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    Allan Veríssimo
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    Synopsis: Five young graduates do whatever it takes to make themselves indispensable at preeminent London investment bank Pierpoint & Co. As hungry outsider Harper (Myha’la Herrold) grapples with a decision that will gravely affect her future at the bank, she and party-boy Robert (Harry Lawtey) take very different approaches to their first few weeks in the bank. Meanwhile, Yasmin (Marisa Abela) braves the unchecked disrespect of her superiors and Hari’s (Nabhaan Rizwan) unhealthy work habits raise companywide red flags.
    Written by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay; Directed by Lena Dunham.

    Trailer: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PbM84z4XYgc

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    Myha’la Herrold is a stunning new breakthrough that I hope has a long career ahead of her. The pilot was all over the place from a writing standpoint, but at least it was beautifully directed by Lena Dunham. Unfortunately, the story tries to be so many things all at once and not landing in a definitive place convincingly. Variety described the series (and I’m paraphrasing here) as an amalgam of “The Wolf of Wall Street” meets “Melrose Place” meets “Succession” meets “Grey’s Anatomy.” The latter in particular, with even an early scene of a mentor telling a group of young interns that half of them won’t survive the program’s duration. (Dr. Richard Webber realness lol.) I also readily see that HBO has no confidence in this import show by airing it in the Monday night death trap time slot, so whatever. I’ll keep watching since I’m intrigued by Herrold and need to see Harper’s journey play itself out. Beyond that, I’m not entirely hopeful for its future prospects, ratings, or awards.

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    I found it engaging, introducing the audience into a specific setting and its mechanizations is always fun. In the same token, the narrative structure was conventional so much so that the twist of the episode was easy to predict. The pilot reminded me of ABC’s Quantico that aired long ago, of course this is on HBO and raunchier.

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    It’s taken eleven months but finally 2020 has provided a show with a pulse. Ironic really given the contents of the episode. Can’t wait for next week.

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    I enjoyed this and I’m eager to see if it grows into anything really substantial in the coming weeks. The shades of character development were certainly there without feeling sledgehammered in, but from a character introduction viewpoint and trying to cram in a lot of stories that could’ve easily been spread out over multiple episodes, there was a lot to handle here. I mean the only thing I know about the one girl (clearly not her name) is that she is nice and picks up everyone’s meals. However, there is enough here that I’m settled in to see what kind of story there is to tell about this workplace environment and the various approaches of young people to varying degrees of success, and if it wants to aim for that melodramatic workplace drama, there are worse hangs on television and it could be worth it if it at least becomes a fun show that plays up the drama both in and out of the office.

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    I did like it very much, don’t know why HBO put it on the death slot on Monday, reminded me of the early Greys Anatomy days.

    Hoping for it to find it’s audience.

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    "Succession" and "Severance" in all Drama categories;
    "Ted Lasso" and "The Great" in all Comedy categories;
    "Station Eleven" and "The White Lotus" in all Limited categories + Ethan Hawke for "Moon Knight".

    Kaley Cuoco ("The Flight Attendant"), Janelle James ("Abbott Elementary"), Mandy Moore ("This is Us"), Colin Firth ("The Staircase"), Christine Baranski ("The Good Fight"), Katja Herbers ("Evil").

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    Not surprised by the ratings. Monday nights for ya. Watching shows filmed pre-covid is weird. It’s like they’re both dated and fascinating in a time-capsule sort of way.

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    I thought it was pretty shitty.

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    Episode Title: “Quiet & Nice”

    Synopsis: With Harper struggling to find her feet in a new city, Pierpoint throws an appreciation dinner to boost morale that sees her challenging a drunken, irate Kenny, while Gus alienates senior management by discussing his team’s future. Meanwhile, Yasmin comes face-to-face with the culture of her new team and takes her flirtation with Robert to risky new heights.

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    This is where the critics start to make sense about the show’s indecipherable financial jargon and how it hampers things around it. They might as well be talking in Sanskrit for all the sense that it makes, though b/c the characters are so committed to what they’re saying, it might matter less to some. It could also be b/c unlike medical or legal jargon that audiences grew up on, the financial world isn’t explored with the same frequency, so that makes it all more foreign. It also shows just how deft something like “Succession” is where the writing is far superior to this series and mixes the business world with everything else so beautifully. The characters here are being fleshed out more beyond the “coffee girl” or “nerdy black gay guy.” I don’t know what the answer is to the jargon issue. We can’t always have a pandering Margot Robbie lying in a hot tub dumbing down sub-prime mortgage bonds to the audience, though it fully worked. I’ve never forgotten what a sub-prime mortgage bond is lmao. Maybe this will start to improve in the coming episodes, but I doubt it. Herrold is still the reason to continue watching, so that’s a plus, at least.

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    Episode Title: “Notting Hill”

    Synopsis: Pierpoint loses a major client, but the grads face their most challenging—and potentially rewarding—test to date: devising pitches to drive new business. After the dissolution of his team finds him reassigned to a disinterested new supervisor, a creative Gus partners with Robert to catch Clement’s attention. Meanwhile, as she navigates a complicated living situation with Yasmin, Harper attempts to juggle conflicting requests from Eric and Daria.

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    The cast is certainly appealing, but I could convey little of what actually happened here. Yes, Pierpoint lost a major client for some unforeseen reason, which led Harper’s supervisor to push her to take on risky bids and disrupt the hierarchy of things on the trading floor. Gus is dully pining over his married male lover. Robert is all eye candy with little brains. Yasmin could be a very dynamic character with better writing. I don’t know…still generally want to see where Harper’s journey takes her. Not sure this really needs more than one season.

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    HBO released the rest of the season early on HBO Max and I accidentally ended up binging the rest of the episodes in one day today. I will try to save my spoilery thoughts for later if others are continuing to watch live, but I really delighted in devouring the rest of these episodes. This ensemble really comes to life by season’s end with some major standout performances from Myha’la Herrold, Harry Lawtey, Marisa Abela, and Freya Mavor. While it continues to feel overstuffed like earlier episodes, the delight in getting to know these characters and root for (and even sometimes against) them makes this a real joy to watch. At the start of the season, I said I would be fine if this settled into being a melodramatic workplace drama, and while it often is more than that, it does the basics so well that you can’t help but be entertained. I’d love to see the week-to-week conversation between episodes since there is much to devour, so even though I’m glad I got to tear through the season, this is a show that has value in digesting everything one week at a time. But at this point, I would just be happy if there were any conversation about the show. Maybe the early HBO Max drop starts something, but I’m really hoping we get to see more of this show down the line. I’ll share some plot-specific thoughts later on once others have had the chance to watch whether as a binge or throughout December.

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    Episode Title: “Sesh”

    Synopsis: Harper’s workday spirals out of control after a wild birthday celebration with Robert, Yasmin, and Greg; as a discrepancy in one of her trades puts her team at risk for major losses, Harper seeks support from a surprising source; unexpected trouble at a networking event brings Yasmin and Robert closer; Gus further alienates his coworkers.

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    All episodes were released in the UK too, so I binged all of them yesterday. I ended up loving this show. Mostly because it reminds me of my early working years following graduation in London. Watching it in one sitting is quite intense and anxiety-inducing but I enjoyed overall. Myha’la Herrold is great here- I hope for a second season but, if not, that this leads to more visibility for her.

     

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