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Kin - RTE & AMC



  • Well I thought it was a strong opener, thought the swerve with the opening scene being the ending was clever.

    Family tree thing had me scratching my head though

  • Butsy the Bray gang lord seems to be a low-ranked dealer in this.

  • Given AMCs involvement in this it's hardly surprising that the production is slick and polished. They're hardly going to be marketing skangers in grey trackies and black puffer jackets to an American audience are they.

    Posters complaining that beards make it hard to differentiate the characters need to pay Specsavers a visit! There's plenty lads around the country with beards and tats slinging gear btw.

    There's plenty of legitimate criticisms to be made but I don't think the aesthetic is one. Dialogue is very ropey at times but not at the same level of awfulness that season 1 of Love/Hate was. The acting is clunky with the exception of Hinds and much of the interactions feel laboured and unnatural. I'm interested enough in the story to continue watching another bit and hopefully Hinds character becomes much more involved.

  • I enjoyed Kin so far. It does suffer from being compared to Love/Hate, which was always going to be hard to beat as a crime drama. We have to judge Kin on its own merits. Okay, the acting could be better in some cases and the dialogue was a bit clunky, but I enjoyed the plot and there was a good twist at the end of episode 1. Ciaran Hinds was excellent as always. If the pace continues as per episode 1, I will definitely continue watching it.

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  • Doesn’t look like it is going to be great....but then neither did Love/Hate. Acting and dialogue very ropey. Time will tell.

    did anyone find it had to the sense that the lighting was off or something? I feel like I need a new TV.

    but all other channels were fine.....

  • I found you man answering the door to the cops in his birthday suit funny. I guess he was expecting something else and then they tell him it's about him lol.

    I had to laugh about the two lads saying look at his sh-it Merc and they in a Golf lol. You have to feel sorry for the kid in the end. Just an innocent bystander really and not yet involved.

    Not bad for a first episode but ye it was very dark in parts the lighting that is which made parts of it hard to see.

  • He knew who was at the door as they rang the intercom no ?

    He knew what he was doing.

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  • You'll be glad to here that this is largely an AMC and Irish Film Board commission, I don't think any RTÉ producer was mentioned in the end credits. LOVE/HATE was entirely funded by RTÉ... back when they commissioned dramas, also most all Irish TV drama is now Irish Film Board co-productions with very little input from the broadcasters, perhaps with the exception of the TG4 films being produced, of which one is due for an American remake.

  • Spoilers tags are easy to do now even easier then before. Just go to what looks like a key with a line beside it on the bottom left of your page click on that then click on spoiler and it will hide what you are writing simples.

  • its basically fair city after dark

    the lad picking out sweeties before going on a hit...spare me

    the guy into snakes ....filler rubbish

    the worst of all was yer wan talkin about a night of mad passionate filthy sex to her son... bizarre horse manure

    gillen character a right plonker in it

    Hinds is best thing in it by a mile

  • RTE still commission dramas and they still have an input into their commissioned output.

    KIN is an RTE acquisition so no input from RTE on production.

  • In the opening/ending scene, what was the significance of the young lad buying sweets in the shop before heading to the hit?

    Were they trying to emphasise the point that some of these gangland thugs are only kids, still interested in sweeties but have no mass on the value of human life?

    "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

  • Hinds is an intimidating dude in many of his roles. Comes across as someone you don't want to mess with.

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  • When Eric got into the car and got the call from Frank to come see him immediately, the driver of the car was Thommas Kane-Byrne who played Butsy in the gangland crime drama Darklands (2019). He's playing Francis 'Fudge' Flynn in Kin.

    "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

  • Jesus that's what he was in, that show was terrible.

  • Christy Burke, an Independent councillor for Dublin's North Inner City, is demanding that RTÉ management take the series off-air immediately. 🙂

    Former Dublin mayor calls for RTÉ to take ‘toxic’ new crime drama Kin off-air

    "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

  • They do? Really? Name a non-co-prod drama of recent years.

  • This complaint is ridiculous. How pathetic are some people and easily offended.

    “Not only is this bad enough but there was also a smart remark about Alcohol[ics] Anonymous (AA) but they should realise people attend this extremely important organisation to help them to recover.”

  • "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

  • Very few European TV companies do major non co-productions. Not financially feasible, particularly for a national broadcaster in a nation of 5m people. Smother earlier this year was a decent exported one that RTE were heavily involved in.

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  • Exactly. My point was that RTE are still heavily involved in the copro dramas they commission. KIN was purely an acquisition hence no RTE involvement.