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Sometimes the critics are right
on April 30, 2015
I resisted watching "Louie" for a long time, and I have no reason other than when someone becomes a critics' darling I'm like "ugh," and I want to run in the opposite direction. But that's just contrarianism; I'm working it out with my therapist... Anyway, I finally gave in and have not been disappointed. What mainly impresses me is the structure, the camera work, and the cinematic elements of the show. I feel like once you dial in that stuff, you can be a lot more forgiving about having dumb plots (which "Louie" often does). I enjoy the "love letter to NY" aspect of the show, and I like how certain things are left unexplained, testing the audience's expectations of what TV shows should be. I'm also impressed with the way "Louie" shows that middle aged, not-so-perfect people actually have sex. Quel surprise! My only critique of this season is that it didn't have the literal comic relief of his stand-up breaks in amongst the existential despair. Don't know if he puts that back in in later seasons, but I hope so.