Who’s Floating (Series Thoughts: Dead To me, Season One, Netflix)

dtmwI finally finished Season One of Dead to Me, and it’s a wild ride. First of all, the performances of both Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini both elevate the show to a better place. As a murder-mystery type thing, it kind of falters, and I think it excels more as a comedy because the two leads have fantastic chemistry, and they play off each other so well that you ignore whatever deficiencies the show may have. The writing is good, but something somewhere is kind of amiss- I think the blend of tones need to be more fluid. But all in all, it’s a great watch, especially the last couple of episodes that zip by.  I hope both actresses get Emmy nods for their work.

Good Grief (Television Thoughts: Dead To Me S01 E 01 – E 05, Netflix)

dtmI don’t know what took me so long but I am now halfway through the first episode of Dead To Me on Netflix, and, well, it has been an interesting journey so far. I have to say, it took a little bit to really get into its groove, and I can’t figure why – Netflix always does that to me, because I always feel that it will always be there, and I can always come back to it. In any event, maybe the premise is just too dark to me, although the writing and direction has a light hand. Jen (Christina Applegate) has just lost her husband to a hit-and-run accident and she meets Judy (Linda Cardellini) at a support group for grievers. But by the end of the first episode, we learn that it was Judy who cause the said accident. Still, we see as the two women bind as best friends, with this thing hanging over their (and our) heads. The premise is a bit more complicated that that, as I saw in progressive episodes, and this secret feels like a bomb ready to explode. The show relies on the comedic chops of Applegate, who is indeed very good in the show, but Cardellini is just as appealing, and both actresses straddle the line between drama and comedy effortlessly – one minute you are crying with them, the next you are in hysterics.