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Going deeper and wider into the scope of the secretive pharmaceutical trials the characters played by Stone and a delightfully twitchy Hill are participating in, Maniac morphs into a rich family drama limited only by its own imagination.
No take-backs in later seasons. No retconning story elements. It's done. Well, apart from its format, it also has two incredible performances from Stone and Hill, who fluctuate between characters seamlessly.
Maniac is absolutely absorbing in those moments, but they are far too few and the show never really connects the dots (even though, granted, not all dots need be connected when talking about the subconscious).
It's satire and besides being tongue-in-cheek, should be funny. It isn't, it's funny like a toothache, and sinister. And it's hard to connect with the characters because they are not engaging and take the dark side of satire too seriously.