Yeah my wife loved this show as did I, particularly because some of the things they think in the POV bits are things everyone thinks or exaggerations of things everyone thinks, but never says. And it’s just hysterical. Webb has unfortunately since fallen in with a bad crowd, but that’s that age group for you, easily lead astray (and it somehow seems “in character” for virtually every character he’s ever played lol). Jesse Armstrong, one of the two main writers (Sam Bain being the other) is the creator and showrunner of Succession, which is one of my main reasons for wanting to watch it (I haven’t got around to it yet though).
And yeah the first three seasons are particularly perfect.
I watched all of S1 of Harley Quinn which was unsurprisingly extremely funny, and quite charming. Also, it has that wonderful DC thing were, no matter how completely fucking stupid a character’s concept is, they are an actual DC character, often with a long and storied history. But it’s just a very likeable and kind of warm show, despite a low of swearing and blood and guts. I was disappointed that you can’t really get S2 in the UK yet (not even for money) despite it having finished airing mid-year last year in the US.
I started watching Jupiter’s Legacy on Netflix, I wasn’t expecting much to be honest, and whilst it’s definitely melodramatic, and the lead actor… uhhhh maybe isn’t the best… I’m kind of enjoying it quite a bit so far. One thing that helps it is that the superheroes involved have a specific code, which actually makes it all make sense in a way that Marvel’s stuff absolutely does not (basically “don’t kill people, don’t put yourself in any rulership positions”). Ironically I guess this is Millar’s reaction to his own work - earlier stuff he did has heroes absolutely doing those things - and that too makes more sense than the general Marvel approach. Just this small change does so much to explain the whole relationship the superheroes have with the world, and it also drives the emerging conflict the show is looking at (“should they be going beyond that?”). Also despite/because of the questionable acting at times and melodramatic vibe, I’m finding it more emotionally engaging than most shows. There was a fairly typically “emotionally distant, driven father attempts to reconnect with child” scene, and for once it actually worked on me, for example.
I suspect this is down to Steven S. DeKnight being the showrunner (which I didn’t know, going in), who worked on Angel, Buffy, Smallville, showran Daredevil, and was the creator of and main writer for the Spartacus shows, which I absolutely adored (so much sex and violence yet so good), and completely emotionally connected with (rarely have I been as invested in what happened to characters as Spartacus). I guess I’m on the same “wavelength” as he is or whatever.
After 2 episodes I dunno if I can recommend it generally yet, but I’m really liking it, and with DeKnight in charge I’m hoping it stays engaging (Spartacus also had some questionable acting yet remained compelling).
Oh and I also watched Invincible on Amazon, really superheroing it lately, eh? It’s a weird animated series by the writer of the Walking Dead comic book, dealing with another bad dad superhero and his son who has just got his powers. It’s a strange combination of fairly typical “teen superhero” tropes, Justice League-esque stuff, and… a lot of bloody ultraviolence. I personally found it a little overlong, like they push a lot of the ideas/plots past the point where they’re still particularly compelling, but it’s definitely got a lot of crazy nonsense going on, and it’s quite fun in a slightly perverse way.