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August 25, 2017 at 11:00 am #1202195068
I swear there was already a forum topic for this but it didn’t come up in my search.
Anyway, I have been looking forward to hearing responses to this for a while now and the first reviews are in. Looks like a great start!
After Westworld and now this, HBO is doing well with its new dramas finally! Let’s see where the metascore settles.August 25, 2017 at 11:05 am #1202195076
Woah! THR posted the review before Indiewire?!?!
But this is very exciting. For now I’m going to say if the metacritic score is in the 80’s, HBO will easily have a third drama in the lineup. I wonder if it’ll be HBO, HBO, HBO, Netflix, Netflix, Netflix, Hulu. Lol
If the metacritic score is in the 90’s with decent rating and GoT falters at guilds due to mixed reception this could be a possibility. Hopefully the Emmys have moved passed there weird hatred of Simons.
Can’t wait!August 25, 2017 at 11:10 am #1202195083
I heard HBO has made the pilot episode available on its on demand and streaming services now. I’m planning to watch it and see.August 25, 2017 at 11:38 am #1202195103
Holy crap, it’s up. Watching it nowAugust 25, 2017 at 11:40 am #1202195104
I just saw this today and loved it! It gives me some serious Vinyl vibes but it actually pulls it off. Franco and Gyllenhaal were good in their parts but I feel like their big showcases are yet to come. Also, the supporting cast is fantastic. I can’t wait to see the rest!August 25, 2017 at 11:51 am #1202195110
Thanks for the heads up! I will definitely be checking it out on HBOGo later.August 25, 2017 at 11:58 am #1202195113
Official Sepinwall review apparently not coming until later but this preview piece implies he definitely liked it:August 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm #1202195115
No one told me Aimee from the leftovers was on this.August 25, 2017 at 1:14 pm #1202195155
They probably released it early because it was leaked a week ago.August 25, 2017 at 1:57 pm #1202195188
Loved the pilot! The whole story hasn’t really gotten going yet, it’s more of an introduction to the world and characters I think, but it’s a great intro. The authenticity and details put into this remind me of the last season of Mad Men in the 70s, but obviously a very different group of people. There are a lot of characters I’m already heavily invested in after this episode. I’m not usually a Franco fan but he does really good work here. Maggie Gyllenhaal is excellent, she’s the biggest standout to me. Dominique Fishback was really great here too.
I can’t think of much to complain about, as far as pilots go, it’s pretty great and sets up the show as well as it can. I have a hard time believing the emmys will go for anything David Simon, but I’m hoping they do for this.August 25, 2017 at 8:02 pm #1202195316
THis got so much potential in Simon’s hands, great Pilot, can’t wait for the rest of the season.August 25, 2017 at 10:47 pm #1202195365
Solid pilot. I really loved the pilot. Gyllanhall and Franco are definitely the leads. Franco was fine but Gyllanhall was on another level. If she gets more material she will easily be a threat to Moss and Foy. I was very impressed by Dominique Fishback as well. I really liked the dialogue, which isn’t surmising as it came from Simon.Depending on if its a hit, I see this doing really well at awards. WGA should go for this but its do packed that I’m not sure. I currently see this getting at least series, writing, and Gyllanhall. Franco will probably get in on name rec, and if they really like it Fishback could breakthrough. Is Zoe Kazan guest? Michelle MacLaren could as easily get a directing nomination.
My grade: B+
MVP: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Honorable mention: Domonique FishbackAugust 25, 2017 at 10:59 pm #1202195377
Kazan isn’t in the main credits so there’s at least a decent chance she’ll be guest eligible. I hope she is, and I hope she’s not because I want to see a lot of her.August 26, 2017 at 9:52 am #1202195751
What an excellent pilot! Despite the running time, it didn’t feel bloated at all and got me absolutely hooked. It did a really excellent job of setting up the atmosphere of seedy 1970s New York. Many of the characters really popped, even with such an expansive cast, but, of course, this is something that Simon has proven time and time again that he is the master of.
CC the pimp, the young prostitute who watched movies with the older guy and the young student who was arrested all stood out to me among the supporting cast on first watch but I am excited to see what other characters get spotlights going forward. Gyllenhaal and Franco were great as the leads, especially Gyllenhaal.
Emmy-wise I am really hesitant to predict it for anything given the Emmy’s history with Simon and how far back in voters’ memories this will be by next season. I would say a nod for Gyllenhaal and maybe writing would be the likeliest but we will have to see.
Really excited to keep watching this!August 26, 2017 at 9:59 am #1202195755
t did a really excellent job of setting up the atmosphere of seedy 1970s New York. Many of the characters really popped, even with such an expansive cast, but, of course, this is something that Simon has proved time and time again that he is the master of.
I forgot to comment on this. This was definitely my favorite part. MacLaren and the writers did a great job at establishing the atmosphere. I also agree with all of your other comments.