So I’ve caught up on the finale of the The Magicians. Overall I think it was a weak season for them, however I wouldn’t say it was noticeable worse then the previous seasons. Mostly the issue was that the main characters stories had all diverged a bit, so each episode spent a fair bit of time on separate stories. For the finale, I did like that when Quentin died, it was thematically consistent with his character arc to that point. Better still, was that they very explicitly had the character ask afterwards “did I do something heroic to save my friends, or did I finally find a way to kill myself?”, it wasn’t just shrugged off as a noble sacrifice (which is important, given that the show starts with him as kind of vaguely suicidal loner).
Not sure if anyone else has watched it, but Deadly Class was pretty good. It’s got a really strong 80’s counter-culture / punk rock vibe going for it, and the whole show is surprisingly engaging despite the premise being kind of eeeeh.
The acting has been reliable, the cast is diverse, and the show often cuts to an animated comic book style when it needs to fill in a characters back story, which if nothing else, oozes style. As far as the actual content goes, it’s a teen drama (not far off the sort of thing found in the CW shows), wrapped in 80’s culture. It’s “grittier” than anything you’d find on the CW (the villains name is literally “fuckface”), and I would say the writing is more competent as well.
The basic premise can be gauged from watching a trailer for the show.
I’ve also recently watched the Catch-22 mini-series, which is also a bit eeeeeh. I’m a big fan of the book (have started reading it multiple times but never made it to the end because of how bleak it gets, but I love it all the same). The show doesn’t really live up to the book though.
The good: I thought the character’s looked a bit like their descriptions from the book (excepting that they’ve all been give the hollywood +1 to appearance).
The bad: the book sort of weaves between absurdity and just being fucking bleak, the TV show attempts it but it doesn’t quite land. For one thing, it doesn’t feel like we get enough “normal” time with the characters, which means it’s impossible to really care what happens to them, each of the additional characters gets maybe a scene or two (if that) before they die, I will say that the bleakness of it all is reasonably well conveyed through the show.
The other thing is that show never really lands any of the jokes. Even the scene where they explain the premise of “catch-22” doesn’t seem to give any weight to the absurdity of it, it just sort of plays it straight. Anyway, the show was interesting but in a sort of disappointing way.
I’ve got Good Omens loaded, so that’ll be the next thing to watch.