Flaked is a tragicomedy about a recovering alcoholic named Chip, whose life has rapidly changed after he killed a person while drunk driving some 10 years ago, and who since then relocated to Venice, California, and gradually became a renowned member of the community by trying to help those around him. He cultivates a friendship with a guy named Dennis, who lets him live in his house, and maintains a business of making stools, though not a very successful one. When a new girl starts waitressing in his favourite restaurant, Dennis immediately fells for her, but so does Chip, and though he tries to keep away from her, the chemistry between them soon becomes indisputable. Also, the era of new technology comes to Venice in the form of large Internet companies, as well as real estate developers, which arouses resistance reaction in the community, and, because Chip has certain connections (his famous and wealthy ex-wife is in a relationship with one of the key developers), he manages to overthrow the redevelopment project, – or does he?
Up until a certain point, the show was great, even amazing. The story is simple, yet deep enough to be interesting; the characters – well-elaborated; story turns – curious and quite unexpected. The atmosphere, and well as the whole environment mutation premise, is savoury and rich with ingredients; all in all, it was pure pleasure to watch it.
But then came the finale. The last episode spoiled everything. First of all, it introduced the final story turn, which turned out to be so spectacularly trite, I felt it like a personal betrayal. If not for this ultimate-truth-that-threatens-to-ruin-everything bullshit, even hero’s selling out (which is the second bad thing about this episode) wouldn’t have been all that disenchanting, but 2 of them combined feel kind of like you’ve been eating in a nice restaurant, and every single dish was perfect, so you dig into the last one, not expecting any foul play, and suddenly it’s a piece of tofu, or something equally terrible. And the worst part: there was no need for either of those things, they weren’t exactly driven by the story, but added simply for the purposes of intensification. Sadly, that miscalculation ruined all the previous hard work.
I’m still going to see the 2nd season, though: for one thing, it’s not that large, and also I’m curious as to how would they extricate themselves from that mess.
Created by: Will Arnett and Mark Chappell
Directed by: Wally Pfister, Josh Gordon & Will Speck, Tom DiCillo
Written by: Will Arnett & Mark Chappell
Performed by: Will Arnett, Ruth Kearney, David Sullivan, Lina Esco, George Basil, Dennis Gubbins, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mike Cochrane, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Kirstie Alley, Heather Graham, Seana Kofoed, Annika Marks, Jessica Lowe, Annabeth Gish, Robert Wisdom, Travis Mills, Mark Boone Junior, Frankie Shaw, Jim Turner, Elisabeth Röhm, Shawn Hatosy, Lenora Crichlow
Time: 4h15m (a. 8 episodes)
Entertaining quality: 4+ out of 5
Art quality: 4 out of 5