If your looking for Netflix’s next big thing, this may not be the show your expecting. This new show struggles to find its definition, it floats from one thing to the next.Like most people seeing a new show sparked my curiosity since Netflix has become a contender for the great television race. I was excited, I had high hopes. After Orange is the New Black how could one not have high hopes for a new Netflix show.
Watching the first few episodes of a new show can be touch and go, after all, they are trying to get you hooked by the story line and trying to find the direction in which to lead the show. The only bad thing about the platform the Netflix has, by making the show and then giving it to you in one whole pretty package, is that it lacks the feedback, that a weekly show can get from viewers. With the platform they have it is just like here it is, like it or don’t like it.When you bypass this feedback, a show can just be like a freight train with no conductor to control the speed or the delivery. When I started watching the first few episodes, like any new shows, they are trying to find what works and what does not work. I was excited to see Famke Janssen, she is the beauty that plays Jean Grey in X-Men. Her acting in this show left me more confused about the story line, she had a weird accent, that was never truly explained. She was the only one that spoke with this accent, at times I don’t know if it was purposefully or if they would at some point explain it. I had no idea what accent she was speaking, not sure what they where gong for, but often it was distracting trying to understand her. While they did explain some things about her as a child, they left more things unanswered with her little monologue about her childhood.
Finding our audience can be difficult for any new show. The story lines have to be understandable and enticing, The problem with Hemlock Grove is that the inner story lines were often left without closer and even more left without understanding. There is a variety of characters to get into, from the rich playboy to the vigilante alcoholic lesbian. The show has variety that is not denied, but what it does not have is a clear path to final destination. The last few episodes where by far better then the beginning, but the last show, the end of the season, left me confused and shaking my head. Just when I thought I got the show, or even understood the show, it throw me for a loop. I was not prepared for how the show ended.Netflix’s has hit the jackpot with some of the other shows that they have made, this one I am not so sure what they had planned with it. I thought making it to the end would make it all clear for me and get me interested in season 2.
Not all was lost, there was a hidden gem in the show, in the form of great American actress Lili Taylor. I have always been a fan her of work, she gives off a very good vibe when she is in a scene. At times I felt like her words and her delivery of those words made a impact on my own thoughts. I like a show that can challenge my own thoughts and make me question everything, she is a good solid actress in Hemlock Grove, I truly hope that she gets a bigger role in the show. The writers left her story line open and ready for her to be a power house, I hope they jump on it for the new season.If you are into the gore this show does border on the graphic side, it does push some boundaries that shows like to explore these days. The acting however quickly takes away from what could have been a better show. In season 2 hopefully they will work out the kinks and make it a little less confusing. Like many other shows sometimes the first season is the hardest to get through, and finding a solid ground to develop the show for the future takes a little work.
Overall the show felt rushed.Netflix has the potential to make this a really good show, lets hope that they put more into season 2 then they did in season 1.