Goat Boy wrote:I’ve finished the first season.
I like it, it’s good but it’s some way off being great.
It’s all a bit clichéd and easy to predict but it’s likeable and the kids are good. You do have to suspend your disbelief quite a bit though.
Yeah, I'm midway through the second series and that's how I feel.
It has an engaging plot and I do really like the characters, and the general setting is really well done. The town and other locations have been constructed from their favourite bits of '80s films and pop culture, and it lives and breathes even though there's that fake, nostalgic feel to it. It's done with enough heart and style.
There are some elements that seem very contrived: for example, in the second series we have a new character called Billy, whose personality seems to revolve around being a cocky, aggressive, too-cool asshat, but who seems to be a mixture of odd unmatched elements of '80s style (mullet, flash car, top-to-toe denim, hard-rock stereo, jock skillz on the court), and I'm just waiting to see whether the mysterious past he apparently has justifies his presence or if he's just there as a cipher to help flesh out a couple of other characters.
So yeah, there are too many cracks and seams and mistakes for it to be really great TV, but perhaps Toby was right saying it's like fast food: it's very satisfying and comforting.