The Code (Aussie TV series)

Because I enjoyed Australian TV series Pine Gap, I went looking for more.

The Code — season 1 2014 — is a six-part series set in both outback and metropolitan areas of Australia.

Very intense.

Fantastic ending.

The main story is brothers Ned (Dan Spielman) — a journalist — and Jesse Banks (Ashley Zukerman) — a hacker — who publish a video of a mysterious outback accident.

Zukerman’s performance a socially dysfunctional genius is impressive and emotional. He was nominated Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama in 2014 in the Aussie AACTA Awards.

I’ll definitely watch season 2.


Pine Gap (TV series)

Pine Gap is a 2018 Australian television series …

… set around the Australian and American joint defence intelligence facility at Pine Gap, south-west of the town of Alice SpringsNorthern TerritoryAustralia.

In fact, I tried it on Netflix because I’d never made it to Alice Springs as a tourist.

Pine Gap is an actual U.S. / Australian satellite surveillance base. The TV series is based around a real thing.

Quite good. Sounds like there might be a season 2 in the works. I’ll probably watch it.

Mark Leonard Winter as Moses Dreyfus, an autistic geek, was easily my favourite character. But many of the personalities are engaging.

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Dickinson (TV series)

Dickinson is an American historical comedy-drama streaming television series about Emily Dickinson … produced for Apple TV+.

Starring Hailee Steinfeld as Dickinson, the first season was released on November 1, 2019, when Apple TV+ debuted.

Two more seasons are in the works.

Dickinson takes place “during Emily Dickinson‘s era with a modern sensibility and tone.

It takes viewers into the world of Emily, audaciously exploring the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn’t fit in to her own time …

It’s weird and somehow compelling. Modern dialogue. Modern music.

All the characters are great. My favourite is Darlene Hunt as Maggie, their hilarious maid.

74% on Rotten Tomatoes.

I hadn’t known that Emily Dickinson’s legendary poetry was not acclaimed until after her death in 1886. Her sister discovered the cache of  1,800 poems and finally had them published.

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Electric Dreams (2017 TV series)

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, or simply Electric Dreams, is a science fiction television anthology series based on the works of Philip K. Dick.

The series consists of ten standalone 50-minute episodes based on Dick’s work …

Rotten Tomatoes has an approval rating of 73% — but I’d still recommend it. Especially if you like the similar, but superior, Black Mirror episodes.

Good actors. Good acting. Some interesting dystopian stories.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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Tehran (TV series)

One nation I’ve always wanted to visit is Iran. Westerners love it there.

A new TV series on Apple TV+ gives a glimpse of Tehran. I’m sure the religious leadership there has condemned it.

It’s very well acted. But slow in places.

Tehran is an Israeli espionage thriller television series …

… about the Israeli–Iranian conflict

Protagonist Tamar Rabinyan, a young Jewish woman born in Iran but raised in Israel, is a Mossad agent and computer hacker, sent on a mission to the Iranian capital, assigned to disabling an Iranian nuclear reactor. …

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Hannibal – season 1

Hannibal (2013) is … is based on characters and elements appearing in Thomas Harris‘ novels Red Dragon (1981), Hannibal (1999), and Hannibal Rising (2006) with focus on the relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a forensic psychiatrist destined to become Graham’s most cunning enemy and, at the same time, the only person who can understand him.

Whew. That’s a long, packed sentence.

I’ve never like horror. And this series is very gory.

Yet I loved Silence of the Lambs.

This version has a different feel.

Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen provide plenty of gravitas. This is serious drama. Well written. Well acted.

Gillian Anderson as Bedelia Du Maurier, Lecter’s psychotherapist is excellent, of course.

I always like Scott Thompson who plays Jimmy Price, one of the crime scene investigators. That group lighten the shows with their dark humour.

Not sure yet whether I could stomach season 2.

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David Attenborough’s A Life On Our Planet

David Attenborough is now age-94.

His newest work is a “witness statement” — his reflection on his career as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has seen.

A love letter to Earth from the beloved broadcaster.

The first half is very depressing. Humanity doomed.

But in the second half Attenborough explains how mankind MIGHT possibly survive the next 80 years.

As it seems nations can’t organize to do even the most trivial collective good, I’m not optimistic.

In the USA, the Trump regime has been doing the exact opposite as recommended. In Alberta, the Kenney regime is making the future worse, as well.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.


Vincent – British TV series

If you like British TV, you’ll like Vincent.  An older series.

Vincent is a British television crime drama series …

… a private detective agency based in Manchester, run by private investigator Vincent Gallagher (Ray Winstone), who alongside with his sidekick Beth (Suranne Jones), junior PI Robert (Joe Absolom) and fellow team members Gillian (Angel Coulby) and John (Ian Puleston-Davies), investigates cases which the police would either refuse to touch, or have been unable to solve.

8 hour long episodes were produced.

The principle attraction of the show for me is actor Ray Winstone.  He plays a shambling, troubled, flawed but ultimately charming rogue.

Good dialogue.

Click PLAY or watch a scene on YouTube.

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I’m trying YouTube Premium

CAD $12 / month if I continue after the first free month.

💛  No ads  💛 

I’m tempted.  I hate YouTube ads, particularly the ones mid-video.

Subscription includes a short list of YouTube Original shows and movies.

In fact, I tried the service to watch the Gymnastics series Defying Gravity.

Better is YouTube Music.

I downloaded the YouTube Music app for my iPhone, as well.  I can play almost anything with or without video.  Offline if I download.

It does NOT include YouTube TV.   That’s OK as it’s only available in the USA and costs $64.99/mo. 

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Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.