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Other Shows, Movies, and Books; Recommendations from J/B Shippers!
Topic Started: May 30 2016, 10:30 PM (16,330 Views)
Quinn
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We can share other things we like here!

*Farscape is everything*

We're good to go!
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Mikki
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Orphan Black!

Bloodline!

Bates Motel!

Can I interest anyone in a discussion of those things? Or a happy fanwank?
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FairladyZ2005
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Thanks Quinn. Have to organize my thoughts, but I have some cool stuff to recommend. And yes, Farscape is good.
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reallybored
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I looove Bates Motel, the last two episodes nearly killed me, it was as bad as the Hodor thing.
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Quinn
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For my fellow Americans who might not know, if you like British/Euro dramas (my favs):

Grantchester - 1950s priest solves crimes and loves the wrong woman.

The Night Manager - Tom Hiddleston auditions for James Bond with Dr. House.

Death in Paradise - Stodgy police detective is sent to the tropics, meets a sassy local

Grand Hotel - Spanish soap, kinda Downton Abbey-ish but with more scandal.
Edited by Quinn, May 30 2016, 11:02 PM.
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Firefly - Sci-fi adventure with a colourful cast of characters and over all awesomeness and charm. Highly recommend it.

Once Upon A time - A little repetitive, but it amuses my mom and I in small doses. Her and I enjoy the Killian & Emma ship.

Brooklyn Nine Nine - a hilarious police comedy series with really great characters that grow on you more and more each episode.

Big Bang Theory - Funny, and good to watch with the fam!

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - one of my new favourite anime series. Beautiful animation with a rare type of female protagonist to find in anime who is a warrior, but not sexualized at all. The story is simple but beautiful, and spans over just one season.

Dragon Booster - An old favourite of mine. The series is aimed at a younger audience, but I still enjoy watching it again sometimes.
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Well, I'm forever Star Trek trash.

Homeland's also pretty good.

I am "Community" trash all the way.

That and "Bob's Burgers". Those shows kill me with laughter.

Oh yeah, I'm also trash for the US version of Being Human.

I was really intrigued with "The Borgias" starring Jeremy Irons. I mean, Jeremy Irons.

Oh yeah, and since I'm trash for TV shows in hospitals, "Code Black" is also on my list.

Vikings. Vikings. Vikings. I wish they'd finally show the new season in my country. I get spoilers everywhere and it's not coming. Meh.

I guess people know that I'm pretty obsessed with Southpark.

Sherlock.

The Following - even though it got cancelled.

I liked "Forever", even though that got cancelled too...

Just like Almost Human...

My taste seems to be pretty crappy considering how many shows actually got cancelled, LOL.

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Breaking Bad
The Tudors
Outlander
Buffy
The X-Files
and the other fandom I'm still somewhat involved with, a German show from a couple of years ago, called "Doctor's Diary"
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I love almost everything on Masterpiece, Quinn. Loved Grantchester and Wallender. So looking forward to Lewis.

I'm not a big fan of sitcoms.

I have been looking for new mystery books to read. I prefer mine on the cozy side, not the torture porn side. :) Suggestions?
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Agatha Raisin by MC Beaton..... Also the author of Hamish McBeth that was a series on BBC One some years ago starring Robert Carlyle.

I now find out there is also a tv series " starring Ashley Jensen and Matthew Horne and based on the much-loved books by M.C Beaton, our favourite Cotswold dwelling amateur sleuth returns to Sky 1 for a new series of entertaining murder mystery adventures. "
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Mikki
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....I've read the Agatha Raisin and the Hamish MacBeth. And her Edwardian mysteries too. That's my problem. I have read so damn much.

I recently tried the Amelia Peabody books and I cannot tolerate the first person narrative.

I have read the Julian Kestrel mysteries. LOVED them. So sorry the author passed on. The Lady Darby. Kinsey Millhone. Flavia de Luce. Hannah Swensen (which are TERRIBLE). Jeff Jackson. Brady Coyne.

...my list goes on. *sigh*

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Ben Aaronovitch Rivers of London series????

Imogen Robertson Instruments of Darkness books????

Andy Weir The Martian.....????

Amanda Quick?? Aka Jayne Castle??? Aka Jayne Anne Krantz....
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Mikki
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Hmmm...the supernatural twist. I got burned by Sookie Stackhouse, so I'm reluctant on those. You recommend though?
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Imogen Robertson writes a fiendishly clever set of Georgian mysteries...a little dark but not too dark that it puts me off....the Rivers of London books are definitely worth a read in my opinion.... Try the first one. I was given it by a friend as part of a world book night giveaway!!!!
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Justified. Six seasons, 76 episodes total, brilliantly written and acted, eminently quotable, largely about the complicated relationship between a US Marshal and a career criminal in rural Kentucky. Both Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins are incredibly charismatic, and the supporting cast is great. The whole series is on Amazon Prime.

Happy Valley, a British show with two seasons on Netflix, superbly acted by Sarah Lancashire. Also includes James Norton from Grantchester and Siobhan Finneran from Downton Abbey. Nine years after the death of policewoman Catherine's daughter, the man who raped (and impregnated) her is released from prison.

Poldark, aka Aidan Turner looking hot and broody in post-Revolutionary War Cornwall. Very romantic. I may have rewatched episode 3 an unseemly number of times. 8 episodes on Amazon Prime, they just wrapped filming on season 2.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. 3 seasons on Netflix. Essie Davis, aka Lady Crane, as a sassy lady detective in 1920s Australia, working alongside Nathan Page's stuffy police detective and building up a ridiculous amount of sexual tension.

iZombie, based on a Vertigo comic and written by Rob Thomas of Veronica Mars fame. One season on Netflix, the second season should be up soon and is even better. Funny and bittersweet procedural about a medical student who becomes a zombie and becomes a coroner to keep close to a supply of brains. She discovers that she can access murder victims memories by eating their brains and pretends to be a psychic to help the police.

Archer. Animated spy comedy about a guy who works in a spy agency run by his mother, working alongside his ex. Spoofs the Bond movies hard. Very, very wrong, but very funny. Made by FX, includes cursing, nudity, cartoon sex, gratuitous violence. 5 seasons on Netflix.

I've mostly been binging romance novels recently, but otherwise I've enjoyed Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (movie comes out Friday), Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, and Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.
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Quinn
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I really like Fringe, too. Once it moved past trying to be The X-Files 2.0 in the first two seasons, it entered some really fun sci-fi dual universe territory with a pretty satisfying ship to boot.
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Mikki
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Loved Firefly and Fringe.

I watched a couple Miss Fisher and really struggled with it. I couldn't put my finger on it ...but I just didn't connect.

I'll try those novels Sophie, once the season is over.

I am currently watching S2 of Bloodline which is just...it's amazing. Kyle Chandler is KILLING it this season.

I liked The Tudors AND The Borgias. I also enjoyed Rome.

I liked the British Being Human but not the American.

Also liked Almost Human.

I cannot say enough good things about Orphan Black. Tatiana Maslany is doing the best acting on television in any show, ever. She blows every actor and actress I've seen out of the water. She plays up to 8 different clones I think. And you can tell when she's Allison pretending to be Beth. Krystal is completely distinct from Rachel. Helena is like no one else. Mika and Sarah...it's just amazing.

Oh The Americans!! That show is great.
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Quinn
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Yes, The Americans!

And I am a whore for Amelia Peabody books. I read them when I was maybe fourteen, and they stayed with me. I can totally see the first person narrator issues, and I think it's either something you immediately connect to or absolutely do not! The middle volumes are my favorites, where Amelia and Emerson go to the lost oasis, and where he gets amnesia and she has to remind him why he loves her....and the WWI stuff with Ramses. Love it all, total whore! I named my dog after her, lol.
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Mikki, for mysteries have you read Tana French? Irish author, has written about 4-5 books I think.
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Mikki
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I have read Tana French. Loved In the Woods and The Likeness, but then the one where the husband and child were killed, not so much.

At this point, Amazon is all "I have nothing more to recommend you." Well...not quite, but close... :)
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Another fan of the Amelia Peabody and Kinsey Milhone books, and also love Lindsay Davis's Didius Falco novels set in Vespasian's Roman empire. The other night, stuck with nothing new to read until I get to the library again, I dug out one of my old Raymond Chandler books, and it was like meeting a much loved friend again after many years. I had almost forgotten just what a good writer he was.
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Quinn
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Sophie, thanks for the heads-up about Agatha Raisin! That is so up my alley :-)
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Quinn
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Has anyone watched The Last Kingdom? It's on my list, but I'm just not sure.
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Sophie
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I watched it and enjoyed it but it is due another series in the autumn so it feels a bit unfinished. I have obviously been a bit too spoiled by gots five years and counting of story building.
I'd definitely give it a go..... When I drive through Winchester on my travels now it makes me smile to think I'm driving through what was the last kingdom. And Alfred is great ....truly, no pun intended!!
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Mikki
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Like most book series, Agatha Raisin is getting to where it needs to end. :)

I loved the Jill Churchill Grace and Favor mysteries, but that author is in some dispute with the publisher and the series has been on hold for about 5 years. There are 6 books though.
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Firefly is amazing. I also love Agents of SHIELD, which has a similar vibe to it as it's made by some of the same people.
Doctor Who is a big thing for me (I just finished watching all 800 episodes of it 2 days ago): About a guy who travels in time and space.
Star Trek is another thing I love (my name comes from the Deep Space Nine character Odo)
The Musketeers is great, especially season 2
Brooklyn Nine Nine, Parks and Recreation, W1A and Miranda are some of my favourite comedies
Call the Midwife is an amazing drama, set in the east end of London in the late 1950s, following the lives of the midwives, nuns and mothers of the time.
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Quinn
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I had a gut feeling you were DeepSpacing it, Odo!
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We're currently watching Season 2 of Fargo (we watched Season 1 and then life got in the way), and I've been reminded how much I love Patrick Wilson. He should by all accounts be a totally bland pretty boy, but damn if he doesn't know how to nail a certain kind of thankless role (oftentimes the kind of "everyman" non-flashy role) without chewing the scenery OR being completely forgettable. I remember thinking this back when Phantom of the Opera was released and he had the task of playing possibly THE most thankless male role in theater - Raoul - and he made him likeable! I mean, he's not an actor that inspires ardour or anything, but he's always good in what he's in. And he's really good in Fargo so far (only on Episode 3).
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Mikki have you read The Alienist and its sequel?
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I've been Star Wars and Star Trek trash since I was a kid. :D

I'm also a big Doctor Who nerd. I think I've seen almost all my favorite shows referenced, so I won't repeat them I will add LOST (yes, I still love it, even the finale. People just didn't get it! LOL) JAG and Smallville. And yes, I watch all the CW superhero shows, somewhat dodgy quality and all.

I'd also rec the Harry Dresden book series by Jim Butcher. It's great. :D
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