Cardinal – season 2

Black Fly Season. Love the title. Unapologetically Canadian.

It’s at 80% on Rotten Tomatoes. But season 2 was not nearly as good as season 1.

I’m thinking the script looked brilliant. But on screen, it’s simply not believable.

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I will go on to season 3, however.


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.

Rectify season 1 (2013)

I downloaded Rectify because of great reviews.

Daniel Holden was imprisoned as a teenager for the rape and murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend, Hanna.

After nineteen years on death row, analysis of DNA evidence from his trial contradicts the prosecution’s case, and an appeals court vacates the judgment of his original trial.

Daniel is allowed to return to his hometown of Paulie, Georgia. The subsequent adjustments and events in the lives of Daniel, his extended family, and the townsfolk are explored as a character study in a slowly unfolding Southern Gothic story.

It is very well done. Subtle. A slow burn.

The pacing is very slow. Too slow for me, in fact. But most everyone who gets through the full four years feels it’s a masterpiece.

Abigail Spencer as Amantha Holden, Daniel’s younger sister, is my favourite character.

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recommended – Halt and Catch Fire

I watched all 4 seasons of Halt and Catch Fire. It’s certainly one of the very best series I’ve seen.

… the series depicts a fictionalized insider’s view of the personal computer revolution of the 1980s and later the growth of the World Wide Web in the early 1990s. …

The cast is all excellent. In season 4 I was won over by newcomer Susanna Skaggs  who played a brilliant but socially confused teenager perfectly.

Very believable.

Susanna Skaggs

If you hate technology don’t be dissuaded. This series truly isn’t about TECH.

“Computers aren’t the thing,” … “They’re the thing that gets you to the thing.”

I hate football. Yet loved Friday Night Lights. This series is similarly excellent.

I agree with a number of reviewers who felt season 4 was best. And that season 4 tied the story together very well.

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related – NY Times review – How Failure Made ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Great

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

Only my second Michael Connelly book, I’m impressed.

The Wrong Side Of Goodbye is the 29th novel by American crime author Michael Connelly, and the nineteenth novel featuring Los Angeles Police Department detective Harry Bosch. It was published in 2016. …

I loved Titus Welliver as Bosch in the TV series. The character in the book is just as good.

Folks at goodreads love the book. It’s rated 4.35 / 5.00.

Streamlined clean storytelling. An excellent plot.

This book features Bosch’s paternal half-brother Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer. Haller is even more entertaining than Bosch.

Read the NY Times review.

I’ll definitely be reading more Michael Connelly.

Halt and Catch Fire – season 3

Not nearly as good as the previous two. I found myself losing interest. The move to California was not nearly as expected.

Too much drama. Not enough tech.

Rotten Tomatoes has it 95%, however.

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Should I continue to the 4th and final season?

… I guess so.

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