Before Bong Joon-ho became a household name with his critically acclaimed “Parasite” he actually managed to score himself a director’s credit for the $40 million movie “Snowpiercer.” That was in 2013. In 2020, Netflix took that success and turned it into a series.
The premise is the same. Set in a dystopian future where the world has frozen over, the survivors, separated by class, ride a train through the snow for the rest of their days. It seems to have everything going for it (Jennifer Connely is onboard after all) yet it somehow manages to turn into a glorified cop show.
While many of the bad shows on this list are laughable failures, this one actually started out really great. "Run" starring Merrit Weaver and Domhall Gleeson play two exes with explosive chemistry who, in the past, made a pact to drop everything at once and board a cross-country train together if either one of them ever decides to text the word "run."
Sadly it all gets destroyed when one too many twists and turns get thrown into the mix. It then devolves into a very unnecessary crime drama. All in all, unsatisfying.
Description: The series tells the story of Emily Byrne (Stana Katic), an FBI agent who disappears without a trace and declared dead in absentia. Six years later, she reappears clinging to life, with absolutely no recollection of the years that she was missing. All this time, the FBI believed she had been killed by the serial killer she had been hunting at the time of her disappearance. Now, Byrne sets out to reclaim her identity and family and resume her life.
Why it's a stinker: We're just going to come out and say it, "Absentia" is as basic as it gets. The production didn't take any risks leaving its lead and somewhat intriguing mystery plot treading water.
The English Game (Worst)
For those who won't be satisfied with a brief Wikipedia reading on the development of English football, you now get to watch a "Downton Abbey" style six-part miniseries on how the game took hold of England.
It's got all the things you would expect of an English period drama; long walks on the grass, ladies in dresses, uncomfortable stares, rich people, and of course a lot of kicking a leather ball around.
If you're into history, drama, and Al Pacino, this next one is for you. The series inspired by real events follows a group of vigilantes on the hunt for German WWII criminals living in New York City in 1977. This diverse band of justice seekers find themselves in the United States when they learn that there's a conspiracy to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S - there they seek to aim justice and get revenge.
With a solid cast, and an even stronger sense of justice, there's something about "Hunters" that somehow feels "off" to us. Perhaps season two will manage to do the show with a promising premise justice?