that can change my mind? Or perhaps one season is markedly better than the rest?

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I last watched Leverage. It was recommended to me as a good example of the genre "competence porn", which intrigued me. However, I found the lack of actual competence and hand-wavy execution disappointing. I only watched the pilot, so if this shows get markedly better, let me know.
Some episodes do get better, I promise.
I am tempted to go back and give Leverage a second chance, but I'd like to know how much better it gets. Pilot episodes aren't always perfect and this show may get better in time. But do you have any specific recommendations regarding episodes that can change my mind? Or perhaps one season is markedly better than the rest?
Alright, some of my favorite episodes:

The Rashomon Job, Season 3 E11-this one is told from multiple perspectives, set in the past before the group gets together and how they all coincidentally have the same target

The Girls' Night Out & The Boys' Night Out,Season 4 E13-14-both episodes are hilarious, but also feature some bonding, character development

The Queen's Gambit Job, Season 4 E10-I remember being very impressed with this episode. It involves chess in a skyscraper in Dubai.

Honorable mentions: "The Three-Card Monte Job" Season 3 E9, "The Double-Blind Job" Season 3 E5, "The Juror #6 Job" Season 1 E11.

Thank to you, I'll probably be rewatching some Leverage episodes.

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Alright, some of my favorite episodes:
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Thank you, that was the kick in the pants I needed.

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Today I finished watching David Rudkin's and Alastair Reid's passionately ambitious phantasy, Artemis 81. This is a modern mythical epic that fuses ancient mythology, Orwellian dystopia, science fiction, a Colin Wilsonian writer of supernatural novels, an organist who is a pawn for duelling cosmic forces, highly formal dialogue, Gothic horror, Hitchcock, pagan horror and mysticism, and some other topics that result in an odd, risible, and strangely compelling and interesting piece of television play.


The forces of Darkness and Light consult their sleeping Mother, Magog.


Spiritually numb paranormal novelist, Gideon Harlax, finds himself embroiled in a cosmic battle between the forces of Darkness and Light.


The pagan artefact of death.


Rudkin was also responsible for that sublime piece of coming-of-age mysticism, Penda's Fen.

The film is often described as pretentious, but I found nothing of the kind during my viewing of it; in fact, it is precisely what the world needs: imagination, erudition, poetry, and vision. A comparison I would draw is between it and David Lindsay's A Voyage to Arcturus. Both are Manichaean epics disguised as science fiction that are somewhat clumsy in their presentations yet powerful in their ideas and themes. Mr. Rudkin, whose credits include the magnificent and immortal Penda's Fen and some other dramas and plays of imagination and mythology, confidently joins the rank of mystically-inclined fantaisistes such as Machen, Alan Garner, Blackwood, Sarban, and John Cowper Powys.

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I'm a long-time fan of Rudkin's work. White Lady, Across the Water and his play for the Leap in the Dark series The Living Grave are also worth a look.
It's a shame that Artemis '81 was slightly cut for DVD release. Several parts of the scene where Jed and Gideon are talking about Hitchcock films were cut, presumably because they couldn't clear the rights for stills and clips from Hitchcock films.
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Watching Season 4 of Person of Interest, as well as catching up with the odd repeat of season 2. (I didn't start watching until season 3.)

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