From what I was reading they had originally planned for five seasons, with Smith becoming Reichsführer of America at the end of season four and season five exploring more of the multiverse and Smith's plans for dominating the whole of North America playing out. As I watched season four, the pacing felt about right, until you get to the final episode which seemed to me to be tacked onto the end with everything being (somewhat) resolved in just an hour. The ending being left very ambiguous felt to me to be way of copping out and saying "we had no idea how to end it". I felt it needed one more season to wrap up things more neatly. Maybe we will get it, with alt world versions of those who died making an appearance.
My own theory for how it would end was the portals destruction would pull all the worlds together, merging them into a version of our own world, giving everyone a happy ending.
Only seen the first episode but I-land (Netflix) looks promising. As for the War of the Worlds, if you leave the original work too much it has to be really good or there is no excuse for doing so. I don't think this treatment is good enough to do that, but then tastes differ. I am waiting for the Name of the Rose (BBC) to be in its last week before I start a binge viewing, fingers crossed there.
Just finished the 3 1/2 hours of The Irishman on Netflix. It is great acting by De Niro, Pacino and Pesci. The de-aging of the Actors worked well and I did not notice any issues. It is a joy to watch and a film in my opinion a must watch all the way through.
War of the Worlds: I enjoyed the first couple of episodes for what it was, but I felt let down by the third episode. However, I did ask myself afterwards: Do you really expect the BBC to air a nerdfest on a primetime Sunday night in Poldark territory? It was written for the casual viewer in mind, who would rather sit down to watch Poldark, and not for us fans of the book or the Sci Fi genre.
On a side note:
The Martians reminded me of streamlined versions of the Masters from the Tripods.
I'm three episodes into Ozark: Money launderer and family decamp to the "redneck riviera" of the title and encounter lots of colourful southern types. Hilarity ensues. This seems to have a reputation as a poor man's Breaking Bad, perhaps not undeserved, but I'm going to stick with it. It's not very subtle, plenty of effing and jeffing and some deeply unerotic sex scenes. However, Jason Bateman an actor perhaps better known for his comedic performances is impressive as the stoic, dead eyed, white collar crim.
Just finished bingewatching Rick and Morty, now fully up to date. Best thing I've seen all year.
Saw the first episode of the new Watchmen TV series; not impressed although my son-in-law tells me it picks up after episode 3. Saw the first episode of the new BBC War of the Worlds, understand why they've taken it in the direction they have but not hugely impressed with that either.
Still trying to persuade my charming and witty wife to watch The Expanse with me.