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January 12, 2020 at 10:30 am #1203276877
The reviews are somewhat middling, but the premise and trailer have intrigued me enough to watch the first two episodes, at least.
Premieres on Sunday, January 12, 2020 @ 9 PM ET on HBO.
Starring: Jason Bateman, Ben Mendelsohn, Mare Winningham, Cynthia Erivo, Yul Vasquez, Juliette Nicholson, & Bill Camp.
Based on the Stephen King novel. Adapted by Richard Price.
Discuss.January 12, 2020 at 11:55 am #1203277025
Bateman is supporting and also director. Rotten Tomatoes: “Though The Outsider‘s slow burn isn’t always satisfying, it remains watchable thanks to its excellent performances—especially series standout Cynthia Erivo.”January 12, 2020 at 12:19 pm #1203277057
Someone described it as Ozark meets the super dark Game of Thrones episode “The Long Night”.January 12, 2020 at 10:11 pm #1203278818
Premiere was instantly captivating. I’d say if you liked early-“True Detective” + “The Night of,” then this is right up your alley. I’m in regardless, though 10 episodes is a haul, especially when 6 seems more appropriate. Ben Mendelsohn carried these two episodes beautifully. He has this intensity that’s difficult to pinpoint, but when it hits, it really hits. This makes me sort of want to see what he did on “Bloodline” to win an Emmy. Jason Bateman directed these first two episodes. Since I don’t bother with “Ozark,” I’m assuming this is how he directs that show too. He can certainly frame a scene capably well, but some other sequences he did were kind of infuriating. Unless the next four episodes seriously misstep, I’m curious why the critics dinged this one. Looks like they screwed the pooch big time, and the supposed MVP of the series, Cynthia Erivo, hasn’t even been introduced yet. Whatever. Let’s see where this all goes.January 13, 2020 at 4:13 am #1203279064
Is it just me or does anyone also think that there is always a show like this on HBO every year ever since True Detective S1 came out. I liked the show but nonetheless I started to get tired of watching crime shows with southern gothic vibes, dark neutral color palette and nature landscapes.January 13, 2020 at 9:22 am #1203281247
This is an odd one for me lol. I’m reading the book now so it’s kinda like comparing the source material to the show at the perfect time. I loved it. A+January 13, 2020 at 9:30 am #1203281267
I enjoyed it but need to see more of it to evaluate, still certain parts were better than your average mystery show. Watchmen also started okay but then became compelling. Jason Bateman continues to do great work as a director.
That being said, internal competition from other HBO dramas can kill this show’s awards chances.January 13, 2020 at 9:49 am #1203281330
I like the first two episodes. It’s a good mystery to commit for 10 episodes. I hope it gets better especially when Cynthia Erivo finally arrives. I avoid reading the source material so that I would watch the show without any idea.January 13, 2020 at 4:59 pm #1203282710
I liked the first two episodes, but I didn’t love them. It’s gripping and creepy and what not, but the case seems, for a lack of a better word, silly to me? In the sense that there’s all this conflicting evidence that just genuinely doesn’t make sense and it’s kind of taking me out of things. There’s obviously a rhyme and reason behind it that we’ll definitely find out about, but I just hope that whatever it is – it is actually believable.
I thought Bateman was realllly great here as was Mendelsohn. Nicholson was also a stand out, but it’s one of those cliche roles so far. That hooded guy who keeps showing up is genuinely freaking me out. He obviously has something to do with how there’s conflicting evidence, but like I said before – I just hope it’s believable/realistic.
Anyway, I could see so far how critics are mixed to good on this. I don’t think it’s anything that hasn’t been done before, but it’s still entertaining to watch. But yeah, not breaking new ground.January 14, 2020 at 2:29 am #1203283308
If this is anything like the book the ending will be disappointing and completely unsatisfying (King builds an interesting case with the conflicting evidence, which is intriguing until the explanation for it is revealed). Saying that I haven’t been a fan of much that Stephen King has pumped out in the last 10 years…January 14, 2020 at 5:37 am #1203283453
Really liked the first 2 episodes… looking forward to see what’s coming nextJanuary 14, 2020 at 9:43 am #1203283820
Really strong opening pair.
Sort of surprised that this got such a lukewarm critical response but it feels like something that audiences will respond to if they discover it. It’s not necessarily re-inventing the wheel (yet) but feels like a very well crafted entry into this popular genre.
If this actually pulls decent ratings, I could see it making an Emmy impact. I feel like the chatter around this was that it was going drama but it feels more like a limited series, especially since its based on a novel.
The acting from Bateman/Mendehlson and also Nicholson in a smaller part would all be worthy contenders. I thought Bateman’s direction was strong as well and, famously, is popular with Emmy voters. If it goes drama, he will be competing against himself, though, which may cause some splitting/confusion.
Excited to see what Erivo brings to the story next week.January 18, 2020 at 10:04 pm #1203291582
Episode Title: “Dark Uncle”
Synopsis: Despite being on mandatory leave, Ralph continues to scrutinize the confounding circumstances surrounding the night of the murder. Frustrated by their lack of progress, Ralph and GBI detective Yunis Sablo meet with Alec and Howie, who suggest bringing in unorthodox PI Holly Gibney. Jack has a hair-raising experience at a remote barn where key evidence and a mysterious substance have been found. Glory deals with fallout at her daughters’ school and with Jessa’s increasingly concerning nightmares.
Discuss.January 19, 2020 at 2:18 pm #1203292816
I really enjoyed the first 2 episodes however, after seeing the trailer for the rest of the season and realizing that this is going to go in a “sci-fi” direction, I think I will eventually be turned off from the series. Idk… we’ll see.
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