[TV] Boardwalk Empire

boardwalk-empire

Despite a strong first episode this show soon devolves into but another uninspired and clueless character piece with plot threads being introduced and thrown away seemingly at random. It’s pretty apparent the creators never had a clear vision for where they wanted to take the story, and were just making stuff as they went.

I don’t think I’ll be watching further than the first season.

Positive: Negative:
A fascinating setting of Prohibition era in USA Plot keeps going in circles with threads introduced and thrown away almost at random
Some characters, especially the sleazy protagonist, are interesting Characters keep changing personalities and making weird decisions to suit the schizophrenic plot
No actual story, at least in the first season

 

[TV] Arrested Development

arrested-development

A quite hilarious comedy show that unfortunately got canceled before it could go anywhere (although I doubt that was ever its intention to begin with).

Positive: Negative:
Likable characters The plot feels a bit too random and all over the place sometimes
Genuinely funny The recent continuation just doesn’t have the same steam

 

[TV Series] The Twilight Zone

Twilight Zone

The show might have appeared as ingenious sixty years ago, but from the lens of a modern viewer it is but a compilation of already tired ideas that are conveyed with naivete and superficiality more reminiscent of a cartoon.

If you’re curious, I would recommend only checking the episodes that make it to “best of twilight zone” lists.

Positive: Negative:
Some of the better episodes might explore fairly interesting ideas Acting can be quite cringeworthy depending on the episode
Some of the episodes are good at building expectation for that upcoming twist Lots of weak episodes
Most of the ideas are given very superficial treatment

 

[TV series] American Horror Story

American Horror Story

I should’ve probably known better than to try random TV shows, but damn this thing was bad. Dropped after the pilot episode.

Positive: Negative:
Low production values
Awkward acting
Scenes that are supposed to be scary are funny
Dumb, inconsistent characters
Pacing is all over the place
Plot consists exclusively of generic horror tropes
Story? Haha…

 

[TV Series] Mr. Robot (Season 1)

Mr. RobotA show about hackers made by people who actually know how to use a computer for a change. Unfortunately, it becomes a tad dull after its amazing pilot episode, as the plot starts moving in circles seemingly unable to decide what it wants to do with its characters.

Then all sorts of shit goes down in the last few episodes, and I still can’t decide if they shot themselves in the foot with all those suspension of disbelief breaking twists, or are they on the right track to make the following season an amazing roller coaster.

Well, at least I can certainly get behind the idea of the concept of corporations being the bane of mankind.

Positive: Negative:
Fascinating concept of hackers trying to fight the impersonal evil of society Characters other than the protagonist aren’t that interesting
Interesting, schizoid protagonist Seems not to go anywhere for the first couple of episodes
Based on actually legit computer knowledge Some of the twists near the end threaten to shatter the suspension of disbelief
Corporations are evil, good point

 

[TV Series] The Walking Dead (Season 1)

Walking DeadResident Evil playing a big part in my childhood, I just can’t help being attracted to zombie fiction, and The Walking Dead is about the only actually competent TV series in the genre. It’s just too bad it doesn’t really offer anything special, and its most interesting and least annoying characters are the mute monsters.

Nowhere near as good as the game, unfortunately.

Positive: Negative:
Zombies are inherently fun Bland, boring characters
A couple of tense moments Stiff dialogue
Dull, simplistic plot

[TV Series] Fargo

FargoBefore trying to shill their nonsense as “based on a real story” the writers of this show should’ve stopped to consider if anything in their story made sense outside of their shriveled heads. Not a single thing is properly thought through in this “police drama” where police don’t investigate crime scenes, ignore obvious evidence and then convict random people on assumptions that make no sense; where serial killers run wild across the town without even trying to conceal themselves and pose for security cameras; where grown up people talk to each other like middle schoolers (the dialogue of the two FBI agents is in particular moronic).

Then at around episode 7 the writers seem to finally give up, and the show completely falls apart with characters purposefully acting against their own interests to get killed.

Positive: Negative:
A couple of characters are kind of likable Crimes aren’t thought through and make no sense
So bad it’s funny Everyone in the show is exceedingly dumb, and can’t solve kindergarten-level “mysteries”
Dialogue is so poorly written you can never guess when a character is supposed to sound dumb and when “witty”
Motivation of some characters is muddled beyond the point of understanding
Feels more like an abomination of a hundred of random half-baked ideas rather than a cohesive narrative
Completely falls apart around episode 8