Spoiler-Free Review of “DMZ” on HBO Max: Rosario Dawson takes on a Dystopian world

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“People at their worst…”

DMZ premiered on March 17th 2022 on HBO Max with all four episodes available to stream now. Based on the graphic novel, the action-drama series stars Rosario Dawson, Benjamin Bratt, Hoon Lee, Mamie Gummer, and Freddy Miyares. Each episode runs for approximately 58-60 minutes.

After a civil war breaks out in the United States, a medic searches for her long-lost son in a very dangerous New York City.

Here is the trailer:

DMZ has a strong female lead and a story with heart, but is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Rosario Dawson puts forth a valiant effort.

I really like Rosario Dawson as an actress and she is probably the main reason why I tuned into this series. I thought that she was really believable and it was easy to root for her. Even though I have seen this type of story/journey before, I think that she brought a lot of layers to her character.

The personal angle worked.

I am not too familiar with the graphic novel, but I liked that there was a lot of heart in this series. The emotional journey kept me invested until the end and there were a lot of other characters with compelling backstories as well. It was a little depressing at times, but there were some real moments sprinkled in that worked.

The Cons:

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Too many things going on…

This series felt really rushed. I understand that it had some setbacks during the pandemic, but it needed more episodes to really flesh things out. There were a lot of interesting concepts but we didn’t get enough time to explore things properly. 

I also wanted to know more about the dystopian world, but there was so much jam-packed into four episodes, which was really overwhelming at times.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

I love Rosario Dawson in pretty much anything and I think she really elevated this series. There’s a lot of good content here, but it’s also a plot I’ve seen a hundred times before and I’m not sure it did anything that new or unique.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on DMZ in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl


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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

I live in Long Island, NY. I am obsessed with TV, movies, reading and writing! My top TV shows are Lost, Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Prison Break, Charmed, Veronica Mars, and Beverly Hills 90210. My dog, Honey, loves TV too!

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