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Just finished the first season. And here’s my spoiler free review-
ummm… What did I just watch? I mean…WTF! I am exhilarated, horrified, emotionally exhausted and disturbed (there might be a touch of PTSD in my future). Acting, writing, directing, cinematography, set design… All top-notch. OK, someone else’s turn now. I think I need a drink.
I guess "noped out" is the phrase to use when's saying you've watched the show. Not me. I didn't love it though I did find it a very interesting watch.
The acting is very good. And hand-in-hand with that, elements of the writing are fantastic- the dialogue, the very personal scenes between characters. The part of the writing that seems off is when the misdirection occurs and the plot shifts in the very beginning from something you thought it was going to be to a completely different thing. The tone of the show is something like The Leftovers meets Stranger Things with a dash of Lost.
Among acting highlights for me is Patrick Gibson as Steve. I couldn't stand the character at first viewing him as a giant in A-Hole. As his character moves through the story he becomes this compelling train wreck that I can't take my eyes off of. I thank the writers are not trying to redeem him by the end of the season. Also Brit Marling gives the best acting performance I've ever seen her give. Another standout was Phyllis Smith who played Phyllis from The Office.
It's worth the initial binge of the first 3 to 4 episodes on a very cold, late afternoon Saturday into early evening.