Better Call Saul (season 3)

I’ve been a huge fan of Breaking Bad.

And really enjoyed the first two seasons of the prequel – Better Call Saul.

Film students must be studying the cinematography.

Season 3 got fantastic ratings. Again.

But I think I’m done. The plot itself is not engaging me enough. No season 4 for this viewer.

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Homeland season 7

Though I loved the first few seasons, I had to psych up to download season 7 of the world’s worst bipolar Mom.

Authorities should have taken that kid away for good long ago.

However …

… it is still must watch TV. The issues are the real issues of today. Russian disruption of the American politic.

Season 7 was the weakest so far, but still worth watching.

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Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

I liked the TV adaptation of this book series – The Expanse.

So downloaded the first book.

Leviathan Wakes is set in a future in which humanity has colonized much of the Solar System. …

It’s an ambitious series with some very compelling characters:

Ethical James “Jim” Holden, the reluctant ship captain.

Naomi Nagata, a Belter, his much smarter partner.

Gruff, straight talking engineer Amos Burton.

Best of all is washed up Belter detective Josephus “Joe” Miller.

The plot is excellent. But I found the TV series better than the book. The story telling is more compelling. More direct.

I feel the same way about Game of Thrones. The TV shows are better than the books.

new Bill Clinton / James Patterson book

I’d never read Patterson. But was intrigued to hear of the collaboration with a former President.

The disappearance of the U.S. President, Jonathan Lincoln Duncan, a former Army Ranger and a Gulf War veteran, comes as a cybercrime attack jeopardizing Secret Service protection.

The book begins with the president rehearsing his appearance before Congress over impending impeachment proceedings. …

The President Is Missing (2018)

Like many who’ve read it I was skeptical. The plot itself starts quite unbelievably.

But as it progressed I increasingly grew to enjoy the story. Having Clinton as a consultant certainly helped. He knows exactly how things work. Hillary proof read the book, as well.

I recommend it to anyone who enjoys farfetched thrillers.

The Leftovers – season 1

The Leftovers starts three years after a global event called the “Sudden Departure”, the inexplicable, simultaneous disappearance of 140 million people, 2% of the world’s population, on October 14, 2011.

Following that event, mainstream religions declined, and a number of cults emerged, most notably the Guilty Remnant.

Rotten Tomatoes scored the season 81% …

Its dour tone and self-seriousness may make for somber viewing, but The Leftovers is an artfully crafted, thought-provoking drama that aims high and often hits its mark …

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It sounds like season 2 and 3 get better and better, but I’m not sure I can go on.

Like many critically acclaimed TV series these days, the story line is confusing. Random things happen that don’t seem to serve the plot.

Cardinal – season 1

One of the best TV seasons ever. 

And it’s Canadian. Unapologetically  Canadian. There’s no effort to puff it up for the American market.

I highly recommend the 6 episode opening season. Be warned … it’s violent.

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Cardinal is a Canadian crime drama television series, which premiered January 25, 2017 …

The series is an adaptation of Giles Blunt‘s crime novels about police detectives John Cardinal (Billy Campbell) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse) in the fictional city of Algonquin Bay.  …

The first season is based on the novel Forty Words for Sorrowabout the investigation of the murder of a young girl.

Veteran actor Billy Campbell plays the title role perfectly.

Karine Vanasse from Québec is superb as Cardinal’s young new partner. That subplot is fascinating. Canadian Brendan Fletcher is believable, too, as a young serial killer.

Critics have called it plodding. Too slow paced.

I’d disagree. It’s superb. No filler. The plot is excellent. I’ll definitely be downloading series 2.