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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Marvel show Wandavision now in 2020. ALSO: Reviews are in for Netflix's Messiah.
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THR TV critic Dan Feinberg recommends against watching new Netflix drama Messiah. The show from the pro-Trump team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey stars Michelle Monaghan in a religious thriller.
Broadly, he says:
Just don't be fooled by the Netflix auspices, the reasonably decent production values and a couple wildly overqualified castmembers — an annual Yuletime viewing of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang offered a reminder that Michelle Monaghan should be a star of the highest stature — into thinking that what Messiah aspires to is closer to Homeland or Fauda than God's Not Dead. I was fooled, or maybe I was just a professional doing due diligence, which kept me watching through 10 episodes to see if eventually Messiah would do something surprising or courageous or powerful. If you're on the fence on this one, can I assure you in spoiler-free fashion that I've watched the entire first season of the show and it does not do any of those things?
He gets more specific:
None of this ideological stuff would matter as much if Messiah weren't so dramatically inert. Especially in the early episodes, the intercutting between various storylines consistently saps the momentum from each narrative. Whenever you think the show is finding its footing, we're treated to another in a litany of scenes in which a nonbeliever sits down with Al-Masih in one of his various confinements and they have a conversation that begins with, "But who are you REALLY?" and continues with a lot of enigmatic staring.