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  1. ApathyMonger

    Too Old To Die Young

    For those wondering about the lack of reviews for a show launching in several hours, they only gave screeners of two episodes from the middle of the season: https://tv.avclub.com/how-the-hell-do-you-review-a-tv-show-youve-only-seen-th-1835416393 I've seen no promotion of the show, and it sure seems like Amazon are dumping it. I'll still try it, but my expectations are lowered.
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    Tales Of The City

    IMDb is terrible for TV credits until a while after airing, especially for shows where all the episodes are dropped at once. Usually people see that someone is in a show, and credit them for every episode. Page, Linney, etc are all still credited on IMDb for the flashback episode they're not in or credited for.
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    S04E12 Extreme Sandbox

    That ending definitely seems to be setting up a final season, getting back to the Chuck v Axe dynamic? I love the show, but I wouldn't be disappointed if they announce it's ending next year. It's still Showtime though, so who knows.
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    Tales Of The City

    Anna and Edgar are mentioned in the second episode as not talking to DeDe at the moment. The twins are mostly just comic relief.
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    Tales Of The City

    It depends how young you think they were in the original, which I don't think is ever specifically stated. Paul Gross is 60, and Laura Linney is 55, so them playing mid-60s here isn't unreasonable. On the other hand, Murray Bartlett (Mouse III) is 48, which doesn't really work at all, age-wise. Edit: They specifically say Mouse is 54, meaning he was 12 years old in the original miniseries.
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    Tales Of The City

    I didn't realise that the new season was going to be set in the present day, meaning about 35 years have passed since the last series, and that the remaining original actors are now playing much older than they are (except Dukakis, who was always playing younger).
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    X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

    She's an alien, one of the Broccoli people who get genocided in the comic. Their planet was destroyed by the Phoenix so they want the Phoenix to destroy all the humans so that they can take over our planet. It's a bad plan that doesn't make sense at all, and they're only there to be the bad guys.
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    Tales Of The City

    Yeah, I assume this is true of Paul Gross, who's coming back for the new series after being recast for the other sequels.
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    X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

    I watched X-Men: The Last Stand for the first time this morning, then watched Dark Phoenix this evening. Dark Phoenix is definitely better than both Last Stand and Apocalypse, but is still disappointing.
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    Tales Of The City

    I've never read the books, but I watched the previous seasons of the show in advance of the new Netflix episodes. It’s all over the place tonally. Early on it’s mostly a standard slice-of-life drama about a bunch of 20-somethings in 1976 San Francisco, but by the third season it’s all about crazy child-snatchings that are possibly connected to a character's time as a rebel in Cuba. They also recast half the characters after the first season. There’s a lot of cringy stuff in there that I’m surprised they did in even 1993, especially one terribly-conceived storyline, which I think is directly from the book, where the show’s one black character turns out to be a white woman in blackface (played by a black actress in S1, and a white actress later on). Olympia Dukakis playing a transwoman is handled better than I’d expect for the time at least. It mostly reminded me of a queerer Melrose Place, which also started as a down-to-Earth show about young people before going all over the place with crazy twists. Hopefully the continuation will be better than the Melrose Place one (this is not a high bar).
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    LGBT Themes, Stories and Characters on TV

    https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/showtime-comedy-series-lilly-wachowski-1203229281/ It seems part of the show will be Julia Sweeney being held accountable for the sins of It's Pat?
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    Years and Years

    Caught the first two episodes, and am really enjoying it so far, even when it hits a bit too close to home. I'm surprised they got the HIGNFY crew, including Merton and Hislop, to cameo, in the Thompson montage mirroring the early part of Boris Johnson's climb.
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    S04.E21: Sandra's Fight/S04.E22: Employee Appreciation Day

    Yeah, it came up in the 2016 Olympics ep, when they first introduced the storyline. He called up his grandmother and she admitted his documentation was fake, which he didn't know before that.
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    Superstore In the Media

    Good article on the show, with interviews with the cast: https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/5/21/18627101/superstore-review-recap-watch-nbc-hulu
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    S04.E21: Sandra's Fight/S04.E22: Employee Appreciation Day

    Article from Vox, partly based on a set visit for Sandra's Fight: https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/5/21/18627101/superstore-review-recap-watch-nbc-hulu
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