I was blown away by just how bizarre it all was (in a good way, of course). ... It's that never-ending sense of enigma that makes The Consultant such a thoroughly enjoyable watch. You'll spend days trying to puzzle out the ending, piece together Regus' master plan (if he even has one), or even just trying to make up your mind about whether he's a villain or a hero.
Waltz isn’t “The Consultant’s” only asset, but everything beyond him feels like a bonus. Even with a few hiccups, watching him work is compensation enough to ensure that this Amazon series earns its stripes.
Although it seeks to be contemporary in its examination of workplace culture, The Consultant occasionally gets bogged down by incoherence. Heavy-handed symbolism and dramatic distractions muddy the waters on more than one occasion, marring an otherwise intelligent show.
Many questions. But all, I suspect, with answers, and not very complex ones at that. That – along with the spooky basement records room opened by a key with a giant brass keyring stamped “RECORDS”, and a decadent members-only nightclub that has transformed into generic office space by morning and assorted other hokum essentials – is what makes it fun, and perfectly, perfectly fine. As I said: no more, no less.
[Craig and Elaine's] chemistry is sound and they are the characters in whom we're invested. But even as the Patoff malignancy grows and the casualties mount, the stakes for our heroes remain low, making it unlikely that the audience will commit to the entire enterprise.
We never see an ordinary workday, and we have so little sense of the characters’ personal lives that any mention of them feels jarring. They seem to exist only as lenses through which to view the ensuing chaos, not least of which because the series fails to drum up a plausible reason for Craig and Elaine to stop shopping their résumés around and stay at CompWare. Viewers, luckily, are under no such obligation.
Lots of setup, little payoff:
The show has an intriguing premise and spins along a decent-enough mystery. However, 90% of the setup goes nowhere and the "resolution" hardly qualifies as such.
This should have been a movie, at most. Because 80% of the runtime is filler to pad out the tiny mystery there is.
Starts as a weird mystery and ends with full disappointment from the plot. Mostly all those bizarre twists and turns (which are pretty good by intend sometimes) you expect to be explained a bit or solved are lose ends. Good cast work.
P.S. Expect good cast everything else is also on a great level, but I'm a person who wants series to be consistent in all of the aspects and plot is one of the main things in the end.
Good performance by the cast. Unclear plot points, inconsistent pacing, irritating dialogue. Listed as a comedic thriller yet nothing was really humorous. Intriguing plot left undeveloped, questions unanswered. Really don't understand what the show runner thought they were accomplishing.
Jesus, did they just pay for a good writer in the first episode and then got Waltz contractually obligated to finish this pile of crap? For any one trying to speed through the episodes for some big reveal in the end: Don't bother, No pay off whatsoever, they do not answer anything, thanks guys. By all means, please keep praising this show if you like how Amazon is using you like that Korean kid's mouth.