Just finished season 1 of Longmire.
For those that don’t know it, it’s about a small town sheriff and the many murders that occur within his jurisdiction. It is also about his relationships with family, friends and the people of the community. See IMDB for a better description.
So far I find it a pleasant change from most of the shows out there at the moment, it’s all about the story. There are always at least 3 going each episode, there’s the story of the episode (usually a murder), the story of his grief over the loss of hie wife (how it happened and how he is coping) and the 3rd story is about his relationship with his daughter (not going too well at the end of the first season, mainly due to her sanctimonious attitude and total disregard for her fathers career. Even though she professes to love him deeply, her sex life takes precedence over him, except she finally starts getting an idea of the effects in the last 2 or 3 episodes , i.e. she is screwing the person that is trying to take his job and ruin his life). The show does not try to hide the lack of plot/story behind “artistic” camera work and editing, see my previous posts for what I mean. Instead they do something rather unique in the current TV entertainment environment – they have well written scripts, good directors and an excellent cast, especially Katee Sackhoff and Robert Taylor.
Also unique to this type of show is the lack of gratuitous sex and violence (must admit that I do like the occasional bit of each but it has to be relevant to the story. Unlike Jessica Jones which has sex scenes just to waste time due to the lack of story) , it gets most of its drama and suspense from (got to say it at least once more) good writing, directing and acting.
Just going to start season 2, hopefully will have an update in a few days/weeks.
Just started watching CSI Cyber season 2, episode 1. I will not be watching any more.
I liked the first season, it was interesting and entertaining and the whole show was about the story. Season 2 has changed everything, it now appears that the show is all about “artistic” camera work, directing and editing, the story now takes a very distant 4th place.
The camera is NEVER still, it is always on the move even when the subject of the shot is stationary. For example in one scene the team are getting an update in the incident room and the camera is forever on the move. When it is behind the team and the shot is of the screen the camera moves back and forth in the area outside the glass walls, there are objects constantly getting in front of the camera, posts, people etc.. , judging by the number of people walking in front of the camera (EXTREMELY pour directing) it appears that they have the main thoroughfare for Grand Central Station just outside that room. When the camera is on the people it just keeps jumping from one angle to another. I find this type of camera work VERY annoying and a distraction from the story, maybe that’s the point ? To distract the viewers from the sub-standard script ?
Extras constantly moving in between the camera and subject ?? Really ? VERY annoying and distracting, it takes the focus off the subject, I thought the whole point of the show was to tell a story not to show how self absorbed the director is.
Constant flashes of scenes that last only a few frames. This is not very helpful to the story line, it has a number of bad side affects. One side affect is that the viewer is left thinking “What the hell was that ?” leaving them distracted from the next scene or the scene it has just jumped back to. Another is when the flashes occur rapidly in succession it can have a physical affect on the viewer, in my case it makes me feel like vomiting (a few months back I had a stroke that affected my vision, I now feel nauseous when I encounter something like a “strobe effect”), it is not just this show that does this, there are hundreds of them. I have always felt that this is a cheap, nasty and very unimaginative way of building suspense. The unique thing that show does however is use these affects constantly.
Just to confirm I will NOT be watching any further episodes of CSI Cyber.
I initially gave up on this program after the 3rd episode because of the slow pace, very large plot holes and the fact that it is one of the most boring shows I have ever watched. I was persuaded to carry on watching, so I did but only made it to episode 7 with my dislike for the show and the writers growing with each episode.
All my initial dislikes of this show still hold true except I have now added total and complete contempt for the main character. In my original review I stated that I liked the character and the actor, that has changed, now she just annoys the hell out of me. To keep a dead-end story line going and to raise the body count the writers have made her so weak and so emotionally/psychologically damaged that the whole show is now nothing but garbage. Jessica had a chance to end her torment and to save countless lives and what does she do – absolutely nothing except give in utterly and completely to her tormentor. He keeps killing people and her answer is to get herself locked up in a supermax prison so that he would have to come after her himself, like hell he would. All he needs to do is contact one of her off duty guards – problem solved. Why did she not just kill him when she had the chance ? So far she has had at least 2 opportunities but she does nothing except feel completely sorry for herself and lets others suffer for her. How many other people need to die before she comes to the conclusion that it will not end until he is gone ? But then the writers would have to actually start thinking and working to come up with decent stories and plots.
Why don’t the writers just give us the ending that we all desire – let Jessica Jones blow her own brains out and put her out of our misery. This would make for a very short series but at least I would be happy. This show could have been great but instead it was vastly over hyped to get as many suckers as possible to watch it and suffers from bad writing and story-line.
I honestly cannot understand all the great reviews that this crap is getting. There are glaciers melting faster than the plot line moves. The lead character is completely unlikable and self-absorbed, damaged beyond salvation/redemption. The main bad guy (the ONLY bad guy) is totally and utterly unbelievable. Each episode is 50 – 55 minutes long and virtually nothing happens. Put this show down and lets hope that the Luke Cage series starting next year will live up to the hype.