April 21, 2017 at 4:39 am #1202072517
Genius is an anthology series that has been renewed for season 2. The theme reveal will be during the season 1 finale.
Genius season 1, about Albert Einstien, currently has three reviews on Metacritic, a 75, 70, and 60.
Will this be an Emmy contender?April 21, 2017 at 4:40 am #1202072518
Genius premiers next Tuesday.April 21, 2017 at 11:23 am #1202072852
Preliminary 65 on Metacritic, eh? Looks like my Emmy predictions that did not account for this show will hold then.April 21, 2017 at 12:08 pm #1202072904
I originally thought Rush would have a good chance, but now I’m not so sure. I’m starting to think they’ll just give Cumberbatch another nomination.April 21, 2017 at 1:12 pm #1202072972
This reminds me of Roots last year (a show from a channel which is not known for scripted shows trying breakthrough with something big names attached to it) which got zero acting noms. Not to mention it had a much more critical praise therefore only nominated for limited series (over the worst season of AHS and an HBO limited series aired months ago).April 21, 2017 at 2:09 pm #1202073021
Watch Geoffrey Rush winning his second Emmy but is he going to campaign in supporting actor in “limited” (actually drama B) series or leading actress in comedy series? These days you never know.April 22, 2017 at 3:08 am #1202073346
Rush has had a lot of praise (from five reviews on MC), and WSJ’s John Anderson (the same guy that gave One Day at a Time a 50, now I know who Hunterbergfeld hates) is at it again giving out 60s.April 22, 2017 at 4:38 am #1202073375
Fuck John AndersonApril 25, 2017 at 7:48 pm #1202076448
Despite certain storylines being uninteresting (for now at least) and seeming like a not as great version of Amadeus, Genius was able to overcome its flaws with strong performances, inventive directing, and beautiful craftsmanship.
The first episode started in a scene that seemed like an attempt to be edgy. Despite great performances from Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, it felt very slow and I was just waiting for things to happen. Occasionally, they would add a flashy scene to try and keep the viewer engaged, but instead it ended up feeling forced. Even though the performances were great and I cared about the characters, I had no interest in the events that were taking place. They were not very exciting and they were more frustrating than engaging. The situation could have been helped by sharper writing or smart dialogue, but instead in ended up being uninteresting. Towards the ending, however, a sense of urgency picked up and I started to care much more. The scene where Einstein crossed paths with the Nazi youth was very well done and the first time that I felt worried for the characters.
Despite Johnny Flynn’s engaging performance, the writers could not make the Scenes featuring young Einstein interesting. Even though Flynn occasionally appeared as very bratty and annoying, Flynn was able to depict a passion that made him interesting. However, not even Flynn’s interesting performance could make the scenes themselves interesting. There was no urgency and nothing to make me care. I was just watching young Einstein rome the streets of Europe showing off how smart he was. Hopefully, as the show continues, his storyline becomes more engaging, but as of now, the entire young Einstein half of the show seems unnecessary.
Even though the writing let the show down, the craftsmanship was beautiful. Starting with the cinematography, it was easily the highlight of the show. The show also had a beautiful title sequence, as well as great production design. Ron Howard did a great job at inventively showing us how Einstein thinks, which were some of the more engaging aspects of the show.
Even though the show will most likely not have a shot at Outstanding limited series, I would not not count out Geoffrey Rush for led actor. Johnny Flynn was also very engaging, but I am not sure if he is submitting in lead or supporting actor. He is obviously a co-lead, but everybody seems to be category frauding right now, so I would not be surprised if Johnny Flynn submits into supporting. Emily Watson is good, so I would not count her out for supporting actress. The shows best chances will be for below the line. The title design was beautiful and it would be a great nominee. The cinematography and production design were also top notch and should be in the race. Finally, Ron Howard will definitely be in the running for his inventive directing, and he will have an advantage due to name recognition.
Genius features great performances, directing, and craftsmanship, however, the poor writing and boring story dragged this down significantly.
My Grade: B-
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