To give an example of how slow this is: the first 60 seconds consists of a slow pan of a wall. Count out 60 seconds in your head, it's a lot longer than you would think.
I'm shocked that an action movie directed this well is sitting at a 6.2. I almost skipped over it. This is a big step up from the first Ninja movie which I just watched when I realized this was a sequel.
Movies this well directed don't come by often so if you're reading this I highly suggest checking this out.
Most comedies don't really push for an intelligent storyline because why would they, people are watching to laugh. This show goes beyond your typical comedy in it's clever storytelling. To explain further would require spoilers.
Edit: Season 4 is much worse than the previous three. It ended on a cliffhanger so hopefully season 5 is a step up to the days of old.
Then we get to the tests, the reason people have tuned in. Instead of having many different tests the show decided to spend all the money on a few huge spectacles. I hope you like them because you'll see them over and over.
The commentator has little to add so he rehashes stuff you've already heard. "This block is 1000 pounds" "They are pushing 150lb slabs up the ramp". Yeah, I heard ya the first time.
I think the head to head aspect makes the show worse. In Ninja Warrior, because you had a time limit you could run out of time and not finish the course, not to mention you could fall in the pit and lose instantly. In this they always finish the course, the only thing that changes is whether they get first or second, and in most cases the front runner is so far ahead halfway through that all tension is lost since you know who is going to win, you're just waiting for the inevitable.
I watched the first episode. It has a 2 hour runtime but the show is actually 1h25m. It took 7.5 minutes for the first match, then another 10 minutes for the next one. Admittedly, near the end less time was wasted, they can't really tell their backstories more than once after all.
I'll watch another episode, hopefully they'll have different tests but I'll be skipping past all the filler.
The ship looks pretty good. That's the only plus I see.
Update: I ended up quitting about 7 episodes in. The humor that was in the pilot never seemed to come back and with each episode the humor grew more stale until I realized I wasn't laughing anymore.
The first episode floored me. I'm not a fan of documentaries so this means a lot coming from me. I instantly queued up the rest of the episodes. I love that the episodes are 30 minutes and no censorship. This all combines into a show that is never boring.
Thanks to Cinemax, Judge, and everyone else involved.
Episode 3 was the highlight for me. Extremely creative direction.
There were a couple episodes that were so-so but the excellent ones more than make up for it. I'm psyched that a 2nd season was greenlit so until then!
Update: I watched 2 episodes of season 2. Ron's character is the only thing good about this show, it's humor is completely gone and I with it.