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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2020 9:15 p.m. PST

… You Were Expecting.

"The Watch is here. But it's not a version of Ankh-Morpork's infamous guard that you might have been envisioning when news of a new Discworld show first popped up.

BBC America has dropped the first official pictures from The Watch, an eight-episode series that takes the characters of Ankh-Morpork's City Watch, first introduced in Terry Pratchett's beloved Guards! Guards! and since went on to star in a series of their own Discworld novels, as they navigate attempting to bring some semblance of law and order to a very lawless and disorderly wonder of a city. But while Discworld might be couched in a more traditional fantasy aesthetic, The Watch looks like a mish-mash of weird, industrial-revolution era history and a more modern sense of style…"

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dilettante Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2020 10:17 p.m. PST

If this had nothing to do with Terry Pratchett's Night Watch AT ALL, it might be interesting. As is,I'll be giving this mess a miss.

dilettante Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2020 10:18 p.m. PST

But I thank you for the warning.

newarch18 Jan 2020 5:51 a.m. PST

'But while Discworld might be couched in a more traditional fantasy aesthetic, The Watch looks like a mish-mash of weird, industrial-revolution era history and a more modern sense of style…'

That's been written by someone who's never read a Discworld novel in their life. The books especially the later ones develop the setting from a traditional fantasy type setting to a Victorian/industrial setting, especially the Moist Von Lipwig series.

That said I'm a bit concerned that they couldn't have kept Cheery as a dwarf, surely it's sizish to recast him (Dwarves don't use the female pronoun) as a man. Sybil looks miscast too, she is supposed to be rather large and robust in the books

Nightwatch is the best Discworld novel imo so they'd better not Bleeped text it up.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2020 11:44 a.m. PST

Glup!….


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Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2020 4:51 p.m. PST

Not sure I need a review from an unvetted source. If it shows up on one of our streaming services we'll definitely watch one episode. Then we'll watch more or not based on that. Not sure a review could make us not watch it, nor watch more than a couple if we don't like it. A perfect review from the right source might make us go out of the way to see it, but that would not be gawker.

Bigby Wolf18 Jan 2020 6:05 p.m. PST

Slightly concerned at any BBC involvement (even BBC America), but I'll defo watch the first episode, because Marama Corlett!

newarch19 Jan 2020 2:29 a.m. PST

Now I think about it, both the Hogfather and Going Postal used pretty much the same design aesthetic for this new series. As did Paul Kidby who took over the role of cover illustrator for the books in the mid 00s.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2020 3:43 p.m. PST

Bigby Wolf… dude! (smile)

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Mithmee04 Feb 2020 6:07 p.m. PST

Okay first thing this is being done by the BBC and they all driven more by Social Agendas then presenting the real story.

So what BBC has done is create something that has nothing to do with Discworld at all.

I can see this being nothing but total trash and should never be watched at all.

Mithmee04 Feb 2020 6:09 p.m. PST

Nightwatch is the best Discworld novel imo so they'd better not Bleeped text it up.

This is being done by BBC and these days you can expect them to totally trash it.

They can no longer be trusted.

Mithmee04 Feb 2020 6:10 p.m. PST

Nightwatch is the best Discworld novel imo so they'd better not Bleeped text it up.

This is being done by BBC and these days you can expect them to totally trash it.

They can no longer be trusted.

It is not doing well but this is ticking off real fans.

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Oh and that video is probably not safe for work.

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