Chris Carter is at it Again: The After.

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  1. Guy Gardener

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    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3145422/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

    I love Aldis Hodge, even though I only know him from Leverage, and this seems like a completely different character...

    8 strangers meet while the world is ending SOMEHOW that isn't quite explained, and you're left waiting to see who gets mutilated or knocked off.

    Jamie Kennedy as a gay clown. Classic. :)
     
  2. Mr Light

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    So... was it any good?
     
  3. AvBaur

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    I thought the pilot was pretty good - it's intriguing and tense, and the cast is solid, even though some of the characters are fairly one-dimensional at this point. There are a LOT of big mysteries, though, and I'm not exactly confident that Carter will be able to resolve them in a more satisfying way than he did on The X-Files.

    Here's a clip that'll give you a pretty good idea of the scope and tone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te9Mu2f75oY
     
  4. Guy Gardener

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    I'm not sure.

    The After looks like it could be awful, our heroes (Adrian Pasdar! He still gets more respect for his work on desperate housewives than for allowing the shit that became of Heroes comming to pass.) spent 20 minutes trapped in an underground garage which I thought for a moment is where they were going to be trapped all season... But then you start realizing that all the actors are from somewhere, not big names, but you know their faces, and fuck it, it's Chris Carter...

    It's watchable, and it's got some weird shit going on, which is sorta exciting beucase you are formulating questions you want some #### to answer... The last moments of episode one is sorta an undefined clue as to what sort of apocalpse we are dealing with but... Chris Carter is ####ing with us.

    My real problem is that I saw H+ (Postapocalyptic Youtube series. 48 parts. 2 minutes each. Terriorists hack the bio chip brain implants everyone is using to look up porn on google and once they are at the master controls, turn off every bastard in America's higher functions. The only surviviors are the people in transmission deadzones.) recently which was also an end of the world story where a chunk of the cast WAS trapped in an underground garage
     
  5. Sto-Vo-Kory

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    Yes. A very promising start with an ending that definitely leaves you wanting to know more. I hope this pilot makes it to series.
     
  6. acappellasaurus

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    Any idea when we find out which of the Amazon pilots made it to series?
     
  7. Guy Gardener

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    I thought it was pretty underwhelming. 2-dimensional characters, bad direction, half-baked script. Mysteries stacked on mysteries are the exact opposite of engaging to me these days. This might have been worth a shot when I was riding high on the early seasons of LOST, but at this point I'm not at all interested.
     
  9. DarthPipes

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    It wasn't horrible but it wasn't particularly good either. The production values were excellent and I think it has a good cast (though Adrian Pasdar's character injuring himself had me laughing my ass off) though several of the characters are one-dimension and not exactly strong (like that weak cop). The fact that it's going to be another mysterious, mythology drenched show makes me not want to follow it.
     
  10. Guy Gardener

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    Something is wrong with time and it could be the apocalypse.

    I think that God is using the Birthday thing like Lyndon Johnson did with the Draft, sending young boys off to war.
     
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    As my Amazon Prime membership has now been absorbed into LoveFilm (or some such thing) and I now have access to various free films and TV shows to stream I decided to give the pilot of this a try.

    Now, I wasn't expecting much (post his peak Carter has basically had a career that Joss Whedon thanks God everyday for not having), but it was free and only an hour long and so a good way of testing if the system worked or not.

    Overall, whilst very Christ Carter-ey (arc plot ahoy), it was enjoyable enough hokum and played nicely with my expectations of how cheap something made by Amazon would be by starting very small and confined before opening up.

    The main problem (other than finding it hard to get involved in the mysteries because it is Carter) is how horrendous the acting was, even with at least one experienced thesp in the cast in- as my Mother put it- "That bloke from Heroes".

    This was especially true of the Irish character. I don't know if it's a Glen Quinn in Angel case of a genuinely Irish actor being so badly written and directed so as to sound like a parody or if it's just a hideous fake accent coupled with a hideous stereotype, but with all the Irish cliche's of drinking, swearing, leprechauns, comparing anal sex to the Queen and..err... the black forest in place he was actually painful to watch. At least the black character being on death row seemed to be trying to suggest something about the American justice system (albeit not in a terribly convincing way, "Our one black guy is an escaped convict! But it's making a point, honest!"), this was just nasty.

    The other flaw was Carter being a bit too giddy at being able to swear and show boobies freely, the woman stripping off was squirm indulgently gratuitous.

    Still, might be harmless enough to watch as a series, assuming the fast pace keeps up. The fact that, apparently, they're letting viewers have a say on its direction is worrying though.
     
  12. Tom

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    I thought it was ok, would like to see more. When do we find out if that was green lit or not?
     
  13. Out Of My Vulcan Mind

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    It's been ordered to series.
     
  14. Hugo Rune

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    It boggles me that the, same man who wrote the Millennium pilot, or Duane Barry wrote this.

    Stilted, forced dialogue pushed out of the mouths of thin, drab characters.

    And given Carter has some real directorial panache (look at Post Modern Prometheus, Triangle, The List) I was very disappointed by how flat it was.

    I still hold out hope as Carter has always been a favourite of mine, but this was a very very poor start


    Hugo - time for a Millennium rewatch