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The cast is appealing -- Herrold and Leung, in particular, pull off the improbable trick of seeming like underdogs even as they hurl around multimillion-dollar deals -- and pilot director Lena Dunham establishes a slick visual template.
There are moments of genuine insight... They're too far and few between the bacchanalian scenes and familiar storytelling beats about succeeding at all cost, which sets Industry squarely in mid-cap territory.
While Industry doesn't possess the artillery of many high-profile premium dramas, it shines primarily based on sharp execution. In that sense, like its hungry characters, it's the sort of overachiever that appears to have a bright future.
Industry leans heavily on strong performances and gripping narratives to draw the audience into its dark, unpleasant world, yet it lacks the audacity and dark humor of its predecessors in making such bleakness worthwhile.