Da 5 Bloods
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I May Destroy You
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Season 1 moves along briskly, with sharp writing and great performances by the two female stars, especially Applegate. Season Two jumps the rails with silly plot points and soap-opera twists (come on, the surprise arrival of an identical twin brother to a murdered husband?) Plans for Season Three are a mistake, unless you consider that this, like all series that run out of creative steam, has become basically a jobs program.
Heavily dependent on cooperation from FBI veterans and Rudy Giuliani's federal prosecutor crew, so it's pretty slanted. For these guys, those were the glory years and they love reliving them. A few minor mob guys weigh in. Missing is any assessment of the important NYPD role. Inexplicably stops in 1986 with convictions of some mob bosses in a Giuliani-orchestrated media frenzy. After that, the mafia continued on its nefarious way for another 10 years (e.g., the Gotti years), which this superficial documentary -- very heavy on phony drama -- fails to address.
Starts off with a bang, and what splendid performances. Sharp and witty. But by about episode 6 of the 10 episodes, we're running out of story and treading water with lots -- lots -- of literal screwing around.
A truly horrific story, ineptly told. Way too much emphasis on the pontificating widower of the late author.
If you thought the U.S. version of "The Office" was superior to the UK original, you might be able to tolerate "Space Force."
A silly, childish, slovenly "adaptation" of a pretty good and certainly provocative non-fiction book.
Any investigative reporter will tell you how amazing it is to get all these grifters on camera, not to mention to get the FBI to totally cooperate in regaling you with the details on the sting. The grifters are as if they sprang from a Coen Bros movie.
The writing has become downright silly, though clearly the show's writers and show-runner think they are producing Shakespeare.