Flack (2019– )
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The cast are fantastic, headed by the very talented Anna Paquin (who I feel is in a role that has really shown her versatility), which leads to a story so intertwined you will struggle to remember exactly who fits in to what part of which thing. This isn't a negative, moreso a slight intro to the whirlwind lifestyle portrayed on screen by the cast. Sophie Okonedo, playing Caroline the boss, is perfection (needless to say). Her ability to put over on screen such a fierce, intimidating, but actually quite complex character is a must see, only rivalled here by the lesser known but definite future household name Rebecca Benson, who plays Melody, the timid, wonderfully likeable intern with great comedy timing and the rare ability to make something funny without overdoing it.
At only 6 episodes, the first series does feel rather short and by the time you have gotten to grips with the amazing ability of Eve (Lydia Wilson) to insult everyone in less than 3 seconds, you will be wanting more.
The writers daring to include the names of many real celebrities is what really adds to the credibility of the script and daring to touch on issues that are so relevant right now (#metoo) is handled well, finding humour in the parts it's ok to poke fun at, whilst reminding us through the characters that actually, it really isn't regardless of who you are.
It's definitely a series to keep an eye on, I wouldn't be surprised to see it picked up by a bigger channel, both here and in the UK, but only if season 2 is longer though.
I need to see just what happens next to the characters, I'm already invested.
Stereotypical card board caricatures of the PR industry saving troubled lives of Stereotypical card board caricatures of celebrity industry--- closeted gay footballer, cheating celeb chef publicly known as a wonderful family man; think Ray Donovan without violence and Ray Donovan without violence is pretty lame.
Again we see wanton unsatisfying sex, throwaway emotional scenes about the lead's dead mom, lots of drugs, lots of booze and cigarettes. Overall boring and with nothing redeeming or new. As a rom/com movie of 90 minutes or so it would have a chance, but I don't see a rabbit being pulled out of a hat.
Also scoring a 10, to make up for IMO the unfair reviews.
The actors were trying very hard to breathe some life into this but to no avail. Quick cuts, a frantic soundtrack, wafer thin plot and meaningless dialogue doom Flack.
It was very, very woke, though. Every main character, except one, is a strong, sassy woman, doing everything a man can do, but better.
We have definitely achieved something that could be considered equality. These characters would would have been equally unlikable and unrelatable, if they were men.
As I was writing this, I dropped the score down from a 3 to a 2...with the only thing keeping it from 1 was that I liked Anna Paquin in True Blood.
It's free so whether or not you watch it should depend entirely on what you think your time is worth.
A better name for this would be Flop or Flap, is not funny, t is not interesting, probably the target audience are women, so keep that in mind.
Lots' and lots' of gutter mouth, With that being said I prefer Anna doing that when on True Blood. The co-worker with blonde hair, is ripping her character likeness from Patsy on Absolutely Fabulous most certain! The mousy frumpy intern assistant, not quite "Bubbles' but time will tell. I didn't like the ending ('introduction character') of episode given what her character did in 'one' day!!! I think many find same opinion there.
Will give this show one more go! In mean- time,find something more productive to do, that this hour, takes and stick with that. Perhaps binge or PVR watch after read whole series reviews. Is only 6 episodes. Since this airs on niche channel in USA (POP!) Be curious how ratings demographic work out/ where also airs around world! Points for getting rights to 21 Pilots, "Stressed Out" song on end credits. Would not be cheap.