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Maniac series on Netflix

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.

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Topic - Maniac series on Netflix - tunenut 10:54:12 10/07/18 (3)


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