Netfix Recommendations

Here are my recommendations for Netflix. Your mileage may vary….


Luther–  Nobody does brooding detective shows better than the BBC.
Daredevil– A blind, vigilante lawyer somehow it works.
Luke Cage– One the best Marvel series.
Sherlock– The BBC gets Sherlock Holmes.
Jessica Jones– Another good Marvel series.
The Fall– Creepy and great.
Peaky Blinders– Period crime piece.
The Crown– Royal drama.
The Defenders– Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones team up. Iron Fist shows up too.
Better Call Saul– Great prequel/sequel to Breaking Bad.
Turn– Revolutionary War spy drama.
The People vs OJ Simpson– Cuba Gooding as OJ,
House of Cards– Chilling.
Narcos– The Godfather in Columbia.
Stranger Things– Horror in the set in the 1980’s.
Marvel Agents of Shield– Comic book action, awesome guy names Phil (Lol)
Gotham– A different take on comic book world.
Atypical– A deals with a their autistic son.
Last Chance U– Interesting reality TV football drama.
Broadchurch– The BBC rock police shows.
Boss– Really good, cancelled before conclusion.

It Depends

Iron Fist– Maybe Marvel is running out ideas, not horrible but not great.
Sens8– Interesting premise, series cancelled final movie to wrap up loose ends on the way.
Marco Polo– Cancelled before conclusion.
Orange is the New Black– Early seasons good, later seasons not so much.
Master of None– Hit or miss.
Lillyhammer– a thinly veiled sequel to the Sopranos.
Longmire– Old style cop show.
Black Mirror– Hit or miss.
Making a Murderer– Not exactly even handed.
Orphan Black– Early seasons great, later seasons not so much.


The Discovery– train wreck.
Borgia– Insufferable, the end I was rooting for everybody to get wiped out.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt– Everybody like this but me.

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Battlestar Galactica- Stay on target…

A few years ago I got my hands on the Series Bible for Battlestar Galactica (BSG).  As a huge fan of the show and writing it was a huge deal for me.  How did it come into my possession?  The tried and true relative of a friend with connections route.  To protect my sources, I was reluctant to write about but now since it’s been leaked to the internet and seeing that I’m re-watching the series on DVD, now seems to be a good time.

What is a series bible?  A series bible is a document written to guide for directors of episodes as they move through the Galactica universe.  Producers Ronald Moore and David Eick can’t oversee every element of show development and the series bible is particularly important at the beginning of a series.  Once a show a has run for 15 or 20 episodes it’s much easier for a directors to know the tone of the show and understand what it’s about.

Ronald Moore made his name with Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG).  He was responsible for some of my favorite episodes that delved into Worf’s dishonor and redemption.  He also worked in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) and briefly on Star Trek: Voyager (Voyager).  Star Trek starting to lose me during the run of the DS9 and completely lost me during Voyager.  But what I remember the most about Moore, was his self- criticism during the DVD commentary of Star Trek: Generations.  While commentary tracks gloss over problems, Moore was candid that limitations from the studio greatly hampered the screenplay.  It was refreshing to hear a writer speak so candidly about a high profile project.

When I heard that Moore was helping to develop the new Battlestar Galactica for the SciFi channel I had high hopes that is wouldn’t be the typical schlock peddled by the network.

I was not disappointed,  The BSG miniseries was everything that the original Galactica wasn’t- serious, edgy, and relevant.  But could the tone be maintained?  The series bible helped the the early episode “stay on target” and continue to deliver.

Right out of the gate Moore sets the bar high, “Our goal in nothing less than the reinvention of the science fiction television series.”

Over the next 49 pages sets out the BSG back story and indentifies the elements that will drive the show.

Character driven stories.  No techno-babble.  No alien of the week.  The characters of BSG “…are you and me.” 

The people of BSG “…[are]  deeply flawed, deeply human characters.  They are not, by nature, innately heroic or noble creatures.”  Their actions will have repercussions that carry on from one episode to the next- there is no magical reset switch in the BSG universe, a constant gripe about various incarnations of Star Trek.

Looking back on BSG, I believe the series bible was a key element in its success.  If you’re a BSG fan I highly recommend you track down a copy.

If you’re a writer I recommend you read it to see a great example of how to set boundaries for a project.

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Battlestar Galactica- The missing dvd THE PLAN found!

I was a huge fan of both the original Battlestar Galactica (1978) and love the re-imagined series (2004-2009).  Recently I purchased the box set of the full series and have decided to review the episodes and re-watch the show from beginning to end.

I was excited to finally purchase this set at Best Buy when it was re-released last month (April, 2010).

The only bad news was that I couldn’t find “The Plan” although it was advertised to be included in the set.  I fired off an email to NBC Universal to find out what the deal was.  A few days later I got a reply:

Battlestar Galactica Complete Series DVD

Discussion Thread
Response (Jeremy) – 05/10/2010 03:52 PM
Dear Phil,

Thank you for your email. Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in responding to your inquiry.

I have been informed that “The Plan” is in fact included on this set on Season Four, Disc #4. I sincerely apologize for any confusion. If you need any further assistance, please let me know.

Best regards,

Customer Service

So I checked and lo and behold the season four, Disc #4 case was a double dvd box with “The Plan.”

So to summarize, The Plan IS included in the new series box set but is not listed on the outside packaging.

I hope this helps everyone!

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