The 4 episodes previewed from this six-episode anthology showcase a wide range of tones and, because of the in-and-out requirement, the power to draw attention-grabbing actors. The writing, nevertheless, feels significantly weak, attempting to inform small-scale tales that seize society falling aside whereas normally specializing in a pair of characters thrown collectively in some peculiar method.
After that, these tales supply a blended bag, each qualitatively and stylistically. Parker Posey and Jillian Bell star in an hour that traps a self-absorbed enterprise proprietor and her worker in a weird time loop — simply the weakest of the bunch, feeling as if it parachuted in from but one other universe. It is as if somebody stated zombie tales aren’t overdone sufficient, let’s toss in additional overused sci-fi time-bending conceits for good measure.
Charitably, “Tales of the Strolling Useless” is simply one other approach to kindle the flame till the flagship program begins its ultimate march in October.
With a world of tales from which to decide on, in success it might be easy sufficient for these “Tales” to rise once more. Nonetheless, offered with boundless prospects, this opening salvo serves as an uninspired addition to a franchise whose progeny — each too usually and considerably paradoxically — have simply appeared to mindlessly observe the group.
“Tales of the Strolling Useless” premieres Aug. 14 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC and AMC+.