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There are also far too many shows like StartUp... that echo elements of past TV hits, from the heat-wave setting of Burn Notice to the moral opacity of The Shield, without... offering any sense of creative independence or innovation.
Freeman, though, is something to see (especially for fans), and there are just enough memorable moments to keep "StartUp" out of the red.
Despite strong work by its actors, StartUp is just another exploration of underground crime and shady dealings that we've seen a thousand times before on film and television.
Its first few episodes set up a complicated plot that, if it can break free from convention and its clunky dialogue, might be worth investing in.
As the show focuses more on the strength of its breakneck storytelling, it's becoming not just the best reason to try Crackle, but one of the more promising new streaming series of the year.
StartUp is trying to meld the high-finance sheen of series like Billions with the gee-whiz digital jargon of, say, Scorpion, but it never seems innovative, only imitative. The casting, however, is refreshing, even if the plot strains credulity.
It seems clear that Start Up wants to be a kind of Mr. Robot, but in the attempt reveals that the USA show's success isn't about a collection of buzzwords but about vision and style.
In the show's first episode, every major character is shown in a gratuitous sex scene, as though the idea was, well, if the viewers don't buy this GenCoin thing, maybe they'll stick around for the sex. We'll see how that pays off for StartUp.
If it can keep the characters front and center and not fall back on the GenCoin gimmick too much, it stands a chance of being a decent crime series.
Eager to tackle relevant topics, creator Ben Ketai has the right headspace, but can't quite make his ambitious vision jell in StartUp. As such, series standouts Martin Freeman and Edi Gathegi are left to clean up a mess that cannot be undone.
Audience Reviews for StartUp: Season 1
3d agoI really enjoyed this show and loved the diversity of characters and their backgrounds. I loved that it wasnt predictable and entertaining at the same time. Hope that someone will pick it up for a 4th season
4d agoI strongly disagree with the critics. I have seen many tv shows and this one may be one of the best. It is not repetitive, it is entertaining, engaging, and different. The story just never gets boring, it is constantly changing without depriving it of its essence. I definitely recommend this show and hope for a season 4.
5d agoIt's incredible that this series received such bad reviews. I thought it was amazing. I was totally hooked, which almost never happens. It's got incredible pace, solid acting, and is even more relevant today with all the current curiosity about cryptocurrency. I'll never trust Rotten Tomatoes again for reviews. This is one of the best series I've seen in years. Morgan Freeman and Edi Gathegi are mesmerizing.
5d agoCritics are wrong…again Very entertaining and engrossing.
6d agoNo idea why the bad reviews. This is one of the most suspenseful shows! Thank you Netflix for getting this show noticed!
6d agoTerrible acting. Gratuitous and poorly performed sex scenes to try and keep the audience interested because the rest is so weak. Send him back to the shire!
Jun 06, 2021I just finished binge watching this series! Amazing!! All of the surprises! I literally jumped off the couch a few times. I am REALLY hoping a 4th season comes out or @netflix picks it up as their own. The cast is very good and the story is written very well. I need to know what happens to Izzy, Ronald and Nick! I am so invested at this point! Bring Startup back for season 4.
Jun 05, 2021Excellent. Suspenseful. Unpredictable. Good to see fresh acting faces with current plot lines.
Jun 05, 2021I didn't like at all, because everything went bad to the main characters. But It was interesting. The other seasons were a lot better
Jun 04, 2021Incoherent mess. Couldn't the writers come up with a simple VC elevator pitch instead of this generic drizzle?