Bill Burr holds a firm spot in my top three favorite stand-up comedians, so I was eager to watch "Paper Tiger," even though I'd already seen some snippets on YouTube. Burr touches on many topics that have been on my mind for a while, and he delivers them with absolute brilliance. I've noticed that some viewers find his delivery too choleric, but perhaps they should consider how many childhood stories they need to hear to grasp where that intensity comes from in him. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it. / Lesson learned: If you haven't realized how strange the world is yet, you should give this a watch.
It was one of those episodes that typically comes after an action-packed one. There was the usual recap, repairs were made, and personnel changes occurred — the usual standard. However, it was bogged down by the philosophizing about Holden's decision. I was about to give it three stars, but then Camina Drummer entered the plot, putting me in a better mood and increasing my rating to four stars. / Lesson learned: One hand does not clap.
I'm a huge fan of controversial humor, and I have a deep aversion to political correctness, which is why Jimmy Carr logically ranks among my heroes. I was fully prepared to give this performance a full five-star rating, but in the end, I decided to hold back one, because I've seen him push the boundaries much further in other shows. This time around, it felt like he toned it down a bit, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. That would be impossible. It's just that my stomach didn't hurt from laughter. / Lesson learned: If you're not tough enough, don't overestimate your strength.
What a terrible series. The most frustrating aspect was the false hope the creators instilled in me during the fourth and fifth episodes, only to brutally dash it in the finale. They treated the show like a cartoon where anything goes, but the lack of logic left a sour taste in my mouth. I can only muster a very generous two stars for this one. / Lesson learned: Even a mouse can scare an elephant.
In the final episode, the creators completely abandoned any semblance of realism. While it was undeniably action-packed, it also veered into illogical and even foolish territory. I'm baffled by how certain things didn't bother any of the creators. The gunfire resembled something out of Verdun, yet the Barcelona police must have been on a siesta. Shot individuals displayed an alarming lack of concern for their injuries, and the abundance of blood failed to elicit any reaction. The list of inconsistencies goes on. / Lesson learned: Definition of a cliché - if there's an injured person in a dry, hot location, expect a scorpion to show up.
The previous episode was marginally better in my view, but the sixth one suffered from numerous scriptwriting flaws again. To find the plot remotely plausible, I'd have to switch off my brain to the extent that only the sections controlling basic bodily functions were left running, with logical thinking completely shut down. P.S. The bartender's reaction to the guest with a battered face was priceless. Even Mickey Rourke or Ben Affleck couldn't maintain such a poker face. / Lesson learned: When strolling through Barcelona, always thoroughly inspect the contents of trash cans. You never know what you might find...
Surprisingly, I found myself enjoying the storyline at times and wanted to give credit where it's due — first time for everything, right? I just wish the creators had sidestepped the glaring blunders they've been tripping over since day one. Honestly, the series is a lost cause by now, but I still appreciate the effort. / Lesson learned: Do not attract unwanted attention. 3*-
If it weren't for that deactivated torpedo, I might've nudged it up to a weaker five-star rating, but that thing left a bad taste. The episode was a mix of stellar and lackluster moments, but overall, it hit the mark for me. We got a taste of the good old Lunatic Fringe again, which is my favorite part of the series (ironically, there's less of it here), and it seems like the creators are trying to right the wrongs from the previous season. / Lesson learned: Dictators usually aren't open to alternative viewpoints.
The obligatory explanatory episode surprisingly turned out to be one of the better ones so far. I wouldn't call it stellar, but at least it was somewhat enjoyable. The plot felt like a soft version of La Femme Nikita mixed with some undead animals, and I was tempted to let go of my random gripes, but in the end, I just can't. I've gotten used to the fact that someone who barely weighs fifty kilos can toss around hefty guys like it's nothing, but someone so short being a star basketball player is just too much for me to take. / Lesson learned: Having strong nerves is key to survival.
Ashley Way might just be one of those directors who excel at crafting C-grade movies and shows. Why do I say this? Well, he doesn't seem to mind that the material lacks logic, the plot feels like it was made up on the spot during filming, there's a complete absence of tension or atmosphere, and even the action scenes come off as pretty ridiculous (I've already mentioned the lack of consequences). What really gets me is the attempt to create some sort of mystery; it's hard to buy into it when I couldn't care less about the fate of anyone involved. / Lesson learned: If you're planning a life of crime, Spain might just be the perfect destination. The police response time here seems to be exceptionally long.