Posted 08/13/15 at 11:35:41
Great news. A very good adaption of the original Swedish show 'Äkta Människor = Real People' which Humans is based upon. Usually when an English/American version of a foreign show is made, it doesn't quite live up to the original; however in this case it does. I have enjoyed both the Swedish and English version.
Posted 08/06/15 at 11:32:44
I lost interest in this show. It's not a bad show I just felt that the story was moving entirely too slow. I just got bored with it.
Posted 08/03/15 at 17:44:12
@Havok I agree for the most part. Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy did one thing if nothing else...they showed that a US series which had a primary story arc across all episodes was a viable thing. Then Walking Dead followed suit, then many more have come along. So, so much better than the "Law & Order" formulaic episodes where each is wholly independent. I do prefer the main story arc shows, but these are also much harder for viewers to "catch up" if they miss a season or several episodes. I think that's why the big networks still shy away from them. But... even with the single story arc shows don't have to paced slowly. Heroes is a great example of this. Season 1 and 2 were fast paced and fantastic. Then, apparently the public whined about missing episodes and being lost so they slowed the pacing.. and well ruined the show (hopefully the reboot will be good). Humans, to me, is one of those shows that COULD gain a HUGE following if the pacing were slightly faster. But... I never saw the original Israeli series it's based upon, so I'm not sure how long that lasted or what the pacing was like there.
Posted 08/03/15 at 12:34:07
@Yup, you do bring up a very good point about running having nothing to do with the actual PACE of a show. While shows like Doctor Who, Torchwood, etc do have alot of running AND a fast paced story line, the OVERALL body of British shows do have a somewhat slow pace. I should have picked up on what you and some of the others were getting at and I usually do but I think I was sleep surfing late that night and was running on one brain cell. Its all so clear now that im wide awake, lol.
Posted 08/03/15 at 05:40:29
Having seen many...MANY UK shows over the last 30 years, I believe saying they are slower paced is also a bit inaccurate. I've always thought that they are more focused when it comes to their plotlines. In a typical 6 episode series, each episode is usually very self contained (episodic) or are serials that conclude their story arc within the 6 episodes. They never have a cliff hanger between seasons, and never have what I call "filler" episodes that are very common in American shows, especially ones that have a 24 episode season. In addition, American shows have a ton of supbplots that add the disjointed pace making it appear more frantic than UK shows.
That being said, since the rise of shows like Battlestar Galactica, Dexter and more recently Orphan Black and True Detective, There has been more of a cross over of these elements between UK and American produced shows. Which, in my opinion, has had mostly a positive effect on both. US season are becoming shorter with a clearer story arc. UK shows have added sup plots that give the appearance of a faster paced show. The only show that I could point to where I DO NOT like this change is with Doctor Who, especially the Matt Smith run. I enjoyed the addition of season long story arcs which reminded me of Tom Baker's "Key of Time" series, but by trying to appeal to a younger and more American crowd, they did make The Doctor appear more manic, starting with Eccleston, running through Tennant (who I thought was very good and more subdued than Eccleston), spiking with Smith, and dialing down somewhat with Capaldi. But these two things don't point to causation.
I think for the most part, this crossing of the pond has brought us more good shows than bad, and American TV in particular is having a really good run right now by shortening their seasons and having seasonal story arcs, thus avoiding the "Gilligan's Island" issue of never being able to get off the island since it is the only recurrent plot.
Posted 08/02/15 at 13:21:21
.... also realize someone running on screen is not a direct correlation the pacing of the STORY. i.e. "sprinting zombies" has NOTHING to do with story pace. You're being far, far too literal. For the record I did enjoy the 28 days/weeks films, but those were years and years ago, Since then there have been dozens of slowly paced UK films I could name.
Posted 08/02/15 at 09:01:19
ermm.. comparing films and TV shows from ten to SIXTY years ago (yes 60 years ago) is really a stretch. Nothing listed is currently airing (except Dr Who which will never die).... Not EVERYTHING falls into the "slow UK pacing" clearly, but Humans certainly does. :) In short, the UK productions TEND to have just a slower pacing than the US productions, that's all. I don't mean they ALL do... just more in general.
Posted 08/01/15 at 07:50:01
@Ed Gordon - Wow that's a lot of examples. Haven't seen any of those shows (only Monty Python I saw was holy grail). So I guess that truly is a running theme (no pun intended) in the UK. Always did enjoy it on Benny Hill though, so I guess I kinda get it.
Posted 08/01/15 at 00:44:59
@Ragnorak: Doctor Who, Torchwood, Monty Python, the original Tomorrow People, Anything with Simon Pegg in it, the 28 Days Later movie franchise practically invented the sprinting zombie, etc, etc. (if you hadnt mentioned Benny Hill, I would have) Im sure theres more I cant think of right off hand.
Posted 07/31/15 at 19:27:37
@Ed Gordon - Besides Benny Hill, what other shows have done the spontaneous running around for no reason?