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From a guy who hasn't seen the original, I don't really need to see it to know how bad this show is. Jay Hernandez does pretty good but other than that, the episode I watched (named I, The Deceased) was overacted, had a ton of cliches and unnecessary exposition, I didn't get the characters in regards to the episode, the dating subplot was forced (why is there a dating subplot), let me go into detail so you don't have to watch it either.
Expect the following cliche characters that aren't parodied or made creatively:
1. Independent mother who lost her husband and doesn't feel ready to get into the dating scene until a man from her past reignites her passion
2. Hotshot detective makes sure that Magnum doesn't interfere but ends up helping in the end
3. Overacting female British bond-esque sidekick
4. Gang related
5. Poisoned via food
6. Random side character from the beginning comes to the rescue
Expect the following problems in viewing:
1. Horribly over exposed / poorly shot scenes
2. Shot reverse shot
3. E X P O S I T I O N
4. Completely unrelated subplot that makes no sense in regards to the story
5. Characters that contribute nothing but comedic relief. There are a LOT of them.
6. Deus Ex Machina
Also, it doesn't even work as a competent crime story because of some extremely obvious plot holes that don't make sense and give away the villain. Like:
1. Leaving obvious evidence and ways to track it
2. A guy who literally returned to the crime scene while it was being investigated just to bump into them, run away, get caught later and helped him figure it out
3. Random murders we weren't clued in on (you know, by exposition that would have maybe helped the viewer, but instead was wasted on random dating subplot)
4. You can't possibly convince me that someone in real life would trip up with the kitchen thing that easily.
all of that said, this isnt worth the watch. I could point out all of these with one episode and I doubt they're much different.
Why is this so good? I don't quite get it, to be honest. This is the type of show I would usually dislike, but I was very entertained through the lives of these kids during this season. I could honestly feel for each of them and the struggles they went through, especially the main ones. Nobody really felt like a trope of any particular genre, they were just sexually frustrated people, and seeing the misadventures is an interesting watch.
However, this was not a perfect season for a few reasons (that I assume will be cleared up in future seasons) NOTE: big spoilers ahead, do not read past here if you haven't seen it yet)
1. OK, so the whole "Maeve gets an abortion" thing just kinda happened. That story line went nowhere and I honestly wish it did because it could have been interesting to see her and Jackson actually talk about what happened. Would have manufactured some better concepts to see how each person would react to each other knowing this. As of now, I have no idea where this went. Maybe it just disappeared.
2. The mom is dating the dad of the girl the main character is dating. That's really freaking weird, man. And, of course, until next season when we see where this storyline goes, it will remain that way.
3. Wait, so Ola is back in the picture? I thought their whole thing was a setup to get Otis and Maeve as a couple. What happened there? What is going to happen there? I don't fault the writers for this twist but the way they got back together was super rom-com-y and cringy as hell to watch.
4. It is super unfair that you reveal Adam is bisexual (or just closet gay) for 20 seconds before shipping him off to military school. This was so rushed and I really wish it wasn't.
5. Otis' dad had like one scene in the entire season when I would have expected him to be more important based on the mom writing a book on Otis because of him and Otis trying to lose his virginity (also as a result of him). But no, Skyping him for two minutes is fine.
All of that said, the storylines that were focused on and all of the characters' developments over the course of the season were organic, real and entertaining, Eric's transformation, especially, was really powerful to watch and he is casted perfectly, better than a large amount of the cast (although everyone was well casted).
Amazing. Perfect lighting, fantastic story, interesting writing with very little exposition, and the inner monologues are not overbearing. Everything I could have asked for regarding a netflix series. I'm probably going to watch it again.