DAISY JONES AND THE SIX
Starring: Riley Keough, Sam Claflin, Camila Morrone, Suki Waterhouse, Will Harrison, Josh Whitehouse, Sebastian Chacon, Nabiyah Be, Tom Wright, and Timothy Olyphant
Creator: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
With full-on vibes of Almost Famous, Rock Star, and VH1’s Behind the Music (all personal favorites), Daisy Jones & the Six has enough “life behind the band” aspects to hold most music lovers’ interest. The love/hate chemistry between Riley Keough and Sam Claflin is palpable, and even if the story could have gone a little darker (and been told in fewer episodes), it satisfies overall. My only real complaint is that the titular rock band’s music just isn’t that good, catchy, or rockin’. They sound like a milquetoast 90s band trying to mimic the 70s, but that’s a small complaint in the grand scheme of things.
Daisy Jones & the Six hits all the right notes for me. As someone who has worked in the music industry, this miniseries feels so raw and real with the ups and downs that can occur within the industry. From its original music to the performances, I truly fell in love with this fictional band. The cast embodied their characters, and their chemistry is electric, especially between the two leads, Sam Claflin and Riley Keough. As a rock ‘n’ roll fan, I just love how this show weaves the drama through the music to capture the essence of the book.
While the production value of and performances in Daisy Jones & the Six are as good as they can be, the show never quite gets where it so desperately wants to go. It gets close to launching into its own stratosphere a few times, but something holds it back from achieving the heights of immediate counterparts like A Star Is Born and Almost Famous. The writing feels as if it’s enough to get the job done, and the finale is absolutely stellar; however, the pacing is flawed in a number of places, and the music, while catchy, never quite astounds.