Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
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I'm currently watching Kings (for the first time) and am enjoying it a lot, even though I already know that it's one of those doomed series that ended before their time had come. It's intelligently written, it's largely got good to great actors and it's the perfect series to fill the hole left by Battlestar Galactica when that one ended.
At the same time, though, it's a series that could have been better. While some of the actors are pitch perfect (e.g. McShane, Cox, Baker, Walker), some are mediocre at best (and next to their betters come across as downright bad at times). It also feels like a series that should've been on HBO (or at least the idealised HBO that never existed, that let Deadwood, Rome and Carnivale finish their stories). It should have been possible for them to use whatever language they deemed necessary; I'm not saying it should've been saturated with "cocksuckers", so to speak, but they should have been able to make use of it when it fits. The cast should've been more consistently good to great. The episodes shouldn't have been tied to the standard TV 'hour' length which is closer to 42 minutes. And chances are that an audience reared on series as the ones mentioned above would've been more willing to watch the series.
What other series are there that are good, but that weren't able to live up to their potential for one reason or another? That would've been perfect, if only the star had been a better actor? If only the production values had been higher? If only they didn't have to deliver 20+ episodes per season? If only they'd ended after the fifth season, because everything that followed just wasn't as good?