Anyone else feel really bad for the main characters when
they both realized that the other person didn't know who they were and they must have been in different timelines? After everything they had gone through together and then suddently he other person no longer knows who they are and they were basically alone again. I just found it heartbreaking, but at the same time they both realized that no matter what they had to save the other person which showed so much growth for both of them.
I didn't. When they both realised, they also knew that they were in the endgame, and almost home. Of course, there wasn't anything to show that they would remember each other afterwards, but it's possible that they were both happy to forget each other, if it meant saving each others lives. The closest you can get to making a life changing sacrifice, in the context of the show.
The act that stood out to me, in relation to Nadia, was that even though she knew that time would reset, every time it did, she phoned 911, and let them know about the gas leak in Ruth's house. How many people would bother with something that "inconsequential" (in the context that time will reset and saving Ruth doesn't actually matter, as she will be alive anyway) ?
My wife and I watched this over a few days and I loved it, Alan's story and realisation when he was talking to Bea that he needed help really hit me hard. The way everything twisted further and further, the way they made something like an empty room uncomfortable was just fantastic.
I genuinely hope Netflix never makes another season again. It's a brilliant one and done story, the drama of how they came to their solution was brilliant but having that as a thematic hook of multiple seasons probably wouldn't work for me.
I'll admit - with all the video game references in there, I was expecting something like "She's trapped in a VR mystery game with no memory! If she misses a section, she dies and starts the level again! Oh look, Player 2 has joined!" Glad I was wrong. I'm not sure where they can go after this, but I'm keen for a Season 2.
we see nadia-saved-alan and alan-saved-nadia walking past the nadia who experienced the multiple timelines. i believe alan is in his save-nadia clothes too. i think it is an artful way to signify the two timelines merging into one.
Started it over the weekend and finished it last night, and wow. One of the best Netflix shows in the last couple of years, and if it weren't for Sex Education, the best this year, although they're tied now, according to ME.
I was very hesitant about it because I just saw it as a spinoff of OITNB about Nicki (not that I actually thought it was one, just that it likely was going to be promoted as such). But was pleasantly surprised as a kept watching the first episode and was convinced to finish by the end of it.
It kept surprising me every episode and was glad by the ending. I suffer a lot from anxiety, especially existential anxiety, so this wasn't an easy watch, but Alan's story really got to me, as an early 30s Millennial who is afraid of taking chances.
I was really liking the show, but wow, after the ending of Episode 3 I had to binge to the end. I absolutely loved it. It was surprisingly emotional and touching, and the existential horror build across the season was great. I feel that it had the perfect ending, so I'm surprised there potentially could be two more seasons - but I suppose there can be multiple ways to read the finale.
I had assumed the timelines merged due to Nadia and Alan's clothing corresponding to the version of the character that still had their memory. I guess the timelines could be still separated, or fixed. I also felt like there was something odd going on with Maxine's character, so I can understand the theories that maybe she's in her own loop.
Most of the stuff I've read lately (especially this Vulture interview) suggest that while the creators pitched three seasons to Netflix, it doesn't necessarily mean that's what would happen now even if Netflix gave them carte blanche. It sounds like the show has evolved significantly from the initial pitch and that the original plan may not apply anymore.
Agreed, although to be fair for a series it's pretty short (total of 4 hours or so). When I think back on it, it doesn't seem as though there was a whole series worth of plot to it, I agree. Saying it should have been just an hour is kinda ridiculous though.
Finished watching this with my SO a couple days back, we loved it. Alan's first episode was the only thing remotely close to a low point; compared to the utterly mesmerizing Nadia, he's pretty dull, so having an episode devoted to him after a couple episodes of her sparkling performance feels like such an abrupt downwards shift. Once they start interacting and you realize he's her perfect foil precisely because he's the "straight man", everything falls into place again.
Ehh... I feel this is unfair. After the first couple of episodes which feel admittedly a bit purposeless, there's not a second of wasted footage: everything from then on is meaningful to the story. I can't think of anything that could be cut without being detrimental to the whole; even those first few episodes' seemingly irrelevant repetition and aimless quests are necessary to estabilish the setting, and lull the viewer into the rhythm of a conventional Groundhog Loop story so the show is able to pull the rug under them later. "Feature length" implies cutting the running time in half and I can't imagine how one could do that without mutilating the story beyond all recognition.
I usually find time loop stories kind of tedious too. There was enough charm in the show to keep me watching an episode a day, but the time-looping was starting to wear on me a little. Then, in the last third of the show, maybe at the end of ep. 6 I can't remember exactly, they drop a hint at what might be the true nature of the loop, and I started buzzing. It got me kind of excited, and I felt more immersed in the show and the characters. So much so that - by the end - I didn't care what the actual cause of the time loop was and wasn't interested in finding out. Even though the promise of an explanation is what hooked me deeper into the show. This what they call a MacGuffin, film fiends?
Actually, I'm going back to my original comment. I don't want another season. I don't want an explanation. Because it's easy to come up with one, but it's rarely satisfying for stories like these. How? isn't important.