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It was only the glowing reviews for this drama series that made me sign up to Netflix. We are watching the second series now and even my husband is engaged with it, impressed as I am with great acting by Claire Foy and Matt Smith in the lead roles as well as Alex Jennings, Jeremy Northam and John Lithgow (playing respectively the detestable Duke of Windsor, Anthony Eden and Winston Churchill) - just a few from a great cast. The royal couple are shown to have loads of rocky moments in their marriage but I guess it will survive🤔 Impressive. .
I kept seeing this come up on my recommended list on Netflix but I totally avoided it because I thought it would be like Heroes which was terrible, but the other day someone on Twitter was talking about it and how much of a profound effect it had had on him and he was devastated that it got cancelled after two seasons (with a finale film coming this year). He was so enthusiastic about it that I felt I had to give it a go. In cities across the world, 8 people find that they are completely connected to the point that they can switch in telepathically to each others' locations and a few of them find they have a completely all-consuming connection. The 8 are able to share thoughts, knowledge and skills. Obviously there is a crazy scientist and shady corporation chasing them - we need conflict after all. What is remarkable about this show is that it is hugely positive and emotional. The connections between the 8 show us, actually remind us, what it is to be human, to be in love, to rely on those close to you, to be a family, to be needed. Accomplishing all of this, it also manages to be hugely LGBT positive and sex positive. Rarely have I seen sex dealt with in such a beautiful and loving manner, as a deep connection between people rather than just...sex. It's wonderful. It's a tragedy that it has been cancelled but I am looking forward to re-watching the series with my son, and of course the finale.
We, as a family, have been gobbling up the Marvel tv shows on Netflix. First Daredevil which is quite good, the second series being far better. Then Jessica Jones, which is really good. And have been looking forward to The Punisher series which is coming soon. But in between that we got Luke Cage, Luke who first appears in JJ got his own show and we were really excited about watching it, but last night we unanimously gave up on it. It started so well, great black exploitation feel, amazing music, more realistic surroundings, some truly fantastic actors: Alfre Woodward, Frankie Faison, Rosario Dawson. But last night we gave up. Youngest gave up around episode 2- he said it was "dead boring". I gave up around episode 7 because the dialogue was useless. But most importantly, it is really difficult to show a hero with super strength without it looking absolutely ludicrous. It is impossible to suspend disbelief when the actor barely touches his opponent and yet they go flying through the air. Not enough effort was made to anchor Luke's strength in him, in his body. So last night eldest and hubby gave up halfway through episode 9. The new villain Diamndback was absolutely laughable. I'll still keep up with Jessica Jones and Daredevil, and because I have a long history of loving Punisher, I'll watch that series but Luke Cage is no more.