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In the old network days, you usually had a pilot (unless it was a spinoff of another series) and ordered based on reaction to that. Netflix seems to order a whole season as the pilot. They've had a lot of series cancelled after 1 season. Even Castlevania, my fave NF show, the first season was only four episodes so was pretty clearly a trial balloon. Fortunately, enough of us liked those four episodes that they kept going (season 3 is out and season 4 is greenlit).
 
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In the old network days, you usually had a pilot (unless it was a spinoff of another series) and ordered based on reaction to that. Netflix seems to order a whole season as the pilot. They've had a lot of series cancelled after 1 season. Even Castlevania, my fave NF show, the first season was only four episodes so was pretty clearly a trial balloon. Fortunately, enough of us liked those four episodes that they kept going (season 3 is out and season 4 is greenlit).
I don't really mind. Even one season of good entertainment, is still one season of good entertainment. They put out a lot because people binge through them - not like the old days when we had to wait until next week to see what happens. If they don't put out new stuff constantly people might cancel their subscriptions.

Overall, Netflix produced shows are pretty good, I think. Lots of them are movie level quality acting and production. My frustration is nothing appeals to me on the menu because there's too much there - until I start watching and get into it. Sometimes it's like a novel. If I put it down and don't pick it up again right away, I lose interest. I have lots of partially watched series Netflix reminds me about. Whereas, in the old days, watching the weekly show became a ritual itself even if the episode wasn't the best of all of them.
 

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Mars might be a much better place than earth in a couple of years :(
“Genetic engineering and other advanced technologies may need to come into play if people want to live and work and thrive, and establish their family, and stay on Mars,” says astrobiologist and geo-microbiologist Kennda Lynch.
 
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The Trial of the Chicago 7 was most excellent.
It was. It may have been the best movie I've seen in a couple of years. I decided to watch it before going to bed but now my head's reeling.

Sacha Baron Cohen couldn't have been more perfect to play Abbie Hoffman, either. He's one underrated actor - he amazes me - because most of his roles involve intricate pranks (that he puts himself at considerable risk to do). But he really is a good actor. I know he's done at least one other serious movie role, but this was the first time I'd seen him do one.
 
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I finished watching the first season of Ratched. It was a thriller! I stopped watching for a bit, then picked it up again. It was weird but I thought the acting was pretty good - Cynthia Nixon was good in her role as a trailblazing woman in 1948-1950, Sharon Stone was really good as a sinister tycoon (she had a Cruella DeVile quality and an over the top decadent, but subtlety creepy style) - and the sets and costumes were gorgeous.

I didn't like the gratuitous gore - and there was some in, probably, every episode. I had to turn my head or cover my eyes. If it's a thriller (rather than a horror - of which I am not a fan), and gruesome events are part of the story, I think TV and movie writers are capable of implying or having it narrated without showing us all the details. It's lazy of the writers, and unpleasant for the viewers, to show gory violence like that. I don't think it matches the rest of the effort put into the show, either.

I hope the set and costume designers win an award. That was worth seeing. I might not have watched the whole thing otherwise.

And, people are right, it doesn't have anything to do with One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. They could've called it anything else and it wouldn't have less to do with the movie or book. But I got over that. I realize it was just the writer of the series' imagination about what Nurse Ratched's life could've been like.
 
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Then obverse is the reverse of what's obviously cranked! An irrational being as jacobean? Maybe not as expected ... given the far out state!
 

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Finally getting back into Archer. Kind of stopped back when I cancelled NF for a while and had other priorities when I re-upped. Still hilarious, if occasionally cringe-worthy. Watched the episode "The Limits" today, in which they transport a "Canadian terrorist" back to Ottawa to hand over to the RCMP. The story does a great job of skewering both American stereotypes of Canada and Canadian stereotypes of the US. The Mounties wear full dress (because they always do on American media), there's cracks about Canadians not knowing anything about guns, and the Canadian terrorist keeps making cracks about the American characters racism (and, to be fair, Mallory and Sterling Archer are rather racist, if in a casual rather than malicious way). The funniest joke though, is that the terrorist is fighting to liberate ... Nova Scotia. :D
 

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I've started watching the new season of the Crown tonight.....I've heard this will be the last season.
 

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I've started watching the new season of the Crown tonight.....I've heard this will be the last season.
Yep. They have wisely decided to stay away from more recent events in Windsor household. Even the Diana story is probably going touch some raw nerves.
 

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Yep. They have wisely decided to stay away from more recent events in Windsor household. Even the Diana story is probably going touch some raw nerves.
And this is not the most flattering season for the Queen either.
 

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I watched Lilly and Dash last night ( or was it Dash and Lilly?). Anyway, cute story of two odd teenagers who communicate via a hidden notebook with riddles and dares to solve.
 

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I haven't watched this but it looks interesting....anyone seen it? I don't usually like gore but it says it's funny too?

 
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