From 17:23 on for several minutes the extreme close-ups from below of Sandeep's face make it clear that the whole last third of his mustache on the right side of his face is not glued tightly to his face allowing daylight to show through and completely draining the dramatic vitality for me.
Unless they have glue-on facial hair in prison . . .
I came to the end of the following episode and thought hunh . . . this is just like the last episode: sludgy, slow, muddy . . . there's good material but it doesn't flow. It's actually pretty awful and these should have been powerful episodes. WTF I ask my self 'cause I like this show and I don't wanna stop watching, but hey: bad is bad.
So what's different? I looked. It's the Director. Different and totally inexperienced Director and she's ruined an important aspect of the series. These revelations about an intra-family tragedy are crucial. It's wrecked the show for me. I keep wanting to push it, make it 'go.' And it doesn't go.
This episode and the prior one . . . there's good material but it doesn't flow. It's actually pretty awful and these should have been powerful episodes. WTF I ask my self 'cause I like this show and I don't wanna stop watching, but hey: bad is bad.
So what's different? I looked. It's the Director. Different and totally inexperienced director and she's ruined an important aspect of the series. These revelations about an intra-family tragedy are crucial. It's wrecked the show for me. I keep wanting to push it, make it 'go.' And it doesn't go.
Coming back after the following episode to report . . . yay! . . . it's all systems go and back on track with an excellent director and very good episode.
This is ALMOST good . . . almost there - but I'm finding it's just not good enough to offset the limited pouty skills of Ashleigh Cummings. I'm finally just SO annoyed by having to watch her go through the same very limited set of facial expressions and body slouches, hair things. Eye squinties . . . aaarghghgh . . . I want to strangle her and throw her out of view.
And being annoyed and not sure, following Chapter One, that there was much reason to subject myself to the ugliness, negativity, slowness, frustration and overall pointless meanderingness of this series. So I gave the episode three stars. Great production values, after all.
But, hey, it's Matthew Rhys. Surely he couldn't be SO far off, having agreed to be in this thing, right? So I somewhat sourly trudged on into Chapter Two and whinged and groused . . . and slowly the worm turned.
I find my self at the end of that episode sold, involved, on-board, getting it. So much so that I came back here among all my fellow-grousers, changed my rating to seven stars, and want to say:
It's EXCELLENT. Give it to the end of Chapter Two and see how you feel then.
I keep trying to watch it it, but it just makes no sense to me and I can't tell who's who with one exception.
Finally facing that I must give up, I turn to the rveiews: all thes 10 10 10 9 10 10 . . . I start looking at each reviewer. MOST of them opened their account when this launched and they've posted one review, the one for this.
Aden Young did such a stunningly good job in 'Rectify.' Unfortunately he's still that guy here. It's no wonder given the fact that the writing and directing are so weak here, he's got nothing to work with.
Tepid is the word that comes to mind. Bland. Weak casting. Weak performances.
It's just really really bad. Truly a waste of time.
I have always been a Seinfeld fan. Both stand-up and the show, but not so much so that I would ever watch re-runs. I do watch some of 'Comedians in Cars' more than just once.
I found this material to be current and meticulously (and sometimes poetically) delivered: Chess board and smoke . . .
The show has just come online and I am an early viewer/voter/reviewer. When I checked the ratings he'd gotten so far (and I btw am not a lavish 10 star giver) I was surprised by the fourteen 1 star ratings, but then I realized those were probably his wife and her friends.
The last segment is the best, a surprise to me. I almost didn't watch. Her segment is stronger than his but I think his delivery is a tad too hard and fast 'cause I found him much easier to take in the third segment, when he was diluted by the presence of other personalities.
I wasn't going to post comments but was disheartened by the dearth of positive remarks in the reviews.
Everybody is already pretty much saying what I think: this is one very very very flat tire. And in that broad sense, no, i don't have to add my viewpoint . . . B U T . . . there is one thing nobody is mentioning: The wonderful, fabulous, PERFECT: 'The End of the F***ing World.'
THAT is what this wants to be 'The End of the F***ing World' meets 'Carrie.' One of the directors of TEOTFW, Jonathan Entwistle, created this.
Stunningly good the first time (but others did the writing, creating there).
This was stylish, elegant and really going somewhere as of episode 1. Three quarters of the way through episode 2 . . . couldn't stand to watch another second. No style, horrible pacing. Just B O R I N G. As the reviewer just prior to mine suggested: different director.
You pick it: writing, acting, directing all bad, really bad.
Very low budget on top of low talent.
The real kicker is all the five out of five star reviews it gave itself on Prime, where it's showing. I find that annoying enough to motivate myself to be certain you understand . . . this is very, very bad,
I hadn't seen this performance and was just 'filling in' the line-up by watching this, seven years later, in 2020. I gotta say I am struck dumb by how totally excellent this man's work is. It is beyond comedy and that is why I'm giving it, and him, 10 out of ten stars for a perfect performance. What a talent.