I’m still super-early in this, but I can’t agree any more with this one line from Patrick:
“The story’s central conceit, where Wade is pulled into a goofy and unrealistic reality show, falls flat, especially when it tries to paint a random TV executive as a cartoonish villain.”
The first interaction I had with the pair of tv execs made me cringe and say “Nope.” Not just me, I had Wade flat out reject their proposal and show zero interest in being part of their reality show. Still, I’m going to get roped into that as part of the story. I get why, but I hate poor implementation of the illusion of choice. Not the illusion itself, but don’t give me multiple opportunities to tell a character to fuck off only to spend the next couple hours doing exactly what they wanted anyway.