Maniac (Netflix)

Time is calling this the best Netflix show since Stranger Things, it just dropped today so I plan on bingeing it this weekend, was hoping someone had already flew through it and had some non-spoilery thoughts???
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  • I just saw the Time review this morning and told my wife I want to watch a couple of episodes tonight. Netflix has also dropped some clips on youtube. Looks good. 
    djcaudle01Elisa
  • Yeah and super excited to Justin Theroux in something potentially good besides Leftovers...
    ken hale
  • kingbee67kingbee67 Los Angeles Ca.
    edited September 2018
    I’m on the third episode. Don’t worry it’s safe.  
    Not as serious as I thought it would be.
    Emma Stone. 
    It’s also nice to see the receptionistfrom the Moonlighting Detective Agency again. 
  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA
    reviews from AV Club and Vox were kinda meh. i still plan to check out.
  • Watched the 1st two episodes, it’s an odd mind trippy show, but I’m into it. Lots of cameos in the 1st two episodes looks like they stacked the decks with people from various other shows and movies. 
    ricoaggie7Elisa
  • KingKobra said:
    Watched the 1st two episodes, it’s an odd mind trippy show, but I’m into it. Lots of cameos in the 1st two episodes looks like they stacked the decks with people from various other shows and movies. 
    Your first sentence is exactly how I would describe it. 
    KingKobra
  • In Justin Theroux's scenes in episodes 2 and 3, I kept thinking of the reaction of A.Ron and Jim:)
    A mixture of Inception and Black Mirror, most nuances going over my head!

  • I’d really like to see Bald Move cover this show! 
    Georgesaraej319FreibergElisa
  • Binged it today and I loved it. Would really enjoy listening to Jim and Aron discuss this show.
    Elisa
  • KingKobra said:
    Watched the 1st two episodes, it’s an odd mind trippy show, but I’m into it. Lots of cameos in the 1st two episodes looks like they stacked the decks with people from various other shows and movies. 
    Finished it this evening. Really enjoyed the entire ride. This is a mind trippy show, but it doesn’t try to device you into guessing about the reality of things. Lots and lots of cameos peppered throughout the season which was nice to see certain people play parts that they aren’t necessarily known for. There are also lots of nods to other shows and movies in some cases blatant in other cases much more subtle. 

    This is so early in the season I fear that Jonah Hill and Emma Stone will be forgotten by next year’s awards season.  I thought both (especially Jonah) did an excellent job with the slight changes in their characters personalities as situations changed. 

    Hopefully Jim and ARon pick this up and let us know what they think. I can see this running people the wrong way and them being turned off from the whole expiriment. 
  • Watched all of it on Saturday and liked it a lot. It's not nearly as serious as it looks in some of the trailers and there are a lot of hilarious moments with some robocop style physical comedy (the last scene at the fur shop and the scene with the shotgun in the Post Malone episode). 

    Honestly just the aesthetic was enough to keep me hooked. I could watch Fukanaga swing a camera around that world regardless of what was happening. The mid 90s retro future with all the CRTs and the colored lines that shoot around walls and up and down buildings is extremely my shit. Love the sound of a loud keyboard clack. 

    I heard a critic describe it as essentially nostalgia porn like Stranger Things for the late 90s/early 00s era and that was meant as a dig but it all worked for me.
    Elisa
  • GeorgeGeorge Astoria, New York
    Love the show so far, 6 episodes in.

    Would definitely like to hear the guys cover this. This seems right in the sweet spot.
  • Visually stunning, emotionally grounded with the themes of friendship and mental illness, incredibly acted, subversive characterisation, continually engaging plot, conceptually fresh, doesn't take itself too serious, heartbreaking at times and hilarious at others: these are just some of the things that make Maniac the best Netflix show since Stranger Things - or maybe ever?

    Shout outs to Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Sonoya Mizuno and Justin Theroux who were incredible on the acting front, and of course to Cary Fukanaga who absolutely nailed it.

    If you're on the fence, give it a go.

    Would love to hear what Jim and Aron think of this show!
    Elisa
  • Kela15Kela15 Malta, Europe
    Had to watch the first episode twice since the analogue alternate reality threw me completely on first viewing. Just watched the second and third episodes and I must say I am hooked! My husband pointed out how Owen reminds him very much of Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin in The Graduate - he looks so very existentially uncomfortable and out of his depth it hurts.
    FreibergElisa
  • GeorgeGeorge Astoria, New York
    The range this show was able to display was remarkable. I hope there’s more in the future.
    Tomalexwhitham
  • Teresa from ConcordTeresa from Concord Concord, California
    I was excited to watch - - and then I did watch -- the first two episodes. Don't think I'll be watching anymore. It's just too dopey because it's a "story" without any restraint. It's trying too hard to be Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (a movie I love) but missed the mark in soooooo many ways. Luckily Netflix is churning the content at breakneck speed, so I'll just move on to the next show offering. 
  • UnderwoodUnderwood Philadelphia, PA
    I loved this show, finished it in two days. The performances all around were just fantastic. I can absolutely see how a show like this isn't for everyone, but it definitely hit the right cord for me.
    Elisa
  • Jonah Hill seriously impressed me. Had no idea he had the range.
    TomalexwhithamDeeFreiberg
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    edited September 2018
    The "Furs by Sebastian" episode had me laughing harder than I have in quite a while. I wont spoil the moment, but if you know, you know. 

    I was kind of idly watching this show in the beginning but by episode three and four I was seriously invested. And I will watch anything directed by Cary Fukunaga.  Amazing looking show with a derivative, albeit beautiful aesthetic. Quite a cool little alternate reality world they have created here. 
    TomalexwhithamrusskellyElisaLeahra821
  • A smaller note, I really appreciate the episode length on this show. 40 minutes feels like the right amount of commitment for something of this scope, 60 minute episodes would have probably been a bit of a drag.
    aberry89Kate23Elisa
  • This show is amazing. Truly unique and visually awesome. 
    Elisa
  • I finally got a chance to start this show today and am loving it.  I didn’t realize until I did a little research that it’s based on a Norwegian show of the same name also from Netflix (not sure if it’s available in US but I’ll look to see tomorrow).
    NervousRhino
  • I enjoyed the character study of the parts played by Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, but overall I felt like the series itself was just a little too weird. I don't think they really needed to go that extra step and set the whole thing in some strange alternate reality where technology is both less and more advanced than ours. It provided the desired effect of being unsettling but made it hard for me to connect to the story. I didn't know what the rules were in this world. That kept me from investing emotionally. Also, some of the fantasy sequences seemed a little too indulgent and went on for too long.

    I did like how it ended but overall it was a tad too ambitious for its own good. I'm sure some will appreciate the aesthetic but it was a case of style over substance to me.
  • calebthrowercalebthrower South Carolina
    Finished it earlier this week and absolutely love it. You can tell Jonah Hill and Emma Stone had previously worked together on Super Bad. I thought their chemistry was great in the awkward way the show was going for. The acting and directing was top notch and I appreciate the aesthetic of the setting. I'd totally recommend this show
    Elisa
  • Wow that was really weird! I liked it though. It had a strange black mirror vibe to it. 
    Elisa
  • edited October 2018
    I don't think it is groundbreaking - not that there's anything wrong with that. The performances are very good, it has some very nice ideas and I laughed more than I thought I would. I will be recommending this (to friends, not family!). It's very good psy-sci-fi.
    Elisa
  • I really liked this show and was surprised to see it with a high RT rating, usually odder shows like this are divisive. I really appreciated how it had the weirdness of something like Legion without the pretentiousness, it was all satisfyingly rooted enough. 

    And no other show in recent memory made me think of so many different influences, or just things about it that reminded me of a movie, even if it was just one scene or shot. 

    The set/visuals did this the most, I haven't seen the movie in ages but I couldn't stop thinking of Brazil as I watched this show. It's like a late '70s-'80s 'futuristic' interpretation of our current age, except I think they used all real cars and I don't recall one newer than the '90s Miata. 

    But it made me think of several shows/movies even if for one fleeting scene or theme, like Black Mirror, Bladerunner, A Clockwork Orange, hell even Cloud Atlas after the second or third dream stage thing. 
    Elisa
  • I enjoyed the character study of the parts played by Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, but overall I felt like the series itself was just a little too weird. I don't think they really needed to go that extra step and set the whole thing in some strange alternate reality where technology is both less and more advanced than ours. It provided the desired effect of being unsettling but made it hard for me to connect to the story. I didn't know what the rules were in this world. That kept me from investing emotionally. Also, some of the fantasy sequences seemed a little too indulgent and went on for too long.

    I did like how it ended but overall it was a tad too ambitious for its own good. I'm sure some will appreciate the aesthetic but it was a case of style over substance to me.
    I think you make a good point; I'm not sure anything about the story justifies the parallel universe/future aspect. Setting it in normal present-day might have made it too ordinary or susceptible to comparisons though. 
    I liked it, enjoyed it, may even rewatch it at some point; but was not crazy wild over it. 
  • SingletonSingleton Fresno, CA
    I can't let this go. I have rewatched multiple times. I laughed out loud so many times. Justin Theroux and Sonoya Mizuno were fucking hilarious. Sally Field did a fantastic job. I think Emma Stone was able to use her comedy and serious acting chops so well here.  And even though Jonah Hill's character seems one note for most of his variations (until he is not hahaha), I feel like that is how it is supposed to be. It a really realistic portrayal of what mental health and severe depression can do to a human being. It resonated with me as someone who has struggled with mental health personally and in members of my family. It brought to tears many times. I am a real stickler with world building and even though much of this show seems absurdist or even cheesy at times it totally makes sense within the world they built. Its sci-fi slapstick at some points, emotional drama at others. And I was really happy with how it wrapped. Even though some criticisms are that it seems to borrow from other movies/shows, while I can see where they are coming from......this doesn't bother me at all because it's just a fantastically produced piece of entertainment and the whole journey just makes it feel incredibly original to me. Fucking aces man. 
    russkellyElisaKela15
  • ElisaElisa Los Angeles
    Just started watching this show and it’s pretty amazing. If you like Legion and Mr Robot,this right up your alley. 
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