I learned yesterday, not-so-long after I posted the promo art for it, that Vin Diesel’s new web series with Fox Digital Entertainment, titled The Ropes – an original series about the lives of bouncers – is actually no longer a web series, and is now available on Netflix. You can stream it there right now if you have a Netflix account.
I’m watching episode 2 as I type this. Ho-hum; I wouldn’t be in any rush to see it.
Each episode is about 24 minutes long, which tells me that they may have been aiming for TV, likely cable, given the R-rated content.
There are a total of 6 episodes, each marked Season 1, which suggest that there may be more coming… as in a season 2.
Recall Zoe Saldana signed on the direct at least one episode; I just scrolled the credits of Episode 2 and saw her name listed as director of 2 of the segments within epidode 2. Each episode is apparently broken up into 3 parts.
Vin doesn’t act in it, but he’s listed as writer and director of several episodes.
Given what I’ve seen thus far, really nothing at all special about this. It’s actually kind of dull; the writing and acting aren’t that great. I guess I can see why there wasn’t much fanfare about its Netflix debut; lots of what you’d expect, all falling under two headers: sex and violence.
The series plan was to cast real-life bouncers who can also act, or actors, like Diesel, who have had experience as bouncers at one time or another in their lives; the goal being to make the series as authentic as possible.
If you’re at all curious, head over to Netflix and watch.