the new USA show MR. ROBOT: the rise of Rami Malek and the inexplicable solidness of Christian Slater

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YOOOOOOO is anyone watching this show? this came out of nowhere, is on a network not exactly known for prestige and is pretty remarkable in its first 2 episodes. basically an anonymous type hacking group vs a diabolical megacorporation. it does so many things that shouldn't work - extreme voiceover, making its political views so blatant - but they do work.

http://www.ew.com/sites/default/files/i/2015/04/27/mr-robot-society.jpg

slothroprhymes, Thursday, 9 July 2015 03:39 (six years ago) link

ok lol I'm drunkish and can't post w/e this show rules. watch it.

slothroprhymes, Thursday, 9 July 2015 03:41 (six years ago) link

this is so fuckin good

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 9 July 2015 05:02 (six years ago) link

like some of the dialogue ("thats....when i decided to hack you") & a little of the fsociety stuff (dropping OWS clips into the agit-prop vid starring a guy in a sub-Fawkes mask lol) is too on-the-nose, but i could see this dropping some of the more overt signifiers & getting even better. the paranoia is so nicely screwed in.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 9 July 2015 05:06 (six years ago) link

the voiceover actually is really what makes this work i think like

except for that second episode hiccup ("did he let me?") it almost seems to be operating at just the same speed as the viewer, which is impressive

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 9 July 2015 05:08 (six years ago) link

this is basically just Dexter. pretty cool so far tho

Spottie, Thursday, 9 July 2015 07:03 (six years ago) link

I watched the first 2 eps & it was okay, but im not gonna stick w it

hoos is prob the #1 target demo fwiw

johnny crunch, Thursday, 9 July 2015 13:49 (six years ago) link

At first I didn't think I'd be able to handle that bug-eyed freak staring at me for an hour a week (not even getting into the Christian Slater factor), but this is actually not terrible. It has a better grasp of computers than CSI: Cyber, which is nice. As summer TV goes, we could all do a lot worse.

NB: The big discussion around the show is how much of it/how many major characters (Mr. Robot in particular) are actually the main dude's Tyler Durden-like hallucinations. I'm not sure yet whether the eventual reveal will make it more or less interesting.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 9 July 2015 14:52 (six years ago) link

this is basically just Dexter. pretty cool so far tho

― Spottie, Thursday, July 9, 2015 7:03 AM (8 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

idg the comparison here

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 9 July 2015 15:16 (six years ago) link

alienated from society, walks around with a voiceover describing how he doesn't fit in but he wears a mask and pretends to.

that seems pretty much the emotional appeal of both shows to me.

got bent (mild cheezed off vibes) (s.clover), Thursday, 9 July 2015 15:33 (six years ago) link

I definitely get the Dexter comparison. Narration from the main character, a job that runs in parallel to criminal dealings, empathy for the dude even if he's doing some bad stuff

on the other hand, I really hope they keep going with the unreliable narration angle

Upright Mammal (mh), Thursday, 9 July 2015 15:47 (six years ago) link

haven't watched the third one, but did anyone else get a vibe from the first couple that Christian Slater's character could possibly not exist?

Upright Mammal (mh), Thursday, 9 July 2015 15:48 (six years ago) link

I really enjoyed the first episode, i really like the look of the show, can't believe its on USA tbh

was fun to see slater again! i forget how distinctive he is in his mannerisms and way he talks

where is the kid from? he's great

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 9 July 2015 15:50 (six years ago) link

haven't watched the third one, but did anyone else get a vibe from the first couple that Christian Slater's character could possibly not exist?

― Upright Mammal (mh), Thursday, July 9, 2015 3:48 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

ya def, though imo he throws the whole fsociety squad into question too--we see them interact with him separately from elliot, don't we?

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 9 July 2015 17:06 (six years ago) link

xp he's most notably burned into my brain due to a particularly horrific scene in THE PACIFIC, in which he is great and kind of terrifying

also in one of the twilight movies, the master, short term 12, the oldboy remake, a bunch of TV besides the pacific including 24

slothroprhymes, Thursday, 9 July 2015 17:49 (six years ago) link

really hope that slater isn't a tyler durden character, that would be lame

i've also only watched 2 eps but i am definitely into it, this + unreal = a shockingly good tv summer

Bouncy Castlevania (Will M.), Thursday, 9 July 2015 19:21 (six years ago) link

I would try UnReal if it was on Hulu.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 9 July 2015 19:35 (six years ago) link

due to a particularly horrific scene in THE PACIFIC

omg i forgot about this and i wish it had stayed forgotten

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 9 July 2015 19:38 (six years ago) link

I'm sorry man :/ I legit have never forgotten it

slothroprhymes, Friday, 10 July 2015 01:47 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

this show is 5 eps in and despite being an absurd high-wire act that seems like it could fall apart at any second it has remained fucking great

the drug trip episode was amazing, the heist too

extremely lag∞n postings voice (slothroprhymes), Friday, 24 July 2015 01:49 (six years ago) link

I like that it's been breaking out of Eliot's perspective in the last couple eps, it's helped open up the world and make the whole thing feel a little less adolescent

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Friday, 24 July 2015 01:51 (six years ago) link

exactly! like as much as I admire its commitment to Elliot's viewpoint overall because it's reflected in such a strong voice the supporting characters have their own - albeit occasionally nebulous - voice and agency, especially angela and the drug dealer (I can't remember anyone's name atm I'm a tad tipsy)

extremely lag∞n postings voice (slothroprhymes), Friday, 24 July 2015 01:56 (six years ago) link

the corporate swede and even the now locked up dope connect as well provide really strong impressions in their POV scenes

extremely lag∞n postings voice (slothroprhymes), Friday, 24 July 2015 01:58 (six years ago) link

Can't watch it anymore - it's become one of those shows that's only accessible on Hulu if you have cable. Of course, if I had cable, I wouldn't be watching shows on fucking Hulu.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 24 July 2015 02:10 (six years ago) link

just use one of the questionably legal sites man it's worth it!

extremely lag∞n postings voice (slothroprhymes), Friday, 24 July 2015 02:32 (six years ago) link

(or borrow a cable password from somebody)

extremely lag∞n postings voice (slothroprhymes), Friday, 24 July 2015 02:33 (six years ago) link

Totally enjoying this. The plotting is fine, but it's mostly the production -- so well made, very Fincher-y but with its own subdued weirdness -- and the cast. Rami Malek especially, but most of the leads are good, especially the women. Christian Slater is basically doing his Pump Up the Volume character 25 years on, which is ok but I'm glad he's not the focus of the show.

getting Jim McKay to direct a bunch of it was a good call

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Friday, 24 July 2015 03:42 (six years ago) link

haven't watched the third one, but did anyone else get a vibe from the first couple that Christian Slater's character could possibly not exist?

― Upright Mammal (mh), Thursday, July 9, 2015 11:48 AM (2 weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this seems altogether possible considering that the point of the show is to carry out Tyler Durden's dream?

mystified that people are excited about this boring show, death to voiceover.

teenage good-ass kinja turtles (some dude), Friday, 24 July 2015 03:46 (six years ago) link

al do you even like fun

extremely lag∞n postings voice (slothroprhymes), Friday, 24 July 2015 03:59 (six years ago) link

afaict no

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 24 July 2015 05:06 (six years ago) link

i mean when christian slater is the most fun thing about your show, i question how fun your show is

teenage good-ass kinja turtles (some dude), Friday, 24 July 2015 05:13 (six years ago) link

entertaining prob a better word than fun, and unpredictable

voiceover is good here if only bc it's so thoroughly subjective to elliot, it doesn't exist (for the most part) to fill in storytelling gaps, it puts you in this damaged mind in a way that another method couldn't.

and sure I suppoze it can be compared to having the "anti-corporate 4 life skate or die mannnnn" viewpoint of fight club or w/e but I think it's manifested with greater complexity by far here, there is nuance that's not present in fight club - like the hackers question what their revolution would actually accomplish at times instead of being true believers all the way

extremely lag∞n postings voice (slothroprhymes), Friday, 24 July 2015 11:49 (six years ago) link

also, while the anti-corporate viewpoint (that admittedly sometimes resembles that of someone who just read no logo or something) might seem like nothin new to a lot of us in a place like ILX, I'm still somewhat surprised that it's being paid for by nbc/universal.

extremely lag∞n postings voice (slothroprhymes), Friday, 24 July 2015 11:52 (six years ago) link

then again the counterargument as voiced in that one black mirror episode is that that's part of the plan so, shit.

this show rules

extremely lag∞n postings voice (slothroprhymes), Friday, 24 July 2015 11:54 (six years ago) link

the show is definitely getting increasingly fun. I've come to really like the trio of women, esp Shayla, who got the best line of this last episode ("...Obamacare.")

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Friday, 24 July 2015 11:59 (six years ago) link

the voiceover is interesting because half the time he addresses "you" and it's obviously something else in his head that he's talking to

or he's talking to christian slater

Upright Mammal (mh), Friday, 24 July 2015 13:30 (six years ago) link

imo the ideal would be that by the end of the season we find out, in a casual way, that Eliot's been hallucinating Slater, but only some of the time.

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Friday, 24 July 2015 14:08 (six years ago) link

enough ppl have been addressing slater directly that i'm beginning to think he might be a real person, but that wouldn't stop elliot from hallucinating him in certain situations necessarily given how often he hallucinates in general, so that could make sense

extremely lag∞n postings voice (slothroprhymes), Friday, 24 July 2015 14:42 (six years ago) link

I think (hope) the show's too smart to steal the Tyler Durden riff wholecloth. It's Durden-esque enough without having him actually be imaginary. I feel like it teased that idea early on, when he goes back to the boardwalk and they're all gone, but then resolved that they are actually real.

i dunno if people have been addressing slater directly - it always seems a bit ambiguous to me whether they're speaking to him or elliott.

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 24 July 2015 14:47 (six years ago) link

i can't help thinking of this show as 'mr rowboat' for some reason btw

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 24 July 2015 14:47 (six years ago) link

pleeeease don't fight club

tender is the late-night daypart (schlump), Sunday, 26 July 2015 11:09 (six years ago) link

so yeah i guess they did just kinda flirt with this & then back away from it

i wish to take a long drive to the sounds of this show's synth score

tender is the late-night daypart (schlump), Sunday, 26 July 2015 14:36 (six years ago) link

although slater does speak to other characters in the last episode, Elliot isn't involved in the conversation and is almost invisible in his black clothes against a black arcade machine. when slater storms off after arguing with darlene Elliot steps in and starts talking - they never interact with the other characters at the same time. there's definitely a case to be made that elliot and Mr rowboat are alternate personalities, as much as I hope they're just fucking with us.

bizarro gazzara, Sunday, 26 July 2015 16:37 (six years ago) link

yeah i was eagle eyeing that and actually enjoyed the degree to which it felt like they were fucking with us by having robot's voice literally in elliot's head during the steel mountain sequence

also lol @ 'steel mountain,' are we all aware of irl offsite data storage facility 'iron mountain'

http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/upload/291278/images/iron-mountain.png

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 26 July 2015 19:58 (six years ago) link

iron mountain was one of my company's clients :/

extremely lag∞n postings voice (slothroprhymes), Sunday, 26 July 2015 20:02 (six years ago) link

my last job used iron mountain for everything!

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 26 July 2015 20:21 (six years ago) link

I'd say end of S2 or after a particular midpoint ep of S3 is a fine place to quit.

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 5 January 2021 18:22 (eight months ago) link

honestly, if you quit when he finds Shayla in the trunk, you're good

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Tuesday, 5 January 2021 18:34 (eight months ago) link

i wasn't planning on watching s4 but i fell into it and it was a major quality leap over 2 & 3 imo, despite some wheel spinning in the pre-finale eps. still need to watch the finale tho.

boz conspiracy by toby hus (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 5 January 2021 18:35 (eight months ago) link

Just watched the Alf episode--it's the one right after the point where I quit last time. During the whole fake sitcom, all I could think about was how it was such a blatant steal from the Rodney Dangerfield segment in Natural Born Killers (a film I don't much like).

clemenza, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 19:44 (eight months ago) link

Thought Angela karaoke-ing to Tears for Fears was pretty great. The Cramps, too!

clemenza, Thursday, 7 January 2021 22:31 (eight months ago) link

The dude behind (or I guess beneath) ALF is supposedly this mercurial auteur who demands everyone treat ALF as real while on set.

Philip Nunez, Thursday, 7 January 2021 23:17 (eight months ago) link

As a Mad Men worshipper, immediately I bust out laughing when Duck Phillips/Mark Moses showed up (older guy at the bar Angela flirts with in S2, E6). When I checked to confirm it was him, was disappointed to find out that was his one appearance. He's there for 30 seconds; don't know if they were paying tribute to Mad Men, or if Moses just needed the work.

clemenza, Friday, 8 January 2021 03:22 (eight months ago) link

Finished S2. I'm as lost as ever, or maybe I'm just looking for more than what's there. The first half of the season was basically a ruse, and the rest amounts to fsociety on the run. I think I've got that much.

I'll keep going because it looks good, I'm glad they're using music more (going back to S1, "Some Velvet Morning" was great, but they barely gave it a chance), and I like most of the performances. My three favourite right now are Portia Doubleday, Grace Gummer as the FBI agent, and Michael Cristofer as Price. I'm finding Rami Malek's mumbling a little tiresome, though I really liked when he suddenly began talking like Christian Slater at the beginning of the last episode.

The highlight of the season for me was that young girl interrogating Angela. What a strange mix of Lynch, Marathon Man, and The Parallax View. And right after, DiPierro and Alexa.

clemenza, Sunday, 10 January 2021 05:50 (eight months ago) link

It continues to look (and sound) good throughout the run. S2 is peak "why is this a TV show" iirc, Esmail never gives up on his love of messing with you but the shape of the show is a lot more conventional in S3 and S4.

timber euros (seandalai), Sunday, 10 January 2021 23:32 (eight months ago) link

Grace Gummer is good in this

mh, Monday, 11 January 2021 00:41 (eight months ago) link

She really is. She turned up in one episode of A Teacher, and I couldn't figure out where I knew her from until I resumed this--she was in a few episodes before I bailed last time. (I don't remember her her character in Frances Ha--Greta Gerwig's roommate?) Her conversation with Alexa that I mention above is classic.

clemenza, Monday, 11 January 2021 01:14 (eight months ago) link

I feel bad for Portia Doubleday, so much of what she gets to do is pointless or at least very tedious

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Monday, 11 January 2021 01:22 (eight months ago) link

The scene where Elliot's psychiatrist brings forth Mr. Robot reminded me so much of the scene in The Exorcist where one of the doctors does the same with Linda Blair--I'm sure it was an intentional allusion. I suspect Agent DiPierro's lollipops are too; I vaguely recall some film noir I can't place.

97% of the computer jargon loses me. Exploits, femtocells, rootkits--I just let it cascade by and assume the main point will be clear soon enough. Sometimes it's campy, like this bit from the S3 opener: "I've known Angela since I was eight. This is what she does. She doesn't love the people who love her. She loves the people who don't. This is her power-saver mode."

The Barenaked Ladies bit was funny.

clemenza, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 02:04 (eight months ago) link

Duh--Kojack!

clemenza, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 02:09 (eight months ago) link

Bobby Cannavale is the least likely looking Irving I've ever encountered, but I'm really enjoying his scenes--one of those cases where he's off in some movie of his own. "That's a YP, not an MP"--Boogie Nights, I assume. I'm liking a lot, actually, most everything except the Elliot/Mr. Robot gimmick. They should have written Slater out by the end of the second season. Loved "If You Could Read My Mind." Someone sent me a Vimeo link for the karaoke scene.

clemenza, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 01:12 (eight months ago) link

https://vimeo.com/181859596

(Maybe you can't link to Vimeo.)

clemenza, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 01:13 (eight months ago) link

That interlude with Elliot taking Shama's brother to the movies was so weird--and then, at the end, kind of touching, a rarity for this show. Elliot and Angela at the doorway, though, was way too John Hughes-y; Elliot may as well have stood outside her apartment with a boombox.

As gimmicky as I find Mr. Robot's appearances, there are some affinities with Ghost Patti in The Leftovers.

clemenza, Friday, 15 January 2021 19:54 (eight months ago) link

And Ghost Mac in Magnum PI

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 15 January 2021 20:58 (eight months ago) link

Finished S3, will finish for sure. There's been so much over-the-top drama the last few episodes, couldn't say what's next. (Only show I've ever watched that spent two seasons trying to undo the first.) The big revelation with Phillip Price may as well have been SCTV's Days of the Week. Thought the last 20 seconds of the season-ending coda was hilarious.

clemenza, Saturday, 16 January 2021 00:47 (eight months ago) link

BD Wong must have cribbed from every Bond villain for Whiterose--keep waiting for him to say, "No, Mr. Alderson, I expect you to die!"

I feel bad for Portia Doubleday, so much of what she gets to do is pointless or at least very tedious

I'd disagree for the first couple of seasons, but by this point, yeah--they lost the character as she stumbled around in a zombie stupor the last few episodes. Hope they get her back on track.

clemenza, Saturday, 16 January 2021 01:02 (eight months ago) link

S4, E1, 45 seconds later--not back on track.

clemenza, Saturday, 16 January 2021 17:33 (eight months ago) link

I'm not sure whether it says more about the show or about me but I watched every episode and I don't remember hardly anything that you're referencing. I think it may have all exited my brain immediately after I experienced it.

Looks like I'm gonna be the filling in a missile sandwich! (Old Lunch), Saturday, 16 January 2021 17:41 (eight months ago) link

Happens all the time with me with TV shows. And I often get to them long after the fact, so when I revive a thread and start posting, I realize I'm pretty much talking to myself. For anyone who does plan on watching this some day: after three seasons as one of the main characters, Angela's killed in the first minute of S4.

clemenza, Saturday, 16 January 2021 17:51 (eight months ago) link

(That should really read "In case" rather than "For.")

clemenza, Saturday, 16 January 2021 17:53 (eight months ago) link

oh god, I did watch the bit with the spoiler. there were rumors that there was some sort of behind the scenes drama behind that

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Saturday, 16 January 2021 18:29 (eight months ago) link

I thought S4/E4 was one of the best in a while: Elliot and Mr. Robot and Tyrell wandering in the woods (like "Pine Barrens" in The Sopranos, or Saul and Mike stranded in the desert in Better Call Saul), DiPierro's dream, plus a couple of memorable character bits, Tobias the Santa and the cashier at the gas station. I have no idea where any of this going, and I haven't checked ahead, but I have a prediction: Tyrell is another part of Elliot. There was a hint a couple of episodes ago that there was a third part to Elliot's id--the part that Darlene was talking to about Vera's return--and then that was dropped. Elliot and Tyrell being one and the same doesn't make sense a thousand different ways, but then Tyrell never made a whole lot of sense either.

I didn't know till I looked her up that Grace Gummer is Meryl Streep's daughter. How could I? It's not like she looks and sounds exactly like the Meryl Streep of The Deer Hunter and Kramer vs. Kramer or anything.

clemenza, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 00:39 (seven months ago) link

As much as I liked E4, that's how drawn-out I found E5. The near-wordlessness of it was somewhat audacious, but that meant 1) a lengthy heist montage; not a fan of heist montages, least of all one that mostly takes place on computers (I was lost), and 2) a lengthy chase scene; whether in cars or on foot (Elliot's sudden transformation into Usain Bolt was impressive), ditto.

I'm baffled as to how Vera ultimately figures into this. Unless it all ends with a Tarantino shootout in an abandoned warehouse, and they just need an extra body on hand.

clemenza, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 00:22 (seven months ago) link

E6 (Part One, Part Two...) was bizarre. I thought, towards the end, that the big revelation about Elliot was a ruse improvised by him and Krista (earlier, Elliot had told her "He's looking for a show"). Dramatically, the revelation does seem a little pat.

The guy who plays Vera is so over-the-top, I actually enjoy the character on a Dr. Strangelove level. Sometimes he's a little scary, but mostly it's just laughs. His references to Frost/Nixon and Fox & Friends...yeah, sure. Black Army psycho Janice, though, she's really scary.

clemenza, Thursday, 21 January 2021 02:51 (seven months ago) link

Oh yeah I didn't like that part. Vera was a ludicrous creation.

DJI, Thursday, 21 January 2021 04:49 (seven months ago) link

Many beautiful images in E10.

https://phildellio.tripod.com/darlene.jpg

clemenza, Thursday, 21 January 2021 18:48 (seven months ago) link

God, there was a lot of grandiloquent speechifying in those last two or three episodes. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks everything should have ended with the E10 scene of Darlene and Dom in the park, just after Darlene finishes up with the bank accounts. That was great. Ending there would have left a lot unexplained, but now that I've seen the explanations, that would have been a lot more coherent.

My prediction above about Tyrell was wrong. I still don't understand what was going on with that character.

clemenza, Friday, 22 January 2021 06:40 (seven months ago) link

He made sense early on as Patrick Bateman. The last couple of seasons, not at all.

clemenza, Friday, 22 January 2021 06:44 (seven months ago) link

Remember when I was watching it I thought that was a pretty great ending and then being surprised when I found out there were a few more episodes to go xp

groovypanda, Friday, 22 January 2021 09:15 (seven months ago) link

I did really like that 20 minutes or so of Elliot's shadow life, the one where he's engaged to Angela. That could have worked as an ending too; it would have been baffling, but I would have been okay with that. Very reminiscent of the Sopranos episode where Tony fantasizes some other life as a businessman (when he was on his deathbed, I think), and Six Feet Under tried that briefly too (Nate and David in the van, headed out to the beach). It's not the same thing, but The Leftovers episode that flashed back to the day leading up to the departure had the same feeling.

clemenza, Saturday, 23 January 2021 19:20 (seven months ago) link

two months pass...

I finally came back to this show after watching S1 when it aired - so many negative opinions about S2 that I figured I wouldn't like it. I ended up really liking S2 with reservations, and S3-4 were even better. the directing, performances, and score carry a lot of the weight on this show through some wheel-spinning, but I liked pretty much every weird additional mystery and twist. it felt much more planned out than, say, LOST. The one thing I consistently found weak was the dialogue, though I liked a lot of the 4th-wall-breaking voiceover stuff and I usually don't like voiceover. it's just so well-integrated here. finale was pretty drawn-out and I would have preferred a trimmer, less explain-y ending, but overall a satisfying end to the show

Vinnie, Monday, 19 April 2021 06:25 (four months ago) link

still need to watch the 2-part finale lol

voodoo chili, Monday, 19 April 2021 14:57 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

Just watched s1.

The Swedish guy rmeinded me of Jeremy / Sebastian from Naked which made it amusing, until it was less amusing. Kept thinking of Aranovksy's PI as well, both in tone and also specifics like the paranoid voiceover, the neighbour girl, electronica soundtrack etc.

Not read this thread past that point so nae spoilers if possible.

Noel Emits, Sunday, 12 September 2021 12:40 (six days ago) link

An unreasonable ask, I realise.

Noel Emits, Sunday, 12 September 2021 14:36 (six days ago) link

This, like Legion, was a show I was obsessively into and then just suddenly stopped watching in S2. I might pick it back up some time.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 13 September 2021 04:00 (five days ago) link

I do that with quite a few shows cos I generally pick up DVD sets here and there and have to be invested or intrigued enough to continue. I guess I was partly fishing for opinions on whether it's worth going all in to the end (end?).

Noel Emits, Monday, 13 September 2021 10:28 (five days ago) link

Yeah, I would guess that it's a show that works better as a binge than as something with extended gaps between episodes. There are certain conceits that felt very grueling when dragged out over the course of weeks that I can imagine being much cooler if viewed over the course of hours. And since you are apparently avoiding spoilers upthread, I will tell you that the general consensus of those who stuck it out is that the show did a kind of remarkable job of landing on its feet in the end. Given how completely insane it gets at times, I'm still a little surprised.

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Monday, 13 September 2021 12:30 (five days ago) link

S2 can be a struggle but after that the show finds a groove that's consistently watchable and sometimes great

in a bar, under the (seandalai), Monday, 13 September 2021 12:50 (five days ago) link

This, like Legion, was a show I was obsessively into and then just suddenly stopped watching in S2. I might pick it back up some time.

― Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, September 13, 2021 12:00 AM (ten hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

I was exactly the same with both of these shows. Loved S1, bailed like 2 episodes into S2.

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Monday, 13 September 2021 14:05 (five days ago) link

Legion was great but also kind of emotionally exhausting too

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Monday, 13 September 2021 14:15 (five days ago) link

i keep forgetting that i have two episodes left in this show

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Monday, 13 September 2021 14:41 (five days ago) link

i posted almost the exact same thing five months ago, go figure

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Monday, 13 September 2021 14:42 (five days ago) link

I kinda mentioned above but S3 and S4 are excellent. I enjoyed S2 but it was the weakest of the seasons

Vinnie, Monday, 13 September 2021 15:07 (five days ago) link

I really enjoyed the first season and bailed on the stodgy 2nd, went back a few yes later and watched it to finish, great show, Rami's casting was perfect as his performance is astonishing, at times, completely sold the nerdy ego vrs the complex vulnerability of his character

Swanswans, Monday, 13 September 2021 15:46 (five days ago) link

I want to watch Comet again but I don’t know if I’ll be able to replicate the exact way the edible hit me 30 minutes into my first viewing.

papal hotwife (milo z), Monday, 13 September 2021 18:02 (five days ago) link

seeing ramy on james bond posters now is kinda weird

think “Gypsy-Pixie” and misspelled. (We are a white family.) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 20:44 (three days ago) link


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