As Episode 1 of "Station Eleven" (2021 release; 10 episodes of about 45 min each) opens, we are at a Broadway show in Chicago where the lead actor of Shakespeare's King Lear suffers a heart attack on stage. Jeevan, who is in the audience with his girlfriend, tries to save the actor's life but fails. It's not long before things really go south, as a super-flu of some sort is bringing the world to a halt. We then go to "10 Days Before"... At this point we are less than 15 min into Episode 1.Couple of comments: this is the latest from producer/creator Patrick Sommerville ("Made For Love", "Maniac"), adapting the book of the same name into a TV mini-series. I haven't read the book and hence can't comment how closely the TV mini-series sticks to the book. What I can tell you is this: Episode 1 (called "Wheel of Fire") is absolutely riveting from start to finish. There are a LOT of things happening plot-wise that I obviously don't want to spoil. But more than that, the overall atmosphere is eerily remindful of these first weeks of COVID-19 in March 2020. Of course the book was written years before that (2015), and even the filming started before that (early 2020, then was halted when COVID broke in March). Himesh Patel plays Jeevan and is the lead actor in Episode 1, but as it turns out the real central character is Kirstin, an 8 or 9 yr child in Episode 1, who we then find as a grown woman in Episode 2 ("A Hawk From a Handsaw"), which finds us in "Year Twenty" and we start to understand how the world is coping in the aftermath... But Episode 3 ("Hurricane") is the BEST episode as of yet, where we learn the backstory between Arthur (the actor who dies in Episode 1 from a heart attack), and Miranda, whom we see briefly in that opening episode, and we now find out what links both of them. Absolutely riveting viewing, and hence not really surprising that "Station Eleven" is currently rated 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. As to the 1 and 2 star "reviews" on here, they wouldn't know quality if it hit them in the face.The initial three episodes of "Station Eleven" premiered last week exclusively on HBO Max, and 2 new episodes are released on Thursdays in the weeks ahead. I have seen 4 episodes so far. I must admit that I', surprised how deeply invested I've become in this TV mini-series. I can't wait to see how it will all play out, but of course don't take my word for it. If you have any interest in sci-fi that now happens to be eerily timely, I'd readily suggest you check this out and draw your own conclusion.
A hocus-pocus story that doesn't gel. Falling asleep in the third episode, when someone rang the bell. What's it all about? It's about everything and nothing. To enjoy watching tripe is your own choice. If you do you will die. No thank you and goodbye.
3 episodes in, and i can say that this show has its ups and downs. Just like they move between the timelines they move from a very good scene(script) to a very bad one.But to be fair, after i saw the second episode i was going to stop seeing this show, but thankfully I watched the third and it made me reconsider, because its way better than the one before. With A two very interesting characters.I really wished this show aired a year ago, when Covid-19 was at its climax and all the people where in their homes. We would appreciate to learn from the characters mistakes as they live a very close life to what we have lived last year or so. And we would actually stayed with our loved ones and actually for once focus on our families not our jobs or studies or what not.This show has potentials, i can see that. And if not, its a limited series. So whats wrong with spending an hour a week to watch a show?
Cannot fault the acting, especially from Himesh Patel and Matilda Lawler. The direction is on point as is the score and cinematography. However and this does feel really harsh as everything else is very good, it's nothing new and it's heavy woke rubbish in places. It'll last the season but that's all.
Why am I even watching this? W. T. F?Well, because I was SO taken with Episode 1 that I keep expecting to get back to THAT writing, direction, acting.But that, it has taken me to the middle of Episode 6 to comprehend, is GONE. This is not that. And THAT is not coming back.Neither am I. I am GONE. Just like Episode 1.
Never heard of the book but the premise sounded interesting so tried it out. First episode had some very odd moments but it had enough to get me to keep watching.... the. Episode 2 you kinda see where it's heading and it's a total let down for what you expected to happen.On a side note, I do think it's funny how triggered some of these comments are.
There are moments when it seems like this show could have been decent .But then it jumps back or forth in time , just randomly and without purpose, and after a few good minutes a new set of unconvincing actors and corny scenes are thrown at you .Someone spend money on this, and the production is pretty good; it's just that the writing is so terrible, confused and unable to tell a story, it's all for nothing .Imagine watching a movie trailer that is 50 minutes long, that's what every episode is like .
A lot of the reviewers here seem triggered by.. Something. I guess the subject is a lot for people to handle right now. Others angrily use the word 'woke'. It might be one of these shows where critic reviews rave, and audiences will be turned off by the quiet pacing of it all, the time jumping, and others just will not accept that the show has taken the point of view of a female artist as a main protagonist with a global catastrophe as the backdrop.Important to note it was based on a book, one that was weirdly prescient, and also very surreal and disjointed in its structure. Fans of the book I think will be pleasantly surprised, as many of the qualities here are retained. The adaptation is unique to a lot of current TV, it's haunting and quiet, and I actually appreciated the slowness of pace; I'm somebody who rarely gets gripped by shows unless they have a cinematic quality (the Wire, Chernobyl, and a few others). So it will likely not appeal to people wishing for quick resolution, a faster pace, and exposition to answer their questions. There aren't people screaming and running for the hills. There aren't talking heads on newscasts explaining exactly what's going on. It's all very understated.Fans of the show Atlanta will notice Hiro Murai's trademarks as a director; it's nicely shot, and there's a kind of detached humor masking a lot of the seriousness, and sadness.The show is not about the catastrophe at hand, nor about how the whole world is dealing with it. Instead the show is about a resilient little girl who comes of age during a devastating pandemic, having lost all of her loved ones and protectors as a child, and is doing what she can to stay above water. I thought her character, who is scarred by those events, but remains hopeful, was believable. The younger version of her, played by Matilda Lawler (she's brilliant), and the older version, by Mackenzie Davis are wonderfully drawn and acted. I don't quite understand why users here are not moved by these performances.The Hunger Games or typical post apocalyptic story this is not. And yeah, COVID will be a part of our lives for the foreseeable future. I won't debate whether it's proper to make material out of ongoing tragedy (shooting began on this before the pandemic), only that Station Eleven is very well made; and I understand why many people will be turned off and not want to be reminded of the hard reality by way of HBO dramatization.