Television Review Tuesday

Amazon Pilot Season is upon us and those who have Amazon Prime have the opportunity to vote on which pilots we want to see made into full shows. This season there were five pilots The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Oasis, The Legend of Master Legend, Budding Prospects, and The New V.I.P.’s. Here’s a quick review and summary this year’s pilots.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was written and created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, one half of the infamous Gilmore Girls producers. Taking place in the late 1950’s New York City, Miriam “Midge” Maisel has the husband, the apartment in the Upper West Side, two kids, and the rabbi coming to dinner until her husband decides to leave her. The first episode’s beginning was very witty, the dialogue was snappy (just like Gilmore Girls), and throughout the episode you can see events Midge might pull from when she starts her comedy career. However, there was some lag between Midge discovering her talent and her deciding to pursue it. I have a sneaking suspicion this one will be made into a new series. 

You’ll like it if you enjoy: Gilmore Girls, The Return of Jezebel James, Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Oasis takes place in the not so distant future as a corporation attempts to colonize Mars. The episode follows a grieving chaplain who replaced a much needed engineer as he arrives on Mars by the request of his wife’s enemy. As the episode unfolds it becomes pretty clear that everyone up there is running from something in their past, something that is coming to haunt them. The theme song for the series is Rag’N’Bone Man’s “Human”, which seems fitting to the series. But I’m not sure if it is ready for production yet, which is probably the reason why they let us vote. As an avid fan of The Expanse on SyFy, I can’t help but feel like it is a prequel or an attempt to edge in on that market. I would definitely watch the first season to see what is causing the hallucinations, but they’d have to pull of a completely unexpected season finale to keep me interested.

You’ll like it if you enjoy: The Expanse, Dark Matter, Ascension.

The Legend of Master Legend follows superhero Master Legend as he patrols the Las Vegas strip at night and trims trees (which is not a euphemism) by day. However, all is not well within his family. His wife seems to be struggling with what she wants, his daughter is struggling with her own identity and how her father’s identity impacts her, and his ex-con brother who wants to fight crime again. The 27 minute pilot was a little slow at points which was unfortunate because of the limited time frame of the show. And with the mix of characters it was hard to get a read on the hopes and aspirations of any one character, instead it felt like no one knew what they wanted. While classified as a comedy, it is more of a dark comedy than a traditional comedy.

You’ll like it if you enjoy: The League of Gentlemen, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mystery Men.

The New V.I.P.’s is Amazon’s first animated adult show. It is created by Steve Dildarian (The Life & Times of Tim). The premise is interesting, a company’s asshole boss dies of a heart attack literally pissing on his employees. So they ask a security guard to undergo plastic surgery to pretend to be the boss to make their lives better. It’s screwball, and so far a little vulgar. There are definitely a lot of piss and dick jokes, probably more so than plot. All of the characters we’re introduced to in the beginning are abnormal, they don’t react like how most people would react in their situation, but that lends to the show’s absurdism. While not my favorite, I know people who would enjoy it.

You’ll like it if you enjoy: The Life & Times of Tim, Archer, Family Guy.

Budding Prospects follows Felix and his two friends Gesh and Phil as they are presented an unusual offer by the mysteriously wealthy Vogelstein to farm marijuana on his land in the middle of nowhere. This show won’t be everyone’s favorite as drug usage is clearly at the forefront of the show. Phil and Gesh fit two stereotypes for people who use drugs; Gesh is the bumbling idiot druggie, and Phil is the avant-garde artist. Felix seems to be wiser but he does enjoy getting high he seems to be the levelheaded one of the three. The show could be a drama or a comedy, it isn’t clear yet. I’m hoping it’s somewhere in between.

You’ll like it if you enjoy: Brockmire, High Maintenance, Weeds.


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