February 12, 2015 at 5:52 am #341423
Tonight is the premiere of NBC’s 8-part miniseries The Slap.
The series stars, among others, Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman, Melissa George, Zachary Quinto, Thomas Sadowski, Thandie Newton, and Brian Cox. Each episode will tell a story revolving around the central incident from a different character’s point of view.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.February 12, 2015 at 5:58 am #341425
Reviews of The Slap are quite varied thus far:
The New York Times is positive, calling the series “a sophisticated, suspenseful comedy of ill manners that seems much more like a Showtime or Netflix drama than a broadcast network offering.”
The Hollywood Reporter, on the other hand, is negative, saying, “Everything about The Slap feels manipulated… it’s flat-out annoying.”
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.February 12, 2015 at 11:40 am #341426
I really cannot wait to watch this show. I’ll be honest I’m only watching because I really like Zachary Quinto.February 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm #341427
I’ll definitely be checking it out; heard the book was incredible.February 12, 2015 at 8:11 pm #341428
The only thing I disliked about the premiere of The Slap was the intrusive and unnecessary narration. Otherwise, I thought this was an engaging and carefully crafted introduction to the miniseries. Sure, many of the characters are varying degrees of irritating, but I think that’s partially intentional: it’s hard to craft a story with no clear good guys and villains, i.e. if Zachary Quinto was the only aggressive, annoying, and angry character. I thought they were going to open with the chaotic moments before and after the titular slap, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the episode take a leisurely pace to introduce the characters and frustrations and build to the climactic moment – and even though I’ve seen it numerous times in the previous, the actual slap itself still packed a punch. I’m also glad the series opened through the eyes of Hector, and I have to commend Peter Sarsgaard for some really great work! I’m excited to see how everything escalates.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.February 13, 2015 at 1:32 am #341429
I echo the sentiments of PianoMann. The narration was wholly unnecessary and totally intrusive. It was also, IMHO weird to have the narration not be done by one of the actors on the show. Current primetime dramas tend to have the narration by the main character or characters (IE: Grey’s Anatomy), so this felt strange and out of place. Truly though a show like this, with this concept doesn’t require any narration, the material alone is powerful enough to speak on its own.
As far as the writing goes, I think they did a fantastic job of establishing the characters and their various quirks. This seems to be a show that has a lot of subtext and I feel we’ll see that built up over the next weeks. To me, the stand outs so far were Zachary Quinto and Peter Sarsgaard. I have a feeling we’ll see the other characters get juicer archs as the series progresses, especially Melissa George and the man playing her husband.
I really think this show could be powerful and effective, but they need to ditch the damn narrator and let the story speak for itself. I have heard that the original version fron Austrailia is 100 times better than this version.February 13, 2015 at 7:51 am #341430
After reading some less than positive online commentary the last couple of days, I was going to skip this, but ended up watching the first episode. I totally agree about the narration, which was one of the two things that bothered me. It was just unnecessary, and instead of letting you be in the story, it was like reminding you that there was a writer there. The other issue for me was that all of the characters and everything that was happening felt so out of proportion. I’m sorry, not everything, but a lot of things. I don’t mind characters being annoying, and it’s true, it is hard to create situation where there are no clear good or bad guys. I appreciate that there was balance, but it was like balancing with too much on every side. The moments after the slap were insanely melodramatic. But I have to say that I did enjoy it, and there were a lot of threads that I’m interested to see picked up. It’s also nice to get involved in a series knowing that it’s a finite commitment and it knows where it’s going. And it did have a certain sophistication to it that you don’t usually see on network television.February 13, 2015 at 11:39 am #341431
I like this cast but I don’t know how I feel about the show. I’ll let it continue until I have a firm opinionFebruary 13, 2015 at 1:44 pm #341432
One of the reviews I read really hit the nail on the head, and it was basically saying that in adapting it for American TV, they tried too hard to fit things into 43 minutes whereas in the Austrailian version they had a nice hour or two to introduce everything, so a lot of character development got lost.February 19, 2015 at 4:28 pm #341433
Synopsis: The police visit Harry; Gary and Rosie pursue legal action; Hector tries to convince Harry to apologize.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.February 19, 2015 at 7:08 pm #341434
I really enjoyed Zack Quinto’s performance tonight! Loved this Episode…February 19, 2015 at 8:32 pm #341435
I didn’t think “Harry” was nearly as good as the premiere, though I definitely wouldn’t say it was a bad episode.
There a lot of things that I liked about this week’s episode, including the brisk pace that they’ve adopted; they know they only have six more episodes to let this story unfold and they aren’t wasting any of them. I thought this episode was far too melodramatic, though, and the shift from the quietly brooding “Hector” to the fiercely antagonistic “Harry” was a bit jarring. I’m not faulting Quinto at all, as I thought he handled the material quite well, but much of the story was heavy-handed, especially the additional of Harry’s son seeing Harry act violently a) toward Hugo last week and b) now against his mother, and then acting out himself. Also, is anyone else totally mystified as to why Rosie was dressed like she walked off the set of a mid-twentieth century western film? I know they’re trying to establish an opposition between Harry’s opulence and Rosie and Gary’s bohemian lifestyles, but again the contrast felt far too extreme, especially with the frequent references to the one-percent and America being built on the strong who are now being attacked by the weak…
Although this review is reading quite negative, I was thoroughly engaged throughout and continue to be interested in where things are headed! I’m especially excited to see Uma’s showcase episode next week.
Also, I noticed in the ending credits that the narration that we all agree is terrible is provided by none other than Victor Garber! It’s a shame they couldn’t find a better way to utilize his talent.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.February 20, 2015 at 7:25 am #341436
Yes, I was pretty sure it was Victor Garber last week, and he has a great voice for narration. Too bad it’s just so unnecessary here.
I felt about the same way you did for the most part, PianoMann. But I thought Zachary Quinto was fantastic throughout the episode. It would probably help things if I myself didn’t feel the urge to assault Rosie and Gary.February 20, 2015 at 10:38 am #341437
It all just feels a bit heavy-handed to me, and it feels like every character involved would have benefitted from more natural character development, instead of the forced, heavy handed explain it all in narration execution we’ve gotten.February 26, 2015 at 4:03 pm #341438
Synopsis: Anouk attempts to balance the production of her television series, her ailing mother, and her much younger boyfriend, all while “the slap” has caused a falling out between her and Rosie.
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