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Just caught the first hour of this on Xfinity online. Looks pretty intense, I'm hooked and I'll be there for the whole run. Premiers this Friday at 10:00 pm(ET). They're showing two episodes. I think Starz has another winner with this one.

It took about 15 minutes, but after that I was totally engrossed in the show.
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I read the novel years ago. I've begun it again, with the sequel, World without End, to follow. I hope this production conveys the sense of time and place that Follett created with his story.
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Read the book a LONG time ago. Forgot most of the details. To my amazement, this TV adaptation is very well done. Engrossing with good characters interesting to follow. I'll watch again.
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Period pieces are usually not my thing, but this one got right into some good drama and story. Not bad at all for a first episode. Ian McShane can say more with a look than most actors can with a page of lines. Lots of great characters.
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I found myself surprisingly enraptured by this show. It's no Spartacus, but it's definitely interesting. I am looking forward to the future episodes.
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Tried watching Spartacus for the boobs & stuff. Yeah, I'm a perv. But found it unwatchable.
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Tried watching Spartacus for the boobs & stuff. Yeah, I'm a perv. But found it unwatchable.


To each his or her own..... Many, many people loved watching it and are looking forward to the new season, including the prequel....

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Tried watching Spartacus for the boobs & stuff. Yeah, I'm a perv. But found it unwatchable.

I was on the fence after the first episode and even the second. However from the third episode on I was hooked big-time.
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I was on the fence after the first episode and even the second. However from the third episode on I was hooked big-time.

Same here, it just happened and I got hooked totally, all of a sudden it was must see tv.
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Great Show... The British are soooo good with period pieces.

Their actors seem to do these quite well, probably due to their stage experience.

Spartacus comes from a whole different world.

Sex, violence, and political intrigue were truly part of Roman life. This graphic portrayal makes Spartacus a great series.
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I was going inot this with low expectations as the reviews I had glanced at were not that good. Surpisingly I thought the reviews I saw downplayed it a lot. This show was very good IMO, I thought there was a good blending of action and drama. Looks like Starz may have another small hit as long as it keeps this going.
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There is a very good 30 minute "making of" special on Starz On Demand. It's really interesting stuff, including Ken Follet's cameo appearance in the first episode.
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It felt a bit rushed to me. I know it's a big big book and the many character plotlines had to be established early but it was as if I was watching a music video in spots. Very little breathing space.
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WOW great show. IMO this is going to be the best show of the summer.
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It's available on Netflix streaming too. I'll give anything with Ian McShane in it a chance. I even watched Kings as bad as that was at times
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It's available on Netflix streaming too. I'll give anything with Ian McShane in it a chance. I even watched Kings as bad as that was at times

Me too. That show (Kings) had some problems, but McShane definitely wasn't one of them. He was great.
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It felt a bit rushed to me. I know it's a big big book and the many character plotlines had to be established early but it was as if I was watching a music video in spots. Very little breathing space.

Well figure they only had a short time to introduce the major players and plot lines. IMO for the time frame they had it was very well done. I dont think anyone is going to make a long intro form show unless there are some major changes in the industry. What we saw was about as dragged out as you are going to get without loosing a major portion of the viewers getting border with the slow intros, ect.

Its always interesting when getting a show\\movie from a book, as on video they are under much tighter contraints to tell the story. Even in real life interviews with media its the same. I remember meeting someone "famous" once in a relaxed seetting, mentioning they just had an interview about them done and finding that a 2 hour interview was cut down to about half a page.
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I thought it was pretty good. Will continue to watch.
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If you recorded it on Directv, you better set it to record again, it's listed as 50 minutes in the guide and mine cut off before it was over. It will be shown many times, but if you are waiting and gonna watch it later, you might want to record one of the other showings and pad it. I don't know how much to pad, but the guide lists it as 50 minutes, it runs past that.

What is it with the Directv guide lately.
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If you recorded it on Directv, you better set it to record again, it's listed as 50 minutes in the guide and mine cut off before it was over. It will be shown many times, but if you are waiting and gonna watch it later, you might want to record one of the other showings and pad it. I don't know how much to pad, but the guide lists it as 50 minutes, it runs past that.

What is it with the Directv guide lately.

it wasnt jsut DirectTV, I think Starz messed up itself. The same thing happened with me, luckily though the show is already uploaded to OnDemand so you can watch it there. I have since buffered all my future recordings by 5 minutes just in case this happens again.


EDIT: I should add another very good episode, this show seems to be moving better than Spartacus, but since they only have eight parts to this series I can see why they moving things quickly.
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Finally watched the first 2 shows yesterday,enjoyed both of them looking forward to the rest of the series.

I re-recorded the 2nd one last night,mine cut off early the first time around as well.

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I finally watched the first episodes. I REALLY enjoyed them. The best part about the show, for me, was the builder and what he was going through. When they switched to the whole drama about the king, I was less interested. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.

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I padded the second go around by 10 minutes and got everything just fine.

This is one really good program...

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This is one really good program...

+1, thus far it's the best thing around IMHO.
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Finally watched the first 2 shows yesterday,enjoyed both of them looking forward to the rest of the series.

I re-recorded the 2nd one last night,mine cut off early the first time around as well.

Technically last Fridays show was episode 3 ...Starz put the 1st two episodes together to make one longer episode for the premiere. If you take a look at OnDemand youll see all three there. A little confusing at 1st, but oh well. Its really too bad that we only have 5 more epsiodes of this show .
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I liked the book and like the adaptation. A stretch, but career wise I identify with both Tom thr Builder and Philip the priest or whatever. My last job I founded and ran a high tech company and experienced lots of politics and treachery that went against what we were trying to do. Like Tom I was the get it done guy, engineering, mfg, operations, whatever. And like Philip I had to get folks motivated even after they'd already busted their humps. No indulgences to give out though. Bummer.

As an amateur astronomer, I loved the way Philip mixed astronomy (sunrise) and religious precepts to get the quarry workers on board. True to historical form.
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My wife likes the show but I don't particularly care for it. Glad it's on Netflix streaming though. Nice perk.
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Also available on DirecTV On-Demand, but only in letterboxed SD.
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I've enjoyed what I've seen so far. I get the feeling it's at a crossroads. It could get much better or could circle the drain. Character development has been fast, but fairly well done. I'm in for a few more.

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If you're in for a few more you may as well stay in for the rest as I believe there are only 5 left. I like this show, it's not great but it's good and worth watching.
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