police shows

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Travelers - (2016 show) image

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5651844/
https://web.archive.org/web/20180109235254/http://www.showcase.ca:80/travelers

Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into people of the 21st century, while attempting to change the path of humanity.

Kinda not bad.

Continuum - (2012-2015 series) image

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1954347/
https://web.archive.org/web/20171220131235/http://www.showcase.ca:80/continuum

A cop from an authoritarian future is caught up in a daring time-travel jail-break, to become stranded in present-day Vancouver Canada.

Overall this is adequate, but with several plot points and character traits which are difficult to believe. The biggest problem I have is the various brushes against citizen-terrorism apologetics. My takeaway is that this show is "safe", with some edginess fabricated for the kids.

The Blacklist (2013-) image

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2741602/
https://www.nbc.com/the-blacklist

A bad guy blackmails the good guys because he likes this one good girl.

My impression from the first few episodes was:

Seems "ok". Unless this has a more interesting story-arc, I won't consider this particularly good. The predictable and episodic nature of television bores the shit out of me. It makes a series only valuable only the course of multiple episodes and individual episodes become the shit I have to slog through.

My later impression, from the end of the second season:

Characters were slow and stiff until they were developed more fully. When they were, a broader story arc took hold, making this show quite a bit more interesting.

My final impression:

It gets repetitive and annoying.

Avoid cliffhangers: Watch more when it's part way into the next season.



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River (2015-) dvd image

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4258440/

A detective is haunted with hallucinations that include his dead partner, who was killed under mysterious circumstances.

I think some would find this movie slow and boring, and I did at first, but it very quickly revealed a depth and character that I haven't seen in any television show before and I doubt I will again.

This isn't a classic cop-and-mystery show. All I can say is give this a good chance, at least until the end of the second episode.



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The Last Panthers (2015-) poster

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4075386/

Driven by De Beers' manufactured value of diamonds, the story follows a robbery being investigated by police and an ugly insurance woman of some sort.

Maybe it gets better, but it's slow and boring. Maybe I needed to see an extended-length pilot episode. This has John Hurt, but that's not good enough for me. Maybe I should have given this more of a chance, but .. I'm not going to.

  • Has scenes spoken in the French language, with English subtitles. It takes place in France, so there are a lot.
  • Has scenes spoken in the Serbian language, with English subtitles.



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Alien Nation (1989-1990) poster

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096531/

A buddy cop series, but with aliens, with overtones of very difficult social topics.

This is surprisingly good, either in addition to, or separate from, the movie. While I didn't particularly like the movie, this series is recommended. Anyone who liked the original movie should definitely continue the franchise with this series.

  • This continues from Alien Nation - (1988 movie), including a story arc.

    • I don't know what it is about the series, but it has left a much stronger positive impression than the film.



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