After five episodes, we are now halfway through the first season of Emerald City and I can honestly say I am really conflicted about this show. Part of me finds this show a surprising guilty pleasure and another part of me can’t get past the shows many glaring flaws. This week was a perfect example. There were a few storylines that were truly engaging (even if they didn’t really add anything to the main story) and then there were other parts that were just boring and underdeveloped.
Perhaps my biggest problem with Taboo is its seemingly slow pace, which then, in turn, effects the progression of its characters. We have only learned fragmented pieces about people like James, Zilpha, Lorna, and Stuart Strange which has made it difficult to feel any sense of attachment towards these characters. The writers can hint all they want about James’ mysterious past, but until information really starts to surface, everything just feels disingenuous.
I am aware of the controversy involving this film. If you are not aware, you can read about it here. The damage has already been done, if the 2.2/10 IMDB rating is any indication. The film isn’t great but it is better than that rating.