I wanted to like the new webseries, quarterlife, by thirtysomething creators, Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick. But I truly, deeply, hated it. I'm most upset by how disillusioned I am of "HerskoZwick" (Alan Sepinwall's concoction. not mine). Wow, they just keep on repeating themselves with shows about moody, white, affluent whiners who are hyper-articulate, unrecognized geniuses in their own minds. I think I forgave their flaws in the past, because HerskoZwick actually had something new to say. Now they're just recycling themselves for younger demographics. It is also painfully obvious that they don't understand the concept of blogging, or the minds of young people.
If quarterlife were a parody of HerskoZwick's work, I'd call it absolutely brilliant. Taken as a straight-up drama, the earnestness of it all does the show in. Wow, lighten up people. Where's the humor? Haven't HerskoZwick heard about anti-depressants? Why aren't their twentysomething protagnonists out partying, instead of wallowing in self-pity? Nobody wants to watch a bunch of self-absorbed, narcissistic twentysomethings moping about their quarterlife crisis. At least, I don't.
You can read my full review at TV Squad.