Weird City Review 2019 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online

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Weird City Review 2019 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online

Stars: Anthony Holiday, Emily Kosloski, Cynthy Wu

Review:  There is hardly a better example of how overwhelming the television offer has been than “Weird City.” The new witty and weird comedy was co-created by Jordan Peele and the writer of “Key and Peele” Charlie Sanders, presents a stacked cast, and yet is stranded on YouTube Premium (although the first two episodes are available for transmission free). It is the kind of program that could only exist during Peak TV, when the wide range of options can lead to great creative changes; It is also the kind of program that, regardless of merit, could get lost in confusion.

But if you tune into the six episodes that were released on February 13, “Weird City” quickly proves to be an interesting experiment, at least. It takes place in a world of science fiction in which “Haves” and “Have Nots” are divided into communities markedly segregated by a literal line; Citizens live above the line or below the line, with all the cultural shock and friction that strict description implies.

Each episode focuses on a different story, although some characters, such as the mysterious mad scientist LeVar Burton, who may or may not be pulling all the strings, appear everywhere. This “one and done” format makes it easier for “Weird City” to recruit bigger names that would not otherwise have had the time to spend an entire season above or below the line, including Dylan O’Brien, Rosario Dawson, Ed O ‘Neill, and Awkwafina.

The anthology style also means that the success of the program is more unpredictable depending on the episode. O’Brien and Neill, for example, star in the premiere (“The One”) as two unlikely soulmates who are shattered by the strictly scientific policies of Weird City. As is appropriate for the concept, the two have surprisingly good chemistry, although sometimes you feel that the script is turning the fact of your attraction into a joke. But once it reaches its most serious step, “The One” reaches a simultaneously strange and tender rhythm that adapts well to “Weird City”. But then there’s the next episode (“A Family”), which introduces Michael Cera as an obnoxious outcast who literally makes his way into a Crossfit-style gym (much to the displeasure of the resident coach, played by Dawson). This chapter is intentionally clumsy, but the balance leans too much in an inducing nightmare.

But again: the beauty of an anthology format is that if one episode does not seem appealing to you, the next one might be the best, and the writing of “Strange City” is sharp enough and self-aware enough (and its launch is exciting enough) to give at least It’s a shot.

The basic idea of Weird City – an anthology series taking place in a city divided between the haves and have nots – seems promising. But the first episode, involving a guy who goes to a dating agency that promises to find your perfect match, seemed about 20 minutes too long even though the whole series is a half hour. It would have been better had they intertwined a couple of stories, or wrote one that had more meat on it.

The series seems very well meant, dealing with themes of love and freedom and government overreach and the right to choose your own sexuality. It’s just that it’s not an especially interesting idea, it’s not done particularly well, and after ten minutes it feels like its spinning its wheels.

I’m not sure why Jordan Peele is doing this, since my understanding is he’s doing a reboot of Twilight Zone and why would you do two such similar series simultaneously? Also don’t understand how the very talented Peele could do something so mediocre. Very puzzling.

Not going to watch another episode.

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