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  •  oh, I was about to mention O'Brian (10+ / 0-)

    Although it can be scary to "just" read Master-and-Commander and realize several weeks later that you're re-reading book 15.

    •  lol -- every time I finish a series I like (6+ / 0-)

      I immediately start over with book one. I do the same thing if I watch all seasons of a TV show in a splurge, and I like it. I miss a lot the first time through, and always find things that delight me the second time. I'm a sucker esp. for bits of set-up and backstory I didn't know were important the first time, so I didn't give them the attention they deserved then. (But I haven't read the O'Brian books.)

      "A girl's best friend is her mutter." Dorothy Parker

      by scilicet on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 07:56:00 PM PDT

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      •  Have you tried 'The Wire' on DVD? (2+ / 0-)
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        It's the highest level of plotting I've seen in a TV show. They'll drop one hint in episode 3, and you either remember it or you don't when it returns in episode 11.

        I loved on the commentary, when the show's authors said "We knew we were making a new kind of TV, so season 1 was really just about teaching people how to watch The Wire".

        Many people find it too dark and violent, but you can't fault its ambition and execution.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 08:54:36 PM PDT

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        •  my favorite! (3+ / 0-)
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          I rewatched it again just a few months ago. I agree with everything you said. And I loved how they tied up all 5 seasons by showing the young characters stepping into the places of older ones--Dukie becoming like season 1 Bubbles, Michael like Omar etc. It was one fine touch after another, always a new level of predation (e.g. the pols relationship with Stringer), more to think about with every viewing.

          I've never listened to the DVD commentary, though. Next time I rewatch (and there will be a next time) I'm going to try that.

          "A girl's best friend is her mutter." Dorothy Parker

          by scilicet on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 01:20:39 AM PDT

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          •  "always a new level of predation" (1+ / 0-)
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            True that, and another thing that can be hard to swallow. You can come away from the series a little more cynical about the USA.

            They also had very smart casting directors and good luck, so they discovered as the show went on just how brilliant many of the supporting actors were, and expanded their arcs accordingly.

            "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

            by Brecht on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 08:07:45 AM PDT

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