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    Slow Horses (TV Series)

    In the beginning, Slow Horses (2022-) reminded me of an episode of Black Mirror but soon it paves its own path and got me hooked to complete the entire season. It is about a division of the UK’s MI5, called Slough House, is where the hopeless in the spy agency got assigned. Their role was to report to work and not do anything, the real work got done in the HQ at Regent’s park. By the turn of events, Slough House gets involved in solving a kidnapping case that captures the country’s imagination. How they fumble their way was the story. Available on Apple TV+ it gets a Ripe in…

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    Merry Happy Whatever (TV Series)

    Merry Happy Whatever (2019) was a comedy series on Netflix. It is about an extended family in California trying to celebrate Christmas. It was not renewed after the first season, but I liked the series, there were a few enjoyable moments, you may want to check it out. Don Quinn (played by Dennis Quaid) is the patriarchy of a family in California who is living with his elder daughter & son-in-law, his son and daughter-in-law, and celebrates Christmas, his second daughter comes home after a divorce and is joined by Quinn’s youngest daughter Emmy (played by Bridgit Mendler) and her boyfriend Brent (played by Brent Morin).  Brent tries his best…

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    Sweet Magnolias (TV Series)

    Maybe, it is the influence of Archie comics and Riverdale, but I am enthralled with stories that happen in small towns. I feel a sense of tranquillity to see a local community where everyone knows everyone else. Of course, any such territory is not far from having petty rivalry and anger among a few of its residents. This combination creates a fertile ground for telling engaging tales and Sweet Magnolias on Netflix is one such story. Sweet Magnolias, the TV series that has completed two seasons is a romantic drama that centres around three (almost) single women and their families & friends. The story happens in a fictional South Carolina…

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    Big Timber (TV series)

    I am not a fan of reality type shows. But, Big Timber on Netflix caught my attention and I binge-watched the entire season.  It follows Kevin Wenstob who along with his wife runs a timber company on Vancouver Island, Canada. The show covers the lifecycle of the timber, from the identification of the tree to cut down, chaining the log, hauling it from the slopes, transporting it to the sawmill, and finally the sale to a customer. While doing this, Kevin faces challenges from nature, machines and staff – how he resolves them keeps us invested with the show. I found Kevin‘s experience in identifying the right talent for the…

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    Putham Pudhu Kaalai Vidiyaadhaa (TV Series)

    I loved the anthology of short films in Putham Pudhu Kaalai (2020). So, when Amazon Prime Video released its sequel as a mini-series titled Putham Pudhu Kaalai Vidiyaadhaa (புத்தம் புது காலை விடியாதா) I eagerly consumed it. Though it was not as good as the first one, two of the episodes in the mini-series were good. Out of the five episodes, I felt the best was the first one. Titled Mugakavasa Mutham, it was about Police constables Murugan and Kuyuli who find the time to fall in love, during their patrolling assignment during the intensive lockdown in Chennai during the early days of the pandemic. Just like a flower growing out…

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    Decoupled (TV Series)

    Decoupled on Netflix is not your typical “Indian” show. It tries to follow the American comedy-drama shows template of featuring light-touch humour, with a bit of British style satirical comedy thrown in. I enjoy this mixture, as a result, I liked the show and I will give it a Raw, but it may not appeal to you. Also remember, the characters freely utter a lot of profanity and openly discuss sex, a rarity for Indian living rooms – I didn’t find the occurrences out-of-place in the episodes, and I was able to smile at most of them. The show is based on a one-line story of a rich couple with…

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    Call My Agent! (TV Series)

    As audiences, we are captivated by the dazzle and glitter of the silver screen and its stars. We hardly think about the hard-working people behind the screen who start from the first task of connecting a director with the vision to the correct actor for the role. And today’s stars don’t bloom suddenly, they are identified years before and then nurtured, trained and tolerated. These are the tasks that talent agents do. Call My Agent! (Dix pour cent), the French TV Series follows four such Talent agents – Mathias, Andréa, Gabriel, and Arlette. The comedy-drama covers the competition along with the mistrust that exists between them, the challenges in their…

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    Foundation (TV series)

    I like popular science fiction movies and TV shows like Star Trek, Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner and books like Stanislaw Lem’s The Cyberiad. This week I binge-watched the ten episodes of Season 1 of the Foundation (TV series) adopted loosely from the famous sci-fi author Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series.  I hadn’t read the books, so the show was my first exposure to that universe. Reading the Wikipedia entries the TV series seems to have retained the core ideas from the books but has made significant changes to suit modern times and interests. Many years ago I had read and enjoyed Isaac Asimov‘s two popular short pieces…