production-wise this certainly isn’t at the filmic level of the finer tv series like breaking bad, however i didn’t find the less-than-great acting and cheesy music cues to be all that offputting. it’s a series that is notoriously plot-heavy and serpentine, but it also has some good character work which i did not expect. seeing the backstories of all these characters and how those stories relate to what they are experiencing in each episode is where the series excels.
some of the first season stuff that annoys me (other than the production) is in not meeting more of the characters and the haphazard way in which the group goes about their first few weeks on the island. that said, both kind of make sense. for one, in a situation like this, probably the majority of the people are going to do whatever the most vocal in the group tell them. so, having the bulk of the survivors be basically unknown is fitting in this way. secondly, i thought of a million different things that they should have done that they didn’t seem to do, or didn’t do until late in the game. build shelter, explore the island (why do they always assume it’s an island when no one has explored the shoreline thoroughly?), set up some system of governance and rationing, etc.
all in all it’s a compelling series so far. hopefully it keeps churning out the quality drama.Watched on TV