AGE OF AQUARIUS BUILDS INTENSITY UNTIL EXPLOSIVE SEASON FINALE – SPOILER ALERT!!!

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THERE WAS A WITNESS…

by Walt Frasier

SPOILER ALERT!!!

If you have yet not finished watching NBC’s AQUARIUS on demand / online, you may want to avoid reading this post for now…

I was about to sit down and write my synopsis and mini reviews for each episode. I had planned on binge-watching this series long before now. Like some shows in the past on NETFLIX I was going to pull an all-nighter May 29. BUT due to moving and mini vacation I just finished watching episode 12 last night.

SO… I have to jump right in and over view full season and focus on last nights finale watch.

OMG!!!

I will admit the first few episodes I was not sure where this series was heading. I felt like I was watching the producer’s debate – do we do tradition network production? do we emulate Netflix? is this dark comedy or light drama? There was a lot going on…

And watching on NBC I think we all were still in the mind-set of a Network series.

But then I went into binge mode. Slower than originally anticipated. But still catching 2-3 episodes at a time. And doing so you start to see the larger picture.

This is 13-hour movie. While it still has elements of cliché network over-formatting, the Netflix style takes over by episode 4-ish. If you are watching weekly you are just getting into the sweet spot of this first season.

Even Netflix’s Daredevil felt a little slow the first couple hours. Then you start getting into the forward motion of the 13-hour plot. To the early reviews that just looked at hours 1-3, this is a police procedural with a period backdrop and Manson as a sort of glue.

But if you stick with it, this is a much larger work with numerous character starting to come alive. You can’t judge anyone character on the first few hours as we are just getting glimpses. And every time we see the characters again, we get deeper and deeper.

This show is a work of art that finds its voice by the 5th episode before it becomes that summer novel you can’t put down. By the finale you are begging for more…

OK I warned you – I have been babbling but the SPOILERS are coming in a major way…

LAST NIGHT gave Breaking Bad proportions of Jaw dropping to the floor.

“OMG! DID HE JUST….”

MANY of the intricate story lines find that end of the beginning narrow slit of an hour-glass that reveals a whole new world to explore on the other side…

My heart sinks when Walt (Chris Sheffieldgets arrested… And Sam Hodiak’s (David Duchovny) reaction stirs a deep sense of heart-break in us all… Did anyone else want to punch the reporter? David Duchovny again and again drags us past the fourth wall into the story with his emotional roller coaster ride… BY far his finest work is delivering a tour de force every week… True strength and vulnerability at the same time!

Horrified as Ken Karns (Brían F. O’Byrnereveals more of the past and his dark potential… GUN SHOT… My bet is on Ken (I have to favor major Broadway Actor everytime – lol)

I feel sadness and fear the worst for the girls as Charlie (Gethin Anthony) delivers (ROSE) Mary’s baby a still-born…

THEN our stomach turns as Sadie (Ambyr Childers) brings home replacement baby – to one up Emma (Emma Dumont) – and Charlie embraces the new potential future family member… Especially after we finally see Emma coming into her own with her Mom (Michaela McManus as Grace Karn) and Charlie.

BUT THEN my most edge of the seat moment, as Charmain (Claire Holt) reports back to Brian (Grey Damon) …. and then those bikes pull up behind… YOU JUST KNEW… I have been sensing the foreshadow all season… Charmain does not have the street experience to back up her zealousness… GAME OF THRONES MOMENT? maybe…

AND THEN… “THERE WAS A WITNESS” knew that was too easy…

SO… like so many other short season gems, we wait… AND NBC BETTER DELIVER…

I fear NBC will not let this one breathe. It has done better than many similar show BUT the numbers are light for a Network “success”. It lacks a lot of lowest common denominator network formulas like soap opera, cheesy commercial hang overs etc. While cleaner than HBO or Netflix, it is still gritty and needs time to find an audience.

I did not find Breaking Bad till season three. I have watched the whole series twice now. I watched 9 seasons of 24 last summer on Amazon. Found Scandal last fall. Someday I will go back and check out Dexter, The Sopranos etc, etc, etc.

NBC, let this one breathe and you will have created great content that will be discovered over and over again…

If you have not seen the show, go online or on demand now and check it out. In the next few days I will go back and recap the season episode by episode…

UNTIL 2016…

Aquarius - Season 1

 

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