March 16, 2020 at 10:02 am #1203382895
Synopsis: On the eve of the 1940 election cycle, Herman Levin anticipates a promotion at work and taking his family to look at a house in an upwardly mobile neighborhood, though his wife, Bess, is wary of leaving the safety of their tight-knit Jewish community and raising a family amid growing anti-Semitism sparked by Charles Lindbergh’s ascendancy. As the family spinster, her sister has a disappointing rendezvous with a married lover, but later finds herself charmed by a local rabbi.
Discuss.March 17, 2020 at 8:04 am #1203384118
I liked it! Didn’t read the book so I have no idea where the story is going, but I’m loving the tension building. The world building here is great, and the cast is doing a good job. Turturro hasn’t had much to do yet, so I’m excited to see where he goes. I didn’t realize this while watching ST but Winona Ryder really can do SO WELL even with the most basic of material; she didn’t have the most fascinating plotline this episode, but she really made her scenes pop. Zoe Kazan is the standout for me so far, she really brings so much genuine emotion to every scene. Limited Actress is so packed, but I’d love to see her slip in somehow.
Great premiere! Would probably give it an A (8/10). Excited to see where this one goes!March 17, 2020 at 8:12 am #1203384130
Watching this now. only ten minutes left for me lol. I like the book better so far but overall still really good. My grade: B+ Ryder is my fav so far.March 17, 2020 at 9:30 am #1203384271
This was a classic David Simon series. A careful, detailed creation of a world, full of completely believable characters and relationships. But lacking the pace or significant events needed to make it compelling.
BMarch 17, 2020 at 11:51 am #1203384540
This was a classic David Simon series. A careful, detailed creation of a world, full of completely believable characters and relationships. But lacking the pace or significant events needed to make it compelling. B
This exactly. The exposition was great and performances super solid, but nothing in the premiere has me on the edge of my seat for next week at all. But the promo looked great.March 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm #1203385069
The premiere was not special, but the cast definitly are. Probably it will get better.March 17, 2020 at 6:45 pm #1203385088
Did I watch the same episode as everyone else here? I thought this was *great*. The storytelling and pacing were perfect. Already you can see things very slowly start to unravel a bit. It’s such a delicate thing – navigating when and how much tension should be built each episode, but so far I think they’re nailing it. The whole cast is terrific, Spector, Kazan and Ryder especially. But even the kids are great, as is Boyle as their trouble causing cousin. You could already tell something bad is going to happen to him. I really wish I could binge this whole thing this week, but I know the slow-burn over the course of the next month or so is gonna pay off in a big way. Expecting things to get more tense and terrifying as each episodes goes by. Can’t wait for next week!March 21, 2020 at 1:57 pm #1203389471
It probably gets better but I didn’t enjoy the premiere. It was long and boring. The direction was good though.March 21, 2020 at 8:08 pm #1203389624
Wrapped episode one – that ending was dark, but expected. Not exactly propelling so far, but good worldbuilding. Ryder, Kazan and Spector are great.March 22, 2020 at 9:18 am #1203390000
This was a superb premiere. Highly faithful to the source material, which you would know if you bothered to read the novel. The cinematography was breathtaking. It looks better than much of what’s been in cinemas recently. What worries me is HBO dumping this on Mondays when it could have easily paired with “Westworld” on Sundays and built its audience. If voters actually watch this limited series, I think multiple actors from the ensemble could end up as Emmy nominees. This was the best I’ve seen Winona Ryder in a long time, though I’m behind on “Stranger Things.” John Turturro wasn’t in much here, but his role gets bigger as the story progresses. Morgan Spector and Zoe Kazan are strong anchors, and surprisingly, the child actors managed to be memorable without seeming overly precocious. New main title design alert, BTW! Can’t wait to see more episodes. The novel is a stunning allegory for our current, bleak, Trumpian times. Philip Roth was a literary genius, despite his many personal flaws.March 22, 2020 at 1:44 pm #1203390417
just finished episode 1, solid start, can tell this series will be a slow burn with a fiery finaleMarch 23, 2020 at 3:58 am #1203390891
Synopsis: Lindbergh’s increasingly popular campaign sweeps through the U.S. and captures some in the Levin family, as well as Bengelsdorf, with Evelyn as his assistant and lover, becoming a key asset in the Lindbergh camp. Sandy, enamored of the aviator’s charm, celebrity and history, begins a rebellion of his own within the family of New Deal Democrats. Meanwhile, Alvin must decide between serving a local developer or risking an open fight with the fascist forces he sees spreading across the world.
Discuss.March 23, 2020 at 7:14 pm #1203392059
Well, major plot points are sliding into place now. People in the Levin family have begun to pick sides, and the election has happened.
As divisive as they are, the love this family has for one another is so touching after only two episodes. Kazan, Ryder, and Spector, make all the family scenes radiate with warmth – the “Say Goodnight, Gracie” bits were wonderful. Not sure how it’ll land yet, but as of now the show is great.March 24, 2020 at 12:31 pm #1203392930
This is so, so good. The first two episodes did a perfect job setting the table for the rest of the season and what will be the actual conflict of the series – the aftermath of electing Lindbergh as president. It’s a bit scary watching the tension gradually increase and seeing these characters slowly start to come to terms with their nightmare becoming reality. The dynamic between Ryder and Kazan/Spector will be very interesting to watch since Turturro fully endorsed Lindbergh. The cast is great, but the bulk of their material has probably yet to come. I’m excited to see where this goes.
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