a thread for the show "Maniac"

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Only halfway through the first ep, but I was shocked at a sci-fi satire dystopia this well-designed and constructed getting made in this day and age, tbh. Shades of PKD, Malzberg, Gilliam, Grant Morrison, Pohl

Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:48 (seven months ago) Permalink

also legit funny, tons of buried jokes and details in both the dialogue and the design

Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:49 (seven months ago) Permalink

Was planning to watch this eventually because the trailer look intersting and also because Fukunaga but your blurb just sealed the deal, shakes.

Mummenschanz in a Metal Mood (Old Lunch), Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:53 (seven months ago) Permalink

I didn't even catch that this was Fukunaga

Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:56 (seven months ago) Permalink

Everyone on the Netflix thread was saying this is trash, well now I just don't know what to think.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 27 September 2018 16:16 (seven months ago) Permalink

I and maybe like two other people on earth maintain that The OA is the best original Netflix show so I might perversely be even more intrigued by that revelation.

Mummenschanz in a Metal Mood (Old Lunch), Thursday, 27 September 2018 16:23 (seven months ago) Permalink

there are a lot of strange opinions on that thread. and again I'm only one episode in, maybe it all goes to shit but idk.

full disclosure re: some of the comments on that thread
- I don't have a problem with Jonah Hill, in fact he's p consistently great in a wide range of stuff imo
- I think Brain Candy is great altho afaict the only real similarity is that both have pharmaceuticals as a plot device
- Hill's sadsack protagonist does have a bit of Charlie Kaufman's writing about him, but that doesn't bother me either. Kaufman is rarely this funny, for one thing.

Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 September 2018 16:27 (seven months ago) Permalink

the protagonist having a vaguely threatening invisible mentor from another dimension giving him inscrutable instructions about how he has to save the universe is the plot of half a dozen Malzberg novels, is a comic setup that I admit I find inherently amusing

Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 September 2018 16:31 (seven months ago) Permalink

Someone cast Jonah Hill as a Nashville Skyline-era Bob Dylan, stat! I loved the blending of Seventies sci-fi tech with modern gig economy concepts like Ad Buddy. I wouldn't have minded if the entire series focused on Emma Stone, as I wasn't as interested in Hill--his mumbling was distracting. I'll probably rewatch just to get a better look at the design. A friend of mine is already cursing that a Dr Fujita costume would probably be too obscure for a Halloween party...

blatherskite, Thursday, 27 September 2018 16:37 (seven months ago) Permalink

"Ad Buddy" was straight outta Jonathan Lethem!

Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 September 2018 16:38 (seven months ago) Permalink

or at least that's what it reminded me of, the people in "Access Fantasy" who hire themselves out to uncontrollably inject advertisements into their daily conversation

Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 September 2018 16:40 (seven months ago) Permalink

idg what people's objections about this show are. Watched through ep 4 and I guess it could all go off the rails but I'm finding it all v engaging and generally lol-packed. I mean, Justin Theroux's cybersex setup alone...

Have to say this is not what I would have expected Fukunaga to do next after True Detective but this makes it p clear he was the best thing about that show

Οὖτις, Thursday, 4 October 2018 20:38 (seven months ago) Permalink

also for some reason this doesn't come up in ilx search results for "Maniac"? wtf

Οὖτις, Thursday, 4 October 2018 20:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

don’t put quotes in thread titles

show is p good but the ending was cheezemcgee

flopson, Thursday, 4 October 2018 20:40 (seven months ago) Permalink

ah. did not know that about quotes

Οὖτις, Thursday, 4 October 2018 20:41 (seven months ago) Permalink

lol @ study coordinator's coffee mug ("I can read your mind and you should be ashamed of yourself")

Οὖτις, Thursday, 4 October 2018 20:42 (seven months ago) Permalink

Justin Theroux's cybersex setup alone...

this was legit incredible, from inside and out. as i said on the netflix thread though the ep 4 dream sequence killed all momentum and interest for me, and a little light wikipediaing did not encourage me to stick with it any further.

Toss another shrimpl air on the bbqbbq (ledge), Friday, 5 October 2018 08:45 (seven months ago) Permalink

agree w flop, liked the show generally but the ending is not good really

johnny crunch, Friday, 5 October 2018 19:21 (seven months ago) Permalink

hard agree

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 5 October 2018 19:25 (seven months ago) Permalink

I dunno, how did you expect it to end? Maybe the breaking-out-of-psychiatric ward bit was too much, but I liked how they didn't get us any kind of overt closure. The miracle cure didn't quite work as intended; Annie was able to confront her trauma but it's obvious she still needs a lot of help to get back on track, as she told her dad. And Owen was able to tell his family to screw themselves, but he's still a schizophrenic and has to live with that for the rest of his life. What he realised was that that doesn't mean necessarily mean he has to isolate himself from everyone else.

So basically they gave a tentatively positive ending with the two starting form a connection, but it didn't feel sugar-coated. It seemed pretty apt for a series which, despite all the black humour and dystopian tropes, had a pretty humane and warm approach to people with mental issues trying to cope in the world.

Tuomas, Saturday, 6 October 2018 18:31 (seven months ago) Permalink

I... agree with Tuomas?!

I did feel like some of the dramatic tension kind of petered out of the last couple episodes, but the ending was not the schlmaltzfest I was anticipating, they even made it clear that this was not some overtly romantic conclusion (with Annie rejecting the paid-friend's pseudo marriage proposal with a "it's not like that"), it was just two damaged people trying to help each other.

Οὖτις, Monday, 8 October 2018 16:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

nah the ending was a total schmalzfest, like 30% of it was romantic strings swelling in anticipation of people kissing

flopson, Monday, 8 October 2018 18:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

there was def schmaltzy strings but I don't recall Annie and Owen kissing...? maybe I blocked that part out idk

Οὖτις, Monday, 8 October 2018 18:35 (seven months ago) Permalink

There was no kissing, and it was left ambiguous whether it was even a romance, or rather a deep friendship forged by the mindmeld.

Tuomas, Monday, 15 October 2018 14:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

my interpretation was obviously the latter

Οὖτις, Monday, 15 October 2018 15:16 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

loved it, loved the ending

4 stars out of 4

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:46 (five months ago) Permalink

"a triumph"

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:46 (five months ago) Permalink

it was good

puppy bash (darraghmac), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 19:55 (five months ago) Permalink


Karl Malone, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:02 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

finished ep 6 last night and it's really growing on me. the "furs by sebastian" episode was the first clue that this was gonna be anything more than an enjoyable oddity, but now i'm totally along for the ride and excited for more of the dynamic between justin theroux and sally field.

harvey wall/barrier (voodoo chili), Monday, 14 January 2019 16:05 (four months ago) Permalink

Loved this. Wanted to spend more time in their 'real' world too.

Did anyone else attempt to watch the original Norwegian show?

S-, Friday, 25 January 2019 19:15 (four months ago) Permalink

I watched the Norwegian show. It is unrecognisable as source material.

I am using your worlds, Friday, 25 January 2019 21:11 (four months ago) Permalink

There were flashes of real brilliance in this, especially in terms of the acting, even if it didn’t totally cohere. I plan to rewatch.

Trϵϵship, Friday, 25 January 2019 22:17 (four months ago) Permalink

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