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NFT: Anyone check out The Outsider on HBO last night?

j_rud : 1/13/2020 9:54 am
10 episode mini-series based off a recent Stephen King book. Stars Ben Mendelsohn and Jason Bateman. Bateman also serves as ex producer and directed the first two episodes. Between this and Ozark he's really on a tear. Later in Kings career he's ventured off into crime fiction and I've enjoyed much of those works, and The Outsider kind of serves to marry his recent works to the bulk of his career. I thought the first two episodes were really well done. Anyone else catch it?
I didnít catch it but will thanks to this post.  
jpkmets : 1/13/2020 9:58 am : link
I just got into Mr Mercedes - finished season 1 on prime- and loved it, so Iím definitely going to check this out after I watch the first episode of The New Pope (long-awaited second season of the Young Pope) after the Clemson/LSU game. Thanks!
Read the book last year and loved it  
Jints in Carolina : 1/13/2020 10:00 am : link
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I am just finishing up the Watchmen  
jvm52106 : 1/13/2020 10:01 am : link
which I really like and this series is definitely up next.
Really enjoyed the first two episodes.  
bceagle05 : 1/13/2020 10:09 am : link
Resisted the urge to buy the book, and figured I'll let the TV show tell the story. I've always been a fan of Jason Bateman, and thought he did excellent work in front of and behind the camera in the first two hours. HBO's crime dramas have been a mixed bag since True Detective season one (in my opinion), so I hope this gets near that level.
RE: Read the book last year and loved it  
j_rud : 1/13/2020 10:15 am : link
In comment 14776316 Jints in Carolina said:
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Same here, especially the first half. Tbh I thought the ending was a little weak but don't wanna get into spoilers here. And that kinda ties into my concern with the show, that theyre rushing through the mystery of these conflicting truths. To me that was the most riveting part of the whole story, how you can have two mutually exclusive events backed up by eyewitness accounts and forensic evidence. I dont think the reveal or payoff will be as good without the build-up.
Stay gold, Poneyboy.  
Pete in MD : 1/13/2020 10:17 am : link
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Liked the Mr Mercedes series of books  
oghwga : 1/13/2020 10:51 am : link
thought the TV show jumped the shark after season 1. Holly Gibney is a great character and really well played on Mr Mercedes. Very very endearing. I'm hoping she's as well represented in The Outsider. It's in our DVR so we'll get to it this week.
read the book...  
Doug in MA : 1/13/2020 10:54 am : link
...interested how the show turns out. anyone watch the show that read the book? The opening of the book is crazy messed up.
Really liked the first two episode's.  
Ceez2.0 : 1/13/2020 11:01 am : link
Haven't read the book but the show seems to have a nice blend of (potential) super natural and high suspense/crime drama elements.
RE: read the book...  
j_rud : 1/13/2020 11:10 am : link
In comment 14776410 Doug in MA said:
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...interested how the show turns out. anyone watch the show that read the book? The opening of the book is crazy messed up.


They did the opening scene very well and didnt shy away from the nature of the crime. They also added a wrinkle to Ralph Anderson's character that makes his response and decision to arrest Terry so publicly make a little more sense. So far its been good but I do feel theyre kind of rushing the best part of the story.
RE: Liked the Mr Mercedes series of books  
j_rud : 1/13/2020 11:13 am : link
In comment 14776399 oghwga said:
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thought the TV show jumped the shark after season 1. Holly Gibney is a great character and really well played on Mr Mercedes. Very very endearing. I'm hoping she's as well represented in The Outsider. It's in our DVR so we'll get to it this week.


I really liked the Bill Hodges trilogy. Finders Keepers was great, Mr. Mercedes was good, End of Watch wasn't one of my favorites. But I couldnt get into the tv show, and Im a big Brendan Gleason fan. My only complaint with The Outsider was the inclusion of Holly. Couldve been a nice little easter egg but didnt think she needed to become the main character. Its very much a 2 part book, and I thought the first part was much stronger.
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