- 29 Dec - 04 Jan, 2019
HITS & MISSESS OF THE WEEK...
- 08 Sep - 14 Sep, 2018
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This TV series is based on the miserable life of Matt (played by Matt Ingebretson) and Jake (played by Jake Weisman), two co-workers who work under the tyrannical CEO Christian DeVille (played by Lance Reddick). The show shares the story of their messed-up life and day to day duties, mixing every little bit of their day with dark humour that they’ve done PHD in.
Since the two are at the bottom of the food chain, their days pass by buttering their seniors John and Kate (played by Adam Lustick and Anna Dudeck respectively) who further try to butter up their greedy CEO who thinks of no one but himself.
The show is quite cynical, drifting towards topics like capitalism and acknowledging things that usually end up with social media roaring in disdain. It’s painfully true and the show’s sharp jabs at certain topics are masked by the dark humour it comes with.
Matt and Jake are the perfect team, filling up whatever the other is lacking. The latter of the two is more frank whereas Matt adapts a more buoyant personality, thinking that hard work will pay off one day. Adding to these two fun characters are John and Kate who bring with them a more demented behavior.
The main leads’ monotonous expressions and personalities can either be tedious or comedic, it depends on the demeanor you have. The show’s great with the full load of humour and drama, although I didn’t really feel like properly enjoying it though (you know, the kind where you never want the episode to end) while I was watching it.
The TV series, as suggested by the name, goes around a dollar bill passed between a group of people, inevitably binding them together to a multiple murder case. Soon enough, the rustbelt town’s secrets start to out themselves as cultural and class difference slowly takes over.
Now, even with the great amount of outstanding actors the show has recruited, it’s still quite… bland. The director wanted it to revolve around the genre of mystery, but I guess their definition of “mystery” was different since everything that occurs is more than just vague and very briefly described.
The episodes simply focus on that one dollar and the stories/background of the character it is handed over to, without any intriguing details might I add. Its insipidness cannot be saved even by the few peculiarities each character has because of course, one cannot just throw together a bunch of people and tell them to make a mind-boggling show regarding a dollar.
It still has time to correct its ways and I genuinely hope it does.
Lodge 49 is a typical comedy-drama show, revolving around Dud (Wyatt Russell) an ex-surfer who takes it upon himself to become a member of the aforementioned lodge after stumbling upon a ring linked to it. He’s connected to two other characters who take the main role as well; his sister, Liz (Sonya Cassidy) whose torn between her career choices and Ernie (Brent Jennings) who helps him adapt into the environment of the unusual lodge.
The reason why the two siblings are so lost in their lives is because their father had died a while earlier – an incident that Dud blames himself for.
In my opinion, the show’s strange; an oddity in the plethora of shows available to us. It has sudden bursts of emotions that leave the viewer feeling overwhelmed. Even though it’s odd, it’s not fascinating. It doesn’t have that vibe that’ll keep you invested. I mean, I was completely monotonous up until the middle of the third episode.
To keep up with its humour and the odd one out reputation it has been given, the most unexpected things occur in this show, from seals getting hit by cars to people pulling out tapeworms from their noses.
There’s a high amount of optimism shown by the characters who try their best to set their lives on track, a point that makes me appreciate the series. They’ve also chosen the perfect cast to play the eccentric characters given to them, like Brent Jennings and David Pasquesi.
With a little bit of improvisation, I believe that this show could do wonders for the media industry.