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Lost has shown pretty well that ambiguity, mysteriousness and unexplained conflicting phenomenons in a TV show are not likely to produce theLost has shown pretty well that ambiguity, mysteriousness and unexplained conflicting phenomenons in a TV show are not likely to produce the mind-splitting shock-and-awe plot twist at the end, where everything fits into the puzzle, but are actually symptoms of a disease you'll see far more often in TV series' writing: Kudzu plots.
Kudzu plots can either show one writer who decentralizes or alembicates the story so much it becomes visibly strenuous to make it coagulate and have a point in the end (I'm looking at you, GRRM) and shoehorning appears towards the end of the story as the writer frantically attempts to tie all the loose ends in a meaningful manner, or, more of a TV-series disease, can show multiple writers all trying to pull the respective show under their own artistic view, alike a room of D&D players all taking turns attempting to railroad the story. The problem of the Kudzu plot disease is that it is dishonest: the viewer starts the show with the impression that the people who built the show have a point to be made at the end, not that they'd strap themselves for a dip into the interesting idea pool, followed by a long period of just winging it and an embarrassing, anticlimactic finale. The producers love Kudzu plots because they keep the audience glued to their screen long enough that until they manage to realize the swindle three seasons have passed and the producers are already three money trains in profit, and because most writers can write a Kudzu plot; Most writers can create entangled messes, the solving of the entanglement is the actual brain-requiring part, and this is why shows who have been consistently good don't stray too much in too many directions - every line thrown has to be knotted back in somehow later.
Introductions aside, The Leftovers exhibits all the symptoms of Kudzu plots. What about the sleepwalking cop? What about the Antichrist? What about the rapture? Strange things happen because? What about the cultists? The show makes no attempt into tying in any of these questions but each new step opens up new questions. The show's religious and magical "explanations" which are given off frugally are also a sign that the plots will most probably be ended by intellectual patches that will make the audience feel unsatisfied. You have been warned.… Full Review »
Between social commentary, a diverse cast, and a sense of optimism, the Orville hits most of the same beats as Star Trek's main line of shows,Between social commentary, a diverse cast, and a sense of optimism, the Orville hits most of the same beats as Star Trek's main line of shows, and does them well. It's got a fair amount of humor, some of which works some doesn't, but the positive tone and hits are well worth the odd joke that falls flat. Moreover, it's been rounding off the edges and getting smoother and better done as it goes, so that pops it up higher.
I've been waiting for a show like this for years, and it's doing something no space opera show has done in years. Some critics derided it for being '90s,' but it's mainly so in the sense of bright lights, episodicness, and optimism, and those are styles not limited to any decade.… Full Review »
Absolute garbage! This show is ruined by the completely hackneyed writing. The main characters are all unlikeable and unrelatable. TheirAbsolute garbage! This show is ruined by the completely hackneyed writing. The main characters are all unlikeable and unrelatable. Their interactions with each other melodramatic and over the top. The whole thing feels like it was a high school theatre production disguised as a modern tv show.… Full Review »
I have to say that more and more, I get the impression that tv critics are a little clique who all get together and decide collectivelyI have to say that more and more, I get the impression that tv critics are a little clique who all get together and decide collectively whether they are going to sink or float new shows. This show is absolutely charming, fun, actually thought provoking at times, and as a TNG fan, is more like that show than anything Paramount has produced in twenty years.
Yes, it is at times tongue in cheek. No it doesn't take itself too seriously. That being said, it is what Star Trek used to be before it decided it needed to be "gritty": uplifting and optimistic utopian science fiction with allegories for today's issues. Take any lighter TNG episode, add about 10% more comedic moments, and you have The Orville. It isn't slapstick, and it certainly isn't a parody. It is an homage, and a pretty good one at that. I hope it forges its own history, because I'm enjoying it a lot.… Full Review »
This show is needlessly rude, crass, and doesn't tackle the subject matter respectively. Ideas are wasted, and its constantly screaming. I canThis show is needlessly rude, crass, and doesn't tackle the subject matter respectively. Ideas are wasted, and its constantly screaming. I can only imagine edgy teens liking this.… Full Review »