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    Jays
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    I can’t believe this managed to be worse than last week’s episode. I’m not being hyperbolic when I say this – this might be the worst TV show I’ve ever seen. An absolute disaster across the board.

    Regina Hall and Nicole Kidman are so embarrassing in this, I can’t take it. It’s almost impressive that a show with this cast/pedigree managed to make…this. Can’t wait to see how awful the finale is next week, whew.

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    Is this bad good or just bad? I’ve dipped out for a few weeks. Is it even worth going back?

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    Is this bad good or just bad? I’ve dipped out for a few weeks. Is it even worth going back?

    No, it’s bad bad. The only reason I’m still watching is because I have a thing where I need to finish any show I start. I guess you can say it’s entertaining how bad it is! It’s like watching a car crash, you somehow can’t keep your eyes off it even though it’s horrific. But it’s definitely not bad good in the way something like Gossip Girl is.

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    They have gone off book so much, but I’m enjoying the trashyness of it all, but the last few episodes quality has gone down. A little bit rushed.

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    The first couple of episodes were decent but the most recent few have been absolutely dreadful. The writing has been atrocious with ridiculous storytelling and some absurdly bad performances. The Marsha-Carmel stuff is genuinely awful. If you have not started watching this show, do not start as it is not worth the time investment.

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    I don’t know what happened here with Masha in adaptation. The character suffered the most from book to tv adaptation. They removed all the fun crazy things that would of have been great to see. Character wasn’t basically anything on show.

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    “Random Acts of Mayhem”: Just came here to say that this was far better than I was expecting due to the response from everyone else. There was nothing bad by any stretch so far and I thought it was pretty neatly written albeit with a plot that I couldn’t care less about. Nothing good, just fine. McCarthy was great. Curious to see whether it improves/worsens.

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    The show is sort of enjoyable but ridiculous but episode 5 was so terrible in pretty much every form (execution, plot, its development of certain characters) that I just gave up on it.

    Oscars FYC:
    "THE POWER OF THE DOG" – IN ALL CATEGORIES
    "SPENCER" – In all categories especially Director (Pablo Larrain) and Actress (Kristen Stewart)
    "SHIVA BABY" – in all categories especially Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Score
    "TOGETHER" – Actress (Sharon Horgan), Actor (James McAvoy), Original Screenplay
    "FLEE" – IN ALL CATEGORIES
    "LAST NIGHT IN SOHO" – Director (Edgar Wright), S. Actress (Anya Taylor-Joy/Diana Rigg), Cinematography, Costume Design and Production Design

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    The show is sort of enjoyable but ridiculous but episode 5 was so terrible in pretty much every form (execution, plot, its development of certain characters) that I just gave up on it.

    Only gets more ridiculous. Just watched the finale and I just want to forget this show exists it’s THAT bad.

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    I was waiting to watch it because I wanted to binge it, but after reading some comments I wonder whether it’s worth it.

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    Only gets more ridiculous. Just watched the finale and I just want to forget this show exists it’s THAT bad.

    I have to agree. That finale episode was awful. What was the point of this series? I hated the ending.

    I’m assuming this project was just something everyone involved could do quickly while having major covid restrictions on set. Not much time went into this. I feel bad for all the talented actors in this cast.

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    I thought this was going to be a total mess, but I love it. Yeah there are messy elements, but I don’t think it deserves the slating it got. I’ve been pretty vocal about how much I didn’t enjoy the book, so I’m pretty surprised myself. McCarthy fantastic, Cannavale great. Tiffany Boone is such a talent. Luke Evans I think more could be done with (and think his occupation has changed from the book). Kidman is sorta the weak link. I could do without all the arty shots of fruit though.

    I am publicly retracting this statement, those last three episodes were absolutely dreadful. (Some of the cast did the best with what they could, but…)
    Regina Hall though, she elevated.

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    About halfway through this, after the great episodes 3 and 4, I was ready to declare that the critics had been very wrong about this show. I even very nearly popped onto here to say so. Ultimately, I am glad I didn’t. The final result was not great. Always entertaining and watchable but descending into unnecessary extremes and with far too few variations away from everything being played to the max. Oh how I wish the creators had dared to be brave enough to tell the story that I thought they were after 4 episodes. One about a social experiment where a group of people, through their interactions with each other and under careful guidance, gradually begin to heal despite their scepticism. Sadly, they kept the original abysmal plotting that required an acceleration after the halfway mark, not trusting that a slow change would be as compelling as it was. The fault ultimately comes down to two things: the direction, which even in the best of episodes, was determined to be more interested in suggesting plot twists that never materialised; and the aforementioned attachment to what sounds like an atrocious book.

    One thing the critics and this forum did get wrong in my book is Kidman. And largely I think this is because after the first two episodes her appearances have been so fleeting that you only get the broad strokes of Masha and so it seems that all Kidman is doing is “playing weird”. But this, to me, is clearly deliberate as we see Masha as the guests do, learning more and more about her as the series progresses. And Kidman matches this with what turns out to be incredibly detailed characterisation. The fact that the consensus opinion on her in this has been overacting depresses me so much when she spends the vast majority of it so beautifully restrained, even in the finale which is desperate to throw everything at the wall. By the end, I know exactly who Masha is and I trust her implicitly just like the guests. And that is all Kidman because it certainly isn’t the direction. The idea that this compares to her poor work in The Undoing could not be more incorrect to me. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the only hindrance is, of course, the accent. But even this I didn’t mind by the end because it is consistent throughout. There is nothing worse in my eyes than when an accent veers constantly from perfect to completely wrong as this rejects the opportunity to engage with the character as you are constantly thrown out of them. Kidman here is at all times just off the mark but in the exact same way meaning that after a couple of episodes you are able to easily accept that this is how Masha sounds and will always sound. I’d actually say her accent here is less distracting than it was in season 2 of Big Little Lies due to the difference in levels of consistency.

    As for the rest of the cast, Melissa McCarthy’s performance makes me most sad that this wasn’t a hit. She’s just so delightful from the word go, funny on a dime of course, but also so grounded and real amongst the constantly changing tides. She makes Frances’s journey believable even when it falls into cliché. I would love to see her surprise somewhere. Her story with Cannavale is the best part of the series and he is also excellent and would be a worthy Supporting Actor nominee if it ends up as barren as last year.

    Elsewhere is more of a mixed bag. Asher Keddie, Melvin Gregg, Zoe Terakes and Manny Jacinto are all good if unspectacular. Samara Weaving is as well but a special shoutout to her for picking herself up from whatever she was doing in Hollywood. Regina Hall is sadly misdirected to be on a 100 for the entire series and it gets tired very quickly. Luke Evans is just a bad actor. The biggest disappointment though is Michael Shannon, whose performance is so loud that it borders on distasteful as it ruins many otherwise emotional scenes. Ironically during the weeks I’ve been watching this, I saw the clip of Shannon bitching about Mark Rylance winning an Oscar for Bridge of Spies. Let’s just say Shannon could have flourished much more here if he’d been able to understand what Rylance does about how less is more.

    Overall, I won’t complain for having watched this as it was a solid piece of entertainment. Although I will always begrudge what it could have been.

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    Her story with Cannavale is the best part of the series and he is also excellent and would be a worthy Supporting Actor nominee if it ends up as barren as last year.

    I agree. I would happily watch a show that was just McCarthy and Cannavale. Great fun and great chemistry.

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