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Average User Score: 4.4Sep 19, 2018The first episode is so contrived and laughable in it's premise that there is little hope that this will improve. I came back in the hopesThe first episode is so contrived and laughable in it's premise that there is little hope that this will improve. I came back in the hopes that the final season would have better writers, but can see this is going to be all CG and no substance, unless you consider hyperbole as such.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.8Sep 15, 2018A half-hearted attempt that should have been boiled down to five episodes instead of ten. It appears to be going somewhere with all theA half-hearted attempt that should have been boiled down to five episodes instead of ten. It appears to be going somewhere with all the dialogue that hints at known SK materials, but ultimately just keeps repeating itself, while eventually racking up a body count as a distraction. After seeing the entire season I can confirm that this does not tie in well with the other SK stories, it just pretends to.
Note that most of the glowing reviews were made after only an episode or three. Back when the promise of development and something meaningful coming was hand-crafted into the story. The critical reviews are coming from those of us that stuck with it until the end before reviewing it, or at least most of the way before jumping ship. I can say that I have no interest in seeing a second season of Castle Rock under the current management, as they are more interested in mystery boxes than actual development.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.3Sep 9, 2018Schizophrenic characterizations (not just Mary), questionable acting, directing that is all over the place, and to top it off, writing that isSchizophrenic characterizations (not just Mary), questionable acting, directing that is all over the place, and to top it off, writing that is just as bad as season one, just a different style. The amount of convenience, plot points that are so foreshadowed they rip you out of immersion, and meaningless fight scenes to break up the tedium. At least in season one the characters had dependable personalities. Even the continuity of season one is completely ignored, so the abilities of the Iron Fist may no longer be around (healing).
If Misty inappropriately smirks one more time, or Joy does her inappropriate laugh, I think I am just going to stop watching Marvel anything on Netflix. Perhaps binge watching CW quality material is not a good idea after all. I miss the days when Netflix was sparsely offering quality, instead of shoveling quantity.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1Jul 8, 2018After three episodes I called this what this had become, style without substance. Season one was both, but this seemed to be a meanderingAfter three episodes I called this what this had become, style without substance. Season one was both, but this seemed to be a meandering mess. After seeing the entire second season, I can confirm that was accurate.
There are too many breaks in continuity, especially being able to simply reboot a dead host without repairs. It that were possible then it would have been done throughout season one by the technicians instead of carrying them. To make that even worse, they do not reliably even use that plot device for sentient hosts. Then there is the repetition within story lines. Once is interesting, twice is boring, and a third time is a criminal waste of time. By the end of the season, they even devolve to that old trope where no one knows if they are real or a replicant.
I will not be surprised if next season I read that they are now suggesting everyone is just in the Matrix, or it was all just a dream. I certainly am getting off this train before it hits the mountain.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.5Jun 28, 2018If this were not released all at once, this second season would be unwatchable. Since it can be binged, with (extremely) heavy use of theIf this were not released all at once, this second season would be unwatchable. Since it can be binged, with (extremely) heavy use of the skip button during all the soap scenes, and live music to pad each episode out, it is somewhat watchable. The cringe-worthy aspects from season one were not learned from, and are repeated throughout this season. Uninteresting characters that show little to no actual development, orgin stories to try and cover up the lack of writing talent, and some very poor directing that has the acting talent looking far less professional than they have in their other work, leaves a very poor taste. The fight scenes are nonsensically copypasta with thugs that know they cannot succeed, yet still walk into it. To make it worse, the criminals that are trying to murder Luke are never arrested (unless convienent for the script). Continunity appears to have been left on the cutting room floor. This should have been boiled down to eight or nine episodes at best, but at thirteen it just continues the Netflix quantity over quality that has plaged them for the last few years.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.0Apr 14, 2018Juvenile in every respect. This CGI-fest is replete with lazy writing, for a 6-14 year old crowd, which Netflix conveniently forgets to warnJuvenile in every respect. This CGI-fest is replete with lazy writing, for a 6-14 year old crowd, which Netflix conveniently forgets to warn anyone of. In episode one we get to see an amazingly futuristic ship strapped to something as basic as the I.S.S., with an intelligent computer that is proclaimed as being completely trustworthy, yet cannot detect major flaming debris approaching from the rear, or take evasive maneuvers. Many law of physics, from friction to impact stress, as well as biology/ecology are ignored for the sake of a cartoonish tale, where panoramic shots trump immersion. Cap it all off with a metric tonne of convenience (per episode), and you have a good understand of this show. Even binge-watching with heavy use of skip will not help much if you are an adult. This should have been an animated series on Saturday mornings.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Apr 11, 2018Weird for the sake of weird is not enough. As of episode two, this second season tries to simply amp up the weirdness without any realWeird for the sake of weird is not enough. As of episode two, this second season tries to simply amp up the weirdness without any real substance. It also seems to have abandoned any sense of discovery, as everyone simply accepts any premise that is presented, regardless of how nonsensical (e.g strawberry flavoring as a conductant). Given that ratings are scrapped if the review is updated, I will refrain from a future update. Given that I will only give this one more episode, I doubt it would change my review.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Apr 10, 2018Entirely skippable fare from AMC, billed as a premium series without anything other than cinematography and a few individual performances toEntirely skippable fare from AMC, billed as a premium series without anything other than cinematography and a few individual performances to pull it out of pure mediocrity.
Billing this as historical is disingenuous, and calling it a thriller is even worse. The Antarctic has never had an indigenous people (Inuit/Eskimo) living there. No one even travelled there before the 1700s, and even then it was a relatively brief stay due to the inhospitable conditions.
The story is one of a mysterious animal/spirit/thing that transitions into something far more mundane. Both are quite boring, yet equally adept at slowly killing the crew and our interest. The story gives up the pretension of trying to make sense by the end of episode six, and does little to redeem itself after that point. I can only imagine it was trying to induce the same mental state in the viewer as those suffering on the screen.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.7Feb 13, 2018(Based on seeing all 15 episodes instead of just 3)
A curious mix of good, bad, and downright ugly. Too much development in areas that are(Based on seeing all 15 episodes instead of just 3)
A curious mix of good, bad, and downright ugly. Too much development in areas that are to be later discarded, convenience as a major story elements, and shaky handicam moments, albeit with the same UHD quality, drags this down to sub-par town. A near total disregard for continuity, where the writers/director/showrunner cannot understand that a destination only one light year away takes about 1 second at max. warp, is never going to please those weaned on Star Trek. CBS is committed, so here is hoping season two sees significant improvements.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Dec 2, 2017After the first two episodes we have an mostly generic nazi prison story with a sci-fi twist, a massive reduction in Shield presence, aAfter the first two episodes we have an mostly generic nazi prison story with a sci-fi twist, a massive reduction in Shield presence, a continuation of good and bad directing (especially some camera work), and a cheezy 80s (read Stranger Things) soundtrack that tries at times to generate an artifical atmosphere that falls flatter the louder it gets. Overall, this is worth a 6.5 due to the seeming soft reboot by alienating all the non-main cast, though after only two episodes that could be premature with a back-and-forth planned though I suspect Fitz will only be there as a VR member (no spoilers). (I will update as the season progresses.)… Expand