Hidden Gems of Amazon Prime instant videos

I mean, the book series probably should have been three or four books. If that had been the case I probably would've finished it. But they veered way off of the track.

Nevin73 wrote:

I mean, the book series probably should have been three or four books. If that had been the case I probably would've finished it. But they veered way off of the track.

It has been a long time since I read it, but there is one book where for most (if not all) one of the main characters is buried underneath a wall??

That's the common joke, although he was not, of course, actually buried for the entire book, that's just the cliffhanger he was left on in the previous book, and we found out what he was up to after becoming unburied in the next one.

Another of the Emond's Field Five sits out a different book, although he wasn't left on a cliffhanger in the previous one.

So this week’s The Boys is the Herogasm episode. Definitely a lot smaller in scope and tamer than the comics but there’s still a lot of stuff I was surprised to see in a “mainstream” show.

About once a year I'll need something from Amazon, so about once a year, they give me a month to try Prime. And every single time I'm left aghast at how f*cking garbage the interface, layout, and organization is, and how it never changes.

SpacePProtean wrote:

About once a year I'll need something from Amazon, so about once a year, they give me a month to try Prime. And every single time I'm left aghast at how f*cking garbage the interface, layout, and organization is, and how it never changes.

True, but the Expanse, The Boys, and Vox Machina are worth it.

Nevin73 wrote:
SpacePProtean wrote:

About once a year I'll need something from Amazon, so about once a year, they give me a month to try Prime. And every single time I'm left aghast at how f*cking garbage the interface, layout, and organization is, and how it never changes.

True, but the Expanse, The Boys, and Vox Machina are worth it.

And Jack Reacher, The Expanse, Upload, Mrs. Maisel, etc.

I think part of the problem is they are still a store. Even though you're a subscriber the idea is to sell you more stuff. So the first row may be your list or continue watching. And row 2 is exclusive stuff. But right after that is things you might like and only 25% of those are on prime. The rest are digital purchases.

Then you start a show and there's an ad. Yeah it's skippable, for now, but who knows how long that will last.

There's definitely a push there that isn't in the other streaming services that don't sell other content.

Yeah they really need to better separate what’s prime and what is not.

I wanted to watch some of the original Kids in the Hall before jumping into the new one, but when I searched for it, I was asked if I wanted to buy the episode, or buy the season, or watch on a different app with ads. It took some work to figure out how to choose to watch it through prime video.

Tscott wrote:

Yeah they really need to better separate what’s prime and what is not.

If you watch Amazon Prime through the Prime Video App, then there is a switch - usually at the top of the screen - that you can flip to "Free to Me".

that'll show you everything you can watch through Prime and get rid of the rest.

Sorbicol wrote:
Tscott wrote:

Yeah they really need to better separate what’s prime and what is not.

If you watch Amazon Prime through the Prime Video App, then there is a switch - usually at the top of the screen - that you can flip to "Free to Me".

that'll show you everything you can watch through Prime and get rid of the rest.

On a browser there's also a top line "free to me" menu item.

Even with the cuts made to trim it down The Terminal List is very faithful to the book and a brutal ride.

ranalin wrote:

Even with the cuts made to trim it down The Terminal List is very faithful to the book and a brutal ride.

Watched the first episode with my wife this weekend but didn't have time for more. Glad to hear you feel it kept true to the book. Excited to continue.

She'd already gotten started on Old Man on Hulu, so we watched that first.

Got some brutal TV going on between those two shows.

Terminal List Episode 3:

Cameo:

Spoiler:

I believe the guy he kills in the Charger is Jack Carr, the author. If not, it looks like him.

Sorbicol wrote:
Tscott wrote:

Yeah they really need to better separate what’s prime and what is not.

If you watch Amazon Prime through the Prime Video App, then there is a switch - usually at the top of the screen - that you can flip to "Free to Me".

that'll show you everything you can watch through Prime and get rid of the rest.

I watch on an Amazon fire cube. The homepage is a mishmash of my other apps, Prime video, videos I can buy on Amazon and things it’s suggesting from various things I’m not subscribed to. And it’s been how I’ve been navigating to prime content.

Seems silly, but I’ll look into getting the dedicated app on my Amazon device so I can just browse prime video that’s free to me.

At least my fire stick has voice control. That works fairly well.

The Boys finished the season strong.

Spoiler:

Ryan is definitely giving off Brightburn vibes.

We finished Terminal List. We enjoyed the ride. Definitely was a good spin on the book. I now know what scene they had to get approval for. Although there could be two of them.

Started listening to Jack Carr's podcast (also on youtube) going episode by episode through the series, and it's pretty good. Hope they get the money and enough of Chris Pratt's scheduled time to make a season for True Believer. That's more international so may be more expensive to produce, but hope they can do it.

First episode mentions the second scene I wondered about approval for. Since they didn't work directly with the US Military, I assume that scene wasn't the one they had to justify to Amazon for inclusion.

After all the stuff done in The Boys I'm surprised they need Amazon approval for anything nowadays.

slazev wrote:

After all the stuff done in The Boys I'm surprised they need Amazon approval for anything nowadays.

True. But that's more fantasy, where this is a different, more realistic feeling genre. Glad everybody isn't Disney+. Good to have alternatives.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power – Main Teaser | Prime Video

I'm trying to keep my expectations in check for Rings of Power but those trailers are getting me right in the heart. THE TREES!!

Rings of Power looks good but it feels a lot like generic fantasy - not that means it is bad but it certainly seems to stretch the ties to LoTR

farley3k wrote:

but it certainly seems to stretch the ties to LoTR

How so? Because outside of not being white washed it seems spot on from what we've been shown so far.

I will admit that I never read the Silmarillion so maybe Gladriels adventures are covered there.

The Galadriel that you meet in Lord of the Rings is right at the tail end of a character arc that stretches back-- depending on how you parse the calendar-- about 8,000 years or more. She's literally older than the sun.

It remains to be seen how tightly her character in the show will adhere to any particular book canon, but there is definitely textual support for her having been a little more wild back in the day. Her nickname when she was "only" a couple centuries old translated to "the Man-Maiden" because she was so tall and athletic.

farley3k wrote:

I will admit that I never read the Silmarillion so maybe Gladriels adventures are covered there.

This isn't from Silmarillion, they've licensed appendices from The Return of the King

Ugh, I keep forgetting the weird licensing issues that surround Tolkien's legendarium.

Galadriel told history's biggest man-baby to pound sand when he asked for some of her hair, regardless of the fact that everyone else thought he peed wine and pooped rainbows. Later, after making a home in the ruins of a Middle-earth that was devastated by the temper tantrum of said man-baby, she relented some of her hair to a lovestruck dwarf who literally said she was prettier than a mine. If that wasn't enough of an insult to man-baby's memory she then left for the Undying Lands to persuade the Valar to let the lovestruck dwarf in because Legolas was building a ship to head west and she didn't want the cutest couple in Middle-earth to break up over long distance. Also, the House of Mandos is in the Undying Lands and I think she low key wanted dead man-baby to see who she eventually gave her hair to.

She's one of my favorites.

Creepy Uncle Feanor is one of my favorite little details of the deep Tolkien lore.