I will say I love Stuhlbarg and its weird how he is legimately become my favorite actually, too bad he might be gone now.
I enjoyed him at first, but after a while he really started to wear thin on me. Every character has devolved into one-dimensional parody of Coen archetypes, even Thewlis.
My biggest gripe with this very season, is while I enjoy it Gloria's storyline feels like its sidelined massively. Not to mention Winnie Lopez doesn't feel organic and feels more shoehorned for the sake of having another character available in her story arc. Now I do love season 3 as its been engaging but also needed a few re-writes so as to give it a tighter feel wereas it feels a bit disjointed sadly.
I would undoubtedly rank the seasons as: 2 > 1 > 3.
The second season is one of the best seasons of television I've ever seen. Perfectly acted by the entire ensemble, and the story is brilliantly told with perfect pacing, structure, etc. The first season has some pacing issues, and suffers from not really having any memorable characters other than Malvo and Lester (whereas every personality in season two was wonderfully original and consistently entertaining). But I still love it.
The third season is sort of a mess. The story feels like a rough draft that needed more time to be developed. Things aren't fitting together as nicely as they should be, and the pacing is so inconsistent that it's not only jarring but the entire season just feels unfinished. I think the ensemble is incredible -- Thewlis, though becoming a bore in the past two episodes, has generally knocked it out of the park; Stuhlbarg is hilarious and creeping up to claim MVP of the season; Winstead is awesome, and has been from the beginning; McGregor pulled off the dual roles nicely and is now even better putting all of his energy into playing Emmit; and Carrie Coon is Carrie Coon. Even though the characters aren't well-written or developed, with the exceptions of the two brothers and Nikki (who are still written with rather thin characterization, but at least I can tell that there is an attempt to do something interesting with them), the actors make them insanely entertaining to watch. But overall this season just isn't hitting the sweet spot that the first two did.
S2 was just incredible, and my second favourite season of television ever after The Wire S4.
S1 was incredibly addictive and very well written, though every so often it would slow down a little too much. Loved it though.
S3 is quite good, but it's several rungs below the other two. The cast is exceptional across the board, but there's a lack of energy and some of the character work feels a little weak at times. Still, the last few have been great, so I'm hoping for a great wrap-up.
2, no competition. Perfect season of telly that left me really, really anticipating this upcoming third season. I don't hate the third season but it's definitely disappointing after what we got last year.
Post by theycallmemrfish on Jul 10, 2017 2:28:37 GMT
I didn't vote because I haven't seen the third season at all, but I would go with S2 because it's just so damn fucking good.
I said it a bunch of times in the long ago, the before time (when it was airing and we were talking about it on OB) but that stand off between Woodbine & Twins and Wilson was just such great television.
Post by pessimusreincarnated on Jul 24, 2017 18:13:00 GMT
1 and 2 are very close in my eyes, though I'd probably take S2 with a gun to my head. S3 was a pretty big step down- I still liked it, but the characters and the predicaments they dealt with weren't nearly as interesting as in the first two seasons.
Season 1 and Season 2 are really close for me, but I actually preferred season 1's conclusion so I might give it a slight edge. Season 3 is obviously the weakest with one of my biggest issues being Shea Whigam's character, who felt less like a character and more like a plot device. He's pretty comparable to Bob Odenkirk in season 1 but at least Odenkirk's character had a reason for his incompetence. He was thrust into the role of chief unexpectedly and wasn't prepared for it, and he also was good friends with Lester so he's in denial about Lester possibly being a murderer. But Whigam's character was a horrible cop without reason and seemed to only exist to create obstacles for Carrie Coon.
There was still a decent amount of things I did like about season 3, particularly the acting and some pretty exciting set-pieces. But it's definitely the weakest of the seasons.