The Deuce

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Postby duckyhoward on Wed May 31, 2017 11:40 pm

The Deuce is an upcoming American television drama series set in and around Times Square, New York. Created and written by author and former police reporter David Simon along with frequent collaborator George Pelecanos,

The Deuce tells the story of the legalization and ensuing rise of the porn industry in New York beginning in the 1970s. Themes explored include the rise of HIV, the violence of the drug epidemic and the resulting real estate booms and busts that coincided with the change.

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In New York, the number of those with HIV is rising and the violence of the drug epidemic is worsening. Twin brothers, Vincent and Frankie Martino, become fronts for the Mob while operating out of Times Square, which is also the home of "Candy", a sex worker who turns to the now legal emerging porn industry.


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Postby artberry on Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:44 pm

finally a show about pooping
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Postby Codeblue on Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:02 pm

James Franco? Oof.
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Postby dryerase on Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:24 am

First episode was okay- I tended to be more interested in how they portrayed 1970's NYC than the story or characters. They've put a lot of effort into getting the sets and exterior shots to look like that grimy underbelly that's long gone. Franco playing twin brothers is a bit off-putting, but his acting doesn't bother me as much as it seems to bother other people. Maggie G. will probably get an Emmy nod for her role. Might check out the rest of the episodes if I remember to tune in.
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Postby RadRacing on Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:09 pm

If it's anything like Simon's other series it'll be a slow burn. With the Wire and Treme you needed to take in multiple episodes for anything to develop, story and/or character wise. But it always paid off.
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Postby SPAC04 on Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:43 pm

Liked it, great casting and brilliant aesthetic with 70's NYC. Love the pimps in the beginning, lotta good dialogue. Looking forward to watching the plot unfold.
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Postby ccsmd598 on Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:44 pm

SPAC04 wrote:Liked it, great casting and brilliant aesthetic with 70's NYC. Love the pimps in the beginning, lotta good dialogue. Looking forward to watching the plot unfold.


YEP!
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Postby SPAC04 on Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:49 pm

ccsmd598 wrote:
SPAC04 wrote:Liked it, great casting and brilliant aesthetic with 70's NYC. Love the pimps in the beginning, lotta good dialogue. Looking forward to watching the plot unfold.


YEP!



That Nixon/Vietnam monologue was great way to start the show. Well written.
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Postby technique on Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:35 pm

Codeblue wrote:James Franco? Oof.


What? Don't want an Ansin print with his likeness?
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Postby Codeblue on Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:12 pm

Not really.
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Postby SPAC04 on Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:00 am

Codeblue wrote:James Franco? Oof.


I loved his work in Alien Covenant

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Postby SPAC04 on Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:01 pm

I love this in the background on the billboard
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Postby SPAC04 on Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:46 am

Just realized the one Pimp is Chris Partlow from "the Wire" (whose name is Gbenga Akinnagbe).
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The lack of facial hair threw me off last week and I couldn't place hm, but its good to see that dude show some range. I had seen him in some other bit parts ("Taking of Pelham 123" remake I think) and he seemed meh, but in "the Duece" he seems to play a character with an extroverted personality, which is wildly different from the quiet Assassin with a heart of gold in the Wire.

**Not to say that Chris Partlow didn't have depth/ layers. He was one of my favorite characters. He just played it cold/ quiet/humble which I feel is what the role called for. His juxtaposition with Felica Pierson (Snoop) made what I feel was the best character dynamic in that show.

Tonights ep was alright, Alley way /Cop scene in particular. A lot of Wire veterans Frank Sobodka, Barksdale's lawyer, D, Cheese, and my #1 favorite Wire Character "Slim Charles" (who plays guy who owns the Diner) plus others I'm sure i forgot to mention/ haven't yet appeared. Good to see David Simon takes care of his people casting wise.

So far not a bad show.
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Postby dryerase on Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:18 am

All of those actors from the The Wire showing up last episode was a bit distracting for me. But I'm sure that will fade away as the story goes along and I relate them more with their new characters.
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Postby SPAC04 on Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:36 am

Tonight's episode wasn't bad..nor was it great. Lot of plot line development, not much pay off. I find that traditionally HBO dramatic series begin the main plot conflict in the third episode (namely in The Wire and Sopranos), I assume that was what tonight's episode set up ie. whores meeting pornographer/ the acquisition of the new bar, as well as some B story stuff with with Debra(?) and her movie watching John and that big dude that handled the prior owner of the bar whom I feel will become the Door man/bouncer (seems like a Vietnam veteran).

In my last late night diatribe I neglected to mention James Franco's role(s) in the show. I may (or may not) have insinuated what could be interpreted as a derogatory sentiment in one of my previous posts on this very thread. I actually believe his role(s) in this show may be his finest dramatic role yet. Just wanted to give him his props.

Enjoying the show so far, particularly the setting. Shows real potential. :pint:
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