anyone seen SEVERANCE yet?

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British Horror/Comedy. I found it not unentertaining but quite difficult to watch. It's not exactly black humour because the laughs are goofy/gross out but the comedy rubs against the Saw/Hostel-style grim thriller background and either it works or it doesn't. I found myself completely unsure whether to get ready to laugh or to shudder and so ended in a constant state of poise throughout the whole film. I thought the premise of the whole thing was a little weak though.

wogan lenin (dog latin), Monday, 18 September 2006 10:43 (seventeen years ago) link

I really want to see this, even though I wasn't nuts about the director's last film, "Creep" (which was also his debut). I loved 'The Descent' enough to deem it a new British Horror Movement in and of itself, so I have high hopes that I can add this to my argument. Looks like it's only in a couple theaters still in London, though - like some Odeon in Leicester Square with a 9:10pm show only and stuff like that. Better hurry, I guess.

Tiki Theater Xymposium (Bent Over at the Arclight), Monday, 18 September 2006 15:34 (seventeen years ago) link

I've seen it, its okay.

Mantraps = classic

Arms dealers sales reps as victims = classic

Jarlr'mai (jarlrmai), Monday, 18 September 2006 15:45 (seventeen years ago) link

one year passes...

saw this last night and i thought it was great. manages to keep one foot in comedy and the other in horror throughout, which is impressive given the levels of gore/unpleasantness.

still killing me: the diving board scene and follow up

if i was from eastern europe, not sure i would really be pleased with the new western preoccupation with making them the new locational horror stand-in for scary unfamiliar frontier, though. (this, Hostel, etc.)

John Justen, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 19:49 (sixteen years ago) link

fourteen years pass...

Can I hijack this thread to talk about the new Apple TV + show? Pretty intriguing mix of Black Mirror, Wayward Pines and Parks & Rec?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 21:12 (two years ago) link

Only found out recently about the real life crime inspired by the Brit movie

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/norfolk/8022946.stm

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 21:17 (two years ago) link

I'm enjoying it so far, especially simply to look at. I like how the era is indeterminate, the computers suggest 1970s but the houses are entirely modern.

I feel like so much of the design of the corporation is based on a mix of the Clavius base from 2001, especially the deleted part with the kids playing in a rec room, and mid-century modern.

Maresn3st, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 21:29 (two years ago) link

Usually a good move to have retro computer screens for various reasons.

Solaris Ocean Blue (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 21:32 (two years ago) link

Poor Adam Scott looks so defeated in it, I also enjoy how he somehow looks like a Garry Trudeau character.

Maresn3st, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 21:41 (two years ago) link

Ha, good point.

Solaris Ocean Blue (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 22 February 2022 21:49 (two years ago) link

Third episode is here.

Solaris Ocean Blue (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 26 February 2022 00:49 (two years ago) link

I’m into the show. Kind of worried it won’t stick the landing but the ride is a good weird time. John Turturro is excellent in a supporting role.

na (NA), Friday, 4 March 2022 04:00 (two years ago) link

Yes, he is.

Gary Gets His Tonsure Out (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 4 March 2022 04:08 (two years ago) link

This show reeks of THX-1138 to me, especially the visuals. Not sure how on board I am.

assert (matttkkkk), Friday, 4 March 2022 04:24 (two years ago) link

I love this show SO much

Stiller is so good at noticing all the dumb mundane bullshit in daily life & making hilarious, scary or just weird & i love it

everyone is great. intro credits freak me out.

i loved the awkward dinner party in the first episode - all that stuff like it was impolite to call ww1 anything but the great war, lol bc ww2 hadnt happened yet & the weird oohs and ahhs around the table

the CONFERENCE CALL in episode 3. where she has to speak but doesnt get to hear the board’s responses bc theyre filtered to her through a functionary with more juice than she has. incredibly perfect.

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 4 March 2022 04:49 (two years ago) link

i'm just going to assume that Michael Chernus's character being named Rickon is a reference to him being Cool Rick in my beloved Patriot

na (NA), Friday, 4 March 2022 15:52 (two years ago) link

Oh yeah, PATRIOT. Keep meaning to watch that.

Gary Gets His Tonsure Out (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 4 March 2022 23:18 (two years ago) link

Does it bother anyone else that they never seem to do any work? I know it's implied but idk

Maresn3st, Friday, 4 March 2022 23:28 (two years ago) link

No.

Gary Gets His Tonsure Out (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 4 March 2022 23:30 (two years ago) link

it's a corollary to them not remembering the work day. when you're actually at work, you only remember hallway conversations and getting coffee

mh, Friday, 4 March 2022 23:40 (two years ago) link

Petey is probably the best super-distressed and disheveled character since William Windom’s Commodore Matt Decker in the “Doomsday Machine” episode of Star Trek: TOS.

Gary Gets His Tonsure Out (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 5 March 2022 00:28 (two years ago) link

otm

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 5 March 2022 01:20 (two years ago) link

Ben Stiller a pretty big Star Trek head so not out of the question he was channeling that somehow.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpVOEp3HMjc

Gary Gets His Tonsure Out (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 5 March 2022 02:25 (two years ago) link

Does it bother anyone else that they never seem to do any work? I know it's implied but idk

A show about office work where they actually just do work. Genius

calstars, Saturday, 5 March 2022 03:02 (two years ago) link

Loving the increasingly cultish vibe at the office but dreading the inevitable moment this show becomes all about Mark joining the underground resistance.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Saturday, 5 March 2022 07:51 (two years ago) link

agree but it is so far handling getting there well, dig the pacing & minimalist vibe

johnny crunch, Monday, 7 March 2022 16:02 (two years ago) link

hate this show so much, there i said it

Tracer Hand, Monday, 7 March 2022 16:13 (two years ago) link

hey, someone has to

I liked the setup, not sure how I'm feeling about the progression so far. The little office world and the cast of bizarre characters is kind of charming, but it's not quite pulling me in and I feel like it needs to start going... somewhere.. soon

mh, Monday, 7 March 2022 16:15 (two years ago) link

Turturro and Walken playing weird dudes that are kind of vibing about the art in their brainwipe prison

mh, Monday, 7 March 2022 16:16 (two years ago) link

Does it bother anyone else that they never seem to do any work? I know it's implied but idk

I assume that the "work" is only an excuse to keep running this experiment. That said, I am finding it all a bit Wes-Anderson-does-dystopian. A lot of whimsy, not a lot of real substance.

trishyb, Monday, 7 March 2022 16:19 (two years ago) link

the show's kind of reminding me of that amazon one, Homecoming

mh, Monday, 7 March 2022 16:24 (two years ago) link

I hate Ricken so much

Maresn3st, Friday, 11 March 2022 15:32 (two years ago) link

Petey’s cellphone has hella battery life

Mardi Gras Mambo Sun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 18 March 2022 17:48 (two years ago) link

I love Ricken. That actor's played some ridiculous characters in the same vein and I get why that type of guy drives people nuts, but I enjoy that on screen

mh, Friday, 18 March 2022 20:48 (two years ago) link

tbh I don't really see how you have the show without a Ricken-type character.

Mardi Gras Mambo Sun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 18 March 2022 20:56 (two years ago) link

ricken is so hilarious to me, i love him. feels like there is a lot of Stiller’s humor in that character specifically. like, idk, literary Zoolander. he’s SO oblivious

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 18 March 2022 22:19 (two years ago) link

I can also imagine that writing that book must have been great fun.
I'm enjoying this show more as it goes along. I thought in the beginning that it was boring and I didn't like it, but I've got into its pace now.

trishyb, Saturday, 19 March 2022 09:39 (two years ago) link

I was surprised to discover that there are only two episodes left in the season

Maresn3st, Saturday, 19 March 2022 10:25 (two years ago) link

that passage from Ricken’s book about “camaraderie” being based on the word “camera” nearly killed me

mh, Saturday, 19 March 2022 15:16 (two years ago) link

A lot of these shows seem to have only eight episodes per season.

Mardi Gras Mambo Sun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 19 March 2022 15:18 (two years ago) link

xpost omg yes we were dying

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 19 March 2022 15:20 (two years ago) link

A lot of these shows seem to have only eight episodes per season.

Yeah, it feels like an artistic decision that will turn out to have some business reason behind it, like eight episodes doesn't count as a full union season, so everyone's salaries don't automatically increase at the start of the next season, or something like that.

trishyb, Saturday, 19 March 2022 15:25 (two years ago) link

Seems clear that the season will end with Mark joining the resistance and with few questions resolved

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Saturday, 19 March 2022 20:04 (two years ago) link

Hard to argue with.

Mardi Gras Mambo Sun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 19 March 2022 20:11 (two years ago) link

Although I do think we will probably get a few more reveals about people's, um, Outies.

Mardi Gras Mambo Sun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 19 March 2022 20:12 (two years ago) link

This is fun, and thanks for the recommendation -- I wouldn't have noticed it without reading this thread.

I'm watching it during covid isolation - which feels a litle on the nose

Only seen three episodes - central cast is terrific. So far, the comic tone feels like it undercuts the dramatic tnsion - but maybe that'll change. And there's too much resting on the mystery denoument.

But it rules as My Little Isolation Show and everyone's lovely company (so far)

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 20 March 2022 15:27 (two years ago) link

New episode is up. Never sure what time it actually drops. At one point I was getting alerts for certain shows.

Mardi Gras Mambo Sun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 25 March 2022 02:58 (two years ago) link

Tell you one thing: I really dig Patricia Arquette’s nosy neighbor routine despite myself.

Mardi Gras Mambo Sun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 25 March 2022 04:03 (two years ago) link

Spook too soon maybe

Mardi Gras Mambo Sun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 25 March 2022 04:15 (two years ago) link

A lot of these shows seem to have only eight episodes per season.

This one has nine.

Loved the reveal at the end of this episode (although was expecting something along those lines but maybe a different character)

Renewed for season two too

groovypanda, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 07:40 (two years ago) link

(i am not really complaining)

mookieproof, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 00:38 (two years ago) link

I keep thinking about Irving! Namely, even his outie seems to be obsessed with Lumon, whether there's some kind of leakage between his selves that leads him to compulsively paint the same hallway over and over again, or because he's investigating them (the list of severed employees).

Antifa Lockhart (Leee), Thursday, 23 June 2022 17:02 (two years ago) link

turturro's delivery of "you smug motherfucker" at the retirement party is legendary. he's amazing in this.

i'm happy to see so much love for the finale here. 45 minutes of straight-up linear suspense hinging on a guy holding two levers in place. one of the best things about this show is how it has no need to manipulate chronology to stay interesting.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 01:58 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Just watched the whole lot in two days while sick. Between this and The Rehearsal it's a great TV time. Also felt the links to Maniac - especially retro computing and the animated graphics of Keir once they finished their quarterly work. Some observations while still sick so apologies if they've been made before or are in the links which I have to go through.

- Innies sort of like 'Cookies' in Black Mirror
- Dillon was smart enough to use his belt on the door, but not to use his tie on one of the levers?
- Who (2 people!) held the levers when Milchick went to Dillon's? Not Grainer or Cobel,
- Was the point of the Waffle Party to whip the dancers like in the painting of Keir? What's the goat connection there?
- Devon seemed so much more self aware than Devon and friends, until she met met the Senator's wife again: Rather than assuming someone might blank you after invading their 'birthing ritual' and taking their coffee, the *only* answer must be that she's severed!
- Outies *can* terminate their employment? Wouldn't Outie Irving question his compulsion to make dozens of paintings of a terrifying hallway? They reminded me of this https://cakeordeathsite.wordpress.com/2019/05/08/the-passages-of-h-r-giger/
- Intro reminded me a bit of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaMEIuTxfwM (which until now didn't realise was a fan-made clip)
- Speaking of games, some definite Stanley Parable and The Beginner's Guide vibes.

Bellend Sebastian (S-), Wednesday, 10 August 2022 11:21 (one year ago) link

- Devon seemed so much more self aware than *Rickon* and friends

Also scans of Lexington guide here for non-Apple users https://imgur.com/a/GOiKxEa

Bellend Sebastian (S-), Wednesday, 10 August 2022 11:23 (one year ago) link

OMG yeah Stanley Parable is right - forgot all about that game.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 10 August 2022 11:27 (one year ago) link

In season 2 I'd like to see a bit more of how society outside of Lumon functions. 'Rickon and friends' had their own (pretty innocuous tbf) cult-y vibe, independent of the obvious cult of Kier stuff at Lumon. Curious if that's indicative of a more widespread predilection towards cultiness among people living in this town. It's been a while since I watched it so I might have forgotten some other societal context/tidbits to confirm or deny this, though.

salsa shark, Monday, 15 August 2022 20:35 (one year ago) link

In season 2 I’d like to hear more Joe McPhee.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 15 August 2022 22:02 (one year ago) link

- Outies *can* terminate their employment? Wouldn't Outie Irving question his compulsion to make dozens of paintings of a terrifying hallway?

well we know from all the documents in his house that Outie Irving is attempting to investigate the company in some way. The painting is possibly an attempt to access his memories of what happens when he's at work?

Number None, Tuesday, 16 August 2022 15:42 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

We are maybe halfway through this and it’s really good, Adam Scott (and more specifically, his face) just perfect casting for this. The humour is a very underrated part of this.

barry sito (gyac), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 10:12 (one year ago) link

It's a really well-calibrated performance -- never too dark, too comic, too cowardly, too heroic -- it's just the right mix of each. You can see when he's thinking, and when he's not thinking. "The straight man, but not in a dull way" always seems like a difficult one to pull off.

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 10:34 (one year ago) link

^Booming post.

Ride On Proserpina (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 10:53 (one year ago) link

We are maybe halfway through this and it’s really good, Adam Scott (and more specifically, his face) just perfect casting for this. The humour is a very underrated part of this.


Oh that fucking finale, Jesus Christ.

Going to have to scroll back up and read the thread now.

barry sito (gyac), Saturday, 24 September 2022 16:01 (one year ago) link

Easily one of the best episodes of telly ever. I'm going to stick with my 'I'd be happy for it to end there' opinion. It's pretty much perfect and I'm scared they're going to fuck it up.

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Saturday, 24 September 2022 18:52 (one year ago) link

Yeah I know what you mean. It reminded me of the s1 finale of Utopia which had two reveals I actually screamed at, and which I would have been happy for the show to end there - although s2 gave me some of my favourite television ever.

barry sito (gyac), Saturday, 24 September 2022 19:06 (one year ago) link

Chinaski otm.

Ride On Proserpina (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 24 September 2022 19:52 (one year ago) link

Totally get that and agreed that if that was all we got, it's an exquisite way to end, but at the same time I BADLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

Antifa Lockhart (Leee), Saturday, 24 September 2022 20:08 (one year ago) link

When my wifed suggested we watch this show I reluctantly agreed, fearing it would be a very heavy-handed show about workers right and whatnot and nothing more than that, but holy shit I was hooked from the first minutes of the first episode and we binge-watched the whole season. I can't remember the last time I loved a TV show so much.

Dinsdale, Saturday, 24 September 2022 22:03 (one year ago) link

Based on what the creators have said, it sounds like they have a lot of it planned out, so I'm optimistic about the next seasons

Vinnie, Monday, 26 September 2022 12:46 (one year ago) link

I don't have Apple TV but have been staying at my bandmate's house for rehearsals and she does, and I managed to finish this last time I was down. Bloody love it, but personally I feel like there was too much left unfinished in the last episode, great as it was. At least one of the plot, character or emotional arcs needed to be resolved for it to not need another series, and they were all left open. To be fair, my desire for more concrete resolution might be due to the precariousness of my viewing ability.

I really want to do a Music Experience options poll but I fear non-Severance fans might hate me for it.

emil.y, Monday, 26 September 2022 15:38 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Bob Balaban! Alia Shawkat! some other people i don't know or don't care as much about! https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/severance-season-2-cast-gwendoline-christie-alia-shawkat-bob-balaban-1235418421/

Murgatroid, Monday, 31 October 2022 17:14 (one year ago) link

From the casting you'd guess a Severance x Knives Out crossover. Fun list for sure. Ólafur Darri Ólafsson!

TWELVE Michelob stars?!? (seandalai), Monday, 31 October 2022 19:11 (one year ago) link

Merritt Weaver! xp

groovypanda, Tuesday, 1 November 2022 15:51 (one year ago) link

That large a number of high profile new cast members certainly suggests they aren't going down the route of 'reset the status quo to the maximum extent possible' route

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 1 November 2022 16:57 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

amazing series throughout -- been watching it alternating w/Andor (two episodes left in that) and watching the dystopian prison episodes of the latter at the same time as this was reaching its climax was an interesting vibe

omar little, Thursday, 8 December 2022 19:56 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

Honored to talk about my performance on Severance here 🙏 pic.twitter.com/NHIzu13MMo

— Rajat Suresh (@rajat_suresh) March 11, 2023

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 11 March 2023 05:37 (one year ago) link

How good

hrep (H.P), Saturday, 11 March 2023 08:12 (one year ago) link

Rajat and Jeremy are absolutely terrible and I mean that in a complimentary way

mh, Saturday, 11 March 2023 14:10 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Finished this tonight! It's quite good for six episodes then amazing for three. It could have maybe gotten amazing more quickly but fine, I can live with that.

What I'm most struck by is how fucking weird the outside world is (even by the standards of our IRL outside world rn) - how stygian, how deranged, how isolating and stilted. Something is fucked-up and it goes beyond Lumon

imago, Tuesday, 9 May 2023 21:59 (one year ago) link

Having thought that the actual work might be a macguffin, I do also think it is probably quite important to find out what they do and what its wider implications are. But that's probably one for the S2 finale

imago, Tuesday, 9 May 2023 22:01 (one year ago) link

Wait, what episode was Defiant Jazz because that one's just straight up amazing?

groovypanda, Wednesday, 10 May 2023 15:21 (one year ago) link

yeah, it's episode 7

imago, Wednesday, 10 May 2023 15:44 (one year ago) link

https://m.imdb.com/title/tt11280740/episodes/?season=1

i now note that imdb agrees with me on when it jumps to being amazing, haha

imago, Wednesday, 10 May 2023 15:45 (one year ago) link

Dined near the crew in Port Rexton, Newfoundland on the weekend. Wonder when the episode they're filming will be out. Should check it.

how isolating and stilted

I guess the place will fit. It's very early in tourist season, with a very grey start to "spring". I'm not sure any other restaurants were open yet.

maf you one two (maffew12), Wednesday, 10 May 2023 15:46 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

Binged this over the last few days.
- Adam Scott’s face is… something.
- “Does it bother anyone else that they never seem to do any work? I know it's implied but idk”
This probably wouldn’t have bothered me except that Irv was getting his pay docked for dozing on the job.
- I can’t figure out Harmonie Cobel’s motivation. She’s got the shrine but she’s at odds with the Board. Before she realizes Mark is Out, and he’s telling her he’s thinking about quitting, she hugs him and whispers to “get away from those people”. She also seems to be encouraging something between Mark and “Ms Casey”.
- I’m very intrigued by the O&D dept and what they’re actually doing in the back room. Like, the random objects they’re creating and those instructional cards?
- for some reason I thought this was a limited series to I was pulling my hair out at the cliffhanger.

just1n3, Saturday, 7 October 2023 10:40 (nine months ago) link

Season 2 not sounding promising so far though. Behind the scenes turmoil apparently and now on indefinite hold due to strike

groovypanda, Saturday, 7 October 2023 19:41 (nine months ago) link

What was the turmoil? All I find is that production was halted due to the strikes, which is every show basically

Beyond Goo and Evol (President Keyes), Saturday, 7 October 2023 20:21 (nine months ago) link

Some falling out between the two showrunners.

just1n3, Saturday, 7 October 2023 20:47 (nine months ago) link

Well it looks they brought in the writer who wrote the prison episodes of Andor, so that seems promising

Beyond Goo and Evol (President Keyes), Sunday, 8 October 2023 02:27 (nine months ago) link

kinda curious how/why they're spending $20m per episode

mookieproof, Sunday, 8 October 2023 02:36 (nine months ago) link

those kaypro ii monitors aren’t cheap these days

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 8 October 2023 16:24 (nine months ago) link

Alia Shawkat is notorious for her method acting, forcing the production team to create the severing technology for real

Vinnie, Sunday, 8 October 2023 19:41 (nine months ago) link

nine months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULC9M8CCn28

Ella Minnow Picaresque (Leee), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 20:09 (four days ago) link

2025-01-17 if you don't want to watch the 0:40 vid.

Ella Minnow Picaresque (Leee), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 20:10 (four days ago) link

wow only 33 months between seasons

A So-Called Pulitzer price winner (President Keyes), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 20:18 (four days ago) link

yay, my husband and I now have anniversary plans

moral ziosk (geoffreyess), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 21:14 (four days ago) link

At least we'll have something decent to watch at the beginning of Trump's second term

jaymc, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 23:16 (four days ago) link

but not a lot

David Zaslav, the CEO of CNN’s parent company, at the Allen & Co. media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, on Tuesday: pic.twitter.com/TZ1ggoLJQY

— David Gura (@davidgura) July 10, 2024

symsymsym, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 23:32 (four days ago) link


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