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Old 03-14-2019, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Lost was intriguing.
Currently binging Person of Interest
First Star Trek reboot was fun but haven't been a fan of the following sequels.

Haven't been compelled to sit through any of the new Star Wars.

Not a hack, I do think he does better on the smaller screen.
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Old Today, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Abrams is very, very talented, but he suffers from two big flaws:

His stupid "Mystery Box." If you don't know what I mean, watch this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpjVgF5JDq8 . As a schtick, that idea works maybe once or twice. But a story has to have an end. I completely respect a storyteller who gives us 2 + 2 and respects our intelligence enough to come up with 4. But too many Abrams shows (like ALIAS and LOST) pose the question but never come up with an answer. It's more like 2 + x - y + 7 = z. A mystery is only intriguing as long as there is an answer.

As a director, he has ADD. His career is like a dog who gets interested in one thing and then --- "Look! A squirrel!" He started doing ALIAS, then left that show to go to LOST. He started re-doing STAR TREK movies, then left those to go do STAR WARS movies. He gets involved in 11/22/63 and CASTLE ROCK and WESTWORLD. He dabbles but never really gives any one show his full attention, so they all either come out half-baked or looking like they were produced in a kitchen with way too many chefs.

But when he gives a project his full attention and passion, it's really good. The first two seasons of ALIAS are great television.
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