guitarsmashley wrote:The show is getting mixed reviews mainly because it's incredibly difficult to just review it as a whole since it has so many peaks and valleys. It's not what it was and it's an experiment in story telling that just doesn't really work. You have jokes being set up in one episode and then being punchlined in another and then being retold and punchlined in the background of a another one.
I agree with what you're saying except I think it actually does work. It's almost completely experimental in that it's using a completely new delivery format for the episodes as well, so with this new way of delivering episodes to the viewer, they've also taken an experimental approach in dealing with how the show is made, the dynamics of the comedy, etc.
Perhaps a lot of people went in thinking it was going to be more or less done in the same format as the original network-aired episodes but they've really done something different with the Netflix (semi-)Original Series approach and I like it. It's episodic, but not necessarily meant to be watched in weekly doses. I like that. Reminds me of S2 of the Wire.
Plus some of the more subtle running gags are worth seeing repeated over and over again. GOB's bees and George's sweat lodge were hilarious.
edit: yes, Ron Howard is terrible.