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Very good pilote, but average after 2 episodes...
I had no expectations before watching EUReKA, since last times I had before starting a new show, it really didn't help ! So, as said, the pilote is excellent : still a pilote, with its flaws, awkwardness, but also loads of qualities, in terms of characters, writing and topics. The pilote is 100mn long, so it's worth a feature movie, actually.
But next step is not that good. As soon as you go through the 2nd episode, there's definitely something missing, or not good. And indeed, the acting, writing and situations are not on the same level as the pilote's. The mystery behind the town, the characters, the humor sometimes, all that stuff should have been kept more secret.
Instead of keeping it's secrets, the show develops with this sad rhythm of one event each episode, that solves before the end of the episode. So don't expect a long and interesting development here : it starts, you meet a new character you've never heard of before, he runs through troubles and it's somehow related to the main characters, and they solve the thing. Kind of boring when you read it ! So, in the end, the show is really enjoyable, but the true potential one could touch in the pilote just doesn't fully achieves in the following episodes.
For me, end of 1st season, a 7/10, but I will revise my rating to 6 if it keeps having the same cliché developments, and doesn't offer nice surprises in next seasons.
Arrested Development (2003)
Far from being that good
At first, I was impressed by Arrested Development's ratings here on IMDb, before watching the first images.
The beginning is quite interesting, and you expect something funny and somehow thrilling after the first episode. And as said in another review, it takes at least the 2 first episodes before really being into the show, so let's go... The characters are nice but really "cliché" (and sometimes even painful), the situations are out of purpose and irrelevant most of the time but this is part of the fun and humor in Arrested Development, so the mix is strange, could be awesome (who said legendary ?) but never really succeeds.
And what a loss of time ! It's a status quo all along the first season ; things happen, but most of the time it's disconnected, not related to the plot, and rather confusing sometimes.
Second season is no way better ; it even happens that you come 1 or 2 episodes back because it's so not linked that you feel you missed one or two episodes ! The same for the comedy aspect : it's funny sometimes, but far from what you can expect from a 9.7/10 show here on IMDb. Really far. Most of the jokes are not good, you expect half of them, and I didn't really laugh, even one time, before the very end of the 3rd season. And the show clearly fails here : it's laughing AT people only, and in some pathetic ways sometimes. It's also about situations sometimes, but never really works for the whole episode ; it's just a matter of seconds or minutes.
Finally, it's nice, somehow, but doesn't deserve these ratings, and doesn't deserve 3 entire seasons for the only 20 last good minutes.