- 27 May 2022 17:51
Here's some superb shows you prob never heard of, and can't find.
Piece of Cake: drama that follows a Spit squad from before the war to the Battle of Britain. Some experienced pilots went up several times in the peak day of the Battle of Britain. Combat in a Spit was taxing, in addition to everything else, the rudder was turned by twisting your wrist. Spit pilots must have had forearms like old time sailors, huge.
Anyway, a new pilot shows up (a lot of new pilots died that day) and asks the commander how it is. The commander is leaning against his plane, exhausted. But he gives him that classic Brit understatement and says "Piece of Cake". The book is even better.
The Almighty Johnsons is the only good tv show New Zealand has given the world. We watch it a couple times a year. Region 1 discs are OOP. Hope your player can handle Region 2.
Darling Buds of May was Catherine Zeta-Jones' first job. You could make an argument that, at that time, she was the most beautiful babe alive. Show's damn good, too. It takes place in the 1950s, after their empire had collapsed. Incomes got cut in half, everybody was miserable. But not this farmer who bent most of the rules he came across. After Catherine Zeta-Jones seduced and married the tax man, the government gave up. Some shows are a 'slice of life'; this one's at least 3 slices.
I stopped watching the tv version of The Expanse. The book is ten times better.
There are a lot of shows I liked, but no idea if you would. Like The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. But if you can, watch the first episode, in a addition to seeing if you like it, it introduces a character called Pistol Pete. He's watching a saloon hall painter paint a big boulder that has been rolled onto the train tracks. Pete is watching the guy and goes into a rant about how "I do not hold with these French painters and their bold strokes of color." Of course, someone like Pete, in real life, wouldn't have been able to read, couldn't have known what Impressionists in Europe were doing, at the time. But somehow it works, sometimes I'll play that disc just to see the rant.
Oh, the original, British, House of Cards is a delight, never could get into the American version.
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