A common complaint about television shows is when they go on for too long. Many of the most popular and beloved sitcoms eventually suffer from this. Miniseries do not have to deal with this issue. Instead, it is important to get the story told in a limited amount of time. This often leads viewers wanting more. David Simon and HBO have had a prosperous partnership. The Plot Against America is Simon’s latest work. The six episode miniseries chronicles a family’s struggles in an alternate history of America.
The finale to the show ties everything together perfectly. The first two episodes were world building. The next two focused on the living family. Episode six brings everything together. It may seem odd to segment a short series this way. Constant changes in tone are not a good idea for the short term. What The Plot Against America does so well is integrate everything. The early episodes gave you a peek inside the Levin’s home while the middle episodes never ignored what was going on in the country.
The series finale does a great job of bringing both themes together. Bess is no longer the quiet housewife while Herman takes a bigger stand. These are some of the most powerful scenes of the show. There has been a clear arc set against a twisted version of the country. It is a satisfying moment for anyone who has watched from the beginning.
The performances have remained strong the entire series. It can be difficult for actors to bring genuine drama to over the top situations. They run the risk of sounding clichéd or melodramatic. That is never the case in The Plot Against America. The entire cast does a magnificent job showcasing real fear and distrust. This makes the show that much more engaging.
The Plot Against America is another masterpiece from David Simon. The show’s premise is outrageous at first. Then it becomes painfully relatable. By the time the show is over, the audience will be asking themselves questions. Most importantly, how far will people go to do what they think is right? And how easily will they do so in the name of values?
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