HereIsTV Review – Cleverman

HereIsTV Review – Cleverman

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Rating:  3 (out of 5).  The Sundance Channel’s Cleverman brings viewers to the future where a group of species from medieval times resurfaces after 60,000 years.  These beings are covered in a thick layer of hair and they can live up to 200 years. But, they are fighting to survive in a world that wants to exploit and destroy them. Rob Collins plays Waruu, an outspoken advocate for his people,  and his half-brother Koen is played by Hunter page-Lockard. Koen runs a bar and offers a place of refuge for other “Hairies.”  Reasonably positive reviews from the critics who encourage viewers to stick with it after the first confusing episode saying it starts to make more sense.  Still others were hooked right from the beginning.

The New York Times describes it as a “supernatural and superhero drama.” They say it “draws on Aboriginal mythology and Australian social strife in ways that are new and interesting.”

Den of Geek writes “Cleverman turns any preconceived notions we might have about the show’s premise upside down and then assaults our sensibilities with a disturbing narrative of prejudice, the supernatural, and fractured families.”

The Boston Herald thinks this is “unlike any other TV miniseries you’ve seen before.” They say “The first episode is confusing, introducing a multitude of characters and agendas. Stay with it. The second episode brings several of the characters and the conflicts into focus.”

The Lincoln Journal Star mentions that “The first hour is confusing and the acting a bit forced, so it may try your patience. Plus, the tech side of it (sound, effects) is really rough.” They give it a “C.”

The Mineapolis Star Tribune states “he network continues its trend of “sun”-less dramas with “Cleverman,” yet another series set on the brink of the apocalypse, with humans being threatened by a species with the uncharitable nickname Hairypeople.”

The Guardian writes “If Cleverman’s social allegories come on a little strong, it is indicative of a show that has an awful lot on its mind.” They think “The first episode of Cleverman – wickedly exciting and frantically thoughtful – will be enough to get you hooked.”

The Tampa Bay Times calls it  a “gritty series.” They say “the show is not for everyone. Cleverman is disturbing in its violence as well as in its emotions. The mythology woven into the story makes for some entertaining science fiction, but it’s hard to level with the show’s severity when it oversteps its welcome. And it doesn’t help that the “Hairies” look straight out of a Geico commercial.”

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