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Black Monday (Pilot Episode), 2019

  • lucidunicorn
    Master Critic

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    Signed up the 29/03/2017

    On 09/01/2019 at 09:20 Quote this message

    Black Monday is a 2019 comedy series starring Don Cheadle, Regina Hall and Andrew Rannells. The series set in the 80’s and follows a group of outsiders who decide to take on the man and infiltrate Wall Street and they ended up causing one of the biggest crashes in Wall Street history.

    You guys know I don’t vibe with comedies and I got this cause of the name thinking it’s some amazing sci-fi shit but boy was I wrong. I watched this anyways and honestly I am a believer and I’m in simply because of the brilliant performances of Don Cheadle, Regina Hall and Andrew Rannells in this pilot episode.

    The first act is written interestingly enough and we’re given enough 80’s references and jokes to last us the entire year (in its defense it is set in the 80’s lol), however the first act is full of spirit and spunk that you even forget that there’s no plot for the series at all. So far all we’ve seen are characters who are “The Wolf of Wall Street” rejects but that doesn’t stop them from being fun.
    The series does eventually get me to laugh in its second act where the writing, direction and performances are much stronger and they peak here. Regina Hall’s Dawn is probably a character to look out for in the series but not because she’s so well written (she’s not), Regina’s portrayal gives this one dimensional character some bit of edge and life, all thanks to how wonderful Regina is and her little nuances we’ve come to expect from her because here they work and my favourite line comes from Dawn herself when she says -

    “of course I remember top gun, you made me see it three times opening night and you know what? It wasn’t a good movie, it was just a bunch of white boys trying to butt fuck each other in the clouds” – Dawn (Regina Hall)

    Casey Wilson who plays Andrew’s girlfriend in the series is also a scene stealer, her and Hall made the second worthwhile but that wasn’t enough keep the momentum going as the third act didn’t live up to the comedic hype set up in act two. I can see myself returning to Black Monday, because I trust the talent and of the creators created Happy Endings which is one of the greatest sitcoms ever made so I have hope. Black Monday is set to start airing from the 20th of January 2019.


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