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"Bares für Rares": Die Highlights vom 17. Januar

Auch am 17. Januar lässt uns das ZDF nicht ohne Dosis “Bares für Rares” zurück. Das Motto der Sendung schien zu sein: “Solange jemand glücklich wird, ist der Preis egal.” Umso größer sah dann meist die Freude am Ende aus. Wie an jedem Nachmittag gab es Kuriositäten, absolute Highlights, aber auch den einen oder anderen Flop zu bestaunen. So sahen eben diese Kuriositäten aus:

Highlight

Der Anbieter dieses Plattenspielers brauchte nur ein paar Euro für neue Socken – kein Witz! Mehr als 10 Euro wollte er also für sein Kuriosum nicht haben. Aber von Anfang an: Den portablen Spieler hatte er aus dem Müll gefischt und nun mit zu “Bares für Rares” gebracht. Der Experte konnte zwar keinen Hersteller ausmachen, aber dafür einen exzellenten Zustand. Das Besondere an dem Gerät: Sowohl Schallplatten als auch Kassetten können über Kopfhörer oder Boxen gehört werden – und das sogar unterwegs. Den Preis von 10 Euro wollte der Experte keinesfalls unterschreiben, 120 Euro seien hier absolut im Bereich des machbaren. Die Händler zeigten allesamt Interesse an dem Spieler und so stiegen die Gebote bis auf 100 Euro. Für das Geld konnte sich der Anbieter also nun die zehnfache Menge an Socken kaufen – ein guter Tag bei “Bares für Rares”.

Flop

Leider ist nicht alles Gold, was glänzt. Dieser Diamant-Ring dürfte in die Geschichte der Trödelshow eingehen als einer der größten Flops überhaupt. Als Expertin und Moderator Horst Lichter den eindrucksvollen Ring sahen, fiel beiden die Kinnlade fast auf den Boden. Auch das anbietende Ehepaar zeigte sich zuversichtlich. Ein Diamant in dieser Größe in perfekter Qualität würde an die 100.000 Euro kosten – ein neues Megahighlight in der Sendung? Der Wunschpreis von 6.000 Euro erschien da fast lächerlich. Doch dann der Schock: Die Expertin stellte fest, dass der Diamant nicht echt war. Die Abschürfungen und Bruchstellen bewiesen genau das. Die einstige Besitzerin des Rings, die Tante des Verkäufers, hatte den Ring als Wertanlage gekauft und nun lag der geschätzte Wert bei gerade einmal 120 Euro. Dennoch ging es in den Händlerraum und dort gab es immerhin noch ein Trostpflaster von 180 Euro.

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Teilweise sind die Verkäufer genauso informiert wie die Experten, und bei diesem Radio war genau das der Fall. Im Prinzip hätte es den Experten gar nicht gebraucht, denn der Anbieter selbst ratterte schon alle relevanten Informationen runter. So wurde der Ortsempfänger zwischen 1926 und 1931 in Berlin gefertigt und zum Empfangen vom Radioprogramm benutzt. Die Röhre auf der rechten Seite im perfekten Zustand sei gerade bei Sammlern ein heißbegehrtes Stück. Kein Wunder also, dass sich der Verkäufer 600 Euro für sein Gerät wünschte. Nun war die Zeit des Experten gekommen und er legte noch einmal 300 Euro on top: 1.000 Euro seinen möglich. Die Händler hatten zunächst keine Ahnung, was sie da vor sich sahen. Nach einer kurzen Erklärung durch den Anbieter stiegen die Gebote, und am Ende wechselte der Empfänger für 700 Euro den Besitzer.

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A la télé ce soir : Le dernier diamant, Complément d'enquête, Notre-Dame-des-Landes la reconquête sont dans le top 3 de Télé Star

Un thriller qui tient en haleine, le récit de la gloire puis la chute d'un capitaine d'industrie et celui de la reconstruction d'un lieu emblématique, voici les trois choix télé de Télé Star parmi les programmes diffusés à la télévision ce 17 janvier 2019.

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Le dernier diamant

Thriller, 21 h, France 3

Côté casting, vous retrouvez Yvan Attal et Bérénice Béjo dans un film de braquage assez divertissant, riche en suspense et rebondissements…

C'est éclairant

Complément d'enquête

Mag., 22 h 50, France 2

Ça va bientôt faire deux mois que Carlos Ghosn, l'ancien PDG de Renault et de Nissan, dort dans une prison au Japon, suspecté notamment de fraude fiscale… L'émission présentée par Jacques Cardoze raconte l'ascension vertigineuse de celui qui a été l'un des plus puissants patrons français.

C'est instructif

Notre-Dame-des-Landes, la reconquête

Doc., 23 h 35, France 3

A Notre-Dame-des-Landes, les zadistes ont gagné une bataille avec l'abandon du projet d'aéroport… Mais que va-t-il se passer maintenant sur ces terres ? Des projets “alternatifs”, issus des anciens “Zadistes” ? Des projets d'agriculture plus traditionnelle ?

Tous les jours, Télé Star vous propose une sélection des programmes télé du jour. Des films, des documentaires, des séries à suspense, choisis en toute subjectivité par les journalistes de Télé Star.

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A la télé ce soir : Irréprochable, Pandas dans la brume, La vie balagan de Marceline Loridan-Ivens sont dans le top 3 de Télé Star
A la télé ce soir : Palais Royal, Despot housewives, Les secrets de Plus belle la vie sont dans le top 3 de Télé Star
A la télé ce soir : Prête à tout, Les rois du gâteau, Desperate housewives sont dans le top 3 de Télé Star
A la télé ce soir : No country for old men, Chambord la renaissance, Sucrément bon sont dans le top 3 de Télé Star
A la télé ce soir : Orgueil et préjugés, Bernard Mabille à l'Olympia, Le Tartuffe sont dans le top 3 de Télé Star

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Brings Love, Canadian Style
Season 5 of the pleasant, zany sitcom continues to showcase the show’s biggest asset: Its heart.

The cute characters, shiny art, and exploration premise drew me into watching Made in Abyss season one; I have no other experience with this title.

I understand that it’s a pretty well loved show.  I can see why, but after having watched it I don’t understand why.  If I wasn’t aware of its popularity I’d tell the uninitiated that it’s a pretty show, but definitely not a “must see”.  However, knowing that it’s considered the “best anime of 2017″ makes me want to recommend… that people pay attention to how bad it is.  The fact that shows like this are considered the “best” is why I rarely watch anime anymore.  Made in Abyss definitely contributes to my list of reasons to not like anime.

I will grant that the artwork, music, and premise are fantastic, but these three things do not a complete anime make.  It’s possible that the manga could be phenomenal, and the premise is strong enough that I’d be interested in reading it, but I’m talking about the anime here because that’s what my media circles share with me.  I’ve repeatedly heard the show described as “fantastic”, but the one word review I’d give it is “gross”.

I’m aware that “gross” is a very subjective term and maybe doesn’t reflect quality, but I really think that should be the first thing that people notice when watching this show.  Watch for how gross it is.  Specifically?  I’m going to make my number one issue to do with child sexuality.  It’s honestly not something that’s at the forefront of the show, and I think many people over look it because, hey, it’s Japan; we’ve seen worse.  But it’s actually sprinkled pretty heavily throughout the show.  It also has next to nothing to do with our story, except maybe our budding protagonists are developing romantic feelings for each other, but it seems pretty obvious that this stuff isn’t in the show for development sake.

Our main characters are 12 years old (though I thought there were 8 by their designs) and at the first minute mark of the first episode we get a mention of the main character being “strung up naked” as a punishment for something. Okay… That’s odd, and very tonally out of place in our fun childrens adventure.  Even odder is that they frame it as some kind of a gag that our hero is over reacting to as her company looks disinterested.  Then it becomes straight up creepy when this gag reoccurs throughout the series even with different characters.  Like this wondrous fantastical world is meant to draw you in and entice you, and hey also child abuse is a staple here, neat huh?  It’s one thing if this kind of situation is used as a plot point or even some kind of commentary, then there’s a possibility that its use could be redeemed with context, but no.  It doesn’t even drive any of our characters actions.  It’s paced and stylized to get a rise out of the audience, nothing more.  

Combine that with the times that our otherwise attentive main character forgets to put on clothes, and repeated references to the deuteragonist‘s penis, and characters pleas of feeling violated being regularly ignored, and the main char having her legs pulled apart to administer medicine that “can’t be take orally”, and yah, uh, the show is gross.  And that’s not even the physically gross stuff.  I mean like animals being sliced open, guts being pulled out, unsuccessful limb amputation, vomit, urine, human silly puddy??  And they tell you that once you go so far into the Abyss, you’re going to bleed out of all your orifices.  They tell you this, and by golly they are going to show it.  Here it is!  Up close and everywhere, again and again.  I get that this stuff exists in real life, and life is gross, but none of it serves the story or makes any kind of point. It’s there because they think you enjoy it.  Do you enjoy it? I don’t sympathize with these characters and the less I can relate to them the better.

Speaking of the story, even if you fixed all the unnecessary gross stuff, the story just doesn’t exist.  The show doesn’t end.  I guess they’re holding out for another season?  But if they had more space for story, then why did they fly through the Abyss so fast?  Isn’t that place rather important? The main character regularly talked about all the cool things she wanted to see as she went deeper and deeper into the abyss, but none of it was actually explored.  Just “There’s that thing I mentioned, okay either fight it quickly,  or lets move on to the next area”.  This is not the plot you are looking for.

I still do see how the story has potential, but they glaze over all the things that made me want to watch the show.  Mystery world, cool monsters, lost technology, fun characters.  They are there, minus the characters being fun, but the presented show wouldn’t really change if you completely took out those things.  Nothing that I felt was advertised to me got developed.  Instead our main character disregards her interest in exploration and treasure hunting, and sets off with the sole goal of finding her mother at the bottom of the Abyss. Leaving behind all the characters that I thought were going to be important.  Were you preparing to get invested here?  Woops.

That’s honestly fine, new directions are welcome, but even the mother plot point doesn’t deliver.  It’s just a Shanks and Luffy dynamic, and the writers know that because they don’t bother having a back story like how Shanks made sacrifice to inspire Luffy.  You’ve seen that before, so we just skip to the conclusion trope of “The fact that I’m not here for you is proof that I’m so awesome. Chase me.”  Also, even Luffy had well developed settings ajg characters to support his story.  Yes, I know One Piece is currently infinity longer than Made in Abyss, but 13 episodes is still plenty of time to develop something.

This season is squarely centered around our two main characters, but we learn as much about them as we do other characters that are only in the show for 2 or 3 episodes.  The only consistent way we know that our characters are developing and progressing is by how far they get in the abyss, and they fly through it without expanding on anything that was previously hyped.  Brand new dramatics happen, then the season ends with no hint of a conclusion.  So you get no story.  

The only real story is in the last episode, the “one hour special”, and it has nothing to do with our main characters.  Maybe you could just watch that, but you probably won’t feel good about it.

So why is show with no story, being praised as the best anime of 2017?  Was it (another) bad year for anime?  Why are people whole heartedly recommending a show without mentioning that it goes no where, and children are regularly brutalized and assaulted?  Recommending this show without context is the same as recommending Ebichu the hamster without mentioning that it’s nothing like Hamtaro.  Not that I’d recommend either of those, but I think you know what I’m saying.

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Pine Gap (TV Series 2018)
Created by Greg Haddrick, Felicity Packard. With Parker Sawyers, Jacqueline McKenzie, Steve Toussaint, Tess Haubrich. Set in the intensely secretive world of intelligence and the enigmatic US/Australia joint defence facility in central Australia, the spy-thriller Pine Gap delves into the famously strong alliance between the two countries.