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Misidentified as a space opera. It's actually a standard soap opera, and a rather gooey one at that, with monotonous background musical tones to enhance the emotional treacle. Not for lovers of sci-fi. They could be in an office, parliament, a ranch, or Antarctica.
The first episode was like listening to a Phillip Glass album with people walking around slowly and staring at things and each other. Really glacial with a thin payoff. Reminds me of the twilight zone where they would do all manner of running in place to get to a weak gag. I didn't go any further. Video version of Ambian.
Overwrought and plodding. Every scene is three times longer than it needs to be. So much scenery chewing by actors who really are better than that. Meh, what a disappointment.
Just about everything about this highly derivative show is pretty bad, which the exception of a good looking cast. But what stands out is how stock the characters are and how lame the dialog. Terrible, just terrible. I assume the more positive reviews here are from people who managed to get through life without reading Lord of the Flies or seeing Lost.
Katherine Hahn is brilliant in this series, with a delightful cast around her. Be forewarned: this is listed as a comedy but it is not. It has some funny moments but you can see the disappointment in some of the reviews here from people who were expecting some raucous sex farce. It's part family drama, part coming of age (for Mrs. Fletcher, it's no spoiler to tell you that the asshole son remains an asshole). Be prepared for a somewhat disappointing ending, though, although it may make sense as "our development never really ends" idea. I think what's most enjoyable outside of the plot is the wonderful collection of minor characters - her friends, classmates, the assortment of college students, all very real and quirky and believable. You know the utterly adorable Casey Wilson is going to be quirky and great, she always is, but almost all of the cast pulls off the same level of oddball verisimilitude.
Clever and charming story with fascinating animation that swings between the fantastic and the real. Great cast and music. Hypnotic and irresistible. I binged it, unable to stop until the end of the season. Certainly hope there's a season 2.
Kind of standard offbeat crime/family drama but with more interesting characters than usual. Sure, some of them are right out of the standard box, but the lead (Perry Matfield) plays the wisecracking, drunk, self-hating (but heart of gold, of course) with some creative flair. Plus she is amazingly convincing as a blind person - how does she get her eyes to not react? Also great: her roommate (Brooke Markham) as a snarky, caring but critical sidekick. Worthwhile entertainment if you like slightly quirky drama.
Added after finishing the season: Still entertaining but be prepared for absurd plot turns and even more absurd behavior from the wacky blind lead. So, characters are good but the plots are a bit silly.
You might know Emily and Murph from Adam Ruins Everything on TruTV or Netflix. This series is a clever take on various aspects of relationships, and the writing is smart and funny as can be. It's amplified by the chameleon-like character switches. Brian Murphy and Emily Axford play hilarious different roles throughout, adding to the fun. Highly recommended short comedy. They came out of College Humor and are headed for greatness in the comedy world.