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Waitresses with super-powers, an ancient evil on a drilling rig, and London of the future: Kommersant Style is about noteworthy serial novelties.

“Poker face”

The romance of a 70s road movie, a pinch of mysticism and the dazzling Natasha Lyonne (“Orange Is the New Black”) – this is the recipe for the new detective series “Pokerface”. Its creator and executive producer is Rian Johnson, director of Breaking Bad and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And for the supporting role, Johnson, it seems, invited all the familiar stars – from Adrien Brody to Chloe Sevigny.

“Pokerface” was created according to the classic detective scheme: one series – one story in which there is a victim, a persecutor, a criminal and retribution. Each time – different, moreover, in each episode of “Pokerface” the director, screenwriter and cast change. Except, of course, the main character – the beauty of Charlie performed by Natasha Lyonne.

Charlie has a superpower: she always recognizes a lie. Previously, she successfully monetized her supernatural talent in a casino, but then she was revealed in disgrace, and now she leads an ordinary life of an American from the bottom: she lives in a trailer and moonlights as a waitress. Everything changes when, willy-nilly, Charlie is faced with a sophisticated murder and, in order to solve it, finally uses his gift for its intended purpose.

“Pokerface” is a non-boring story without additional difficult meanings, but at the same time, the series cannot be called superficial: with the help of the road movie genre, it mercilessly demonstrates to the viewer all the problems of modern America. From a war veteran trying to make money on TikTok to a stray dog ​​with an inexplicable love for Donald Trump.


Shooting mystical thrillers about oil in our time is somehow not even funny, but in the case of Burovaya, it turned out quite well: perhaps because the problems of the heroes lie in a slightly different plane than the prices for Brent. Somewhere at the bottom of the North Sea during the extraction of oil, they disturbed the sleeping ancient evil and now they will be punished for it.

The crew of the drilling rig, where, in fact, the action of the series takes place, is very colorful: the authoritative manager Magnus (played by the magnificent Ian Glen), the mysterious signalman Fulmer, the ruthless scientist Rose, the disgusting oil expert Hutton and the simple guy Baz. All of them are waiting for a helicopter, which should take the crew to the “mainland”. But the helicopter, as usual, does not arrive, and mysterious and terrible things begin to happen at the rig.

In general, this is a classic horror about people locked in a confined space and fighting an unknown evil. But not only with him. The series has a Kafkaesque motif of an oil company that sent a team to the expanses of the North Sea, as well as the theme of confrontation between man and natural forces. In the end, the people on the drilling rig themselves are to blame for what happened to them: as one of the heroes rightly remarks, “If you hammer the ground for a long time, at some point it will hammer you back.”


For those who love cyberpunk, “Peripherals” is a real gift from heaven. As it turns out, there are a lot of such viewers: the series was a wild success and was immediately renewed for a second season.

Peripherals is a loose adaptation of the novel by Canadian science fiction author William Gibson, as read by Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, creators of Westworld. The main action takes place in 2032: Flynn works in a 3D printing shop, and her brother Burton is a professional VR game player. Flynn actually plays better than her brother, but she is rarely invited – yes, sexism exists in the future. At some point, Burton is asked to test an innovative VR game that allows you to connect with and control an android cyborg. Flynn puts on a VR device instead of his brother and it turns out that this is not about the game at all. Technology sends her consciousness to the London of the future – and then completely unexpected events begin to happen.

With each series, “Peripheral Devices” drags on more and more, although the plot is very complex, multifaceted and twisted, and you want to write the names of secondary characters in a notebook in order to remember who is who. But this is a truly solid thriller, and the grim future shown seems convincing and truthful.

Natalia Inshakova

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