Zach’s Zany TV BINGE Reviews: THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY Season 1; TURN UP CHARLIE Season 1; TRUE DETECTIVE Season 3

finished a couple of full seasons of some new shows, didn’t want to write full reviews so here are my thoughts:

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY (Netflix):

Very solid, very well acted, very cool first season. Uses music well, but after Guardians of the Galaxy and Baby Driver, everyone else are just copy cats. Hopefully they know where they are going. If you can remember, Heroes had a great first season…and look what happened to it.

TURN UP CHARLIE (Netflix): I really like Idris Elba as an actor, but he deserves better than this. It falls into all kinds of cliche traps that we’ve seen in “grown adult man child that used to have fame but is now a nanny looking for a comeback” films. It avoids some, but not enough to make a difference. Thankfully, it’s only 8 episodes and they are all less than 30 minutes, so it was a quick watch and time passing by watch. Some humorous moments. I’ll see where they go if there is a season 2, but if it’s just another cliche-ridden mess I’ll stop there.

TRUE DETECTIVE SEASON 3 (HBO): Much better than season 2, although I was kind of disappointed in the ending. I was guessing a bunch of stuff out of left field that would’ve made for some juicy television, and the answer to everything was a lot simpler than I was hoping it was. I guess I got the “Lost” effect, where I shouldn’t have. Should’ve just enjoyed the ride more, maybe with a second viewing I will like it more. The first half of the season is very strong, but the second half of the season is just good, not great. Give Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff Emmy’s though. Like I said above, at least it was better than the awful, abysmal second season.

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