The latest episode killed my buzz.

I dig that Christopher Miller and Phil Lord went full THE LEGO MOVIE with an animated edition in Zoë. However, just because an episode tells a story in a unique format doesn’t make it good. The stakes are missing in THE AFTERPARTY. This caused it to feel like a homework assignment rather than a free period. 

At this point, the killer’s story has officially faded into the background. Last week, I stated that ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING works because there’s a sense of danger. If you’re creating a murder mystery TV series, that’s a must-have requirement. After E6, THE AFTERPARTY has subbed risk in favor of comedy and style. That has worked for the first five chapters but fails here since the humor falls flat on its face like a bad karaoke song. 

Aniq (Sam Richardson) states the theme to Zoë (Zoë Chao) this week by saying, “The thing I like about escape rooms is that they make you feel stuck, even hopeless, but eventually everyone finds their way through.” I officially feel stuck and hopeless watching this show, but I still expect the creators to find their way through. 

It’s available on Apple TV+. 

Aaron "Dobler" Goldstein

Aaron Goldstein is a Product Manager by day, ludicrous speed content consumer by night. He’s a LA Film School Alumni and TV Academy / Producers Guild of America member. Aaron is a proud parent and dad joke enthusiast.

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