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    Ray Donovan

    Anybody watching this? It's been going for a couple years I believe but I'm just 4 episodes in. I'm enjoying it though. Liev Schreiber plays a bad ass Hollywood fixer to the stars. His father (Jon Voight) gets released from prison after 20 years and arrives on Donavans doorstep to wreck havoc.

    I've never really noticed Shreiber before but he's impressively Manly in this. All brooding stares and long silences. Makes him a bit one note which may turn out to be a problem for the show but Voight's so much fun as his scumbag dad that four episodes I'm not too bothered by it yet. There's a serious problem with the set up here in that Voight is just able to move in with Donavan's wife and kids who welcome him with open arms. The guys been in prison twenty years for murder! You'd be a bit circumpect around a guy like that... The kids would never have met him and, given the way Donanvan feels about his dad, it's very hard to believe his wife would know him at all. It's hard to get past that...

    Still if you can the plotting gets more solid. Subplots introduced in the pilot look like they get left to run for a while but I'm hoping they get refreshed over the next few episodes. Anyway... Worth checking out would be my opinion though I don't vouch for it in any serious way yet.

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    Found the first season on DVD dirt cheap just now, so I bought it based on this thread. Will let you know what I thought of it when I've gotten around to seeing it.
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    I recently bought it based on the recommendation of Clive in this thread. Haven't got round to starting it yet, though.
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    Had a serious binge session of this last night and got through the rest of the season. Verdict: Top show. Super grim, if you sit down and think about it, but always fun which is a good trick if you can pull it off. Builds really nicely. I had thought it was more episodic than it is but it's only telling the one story and it puts it together well. Seems a bit slow at first but that's cause you don't know much to begin with but it keeps teasing out a little bit more information with each episode so you're always learning something about the family. Going to hunt odown season 2.
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    Got my DVD in the mail today. Gonna get on this soon.
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    3 episodes in.

    I like it. There are howerver issues:

    1. I fucking hate Boston accents. The entire northwestern U.S. need to be sent to re-educational camps and learn how to speak like proper human beings.

    2. The tempo. The last 10 minutes of episode 2 is already turning into one of those "filler with Music" ending type deals. I can stant that for maybe 2-3 minutes to get an episode up to the time required, but not the last ten.

    3. Ray Donovans wife is such an unspympathetic and annoying idiot that I cannot take her seriously. Why would Ray even be married to such an annoying cunt?

    4. The whole "Hollywood Studio" subplots feel so done and meh. It is like a dumber version of that exact same thing on Entourage.

    That said, I am liking it thus far. Lets see how this turns out as I progress with my viewing.
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    Finnished the first season this afternoon. I liked it. Didn't love it, but I felt it was worth the watch. I felt Ray ought to have shot both his dad and his wife and dumped them in the desert, but hey.... every series needs its annoying characters. Also, my scenario would have been a bit much for american TV audiences most likely.
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    Season Two hits Blu-ray 5/26/15.

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    Ian, could you use your super admin powers to correct the spelling in the thread title? Don't know why I thought it was Donavan... must be the Bahston accents...
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Silly Swede View Post
    1. I fucking hate Boston accents. The entire northwestern U.S. need to be sent to re-educational camps and learn how to speak like proper human beings.
    Well fuck you, ya hahhhd-on.

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