Well, I’m seeing a couple more series I can unfavorably compare this to…
First, there’s EDEN OF THE EAST, a popular show which I had a contrarian opinion about. I described it as being like THE BOURNE IDENTITY as reinterpreted by the ‘Hook-Up Generation,’ and that wasn’t a compliment. It felt like your worst stereotype of a noncommittal, blasé hipster had been tasked to take on the lead of a full-blooded spy thriller, and he was perfectly content with only investing a minimum amount of effort into it.
CROWDS’ notion of some internet start-up (presumably?) updating an iconic superhero team’s MO with a program that works along the same lines of a hook-up app very overtly recall’s EDEN’s social network approach to rebellion. As consequence, these G-Forcers don’t seem like bold and dynamic action-takers, but petulant kids who are defusing their responsibilities and delegating their heroic duties to a data-addicted crowd. It’s really not that inspiring.
Secondly, I’d compare this C – CONTROL, because its production seems to have already outpaced its ideas. Despite my unfavorable comparison to EDEN, I actually do find this fantastical approach to social networks to be an intriguing bit of futurism (as the title suggests!). There’s plenty of room here to take satirical stabs at modern culture, but I don’t think the show’s going to be doing so with that much cogency, simply because it hasn’t had time to properly think things through.
As such, we’re being left with a show about ideas that aren’t fully-formed, starring characters that really aren’t that fleshed out. All the while, we’ll be waiting for a spiritual successor that might hopefully take all this raw material and weave it into something better realized.
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