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Re: A Very Secret Service - Netflix TV show
« Reply #20 on: September 14, 2018, 05:26:57 PM »
Only a couple of episodes in, but loving this show. Funny, very un-pc and some great sets and clothes


It's nice to have you back, doc! At the risk of hijacking the thread... did you like the Gene Clark's record? At first listening, the obvious demo quality of the recordings was an unwelcome distraction, but it has grown on me. In fact, I'd say almost half of the songs merit inclusion in the GC's canon (to name a couple personal favourites: "Doctor, doctor" and "7:30 mode"), and the rest aren't half bad. Of course, he was at the peak of his vocal form, so song quality aside it's a pleasure to hear him sing.

I'll keep this brief, as we have hijacked the wrong thread. Like you, I thought it was a little hit and miss in terms of the songs themselves, but Gene does sound wonderful throughout. Final note; in case you didn't catch it last time around, bbc4 (I think, will confirm) are showing The Byrd Who Flew Alone again on Saturday 22nd September. I'm guessing you can get the iplayer online.

P.S thanks for the welcome back. I've been lurking but been hugely distracted with work and some domestic issues of late, things settling down again now


I'll check that out, doc, thanks for the heads up. Hope those domestic issues will turn out fine.

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Re: A Very Secret Service - Netflix TV show
« Reply #21 on: September 27, 2018, 10:47:10 AM »
Well, I've finished watching "A very secret service" second and (presumably) last season and I think it has all the ingredients to become a cult series in a few years: good production values and settings (even the Algerian locations look like an old postcard), good scripts, crazy jokes, outstanding acting (it's hard to highlight just a performer, everyone is spot-on, but the guys playing Calot and Mercaillon are superb), that most welcome un-PC-ness and a sort of dark undercurrent that make things more interesting.

We have a saying in Spain that goes: "lo bueno si breve dos veces bueno" (roughly: the good, if brief, twice as good), so maybe the producers should leave it at that, but if not here are some suggestions for next chapters (spoilers alert):

- Mercaillon wasn't dead after all and devises an evil plan to marry Merlaux's mother and get rid of him.

- The Beatles arrive in Paris -well, it'd be a leap from 1961 to 1964- and the team has to protect them, with most inept outcomings.

- Merlaux marries Marie-Jo, with the mandatory "pot" afterwards.

- Moulinier and Irene resume their affaire.

- Clayborn returns to the service, for no other reason that she's too beautiful to be kept away of season 3.

- Schmid of course dies and is replaced by himself under another disguise and name.