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"Startup" review by Suzanne
Season 1 airs on Crackle
I really wanted to like this show because I just love
Martin Freeman, and I've liked Adam Brody a lot, ever since
he played Seth in "The O.C." It's an interesting idea
for a show. Set in Miami, an unlikely combination of people
get involved in trying to startup a tech company, but
they're embroiled in crime as well. Brody plays a young
investment banker who's desperate to do good in the world
and escape his father's drug business. Newcomer Otmara
Marrero plays Izzy, a young computer whiz who wants to get
her Bitcoin-like business of the ground (and escape her
family's pressure to go to college). Edi Gathegi, whom you
might know from "The Blacklist," is a gangbanger trying to
escape poverty and violence. They all want to make
Izzy's ideas into a startup, but their funding is sketchy.
Martin Freeman, sans British accent, plays the corrupt
FBI agent Rask, who's investigating all of it. He's the most
interesting character because he's a little crazy and angry.
The last, and possibly most important character in the show
is Miami itself. They show the real Miami, not the
flashy, jazzy parts we saw a lot on "CSI: Miami," "Burn
Notice," or even "Dexter." Miami was just a flavor in
those shows, but it's an integral part of "Startup."
It's not a bad show. It's pretty well written and has
great acting. My problem with it is that the characters are
very unlikable and selfish, and terrible things keep
happening. There doesn't seem to be much hope or joy in the
show. I guess what I'm saying, is that it doesn't connect
with me emotionally. I don't like shows where everyone is
selfish, or bad, or deeply flawed, and everything is just
dour or depressing. There is some humor, sure, but not too
much. Also, it has a lot of gratuitous sex. I mean, a lot.
So it's just not my kind of show, even though I find it
If a gritty crime drama set in Miami is your kind of
thing, then go for it.
S1 E5 / Buyout
Original | Not Rated | 44 min | Released: 09/06/2016
Why It Crackles:
Freeman and Adam Brody star in this gritty Miami crime drama
about building a company from the underground up.
As Rask slides into a pit of violence and corruption, he
fights to regain control. Nick and Izzy absorb a devastating
blow to GenCoin. Ronald takes a risk with the company pitch.
Adam Brody, Edi Gathegi, Otmara Marrero, Martin Freeman
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