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Ten part series with stars Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, along with others like Sally Field. Made by the guy who made the first season True Detective.
This one is hard to summarize and I avoid spoilers. It is set in a near future where little robots roam the streets picking up dog poop and where you can pay for things by agreeing to have another person read advertisements to you for awhile. The two main characters have different personal reasons to participate in a drug trial consisting of A, B, and C pills, all experiences monitored in detail by computer.
It gets all discontinuous as the various pills kick in and the main characters enter various story lines ranging from heist schemes to Game of Thrones type fantasy. Meanwhile there are other top level story lines involving the doctor in charge of the drug trial, his mother, and the computer who monitors all.
It's all messy and the various pieces did not seem to add up for awhile. But I took the time to finish, and once the big picture is revealed, it all does seem to be quite a structural achievement. This is one of those series where a second viewing would seem to be better than the first, with an overview the pieces would reveal their meanings. So in the end, I'm quite impressed.
which is fucked up because many PKD stories STARTED awry!
It's those darn pills...
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
It was too rambling and disjointed to sit through the whole thing, which I did. Stone's eternal cuteness and Hill's droll acting just couldn't keep this thing alive after about three episodes.
Another, been there/done that, mini-series is 'The Rain'. Made in Denmark, it's about a population-killing rain of mysterious origins. After about three episodes it rounds down to the same old post-apocalyptic swan song.
Also, 'The Ghoul' is a good one to pass by. I lasted three episode of this supernatural scare show set in an Asia supermax. Maybe I cheated myself but my bunions say otherwise.
You say rambling and disjointed, I said messy, yes all of that. And it took a while for me to finish, it did not draw me in episode to episode and I also thought about just giving up.
But the episodes were pretty short, 30 to 45 minutes. And as I said, at the end of it all, I saw a kind of overarching set of themes that made sense and actually seemed quite ingenious. Clearly, this would have been better if the individual stories were more compelling, but I personally kind of like the interlocking puzzle piece type of plot. And the various other Easter Eggs (Owen contains the letters for "one" Annie contains the letters for "nine", for example). Nerdy as it may seem, I'm a sucker for stuff like that.
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