March 25, 2020 at 10:53 am #1203393949
Episode 2 was perfection. A+March 26, 2020 at 4:45 pm #1203395993
Episode 2 was really good. Anthony Boyle is going to be the breakout for this, I hope people take notice. Zoe Kazan is also doing excellent work.March 26, 2020 at 5:01 pm #1203396006
I thought this episode was slow as hell and frankly felt a bit like filler for the most part rather than actual narrative building. Unsurprising, Simon always wastes the odd episode in his series.March 27, 2020 at 1:55 am #1203396521
Chilling second episode. When I read this novel, I took it as being extreme and thought-provoking alternative historical fiction. Simon’s molding of Roth’s stunning story as a Lindbergh/Trump allegory is incredible. All of this content doesn’t seem so implausible anymore, which is pretty sad. The ensemble is one of the best so far of the year. Morgan Spector and Zoe Kazan are so good here. The George/Gracie bit was priceless. Watch out for Anthony Boyle. If there’s a breakout performance here, it’s from him. He’s Irish, but you would never know it from any moment he’s onscreen. He’s about to get a ton of baity material in the coming episodes. So are John Turturro and Caleb Milis, if this is staying as faithful to the source material as it’s already been.March 30, 2020 at 3:56 am #1203400685
Synopsis: The family endures a trip to D.C., despite Bess’ desire to visit Canada, where many frightened Jewish families are moving; Alvin stands out in his military training abroad.
Discuss.March 30, 2020 at 9:30 pm #1203402083
Well, that was brutal. Herman is driving me crazy, I feel so anxious watching this series and the tension is completely lost on him. Zoe Kazan was excellent in this episode, she really made me feel her mounting terror. And poor Alvin, that ending was brutal.March 30, 2020 at 9:44 pm #1203402093
A week later, just watched episode 2. It was better than the premiere and I thought Turturro was the MVP.March 30, 2020 at 10:37 pm #1203402149
Excellent, excellent episode. Kazan (!!!!!), Spector, and Boyle are all great.March 31, 2020 at 5:49 am #1203402405
After two good but not great episodes, I really thought last night was a massive step up. The real world parallels are stunning, akin to the similar but totally different “Years and Years,” and it adds that much more weight to the show. Zoe Kazan is so great and Morgan Spector and Anthony Boyle have been very compelling and sympathetic characters. I was expecting more material for Winona Ryder and John Turturro by this point, but maybe that is still to come. With “The Undoing” out of this year’s Emmys race, and keeping in mind that “I Know This Much Is True” is still to come for HBO and “Watchmen” should make a big splash, I do wonder if HBO can land major nominations for this show. I trusted early buzz and have this getting a Limited Series nom and four acting nominations, but I have a lot of doubt in that happening considering the buzz is surprisingly limited. This material seemed so destined to attract awards and audience buzz because of current parallels (much like “Chernobyl” and “When They See Us” did last year), but I’m not seeing any proof of that. I’d love to see Kazan slide into the Lead Actress race, and Boyle would be very worthy right now as what might be the “hero” character of the story. Either way, I’m really excited for the back half of the series now and hoping it can garner some buzz in the coming weeks.March 31, 2020 at 11:24 am #1203403013
This is terrific on all fronts – direction, writing, acting, editing, cinematography, etc. Spector is excellent and would be a worthy nominee in this empty lead actor field, but Kazan is stealing the show, imo. She brilliantly, yet subtlety portrays the anxieties and fears of a mother struggling to keep a brave face for her children during a time in which she’s genuinely scared for their safety as well as her own. Boyle and Ryder are great as well, I just wish the latter had more material to work with.
The pacing and editing has been perfect so far. I’m excited to see how the rest of the series unfolds, despite how scary it will likely be.March 31, 2020 at 12:18 pm #1203403181
Episode three was great. Didn’t love the first half tbh. My grade: B+March 31, 2020 at 7:13 pm #1203404015
I feel like this is David Simon’s most accessible series and has the best shot of his projects to get Emmy nominations, but it still seems pretty unlikely. If a show like The Wire and a performance like Maggie Gyllenhaal’s can get missed by the Emmys, we should be prepared for a large shut out on nominations day. That being said, Kazan and Spector are easily nomination worthy.March 31, 2020 at 10:07 pm #1203404123
Really enjoyed the first two episodes but episode 3 was fantastic. Kazan deserves a nod!April 1, 2020 at 3:34 am #1203404294
It’s ridiculous how great this series is turning out to be. “America First,” President Lindbergh shaking hands with dictator Hitler, the defacing of Jewish gravestones, “the country’s going to hell,” etc. The ensemble is stunning. Cinematography is movie quality. I had to look up the guy who was responsible for the lensing. His name is Martin Alhgren. Previously nominated for “House of Cards,” and I expect him to be recognized for this too. Morgan Spector is making a strong case for himself in Lead Actor. Same with Zoe Kazan in Lead Actress. She’s quietly becoming the beating heart of the entire work. I wish HBO had given this a better rollout than on afterthought Mondays. In hindsight, this is the series that should have received the ten-episode treatment and aired on Sundays in January, not “The Outsider.” As much as I enjoyed it, I can clearly say that didn’t need ten episodes. The story could have easily been told six episodes. With this one, six episodes might not be enough. They burned through a lot of plot in this episode. Alvin’s gonna take center stage now with his war injury somewhat glosssd over, and Sandy’s Kentucky trip will change his dynamic within the family. The “plot” thickens!April 1, 2020 at 7:30 am #1203404566
This show was a slog and that includes the second half in the weeks to come. I was trying to put my finger on it and one thing that distinguishes the show is how short so many scenes are, which gave it a haphazard quality for me. I am not predicting this for anything at the Emmys, extraordinary as the extent of the production design is.
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