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    Clearing out the PVR

    2011 - 01.16

    Thanks to a lack of new TV, some reruns, some pre-empted shows, and failed attempts to record things, we’ve been cleaning out the PVR a little bit.  So far we’ve finished out Boardwalk Empire (HBO) and Rubicon (AMC).

    Boardwalk Empire: set mostly in Atlantic City during prohibition, quite different from your typical show, but it does have an interesting balance of morality, corruption, truth, sexuality, violence and transcendence.  Worth watching, although it does have its weak moments.  It will be returning for a second season, so we’ll see if they can keep it up.

    Rubicon: set in New York with a twisting conspiracy laden storyline, this was a very interesting show, with a good cast.  Unfortunately it was the conspiracies which were epic and sweeping and not so much the show.  I guess that’s the problem when you follow analysts and not agents in a “spy” show.  That said, what really held me (us?) back from loving this show was struggles with the feed, frequent compression (visual) and audio issues on AMC, forcing us to often tape each episode multiple times in order to find a copy which was watchable.  I would really have liked to see where they would have gone with a second season, but this Rubicon has been cancelled.

    Now we are working on Merlin (Space) which leaves a few others: Spartacus: Blood and Sand (Movie Central), Durham County Seasons 2 & 3 (Movie Central).  Speaking of Space, that’s a channel that definitely needs an HD counterpart, so someone get on that now, mkthanks (as Karin says sometimes).