A Series of mini-TV Series Reviews

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2018 at 01:21
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Featured here are reviews of series I have watch a few episodes of and can comment on. I have not watched much of Game of Thrones and may watch it once the series ends. Several shows were to slow and not interesting enough for me to invest time in such as Orange is the New Black and Better Call Saul. The return on investment wasn’t there. I enjoyed the first two series of Fargo but series three was a joke and I stopped watching. Grace and Frankie while entertaining, was just another light-weight sitcom in a different dressing and I got tired of it. 

These shows are not in any particular order in terms of ranking. I just type them out as I remembered them. 

***Marcella-I just finished series one. Some of the plot is unrealistic, but Anna Friel is great as Marcella and the conflicts, the motives, the scenes, kept me watching. At times the show is unnecessarily complicated, but usually, it makes sense at the end of each episode. 

***Counterpart-Okay, JK Simmons really is a good actor; his role in Whiplash wasn’t an anomaly. I am not sure how to discuss the plot without spoilers. It’s good and dramatic and every actor is beyond reproach. It successfully sets up cliff hangers so you can’t wait for more. It takes a strange plot device and makes it work. See it. 

The show also features Stephen Rea, the astonishing Olivia Williams with Nicolas Pinnock and Harry Lloyd, both from from Marcella. 

James Cromwell in season 2! Oh my!

*Barry-Barry was funny at the start, then became predictable. I stopped watching, though I am sure many love it. After episode three, I could have written the rest myself. And frankly, I don’t care if Barry makes it as an actor or goes back to killing. In a rare turn, this is one show that might have been better as a two-hour movie. The premise doesn’t deserve a series. 

*Marvelous Mrs. Maisel-If Dakota Fanning brought down The Alienist, it wasn’t because of the writing. It was the actress herself. In The Fabulous Mrs. Maisel, the actor, Michael Zegen, and the role, Joel Maisel (Miriam Maisel’s husband) makes the show unwatchable. And his role is written using all the husband clichés ever employed. That character is terrible and so out of balance with the quality of the rest of the show. 

Rachel Brosnahan is charming as Miriam Maisel, the house wife turned comedian, and Alex Borstein as her agent, Susie Myerson, is hilarious. Still, every time I see Miriam’s husband, I have to turn the show off. If only they had killed him off in the beginning of the show. I hate the character and the actor so much that I forget how good Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle are as Miriam’s parents, Rose and Abe Weissman. Kill off the husband, and I’ll start watching again. If you don’t mind annoying, cliché, stupid husbands in the mold of Ricky Ricardo, watch it. I’m out. 

**Narcos-Narcos is not for the squeamish. If you like crime dramas, gangster flicks, criticism of US drug policy hidden in a drug war drama, watch it. You will not be disappointed. This is one case where each series was better than the previous, mainly because of Pedro Pascal playing agent Javier Peña. 

Pascal makes it work, and his supporting cast doesn’t fail him. Now Pascal is out. I am happy with how it ended and might not return, but Michael Peña plays an undercover DEA agent in series 4, so I might give it a shot. 


***Mindhunter-Few directors and writers could take this compelling book about the beginnings of FBI profiling and make it work. David Fincher was one of them. The best part of the show is how Agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) changes over the series, appearing as a boy scout on page one and at the end of series one, a troubled sociopath. The show is about discovering the criminal mind as much as it is solving crime, and it is fascinating. 

**Killing Eve- It’s an interesting spy thriller, but I have seen these elements before. And since I am not a fan of character who do stupid things for no reason, especially agents, killers, and spies, I grew tired of it. Many people aren’t bothered by that, so watch it. It’s not bad. It’s just overrated. 

*Babylon Berlin-The show looks great and the setting is compelling. The plot is too convoluted to have impact and the characters are not compelling. While I understand that the the times were strange in Germany in 1929, the connection between the plot elements are lacking. It’s not the complexity that bothers me, it’s that the plot elements are disjointed unlike a show like The Wire where the elements come together well.

Moreover, I don’t care about the two main characters and their lives. We are kept at the distance from them. Perhaps it is the deer-in-the-headlights look both main actors employ and call that emotion. 

I couldn’t find a trailer with English subtitles, just the terrible English dubbing. So here you go.

Thank you for reading. 

Tex Shelters

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