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#1 OFFLINE   phrelin

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 11:53 AM

Anyone else watching this series on Wednesdays on NBC? It isn't bad though it has been a bit more "James Bond meets The Unit" than "The Millionaire", particularly episode 3 last week's episode in Paris.

Episodes 1 & 2 are being repeated on USA Monday night/Tuesday morning depending on time zone.

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#2 OFFLINE   bicker1

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 02:10 PM

It is a pretty show. I can't say much more than that. It's not bad, it's not great though.

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 08:10 PM

As usual Phrelin, you and I are watching the same shows. I also enjoyed it, but I thought with all the money Rist has, he could have come up with a better way to track the younger sisiter in Moldava (or wherever) and the same with finding the safe house. Can't he buy some high-tech electronics stuff? And shouldn't he have a better bodyguard/go-to guy? Maybe an ex SF guy or something that could do more shady stuff to help him out like he needed in Burma or Paris? I also don't think the actors portraying his partner and the partner's wife have chemistry. He, on the other hand, has good chemistry with the partner's wife.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 09:28 AM

I caught the first couple, but was not really feeling it. They're building up on my DVR -- not sure I'll continue to watch though.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 04:52 PM

It's fallen out of our main rotation, now. We might catch up with it mid-September, just before the new season starts.

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 06:41 AM

I think the show plays to the "what we would like to be if we had that kind of money" in us.

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 08:16 AM

I've been recording the show but haven't watched any episodes yet. I'm waiting to see if it will stick around to start watching it.
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Posted 20 July 2009 - 09:08 AM

I don't believe there is really much intention of the show "sticking around". It's a summer show. It'll last the summer. It probably won't be picked up for a second series.

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 04:32 PM

I don't believe there is really much intention of the show "sticking around". It's a summer show. It'll last the summer. It probably won't be picked up for a second series.


by sticking around I meant lasting the summer... So far it's only at 4 episodes, I wouldn't invest time in it unless I knew it was going to 10.
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Posted 21 July 2009 - 04:48 PM

Hmm... I didn't really get the impression that the show was serial in that way. We've seen two or three episodes. We may watch a few more episodes in September, and maybe a few more in December.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 07:19 AM

Hmm... I didn't really get the impression that the show was serial in that way. We've seen two or three episodes. We may watch a few more episodes in September, and maybe a few more in December.


I didn't say or imply that it was serial... I'm simply not going to start watching a new show until it has proven it will be around for at least a season. I'm not going to invest my time in a show that is canceled after 5 episodes whether it's serial or not.

I waited until Leverage had aired it's entire first season before I watched a single episode. I waited until I knew the last 2 episodes of Harper's Island were going to air before I started watching it. I'll be waiting for Dark Blue to finish this season before I watch a single episode, and so on...

The only TV Series I will start watching from the beginning are shows on Showtime or HBO because I know they won't cancel halfway thru the season...
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 09:53 AM

Okay, I just found that interesting. For me, I'll watch anything, even if it is just one episode, if it isn't serial (i.e., doesn't leave the viewers hanging), and is entertaining. If there are more episodes, that's good too.

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 01:46 PM

Thank you hulu.com. I missed the first four episodes of this show and it now has a SL set up. Good show.
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Posted 23 July 2009 - 08:22 PM

I'm still on the fence. Not really sure if I like this show or not.....It just has not reached out and grabbed me as yet.

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 04:02 AM

It's running out of time to do so. :)

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 07:55 PM

I've got 8 episodes of this recorded.


Start watching OR delete?

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 16 August 2009 - 08:22 PM

I've got 8 episodes of this recorded.


Start watching OR delete?


My opinion is delete.

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 09:18 PM

Awwww, Really? :)

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 03:04 AM

What's the alternative? If you'd be watching The Listener instead, then don't delete: Watch The Philanthropist.

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 10:54 AM

I kinda liked The Philanthropist. I'd change my description from "James Bond meets The Unit" to "Bill Gates imagines himself as James Bond." But I kinda liked it.

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 11:20 AM

I just did not like the naivete of the main character. He seemed to think he and his money (by themselves) could solve the world's problems. And his way was always the right way. The best episode was the one with the former leader of Burma (Myanmar) because she would not answer his question about which was better for her people. And he had to really think.

I also take personal offense to the numerous shows that portray veterans as so screwed up that they commit crimes. I have not seen one incident of that in real life. The young Marine committing ID theft and everything he did and justifying with his fear of deployment and the loss of his brother? BS. Every Marine I know would have turned the wallet in immediately.

There are so many possilities for using veterans in storylines that don't have to involve them as cowards or messed up psychos, but I have yet to see one.

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 12:56 PM

I just did not like the naivete of the main character. He seemed to think he and his money (by themselves) could solve the world's problems. And his way was always the right way. The best episode was the one with the former leader of Burma (Myanmar) because she would not answer his question about which was better for her people. And he had to really think.

I also take personal offense to the numerous shows that portray veterans as so screwed up that they commit crimes. I have not seen one incident of that in real life. The young Marine committing ID theft and everything he did and justifying with his fear of deployment and the loss of his brother? BS. Every Marine I know would have turned the wallet in immediately.

There are so many possilities for using veterans in storylines that don't have to involve them as cowards or messed up psychos, but I have yet to see one.

Well, I was uncomfortable with that one until the end when
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There are vets who do have psych problems wandering amidst the adventurous kids thumbing there way up and down Highway 101, something I'm also uncomfortable with. Though apparently I'm not uncomfortable enough to do anything for them, I'm ashamed to admit. My mother's church in the Salinas Valley does try to help them.

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 08:56 PM

What's the alternative? If you'd be watching The Listener instead, then don't delete: Watch The Philanthropist.



I was going to probably watch this or Dark Blue. So far, I'm liking the Philanthropists chances. Either one, I'd watch late at night while surfing the internet at the same time, so the third alternative would be SportCenter or Poker Shows or Letterman or American Chopper reruns.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 18 August 2009 - 02:41 AM

We felt Dark Blue was too dark. We didn't finish the first episode.




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