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RE: The Watch - Discworld series

Robee J Shepherd (undefined) posted this on Thursday, 1st July 2021, 21:39

I'm used to these all being on Sky. I really enjoyed the books about Grimes and co, must remember to give this a go.


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RE: The Watch - Discworld series

Snaps (Elite) posted this on Thursday, 1st July 2021, 21:57

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"must remember to give this a go."

Eight minutes into episode one.
Don't rush.
I may go back to it after a beer but it has none, zero, zilch, a complete absence of, anything you'd recognise as Terry Pratchett.

It is to Discworld and The Watch as Plan Nine from Outer Space is to Star Wars.




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RE: The Watch - Discworld series

Pete-MK (Elite Donator) posted this on Friday, 2nd July 2021, 07:58

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"it's apparently not great"

I've yet to see a Pratchett adaptation that passed muster. Possibly Going Postal, but Hogfather & Colour of Magic just had something about them that just didn't 'pop'.


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RE: The Watch - Discworld series

Snaps (Elite) posted this on Friday, 2nd July 2021, 13:27

As good as David Jason is he was nothing like a decent casting for Rincewind in Colour of Magic.

Hogfather I thought was better and came quite close.

Going Postal absolutely nailed it for me.

A beer was not enough to tempt me back to The Watch.
Maybe sometime just out of curiosity but I don't see me watching the whole series.

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RE: The Watch - Discworld series

Jitendar Canth (Reviewer) posted this on Friday, 2nd July 2021, 17:11

I quite enjoyed it... once I got past some glaring miscasting, accepted that it's a Discworld adaptation in name only, and turned the subtitles on because I can't understand what half of the actors say...

I'll give episode 2 a try next.

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RE: The Watch - Discworld series

Pete-MK (Elite Donator) posted this on Friday, 2nd July 2021, 21:13

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"As good as David Jason is he was nothing like a decent casting for Rincewind in Colour of Magic."

Maybe the DOS game skewed my biases, but no-one but Eric Idle would have been perfect for the role.

Just given it a go and paused for the time being halfway through episode one. The biggest issue here is that you can't suddenly 're-imagine' a universe that's been established in the minds of the faithful for the last 30+ years and expect it to work. I'll probably continue watching over the the next week and give a proper view, but thus far, style over content. It's too well established to get a modern makeover.

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RE: The Watch - Discworld series

Snaps (Elite) posted this on Friday, 2nd July 2021, 23:41

I can see why Eric Idle but I think there would be too much Python.
Equally mad but not Discworld mad.

To be honest I can see why David Jason from Sky's point of view. A well known name carrying a large degree of affection already from previous roles.

Personally I think they'd have been better off with a relative unknown that could take the character without the baggage.

Your summation of The Watch nails it pretty well, at least from the eight mins I managed.

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RE: The Watch - Discworld series

Robee J Shepherd (undefined) posted this on Saturday, 3rd July 2021, 07:25

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"Personally I think they'd have been better off with a relative unknown that could take the character without the baggage."

You mispelt luggage!


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RE: The Watch - Discworld series

Jitendar Canth (Reviewer) posted this on Saturday, 10th July 2021, 17:14

Stuck with it through to the end, and it's a hard one to categorise. I kind of liked it, once I kept constantly reminding myself that it wasn't what I expected. It felt like they tried too hard, each episode doing its own thing, like they tried to cram all of Discworld into one series.

A loose adaptation of Guards Guards, it had its moments, hit the right beats, but it ended on such an obvious play for a second season, that the conclusion was an utter disappointment, not a triumph.

I'm currently reading Monstrous Regiment, and Vimes and co make an appearance. I tried seeing the TV characters in the book, and they just don't fit. It's like squeezing a square peg into a round hole.

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