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24 minutes ago, jonamok said:

While I’m 100% correct, I’d rather everyone watched it for themselves. They might like it, alternatively misery loves company.


Maybe more like 1%! ;)

 

It does seem marmite, and I can understand why. It achieves a tone which is quite unusual in SF which is smart and mysterious, building a futuristic vision wide open for exploration without miring itself in unnecessary exposition (so far)...which is not for everyone.

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21 minutes ago, ZOK said:


Maybe more like 1%! ;)

 

It does seem marmite, and I can understand why. It achieves a tone which is quite unusual in SF which is smart and mysterious, building a futuristic vision wide open for exploration without miring itself in unnecessary exposition (so far)...which is not for everyone.


That sounds fucking great! I’d be well into that show if they ever make it.

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I finished this the other night, thought is sagged somewhat in the middle but overall I liked it.

 

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It was certainly worth sticking with for the birth scene. I'd seen a picture on Sky Atlantic page showing Mother holding a little baby in her hand and was annoyed that they'd ruined the reveal for me - but oh my word. Loved the way they played it with Mother not wanting to let anybody see it, so ashamed of what she had created. And Father so pleased. Just brilliant stuff. They've become two iconic characters in Sc-Fi now, give it time. 

 

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well that all took a turn, overall I loved this but not entirely happy about the direction of events in the last episode

 

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and by that I mean the birth of a giant flying eel thing

 

the mother/father android arguing though was passively aggressive cold logic brilliant - love how they both played it

 

found a good article interviewing the showrunner about the last episode and beyond which clarifies a few things (spoilers obviously if you've not finished) - I do take comfort somewhat from their claim that they have the main story arcs of 5-6 seasons mapped out so whilst this may be batshit they aren't trying to solve problems they've painted themselves into and not thought about already

 

https://collider.com/raised-by-wolves-finale-ending-explained-hbo-max/

 

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I do like his explanation to think of mother's reproductive capabilities as like a 3d printer, whereby she can 'birth' something if given the right source materials to make it

 

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Up to episode 5 now, caved and bought it on Apple TV. The title tune  is so good and the soundtrack in general is fantastic, love it.

 

It's not comfortable viewing at times and I was thinking that it's almost Sci-Fi horror, there's a creeping sense of dread and some of the body horror is full on.

 

I'm really enjoying how it subverts your feelings towards characters almost on a episode basis, it's nicely done.As much as I like Travis Fimmel he only really plays one character in anything I've seen him in ( Vikings/Warcraft/this) which works okay in this context again and as people have mentioned Father is excellent.

 

 

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There was some interesting stuff in here, and some great imagery - I loved the

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mad scene of the alien person imprisoned in the dodecahedron with bizarre white milk coming out of their snout

  - but I found the end of this pretty unsatisfying. Not in terms of the 

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flying god-eel

, which was deliciously insane , but more in terms of the programme piling up mystery upon mystery, and declining to resolve any of them. The showrunner has said that they've got it all planned out for 5 or 6 series, and I get the creeping feeling of dread that they're going to spin these enigmas out for as long as they possibly can, occasionally doling out a crumb of resolution, but generally deciding to keep you spoilbound to the whole thing. I feel that you need to provide some kind of resolution at this stage, if nothing else just as a show of good faith - that there are answers for these questions, and that they're going to be satisfying ones.

 

On the basis of what they've shown so far, I seriously doubt the mysteries are going to be very satisfying when resolved -

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the daft idea of humans 'devolving' put me off, as did the idea of the shuttle flying through the planet's core and out the other side. I'm fairly certain that, on the basis of those ideas (and the showrunner's explanation in the interview above, which amounts to "well, you can't do that on Earth, but who's to say you couldn't fly through the core of another planet?") 

that they're not going to come up with answers that I'm going to like.

 

Which is fine obviously, it's clearly not a programme for everyone, but at the same time I am fairly sure that it's not going to be for me. 

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I only just watched this over the last few days.

that last episode was a massively great amount of wtf.

i understand the feelings that it might not be explained well, but after that end I’m definitely not going to give up already!

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Just finished this. The start of it was the best part really and while it wasn't quite as good once

 

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the religious nuts arrived

 

it was still excellent. It all became completely fucking bananas by the end though and I barely understood what was going on.

 

The relationship between the two androids was astounding; so much brilliant - and often very funny - dialogue.

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