Tried BBC America/Netflix's version of Dirk Gently
with Samuel Barnett as the lead and Elijah Wood as the reluctant friend, wasn't a fan of the BBC UK version and... not a fan here after an episode and a half. It is different from UK version, it clearly has a long term season plan rather then a few one off episodes, by episode 1 it had about 7 strands going on, the cosmic side of things is really felt.
First episode there was some great hilarious moments amidst a pile of flatness, second episode was just flatness. It has a lot of things that on paper should work yet somehow doesn't, cast fail to rise to the occasion. One can see the clever work Max Landis has done for the humour, for a surreall atmosphere but it doesn't transfer onto the screen. I might flick through for the cosmic assassin (Fiona Dourif) and her reluctant assistant (Mpho Koaho) but even that wasn't clicking.
Finished second season of Scream Queens
where Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) buys hospital and brings back some of her former student to work there. It also has a serial killer "The Green Meanie." While I was pleased to see the old guard, I was surprised they went that route rather then American Horror story route and the attempts by the writers to justify the characters working there didn't work. Even worse they did a complete rewrite of one character's personality
that ruined the character and hampered the show.
It started slowly at least partly due to that struggle to explain convincingly the new situation, it did have some good kills but humour wasn't clicking as much as it needed to. Then one character turned up
and seemed to lift everything, humour began to fly, things began to knit together. Overall the show was nice and fun, some decent kills, humour from Channel 1 (Emma Roberts) and 5 (Abigail Breslin who played the Gerry of Parks and Recs role of the series), Munsch and Dr Holt (John Stamos), some fun scenario's. Yet after a underwhelming finale, I can't say I'm fussed about a third season.
The second season, bar Dr Holt, never really managed to build up the new characters to really match up with the old guard, some of the casting didn't work and as for the baddies... in the first season it carefully built up the mystery (after initially overdoing it) and when revealed, the baddies made sense. Then were built even more as a group with you knowing they were baddies. This time the mystery is not well done, the reveal lacks oomph
and the baddies are not built up well after that. It means one of the best parts of the first season is really lacking with nothing to fill that void.
“You, are a rebellious son who abandoned his father. You are a cruel brigand who murdered his lord. How can Heaven and Earth put up with you for long? And unless you die soon, how can you face the sight of men?”