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ClampClampington
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The Outsider - HBO; No book talk
So much good football on, but reminder for after the games that Outsider starts tonight. Pumped for this. Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Bateman, Stephen King story.
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Hou_Lawyer
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re: The Outsider - HBO; No book talk
Looking forward to it.


dallastiger55
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re: The Outsider - HBO; No book talk
Just set the DVR. How did this escape me?

How can you go wrong with that cast?


ClampClampington
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re: The Outsider - HBO; No book talk
Here we go


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King George
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re: The Outsider - HBO; No book talk
That was pretty damn good. Second episode is coming on next.


ClampClampington
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re: The Outsider - HBO; No book talk
Thought that was an excellent first episode. I’ll watch anything Mendelsohn is in, but Bateman has killed the first episode and a half


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Miganey
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re: The Outsider - HBO; No book talk
“Did you try and see if the boy was still alive or anything?”

“Still alive???”

Subtle lines already good
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funnystuff
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re: The Outsider - HBO; No book talk
Really enjoyed the first two episodes. I haven’t seen the book, so I’m excited to see where this goes


athenslife101
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I kept forgetting g to listen to the book, but started it tonight. Hopefully will have it finished by episode 3 so I can get caught up.


razorbackfan4life
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So far so good.


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Magic Helmet
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This is for sure, must see TV.


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vuvuzela
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re: The Outsider - HBO; No book talk
SPOILERS BELOW



This was the most disjointed two hours of television I've seen in a long time.

I have zero connection to any character in the entire show. I am at a loss as to the motivations of the lead detective to continue his investigation when the DNA matched the saliva (did I miss that?).

The show thus far has no natural flow, and the choppy dialogue and introduction of characters is definitely like some shite stephen king would write. I don't know why this show frustrated the way that it did, but I won't be watching another episode.

I mean, is this a shutter island type of thing where the dude is locked up in an insane asylum and we are being fed his delusions? Is there a false narrator telling the entire story that we are seeing? Frankly, I don't know, and have such little emotional connection with a single character...I don't care.
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aTmTexas Dillo
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The show thus far has no natural flow, and the choppy dialogue and introduction of characters is definitely like some shite stephen king would write. I don't know why this show frustrated the way that it did, but I won't be watching another episode.

I’ve seen a couple of magazine reviews. The reviews are not good. Said what works for Bateman in Ozark as a producer/director because of the strength of the actors as a whole doesn’t work with the ensemble here. The book was a good read but went off the deep end to becoming ridiculous by the end. Seems like your overview is in line with what I’ve read. It was a crazy story to begin with.


TigrrrDad
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I had the completely opposite reaction. While I’ve always loved King’s books, I’ve never been much of a fan of movie/tv adaptations of his works. But I absolutely loved both episodes. I was glad they showed them back to back, because after the first episode, I couldn’t wait to see the next one. Loved every minute of it.


dallastiger55
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I’m going into this blind and glad I did. My wife and I know nothing of the book or movie and are on the edge of our seats.

Great tv


MissTiger91
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re: The Outsider - HBO; No book talk
I loved the book. How many episodes is this supposed to be?


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Epic Cajun
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The book was a good read but went off the deep end to becoming ridiculous by the end.
It's one of the only books that I just stopped reading. I think I got to page 300 and was like "frick this"

That being said, I'm still watching and I enjoyed the first two episodes. It probably doesn't seem as disjointed to me, because I know what's going on, due to having read most of the book.


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Esquire
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The book was a good read but went off the deep end to becoming ridiculous by the end.


So typical King.


King George
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quote:

This was the most disjointed two hours of television I've seen in a long time.
I didn't read the book but that was two hours of I find the show to be very compelling. I was stoked that they aired the second episode right after the first.

I agree that the first episode was choppy but I feel that they cut up the timeline on purpose to create some drama and tension which I think they did a fine job of.

I don't get your Shutter Island comparison at all. This appears to be a murder mystery with a subtle supernatural lining.

Kudos to Bateman!! He's becoming a very interesting director. Seems like an odd choice for a project following up Bad Words but apparently he's directed a few episodes of Ozark so this is kind of a natural progression I guess.


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