Yet another fantastic season, so far, and I love how the story goes in different directions each season even up to a point where I at times wish certain key plot points of a season would be carried over into the next, but each time I'm caught up again into the new narrative in the next season and am equally drawn in by the excellent writing and cast performances. I may love the Mandalorian series to rekindle my almost whithered away love for Star Wars, but this is a true scifi show, as a matter of fact the only one at present.
It's strange, I read the negative criticisms and I actually agree with many of them, but I simply enjoy the show so much and each episode it improves. Chris Rock puts in a performance that is as much praised as it is criticized. I am on the former side, just love every second he's on screen and I watch anything featuring Timothy Oliphant.
Is it as good as previous seasons, no, not by a long shot, it indeed misses the quirkiness, subtlety of the story lines of previous seasons.
This one just hammers home its message and I guess due the times we are living in, I guess this story fits perfectly as an obvious allegory and it's annoying at times that they hit you over the head with such blunt trauma at times, but I guess they felt it necessary.
The story suffers for it, so why am I once again enjoying it so much? Hard to say, I just can't stop watching and caring for these characters and, having just watched episode 7, the story line is at a precipice, can go either way of ratching up the level and becoming more than just a rather simplistic racism story posing, but not seriously or convincingly so, as a gangland story or it can rise to a mythological level as previous seasons did that amounts to more than a perfunctory tale of the corpse of the American dream on the slab of history it threatens to become.
I'm still liking it a lot, but be sure and do right by it now in those last few episodes.
I will not even begin to compare it to the classic The Innocents as it's inferior in every imaginable aspect, there's no point in comparing really. So, on its own merits, as far as they exist, this is a prime example of making a complete mess of brilliant source material.
I just couldn't believe that the people behind the brilliant reimagining of The Haunting of Hill House could come up with this sterile effort that just drags on until I had enough of every single character in this series.
First of all the whole concept doesn't work of dedicating each episode to a particular character as it brings any plot advancement to a screeching hold, which at times, as some character's past were simply put not exactly interesting and badly written to warrant such lengthy exposition.
The acting overall was very bland and didn't make me care for any of the protagonists.
Numerous plot elements simply did not work like the whole being 'tucked away' and repeating conversations subsequently, was very annoying.
I could go on and on, there's so many bad ingredients in this flattened souffle, so let's end with some positive feedback: Visually the series is beautiful and the design and set work is often wonderful, though none of it original, but it works within this world, so that's one star.
Maybe I'm too critical because I love the story and 60's movie so much, but I really tried to like, but that proved a feat I was unable to bring about.
So, next, reimagining of The Legend of Hell House and do it right? It would complete my favourite trio of haunted house movies and maybe they'd pull it off, which they proved with the Haunting of Hill House.
As much as I loved the first season and had been eagerly awaiting this second, it was a huge letdown. The story was unimaginitive and most importantly the characters were completely uninvolving, making me not care about anything that happened to them. I couldn't even be bothered to watch it all the way, even though I managed to struggle through until the one before last episode. Great shame and waste of the great work done in the first season.
Interesting to once again see the complete opposite reaction between critics and audience, same as in the first season, though in reverse, even thoough the score only differed 22% then, but when audience and critics are that much far apart as in this second season, a show definitely has problems and in this case I definitily follow the audience majority review.
Best current tv show. The acting is spectacular, in the smaller roles as much as in the central ones. The cinematography is beautiful and the music a brilliant illustration of the story.
They could have messed up Hank's return in the 3rd episode, but, not surprising, they nailed it perfectly.
I really consider this series superior to even Breaking Bed and I can't wait for each episode and at the same time dreading the show's end as much as the unavoidable end of Jimmy and Kim's relationship.
I don't know what he will do to lose her, but it will be the biggest mistake of his life.
Great show, so far, I haven't seen all episodes yet. The actors playing Sydney and Stanley are brilliant and sympathetic. Of course the disaffected, quasi autistic, teenage drama is rather overexposed at the moment, but we have had a long drought in this genre, so it's ok.
I love the superhero angle as a kind of metaphore for all the typical adolescent teenage angst.
I must admit I got a bit fedup with this genre after seeing so many of them and almost did not watch this one. The fact they were the creators of "The end of the f*cking world" made me give it a chance and it pulled me in right from the start.
Sophia Lillis, as beautiful as she is talented, I'm sure will have a great career in front of her.
Very interesting the rather uniform disagreement between critics and audience. I go with the audience and I think the audience in general is very positive is, that this series very much has its finger at the pulse of our times, touches on complex and uneasy topics that we as a species are all confronted with. I give it five stars, because to me this one is a very fresh and welcome change to the bland offerings of a lot of tv shows, it takes risks. Sure, it may not be everybody's cup of tea, so what, nothing really is, that stands out, because to do that you typically have to take chances that the majority of shows shy back from. This show does not and deserves praise for that alone.
I honestly don't understand the appeal for this show. The story was so derivative of other movies and tv shows, indeed like someone mentioned the Swedish "Humans" which is vastly superior to this drivel. The use of female robots very thinly veiled a very misogynist view of women as play things. The main villain is a cartoon cliche at best. The acting is all around third rate, except for the little girl Sonya who is utterly adorable. I admit to not seeing much of this series, but the first episode turned me off so badly, I couldn't bring myself to watch any more.
It's a shame, because it's great Netflix includes Russian made productions, it's refreshing change from all the American shows, even though there's nothing wrong in and of itself with them, but it's nice to get a different view on things occasionally, however this show is not a good example for that.
Really loved this show, couldn't stop watching. Ah, the poor critics are all frustrated again, because they miss being spoonfed and taken by the hand through the story from A to B. The story is explained well enough and over time the bits and pieces of background come together. I really liked how they not only had three story lines, but also two time lines that all slowly came together in the final episode.
Brilliant work and yes, it may lack the depth of GoT, but why compare it, it's a completely diffferent kind of story.
If you love fantasy, this definitely is a must watch.
Sorry to go against the majority but I hated this series. I managed to get through two episodes, but that was it.
The main issue was its lead character which I utterly disliked, so the last thing I needed it to be was to be revived each episode only to find that the only thing that changed from the previous incarnation was a new angle to be annoying.
The dialogue was so stilted, contrived and pretentious, it didn't help/
When I come to think about something positive to say, I am stuck with that I liked the artfully made toilet.
I have a hunch that is not the thing the creators of this series wanted you to take from this primarily.
I don't know if the lead actress is any good, because the character she had to embody kept me from appreciating the performance and I have to say, this goes for every single character in this series.
In short, not for me.
Very enjoyable and refreshing even though the anti-hero shtick is not exactly new, but the cast keeps you invested with solid performances even though some of the dynamics between the family members get a bit repetitive at time. The Vanya character was very annoying to me, seeing that "I AM A VICTIM" face drooping into the camera just bugged me at times, though sometimes the character shines, mainly due, again, to a performance very well done.
The Klaus character is brilliant and always interesting and Robert Sheehan does a phenomenal multi-layered acting job.
The villainous duo Hazel and Cha-Cha are great and against stereotype, which I enjoyed a lot.
The story, well the super hero stuff as well as save the world within 8 days plot actually was experienced more or less as background, not really that interesting, which sort of is a bit of a problem, considering the end of the world is at stake and you really have a Klaus-sense "Yeah, So?" feeling about it.
The interaction between the characters as well as the flash backs became the reason I watched this series, so as a set-up season I say "Well Done!!!".
Looking forward to any future stories.
The last season of AHS I saw before this one, was the coven season which I enjoyed a lot. Mixing it with the Monster House Season appealed to me, so I watched it. I enjoyed many episodes, even loved it until they introduced the computer nerds and their illuminati subplot, which was extremely lame.
I presume that Michael's break down after the witches burn his trusted friends to a crisp was all a bit of satire, especially with the Satanists, but mostly to me that all fell flat and I was just waiting for them to advance the plot.
The antichrist turned out to be a whiny insecure loser with mommy issues. I hope that too was meant as satire, but it kept annoying me.
The witches were cool, but ... it lacked one pretty critical ingedrient: it wasn't scary. Not even for a second.
A horror show increasingly sliding down along the slippery slope of satire of the genre that made it so popular, is not something a horror audience I think will put up with indefinitely.
It's a kind of betrayal, easy wayout, can't scare you, so we'll just make fun of it.
it worked for a long time with the scream franchise, but to me it's definitely a reason to jump ship and I really don't want to do that, as ahs has a lot going for it, not last because of the great cast.
I am curious what line they will follow next season, more satire or, dear I say it, a truly scary season, it would be nice.
Just when you thought you just about seen it all as far as haunted house stories go, you are confronted with a new series that glues you to the edge of your seat, grabs you by the throat and never lets you go until the credits roll and you can finally not just gasp for air but also for the next installment you cannot wait to enjoy.
An amazing story, amazingly filmed and performed by an outstanding cast that give us the harrowing truth around a traumatised family after years still dealing with the devasting after effects of a few months they spend as children in a house that would scar them to the core of their being.
They all developed a sort of coping mechanism, but really, coping is too positive a word and, as it turns out, even surviving is not a certainty.
Yes, it doesn't sound like your average horror series and that's because it isn't even though it definitely belongs in this genre, oh yes, because the horror drips from every page of the script that laid the groundwork for this epic drama.
The amazing feat that i can't stop applauding it for, is not the thrills and spills of the all to familiar haunted house tropes that keep you interested, but it's the characters, given live by this fantastic cast, that you end up embracing as an audience with all their quirks and faults, because they suffered so much and fought so hard to, in spite of the past horrors that keep spilling over into their present, make some kind of life best they could, that you just can't abandon them and judge them, but only root for their wellbeing or even their survival if it comes down to it.
the 1963 movie "The haunting" is my all tme favourite horror movie, so to say i was a bit apprehensive when i found this series is understating it, but it has such compelling dramatic power, i didn't care how close it might end up following the original movie, or book for that matter. it's just completely irrelevant and that may be the biggest complement i can give it.
This season was better than expected as it made interesting yet another version of the old man vs machine theme. Episode 8 to me was a clear standout episode as Mr. mcclarnon gave a fantastic performance and moving story that completely changed how you looked at the ghost nation tribe, which I loved. not justified that Mcclarnon isn't even in the extended cast list.
I also loved thandie newton, even though she was lying on the operating for most of the second half of the season, which was a shame, but when she was on screen, it was always fascinating and memorable.
Ed harris' character had some twists and turns and most of them didn;t make you like his charcter more, so by season's ending you really wish for him to finally die (and stay that way).
Nothing to do of course with Mr. Harris' outstanding performance.
i didn't care about the dolores - teddy story, nor how it was wrapped up, you saw it coming from the beginning as soon as she altered his programming, which in the end i think was detrimental to keep the viewer's interest in their story.
bernard's story got a bit tiresome, though his back and forth with anthony hopkins was always memorable.
the show is pretty gloomy with not exactly a big hurrah about humanity.
no clue where it will be going next season, but it will not be easy to top this one.
Excellent show, very athmospheric, with some great perfomances by both Vincent D'Onofrio and even more so Meat Loaf. I am at episode 9 now and hope the story doesn't fall back into cliche'd horror tropes. so far so good.
Well ... this is some episodes later and unfortunately I had to revise my opinion negatively.
They completely ruined a series that had a lot of promise and turned it into a completely stupid horror show. I think it's no accindent that Vincent D'Onofrio's character was killed off and Meat Loaf's excellent screentime was cut down to nothing.
They completely ruined every single plot line, stopped watching, angry that they didn't appreciate what they had and obviously not a clue what to do with the potential trreasure they were holding. Shame.
Though the series does not really use any story elements of the books, it does reflect its spirit. A few nitpicks: I'm still not enjoying Frodo in this series, nor his sister (I just finished ep. 5 of season 2, so maybe it will change). I wanted more Bart, because every scene she's in just cracks me up, she's fantastic in both seasons. OMG, just realized the actress is the daughter of one of my alltime movie heroes Brad Douriff, well apple and tree very close proximity there.
Samuel Barnett as Dirk nails it again, he made me forget that in many respects his character is quite different from the books, he's that good.
The druggie Policewoman annoyed me, was funny for like two minutes and then just basically kept repeating the same shtick.
The police chief however was fantastic, loved the casting against type.
Glad the quartet of the Rowdy 3 are back, not enough screen time for them up to now.
The story as usual is batshit crazy, but I love that about it, even more so then season 1 which took me a while to warm up to. Heard that it has been cancelled, sad, but there can be too much of a good thing, so it's ok.
Meanwhile, just watch it, even if you feel like punching Elijah Wood in the face everytime he feels he has to give us that Frodo pained look with his eyebrows desperately looking for a way to leave his face.
Loved this show, first and foremost because of its visual splendour and dire scifi noir athmosphere.
It felt to me like the spiritual true sequel to Blade Runner in stead of the vapid one we ended up with.
Joel Kinneman was fantastic in his role and I loved Chris Conner as Poe.
The only thing that to me was way over the top and unfortunately ended up playing a huge part in the story was the brother- sister dynamic between Takeshi and Reileen, which to my taste went way overboard and derailed the story in my mind.
Don't want to give away spoilers, so I'll not go on about it.
I would certainly recommend this series to all fans of scifi noir.
Yet another brilliant addition to the Netflix canon.
I love this series and don't get the low audience rate. It is once again an original and refreshing new way of dealing with the superhero genre. Obviously comparisons with Luke Cage come to mind and to be honest I don't know which one I'll end up liking the most, but I have a hunch it will be this series.
There are the usual familiar trappings of this kind of show, but like the RT article about this show already illustrates, there's a lot of stuff that's unique.
I especially love the cast of this show, they are fantastic and Cress Williams hits it out of the ballpark from the first few minutes you see him. He has a gravitas and charisma that makes him immediately convincing as a superhero.
The theme of a superhero trying to find some balance in managing everyday life, some sense of normalcy, and the "with great power comes great responsibility" part, is not exactly new, but it's handled in a very relatable way, set in a world that's very realistic and recognizable and has something to say.
The one star missing from my rating is the fact that the storyline is not all that new.
Be that as it may, it's a great show and since Luke Cage finally a superhero show, aside from Legion (brilliant for very different reasons), I can really enjoy.