Work: Our Review of ‘Receiver’

Posted in What's Streaming? by - July 10, 2024
Work: Our Review of ‘Receiver’

George Kittle and his wife Claire are roasting marshmallows, one side getting more attention than the other. This is the kind of human side that viewers can see in Receiver, Netflix Sports’ new miniseries. It shows Kittle and his fellow receivers as good husbands, good boyfriends, good fathers, sons, you name it.

Of course, Receiver also shows the titular football players leaving their families behind because of work. Work includes going to the stadiums as well as press appearances, hyping up the games for fans. Lions player Amon Ra St. Brown talks about missing great holidays like Thanksgiving because of those things.

Receiver, a Patrick Mahomes co-production, didn’t have a good get by the name of Mahomes’ teammate Travis Kelce. He shows up during the finale, but the less screen time that homophobe gets, the better. Thankfully the series gives more screen time to his rivals like Kittle and Deebo Samuel. I previously mentioned St. Brown, and others include the Raiders’ Devante Adams and the Vikings’ Justin Jefferson.

I kind of like that a short docu series like this one exists within the context of American football where the quarterbacks, the game’s ground level mastermind, get all the deserved credit. Receiver, though, gives credit to the guy scoring the points, like what association football actually does.

A sequel in spirit to Quarterback, credit is due to Receiver‘ seamless editing even within scenes. It shows viewers exciting moments of games, the camera closer during those moments as opposed to original broadcasts. The series, then, cuts to interview scenes with receivers like Adams recounting his emotions during those games.

Unlike Quarterback‘s three subjects, Receiver has five likeable main interviewees, which it juggles kinda competently. Divvying their introductions makes it seem like it favours the first three interviewees over the latter two. Rewatches, though, clarifies that there is enough of Adams, a figure balancing out the series’ bigger personalities.

And yes, when I say ‘bigger personalities’ I do mean George Kittle from the Bay Area, who is interesting enough but the jury is still out on what he can do beyond football. I do appreciate the scenes where he hypes himself up, which should inspire us low energy types.

Covering last year’s NFL season, Receiver shows more than these players becoming their own hype men, and here’s a quasi spoiler alert, but the Lions and the Niners make it to postseason. This series shows that these players need so much care to defeat the league’s evil empire.

Watch Receiver on Netflix.

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While Paolo Kagaoan is not taking long walks in shrubbed areas, he occasionally watches movies and write about them. His credentials are as follows: he has a double major in English and Art History. This means that, for example, he will gush at the art direction in the Amityville house and will want to live there, which is a terrible idea because that house has ghosts. Follow him @paolokagaoan on Instagram but not while you're working.
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