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Average User Score: 6.7Aug 19, 2018As a big fan of the first four seasons of Silicon Valley, I'm going to be scratching my head over what the heck happened in season 5. Season 5As a big fan of the first four seasons of Silicon Valley, I'm going to be scratching my head over what the heck happened in season 5. Season 5 of Silicon Valley is like season 4 of Community, or season 8 of The Office, and so on. But with those two shows, at least the abrupt drop in quality makes sense when you take into account behind-the-scenes stuff, like how Dan Harmon was fired from Community and when Steve Carrell left The Office, but I'm not sure what happened here, unless TJ Miller really brought as much to Silicon Valley as Carrell or Harmon brought to The Office and Community, which I highly doubt.
Personally, I theorize that this season's abrupt dip in quality has something to do with the basic set up of the characters up until this point. Before, Richard and his posse are always at the bottom, with bigger companies all over the place kicking the crap out of them, while everything is just constantly going wrong for them at every corner, and everything they encounter threatens to end their company before they can even begin to fully realize their potential, and much of the humor is derived from how all of the characters react to their unfortunate circumstances, and the creative processes they all go through to combat each new obstacle they need to overcome. But now, they're successful. They've got a team of programmers and engineers, big investors, and nothing is as threatening to them as it was before, which means this has turned into more of a basic workplace comedy, and the humor of this show just doesn't gel with workplace antics.
At least, that's what I think went wrong here for now. There could be other behind the scenes stuff I don't yet know about that explains why the writing seems to have dropped off so dramatically, but there's just no way of telling, yet.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Aug 18, 2018I'm very in the middle on this. I've seen quite a bit of Futurama, and a few episodes here and there of the Simpsons, and I liked them both,I'm very in the middle on this. I've seen quite a bit of Futurama, and a few episodes here and there of the Simpsons, and I liked them both, though I was never a hardcore fan, and I hadn't even heard of Disenchantment until the day it came out and I saw it at the top of the Netflix homescreen banner, so it's not like I was looking forward to this for long enough to be particularly disappointed by it, so to me so far, it's a rather "meh" series.
There's at least a few witty moments per episode, it's just that the pacing is bizarre, and jokes that rely upon precisely timed edits fall flat, because there's something bizarre about the editing here. It feels as though edits happen just a few counts late, and jokes that might have been very funny don't exactly stick, because they don't feel timed properly.
I also don't like how safe this all feels. I know The Simpsons was highly regarded, because, during at least its first ten years on the air, it was always pissing off the right groups, such as various religious groups and all the mom groups, etc. So I would expect a new series from the creator of The Simpsons to have a little more edge to it than this. Sure, there's some more jokes poking fun at religious people and at sexual politics, but it's all fairly toothless stuff.
I'll stick around for a few episodes when season 2 comes out, but if it doesn't get any better than this, I'll mark this off as a simple misfire. Groening caught lightning in a bottle twice already, everything he does doesn't have to be a modern classic.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Aug 15, 2018I feel premature reviewing Sharp Objects, since all of the episodes aren't out yet, but the slow burning details gradually implied throughI feel premature reviewing Sharp Objects, since all of the episodes aren't out yet, but the slow burning details gradually implied through Wind Gap's gossipy characters have kept me hooked, as has Amy Adams, who's just good in literally everything she's in.
I'll come back and say more when the series is over.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Aug 12, 2018I’m late to viewing this season, because as of late (around season 7) my love for Modern Family dwindled. There were some great episodesI’m late to viewing this season, because as of late (around season 7) my love for Modern Family dwindled. There were some great episodes sprinkled throughout seasons 5-8, but nothing was ever on par with the first four seasons. Season 9 has picked back up for me.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Feb 11, 2018I've seen a lot of movies and shows that are about stand-up comedians. Some of them are hilarious, many of them are duds, but they all haveI've seen a lot of movies and shows that are about stand-up comedians. Some of them are hilarious, many of them are duds, but they all have one thing in common: the segments where characters are performing actual stand-up routines are always the weakest segments in the film. Whether it be Obvious Child or The Big Sick, both of which are very funny films, but the actual standup routines themselves featured within the movies fall comparatively flat. By contrast, the very first episode of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel contains a standup routine near its end that kicks off what is one of the wittiest, fastest, and most hilarious series premieres I've seen in years, and never once through its eight episodes does it let up. I honestly don't think there was every a point where I went for more than a minute without laughing. I have no idea why Rachel Brosnahan wasn't on my radar before now, because she just kills it. She walks on set with so much raw fire and energy and confidence you'd mistake her to have been doing this her entire life, which is why I was shocked to learn from a quick glance at her IMDB page that she's never actually helmed anything before. Of course she's briefly appeared in quite a few series and movies in the background here and there, but to think this is the first project she's ever headlined is almost too much for me to believe, because she is brilliant. And that all goes without even getting into the technical details, because this series also happens to be visually rich, featuring many long, fluid shots that are cut together beautifully, with gorgeous costuming and set direction. I just don't know how I'm going to stand the waiting between seasons.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Feb 10, 2018The funniest thing about Community's fourth season is how it is underhandedly referred to as "the year of the gas leak" in season five,The funniest thing about Community's fourth season is how it is underhandedly referred to as "the year of the gas leak" in season five, whenever the characters need to address any continuity that may have carried over, and to also give itself a sort of "clean slate," and with Abed at one point explicitly saying, "That was the year of the gas leak," as a means to explain everybody's odd behavior and what an utter failure this season turned out to be.
Season four will always be an infamous season for fans of Community. It is disastrous. Everything goes wrong and it's difficult to pinpoint individual aspects. For starters, all of the jokes are shockingly tepid. I don't think a single episode contains enough jokes that stick that I can't count on a single hand. I remember letting out a single, pitiful "ha" at a reference to how professor Duncan sort of just dropped out of existence during that puppet episode, but not much more. And on the note of that puppet episode, season 4 is constantly attempting to capture that unpredictable nature of the previous seasons, where every episode there would be some new gimmicky premise that would allow for plenty of self aware nodding at its own absurdity, such as the paintball episodes, or the videogame episode, or Abed's dream room episode, or the animated Christmas episode, or any of the mockumentary episodes, or the blanket fort episode, or the Goodfellas episode, and the list goes on and on. Each episode in the fourth season features some new gimmick that you might think would fit in with the previous seasons on paper, but something is just "off" about them. Each gimmick doesn't feel like it grew naturally out of the internal logic of the overall series, but like somebody in a think tank thought, "People really liked that claymation episode, so how about we do something like that, but like, they're all muppets, and it's also a musical, because people really liked that Glee parody episode from season 2." And that's precisely where every episode goes wrong. None of these gimmicks feel like they were inspired from the show's internal logic in order to reach new emotional and psychological depths within the characters, but instead they feel more like a cynical exploitation of things fans enjoyed from previous episodes, without understanding that it was the emotional sincerity that these absurd premises were implemented with that made each episode engaging and memorable, and not simply the gimmick behind the episode itself.
There's so much else wrong with this season, but I'm about six years late reviewing it, so it probably isn't worthwhile to get into much more depth. I'm mainly writing this for myself, because I loved every other season of Community, and since it's a show that meant so much to me, I think it's worth while for me to just write down why this season is so fundamentally broken. With all of the drama that was going behind the scenes throughout its six season run, season four is the externalized evidence representing what that drama culminated into. All in all, I hope Dan Harmon has sorted out the things in his personal life that led to him being kicked off of Community in season four, and that he goes on to create something as meaningful as Community was (Rick and Morty is great, and it also has a lot of heart and emotional sincerity, but I'd like to see Dan Harmon do something with that same level of heart, but do it without stripping it of the "wholesomeness"), because Community is probably the only show I've seen that I genuinely never wanted to leave, and it's a real shame that it's fourth season will forever remain a blight on the show's reputation that I feel the need to explain immediately after I suggest it to anybody.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.5Feb 10, 2018Big Mouth is way more hilarious than it has any right to be. I'm going to admit that I howled frequently. Nick Kroll has created one of theBig Mouth is way more hilarious than it has any right to be. I'm going to admit that I howled frequently. Nick Kroll has created one of the most painfully funny, and surprisingly true, coming of age series about puberty I've ever seen. I never knew a show this perverted, and this unapologetically filthy, could consistently surprise me with its creativity, its wit, and its unpredictability.
However, that being said, as much as I loved it and as excited as I am for the next season, I could only give it an 8, because fairly often, I don't feel as though Kroll knows where to draw the line between hilariously disgusting, and just disgusting. For example, everything that has to do with the gym teacher, Steve, I wish could just be cut from the show entirely. Not a single thing about him made me laugh, and I found his presence in the show off-putting, gross, and unfunny. I imagine he's intentionally supposed to be an off-putting character, but something about him just doesn't work, and not a single moment where he's around made me laugh.
I also want to just give a fair warning to anybody reading this, Big Mouth is nasty. Really nasty. This is the nastiest pubescent coming of age comedy I've ever seen, and that is a crowded race. It isn't going to be for everybody, so proceed at your own risk.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Aug 23, 2017This is the best comedy series to premiere that I've seen since Silicon Valley. With its cultural observations and downbeat oddities, AtlantaThis is the best comedy series to premiere that I've seen since Silicon Valley. With its cultural observations and downbeat oddities, Atlanta is somewhere near the verge of greatness, and I'm excited to see where Donald Glover takes it.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Aug 23, 2017It's been very clear for a while now that Silicon Valley has a formula. Everything that conceivably (and inconceivably) can go wrong will goIt's been very clear for a while now that Silicon Valley has a formula. Everything that conceivably (and inconceivably) can go wrong will go wrong, until the very last episode of each season, where after it seems everything is just crashing down into a bitter end for Richard, Pied Piper, and their vision, but then just one thing finally goes right for them, gives them a glimmer of hope that they may have a bright future, and then leaves on that note until the next season with a new mission in mind.
You would think it would become predictable by this point, since as a regular viewer, you're basically trained to just pick out all of the set up happening, picking out things you just know is going to bite them later down the road, but you can never really figure out how until it does, and the payoff is always unpredictable, and uncomfortably delightful.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Aug 17, 2013Tragically underrated, Veep is a hilarious and witty political satire featuring a brilliant performance from Julia Dreyfus, along withTragically underrated, Veep is a hilarious and witty political satire featuring a brilliant performance from Julia Dreyfus, along with excellent supporting roles from the rest of the cast. The humor works best within its more subtle jokes and references, and for those who love a strong script, there's always something going on to laugh at here.… Expand