Now that I’ve watched the entire series in literally one sitting, I’m ready to go back and go through it more slowly. Maybe take notes on each ep about the things I love and things that might trigger others.
There is just so much world-building for all that it is set right here and now. The layers of detail and the breadth of the world created is just fascinating.
Each location truly feels separate, probably because they did actually film on location heh. And each culture feels very distinct which creates such a sense of realism.
I am genuinely impressed with the technical aspects of this show: directing, writing, editing, cinematography, etc. But the heart of it is the chemistry between the main cast and how well they demonstrate the sudden intimacy that their new situations create.
Nothing felt inevitable, there was always a sense of risk and possibility. At the same time, the things that do happen feel right and true to the characters and situations. It’s masterful.
I feel so fortunate that this show exists and that I got to see it.
All that said, there are some incredibly intense moments in the show. There is a suicide in the early part of episode one. Later there is various levels of gore and violence. And if you have any bodily issues, the fact that the show in no way ignores the biological issues of cis women’s bodies might shock you.
As far as I can recall, however, there is no animal harm or rape/attempted rape. I specifically recall a scene where I was like, “oh thank fuck! he’s only trying to murder her.”
At the end of the day, the people I cared about survived and/or triumphed enough that the hardships they went through felt worth it. Intensity level-wise (language, sex, violence, plot) I would compare it to Starz’s Spartacus series. Quality-wise too, it’s that good.
People complaining the show is preachy or too focused on lgbtq or racial issues are only demonstrating their bigotry. The show never goes out of its way to lecture the viewers on anything; what it does is portray the characters and their struggles realistically. Of course it would be easier to make the main eight consist of white heterosexual cisgender Americans, whose biggest problems would be the occasional love triangle or petty argument, perhaps then some of you would consider it more realistic! You don't like having to put yourself in the shoes of a Korean woman dealing with gender inequality, or an Indian woman dealing with tradition and religion and culture that isnt your own, or a trans woman in her constant battle against the people trying to oppress her and deny her of her own identity, we get it! You're a bigot! Now, that doesn't make the show anything other than realistic and accurate. With that out of the way, and if it wasnt obvious enough, I'm adoring the show. I was afraid it would be too fast paced as is often the case with sci-fi dramas, and that by the second episode they would've mastered their abilities and be fighting their hunters together, but thankfully the show took its time establishing each character and developing the relationships between them, all while they slowly explored their abilities. I watched it all in a couple of days, and I can't wait for a second season! The editing and casting is wonderful, and the fact everything was filmed on location is honestly mind-blowing to me. And of course the diversity of the cast is a huge plus. It's truly refreshing to see characters with different ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities, but who aren't defined by any of those things. I was particularly impressed with how Nomi Marks is handled. She is a trans woman, and its only natural (and very important) her difficult past and her current involvement in lgbtq activism are big parts of her character, but more importantly, she is a very intelligent woman and successful hacker in a sci-fi show fighting to survive same as the other seven. Her identity and her struggles are never ignored, and they never should be, but they're never questioned by the rest of the cluster, and are the least interesting part of her character. Other favorites of mine include Kala, Sun, Capheus, Will, Lito, Riley, Amanita, Hernando, and Daniela. And yes, I'm aware I listed almost the entirety of the main cast. Honestly in love with this show! More!
I'm really loving this show!! It's different from other shows I have watched. Love how everyone is connected and has a story to tell.
Wow, this show is amazing!!!
Boring, dull, nonsense show. I'm not a person who give up on a show and so in worst scenario I try to finish the season so after the first f***ing season I gave up. Netflix attracts people with sexual scenes. I wonder How boring a show could be! Worst ever! This is not a show, this is felony.
got fed up about half way thru episode 4, utter waste of time. All seemed a bit dull.