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Amazon Prime is releasing a bunch of pilot shows and asking viewers to decide if they want to see more of each one. That puts the power for what projects go forward in the hands of the viewers, which is a unique approach Amazon is trying with these new pilots.
August 28 was the release date for Hand of God starring Dana Delany and Ron Perlman.
Somehow I missed all the news reports about this experiment by Amazon Prime until I noticed this tweet from Dana Delany.
— Dana Delany (@DanaDelany) August 28, 2014
Here’s a brief look at what’s offered from Amazon Prime.
I haven’t seen all of these, but I did watch Hand of God. It was brilliant. The first episode showed how humans react to unexplainable loss and to the inexplicable processes of the mind. Some people react by turning to religion, some depend on reason or on escape. Those who believe that they have a direct line to the mind of God, as Ron Perlman does in Hand of God, often do immeasurable harm.
If you are a user of Amazon Prime I urge you to watch Hand of God and the other pilots and leave your ratings behind to influence which shows continue. After a first taste of Hand of God, I sincerely hope it continues.
The other pilots mentioned are the medical thriller Hysteria, starring Mena Suvari; the marriage comedy Really; the 1980s country club romp Red Oaks; and the romantic comedy The Cosmopolitans with Adam Brody.