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The performances are invigorating, particularly Ayorinde and Thomas... But baked into this production is the pesky, exhausting problem of "doing too much."
The first two episodes of "Them" do a solid job of setting the stage and leaving enough questions unanswered to keep the viewer hooked.
Among its many frustrating elements, it brings up larger questions as to when reflective trauma in horror simply becomes a part of the style, despite the grave emotional context.
It doesn't deliver the supernatural chills as efficiently or abundantly as we might have hoped, but there's still a whole lot of horror -- and a whole lot else to recommend it.
...there's so little novelty or intricacy to this saga's early going that, in the end, it's difficult to give it the benefit of the doubt.
The potentially powerful Them is afflicted by its length and sprawling narrative, which over 10 episodes has the unintended consequence of both stupefying and confusing you.
The show may interest viewers who have a lack of empathy for Black characters. Everyone else, especially Black viewers, should maybe stay away from Them.
It's a testament to how more mainstream popular entertainment is looking at the history of racism and racist attitudes head-on. For that it should be commended as well as the driven performances by the entire cast.
Covenant is so effective at illustrating the racial ugliness of the post-war era that at times you have to wonder if it's exaggerating things. But in the broad strokes, at least, the show is alarmingly truthful.
Audience Reviews for Them: Limited Series
3h agoThis show is AH-MAZING!!! Terrifying, thrilling and shocking!!!
3h agoDespite what the people who 'couldnt handle' this are saying, this is an incredible concerted effort from black creatives that deserves accolades. It is heavy. And it is hard. But so is being black. And that is what this series aims to show besides being streaming entertainment. It was tough one for me. I want to say its 'just a show' but it isn't. I don't think I have seen for a while, something that TRULY captures the horror of racism and bigotry in ways that are metaphoric yet true reality. That spark the feelings the real deal horror does. if you watch this and think to yourself "omg this is too much" try and remember that this is/was a lived reality for many people. Remember the privilege you have to just turn away and never have to face or examine things as depicted in this series. And say "no no, its too much. Itsvnot real". This series will leave you shook. NO doubt. But I refuse to bash it or its creators and the actors. The artistic merits alone deserve immense accolades.
4h agoThis is a Jordan Peele Ryan Murphy wannabe. Over the top gratuitous violent scenes which contain no value other than to pander to cheap shock seekers. Offensively tries to portray a message of racial bias, and fails miserably with overt in your face obvious references Amazon and this director should be ashamed for wasting so much money on such garbage-Zero thought given to the decision to green light this series
4h agoThe best kind of horror. Go with it and you'll be rewarded. Characters you care about, great casting, tense, suspenseful, and painfully terrifying.
17h agohorrible. so horrible that i am leaving a review.
19h agoOne of aspect of depictions of historical LGBTQ violence in dramas was that gay people (like me) got sick of seeing everyone portrayed as victims. Two guys getting together with the inevitable demise of one (looking at you Brokeback Mountain and It). Sure there is power in truth but the gay people who lived then already know this stuff and the rest ain't watching anyway. I liked Lovecraft Country even if it was confusing at times. But surely it is better to watch a documentary series like Amend on Netflix if as a white person you need to discover the true horrors of historical racism than see it bound up in an entertaining Horror series. Judging from comments about the rest of the series I can't watch it, not matter how worthy.
22h agoThe performances are outstanding. However, I do not find the story line interesting or compelling. It's also not scary.
23h agoBrutal and uncomfortable in every way. It is required viewing for americans and gives birth to one of the best horror characters in recent memory, da tap dance man.
Apr 13, 2021Oh my god, what a show ! Amazing direction, amazing cast, quite disturbing and some very, very hard scenes to watch but definitely worth it !
1d agoI just can't get over the "trauma porn" of Episode 5. If this were made at a "real" studio... ie, not Amazon (Netflix and Hulu)... this never would have made it to final cut. Actually, it would have been cut out of the script. Why? Because "that" scene is so terrible, harrowing, awful that it overshadows the rest of the series. I loved the acting, cinematography and music choices/needle drops... but all of that if for naught because of how far they took the violence/craven depravity of in episode 5. I understand why they did it... to show the terror/fear/trauma of being Black in the south at that time. I get that. But it's not the kind of thing anyone should put on screen. It's just not. Better to leave the truly horrible things like, say, rape, murder, infanticide... off the screen. Believe me... our imaginations will fill in the blanks. As it is, now, I know a number of people who simply won't watch the series... because they're heard about the "trauma porn" element. Too bad, because there's a lot of truly talented folks involved.