NY Times Critic Pans Show After Accidentally Watching First Two Episodes Out of Order
In an amusing correction, The New York Times noted that its television writer had criticized a show for being confusing, when in reality he had actually just watched episodes in the wrong order.
In his review of Amazon’s Goliath, The Times‘ Mike Hale critiqued the “needlessly complicated structure of the initial episodes,” especially Billy Bob Thornton‘s character’s investigation of a suspicious suicide.
“The nature of the case McBride has taken on… is revealed slowly and cryptically, a bit of writerly delayed gratification that keeps your attention but isn’t particularly rewarding,” he wrote. “Then, presumably because the first episode leaves so much unanswered, the next jumps back in time to fill in the history of the case — and when the second episode ends, the story hasn’t even caught up to where it started.”
“The narrative juggling has the feel of stretching — of starting with a story suited for an episode of traditional TV or maybe a feature film and extending it to more than nine hours. Final judgment on that will have to wait until all 10 episodes are available,” Hale concluded.
But as The Times admitted in a correction, there was a reason why that plotline seemed to jump across time and space:
Correction: October 18, 2016
A television review on Friday about the new Amazon series “Goliath” included an inaccurate discussion of the show’s plot structure. The critic mistakenly watched the first two episodes out of order.
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