Hacks – I only started to watch this because the British cop-show I had planned to watch was so awful and realistic (trigger moments). I thought Hacks would be like a tiny spoon of jam to take away the taste of reality. While it may not have been confiture it was so good I sat there and watched until about 2.30am – the whole series.
I think there’s something incredibly decadent about sitting propped up in a warm winter bed against a huge pile of pillows with your laptop on a tray your sole ambition to watch the tele.
So, I unintentionally started watching Hacks. The garish promo images on the On Demand page wouldn’t have encouraged me to take a look. Neither would the storyline. But one episode merged into all of them.
It’s about one old woman and one young woman. That’s basically it. The old woman is hardworking, organised, successful and affluent. The young woman is not. A classic film and theatre genre – old v. young. It works.
Hacks is credible and believable. There are enough shits, entangled histories, disappointments and failures to make me reach for the word “Shakespearean”. I found occasional incidents “over egged” or “contrived” but then for women generally there’s more evidence than Hacks that some things haven’t changed in my lifetime.
And after watching enough of Depp v. Heard the Hacks characterisations are obviously incredibly restrained. (I think my favourite witness in Dv.H was the hat wearing, bottle swigging agent “their friend” who tried so hard to help them both. They may have discontinued his contractual links to them but in the end he shone out as a real and kind person.)
I can hear you saying “What is it about? She hasn’t said anything about what it’s about. Or where it is. Or who wins.” I don’t want to. I want you to take your own look through you own eyes and then tell me if you were as impressed as I was by a series with such uninteresting graphics.
No, I don’t know who the actors are – but they were all amazing. I don’t know who wrote it or who produced, or directed it or paid for it. I’m telling you that I stumbled across it, picked it up and then just couldn’t put it down. What better recommendation could you get from Small Square Eyes?
Rosemary Balu. Rosemary Balu is the founding and current Managing Editor of ARTbop. Rosemary has arts and law degrees from the University of Auckland. She has been a working lawyer and has participated in a wide variety of community activities where information gathering, submission writing, community advocacy and education have been involved. Interested in all forms of the arts since childhood Rosemary is focused on further developing and expanding multi-media ARTbop as the magazine for all the creative arts in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
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