Post by eatersthemanfool on Dec 21, 2018 6:17:12 GMT -5
Just finished the first season of the Amazon Original The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I'm enjoying the hell out of it and ready to start on the second season. So it's another show by Amy Sherman-Palladino, which depending on whether you liked her previous work is good enough reason to try it. If you're not a fan, though, it's still work a look as it's enough of a departure from her usual schtick that it might click with you.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a period comedy set in the 50's about a jewish woman in New York who gets dumped by her husband and uses the experience as inspiration for a stand-up routine that launches her career. It's full of Palladino's standard witty banter but a little more subdued and believable this time around.
American Gods was a dissapointment to me: It's awfully noisy and tries so hard to be edgy, the story is way too drawn out and most of the characters just annoyed me, even though I found them interesting in the book. The only genuinely good thing about this version was an animated short within one episode.
So I remain sceptical about Good Omens. But the trailers so far look quite good. Hope they manage get the tone right this time, dry humour being the key here.
Finally saw the third season of Stranger Things about a month after it came out.
It was still good but I can't say I liked it as much as the previous two. On one hand I liked how the horror of the Upside Down and the Mind Flayer became even more disturbing and visceral, on the other I felt that the subplot with the Soviet spies was a bit too cartoonish and improbable, what with the way the boys infiltrate their secret base and also the Russians themselves, who seemed more caricatures a la Rocky IV than real people. I get the homage to 80s fiction but it just makes the setting look like less and less the "real world" and more like another sit-com location.
I'm also starting to get tired of Winona Ryder's "crazy hysterical mom" shtick and I didn't like how they turned Hopper into a violent, borderline psychotic vigilante.
I hope next season is the last one because of how this one ended and the fact that the premise is starting to wear thin.