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The Preacher story line moves and behaves like an imitation of Breaking Bad, even the side characters remind me of it. What's different fromThe Preacher story line moves and behaves like an imitation of Breaking Bad, even the side characters remind me of it. What's different from Breaking Bad is that I don't care about the main characters like I did with Walter, Jesse and the like. I guess the writing is based on a comic book and only goes so far.… Full Review »
Having watched the first four episodes of Roadies, I have to say it's really growing on me. There's nothing else quite like it on TV today.Having watched the first four episodes of Roadies, I have to say it's really growing on me. There's nothing else quite like it on TV today. It's a music-themed dramedy that has a lightness and sweetness about it that, honestly, is a welcome antidote to the other (much darker) high-production-value hourlong shows on premium cable and streaming. Is it cutting-edge highbrow fare? No. It's it cynical and gritty? No. But it doesn't strive to be any of those things. Instead, it's a strong group of actors portraying a makeshift family devoted to music, telling breezy, sentimental, funny stories each week. I'll take that.… Full Review »
This is a great show. I wrote a review for season 1 as well, so I won't repeat everything. If you liked season 1, I think you'd also likeThis is a great show. I wrote a review for season 1 as well, so I won't repeat everything. If you liked season 1, I think you'd also like season 2, which adds Michelle Yeoh and some more great fight scenes.
As with season 1, the story can drag sometimes, but overall it was fun to watch, and the end is very satisfying. I'd love to see another season.… Full Review »
This show has its ups and downs, and I'll admit it's not for everybody. But if you like martial arts movies and historical drama, you shouldThis show has its ups and downs, and I'll admit it's not for everybody. But if you like martial arts movies and historical drama, you should watch this. I've watched kung fu movies my whole life, and I think that some of the fights in this series compare very well with the best fights in the movies. The character Hundred Eyes is the best, and fights beautifully. There's another martial arts TV show, Into the Badlands, that's even more directly martial-arts themed, yet has much worse fights.
Other points: The sets are incredible, and obviously expensive. I'm no Mongol expert, but I have a better than average knowledge of world history and military history, and I think the series as a whole has a good, historical feel. Sometimes the show can drag, and you're more or less waiting for something to happen. Other times a scene is so cool that I watch it again immediately.… Full Review »
This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I enjoyed both Season 1 and Season 2 tremendously. I had held off watching the show due to poor critic reviews, and I found that they were wildly unwarranted - in my view. This is a visually stunning show, with some fantastic acting, good action, and a range of characters I quickly was intrigued by or came to care about. The martial arts sequences and music have been outstanding. Who knew that Mongolian throat singing could be so mesmerizing? My own experiences with long-term stays in foreign countries led me to appreciate the show's presentation of Marco's perception of and reactions to what he's seeing and experiencing, including notable culture shock at times. I found the developing Stockholm Syndrome-like relationship between Kublai Khan and Marco Polo in Season 1 irresistible, and loved how that relationship continued to develop in Season 2. The fleshing out of other characters, and the exploration of family and loyalty in Season 2 was welcome and intriguing (again, with some weak spots/plot points). Wong, the actor portraying Kublai, is a gem - he can turn from one emotion to the next on a dime and draws you in like a moth to flame. Richelmy, portraying Polo, is incredibly expressive, while simultaneously contained, and the direction to have him communicate much of his character's deeper emotions/conflicts/shocks nonverbally fits perfectly with Marco's situation in the show where he is a captive outsider surrounded by powerful others. Season 3 can't come soon enough. I am hoping for a father-son-father triangle centered on Marco as ONE of the major plot lines, and have already invested time in learning what history has to say about "Prester John" and Christianity in the East.
There are weak elements (and actors - looking at you, Khultulun), true. Some critiques are uninformed about Marco Polo's travel accounts, accusing the show of adding elements to titillate today's viewers: Too much sex, Mongol women wrestler/warriors, etc. Go read the Marco Polo accounts - these (and other things) are actually in them (regardless of whether you believe his accounts to be accurate). I approached this show as entertainment, with some roots in history at best, and it excelled in that for me. I learned quite a bit about the actual history and customs of the people, times, and places - not as "data" from the show (it is NOT a documentary folks), but from the show spurring me to investigate the historical accuracy of things that came up while viewing it. A show that can draw me in to doing that, and simultaneously be great entertainment, is a great show.… Full Review »