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Heed not the bad ratings.
This is a brilliant grafting between "Ray Donovan" and "Fleabag". Definitely, some people dislike it, but this is British humour. The acting is awesome. The story, enjoyable, don't try to take a hard look at it, you won't find a lesson or a
cunning plot. It is witty and punny and it doesn't include political correctness.
Ambitious, but alien and tenuous
I started watching this show open-minded and not being biassed about the spin-off. It was a surprise, but not a good one.
Sadly, this one spun-off too wildly. It has nothing of the brilliance, the dark and mystical atmosphere of the original show. The pace is awry, too.
Without spoiling the story, it consists in a jumble of the following (some of them, tropes):
Off-beat first-time partners police detectives Jew and Chicano and a multiple horrendous killing.
Mexican-American community, oppressed, lowbrow, small-time gangsters, dancing (too much), building up wrath. Some can summon supernatural beings.
Nazi community with a political agenda, guzzling beer and singing drinking songs at the garden party.
Looming Jewish concern about the German industrial espionage. Also, Zionists dreaming of Judea. And Jewish mob (not dreaming of it).
No sign of black, Asian or native american people in the plot, though, so far (and no, I'm not joking about the affirmative action!).
Dormer's plethora of personae looking as if the producers tried to assemble the "Spice Girls" of old.
Bishé's tedious and wordy performance singing or rambling at the religious gatherings. Her character, Sister Molly, unfortunately, too Holy Moley.
Also appearance of Santa Muerte, then a corrupt and gay (bisexual) politician, discreditable, that is, or police misfeasance overwhelming the Sweeney, and some.
That sums up to the fourth episode. Pity, as I said, I had expectations.
I'm afraid a moral, a lesson about social justice, righteousness will follow. It doesn't seem catchy further on.
The Killing (2011)
At least that is what someone says here when decided they "didn't want to have to READ every (subtitled) episode and so moved on to the Americanized version". If it weren't for the original show, this one might have been awesome, Mireille Enos likewise. The show is passably good; it is neither worth nine stars, nor two. To all the former voters, please try (make the effort) to watch the original, to all the latter ones, refrain, it's useless. Still, this copy, though not quite comprehensive about genuine European gestures, motives or culture, is far better than the "Bron/Broen" or the "Män som hatar" adaptations. The originals remain, in those cases, far superior. What would "Firefly" made in Europe look like?
Too Old to Die Young (2019)
Slow motion and slow still(!) motion
Pacing is an euphemism for this show, it is more likely par with the tar pitch drop experiment. However, the plot and play would still(sic!) be passable, if it weren't for the terrible Isao Tomita wannabe soundtrack. This makes a symphony out of the "Noble House" 1988 awful and awkward soundtrack, when compared to it. Now, Nicolas Winding Refn, David Lynch is out of your reach. I rate it 7/10 for now, at episode 5, only because I hope it will improve, but I'll consider it later. Pity, disappointment is the word for now.
Disappointment, though 7/10 to pep up
The first season.
The idea is rich (how could it not be?), Alexandre Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo is a theme one can elaborate upon considerably. Sadly, they stretched it by length and by breadth and produced a porous fabric. It started well, then, sadly, slid into a telenovela. The plot here dashes, then trails. The acting is bad, almost all the (fairly) young actors act unnatural or stilted (excepting Diana Sar and Anghel Damian). Camera angles and shots are frequently toneless or drab. Points for effort, but needs more professionals and, definitely, another director.
After the second season. It is still a telenovela, but with more action, some humorous dialogues, less overacting, less maudlin scenes, less eye-piercing (*expletive) camera (rife in the first season), new characters, extended plot, and more of Anghel Damian's scripting, that take the second season to a higher (better) level. Still, the scenography is wanting from time to time. Episode 3 part II, the fight between Vlad and Leo looks simulated. Episode 4 part I, medical aid outfit just hanging there, anyone could use it. And more...
Points for episode 13 part I, great drama, great acting (see Tibi at Leo's bed). The show looks promising.
I'll come back with the third season assessment.