1. "I like the portrayal of Rza, Divine, & Ghost so far." In response to Reply # 0
Dave East is a little stiff as Method Man, doesn’t have the charisma. The young man that played Shaolin Fantastic In The Get Up is Raekwon. I like him, I think he’s a good actor. He just doesn’t have the physical build of Rae. So that’s bugging me, it’s nitpicking though.
They are sliding in various hits of Wu nostalgia: Kung fu flicks, Mazda MPVs, a Voltron action figure. Rza has the camo jacket, Ghost wears the color coordinated skully. Ghost and his brothers talk about Ironman comics. They eat a lot of Chinese from the spot I assume is supposed to be on Targee across from the projects in Staten. There’s always been on a Wu mural on the side of the Chinese spot. It can be seen in the movie Black & White. Maybe in the Can It Be video as well.
They are using terms like Gat’n Staten which I don’t really remember from any of their rhymes... must be what they called it though before forming Wu Tang and changing it to Shaolin.
Finally introduced to Gza in the 3rd episode. We haven’t caught up with Deck, U-God, or Masta Killah yet.
Cappadonna is in jail.
It’s fun, I had my doubts considering was being produced by Hulu. But it’s got a mature rating. Rza and the clan are producers and consultants. It’s not 100% accurate but Ghost and Rae are in rival crews. We’re introduced to Power early. They are playing up turf war: Stapleton vs Parkhill. I can see younger viewers possibly being annoyed by the slang, they say SON a lot. It makes me smile though lol. like I said I love Wu Tang Clan, it was going to take this being pure trash for me not to like it.
So I’m probably biased, but so far... it’s very enjoyable and any 90s head should watch.
4. "RE: I like the portrayal of Rza, Divine, & Ghost so far." In response to Reply # 1
Agreed on Meth.. He lacks that star power charisma and style. He seems relatively reserved for someone we have come to know as an extrovert and an attention grabber
I think Raekwon is perfectly executed (aside from the physique, but whatever)..
Divine is perfect
Dirty is pretty good..
Power is good
I wasn't sold on Ghostface at first, but he grew on me. He is WAY more serious and angry than I pictured Ghost.
I thought Rza was good from jump, but then.. he kinda lacks that edginess and unique accent.. he captures his spirit though.
Deck is whatever. Joey doesn't do much.
Cappa was basically a cameo.. but didn't feel like him at all to me.
U-God and Masta Killa (so far.. I'm on ep 9) are non-existent. Maybe they make cameos right at the very end..
I would say it's pretty good, but it can be slow and dry at times.. I know it's a drama and the Wu have some gritty origins, but I feel they all have way more charisma and sense of humor than these actors..which is the opposite of what we've come to expect from biopics.. Actors are usually more charismatic and electrifying than the real life people they portray.
3. "I'm digging it so far." In response to Reply # 0
The stuff about the music and the process of creating is the most interesting to me. I don't really care about the Park Hill vs. Stapleton angle and the whole thing of Divine forcing RZA to take over the drug game side, but I know that it's really essential to the crew's development and origin. I'm just looking forward to the part when they just move past it and it's mostly about them recording and dealing with bum record deals.
Acting wise, I'm fine with everyone except Dave East. Saunders, Moore, and the kid who plays ODB are doing a great job. In fact, the kid who plays ODB has got him down cold. I keep wanting to see more about him.