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Re: Alex Garland's new TV Show-Dev's.
« Reply #1 on: 17 April, 2020, 01:52:51 PM »
Well our fella Garland has certainly come good again!

The whole series has just appeared on iPlayer, so I took the liberty of binge watching over the last two days.
It's really quite astonishing stuff and a must for those who like their sci-fi on the exestential side!

Fantastic use of visuals and music, with some great performances, it reminded me very superficially of Christopher Nolan's Inception but it has more than enough ideas of its own and has a warmth and heart lacking from a lot of Nolan's output and his more sterile approach, coming off at times like a humanistic Stanley Kubrick .

There's a really compelling thriller plot and Garland plays a satisfying long game and keeps up the momentum even when exploring the heady subjects of quantum physics and self determination!

Not to be missed!


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Re: Alex Garland's new TV Show-Dev's.
« Reply #2 on: 17 April, 2020, 03:18:17 PM »
Saw first episode last night. Thought it was grand. As worried that the iPlayer description spoilers it but actually, that's only the jumping off point.
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Re: Alex Garland's new TV Show-Dev's.
« Reply #3 on: 18 April, 2020, 02:41:07 AM »
Excellent. Chained the whole thing. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Re: Alex Garland's new TV Show-Dev's.
« Reply #4 on: 18 April, 2020, 08:09:43 AM »
Some friends of mine were raving about this last night - must get around to watching it as it comes well recommended.

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Re: Alex Garland's new TV Show-Dev's.
« Reply #5 on: 20 April, 2020, 08:58:43 AM »
Seen it twice now. I quite like it. As with Garland's Ex Machina and Annihilation it left me with some good questions to think about. Wish it had more of it's lovely weird details like rings around trees and stuff :)

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Re: Alex Garland's new TV Show-Dev's.
« Reply #6 on: 24 April, 2020, 09:39:48 AM »
Yeah, finished it all now and really enjoyed it. Nice to see the cast of a GAP advert get involved in existential musings with a (hard) science fiction edge.

Liked the way that the baddies were nuanced enough that at points I was thinking "I hope he succeeds".

Still trying to decide if I loved the atmospherics and leisurely pace (which didn't change even as we climaxed) or if it could have done with losing two episodes. I'm leaning to the former.
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Re: Alex Garland's new TV Show-Dev's.
« Reply #7 on: 28 April, 2020, 09:10:10 AM »
I've just finished watching this.
I've decided I like Alex Garland as a writer but not as a director.
I thought the story was really good but the execution was just excruciating. I'm not a fan of the 'low energy' acting style, I have a pet hate for ambient soundtracks and I prefer characters to actually have some... Character.
I honestly think I'd have had a better time reading the script.

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Re: Alex Garland's new TV Show-Dev's.
« Reply #8 on: 28 April, 2020, 12:11:07 PM »
I am now more than halfway trough and it is just average. I cannot put my finger on it but the show feels a little bit empty. I struggle to really associate with any of the characters. The choice of music is annoying and feels like the 70s sci-fi movies soundtracks.
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Re: Alex Garland's new TV Show-Dev's.
« Reply #9 on: 28 April, 2020, 12:48:39 PM »

I thought the story was really good but the execution was just excruciating. I'm not a fan of the 'low energy' acting style, I have a pet hate for ambient soundtracks and I prefer characters to actually have some... Character.


Maybe he'd be better doing some kind of dystopian future action film.

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Re: Alex Garland's new TV Show-Dev's.
« Reply #10 on: 21 May, 2020, 11:01:39 AM »
Finished this last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. The 'final' twist was a little on the 'pitchfest bingo' scale, but it was a fantastically created show with a lot to think about.

I really liked the low energy pace of the piece, it worked for me as a terrific counterpoint to shows where even the most mundane of actions is so manically driven.

Hope it is successful enough to allow Alex to develop more longform TV.

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