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Unbearable dissonance: "Daisy Jones and the Six" is a fake work on an authentic work - voila! culture


The Amazon Prime Video musical drama is based on a book that was itself inspired by true events, but at each of these stops the power of the story loses a great deal of its power

Trailer for the series "Daisy Jones and the Six" (Amazon Prime Video)

One of the things that made Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album so successful and successful is its bare authenticity.

The two couples in the band (Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham; Kristin McVeigh and John McVeigh) were just in the process of breaking up with each other, and drummer Mick Fleetwood also experienced a huge crisis in his relationship with his wife at the time after he found out she was sleeping with his best friend.

All of this unbelievable drama, compounded by almost a whole year during which everyone was forced to spend time together in the studio despite all the hatred/love and open feelings, has been drained into "Rumours", a tangle of verbal swords and bloody guts.

"Daisy Jones and the Six" ("Daisy Jones & The Six") - both the book by Taylor Jenkins Reed and the series adapted from it - were clearly inspired by this true story.

The plot describes the story of a fictitious iconic band from the 70s, led by two turbulent but charismatic singers: Daisy Jones and Billy Dunn.

The two were drawn to each other due to musical and personal charisma, their complicated partnership catapulted the band from obscurity to massive fame.

Then, after a sold-out show in Chicago, they suddenly stopped and broke up.

Now, decades later, in a format à la "The Greatest Albums" that is combined with a usual dramatic description, the band members finally agree to reveal the truth.

The cast includes, among others, Riley Keough ("Part Time Lover"), Sam Claflin ("Birmingham Gang"), Sookie Waterhouse ("Influence") and Timothy Olyphant ("Private Justice", "Santa Clarita Diet").

Turn something good into bad.

"Daisy Jones and the Six" (Photo: Lacey Terrell/Prime Video)

To the credit of the television adaptation, it can be said that it has momentum that makes it easy to watch, especially in the first episodes.

Perhaps the clichéd dimension helps the series to stick, to give a familiar feeling of another rock biography we've already seen a thousand of its kind, whether invented or not.

But as "Daisy Jones and the Six" progressed - up to the final two episodes that premiered Friday on Amazon Prime Video - it became a hate watch for me.

As if to emphasize its banality, the series is interspersed with scenes and conversations that we can complete by ourselves.

There is one already in the first chapters: Daisy catches her poison-heart mother reading her personal book of poems and asks her what they think of her.

The mother looks at her for a moment and says the words so predictable: "You are very beautiful".

Another expected conversation between them comes at the end, when the mother calls her daughter and says she missed her voice.

Even the scenes that the series adds to thicken the character of Simone, Daisy's best friend who makes a splash in the disco scene in New York, look mainly like Simone V on a character that will reflect the black culture of the time - a fascinating story in itself that receives a weak, lacking and forced treatment here.

And that's the thing.

Unlike the spilled guts of "Rumours," almost everything about "Daisy Jones" feels so fake.

It's like that from the very first moment, in the jumps between times, which use the same actors both when the characters are 20 years old and decades later.

The live performances that almost always sound like studio recordings.

The "festival" in "Hawaii" in the fourth episode that looks at most like a family event against a background that is suspiciously similar to the California deserts.

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A forced attempt to introduce black culture as well.

"Daisy Jones and the Six" (Photo: Lacey Terrell/Prime Video)

Riley Keough in the lead role does display an impressive voice befitting her family lineage (she is the granddaughter of Elvis Presley), but is not as convincing as the magnetic and unique being that Daisy is supposed to be.

To be honest, already in the literary source Daisy is a character whose tolerance is borderline, but she is redeemed thanks to her talent and pioneering, and the admiration she receives from others helps her character to shine despite the flaws.

Keo conveys the annoying characteristics of her character well, but can't really convince us that Daisy is a huge talent when the music created for the series consistently suggests the opposite.

Although yes, there are some reasonable things there, in particular "Look at Us Now", the big hit that makes them superstars, but where are they and where are classics like "Go Your Own Way", "Dreams" or "The Chain".

We are expected to believe that these forgotten songs became legendary works that changed the face of music,

And that part of the connection between the two heroes is the fascination with each other's talent.

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Perhaps it could be forgiven if "Daisy Jones and the Six" had not even skimmed the other materials at its disposal - the literary source.

It's not exactly a masterpiece either, and it also loses a lot in relation to the real events that inspired it, but at least it's entertaining.

The series, on the other hand, is faithful to the recurring line in the song at its center - "We can turn something good into bad".

If the novel has at least a few truly strong climaxes, the adaptation, with stunning stupidity in its power, forgoes them or presents puzzling variations of them, ones that turn it into a kind of Lifetime movie with a much higher budget than it deserves for a meager story like the one it chooses to present.

Key moments from the original, like the song together on "Saturday Night Live" or the way Daisy sang their huge hit just before they broke up, were smoothed out or changed in the adaptation into something so ordinary and lackluster.

It is not only that the story that the series unfolds does not even begin to tickle the fingertips of the sources of its inspiration, but that the additions and changes it makes only indicate the complete absence of rest of spirit.

"Daisy Jones and the Six" is a work that wallows in sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, but the sex in it is sterile and chaste, the drugs don't work and the rock'n'roll is synthesized.

In a series that claims to deal with an authentic creation and a naked love that threatens to drown its two protagonists, this omission is as outrageous as it is devastating.

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