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It was so fascinating! And has been nominated for 14 emmys. It sort of reminds me of Promised Neverland. But, i's say it's a mix of office comedy like Parks and Rec (it even starts Adam Scott) and a psychological thriller like 2001 Space Odyssey. And what a cliffhanger! What did you all think?

edit: Also i noticed in this dystopian present all the toilets are mixed sex.

It was so fascinating! And has been nominated for 14 emmys. It sort of reminds me of Promised Neverland. But, i's say it's a mix of office comedy like Parks and Rec (it even starts Adam Scott) and a psychological thriller like 2001 Space Odyssey. And what a cliffhanger! What did you all think? edit: Also i noticed in this dystopian present all the toilets are mixed sex.

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I loved this show so much! Helly is so pretty I was losing my goddamn mind

the mixed sex thing was interesting, but notice how the are never depicted using it as the same time as Helly, except for when Mark knocks repeatedly and announces himself repeatedly and isn't even going to use the bathroom but to check on her. I appreciated that greatly. perhaps it was because the majority of the MDR crew have been male so they didnt think abt it, in the same way I'd guess an all girls school may forget to consider hiring male teachers means they need to also have male toilets?

I did go to all all girls highschool and there were staff toilets. I designed a small library addition for an all boys school and the female librarian was definitely planning to keep the ADA toilet locked for her own use. Of course this was decades ago. Even my posh grad school got rid of their staff toilets a while back.

I liked it tremendously. So many of the touches stylistically are from the 1980s, but there are smartphones and tech that doesn't yet exist; it's unclear where it's located geographically. So I'm really curious to find out if it's set in the future, our world, something parallel, etc. The metaphor can be a bit heavy handed, but overall it's one of my favourite new shows.

My big concern is that it might be setting up too many threads to deliver on. I hope there is an "aha" moment in a future episode/season, but worry it'll have all these elements of a giant conspiracy, and tantalizing mystery, and it'll end stupidly or with most of them unresolved. Star Trek avoids this by being episodic, but a lot of old SF (X Files, Lost, BSG reboot) ran into exactly this problem: super cool premise, amazing middle where fans obsessively theorize about what's happening, and then a silly or nonsensical ending.

What i heard was that outside the office was more technologically advanced than inside.

That's an important concern. In that way, it reminded me of West World.

Yes, definitely technologically more advanced - but the cars and the signs on stores and so on are all extremely 1980s or 1990s. It might have been a stylistic choice, but it’s curious, given the extremely futuristic nature of the crucial technology. And yeah, the computers in the office are really retro.

I loved it. Great cast, great acting and a smartly detailed anti-authoritarian message that viewers will hopefully recognize parallels to in the present moment. I appreciate the nods to past totalitarian regimes like the Maoist struggle sessions in the break room that are becoming grimly relevant again.

Right? There is minimal outright brutality, apart from the bruised knuckles he 'wakes up' with in one episode but the threat is always there. "Be kind ... or you won't like what happens next."

I'm 4 episodes in so far and I have to say it seems overhyped to me, there hasn't really been a single surprise so far it feels fairly predictable and not exactly subtle. Maybe I'll continue it at some point

As a show it reminded me a bit of Maniac (the series with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill) where the high-concept world and situation adds a bit of intrigue but once you look past it you feel empty because the plot and inner-world mechanics are somewhat irrelevant.

How can you be immersed when the rules of the world aren't apparent, obvious or explained in a way that can't be retroactively changed by the writers when they run into issues with the plot and can change all the rules at their discretion later on. That's kinda why I can't get into most scifi. The rules are convoluted, confusing or hidden completely from the audience to the point where I can't commit to the world because nothing in that world has to be tethered to anything consistent or constant.

I enjoyed the show but I did think it was overhyped. The sci-fi aspect was really interesting but it sometimes felt like a really long Black Mirror episode.

The sets, costumes, and props were magnificent. I think that was my favorite part of the show. I loved all the tiny details and work that went into making the world of the "innies".

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Yeah, i am cautious too. I had high hopes for Westworld as i loved the movie after the first season, but sometimes the narratives of tv shows get out of hand in the subsequent seasons. I'm not too familiar with Ben Stiller, whether he does pull through with the narratives.

I enjoyed it greatly. The imagery inside the office was wonderful. The plot about the outside world was less interesting, in my opinion. But everything at the office was fantastic.

Great. Yeah the sets i guess is the main similarities to 2001. Also reminded me of Legion a bit. I really hope the next season focuses on Helly. Hers was the most interesting outtie life in my opinion. I really liked Irving as a character until the end. He probably did the right thing to not intrude. Although the fact he was making notes of his coworkers makes me wonder if he already had ideas about dismantling the system.