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Gerald

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I'd be happy if Netflix would just spend a wee bit of their profits to fix their bloody menu. I hate that it's so random and disorganised. I even have trouble finding stuff on my own list. There were films/series that I forgot I added, on account of their stupid menu that's not even sorted alphabetically. Then the shows got removed. Sigh.
Yes, it's a complete mess.Without the search option I would be completely lost.

It also keeps some series in my list of 'continue watching' that I finished long ago (I never seem to get rid of 'Slasher'). And I always have to check if I'm at the right episode, because it sometimes jumps an episode ahead.
And I like to watch endtitles because it lets you relax for a moment before watching the next episode. But you have to be ready with the remote because you sometimes only have a few seconds to indicate you want to see endtitles.

Netflix offers an over-abundance of content, and it does so in a very chaotic way. Although I must say a lot of menus of interactive tv in general are relatively random, messy and user-unfriendly.
 

Gerald

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I watched an episode of the second season of The Exorcist and there is a demon called Mejis, of course the name of the barony from The Dark Tower. Kind of strange they used that, as there doesn't seem to be any other use of the name beyond that I can find. The series has nothing to do with SK obviously.

Obvious Twist Is Obvious: The Exorcist, ‘One For Sorrow’
 

Gerald

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The Mejis demon had no big role. I liked the second season more, but the thing with The Exorcist is that I wonder WHY these demons are possessing people. The films never answered that either: I'm still not sure why Regan was possessed apart from that she played with a Ouija board.

The first season ties in directly to the original movie, although it only becomes apparent about halfway. I just didn't find the family at the heart of it overly interesting and it was shot in a rather clinical way - probably to give a kind of documentary feel similar to the original movie. Also it's basically a repetition of the original movie, although the possessed girl is slightly older than Regan.
The second season is a bit different in that it is about a family with foster children, of whom the wife has died. It's more atmospheric than the first season, set on an island. But again it does not really become all that clear what it is the demons want - all that is clear is that they use images of beloved people to manipulate and deceive. But maybe demons don't need a reason - maybe they just live for the sole purpose of corrupting people.

In the last episode there is a famous scene recreated from Exorcist III. Fans of that film will recognize it, although it has no impact here whatsoever.
My overall feeling is that The Exorcist doesn't lend itself that well to a serialized form, but it can also be that no sequel or series can ever live up to the strengths of the original. Some films are so powerful and well-made that nothing that follows it up can compete with the original.
 

Gerald

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Actually it all depends on what you want to do, I think. I wouldn't say Bates Motel was better than the original Psycho, but what it did, it did very good. I found it also well rounded off. You could follow it up with new protagonists buying the motel, but the story of Norma and Norman (and others like sheriff Romero) is closed off.

I think the best you can do when you want to follow up from something that's iconic, is just make it good in its own way.
 
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JFK Declassifed: Tracking Oswald (2017) (on Hulu)

This ran on the History Channel in 2017 and is a 6 part series where Bob Baer (ex CIA guy you've probably seen on TV before) examines the newly (new for 2017) declassified material and tries to figure out a few things about Oswald. Bob Baer does not dispute that Oswald was the lone gunman in Dallas but he's trying to figure out if Oswald had help in the months leading up to the assassination. I have one episode to go but I think the last episode I watched was the most fascinating because it asked the questions, how did Oswald plan to escape and where was he going after he left the book depository? The Warren commission completely ignored those questions but Baer tries to figure out if Oswald had a safe house where he may have had people waiting to help hide him and get him out of Dallas. It's a very interesting episode. Bob Baer doesn't think Oswald was too far from his destination when Officer Tippet happened upon him and ended his getaway. It's an interesting series as there are many things about Oswald that come up that I had not heard before (that are in the government files).
 
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