I was thinking the other day, as I was watching The Last Jedi for the second or third time in full, about world building. Some people love a world. I feel like a lot of Game of Thrones fans loved that show because it created a fantasy world. There were lands and lore and all that stuff. That’s why people liked it, right? It could have been the acting or storytelling or the roles for women. I’m not a world-building guy. I need story and character and dialogue. I need a show that would be good even without the hook of sci-fi and fantasy. As such, it took me a little while before I finally gave Netflix’s Maniac a shot. I wish I had jumped on it sooner.
Maniac was basically the brainchild of Cary Fukanaga. You know him from…well, mostly for being difficult and jumping off a lot of projects. From what I’ve heard he didn’t make Maniac an easy experience for people either, including Netflix. There isn’t going to be a second season, but on the other hand I don’t think it was designed to. It’s basically a miniseries, designed to be contained. Granted, that was also true of 13 Reasons Why, and somehow Netflix turned that into three seasons. Oh, also that’s another good reason to recommend this for binging purposes. You can knock it out in one weekend. You probably will, too. It’s that gripping.