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the more i watch the more i want to know..
i went into 'legion' knowing nothing about the character or his role in the marvel universe,and now just five episodes in,I'm invested.the way the story is fractured and at times incoherent,makes it hard to follow at first,but that just makes it all the more satisfying when the pieces start falling into place.every episode is stylishly done,the camera work is on point,the transitions are effortless,even the sound is incredibly well done.if it was to be judged just purely on a technical level,it would deserve praise.noah hawley is definitely the right person for the job it seems.
***POSSIBLE SPOILERS ALERT*** the main character David played by dan stevens is a complicated guy,to put it lightly.at first,on the surface,it seems like he suffers from split personalities,but there's so much more to the character.he's the son of prof charles xavier,one of marvels most powerful mutants,whose mind was regarded as a weapon of mass destruction.so its no surprise that David has inherited some of his fathers traits,only,davids powers surpass his fathers and then some.he's able to alter reality and shape the very fabric of existence,as well as a multitude of other god like abilities,all spread across his multitude of personalities.each one,an unstable atom bomb ready to explode at any opportunity..its heavy stuff,but the show handles it well.there are moments of doubt (is that person real or one of his personalities etc) but the viewer never feels cheated by red herrings.the story is always moving along at a great pace,jumping from an action scene to a cerebral journey through davids fractured psyche,all the time driving the plot forward.
(i would score this gem as a 10/10 but i feel its unfair to give it a perfect rating without first having seen the whole season in its entirety,the overall story arch could dip,but if it continues delivering quality like it has so far,its a 10/10)
the bar has been raised...sadly,not by this
westworld...game of thrones..we can safely say in this day and age that the quality which can be achieved in the TV medium can be amazing,truly awe inspiring stuff.Being able to connect with the viewers through likable characters with fleshed out personalities and flaws,first class acting delivered by titans in their field.
then there's the 'arrow' style of TV production...colour by numbers,cookie cutter,play it safe TV.shows that stretch out story lines to pad out a lack of story.side stories that never lead anywhere.TV where all the teens have perfect white teeth,no acne,siblings who look nothing alike but fresh off a catwalk,mediocre acting that makes you feel nothing...vacant,slightly dead inside,coma TV.
now,don't get me wrong,I'm not saying 'coma' as in 'it'll bore you to sleep'.there has probably been a group of TV producers/executives who've done market research for this just to make sure it excites to just the right level without pushing anything so as not to rock the boat...the whole thing just stinks of 'formulaic' (even the mysterious assassin was done better and way more sinister in 'utopia')
basically..the shows a pass..in the same way that 'the dome' was a pass...'arrow'..'the flash' and all the other one dimensional shows that leave you pondering absolutely nothing except plot holes and inconsistencies. i don't know about you guys but I'm tired of giving formula TV 'a pass'...the bars been raised...its shape up or ship out time...go hard or go home
In the Flesh (2013)
brilliant English zombie drama
well,I'm two episodes in and I'm hooked.i was a bit dubious at first about the cast,but i have to say they've all got into their roles brilliantly.its especially worth noting the performances of steve evets and ricky tomlinson,both truly underrated actors who have a larger than life screen presence and boy can they deliver those emotional scenes...
'in the flesh' is gritty,solid,brilliantly written and delves into questions never asked before.even the soundtrack has its moments of simple beauty.
if you like zombies and you like good television,'in the flesh' is well worth watching.
9/10.....(it loses a star because 3 episodes is not enough...which when you think about it,is a compliment to the writers and their ability to weave a gripping story....I'm hooked and 3 eps just isn't enough)