With the end of season 3 happening a short time ago, I thought I’d watch season 1. I don’t have HBO so finding a friend who does was the best alternative. Unfortunately, that meant watching this fun, hysterical show took some time to see. It was very clear that this show was easily binge watchable from the get go but I had to bide my time until I was able to get far enough in that we could not turn it off.
The show’s addictive quality comes from the cast. They’re a great group to be together. Their chemistry is palpable. These characters feel like real people so much so that I didn’t recognize TJ Miller or Thomas Middleditch for a solid episode. They work well together and even Big Head who leaves the team quite early on feels like he’s still a part of the group. This was well cast and truly shines in every way. The banter between Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) and Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) feels like they’ve been working together on coding projects for years. Each character’s motivations are well thought out and aren’t extreme as we think they could be. Monica (Amanda Crew) feels like a real assistant who really cares about her job. Jared (Zach Woods) plays his part extraordinarily well too. Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) and Peter Gregory (Christopher Welch) act like CEOs so well that I don’t want to see their other work to ruin their image. They’ve almost done too good of a job. I can’t wait to see the next season because the writing for the characters wasn’t stiff or forced that I want to keep watching. It doesn’t suffer from too many stale plot points in characters’ motivations as it is only 8 episodes long.
The story is wildly fascinating for non-coders, which is what the target audience of the film is. As I imagine that actual coders are still coding and going insane as the cast does throughout the show. For me, it’s not that unbelievable, but then again, I have no experience with code. I don’t know what the Weismann score is that they referenced towards the end of the show nor do I understand what programs they’re using except for the name. I coded with Java in high school and all that I can remember about it, is that it was very difficult and challenging. I don’t remember ever thinking that I could make anything that could ever compress a file. I had difficulties coding tic-tac-toe. So I can’t say where the story went wrong in any parts nor can I say that the story is unbelievable. I did like the story and especially enjoyed the final two episodes.
Overall, TJ Miller was my favorite part of the show. My favorite scene was probably when he was trying to explain to Gilfoyole if the judge hated him or not based on his “finger gun” motion that he got. My second favorite was probably when he slapped the kid. The show just knows how to excite the audience and make them truly take away reality. I thought this show was a great time and a great way for you to spend a good 2.5 hours of your time.
Score: 8 out 10