Throughout my life I have often lived without cable. Cable has always been an outrageous and often an unneccessary expense. As a cable customer, I have dealt with the cable going out randomly, faulty wiring, faulty cable boxes, an unreasonable increase in the monthly bill, and terrible customer service. I know I am not alone on that. Every time I decided to splurge and get cable (maybe even DVR), I would always be disappointed in my service. Because of this, it is not surprising to me that online streaming has become as popular as it is. I was a Netflix customer for a long time. I never had to go through any hassle with them and almost always had something I could watch when I got home from work. However, now that I live overseas, I have cut my online streaming down to just using Amazon Prime. I was thrilled when I realized that Amazon also sponsors original series just like Netflix and Hulu do. I decided to take a look at the most recent Amazon Original pilots. Here is my ranking for the new pilots that were released last month:
- The Cosmopolitans – I loved this pilot the most and no it isn’t because I love Adam Brody (though having him in this show doesn’t hurt). This is a comedy about a group of Americans living in Paris. As I am currently an American living overseas, I can relate to the characters. I think every character is unique and believe the show could have lots of potential.
- Hysteria – This show is a thriller and very different from things I have watched in the past and was absolutely terrifying at moments. The main character, played by Mena Suvari, is a strong character. However, the plot was a bit all over the place and I am not sure I buy into some of the twists.
- Red Oaks – This is the comedy that I was really hoping to enjoy the most as it is set in the 1980s. It was definitely cute and had me reliving all my favorite 80s movies. It had some funny moments, but for the most part was pretty boring, and I couldn’t foresee me continuing to watch it religiously.
- Really – This comedy has some notable actors like Selma Blair and Sarah Chalke. The show focuses a lot on sex with some pretty raunchy scenes and language. This type of comedy never interests me. I don’t find total vulgarity that funny.
- Hand of God – This is the one big drama presented this season. As excited as I was to view this pilot, it let me down the most. With an all-star cast of Ron Perlman, Dana Delany, and Andre Royo (forever known as “Bubs” from The Wire), I really wanted to like this show. It is about a man who starts believing that God is working through him, so he has the right to take justice into his own hands. I felt a little bit like I was watching a terrible version of The Godfather with so much cruelty that I couldn’t make it to the end.