no spoilers in this post (re: true detective season 2, up to episode 2):
so, the acting is fine. I forget if there were other rumored actors who are awful, but at this point idk what there was to be worried about. vince is fine. I really like how sad colin's character always looks. rachel is fine even with how they always have her in a superhero outfit. taylor is fine so far, tho I'm scared of that one scene from the trailer where he points at someone. really, they're all doing pretty well with some really fucking awful, clunky, inhuman dialogue
so far, the show pretty well solidifies what a hokey writer nicollato is, and how awful he is at screenwriting and writing dialogue. the dialogue--it's the worst. there is much negative to say about it...too much. the sentences: they're clipped. the attitude......snarky. the jargon? gibberish. it reminds me of someone who really really thinks they're really good at writing livejournals. I attempted to imagine what it'd be like to read the dialogue rather than have it spoken by living people, and I guess the inhuman clunkiness would be easier to overlook. on screen tho it's really awkward and cheesy and it kinda makes it difficult for any of the scenes with prominent dialogue to succeed.
it's not just the dialogue tho. whenever a character gets to exposition or speaking in paragraph, it starts to become clear what a poor grip pizzalo has on the the prose and philosophical shit that was so prominent in season one
there are too many negatives to talk about. but there's good stuff too, it's still good. it's a different level of good, where if it wasn't for season 1 or its popularity and esteem, it wouldn't seem worthwhile critiquing at all. season 1 is good to the point where you can pick it apart and still get somewhere, probably end up liking the show even more.
actually here is one good thing to think about: the lack of mystery. season one was pretty steeped in mystery from the very first episode, and that was major part of why it was so gripping. so far, it seems the intriguing part of the show rests almost solely on the characters, which, despite perfectly fine acting, aren't that interesting to me with how they look and talk like over-the-top comic book characters. actually wait is that the point? that all people in the Los Angeles area are just caricatures of cinema/camp media characters? I guess I'm mostly assuming piccolo sux as a writer-showrunner because I want it to be true. it's just the second episode. I'm gonna see how it plays out.
lol no I completely missed the NCIS true detective part
I don't see it though. I just see an expansion of what they originally did with more character depth but I could be wrong because I missed most of it and just caught the last third of what I'm assuming is the most recent episode.
I fucking hate NCIS
I want to watch "The Last Ship" and "Mr. Robot" too when I get off tomorrow
that's the best way to see any series, the high point of one episode. my fav part of boardwalk empire is still the half of one episode I sorta watched at a friend's place, before I saw any of the rest of the series. it was the episode where richard harrow becomes infatuated with a lady who is nice to him.
there were two episodes by this point, the first one is the one where the PTSD guy was riding his bike and switched off the lights.