With TV shows, it always takes a few episodes for me to really settle in and decide whether I want to keep watching or not, but with this one, I was hooked from the first twenty minutes.
However, I do have three minor, petty gripes:
- the fictional composite characters saying dumb things to create conflict, which stick out because everything else is so damn grounded
- some thinly-veiled exposition that was blatantly directed at the audience and pulled me out of immersion
- the characters speaking English, which I understand is a necessary evil to get it made
But again, minor, petty gripes that really didn't affect my enjoyment of the show.
I loved the first episode but it also got me thinking that it might have the potential to be a show with a phenomenal first episode and some mediocre latter episodes because the most terrifying and exciting things have already happened in the first one. It was like a unique unrelenting horror film, especially when you consider what's going to happen to those people and the terror of radiation itself. It was amazing and gripping... but I wonder where it's going to go next. Likely it will tell the story of the firemen taken to hospital but that just sounds more gruesome than terrifying. Probably it will deal with the cover up as well but I wonder how interesting it will be. The first episode's constant denial from the supervisors created some dark humor at times for its sheer stupidity but I wonder if the show will be able to create the right amount of tension with the whole conspiracy angle.
Finally watched the first episode. This show is totally going to depress me for weeks. It is so so indescribably sad. Watching the first responders endanger themselves to such an extreme degree without even realizing was heartbreaking.