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Taboo

Postby Darrell » Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:52 am

Anybody watch Taboo on FX? Wow, fascinating show IMO. Made by the BBC, it's got voodoo, incest, blood and guts, the East India Company and intrigue, all in early 1800s England. Tom Hardy stars in it. The finale/season finale aired last night, I gather they're talking about two more seasons now.
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Re: Taboo

Postby Jered » Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:15 am

So, it's like Game of Thrones, but with gunpowder, and without dragons?
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Re: Taboo

Postby Darrell » Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:07 am

Well, gunpowder does play a role in the plot, yes.
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Re: Taboo

Postby skb12172 » Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:11 pm

Darrell wrote:Well, gunpowder does play a role in the plot, yes.


Is there also Treason?
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Re: Taboo

Postby rightisright » Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:08 am

Am I the only one who has never seen Game of Thrones?

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Re: Taboo

Postby scipioafricanus » Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:12 am

rightisright wrote:Am I the only one who has never seen Game of Thrones?

I wanted to when I saw Sean Bean was in it, then didn't have HBO anymore. Then he dies (he is always Richard Sharpe to me)... so I didn't care.
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Re: Taboo

Postby MarkD » Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:15 am

rightisright wrote:Am I the only one who has never seen Game of Thrones?


No you're not. I wanted to read it I am NOT paying those prices for a Kindle book.

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Re: Taboo

Postby Netpackrat » Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:23 am

rightisright wrote:Am I the only one who has never seen Game of Thrones?


No.
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Re: Taboo

Postby Darrell » Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:51 am

Taboo has nothing to do with GOT. It is a very dark, gritty look at two sides of 1814 England--the upper crust of the East India Company, plus the Crown, vs. that of dirty, waterside London, with a little War of 1812 mixed in, with bits of slavery, African voodoo and incest thrown into the mix. It's the story of a man who was on an illicit slavers' ship, was then a slave in Africa, who then returned to London with a personal mission to accomplish.

As for GOT: I have read all the books, and grown pretty tired of them--they're an ordeal to read anymore. I have never sat down and watched the shows, but have seen many of the high points on Youtube. I think the shows have outrun the books.

The two things the shows do have in common--Oona Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin's grand daughter), the foxy brunette who played Robb Stark's squeeze/bride on GOT. She plays Tom Hardy's half sister on Taboo. The second is the head of the East India Company, played by the same guy (Jonathan Pryce) who played the High Sparrow on GOT.

A bit off topic, perhaps, but I've noticed the insular nature of British actors and actresses--quite a few of them seen on Game of Thrones can also be seen on Doctor Who reruns.
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Re: Taboo

Postby randy » Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:30 am

rightisright wrote:Am I the only one who has never seen Game of Thrones?


Nope. Nor read the books.

I do get amusement from fans all up in arms about characters being killed off. I could have told them that was in the works since reading one of Martin's early stories in Analog in the 70's, which ends with the protagonist going to meet his antagonist on the dueling grounds knowing there was zero chance of survival. It's what he does.
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Re: Taboo

Postby Vonz90 » Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:41 pm

rightisright wrote:Am I the only one who has never seen Game of Thrones?


No you are not, but then again I don't watch TV generally.

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Re: Taboo

Postby Weetabix » Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:57 pm

rightisright wrote:Am I the only one who has never seen Game of Thrones?

What is that? Some kind of bathroom drinking game?

I don't watch TV unless you count watching an old series with my kids on Netflix.

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Re: Taboo

Postby Windy Wilson » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:07 am

skb12172 wrote:
Darrell wrote:Well, gunpowder does play a role in the plot, yes.


Is there also Treason?

all the more reason that it should not be forgotten.
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