‘Falling Water’ reviews: New drama series could be next ‘Mr. Robot’ for USA network

USA’s new drama series “Falling Water” premieres on Thursday, October 13, with high expectations thanks to the recent success of the network’s “Mr. Robot.” That moody, mysterious hacker series won Best Drama at both of last year’s Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards as well as Best Drama Actor (Rami Malek) at the Emmys in September. With “Mr. Robot” at the forefront the network has pivoted away from the sunnier dramedies it was best known for, like “Monk” and “Burn Notice,” and moved in an darker direction.

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“Falling Water” is part of that turn, telling eerie stories of interconnected dreams. Based on the reviews — which compare the show not only to “Mr. Robot” but also surrealist “Twin Peaks” creator David Lynch — the new series doesn’t quite reach the creative heights of “Mr. Robot,” at least not yet. It has scored 49 on MetaCritic and 36% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes. But some see potential for this intricate dream-world to expand into a “cult hit” with “addictive quality.”

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Merrill Barr (Forbes): “While the tone fits right in line with USA 2.0, the show’s reality does not. ‘Falling Water’ is not the next ‘Mr. Robot,’ it’s its own beast. Based on the first four episodes, what can be said is the series starts strong – though not as strong as ‘Robot’ – and has the potential to build into another cult hit for NBCUniversal.”

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Neil Genzlinger (New York Times): “David Lynch had some television success with that sort of disorientation with ‘Twin Peaks,’ but this series may not catch the same buzz … After the four episodes made available for advance viewing, things were clarifying somewhat and an addictive quality was emerging, but not everyone may get that far.”

Allison Keene (Collider): “File this one under ‘The “Mr. Robot” Effect.’ Looking to imitate the visual formula of its breakout hit, USA’s ‘Falling Water’ features a cast of sullen characters being mysterious. But for those of us who are predisposed to like weird mystery series tinged with murder, ‘Falling Water’ gives viewers enough in its premiere to want to see where it’s going.”

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