White Heat: Season 1 (2012)
Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 6
With nonsensical writing and two-dimensional characters, White Heat fades away as another lackluster story utilizing tired time-period progression gimmicks.
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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 1
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This six-episode series follows the lives of seven students who meet in 1965 and, despite their mixed backgrounds, become friends while living together in London. In a unique approach, each episode takes place during a different time period between 1965 and 1990 and chronicles their lives as they intertwine and deal with the changing world around them. Sam Claflin and Reece Ritchie star.
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The series can be demanding, requiring an effort to suspend disbelief and also overlook the characters' frequent unpleasantness.
The story is good and now that we know who's who, where's who and in what year, maybe we can enjoy lighter taps from the narrative hammer in forthcoming episodes.
Curiously watchable, but in its attempts to cover all bases, this new series could turn out to tell us stuff we've heard a hundred times before.
Milne turns each character into such a cipher it feels more like a game of Guess Who than a plausible dramatic conceit.
Quickly proves to be a warmed-over and tepid mishmash of changing-times cliches.
After only one episode it's clear that the more we learn about each of them, the more we will want to know.
A bold, fabulously written (if at times overbearing) chronicle of the political and social changes which sweep through Britain beginning in the mid-1960s and which shaped - and in some cases, radically misshaped - a generation.
Hardly merits the name, proving more plodding and cliched than anything else.
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