Tales from the Loop he came out in a complex situation, with a large part of the globe closed in quarantine to consume continuously TV series e food in quantity. It is thanks to this forced arrangement that I managed to watch the series in no time (twice, to avoid typos and make me miss small details). And, I admit, I still have no idea how evaluate it. Of course, if I went back, I would write in a decidedly different way this article.
A different series from the usual ones
Tales from the Loop is divided into eight episodes, all lasting about an hour, concerning characters that are always different and with plots often linked to each other only marginally. The use of this narrative line (an always different horizontal texture and a slightly fragile vertical one) clashes a lot with the typical format of a series, turning each episode into a sort of gigantic filler episode, even if the work on the characters is interesting and there is a weakness development basically.
The episodes touch on different topics with different depths, with a slow background rhythm that often makes the viewing hour longer. The broad respite and the long breaks in the series don't help Tales from the Loop to homologate to the rest of the series (with shorter episodes, often, and overflowing with topics). I fear it is too much presto to say if this is an advantage or a defect.
Long moments of silence make their way into really pleasant shots of landscapes and perspective views. The atmosphere permeates the films in a masterly way, each completely immersed in the atmosphere of the 70s. A successful re-enactment and an excellent representation of the works of Simon Stalenågoften took equals from his own artbook.
Also the stage presence of the young faces, even if combined with great actors like Jonathan Pryce, does not disturb the sweet balance of the series. Each character and actor finds their own dimension within the series, without exceeding that of others in an almost perfect balance.
Different is better ... or not?
It is particularly difficult get an idea about Tales from the Loop due to its structure and directing work. From a certain point of view we understand that we are really in front of a work masterly, on the other this awareness screeches with palates accustomed to Agent of Shield e The Boys. I think that Tales from the Loop is an excellent representation of the art of Simon Stalenhåg but it is far from being a great series for what series are meant for today: entertaining.
By making synonyms: if we were in a kitchen this series would surely be good service, never used, good to look at, rather than the worn ladle that always cooks the same pasta dish. Does this make the service less beautiful? Absolutely not, indeed. Does it make it less usable? Probably.
Personally I think that what has "hit" Tales from the Loop it was writing, more contemplative than action-oriented, difficult to find these days on the international scene. The sense of melancholy, of meditation, often also of sadness they go perfectly with the times of directing. Basically, an excellent work of art, far from being perceived as a TV series in taste common.