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Agreed. And the trailer isn't giving me much confidence. The VFX scenes look really cheap. Increasingly, it seems like the playbook is to just put characters in front of a green screen and hope it comes out looking good in post production. If the budget is "low", they should stick to practical. Real people in a real place will always trump bad compositing (see: Andor), and a low budget production filmed with practical effects often seems like a big budget production these days... /end rantI struggle to see how this will make a good Netflix series. It strengths lie in its realization of fringe theoretical physics that are explained through exhaustive exposition.
I'm forcing myself to finish reading "Matter" by Ian M. Banks. I've promised myself if I get through it, I have permission to start the entire Culture series over again from the beginning. I read the first three in order many years ago and loved them (especially The Player of Games). I stalled out on the fourth, then started pulling ones randomly ("Inversions", "Matter"), but I didn't get through them for some reason. Same thing with The Algebraist. It's realllly good, but also exhausting. I'll go back to simpler times and start with Consider Phlebas again.