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Dear Murderer
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What have you been watching? Including Dear Murderer, Bang and The Orville

It’s “What have you been watching?”, my chance to tell you each week what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently and your chance to recommend anything you’ve been watching. TMINE recommends has all the reviews of all the TV shows TMINE has ever recommended, but for a complete list of TMINE’s reviews of (good, bad and insipid) TV shows and movies, there’s the definitive TV Reviews A-Z and Film Reviews A-Z. But it’s what you have you been watching? So tell us! Tell us if you want to live

As the temperature outside starts to get colder, things start to hot up again in the world of tele, which means new shows are starting to pop up again on both network TV and Internet TV. Elsewhere, I reviewed the hilarious Get Krack!n (Australia: ABC) while in the new ‘Boxset Monday’, I reviewed Amazon’s Comrade Detective.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’m currently four episodes into Sky Atlantic’s slightly bonkers Canadian-set Tim Roth revenge thriller Tin Star, but I’ll Boxset Monday that next week so you’ll have to wait until then to hear my opinion.

There have also been three other new shows in the past week: TVNZ (New Zealand)’s Rake-ish Dear Murderer, S4C (UK)’s bilingual gun drama Bang and Fox (US)’s The Orville. I’ll be covering all of them after the jump, as well as the regulars –  כפולים (False Flag), The Last Ship and the premature season finale of Shooter. See you in a mo.

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What have you been watching? Including Odysseus, כפולים, and Halt and Catch Fire

It’s “What have you been watching?”, my chance to tell you each week what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently and your chance to recommend anything you’ve been watching. TMINE recommends has all the reviews of all the TV shows TMINE has ever recommended, but for a complete list of TMINE’s reviews of (good, bad and insipid) TV shows and movies, there’s the definitive TV Reviews A-Z and Film Reviews A-Z. But it’s what you have you been watching? So tell us! Ah go on. Go on, go on, go on

Here we are at the third of my post-August WHYBW catch-ups. If you recall, the first was to catch up with all the boxsets I’d been watching; the second was to catch up with all the movies; and this third one will deal with new shows and episodes of all the regular shows I’ve been watching over August.

However, as you may have noticed, as always things haven’t quite gone according to plan. Already, I’ve slipped in a review of the complete third season of Narcos. But on top of that, I’ve gone and watched some more movies, too. Whoops. You’ll see which ones in a tick.

I’ve also not seen as many new shows as I’d wanted to. My usual “if it starts in August, I ain’t watching it” rule means that 21 Thunder, Gone, Get Shorty and The Sinner, to name but a few, aren’t even getting a plot summary out of me – let that be a lesson to you, broadcasters! – but as well as a couple of Amazon boxset shows that need my attention – The Last Tycoon and Comrade Detective –  I’ve still to watch some new shows that just about slipped in under the wire.

That means Get Krack!N (Australia: ABC) will probably be getting reviewed on Thursday, seeing as episode two goes out on Wednesday. I’m also in two minds as to whether to review The Deuce (US: HBO; UK: Sky Atlantic). On the plus side, it’s from David Simon (The WireTreme) and stars James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal; on the minus side, it’s about the rise of the porn industry in New York in the 1970s, so might be a bit too risqué for my blood. Still, it doesn’t officially premiere until 10 September, so I’ve still plenty of time to preview it.

All of that cunningly means that after the jump, I’ll be reviewing:

  • Movies: Just Friends (2005) and Doctor Strange (1978)
  • New (ish) showsOdysseus (France: Arte; UK: TV5)
  • Regular shows: כפולים (False Flag), Game of Thrones, Shooter and Twin Peaks
  • Returning shows: Halt and Catch Fire and The Last Ship

Yep, I gave up on Will – as did TNT, to be fairSee you in a mo…

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The Last Ship goes Greek
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The Last Ship goes Greek. Almost

This season, The Last Ship is going back to basics, returning to a plot similar to that of its first season – a hunt for the cure to a disease, albeit one that’s affecting food plants this time. One big change, though, is that it’s gone to the Med for something billed as ‘Tom Chandler’s own Odyssey’.

Being The Last Ship, they don’t mean that figuratively and this fourth season is based in part on Homer’s Odyssey. Being The Last Ship rather than American Odyssey, they’re also following through on that and making sure you know they’re following through on that, too. As well as initially being set in Greece, there are copious references to ‘the gods’, mentions of Homer, characters called things like Ares, Chandler alternately going around calling himself ‘Noone’ and ‘Hercules’, a journey past the metaphorically crashing rock of Gibraltar (one of the Pillars of Hercules, which is also the name of the second episode), a bunch of modern-day Lotus eaters and even its own version of Calypso/Circe.

To its credit, the show’s actually hired a few Greeks/Greek-Cypriots/Greek-Americans who can speak Greek, which is a step up from The Slap (US), for example. Sure, there’s a few non-Greek speakers who are trying to pass as Greek and who have the crappy accents to match, but for the most part, the dialogue’s correct and even matches what the subtitles say people are saying.

Unfortunately, whoever they’ve got translating everything apparently didn’t get to have a word with the production assistants, judging by the ‘Greek’ in the very important document pictured. Now, said document is owned by a character who’s Greek-American, for sure, but I can’t imagine a scenario where he’d type this nonsense, rather than use either Greek or English.

Take the bottom line: ‘Elaeis virilis’, which is also written as Αγκιέντ Οιλ Παλμ. That’s not Greek, but if you sound it out, you’ll see that it’s supposed to be ‘Agkient Oil Palm’ – ancient oil palm. It’s the same with the lines above it: ‘Αφρικαν Οιλ Παλμ’ and ‘Αμερικαν Οιλ Παλμ’ or ‘Afrikan Oil Palm’ and ‘Amerikan Oil Palm’.

I don’t know what’s going on there. You can type ‘American oil palm’ into Google Translate and get something more accurate in about three seconds (“Αμερικανική φοινικέλαια”). You can’t type ‘Ancient oil palm’ into a PC with the keyboard layout switched to Greek and get what they got either – you get ‘Ανψιεντ Οιλ Παλμ’. So it seems like someone has simply asked how phonetically to get ‘Ancient oil palm’ et all in the Greek alphabet and this is the result.

Which is odd.

Still, at least they’re trying.

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