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This review reminds me why I like FP and became a subscriber. I DID watch the show, but I gave my eyes a rest from all the eye rolls and just enjoyed the scenery, set design, and execution. I never expected to see such a spot on review but kudos to FP. My favorite 'you have got to be kidding me' was the suit that they wore to protect them from the 'elements' and expected apocalyptic events. Not having a way to take it off and almost dying was hilarious, as the best brains in the world thought this cluster up. And it's always a great idea to go swimming in a pool ALONE when corpses are piling up all over. I have to stop......there is just too much.

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Re writers having the "courage to make Darby Hart a 70-year-old grandma in bifocals and a housecoat" -- might I introduce you to Miss Jane Marple?

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Thank you for an article the completely encapsulates my annoyance with A Murder at the End of the World. I love mysteries, however, I had to eyeroll at least once an episode. I am seriously over the pseudo feminism. I say pseudo because I grew up in the 80's. We finally achieved Title IX but now the same people that imagine they are fighting for the rights of the marginalized will turn over our hard fought battles to men yet again. That is how I perceived the character Darby and her creator Marling. Overall, I kind of liked the series and will probably watch the next one that is put out. I am loving the new season of True Detective! Wish Mare of Easttown would come back.

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I could not get past the second episode. I found the characters to be insufferable woke and progressive caricatures.

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Lol oh Kat, you kill me.

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Thank you for such an insightful and honest review. Makes me want to check out your recommendations.

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sounds like a woke "knives out 2"

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Nobody sees a 24 year old woman coming when she's also a bestselling true-crime author?

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Peak TV ended in 2019, we’ve been in the post peak tv slump for nearly 4 years now.

Have you not noticed?

I literally can’t watch anything made post 2020. Literally. If I find out it was released after 2020 I stop watching. My husband and I have turned to old tv. We bought I Love Lucy on Blu-ray with the original commercials, I rewatch Friends and 30 Rock and that’s all I need thank you very much.

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As for "whodunit has always been a staple of serial television (see: Poirot, Murder She Wrote, Columbo), but shows like True Detective, Mare of Easttown, and Only Murders in the Building proved it could also work as prestige TV" -- you've got your prestige on backwards.

Poirot and Columbo define the genre, they are enduring masterwords with iconic characters, proven over long runs. Noir grit isn't whodunit. The outstanding puzzle mysteries of today are the original Belgian version of Professor T., and the French series Astrid. Britain's Vera is a fine procedural and Brenda Blethyn is today's Angela Lansbury comp, certainly not Selena Gomez.

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I watched this series. It wasn't the worst, per se, but this review is spot-on and made me giggle. There was a whole lot of "Darby is a genius but doesn't lock a damn door behind her when murders are piling up"-type of stuff. And the BANGS of the 2 main characters on this show made me laugh out loud constantly. They looked exactly like when my child was 3 and cut her own bangs.

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Love this piece! Thank goodness some people still see the shallows.

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Just discovered "The Hour" and found its two seasons far more satisfying on all fronts. Or maybe I just prefer 1956.

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“The point, and the pleasure, of the whodunit genre is that the amateur sleuth might lack the skills or resources of a trained investigator, but she makes up for it with an intuitive understanding of human beings. Who they are; how they feel; and why they kill.” 👌🏻🔥

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Just so played out. I mean every hacker I know isn’t 99% male, social misfit, afraid of sunlight and far from handsome; but instead young, nubile and hot AF.

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The hot chick hacker is a fever dream concocted by real life hackers (and hackneyed screen scribes) who are virtually all male and far from standard conceptions of handsomeness. Yes TV and movies are an escape to worlds that really don’t exist, but the defiance of credibility, especially in the “hacker” world truly reads like incel rub n tug material since Halle Berry’s topless turn in Swordfish. It then got new clothes with Rooney Mara and now we have our latest perky rendition.

Just be honest this time around. Everytime she furiously types away at the keyboard version of gibberish (do the show runners have any idea what their “hacker” characters type?) have her do it in the buff amidst lesbionic foreplay. Basement boys and men who’ve actually never met a hacker (but hope they’re hot when they do) will self immolate.

All the while fulfilling the Great Cartman of Southpark’s prescient words as Disney CEO regarding casting, “cast chick and make her gay.”

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