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Andrea Maderna

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Show Me a Hero

What a beautiful show. Tense, gripping, funny, moving. It shows the addictive side of politics and it's also great in its depiction of many different stories with a very realistic touch, never pushing too much on the melodrama. Also, is there a better actor than Oscar Isaac right now?

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Vixen: Season 2

Is it just me or did this become even more crappy?

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Vixen: Season 1

Quite good when they do not speak.

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Castlevania: Season 1

Visually it goes from some nice things (mainly in the backgrounds department) to some awful stuff (mainly the characters). The writing is a bit clunky and pretentious, but at the same time the adaptation from the games is well made. It needs a little less silly monologues and a bit more action, possibly with a bigger budget, but the last two episodes show some potential. I kinda think that from season two it could be fun.

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Marvel's Inhumans: Season 1
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2018-01-08T11:08:00+00:00— updated 2018-04-24T08:04:17+01:00

It's not that atrocious, a couple of actors are well casted and there's some potential for growing up (but I assume we won't see anymore of this, so... ). The problem is that it's so naive... it's written like a show from twenty or more years ago, it really is out of its time. And yeah, of course, even if you look at it that way, it's not particularly good.

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The X-Files: Season 10
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2017-07-04T07:58:03+01:00— updated 2018-10-23T21:40:03+01:00

They tried to give us everything that made X-Files great. There's a couple of "mythology" episodes, there's the completely silly one (and it's the best one), there's the one with the B movie / slasher feel... it's all there. And they also tried to make it more relevant for this age in terms of themes and with the main storyline creeping up in every episode. On paper, it made sense. The problem is that X-Files is still in the same situation of the last couple of seasons: it's become quite stupid. The mythology episodes are extremely silly even if they don't want to be and the rest only works because there's some dumb fun in it.

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Big Mouth: Special 1 My Furry Valentine

Honestly, I found it a bit underwhelming. There's some nice ideas but, I don't know, maybe it's just that Big Mouth doesn't work as well in a longer format.

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Into the Badlands: Season 2

As usual, more episodes mean more diluted storyline. Also, the whole setup of the finale battle and Sunny's behaviour in that situation are quite stupid. That being said, there's still fun to be had from Marton Csokas and Emily Beecham hamming it up, Daniel Wu and Cung Le jumping around, the nice fighting scenes and the whole bizarre mithology. Plus, Nick Frost.

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BoJack Horseman: Season 1

The last two episodes are amazing but for some reason I expected the whole season to be on that level. But still, it's fun and smart.

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London Spy

The first three episodes are amazing. Gripping, romantic, thrilling, deep, sexy... it trojan horses a spy story inside a drama/romance/thriller thing and it does it in a wonderful way. Episode four is where it collapses by letting the uninteresting sci-fi/spy element take control. Episode five doesn't particularly get better. Still, the amazing start and the great cast deserve a view.

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BoJack Horseman: Season 2

Great start and finish, a lot of kinda average episodes in the middle, with too many recurring jokes. The animal stuff is always great, though.

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Santa Clarita Diet

The pilot is a mess, but then it gets better. The humour doesn't always work, but some moments are hilarious. Characters are nice and fun, even though I think Drew Barrymore is too much on the nose. Timothy Olyphant is adorable, though.

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Crashing: Season 1

It's not as good and ambitious as Fleabag, more of a typical sit-com with all its clichés, but it's fun and smart.

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When They See Us: Season 1

Ava DuVernay has got the delicate touch of an elephant and the level of cheesiness is out of the park. Still, the first two episodes are really, really good, engaging and moving, quite thrilling if you don't already know how it went. Episode three is really the worst one, too much easy melodrama and really schematic in its structure. It gets a bit better in the final episode, thanks to the "prison drama" approach. Overall, it's an interesting and important series for sure but I think I would have preferred a different approach. Maybe it's just that I don't like DuVernay.

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Pete the Cat: Season 1

They recently added six episodes as a "Season 1 - Part 2" bundle and I gotta say I think they got quite better. The series was already smart and cute but these new episodes are more fun, confident, even moving at times. I love watching it with my daughter.

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Castlevania: Season 2

The writing is a mixed bag. Dialogues are mostly made of dull expository monologues and tragically unfunny humor, while being constantly over the top and coming from really clichéd characters. But the lore is somewhat fascinating, keeping the climax for the penultimate episode is something I always like and I think that the overall structure, with the good guys doing nothing and the bad guys moving the plot, constitutes a nice choice. Plus, I like that it's moody, slow, never in a hurry to please with action. Visually, it's also a mixed bag: backgrounds are often beautiful, while the characters are atrocious and the action, when it kicks in, is quite good. Overall, it's an interesting adaptation and a decent animated show, with a nice crescendo, some very good moments and a good voice cast. It takes a couple of (quite boring) episodes to find its strides but then It's fine.

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Tumble Leaf: Season 1

Visually, the stop motion is really, really cool. Even when the story is frankly a bit boring for me, I’m still amazed by the aesthetics and my daughter has fun anyway. The lessons are always clearly explained by the main character (many different variations of “Oh, I figured it out: I have to do this and that”), so it can be a bit dull for me, but it’s smart, full of interesting things, and it’s about kids playing outside, learning things by experimenting with stuff and getting their hands dirty. Which is a cool thing I hope my daughter will do more and more, even though she hates having her hands dirty.

So, again, it's only for kids, but it’s good. And there's two or three episodes near the end of the season that I really, really loved, not as a father, just as a spectator: Parachute Play is quite moving, I dare say, while Bedtime Story and A Treasure Hunt are visually and structurally really well made.

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Collateral: Season 1

A nice show, well acted and decently directed, maybe a bit too on the nose in the way it talks about contemporary issues.

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Pete the Cat: Season 1
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2018-11-18T22:19:42+00:00— updated 2019-09-21T22:07:04+01:00

It's really cute and visually fascinating, plus the voiceover is quite good. Of course, being clearly targeted to children, it's really on the nose with its "messages", but it's still a nice watch. And my three-year-old daughter loves it.

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 5

The first half of the season is really, really good, then it tragically falls back in the usual "not enough stuff to fill 12 episodes" problem. There's still a bunch of good episodes and great moments, though, plus the finale is spot on.

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Downton Abbey: Season 6

A good and fitting ending, I guess. I though it was a bit funnier than the previous one, but still it's far from the enjoyement of the first couple of series.

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Easy: Season 2

Like season one, with the added bonus of continuity.

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Downton Abbey: Season 5

It's still fun but yeah, it kinda lost its magic by now.

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Westworld: Season 1
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2017-11-11T11:48:57+00:00— updated 2018-10-23T21:35:16+01:00

The whole web of mysteries is quite fun, even though a bit predictable in the actual twists. The whole philosophical part is frankly really basic, but also decently fun. What is missing is the human element, a bit of fun, some deep characters and some really engaging storylines. It's made this way on purpose because of the themes, of course, but still, I feel it's lacking. I mean, "that guy" shooting himself was powerful, but it instantly deflated because it didn't really mean anything. And that's just an example. And - jesus - too much exposition. Info dumps after info dumps with no elegance at all. They know it, they joke on it with the "show, don't tell" line, but that doesn't make it better. That being said, the production is amazing, the cast is great and I think this could be a good prologue to a much better second season.

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My Name Is Earl: Season 4

It's the worst season, lacking the creativity and the crazyness of the previous one and with a cliffhanger that never got resolved, but it's still quite fun and with some occasional stroke of genius.

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My Name Is Earl: Season 3

Maybe it's not as good and crazy as the first two seasons, but there's still a bunch of amazingly creative episodes, plus the whole prison and coma storyline ar quite fun and inventive. Also, there's a good ending, which I guess is not what we had with season 4 and the whole series. :(

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Luther: Season 4

The production value is always high and Idris Elba is alwasy Idris Elba, but this honestly felt like an empty filler. Plus, I miss Ruth Wilson.

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Easy: Season 1

Well, it's a Joe Swanberg TV Show.

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The Last Man on Earth: Season 3

Not as strong as season 2, this is already starting to feel a bit too formulaic, but there's a couple of really nice episodes and the final stretch is quite good.

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Flaked: Season 2

It feels more confident than season one, with a better rhythm and more consistent overall quality. It's nice that it does not necessarily look for a fairy tale ending, but episode 5 is the only real standout.

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