Hidden Gems of Apple TV+

I’m calculating the best time to resub to Apple TV. In the meantime Monarch: Legacy of Monsters’ first episode is up and (as I keep forgetting is the case) the first episode is free to watch, which I am now doing.

Edit: Ok, that was a tactical error. Great first episode. Apple TV re-up imminent.

Monarch is gorgeous but I'm not yet sold on the story.

I’m watching Godzilla to remind myself what happened.

Planned on binging all 3 episodes that were out. And then I was super disappointed to find out there were only 2 and it was telling me that the 3rd will be out soon. I'll admit I've never been a huge Godzilla fan so don't know any other stories or really have anything to compare it to so I'm just enjoying it for what it is.

The 2014 Godzilla is well worth watching and provides a lot of context (the trailer below might be too spoilery for you.) Godzilla: King of the Monsters isn’t supposed to be very good, although I haven’t seen it. I disliked King Kong: Skull Island the first time I saw it because it felt so unnecessary but I’ve since grown to enjoy it. Godzilla vs King Kong is, in particular, a rigorous work out for your suspension of disbelief.

King of the Monsters doesn't care if it's good or not because it's too busy being awesome.

It was a great matinee show at the nice theater, but I have no idea how well the spectacle holds up at home.

New episodes of For All Mankind are good but at this point it’s starting to get depressing comparing the recent past history of the show to real life.

Curry’s, a store in the UK, was offering ‘Up to Five Months’ Apple TV+ with certain purchases. That included Spider-Man 2, which I was resisting buying until the price dropped. As five months would be two thirds of the game’s price I went for it. I did wonder if ‘Up to’ meant I’d only get one or two months in reality but, sure enough, they gave me all five (and two months of Apple Arcade.)

I’m well pleased. I was soooo close to resubbing anyway.

Watched season 2 of Foundation and really liked it. I liked season one but two was better. Pretty much liked everything about this season. The new actors were great. The special effects looked good. Loving the story.

A little thing I like was a mother being younger than her daughter because space travel. Thought they handle the situation well. The robot situation was really good. She has a weird mother thing going on also. Han Solo was cool and Becky was good a Chewy.

Episode 3 of Slow Horses here I come.

Looks like you're a slow slow horses watcher watcher.

My wife and I finished the third season of The Morning Show, and it definitely is one of my current favorite shows. I have loved every episode of every season, and can't wait for season four to arrive, even though it is going to take a while.

The announcement of the Murderbot TV show made me reassess Apple TV (I've always disliked Apple products, which shouldn't make any difference to a streaming service, but there we are), and I decided subbing at least for a little while to watch Slow Horses, Foundation, the Godzilla TV show and For All Mankind made sense, especially over Christmas.

Slow Horses is very good - we stayed up way too late and got halfway through episode 3. My daughter is very into Olivia Cooke, so it was an easy sell for her (she may get angry if her character gets killed or put on a bus).

Monarch is surprisingly good as is For All Mankind, but the standout show on the platform for me has been Severence.

I didn’t get on with Severance but I can see the quality. It was almost too real for me.

For all Mankind is deceptive. It seems like it’s sticking to old, uncomfortable ground at first but stick with it.

My wife and I are three episodes into Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, and I can't express how amazing I think the show is.

DudleySmith wrote:

(I've always disliked Apple products, which shouldn't make any difference to a streaming service, but there we are)

No love for Apple in general, but I feel happier, almost compelled, to subscribe and support Apple TV over Netflix and others because they don’t seem to be in the habit of prematurely ending ambitious, promising shows.

Their hardware also doesn't include Automatic Content Recognition, unlike pretty much every other streaming device and smart TV out there.

Kurrelgyre wrote:

Their hardware also doesn't include Automatic Content Recognition, unlike pretty much every other streaming device and smart TV out there.

I had no idea what this was but I just looked it up, this seems like a good thing to me. Am I missing something?

Yes he was saying it is a good thing Apple doesn’t use ACR. I support Apple as they are better on privacy than most companies out there.

Got it. Apple's privacy policies are why I tend to gravitate to them as well.

Watched Killers of Sacred Moon which was a long over 3 hours movie but not boring. I seen it describe as a dark comedy. I didn't find anything funny about. I thought it was mostly depressing and oppressive. That is not to say I didn't like the movie. I thought it was great but wouldn't say I enjoyed it. Watching 3 hours of people getting victimized weighs on you.

I give the movie 8.5 evil people that deserved to burn in hell out of 10. Comedy? Do I have no sense of humor?

Had this at 9 but dropping it to 8.5. One bad point was the story wasn't told from the native american perspective. We learn nothing about why were these people taken in by these evil people. Everything is through the the eyes of evil white guy.

I finished Monarch: Legacy of Monsters over the weekend, and I found it thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to to end.

I'll have to give that a look at some point.

I can't decide if -1 has put me in the mood for more Godzilla, or if it's ruined me for anything else...

I also really enjoyed it. It has a different feel to the other MonsterVerse stuff - they spend a lot more effort on the human characters, and the monsters are more like plot points within the humans' stories. That may or may not be what you want, but the focus is different.

Mario_Alba wrote:

I finished Monarch: Legacy of Monsters over the weekend, and I found it thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to to end. :)

Same. Looking forward to more.

I watched the first episode of Masters of the Air. They do an incredible job of conveying just how difficult it was to be in those planes and how vulnerable they all were.

Oh geez. They made a Live-action version of the Drops of God manga. Awesome.

Masters of the Air Part 5 is a stand out in an already excellent show.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Watched Killers of Sacred Moon which was a long over 3 hours movie but not boring. I seen it describe as a dark comedy. I didn't find anything funny about. I thought it was mostly depressing and oppressive. That is not to say I didn't like the movie. I thought it was great but wouldn't say I enjoyed it. Watching 3 hours of people getting victimized weighs on you.

I give the movie 8.5 evil people that deserved to burn in hell out of 10. Comedy? Do I have no sense of humor?

Had this at 9 but dropping it to 8.5. One bad point was the story wasn't told from the native american perspective. We learn nothing about why were these people taken in by these evil people. Everything is through the the eyes of evil white guy.

I believe you meant Killers of Flower Moon. If so that wasn't a comedy at all. I had read the book and just watched the movie. It is depressing and oppressive.

The book explains, in much more detail, why and how the Osage were taken advantage of.

Yeah Flower Moon. I made that mistake a few times.

On a different note I watched Snoopy Presents Welcome Home Franklin. Very wholesome standard Charlie Brown stuff. I'm not a big charlie brown fan. I like him better when he is acting in Dragon Ball.

The old gang show up but only for cameos. This is all Franklin and some Charlie Brown. I did like the show for the most part but probably got more enjoyment imagining as a Punisher Spoof because the name is close to Welcome Back Frank. Snoop Dog Presents Welcome Back Franklin. Franklin is back and he is out for blood. Lucy has taken over the town and it is up to Franklin Castle to bring her reign of terror to a end.

No? Just me huh.