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The ingredients of a show about religion, war, politics and espionage - uncooked.
This show is all-around bad.
-The progression of each episode is slow with barely enough information to catapult you to the next one.
-Each episode gives you a couple of minutes of insight into the main characters' personal life and trauma, but it's done so lazily, in both writing and acting, that you cannot empathize or understand.
-The acting is bland at best, while the characters and their development are poorly written and non-existent, respectively.
-The direction, dialogues and series finale are boilerplate.
-The cinematography and VFX are the show's best qualities, which are just ok.
However, I'm walking away with a lesson. When a show, of which's creators you have no prior experience of, is freshly released and there are tens of 9+ star reviews and ratings in the span of 2 days, don't be the sucker to watch, in order to find out for yourself. Give it a month.
Altered Carbon: Fallen Angel (2018)
Unfortunatelly, very weak.
This show is composed of some of my favorite genres: Sci-Fi, Mystery and more. And as most fans of a particular genre, I would excuse minor inadequacies and weaknesses.
However, this show, so far, and this episode in particular has major problems.
- There's hinting in conversations for the audience to explain basic logic.
- Most dialogue is lazily written and follows a formula of little threats, snarky comments etc.
- There's the overplayed and overacted Cliché of the loose canon cop, Lt. Ortega, whose only convincing performance is when conversing with her mother. Other than that she's been given exaggerated body language, overpowering delivery of every line etc.
Also, bland, non-relateble characters, AIs taking physical form around a table to drink alcohol and play poker(?) and some other minor things, I'm sure.
Worst of all, so far, it fails to grip the viewer. I don't find myself investd enough to want to see where the story goes.
As good as can be.
I'm reviewing this episode mostly because there is no other review and I feel there should be a continuance.
That's mostly what is happening in this episode, continuance. We learn more of the OA's backstory and watch the characters grow, all with a great progression pace. I feel that's a very strong point so far. The story is neither rushing nor dragging and we get the right doses of emotion, action and suspense.
What's been said about the series before still holds true. Great cinematography, music themes, casting and acting.