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Re: Amazon Prime Video Recommendations
« Reply #30 on: September 20, 2018, 01:41:42 AM »
Youíre the first person Iíve known to not like the Man in the High Castle. Do you dislike other PK Dick stories?
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« Reply #31 on: September 20, 2018, 03:56:20 PM »
Youíre the first person Iíve known to not like the Man in the High Castle. Do you dislike other PK Dick stories?

Just to even further expand your horizons, I also think the TV Man in the High Castle is terrible. So badly written I could barely make it through the few episodes I did. But then, when it comes to filmed entertainment, I have opinions.

As for PKD, I've read every one of his very many novels. I love him. Man in the High Castle is one of his best.


Meanwhile, the three part British show A Very English Scandal is great. Hugh Grant is better than he's ever been, Ben Whishaw is fantastic, it's written by Russell Davies (the writer behind the the first 4 seasons of the modern Doctor Who, and much else in British television), and directed by Stephen Frears, a long time film director you might best know from The Grifters and High Fidelity.

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Re: Amazon Prime Video Recommendations
« Reply #32 on: September 20, 2018, 04:48:18 PM »
Jack Ryan was pretty good.

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« Reply #33 on: September 20, 2018, 06:38:02 PM »
Sorry to be the dude who takes an innocent thread in this direction but:  If I hated the torture porn politics and overall jingoism of 24, will I have the same issues with Jack Ryan?  I'm halfway interested because one of the LOST creators is a showrunner, but I'm worried it might be "that" kind of show.  Thoughts? 
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Re: Amazon Prime Video Recommendations
« Reply #34 on: September 20, 2018, 06:52:11 PM »

It's like if Homeland was a little bit worse and more like 24, but still kinda like Homeland.

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« Reply #35 on: September 20, 2018, 10:53:35 PM »
Finished Absentia, and the finale did not disappoint. There is something very Hitchcock about this series. Credit to the writers for being able to maintain the tension through all the episodes.

Youíre the first person Iíve known to not like the Man in the High Castle. Do you dislike other PK Dick stories?

I do like PKD stories, and I can enjoy an alternate history fiction, Philip Roth did it well in The Plot Against America for instance, but as I see it High Castle has four main pillars/characters it tries to rise from, and three of them (the actors/characters of the Frank and Juliana (think that is her name) generation) are very weak. The female especially, but the two males as well. Way too torn and fraught with motivation, if they canít figure out why they want to do what their doing why should I care? They canít seem to finish a task without having to complete three other tasks, itís maddening (putting it simply). The only character I found myself wanting to learn more about was the high Nazi official in the American Reich. A bastard, quite possibly, but at least he has a clear path and some direction. The other three are too vague and their reasons for doing what they do (at least 6 episodes into the first season) seem whimsical and beggar belief. Iíll leave High Castle for you all to enjoy, moving onto the next one..
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« Reply #36 on: September 20, 2018, 10:55:34 PM »

It's like if Homeland was a little bit worse and more like 24, but still kinda like Homeland.

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