Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Guy Gardener, Oct 4, 2014.
How close a show aligns to reality is the determining factor on watching a series for you?
In 2008 I watched the only three episodes of Amy Sherman Palladino's sitcom The Return of Jezabell James they were going to show me.
I was patient.
I now have another 4 episodes to view, and I don't remember Jack squat about the first 3, so I actually have 7.
When it bears so little resemblance to reality, yes. It might as well have been called TPBN.
Just considered, I think I wouldn't like the Bond movies as much if they showed a more realistic depiction of the things MI6 has been up to.
Oh, undoubtedly. In a recent piece about George Lazenby, he's quoted as saying: "Fantasy spies fascinate us but it's really BS. Real spies are pretty boring and anonymous, but I guess are a necessary evil." So even Bond himself knows it.
The real hero in bringing Al Capone down was Frank Wilson and Eliot Ness was glorified PR hound, but The Untouchables wouldn't have been a hit if it was just about a couple of guys combing through financial records.
So it's possible Capone was brought down by some guy finding incriminating evidence in his TPS reports. Jason
They can come produce with NBC and just call it University of Chicago (with the hospital, law school and campus police all on the same campus)... and you have the Chicago trifectA
Twilight Zone canceled
That's hilarious considering they've been doing press releases touting Paramount+ having "fan-favorite genre shows" like Disco, Picard, The Stand, and... wait for it... The Twilight Zone. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I'm still hoping for Chicago: Sanitation.
Well, there are plenty of true spy stories that feel like they could be Bond movies. One such story, as documented by Ben Macintyre in The Spy and the Traitor, has a Russian who was born into a family of KGB agents, only he didn't have his heart in it, and wanted desperately to defect, so he moonlighted for both sides while he rose up the ranks to become highly placed with access to sensitive information, until a plan could be hatched to help him, which involved not only MI6 and MI5, but the CIA as well, in a daring escape in the trunk of a car. He was quite valuable and a high-ranked asset with key information during the height of the cold war. It's a brilliant read by the way. Would love to see a movie done about him.
This seems more like Le Carré or Deighton than Fleming. Unless the Russian spy regularly wore tuxedos to casinos where he played baccarat and was repeatedly seduced by gorgeous women.
True, on that end. I don't think it's much of something an actual spy would be doing except for under very specific conditions anyway. Point is, the real stories in life can be just as good as the fabricated, and this is one of those.
For the record, Len Deighton is secretly Dean Koontz.
I thought he was Victoria Holt.
No, no, he's J.B. Fletcher.
Are they mobbed up?
The serial killer?
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