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    The Philanthropist

    Anyone else watch this last night?

    I was really looking forward to it. The preview ads looked interesting.
    Unfortunately, the show itself was a big letdown for me.
    The main character's accent was a little hard to understand, & I didn't like that flash-back gimmick of telling the story to the bartender. I couldn't tell what was when, with all the jumping around.

    I did like the end when the kid from the beginning reunited with him.

    I'll give it another week to see if it gets any better & if that flash-back thing continues (I hope not).

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    Re: The Philanthropist

    It lookd good from the previews and I meant to watch it but forgot. And what's up with the simple sounding show titles of all these new shows all of a sudden? The Listener, The Unusuals, The Mentalist...now The Philanthropist...?
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    I tried watching the other night. I happen to like the main character - I believe he was in Millions from Danny Boyle - I'm used to his accent, though. And I have so missed Jesse L. Martin from TV. I tried, however, watching a few minutes and I just could not get engaged. So, perhaps, it was the flashback format. I'll try again and hope it gets better.
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    I was really looking forward to it also, but the way they handled the backstory was so fragmented that, yes, I was disappointed. But I will leave it on my DVR to record for awhile in hopes it has an easeir to understand story line -
    cause - gosh darn it - I just love James Purefoy. Fell in love with him when he played Prince Edward in A Knights Tale.
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    Re: The Philanthropist

    I kept flipping back and forth...it couldn't hold my attention. It was not interesting at all.
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    Fopr me it just really grabbed mny attention with the almost-drowning scene--which moved me to tears--and my attention never wavered.

    I do have some special interests in Africa--having studied the cultures of the area he was in--so that may have helped me.

    I found everything about his son incredibly moving--and was startled to find myself sobbing when his son appeared and led him to the village.

    And I'm not really a very openly emotional person either.
    I'll definitely watch this again.

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    Re: The Philanthropist

    I thought there were moments that were particularly drawing. I loved the end of it, but I found it to be so very boring. It could not hold my attention at all. I really wanted to love it, but I will give it another chance.

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    Re: The Philanthropist

    I liked it, I'll continue to watch as long as it isn't the same every episode.
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    Re: The Philanthropist

    I missed it. Not sure I could buy into the whole philanthropist, action-hero, save-the-world, kinda dude. Don't think he exists. I'll reserve my comments until I've watched a few episodes.

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    Re: The Philanthropist

    I liked episode 2 better than #1, but still not sure.
    I understood the accent better, maybe it's growing on me. This time, however, instead of the flash back jumping around, it was that back & forth with the boardroom drama. I didn't like that either .

    I think the show would be a lot better if they just picked a storyline & followed it through to the end. That dual-story jumping back & forth is distracting & irritating.

    I'm still not giving up on the show. It has a lot of good moments & a feel-good ending. I like that. It has a lot of potential.
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