I thought it would be helpful to have one thread where we can all debate tv shows we like, we dislike, we hope to watch etc.
Here are some I watched recently:
Okay, just today I read that there won’t be a season 2. Nevertheless I recommend this show about the multinational crew of the first space flight to Mars, with their families on Earth coping with their lives and the disconnection from them. Very well made, not too challenging, comfort food watching.
WESTWORLD, Season 2 (HBO)
I liked the first season but I had to try three times to watch season 2 because the first episode (again) repeats those storytelling habits which frustrated me in season 1 already. The deliberate slowness, the sinister joylessness, always loaded with the implication that this is DEEP and HIGHLY INTELLIGENT when the same narrative points could have been made faster and less self-importantly. Still, I went along with it this time and, again, liked some of it very much and sighed to many other moments. Best episode: the one with the Native Indians, simply because it really managed to connect the emotional content of the central theme. Pretty telling, though, that the show succeeded (for me) only through the story of a side character, not through any of the main ones. I do want to try out Season 3 because it seems to go into a new direction.
OZARK Season 1,2,3 (Netflix)
I stopped after episode 1 of season 1 last year because it was so extremely depressing - and because I was influenced by those critics who reflexively ridiculed this show as being a worse BREAKING BAD clone.
But now I binged through all available seasons and still can’t get enough. For me, it is deeply involving, exciting, darkly funny, perfectly acted, written, shot end edited. Really one of the best shows of the last years. And very different from BREAKING BAD. This is about a family adjusting to the loss of morals, creating a maelstrom of problems that they think will be overcome… until they realize that they are the problem.
SUCCESSION Season 1,2 (HBO
Hands down the best show about lies corrupting everything and power motivating anyone to succumb to their worst instincts. And still it´s a show that made me care deeply about every horribly flawed character, mainly because it is hilarious, dismantling the poses and still showing the sadness driving every decision.