After I first heard about “Masters of the Air,” I assumed it needed to be an HBO present. In spite of everything, its predecessors “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific” have been main hits for the status TV community.
However regardless that this present is on Apple TV Plus as a substitute, you’d be forgiven for pondering it’s an HBO present after watching it. The cinematography, the polish, the standout star efficiency from Austin Butler — spectacular given the loaded solid — and the rating all have the hallmarks of the most effective HBO has provided previously. And that’s a serious win for Apple TV Plus, which wants an enormous hit in its quest to be the finest streaming service.
I’m not right here to speak about Apple although. I’m right here to let you know whether or not or not it’s essential to watch “Masters of the Air” now that the primary two episodes have arrived on Apple TV Plus.
The reply? A convincing sure. Right here’s why this restricted sequence is must-stream TV.
‘Masters of the Air’ is crafted like a Finest Image contender
Actually fast, for those who haven’t seen the primary two episodes already — and there’s an actual likelihood you haven’t given they solely simply launched on Apple TV Plus — there are some gentle spoilers forward. It’s in no way a play-by-play of your entire present thus far, however to debate why it’s essential to watch the present, I do want to debate some particulars of the present.
Watch ‘Masters of the Air’
Launch date: Episodes 1-2 premiered right now (Jan. 26)
The place to stream: Apple TV Plus
To begin with, this present is shot superbly. I’m glad it’s a restricted sequence as a result of the quantity of story it goals to cowl definitely wants extra runtime than even the longest blockbuster film. However this present is shot like a film, or no less than definitely seems that manner. The price range was reportedly $250 million and after watching the B-17 bombers of the one hundredth Bomber Group fly over Germany and Norway, I’ve no drawback believing it.
The rating can also be unimaginable. Not solely does Blake Neely nail the intro credit, which give immediate “Band of Brothers” vibes, however from the primary aerial scenes of the sequence to the assault on a Nazi U-boat base in Norway within the second episode, the music controls your feelings, forcing you to provide in to the constructing pressure of the scene.
Austin Butler stars in a loaded ensemble solid
If Austin Butler wasn’t already a star, his portrayal via two episodes of Main Gale Cleven will surely be thought-about a breakthrough for the actor. He oozes charisma on the display whereas additionally feeling fully pure within the scenes. His relationship with Main John Egan (Callum Turner) feels paying homage to Main Richard “Dick” Winters (Damian Lewis) and Captain Lewis Nixon (Ron Livingston) in “Band of Brothers” and I discover myself awaiting their scenes collectively on the pub or mess corridor as a lot as I await the tense motion scenes within the air.
However Butler isn’t the one star on the display, neither is he the one one who shines. “Saltburn’s” Barry Keoghan actually settles into the function of Lt. Curtis Biddick in episode 2, American accent and all. The primary episode doesn’t give him a lot to do and at first, I discovered his presence nearly distracting, however by the tip, he blends in completely with the ensemble solid.
One individual we nonetheless have but to fulfill is Ncuti Gatwa as Tuskegee Airman 2nd Lt. Robert Daniels. Whereas the present is primarily centered across the “Bloody Hundredth” — and thus far they’re the sole focus — the Tuskegee Airmen are anticipated to make an look at some stage, which I’m eagerly awaiting.
Conclusion: ‘Masters of the Air’ is a must-watch — ‘Band of Brothers’ within the air
When you’ve come to this present anticipating one thing groundbreaking, I shall be trustworthy, “Masters of the Air” hardly reinvents the wheel. I even discovered myself pondering, “It’d be good if issues took an surprising twist” at one level within the second episode.
However right here’s the factor — the method works. That is meant to be the identical as “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific.” Decide a gaggle(s) of troopers, inform their unimaginable story utilizing proficient actors and repeat as obligatory. If it ain’t broke, why repair it?