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The Mosquito Coast (2021)
A thrill ride to nowhere anytime soon.
Halfway through the first season and we are left with vital questions: (1) Will they ever make it to Honduras (aka The Mosquito Coast)? (2) Will the writers ever start incorporating source material from the novel? (3) Will we ever learn why the.government agents are chasing this family? The last item is quite annoying, like in a teen rom-com where the couple stare at each other all season but every time they are about to kiss they get interrupted. Yes it is a thrilling show, but at this rate it will be in third season before they get to Honduras and start acting out the events of the novel.
Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)
Decent wilderness thriller / Poor adaptation of the novel.
The movie is poor adaptation on the novel. It starts in the middle hitting a few plot bullet points, but the beginning is totally missing along with other characters and story lines. (In the book, Conner was using an alias while hiding out inside a survival camp with a group of teens after seeing the Blackwells kill a man in his home town.) Hannah is only 22 in the novel, literally half the age of Jolie. But the cinematography and plot pacing were good (what was left of it) making it a decent outdoor adventure thriller.
Not Horrible, but could have been much better.
A Hannibal-free series (as required by the studio's contract) is not a bad idea unto itself. There is a 10-year gap between Buffalo Bill and when Lecter makes contact with Clarice in "Hannibal". The issues are that its pacing is too slow and that the actual FBI casework takes a backseat to Clarice's PTSD, her personal life, and the corruption and misogyny of the bureau. Clarice investigating Thomas Harris-inspired criminals should have been the focus of the series. The intrigue Harris' stories were about the psychopathy of the criminals not the psychiatric demise of the investigators.
Many similarities to Helix Season 1
Helix premiered in 2014, Fortitude in 2015. Both take place in a frozen environment that is isolated from the rest of the world. Both center around an infectious agent that is being immorally studied by a pharmaceutical corporation to benefit the rich and prolong life. However, Helix is much faster paced with more action and violence.
Raised by Wolves (2020)
Excellent start, but strangled by Ridley Scott
This show was great and unique in the beginning as Android caretakers raising children on a new planet following a Earth-destroying religious war. It failed in the final episode by turning the series into another tangent in the Alien franchise. There was plenty of story left to tell with the psychosis-inducing aliens already on the planet without turning it into a horror series. The humans being hunted by an unstoppable flying snake will change the entire mood of the series in the next season.
Defending Jacob (2020)
It was great until the ending.
Why be faithful to the novel until the last 30min of the series? In the book, Hope is murdered and Jacob returns back to the motel with blood on his clothes. This presents a pattern similar to the first murder that motivates the mother to have the "accident". I can only see changing the ending so that Apple can extend the series into a 2nd season.
Westworld: The Mother of Exiles (2020)
Resistance is Futile
So the end goal is to take over the world by creating an unstoppable army of DoloroBot clones? Does Dolores ever lose a fight? Was the only reason she appeared vulnerable was to manipulate Caleb?
Seriously just call her a superhero because she is invulnerable.
On the good side, it does follow the plot from last season in which she was telling numerous hosts that we must do this so our species can survive, when she really meant was so "I" can survive. Individuality is not something she has any interest in. At least by making all hosts copies of herself she doesn't have to reprogram them later when they disobey like Teddy.
If she could advance the Mesh Network to eliminate the need for communication devices she could have a Borg army.
Locke & Key (2020)
Better without Locke Academy
The CW teen school drama sections have almost noting to do with the lore of the story. I fast-forwarded through the school drama and found the series much more tolerable. They should have just made Locke & Key as a 5 episode series, and put the leftovers as "Locke Academy".