Rather than have the opportunity to respond to events in real time, the show is left to tackle broad themes like fame and television’s golden age. And often, the conversations are edited in a way that appears to clip discourse short just as it takes off.
Everyone talks fast, suspecting that if they pause to breathe, someone else will jump in. But it’s not too chaotic, and most of The Approval Matrix comes off as a discussion actual people could really have.
An easily digestible guide to pop culture that can make any water-cooler conversation more interesting (or interminable). But this television adaptation--if tonight's premiere is representative--does not work.