Greatness Code season 1 review – this is okay but not memorable

July 9, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
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Apple TV’s Greatness Code will ironically not be remembered.

Apple TV+ series Greatness Code season 1 will be out on the platform on July 10, 2020.

The entire purpose of Greatness Code is to highlight pivotal career moments from sports legends. Each athlete gets five minutes to talk about a specific event that changed everything for them in their life while coolly sitting in their armchair.

Accompanying their in-depth descriptions is a range of animations which are purposefully quirky to follow their every word. Rather than provide the footage, Greatness Code decides to brush them with a hybrid of live-action and visual effects for good measure. I believe the visual effects are implemented to navigate the greatness of that moment but ironically, the moment is great without the snazzy visuals to ruin it.

This is okay I guess… the only issue is that squeezing in five minutes with a sports legend seems underwhelming, and dare I say it, pointless. These are the types of documentaries that audiences should remember for their impact. We are talking Hall of Fame, not squad members — these sporting people are Gods. Five minutes with LeBron James does not work in this format.

Greatness Code season 1 spans 7 short episodes and interviews with the following legends:

  • LeBron James
  • Tom Brady
  • Alex Morgan
  • Usain Bolt
  • Shaun White
  • Katie Ledecky
  • Kelly Slater

And each athlete describes that pivotal moment that changed everything. So from that perspective, at least audiences are gaining a little knowledge into the minds of the greats.

Apple TV’s Greatness Code will ironically not be remembered.

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