Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Avenue 5


I'm not officially doing the A to Z Challenge this year, but if I can fit my posts into the letter of the day, why not?

For "what to watch Wednesday", I'm going to talk about a show I hesitantly recommend. But it fit the letter of the day, so...


From IMDb:
The troubled crew of Avenue 5, a space cruise ship filled with spoiled, rich, snotty space tourists, must try and keep everyone calm after their ship gets thrown off course into space and ends up needing three years to return to Earth.
The first season wrapped up about the time we all got stay at home orders in California. With a total of nine half-hour episodes, it's an easy binge. If you're looking for something to watch.

Because I'm a bit ambivalent about the show, I'm going to list some things I liked and some things I didn't. First up, in no particular order, five things I liked about the show:
  1. Hugh Laurie. And with his actual British accent. Sometimes. 
  2. They actually take into account how long it would take communications to reach them from Earth (and how long it would take them to send messages back). They play it for comedic effect, but still. 
  3. The gravity exerted by the ship created some surprising, but in retrospect obvious, problems. 
  4. Even though they were on a space ship in the future, the plots revolved around mundane matters that most people can relate to. 
  5. Characters: Billie, Karen (sometimes), Sarah (until her final episode), and Iris. 
And here are five things I didn't like: 
  1. Some of the characters were really very annoying.
  2. It took the "captain" way too long to figure out what the actual skill level was of the "bridge crew". 
  3. The problems created by the gravity of the ship was a gag that was taken way too far. 
  4. Too many of the "bosses" were incompetent and/or made things worse. (This is good writing, but some of their idiocy really irritated me.) 
  5. While some of the plot points make sense from a "how people are" standpoint, they did take a couple of them way too far. (I don't want to spoil it in case you are planning to see it. And you might not have a problem with it.)
On a scale of 1 to 5 stars, it gets a solid 3. Not bad. And I totally want to encourage different sci-fi takes from those that make these sorts of things. 

If my five things I didn't like didn't turn you totally off, you can find the show on HBO's streaming service. 

Have you ever seen Avenue 5? If anyone has anything to add, feel free to do so in the comments.

20 comments:

  1. That show wasn’t on my radar. Sounds interesting

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  2. I don't think I know this one. 3 is not bad!

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  3. Hulu keeps recommending this show to me. I haven't watched it, but I keep considering it because of Hugh Laurie.

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  4. My ex loves this show and has sent them t me but I still have not seen it yet but I will

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    1. Well, that would depend on whether or not you trust your ex's taste.

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  5. No, I haven't heard of that one. I'm guessing a lot of us are going to be needing new shows to watch these days.

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  6. I have seen the promo. But haven't watched.

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  7. If it's a three I'll check it out. I do like Hugh Laurie.

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  8. I haven't seen this, but I am a Hugh Laurie fan, so I'll take a look. Thanks.

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  9. Interesting?? But not really up my alley! Hope you are doing well.

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    1. Well, it's not for everyone. Maybe next week I'll find something to temp you?

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  10. We don't get HBO, so that decides that.

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  11. Haven't heard of Avenue 5. I think my hubby would enjoy it though.

    betty

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  12. I like Hugh Lauri, but I don't have cable. :(

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  13. Thank you! I put that on our list. I enjoy space comedies... HHGG, Red Dwarf, Galaxy Quest...

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    1. Oh, "Red Dwarf" was brilliant. Thanks for sharing this review, Liz.

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    2. More Galaxy Quest, less Red Dwarf. Hope you like it.

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  14. The show sounds like something the Husband might like and I'd be willing to try if he wanted to see it. Then I saw it's on HBO. Don't have that. lol

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