Lone Star Series Premiere Review: Worthy of the Hype

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“Do you judge a man by what he’s done or what he wants to do?”

I am pretty sure I have just found my new guilty pleasure. Coming into this fall season, I was looking for a new drama, one with some substance, and one to fill the void Lost left inside me. If the premiere of Lonestar is any indication, it looks like I may have found my show.

Jon Voight on Lone Star

Although some may be hesitant that this is another show dealing with Texas and oil, I have a feeling we're going to get a lot more than that. For one, the characters are defined and played by a cast that shows great promise.

Even though Bob Allen is a con man stealing millions of dollars, you can’t help but like him. He makes you understand why he is doing cons and why he can’t just walk away. You could even see the sense of guilt he experienced throughout different parts of the hour.

He felt bad for the cashier at the gas station; he got nervous when speaking with Lindsey’s parents; and he was panicked after almost getting caught in a lie with Cat’s family. He wants to do the right thing and get away from the con business, he just can’t or doesn’t know how to get away from his father.

Is it just me or does James Wolk remind you of a young Kyle Chandler? They definitely have the same charisma.

Even after all of the movies Jon Voight has done, he still carries a presence that lets you know he is a leading man. I think that he is perfect for the role of Clint Thatcher and I can’t wait to see where he takes the character.

The brothers seem to have an interesting relationship. It is clear that Trammell is the leader and Drew the follower. It will be exciting to see what goes down between the two, considering that Drew seems to really like Bob.

I can’t even tell you how excited I am to see Adrianne Palicki in another television role. I was a huge fan of hers when she was on Friday Night Lights and I instantly liked her more than Bob’s girlfriend Lindsey. The character of Cat surprised me. Seeing that she is the only daughter of an oil tycoon who has plenty of money, I expected her to be prissy and snobbish. Instead, Cat felt relatable and I look forward to seeing the relationship between her, her family, and Bob.

I have been reading everywhere that Lone Star is the show to watch this fall. After seeing the pilot episode, I must say I agree. Just one hour of the show has me looking forward to the next episode. How about you?

I'll leave you with a few of the best Lone Star quotes from the premiere:

John Allen: You are a con man son, this is what you do. | permalink
Clint Thatcher: This key opens up one door on the thirtieth floor, but if you play it right, it will open up more doors than you can imagine. | permalink
Cat Thatcher: People who believe they can have it all, they're the ones who end up with everything. | permalink
John Allen: This is a house of cards. You don't get to live in it. | permalink


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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (11 Votes)

LoneStar is too good for network TV. This is a show for AMC, HBO etc. Loved it. Thanks to my PVR because premiere week is brutal with so many shows at the same time. I take 10 LoneStar for any Hawai Five Horrible. I did like The Event very much too. Why can't we like characters show and action/drama shows? .. exactly.


WHAT THE HELL. Just read that lone star is going to get cancelled. The event & dancing with stars stole its audience. Unbelievable. This is a good drama. Its up there with good wife.


Great review. I also enjoyed this premiere and it sure did have a lot to do with James Wolk. I had never seen this guy before, but he drew me in right away. The combination of his acting and the work of the writers have created a very engaging character for us to enjoy every week.


I just watched the pilot and i loved it, really good writing, solid acting, i'll definitely come back next week !

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Lone Star Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

If you want to make something that lasts, you gotta make it with your own two hands.

John Allen

This is a house of cards. You don't get to live in it.

John Allen