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02/13/2021 21:27:02 •••

[season 1] Glossy and sleek, but burdened by a need to adhere to tropes

The production value is fine-quality and the aesthetics are appealing. The writing is fun and sharp. I enjoy its unique atmosphere; it's not every day you find a good-budget television show that truly commits to depicting young, modern adults alongside high fantasy. The horror elements are fantastic as well.

One of my biggest problems is that the characters can be slotted into neat, easy archetypes. From what I can see, they'll probably become more complex, but I'm only on Season 1 and it drags down an otherwise solid program. I wish more people who wrote fiction in an academic setting didn't feel the need to adhere to every single school/college trope.

02/13/2021 00:00:00

Brakebills becomes significantly less important to the day-to-day lives of the mains in later seasons, if that helps.

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