Published On: Fri, May 29th, 2015

The Critics Don’t Like David Duchovny’s Aquarius

"Aquarius felt like a cop show with a chance to be grittier and more daring than most network television shows, but it came off like a Lifetime movie at points."


28-aquarius-DAVID Duchovny Aquarius - Season 1. David Duchovny,   homicide detective. Photo Vivian ZinkNBC

 

If you did not have a chance to catch the premiere of last night then you did not miss much. The critics are calling it “so so.”

The movie and television show review site Rotten Tomatoes, which gives an aggregate score based on a selection of reviews, has given the new show a mediocre 55% rating. Even the good reviews are saying that its not anything special.

While the New York Times liked it — not saying much since their entertainment critics are all snobs — The Hollywood Reporter was not impressed. It only liked Duchovny.

“The new NBC miniseries Aquarius has one thing going for it in star David Duchovny, who is pretty much watchable in anything. But in Aquarius, a patchwork pastiche of 1960s clichés that tracks the killings of Charles Manson through a hippy-trippy Los Angeles, you find yourself really wishing you were watching Duchovny in The X-Files instead, ” it said.

“Nor does it help that in spite of kicking a lot of ass, playing a little guitar and having a punching bag at his house, he’s actually the prototypical square cop. Who wants Mulder (or Duchovny) to be the establishment?”

And TV.com said of the pilot, “after watching the first episode, I have a new hare-brained theory: NBC is trying to give everyone the opportunity to watch the rest of the series right away because “Everybody’s Been Burned” was the type of bland television that people will forget about in a week. It wasn’t bad, but a series about one of America’s most intriguing cult masterminds shouldn’t be hard to sell.”

“Aquarius felt like a cop show with a chance to be grittier and more daring than most network television shows, but it came off like a Lifetime movie at points, brushing over what should be the interesting parts.”

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