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I'm watching black summer at PCs recommendation and.. I dunno. Not really digging it. Starting ep3 but it just seems too all over the place. Its short, like 35 minute episodes and just feels like it was filmed on some streets in the middle of the day with a filter on.

Jamie King has gotten kinda haggard.

Lots of little nitpicks and stuff I'll not mention.

Maybe it gets better? It's so short I'm trying.

Fast zombies at least make it sorta more plausible.. but there is so little exposition that I'm not at all invested in the world or the characters. Every second has basically been someone running (breathlessly) from one spot to another or driving around with (very) fake engine revving noises pretending they're speeding.
 

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Army guys have all kinds of facial hair that looks non regulations. People acting stupid (which I guess could be realistic). The aforementioned fake speeding scenes. They added the sound of an engine redlining and the slamming on the breaks, but you can see out the side window and they never get above 15 mph probably.

It's so far all been in Generic as hell suburbia which is just.. boring. Same drab video filter to make things look gritty.

Really though I am just not seeing a point so far. Basically 1 lady is trying to find her daughter, but mostly its just people running around scared and I find myself really not caring about them or anything else in this world.
 

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I'll wait for what pcs liked about it.. but I am just not feeling it at all. Finished episode 4 and am turning it off for the night.

There's a deaf Indian guy lol. This looks like super white bread suburbia but you have one of everything being represented which normally I wouldn't care about but it just seems silly here.

Budget must have been super small. They had a big army truck that "crashed" and was "wrecked" aka they had some smoke coming out of its opened hood with no actual damage to the truck..

Le sigh. I want details on the world.. what happened.. what is happening.. this throws you into like day 10 with no exposition at all.
 

pcsguy88

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All those things are why I like it. To me it feels more like what the situation would really like and it’s basically in real time. I’m use to low budget stuff on Netflix so things like the same blue 80’s Jetta on the side of the road in every scene do not bother me. From what I gathered from one throw away line from the old lady is it happened 6 weeks prior, so time for some beards to grow. The episode in the school is where it got fun for me since it settled down a bit character wise and I just like that it is the opposite of TWD in every way. I also like that there are no heroes, zombie hordes, people racking up countless headshots, baseball bats or boss villains. It doesn’t have the hook of everyone banding together to get to the CDC to save the world, it’s just chaos in the suburbs on a scale that feels right. I do wish they would zoom out for a minute and show what the F-22’s are bombing endlessly.
 

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There basically is no plot and only a hair thin goal of reaching the stadium, but the focus is just a half dozen people in a couple very loose groups just trying to survive suburbia in real time. I’m maybe 5 episodes in and it’s only the 2nd day. Very few zombies, but they have true impact since they are human fast with human strength. The show is cut into 3-5min segments which I can see being very annoying, but for some reason I like it. That’s how they can do it real time and cover a wide swath of people in the beginning.