Title Recommendations based on Nelson Van Alden
Gritty, suspenseful, and hardboiled, True Detective emerged in 2014 as a great contribution to the crime genre and another instant HBO classic. With engrossing dialogue and stark conflict of personalities, True Detective is thrilling, moving, and worthy of its high critical acclaim—with meditations on mortality and what it means to be a true detective and a good human being.
Fallout: New Vegas is set in and around a post-apocalyptic retro-futuristic Las Vegas, following the Great War between the U.S., and China as a conventional and nuclear war that occurred on October 22—October 23, 2077, and lasted less than two hours, while causing immense damage and destruction. Before the Great War was the Resource Wars, during which the United Nations disbanded, a plague rendered the United States paranoid, and Canada was annexed. The city of Las Vegas itself wasn't hit as hard as most of the other districts, with most buildings being left intact as a result. The Hoover Dam supplies free electricity and water to those who control it.
Don Draper is the creative director at Madison Avenue advertising agency Sterling Cooper. As a man who created his own entirely new identity that he successfully sells to the world every day, Don is a natural. But his whole carefully constructed life could come crumbling down if his secret is discovered. Don't be fooled by Mad Men's gorgeous characters and sets; the show is easier on the eyes than it is on the soul.
Tony Soprano has everything he ever wanted. At home he has a beautiful wife, his high school sweetheart Carmela, and two kids: daughter Meadow and son A.J. In business, he is really the capo of the DiMeo organized crime family with loyal associates like Silvio, Paulie and his nephew Christopher. But even with all his success, Tony is as unhappy as he's ever been.
Follow the lives of Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav—three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life's obstacles—like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection, modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
Leon, the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner". But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent, he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda. Before long, Mathilda's thoughts turn to revenge, and she considers following in Leon's footsteps.
Based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel, The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States.
FBI trainee Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. Unfortunately, her Faustian relationship with Lecter soon leads to his escape, and now two deranged killers are on the loose.
Better Call Saul is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. We meet him when the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is "fixer" Mike Erhmantraut.
Max Fischer, a precocious and eccentric 15 year-old, who is both Rushmore's most extracurricular and least scholarly student; Herman Blume, a disillusioned industrialist who comes to admire Max; and Rosemary Cross, a widowed first grade teacher who becomes the object of both Max's and Herman's affection.
It's the late-1970s in Columbia. The cocaine trade is rampant, regulations are poorly enforced, and Pablo Escobar couldn't be happier. Now he's making more money than ever from smuggling illegal drubs—but along with the fame comes risk. He has made more enemies, and his own workers may turn against him, as the DEA cracks down on the crime and bloodshed of the drug war.
The body of Laura Palmer is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Agent Dale Cooper is on the case, with clues including the dreams he had about her before she died. And with places in town like the Black Lodge and the White Lodge being filled with spirits threatening to swallow Dale whole, he's got his work cut out for him.
Metal Gear revolves around a special forces operative codenamed Solid Snake who goes into a solo infiltration mission into the fortified state of Outer Heaven to destroy Metal Gear, a bipedal walking tank capable of launching nuclear missiles from anywhere in the world. The player must navigate the main character, a military operative codenamed Solid Snake, through various locations, while avoiding visual contact and direct confrontation with patrolling guards. If the player is seen, the game enters the "Alert Mode." In this situation, Snake must escape from enemy's sight in order to resume infiltration. The player starts the game unarmed, but eventually acquires firearms such as a Beretta 92F and an M79 grenade launcher, as well as explosives such as remote control missiles and landmines. Weapons can not only be used to kill enemies, but also to clear obstacles such as hollow walls and electrified floors. Snake can also use his fists to punch and defeat patrolling enemies. Occasionally, if the player defeats a guard with punches without alerting anyone, the defeated guard will yield a single unit of rations or an ammo box that can be picked up. In addition to enemy guards, the player will also be confronted by mercenaries who will challenge the player to combat, serving as the boss characters.
The Battlestar Galactica is one of the few spaceships to survive a massive nuclear attack led by a race of artificial intelligence known as the Cylons. Luckly, the ship's passengers are in good hands with an ace pilot named Kara Starbuck who can often be found chomping on cigars, throwing back booze, betting on card games, or competing at Pyramid.
Sweeney Todd is the infamous story of Benjamin Barker, who sets up a barber shop down in London and begins a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett.