The second one does ends on a good note that had me looking forward to seeing how the trilogy would resolve.
Part 3 all but killed my interest in the whole thing by *not* being a trilogy ender at all and made it clear they'll be spinning these things out until the wheels fall off.
Deadwood: I was rooting for the movie to happen for years, and then they finally made it I never got around to watching it. I get the impression it's not that amazing in itself, but at least gives the series an functional ending which is all it needed to do really. It's nice to know that when I finally revisit the series it won't finish on such a blue balls note.
Brian Wilson: probably the best Beach Boys related record made after after "Holland". Though I saw this tv appearance the other day and you certainly wouldn't know it based on the performance of the worst track on it:
Undercover: I love the title track. Haven't heard this since I went through the entire Stones catalogue a few years back, but like you I was a little surprised how inoffensive it is.
I've realised I often find reviled 80's albums more tolerable these days, partly because the production is quaint, and partly because they're usually 40 minutes or less, which often make them easier listens than bloated 'respectable' comebacks years later.
By the way I finished the ASOIAF book series recently. I might see if I can dig up your commentary for those if they're still archived on here.
I seem to remember you pretty much hated the last two. I didn't hate them exactly, but the complete lack of plot momentum or cohesion does make them exhausting by the end. The fifth book is more like 15 unrelated novellas shuffled together.
If he never finishes the series, large stretches of these two will have been largely pointless because it's just long winded setup for payoffs that never come. And any time it seems like a storyline *might* be about to pay off, he seems to go out of his way to delay it!
At this point instead of trying to finish everything off in two more 1000 page books, which I don't know is even possible given the number of characters and subplots, he'd probably be better off just doing a Jon book, a Jamie book etc and finishing it that way.