15 May 2018 | harringtonjacob
True to the Novels But Strong on it's Own
I finished the novels only a few weeks before watching the first episode and my rating thus far is only based on the first episode.
The genius of the novels is turning such ugliness into something beautiful. The bookend decision to start the first episode with the second novel was a smart one from the overall story standpoint as well as thematically.
However, the downside, is that the second novel/ first Espinosa is probably the toughest watch/ read as it is Patrick at his worst.
Having said that, in a mannner true to the source material, the show creators have managed to take license where necessary in order to stay true to the character as well as the themes.
The "plot" is not relevant. It's takes a long term view to realize that. If you had to pick the worst day of your life and watch it, that would not be pleasant either. But the genius of the source material as well as the first episode is that we can relate to Patrick- warts-and-all.
Self loathing is relatable to manner, no matter how extreme. This is the first chapter in the story of a man deciding to stop reacting to life and start responding.
If you can see past the "ugly" you will find the beauty. Much like in life.
I look forward to seeing the upcoming episodes and watching the brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch play the role that I can no longer see anyone else in.