Originally Posted by flixtime
Been going through a lot of television stuff....Nordic entries such as THE LEGACY, JORDSKOTT, THE SPIDER, SABOTEURS, and 1864...Y GWYLL from Wales...THE GAME and JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR. NORRELL from England...WITNESSES from France...and of course U.S. stuff such as THE KNICK, etc.
Simply attempting to make the above a little less entirely useless...
THE LEGACY aka ARVINGERNE - watched the first two seasons and don't understand the positive reviews...it's a soap opera...lots of family tensions but it all feels fake because you know that deep down the characters really care for and have great warmth for each other. At least a couple of the primary characters turn in impressive acting performances, so that is the best part I suppose. I don't think it was meant to come off as it did, or maybe it was, but the spin on "art" was laughably amusing aka I guess I've been an artist for many years and didn't even realize it...once a month when I arrange all the junk at curbside for the end-of-month bulk trash removal.
JORDSKOTT - first couple of episodes it seems like another crime drama involving something happening to a child, and that is there but it becomes far more pagan/supernatural, maybe more X-FILES-ish as it goes on. Enjoyable.
THE SPIDER aka EDDERKOPPEN - meh...okay I suppose but it did nothing for me.
THE SABOTEURS aka KAMPEN OM TUNGTVANNET - this was quite impressive and if you like WWII stuff then do go ahead with this. The same exact story as the Kirk Douglas movie THE HEROES OF TELEMARK, except in THE SABOTEURS they also add a parallel running secondary storyline concerning Werner Heisenberg back in Germany. A superior take on the material when compared to the earlier Kirk Douglas movie.
1864 - not without shortcomings but easily the most cinematic of all these mentioned so far...quite impressive from a production standpoint. It does play as a little drawn out while also teasing you along in terms of holding back on the action, and the scenes set in present-day aren't really worth the little payoff. However, it really delivers with the second to last episode...a "battle episode" that can rank with other battle episodes from shows such as BAND OF BROTHERS, THE PACIFIC, SPARTACUS, GAME OF THRONES, etc. The show does have some of that Hollywood-influenced, Steven Spielberg feel. And it does lean heavily anti-war and anti-nationalist, while also being reverential in tone when it comes to the common foot soldier. One aspect plays like a twisted version of THE KING'S SPEECH. Actors Pilou Asbaek and Nicolas Bro are terrific! It was nice to see Soren Malling from FORBRYDELSEN in the role of a veteran soldier...a character that brings a magical realism aspect to the show. Certainly should be viewed...if nothing else it was an impressive production...and again Episode 7 is a spectacular and highly cinematic hour of television...it is worth it just for that episode alone.
EYEWITNESS aka OYEVITNE - standard grade but reasonably enjoyable crime fare...wish the final episode wasn't so toothless though
So that's the Nordic stuff...
Y GWYLL - very similar to entries such as SHETLAND and SINGLE-HANDED...something like SHETLAND though did a better job in letting you get to know the lead characters...they didn't give you enough of that in Y GWYLL
THE GAME - solid U.K. spy fare
JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR. NORRELL - I could see that people could really like it but it just didn't do a whole lot for me...left feeling "why didn't I like it more"
WITNESSES aka LES TEMOINS - ahh...a French crime show...after the failures of BRAQUO and SPIRAL, the third time must be the charm, right...wrong! The first couple of episodes were quite okay, but then it crashed and burned. Do a google image search of the scenic French coastal town where it is set...search LE TREPORT...the images of that place in the show are the best thing about it by far...so do the image search and then there is no reason to watch the show.
WENTWORTH PRISON - watched the first season of this Australian women's prison show...basically a junior league version of the much better CAPADOCIA from Mexico (yeah I realize WENTWORTH is based on an older Australian series, but it plays as very similar to CAPADOCIA except CAPADOCIA was more impressive, and WENTWORTH doesn't have anyone nearly as good as the La Negra character from CAPADOCIA). Season 1 of WENTWORTH didn't even kick into gear until maybe episode seven.
SERANGOON ROAD - from HBO Asia...this was a pleasant surprise...nothing demanding really...case-of-the-week type stuff with a season long story arc running in the background....but really nice as easy viewing...really wish they had continued instead of ending it with only one season. It does tell a complete story in that one season so it does play as a satisfying viewing even though it never went beyond the first season. Enjoyed the full roster of characters, and 1960s setting and locale...there were a lot more stories to tell...too bad.