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It's ask the TV critic time, and I'll make it brief:
Q: Should I subscribe to Amazon Prime in order to watch the six-part Woody Allen series "Crisis in Six Scenes."
A: Absolutely not!
Q: I'm already an Amazon Prime subscriber. Should I watch "Crisis in Six Scenes"?
A: Absolutely not! It's terrible.
Q: Is this the worst mistake Amazon has made since it got into producing original programming?
A: Yes, it is. Did I mention "Crisis in Six Scenes" is terrible?
Amazon, entranced with the idea of Allen doing a TV series, ordered this back in 2015. At the time, Allen said he had no idea what he was going to do, and actually said that Amazon "will regret this."
That, no doubt, turned out to be true.
We can only guess that Amazon backed a dump truck full of money up to Allen's house and unloaded, and then Allen had to deliver something. What he delivered isn't really a series, it's an overly long, 2½ hours-ish movie rather randomly chopped up into 22-, 23-minute segments.
The meandering, unfocused and unfunny plot revolves around an older couple writer Sidney Munsinger (Allen) and his therapist wife, Kay (Elaine May), who live in Connecticut in the 1960s. Sidney is surprise! a neurotic nebbish who is trying to pitch a sitcom to the networks.
The Munsingers' lives are upset when hippie/radical Lennie Dale (Miley Cyrus) shows up, on the run from the authorities and hoping to escape to Cuba. Cyrus isn't bad, but the part is badly written.
The whole thing is badly written. It's supposed to be funny, but it's just sort of sad.
Even the title makes no sense. There aren't six scenes. There isn't much of a crisis.
I could go on at great length about how bad "Crisis in Six Scenes" is, but it's rather pointless.
Perhaps the only reason to watch is if you're some kind of obsessed Woody Allen fan and you've seen everything else he's ever done. And then you'll be wildly disappointed.
It's terrible. Don't waste your time.