All of us agree: “The Politician” is a loopy present that tries to do the whole lot directly.
In any case, why accept a fast-talking satire a few highschool election; a extra critical remedy of wealth, sickness and emotional turmoil; or a showcase for the musical abilities of “Expensive Evan Hansen” star Ben Platt? As an alternative, why not watch a present that tries to embody all of that and extra?
Nonetheless, the hosts of the Original Content podcast discovered themselves break up on whether or not they truly favored it. Jordan and Darrell admitted that they have been unusually compelled by the entire thing, however they in the end discovered the combination of gaudy manufacturing design, over-the-top melodrama and critical emotion to be exhausting.
Anthony, in the meantime, couldn’t defend the present’s remedy of weighty topics like suicide, however he was nonetheless delighted by the rapid-fire dialogue and “The Politician”‘s obvious dedication to entertain in any respect prices.
That is Ryan Murphy’s first manufacturing for Netflix — and for the reason that “Glee” and “American Horror Story” creator signed a $300 million deal with the streaming service last year, the present is attracting additional scrutiny.
On this case, Murphy created the collection along with his “Glee” co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Platt stars as Payton Hobart, the titular politician, with every season specializing in a special election in Payton’s profession, beginning along with his run for highschool president.
The present mines the hole between the grandness of Payton’s ambition and the triviality of the election for laughs, however that distinction additionally makes it arduous to take Payton severely in any respect. And whereas Jordan and Darrell admire the unbelievable forged (which additionally contains Jessica Lange, Gwyneth Paltrow and Bette Midler), they’d a very arduous time with the season finale, which they argue was little greater than a trailer for season two.
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And in case you’d wish to skip forward, right here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:37 Disrupt recap
9:30 “The Politician” evaluation (delicate spoilers)
31:14 “The Politician” spoiler dialogue