for display only
Big Blue Interactive The Corner Forum  
Back to the Corner

NFT: HBO's Perry Mason

adamg : 6/29/2020 11:42 pm
It's odd they're doing origin stories on a show like Perry Mason, but it's fantastic so far.

Only two episodes out so far. But check it out. I highly recommend it. Great production. Good writing.

Anyone else enjoying it so far?
Actually I thought it stunk to high heaven  
Ron from Ninerland : 6/30/2020 3:32 am : link
There are so many things wrong with this show. Are we supposed to believe that this sleazy private detective evolves in the the highly conscientious Perry Mason we saw in the classic TV Show ?

Aside from the Perry Mason character, the acting is terrible. The villain, who they've already revealed is an over the top caricature. Then there is the technical end. For some reason this Perry Mason lives on an airfield where we are treated to some of the worst CGI I've ever seen of that era's aircraft flying by, which has nothing to do with the story. Then we see private eye Perry Mason taking pictures indoors with an old 35mm camera. Did the idiots who produce this show think that a 1930's camera works like an iPhone ? Without flash at best you'd see a grainy out of focus black and white picture, not crisp 8x10's.

There was much more wrong with this show, but these were the lowlights
Now, i have to see it  
George from PA : 6/30/2020 5:41 am : link
With such opposing views
But Ron  
adamg : 6/30/2020 6:43 am : link
How do you really feel? ;)
I object to this this improper discussion. It is incompentant  
Marty in Albany : 6/30/2020 6:46 am : link
irrelevant and immaterial. :-)
I grew up on the original  
Jay in Toronto : 6/30/2020 7:49 am : link
My mom's favourite show.

This is nothing like it. Kinda reminds me of Chinatown in atmosphere.

Enjoyed episode 1
NFT: HBO's Perry Mason  
Spider43 : 6/30/2020 8:37 am : link
Terrific show, so far. Been gorging on Netflix the past few months. There were few reasons to tune into HBO after Westworld ended... but they're back.
I'm a big fan of the original  
GiantsLaw : 6/30/2020 9:37 am : link
still watch it a few times a week on MeTV. Don't know if that is a good or bad thing for watching the new series.
RE: I'm a big fan of the original  
adamg : 6/30/2020 9:51 am : link
In comment 14926619 GiantsLaw said:
Quote:
still watch it a few times a week on MeTV. Don't know if that is a good or bad thing for watching the new series.


It's a totally different kind of show.
Matthew Rhys  
oghwga : 6/30/2020 10:19 am : link
Makes it worth watching. No one plays world weary better than him.
I don't understand why it's Perry Mason  
Greg from LI : 6/30/2020 10:30 am : link
Literally everything is different other than the character names. I didn't think it was a bad show, but it would like making a Philip Marlowe series where Marlowe is a lawyer. Just odd.
Perry Mason  
Pete44 : 6/30/2020 10:38 am : link
I found it unwatchable and I'm dying for shows to watch right now.
Didn't watch much of the original TV show, but read a lot of the books  
DieHard : 6/30/2020 10:54 am : link
The early Perry Mason books tend to be grittier and more noir. Still, this new show is far from the spirit of what the character (and stories) are about. So far it seems very standard HBO playbook, if you know what I mean -- high production values, but edgy and dark for the sake of being edgy and dark, like they came up with a generic "True Detective in the 30s" show and slapped the Perry Mason brand on it for name recognition.

Supposedly Mason and his crew will be in their accustomed roles by the end of the season, and I just can't see them doing that in a convincing way, given how their characters have been established. And since they've made Della a lesbian, it undercuts all the romantic tension between her and Perry that gave the books a lot of their kick.
My wife and I are  
BigRoss71 : 6/30/2020 11:58 am : link
enjoying watching it, but we've also never seen the original or have prior knowledge besides the name itself. I agree it's not perfect and it does try to have "dark and edgy" aesthetics for their own sake, but I think a lot of it captures the noir feel and general atmospheric unease of what it's going for. I'm intrigued enough to keep watching.
I agree with Ron and Pete. Very disappointed.  
yatqb : 6/30/2020 12:03 pm : link
Why even call it Perry Mason? It has nothing to do with the character created by Gardner, or the TV show character.
I like noir, I like 20s and 30s settings, and I really like Rhys  
Greg from LI : 6/30/2020 12:04 pm : link
I just don't understand why they made it a Perry Mason show and not just an original series.
I like it. No connection to the previous TV series of course.  
81_Great_Dane : 6/30/2020 12:35 pm : link
I don't mind the reinvention of the character, since I have no particular affection for the "original" version. (The books? Raymond Burr? What's "original"?)

I love the production values, I think it looks fantastic, your mileage may vary.

I think they want this to be an ongoing series; we'll see where it winds up.
I loved the interesting  
Big Al : 6/30/2020 12:37 pm : link
choice of the casting of his girl friend.
Saw the firstr episode  
Phil in LA : 6/30/2020 12:38 pm : link
and didn't bother with the second.
Erle Stanley Gardner  
torrey : 6/30/2020 2:18 pm : link
besides writing the Perry Mason books, also wrote about a detective agency, Cool and Lam. This show takes after those books, with a sleazier, grittier look at life.
RE: I like noir, I like 20s and 30s settings, and I really like Rhys  
Del Shofner : 6/30/2020 10:59 pm : link
In comment 14926739 Greg from LI said:
Quote:
I just don't understand why they made it a Perry Mason show and not just an original series.


This. Still a fan of the originals, which are great and which I watch once or twice a week on MeTV. I can't see that this prequel relates to Perry the classic character at all. That, with (like Greg) liking noir, Rhys etc.
Apparently the Black police officer  
Jay in Toronto : 7/1/2020 9:22 am : link
who obviously should be a detective were it not for racism, is called Paul Drake!
Eh, watched the first episode  
JonC : 7/1/2020 9:26 am : link
and think the casting stinks. But, want to see what Miss Maslany brings to the show.

I Know This Much Is True is super dark and dreary, but they filmed it in the Husdon Valley where I grew up and going to give it a chance.
RE: Eh, watched the first episode  
Jay in Toronto : 7/1/2020 11:57 am : link
In comment 14927185 JonC said:
Quote:
and think the casting stinks. But, want to see what Miss Maslany brings to the show.

I Know This Much Is True is super dark and dreary, but they filmed it in the Husdon Valley where I grew up and going to give it a chance.


The Wally Lamb is very compelling TV
Back to the Corner