Pointless Nonsense

Posted in tv by Bill on July 7, 2017

Snowfall is FX’s new series about the birth of the crack epidemic in the 80s, using dealers, traffickers, and CIA guys as main characters to show different sides of it. It didn’t immediately grab me, but it wasn’t bad either, so I’m going to try a few more episodes to see where it goes.

The pilot seemed as much interested in being edgy with random sex stuff (including one pretty gross moment that reminded me this is the network that brought us Nip/Tuck), and though I do generally enjoy random sex stuff, here it’s a little bit… syrup with no pancakes. Game of Thrones uses that stuff to make sure it’s never boring. Throw two people boning at the beginning of a scene that has an exposition dump. Here, it’s not like there was a huge amount of plot to get through, so it felt more like “please watch our show, it will have simulated oral sex!”

It does the period soundtrack well. It’s easy to fall in the trap of going “it’s 1983, let’s play the top hits of 1983!” because of course in 1983 plenty of people were still listening to music from the 60s and 70s and earlier in the 80s. It also tends away from the obvious 80s stuff.

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