01. Chernobyl Outstanding. Best thing probably I've seen on TV in a couple of years, I liked that they managed to weave some black, black, black LOL's in there, but how in depth it went in looking at all the aspects of what went on was what made it most special. Could have watched a few more episodes of it, to be fair, but I guess given the bleakness of it, and that it didn't need to do much more to make the point it was making is testament to the power of economy. I loved how that last episode basically transformed into this cross between JFK and 1984. Get Jared Harris that Emmy too. More layers than an onion.
02. Veep season 7 My favourite season of this thing in yeeeeeeeears. Went out on a tremendous high. Having more Jonah definitely helped, being a few episodes shorter probably did as well, the ensemble were all on point, the writing was hilarious, and Jules went out with a bang. Very happy that final Emmy for her is going to be one she well and truly deserves. Incredible finale too. As satisfying a one as I've seen for a show in years, and well and truly put Game of Thrones conclusion that same week in the fucking shade by doing a similar thing right, and in about a third of the time.
03. Les Miserables Pretty good shit, tbh. The first episode was kind of stupidly overdrawn, but once it got good it got really, really good. Cast was strong, and carried it the whole way even in its weaker moments. Did a really good job balancing the numerous narrative strands which is important to making the whole thing work.
04. True Detective season 3 I liked it a lot, and in replicating the rhythms of season 1 it washed the miserable memory of season 2 comfortably away. Ali and Dorff were incredible, I mean just their voices, my god. Was like music. Wasn't perfect, and the prosaic, plodding quality of the finale was kind of funny, but the sense of foreboding that laced it the whole way, the way they played that mystery out across three timelines, and the strength of those central performances was just awesome.
05. Supergirl season 4 A massive step up on the previous season in terms of quality. They had at least 2 of the best episodes that they've ever had, and while it was still sort of up and down in terms of quality from episode to episode, failed to live up to some of the promising stuff they set up, and as usual really dragged in its final stretch, but it was definitely a step in the right direction.
06. Black Lightning season 2 Not as good as the first season, and is dragging on way too long, but the good parts of it are still really good. It's doing the personal, familial stuff effectively, the larger picture aspect that made season 1 so good has become inconsistent.
07. When They See Us I don't know, maybe I just didn't get it. First two episodes were a complete waste of time. Why put in all that time to portray what is basically a show trial, and what was with all the passion in Farmiga's performance in the trial scenes? Why was she so into it given what we saw from her earlier? Let's not even get started on the cartoon character Huffman was playing. It was all just stupidly black and white and simplistic. 3rd and 4th episodes were completely different, and much better, but my god all of the hand holding, tear inducing direction... Give me a break. This sort of thing has been handled better elsewhere.
08. Game of Thrones season 8 Stupid as fuck, but I think the show has been stupid as fuck since season 5 (the rot was already sort of setting in for me in season 4) so I appreciate the sped up nature, because I don't need to sit through 10 episodes of this shit if their slow burn storytelling is going to be as effective as trying to put out a forest fire by pissing on it. As comically incompetent as the writing was, I thought a lot of the direction was bad ass and made for some awesome spectacle.
09. The Flash season 5 It's okay. The parent angle has definitely freshened things up to some degree which was much needed, and it did find some promise around the half way mark, but then it just dragged on and on to the point of tedium.
10. Star Trek Discovery season 2 Kind of lame, to be honest. Has occasional good episodes, but... Doug Jones is the only real reason to keep watching for me at this point. He's awesome.
1. Mindhunter [season 2] - uneven at times, but at its best it's better than everything else here. 8/10
2. When They See Us [mini] - gripping even when you know how it's gonna end, characters that you actually give a shit about... some nice directorial flourishes. Incredibly well done. *beep* off, Chernobyl. 8/10
3. Fleabag [season 2] - greaaaaat stuff. Just gave me that "great television" feeling deep in my bones on more than one occasion. Hilarious and real. 8/10
4. Sneaky Pete [season 3] - faaaaaaar from perfect... but *beep* it. Incredibly entertaining and I was into it more than any other show this year (edit: before I watched whatever is above it at this point). 8/10
5. Big Little Lies [season 2] - I dunno... probably an unnecessary season but it's still somehow a great show so who cares. 8/10
6. You're the Worst [season 5] - a few iffy episodes... but that run to close out the show was pretty special. 8/10
7. Sex Education [season 1] - a bit goofy at times, but overall very watchable and charming. 7.5/10
8. Santa Clarita Diet [season 3] - sometimes too obsessed with its own mythology... but most of it is incredibly entertaining and it had some of the funniest moments I've seen on television in a while... and of course Olyphant/Barrymore and the rest of the cast are awesome. 7.5/10
9. Stranger Things [season 3] - I dunno... I was mostly meh on the first two seasons, but this just worked. Definitely some goofy moments, but it was pretty perfectly plotted and I was totally into it. 7.5/10
10. Euphoria [season 1] - almost great stuff but the last two episodes were a little half-baked. Some very high highs before that though (carnival episode), interestingly shot and directed, very good ensemble and balance of characters. 7.5/10
11. After Life [season 1] - great balance of affecting and hilarious... but Ricky could have tried a little harder writing it. 7.5/10
12. I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson [season 1] - for the most part, pretty hilarious... with a few sketches that had me rolling. 7.5/10
13. GLOW [season 3] - not nearly as good as the first 2 seasons, but it still had its moments. 7.5/10
14. Catastrophe [season 4] - I forgot to put this here a few months ago and can't really remember anything to say about it... but I liked it a lot! 7.5/10
15. Barry [season 2]- problematic but still very watchable. Much better when it goes for comedy with the acting class than seriousness with the hitman shit. 7/10
16. Miracle Workers [season 1] - mostly fun, but nbd. Wish Buscemi was given more to do. 7/10
17. Dead to Me [season 1] - watchable despite lots of meh stuff... but Christina Applegate was great. 6.5/10
18. True Detective [season 3] - eeeeeeehhhh... there's a lot of good stuff there but it's way too drawn out and in the end wasn't quite worth 8 hours of my time. 6.5/10
19. Veronica Mars [season 4] - very disappointing... this was lame and the magic was gone even before the disastrous ending. 6/10
20. Chernobyl [mini] - Uninvolving from the start, bland writing and directing, merely solid performances... 5 hours of fucked up shit happening without much to connect to. 5/10
1. Les Miserables Pretty good shit, tbh. The first episode was kind of stupidly overdrawn, but once it got good it got really, really good. Cast was strong, and carried it the whole way even in its weaker moments. Did a really good job balancing the numerous narrative strands which is important to making the whole thing work.
Lily Collins as Fantine was the real standout for me. A "yes, she can act!" revelation - I always thought of her before only as Phil Collins' daughter.
1) Fleabag (S2) - 10 2) Chernobyl - 9 3) True Detective (S3) - 9 4) Big Little Lies (S2) - 8 5) Les Miserables - 8 6) Sex Education (S1) - 8 7) When They See Us - 7 8) Black Mirror (S5) - 6.5 9) Game of Thrones (S8) - 5
Post by Tommen_Saperstein on Jun 20, 2019 17:03:59 GMT
1. Chernobyl - 10 2. Sex Education S1 - 9 3. What We Do in the Shadows S1 - 8.5/10 4. Sneaky Pete S3 - 7.5 5. Game of Thrones S8 - 7.5 6. Veep S7 - 7.5 7. True Detective S3 - 6
must see more.
EDIT: July 25
added Sneaky Pete to my list now I'm all caught up. Final season was a definite improvement over S2. Started out weak but got stronger towards the end, and Pete got the ambiguous quasi-redemptive ending I hoped for. I was just bummed the final two eps were so short. 38 minutes each, yikes.
need to catch up with Mr. Robot (depending on how i feel about S2, it's been a loooong time since i finished S1), Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and GLOW in anticipation of their premiers later this year. And I also really need to get on Fleabag. ______________
EDIT: August 2nd
oops, I forgot about What We Do in the Shadows just like the Emmys. Saw it in June I think, maybe July. Pretty fantastic!