Merry December to you all and I hope your pre-Christmas preparations are going as well as mine, I.E having not actually started yet. Fortunately what with me being single and having no children, I only have to buy presents for my immediate family, two of which are only downstairs and so the panic hasn’t quite set in yet. I’ll get back to you on Christmas Eve when the cold sweats have started.
Anyway, I know it’s been a while since my last review but last month was a bit fucked up and I didn’t really feel like posting anything plus the Spyro Reignited Trilogy was finally released and I was busy beating that and 100%-ing the first two so… what can you do? But still, I’m back and this time with the first full season review I’ve done since ‘The Strain – Season 1’. I was planning on doing the following three seasons of that show but then something else came along that I wanted to talk about more and then I forgot what happened in those three seasons and couldn’t be arsed watching them all again. I might still get back to it but not this year.
Since it’s still quite early in December, I’m going to talk about something not related to Christmas but don’t get me wrong, I’ve got plenty of Christmassy stuff planned, just not yet. Instead, I’m going to talk about ‘Startup’, the Amazon Prime Exclusive thing that I got a brief glance of during movie night at my brother’s house. The thing that drew my attention to it was the fact that the thumbnail featured Martin Freeman, a Brit starring in what was clearly an American program which isn’t entirely out of the ordinary for British actors. I mean, that’s when you know you’ve made it big. Since breaking through with the role of ‘Dr John Watson’ in BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ and doing a bloody brilliant job and since Benedict Cumberbatch has already made his American transition, I think it’s only fair that Martin Freeman change continents and try his hand at some drama overseas.
I’m going to lay my cards right out on the table and say that Martin Freeman was the best part of this show but I will explain why later. First of all, what is this show about?
Money Launderer, Andrew Talman (Carl Weintraub) gives his son, Nick (Adam Brody) who is a banker of some description, a memory stick with the details of $2.2 Million that he has collected from various dangerous people. Andrew needs this money hidden as distinguished and newly corrupt FBI Agent Phil Rask (Martin Freeman) wants half of the money to keep his mouth shut.
Instead of hiding the money, Nick invests in the idea of ‘Gencoin’, the brain child of Cuban-American computer hacker, coder and child prodigy, Izzy Morales (Otmara Marrero). More on that in a moment.
Meanwhile, Haitian gang member and family man, Ronald Dacey (Edi Gathegi) finds out that the $300,000 he gave to Andrew has been placed into the ‘start up’ of this business and so becomes a partner as he believes the idea of Gencoin will create a better future for his family and his community. I think. That what I gathered from it anyway. I’m going to be honest, a lot of this program is very much ‘show, don’t tell’ and that’s the kind of storytelling that I like as it creates discussion and this show does it so well that I’m willing to forgive a lot of stuff that’s wrong with it.
The idea of Gencoin is a good place to start.
What is Gencoin? And why does everyone love it so much? The idea itself is one of those ‘story-writing’ concepts that tries to be both vague and specific at the same time. Specific enough that it has a unique idea but vague enough that it can be compared to something that’s a bit like it so it can be put into context. For example, in the meeting where Izzy pitches this idea to Nick’s company, she tells them that Gencoin is the ‘future of currency’. She uses these phrases; ‘Currency with no borders’, ‘Free of Government decree’ and ‘no threat of confiscation’. Do you know what any of that means? Nope, nor do I. I think the idea is that you don’t need a bank account to access money, it’s all done via a smartphone to which the idea is compared to ‘Paypal’ and then ‘Bitcoin’ and everything else that’s a bit like it but not really. It’s meant to be ‘safer’ and offers more ‘stability’ and all the other buzzwords and bullshit that go into a pitch. There’s a funny sequence after where Nick tries to explain the idea to his girlfriend, Taylor (Ashley Hinshaw) and she just doesn’t get it which must have been a little wink from the writers just to say ‘We know you don’t get it but don’t worry, not a lot of the characters will either’.
Speaking of characters. I’ve mentioned that I like the writing style and I do but I have to say that I’m not terribly fond of half of the main cast.
Nick Talman may be very hunky and good looking (what do you expect from a former cast member of ‘The OC’) but his tissue thin veneer of investing in Gencoin to make the world a better place is somewhat quashed by the fact that he works in a bank and could possibly only be interested in making money. This is not necessarily a problematic trait in the character but more in civilisation.
There is one phrase that I always stand by and it goes like this – ‘There’s no such thing as a selfless act’. You can deny it all you want but it’s true. I don’t know about you but every time I deny giving money to a homeless person, I feel like shit afterwards so to counteract that feeling, I give them all my change because it makes ME feel good. That could also be why I’m signed up to three different charity subscriptions that take money out my account every month because it makes ME feel good and slightly less guilty about all the nice things that I have.
This cynical view of life leads me to ‘the point’ which is that when I listen to Izzy talk about how women in Saudi Arabia can’t open their own bank account and how ‘Gencoin’ can help, all I’m thinking is ‘All you want is to build a company and make loads of money’. There’s nothing shameful in that, after all that is the much touted ‘American Dream’ but I’d just prefer that every now and again, she says ‘I want to make loads of money whilst doing a bit of good’ rather than paint the whole project as an encore to the works of Mother Teresa.
The first glimpse that we get of Izzy is when she’s shacking up with a hunky chap and letting him have sex with her and in exchange he lets her live with him whilst he pays the electricity bills that power her server towers. I wonder what that makes her? After he kicks her out because she hits him after he accuses her of using him which is basically what she’s doing, she moves her entire operation back home and into her parents garage much to the dismay of her mother, Marta (Jenny Gago), the indifference of her sister, Delphia (Yeidimar Ramos) and the delight of her father, (Tony Plana). Unfortunately, Izzy’s father isn’t rewarded with a name, he’s listed on IMDB as just ‘Izzy’s Father’.
The other thing that I don’t like about Izzy is how horrible she is to her family, especially her mother. It’s mentioned that her mother and father worked their arses off in order to send Izzy to Stanford University and their ungrateful child gives the typical teenager response of ‘I didn’t ask to bla bla bla bla’. In the first episode when she moves back home, she just turns up unannounced with a moving van and barges her way in without even asking. At first, I thought this was a setup for some grand revelation that maybe her parents are actually total dicks and she was right to act like that but no, her family are really nice and since I live in a house with my parents and they’re really nice and they put up with their 24 year old daughter living upstairs, I wouldn’t dream of talking to them like Izzy does.
One other possibility that crossed my mind is that Izzy may start out like a complete bitch but over the episodes, she will grow and change as her friendship with Nick and Ronald shows her that she’s not on her own and she can learn to trust and be respectful to other people. You know, one of those ‘character arcs’ that I like so much. Does that happen? Nope.
Another trait of the show is it’s already mentioned banging of the morality drum whilst also throwing in a few ‘double standard’ curve-balls. For example, Nick’s perception of ‘making the world a better place’ is flattened once again when the money that he uses for starting up Gencoin is stolen money that was stolen from criminals and angry, violent criminals who will no doubt come looking for their money. As a result, Nick is given a ‘telling off’ by his father and he gives the cash back much to Izzy’s anger and she promptly points out that Nick no longer plays a role in Gencoin since he was ‘the money’ and he quit his influential job at a bank so that’s now out of the window.
Fortunately for the both of them, Ronald doesn’t accept his $300,000 and instead invests in the company and please bear in mind that the money that he uses is not his own money but it belongs to his gang.
The whole point of this show is the ‘startup’ of Gencoin and after securing a $1.5 Million investment thanks to Nick which is eventually stolen (I’ll get to that later), Izzy takes it upon herself to pitch the idea to a multi-millionaire business owner, Alex Bell (Aaron Yoo). Fortunately, Mr Bell loves the idea and decides to invest all of the money in the company which includes the $1.5 Million that was lost in the cyber attack. But there’s a catch and it could have been a real character defining moment of growth and change. It goes like this.
Alex Bell loves the idea and so offers Izzy the contract to make her dream a reality. But there’s a catch. Bell will invest but it involves cutting out Nick and Ronald altogether. Nick will be offered a buyout and Ronald will be refunded his $300,000 plus another $150,000 for any trouble. She puts up a small defence for her friends but backs down after and signs the contract. Of course, Nick and Ronald feel devastated and betrayed and so they confront Izzy to which she says that the two offered nothing to the company and the idea is hers and hers alone. She does redeem herself slightly when she’s invited to a party with a load of journalists to discuss Gencoin and she spends the whole evening telling them about Nick and Ronald which doesn’t please Alex Bell.
Izzy gets her comeuppance in a scene that I have to say is ‘bitter sweet’. She shows up to work after the party and finds herself locked out of the office. Turns out that in the contract there was a clause in which Alex Bell and Izzy are the owners but Bell brought in a third party company which he owns and since he owns the majority, he’s pushed her out. No company for Izzy. She’s upset and angry and is forced to crawl back to Ronald and Nick with a metaphorical tail between her legs to plan their revenge which I’ll get to when I come to the season finale.
Meanwhile, lets have a look at the life and works of Mr Ronald Dacey. Ronald Dacey Esquire lives in a small community in Miami (did I mention that this show is set in Miami?) entitled ‘Little Haiti’ with his family; His wife, Tamara (Kristen Ariza), his teenage son, Touie (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and his not quite teenage daughter, Elsie (Genesis Castro Diaz).
Cards on the table again? I like Ronald. He’s a dedicated family man who is constantly wanting better things for both his family and his community and failing that, taking his family away from the community which governed by LH7, the gang of which Ronald serves as a lieutenant under the leader, JJ (Lovensky Jean-Baptiste).
The first time we meet Ronald, we see what a good relationship he has with his wife and children and in the very next sequence, he’s burning the crotch of some poor sod tied to a chair with a blowtorch. Somewhat morally ambiguous some might say. Granted, he’s doing it under orders from above and when he gets the information out of the man, Ronald is strongly opposed to executing the man either because it’s morally wrong (I’m sure the man with the severely scalded undercarriage might have a few points on that) or because the man’s death at their hands could spark some unwanted and violent repercussions from the other gang and spark a ‘gang war’ of some description. This conversation and Ronald’s protests are pointless as the man is killed by another member of LH7 anyway.
When Ronald isn’t holding up his position as an investor, financier and partner in Gencoin, his subplot revolves around his attempts to keep his family safe from gang violence becoming more and more difficult. His son, Touie is being ‘groomed’ (for lack of a better phrase) by JJ in order to become a member of the gang, something which Ronald doesn’t agree with at all. Some might say that Ronald tries to keep his ‘work life’ separate from his personal life.
After a rival gang commit a drive-by shooting and kill one of Touie’s friends, Touie becomes influenced by the gang into planning a revenge attack and therefore becomes gradually more adamant that he’s going to follow in his father’s footsteps. The point of course being that Ronald wants to invest in Gencoin and provide for his family so his children can get an education and won’t be forced into a life of crime which could (and indeed does) lead to disastrous and tragic consequences.
You see, a background can be more effective and informative than the actual dialogue or performances. The small community where the Daceys reside is what some might call ‘economically challenged’ with rundown buildings and a direct contrast to the fancy, upmarket, snobby and insufferable part of Miami where Nick originates from. In short, it’s understandable why Ronald would want better for his children. Having said that, the rundown atmosphere has a part in making the area and the residents feel more like a family than a community.
After Ronald is confronted about the location of the missing $300,000 that he was in charge of and beaten into revealing it’s location, his beaten, bruised and bandaged appearance helps convince Alex Bell of the worthiness of Gencoin. However, JJ takes Touie to one side and gives him a gun, telling him that he must kill his father in order to ‘make things right’. Panicked, Touie shoots and kills both JJ and another gang member, Oscar (Kamahl Naiqui). Touie runs home and tells his father what he’s done wherein Ronald prepares to protect his family. Instead of a revenge attack by his own gang, the entirety of the LH7 gather outside his house and chant his name, revealing their loyalty to Ronald as their new leader.
Of course, I’ve saved the best for last. Out of all the main characters, I found Martin Freeman’s portrayal of FBI Agent Phil Rask of the ‘Financial Crimes’ Division utterly spellbinding and the choice of actor was nothing short of pure genius and I don’t say that lightly. Let me explain.
If you’ve followed Mr Freeman’s career up until now then you’ll know that the grand majority of characters that he’s played have been nice guys who you’ll find yourself rooting for whether he’s Dr John Watson in the BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ or Tim Canterbury in the BBC’s ‘The Office’ or Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit’. There are a few exceptions as with any actor with range but for a large part, you don’t want to think of any character that Martin Freeman plays as being a bastard.
But indeed, that is how his character is portrayed in the first few episodes.
Agent Rask blackmails Andrew Talman into coughing up a million dollars and when the money is hidden, he tracks the money to Nick and figures out that Izzy has the money so she can start up Gencoin. Phil then blackmails criminal and master hacker, Daewon (Dat Phan) into hacking Izzy’s account and stealing all the money. What he doesn’t know is that Nick has already given back all the illegal money and the cash taken from Izzy’s account is actually all the proper, above board and legit investment money from Benny Blush (Wayne Knight), Nick’s investor. These actions get Phil in the shit, so deep that it’s questionable whether or not he could ever resurface.
It’s obvious early on that Phil is unhinged emotionally. He gets into a fender bender with another motorist and his really expensive car is dented. He doesn’t take it out on the other guy but rather on the bonnet of his own car, smashing it in frustration over and over again. Frankly, it’s no wonder he’s a bit ‘on edge’.
Other than the pressure of locating Talman Sr and the missing millions, he’s going through a messy divorce with some wicked and smug harridan with whom he has a daughter that he hardly sees. His ex-wife has wiped him out financially and so he goes to the rather extreme length of going over to her house and having fantastic sex with her in the shower in a vain attempt to get back together with her so she will stop draining all his finances. Of course this doesn’t work and he has to go back to his lonely, big and expensive house.
Come to think of it, Agent Rask is a bit of a randy bloke. Throughout the first season he manages to sex his former wife, a bar maid and fellow agent, Maddie Pierce (Jocelin Donahue). This is less of a ‘will they, won’t they?’ type of romance rather a ‘they definitely will and it will badly’ kind of romance. And it ends extremely badly.
After they’ve done it for the first time, Maddie answers the door to a man who she thinks is delivering pizza but instead it’s Daewon who is ready to start stealing some money. Maddie becomes suspicious since Daewon was on a ‘most wanted’ list until Phil found him and started with the blackmailing. Maddie tries to leave, presumably to put Phil right in the shit and he tries to stop her until Daewon smashes her over the head with a baseball bat. A touch over the top.
Anyway, Maddie spends the next episode bloody, concussed and handcuffed in Phil’s massive bath whilst the two of them enact their plan to steal all of Nick, Izzy and Ronald’s investment money. When that is successful, Phil is a millionaire but he’s got one major problem handcuffed in his bathroom and at this point, I’m wondering where he’s going with this. Daewon suggests killing her and even goes so far as to take a massive kitchen knife into the bathroom but he’s escorted out of the house at gun point by Phil.
Phil still has the problem of Maddie and the ‘unhinged’ part of his psyche is coming to the surface. He knows that if he lets her go then she’ll go to the police and he doesn’t have the stomach to actually kill a defenceless and injured woman. He also can’t keep her handcuffed in his bathtub because I don’t remember his bathroom having a shower. Also eventually, someone is going to start looking for her.
I also must question Maddie’s training. Even though she’s been sent to investigate ‘Financial Crimes’, she must have done some kind of ‘hostage negotiation’ training at some point. I’ve haven’t taken such a course but I’m pretty sure one rule when you’re a hostage is to not annoy the person who’s holding you hostage. So when Phil asks her to be quiet so he can think, her recourse to constantly shout his name and then start screaming to the point where Phil has to climb into the bathtub with her and hold his hand over her mouth. She still keeps screaming which is pretty pointless and he keeps saying that he will let go if she stops screaming but she keeps screaming and so his hands end up around her throat.
What happens next is very interesting. After a few tense seconds, Phil releases his grip, shocked at his own actions. Maddie is still alive and so he decides to let her go. He unlocks the handcuffs and takes stock of his surroundings but more to the point, he looks at Maddie as she struggles for breath. He sees the person that he his becoming and it sickens him at which point I thought, ‘good thing you’re near the toilet otherwise that’s another mess you’ll have to clean up’.
Leaving an unchained and frightened hostage unsupervised and near a kitchen knife is not a good move as Phil finds out when Maddie goes for him with the aforementioned kitchen knife. He manages to disarm her but she instead goes for him with the lid of the toilet tank. Maddie is disarmed once again but grabbing the kitchen knife was the wrong choice as she finds out when Phil whacks her around the head. Now, technically, arguably, Phil was within his rights. When someone is charging at you with murderous intent, anyone is within their rights to subdue the assailant. And that is precisely the word… SUBDUE. The first blow brings Maddie to her knees and effectively subdued… I would say it was the second and final blow that was a touch unlawful. In a spilt second, Phil has gone from a thief, a kidnapper and a corrupt FBI Agent to a murderer. Now he’s even further in the shit and with a body to get rid of. That was at the end of episode 5.
The next five episodes are the best in terms of Phil’s character as we the audience are able to bare witness to his gradual but nonetheless full-on mental breakdown.
First, he dumps Maddie’s body which has been stuffed into a suitcase into an alligator swamp and cleans up the crime scene. He’s then forced to answer questions from her colleagues in Washington who have come looking for her. The inevitable happens and Maddie’s body is found which forces Phil to go on the run but he has already discovered that Daewon has drained his bank balance clean.
With no money and fast running out of options, he goes to his ex-wife to try and get some money.
The next two scenes are emotional and we see the beginnings of Phil’s stress and guilt boiling over. First, he confesses the murder to his ex-wife in unrelenting detail. Martin Freeman’s performance is spot on as he gives the impression that Phil needed to tell someone. There’s no hesitation and hardly any pauses, the confession just pours out of him as if the facts and the details have been haunting him to the point where he just can’t keep it to himself any longer. After taking money from his ex-wife’s purse and promising to pay her back, he quickly exits and into his car and to me, what he does next is my second favourite scene in whole of the first season.
After driving away from his ex-wife’s house for less than a minute, Phil pulls over to contemplate and then delve even deeper into his own personal hell. This what happens in this emotional sequence. Phil pulls over and sits quietly, he leans out the car window to be sick, he tries to throttle himself with his bare hands, practices his ‘happy smiley’ face in the mirror, asks himself who the fuck he is out loud and finally breaks down in tears before snapping out of it, starting up his car and driving away.
Obviously just explaining it to you isn’t the best way to depict this scene but if you watch the whole season up to that point and the scene is put into context, it really makes you feel for the character and that’s why Martin Freeman was such a great choice. I’ve never met him but I’m willing to put money on the fact that he’s really a nice bloke and that trait is put forward in the characters he plays and so even though Phil has done a terrible thing and he mentions to his ex-wife that he’s never been corrupt and he was just going to stray the once and then stop, I don’t want to hate him for it because I don’t get the impression that’s who he really is. Do you see what I mean?
The next sequence that I’m going to discuss is part of a dark subject matter and I feel it necessary just to say that I’m in no way trying to ‘ruffle any feathers’ or upset anyone. I am speaking about this in the context of the program. Here we go.
Phil is plunged into such emotional turmoil that in the final episode, he decides to take his own life. This scene will stay as my favourite scene in the whole of the first season (up to a certain point) but just with many aspects of this show, it’s bitter-sweet and a touch illogical.
After writing a letter to his daughter and leaving it on his living room table, Phil sits down on his bed with a ‘full to the top’ glass of whiskey which he uses to wash down an entire bottle of prescription medication. Once again, the performance is enlightening. That combined with the subtle music makes it an emotional scene to watch. In terms of the performance, there is no emotion being portrayed. It doesn’t seem to me that he’s sad or distressed as to what he’s about to do. There’s no hesitation either. There’s no second thoughts. He’s made his decision.
Another interesting touch is that when Phil goes to lie down on his bed, we see that he’s wearing his badge and gun which is the ‘show, don’t tell’ trait shining through. If he were to have left his badge and gun on his bedside table, that might suggest that Phil is renouncing his affiliation with the Bureau and his twenty years of service and is choosing to die as a man who has done several terrible things in a short space of time.
But that’s not what’s happening. Instead and this is open to interpretation but I choose to believe that he’s wearing his badge and gun to say that he is going to die as the man that he knows he is. A good man who joined the FBI to do some good and even though he has done some terrible things for totally selfish reasons, he doesn’t believe that changes the man that he is. He has made the decision to die in his own bed by his own means as an FBI agent rather than in prison no doubt by the men who he has put away. That’s what I took from it anyway. But all the symbolism is ruined by a phone call.
In the final episode, Izzy is shown the legal evidence her dismissal from Gencoin and is basically told that there is no way that she can fight it from a legal standpoint. That day also happens to be the day of her sister’s wedding but Izzy is focused on other things. The wedding goes off without any problems and at the party afterwards, Izzy decides that she wants to go after Alex Bell but she can’t do it alone. It’s time to make a long overdue apology, starting with Nick. Nick is of course not pleased to see her and so after making a half-hearted apology (the one where you say ‘I’m sorry’ but it’s followed by several excuses to back up your decision and how you were right to make that decision), the two get into an argument and end up having angry sex of Nick’s kitchen counter. After that, they’ve basically made friends again.
Meanwhile, Ronald is given back his $300,000 by Vera (Vera Cherny) who is Alex Bell’s assistant and is also connected to the Russian mob. However, during the handover in Little Haiti where both Ronald and Vera are backed up by members of their gang, Ronald is denied his additional $150,000 due to a reason that I can’t remember and so tensions rise. Ronald backs away from the situation and any further conflict is avoided. Later on, Ronald is confronted by Touie who thinks that his father should have killed Vera for disrespecting him. Ronald puts up an excellent case in his own defence, stating that now he is the leader of LH7, he needs to think of the well-being of his community and starting a gang war with the Russians is a war that they cannot win. It turns out that Touie’s confrontation is a manifestation of his own guilt from the shooting and so breaks down in his father’s arms. That’s when Izzy and Nick arrive with a plan but to execute this plan, they need someone else. They need FBI Agent, Phil Rask. And so they call him.
But what they don’t know is that they’ve interrupted Phil’s suicide attempt and that’s where I’m lost. Of course Phil answers the phone and in the next shot, he’s hunched over the toilet with his fingers down his throat. Since the audience can’t hear what the other person on the phone is saying and then he’s puking up the pills, presumably what it was, it was an offer that he couldn’t refuse. But I’m still lost and I’ll explain why in just a moment.
Phil turns up at the agreed location, a restaurant, where Ronald, Nick and Izzy are all waiting for him. They give Phil a memory stick that has all the information of all Alex Bell’s businesses and his bank accounts. They give this information to Phil so he can bring down Alex Bell without implicating the trio and in exchange, they won’t hand over a damning piece of evidence to the police. The evidence, you ask? A secret recording, made by Daewon, which implicates Phil in Maddie’s murder that was sent to Nick at the start of the episode. Here’s my problem. When Phil received the phone call telling him about the meeting, why does he give a shit? That goes against everything I saw in the last scene. To me, he seemed to have made up his mind and there was no turning back. If there had been some hesitation in his demeanour then maybe I could understand that possibly if there was an excuse for him not to kill himself then he would stop and the phone call came at just the right time. Given the performance, I would have expected Phil to ignore the call. I’m not saying I wanted Phil to go through with it, he’s my favourite character. I’m just saying that if the phone call wasn’t from the trio but from say, his daughter and he talks to her and realises that he can’t do that to his daughter and therefore, can’t go through with it fullstop, I would have understood his reasoning to throw up the pills a little bit more and it would have held more emotional weight.
Nevertheless, Phil goes to Alex Bell but instead of arresting him, he wants money but Phil is captured by Vera and the Russians and she asks him who gave him the memory stick. The scene changes without Phil giving an answer and the audience is left wondering whether or not Phil sold out the others. He would have no reason not to, they were blackmailing him however, Phil has already expressed a desire to end his own life so, would he give them up? Presumably, Vera is threatening him with death and the day before, he almost went through with his own plot to end his own life so… what?
He must have said something because some Russian gangsters kill Izzy’s sister, Delphia. I don’t know why. It could have been a case of mistaken identity but Vera has seen Izzy and so knows what she looks like. Alex is also a ‘computer whiz’ and so could easily get a picture of her from some security footage or something but no, they kill her sister. Here comes the cynical part of me to say that if they kill Izzy, then the vast majority of the plot worked out for the next season won’t be possible and plus, Izzy will need a huge driving force to get revenge on Alex Bell besides him stealing her company and getting even more rich off it.
The first season ends with Nick and Izzy supporting Ronald at JJ’s funeral.
Overall, I enjoyed the first season. I went in not knowing a lot about it which is fairly common with shows that are on a subscription service. ‘Fargo’ was the same. Sure, I’ve had a lot to say about it but again, it’s the kind of show where the actions of the characters determine the plot, not the other way around. Also, all of these characters go through some kind of an arc and for better or worse and are not the same as when we first meet them. I would definitely say that ‘Startup’ is well worth your time and the first season leaves you interesting and wanting more which is probably for the best because there are still two more reviews of two more seasons to get in before Christmas. Wish me luck.
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