Watching Television, errr, Small Screen/Streaming

Monday June 24, 2019 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Blogging


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We recently watched Gentleman Jack on HBO. The writing and acting were brilliant. Before that it was Games of Thrones and Star Trek Discovery, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Stranger Things. All of these were wonderful. We love Counterpart on Stars and it looks like there is going to be another good show on Stars, besides Outlander, The Rook. It looks very interesting.

I tried Orange is the New Black and Handmaid’s Tale, but they don’t really do much for me. My wife didn’t even bother with them.

We tried Man in the High Castle, but accidently started on season two and it made no sense, so much so that we didn’t want to watch season one. It deviates widely from the book, but almost every adaption of Phillip Dick has taken a broad approach to his work.

This might be an unpopular opinion but Good Omens was meh. I read the book and it was much better. Something isn’t translating well for us.

We started Ozark, but only made it a little over halfway through season one.

Better Call Saul was okay, but we didn’t get very far with that either.

For the most part, other than Counterpart we seem to drift away from the darker shows. Counterpart is intriguing because of the deep character development. I just found out they cancelled season three. Of course they did. Most of the shows I like get cancelled.

We loved Discovery of Witches, but we also loved the books. They have done a good job translating it to small screen.

Big Little Lies looks interesting but we haven’t watched a single episode. I’ve heard that Peaky Blinders is good, but haven’t watched that either. Black Mirror remains on my list, but we haven’t started it yet and I think there are five seasons now.

One of the great developments in the last decade has been the growth of book to series instead of movie. Good books translate so much better to small screen because we don’t have to lose huge parts of it. It’s a dream to have one of my series picked up for an adaptation. Of course, I have to write it first.

So, what do you watch? What are you looking forward to? What were your favorites?

11 Responses

  1. I wouldn’t necessarily call my television a small screen. It’s 65″ big!! Haha! Lately, I’ve been watching DVDs of Doctor Who (the reboot, starting with #9) and The X Files. I’ve never seen the shows before and I’m enjoying them a lot.

    1. You are so right Stacy! Mine is more than 150″. I used to watch both of those shows years ago. I like the old Tom Baker version though. It was cheesy bu oh so good.

  2. I’ve been wanting to watch “Discovery of Witches” but haven’t been able to watch it for free. Should I read the books first and keep my fingers crossed the library will somehow offer the show someday?

      1. Unfortunately, I have to sign in with my cable provider and since I have a business account I can’t access those channels. If it shows up on Hulu or Netflix then I’m golden! Until then I’m holding out hope on the library. 🙁 Thanks for your help! Maybe I’ll read the books while I wait…

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