We weren’t certain what to anticipate from the launch of Apple’s new subscription streaming service. There have been experiences that the corporate was dedicated to staying household pleasant, quite than exploring the grownup content material and artistic liberties that each premium cable and streaming can supply. Plus, many of the trailers had been fairly underwhelming.
For our 100th (!) episode, your common Unique Content material podcast hosts are joined by TechCrunch author Sarah Perez to debate all of the Apple TV+ reveals we’ve sampled thus far — “For All Mankind,” “See,” “Dickinson” and even “Snoopy in House.” And we had been pleasantly stunned by what we discovered.
Just some episodes in, “For All Mankind” (an alternate historical past by which the Soviet Union received the race to the moon) and “See” (set in a world the place everybody has misplaced the sense of sight) have turned a few of us into followers. And even “Dickinson” — which has the seemingly inconceivable job of telling Emily Dickinson’s story utilizing trendy slang— seems to be a wierd and watchable experiment.
We save our most intensive dialogue for probably the most high-profile title of the bunch: “The Morning Present,” which stars Jennifer Aniston as Alex Levy, longtime host of an AM information present additionally known as “The Morning Present,” and Reese Witherspoon as native information anchor Bradley Jackson, whose confrontation at a coal mine protest finally ends up going viral proper as Alex’s present implodes, due to sexual misconduct allegations in opposition to her longtime co-host Matt Kessler (performed Steve Carell).
Clearly, the present has star energy, and the leads are supported by proficient and acquainted faces like Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass and Gugu Mbatha-Uncooked.
The performances are all sturdy, with Aniston and Witherspoon carrying the present: Aniston convincingly portrays a girl who’s each devastated by the revelations of her on-screen associate’s conduct and determined to grab the chance that these revelations create. Witherspoon, in the meantime, provides advanced shading to maybe her trademark function as a spunky, bold upstart.
The writing, alternatively, is a bit uneven. There’s an unlucky tendency in the direction of speechifying about massive themes like The Function of Journalism in America — at occasions, it feels virtually Sorkin-esque, however with out the eloquence or snappiness of Aaron Sorkin’s greatest dialogue.
To date, although, the speeches have been balanced out by sturdy characterization and a few satisfyingly dramatic twists.
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And if you wish to skip forward, right here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:30 Apple TV+ roundup
27:02 “The Morning Present” evaluation (spoiler-free)