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Here and Now Review 2018 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Creators: Alan Ball
Stars: Tim Robbins, Holly Hunter, Daniel Zovatto
Review: The past few years has seen the infiltration of capitalism in film and television (just look at Marvel, the whole mess that is the Oscars) that has prevented these mediums to really flourish into its full potential as an art form. There are exceptions (few, but they exist: Twilight Zone, Buffy, Six Feet Under, Transparent, Happy Valley) and I’m happy to say that Alan Ball’s fantastic new drama certainly has the ability to join their rank.
The writing, the acting, the production is all beautiful. There is so much subtlety and shades in Ball’s work, lines that are tragic upon first viewing, but are actually extremely funny the second time around (or the other way around). There’s almost too much to find in the first two episodes (the only episodes out at the time of this review), but my favorite aspect to Ball’s work is his balance between taking his characters seriously, their trials and feelings and tragedies as serious concerns while also critiquing, laughing at, or challenging them all the while. Ball has never sounded so world-weary, but has there ever been this much love and empathy in his work before?
I cannot really express how much I love this show. It will stimulate your mind, your eyes, and your heart. Only two episodes in, I can tell there’s been nothing like this on television before, and there will never be anything like it again.
This is a clever TV show that may be uncomfortable to watch if you’re averse to every conceivable liberal/hippie trope crammed into the first two episodes of a show, so don’t watch if you’re easily triggered. Sure, every straight white male is a derogatory stereotype, but what show today isn’t like this? “Liberals” will see what they want in the show’s characters and dialogue, but I see an objective critique of this philosophy and lifestyle.
What intrigues me the most is the show’s handling of parapsychological phenomena. I won’t say any more about it, but I will say that I expected another rehash of the mental illness/magical child trope when I read the synopsis. This show is much deeper than that. The guy’s story arch really seems to be making a statement on the nature of reality and consciousness.