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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 27 August 2017 at 8:51am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Despite some criticism of the show's first season, I think there are a lot of solid episodes such as "Skin of Evil" and "Where No One Has Gone Before".

The BBC showed the first season of TNG around 1990/91. It may be hard for younger folk to appreciate this in the age of streaming, but it was "must make an appointment" sort of TV. BBC 2 showed it around 6.30pm (may have been slightly earlier) and I just had to watch it. 

Of course, I hated when it took a summer break for sporting events. And I became impatient for the video tapes. 

Kids today with their streaming options are so lucky. I had to wait an entire summer to see part 2 of "The Best Of Both Worlds".
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James Woodcock
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Posted: 28 August 2017 at 2:34pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Let that sink in people. We got TNG on terrestrial TV in 1990. The USA were heading towards 'The best of both worlds' and we were on season one.

Kids nowadays don't know they were born
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 28 August 2017 at 2:53pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Bloody kids! I remember when tv was black and white,and
you had to change channels like tuning a radio, and if
you missed a programme,tough shit,it was gone!
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 28 August 2017 at 2:55pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Also,we could watch TNG before 1990,but we had to rent
videos of it from the video shop,still way behind though
and only two eps per tape!
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John Byrne

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Posted: 28 August 2017 at 7:35pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

The Eternal Problem: many iterations of TREK since the original, each moving further and further off-model, until several generations have come and gone for whom the later versions ARE STAR TREK.
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 28 August 2017 at 11:56pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Next Gen on a weekly basis on BBC2 didn`t click for
me,it was only when Sky1 started showing it daily at 5pm
teatime that i became a fan,season 3 was where it began
to take off.One thing that struck me from the pilot,they
showed how far we`d come by having men in dresses,but
then you never saw another!
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John Byrne

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Posted: 29 August 2017 at 7:27pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Returning to DEAD LIKE ME, which I haven't watched in a while.
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James Best
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Posted: 31 August 2017 at 9:40pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Checking out JIM GAFFIGAN: OBSESSED via Netflix.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 02 September 2017 at 4:51pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (2004)

Reminding myself just how good this series was before it spun off the rails at the end.

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James Best
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Posted: 02 September 2017 at 9:19pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Re-watching season 4 of SHERLOCK via Netflix.

Enjoying it a bit more than I did the first time around. 
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 05 September 2017 at 10:44am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Watched first season of 24 recently.

Mildly entertaining, but far too nihilistic for me. I watched an episode a day, but I think I felt depressed by the nihilism after a while. I can't fault the performances or writing, but so much bad in a 24-hour period was a bit too much for me!
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James Best
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Posted: 07 September 2017 at 9:12pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Checking out JIM GAFFIGAN: CINCO via Netflix

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James Best
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Posted: 08 September 2017 at 9:42pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Checking out THE CIVIL WAR (1990) series by Ken Burns.

It's been on my radar for decades but had been an elusive target. I have seen Burns' BASEBALL and THE WAR series and enjoyed them both. Finally tapped into my Netflix option instead of renting it on DVD to see the series that put him on the map.

Watched the first two episodes tonight and will try to catch the remainder over the span of the coming week. I did have a question for my fellow JBF members: are there any extras on the DVD/Blu-ray of THE CIVIL WAR  that are worth checking out?



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Shaun Barry
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CHEERS: Season 6 [1987-88]

The debut of Kirstie Alley as Rebecca Howe, who was surprisingly, pleasantly adept at comedy right out of the gate here... later seasons started to get a little too broad and tiresome for me, but this first one with Alley stands just as tall with the Shelley Long seasons.



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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 14 September 2017 at 8:14pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply


So...

Quite out of the blue tonight, my 7-year old son announced, "I think I want to try watching some STAR TREK!"

No clue what finally brought this on, and he didn't specify when asked, but I of course said, "Great!!"

Thought he'd appreciate a "monster" episode, so I sat him down with "The Man Trap" (appropriately enough, the very first broadcast episode).  He liked it!  I then said, "Well, maybe we can watch another one in a couple days."  He answered with, "Or maybe we can watch one tomorrow night!"

*sniff!*



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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 15 September 2017 at 7:18am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

"Spock's Brain", right? Followed by "Encounter At Farpoint".
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