Postal

The town of Eden, Wyoming doesn't exist. The folks that live there don't exist either, especially if the Mayor has her way. The inhabitants of Eden prefer it that way, as discovery would result in all of them incarcerated in federal penitentiaries. All, except for Mark, the postal carrier of Eden. Mark is different from everyone else in town. For one, he's not a dangerous felon on the run. For two, Mark has Asperger's Syndrome, and finally, he is the only son of the town's mayor, who rules Eden with an iron fist. Everyone agrees to follow the rules of town: any one who breaks these rules face the same fate - public execution. However, into every paradise a corrupting influence will eventually creep, and in this paradise, there is nothing but corruption. It's tough work keeping not only the FBI out of town, but also elements from Eden's past that make the average inhabitant look like a girl scout. It's all a lot for Mark to take in and process, but if Eden is to survive, Mark will have to dirty his hands, as well as his soul. When I first saw Postal, I thought (erroneously) this was based off of the over-the-top, tasteless video game series that came out in the early 2000s, and I couldn't really figure out why Hulu was turning this into a TV series. However, after doing some research, I decided to check this series out. Described by Goodhart as "a Norman Rockwell painting, if there was blood in it" Postal manages to walk that fine line between a pastoral, idyllic, rural community, and the dark underbelly of any criminal enterprise. The series is taut, and I found myself constantly arguing with myself "Just one more page" vs. "you've got work to do". Hawkins wanted to make sure the character of Mark was not offensive or parodic of those who have Asperger's, so he spent months reading up it, as well as talking extensively with those who have dealt with it on a daily basis. The combination of Hawkins, Hill, and Goodhart make for a potent trio that tell a story that may not be new, but they treat it as something we've never seen before, and that allows it to draw you in and enthrall you. Postal is one of those series that once the hooks are in you, they will not let go. This is a highly recommended series, but due to the core subject matter, Postal is really suggested for mature audiences.

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