OMGOMGOMGOMG thank you! I saw it had reappeared in my watch list but wasn’t showing “New Episodes” so I ignored it. I will watch and the Mrs will be keen also I think. We loved the first season (which I would never, ever, have watched if she hadn’t - and she only did because she loves Christina Applegate since Married… with children.
“Kill your darlings” is the classic writing advice, and yeah I think that strongly applies to Killing Eve, and indeed a number of succesful but not-as-good-as-they-were British TV shows. Stranger Things is a nuclear-grade example of it, too, as it not only fails to kill its darlings but gives them increasingly ridiculous backstories and so on too.
Personally I finally got around to watching the back half of the first season of Altered Carbon.
I was actually very pleasantly surprised. Some of the bizarre plot changes remain bizarre (Kovacs has a sister? Kovacs killed his dad? Envoys were good guys*?) and it’s somehow more action-y/pulp-y than a pretty damn pulp-noir book (verging on the anime at times), but the show is actually much better than I remembered, with a lot of surprisingly good performances, the outstanding insane-budget sets/FX (I did remember those), and a decent pace. I’m a little scared by Anthony Mackie being the lead in the second series, but he’s kind of the same exact sort of actor as Joel Kinnaman (ripped AF, doesn’t emote a lot, sometimes a bit wooden), and they got a good performance out of Kinnaman, so maybe they will here too? I’m also scared because whichever of the two other books they do next, they’re both completely insane compared to the first one, and would be really easy to screw up. I’ll be interested to see which it is, if either (maybe they’ll do something else entirely, but man I’d love to see the second book, which just has some amazing/hilarious scenes in it - also a lot of terrifying battle-robots).
Oh and Schitt’s Creek as well. I think someone here recommended it, many aeons ago. It’s actually like, really good-natured which I did not expect and totally love. I particularly love David (of course, though I feel like we need to discuss fabrics, and he needs to sit down before the discussion starts). I thought it would be a mean-spirited comedy that like sneered at the rich and the poor, but in fact it’s quite nice about everyone, though I think it can go a bit heavy on making characters obtuse (it seems to be a character trait of about 50% of the characters at this point). But everyone gets a chance to do something decent/nice, even the ultra-annoying mayor and everyone seems human.
* = Also that specific change, that they were from Harlan’s World, and good guys, means it makes zero sense that everyone knows who they are. They should be an obscure rebel faction who never achieved anything and indeed whose entire existence could have been (and likely would have been) covered up. Whereas in the books they’re an scary elite who work for the Protectorate, and everyone should know who they were. The show has everyone know who they are, but for no explicable reason.