Notre Dame Season 1 Review – A delirious disaster drama with zero bite and appetite for thrills
It is a fact that filmmakers need to explore genres in whatever manner they are able to fit their story. Absolutely in the event of a massive disaster taking place in a city, the attention will be shifted to the inhabitants. The real drama within the main idea will take the backseat. This will allow for an extensive, thoughtful effort to draw the evolving reality for certain people living in the city.
Notre Dame, however, isn’t able to wow with its rambling. The decision to focus on those who have no relationship with each other, and the way they emerge from the flame “together” was without a bite. It was a mere promise made by the writers to each other to do a deep to the bottom and retrieve something profound. No matter how noble the motives, however, the final product is poor.
The famous cathedral is accidentally burned at Notre Dame and the local fire department is responsible for aiding. A rookie Alice Adamski must confront her painful past, similar to General Varese or General Ducourt in order to have an impact. While doing so other lives such as the father and daughter duo Max and Victoire and a rebellious kid Billy and the young freelance journalist Elena are also brought together to give you a comprehensive package. Although it’s amazing how good the story has been when written on paper, producers have not yet translated it into a compelling story on screen.
Notre Dame lacks any conceivable connection to the narrative. If we look back, the decision to have the number of moving parts may have contributed to its failure. The time span of 40 minutes could have been extended to at least an hour in order for the subplots in question to make an impression. In their current state, they appear as an empty formality that distracts from the main plot.
There’s plenty going on that the creators consider unattainable to be in a position to provide a clear explanation of these events and what caused them to happen. Putting all of these characters together with no clear strategy might not be the best option. Do you know how footballers look for their number nines with a high-pitched grin by throwing the ball at their target? This is exactly what’s happening in hopes that something might be a match and spark the emotional spark.
There isn’t any Nesta and Ibrahimovic at Notre Dame to do that. There’s a hint of an ambiance between Victoire as well as Billy for a short time. However, some of the original decisions made by Billy’s character are completely unwise. Instead of being portrayed as a curious, sensitive youngster seeking his father, his image is that of a brat who doesn’t care about the rules of civility and has a spit-up mouth. This ruins the enjoyment of watching them as a couple and squanders any chance for this relationship to blossom and offset the lack of enthusiasm in other similar relationships.
The creators have made an effort to include strong female characters throughout the collection. Adamski, Varese, Elena, and Victoire are all representative of this particular aspect. At least, it’s not an issue as that’s not the goal to be said here. They provide an excellent example in theory however, they are a mess due to the way they’re written. The abrupt turns in their arcs don’t complement the foundation laid to establish their existence.
Another aspect that is deeply troubling about Notre Dame can be seen in the squandering of its resources. The lack of a dramatic treatment for Bassem along with the ghosts of their wife of Bassem, Sherine, is absolutely absurd. The only thing it accomplished was to waste time and distract you from the primary concept which is the cathedral that is burning. This is the last nail that will be buried in the coffin.
The show’s name is Notre Dame but we actually don’t see any efforts by the firefighters until episode 6 when they are successful. There is no progress that is made for the duration of so long and then, in just one night and the whole fire is put out. In each episode, Bastien has come up with fresh sketches and plans of the structure, while giving advice to Ducourt on the best way to proceed.
The producers ought to have ensured that there was continuity for viewers to follow what exactly is expected to take place. The entire rescue mission is a source of some confusion for us and is not handled well. The command center was established in episode 1, fears were raised that we could witness a Money Heist-like breakdown of tiny steps that would lead to the ultimate goal.
However, none of it comes together. In actuality with regard to the structure of their stories, both shows aren’t all that different. If the makers of Note Dame could have tried to reproduce the formula that worked it could have turned out differently. The underlying theme that runs through Notre Dame is an initial sketch created in the ideas room and there is no discussion of particulars. It’s all “hit and prays” stuff which rarely results in. It’s a show that leaves the viewer with a bad impression. It’s a clear no-go for us, and hopefully, those who see it will be able to take comfort in the simple fact it’s a mini-series. The horror is over.
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