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We don't expect answers to the series' biggest questions yet, but we should at least know what the characters are striving for collectively and what's really at stake here. Otherwise, it's hard to really care about what happens each week.
The sole appeal upon which Falling Water relies is mystery, and I'll admit that after watching I do want to learn the answers to the questions the plot has posed. But I don't wish for the answers so much that I'll sit through another hour.
Ultimately the show is too precious by half and too confusing by a third. Actually, it's not that confusing, but when there is no person to really care about, viewers might find it hard to be engrossed in the tangled world that the writers are presenting.
Unfortunately, Falling Water makes the mistake of prioritizing intrigue over interest, failing to take any of its concept or conspiracy and connect it to meaningful characterization or narrative stakes.
Perhaps, if one took copious notes, consulted the show website's "About" page... the convolutions in "Falling Water" would yield rewards. As it is, it's hard to imagine finding the time for this dull, plodding thought experiment.
Falling Water is a hollow puzzle box. It is a twisting, turning show that centers on dreams but completely loses the required balance of a series like this one: don't just present new questions, give us a few answers too.
Most bad shows are bad because their creators have no imagination and make obvious choices. Falling Water is bad because its creators have attempted something very complicated but failed to ground it in any credible way. They're in way over their heads.
The problem with Water is that it keeps promising revelations that are constantly withheld, as though we might not keep watching if the show tipped its hand about what all this dream investigation is really about.