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Band of Brothers - (2001 television show) image

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)

Follows a unit in the 101st Airborne Division during World War 2.

Quite a good story. It's full of faces I know. Great acting and spectacular realism.

  • Note: This video style is shaky.

  1. Band of Brothers - (2001 television show)
  2. The Pacific - (2010 television show)

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Entertainment > Reading >

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A famous work of philosophy, especially because it's told using a story.

A terrible work of storytelling that entirely shrouds any philosophy it may have. From the first sentence I rolled my eyes and couldn't make it through the first half-page before setting it down in disgust. I still haven't been more than a handful of pages in.. it's just so god damned bad.

This'll sit on my shelf, among its betters, probably for years before I get around to trying to read more of it. Just as books in ancient Greek need translating, I think this needs a real writer to re-tell the story.

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Entertainment > Television >

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The Earth is invaded by aliens, and although civilization is cordoned off and human-managed, pockets of resistance remain.

A largely-boring drama. I don't know why I don't like this.. there's something about its tone that grates on me. I did watch ten episodes, but it never "clicked".

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Second Chance (2016) image

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)

An old retired cop is reborn into a younger, stronger, version of himself, and fights crime.

Seems fairly good, though I'd bet it would be bland without the pretty girl.

  • Cancelled 2016-05-12

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The Night Manager (2016-) image

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)

A dude begins his career as a night manager for some place somewhere but gets used by British intelligence to act against an arms dealer.

Fairly decent, but I suspect it's only because this is another show with a British accent being thrown around carelessly.

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Constantine (2014 - 2015) image

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)

A man attains mystical powers originally for selfish reasons, but they taint with a life fraught with danger and demons.

Not a bad show, but the lead character's personality isn't attracting, and there's the old celestial stick-up-the-ass personality in another. The lead female is hot. Hotty hot hot.

This was cancelled after one season. Back in the 90s this show would have done well, but I'm guessing this genre has alternately been well-poisoned or saturated. This show has too much it has to be better than to catch enough attention to survive. I think that it's magic-fantasy was competing with an extraordinarily-strong superhero-fantasy genre.

  • 2014-10-24 - 2015-02-13
  • More-or-less based on the movie Constantine
  • .. which in turn is based on the DC comic book series Hellblazer.

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Roughnecks - Starship Troopers Chronicles (1999-2000) dvd

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
(archive of the original website)

A military unit is sent on missions in a future where all of humanity is at war with alien insects.

The show is animated, and not "anime". As such, it has not held up well with time. The music is fantastic, though. Truly. However, its other high points do not make up for the visual issue I have.

While it doesn't do it for me, I would recommend this for fans of the movie or movie series who can also handle the visual style and jerky movement that to me is reminiscent of ReBoot (1994-09-10 to 2001-11-30 television show).

  • Properly titled Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles
  • Ran from 1999-08-30 to 2000-04-03
  • Based on the book.
  • Based the movie Starship Troopers (1997), and is definitely not a sequel to it.

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