The Crown

The CrownA very interesting series created by Netflix. The show loosely follows the life and events of Queen Elizabeth. I’ve never paid much attention to the royal family, so I find this show very informative, even knowing that the show may not be entirely factual. One impression I get from the show is that Queen Elizabeth and prince Phillip were not always happy in their marital relationship. I haven’t watched the entire series so I may rewrite this post later.

The CrownBased on an award-winning play (“The Audience”) by showrunner Peter Morgan, this lavish, Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) from the 1940s to modern times. The series begins with an inside look at the early reign of the queen, who ascended the throne at age 25 after the death of her father, King George VI. As the decades pass, personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries are revealed that played a big role in events that shaped the later years of the 20th century.

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Dramatic

Jack-Bauer-180x265TV Series “24”When I think of dramatic I think of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) from the TV series 24. The drama is never-ending. Jack never gets an even break. He moves from one dramatic situation to another.
I have been watching the series 24 on “Amazon Prime Video” for the past several weeks. It’s the first time I’ve seen most of the episodes. It’s all new to me.

A short blurb from IMDB about the TV series 24.

Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster.

Each season is one 24-hour day. Each episode is one hour of the day. I’ve noticed that the characters in the series never have any time during the 24-hour period to sleep. They are always at work. I’d like to know how they do it. Maybe they sleep between seasons. Whatever they do to keep going the series works for me. 24 is one of my favorite TV shows, it keeps me on the edge of my seat.

Scandal

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Today I’m going to break from writing a post just to incorporate the daily prompt into my writing. I haven’t written anything about TV shows or movies for a long time.

I’m a Netflix addict. I have watched many movies and TV series over the years that I have been a Netflix member. During the past year or so one of the TV series I’ve been watching is “Scandal”. In the simplest of terms scandal is about a woman, Olivia Pope. Olivia is a fixer, she and her team clean up political messes, in and around Washington DC, by any means necessary; she is also the president’s mistress. The series basically details the events of the personal relationships of Olivia Pope, the president Fitzgerald Grant, and his wife Mellie Grant.

I was originally drawn into the series and would sometimes watch several episodes a day. The storyline was interesting and challenging. I watched the first four seasons with dwindling interest as each season progressed. When Netflix offered season five I thought I would give the show another chance, maybe there would be something new to peak my interest. I was disappointed, I watched the first two episodes with dislike and finally lost interest in the series entirely during episode three. The season was just another layer of the repeated layers of the same plot. Olivia or Millie. Who will the president choose?

I have watched several TV series on Netflix and decided once they get to the fourth or fifth season the writers have a difficult time keeping the story together. As I watch, I get the feeling the only reason for the next episode is, not to promote the storyline but, to keep the revenue coming in from the advertisers. I feel the writers are struggling to keep the plot moving, or finding a new way to tell the same story over and over again.

Not all TV series die for me of the same death. There are some new episode seasons that I look forward to with eagerness, but I am frequently disappointed.

Storyline

ScandalWhen you get into trouble there’s only one person to call, Olivia Pope. Olivia is a professional ‘fixer’ who makes problems go away before anyone even knows they exist. For the moneyed, the powerful and even the President, Olivia is a legend in her field. Her spectacular success is mostly due to her unbreakable rule of always trust your gut. No matter how careful you are, when you do damage control for a living, you’re bound to cause some damage to your own life. She and her crew eat, sleep, live and breathe crisis. Each week, as the team races against the clock to defuse intriguing new problems before they become full-blown disasters, they also have to deal with their own personal issues. They may call themselves ‘gladiators in suits’, but little by little, Olivia and her crew begin to reveal the chinks in their armor. Written by Anonymous

Source: IMDB

 

TV Series 24

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I just recently started to re-watch the TV series 24 staring Keefer Sutherland. When the show was on network TV I didn’t find the title interesting. Over time I saw a few episodes on TV and found the story to be very interesting. Many years later the series was on Netflix and I started to watch it again and just as I was getting involved in the series it was cancelled.

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“the man in the HIGH CASTLE”

the man in the high castle SERIESI recently signed up for an Amazon.com Prime video trial. There are numerous TV shows and Movies to choose from. One of the first TV shows that I started to watch is “the man in the HIGH CASTLE”. I was pulled in to the series from the very first scene. The show is about what the United States would be like if the allies hadn’t won the Second World War.

Germany and Japan are the occupying forces. Germany occupies the Eastern Seaboard to past the Mississippi river including most of the plains states to the Rocky Mountains. Japan occupies the area from the Pacific Coast to a curving line just east of the Nevada border. There is a Neutral Zone in-between the two occupying forces. As might be expected the Japanese and German political aspirations are not the same. There is a feeling of conflict and immanent confrontation throughout each episode.

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The desires and designs of the Japanese and German forces are anything but aimless. There are strong agendas on both sides of the Neutral Zone and the Neutral Zone will most likely be immersed in the conflict. There are many personal relationships and subplots to keep things interesting.

I haven’t watched the entire series so I can’t report how things will end up and there will most likely be another season of episodes to watch. To me “the man in the HIGH CASTLE’ is a 5-star TV series.

 

Person of Interest

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I just finished watching the final episode of Person of Interest. I found the ending very appropriate, playing Pink Floyd’s Welcome to the Machine. After all wasn’t the whole series about the “MACHINE” that watched everyone. I don’t think the series is too far off the mark as far as the government watching everyone all of the time is concerned.

I live in a small town in southern Utah. During the twenty years I have lived here I have watched the government install traffic cameras at nearly every intersection that has a stop light. They say the cameras are to monitor traffic, I don’t believe that.Too bad the cameras don’t change the color of the stop light from red to green when traffic is backed up halfway across town.

Enough of my ramblings, I loved the series. I give it 4 and 1/2 stars.

Storyline

  • An ex-assassin and a wealthy programmer save lives via a surveillance AI that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes–including the civilians’ roles–are left a mystery.
  • Source: Bing – Person of Interest

Plot Summary

  • Person of InterestWealthy genius software engineer, who generally goes by the name Harold Finch, is the mastermind behind the creation of an all-seeing machine. Finch and his front man Nathan Ingram devised the machine to sell to the US government, who are unaware of Finch working behind the scenes. The purpose of the machine is so that the government can spot acts leading to terrorism to prevent those terrorist acts from occurring. But what the government considers irrelevant in its use of the machine are acts leading to murder. As such, Finch, without the government’s knowledge that he has a back door to the machine, wants to prevent those murders. The machine only provides the social security number of someone involved, Finch unaware if that person is the target or perpetrator. He enlists the help of an ex-CIA special operative who generally goes by the name John Reese to assist in his mission, Reese who is officially listed as dead. But as Reese in particular often uses non-legal means to achieve Finch’s end goal, he is tracked by the authorities, who only know him as the man in the suit. They are also tracked by those who are thwarted by the pair in carrying out this mission, and by the few who know of the machine’s existence and who have their own nefarious thoughts of what to do with the machine if they can get their hands on it.
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  • Source: IMDb – Person of Interest

Longmire

watch_tv 119x91Longmire is one of those TV shows that grows on you. I wasn’t sure if I could watch the whole series (on Netflix) but I am anxiously waiting for the next season. Longmire was never one of those series that I would watch marathon style, but it was good to watch once and a while. I give Longmire a 3 Star rating.


LongmireStoryline

Walt Longmire is the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County. Widowed only a year, Longmire is a man in psychic repair that buries his pain behind a brave face and dry wit. Struggling since his wife’s death and at the urging of his daughter, Cady, Longmire knows that the time has come to turn his life around. With the help of Vic, a female deputy new to the department, he becomes reinvigorated about his job and committed to running for re-election. When Branch, an ambitious, young deputy decides to run against him for sheriff, Longmire feels betrayed but remains steadfast in his dedication to the community. Longmire often turns to close friend and confidant Henry Standing Bear for support as he sets out to rebuild both his personal and professional life, one step at a time.

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Lost

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Since I’ve been retired I have watched a lot of TV shows on Netflix. One of my all time favorites is the show Lost. There are many other TV shows that I have watched on Netflix and maybe I’ll post them on my blog in the future. I never know from day-to-day where this blog is going.


LostStoryline

Life is laid bare as a group of plane crash survivors find themselves stranded on a remote Pacific island. The trauma of the crash soon becomes overshadowed by the island itself, where unseen creatures stalk the jungle, paranormal happenings abound and astonishing coincidences reveal themselves. In this unique environment emotions swell as the survivors battle their inner and outer demons, and strive to live together – so that they won’t die alone. Written by Tobias Stapleford

Credit from IMDb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411008/


There are about 120 episodes, I watched episode #99 last night and I’m still not sure what is going on. I know that I have to keep watching because nearly every episode ends in a cliffhanger. I really want to know what is going on, who is in charge?, and what are the secrets of the Island?

 I rate this TV show as five stars.