Such consistently brilliant acting and storytelling throughout the series. Sad to see the franchise end. While this isn't my favorite of the installments, it does do justice to the series as a finale. Nice to see Harvey and some of the other characters come to the foreground. (I appreciate Meadows' desire to inject some levity but could've done w/ less Flip and his sidekick). I love these characters w/ all my heart!
The cast really grows into it over the course of the TV sequels to the movie. It's all pretty consistent. There is also nothing unbelievable about their interconnecting stories, which I feel is unusual for a long-running ensemble thing such as this. '88 was weapons-grade melodrama, but if you liked say "Rocco & His Brothers" it is comparatively mild on the sentimentality.
Another great effort from Meadows and his crew. The two first episodes have too much goofy comedy for my taste but from there on Meadows serves up some prime kitchen sink drama that will leave you both emotionally devastated and elated. I have to mention the dinner scene in ep 3, it is one for the ages when it comes to pure acting and stellar writing. Nice ending too, even if I was left wanting more.
What are the legacies of the colonising states? We move along incrementally but never enough to escape the tensions of the past. History holds a strong grasp. The most 'forced' entry at this point; broad humour characteristically colliding with Meadows' effective but harrowing misery cinema. The form feels stagnant here. Does history have to rear its ugly head only every two years?