Category Archives: Television series

O Pauliina, Pauliina, Wherefore Art Thou Pauliina?

As the day plays out, some answers to the questions will emerge: Will this early burst of energy last into the evening, or will the heat fade into cold embers before the sun sets? Time will tell. Last night, I … Continue reading

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Entertainment and Survival

Thirty episodes over three seasons, constituting thirty hours of programming, have been released thus far of the Danish television series, Borgen. Virtually all of my television consumption for the past several weeks has revolved around Borgen, twenty-nine hours, to be … Continue reading

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Meandering Through the Morning

Shortly after I became enamored with Scandinavian films and television series, my wife suggested I would enjoy watching Dicte. By that time, though, the Danish television series was no longer readily available; I looked, to no avail. Recently, though, I … Continue reading

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Acceptable Ambivalence

The first Icelandic Netflix series, Katla (a sci-fi series) will begin shooting soon in Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland. Part of the town has already been covered in volcanic ash in preparation for filming. Þorbjörg Gísladóttir, the director of the local … Continue reading

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Unit 42

I just finished watching, for the second time, the first episode of the first season of Unit 42. I watched the episode several months ago and enjoyed it immensely, but somehow got sidetracked, as I am wont to do, and … Continue reading

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The Break, Season 2

Last night, I watched season 2, episode 1 (and part of 2 before I dozed…not because it wasn’t interesting, but because I was absolutely worn out) of The Break (La Trêve, in French, “The Truce”), a Belgian crime drama. I … Continue reading

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Cancer Journal 19, 2019 and Dinners and Netflix Entertainment

Yesterday, the second chemo treatment was administered. It’s a long process, beginning with “backwashing the chemo port,” as I call it. Actually, it’s just cleaning the port and, I guess, ensuring that the contents of the needle plunged into it … Continue reading

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Another Visit to the Theatre

My foreign flick frenzy continued unabated on Tuesday evening, when I watched The Wave, (the Norwegian title for which is Bølgen).  Unlike some of the previous flicks, this one cannot be accused of being in the same state, much less the same … Continue reading

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Foreign Cinema and Series

I did not intentionally seek out foreign films and television series. It was as if the Netflix series sought me out. First, I stumbled upon Fauda (which means “chaos” in Arabic), an Israeli television series political thriller that captured my … Continue reading

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The Newsroom

Thanks to my sister-in-law, I watched the first two episodes of The Newsroom in the last couple of days.  Oh my god, what an incredibly riveting program!  The writing is superb, the acting excellent, and the story lines are utterly … Continue reading

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Television Taste

My wife and I came late to the game.  Only a few weeks ago did we start watching Downton Abbey. Just last night we completed watching season 1.  I was hooked by the end of the second episode.  After hearing … Continue reading

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Shadows of Liberty

I try to avoid being manipulated.  I try to avoid being led by people whose leadership is geared toward advancing their own agendas, meant only to serve their own self interests. I try.  But I cannot always tell whether I’m … Continue reading

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Anarchy

The depth of my enjoyment of the FX network’s Sons of Anarchy series surprised me. The show revolves around a California motorcycle club involved in gun-running, drugs, pornography, and other sorts of illicit activities that have no place in my … Continue reading

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A Homicidal Mood

For months, my wife and I were devouring episode after episode of Homicide: Life on the Streets.  We would get at least two DVDs at a time from Netflix, watch one, then send it back immediately so its successor would … Continue reading

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