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Caught Episode 1 - I found it interesting, although (as an American) I had a bit of trouble deciphering the accents/slang in spots. I was definitely amazed they were able to include a reference to Doris Day's passing a day after it happened - but since it was a voice-over, I guess it wouldn't be that tough to update the audio the day of the airing. I'm a bit wary of anything RTD touches, but I'll give any show with Russell Tovey in it a shot. Although it was telegraphed a mile away, I enjoyed Tovey's sex scene near the end, but so far I'm uncomfortable with this show's take on the "transitioning" character. Overall, I'm curious enough to want to see where things go in Episode 2.

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Here's the trailer, if you want to check it out before the June 24th debut on HBO...

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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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Watched the first episode this morning before I was fully awake, and that ending has been freaking me out all day.

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...so far I'm uncomfortable with this show's take on the "transitioning" character.

I knew about the "transitioning" character's difficulties beforehand, but as soon as I saw those difficulties actually playing out onscreen, I knew the whole thing was going to invite a complete shitstorm, especially online. And especially because Davies is responsible for this whole thing.

Tell you one thing, though:  Those fucking cloying "Filter Masks for Humans" are an idea absolutely sent straight from the flaming pits of Hell, and for that reason, I've no doubt they'll become available everywhere soon.

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Oh, P.S.:  That "Fourth Star" party logo in the promo looks an awful lot like Community's Asshole Flag, and I'm perhaps wondering if that's intentional.

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Actually that may have been inspired by the Five Star movement in Italy which led to their political chaos. But the dig into censorship of language was itself inspired.

Love anything with Tovey in it, no matter what he’s doing onscreen.

Also noticed that the music is by Murray Gold, who Russell T Davies brought to Doctor Who for its revival in 2005, and stayed for ten seasons/series.

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I watched Episode 1 yesterday.  I am not sure about it.  I like Russell Tovey and Emma Thompson but don't really know the others.

I didn't like Russell Tovey cheating with the cute Ukrainian because in my mind he just got married.  I know it's supposed to have been years but when those years weren't shown and so it didn't feel like it was earned.

The episode ended and I was left feeling a bit depressed.  

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4 hours ago, gibasi said:

I didn't like Russell Tovey cheating with the cute Ukrainian because in my mind he just got married.  I know it's supposed to have been years but when those years weren't shown and so it didn't feel like it was earned.

My eyebrows raised when he first met Viktor and referred to Ralph as his "boyfriend." Dude, you got married, he's your husband. Viktor is super hot, so on a superficial level, I was digging the end.

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Just saw the first episode without knowing a thing about it. At the end I was also saying "What happens now?!!?" So I guess I'll be back to find out. Russell Tovey is such a great actor. I do watch a lot of UK shows so I think I recognize some of the other actors but, thankfully, don't know exactly what characters I've seen them as so nothing is taking me out of this grouping. I only hope this pays off in overall world sociopolitical commentary through these characters and doesn't descend into a one-sided screaming fit from the creators' POVs.

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I've seen the first episode and mostly enjoyed it.  I love Emma Thompson, but also found myself liking the other actors as well.  I wasn't really sure what to expect, but it was an interesting start, though yeah, it's a little too topical and close to home.   The ending, though, with Edith and the bombing grabbed me, so I will be back for more.

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11 hours ago, gibasi said:

I watched Episode 1 yesterday.  I am not sure about it.  I like Russell Tovey and Emma Thompson but don't really know the others.

I didn't like Russell Tovey cheating with the cute Ukrainian because in my mind he just got married.  I know it's supposed to have been years but when those years weren't shown and so it didn't feel like it was earned.

The episode ended and I was left feeling a bit depressed.  

They showed their relationship deteriorating throughout the episode. The shower scene where they had a spat, Ralph always on the phone and Daniel annoyed, snide remarks to each other at the family gatherings, bickering while painting. It seemed that's where they were leading. As soon as I saw Daniel talking to a cutie I figured he'd  be jumping him before the season was over. The bomb just speeded it up a bit!

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I might need to watch this episode again.

I know my blood ran cold at the first Emergency Alert. There's something visceral about how your body is trained to react when that sound comes on over your media. 

If it ever comes over the internet like it did when they tested the ability of the White House to reach every working phone, I'm just going to declare it over. 

That said, I like how this series takes time to make you realize how much we as the audience automatically perceive characters vs. who they actually turn into. Trying not to spoil, but for me it's the mom with alternative access issues plus her youngest child. 

I have children who are not my same race and it's been great over recent years just not to have to explain everything to everyone because now they automatically assume, or just don't even bother to assume anything because who cares? Families are made in different ways, wake up and get used to it. 

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2 hours ago, izabella said:

I've seen the first episode and mostly enjoyed it.  I love Emma Thompson, but also found myself liking the other actors as well.  I wasn't really sure what to expect, but it was an interesting start, though yeah, it's a little too topical and close to home.   The ending, though, with Edith and the bombing grabbed me, so I will be back for more.

I wasn't expecting that sudden dark turn. It was a tense ending.

Rory Kinnear is always good too. He was great as John Clare/The Creature in Penny Dreadful.

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Just saw the first episode. I like it a lot, except fort he re-election of He Who Must Not Be Named.

I noticed the TV announcer refer to "His Majesty." So Charles (or maybe William) is the King by or before 2024.

I wonder what this show would have been like if it had been made in 2004, and showed us another version of the years 2004-2019.

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14 hours ago, ferjy said:

They showed their relationship deteriorating throughout the episode. The shower scene where they had a spat, Ralph always on the phone and Daniel annoyed, snide remarks to each other at the family gatherings, bickering while painting. It seemed that's where they were leading. As soon as I saw Daniel talking to a cutie I figured he'd  be jumping him before the season was over. The bomb just speeded it up a bit!

Yes, I see what you are saying. I just misread it as normal couple stuff I guess rather than serious problems.  I probably didn't want their marriage to fail so it was wishful thinking on my part! 

And you are right - the Ukrainian guy is very cute!

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18 hours ago, marinw said:

I noticed the TV announcer refer to "His Majesty." So Charles (or maybe William) is now the King as of 2024.

There was also a scene in which you can hear on a background TV a crowd chanting “God Save The King”, which must have been the point at which he became king.

While it made for good TV, I was puzzled at all the emergency alerts in Britain for a nuclear strike on the other side of the world not involving the UK.

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57 minutes ago, Rickster said:

There was also a scene in which you can hear on a background TV a crowd chanting “God Save The King”, which must have been the point at which he became king.

I took that scene as a reflecting the death of QEII, given the grandmother's reaction as she watched it. (Although, given how long-lived the Queen Mum was, it might be that Elizabeth still has more than 6 years left in her life...)

58 minutes ago, Rickster said:

While it made for good TV, I was puzzled at all the emergency alerts in Britain for a nuclear strike on the other side of the world not involving the UK.

I thought that was strange too, but something was said about people not knowing where the missile was heading.  I still don't think I would buy that because, well, why would a missile headed from anywhere in the US (although it probably came from somewhere on the west coast) head over Europe to get to Asia?  I can see it being a "breaking news" sort of thing, but I'm not sure that it would trigger an emergency response in the UK.

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