In a summer that’s offered new programs that pretty much all sit on the spectrum from “silly, but still curious” (Extant, The Strain) on one end to “just plain silly” (Dating Naked) on the other, Manhattan is the most grown up, worth-watching new series we have.
Fascinating story on the making of the atomic bomb in the desert of Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Bright brains secluded in a secret military base can develope many smart ideas for the bomb but also many crazy relationship, intrigues with spies and secret loves.
I loved serie 1 and now watching serie 2!
A must see!
The sets are superb! The story is a great work of fiction and full of twist and turns leaving the viewer so many options of what's to come. Who is the spy? Is there a spy? Having worked in the nuclear physics for almost 40 years I can say the actors portraying the scientist, bureaucrats, and security are excellent. It is as I know everyone one of them in person and each resembles someone I have know in the past. The scientist are well scientist. There are brown nosing bureaucrats and just as in real life, the most incompetent are promoted to the top and the hard working dedicated scientists get treated like crap. Security acts like a bunch of testosterone high Rambo's in the show and they still do today.
I guess I can some it up in the words of Truman Bradley "It's a story from the world of fiction and science, it's a story that didn't happen, but could have".
Ultimately it’s that frisson of complication that makes Manhattan worth watching--the performances are good, the writing is good, and the premise is good, but the complication of our own history is involving and fantastic.
hat's tough on Manhattan is that things really are substantial, which means the show can find itself at a moment of dramatic excess very quickly.... And yet that's what Manhattan is going for, and it often succeeds, particularly in the second episode, as the emotional, personal side of things starts taking hold.
Manhattan is awfully overwrought, stocked with personalities as volatile as the radioactive isotopes they're trying to tame. Its melodramatic tone makes it resemble Lifetime's Army Wives more than it does A Beautiful Mind.
This best new drama I've seen this season. Excellent character development and acting. Love the music. Kudos to creator Sam Shaw! Love the isolation and tension that must have existed during that secret intense time of the war.
This show started out pretty strong and has a great premise that's rich with story possibilities: science drama, a race against time to win WW2 and beat the ****, spies, secrecy, politics, isolated living, etc. All of those themes have appeared, but there is just as much or more emphasis on adultery, secret lesbianism, angst, and career sabotage.
I understand that these can be dramatic and interesting subjects, too, but the writers have taken these stories way beyond believable to the point of eye-roll inducing silliness.
Un sujet passionnant malheureusement mal traité (et maltraité) par une succession de partis pris et de choix hasardeux et par un manque de réalisme flagrant de temps à autre (une croix gamée sur le casque d'un soldat allemand de la... Première Guerre Mondiale ! ou bien ce physicien de couleur dans la centrale nucléaire !... à une époque où les universités étaient encore interdites aux Noirs).
Du coup, on s'interroge sur la légitimité et la véracité du fil des évènements romancés ici... Romancés, trop romancés à mon humble avis, voire satiriques à leur insu ? pourtant la série se veut très docte et sérieuse. On ne voit Oppenheimer que très rarement et il est présenté comme un sale con, imbus de sa personne. En revanche, le "héros" et l'inventeur de la bombe serait ce Frank Winter, superchieur de son état et sorte de prince McGyver de l'atome.
La série a pourtant quelques qualités comme son ambiance sécuritaire obsessionnelle et sa paranoïa de l'espionnage et se donne du mal pour donner un visage humain à tous ces scientifiques exceptionnels. Mais outre son sentimentalisme exagéré et peu crédible, elle **** dans les grandes largeurs en déroulant la vie sexuelle débridée de nos super génies. Apparemment, à Los Alamos, on ne pensait qu'à se vider les burnes entre deux équations et une bouteille de gnôle.
Donc, je sais pas, mais j'ai l'impression qu'on se fout de notre gueule dans Manhattan : si c'est "ça" l'histoire de la Bombe, moi j'ai marché sur la lune avec Haddock et Tournesol.
another liberal hack job at rewriting American history it portrays the scientists as a bunch of hand-wringing liberal wimps and the woman as modern 21st century woman the scientist's were proud to be working on this project to bring and end to a horrible war the only thing that resembles reality is the location and the project otherwise it should only be viewed as a fictional drama
Sorry, I can't recommend this show except to chicks because it has much more in common with a show like "Army Wives". There are so many problems with this show, the latter being just one: it starts in 1943 so the setting is one in which your father or grandfather grew up, and it's not at all colorful; in fact, they might as well filmed this in black-and-white because the muted grays and browns are just as bad. Next, the story starts after the project has begun, so there's no exposition of the Manhattan Project at all; in fact, the characters aren't even really named. That means this show is going to lean heavily on flashbacks which just adds to confusion, especially at the outset. It's also leaning heavily on family relationships which is more distracting and FF bait. I was hoping the show would focus more on the science, the policy and ethical debates but instead we're getting splashes of Army Wives and Mad Men's misogyny. Deleted and removed from DVR's timer.