S1E1 surprised me in a good way. It didn't feel like a procedural that's been done a trillion times. The acting could be a little sharper but I really like the characters. Good to see a few familiar faces with a balanced mix of new ones. There are smart bits of humor throughout - natural but not distracting. Bonus: I learned some tech stuff! (Both Arquette and The Beek are great! I like them as a team.)
Season 2 covers both Danny's murder trial and a previous case that haunts Detective Hardy. Having 2 mysteries in Season 2 certainly corrects the pace which felt somewhat slow in Season 1. And it was satisfying to see one case put to rest. Viewers also learn about Hardy's health, so actually 2 of 3 mysteries are solved.
Even though it has a star-studded cast of British actors, I didn't expect to care for this show. How wrong I was - happily! The story never drags; little filler and long laments about what we viewers already know/can discern for ourselves. The setting might've been claustrophobic considering the all those men and just 2 little ships, but outdoor scenes are sprinkled well throughout and some of them are breathtakingly beautiful. The ships and costumes look authentic, as do the characters, many of whom wear wigs (it looks like the hair is actually attached to a hat in one scene!=) Finally, the suffering is real. Half-way through the series, one can't help but wonder if these men were fools or heroes, but they're undoubtedly pioneers. And this series is a brave departure from a number of recent copycat drama/thrillers. One minor complaint: I can understand UK dialects and don't require the Queen's English be observed, but at least make the recording/audio/playback/enunciation clear enough to understand most of the dialogue. If CC isn't available where an accent is too thick, fast, quiet or distorted, I will soon give up even the best series. If it isn't Old English or before, captions should be the exception not the rule. (Maybe it's just me; I for sure used bad grammar in this review)! ;D Again, though, minor problem. All said, this series is BRILLIANT! Bravo, AMC!~
GREAT syfy with a lot of originality, a great pace, and a terrific story set 500 years in the future after humans have settled multiple planets and can be re-sleeved (meaning death can be delayed over and over). The wealthiest can even become "immortal" and completely control any and everything they want through unlimited means and power. But there's a faction of rebels who want to end immortality, mostly due to the problems it's caused. One man who's pulled from a "frozen" state into the investigation of the (impermanent) death of an immortal, soon finds he's a key to a larger mystery that can reignite the revolution to reverse or end this advanced biotech. GREAT series but can seem confusing. Don't worry about that; just pay attention and things will be explained. The finale sets up possibilities for more Altered Carbon and this will definitely stay in my watch cue!
Is it me, or does this show have a high number of reviews compared to other relatively new series? I may be wrong. The appearance of so many reviews here (and some really good ones) made me curious, makes me want to try this show again. Point: Keep writing! Write more! It's good for you, good for us, and good for (some of) these programs. :)
(Initially, I thought the premise of this show was so hum-drum and the pilot did little to keep me watching. An insightful review here changed my mind about dropping this series off my tracker. Thanks everyone for contributing your voices!)
I truly appreciated Unknownfear's review and agree with nearly all of it. (See his review, y'all!). But I thought Outcast's pilot was absolutely BRILLIANT! Damien=meh. I didn't think this pilot was sleepy. It had more moments of dread and fright than expected. Acting, editing, and effects - all terrific. Most shows don't live up to their pilots, but I hope this comes close or at least has a satisfying season.
Like so many shows that debuted recently, this began strong, intriguing, and original. W.E. became just too silly for me ~3 episodes in. I really wanted to like this one & do love syfy, but this was both too "out there" and dull at once. Bummed! :\ Will swing back around and try again if I find some positive reviews.
If you loved Sociology class, you will love this show. I hate that it was unsuccessful but hope that we'll get at least a conclusion to this first and only season. It's really interesting to me, even though some people are so frustratingly stuck on their own ideals and methods. Think about it, if we all went to jobs where we had no boss, it would be chaos! :)